I must have seen this in my local book store so many times and thought about reading it. I finally bought it and i finished it really quickly. I experI must have seen this in my local book store so many times and thought about reading it. I finally bought it and i finished it really quickly. I experienced a lot of emotions reading this, including horror and surprise, at some of the events that happen. In turn though, the way Sam and his friends react highlight the better aspects of human nature.
Some of the events that occur will have you in tears, some will make you generally angry and there are others that will leave you laughing (yes there are quite a few of those moments in there). Although aimed at a young adult audience, i'd be cautious around younger teens reading it, as i found some of it upsetting and i'm in my twenties. Having said that, it is an amazing book, written by a fantastic author.
To sum it up, this has everything a brilliant thriller/sci-fi ahould have: suspense, action, amazing and varied characters, some fantastic, yet strange, powers and even a little bit romance. In short, easily one of the best books i've read in a long time :-)...more
I read this years ago, but my mission is to try and review every book in my read library (yes it's a challenge, but it's worth trying) so i'm reviewinI read this years ago, but my mission is to try and review every book in my read library (yes it's a challenge, but it's worth trying) so i'm reviewing this now.
The first thing that i loved about this book is how much depth the fantasy world has. It's brilliantly thought out, well described and fun to read about. Secondly, the characters are very easy to relate to and sympathise with, which can be difficult in a lot of books. Thirdly, it handles the taboo subject of death really well, without being too depressing and with a sense of hope and that death isn't the end.
As for the story itself, it moves quickly, but not so quickly that you lose track of whats happening. It is descriptive without going on about stuff too much. Simply put, this is an awesome adventure with magic, chaos, romance, humour and a talking cat.
I can't stress this enough, this book is awesome....more
I'm a sucker for a re-telling of a fairy tale, and this was no exception. This is a beautiful story with an age-old message about beauty being underneI'm a sucker for a re-telling of a fairy tale, and this was no exception. This is a beautiful story with an age-old message about beauty being underneath the skin, and never does it hold more true than in this story.
As with other re-tellings of fairy tales there are aspects which are different, but the essential story is the same, and there's a lot of backstory which allows for understanding of the situation that Beauty and her family find themselves in.
I'd recommend this story to all those who love a good romance with a twist and for anyone who has ever thought about beauty in ways other than the obvious. This is definately one to read whilst curled up on the sofa with a mug of tea.
I read this a while ago, and it paints a rather negative view of the future, should we find a way to live forever. Lets face it, a lot of people find tI read this a while ago, and it paints a rather negative view of the future, should we find a way to live forever. Lets face it, a lot of people find the subject of death rather daunting, and so it follows therefore that someone would invent a way to stop it, and this is the main premise of this book.
The way in which the 'Surplus' children are treated in diabolical to say the least and i'd like to think that things would never come to that. The idea behind the story is that if you choose not to have children then you can take the drug that stops you dying, indoing so you have to sign the decleration. Any parents that do have children whilst taking the longevity drug is arrested and the child locked up with the other surplus children.
Anna, the main character is one of these and at the beginning she believes all the lies she's been told, but her mind starts to change when a new boy turns up and starts telling her some rather frightening truths...
All in all this is a fantastic read which can be rather hauting at times if you seriously consider the consequences of a world where no one dies. The one message that is sent again and again (in different ways) is that people are not meant to be immortal, things do come to an end and that ultimately life will go on, it sounds very tacky, but really it isn't. This is a powerful and emotional read....more
I'm writing this quite a few years after I read it, partially because I realised it was one of the few of the authors books I hadn't reviewed on hereI'm writing this quite a few years after I read it, partially because I realised it was one of the few of the authors books I hadn't reviewed on here and because I remember loving this very much. I still remember the story quite clearly and the way it made me feel. Tudor England was not a very friendly place for a woman and I really felt for Eleanor's plight. It's bad enough to have your mother accused of a crime she didn't commit, but it's even worse when you witness them punished for years on end; locked away from everyone and everything.
There are lots of things I loved about this book; the first being the attention to detail. Tudor England is described in such a way you can imagine it vividly (and have the sense to know you'd hate to live there) and picture the events in the story unfolding, which I really love to experience in a book. The second thing I really love is the way the story unfolds. It isn't rushed and everything comes together cleverly for the ending and yet it still surprised me, and though i did find the ending sad in some respects, I found it to be very romantically uplifting.
I also have fond memories of this being one of the first Historical Fiction novels I ever read (it wasn't a genre I'd heard of much until then) and since then I've been hooked on them, so I have a lot to thank this book for. If you love historical fiction, a healthy dash of romance and love a story that will suck you straight in, then this book is most definitely worth reading....more