I would maybe have liked this more had I not just ::whispers:: re-read the Twilight series /whisper
This is like Twilight-lite, but with werewolves, an...moreI would maybe have liked this more had I not just ::whispers:: re-read the Twilight series /whisper
This is like Twilight-lite, but with werewolves, and while I *wanted* to feel attached to the characters - the potential was there - mostly it all felt too brief, rushed and juvenile as far as any of the character development went. The story was boring, boring, boring and the main male character is a wimpy sort of douchey type of dude who doesn't appeal to me at all; that's when you could bother to tell their 'voices' in the split narrative apart.
There were a couple of pretty scenes but otherwise this books was a snoozefest. (less)
Bought this one at full kindle price -- something I haven't done in months! -- on the recommendation of Canoeu.
Well, finished it. And I must say I bur...moreBought this one at full kindle price -- something I haven't done in months! -- on the recommendation of Canoeu.
Well, finished it. And I must say I burned right through it for a couple of reasons. One, because I mistakenly thought the trilogy was finished so I wanted time to read them all before we get back into "on the road" mode and traveling every day or two, something that will happen this weekend. Two, because I found the writing ... simple? easy? young? I'm not sure what. I liked the story but I never felt that there was any meat or *weight* to the writing and so the story felt much lighter to me than it is probably intended to feel, given the subject matter. For a needs-to-be-easy-because-I'm-on-a-9500-mile-road-trip book, it did its job!
This was another 99center. The premise was actually interesting - hurricanes as human hybrids - but the writing was definitely young adult. YOUNG youn...moreThis was another 99center. The premise was actually interesting - hurricanes as human hybrids - but the writing was definitely young adult. YOUNG young adult. The whole thing lacked depth and so what seemed like a good premise mostly came across as kind of silly or hokey. That might not be the case, though, if I was 13 and reading it. However, NOT being 13 and having read umpty billion books, this was really too simplistic for me to give it more than 2 stars or really recommend it. (less)
I'm back and forth on whether to give this five stars but I do think it needs more than 4. 4.5?
This book is straight out teen fiction - the main chara...moreI'm back and forth on whether to give this five stars but I do think it needs more than 4. 4.5?
This book is straight out teen fiction - the main character(s) are highschool kids. I won't bother with a synopsis because you find that easily enough just by clicking on the book. I was surprised to like this book as much as I did because, as I said, it is straight teen stuff and I'm well past that age (reading YA dystopian stuff or fantasy seems like it frequently covers more "adult" issues but this book doesn't go there), however I thought the writing was really well done for its purpose and the story itself read as frustrating, mean, hopeful and honest and authentic. It's okay to hate the main character(s), it's okay if nothing about her life or her story ring true to you because what comes across clearly in the writing is that it all rings true *for her*. The writing style is unwaivering in that regard.
I also thought the repetition required by the storyline was handled very well and I never felt "oh this again" and as if we were slogging through the same day.
Very well done and I recommend if you are willing to embrace the total teen viewpoint.(less)
I chose this one because of how much I enjoyed Before I Fall. I think this has been the best of the recent YA dystopian stuff I have been reading but...moreI chose this one because of how much I enjoyed Before I Fall. I think this has been the best of the recent YA dystopian stuff I have been reading but it also seems to move too fast. One minute the main character is a "normal" girl, the next minute she's a crazy risk taking rebel. The story was good, though, and the premise (treating Love as a disease and creating a society that is based on being "cured" of it) great, if you look past the flaws. I recommend this to anyone who has an interest in YA dystopian future stuff.(less)
As far as the whining-16-year-old-girl-confused-and-in-a-love-triangle-while-scratching-a-living-out-of-the-dirt-while-mutants/zombies/monsters-threat...moreAs far as the whining-16-year-old-girl-confused-and-in-a-love-triangle-while-scratching-a-living-out-of-the-dirt-while-mutants/zombies/monsters-threaten books go, this one was considerably better than some of the others I have read (i.e. divergent, enclave). However, I think I gave THOSE four stars and as I am not willing to give *this* FIVE stars, I'll have to go back and give those three. (Yes, I need to get a better handle on my starring system but I hate giving something only two stars and that skews everything upward; I have to try to be more literal about the "it was okay", "liked it" "really liked it"...) (ETA - Nevermind, looking back it seems as if I did appropriately tag the others with only three stars)
At any rate, what pushed this book above the others - for me - is that the writing seems much more mature. Sure it was teen girl thoughts but it didn't seem as if it was particularly *written* for a teen girl; the language and style were such that I associate more with adult books than YA books - I think it hit a mid-ground between those two and I liked that. The other big plus is that this is one grimly realistic book and it helps that the main character is pretty much batshit crazy, if batshit crazy is defined by an inability to prioritize desires and act accordingly. Her hierarchy of needs is hella messed up and you can distinctly watch that contribute to the disintegration of things.
Now, that said, I can recognize that this book is not for everyone. If you need your female 'heros' to BE heros, to stand somehow golden and removed from the dystopian environment that theoretically shaped them, then you won't like this book. And if you need a happy ending, this one is also not for you.
I feel like I should put in the usual complaints about the angsty angsterness that goes on, sometimes tediously, but when you pick up the book you should know that it is YA and so there you go. And even as far as that goes, this book isn't nearly as bad as some others (have I reviewed the Celestra series yet? Oh lordy.)(less)
What I liked best about this book is that I believed the narrator was the age that she was supposed to be. The writing felt authentic and not, as freq...moreWhat I liked best about this book is that I believed the narrator was the age that she was supposed to be. The writing felt authentic and not, as frequently happens with a YA main character, like an adult was speaking through them. This plus-from-my-point-of-view might annoy some other readers, however, because she DOES sound like a teen girl.
And! She's a teenage girl I actually like! Hooray for a YA heroine who a) isn't swooning, b) is age-appropriately moody or not and c) IS NOT INVOLVED IN A LOVE TRIANGLE. I know! You'd hardly believe it is YA, would you?
This had been sitting in my "free kindle - to read" collection on my kindle for awhile now until a friend happened to mention it out of the blue and I started it because, given her happening to mention currently reading it, it was better than just picking something randomly. I'm glad I did because I enjoyed the whole series.
This is not heavy reading but it is entertaining.(less)
I didn't find this one as good as the first book. In fact, although I did like it, it did not leave me interested enough in reading the third book in...moreI didn't find this one as good as the first book. In fact, although I did like it, it did not leave me interested enough in reading the third book in the series for full price!(less)
This was pretty much a waste of time. Maybe it would appeal to someone who actually *was* a junior in highschool, like these characters are, but other...moreThis was pretty much a waste of time. Maybe it would appeal to someone who actually *was* a junior in highschool, like these characters are, but otherwise.. eh. The *idea* for the book had promise, but it never delivers. The characters are flat and annoying, with the exception of one of them who is flat but at least sort of interesting, and the plot just sort of sputters out; I do understand there is a sequel and so they book was left sputtering out on purpose but it certainly wasn't done in a way to make me at all interested in reading the next book.
The typos and grammar errors got annoying and the flaws in logic and just plain flawed facts (i.e., where a hard drive is located on a computer) were REALLY annoying. I am able to cut some slack for holes in reasoning when a story deals with time travel because, well, it's time travel but the holes in the story were completely nonsensical even for a nonsensical situation. If you know what I mean.
The upside to reading it was that I actually went to bed early the night I started it and took a nap the following day, instead of being consumed with finishing it! Oh, and I'm going to give it an extra star for the potential it had -- I *did* want to find out where it was going, however painful the getting there started to be as the book neared its end.