I'm glad I pushed through the early slow pacing of this one, because I ended up really enjoying it. Not only did I love all of the main playing charac...moreI'm glad I pushed through the early slow pacing of this one, because I ended up really enjoying it. Not only did I love all of the main playing characters, but the intensity of Panic was tangible and it ended up being a gripping and thrilling ride all the way up to the relief of an ending. ♥(less)
Some parts of this I liked, some parts of this I loved, some parts of this made me sad, and some parts I absolutely hated--but those last parts, I onl...moreSome parts of this I liked, some parts of this I loved, some parts of this made me sad, and some parts I absolutely hated--but those last parts, I only hated because of my feelings on the matter and the emotions of anger and irritation they instilled in me, and totally not because those parts of the book were rubbish. This is definitely a tale of self-discovery and personal growth, but it takes a very sad, naive, and sometimes disturbing path in order to reach its mostly satisfying end, which left me with a warm and fuzzy glow.
Both compelling and dark, and certainly twisted, The Book of You is enough to give any woman the creeps. With the narration alternating between her da...moreBoth compelling and dark, and certainly twisted, The Book of You is enough to give any woman the creeps. With the narration alternating between her daily life and written recounts of her encounters with Rafe in her black notebook, this one definitely holds the readers interest from the get go, right to the very bittersweet end.(less)
My review for The 100 by Kass Morgan is a difficult one to write because I seem to have very conflicting thoughts on it—making it fairly difficult to...moreMy review for The 100 by Kass Morgan is a difficult one to write because I seem to have very conflicting thoughts on it—making it fairly difficult to organise them into coherency. However, I shall give it a shot either way by breaking down the elements of the story.
Characters I liked the characters. They all had their flaws, and they all had their strengths, and I enjoyed being in the four different POVs, which allowed the reader to see both the Earth and the space side of the story. Even Bellamy, who obviously has some kind of mental instability, is likeable in his own way, especially when the reader fully learns of his devotion to his sister. Clarke is possibly the strongest ‘voice’ in here, but she does seem to play more of a lead role than the others. Glass was good to connect with, because, hey, who doesn’t love teenage love worth sacrificing for? And Wells was … well, even though we know he sh** on Clarke (kinda), the author still made him extremely likeable, though that could be that his efforts to redeem himself helped with that. And then we have all of the characters who seem to play a lesser role, but obviously don’t because they’re the ones responsible for the 100 teens being down on Earth, responsible for the class systems up on the ship, and responsible for the decision made that could cost so many lives of those considered less worthy than themselves.
Settings & Writing Style Yeah, this is where I have some of my conflicting opinions. Because Ms Morgan’s writing style is very basic and very simplistic in style, yet I can’t deny that this contributed greatly to the fairly fast pacing of this book and helps the reader to flow through the words with ease and few glitches. However, on the other end of the scale, the writing is so simplistic and basic that the story lacks decent descriptions as a forfeit. Other than Clarke, who has a couple guys doting on her and so noticing her looks, I reached the end with no idea what any of the main characters looked like, let alone the rest of the cast. Other than trees and sunsets, I have no idea what their particular section of Earth looks like, where they landed—no idea of the size of their camp, or how it was set up, who/what was placed where, what any of the trees looked like … and I felt exactly the same way about the ship. We were ‘told’ of the different areas, but never really shown them. So I’m conflicted, because it’s obvious it’s lack of ‘show’ which has made this a fast read, but it’s also the lack of ‘show that has taken something special away from the reader, which would’ve enabled me to immerse myself a little deeper and ‘see’ what was happening, had those descriptions been there.
Plot This is another area I struggled with. I don’t know if it’s the multiple POVs that prevent more from happening within this book, or something else. Either way, that’s the problem: Very little actually happens. I mean, these 100 teens get sent to earth, and aside from a few rambles through trees to find something, and a bit of medicine being administered, and a couple of arguments I worried for a moment might’ve taken this into Lord of the Flies territory, not a lot happened for the bunch of kids down on the ground (until the end, but I’ll cover that in a moment). And then even up on the ship, where Glass told the tale, not a lot happened either—until right at the very end. However, these two events happening right at the very end only made me feel as though I’d just spent my time reading a very long/long-winded prequel. Because this didn’t feel like a complete story at all, but more like an introduction to the main point of it all.
That being said, I do want to see what the main point of it all IS, so I am going to read on—so I guess, prequel/full story/whatever this gets labelled as, it’s still done exactly what it set out to do, which is get my attention. (less)
I’ll come clean from the off and confess that this isn’t the first time I’ve read Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. However, enough of a time-gap...moreI’ll come clean from the off and confess that this isn’t the first time I’ve read Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. However, enough of a time-gap has passed for me to thoroughly enjoy this all over again.
The first time I read this, the first half of the book took a while to get into, but having now completed the series and understanding the world a lot better, I had no need this time to slow down while I absorbed all of the world building, which means that once more I was, even faster than before, sucked into a vortex of JLA’s making.
In my first review, I gave my opinion on its supposed similarities to another series. At the time, I hadn’t read the other series—however, I now have, and I still stand by my own opinion that Half-Blood has enough uniqueness to stand on its own merit. The characters are so well developed, the reader has no choice but to give them the deserve respect. The world building is so well mapped out, the reader has to pause to acknowledge that and give kudos where kudos is due. Once more, I found myself submerged and connected with Alex, and once again I found myself torn between the two male leads. Because I love Alex’s mysteriousness, the intrigue that naturally comes with someone forbidden. But I’m such a huge fan of Seth’s character, his self-absorption, his self-declared hotness—blend this a$$holey side of him with his obvious ability to give a damn when needed and you do, under all his pompousness, have a half-decent guy with promise. What I enjoy about JLA’s books also is that she’s not afraid—she not afraid to push the boundaries of YA, to risk p-ing off the readers by killing characters off, to toss in twists and turns that might break the readers hearts. It takes guts to put characters through the ringer the way she does in this series, and I have little choice but to admire that.
So, as I said in my initial thoughts way back when I was first introduced to this series: Half-Blood is a kick-a$$ read and definitely worth picking up. (less)