My actual rating for this book is 3.5, more than a 3, not quite a 4 for me. Sometimes I don't like the rating system on here because some books are di...moreMy actual rating for this book is 3.5, more than a 3, not quite a 4 for me. Sometimes I don't like the rating system on here because some books are difficult to rate. Like this one. I did like it though and this is the first Maggie Stiefvater book I've read and agree with others that she's a decent writer (I'm hoping to read Shiver in due time ^.^) I liked the story, I liked most of the characters and I loved the faerie lore. The love story part was ok too, though I thought Deirdre was a bit immature sometimes. I get that she's a teenager and all but ya know, it would be awesome to read about a teen character who was sensible, respected their parents, and didn't fall in love so easy <_< Anyway, something else that bothered me was all the family conflict. I just didn't get it. Deirdre's mom and aunt were always fighting with each other and it got to be rather trivial and annoying. And I didn't understand that whole part about the connection between her aunt and the faeries. Come to think of it, there were a few things that weren't explained that well. I'm one of those readers that needs a lot of detail. I like to be able to picture exactly what's going on and for it all to fit nicely together and unfortunately there were some definite rough patches in this book for me. At first I didn't really like Luke's character, he came off as arrogant and creepy to me. But after learning his back story I came to like him, a lot. I hope he's in the second book >_< James was cool, I liked his attitude and thought he was sweet with Deirdre. Of course the faeries were great too. And I loved what they did at the end, it was shocking but kinda funny. (less)
So funny yet such a tragic story at the same time. There's lots illustrations throughout which is always fun and adds to the hilarity. Sadly, I think...moreSo funny yet such a tragic story at the same time. There's lots illustrations throughout which is always fun and adds to the hilarity. Sadly, I think this is the only novel I've read about Native Americans but it's pretty insightful about life on the "rez". Actually, it's insightful about people in general. Junior, our narrator, is caught between his Native background and life outside the reservation. I think Sherman Alexie does a grand job interweaving the two worlds while retaining their distinct cultures. I did have some issues with the book but overall I recommend it.
Finally finished the Hunger Games trilogy! I devoured the first two books but Mockinjay took me longer to get through. I don't know if it was from rea...moreFinally finished the Hunger Games trilogy! I devoured the first two books but Mockinjay took me longer to get through. I don't know if it was from reading in the middle of the night or what but there were quite a few parts that were hard to get through, mostly during all the mission stuff, yea I just couldn't picture a lot of what was going on. A lot of things happen in a short amount of time and not enough detail to explain. This book, like many ending books in a series, felt rushed. Giving it four stars, however, I did enjoy it and overall I'm satisfied with the way it ended.(less)
I'm not a huge fan of contempory fiction but I requested this book at the library I work at because it's a 2010 ALA pick for young adult readers and b...moreI'm not a huge fan of contempory fiction but I requested this book at the library I work at because it's a 2010 ALA pick for young adult readers and because I thought the synopsis was interesting. Needless to say, I ended up really really liking this book. It was unlike any other Christian themed book I've ever read in that the writing wasn't churchy or preachy and the characters and their situations were so real. Going to church all my life I've learned there are certain things that people don't like to talk about. I think as Christians it's hard for us to be honest with other Christians about these things because we're afraid of what they'll think. This book does an excellent job exploring that very issue. Also, sometimes with Christian fiction I find the characters to be petty and overly sappy, which makes me care that much less about what's going on with them. The main character Samara, however, is not like that at all, despite the truly difficult things going on in her life. As the reader, I could easily see myself in her shoes and feel what she felt. Overall Once Was Lost was a quick but insightful read and I would highly recommend this book to all readers, believers and unbelievers alike. (less)
Normally it takes me awhile to get through a non-fiction book but this read was a breeze to finish. I really liked the spacing and how each chapter ha...moreNormally it takes me awhile to get through a non-fiction book but this read was a breeze to finish. I really liked the spacing and how each chapter had multiple sections. Oh yea and it's hilarious! I was laughing out loud from what Laura had to say about modern American culture. Stuff that you see all the time but don't really think about. Now I did think she was a bit too harsh about some things but overall a great read.(less)
This book was my friend's choice for our little book club to read. I had never heard of it or the author so I didn't know what to expect. I loved the...moreThis book was my friend's choice for our little book club to read. I had never heard of it or the author so I didn't know what to expect. I loved the idea of writing an entire novel based on the song "Scarborough Fair". I used to sing Sarah Brightman's version all the time and loved the song but never really took the time to try and understand the lyrics that much. I just thought it was fun to sing, beautiful yet haunting, and this book portrays just that.
I loved the main character. Lucy is young yet strong, practical, and not afraid to be unique. I loved the plot. The story is very realistic, yet not. I thought it was the perfect blend of reality and fantasy. And I loved loved loved the love story lol. I'm suuuper picky when it comes to romance in movies and books. Most of the romance stories out there just aren't believable to me. Lucy and Zach's relationship however, made perfect sense. None of this "love at first sight" craziness that for some unknown reason to me has become popular today, especially in young adult literature.
In the end, I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars. I thought the author did a fantastic job with the story but there were times when it was a bit too girly for my taste, not that there's anything wrong with that of course, just a personal preference. But again, I did think it was very good and also very down-to-earth. I defintely recommend it.
Just finished Catching Fire...amazing. The first book was an adrenaline rush and the story hasn't slowed down one bit. I'm not going to say too much a...moreJust finished Catching Fire...amazing. The first book was an adrenaline rush and the story hasn't slowed down one bit. I'm not going to say too much about this one but will elaborate more on my opinon of the series as a whole after I finish Mockingjay. (less)