The last of three very different, yet equally thrilling books in the Wake Trilogy. Lisa McMann truly created a fitting end for Janie's journey to unde...moreThe last of three very different, yet equally thrilling books in the Wake Trilogy. Lisa McMann truly created a fitting end for Janie's journey to understanding her dream catcher abilities.
I must admit, my heart was heavy as I read through the book - there is enough angst in it to last me a lifetime, and if I were to face something as difficult as the choices Janie had to take, then I probably wouldn't have lived through that hell of a life.
Unlike the other two books, there are little places of true happiness for our fave dream catcher in this one, even with Cabel there, supporting her all the way through. Honestly, I hoped there would be a happier development of the plot, but I still think this is how it should all end - after all, life's not a bed of roses.
For all you readers who love Janie, this will be a heavy read, but it's worth it. There are a lot of important things the heroine in this book faces, things that will make you look upon your own life and reconsider your own problems.
Gone - a book filled of emotional ups and downs, a fitting end of the trilogy, which would have you turning the pages in awe to the very last one.(less)
Very sweet and very interesting. There was a love triangle though and I kind of hate those, but still - very nice read. There was death and fear, not...moreVery sweet and very interesting. There was a love triangle though and I kind of hate those, but still - very nice read. There was death and fear, not only love and friendship. The maind character, Teagan, grew with the pages, became stronger and more sure of herself, but also found that she has a dark side she cannot always suppress. I can understand daanger's appeal, but I love Garreth's character (and if she doesn't stick with him, then she's crazy xD).
Will definetely wait for the second book in the series.(less)
To start from the start - I craved this book ever since I finished Catching Fire; hell, ever since The Hunger Games. I was frustrat...moreThat was... an end.
To start from the start - I craved this book ever since I finished Catching Fire; hell, ever since The Hunger Games. I was frustrated because it arrived a month later than it should have. But when it did and I bit into it, I found that... I couldn't stomach it. And so the half-year reading began.
I don't know exactly why it was so hard for me to finish this one. Maybe it was because of how heady the messages inside the plot were, but I doubt it. After all, I practically ate up the first two books from the trilogy, then read them all over again and they are by no definition light; I still think of them, especially of The Hunger Games. So why the block?
My theory is that the final book was too heady. Not like the previous two where the characters, especially Katniss and Peeta, were charged with strength, hope and at least a bit of optimism. In Mockingjay there was no hope - only despair, fear, pessimism and lunacy. And there was no bright Peeta to lighten it up. The only tension relief was in Finnick's playful words. It was way too much for me apparently.
Not saying the messages weren't brilliant - just the opposite, actually. I think this is a trilogy which not only the younger generation should read. All humankind need to pay heed to the warnings in these books. They are a masterpiece in that respect. Should be added to mandatory Literature or Philosophy school classes.
Other than that, though, my impression of the book was a sharp reality factor - there is no doubt of just how plausible the plot is. Especially because of the fact all that was good either died, or was twisted into insanity in a world where the darkest human side rules. What I loved...? I guess I loved Peeta at the end - that was the only thing that stopped me from hating the book (as entertainment, not meaning) completely. He retained some part of good, going through hell and back; as for Katniss - she was too empty to survive, but with his help she moved on; it was like he was the only thing that managed to kindle any kind of flame inside her after all the death and loss.
All in all, I'm glad to have finished this one and not abandoned it completely. It was good to resolve the trilogy. And though I might never return to Mockingjay I will return, time and again, to The Hunger Games.(less)
Seductive, hilarious and creepy - a hell of a story collection for all YA fans!
I've been steering clear from short stories since forever as I've alway...moreSeductive, hilarious and creepy - a hell of a story collection for all YA fans!
I've been steering clear from short stories since forever as I've always been a fan of the fully-developed storyline that novels give. But this collection really made me change my mind about short stories - the thirteen tales were dynamic, enthralling and offered a lot in a small amount of words, while simultaneously leaving even more to the imagination, making your mind whirl with questions and theories. I was happy some of these get development through other books, which I've already added to my to-read list - otherwise I'd been screaming with frustration over what the hell happened next.
This is the breakdown of the collection, or my thoughts of every short story as a stand-alone: (I'm placing a sort of groupment by year-orientation - if YA stands for all teen years, I'm dividing it into early(13/14), middle(15/16) and late(17/19) as to writing style and story headiness)
Number 1 was a story called Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney, and it is my absolute favourite in the collection. I'm really sad there's not an actual novel/series developed from it. The story was mysterious, sassy and seductive; the main heroine a great mix of darkness and spirit, and the support cast made reading a thrill. I was so into it that I forgot I was reading a short story and when it ended I was exclaiming "Oh, no, c'mon!" This one was a late-YA.
Number 2, or Shelter Island by Melissa de la Cruz, would be a great read for all Blue Bloods fans out there - her style is just the same as in the series, and the story is both creepy and cute, a thing I haven't known others than Cruz to actually pull out in a good way. This one was more of an early-YA.
Number 3 - Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder, is as much about action as attraction. I love the two finished trilogies by Snyder and when I saw her name I knew this was going to be good. And it was, I'd have loved it even more if she had written it in her usual adult style, but seeing as this is a YA collection... This one was middle-YA.
Number 4 by Holly Black is called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and is really cold. There is almost no romantic sparks in it, but the story is strong and heady, really meaningful and captivating! I’ve read only one of Black’s other works and it’s not among my faves, but this one really got to me and I loved it. I wanted more even! It’s a definite late-YA story.
Number 5 is a sparklingly hilarious work by Sarah Rees Brennan called Undead is Very Hot Right Now. I couldn’t stop laughing while reading it. It was an unexpected contrast to all the other stories, but a welcomed one. Definite early-YA.
Number 6 came by Kelley Armstrong and was with the somewhat simple title Kat which seems to give nothing away, but by the time I’d read it it was loaded with meaning on so many levels. Fans of the world of the Darkest Powers series would adore another dive into it. There is no romance involved, but there’s plenty of life-altering relationship ties in it. A middle-YA.
Number 7 was called The Thirteenth Step and was contributed by Libba Bray. It was, like Holly Black’s, a piece that was dark and heady, not easy to swallow, but really meaningful. I loved the twists in the story – the main heroine started with a certain frame of mind, then halfway into the story it changed dramatically, and then again at the end, throwing me completely off-balance with the way things wrapped up, it was so unexpected. Late-YA.
Number 8 was a Halloween-themed tale by Rachel Caine by the name of All Hallows. All Morganville Vamps fans must read it – it’s a great story from Eve’s POV, giving us another look at the fiascos that come with celebrating Halloween in Morganville. We get to laugh and scream with Eve, Michael, Clare (CB XD) and Shane, and enjoy the addition of hilariously-addled Miranda. Loved it! Made me wanna go back to the series. A middle-YA.
Number 9 was called Wet Teeth and was by Cecil Castellucci and had a somewhat cute feeling to it. I both hated and loved the way it ended – it was sad and unexpected, but it was very well done. Early-YA, by my count.
Number 10 came by the name of Other Boys, a creation of the celebrated Cassandra Clare. When it began I got the feel it would go similarly to the beginning of a certain all-known series about vamps and teen love, but I had hardly made the references when the story turned. And then a bit later turned again. It became something completely unexpected and surprised my inner miss know-it-all XD. Middle-YA, I think.
Number 11 was written by duo Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie under the name Passing. Those of you aware of the Crusade series must read this as it is the inspiration for them and comes as a sort of prequel. I once tried Crusade but I guess I wasn’t into the frame of mind for it, but this short story really hooked me up and I’d love to go back to the book. Middle-YA for me.
Number 12 is called Ambition by author Lili St. Crow. It was very realistic, and the guy was really enticing. The ending was no ending at all, but a real cliff-hanger. I think it’s a middle-YA.
Number 13 was a piece called All Wounds by Dina James, and I loved it almost as much as the first short story in the collection. I was more than happy to see there’s an upcoming novel by the same name in which the author actually develops the story she begins here. I added it to my shelves without a second thought. Middle-YA.
Really loved this book, will be taking up others like it in future. (less)
Exciting, mysterious and funny. Clare fans won't be disappointed.
My first impression of the book, though a lot of things happened even in the chapter...moreExciting, mysterious and funny. Clare fans won't be disappointed.
My first impression of the book, though a lot of things happened even in the chapter 1, was that it started off somewhat slowly. For me, at least. But then it seemed to get more intriguing and dynamic. My second impression was that there were a great number of parallels between the Cities and this book - for instance, Will and Tessa really talk only in Chapter 2, and in Chapter 3 Tessa awakes in the Institute, just like Clary in City of Bones.
There were a great number of other similarities, too, the most startling of which is how identical Will is to his grand-grand...something son Jace. I swear, it was only a change of name - Will acted and reacted exactly the way Jace would have in his place. That was... strange, mind-boggling even. Tessa was also in many ways similar to Clary.
I found the other characters original and intriguing. Both Charlotte and Jessamyn would develop interestingly with the books, I'm sure, as will Sophie. And though it's obvious that Tessa should be with Will (at least I see it that way) Jem really is a jem! He's sooooo cute. But he's not without wounds, so... hope things turn out for the better for him.
Magnus made a welcome re-appearance, or rather pre-appearance. The villains really unnerved me, which was good, and though I guessed some outcomes, there were still great twists and turns to the plot.
What's most important, for me, is that I finished the book thirsty for more. I must admit, I like the Cities better, but the Infernal Devices seem to have a number of gems in their plot and the first installment leaves the reader with a great number of the most intriguing questions unanswered.
Now all we want is the second and third book, Miss Clare :) (less)
The second book of the Percy Jackson series, and probably my favourite, takes our hero and his friends on a new, dangerous journey, the success of whi...moreThe second book of the Percy Jackson series, and probably my favourite, takes our hero and his friends on a new, dangerous journey, the success of which would save Camp Half-Blood and its residents. But the sea of monsters lives up to its name and the demigods find themselves in some pretty tight situations.
Meanwhile, Percy has to face his new relationship with a unexpected half-brother, one, who is despised by all his friends for his very nature. Not only that, but his best friend has fallen into a trap, from which he might not get out alive, and his soul is tied to Percy's, so that if one died, the other will follow.
Rivalry, friendship, jealousy and bravery - all so skilfully interweaven in this thrilling adventure that you cannot stop reading it.
The third part of the series threw a whole different light on events, making the tale for our favourite demigods that much more exciting.
For the first...moreThe third part of the series threw a whole different light on events, making the tale for our favourite demigods that much more exciting.
For the first time, the action takes place during winter break, instead of summer, and the mood gets even darker when Annabeth is abducted by the corrupted Luke. Percy must find a way to save her, even though she is getting even more on his nerves and his feelings for her are too confused for him to make sense of.
And while Percy is struggling with that, he finds even more problems and people to deal with. We are introdused to new, powerful and dangerous characters, like Zoe Nightshade and Nico de Angelo, as well as a startling reappearance of Thalia, daughter of Zeus - all of them extreme in beliefs and vital allies, without whom the war would be lost to the Titans.
Thrilling as all the other books from the series. Again, five stars for Rick Riordan.(less)
The Battle of the Labyrinth brings a whole new twist to the adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends.
In this book, Annabeth must find her way throu...moreThe Battle of the Labyrinth brings a whole new twist to the adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends.
In this book, Annabeth must find her way through the ancient maze of Daedalus, where danger creeps behind every corner and one cannot find his way back by simply turning around. She and Percy must find a way to reach the master of the labyrinth before Luke, the corrupted half-blood who is struggling to fight the war between Titans and Gods in the name of Cronos.
The heroes find jut how important is to stay together and believe in each other while racing through the endless corridors of the maze. One wrong step, one miscalculated decision, and they are dead. There is only one safe way to navigate through the labyrinth and they must find it before the lives of all their demigod friends are put in danger.
A thrilling story - the best kind of page turner.(less)
Another amazing adventure, a new look on the war waging between Gods and Titans, where the final stand is upheld by the bravest of demigods.
As it is t...moreAnother amazing adventure, a new look on the war waging between Gods and Titans, where the final stand is upheld by the bravest of demigods.
As it is the final book of the series, the plot took some pretty big twists, making the story even more dynamic and enthralling. We find our favourite half-blood heroes fighting a real war, where all may be lost in a blink of an eye.
The streets of New York turn into a battle for the fate of the world as Percy and his friends struggle to uphold the resistance. The son of Poseidon must take the chance, decide wisely and fight valiantly if the reign of the Olympians, the existence of mortals, is to be preserved.
And while all Hades is breaking loose, the young fighters must face things such as betrayal, mourning, jealousy and pride; they must learn to put those feelings aside and come together if they are to save the day. And that, for temperamental demigods, may turn into a more difficult task than fighting the war for the Olympians.
An amazing finale to the series for modern heroes. A definite must-read.(less)
Just an amusing little companion for the amazing Percy Jackson series.
I had a lot of fun reading it and would recommend it all Percy Jackson fans who'...moreJust an amusing little companion for the amazing Percy Jackson series.
I had a lot of fun reading it and would recommend it all Percy Jackson fans who'd like to spend more time in the demigods' world - you'd learn more about your fave characters and experience three more dangerous adventures. Lots of laughs and excitement.(less)
Reading this book totally surpassed my innitial expectations, like 100%. Simone Elkeles has mixed danger with innocence, hate with friendship, attract...moreReading this book totally surpassed my innitial expectations, like 100%. Simone Elkeles has mixed danger with innocence, hate with friendship, attraction with love, and wound it all in such a way as to leave the reader thirsty for more.
The story, viewed through both "Miss Perfection", Brittanny Ellis', and the Latino Gangster, Alex Fuentes' eyes is so dynamic and complex that you cannot help but think it's too real to be just fiction. It's a story where "the lows are low, and the highs are high", where breaking the social rules means certain life-threatening danger, where hate based on prejudice turns to understanding and attraction.
A brilliant modern-day young adult drama. A definite must-read.(less)
I had my doubts about this book - the Percy Jackson series were amazing and I just couldn't imagine a similar one ab...moreBrilliant, enticing and hilarious!
I had my doubts about this book - the Percy Jackson series were amazing and I just couldn't imagine a similar one about a different mythology being as good, but The Red Pyramid proved all assumptions wrong. Full of sarcasm, danger, interesting real-world facts and unexpected adventures, the book is a Rick Riordan work through and through.
Loved both Carter and Sadie, and the gods were amazing (esp. Anubis :D ). Laughed at the reference about "Manhattan and its other Gods". LOL for all the verbal irony and sarcasm. And there was a fair bit of cute romance in there, too.
Can't wait to read what happens next.
A must-read for all Percy Jackson fans, as well as all those who love a book full of good sarcasm and adventures.(less)
Really, really sad. Compared to the rest of the books in the series, at least. With numerous angst-filled moments and recollections, and situations tw...moreReally, really sad. Compared to the rest of the books in the series, at least. With numerous angst-filled moments and recollections, and situations twisted the wrong way. Very intense and full of humour and sarcasm, as always - Richelle Mead's writing style is superb in those aspects, but I was led to expect by one of her interviews that it would have more happy and less agonising moments than the previous four books. It was not so.
Not that it had the major battles and life loss of the preceding books (neither was the book without such moments - they were just not as big), but the emotion levels were always on the rollercoaster and confusion reigned all over when the situations forced an incredible mix of contadicting emotions to press upon Rose, and even on the rest of the main characters.
Very dynamic and unpredictable when it comes to the plot itself. Though this is not my favourite book of the series, I think Spirit Bound has built a very nice ground on which Richelle Mead could construct the end of the series - there had been hinting at events that will happen and yet the prediction of a resolve to the story remains unfathomable.
Spirit Bound left me thirsting for the next book - the final of the series, even more than I'd had after reading the preceding four novels.
This book turned out as the amazing finale of an amazing series.
I loved it all - the characters, both new and old; the plot, convoluted and dynamic; t...moreThis book turned out as the amazing finale of an amazing series.
I loved it all - the characters, both new and old; the plot, convoluted and dynamic; the emotions, running high and fast; the murder-mystery factor and the detective work; the drama-filled revealing of the real killer...
I especially enjoyed the fact that Dimitri and Sydney took big parts in this sixth installment. Also, I enjoyed the symmetry and completeness most inportant choices or deeds created with the plot of the whole series.
And the romance factor... well, it was awesome (but that may be just me, seeing as Rose ended up with the guy I wished she would).
I also enjoyed the fact that though most main problems were fixed by the end, there remained a great deal more to trouble Rose and her friends. It wasn't a sugary finale by any estimation.
Great job, Richelle Mead, and thanks for completing these amazing books so well. Can't wait to read the next series from the Vampire Academy world.(less)
I expected something totally different and I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. I loved the sarcasm and irony, some of the characters were gr...moreI expected something totally different and I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. I loved the sarcasm and irony, some of the characters were great, there were ideas that were quite catching and intriguing. Yet the plot, at times, was somewhat strange. There weren't enough explanations to make it truly believable.
A really nice read. I might read on the next volumes of the Chronicles of Nick when they come out.(less)