WHAAAT?! Scully wrote a book? And it sounds awesome?! Granted, it seems she had help with it, but I don't care. I love Gillian! *gimme gimme* #XFilesF...moreWHAAAT?! Scully wrote a book? And it sounds awesome?! Granted, it seems she had help with it, but I don't care. I love Gillian! *gimme gimme* #XFilesFan4Life(less)
If I'm basing the review on my enjoyment factor as I read the book, I'd say a 4.5 or a 5. It read fast, kept me engrossed, I liked t...more3.5 stars.
If I'm basing the review on my enjoyment factor as I read the book, I'd say a 4.5 or a 5. It read fast, kept me engrossed, I liked the characters and the way the romance was handled. Also, some scary and intriguing zombie apocalypse shit.
Then I reached the end and I closed the book and went, "Neat."
Then, THEN, I started thinking...
"wait...what the hell just happened? What happened to the elaborate book the nuns had or what happened to the girl in red and what happened to her mother and what happened to this person and what happened to that person and what actually happened in the world and, and, and..."
And so on, and so on.
Simply put, this book rivals LOST in the "most unanswered questions" category.
You made Jack cry, Ms. Ryan!
Anyway, I have the next two books in a signed set so I will probably read them too. But I hear I better not expect answers from them either, just as I'll never know what the deal with Walt was. Why was he talking backward in a forest, soaking wet??
I liked this strange little book. I had a lot more to say about it back when I read it last year, actually quite a bit more. Alas, I never wrote it do...moreI liked this strange little book. I had a lot more to say about it back when I read it last year, actually quite a bit more. Alas, I never wrote it down and my scatterbrain can't recall anything, so I'll just have to do a quickie. Quickies are great if they get the job done.
Some Quiet Place was unique and at times challenging. I enjoyed the relationships between the MC and the character of Fear (though I kept picturing Spike from Buffy), the complexity of her family life, and her most interesting affliction - the fact that she doesn't feel emotion.
At times it bordered on paranormal romance, others it felt like a coming-of-age, maybe all these elements together made it stand out from the pack. The mystery surrounding her past, however, was the main draw to me flipping through the pages, though the romance with Fear was a nice - if not primary - plot.
I mean, damn, when a guy whose job it is is to terrorize the world falls in love, there's nothing so...challenging as that.
It was also well-written and compelling, a huge plus for me. It wasn't perfect - there were a few confusing timelines and moments and maybe a plot hole or two - but not so distracting that I couldn't recommend this to a YA reader who wants a bit of mystery and a change from the cookie cutter set-ups.(less)
3.5 stars. Rounding up so people stop being mad at me for not LOVING the book.
Anyhoo....you really want to know my thoughts?
A good, entertaining read....more3.5 stars. Rounding up so people stop being mad at me for not LOVING the book.
Anyhoo....you really want to know my thoughts?
A good, entertaining read. Not great. Not MIND-BLOWING. Apparently I'm a freak for not "getting" this book like everyone else did. *shrug* I got it. I just don't see the tragedy in it, at all. In total, an engaging story that's extremely well-written about the futility of first love and, well, how sometimes life really sucks. I liked it but didn't love it and was just a tad disappointed when it was over - not over the ending, I didn't have any problem with that at all. I appreciated the ending. It was realistic and totally appropriate (but don't get me started over what the end is "really" supposed to mean, because dude, I don't care either way). I just kept expecting for the big "WOW THAT'S WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT" and it never came.
Take a read for yourself, especially if you're a sucker for "first loves" - I am definitely not a fan of that. As I said, very well-written and thoughtful. Just not what I thought it would be. And I don't in anyway think I am hating on the book. Just my opinion.
And I'm in the minority anyway.
And I have an empty space where my heart should be.(less)
My short story - Defying the Dust - featuring Ellie Watt and Camden McQueen when they first met as teenagers, will be included in this anthology, to b...moreMy short story - Defying the Dust - featuring Ellie Watt and Camden McQueen when they first met as teenagers, will be included in this anthology, to be released in October!(less)
4 Stars – Angelfall is solid and entertaining despite being overhyped and my disconnection from the main character
Angelfall was one of the first self-...more4 Stars – Angelfall is solid and entertaining despite being overhyped and my disconnection from the main character
Angelfall was one of the first self-published books to be picked up by a publisher (I mean, in this new "indie" era, when Amanda Hocking's story became more commonplace). It was also one of the first self-published books to get enthusiastic five star reviews from bloggers across the board. In fact, when Angelfall first came out back in 2011 (when I first started self-publishing) it was always the exception to the rule. See, at that time self-publishing had an even bigger stigma against it and most reviewers wouldn’t read the books or even look at them – except for Angelfall. And after that it became the one self-published book that finicky reviewers would use as an example “Oh, well all self-published books are shit…except for Angelfall.”
So what’s my point with all this? Well, to be honest I expected BETTER. Not that four stars isn’t GREAT. Angelfall is a great book. But considering how much hype this has gotten over the years, the fact that it’s going to be a movie, that even the pickiest bloggers loved it, that I’ve never seen a negative review of it, that people were fawning over it like it was a present from God, I expected five stars. I expected to be blown away.
What I did get was a well-written book, that at the time, I could see why bloggers were surprised it was self-published. I got cinematic scenes, deliciously gruesome stuff, fast-pacing and originality. It was hard to put down (though I waited years to start it) and largely entertaining. I also got Raffe, an agnostic angel who is both beautiful and mysterious – yes both a cliché and not but Raffe’s closed-off personality works here. He’s the reason I was more inclined to turn the pages and I found the scenes he was in to be far more dynamic and interesting.
What I didn’t get – a main character I cared about. I think one of my problems with Penryn is her age – she’s 17 but doesn’t “feel” like she’s 17. She feels like she’s in her late twenties. And I really wish Susan Ee had made her in her twenties…the whole teenage girl with a timeless supernatural being is overdone. Really? We’re supposed to believe that centuries old Raffe cares about Penryn like that? I mean the argument here is that he doesn’t but obviously there’s some sort of attraction/potential romance between the two leads…and it just made me feel icky. It wasn’t even like he looks like a 17-year old…he’s a man built like a God. I kept seeing Christian Bale (I don’t know, maybe it was the bat wings at the end) and some young kid together and it just didn’t work at all. Anyway, so one of my problems was that she wasn’t authentic and the other was she was too young anyway for the whole scenario to work.
That said, perhaps the reason I found Penryn to be an inauthentic teenager is because aside from her talking about prom, mentioning here and there that her dad left, her mom is crazy and she pushes her younger sister around in a wheelchair, I know nothing about HER. I had no connection to her whatsoever. She was robotic and flat and emotionless and after a while I just didn’t care what happened to her. I didn’t hate her by any means, nor did I find her annoying (though there were a few times that she was risking all for Raffe early in the book which read as a bit stupid). I just…all I got from her was that she wanted her sister back. But only until later in the book are we told a bit more about her (Paige) and we are never given any insight into their relationship. No reminiscing about old times or fond memories between the two that would establish the bond that is apparently so strong that she would risk everything for it. On that note, not many memories of her dad (we never do hear much about him or their relationship) or the schizo mother. The mother is a very interesting character but Penryn’s relationship with her even is so detached that it rings false. I get it, believe me I do, that it’s hard to love certain family members when they’re mentally ill. But despite the fact that Penryn has had to deal with her – even fear her – her whole life, I expected more emotion from Penryn regarding her mother. So many times she told us that she worried or afraid she might be dead but we never really shown. Same I guess when for Paige. We were told throughout the whole book how much Paige means to Penryn (or we are supposed to garner that from the obvious “I have to save my sister, I have to save my sister, I have to save my sister” mantra) but I never felt it.
I don’t know. It’s tricky with a book like this because it has so many great reviews that I feel like I’m the one with the problem. And maybe I am. Wouldn’t be the first time. I just wanted to feel more for Penryn. Maybe she’s supposed to be detached, clinical and unemotional and that’s fine, but I just can’t relate to that. A person can only operate like they’re sleepwalking through life for so long.
That’s the reason for having a star taken off. I appreciated how badass and strong she was but when the feels aren’t there, well, that really affects everything, doesn’t it?
That said, it’s still an excellent book. I’m sure maybe I would have rated it higher if I read it back in the day. Or if I hadn’t heard any of the hype. 4 stars is still a highly recommended read from me, so if you want an action-packed and intense ride with post-apocalyptic angels and can handle some gruesome and disturbing scenes, this book is for you.
And yes, I will be snapping of the sequel World After, the minute it is released. (less)
Don't read this if you expect/need a lot of sex in your books.
Don't read this if you have trouble reading about people's faith (even if their faith is...moreDon't read this if you expect/need a lot of sex in your books.
Don't read this if you have trouble reading about people's faith (even if their faith is forgotten or challenged and isn't preachy, just informative and compelling).
DO NOT read this if you hate to be scared and you can't handle a little gore.
A little gore? If you're okay with spider vampire people with red eyes, crawling slowly down the walls preparing to rip your head off so only a bloody vertebrae remains, then you'll be okay.
I've had this book for some time but only got into a few days ago. Can I just say it's the worst book to read at night? Seriously, I've had nightmares and fitful sleep for the last two days.
This is YA and yet it's not. It's a very realistic, horrifying and beautifully written tale of free will and horror. Amish horror. Yep. Laura Bickle, you've entered Stephen King territory for me.
What's it about? Our plucky "Plain" heroine, Katie is Amish, content with her life...well, sorta. She's really looking forward to Rumspringa, when she can go into the "Outside" world with her best guy friend Elijah, and figure out if the Amish faith really is for her. You know, dip her toes in with us heathens and what not.
The thing about Katie though, even though her faith may separate us, she's every real. Extremely resilient and rebellious to what she is told - she doesn't just accept everything, faith included, but questions. But she doesn't do stupid rebellious shit like every YA heroine out there. She rebels as I would, thinking first and using heart and instinct.
Anyhoo, it starts with a helicopter crash in the cornfields, a horrifying scene in itself, and the fact that she sees a red-eyed...being...in the copter before it explodes in a fireball. Things very slowly, very ominously, come into place. Something terrible has happened in the outside world. There are no medical services or firetrucks responding (their "English" aka Outsider friend is visiting and she has a cell phone), the nearest town is deserted. Weird shit. The kind of "I think the end of the world is coming but how or why?" kind of shit that really, really disturbs me. This is why zombie movies freak me the fuck out.
Oh, but this isn't a zombie movie. Oh no, I think it's worse.
Remember our friend the vampire? Do you remember they used to be scary at one point? Well in this book, it's the monster from your nightmares. That's right...MONSTER. And holy crap,do you feel the unease and hopelessness that the world will end when the last living thing has had their intestines ripped out and their head chewed off.
There's also an injured Canadian boy (yay!) who feisty Katie rescues and hides in her barn. Their relationship builds slow and at the end will surprise you (sex in YA novels is awesome...sex with an Amish girl in YA novels...SUPER AWESOME).
Anyhoo, I'm rambling...got no sleep because of this damn book. Thank god I only have to wait until Tuesday to get the next one in the series. I must say the way the author portrays the honest is compelling -it both shows the hypocrisy of the rules of the religion (particularly when it comes to the governing Elders) but also shows the heart and soul of it too.
Seriously. If you're a fan of horror and suspense and lyrical writing and all things awesome and unique, do read this book. You won't be sorry.
I don't normally read romance. That may or may not be surprising to some. Usually it's because I get bored easily and have low-tolerance for a genre f...moreI don't normally read romance. That may or may not be surprising to some. Usually it's because I get bored easily and have low-tolerance for a genre flooded with insipid writing, flat characters and lack of plot.
BUT THIS BOOK HAS NONE OF THAT.
Cole's writing is easy, yet poetic. Her characters are tough, flawed and tortured by very real demons. There's enough believable plot to keep my interest piqued and the pages turning.
Told from the dual POV of Madison and Gabriel, we are given one fiesty and relatable heroine (er, aside from her model-like looks and thin physique...bitch) and one hell of an amazing man. Lt. Gabriel Vincent. I kept seeing Hugh Jackman in an army uniform. Seriously, this man with his potty-mouth and bedroom skills and terribly ravaged soul won me over. I could SEE him clear as day. He's real and faces the same monsters that stalk so many men and women in the military. And ladies, I am PICKY when it comes to my leading men but Gabe stole my heart and panties.
If you're a romance junkie who wants a quick yet realistic read, hot sex (and aggravating sexual tension) and happy schmappy feelings when you've finished the book...get it. Read it. Love it. (less)