Here is where I’m going to go into lala fan-girl mode for a moment. Thank you, Mrs. Stiefvater, for rocking so much. I absolutely adore your writing.Here is where I’m going to go into lala fan-girl mode for a moment. Thank you, Mrs. Stiefvater, for rocking so much. I absolutely adore your writing. Really, it’s refreshing to read the work of an author who makes full use of the English language. Linger begins in a prologue with Grace as the narrator, and we are privy to all of the tumultuous thoughts that she’s having. Just as the first book in this series did, this one grabbed me from the beginning. Grace says, well..thinks, “This is a love story. I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things.” and “I never knew there were so many different ways to say good-bye.” That was it for me. Had to keep going. We get to know Sam better in this novel, which I really like. He’s an interesting character and I was hoping for a little more of him this go round. Isabel is also introduced more into the main story, and I have to say I like her a lot more than I did before. I didn’t -dislike- her initially, because even as a secondary character she had a lot of depth. This was expanded upon in Linger, and I just love that Ms. Stiefvater made that effort. It was fun to see the bonds forming between Isabel and Grace as the book progressed, and definitely nice to see in a YA novel that the female protagonist CAN exist outside the realm of just her boyfriend’s presence. Cole, too, was an interesting character, albeit a cranky and melancholy one initially. I should note that though I did very much enjoy this book, I am not as in love with it as I am with Shiver. That’s not stopping me from anxiously awaiting Forever, though!...more
It’s taken me a while to really form my thoughts on this book, and still I can’t really pinpoint exactly what it is that I want to express. I’ve waiteIt’s taken me a while to really form my thoughts on this book, and still I can’t really pinpoint exactly what it is that I want to express. I’ve waited for it since readingLinger last year…and my love of Ms. Stiefvater’s writing combined with the anticipation for the end of the series was enough to make me truly excited. Unfortunately, though I loved both Shiver and Linger, Forever fell a little flat for me. The prose, while usually gorgeous from this author, seemed forced. The plot moved forward at such a quick pace that events appeared rushed and fairly artificial, though not so much that you couldn’t get passed it and at least follow along without too much disbelief. Sam seems to have gone from a strong individual to a mopey whiner and Grace’s parents make a token appearance in a way that makes it seem like they were thrown in there just to make sure the reader knew they’d not dropped off the face of the earth. Despite all that, I did enjoy the book. There are parts where the real flow is apparent and the beautiful writing that made me fall in love with the series tugs you in, so I definitely do not regret reading the book.
I will say, though, that the ending left me completely stunned. I truly don’t even know what to say about it in a review that 1) won’t be too spoilerish and 2) won’t sound like I’m just fussing to fuss. I didn’t like it one bit and I feel like things were not wrapped up. The end of a series should not be a semi-cliffhanger.
For fans of the series, obviously you should read this book. Don’t expect everything to be tied up with a nice little bow, though....more
I discovered Stork while filling my Amazon cart with books I’d had on my wish list for a while. When this popped up on the recommended list, the wordI discovered Stork while filling my Amazon cart with books I’d had on my wish list for a while. When this popped up on the recommended list, the word “Stork” automatically caught my attention – I was, after all, newly pregnant and quite fascinated with everything baby. The synopsis drew me further in and though when I purchased the book there were not a lot of reviews out yet, I decided to go with it anyway. I mean…storks…babies…debut novel…you can’t lose! Right?
Unfortunately, wrong. The book did not live up to my expectations. While the premise was definitely unique (especially for the current YA scene), the execution of it was truly hit or miss. While the author’s writing (and by writing I mean word usage/grammar/spelling/etc) was good enough to keep me reading, I definitely got tired of hearing about the protagonist’s obsession with name-brand clothing. What got me, especially, was that Katla seemed like such a shallow, self-absorbed, selfish little chit of a thing…yet she was tasked with something that I, at least, believe is monumentally huge. Choosing which parents “deserve” a child? THAT sort of life-changing, awe-inspiring decision has been given to -that- girl? Ahh, NOW I understand why we have parents who abuse their children!
That was probably harsh, and I suppose that I am biased. Having struggled with infertility and having seen and heard of truly horrible things happening to children who belong to people who just really don’t deserve children…well, that appalled me. Katla even lied at one point about her visions to her mentors and “sister” storks, just to cover her own tush. Yeah, that’s just not okay.
I admit, the twist with Jack was interesting. The character development with Katla was there, and really, the -bones- of the story are very, very good. But, as I said, the execution was lacking. I’ll read the sequel, but I’ll be going into it with lower expectations....more
I do love a good dystopian, and this is most certainly good…and dystopian. Lena is an interesting character, mostly because despite seeming like a minI do love a good dystopian, and this is most certainly good…and dystopian. Lena is an interesting character, mostly because despite seeming like a mindless sheep initially, she actually -isn’t-. There’s a lot I liked about this novel, and I think expressing every bit of that would just be a trifle too spoilery and I tend to avoid that as often as possible. The ending was perfectly set up to allow for future books in the series (and I am OH so glad that it’s a series), and though I was expecting something explosive, I was still a touch stunned by what happened. That, dear reader, brings me to something that is bugging me just a bit…and I’m hoping it’s cleared up or explained in the next novels. How did this world become as it is? What brought them to this point? Who made the decisions to create this society of love-less people? I know the opening mentions “the president” made decisions, but…still and all, I’m confused over it. I’d like some answers in the next book, and I’m going to just assume they’ll be there. I do want to mention that I absolutely love Lauren Oliver’s writing style. She’s able to make words flow so easily and I was easily able to focus on the scene she was describing rather than being distracted by choppy sentences and irregular grammar. This book disturbed me (I do enjoy being pulled into a book and actually feeling as I’m reading) – the thought of not being able to love? That’s simply incomprehensible to me, and to even ponder living in that world is horrifying. Ah, well. I don’t live there, so I can love this book. I’m anxiously looking forward to the next one!...more
**I received this book free from the publisher.** Lauren DeStefano may have just become one of my favorite authors. She introduces the reader to a horr**I received this book free from the publisher.** Lauren DeStefano may have just become one of my favorite authors. She introduces the reader to a horrifyingly dark, dismal, and BELIEVABLE world from page 1 and continues to deliver throughout the novel. Rhine, the female protagonist, is a brutally real, honest, and deep character who is likely to appeal to most readers – or at least readers who like a woman with a brain in her head.
The world is Earth, though not at we know it, and supposedly the only remaining continent is North America. Everywhere else is supposed decimated, though there are hints throughout the book that this may just be what the general population believes to be true, and is in fact NOT entirely accurate. Ms. DeStefano’s characters, from the chef in the kitchen of the home in which Rhine lives to Rhine herself are all intricately woven into the story in such a way that they just -feel- real. Even Rowan, who we never actually meet, feels like he’s got depth and substance.
I absolutely love the level of detail that the author worked into her story – there was plenty to really paint a vivid picture of what is happening and where it is happening, but enough was left to the imagination so that each reader can color it with his or her own individual interpretation.
It may sound cheesy and a trifle cliche, but I’d call this little dystopian beauty SPLENDID and absolutely delightful. I cannot wait for number two in the Chemical Gardens trilogy. (Would it be too corny to say that I may wither away while waiting? Ooo look at that alliteration, too!)...more
At the beginning of this debut novel, we are introduced to Ellie and what appears to be the typical life of a typical teenager. It’s this first bit ofAt the beginning of this debut novel, we are introduced to Ellie and what appears to be the typical life of a typical teenager. It’s this first bit of writing that kept my interest – not so much because the information was riveting (remember, typical and typical) but because the writing was such that the typical -sounded- good. (Or read well…whatever you like.) It’s in chapter one that we’re introduced to most of the supporting characters in the book, and in chapter two that we first begin to see that maybe Ellie isn’t as much the typical teenager living in a typical world as we first believe.
Now, I could go on and on about the things that I liked about this book, but I feel like I’d eventually get too spoilery and, as usual, I’d like to avoid that. The characters seem well though out, the writing flows, the plot appears to be solid and substantial, and in general it’s just a good read. What I did find a -little- tedious are the fight scenes. While they’re just as well written as everything else, there are quite a few of them and after a while got a bit repetitive. That doesn’t really take away from the story, though, so it’s not something I’m going to fuss overly much about. Now, regarding religion…obviously since this story is about angelic things, there’s some religious talk in the book. If you’re one to shy away from books with religion in them, you really should read this anyway. There’s nothing pushy about the information within the story and it’s presented more like the lore in a fantasy novel rather than a bible study session.
I did enjoy reading this book quite a bit. Ellie is fun, opinionated, and likable. Will is dashing and exciting. A few of the other characters are ones that you’ll want to get to know better, but in this first book of the series I think the reader is given enough information on each to be temporarily (while waiting for book 2) satisfied. By the way, Ms. Moulton’s use of foreshadowing is so utterly yummy that I could hug her....more
I’m feeling slightly up and down on Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly. On one hand, I definitely liked Clara – she has a lot of depth and it’s obvious Ms. HandI’m feeling slightly up and down on Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly. On one hand, I definitely liked Clara – she has a lot of depth and it’s obvious Ms. Hand took the time to really flesh her out. On the other hand, I really feel the novel was plagued by a lot of filler and not a lot of actual substance.
That said, I did very much like this book. Clara is a female protagonist I can get behind and understand. She’s a “typical” teenager in that she does in fact ponder about how she’s going to fit in, how she’s going to cope with a new school, new life, new everything…and she even whimpers a bit over her orange hair. She’s so REAL. At the same time, she’s so much more than the “typical” female protagonists that seem to run rampant in a lot of today’s YA novels. Clara is strong, decisive, and independent. She’s not willing to let a boy treat her like dirt – she has enough self esteem and feelings of self worth to really KNOW what she deserves, and she’s not willing to settle for less than that. I adore that about her.
The supporting characters – Angela, Wendy, Christian, Tucker, Jeffrey, and Clara’s mom – are all interesting on their own. Also interesting is the lore behind the Angels and angel-bloods and I definitely would like to read more about that.
The ending of Unearthly, I felt, is a bit abrupt – I was absolutely not prepared for it to end. While I enjoy a good cliffhanger as much as the next person, this was more of a…cessation of words? It comes down to there being a whole lot of build up and not a whole lot of resolution.
That’s ok, though. I’ll still patiently wait for the next in the series....more
Have you ever read Ringworld by Larry Niven? I have, and I loved the books. I think Ms. Revis has, as well. Now, I could be wrong (obviously I definitHave you ever read Ringworld by Larry Niven? I have, and I loved the books. I think Ms. Revis has, as well. Now, I could be wrong (obviously I definitely do not have any insider information on what Ms. Revis has or has not read in her lifetime), but I’m fairly certain that I can detect quite a few parallels to Mr. Niven’s books. Now…I’m not implying she stole the story. I’m not saying anything negative, in fact. I’m merely saying that I think this book could have been at least partially influenced by bits and pieces of the Ringworld series of books. There’s nothing wrong with that, is there? As C.C. Colton said, “Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery”.
Enough of that. Let’s get to the nitty gritty of things. Our main characters are Elder, the future leader of the spaceship upon which this story takes place, and Amy; She’s ”nonessential cargo”. Amy’s parents are also cargo, though not nonessential, and a cryogenically preserved while waiting for said spaceship to reach its destination. There’s quite a few others waiting in a popsicle-like state in the cargo bit of the ship – 97 others, in fact. So we have a ship full of people who have been traveling from point A to point B for a -very long time-, an up and coming new leader, a few crazies thrown in for good measure, and a plot that’s been done a few times before. But that’s OKAY! Why? Because Beth Revis makes it seem fresh. Also, this particular book is written in such a way that the younger crowd can really get into it. It’s not quite so deep that you have to ponder for hours over it. It is, however, fun.
The chapters change character perspective throughout the book and honestly, I felt as though the book suffered a bit for this. The voices of Amy and Elder sound oddly similar and that, to me, was a bit disappointing. Perhaps if they were more noticeably different, the alternating voices would have worked.
All in all I feel the book was decently written, but it’s not one of my favorites. Enjoyable, yes; It’s a fun, light read.
I’ll read the sequel. I’ll probably even like the sequel. In the meantime, though, I’m going to go re-read Ringworld and its sequels and prequels, ’cause Across the Universe made me miss it....more
Vanish picks up where Firelight left us and takes us on a journey into the heart of Draki society. Ms. Jordan shows us more of the mythology behind thVanish picks up where Firelight left us and takes us on a journey into the heart of Draki society. Ms. Jordan shows us more of the mythology behind the dragons in this sequel, which is nice, but it seems that this book just doesn’t quite have the pep and zing that the first in the series had. I think this book suffers a bit from being the middle child. That said, Vanish is definitely not a bad book and is most certainly worth the read.
What I really liked: The introduction of more info about the mythology, the way pack dynamics are portrayed, and the attention to detail on both main and supporting characters. Oh, and there’s dragons, of course…I totally love that. What I didn’t like: The pacing was a lot slower, the plot seemed to suffer from disorganization, the love triangle (must there always be one?) isn’t believable, and there’s absolutely no feeling of urgency in the story. I just didn’t get pulled in like I did with Firelight.
Despite my lack of total love, I’ll still be reading the final book in the Firelight series...more
**If you haven't read Twilight, don't read this review. If you have, the spoilers won't matter anyway.**
I wanted so very much to love this book. I re**If you haven't read Twilight, don't read this review. If you have, the spoilers won't matter anyway.**
I wanted so very much to love this book. I read the synopsis on Goodreads.com and it seemed interesting. When the Kindle price on Amazon went to 99 cents, I snagged it.
My delight at the price, though, was where the happy ended.
This review may lean slightly toward the side of spoiler-ish, so stop reading now if you want. Then again, if you’ve even half a clue what went on in Twilight, you’ll have no surprises in Promise.
The protagonist is a young girl who believes she’s ugly as sin but who keeps getting told by everyone else that she’s gorgeous. The self-loathing yet beautiful young girl moves to a new town and once there she meets a new guy who she is, of course, immediately attracted to. This guy is mysterious, slightly creepy, and (again, of course) drop dead gorgeous. Oh, and everyone else thinks he’s bad news.
Guy’s name is Tristan, which I admit is quite a bit nicer (in my opinion) than Edward. Tristan is constantly wanting to kill Alexis even though he loves her. He saves her from a potentially/probably fatal car accident, at which point she figures out he’s not really all that “normal”. No, people, I’m not just superimposing the Twilight plot over this book in some sort of confused daze…this really happens.
Now I could have forgiven this. Really, I could have, because Kristie Cook’s writing is at least a bit better than Mrs. Meyer’s. But she lost me with the craptastic “intimate” stuff.
Alexis practically throws herself at Tristan. In fact, she literally does. She begs him repeatedly to have sex with her, but of course he refuses. At one point she feels like she’s losing him so her MOTHER drives her to his house, tells her to do what she has to do, and Alexis proceeds to strip naked and prostrate herself in front of him. Seriously, in an attempt to keep the guy she offers to give him her virginity if he’ll only please, please, please, ohmigosh, not leave her. Argh!
I’m going to just stop here, because I literally can’t find anything nice to say about the book except Ms. Cook’s writing style trumps Mrs. Meyer’s by far. Oh, and the concept was nice – the angel/demon lore was actually interesting and I’m truly sad that absolutely nothing awesome came from such promise. I suppose I don’t have to say that I’ll be skipping the sequel/s in this series....more
In 1996, with The Last Vampire: Creatures of Forever, Christopher Pike concluded Sita's story. In 2010, he showed us all that Sita's story was not, inIn 1996, with The Last Vampire: Creatures of Forever, Christopher Pike concluded Sita's story. In 2010, he showed us all that Sita's story was not, in fact, over. As if that wasn't enough, he also promised another book, another extension of the series, a glimpse of something more. In 2011, he delivered on that promise...and Sita's story, it seems, is concluded once again.
Or is it? I feel now just as I felt fifteen years ago as a thirteen year old girl finishing a beloved series. Things are all wrapped up nicely. There's a pretty bow tied around this beautiful tale and it seems, truly, as if the end has been reached. But I was convinced then that it was the last of the last vampire, and I was proved wrong. I have to say at this point, though I do believe Sita's tale is fully told, that I hope against hope Mr. Pike is able to continue forward from where Thirst No. 4 ends and that I am wrong again.
Thirst No. 4 picks up exactly where Thirst No. 3 left off. There's clues enough through the book, though, that even if it's been a year since you read No. 3, you should easily be able to follow everything that's currently happening. As I said in my review of Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn, I know that not everything Christopher Pike writes is a masterpiece and obviously the man's writing has some flaws. This book, though, is just fantastic. The pace is spot on - not too fast, not too slow. Like most everything of his that I've read, the story grabs you by the neck and yanks you so deep inside its complex web that you're unable to surface again until the very end when you're left sputtering and gasping, yearning for just a tiny iota more and yet ultimately feeling satisfied.
The Last Vampire series is dark yet beautiful, charged with emotion, gripping, and utterly remarkable. Sita's story is tragic, fantastic, and magical and I feel honored that Mr. Pike chose to share her life with us.
It has taken me quite some time to form my thoughts on this book. I’ve even talked about it quite a few times with the husband and my dear friend BreeIt has taken me quite some time to form my thoughts on this book. I’ve even talked about it quite a few times with the husband and my dear friend Bree over at All The Books I Can Read. It’s one of those thought provoking, deep books that really makes you stop and ponder things. When I expressed concern to my husband over reviewing a book about this particular topic, he said to me, “Good books frequently deal with uncomfortable topics”. Well, that’s true. And since that’s true, I’m just going to go ahead and review it.
Disclaimer: If you are uncomfortable with the topic of incest (well, we’re probably all uncomfortable with the idea of incest…) then stop reading and definitely don’t read this book.
Forbidden is an emotionally charged book. It’s a story of loss, of heartache, of trials and tribulations that no child should ever have to go through, and it is the story of a love so fierce that nothing and no one can stand in its way. The book is focused on a pair of siblings, Lochan and Maya, who have been mostly deserted by their parents (entirely by their father, and nearly completely by their mother) and who are having to not only exist themselves, but also raise their younger siblings.
It’s a tough, horrible situation and as someone who grew up with parents who loved her, I cannot fathom existing in the type of world these two had to deal with. These two individuals are put through so much…
Tabitha Suzuma’s writing is so excellent, her story so poignant, her characters so undeniably lovable, that it makes a book about a hard topic very easy to read. Forbidden is beautiful and heartbreaking. Read it....more