All These Things I've Done was surprisingly good. I was completely captivated by this intriguing and tension filled story.
I have been reading quite aAll These Things I've Done was surprisingly good. I was completely captivated by this intriguing and tension filled story.
I have been reading quite a bit of dystopia lately and I loved that this novel did not focus on matching people or the government trying to control everybody. In the year 2083 they are plenty of problems and changes but overall it feels more like a realistic future. Chocolate is illegal (EEK! no chocolate would make me crazy) together with a million other things like caffeine, paper without a permit, phones, cameras. I felt the world was very convincing as it feels similar to the stories of the 1920's when alcohol was banned and smuggled in.
This is the first book of Zevin's I have read. I found her prose sharp and alluring. Writing that draws you in immediately. It was perfectly paced story that had a cleverly constructed plot and world.
Anya is part of the Balanchine Family, one of the most well known crime syndicates in the world. Her father use to be the head of it before he was murdered. Anya mother was also killed in a hit gone wrong. Now Anya is trying to do the best she can caring for her ill grandmother, her older brother Leo, who has a learning disability and her younger sister Natty. Anya is a mature, brave and compelling character. I love that she always but her family first. I found the secondary characters to be just as well crafted and likeable as Anya especially Leo and Natty.
Win, is the son of the head of the District Attorney Department and Anya's love interest. So it is has a little bit of the star crossed lovers thing going on. The romance between Anya and Win was passionate and yet sweet at the same time.
The mafia part of the storyline was probably the highlight for me though. I found myself fascinated by this mysterious and dangerous element of the story. I would definitely like to see it play an even bigger part in the next installment.
I am so happy All These Things I've Done is going to be a trilogy. Even though it ended in a good place I felt like the story was just getting started and it has left me desperately craving more.
Overall, I found All These Things I've Done to be a clever and engaging read. Zevin definitely delivers all the right elements in this impressive novel. ...more
Favourite Quote:Lily felt a tiny shift in the air. The hairs on her arms stood up. The troopers were coming. She sprinted along the street, examiningFavourite Quote:Lily felt a tiny shift in the air. The hairs on her arms stood up. The troopers were coming. She sprinted along the street, examining the Wall for some notch or hole to scurry into. There was nothing - just an endless smooth expanse. Black clouds writhed under the heavy sun as the morning closed on midday.
In one sentence: Fast paced read that has plenty of heart-stopping moments as it climbs to the climax.
Days Like This is a dystopia novel set in in Sydney. Where there is a water shortage due to global warming effects, the government has collapsed and the committee has taken over. They have built a wall to keep the poor and people who would question or fight back with the committee out. The streets are patrolled by the emotionless Blacktroopers. And the children are kept locked inside their homes.
I love the concept for Days Like This. Stewart did a great job of writing a believable and well built world. With all the damage we are doing to our planet, water shortage and extreme weather seems possible and completely scary. I also love the setting. Set in Sydney, I was able to picture it perfectly and it definitely felt Australian.
The plot is a constant thrill ride with danger around every corner. It is just go, go, go right until the end. Stewart's writing is easy to read but I lacked emotional connection with the story. I was entertained but not fully invested in what was happening unfortunately.
Lily is an engaging main character. I always like a character who doesn't give up, who isn't afraid to get amongst all the action but yet is still caring and kind towards others. Then we have Keiran who is just a genuine good guy. Brave, loyal and sweet. We also have a mixed bunch of secondary characters some likeable and some so not so much.
Romance has a very minor role and yet it felt a little out of place and awkward. Maybe the awkwardness had to do with Lily being locked inside her house for so many years and having no interactions with other teens. So possibly this is why it didn't feel natural especially towards Luca. It is has sort of a brief love triangle or rather a moment of confusion. Thankfully Lily's connection to Kieran felt more honest, just lacking spark.
Also Days Like This is a standalone. No cliffhanger and your questions answered. It is so nice to read a book and not be dying for book two.
Overall, despite my issues with Days Like These it is still a good read. It is a smart novel that gets you thinking about the future of the world while it takes you on action packed ride....more
Favourite Quote:"As soon as I look up, his eyes click onto my face. The breathe whooshes out of my body and everything freezes for a second, as thougFavourite Quote:"As soon as I look up, his eyes click onto my face. The breathe whooshes out of my body and everything freezes for a second, as though I am looking at him through my camera lens, zoomed in all the way, the world pausing for that tiny span of time between the opening and closing of the shutter."
Delirium is a gripping and intense read. Lauren Oliver writes one sad world, where love is considered a disease that will kill you. Where society has a cure that gives you no control over your life and I personally couldn't think of anything scarier.
Lauren Oliver writing is magnetic and powerful. I remember when I read Before I Fall, I thought it was beautiful and it provoked such a strong emotional reaction out of me and Delirium did the same. You can picture this world and what is happening so perfectly that you feel like you are there (which is kind of terrifying because it is a place that I wouldn't want to be). It is a page turner not because of it's pace but because you are trying to find out if there is hope for these two characters. A happy ending seems impossible. So be prepared for an emotional read.
Both Lena and Alex are likeable and well developed characters that face lots of hard choices. Lena, has the most growth as a character. At the beginning she just wants to go along with society but as she meets Alex and begins to looks inside herself for what she really want, she becomes strong and brave. Something she definitely wasn't at first. Lena and Alex chemistry is apparent from the beginning and it is beautiful to watch their relationship develop. I also have to mention that Alex is a book lover and even uses his fridge to hold books (you got to love guys who love to reads)!
The ending, WOW! It certainly had a few surprises and the action felt like it was just beginning. I am eagerly anticipating the next book after that cliffhanger.
Overall, Delirium is a outstanding dystopia read that will linger in your thoughts long after you are finished.
Favourite Quote:"Rules? Ixion is supposed to be free of rules, yet it seems as strict as Grave in its own way and more...more dangerous."
Three words:Favourite Quote:"Rules? Ixion is supposed to be free of rules, yet it seems as strict as Grave in its own way and more...more dangerous."
Three words: I loved it! Burn Bright is one of those reads that when you are finished you are left saying "WOW I want more" because it such a amazing story.
I am having such a hard time writing a review to explain why I am so impressed by this book. I have being trying to write this review for two weeks and still nothing. So here is a list of just some of the reasons why I love it:-
* Burn Bright has one of the most unique and captivating worlds. It slowly unravels and I love the fact that everything was not what it seemed. Also you could (and want to) re-read it again to see things you have missed the first time to better understand the mysterious and dark place of Ixion.
* It's plot is unpredictable and exciting. It is the type of book you read when you should be sleeping, or while you are cooking or during a red light in your car. You know what I am talking about, a completely consuming read.
* Retra (aka Naif) is incredible character. She is quite but yet still strong. I like the fact that she thinks about things, asks questions and doesn't follow blindly. Retra is definitely a heroine you admire.
* The well written subtle romance. I would call it attraction and connection. It looks like something is building for the future books. There is Lenior the leader of Ixion who I feel Retra has the strongest connection with. And then there is the mysterious Markes, the musician, who was on the barge with Retra when she entered Ixion, who pops up every now and then. Retra has more of an attraction to him. And I am going to surprise you here and say I actually like Lenior more. Yes I am picking him over the hot musician (normally they are my weakness) because I don't think Markes has been in the storyline enough to leave a strong enough of impression of who he really is.
Overall, Burn Bright is an alluring and gripping read that has left me craving the sequel. I highly recommend this to all dystopia fans....more
What I imagine Four to look like: http://irresistiblereads.blogspot.com... My Favourite Quote:As we walk toward the Pit, I repeat the line Will quotedWhat I imagine Four to look like: http://irresistiblereads.blogspot.com... My Favourite Quote:As we walk toward the Pit, I repeat the line Will quoted to myself so I don't forget it. I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives on person to stand up for another. It is a beautiful thought.
Wow! What an amazing debut. As soon as I had finished Divergent I re-read it all over again. That is how much I loved it. For me it had all the right elements - extraordinary writing, gripping plot, unforgettable characters and delicious romance.
Roth's prose was sharp and addicting. It was a fast paced ride that I never wanted to stop reading. The plot had plenty of surprises yet there was a few twists I saw coming but it was the kind of predictable twists that you completely enjoy.
Tris is a compelling character who I admire. I like that she was a strong brave kick butt character but yet still had insecurities and doubts making her easy to relate to. With Four it was love at first sight or rather first read. Strong, daring (who doesn't like a dare devil), mysterious and HOT. There is also some intriguing secondary characters like Uriah, Christina and Caleb who I hope we get to see more of in the next instalment.
Tris and Four's relationship was surprisingly sweet and tender yet a little steamy. Their romance was perfectly done so it didn't overwhelm this brilliant story.
Overall, a spectacular debut that left me craving more. This is definitely one of my favourite reads of 2011....more
Unfortunately this book wasn't for me. It wasn't the writing but rather the subject matter. I just found it a little to disturbing for my taste. I amUnfortunately this book wasn't for me. It wasn't the writing but rather the subject matter. I just found it a little to disturbing for my taste. I am normally okay with gritty and powerful reads but for me it doesn't really work in this particular dystopia setting.
Rating: 3.5-4 stars. This is such a hard book to rate
Favourite Quote:Sometimes, I don't think there is anything beyond what is here, what is now. I tRating: 3.5-4 stars. This is such a hard book to rate
Favourite Quote:Sometimes, I don't think there is anything beyond what is here, what is now. I think that maybe beyond this world - this train, the desert we are passing through, this heat swelling all around - there is nothing.
Wow! This little book, it is only 191 pages, packs a powerful punch. Grace is a heartbreaking tale that is beautifully written.
I am sure you all know I am huge fan of Elizabeth Scott. I just love her writing. But all her books that I have read have been more the romantic contemp type. Grace is completely different. Grace lives in a cruel and violent place. 'The People' are at war against the country's dictator Keran Berj. Grace is trained from a young age to be an Angel, a suicide bomber. But Grace doesn't want to die. And she goes on the run with Kerr, a mysterious stranger, in search of freedom.
This is the type of book that hurts. It also makes you appreciate how lucky you are. Scott tells the story so simply yet it is full of emotion. That being said it isn't the type of book that I could re-read even though though it is hopeful at times.
Grace and Kerr are both character that your heart just goes out to. Both have made mistakes in their past that are consequences of the place they live in. I wondered while I read what choices would I have made if I had been in their situations. You can't help but to root for them to make it safely out of the country and finally be free.
Overall, Grace is remarkable written tale that lingers with you long after you have read it.
Hmmmmmm......what to say about this book. XVI was an okay read. The premise is interesting and thought provoking but also a little too distrubing forHmmmmmm......what to say about this book. XVI was an okay read. The premise is interesting and thought provoking but also a little too distrubing for my taste. The writing lacks that emotional connection to care about the story unfortunately. The pacing was okay with only a few moments that dragged at the beginning. I like the friendship and also the family relationship in this book. They were the highlight of the story for me. Overall, this whole 'sex-teen' thing wasn't really my thing but it wasn't a bad read. Rating - 2.5 stars ...more
Favourite Quote:"Once you want something, everything changes. Now I want everything. More and more and more."
Matched is a book that I have been despeFavourite Quote:"Once you want something, everything changes. Now I want everything. More and more and more."
Matched is a book that I have been desperately waiting for and one that was surrounded by a lot of hype. And I have to say after I finished reading it I feel a little disappointed. Matched was good but it wasn't that great epic story I was expecting.
What I liked most about this book was the prose. It was really beautiful.
"So in the middle of all the noise, I point to the sky. I hope he understands what I mean, because I mean so many things: My heart will always fly his name. I won't go gentle. I'll find a way to soar like the angels in the stories and I will find him. And I know he understands as he looks straight at me, deep into my eyes. His lips move silently, and I know what he says: the words of a poem that only two people in the world know. Tears well up but I blink them away. Because if there is one moment in my life that I want to see clearly, this is it."
The concept was interesting and the world building is well thought out. It really feels like this could be our future. But the pace was just too slow for me and that was my biggest problem with Matched. Basically, after a little while I got a tad bit bored. There was too much details and not enough action. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and when it did the book ended.
Cassia, Ky and Xander they were certainly likeable and interesting but I never really got emotionally invested in them. Also I felt the romance lacked a little spark and didn't really feel the connection between Cassia and Ky. I couldn't understand how they could love each other already. If Cassia had been in love with Xander I would have completely understood because of the years of the close friendship they had.
I am however looking forward to the next installment despite my problems with Matched. I think it will have all the things that I felt the first book was missing.
Overall, not a bad start to this series. It just lacked that little something special for me.