Monument 14 is an epic story about survival among 14 teenagers trapped in what is essentially a giant Target. Somewhat reminiscent of Ashfall by Mike Mullin (yet less violent) Monument 14 examines the different roles people take in the midst of a natural disaster. I loved this story from start to finish, and I devoured it in one day. There are so many characters, but each one has his/her own personality and I found it easy to distinguish among them as well as grow to love a few. The most actions is definitely in the first 50 pages, as well as the last 50 pages, but every moment contained a tense situation that had me wondering how I would react. Monument 14 is a roller coaster of emotions that will have you gripping the edge of your seat until the last page.
While Dean isn't the most admirable character, he is definitely realistic. He's flawed, yes, but he learns to deal with his insecurities and make the tough decisions that are called. He isn't your typical heroic male protagonist which I think is what made me fall so hard for him. I saw parts of myself inside of him. That person who longs for their crush from afar, lets jealousies get the better of them, and even succumbs to peer pressure. That was Dean, as well as myself, and that's what really drew me to him. His brother Alex is also an amazing character; he's brilliant to the point where he manages to save them all on more than one occasion.
The story itself is fast paced and psychologically thrilling. While there isn't much action, the pyschological aspects really drew me in. I found myself wondering, "What role would I take on in this situation? Would I be the leader? The guy doing drugs in the sports section? The mother?" It really made me wonder how I would handle the situation myself, and I think any book that makes you think like that is a winner. The different obstacles the kids have to face are insane, from crazy survivors to an infectious gas, it's all so surreal... yet so realistic. That's the most frightening thing about a book like this: It can happen in real life!
Emmy Laybourne has created an frightening situation in which teenagers must pull out all of their survival skills as well as grow up fast. Their psychological well-being is tested, and some fold under the pressure while others rise to the occasion. Monument 14 will have you flipping pages as fast as possible, because you'll need to know how it's going to end. 14 teenagers trapped in what is essentially a mall sounds like a party, but is it? Fans of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and survival stories will love this one! (less)
Julie Kagawa does it again! This book is nothing like her Iron Fey series, and it seri...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Julie Kagawa does it again! This book is nothing like her Iron Fey series, and it seriously rattled my cages a few times. I loved the detail that went in to creating such an intricate and desolate world, and the Allison is such a kick ass chick, I really want someone to make a movie out of this book! The idea of putting together a dystopian/vampire world is so amazing, but at times I felt like things were dragging on a bit. My only real gripe with this book is its length, simply because I have a hard time really getting into books that are super long. Immortal Rules is a story about a fantastic heroine, defying her true nature to save a group of innocents while finding love in the most unlikely of places.
The characters in this story were fantastically written. Allison is an orphaned girl living on the outskirts of a vampire city where she refuses to become a "blood bag" for the "bloodsuckers." She's such a kick ass heroine, I absolutely loved her from start to finish. She doesn't let anyone stand in her way, and she'll take a bullet for the people she cares for in a heart beat. All of the other characters are also really well written, I felt like I knew them after only a couple pages. There were so many times that I was feeling incredibly strong emotions towards one character or another, only to remember that they weren't real people! Kagawa does an amazing job immersing the reader into a story that's completely fiction, but feels like reality.
Her writing style, as always, is just beautiful. I'm not a big fan of long, descriptive paragraphs, but I never mind them in Kagawa's books because her writing is so poetic. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book, even if it did take ma while to get through it. The world-building is always very well done. The vampire world is taught to Allison through her maker, and as she learns we learn along with her. I loved knowing the ins and outs of vampire politics, as well as understanding the world that now exists. Also, there are some AMAZING fight scenes between Allison and the rabids (diseased vamp-like creatures that have basically no control over their hunger) where she just mows them down with a sword, like a dancer on a stage. The way these scenes were described was just FANTASTIC. I found myself getting chills all over, and I could thoroughly picture it in my head!
Overall, I absolutely loved this book, but the length took some of the excitement out of it for me. I don't get a lot of reading time, so when it takes me a couple of weeks to finish a book I lose a bit of the umph behind it. Otherwise, Kagawa wrote an amazing piece of literature that I think anyone would enjoy. There's action, vampires, romance, dystopian qualities, and heart-breaking moments filled with emotion. If you haven't read anything by Kagawa yet, I strongly suggest you start with Immortal Rules. You'll be craving more, and only the next book will be able to satisfy your hunger.(less)
I have to admit, when I started this book I wasn't expecting something so brilliant. S...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog, Literary Exploration
I have to admit, when I started this book I wasn't expecting something so brilliant. Speer's concept about angels is something I've definitely never read about, and it's so intriguing and well thought out. The idea that angels are money grubbing narcissists who save people's lives only when they can afford it is so original and thought provoking that I was hooked from the very beginning! Speer is an amazing author and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
The characters in Immortal City are all really well written. Maddy is just so much like me that I couldn't help but be drawn to her right from the beginning. I love how innocent, yet strong she is, and I love the way she really connects with Jacks. For some reason, despite his ego, I loved Jacks from the very start. Although he does throw his money and fame around a few times, I was glad that he found Maddy to keep him grounded. The way their relationship develops is so fantastic and so real and I ended up getting shivers on more than one occasion.
Speer is an awesome writer and I loved the world he drew me into. Everything about the angels is really well developed and Maddy even takes a "History of Angels" class which actually helped me understand where the angels came from and why they were being paid to save people. There was never a moment where I was confused about what was happening, unless of course it had to do with who the murderer was! Although some things were a bit predictable, I didn't figure out the most important things until the right moment and I think Speer did a fantastic job of keeping me in suspense.
Immortal City is a fantastic take on angels and angel stories and if you're an angel lover you're going to want to get your hands on this one as soon as you can! Speer takes you into the glamorous world of the elite immortals and provides fans of romance, paranormal, thriller, mystery, action - almost all genres! - with something to enjoy! I highly recommend this book, it is an exciting and entertaining read that had me up late into the night!(less)