I've been trying to think of what I want to say about this book for two days, and I still don't know how to phrase the way I feel. I liked it. It was...moreI've been trying to think of what I want to say about this book for two days, and I still don't know how to phrase the way I feel. I liked it. It was okay. I feel underwhelmed.
Gabrielle Zevin has combined two of the best things in the entire world (coffee and chocolate) and made them forbidden. Throw in a sweet boy who's in a non-band and is totally off-limits, and you've got a winning plot, right?
In theory, yes.
This book centers around a young teenage girl thrust in the middle of adolescence and adulthood too soon. She has to deal with more than anyone her age should have to go through, and yet I just don't feel it with her. She's too controlled, except when she should be. Then she makes rash, mostly unexplained decisions, leaving us wondering what she was thinking.
The futuristic society that Zevin paints has such potential but isn't elaborated on enough to reach it. There are mafia ties and mysteries woven throughout, but it's almost like the characters don't want to make the effort to make us believe the strife they are going through. The "star-crossed" romance between Anya and Win seems forced to me, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up with her sister in the future. That's not a spoiler, by the way--it's a sign of how much I didn't feel their chemistry.
NGL, though, I kindof really really liked when he kissed her tattoo. There just wasn't enough of that.
This is the first in a series, and I wonder if that is what has me feeling so...meh about it. I don't know what happened to authors planning to tell a story in one book, but this one felt like it dragged on a bit and reached no real climax. Kind of like this review.
I'll get to my point. This book had potential that in my opinion, it didn't live up to. I'm hoping for more in the sequel, but I wish I didn't have to wait for a sequel to get that. *nods* (less)
I started this book and could not get through the first couple of chapters. Maybe it was me. Maybe it was the colloquialisms and lingo that seemed for...moreI started this book and could not get through the first couple of chapters. Maybe it was me. Maybe it was the colloquialisms and lingo that seemed forced. Maybe I had just read something amazing and couldn't stomach reading something less than mediocre. Whatever.
Regardless, I read very little and what I did read--DNW. I think a book (especially one that is the beginning of a series should immediately draw me in and make me want to know more. I found myself wondering how many pages I had to endure to be finished, so I did something I usually never do--I flounced. (less)
You don't need me to review this book since I am apparently the last person to read it. But just in case you're like me and are on the fence, I figure...moreYou don't need me to review this book since I am apparently the last person to read it. But just in case you're like me and are on the fence, I figured I better but my two cents in.
This. book. is. brilliant.
I'll take a little step back and say if you are looking for a grand romance to sweep you off your feet, then keep right on looking. BUT if you want a fast-paced, can't-put-it-down dystopian thriller, then this is the book for you.
If you already know what it's about and don't want my spiel on that, skip this part: What was once North America is divided up into twelve districts (there used to be 13), and each district has a male and female, ages 12-and-up, who is drawn to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games take place every year, and it's a fight to the death. To win, you must be the last one standing, not only defeating the other districts' competitors (called Tributes), but the one from yours as well. Katniss and Peeta are from the poorest, least-respected district (District 12). When Katniss' little sister's name is drawn to represent her district, she volunteers to take her place. Although Peeta's financial situation is slightly better than Katniss', they both are in rough shape when they are taken to the Capitol to get ready for the Games. They are prepped and interviewed and trained before being set out in the arena to fight. It's beyond brutal, and it's all televised for the entire country to see.
Throughout the competition, alliances are formed and broken, lots of people die, Katniss grows closer to Peeta, and...I don't even know what else to say. This isn't for the faint of heart. What I do want to mention is how realistic this society seems to me.
One of the problems that I often find myself having with dystopian societies is that I don't find them to be realistic at all. I don't usually think that the citizens would go along with the crazy rules government has made for them. In Panem, it makes sense. This isn't a society that's blindly following their government--they're disillusioned, but thanks to swift action by officials and relentless propaganda, they feel there is no choice but to obey. Though I think the way this government operates is atrocious, I understand how it got to the point that it got to, and that makes a huge difference to me in dystopias.
I didn't find any of the characters without necessity. I liked Katniss, and even though she flip-flopped on her feelings about practically everyone, her thought process was relatable and realistic for someone in her predicament. I would have liked to have gotten more from Peeta, and in spite of the fact that he's no Four, I really did love him and felt that his feelings and motivations were authentic all the way through. There were other characters that I loved, including Cinna and Haymitch and Rue (sigh).
If you were putting this off before the movie, now's the time to grab it. It's a quick read with a lot of power, and I if you like this kind of book, you'll love it.(less)
This book was utterly amazing. I don't even know what to say about it that won't completely give the plot away. I read this book because of Caren's re...moreThis book was utterly amazing. I don't even know what to say about it that won't completely give the plot away. I read this book because of Caren's review, so if you haven't seen that, check it out.
What's my take on it, though? Veronica Roth paints an intense picture of a dystopian society that had me gripping the edge of my seat. I laughed, I cried, I gasped...I literally ached for more. There are amazing twists and things that happen that I absolutely did not see coming.
The environment and physical struggles that main character Beatrice (Tris) goes through are secondhand to the emotional transformation that she makes. I totally fell in love with her and was rooting for her the whole way through. Like most everyone else, I loved Four, too. Dude--he's swoonworthy. In a hot, tatted-up, pierced, steal-my-heart sort of way. All of the quotes I want to give are too spoilery, and that's killing me. But everytime he put his hands on her, I died. and Flailed.
One of the things that I love the most about this book is that I'm so invested in the other characters of the story. From Beatrice's parents to the new "friends" she makes, I felt like I knew them. Peter can DIAF. And that's all I can say without giving away too much lol.
I'm almost mad with myself that I read this now, because I want more. A lot more. Right now. I can't wait for the next book, but in the meantime, I'm sure that I'll be rereading this one. If you don't read this one, you're seriously missing out.(less)
I've been struggling with exactly what I want to say about this book. I don't want to be spoilery, and I'll try really hard not to, but you know...it...moreI've been struggling with exactly what I want to say about this book. I don't want to be spoilery, and I'll try really hard not to, but you know...it will probably be slightly spoilerish...
Lauren Oliver's beautiful words are almost poetic as she constructs this intensely rich dystopian world for us. This is my first time reading anything by Oliver, and I think she's utterly amazing. The rules of the society and histories of the characters are well thought out and the general concept for this story are simply brilliant. The idea of love being forbidden holds so many possibilities, and I think that it's great.
Some of the characters fell short for me, though, and it seemed like the author got caught up in making her words pretty more than she wanted us to be swept up the true love part of the story. I felt like Lena, though likable enough, wasn't someone that I identified with. Constantly flip-flopping between allegiance to the "cure" and the quest for the truth, she didn't want it enough for me. I loved Alex--he's totally hot and I get their relationship from his perspective. I didn't feel that they were overwhelmingly in love though, and kinda thought that was essential to this story's plot. I needed to feel more passion between them. I wanted Lena to be consumed. *shrugs* Maybe I just don't get it.
By now, you've read other people's reviews and know that this book ends with an evil cliffie. I wasn't incredibly shocked by the cliffie, tbh. It made me sad, for sure, but I wouldn't say it was unexpected. I felt like there was all of this heart-racing clutching-your-chest action, action, action then...stop.
Don't get me wrong. I thought it was good. It just didn't own me. The idea is amazing, and I really want to know what happens next. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book!(less)
So. I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to like the idea of this book soooo bad. But, I didn't. I found that I had to for...moreThis is spoilerish...
So. I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to like the idea of this book soooo bad. But, I didn't. I found that I had to force myself to keep reading during some parts.
I have to admit I thought the premise for this was a good one. I think the world that Ally Condie created has potential to be amazing. I can see where there could be lots of little intricate plot twists and turns. Sadly, it all turns up short for me.
I think if you are faced with losing your family, your community, your home, and potentially your life because you choose not to follow the rules society is placing on you, you better have a damned good reason. You should be so totally and completely in love, you can't breathe without that person. You'd rather be dead without them. That is NOT what I got from any of the characters in Matched. I didn't feel any passion with Ky and Cassia at all.
And seriously, I thought I would gouge my eyes out if I had to keep reading about the stupid cursive handwriting. OMG it's not like she had never seen it before. It's not like she was freaking illiterate.
I liked some of the other characters. I kind of loved her "Official" and her little brother, Bram. The little we saw of Ky's parents was pretty okay, and I kind of liked Xander, as long as I was overlooking that whole wimpy lay-down-and-take-it personality he had going on.
Will I read the next book? Yes. I want to know if Xander grows a pair. I want to know what happens in general, but will I be expecting some big love affair between Cassia and Ky to sweep me off my feet and make me swoon? Uh, no. Maybe that's not what this book was supposed to be about, though. *shrugs*
I think I'd really give this 3-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up :)
I should probably start off by saying that I'm totally Team Warner. I know this will m...moreI think I'd really give this 3-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up :)
I should probably start off by saying that I'm totally Team Warner. I know this will make some of you *cough*Meg*cough* hate me a little, but I can't help it. He's so hot. And he's swoony.
"I'll be so good to you," he whispers. "I'll be so good to you, Juliette. I promise."
Don't get me wrong, Adam Kent is totally swoonworthy too. And the things that boy says could make even my mother melt into a pile of goo. But there's just something about Warner...
Anyway, about the story. You already know all about that, but in case you want my take on it: Juliette is a 17 girl with a power an ability to kill people with her touch. She's basically been imprisoned for almost the last year, and for a few years before that, she had been tested and observed to find out what's wrong with her. I'm not going to tell you how Adam (or Warner) fit into her life because that would be too spoilery, but they do, and over the course of the story, Juliette learns more about her powers and more about what the world wants from her.
The prose that Mafi writes is amazing. No one would ever say that the girl can't turn a phrase. The main problem that I had with this book was that it was too much. Like this:
Heat rushes up my neck and I fall off a ladder holding a paintbrush dipped in red.
There were too many strike-throughs, too much repetition, too much extra stuff. I felt like it went on a little too much.
Also, I felt like the end was a little too wrapped up in a neat little bow. Like other reviewers have said, a little X-men-esque for me. Oh and the cover: she's not in a pageant. I much prefer the plainness of the arc that I have. *shrugs*
The story is compelling and I definitely want to read the next one, but I didn't love it, and I borderline don't like Juliette.
Fortunately for me, Adam and Warner make up for all of that.
I didn't realize that I've been sitting on writing this review since November, and part of the reason is that I just don't know what to say. I don't k...moreI didn't realize that I've been sitting on writing this review since November, and part of the reason is that I just don't know what to say. I don't know how to describe how awesome I thought this book was and how much I loved it. Tonya said everything way better than I can articulate, so I hope you'll check out her review. I'll try to be as spoiler-free as possible, but if you haven't read Delirium yet, definitely don't read this.
I loved the idea of Delirium, but I wasn't convinced by the romance--I didn't feel the all-consuming love that should have swept them away. I felt like there should have been more--more devotion to Alex, more determination to be with him no matter what the cost, more devastation at the prospect of not being with him forever. I didn't feel that in Delirium.
I sure as hell got it in Pandemonium. We flip back and forth between the struggles Lena has to endure as she acclimates to being in the Wilds--without Alex--and a few months later, where she's on the forefront of the revolution. I don't want to give away anything else, but I will say that she finds herself in an unexpected situation, with someone she'd never expect to cross paths with, much less consider an ally.
The depth of emotion that I felt from Lena as a character is so much more than we got in Delirium. I understood her motivations throughout most of the book, and I found myself rooting for her. I loved lots of the other characters, though I won't ever waver on who I love the most lol
I can't even tell you how much my friends and I have talked about this book. I honestly have no idea what's going to happen, or how Oliver is going to wrap up this series in just one more. I will tell you this: If you thought Delirium had an evil cliffie, you ain't seen nothin' yet. I will advise you NOT to look at the end before you get there, though. It will ruin everything, and trust me--you want to enjoy this journey. ♥(less)
I find that books with lots of hype rarely live up to the expectations I have for them, which is the main reason why this book has been sitting on my shelf since I went to ALA a few months ago. I tend to not love the books that have all the hype. But, I knew the release date was fast approaching AND I had a copy to give away on the Fictionators, so I grabbed this on the way out the door on Sunday morning.
And now, I can't decide whether to slap myself or pat myself on the back. Slap myself because it's so damned good, I can't believe that I went so long with this treasure gathering dust on my shelf. Congratulate myself because I got to go all that time without wanting to hop on a plane to go stalk Marie Lu and beg her to give me more of this story rtfn. Seriously.
There are lots of reasons that I love this book. I love the genre. I love the swoon. I love the romance. Ya'll--I love Day and June. I love that all of the characters are well-developed. I might have REALLY loved Metias.
If I could, I'd give this book 4-1/2 stars because it really is awesome. But here's what I didn't love. There are some numbers throughout the book that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I'm guessing that there will be more about that in the future book(s), but I would have liked a little more explanation now. There's also mention of a website, that I wanted to to be able to go to and find out more. It's pretty significant in the book, and I wanted to "live" it for myself as well. haha Trust me, Day makes up for these things.
One of the other things that I want to say that I love about this book isn't really at all about the content--it's about the aesthetics of the book itself. This story is told from both June's and Day's POVs. Day's POV is shown in a beautiful gold typeface. Normally, I wouldn't even mention it, but I was so impressed, I had to. The book that I have is an ARC, so I can only imagine how pretty the actual book is. I want a signed copy bad lol
I know that you're going to love this one. With its hot romance, kick ass plot, and a mystery woven throughout, this dystopian thriller lives up to the hype--and then some!(less)
I don't really know what to say about this book. If I could give half-stars, I'd give it 2.5 but I'm rounding up. I liked it, but there were some thin...moreI don't really know what to say about this book. If I could give half-stars, I'd give it 2.5 but I'm rounding up. I liked it, but there were some things I didn't like about it, too.
First of all, what I liked. This story is fast-paced and compelling. I like the way the story is told, and the attention to detail is amazing. The characters feel real and their reactions and emotions are authentic, which I love.
Okay what I didn't like: I hardly knew what was going on. I'm kidding. It was hard to tell who to trust. I didn't like the seemingly forced love triangle. (view spoiler)[Waverly's actions at the end did not make sense to me at all. Not that she questioned Kieran, but that she trusted Seth--ugh (hide spoiler)]
I don't know what else to say--I can't say anything else and not give it away. I did like it and definitely will be reading the next one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Eve has a very interesting storyline, and I think that Anna Carey is a good writer. She's descriptive enough and she's obviously put a lot of thought...moreEve has a very interesting storyline, and I think that Anna Carey is a good writer. She's descriptive enough and she's obviously put a lot of thought into the world that she has created in this series.
As characters go, Eve was pretty wishy-washy and self-centered at times, though I suppose her age and life circumstances could explain that. Overall I liked the characters, though I didn't feel that we got "enough" from them. I didn't care too much for the ending and felt that it wasn't true to their personalities (or maybe it was and that makes me kind of want to slap Eve), but I definitely care enough about what happens to them to read the next book in the series.(less)
4-1/2 stars. But I'm rounding up because of Sam. And the dancing.
I've been sitting on this review a long time, in part, because I just didn't know wha...more4-1/2 stars. But I'm rounding up because of Sam. And the dancing.
I've been sitting on this review a long time, in part, because I just didn't know what to say. I've had a really hard time expressing how much I want you to read this; how swoony Sam is; how I flailed with every word he said to her.
Then I really thought about it and realized that that is why I love this book. The swoon. Sam is so swoony--he gets all the stars. Not Ana, though I liked her, and not the incomplete feeling I got when I finished reading.
So what's this book about? For the past 5,000 years, there have been exactly one million people in Range, and they have been reincarnated over and over again. The cool thing about that is when they are reborn, they remember their pasts (as soon as they are mentally mature enough), including who they are (or were) and any skills they acquired.
Something happens when Ana is born, though. When they touch the newborn baby's palm to the scanner that identifies who she's coming back as, there's nothing in the system to match her to a past soul. She's a newsoul, and most of the people in their community feel an immediate loss for the girl that she should have come back as. Her father takes off, and her mother moves them into the woods, ostracized and mad.
Ana lives cut off from most of society until she's old enough to strike out on her own, bound for the city of Heart to look for information about other people like her. On her way there, she encounters horrors in the woods. She also encounters Sam. And he's nothing short of awesome.
They form a relationship, and he helps her get to the city. He helps her search for her past. He stands up to her evil mother for her. There's so much mystery here--and that's where I don't love the book. I love all of the potential--there are just SO many things that can happen. And I realize that this is a trilogy, so the story has to be drawn out some, but I felt like this book was pretty much about Ana coming to terms with who she is and the way that Sam feels about her. We didn't really learn anything that she set out to discover, and actually I felt like I had more questions at the beginning than at the end.
With that being said, the story is wonderful. It's so imaginative. And the words Meadows uses--wow. For me, the swoon makes up for the lack of answers. Sam is enough. I definitely can't wait to see what happens with the rest of the series, and I hope you'll check this one out.(less)