SO GOOD! I want to open it up and re-read it already!
If you lived through the 80's, if you are a video game junkie, if you love old mech anime, if you...moreSO GOOD! I want to open it up and re-read it already!
If you lived through the 80's, if you are a video game junkie, if you love old mech anime, if you know all the lines of Monty Python movies, if you are an avid sci-fi'er, if you've spend uncountable hours inside an MMO, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK.
This book takes place in 2044, in a time when the world has pretty much collapsed and everyone logs into the OASIS to live in a better place. When the creator of the OASIS dies, his video-will announces he has hidden an Easter Egg inside the game, and the first person to find it will inherit everything. GAME ON! The entire world becomes obsessed with 1980's pop culture (because the creator was obsessed with it) looking for clues to where the Egg might be hidden, and some will stop at nothing to find it... even murder.
For being Elizabeth Hoyt's breakout novel I was amazed and I absolutely loved it.
The story was fabulous, the building of the relationship was i...moreWOW...
For being Elizabeth Hoyt's breakout novel I was amazed and I absolutely loved it.
The story was fabulous, the building of the relationship was intense, and most important, the growth of the characters was believable, honest, and wonderful to witness. Some of the background character's were one-dimensional, but the fact that they were shallow people to begin with made it a non-issue. I hope to read more about some of the more prominent secondary characters in other novels by Elizabeth Hoyt.
Marked is, quite frankly, not a great book. It IS however a guilty pleasure. The reason this book isn't great, or even good really, is that it is enti...moreMarked is, quite frankly, not a great book. It IS however a guilty pleasure. The reason this book isn't great, or even good really, is that it is entirely too awkward and uneven. My bottom line is, if the character wasn't so uneven and if the book had been easier to stay in, the STORY wasn't that bad. All the other aspects of the book kept side-tracking me though and made me wonder why the writer chose to write it the way she (or rather "they") did. The problems I had are following, but before reading on, I did not hide this review because of spoilers because I do not think the reasons I give for it being awkward and uneven are vital to the story in any way, but they ARE things that happened in the book, so if you want to stop reading, do so now.
I am not a fan of "chick lit" and since this series is intended for a teen audience, "teen chick lit" is an awkward combo since one of the aspects of the genre is promiscuity. Although there is no sex by the main character, she does agonize over thinking she is a "slut" for lusting after the blood of her "almost-ex-boyfriend" (the human she broke up with shortly before being marked) and then kissing a fledgling she has met at her new school, The House of Night.
Another uneven aspect, in my opinion, is the main character's inner dialogue (the book is in first person). Zoey goes from "poopie" to BJs which is just odd. If she can openly think, or talk, about one, why is the other embarrassing? (And quite frankly, if she IS discussing one, this book is NOT for the tween audience, and you may want to think about how adult your teens are before okaying this book.) That glaringly uneven thought process pulled me out of the reading to wonder if I missed something and that maybe the book had moved on to another character. Zoey also goes from insecure to Queen of the World and back to insecure rather quickly. Maybe I just don't remember being 16 that well, but I don't think it was quite that bad of a roller coaster.
The book also wont stand up to time because there are so many pop culture references throughout the story. Even with the book being just a few years old, I was occasionally shocked at how some of the things brought up had changed so much. Sadly, and maybe because the main character is a teenager, the pop culture references are everywhere in the book, from popular movies to popular singers to favorite cereal brands.
The entire changing process was weird to me too. I love that authors these days do not stick to the cookie-cutter vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings that past books did, but this series (in some aspects) just didn't go over well with me. When a person has been "marked" their body begins the change in becoming a vampyre. I am okay with that. I am even okay with the process taking years and these kids being shipped off to a different school to learn about their new life. I don't understand the facial tattoos that go along with it though, especially when the tattoos eventually take up a good portion of the face. Although the small marks might make for an interesting mental visual while you are reading, once it is covering a third of someone's face (sometimes more) I just don't get it. Then to throw in specific actors, politicians, and musicians who are (in this series) vampyres and would thus have all these facial tattoos, just again took you out of the story into the realm of unbelievable. This is yet another problem with using pop culture references. (Yes, I understand that as vampire-fiction it is in itself unbelievable, but a book should hold you captive and make you feel like it could be real.)
Underneath all the uneven inner dialogue, pop culture references, and the more outrageous aspects of becoming a vampyre, the story in itself isn't terrible. I think I just got pulled out of the reading too often to think to myself, "What the heck!" for me to think the book was "good," but it is a guilty pleasure of mine. I can't say I'll read the book again, but I will read the next book in the series to see what happens in the story. (less)
I don't normally review the picture books I read to my kids, but...
I personally thought this book was super cute! I loved it! The art was neat and the...moreI don't normally review the picture books I read to my kids, but...
I personally thought this book was super cute! I loved it! The art was neat and the story was a good one to teach to kids. The moral: Sometimes the people most different from us can be our best friends. Who doesn't want to teach THAT to their kids??(less)
For the first 59 pages of this book, I was entranced. It was my first experience with existentialism, and I was fascinated. Jean-Paul Sarte's main rea...moreFor the first 59 pages of this book, I was entranced. It was my first experience with existentialism, and I was fascinated. Jean-Paul Sarte's main reason for writing this text was to explain existentialism, and I felt it made a lot of sense and I wanted to learn more. After page 59 though Sarte begins discussing existential psychoanalysis and I had to fight to stay awake, quite literally.
If you want a good idea of what existentialism is and what their views are, I highly recommend the first 59 pages... after that, if you have insomnia the rest of the book is a good cure.(less)
I picked up this book because another author recommended Mary Jo Putney (although a different book) and when looking through synopsis of her books I j...moreI picked up this book because another author recommended Mary Jo Putney (although a different book) and when looking through synopsis of her books I just loved the premise of this one. From the back of the book...
"Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution: she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds. In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister. But after the bargain is struck and the marriage is made, the major makes a shocking, miraculous recovery. Though they agree to an annulment, such matters take time. . .time enough for David to realize he is irrevocably in love with his wife."
While reading it I came to loathe the distraction of daily life and spent two nights in a row staying up past 2 AM to get in as much reading as I could. I cried almost non-stop for the last 50 pages or so which I think is a compliment to the author for involving my emotions so completely in the characters.
I have NO qualms about suggesting this novel to anyone who is a fan of romance novels.(less)
I have never watched the show "Supernanny," but after reading this book I am curious about it.
After just a few days of following techniques used in t...moreI have never watched the show "Supernanny," but after reading this book I am curious about it.
After just a few days of following techniques used in this book, I find my kids are already behaving loads better. I know I am looking at an long uphill road, but I've learned to enjoy the small victories. For that reason I chose to implement the bedtime rules first so that I have extra "me-time" at the end of the day which I has improved my outlook all around.
This book covers all sorts of issues like, bedtimes, mealtimes, new siblings, separation anxiety, toilet training, and lots of motivational support. I wouldn't just recommend this book to parents with unruly children, but to all parents, because sometimes we forget little things or to just do simple things like enjoy our kids.(less)