There are books that I put on my shelf when I am done, and never touch them again. These books are ones that I know the basics about, but were not goo...moreThere are books that I put on my shelf when I am done, and never touch them again. These books are ones that I know the basics about, but were not good enough for me to remember wholly.
The Replacement will be put on my shelf, opened many times, and re-read. It will not be forgotten in the depths of my mind, because it was just that fantastic.
This book dabbles in what a lot of YA books are about now - fantasy, paranormal and that whole lot. But inside that appealing outside wrapper is a message. Brenna Yovanoff writes an intriguing story, but the main message is that we all need some love.
This story is told through Mackie Doyle, who literally finds out who he is. It's not a coming of age story where there's a figurative "finding out". No, Mackie learns that he's actually not human, but one of Them. Even though his story includes immunities to blood, iron and consecrated ground, it relates to people. Sometimes, you have to dig deep to find your self. Sometimes, you don't like what you find. But there is always someone that loves you.
The plot of this story is fantastic. There is a brilliant climax, tons of action, and some pretty damn awesome characters. How Yovanoff came up with such a diverse array of characters, I'm afraid to know. A side from the real, truthful message in the book, it's super entertaining. There's humor in here, a bit of romance, and just normal things.
The only thing that I don't like about this book takes place on page 176 in chapter Normal Enough. This is YA fiction, and that really wasn't needed. That's why I gave it four stars instead of five...
As for humor - brilliant. My favourite quotes were: "...I hate that no one can just leave it alone. And I hate Nathaniel Hawthorne." & ""Why does she (Roswell's mom) always seem to think you drive like we're holding a bank up?"..."Because that's what teenagers do, right? They also carve swastikas into their arms, steal prescription drugs from old people, and freebase cocaine. I need to institute a policy where she stops watching 60 Minutes and pretty much all public service announcements."
My favourite characters were Roswell and the twins; Danny and Drew. They were great additions to the story. I think The Replacement will be a big hit when it's released and that there is much more to be expected from this new author. She's one to keep an eye on!
Note: I received an ARC version of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.(less)
The sequel of From the Two Rivers and part 2 of The Eye of the World, The Blight made for a spectacular beginning for the series. When I started this...moreThe sequel of From the Two Rivers and part 2 of The Eye of the World, The Blight made for a spectacular beginning for the series. When I started this book, I didn't realize how attached I had become to the characters until one died and other came into greater danger.
The whole beginning of this series is about three young boys from a tiny farming land, The Two Rivers, that is extremely secluded from the rest of the world. These three boys are supposed to change the world - either one of them or all of them - for the better or worse. In this book, Ran al'Thor is finally born into the world of the Aes Sedai and the conflict of Light versus Shadow. At the end of this book, I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat and making so many faces that my friends thought I was actually entertaining. The ending was nothing like I expected and all that I wanted. I'm still reeling from this book and I love it SO much. I can't say too much without giving away wonderful details of the story but I can say that everyone should read it.
The story line of the book is so very interesting, even if it was a bit slow in the first book. The pace definitely quickens in this book and story takes you on a thrill ride. I also really loved all the different settings used in the story as it followed the paths of each boy (and girl). The towns, the people, the countryside -- all very imaginative.
Also, don't be swayed from it because it's an older series; that doesn't make it worse. In fact, if you're a fan of the Lord of the Rings, you'll LOVE this series. I am a LOTR fan and this book really satisfies my love for literature like it.
All in all, I'm just dying to get my hands on the next book!(less)
Simply Beautiful Photographs is beyond simple. It is brought to us by National Geographic and Annie Griffiths; both the embodiments of supreme talent....moreSimply Beautiful Photographs is beyond simple. It is brought to us by National Geographic and Annie Griffiths; both the embodiments of supreme talent. Anything by Nat. Geo. is amazing, in my book, and Annie Griffiths is a stellar photographer and writer.
The whole book is divided into sections; Light, Composition, Palette, Time, & Wonder. Each section is introduced with beautifully written introductions. These introductions portray the different aspects of photography in a wonderful light and show people the true art of it. The true skill it takes to make these images.
I think Simply Beautiful Photographs is a must have coffee-table book, especially if you're a photographer.(less)
I love Greek mythology and I love books about them, whether it's non-fiction or fiction. The Goddess Test definitely falls into my favourites. Its pag...moreI love Greek mythology and I love books about them, whether it's non-fiction or fiction. The Goddess Test definitely falls into my favourites. Its pages turned itself because of the suspense and the brilliant plot; there was no way it could wait for its reader to catch up.
I feel that the story moved really smoothly and the characters stayed true to themselves. The plot was thought out and executed in style. I don't think the romance was cheesy, bad, or not tasteful at all. There was no romance at first but when it bloomed between Henry and Kate, it seemed real. Not the romance made of fluffy bunnies and flowers and summers on the beach. It was forced at first, because Henry was having conflicting emotions.
How does an ancient god give up his emotions for his long dead lover, Persephone, who didn't want him in return? And then transfer them to a girl he's only known for six months? But, Kate manages to give him hope and to care for him which eventually blooms into real love.
Throughout all the romance and friendships, Kate is tested by the council. These tests measure if she's able to become the Queen of the Underworld with Henry and become immortal. If she fails, she loses her mom and forgets everything that happened between her and Henry. If she wins, she can choose to live normally, live with Henry, as well as hold onto her mom.
Plot aside, I think Aimee Carter did a nice job of pairing up the characters with their god and goddess counterparts as well as making them each represent their true nature. (Except for Ella, perhaps.) I loved a lot about this book, and I believe it's now one of my favourites. Can't wait for the second book!(less)
Sisters Red has been on my to read list since it first came out! I've never seen it in stores because it was always out of stock whenever I went so my...moreSisters Red has been on my to read list since it first came out! I've never seen it in stores because it was always out of stock whenever I went so my intentions of purchasing it were constantly foiled. Finally, I won a signed copy of it in a giveaway (from the store Jackson used to write in during high school) and I devoured it once I had my hands on it! It's on of my favourite book of the year, so far.
Sisters Red starts out with action in the middle of a story we don't yet understand. Then, we learn about what is known as the Fenris - humans who lack souls and transform into wolves to destroy pretty girls. When a Fenris kills Scarlett's Oma (grandma) and mars her own body in attempt to protect her sister Rosie, it becomes her life purpose to kill every Fenris. Silas, the hot woodsman, and Rosie, her beautiful young sister, fight along side her as hunters. However, Scarlett doesn't like how Rosie doesn't find fufillment in hunting. Rosie would rather draw, or dance, or date a certain..guy. (Trying to keep it spoiler free here!) So, when Rosie goes behind Scarlett's back, she can't help but feel betrayed by 'the other half of her heart'. Betrayals, love, and a vendetta all tie together to make one fantastic book.
Plot wise, it was SO good! I loved how Jackson combined some of the old myths while creating her own myth. So, we sorta see a Red Riding Hood tie in at first; a wolf praying on pretty girls at Grandma's house. Plus, the red hooded cloaks constantly used in the story resemble the classic Red Riding Hood. Another old myth prevalent in the book is 'the seventh son of the seventh son'. It's quite interesting to see how she twists that bit into the story. *hint**hint* As good as the plot was, I was still able to predict who the Potential was, how the Potential is picked, and the result of the epic finale. Perhaps it's because I'm really into detailed plots that I am amble to figure them out, because I don't think it was the fault of the author. She kept it under wraps for a long time.
Character wise; they were good. Not 'SO good!', but good. They didn't pop off the page for me like they do in other books, but fleshed out enough so I could sympathize with them and laugh with them. In the end, I enjoyed the book far more than I thought I would (the epilogue was awesome!) and I will definitely recommend it to any one. (less)
**spoiler alert** I was instantly drawn to this book because I love stories that do a remake on a classic t...more**spoiler alert** Interesting But Not Great
**spoiler alert** I was instantly drawn to this book because I love stories that do a remake on a classic tale. This one was not quite a remake, but an expanded story. It told about the life of the Wicked Queen before she was Wicked, and about the King and when Snow was little. I found myself feeling so sorry for Queen as she fell to her own dark path and was consumed by vanity.
The book itself isn't written that well, and the characters seem rather two-dimensional for awhile. It wasn't until the King passed away that a sense of reality came into the scene. Everything was always so perfect and so happy. I would say the last half of the book was the best part. Lovely imagery, and well rounded characters (in the last half).
Besides showing the history of the Wicked Queen and Snow, it also showed a little of what happened /after/ the Snow's wedding and it posed two very big questions to me; "Did Snow fall for the mirror with her mother in it, as her mother did when it contained her father? (Was she smart enough to realize that was what brought her mother to her ruin?) "Or, did she just smile and put the mirror away and never looked at her mother again?"
Alright, so it's three questions, but they're bothersome. I only wished there was an Epilogue to the Epilogue. Otherwise, I give it three stars for it's imagery, plot, and how easy it was to read. (Would have received more if the first half was a bit better) (less)
I loved The Hunger Games and I even loved Catching Fire. But I don't love this book. For one, I don't feel the ending was right. I think Katniss deser...moreI loved The Hunger Games and I even loved Catching Fire. But I don't love this book. For one, I don't feel the ending was right. I think Katniss deserved to have more of a peaceful end after the Capitol and President Snow was overturned. I wanted to see some more elaboration about her little pieces of happiness.
But...when you start Mockingjay, there is no turning back. I couldn't put it down, even though I wanted to. It was incredibly slow at the beginning, and I was so frustrated with Katniss. She wouldn't rise and do anything for such a long time! Then should would and more problems would arise. I just generally don't like the story. Especially with what happens to Peeta and then how Gale turns out. I was unhappy.
The deaths are countless and some really good characters die. I won't say who, though. I also think that the plot could have been something better. I think Collins could have taken the plot in another direction, something that resulted in a more peaceful -- not necessarily happy -- end for Katniss. I gave the four stars because Collins still can weave a great story and creates such brilliant imagery. Her characters are gripping and I couldn't shut it because I wanted to know what happened to them. (I almost cried at Prim's part.)
If you've started this series, you have to read this. There's no other way around it. Just be prepared to be totally broken to pieces.(less)