I've been dying to read Across the Universe for so very long, so when I received my package of awesome from Beth Revis I was ecstatic. I devoured the...moreI've been dying to read Across the Universe for so very long, so when I received my package of awesome from Beth Revis I was ecstatic. I devoured the book in about three days (would have read it in one sitting, but I had to go to work).
Beth's writing is wonderful and smart. From the very first lines I was hooked. And boy does she know how to write a page turner! I loved all the plot twists too; they weren't random or just put in to keep the pacing going -- they all connected in the end to give the reader a real understanding of the world of the ship Godspeed and the events that have taken place since its departure from Earth.
Beth also did an excellent job of telling the story from alternating points of view. Sometimes this device turns me off from a story because I can't feel connected enough to the characters, but that is definitely not the case here. Amy and Elder contrast and complement each other so well that the alternating view points give the reader a greater understanding of both characters. Both characters are interesting and you really want them to figure out what is happening on the ship and who is responsible.
I am so happy that this is going to be a trilogy and I don't have to let go of Amy and Elder here. That being said, Beth did an excellent job of creating a first novel that can stand on its own and isn't simply an opener for numerous other books to follow.(less)
Not sure how I managed to go long without reading The Mortal Instruments, but here we are almost four years after the release and I'm just now startin...moreNot sure how I managed to go long without reading The Mortal Instruments, but here we are almost four years after the release and I'm just now starting the series.
This one totally lived up to all the hype I've been hearing; it was really amazing and I'm dying to read the next book. I've been reading a lot of paranormal lately and this one's definitely one of the best. The world-building is pretty excellent. Everything makes sense and connects up; there's no weird loose ends about the world and what is and is possible.
Beyond the world-building the characters are awesome. Clary is interesting and you can't help but be on her side. And the Shadowhunters (Jace, Isabelle, and Alec) -- oh they are all excellent. Each of them has their own minor storyline that adds to the story without taking over or being boring. I really can't wait to see what happens to them in the rest of the trilogy (well, I guess there are several more books coming out, so it's not really a trilogy anymore).
I'm not going to give anything away, but the plot twists are everywhere and so, so good. I just have to know what happens next!(less)
I've been wanting to read this one since it came out, but just hadn't gotten to it yet. So I was really excited when I won a copy of the new paperback...moreI've been wanting to read this one since it came out, but just hadn't gotten to it yet. So I was really excited when I won a copy of the new paperback edition in a Random House Twitter contest. I'd only read one fallen angels book (Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick) before Fallen and wanted more.
Let's start with the characters. Every character is interesting and has more going on then meets the surface. I loved Luce right from the beginning; she's lost and struggling to figure out what's happening to her and who she really is. Although she's caught between two boys and is rather obsessed with them, Fallen isn't just another paranormal romance where the girl simply cannot live without her love interest.
Lauren Kate's writing style really makes the book. Her voice is interesting, smart, and different. I can't wait to read Torment and whatever comes next for Kate and Luce.
I have to say a bit about this cover -- it's just gorgeous (and so it the Torment cover). It's dark and mysterious and absolutely fits the content and feel of the book. The image, the blue and black, and the font -- it all just works so well. (less)
Jennifer Donnelly's writing is super smart, witty, and interesting. I absolutely love her style; it's just amazing. Everything flows so well together;...moreJennifer Donnelly's writing is super smart, witty, and interesting. I absolutely love her style; it's just amazing. Everything flows so well together; although there are two plot lines running throughout the novel, everything remains connected. Each plot line enhances the other. Andi in the present day struggles with her brother's death and what she could have done to prevent it, while Alex in the past struggles to understand her changing world and what she could have done to help the young prince. Their struggles are similar, but not so similar that you feel as though you're reading the same story twice just in different time periods.
Donnelly slips in historical, musical, cultural references throughout the book that are just wonderful. Each one works perfectly and grounds Andi's world in the present day. I often worry that these sort of references don't really work and will only make the novel less accessible to teens in ten or fifteen years, but here that is definitely not the case. They are well chosen and work to really bring out Andi's voice and character. And her voice is what really grabbed me from the very beginning and keep me enthralled in the novel until the very last pages.
Andi's voice is so realistic; Donnelly doesn't shy away from difficult and violent issues. Andi struggles with depression and contemplates suicide, while Alex's world is filled with the violence of the revolution. None of these elements is glossed over or depicted in an over-the-top way. The violence is discussed realistically--terrible things happened during the French Revolution and Donnelly doesn't shy away from them just because she's writing YA. Finding this balance is extremely important and what really makes the book amazing.
I loved this one so much that I went out and bought A Northern Light (one of her earlier books) and am really looking forward to reading that as well. Revolution is a really beautifully done book about so much more than the French Revolution. (less)