Pride and Prejudice AND ZOMBIES! Bet you weren't expecting that last word were you? haha
I've been eyeing this book on the book shelf for quite a whil...morePride and Prejudice AND ZOMBIES! Bet you weren't expecting that last word were you? haha
I've been eyeing this book on the book shelf for quite a while. I love the original version, Pride and Prejudice. It's one of my favorites. So I was naturally curious to see how exactly someone could incorporate zombies into the formalness that was the Regency Period.
So basically this book closely follows the plot of Pride and Prejudice. But right away you will notice a few changes - 1.) There are zombies roaming around 2.) Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are trained zombie killers 3.) Zombie attacks happen frequently
There are some surprising differences from the original that do add a bit of shock for the person who is so used to the original version of the novel. The fact that Elizabeth is a badass zombie killer does add a little bit of fun to the book... you don't want to make her mad... and what do we all know Darcy does to her? He makes her MAD! Interesting haha
I don't really see much point in recapping the storyline because most of you are probably familiar with it to begin with. And I don't want to talk about all the interesting, fun quirks and changes that the zombies bring to the story because that would do nothing but spoil all the fun for you!
Final thoughts... if you like Pride and Prejudice you will find that all of your favorite parts are still there for you to enjoy. If you like zombies, ninjas, bad-ass fighting scenes then this book is for you! If you're just curious about it like I was... give it a try!
Hmmm... ok. What to say about this book. As you can see, I have given it a three. I can't say that I was blown away by it - but I also can't say that...moreHmmm... ok. What to say about this book. As you can see, I have given it a three. I can't say that I was blown away by it - but I also can't say that I was ever miserably bored with it either.
I'm gonna start out with a description of what this book is all about: You have Nina, who is fifteen years old. She's living in a suburb outside of Chicago. The year is 2150. The world is a much different place than what we have now. Nina is preparing for her 16th birthday that will be coming up in a few months.
When girls turn 16 they are tattooed with an XVI on their wrist. This tattoo basically announces to the world that the girl is 16 and therefore legal for sex. Sex has become a much less taboo thing than it is now. Girls are brought up believing that being "sexy" and having "sex" should be the ultimate goal for them... in this future these behaviors are encouraged and accepted.
The government basically controls EVERYTHING! They have the majority of people brainwashed by constantly stimulating their minds with "verts", advertisements and commercials. People are never given a moment of peace and quite to just be with their own thoughts. The government also has the capabilities to monitor conversations between people and anyone who seems to disagree with the government is taken in for "re-assimilation", which is basically just turbo-brainwashed to get rid of any defiant thoughts that person may have had. Of course, with this much government control, there are people who rebel against it. These people are called Non-Cons. Most people think of Non-cons as a dangerous rebel group.
Nina lives with her mother and younger sister. Nina's father died shortly after she was born. Years after his death, her mother began dating a government official named Ed, who is the father of Nina's younger sister Dee. Her mother raised Nina to not think like the typical "sex-teens". So Nina is not looking forward to turning 16 - unlike most other girls. As Nina begins to prepare for this milestone in her life, her mother is brutally attacked and killed. In her dying words, she tells Nina a secret that sends Nina on a hunt for the real truth about her life and family.
Nina and Dee go live with their grandparents in Chicago - there Nina meets new friends along with being able to spend more time with old friends. She opens up to them and fills them in on what her mother told her. Together they begin investigating the clues that lead to the truth about Nina and Dee's life.
So... what did I think??
First of all - I think that some people may be mislead by the synopsis. I was under the impression that this was going to be a story focused on what happens to these girls when they turn 16 and are legal for sex. I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting... but it was definitely not the same thing that the book ended up focusing on. This book focuses on the story of Nina and unraveling the mysteries that surface from her mother's death.
The futuristic world that Julia Karr sets up is really amazing! I had no trouble at all understanding all of the new inventions and gadgets that they were using. I was also not left feeling confused about the futuristic world... what I mean is that there are lots of new terms and such that are introduced, and I never felt confused or compelled to go back and look up what something meant or what something is.
I liked the way the book started out. But once the death of Nina's mother occurs I felt like the storyline seriously dragged! I do not like a book that waits to resolve everything in the last few pages. I need a little bit of the mystery uncovered as you go along... otherwise I feel frustrated and resentful of the writing... I start to think of it as "filler" writing that is put in just to drag it out. I definitely started feeling like this at certain points of this book.
By the end of the book, I came back around to liking it a little more than I expected. I was prepared to give it a two star rating - the ending redeemed it.
This book really seemed to be more of a mystery/suspense novel, rather than what I think of as dystopian. I really think that this is the type of story that I would enjoy more as a movie, instead of a book.(less)
If I could give this book a 3.5 stars with Goodreads rating system, I would. I definitely liked this book. It's different from the books that I've bee...moreIf I could give this book a 3.5 stars with Goodreads rating system, I would. I definitely liked this book. It's different from the books that I've been reading lately. It was a quick read and kept me interested pretty much through the whole thing.
This book tells the story of Mia. She is 17 and a senior in highschool. She's not one of those superficial "silly" girls. She comes across as a very grounded person. Mia plays the cello. She is very good at it. She has a best friend named Kim and a boyfriend named Adam. He is a freshman in college and plays in a band that is starting to take off. Her parents are not the typical parents. Her dad used to be in a band that had some notoriety... I believe they put out several cds. Her mom was a kind of punk rock wild child back in the day. So the whole family, including her boyfriend Adam, are heavily involved in music. Music plays a big part in this book... which certainly adds an interesting aspect to it.
So basically the premise of this story is the Mia and her family (mom, dad, and little brother) stay home from work and school for a snow day. They decide to get out of the house and end up in a bad car accident. Mia then finds herself in an out of body experience. She is like a "ghost". She can see everything that is going on, hear everything that people are saying, but her actually body is in a coma. It's kind of cool because Mia gets to see the reactions of her boyfriend, best friend, grand parents, extended family, and friends. You know everyone always wonders how people would act if they were seriously injured or died... and she kind of gets to experience this for herself.
The book consists of flashbacks from Mia's memories which really help you to get to know all of the characters and love them. Then it goes back to present time, where all of these characters are dealing with the reprecussions of the car accident. You experience all of this from Mia's perspective.
This book centrally deals with death. So it's not really a warm, fuzzy feeling book. But it is good. It tells a good story, makes you fall in love this little family and group of people, and you will cry for them. =)
Ummm.. ok. So I've finished reading Hush, Hush today, and in record time for me... it only took me the weekend to get through it. Does this mean that...moreUmmm.. ok. So I've finished reading Hush, Hush today, and in record time for me... it only took me the weekend to get through it. Does this mean that the book was fantastic and therefore I could not put it down? Sorta, kinda, maybe not so much... lol
Alright, I'll start with the pros: 1. BEAUTIFUL cover! I have to be honest, it is what drew me in. I saw this cover and said, "I want that book on my bookshelf" 2. Quick read! If you have been following my reviews for a while, then you may have noticed that I am a slow ass reader! It's true! But I flew through this book. The print is kind of small, but the line spacing is quite large, so there's not as much to read as you think. 3. Tons of dialogue. I love a book that tells a story using a lot of diaglogue and this one does that for sure! The only time that I felt like skimming was during all the descriptive parts of the "fight scenes" lol 4. Some pretty cool angel mythology thrown in there at the end. I always like reading about that kind of stuff.
And now for the cons: 1. How can I put this lightly.... ridiculous characters! You've got your main character, Nora and her best bud Vee. Between these two... I must have hit my palm to my forehead shouting, "WTH are you thinking!?!" at least a dozen times. I kind of got the sense that the author was "making" some things happen just for the sake of taking the story where she needed it... rather than having everything that happens in the story be interesting and valid pieces of the plot. Does that make sense? 2. Three fourths of the book feels like you're reading a Nancy Drew dectective type story... or maybe even an R.L. Stine Fear Street novel. I was seriously experiencing some flashbacks to my junior high days when I lived off of Fear Street books. A lot of this story was kind of "juvenille". And I do know that this is a YA/Teen book, and that I'm a 28 year old woman. So I guess it just depends on your tastes. 3. I did not like the way some of the plot lines were resolved at the end of the book. I don't quite know how to describe what I mean by this without giving away a spoiler. But just trust me... it came across as a "lazy" or "quick" means of wrapping it up. 4. The love story was lacking, seriously. By the end of the book, I was like... "Wait, how did these two actually fall in love with each other?" It was not a gradual build up that had me screaming, Kiss her, Kiss him! It was kind of like all the drama and danger has passed, and now we will kiss and be in love! Tadah!! lol I was disappointed.
So overall, do I reccommend this book? It's hard to say. If you are a young/young at heart reader, than this may be a great book for you. I feel like I went into this book looking for a lot of angel mythology mixed with a love story, and both things were not there until the very end... and even then there was very little. However, I will say this... this book is the first in a series, which means the story is not over. I know that I tend to be critical sometimes on first and second novels in a series because I want every part of the story to be there... and it could be that this author is simply saving the better parts for the latter books. Will I read the sequel Cresendo? Probably, but it will not be at the top of my pile of to-be-reads.(less)