Crud. One of the world's greatest mysteries: how N. D. Wilson writes as magnificently and extraordinarily as he does. There is a reason why he is my f...moreCrud. One of the world's greatest mysteries: how N. D. Wilson writes as magnificently and extraordinarily as he does. There is a reason why he is my favorite author!! :D Oh wow!!
Super cute! I felt like it was a bit underdeveloped compared to the first book, but that didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this! Looking forward...moreSuper cute! I felt like it was a bit underdeveloped compared to the first book, but that didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this! Looking forward to book 3!(less)
Exiled (#1) by J. R. Wagner Pages: 312 Release Date: May 5th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, April 17th-30th Received: ARC via NetGalley Rating: 2/5 stars Recommende...moreExiled (#1) by J. R. Wagner Pages: 312 Release Date: May 5th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, April 17th-30th Received: ARC via NetGalley Rating: 2/5 stars Recommended to: 12+
SUMMARY - James, a boy who has trained to become one of the greatest magicians who ever lived, has been falsely accused of murder - murder of the man who he loved as his own father. His sentence: Exile to the Never. Naked, powerless, and lost in a land where nothing is as it seems, James must find a way out - and the truth about the Black Castle that calls to him - and prove is innocence, before everything he worked for means nothing at all.
MY THOUGHTS - Exiled began brilliantly. I'm talking breathtaking prose, exemplary characters, great dialogue, vivid world building... I'd just read some really average and/or disappointing books and was dying for something exceptional. Unfortunately, this book started going downhill about 5 chapters in.
CHARACTER NOTES - James, James, James. Who are you? I kept hoping to find out, but his voice felt more and more impersonal with every new page, like the novelty of his character wore off for the author and therefore the reader suffered as well. I had such high hopes for him, but was let down. The people James meets in the village started out fascinating as well, but I soon lost interest in them. They never grew or changed. Especially Kilani. I wanted to love her but she fell flat. The most realistic character, who I actually really liked, was James' mother, Margaret. She was strong and her actions and decisions progressed with the story.
STORY NOTES - Things started out brilliantly, like I said. I was flying, happy, weightless, joyful - but that didn't last. I dropped like a stone. Or really, the wind on which I flew just stopped all together. Sucks to be me.
Where was the excitement, the adventure, the mystery?? Well, I suppose it was there, or at least trying to be, but I didn't get it. Too much description in the action scenes, and too many slow breaks between the action scenes.
And then there's the POV/time shift. I'm sorry, but when I'm pleasure reading, I don't like being forced to remember dates and events in order, just so I can understand the flipping back and forth. For example: James - now Margaret - 1894 James - now James - 1889 James - now Margaret - 1886
Yep. It's that bad. That's not exact, but it hopped around like crazy! How can you expect me to enjoy that? I would have rather read from just Margaret's perspective in chronological order - and then, in a 2nd book, about James. Something like that.
Last thing - what the heck was that romance?! Or, that totally creepy "16-year-old boy falls in love with a 26-year-old woman who may or may not be in love with but has a strange and possibly intimate relationship with the boy's tutor"? Just too weird. Sorry, don't force romance. If there are no age-appropriate girls for your MC, don't worry - not every YA novel has to have a romance!
SUMMING IT UP - So strange. Not the enjoyable kind either. I'm just so bummed it didn't stay 5-star quality throughout. i'm sure I'll read book 2. Maybe I'll just wait for reviews first...
For the Parents - Really nothing to report. A minor curse or two, but nothing that stood out to me. Recommended 12+.
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter (#1) Pages: 284 Release Date: April 25th, 2006 Date Read: 2012, April 8th-14th Recei...moreI'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter (#1) Pages: 284 Release Date: April 25th, 2006 Date Read: 2012, April 8th-14th Received: Finish Copy via NetGalley Rating: 4/5 stars Recommended to: 12+
SUMMARY - Cammie Morgan is totally normal. Except, she's a genius. Okay, and she goes to a private all-girl's boarding school. Okay, and she's a spy, too. But that doesn't stop her from at least trying. (Trust Cammie when she tells you it's harder than it looks!) When adorable Josh Abrams befriends Cammie during a CoveOps mission, Cammie must go undercover and live a normal life if she wants to see Josh again - and she might even find he's her soul mate.
MY THOUGHTS - Yep, this book was radical. A little slow at first, but it picked up the pace like crazy and swept me away. I'm love struck, for sure!
So, can I have Cammie for a BFF? Oh, wait, I think I already do. Seriously, she reminds me of one of my dearest friends (you really should check out her blog...). She's got the wit, the sarcasm, the drama (I mean this in a totally and completely endearing way, of course). I can't get enough of Cammie!
The story lacked a bit at the beginning, but when they went on that CoveOps and Cammie met Josh - whooohooo!! Talk about fast! :) Josh is charming, lovable, and totally sweet - and perfect for Cammie. And he shares my last name. How cool is that, right?
I think this series has a lot to offer; it's fun, sharp-witted, and heartfelt. The end was happy, but not in a perfect-ending kind of way. I really appreciate that. It made it more realistic and has me wanting more - and very very soon!
This book reminds me of... Best friends (seriously, click here, because you want to check out this blog) The color blue Really cool (last) names Innocent romance Overall cuteness Witty jokes The best kind of dates (burgers and a movie) Spires And a smokin' hot teacher who I pictured as something like Josh Duhamal ;)
For the Parents - Nothing! Such a fun tween-teen book! :D Recommended 12+
So bummed! My sister loved it, and told me it would get better...but no. Not for me. By the end i still didn't care at all for any of it. It had good...moreSo bummed! My sister loved it, and told me it would get better...but no. Not for me. By the end i still didn't care at all for any of it. It had good moments and funny moments, but overall definitely not for me...(less)
An incredible addition. Ugh these books. I canNOT get enough. Particularly of Percabeth. TOO MUCH GOOOODNESS. I thought...if either of them thinks/spe...moreAn incredible addition. Ugh these books. I canNOT get enough. Particularly of Percabeth. TOO MUCH GOOOODNESS. I thought...if either of them thinks/speaks about kids/future/being together/dying together ONE MORE TIME I will probably have a fatal feels attack. Book 5 better hurry it's butt up - even though the title scares the crap out of me. :'((less)
Pages: 416 Release Date: June 1st, 2008 Date Read: 2011, October 30th-31st Rating: 3/5 stars Recommended to: 12+
Summary - Kate is done with love. She has g...morePages: 416 Release Date: June 1st, 2008 Date Read: 2011, October 30th-31st Rating: 3/5 stars Recommended to: 12+
Summary - Kate is done with love. She has given it up - no more will she fall into its clutches. Jerome broke her heart and crushed her soul. Never again. When she wins a contest - and a trip to Italy with the other winning teens - Kate wants to spend her time properly examining the ridiculousness of Romeo and Juliet, instead of prancing around falling in love. And when the chance comes to turn the tables and play a prank on the girl who's trying to prank Kate, she more than happily seizes her chance, never expecting the snare that awaits her.
My thoughts - I'm not too much of a Romeo and Juliet fan. To be honest, even with my ridiculous romanticism, I've had my own practical statements and refutes and arguments about their love story. So while Kate was, for the most part, ridiculously practical, I admit freely that I, for the most part, agreed with her.
But anyways - apart from that...
This book was fun, but nothing special or extraordinary. I actually think it fell below the mark of ordinary or good. It had lots of issues - the writing was fun and dramatic but lacking the good stuff; the characters were all fluff and there was no personal connection; the story line had holes; the POV shifted weirdly. I wasn't expecting much, however, so I wasn't disappointed. But neither was I excited, and that is the problem.
Character notes - I really wish this book had been more personal. There were POV shifts that made no sense; but not only that, the characters themselves were choppy and inconsistent. For the most part, I saw these 16-17 year olds as 11-13 year olds. They had major maturity issues - issues usually overcome by the time you turn 13. It was awkward.
The best character was Giacomo, but even he lacked consistency. I thought of him as 14 years old for the majority of the book. He had a nice back story to add depth to his character but I thought him making up conversations between himself and a saint at the Catholic church, and then running around with a ladies' man reputation was such a strange combo. I think the author may have been trying to show the reader that he really was a great guy underneath?
I really liked Kate, but she was so poorly crafted that I didn't really get to know her, and that made me sad.
And to add to matters, at the end of the story, in the last 15 pages, all the characters just suddenly acted their ages.
Story notes - Overall, I really liked this story. It made me laugh and had a nice ring to it. The story-line twisted and turned with hilarious events and complication. However, I felt that it was poorly done and as a reviewer I must be honest...
What really bugged me was that it held no personal connection between characters or me and the book. For example - Kate and Giacomo are trying to make everyone believe they've fallen in love. They are about to kiss for the first time to throw off the spies following them - and it suddenly cuts to the POV of the spy! Therefore leaving me, the reader, with no idea of how Giacomo or Kate felt about the kiss that was supposed to be a farce. Basically, there was very little progression of feelings.
Summing it up - Playful! For the most part, this book had very little to offer when it comes to being a good book, but I did enjoy it all the same. A quick and fun summer read and it'll make you want to travel to Italy! :D
*Update - the second time around... I basically bawled and want to curl up on my bed with the book tucked in my arms and cry for seven hours because t...more*Update - the second time around... I basically bawled and want to curl up on my bed with the book tucked in my arms and cry for seven hours because this book is perfect and beautiful. My eyes are once again opened and I'm amazed and I will keep going if I don't stop here. Just keep reading my review - it says a lot more. (But not everything, because I could never say enough about this book. Ever.)*
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith Pages: 236 Release Date: January 2nd, 2012 Date Read: 2012, July 9th-10th Received: Library - but I bought it the day after I read it! Rating: 5/5 stars, Forever Favorite! Recommended to: 12+
SUMMARY - Flying to London may be most girls' dream, but not Hadley's. Not when she's flying out to be a bridesmaid in her own father's wedding. Even worse - she misses her flight by four minutes - ensuring she'll most likely be late. What she doesn't expect: she's helped by a boy named Oliver - and seated next to him as well. Because of this, the next 24 hours will change her very reason for existing.
MY THOUGHTS -
This is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life.
I rarely speak those words, and when I do, I really really for reals mean it. It usually means I bawled like a baby (as in this case) and it sometimes means my perspective was changed, altered, for the better (this is also the case). It is extremely difficult to write a review for a book as brilliant as this. I'm feeling quite inadequate, like I don't really know how to put into words my expressly positive feelings for this story.
Jennifer E. Smith is a new author to me, but I assure you: I have plans to purchase every single book she's ever written or will write. These plans will, I assure you upon my life, come to pass. Smith's writing is like - GAH! The prose in this book is unbelievably GORGEOUS. I was completely swept away. STUNNING.
CHARACTER NOTES - Hadley. HADLEY. She's way cool. Despite the goings on of her life, she's just completely awesome. I adore her to pieces. I was quite disappointed when I realized I can't actually be her best friend in real life. I love her that much. Her growth, the emotion she felt, how she handled every event, how her emotions developed throughout the story - I was completely enthralled, under the spell of her gorgeous third person POV narration.
And her name? Definitely going on my top five favorite girl names list.
Then there's the matter of Oliver. He's so much fun...like, beyond reason - and totally realistic at the same time. He has his own secrets and sorrows that are a part of him, but do not make him who he is. The slow, yet quick, progression of his relationship with Hadley made me bubble over with joy. I really really really need to marry a guy who will draw ducks on napkins for me. Oliver took my breath away more times that I can count. No really - my breath caught more than a few times!
Hadley's father Andrew amazed me with his complexity. I hated and loved him at the same time. He left Hadley and her mom for a British woman...and yet I love who he is. He and Charlotte really added something beautiful to Hadley's journey. I loved every moment.
I also love how Oliver is so much like Andrew. I don't know if that was intentional, but it sure was natural. They are both such free spirits, with great imaginations that veer toward the silly side. Such a neat dynamic!
STORY NOTES - You'd think that not much can happen in 24 hours, but Mrs. Smith assures you, it can. A LOT can happen in 24 hours. A lot of beautiful things.
I love how natural it is. The story progresses realistically. The relationship between Hadley and Oliver is never cheesy, but is, instead, completely realistic. It is NOT insta-love. It is, rather, like the old lady on the plane says, that a few hours with someone you love can feel like a blessed few years. This illustration, executed so perfectly, is beautiful.
I love that nothing is perfect. There are perfect moments, but these moments are made perfect by their imperfections. Toilet paper on a little boy's shoe, Hadley's feet being stomped on during a father-daughter dance, tears at the sight of someone you love.
The situation with Hadley's dad is hard. I was hoping Hadley wouldn't be made to seem like the bad guy for being bitter - her father left them. So I was stunned into happiness when both Hadley and her father confess. Such a beautiful scene. Right about where I started crying, actually. And I didn't stop until long after the book had come to a close.
Normally, I don't do short books, because I usually feel jipped by the length. SO not the case here. This book has everything - everything good, that is. And nothing bad. The end is completely satisfying, so beautiful and breathtaking and consistent, tying off all loose ends and boosting even more tears.
It's true - I'm in love with this book.
SUMMING IT UP - ........................ It's one of those. The ones you can't summarize or phrase or recommend enough. You have to do the reading now, the experiencing and the living. Please, everyone - BUY THIS BOOK!! (And my sister, who read this book in almost one sitting, interjects that SHE gets Oliver. HA! AS IF!)
For the Parents - Two, maybe three, minor swear words. A couple of kisses - no details. Talk of an affair. In reality, nothing to be worried about. Recommended 12+
4.5...OMIGOSH I think this the best one since the 1st book. Especially considering the last 5 - especially 4 - books have been...well, lacking. I obvi...more4.5...OMIGOSH I think this the best one since the 1st book. Especially considering the last 5 - especially 4 - books have been...well, lacking. I obviously enjoyed them immensely, but if you've read them, you know what I mean. ;) This one had some similar issues but was amaaaazing!
The Flock has just said goodbye to Ari, Max's half brother...the one who tried to kill them all in the past, but changed his ways and got killed. Now the Flock has to move on without him. They're all developing new, crazy powers on their own, all getting stronger and ready to take on the world. When Mrs. Martinez, Ella and Max's mom, recommends the Flock to a team headed toward Antarctica, the Flock are hoping to use their new skills to help save the world. But what is this new mission in this freezing cold place? Will they be safe like the scientists claim? ___________________________________________
My thoughts - Once again, these books are great. I loved the action and the connection between characters, as well as the outstanding scenery. But there are two things I didn't love...or even like. 1. The new bad guys. 2. The sudden, cheese-ball homage to global warming. BAM! Out of nowhere? Maybe if the series had led up to this, it would've made more sense.
Character notes - I'll start with the bad guys. Ok...what? Where did THAT come from? It was strange. And choppy. And just plain weird. I wanted to to snort in disbelief. Definitely cheesy...not the cheesy I love about the Flock, but "Are you freaking kidding me?!" cheesy.
However, despite the stupidity of James Patterson's newest destroy-the-world freaks, the good guys were great. Max continues to be amazing, along with the rest of the Flock. The crew of the ship was a great addition, especially Brigid. She caused tension between Max...and FANG!
Ok, so Fang grows up a little bit with each book. It's seriously super attractive. Like, him lacing up his manly snow boots while giving Max this business...or uncoiling rope to save someone's life. Or the way he works so well with Max. He's becoming a man and it's extremely appealing and worthy of the butterflies that float around inside of me whenever I read or hear his name.
Story notes - Like I sad. Global warming. Outta nowhere. Like the bad guys or the weird random hurricane at the end. There wasn't enough intro to it, any of it. Maybe if the last book had somehow led up to it, I would have found it enjoyable. But as far as I know, this is a one-book thing. Which kind of irked me.
Besides that, I liked the story. The new setting of Antarctica, complete with blinding snow and penguins, was really fascinating and held my interest. It was a great way to add originality to the series. The fight scenes and rescue scenes were good, written well. And, my favorite, the romance. It's blossoming, another reason why I love Fang and how stinking manly he is.
Summing it up - A cool ride. Like, if Disney gave the Matterhorn real snow and some penguins to waddling about, and maybe a few bird kids to fly around it, that's what it'd be like. Despite the random holes and sudden appearances in the story, I was highly entertained and am looking forward to book #5, Max. Extremely clean, nothing for the parents.(less)
Ty doesn't want Gemma to leave. She lived at his house, with his family, for three months, but more than one accident in the water convinced her she needed to leave. But now, after the Seaguard kicked her out of the Trade Station, Gemma wants to find her brother and live with him and the gang. Ty is quite uncomfortable with this. But when Ma and Pa are kidnapped by a town of Surfs, everything changes. If Ty and Gemma can find out where the Township Sachem is, they can find Ma and Pa. And the place to go for such information? Rip Tide, the stack city where safety is never secure. It will be a miracle if they get out of there alive, never mind what might come after... _______________________________
My thoughts - I love Kat Falls. I love the way she writes. I love how she creates her stories and shapes her characters and makes me shiver with anticipation or giggle with delight. So, basically, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was everything I was hoping for and more. I pre-ordered it and started it the day after it arrived, I was so stoked.
Was there anything I didn't like? Well, yes, only one thing. The world building. This was an issue (the only issue) in Dark Life. This futuristic world is crazy cool and original, but I feel like Kat Falls' descriptions of buildings, Townships, stack cities, and certain underwater places lack depth, making it hard for the reader to picture everything clearly, especially with so much going on at all times. However, this world is fairly easy to work with in your own mind, and I found myself adapting as I used my imagination to fill in the blanks.
Character notes - I think of Ty and Gemma as one of those epic duos like Sam and Frodo, or Harry and Ron...except Ty and Gemma are a guy and a girl and, well... They're kinda sweet on each other. And it's kinda adorable. Anyways... I love the way both of their characters are developed and how they stay true to their personalities, especially Ty. He's one lovable young man who is quite mature for his fifteen years. Gemma is also memorable...I just can't get enough!
The side characters in this book were really awesome as well! So much deception goes on, whether for good or bad, that you don't actually know who is doing what until the very end. ("What do you mean?" you are probably asking. Well...I can't tell you. You must read the book!) Captain Revas, Mayor Fife, Ratter, Representative Tupper, and Gabion are just a few. They are all so complicated, with so many layers, and I was completely surprised when the end came about and I finally knew who was doing what. I'd tried to guess but Kat Falls' twists and turns were too good for me!
Story notes - Like I just said, layers. This story is full of them. New ones are added and old ones are taken away. The whole time I was like, "Wow, something else?!" The pace is quick but still gives enough to time to the reader to enjoy every detail. The plot is thick. The writing is beautiful. Ty's voice and Kat's style work seamlessly together.
I wish the end twist about who was committing the crime would have been drawn out longer, but what's done is done and it was extremely enjoyable nonetheless! And while all the loose ends about the story were tied, there are still some unanswered questions overall, which make me believe there is going to be a third book!!!
Summing it up - When I think of this book, in my mind's eye I see pre-storm waves crashing and lightning striking. What a story! The originality of it - so like the first one and yet totally different - is enough to get anyone liking it. And yet, still, it's one of those books I see on everyone's TBR, but so far down the list that it's easily forgotten. Shame! What fun, adventure, and danger are all missing out on! You all should charge to the nearest bookstore and buy both books in hardcover. And when the third book comes out (there has got to be a third!!), go buy that one, too. Kat Falls has created something you won't want to miss out on!
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (#1) Pages: 352 Release Date: September 27th, 2011 Date Read: 2012, January 22nd-28th Received: Library Rating: 4/5 stars R...moreThe Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (#1) Pages: 352 Release Date: September 27th, 2011 Date Read: 2012, January 22nd-28th Received: Library Rating: 4/5 stars Recommended to: 12+
SUMMARY - Tiki is an orphan living in the slums of London. She takes care of the others - Toots, Shamus, Clara, Fiona; they're her family. When Tiki winds up in Buckingham Palace - and unknowingly steals a ring that belongs to the Queen - things get a little strange. Rieker, a very talented thief, pays Tiki more attention than is strictly necessary; Tiki begins to see people no one else sees; and on top of that, little Clara has become very sick, and they need money to buy medicine. Things are not as they seem; stories from Tiki's childhood are about to come true, and she must put everything, including her life, ont he line to stop a war that could very likely destroy them all.
MY THOUGHTS - Kiki Hamilton - you have written something extraordinary. Seriously, people, you all need to rush out a purchase this book. Now. I'm telling you - so much fun and adventure and heartfelt emotion is wrapped in this book like the perfect present. I'm still thinking about when I can re-read it - and buy it!! Such a shelf-worthy book!!
Kiki Hamilton has a way with words that gripped me. The story and characters did a good job at that as well, but great writing is a gem. Tiki was a great third person narrative and her voice and Kiki's style blended smoothly!
CHARACTER NOTES - I had a blast reading about Tiki. She's fun, smart, caring, and has her priorities straight. Even in some extremely dangerous situations, I found her to be quite level-headed. She's a 3D character who leaped into my world and brought all her adventures with her, immersing me in her world.
Shamus, Toots, Fiona and Clara are all well-developed and realistic. They made me want to care for them myself! All are selfless children who love each other. Leo and Arthur, the princes, were a crack up! They had great roles -especially Leo, who shared some of the story from his third person perspective alongside Tiki. I very much enjoyed his contribution!
The bad guys, the faeries, were...OMG. They made this book SO intense and added a darker tone to the plot. I'm fascinated to see what's in store for them just as much as the rest!
And Rieker...saving best for last! He's by far my favorite... Man, I sure would like to be his girl... ;) I can't WAIT for more of him in The Torn Wing! Gimme gimme!
STORY NOTES - This story takes about 50-60 pages to really get going. I loved those first pages anyway, because Kiki is talented-writer-extraordinaire, but after that things took off on a wild ride of pure awesomeness!
What begins with a simple act of theft ends in a striking end that seriously has me still gaping! The climax was fantastic and totally had me dying to know what would happen next! The story moves along very smoothly except for a few places where I wish things had been drawn out more. But the pace is quick and even, and everything is properly explained.
And, I mean, come on... The time period? Amazing! Masked balls? Who doesn't want to read about those? The slums of London contrasted with Buckingham palace? Brilliant! And I swear, that masked ball scene is the best scene in the book AND the best masked ball scene in any book I've read AND probably one of my favorite scenes I've ever read. Yes, I'm being totally serious. It was just much too beautiful to set aside as any old scene.
And I seriously cannot wait for more! What will happen with the school? What about the truce and the queen's health? As much as I want the answers NOW, I am content to know that there are three more adventures with Tiki planned, and for that I am grateful. They will be worth the wait, I just know it!
SUMMING IT UP - Immensely adorable, beautifully crafted, and a total whirlwind! The Torn Wing is guaranteed to be awesome. Start this series - only then will you understand how great it really is!
For the Parents - Some intense scenes, some blood. Nothing gory. Some very innocent kissing. Recommended 12+(less)
Being a mutant isn't always easy. In fact, it's never easy. Maximum Ride and her friends - her family - are six mutants created by scientists at the School. They...well...they have wings. They can fly. Max, Fang, Iggy, the Gasman, Nudge, and Angel: a family, the best of friends, in hiding, freaks to the rest of the world, never completely safe. They are on their own, after their savior and father figure, Jeb, was killed. But when the youngest of their Flock, Angel, is kidnapped by the Erasers, creatures created by the School for evil purposes, Max and her friends will do anything and everything to get her back - and they might just discover some startling secrets and life-or-death obstacles along the way. _________________________________________
My thoughts - This story is told from Max's perspective, and let me just say first off - Dang! That girl has one powerful, impressive, and strong voice. But more on that in a bit....
This was one heck of a book. It was another "Well...I'm not sure if I'm going to like it" book. Another, "Holy crud I was sooooo wrong" book. I can't say enough good stuff about it - in fact, I'm lacking any sort of criticism...because there's nothing to criticise! James Patterson has all sorts of talent - in every area of writing/story-telling. It blew me out of the water.
For a while I was like, "Wow, this book is really well-developed in the story factor!" Then, a bit later, I thoguht, "He really focuses on characters and making them real...I'm impressed!" Then, the same thing about the action. Then the writing. Then the emotion. I went on like this in dog-chasing-tail fashion before I realized: It isn't one of these aseptcs...it's all of it - the whole flipping package!
Character notes - From the very first pages, I felt like I knew Max already. She's strong, sweet, loving, and tough when she needs to be. When I think of Max, I think mature. She's had to go through so much, had to practically raise these kids on her own, and even through all the tough pockets of life, she loves them more than she loves herself. Her selflessness amazed me - as did the rest of the Flock's. All six of them were willing to give their lives for the others in a heartbeat.
I loved the whole Flock. All of them, so so much. They all brought something to the table, something vital to the story. They were all alive - I can still picture them perfectly, as though I've known them all my life. It's a pretty neat feeling.
(It's a difficult job, picking a favorite in a book that holds so many great characters, but Fang has got to be at the very top. He was wonderful the whole time. I love how his eyes and his fraction-of-a-second smiles convey his moods so perfectly, and all the while keep his character consistent and just awesome. And the sacrifices he makes for his "family"...man...I was so impressed - let's just say that!)
Story notes - This is one of those books where everything bad that could possibly happens - happens. Like, there is no end to the amount of trouble, danger, and action. There are bombings, chase scenes, going under cover, fist fights, and lots and lots of secrets. Every chapter held a new dilemma, every chapter brought up some new disaster that kept the Flock from attaining their goal. This only worked to make this book even more genius than it already was.
The actual story is super duper emotional. More so than I was expecting. On top of the action-packed scenes (which take up the majority of the book), I couldn't help but feel deeply...for the entire book. It was heart-breaking, pitiful, and just plain yucky-feeling that these kids have nowhere to go...that they are looked upon as freaks, cast-aways of society. Life will never be normal for them. And when they triumph over their enemies in scenes throughout the book, all I wanted to do was jump out of my seat and whoop for joy! James Patterson really use the characters and their sticky situation to tug at your heart and keep you sucked into the story until you've turned the last page. And even after, coming from my perspective.
The writing is just as wonderful as the rest of this wonderful, awesome package of a story. It's simple, its own style, with a touch of humor and lots of really great dialogue to keep it flowing perfectly. Each character had his/her own way of speaking/expressing him/herself.
Oh, and the irony of this story.... Geeeee it kept me on my toes. Max was often put in ironic situations that she couldn't get out of, or that reminded her of something terrible from her past, or both. And this leads me to...
One word of phrase to sum it up (final thoughts) - Ironic. Seriously ironic. And of course, all the other words you can use to describe a wonderful, action-packed, emotional sci-fi adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Except, this isn't the end. There are six more books, and this is making me sooooo happy. I'm just dying for book #2 to come in at the library! (This is one of those series where I cease to care about all other books I have to read - I must...get...the...next...book!) Recommended to anyone and everyone...seriously. Don't hesitate to pick this up!
This is a very clean book - I think good for ages 12 and up! :)(less)
I'm pretty sad about this book. Like, I LOVE Janette Rallison. She has been one of my writing heroes ever since My Fair Godmother. But this book...it...moreI'm pretty sad about this book. Like, I LOVE Janette Rallison. She has been one of my writing heroes ever since My Fair Godmother. But this book...it lacked so much. I don't even remember it that well. It wasn't like I hated it....it was just boring. It lacked character development and story development, too.
Giovanna, the MC, was just...ugh. Nope. She's the one thing I really remember about the book - she made me mad. She made the worst decisions and was so dramatic and just could not see past her own nose. This bothered me so much because, while I like realistic believably flawed characters, Giovanna was just....stupid.
The rest is kind of a blur. Her boyfriend seemed to be attempting to get her back the whole time, and she wanted him back but, like, I just don't understand. IT WAS SO POINTLESS. Haha!
I also remember, although I don't know the reason, that I felt like the end was preachy and there was an obvious moral to the story, which always irks me. But I've blocked it from my mind because I just don't care that much.
In the end...be wise. Read Janette's other books. Start with My Fair Godmother, and then My Unfair Godmother. Those will make you laugh until you're blue in the face and also become totally attached to the lovable characters that deserve your attention and love. Just don't read this book. Really. (If you want a book like this one, I suggest
Summary - Sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo finds it hard enough to fit in. Three years since her family moved to Texas, she's still the newcomer compared to everyone around her. It doesn't help matters when her twin brother, Dante, takes on the mayor's son by running for class president. The least she could expect, though, would be for her boyfriend, Jesse, to support their cause. But Jesse's apparent defection triggers Giovanna's rash emotional side, and before she knows it, she's turned Jesse from the boy of her dreams to the ex-boyfriend she dreams of winning back. In her trademark style, Janette Rallison delivers a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that only leaves readers wanting more.(less)