Holy crap, did I adore this book! I started it immediately after The Hunger Games, and carried it with me everywhere (to work, to a weekend camping trHoly crap, did I adore this book! I started it immediately after The Hunger Games, and carried it with me everywhere (to work, to a weekend camping trip) until I finished. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started it. I thought maybe it'd be a little boring after what happened in The Hunger Games. After all, no matter how cruel and despicable the Games were, how much more exciting can a plot get? The book jacket description only said something about the Victory Tour so I thought that's what the majority of the book would be about. But I was totally thrown into a loop by the events that occurred... and I loved every second of it. It made me furious, sad, scared, and excited, all in the best way possible. I never thought I'd be a Hunger Games nerd, but I'm officially converted. ...more
I'm one of those people who saw the movie first before reading the book (which I hardly ever do). Honestly, I tried reading this book a couple of yearI'm one of those people who saw the movie first before reading the book (which I hardly ever do). Honestly, I tried reading this book a couple of years back when it was crazy popular, but I never got past the first couple chapters. It was too boring. I couldn't even bring myself to stick through it to get to the good stuff. I saw the movie and liked it enough to want to try reading the book again. And guess what? I loved it! I couldn't put it down. The "boring" parts now made sense, and gave a lot more explanation. It gave a clearer picture of the dystopian society that America has become. I think it was done very well that it was almost believable. I hear a lot about how this premise for this book was taken from popular books years ago, but that doesn't make it any worse in my opinion. It was still thoroughly entertaining and Collins is a master storyteller. I'm definitely going to read the rest of two books in the trilogy now to find out what happens. ...more
Honestly, I didn't think this book was thaaaat creepy. Maybe I am just desensitized by now. Yes, it is a creepy scenario that the children are lockedHonestly, I didn't think this book was thaaaat creepy. Maybe I am just desensitized by now. Yes, it is a creepy scenario that the children are locked into a room/attic for years with only the horrible grandmother to to depend on for food. It is weird how the brother and sister fall in love and have urges for each other... but after all, they are in their prime teen years and have been locked up with each other for years. Totally understandable, right?...more
This story is told in reverse order, starting on the one-year anniversary where we meet Ann broken on the floor after the worst beating yet.. and endiThis story is told in reverse order, starting on the one-year anniversary where we meet Ann broken on the floor after the worst beating yet.. and ending on the day they met when everything was perfect. The author says she chose to write it this way so we don't judge the decisions she makes. However, when we start at the point-of-no-return, there is no gradual build up of tension, and that edge of your seat suspense, until everything comes crashing down. The only thing that kept me flipping the pages was wanting to know when the abuse started and how they met. I thought the story got less exciting as it went on (or went back?), especially after an explosive first few chapters.
What I liked about this book is that it was hard to hate Connor even though I wanted to. We learn why he is this way, even though it's still unforgivable! As the author wanted, it was hard to pinpoint an exact time where it all went wrong. So that's probably why Ann didn't know when it was time to end it. I could also understand why Ann loves him so much, because he made her feel loved when she felt invisible. But I am angry with her for sacrificing everything else in her life for him. I guess I don't really understand that....more
Ommmmgggg! 5 stars because a book has not knocked me over the head like this in a lonnnng time!!
I only decided to read this because all the reviews sOmmmmgggg! 5 stars because a book has not knocked me over the head like this in a lonnnng time!!
I only decided to read this because all the reviews said there's a HUGE twist. So I picked it up to see what could be so interesting about a story about a group of popular mean girls... what could be done that has not been done a thousand times already. Wow! It did not disappoint!!!! The first 2/3 of the book dragged on and honestly, was pretty boring and pointless. But don't give up... stick with it and find that everything you thought you understood will be turned completely upside down!...more
Lucy's mother's twin (who was separated at birth and grew up an orphan) knocks on their door one day. The family takes her in and teaches h3.5-4 stars
Lucy's mother's twin (who was separated at birth and grew up an orphan) knocks on their door one day. The family takes her in and teaches her proper etiquette, buys her new outfits, and hires her a tutor. Soon, Aunt Helen has the manner and grace of her mother. I did wonder if she had any cruel intentions, especially knowing that one twin gets murdered. When Lucy finds them one murdered and one alive, she cannot tell them apart, but is relieved when the one who's alive says she's her mother. Is it really the mother or did Aunt Helen take her place after learning how to be exactly like her?
From here on out, I was expecting a more sinister feel to the story. I was expecting to be creeped out and driven with confusion about which twin is which. But I didn't really get that. There were some tense moments that made me wonder, but I thought the book was more about daily life in Lucy's household that spans over a few years. The murder doesn't even take place until halfway through the book. Half the book was about acclimating Aunt Helen to their life, and the other half was a love story between Lucy and the boy next door, because it seemed like she was more concerned about her love life than solving the truth of the murder. But even though it wasn't quite what I was expecting, I still enjoyed it a lot nonetheless!...more
I knew this was a good book when my work efficiency started suffering because I was spending all my spare time reading, and even staying well past myI knew this was a good book when my work efficiency started suffering because I was spending all my spare time reading, and even staying well past my working hours because I couldn't put it down. It's been a while since a book has completely grabbed my attention like this.
Lillian has always grown up alone on a remote lighthouse island until her parents get relocated to Jasper Island. She comes into contact with other people for the first time in her life and grows close to the assistant keeper's family, especially their two sons. However happy days don't last forever as her mom slowly goes mad. She is left alone at the end to unravel the secret of her mom's insanity and the reason for her family's alienation. The tone is dark and foreboding throughout... you are just waiting for something bad to happen. I have to say that I predicted what the secrets are, but it didn't make the ending any less shocking. I look forward to reading the next books in the series....more
It seems like I haven't been picking the best books to read lately... or maybe I've just gotten more picky. I honestly don't understand the rave revieIt seems like I haven't been picking the best books to read lately... or maybe I've just gotten more picky. I honestly don't understand the rave reviews for this book. I was really hoping to like this book as well because it sounds like Gossip Girl meets 1920's. Books about scandalous lives of teens are the ultimate guilty pleasure reads. However, I found this book to really be quite dull. Nothing too exciting happens until the last few chapters. But I guess in that era, many of the things they did were considered scandalous, even if they are not anymore by these days' standards.
I also couldn't make myself care too much for any of the characters. If I had to choose a favorite, I would pick Letty because she was the only hard-working girl. Her adventure in New York was the only one I cared about. I wanted her to step out of her shell and find success in the spotlight. The other two girls were hard to like because they pretty much did nothing all day, and felt entitled to a life of luxury.
And just to be extra picky, it also grated on my nerves the entire time that the short name for Thomas Hale was spelt "Thom'!!
The only thing that makes me want to continue reading the series is that suspenseful foreshadow in the prologue - "one would be famous, one would be married, and one would be dead". I am interested to know the fates that will befall each of the main girls (and I have a feeling it is not going to be what I suspect), but I'm not dying to read the sequel anytime soon....more
This book took me a while to into, because I'm not used to marathon paragraphs and essay-like prose. But I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got used to itThis book took me a while to into, because I'm not used to marathon paragraphs and essay-like prose. But I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got used to it, and by the end, I absolutely adored this book!
Josh is a unsuccessful screenwriter with writer's block. Although his main job lately is being a stay-at-home dad with two high-maintenance preschoolers. His wife has been away for the entire week on a business trip. On the last day, he learns that Stacy may or may not be having an affair from a play-date mom. But he leaves before he has a chance to learn more, and spends the rest of the day agonizing over it while having to do daddy duties.
This is Josh's story over the course of that day, and we are not spared any details. We are not spared any weird thought or bodily function. And it's surprising how entertaining it all is. It's amazing how well the main characters are developed when the story only spans a day. This book isn't ha-ha funny, but it is clever. There are moments that make you cringe and angry, but there are also absolutely heartwarming moments.
My favorite part has to be the chapter titled "Asperger's: A Chronology". It reads almost like an essay, and really opens your eyes to the condition and behavior of children with it. I also like the snippets of pop culture references to tie in to the story, like the Cat in the Hat parody. It's a really clever technique, and different from anything I've read.
Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book....more