What can I say? I know its not perfect and there are countless things I can get into where this book could have improved but I simply just lik4 stars
What can I say? I know its not perfect and there are countless things I can get into where this book could have improved but I simply just liked it. It reminded me of Across the Universe, although not nearly as good. The problem I had with it was I didn't feel connected or attached to the characters in anyway like I did with Universe. I'm also rating it based on the fact that I'm not into all-space books but lately it's like a tidal wave came in of sci-fi writers that simply just blow your mind. When did I transfer from paranormal to Sci fi lover? The world is ending people....
I didn't have to stop to read it like many books I've currently been reading *cough*mara dryer*cough* simply due to lack of creativity or it just being a snoozefest. I really loved the character Seth for the first 1/2 portion of the book then he just got really obnoxious & selfish, Waverly was also a nice breath of air from the ditzy girls your seeing in top selling books right now ex: Nora Grey, Lucinda price, bella swan....come on you know who I'm talking about. I've constantly been hearing about how everybody think's the ship sounded claustropobic I think due to the fact that the author does not describe the ship as well as ATU. Let me just say that I LOVE this, it gives a sinister feel to this book.
Which it IS a sinister book. Ok well it might not be zombies & all that jazz, but I have to say I expected aliens, a plague, large rodent mutations, but mutiny was mostly what this book contained. You would think if people went out of their way to fly to another planet that they would work together instead of going against one another. But this just goes to show you that human beings are power hungry grubby little monsters that basic instant is to be the alpha and survive. (view spoiler)[The adults all pass away & half of them are trapped on the New Horizon when they take away prisoners. Imagine being a teenager and being in charge of the survival of the human race big enough responsibility? (hide spoiler)]
The villain of the story is Anne Mathers. Man does she creep me the heck out. There is the whole (view spoiler)[stealing the girls eggs and implanting them into old grannys? (hide spoiler)] just made me feel like violated and creeped me out. There is nothing scarier then a preachy grandmother that molests you. [image error]
The ending I have to say I was kinda disapointed. Waverly went overboard and it made me mad that she acted immature after they finally got to be together. I would have prefered Seth but he ruined it by being immature and power hungry. Bad ending but overall I enjoyed it.
"I know that we are young and I know that you may love me. But I just can't be like this anymore, Alejandro." Lady Gaga
**spoiler alert** 2.5 stars
"I know that we are young and I know that you may love me. But I just can't be like this anymore, Alejandro." Lady Gaga
This is what I get for setting my hopes up too high before ever starting to read a book. You are setting yourself for failure I tell you. Now there were acouple things I adored in "GOFAT" (Teehee!) that I can list. The world. Humberto. Elisa's "Imperfections". Alejandro's son, Rosario. Lord Hector. Those were great features that actually made me add the .5 in there. However everything else just didn't appeal to me. I'll explain why. I actually loved reading about Elisa's wedding. Her first meetings with Alejandro. How nervous and insecure she felt were understandable. I didn't like how it portrayed just because shes fat, all she thinks about is coconut scones and stuffing her face with food to make herself feel better. But I loved the fact that they made a hero that was not gorgeous and without weakness. We have a lot of those and while they are great (Rose Hathaway) they are not as realistic as Elisa in most parts. I love how she grows stronger through out her journeys in the desert. How quickly she accepts her fate as leader and the fact that when this happens she realizes a few things about her husband (jerkface). I didn't care for Alejandro at all although the ending of the story I hated him a BIT less. It shows people have the ability to change. I didn't like how just because she undergoes a physical change she suddenly found all this new confidence and suddenly everyone wants her? Ugly duckling anyone? Its funny because at the beginning of the story I thought she would be with Lord Hector. I think he saw her for who she was like Humberto and even the King noticed that. Can't wait to see how that relationship develops. OH Humberto...I can't even get into that. What she did to him shall never be forgiven. It was like what happened to Finnick in hunger games where I'm sure many people share my pain. He was one of the only reasons that kept me reading. Besides those two, the only other character I liked was Rosario. He also saw Elisa for who she truely was and the only person that recognized her. Besides I kinda felt bad for him. He was a spoiled brat correct, but only because people never really gave him much respect or attention. It's strange because I usually don't like little kids in fantasy stories. Also the world was really creative. The Amnimagi? Or sorcerers were very cool. The battle. However, most of the reason why I made my rating SO low was how the story was written. I hate when authors try and make their writing like Lord of the Rings style. It doesn't make you elegant, it just puts them to sleep. Eragon has long travels through its pages but it does it in a way that is tasteful adding enough in there that keeps the reader still tuned in. I felt like half of GOFAT I was lulling to sleep and occasionally got a slap across my face that woke me up. There was also the GODSTONE. Not only is it wierd that god shines a light down and puts a diamond into your belly button but he talks? with you through it. It turns cold when in danger and warm when he's happy. W...T.....F.
Pretty much explains your reaction to it. I'm not religious what so ever so maybe that has a big part in it. In alot of cases when Elisa gets in trouble, she prays. For it is "gods will" that she do great things. Not simply because she wants too. It left me very uncomfortable with god being talked about obsessively in this book. There was also the whole stone-in-my-belly-button thing where people wanted to steal her stone for power? It reminded me of Wings where faeries were plants and she grew a flower out of her back. Just really freakin wierd. Again there were things that I liked about it and that I hated. So I feel pretty good with my rating. I recommend it for people who are highly religious or like really wierd fantasy books. But it had so much more potential. For those who want to read it just because Veronica Roth reviewed it I have to say this. It doesn't even come close to Divergent. Rating:
Amazing. Honestly I can't really get very detailed with this review as far as details because I read it awhile ago, but I will say this. It definatelyAmazing. Honestly I can't really get very detailed with this review as far as details because I read it awhile ago, but I will say this. It definately was way more entertaining then I thought it would be.
A very spiritual book I want to say. About the afterlife and what happens after death. Your soul. What it means to die and values on the belief that when you "die" your never really gone that your soul is immortal. It kind of reminded me of The Immortal series ALOT, but condensed into one book. That and it was more realistic, no making tuliups appear out of thin air or unrealistic death defying romances either.
I enjoyed this book quite a lot which means its still sitting on my shelf. That says something because there the only ones that I could read again in the top 50. It was just different, and it was a nice fresh of air from the standard books I was reading. Vampire/werewolf love stories, faeries, demon & angels get kinda old after awhile. It touched me on a personal level.
If your looking for something more on the spiritual/mystery side, pick it up. You won't be dissapointed. It was an amazing journey....more
This book REALLY sucks. There isn't even words to describe it or the time. Worse then the book Shiver which really bored me. I won't even elaborate onThis book REALLY sucks. There isn't even words to describe it or the time. Worse then the book Shiver which really bored me. I won't even elaborate on it. ...more
OK..Now before you think I'm a hater and go ballistic on me I'm going to explain WHY I gave this book a two star rating instead of three stars which w
OK..Now before you think I'm a hater and go ballistic on me I'm going to explain WHY I gave this book a two star rating instead of three stars which was what I originally planned on giving it. I will have some spoilers but I will block those out for those of you who have not read it.
First off let me start out by saying I loved the first book of this series. Especially since it got review from PC Cast one of my fav authors, I was excited to get into this series. I'm definately pro-logan of course, something about the guy that always gets shafted that I'm drawn too or whatever the reason. However, I was willing to give Zachary a chance and even liked him somewhat in book one. NOW, in Shift we go deeper into why the actual shift happened, what happened at newgrange with Aura's mother, who her actual father is and all the romance drama just comes between. I REALLY did enjoy finding out more about newgrange and Eowyn the only character that really still has a mysterious vibe and doesn't annoy me at this point.
In the book, Aura finds out that (view spoiler)[ her father is a ghost (hide spoiler)] big shocker? I wasn't that suprised however when she (view spoiler)[finds the missing pages of her mother's journal pages (hide spoiler)] from Eowyn the actual shift interested me more then the drama between Her vs. Logan vs. Zachary. Let me start off by saying I REALLY wanted to like Zach but if you read the book then you know how he gets incredibly whiny and annoying. There are parts of the book that literally had me saying WTF!!?? Aura are you braindead? This is why Zach is the most retarded guy on the planet. He (view spoiler)[ asks Aura to prom but then when she confesses that she decides to be honest that when logan became solid on the winter solstice they almost did it. (hide spoiler)] Which to be honest is understandable. Then (view spoiler)[ He un-asks her to the prom like a child, throws a tantrum, then when they meet up again they make out and she asks him back to prom. He tells her he asks Becca already and that if he un-asked her it would make him look bad? (hide spoiler)] I mean can anyone say HYPOCRITE? like its ok to un-ask you but not her cause he'll be the bad guy? But its ok to hurt the girl you supposedly "love" AND go out with another girl. If I were Aura I would be like its either me or NOBODY.
Does Zach take this as a hint? OH NO...it gets worse. Zach (view spoiler)[ goes to prom with becca and plans on supposedly never talking to her afterwards. Keeping Aura and Zachs new relationship "Secret" more like so he can look at all his other options? Hmmm...anyways. So then he dances with her once and pretty much flirts with multiple girls at school, then leaves with becca. Aura takes logans little brother to the dance as a friend but in the limo she gets a phone call from zachs phone. She hears them making out (or who knows what) and then Auras friend texts his phone so he gets busted. So basically later on in this book his only excuse from the just of it is any guys excuse caught cheating, oh I couldn't get over you/i just wanted to lose myself and not think about anything. It gets better. Aura buys all this crap bullshit cause he says I love you. Anyone can say those words cant they? Heres an example :
Zach : I'm really sorry I almost screwed somebody. I couldnt help it I wanted to lose myself because I missed you so much
Aura: I'm mad at you *swoon* but ur so hot in a kilt.
Zach: We should make love on this towel right now. *drool* it would make everything better. I love you
Aura: Aww..wait u love me? oK well then its ok im not mad *kisskisskiss*
(view spoiler)[Then tells her about how he wanted to sleep with her at a castle hotel room and how romantic it would be. I can't believe she lost her virginity to this jerk as well. Then after it happens, he calls BECCA the girl he almost slept with to pick them up. OK so it could have been their last resort but seriously your going to that extreme?
I apologized to Zach fanatics out there but after this book I'm more pro-logan then ever. Atleast for Logan he did not eye other females, he truely was about aura always. And is always there when she needs him not running away to "protect" her bullcrap. I will still buy Shine to see HOW the series surely out of the curiosity about the shift and her mother's past history. Anything else purely just makes me wish you had a stronger, wiser main character. But that can obviously never happen. Although I'm sure Zach is going to remain faithful and so in love in the next six months away from Aura. I have no doubt about that HAH!.
And that is why I gave my 2 stars. Disapointed is the word for it. If you read my long essay kudos to you =)