Loved this just as much as The Testing. Didn't have near as much action but got a lot more back story. After having to buy the first two in the series...moreLoved this just as much as The Testing. Didn't have near as much action but got a lot more back story. After having to buy the first two in the series as ebooks, I'm happy that I have an arc of Graduation Day that I won through Goodreads!(less)
I don't know what it is about this book but I loved it! I was scared going I'm because it was compared to Hunger Games, but to me it differed in the r...moreI don't know what it is about this book but I loved it! I was scared going I'm because it was compared to Hunger Games, but to me it differed in the right way. Continuing to the next in the series, Independent Study and hope it's as good as the first one!(less)
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)
Let me start off by saying that this book grasped my attention in a way that caught me off guard. While I have read a few historical fiction, this was...moreLet me start off by saying that this book grasped my attention in a way that caught me off guard. While I have read a few historical fiction, this was in a league of it's own. It wasn't a historical fiction at all. What I mean is it had loads of history packed in the pages.
I learned a great deal about the Wade battle that I didn't know anything about before. I knew going in that St. Augustine was the first American city, but other than that I didn't know a lot else. Didn't know about the battle that went on and all the lives lost. I loved the way that it was brought about too. It meshed well with the story without feeling like I was reading straight from a history text book.
I really enjoyed the whole concept of worlds within worlds. What I couldn't seem to enjoy was the main character, Jeff Golden. I thought maybe at first I couldn't get into him because I read more books with female protagonists but for some reason I couldn't wait til there was someone else there besides him. I did appreciate that it read like an actual teenage boy would have wrote it.
I LOVED Lobo. Like almost have an infatuation with him. I dig Native America studies and especially the fact of him being a shaman. Not to mention his no nonsense attitude on everything, I swear if it hadn't been for him Jeff wouldn't have made it. Same goes for Carla I really enjoyed her character and how she carried herself. I think she can do better than Jeff, but that's solely my opinion. There wasn't much of a romance aspect here anyway which was nicer than I thought. Jeff and Carla care deeply for each other but their "love" didn't take up the whole story like with a lot of YA books.
I also love how Jeff never looks at Carla or Lobo because of their different races. Although it was a factor in the battle that is talked about, it, to me, shows how far we have come as a country and the equality there is now that was nonexistent in the early 1800's.
Other than the main character I'd have to say the only other thing that irked me about this book was punctuation errors. Little thing I know, but there were a few instances where quotation marks were missing and I was missing when different characters were conversing with each other. It was hard to keep track of sometimes. I didn't knock a star off for that though. Mr. Golden did that all on his own. I can't wait to read the next one and hang out with Lobo again.
This book was sent to me by the author in return of a honest review.(less)
First off, another big thank you to the author for considering me for a review for this. I loved this book, when she approached me about it I had neve...moreFirst off, another big thank you to the author for considering me for a review for this. I loved this book, when she approached me about it I had never heard of it. I looked up the synopsis afterwards and was intrigued by it, something about it grasped my attention. I will go ahead and mention the one thing I didn't like about it was how slow I thought it started. It didn't grab my attention til I was well in the 3rd chapter. From then on it was hard to put it down. I loved the female protagonist Molly. She's your everyday girl just trying to be a good daughter, good student and maybe some friends along the way. She definitely got more than she bargained for! After discovering a wormhole she is whisked to planet Arkana where she meets a group of guys and quickly learns that things are a little different. From watches to transportation to how long the days are. She meets Weston but keeps another in her sights, Victor. She has such a, for lack of a better word, infatuation with him that it startles even her. Especially when she has Weston practically at her beck and call. Which leads to another reason I adored this book, there was no insta-love. Victor was brought up to hate the people on Earth, so having feelings for Molly is definitely something that he feels he has to fight. I love how there was an actual struggle for her to open him up. For him to reach inside himself and find his true feelings. Another thing that stood out to me is Molly's parents, especially her dad. I grew up with an overly protective parent and I felt for Molly in this respect. Plus, it was more realistic than a lot of YA where the parents tend to be MIA most the time which to me makes it less believable to me. I mean if you're writing about teenagers lives, their parents should be there, be around, be heard. I think it ended really well, and I can't wait for the second book to pick up where Molly and Victor left off. Also since Goodreads won't let me do half stars I give this book 4 and a half stars. I received this copy from the author for an honest review.(less)