The narrator was too horrible to listen to anymore. She seemed either to think that teenagers were annoying or that her voice as a teenager needed toThe narrator was too horrible to listen to anymore. She seemed either to think that teenagers were annoying or that her voice as a teenager needed to be so "hip" that it was unbearable. I'll have to give the actual books a try....more
This one was kind of unnerving at parts. There was definitely an almost rape scene. The description of the cryofreeze process was disturbing and thenThis one was kind of unnerving at parts. There was definitely an almost rape scene. The description of the cryofreeze process was disturbing and then the murder of people who were frozen as well as the blatant control of everyone on board the ship. I'm vaguely interested in reading the next one just to find out what happens, but I'm also not in a hurry. The romance was pretty rushed and the side characters weren't fleshed out.
There is sex, ship-wide hormone mandated sex, near sexual assault. There might have been some language. There was a little bit of violence aside from the murders, but mostly it was just a feeling. The cryofreeze felt violent, the prejudices were violent and the ship was foreboding....more
I had trouble getting into this one and finally had to resort to listening to the audio in order to get through it. I don't know what it was about FraI had trouble getting into this one and finally had to resort to listening to the audio in order to get through it. I don't know what it was about Frank and Hazel that it took me so long to relate to them, but it really did. I suppose it was the lack of other familiar characters. Piper, Leo and Jason had Annabeth and Grover to ease you into them, while Frank and Hazel just had Nico who is a creeper. There was so much back story to get into and it was so tragic on both their parts that it was hard to let the story just unfold. And the side characters were rather abrasive: Raina for example.
I did get into it eventually. The audio was really quite good. There were a couple of scenes that I would have taken out as a editor, but I fall asleep while reading regardless of how interested in the book I am so I'm not exactly a fair judge. I loved Ella. She's a fascinating character even though her speech pattern was a tad irking.
I was really upset by the end of the book. It was not a proper ending (at least not if you're going to have to wait until the next book...).
This book contained violence against monsters, off-screen deaths, death by poison, death by cavern demolition, a kiss, knowledge that Greek/Roman gods exist and have demigod children, and no cursing that I recall....more
This one was a bit more violent than the previous one. Grim is a pretty tortured guy. There were again some ridiculous moments, but nothing that madeThis one was a bit more violent than the previous one. Grim is a pretty tortured guy. There were again some ridiculous moments, but nothing that made me want to quit reading. I didn't understand the motivations behind some of the characters, but I was half asleep at a couple points (through no real fault of the author). I definitely want to pick up the next one.
Again, there are detailed sex scenes, some language, battle violence including murdering innocents, abuse of a young boy, poisoning, threats of violence and other stuff....more
I thought this took a close look at the current state of both the education system and child psychology/sociology. The author believes that parents neI thought this took a close look at the current state of both the education system and child psychology/sociology. The author believes that parents need to have loving attached relationships with their children during the first years, but that kids begin to seek affirmation through more adult kinds of interaction earlier than I had expected. The chess club examples were fascinating to me because they showed that even middle school kids, who we traditionally still coddle and tell they are good at most of the things they try, respond well to honest criticism and help in improving their performance. Even when that criticism can seem rather brutal from an outside view, it helps them deal with other people later in life.
The idea that we need to focus on both academics and the methods behind encouraging struggling students to be successful students is a big step. I think that it is absolutely true that without character/drive/motivation, intelligent students can get into college not knowing how to work, how to study or how to be on their own. These kids are a higher risk of dropping out than the kids who had to struggle a bit for their grades because the struggle taught the other kids something the college drop outs never learned.
The one problem with this book is that it is intended for people like me who have not heard most or any of the research presented inside. For anyone looking for real solutions to the problems schools and children are facing, this book doesn't go far enough in providing them.
This book doesn't feature violence, but it does discuss drug problems, absent parents, abuse and fights in school. There may have been cursing in some of the interviews with students or the curses may have just been alluded to. There was very little discussion of sex, mostly in regard to young mothers having difficulty completely high school and mothers who had been young mothers trying to prevent their daughters from going down the same path....more