The Maltese Falcon got a bunch of praise for it's awesome crime-novely-ness, and it was on my bookshelf, so I figured I'd give it a go.
Well 217 pages...moreThe Maltese Falcon got a bunch of praise for it's awesome crime-novely-ness, and it was on my bookshelf, so I figured I'd give it a go.
Well 217 pages later I came to the realization that I don't much care for crime novels. At least if they're all written like this. It was more plot driven rather than character driven (which makes sense) but I really love watching character development. All of the people kind of blended together, and at times I had to really think about which character was which. And it wasn't a bad book, just not wasn't my box of rocks is all.(less)
I got this book for $1 at Plato's Closet (I also got a hardback of Anna and the French Kiss!!!) and thought, with Maureen Johnson, how could I go wron...moreI got this book for $1 at Plato's Closet (I also got a hardback of Anna and the French Kiss!!!) and thought, with Maureen Johnson, how could I go wrong? and I was right. Maureen's books are all unique and you never know where she is going to take her characters to next(and I'm not sure she knows either 0_o.), which is what a lot of young adult books suffer from nowadays--predictability. So kudos Maureen for this little gem. Now on to find the Last Little Blue Envelope!(less)
I don't like sports books. Seriously. I avoid them. And at first glance this IS a baseball book, when in reality, baseball is the central vein that li...moreI don't like sports books. Seriously. I avoid them. And at first glance this IS a baseball book, when in reality, baseball is the central vein that links all of the characters. Even when somebody severly fucks up, you're still rooting for them... It's just so goddamn beautiful! (less)
Nora annoys me too much and she is super predictable... She's always wrong about everything, it seems. It should just be Patch being really sexy all t...moreNora annoys me too much and she is super predictable... She's always wrong about everything, it seems. It should just be Patch being really sexy all the time. One thing that annoyed me: the epilogue. Seriously?? Not cool (view spoiler)[ Teenagers (or pregnancies for that matter) getting married after knowing each other for like 6 months is(with few exceptions) not cool. (hide spoiler)]. (less)
To summarize: 1. Pollan tells us that the "Western diet"(overly processed foods, fast food, etc.) is why unhealthy people are fat. 2. We should have mo...moreTo summarize: 1. Pollan tells us that the "Western diet"(overly processed foods, fast food, etc.) is why unhealthy people are fat. 2. We should have more traditional diets, and that culture has much to do with eating and overall health. 3. And then: eat (whole)food, not too much, mostly plants.
There. Now you don't have to read it. Although it is interesting to read once you get into it.(less)
I got this book on kindle a while ago because I think it was one of the free/super discounted books. Anyway I did not love nor hate this book. Actuall...moreI got this book on kindle a while ago because I think it was one of the free/super discounted books. Anyway I did not love nor hate this book. Actually, I loved AND hated it. I've found that a pros and cons list is the best way to organize my thoughts. Pros 1. The setting. I was hooked in the beginning about the post apocalyptic world where 98% of the population are infected into being mutant robot zombies, determined to make the rest of the population mutant robot zombies.
2. The Protagonist. Eve was a likable tough main character who could kick some major ass better than most of the dudes. Screw you, stereotypical gender roles! I really loved the fact that she didn't cry. She was Katniss Everdeen/Isabelle Lightwood/Rose Hathaway-esque in her ass-kicking toughness. Her backstory and such was also intriguing, but it it spoilery. Just know that I was intrigued.
3. The writing style. I thought for the most part her writing kept me intrigued and it didn't linger or get sidetracked too much. It reminded me of Suzanne Collins' writing style a little bit in that there weren't particularly fancy words, but it still wasn't boring. That being said, her writing style also annoyed me (see below).
Cons* 1. The Love Triangle**. The DAMN Love Triangle. Sweet baby Jesus, it took up over half the damn book! I have read SOOOO many l Love Triangle books to know that it can be done right(though it is usually done wrong). This was not done right. Their whole village of people is fighting for their survival and we were focused too much inside her head with all the, "I don't know what love is! West makes me feel alive, but Avian feels like home!!" Over. And over. I feel like I would have been intrigued more in the love story by their actions than by mess that goes on in her head.
2. The Plot. I wanted to focus more on the whole, Possible End of Humanity Problem, rather than the I Have Two Boyfriends But Yeah, All The Humans Might Die Problem.
3. Sarah. Particularly her role and characterization.This is kinda spoilery so I'm hiding it >>>>(view spoiler)[Sarah was supposed to be one of the most important people in her life and I didn't feel that her death made as big of an impact that it should have. She just spent most of the book being sick and gave Eve a little bit of advice. Eve kinda just took care of Sarah while she withered away. Then her whole death/funeral is summarized in a paragraph. It reminded me of the Rue death scene in the Hunger Games movie. I felt like I should be crying, but I just didn't care all that much. (hide spoiler)] 4. The resolution of the Love Triangle. After Eve is done pinballing back and forth between West and Avian and finally picks one, she treats the other one really badly.(view spoiler)[ I ran past West’s infected, bleeding body, straight into Avian’s blood soaked arms. Seriously?? You spend the whole damn book pining over this guy, only to give him a backward glance as you run into your mancandy's arms? Avian is going to be FINE, ho! The other one is lying on the ground, possible dead, and you think this the perfect moment for a lover's reunion? I thought she was an insensitive bitch, but she was in love and all that jazz, so I guess it didn't matter. (hide spoiler)]
*I realize that my cons kind of blend together, but I wanted to distinguish them as separate faults. **Please take note that I capitalized Love Triangle. I believe that it deserves to be a proper noun. :)
I'm sure I'm forgetting things that I loved/hated, but I am tired, so I'm out.
I HEARTED this more than I heart many things. The description on the back is very vague, but intriguing. I just have a general love for Maureen Johnso...moreI HEARTED this more than I heart many things. The description on the back is very vague, but intriguing. I just have a general love for Maureen Johnson's writing style. She can make simple sentences become hilarious. "Downstairs, two pans of the lasagna of death had been roasted into existence."
I also loved how this plot wasn't cliched and I had no idea what was going to happen next. This is the type of book where you could set it down and forget about it for awhile, and then when you finally pick it back up, you're kicking yourself for waiting so long to keep reading. Does that make sense? Probably not.
One thing that I am curious about is who Mrs. Amberson's husband is. (I don't think) she ever talks about mawwiage, and I'm pretty sure she isn't married to whats-his-jerk-face. I'm also pretty sure that Maureen Johnson IS Amy Amberson. At the beginning I thought AA was cool and knew her way around everything, and then she kind of messed things up big time (cue Scarlett intervention), and back by the end she gets her sh*t together again. Kind of.
Soooooo, this is my second book from Maureen Johnson, the first being Name of the Star, which was fabulous. So now I just REALLY REALLY want to the sequel. Like, with all my soul and then some. (less)
This is really really sweet. And sad... So BITTERSWEET, I guess.
"Camille is cunning, even for our kind." Well played, Evil Lady. You is...moreThis is really really sweet. And sad... So BITTERSWEET, I guess.
"Camille is cunning, even for our kind." Well played, Evil Lady. You is smart.
And IIIIIIEEEEEIIIIIII WIll ALLLWAYS LOOOOVE YOUUUUU!!! Anyway, gotta love me some Malec.
WARNING: THIS IS A BIASED REVIEW
There was just so much good shit contained by this book. I've got rainbows coming out of my ass, that's how happy I am.
You know how when you're reading a REALLY good book, and you look around and think, "How is the world still revolving with all the amazingness that is happening in this book."
I was kinda scared that this would be a filler book because the 2nd in a trilogy is most of the time (at least I think) the worst, because it's almost like a transition. But I felt like there was none of that. Just a bunch of really good stuff happening. Most of the characters end up doing some crazy shiz that they wouldn't normally do. (view spoiler)[ Let's summon a Greater Demon. Well... that didn't work. We'd better summon a freaking angel now." "Now we're going to completely disregard the Law, which is something that we don't normally do but who cares, right? (hide spoiler)] But most of that can be chalked up to duress. And I am normally a proponent of Shit Happening, so it was okay. So basically I like plot. :)
I also thought that at times it focused too long on character relationships, which is satisfies the female part of my brain, (view spoiler)[ like Jordan and Maia ;) (hide spoiler)] But it wasn't too distracting either. I also thought that the plot point surrounding Luke was kind of irrelevant and didn't surmount to much, but I guess she kind of needed him to be DISTRACTED. Or something.