LOVED IT. This novel is adapted from her comic strips, so each page is a new thing, but most of them continue from the previous page. It's such a fun...moreLOVED IT. This novel is adapted from her comic strips, so each page is a new thing, but most of them continue from the previous page. It's such a fun read. Definitely recommended for anyone who loved Scott Pilgrim. (less)
I bought Divergent by Veronica Roth when it was on sale in the Nook store for $2.99 thinking, “Oh, I’ll read this soon!” Which turned into “I’ll read it before the movie.” Which turned into, “I’ll read it when the hype dies down… NEVER.” And before you dangle me over the pit, let me tell you something. I’m really sad that I waited so long to read this book. I’m sad that I judged a book by its hype.
So, what changed my mind? I decided I wanted to read Young Adult fiction with a more critical eye. Read between the lines. Use my film studies and bring it over to the book side of things. I took a class called Women in Film not too long ago. If you ever get a chance to take a film studies course, DO IT. It just really opens your brain. ANYWAY, Divergent was on the tippy top of my list. It was partly sparked by Veronica Roth’s keynote at YallFest last year in which the topic was the “strong female main character.” I saw her again just the other day at Agnes Scott College, and she harped on some of the same things. I think it really boils down to the fact that these fictional heroines being called “strong” is a misnomer. Yes, they do have points of strength. Of course. But while reading Divergent, we’re constantly reminded by Tris of how weak she is, how weak she thinks she is. She does show her strengths in her Capture the Flag tactics. I don’t think Four even points out her other strengths until that point, I think? He might have given her a tiny pointer on fighting before that, but I think it’s important to point that out. She’s not looking to him for validation at all. He’s just really damn good at knowing everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, which makes him an exceptional instructor. Basically, he views her as his equal.(less)
Earthquake gets really science-y with Tavia helping find the vaccine for the virus that has been spreading throug...moreOriginally posted on elizziebooks.com
Earthquake gets really science-y with Tavia helping find the vaccine for the virus that has been spreading throughout the Earthbounds.
Characters I felt like we were never really given any reason to like Logan. There’s this undying admiration for Tavia, but other than that, he’s just a loyal lap dog. I felt like in Earthbound we really got to know Benson. I did LOVE Thomas and Alanna. Give ‘em a minute. I mean, really. GIVE THEM A FREAKING MINUTE. *closes the door*
Daniel was a mix of President Snow and Caesar Flickerman. I really don’t know how else to explain him other than… You know that uncle you have that can be kind of mean but sometimes he says nice things? That’s Daniel. But you always feel like he’s gonna kill you. Hopefully your uncle doesn’t think that about you. Also, his plans with the virus don’t really make sense until near the end of the book. So, there’s that.
Story Just as good as the first book. It’s edge-of-your-seat but in a slightly different way than the first because instead of running away from the scary people, Tavia and her friends have to work with people who are slightly scary. (less)
It was okay and there were some great lines at the end, but some of it was cliche and some of it was just... IDK. I felt like I'd read this story a mi...moreIt was okay and there were some great lines at the end, but some of it was cliche and some of it was just... IDK. I felt like I'd read this story a million times before. The RomCom aspect was cute.(less)
I went into this book knowing it would be scary, but I didn't know to what extent, really. It's definitely horror with plenty of blood, some messed up...moreI went into this book knowing it would be scary, but I didn't know to what extent, really. It's definitely horror with plenty of blood, some messed up characters, and some weird views of Christianity. Although it's not a genre that I'm used to reading, I could not stop reading! Last night, I thought I'd just read a little bit before I went to bed and ended up staying up until 2am to finish it. It's more than just edge-of-your-seat who-done-it, it's CREEPY AS HECK and WTF-worthy-- not in a negative way. (less)
725 pages seemed quite daunting, but once I got through it, I felt like I could read any big book! With Clare’s writing, it’s a quick pace, but nicely...more725 pages seemed quite daunting, but once I got through it, I felt like I could read any big book! With Clare’s writing, it’s a quick pace, but nicely balances out the action and the serious talks and the hilarious lines.
ADVICE If you have not read The Infernal Devices series before this book, DO IT. One of the characters will thoroughly confuse you and you won’t understand why and how and what the heck is going on if you haven’t read TID. It’s one of those things that is so important and wonderful if you’ve read TID. Just do it, okay?
WHAT I LIKED I wasn’t the biggest fan of the previous two books in this series. They were absolutely ridiculous and rather painful for me. City of Heavenly Fire redeemed the series and reminded me what I loved about each character, scene, witty line, and more. It tied everything together quite well between this series, The Infernal Devices, and introducing us to the main characters of The Dark Artifices. [READ THE REST OF THIS REVIEW](less)
I love this trilogy so much. I’m rather selective of Dystopian books since there are so many out there, and I can’t tell you how glad I am that I pick...moreI love this trilogy so much. I’m rather selective of Dystopian books since there are so many out there, and I can’t tell you how glad I am that I picked up these books! It took me a minute to get into the world, but when I did, it was good. So good.
Champion by Marie Lu is the third and final in the trilogy, and it does so with grace. It kept me on the edge of my seat and gave me everything I wanted in a way that made me work for it. It didn’t feel like the book was written in order to please fans, but to tell June and Day’s story in a real way. Well, as real as a story about two amazing characters in a Dystopian world.
I’m glad we finally get to not only meet Eden, but get to know him a bit better. Tess as well. I know she was there for the past two books, but she really matured in this one and she has a really lovely moment with Day that really stuck with me.
I'm not the biggest fan of straight-up fantasy (I personally have a hard time getting into a different world. Just a personal bias.), but pair Tim Cur...moreI'm not the biggest fan of straight-up fantasy (I personally have a hard time getting into a different world. Just a personal bias.), but pair Tim Curry's narration with some epic battling of the Dead and you have a pretty good story on your hands. (less)
A young adult book set in the south about a girl who gains power of a Paladin (read: kick ass, Buffy-esque awesomeness)?! COUN...moreFULL REVIEW + VIDEO HERE
A young adult book set in the south about a girl who gains power of a Paladin (read: kick ass, Buffy-esque awesomeness)?! COUNT ME IN.
The southern-ness in this book is top notch. I felt like it was in the book without punching me in the face. Like when Harper says she feels like she’s about to go into a diabetic coma, but reaches for another glass of sweet tea anyway. The struggle is real, y’all. The struggle is real. And although I’ve never had grapes with mayo as a snack, I wouldn’t doubt its accuracy of being a southern snack. I once went to a restaurant in north Georgia that put mayo in their grilled cheese sandwiches. Also, the manners and whatnot. Harper is all about those manners and it’s so real. Even if you’ve pissed someone way the hell off, you’re going to bake them a cake and act equally as sweet to their faces. David is an exception to this rule, but he’s… David.
I just imagined David as this Matt Smith / Eleventh doctor kind of looking dude. Just all appendages and elbow patches.
Something that I was thinking about while reading this book was identity. Harper identifies herself as this over-achieving, perfect girl. David is the newspaper geek who rivals her. There’s a point in the book when GASP everything changes, and their identities make a major shift. A loss of one identity in order to take on another. That’ll rock your freakin’ world to the core.(less)
I always set the bar low, and OF COURSE this book passed all of my expectations and then some. It was relatively fast paced and had some good challeng...moreI always set the bar low, and OF COURSE this book passed all of my expectations and then some. It was relatively fast paced and had some good challenges. I liked that I didn't feel the need to like every character all the time. I felt like Oliver writes very human people who do screw up, and this novel shows them at their worst of times (at this point of their lives). Even though the two main characters come from similar "side of the tracks" their stories were different and it shows how complex people really are. So glad I gave this book a chance!(less)
Yes, I finally read The House of Hades by Rick Riordan! I know, all of the feels happened and 99% of them were GOOD.
Don’t like how Piper had to verbal...moreYes, I finally read The House of Hades by Rick Riordan! I know, all of the feels happened and 99% of them were GOOD.
Don’t like how Piper had to verbally tear down Khione to get the upper hand. Annabeth did something similar with a few of the monsters in Tartarus to get them to help her and Percy. Although it was to motivate them (due to massive egos, laziness, and more), it just felt odd. Especially since throughout the rest of the book, the characters are rather supportive of one another. Leo didn’t say anything negative for Calypso to help him!
Again, the seven are pretty supportive of one another. Jason is so genuine with Nico and Hazel, letting them know they’re doing a great job. I know that all seven heroes played a big part in this book, but Hazel played a big part and I’m glad she had her friends to back her up.
Characters I hope we see again in Blood of Olympus: Calypso, Bob, and Small Bob the Saber-Tooth Tiger. And both camps (Roman and Greek, but fighting together). (less)