I started this book the first of november 2007. Its taken me a long time to read it but it was definitely worth it. This book is absolutely amazing! II started this book the first of november 2007. Its taken me a long time to read it but it was definitely worth it. This book is absolutely amazing! It is extremely different to the musical, much more dark and gloomy. Things don't turn out so happy-go-lucky, the ending is very true to the 'Wizard of Oz'.
It took me a long time to read, but that had nothing to do with the quality of the book. I found it to be tedious, but then again I started reading it when I was 17 and hadn't been exposed to the types of books that I've exposed myself to in the last year. Finishing this book was a monumental moment in my life. I can't wait to read it again....more
I was a bit worried about this book in the beginning. It reminded me too much of Twilight (which I'm not too much of a fan of) and all the charactersI was a bit worried about this book in the beginning. It reminded me too much of Twilight (which I'm not too much of a fan of) and all the characters seemed a tad on the Mary-Sue side (even Seth in all of his pierced glory). Nevertheless, I found that I fell deeper into the story with each page I read. I loved Donia, who quickly turned into my favourite character. Keenan was very much like all those guys who are extremely good looking, and know it. Ash was a good leading character. She seemed strong, but then again she was always running to Seth. I loved the little twist (which isn't really a twist), although I must admit I kind of saw it coming. And of course the quintessential evil Winter Queen Beira (who I kept imagining being played by Meryl Streep). I loved her. Overall, a good read....more
2014 thoughts: FUCK YES. This was just as amazing as I remembered it being. I was so worried that it was a f1st Read: September 2009 2nd Read: June 2014
2014 thoughts: FUCK YES. This was just as amazing as I remembered it being. I was so worried that it was a fluke, that despite all the amazing reviews and discussions I've had with awesome people about how ridiculously perfect this books is, I was worried I wouldn't like it as much as I did the first time. BUT I WAS WRONGGGGG.
Yelena is one of my all-time favourite heroines. She's just so fantastically strong and such a treasure. Despite everything she's had to endure in life, she perseveres. She pushes through her demons and always strives to do what she believes to be the right thing, even if it may be difficult for her. And my love for Valek is insane. I love how he grows as a character the more we get to know him. From ruthless and cold to caring and loving. I just can't with him. The secondary characters are also insanely fantastic. Ari and Janco are the best things since sliced bread. I really cherish Commander Ambrose. I think he's just such an incredible character.
I love how this book takes place over several months, which allows both the plot and the characters to grow organically. The development doesn't feel rush but rather is more of a very satisfying slow burn.
Ugh it's just so damn good and if you haven't read it yet then GET ON THIS MAN.
2009: Oh. My. Goodness. This book has been on my To-Read List for quite a while and the other day I picked it up on sale (along with book 2 of the trilogy). It was amazing. From start to finish I could not put it down. Yelena is a strong, female lead character. She has fought tooth and nail and she doesn't give up. I admire her strength and courage. Valek is cold, but loving. I could sense his struggle between not caring for Yelena, and loving her. So many things I did not see coming, yet not much I would change. It has been a very long time since I have fallen so deeply for a book. I'm now anxious to begin reading Magic Study, and am already making plans to get my hands on Fire Study. AMAZING....more
It's official. I am in love with this trilogy. This book follows directly on from the last and does not disappoint. Yelena manages to get into the samIt's official. I am in love with this trilogy. This book follows directly on from the last and does not disappoint. Yelena manages to get into the same trouble she did in the first while attempting to learn about her magic. I was very interested in her brother Leif, and his motivations for the way he behaved when she returned and while the book attempted to give some answers to it, I'm not satisfied. I loved Fisk and his eagerness to help Yelena out, for a small fee of course. And Kiki is amazing. All up, a great follow up to Poison Study. While Poison Study was a tad bit better, Magic Study holds up it's own very well....more
It took a lot of persuading by my friend for me to read this book. I was extremely wary of it considering how much i disliked the Twilight series. HowIt took a lot of persuading by my friend for me to read this book. I was extremely wary of it considering how much i disliked the Twilight series. However, I found The Host to be quite enjoyable. While there were many similarities that have already been discussed in other reviews, I found Stephenie Meyer's writing skills to have improved. I really enjoyed her descriptions for the other worlds, especially the story Wanda told Jared about the bear world. Overall, I think it was a good book, much better than the Twilight series. I am excited to see how it will be converted into a movie....more
I feel slightly disappointed. I can't pinpoint what it is, but I feel like something is missing. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed reading about YeI feel slightly disappointed. I can't pinpoint what it is, but I feel like something is missing. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed reading about Yelena's final adventure, but I don't know...I feel sort of let down. I can't really explain it.
It was nice to see Yelena's friends from Sitia and Ixia working together to eliminate a common enemy, and we got to see more of Moon Man which was a large plus. It was nice to see that Yelena couldn't do everything by herself and needed help from her friends, but when push came to shove she was able to put aside her fear and get the job done.
I am definitely going to read more from this author. I'm excited to get my hands on Opal's story 'Storm Glass' which doesn't come out here until May *sigh*....more
While this series has been on my TBR for literally years, the only reason I finally picked it up was due to Shadow Study and my burning desire to undeWhile this series has been on my TBR for literally years, the only reason I finally picked it up was due to Shadow Study and my burning desire to understand every little detail in the book. But I’m glad I finally did.
Following the story of Opal - who we meet in the Study series - we get to see the world of Sitia through another’s eyes. It was weird at first to be reading about the same people and the same world through different eyes, but it was also refreshing.
I could really identify with Opal and her feelings of inadequacy and being a One Trick Wonder. I loved seeing how she began to grow and made a conscious effort to work on her negative thoughts and self-esteen.
Although I’m most definitely not a fan of love triangles, I was strangely enough not completely annoyed by the one in this book? Probably because Opal makes her feelings clear about them both from the start and it didn’t quite feel like a triangle.
I squealed each time we meet up with one of the characters from the Study series. I was nice to get someone else’s point of view on them. Especially Yelena. My sweet Yelena. The expansion of Zitora’s character was great, too. She is fab-u-lous.
It must be mentioned that I loved the whole process of glass-making. It seems to relaxing. I just want to give it a go. And also, I’m completely in love with the Stormdancers. If I could pick one clan to be a part of, it’d definitely be them.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read that had me hooked until I finished it, but at the same time it wasn’t quite as engaging as the Study series....more
I actually gave up on this book the first time because the writing at the beginning seemed not that great. However, IAttempt #2 at reading this novel.
I actually gave up on this book the first time because the writing at the beginning seemed not that great. However, I'm glad that I decided to give it another shot because it did get better. A lot better. Now that I've read through it, I can understand the hype that this book had been getting and I'm on board. (view spoiler)[ Although, I could do without the whole Clary and Jace being siblings thing. Not. Cool. Hope that gets cleared up somehow. Please? (hide spoiler)] I will definitely be picking up the rest of the series. I'll probably give the Infernal Devices a shot too.["br"]>["br"]>...more
Firstly, I really need to get this out of the way. The similarities between this book and the Harry Potter series are seriously ridiculous. For examplFirstly, I really need to get this out of the way. The similarities between this book and the Harry Potter series are seriously ridiculous. For example: - The trio: The heroic boy. The know-it-all girl. The bumbling boy. - Before he found out he was a demigod, Percy could make things happen without meaning to. - Half-Blood Camp is where all the demigods train. - Chrion helps guide Percy (much like Dumbledore to Harry). - There's a prophecy about Percy that he is not privy to the details of.
I could go on really, but despite this, I really enjoyed this book. I wanted to slap the gods and kick Smelly Gabe's butt. I'm a huge fan of Greek Mythology and I found I was able to learn about the many gods and their relationships with each other through this book. Also, I felt that it started to deviate from Harry Potter towards the end of the book so I think I'll be picking up the next book of the series....more
Okay but seriously, this book had been on my TBR for a very long time. Unwind was one of those poor books that I put off readingDUDE. HOLY SHIT. OMG.
Okay but seriously, this book had been on my TBR for a very long time. Unwind was one of those poor books that I put off reading because I just cannot even imagine that it could be as good as everyone makes it seem. I mean, a book where people get unwound? What did that even mean?!(view spoiler)[ And holy shit when you find out JUST what that means. Jesus that was intense. (hide spoiler)] But let me tell you, it really really is. It was riveting, it was adrenaline, it was anger and happiness. It was the closest thing to perfection that I've read in a very long time.
Neal Shusterman writes brilliantly and his storytelling is fantastic. He leaves things up to the imagination and doesn't spoon-feed information. What is 'storking'? What are 'clappers'? You'll just have to wait and see. At no point are you info-dumped, you just have to find the nuggets of information as you read. One minute I was like "whoa that's deep", and the next I was laughing.
"You've got questions coming out of you like farts on Thanksgiving."
The way so many murky topics are discussed are so interesting as well. Abortion. Religion. Organ donation. Parenting. Nothing is black and nothing is white. Morally grey characters and topics are some of my all-time favourite things, and the way the story played with that was spectacular.
"One thing you learn when you've lived as long as I have - people aren't all good, and people aren't all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives."
Unwind is told in multiple POVs (mostly through the eyes of Connor, Risa and Lev; the three main characters), and each character has their own distinct voice. At no point did I get lost and have to go back to remind myself of who was talking. That doesn't happen often.
Let's talk characters. Connor had to be my favourite of the bunch. In today's society he would be considered the quintessential "problem child". He gets into fights, doesn't deal well with authority, he doesn't like school. Pretty much all the things my brother was as a child/teenager. However, instead of sticking it out and trying to help their son through this, his parents decide to have him unwound. Of course this does not sit well with Connor, and so he runs. Risa has grown up in a group home. She is an amazing musician, but just not good enough. Beds are in demand and seeing as she is of age, the government decides that she will be part of a batch of wards that will be unwound to free up beds. She takes the first opportunity she's given to make a break for it. But dude, Levi. Levi was born for the sole purpose of being a tithe, and he has known this and prepared for it his whole life. He is the youngest of ten, making him exactly one-tenth of his parents' children. Having just turned 13, his time has come to be unwound in service to God. He's ready to be sacrificed, but others are not.
The character development for all three of these characters was fantastic, but special mention has to go to Lev's development. The way he grew and evolved from the blind sheep being led to the slaughter to the person he was at the end of the book was A++.
Not only are the three main characters well-rounded and easy to relate to, but so are the secondary characters. Roland who acts as Connor's main antagonist but still has his own story to tell. Sweet Emby who has really gotten the short end of the stick in life. Even some of the adults we come across like the Admiral is fully fleshed out.
THE PLOT! Let's discuss this amazing storyline. The pacing is pretty much perfection. It was like a snowball, starting off the size of your palm and then finishing as big as a house. The last quarter or so of the book was INTENSE. I.N.T.E.N.S.E.
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Wow. That was quite horrid. I was expecting something that would make me laugh, but I found that I laughed more while reading Twilight than reading thWow. That was quite horrid. I was expecting something that would make me laugh, but I found that I laughed more while reading Twilight than reading this parody. ...more
The Zombie Survival Guide reads like a non-fiction preparatory guide for an honest to god zombie invasion. It goes through absolutely everything you cThe Zombie Survival Guide reads like a non-fiction preparatory guide for an honest to god zombie invasion. It goes through absolutely everything you could think of; weapons, mode of transport, pre-planning, everything. And it does so in a way that is actually super interesting.
I tend to have trouble reading non-fiction books. It's hard for my attention to be captured and so often find my brain wandering off. However, as my most recent plot bunny involved a zombie apocalypse, this was an amazing resource for all things zombie. I'm not even joking right now, it has given me so many plot ideas and helped to make my apocalypse seem more real. It was awesome. That being said, I did still find it dry in parts, and that's probably why it did take me so long to read it.
Also, the section in the end with the "historical" accounts of zombie outbreaks actually made me forget for a second that this wasn't actually a non-fiction book. It was great....more
I’m disappointed. The premise of this book seemed so interesting, but instead I found it to be…a little laughable. Nevertheless, I didn’t hate it. ItI’m disappointed. The premise of this book seemed so interesting, but instead I found it to be…a little laughable. Nevertheless, I didn’t hate it. It was a decent YA that just didn’t live up to its potential....more