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 storySo, 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....more
Anyway Glow takes place sometime in the future, on a spaceship. A lot of the Earth's resources have been used up and tI 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"]>...more
Okay, so...The Jaguar Prophecies...well first off I have to say that I won this book from Goodreads' through their Firstreads Giveaway. Secondly, I haOkay, so...The Jaguar Prophecies...well first off I have to say that I won this book from Goodreads' through their Firstreads Giveaway. Secondly, I have to say that this book is very good. It's much better than I expected.
Basically the book just goes into depth about the origins of 2012. Y'know, the world's supposed to end and stuff on December 21, 2012. But according to this book the world's not gonna end, it's just gonna get turned upside on its friggin head.
I loved the main character, Matt Howard, who is a woman. Sometimes it just seems that in books authors try to make their characters snarky and clever, but if done wrong it just makes the characters uber-irritating. Or at least I think so. But when done right it can make them extremely likable. Phyllis Gunderson did it right. I loved Matt, and I never got tired of her.
For me, this book is definitely something I'd want to read again, mostly because there's just so much information in it that I couldn't possibly take it all in the first time. I mean this book talks about everything: old Mayan myths and legends, the I Ching which I'd never heard of before reading this book, some Hopi prophecies, which say that there's gonna be a WWIII and that America's gonna get nuked!!
Which brings me to my next point: this book makes you want to get ready for whatever the hell's coming in 2012. I mean, after reading this book I just wanted to stock up on food, and trust me, I would, but I'm not the one that buys the food in my family. My parents do that since I'm just 16. But I'm seriously thinking about shoving this book down their throats so that we can be prepared. I mean, I'm scared.
But I loved all the stuff this book taught me. I just love books that can teach you something and tell a good story.
So...we all know the point in the Firstreads Giveaways. We, the winners, are supposed to read the book then write a good review that'll make others want to read the book too. So I'm just gonna come right out: Read The Jaguar Prophecies dammit! You won't regret it, but if you do...well...sorry. I really liked it....more
Finally! It took Scholastic forever to get this book out to me. Anyway, once I read it I'll quickly write a review for it.
Well I've finished the boFinally! It took Scholastic forever to get this book out to me. Anyway, once I read it I'll quickly write a review for it.
Well I've finished the book and now I must write a review.
To be quite frank I thought the book was boring. It takes place sometime in the future, after some terrible natural disaster I believe. The oceans have taken over most of the land, so many people have been forced to live under the sea. That sounds pretty good huh? I thought so! But this book is kinda like a Western, and I'm really not a fan of Westerns. Anyway, the main characters are Ty, and this girl, Gemma, who I found kind of annoying. Ty lives under the sea and Gemma's from up top, trying to find her brother. Ty tries to help her while also trying to protect the settlement he lives in from the ruthless thugs that like to go around and screw everything up.
I read the book about halfway then sort of just skimmed the rest.
The number one thing I didn't like about it was the writing style. Kat Falls writes like a teenager, I should know cuz I am one and we write the same. So, that was minus one star. Plus I found the book to be terribly confusing at times. I dunno if it was me or Falls. Cuz, y'know, maybe I just wasn't paying that much attention. At first I really tried, trust me, I really tried to follow what was going on, but after a while I was just like, "Screw it."
And it wasn't that the plot was confusing, I knew what everyone was trying to do, it was just that Ms. Falls didn't describe things right. Or at least she didn't describe things in a way that I could really follow along.
Anyway I give Dark Life two stars on a bad day, two plus a half on a good day. Who would I recommend it to? I guess boys that don't like to read much.
By the way, I won this book from Firstreads....more