This book is stunning. I had my reservations about it, but really it is achingly beautiful at times. I haven't read a book in a day for a long time. I...moreThis book is stunning. I had my reservations about it, but really it is achingly beautiful at times. I haven't read a book in a day for a long time. I just couldn't put it down. (less)
Finally done! Woohoo! This was an amazing book. It took me a while though because I'd seen the film first and knew what was going to happen. There wer...moreFinally done! Woohoo! This was an amazing book. It took me a while though because I'd seen the film first and knew what was going to happen. There were enough differences though between book and film to keep me interested. And of course the ideas and themes running throughout are very thought inspiring. (less)
This is probably the first book that has actually made me laugh out loud numerous times. It's also my first experience of autobiographical writing. An...moreThis is probably the first book that has actually made me laugh out loud numerous times. It's also my first experience of autobiographical writing. And I love her. (less)
I loved this. So much more than just a cookery book. It's full of warmth, heart and imbues the reader with a self-confidence I've never experienced ju...moreI loved this. So much more than just a cookery book. It's full of warmth, heart and imbues the reader with a self-confidence I've never experienced just simply by reading before. Well done, Miss Dahl.(less)
This is one of the rare instances where I saw the film before I read the book. And you're probably thinking: "ooh the film must be terrible in compari...moreThis is one of the rare instances where I saw the film before I read the book. And you're probably thinking: "ooh the film must be terrible in comparison." Well, if you are, you're wrong. I loved the film, and I loved this book even more. The best thing I find about a film is that it gives you images. You can visualise the characters, the settings, the situations. They both compliment each other excellently. But the book IS better. Obviously.
Now, I haven't read any of his other work (yet) but just from One Day I can tell that David Nicholls is going to be one of my favourite authors. Or is one of my favourite authors. I've never laughed at a book like I have One Day. I've never felt such emotion. It's like a roller coaster ride of happiness, sadness, frustration, humour, and more.
The best way I can describe this book is that it's an observation. Okay, that's probably not the "best" way, but I like it. Nicholls has managed to capture the lives of two people perfectly. It's so real. He writes with such conviction, such wit, that you can't help but feel that you're best friends with Emma and Dexter yourself.
Emma. She's a beauty isn't she? One of the best creations I've ever read. My favourite of the two main characters. She's the one who gets the funny lines, the sarcastic outlook. The caring, mature character. She's simply brilliant. I love that she isn't perfect, yet is SO perfect at the same time. Nicholls frustrated me, however, when he wrote that (spoiler...ish) heartbreaking scene towards the end. I just felt that it was sadness for sadness' sake. But maybe he wanted to write about the real human effects of how someone would react. After all, it is an observation.
Dexter. He's a douche isn't he? A loveable douche though. There's such exponential character development here that I feel he's real, like I actually feel he's a real person. You can't help but like him, even in his most depressing moments, the moments that make you think "what ARE you doing?". He's an excellent counterbalance of youthful energy that contrasts with Emma's character perfectly.
I really thought this book wouldn't be for me. But, I'm so glad I read it. It's one of those books that'll change your opinion on things, on life. It'll get you thinking. You'll want to live each day as it comes. You wont want to waste a second.
I implore you to go out and read this. It's brilliant. 6/5 (is that allowed? Eh, why not?) (less)
Okay, okay. Where the hell do I start? I picked this book up on a whim. I saw the cover, thought it looked interesting, and Michael Grant, the God of...more Okay, okay. Where the hell do I start? I picked this book up on a whim. I saw the cover, thought it looked interesting, and Michael Grant, the God of all writing, had a quote on the front cover, I just had to get it. And wow. I'm so glad that I did. Let's start by complimenting the authors amazing imagination. I've never read a story like this. I mean, I've read stories with very similar plot lines and factors and what not. It is basically an apocalyptic dystopia novel after all. But Bick has managed to weave these together to create a tale so strong, so intense, that it was something of a new creation to witness. The writing style was gorgeous. The sentences flowed immaculately. Everything was described perfectly. The chapters were structured in such a way I found that I couldn't stop reading. I read 200 pages in one sitting, desperate to get to the end. The things I loved about this book: Alex. She's brilliant. Strong, dependable, independent and so smart. Ellie, I couldn't stand her at first, but you come to love her as a little sister. And Tom, of course, how cold you not? I loved the way the book seems to be separated into two distinct parts. Part one involves survival, getting to safety. Part 2, however, concerns escape. It was like reading two books that intermingled together. Excellent. Bick must have done so much research for this book. So, so much, so I have to give her credit. The whole research into cancer, into bombs and warfare, into animals, into human behaviour even, was fascinating. It was like reading an encyclopaedia with a story. The relationships in this novel are amazing. Really. It's as if they’re real. You can feel them. What I didn't like? Nothing. Nothing that is actually critical anyway. It's more frustration. MY GOODNESS I AM SO ANNOYED. But it's in a good way. Because thankfully this book is the first in a series. ( Warning: Spoiler-ish) Some of the characters, who shall remain nameless, disappear. Alex is forced to leave them through no fault of her own really. And I was just constantly thinking about them. I wanted, no, I needed her to find them. But of course! She didn't. But that's what the next book is for! I also absolutely hated the way Alex stopped thinking of Tom, and how she began developing feelings for another character. I was insanely annoyed at her. I wanted to slap her, really. AND GRR AT THE ENDING. CLIFFHANGER RAAAARRRR.
Aaah this book was so amazing. Creepy, weird, strange but amazing. I thought I wasn't going to like it, and at first I thought it would be some really...moreAaah this book was so amazing. Creepy, weird, strange but amazing. I thought I wasn't going to like it, and at first I thought it would be some really disturbing ghost story or something, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that that wasn't the case. If you haven't read it you really should. The pictures highlight the story in such an integral way that without them I don't think this book would have made such an impact.(less)
Okay, let's start off by saying: I lo-o-oooooved this book.
Susan, hats off to you, you know how to write!
The reason I loved this book so much was be...moreOkay, let's start off by saying: I lo-o-oooooved this book.
Susan, hats off to you, you know how to write!
The reason I loved this book so much was because, like it's predecessor Hush Money, it was a work of science fiction set in a very real environment. You can imagine that the scenes in this book would actually happen if teenagers suddenly started developing powers (or Talents).
Carrying on with that note, I believe that Bischoff has done an excellent portrayal of her characters. The way they react to the situations that crop up is believable. The characters are believable. The powers are even believable, in that these teenagers aren't super powered superheroes, they have their limitations and their strengths, and I found this so satisfying to read. I love the backstory that's introduced into this book too, something that wasn't so prominent in Hush Money, it makes the characters relatable, and that's a trait of a really good author.
The lead, Joss Marshall, is great. She's complicated, deep, wary, untrusting, and more, all because of her father. But her father has also made her strong, thoughtful, analytical, and these skills prove vital to Joss throughout this novel. I love the way Bischoff made the relationship between Joss and her Father so complex, it just adds another dimension to the characters.
Dylan, the other main character is a changed man since Hush Money. Like Joss, he has a hard time at home too. Although only slightly touched upon, you get the full image of what his homelike must be like. Crap. And it's understandable that Dylan was the way he was because of this.
There's a scene in this book that I really felt. It was so vivid and could easily have gotten too graphic or too nasty, but Bischoff handles it maturely and doesn't go too far. I would explain more but I don't want to spoil it for you!
My only qualm with this book is that it's over. I want the next one now. If there is a next one. I hope there's a next one.
Wow, that's a lot of praise, but this novel deserves it. Go out and get a copy! It's only available on Kindle at the moment, and I think paperback is coming soon. Hush Money, book number one is currently out in both formats. You won't regret it.(less)
**spoiler alert** Okay, this book was going to be four stars until the very end.
I know people were going to die, but I mean come on, THAT many sensel...more**spoiler alert** Okay, this book was going to be four stars until the very end.
I know people were going to die, but I mean come on, THAT many senseless deaths annoyed me a bit. And how many opportunities are you going to get guys? She's only a devil baby after all! Anyway, that was my only big problem. Also, because this is the end, the story is very straightforward. There aren't any twists and turns, any shockers. It was always going to end how you expected it to end. But, kudos to MG, he still managed to change the story so that there are a few moments when you're rereading the paragraph just to make sure that yes, that thing did actually happen. It's non stop action, and I really couldn't put the book down.
I almost got teary at the end. This series has been an integral part of my teenage years, and it's so upsetting to see it go. That's it, it's finished. There won't be any more. I'm having a hard time coming to terms with that. I really am.
"You are now free to leave the FAYZ." That may be true, Michael, but I don't think I'm ready.(less)