I'm so glad that I began June with such an amazing novel. At first, I didn't know whether I should read it or not because I didn't want to feel depres...moreI'm so glad that I began June with such an amazing novel. At first, I didn't know whether I should read it or not because I didn't want to feel depressed at a miserable ending or freaked out by any gory images or anything, but to be completely honest, reading books about the World Wars always spikes my interest. It's not about the fact that the violence is exciting or something troubling like that, but I always wonder how differently the world worked that many decades ago. So reading a book about World War I and the horrors related to it was kind of exciting. Along with the pictures. Those made me really understand what was going on in the book at a particular time (not that I wasn't already knees-deep into it).
The thing I really liked about this novel was that Mary Shelly was so brave. She'd gone through so much grief and had lost her mother and her father, and traveled to see her aunt Eva for hope that there she would face less grief. I really liked how much she showed her bravery, because one thing I notice about many books is that heroines labeled as brave and whatnot usually disappoint me with their boring and shallow minds. But Mary exuded all the bravery in her grief and sadness, and it kind of struck me how that was what I considered actual courage. I loved reading about her wild scientific thoughts and her optimism, and the way she comforted the patients at the hospital. I do wish she had a supportive friend at the time, but then again, it would have just upset me if that friend died.
As for Stephan, I actually felt the same grief as Mary did. It struck me odd, because he wasn't actually, well, there, (view spoiler)[or at least, not in the physical sense (hide spoiler)] but I felt all the tragedy that was going on. Especially with his brother, and the terror in France, the nightmares, and that really creepy ending, which made me really want to rage on certain characters in this novel.
Overall, it was splendid. It gave me even more insight on what the war was like, and the influenza and all the different kinds of panic people went through, and an even more depth on what shell shock was like. I wish I could find a book just like this. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked this a lot better than Incarnate! There were so many wonderful things that changed that you probably wouldn't notice, but I did. I love how An...moreI liked this a lot better than Incarnate! There were so many wonderful things that changed that you probably wouldn't notice, but I did. I love how Ana became so much more confident and didn't give much crap about what people said about her. And although I am still a bit cringy about the characters having lived for thousands of years, the story was achingly perfect and I loved it. The ending was also very sweet and heartbreaking. (less)
Wow. This was a superb debut. I had already taken an interest to this novel, so reading it was a pretty good experience, and that's saying something,...moreWow. This was a superb debut. I had already taken an interest to this novel, so reading it was a pretty good experience, and that's saying something, because of the many different dystopian novels that were published within the last year. Reboot was something different. I admit, I had a bit of a difficulty determining the gender of the protagonist at the beginning, but I hadn't read the blurb and just jumped into it, and then I pretty much punched myself. Anyway, this book has a really different outlook to how the minds of people work. And what I liked best was that, despite the whole murder and bloodshed thing, the romance was heartfelt and wonderful. I can't wait to read the sequel. (I'm also glad that this is a two-part series.)(less)
I liked In the Band a lot because it wasn't a typical New Adult book you'd probably see published, with lots of raunchy details about a girl and a boy...moreI liked In the Band a lot because it wasn't a typical New Adult book you'd probably see published, with lots of raunchy details about a girl and a boy and insta-love first love that leads to wild, passionate bed-christening that makes no sense at all, and a few shortened, quick plots about a tragic break-up, or a dead family member and/or close friend and all those things like that. I liked this book because it dealt with music, and a girl's story to how she dealt with her mother's depression, and how she tried to put her family first before the things like the annoying (yet really hot) band member who seemed to want her to be kicked out, or the best friends who had a little love/hate relationship of their own. I would call this book a guilty pleasure, because there are a lot of things I liked about it, but then there were some things I didn't like. I, for instance, did not like that there were so many grammatical errors that it was getting on my nerves. Commas need to be added in certain places, no? You wouldn't want me talking like this: "Like so the other day I went to the store it was cool but there wasn't much I could possibly buy because as much as I like looking at food the food there was pretty meh" in a book of my own. Commas are necessary. And they seemed to be the only things missing there.
Other things I didn't like? Well, the fact that Riley acted a lot like she was much cooler than everyone else. Or that her matters should be more taken into consideration than anyone else's. And this one thing I seemed to have against this book was that Jamie kind of irked me. She seemed like those little siblings who crush on their brother's/sister's special someone. I always feel it weird when that happens. If the kid is, like, five or six, I never really care, but Jamie's reaction to Romeo - every single time she saw him - I always wanted to look away. I just don't like her.
But then there were good things about the book as well, like how the author took the plot seriously. She didn't focus too much on the romance or too much on Riley's mother's depression. It was balanced out. One moment Riley would be feeling an attraction to Romeo, and it wouldn't be stretched too long. So I guess the pacing and plot were very well-written. I also liked that Riley didn't always act too selfish. (view spoiler)[I liked that she put her best guy friend in his place without doing the cliche act. I kind of liked that personality. (hide spoiler)]
I would probably recommend this book for anyone looking forward to taking their mind off something for a while. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)