In this rendering, it is not told in a diary format. So for that alone it was 4 stars. And to be honest, I would have given this a total of 5 stars isIn this rendering, it is not told in a diary format. So for that alone it was 4 stars. And to be honest, I would have given this a total of 5 stars is it wasn't for the characters. And what I mean by that is that some of them were hard to believe and such a crisis. We caught a glimpse of a religious nut in the first book. And this book you will see more of that and then some. Some of it was hard to believe because of the fact of the crisis. And the reason why it was strong enough to knock it down a star is it because of one of his sisters. If you read the book you understand. Still a very good read. It was impossible to put down and so addictive that I ran out and borrowed the third book from the library....more
The book was written in entries by Miranda. And while it worked in the beginning, it felt odd to stick with it during the rest of the book. As with myThe book was written in entries by Miranda. And while it worked in the beginning, it felt odd to stick with it during the rest of the book. As with my review of "The Way We Fall" it is a 4 star instead of a 5 because of the diary entry format. Other than that, I can honestly say this book scared the living crap out of me. If you do not want to think of a real life scenario that could destroyed our world, I do not suggest reading this, or the next, or the next. I was blown away by the realism and fear, true fear, that the moon caused. This is not for the faint of heart. Read with caution....more
I cannot wait for Light. This is what crazy must feel like. This book went above and beyond what I was expecting. The author, Grant, has not let me doI cannot wait for Light. This is what crazy must feel like. This book went above and beyond what I was expecting. The author, Grant, has not let me down in this series. As much as I am fan-girling over Light, I am saddened to know this is the last book in this series....more
I cannot get enough of this series. The last book is supposed to come out April 2013, and I feel like I will just die when this series is over. SurpriI cannot get enough of this series. The last book is supposed to come out April 2013, and I feel like I will just die when this series is over. Surprisingly, this series has become so much more than what I thought. Grant takes it to a new level with each book, and with each new level, the stakes get higher and living becomes all that much more desirable. Can't wait to get my hands on the last two books. If you haven't started Gone yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!! ...more
WARNING: THIS IS NOT A SAPPY LOVE STORY. Some people are going to rave it, and others are going to hate it. What it comes down to is where you stand oWARNING: THIS IS NOT A SAPPY LOVE STORY. Some people are going to rave it, and others are going to hate it. What it comes down to is where you stand on anxiety and depression.
a.) Characters: 5/5 score. Amazing characters. Parker is real, edgy, and unforgettable! She is such a bitch to everyone, and yet I could still feel sorry for her. The whole book is about her recent problems after her friend Jess goes missing. The other characters (Jake, Chris, and Becky) are real friends, connecting to a past Parker wants to forget. Her inner struggles are powerful, knocking the wind out of you with each chapter.
b.) Plot: 3/5 score. Parker is going down hill and fast, and the only idea is from a party she got completely smashed at. It’s obvious she blames herself and through the book, your learn a lot about who Parker was, is, and where she is going. The whole plot is centered around this event that changed Parker for worse.
c.) Writing style: 4/5 score. This is not a pretty tale, but the dark of this story is breathtaking. Even once I finished the book, I chose random spots to read again as if I couldn’t get Parker out of my head. And that’s what suck with me the most. The writing curled around her so even when it’s over, it’s not really over.
a.) Characters: 5/5 score. The growth of Meghan is my favorite part of the story. She starts as a wThis review can also be found on on my blog.
a.) Characters: 5/5 score. The growth of Meghan is my favorite part of the story. She starts as a whiny sixteen year old and evolves into a mature accepting young adult. With every page, the progress shows how she grows throughout her travels. Puck, Ash and Grim were absolutely amazing, and the story would not have been the same without them. From Puck’s pranks to Ash’s chilling demeanor, and Grim’s sarcasm, these characters come alive enough to walk right off the pages.
b.) Plot: 5/5 score. Through the whole plot Meghan NEVER lost sight of saving her brother. She embarks on this journey and, though her bravery wavers, she still moves forward, refusing to give up. She didn’t fall helplessly in love with either love interest, though you can feel her attractions and emotions grow throughout the story. Despite her growing feelings, Meghan never gave up on finding Ethan. The entire world- from the human’s realm to the Summer Court to the Winter Court and the Iron Court- is believable.
c.) Writing style: 3/5 score. Julie Kagawa really made the story of these Fey a reality, and it was impossible to not feel their pain, excitement, confusion, fear, etc. through the whole tale. It was hard to take a break between chapters with the leads she puts to keep pulling you deeper into their world. Despite all this, the ending did feel a little weak to me because of the “we’ve failed, we’re dead” points.
a.) Characters: 4/5 score. From Brittany’s home life with a messed up family and her sister ShelleyThis review can also be found on on my blog.
a.) Characters: 4/5 score. From Brittany’s home life with a messed up family and her sister Shelley to Alex’s gang related neighborhood and protecting his family- these characters were real, with real problems and real feelings, no matter the masks they wore to their friends. I kind of wish I could’ve seen more than just Brittany and Alex. However, I loved getting in each character’s head, the reactions they had with each other and those around them.
b.) Plot: 5/5 score. Plot was AMAZING! I thought Elkeles did a fantastic job at balancing it out. Alex’s gang parts were nasty and gritty; Brittany’s private life made sorrow blossom. The collision of these two worlds was breathtaking, and with each page turned, I couldn’t get enough. I had to keep reading to know what-next, what-next, what-next! It was a piece of art.
c.) Writing style: 4/5 score. The every-other-chapter was so creative, but I also sometimes would get so wrapped up in the plot that when a chapter made a switch I was confused needing to reread the first part. The writing took the story to a whole new level. Because of the writing, you could really get into the head of Brittany/Alex. I definitely will read the next ones as well as try any other books put out by Simone Elkeles.
a.) Characters: I give 5/5 as the characters are strong and believable. In the beginning you are iThis review can also be found on on my blog.
a.) Characters: I give 5/5 as the characters are strong and believable. In the beginning you are introduced to the small pack that is fleeing Morgra, as it is rumored that she has aligned herself with darkness. The pack includes the alpha, Huttser, and his pregnant mate, Palla. The pack’s adviser and ‘keeper of stories’ is Brassa, an old she-wolf who had nursed Palla when she was a pup herself. Huttser’s sister, Kipcha, and her love-interest, Khaz, are aiding them in their escape. The omega wolf, or Sikla, is named Bran. Morgra is Palla’s half sister and is rumored to have the Sight. More characters are added as the story progresses, but these are the main characters that make up the first 100 pages.
b.) Plot: I give 5/5 as the plot never gets dull. Right off the bat you are fleeing with the wolves during a blizzard, fearing the mystifying Morgra who is rumored to have the Sight. Morgra has made a demand that all pups be taken to her, and the pack is taking Palla into hiding so that her pups can be safe from Morgra’s clutches. It is upbeat and fast paced as the wolves fight to survive winter as well as waiting for the pups to be born. You learn more about the mysterious powers of the Sight and the battle that awaits the pack as Morgra insists on disrupting their lives.
c.) Writing style: I give a 5/5 for creativity and terminology that pulls you inside effortlessly. David Clement-Davies is extremely descriptive, which helps to take you deep into the story. Before you know what’s happening you are engulfed in the blistering winter and praying to Fenris and Tor along with the wolves. The Sight's tale was enchanting, alluring, and ended beautifully and realistically. It was amazing told, description and phrasing fitting to the wolves. There were even times when I questioned certain things that I could not grasp, not because the author failed at explaining them, but because it was simply the way of the wolves and they don't think like us. Through the entire story you are gripped in nature's grasp along with every "Lera" that fights to survive. The unique terminology of the tale only adds to the tale and you start to ally yourself with them. It is thankfully described in the beginning, and used throughout, and soon you no longer see a female and male but a drappa and dragga, a sikla instead of an omega, and a kerl instead of a loner. The wolves are proud putnar and you feel that pride deep inside when you experience the tale. The Sight was more than a page turner, as it touched something that was deep inside, something close to the putnar in all of us perhaps.
Favorite Line: “Hey Mason, wipe the drool off your face. If you’re going to think about me naked, do it on your own time.”- Rose Hathaway. This reviewFavorite Line: “Hey Mason, wipe the drool off your face. If you’re going to think about me naked, do it on your own time.”- Rose Hathaway. This review can also be found on on my blog.
a.) Characters: 4/5 score. Rose is a powerful character, snarky and sarcastic, and a major flirt (which I enjoyed). Lissa wasn’t the perfect princess, and her depression made the story real. Even the side characters were believable and aided in the storyline, though they were not as strong. I am amazed at how, even now, their story rages in me, and I have concern for these characters for what the future holds.
b.) Plot: 5/5 score. The plot was actually slow and even-paced in the beginning, with enough subtle hints to keep you interested but not jumping into anything crazy right away. Lots of teen drama, but it’s real teen drama. Then the end, wow- you just have to read it to really see what I mean. These teens are put into adult situations, startling and shocking. It was amazing how much I clung to each action, each decision.
c.) Writing style: 4/5 score. The writing style didn’t bother me for a YA book, which is what I am finding to be with other books. I don’t know if it is because some authors feel the need to “simplify” it for their audiences or not, but Mead doesn’t do that at all. I like that it reflected a lot of what Rose felt and thought during the progression of the story. I was clever for Mead to have Rose “slip inside” Lissa’s head through their bond and create small 3rd person parts of the story.
It is hard to imagine someone not enjoying these. The first two I read when they first came out, and I got this one for Christmas this year and it madIt is hard to imagine someone not enjoying these. The first two I read when they first came out, and I got this one for Christmas this year and it made my Christmas awesome! I loved it! ...more