Loved it! This book was awesome. It was a sci-fi spin on Cinderella and kudos to the author for her creativity.
Cinder is a cyborg - actually she's ha...moreLoved it! This book was awesome. It was a sci-fi spin on Cinderella and kudos to the author for her creativity.
Cinder is a cyborg - actually she's half human and half cyborg and she's a kept cyborg by her "stepmother" Adri. Cinder is also a mechanic - she repairs droids and all sorts of other robots in this futuristic sci-fi world. What she cannot repair apparently is a car, but that is another story for another time.
She meets the prince of this piece, Kai, when he asks Cinder to help repair his droid. Cinder accepts and is instantly smitten with the prince - as he is with her. However, true love never did run smooth. There is an evil Queen who wants to wage war on Earthens and has a special magical power that I SO want. She can mind-fuck with the best of them and make people see what she wants them to see - and make them do what they most definitely do not want to do like commit suicide.
The evil Queen wants to unite her "kingdom" with Kai's - but he totes doesn't want to do that because he knows how eeevil the Queen is. Throw in a deadly disease ravaging the Earthens, a cool scientist, and a failed attempt to kill Cinder that I think was supposed to be twisty but really wasn't - and wa-la, you have Cinder.
This book was a page-turner. There wasn't that moment in the middle where you thought - Good Lord, just get to the beginning of the climax! No, this one kept you going from page one. I've said this before about sci-fi, but I am not typically a fan. However, I am a fan of Cinder and I am so glad that I waited this long to read it, because now I don't have to wait at all to read the second book in the series.
It had an awesome concept. I loved, loved, loved Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and I thought - oh, this will be wonderful! Not so much.
It took FOREVER for anything to happen. The book was only 244 pages, but aside from maybe a page here and there of creepiness, there was nothing for the majority of the book. It just dragged on and on and I kept wondering - where is the climax? What will happen? And even THAT was a major letdown. By the time the book ended I didn't give a crap about Giselle or Ingrid. I just wanted the book to be done.
Ingrid's love for her neighbor was contrived at best. They met maybe twice and suddenly she was in love with him and he with her? Giselle was a constant damsel in distress that kept getting mauled by men and I just had no feeling for her whatsoever. She was shallow and vapid and I just wanted her to go away.
Don't even get me started on Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley making an appearance. Putting Byron in ANY book - even just a mention of him - is enough to make me squee like fangirl, but that was even ruined. YOU DON'T MAKE BYRON BORING IN A BOOK AND EXPECT TO GET AWAY WITH IT.
Needless to say I found myself skipping over sentences in the last 40 pages. I was so bored. And done.
The end when Giselle is arrested for killing all these people, Ingrid is over the moon about having healed Walter, who was a bit a douche, and I'm supposed to believe that she doesn't care that her sister is being taken into custody for these murders? It was like Giselle was just an after thought at that moment. She leaves her Walter with some doctor (which was odd in an of itself) and then decides, Oh I guess I should go be with my nutter sister. WTF?? It was like Weyn was bored and done herself at this point and just slapped an end on there.
Kind of like I'm done talking about this disappointment of a book. (less)
Holy Mother of Pearl! This book was awesome! It was a page-turner, that's for sure. I read some reviews that said it was boring in areas and I have to...moreHoly Mother of Pearl! This book was awesome! It was a page-turner, that's for sure. I read some reviews that said it was boring in areas and I have to wonder if we were reading the same book. This book was FAR from boring! I mean yeah, there are going to moments when nothing happens except filler stuff, but Shepherd did a fantastic job moving the plot along.
I loved Juliet. There were moments where I wanted to yell at her to do something when the need arose, but at the same time, she was no shrinking violet. When push came to shove, Juliet got the job done.
I didn't even mind the triangle, though I spent most of the time trying to figure out Edward's angle. I ended up really liking him and feeling sorry for him. I understood Juliet's feelings for both Montgomery and Edward and I really liked that Shepherd cultivated that pull she felt for both boys. It wasn't forced, but rather realistic I felt. It wasn't easy her feelings for both boys.
This book has made me want to watch/read 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' so that I can understand even more about him. If you want to read a book that keeps you riveted and at times biting your nails in suspense, then look no further! (less)
I saw the movie first so I went in with a working knowledge of the book, but expecting as always that the movie and book will be completely different....moreI saw the movie first so I went in with a working knowledge of the book, but expecting as always that the movie and book will be completely different. And it mostly was.
For one, Perry is more of a presence in this book, but not his living self. His dead self as it "lives on" in R. He is sort of like the kick in the pants R needs when things get a little tough. He spurs R on to get things done when R needs it, but goes when it's time for him to go.
I won't do a complete rundown of how the movie was v. the book, but I liked the book. I liked Issac Marion's writing style and I liked the idea of a world ravaged yet there still being a spark of hope among those who want to see it thrive again. R and Julie are that hope and they spread it to others. There were some twists and turns to the book I had not anticipated, but I liked it - could we really expect R to go completely off human flesh? Not so much... There were some unanswered questions in the book and so I eagerly anticipate the sequel. (less)
I feared as I do with most sequels or second books, that it will fall flat and lose the magic of the first book. Not so in this case. It delved in dee...moreI feared as I do with most sequels or second books, that it will fall flat and lose the magic of the first book. Not so in this case. It delved in deeper to the mystery of the athame Cass wields to send restless and murderous spirits away. It got into the lore of the athame and how it was forged and it gave some pretty creepy scenes that played like a horror movie in my head.
This was a great book and I definitely recommend this series. (less)
I was all on board with "Matched", and hoped "Crossed" would be even better - it was not. But, since I had gotten this far, I felt I had to finish the...moreI was all on board with "Matched", and hoped "Crossed" would be even better - it was not. But, since I had gotten this far, I felt I had to finish the trilogy. Yeah, not so much. It was painful to get as far as I did and in some ways I am kicking myself for only having 160 pages left but it feels too much like work to finish. I just can't do it. I put it down in favor of something else thinking maybe I just needed a break. Yeah, no. Now I find I just don't care.
Too much wading through all these people emoting all over the place but no action to back up what they want and what they are feeling. I'm tired of characters looking longingly at one another and not f**king doing anything but thinking "Oh I love him/her so much, why is this so hard?" F**king get OVER it!
So I am done and I don't even feel guilty. I looked at the end anyway, I know how it ends. I just don't care enough to read how they finally get there. (less)
This book was a page turner. It read quickly and had some great one-liners, too. There were many twists and turns and it really showed the seedy side...moreThis book was a page turner. It read quickly and had some great one-liners, too. There were many twists and turns and it really showed the seedy side of doctors and scientists having a God-complex. I definitely recommend this! (less)
This book was a page-turner. I was invested from page one. I am a sucker for ghost stories and Anna's was a great one. I don't read a lot of books fro...moreThis book was a page-turner. I was invested from page one. I am a sucker for ghost stories and Anna's was a great one. I don't read a lot of books from the male pov, but I found Cass to be a great character - snarky, smart, and a bit of a romantic, too. (less)