Rebel Belle is one I have mixed feelings about. I liked it, and it was fun and funny but after reading this one, I feel like the first book was a lotRebel Belle is one I have mixed feelings about. I liked it, and it was fun and funny but after reading this one, I feel like the first book was a lot better as a stand-alone- unless there's a third book that manages to be totally awesome, because even though I liked Miss Mayhem, I think I also would have been fine not reading this one.
The thing is, I just didn't care about the Ephors or Harper and David and the trials and finally knowing what happened to Bee. It just didn't live up to the expectations I had going into it. I was expecting more action, and it felt like it really dragged for most of the book.
For pretty much the entire book, I felt like it didn't really add to what happened in the first book, and is basically just trying to get us to the next book. Which is disappointing, because I had so much fun reading Rebel Belle and I wanted more of that.
I did find myself with questions, like what happened to the Ephors? Seriously, I want to know. And what is in store for Harper and crew, with how everything ended? I think it brought up more questions than answers.
I had some high hopes for Harper and David, but I didn't really care about what happened. I understand why things happened the way they did, but overall, I just didn't care that things ended the way they did. It is such a cliffhanger, so if you're not a fan of cliffhangers, you may want to wait until the next one comes out to read this one.
Rating: 3 stars. I don't really have a lot to say about it, and nothing really stands out, even though I just read it. It was fun, but I didn't love it either....more
I have such mixed feelings about UnDivided. I really liked it, and yet I was also disappointed in how things ended. It very much felt like it was addeI have such mixed feelings about UnDivided. I really liked it, and yet I was also disappointed in how things ended. It very much felt like it was added on to the series and yet it also felt like it was setting up something for a fifth book. Which is weird considering the series is only 4 books.
We do see a lot of change, like a moratorium on unwinding, and things are definitely tied up. I really wish we saw a little more of what things were like after the protest in D.C. and after election day, because I just couldn't get over the fact that the book ends with Connor giving his family a second chance.
Overall, it felt like the book was missing something the other three books have. And overall, you realize how fucked up the entire unwinding industry and Proactive Citizenry is. There was this viable option, and everything humanly possible was done to hide it. But I am glad that it is seen as an option again.
I did like all of the perspectives. It's really been one of my favorite things of this series, and I like that you gets so many different sides to it. But...the multiple perspectives were a little much in this one, and I feel like there was too much going on, and it felt like some things were dropped or forgotten about. I also really liked the articles scattered throughout the book, and how it connects real world stories to what's gong on with the book.
I had a harder time getting into it and caring about everything going on. I just wasn't invested in it the way I was in the other ones. I think part of it was the different perspectives and because it felt like it was added on.
Rating: 4 stars, because of how what we learn fits into the overall story and world but also because it felt like it was a random addition to the series that seems to be setting up a possible fifth book. ...more
Here's the thing with Sloppy Firsts...I liked it, and it was a cute book, but I totally read it at the wrong time. I...kind of feel like I'm too old fHere's the thing with Sloppy Firsts...I liked it, and it was a cute book, but I totally read it at the wrong time. I...kind of feel like I'm too old for the book. Don't get me wrong, Jessica is totally easy to relate to and I can see why people love this boo I was definitely reminded of The Princess Diaries, and Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging (and there's another one I remember reading but I can't remember the name of it. I think it came out around the same time as Princess Diaries and Angus, though), so if you love those books, you'll love Sloppy Firsts.
I think Sloppy Firsts is the kind of book that teenage-me would have loved. As an adult, I felt like Jessica couldn't see that everything was going to be okay eventually. And I hate that I think that, because I think what she's going through and how she's feeling is perfectly normal and understandable and valid and very much one that happens a lot. (I'm pretty sure I'd react similarly). I do wish we saw Hope at some point in the book- either a letter back or something, because I really just wanted to see the best friend that Jessica misses...and to see the person that no one will ever measure up to. (That was definitely a point where I wanted to tell her that it's okay to have other friends, even though Hope is gone and will always be her best friend).
Rating: 3 stars. I didn't love it but it is a cute book. I just wish I had read it in high school, because teenage Nicole would have loved it....more
I really liked Adaptation! I read it for a brand new book club I'm a part of, and I liked it a lot more than Huntress (which I really need to re-readI really liked Adaptation! I read it for a brand new book club I'm a part of, and I liked it a lot more than Huntress (which I really need to re-read because I totally read it at the wrong time). Anyway, the idea that birds are causing these plane crashes, and no one knows what's going on, but we finally learn what happens as Reese gets more and more caught up in what happened. The whole thing with Amber was interesting, even when things go wrong, but I still really liked their relationship. And I also really liked her relationship with David- they did go through some really bizarre things together, and it makes sense that it bring them closer together. I was surprised by the possibility of a love triangle, but it really doesn't feel gimmicky at all, which is a nice change from most of the love triangles out there. And as much as I love romance, I also liked that it wasn't central to the plot (even though Reese does try to figure out who she is, in the midst of all of the craziness).
There is something sort of sci-fi-ish about the book, and it's a distant future that has so many possibilities to it, some of which could go very, very wrong. And that's what drew me in, the hint of things I can't even begin to imagine in terms of science and technology and medicine. It made the book super-interesting, and it really makes me want to read the sequel!
Rating: 4 stars. I didn't completely love it (and I find the idea of a minor being allowed to sign a non-disclosure agreement to be really hard to believe) but it's still a really great read....more
I actually spent a lot of the book really confused about what was happening. I know Ori got the justice she deserved or whatever, but I honestly am reI actually spent a lot of the book really confused about what was happening. I know Ori got the justice she deserved or whatever, but I honestly am really unclear about how that happened. I feel like I need to read it at least once or twice more just to figure out what on earth happened. There was the whole escaping prison, and all of the dead girls who were at the prison and it's definitely a mess of a confusing story. I found I couldn't connect with anyone, and I really wanted to know more about Ori, who is still shrouded in mystery...to me, at least. I kind of felt like things made less sense at it went on, especially since things weren't explained...either that, or it was super-subtle and I wasn't paying enough attention to what was going on.
It is an interesting way to tell a story, and I think it's the sort of story that needs at least 2 or 3 reads for everything to sink and make sense. I will say that it was hard to put down, and it is page-turner because you want to know what happens.
I don't know if I'm necessarily the right reader for this book, because I do like having answers to my questions, and I do like things to make sense, but with the right reader, I can see how this would be an awesome book.
Rating: 2 stars. It's definitely hard to put down, and there is a really creepy aspect that I love, but I think I need to read at least once more for everything to sink in.
*I received The Walls Around Us from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review....more
I thought Down From The Mountain was okay. There is something fascinating to me about reading books about people in cults but this one didn't quite woI thought Down From The Mountain was okay. There is something fascinating to me about reading books about people in cults but this one didn't quite work for me. There are a lot of things that are pretty stereotypical of cults, but also a couple of things that seemed really odd. Like, Narnia was mentioned several times but it didn't really seem to fit with everything else going on. You really do feel like you know what's going on at the compound, and you really feel like you know what's going on with Eva there and in the outside world, but I also wish we had more of her life before Righteous Path. And more about Righteous Path. The ending also seemed a little rushed, and I felt like we could have seen more of her life after leaving Righteous Path. There is something about the book that made it seem like it was set far earlier than it was, but that might be because of all the time spent on the compound. It is a pretty predictable book, and how everything went wasn't surprising. and it's been just over a week since I've read it...and it's pretty forgettable. Nothing has really stayed with me since finishing it. It's not bad, it's just not for me.
Rating: 2 stars. It's okay, but also a little forgettable and not for me.
*I received Down From The Mountain in exchange for an honest and fair review...more
I wanted to like Disappear Home, but found that I couldn't. I honestly didn't get why they were terrified of Adam, and how horrible Sweet Earth Farm wI wanted to like Disappear Home, but found that I couldn't. I honestly didn't get why they were terrified of Adam, and how horrible Sweet Earth Farm was, and I feel like if we had spent some time there with Mara, Shoshanna and their mom, them leaving would have more more sense and given everything more context. It was very moving at the end, but I felt like it was too late at that point. We definitely are told what's going on, and I wish we saw what was happening.
I understand why the mom acted the way she did, and she did have the sense to get the kids out of there, but at the same time, I disliked her so much. It was just so hard to care about any of them, even the girls, and it was hard to get invested in their story when I feel like we know so little about them.
It also didn't really feel like it was set in the 70's either. Granted, this book takes place during a time long before I was born, so I don't really know what the 70's were like, but it really could have happened at any point in time.
Rating: 1 star. It was an interesting premise, but I couldn't get into it, and it felt like too much was missing.
*I received Disappear Home from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review....more
I am so glad that there's a sequel to This Much Is True! I really liked seeing what was going on with Tally and Elvis, and even though things were rouI am so glad that there's a sequel to This Much Is True! I really liked seeing what was going on with Tally and Elvis, and even though things were rough for them, like really rough, they did get through it. And I really hope that there's another book, because I feel like their story is far from over. It definitely stands on its own, and even though you don't need to read the first book in order to know what's going on in this book, I think it's a really good idea to read the first one in order to fully get how much these two have been through. It has more of an impact when you understand everything that's happened. And I just loved it, and it was heart-breaking but not heart-breaking and angsty the way This Much Is True was. I don't know if it's because of the weird reading funk I've been going through, but it didn't hit me emotionally the way I thought it was.
Rating: 5 stars for being such a great story, and for keeping their story...very true to them, and who they are as a couple and as people. ...more
I thought Doll Bones was okay. If I were in elementary school or middle school, I'd probably love the adventure but it didn't quite work for me. I thiI thought Doll Bones was okay. If I were in elementary school or middle school, I'd probably love the adventure but it didn't quite work for me. I think because one of them was way more into imaginary adventures than the other two, and it seemed weird that no one would notice a few kids wandering around by themselves for a while. I know they need to in order to fulfill their quest, but something about it made it hard to get into. It is clear that there's a very established story in the world they created, and that is a story I'd love to read...it seems much more interesting than the three kids growing out of their imaginary adventures. But I do think some people will like it, even if it wasn't for me.
Rating: 2 stars, for reasons I mentioned above....more
I liked Huntress! I think I would have liked it more if I hadn't read it at a time when focusing on anything except staring blankly into space. TimingI liked Huntress! I think I would have liked it more if I hadn't read it at a time when focusing on anything except staring blankly into space. Timing really is important when it comes to reading, because I felt like nature hanging in the balance really didn't come through. I think a few other things didn't make a lot of sense when I was reading it, but I honestly can't remember what they are now! She did create a really interesting world, from what I can remember and after reading Adaptation recently (and really liking that world), I do want to go back and re-read it, since I really do think I read it at the wrong time, and my thoughts on the book suffered because of it. Anyway, I liked that Kaede and Taisin live in a world where same-sex marriage is rare but also...not a big deal at all, especially when it comes to arranged marriages and marrying for alliances.
Rating: 3 stars. I liked it and I really wish I had read it at a time when I had more energy to focus on it, because I think I would have like it a lot more. I'm definitely going to have to re-read it. ...more
Even though Ask Me No Questions was just okay for me, I'm still really glad I read it. This book really got me thinking about so many things- like whaEven though Ask Me No Questions was just okay for me, I'm still really glad I read it. This book really got me thinking about so many things- like what it's like to be an illegal immigrant, and a Muslim in a post-9/11 world, and what happens when there's a huge possibility of being deported. While it's not an issue I pay a lot of attention to, it does seem like most of the focus is on those who are coming from Central America, particularly Mexico, but I do think a lot of it is because it's not something I pay attention to, and also partly because I live in San Diego, which does border part of Mexico.
As much as I appreciate how much it made me think, I really wish we saw more of their life before seeking asylum in Canada. I know we got random glimpses of it through flashbacks (which were really confusing because they randomly appeared with no warning) but I think it really would have shed more light on what it was like for them coming to the U.S. and what they had to go through to become U.S. citizens.
Rating: 2 stars. I definitely had some issues with Ask Me No Questions, but I still feel like it's a really important book to read! It definitely got me thinking about so many things....more