I really liked this book despite a bit of a slow start. Once things got going, they really got going. This book was a case of an organization pretty mI really liked this book despite a bit of a slow start. Once things got going, they really got going. This book was a case of an organization pretty much taking over everything and not leaving very many people very many choices. If you were an adult and somehow impervious to depression then you were fine, but if you were a teen and susceptible, then you were pretty much screwed. It's a case of Big Brother watching. Always. And then Big Brother controlling you. Always.
I saw a review on here that said this book trivialized depression and made a mockery of it. I disagree. Not everyone who is sad is depressed, and the cure for depression is to not forget, but to seek other means of treatment. These kids had a lot to be afraid of, and since they were losing loved ones right and left and were not allowed to even cry because to cry meant you were on a downward spiral, I think this book tackled the idea that sometimes what people need is to just feel what they feel and not judge or try to put a band-aid on the emotion. You have to feel it to heal it. I think this was a comment on society and how quick we are to just put a band-aid on that which ails us. Take a pill, pretend to be happy, fake it till you make it - just mask what you're feeling. That doesn't help anyone. Sloane, Miller, and James needed to grieve for who they'd lost. The Program just wanted them to forget and move on and pretend that everything is okay. I did not find this book to make a mockery of depression at all. ...more
Christ. This book slayed me. It was just so raw. I saw myself in Oliver, and I saw myself in Althea, even though I felt as though I am nothing like eiChrist. This book slayed me. It was just so raw. I saw myself in Oliver, and I saw myself in Althea, even though I felt as though I am nothing like either of them. I think it was mostly I could relate to their relationship and their situation.
Spoilers ahead, don't continue if you don't want to know.
This is the first time I've read a book about guy and girl bff's that don't end up together. And in a way, I don't think it would have worked if they did even if I was still holding out hope until the bitter end. These two could bring out the best and worst in each other and maybe that would not have worked for them at all. Althea needed to find herself, her place in the world that was independent of Oliver, and Oliver needed to do the same without Althea. Although I felt that Oliver knew who he was and what he wanted. His disease didn't do him any favors and it fucked him up, but he was still Oliver. He still knew who he was. Althea did not know who she was at all, except angry, very very angry.
My heart still hurts for Althea not getting what she wanted, but I liked that she knew she would survive without Oliver. She might carry that hurt around for a while, but she would eventually put it behind her. I hope anyway. It's what I want for her. I have to say, also, that this is the first time a book has made me sad and no died! ...more
I'm not sure I can even think of the words to review this book. I think I am still in shock. It gutted me, and yet it ended on a hopeful note...Wow. JI'm not sure I can even think of the words to review this book. I think I am still in shock. It gutted me, and yet it ended on a hopeful note...Wow. Just wow. ...more
I think the title and the cover are unfortunate for this book. Yes, there are steamy moments, but they don't make up the entire book, and they are notI think the title and the cover are unfortunate for this book. Yes, there are steamy moments, but they don't make up the entire book, and they are not what this book is all about.
Armentrout has set up a good premise here: gargoyles, Lillith, Demons - the age old tale of good vs. evil. Gargoyles are something I have not read about before, so this was interesting. And it worked very well.
I only have two gripes with this book:
1. I felt that Armentrout was basically telling us who Layla was ultimately going to end up with and SHOULD end up with by making it all sad about Roth's sacrifice at the end. I really liked Zayne, and kind of felt as though he was a bit more fleshed out than Roth was, so I didn't like being led there already. I was still kind of holding out for Zayne because
2. Roth wasn't really fleshed out. He was all "I'm a demon. I lie and do bad things" but he didn't really do bad things. He helped Layla out of jams and flirted with her a lot. Too much in my opinion. It got a little annoying actually how much he flirted with her. This is what didn't make him a strong enough character for me to really feel anything for. I felt more for Bambi (the snake on his arm) than I did for him. I didn't really buy Layla and Roth's relationship, nor did I feel the chemistry there. I felt the chemistry with Zayne and Layla much much more.
Despite those two things, I did really enjoy this book. The story was enough to keep me interested and I am curious to read the next book and see if more focus is put on Zayne and Layla. I sure hope so! ...more
It was a bit hoaky, as most things related to zombies are, but it was fun. Some of the jokes made me groan but in a good way. There was blood and gutsIt was a bit hoaky, as most things related to zombies are, but it was fun. Some of the jokes made me groan but in a good way. There was blood and guts, but that was to be expected, and I liked how Sarah was not at all a weak woman deferring to the guy to fight the zombies. Sarah actually took the lead quite a bit and kicked some serious zombie ass. ...more
Well, I'm hooked! The opening of the graphic novel has Rachel rising from her rather shallow grave in the woods. She doesn't remember dying, and is onWell, I'm hooked! The opening of the graphic novel has Rachel rising from her rather shallow grave in the woods. She doesn't remember dying, and is on a mission to figure it out.
Along the way we meet a child that hits her sister with a frying pan and then puts saran wrap over her face and smothers her to death, and a guy in a bar that drops his fiancee from a five story building.
It just gets weirder and more disturbing from there.
I didn't want to give the book a full out one star, so I settled on two. It wasn't absolutely terrible, but it wasn't all that great either.
First ofI didn't want to give the book a full out one star, so I settled on two. It wasn't absolutely terrible, but it wasn't all that great either.
First of all: what is it with bad boys in YA novels? Not only are they rampant, but they act like douchebags and yet the girl still swoons. In this, Cole is all growly and short with Ali and yet we learn it's because he CARES. Give me a break. This is just teaching a generation of girls that this is normal. It's. It's a short trip into abusive relationships.
Second of all, it killed me that Cole got annoyed with Ali for asking a billion questions about zombies and how his crew defeats them. Um, any sane normal person would ask a lot of questions! It irritated me that this was seen as Ali being difficult. No, this is Ali trying to survive.
Third, the end felt slapped together and of course the grandmother that is just told about zombies after her husband becomes one just accepts it all with NO questions. Really? REALLY?
For about 3/4 of the book, I couldn't decide if I liked the book. There were things, namely Cole, that irritated me. By the end of the book, I realized that while the writing was kind of engaging, the rest of it was not. Maybe it does deserve only one star......more
I have mixed feelings about this book. The writing itself was fantastic and the story quite engaging. My problem was Theo, the protagonist, who narratI have mixed feelings about this book. The writing itself was fantastic and the story quite engaging. My problem was Theo, the protagonist, who narrated the book. I realized halfway through the book that I actually didn't like her much.
Her best friend Donovan has been found and returned home after four years being held by a creepy pedophile who, it turns out, was Theo's ex-boyfriend. They were both 13 when they met Chris, and he told them that he was actually 18 so that he could have his way with Theo, and then, eventually, kidnap Donovan. When Theo finds out that she will have to testify to put Chris away because Donovan isn't talking - at all - her concern is her life blowing up in a puff of smoke regarding ballet and not at all thinking about what fucking creep Chris is and what terrible things he must have done to Donovan.
Theo thinks that since Chris was friends with them, maybe Donovan wanted to go away with him. For four years. Away from his family. When footage surfaces of Donovan having fun with some neighborhood kids from where he was, Theo thinks maybe that was true - he did want to be with Chris. So Theo decides that she needs to talk to Donovan to find out for sure, so that way she will know how to testify: either blasting Chris as the pedophile he is, or making it seem as she had seen it: they were all just friends and Chris would have never hurt them. Even if he did make her feel, essentially, like a whore when they'd have sex. Not ALL the time, but at least 80% of the time. I know a 13 year old is easily impressionable, and being told you're loved by this hot guy, but then told that you can't say anything because no one would understand...I don't know. I rather felt like Theo was just stupid. She saw signs in everything but the important red flaggy ones that could have spared herself a lot of trouble and heartache.
What irritated me the most was when she would wonder if Chris had just used her to get to Donovan. Your friend was KIDNAPPED and your main concern is whether or not his kidnapper had just been feeding you lies to get to your friend? It felt like she reduced the entire situation to "Chris liked Donovan more than me and that hurts." No. Just so wrong. This guy took advantage of you - raped you - and then kidnapped your best friend. He's scum. Get your head out of your ass, Theo!
And then...THEN...Hosea. The one-dimensional drug dealing loser she crushes on and sleeps with even though HE HAS A GIRLFRIEND, and it's painfully obvious that he considers Theo nothing more than a side-piece. But because he tell her how special she is, Theo is undone by this idiot. I had no sympathy for her at all when their affair got exposed.
And then the drug use. She smokes pot. She drinks. She won't eat anything, but apparently the sugar and calories in alcohol are okay to consume. She wants to be in control of herself so she won't eat, but smoking pot and again, the alcohol, which lowers inhibitions and the ability to function at all, is okay.
I didn't start to like Theo until she finally did the right thing and told the court about the nature of her relationship with Chris. All of it. Down to the nitty gritty. She helped put the a-hole away and I liked that she FINALLY grew a set and did the right thing. She was still not someone I'd want to be friends with however. I don't think I'd trust her - especially not around my boyfriend! I know that Ellie was a bitch to Theo (and I felt like that was just put in there to Theo could justify her actions), but no, just no.
Maybe it's terrible of me to not have sympathy for a girl that was taken advantage of in the way she was, but her actions and the way she approached the whole situation just irritated me. I felt that she was just plain dumb in a lot of cases. I can see where she was misled at 13 by a charming hot guy. I can't see where she is still doing stupid shit after what she went through, and being utterly selfish and self-centered when it comes to her friend and what he went through.
I know there are shades of gray and other things to consider here, but this is what irritated me about Theo. However, the writing was wonderful and obviously it had me riveted enough to read it in three days.