Sometimes there are books that go beyond words. The Ghosts of Heaven is certainly one of those books.
I honestly cannot even tell you what I thought oSometimes there are books that go beyond words. The Ghosts of Heaven is certainly one of those books.
I honestly cannot even tell you what I thought of this book. It was both bizarre and poetic at the same time. I wanted to love and hate it instantaneously. So many emotions were stirred within these pages.
I don't think I would consider this a light read. It's not fluffy by any means. I found myself reading one story at a time and pondering the events at each ending. When you read this book, don't come looking for happy endings either. You won't find them. Instead, you'll find humanity's darkest corners lurking.
There is a lot to discuss in each story, and I could easily see this being a book club pick. Or, the stories could be used to spark a very interesting discussion on human nature. (I'm thinking in line with Lord of the Flies, here.) ...more
Let me start by saying that this book is the reason I am so far behind on my 2015 reading challenge. When it was suggested to me, I didn't think to chLet me start by saying that this book is the reason I am so far behind on my 2015 reading challenge. When it was suggested to me, I didn't think to check the number of pages. I sat down to read and was drawn into the complex set of characters and intricate plot immediately, and read for hours. Then I checked my progress (on the Kindle) and nearly hit the floor. Hours spent reading and I had barely made a dent in the book. That's when I checked the page count and cursed.
I probably could have read through this book at a quicker pace, but there is something about a finely tuned plot that demands to be savored. Speed reading would have meant missing much of what makes this book (series) so great. (Although, I will admit I did find myself skipping a few pages about half way through because I just could not stand one character.)
While I'm sure some people will complain, I have chosen to only touch the surface of this book in my review. Why? Because diving too deep would taint others' opinions if they choose to read it. I have never seen the HBO show, so I had no preformed images in my mind, but I knew instantly which characters I loved and which I loathed. They were so fantastically written, it's hard to put into words. I can see how this series got picked up for a TV show and became an instant hit.
The author is certainly not scared to kill off characters you love either! There were several points in the story that I had to pick my jaw up off the ground. Be ready for plot twists galore.
A Song of Ice and Fire is hands down one of the best high fantasy novels I have ever read. I plan to continue to read the series as I have time (to conquer books of 1,000+ pages each). Hopefully, before I die, I will know how this story ends.
The illustrations are superb. They were so detailed and had an airy quality that I loved. The formatting for the Kindle left something to be desired,The illustrations are superb. They were so detailed and had an airy quality that I loved. The formatting for the Kindle left something to be desired, however. I would not recommend this one as an e-book until the kinks are fixed. The writing is a bit wordy and challenging for younger readers, but it would make a fun read-aloud. ...more
Move over Harry and Percy, Callum is in the house!
This series is going to be the next big thing. I guarantee it. How could it not with Holly Block anMove over Harry and Percy, Callum is in the house!
This series is going to be the next big thing. I guarantee it. How could it not with Holly Block and Cassandra Clare as the authors?
I'm almost scared to admit that I almost gave up on this one. Eek. I know. I came so close to putting it aside, but I'm glad I did not. If you feel like this one starts slow, you're not alone. But don't give up. The ending is worth it all.
I can't say much without giving away everything, but the setting of this book is awesome. Okay, I'm a bit biased since I know where the setting gets its inspiration from. I visited the Luray Caverns last summer. So when I read that the Magisterium is in Luray, VA I knew what I was reading! I was able to visualize everything, which sold me on this book. The Luray Caverns are spectacular; they fit perfectly with the mystery and vastness of the Magisterium. (Go ahead and look it up. You'll want a visual.)
For a middle grades book, The Iron Trial is packing a serious punch on the deep themes. Callum has issues. He's not hero material. He's weak, disfigured, and not at all what you would imagine a hero should be. He doesn't even think he's a hero. In fact, he has some major baggage to sort through. This book is certainly setting the stage for a kick butt series that is going to poke around at the meaning of nature vs nurture.
I will definitely be on the look out for book 2! ...more
This book. I don't even know what to think about it, really.
I cannot believe this is a first book by the author. There is no way. Her ability to creaThis book. I don't even know what to think about it, really.
I cannot believe this is a first book by the author. There is no way. Her ability to create a voice in a character is unbelievable.
Jesse (Sway) is interesting. He is 100% rough around the edges and a bit hard to digest at times. When I started this book, I thought "Oh, Cyrano de Bergerac retelling. Awesome." I love that story. It's sweet, funny, and complicated in a nice rom-com kind of way, so obviously Sway was going to follow suit. Um, no. Not at all, actually.
Sway is gritty. Withing the first few paragraphs I knew I was in for something different. If I'm being a bit honest, I am worried that my decision to highlight this book for my YA book club with students has me nervous. I'm really hoping there is no backlash from this one due to all the drug references and language. Like I said, it's gritty (and very realistic).
Several times I thought about putting this one down because the language was intense and the pages seemed to drip with drug references. (Which makes sense since Jesse is a drug dealer, among other things.) But every time I convinced myself I was done, something would happen. Then I found myself laughing hysterically and texting snap shops of pages to my friend to read. She gets my humor and we shared many laughs over Jesse's sardonic humor.
This book is not politically correct in any way, shape, or form. Insults against all types of people are thrown about all over the place. And I loved it for that very reason. The sarcastic and highly critical characters won me over. Especially the older man in the nursing home with a very strong dislike of Oprah. I was in tears from laughing so hard.
Kat Spears does an amazing job of getting inside of the head of a boy with major trust issues and problems, and she makes him one of my all-time favorite characters. I am 100% team Jesse. But before you rush out to read this one, you should know it comes with a disclaimer. There is TONS of foul language and drug/sex references all over the place. I would not recommend this one to younger readers, no matter how mature they think they are. Sway is definitely suitable for older readers only. If your younger readers want a sweet Cyrano story, they need to check out Flawless by Laura Chapman. ...more