It's funny how the books that I love the most, I don't really put a lot of thought into before buying. I stumbled upon this book while grocery shoppin...moreIt's funny how the books that I love the most, I don't really put a lot of thought into before buying. I stumbled upon this book while grocery shopping with my dad at Sam's Club and convinced him (after reading the JK Rowling blurb and the synopsis, I was pretty sure this would be a fun read) I needed another book. And that was it. It was cool-looking, but I didn't exactly do any research on it before tossing it in the shopping cart next to the frozen Barramundi and family-pack of broccoli.
Turns out, that was the best random book decision I made this year. This book was EXACTLY what I needed. It's got everything I could ever ask for in an adventure! There's nightmarish pirates, a cute British pilot, and medieval warriors!
The only sad thing about this book is that I'll now have to wait a year for the next book! Though hopefully this gets snatched up by a director soon! :)
(On a side note, The Goonies is one of my absolute favorite movies ever and I had no idea that Chris Columbus was also behind such a landmark in my childhood until halfway through the book, which definitely sweetened the experience!)(less)
I would say that I "devoured" it, but that seems like a cruel pun, considering.
This book is in no way a light read. I went...moreI read this book very fast.
I would say that I "devoured" it, but that seems like a cruel pun, considering.
This book is in no way a light read. I went in to it thinking "Hey, a book about zombies! This should be fun," and came out rattled. I was up until late last night reading it and only stopped when my eyes felt like they were going to fall out of my head.
This book seriously drags you in and engulfs you. I would look away from the book and think that some undead monster was going to come through my window. Maybe I'm just impressionable.
I definitely wasn't prepared for all of the loss in this book. Mary's life is dismal and I couldn't find any hope in reading, even in the end. Even when she's so close to hope she can taste it. Because everything she loves is ripped away from her, and, as a reader, I got to feel a fraction of that loss.
As one of "those kids" who's always dreamed about being a lone zombie-apocalypse survivor, I really never considered the implications of a world-wide catastrophe such as this. When you think about zombies, you think of cheap Halloween-esque gore. You think of yourself wielding some terribly cliche weapon like a battleaxe and hacking through a forest of moaning, gray-colored beings, both soulless and conveniently slow. It seems woefully easy.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth effectively silences these teenage ambitions of heroism in a whimpering and dying world. It depicts a clearer picture of what the world would look like, should this terror arise. It depicts loss for what it is; how it feels to lose everything you love. It depicts the emotions that are permanently changed. It depicts how life changes during catastrophe and how nothing can ever return to being innocent and safe after something of this caliber.
I actually feel guilty now, thinking that I had once believed that a zombie apocalypse would mean adventures, alliances and friendships being formed, romances blooming in the face of danger, and becoming a hero. Instead, it would look more like starvation, jealousy and anger against the people you once loved and trusted, loss of those who you longed for, heartbreak instead of love. It's not a fairytale. There is no "bad guy". There are only those who survive and those who becoming mindless and bloodthirsty like animals.
This book is elegant and heartbreakingly deadly. (less)
The Scorch Trials picks up literally hours after the first book left off, and the reader is immediately thrown back into this crazy, messed up world that *evil genius* Dashner has formulated. Not only does this book totally succeed in sucking you right back in where you leave off, but it also maintains the fantastic cast of character's personalities.
On another note, this book took me for a ride and broke my heart in two. As a reader, we're not even seeing things through Thomas's eyes directly, and yet I feel so attached to him and emotionally invested in his story that I feel as though he were a real person -- someone I really care about. Which is ultimately why I found myself cracking up, while simultaneously choking back tears, and then wanting to punch certain characters out. It felt real. It was horrible to endure, but in a weird, delicious way. It's like watching a horrific accident on the news, where you feel horrible watching it but you can't bring yourself to look away because you want to see this thing through and find out what happens. Thomas is one brave guy, and I found myself wondering how he didn't go completely insane throughout this book. I know I would have.
One of the major things that makes this book so fantastically brilliant is the massive character development, not just for Thomas, but for a bunch of the Gladers.
And let's not forget to mention the WICKED awesome (no pun intended) Group B girls. I don't know what I was expecting when they announced Group B being girls -- amazons? hope-I-don't-break-a-nail-girly-girls? -- but they blew my mind with how kick-butt and fierce they were. I was awed.
I won't say much more, save for the fact that the ending of this book ripped my heart to shreds and left me hungry for the next book, much to the likeness of a starving zombie hankering for some good ol' brains. (Speaking of which...Cranks are insane! You'll see what I mean when you read the book.)(less)
Because Birthmarked was one of my FAVORITE books in 2010, because I wanted the sequel to be just as good, bec...moreI was scared going into this book.
Because Birthmarked was one of my FAVORITE books in 2010, because I wanted the sequel to be just as good, because I wanted to find out what happened to Gaia and Maya after they escaped the Enclave, I was petrified to open this book.
I wanted it to live up to my expectations as a reader.
I was reminded of how much I, as a reader, cared for Gaia in this book. Why I PLEADED my parents to drive me to Barnes&Noble as soon as I saved enough money. Why I was recommending this book series left and right to my friends and family.
Here's the thing I love about Gaia: she's beautiful. Which, essentially, is odd to say considering the scar that mars her face. But Gaia again proves that "beauty" is something so much deeper and more tangible than flawless physicality. She sticks up for what she believes is right. She loves the people who, according to Sylum, she shouldn't even bother about. She singlehandedly wins the hearts of everyone.
Gaia is inspiring, beautiful, strong-willed, and honest.
As someone who considers herself a generally likable, agreeable person, this book was very eye-opening to how we treat others and the affects we have...moreAs someone who considers herself a generally likable, agreeable person, this book was very eye-opening to how we treat others and the affects we have on people's decisions. Every little word matters when someone has been through the ringer. Every little action has a reaction, even if we can't see it. The damage is done before we even give it a second thought.
I've gossiped. I gossip. I've been gossiped about. I am gossiped about.
I've been called a "slut", and I've never even had my first kiss.
But even the worst rumors about me are nothing to those of Hannah's and some of my own friends. Rumors suck. Not having control over how people view you, what they say about you, sucks. In that aspect, I really could relate to Hannah.
And then, on the flip side, I could also relate to some of the people on her list. The ones who saw her pain and didn't reach out or try to stop what was slowly happening to her; her death. How could they know what was going on inside her head? How could they know what she was planning?
That's the thing, we don't know until it's too late. We wait on the sidelines with the tiny inclination to step in and say something. To say, "Hey, something's up and I want you to know that I'm here for you." We don't say it because we're scared. Scared that they'll retaliate, scared that we'll only make things worse, scared that we're just misreading the signs, scared to offend them. But when the day is done, I'd rather have an offended friend than a dead one.
So what can we draw from this? Listen. Be aware of what you say to people and about people. Step out of your little bubble of comfort and say what needs to be said, even when it's hard; especially when it's hard. Don't be quick to judge someone. Don't be quick to believe the hearsay. Always, always let your friendships grow deeper. Be kind. Be compassionate.
On a related note, as a Christian, I believe pastors, youth leaders, and really person who wants to better understand how to show Christ's love to people should read this book and others like it. Sometimes the Church can get so wrapped up in religion and "doing good", that we forget what it's like to be a human being in desperate need of mercy and love.
Let this book challenge you to not be a "good" person, but a kind person. (less)
I am in love with this book. Maybe it's my general love of Dystopian books that encouraged me to read this book, maybe it was something else. The cove...moreI am in love with this book. Maybe it's my general love of Dystopian books that encouraged me to read this book, maybe it was something else. The cover looked interesting, and if you know me well, you know intriguing covers catch my attention first. With that said, I understand the cover so much more after reading it. :) It fits very nicely with the story itself.
When I found this in the "new releases" section of my library, I was ecstatic! And if it hadn't been for project "anti-Savannah-having-free-time" (a.k.a. my busy schedule) I would have finished this unbelievably sooner. Although, I do appreciate that I got to take my time and enjoy this book even more. :) There was hardly a slow moment in this book.
One specific thing that meant a lot to me as a reader was the attention and patience that was taken to fully develop the characters. There's nothing I hate more than a book that rushes into detail and forgets that the reader wants to get to know each and every character as an individual. Ms. O'Brien did a terrific job creating her characters. I felt like I knew them. I hurt when they hurt, and I smiled when good things happened to them. Gaia was brilliant and beautiful, both inside and out. I particularly enjoyed how strong and willing she was when it came to protecting her family. She's not an angst-filled teenager like a lot of characters I've read about in other books lately. I admired her ability to stand up for what she knew was right. Gaia in one word: Daring. Other characters I adored were Gaia's parents. Very little, as a reader, do I actually ever understand the some character's parents. Why do they do the things they do? Thankfully, we learn very VERY much about her parents. The love they share, and the way they stand firm in their beliefs obviously helped shape Gaia into the amazingly brave young woman she is.
With constant plot twists, I was running around the house, jumping up and down, and I think I scared some of my family...and neighbors. And ever so often, I'd put down the book and say "OH MY GOSH!" and then avidly delve back into the story, because I NEEDED to know what happened next! I swear, I told my mom about this book nearly 40 times and will definitely pester all my friends to read this.
Also, I just wanted to rave about the perfect amount of romance. It wasn't overwhelming or uncomfortable to read. It was perfect. But I won't say much more, because I don't want to give too much away if you haven't read it yet.
I wish I had time to just go on and on about this book, but you all will have to read it yourselves to understand exactly why I'm so happy about reading this book! :) And I've heard there's a sequel slated for sometime next year, so I'll be keeping my eye out for that!