Another unfortunate DNF for the year. And this was on my highly anticipated list. I think what really put me off was the very start, and the strange iAnother unfortunate DNF for the year. And this was on my highly anticipated list. I think what really put me off was the very start, and the strange insult from Sadie to her former friend. Had it really been necessary? I felt like it wasn't and it pretty much was just thrown in there to try and make this "controversial" but only ended up being eye-rolling.
I also found the added fantastical elements to Miles (visions or whatever) were a little over-done for the already potentially good contemporary piece as it stood. I get it... people can be psychic in our world and that sort of thing, but there's also a lot of skepticism as well behind this sort of thing so it still makes it a hard subject area to work with.
I really wanted to like this and continue on through the story, but the characters made that a bit difficult--causing me to have a hard time keeping focused as I kept internally criticizing nearly every page before I even reached twenty percent into my e-copy.
One thing I can say though, the writing/detail is absolutely stunning and I would not object to picking up this author's work more in the future. Just because I DNF this title, doesn't mean I wouldn't love something else! :) ...more
Marked as a DNF on April 23rd at 75%, but decided to go on and finish the last bit before bed some hours later. 1.5 stars at most for me? I'm sorry. TMarked as a DNF on April 23rd at 75%, but decided to go on and finish the last bit before bed some hours later. 1.5 stars at most for me? I'm sorry. This title just didn't work out for me. Mostly was the characters. I've heard really good things about this author's other title, so I think I'll try that one sometime. :) It was a quick read though, and I can see a particular audience for it, so I'll give it that. Sad I couldn't love this book....more
I just love how I've had this on my currently reading since the end of August, thinking I was going to dive right into it, and still hadn't picked itI just love how I've had this on my currently reading since the end of August, thinking I was going to dive right into it, and still hadn't picked it up yet. Back on the tbr it goes for now. But I'll get to it soon I'm sure. ...more
It wasn't a favorite Megan Miranda read, but I still certainly enjoyed. Such an interesting and strange concept! I'm pretty sure I will always devourIt wasn't a favorite Megan Miranda read, but I still certainly enjoyed. Such an interesting and strange concept! I'm pretty sure I will always devour any book this author releases. :) Full review to come!...more
You’re probably all going to yell at me for this one: I’m sort of the black sheep when it comeYou can see this review and others at Great Imaginations
You’re probably all going to yell at me for this one: I’m sort of the black sheep when it comes to this book. So I’m going to be blunt and just be quick here like ripping off a band-aid. I thought I’ll Give You The Sun was just… okay.
I know, I know. It’s only got about a gazillion rave reviews. And pretty much everyone I know that has read it has practically screamed from the rooftops that it’s not to be missed. I tried. I really did. The writing is beautiful. There is no doubting that. And there is a story there. I just didn’t feel what everyone else felt. In fact, to be perfectly honest, I felt bored a majority of the time. I kept finding myself easily distracted away from the book or wanting to set it down, and that just wasn’t a good sign when it came down to it.
This was my first foray into Jandy Nelson’s work. Maybe another issue for me after having a lengthy discussion with a friend of mine. She advised that I probably would like her other work a lot better than this piece, and her knowing my reading style, I trust that. As I said, I’ll Give You The Sun wasn’t bad, and there were times I did find myself emotionally invested, but many times I would get pulled away. My biggest problem was the back-and-forth with the timeline, I believe, and it caused a detachment with the characters. I’m such a character driven person that once I feel like I’ve lost my attachment, I feel like I’ve lost a large piece of my enjoyment of the story along with them. It was a struggle at times. The rollercoaster of emotions. Or perhaps that was Nelson’s intention all along.
I did feel a lot of sympathy pour out of me and into the pages as I read along. I just wish I could have liked it as much as some of my fellow readers do. There were long pages, and chunks of text where I just felt very blah also though—where I didn’t feel anything for any of it, and almost set it down out of sheer boredom and didn’t want to continue. I know that must sound awful. I can’t apologize for my opinion either.
It starts out with the Noah being bullied at a young age. He is admittedly gay and very different from his peers, different from his own twin sister, Jude. He notices the difference in himself. His family notices. Others notice. But there’s something else that makes him stand apart. He’s an amazing artist. I love the emphasis on art throughout. I liked the introduction. It was a hook right into the issues and I knew from the beginning who I wanted to root for as far as getting a (hopefully) happy and well-deserved good ending.
But as time progressed and the (crazy) flip-flop of the timeline goes, being the reader and interpreting the growing issues as well as seeing everything playing out through each character, I was at a crossroads. There was no particular character to really root for I realized. We are just reading about these two characters, I felt like, and their very different lives despite the same family they come from. With their own separate issues that you sympathized with each in your own ways. Still, I was left deflated at the end. By then I wasn’t left shouting from the rooftops. I was just left nodding, and deciding to get Nelson’s other work. It was beautiful writing, indeed, with a strong story. I liked the ending best, with Noah and Jude, and how everything resolved well enough (I won’t tack in any details due to spoilers). I’m just sorry I could not join the adoring crowd with this book this time around.
DNF at page 30. I tried but knew from the first chapter this was not going to go with me. And when I pushed on to another twenty pages, I set it downDNF at page 30. I tried but knew from the first chapter this was not going to go with me. And when I pushed on to another twenty pages, I set it down with no desire to pick it back up....more
More like 3.5 stars. I'm having a hard time with how to rate it since it's MG and this is a newer experience for me. Not new, but not often. There werMore like 3.5 stars. I'm having a hard time with how to rate it since it's MG and this is a newer experience for me. Not new, but not often. There were some things I picked up I'll discuss further in a full review at a later date. But otherwise, I liked this title a lot and it felt very cinematic. Review coming soon. :)...more
I have a huge fascination with history and all things history really. But there are certain time periods that stand out to me most, that I always willI have a huge fascination with history and all things history really. But there are certain time periods that stand out to me most, that I always will be most interested in—usually war time periods like the American Revolution, The Civil War, WW1 & 2… I also adore ancient history that has anything to do with the Egyptians, Celtics, and Vikings. Okay. So you get it. I’m a history geek.
Anyways, one of my biggest interests is the WW2 time period and Holocaust. Though it is one of the world’s darkest time periods, I seem to never be able to deny reading or learning anything in this area. If a book has a summary that includes the timeframe, I’m almost sure to add it to my list immediately.
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the sequel to The Prisoner of Night and Fog, a historical fiction novel I’d read last year and fell in love within only a few chapters. This unique storyline is filled with a mixture of facts and fiction, giving it a very real depth. I was really excited to get granted the e-arc for CoBaS so I could continue following the characters’ stories through this dangerous time.
In this installment, the reader sees through them that things are looking a lot more grim. Everything has become an obstacle now, especially for Daniel. His and Gretchen’s relationship is tested to the max, and my heart hurts the entire time for them, and for the growing turmoil of the countries, while I’m reading. This book took on a lot more emotion I think than the first. It was darker. And at times, hard to read (not hard as in a bad hard, if you know what I mean).
If you’ve read Prisoner of Night and Fog, you won’t be disappointed in this one.
If you haven’t read Prisoner of Night and Fog and started on these characters and their story, what are you waiting for? Read these books.
It wasn't entirely my thing. I just couldn't get into it half the time. But it wasn't terrible either. Mostly the story didn't work for me personally.It wasn't entirely my thing. I just couldn't get into it half the time. But it wasn't terrible either. Mostly the story didn't work for me personally. I read through it fast enough since it felt like one of those books that I could keep reading without a big problem. A more in depth review to come....more