Charlaine Harris is a wonderful writer- her comedic timing paired with her incredible imagination never cease to intrigue me. That being said, this wa...moreCharlaine Harris is a wonderful writer- her comedic timing paired with her incredible imagination never cease to intrigue me. That being said, this was by far the worst book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. However, being the worst in the series does not make it a bad book- just not the best.
I must admit, with the way Dead & Gone ended, there was not much to go from while still being realistic to Sookie's emotional and physical states. Dead in the Family was still quite fun, but it lacked the usual momentum and plotline that the others in the series had. (Although the copious amount of Eric & Claude in one book had me smiling a lot...with a dash of Alicide...just needed Quinn added back into the mix and it actually would've been complete for the man-side of things!) I'll definitely be seeking out Dead Reckoning to continue the Sookie journey.(less)
I LOVED this book. I read quite quickly as it is, but even then, this novel flew by for me. In the last few chapters I was trying my best to slow down...moreI LOVED this book. I read quite quickly as it is, but even then, this novel flew by for me. In the last few chapters I was trying my best to slow down a little to just drag it out a little longer, but I couldn't do it!
I love Justin Cronin's writing, first of all. I enjoyed the choppy, garbled thoughts of the virals as well as the unusual language used by the members of the California group. I feel that he really understood the way that members of a small group would come to behave and speak around one another after being cut off from the outside world for nearly 100 years.
Other review-ers of this book hated the term "flyers" used so often by these people. Although it's odd, I understand it completely - any group of friends that have been together for even a short period will have words they use that probably make no sense to others. (A few of my own examples include: "Redic" for ridiculous, "Scrote" as a term of endearment toward friends, and "Harry Benjamin" for your private parts!) Additionally, these people have not only been cut off from any other civilization, but barely understand the idea of what God or Jesus are. Think about it: many of the times you would use an expletive, like when you're surprised, many would just as soon yell "good God!" or "Jesus!". These people don't even know what those things are, and furthermore, the founders of the entire society were children under age 13! Most kids are not running around screaming cuss words! These words would have quickly died out as no one used them.
I also really enjoyed the diary entries. This was mostly because it assures the reader that far into the future, the human race (or at least something resembling the human race - we don't know) is still existant, and is probably that way because of the acts occuring with these characters. It helps to reassure the reader that what's going on in the story is extremely relevant in the history of time.
At first, it was a little difficult to keep the characters straight, with so many different ones. However, the majority of the characters mentioned are not there for the entirety of the book, making it much simpler.
This book just grabbed and sucked me in quickly. I'm a big fan of many of the aspects within this novel: post-apocolyptic, vampires, journeys, stories where you can root for the underdog...I could go on. On top of that, and although it's not a very big portion of the book, I also love a good relationship of two friends that do not want to ruin their friendship by declaring their love for one another.
John Smith is on the run from some seriously bad guys - and he has been his entire life. The story starts out with him reluctantly starting...more(4.5 Stars)
John Smith is on the run from some seriously bad guys - and he has been his entire life. The story starts out with him reluctantly starting over yet again with a new identity at a new school. His life has been spent lying about who he is and what he can do. Finally at this new school, things are starting to turn around - he finally has friends that he can count on. Now he just has to keep himself off everyone's radar - and that's much easier said than done.
This book kept my attention all the way through. It had everything- adventure, romance, fighting, and was extremely entertaining! I will definitely be reading the sequel!(less)
Veronica Roth is an extremely talented writer. The fact that this is her debut novel is quite frankly, mind blowing! The world she has built for Diver...moreVeronica Roth is an extremely talented writer. The fact that this is her debut novel is quite frankly, mind blowing! The world she has built for Divergent is interesting and complex, and the characters she created are real, with depth and emotion. The longing, heartbreak, tension and confusion that Tris experiences are authentic and touching, and the reader will feel like they are on this whirlwind journey with her. Also, the slow build-up of falling into a new relationship is so unrushed and spot-on that it's refreshing. The only objection at all is that a few of the twists and big "reveals" of the novel seemed very obvious and unsurprising, however, this does not detract from the greatness that is Divergent.
This is a book that can be reflected on for a long time after reading it- some of the scenes really stick with you as a reader. It's very exciting to look forward to the next book in this great new series, coming out in 2012! (less)
**spoiler alert** Mockingjay for me was much more depressing than the first two. It sailed right along just the same, with as much suspense and drama,...more**spoiler alert** Mockingjay for me was much more depressing than the first two. It sailed right along just the same, with as much suspense and drama, but without the sense of adventure. The entire time I was reading it, I still had the "what happens next?" part of me pushing on, but it was emotionally draining.
Before the book started, I was genuinely worried about how she would choose between Gale and Peeta. How could she break one of their hearts. As sad as it was, I'm happy with how it turned out.
Although sad, Prim's death was not the hardest part- or even the reality that her mother was now alone in life. It was the death of Finnick. I had completely fallen in love with his character and once I read the part involving his death I had to set the book down and be done for a little while. I needed time to come to grips with it.
I'm also so thankful that it didn't end on a sad note. Although the epilogue was very short and a bit weak, I was happy with the message. Overall, I think Mockingjay wrapped up the trilogy nicely, and although much more of a downer than the first two, there really was no other way to end it, in my opinion.(less)
As much as this book was pretty cliche, quite predictable and I felt like I've read several books that all seemed just like this, I was completely suc...moreAs much as this book was pretty cliche, quite predictable and I felt like I've read several books that all seemed just like this, I was completely sucked in anyway. I finished this in one day and am tempted already to find the second one and get started. I unfairly am deducting a star from my rating (down to 3 from 4) because this is so much like so many other books. However, had I read this before all of those, I would have definitely given it a 4-star, so I admit that I am being unfair.
As for actual content, I really liked Ever's character, despite her being a little too stand-offish for me. She was well developed and stayed true to herself throughout the book. There were plenty of points where I was cringing or laughing - which to me says it's well written enough for me to picture as a realistic scene, so I very much enjoyed that. However, I'm really wondering how a series will come from this as everything was completely wrapped up at the end! We'll see I guess!
I bought this for $1 for my Kindle and I say it was well worth it! (less)