I'm not really sure how to write this review. Because I'm not the best reviewer in the world. And I know without starting my words won't do Rae's word...moreI'm not really sure how to write this review. Because I'm not the best reviewer in the world. And I know without starting my words won't do Rae's words justice. Like, at all. But hopefully that alone gives you some idea about the amazingness of The Girl of Fire and Thorns in itself.
The book is full of beautiful language, which moves the story forward at a pace quick enough to have you flipping pages at paper cut-inducing rates, but slow enough to let you really take it all in. The action is nonstop. Character growth is evident on almost every single page, and it's all interspersed with conflict on a both fluid AND jarring levels. (Trust me, fluid and jarring do too go together here. You'll see.)
So then, we're moving along at this already fabulous pace . . . and KA-POW. The end of Part I reaches out and sucker punches you. Trust me. Like the book even needed to get more exciting. But it does. By, like, a zillion percent.
My eyes looked like this : O.O
I can't say much more about that without giving anything away, but dayum.
I think I've said before, I'm not a huge setting description kind of person. But The Girl of Fire and Thorns converted me. Elisa travels all over the place. Sometimes willingly, others not. But there's not a step she takes in which I couldn't picture her location with complete precision. And I wanted more. Rae's words weave up and around you until you feel your feet taking Elisa's steps. Your eyes taking in Elisa's sights. I'm not sure I've ever read anything that's pulled me in this way. (Oh, and while we're on the topic of Elisa--you don't need to look any further for a strong female MC. She's brave and smart and just all around spectacular.)
Every single thing in The Girl of Fire and Thorns has a specific place and purpose. Not that you'll notice while reading, because the writing's so smooth . . . And the subplots. Oh, the subplots. They're threaded together so seamlessly you almost forget they're there. Almost. But afterward? You'll realize that each and every one of those things builds and builds and builds into something much BIGGER, with way more relevance than you'd ever expect.
And to that, I say: BOO-YAH. Well played, Rae Carson.
Had you asked me a week ago, how to spell divergent, I would have started with the letter D. Today, though, I think it starts with the letter A.
Th...moreHad you asked me a week ago, how to spell divergent, I would have started with the letter D. Today, though, I think it starts with the letter A.
How do you spell Divergent?
I know, I know. I'm a little late to this party. But my TBR is ginormous. And it took me a minute to make my way to Divergent, by Veronica Roth.
And what a hot mistake that was. If you haven't read it yet, because it's not at the top of your TBR? BUMP IT, ASAP. Don't wait another month, another week, another day. Because I'm telling you now, I will say I told you so. And I'll stick my tongue out and wag my fingers from my ears, too.
Okay, so you start off learning that there are these five factions: Dauntless (the brave), Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intellectual), Amnity (the peaceful), Abnegation (the selfless). When you turn sixteen, you have to take a test which will indicate which faction you're fitted for. (Though, the decision is ultimately yours to make.) But the test is sooooo super cool, and also sooooo super creepy. When Beatrice's test began, I was sucked into the book with no chance of escape.
The choices Beatrice (aka Tris) makes and the consequences that follow are stunning to read. I found my heart rate increasing and my mouth hanging open on several occasions. And not only from Tris's actions. All of the characters are complicated and intriguing. Oh--and I don't think I've ever hated a character as quickly as I hated Eric. Seriously, you'll see. Just wait. Even typing his name gives me a little venomous charge in my veins.
The world building is . . . Honestly, I find myself at a loss with how to explain how thorough and brilliant and seamless it is. Well, I guess I just did. But still. Those words barely do Veronica's talent justice.
Basically, what it comes down to is this: Divergent is one part Hunger Games, one part Ender's Game, one part Lord of the Flies, and eleventy bajillion parts phenomenal. If you're one of the few who haven't read it yet, you need to fix that situation, PRONTO. (less)
I made the mistake of starting The Lipstick Laws at 11pm. And I'm TIRED today because I read until I was finished with it. I LOVED this book.
I was cra...moreI made the mistake of starting The Lipstick Laws at 11pm. And I'm TIRED today because I read until I was finished with it. I LOVED this book.
I was cracking up from page one. No, paragraph one. No, sentence one. Amy Holder's funny meter for girls reminded me a lot of Don Calame's funny meter for boys (in his book Swim the Fly) in that I laughed almost once (or more) a page--and many of those times out loud.
There are many great things about this book, but my absolute favorite is the main character, April Bowers. She's quirky and snarky and obsessed with stuffing her bra. (Get why this might have been so funny yet?) She falls under the spell of what it's like to be popular--and does things she doesn't want to, but not in that spineless way I've read in other books. She stays true to character (at least in her thoughts) the entire time. Amy Holder created a character flawed enough to drop believably into the world of popularity—but funny and sweet enough to keep me rooting for her, regardless of the bad decisions she stumbles into.
The story's fast-paced and the prose is smooth. It's an easy read, almost effortless in the way the words flow across the page.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the movie Mean Girls (and, um, who didn't???) I can't wait to see what Amy Holder's got coming next!
Right from the get-go, when Sal gets punched, I knew I wouldn't stop reading this until I was finished. And I didn't. I HAD to see...moreOne word: Amazing.
Right from the get-go, when Sal gets punched, I knew I wouldn't stop reading this until I was finished. And I didn't. I HAD to see what happened. I HAD to find out what the deal with the punch was, and who Miranda kept talking to throughout the book. I loved how real the characters were--like, real life real, if you know what I mean. Which made the time travel element even more intriguing.
I would recommend this book to everyone, honestly. It deserves every award it's ever won--and then some.(less)
Gayle Forman is amazing. Her books are some of the best I've ever read, Where She Went included. When I read the description and found out that Adam w...moreGayle Forman is amazing. Her books are some of the best I've ever read, Where She Went included. When I read the description and found out that Adam was the POV character of this one, instead of Mia, I was nervous because I LOVE MIA SO MUCH.
Then I read it.
And there may never be another fictional boy whom I fall so hard for, so fast. Adam jerked my heart around with all of his pain, and even more with his hidden hope. I won't spoil it, but there's a scene with a guitar that might be the best scene ever written. It will stay with me for a long, long time. Just like both of the books in this series. (less)
Defiance is intense and fast paced and amazing. I realize there's quite some time before it comes out, but still... keep it at the top of your wish li...moreDefiance is intense and fast paced and amazing. I realize there's quite some time before it comes out, but still... keep it at the top of your wish list. Trust me.
Full review to come closer to the pub date :) (less)
There aren't TOO many books that make me sit up at the end and HATE that I've read an ARC because it's that. much. longer. until I get to the second b...moreThere aren't TOO many books that make me sit up at the end and HATE that I've read an ARC because it's that. much. longer. until I get to the second book.