**spoiler alert** I know this was either a "love it" or "hate it" book.
I loved it.
Was the subject matter disturbing? Absolutely, however I didn't have**spoiler alert** I know this was either a "love it" or "hate it" book.
I loved it.
Was the subject matter disturbing? Absolutely, however I didn't have some of the issues with it that some of the others did. I suppose I've read enough books / seen enough TV shows set in times past that I know when the life expectancy is short, women are married, have kids at a much earlier age. It is disturbing to think that at 13 a woman could be married and have a baby when we look at today's 13 year olds, but 600 years ago this was the norm. I would expect should our life expectancy start dwindling again and women no longer have the privilege of being able to have babies well into their 30s and even early 40s, you would see the average age of childbirth again lowering.
Cecily for me was sort of the embodiment of this. She was only ever brought up to believe that this was the best thing that could happen to her. She had no illusions of being a child, a tween, she wanted to be a wife and a mother, to feel loved and important. This mindset is shared by many a teen mom out there currently, who believe that having a child is a way to find love, to feel important. However Cecily learns as all teen moms do that having a child is not the solution you are looking for, it is difficult and taxing. For Cecily she learns that her dreams are not what it is cracked up to be.
What I didn't like was the character of Vaughn, he was just *too* evil. There was also no explanation for WHY he is like this. He claims he wants to protect his son above all else, but then when he supposedly had grandchildren, he experiments on them, or takes them all-together. I understand that not all evil has an explanation, but I guess I just found his character entirely one-dimensional.
As far as Linden, I didn't understand why NONE of the women told him how it was. Why they didn't tell him what kind of manipulation his father was doing. It made no sense to me at all? I get Linden lives in the shadow of fear of his father, but again it didn't make sense to me why everyone allowed him to be so clueless. I would have expected Rose or Rhine would have talked with him at some point.
These detractions are minor as I though the interactions between Rose/Rhine/Cecily/Jenna were stellar. I believed their relationships completely, I understood where they were all coming from and I liked how she sort of showed every side of what happens in these "marriages". These women are locked away in a gilded cage, some of them came to terms with it, others always looking for a way out, others still finally realizing it was truly a prison.
I couldn't put the book down for 2 days. I will definitely read the sequel....more
There were a lot of parts that dragged in the book, almost to the point where if I had a physical book, I'd**spoiler alert** I would say more like 3.5
There were a lot of parts that dragged in the book, almost to the point where if I had a physical book, I'd have just skipped ahead a chapter.
I didn't feel like the author really showcased the love between Sam and Grace as she had before. I felt when it was Grace who was empty without Sam in the earlier books, you felt it, but here, it was almost glossed over.
I hated the resolution to Isabel's story. I mean I love she stood up for them in the end, but I guess I just felt like the lack of any sort of hint at a future between her and Cole in the end was lackluster. "Don't lose my number" is hardly what I would consider hopeful. It was clear these two were drawn together.
I did love how Cole was the hero here, in many ways redeeming himself for everything.
I loved the scenes with Beck and cried over him.
I loved how at the end, it really was Sam who saved them all, the best among them. He was always meant to be their leader but always shied away from that role out of fear because Sam was not the "take charge guy".
I also didn't like the lack of "how will the cure affect Grace" at the end. I mean does she live? I don't know, I didn't want "and they all lived happily ever after" but I think it would have been better ended with her coming back to him - cured and then fade to black.
I guess I just didn't connect to this book the same way I had the other two....more
Benny hated zoms his whole life because he never stopped to consider that zoms were someones friend, someones mother, someone loved them. They weren'tBenny hated zoms his whole life because he never stopped to consider that zoms were someones friend, someones mother, someone loved them. They weren't evil, they just were instinctual. This book taught the lesson that sometimes the real evil isn't the clear target you've been taught to hate, sometimes it the hero you worshiped your whole life and sometimes evil is wrapped up in a package of indifference - turning a blind eye to anything you are too afraid to confront.
As you go along with Benny in his journey of become more aware of the world around him, you witness his transformation from a young boy to a young man. He still has his trademark sarcasm and quick wit, but he realizes that some of the truths he has clung to his entire life were not truths at all. You watch him grow and change from a typical teenager to an extraordinary man.
This book also explores what I think would be a basic truth, in times of tragedy, some men step up as heroes - men who likely seemed like nothing special in ordinary life, others use the tragedy to further their own greed and lust for power, others still let fear keep them trapped, silent and uneducated. Tragedy brings out the best in some and the worst in most.
This book was well written with rich characters I truly cared about and want to visit again. I think Maberry really did a fantastic job with making you stop and think about so much more than zombies. I highly recommend this!...more
**spoiler alert** AAAAAAH Nasty Cliffhanger!!! I need t stop reading the first book in a series soon after it comes out because then there is that loo**spoiler alert** AAAAAAH Nasty Cliffhanger!!! I need t stop reading the first book in a series soon after it comes out because then there is that loooonnnnnngggggg painful wait until the next one comes out.
I can't even fathom a world without love, but as a mom, I thought it was such a cruel touch to have the moms all be "cured" and the children to be capable of love, but simply not be given it by their parents. This is where Lena gets something most do not, she grows up knowing the love of her mother, the silly fun things a mom will do for her children to watch the joy erupt on their face. She'd also rather give up all of that love than to have lost her mother so young.
I love the struggle that Lena has with staying "good" and "following the rules" and simply staying true to who she is. She is her mother's daughter, she is capable of great love. Alex takes to her the moment he sees her because she stands out from all of the other drones. He is drawn to her and fate brings them together. They find stolen moments to build their relationship and as her 'cure' draws near, you wonder how they are going to stay together.
I also couldn't put it down, at all, tonight. I mean I MISSED GLEE because I was so entranThis book was just adorable.
I still have a smile on my face.
I also couldn't put it down, at all, tonight. I mean I MISSED GLEE because I was so entranced by this two adorable kids.
I think Perkins perfectly captured the beauty - and frustration - of young love. You watched how this love unfolded and you swooned right along with them. Naturally since they are both young and stupid, things don't come easy, but then again nothing worth having comes easily does it?
I actually think I'm going to go buy this one so I can loan it out and read it again when I want to smile and feel happy.
I really liked this book, especially the ending. I thought it was well crafted and went along with what I expected of the characters. I'll be interestI really liked this book, especially the ending. I thought it was well crafted and went along with what I expected of the characters. I'll be interested to see how this series progresses getting to know our main characters more (and introducing new ones)....more
**spoiler alert** I think part of the reason for the mixed reviews is that this book is extremely dark compared to most that is out there for YA. It r**spoiler alert** I think part of the reason for the mixed reviews is that this book is extremely dark compared to most that is out there for YA. It revolves around themes that, as a mother, are my worst nightmare. Your child runs away, they become addicted to drugs, they hang out with people who are dangerous to them, or will use them for what they need. This darkness pervades the entire book.
However, as with most novels, there is generally a light in the darkness and for Val, her light is found in a very unlikely place. I've always been a sucker for falling for what seems like the wrong man for you, but realizing he is exactly what you've always wanted type of book.
I think Black does a great job using descriptive prose, I felt the biggest downside to the book was in the character of Lolli, who I wonder will get any page time in the third book of the trilogy. I also felt that we didn't get Ravus fleshed out as much as I'd have liked.
All and all, a good escape into the dark world of faeries, deception and mystery. I couldn't put it down, which is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 3, because to me that counts for quite a lot. Black did a good job of luring me into her world and depriving me of sleep to be sure I found out what happens next. ...more
I thought this started off strong and hilarious, but near the end I thought she started to falter a bit and I got bored. Her sardonic wit is unmatchedI thought this started off strong and hilarious, but near the end I thought she started to falter a bit and I got bored. Her sardonic wit is unmatched however and it will often make you laugh out loud. This is one gal I'd like to have a few drinks with, that is for sure....more