I can't believe I missed out on this series for so long! I picked the first two up from my library on a whim and I am so in love with this series. InI can't believe I missed out on this series for so long! I picked the first two up from my library on a whim and I am so in love with this series. In Gone, all the adults disappeared and the feud between the students from the local high school and the students from the prep school up on the hill began. Kids learned how to avoid disappearing on their fifteenth birthday. Things started to get a little better. But in Hunger we learn that all good things must come to an end. With no way outside of the FAYZ food soon becomes scarce. At the beginning they weren't as careful as they should have been and the produce and meat products in the supermarket were spoiled as junk food was consumed first. Now Sam and his friends are have to figure out how to harvest vegetables and even harder, convince the kids in the FAYZ to eat them. Sam is losing grip on his leadership position as he begins to feel weighed down by everyone's problems. Along with the issues with finding food the kids left without powers have started to rise against the "freaks" with powers. Suddenly the community is split between freaks and normals and people start getting hurt. But the kids in the FAYZ do the only thing they can do, they survive. This series was so well laid out that it's entirely believable. The kids don't automatically grow up and become mature just because there are no adults. They are still kids. Alongside complaints of no food there are also arguments between siblings about silly things like what to name the stray cat that was found or what dvd to watch. These kids are trying to figure out how to survive under the most extreme circumstances but they are still kids, all 15 or younger. I never once thought that they were out of character. I never once forgot that this is a community of children. I am so excited to read more of this amazing series. And from the information on goodreads, it looks like this series will not be ending anytime soon, with 5 books published and more to come in the next two years. ...more
I devoured this novel! I am a fan of murder mystery anything and so the fact that this book has to do with one of the most popular unsolved crimes inI devoured this novel! I am a fan of murder mystery anything and so the fact that this book has to do with one of the most popular unsolved crimes in history was very intriguing to me.
I loved Rory's personality. She was so funny and she likable. Her roommate, Jazza, was also wonderful and they were a perfect fit.
I was so curious when Rory saw the murderer but her roommate didn't. I couldn't figure out what was going on. And then I realized that Rory's new ability is related to something very small that occurred at the very beginning of the novel. When it happened I didn't think twice about it. And then it turns out it was a very big part of the story.
I loved that this book wasn't easy to figure out. I always read books and figure out who the "bad guy" is as soon as they start hinting to who it is. So for this one to be a surprise to me was such a relief.
I am dying to read The Madness Underneath, the next book in this series.
This book was so good and I flew straight through and was sad when it ended. It was everything I expected and much more.
When I found out this book was coming out I did something I never do: read an excerpt online. I couldn't wait. I am not a patient person and I tend toWhen I found out this book was coming out I did something I never do: read an excerpt online. I couldn't wait. I am not a patient person and I tend to not read excerpts because then I get angry and impatient that I can't continue reading. But I gave in because this book was a dream come true. Or so I thought.
I loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Devoured it. And I loved 3 Willows. So when I got a copy of The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brasheres I thought it would be good. I was wrong. I put it down and walked away after the first few chapters. For some reason I cannot get into Ann Brashere's adult novels. But I gave this book a chance because it was about the Sisterhood and I had missed these characters and had hoped for a book like this for years. Well, I hate to say, the excerpt of the first two chapters was the best part of the book.
What bothered me? Well, the characters were so different. Carmen, who prided herself on being Puerto Rican and curvy in the first four books is now a size 2 and eats one meal a day. Tibby lives in Australia and has lost contact with the other three. Lena is in a relationship with someone she doesn't even care about and has basically cut herself off from her friends and family. Bridget is the only one who hasn't changed much, which relieved me because I loved her spirit in the first books and thankfully, for better or worse, she still has it in this book. But I felt like I didn't know the characters anymore. It didn't feel like a follow up to the other books, it felt like a whole new book with characters I didn't know. I understand people change but the magic of the sisterhood that drew us all in was gone for me.
I wound up skimming the book to find out what happened instead of actually reading it. I will cut this review shirt by saying that I was disappointed. I will continue to read young adult books by this author but that's all....more
I liked it. I would have loved it, I am sure, had I reread Hush, Hush before diving into this one. But, alas, I did not. So I was confused about a fewI liked it. I would have loved it, I am sure, had I reread Hush, Hush before diving into this one. But, alas, I did not. So I was confused about a few things that were referenced from the first book. A lot of facts about the nephilim and such. A word to those who have not read this yet. Reread Hush, Hush first. It will help immensely. In this book, Nora and Patch have been dating for two months and she knows that she is in love with him but he starts to pull away from her. I will say this. This book is so emotionally charged. I felt my heart breaking right along with Nora. You know a novel is good when you feel the same emotions as the characters. It's odd to feel heartbroken when you, personally, have no reason to. But I did. I really felt it. We learn more about Nora's father in this book, which I am thankful for. I was so beyond curious about it in the Hush, Hush and was hoping for a sequel, if only to find out what happened to her dad. I was not disappointed at all. The books ends with a cliffhanger. Think of it like watching the season finale of your favorite show and someone dies at the last minute and you have to wait about six months to find out who it was. Don't worry, no one dies at the end of Crescendo! But imagine how antsy you would be for the season premiere of that show. That's how antsy I am about reading Silence, the third book in this series. I am so excited. I believe it comes out in October. So only 6 months to wait!...more
I have been hearing so much about this book in the blogging world and I was very excited to read it. It did not disappoint! Immediately, I felt the teI have been hearing so much about this book in the blogging world and I was very excited to read it. It did not disappoint! Immediately, I felt the tension in Zoe's household. Her little sister Abria has autism and it has put a strain on the entire family. Zoe notices her parents looking more and more work out, her younger brother, Luke, is losing himself in the world of drug abuse, and Zoe herself drowns her problems in the comfort of partying and alchohol. That is, until Zoe meets Matthias one day when she has taken her little sister to the park and she runs off. When Zoe finds Abria she is with Matthias. While she knows she should be creeped out by him, she is overcome with a sense of peace. After the first sighting in the park, Zoe begins to see Matthias more and more and slowly she begins to realize that she is the only one that can see him, aside from Abria. After talking to him, she realizes that he is a guardian angel. She invitably falls in love with him. Heck, I found myself falling in love with him. The second I finished this book, I had one regret. I didn't think ahead and check Penitence out of the library so I could go directly from one book to the other! I got myself lost in the story and when I saw that I only had a few more pages to go, I started to read slowly, wanting to savor the story for as long as possible. This was the first book I ever read that had any character with autism and it was handled so well, which is not surprising because the author has a child with autism herself. I don't remember reading how old Abria is, that's the one things that I am very curious about. Though Abria's actions frustrate Zoe, you can tell from the first moment in the book, in the park when she realizes Abria has run away, that she loves and cares for her sister dearly. The story is very fast paced, which I loved. I hated having to put it down and I read it at work and I was operating the copy machine in one hand and holding the book in other! Only one library in my area has a copy of Penitence and it is currently checked out, but I am on the waiting list and I can't wait to read it. Go out and buy this book, you won't regret it. ...more
Could not put this book down! I opened it up at 8:00 in the morning and was finished by 6:00 thay night. If it wasn't for the minor detail of having tCould not put this book down! I opened it up at 8:00 in the morning and was finished by 6:00 thay night. If it wasn't for the minor detail of having to work all day, I would have finished much sooner. In this book, Damen is trying to teach Ever the powers of an Immortal. But when a new boy at school, Roman, shows up and suddenly Damon begins to get headaches and loses his powers, Ever sets out to Summerland to find out to help him. I wish I could get lost in Summerland. The way that Alyson Noel describes this other world is remarkable. Think of anything, simply wish for it, and there it will be. It just seems like such a perfect world, and it is crafted so well. I found myself so excited to reach the next page, so curious about what happened next. All of the old characters I loved made a return and new characters were thrown into the mix as well. The ending was amazing, I am so excited to find out what happens in the next book! If you haven't read this series, you are really missing out! Add it to your TBR list, check it out of the library, borrow it from a friend, just read these books!...more
First of all, I love the cover. The colors are gorgeous and it just draws you in. Also, I love the name Ever. I am a fan of authors who are not afraidFirst of all, I love the cover. The colors are gorgeous and it just draws you in. Also, I love the name Ever. I am a fan of authors who are not afraid to use unusual names for characters. This book moved very fast and flowed very well. I couldn't put it down. I especially loved the mentioning of the colors of people's auras, which is something I have been interested in for quite sometime. I love the mystery revolving around Damen. I had a million thoughts running through my head about him and I was glad that everything was revealed slowly, it kept me interested and kept the anticipation high up until the very end. Now I am just thrilled to read Blue Moon, which is waiting for me at my local library to be picked up tomorrow! ...more
I despise anything to do with zombies. Honestly. Ok, aside from I am Legend the movie. That was pretty kickass. But otherwise, I steer clear of anythiI despise anything to do with zombies. Honestly. Ok, aside from I am Legend the movie. That was pretty kickass. But otherwise, I steer clear of anything post apocalyptic related. And yet, when I heard about this book I had to read it. What changed my mind? A display in my local Barnes and Noble. I was browsing through and came to the end of the shelf and saw two displays set up. One was for before i fall by Lauren Oliver and the other was for the sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth which is called The Dead Tossed Waves. I took one look at the covers of both books and HAD to read them. When I read the cover of The Dead Tossed Waves I realized it was a sequel so I had to read the first book first. The first thing I did when I got home was request The Forest of Hands and Teeth from my local library. The day it came in I was thrilled.
First off, the cover is GORGEOUS! The colors are slightly muted and there is something about the look on the girl's face that just draws you in. My excitement to read these books was well placed. I loved this book. I was leary because it is about zombies but honestly, I got so wrapped in Mary's character and her story that it didn't matter anymore. Carrie Ryan does an amazing job with this book. When you begin to read the zombie apocalypse has already happened and Mary lives in a village that is dealing with it, and has been since Mary could remember. The Unconsecrated are kept out of the village by fences that are built all around.
The village Mary lives in is a bit like a cult. The form of "government" is called The Sisterhood. The Sisterhood have told the villagers that they are the only ones to survive the coming of the Unconsecrated and that they must never leave the village. But one day a stranger comes from outside the fence and suddenly Mary's world is turned upside down. After a series of events, the fences surrounding Mary's village are breached by the Unconsecrated. Mary, along with a few others, follow the paths that lead out of the village. As they venture further into The Forest of Hands and Teeth Mary wonders what secrets The Sisterhood has been keeping from her and what the world outside the fences she has always been behind may hold.
I could not put this book down. I fell in love with it and I couldn't wait to get a hold of the second book. And now I am eagerly awaiting my chance to get my hands on the third book The Dark and Hollow Places....more