When I got the offer to receive this book for review, I was hesitant at first. I don't often read adult books, even with that aside, the topic matter...moreWhen I got the offer to receive this book for review, I was hesitant at first. I don't often read adult books, even with that aside, the topic matter of this book is also not what I normally read. With all of that in mind, I was fairly cautious going into it, but I was thoroughly surprised by how much I enjoyed We Sinners. The book was highly captivating and interesting, locking my interest from the first page with a beautiful story and a very talented author.
The orange of the cover is very bright and unique in the universe of covers. The only imagery on the cover is the eleven silhouettes of all the members of the Rovaniemi family, placed behind the text for a subtle effect with a significance that can only be understood by those who have read the book, to everyone else, it just looks like a jumble of silhouettes. The font for the title is the main focus of the cover, it runs over top of the shapes of the Rovaniemis and draws the eye to it right away. I really like the cover, it's nothing too flashy, but it still connects to the story within.
The main cast of the novel was the Rovaniemi family of eleven. They were a very traditionally religious family: no television, dancing or drinking. They attended church on a regular basis without ever missing a single day, most of their socialization was with families who were also in the church and it was expected that the nine children of the family would remain with the church for their entire life. Needless to say, there were several of the children who were questioning their faith both in school and after they finished. These struggles were very, very interesting to read about and they made up the majority of the book. There was only one character that I didn't enjoy as much as the rest: Brita. She didn't consider other lifestyles and was fairly judgmental towards her siblings that made decisions that differed from hers. The rest of the characters were well developed and believable and much more enjoyable to read about.
There were an abundance of points of view utilized in the telling of the story. In each of the eleven chapters a different point of view was used (except for the one or two characters that were repeated). Having so many points of view was a bit confusing to start with, but I was able to fall into the rhythm of the book fairly quickly after the first few chapters. Each point of view showed a different outlook on the religion, some of the characters knew they wanted out of the church, some were wavering, and some were going to stay no matter what. The best part of the book was that the author didn't show a strong opinion for quitting or staying with the church, she showed justified reasons for both options and left it up to the reader to decide their feelings on the matter.
The plot takes place over a long period of time, following the children through school and into adulthood. This large spread of time allowed for the change in perspectives that the characters underwent to be featured as they matured. I give We Sinners a 4/5. I'd recommend it to mature teens and adults because it is mature subjects covered in the story. If you're looking for a book that covers religious issues from a unique set of perspectives that is delivered with grace and courage.(less)
I know I'm a few months late in reading this book, I had seen the cover and decided to give it a pass. That is, until I happened across signed copies...moreI know I'm a few months late in reading this book, I had seen the cover and decided to give it a pass. That is, until I happened across signed copies available at a nearby Chapters. When I actually started it, I really fell in love with the story and, eventually, it's cover. The cover is very different, it features a very, very pale cover model with one blue eye and one grey one. I think it's the oddness of the cover that is what will set it apart from others on the shelf; it's bright against the legions of dark covers. I wouldn't say there was too much hype for the book, but I wouldn't say it was quite as good as the hype said. The story was quite good, a little tedious at times, but overall it was good. The story followed the main character during a time period where she rented her body to a complete stranger, not being conscious while the other person was occupying her. The worst part of the plot was the fact that not all the characters were used to their full potential; some of them were, but most were not. The ones that were were amazing; they grabbed my emotions and hauled them throughout the entire ride of the plot.
The ending was one that left the reader with the option of not reading the sequel or continuing on with the series when the next book is released. Writing-wise, the book was stellar. The style carried out by the author was amazing; it was descriptive and just the right amount of grittiness to give the book the perfect dystopian feel. I know I'll be continuing on with the series, but the option of stopping was nice to see, though I doubt many people will stop with Starters (pun intended). I'd recommend this book to someone looking for a unique take on the dystopian genre or to someone hoping for a good book. I give Starters a 4/5.(less)
This was one of the books of this year that I was most looking forward to. After reading the Trylle series earlier this year, I knew I wanted to read...moreThis was one of the books of this year that I was most looking forward to. After reading the Trylle series earlier this year, I knew I wanted to read this book right away. Lucky for me, I have an amazing blogger friend Lindsay who gave me her ARC of it a little while back. I was really looking forward to this book because there aren't that many good mermaid books in YA books. I'm glad to say that I truly did enjoy this book, and that it's one of my favorite siren books out there.
Blue; the perfect color for the cover of this book. It uses the ocean for the majority of the cover and a bit of a rocky outcrop in the distance with a lighthouse on it. The sky is a simply gorgeous sunset of colors ranging from red to orange with clouds throughout, indicating a storm brewing. The large, full moon in the sky also gives the cover an eerie look due to all the mythology tied to full moons. Then there's the gorgeous typeset for the title added a nice, elegant touch to the cover, bringing it together nicely.
Gemma was a good character in the fact that she was well developed and I agreed with most of her decisions except for one (you'll have to figure out which decision that was by reading the book!) but other than that, she was an enjoyable character. Harper was a good character, too, but she wasn't very well explored. I'm sure in the next book she will get used more other than for a bit of narrating. The book was told from both the points of view of Harper and Gemma. The relationship between Gemma and Harper had the distinct fighting that often goes hand in hand with sisterly relationships. Both characters had a love interest, but I liked Harper's a lot more than Gemma's. Gemma's love interest was Alex, the boy next door that lacked a lot of personality. Harper's guy was Daniel, a cocky older guy who lived on a boat in the local harbor who would do anything for Harper. On the other end of the spectrum you had the sirens, who also were not all that explored, but I am really looking forward to reading more about them in later books. There was a whole range of secondary characters in the book as well, but even for the amount of them, they were all fairly well developed and were able to make you feel for them as much as the main characters could.
The writing was what made me want to read this book; I had enjoyed Amanda Hocking's writing in the Trylle trilogy and I knew that I would love it just as much in this book. It was the finesse that the author's writing style has that drew me in, but it was the extremely fast style of story that kept me interested.The plot was paced nicely with the only slow part at the beginning when all of the introductions happened. After that, it was smooth sailing with events immediately following each other. It was this speed that really contributed to the cliffhanger ending by making the book seem so short, leaving me wanting more right away.
This book was a great set up for the next book in the series, which I cannot wait to read when it comes out. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a mermaid book with some mythology or someone looking for a different style of paranormal book. I give Wake a 5/5.(less)
I first saw this book when I was browsing the Harper Collins Catalogs, looking for new books to add to my ever growing collection. The cover is simply...moreI first saw this book when I was browsing the Harper Collins Catalogs, looking for new books to add to my ever growing collection. The cover is simply gorgeous and the summary set it apart from anything else I had heard of in a long time. I went in with very high hopes for the book and they were met with an amazingly deep book, something I wasn't expecting.
The characters in this book were extremely well crafted, they were deep with tons of background stories and well thought through. Eva's character was amazing. She gave me a ton to think about throughout the course of the entire book. Her life wasn't her own, her existence was dependent on Amarra, she could end her or completely change her life with a simple decision. When her life does get altered in a matter of days, Eva takes it in stride, not throwing a massive tantrum but still remaining appropriately upset about her life being turned upside down. Ray was interesting and well developed, really great with Eva and was able to make decisions for himself and not just to appease others. The rest of the characters were just as well developed, which was a very impressive feat considering just how many characters there were in the book. The story was also well developed, it went by with speed but it didn't feel too hasty. The writing was some of the best I've read in ages, it was highly descriptive with a great narrative voice.
I give The Lost Girl a 5/5 for being a thought provoking book that I simply adored. I'd recommend this book to teens looking for a paranormal read with a resoundingly deep message behind it. I know I'll be reading whatever else Sangu writes next.(less)
A close friend of mine told me to read this book a few months ago, but I was adamant at first. Eventually, I broke down and bought it, reading it soon...moreA close friend of mine told me to read this book a few months ago, but I was adamant at first. Eventually, I broke down and bought it, reading it soon after. I didn't love it as much as I would have liked to, but it was definitely a remarkable novel. The book doesn't have any extra fluff, hence the short page count, but don't be mistaken, every word on everyone of those pages counted. There wasn't a word wasted, they all had purpose in the main plot or one of the many subplots. The book was truly about Charlie's high school experience, there was a hint of romance, but that wasn't the prime focus of the book. Character-wise, I loved almost all of them, but in nearly all of them there were small characteristics I didn't enjoy. Charlie was a bit too innocent for my taste, but he was an incredible story teller, and he was easy to relate to in a lot of ways. Most people can relate to being a wallflower, to standing on the sidelines and watching the world without participating. Sam was a great character as well, but I didn't like how she clung to certain relationships when there were better options available. Secondary characters were abundant in this book, the cast was quite large, but all of them were fairly well developed with details about their lives included throughout the subplots.
The writing of this book is simply extraordinary. It's written in letters to an unknown person from Charlie, the protagonist.They're gritty, real and not idealized in the slightest. It's easy to believe that these could be the real tales of an actual high school student because the events are captured in their entirety without any censoring. I'd recommend this book to people who want to see the movie (out this month) or to someone looking for a very gritty, realistic take on YA contemporary book. I give Perks a 4/5 for being a solid staple in the realm of YA for over a decade. (less)
I first heard about Kiersten White back in the early days of my blog. There was a lot of hype surrounding her debut book, Paranormalcy, and I bought i...moreI first heard about Kiersten White back in the early days of my blog. There was a lot of hype surrounding her debut book, Paranormalcy, and I bought it shortly after it was released. That was 2010, but now, in 2012, comes the end of the fantastic Paranormalcy series. With that said, I had quite high expectations for Endlessly and they were met and exceeded by this excellent book.
Purple: possibly the best color in the world. I love how the entire series looks altogether, side by side, with all the gorgeous dresses and backgrounds matching in theme. Though all the covers in the series are beautiful, this one might actually be my favorite of the series. The dress Evie is wearing is my favorite of the three dresses. The foreground also featured a few flowers in tones to match the shade of the dress. The clouds in the background and the way that Evie's hair is blowing to the side indicates a storm occurring which could be symbolic of the climax of the story of the trilogy.
Evie was as fantastic as always, she has this wit about her that made her one of the most entertaining protagonists in YA today. Her ability to bring humor to any situation, as well as being a fairly strong female protagonist is not something you come by everyday in YA books. She's also quite remarkable in the fact that I enjoyed reading in her point of view the entire time without ever getting frustrated with her decisions or attitude. Her relationships with the other characters, especially Lend and Reth, they all had a lot of dynamics with each other. Lend was the perfect guy for Evie, he valued their relationship and her opinions without being too judgmental. Reth was even more intriguing than he was in past books; a lot of the mystery that surrounded him was uncovered and he was a fairly complex character, amazingly so.
The story was chock full of happenings, the story never stopped moving and there was always things occurring. It was such a full plot, that one might even be able to complain that the book should have be longer to help accommodate all of the amazing events. The story was great and it ended in a perfectly crafted ending that gives the reader an opportunity to imagine what might happen next in Lend and Evie's future. The writing was just as phenomenal as it was in the previous two books: witty and action packed. Kiersten White has a way with words that sets her apart from the crowd with amazing detail and precision. No matter what she writes next, I know I'll be reading it.
Altogether, this book was an amazing conclusion to the fantastic Paranormalcy trilogy. I'd recommend this series to anyone in need of a great paranormal read or wants to try out a great YA read. I give Endlessly a 5/5 for being a great conclusion to this series.(less)
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book before I had even heard about it. I am so glad I did get it because it turned out to be an amazing b...moreI was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book before I had even heard about it. I am so glad I did get it because it turned out to be an amazing book written by a local author. Even before I read it, I fell for the cover and the summary instantly. I'm glad to say that I really enjoyed the book and it's unique premise. I was also lucky enough to meet the author shortly after reading the book as well.
The cover is simply stunning. It was captivating and beautifully colored and a great representation of the book. It carried a very futuristic feel with the coloring while still looking down to earth with the large raven and forest the character is walking in. The font was also conductive to the futuristic look of the cover, and the coloring of the title was neat too, not just one color, but a gradient look. The whole thing came together very nicely, to be one of my favorite covers of the year.
The characters were great, but some of them weren't used as much as they could have been. My favorite character was Cassandra because she was a strong young woman who had a sense of who she was and she didn't ever treat others with disrespect. I found that her relationships with her brother and father weren't showcased as much as I wish they would have been. At the beginning of the book when the story consisted of just the three characters it was, but later on, when more characters were added the relationships already set up weren't as focused on. I also found that the secondary characters weren't developed to their full potential. This was the case with Bran, though he was the love interest, his character wasn't explored (though I'm sure it will be in future books) making his relationship with Cass odd and a tad bit unexplained. Madda was an interesting character that easily sunk her claws into my emotions quickly.
This book was full of bests, first the cover was one of the best I've ever seen, the main character was awesome and then it had some of the best writing I've read in a while. It was obvious that a huge amount of work went into the writing. It captured every sense with a ton of detail, whether it was the foliage in the setting or the noises around the characters. The story was almost as good as I had hoped it would be, it got a little sluggish in places though. By no means was it a poor story, it just wasn't as timed as nicely as I would have liked it to be. I also wish that the blood thing was used more, but I'm sure that it will be brought into the story in another book. The paranormal aspects of the book were unique as they were based on lore from this area of the world rather than just vampires and werewolves. The end was clean and tidy, it had some action leading up to it, and it wrapped the book up nicely.
The ending was one that left room for a sequel, but it ended on a fairly round up note. I can't wait to read whatever Catherine writes next, but until then, I give Shadows Cast by Stars a 4/5. I'd recommend this book for people looking for a well written book with a distinct futuristic feel while still maintaining a traditional feel.(less)
I initally read the summary for the book a short while before I read it; it had me at "X-Men" (in case you didn't know, I am a huge fan of Marvel supe...moreI initally read the summary for the book a short while before I read it; it had me at "X-Men" (in case you didn't know, I am a huge fan of Marvel superheroes!). With the interesting premise of telling a story from a multiple quasi-villain point of view, I read and adored this awesome tale of coming of age under the most unusual of circumstances.
The cover was one definitely designed to draw the eyes of both boys and girls, creating a greater demographic for the book. The color was one that I really liked; it was between fuchsia and red with lighter lightening streaks through it. It also transcended the gender boundaries; it had draw for both boys and girls, rather than just one or the other. The whole thing came together wonderfully, and it will no doubt draw readers to it with ease.
The story was told through five points of view; that of James, Lana, Sam, Hayden, and Emily. They were all very different people, but they were all thrown together when they were abducted by The Villains. Did I have a favorite character? No: I loved them all that much! All of them could be related to on some level and the were very much like-able. The ability to make a reader sympathize with the characters is a great skill and something that I look for in a book, which was achieved in this one. The Villains were also brilliantly written; they weren't just stereotypical bad guys, they had depth and back stories that were very intriguing.
The story was fantastic and quick to action, and the writing was just as good. There were plenty of action packed scenes, but there was also a good mix of emotional ones to bring balance to the plot. It featured nearly perfect pacing along with writing with an attention grabbing style. It was clear in the writing that every character was equally as important, none were favored by the plot or the writing. The author was also able to give every single character a different personality without making any of them too similar; a difficult task considering how many characters were in the book. I cannot wait for more of the history between the characters as well as more of the quick plot in the sequel!
I strongly recommend that fans of superheroes or anyone looking for a unique Young Adult title. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, but until then, I give The Vindico a 5/5.(less)
This book intrigued me from the very beginning. It's summary, on the ARC, talked about it being like Contagion (a biological thriller movie) and Lord...moreThis book intrigued me from the very beginning. It's summary, on the ARC, talked about it being like Contagion (a biological thriller movie) and Lord of the Flies (a survival story), neither of which I have seen/ read, but it seemed unique in the vast realm of Young Adult books. And when I read it, I found it to be a thrilling contemporary book that should not be missed.
The symbol universally recognized as the one for toxins is featured on this cover. To further the feel of danger, yellow and red were used in harsh tones to call to the curious eye even more. Beneath the toxic symbol you can see the outlines of people trapped in the mall looking stressed and wanting to leave, add that to the rough paper texture and Sharpie marker-like title font and you have a very cool looking cover.
Lately I've been reading a lot of books from multiple points of view and this one was no exception. I loved the diversity shown in the characters; they were all hugely different in personality as well as backgrounds. Some of them grew relationships with each other whilst in the mall, but all of them just wanted to get out. It was this mutual interest that really brought the characters together, otherwise they didn't have very much in common at all. It was really interesting to see how they changed as their stay in the mall grew longer and longer and how they reacted to the stresses that accompanied it. The characters could not have been better written to fit this story: they were like any other person, but they were thrown into the insane and frightening situation of being exposed to a deadly virus and not knowing much about it.
I was under the belief during the majority of this book that it was a standalone book until the very end when it was clear that there would have to be more. The book starts off with a bang (bad bomb pun, I'm sorry) with the discovery of a biological bomb and the lock down of the huge mall. It was very well paced with the exception of a few slow spots where uncertainty over their situation overrode the plot. The writing made everything seem very real; it really was able to draw the reader's attention to it while still remaining fairly elusive about what the outcome could be in the future. The end was one that I will not forget anytime soon; it was a true cliffhanger that both surprised me and made me immediately want more.
I really enjoyed this book, and any one in need of a good thriller will too. I give No Safety in Numbers a 4/5 for gripping me from the beginning all the way to the end. Now, pardon me while I go wash my hands a few million times.(less)