I’m sad to say that while the premise of this book held promise, the execution didn’t really work for me.
Once Kate goes through the portal, there is no hesitation on her part to accept the truth and her role in saving this new (to her) world. She just embraces it and has no normal person freak out that 1) there’s another world/dimension 2) her family is from said world and lied to her all of her life and 3) she is supposed to be a super hero who will save it.
I just can’t suspend disbelief that much.
THEN. On top of all of that, she falls in love with Arland immediately since she’d been dreaming about him all of her life. And it’s unclear if he’d been dreaming about her or not (I think not), but he falls in love with her within 2 seconds as well. Then they kiss, bathe together, and share a bed for weeks – but they never sleep together.
Sorry. Uh uh. I just can’t get there. Everything in this book happened way way too fast.
Character development. World building. These are basic building blocks of a great book that were simply missing from this one.
However, it was still a somewhat enjoyable read because the premise of the story was interesting to me. I won’t actively seek the next in the series, but if I happened upon it I would read it....more
I admit; I was hesitant to read this. I wasn’t sure it would really be my speed. Then I opened it up and pretty much didn’t move until I was done.
Chuck’s voice pulled me in from the beginning- even if was kind of weird to open up by talking about masturbation. Nothing graphic mind you- it’s just that Chuck keeps a tally of how often he does, thanks to his OCD. Chuck is authentic- he’s not the kind of boy you ordinarily find in a YA novel, all swwon-worthy and broody. He’s a 17 year old boy with OCD. That’s it. He’s not perfect. He’s not the guy who sweeps the girl off her feet and they become embroiled in a passionate yet ill-fated romance. He’s a senior in high school. He’s the real thing.
I don’t suffer from OCD, though I have known people who do. And Karo brilliantly took me inside of the mind of a young man who does- and did so in such a manner that even though this was a fiction novel written by a comedian, I feel as if I understand the disorder in ways I didn’t before.
The best part? This wasn’t a deep and serious novel; it was light-hearted and fun.
This is definitely a novel to put into the hands of reluctant teen readers – especially boys. But even the girls should find it entertaining and informative....more
After swearing I'd never read a zombie book, I seem to be reading lots of books like this lately. The fun thing is that while the genre is definitely picking up momentum, I don't feel like each book I read is simply a retelling of the last. They are all fresh and new.
The zombies in this book aren't true zombies, per se. They are mutated humans (aka Weepers, named for the milky fluid that leaks from their eyes), not the walking dead. But once they have transformed, they start jonesing for meat and blood and will eat you in a flash.
But really, the story is less about the Weepers and more about the survivors. Which is really how any good story should be.
And truth be told, the only thing I didn't like about this book is that it was so danged short. While the hardcover may be 256 pages, my eGalley was only 180. It ended before the story really had time to get started. It was just long enough to introduce us to all of the characters and throw in a plot twist that won't be resolved until later in the series.
And I liked it well enough that I'm kind of annoyed it ended so soon. I want more. And I want more now....more
First, this book made me realize that I need to re-evaluate my rating scheme. In the past, a 3 has been a book that I recognize as being a good book, but one that wasn't particularly for me, a 4 was a book I really enjoyed, and a 5 was a book I couldn't get enough of.
But that doesn't leave any room for books like Slide - a book I enjoyed, but didn't love. So I'm changing what a 3 means to me.
This book was a good book. It's not my favorite genre - and I found the plot slightly cliche - but it wasn't badly written, and I wanted to find out what was happening.
I did, however, find myself able to put this book down for long stretches of time - that's something that almost never happens to books I give 4s and 5s to. This book wasn't memorable. It didn't grab ahold of me and keep me locked into the story the way I like my books to do.
Instead, it meandered along and was still waiting for me when I came back to it.
I wish Vee's ability had been explored more. Instead of reading like a supernatural/paranormal thriller, it felt like a contemporary novel where the MC just happened to have this random ability. An ability that was never explored, merely used. The part where she realized she could actually control the person she slides into should have been a much larger part of the story.
This was yet another story where I found myself exasperated with the MC because of her secrecy and unwillingness to trust those around her - if she had only talked to Rollins about what was going on, things could have happened differently.
That's one trend in entertainment that I simply don't understand; why have a best friend if you can't trust them with your life? It doesn't make for good books/movies when the reaction from the audience is frustration.
Overall, it was a decent book. You shouldn't run out to get it right now, but if you are looking for a light mystery, this one probably won't disappoint....more
I really didn't know what to expect from this book because it's gotten such mixed reviews. Some people have raved about it, yet I've seen others who disliked it so much that they didn't even finish it. I knew that it could go either way for me.
Fortunately, I loved it!
I mean, c'mon - a convent full of assassin nuns!
It was, I admit, somewhat predictable in parts. But then, it's rare to find any book with a romance involved in it that isn't. And Duval is my very favorite sort of man in a book. He has notes of Jericho Barrons in him, without being quite the bastard that Barrons could be.
The mythology presented in this book was fascinating to me. Ismae (isn't that a beautiful name?) is a handmaiden of Death - her father was one of the old gods now worshipped as a saint within the church. That means that she has supernatural gifts including immunity to poisons, being able to see the "marque of death" that Mortain has placed on someone who must die, and the ability to converse with souls after death. Because of this, she has been trained as an assassin.
These are all things that made this book stand out to me. It is not simply another supernatural/paranormal book. The world building and plot development are all refreshingly original. There is murder, espionage, treachery, war... so many action items happen within the book.
Also - there's no love triangle, which is always a plus.
Sometimes the political scenes were a bit tedious, but they were absolutely necessary to further both plot and character development.
I'm really looking forward to book 2 - which should, based on the excerpt at the end of this galley, be about Sybella (another of Mortain's daughters trained to be an assassin). Which means the final book will hopefully be about Annith - the poor novice who has yet to leave the convent for an assignment....more
I’ve had this book in my NetGalley queue since January 13. That’s a whole month and a half! I kept thinking that it sounded like a sort of interesting book, but that there were other things that were better. And to be honest, the cover just isn’t that appealing to me.
Yep. I’m an idiot.
I picked this book up and absolutely could not put it down. Few books have latched on to me quite as hard as this one did. It rivals Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden Trilogy and Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series.
Seriously. It’s that good. Maybe better.
It’s so creepy, isn’t it? I spent the first half of the book thoroughly creeped out. A friend of mine kept telling me to punch it (yes, to punch the book) because I was so often IMing him “This book is creepy!” or “Seriously, this book is creeping me out!”
But I still couldn’t put it down.
The world-building is fabulous. Instead of telling you step by step how the world got that way, we’re just kind of thrown into it feet first. We learn things based on what the characters think and feel. To me, that seems more real than having a bunch of narrative explaining every detail.
Callie was the best sort of heroine. She isn’t a super hero. She has no extraordinary powers. She’s an average girl who cares about people enough to do something when things aren’t right. She didn’t freak out. She didn’t turn into a silly blathering idiot. She was smart. She handled herself. She’s my kind of girl.
I was completely unprepared for the cliffhanger ending. It seemed like most things had been wrapped up in a neat little bow, when BAM. Here it comes out of NOWHERE leaving you reeling and frantically hoping for more pages.
For a debut novel, Lissa hit this one out of the park....more
I really went into this book blind. I had no idea what it was about because, as you can see above, the blurb is mostly vague.
I ended up absolutely delighted with it! My favorite books are of the witchy variety, so I was very pleasantly surprised to discover the witchcraft that this book is centered around.
Madison is a natural witch; but she doesn’t know it yet. And that’s pretty much how I’ve wished my entire life to be! I’d love to discover one day that I’ve got all of these innate powers coursing through my veins.
That would rock.
Just like this book did.
It’s not the best written book in the world. But the characters are genuine. Madison and Isaac’s relationship developed in that too-fast stereotypical fashion that often plagues YA novels, but it worked in this book. In fact, I hope that this book turns into a series, because I’d love to see more of them. Plus, any witchy series automatically ends up on my TBR list....more
When I started reading this one, it took me awhile to get into the flow of it. The story started pretty slowly, but picked up about a third of the way through. If you find it starts too slowly for your liking, punch through – it’s worth it.
This world is brilliantly devised and written. It seems to take place in the 19th century, but it’s hinted at that this is not the same 19th century from our past. This is a world where witches once ruled, but now the Brotherhood is the authority – seeking to subvert and oppress women. Every single trial and punishment I can recall from the book was a girl or woman – never a man. Women accused of witchery were either sent to an asylum or they mysteriously disappeared.
This is the world Cate Cahill and her two sisters have grown up in – as witches. Cate has spent the three years since their mother died trying to protect her sisters and keep their secret, all while watching other girls from the town be accused, tried, and punished for witchery.
I can’t imagine the strength of character required for Cate to stay sane while living through the events of this book. My heart aches for her – for the choices she was forced to make, and for the sacrifices she made.
My only complaint with the book is that it ends in the middle of the story. I know that it’s a series and will pick up in the next book, but it always bothers me when *nothing* is tied up at the end of a book....more
This ended up being a very difficult book for me to read. In the end, it inspired a blog post that triggered a bout of depression that left me in a funk for days. For a book to have that kind of effect on me, it absolutely deserves a 5.
I turn thirty this year, yet I still see myself in this fifteen year old girl. The way she looks at herself is the way that I look at myself. The way that she pushes away the world is the same way that I push away the world.
Ever is me.
And the thing I learned the most from reading this book is that just because your outside changes doesn't mean your inside does. And your insides don't always match your outsides. It sounds like common sense, but this is something that so many young girls - and even young adults - struggle with. It's always if I can lose 5 more pounds. Or my life will begin once such and such happens.
Ever's story is about embracing who you are while you strive towards becoming the best you that you can be.
Don’t you just love books that draw you in so completely that you stay up half the night to finish them without even realizing it?
Incarnate is one of those books.
I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, especially since there has been SO much hype about this one. But from the very first chapter, I was bound to Ana and couldn’t put it down. I hadn’t realized that this was the beginning of a new series, so I very nearly ganked a whole star from my rating for the way it ended – I was going to be very upset if there was nothing after this one. But thank Google, because I found out there are at least two more books coming.
There is nothing about this book that I didn’t love. Even though there were definitely characters I didn’t like (I’m looking at you Li), they all served a purpose – to make Ana who she was. Yes, a lot of who she was (especially to start with) was an insecure girl who felt worthless – but she was always full of such wonder and passion that it was impossible not to fall in love with her.
Sam is perhaps one of my favorite boys now. I like how being 5,000 years old (though physically 18) gave him a depth of character that we don’t generally see in YA heroes. His experience in life – his own passion and wonder for music and things in the world – allowed him to see Ana as something of insurmountable value. And he treated her as such.
The best part of Ana and Sam, however, is that there is no love triangle in sight.
And, there are dragons. What’s not to love?
I still have so many questions about Janan and life in Heart. I really hope that a later book reveals how the souls came to be and who/what built the city they all live in. I imagine that it’s a fascinating tale....more