Carrie Ryan's, The Forest of Hands and Teeth is an extraordinary debut, written with such beauty that I have no doubt that it will someday become a "cCarrie Ryan's, The Forest of Hands and Teeth is an extraordinary debut, written with such beauty that I have no doubt that it will someday become a "classic".
I loved this book from the first to last word for so many reasons that it will be hard to distinguish what is important to put on this review. The plot was brilliant, who couldn't go crazy over a book where The Village meets Dawn of the Dead?
The characters in this brilliant paranormal romance are what really drives the novel in the perfect direction. Even with the constant presence of zombies, the characters are what really keep you reading from start to finish.
Now that it is available in paperback, you have no excuses for not going and buying this book immediately. That means now!...more
A Great and Terrible Beauty is a brilliant gothic based in Victorian England. It's the kind of book that keeps you thinking about it long after you haA Great and Terrible Beauty is a brilliant gothic based in Victorian England. It's the kind of book that keeps you thinking about it long after you have been reading it endlessly in your bed for hours, excusing all outside distraction.
I was eager to start this book after I got it last week. I heard great reviews and was not disappointed in the slightest. I loved it and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
This is a very character driven book, as the fantasy element is a very minor role in the plot. I hear it is brought out more in the following books, but it was not very prominent in this installment. The romance between Gemma and Kartik was also not very pronounced.
I don't know if this would be a book for everyone, but it was a great read for me. I can't wait to get on with the rest of the books in this thrilling series....more
Oh my, oh me! I absolutely adored this debut. I am at a loss for words as I try to write this review. What I can say is that you need to read this booOh my, oh me! I absolutely adored this debut. I am at a loss for words as I try to write this review. What I can say is that you need to read this book.
This is, by far my favorite fairy (faery, faerie, fey) novel I have ever read. The world Julie Kagawa created is so amazing and unique that I can't stand to not be there all the time! The mythology and story are simply beautiful.
The characters are so... awesome! I felt the character's emotions and felt emotions for the characters. My heart raced when one of them had a downfall and a smile dashed across my face when one had good fortune.
This is a remarkably unique debut and I cannot wait for the next installment in the series, The Iron Daughter! There is not much else to say besides the fact that this book is EPIC!...more
Incarceron was a beautiful world and a great read. I found myself loving to be there at times, but wanting to leave at others.
The plot and general ideIncarceron was a beautiful world and a great read. I found myself loving to be there at times, but wanting to leave at others.
The plot and general idea of this books is simply brilliant- not over-the-top original, but still great. It was such a cool story and so much fun to read. The characters were beautifully written. I found myself wanting to hug them at times and sock them in the face at others.
Oddly, I liked reading about Claudia's story much more than Finn's. I found this odd because Finn was the one who was in the fantastical prison known as Incarceron.
There were, however a lot of things I did not like about Incarceron. First of all, I found it hard to get into. I wanted to just dive right in, but the story wouldn't let me. I also found the book very confusing at times, to the point of it being frustrating. Sometimes, I just wanted it to be over and done with. I also wasn't too crazy about the writing style.
Overall, Incarceron was a fast paced, fun read. I recommend it to people who want a little mystery mixed with dystopia....more
This was quite possibly one of my most anticipated reads… ever. I had continuously heard amazing things about this and couldn’t wait to read it for myThis was quite possibly one of my most anticipated reads… ever. I had continuously heard amazing things about this and couldn’t wait to read it for myself. Since I read this book for a chapter-by-chapter segment on my podcast, and since we can never find a time to record, it took me about four months to read this book. This could have been the reason I didn’t like it much, but probably not.
First of all, almost all of the characters… I just couldn’t stand them. Nora is weak and is obsessed with Patch, he himself isn’t even a great guy. He’s constantly being a jerk to Nora and then decides he likes her and starts being less of a jerk. Nora’s friend Vee was so dang stupid! And the other characters are… evil, so I clearly didn’t like them. The characters were definitely a low point.
The writing is really good, despite some minor details. I thought that sometimes, Fitzpatrick would make a character do some pointless little thing just so something else could happen. I know all authors do this, but I particularly noticed it in this book. Also, all of the names are really unusual, which I actually kinda liked. The writing style is great and I can’t wait to see what Becca comes up with in the future.
The story was fantastic and original. I love reading about angels, particularly the fallen variety and this book definitely quenched my thirst I had been having for a good angel book. Once it gets going, this book goes at breakneck speed and barely slows down to give you a breather.
So, even though it wasn’t what I thought it would be, I still really enjoyed Hush, Hush. I can’t wait to read Crescendo, because now that the groundwork is laid down, the rest of this story can completely take off! ...more
I am at a loss for words. This has got to be one of, if not the best book I have ever read. The story took off six months after Katniss and Peeta wonI am at a loss for words. This has got to be one of, if not the best book I have ever read. The story took off six months after Katniss and Peeta won the 74th Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV, and never slowed down.
The characters remained amazing and they developed so much from the last book and throughout this one. It is amazing the hatred you can feel towards a fictional character, but Suzanne Collins doesn't make you think twice about hating President Snow.
The plot of the story was a little strange at first, but when I realized what was really going on, I was amazed at the story. What scares me the most is that I can see this happening with the way our world is going. And that fright is so amazing.
The ending... oh the ending. It was such a cliffhanger that I think I am going to have to go to Scholastic and protest that Mockingjay be released asap.
This is an amazing book and if you haven't read this series yet, I recommend that you do. Your life may depend on it....more
The Summoning, ah The Summoning. I had heard so many good reviews of this book that I couldn't stand to put it off any longer. And I am glad I didn't!The Summoning, ah The Summoning. I had heard so many good reviews of this book that I couldn't stand to put it off any longer. And I am glad I didn't! The whole story and plot were great and kept me reading all the way through.
The idea and plot were great and original. I really haven't read anything like it. I loved the story so much and was so shocked at the ending. The book was very slow and non-exciting until the end, but this book had to set up the story for the rest so I wont hold it against anybody.
The characters were all so great and you really cared for them, which is hard to find nowadays. The protagonist wasn't annoying, the love interest(s) were charming and alluring, the sidekicks were funny, and the enemies were evil. Just the way it should be.
The Summoning was a great YA book and I would definitely give it my stamp of approval. I cannot wait until I get my hands on The Awakening because I am sure I will devour it!...more
I realize that this took me a long time to read. I think that it was so much to take in. I wanted it to last as long as it could. BecausSource: Bought
I realize that this took me a long time to read. I think that it was so much to take in. I wanted it to last as long as it could. Because it was great. Enough of the fluff, lets get to the good stuff.
As always, Carrie Ryan's writing was phenomenal. Her style isn't like anything I have ever seen before. She takes you into the world she creates completely. All of the characters and environments overwhelm you until it is all you can think about.
The characters were all unique and likable. Though Gabry wasn't quite as strong as Mary, she was powerful in her own way. The love triangle was wondrous and dangerously forbidden. You think you know who she should be with, but when Elias is introduced, your mind turns to mush and you, along with Gabry really can't decide.
Yes, it was sad at first. Yes, you lose characters that you have learned to love. Yes, your heart breaks at times, but could you honestly expect to live in a post-apocalyptic world, with zombies at every turn, and expect everything to turn out all hunky dory? No, you can't.
The Dead-Tossed Waves was another haunting book by an author that has fast become one of my favorites. I simply cannot wait to see where Carrie Ryan takes us on the rest of her stories in this world and whatever she has after....more
Why on earth did I wait so long to read this? It was sitting on my shelves for what I now understand was way too long of a time. I should have read thWhy on earth did I wait so long to read this? It was sitting on my shelves for what I now understand was way too long of a time. I should have read this the moment it was in my hands! Claire de Lune is a fast-paced adventure that had me on the edge of my seat, and now I am regretting not reading it sooner!
Claire was a great, strong character. Once she gets past the initial shock of her situation, she strengthens and becomes the strong-willed and confident character that I now love. Marie wasn’t a great mother, but I ended up loving her as well. Matthew was a phenomenal love interest, and he was a perfect match for Claire, even though the laws of her world say otherwise.
I loved the writing style Johnson uses in this novel. I was enchanted from the beginning and once the story really got going, there was no way I was able to put it down, even for a second. The rich plot and unique story were more than enough to keep me reading, and they were fueled by fantastic writing.
Werewolves aren’t my forte, but thanks to Claire de Lune, I plan on checking out other werewolf literature soon. I loved the uniqueness of the werewolves in the world Johnson has created, and I am glad that the harshness of their world was not sugarcoated. I am looking forward to discovering more in regards to the werewolves in future novels in this series.
Claire de Lune did a great job setting up the rich world and engaging characters for future novels in this sure to be fantastic series. I cannot wait to read more about Claire and her world. Christine Johnson wrote a fantastic debut, that I was happy to be reading each time I turned a page....more
The first book in this series, The Iron King is one of my favorite books of all time. So, naturally, I had high expectations when I finally decided toThe first book in this series, The Iron King is one of my favorite books of all time. So, naturally, I had high expectations when I finally decided to pick up The Iron Daughter. And I have to say, most of my expectations were met. Others were surpassed.
We still have the same amazing cast of characters, all amazingly written and realistic. Even though most of them are fantastical beings, they are written in a way that makes them seem so real. We also meet some new characters, who I also loved to read about. I love Meghan as a protagonist, but she was so obsessed with Ash in this book, it started to get on my nerve. Speaking of Ash, I was solidly Team Ash after reading The Iron King and Winter’s Passage, but I was constantly fluctuating between Team Ash and Team Puck while reading this book. As of now, I am Team Ash. But who knows what The Iron Queen will bring.
The writing in these books is outstanding. I haven’t even experienced a series in which I solidly feel like I am living through the story as much as I do while reading these books. Julie Kagawa has writing which is so descriptive and imaginative, yet it never slows the story down.
The story itself is where I found my only problem. Sure, it was still incredible, but it just wasn’t the addicting page-turner that The Iron King was. I don’t know why this is, since I still loved it to pieces, but I just wasn’t as addicted to The Iron Daughter. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is one of the best books I have ever read.
I am left here not knowing what to do. I am at such a loss. I feel like I will not be able to survive the coming months until I get my hands on The Iron Queen. I need to know what happens next because if the first two books are any indication of how it will be, I know I will not be disappointed. And neither will you if you read this spectacular series....more
Perhaps my hopes were too high. Perhaps I had become so attached to the characters that I couldn’t stand to see them change so rapidly. Perhaps I didnPerhaps my hopes were too high. Perhaps I had become so attached to the characters that I couldn’t stand to see them change so rapidly. Perhaps I didn’t like being in such a dark atmosphere, not that these books were ever light. I don’t know what the problem was for me, but whatever it was, it made Mockingjay a let down.
Don’t get me wrong, I still loved it to pieces. But I was just expecting so much from this book and, frankly, I didn’t get it. Katniss, who was once so strong was so depressing and unstable in this book that it was hard to read a book from her perspective since it put you in such a dark place. Peeta, one of my favorite characters I have ever read, upset me also. So did Gale, who I’m still not sure if I like or not.
Though Suzanne Collins is probably one of the most talented writers the world has ever seen, her writing in this book disappointed me. It still had the incredible cliffhangers, and the fantastic society, but there was something missing this time around. Whenever something exciting happened, you never got to see it firsthand. It was always a blackout and you were told what happened later on. I wanted to be right in the action, but instead it was as though I slept through it.
You are invited into a whole new world in Mockingjay. It is both similar to the one we got to experience in the previous novels, and so very different. War is all around you, and it is definitely not something that is fun to read. But when is war ever really fun?
Another problem I had with this stunning novel was the pacing. It was perfectly paced until the end. Then it was like this: BAM! What just happened? Again, you are in the dark when most of the action is taking place and are told what happened later on. And the changes the characters go through at the end are sort of unbelievable.
I really don’t know how to say it. This is still one of the best book ever written, but my- and the rest of the world’s expectations were so high that when what I wanted wasn’t delivered, it upset me. I know this is how it should have played out, however, which is another reason I am so conflicted.
I guess all I can say now is please, please read this incredible trilogy, because these books are some of the best on the planet. You are in a startling new world in which you want to live in every second, while wanting to escape at the same time. It saddens me that this will be the last sentence of commentary I get to write on these books, but I will say that they are perfect in every possible way....more
Wow! Wings was a very interesting take on faerie lore. It was a very nice refresher from the paranormal romance stereotypes that have recently circulaWow! Wings was a very interesting take on faerie lore. It was a very nice refresher from the paranormal romance stereotypes that have recently circulated through the YA literature genre. There is still the nice guy and the bad boy, but the take on the characters is so interesting and unique that I didn't care.
The first... maybe fourth of the book was pretty slow, but when Laurel started to blossom into her true self, I couldn't get enough. When we met Tamani, I couldn't put it down! I also felt that not enough happened in this novel, but that is okay because we get three more!
I felt that Wings was beautifully written. Every thing was described in such great detail that I felt I was really living this story. The characters were described so well, I felt that I could really see them. My favorite character was Tamani because he starts off as a jerk, but then sacrifices his safety for Laurel, whom he loves. The character development with Laurel was one of my favorite parts of the novel.
The love triangle! It was fantastic. Laurel is with David, who is so nice and would do anything to help Laurel that you can't help but love him. Tamani started off as a rude faerie who forced Laurel into her heritage, but then showed his sensitive side when he takes a bullet for her, literally!
Overall, Wings was a great novel and I cannot wait for the next installment, Spells!...more