Words can't describe how much I loved this book. Shadow and Bone is a terrific book that is for fans of Harry Potter and Graceling. Shadow and Bone takes place in the land of Kavka, a world of magic and mystery. Kavka is ruled by the King and his mysterious Darkling his second in command. Alina is a orphan who becomes a cartographer in the army with her friend Mal. In the heat of the moment Alina displays a unique power that shows that she is a grisha. Grisha have the ability to do magic and are higher class citizens.
Shadow and Bone has been picked up for a film at Dreamworks and the producer of Harry Potter will be the producer for this movie. I can't tell why Dreamworks wants to make a movie because it is an excellent story of good vs. evil.
Leigh Bardugo created a world that is so original and unique. The world of Kavka is definitely one of the best settings for a book. The world building is very developed, and seems like an interesting world to live in. The descriptions for the Grand and Little Palaces were very vivid and life-like. I felt like I was standing in Kavka with Alina at any given moment in the novel.
The characters of Shadow and Bone were nothing short of spectacular. Alina was a heroine that wasn't annoying at all in a market full of Bella Swan-like annoying, and whiny protagonists. Alina was a protagonist that I really liked because she was smart, and she really kicked butt. Alina and Mal were a great couple and both were characters that I look forward to reading about.
The Darkling is a character like no other. In the beginning of the novel I found him to be fascinating my fascination didn't cease. I still am ruminating how awesome and horrible he is. You will love and hate the Darkling, he is that mysterious.
Shadow and Bone is like nothing I have ever read. This book amazed me with a fast paced plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. Shadow and Bone is a ground-breaking debut that is the next YA phenomenon. I expect great things from Leigh Bardugo and I need the sequel like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles need Pizza! Step aside J.K. Rowling, Leigh Bardugo is here with the next big magical adventure. Thank you Henry Holt and Co. for providing me with a digital ARC through Netgalley! 5/5 Stars Must Read ...more
Every time I read this, I'm filled with a flurry of emotions. Much to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed the movie and I don't understand all of tEvery time I read this, I'm filled with a flurry of emotions. Much to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed the movie and I don't understand all of the negativity behind it....more
Thank you to the lovely Go Flash Go! from Read, Rinse, Repeat! It was so kind of you to send me TEoM and I really appreciate it ;) Thanks for being awesome!!!
The Eye Of Minds was one of my most anticipated read of 2013 and it definitely delivered. I have been a huge, huge James Dashner fan ever since I first read The Maze Runner in my pre-blogging days. I consider myself a member of the Dashner Army, and I was so happy when Go Flash Go! sent me a copy of this book. Warning: This review may consist of a lot of fanboying and ranting. That being said, I loved The Eye Of Minds!
I was pretty worried that The Eye Of Minds would be too similar to Ready Player One, which I really enjoyed. Sure, the books have very similar premises, but they have few similarities beyond that. Seriously, don't be dismissed by the few similarities and think of it as a "YA Ready Player One rip-off". The only reason I chose to address this concern is because so many people on Goodreads have commented that this book sounds way too similar to Ready Player One.
The Eye Of Minds is everything readers have learned to expect from James Dashner: a thrilling plot, fantastic characters, subtle romance, and incredible world-building. James Dashner never disappoints! The Eye Of Minds is definitely a page-turner and I zoomed through this book faster than I expected. I only planned on reading a few pages, but I actually I ended up reading 100's of pages and a few hours went by. This book is absolutely riveting and it's incredible how easily I was immersed in this story.
The plot is incredibly original with enough action, adventure, and romance to satisfy readers. James Dashner has a knack for creating such tense, action-packed books and I absolutely loved this one. Gah. Don't even get me started on the incredible plot twists that were just so unexpected and absolutely epic. If you've read The Maze Runner series, you know that Dashner knows how to create terrifying creatures like the Grievers and Cranks. Once again, Dashner has created an extremely terrifying species of creatures called the Killsims. I really don't know how to do the Killsims but they are freaking scary.
The world building in EoM is thorough, extremely original, and perfectly executed. The world Dashner created is a world that I would love to live in, on one hand, but on the other hand this world scares the bejeezus out of me. Seriously, I would love to use the Virtnet without all the complications that occur in EoM. Doesn't a virtual reality sound so epic? I am the type of person who would get so addicted to the VirtNet that I'd probably lose sight of reality. Maybe I don't really want to use the VirtNet after all. It doesn't matter if you think you would love the VirtNet, it's impressive how intricate the world Dashner created is.
Lastly, our protagonists in EoM are the kinds of characters that I love to read about. Michael, Bryson, and Sarah aren't perfect; they each have their fair share of flaws and faults. The thing is because of their faults and the fact that Dashner doesn't try to sugarcoat their personalities, these characters feel so realistic. Michael, Bryson, and Sarah are extremely likeable, and I quickly grew attached to them. I loved reading the banter and dialogue between the three, and they definitely made me laugh a handful of times.
Seriously, I'd highly recommend reading this book because it's just so fantastic. Only Dashner could pull off a sci-fi book of this magnitude. I know I'm being very vague in this review, but I'm afraid that I will spoil something by accident. Once again, James Dashner has created a sci-fi book that is unparalleled and I'm dying to read book #2. The only bad thing about this book is how long I have to wait for the following installment in The Mortality Doctrine. Reading The Eye Of Minds is definitely a must! ...more
Current opinion: This book wasn't really good as I said previously. I have read more zombie books recently and that really changed my opinion of this bCurrent opinion: This book wasn't really good as I said previously. I have read more zombie books recently and that really changed my opinion of this book. This book was a good, and entertaining read but it wasn't as great now that I have read more in the zombie genre. Previous Opinion: This book was really good. Okay I saw this book on netgalley and I only requested it because I thought that the cover was pretty darn cool. Anyway I'm glad I requested it because this book was really entertaining. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. Basically the story is about a town and a girl deals with a virus. It's better than it sounds trust me.. I recommend this book to everyone it's a good read and I can't wait for a sequel....more
When I saw that Pete Wentz wrote a book I had to request it on Edelweiss. Pete Wentz is the renowned former bassist and lyricist of Fall Out Boy. Gray is inspired by the rise of Fall Out Boy and Pete's relationship with his girlfriend. I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't.
Gray is a depressing book that really has no moral value. It is the story of Pete's drug addiction and battle with love. I really hated how depressing this book was and this is not a book to read when you're in a good mind. Gray is a story that is written with such fantastic language and prose. This book was filled with metaphors and was written so lyrically and poetically.
The great prose couldn't save this book from it's lack of developed characters and simplistic plot. Basically the main characters fights with drug abuse, he breaks up with girlfriend, and then he gets back together with her.
You know how on shampoo bottles it says Lather, Rinse and Repeat. This book was written with the instructions: Do Drugs, Break Up With GF, Get Back Together With GF and Repeat.
I really expected a book that would have some emotional and sentimental value. Wentz tries to written a heart-breaking tale but the reader doesn't know enough about his GF and him to have empathy. Instead of feeling sympathy or empathy I felt like this book was written in a sob-story fashion.
I thought this book would end with the character rising up above his drug abuse and cleaning his life up but nothing like this happened. Wentz really annoyed me with how much teen angst he wrote this with! I guess if you like Fall Out Boy you might like this cliche book but even then I don't think readers will enjoy it. ...more
Lies Beneath has been on my "To-Read" list for awhile and I kept putting off reading it. To tell you the truth I was convincedSeen at Scott Reads It
Lies Beneath has been on my "To-Read" list for awhile and I kept putting off reading it. To tell you the truth I was convinced that I would hate based on the numerous negative reviews I read. I am glad that Lies Beneath really proved me wrong.
Calder is a mermaid who lives in Lake Superior and he lives with his sisters. Calder and his sisters hunt humans for food and they feed off their energy/aura. His sisters want to take revenge on a man who led to his mother's death. Calder has to get close to his daughter Lily, but the problem is that he manages to fall in love.
Calder was unlike any mermaid I have ever read about. I loved how the mermaids in Lies Beneath could read the emotions of the people around them. I also liked how these mermaids were not the sweet type of mermaids who collect forks and singing about being a part of the human world. The mermaids and mermen in Lies Beneath were deadly but still enchanting and alluring. The merpeople in this book really reminded me of the classic good ol' sirens who allured sailors to their death. Anne Greenwood Brown established an interesting and complex mythology in Lies Beneath. I'm really glad that Lies Beneath wasn't just one of those turn-of-the-mill YA books.
Lies Beneath is written from Calder's point of view and for the most part I enjoyed reading Calder's narration. Calder had a noteworthy narration because he is kind of twisted. On one side Calder is a cold-blooded mermaid killer but on the other hand he is a charming hopeless romantic. It was interesting to see how Calder really matured and grew as a character. Calder kind of reminded me of Jasper Dent from I Hunt Killers. I loved reading about Calder's struggle against his mermaid nature and inclination to kill. One of my only problems with Calder's narration was that Calder tended to over narrate a bit. I didn't really think a guy who describe so vividly what his girlfriend's hair and clothing look like.
The first half of Lies Beneath is very problematic. Basically for the first half of Lies Beneath Calder stalks Lily and not much else happens. I am not a big fan of male protagonists who feel the need to stalk their female love interests. I liked the second half of Lies Beneath far more than the first half of the book. The second half of the book is where the pacing and mystery really picked up. Once the mystery got introduced Lies Beneath really caught my interest and I felt a strong urge to keep reading.
The romance in Lies Beneath is nothing extraordinary but isn't terrible. The romance between Calder and Lily was just your stereotypical paranormal romance. The romance was a bit on the cheesy side but I didn't really believe that the characters had any chemistry between them until the last few chapters. I don't understand why the female protagonist always seems to love the stalkerish male and it is just mind boggling to me. I think the romance would have been more interesting to me if I was a fan of Lily. Lily just was a bit one dimensional in my opinion. Lily likes reading poetry, dressing outlandishly, and stalkers but doesn't she sound like a lot of the females in the YA genre?
Lies Beneath isn't exactly groundbreaking literature but it was still was compelling to read. The first half of the book really dragged but I did enjoy the 2nd half a lot more. The romance was decent but I wished Anne Greenwood Brown developed the character of Lily more. I am not sure if I will read the sequel to Lies Beneath but there is a good chance I will....more
I dreaded reading Deadlocked ever since I finished Dead Reckoning back in January. I knew I was going to hate Deadlocked before I even started the bo I dreaded reading Deadlocked ever since I finished Dead Reckoning back in January. I knew I was going to hate Deadlocked before I even started the book but I still had to read it. I had zero expectations for this book after reading books #10 and #11. The only reason I really read this series was so I could finish this series and get it over with. Yeah I know that's a terrible reason. I really used to love this series but now I feel like Harris puts absolutely zero effort into them.
I used to be able to read a Sookie Stackhouse book in a day or so because they were pageturners. The latest Sookie Stackhouse books like Deadlocked are extremely slow paced and the plots are all over the place. I didn't enjoy Deadlocked at all and I had to force myself to continue reading. There were a couple times where I got so annoyed that I started to skim parts of the book.
Sookie Stackhouse used to be such an interesting and likeable character. Now, she is one of the most dull and annoying characters I've read about. When catastrophe strikes in Sookie's relationship with Eric, all she seems to care about is her furniture. Later on when Sookie's life is in danger, she cares more about a stain on the chairs than her actual life. Someone has some messed up prerogatives.
What happened to the smart, resourceful Sookie? Charlaine Harris, what have you done to Sookie? Did you perform a lobotomy and remove her brain by accident? Seriously Sookie seemed to lack any common sense in this book and she endlessly frustrated me. Thankfully I wasn't reading this book on my kindle or probably would have had the urge to throw my kindle on the ground. Sookie's attempts to sound smart were so painful to read, Sookie must have discarded her brain or something. You aren't the genius you think you are Sookie!
Sookie, why do you even waste your time with these men anymore? They will just keep on backstabbing and hurting you! You never seem to give up on them despite the fact that they continue to hurt you. Enough is enough! Do you really need a man to support you? Sookie is way too desperate and she needs to take a hint. This madness with Sookie's romantic life needs to life! I haven't succumbed to reading any spoilers but I have a feeling that I know who she ends up with.
The plot in this book is a complete joke and is such nonsense. It seems like Deadlocked is just Sookie doing mundane tasks like shaving her legs, cleaning the house, working at the bar, etc. I could careless about Sookie's errands yet Charlaine Harris focused on them way too much. The rest of the book is a combination between a terribly written "mystery" and random interactions with fairies. There is absolutely zero suspense in this book and I feel like there was zero effort put into this book.
Fairies. I hate each and everyone of the fairies in Deadlocked! Thankfully the fairy plotline was wrapped up at the end of Deadlocked. I think if the fairy nonsense went on any longer, I would have gone crazy.
Does anybody else find it creepy how Sookie sleeps in the same bed with Dermot and Claude? Despite the fact they don't have sex, it's still creepy to sleep with your family members who are full grown men. Sookie even goes to a strip club and watches her cousin strip. She calls her cousin's abs delicious or something creepy like that. Then she starts to call her uncle Dermot "Sexy Farmer", Sookie needs to get herself together. I wouldn't have been surprised if Sookie committed incest.
Reading Deadlocked felt like some sick ordeal because it was just that terrible. I had faith that it would get slightly better but it never did. Charlaine Harris has destroyed my favorite characters and mangled them into true messes. There is nothing redeeming about Deadlocked and I don't know how I even managed to finish. My favorite part of the book was when I finished it and no longer had to even look at it any longer. Onto book #13 I guess...
Seen at Scott Reads It I have read so many mixed reviews of The Lost Code but I really liked the premise of it. I mean seriously a book about AtlantisSeen at Scott Reads It I have read so many mixed reviews of The Lost Code but I really liked the premise of it. I mean seriously a book about Atlantis sounds like such an original and cool idea. The Lost Code got off to a bit of a slow start but I definitely enjoyed it. The Lost Code tells the story of Owen who goes to Camp Eden, a camp located inside a dome that mimics conditions before the oceans rose. Global Warming much? Anyway the reader is whisked on a strange journey that takes the reader to Atlantis.
I'll be honest Edenwest BioDome (the location of Camp Eden) isn't such a spectacular setting. We vaguely learn about the world and The Great Rise (when the oceans rose) but not nearly enough. I had tons of questions about the domes being the inquisitive reader I am and most of my questions were not really answered. The world building isn't bad but it definitely was lacking. I did like how The Lost Code takes place in an unique and different kind of setting (a camp) as opposed to the barren wasteland or a totalitarian metropolis.
From the first few pages I wasn't a big fan of Owen but he definitely grew on me. In the beginning I thought that Owen seemed rather childish with trying to impress Lily.Owen kinda reminded me of Percy at first but then again Percy was 12 and Owen is supposed to be 15. I mean dude if you can't swim, don't take a swimming test just to impress the hot life guard. There was a bit of insta-love between Owen and Lily but that didn't really bother me. Luckily Owen really matured throughout the novel, at the end he was no longer that lovelorn boy. Lily is the "smart-girl" that really puts Owen in his place and reminded me a bit of Annabeth from Percy Jackson. She was very likeable from the start and I hope she continues to be a big part of The Atlanteans series. I do hope we learn more about Lily because even though I found her to be a likeable character, she wasn't developed that much.
In terms of plot The Lost Code starts off rather slowly but it eventually picked up the pace. We spend much of the beginning reading about camp activities while slowly strange happenings occur. Even though I think the camp activities were necessary in order to establish the characters and their relationships, I think it could have been shortened. Once the major conflict of The Lost Code I was definitely hooked and compelled to read more. I wish there was more Atlantis, codes, and strange happenings though. The second half of the book was definitely better than the first half. I really liked Kevin Emerson's writing style and it reminded me of the compelling style of Michael Grant.
The Lost Code is a fun read that took me on a journey unlike anything I have read. Sure it had some faults but overall it was an entertaining book. The first half of the book is slow-paced but it's necessary to add tension leading up to the second half. Will I read the sequel? I'm definitely ready for a sequel because after the ending I am pretty pumped to see more Atlantis. Unlike most books, The Lost Code's romance is cringe-worthy and I really enjoyed reading about Lily and Owen's relationship.I just hope that there's no love triangle introduced in the next book! ...more
Seen at Scott Reads It **Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for providing me with a finished copy in exchange for a honest review**
The hardest reviews areSeen at Scott Reads It **Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for providing me with a finished copy in exchange for a honest review**
The hardest reviews are for me to write are for the books that I really enjoyed reading. In my opinion it's easy to nitpick and criticize aspects of a book. The Mark Of Athena is book #3 in the Heroes Of Olympus series and I can't get enough Rick Riordan. I was a bit worried going into this book because it feels like so long ago that I devoured Son Of Neptune. Riordan immediately drew me in the first chapter and my attention didn't waver much at all. It's really hard for me to concentrate on reading one book at a time when a book is as lengthy as the Mark of Athena is.
Nearly 8 years ago Rick Riordan published The Lightning Thief and yet his recent books still have as much momentum as his older books. In 8 years Riordan's writing style is still roughly the same as is the humor and devotion he puts into the creation of his characters. I'll be honest as much as I love The Heroes Of Olympus, I am a bigger fan of the original Percy Jackson series.
Mark Of Athena has so much going on with all of it's many subplots. Annabeth was given by her mother (Athena) a mission to find The Mark Of Athena in Rome. Of course getting to Rome is easier said than done and many obstacles pop up to distract our heroes and heroines.
One of the major differences between The Mark Of Athena and the original Percy Jackson series is the alternating perspectives. The alternating perspective is definitely an effective and interesting tool that really worked well in Mark of Athena. Each of the different perspectives were very distinct in MoA and unique unlike in alot of novels where the perspectives all seem to sound exactly the same. Of all the characters we got to hear from, my favorite was of course Annabeth. I really missed Annabeth's awesome personality and resourcefulness.
The plot in Mark of Athena is quite remarkable because Riordan manages to mesh so many Greek mythical characters in just so few pages. My favorite encounter with a mythical character in this book I have got to say is Leo's encounter with Narcissus. The whole encounter with Narcissus was very unexpected but still very fitting. Team Leo all the way! (If you read MoA, you totally get what I'm talking about!). That ending and cliffhanger was excruciating yet still incredibly awesome. I really wish I could have read The House Of Hades immediately after MoA because that cliffhanger was that spectacular.
The romance in MoA is definitely secondary to the action and adventure but it's still important nevertheless. When Percy and Annabeth had their little reunion, I am not gonna I lie my smile was probably so big that they saw it in Russia. The interactions between Percy and Annabeth were really sweet and touching. The added love triangle wasn't as interesting as Percy and Annabeth's relationship but it still was a well executed concept.
I really enjoyed reading Mark Of Athena and I'm so excited for House of Hades. I really hope that we see more of Chiron, Grover, and Nico because I felt like they were lacking in MoA. The action and adventure in MoA is nothing short of perfect. As always the modernization of classical Greek myths was simply genius and was one of my favorite parts of MoA. To all my friends who haven't read any of Rick Riordan's books, what are you waiting for? If you haven't read any of Rick Riordan's books, you're really missing out!...more
WOW. The Ask and the Answer is a follow up to The Knife of Never Letting Go. Patrick Ness's second installment in the Chaos Walking trilogy is an act WOW. The Ask and the Answer is a follow up to The Knife of Never Letting Go. Patrick Ness's second installment in the Chaos Walking trilogy is an action packed book and leads off where it's predecessor ended. Todd and Viola have gone back to New Prentisstown and are once again in the evil Mayor Prentiss's clutches. The Ask and the Answer is a real page turner that keeps you second guessing yourself about what is going to happen. This book delivers more character development than the Knife of Never Letting Go but there is less action. I really hated the President more than anything. How he treated Davy really pissed me off because Davy only really wanted to be loved by his father. Davy really showed his true colors in this book. I can't believe how Coyle and President used Todd and Viola it really reminded me of how Coin used Katniss in Mockingjay. One thing that really bothered me about this book was how (view spoiler)[ Todd didn't kill President Prentiss. I really didn't see the Spackle attack coming and that was a real cliffhanger! (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely reading Monsters of Men! I recommend this book if you loved Knife of Never Letting Go and Sci-Fi! ...more
The first time I read this, I don't think I really appreciated this novel. After seeing the movie, I have an urge to re-read the book because I feel lThe first time I read this, I don't think I really appreciated this novel. After seeing the movie, I have an urge to re-read the book because I feel like I will enjoy it so much more....more
Reboot is one of the many dystopian books I've read this year. I thought I've read everything the dystopian genre had to offer but once again I'm wrong. Reboot is one of the most original books I've read this year and it completely surprised me. It's no surprise that Fox quickly optioned the film rights to Reboot.
Reboot is a fast-paced, action-packed rollercoaster of a novel. I didn't expect at all for the pages to fly by as fast as they did. If I wasn't reading this as part of a read-along, I probably would have devoured the whole book in a sitting or two. There's something so addictive about Reboot. Amy Tintera's superb prose draws the reader into the terrifying dystopian world of Texas.
I'll admit I don't usually like characters who are supposed to emotionless (clones, robots, etc.) Characters like this usually annoy the heck out of me yet Wren is an exception. Wren is written in such a way that you can't help but instantly form a connection with her. Wren may not be supposed to have emotions, but I couldn't help but empathize with her. Wren is such a kick-ass character that readers will, without a doubt, root for.
The best thing about Reboot in my opinion is the relationships between the characters. I'm not just talking about the relationship between Wren and Callum, I am also talking about Wren and Ever's friendship. I loved Callum and Wren's relationship because it was realistically paced (a.k.a. no insta-love) and it was kind of really sweet (I may be a male teen but I have a weak spot for well-done romances). This is definitely the best romance I've read this year so far!
Callum, thou art so awesome. Callum is one of the best male leads/romantic interests I've read about in YA. Usually I don't understand the hype behind most male leads but I can actually understand why so many reviewers love Callum. Callum's snarky personality added fun and humorous moments into Reboot. I really hope there is no love triangle introduced in book #2 because how could Wren like any other guy besides Callum.
Reboot is a pulse-raising, action-packed wildride. You won't be able to take your eyes off the page even for a split second because it is that intense. I love the concepts behind the Reboots because it was extremely interesting and well-developed. The world building in this book is extremely evident and was well-established.
After some thought, I decided to give Reboot 4.5 stars because it was that superb. I'm so excited to read book #2 and I would like to thank HarperTeen for giving me an ARC in exchange for a honest review. Reboot is one unforgettable book! Fox, what are you waiting for make this book a movie already! ...more
Seen at Scott Reads It I was recommended to read Ashfall a while ago by my friend Jay and I'm really glad I picked it up. Ashfall was simply incredibSeen at Scott Reads It I was recommended to read Ashfall a while ago by my friend Jay and I'm really glad I picked it up. Ashfall was simply incredible and haunting novel that really scared the bejesus out of me. Ashfall is one of the most frightening dystopian novels I have read because it could really happen. After reading Ashfall I admit that I have a fear of supervolancoes and Yellowstone Park.
I loved everything about Ashfall! The characters in Ashfall were perfectly and realistically developed. While reading Ashfall, I felt like Alex and Darla weren't figments of Mullin's imagination but that they were real people. Alex and Darla are one of the best couples I have read about because their relationship felt so genuine. Darla never ceased to amaze me with her technology skills. I know that if I was ever stuck in a situation like the one in "Ashfall" I know that I wouldn't be as resourceful and genius as Alex and Darla. I really enjoyed seeing how Alex grew as a person because of the ashfall.
Ashfall is the best survivor story I have read for sure. Unlike most dystopian books that I have ever read it's not only entertaining but it's also very informative. I really learned a lot of information about corn pone, survival skills, and volcanoes in general. I really love when I read fiction and I finish a book knowing more about a topic than when I started. Who ever said that reading for fun wasn't beneficial must have never read Ashfall!
Mike Mullin is a total genius for writing Ashfall and I am psyched for Ashen Winter. The writing in this book was just simply engaging and I couldn't bear to stop reading Ashfall even for short periods of times. The protagonists in Ashfall were extremely realistic and likeable. Ashfall was unlike anything I have ever read before. Mike Mullin wrote an extremely realistic dystopian adventure that I really enjoyed. Ashfall really was a superb read and I would highly recommend it to all of my friends. ...more
Seen at Scott Reads It Imagine a world where love is a disease called Amor Deliria Nervosa and the goverment has developed a cure for all 18 year oldSeen at Scott Reads It Imagine a world where love is a disease called Amor Deliria Nervosa and the goverment has developed a cure for all 18 year olds. Lena is not too far away from getting the operation but then she gets the disease and everything goes haywire. Delirium is one of those books that it seems everyone had read except for me. I picked up Delirium because I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. I can see why Delirium is such a favorite in the YA community because it has action, adventure, and romance. Unfortunately I wasn't a big fan of Delirium due to it's slow pace, and basically because Delirium wasn't anything special.
Delirium brings nothing new to the Dystopian genre. We have a female character named Lena who slowly realizes how corrupt society is until she rebels. Alex is her damaged and sensitive love interest who loves to read poetry to Lena. Both Lena and Alex were characters I have seen countless times before. I really didn't like how Lena needed Alex to save her and I wanted to see more of a bad-ass female protagonist.
The setting of Delirium really isn't much of a setting at all because there is literally nothing special about Portland. You would think that a dystopia would take place in some horrible and twisted place but then you would be wrong. Portland is a place where love is outlawed, genders are segregated and all of those under 18 have a curfew. When people reach 18 they are cured (as I mentioned above) and they no longer have a curfew. Also people are no longer the same after the operation personality wise. Something I have been wondering is: Why did people just accept this? How did society transforms into this dystopian society? Curing love wouldn't solve any of the world's problems in my opinion and I really had no understanding of the society. Lauren Oliver doesn't give the reader an inkling about how society changed or agreed on such a matter. Outside the city there is the Wild where Invalids (outlaws who oppose the cure and the gov't). Doesn't this sound vaguely familiar?? That's because Delirium "borrows" much of the setting and plot from The Uglies by Scott Westerfield. In The Uglies people get an operation who changes people's personalities and outside the city is the Smoke where people who oppose the goverment live. The difference between Uglyville and Portland is that The Uglies gave you a fundamental and interesting backstory and knowledge about how society was formed. I feel like Lauren Oliver could have done so much with Portland but instead she created a very "bland" setting.
Like other reviewers before me mentioned, Delirium suffers from an extremely slow plot. Slowly Lena realizes how terrible the government is with the help of Alex. The problem is that not much action happens in the book until the last 3rd (last 100 or so pages). The rest of this book is just romance upon romance scenes. I can read a book with only romance but it annoyed me how superficial it was at first. Instantly as soon as Alex and Lena met, they fell in love. The romance aspect of the book wasn't bad but I do prefer lots of action-packed scenes to accompany my romantic scenes. I really felt like Delirium really lacked emotional depth until the final scenes of the book.
Does Delirium deserve the hype? I probably would love this book if I hadn't read so many dystopias with similar plots before. Everything in Delirium was so generic including the setting, characters, plot, and romance. Delirium took way too long to get into and there wasn't much conflict until the final pages or so. I am not sure if I will read Pandemonium but I hope Pandemonium has more action and adventure. Atleast there was no love triangle in Delirium because I am seriously tired of love triangles. Delirium was a decent read which I recommend for fans of Uglies and Matched. ...more
The 5th Wave was easily one of most anticipated books of 2013. Penguin seriously caught my interest with their insanely fantaSeen at Scott Reads It!
The 5th Wave was easily one of most anticipated books of 2013. Penguin seriously caught my interest with their insanely fantastic advertising campaign for this book. After several Goodreads members compared this to The Hunger Games, I knew I had to read this. I was going to go to the library to pick up The 5th Wave which I had on hold when the UPS delivered an ARC of the book to my house. I didn't expect Penguin to send me an ARC and it was such a pleasant surprise.
Truthfully, I didn't expect The 5th Wave to take the direction it did. Even though I had read the description and countless reviews, The 5th Wave still completely surprised me. Rick Yancey created a completely original spin on the classic alien invasion tale. I have never read a book quite like The 5th Wave. I didn't think any author could surprise me anymore, to my surprise Rick Yancey proved me wrong.
Cassie is the kick-ass protagonist of The 5th Wave. For the most part, I really liked Cassie and I enjoyed reading from her point of view. I love Cassie's attitude and humor which added some comic relief to this dark sci-fi book. Cassie's determination and dedication towards finding her little brother Sammy. The only negative thing I need to comment regarding Cassie, is her relationship with Evan.
Alot of reviewers seemed to like Evan and his relationship with Cassie. Truthfully for most of the book I found Evan to be a creepy stalker who lacked chemistry with Cassie. Evan undresses and bathes Cassie, he watches her sleep, and is constantly watching her. Doesn't this strike you as creepy and odd? Later on in the book, I started to like him more but I still couldn't get over his strange demeanor.
The romance in The 5th Wave isn't done particularly well and it comes across as superficial. I didn't really believe Cassie and Ben had any chemistry for most of the book. Their romance was extremely fake and it seemed like Cassie and Ben instantly fell in love. The way Cassie spoke about Ben was extremely cheesy and way too melodramatic. Seriously? Thankfully this book didn't have a love triangle but I have a bad feeling that book #2 will feature a love triangle.
The 5th Wave alternates from the POV of a few characters, my favorite POV was definitely Cassie. I really enjoyed the multiple POVs and how Rick Yancey connected their stories into one. Alot of reviewers said that they weren't a fan of Sammy's point-of-view, I actually really enjoyed reading from his POV. Some commented that his POV was repetitive and badly written, but I think Yancey perfectly captured how a little kid would react to an alien invasion.
The 5th Wave definitely started with a bang but the plot definitely became a bit sluggish after the first couple chapters. Luckily Rick Yancey threw in a few plot twists that perked my interest and kept me turning the pages. Keep in mind that The 5th Wave is more focused on humanity than the Others, which are The 5th Wave's aliens. This book is extremely intense and that ending of The 5th Wave was simply epic. I can't believe that the next book comes out in August 2014. I need book #2 immediately, I really hope it's not called The 6th Wave because that would be so cliche.
Is The 5th Wave the next Hunger Games? The 5th Wave could definitely be the next big YA book! I am pretty excited by the fact that Sony has the movie rights because this could be an epic film. I'd highly recommend this book to fans of Sci-Fi books like The Host, and The Knife Of Never Letting Go. The 5th Wave definitely deserves the hype it's receiving! ...more
Matched is an extremely slow-paced book that is entirely focused on romance. There is little to no plot in this book and nothing really happens througMatched is an extremely slow-paced book that is entirely focused on romance. There is little to no plot in this book and nothing really happens throughout most of the book. The characters were pretty flat, poorly developed, and pretty ordinary. Also there seems to be a lack of world building and I want to know how this dystopian society came to be. ...more
The Returned was one of the toughest books that I've read this year. It was extremely difficult for me to read because it's just so emotional and poignant. Each and every page is utterly heartbreaking and heartwarming in it's own way; this book is just so bittersweet. I really couldn't muster up the courage to read this some days and so I couldn't read this book. The Returned definitely hit home hard and that turned reading this into a bit of a challenge; despite my difficulties, The Returned is an absolutely beautiful, touching novel.
Imagine how it would feel if your son showed up on your door after being dead for around 50 years? That's what Harold and Lucille's dilemma is when their deceased son, Jacob pops up into their lives. Jacob had drowned and Harold and Lucille have to welcome their son back into their home. This book raises so many thought-provoking questions about humanity and accepting the past. My heart grieved for Harold and Lucille with each page because I know how hard it was for them to learn that their son was back. I was touched by Jacob's interactions with both of his parents and how he immediately felt welcome in his old home. I started to tear up reading about Jacob's relationship with his dad and how it changed since his return.
You would think that Mott would explain why people returned; when I found out that there was no explanation, I was actually slightly enjoyed. The more I read of The Returned, the less I really cared why it had occurred. It was one of those things that I felt like I just accepted because it felt right in it's own crazy way. Did it truthfully matter how people returned? The only thing that I realized mattered was that the returned came back and they had a right to live their own lives again.
I really don't know whether to categorize The Returned as contemporary or paranormal. In a way, it's really a mixture of those two genres. Even if The Returned is "paranormal", it feels like gut-wrenchingly honest and a reliable interpretation if deceased loved ones came back to life. The Returned is a book that will make you cry, mere pages after making you smile. This book is so complex, but at the heart and infrastructure of it is so simple and something we can all relate to. The Returned may be an "adult" book but it can definitely be read by teenagers and other mature readers because there's nothing really inappropriate in it. This book is about the pain of loss and all of the feelings that come with it.
The Returned features some of the best characters I've seen in such a long time. I truly felt like I knew Harold and Lucille just from reading this book, I instantly connected and empathized them. Considering, I felt like I "knew" them, their actions were so unpredictable, yet justified. Harold and Lucille felt extremely life-like and they were the perfectly written parents.
Just from reading The Returned, I just know that Mott is a spectacular writer. Every sentence is crafted well, every story is just as heartbreaking, and every page is emotional. I really loved the side stories that Mott juxtaposed along side the main plot line. It was truly something truly genius how some of the side stories were intertwined with Jacob's story.
The Returned carries a heavy emotional punch and is by far, one of the most touching books I've read all year. A part of me knew how it was going to end, in the same way that almost all readers of The Fault In Our Stars just know how everything will be concluded. Even though I sort-of knew the big finale, I was surprised by everything that led to the heartbreaking, yet necessary conclusion. As gut-wrenching the ending was, I 100% think this was the only proper way this could have ended. Make sure to gather up some tissues because The Returned is a pure tearjerker.
The Returned is an absolute must-read. If you're going to read only one book this year, make it The Returned. This is one phenomenal novel that will shatter your heart into a million pieces. It's no surprise to me that ABC has already adapted this novel into a TV Show called Ressurrection. I have a feeling based on watching the trailer that the show will be amazing and I'm emotionally ready to have my heart shattered by Jacob and Harold once again. The Returned is just unbelievably amazing and powerful novel that is sure to be the "Next Big Thing"....more
It was actually kind of scary to read Charm & Strange due to all the emotions it unlocked within me. I've never had depression yet I instantly connected with Andrew and I definitely understood what he was going through. I understood exactly how Andrew was feeling, all those dark feelings swirling around inside of you, threatening to escape. Stephanie Kuehn managed to include so much raw emotion and feeling into Andrew.
Andrew may be a fictional character but he exists because there is a little bit of Andrew inside of everyone. Everyone experiences bad times and dark feelings that you just don't know how to express. Thank you, Stephanie Kuehn for bringing light to horrors that everyone deals with at some point in their life. Stephanie Kuehn has created the most realistic, complex characters that I have ever seen in all of literature. Her characters are the type that don't just live on the page, these are characters that you will keep with you in your mind. You won't be able to forget the characters Kuehn created and you'll be thinking about them long after you finish reading.
Charm & Strange is beautifully written in such an unique, heart-breaking way. This book will fill you with so much emotion that you didn't even know that it was building up inside of you. I loved the literary techniques Kuehn utilized in this book and they were so essential in making Charm & Strange, a hauntingly realistic book. At the end of this book, I couldn't help myself any longer and I just broke down in tears. Do yourself a favor and pick up Charm & Strange, (Note: I'm not responsible if this book shatters your heart into a million pieces and you're an emotional wreck afterwards.) Thank you St. Martin's Griffin for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. ...more