Brilliant Freshman piece. Upon starting this novel, I was pretty confused. The back jacket cover says something along the lines of, 'I wasn't formed i...moreBrilliant Freshman piece. Upon starting this novel, I was pretty confused. The back jacket cover says something along the lines of, 'I wasn't formed in the body of my mother, I was formed in the mind of my father'. As the book goes on, this mentality is continued. I was thinking, "what on earth does she mean? Is she like children of Athena who are literally formed from a piece of her brain? Does her father have the mental ability to create something by thinking about it? Iamsolost." Within a few chapters, the meaning became clear. I found myself very emotionally involved with this novel. I was torn between, "he/she behaves that way because of the local culture" and "how can he be so cruel?" There were many spectacular contrasts. In the Oasis, where main character "Nenner" lives, everything is piercing, blinding shades of khaki, white and beige. The heat is penetrating, sweltering, and deadly. She lives in a world of three cubes. Then she is whisked away by her "borrowed wings" into a world of everlasting color, smell and sound. The imagery is so detailed, so vivid, but in a non-distracting way. Beautifully done, in my opinion. In some ways, this story is one we've heard before. Almost Cinderella-esque, in a way. At the same time, it is so unique and intriguing. The solution to the problem is one I never would have thought of. The villain is viler than any (view spoiler)[father (hide spoiler)] has a right to be. Heros come in unexpected places. And the romantic interest loves passionately, restrains himself diligently, respects Nenner religiously, and fights for her willingly. I gave this book five stars because of how wonderful and enchanting it was. There were one or two tiny contextual errors, but I wouldn't let them deter you. This book had me reading many passages aloud to my dear husband, and that's not something many books can brag about.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was given this book for my birthday, and it'd been at least a year since I read Divergent. Let me just tell you, I was pretty lost during it. There...moreI was given this book for my birthday, and it'd been at least a year since I read Divergent. Let me just tell you, I was pretty lost during it. There were a lot of characters brought up that I couldn't remember for the life of me, and I lot of events that I'd forgotten about. Aside from the fact that the author doesn't really give anything in the way of refresher courses, the book was still pretty darn good. Plot was excellent, characters believable, and generally, the book was very entertaining. I'd definitely read it again.(less)
A really good book. It still had me totally engaged, which is impressive. Usually by book 12, many series lose my interest. I liked the story line, bu...moreA really good book. It still had me totally engaged, which is impressive. Usually by book 12, many series lose my interest. I liked the story line, but I wish we saw more of the characters. It was like, book 11 part 2, with part 3 coming later.(less)
Very good. I liked seeing familiar characters, and everyone stayed very true to form. There were many unanswered questions throughout the book that we...moreVery good. I liked seeing familiar characters, and everyone stayed very true to form. There were many unanswered questions throughout the book that were all resolved tidily. Unfortunately, I started this book a year ago and had to return it to the library before finishing it, then moved. I finally got my hands on it again and picked up where I left off, which didn't help the unanswered questions. Regardless, the book was exciting and had an ending that I believe leads to the next book in a fun way. A definite must-read for anyone who enjoyed Vampire Academy.(less)
This book was...wow. It has been a very long time since a book made me feel that much. I'll start with the characters. The boys were so real, so vivid...moreThis book was...wow. It has been a very long time since a book made me feel that much. I'll start with the characters. The boys were so real, so vivid, that I felt like I was back in high school again. Every line, every thought, was right there. The plot itself was so realistic it was scary. Not for the faint of heart, this book was incredibly vulgar and graphic, in ways that normally make me stop reading a book, but I couldn't help it, I was too hooked. I needed to ensure that the two main protags came out on top. Details about the protags were slowly unraveled, making them as intrinsically interesting as the entire book was extrinsically. As for the antags, I swear they were modeled after my high school football team; that is how scary real they were. Never have I been so worried for book characters, and so desirous that things finally be made right. I literally almost cried a couple times, and over a sports book.
As much as I loved this book, I would not want my mother or younger sister to read it, that is for sure. It needs to be consumed by mature audiences only. It is incredibly intense, and a lot of it falls under the category of "tough stuff". That being said, I think this book was worth being written, and I believe it was done well.(less)