Like Kiersten White said in one of her interviews, YA authors should be thankful for Meyer for opening up the paranormal, and YA, market.
The story is...moreLike Kiersten White said in one of her interviews, YA authors should be thankful for Meyer for opening up the paranormal, and YA, market.
The story is fine, yet it's the writing that turns me off. The repeated words (murmured -- shows up a billion times, and four billions throughout the series) drove me insane, and the lack of anything happening made me batshit crazy.
But the story is really good. Meyer's just needs to sharpen her writing skills a bit more.
Bella is always admiring Edward, about how perfect he is. And he is. . .to her. The story is told from her POV, so readers must remember that when they read, they are looking at Meyer's world from Bella's point-of-view. So next time you read a review, or hear somebody say that Edward shouldn't be so perfect? Think about where it's coming from.
Needless to say, I look forward to Midnight Sun -- I would *love* to see what happens through Edward's POV. Now Meyer's just needs to finish it. ;)(less)
I'm very disappointed with this story - after reading The Da Vinci Code, I thought The Lost Symbol was going to be as great, but it was missing what T...moreI'm very disappointed with this story - after reading The Da Vinci Code, I thought The Lost Symbol was going to be as great, but it was missing what The Da Vinci Code had. Dan Brown knows how to weave a story, but with this story, he should have flushed it out more. I guess that's what happens when you write an excellent first book.
I started this book months ago, and I finished it roughly in the beginning of April. I would read five pages, then set it down for a week or two. It didn't hold my interest as much as it should have.
There are a lot of scenes in here that could have been removed; they were just added to add to the word count, I believe.
The main character, Robert Langdon, was shocked most of the time - another character would say something that Langdon thought was a myth, then the character would show Langdon that it was real, and Langdon's reaction was always the same: He couldn't believe it. There were times when I wanted to shake Langdon and tell him that he should know these things already.
However, Katherine Solomon was an interesting character. She's a scientist, never been married, and the experiments she's done really enticed me. There were times where I would say, "Cool!" and thought how awesome if I could do that. Whenever she was mentioned, I would have to read the rest of the scene. I couldn't put it down in the middle. She was my favorite character.
Overall, the story was a good one - I did enjoy that part, but there was just too much that didn't need to be there. Langdon could have been better; his reactions did annoy me since they were the same almost every single time, but Brown did weave a good story here. Not as good as the The Da Vinci Code, but an okay one. The way this story is told makes me not want to read Angels and Demons, but if I find the time, I may start reading that one.(less)
Cassandra Clare has a gift of grabbing the reader from the first page, and throwing them in with the characters. This book is well written, with great...moreCassandra Clare has a gift of grabbing the reader from the first page, and throwing them in with the characters. This book is well written, with great characters (Jace!), a superb plot, and a happily ever after. . .or is it?
"'You've got to be kidding me,' the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest" (Clare, City of Bones -- 1).
Doesn't that make you want to run out to the nearest bookstore, or library and get a copy of it? Or order it from Amazon?
Clary Fray doesn't know anything about Shadowhunters or the Shadow World, that is until she's thrown into their world after witnessing the death of a boy from three invisible teens.
Then the bad guy from the Shadow World kidnaps Clary's mother.
And those invisible teens? Help her with getting back her mother -- and one of them is really hot. But I can't tell you which one. (JACE! JACE! JACE!)
There's also a couple people named Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Luke, and Magnus. But you're going to have to figure out who they are by reading it. So read, please? This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series out there. (less)
PARANORMALCY is such a fresh read -- and this is coming from somebody who doesn't mind cuss words or . . .steamy scenes in YA -- and the plot is new a...morePARANORMALCY is such a fresh read -- and this is coming from somebody who doesn't mind cuss words or . . .steamy scenes in YA -- and the plot is new and unique to me.
This book is epic. Way epic. Mind blowing, in fact. Although it's a pretty good sized book (I have it on my shelf next to MOCKINGJAY and CATCHING FIRE, and it looks to be the same length) it's a fast read. I read this book in three hours. I had to take it to dinner with me it was so good.
Evie is a sixteen year old girl who bags and tags paranormal creatures for IPCA. She thinks she's normal. . .or well wishes she was. She has an obsession with lockers. And Easton Heights. And pink.
But it doesn't stop there; she's epically cool. Who else can wear boots while tasing vampires? Exactly.
And even though this is a trilogy, this is its own story. The plot ties up so perfectly! For those who love fast reads (and awesome characterizations!) but don't want to wait a year until the sequel (although you will want it to be Fall 2011) because of a cliffhanger, PICK UP PARANORMALCY NOW. Seriously. It's that good.(less)
I read this book in four hours, it is that good. I couldn't put it down - since I usually read for fifteen minutes before bed, I read for an hour even...moreI read this book in four hours, it is that good. I couldn't put it down - since I usually read for fifteen minutes before bed, I read for an hour even though before I went to bed I was falling asleep at my keyboard. I am amazed with this book; I love how Maggie used sensory details to describe Grace, Sam, and the woods. (I'm all for using sensory details.)
There was one part in the book where I thought Grace didn't act like she did in the rest of the book. Grace is mature, grownup because her parents aren't around, and yet in that one scene she acted like a teenager. One whose parents gave her everything, and were there for her. It was just one slip-up, so I can get over it. I just hope in LINGER, Grace doesn't have a scene where she acts like that.
Now...I can't wait for LINGER. Seriously, people, if you're into YA paranormal, I highly suggest reading this. Heck, even paranormal writers (Both YA and Adult) should read this book. (less)
Elana Johnson’s debut POSSESSION hooked me right away. The worldbuilding of this technology advanced world is outstanding, and Vi, the main character,...moreElana Johnson’s debut POSSESSION hooked me right away. The worldbuilding of this technology advanced world is outstanding, and Vi, the main character, jumps off the page. I love the tagline “control or be controlled,” which is the main reason why I wanted to read this book so bad.
It’s fast paced, and around page 140, it started to confuse me. A lot of the scenes I thought “Why? Why would [character] DO that?” Some of the things Jag did felt so odd that I couldn’t brush them off.
I don't know if it was the hype of the book--I really wanted to read it and thought it'd be FANTASTIC. It reminded me a little of The Hunger Games with the tagline "control or be controlled." And the cover? Gorgeous. I love it.
But this book confused me. I loved Vi, but Jag and Zenn threw me off loop.
I think what was a huge problem with me was Johnson tried to do huge plot twists, and sadly, it wasn't pulled off. There was one where one character told Vi who could get the sticker off and I knew immediately who it was (who Thane really was clued me in on this "new" person.)
I really wish there was going to be a sequel or sequels to this. I want to know more about the world, and it seems to end with questions unanswered. I want to know more--and am seriously sad there won't be anymore Vi sequel(s). (I heard there may be a companion novel. Let's hope so!)
Sadly I fear this may be a big disappointment for some, but I still hope you pick it up because I think it's worth a read. You must read all the way through; the second half is a tad bit more confusing, but a lot more action and kissing! (less)
Break is something else. I think if I had read this before INVINCIBLE SUMMER, I would have liked it a lot more. I kept comparing it to IS while readin...moreBreak is something else. I think if I had read this before INVINCIBLE SUMMER, I would have liked it a lot more. I kept comparing it to IS while reading it, and the biggest thing that turned me off was how similar Chase and Jonah's voices were. The good thing about IS and Break? They both are family orientated, which makes me happy. I like family orientated books. And Hannah knows how to write a dysfunctional family.
One thing I really liked about Break was Jonah and Charlotte's relationship. Those who've read it and the end? Oh, that made me so happy! I'm just a sap when it comes to romance, though.
Break's premise, breaking bones so they grow stronger, is interesting. I hadn't heard of that, but the way Jonah explains it makes so much sense to me. Not like I'm going to go out and break my bones now (No, thank you.) but it made me think. How far is somebody willing to go for their family? It's worth reading about, yeah? I think so.
Hannah doesn't disappoint with her debut novel. It's brilliant, much like her sophomore book, and the concept is an interesting one. The characters are developed well, and because it seems like everybody talks about the ending, it wraps up in a nice bow. No, really! The first chapter and last chapter have the same wording-ish: "The first feeling is..." And I really liked that. So much I said "The first feeling is enthusiasm." Hee.
I can't wait to read more from this author. Lucky for me, I have an eGalley of GONE GONE GONE, her third book which releases next year.(less)
I don't know why I'm choosing to review this book now. I finished it in August, and. . .sadly, I didn't like it. I really wanted to like it because a...moreI don't know why I'm choosing to review this book now. I finished it in August, and. . .sadly, I didn't like it. I really wanted to like it because a lot of people did, but it was too slow for me. Also, her writing style (I highly detest saying this!) threw me off a bunch of times. I wanted to take a red pen to it!
But in all fairness? I think the idea is a good one. I like the world she built, and especially the Gracelings idea -- but it just was way too slow for me to enjoy. The climax was too fast for me, too. (Weird how that is, isn't it?)
I attempted to read FIRE, the sequel, and barely got past the prologue before I decided I couldn't go through one of her high-fantasy (epic? I have no idea which type of fantasy this falls into) books again. But I am willing to read any of her other books, aside from the Graceling books.
I will, however, say this: YOU come up with your own opinion. I read it because of somebody's review that made it glow, yet I didn't feel the same way for the book. If you think it sounds interesting? Read it. There is no way for somebody to form an opinion on a book just by a bad review.
Such an addicting book! I think I’ve found a new addiction while waiting for the third Hex Hall book, even though the sequel doesn’t come out until Se...moreSuch an addicting book! I think I’ve found a new addiction while waiting for the third Hex Hall book, even though the sequel doesn’t come out until September. (Anybody have an ARC they want to send me? *G*)
I like the Romeo and Juliet aspect of this book. It heated a lot of things up, if you know what I mean. (Jacinda, the main character, is a fire breather ‘dragon.’) I also liked the mythology behind this book. Drakis are dragon descended creatures, who can appear as humans.
And Will—oh, my god. Let’s talk about bad boys and how hot they are.
Oh, wait, reviewing.
Will and Jacinda’s relationship doesn’t develop until later on in the book and it’s torture, absolute torture, they don’t do anything in the beginning of the book. I wanted to scream for them to kiss. And when they do?
Fantastic. Just… wonderful.
This book is one you need to read right away if you haven’t yet. If you love romances and paranormal, this is a book you need to run out and buy right away. The ending is torture (talk about your cliffhangers!) but I think it’s worth the risk of reading it before all three are out. I know I will be rushing out to get Vanish when it hits shelves. (less)
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is a wonderful YA contemporary about being forced to live somewhere else (and go to school there) and falling in love with th...moreANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is a wonderful YA contemporary about being forced to live somewhere else (and go to school there) and falling in love with the city . . . and the cute guy who lives a floor above you. I don't even know how to review this book -- it's SO good!
I love Anna's narrative -- it's witty, angst-y (like all teenage girls), and it's funny. I usually don't laugh out loud while reading books, but this book made me crack up a few times. (Especially when Etienne St. Clair said "Pants.")
And for St. Clair? Ohmygod, swoon-worthy. I loved that he's American with an English accent living in Paris. (All three of my favorite things!) And short. I don't know how short he is, but I think if I had my very own St. Clair, I wouldn't have to wear my boots with the 3 1/2 inch heels. And he has his flaws, as everyone does, but . . I just want my very own St. Clair.
Anna and St. Clair create a perfect story filled with funny bits, sad bits, and of course, romantic tension bits. My only problem is why didn't I pick this book up sooner? I suggest you read this book ASAP if you love contemporary romances. (less)
After I finished reading this book, I marked it "read" in Goodreads and put this in the review box: holy mindfuck. This book messes with your mind and...moreAfter I finished reading this book, I marked it "read" in Goodreads and put this in the review box: holy mindfuck. This book messes with your mind and when you think you have things sorted out, Hodkin tosses it up again and you're left scrambling to find the exploded pieces of your brain.
When I think of Mara Dyer, a warm feeling comes over me. That's how vivid the setting is. It's set in Miami, and Hodkin describes it so well that even though it's cold as I write this review, I'm warm. I absolutely love the setting and want to reread Mara Dyer on a cold day to bask in the warmth of Miami.
Also to see if I could piece the clues together.
If you're wanting to read this book and you're the type of person to read the ending first, do not--I repeat DO NOT--read the ending first. It'll ruin the book for you.
The problem with reviewing this book is trying not to spoil it for you. It's such an interesting book to read when you have no idea what the hell it's about. Granted, I figured out the ending on page 50, but I didn't figure out all of the ending. Just one simple little piece. And it didn't ruin the reading pleasure for me; I still was scrambling for pieces of my mind when Hodkin decided to shake it up.
And Noah! How can I forget about Noah Shaw? I have one word: SWOON. I melt at the thought of Noah Shaw, and even though he is a jerk in the beginning, he's amazing once Mara (and readers!) get to know him. And I want to take him home with me. Hee.
If you ask me what genre The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is, I'll say a psychological paranormal thriller. Because there are paranormal elements (no paranormal creatures!), it is very psychological (my brain hurts thinking about it), and it's thrilling.
Do I recommend? Yes. I recommend this book to EVERYBODY. I don't care if you don't like paranormal or thrillers or whatever. You need to read this book. Everybody needs to read this book.
I'm not posting a review because what can I really say that won't have some sort of spoil in it? I'm respecting Suzanne Collins' wish for nobody to sp...moreI'm not posting a review because what can I really say that won't have some sort of spoil in it? I'm respecting Suzanne Collins' wish for nobody to spoil Mockingjay -- but what I will tell you is grab the tissues, you're going to need them.(less)
Zombie Tag is cute and horrifyingly gut-wrenching. After reading Hannah Moskowitz’s YA titles(excluding...moreThis review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.
Zombie Tag is cute and horrifyingly gut-wrenching. After reading Hannah Moskowitz’s YA titles(excluding her upcoming Gone, Gone, Gone) I’m thinking Hannah likes to write sad, depressing stories even though I’ve heard Gone, Gone, Gone is a happily-ever-after type of story. WELL. I’m like 100 pages into that one and I’m not happy that the animals are still gone, HANNAH.
Zombie Tag is Hannah’s debut middle grade and I think she writes wonderful middle grade. The voice is dead on. I loved it so, so much. What I love about middle grade is the voice and how it brings me back to my childhood. I mean, when I was in junior high it wasn’t the best ever. Junior high sucks. But I love reading middle grade. Especially when there’s zombies involved. *G*
Oh man, oh man, oh man. The zombies. THE WORLD. Zombies “exist” in this world—and by that I mean, like forty years ago there were zombies and then they all died and were piled onto each other which brings the question: what killed the zombies? And nobody talks about the zombies, so it’s not like the information is running around.
And besides zombies existing, other paranormal creatures do, too. Wil and Anthony’s dad work… uh, how can I say this… their specialty is paranormal creatures. And it’s really cool. I liked that.
The game zombie tag is so interesting. I want to round up a bunch of my friends and play it (the rules are in the back of the book, so he he he, I may just have to play zombie tag.) But what I liked was when Wil’s parents find out about, they FLIP. OUT. Because hello, back to the zombies dying all of the sudden. There’s some consequences to playing zombie tag. And that’s awesome.
If you’re looking for a fabulous MG to read, Zombie Tag is the book for you. Seriously. Go buy it. Right now. (less)
Hannah Moskowitz is an author I will blindly buy—I love her books and her writing style, the straight-up rawness of everything she writes; however, Go...moreHannah Moskowitz is an author I will blindly buy—I love her books and her writing style, the straight-up rawness of everything she writes; however, Gone, Gone, Gone was one book that didn't sway me like her others did.