I really need to face the fact that I don't like classic gothic literature. Why I keep trying to force myself to like it, I'll never know. I honestly...moreI really need to face the fact that I don't like classic gothic literature. Why I keep trying to force myself to like it, I'll never know. I honestly thought I'd never get through this one. If I hadn't spent so much time waiting for it to get better, I would have put it down as soon as I realized all of the actin takes place in backstory and that the narrative is so slow that you could read one in every 20 pages and still know exactly what's going on.(less)
After the mediocrity of the first novel, I was shocked to find myself so emotionally involved in the second. The Ask and the Answer might be the most...moreAfter the mediocrity of the first novel, I was shocked to find myself so emotionally involved in the second. The Ask and the Answer might be the most horrible book I have ever read, and I mean that in the best way possible. I didn't know if I would be able to get through it, but I knew for sure I couldn't not finish it. I wanted to throw up and cry myself to sleep just thinking about the horrible things Todd and Viola go through. It's like the worst parts of slavery and the Holocaust all wrapped up together in a horrifying story of war and redemption, hope and loss, love and pain, betrayal and salvation. I don't know how I can possibly survive the final installation.(less)
When Cassie's grandfather tells her to not go gently, she knows he is telling her more than a line from a forbidden poem. So when she is matched with...moreWhen Cassie's grandfather tells her to not go gently, she knows he is telling her more than a line from a forbidden poem. So when she is matched with her childhood friend Xander but finds herself falling in love with the outcast Ky, she wonders if this is her moment to do something more, to fight for what she wants.
This book is perfect for people wanting a romantic version of The Hunger Games as it focuses on the relationships rather than the political working of the futuristic Society. While I really liked Cassie, Ky and Xander, I felt the story moved a little too slow and was a little hallow for the premise. But the ending gives hope for more to come.(less)
What happens when adults become infertile. When sex-ed is taught in schools to encourage kids to have unprotected sex. When giving birth in middle-sch...moreWhat happens when adults become infertile. When sex-ed is taught in schools to encourage kids to have unprotected sex. When giving birth in middle-school increases your chances of getting into the right college. When being 16 and pregnant makes you the most important person in the world.
This is the America—in the not so distant future—where identical twins Melody and Harmony grow up. Separated at birth, Melody is taken in by a wealthy New Jersey family while Harmony is raised in a Pennsylvania compound by the Church. Melody’s parents want to give her every advantage in life, including a top-paying birthing contract that will allow her to attend the best schools, have all the money she will ever need, and make her the most popular girl in the world. But Harmony is raised to get married, bare children and rear them to serve God. Both are prized for their purity, and neither is quite ready to get bumped. And then they meet.
Sounds like a great premise, right? It has drama, sex, conspiracy, religion—all the elements for a really good action-thriller. But it’s all slightly misleading. A throw-back to Margret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale set in the consumer-driven world created by Scott Westerfeld in Uglies, this book struggles to get off the ground. I spent the first 20 pages confused, the next 60 pages a little offended and the end totally frustrated.
The biggest problem is that Melody's character is over-developed while Harmony's totally flat. It's obvious that the author doesn't understand religion, but instead of creating a character that's believable despite being outside the realm of conventional understanding, she makes Harmony walk around sounding like a brainwashed religious zealot. While I consider myself a god-fearing person, I'm not a squeamish reader when it comes to sexuality, strong language and violence, but Harmony—the character I expected to empathize with—ended up annoying me. And her big revelation that should have made me love her came so out of left-field that I felt manipulated by the first half of the book.
But that’s when things started getting good. The pacing picked up, I got a handle on the slang and the characters started to become likable. Until I realized I wasn’t going to gain any satisfaction with the ending. A total cliff-hanger. I’d been sucked into another near-future trilogy with no end in sight, because that’s what they do with dystopian books now. They write them in threes without giving you any kind of closure in between novels. So this book joins the stack of books that finally got shorter when The Hunger Games ended only to get longer with Matched, Delirium, Everlost, Mazerunner…(less)
This book reads at a more leisurely pace than the first, taking it's time to set up the characters so when the true acti...moreThere's no escaping this game.
This book reads at a more leisurely pace than the first, taking it's time to set up the characters so when the true action is revealed you are fully invested in what's happening. It is more thoughtful and emotive than the first--which I like--yet this book is anything but slow.
With Katness coming back from the Games, changed yet unwilling to let got of her past, you know something has got to give. The Districts are ablaze with revolution, and even the Games itself is changing. But still at it's core is constant Peeta, unwilling to let Katness go but broken by her indecision.
Holy cow, I can't wait for the last book. Suzanne Collins puts all of the elements together--style, plot, characters--to create an unforgettable world where one girl is just a pawn in everyone else's games but begins to see that she wants to play by her own rules. It sucks you in and won't let you go. I don't know how I managed to stay out of it for this long, but there's no turning back now. Not that I'd ever want to.(less)
So this book is totally freaking me out. I think I would have found it a lot more moving if I had read it in high school, but now I just find it distu...moreSo this book is totally freaking me out. I think I would have found it a lot more moving if I had read it in high school, but now I just find it disturbing. I am reminded of a little bit of The Red Tent and a little bit of Fahrenheit 451 when I read this book and I can’t quite wrap my head around it.
But yeah for reading another on of ALA’s Top Most Banned Books! The unfortunate thing is the book list changes every year.(less)
Really, I should have seen it coming. Meg Cabot is obsessed with Star Wars, watches way too much TV and has already done the psychic thing, the prince...moreReally, I should have seen it coming. Meg Cabot is obsessed with Star Wars, watches way too much TV and has already done the psychic thing, the princess thing, the paranormal thing and the historical fiction thing. And with the popularity of Stephenie Meyer's The Host, why shouldn't she jump on the body-snatcher bandwagon?
Emerson Watts loves to play video games, has never kissed a boy and refers to the popular crowed at her alternative college prep school in Manhattan as the Walking Dead. So when she wakes up as a $4,000-dress-wearing, boyfriend-stealing, high-school-drop-outing supermodel, she doesn't know how she can take over Nikki Howard's identity let alone walk in her stiletto shoes.
While this book was interesting, and Nikki's best friend Lulu is definitely a stand-out character with her philosophies on love, skin care and house-keeping, I just didn't really buy it. I mean, come on, a music mega-story paying for a body transplant so they don't have to find a new spokes-model? It's a stretch, even for the author who brought us a princess in hiding, a kick-boxing ghost shrink, Arthur reincarnated, a lighting-struck person-finder and an unlucky teenage witch. Not that it was really a bad book, just not up to par.
Plus, can we please get a completed series sometime soon? With Forever Princess and Queen of Babble Gets Hitched looming in the distance, two more books promised for the Heather Wells Mystery series, the unfinished Jinx series, the unfinished Avalon High series, her new middle-grade Allie Finkle series and who knows what other series rolling around in her head, do we really need a sci-fi version of America's Next Top Model?
But if you want a light read that is classic Meg Cabot, you can't pass up this book. Her books are always filled with characters that are quirky and relatable, romance and teenaged angst that keep YA lit lovers coming back for more, and dialogue that will inevitably win you over.(less)