Yes. I just made that declaration. This book was THAT good. I haven't written a review on a book in years, but I coulTHE BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN YEARS.
Yes. I just made that declaration. This book was THAT good. I haven't written a review on a book in years, but I couldn't NOT write one for this book.
It's difficult for me to describe my I loved this book so much without just saying it was bloodydarn brilliant. But I'll attempt to sort it out into more specifics.
Transformation: There are three distinct parts to this book. Being a slave, transforming into a gold, and being a part of the Institute. And they all felt. So. Different. In the most amazing way. I felt the oppression when he was a Red, or basically a slave. The emotion when this event I can't spoil happened was raw and real and I felt dead inside too. And then he starts his physical transformation and I was like WOW. WOW. WOW. This is so bloody cool. This is everything Captain America could have been and failed to achieve. And then there's the time at the Institute when Darrow becomes brilliant and flawed and amazing. Each part was so gripping in its own way.
Characters: Holy crap does Brown know how to write characters. Now, there are a LOT of characters in this book and it is really hard to keep track of them all. But the stars shine brilliantly. Darrow goes through some amazing development and he's a character you want to cheer for. We all want to be Mustang, and we all want Pax on our team. And can I say Servo?! I think this may be my favorite side character EVER. So loyal and smart. He's weird, and slightly demented, and fan.freaking.tastic. I want a Servo.
Normally when I love a book I devour it in two days. You can't do that with this book. Surprisingly, it took me about a week to read this one. Because the way it is written, you have to pay such close attention to each and every word or you will get lost. But I did not mind that it took me extra time to read it. It just gave me more time to experience the awesomeness. Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2) I've never thought to make a top 5 favorite books, but I knew as soon as I read this one, it made that list. I've read a LOT of books, and this is one of my favorites. EVER.
I may die waiting for book two, Golden Son. January 13, 2015 is SO far away. But read RED RISING. Now. ...more
April has some of the most refreshing, original, beautiful prose that I have read in a very long time. This book is equal parts terrible--in all the tApril has some of the most refreshing, original, beautiful prose that I have read in a very long time. This book is equal parts terrible--in all the twisty ways--and breathtaking.
The Good: Chloe is one bubbly, happy, “wears her heart on her sleeve” girl. She has passions in life like fantastic vintage shoes, her family, and evenThe Good: Chloe is one bubbly, happy, “wears her heart on her sleeve” girl. She has passions in life like fantastic vintage shoes, her family, and eventually she learns to love radio. As I got a few chapters into this book I felt a smile spreading on my lips, like “this is going to be good.” It reminded me a bit of those shows like Honey, Radio, Take The Lead, etc, where one person inspires change and saves the program.
The Bad: The main character Chloe was a little hard to fall for at first. She was perhaps a little too bubbly and air-headish for me at first but you quickly grow to love her. I would have liked to have felt a little stronger connection to the love interest Duncan, but he was still a very sweet guy.
The Gist: Welcome Caller, This is Chloe is a fun, fast read. Don’t expect anything too deep, just sit back and enjoy some light entertainment....more
It’s not very often that I read a book that isn’t YA. It’s even more infrequent that I read a book that wasn’t written in the last 2 years. I Am LegenIt’s not very often that I read a book that isn’t YA. It’s even more infrequent that I read a book that wasn’t written in the last 2 years. I Am Legend was first published in 1954… So why did I pick it up? Well, mostly because I really liked the movie, and that’s mostly because Will Smith is one of my favorite actors, if not my favorite. I Am Legend was certainly an interesting read. Matheson did an amazing job of getting the reader to feel the emotions the main character is reading, loneliness, craziness, despair, determination. The author has a fantastic understanding of basic human nature. I’d heard the book was quite a bit different than the movie, but I wasn’t prepared for HOW different it would be! Aside from the main character being on his own most of the time, nothing was the same. I was really surprised when I realized the book was about vampires, not zombie like creepy creatures! Don’t even compare the two, just let them be their own separate awesome. For a book that is almost 60 years old, there really wasn’t a whole lot that made it feel old. Except for one word that was used… which starts with a “N” (I won’t say more than that, it was offensive)… I wouldn’t have guessed it was written so long ago. Highly recommend if you want something with a MC who isn’t a teenager, but something still with paranormal elements. 4 out of 5 stars! ...more
I really don’t know if there are words to describe how I feel about this book.
This book… This book…
Left me breathless.
I really had to ponder if I wasI really don’t know if there are words to describe how I feel about this book.
This book… This book…
Left me breathless.
I really had to ponder if I was reading about fictional characters or if I had really somehow ended up inside the head of a cancer infected teenage girl, in love with a cancer infected teenage boy. I really don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that had better “voice” to it. It was honest, brutal, and real.
I really don’t think there is any more I can say about it. I will not be surprised if this is my favorite book of 2012, an we’re only in February. I wasn’t planning on picking up this book, I’m VERY picky about what contemporary YA I read, but when I saw what good reviews it’s gotten I couldn’t help it. This is one of those books that really does live up to its hype.
I'm not totally sure how to word this review. I really, really wanted to love Legend. I really did. It got a lot of hype, I've seen great reviews on iI'm not totally sure how to word this review. I really, really wanted to love Legend. I really did. It got a lot of hype, I've seen great reviews on it, and it's selling really well.
But, I just didn't... love it.
I think my main problem was that there was almost too much detail and not enough at the same time. I felt like about a quarter of the detail there was in the book could have been left out, and then from there the book needed to be about twice as long as it was. I never felt like I fully understood the world of Legend, and I never really loved the characters that much. I hate to say it, but I think Legend is a book that I won't remember much about 6 months from now.
Man, I feel terrible writing this review...
I will say that I will read the next book. I do think it may be better, with more world building and more development behind the characters. 3.5 out of 5 stars....more