As much as I WANTED to love this book, after I'd finished reading it, the first thought that popped in my head was a negative one:
"This didn't live uAs much as I WANTED to love this book, after I'd finished reading it, the first thought that popped in my head was a negative one:
"This didn't live up to its potential."
The concept for this book sounded incredibly original - the earth is dying, so a spaceship is loaded up with the best and brightest of our planet to start a civilization on another planet? Something awful happens to a cryogenically frozen teenage girl before they make it to their final destination? Um, yes please! Sign me up!
I'll give it to Ms. Revis - it was a GREAT idea. The schematics of how the spaceship worked, an insane dystopian world on a moving object flying through space - I was impressed with her creativity. However, I wasn't impressed with the lack of character development and the feeling of incompleteness I was left with at the end of the book. As wonderful as the story could have been, I never really connected to any of the characters, nor did I really feel like the ultimate plot was resolved enough. While I read this book rather quickly, I think I was only reading in the hopes that it was going to get better at some point, that somewhere in the pages I would find something to make up for its deficiencies. That never really happened. I kept thinking "That's it? That's all we get?". It was incredibly frustrating.
The alternating narrators are interesting enough - the ideas and concepts suggested (the concept of what freedom is, mostly) have the potential (but only that - potential) to be thought-provoking and stimulating - and the plot is mildly suspenseful. But for all that, I wouldn't enthusiastically recommend this book. That being said, I AM somewhat interested in reading the next book. As I said, the plot was left unresolved, and I'm still curious as to how this unfinished business ends. ...more
**spoiler alert** I read Hex Hall last year and really enjoyed it, so I pre-ordered Demonglass and had it downloaded to my Nook on its release date, M**spoiler alert** I read Hex Hall last year and really enjoyed it, so I pre-ordered Demonglass and had it downloaded to my Nook on its release date, March 1st. I didn't get to it until after I finished Wise Man's Fear though, which was also released on March 1st, and it was definitely the right kind of book to jump into afterwards - quick, fluffy, not terribly complex. Just what my brain needed after the long, beautiful, epic fantasy that was WMF.
Most reviews I've encountered have been pretty unanimous in thinking that Demonglass was better than Hex Hall, overall. I want to agree with that, but only in part. I think some aspects of Hex Hall were better than DG. It was definitely more fast paced, more suspenseful, the stakes were higher and the beginnings of a love triangle are beginning to show, thus creating lots of drama. I loved the new characters we met - specifically Sophie's dad. He was great.
SPOILERS BELOW! WARNING - DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T YET READ DEMONGLASS.
However, where Demonglass paled in comparison to Hex Hall is character development - specifically for Jenna, Cal, Archer - all the characters I was most interested in finding out more about. It felt like all the character development in HH is all we were ever going to get. Jenna felt very one-note in this book. Archer didn't develop at all - I couldn't understand why Sophie was still falling for him. The love triangle would be so much more dramatic if we felt more attached to the characters - I didn't get that here at all.
Also, the cliffhanger ended pissed me off. It was frustrating and left everything unresolved - it just felt incredibly gimmicky. The more I think about it, the angrier I get. That aside, this was a pretty good follow up to HH and I'll definitely pick up the last book in the trilogy once it's released, if only to find out what the heck happens to the characters! ...more
What a bunch of pompous crap. I hated every character. The writing was long winded and dull. All in all, a sucky book I wouldn't recommend to anyone.What a bunch of pompous crap. I hated every character. The writing was long winded and dull. All in all, a sucky book I wouldn't recommend to anyone. ...more
Bear with me for a moment, as I try to figure out how to express how dearly I loved this book, and how much joy it brings me to feel so completely entBear with me for a moment, as I try to figure out how to express how dearly I loved this book, and how much joy it brings me to feel so completely entranced by a story again, the likes of which I can't remember since finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, several years ago. Yes, I said Harry Potter.
I know that whatever I could write here is not going to do this book justice. I'm still reeling.
Part of me feels a little dead inside. Not because of the content - the book is, in a word, incredible. I feel empty because I haven't read anything so utterly wonderful and imaginative and just completely engrossing since HP7 - that is the last time I felt so... much. So moved. So inspired. So heartbroken. Because of a book. I'm just in awe.
Okay, now that I've done enough gushing, let me try to actually describe what this series is about.
I read Rothfuss' first book, The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) late last year and immediately fell in love with his writing. After reading the second book in the series, The Wise Man's Fear, I can officially declare myself a die-hard fan. The story (which flows seamlessly from book one to book two) is highly descriptive, intense fantasy - but even if you don't usually enjoy fantasy, I'm convinced that I'd be hard pressed to find a true lover of literature that wouldn't enjoy these books. The fantastical elements are so flawlessly weaved into the story that you can accept it without blinking an eye - Rothfuss builds a dangerous new world, a strange, delightful culture, and a highly imaginative form of magic that mixes science with the impossible, and makes it seem so tangible and reachable that it becomes hard to separate fact from fiction - Rothfuss' imaginary world from our knowledge of the material world. It's glorious, really. And that's just part of why these books are so wonderful.
The real reason why I fell in love with these books is because of the characters. Rothfuss' character building is masterful and intricate; the narrator, Kvothe, has a voice unlike any other I've encountered in reading. Throughout the books, we are introduced to characters that seem almost unbearably real - what Rothfuss exhibits in creating such realistic, empathetic characters is a fundamental and deep understanding of the subliminal aspects of human nature, and of what makes different personalities - he knows what makes people tick. And he uses this knowledge to make these gorgeous characters come alive and force their way into our hearts.
I don't want to tell you much more about the story - it has all the major themes that any epic fantasy novels should tackle - the endless battle between good and evil, a boy maturing and becoming a man, a man battles obstacles to become a hero - you many think you've seen it all before, but not like this. Not like this.
I INSIST that you go out and get a copy of The Name of The Wind. Go get hooked on this series. You will not regret it. ...more
I've been reading buzz on Delirium on book blogs and magazines for quite a while. And while I haven't read Lauren Oliver's first novel, Before I Fall,I've been reading buzz on Delirium on book blogs and magazines for quite a while. And while I haven't read Lauren Oliver's first novel, Before I Fall, (also heard great things about it!) I'm a huge fan of YA dystopian fiction and the premise for this book sounded very interesting - so I was reaaaaallllyy excited and optimistic about this book.
Sounds cool, right? It was the first of a few YA dystopian novels I read last week and it was definitely the best. First, let me praise Lauren Oliver's gorgeous lyrical writing. I love Lena's voice, and the way it changes as her character grows and the story unfolds. The love story is touching and sweet -- but what I really loved most about this book was the against-all-odds friendship between Lena and Hana. That was where you really saw Lena's character shine, and Hana was definitely a bright spot of this book.
My only real problem with this book is the believability factor. Most of the appeal (at least for me) in dystopian literature is the "horror" factor. The sense that this alternate reality could actually happen, the terrifying notion that society could change in a heartbeat, that our hard-won freedoms could be stripped and our children could be brought up in a world where all of their important life decisions could be made for them. The whole premise for this book: that love became recognized as a diagnosed illness - honestly, it felt a little bit ridiculous to me. That would never really happen. No way. Who would ever let that happen? So right off the bat, I was skeptical. Somehow, Oliver made it work - she took the concept seriously enough that it felt semi-realistic and worked enough into the book to make it interesting. It deals with familiar dystopian concepts, like rebelling against society, fighting for freedoms and love, etc.. and it does it well.
I think most YA fans will like this book. Definitely recommend. ...more
OMG! I loved this book! It's a lovely, classic-style fairy tale that has tons of potential for a film. It's written simply, and yet the characters areOMG! I loved this book! It's a lovely, classic-style fairy tale that has tons of potential for a film. It's written simply, and yet the characters are endearing and charming. A totally fun, lively read.
I'll be honest. I've been DREADING writing this review.
I was SO looking forward to this book. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I loved McCI'll be honest. I've been DREADING writing this review.
I was SO looking forward to this book. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I loved McCafferty's Jessica Darling series and I couldn't wait to read her first attempt at Dystopian fic, one of my favorite genres. Imagine my absolute delight when I received an Advanced Review Copy of this bad boy.
As you've probably guessed by now, this book was a huge disappointment. McCafferty's writing is still there. Funny, sparkly, witty, and everything else that made Jessica Darling so fun to read. However, the premise for the book, while intended to be satirical, just did not work. AT ALL. The idea is simple, albeit far-fetched. For some unknown reason that is not developed (some kind of virus), humans somehow lose the ability to procreate after the age of 18. Why 18 is the cut-off date is never discussed. So, as a result, teenagers become a hot commodity for their wonderful gestational abilities, and are hired to make babies for older adults who can pay to adopt them.
I should have known just how committed McCafferty was going to be to making this new dystopian society realistic. Her writing is always current, full of social commentary - why wouldn't a dystopian society be the same? However, the society that we're landed in is just.... ridiculous. I get it, it's supposed to be a satire - the idea of children, no - babies, having babies and being absolutely obsessed with sex is supposed to be exaggerated. I just couldn't get past how ignorant the characters sounded, nor could I ever really quite catch on to the (cheesy) invented lingo.
The characters - they were okay. The alternating narratives were jarring at times. Melody was far more interesting than Harmony, but quite frankly, I kept getting confused in the beginning by who was who because their names were so similar. Melody was smart and funny, and I liked her voice. I wanted to smack Harmony most of the time. The ending was much too rushed and not really resolved in any way. It felt... contrived.
::sigh:: I'm still so disappointed.
I'm still a huge fan of McCafferty's. I hope she goes back to writing Contemporary YA. ...more
Isn't the cover for this book totally bad ass? Just gorgeous. I've always been a sucker for pretty cover art, but this book has also had some sweet reIsn't the cover for this book totally bad ass? Just gorgeous. I've always been a sucker for pretty cover art, but this book has also had some sweet reviews from reader friends so I was pretty sure it wouldn't disappoint.
Sisters Red is a grown up, stylized and modernized re-telling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. It focuses on a pair of sisters, aptly named Scarlett and Rosie (how cute!) and their woodsman friend Silas, who dedicate themselves to exterminating wolves that prey on young girls.
This book was a treat. It was fun, romantic and the characters all shone. The bond between Scarlett and Rosie was heart wrenching and beautiful, and I adored the way the love story progressed. I also LOVED that the heroines were two ass-kicking femme fatales instead of your typical delicate flower damsels in distress. I love me a good, strong female lead character who doesn't need to be rescued.
I only had one gripe about the book: It is SO predictable. I had the ending figured out way too quickly - the author drops clues here and there that are incredibly obvious. But to be honest, I wasn't expecting anything so complex or mind blowing when I picked up this book. I got what I expected - a sweet, quick book to get me out of the horrible slump I've been in after the disappointment that was The Maze Runner and not being able to finish The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. The relationships between the characters are what make this book sparkle, so I'd say it's worth the read...more
**spoiler alert** For pretty much the first 125 e-pages I was thinking seriously, WTF is going on? I didn't feel like I was retaining anything I was r**spoiler alert** For pretty much the first 125 e-pages I was thinking seriously, WTF is going on? I didn't feel like I was retaining anything I was reading because it kept jumping around so much. It took me FOREVER to get through.
When Roland started to develop a relationship with Jake I finally started to understand bits and pieces - that the story is obviously taking place in some kind of warped future, that magic exists in this world, the huge religious undertones... The jawbone and the standing stones? Still don't get it.
I didn't really get *into* the story until Roland told the story of his coming of age. When he told Jake about how he sacrificed David, I had my first a-ha moment.
So then obviously they go through the tunnel and Jake is *sacrificed* and then the Man in Black starts to talk - and that's when the book redeemed itself for me. It felt like I was reading a completely different book - like, at LAST! Meaning! The whole size/universe analogy - I started to get really excited! And then the book ended. LOL. Typical.
But at least now I'm really psyched to get to the rest of the series. On to book 2... ...more
It seems like it's been ages that I've been looking forward to this book!
After I finished reading Book 3 to the Mortal Instruments series, City of GlaIt seems like it's been ages that I've been looking forward to this book!
After I finished reading Book 3 to the Mortal Instruments series, City of Glass, I never imagined that there might be a fourth book. The book ended so cleanly, with everything wrapped up with a nice little bow and I was quite satisfied with the way things ended up. Clare could have ended the series right there. However, soon after finishing City of Glass I was promptly informed that Clare was working on a fourth book to be published in April of this year - I was definitely surprised, but also excited to see where else she took Clary, Jace and the rest of the gang. The characters in this series are great, and I really enjoyed the first three books.
City of Fallen Angels was much better than I expected it to be. I'll be honest, I was worried that Clare was simply trying to bank on the success of the first three books and wasn't ready to let this money-maker go yet, hence the unexpected promise of three more books. I was worried that the potential for drama and excitement with these characters was all used up. I shouldn't have worried. This book was just as fast-paced, filled with wonderful sarcastic tet-a-tet between the characters that I've come to love, filled with mystery and intrigue. It was just an all-around good time. I have to admit, it wasn't quite as good as City of Glass - I felt like this book was more of a set-up for the next two books.
There were quite a few racy (excellent!) scenes between Jace and Clary, which I loved! But really, the best parts of the book were the banter between Jace and Simon. Hilarious! I laughed out loud a couple of times. I came to like Simon SO much more in this book and am finally attached to his character.
As is Ms. Clare's custom, the book ends on a ridiculous cliffhanger, which, while frustrating, ensures that I can't wait for the next one.
So, I think if you liked the first three MI books, the 4th installment won't disappoint you. ...more
My God. I honestly cannot remember the last time a book touched me the way If I Stay did. I'd been hearing positive buzz about this book for quite a wMy God. I honestly cannot remember the last time a book touched me the way If I Stay did. I'd been hearing positive buzz about this book for quite a while, but for some reason or another I hadn't made the time to pick it up. Boy, was I kicking myself for having waited so long to read it.
If I Stay is the story of a young woman who, after a terrible car accident, is abruptly torn from her comfortable, easy life and loving family and forced to make an unbelievably difficult decision - whether she can stay without them. I don't want to tell you too much about the plot, because a.) I don't want to ruin it for you and b.) talking about it makes me cry. I will tell you that this book is so incredibly moving that when I'd finished, I literally put my Nook down and cried for five minutes straight (at least). And man, was it was an ugly cry. If I Stay has a way of making you feel so profoundly grateful for every last moment in your life - it reminded me of my mortality in a subtle, heartbreaking way.
In some way, the feeling I had when I closed the book reminded me a bit of The Book Thief. I wasn't sad about what happened in the story so much as I was moved at how the story made me think of my own life. I found myself constantly thinking about what I'd do if I was ever put in that situation, and God, I don't know if I could be quite as brave as the narrator.
If I Stay is a reminder of how short and innately sweet life is, and about how at the end of the day, or at the end of your life, the one thing you are always going to want to hold on to is the cherished memories of the people you love. The people who make life worthwhile. I'm going to cry again just thinking about how this book evoked those memories for me. I called my parents just to tell them I loved them. I made sure to tell my little brothers how much they mean to me. I gave my husband an extra kiss goodnight, and told him how thankful I was for his presence in my life.
Also, the writing is simply lovely. Forman takes teenage love, teenage emotions, teenage dreams and writes about them in a way that is accessible to every age, and is still believable. The language is beautiful, the pacing perfect. It's a short book, (about 200 pages) but I honestly don't know if my heart could have taken any more.
I highly recommend this to anyone who reads to feel something, and not just for entertainment. I loved it and I think you will, too! ...more