Requiem is the culmination of a long time coming struggle that started in Delirium and turned into a Pandemonium. I have to say it’s very hard to find...moreRequiem is the culmination of a long time coming struggle that started in Delirium and turned into a Pandemonium. I have to say it’s very hard to find a good book in the YA genre, able to capture my attention in equal measure during the entire series. I’m generally a difficult person to please. I’ve had my share of disappointments in this genre, and when I think I should just give up, Lauren Oliver swoops in and convinces me there are still authors who can write a good young adult book. I cannot stress how much I love this series, its characters and the dystopian world. I cannot deny it has its flaws, but when I really like the story, those are just small details I can easily put aside and simply enjoy the book.
Requiem is a thrilling journey from beginning to end. The characters are great; Lena keeps being her strong self, always ready for action. Alex is a bit off, and I would have liked for him to have a bigger role in the story. After all, he’s the one who sparked Lena’s love and contributed to the start of this fight. Julian, on the other hand, gains more visibility, both for his desire to be a wild, as by his love for Lena. Julian grew on me in Pandemonium, and I liked to get to know him better in Requiem. The switch of POV’s between Lena and Hana was very well thought off; it had to come down to these two, after all this time apart, finally confronting each other face to face.
Contrary to many people, I liked the open ending. Of course there are many unresolved issues, but I think it’s great that’s all now up to our imagination. It didn’t feel like the end, though, it almost makes you wonder… will there be a new story? One can dream, right?
After reading Hush Hush and Fallen, I thought all hope was gone... Hail this paranormal romance book that is definitely Unearthly!
Main story is, Clara...moreAfter reading Hush Hush and Fallen, I thought all hope was gone... Hail this paranormal romance book that is definitely Unearthly!
Main story is, Clara Gardner‘s part angel and through visions of a boy standing in the trees near a fire she’s shown her purpose on earth. Her angel mother decides to move to Wyoming, so her daughter can find this boy and fulfill her destiny. She finds him, all right, but what about Tucker? The charming, chivalrous, interesting, funny Tucker Avery?
I don’t particularly like love triangles, but I can see its purpose in this book, Christian represents Clara’s angel part, and Tucker the human. But I’m still not fond of it. We’ll see how it will turn out in the next book.
The writing is slow, very slow, so it needs some patience and getting into the story to be totally invested in the reading. For the most part I was interested in the story, but I don’t think the plot appealed much to me. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood to read about angels. It’s very well-written, with great descriptions and characterization, the best paranormal romance about angels I’ve read so far!
As for the last part of the book, well I wasn’t surprised at all (view spoiler)[Christian’s an angel! (hide spoiler)], I pretty much had it all figured out within the first pages of the book.
There’s buzz going around that “Unearthly” is in development at The CW television network. I think it would make an interesting show. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Make way for the black sheep. The thing is, my heart can’t give it more than a good 3 star rating, because I don’t feel that lasting effect. There’s n...moreMake way for the black sheep. The thing is, my heart can’t give it more than a good 3 star rating, because I don’t feel that lasting effect. There’s no denying it’s a beautifully written book, with a beautiful and important message both to children and adults, but it’s mainly a children’s book, and what is a complex matter was handled too lightly, in my opinion. Sometimes the characters in the book didn’t act their age, either, they appeared older. The different POV’s were interesting, but the voice sounded almost the same; it’s not something that kept me from enjoying the story, it’s just something I noticed. Other than that, I think it’s a sweet, heartwarming story, with perhaps a too perfect happy ending, but very much worth the read. (less)
I had been eying this book for quite some time before I finally decided to pick it up and try for myself. I have to confess I was not only attracted b...moreI had been eying this book for quite some time before I finally decided to pick it up and try for myself. I have to confess I was not only attracted by the synopsis, but also by all the fantastic ravings. Now I can understand why all the fuss, because this is indeed a great book, with an interesting story, and good characters that lead us into a fascinating post-apocalyptic world. Angels are fascinating creatures, but I’m beginning to realize I’m not an angel kind of girl. I wasn’t particularly impressed with Raffe, and to be honest I don’t think there was a lot of chemistry between him and Penryn. Now, that’s my kind of girl, a strong, kick-ass character who doesn’t need an angel to get what she wants. But, well, in this case, it’s obvious she does.
I guess I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said, and what I do say can never do proper justice to the book. I will only say that I really liked the last part of the book, and if that had been the book as a whole, then this would most definitely be a favorite.
In the end, I just wasn’t captivated, despite finding it a good book within the genre. (less)
First of all, I take my hat off to this author! He managed to write a book with grisly and morbid details in the Young Adult genre. This is one of tho...moreFirst of all, I take my hat off to this author! He managed to write a book with grisly and morbid details in the Young Adult genre. This is one of those books with contents not recommended at a specific hour of the day, beyond dinner, or before dinner, if you don’t want to lose your appetite. I often found myself reading this late at night and thinking, ok I shouldn’t be reading this, it’s weird. But, WTH, I am weird, so I guess it didn’t make a difference, I still read it. Just to let you know, in case you’re highly susceptible to these kinds of things.
Serial Killers are fascinating creatures to innumerous psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, whatever people that study their behavior, as well as the world-wide population, me included. Why the morbid curiosity? Well, because the brains of these inhuman contain the most coveted answer of all times… how and why are we capable to kill?
If you came looking for the answer in this book, you’re not going to find it, and I dare to say, anywhere else, for that matter. I think it’s one of those great life mysteries that stay forever in mystery. But what this book does is present us to an unusual character, the son of a serial killer. It makes us wonder, along with this poor boy, is it the capacity to kill genetic or natural? And then it takes round and round with Jasper Francis Dent, trying to understand if he’s more interested in finding the responsible for the recent series of deaths, or enjoying the morbid scenes.
It’s a pretty interesting book, and it kept my attention, but it didn’t blow me away. Collect a bunch of information about serial killers and stick them all together in a book and they all look the same, so it wasn’t something I hadn’t seen before. But I think it’s a good book in the Young Adult genre, and I’ll definitely check the next if rumours are true that it will become a series of books.
“It was the oldest philosophical question in the book—how do I know that what I see as blue and what you see as blue are the same thing?”
“He’d held it back too long, and now it wouldn’t stop gushing. He’d nicked some sort of memory artery and the blood was spraying everywhere.”
“You won’t even know you’ve crossed the line until it’s way back in your rearview mirror.” (less)
My review will be brief, because in fact there is not much I have to say about this book. From my rating, I think you can tell I didn’t like it. The w...moreMy review will be brief, because in fact there is not much I have to say about this book. From my rating, I think you can tell I didn’t like it. The writing is very fragmented in the style of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder who, until now, was the only author who managed to captivate me with her books written in verse. So, for someone who is considering reading this book, I suggest you pick up any of her novels instead.
This is the story of a teenage girl named London who lost her brother, and her parents, since they are at that stage of grief when they’re too selfish to notice that they still have a daughter. From a certain point, London’s nobody understands me constant behavior becomes boring and even irritating. It seems the only thing she can focus is her suffering, and how nobody understands her, and the ridicule of kissing two guys at the same time, and friendships that don’t seem true friendships. I got tired of these constant complaints, and I wasn’t in the middle of the book yet. I didn’t like the way it was written, there isn’t much development, the characters have no substance, and as I am not religious I couldn’t relate to all the Christian references throughout the book.
I can’t find a single thing that has held me to this book, and it’s really a shame when that happens. (less)
I noticed that this book has received praised reviews and high ratings, so maybe I’ll be the minority. I really liked the story, but I had trouble con...moreI noticed that this book has received praised reviews and high ratings, so maybe I’ll be the minority. I really liked the story, but I had trouble connecting with the characters. Travis is a very genuine character, and his voice feels authentic and realistic. The thing that stood out the most for me was the excellent portrayal of this young man. I had a hard time connecting with him, though, because he embodies the kind of man I despise, you know, the one that likes to pull the though act guy, sleeps with every girl, doesn’t even know the meaning of betrayal… Is that a drink? I’m kind of thirsty… something like that. That’s why if I were Harper I would probably tell him to go take a walk and leave me alone, and I would probably keep true to my word.
But I get it, Travis is a bad boy, and who doesn’t like a bad boy? I guess Harper just couldn’t ignore a lost and wounded bad boy, despite what he did to her in the past, which was a very bad thing, Travis. There were times when I myself just wanted to give him a hug and tell him that everything would be all right. Travis does have some redeeming qualities but they only start to show up towards the end when he finally lets his guard down. His torment feels real and it’s very descriptive, which only proves the author did her research to write this book. I liked the camaraderie among friends, and they even made me laugh a few times. I didn’t like the romance. There were times when it was sweet, and others when I just couldn’t take it seriously. Their love didn’t seem to be strong enough that would lead me to believe that they would still be together in a few years when he came back from the war. My low rating is mostly due to the fact that for a story with such strong emotions, this is a pretty small book. I think this could’ve been a far better book if the author had prolonged the story.
I read it practically in one sitting, and enjoyed the book, but it didn’t strike a chord within me. It’s not one of those books that stay with me long after I’ve finished reading, but I still think it’s a very realistic and emotional contemporary YA novel. (less)
By my accounts, this is the fourth book I read by Elizabeth Scott, and it’s hard not to notice the patterns. They all have a good story, interesting c...moreBy my accounts, this is the fourth book I read by Elizabeth Scott, and it’s hard not to notice the patterns. They all have a good story, interesting characters with the ability to grab the reader with their struggles and victories, but that’s as far as it goes. Even though there’s a suggestion that her stories are going to make a reader feel, they don’t captivate me. I always end up finishing one of her novels with the feeling that it’s lacking.
About the story, it was well thought out, and that’s what initially led me to pick up the book. The premise of a girl who is the lone survivor of a plane crash is pretty interesting, and leads to the question at hand: After surviving the impossible, how do you survive the possible? Megan is an incomprehensible character. I myself couldn’t understand her at times. But what’s shocking is that it’s clear Megan’s suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and all the people around her, parents, doctors, teachers, friends, are clueless! I mean, a girl survives a plane crash and she’s supposed to move on like nothing happened? Do people really think that you can come out of something like this completely unscathed? And don’t even get me started on the parents… how can they go on like everything’s fine when Megan’s leaving all these signs that she’s anything like a miracle?
And then there’s Joe, an enigmatic boy dealing with his own ghosts of the past and present. I liked Joe and Megan’s first contact, but to be honest he became somewhat uninteresting. It’s not that I don’t feel sympathetic for what they have been through. I think it had more to do with how the story is written. It didn’t make me feel anything for either of them.
Good idea for a story, I just wished the idea had turned into the actual story. (less)
This was my least favorite; scratch that, definitely not a favorite. I love John Green’s writing, but I have to be honest, this wasn’t the humorous Jo...moreThis was my least favorite; scratch that, definitely not a favorite. I love John Green’s writing, but I have to be honest, this wasn’t the humorous John Green I found with Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars.
There was so much emotion in his previous books, but what I felt with this one was mostly boredom. I feel so bad saying this, but this book really didn’t work for me. I was never into math in school, so maybe that was the problem I couldn’t solve with this book. It’s the story of a boy named Colin who’s been dumped by 19 girls named Katherine, and tries to create a theorem to determine the duration of future relationships. For starters, this premise didn’t appeal to me, the plot wasn’t engaging, the characters weren’t also particularly interesting, and sometimes funny just came out bland.
The irreverent writing style is there, but the rest is just gone. Maybe If I had been a better student at math I would’ve been able to solve this big problem. I’m sure this book will appeal most to math lovers.
"I don’t think you can ever fill the empty space with the thing you lost... I don’t think your missing pieces ever fit inside you again once they go missing." (less)
I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this book; it’s another one of those “mixed feelings” kind of books. I understand why it has sold millions of co...moreI’m not exactly sure how I feel about this book; it’s another one of those “mixed feelings” kind of books. I understand why it has sold millions of copies. This author’s first novel is impressive and the writing alone is 5 stars worthy, but for me there were some problems regarding structure, plot and story development.
For starters, some of the characters were very disappointing, especially Phoebe’s, the little girl with Down’s Syndrome given away by her father at birth because he was trying to spare his family the pain he himself had to endure as a child watching his younger sister slowly dying. I think this book is a solar system, and all the characters are planets orbiting around the sun that is Phoebe. She’s the center of this whole story, and yet we know little about her, other than through Caroline Gill’s glimpses of their life together after she decided to raise her as her own daughter. I was actually more invested in Phoebe’s story than all the others, who progressively became tiring, repetitive and sad offside characters. I think the author prolonged the narrative beyond necessary, after a few pages we already know how everyone is devastated by secrets; she doesn’t have to keep reminding us over and over again. Also she indulges into too many descriptions that I felt were unnecessary for the progress of the storyline.
In the end, I felt empty, like there was something, a lot of something left to fill the void of this book. Definitely makes you think about your life altering actions and decisions, but mostly about secrets. We all have them, don’t we? (less)