"Reality Dreamers" is a story that had me intrigued from the first page. I found myself laughing at the sarcastic humor, smiling at the heartwarming s"Reality Dreamers" is a story that had me intrigued from the first page. I found myself laughing at the sarcastic humor, smiling at the heartwarming scenes, and on the edge of my seat during the suspenseful moments. Reality and the dream world were both interesting realms to be in, which meant the book always had my attention. I'm anxious for the sequel so I can keep exploring the exciting world(s) this author has created!
Jonas is a teenager who struggles to make friends. He also struggles with nightmares, something he believes makes him feel childish and different from his peers. He just doesn't realize how different he is--or the fact that he is not as alone as he fears. As he begins to talk with other teenagers who also share the intense dreams, Jonas begins to make friends. (Leah is a gem of a character! Trust me, you're going to love her.) This new group of friends are pulled closer together as the danger in the dreams escalates, some of it spilling over into reality. The ending will make you anxious for more. I'm excited to see where these characters go, and to get some answers!...more
This one took me a while to read. I was so excited for this, since I really enjoyed book one in the series. However, the story was not an instant grabThis one took me a while to read. I was so excited for this, since I really enjoyed book one in the series. However, the story was not an instant grabber like book one, and I had a bit of a hard time connecting with the characters at first. Once the book hit the halfway point, I zipped through it, but the beginning was rough. I hope that the final book in the trilogy will not have such a rough start, but I don't suspect that it will, since (minor spoiler) we'll know at least one of the main characters. I guess that answers one question right there--I will read book three, so that tells you something. But I really could give this book 2.5 stars and not bat an eye. In the beginning, I thought I'd give it two.
The writing was excellent, and just like the first book in the series I love the attention to detail. The story became intriguing, and I loved the Irish tie-backs. (Go Ireland! Different planet or not, you are always cool, and your accents are the best.) The characters were interesting, and to be fair, I probably would have been more sucked into their story if I hadn't been trying to figure out how in the world the book I was reading was actually a sequel to the disaster/survival story found in "These Broken Stars." It's entirely different--which may appeal to many readers, I just struggled a bit.
I won't go on and on about this. If you liked "These Broken Stars", you'll want to read this. And just know that you do eventually hear from the previous main characters, and the stories actually do connect. And, as I said, the writing is very good.
There is some language and violence (quite a bit of blood)....more
A dark re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast. Quite fascinating, and I loved the mythology edge. I zipped right through the book, though there were a fA dark re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast. Quite fascinating, and I loved the mythology edge. I zipped right through the book, though there were a few things that kept it from getting a five-star rating. ...more
It's a good read, especially for a cloudy day. Overall pretty predictable, but some really fun characters. And greek mythology is alway3.75, actually.
It's a good read, especially for a cloudy day. Overall pretty predictable, but some really fun characters. And greek mythology is always pretty awesome. I loved the alternating POVs, it really added a lot to the story, I think....more
This book gets pretty dark, so enter in with that warning. Some scenes are pretty gross/disturbing, but the writing is action-packed. This is one of tThis book gets pretty dark, so enter in with that warning. Some scenes are pretty gross/disturbing, but the writing is action-packed. This is one of those stories that starts out in the action, but doesn't leave you confused. I really related to the main character, and thought she was awesome. Rafe was also really awesome.
Definitely for the older side of YA. These angels are not really angelic......more
This is one of those books that you read the summary, you think "Huh. Maybe." Then you read it, and you wonder why you didn't pick it upMore like 4.5
This is one of those books that you read the summary, you think "Huh. Maybe." Then you read it, and you wonder why you didn't pick it up sooner because now you can't put it down. I won't say tons about the story, except that the political intrigue really surprised me, and I thought the main character reacted very well to the crazy situations she was put in. A very enjoyable read, and I'm really looking forward to the sequel....more
Maybe more like 3.5. I feel like this is one that takes time to settle.
This is a very interesting novel. Sometimes disturbing, but very thought-provokMaybe more like 3.5. I feel like this is one that takes time to settle.
This is a very interesting novel. Sometimes disturbing, but very thought-provoking. I picked it up at the library when I saw all the awards on the cover, and thought--how did I miss this? Now I know. It's sort of hard to talk about.
The writing is really pretty great. The world is interesting. The main character is most of the time sympathetic (though he does some dumb things sometimes. Though for how awfully he's treated most of the time, I suppose I can't blame him too much.) There are some great philosophical questions in here. My favorite character is the secondary character Tam Lin. Enough said.
If you're in the mood for a book that will make you think, I would recommend it. Just know that some parts move faster than others, and some scenes will be a bit disturbing....more
4.5--maybe even a full five, I can't decide. It can be really good to break out of your normal reading patterns, and in this case the detour from YA w4.5--maybe even a full five, I can't decide. It can be really good to break out of your normal reading patterns, and in this case the detour from YA was a refreshing delight.
There are so many good things about this book. There is a lot of suspense, some violence, and a bit of horror (I braved it though, so you'll probably be fine.) The overall positivism of the novel, as well as the always-noted importance of family, really stood out to me. The main character is super relateable, and even though there are some pretty dark things going on in this poor guy's life, he deals with things in a humorous and optimistic way. "There's always cake" as his father always told him. No matter how bad life gets, there is always cake. The idea is unique, and interesting, the writing is intelligent, the dialogue believable, and the characters just delightful.
I really loved this novel. It is my first Dean Koontz, and I intend to read another some time. There is a slight supernatural edge, but nothing too heavy. Predictions are made right before Jimmy (MC) is born, and he's told he will have five very dark days. The dates for those days are given, and the book is about those five days, and how Jimmy deals with his intense trials.
It is an adult book, though there are no sexual scenes. Some language. Quite a bit of violence, but nothing too graphic. Lots of suspenseful situations....more
This book sort of blew my mind. It came to me very talked up, and it definitely lived up to the hype. I read it in mere hours, and relished every pageThis book sort of blew my mind. It came to me very talked up, and it definitely lived up to the hype. I read it in mere hours, and relished every page--even when I was frantically flipping to the next to find out what would happen. Every chapter seemed to hold some kind of twist, whether with plot or character. While some aspects were predictable, overall I had no idea where the book was going to go--and I loved it!
The world has a destinct Roman flavor, which was awesome. The characters were human, easy to relate to, and just plain awesome. There are rebels. There are sword fights. There's the whole "who can I trust?" at basically every turn. Writing about it now makes me want to pick it up again. Seriously, it's that good!
There is violence book, and one particularly sadistic character that gives me the heebie jeebies. There is some language, but it's mild. Kissing, yes--but nothing too intense. Honestly, you just need to get your hands on a copy of this book. Like, yesterday....more