Very slow and a big problem for me was the author offered up absolutely zero back story! Seriously, I hadn't a clue what in the hell was going on! I wVery slow and a big problem for me was the author offered up absolutely zero back story! Seriously, I hadn't a clue what in the hell was going on! I would've loved to know what the theories were behind the varying belief systems, some of the history of the new world, pretty much anything. The lack of backstory made this book unenjoyable for me!...more
Loved this! What a plot! I loved the whole world inside Virtnet! James Dashner writes an amazing, thrilling tale of the future with plot twists and tuLoved this! What a plot! I loved the whole world inside Virtnet! James Dashner writes an amazing, thrilling tale of the future with plot twists and turns that are seriously, out of this world. Moving on to the next in the series!...more
I am a huge fan of Sophie Jordan, every book she writes is golden, in my opinion. When Uninvited came out, I devoured it and thought to myself, "how aI am a huge fan of Sophie Jordan, every book she writes is golden, in my opinion. When Uninvited came out, I devoured it and thought to myself, "how am I going to wait until book 2 comes out!" Interestingly, I usually have to review the last book in a series to refresh on what's going on but not with Unleashed. I picked up right at the beginning and took off.
It's such a fantastic series! I love Davy, her ideals, her weaknesses, her strengths. And the plot, it's totally believable, I could see this happening in the future ... maybe not mine or my childrens but with genetic break-throughs happening daily, who's to say what's next?
This is a fantastic series that I highly recommend!...more
Here's the thing: I absolutely hated what Veronica did to Tobias's character in this last installment! Thus stated, the ending world she left us withHere's the thing: I absolutely hated what Veronica did to Tobias's character in this last installment! Thus stated, the ending world she left us with all seemed to be wrapped up, nice and tidy. Sigh, yes, I gave it 4 stars but it's more like 3.5. There is the expected action, the really bad guys that get their comeuppance and, of course, the requisite romance.
I know Allegiant has been reviewed to death so I just leave with these parting words: This is exactly why I both highly anticipate yet also dread reading the last in a series anymore. I am apprehensive! I don't want to be let down! Please, please, Treat my beloved characters gently, treat them like you did in the first novels you penned! Don't do to your characters what Victoria did to Tobias! Trust me, your fans will thank you, I know that I will!...more
This is as good as I expected! I love Rachel Vincent and she didn't disappoint me in this new series! I love the characters, the story, and the amazingThis is as good as I expected! I love Rachel Vincent and she didn't disappoint me in this new series! I love the characters, the story, and the amazing creepy world she set up! I can't wait for the next in the series!...more
The disappointing aspect about this book is that it held so much promise. The premise was excellent and I am a sucker for just about any dystopian theThe disappointing aspect about this book is that it held so much promise. The premise was excellent and I am a sucker for just about any dystopian theme but unfortunately the character depictions fell short... way short. The main character, Decca, who Jace tries to portray as intelligent actually comes across as incredibly dense. It makes for a really unbelievable plot when incredibly stupid comments come out of her mouth every other sentence.
He also makes use of the ridiculously outdated and hugely annoying slang of putting a Z on the end (or sometimes in the middle of) of every word that, quite frankly, almost made me stop reading. Things like "Dizney Battlefieldz", "Hover Boardz", "Bad Kidz" (when literally referring to bad kids, etc... If this wasn't bad enough, he called the area where most the story took place "The Playa" along with other equally random albeit consistent 90's themed ongoing slang that got so repetitious and obnoxious that even if the book had been good - which it wasn't, it would have taken away from it. These are just some examples of the consistent irritation I encountered while reading I Am Alive. I could have put up with this if the plot line was in accordance with the main characters development but one minute she's literally making the most moronic of statements and the next I'm supposed to believe she's a closet genius? Sorry Mr. Jace, not believable. Decca never grew enough as a character to get from point A to point B - meaning her character growth from moron to heroine made no sense.
Again, the concept was there... it was the execution of the story that was sorely lacking....more
Ms. Jordan out-did herself on Uninvited. A fan of the Firelight series, I didn't expect that I could like Uninvited more but I surprised myseLOVED IT!
Ms. Jordan out-did herself on Uninvited. A fan of the Firelight series, I didn't expect that I could like Uninvited more but I surprised myself. Ms. Jordan created a world that I could see existing in the near future. Identifying the 'Killer Gene' isn't as far fetched as one may think, and in Uninvited, once you're identified, you aren't given much of a chance.
The world building, premise and characters are all outstanding! I cannot wait to read the next in this thrilling series!...more
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion was incredibly entertaining and a wonderful yet gross romance! R is amazing and I fell in love with him myself despite hisWarm Bodies by Isaac Marion was incredibly entertaining and a wonderful yet gross romance! R is amazing and I fell in love with him myself despite his somewhat rotting body.
R is a zombie who becomes disillusioned with his life when he feeds off the brain of Perry, the boyfriend of Julie. R gets memories from others brains and from Perry's he gets feelings of love for Julie. R goes from brain eating zombie to feeling protective over Julie. He begins a friendship that soon blossoms into something more.
This is a story that had both sadness and a great amount of humor in it. R lives in a jet and listens to Frank Sinatra while Julie lives in a futuristic stadium that is devoid of all joy and hope. Her life is that of zombies and survival. When she meets R under less than favorable circumstances what ensues is a remarkable story of unlikely romance and magical changes that give hope to all that are affected.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, I’ll have to wait for it to come out on pay-per-view but I hope it will be as good as the book. I read through it in less than 4 hours and enjoyed it tremendously. I think we all need a little hope in our lives no matter how fantastical it is! Great entertainment!
THE FAERY SAYS WARM BODIES IS A MUST READ! ...more
So, yeah, this is a good one but I must admit, I've got a lot of questions! I love a good dystopian, any day of the week but this one fell just a tadSo, yeah, this is a good one but I must admit, I've got a lot of questions! I love a good dystopian, any day of the week but this one fell just a tad short for me. Mostly because of the questions that kept popping up throughout the book. It was still enjoyable and I'm on to the next one to see what happens next. ...more
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda was completely out of this world! Literally not of the world we live in now, that’s for sure but the book it’THE FAERYS VIEW
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda was completely out of this world! Literally not of the world we live in now, that’s for sure but the book it’s self completely blew me away. It was one of those books that I sort of put off reading thinking “okay, another dystopian novel to slog through” and don’t get me wrong, I love them more than anything but sometimes there’s so many that just don’t meet my expectations. The Hunt did more than meet my expectations, it ROCKED MY WINGS to the point I was buzzing all over the place!
What an amazingly thought out plot! Gene lives his life with a society of vampires that have taken over the world. Yes, there’s a few ‘hepers’ here and there but most of that, Gene believes, is fantasy talk. Gene himself is a heper; I ‘m sorry but I can’t get past the similarity between heper and heifer! Prime meat just walking around, the only difference is that the hepers know they’re hunted. One drop of blood and the vamps would be on them in a wild frenzy. Every evening, Gene has to shave the hair off his entire body except his head, make sure he has absolutely no body odor, he has to constantly remind himself not to laugh, clear his throat basically not to show any heper emotion at all. When the vamps laugh or show emotion, they scratch their wrist. It’s a bizarre world that he lives in and one mistake and he’s a goner. There’s one girl in glass with shiny red hair and she’s so beautiful but Gene’s caught her looking at him a few times so he has to be extra careful. They don’t go by names, they go by seat assignments such as D-4 but he has always called her Ashley June. He’s been all by himself since he was 9 years old but he remembers everything his father told him so he’d blend in.
When he and Ashley June win the ‘heper hunt’ and get invited to the palace to go on the first ‘heper’ hunt in 10 years, he really starts to worry. The take him right from the school with none of his prep pack, the more nervous he gets, the more like a heper he smells like but on the way there the others blame it on the fact that they’re getting closer to the heper colony.
Once Gene is at the colony they have 5 days of ‘festivities’ where Gene spends most of his time trying to not smell or dehydrate since the vamps don’t require fluids other than blood. Luckily for him there wasn’t enough room in the dorms so they put him in the library, a circular area that actually gave him some clues. He’s also in for the surprise of his life and this surprise will help him have a chance at getting out alive!
Andrew did the cleverest Character portrayals I’ve ever seen. Each vamp, although alike was different in certain aspects. They were creepy beyond all measure and just reading about Gene being in school with them gave me goose bumps but eating meals in the Palace I thought my husband was going to have to peel from the ceiling with a crow bar! There were plenty of ‘crow bar’ moments, trust me; that’s just how creepy these vamps were portrayed.
As far as world building, sorry another I kept waiting for Gene to cut himself, etc… there was one exhibition where a heper was devoured and it wasn’t pretty [crow bar moment] The way the palace was set up by the heper colony, Gene could watch them during the day-that’s the one advantage he had over the vamps. They couldn’t watch during the day because the frenzy would hit and they would kill themselves to try and get there under the dry summer sun and what Gene found out was surprising. The only other heper he’d been around was his father and his father was always pounding ‘the rules’ into his head, which was good because it kept Gene alive.
Everything combined made The Hunt one of the best Novels I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time. I devoured every word on every page and when the willies took over it was a delicious sensation! It's dark, eerie and it kept me on high octane the entire book.
Andrew Fukuda is one Fan-Faery-Tastic Author that I look forward to reading more of in the future, especially the follow up to The Hunt!
THE FAERY SAYS THAT THE HUNT BY ANDREW FUKUDA ROCKED MY WINGS AND THEN SOME! ...more
At first I thought The Selection by Kiera Cass was going to be like the TV show Bachelor with a little light dystopian thrown in. I wasTHE FAERYS VIEW
At first I thought The Selection by Kiera Cass was going to be like the TV show Bachelor with a little light dystopian thrown in. I was dead wrong! Oh how I adored this book! It was so very much more, Ms. Cass built a dystopian world with a strict caste system that either puts you at the top with food, adequate shelter and clothing or at the very bottom where there isn’t enough food for everyone, let alone warmth or clothing. Safety isn’t exactly to be had, either. A small starving child is whipped in the town square for stealing a piece of fruit. There’s no empathy from the higher castes for the lower castes and really it boils down to where and to who you were born.
Taken from a caste system where America or 'Mer' is at the bottom of the pecking order but not so far down that her family is starving to death; her family is a ‘5’-Artists, and they skimp on food and clothing and there’s been times when they’ve had to go without but not that often. America’s family is artists, and America’s voice is heavenly plus she can masterfully play many instruments just like her mother. America has fallen in love with Aspen; a gorgeous sweet boy a caste down from her. He’s incredibly smart, works as many jobs as he can find to help his widowed mother and all his siblings just to put food on the table. What America and Aspen have is the real thing; going on two years, each one knows how to comfort the other. Aspen is proud and when there’s extra food at America’s, she’ll bring it to ‘their’ tree-house, a rickety old thing in America’s postage stamp back yard. They spend countless nights there, dreaming of how they’ll run away together, that the caste doesn’t matter but deep down Aspen knows they can never really be together, he would never subject her to the starvation and fear that his caste constantly feels. When The Selection comes up; Aspen encourages Mer to join because he could never forgive himself if she lost her chance at a better life because of him, he encourages her to join and when she gets picked he breaks up with her, effectively breaking her heart.
With all of the preparation for The Selection, America can’t get excited; her heart is heavy with grief until the day of her going away ceremony when she sees Aspen with his arms wrapped around another girl. She decides then and there to get mad-it works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t.
The opulence of the Palace is amazing; unlike anything America has ever seen! She has 3 maids, foods that are so delectable that she tries very hard not to make a pig or herself. Her clothing is so fine and her hair always done by her maids that she looks her very best. America soon starts to love the Palace she once hated. Prince Maxon soon becomes very dear to her heart and there is no mistaking his affections towards her. But something happens that could spoil it all. Amidst the rebel attacks, her heart break and the realization that she is as beautiful inside as out; America has an epiphany of sorts and that leaves us at our cliffy!
I am so impressed with Kiera Cross’s writing! Every main character was so very easy to get to know and the secondary characters were, as well. I fell in love with all of them and in deep dislike with some, too. Kiera’s sense of what Palace life would be like makes me wonder if perhaps she lived in one at one time or another! I felt the luxury that America felt and saw the beauty of the gardens all around me.
THE FAERY SAYS THAT THE SELECTION ROCKED MY WINGS ...more
Hollowmen was just as fantastic as Hollowland. Zombie apocolypse, government conspiracy and the majority of the remaining human population just as vicHollowmen was just as fantastic as Hollowland. Zombie apocolypse, government conspiracy and the majority of the remaining human population just as vicious as the zombies they're trying to protect themselves from.
Remy finds that escaping the government confines where they're experimenting on her, only one of two people that are immune to the virus that causes the dead to rise, is not as easy as she thought it would be. First off, Remy is a kick-ass heroinne-she can fight with the best of them and feels responsible for everyone in her party. Once they reached the compound where her brother was being held, Remy doesn't waste any time taking his place.
A fantastic follow up to The Adoration of Jenna Fox (which I ADORED!) about the restoration of Locke and Kara. There are those that haTHE FAERIES VIEW
A fantastic follow up to The Adoration of Jenna Fox (which I ADORED!) about the restoration of Locke and Kara. There are those that have much invested and quite a bit at stake in the restoration of Locke and Kara, who aren't actually being 'restored' out of the 'goodness' of a scientists heart. The possibilities are endless and learning to trust doesn't come easy for the two teens that are pulled, literally, out of an endless dream-like scenario that never ends; told from Locke's POV, it's mesmerizing, inescapably thought-provoking in the sense that this could one day become a reality, poignant and sad.
For those of you who read TAoJF you remember her confusion, anger and mistrust of those that lied to her about her 'true self' and that was only under a year of being 'lost in the box'. Imagine multiplying that by 260+ years!
It's a fascinating read and I would definitely read the first in the series before venturing into this book. I think the first book sets up the scenario of the second book beautifully, and again I expect a third book with the moderate 'cliffie' that was left behind.
There's so much to this story, it's impossible to fully review it without completely spoiling it. What I will say is this: Ms. Pearson has an amazing ability to hit so many issues at once! And, done in such a style that it never gets confusing---she eases the reader along with fantastic descriptives, realistic characters and plot twists that I never saw coming!
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mixture of dystopian/sci-fi/suspenseful adventure with some romance thrown in for good measure...more