I had high hopes for this book and they weren't quite met.
The story is well written. I like how Melanie tells the story and it just flows very easily....moreI had high hopes for this book and they weren't quite met.
The story is well written. I like how Melanie tells the story and it just flows very easily. I wasn't crazy about the amount of times Christianity was brought up, though. This is technically a Christian YA book, but it seemed a little too excessive. We got it, Annabel's religious and wants to be a nun, it didn't need to be repeated over and over.
I liked Annabel and Lord Ranulf enough. They weren't stand out characters to me, but they were interested and they fit their roles well. I enjoyed the bailiff (our Gaston, if you will) being more twisted than you would normally see him. I also liked how Ranulf was portrayed as the beast and how the villagers saw him. It was definitely an interesting, more unique take.
This just wasn't a remarkable read for me. It was enjoyable and fast paced and a really well done retelling. Beyond my slight annoyance at the frequent references to the Bible and God, I really had no problems with this book. But for me, it just didn't have that special something.
If you like fairytale retellings and don't mind it being religious, this is a really good book to try. If you're hesitant, I was able to get it from Netgalley a month after it's release, so it might still be up, or you could always try and go through your library. I just didn't click with this book the way I had hoped to.(less)
The characters didn't stand out to me, the subplots were just there, but there was still a lot going on that I enjoyed.
What was really amazing was the plot line and how it messed with my head. The story was unique and got me really excited. The way it was written lived up to what I thought it would be and was able to get my friends excited too.
But mostly, it was thought provoking. The tiniest of things changed their lives. Even if one person changed something purposely, the other would be affected. At one point, Emma decides not to go to a certain college due to what she learns and her future changes entirely and irrevocably. As someone now deciding where to go to college, I found that fascinating and horrifying all at the same time.
Basically, this book was purely plot driven. Y'all know how I am about my characters and the characters in this book were just nothing remarkable but the story was amazing enough for me to look past it. Read it just to think about how your life could be.(less)
Let's just go ahead and stamp "Not My Kind of Book" on this one to start with.
I don't do "terrifying" in...anything, really. I don't like being scared...moreLet's just go ahead and stamp "Not My Kind of Book" on this one to start with.
I don't do "terrifying" in...anything, really. I don't like being scared. But Harmony went on and on about this book and it was an Egmont book, so finally I caved and bought it. Shortly after, Harmony made me read it.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to, though.
Alex goes through a lot of character growth. She was pretty unlikable to start with, but so much happens to her and she experiences so much in her journey, that she becomes more and more likable. Less a bratty teenager and someone so much stronger and wiser.
The side characters were diverse and well built. We had Ellie, who may be the most bratty person on the planet. Tom who was wonderful and lovely. And then we had the many people she meets later on who all have very different motivations and beliefs and obviously they aren't all good.
The story itself had a lot of twists and turns to it and there was always something new to worry about. Always something unexpected and interesting. You can't tell at all how this story will end when you start reading. It's not even worth trying to figure it out. But it was definitely entertaining and it really sucks you in.
Ashes is definitely well written. Ilsa J. Bick knows what she's doing. Creepy and desolate but hopeful and exciting and just...an awesome balance all around.
Despite all this good, we've already stamped the book. We didn't have the right chemistry, you know? Maybe some day we'll work things out and I'll read the other books in the series, but right now, our relationship isn't really stable.
Ashes did click with a lot of other people though. And I didn't really have a problem with the book (except for two Me-Specific problems that y'all probably don't care about). So if you think this might be a You kind of book, definitely grab it!(less)
I don't really do middle grade. It just doesn't work for me most of the time. But this is historical fiction in New York City and I was intrigued.
I ac...moreI don't really do middle grade. It just doesn't work for me most of the time. But this is historical fiction in New York City and I was intrigued.
I actually really enjoyed it. It was this fun little mystery and while bad things are happening all around, it never felt heavy. The realities and the horrors of the time hovered on the pages, but it wasn't distracting and it wasn't the focus. It was all about Maks and Willa and their family. While they weren't going through the best times, having it mostly be about kids kept it from ever feeling truly depressing.
I loved the characters. There were good guys and bad guys and people that were bad because they had to be. Maks' family was fantastic. His parents were kind but not overly soft. I really loved both of his sisters. They were interesting. Maks himself was brave and fun and courageous but also a good kid. I wasn't a huge fan of his brothers, mostly because they didn't seem to have a huge part in the story. Willa was another wonderful character. She was street smart and strong and just...I wanted to hug her.
I really liked the writing. It was more like somebody was physically telling me this story than I was reading it. It's a style that I've never seen before but it kept me engaged, almost as if I was an active participant in the story. And the pictures were really helpful too. The perspective jumps could be a little confusing, but never impossible.
The mystery of it was fun. It took some time to slowly put the pieces together and eventually it all just made sense, even though the characters couldn't tell yet.
Overall it was just a really good, fun read. The writing was fantastic, the characters were wonderful and the story itself was intriguing. I definitely recommend this one.(less)
I felt like someone was sitting in front of me, telling me this magical story. A story that made me feel like...moreOh Lauren Oliver. Girl...you genius you.
I felt like someone was sitting in front of me, telling me this magical story. A story that made me feel like a hopeful child again. A story that filled me with wonder and reminded me of all the fairy tales I know and love. It's a story I want to share with Boy, even if he might not be old enough for it.
There were a lot of important characters in this book, and I pretty much wanted to hug all of them. Except the bad guys. I wanted to shoo them away for being mean to all the wonderful characters. How dare they corrupt the dear hearts!
The writing was fabulous, though it shouldn't even need to be said. It was like reading a piece of Lauren's soul. Beautiful and magic and transported me to a time when I was a kid again.
The story had a lot of different perspectives, which I know some don't like, but they all blended together to make one story out of several stories and they all met together at the end and it was so freaking genius. Just...so freaking genius.
Go buy the book. Like now. Drop everything (unless you're holding a baby, don't drop the baby) and go get it.(less)
It was fast paced and well written and interesting. A little bit of a unique touch to it. But I had some...more**spoiler alert** This book was...interesting.
It was fast paced and well written and interesting. A little bit of a unique touch to it. But I had some problems.
From a moral stand point, there's a major problem for me. I don't know why it bothered me in this book so much, because I've read it before. Neva ends up kissing her best friend's boyfriend accidentally. I was okay with that, it was genuinely an accident. But then it becomes this "Do I/Don't I" thing and just...no. She was into him and he was into her. This isn't cool with me. First of all, I have MAJOR problems with cheating of any kind. You're into someone else, you break up with who you're with. This book did have a reason, but STILL. It's not cool. Then there's the fact that this is her BEST FRIEND. Guys...you don't do that to any girl, but especially your best friend. That's just three times worse than doing it to some girl you don't even know. Because this is someone who trusts you and loves you and thinks of you as a sister. You may not physically cheat on anyone, but emotionally counts just as much to me.
So, um...that kind of bothered me. A little.
But beyond that, something didn't click with me. Maybe because it was so fast paced it almost seemed rushed. Maybe because it was predictable at times. Maybe because I frequently wanted to smack Neva.
It's weird, I genuinely enjoyed reading this. It was exciting and lots happened and it mixed a lot of different aspects of dystopian novels. While reading it, I REALLY enjoyed it. But reflecting...I'm not as excited about it. Not as happy. I kind of wish my friend did take it with her because I'm not sure I want it on my shelf.
Besides my own peeve, there was nothing genuinely wrong with the book that comes to mind. It was just...average.
This review sucks. I apologize. But that's all I can give you.(less)
So, take The Hunger Games. Now take Across the Universe. And now you have Glow.
Waverly and Kieran were interesting characters. I liked them, but they...moreSo, take The Hunger Games. Now take Across the Universe. And now you have Glow.
Waverly and Kieran were interesting characters. I liked them, but they also had a lot of faults and would annoy me from time to time. Especially Kieran. Waverly was usually strong, but Kieran just seemed so weak and obsessed with love, and it just bothered me.
The plot was interesting, though. Really interesting. It kind of had the constant action-y feel of The Hunger Games and it had the setting of Across the Universe and it just blended really well. The romance wasn't the biggest deal. There were a lot of side characters and they were all involved in interesting things. Some action stuff, some friend stuff, some family stuff, some romance, and some rebellions and just...the story line was perfect. Absolutely perfect. And twisted.
The writing kept me very involved. I read a lot of it in one sitting then had to stop and pack then I got to finish it on a trip the next day. I just wanted to keep reading and know what would happen and how it would end.
I read this book in August and I STILL don't know where the sequel will go. But I know it's going somewhere good. Definitely another dystopian to check out.(less)
It's no secret that the werewolves and I do not really agree. But in the first two Shiver books, I still really enjoyed Maggie's writing. So I heard a...moreIt's no secret that the werewolves and I do not really agree. But in the first two Shiver books, I still really enjoyed Maggie's writing. So I heard about this book and was intrigued by the idea. I figured with the idea and her writing, I would love this.
But not so much.
I can't really pinpoint what it was. The characters were all complex and they had a lot of different factors to consider and they were all individuals, except the characters that weren't supposed to be individuals. Puck and Sean were just so adorable and kind of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy-esque. I appreciated that.
The writing was Maggie-fabulous. Pretty and flowy and wonderful. It's what you expect from Maggie. And the story IS different and entertaining and interesting.
But the book was so slow.
It takes place over a little more than a month. So you'd think it'd go pretty fast, but I just couldn't make myself sit and read it for long periods of time. I found myself daydreaming about the other books on my TBR pile for the month. Maybe it was me, maybe it was the story itself. The pace and I just didn't connect properly.
Others may love this. Between timing (I seem to be in the mood for faster paced reads lately), a busy schedule, and the pace over all, it just wasn't right for me right now. But I definitely think it's something to try if you're in the right mood.(less)
It's a book about life and death and grief and love and how you cope with all of it. It's a book about doing what makes you happy, n...moreSo this is a book.
It's a book about life and death and grief and love and how you cope with all of it. It's a book about doing what makes you happy, no matter what the consequences might be. It's a book that the cover wouldn't make you think it is.
Donna grew a lot in the story. She developed who she was and what she wanted with her life. She was determined and strong willed and passionate about this. And she learned how to grieve. She had a hard time dealing with that but her discoveries helped her with that.
All of the characters involved in Donna's life helped her learn what she needed, and I really liked that. I appreciate having every character and every action reflect on the character's development. Everything's relevant, which is especially important in shorter books.
This book was sad in an almost happy way. It was a book I took my time on, reading slowly but surely. It's a book I needed to digest and think about.
Overall, this is a book you need to be in the right place to read. It's a book that's very complicated and intriguing and thought provoking. I liked it, not as much as I wanted to, but enough to get me interested in Jen's future books.
It was kind of predictable and in this book, things happen that very recently annoyed me in a different book, so that am...moreAt first this book annoyed me.
It was kind of predictable and in this book, things happen that very recently annoyed me in a different book, so that amplified my annoyance. So last night, about half way through the book, I picked it up knowing my review had to be up today kind of dreading getting through the rest of it and writing a review.
Then I sat down to read and everything changed.
The characters changed. How they felt, how they acted, just who they were. They felt remorse for all the horrible things they'd done (except for one character, but he's just...that was acceptable). The plot was going in this direction that I totally didn't see. Suddenly I was scared and nervous for the characters and anxious and I just needed to know how it ended.
The writing really was good. The perspective alternates back and forth between Em and Chase for most of the book and they both had their own unique voices and personalities. The writing was what kept me involved in the first half and then just made everything better in the second half.
The characters themselves were characters I had a hard time relating to in the first half. Majority of them were too flawed for my tastes, but then they changed and developed and I could forgive them and understand them and relate to them. By the end of the book, my heart was broken and I was craving book 2 so I'd find out what happened to them.
I loved the mythology and the actual story itself was intriguing and different. The Furies aren't really something seen in YA and I like this new idea. It changed things up a bit. Then there was the whole idea of high school and reputations and home lives and how they effect teenagers and it was a really interesting little subplot...or maybe it was just something I picked up on that most people wouldn't notice but I'm not normal so I did.
All in all, I ended up really enjoying this book which made me really happy because I'd been so excited for this book. It wasn't perfect, mostly due to the characters at first, but then it was just amazing and entertaining and spectacular and I know book 2 can only be better. Definitely check this one out!
I really, really liked this book. In a time where many dystopians are becoming the same, this one was completely different.
Charlie as a character does...moreI really, really liked this book. In a time where many dystopians are becoming the same, this one was completely different.
Charlie as a character doesn't stand out much to me. She's another YA protagonist. What I did love about her is the devotion she had to her little sister, because it's something I really connect to. The sibling relationship was fantastically done. I did love Charlie's friends and Max. Max was kind of easy to predict, but her other friends were much more surprising.
But this story? Oh this story. The rich history of the world, the political turmoil, the rebellion. It was just so, so, SO fantastically done. I wanted to get lost in that world and how complicated it was.
The writing was really good. It kept me super entertained and intrigued in the story. I mean...the story itself was enough, but if there wasn't good writing, I couldn't keep going.
Now the ending...oh that ending. It was cruel and fantastic and shocking and just...so, so perfect. Left me dying for book 2!
Read this for the fantastic plot. Read it now so you can suffer in the wait for book 2 with me! (Or be smart and wait until Book 2 is closer...but really you should read it now.)(less)