I expected a lot more from this book. A bunch of teenagers get telepathic powers – something exciting is bound to happen, right? Apparently not. The b...moreI expected a lot more from this book. A bunch of teenagers get telepathic powers – something exciting is bound to happen, right? Apparently not. The book did have some good parts and a couple of interesting characters, but for the most part it was very lazily written.
I liked the beginning of the book. It was quite dramatic and seemed to be introducing a really epic story. I was so wrong about that. The teenagers get used to their powers very quickly, which doesn't make sense to me. They should have been freaking out a lot more than they did. The secrets that they ‘overhear’ are nothing extraordinary (someone cheated, someone thinks you’re fat, and so on). I absolutely hated that Olivia used her telepathy to get a boyfriend. She listens to his thoughts and repeats them back to him, so it seems like they have the exact same taste in everything. It’s annoying and incredibly dumb. Other characters are also involved in romance stories. I didn't care about who ends up together because the book is quite short and there are many characters, so there’s not much time to really get to know them. I wasn't emotionally invested at all.
The ending didn't make sense. (view spoiler)[If there really were teenagers with telepathic powers and the government knew about that, there’s absolutely no way that they would simply give them a cure and some money and just forget about the whole thing. And when the kids decide to keep their telepathy, they simply let them go? Right, that’s very convincing. (hide spoiler)]
This book is the first in a series. So maybe the story will get better, but I highly doubt I’ll read it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Oh, wow, this has got to be one of my favorite books. I loved every minute of reading this. I like sarcasm and the main character, Duke of Avon, is th...moreOh, wow, this has got to be one of my favorite books. I loved every minute of reading this. I like sarcasm and the main character, Duke of Avon, is the most sarcastic character I ever read about. He’s about 40 years old and he’s quite notorious. He doesn't seem that bad to me, but the book takes place in 18th century, when I suppose people were more easily shocked.
Avon’s life changes when he comes across Leon, a 19 year old boy who later turns out to be a girl, Leonie. She sees Avon as her savior and the best person in the world. She sticks with that opinion regardless of how many people tell her that she’s wrong. Leonie has had a hard life and she can be both innocent and wise. She’s not afraid of Avon and the way she talks to him surprises people around them.
Usually when I’m reading a book, there is at least one character that I think is boring and needs to disappear, but this time, I thought everyone was interesting. I wish there were more conversations between Hugh and Justin, and more details on how they became friends. And I’d like to know exactly what happened between Justin and Jennifer. The mystery of Leonie's parents was too easily solved (“Oh, that guy wants to have a farm? He’s probably adopted.”) and seriously, how did Avon know that Leonie is a girl?
As much as I like the book, I have to say that their relationship isn’t exactly normal. He’s twice her age, he calls her ‘my infant’ and she really worships him. He sometimes seems older than he is and she frequently seems younger than she is. He’s like a father figure to her, which makes their romantic relationship even weirder. I still can’t help but absolutely love the story. It’s not the first time a book made me like something I probably shouldn't.
The book takes place in England and France. The characters sometimes use french words. I liked that, because I’m currently learning French and every bit of practice helps.
This is the first book by Georgette Heyer that I've read and I hope all of her books are as well written as this one. The style is so elegant and witty, it’s wonderful to read. I was crazy excited while reading this. One thing I don’t understand – why is there no movie adaptation? It would be so great to watch this.(less)
I was sure that I was gonna love this book. After all, it's about a girl (Sabine) who has two lives; she lives one for 24 hours and than she shifts to...moreI was sure that I was gonna love this book. After all, it's about a girl (Sabine) who has two lives; she lives one for 24 hours and than she shifts to the other. She's been like that for as long as she can remember. But something has changed now - when she breaks her arm in one life, she thinks it's gonna be broken in her other life too, but then she shifts and her arm is fine. So she thinks she may be able to die in one life and keep living the other. All she has to do is pick a life.
Sabine is 18-years-old but she has lived every day twice, so she has actually lived for 36 years. She's still really immature. When her parents catch her with knives and pills that she used to test her I-can-get-rid-of-one-life theory, they want an explanation. Instead of making something up, she tells them the truth. Of course they think she's crazy so she ends up in a hospital.
In one life (Roxbury life) she lives with her parents and her little sister. In her Wellesley life, she lives with her mother and two brothers. In Roxbury she's poor, in Wellesley she's rich. Also, in Wellesley she has a boyfriend Dex. He's described as the perfect boyfriend and he loves her so much, but she doesn't really like him. She's only dating him because... well, I actually don't know why. Maybe because she's fucking dumb? Why the hell would you date somebody you aren't interested in? I felt really sorry for Dex (at first). I hated what he did later on in the book.
I don't understand why is her Wellesley life considered the 'perfect life'. Is it just because of the money? Cause I can't really see what else is better. It's definitely not because of the boyfriend.
The character I actually liked (at first) was Ethan. He works in the hospital she's in. I liked the tests he gave her. It was pretty much the only way I could think of for her to prove that she has two lives. I get that they liked each other but 'falling in love'? I didn't really buy that.
It's difficult to believe that her parents never noticed anything strange when she was a kid. If she really thought that everybody has two lives, she probably mentioned something sometimes. Maybe she would talk about her other family or ask somebody what their other life is like. And why is she so terrified of the Shift? It doesn't make sense.
If I was her, I would never want to get rid of either life. Having two lives seems great (maybe confusing sometimes, but still great). I loved the premise of the book and if there are any books similar to this I'd love to read them. But this one just wasn't very good.
The book starts with The Doctor brushing his teeth while pretending to be a dragon. I really enjoyed reading this :)
It has a nostalgic feel to it, bec...moreThe book starts with The Doctor brushing his teeth while pretending to be a dragon. I really enjoyed reading this :)
It has a nostalgic feel to it, because The Doctor misses Donna and Martha and Rose. Or maybe it felt like that to me because I miss the Tenth Doctor. I expected Martha Jones and her family to show up, after all, the book is called 'Keeping up with the Joneses'. It turned out that the book takes place in Jonestown and The Doctor uses the name John Jones.
Nick Harkaway did a great job - The Doctor here was very in-character. In fact, the book felt like an episode of Doctor Who. I'd love to watch this - but I say that for every DW book that I like.
The Doctor once again meets Christina De Souza, with whom he had a brief adventure in 'Planet of the Dead'. But is it really her? Christina was an unexpected but good addition to this book. It's always nice to see somebody surprise The Doctor more than he surprises them.
I'd recommend this to anybody that misses the Tenth Doctor. (less)
Remy Brunel is a sixteen-year-old trapeze artist who is also a jewel thief. But now her master Gustave has ordered her to steal one of the most valuab...moreRemy Brunel is a sixteen-year-old trapeze artist who is also a jewel thief. But now her master Gustave has ordered her to steal one of the most valuable diamonds in the world. But she's not the only one that wants that jewel...
I really expected to enjoy this book. And, despite some flaws, I actually did at the beginning. But the more I read the worse it got. About halfway through, I lost interest and I had to force myself to finish it.
Remy is supposed to be the best jewel thief in Europe... but that's quite difficult to believe because she's only 16 and she's actually not all that smart. She's also very, very poor - so poor that she's been wearing the same pair of boots for six years. But people grow a lot between 10 and 16. If she's such an amazing thief, why not simply steal a new pair of shoes?
The diamond that she needs to steal now is the most important one yet - because she needs it to break the curse. The curse that her master tells her about only after she fails to get the diamond. I don't understand why he didn't tell her about it earlier. Maybe she would have been more careful if she knew about it. The curse is pretty pathetic - she's cursed to drive away the person she's in love with. And that person would be Thaddeus Rec, a young policeman that's also looking for the diamond. They end up working together and falling in love. During the whole story I felt zero chemistry between them. She keeps calling him 'little policeman', which is incredibly annoying.
There were too many melodramatic moments and by the end of the book, I didn't care about any of the characters anymore. The book gets two stars for being interesting at first. I think younger readers would enjoy it more than I did.
"It took less than a year for Billy Weir to lose his mind."
So begins the second book in the Remnants series. 500 years after the events of the first b...more"It took less than a year for Billy Weir to lose his mind."
So begins the second book in the Remnants series. 500 years after the events of the first book, the Eighty have arrived. The ones that are still alive are waking up. But everything is even weirder than expected: the shuttle has landed vertically (and that shouldn't be possible), the world they ended up on is partially black and white and partially full of colors and there’s a very strange baby among the survivors.
This book is a lot scarier than the first one. The survivors have arrived somewhere, and now they’re trying to figure out what to do and how to survive in this strange place. Not easy when there are aliens challenging you to battle and worms that really like the way you taste. Humans being humans, of course there’s also the fight for power. Even when there are so few of them left, someone has to be in charge. It’s actually really sad. In my review of the first book, I complained about kids being sent to space, but now it turns out that it would be better if there were more kids, because they had a bigger chance of surviving the trip. (But why did Yago have to survive? He’s the worst character and he needs to disappear.)
The strangest characters were Billy Weir and the baby. The biggest difference between them is that Billy is strange but still seems good and the baby seems quite evil. I don’t think I ever read a book with an evil baby before. It’s interesting but insanely creepy. Violet Blake turned out to be a great character, much smarter and a lot more useful than I expected. Her little speech about saving humanity was surprising but awesome.
I suppose the series will just keep getting weirder and scarier. I can’t wait :)(less)
A Vorkosigan Saga book that has nothing to do with the Vorkosigan family (except that Quinn mentions Miles quite a few times).
This book is about a doc...moreA Vorkosigan Saga book that has nothing to do with the Vorkosigan family (except that Quinn mentions Miles quite a few times).
This book is about a doctor Ethan Urquhart from planet Athos. The very religious founders of Athos were convinced that women are the root of all evil and because of that, Athos is an all-male planet. The majority of men on the planet have never even seen a picture of a woman and they all seem to be convinced that women are some horrible monsters that control the world outside of Athos. So they’re not exactly willing to leave.
They use uterine replicator technology to reproduce, but after 200 years they need new ovarian cultures. After receiving a delivery of completely unusable cultures (that weren't even all human), Ethan is sent off his home planet to get new cultures. And there’s a possibility that somewhere out there, he might meet a woman. It’s actually funny how much the thought freaks him out.
It turns out that the first woman he meets is Commander Elli Quinn of Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet… and then the real trouble starts.
Ethan is not a bad character but it isn't always easy to like him. Because of the way he grew up he sees women as a threat. During the book his attitude slowly changes (but not completely). When I first read the blurb I thought that there will be some kind of love story between him and Elli, but thankfully that didn't happen. He does warm up to her and by the end of the book, actually respects her. Ethan also meets Terrence Cee (who has telepathic abilities and wants Ethan to take him to Athos) and some other people who keep attacking them. Every character seems to have plans that others don’t know about. There’s a lot of action in the book, but the plot isn't as complicated some other Vorkosigan books.
I didn't like the ending much because some of the choices didn't make sense to me. Still, the writing is great and Bujold’s humor alone is enough reason to read this, but I wish Miles made an appearance.(less)