I’ve had a pretty bad experience with books about mermaids, so I’m happy to say that this isn’t one. So what exactly is Atlantia about? I shall tell y...moreI’ve had a pretty bad experience with books about mermaids, so I’m happy to say that this isn’t one. So what exactly is Atlantia about? I shall tell you…
Atlantia is about courage, about doing what’s right, even when it’s not easy to do so. It is also about love, and sacrifice. It is also about prejudice, and discrimination.
Atlantia is narrated in the first person by Rio (Spanish for river.) Her twin sister, Bay and she are orphaned and trying to find their place in their underwater world. They live in Atlantia, a city built many centuries ago in the Below in order to make sure humanity survived the abused Earth in the Above. When Bay decided to leave Atlantia, without telling anyone, she’s devastated and she tries to find a way to join her. Rio is a siren and it’s feared in both worlds. Her mother, the former Minister, kept her gift hidden in order to protect her. She’s brave, realistic, pragmatic and very lonely. In her search for a way out of the city, she meets True.
True is so kind and happy. Even though he’s had a difficult life, he always makes an effort to keep busy, contribute any way he can and find happiness in that. I enjoyed that he could see pass Rio’s façade and that he learned to love her. Their relationship grew slowly and I wish that they were together more often and that their time together included more.
Bay is sweet, caring, gentle and more giving than Rio. Maire, is a powerful siren and their aunt, even though they don’t know her well, and she has an agenda of her own, she loves her nieces in their own way. As you can imagine, there are also bad people in the mix and you don’t always know good from bad.
The world building is really well done. I love that it never felt like an information dump, but that we knew enough to understand the story and learned more as Rio learned more. Religion (polytheism) is a big part of the life of both Above and Below. It gives both citizens faith in the system and makes their lives more structured. However, the book didn’t feel “preachy” or uncomfortable at all. The plot is politically driven, but we slowly discover each clue. This is my first book by Condie (I have Matched, but never started the series) and I liked her writing style.
Overall, Atlantia is a great read. I felt like the ending was sufficient for a standalone, but I still wanted more, especially more chemistry between True and Rio.(less)
This is one of those books that I’m sure I will never be able to do it justice. It is SO good that I’m not sure why it took me so long to read it eith...moreThis is one of those books that I’m sure I will never be able to do it justice. It is SO good that I’m not sure why it took me so long to read it either. On the Jellicoe Road is such an amazing read.
“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri-La. We were going to the ocean, hundreds of miles away, because I wanted to see the ocean and my father said that it was about time the four of us made that journey. I remember asking, ‘What’s the difference between a trip and a journey?’ and my father said, ‘Narnie, my love, when we get there, you’ll understand,’ and that was the last thing he ever said.”
On the Jellicoe Road is a combination of two parallel stories. On one hand we follow Taylor’s story, a story of heartbreak, friendships and lost love. Taylor’s story is told by her, in the first person. On the other hand, we have Narnie’s story, a story with a tragic ending that Taylor slowly uncovers by reading Hannah’s manuscript. Both stories intercept and intertwine in unexpected ways. I loved the mystery, the revealing of these truths. Underlying everything is the war for territory between cadets, townies, and students that takes place once a year, when the cadets come to camp near the Jellicoe School.
Taylor is such a complex character. She tries really hard to not care about anything or anyone because she was abandoned by her mother. She tries, but of course, the heart cannot be controlled, on the contrary, her emotions seem to be always raw and in turmoil. She’s a combination of strong and fragile, brave, fearless, and afraid at the same time. As I said, complex, loyal, and trying to find the truth about herself.
Now we come to Johan Griggs *sigh* He’s the leader of the cadets and had a short past encounter with Taylor. She was his redemption at a moment when he needed it more, but she doesn’t know it. It’s so nice to see how he tries to protect Taylor at every turn, and at the same time trying to understand her and to support her, even if her decisions are not always sound. He’s such a sweetie at heart and he loves Taylor so much. Did I mentioned he’s swoony too?
Their relationship grows slowly due to misunderstandings, pride and even prejudice (*pun intended*). But, it is a true pleasure to watch. These two characters are straightforward, honest to the point to rudeness, and perfect for each other.
“When I turn around, he cups my face in his hands and he kisses me so deeply that I don’t know who is breathing for who, but his mouth and tongue taste like warm honey. I don’t know how long it lasts, but when I let go of him, I miss it already.”
There are so many amazing characters in this book. Besides Taylor and Jonah, we get to know Santangelo, the leader of the townies who turns into a true friend for all of them. Raffy, who sticks to Taylor, no matter what, and who seems to have a story with Santangelo. Jessa, who admires and understands Taylor like few others can. Ben, who also sticks to Taylor, because he believes in her. Even Hannah, Webb and the rest of the five seem to come alive in the pages of the book. These characters are flawed, some heartbroken, some happy, some sick, some depressed, some in love, some looking for love. I great cast of characters!
The writing is so beautiful. I hope that the miracle of Marchetta’s storytelling continues throughout her work, I already purchased Saving Francesca so I can continue to experience her lyrical, insightful style. The plot of the story is confusing at times, but I think that’s my fault since I started the book in audio and it wasn’t always clear to me when the stories of Narnie and Taylor. I then switch to the eBook and it went much better. I promise that it all makes sense at the end.
“This isn’t romance. This isn’t a declaration of love or affirmation of friendship. This is something more.”
Overall, On the Jellico Road is an outstanding story of loss, redemption, and the power of love. A most read.
About the cover: To be honest, the cover doesn’t do anything for me.(less)
Maybe Someday is my first experience with Colleen Hoover books. What an experience it was!
I love books about music or that include music, an...more4.5 Stars
Maybe Someday is my first experience with Colleen Hoover books. What an experience it was!
I love books about music or that include music, and that’s why I picked this book (even if the blurb was vague at best). However, Maybe Someday is about much more than music. (To find more about the music go here). It’s about love (obviously), friendship, betrayal and unfortunately, quite a bit of cheating. Let me just say right now that I usually don’t like books about cheating, and I certainly don’t condone it, BUT this book is not what you might think. I hate to spoil any of it for you, but trust me when I say that you want to read it!
Sidney is having an incredible bad birthday. He discovers that her “best friend”/roommate Tori and Hunter, her boyfriend of two years, are cheating on her. It is quite a blow and she reacts like any girl with common sense would: by punching her “friend” and packing up her bags. Bravo! Sidney is a lot stronger than she herself thinks she is. Except that she has no place to go. Here comes a knight in shining armor in the form of Ridge, a friendly neighbor. Anyway, I LOVE Ridge. Well, I guess I loved Ridge and Sidney together, but Ridge has a serious girlfriends. Now, let me just say that these two characters fight their attraction to each other very hard. However, the heart can’t be reasoned with.
The other two people living in Ridge’s apartment are Warren and Bridgette. I love Warren! He is very loyal to Ridge, but also learns to love and care for Sidney and helps her out when she needs it the most. He is so funny (and kind of a perv), but it’s okay since he is in love with Bridgette anyway. I also liked Ridge’s girlfriend, Maggie is such an amazing, gentle and caring person. I love these characters! How they are flawed, imperfect, real, and redeemable.
One of the things that I loved the most about Maybe Someday was Hoover’s writing. It is poignant, lyrical, and realistic. The story plot is fairly simple and the story is easy to read, even if it’s quite intense and heartbreaking at times.
Overall, I’m so happy I read Maybe Someday. Colleen Hoover’s writing is certainly addictive since I now started listening to Hopeless and I fully expect to love it too :)
About the Narration: It was pure awesomeness! I can’t find any other words that will fit. I listened to Breakable by Tammara Webber narrated by Zachary Webber and I feel in love with his voice. Needless to say, I love him even more after this book. It is my first book narrated by Angela Goenthals, and she is so talented! There couldn’t be a better pair of actors to read this amazing book :) If you want to read Maybe Someday, try it in audio! It is one of the best audio books I’ve had the pleasure of listening to.
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone is made to feel like an investigative piece and it consists of a series of interviews, emails...moreWhat a unique book!
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone is made to feel like an investigative piece and it consists of a series of interviews, emails, author notes, and magazine articles. To top it all, the book is peppered with pictures of Addison and her art. Oh, and if you want to see some of them, plus the trailer and a video from the model that portrait Addison, head over to this website. Really, go check it out and I’ll wait right here.
Back already? Good. Addison Stone was an artist. She had an exceptional talent for painting, especially creating insightful portraits. From the beginning of the story – and as you can deduce from the title – we know that Addison has passed away in a tragic accident. The story itself takes us from her childhood, all the way to her last hours and beyond to see what’s happened after her death. Addison was beautiful, charismatic, full of life, loyal to few, and hated by some.
I think that she moved on by herself way to early and without an iota or supervision or a steady support system or stability. I think that Lincoln was the best think that happen to Addison, BUT the benefit was not reciprocal. I believe that she was fiercely loved, and admired, but somehow that wasn’t enough.
On a serious note, Addison had a serious mental disease. It is alluded that she was schizophrenic, but it seems to me that she also had bipolar disease, and struggled with bouts of depression. She had a great support system in her friends (not so much her family), and two therapists as well. The problem is that she felt her meds kept her from being free and being herself. I think her crisis could be seen coming from a mile away.
For the most part, the setting is New York City, and we can see how in love Addison was with everything she got to experience there. She felt stifled in her small town life and she wanted something brighter, bigger, and full of energy and without rules or boundaries. The writing, as explained before, is different. Still, this format makes the reader feel like they’re reading a true story. I liked the writing and how insightful it was.
Overall, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone is a unique reading and visual experience. (less)
I started The Perilous Sea with this basic question: How can Sherry Thomas ever top the awesomeness of The Burning Sky? (See my review here) Well, she...moreI started The Perilous Sea with this basic question: How can Sherry Thomas ever top the awesomeness of The Burning Sky? (See my review here) Well, she managed to amaze me for sure. I bow to you Ms. Thomas, you have a fan for life!
Oh my goodness! Have you ever read a book SO full of pure awesome that you can’t find words to describe it? If you have, that’s exactly how I fell about The Perilous Sea (if you haven’t, then keep reading my friends.)
The story is told in the third person, following Titus and Iolanthe. There are two parallel stories being told, in alternating chapters. Let me explain, both stories are about Titus and Iolanthe, but one is told from the Sahara Desert in the “present” and in the span of a few days and the other starts seven weeks earlier in England. It’s such a unique way to keep the reader engaged and to Thomas’ credit, both stories are equally fascinating.
“Fairfax laughed, the sound deep and rich. “Your humility, prince, shines like a beacon in the darkest night,” she said as she ascended the stairs. “We can all only aspire to be so great yet so humble.”
These characters are just amazing! I know I said the same thing in my review of the first book, but Titus is one of my favorite male characters ever!!! He’s sweet, smart, mature beyond his years, talented… I can keep going on and on. He is also, by necessity, so lonely that it sometimes breaks my heart. The only respite from the life he was born to lead comes in the shape of Iolanthe.
I found Iolanthe to be a lot more likeable in this book. She’s a powerful elemental mage that hides in plain sight, by impersonating a boy at Eaton. She’s so good, both as a “boy” and as a girl, and she’s liked by all that meet her. Iolanthe is trying to find her place in the world and a way to help Titus from a destiny he thinks is unavoidable.
“Wonder came into his eyes – wonder and gratitude. He touched his forehead to hers again, his hands warm on her cheeks. “I am so glad it is you. I cannot possibly face this tasks with anyone else.”
The relationship between Iolanthe and Titus grows a lot and it’s so exciting to see. It is clear that he plans for her, thinks of her, tries to protect her and anticipates her every need. *sigh* Thomas is a romance writer and it’s even more obvious in this book. I’m so happy that they were able to put their differences in opinion aside and be there for each other. The banter between them is
The plot is outstanding. It’s full of twists and turns and I never saw them coming; it’s unexpectedly wonderful. The writing is sublime. The setting and world building is just as expertly executed as it was in the first book and it just builds upon it. In case you haven’t read it, this book is part fantasy since there are mages and mage kingdoms and also takes places partly in the late 1800s England.
“The night you were born, stars fell. The day we met, lighting struck. You are my past, my present, my future. My hope, my prayer, my destiny.”
Overall, The Perilous Sea is an amazing continuation of an amazing series. It just cemented my everlasting love for Titus and now Iolanthe as well. A true magical fantasy gem for romance lovers. A must read.
About the cover: I though nothing could top the cover of The Burning Sky, but I was wrong. Isn’t it gorgeous? The water dragon, the contrast of dark and light, the city in the background and the feeling of pure power all work so well together.(less)
WOW! Where have you been all my life Ms. Nielsen? I found The False Prince because a blogger friend recommended it for my son B, but I beat him to it....moreWOW! Where have you been all my life Ms. Nielsen? I found The False Prince because a blogger friend recommended it for my son B, but I beat him to it. It was awesome! *you can run now and buy a copy*
The False Prince is in essence a fantasy. Sadly, one of the most difficult parts of writing a fantasy is the world building and I feel that it was deficient here. We do know that our characters live in the country of Carthya and that it’s in the brink of civil war. We also get a lesson on the way the country’s government works and the royal family, but that’s it. I fell like a lot more could have been done to build this world.
There are two things that make this book so memorable to me, one is the plot and the second is Sage. The plot is a gem. I cannot tell you that I didn’t suspect the truth, but I couldn’t have predicted anything else that happened. The story is complicated, full of intrigue, politics, a bit of romance, challenges and twists and turns. I think it is supposed to be a middle grade series, but it doesn’t feel like one.
On to Sage. If you recall, he is the second reason why I adored this book. What an incredible character! Sage is one of the three orphan boys that Conner collects for is evil plan (*insert malevolent laugh here*) Together with Roden and Tobias, he go through the motions of getting trained to be a prince. They get lessons on a lot of things, such as horse riding, sword fighting, reading, history, and manners. Oh, Sage! He is a thief, irreverent, proud, unpredictable, reckless, adventurous, and a master strategist. You cannot appreciate his awesomeness until almost the end.
The characters are so well developed. Roden, and Tobias are competing with Sage (to me there wasn’t really a competition), but Sage offers them protection and friendship. They each have their reasons for wanting to be prince, and for working hard towards that goal, even if they have to sabotage each other. Conner is a despicable man. He is cruel, conceited, and he belief himself to be all-powerful.
The story is told from Sage’s point of view, except for a part towards the end where the ‘truth’ is explained to the reader in the third person. As I was listening to the book, I didn’t find this awkward at all. The writing is genius to go hand in hand with the amazing plot. I already bought The Runaway King, the next book of the series and I hope to start reading it soon. I also saw that the book was purchased for movie, well signed me up!
About the narration: It’s the first book narrated by Charlie McWade that I’ve listen to before and I really liked it. The voices were distinct from each other as were the accents too. This must have been difficult as most of the characters were male.(less)
What first made me take a second look at Branded was its gorgeous cover, hence my decision to join the tour when the authors offer me a copy...more3.5 Stars
What first made me take a second look at Branded was its gorgeous cover, hence my decision to join the tour when the authors offer me a copy of the book.
The premise of Branded is very interesting. In theory, people that commit a crime are ‘branded’ with a different color according to the nature of the crime (to match the capital sins.) Then, they are removed from polite society and send to live to a horrendous place called the Hole. As you might imaging, the Hole is not a nice place, quite the opposite. In fact, it is one of the most horrendous settings that I ever read.
Lexi is a very complicated character. She had a very happy childhood and family life, but unfortunately that didn’t last long. When her mother remarried, it seems like she married a controlling sadistic maniac (just saying it like it is.) I have no idea how Lexi endured these years because it was enough to turn a lesser person crazy. When she ends up in the Hole, she is broken. She lives in constant fear, she can’t defend herself and seems to always fit the role of damsel in distress (which I strongly dislike.) Lexi surprised me though. She made a big change, and a conscious effort to no longer fit that role and learn how to be stronger and overcome her fear.
For an unknown reason, Lexi is assigned a private guard, to keep her safe. I really liked Cole, even though he comes across a bit overprotective and overbearing. Since a relationship between guards and sinners is prohibited and punishable by death, it is predictable that Lexi and Cole fall in love. It is by no means insta-love, but when the fall, the fall hard.
Bruno is a big teddy bear of a man. He’s Cole’s best friend and he tried to help Lexi and Cole in any way he can. Zeus is Cole’s huge dog and a vicious loyal sweetheart. Keegan is Lexi’s brother and also very protective of Lexi. The interaction between the siblings was fun to watch. I wonder where Lexi’s mother is. Overall, the characterizations was strong.
The plot, as I mentioned at the beginning is original and strong. Some of the turns of events I could predict, but some I didn’t (plus I’m sure there’s more to come.) The writing is easy to read and follow, but the dialogue was a little out of place (see below.) The world building is excellent for the Hole, but very vague for the rest of the world outside.
However, the book is not without problems. Two things really bugged me. First, there were some spelling errors. Second, the timing of things didn’t quite work for me. The book explains that the current system has been in effect after World War V which happened fifty year before Lexi’s story. However, Lexi’s father remembers the system before that time (which would make him very old.) Also, the language used by the characters is current (slang and all) and this would not be used in a dystopian; even the technology seemed the same. Unless I was confused with how the book is supposed to be read as (a dystopian versus an alternate present?)
I’m sure that some other unknown factors will come into play in the next book and I will certainly read it when it’s published. The book ends with a lull in the action, but with a promise of more to come.(less)
It took me forever to read Thirteen Reasons Why, but I finally did and what all the hype was about when it first came out. This book is very powerful,...moreIt took me forever to read Thirteen Reasons Why, but I finally did and what all the hype was about when it first came out. This book is very powerful, heartbreaking, and full of hope at the same time.
Thirteen Reasons Why is Hannah’s attempt to justify and explain why she took her own life. We know, from the beginning that she did. After she made that decision, she recorded thirteen tapes and left them for specific people to find. Clay is one of these people. He’s a good guy, a hard worker, a bright student, and he had a crush on Hannah. I really liked Clay and we can see how Hannah’s story moved him so deeply, that it changed him.
Was Hannah justified in taking her own life? I don’t think she was, but then again, it made sense to her. Every little part of her story created a snowball effect that made her very desperate and unable to trust others. I think that if her parents and teachers would have been paying more attentions it would have made a difference, but that’s just me guessing. She sounds bitter, desperate, not precisely seeking vengeance, but wishing she could.
Let me just say that there are some seriously messed up people in Hannah and Clay’s school. Some of them committed truly awful transgressions, even crimes, while others where just having ‘fun’ and did not know the consequences of their acts. This book should be mandatory reading in every middle school.
The topic of this book is very serious and important. Suicide is not laughing matter and Asher tackled it in a way that makes it understandable to the reader. Not only that, but other really hard topics come into place in Hannah’s story, lying, bullying, underage drinking, date rape, negligence and more. The writing is very good, fully of feeling and nuances.
Overall, Thirteen Reasons Why turned out to be an amazing read with an impressive story that will stay with me for a long time.
About the narration: I think that Joel Johnstone and Debra Wiseman were the perfect choices to read Thirteen Reasons Why. The format of the book is conducive to have two narrators and it makes listening to the book so much easier. It is my first audiobook by either narrator and I loved it, it was very well read/acted.(less)
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but Made for You was a pleasant surprise and right up my alley. I have to confess that I only read the first two bo...moreI’m not sure what I was expecting, but Made for You was a pleasant surprise and right up my alley. I have to confess that I only read the first two books of the Wicked Lovely series and then stop midway on the third book. Needless to say, it was not my cup of tea.
Made for You is in essence a mystery-murder story. Once upon a time a read a lot of stories like this one, thrillers that left me breathless in their intrigue. I think this is why I liked Made for You so much. One of the things that I appreciate a lot are the plot twists. Marr reveals enough information to keep you guessing, and when you thing you know where the story is going, she changes courses. It was brilliant!
Eva and Nate’s relationship is believable because they knew each other (even went to the same school) and were childhood friends. Everything changed when Nate’s parents got divorced and he started acting up. They “find” each other again in the hospital, right after Eva’s “accident”. Eva wakes up with a new (and disturbingly inconvenient) ability. I like that after the accident Eva decides that life is too short to keep feelings bottled up and she resolves to be brutally honest.
“Even so, what would they do if I walked up to you? Baucom, Piper, and the rest of them? Sober and at a party or at school?”
“Well, we’re talking now”, I finally say. “Are you going to ignore me later?”
“No.” He rubs his hand over his head, just like he used to when we were kids.
“You still pet your head when you’re nervous, Nate.”
Nate was so sweet. He was misguided, but I’m happy that he came to his senses. He really cares for Eva – never stopped doing so – even is now Eva has scars and other issues. Their relationship was so cute.
I really enjoyed most of the characters in the book. You can see how good Eva’s parents tried to become. The friendship between Eva and Grace was sound and true; they really loved one another and were there for each other for the good and the bad. Eva has other friends, but Piper and Grace are the closest her. The murderer labeled himself to the “Judge” and the chapters from his point a view were harder to read, as they are full of his twisted logic. He is nasty and as crazy as they come.
“Judge. It’s not the name I was born with but it’s my true name, my soul name. I’m not really an executioner yet, and without Eva, I’m not a jury. Together, we could be a judge, jury, and executioner.”
The setting is the small southern town of Jessup where it seems like time stopped and money and social status talk. The story is told in the first person, from different points of view, mostly Eva, Grace and Judge. I liked that we were able to know what was going on with other characters. The writing is easy to read and fascinating. I love the dialogue and banter between the characters too.
Overall, I really liked Made for You. It’s a book about obsession, delusion, murder, mystery, but also about friendship, love and change.
About the cover: It’s creepy, but not overly so. The cicada in the box has significance after you read the book, and so do the flower petals floating around. I also like how the letters in the title are uneven, as if they were unstable.(less)
Even though I got These Broken Stars at BEA last year and I saw many promising reviews, it took me all this while to actually read it. Finall...more4.5 Stars
Even though I got These Broken Stars at BEA last year and I saw many promising reviews, it took me all this while to actually read it. Finally, I got it in audiobook and I just LOVE it! I’m kicking myself in the behind for not reading it before now.
I haven’t read anything by Amie Kaufman before, but I read Meagan Spooner’s Skylar, which I really enjoyed. In a nutshell, These Broken Stars is a combination of ‘Titanic’ in space and it also reminded me of Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky (because of the main characters.) If you read the synopsis, you know that I’m not giving anything away. Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, she’s the picture of the perfectly spoiled brat and in a sense, she is; but there is more to her that meets the eye.
Tarver Mederdsen is a ‘war hero’ and has gained the rank of major. He has made a name for himself and is being ‘rewarded’ by being invited to the Icarus to intermingle with the rich people. It is here that he meets the untouchable Ms. LaRoux and ends up saving her life. They end up in the same escape pod and crash land together. It is in this unknown planet that they learn to tolerate each other, and later fall in love. At the beginning, they don’t even like each other, but they slowly realize that there is more to each other and to the stereotypes they want to fit each other in. Lilac and Tarver complement each other really well and I love them as a couple. In case that you can’t tell, the characterization is outstanding, and it really had to be since we spend much of our time with only these two characters. The story is told from both Lilac and Tarver’s point of views, in the first person. Between each chapter, there is an interview with, presumably, an investigator (?) and Tarver, after they‘re rescued. Thus, we know from the beginning that they will eventually rescued.
There aren’t many other characters, but we do get to meet Lilac’s father briefly and he is a piece of work! I’m happy, albeit a bit freaked out with the ending :)
You would imagine that the plot is really simple, but it you would be wrong. Thrown in for good measure is a sci-fi / paranormal twist that makes the story different to anything I’ve read before. The world building is really good and easy to understand, even when it gets a little technical. The pace was a bit slow at the beginning, and even though I wasn’t bored, I kept wishing it could go faster. I think that besides the characters, the crowning glory of this book is the writing. The writing is easy to read, beautiful and lyrical.
Overall, These Broken Stars is a great space romance-sci-fi story. It has great characters, an unforgettable romance, and incredible writing. I’m looking forward to the rest of the books in the series and I hope we can see how Lilic and Traver are doing then.
About the narration – I enjoyed this one. Chapters are narrated by either Jonathan McClain (I’m assuming this is Tarver), and Cynthhia Holloway as Lilac. Also, as stated above, the person interviewing Tarver after the rescue is another narrator too. Overall, the pace is good, it was easy to understand them and I particular loved Tarver’s interpretation.
About the cover – The cover is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The circle of stars in the background has a lot of meaning for the story. The gorgeous, vibrant, flowing dress and the couple reaching for each other. Breathtaking.
Some quotes from you:
“You don’t mention death when it’s hovering near someone you love.”
“You don’t mention death when it’s hovering near someone you love. You don’t want t attract the reaper’s attention.”
“For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful broken stars half lost in uncharted space. Then it’s gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming past, blue-green auroras wiping the after-images away.(less)
Wow! I want to kick myself in the behind for not reading Where She Went before! I read If I Stay ages ago, before I even had a blog and I loved it (I...moreWow! I want to kick myself in the behind for not reading Where She Went before! I read If I Stay ages ago, before I even had a blog and I loved it (I rated it a solid 4 stars in Goodreads). A couple of weeks ago, while I was in Florida helping my cousin, I checked this book out in audio format (anyone loves the OverDrive app like me?) and I LOVE IT (notice the caps here people!)
Oh Adam! I fell in love with you in book one because you fought so hard to keep Mia alive! Who would have thought that things would end up this way for you? Adam is such an amazing guy and he feels love so deeply that the breakup almost killed him. Literally. It felt to me like he went through the motions of going on with his life, but without any enjoyment. The stress he put himself under was incredible, I felt jumpy while listening to the book! I like the idea of a love so big that you cannot function without your other half, BUT in reality, it is not too realistic *I’m just saying*
I understood why Mia did what she did, but it is really reprehensible the way it went down. If I were Adam, I don’t think I would have waited that long to confront her. Mia was so crazy in love with Adam that the other part of me couldn’t not comprehend leaving what you love most behind.
Each chapter starts with a quote from one of the songs from the songs Adam wrote after the break up, and they are heart wrenching. You can almost taste the anger, hurt and rawness of Adam’s pain. This set the tone to the story. The plot is pretty much described in the synopsis, but the way it’s executed is exquisite. The story is told from Adam’s point of view, alternating between the present time and flashbacks that explain the present. Where Forman books shine is in their moving writing and their amazing character building. Where she went is a prime example of this. It is, as she herself describes it, ‘full of feels’.
I’ve read Forman’s next two books Just One Day and Just One Year and I adore them too. It is a well-known fact that I will read anything she writes. I cannot wait for her next book (coming out in early 2015).
It was almost impossible to come up with these quotes, because I could transcribe here the whole book, but here you go:
“You dumb-ass,” I crooned, kissing her on the forehead. “You don’t share me. You own me.”
“First you inspect me, Then you dissect me, Then you reject me, I wait for the day, That you’ll resurrect me - “Animate”
“But I’d do it again. I know that now. I’d make that promise a thousand times over and lose her a thousand times over to have heard her play last night or to see her in the morning sunlight. Or even without that. Just to know that she’s somewhere out there. Alive.”
About the narration: Dan Bittner is the narrator for this book and it’s my fist book read by him. I loved all the feeling that he put on his reading. I could actually hear the anguish in his voice, his desperation and sense of ‘losing it’. I also enjoyed that all the voices were very distinguishable from each other and easy to recognize. The pace was adequate and never boring.
About the cover: I really love this cover, much better than If I Stay. I like the colors and the sense of movement and fluidity it has.(less)
What a wild ride Burn Out turned out to be! I don’t usually read books set in space, but I’m glad that this one called out to me.
I think the synopsis...moreWhat a wild ride Burn Out turned out to be! I don’t usually read books set in space, but I’m glad that this one called out to me.
I think the synopsis does an awesome job as stating the basic facts, so I won’t go over those again. Instead, let’s concentrate on the characters. Tora has been taught how to survive since age ten and it is drilled into her skull. She doesn’t trust anyone and has a vague plan as to how to survive Earth’s last days. She is full of sarcasm and a tough cookie. She is also very lonely and with small hopes for survival. However, Tora’s survival instincts are really strong and not only does she manages to do so, but to help others as well.
James, I’m reserving my judgment until the next book in the series, but I hope you can see me shaking my head at you. Anyway, the budding romance between James and Tora seems to be too fast (although nothing really happened!) and it is not the focus of the story, rather a promise of things to come.
I’m not sure what to think of Alex. I mean, Tora is so distrustful of everyone and then, like magic, she’s charging of to rescue a complete stranger. It’s really out of character and I hope there is an ulterior motive to the addition of Alex to this highly messed up group.
Markus is as ambivalent as the wind, but I have high hopes for his and him and I hope he learned his lesson after all that happened. Tora’s family is dead when we meet her, but they are ever present in her thoughts and in most decisions she makes. The other character in the group is Britta, another survivor, but with a healthy dose of annoying thrown in. About Kale, the group’s leader, let me just say that Helvig’s phycology degree shines through him and how devious and manipulative he is. Just sayin’.
Holy cliffhangers! This ending was beyond cruel. I’m not sure what will happen next, but I hope that Tora finds a way out of the mess she got herself into; in one piece, I mean. The plot is a full of twists and turns and ever changing alliances. It really made me dizzy how people seem to change their minds by the hour (that’s what it felt like). The writing is descriptive and straight forward enough that even I understood the science behind Earth’s destruction (no small feat, let me assure you!), and the new gadgets and doohickeys that about in the future.
Overall, Burn Out it’s a solid first book in what I’m sure will be a great series. Can I have the next book pretty please?(less)
I’m not going to lie, Feral is creepy. This is a psychological thriller that keeps the reader doubting what is real and what is imagined.
Claire surviv...moreI’m not going to lie, Feral is creepy. This is a psychological thriller that keeps the reader doubting what is real and what is imagined.
Claire survived a horrific attack. I mean, it was hard to read and I cannot imagine going through so much pain, physical and physiological damage. She is so strong and truly tries to “get over it”. I’m not sure how anyone around her – her friends and dad – can think that she can be okay after such a traumatic event. When she moves to Peculiar, things start to get weird for her.
Serena and Claire’s stories intermingled until it’s hard to know what’s real. Some of the other characters felt more like a vague supporting cast and I felt like they could have played a bigger role. There is no romance in the book, not that it needed it. Just take the book as it is and enjoy the mystery of it all.
The setting is mysterious, foggy woods, cold weather, locked basements… you get the idea. Not only that, but the feral cats are freaky. Now, I’ve never been a cat lover, I’m both a little scare of them and allergic to them, but these cats are something else. The story is twisted, and I have to confess to being somewhat confused for part of it. I still love Schindler’s writing, which in Feral is more moody and darker. It paints pictures that are clear, allude to the senses and holds the reader captive.
Overall, Feral is a creepy, freaky, unique emotional thriller that will keep you enthralled till the end.(less)