It has been entirely too long since a book has made me feel this way. Like everything in me is weeping, every emotion wrung out and exposed. StunningIt has been entirely too long since a book has made me feel this way. Like everything in me is weeping, every emotion wrung out and exposed. Stunning characters, beautiful writing, and a desperate, haunting story. I absolutely loved this book.
If you loved The Book Thief, you MUST read Code Name Verity. ...more
This book was a treat! It was so engaging and fascinating that I read it in one sitting. It reminded me of Graceling, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, andThis book was a treat! It was so engaging and fascinating that I read it in one sitting. It reminded me of Graceling, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and The Seven Realms series in the complexity and splendor of the world building and in how fast paced the story is. I really enjoyed the characters and the uniqueness of the plot. If you liked any of the books I mentioned, you should definitely give this one a try! ...more
My God. This book completely ripped my heart out. This is a romance unlike any other, beautiful and raw and achingly tender. A story of war and life aMy God. This book completely ripped my heart out. This is a romance unlike any other, beautiful and raw and achingly tender. A story of war and life and brutal, relentless need. About family, and the unbreakable power of love. The writing took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. I want to curl up in a ball and sob until the hurt goes away. I want to hug this book to my chest and memorize the passages and the poetry and never, ever forget the way I felt when I turned the last page.
I LIVE for books like this. Books that NAIL what life is really about. Books that make you feel grateful for every single breath you take.
I'm not even playing, you guys. The character development in this book is unreal - after one book, these characters feel like family to me. The love story will torment you and then make your heart soar; you will want to pull your hair out and then dance around in circles. This book is about life. I don't know if I'm even really expressing what is so wonderful about this book. The writing is just incredible - lyrical and honest. It is heartbreaking and bittersweet. It is a golden summer afternoon and a burning winter chill. War Romance at its absolute best.
If you can't tell, I highly recommend this book. Please go read it. You will not regret it. ...more
Ack! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get this review up. I've been putting it off because these books are SThis is a review for both AGOT and ACOK.
Ack! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get this review up. I've been putting it off because these books are SO chock full of detail and action that it took me quite a while to mull it over and form my general impressions.
So first, let me tell you a little bit about the premise for the series. Imagine Lord of the Rings meets Beowulf- that'll start to give you a small idea of what the feel of these books is like. It's epic fantasy, but not TOO fantastical, in that there isn't a ton of magic or crazy made up stuff to remember. It's grisly and dark and full of plenty of characters to love, and even more to despise. And I mean despise. There are some truly horrifying villains in both of the books.
The story basically revolves around the Iron Throne -- the seat of power for all the kingdoms in the story -- and who is currently sitting on it (and the power that comes with it), who should be sitting on it, war, family, honor, mischief, cunning, betrayal - you name the drama, this story has it.
A really central theme to this book (that I always enjoy reading about) is the concept of power. What is power? Who decides who gets it? How does one go about getting it? Does it really mean anything at all to have power? Is it better to be rich, powerful and subject to public scrutiny (not to mention constantly having to watch your back) or to be poor and humble, living on your own terms?
After reading these two books, I know that personally I'd rather be weak and humble - I couldn't live constantly worrying about who is trying to scheme against me - but in A Game of Thrones, the subject of power is contrasted against the importance of honor and responsibility. One of our protagonists is faced with this very dilemma - whether to continue living in relative peace with a small amount of power, or to obtain a great deal of power, and do the honorable and responsible thing that is expected of him. The book really gets down and dirty into what make people tick - all of the characters have their own personal motives, ideas, codes of honor. Because nearly all of the characters have one central quality or motivation that makes them tick (and this unfortunately makes them kind of predictable, albeit very interesting), it forces the reader to decide which character is "right" or to decide that there are situations where it's impossible for anyone to be right.
The characters are presented with (a seemingly endless supply) of incredibly difficult and morally ambiguous choices. Again, this forces the reader to think about what they'd do in that situation. Is it better to be honorable, even risking your life to do so, or to be cunning and get to live? Is winning always the ultimate goal, no matter the cost - ie; do the ends justify the means? All kinds of wonderfully complicated situations arise, which has you constantly wondering and hypothesizing and thinking. This book is a real brain burner.
In terms of writing style, both are intensely descriptive. There are tons of huge battle sequences and very vivid descriptions of what the characters wear, eat, smell like, etc.. At times it felt just a tad cumbersome, but I felt that it was appropriate to the feel of the book - since it takes place in entirely made up time and world, it's justified to give the reader a really clear picture of what living there is like. Also, the story is told from different characters' perspectives (at least 10 of them) and in the beginning, before you really get to know the characters, it can get a bit confusing. But once you can distinguish each character's voice and get attached to their story, the alternating perspectives were wonderful. I found myself looking forward to certain characters' passages and it definitely helped move the story along at a more exciting pace.
So all in all, I enjoyed both books SO much. The plot is constantly twisting and changing and I definitely think this series would appeal to both male and female readers, especially fantasy lovers....more
I have been waiting for this book for MONTHS! It came out last week and I devoured it in a few hours. I just could not put this baby down!
All of theI have been waiting for this book for MONTHS! It came out last week and I devoured it in a few hours. I just could not put this baby down!
All of the rave reviews I've been reading everywhere are well deserved, and I find myself agreeing with the reviewers that said this book is as good as The Hunger Games. Yeah, I said it. I know that's a lot to live up to, but I was that impressed. And as much as I hate to compare books that really are very different, this book has inevitably been compared to HG because a.) Dystopia. Duh. and b.) it features a kick-ass female heroine. But that's pretty much where the similarity ends. This book is good because it's good, not because it's anything like the Hunger Games.
It's awesome. Just awesome. The story is unique, compelling, fast-paced. The characters are crisp and complex. Emotional depth is packed high from start to finish and the writing is wonderful. The love story is secondary to the actual plot, and I totally dug it. In fact, I find that most YA books that I really LOVE feature issues that don't revolve who is going to take the heroine to the prom, but instead focus on deeper, more meaningful struggles, like who the heroine wants to be. This book accomplishes that with flying colors.
Also? Veronica Roth is only 22 years old. TWENTY TWO years old, people! I had that in the back of my mind the entire time I was reading this book and let me tell you, you should too. Her writing is clean and mature, and I really had a hard time believing that this was a debut novel. Many kudos to you, Ms. Roth.
Really quick, let me tell you a little bit about the concept:
Society has collapsed and been rebuilt. The remaining people (in this case, living in Chicago) have been divided into different factions based on their dominant personality traits. For example, people who value peaces are sorted into Amity; people who are selfless are sorted into Abnegations; and so on. However, people who show more than one dominant personality trait are labeled Divergent, and that's where this book begins.
It's action packed and exciting, just an absolute treat to read, and I KNOW that ya'll are going to love it. I am SO going to be recommending this book to everyone I know. ...more