While I liked this book quite a lot, I thought the plot was very easy to figure out, you knew where this sI have mixed feelings on 'The Future of Us'.
While I liked this book quite a lot, I thought the plot was very easy to figure out, you knew where this story was going to end up in the end. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing, I often enjoy a simple read that doesn't involve too much extreme concentration, but I feel like it needed a bit more.
I could say that this book was 'boring and slow' and while it was a little slow, it wasn't boring. It was exciting to find out what Emma would do next to change her future and tamper with fate. Also seeing Josh test out his future relationship and marriage to the highschool girl of his dreams was interesting too. Everything they did had a consequence and they soon realised that. I loved the whole ripple effect they both tested out, Emma more than Josh. It really wasn't just a book about a future website that depicts their whole life on a computer screen, if anything, Facebook helped them make some tough decisions and learn some important lessons about the people they thought they knew or wanted to know.
The relationships in this story were textbook highschool. They were angsty and lusty and all involved heavy flirting, something you have to expect in that event in a young persons life. It was obvious from the start that Emma and Josh had some serious issues with one another and it was easy to tell that they were both trying to fight something off that was inevitably going to happen. You can tell that from the beginning of the book, so technically that isn't a spoiler.
The idea of being able to mess around with your future through a website 15 years into the future was something quite interesting. I don't think it is something a lot of people think about but I am sure that a fair few people may have pondered something along the lines. The idea of time travel is often a confusing one with many different consequences and quite difficult to grasp, but with 'The Future of Us' I found it very simple. It was plain to understand and perfect for someone who is interested in the idea of time travel and the future.
I would recommend this book to any young adult for the pure fact that it is an easy and enjoyable read. If you want something more fast paced then I would say not to pick this book up, but if you are generally interested in this book then it won't hurt to test it out and give it a read. The story flows, the words are well rounded and sensibly written and it is overall just a genuinly easy going read. Pick it up and see for yourself....more
I love being able to pick up a book and instantly fall in love with it. This happened with Divergent.
The last time I was so excited about a book was wI love being able to pick up a book and instantly fall in love with it. This happened with Divergent.
The last time I was so excited about a book was when I read the first Hunger Games book, I feel the same excitement now about Divergent. I think I read my first Dystopian novel about 2 years ago thanks to Goodreads and now have a strong passion for the genre. It is one of those genres that even though it is fiction you can still see echo's of our future hidden amongst it, I find that this genre is a true genre, and what I mean by that is that it deals with a topic that we all very well know could be a part of our futures.
Divergent is probably one of my favourite reads for this year and there are many reasons why this book sits high for me. First off I loved the idea of different factions and what each of them represent. It became apparent to me that certain factions took things too far, the Erudite abused their thirst for knowledge and used it negatively, the Abnegation became judgemental to a point. Each faction acted out of how they should be behaving. It stikes up the question, how can you squash down natural instincts of people and expect them to choose to behave one way for the rest of their lives?
On the relationship/romance side of things, Tris was an amazing character. She evolved and learnt things she could not have possibly learned by staying in Abnegation, she grew, and the squealing girl inside of me adores the idea that she had an attractive and intelligent instructor to teach her these lessons. Four (I won't call him his real name for spoiler purposes) was one of those characters who kept his agenda hidden at all times. He could be sly, curious, caring, secretive and wise all at different times and he never slipped up once in front of the wrong people. Four is clever, and yet again, the girl inside of me dreams of those midnight blue eyes. I believe that by Tris leaving Abnegation, she also made friends who accept her for who she is and learnt who she could and couldn't trust, a lesson she could not learn in Abnegation. Dauntless tought her lessons, gave her meaningful relationships and showed her who she really was and who she really could be all the while not having to give up the other parts of herself that she brought with her from Abnegation.
If there is one thing I praise Veronica Roth on, it is her ability to be ruthless with her characters. She wasn't afraid to kill some of our favourites off and kill off family members and friends. In my books that ranks high as a sign of a brilliant author if done well. Veronica Roth did it exceedingly well. The phrases and thoughts she has strung together in Divergent has stuck with me and has made me see certain things in another light.
I really and truly thought that this book has been one of those books that is brought out at the right time and huge things are going to happen to it and the series. I would recommend it to everyone, teenagers and above. It is a book with so many life lessons that it can't be restricted to just one set of people. It was a brilliant read and I look forward to reading the second book. Next year cannot come quick enough!...more
**spoiler alert** I'm not 100% sure on what to think of this book. I liked it, seeing as I read it so quick, but the overall thoughts I have about it**spoiler alert** I'm not 100% sure on what to think of this book. I liked it, seeing as I read it so quick, but the overall thoughts I have about it are mixed.
I think what overshadowed my full liking of this book was how quick Eve fell for Caleb. I do understand that she has never been around men before and assumed all of them to be savages, apart from the King, but it seemed so fast for someone who had these fears about men to just jump into liking this boy so much and being the first one to initiate a kiss too! I don't know, maybe my unwillingness to like this part is flawed because I am only seeing it from one side, the side of the shy man fearing girl who escaped from a school raising girls to bear children unknowingly. I suppose I could try and see it as the girl who is finally experiencing real life and learning what to make of her feelings for a boy and whether or not she should be terrified, and how to learn to fend for herself and take on every other experience available to her. Now that I write it down I do see it from both sides but the first is what seems to take priority in my mind, so there lies the reason for the 4 star rating.
Apart from what I didn't like, there was quite a lot I did like. I loved the whole dystopian nature of this book, the idea of schools housing young girls and raising them to bear children to repopulate. It made it even more exciting and shocking to read that the girls are unaware of their futures and believe they are learning trades that will earn them jobs in the City of Sand. It is terrifying but a thrilling read. I really enjoyed basically everything else following after Eve escaped from the school, her trying to forage for food, hide from savage men and escape wild animals. When Caleb shows up it continues the intrigue and just how much Eve is eventually going to learn from having to fend for herself and live a life she has never known.
Having Arden there with Eve was something I thoroughly enjoyed also. I liked how Arden changed her tune and confessed things to Eve that she had kept hidden from the other girls at the school. Their friendship was something that was heartwarming and it blossomed as they progressed through their tough life together on the outside of the schools walls.
Overall I am still not sure whether I loved this book but I did enjoy it quite a lot. It had the dystopian taste that a lot of people are craving these days with its own unique twist and in that I think lies its appeal. I would recommend this book to people who like the dystopian genre and who are looking to delve further into it. This is a good first book to get started on your dystopian reading journey....more
**spoiler alert** What a brilliant ending to one of the best series I think I have ever read!
It was so hard just to put this book down even for the ti**spoiler alert** What a brilliant ending to one of the best series I think I have ever read!
It was so hard just to put this book down even for the tinest second. It lived in my hand for 3 days straight and I do admit, I did try to pace myself. I didn't want it to end. The thing about this book I loved the most was the love and the strong urge for peace. It seemed ironic that during a time of destruction and rebellion that Mayor Coin seemed just as strict, if not stricter than the Capitol itself. Her place of high authority never sat right with me in District 13 and I couldn't like her no matter how hard I tried to believe she might have some good in her.
Probably something I enjoyed the most was that everything felt so real in a made up world. Although, this series had echo's of the real world we live in today. The love Katniss had for Peeta and for Gale, the struggle between which one she can't live without wasn't the focus of this story, but you always knew it was there even when it wasn't being written about. I loved that this book was more than just a love story, it had substance and a real, true story to it all. There were times when I thought that my heart was breaking for decisions that Katniss had to make and times when I felt her anger and her sadness and misery. To be able to make someone feel those range of emotions, you have to have a true talent to twist a story like that, Suzanne Collins knows exactly what she is doing with every flourish of her pen. She knows the story she is weaving and that is what makes her talent a treasure.
I loved the progression of the characters in this book too. Peeta had to escape his mind and learn what is real or not. I loved the game he invented to try and remember what is real or not real. Gale evolved too, realising that he can't hold himself back and he needs to progress forward for himself, to do what is necessary to survive and protect those who he loves. Katniss changed her mindset so many times it's a wonder she didn't lose her mind. On more than one occasion I though she would lose her mind, I wouldn't have blamed her in the slightest either. She has to hold everything inside and that has to be tough.
The worst thing about this book was all the senseless deaths. By far Prim's plucked my heartstrings the most. I couldn't believe that that had happened to her, I wanted to believe it was all a horrible nightmare as much as Katniss did. Finnick became a character that I grew to love too, I felt saddened by his death too. I loved and hated that Suzanne Collins wasn't afraid to shock her readers.
The ending for this book I have read mixed reviews about. I felt that it was the best way to end it. The epilogue was the best way to go around it and the very last sentence has been resonatiing around my head ever since reading it.
I could gush and gush about this book until my fingers hurt from typing so much. This book and series has stuck with me so far and I know it's not going to disappear anytime soon. Everyone should read this series, young and old....more
**spoiler alert** What I want to say most about this book is that I am so glad that it wasn't a second book failure. So many amazing series start off**spoiler alert** What I want to say most about this book is that I am so glad that it wasn't a second book failure. So many amazing series start off great and then go down hill to the second book and then pick back up again. This book stands as strong as the first in all its own rights.
I feel kind of ashamed to have started reading this series after all the hype, but in a way I'm glad because I don't have to wait to see what's going to happen next, I can just pick up the next book straight away. I knew from the get go that this book was going to be solid and have all the breathtaking moments that you come to expect from Suzanne Collins in this series. Each chapter of this book ends in such a way that makes it impossible to put down. I knew it was coming, it was inevitable that Katniss and Peeta were going to be thrown into something else that threatens their lives yet again and the Quarter Quell did just that. President Snow didn't realize though just how many people were decieving him behind his back and making plans to override his plans of his joyous little Hunger Games. The terrible thing though is President Snow isn't just any old person, you can feel just how nasty he is and how terrifying he can be. The way he is written makes you want to side with Katniss and kill him yourself. These emotions that are triggered just by reading a passage from this book was a real highlight for me.
I loved the new characters too. Finnick seemed arogant and cocky but he's much more than that and he really grew on me. The lingering suspense around all the characters out to keep Peeta alive was something I kept trying to decipher the entire time reading Catching Fire. All ready to sacrifice something just to see out a revolution, it was admiring.
To be honest, and I hate admitting this, but I actually liked the idea for this Hunger Games a lot. A clock with different segments of terrifying possibilites. A lot more original than the last Hunger Games, but also not as hard to get around as the original one. This book just kept up a steady pace of excitement throughout and I honestly can't say a bad word at all. My only criticism, and I believe I said something similar in my first review, is I don't really enjoy the idea of dressing someone up to head to their doom. I still don't see the point in parading them around in such a manner, but then there would be no surprising lead up to the games.
The romance for this book isn't over the top either. You can easily see just how much Peeta loves Katniss and you know that she is struggling with what she is feeling, whether or not it is love that she is feeling for Peeta or if it's something she doesn't want to misjudge. I find it quite plain to see that she is in love with Peeta, I wish I could just jump in and tell her that's what I see! At the same time she is still conflicted by Gale. Understandable, but I see Gale for her as the best friend type, someone who you love unconditionally no matter and it goes no further. I believe Katniss doesn't want to hurt him, doesn't want to lose someone so special to her.
I'm excited to see what's going to eventuate in the last book, Mockingjay. I am already a fair way into it and I can't wait to get back to it! But Catching Fire is one hell of a sequel. This book shows the power of love and friendship, of strength and the ability to stride through the fire and remain victorious. ...more
**spoiler alert** It took a little while to get into this book, but once I really got going with it, it took off.
I have to admit that I was drawn to**spoiler alert** It took a little while to get into this book, but once I really got going with it, it took off.
I have to admit that I was drawn to the cover originally and thought it would be another paranormal romance of some sort, well I was wrong. It was quite psychological and in depth. It was a bit of a mystery as well and thats where the intrigue for me took off. I really liked how it flowed, Allison trying to discover what is wrong with her and how to keep her special gifts hidden from her psychologist and most other people, including her parents. I had never heard of synesthesia before this book and it really kept me reading. It is a fascinating topic and understandable how it can deeply affect someones life, I would have never thought of someone being able to smell emotions, taste lies, have a preference of which shape tastes better and seeing sounds in colours. It makes the world and its mysteries a whole lot deeper and I really would love to learn more about synesthesia to be honest.
I thought Allison as a character did come across as snobby as she was described by quite a few people who knew her, but its what she is keeping hidden from the world that makes her come across that way. Her meeting Sebastian Faraday was something in itself too. Faraday seemed quite a dreamy character just from Allison's descriptions of how his voice felt and what it reminded her of and his appearance. I knew that this was where a potential forbidden romance could bubble up, between hospital patient and doctor. The other patients in Pine Hills were all interesting too, I really like Kirk until he showed how he really could be, Sanjay was a real favourite however little a part he played in this book.
The one thing that got to me was when Faraday basically said that he was an alien. I instantly face palmed. I thought that this book was going to be paranormal creature free, but obviously not. Although, having said that, the whole alien thing was done in a very nice way. No little green men and space ships and all that, it was a lot more simple and understated because any further and it could have gotten really tacky real quickly. I do like that Tori was still alive and some how Allison hadn't killed her, that part really kicked it up and even more so seeing that Tori was an alien too. Weird.
I didn't really think this book would be an amazing read but it was worth the read. Probably one of the more interesting books I have read this year. If you are a fan of psychology and sci-fi then this book is for you....more
I am on the edge of whether or not to give this book a 3 and a half rating to be honest. There was just something about this book that didn't hook meI am on the edge of whether or not to give this book a 3 and a half rating to be honest. There was just something about this book that didn't hook me in like the previous ones.
I will start with the negatives first and the biggest flaw in this book was how many typing errors there were. In an average book I expect to come across at least 3, maybe 4, tops, but this book had at least 15-20 errors. To me it is probably the worst thing that could happen to a book and it should not have left the editing office until it had been checked over and over again. It was a major turn off for this book and that was part of the reason I was disappointed. Secondly, Jane and Luca's relationship to me felt way too tame when they are supposed to be destined soul mates and all that. Jane makes everything out to be a huge deal when it really isn't and Luca beleives that Jane is the one who has come to him for him to treasure and love until the end of time. It just feels unrealistic at times and I wish it didn't because this series has so many up points to it.
So, what I did like was far more vast than what I didn't like. As much as Jane and Luca's romance can annoy me it does also make me swoon. Who doesn't want to have a boyfriend who is meant for you and comes from another world and is old fashioned in so many ways? Well, not everyone, but I do, I do! Janes parents are another up point in this story as they let Luca live with them. Janes mother knows about Luca and so therefore that is a bonus for both Jane and Luca, but besides that her parents just seem so easy going with their relationship, that scored points with me.
The drama in this book surrounded around the vulpecula, some nasty and evil race of mutant foxes that have the ability to destroy Nissilum if they can get there. It was a good plot for the story, they tried to destory Luca and Janes relationship, mind controlled Janes family, friends and any other person in their way and it was understandably annoying for Jane and Luca after they had figured out who these people really were. I wish it was made to feel a little more dramatic at times though, it felt subdued when it should really have been taken with a lot more seriousness.
Overall I did like Dark Heart Surrender, in some areas it felt weak, in others it was a lot stronger. It was a bit all over the place but still quite a readable story. I don't know how many more books are in this series but I feel like its time should come to an end....more
Alright, so first of all what I have to begin this review by saying is: I AM SO GLAD THIS SERIES IS OVER.
I say that for me personally because this serAlright, so first of all what I have to begin this review by saying is: I AM SO GLAD THIS SERIES IS OVER.
I say that for me personally because this series was a real drag. I loved the first two books and the third was kind of alright too but from the third onwards it all became about one thing: finding the YAY-we-can-finally-have-sex potion. Honestly, I know that sex and love go hand in hand, deep personal connections, finally and truly getting to be with the one you honestly love more than anything, but it really got out of hand. It was fine that that was an obstacle that Ever and Damen had to overcome, I would have enjoyed it a lot more if that had of been one of the obstacles and then moved on to something else. But no. This book was all about that, UNTIL, Ever had another choice to decide upon. Then it sort of got interesting, then it lacked again and then I was bored again.
Believe me when I say, Alyson Noel waffles. I skipped at least 30 to 50 pages, skimming very briefly at words and still knew what was going on throughout the book. I put off finishing this book because I wasn't enjoying it so much, so I sat down and tried to finish it today but found that I had to skip so much because it droned on and on. I finished it in an hour and a half and I still know everything that went on.
So, as much as I am bashing this book, there are some things I did actually like about it. I enjoyed the fact that Ever got another choice to decide upon, the antidote or the Tree of Life. That gave the book some more appeal. I like how there is a lot of resentment and frustration between Ever and Damen because those two are always so lovey dovey that it actually gets on my nerves. No one is that perfect, no matter how many life times you live through together. So I am glad that those two work through all that. Yes, I enojyed that they actually got their 'happy ever after', even if it took 5 books to get there.
All of the huge momentous stuff happened at the end of the book whish actually made me stop skipping pages and I took a little more time to read it. I like that Sabine now knows everything and she is happy. All in all, this series was really and truly a drag. It had its good moments and then it had it's not so good moments that made me loath ever picking up Evermore, but I just can't leave a series unfinished no matter how hard I try.
So, reader beware, if you pick up the beginning of this series, know that you are in for a drawn out ride. Not an entirely horrible series, highly likeable at times, but a very young series. Alyson Noel is a talented writer, she just doesn't appeal to me anymore....more