The world that Kagawa creates is engaging enough to keep reading the series. Meghan has her moments of being a force...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
The world that Kagawa creates is engaging enough to keep reading the series. Meghan has her moments of being a force for good as opposed to being just a bystander, but not as many as I would like. I want to see more of her strength of character, and she has potential, but it hasn’t grown as much yet. Maybe in the future books she’ll get stronger. Ash and Puck have to save her butt like every other second and yes, she stands up for getting things done, like going after that thing that was stolen (ha! No spoiler there!) but it’s like, yes, good for that but you’re just kind of extra weight because if something happens you’ll need to be protected and draw effort away from that thing that you are trying to accomplish.
If she grows stronger and is able to stand up for herself, and it seems she has that desire and is just as frustrated by her inability to do things herself so this actually might happen, I think I could really like to grow her even more as a character. If things get deeper and more complex this could be a really really good series, one of my favorites.
Another point against Megan, love triangles are hard. Meghan doesn’t handle hers well. You know who she likes the best, but she totally leads the other on and that pisses me off a little. Again, still the middle of the series, so I feel I’m judging her a little harshly, but I expect her to be a bit more mature, not waffling all the time back and forth. (less)
I only recently discovered this book from another blogger, and am very glad I did. This book was so creative! First...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
I only recently discovered this book from another blogger, and am very glad I did. This book was so creative! First off, that cover pulls you right in, fantastic. And the title is very gripping too.
Right off the bat though, I was immersed in this world. It felt so real, so realistic and logical that I sometimes had to remind myself that, no, we don't have any underwater colonies (that I know of, if we did though, sign me up!). Honestly, that was the best part about this book and what I'm excited for as I continue the series, just how real it all is: houses shaped like jellyfish to help with the pressure, family sized subs, manta ray boards, people that glow when they blush because they eat bioluminescent fish....it just made so much sense!
And not that books have to be 100% fact based for me to enjoy them, but I do want to be immersed in the world to the point that I believe it's real and wonder why I never knew about it before. This book does that, in spades.
That being said, the story line was adequate. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. Not many books that I read have leading male characters and it was fun getting to know things from Ty's perspective, but it didn't feel as solid as the world did to me. I was just kind of along for the ride, reading more from enjoyment than from a gripping need to know what happens next. Which is ok. Not every book I enjoy is going to consume me (probably a good thing) but this one did entertain.
Overall, a great world, an adequate story line, and something I am looking forward to returning to as the story continues. Recommended!(less)
After getting hooked into the FRIGGIN' AMAZING world of Amelia Peabody I had high hopes for this series also by Elizabeth Peters. I shouldn't have gotten so excited.
After the hilarious dry humor and wit of Amelia, Vicky was too light and modern, not enough substance to her as a character or to the story line as a whole. I've heard that the series gets better as time goes on (as in a better guy shows up...hey, romantic tension is one way to keep me interested) so I will eventually try the next book in the series, but for now, this one was a forced finish and not very suspenseful at all.
Not to say it didn't have it's good moments, but after reading the fun filled life of Amelia Peabody, this book just couldn't compare. If you are new to Elizabeth Peters maybe if you try this series first and build up to the Amelia Peabody books you will be better served. (less)
This series continues to astound me. I love how Terry Prachett combines deep insight with laugh-out loud humor (The Nac Mac Feegle are uproarious!). I...moreThis series continues to astound me. I love how Terry Prachett combines deep insight with laugh-out loud humor (The Nac Mac Feegle are uproarious!). I truly enjoyed reading this book and getting to know Tiffany and her world a little better. She truly is a remarkable girl. It was nice though, in this book, to find out that she's not completely infallible. She does have feelings, but she knows what is right and does it, no matter how hard it is.
I also really liked that Roland was in this book as well. I've wanted to get to know him better, and, judging by the synopsis, the next book will have even more! So excited to read the final installment of Tiffany Aching (or is it? I've heard that Terry Pratchett has had some health problems, not sure if that's just rumour though; for his sake, I hope not).(less)
Where to start with this fantastic book! While it wasn’t as close to the Hunger Games as making it feel like I was r...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
Where to start with this fantastic book! While it wasn’t as close to the Hunger Games as making it feel like I was reading the same thing all over again, there were quite a few similarities. The world that Roth created is ruthless, just like the Dystopian world of the Hunger Games. Tris, the main character isn’t your normal girl, she’s a little more detached, more rational and more survival oriented than others. This also reminded me of Katniss. That being said, Divergent is it’s own book.
I was surprised by Tris’s choice of which faction she joined but at least that way she was able to grow and become her own self…and meet Four. This made me very happy. I’m very excited to see where this goes. My sister was furious with me for having her read this book and then having to wait this long for the next in the series. It’s pretty addictive!(less)
Confession, I love all things prep: ivy league schools, prep schools, uniforms, Ralph Lauren, weekends in the Hamptons, you name it. Have I ever reall...moreConfession, I love all things prep: ivy league schools, prep schools, uniforms, Ralph Lauren, weekends in the Hamptons, you name it. Have I ever really experienced those things, no. That’s why I read books like this. I liked this book A LOT better than I did Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. I had picked Prep up expecting to read what I had gotten in The Disreputable History, but was sorely disappointed (and a little scandalized). Not until I read The Disreputable History did I finally get what I was hoping to out of a school about boarding schools and those that reside there. Make sense? Frankie is an amazing character. Truly fantastic! The book opens up with her writing a letter to the headmaster taking blame for all of the things that went wrong. Hilarious! I was grabbed from that moment onward.
The other characters were good fun as well. This isn’t a cookie-cutter book. Without giving too much away, I really liked how many twists were thrown in. At first, things just seem like they are going to go along just like they do at any other prep school, but this one goes deeper. As you go deeper, you get to know Frankie better and sympathize with her hopes and dreams. Yes, how she carries things out is slightly criminal, but it’s still amusing. I wish that I had enough brains and guts to be as much of a prankster as Frankie is.
The writing style sometimes threw me off. There were some parts that were written in ways that I’m not really used to; it’s hard to explain. However, this doesn’t really detract from the story, and I was able to get into the flow of things fairly fast.
I hope Lockhart doesn’t stop here and keeps telling us about Frankie’s adventures in Junior and Senior years. I’ll definitely being trying some of her other stuff though, just because she is such a great story teller. (less)