*claps loudly and with much enthusiasm* I’m giving a round of applause (I really did clap my hands) to Leigh Bardugo for writing a wonderful fantasy book that had me devouring it in a 24-hour period! I just couldn’t seem to stop reading it! Shadow and Bone should be added to every fantasy lovers must read list!
Alina is a character who I love because she does show emotion. Some protagonists I wish would just break down and cry at times because I know I would in that situation, but sometimes they never do. She isn’t this strong character at first who can conquer anything. She’s unsure of herself at first, but she slowly starts coming into her own and sees what she’s truly capable of.
There is a bit of romance in Shadow and Bone that I think the reader needs to see for themselves. I won’t talk at all about it because if I say anything, I will probably give everything away.
The world Leigh Bardugo built in Shadow and Bone was…PERFECT! Have you ever read a book and you can picture every detail on those pages just like you were watching a movie?! I can’t name one off the top of my head other than Shadow and Bone. I felt like I was watching a great fantasy story in movie form. That’s how perfectly detailed this story was. Just because I say it was detailed doesn’t mean it was overly so either. Leigh used the right amount of words to show us how this world Alina lives in works.
The pace was just right as well. At the best moments, we would get a new bit of information or a new twist in the story that had me reading faster and faster!
I’m not sure whatsoever where Leigh is going to take the story after the ending of Shadow and Bone, but I do know I want more of this world! I’ve been searching everywhere for more information on the second book in The Grisha Trilogy…but nothing. I guess there are downfalls to reading Shadow and Bone months in advance of it’s release. ...more
Courtney is known for her three other young adult contemporary novels. I completely enjoyed reading Fall for Anything and Some Girls Are. When I heardCourtney is known for her three other young adult contemporary novels. I completely enjoyed reading Fall for Anything and Some Girls Are. When I heard she’d written a ZOMBIE book, I was like “OMG! I have to read it because it’s Courtney Summers and I HAVE to see how she’s going to pull this off!” So…did she pull it off? She. So. Did.
I was hoping This Is Not a Test would have a similar feel to it as her other novels, even though it is about zombies, and it does. From the first few pages, I can tell she added a bit of a contemporary flare to it. Our protagonist Sloane, doesn’t want to survive the zombie apocalypse and she brings her troubles from her home life with her on her journey of…survival? It wasn’t really her journey, but the journey of other’s around her. Sloane had me hurting inside my heart for her. I could feel her pain and I would flinch right along with her (I just flinched typing that sentence, seriously). I felt many different emotions at once while reading.
It’s a zombie book, so I should probably talk about zombies. For this being a book about a zombie apocalypse, we don’t see that many zombies in this book…I loved it this way! I’m not a fan of horror or zombies, at least in movies. I know, you’re probably wondering why I would read a zombie book then…good question! I was thinking who the author was and was hoping for a book with not lots of gore and horribly scary things…I got this. We only get a few scenes that have zombies in them. The scenes we do get with zombies had me scared when I went outside at nighttime right after finishing this.
I’ve read another young adult book regarding survival that involved a group of kids being stuck inside a high school…it was rather boring. This story set in a high school wasn’t boring, the plot moves along well. Even inside the school, with little to no zombie action, my heart was racing and I had to keep reading on. My blood was pumping through my veins incredibly fast after this book was over. I wouldn’t call this book scary per se, because ya’ll might know I can’t handle scary, but I did get the chills now and again. Obviously I didn’t stop reading, so I could handle it. I’m pretty proud of myself. I also think others who don’t think they can handle zombie books should give this book a shot…seriously, I’m a total scaredy cat and I’m happy I read it.
I read This Is Not a Test over the course of 12 hours while having to constantly set it down to deal with real life things. I was upset when I had to stop reading it (stupid real life). I love standalones and I gripe about every young adult book being turned into a series, but I’ll be honest, I want to know MORE! I might never get it and that’s okay....more
Did you start out writing The Fault in Our Stars hoping to break every reader’s heart into tiny-tiny miniscule pieces? I guess it doesDear John Green,
Did you start out writing The Fault in Our Stars hoping to break every reader’s heart into tiny-tiny miniscule pieces? I guess it doesn’t really matter, but you succeeded John. At least for me and I’m guessing anyone else who picks up your book, they will be emotionally crushed when they close TFiOS after reading the last page.
John, fellow Hoosier, I enjoyed an Indiana setting. Even though I live in a part of the state that some people may feel is more a part of Chicago, Illinois than Indiana, I still enjoyed a story written set in my home state.
Thank you John, for including those couple of charts/diagrams in TFiOS. In many ways, I think your readers expect to have those or footnotes in your stories. Honestly, I almost wish you would have included more of them…just because you can.
John, you are probably the most quotable author I’ve read. You’ve probably been told that on numerous occasions, but I figured I would stroke your ego a bit and tell you once again. I won’t be sharing my favorites with you today, because I think people need to read your quotes while reading your books, not beforehand.
John, I think I love Augustus Waters more than I love Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I always knew Tiny was a character I will never be able to forget, but I just added another character to that list. You made such memorable characters in Hazel and Augustus and I thank you for that. You made me wish I was more like them when I was their age, besides the having cancer of course. I enjoyed the witty banter between the two of them, it made me smile while other parts of the book left me in tears.
John, thank you for signing the first printing of The Fault in Our Stars. You are the man! Just a tip: Maybe next time, include a travel size package of tissues. They are a necessity.
After you finished writing TFiOS, did you know it was the best novel you’ve ever written? In my non-expert opinion, it is the best book I’ve read of yours. I guess I should be honest and say I haven’t read Paper Towns yet, and word on the street is that’s your best book to some. I hope you win some big kick-ass awards for this book. If you don’t, I will be completely ticked-off.
John, your book has made a lasting impression on me. I’m sitting her writing you this letter feeling emotionally drained and replaying your words again and again through my mind. I will not soon forget what was written in The Fault in Our Stars.
I am in LOVE! Seriously! I feel like I am in love! I went to bed thinking about Pandemonium and I woke up thinking about it as well! I can’t seem to gI am in LOVE! Seriously! I feel like I am in love! I went to bed thinking about Pandemonium and I woke up thinking about it as well! I can’t seem to get it off my mind! I know I love a book once I’m done with it when I replay scenes over and over again in my mind!
We all know, well at least those of us who read Delirium, how it ended. That ending broke thousands of hearts. I was kind of shattered. In Pandemonium, we see Lena’s struggles in the Wilds and see how she moves past the tragedy that is Alex. I had my heart shattered all over again within the first few pages. The hurt and grief for Lena is still very, very knew at that point, so I was tearing up and aching for her at the same moments.
Pandemonium is told in alternating then and now chapters…it’s done VERY well. It didn’t bother me one bit. I found myself at the beginning of the book, reading the NOW chapters fast because I really wanted to read the THEN chapters. As the story went on, I found myself reading the THEN chapters fast because all of the really good stuff was in the NOW chapters. I’m surprised I enjoyed the chapters like this.
I only read one review of this book before I read it. I kind of wanted to go into this book without having read too many reviews. This one reviewer stated that she couldn’t believe she was able to fall in love with another boy after Alex. I can’t believe I was able to as well. Just WOW.
The last 80 pages for me were difficult to read. Not because I thought the story was bad, but because I didn’t want the book to end and I was totally afraid of what was going to happen. I will admit. I guessed the ending of this book…well one part at least. Did I find the ending predictable? Yes, obviously. I still couldn’t believe it happened after it happened though. Even though I just KNEW it was coming I still was shocked and thrown off guard. I NEED to get my hands on Requiem as soon as I am able to! I’m already jonsen for more of this beautiful world and the characters Lauren Oliver has created!...more