What is it about a book that makes you say WOW? Did it make you cry? Give you that warm and fuzzy feeling when you were done? Did you think about it eWhat is it about a book that makes you say WOW? Did it make you cry? Give you that warm and fuzzy feeling when you were done? Did you think about it every moment you’re mind is let free to wonder and all you could think about was the book you just read? These are all the things I think about that show the signs of a great book. For me, DIVERGENT is all I can think about. I thought the concept was brilliant. I think the synopsis best describes it. Beatrice comes from Abnegation- the selfless but she’s not so selfless compared to those in her faction. When she joins Dauntless, Beatrice gets a new start and a new name–Tris. It’s not long before Tris learns she’s different and what she is could mean death. The Dauntless are the brave ones. They thrive on being strong and learn to control their fears, if they have any. They jump on and off moving trains, jump off high buildings, extreme fighters, embellish in tattoos and body piercings, and wear black. This is the faction Beatrice chooses to join for the rest of her life– if she can get through the extremely tough initiation process. If she fails, she will be factionless and it is better to be dead than to be factionless, so the stakes are high.
Veronica Roth’s writing style is superb. She completely blew my mind with this book. I haven’t stopped thinking about the society and the characters within it; their weaknesses, and the amazing growth they went through. I cannot wait to get my hands on Insurgent (Divergent, #2). If you have not read this book, GO NOW! It’s a must read! Absolutely one of the best books I’ve read this year....more
My Thoughts: Courtney Moulton’s debut novel, Angelfire had everything I wanted in a paranormal romance and so much more. It has a wonderful blend of aMy Thoughts: Courtney Moulton’s debut novel, Angelfire had everything I wanted in a paranormal romance and so much more. It has a wonderful blend of action with detailed fighting scenes and just the right amount of sweet, tender, romantic moments that had me eagerly wanting more. The plot is fast paced and extremely descriptive. Moulton did an amazing job at world building and even though there is a lot to take in, she breaks it up at just the right pace; mixing in detailed dialogue and kick ass fighting scenes!
I adored the main characters, Ellie and Will.
Ellie was is your typical teenage girl with typical teenage issues but that didn’t in anyway make her seem immature. She is funny and always knew when to crack a joke. She loves her mom but has issues with her dad.
Will is gorgeous and mysterious, charming and loyal. He is Ellie’s Guardian and has sworn to protect her and all cost, even if it cost him his life. There is instant chemistry and at times you can cut the sexual tension with a knife. I loved every minute of it. I felt like I couldn’t read the pages fast enough.
This was a fantastic debut novel. Angelfire had so much originality. The plot is different from anything I’ve read before with a whole new take on reapers and a different kind of battle between Heaven and Hell; I was captivated from beginning to end! I without a doubt cannot wait to to read book 2, Wings of the Wicked and I strongly encourage everyone put this book at the top of your 2011 TBR list! Angelfire comes out 02/15/2011. Pre-order your copy NOW!
My Thoughts: From the moment I read the synopsis and saw the cover of this book, I knew I HAD to read it. Thanks to Simon and Schuster Galley Grab proMy Thoughts: From the moment I read the synopsis and saw the cover of this book, I knew I HAD to read it. Thanks to Simon and Schuster Galley Grab program, I was able to snag an electronic copy and I devoured this book. I loved, loved, loved it!
Imagine your friend or loved one telling you something bad is going to happen to you today and they should just stay home. Would you listen? I'd like to think I would, but truthfully, I probably wouldn't. Violet has had to deal with being a freak all her life because of this very reason. So now, when she attends Winter haven and everyone there has 'gifts' like her; mind readers, move items with your mind, that kind of thing, she starts to feel 'normal'. But then she meets Aidan Gray, who is the hottest guy in school and he never pays any of the other girls any attention…until he meets Violet. They are drawn to each other for reasons neither can explain but Aidan has a secret and what will Violet do when she finds out what he's hiding?
I loved the whole atmosphere of this book. The boarding school life and the characters. It made me wish I went to boarding school and have great new friends (Cede, Kate, Sophie, Marissa) with awesome abilities. I would have stayed there in a minute!
Then there is Aiden and Violet. I have to admit, I got quite tired on Aiden being 'on and off' over and over. He'd give Violet a little truth and then clam up and answer her questions with a question in return. Yes…very frustrating indeed! But no matter, I still loved him and I wanted and needed for things to work out for the two of them.
I actually thought I knew exactly where this story was going but half way through and I'm hit with a big twist I didn't see coming and there were more twist and turns all the way to the very end. I thought the ending was perfect. I wasn't totally left in the dark wanting to pull my hair out but I have several questions that I need answering.
I highly recommend this book to everyone and I'm extremely excited for Kristi and her debut novel. She's off to an excellent start and I look forward to reading the next book in the series, presumably out in 2012 (which could change). ...more
My Thoughts: Would you subject yourself to be cryogenically frozen?
Could you lie as a frozen block of ice as a passenger on a spaceship in hopes of crMy Thoughts: Would you subject yourself to be cryogenically frozen?
Could you lie as a frozen block of ice as a passenger on a spaceship in hopes of creating a new way of life on a new planet in the future?
Could you be dependent on the crew of the spaceship to get you there safely or without incident?
First off let me start by just saying that I will never plan on being cryogenically frozen! The process alone is horrible and if the future holds anything in resemblance to what the real process would be like….I say NO THANK YOU!
Beth Revis goes into specific detail, my throat hurt as if the tubes were being shoved down my own throat. I felt the chills as the cold cryo liquid was being pouring over Amy's naked body. Just thinking that many years from now this could actually be a possibility someday... I don’t think I want any part in it.
Amy makes an impossible decision and from the moment she’s accepted her decision go be frozen with her parents, I feel her pain. But being frozen is just the beginning of her pain. Someone unplugged her from her frozen chamber, 50 years early and left her for dead. To Amy it’s as if she was frozen one minute and the next she is awake. But so much has changed. Her new home is surrounded by metal walls of the spaceship and her home, Earth, is light years away. Nothing makes sense to her on this ship, the other people and different and all are under the control of the leader, Eldest. He only sees Amy as a disturbance to the others on the ship. But Elder, who is the heir to be the leader of the ship is instantly attracted to Amy and they form a bond. Together they work on finding out what secrets Eldest is hiding. They work on piecing together clues on who tried to kill Amy by unplugging her and how to stop others that have been frozen from being unplugged too.
This story kept me intrigued. Just when I thought I had worked out the pieces, I was wrong. There were plenty twist and turns that kept me wanting to know what secrets Eldest was keeping from Elder and the other passengers on the spaceship. Revis did a fantastic job at laying this story out. It was told in two different points of view, Amy and Elder, and I think it made the book all that more enjoyable. She also had quite a funny spin on new curse word for the future. They will defiantly stick with me. Makes me wonder how different our world will change in just a couple hundred years.
The ending was perfect. I was content but know there is so much more to this story. I know this is set to be a trilogy and I’m already itching to continue this story!
I look forward to reading more from Beth Revis in the future, Across The Universe is an absolutely wonderful debut novel and I encourage everyone to give this book a read in 2011. It comes out 01/11/2011 and I can’t wait to get a copy of this in hardback….especially with the awesome revisable cover!...more
There has been so much hype around Wither that I could not wait to read it! Lauren's writing is beautiful and very descriptive and I was ab3.5/5 stars
There has been so much hype around Wither that I could not wait to read it! Lauren's writing is beautiful and very descriptive and I was able to imagine everything happening around me. The story flows well and is consistent.
I loved the characters Lauren DeStefano created. Rhine is strong and quiet. Jenna, she is observant, quiet and complex. Cecily, she's the child-bride, whiny and wants her way all the time. These 3 girls are the sister wives to Linden, also know as, Governor. Poor Linden, he's sweet, giving, good-natured and pathetic all at the same time. Linden's father, Housemaster Vaughn, is an old man, first generation and conniving. He always gets his way and makes all rules. Even the ones you don't know he's making!
To me the very beginning and very end we the best parts. There is a lot happening in these parts and it keep me wanting to turn the pages to see what was going to happen next. But as I got further into the story, it felt like it just coasted along and I didn't really feel any urgency to read, read, read to see how it everything was going to go down.
I felt like the ending wasn't really much of a cliffhanger which I'm thankful for, because some authors can really kill you with those type of endings. But the felt more like that could have been the end and it would have worked as a stand-alone book if only a few more unanswered questions were answered. Whither, however, is a trilogy and I overall enjoyed reading Wither. I look forward to reading book 2 and seeing where this story is headed from here and what is going to happen to Rhine and the other characters. ...more
My Thoughts: Wow!! I thought this was an awesome approach to being dead! You're a teenager and you die but you still don't get to escape high school…nMy Thoughts: Wow!! I thought this was an awesome approach to being dead! You're a teenager and you die but you still don't get to escape high school…nope…you're sent to Dead School with all the other dead kids. Jana dies in the most freakish accident I have ever seen. She goes bowling with some friends, takes a tumble, wakes up on a school bus…alone…dead…without Michael. Michael is her Romeo, the love of her life. Problem is, Jana has other plans for Michael and she plots for a way to bring Michael over to her side because that's just how much she loves him. We get glimpses into the deaths of many of the students at Dead School. Some were unfortunate freakish events, and some where just crazy funny. Russell did an excellent job at tapping into the teenage voice and I was thrown right back into high school; complete with cliques, odd teachers, and cute boys. It was great! I found myself liking a character in the beginning and hating them by the end and the other way around. There is a few surprise twist and I found myself flipping the pages so that I could find out the truth behind Jana's accidentally death. Was it accidental or murder? You'll have to read to find out! I defiantly look forward to reading what stories Randy Russell will come up with next. He certainly has grabbed my attention with his creative voice and intriguing plots. I defiantly recommend picking up this paranormal read!...more
I was so excited when I was able to get my hands on this book. For one, I just think the cover is gorgeous- I LOVE butterflies! Second, the synopsis rI was so excited when I was able to get my hands on this book. For one, I just think the cover is gorgeous- I LOVE butterflies! Second, the synopsis reveals a completely original plot that I simply haven’t heard or read about. I’m one who pretty much enjoys everything I read and I think it’s really hard to displease me when it comes to books- which you can tell by all of my 4 and 5 star ratings on my blog. So it kills me to admit that I was extremely disappointed in this story.
Though I thought the plot was unique, I felt like I was confused for most of the story. If I didn’t know from the synopsis that Consuela could take her skin off of her bones and create new skins for herself depending on the need, I would have been even more lost. I felt like the actions and descriptions weren’t enough for me to form a clear picture of what was happening and what the “Flow” was really about until much later in the book. Being completely confused, even after about 50 pages in; made me loose interest. I feel like if I were able to get around this confusion more easily and understood what was going on, I would have been more on-board with the storyline.
The characters that Ms. Metcalf created were also unique and each had their own special abilities but I felt I never really got the opportunity to really know them. I would have liked to seen Consuela develop stronger relationships with them which would have lead me to have stronger emotions for certain characters when a tragic event unfolded.
So in the end, I just don’t think this book was my cup of tea. But even though it wasn’t for me, I would still recommend you to form your own opinion because you just may love it....more