June 3, 2013: Read this again ... still adore it!!
May 26, 2012: And I thought that 50 Shades of Grey was controversial! This book is right up there w...moreJune 3, 2013: Read this again ... still adore it!!
May 26, 2012: And I thought that 50 Shades of Grey was controversial! This book is right up there with it, but just for other reasons.
Biggest reason? Because the author's editor called a reviewer a bitch. Is that right? Hell no. And the author and editor conspiring to "like" all of the reviews that gave the book 5 stars ... moral? Again, hell no. But here's my thing. I'm not going to hate a book just because the author or their editor or their dodgy neighbor down the street is rude to someone. I'm here to rate books, not become some kind of Book God that can thrust an entertaining book into a shame-filled book hell just because the people who are responsible for it have no manners.
Another reason it's so controversial is because of how similar it is to Hunger Games. And it's pretty similar - they are both in post-apocalyptic settings, there's a love triangle, there is a male stylist, a competition that parents thrust their children into, parents benefiting from their child being used in the contest, extravagant food and an annoying woman that is the girls'"handler". There's even a place where this is said, " ... we want to make them really pull for you. And that won't happen unless they can get to know you". Sounds a lot like what Katniss was told when she was getting ready for the games and was learning about sponsors.
All of that aside - and that may be too much for some perspective readers - it's a really cute book. The characters are lovable and the book is pretty well written. I mean, it's no Grapes of Wrath or Sense and Sensibility, but it's cute and entertaining. I really liked how the story progressed - no parts were lagging or boring or lacking, for that matter.
I don't think that the book deserves the flack that it's been given. You have to think, this is a book for young adults. Will they like it? Absolutely. I can't wait for the rest of the series. In hindsight, I should have waited until all of the series was out before I started on it so that I could read it all in one sitting, but I had to see what all of the fuss was about. Because of that, I'm going to be tortured until the others come out - I can't wait to see what happens next.
I would hate for someone to base whether they get this book on what others are saying. Just grab it, read the back of the book and form your own opinions instead of using someone else's to determine whether you would really like this book. You might be pleasantly surprised because I sure was!
I'll definitely read this again and again. Now hurry up with the rest of series!(less)
Even as I type this, I'm deciding what rating I will give this book. I can't even remember how man...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Even as I type this, I'm deciding what rating I will give this book. I can't even remember how many times I've rewritten this review ... twenty or thirty times? ... maybe more. My feelings are just so conflicted. Man. First of all, I have so many books piled up to read that by looking at them, I don't know what they are all about. When that one lucky book gets chosen for reading, I don't read the blurb on the back of the book. If I thought it was good enough to read before, reading the back of the book before I dive in isn't going to change anything ... so why spoil any surprises?!?
I really didn't have any clue as to what was going to be within the pages of this one. It doesn't help that from the first page, you're thrown into Kacey and Livie's lives like you've been there the whole time. I was confused at first, a confusion that won't happen if you're smarter than me and read the back of the book. That beginning confusion lasted only a few short pages but then a real and gritty confusion lasts for a while but it's not for the book ... it's for the characters. K.A. Tucker really took me for a ride. I became totally immersed in the characters. Anytime the story was focused on Kacey, I WAS Kacey and the same goes with Livie and all of the other characters. It was really the weirdest damn thing that I've ever encountered while reading. I was just invested so fast that it was confusing and quite startling, to be honest.
This novel is one of those that really pulls you down with it. Now don't take that in a bad way. Authors want you to feel. I think they all strive for you to become one with their book like they have. They want you to be tugged with the ebb and flow of emotions and/or actions within the walls of the world that they have created. And I totally did ... I was feeling depressed when the characters were depressed. I was happy when they were and I was totally prepared to hold this one dude down when Kacey wanted to light his junk on fire. I told you, I was invested.
The beginning of the story, as heartbreaking as it was, was actually a lot easier for me to read than the last 1/5 of the book. Dude, that last quarter damn near broke me down and I'm not a crier!! It was so hard to feel a wonderfully written character break down ... to watch them get to the worst possible version of themselves and then just become a shell of a person. I held my breath for like 40 pages, just wondering if this character would piece herself back together. It was NOT what I was expecting when I picked up a New Adult novel. Not at all.
But I'm glad that I did. Tucker will definitely be on my list for authors that I keep up with and possibly Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads stalk. This book is an absolute must read. You have to read it. Put down what you're reading now (unless it's Divergent or The Testing - in which case read that quickly and THEN immediately put it down) and pick this book up. You won't be disappointed. Wait a second, yep. Just changed the rating to a 5 star. Now, if you want to be my friend, you have to read it. (less)
As Godd as the First Time is about Julia Kelly and Cortez Wallace. The story line follows their lives...moreI won this book through the First Reads Giveaway!
As Godd as the First Time is about Julia Kelly and Cortez Wallace. The story line follows their lives after Julia runs off one night and then how they reconnect 8 years later.
Good book, pretty steamy and some of the romance scenes are very graphic. All in all, it's the epitome of a romance novel but with substance. I really like the plot and the way the novel is formed, it keeps you interested and wanting more. One I'll definately read again! (less)
This was the most twisted book I've read by Sandra Brown. And I've read a lot of Sandra Brown. This is a Brown MUST READ. I was a little tentative whe...moreThis was the most twisted book I've read by Sandra Brown. And I've read a lot of Sandra Brown. This is a Brown MUST READ. I was a little tentative when I started reading Envy, it starts out completely differently than all of her other books and it has the biggest surprises. I never would have guessed the ending. This is one I'll definately read again - if you're a Sandra Brown fan, you HAVE to read this one!!(less)
When I picked up this book and started reading, my first thought was ... OH MY GOSH, I'M GOING TO HATE THIS!!! Switching between characters every othe...moreWhen I picked up this book and started reading, my first thought was ... OH MY GOSH, I'M GOING TO HATE THIS!!! Switching between characters every other page ... this isn't going to go well. But I really can't imagine reading this book any other way. With the way that Ebner wrote this story, I don't think it would have gone very well by writing it the traditional way. This was written in exactly the form that it needed to be. So don't be discouraged when you see how it switches between characters so many times.
Book of Love is a really amazing story. The character development was amazing, I wasn't left wanting to know anything about any of the characters. Everything was so well thought out and explored, it pulled you in from the very beginning and held you until that last page - which left you wanting more. Immediately! A great book that I'll enjoy reading over and over and I can't wait to get started on the next one! (less)
First thing, if you're thinking about reading this book and you pick it up ... don't give up on it in the beginning!! The world that Condie has create...moreFirst thing, if you're thinking about reading this book and you pick it up ... don't give up on it in the beginning!! The world that Condie has created in Matched is so weird and foreign that it is a little confusing when you first start out. I won't lie, I almost stopped reading. But I pushed through because I had heard so many great reviews about it and I'm glad that I did keep reading.
There were some spots in the book where it jumped around a bit ... I believe it was Chapter 24 or 25 but other than that, the story flowed very well. I liked Condie's writing style and all of the characters were very well developed with the exception of one. Cassia's best friend ... I wanted more out of her throughout the whole book and unfortunately didn't get it.
Condie writes an amazing ending - even though it's very frustrating because I want to know what happens. I'll definitely read the next book. (less)