I got this book months ago and read it almost right away because the summary just grabbed me. Once you read said summary for this book, y’all are goin...moreI got this book months ago and read it almost right away because the summary just grabbed me. Once you read said summary for this book, y’all are going to think I’m crazy for recommending it. BUT I hope you give it a chance because it really is a cute, sweet story, though kind of silly, but isn’t that what most fairy tales are anyway?
In case you can’t tell from the summary, this is a retelling of the Ugly Duckling with Emmeline as the Duckling. This poor girl didn’t have the best life growing up, but she perseveres through with her father and her favorite cows, who are pretty much her only friends. I felt so bad for Emmeline at the beginning of the story. As the book progresses, her circumstances change, especially when her special gift is discovered.
Btw, magically making chocolate from milk has to be the best superpower EVER. It may not be good enough to save the world, but it would save me from rampaging villages when I start having intense chocolate cravings.
Owen was adorable. The book does switch point of views once we reach the point in the story where Owen shows up, so we get a back story on him as well. The things he goes through for Emmeline, once he starts to like her, is just… *sigh*. I guess it’s romantic, although I’d rather he didn’t have to go through all that just to get the girl, but it’s a fairytale, so there’s always hardships for the otherwise happy couple.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but there is a lot more to this story than Emmeline magically making chocolate. There’s adventure and romance and devious schemes and near misses and heartfelt moments. It’s deeper than the summary lets on, which was great to discover since I went into it apprehensive of what kind of story could be taken from the Ugly Duckling. Suzanne Selfors did a great job here and I look forward to reading more from her. (Btw, her book Mad Love sounds really cute, too. I’ve already made a note to read it.)(less)
WARNING: This review will likely have spoilers for the Mercy series by Rebecca Lim, which includes Mercy and Exile.
Caitlin: My favourite thing about t...moreWARNING: This review will likely have spoilers for the Mercy series by Rebecca Lim, which includes Mercy and Exile.
Caitlin: My favourite thing about this book? ANSWERS! I love getting answers, don’t you?
Christine: I do. Some of them I’d already figured out before the main character, Mercy, but the BIG one was answered. Of course it was an ‘A-ha!’ moment, like yes, I should have realized that was the answer before and now I feel kind of silly that it took me this long to get it. *sigh*
Caitlin: Yes, I understand this feeling. I never figure anything out early. So, this time Mercy wakes up in the body of a young, hugely famous modal in Milan. It is days before her big runway show that is set to save her career but all Mercy wants is to find Ryan, the human she has feelings for, or Luc, the angel she is obsessed with. Or possibly she wants both. She is very confused on the subject of men.
Christine: Aren’t we all? By the end of the book, though, I think she’s clearly made her choice about that particular problem.
The fashion and model thing really threw me for a loop during this book. I’m used to her being placed in normal girls with not much going for them, someone she can embody in order to hide her from Luc. I know why they put her in who they did, but it wasn’t altogether clear at the beginning. It was, however, rather funny reading about her stumbling attempts to wear five inch heels and learning the art of standing still while wearing very expensive clothing.
Caitlin: It all seems like it would be so easy. Except for the heels. I’m no good with heels either. Besides fashion and drama in the fashion world, we get to see a lot more of the angels responsible for Mercy’s current situation. Which was good but also strange? Like how the world just stopped for like two chapters so Mercy could have a conversation with one of them. Right when she was in the middle of a busy…thing. It made me restless and eager to get back to the normal world while they were just chatting.
And we didn’t get to know her real name. This bothers me so much. I need to know. It was used by others in the book but we don’t get to know. Why????
Christine: Take a deep breath. I have a feeling we’ll learn it in the next and final book, Fury. Which by the way, I love that title. It’s definitely time for Mercy to fight back instead of being a doormat.
I’m actually okay not knowing her real name, probably because I’ve read other books where people’s real names are not used (The Time Machine, anyone?). It doesn’t take anything away from Mercy as a character.
Can we all just take a second to look at Ryan and his choices and his absolute faith in Mercy and how incredibly awesome he is? I want a Ryan. I want someone to love me so much he’ll fly to the other side of the world for me. Oh, Ryan. You’re too perfect to be real.
Caitlin: I’m hoping we see more of Ryan in Fury as well. It seems like we will because of…well…things. I’ve missed him these past two books.
I liked that there was some intense death and destruction at the end. Rebecca Lim is not afraid to just kill people off, just when you’re starting to care about them. It was a very exciting last couple of chapters and I like how everything came together at the end.
Christine: Yes! Very exciting. I hated putting the book down during those last chapters. I have no idea how that’s all going to play out, since you know there were cameras everywhere and people love stopping in the middle of the street to take video with their phones. It should make for a very exciting end book.
For as much as we’ve learned about Mercy and probably will learn, I liked how she kind of came into her own during the end of the book. In the first book and in Exile, you get a hopeless and almost martyr sense from her while she’s looking for answers about her existence. While I understand her reliance on Luc, I’m glad she finally got to see him as he is now, instead of how he portrays himself to be in her dreams. I also liked seeing her fight back. You saw small bits of that fire in her in the other books, but this one really brought it out of her.
Caitlin: I suspect she will continue to be a little angry in Fury. I mean, the title is a bit of a clue. But other than Mercy being angry I cannot quite imagine what is going to happen in the next one. Or where it’s going to leave us at the end. I realize April isn’t a terribly long wait for a book but why do we have to wait at all?
I need to know what happens to Mercy and Ryan.
Christine: Me, too, which is why I’m so glad I know you and will be able to read the book early. Silly US publishers and their weird publishing schedule.
Reviewed with Caitlin, a fellow reviewer on WhatchYAreading.net.
Caitlin: ALL THE RYAN!!!
Christine: Yes. That sums up a...moreWarning: There will be spoilers.
Reviewed with Caitlin, a fellow reviewer on WhatchYAreading.net.
Caitlin: ALL THE RYAN!!!
Christine: Yes. That sums up all my feelings for Fury nicely.
Caitlin: After falling in love with not only the character of Ryan, but Ryan and Mercy together, in the first book it was so nice to see them working together again.
Christine: I have to say, I was kind of hating Mercy in the beginning of the book because she was SO HARD on Ryan about being human. Like it’s his fault for being so fragile in the fight against angels and demons. But she eventually came around and it was all Ryan, Ryan, Ryan! An entire book with Ryan in it was lovely.
Caitlin: I liked that they finally had time to talk about their relationship and get somewhere instead of just trying to find one another. It And I didn’t think she was being too hard on him for being human. More she was fully coming into the realization that she wasn’t human and that they were basically doomed. In more ways than one. Their relationship would never work and they Lucifer and all of his demon hordes after them.
So, there were problems.
Christine: I guess. I just felt bad for Ryan and the situation they were in.
I liked how the conclusion to the overall story arc happened. Fury was like one long fight that burned the night sky, full of yelling and blood, until the very last page. It was a LOT different than the other books, but in a good way because we finally get to see Mercy in her element.
Caitlin: And all of the other angels! I loved that we got travel around the world and see all these places that were important to Mercy (And Lucifer) and really see Mercy become a hero. I loved how she was just sick of being everyone’s butt monkey1 and took her life, Ryan’s life, and the fate of the world into her own hands. Refused to give in to what everyone else wanted and basically became a badass fighting angel with guns.
I want more of that.
Christine: Yes. Her becoming badass was awesome. Being incredibly stubborn, I could see her fighting against the other angels’ ideas of how she should react to Lucifer’s quest to possess her. There were a few moments I wanted to cry because of Ryan never admitting defeat with her, so I’m glad he was there for her.
Caitlin: I liked that the book ended where the series began. And that it came down to a battle of wits more than a battle of might.
Christine: I have so many feelings about the ending. Because I honestly didn’t see how it could turn out alright and have Ryan and Mercy be together and safe. The last scene was a surprise, but I’m glad Rebecca went that route. It certainly didn’t conclude everything about the conflict between angels and demons, but it did a good enough job for me to be happy. Now if she could write another book just about Ryan and Mercy in their new life, I would be uber happy because I don’t know if I could ever get enough Ryan.
Caitlin: Yes! I was perfectly happy with the ending! I was glad to see that it didn’t wrap everything up in a nice little bow but it wrapped up enough that I was left in a good place and I felt that the characters could go on to have a perfectly normal life or go on to have adventures. Whichever suited my need for their happiness. It’s always nice when an author does that.
The one thing I was upset about is that we never got know Mercy’s real name. Not cool. Not cool at all. It’s going to bother me FOREVER!
Christine: Maybe you can send Rebecca or her editor a quick email asking for it? For your own personal knowledge, of course. Because I would very much like to know it as well. I get that she’s not that girl or angel anymore, but it still would’ve been nice to know the big secret that everyone was in on except Mercy and Ryan.
Caitlin: Also, young adult books have forever made me happy that my “true” name cannot control me. It seems a common problem in fictionlandia and, well, everyone knows my true name.
Christine: It seems to be common with the Fae. But you never know if it can control you. Have you met an angel or the Fae yet? No. So you don’t know.
Caitlin: And with that chilling thought, I think we’re done here.
If you live in Australia, England, or Canada (possibly other Common Wealth Countries as well?) you can pick up the entire Mercy series wherever books are sold. If you live in the USA I believe book 2, Exile, comes out soon.(less)
Caitlin: So, I picked up this book based solely on its potential to be adorable. And it did not disappoin...moreReviewed with Caitlin at Whatchyareading.net.
Caitlin: So, I picked up this book based solely on its potential to be adorable. And it did not disappoint.
Christine: Me too. I was very excited to see it at ALA. I love fairy tales of all sorts, and the sudden popularity of them in books, television and movies nowadays makes me very happy. Enchanted is like the culmination of all the fairy tales you’ve ever known in one book. Seriously, I lost count at how many were either hinted at or directly involved in the plot of this book.
Caitlin: Yes! The plot was a lot more complicated than I’d gotten the impression it was going to be from the blurb. I was expecting a Prince-former-frog to be doing all he could to win the affections of a girl who loved him as a frog but instead we got family drama, political intrigue, and more siblings than I knew what to do with.
Not that this was a bad thing. I loved Sunday’s family and all the different fairy tales they brought into the mix and how they were all more important than you think at the beginning of the book.
Christine: The family dynamic did take some getting used to. Just getting the siblings in order was confusing at first, but it definitely helps all the girls are named after a day of the week, Sunday being the youngest.
I don’t know why, but for some reason, I wasn’t expecting magic to be as prevalent as it was in this book. Like, does everyone have a fairy godmother? It was like that in Ella Enchanted, and they are quite common in other fairy tales, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty coming to mind. After reading about their fairy godmothers, I don’t want one. I thought when I was younger that having one would be cool, but no. I don’t want one. I’m good being normal and un-magic-y.
Also, what Rumbold went through just sounds horrible. I really felt bad for the guy. He was caught in the middle of something that wasn’t even his fault. Poor Rumbold.
Caitlin: I agree about the fairy godmothers, they seemed to cause more trouble than they warrant. I suppose it’d be nice to be the only person in the world with one, but if everyone has one then they all seem to cancel each other out.
And Rumbold, whether as a frog or a prince, was always so adorable and nice. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to him.
Christine: He was adorable and nice. But I have to wonder if he was like that because of his change or if he was like that before. Would he have turned out nice and adorable if he hadn’t met Sunday and gone through what he did? Without the change hanging over his head? It was hinted that his behavior that last year before he ‘went under’ was reckless and scandalous. I wonder what kind of man he’d have been if he hadn’t changed. Regardless, since I don’t think time travel is possible in this world, Rumbold is adorable. His love for Sunday and his utter need for her made me grin. This book was also funny, especially between Sunday’s family members. I also liked Rumbold’s friends, well, cousin, knight and servant… person. Can’t quite remember his title. Manservant? Butler? Eh, I guess it doesn’t matter. He was still Rumbold’s friend. The relationships in this book were very well written, even from people who didn’t physically appear and were only talked about. I very much want to learn more about Thursday and Monday and what really happened to Jack Jr.
Caitlin: Yes! I need a Thursday book so bad! And Trix. He was so intriguing. I need more about him. Also, I loved when he went to town to sell the cow and immediately you know they aren’t getting any money from the cow. Trix is so the type of person to think highly of magic beans.
I want to talk about the ending but we can’t really without going into too many details. But (a) wow, the situation in the castle was MESSED up. And (b) I just loved every little bit of the ending. I loved how things turned out for Sunday, and I loved that it was a little mysterious and bittersweet. And I loved that Sunday did not enjoy wearing shoes.
Christine: I liked the ending as well. It definitely wasn’t typical and wow, yes, the situation was messed up. I was not expecting that at all. Also, now that I think about it, I want to know more about Wednesday and why she is the way she is and what that’s going to mean for the fey. Oh, and also I want to know more about Victor, Rumbold’s cousin, because he was very intriguing and I think him and Wednesday would have interesting interactions.
Um, basically, can Alethea write a book for every person ever mentioned in Enchanted? That would be great, thanks.
Black Heart was a must read for me. This series is amazing, visually and psychologically. You can’t trust anyone, not even yourself. Cassel has been t...moreBlack Heart was a must read for me. This series is amazing, visually and psychologically. You can’t trust anyone, not even yourself. Cassel has been through so much at this point, I’m honestly surprised he’s not just breaking down and crying every few minutes. But that’s not Cassel. He bucks up. He does what he has to in order to help his family and himself survive. He lives in torment watching his love, Lila, work her way into the crime family business. Holly Black manages to convey all this and still throw in the occasional line that makes you laugh, rather loudly, while in public. It almost always happened while I was in public reading this book. I’ll give you an example:
'“Refills are free,” the waitress tells us with a frown, like she’s hoping we’re not the kind of people who ask for endless refills.
I am already pretty sure we are exactly those people.'
She just throws this stuff in at the most random times. There is serious business going on, like murder, espionage and blackmail, but then this insanely, yet brilliantly placed line comes along to make you feel like it’s all going to be all right as long as Cassel keeps his sense of humor.
The ending — because I have to talk about the ending — was one I was not expecting. How Cassel got out of that still amazes me. There are answers and problems are resolved, but it’s still left very open-ended. My one note, the one I was afraid was going to happen, was at least it didn’t have a sad ending. There were a lot of ways things could have gone horribly for Cassel, but in the end, at least it wasn’t sad.(less)
AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH <-- That's literally the noise I heard in my head while reading this from all the stress of wanting everything to work out...moreAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH <-- That's literally the noise I heard in my head while reading this from all the stress of wanting everything to work out.
This is a joint review I did with my friend Caitlin.
Caitlin: It’s going to be so hard to talk about this book because all I want to do is yell and scr...moreThis is a joint review I did with my friend Caitlin.
Caitlin: It’s going to be so hard to talk about this book because all I want to do is yell and scream and rant about the ENDING.
Christine: Yeah, I’m pretty much going to be huddled in the corner, sobbing, during this entire review.
So. Where to start. I guess the beginning? The Madness Underneath picks up with Rory a couple of weeks after the end of The Name of the Star. She’s holed up at her parents’ home when all she wants to do is get back to school and her friends.
Caitlin: You know, as much as I love all the ghost stuff, and all the people involved with the ghost stuff, I also just really love Jazza. I wish we got to see more of her. Mostly because she is exactly the roommate I would’ve wanted had I ever been sent off to boarding school. When Rory does arrive back at school and they run across the cafeteria toward each other.
This was almost as exciting to me as getting to see Stephen again.
Christine: Oh, god, Stephen. No, let’s focus on something else. Yeah, the dramatic running sequence was good. I always enjoy over the top entrance scenes, which is probably why I enjoy Harry Potter as much as I do since there are so many of them in the books and movies.
I honestly felt kind of bad for Rory and Jerome. I understand why they decided what they did, but I had hoped they’d give it a fighting chance, even though, clearly, they weren’t meant for each other.
Caitlin: As much as I love Stephen, I did too. I’m glad Maureen made Rory’s normal friends so likable and believable. It made Rory’s decisions about her life all the more difficult.
I liked all the new world building information we got in this. What happened to Rory at the end of The Name of the Star, was just the beginning of new information and theories and people that we got to find out about. I really thought going into this, we were just going to get a new ghost mystery. But it was so much more than that.
Christine: Yes, it did start out like, oh, here we go with another ghost murderer, but nope. An entirely new threat appeared. It’s important in the supernatural world not to forget there are actual completely human crazies out there as well.
I just liked the fact that there was this crack in the bathroom that Rory was obsessed with. I was so certain it was the hellmouth or a crack in the universe or something just as bad.
Caitlin: Well, it kind of was the hellmouth. I really liked what that could mean for the rest of the series. Though, after that ENDING I am more concerned with well…OTHER THINGS.
Christine: I guess we should talk about the ending. Heed warning, all who dislike soul crushing cliffhangers, I’d avoid reading this book for a while. Or have a box of tissue handy. And possibly a shock blanket. And alcohol, if you’re over 21, otherwise, chocolate is a necessity.
Caitlin: Or over whatever the legal drinking age is in your country. USA is the only one I know of that makes people wait so long.
But that’s neither here nor there.
But, yes. Everyone I’ve talked to who has read this (usually at my behest) has been angry at me afterward. And in a strange state of shock. IT JUST COMES OUT OF NOWHERE AND RIPS YOUR SOUL IN TWO!
I very much remember my reaction to the last couple pages being:
Christine: That pretty covers my reaction. There weren’t even tears at first. I was just in such shock that my brain couldn’t wrap around what I’d just read and I had to go back and read it again to make sure I had it right. And then the tears came. Crap. I’m getting sad now, actually.
Caitlin: Sorry. Gah…the wait to find out what happens next will be horrible. Not only with that THING but with the other person and what they wanted and what is going to happen and and and…there is too much. Maureen Johnson is evil.
Christine: Yes. She feeds on our misery, which means after the release of this book she’ll probably become immortal. What a terrifying thought.
Caitlin: Yes. And thus complete her evil master plan.
If you want to contribute to Maureen Johnson’s evil immortality, The Madness Underneath comes out on February 26th. And remember, Maureen Johnson is watching you.(less)
As graphic novels go, it was good. The illustrations were beautiful. I really like how Edward was drawn. As far from Rob as you can get, really. And J...moreAs graphic novels go, it was good. The illustrations were beautiful. I really like how Edward was drawn. As far from Rob as you can get, really. And Jasper's hair actually looked good! And the funky rock-ish shirts and jackets they were wearing... I think I liked the attire the most.
But I rolled my eyes a-plenty reading Bella's part. That girl has major self-esteem issues that were never really addressed.(less)
If you know me at all, you know the one thing I ask of young adult as a genre is MORE TIME TRAVEL. So the fact that I held off on reading this series...moreIf you know me at all, you know the one thing I ask of young adult as a genre is MORE TIME TRAVEL. So the fact that I held off on reading this series is somewhat mind-boggling. I mean, seriously, what was I thinking? Well, the problem’s been fixed now because I am caught up! (And desperately wanting Infinityglass.)
First off, this book is from Kaleb’s POV, not Emerson’s. I liked Kaleb in Hourglass and was really interested to get more of his story than the little bit we were told the first time around.
The consequences mentioned at the end of Hourglass come into play here as more timeslips appear to more people, Kaleb included. Also, we get some answers about who “the powers that be”, aka Chronos, are and just what Jack is ultimately after, so that was nice.
While we see Emerson and Michael together (yay!), Timepiece focuses more on Kaleb and his random friendship with Lily, Emerson’s friend. And I liked that Lily gave Kaleb hell for his flirty, cocky ways. It made me like her so much more. Also, Lily’s backstory is much more interesting than I thought it was going to be from Hourglass. She plays a bigger part in this than as just the heroine’s best friend.
The set-up for the last book, Infinityglass, is very intriguing. I certainly wasn’t expecting that ending, so it makes me want to read it ALL THE MORE. Dang it, Myra. I see what you did there. Also, the time travel aspect is pretty cool. I like that her rules make sense and there are actual consequences for messing with time. And the references! Any book that references Doctor Who is an instant winner to me. (Plus, Myra likes David Tennant, so she is clearly a genius.)
Timepiece is now out in bookstores and libraries, so go read it!(less)
Having read Issue 5 through NetGalley, I want to read the rest of Volume 2. Although I might just buy the issues separately because it'll be easier to...moreHaving read Issue 5 through NetGalley, I want to read the rest of Volume 2. Although I might just buy the issues separately because it'll be easier to track them down through second-hand stores, plus I already own Issue 6.(less)
Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to be in the center of an international murder mystery? Have you ever watched a Bourne movie or read a James...moreHave you ever wondered what it’d be like to be in the center of an international murder mystery? Have you ever watched a Bourne movie or read a James Bond book and thought, “Yeah, I could do that”? Unfortunately, for Nora, she neither asked for nor wanted the responsibility that was thrust upon her. She just wanted to translate some letters in Latin, get a good recommendation to use in her college applications, and spend some time with her best friend. But the Book, and the seven hundred year mystery surrounding it, ruined all of that.
This book is narrated by Nora and it starts at the logical place — the beginning. She starts with the introduction to the Book (it must always be capitalized because of the weight of its importance) and how she came to translate letters concerning the Book and the life of Elizabeth, the daughter of the Book’s alleged creator. It was innocent enough, but it all went terribly wrong the night that everything changed.
The circumstances I won’t reveal because it will spoil it for you, but the ensuing chase, no, sprint across the globe to Prague and how Nora becomes involved in hunting down pieces to a puzzle people have been trying to put together for hundreds of years made me think of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Granted, Nora doesn’t go to as many countries or places and the hints are a little easier to put together than those in The Da Vinci Code because it’s not so entrenched in religion and the Bible, but there were enough religious elements to make that connection. Actually, thinking back, I would liken the religious aspect more to the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s there, but you’re not really aware of it because the mystery part is so good and it’s not likely to cause controversy.
There were a couple hitches to the book which brought me out of the story. The first being when Nora was questioned by the police the first time. She appeared to be alone in an interrogation room with two police officers (detectives?), but she’s a minor. I’m fairly certain laws are the same in Massachusetts as they are in Texas and one of those laws says minors cannot be questioned by the police without a parent, guardian or lawyer present. If it’s different there, then I apologize, but it was enough to make me rant a little in my notes. Also, the fact that Nora and her classmate were able to leave the country while in the middle of a police investigation was another white flag. I understand they weren’t suspects… yet… but I’m sure they were people of interest in the case, which means they wouldn’t have been allowed to leave the country, let alone the state. I’m just going to accept their parents cleared it with the police beforehand, but it still kind of bothered me.
I liked how the book was split into sections when big changes happened. I also liked the characters. I wasn’t too sure of Adriane for most of the book, and for good reason, but I liked Nora as the narrator and Chris, whenever he appeared in the ‘before that night’ section. They were close friends, even though they were members of the opposite sex. I wasn’t ever really sure of Max, either, and another suspicious person who entered Nora’s life after ‘that night’ made me equally wary. Basically, I didn’t trust anyone but Nora. She was a bit too trusting after what happened, but she learned quickly, bless her heart. I felt bad that she had to lose her innocence and grow up so fast, but she toughed it out and grew the stronger for it.
I loved the insights into the past through the letters Nora translated. I also really liked the writing as we raced from one place to the next, hunting down the clues left behind. This book is a standalone (Woo-Hoo!), which means you get answers and, hallelujah, an ending. I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed, and would have liked to have more of an ‘after’ to everything, but overall, it was a good book.
If you like thrillers or the books that take place in other countries, enriched with pieces from the past, or even a good mystery, I would recommend this book for you. It’s one of those that will stay with you for a while and make you question how you would handle the situation Nora was placed in. This is the first book of Robin Wasserman’s I’ve read, but I’m excited to read her past works and I look forward to seeing what else she writes.
The Book of Blood and Shadow is available in bookstores, libraries and online in ebook form, so go read it!(less)
If you’ve seen Memento, you might have a slight idea how jarring it would be for a person’s memory to be wiped every night. Now, London’s condition is...moreIf you’ve seen Memento, you might have a slight idea how jarring it would be for a person’s memory to be wiped every night. Now, London’s condition is not nearly so severe as that lead character’s is in the movie since hers comes with a surprising twist (and no need for tattoos covering her body).
London’s condition started when she was about six years old. During the course of the book, it’s revealed why that age is so important and what might have been the trigger to set her off. It’s a fascinating idea, but with it comes with rather obvious questions, like how does she retain basic information if the previous day is wiped? How does she answer questions on tests if she can’t remember the previous lessons on the topic? Basically, how does she deal with the accumulation of knowledge, period?
While none of these questions have clear answers, the fact that she can ‘see’ into the future and forgets the past makes you wonder how, one, she figured out she was seeing the future and could trust it, and two, how her parents dealt with her condition at first. There are hints to therapists and I could even see hospitalization taking place at some point if they didn’t believe her. I would like to know the moment, though, that they finally believed her. Just to satisfy my own curiosity.
The introduction of Luke and how she couldn’t see him in her future was interesting, since for a while, he was very clearly a part of her future. The way she handled her ‘history’ of him at one point was kind of immature, think ’50 First Dates’, but how Luke handled it made me like him a lot more than I did before.
I’m very glad this was a stand-alone since I’m pretty much sick of trilogies at this point. Cat Patrick seems to be sticking to writing stand-alones that interest me, so I’ll definitely keep reading her work.(less)
[Reviewed with Caitlin, a fellow reviewer at WhatchYAreading.net]
Caitlin: Months ago, Michelle [a friend of ours] told me to read this book She told m...more[Reviewed with Caitlin, a fellow reviewer at WhatchYAreading.net]
Caitlin: Months ago, Michelle [a friend of ours] told me to read this book She told me I’d love it and that is was fabulous and that she needed someone to talk to about it. Sadly, I didn’t listen to her. I thought I was all burned out on dystopia and that I couldn’t possibly like a new dystopia book as much as I have liked others.
How wrong I was.
I loved this book. Loved it in that way I wish to feel about every book I read. The characters just stayed with me for days, if not weeks, afterward and all I could think about was their future and what was going to happen and OH MY GOD can they just be happy and together? Forever? please?
Christine: I felt similarly to starting a new dystopian series, let alone starting a new series. But Caitlin’s glowing comments convinced me to read it (and I was about to meet the author at Comic-Con), so I started it the night before I left for San Diego and finished it on the plane going there. Couldn’t put it down. It was so good.
Caitlin: I’m not even sure I can explain why I loved it so much. I mean, Aria and Perry for sure. They were both just such interesting and full characters. And I really, really loved their journey together. Both the physical journey with danger and twists and surprises, and the emotional journey they went on getting to know one another.
Christine: I think what gripped me from the beginning was first figuring out the tech and then the idea of “them” versus “us”. Those on the outside versus the ones inside. I know you haven’t read Pure yet, but there’s a very similar idea in that book, with the people living the “good” life inside their protected domes and the ones outside barely scraping by. It’s a common theme you’ll find in dystopias, but still a good one if written well.
I can definitely see most of the tech Veronica Rossi describes as something that could happen, or already has happened in small doses. Like the Smarteye they use. It’s not a contact lense, but we do have the technology for a screen to go over your eye so you can stay connected at all times while still being out in the world.
Caitlin: I enjoyed that as well. And I enjoyed that it had consequences. It wasn’t just some fun piece of tech in a sci-fi novel. It changed the way people related to one another and to the world and dire consequences. As well as small consequences. The world was very well thought out, on both the “inside” and the “outside.”
Christine: I agree. She did a good job fleshing out this world and its characters. I think that kind of passion and all the little details that went into that make themselves known in the basic fact that we loved the story and the characters, through and through.
Can we just talk about Perry for a minute? Because dang. That boy can walk around with no shirt for the rest of the series, and I’m completely okay with that.
Caitlin: Wasn’t that one of the selling points I gave you? That the main guy spends most of the book shirtless?
Either way, I hope book two sees a return of the shirtless Perry.
What I loved about Perry is that had all this affection and duty and desire hidden away under layers of brutality and necessity. And I enjoyed getting to know him as Aria got to know him. And vice versa. And how they both became more themselves as they got to know one another. And how much Perry loved Talon. I want Talon to come back!
Christine: I did love Talon. I’m sure he’ll be back since his storyline is not done yet. Also, I’m very interested in the kid named Cinder and what his story is. And Marron was quite the strange dude, but very resourceful. Wouldn’t mind knowing his story either.
The ending was just cruel. You think it’s going to go one way and then out of nowhere we’re left with a sentence that leaves you wanting to scream because it’s the last sentence in the book and now you have to wait for the next one. Excuse me while I cry in frustration.
Caitlin: I’m kind of hoping that Marron turns out to be Aria’s father. …We never got official word on who her father was, right?
And, yes! Cinder! I feel he will be very important in how things play out. And I want to meet Perry’s sister! And and and and! I need Through the Ever Night! Yesterday.
Christine: Waiting does suck. Marron as Aria’s father, eh? Interesting… I was kind of hoping for her and Roar to be related somehow, but you never know.
Under the Never Sky is available wherever books are sold (or loaned) now. Go read it so we can all fangirl over it together.(less)
There are certain subject matters I’ll always gravitate toward, and one of those is ghost love stories. It might have something to do with how I was e...moreThere are certain subject matters I’ll always gravitate toward, and one of those is ghost love stories. It might have something to do with how I was exposed to Ghost at a very young age, or the fact that every single time Heart & Souls comes on, I have to watch it. I don’t know. It might be neither of those and I just happen to like stories that involve spirits or ghosts. Regardless, if you’re like me and enjoy a good story involving a ghost, then may I suggest Wherever You Go?
Told in switching POVs between Holly, Rob and Jason, Wherever You Go starts some months after Rob dies in a tragic car accident. Holly’s grandfather has just moved in to their rather small apartment, which means that’s one more person Holly has to look after while her mother works two jobs in order to pay the bills. At the start of the book you can tell Holly’s just going through the motions, especially at school since that’s where she’s reminded of Rob the most.
I felt bad for Holly. Here she is, taking care of her little sister and grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s, and she’s also depressed because Rob’s gone and she can’t fully remember the night of the accident. All her friends from school were really Rob’s friends and abandoned her after he was gone. And then, from what seems like out of nowhere, Jason starts taking an interest in her. And the entire time all this is happening, Rob’s spirit is watching over her and he figures out how to communicate through Holly’s grandfather, which leads to a plot twist I wasn’t expecting when I picked the book up.
Overall, I thought it was a good read. I kind of knew where the final revelation was going, just from the hints dropped throughout, but I kept hoping it would turn out differently since it wasn’t the happy overtone I wanted. Oh, well. I guess when one of the characters is actually a spirit and technically dead, you can’t always have the HEA you expect in books.(less)
It's strange to say I 'liked' this book because of the issue, but it's very realistic to what's happening with the younger generation. I could see thi...moreIt's strange to say I 'liked' this book because of the issue, but it's very realistic to what's happening with the younger generation. I could see this happening. In fact, I'm sure something similar to this has happened. It's a bit scary when you think about it, especially with the overwhelming amount of information we put out there on the internet, for anyone to track down. To track :us: down.
Okay, now I'm scared and I'm deleting my Facebook page.(less)