I literally just finished reading Switched and I was going to write the review in the morning, but I thought I'd better get it out while it was still...moreI literally just finished reading Switched and I was going to write the review in the morning, but I thought I'd better get it out while it was still fresh in my head because, to be honest, I'm a bit torn over this book. ...
On the one hand, it drew me in right away and had me turning those e-pages all night. I devoured this book in just one evening. I love me some paranormal YA, particularly when the heroine is swept away form one home to a fancier, more wealthy home and put through some sort of training. Wendy grew up privileged, but she soon finds out she's actually a troll, a changeling to be exact. She was swapped for a human baby when she was born to be raised in the human world until she was old enough to return to the Tryelle (troll) world. Trolls! This was so new to me.
But on the other hand, Ms. Hocking's description of trolls sounded more like fairies to me. Why not just call them fairies? Moreover, I felt like the book fell short in both plot and character development. The plot moved very quickly, sometimes with what felt like very little transition. I also felt like I never got the chance to really get to know any of the characters. Perhaps the background and characters will be fleshed out in future books; I will probably end up reading the next two books in the series, I'm just still not sure how high up on my list they are.
This novel was not quite what I was expecting, particularly in that Jessica and Lucius never really... date. They have a sexual tension though, that c...moreThis novel was not quite what I was expecting, particularly in that Jessica and Lucius never really... date. They have a sexual tension though, that cuts through the pages and made me keep reading. Either she was not liking him, or he was not liking her, but deep down they were both loving each other. They just couldn't get it together!
The plot itself had me going from page one, when Jessica is waiting for the bus on the way to school and sees a mysterious young man watching her... dressed in a cape! The whole thing really intrigued me and I plowed through the first portion of the novel. Unfortunately, by the end I was getting a little frustrated with the character's flip-flopping opinions of each other that I was over it.
I enjoyed the short chapters and the pace of the novel overall. I also thought Lucius' letters were a great addition to the book; they really helped show some of the plot from his point of view.
Three stars! I hate to say it, but hardcore lovers of Twilight are going to love this book too, which I thought was a bit of a cross between the whole Twilight series and The Princess Diaries.
This was okay... I'm glad I only paid 99cents for it. I skipped over the chapters from Wither because I've already read that. Rose's story was extreme...moreThis was okay... I'm glad I only paid 99cents for it. I skipped over the chapters from Wither because I've already read that. Rose's story was extremely short and not anything we didn't already know. (less)
It hit me within the first three pages - Darker Still is a beautiful novel. It gives off an air of sophistication, it's written so well with such grea...moreIt hit me within the first three pages - Darker Still is a beautiful novel. It gives off an air of sophistication, it's written so well with such great language. In addition to that, I thought the formatting of the book was brilliant. The book starts with missing person case notes and continues on with the diary of Natalie, submitted as evidence in the case. I loved reading the story through Natalie's diary entries - it really helped the story be personal. Of course, the ending case notes were just as charming.
Charming. That's a really great word to describe the book as a whole.
I particularly enjoyed the spiritualism aspect of the book. The spiritualist movement in the United States has always fascinated me. The history throughout the book was so interesting and I can't think of a better time period for the book to have taken place. I think if it took place today, it would have been really cheesy.
Of course, the character of Jonathan was one of the best parts of the book. A gentleman through and through and at the same time gorgeous and just, well, dreamy. He was a classy guy, yet at the same time the chemistry between Natalie and him was palpable.
...Five stars! An amazing book with a gorgeous cover to match. Add it to your Christmas wishlist right now, or go out and get a copy. I'm not kidding. What a lovely piece of literature. I'll be checking out any future sequels for sure.
What Sarah's Key has done is make the historical event more humanized. By reading about one family affected by the tragedy, the reader realizes that t...moreWhat Sarah's Key has done is make the historical event more humanized. By reading about one family affected by the tragedy, the reader realizes that there were thousands more people who went through the same thing. It hurts, as a human being, to know that this happened.
It's hard to know what to else say about Sarah's Key. Most of the novel was heartbreaking, filled me with despair, made me heart cringe for the thousands of people who suffered as a result of the Vel d'Hiv. But at the same time, I loved this novel. The switching points of view really help the novel rather than hinder it, and the subplot of Julia's own personal tribulations provide some relief from the terrible events. Sarah's Key is incredibly well written and I will definitely be looking out for other things written by de Rosnay.
I don't understand unrequited love at all, probably because I never experienced it. If I liked a guy growing up and he didn't like me back, I got over...moreI don't understand unrequited love at all, probably because I never experienced it. If I liked a guy growing up and he didn't like me back, I got over it and moved on pretty quick. What I especially don't understand is Alex's unrequited love for Seth. She thought that he was awesome, but why couldn't friendship be enough for her? It's not like he was going to have a serious relationship with another woman. That bothered me about this novella, but I admit that maybe I just don't understand because I haven't been there.
What was even more annoying was Seth himself. I can't tell you why without going into some spoilers about the ending, but he was whiny in general.
I will give the author this - I Loved You First was an extremely well written self-published novella. The characters were all developed equally, the plot flowed evenly, and there were no spelling or grammar errors. It wasn't a fast paced page-turner, but I kept clicking those pages to find out what would happen next, would Alex ever get over it?
The author's representation of college has been called stereotypical, but I thought it was pretty accurate (aside from the dormrooms.) Trying to find new friends at college can be hard; there is always that desire to get off campus; and college frat parties are obnoxious sometimes, especially when the brothers are so dense. It happens!
The afterword by the author caught me off guard. I thought she had done a great job in the novella showing that people need to have tolerance and understanding and her afterword came off as superfluous and, unfortunately, preachy. If you read the book, skip the afterword.(less)