Well, I am just...hm. I am very emotional right now and cannot commit to anything that spews out of my mouth either out of rage or just all the feels....moreWell, I am just...hm. I am very emotional right now and cannot commit to anything that spews out of my mouth either out of rage or just all the feels.
I wrote a huge review for this and it just disappeared before I saved it. FML.
So, after I finished reading the third book, I finally noticed that all the covers have the amplifiers on them in order. Obviously the third book is technically wrong, because it should be Mal on the cover instead.
This book was extremely upsetting in both good and bad ways. Let me explain.
Things that made me angry/confused me:
-Alina's hair became shockingly white, which reminded me of Daenerys. Come on, let's stop involving GoT in everything. -Nikolai's sudden situation takes him (conveniently) out of the picture long enough for Malina (Mal and Alina) to figure things out for themselves/get back together grudgingly at first. -If a Sun Summoner is rare, that makes Alina rare. That makes her family special. I thought for sure her theory would, in fact, be correct. When it wasn't, I still wondered about her family. There has to be something about them, right? I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING *gnashing teeth*.
-The amplifiers' transfer of powers is inconsistent. The first two were transferred to Alina no problem. The last is confusing...technically Mal's ancestor was the amplifier and she died. I already take a stance against that because she was raised from the dead and shouldn't she be nearly immortal? When she gave birth to Mal, did her amplifier power transfer to him through her genes (were there FOUR amplifiers at that time or three and she lost her amplifier-ness?) or when she died did it transfer to him through default or nearest live body to her? In which case, I have no idea how these amplifiers work. -The Darkling's merzost-induced traumas lessened and were undone with his death. This makes absolutely NO sense, because you cannot pick-and-choose what is undone. If it is undone, all of it must be undone. CONSISTENCY. Which means that people who died should now be living and all the other injured should be healed (if it was from the Darkling's zombie Dementors). -I like Genya the best and her injuries and ugliness were something I appreciated and knew she was strong enough to rise above. I thought this made her character so much more. But in the end, even this harshness was slightly lessened to make her easier to look at again. -If you think of Alina as a glow-in-the-dark sticker or a solar-powered gadget, shouldn't she have had a little bit of Sun Summoning juice in her after all those months of healing? You don't need a strict source of sunlight. I realize I just compared Alina to a glow-in-the-dark sticker, but...shut up.
Things I loved about it all:
-Nikolai. -Malina's orphanage take over. -Alina losing her Sun Summoning ability. -Alina choosing to be without political power and sway—living the simple life. -Oncat.
But srsly, everyone should read these books.(less)
I don't often change my reviews, but when I do it's because the author fucking deserves it. And don't tell me I can't review my author in here, becaus...moreI don't often change my reviews, but when I do it's because the author fucking deserves it. And don't tell me I can't review my author in here, because that's like saying even though Woody Allen is a pedophile I should still watch his movies. No.
Though predictable, No One Else Can Have You is funny and light (don't mistake it for the black comedy it is parading as). As many have said, Kippy is weird and the language at times if not offensive is narrow-minded...some jokes even bordering on distasteful. [Well, apparently the author is distasteful.]
I don't want to tell readers how to read a book, but it seems to me that sometimes people forget fiction does not reflect an author's own feelings or views (unless they are celebrated quite obviously in the book). Fiction can be fantastical and still make more sense than real life because it has a set structure to it. Things wrap up, etc. Despite this, people always throw a fit when a non-fantasy sci-fi YA book gets all unrealistic. If this is true, I'm pretty sure this limits the reader to maybe less than a quarter of the YA section in terms of potential reads. Nothing in YA is plausibleーnot even the teen romances (too melodramatic usually).[Turns out she may in fact believe what she writes.]
Kippy can be annoying, but she's also clever. I'd argue not enough depth was provided this character, but she also really did have tunnel-vision. And that's okay with me. I read this as a fun light read between the big stuff. I was pretty entertained and would even say this was better than some YA novels of the same type such as Amelia Dead and Gone (the protagonist was much more annoying in that).
Idk what to say about this book other than to give it a fair chance and try not to take it so seriously. I would compare this to Harriet the Spy meets Amelia Dead and Gone. [I would compare it to Hale's real life/]
If Kippy took herself seriously for once (no wonder Ruth told her to grow up) and realized a lot of her investigation was pure luck, I think her bit could've been a lot more likable. But maybe that's just me.(less)
I can't believe this is over. And so freaking bittersweet. I love-hated it. I love-hated it so passionately that I might've shouted at my book a few t...moreI can't believe this is over. And so freaking bittersweet. I love-hated it. I love-hated it so passionately that I might've shouted at my book a few times.
Sentence: I sentence Rachel Hartman to have the ability to solve many sexy equations and...moreKeywords: Dragons, half-breeds, love, philosophers.
Sentence: I sentence Rachel Hartman to have the ability to solve many sexy equations and also a crime-free life in Vancouver. That shit be scary.
Review: I'll try to make this review pretty short, since I had barely a complaint. Actually, if I had a complaint I cannot recall it anymore because I am baffled by Hartman. I should say this is an extremely rare occurrence. I never give out five stars.
This novel started at a relatively slow pace, but with good reason. The characters and world building painted an entirely different world from what I've read before and did an extremely good job at it. I had complex questions about the history of some character or saint or weapon or even family with no doubts to there actually being a story. It's like the world has existed for so long and this story is just a minor occurrence in the history of it. A minor story I rather enjoyed, but only minor in the sense of looking at the broader picture of everything.
This is one of those rare reads where you find the two main love interests arguing about philosophers to be some sort of sexy, chemistry-filled conversation. I was practically salivating for more about Archiboros and his pompous ass. Maybe even more about Pontheus, the jurisprudence philosopher; later said to be either genius or mad.
But seriously, how is this turning me on? It must be all that intelligent talk and whatnot.
I also thoroughly enjoyed Seraphina storming about and trying to be pricklier than she is. She's brave, but shy and intrepid. She contradicts herself by loving others, despite their grotesqueness, and having trouble loving her own self.
The characters throughout this entire novel are so well built that it's only too easy to find their imperfections rather than the things that make them flat. Even the "soulless" saarantras and quigutl had me amused, laughing, and possibly crying a little. Even the Ardmagar Cormonot was confusing with his Cybermen-like reactions to emotion.
Okay, but srsly, this spoke to my heart (don't laugh): "do not underestimate the seductive power of math."
Basically, I have nothing else to say except GIMME MORE. And also:
Yeah, come at me dragons. I'm looking pretty sexy now, aren't I?(less)
So basically my opinion of this book is more biased than it would usually be for any other book I've read and liked. I can highly relate to this book...moreSo basically my opinion of this book is more biased than it would usually be for any other book I've read and liked. I can highly relate to this book and its main character, so naturally I was drawn to her entire attitude. Or lack thereof.
I want to begin by saying Nenner is not created by her father. She's not molded by his literal hands nor with the mechanics of a genius like Geppetto. She is a real girl living in the middle east somewhere, with her highly dysfunctional family (whose isn't?). When she describes being created by her father, she means the idea of the perfect daughter. And some parents are actually like this. If not this fully, then some parents have an idea of what they want their children to do or how successful and educated they want them to be. This basically takes that to the extreme with a mix of the humility and patriarchal honour systems, common to the middle east and South Asia.
Then, in a small act of rebellion and innocent preservation of life, Nenner saves a stray cat from certain death. Turns out this cat is actually a shapeshifting free-person. Not necessarily a boy though, which I loved. Because at times when you feel the chemistry you can't help but wonder if this counts as bestiality.
This is entirely a story about a girl realizing who she actually is, even through the emotional and psychological abuse her parents are able to get away with. This story is more about what it takes to wake up and realize that she is alive, rather than two people falling in love.
My only complaint, really, is that the story does not flow/it feels rather choppy when scenes are changing or months pass by. You really can't tell time until the MC mentions it. It feels like they've only traveled the world for a week, when really it's been maybe 3 months.
The romance is pretty cheesy as well, but actually kind of adorable. Do not expect any love triangles or pointless drama. Also it may be kinda hard for people to get where she's coming from, so the analogy she uses in the book, near the end, is fairly simple and accurate. A simple story, with aspects of fantasy/escapism, but well done.(less)
Sentence: I sentence John Green to write a non-teen fiction book. Seriously, I think he should give it a try and (likely) excel. :)
Review: There are s...moreSentence: I sentence John Green to write a non-teen fiction book. Seriously, I think he should give it a try and (likely) excel. :)
Review: There are so many things I don’t know how to say about this story (so I won’t). However, let me just admit my one criticism: kids, in real life, aren’t this great, mature and hilarious. As much as I think cancer forces a teen to grow up early, there were just some ideas (including leaving “your mark” on the world; and little infinities) that I felt, normally, could not be understood and appreciated by a Hazel-aged person. That being said, I really wish I knew people like Hazel and Augustus.
This story is beautifully narrated and not just a “Cancer Book”; cancer is just a side effect of life. It contemplates things that I did not even realize I thought about, such as attempting to leave your mark on the world, but also acknowledging that the larger the mark the bigger the scar. And should we, selfishly, be trying to strive for that?
I fell in love with Hazel, Gus, Hazel’s parents, Isaac, and even Sisyphus the hamster (view spoiler)[(for his brief two years post-Anna) (hide spoiler)].
Spoiler Alert: You will not be without some grief and tears. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Sentence: I sentence Julianna Baggott to her choices, their consequences and nothing but that.
Review: This is a really, really rare rating for me, bu...moreSentence: I sentence Julianna Baggott to her choices, their consequences and nothing but that.
Review: This is a really, really rare rating for me, but I didn't just enjoy this book. It was one of those special reads where I lost track of time and forgot where I was. I literally couldn't even put down the book to eat and such. It was as if I were from Pressia's world after the Detonations, fused to this book.
I was curious about this book due to its similarities to much of the dystopian teen that has been released post-Hunger Games, except that apparently this does not constitute as teen (in my book store, anyway).
The first thing that struck me about Baggott's work was how un-pure everything seemed. It was like the world had become a filthy and grotesque place, filled with monsters and warped humans (I wouldn't go as far as calling them sub-humans). It was ugly. And I adored her story for this. After all, ugliness is everywhere and beauty can only exist in the absence of it and because of it.
There were aspects of this book that reminded me of Battle Royale; perhaps it is the utter brutality and recruitment of the OSR, or even the violence and no nonsense attitude of the people of this earth. Kill or be killed. Even when Pressia questions whether or not she could kill someone ("is it wrong to kill someone who wants to kill you?"), (view spoiler)[she is finally able to kill out of mercy. (hide spoiler)]
The hardened and bleak outlooks of these teenagers and adults alike are a reminder of what has been done in the past and what could happen in the future.
I admit that Baggott's version seems a little fantastical (with nothing terribly fantastic about it) with the fusing, genetic horrors and even Death Sprees, but some of it rings true. Biological warfare has always been a concern for those studying nuclear proliferation and different forms of weaponry. Why not something that could alter human genetics? It's a horrific thought and part of me hopes what Partridge's father did would never be able to be sanctioned, but even though the past is never fully explained in this book, it made me start to doubt our own government's capabilities.
Baggott does not falter in letting her dark humour slip in through this entire mess, nor the little snippets from the past that the characters may not fully understand, but readers silently nod to, discerning.
There is not much I can criticize about this story yet, as this is "just the beginning". Instead, I will list what I appreciated most:
(view spoiler)[1. The romance between two main characters is not the central theme. There is something bigger than them, that they are working towards. Pressia and Bradwell are clearly an item, but even Pressia is not blinded by her feelings for him. She recognizes that even this may be limited. Partridge and Lyda may also be a future item, but from Lyda's perspective it is learned that she is not head-over-heels in love with him. I respect that.
2. Everything seems to flow and nothing is perfect. Whether it is Partridge's (and Pressia's) mothers botched up trail to her burrow; or Bradwell's knowledge of conspiracies about the Detonations; even Lyda's unasked for duties as the messenger; these characters all collide together almost beautifully. They need each other. Even El Capitan (whom I completely understand and respect for both his "burden" and his hope for something more...maybe even his awesome name) who, at first, appears to hate all of the Pure, but is also compassionate. Much of these instances are chance and Partridge's mother admits she had to leave many trails behind, out of desperation and a last-minute attempt to keep in touch with him. Aribelle's unexpected death flowed nicely with the story, as tragic, sudden and imperfect as it was. Unlike many stories, and much like reality, Partridge didn't get to tell her everything he wanted to. Pressia didn't get to share her few memories of Before or even of now. It's not that their story is devoid of happiness, it's just imperfect.
3. It is like steampunk, but in a category of its own. This sort of reminded me of a modern steampunk story, with less of the steam power and more of the stranger technologies in a time of base modes of survival and what appears to be anarchy. Even these genetically altered hybrids and what the Dome calls "wretches" are man-made or caused by human intervention. For those who have read Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, may understand why this may be an aspect of a steampunk-influenced society. It is not quite steampunk due to little things like the "black boxes" that homed in on the Dome; a lack of Victorian culture (or even old Western, though the Dust somehow reminds me of it); and the fact that they are in the future and they remember things of the past, including the technology. They are not without their technological beginnings.
4. Clever little truths here and there, whether we notice/understand them or not. Like how the tune for the ABC's is the same as Twinkle, Twinkle. Or the nod to suicide, the stigma associated with it and how that is different in the Dome. Maybe we cannot understand this, but it's a brave new world, and things are not at all pleasant and exciting as one would expect, in the future (even under the protection of the Dome). Both Pressia and Partridge think about their differences in culture, due to their adapted living and surviving habits. Pressia also uses little guilt trips and psychological tricks to make Partridge feel like he owes her. Fused with a doll's head or not, this is something so faultily human about Pressia. Aribelle admits that the fusing cannot be undone. Humanity must live with its past and mistakes.
5. The uncensored thoughts are honest despite the different perspectives, and as scattered as they are. Pressia likes the OSR uniform and the power. She feels a hunger and knows that she can kill. El Capitan is tired and sometimes thinking about killing his brother. He hates how he can tell people look past him and at his burden, fused to his back. He also had hopes and dreams about becoming a pilot. It is something he knows can never happen now. Partridge can't help feeling bothered and defensive when others refer to his father in a negative light. A really good example is when Bradwell talks about how his parents were not able to be sweet-talked through Red Lobster and whatever else they were offered, but apparently Partridge's father was. He hates his father, but he can't help loving him too, despite his faults. Lyda never blames Partridge in her mind once, not even when she feels her most miserable, because she knows she made a choice. She does think he used her, but she feels like she let him. And continues to help him, for that matter. (hide spoiler)]
There was much more that I liked or loved about this book, but I'll just leave it at that. Baggott left off on a pretty mellow note, so I won't be anxious for the sequel, though I suspect I will enjoy it just as much.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Alright, so I was going to do a proper review, but I just can't. I'm punned out, folks.
Besides I fear I love this book too much to be silly about it....moreAlright, so I was going to do a proper review, but I just can't. I'm punned out, folks.
Besides I fear I love this book too much to be silly about it. And I have to say, when I first started I wasn't sure if I loved it or hated it. I was struck by how Briony was so annoyingly self-loathing. But then there was the pity and how she pathetically claimed she felt nothing because of witchery.
I found myself appreciating her character much more when she and Eldric created this secret society of awesome swamp-friend-creatures (the lion and the wolf). It was like freaking Adventure Time, but for realsies.
But srsly, this book reminded me much of my favourite Scottish ballad Tam Lin. It was probably influenced by such work, in fact, without the focus on a faerie queen or any of that.
People who loved this book will want to read Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock. You will find that Jones' book is what teen was like in the 70s to early 90s: goddamn literature.
The characters were not one-sided and were much more complicated than the usual young adult novels out there. Eldric and Briony form a friendship first and romance later. They can verbally volley and Eldric certainly challenges Briony at every opportunity. And not challenging like a slap to the face and making her agree with his overt manliness. In fact he doesn't try to be overtly "manly", which in turn makes him seem more of a man than others.
Yeah wrap your head around that one, boys. :D(less)
In terms of plot this book is just okay. It's not exactly unpredictable and falls into a pattern I've seen before (of course). The sole reason I gave...moreIn terms of plot this book is just okay. It's not exactly unpredictable and falls into a pattern I've seen before (of course). The sole reason I gave this book 5 stars is because it covers important topics and perspectives without shying away. For this I have to commend Maria Snyder. She takes on a tough topic that most YA authors, even when directly related to the plot of their books, avoid direct contact with. They handle it with kiddie gloves and muddled memories. Yelena does not. She is bitter, horrified, and open about her abuse and her rape. She is unashamed, but considerate of others' sensitivities on the subject (unfortunate honesty about people/their attitudes).
I appreciate what Snyder has done.
What really makes the relationships in this book all the better is Leif's hatred, anguish and guilt. Nothing is black and white, and Leif's annoying presence is a reminder of that.
Overall, the story of this second book is made better by Yelena's compelling view on rape and her understanding of Leif. It resonates with me a lot more than the first book and I couldn't help, but love the author for this.
The best part? Yelena doesn't need her lover Valek for any of this. She stands on her own two feet.(less)