I was a little hesitant to read this book when I first saw it at Borders because frankly it didn't really sound appealing. I am a girl who likes adven...moreI was a little hesitant to read this book when I first saw it at Borders because frankly it didn't really sound appealing. I am a girl who likes adventure and mystery, books that make you think. However, this book did prove it's self throughout my course of reading it. I wouldn't say it was absolutely amazing because lets be honest the author - no offense attended - didn't quite go in depth like the book should have. It had a plot that the author could have done a lot with but to me it almost seemed like I was reading a very long summary of a book instead of the work itself. I am not sure whether I would recommend you guys reading it, I would however, say don't buy it. It frankly - sorry for my bluntness - wasn't buy worthy.
Caitlin has just lost someone, someone that was hiding another world from Caitlin. Sure Caitlin saw the bruises the cuts, the scars but she never thought much of it, she never told anyone, maybe she should have. Because one day for Ingrid just leaving another scar wasn't good enough, she had had enough and that is what she tells Caitlin through a journal. As Caitlin works through her grief, guilt, pain, and jealousy she discovers what it means to live and what it means to exist. A novel that is touching and tells a story that readers wont know what to do with. Whether that be rejoice and hold it close to your heart or smile and put it on a shelf. For me it was a nice story of love, pain, and finding yourself through a mess of angst.(less)
My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Jessica Allodolla a secretly published author still attending high school as a Senior realizes suddenly, that the char...moreMy rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Jessica Allodolla a secretly published author still attending high school as a Senior realizes suddenly, that the characters of her novel tiger, tiger are real, either that or, she is going insane. Ash Night, the pseudonym of Jessica, writes a story about her dreamed-up character, the villain Aubrey. But when two transfer students - the sociable and affectionate Caryn and the mysteriously dark Alex - draw Jessica out her social pariah status and into the cut-throat ladder of high school social hierarchy Jessica gets the unsettlingly feeling that Alex is not all he seems and when facts of his life start to match up with the information she created for Aubrey's background story Jessica comes to a horrifying conclusion: Aubrey just might be Alex. But that's impossible right? So, thinks Jessica and dismisses Caryn's attempts at swaying her mind on the matter. Alex as it seems has hidden agenda's of his own, it's not a common coincidence that he just happens to show up in Jessica's small town, and it is no fatal attraction that draws him to pursue her, Alex has a secret, dark and always lurking like thick smog around the two of them. Why did Alex out of the blue decide to move to Ramsa, why does he hold such a strong profound hatred towards Caryn, and more importantly what happens when everything is revealed? When the pieces click together and Jessica finds out the truth, will she be strong enough to stay away, to resist the alluring pull Alex has over her? There is a price to be paid when secrets are told? A price that Jessica is finding does not suit her well. (less)
**spoiler alert** The first in statement of this book left me spinning, floating on a brilliant-book high, so needless to say my hopes were lying with...more**spoiler alert** The first in statement of this book left me spinning, floating on a brilliant-book high, so needless to say my hopes were lying with the man on the moon. I fell, and I fell hard. The book, still good, did no do justice to its brilliant-sequel high that I had been expecting.
Firstly I'd like to say that the book was by far not the worst book I've ever read, it really wasn't even bad. Two things contributed to my hype 1. the long two-week stint I had wait in order to receive the book, 2. the brilliance of the previous book. I do however, amend Maureen Johnson for - in my opinion - almost nailing the third-person view, even if it were a barely scrap it's more than I have found to accomplish. Most of the times books written in the third-person are written in such a way because the author wants to focus less on the inner-workings of their main character and more so on the detailed whirlwind that is happening around them/it. Johnson has managed to nudge the two separate unyielding traits together slightly and for that, a star is in order.
The boyfriend cheats - excuse me 'technically cheats - on the girl, the girl is black mailed, and the new-found genuinely likable decides to make this black-mail into a road trip in the tiny car Ginny once found so blissfully comfortable. But that was back when things were not complicated, when Ginny was just a girl who road in the front seat of an incredibly tiny clown clown. But that was back when Ginny was just falling for a boy, when the boy kissed her in a graveyard, when her backpack was stolen and re-sold out of the truck of a car. This was now, and now was far less unpleasant as far as Ginny Blackthorn was concerned.
Ginny Blackthorn has applied to colleges, or she would have could she have answered that blasted question already. The question she has probably read more than her very own name and now looks at it with such a dreading distain that the question, for all she knew, could have morphed into Latin. Because how does one answer a question when the answer, the perfect answer was stolen away somewhere on the white sands of Greece. But fate is obviously on her side because just as Ginny gives up on her essay question when a dig announces a new E-mail. In it a man claims to have the last letter of Ginny's thirteen. A half scanned copy of the letter is all she needs to set her packing again.
With no rules to guide her, with the final answer just in the grasps of her finger-tips, Ginny once again boards a plane to London. Her journey weaves its way through the massive confusion of Paris, the animosity of a lovers-quarrel, to Amsterdam where windows are open for display but forbidden to look into, and finally to the rolling green fields of Ireland where a tombstone is visited, a car is laid to rest, and a kiss-with the very person Ginny never thought she'd kiss takes place. A kiss that was sweetly passionate enough to dull out the twelve ringing bells of Dublin's New Year Eve's celebration.
Through her adventures Ginny realizes that the artist in her was far more vivid than she'd imagined, that a girls first love always isn't her last, and the second, well a girl's second love is far the more grander anyhow. (less)
**spoiler alert** The story begins with Val on patrol and her saving an innocent, this is also the first night that she meets Dan the hunky cop that b...more**spoiler alert** The story begins with Val on patrol and her saving an innocent, this is also the first night that she meets Dan the hunky cop that becomes her new incentive to a normal life. As the story continues Val is kicked out of her family, her home, etc and forced to find her way in the real world where she meets her companion a part-demon hellhound named Fang who can speak to Val through her mind. Val moves with Dan's sister after he gets her a job with the SCU or the scuzzies. Val's life begins to spiral out of control just as it seems to become a real life, while trying to deal with the impending issue of human body's stacking up (so to speak) from vampires, Val, Dan and Fang most decide if the New Blood Movement is friend or foe in there book. Combine Val's Buffy inspired attitude, her desperate need for a human\normal life, the realistic fight scenes and the hunky police partner and you get a hilirous yet almost sentimental book that will entrance readers, keep them one there toes, and make them turn their pages well int the night to finish this read.
Never Let Me Go was probably the must horrifyingly disturbed novel I have read since the all famous Hannibal novel came out. I thought the author's wr...moreNever Let Me Go was probably the must horrifyingly disturbed novel I have read since the all famous Hannibal novel came out. I thought the author's writing technique was superb as it was entrancing. The plot however is another story altogether, I recently decided to take this book off the hands of a friend who warned me that the story would probably be the equally best and single worst read I'd ever encounter, he did not lie. I found myself at moments flipping the pages of this book faster than any other before and other times I was literally crying my eyes out with heart wrenching sobs bursting from my chest, at one point in the middle of this morbid, twisted, heart breaking story I became so angry that I literally flung the thing at my bedroom wall. There is a saying, infamous enough it still holds justice: 'ignorance is bliss' so I warn you readers that if you do attempt to read this book it will change your life, outlook, and stand towards what is ethically right and what is simply your humane duty.
Kathy H. Ruth and Tommy were raised along with an elite number of people who are molded after other humans however Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth were made for one reason and one reason only. To donate their vital organs to numberous people in need of them, however Kathy and her friends have not a choice in whether they wish to die young. In the very first page Kathy H. who narrates the story for us tells us she is a 'carer' someone who cares after diners just like she will become once she is given her notice. Instead of living in her present day Kathy relives her childhood days on Hailsham the special boarding school that tested the kids creatively through art work and poetry that would be housed in a galla. She speaks of her two friends Ruth and Tommy who soon become romantically involved with each other only in the end for Kathy to finally find out that Ruth was keeping tommy and kathy apart simply because she herself was afraid of being alone. In the end the three friends are separated from each other for years Kathy becoming a carer while Ruth and Tommy become doners, it is years before they are reunited after both Ruth and Tommys second donation who both would not live through their third. This eerie Novel ends with Kathy finally getting her notice for her first donation.(less)
When I first picked up Meridian I avoided it, in fact I returned it twice before I actually took a second look at the thing. I am no fan of death, its...moreWhen I first picked up Meridian I avoided it, in fact I returned it twice before I actually took a second look at the thing. I am no fan of death, its cruel, neccessary I suppose but cruel for the loved ones left behind. It causes pain, and destruction of innocents, so however neccessary death may be in the grand design I have trouble accepting it.
Meridian was at some places rather dull, it starts out with a normal teenager attending a private school only when a bus full of he fellow peers smacks into a speeding car right in front of meridian she callasposes in sheer agony. She is dropped off by her dad and given to a cab driver who drops her off at a bus stop, she is told to get off at revelation colorado and wait for a green land rover unfortunately the car is not there and does not so up. Meridian is forced to trek during a blizzard to make it to her aunties house were she meets the closed off Tens who seems to know her enough to make him hate her. As meridian finds out she is an angel for lack of better words she has to learn how to shuttle souls into their own heaven. (less)
Was that a beginning or what! My goodness gractious it was altogether and down right seductive. And I hardly ever use such words when describing books...moreWas that a beginning or what! My goodness gractious it was altogether and down right seductive. And I hardly ever use such words when describing books but this one just turned me inside out and jumbled me with giddiness to get further into the story and I am just 3 pages in! The only downfall is I am a sucker for a good happy ending because all stories must end lovely for the good guys right? I sure hope so because I am treading carefully onto thin sheets of ice having already glismped what is likely to be the ending.
Perhaps it is because I have been reading non stop these last few days but the vespertine has this swift, alert, wretchedly heartbroken, and underlying desperation that nags and chips away at the reader. I feel I must confuse that the vespertine is simply one of those books that cling-rather painfully I suppose- at you untill you succumb to it's bidding.
Have you noticed lately how books seem to be more and more these days just scribbled down, this book to my absolute delight smelled to me as if it took the proper time to develop and so it also reeps it's rewards as well.
Having gotten further into the story my excitement dwindled and I found myself forgetting how horridly uptight everyone seemed to be in those days, forbid a...wait for it... A shared taxi with a man! Oh the humiliation!! Please. If they knew half the stuff that goes on in those yellow shipilius traps now a days poor van den broek would have blushed down to her toes. And for heavens take amelia would you just kiss poor natenal who gives a hoot about his stature he is possitively delicious!! I aware sometimes I want to rattle they're necks and say your living life as such a bore. Anyway getting back to my point before my rant, as I got further into the book I felt like I wanted to go back to the broken Amelia, she was much more exciting.
This was an absolute delicious read!!! Ameila is as sweet as apple pie with powered sugar, and nathanial is as wicked as rhubarb. Zora a coarse and delicate taste of tirimasu and Thomas a firm steady comfort of a pumpkin.(less)
Sixteen pages in and I am delighted by every page. Hehe, Solange is brilliant, witty, and stunning all at the same time. Lucy is determined, stubborn...moreSixteen pages in and I am delighted by every page. Hehe, Solange is brilliant, witty, and stunning all at the same time. Lucy is determined, stubborn and the complete ying to solanges yang. They,re perfect just bloody perfect. I am seeing a true love quartet blooming in the making and that is not something you see everyday kitties. This story has me giddy to get back to Lucy and into the mud. I found Solange tiresome at points and Lucy thralling, but then I absolutely love a vampire/human love affair. I loved that Nicholas was the evil brother turned sexy. They are a complete match for each other, Nicholas and Lucy, I can't wait to read the next installment, it got annoying a little the switching of point of view from Solange and Lucy, I would have loved to see it just from Lucy's point of view, but then again it would have struck to close to Twilight's radius wouldn't it have. I am hoping that Lucy eventually takes the plunge into vampirism because as I've said I am a sucker for a human/vampire love affair.(less)
I have to admit the whole human-monster thing unnerved me a bit when I first reading the reviews, I am not a fan of werewolves or shape-shifters; howe...moreI have to admit the whole human-monster thing unnerved me a bit when I first reading the reviews, I am not a fan of werewolves or shape-shifters; however I gave this book a chance because Graceling was an amazing wonder of a novel and I couldn't put the thing down. So my hopes were high, but skeptical, I don't think the characters were shaped enough, in the sense that they had no holding to them. I commend her for using the horrible dead father card because I honestly didn't see that twist coming, suicide was a wonder; murder was brilliance. It was a good read altogether however the author could have solidified the book and been more thorough in the details of events and people. The book, despite its length felt rushed and had excessive usage of 'ands' - or perhaps that was just me - anyhow I did like the alluring beauty of the main character and how she falls for the dark bastard son in stead of the groveling King. Overall it was an easy, nerve prickling book that rose to the standards I expected, however did nothing to compete with Graceling.
P.S~The relationship between Brigan and Fire was immensely heartwarming, as it was heart wrenching.
Fire is a the last human monster in the Dells, her father left a soaringly vicious legacy behind after his suicide and as Fire struggles against her hearts desires, her aching shame and her fondness to be loved, she finds forgiveness, love, immense hurt, and friendship in all the most unlikely of places. On the brink of war the Brigan informs Fire that her mind controlling powers are greatly needed and though he does not trust her until tears and secrets are shed he still must escort her from her Northern Land in the Dells to the very beginning of her life, and the very ruination of her father. Full of twists, turns, and somewhere between ragged edges and confusing intentions hearts are shattered, souls are lost, bodies are broken, horses are fond, and lovers are separated forever. This story stole my heart, broke it and left pieces scattered on varies pages.(less)