I had been waiting to read this book for some time. In fact, I think this book was one of my Waiting on Wednesday picks sometime back in May or June....moreI had been waiting to read this book for some time. In fact, I think this book was one of my Waiting on Wednesday picks sometime back in May or June. Every time I went to the bookstore in hopes of acquiring this book, it never quite worked out and I finally just ordered it online sometime back in October. Of course as soon as I got it, I began reading it. Sad to say, I was disappointed. I was so disappointed in fact, that this book was originally classified as DNF on my shelf and after about 50 pages in, I put it down. Usually, when I classify a book as DNF, I don’t pick it up again. But for some reason, I decided to give this one a second chance. I can honestly say that I am glad that I did.
Lie is told from multiple POVs and as such you really get to hear the viewpoints of everyone in this particular community. The sad part is that all those POV’s really do mirror each other and still adhere to the line ‘everybody knows, but no one’s talking’. It’s really disturbing to see just how everyone lets the fact that the victims were Mexican and the perpetrators were white cloud their minds to the fact that a crime was committed, and that lives were put in danger. The really sad part is that Lie, even though fiction, mirrors events that have happened in real life.
I have never been more disgusted with a character than I was with Skylar. She uses her loss as a way to make her apathetic to the suffering of anyone else. The fact that she has gone through a loss should have made her appreciate life so much more. Instead she has this pity me, poor me attitude that leads her to rely on the very racist Jimmy for absolutely everything. For Skylar, I really didn’t see the struggle between right and wrong. She clearly couldn’t tell the difference if it slapped her upside the head. The sad thing is that she was not alone in that viewpoint.
Don’t get me wrong, I knew that Lie wasn’t going to be a book about fluffy bunnies and as such was likely going to provoke some intense reactions. I was expecting outrage, frustration and maybe even a little sadness and anger. What I was not prepared for was the absolute rage and disgust I felt while reading this book. The tag line of Lie is ‘everybody knows, nobody’s talking’ and that one line should be enough to set anyone’s teeth on edge. The fact that Lie is a book based around a hate crime, ‘everybody knows, nobody’s talking’ should outrage and disgust you.(less)
I confess, it has been a long time since I was a teenager. Longer than I would care to admit and if I'm being honest, I don't think I behaved or thoug...moreI confess, it has been a long time since I was a teenager. Longer than I would care to admit and if I'm being honest, I don't think I behaved or thought like an actual teenager when I was one. If I did behave like a stereotypical teenager, and by stereotypical I mean like the teenagers in TMI, then why the hell didn't somebody slap me? Because I can tell you now if these characters are meant to be a typical representation of teenagers and how the behave then we are in for some serious, serious problems.
I think that is part of my problem with the book. Because I am nowhere near a teenager or that mentality I found it unbelievably hard to connect with any of the characters. The idea behind the story was great and I am honestly very glad that it didn't end up like a Dateline To Catch a Predator episode. Because it could have, really easily. I just think that the characters were a little too petty. Not to mention the weird dynamic that was the friendship of Bailey and Meg. It's almost like they are more frenemies than anything.
All in all this is a decent read and I'm sure that other's would will like it just fine, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.(less)
Now I loved Cinder. So when Marissa Meyer's follow-up Scarlet showed up in my mailbox I was positively giddy with excitement. I immediately threw my r...moreNow I loved Cinder. So when Marissa Meyer's follow-up Scarlet showed up in my mailbox I was positively giddy with excitement. I immediately threw my reading schedule out the window, poured a glass of wine and cracked it open. Let me tell you, it was so, so worth it.
I'm not even gonna lie. I normally don't like books that everyone else does and I generally try to stay away from books that have a lot of 'hype' surrounding them. For me, the books with the most 'hype' surrounding them rarely live up to my expectations and I'm usually left feeling disappointed and with a 'that's it' feeling by the end. I am happy to say that this is not the case with the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
Scarlet, not only has all the makings of being a great story, but it also furthers along what is surely becoming an epic adventure. The introduction of new characters, dynamic characters, only further adds to the believability and enjoyability of the story. Can I just say Throne (awesome) and Wolf (swoon)!
While Scarlet is a reimagined version of Little Red Riding Hood, a story that most of us is familiar with, there was such dimension and depth in this story, and the characters, that you kind of forget how the original Little Red Riding Hood goes. I think that is the true testament of Meyer's writing and storytelling ability that she was able to get me to forget about the original story completely and just delve right into what she had created and just enjoy it from beginning to end.
The only sucky thing about Scarlet is that it ended and now I have to wait until 2014 for Cress to be released! What ever will I do to pass the time?(less)
I must say, that I am not really a fan of re-tellings. They have this tendency to be done really poorly. So poorly that it usually sends me into a bit of a rage for someone ruining a classic. After having read Cinder, I am going to have to revise my initial opinion. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer is wonderful and surprising take on a classic story.
I’m not really sure what I expected when I started reading this book. Actually, I didn’t have any expectations when I sat down and read it. I didn’t even read the synopsis and tried very hard to stay away from any reviews so that I would be able to form my own opinions of the story. I am so glad I did. Science Fiction is definately not something that I read very often if at all. Maybe that is part of why I was I liked it so much.
Cinder is fresh and exciting. Even though it was a re-telling, it wasn’t the typical paranormal romance that is just so popular in YA right now. Not to mention, it was pretty edgy. I loved that it dealt directly with some pretty huge and important social issues. Cinder didn’t cloak or hint at the issues, it confronted them head on. Plus, the heroine is pretty kick ass. Talk about awesome.
I honestly can’t wait to see what’s in-store for the rest of the Lunar Chronicles Series. If Cinder is any indication, this may just become the next big series in YA books.(less)