Eh, it was okay. Alternated between dragging, and rushing the pace. Didn't seem too well plotted - 3 separate narrations that never really got tied to...moreEh, it was okay. Alternated between dragging, and rushing the pace. Didn't seem too well plotted - 3 separate narrations that never really got tied together. So, eh...(less)
Not sure I would herald this as the next Hunger Games; however, that said, I would most definitely recommen...more**Recieved free via Goodreads First Reads**
Not sure I would herald this as the next Hunger Games; however, that said, I would most definitely recommend this first in a series to fans of the Hunger Games.
Ryan hits the ground running with this novel. We've barely met Waverly and Kieran before a horrible battle tears the two young lovers apart, thrusting them toward a series of events through which thoroughly developed characters bounce from sinister to sympathetic, and back again, leaving the reader unsure of whom to trust.
With those few words you are welcomed to Le Cirque des Reves, The Circus of Dreams; and circus of dreams it is, t...more"The circus arrives without warning."
With those few words you are welcomed to Le Cirque des Reves, The Circus of Dreams; and circus of dreams it is, though the title barely does justice to this compelling debut novel.
Set within the turn of the nineteenth century, The Night Circus follows an ethereal circus of black-and-white striped tents as it tours the world. Twisted within the acrobats, contortionists, carousel, and Ice Garden are two young illusionists bound to one another in a contest that neither knows the rules to.
Slow burning romance, and a magical use of prose entice you past the unconventional second person POV introduction and immerse you so completely into the world Morgenstern has created you can taste the caramel on the back of your tongue.
Much like the reveurs, I did not want this novel to end, wishing to spend a bit more time with the circus.(less)
To continue with most of the reviews I've seen out thus far, this book was absolutely 'perfect'.
Now that my initial moment of flailing is a bit more...moreTo continue with most of the reviews I've seen out thus far, this book was absolutely 'perfect'.
Now that my initial moment of flailing is a bit more manageable let's get to the review instead of just using a play on Ellen Hopkins' title. :)
When I heard that Hopkins was working on a companion to Impulse I about flipped. Impulse is to date, hands down, my favorite of her Teen titles; Triangles is currently sharing the position of favorite novel, but that's a whole other review - back to Perfect.
Perfect uses the voices of four teenagers from different walks of life as they all strive toward that nebulous goal of being 'perfect'. Cara, Conner's twin sister, just wants to fly free as herself, whoever that is, but is being dragged down by her ice queen mother's vision of perfection, and her brother's attempted suicide. Kendra just wants to be perfect enough to make it in the world of modeling, but how far is too far? Sean has Cara, his perfect girl, a full ride to play college baseball, the dream come true end of high school - or is it really a nightmare? Andre has money, girls, and no where to go but up; can he follow his parents wishes and still stay true to himself?
Perfect to their parents, perfect to their boyfriends/girlfriends, perfect to themselves - it doesn't matter who, there's always someone who's opinion of you matters most, to achieve perfection in their eyes by any means is what Hopkins brings to the plate with this novel. Less gritty than some of her previous novels, Perfect nonetheless is bursting with drama and heartbreak.
What do you think is perfect?
How far will you go to reach that point?
Is there such a thing as too far when seeking perfection?
Lyrical, heart wrenching, and refusing to pull any punches, Ellen Hopkins' Perfect takes you to the edge between 'imperfect' and 'perfect', and dares you to make the choice - do you believe everyone else, or yourself?(less)