This is a terrible book. Why is this a success? Is this what the world of literature has come to? Everyone in my office told me that I just ahd to reaThis is a terrible book. Why is this a success? Is this what the world of literature has come to? Everyone in my office told me that I just ahd to read it and that I would be able to finish it in a matter of days because of how quick moving the read is. Sure, I turned the pages and I got through the entire thing but I hated every single character in this book. I found that I had a hard time picking it up after putting it down because these were characters I really didn't want to read about or have any time with. I really hope that the hype surrounding this book dies down fast. Please tell me there is more out there than a book where a female character has a drinking problem and just allows everyone in her life to tell her how she feels and who she is with no voice of her own. the real crime in this novel is the crime against the world of literature. I feel like this book hate crimed me in a dark tunnel. ...more
This book is not great. I blame the editor. The book jumps all over the place like a coked out conversation about qv instead of a lucid historian withThis book is not great. I blame the editor. The book jumps all over the place like a coked out conversation about qv instead of a lucid historian with something to say. How this author has a multiple book publishing deal is beyond me....more
At first, this book read like an average thriller with a few interesting tid bits. By the middle of the book I thought that it was especially twistedAt first, this book read like an average thriller with a few interesting tid bits. By the middle of the book I thought that it was especially twisted and a very interesting and unique take on an abduction story. By the last 50 pages I thought it was absolutely brilliant. The author ties together characters in unforeseen relationships that both alarm and inspire. Some sentences are placed so perfectly that they left me with my mouth hanging open.
This is a quick read and completely satisfying. I recommend for a quick day trip or for a chilling night in....more
Some very beautiful prose here, but it felt like a short story crammed full of slam poetry like writings. I would read another novel by Nahm, but thisSome very beautiful prose here, but it felt like a short story crammed full of slam poetry like writings. I would read another novel by Nahm, but this was a very rough first novel to get through. ...more
**spoiler alert** This was an interesting book to read through. I picked it up for all of the wonderful quotes on the back from Stephen King and Gilli**spoiler alert** This was an interesting book to read through. I picked it up for all of the wonderful quotes on the back from Stephen King and Gillian Flynn and lots of wonderful readers. Then I read the author bio and realized that they had all said such nice things because of the authors connections and not just for his talents. But I try not to hold that against him.
It was like a Pretty Little Liars but for boys. I think that's a positive. I cared about all of the characters and enjoyed the store of friendships. I didn't realize that it was set in the 80's until about half way through th ebook when they went to a Valentine's Day dance and there were song references to set the scene.
there were two editorial problems that I had. 1- The Freshman/ Senior pairing is said to be a new idea that year by Sister Maria. Davideck even says "this was your idea to pair the seniors and freshman's" when he is cornered in the yearbook room by the seniors however Davideck's father tells stories of his days at school when he was partnered with a senior which makes the "new idea" a tradition. It was confusing and distracting, 2- The end with the flaming branch igniting a table of food and making it explode in such a dramatic way was a little far fetched. I don't think a burning branch would have such an immediate effect on the food there. I rolled my eyes a bit at this and felt a little disappointed with the ending.
All of that being said, I did think it was a very good commercial read and it had many lines that I found touching and thought provoking. I would love to see what Breznican will come up with next and I would defiantly read a second novel by him, I just hope that the editor takes a closer look at the next one and helps drive the story home. ...more
The concept of this book was just OK, a little bit borrowed from Game of Thrones and a little bit borrowed from Hunger Games with a wee bit of originaThe concept of this book was just OK, a little bit borrowed from Game of Thrones and a little bit borrowed from Hunger Games with a wee bit of originality in it. I thought the messaging throughout pandered to specific readers a bit too much. And it had an annoying habit of putting the heroine in dangerous corners only to save her with magic she never knew she had. If magic had been replaced with inner strength I probably would have felt better with it. Also, I understand that this is book 1 of a trilogy, but really this should have been Section 1 of 1 book. The pay off at the end didn't feel like it was enough to justify being a completely separate novel. It felt like I saw that coming and those issues resolving themselves within the first 100 pages so I was ready to move on to the next part of the story but then it was played out in slow motion for 300 pages. That being said, I will pick up the next book. I am curious about these characters and what their story line is. But if the second book doesn't push the stakes a bit more and really pack a punch then I doubt I will pick up the third. ...more
Mantel is a masterful story teller and has taken a new approach to the Tudor court. By using Cromwell as her touchstone to tell the story of Henry VIIMantel is a masterful story teller and has taken a new approach to the Tudor court. By using Cromwell as her touchstone to tell the story of Henry VIII, she gives the reader a business like approach to the courts. She uses the laws of the time to tell the story instead of giving some lustfull Phillipa Gregory like account of the goings on at court. It is mindful and superb story telling. ...more
Tedious, calculated with patches of decent insights and observations on what it means to be gay today. I think that young adults can find something heTedious, calculated with patches of decent insights and observations on what it means to be gay today. I think that young adults can find something here, but as an adult reading it I found it to be like someone shoving a rainbow down my throat. ...more
Rowling is so incredibly gifted at creating atmosphere. Every scene was so precise and so intricate that the reader can't help but feel the scenes allRowling is so incredibly gifted at creating atmosphere. Every scene was so precise and so intricate that the reader can't help but feel the scenes all around them as they read. This book is as easy to read on the stair master as it is on the beach as it is on the subway. In short, you can take it anywhere. However, the one trap she falls into are not having that great connection with the characters that we have come to love her for. Her descriptions of detective strike are hairy knuckled, man with a stump, gassy stomach and purple shadows under the eyes are not only unflattering but make her come across as another female writer who can't write men. She doesn't give any of the men i this book redeeming qualities. If they are handsome then they have to be slob by housekeepers, if they are smart then they have to be unable to commit to a relationship, if they are rich then they have to be desperate for more money. The ladies of the novel are almost described as perfect angels. If they are homeless, it's because men have been holding them back. If they are liars, it's because men have abused them, if they are pill addicts then it's because of the perils of motherhood. Her characters were a nagging disappointment, but it hasn't kept me from rooting for them and continuing on to the second book. I was this chemistry to work so I will continue on with the series until I can't take it anymore. ...more
This was a fun read, page turning and very simple storyline that made it easy to read on a vacation. Shepard doesn't stray far from the formula that hThis was a fun read, page turning and very simple storyline that made it easy to read on a vacation. Shepard doesn't stray far from the formula that has worked for her in her YA books. A group of privileged girls find out that an outsider has learned of their dark secrets and is stalking/ tormenting them. Sound familiar? I think the marketing team behind this was hoping that the PLL crowd would now be grown and looking for more from Shepard, but I wish she/ they would give the reader more credit that maybe they have grown a little. Filling sentences with designer names and out dated NYC spots to hang out seems a bit too pedantic to be taken seriously. And while the editing is a bit sloppy and at times distracting (ex: there is a scene where James claims to have popped a blow up jumping kids castle by popping it with his keys in his pocket while having vigorous sex, then he claims to not have pants on when he exits...so if there are no pants where did the keys in the pocket come from???) the story moves along swiftly. Don't try too hard to figure out who the killer is, the author doesn't supply enough clues for anyone to figure it out ahead of time. She just pulls a character out of a hat and names him/her as the killer. And a warning, their is a cliff hanger at the end to lead into a follow up book. I think I may try to pick it up and see how the story unfolds, but by the time it is released I may need a brief review of the characters. I finished the book a few days ago and have already forgotten most of them. ...more