LOVED IT! I loved this so much I am now afraid to watch the movie. I actually think it will be better. Keep reading the short stories. Find the book oLOVED IT! I loved this so much I am now afraid to watch the movie. I actually think it will be better. Keep reading the short stories. Find the book of short stories for less than a fortune... Yeah. That sounds good. No point in seeing it and then being overly disappointing.
So the book. Not going to lie I don't think it's for the faint of heart. My morbid curiosity aside there are some very graphic moments that while they are fantastic it' still graphic. Don't pretend to act like you're OK with the detail in describing what it's like to rip someone's throat out with your teeth and you aren't. You may be able to power through but I'm not sure it's possible to enjoy it like I have. Hey, I'm just being honest. I'm not saying the entire book is super graphic I'm just saying it's there. You have been given the "heads up".
To be fair there is a wonderful story about a man saving a woman who life was in peril. Not going to lie that relationship astounds me. It feels very real and I can appreciate where they're at as it's happening. It's not just, how's that line from Speed go? "You know, relationships that start under intense circumstances, they never last." It's so much more than that. There is a connection made and it's amazing. From the moment R says her name you know this is going to be something special.
Last thing cause I'm not ruining anything tonight folks. I admire the archetypes presented here (oh yeah big words), I think it perfectly solidifies the unfolding story without too much overlapping and zero cheese. Sometimes you start talking about something like...say zombies, and you know, in your heart of hearts there's going to be a moment that you're just going to laugh out loud because it was was just too unrealistic. I promise you. You're going to laugh at times.... out loud right there on the spot but it's not because it's unrealistic. Enjoy the ride folks. Enjoy it for all it's worth....more
Here is a story about a book that stood out at work and I said to myself, "self you should read this book" then I came home to add it to GR and it appHere is a story about a book that stood out at work and I said to myself, "self you should read this book" then I came home to add it to GR and it appears I'd already had said conversation with myself weeks before already appearing in my to-read. Since the ground work was already laid out I went and purchased and started reading it immediately. I think the best parts of the book are how natural it feels. Honestly I could've sworn I heard the music playing in my head as I read the pages of this book. It was really fun.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the universe and the characters that lived in it. There were times where I was literally laughing out loud and then thought how cool (but unlikely to do properly) some moments were. One of my favorites by far was Espen's instruction. Somehow even after you've heard the whispers meeting her was just as awesome and petrifying. Loved it!
Clearly as a first novel for Argyle it is setup as continued tale but doesn't pull you along begrudgingly, I absolutely want to keep reading about Brusenna and the Keepers. I know it will be a ride I enjoy with many of the little questions in the back of my mind hopefully having a nice continuation for the witches.
Fully recommended to anyone who is a fan of witches and the like - I'd even go as far as music lovers because I promise you may find yourself trying to sing the songs just as the witches do... hopefully you won't be in public but don't say I didn't tell you so....more
There is something that happens sometimes when reading a really great book. When all your emotions are put through its paces. EVERY ONE OF THEM. And iThere is something that happens sometimes when reading a really great book. When all your emotions are put through its paces. EVERY ONE OF THEM. And it's not just that you're in it (Garden State anyone?), you can't get enough of it. If you're sitting there reading this and don't know what I'm talking about - I hope you will give this a chance. Actually scratch that, start with the first one, Saving Francesca, I was a mess during that and I thought it couldn't get any better. My how wrong I was. There are moments when the only text in the book reads "Silence." and it felt like my heart was was going to beat out of my chest. It was impossible to put this down. I don't know how Melina Marchetta does it but I'm moving all of her books to the top of my to read list because there is no way I can ever get too much of her. I know this from the bottom of my heart, she is brilliant and I love her for it....more
You're kidding right? You want me to put my feelings into words? Ok fine. Brilliant. Done. Oh you were expecting more? Sorry, I can't do that right noYou're kidding right? You want me to put my feelings into words? Ok fine. Brilliant. Done. Oh you were expecting more? Sorry, I can't do that right now, I must keep reading. I want to read everything by her. I'm literally adding all of her current works to my devices to read. Everything else is being put on hold.
I will say this, why are we all waiting so long to read this? I mean seriously everyone who goes in knows they've got more than a handful of people telling them to...but we just kept waiting. For what? I am kicking myself right now. I mean it's awesome that everything (well is there really everything??) about this series has been released and I can just keep reading until I'm done. No waiting. Not gonna lie that is pretty badass. But I mean honestly it's not like I was thinking to myself, "lets wait until it's all been released then I can read this completely awesome series". No, I really just put it off, unnecessarily, and with no good reason. I am a little ashamed of myself if I'm honest....more
Alright, let's be honest here, what more can be said about Marchetta's books that haven't been said already? I was a fan of this simply because she toAlright, let's be honest here, what more can be said about Marchetta's books that haven't been said already? I was a fan of this simply because she took a leap (not a dive - or of faith) into my favorite genre. It doesn't start off with the familiar feelings I've gotten accustomed to in her writing but once you start it comes into its self and what a ride it is.
I really can't spoil anything here. All the moments are there of course there are surprises but overall I'm just amazed at how she is able to craft yet another world without it seeming too deliberate or unreal. I appreciate her understanding of "the rules" and she plays the game well.
Highly recommended as usual and look out cause none of her characters are pushovers so I expect bigger and better when the next part comes whenever Marchetta is finished with it :-)...more
I loved this book. Suffice to say that there wasn't much I needed to get me to pick this one up, two words really - Australian + YA. I've heard the arI loved this book. Suffice to say that there wasn't much I needed to get me to pick this one up, two words really - Australian + YA. I've heard the arguments as to why but I'm just going to go with whatever is going on with the water down under, damn I wish I had me some. This book is perfect.
Did you really think I was going to gather all my thoughts and type up a real review? Nah. Everyone else has already done that for me. They're all right. Seriously. I am trying not to quote the crap out of this book for fear of ruining pretty much every exchange. There were so many moments where the electricity of the moment was so killer I could barely breathe waiting to see what would happen to these guys. Then others where I was laughing so hard I had just about forgotten how messed up whatever just transpired a few pages ago. Emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed the mess out of the ride. Again. Book. Was. Perfect....more
I have finally identified the type of person who will read these books and say they don't care for it. Rating it anything less than, well, frankly youI have finally identified the type of person who will read these books and say they don't care for it. Rating it anything less than, well, frankly you're insane if you try to even click 4 but we'll go with "under 3". It's the person who would stay in their home, waiting cautiously... paralyzed in fear of the outside world - well after the bloggers have absolutely confirmed that staying indoors is the worst possible thing you can do to keep yourself safe.
If you're that type of person, so scared shitless that you will only live in fear, I beg of you to still read these books, maybe you can learn something... also accept you're most likely going to be dead anyway. Just accept it. Game over.
Clearly I am a fan. My only regret, honest to god, is that I waited so damn long to pick these up. I know I would have still been feverishly trying to finish them but I would've been able to read them feverishly years ago and not today....more
This book was so much fun. I was giddy reading about all the little things that went on between the friends. Between the hand signalsNick. Norah. Who?
This book was so much fun. I was giddy reading about all the little things that went on between the friends. Between the hand signals, cubicle of truths, and endless late night banter were perfect. Honestly the whole night was perfect. I have a not so secret confession about going to bed many nights listening to Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and since there's no audiobook of Graffiti Moon (YET?) I'll probably have to find a new book to enjoy and put me to sleep. Honestly at first I drew a couple of connections but then I realized one was just so much more polished and well put together it can no longer hold a candle to it. Even if you weren't a fan of Playlist you should pick this up.
There is something about the energy of this book. Not so much the pacing it's just how events unfold it almost feels like life itself is happening on the page. Let me tell you how I moved from place to place in the house carrying my book with me. Everything else took a backseat to this. I could see epicness happening. Except for in the bathroom I uncharacteristically carried this book with me distractedly leaving lights on in my room, the kitchen, downstairs, the computer room. Around 3 in the morning I tried to make Pop-Tarts forgot about them and found out you can't "retoast" Pop-Tarts. It just doesn't work. Trust me. I know what I was thinking... will you? Clearly it's going in my favorites shelf because I couldn't even function outside of reading this one night.
Even though they're running all over town through the night I liked how even though everyone knows each other it's not unrealistic because everyone *does* know each other. When we meet the "nice attractive man in the silver suit" I was all for it until he told Lucy his name. At that moment again it felt like there was a certain energy that the book had cause it became charged again and even though not everyone was in the know we all felt it.
Overall I was a fan of this book pretty much from the word go, especially after just finishing A Little Wanting Song. I had the ARC before I knew what all the fuss was about but in the time that past I actually got a copy of the Australian retail. There are a few differences and I'm not sure if that means they'll be editing things out or if it's going to be added to the US retail but I'm anxious to find out either way. Besides little things like globalisation to globalization, apologise to apologize, and plaits to braids (got ya), there were entire passages that differ. It's actually one of the reasons when I woke up I started re-reading the entire thing all over again. In truth I really didn't mind one bit. It actually was even more entertaining the second time around.
This is a clear recommendation to any YA fans, especially of the Australian kind. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ...more
I find myself yet again in love with Lish, she has a way of making me laugh like no other. Honestly what I was expecting and what happened were a littI find myself yet again in love with Lish, she has a way of making me laugh like no other. Honestly what I was expecting and what happened were a little off (not like omg huge, just a little) I see where she is trying to go with this and I like that she is slowly putting the crumbs down. There are MANY other books out there where things just seem to happen...and for no reason at all. Here is a great example of what you can accomplish when you spend some time thinking and making things work for the end game. Some things that stand out is that where there are a lot of characters running around and new ones introduced, or maybe, old ones one explained, I like that there are plain regular humans not forgotten in all the drama. I don't remember if it's a trilogy or not but I'm banking on another novella or short story soon. I can't spend this much time away from this family. I like them to much. I ended up re-reading HMCN so many times I can't even tell you, every time I know I was still laughing. When the audiobook comes out later next month I will most likely do the same....more
Loved it. Fans of the series will get a wonderfully written new entry and enjoy every minute of it. I'm waiting to do my review until the audiobook coLoved it. Fans of the series will get a wonderfully written new entry and enjoy every minute of it. I'm waiting to do my review until the audiobook comes out. Hopefully next week. I burned though this so quickly I can't even remember all the point where I LOL'd for reals.
Alright so I'm still reading this faster than should. I honestly loved this book. It was a perfect installment to this series. Whether you're here now because of your love of scifi, the movie, or randomly picked off the store shelves I think there's something for us all.
Between the voice of Cent and the actual narrator (I must find out how old she was Holy smokes Emily Rankin AKA Emily Janice Card [yup!!]) it really sounds like a teenager was telling you this story. I think it's great. I mean I know it's Gould's writing but really it reads like Cent is real and this is a story about what her life is like in a very important transition of her life. She gets to go to public school. If only it were that simple. Even knowing the most common traps and pitfalls is not going to get this girl through the day. I appreciate how real the day to day felt even in a family with super powers.
I don't remember who said it, and if you do - please reply, but I once heard of someone talking about a show or movie with a good bit of people with super powers. I'm paraphrasing here but "it's not about the powers they have but the people they truly are". Clearly it's stuck with me and here is another great example of "normal" humans getting extraordinary things done. No spoilers but it never seems forced or unrealistic. It just seems like this is how this particular family unit lives.
Now all those positives said I have one negative. Any seasoned fan... hell a n00b who's paying attention realizes that David has a fairly real paranoia from his previous experiences in the series. So can anyone tell me, throughout all the safety measures and precautions, hacks in phones limiting cell tower pickup, disguises, etc etc. Why he would allow his daughter to bring in the most exotic lunches to school daily? It's absurd and it really pains me to say it. I welcome everyone's opinion on this but I think that's the only thing within the pages where I groan internally and try and act like it's not a big deal even though any reasonable person knows that that is like putting a big bullseye on an already hunted individual (family).
See I can't even figure out how to follow that paragraph. It puts such a downer on a very excellent book. I wish everyone could read this. This is one of the super powers on my "if it were real, I'd like that" list. Nightcrawler anyone? YES! Just the idea of a cool family where the sky is the limit living in a world with limits abound makes this interesting. Even if you didn't have..hmm what are they called this time around? Oh, no worries. Even if you didn't have "them" you can still believe that showing off their ability to teleport in the world would be a no no. Who wants that kind of attention.
Yeah I'm sorry, I just can't get the flow back. The food this is minor. I swear on my life. It just cuts me up a bit cause Cent, David, or Millie - some combination of the Rice family, could've been the one cooking fabulous meals on a daily basis and it wouldn't have stuck out as much. Reading or in the moment. Arg. Definitely going on my "read to many times I'm embarrassed to admit it" shelf. I cannot wait to see what Gould does next. My only sincere hope is that it doesn't take another decade to read about it. BUT if it does it cool. I know it's aged well....more
Loved it. I don't want to ruin a thing so this review is going to be short. Peter Clines is KATN, every book is honestly getting better and better. FuLoved it. I don't want to ruin a thing so this review is going to be short. Peter Clines is KATN, every book is honestly getting better and better. Funny thing is, I thought he was already at the top of his game with his Ex series. I am speechless. The book centers around a group living in an strange apartment. By the time things get going you won't even realize how much information you gleamed or how much time has past. I honestly was surprised at moments and other times glad to see things happen that made sense. While the story is clearly set in a reality when things start going in a different direction it doesn't seem forced or faked at all. You really believe what it happening and the story really doesn't take you out of it at any moment. I was a fan.
One thing, if I ever start my own mystery gang... nope can't do it. Read this book! It's very good....more
Excellent. Anyone that doesn't know, just trust equilibri, she knows best. I laughed, laughed some more, and not so much cry. I loved this book. Now tExcellent. Anyone that doesn't know, just trust equilibri, she knows best. I laughed, laughed some more, and not so much cry. I loved this book. Now to be extra patient and wait for the second part. Oh god that's going to take awhile...
Why might you ask? Because when the last time you read a book that actually delivered on exactly what it was supposed to and entertained you like thisWhy might you ask? Because when the last time you read a book that actually delivered on exactly what it was supposed to and entertained you like this?? If you're still thinking back then I feel sorry for you. I loved this book. I am torn at this moment, whether I should read onto the next one or go back and clarify a few things. There's so much and I honestly can't stand the idea of there only being three parts to Lex's story. I need something else. A short story. A novella. SOMETHING, anything else. Ok, admitting fully right in this moment that I am spoiled. At times I thought that all the "extras" were just marketing fluff and if something interesting came out. Good. I can name you a few examples of the really great additions of extra content, look up everything by Lish McBride but overall it's more like... well let's not throw anyone under the bus... lol right, Fallen in Love, the last few Sookie Stackhouse novels - ALL the recent short stories and novellas, crap, all the recent stuff that Harris has put out. Oh and let us not forget the final - FINAL book not 13 but that other one due out later this year. Eff Harris and/or her publishers. Shame. Anyway... Let's dial that back. Most of the extra content is garbage and we eat it up anyway. Now I want some and we're not getting any here, I mean I want better than garbage I want a taste of the finest cuisine you can find on earth. The world of Croak deserves it. I wants it. I needs it now. Seriously, the third and last book was recently pushed back so give us something to keep us blissed out. Please, pretty please Ms. Damico, I'm begging you!...more