I read this book a few months ago after I read about it on amazon. I read the beginning of the book on google books and then ordered myself a copy offI read this book a few months ago after I read about it on amazon. I read the beginning of the book on google books and then ordered myself a copy offline, because most bookstores don't carry it in store. I concept of the book sounded unique and the format of the book was very entertaining. The story is laid out as a mystery, where the reader has to try and determine who the narrator is. For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. Some parts were a bit predictable - especially who the narrator turns out to be. I don't want to give anything away, but you see that coming a mile away. However, all in all the book was a fun and interesting read. ...more
I first read this book when I was in 8th Grade. I remember passing it around to all of my friends because I enjoyed it so much. The protagonist, RemyI first read this book when I was in 8th Grade. I remember passing it around to all of my friends because I enjoyed it so much. The protagonist, Remy Starr, is a cynical, narrow-minded high school senior who is completely over love. Enter, Dexter, a free spirit who completely shakes up everything Remy knows, or think she knows about life and love. This is defiantly my favorite Sarah Dessen book, and quite possibly my favorite straight teen romance. I have read, and reread this book many times. The characters are all very charming and carefully crafted (like Remy's family and her friends) and I love watching the story unfold. I think I enjoy this book so much because you really get to watch Remy change as the book progresses. ...more
So, I don't think I have ever been more on the fence about a book, then I am in regards to Feed. I honestly cannot tell you whether I enjoyed this booSo, I don't think I have ever been more on the fence about a book, then I am in regards to Feed. I honestly cannot tell you whether I enjoyed this book or not, and I cannot decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
I was required to read this title for my Children's Literature class and I probably would not have stumbled upon it otherwise. After seeing it on our list of required readings, and after looking it up, I was excited to begin it. The premise sounded amazing - I am not a huge fan of Science Fiction books, but every once in awhile I come across a plot that really draws me in; this was the case with Feed. The storyline brought up alot of intriguing and thought provoking questions about where our society is headed, and I really appreciated that. While the Feed is obviously a make believe plot point, I could easily see how it relates to our society today. Let me tell you a little bit about the feed - basically it is a constant running internet connect that people get implanted into their brains. The Feed streams videos, music, news; it allows for instant messaging, web searches and shopping. You simply have to think about looking something up, and then you have your answer. It is also creates a user profile, based on your interests and activities and constantly streams different products or items you might like the purchase.
Now, like I said, I enjoyed the plot of the book, because I think it brought up some wonderful points about our society in a very imaginative and creative way. However, I hated the characters in the book. I could not stand the protagonist, Titus, I thought he was annoying, irritating and I spent most of my time wanting to reach into the book and smack him. Violet, Titus's love interest did not exactly do it for me either. I could not connect to them at all and there for I struggled to make an emotional attachment to the book. I don't know about you, but I have an extremely difficult time enjoying a book in which I don't like the characters. The rest of the characters, the secondary ones, were equally as annoying. I found them flat and uninteresting.
This is why I am on the fence. While I loved the idea and plot of the book, the book itself fell a little flat for me because I did not like or relate to the characters. This really disappointed me because I was really looking forward to this book and I saw so much potential in it. ...more
I remember when I first read this book, I was 13 and in the 8th grade. I had bought the book from one of those scholastic book orders. I read What MyI remember when I first read this book, I was 13 and in the 8th grade. I had bought the book from one of those scholastic book orders. I read What My Mother Doesn't Know in one night and immediately passed it on to one of my friends. My copy made rounds through most of my friends and I never got it back. If that doesn't speak for this book, I don't know what will.
Sophie's story is one that rings truth among us all. I think everyone has a little bit of her inside them - honestly, when I first read it, I remember thinking; "God, I'm not the only one". Sones does a remarkable job expressing feelings and thoughts that we all have had before. Sophie struggles with all the common issues; insecurity, popularity, peer pressure - but the author approaches it in such a unique way. The entire book is written in free verse and it reads as almost a diary.
The plot line isn't earth shattering, but it's honest. I saw so much of myself in Sophie; she is incredibly easy to connect to. She is unsure of herself and often confused by her feelings; especially when it comes to the class geek, Murphy. Sophie wants to be his friend, but is worried about what everyone else would think. When everyone else leaves for Winter Break, Sophie and Murphy finally have time to form a friendship. They are practically inseparable for those two weeks, but what will happen when Sophie's friends come back? Now, what teenage girl doesn't deal with the frustration of peer pressure?
I connected with and loved this book at 13, and now at 20 I still find myself in awe of it. The poetry is understated, raw and emotional. There are so many beautiful examples; but my favorite is Heading Home.
HEADING HOME Walking with Murphy through the bone-freezing chill towards the bus stop, I start shivering.
And somehow, when he slips his arm around me to warm me up, it feels right.
Righter than anything ever has.
See what I mean? Sones somehow manages to capture the spirit of youth and innocence in her poetry; it just transports you back in time. Sophie's story is exquisitely captured and told and will always have a place in my heart. It's a short book and a quick read, but definitely worth your time. If you haven't read this one yet, you are missing out. ...more
Life As We Knew It was a highly imaginative and intriguing read. From the start, I was fully invested in the story and it's characters. A few chaptersLife As We Knew It was a highly imaginative and intriguing read. From the start, I was fully invested in the story and it's characters. A few chapters into the book, the action really begins - when a huge meteor crashes into our moon. This causes massive changes in the world as we know it, and no one is prepared for the damage it causes. Scientists in the book claim that the meteor was more massive than they anticipated and therefore, no one had the slightest inkling of the problems this would bring. The crash bumped the moon closer to the earth, which in turn altered the gravitational pull of the moon. In short, it causes chaos. The tides alter, the weather changes - entire cities, entire states and entire countries are simply wiped out. Those that survive are forced to deal with life threatening conditions - there is a shortage of food, fuel, heat and electricity.
This book attacks the "end of the world" plotline with a refreshing, brutal honesty. Reading this book reminded me of watching a car crash - you know it is going to make you feel terrible, but you watch it just the same. As the book progresses, conditions continue to get worse and worse. However, Miranda's family is strong and they handle the challenges with as much grace as they can muster. This book is certainly not sugarcoated - the characters are perfectly aware that they may not survive; it is really a chilling account of survival.
One of the things that really drew me into the book was that it seemed somewhat plausible. Often with these types of books, I find lots of holes within the plotlines. While Life As We Knew It was certainly far fetched, I found myself believing that it could actually happen. In fact, it could happen to us.
I also found the characters and their actions extremely reasonable and believable considering their conditions. Every single one of the characters had a breakdown moment - I imagine I would have several. You have to understand, this family is living in extremely harsh conditions and for the majority of the book, they are confined to extremely close quarters. They are terrified for their lives and that, understandably, puts them under a great deal of stress.They often butt heads and argue - but they learn to rely on one another and really appreciate one another.
Not only is the plot fabulous, but there is also a great deal of character growth. This is especially evident with Miranda and her little brother, Jon. Both children are forced to grow up rather quickly and they handle things to the best of their ability.
Honestly, I found this novel completely captivating. It is certainly a book that stays with you and makes you contemplate your life. You can't help but identify with the characters - you want them all to survive. I got teary eyed a few different times; it certainly tugs on your heartstrings. Life As We Knew It is a beautifully written book that pulls you in and never really lets you go. It was easily one of the best books I have read this year!...more
Working For The Devil by Lilith Saintcrow began with a bang, but ended with a pop. The first half of the book was intriguing and exciting, but by theWorking For The Devil by Lilith Saintcrow began with a bang, but ended with a pop. The first half of the book was intriguing and exciting, but by the time I got to the end of the book, I was getting a bit bored with it.
There are elements of the story that Saintcrow executes wonderfully – like the transition between chapters. Forgive me, I don’t know the technical term for the last sentence of a chapter, but I do know this – every single last sentence in this book is phenomenal. They are witty, sarcastic, intriguing and mysterious. In a nutshell, they really make you want to keep reading.
Now my favorite element of the storyline was the relationship between Dante (Danny) and the demon, Japhrimel. When the book begins they are weary of each other and Danny tries to keep him at an arms length. Inevitably, as the book progresses, their barriers begin to come down and they begin to care about and rely on each other.
Even though I enjoyed the unfolding of the Danny/Jaf relationship, I have to be honest in saying that I really wasn’t that big a fan of our leading lady. She is quick to anger, judgmental, unforgiving and in some cases just downright mean – even to those she supposedly cares about. I am not saying that I don’t like tough heroines, because I do. Danny just needs to have a better balance, you can’t be all sour, you need to mix a little sweet in sometimes too.
Now as I said before, about half way through I began to get bored with the book. There is a lot of world building in this series opener and unfortunately it bogs down the story. Saintcrow’s subtle writing style also contributed to this; when there is a great deal of information being thrown at the reader, you need to pick it up with plotline and vibrant descriptions and wording. But with Saintcrow, at least in this particular book, she opts for subtlety instead. And that works when the pacing is spot on, but when it drags, the writing style just contributes to the downfall.
Working For the Devil had a very interesting and well-developed storyline. There were parts of it that I loved, but there were also parts of it that I wasn’t so crazy about. I guess you could say that it is a book I half-loved. I loved the beginning, but not the end. I loved the tone, but not the pacing. I loved the main relationship, but not the heroine. I am honestly not sure if I am going to continue this series, or just pester someone who has already read it for the overall outcome of the storyline. ...more