My coworker said that this was the slowest book for him and BY FAR, his least favorite. I'm going to have to wholeheartedly disagree with him. I thougMy coworker said that this was the slowest book for him and BY FAR, his least favorite. I'm going to have to wholeheartedly disagree with him. I thought the character growth in this one was amazing. The storylines really filled out nicely and left me hanging for more. Though I will say that I didn't particularly like the way that the book ended, especially in comparison to the jawdropping ending of A Storm of Swords. Probably my second favorite book in the series. ...more
Updated 5/17/2015: Re-read for a refresher since End of Days is now out (even though I just read it May 2014). Loved remembering why I enjoyed it theUpdated 5/17/2015: Re-read for a refresher since End of Days is now out (even though I just read it May 2014). Loved remembering why I enjoyed it the first time around. ...more
Scarlet is one of those books, that for me, needs to be listened to on audiobook – the improper grammar was so distracting that I just couldn’t see itScarlet is one of those books, that for me, needs to be listened to on audiobook – the improper grammar was so distracting that I just couldn’t see it, read it, and have it not be like a flashing red stoplight in my face. Just like with Blood Red Road, if this is too much of a distraction for you, try the audiobook. Once you get past the grammar, the story itself of Scarlet is a very good one. I really enjoyed hearing about Scarlet’s dangerous missions to break people out of prison and it was actually fun to read a retelling of a story that I know so well but with some new characters that I couldn’t quite remember (BUT LOVED). Yes, it was a little slow in the beginning but once it got going, it really got going.
I did think Scarlet (the character), at times, was a little annoying with her independent ways but this book is definitely one of my favorites reads for this year. I think fans of retellings will especially enjoy it....more
2nd reading 3/22/2015: I remember why I loved this so much! Just as good the second time around and a really good refresher before I start Shadow Scal2nd reading 3/22/2015: I remember why I loved this so much! Just as good the second time around and a really good refresher before I start Shadow Scale!
At first glance, I must admit that this book didn’t jump out at me. A pretty cover and a unique premise just weren’t enough. Add in the lengthy list of awards that were racked up – 2013 William C. Morris YA Debut Award, Cybil Award for Teen Fantasy and Science Fiction, Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year – just to name a few. You’d think I would be ready to tear into this one – but it still wasn’t enough to pique my interest.
Until I was in the mood for DRAGONS. I wanted a good dragon story and, boy, did I get what I wanted.
Seraphina starts out rather slow and I did feel a little like I’d been thrown into the deep-end without any proper explanation of what was what or who was who, but this is just one of those books that immerses you into its world within 50 pages and then you forget how or where it even began. The writing is absolutely stunning – rich descriptions of music and dragons – with politics, philosophy, and religion thrown into the mix to make the reader think.
Questions that I thought to myself while reading this book: What does it feel like to feel? What do I feel like when I’m sad? What about when I’m happy? Could I choose between my family and the one I love? How do people bring peace to times of war? Could (or rather, would) I be willing to put peace and my country in a place of higher priority than my own heart?
This series has the potential to be multiple books – and I would gladly read them all! And there is a sequel, Shadow Scale, but the release date is set for MARCH 2015 (insert sobbing here).
Overall, a magnificent debut that I can’t believe I didn’t read sooner. Exquisite....more
So, what I think was the best part about this book for me was that I didn’t realize that all four stories were interwoven; I thought that there were kSo, what I think was the best part about this book for me was that I didn’t realize that all four stories were interwoven; I thought that there were kind of like companion novels where each story is wrapped up nice and neatly at the end of its respective book, and then we’ll just see older characters here and there. Basically, different stories set in the same universe with guest pop-ins from old friends. BUT NO. This series is ONE big story with each main character having a major role.
So to know where Cinder left off (I immediately started Scarlet after finishing Cinder), it was almost painful for me to NOT be able to read about Cinder all of the time, but to have this new character introduced and start reading this new storyline. And though I came to really like and appreciate Scarlet’s story, I found myself always perkier when it came to reading about Cinder.
Side note: I would seriously LOVE to see this series become a TV series....more
I’ll admit that when I first heard about Cinder, I was a bit skeptical. Fine, A LOT skeptical. Not only are fairytale retellings a hard thing to pull off in terms of creativity, but even with the right idea, the execution has got to be there as well. There’s a storyline that everyone knows so well, so how will this plot and story play out in a similar but different kind of way. It’s just not possible – but OH, it is!
I love love love the cyborg/futuristic world that Cinder takes place in; it’s both familiar and alien. Marissa Meyer reworked this classic story into something totally new and fresh and I was so caught up in it that I almost forgot that it was a retelling!
My only question is why didn’t someone force this book down my throat aka MAKE me read it? This series has that special something that makes me read past the first two books (Yes, I’ve already both Scarlet and Cress)....more
Kids who have superpowers isn’t exactly a new concept in Young Adult (or in books in general for that matter) – but wow – was I pretty impressed withKids who have superpowers isn’t exactly a new concept in Young Adult (or in books in general for that matter) – but wow – was I pretty impressed with the execution of this book. I feel as though Alexandra Bracken took the whole “superpowers are bad and the government is locking us away” and worked it into something that felt fresh. I was completely consumed in almost every single moment of this book – and that my friends, is a great thing – to be able to lose yourself in a book. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was about The Darkest Minds that made me love it so much but I think that the snarky dialogue had something to do with it. I love me some electric dialouge.
One thing that irked me though was the way that Ruby would describe some things. I can’t remember exact examples but sometimes when she would describe something, she would liken it to something that had me thinking “Hey wait a minute, if she’s been locked up since she was 10 years old with no interaction in the outside world plus she’s not really allowed to talk to anyone, how would she know about that?” Those kinds of thoughts pulled me out of the book and reminded me that I was actually reading a book – but thankfully it only happened 2-3 times.
For me, the most interesting thing about this book is how it shows both good and bad sides of human nature. We see people who are so selfless even in such a dire situation and we see people who are willing to sellout others in a heartbeat if it means surviving another day. It makes you think – what would you do? How far would you be willing to go to survive? And even, would you lead a revolution if it meant being killed? Thought provoking questions that make you take a look at yourself and wonder if your mind would be one of the darkest.
Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book and can’t wait to read its sequel, Never Fade.