So, yeah...I'm finally writing a review for this book.
Well, honestly there was nothing about this book that really stood out to me. It's a good story...moreSo, yeah...I'm finally writing a review for this book.
Well, honestly there was nothing about this book that really stood out to me. It's a good story with an interesting mystery element to it (one that's never answered that is >.>), but this book just wasn't amazing.
Before reading this I expected it to be about a zombie apocalypse, because I think I read somewhere that that's what it's about. Uh...no, this is not about a zombie apocalypse. If you've ever seen the movie Crazies then you know what the book's about. It's essentially Crazies for teens. But what's kinda annoying is that it's never fully explained in the book what is making the people crazy. I suppose the author plans on writing another book, since the ending was pretty open. I also suppose I'll probably read that book as well.
Anyway, what I liked most about the book was the characters. In my opinion they were rather realistic, especially Michael. He did something that I think was probably supposed to make him less sympathetic, but I don't blame the kid at all for what he did cuz I would've done it too! Hey, if you wanna live sometimes you just gotta make some sacrifices.
Hm, I'm trying to think of some other things to bring up, but like I said the book just wasn't amazing to me. It's a decent book, and if you like post-apocalyptic novels then you'll probably like this. But don't expect to be wowed.
I got an ARC copy of this book through Firstreads.(less)
Well, I'm just now getting around to writing a review for this book. First off I won my copy of The Radleys through Firstreads.
Now, The Radleys is abo...moreWell, I'm just now getting around to writing a review for this book. First off I won my copy of The Radleys through Firstreads.
Now, The Radleys is about vampires (yes, that's right, another vampire book). It follows a family -- the Radleys, which you may have already guessed -- and their many problems. Well, really they don't have many problems, but they've got a quite a bit, like the fact that their vampires but are trying to keep it on the downlow. They are referred to as "abstainers" which means -- you guess it! -- they abstain from drinking blood. The parents, Helen and Peter, have even been trying to keep it from their kids (stupid idea in my opinion) but one day the daughter, Clara, finds out the hard way what she and her family really are and things just sort of go down from there.
I liked everything about the book, especially the writing, but a few of the characters really got on my nerves, and sometimes I felt like they made blindingly stupid decisions which, of course, led to bad things happening which could easily been avoided in the beginning. Like Helen for instance, she just completely got on my nerves, I could not stand her, and I hated the way she treated her husband, Peter. Another thing I didn't understand about the Radleys was the fact that they didn't drink vampire blood. I just wanted to jump into the book so badly and take one of them by the shoulders and shake them and scream at them, "You're vampires for God's sake! You have to drink blood! So stop trying to be bloody saints and drink some goddamn vampire blood!!" Because you see, in the book, vampires sell their own blood to other vampires to drink.
But I realize that some people believe the vampires in this book are supposed to represent addicts in our everyday lives, like alcohol addicts or drug addicts (me myself being a recovering chocolate. lol, not really, i love that shit and eat it everyday) but I just didn't see the vampires in that way. For me it just seemed like the writer, Mr. Haig, was simply using addictions as a way to characterize the vampires, but not necessarily in a way to parallel real, actual addictions. Does that make sense? Probably not. Oh well.
I know in the book the proper term for a vampire was "blood addict", and if it had turned out that that was all they were, mere blood addicts, then I could agree with everyone else. Because when I first started reading the book I thought the vampires were actually humans. Everyday, average humans who happened to drink blood on the side. But no, they are legitimate, supernatural vampires. They fly for God's sake (something that was never fully explained either) so for me they aren't "addicts", they are goddamned vampires, and it is in their goddamn nature to drink blood. So it bothered me that they tried so hard to eat regular food and whatnot when they could've been happily living off of vampire blood the whole time.
But besides those little, annoying quips, I really did like this book. I mean, as I said before, it was very well written, the story was interesting, and besides Will and Helen I really liked the characters. And in the end I really felt like everyone got their act together and Helen stopped making dumbass mistakes, which really made me happy and earned this book and nice 4-star rating.(less)
Anyway Glow takes place sometime in the future, on a spaceship. A lot of the Earth's resources have been used up and t...moreI won this book from Firstreads.
Anyway Glow takes place sometime in the future, on a spaceship. A lot of the Earth's resources have been used up and the planet is just altogether a hell-hole, or at least that's how I imagined it to be. None of this book takes place on Earth, and we aren't given much description of it, but I'm sure that the place probably sucks.
A new planet has been found, one like Earth, a gazillion light-years away (actually it's never stated in the book how far away this new planet is from Earth, but whatever) and two spaceships have been sent with people on it to settle it basically. These two ships are the New Horizon and the Empyrean, which are a year's distance away from each other. Waverly and Kieran, our 15-year-old main characters in love, live on the Empyrean, rather peacefully too, but it would be even more peaceful without that rascal Seth. Anyway, one day the Empyrean is attacked by the New Horizon and everyone's like, "OMG! WTF!? We're supposed to be allies!"
Then the New Horizon kidnaps the girls, including Waverly, and I'm sure you can guess where the story goes from there.
I liked Glow but there were a few parts that really bored me. On the back one review compares Glow to The Hunger Games but they are nothing alike. The only thing they have in common is that they're both dystopians I guess. So if you're looking for something exactly like The Hunger Games you may be disappointed. If you're just looking for a good story however, well that's different, because Glow really is a good story.
One reviewer said that these kids go through a lot in the book, and they really do. First there's Waverly: I liked her...most of the time. Sometimes she kind of annoyed me, but mostly I truly did like her. She's a very strong character; there were times in the book where it seemed she was on the brink of giving up, but she never did which is admirable. Seriously.
Kieran on the other hand I felt was a little bit weaker. Or maybe I just didn't like him, I don't know. Because he went through a whole too, just as much as Waverly had to go through, and I feel like no one was really sympathetic to him either. I mean I really did feel bad for him when Seth was being an ass. I think I didn't start to dislike him until (view spoiler)[Waverly and the rest of the girls came back. I just don't like Waverly and Kieran together (hide spoiler)].
Then there was Seth. I liked him in the beginning and the end, but he got on my nerves in the middle. What annoyed me the most about these three characters really was the love triangle thing, plus the fact that it seemed like no one really loved each other. I didn't believe that Waverly and Kieran were really in love, and Seth's feelings for Waverly felt more stalkerish to me than anything else. But honestly I just don't like love triangles, I hate them, can't stand them!
The whole religion thing in Glow was interesting too, it's interesting that Ms. Ryan would choose that to be the main driving force in her book. I've heard that a lot of people were upset with how religion and whatnot is protrayed in Glow. (view spoiler)[Personally I think it all depends on how Kieran turns out. If he becomes like Anne Mather then Ms. Ryan may have a personal vendetta on Christianity. But I don't think he will. (hide spoiler)]
I do plan on reading the other books in the trilogy (it's a trilogy right?) mostly because there are a few questions I need to be answered.
Oh and also, just one last thing: I was really annoyed with the New Horizon. I felt like they were just so freakin' stupid. (view spoiler)[Okay, so the women on your ship can't have children, what are you gonna do? Oh, attack your allies! That makes perfect sense! Steal the girls? Okay! I know Anne said that the Empyrean sabotaged them, but c'mon. That's bullshit. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Scary? I think not. What's scary about this book is how boring it is. I kept waiting for it to get really good but it just never did. Finally half-way...moreScary? I think not. What's scary about this book is how boring it is. I kept waiting for it to get really good but it just never did. Finally half-way through I just skimmed through the rest. And whether I believe in it or not - I don't. I believe that ghosts can exist, but I don't really believe in the credulity of this story.(less)