O.O Oh. My. Fucking. God. This is some of the weirdest shit I've ever seen. I mean, Sextillion for God's sake. And princes with T.V screens for heads...moreO.O Oh. My. Fucking. God. This is some of the weirdest shit I've ever seen. I mean, Sextillion for God's sake. And princes with T.V screens for heads called Prince Robot IV. BUT, this is one of the most awesome stories I've ever read, and I'm jonesing for the next volume.(less)
Oh. My. Fucking. God. This was an amazing book, beyond amazing. This book has cemented my love for Christopher Moore, and made him an eternally favori...moreOh. My. Fucking. God. This was an amazing book, beyond amazing. This book has cemented my love for Christopher Moore, and made him an eternally favorite author. IotSLN is most definitely my favorite of is works that I've read so far. The themes, the characters, EVERYTHING in this novel is fucking fantastic! If you don't read this book, in the words of Vincent, you're a fuckin mook!(less)
Holy shit. Look, I know this is a glorified romance novel with EXTREMELY wonky and poorly written sci-fi. I see all of the problems this book is riddl...moreHoly shit. Look, I know this is a glorified romance novel with EXTREMELY wonky and poorly written sci-fi. I see all of the problems this book is riddled with, from the easy deterioration of various long held relationships to other things, but honestly, I still love it. I loved the writing, the story kept me extremely engaged (almost pulled an all nighter last night and almost finished the damned thing before work) and dammit, I adored the romance. Holy fuck, the romance is awesome. Slow burn, and the payoff was excellent. I cannot wait for the sequel!(less)
I honestly don't know how to write about this book, really and truly. I've said that before, but now it's true. My well of words has dried up and all...moreI honestly don't know how to write about this book, really and truly. I've said that before, but now it's true. My well of words has dried up and all I can say is: Wow. Just wow. This book has played with my emotions, making me go through whiplash so often I don't know how to classify it. There were moments that were so cute all I could do was squeal and say "awwww!" And then there were moments that made me cry, which does not happen often. Other times I wanted to slap Eleanor's stepfather and Park's father, as well as start a riot in their school for how the kids treated Eleanor. While this book barely felt like it took place in the 80's, it feels more timeless than that. All I really know is, this book has touched me, in ways I didn't know it would. I never actually intended to read this, and now it owns a piece of my heart, forever. It tore it out, held it delicately, then stomped on it hard. And now this book owns a piece. And I don't even mind. Rainbow Rowell, you are a genius. I bow to you and your talent. May your career be long and successful, rich and amazing, as you are amazing. Thank you, for writing such an incredible book. Thank you, for showing me that even a novel you never intend on reading can steal your heart.(less)
O.O Oh. My. God. I take back EVERYTHING I ever originally thought about Partials. It was AMAZING. SO glad I decided to pick this back up through audio...moreO.O Oh. My. God. I take back EVERYTHING I ever originally thought about Partials. It was AMAZING. SO glad I decided to pick this back up through audiobook. The narrator made all the different, and made me get into the story more than I ever did on my own. Can't wait to read the next one!(less)
WARNING: THERE WILL BE A LARGE AMOUNT OF CURSING IN THIS REVIEW. IF YOU DO NOT APPROVE OR LIKE CURSING, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW, OR IGNORE THE...moreWARNING: THERE WILL BE A LARGE AMOUNT OF CURSING IN THIS REVIEW. IF YOU DO NOT APPROVE OR LIKE CURSING, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW, OR IGNORE THE WORDS. THANK YOU.
Oh. My. God. This book is fucking amazing. I'm sorry, but that's how I feel. language included. This book is fucking amazing, and I am so sorry it doesn't come out here in the US until next year. Thank God for buying stuff from out of the country, otherwise I'd have never read this gorgeous mindfuck of a book for a long time. So in a way, I have to thank Goodreads or messing up the release dates on this book's page, thanks GR!
So this book is insane, in the best possible sense of the word. It takes you on so many journeys, so many places and will mess with your mind. You'll think the story is going in one direction, then all of a sudden you read what's happen next, and you gasp aloud (true story! Happened a few times today). I LOVED this book! LOVE IT! I loved this tale of dystopian England, of Jenna and her struggles, her refusal to give up, and her entire journey. Admittedly, the world building was kind of shoddy, with large holes. For example, just how in the hell did this in-fucking-sane government exactly come into power? Why is England the IRB? There was little explanation, backstory or any true kind of fleshing out the world other than the parts given. And yet, I still love this world! ACID scared the shit out of me, and I felt just how terrifying it was to live in this world, to be living under ACID's control. I rooted the entire time for Jenna, and all of the twists and turns we encountered took my breath away. Except for one: The Romance. Yep, there's a romance in this book. I totally called it the minute I met him in the story, and I called how the arc of the romance played out. I knew from the minute Jenna and the love interest met up. It was pretty much instalove, because I felt their love came from out of nowhere, with Jenna all of a sudden regretting not kissing him during a particularly brutal scene (that's all I'll reveal). I mean I rooted for them as a couple, but hot damn, I would have loved some actual development of their mutual feelings.
Now lets talk about the girl on the cover, our main character Jenna Strong. Holy shit, Jenna is a bad ass chick. She is made of amazing, and I loved rooting for her the entire time I read this book. From chapter one, where she kicks major ass (from chapter one! That's fantastic!). She takes no crap, holds no prisoners, refuses to give up on what she wants or thinks is right, and I love her for it. I felt so bad for her every time a heartbreaking event or reveal occurred, and I just wanted to hug her. Despite Jenna's tough exterior, everything that happened to Jenna affected her deeply, and you could tell from reading her inner monologue. I just, I feel for this girl, and I just wanted her to be happy and safe and kick major ass. Yes, she made some questionable decisions, but I still love and root for her. It's going to be hard to talk about the supporting cast, because they are many, and going into any of them will bring spoilers into the mix, and I do not want to do that. Know that every single supporting character brought all the emotions out of me. ALL OF THEM! Every single one had depth and personality, although the head of ACID was a tad cardboard-ish. I will say I liked the love interest, despite disliking how predictable his and Jenna's love are. I love him and I loved his sweet yet determined personality, and his predictable yet understandable reaction to certain turn of events. God I loved everyone in this book.
Emma Freaking Pass you guys. She is a boss author. She took me through an emotional mindfuck y'all. These twists and turns for the most part, were legitimate twists and turns. I gasped aloud in public numerous times, and my eyes went wide. Her words are incredible and I loved this story that she's created. I loved it so much that I can not wait until her next book. She definitely needed to work on the world building, but I think I've found a new addition to my favorite authors list.
Side note: This book is well put together! The book is split into many parts, with articles, reports/transcripts, letters and various other things peppered throughout the novel, revealing the story apart from reading just Jenna's perspective. Brilliant!
All in all, I ADORE this book, and feel it was well worth what I paid for it. I don't regret buying it at all, and wish it came out here sooner so more people could read this incredible story. (less)
There are so few words for this book, it will be hard to review it. I just loved this book so goddamn much, words are hard to come by. Emma Trevayne o...moreThere are so few words for this book, it will be hard to review it. I just loved this book so goddamn much, words are hard to come by. Emma Trevayne on the other hand, seems to have them in spades, and spins them so beautifully, weaving a gorgeous tale of music, power, and all kinds of love.
This story is simply amazing. I can truly say that in the huge wave of dystopians that are currently out there, Coda stands out amongst the rest as a truly unique entity. NEVER have I ever seen a dystopia where music is the way the “evil” government controls the population. What an idea, to use music against us. I should say this now: Music is a HUGE part of my life. HUGE. I wrote my college essay about it even. I go nowhere without my headphones, have millions of songs, tons of cd’s, and it’s still never enough. Music enthralls me, soothes me, pumps me up, and engages me. To think that my beloved music could ever be used against me like this, well, that’s truly fucking frightening. This story is incredible, in its scope, and in its scary way of what it does, showing just how powerful music can be. I loved every minute of this book, to the point where I would sneak chapters in car rides, before bed, during work (On my breaks, don’t worry), anywhere I could, just to see what happened to Anthem and his crew next. I wanted to know if they took down the government, I gasped at every single twist, which rarely happens nowadays, and I was hooked, just like Anthem, on the music. I could hear the songs in my head, playing along with the words. This tale has dug deep, showing us what would happen if music became a drug, killing us while we enjoyed it. The story was tightly plotted, and my heart raced with every page turn.
Anthem, you poor poor boy. You have lost so much, gone through so much pain. I just wanted to hug this boy the entire novel. He knew what was going on, and was helpless at the same time. Aware of his addiction, Anthem wanted to protect his twin siblings at all costs. I loved that his primary motivation for trying to take down the government was is family, so they would never have to track (the term for listening to encoded music in this world). He made very few poor decisions, including some with Haven, but I rooted for him the entire time, wanting him to succeed at all costs. You poor boy. Haven was a fantastic love interest. No love triangles, instalove or instalust here my friends. The book starts out with Anthem and Haven already in love, but holding back from truly being together. Haven’s past is a mystery that unravels as the novel goes on, and when you find out, it’s shocking. I loved her as a character. She is so sweet and so caring, you want her to be happy, and to be happy with Anthem. All the shit she went through, especially in the end, dayum. Her and Anthem’s story is kind of like Uptown Girl, in the sense that Haven comes from a higher lot in the caste system in this world, yet she chooses her own pat in life, shunning her wealthy lifestyle. The chemistry she and Anthem shared sizzled off the page. I LOVE them as a couple, love them. Another character is Scope. I LOVE that Trevayne made him and Anthem exes, giving this book a subtle LGBTQ theme (Aside: I LOVE that there’s no big stink about it, Anthem’s just bi, has a history with one of his closest male friends, and that’s it. It wasn’t even hyped up as a special part of the book, it’s just there. Bravo!). Oh goddamn, Scope damn well broke my heart. I won’t spoil it, but fuck, his arc broke my heart y’all, broke. I loved that there was some lingering chemistry between him and Anthem, and you could tell he would do anything for him. All the characters were fleshed out so well, from Pixel to Tango, President Z, and everyone in between. I loved the dynamic between the band, it was bitchy, and yet you could tell they cared for each other, what they believed in.
Oh. My. God. Emma fucking Trevayne. She is fucking talented y’all. She made Coda like an incredibly long song, one that I will never forget the words to. She built her world incredibly well, I could envision every aspect of in my head. She created a story so amazing, I don’t know if the sequel will top it. I do know that she practically shits talent, and that I will read anything she writes.
I know that yesterday I said I was pushing Island of the Sequined Love Nun on you all, but please, please please please please, PLEASE. Please, read this book. It will change you for the better. It will carve out a place in your heart, and you will sing the words to yourself. I know I do.
WARNING: If you are uncomfortable with excessive language, namely the word fuck being used a lot, don’t read this.
.........................I just have no words. One of my all time favorite series just ended for me. I'm so happy at how it ended, and yet sad that it...more.........................I just have no words. One of my all time favorite series just ended for me. I'm so happy at how it ended, and yet sad that it's done. Ultimately, I'm glad it's ended the way it has, because that was one damn good book, and an epic finale to such a kickass series. Characters old and new arrive on the scene, loose ends are tied up, questions answered, and of course there are some genuinely awesome laughs sprinkled in with the drama. One major twist I saw coming from the end of book 4, but the rest made my jaw drop to the floor. Godsdamn, I'll miss being excited for a new book to come out. But, I know for sure I will be re-reading this an incalculable amount of times for years to come. If I ever have children, I will definitely pass on this series to them. Safe sails, Sabina Kane.(less)
Wow, just wow. What a beautiful and amazing book. The synopsis doesn't do it justice. This book is so much more than a "superhero" story. It spans thi...moreWow, just wow. What a beautiful and amazing book. The synopsis doesn't do it justice. This book is so much more than a "superhero" story. It spans this girl's first 18 years and prior, all about loss and grief, revenge and love, as well as family and prejudice. Plus the unexpected love interest and their relationship was just so goddamn beautiful. <3 this book(less)
God I love this book. It has officially become a comfort book. I just recently listened to it while on vacation, and it felt good to hear these words...moreGod I love this book. It has officially become a comfort book. I just recently listened to it while on vacation, and it felt good to hear these words again. This story is beautiful. It has fantastic characters, a well developed world, villains you love to hate, and amazing character growth. It doesn't hurt that the romance is awesome. A best friends romance, gotta love it. While I don't get all of the 80's trivia references, you don't necessarily need to. I will always love this book, always.
I also love that Wil Wheaton narrates the book. He's perfect as Wade. I could listen to him read the phonebook. What makes it funny, is the metaness where Wil reads the part where he is name checked. That will always crack me up, always. If you get a chance, read this book. It is a love letter to nerds, geeks, fandom, and the 80's. Can't wait for Armada!(less)
This book is FANTASTIC!!! To be completely honest, I do have words I can describe my feelings with, but all I really want to say is "THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD THIS BOOK IS SOOOOO FUUUUCKING GOOOOOOOOODDDD!!!!!" Now that would not make for a good review, so I'll use more words than that :) But yes this book is utterly amazing. I mean it when I say that Masque of the Red Death is a freaking masterpiece of YA literature. This book is just so good, so full of gorgeous brilliance, I'd recommend it to anyone.
The story is beautiful. I adored going on the journey with Araby, and oh boy did it keep me on my toes. I can honestly say that this is the first book in a while where I was truly shocked at the twists that occurred. I'm talking full on gasps and all sorts of "NO! IT CAN'T BE!" going on. Like I said, I love the story. It pulled me from page one, refusing to let me go. It's like author Lauren DeStephano said "This book has the knife factor. It’s one of the books that held a blade to my throat and said, 'Tell the world about me.'" Perfect wording to be frank. The story just oozes that classic Gothic style, enticing you with lush description and wonderful dialogue. The political intrigue, the emotional issues, it all flowed like a beautiful waterfall into one another. I mean it when I say this story is lush, in its descriptions, in everything.
Araby was such a fascinating character. She was so broken, all I wanted to do was reassure her everything would be alright, despite the fact that her world was going to hell. I loved how she started the book as one person, while ending the book in an evolved form, while still retaining who she truly was. I loved how she realizing everything along with her, although I was more shocked than she was at times. Now onto her two love interests, Elliott and Will. Both guys are wonderful characters. Elliott was the most fascinating, since you never truly knew what he was really thinking or feeling most of the time. Those rare moments of real emotion made me really like Elliott. I felt for him, I wanted him to succeed. Even though I like Elliott, I also disliked his behavior most of the time. I wanted to scream at him. Despite my liking him, I loved Will even more. Despite certain things Will did, I loved how sweet, smart and protective he was. Safe to say I am completely Team Will. He is just so sweet. I loved it when he was with Araby, his brother and sister. Those moments just made me well up with emotion. I also liked April's arc. She was probably one of the most interesting characters I've read. She wasn't around for a good chunk of the novel, but I loved seeing whose allegiance she held. I did not give her too much credit in the beginning - I underestimated her. I also loved Araby's parents, who even had their own little arcs to go through. Every character oozed interesting, and always got an emotion out of me. And the prince just made me shiver. Oh god he is scaaary, among other characters.
Ms. Griffin, you are a flipping genius! Can I please read the word document for book two? I mean holy shiiiit, you created such a brilliant novel. She built such a gorgeously broken world, and made me not care what the time and place were. Griffin knows her way around the written word, and her style is wonderful. Honestly, I'd read anything she's written now.
I do think a warning is in order: If you are uncomfortable with drug use and some alluded sexual activity, you might not like this book.
This is an AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING book, and I am jonesing for book two. (less)