The story begins with a letter from Corrinne to the reader where she gives a general summary of her story and it's connection to the butterfly effect.The story begins with a letter from Corrinne to the reader where she gives a general summary of her story and it's connection to the butterfly effect. It was cute, just like the rest of the book. It was a short read with big writing and I read it in one sitting. Corrinne's voice was interesting to read and it kept my interest throughout the book. Aside from her, there wasn't much character development or romance (as the cover suggests). The book has a good message and an optimistic ending. The only complaint I have about this book is that I don't know what age group the book was intended for. The writing and story are for younger readers, but there was a lot of drinking (especially by the football team) I don't think young readers should see "high school partying" in their books quite yet. If the story had been longer with more details and romance I would say it was for teenagers, but I'll go ahead and say it's for middle school kids. Corrinne meets some great people in Texas including her new friend, Kitsy, she was my favorite character in the book. She was sweet and I gave a lot of credit for holding her ground when she meets Corrinne's old friend Waverly (who was a bit rude). She also meets not one, but two guys, one is a star football player and overall nice guy and the other is in a band who thinks he's too good for Broken Spoke, who will she choose? All in all, it was a cute fast read, so if you're in the mood for some Texas town life read this!...more
3.5 Stars. It's been years since I've read about the Greek Gods so I was excited to read this book. After reading the first few chapters I almost didn3.5 Stars. It's been years since I've read about the Greek Gods so I was excited to read this book. After reading the first few chapters I almost didn't continue reading it. It started out like many other YA novels I've read and I am ashamed to say I didn't stick with the book after my first try. Her new "friends" Ava and James seemed to accept what Henry was without any skepticism. The story moved too quickly and rather awkwardly at first. I put the book down and read a few other books then came back to it after a while. I decided to give the book another chance. The story became much more interesting and I found less faults with it after she decides to take up Henry's offer. It was a very enjoyable read after the beginning.
The tests she goes through were not what I expected. They weren't literal tasks like sorting out a pile of seeds or retrieving an object, they were tests of character and I found I liked these more. They were believable, they weren't about wit or cleverness they were about whether she would make a good ruler alongside Henry and if she deserved to be a Goddess, immortality and all. In other words the tests were a bit vague, you don't really know when they're happening (part of the point of them I think). I didn't connect much with Kate's character, but I did want her to succeed for Henry's sake. I liked his character much more, there were times when he wore his emotions on his sleeve and Kate's success directly affected him and so she was being tested for the fate of them both. No pressure Kate.
The ending was great, but it was a little bittersweet. I felt bad for Kate and the way she had been duped and kept in the shadow throughout the novel. It's hard to explain while not giving anything away, but I'll try. Kate is thrust into a world she knows nothing of, she is surrounded by people she doesn't know and is being tested when she doesn't know it. She tries her hardest and even when she is at rock bottom her fate is still uncertain. No one is able to reveal a lot of information to her, and I give her credit for sticking in there and not letting frustration or confusion bring her down. When all is revealed in the end I felt she had been cheated, she wouldn't have a happy normal life if she didn't pass. I look forward to Book Two Goddess Interrupted and I hope it will shed more light on certain characters (who I can't name, sorry)....more
This book creeped me out a bit. Imagine having guys stare at you like a piece of meat and the only thing holding them back is the fact that you don'tThis book creeped me out a bit. Imagine having guys stare at you like a piece of meat and the only thing holding them back is the fact that you don't have a tattoo on your wrist proclaiming you are 16 or a 'sex-teen' as they are sometimes called. Even then, sometimes the lack of tattoo doesn't hold them back. What a horrible way to live! Nina is unlike other girls, she hasn't been brainwashed by the media into wanting sex, she feels she isn't ready and was taught by her mother to think for herself. The book starts fairly quickly, right away we are thrust into the world Nina lives in, complete with GPS trackers embedded into their skin and 'tiers' separating people in the class system. Sandy, her best friend, is the epitome of what the media is trying to create, she is eager to get her tattoo and does everything she can to get the attention of guys including flipping her hair exactly the way she read about in a magazine that, you guessed it, encourages this type of behavior. We don't get to learn much about Nina's mom Ginnie until after the incident, she is in my opinion one of the most interesting characters. The story moved at a steady pace, while there was always something happening the story did sometimes slow down as the characters did more 'everyday life' stuff. As for Sal, what an awesome guy! What did you think there was no romance? Of course there is, and I liked him. Like Nina, he isn't like the others. He is above the media, but there is something more to him... as the blurb suggests, he seems to know more about Nina's past than she herself does. The ending was both nerve-wracking and optimistic, like with all dystopain novels optimism is something I am grateful for, I don't like endings where nothing good can be expected. I cannot wait to 'meet' a certain character in the sequel to XVI, I am hoping he is everything I picture him to be! ...more
4.5 Stars. Imagine a world where stoplights are uncommon as metal is worth a lot and people are willing to risk their lives for some cash. There are r4.5 Stars. Imagine a world where stoplights are uncommon as metal is worth a lot and people are willing to risk their lives for some cash. There are reanimated corpses as servants (only for the wealthy who can afford them). There are demons out and about stealing bright things or setting things on fire or worse eating everything. That is the world Riley lives in with her dad Paul, her mother has passed away from cancer and the two are still struggling to pay the medical bills from her treatments. The synopsis doesn't really do the book justice as there is no mention of Beck and the story alternates to his POV. He is Riley's old crush and her dad's trapping partner. Beck is one of the most interesting characters in the book, he is a war veteran who served in Afghanistan and also had a horrible childhood complete with an alcoholic mother who was very ah, loose. Which brings me to something else I should mention, this book has crude language and talk of sex so this book is not for young YA readers. Now back to Beck, he's known Riley's dad since before he enlisted, when he returned he became his apprentice. It was around this time when Riley developed a crush and he did what he thought was right, he avoided her. She has disliked him since then. I understand why she would not like him but he helps her out in this book and I was hoping she would warm up to him sooner rather than later. Another interesting character is Simon, he is also a trapper and Riley's (new) love interest. He is very religious and polite, I didn't really like him. There were times when he seemed so aloof and not interested in Riley, it was confusing. Another thing that confused me was the fact that Riley drove, gas is very expensive in her world, so much so that people rode horses. At some point I figured the bills would be too much and it wouldn't be financially smart for her to drive around. This book has so much going on, it was a fun and sometimes crazy and sometimes sad ride. I am so glad that Book Two is coming out this year, I want more Beck and Ori! Who is Ori you ask? Read and find out ;)...more
4.5 Stars. This is one of those books that make you really look at your own life and how you live it. I know we all have seen those people who walk do4.5 Stars. This is one of those books that make you really look at your own life and how you live it. I know we all have seen those people who walk down the street completely immersed in their phone not paying attention to their surroundings or the friends they're walking with. Maddie lives in a world where the trees in her neighborhood are plastic, meeting with people at a coffee shop is uncommon, and almost everything can, and is, done online. I've read (and greatly enjoyed) stories about governments that control lives and where technology has gotten out of control, but this book was different. It was told from a new perspective, a view from the top.
Maddie isn't your average heroine, she comes from a very powerful background that has allowed her to rebel in the past without any real serious consequences. She actually rebelled against the very idea her own father stands for, causing a major dilemma for her family. Since then she has sworn off doing anything again to harm her family, but she is recruited once again to help bring about change in society. Justin opens her eyes to what life should really be like, what she wants her life to be. She doesn't want to cause problems for her family, but once she's been awakened there is no going back to a life that now feels stifled and fake. She now has real friends and she is willing to do anything to help them out, especially Justin. I felt that there was more to her parents, and I hope we get to see more of them, especially her father. It just seemed like he had good reasons to do what he did and he still cares about Maddie no matter what he says or does.
The writing in this novel was beautiful, you really get a sense of what Maddie is going through. As a blogger I spend a lot of time on the computer and yeah my phone is a lot of fun too. This book reminded me though that face to face communication is important, that things always move slowly so that before you know it you've become uncomfortable without a screen to separate you from someone, and when you do meet up with someone there are awkward moments. I know because it happened to me, imagine when this happens to an entire society? I liked that the book still had a strong sense of hope, life wasn't always this way and school became digitalized when Maddie was Kindergarten so it wasn't too long ago. I cannot wait to see where Ms. Kacvinsky goes with the story in Book 2. ...more
I could not put this book down. The writing flowed very well and the characters were interesting. I admit the first thing that caught my attention wasI could not put this book down. The writing flowed very well and the characters were interesting. I admit the first thing that caught my attention was the cover. It is gorgeous! The black roses, the pretty dress, the great hair... and it all corresponds to the book! the model on the cover is actually what I imagine Theia to look like. Theia lives in a victorian house (so jealous, I love those!) with her Father who doesn't allow her to do much, she doesn't get to choose her own clothes or even decorate her bedroom. He seemed really harsh and I wondered what had happened to make him that way, was it the death of Theia's mom?
The two used to live in England and move to the Bay Area when Theia was 13, she still has the cute accent. She has had the same two best friends since then, Donny and Amelia. I loved these two! Donny is a bit wild whereas Ame is into tarot cards and has been crushing on the same guy for years now. I really liked that they were so involved in the story, they were weren't background noise to the main story. As far as friends go, these two are the real deal, they help Thei and in turn she also helps them (mostly in the matchmaking department).
Then we have Haden. Mysterious, aloof, hot and cold. I won't go into too much detail on him because I feel it is best left for the book but know that I liked him right away, especially when he was in regency clothing... Where and when you ask? In dreams. That was definitely something new, I lived for the scenes when Thei was dreaming. The first few dreams were a bit grotesque and spooky but that is why I liked them so much. In fact this book has a lot of scenes that were a bit freaky, once again the cover conveys just that. There a few twists and turns in the book and it seems like a lot happens for a book of this length. I am looking forward to the next book and reading more about Ame and Varnie *smirk* I'm not telling who Varnie is!...more
The book starts right off the bat, Amy and her parents are cryogenically frozen through a process that had me squirming uncomfortably in my chair. NoThe book starts right off the bat, Amy and her parents are cryogenically frozen through a process that had me squirming uncomfortably in my chair. No freezing for me, thanks. Elder is the leader-in-training and is around Amy's age. Poor Amy, really, she has a tough time through out this book. First she is almost murdered then she has to live on board a ship where everyone thinks she's a freak because of her different looks. 'Different' is apparently something the citizens don't like (or know nothing about). Everyone on the ship looks similar with dark hair, dark eyes, and olive skin. Amy has pale skin, red hair, and green eyes. Can't get any more different than that! Reading the different experiences she has, I almost felt like I was reading The Twilight Zone. Creepy people who think everything is 'normal' and evil 'leaders' who think it's all for the best. Amy handles it pretty well, while she is clearly not welcome (with some exceptions) she still insists on finding out who the murderer is and refuses to accept the 'life' the other passengers lead. Imagine waking up on a ship where the sun is a solar lamp and there is no sky with walls all around you and the food tastes like... not the food you're accustomed to. Don't get me started on The Season... Elder and Harley were both great characters to read. Elder is young, but has natural leadership capability. He isn't like the other citizens as he has more access to levels and has a broader knowledge of Earth's history. He isn't put off by Amy, but in fact develops a crush on her almost immediately. Harley is Elder's best friend and an artist. He is Amy's only companion when Elder isn't around, but he seemed unstable throughout the book. The book has great pacing, no slow spots, everything helps reveal more about the ship and move the story along. The ending was literally jaw-dropping! You do get to find out who the murderer is, and Eldest reveals more information about the ship to Elder. The book alternates between Elder's and Amy's POV and it works out beautifully. I CANNOT wait to read the next book!...more
You know those books that hook your attention and don't let go? You tend to read them in one sitting if you don't have any urgent responsibilities (soYou know those books that hook your attention and don't let go? You tend to read them in one sitting if you don't have any urgent responsibilities (sometimes even that doesn't make you put it down), or you can't stop thinking about them between readings? Well let me tell you something, this is definitely one of those books! There aren't any moments where you wish the story would get a move on or where you subconsciously start skimming through sections. Rhine is a great heroine, even though she is only 16 she acts older and is not by any means a damsel-in-distress. Since females only live to be 20 and she has gone through a lot in her short life I can see why her maturity level has progressed past that of a teenager today. Her sister brides Cecily and Jenna were interesting characters to read, Cecily is much younger (13) than the other two and was raised in an orphanage so she sees the marriage as a blessing as she has all the comforts she could want. Jenna is older (18) than the two other girls and was the least thrilled about the marriage as her sisters were also kidnapped with her. I didn't really learn much about Gabriel's character in this book, he seems honest and good, but he did seem to be the one needing that "push" to attempt an escape. Linden and Rhine's relationship was a bit more complicated for me, he seems to genuinely care for Rhine and she seems to have been falling for him too. I wonder if there will there be "teams" for this series? I liked Linden overall, he also seemed to be the weaker in the relationship relying on Rhine for strength. He has had a tough life too so I felt for him. All in all it was interesting cast and story line. I cannot wait for the next book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy! Check this book out for a great non-stop read....more
Of all the "angel" books I've read recently, this one is by far one of my favorites. The fact that the books starts out in my hometown made me feel moOf all the "angel" books I've read recently, this one is by far one of my favorites. The fact that the books starts out in my hometown made me feel more excited about the the story, but that did not influence my opinion at all it simply made my face look like this: ^o^. I loved the idea that people with angel-blood have a purpose and that purpose is revealed to them in pieces in the form of dreams and visions. I was anxious to see what her purpose would be and how Christian would fit into it. That being said I was eager to know what happens, and was left somewhat hanging. I'm sure a lot of readers would agree when I say the ending was so unsatisfying. I was left with more questions than I had at the beginning of the novel, which I don't seem to mind as much as I would have with other books. This book simply had a great story and greater characters, which made the ending something I could easily forgive for tormenting me. Boy did it torment! I was panicking and was nervous about what would happen, no joke. Christian's character confused me, I hope more is revealed about him in the next book. Same goes for Clara's brother, he wasn't really a central figure in the story, but again that *ending* made me want to know more! Clara and Tucker were sweet together, he appealed to my inner cowgirl and I was smitten. Oh Cynthia Hand, may your writing be swift! BTW- this book was released today, so happy Book Birthday to Unearthly!...more
I must say that I am thrilled to see another butt-kicking heroine, YA authors please keep them coming! Ellie has technically been around for a very loI must say that I am thrilled to see another butt-kicking heroine, YA authors please keep them coming! Ellie has technically been around for a very long time. She has trouble remembering her past lives and her memories seem to be coming back slower than they "usually" do according to Will, her guardian. He is the one who awakens her when she comes of age. I liked learning more about Ellie's past lives, especially when the memories included Will. It seemed that as their current relationship developed Ellie remembered more important memories of Will that totally correlated with whatever was going on at the moment between them two. It added a lot of depth to their story, kind of like a rekindling of sorts. Will is a sweet and totally devoted guy and I was a fan of his right from the start. He didn't act like a creepy stalker or anything, I liked his approach. When Ellie said she didn't remember him I understood that yes she should so I felt bummed for him. I also liked that he didn't coddle her or was an obsessive guardian, he let her fight for herself, only coming to her rescue when necessary. Besides it is her job and he knows it, there is a lot of reaper butt-kicking by the way. The story of how he came to be her guardian is one of the more interesting aspects of this book and it proves to play an important role in their story. I was a bit impatient at times, I sometimes wished Ellie would just remember everything so we can move on, I felt just as frustrated as them when it came down to it. When the ending does come it picks up on both action and drama. It didn't have a major cliffhanger (thank goodness) but it did leave me with a what's going to happen now? thought. I really like the way this trilogy started and have the feeling the next two are going to be great. While this book had some drama and conflict, it can only escalate for them two. I'm excited to see where the story will go, especially now that we don't have to wait for Ellie to learn about who she is and whatnot. I would really like to learn more about Will and his story and I would also like to know what in the world is Ellie's dad's problem, he is seriously a jerk to her throughout the novel. Needless to say, I am looking forward to book #2....more