This is just good old fashioned horror fun. One of my favorite things to do is pick a random horror movie off of netflix and just dive in, and that's...moreThis is just good old fashioned horror fun. One of my favorite things to do is pick a random horror movie off of netflix and just dive in, and that's what this book felt like. There's not a lot of character development or deep meaning, but honestly I didn't want that.
I thought The Merciless did a great job of keeping me guessing. I couldn't tell for a long time if this book was going to have some sort of paranormal element or if it was going to be a case of revenge gone wrong. Both are really awesome horror stories, and I would have liked either path. I really did like the way this one turned out. The only aspect I didn't like was the fact that this is going to be a series. I think it would have been a better stand alone with slightly different pacing. However I will be picking the next one up, but I really hope they don't change the covers (seriously, this cover is so perfect I love it).
I would recommend The Merciless to anyone who enjoys possession based horror movies. It's a little like The Craft meets The Exorcist and I really liked it.(less)
I think I like Morning Glories, but I don't know enough about the story to say for sure. The first 6 issues definitely leave you with more questions t...moreI think I like Morning Glories, but I don't know enough about the story to say for sure. The first 6 issues definitely leave you with more questions than answers. I really like Casey, she's spunky and clever and she has a great balance of bad ass and sensitivity. I'm interested to see where this series goes, should be pretty crazy!(less)
This was quite the ride. I really enjoyed the writing style, even if I did find it a little heavy handed at times. I thought the mystery of the book w...moreThis was quite the ride. I really enjoyed the writing style, even if I did find it a little heavy handed at times. I thought the mystery of the book was well paced, with just the right amount of clues and red herrings to keep you guessing. I did spoil myself for this book, because I'm a idiot, and I would recommend resisting the urge. It is best to go into this one with no expectations. I know that will be hard because of all the hype.(less)
I loved all of the history and back story. Really cool to finally understand what happened with Rendell and his friends. How terrible.
(view spoiler)[...moreI loved all of the history and back story. Really cool to finally understand what happened with Rendell and his friends. How terrible.
(view spoiler)[I'm not really familiar with the mythos, but did this take a Cthulhu turn? There were some interesting characters that I think I've seen on elder scroll stuff and there was a whole thing with a goat...If yes than that's pretty damn cool. I guess I should have seen the town being called "Lovecraft" as a clue, but honestly authors name all kinds of things that just to be cool, even if it doesn't have anything to do with H.P. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Excellent volume. I'm kind of surprised by this series because I thought I would love all of the supernatural house stuff, but what I really connect t...moreExcellent volume. I'm kind of surprised by this series because I thought I would love all of the supernatural house stuff, but what I really connect to is the family dynamic. These characters feel real, and I care so much about them. I really feel for the mom, her story is so tragic.(less)
This volume took a deviation from opening doors in the house and I'm not sure I like that. Head Games also presented a lot more questions than answers...moreThis volume took a deviation from opening doors in the house and I'm not sure I like that. Head Games also presented a lot more questions than answers. I'm hoping volume 3 will answer some of them!(less)
First, to the 31 people who shelved this as "steampunk", you are so, SO wrong. Just because there's a pair of goggles on the cover doesn't automatical...moreFirst, to the 31 people who shelved this as "steampunk", you are so, SO wrong. Just because there's a pair of goggles on the cover doesn't automatically make it a steampunk novel. Sorry.
The Marbury Lens is, well, weird. Good weird, but weird all the same. The best way I can describe it is half The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and half the movie The Road Warrior. The Marbury Lens is an experiential book. It doesn't bother to give you a lot of background. You don't learn how the lens work or why Marbury is the way it is, you're just thrown into the world and are forced to sink or swim much like the main character Jack. And you're not just swimming in water, you're wading through blood and fear, sweat and pain. The Marbury Lens is violent, intense, agonizing, and completely engrossing.
What I really loved about The Marbury Lens was how it didn't hold back. I am a huge horror fan and this book did not skimp on the gory details. I felt everything in this book as if I was in Marbury too. When Jack saw a dismembered body and gagged my stomach roiled. When Jack began to question his sanity, I felt the same anxiety. In much the same way as how Jack cannot resist the pull of The Marbury Lens, I too found myself consumed by this book, despite the horror contained within it's pages.
I loved the ambiguity of The Marbury Lens. We never really figure out if Marbury is real, a symptom of post traumatic stress or worse, an imagined escape. And that's what makes it so awesome. I love it when a book is completely not the normal YA fare and I think "What the fuck am I reading!?". The Marbury Lens delivers, and the ending? Had my mouth hanging open in disbelief. I cannot wait for the second book, Passenger, due sometime in 2012.
Wow, this is an intense book. I want to say it should be read by older teens, but no. This is a book middle schoolers need to read because the dangers...moreWow, this is an intense book. I want to say it should be read by older teens, but no. This is a book middle schoolers need to read because the dangers really do start that young, as much as I hate to admit it. I went onto a chat room for the first time when I was in 5th grade (I was only 10 years old, I was put in school early). The dangers are out there, and not only do parents need to educate their children, but they also need to educate themselves. I was worried this book was going to be all shock factor, but it really covers a lot of facts and offers some very useful insight into internet predators. I was very impressed.
Sidenote: I've read reviews on here that say that Abby was asking for it for being so stupid and she deserved to be raped. No girl deserves to be raped, and no girl ever asks for it. If you believe that then you can go fuck yourself.
(view spoiler)[My only complaint was the fact that Abby seemed to trust "Luke" way too early. She was private chatting and telling him her bra size after only three conversations. But then I remember that she was only 14 and children that young really do have an invincibility mindset. That can never happen to me.
I also didn't like how they didn't give her the plan B pill. She goes through a rape examination and they say she needs an STD test (duh) and a pregnancy test. Abby was recovered after a couple of days, what would a pregnancy test do? That's my only major problem because I don't know if that's a standard but I think if I was raped I'd want that pill more than a pregnancy test. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I can't really say I liked this book, because who really does like a book about such a horrible topic? However Scott treated this subject well, and wh...moreI can't really say I liked this book, because who really does like a book about such a horrible topic? However Scott treated this subject well, and while she didn't shy away from the graphic and horrific aspects of the story, she did it in a way that doesn't exploit or glamorize the situation. It's raw, dirty, and painful.
The best part of Living Dead Girl is the writing style. I normally don't care too much about writing style, but in this case it's what makes the novel. It's almost like reading poetry and I feel like it really lends to the narrative. I can completely understand Alice and why she thinks the way she does and why she can't "just escape". The mental and physical abuse has completely drained her will to live. Alice has comes to believe that she deserves to live with her captor. I think fans of Ellen Hopkins books will really like Living Dead Girl.
Overall Living Dead Girl is a very dark story about a young girl's horrifying kidnapping that could have easily felt exploitative but was handled very well. It is a heart breaking story that will haunt you for a long time. Sidenote: I would say that this book is for mature teen and adult readers only. (less)
I don't think I've ever read anything like The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. It is amazing, horrifying, and both a work of magical fiction and b...moreI don't think I've ever read anything like The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. It is amazing, horrifying, and both a work of magical fiction and brutal honesty. I felt like for the first time I had found someone who could understand how I feel. I identified on so many levels with this book, both physically, mentally, and emotionally. I appreciate Emilie as an artist so much more now because I realize just how much of herself she puts into everything she does. This is one of a kind, and is well worth every cent I paid and more.
The Asylum is a book, I think above all else, about women's rights. Women's rights to do whatever they want and have freedom over their bodies, minds, and lives. This includes the right to harm their bodies and to even end their life. Emilie is all about fighting like a girl and being a total bad ass, and I love watching Emily-with-a-y grow into a Victorian warrior queen. It's just totally awesome.
I also totally loved Emilie's story as well. I think it was such a perfect blend of fact and fiction that I really couldn't tell what was true and what was bleeding over into Emilie's story. The decent into madness was so slow and subtle that I found myself thinking very odd things were perfectly normal and destructive behaviors were really the only option available. And the ending? Amazing beyond belief.
On a more practical note I loved the overall presentation of this book. It is absolutely beautiful. Every page is glossy and full colored with photos, drawings, and cut outs from journals. It really adds to the story and makes it more than just a book.
I cannot recommend the Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls enough. It has so many fascinating topics. Abuse, mental illness, historical fiction, self mutilation, suicide, friendship, women's empowerment, music, photography, art, and of course muffins, tea time, rats, and leeches. So spread the plague little rats because, as we all know, dead is the new alive!(less)
I honestly don't know how to rate this. This is such a sensitive subject and while I think parts of this book would be very helpful for teens thinking...moreI honestly don't know how to rate this. This is such a sensitive subject and while I think parts of this book would be very helpful for teens thinking about suicide or teens who suspect someone is thinking about suicide, I'm not sure the overall method was effective.
This book made me rage! I was listening to the audio book in my car and literally yelling "you jerk! Don't give him money! Get a job! No, quit whining...moreThis book made me rage! I was listening to the audio book in my car and literally yelling "you jerk! Don't give him money! Get a job! No, quit whining! OH MY GOD ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?!" And yet at the same time part of me loved her parents. I honestly don't know how to feel about it. They seemed like such intelligent people, but without a drop of common sense. In the beginning I was like, ok they're weird but they're teaching their kids and they love them and while they might not have anything very rich, overall their life is ok.
I think it was once they moved to West Virginia that things went to hell. I spent a lot of that part of the book wondering why they stayed there; surely they were all more happy in Arizona? Alcoholism is a horrible disease, and my heart just aches for Jeannette's father, because I really think if he'd never gotten addicted their lives would have all been so much happier. The mom I think was a lot more emotionally scarred than we knew. We only got the story from Jeannette's perspective, and she seemed much closer to her father. I think if Maureen or Lori had told the story we'd understand their mom a lot more.
I feel bad for Maureen, but in a way her story makes sense. The other kids had their desert childhood to remember, but Maureen only knew West Virginia and the horrible conditions of their life there. She didn't know the lovelier parts of their lives, before dad fell completely into his disease and mom checked out.
There's a quote from Brian that really sums up this whole book. "You know, it's really not that hard to put food on the table if that's what you decide to do." Brian realizes that it's not too difficult to to provide for your family as long as you work hard and make the welfare of your children your first priority. His parents sadly didn't do that and no matter how much you argue for their loving and spiritual nature makes them, in my eyes, failures as parents. (less)
Book Thief is a beautiful and unique novel about one of the most horrible times in human history. It is a brilliantly constructed look at how the Nazi...moreBook Thief is a beautiful and unique novel about one of the most horrible times in human history. It is a brilliantly constructed look at how the Nazi party controlled all of the citizens of Germany through fear and intimidation and the lives of citizens who dared fight back. This book does more than describe the atrocity of the concentration camps and the crimes against the Jewish people; it shows the compassion and courage of the people willing to save them.
The characters are presented in a way that allows the reader to understand their actions and motives and connect with them on a deep emotional level. The characters are tangible, their emotions wonderfully described, making them believable and relatable to the reader. The use of death as an omnipresent narrator weary of the crimes humans continually commit against each other is a wonderful balance between exasperation at humanity's need to repeat the mistakes of their fathers and admiration of compassion that can be shown toward people who are truly in need. Death tells the story sprinkled with humor and a sense of wonder that humanity can still surprise him with its rare bouts of selfless goodness.
This book is not light and easy fare. It is heavy material about the need for people to stand up for what they know is right, even if it means facing foes much more power and control. You as the reader will grow to love the characters for which they are, the mistakes they make, and the dreams they have. The Book Thief does an excellent job of presenting the German people as individuals with their own opinions on morality who were fighting personal battles against tyranny and oppression. These are people just like the reader, not the single minded evil entity in which many other World War II stories seem to lump the entire German community.
Overall The Book Thief is an emotional account of how World War II affected everyone in the world through the one entity that connects us all, death.(less)
The two star rating isn't because the book is bad, it's just too much for me to handle. I can't say I liked it because I couldn't finish it. I'm prett...moreThe two star rating isn't because the book is bad, it's just too much for me to handle. I can't say I liked it because I couldn't finish it. I'm pretty sensitive when it comes to rape and while I can empathize completely with the author, I couldn't bring myself to continue reading. I'm sure this book is good and will help a lot of people, but it isn't for me.(less)