There were a few lines in here in which I thought, hey this guy is a really good writer. Unfortunately, those lines were few and far between. I foundThere were a few lines in here in which I thought, hey this guy is a really good writer. Unfortunately, those lines were few and far between. I found the characters to be very unlikeable, way past the point of being flawed, realistic characters. I listened to the audio book and, in the end, was happy that it was over. 2 stars for having some moments at least....more
Maybe this is a book that you just can't listen to but I can tell you, I listened to the audiobook and I did not like this book. I can't say I hated iMaybe this is a book that you just can't listen to but I can tell you, I listened to the audiobook and I did not like this book. I can't say I hated it since I did listen to it all the way through, but I am definitely not going to listen to the next one. I might read it - only to find out what happens - but that's because I know I would be able to finish it pretty quickly.
I liked Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series so I thought I would like this one as well. But I didn't. First off, the premise just seemed so shaky to me. (view spoiler)[The idea that the police wouldn't believe that this was not Sutton was not fleshed out enough to me at all. Why couldn't Emma just call her foster mom? Or ask to be looked up in the foster system? There were sooo many ways out of this situation that it just did not seem believable to me at all. (hide spoiler)].
Second, the point of view switches were just confusing between Emma and Sutton. Sometimes, it took me awhile to figure out who was talking.
Third, I don't even understand why Sutton-the-ghost is hanging around. At first, I thought she would play some important role about helping Emma out but apparently she's just...there? I didn't understand the reason for her at all.
Fourth, just an audiobook thing but I didn't like the reader. She sounded like a 12 year old girl to me. It made the book really annoying to listen to.
Fifth, I did not like Ethan. Maybe I've just had enough brooding guys to last me a lifetime, but he was just annoying and unconvincingly popular? But not really? I didn't understand his character. (view spoiler)[Also, the fact that he was the only person to realize Sutton wasn't Sutton? Come on! (hide spoiler)]
Last, I hated the ending. (view spoiler)[It didn't answer ANY questions! I'm all for books leaving open ended questions for the next book in the series, but this one didn't give you any resolution at the end. I was so angry with this book - why had I even finished it? It left me with ONLY questions and NO answers. I hated it. Seriously. (hide spoiler)]
So why 2 stars? Well, 1 star only goes to books that I couldn't even finish. I finished this and it had SOME potential so I'll grudgingly give it 2 stars. Very grudgingly.
Recommended to: no one. Save your energy and read another book.
I really liked the premise behind this book. I thought it was intriguing and it made me want to keep reading (listening) to see how they had all comeI really liked the premise behind this book. I thought it was intriguing and it made me want to keep reading (listening) to see how they had all come to be in the Glade. Since I listened to the audiobook version, I also have to say that the reader did an excellent job.
So what are the negatives? Well, the writing style wasn't the best. There were some phrases that would be repeated over and over for no good reason. Thomas annoyed me at the beginning because he kept asking all of these questions instead of just taking a moment and trying to figure things out for himself. He seemed kind of stupid to me, to be honest and he doesn't really get much better from there.
Overall, the storyline was still really good and kept me interested the whole way through. I didn't really like the ending - until I read the epilogue and that made me interested in continuing the series. This is a decent book that I would recommend to anyone wanting to read Dystopian novels - but don't expect fireworks....more
I always enjoy listening to Rick Riordan's books as audiobooks because the readers always do an excellent job. Plus Riordan's books are usually full oI always enjoy listening to Rick Riordan's books as audiobooks because the readers always do an excellent job. Plus Riordan's books are usually full of action so it makes for a very entertaining drive. This book didn't disappoint on both accounts.
However, I didn't absolutely love this book. I liked it well enough but there were aspects that I just was not a fan of. (view spoiler)[First of all, Frank seemed a bit dense to me - I figured out his gift long before he did. Second, it seemed like he was going to steal the spotlight for this book but then all of the sudden, Percy was the one being hailed a champion at the end. It kind of pissed me off that Percy didn't make more of an effort to make Frank and Hazel also known as the heroes of the quest. I did like the developing relationship between Hazel and Frank although I thought Riordan harped on a bit too much about why the two liked each other. (hide spoiler)]
There were definitely humorous moments in this book which is one of the things I've come to love about Riordan's writing and overall, it was another successful book in a series that I thought would have died a long time ago.
I had high hopes for this book because I loved Divergent - and especially loved Tris' character. Sadly, Insurgent did not live up to my expectations.I had high hopes for this book because I loved Divergent - and especially loved Tris' character. Sadly, Insurgent did not live up to my expectations. The characters felt more random - their personalities kept changing and they didn't seem as believable. I loved Tris' strength in the first book but, in this one, I thought she was nowhere near as strong. The story line dragged at times and although there was a lot of action at times, sometimes it just felt unnecessary to the plot. I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending. The "information that would change everything" wasn't what I expected so I do want to see how Roth progresses the story in the next book.
Overall, still a good book but not as fun of a read as Divergent....more
I usually find these "point of view from a dog" books hit or miss. Sometimes they can be absolutely amazing (see Marley and Me and The Art of Racing TI usually find these "point of view from a dog" books hit or miss. Sometimes they can be absolutely amazing (see Marley and Me and The Art of Racing Through the Rain) and other times, they are so cheesy that I can't even continue reading them (which explains why none come to mind right now). This book was a "hit" for me.
I usually try not to look too much at the synopsis of a book before reading it because I like not knowing what to expect so when Toby was reincarnated into Bailey, I was pretty surprised. I hadn't seen that done in a book before - which worried me. Would I have to go through multiple deaths? That's definitely my least favorite part of these animal stories. I called it correctly - and I sobbed through one of them.
I thought overall, this was a really interesting read (and definitely made me want to get a dog). Cameron does a great job exploring what a dog's purpose is and showing just how in tune to human emotions they are. I actually found most of the dog's actions to be believable and I loved the ending of the book (to me, it actually felt like a twist).
Great book - I'd recommend it to anyone who loves dogs and wants an entertaining (but poignant) read about a dog's life....more
I was intrigued by the concept of this book and was not at all disappointed in Sarah's story. Her part was very well written and made me want to learnI was intrigued by the concept of this book and was not at all disappointed in Sarah's story. Her part was very well written and made me want to learn as much about her as I could. Although I was at first interested in the contrasting story that Julia provided, I did not find her as poignant as Sarah. In fact, I ended up not finding her interest in Sarah to be 100% believable.
Overall, the book kept my interest and I did like it. I actually wish I could have read a book that was completely about Sarah's story - that might have earned 5 stars from me. Unfortunately, Julia lowered my rating of this book to just 3 stars....more