Wow, that was my first thought after finishing this book. I read an awesome review (kicking myself for not remembering which one) for this book and se...moreWow, that was my first thought after finishing this book. I read an awesome review (kicking myself for not remembering which one) for this book and seeing it was about cheating kinda made me want to move along to another review bit something told me to read it. Needless to say, I ended up buying it that day and finished it pretty quickly. Life by Committee is one of the best books I've read this year, it didn't involve anything paranormal or fantasy. It's about a girl who does make some not so great decisions, but ultimately just wants her life to be somewhat normal. I hate how alone she is, her parents are there but they have their own stuff going on. She's kinda pushed off to the side because everyone thinks she is so independent. I think that has a lot to do with some of her terrible choices. I believe Tabitha could easily be someone that I could relate to and I love her method of reading. It's called active reading and you make notes in the margins, and write down how something made you feel. Questions you want to ask. Only problem with it is my being OCD about writing in my books... Her one friend that she had throughout (mostly) the book was awesome and didn't pull any punches. But she was also there to listen and be there. Her previous friends, well, I have nothing nice to say about them. How they treated Tabitha and why, just unreal to me. To me, cheating is wrong on so many levels, and I know a lot agree and it may be the reason to not read this. But it is so much more than that. It's about someone coming into their own, finding their path, and obviously making mistakes along the way. I love this book, it's a beautiful story and I can't wait to check out more from this author.(less)
Being Team Warner, I don't like this one as much as I did the other novella spotlighting Warner. But with Ms. Mafi's style of writing I couldn't put i...moreBeing Team Warner, I don't like this one as much as I did the other novella spotlighting Warner. But with Ms. Mafi's style of writing I couldn't put it down. I am glad to have a little more insight on Adam, although I think he's a bit whiny sometimes..(less)
It too me forever to read this bit I had Kindle issues so anyways... Omfg that ending! I just couldn't process what I was reading, it still seems unre...moreIt too me forever to read this bit I had Kindle issues so anyways... Omfg that ending! I just couldn't process what I was reading, it still seems unreal to me because I have grown so close to these characters and to lose one unexpectedly just Idk mind boggled right now. Trying to process...
Ms. Roth, I CRAVE more of your writing! The ending was so right and yet so breathtaking and wrong at the same time..(less)
Oh man this just got me even more excited about The Elite!! A nice look into Prince Maxon's (swoon!) head and how he felt before the Selection. Plus i...moreOh man this just got me even more excited about The Elite!! A nice look into Prince Maxon's (swoon!) head and how he felt before the Selection. Plus it's right up until he meets America for the first time and meeting the other 34 girls.
This book was an awesome quickish read! I finished it all in one setting, I couldn't put it down. I'm going to regret it later when I have to go to wo...moreThis book was an awesome quickish read! I finished it all in one setting, I couldn't put it down. I'm going to regret it later when I have to go to work on little sleep but getting to know Zellie and Avery is well worth it! I loved how they were very much aware of each other, but not so much to each other. And when they finally got together I was cheering them on.
Zellie is a preacher's daughter who feels she has a really good read on people, but she learns it's so much more than that. I loved the idea of what she can do with the visions she has. Avery, bless his heart, is an all around good guy. His reactions about things were a bit harsh, but understandable. I believe he reacted the same way anyone would have in his situation.
I can't wait to read Glimmer because Zellie is a good strong character that is very real. She deals with the same stuff any 16 year old would, and then some. I loved her sister and friend. If it hadn't been for them, I don't think it could have been as good as it was. They really added to the story. Her sister more than anything, but I don't want to give up too much. This is great for a quick weekend read or an up part of the night read. Either way you want to look at it.(less)
Damn, how I hate the end of a series. I stumbled on the first of this 6 novel series a few months ago, reading it on a whim. Needless to say I was suc...moreDamn, how I hate the end of a series. I stumbled on the first of this 6 novel series a few months ago, reading it on a whim. Needless to say I was sucked in within the world of AFTD's, empaths, and nulls. Since this the last book in the series I want to talk a bit about each character that I, for one, favored in this series. I feel as if each one is a good friend that I have spent quite a bit of time with.
I recently just finished a book that had a male protagonist and didn't care for him at all. I even made the comment that it might be because I don't read hardly any books with them. Nothing against a good solid male character, but it is what it is. I had TOTALLY forgotten about the Death series!! Caleb has all kind of issues and if you have read any of the other books you know why. AFTD is Affinity for the Dead. And needless to say Caleb can do it all. Too feeling the presence of dead people to raising them from the ground to do his bidding. There's so much more to his gift but I musn't gush too much because if you haven't read these books then, firstly, you're missing out. Secondly, after reading all of them I don't know what I might give away. I see them as a whole now and can't remember what happened in which book. (I digress)
Jade, good ole Jade. She's an empath and a pretty powerful one too. Her struggles in her early childhood leading in to her teen years were rough and sometimes hard to read. It made you appreciate that no matter what a person acts like, you never really know what's going on in home life.
The J's. Jonesy, if I had to pick a less favorite of this bunch it would have to be him. Worse thing, I know people like him. Immature most the time, not knowing when to shut up. Oh, that boy got on my nerves sometimes lol but it wouldn't have been the same without him. John reminded me so much of my fiancee it's ridiculous. Minus the red hair anyway.. Smart, good head on his shoulders all around good guy.
Tiff is probably my favorite one in the book. She's also AFTD but not to such a high degree as Caleb. She serves as a kind of battery for Caleb when he needs her. I loved her crassness and how she was right there with the guys all the time. She reminded me a lot of myself in high school, so maybe that's why I had such the soft spot for her. Plus some of the stuff she deals with in this book hit home for me and I connected with her in a level I wasn't expecting.
There are more, but none of the others I cared about like I did these. If you're still reading this, you're awesome for appreciating (maybe?) what I wanted to do here. I have to admit I'm sad that I won't be anxiously waiting another one. This was not my favorite in the series, reason for the 4 stars. But if Miss Blodgett came out with another installment I'd be tickled pink. (hint, hint!) :)
For it being the last installment, I believed it ended really well. Left room for something to maybe happen in the future, but left me with a nice farewell to characters and story I have come to love.(less)
First off let me just say WOW! I loved and devoured this book. While Cinder was one of my top 10 favorites of last year, I still loved this one more.
S...moreFirst off let me just say WOW! I loved and devoured this book. While Cinder was one of my top 10 favorites of last year, I still loved this one more.
Scarlet has to be one of my favorite female protagonists I have read since Katniss (Hunger Games for any people that haven't experienced that awesomness). I loved how strong willed she was and determined. She never let up on her goal of what she was trying to do the whole time. Another new favorite would have to be Wolf. I was sure I had figured out what he was but Miss Meyer put her twist on things and made him that much more of an interesting person. The fierce loyalty he had toward Scarlet was very real to me and never felt like it was being forced. Not sure if that makes sense to anyone else, but it does to me.. I was thrilled to find out that Cinder was still in it, as she was a strong character in Cinder. But I felt she was a lot more whiny that I remembered. Maybe I need another read of Cinder, but I don't quite remember her being that bad. I still dug her part of the story especially when everything and everyone started tying together. I even have a soft spot for Captain Thorne. Pain in the ass he was, he stuck by Cinder the whole time, and that alone makes him a ok in my book. Bless her heart, she might not have made it without him.
One of the best things I love about this series is the whole concept and the depth that Miss Meyer has taken it. Reminds me a bit of The Iron Fey series by Julie Kawaga (please forgive any errors in the series name and author name). They both delved so deep in the worlds they created that I could see it and appreciate the time they took to build these beautiful places.
As for Kai.. Ahhh Kai... Well I'll just say I'm not happy with him at the moment. I know he had to do what he thought was best but the whole time I was verbally telling him NO! Don't do it! Not trying to spoil too much so I'll just leave it at that.
Only thing that upset me about this book was that I found out Cress isn't going to be out til 2014. If I'd known that, I might have waited a little bit before reading Scarlet. But on the other hand I'm so glad I did!(less)