This book wasn't quite what I expected, but I still enjoyed it. I enjoyed the plot and its twists. I wasn't too fond of the characters for a majorityThis book wasn't quite what I expected, but I still enjoyed it. I enjoyed the plot and its twists. I wasn't too fond of the characters for a majority of the book, but I liked them at the end. I enjoyed the ending. Joe writes significantly different than his father, but he is still talented, and I look forward to reading more of him in the future!...more
Quick Review: I love Queen Amberly, and I adored reading about her Selection. However, I didn't like how controlling King Clarkson was. There were manQuick Review: I love Queen Amberly, and I adored reading about her Selection. However, I didn't like how controlling King Clarkson was. There were many instances where I was appalled at his behavior, but there were a few other times that I thought he was sweet. ...more
Quick Review: An addicting read, but I couldn't stand the main character. I loved the royal family, some of the selection girls, and America's family,Quick Review: An addicting read, but I couldn't stand the main character. I loved the royal family, some of the selection girls, and America's family, but Aspen and America were awful. The plot was too cliched for my taste: a competition with a love triangle, no surprise there. The writing style was simplistic and lacked depth. I would have liked some literary devices to spice up the writing. Still, it was a good and fun read. ...more
Quick Review: I like this much better than The Selection because I adore Maxon. I like seeing this side of him prior to and during The Selection. I juQuick Review: I like this much better than The Selection because I adore Maxon. I like seeing this side of him prior to and during The Selection. I just wish there was more to this! ...more
Quick Review: Great book by the daughter of Mary Higgins Clark! Intriguing mystery, compelling characters, and a definite page-turner. I actually figuQuick Review: Great book by the daughter of Mary Higgins Clark! Intriguing mystery, compelling characters, and a definite page-turner. I actually figured out the perpetrator before the book ended, first ever for me! Look forward to more books by Mary Jane Clark, a talented mystery writer. ...more
What is with me lately? Have I seriously finished another series?
I cannot complain about the conclusion of this series, as I could not complain aboutWhat is with me lately? Have I seriously finished another series?
I cannot complain about the conclusion of this series, as I could not complain about the conclusion to Mockingjay in my previous book review.
Roberts begins readers essentially where The Last Boyfriend concluded. Yes, Clare and Beckett are still together, and, yes, Avery and Owen are preparing for their wedding. That leaves readers with the two solo riders, Hope and Ryder (pun intended). Like Avery and Owen, our protagonists cannot be any different. Hope is a beauty queen from the city who meticulously keeps and checks her lists. Ryder is a city boy with a rough attitude. Their encounters in the previous books and at the beginning of this novel are uncomfortable. However, that starts to change as the attraction starts to blossom, courtesy of the romantic ghost, Lizzy, who is present in all the novels.
While I enjoy a romance and found myself swooning over Hope and Ryder, there are instances where I feel as though their romance is too forced. This novel is told in duel perspectives, but I feel that beyond physical attraction, there is not much genuine romance. Both Hope and Owen are great characters, but I think that there could have been more development in the romance section in order to make it more believable and realistic to readers.
The ghost, Lizzy, and her story heavily overshadows the romance. While I admire her presence, I think that the inclusion of her mystery and romance detracts from our main protagonists. Roberts is a contemporary writer, and her “uncomfortableness” with writing paranormal elements is extremely clear with many interactions with Lizzy.
Beyond its minor flaws, I thoroughly enjoy this novel and could not stop reading it. I am extremely disheartened that this is the conclusion of an amazing trilogy, but it has given me motivation to read more of Roberts’s work, and there is a ton of it!
I have rated this book a solid four stars out of five stars!...more
What a riveting, page-turning conclusion to a much loved trilogy.
From the moment I started this book, I was captivated by Suzanne Collins's power ofWhat a riveting, page-turning conclusion to a much loved trilogy.
From the moment I started this book, I was captivated by Suzanne Collins's power of words.
Immediately, readers are thrown into Panem's chaos where Districts are rebelling, the Capitol is crumbling (PRAISE!), and Katniss Everdeen becomes the literal Mockingjay for all of Panem.
Throughout the novel, I couldn't help but admire the character development within the novel, especially visible in Katniss. While her demeanor can appear unlikable to some readers, I found her character development to be a good representation of a girl who has been continuously used by a system. While morbid, her wishes to die or surrender herself to the Capitol are actions which coincide with a reflective young woman who is in agony of the destruction which she has brought upon others. In turn, those around her experienced character development. Readers get to see some supporting characters such as Prim and Gale in more lead roles in the novel and observe the ways in which the Hunger Games and the Capitol have affected them. So, the characters in the novel are far from unlikable. No. I would prefer to overall describe the characters as hardened, hardened to their surroundings after so much suppression.
Additionally, Collins riddled the book with a variety of themes and symbols which spoke to readers. For myself, I was enamored by the concept of control. The Capitol demonstrate that too much control leads to suppression. Whereas, District 13 showed that too much control can lead to order. For myself, it caused me to question what makes good control. Sadly, I don't think the novel ever answers that, and I think that is left to reader interpretation.
While this novel broke my heart, I think it was a beautiful end to a trilogy. ...more
“I am no longer in denial of the truth….After all that has happened, I am now looking ahead and into the future instead o
Favorite Quote from the Book:
“I am no longer in denial of the truth….After all that has happened, I am now looking ahead and into the future instead of searching for what happened…”
My Thoughts: I would first like to thank Maryglenn at The Poisoned Press who graciously sent me a copy of Disconnected to review.
As someone who is majoring in English, I am very familiar with grammar and mechanics rules and become frustrated when I see mistakes. Unfortunately, there are quite a few grammar and mechanics errors in Disconnected. At times, I found myself to be too distracted by these errors which detracted from story.
Additionally, I do not enjoy the “insta-love” in this book. I certainly don’t mind “insta-attraction,” but there is legitimate insta-love and love professions when the couple, Milly and Blake have not even had a first date. It is a little absurd to me as Milly is a mature and sensible protagonist in the book. Also, I wish that Cronkhite delved more into Blake’s story. He alludes to having personal issues which give him depth to his character and make him relatable to Milly. Unfortunately, Blake and their relationship do not delve much deeper than a superficial level.
Besides these issues, I find Disconnected to be an extremely enjoyable read. Recently, mental illness is becoming less “taboo” in our culture, and I appreciate Cronkhite exploring these topics in her book. It gives genuine depth to the characters while shedding light on this topic.
Additionally, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and plot twists in this book. The mystery elements in this book are so intriguing that I could not stop reading it until I solved the mystery. The plot and writing style are so addicting! And, let me tell you, those are some MAJOR plot twists that are so unpredictable. These aspects correlate with the high rating that I ultimately give the book.
My Rating: ★★★★ 4/5 stars!
Recommendation: I’d recommend this for those who enjoy mysteries and psychological thrillers. ...more