Not a bad opener for a new series. I am definitely excited to read the next. Ugh, a whole year for part 2? BOOO!
Anway-Eve is in School following the pNot a bad opener for a new series. I am definitely excited to read the next. Ugh, a whole year for part 2? BOOO!
Anway-Eve is in School following the plague that wiped out like 98% of the world's population. One the eve of her graduation, she discovers the truth of what it means to graduate the all-girls' School. So she strikes out to make her way to Califia where she will be safe and protected. But how safe will she be making her way there, when the only person to help her is a boy? As she learns in School, boys and especially men are evil and dangerous and only after one thing. ...more
I started this book one night, read a little bit here and there, and then I'm finished with it. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
Em and Chase have anI started this book one night, read a little bit here and there, and then I'm finished with it. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
Em and Chase have an exciting winter break. In fact, they both do things they shouldn't. As a result, they are recipients of red orchids. Now before you think this is good, IT IS NOT! Enter the Furies.
While I like the premise, I think it could have been executed a bit better. I did not like any main or supporting character. My biggest complaint is Em. Seriously? She is a target? I just don't buy it, at all.
With that all in mind, I will read the 2nd one....more
The Predicteds. I had so much trouble with this book. The first half I found to be absolutely intoxicating. I was hooked, and didMore over at the blog
The Predicteds. I had so much trouble with this book. The first half I found to be absolutely intoxicating. I was hooked, and did not want to stop reading. Then, I became disgusted. Not by the writing or anything, but the sheep mentality of the community in the story.
PROFILE is a program that tests students to find out if anyone is going to become a negative impact on society. What is negative? Violent, a teen mom, addicted to drugs or alcohol, antisocial, etc. If a student falls into one of those categories, they are "Predicted." But so far, the test results have been sealed and confidential. Until a girl is brutally attacked and left for dead. She lives, but the consequences are great. Now the PROFILE results are being unsealed.
Overnight, friends are now enemies. Classrooms are becoming segregated, as is all of the resources at the school. Local hangouts are not allowing Predicteds. It is just mind boggling. But sadly, this is a mentality that I can see sweep across the nation. On Monday everything is fine with your classmates. Nothing bad has happened. But Tuesday, just because a test says they are antisocial, you are afraid of them. They are bad. They could hurt you. What?!
One of my thoughts early on: If you are Predicted to be a criminal and that is all you hear and what is expected of you, does that make you a criminal? Or help you to become one? Can a person fight it?...more
I am so conflicted on how to rate and shelf this book. The premise of the novel was wonderful-it was fresh, exciting, new, and futuristic. There are tI am so conflicted on how to rate and shelf this book. The premise of the novel was wonderful-it was fresh, exciting, new, and futuristic. There are two ships going to New Earth. With no real warning, Ship #1 is boarding Ship #2 and taking all the girls. But why? It is pretty obvious why-but I'm still not going to say. What we are left with is a 'he said/she said' battle; a 'he said and did vs. he said and did,' and God. Yes, God.
Up to the last quarter of the book I really enjoyed. But then the voice of God, as in "Who are you?" "I am" entered and after that, my enjoyement level dropped. It isn't that it was poorly written or constructed, instead it is a personal thing. I don't like elements like religion to be in the background for 80% of the book, then BAM! It is at the fore. (I would really like to rant away on this, but then I would need spoiler tags, etc and I just don't feel up to it.)
In the end, I do not think I will be reading the remainder of the trilogy. I'll just read reviews and have others tell me what happened....more
This was an interesting book. It is a 'ripped from the headlines' about cyberbullying. As I said in my updates, there is a smidge of paranormal, but nThis was an interesting book. It is a 'ripped from the headlines' about cyberbullying. As I said in my updates, there is a smidge of paranormal, but not too much. Twins Hayley and Taylor get clues to help uncover what happened to Katelyn. Was she a suicide victim? The victim of a murder? What really happened? We find out in bits and pieces until the very end.
I enjoyed the book. The mystery part was pretty well done. My chief complaint is that the book was told through so many points of view that I had a little trouble keeping it together. We also find out too much info for other parts.
I probably will not read the next book in the series....more
DEARLY Dearly, Departed starts off with a young man, Bram, running from a mob of the dead. He ends up trapped with a friend who is blMore with the blog
DEARLY Dearly, Departed starts off with a young man, Bram, running from a mob of the dead. He ends up trapped with a friend who is bleeding to death. Hm...Doesn't bode well.Skip to Nora Dearly. She is just ending her mourning period for her late father. And now she is an orphan living with her greedy, money mis-management, social climbing aunt.
At this point, it be explained that Dearly, Departed is a mix of dystopia, steampunk, and Victoriana. I don't want to go into too much detail because Nora does a beautiful job explaining how this arrangement came to be in the year of 2190something or another. She explains via a school assignment. This turned out to be a great way to introduce readers to a new world. It does two things. First-It doesn't assume you know what happened, and second, it doesn't feed the knowledge to you in a boring way. (Can you think of books that do this? I sure can...)
So, in the New Victorian world, there is advanced technology, but there is also what made the Victorian era what it was: the social customs, class breakdowns, clothing, manners, etc. Dearly, Departed was truly something new and different.
DEPARTED Onto zombies. There are two types. The first, the Grays, are your classic zombies. They are NOT GOOD. Then there are the others. With the help of medication and a strong sense of self preservation, they talk, function, and do just about anything they used to do while living. They are just ... dead. Nora learns all of this when there is an attempted kidnapping by the bad zombies. But then she is rescued/kidnapped by the good ones!
And there she meets Bram. And begins to trust him and not be so scared of him. He is like her own personal bodyguard-she hides behind him. It is so cute. Through the course of the story, they begin to have feelings for each other.
So what did I think? I enjoyed the hell out of this book! I loved the fusing of dystopia, steampunk, zombies and Victoriana. It felt fresh. My biggest issue was my squick factor. Falling in love with a zombie? Um...yeah, I just don't know about that. But I guess it's no different than falling in love with a vampire! My other issue was the points of view. There were waaaay too many. All we really needed was two, three at most. It got a bit distracting, and took me out of the story.
The characters were quite fun. Nora's friend Pamela was hella fun! In my opinion, she deserves her own zombie hunting story! There was a scene with a parasol...but you'll have to read to know what happened! The other good zombies were entertaining as well, especially Renfield and Chas. Zombie with manners, and a sassy girl zombie who likes parties!
All in all, Dearly, Departed was greatly enjoyed. I'm curious about the sequel and where it will go next....more
1 part Book of Eli + 1 part Xena + 1 part Firefly-ish = EPIC.
This is actually a second attempt at the book. The first time, I wasn'Full review is here
1 part Book of Eli + 1 part Xena + 1 part Firefly-ish = EPIC.
This is actually a second attempt at the book. The first time, I wasn't in the right frame of mine for the speech patterns. But this time, I was ready! And so glad I did. If I would never have gone back, I would have missed this little gem: "Ezzackly" Awesomeness!
Okay, so Saba, her twin Lugh, and their nine year old sister, Emmi live with their father. Alls going okay until four horsemen ride up to take Lugh. Saba vows to get him back. But her journey to find him is long, arduous, and filled with a cast of unwelcome characters. See-Saba doesn't trust anyone to help her, including her own sister. In fact, Saba's intense dislike and disdain for Emmi is so strong that I can taste it, and feel bad for Emmi. Even Emmi, and everyone who meets them knows Saba hates her!
On the way to Lugh, both Saba and Emmi are kidnapped...and Saba is forced to become a cage fighter, fighting for her life. It is there that she meets up with the Free Hawks. Needless to say, the journey to Lugh begins again...
And what is a YA novel without a love interest? This ones takes the form of Jack. Jack is...well...Jack is cool. Yeah, that's a good way to describe him. He makes me think of someone who was supposed to be a character in Xena, but ended up with Moira Young instead! (And yes, that is a big compliment.) He didn't make my heart race. For some bizarre reason, that honor is held by DeMalo O.o Yeah, don't ask, there is no explanation.
While I enjoyed Blood Red Road, I found trouble relating to the characters. I like who Saba became, but initially I hated her. Truthfully, I still don't like her a whole bunch. Maybe that is the point though? The only character I felt invested in was Nero-the crow. He was just epic.
Lugh? The more we heard of him, the less I liked him. The more I distrusted him. There's something up with him!
In the end, fascinating and unique debut by Moira Young. I will definitely be on board for book two!...more
1. Do not read this with any preconceived notions of Greek Mythology 2. Do not read the list of Gods in Ginny's Rules for Reading The Goddess Test
1. Do not read this with any preconceived notions of Greek Mythology 2. Do not read the list of Gods in the back of the book (it will ruin parts) 3. Remember: this is FICTION and is supposed to be fun
If you remember these 3 rules you should be good to go!
I enjoyed this book. I read some of the negative reviews, but I honestly and thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Persephone and Hades myth has always fascinated me, which is what this book follows. Kate is given a choice-to save her mother and come to Eden Mansion to face a series of tests, or, let her mom die. What's a girl to do. Kate has to pass seven tests. Interestingly enough, these seven tests are the Seven Deadly Sins.
I thought the mixture of mythology and Christianity, and really other religions was well played. It was not overdone, and reminded me of some of my studies in my mythology course from college.
As far a non-post-apocalypse dystopian story goes, I found Possession to be one of the more interesting oGo here for more, including vocab and places!
As far a non-post-apocalypse dystopian story goes, I found Possession to be one of the more interesting ones. Johnson has created an entire world complete with lands, vocabulary, an underground rebellion movement, etc.
To start, there are two distinct groups of society members, and they live in two different areas. First is the Goodgrounds and the Goodies; and the Badlands and Baddies. But what makes Baddies bad? Well, they are tanned and have crazy hair! Apparently, Violet Schoenfeld is about to find out. Vi is a Rulebreaker and for her latest rulebreaking (walking with a boy after dark) she is going to be shipped off to the Badlands.
Thus begins Vi's journey with Baddie Jag Barque. And from that point on discovers her life is not what she thought, and not quite as simple. There is also more to the story of her dead sister and missing father. Will Vi be strong enough to withstand all of these new discoveries?
I absolutely ADORED Vi! She has such a fabulous voice, and kind of reminds me of how I talk to family and friends O.o Vi is a sarcastic, smart ass, semi-violent (but in a good way) girl. Even knowing it is going to bite her in the ass she can't hold her tongue.
"Yeah, the biting-my-tongue-thing only happened once in a lifetime, and I'd just used my quota."
The best dialogue in the book occurs between Vi and Jag. Between them, it's the important things that matter: "You think X is cute?" Yes-let's not focus on anything else but that single comment. Love it!
Oh, and there is also a love triangle. Guess what? I like this one! I know, two for two this week! There is Jag-Mr. Baddie himself. My first impression of Jag was not high. I was hoping he was a low rank character. Happily I admit he was not. He is a good guy, who is sensitive and just utterly in love with Vi. Then there is Zenn. He is Vi's matched. But there is something off about him. Could it be that he is Special Forces? Or is it something else? Yeah, not a fan of his, at all.
Okay, that is about all of the story I am going to share. I don't want to spoil anything because Possession is chock full of super-secret-shockers!...more
I won a copy of this book from HarperCollins and I was soooo excited, as you could tell from my status updates. Shatter Me has been on my Covet list eI won a copy of this book from HarperCollins and I was soooo excited, as you could tell from my status updates. Shatter Me has been on my Covet list ever since I first heard about it a couple months ago.
The first thing I have to say about this was a brilliant debut by Tahereh Mafi. Page one had me hooked and drawn into the story. Her writing flowed so beautifully. It was truly like reading poetry come to life.
Juliette cannot touch anyone. If she does, they die. For three years she has been in isolation with no contact verbal or physical with anyone. All of that changes the day Adam shows up. Suddenly she is thrust into the world of the Reestablishment-to be a tool. To be a weapon. To hurt. Now Juliette must fight back. She must take control of her life for once.
Again, brilliant debut. Even though I have the ARC, I think I am going to have to get the hardback version for my collection. A year is far too long to wait for the next book. If you're looking for an early reviewer Tahereh I would so be up for the challenge! ...more
Liz and Kate are best friends. They thought nothing could tear them apart. Until Kate makes a serious and startling accusation against Liz's brother.Liz and Kate are best friends. They thought nothing could tear them apart. Until Kate makes a serious and startling accusation against Liz's brother. Now everything Liz thought she knew has been tossed upside down.
I've read books on this subject from the accusor's point of view, from the accused's point of view, but never from a friend/family point of view. It gave a different look and feel to it. How do you handle the situation? You're stuck in the middle, and even though you personally did nothing wrong, the guilt and betrayal is present....more
This was such a good book. I can't decide if it deserves a 4 or 5 star rating. The story was unique-a breath of fresh air if you will. And my favoriteThis was such a good book. I can't decide if it deserves a 4 or 5 star rating. The story was unique-a breath of fresh air if you will. And my favorite part? It does not appear to be a sequel!
London wakes up every morning with no memory of the day before. She relies on notes she leaves herself to know what happened. Sounds trying enough for anyone-now add in high school and a boyfriend. Yeah...
That is about all I want to say about what the book is about, so as not to give anything away. But seriously-give this book a try! It is fabulous. I hope to see more from Cat Patrick. She did a fantastic job of putting the reader in the same shoes as London-we have no clue what is going on until London does, except we remember what happened the previous chapter :) The characters were all likeable, etc. My only complaint is the ending seemed to wrap up way too quickly-but that is okay, it was still a powerful ending. ...more
Holy cow. So far for 2011, this is my pick of the year! Seriously. One of the best ones I've read. Once I started, I could not put it down! There is noHoly cow. So far for 2011, this is my pick of the year! Seriously. One of the best ones I've read. Once I started, I could not put it down! There is not a single thing that I did not like about the book. It had everything: romance (and NOT annoying!), suspense, danger, intrigue, fun, sad, you name it, it's in there!
I really liked this book. It was a nice change from vampires, werewolves, love triangles, etc. While some of it was a little campy at times, I still tI really liked this book. It was a nice change from vampires, werewolves, love triangles, etc. While some of it was a little campy at times, I still thought it was quite enjoyable. I was pretty much hooked from the beginning, and more when I found out what Revenants were-or at least Vincent and his kin. I'm eager for more!...more
Oh what to say about this book? I was hooked from page one. Literally.
We find out that Mara was in an accident and she was the only one to survive, bOh what to say about this book? I was hooked from page one. Literally.
We find out that Mara was in an accident and she was the only one to survive, but she does not remember anything about the accident. Suddenly, she is seeing and hearing her dead friends. She doesn't know what is real and what isn't. As Mara's life and mind become unhinged, she finds strength in an unexpected ally. As Mara begins to understand more about the accident, she slowly 'unbecomes.'
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an explosive beginning to what what promises to be an amazing trilogy.
(Sorry for such vagueness, but I did not want to spoil ANYTHING!)...more
Bridget is not a nice person. She is cruel to family, friends, and strangers. She ruins lives, she makes her friends do bad things. After a series ofBridget is not a nice person. She is cruel to family, friends, and strangers. She ruins lives, she makes her friends do bad things. After a series of events leads Bridget to horrible conclusions about herself, she finds her self on a Scrooge-ish journey to find out what people really think of her. The consequences are not quite what she expected....more
So I finished this one around 12:30 am Halloween Day (yay for perfect timing) and towards the end, as it was all dark and dim in my room, I got a littSo I finished this one around 12:30 am Halloween Day (yay for perfect timing) and towards the end, as it was all dark and dim in my room, I got a little creeped out. The red ink used in the book felt as if the book was dressed in blood.
The story was fabulous and haunting. The gruesome bits were gruesome and shocking! Very enjoyable....more
Son of a.....cliffhanger?! What the...so mean! Seriously though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now I am eagerly waiting for SepComplete review here
Son of a.....cliffhanger?! What the...so mean! Seriously though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now I am eagerly waiting for September. So many good books coming out in September!
What did this book have that made it stand out to me?
A love triangle/quadrangle that did not make me want to puke Non-ridiculous names for angelic/demonic/new guys (I am also a huge fan of the name Ash/Asher) A lead female who didn't piss me off Lead female who when faced with the possibility that she is 'different' doesn't go in to a total meltdown-only a mild one She stands up for herself ...more
I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. It could have been so much better, and that's the part that sucks the most. The author had some amI wanted to like this book so much more than I did. It could have been so much better, and that's the part that sucks the most. The author had some amazing elements and visuals in Under, but she left it all hanging. It wasn't until the last third of the book (when the big bad showed up) that I really became interested in the book.
So, that's my review for it. Wendy Darling has an excellent review of the book up. Check it out, it is pretty much everything I could say about the book-she just makes it sound better! lol http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/......more