When I first read the synopsis for this book I was so excited I couldn't contain mysel...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
When I first read the synopsis for this book I was so excited I couldn't contain myself. Sadly, I have really mixed feelings about it now. The beginning was really slow, I didn't feel like much was happening, or a lot of stuff was happening but it was overly described which just served to bore me. Enough was happening to keep me interested, and about 250 pages in things finally started to pick up! The ending was a complete cliff-hanger and now I'm just dying for the next one!
Kira is a great protagonist; she's strong, independent, smart, and sassy. I really liked how she took initiative to basically save the human race, despite the fact that she's only 16. She never took "no" for an answer, which definitely reminded me of me :). Her friends are all really fantastic people who completely support her no matter what kind of crazy thing she wants to do next. Although her boyfriend, Marcus, tries to tell her what to do a lot, he has good intentions and he was definitely a sweet-heart. I do wish there was a little more romance between the two, since I'm a big YA romance junkie, but at least there wasn't some stupid love-triangle.
The writing is really in depth, and there is a lot of thorough world-building going on, but sometimes I felt like it was too much. I tended to skip over a lot of paragraphs, simply because I was getting bored with whatever was happening. The story is also really medical, since Kira is trying to find a cure for RM, and I had a hard time following what was happening with that most of the time. Science and I do not mix, so it was hard for me to focus on all the medical jargon and testing and what not. The story really picks up in the last 200 pages though and a lot of stuff starts happening and things are revealed and people DIE! By then, I was screaming and reading furiously and I just had to know what was going to happen!!!
Overall, I liked Partials enough to continue reading and eventually I was really into it. I wish it hadn't taken me so long to get into the story, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The ending is definitely an incredible cliff-hanger and I can't wait to find out what Dan Wells has up his sleeve for the next book! Fans of dystopian and sci fi will like this one, but if you need romance in your novels you won't really find it here!(less)
Although it took me awhile to finally sit down and read Fracture, I was not disappoint...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Although it took me awhile to finally sit down and read Fracture, I was not disappointed. Fracture is definitely a pretty quick read, at only 264 pages, but each page is filled with so much emotion it was hard to put it down for long periods of time. I especially loved the relationship between Delaney and all of the most important people in her life and how everyone is so affected by her drowning. Fracture was an amazing read that had me wanting more and more until the very end when I was finally satisfied.
Miranda’s character development was fantastic, despite the fact that I have never had a near death experience I connected with Delaney immediately. Delaney is an incredibly damaged character who just wants to understand herself as well as the people around her. Once she comes out of the coma, she discovers that she has a strong pull toward the dying and thinks she’s going crazy. She eventually meets Troy who has the same abilities as her, and who manages to get in between Delaney and Decker, Delaney’s childhood best friend. I really flip-flopped between who I wanted Delaney to end up with because Troy is just as damaged as Delaney and really seems to understand her, but Decker is such a sweet heart who just wants Delaney to be happy and constantly blames himself for her accident.
Reading Fracture by Megan Miranda is like listening to one of Beethoven’s symphonies. At first, the story starts slowly, building up to an amazing crescendo and cascading into a perfect finale. Miranda’s writing is just beautiful, she managed to keep me interested enough in the story without feeding me too much information all at once. When Delaney felt happy, I felt happy for her. When Delaney cried, I cried with her. When Troy kissed Delaney in his kitchen, I got butterflies and I could feel my face lighting up. When I finally finished Fracture I was a blubbering mess of emotions. Even remembering how things ended makes me teary-eyed.
Fracture is one of those books that you really need to dedicate your time to, because you won’t want to put it down once you start. Miranda takes you into the world of a damaged girl who’s just trying to figure out her life in the wake of a terrible accident. By the end of the book you’ll be laughing, crying, and cheering while still trying to comprehend what happened. I definitely recommend Fracture to lovers of mysteries, thrillers, paranormal, and romances. (less)
I absolutely love fairy tale retellings. I actually have a book of fairy tales that ha...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
I absolutely love fairy tale retellings. I actually have a book of fairy tales that has multiple variations on the same stories from different cultures. That being said, Cinder is one of the best Cinderella retellings I have ever read. I’ll admit that I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning, but once I finally sat down and really got to reading I was not disappointed!
Cinder is such a kick ass character! She fixes things for a living! And yeah, her life pretty much sucks because she’s part cyborg and she lives with 2 horrible women and only has 2 real friends, but she does not let that get her down. She’s incredibly determined and once she sets her mind to something she doesn’t let it go. Kai is also pretty awesome, although not so much in the end. I’m holding a grudge right now. And the stepmother and stepsisters are also written really well, they’re totally evil.
Cinder is by far one of the best fairy tale retellings I’ve read in a long time. I like how Meyer incorporates a lot of the traditional story line of Cinderella, but puts a really different spin on it. She also leaves some things out, like the fairy godmother, and adds a couple things in. I also really liked how she worked in the idea of the plague, and the post-apocalyptic setting. I think Meyer has a great ability to reach a lot of different audiences with many different tastes.
Overall, Cinder was an awesome read. I’m a huge dystopian junkie, so that aspect alone appealed to me. Along with the fairy tale retelling and cyborgs running around, I was hooked! I can’t wait until the next book in this series comes out, although, it’s a long ways away! (less)