Publishers Weekly When 17-year-old Mara wakes from a coma, she learns she was in an accident; her best friend, boyfriend, and his sister were all kille...morePublishers Weekly When 17-year-old Mara wakes from a coma, she learns she was in an accident; her best friend, boyfriend, and his sister were all killed when an abandoned asylum collapsed on them. But Mara has no memory of why she was there. Hoping to escape her hallucinations and nightmares, she moves with her family from Rhode Island to Florida, and on the first day of school meets a handsome boy "miling at me like he knew me." Even as Mara's romance with Noah starts to simmer, her stress boils over, especially when her fantasies about bad people dying start coming true and she starts remembering the fateful night. There are plenty of haunting, cinematic images to capture readers' attention, but first-time author Hodkin has packed too much into this mystery, including a murder trial in the background and Noah's own secrets. Readers may enjoy drawing their own conclusions about what is real, but they will have a hard time tracking all the possibilities. And after so much windup, they will certainly feel let down by the scripted conclusion. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
18.10.14: ========= Well a book that I read in two sitting. I absolutely loved the book and I Started the second. It's the kind of books that grips you tight from page one and still has a hold of you long after you've read the last sentence on the last page. I found it absolutely captivating, riveting, smart, highly original, and brilliantly written and developed. The paranormal part is always apparent, and it has a nice, big mystery and paranoia and psychological edge to it that I wasn’t expecting. By the end of the book, there are still a lot of questions to be answered. Michelle Hodkin's writing was fantastic. The book flowed and the plot was great; characters were well developed and showed what she is capable of. I found I kept turning the pages and I always wanted to know what happened on that next page. She left you questioning, but provided just enough of an answer to make you keep going. Great Style, Great Twist at the end. As a bibliophile I loved Noah's room description, I liked how Mara takes a couple of books and ask for the synopsis fro Noah. Thanks Michelle Hodkin for a fantastic time with this book.(less)
The main character, Ed Kenedy is borring character, becaude Mrkus Zusak wanted us to understand that he lieves a borring life doing the same things ev...moreThe main character, Ed Kenedy is borring character, becaude Mrkus Zusak wanted us to understand that he lieves a borring life doing the same things everyday. Ed's life has nothing excited and the intersting parts are the missions, the messeges he has to deliver. The missions of the cards that are delivered to Ed end shake him out of his borring life. There were mission I liked and there were missions that I didn't like, because of the violance that they had. The foulr stars that I gave lthis book is because if it's ending. The ending was human for me, how Ed opens the minds of his closest friends and how they have to be happy with the choises that they take. The main point of this book and what the author wanted to give to his readers (in my opinion) is that each and evryone lof us can make a difference in other people's lives by doing small things, but for the reciever is the whole world. I liked that many subjectsand themes were found in between the lines. For me the messege of this book is a little bit Aristotelean, everybody has a purpose in this world, only here in this book sometimes you need someone or something to show you your purpose. (less)
It is hilarious, touching and very pleasing to read. It is a book that when you read' it takes your mind off any preassure. I realy like it. Lara (mod...moreIt is hilarious, touching and very pleasing to read. It is a book that when you read' it takes your mind off any preassure. I realy like it. Lara (modern-day girl) and Sadie ('20s ghost) had the alteractions one might expect of such a clash of generetions and um, state of alive-ness. The discord with styles of music, slang, etc. Yet, somewhere along the way, this transforms into a beautiiful relationship, a true friendship. Sadie and Lara deserve one another, both for their bad qualities and their good ones. They help bring out the best in each other. The tale left me wishing I could have got glimpses into the lifes of my departed grandparents when they were in their '20s. "Twenties Girl" does have the trademark Kinsella humo, bit it really touches the heartstring too. We are all wishing for our own magicall moments sometimes. Moments that would make you appreciate your life and start to embelish it with meaningful goals. (less)
The story and its development was done amazingly. The story gets better and better the further you read.Sarah J. Maas writes a story full of action,...more The story and its development was done amazingly. The story gets better and better the further you read.Sarah J. Maas writes a story full of action, adventure and mystery yet with all that, there is still time for a lot of romance. Celaena is a strong-willed female protagonist for the modern world. She's immensely complex from the start; alternating between a young woman who can easily find 6 ways to kill you before you even take a breath, to a slave yearning for freedom, to a girl still mourning the loss of everyone she's ever held dear, to a flirt, to a friend, to an athlete and warrior. In almost anyone else's hands, all these characteristics could read as inconsistent, but Maas has spent so much time fleshing out everything about Celaena, that all of her personalities, fears, dreams, and wants all flow seamlessly together to form a complex human just trying to survive and do the best she can with the tools she's given. Even in a world of pure fantasy, everything is authentic. There's mystery and a romance that not only has you rooting for everyone involved, but again, feels genuine to the characters involved. The other thing that I loved about this book is the budding triangle. I enjoy it this time is that I felt the strongest point of the book was the characters and their development. None were flat or too predictable. They had distinct personalities and all pretty likable. And importantly....their actions and reactions make sense and don't feel forced.(less)
It is a funny book with an intresting theme. It is a high-school drama filled book that I can read and enjoy without the need to use my brain a whole...moreIt is a funny book with an intresting theme. It is a high-school drama filled book that I can read and enjoy without the need to use my brain a whole lot. It is relatively straight forward plot with plenty of humor and cool gadgets as it is a spy boarding school. This book looks after themselves, not something you see in YA litrature. I might continue with this series if I feel a light YA reading with some action. I borrowed the book from the library and I think I saw the second one there and I can borrow it.(less)
When I started reading this book I thought to myself have I read this book before? Is it similar to something that I read before? It has something sim...moreWhen I started reading this book I thought to myself have I read this book before? Is it similar to something that I read before? It has something similar of "Twilight". I continuedreading it, it has it's similarities but also it's defferences. The imaginery world that the author sets up is quiet interesting as is the ortherworld ellemnts as well. I like the paranomal aspect and the fact that you can't really figure out exactlly what's going on until the end. One more thing that I liked about this book, is that the story is not only about the love story. It is how Ever, the main character, deals with her grief and how she copes with the loss. Right now I don't see myself reading the next one. Maybe in the future as I borrowed the book from the library, and it carries the second of the series I can borrowe it from there. (less)
I cried several times and just fell in love with Mia and all those who surrounded her, "her family". It's a truly touching and a wonderful story. I li...moreI cried several times and just fell in love with Mia and all those who surrounded her, "her family". It's a truly touching and a wonderful story. I liked the way it switched back and forth, it made the pace faster for me, even though Forman moves from repeatedly past to present the story remains fluid and engaging. The depth of the emotions that Mia must navigate through is beautifully written. I really enjoyed the emotional journey through this book and would read others by Gayle Forman. From this book I was taught to not take everything for granted and not be be unhappy when we don't always get everything we want. Interesting how one can "see" family and friends while fighting to stay alive, trying to decide if it would be worth it when you have lost the people who meant the most to you. Amazing how resilient the body is. When it's not time to let go, then somehow the body says "wait". It's said that the hearing is the last of the senses to go, so a message to the family is: "Tell your loved one how much you love them and give the permission they need to "go" or "stay".(less)
For me it is a 4.5 stars and not a four star book.
Very good, well written and descriptive, complex plot. Sometimes the pace was a bit slow, but still...moreFor me it is a 4.5 stars and not a four star book.
Very good, well written and descriptive, complex plot. Sometimes the pace was a bit slow, but still thoroughly entertaining and a great start to a new detective series with great characters. I look forward to many more Cormoran Strike adventures, he was somewhat like a procedural, and I enjoy walking through the clues with the detective and gathering the evidence. The characters are engaging and I was pleased to have the story line remain a mystery until the end. The mystery has a lot of twists and turns that keep you interested. (less)