First, I expected to at least want to cry a little bit, but alas, that was not so. So even with its sad moments, this isn't a very emotio...moreBite Me, Book
First, I expected to at least want to cry a little bit, but alas, that was not so. So even with its sad moments, this isn't a very emotional story (but then again, I'm not exactly emotional). But, the protagonists were very entertaining in the way they spoke to each other. Not the typical teen in the words they used, but facing death head on will probably do that to you (at least, you'd think it would).
It was told in the viewpoint of Hazel Grace who was a very intelligent 16 year old. There was much quoting, which was interesting and insightful. And I adored Augustus, aka Gus. He was such a wonderful character, fun and charming.
John Green is a literary wonder. Maybe not in the way of getting one to feel emotion, or developing characters... or... storytelling (good, but not the best). But truly, the writing is great!
What was most interesting was the way cancer, terminal illnesses and death were approached. It was nothing new, but it was... well... interesting. Different than what's socially accepted. But I haven't read much in the way of cancer-striken protagonists so I'm not sure if this is normal.
In spite of the heady topic, and looking past Green's literary prowess, this story of two star-crossed lovers was rather light.
And bonus point for not trying to leave the reader with a beautifully annoying message about life and death, as most books involving death seem to have. (less)
This book sucked me in from the very beginning. It was exciting. Thrilling. Awe-inspiring. It was the adventure of Jocelyn, a...moreBite Me, Book
Oh. My God.
This book sucked me in from the very beginning. It was exciting. Thrilling. Awe-inspiring. It was the adventure of Jocelyn, a nearly 18 year old girl with a troubled past, who follows clues that her twin brother, Jack, sent her. Previously, she thought he had died, but in receiving the letter, she gets desperate in finding him, one of two people in her life that meant everything to her. In her search for her brother, she meets up with the other one person in her life that meant everything to her, Nate, whom she hadn't seen in five years. Nate was a great character. Seemingly fearless and a hot, computer genius. Jocelyn was also well developed and very interesting. She wasn't perfect, no where near perfect, but that just made her more relate-able and interesting.
Through flashbacks, it reveals Jocelyn's time in the Seale House, which had scarred her for life. The flashbacks were done really well and did not at all confuse me as a reader. The journey she took helped her to come to terms her past and eventually move on, instead of just tucking it into a corner of her mind. The adventure and journey itself was very interesting. And the ultimate revelation near the end was just... Wow. Looking back, there were clues that support it, but I would have never guessed it. It was amazing.
If you like mystery, adventure, some action, a bit of romance, a smidgen of fantasy (a hell of a load of crazy), and a big twist, this is the book for you. And even if you don't, I bet this is a book you'll sick your teeth into.
(I'm anger because I accidentally deleted my first review, which was much better --___--;;)(less)
At first I was a little hesitant to read this book because history tends to bore me, therefore I usually steer clear of any historical bo...moreBite Me, Book
At first I was a little hesitant to read this book because history tends to bore me, therefore I usually steer clear of any historical books. But I am so glad I gave this book a try.
It was bloody brilliant. Although fiction, the story felt so real. As if I was reading the diary of an old war vetern. I clung to every word Elizabeth Wein spewed out through the voices of Maggie and... we'll call her Verity, two very different yet complementary and extraordinary women that met in the midst of World War II. Their story of friendship and an account of what they went through as young women serving their country is an adventure you would not want to miss.
Some of the characters, not just the main protagonists, were some of the most well developed and complex ones I've ever had the fortune to read about. None of them were what they seemed. Wein just sucked me into this (very plausible) world, whether it was hundreds of miles in the sky or a grimy torture chamber in the Hotel of Butchers in Nazi-occupied France.
My favorite part was the whole first half of the book which was told in the point of view of Verity who was also, in most parts, telling it in the point of view of Maggie (confusing, right?). It only told half the story but it was so good that I was a bit disappointed it didn't end right there. But after reading the second half, I had the urge to read the book from the beginning all over again. And I actually read the afterword. And I never read the afterword.
I really want to describe this book in finer detail but it's really an adventure you should take for yourself. So buckle your seat belts and get ready for take off.(less)
This virtual world within this bleak future that is our world was like a gamer's wet dream. I kind of wish it were real. Somewhere where...moreBite Me, Book
This virtual world within this bleak future that is our world was like a gamer's wet dream. I kind of wish it were real. Somewhere where one can escape the harsh realities of life and emerge themselves and most of their senses into a virtual reality with the right equipment. Where one can be whoever, whatever they want.
Basically, this guy (Halliday) made this super immersive, high tech mmorpg game in the future, which is really bleak and sad because we humans have pretty much destroyed our planet. So then he dies and leaves behind a clue to three keys for three gates, all hidden in the virtual world he had created (called OASIS) and declared that whomever reaches the end will win his inheritance (which is quite large. Think Bill Gates).
So Wade, our protagonist, better known as Parzival in the game, is one of the people who look for the clues (a gunter) by researching everything to know about Halliday and the '80s. In reality, he's a poor antisocial hermit, at least until he finds the first clue. Then he's an antisocial, middle class/rich hermit hiding from an evil company called IOI that is hellbent on taking over OASIS and monetizing it. Most of this story takes place on OASIS where he becomes a legend for being the first to retrieve the first key (clue). And we follow him as he scrambles to figure out where and how to get the keys and gates (clues).
Anyways, this story's bad guys vs good guys premise was very black and white, with the IOI company against pretty much everyone else. (view spoiler)[And of course, the good once again prevails. Oh. And the guy gets the pretty girl. (hide spoiler)]
So that kind of makes this story seem cliche, but that's not completely true. It was action-packed and exciting (with a bit too much slow moments), introducing us into a new world (or worlds).
Some Negatives: The beginning and sometimes the middle of was quite slow and dull. It wasn't until halfway through that it started to slowly and surely pick up. The only reason I kept reading was because of the plot and my love of gaming.
The book was chock full of over-explaining, in my opinion, and unnecessary and mostly uninteresting information about (now) obscure games from the '80s. Some people might find this very interesting though--probably gamer geeks (and I say this lovingly since I love games) or anyone interested in doing '80s jeopardy.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
An honest and mostly humorous account littered with interesting people and entertaining anecdotes of a comically-inclined, and now somewh...moreBite Me, Book
An honest and mostly humorous account littered with interesting people and entertaining anecdotes of a comically-inclined, and now somewhat famous, woman who, like many of us everyday folk, is wondering what she really wants in life. Sarah Colonna shares her life story (phsycoanalyzing a lot of her choices) and the mistakes she made (and repeated) regarding sex, love, and well... life. She's led an interesting life so far but it was also really relatable to anyone who is or was struggling to achieve their dreams or trying to find their place in the world.
This book is really the first of this genre that I have ever read so my rating may be off. But I can say that I had enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Well, I have read about three memoirs before. Like Night by Elie Wiesel (for a class long ago so I automatically hated it) and Memoirs of a Geisha by that girl/guy (liked it but never finished it) and Tuesdays with Morrie by that other guy I didn't like so much (can barely remember it but I think I liked it) but to me, they're a different genre of memoir than this one. (less)