I am always wary when starting a book that has a lot of hype around it. Generally the books can never live up to the high expectations I have unfairly set for them and I am often disappointed. Luckily The Bone Season proved to me that some books are worth the hype and despite all the nerves I had going into it I really enjoyed it.
Generally speaking The Bone Season does nothing new. I have seen stories like this before and I am sure I will see stories like this again. What I really loved about this book, and what made me interested in it despite it being yet another dystopian was the thing that so many other reviewers hated, the detail. Samantha Shannon took great care to deliver her impressive and complex world onto the page, for some people it will be too much but I loved it. All the detail, all the information just built a better world for me to disappear into and get lost in. I agree with many that this was a long book and there were parts (especially towards the end) that were not needed and were dragged out a little too far. It felt as though the author couldn’t quite bring herself to end it so things got a little messy and out of hand in the last chapter or so but that is my only real complaint.
Samantha Shannon also managed to create a great atmosphere for this book. I found it violent and brutal in parts. There were some great action sequences, some awesome moments of suspense and one romantic scene that made my knees wobble.
The characters were good. Paige was impressively strong and always willing to fight. It was nice to have a female character that wasn’t prone to bouts of self-pity and are distracted by pretty boys. The one little bit of romance came on suddenly and was not a factor for a majority of the book. She didn’t have all that much to be cheerful about so she wasn’t the most ‘fun’ person in the world but she was complex and had a load of smarts and courage.
Warden was also amazing (read: smouldering) and I have quite the thing for him. He could very well end up on my book boyfriend list in the future but isn’t quite there yet. There is nothing bad about Warden, he had a good heart and was willing to sacrifice everything to go against his own. I liked the way he subtly taught Paige what she needed to know, how he was always encouraging her without being condescending or annoying. He waits her for to accept him, waits for her to feel something for him and she takes her time so he clearly has the patience of a saint.
I thought The Bone Season left things is an interesting place. It wrapped most things up nicely and completely the main story but also made me go ‘Nooooooooooooo’ when things didn’t end the way I was hoping. The door is left firmly open for the next book in the series and I really cannot wait to read it. The Bone Season is an impressive debut which I really, really loved.
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It is very rare for me to fall head over heels in love with a romance book. That is not to say that I don’t like romance books, I love them and I read loads of them but I can probably count the number I have given five stars to on one hand. Normally I need more than a nice romance and good characters to unleash the hard to achieve five stars. Most romances deliver on chemistry, characters and sexual tension but for me to fall head over heels in love it has to have something ‘more’ and After the Last Kiss had it in spades.
It is hard to explain what the elusive ‘more’ is. I guess it is a feeling. The ‘more’ comes when I care so much about what happens that I almost can’t bear to read anymore. It comes when even though I know the characters will get their happily ever after I can’t stand to go through the fall out that is bound to come before. The ‘more’ is when I get so lost in a book I fail to notice anything going on around me and I am more in that world than my own. A book can be well written, have a great storyline and characters, be aesthetically perfect but if it doesn’t grab me in that ‘more’ kind of way then I cannot give it a five star. I would rather have a non-perfectly written book that grabs my imagination than a perfectly written book that doesn’t.
After the Kiss just got everything right for me and I can’t think of one negative thing to say about it. I loved the storyline, it is something I have read before but not enjoyed as much as I did this time. The pace was perfect, it didn’t dawdle but there was enough time for the chemistry between the characters to grow. I really enjoyed the writing and the dialogue between the characters was witty and entertaining.
The characters were great. At first I didn’t think I was going to like Julie she seemed selfish and uptight but she quickly grew on me. I liked her attitude and personality but wasn’t as fond of the woman she was trying to force herself to be. It was great to see her come out of herself. Mitchell was amazing and I think I might be a little in love with him. He was sweet, charming and fun.
By far the best part of this book was the romance. I liked that there was not this instant ‘I want to rip your clothes off’ attraction between them. When they first meet they are not overcome with lust and they don’t find each other that attractive. Then they spend time together and the chemistry grows. They were amazing together and are by far my favourite book couple of the year so far. They sizzled in and out of the bedroom and I could have read a thousand pages of them together.
After the Kiss is without doubt the best romance I have read this year. It did everything right and somehow it manages to make me care about its characters and what happened between them. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance.
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I have read quite a few of Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series but not all of them. Every single one I have picked up I have loved but Any Duchess Will Do surpasses all of them and also surpasses every other romance book I have read so far this year. I really, truly, loved this book and I just cannot think of one negative thing to say about it.
Plot wise Any Duchess Will Do is incredible and I loved every page of it. it strangely reminded me of Pretty Woman, a Duke hiring a common bar maid for a week to get his scheming yet lovely mother off his back. I am aware that it doesn’t sound all that similar but the similarities were there in her transformation, his acceptance of her just how she is, there was even a shop keeping refusing to give her the time of day and later regretting it.
The writing was also marvellous. Tessa Dare is so amazing at creating enjoyable storylines, loveable characters and sizzling romance. This book was touching yet also managed to make me laugh more times than I can count.
I also loved the characters. Pauline I the best female character I have come across in a long, long time. She was incredible and so full of compassion and had a caring nature. She could also take care of herself, she had aspirations and dreams she was determined to achieve and was not scared to stand up for herself.
Griffin was just as great. He tried to be aloof and hard but inside he was bursting with emotion. He struggles with his life but is still astonishingly thoughtful. This is a fairly light hearted romance but there were some real touching moments which came from Griff.
The romance was just brilliant as well and I was swooning all over the place. They seemed to be so purely and honestly in love. The thoughts Griff had about Pauline were beautiful and adorable, he was an extremely smitten man. It was a romance built off admiration and respect and not just lust.
Any Duchess Will Do was better than I ever imagined it would be and this series just seems to hit a new high with every book that is released. As long as Tessa Dare is writing, I will be reading. She is exceptional at what she does.
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The Better To See You is book two of the Transplanted Tales, I have not read the first book but didn’t need to in order to understand and fall in loveThe Better To See You is book two of the Transplanted Tales, I have not read the first book but didn’t need to in order to understand and fall in love with this book.
The Better To See You was so much fun, I really enjoyed it. it was well written and the storyline was interesting and exciting. It was also funny and sweet with some great characters that I found myself caring about.
I really like Lavender, she is spirited and stubborn. She has a rough past and has not always been the best person but she wants to make up for her past mistakes. She is funny and fiery and everything I like to see in a female lead character. She did fall in love with Seth a little quickly but to be frank I can’t really blame her because Seth was devastating.
Seth was just amazing, he was my perfect leading man. He was surly and miserable but had a huge sense of honour. He could be a little broody but when he loves someone he loves them hard and would do anything to protect them. The romance was all consuming, it was a ‘I’d die for you romance’ that made my stomach clench and got me a little swoony. I do not always like these types of romance and dependency but this time it really worked and I was a fan. They were passionate in and out of the sheets and their bickering added a lot of humour.
The Better To See You is a fun and enjoyable read with characters you can’t help but love. I cannot wait to read more from this author and from this series.
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Before I started reviewing I always thought writing about books I hated would be harder than writing about books I loved. But to my surprise I found that it was the other way round. Writing about why I disliked something turned out to be relatively easy. I can rant and rage and write down exactly why I didn’t like it. But putting into words how I feel about a book I really loved is difficult because I know that no matter what I write it will never do the book or the feelings that book invoked in me justice.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books; it moved me, engaged me and threw me head first into a world full of magic. I do not stand a chance of conveying to you how much I loved and adored this book, but I am going to try.
The storyline was original and interesting, it was set in the modern day but there was a dark gothicness to it that made if fell more like historical fiction then modern fiction, but that worked really well. What helps is Lani Taylors writing, which does have its faults but I found it mostly rich and creative. The atmosphere this book creates is one of its highlights and I loved that it took a darker route instead of the lightness most YA books take. The world building is impeccable and I could envision everything in perfect detail.
Taylor also managed to create characters that were diverse, interesting and individual. I was able to identify with Karou immediately. She was different and likeable. I also loved Akiva, he wears his heart on his sleeve and does the right thing even though he knows it will cause him unbearable heartache. The romance between them was spellbinding; I loved them together even if it was angsty, which normally I hate.
The only fault I have is that the last quarter is not as free flowing and interesting as the rest, with exception to the last chapter/few pages which made me want to throw the book at a wall and sob into my pillow, somehow I resisted, instead I just sat there once I was finished in awe.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is frankly one of the richest and most exciting YA books I have ever read, it was outstanding and if you have not read it yet, please do, I hope you love it as much as I did. ...more
This has to be one of the most talked about and highly anticipated YA book of the year. Normally the hype and eFor this review and more visit my blog
This has to be one of the most talked about and highly anticipated YA book of the year. Normally the hype and excitement leads to disappointment, well, not this time. This book packs an almighty punch and is the best book of 2013 I have read so far. It is not for everyone and there are some that will hate it but for me it was great. I do not know where to start this review; I honestly don’t know how I can convey to you just how awesome I thought this book was. I just loved everything about it.
This storyline is awesome, it was different, it was creative, it was epic and amazingly exciting. It is jam packed full of action but also has a lot of heart. It is smart and managed to keep me guessing right up to the last amazing page. The story revolves around two sisters and asks how far would you be willing to go to protect someone you love. Would you lie? Would you steal? Would you kill?
Annie and Fia could not be any more different from one another, the love they have for each other and the lengths they are prepared to go for one another is consuming but personality wise they are nothing alike. Annie is calm and gentle. She is the elder but her blindness has meant that her younger sister has always had to look out for her. I liked Annie she provided the slower and more tranquil moments and a lot of the emotional ones too.
Fia was not calm or gentle at all. She was an incredible character and was by far my favourite. Her POV is disjointed, her voice frantic and manic. At first I thought this was going to be the writing style throughout the whole book but it soon became clear that Fia’s voice was not like anyone else’s. She is broken and scarred by the things she has had to do in order to keep her sister from harm. She is a loose cannon, not someone you should trust but I found myself loving her. She is smart, full of courage and personality.
Fia has a tempestuous relationship with a guy called James, he is also a bit of a mess but in a different way. You never really know his motives but he is hard to dislike regardless. The chemistry between Fia and James sizzles and I adored them together.
The writing is also well executed. The chapters swap between sisters and between the past and present, both of these worked really well and I never once found it confusing or disorientating.
I have to take my hat off to Kiersten White for writing a book that I cannot say anything negative about. This is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have read and will read this year. Believe the hype, this book is amazing and I urge you to run to your local books store and buy this when it is released.
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I feel it is only fair to warn you all that this review is going to be extremely gushy. Before reading thisFor this review and more check out my blog
I feel it is only fair to warn you all that this review is going to be extremely gushy. Before reading this I had a lot of expectations which normally leads to me being disappointed, well not this time because this book blew me away. I utterly adored it. Defiance is one of those books that just seem to get everything right. I loved the plot, the characters and the writing. Redwine took a risk mixing dystopian with fantasy but it worked extremely well, and she managed to take the best of both genres and mould it into something new.
Another thing I loved about this book, and what made it stand out from the rest of the pack was its ability to constantly surprise me. I don't mean that it was a mystery novel that did its best to keep its truths hidden, what I mean is that the characters would do the unexpected when challenged instead of traveling down the well-used, and overly dramatic YA route that we are all used to seeing. It made such a pleasant change and managed to keep me on my toes.
I really have to applaud Redwine for managing to write in a beautifully descriptive way whilst keeping the excitement of the action scenes. It was extremely well done. I love to see beautiful writing in YA and there are beautiful moments in this book. Redwine also proves that she is not scared to take her writing to some dark places. There are moments of brutality, violence and death. Also The Commander is probably one of the most shockingly brutal and menacing villains I have seen in YA fiction.
The Commander is not the only character that stands out. Rachel is a great female lead. She is tough, head strong and smart without being arrogant. Other characters like Oliver and Melkin are also worth mentioning but it is Logan who really stands out. I really liked this guy. He is strong, caring, gorgeous and smart. He is all the things you expect a male YA character to be, yet despite his strength as a warrior and stealth he is actually really socially awkward and embarrasses easily, he often had me laughing out loud. He is also a nerd and, well, I love nerds. His slowly deepening feelings for Rachel were adorable. The peril they are and his natural awkwardness made for some pretty funny and at times intense scenes. The chemistry between them was electric and I swallowed up every bit of it.
Are there negative things about this book? Of course. There are maybe a few to many characters and a couple of moments that weren't needed but these are little things and they didn't bother me at all.
Defiance is a beautifully written and thought out book. It is action packed, humorous and at times touching. This book dares to be a little bit different and asks some big questions about the consequences of your actions, revenge and morally what is right and wrong and how you distinguish between the two.
Believe the hype, this book is brilliant and is one of my books of 2012. ...more
This book took me completely by surprise. I was expecting mediocre but what I got was a million times betterFor this review and more check out my blog
This book took me completely by surprise. I was expecting mediocre but what I got was a million times better. I read the first page and knew instantly that I was going to really love it.
What really made this book great was Charlotte, the main characters narration. It was snappy and entertaining from beginning to end. I really loved this girl she was smart and full of spirit. Suzy Cox made her personality so big that she practically bursts off the page. Normally big characters are a bit annoying but not Charlotte, Cox knew when to keep her leading lady down and I honestly have nothing negative to say about her.
Edison is also pretty cool. He is broody, sassy and a pain in the ass but I still liked him. he is a little more what you would expect from YA, he wasn’t as big or bold as Charlotte but he didn’t need to be as this book is about Charlotte and the lessons she learns and has very little to do with romance which was fine. I never thought this book needed anymore romance then there was.
I actually think that this book is pretty smart on the surface it is a light-hearted and hilarious read but just beneath the surface there is something a bit more complex and deep. There are messages here about life, death and loss, and there were moments that I found surprisingly touching. What I love about this book is that it didn’t linger on the sadness of death but instead, in its own unique way focused on the beauty of life.
The Dead Girls Detective Agency is fun, engaging and entertaining. It is a fast and snappy read that will often make you laugh and sometimes make you really think. It took me by surprise and I really, really liked it....more
What makes a book special? Is to the writing, the storyline or characters? Or is it something else, a feeliFor this review and more check out my blog
What makes a book special? Is to the writing, the storyline or characters? Or is it something else, a feeling you get when reading it? Whatever it is The Assassin’s Curse has it. This book is pure magic and is in the top 5 books of this year for me. I LOVED it.
The storyline is awesome full of adventure and magic. It takes you from the ocean to the desert and through towns and forests. It introduces you to a world full of mystery and a host of amazing characters.
Annana is my kind of girl. She is brave, she knows her own mind and is not afraid to fight for what she loves or what she feels is right. She can be funny and sarcastic but also vulnerable and naïve. Then there is Naji (sigh) whom I am in love with. There are three male characters I have loved this year. Kanin (TheImmortal Rules), Orma (Seraphina) and now Naji (what can I say I like oddballs.) He can be surly, moody and at times a little naughty but he is also heroic and sweet.
The friendship between these two is what really made this novel go from good to great. They went dislike to friendship and it was amazing to read. Will it end up in romance? Maybe, maybe not, romance is not really what this book is about. Although there is the undercurrent of it there.
I cannot say a bad word about this book. I loved it and I hope if you read it you will to. I cannot wait for the next book.
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I adored this book, I thought it was amazing and I connected with it on so many levels. This book is not just abFor this review and more visit my blog
I adored this book, I thought it was amazing and I connected with it on so many levels. This book is not just about romance despite the name, blurb and cover this book is more about families, and how you cope with the fall out if one of your parents moves on.
I was a few years younger than Hadley when my dad left mum and me for another woman. He moved across the country and left my mum and me alone. I was devastated, I cried for days and it hurt so much. I wondered why I wasn’t good enough, wondered if he loved this woman more than me. My mum was a mess she was angry and bitter and I didn’t know how to react. It was a shitty thing for him to do and for a few years I thought I hated him. I was horrible to him, refused to communicate on any level with his girlfriend and was generally a bit of a bitch. Now in my twenties everything is fine. I love my dad and I forgive him, I think him leaving was probably for the best and we have a great relationship now but for a while, in my teens things were tense.
I feel like this book reached into me and put all my thoughts and feelings on a page. At times it was like reading a auto biography of my 15 year old self. Hadley takes a journey through this book, a journey I think a lot of us have to take at that age and I related to it a lot. This book was handled with such care, it was no overdone, and the drama was not too much. It was just right.
The writing in this is exquisite, the descriptions and dialogue is top notch and I read the whole thing in a night. It was engaging and entertaining throughout.
I loved the characters. Hadley was a lovely and mostly sweet girl who I connected with instantly. Oliver was charming, funny and adorable. The chemistry and dialogue between them was effortless and I fell in love with them as a couple and as individuals. In parts it was hopelessly romantic and it made me smile with its cuteness all through the book.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is the most adorable and sweet book I have read in a long time. I loved every second of it and it is beyond doubt the best contemporary book I have read in 2012.
*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley*
Sometimes being fan of YA fiction is not easy. There are a lot of love triangles, bad writing, weak female characters and just bad storylines to sort through before you get to the good stuff. Then every now and then a book like Seraphina comes along and it makes all the effort worth it.
I was a little bit sceptical when I started it but by the end I was a like this:
That’s right I was wowing. Because Seraphina is not just an amazing YA book; it is an amazing book period. Everything about it is just glorious from its title and cover (which is utterly beautiful) to the pages of writing hidden within. Seraphina is a work of art. This book is so different from most Young Adult books. There is none of the predictably, no annoying characters and no clichés at all. It was so refreshing and such a relief. Seraphina is proof that there is still some originality out there.
From the writing to the plot there is a lot to admire here. Rachel Hartman has created a world so real and vibrant that I could almost smell the bustling city, could almost feel the dragon scales beneath my fingertips. The writing is brilliantly descriptive and it is easy to get lost within the pages.
The actual story line is marvellous. It was interesting from beginning to end and imaginative without being overdone. I found it touching and at times funny, it could make me giggle in one moment then reduce me to tears the next. It had a little bit of everything and I wanted nothing more. The plot flowed along nicely, I was never bored and the action never felt rushed.
The most important thing in all fiction is characters and it is the characters in Seraphina that take it from a good book to an outstanding one.
Seraphina is a great lead character I literally cannot think of a time where she irritated me or I thought she was being an idiot (such a rarity in YA.) She is smart, loyal, funny and brave. She is also extremely realistic. She loves openly, not just romantic love but love for her family and friends. She truly cares and is willing to give everyone an equal chance no matter whom or what they are. Despite this she is still tough. She does not have an easy life and things do not always go her way but she shows courage not only when facing danger but when facing a society that she knows will shun her if they knew what she was. She is also far from perfect. She lies, she cheats and occasionally she sulks and you love her anyway. She gets under your skin and is impossible to dislike.
Next is Kiggs. He is dashing, charming, smart and loyal. He was never dominating, never brooding and not once possessive or irritating. He is a great love interest because he is not overpowering. You do not need to hear him wax lyrical about his feels every five pages to know how he feels. He shows it in the way he is, in the things he does. He does represent the touch of romance that is present in this book but he is much more than that and the romance is not overplayed at all.
Then there is Orma. He is the second YA secondary character I have utterly and obsessively fallen in love with this year. First it was Kanin in The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa now it is Orma in Serephina. I do not know where these characters are coming from but I hope authors continue writing them. I loved Kiggs, he was totally worthy of falling in love with but he was no Orma. Orma is a little standoffish, exceedingly smart and beautifully brave. He is a bit of a nerd, wears a fake beard and is a dragon still I was not perturbed. I adored him…probably too much.
I don’t know what else to say, I could go on and on and on about how marvellous this book is but this review is already 700 words long. So I will just say that I LOVED this book and that you should not walk but run to get it when it comes out. I am pretty sure you will love it to. ...more
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*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley.*
I am sad because I know that whatever I put in this review will not do Code Name Verity justice. I just cannot tell you in words how amazing I think this book is. It is hard for me to write about this book, if I say too much I will give stuff away and it will ruin the book for others. (Careless talk costs lives) It is that kind of book. It manages to keep surprising you and shocking you. You think you know what is happening but the truth is that you know nothing at all.
I had my doubts when I received Code Name Verity for review. I thought a World War two, YA book about spies would be boring, unbelievable and a waste of time. But I had heard so much about it that I just had to give it a go.
I started it and thought it was pretty good, better than I thought it would be then somewhere along the way I found myself falling in love with it. Because somehow this book just seemed to do everything right.
It was written beautifully and was more accomplished than a lot of Young Adult books. Every character is fleshed out and real. I think I loved every one of them, to some extent even the villains just because they were so…human. This isn’t a story of good versus evil, this is a story of life during war and it manages to show both sides of the story.
The main characters Maddy and Queenie are just so amazing. I loved their strength and their frailty, I loved their stiff upper lip and their personality, but most of all I loved their friendship. It is just the best and most beautiful friendship ever. I hope that if it ever came to it I would have the courage they showed. At the end of the day these are girls that you wish you could be like. They are funny, brave, smart and they do the right thing no matter what. Yet they never come across as perfect, or arrogant, or as Mary Sues.
The story itself was engaging and nail-biting. It twisted in directions I could have never imagined and it manages to keep you on your toes. The research that must have gone into this is mind-boggling; it was just so informative and rich with facts. It was smarter than it had any right to be.
I should warn you that you may need tissues (I certainly did).
There is not much else I can say about the book without spoiling it. So, I will just say that even if you are unsure, even if you do not read YA give this book a shot. There is no real reason why this book is for Young Adults. In fact it is incredibly adult so please, please, please do not be put off by the YA label.
I honestly just cannot tell you how wonderful this book is, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Run and buy this book when it comes out, you will not regret it.
The Immortal Rules is the first Julie Kagawa book I have read and to be honest I wasn’t really sure who she was before reading this (I know, I know I must be living under a rock or something.) So I wasn’t quite sure why The Immortal Rules was garnering so much attention and excitement. It seems as though this book is a bona-fide hit months before its release, there is just so much hype about it.
Well, I can say with absolute clarity that all the hype and all the excitement is deserved.
This book is brilliant.
The story starts with a bang and it effortlessly introduces you to this hard and cold world. It gathers your attention and from there it is a struggle to break free.
Do not be put off by the word vampire. This is no Twilight, or TVD. This is not a teen, angst filled romp about boyfriends and soul mates. This is gritty, gory and grim. It is everything a vampire/dystopian book should be and a hell of a lot more. The vampires are not in this book to be liked or lusted over, they are dark and dangerous and most of them you would not want anywhere near you.
The story/plot is excellent. There is no doubt about it, the story is inspired and different. (I thought the YA vampire genre was dead then this came along and proved me wrong) but it is the execution that sets this book apart from a lot of YA around at the moment.
The level of description and writing here is nothing short of incredible. Kagawa brings this world to life with her excellent world building. The characters, settings and creatures (look out for the Rabids, who are the best monsters I have ever read in dystopian fiction) are all realistic and there was not one point where I felt the she had pushed it a little too far.
The dialogue and plot are fast paced. There are no cheesy moments and no cringe-worthy speeches. Despite this being a serious, compelling and at times disturbing dystopian novel the book has light-hearted moments that bring a genuine smile to your face. It is nice to not be bombared with darkness all the time.
One of the best things about this book is the characters. I loved them Especially Allison, Zeke and Kanin.
Allison is kick ass. She is the hero and I kind of love her. She is sassy and sarcastic but not thoughtless. She is strong and powerful but not heartless. She is kind and caring without being weak. Her character grows and changes in a natural way, she is easy to like and easy to root for and is the most compelling female lead I have read in a long time.
Zeke is gorgeous. He is cute, honest and funny. He is not devastating or unrealistic like so many romantic leads. He is real, he is believable and it is easy to see how anyone could fall in love with him. The romance between him and Allison is just perfect. It builds slowly, it is realistic. There is no insta-love here. No bolts of lightning when they touch. This is just two people getting to know each other and realising they have feelings for one another.
Then there is Kanin (dreamy-sigh) who is perfect in every way possible. (You might have guessed that I am just a tad obsessed with him…just a tiny little bit) I think Kanin might have destroyed me for every other male literary character. He is charming, wise, strong, and fair. He is almost a mentor to Alison and their relationship is where a lot of the light-hearted moments come in to play, but also some of the heavier moments to.
This book has so much going for it, there is so much to admire and love here. It has everything (including its fair share of heartache.) This is a book that will draw you in and will not let you go.
To me this is the standard all YA books should strive to meet. It is well thought out, well put together, well written and well-developed with a great story arc. The descriptions are quality and everything seems real. I can see this world; I can feel it and smell it. To many YA books do things half-heartedly. Well, there is none of that here.
In my opinion this genre NEEDS more books like this; hell the world needs more books like this.
There is no doubt about it this book is going to be huge. So do yourselves a favour and buy this book when it comes out. It deserves your attention.
*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley.*
I think I should just let you all know that this review is going to be terrible. Not because the book was bad but becauseReview also posted on my blog
I think I should just let you all know that this review is going to be terrible. Not because the book was bad but because I am struggling to find anything bad to say about it. Expect this review to be full of gushing because I absolutely LOVED this book.
I thought it was smart, compelling and brave. It dares to go into territory that many YA books will not tread. It is brutal, violent, gruesome, frightening and at times overwhelming. Another thing that separates this book from a lot of others in the genre is that you are never quite sure how this is all going to end. Normally you have an idea, you know the main character is going to be fine but in this it is not so certain. It adds a tenseness as you read because you really do care about the characters and you really do care what happens.
The story is compelling, something that I was not expecting when I read the blurb. I never thought that kids being stuck in a school together would be interesting but it was. (The kids go tribal and it is awesome). From beginning to end this book holds your attention. The first chapter is one of the best I have read; these writers definitely know how to grab your attention. The ending is fantastic and leaves you thirsting for more.
What it so utterly brilliant about this book is that it is comparable to life for teens in school today. The pressures of being popular, the fear of being a loner, of being bullied are all represented in this dystopian fiction. I am not a teen but I think a lot of the messages in this novel will reach out to modern teens in a way many YA books cannot. In its way this book is brutally realistic, which I found to be a really smart move from the writers. Also this book takes a close look at human nature, at how quickly and easy it could be for us to all fall into dangerous disarray.
It feels at times so real, people band together in groups, some stay with people who are just like them. Some join people who can protect them, but everything comes at a cost. The protectors are often bullies and control freaks, and it makes you wonder how much could you take before you tried your luck on your own. As horrible as it sounds, I can image this happening and that is what makes this book so disturbing.
The characters are amazing. For me it is all about David. I have not felt a connection to a character like this in a while. Simply put I loved him…a lot (seriously I might actually be in love with him). He was smart, brave, funny and cute. I spent so much of my time preying that nothing happened to him, I am surprised I managed to notice anything else about the book. In contrast David’s brother Will is not as likable; in fact in the beginning he is damn irritating. He acts like a spoilt brat, he is selfish and I was planning on bringing him up as a massive thing I disliked about this book… but then he goes and redeems himself, and he changed and become someone I really liked.
Their relationship is an interesting one. It is clear that they love each other unconditionally. David would do anything for Will and vise-a-versa but the relationship is strained. You see a snippet off their life before disaster struck and see how at ease they are with one another but all that changes in the dark halls of the high school. It is interesting to see the strain on them build up, yet again it felt amazingly real without ever being over the top.
All the secondary characters are top notch. Heroes and villains, all are well thought out and well put together.
Lex Thomas (this is really confusing because Lex Thomas is actually two people) really needs a round of applause for their world building. This world is dark and dirty. It is rotting and revolting. It is utterly perfect for what they were going for. It matches the grimness of the characters situation and the fast pace of the story. In this world things move quickly, it doesn’t let up for a second. Things happen in the blink of an eye but never do the writers hide what is happening. The violence and anguish is in your face, they do not shy away from it at all, not for a second.
Maybe that is where the only negative thing I have to say about this book comes in. Although I don’t have a problem with it (in fact I quite like it) this book might just prove too violent and brutal for some. It is beyond anything else I have read in YA and I know some readers are not comfortable with that. I really hope this doesn’t put anyone off because this book is well worth the read.
I have heard today that this book is being made into a movie. I honestly think this novel is perfect source material. I cannot wait for the movie and I cannot wait for the next book. I strongly recommend this book to everyone.
The Loners (Book 1 in Quarantine) is out July 10th. Give it a go, you will not regret it.
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I do not know what I was expecting when I bought this book. It had a pretty cover
Win one of 3 UK paperback editions on my blog (Open internationally)
I do not know what I was expecting when I bought this book. It had a pretty cover and was going cheap so I thought I would give it ago. I had heard good things about it, I thought I might like it but I wasn’t expecting to be blown away…but I was. Consider me officially blown.
I could talk about what this book does wrong. There are wrong things in it. It is not a writing masterpiece; it is not going to win any major awards but to be quite blunt I simply do not care.
A good book is not only entertaining but it finds a way to get inside you, you feel it in your chest, that urgency to keep reading, the shock and disbelief about something that happens. It plants a seed inside you and refuses to go away. I could not put this book down. I started reading it the night before starting a new job but I still stayed up until 2am to finish it because the thought of not knowing what happens next was unbearable.
Another thing a good book has is the ability to stay with you after you have finished it and stay this book did. I thought about it often in the days after I had finished.
The characters are amazing. The relationship between Pen and Raffe is a slow burner that gets under your skin without being too romantic. The story itself is compelling. And it has you within the first few pages, as soon as that feather falls from the sky you are in and there is no way of getting back out again.
It was brutal and violent and pushed the boundaries of how brutal, gory and violent a YA should be. In my mind it was all justified and was there for the benefit of the story but those with a weaker stomach might find parts of this book disturbing and sickening. This is no walk in the park this is a world full of tragedy and darkness. It holds nothing back and shows you a place that is ripped apart and dyeing.
I could not recommend this book more highly. It is one of the best books I have read this year and is in my top three YA books of all time. I loved it, loved it, loved it and I literally cannot wait for the next book in the series, if it is anything like this then I know I am in for one hell of a ride. ...more
There is not much to say. We Need to talk about Kevin is depressing, horrifying, the characters are unlikeable, the story line is sickening...but it iThere is not much to say. We Need to talk about Kevin is depressing, horrifying, the characters are unlikeable, the story line is sickening...but it is an utter masterpiece.
This book will stay with me for a long time, I will want to forget it, to move on. I will not be able to. I applaud Shriver for having the courage to write a book like this. A small part of me has been effected forever because of this book. I don't think I will ever read it again but it will stay on my bookshelf until the day I die.
Often I find that books which tread a thin line between one thing and another generally fail. The Rapture (For this review and more check out my blog
Often I find that books which tread a thin line between one thing and another generally fail. The Rapture (which treads many thin lines) does not.
There is a lot going on in this book, a lot of ‘heavy’, a lot of theory vs. belief. On the surface this book is about a woman trying to pick herself up again after a terrible accident, but it is about a lot more than that. It is about climate change, religion, disability, mental illness, love, psychic beliefs and science. There is a lot going on and a lot to take in.
I personally loved it and found it all fascinating. (I am studying for a degree in Environmental Science and have covered a lot of the theories and scientific fact bought up in this novel.) It could have been easy for this book to be completely impossible to understand, but it isn’t, it is not even complicated. Jensen has made sure that her writing makes sense and that you don’t have to be studying science for it to be clear.
I loved the main character (Gabrielle) there is a lot going on with her and her thoughts are often conflicted and troubled, she has understandably bouts of self-pity but always pushes through it and picks herself up as much as she can.
A lot of Gabrielle’s problems stem from Bethany, a 16 year old troubled patient of hers who can seemingly predict natural disasters, and thinks the rapture is coming. I really liked Bethany which is odd because there is little to like about her. She is violent, rude, manipulative and cruel but she is also incredibly vulnerable. Her ever changing relationship with Gabrielle was brilliant to read.
The Rapture is an absorbing, thrilling and at times terrifying read that I struggled to put down. It is smart without being confusing and is brilliantly written. ...more
These books drive me mad. They make me laugh, make me cry, make me sad, happy, nervous and angry. I have no idea who is true and who is false. I can oThese books drive me mad. They make me laugh, make me cry, make me sad, happy, nervous and angry. I have no idea who is true and who is false. I can only guess what is going to happen next.
I love these books so, so, so much. They are complex and written well. It has been a long time since I have read books that draw me in so completely. I feel like I know the characters. I hate them and love then and grieve for them.
These books are a work of art and some of the best books I have ever read....more