***3.5?*** Juneau and Miles were cute together, some things - the Encyclopedia-Britannica-based education and the homeless oracles - were lovely, and...more***3.5?*** Juneau and Miles were cute together, some things - the Encyclopedia-Britannica-based education and the homeless oracles - were lovely, and some things that bugged me first were explained later on. But, hmmm. I need to think about it.(less)
A believably brutal and beautifully written retelling of the legend around Paris and Helena of Troy, which focuses on a fictional and likable characte...moreA believably brutal and beautifully written retelling of the legend around Paris and Helena of Troy, which focuses on a fictional and likable character, Anaxandra, a pirate lord's daughter who at the age of six is taken as a hostage by King Nicander and poses later as his deceased daughter Callisto, when Menelaus of Sparta drops by after the island is raided, depeopled and destroyed.
Like everybody I had always thought Helena to be pretty selfish: She lets a huge mass of people tumble into a bloody war because of her sudden infatuation with a brainless, childish twit. But "Goddess of Yesterday" even tunes Helena's character up quite a notch: She is depicted as an inhumanly beautiful and inhumanly evil and twisted bitch, who doesn't care for her four children at all and gets a mighty kick out of watching people die a painful death for her sake. Chilling, but fitting, somehow.
Fear and fascination kept me glued to the pages. The only distraction has been the occasional botched up sentence or misplaced word, which was astonishing for a traditionally published book (Randomhouse group). (less)
*** Read for the first time from April 16th to 18th 2010, sped through it like a chimpanzee on Crack in 2014 ***
So much action, panic, character deve...more*** Read for the first time from April 16th to 18th 2010, sped through it like a chimpanzee on Crack in 2014 ***
So much action, panic, character development ... and perfect, sweet romance in one short final series installment! Anything short of inhaling it in big, big gulps isn't doable. Book, we'll definitely meet a third time.(less)
*** Read and reviewed on May 14th 2009, re-read on March 5th 2014 ***
This is so good ... and now I am waiting again!
The second part in the "Darkest Po...more*** Read and reviewed on May 14th 2009, re-read on March 5th 2014 ***
This is so good ... and now I am waiting again!
The second part in the "Darkest Powers Trilogy" is basically a road movie. A diverse bunch of naturally supernatural - and genetically altered - kids are running for their lives, because the adults whose guinea-pigs they are, decided to end the experiment and terminate the subjects.
The book starts in the middle of the attempted flight and ends with the - temporary - end of it. But, wow what a roller coaster! Although there is danger after danger, ghost after zombie after spell duel, the story remains believable and the characters real: Bickering, bratty witch Tori, puberty-hit werewolf Derek (with acne, anger-issues, wolfish stink, excruciatingly painful and puke-enhanced half-transformations), brave, unsure and compassionate necromancer Chloe and Simon, a diabetic womanizing sorcerer.
I especially like the non-perfectness of everybody. For example, although the kids decide to call a truce and stop bitching against each other, Tori fails to keep her tongue in check. Although Chloe starts to like Derek more and more for himself as the story progresses and to appreciate her ability to talk freely of her anxieties to him, she still notices his flaws in appearance and is flattered by beautiful Simon's attentive flirtation.
Kelley Armstrong really did a wonderful thing, when she decided to go for young adult fiction. I can't wait to read "The Reckoning" next year.(less)
*** Finished for the first time on August 2. 2009 *** Waaaagh, such a cliff-hanger ending ... and I will have to wait for the second volume at least u...more*** Finished for the first time on August 2. 2009 *** Waaaagh, such a cliff-hanger ending ... and I will have to wait for the second volume at least until May.
Kelley Armstrong's first attempt at the young adult genre worked just fine. It has wonderful, believable characters (who doesn't applaud Armstrong for creating someone like Derek in an era full of unblemished, irresistable heartthrob heroes?), supernatural elements and is thickly layered in thrills: Ghost-seeing Chloe Sanders lands in a closely monitored, posh boarding-school for mentally ill teenagers and is quickly diagnosed as being schizophrenic. When getting to know her fellow inmates and their unique problems better, she starts to doubt anybody attending Lyle House is really ill. Can it be coincidence that all six teenagers have supernatural tendencies or is somebody playing down things deliberately and using their otherness for his or her own mysterious means?
In contrast to funny and down to earth mediator Suze (Cabot), who I adore as well, this book's heroine really is living through hell. She believes herself sick, takes her medicine, is confined to a house with a sound alarm system and no one sincere enough to trust, does not know how to deal with ghosts repeating their death scenes over and over and is afraid her friends in school have noticed her freaking out and being shipped off to hospital.
Abandoned after reading past the 25% mark. I have simply read too many of those. And better ones, too. Really. Superspecial heroine of world-saving pr...more Abandoned after reading past the 25% mark. I have simply read too many of those. And better ones, too. Really. Superspecial heroine of world-saving proportions made aware of her new life and destiny has to face mean monsters, thrilling dangers and hot, mysterious boys that sort themselves into the no-no-category. Yawn.(less)
I know, I KNOW that 16% reading progress is not much and probably too early to throw the towel for good and to say that I do not believe in being able...moreI know, I KNOW that 16% reading progress is not much and probably too early to throw the towel for good and to say that I do not believe in being able to change my mind. Should you be outraged about my audacity to rate my meager reading experience, just squeeze your eyes tight and open them after my lonely star has passed you by.
At first the delectably time travel aspect in combination with the first gushy-mushy, over-positive reviews somehow failed to persuade me that I should wish for the book to appear in my hands. I have no explanation whatsoever for my lack of reaction.
Then, when I decided to join my friend Teccc in a spontaneous buddy-read (the Kindle edition is attractively cheap), I had mixed feelings during the first scenes in the prison, because the story and the heroine made no immediate beeline for my heart and I kept picturing Juliette and Adam and their world in earlier-consumed Shatter Me and wished for the writing style I encountered then (not the book’s or author’s fault). The heroine’s unfounded obsession with opening that drain appeared to be a little off and absurd to me – although I understand that time spent in isolation can do a lot of unsavory things to the human mind.
The time machine throttled towards its destination and I spluttered into a scene full of girls I instantly hated (view spoiler)[I guess M...arina and e...M will turn out to be the same person. So hating the former would not have turned out good for my relationship with the book (hide spoiler)], two boys I felt indifferent about (view spoiler)[although one of them, the overlooked one, seems to develop into the blue-eyed hero (hide spoiler)], and a plot that bored me from paragraph one. As M...arina left with the not-yet-replaced boy of her dreams for a fundraising event I decided to leave her universe. And exhaled long and luxuriously in relief. That’s it.
Please read and adore this time travelling romance. You are not me. Apparently.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
*** 2.5 stars *** The teens-alone-in-outer-space thriller was suspense-laden enough to make me go on reading until the very last cliffhanging page, bu...more*** 2.5 stars *** The teens-alone-in-outer-space thriller was suspense-laden enough to make me go on reading until the very last cliffhanging page, but as the religious conflict, the fertility aka mating issues, the Lord-of-the-Flies-or-Gone-like, but highly improbable, kiddie rule on board of the deserted, damaged and slightly dusty, but peachy-going mega-ship Empyrean (120 boys aged between two and 15 keep everything running for almost six months from gravity to clean airfilters and from chicken coops to artificial rainforests - not mentioning personal hygiene or daily routines), the love-triangle and the lack of general information (conveniently easily explained: The adults just avoided painful talks about the destructed earth, the survivors left behind and the events that led to the departure of two selectively staffed rescue ships) are concerned, I was, simply said, permanently annoyed to the point of imploding in my space suit. I would read the sequel only if it was dropped into my lap without any effort or compensation expected from me in return.(less)
"Don't you see? Those monsters you've been so worried about. Not aliens. People. The monsters have always been people."
What a thrilling ride to Centau...more"Don't you see? Those monsters you've been so worried about. Not aliens. People. The monsters have always been people."
What a thrilling ride to Centauri-Earth and back! Not counting the hours I slept and I had breakfast I read the final volume of Beth Revis' Goodspeed trilogy in one go. I enjoyed it a lot more than the second volume - of which I don't remember much apart from that the heroine had been running against time through the spaceship like a Wonderland rabbit on Speed with literary classics in her hand, because she had to solve riddle after riddle but no chance to think about them. It seems to me that the haste and the suspense did not allow for much else besides.
'Shades of Earth' on the other hand would work brilliantly as a movie because of its richness. I imagine it as a cross between 'Avatar', 'Jurrassic Park', 'Alien', 'Moon' and 'The City of Ember'. There is a just-in-time-crash-avoiding landing of the space shuttle, there are prehistorical seeming flesh-eating monsters, deathly flowers, a fighteningly high body-count Beth, I kind of got angry at you when Kit got murdered while I desperately hoped for that racist pig of a father to bite the dust in a painful way , hints at alien, but humanoid habitation, there are unbalanced fights for leadership, there is a deliberate use of known and unknown weapons, there is a food shortage and an engine fail on the Goodspeed, there is even a rather well-done love-triangle I admit its introduction made sense: Amy always wondered if she would have fallen for a different boy if there had been sane alternatives to Elder on the Goodspeed to choose from, there is romance, there is sex, there are several people that can or cannot be trusted, there is greedy corporate behavior, a severe daughter-father and a less severe daughter-mother conflict and a too large bunch of unfrozen specialists, who do not listen to or show the faintest interest in the crew that expertly kept them alive for centuries, but treat the "shipborn" (always spelled with a minuscle s in contrast to the "Earthborn" written with a capital E) as if they were impersonating Christopher Columbus' reincarnations with a master's degree in Degrading Supposedly Imbecile Primitives who are facing their first opponents.
If your initial Across the Universe-caused enthusiasm had - like mine - been waning a little bit while reading A Million Suns, I suggest to ignore that slight sense of deflation and to read Shades of Earth anyway. You will be rewarded with an awesomely entertaining end of a teenage space saga.
P.S.: Beth, what are you writing next? I am up to another adrenalin overdose.(less)