Not quite as good as book one, but the latter portion which focused on Ringer had me intrigued. It was nice to learn a bit more about her. Why she's bNot quite as good as book one, but the latter portion which focused on Ringer had me intrigued. It was nice to learn a bit more about her. Why she's been emotionally rigid and closed, and whether she can or will open up.
After the journey Yancey takes the reader on in this installment... Well, without spoiling anything, it will be interesting to see how he picks up or carries forward the emotional journey that he began, in book three.
I hate to say it, but parts of this book were a bit forgettable for me. I just wasn't overly compelled to get back to listening to it until the latter half or third.
But now that I feel Yancey is starting to get into the meat and potatoes while leaving more details to be revealed, next year can't get here soon enough. I did have my suspicions in the direction it seems this story is going, but I need more info to be sure. Bottom line, I want more!...more
I was beginning to think that I was about done with anything in the YA, etc., genre, but this one had some redeeming qualities.
I was disappointed byI was beginning to think that I was about done with anything in the YA, etc., genre, but this one had some redeeming qualities.
I was disappointed by one aspect of the ending, but that's the beauty of a series and then this one, in particular. I am invested enough, to come back for more. Nothing was absolutely written in stone, and that's really the hook, isn't it? Essentially, the click bait. I know generally where it leads, but I want to see how we get there because the journey was so enjoyable the first go around.
(I'm glad I decided to give this book a shot. I wasn't going to, because I'd mixed this author's name up with a Christian author, and that wasn't something I was looking for.)...more
For the price tag, I'd say this is a decent intro to learning about HSPs. However, I found it lacking for what *I* was looking for.
While the author iFor the price tag, I'd say this is a decent intro to learning about HSPs. However, I found it lacking for what *I* was looking for.
While the author included many references, I felt this book focused on basic coping strategies and affirmations. The suggestions were helpful to a degree, but some seemed so obvious as to make me wonder why my time was wasted with such filler.
Speaking of, the affirmations were seemingly a large and repetitive part of the book. I wanted to jump ahead on multiple occasions. For me, knowledge and then experience built from that knowledge builds my confidence as opposed to just telling myself positive remarks.
The author talked about how HSPs have been given a gift in these traits, but she didn't really elaborate. A list of adjectives is not helpful to me, especially when so much time was spent on coping strategies and suggestions, as well as, the need to spread the word that HSPs are normal. I wanted to read about how HSP traits are a gift. If nothing else, through examples. I was hoping for ways to hone my gift.
I wanted ways to celebrate this, rather than spending so much time and focus on defending it and convincing everyone, including HSPs ourselves, that we're normal. It wasn't until the last few paragraphs, when I finally felt the author flipped the script in that subtle distinction.
I felt the content wasn't well balanced, but gathering from the author's experiences, I can see why she focused on the topics she did.
I guess what I'm getting at is, while not a bad book, it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. Sadly, it left me looking for more and not more from her....more
I made it 55.9% of the way through, before I didn't pick it up again for weeks... I've thought about it, but I don't feel a strong enough impetus.
I'vI made it 55.9% of the way through, before I didn't pick it up again for weeks... I've thought about it, but I don't feel a strong enough impetus.
I've never really been one for audio books, TBH. But a particularly nasty, week long migraine, made me change my perspectives, quickly.
That said, the author was THE perfect narrator for this book. Apart from pronunciations, she embodied the characters and was able to somehow turn the staccato of her phrasing into this fully envisioned girl... I don't know how to describe it, except to encourage you to listen. She did a beautiful job.
I did find the pacing quite slow at times. I became bored with certain portions, so much so, that if it had been a physical book I would've skipped ahead. And THAT is sacrilege for me! I absolutely adored one character and was nearly bored to tears by another.
There were moments of great beauty. This may seem morbid, but... As suicide was a reoccurring theme in this book, it was the first time I'd ever read this particular view on it. The first time I felt someone understood that there could be a peace and beauty in it for the person contemplating the act.
It's a most unique tale. Some aspects light hearted and silly while others are heavy. I think I would have enjoyed this more... I don't know that I want to say 'if the editor had been more dedicated,' because without the lilting journey, would the tale have been the same? And was it more about the journey than the destination, as is life? I can only surmise. :)...more
Damn... I wish I had been able to at least glance at some reviews before downloading & starting this! (I'm suffering a multi-day migraine... ScreeDamn... I wish I had been able to at least glance at some reviews before downloading & starting this! (I'm suffering a multi-day migraine... Screens & light are the enemy, right now. Library selection is limited, as is my ability to really dig through what they DO have.)
Can't do it. This was pure drivel. And it just... kept... going! Apparently, that's the ENTIRE book! I only made it through chapter 7, and I was ready to shoot myself. ...more
All but one detail was predictable in this tale, but it provided the distraction I needed at the time. All in all, mild entertainment, it was okaMeh.
All but one detail was predictable in this tale, but it provided the distraction I needed at the time. All in all, mild entertainment, it was okay.
I will add that I had to take a step back before reviewing this, right way. I normally read my books and don't do audio books, but I've been struggling with a multi-day migraine. So, listening to a narrator gave it a more dramatic or more emotional impact for me. I was differently engaged than when I read it. So, trying to review the book right away, I needed to disengage and evaluate more critically what I had listened to or the rating would have been skewed. :P But that's just me and a kind of FYI. I'll try to take time and care before reviewing audio books, so they aren't skewed one way or the other....more
I genuinely enjoyed this. The further along, the more twists and turns, the more diverted paths from the traditional tale we know, the more I loved itI genuinely enjoyed this. The further along, the more twists and turns, the more diverted paths from the traditional tale we know, the more I loved it. It was fun, because it wasn't always the expected. By the end, I was very keen for the next book, and irritated I couldn't get it in audio!
It has some unique premises and some not, and blends them together. They reflect some of life today without being obnoxious and in your face. I'm intrigued to see where the books will lead. Not just into book 2 but beyond. I can see potential in a few hooks that were set up, but I'm curious to see how Meyer will handle them. :)
I'm pleasantly surprised that I liked this, and I hope that the series won't let me down. (I haven't been following reviews or anything, but I've seen the cover popping up all over. I'm surprised because sometimes when you see a popular book about, it doesn't always turn out to be all that good.)...more
This short story evoked mixed feelings for me, to be honest. On the one hand, I'm normally a pretty solid fan of Hugh Howey. On the other,2.5*
This short story evoked mixed feelings for me, to be honest. On the one hand, I'm normally a pretty solid fan of Hugh Howey. On the other, when I read a story with a tech bent or sci-fi or whatever niche you want to specifically label this, I expect more logic and sense than I do my fantasy fair. In fantasy, while I want a solid read, I know to expect a need to suspend nearly all belief. In something of this nature, well, things need to fit a little more tightly, a little more seamlessly.
While the story seemed to tighten up as it progressed, the beginning was far too messy & illogical for a geeky girl, like myself. And for a short story, that messy beginning was far too long and too much of the whole, and it really lays the foundation for the entire story. It left a sour taste in my mouth that I couldn't seem to shake. And then the story was over... which left me all the more annoyed.
I probably wouldn't have minded the ending, if I hadn't been so frustrated by the loosy goosy beginning.
All of that said, there were a few thoughts that make you go hmmm, but I felt like... I really hate to say this, but I felt like Mr. Howey seemed to be trying to hard to either throw in these "thought provoking ideas" or to write a piece that would be about them... Ugh. I hate saying that about someone who I respect and who's work I generally always like...
So, anyway... if you haven't previously read Mr. Howey's work, please don't start here, even if the premise is intriguing. Wool is an excellent place to start!...more
(Note to self: From The Daily Show interview with Vowell, this book supposedly shows how the mood of government today - bickering - was the mood from(Note to self: From The Daily Show interview with Vowell, this book supposedly shows how the mood of government today - bickering - was the mood from day one. Lafayette helped to bring everyone together.)...more
I'm not sure if I'll read this. I'm curious, but I doubt I'll find much in it of real value. I'd rather find a book full of research backing such a toI'm not sure if I'll read this. I'm curious, but I doubt I'll find much in it of real value. I'd rather find a book full of research backing such a topic. So, this is more of a placeholder for me, than anything. ...more