I saw the movie but had forgotten all the details so I thought this was a great time to finally read the book and I was glad I did. I loved it. The wr...moreI saw the movie but had forgotten all the details so I thought this was a great time to finally read the book and I was glad I did. I loved it. The writing is descriptive and interesting and emotional. The characters suck you in right from the very beginning and I love stories with happy endings. I fell in love with Novalee despite thinking she was just a weak and pathetic person at first. But at closer inspection I fell in love with her generosity, patience, love of people and life despite what life had thrown at her and it made me wish I could be more like her. This is one of my favorites.(less)
This book is not what most people think which is to leave your infant alone in their crib for hours on end screaming all night long. There's so much m...moreThis book is not what most people think which is to leave your infant alone in their crib for hours on end screaming all night long. There's so much more to it and it worked wonders on my child. It allows your child to learn how to settle down without help and feel comfortable and safe in their own surroundings. Yes, that means they might cry at first but it only took my daughter 2 nights to learn and now she sleeps 12 hours through the night (unless of course she's sick or teething or something like that). Now I'm so happy that my daughter will probably be a good sleeper for the rest of her life and she doesn't lack in love or security. If anything, she is more secure than other children I know who have never been sleep trained. She is able to play by herself more and doesn't cry the second I leave a room or get scared around strangers. However, when we're together she is the most loving baby. She hugs and kisses me and loves people and is very well adjusted. The Ferber method, if you read the whole book to understand sleep patterns and also do it right, will not harm your baby. On the contrary, you, as a parent, will FINALLY get some sleep and so will your baby and everyone will finally be happy. YOu can do it!(less)
These books are amazing. I could not put this one down, just like the others. I have absolutely nothing negative to say, and that's saying alot for me...moreThese books are amazing. I could not put this one down, just like the others. I have absolutely nothing negative to say, and that's saying alot for me. I reserve 5 stars for those books that truly deserve it. You won't see me giving them out alot. The writing is intriguing and descriptive and the character development leaves nothing to be desired. I love the mystery that unraveled regarding the different silos and the people in them and this was a great ending to the plot so far. I can't wait to read the continuation of this series. This series was so good that I actually reread the entire series so I could relive it before moving onto the rest of the series. Hugh Howey - thank you! I sometimes wait MONTHS for an actually talented author to bring me something interesting and well written. You did not disappoint.(less)
Really amazing series. There were some lulls here and there but for the most part I found myself racing through the books, losing sleep and forgetting...moreReally amazing series. There were some lulls here and there but for the most part I found myself racing through the books, losing sleep and forgetting to eat to find out what happens. I loved the idea of the surviving underground in the silos and everything they had to do to survive. The writing was interesting and the character relationships were believable and likeable. The whole concept was extremely creative and different and I just loved it. It was one of those books that made me want more and save the last few pages...read them very slow. (less)
Everything I was hoping for! I've seen the tv series first and the book only served to renew and increase my love for this storyline. Sookie falls in...moreEverything I was hoping for! I've seen the tv series first and the book only served to renew and increase my love for this storyline. Sookie falls in love with a dead, yet romantic vampire and her involvement with the vampire community begins...her naivity in contrast with the bloodlust of the vampire world is poignant. Although I knew the plot before reading, it was more enjoyable to be able to picture the characters in my head from the tv show. I was happy to do so since I love all of the actors who portray the characters from this series and I also loved being able to hear Sookie's thoughts throughout the story. Her character was so much more developed for me and I cannot wait to continue this series. But the writing also, in and of itself, flows so well yet is in no way too simplistic. It never gets in the way of the story but always makes me feel more in the moment of the characters thoughts and actions with the descriptive writing. I can't say enough about it because this is my kind of book all the way. I don't even think you need to love vampire sagas to like this one. The drama between all of the characters and the subplot with the murders occuring in Bon Temp keep this story alive, vampires or not. Sookies character alone would keep my interest. I am officially obsessed.(less)
Phenomenal story from start to finish. Kept me reading through breakfast, lunch, dinner and sleep. I knew from the beginning that there was something...morePhenomenal story from start to finish. Kept me reading through breakfast, lunch, dinner and sleep. I knew from the beginning that there was something going on that was not just the typical, clinical amnesia story. I never expected the twist in the storyline though. I love to be surprised and this one did it for me. The main female character has amnesia and doesn't know if she can trust her husband who she wakes up seeing as a stranger every morning, so she keeps a journal to try and figure her life out. This leads her down a very crazy path. Talk about rediscovering yourself.....geez, no one does it like she did!
The way the journal entries were written really gave me the sense that I was in this woman's head and I loved being able to see everything from her perspective. I did find myself skipping the very beginning of some of her entries since they were repetetive when she was rereading things that had already happened to her. However, I can see how it was absolutely necessary to include them in the novel so that the reader has an understanding of what and when she is reading or writing in her journal. Even though the story was told through her journaling much of the time, the action in the plot did not falter. I found myself so engaged and could not wait to find out where this was all leading. Her husband really bothered me throughout the whole book. I couldnt understand how he was so nonchalant about her whole situation and why she did not have any friends or family that visited her. Still....my suspicions never led me to figure out the truth and the conclusion was unpredictable and exciting.
This is by far one of the best books I have read in a long time and that means alot coming from me. It is very hard for me to find new reads that are original and exciting and creative...something that doesn't seem to have been done before or that follows a certain predictable protocol of some sort. This book was it. Good job S.J. Watson. Keep them coming!(less)
Fantastic plot, characters and imagery. I felt like I was really in the story, following the main characters through their journey across the ashfall....moreFantastic plot, characters and imagery. I felt like I was really in the story, following the main characters through their journey across the ashfall. I loved the relationship between the two characters who were in love but this was not all about their love story. It was about their humanism and other people's ability to allow either the good or evil rise to the top of their soul when disaster hits and the world may be ending. It was about the love of family and bond of two people who became family when they had no one else to count on.
My rating? "Everything but this book ceased to exist." Thank you Mike Mullin for writing a MUST READ!(less)
This was a great read. Princess Ben was a believeable character. I loved how she matured from a lost and petulant child after the trauma she went thro...moreThis was a great read. Princess Ben was a believeable character. I loved how she matured from a lost and petulant child after the trauma she went through to a mature princess who realized her responsibilities in life were more important than her personal troubles. With magic, love and a war for the castle this story was exciting. I loved the way this was written. The big SAT words and lofty writing really appealed to me. I actually miss books written above a 5th grade reading level. Seems like the whole world reads below that level and it's just not necessary for me to really enjoy a book. I'd have to say that's what I loved most about this book - a simple fairytale story, redone in a very creative way, but written for those of us with more than half a brain. There were some words I had to look up but The Kindle was an easy fix for that and I actually loved being able to do it. Wish I had my Kindle years ago. I put this on my favorites list. Definitely a great read.(less)
Great dystopian read. I love the characters - they were not one dimensional and I really believed in the relationships that formed between them. Many...moreGreat dystopian read. I love the characters - they were not one dimensional and I really believed in the relationships that formed between them. Many of the YA dystopias that are popular right now are interesting storylines but the characters are just shells of real people and the relationships seem fake and forced. I wasn't too happy about the love triangle because it didn't really seem believeable that Deuce would have any interest in the 2nd person. However,at least it wasn't too serious so it wasn't as far fetched as most other YA stories where the author just tells us...'these two people are not in love' without any reason for it and we are just supposed to take it at face value. I loved the way the story developed and how the events unfolded from the very beginning where Deuce receives her name, trains and becomes a hunter all the way to the outcasting. It was a fast paced read which I finished in just 2 days and wish there was another book after this. I liked the authors notes at the end which explained her reasoning and research for the apocolyptic material used to create this book. Excellent. One of my favorites.
Definitely Dystopia with a less than annoying love triangle.(less)
Wow this book was great. It was fast paced and well written. The characters were well developed and the relationships between the characters very real...moreWow this book was great. It was fast paced and well written. The characters were well developed and the relationships between the characters very real and believable, which I find extremely lacking in most of the YA dystopia books out there lately. Also, it was not a love story cloaked as dystopia. It was a real story.
This one did not jump on any bandwagon. It's the real deal. There were some parts that were a bit redundant as the characters were running for their lives through the woods. It seemed like every time they were running to a new destination we heard way too much of the same writing describing what they were thinking as they ran,....and it was repetetive and boring. However, I just skipped some of those parts because the rest of it was so exciting and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen. The plot was very interesting and creative. I loved the idea of being able to hear other's thoughts, even the animals.
Left it off on a cliffhanger so I can't wait to read the next one. Please just tell me that Aaron doesn't make a come back. I'm seriously bored with that guy all ready....(less)
So excited that my buddy Christine lent me this book. I have been waiting so long to read it and now I'm done. I thought it was great and am very sati...moreSo excited that my buddy Christine lent me this book. I have been waiting so long to read it and now I'm done. I thought it was great and am very satisfied with the final chapter of this trilogy. Nothing could ever top the first one, The Hunger Games, but it still had a great pace and an ending that came as a surprise to me. The only negative thing I would say about it, is that I didnt understand why it had to be so depressing. I mean, this was supposed to be a revolution that changed things for the better but there was so much to still be upset about by the time the story ended. That doesnt mean I didnt appreciate the story and there wasnt some positivity but I still think it could have been more uplifing in a way.(less)