I'm not quite sure I'm rating this so high. I keep feeling that Nora Roberts is losing her touch, which I've been writing in these reviews of mine forI'm not quite sure I'm rating this so high. I keep feeling that Nora Roberts is losing her touch, which I've been writing in these reviews of mine for years. The plot is extremely similar to the witch plot of her other trilogy that was released a few years ago. I enjoyed this book, so far, more than the other series. I like the characters a bit more, and I definitely like the setting. I like the tropes of all the different characters having a different power that makes them otherworldly. And of course, the way the book is written is very easy to read and be sucked in to. However, as with every Nora book, it feels like a Nora book. There isn't anything new or fresh to it. The characters feel like every other Nora character. The plot feels like a typical Nora plot. It's a little tedious to read, and I didn't read a lot of chemistry between Sasha and Bran. Now, I will probably continue reading this series because, as with any Nora book, it's very addicting. I don't know why I keep doing this to myself....more
Not convinced are you? DON'T READ THIS!!!! PLEASE!!!!
Usually when I give one stars, it's because the writFirst things first, JUST DON'T READ THIS!!!!!
Not convinced are you? DON'T READ THIS!!!! PLEASE!!!!
Usually when I give one stars, it's because the writing is atrocious or the characters are stupid and un-relatable or the plot is un-followable. This doesn't really have any of that.
What it did was made me hate Jake.
So assuming you have read Monument 14, I'm going to spoil that. You've been warned.
As Jake was in that book, I liked him. Despite his flaws, I enjoyed him as a character, because he felt real. I don't know much about popular high school jocks, but the fact that he named his girlfriend's breasts after Disney Princesses and spent most of his time getting high felt like something that real high schoolers would do. He seemed like a nice enough guy, if not a bit stupid and annoying. I certainly liked him more than his buddy and Dean (at times). I even bought the fact that he left the other kids to fend for themselves.
But in this book! UGH! Perv alert. I did not expect to get such insight to teenage sex. I never wanted to read such. It's gross. There is some of that in Monument 14, and I hated it then too. But this! The girl's underage, and he is paying her with chocolate. Ugh. It just really makes me sick.
PLEASE JUST SAVE YOURSELVES AND DON'T READ THIS!!!!...more
Very nice historical fiction book for kids. I was rather impressed by the discriptive language. The author really paints a picture with her words to aVery nice historical fiction book for kids. I was rather impressed by the discriptive language. The author really paints a picture with her words to actually see what is going on. I enjoyed Thomas and Birdie.
I don't really have anything negative to say. It's short, simple, and easy for me to read to my students. They seem to get a kick out of it....more
I watched the entirety of the anime show last year and positively adored it. I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This manga was just asI watched the entirety of the anime show last year and positively adored it. I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This manga was just as funny as the show. The only thing that bothered me was the little author's notes in the middle of the story. It disrupted my flow. Anyway, this is a VERY funny and entertaining story. I wish I could read them all. Between this and Fairy Tail, I'm going to bankrupt myself, my e-book and my closet space!...more
So, I have recently started reading 3 new or new to me Nora Roberts book within this year. So far, this is the only one I've finished. I really likedSo, I have recently started reading 3 new or new to me Nora Roberts book within this year. So far, this is the only one I've finished. I really liked the premise and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Thus I finished it within a week. This is the complete opposite of The Liar, which I still haven't been able to force myself to pick back up.
For me, this one was a page turner. The excitement didn't pick back up until 2/3rd of the way through, but I felt invested in the characters. I loved Naomi, and wanted her and Xander's relationship to succeed. I liked how they fell in love with one another, and I ADORED Tag. I also really enjoyed Naomi's family, and wish they had been in the book more. Not to say this book didn't have it's faults. As mentioned above, you don't really have much action/suspense till near the end. Also, this was the first time I called the killer in a while (Yay me). I take this as both a good thing and a bad thing. I didn't like Naomi's confrontation with him at the end, either times. They felt rushed and anti-climatic.
The other main problem I have with this book is the over-used Nora-isms, as I will call them to myself from now on. A Nora-ism is a plot point, character, or word phrase that Nora has used in previous books. I will now list them here. You can see the book it comes from, but not what happens. Don't click the spoiler tag unless you've read both books.
I'm sure there are more. These are just the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. This is a problem for those of us who have read many Nora Roberts books. It's getting hard to read the same things over and over. It's boring. I love her style of writing, but I want her to come up with some new ideas.
Anyway, it's definitely worth a read. It was much better than her last book in my opinion.
For a YA book about the end of the known world, this was pretty decent. It was one of the few books to catch my attention in my recent bookstore expedFor a YA book about the end of the known world, this was pretty decent. It was one of the few books to catch my attention in my recent bookstore expedition, and I finished it in one day. Went out and bought the other two books immediately. I don't have a lot of time to read anymore now that I'm an adult, and this one was a nice change in pace to what I usually read.
So, to the nitty-gritty. One of the things I love about this book is the premise. The world is ending through a string of natural disasters, such as gigantic hail, devastating waves, and volcanoes. Add the radiation factory down the road that releases a bunch of toxins in the air. It only takes place a few years into the future, so the world building felt unique but also plausible. The Internet (Network) goes down. (Cue horror music) NOT THE INTERNET! I bunch of kids get stuck in a giant Target and then have to survive.
What I most enjoyed about this book was the fact that there was no romance. At least not with the main character. There are romantic subplots, like who likes who, and there is a LOT of that. However, it felt different. We have to listen to Dean's unrequited love, which you don't get often in a YA book. It felt more real to me in any case, because I have experienced a lot of that.
Anyway, thinking back on it, the book was a little slow, and the characters could've been more developed. I didn't had problems distinguishing them, but I read it all in one day so I couldn't forget anyone. I'm definitely reading the others and I'm just enjoying them for what they are. Don't expect prize winning material, but it's not a bad way to spend an afternoon....more
THIS COME'S OUT NEXT WEEK! HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS! I WANT TO SCREAM BUT I CAN'T BECAUSE MY STUDENTS ARE WRITING RIGHT NOW!!!!
AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHTHIS COME'S OUT NEXT WEEK! HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS! I WANT TO SCREAM BUT I CAN'T BECAUSE MY STUDENTS ARE WRITING RIGHT NOW!!!!
This was really adorable. It just took me back to the summer between Middle School and High School when I read the first six books like three times each. The Mediator is one of my favorite series, and this mini book was a smart idea. It really got me prepared and excited for the main series novel. I loved the mystery with the ghost, and the proposal was so typical of the characters. Of course, it was also romantic, but not like grand gestures romantic. Romantic in terms of "these characters are so perfect for each other that any proposal is perfect". Anyway, very fun read....more
I've watched the anime, and have fallen in love. The manga was very, very funny. What I liked that was different from the show was the way it showed tI've watched the anime, and have fallen in love. The manga was very, very funny. What I liked that was different from the show was the way it showed that it was night. A little man thing popped up with a crescent moon head. So funny. I really wish I could afford them all!...more