This was one of those books that drew me in by the cover. I read the description and it sounded good, but the story just didn't live up to it. I was lThis was one of those books that drew me in by the cover. I read the description and it sounded good, but the story just didn't live up to it. I was looking forward to a good post-apocalypse story that describes that new world -- with some romance thrown in.
Instead, it was all about the main character whining for the whole book about how much she loves this one guy that she just can't have. It was really, /really/ annoying. Even when she has a perfectly good guy that loves her. Oh, and the post-apocalypse thing was really just a background. I wanted to know SO MUCH more about about the Sisterhood and the Guardians. I wanted to see a story that delved into the secrets of their world and revealed the ugly truth. However, the story just follows the selfish whims of the main character - Mary - and the quest for freedom...which is a severe let down in the end. And not because of where she ends up...because of the characters.
So, I gave this three stars because I liked the idea of the book most of all. Otherwise, I would have given it two. I wouldn't really recommend this book, because its mostly a waste of time and/or money. Sorry, but true....more
This time around, I was looking for a refreshing read but one with a bit of meat to the plot. Intertwined was one such book.
The story revolves aroundThis time around, I was looking for a refreshing read but one with a bit of meat to the plot. Intertwined was one such book.
The story revolves around a teenage boy, Aden Stone, who has four souls trapped in his head. That sure caught my attention, so I plunged on. Turns out, each soul has an ability. One can time travel, one can raise the dead, one can tell the future, and one can possess others. By that time, I was all for this book.
As you read, Aden Stone finds a girl (Mary Anne) who knocks the wind out of him - literally. When they meet, they both have this unexplainable urge to hug each other...and run away from each other. Soon after meeting, they're both plunged into a world of vampires, werewolves, fairies, goblins... you name it!
Aden falls in love with Victoria, a vampire who is somehow going to save him. Vampires are always iffy ground for me, since I'm afraid another Twilight will crop up or it'll be something super cheesy. However, Intertwined was pretty neutral. Nothing super creative, but it was all tolerable.
They're all drawn together by the burst of energy Mary Anne and Aden created when they met each other. Which leads to one of the bigger plot devices! Yeah for plot devices! (And the crowd goes wild!)
Of all the characters, I love Riley & Caleb the best. Riley is a werewolf who has the best attitude in the whole book. He's got style and he's cute. Caleb is one of the souls trapped in Aden's head and he's just down right funny.
I gave the book five stars because it was an all around good book. Awesome plot, hilarious scenes, great solemn moments, and just the right amount of romance. I can't wait to read the second book now!...more
When I read Shiver, I found a story that looked pretty good. It wasn't a favourite, but it was good. Good enough for me to buy the sequel.
However, LinWhen I read Shiver, I found a story that looked pretty good. It wasn't a favourite, but it was good. Good enough for me to buy the sequel.
However, Linger still didn't meet the expectations I had for this series. It took me a month to read this book, and that is very rare for me. When it comes to books I like, it usually takes three days - tops - for me to read it.
When I sat down to read Linger, I wasn't hooked. Nothing reached out, grabbed me, and pulled me in. I was actually bored. So, I put it aside to pick up when I was ready. When I did pick it back up, I made myself push through the boring stuff. It did get more interesting, but the climax wasn't until the very end.
Grace's transformation was probably the most interesting thing in the whole story. No, I don't mean her physical one, but her emotional one. She starts out as the good girl. The one who wouldn't break the rules or go against her parents. Then, she turns into a person who throws off the bowlines and sails away from the safe harbor. She sailed straight into rocky seas.
Sam...I like Sam. I always have, but not in the crazy fan girl way. I'd love to have the guy as a friend. I felt that he also changed a lot in this book, more than just becoming human and accepting it. He seemed much milder.
Cole wasn't a necessary addition to the plot, but intriguing none the less. Isabel...I've always liked her. Her bluntness and attitude add a spark of life to the story.
Besides having such a nice array of characters, I never was able to connect to one. I couldn't find that niche in the story that fit me, the reader. The part that made me feel like I was living it too, not just Grace, Sam, Cole, and Isabel. I think that's why I wasn't into the story as much.
Over all, it was a good story, but not the best. I love Stiefvater's writing style too. She includes such everyday things that anyone can relate to. It was the only thing that I related to the in the story, but I really liked that. The end of the book was really nicely done, and it's the only thing that makes me want to read the last book. However, I think the ending that the reader is ultimately heading towards is one that we don't expect....more
I tend to go for books with one of two things; a topic or subject I love or am obsessed with. Or, something I can relate to. I saw Cryer's Cross on WORI tend to go for books with one of two things; a topic or subject I love or am obsessed with. Or, something I can relate to. I saw Cryer's Cross on WORD for Teens' website, and Nicki was kind enough to send it to me to read. The first thing that caught me was the line on the cover, "The smaller the town, the bigger the secrets." See, I live in a small town, and I know this to be SO incredibly true. And I own a desk just like the one on the cover, so I had to read it.
Then, there's the fact that the description sounded delicious. Oh boy, did the book live up to that. The plot was so incredibly wonderful, if at times a little predictable, and I couldn't put the book down. I read this book for an hour straight.
The story was so creepy! I do think areas of the story, as well as characters, should have been fluffed out more. However, McMann writes shorter than norm. stories, and I think it was left out for the sake of simplicity. I would have liked to know more about Jacian, more background about Cryer's Reform School for Delinquent Boys.
I loved Kendall; she's OCD to the extreme. It was interesting to see the story through her eyes. She couldn't stop obsessing over the kidnappings, or trying to find blame in Jacian. And who wouldn't? He was such a jerk at the beginning!
The relationship between her and Jacian developed slowly and ended up realistic and I loved that! (I dislike mushy, fast relationships.) Nico was cute, but he was overboard. And Kendall didn't lower her standards for him, which made her rock even more.
The creeptastic factor of the book was super high, and I think that's what kept me reading. Cryer's Cross is definitely full of a nasty evil.
The only thing I didn't care for, was the way the story was written. I'm not a huge fan of McMann's writing style. It feels....awkward. That's why I gave it four stars, instead of five. In the end, I was able to look past that and find the wonderful story that is Cryer's Cross. I'd definitely recommend it!...more
Put simply, Switched is an intriguing read. However, it's not the type of book that draws me in and has me hanging on every page. Sometimes I like thoPut simply, Switched is an intriguing read. However, it's not the type of book that draws me in and has me hanging on every page. Sometimes I like those reads but this one was just missing something for me.
Switched had a great plot and introduced a myth we don't see a lot of books on. It focuses on Changelings and Trylle (trolls) and creates a world that hasn't been used before. In that way, the book is very interesting.
Character wise, Finn and Wendy were the most developed (of course) but I still don't think that they had enough depth to them. The same goes for all the rest of the characters. I also think that certain areas should have been elaborated on more, like Elora's future-telling paintings. That was something very intersting but it wasn't used much. So, that leads to me to plot. The plot was just alright but it had no foreseeable twists or targets...because I don't think it really had any. It was all mainly just a series of events.
So, if you're looking for a different but light read, then this is for you. However, if you're like me and want something a bit more substantial then I wouldn't put it at the top of the to-read list....more