Corinthe has been exiled from her home in Pyralis and sent to the human world. There, under the guidance of her mentor, Miranda, she must complete sev...moreCorinthe has been exiled from her home in Pyralis and sent to the human world. There, under the guidance of her mentor, Miranda, she must complete several tasks before she can return home and be with her sisters. Her tasks involve making sure people's fate turns out as they are supposed to, including making sure they are in the right place at the right time for death. But her final task is new... she must actually kill. Problem is, she's feeling more and more human these days and she's starting to fall for her target, Lucas.
Not gonna lie, I was drawn in by the cover of this book. I was searching through NetGalley for something new and the blues and greens of this cover really drew me in. The description sounded like something I would like, so I requested it. Good job, Delacorte, for this gorgeous cover that's sure to draw readers in.
Fates really made me think about the question of choice versus fate. Do we have free will or is everything planned out for us? Sure we have choices, we make them every day, but are we really choosing or is the outcome already predetermined? These are fun things to ponder, especially if you're into Philosophy - it reminded me a lot of my PHL101 class in college. Although I spent time reflecting on this while reading, it wasn't something the author spent a lot of time on.
Like I said, Fates has a gorgeous cover, but a cover alone does not a good book make unfortunately, and I found more problems with this book than I found things to love. What stood out the most to me was the author's writing style - it seemed simplistic to me and I noticed it a lot more in the second half of the book. Also, I don't know if this was a formatting problem with my eGalley, but there didn't seem to be much of a distinction between scenes. That, combined with the fast paced nature of the book, made me feel like I was on a literary bullet train. I love fast paced novels, but it seems like the book lacked some detail that would have enriched the text.
Three stars. There were more downsides to this book for me, though ultimately I liked it enough to give it three stars. Fates might not have done it for me, but I can see a readership out there. I think fans of Aprilynne Pike's Wings series would adore Fates. If you're a fantasy or mythology fan, this one's for you.(less)
Oh, what a bummer. I absolutely loved The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, and I thought Magisterium was pretty good, too, so when I saw The Darkest Pa...moreOh, what a bummer. I absolutely loved The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, and I thought Magisterium was pretty good, too, so when I saw The Darkest Path on NetGalley I was like, "Hell yeah I want to read that!" I feel kind of deflated now and this review will probably be short because I hate writing bad reviews.
There's a civil war going on in the United States, or what's left of it anyway, and Callum and his younger brother are in the Glorious Path - a militant religious group slowly taking over the country. But Cal wants out, so he and his brother set out with a dog named Bear. His brother returns to the Glorious Path, but Cal continues on... battles, trouble, and convienient help ensue.
The Darkest Path is a boy book. Now before you get all up in arms about gender-izing books, let me tell you I'm the last person to believe in "boy books" and "girl books." Books are books if you like them, great, and if you don't, I don't think your gender has much to do with it. But as I read The Darkest Path, all I could think was that it was a boy book and it's hard to say why specifically. Perhaps it was the violence or the crummy romance story, but I've enjoyed plenty of other books filled with violence (Quarantine, for example) or crummy romances (hello, Twilight was my first book love).
Let me get off of that topic though and give you some real reasons The Darkest Path didn't do it for me. The plot didn't hold my attention - that's number one. I kept putting the book down and picking it up days later. Number two - it was a bit confusing. Every time I picked the book back up, I had to remind myself which side was which and who was winning. And thirdly, the romance. As I mentioned before, it was pretty crummy and didn't do much for me, which is fine I guess because the romance was the main point of the story.
On the positive side, I do think the book has a serious and important political message. But I hate talking about politics in public places, so it's up to you to read and figure that one out for yourself.
Augh, I just don't know, but this one gets only two stars, unfortunately. But if you're a dude, pick this up and give it a try. Maybe I should make my husband read it and tell me what he thinks... (less)
I'll admit it up front, I've never read anything by A.S. King before, so I didn't really know what to except out of Reality Boy, except that its descr...moreI'll admit it up front, I've never read anything by A.S. King before, so I didn't really know what to except out of Reality Boy, except that its description on NetGalley really drew me in. I didn't get anything close to what I excepted though - I thought I was going to get a fluffy comedy piece about a kid who used to be on television and is now struggling with the after effects. I expected maybe a three star book filled with humor, instead I got a hard-hitting, honest book, filled with realistic, raw emotion... a five star read hands down and you should pick up a copy today.
Gerald was five when a camera crew came into his home to film some episodes for Network Nanny (think Super Nanny). Soon Gerald was known across the country as "The Crapper," the kid who crapped on the kitchen table, his sister's bed, and his parents' shoes. But now Gerald is seventeen and the world still knows him as "The Crapper." Gerald has anger issues and he desperately wants to escape his public persona, but how?
I immediately realized Reality Boy wasn't going to be fluffy at all, but that turned out to be for the best because what I did get was a book I couldn't put down. I was sucked into the story right away, which alternated between Gerald's present time and scenes from episodes. The stories unravel simultaneously and it becomes apparent quickly that Gerald isn't crapping on tables for a simple "behavior" problem. Instead, there are deeper family issues at work. But evidently deeper family issues don't sell interesting television, because for the entire book "Nanny"did not pay attention to what young Gerald or his siblings were trying to tell her. Instead, the shows were scripted and scenes were filmed repeatedly. The story the public saw was fake, so is it any wonder they thought Gerald was just some dumb kid who crapped on his family's things.
But I really and truly felt bad for Gerald for the emotional abuse his sister and mother put him though. As the novel continues both Gerald and the reader learn about what really happened and I was appalled at his mother. I don't want to spoil it, but I don't understand how any mother can act in the way she did and then try to get pity for herself. I certainly didn't give her any.
There's also a love connection in Reality Boy and while it was a significant part of the novel, it wasn't a love-y dove-y romance at all. In fact, Gerald's anger coach and told him repeated to not get involved with girls because eventually they would just do things that angered him. But when Gerald met Hannah and they started to fall for each other, I knew he had no choice but to give love a chance. Their relationship added a real balance to the story line and helped keep Gerald grounded. They had their cute romance moments, but it was clear that each of them needed the other for a little bit of saving.
And how incredibly poignant at this day in age, when "reality" television dominates the airwaves, the more dramatic the better for ratings, but who really thinks about what it does to people? How about the young children on these shows, what will their lives be like when they're teenagers? I was thinking about the Gosselin children the most as a I read this book - America was fascinated with their family and then there was all kinds of fallout regarding both of their parents. How will they grow up? Only time will tell, but maybe we should be using Reality Boy as a warning.
Sixteen years after a virus swept the nation killing most of the population, Clover, her brother, and her father still survive by taking daily injecti...moreSixteen years after a virus swept the nation killing most of the population, Clover, her brother, and her father still survive by taking daily injections that keep the virus from taking hold of their bodies. Clover, who is autistic, is sixteen now and ready to continue her education. But when she's told she cannot attend with her dog, Mango, she is instead sent to the Company where she's on the fast track to become a Time Mariner - a person who travels two year into the future on missions to gather news. But one of Clover's missions throws her for a loop when she learns that her brother is in trouble, and now the most important thing is saving his life before it's taken away.
Clover's story struck me as unique right away, since she is autistic. She was immediately an endearing and realistic character, and her helper dog Mango was fantastic as well. I felt for her right away when she was denied entry into the Academy but I also admired her ability to throw herself into her new "job" and enjoy it. Clover is probably one of the best characters in recent YA. She alone is a reason to read Viral Nation.
Of course, what's going to keep you reading is the plot. It's been a long time since I've read a YA novel with a plot that was so well crafted and with so many intricate layers. That's a true testament to Shaunta Grimes' writing skills. I loved the time traveling aspect of the novel, it really lent itself to an interesting plot and really made me think.
On the other hand, even though I loved Clover and I thought the plot was so well crafted, I did find that Viral Nation didn't hold my attention. My mind was wandering, particularly around the halfway to three-quarters part. Still, by the end of the novel I found myself excited to see how the story will continue in the next book in the series.
Three stars. While Viral Nation was a well thought out novel, it failed to hold my complete attention. However, if you're a hardcore dystopian fan I really recommend this one. Viral Nation is the start of what appears to be a fantastic series.(less)