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 bI 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. ...more
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 thoFirst 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.” ...more
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 wMy 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. ...more
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 conI 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. ...more
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 cBy 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. ...more
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 JoThis 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." ...more
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 coI’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? ...more
Ever since I’ve heard of this collaboration between mother and daughter to write a young adult novel that I was very curious about the final result anEver since I’ve heard of this collaboration between mother and daughter to write a young adult novel that I was very curious about the final result and I must say I was not disappointed but I was also not completely swept away. It’s a good story, no doubt, and it managed to captivate me from the beginning, although I found it a bit odd to be reading a book by Jodi Picoult aimed at younger audiences. For someone like me, used to reading adult fiction written by a mature Jodi Picoult, I was hesitant but intrigued by the idyllic idea of a happily ever after. The story of this unhappy prince imprisoned inside a book at the mercy of the Reader is beautiful in its fairy tailish style. It felt good to take a break from my usual readings and enjoy this little delight.
Although the author has already said that they wrote the book together, would have been interesting to know who wrote what. The writing is simple, fluid and beautiful, making this a lighthearted novel. My favorite parts are the illustrations; it made me feel like I was reading one of my childhood books. I couldn’t help but notice some inconsistencies in the story, but all in all it was a very pleasant read that kept me entertained and made me smile.
In one word, well, two words, actually, this was pure cuteness. ...more
From the author of Cracked up to be… really?! I could have sworn this was written by another person, because obviously something went very wrong withFrom the author of Cracked up to be… really?! I could have sworn this was written by another person, because obviously something went very wrong with this story. It really was a fall, well, for anything.
The idea for this story, although not original, because let’s face it, it’s just another one of many stories about death and grief, was really good and interesting. Good, that is, until the point where the interest began to fade. The story revolves around Eddie’s father suicide and the reason why. The whole book is a search for answers that most times are left answered. Basically, this book is a big question.
I’ve read other books on the subject, and one way or another they were able to touch me somehow, but what I felt here was a strong lack of emotion. I couldn’t connect with the characters, all the relationships are blank, and the story falls flat.
Beautiful cover with a disappointing content. ...more
This is not a book I love, Hate, or will Miss, but it’s a book that’s got me thinking about the “what if’s” of life. What if I was Amy and Julia my beThis is not a book I love, Hate, or will Miss, but it’s a book that’s got me thinking about the “what if’s” of life. What if I was Amy and Julia my best friend, and all of a sudden I found her looking up at me, like she has done so many times, laughing, crying or smiling, but only this time there was no expression on her face, just complete stillness?
“She was looking at me… but she didn’t see me.”
What if I had been the last person to hold her hand and tell her everything would be okay, just moments before it would never be?
What if it was my fault?
“Love You Hate You Miss You” is a dark, moving and compelling book, and you can’t help but feel and root for Amy in this enduring struggle to learn how to be happy in the midst of pain, grief, guilt and anger, and ultimately to find the love that was clouded by all those feelings.
This is not my first Elizabeth Scott reading, I also read “Living Dead Girl” and “As I Wake”, both very different and unique from each other, and I noticed how her writing changes from book to book, almost like a chameleon changing colors. If I had to choose, “Love You Hate You Miss You” would be my favorite so far, in terms of writing style. This appealed to me the most, but unfortunately, as all her other works, I felt like there was something missing, or there could’ve been more.
Now the reason this book appealed to me the most were the diary entries addressed to Julia. Alternated with first person narrative chapters, this worked really well, and although it might sound a little claustrophobic at times to be inside Amy’s head all the time, it also brought me closer to the character.
“Get up, eat breakfast with Mom. Read encouraging note left by Dad, who has to leave early every morning because his company is in talks with another company in the UK and he’s having all these teleconferences. Take shower. Get dressed. Look in mirror. Still freakishly tall. Hair still the shade of red that makes people (usually old) say things like “My, it looks like someone lit a match on your head!” I miss you telling those people to watch out or they’d get burned.”
See, you can feel Julia inside this book even though she’s gone. Amy’s letters seem honest, raw at times, beautiful at others, and her voice is pretty authentic throughout the whole book. It’s not forced, she does sound like a 16-year-old teenager. I have mixed feelings about the characters, though. Amy’s’ parents didn’t seem believable, but I guess I might be influenced by Amy’s voice ranting in my head about how they never cared for her, they were only into each other, and she was really just a mistake, blah blah blah. But closer to the end they proved me and her wrong by acting like real parents. I think the problem was that Amy was too scared of being the real daughter. Mel, Beth, and Corn Syrup were just okay; I never really cared much for them, but I liked that Corn Syrup finally stood up for herself. I was hoping to get more insight on Patrick, since he and Amy shared a connection, or should because I honestly didn’t feel it. It just came out as a cheap romance.
The story has a lot of loose ends; the end seemed too rushed, like the author was tired of being inside Amy’s head for this long. Like I said, I don’t love, hate or will miss it, but it definitely made me think about life and death. Mostly life. ...more
Let’s see if I can unravel a review. This book has a very interesting and cool sci-fi concept, and I think it was this element of mystery com2.5 stars
Let’s see if I can unravel a review. This book has a very interesting and cool sci-fi concept, and I think it was this element of mystery combined with science and discovery that convinced me to finish it after several failed attempts. I had to take a few breaks from reading because after that first part, when Janelle is hit by the truck and the mysterious hero comes to save his damsel-in-distress, and many other Twilightish scenes, I couldn’t keep reading more of the same, if you know what I mean. At one point, I just thought I’ve read it so many times that it’s boring. Same old formulas are the worst in books. It ruins any reading; at least that’s what happens to me.
When I returned back to reading, I confess that there were really interesting parts that caught my attention, but it also happened that I ended up reading by obligation. I blame my habit of starting a book, and having to finish it. But that’s just who I am, I can’t leave a book halfway; I’m always willing to give it a chance. As for the plot, it was slow, so slow that it becomes boring, and when it finally begins to pick up pace, it stagnates. I can’t highlight any of the characters, because none of them stood out for me. Some of them, like Janelle’s boyfriend had no purpose, and I don’t see how they fit into the story. There is a lot to say about Ben, only because it seems the author added all the traits of a bad boy as seen in many other YA Novels, and also Janelle’s brain lights like a lamp and she’s instantly in love with him. As for Ben being a stoner… no comment.
I only began liking the book near the end, and well, by then it was a little too late. I think this book had a lot of potential, and it was frustrating letting it all go to waste.
Now let’s play a little game. It’s called “How many times can you repeat yourself?” Just because I was bored while reading and, well, I’ve seen this expression so many times in other YA books I kind of kept track of them throughout the book.
I let go of a breath I didn’t know I was holding and push open the door.
I’m so relieved, I let go of the breath I hadn’t realized I was holding.
I let out a breath I didn’t realize I was holding. Ben is a totally normal guy—well, except for the whole molecule thing.
“Brandt was beat up enough that he wasn’t about to come after us,” Ben says instead, and I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding....more
The Goddess Test did not impress me, in fact, I thought it was a distorted take on Greek mythology, and I really didn’t like how the story2.5/3 stars
The Goddess Test did not impress me, in fact, I thought it was a distorted take on Greek mythology, and I really didn’t like how the story took certain directions. I still thought it was an okay read, and that twist in the end salvaged the book.
Goddess Interrupted picks up after Kate and James’s summer vacation in Greece. Coming back to the story and characters was interesting, and more entertaining than the first book. We get to see more of James, and to make things more interesting Persephone finally makes an appearance. So this should be a good thing, right? Except, nothing changes the fact that for most part of the book we have to endure Kate’s moping around in self-pity.
Kate: Oh, why Henry, why don’t you love me?! Henry: … Kate: Oh, why Henry, why don’t you talk to me?! Henry: …
Well, Kate, I think the cat ate his tongue, or more likely your little dog Pogo. And he being the ruler of the underworld, death himself, shouldn’t you know better?
Just as she wanted to shake Ava out of her stupor on that last part of the book, so did I want to shake Kate, and maybe slap her a little… wake up, girl! If he doesn’t love you there’s something a lot of people should learn how to do that it’s called MOVING ON!
Now that cliffhanger has got me wondering… we’ll see on the next Goddess Inheritance. ...more