My 17 year old self consumed Seraphina with the zeal and relish that my 12 year old self had when reading the works of Tamora Pierce and Christopher PMy 17 year old self consumed Seraphina with the zeal and relish that my 12 year old self had when reading the works of Tamora Pierce and Christopher Paolini.
After reading this book I just wanted to give Orma a BIG hug. It wouldn't be welcome, in fact he'd probably be irritated and/or confused but I don't care. at all. ...more
4-4.5 I will give the publishers/Brennan this: I have never ever wanted to get my hands on a book- that isn't a sequel- as much as I have wanted to get4-4.5 I will give the publishers/Brennan this: I have never ever wanted to get my hands on a book- that isn't a sequel- as much as I have wanted to get my hands on Unspoken. I read the 2 chapter preview at least sixty times and my poor friends can attest to the awful moods that followed every one of my failed attempts to get a galley.
Now that I've read it.. I'm stupidly disappointed that it didn't live up to the astronomically high expectations that I've built up for months. Don't get me wrong, it was still very good but.. ugh
Nope. I still cant move past it. I'm f-ing crushed.
OK. GET IT TOGETHER SAHANA.
I'll try to be more professional for the rest of my review:
This should go without saying but Unspoken is a lot better than most of the YA out today. Brennan handled this story very very well for the most part (I didnt much care for the whole (view spoiler)[sorcerer bit. Jared becomes painfully inferior to Kami. That forest awakening business needs further explanation along with the crazy beasts lurking in it. (hide spoiler)]). The characters were strong and the dialogue was hilarious. Kami is (and I'm sure you'll hear this a gazillion times in reviews) an original & kick ass heroine. I am curious to see how everyone grows in the future books. I'm not the hugest fan of the ending but I will (with considerably less enthusiasm) look forward to reading the next few books. ...more
Immediate thoughts: Wow. This book is fucking incredible. The juxtaposition of Sophie’s emotional and mental strength and the physical strength of theImmediate thoughts: Wow. This book is fucking incredible. The juxtaposition of Sophie’s emotional and mental strength and the physical strength of the marines/veterans was genius.
I've been silently crying for the last half of this book. But you knew that this wasn't going to be a fun and easy ride.
Thoughts after my nose stopped running and my face returned to its normal coffee colour: This book will make you take think long and hard at what it means to be strong. Corrine Jackson sets her story around the people best known for their strength and bravery- the men and women serving in the military. Here’s where I think the genius starts coming out. The author didn’t choose the one of the more obvious choices for a main character (veteran, young soldier, spouse of a soldier). Our main character is Sophie; she’s the daughter of a marine, a cheerleader, and dating the town hero.
Corrine illustrates one of the most spectacular shows of strength I have ever read about. It didn’t take place in a battlefield or hospital but rather in a high school, in a home, and in a residential community. Sophie’s morals and beliefs are tested and tested to a point way past cruelty. Sophie is forced to look into herself (as she is essentially alone) and find the strength to survive and thrive in this hostile environment. She is an excellent YA heroine.
Sophie has a quiet type of strength- one that isn’t so obviously reflected in her appearance, personality, and lifestyle. You would think that it would be overlooked considering the rest of the cast, but it doesn’t at all. Actually it shines through like a freaking beacon. Sophie is so strong. She was able to truly forgive those who hurt her, even when she’s presented with a golden opportunity to hurt them back. God I can go on all day.
The storyline and the writing will take you for a hell of a ride. Yeah, this one’s gonna stay with me for a bit. I’d recommend it for sure.
note: Reading this trilogy is a comparable experience to reading twilight. i finished both quickly and was left satisfied. however, after going back tnote: Reading this trilogy is a comparable experience to reading twilight. i finished both quickly and was left satisfied. however, after going back to the books a couple months later i realize that maybe watching someone sleep/wanting to beat someone with a cane isn't that cute after all...
if you are very critical of the material you read, this book will frustrate and bore you. if you want to shut off your brain for a bit and just go for a ride- you might enjoy this book.
ive seen the term "mommy porn" being tossed around. i agree and disagree with it. i think "mommy" is an inaccurate generalization for people who havent been exposed to any kind of BDSM style sex. to those people, anna and christian's romps can definitely be seen as exciting, novel, and entertaining. the sex overpowers the storyline, but if reading about that kind of sex is your cup of tea then this book might be for you.
so while i no longer agree with my original review, some people might relate to it
my original review:
I think age/maturity is the main factor deciding whether you will enjoy the book or not, because other than the mature content the characters, relationships, conversations and every other aspect of this book was spot-on and incredible.
Now lets talk about the good stuff- Christian Grey. in a lot of romances you find heroes have a "tortured past", just to give them a momentary hard edge which they instantly shed after meeting the heroine. Or you find heroines "suffering" from uncharacteristically asymptomatic trauma from rape or neglect or whatever. EL James stays true to Christians terrible childhood past: it takes him a very, very long time to understand his feelings (the whole first book, if i remember correctly) and his personality changes are gradual and realistic. It takes Ana ages to finally get to touch his scars. His slow healing process makes his transformation all the more beautiful to read. Christian grey is probably one of the most 3 dimensional characters i've ever read. He isn't the easiest character to fall in love with, and stands apart from the normal romance hero. He has terrible self image, is scarily controlling, and is scarred way past the kinda-sexy-hardened-hero and into the i-have-a-shrink-and-more-issues-that-i-can-solve-in-3-lifetimes-hero... yet i LOVED HIM.
and good god, certain scenes had me blushing to my roots.. damn...more
the heroine and hero were KICK ASS, my god! i REALLY liked the heroine- she was a real bad ass, not afraid to maim or injure for the greater good. shethe heroine and hero were KICK ASS, my god! i REALLY liked the heroine- she was a real bad ass, not afraid to maim or injure for the greater good. she stood up for what she believed in INTELLIGENTLY. the writing was not flowery, which allowed the reader to really consider the excellent concepts put forth in this novel. the ages (15 for both of them) seemed a little to young, considering their mature thought processes, abilities, decisions, and relations with the secondary characters. that aside, there's good action, excellent world-building, and interesting concepts. i'd recommend it...more
I recommended this book to a friend recently, but I struggled when trying to justify its awesom After the second read through
Nope. I'm still a mess.
I recommended this book to a friend recently, but I struggled when trying to justify its awesomeness (I hadn't read it in over 5 months). It's about 3 groups of kids in a mock war for territory and it weaves the past and the present together. Wait, I thought, that doesn't sound that beautiful, painful, breathtaking or perfect (all adjectives I used in my first review of the book). I remembered absolutely loving this book and being utterly destroyed by the end. But there was NO WAY the book was that good. So I decided to re-read On the Jellicoe Road. What the heck, I figured I probably wouldn't even get too emotional because I already knew basically what is going to happen.
I was so wrong.
A reviewer (Tatiana) hit the nail on the head in one of her reviews of a Marchetta novel- Melina has the ability to take a soap opera-y or mundane story line and make it simply breathtaking. I seriously don't know how she does this- it blows my mind. She has this unparalleled ability make her readers completely invested in her story. At that point she can do whatever she wants with us, our emotional state & well being is completely in her hands. Be warned, in this book she really wrings you dry.
Its hard to articulate the genius that is this novel. I don't think I will ever be able to figure out what makes this novel so freaking compelling. I don't even want to think about it because I just stopped crying and I don't want to lose it twice in one night.
One thing I will say is- this book is like.. a really good piece of music where several strands of separate little melodies converge for a booming chorus. While the individual melodies can still be distinguished, that chorus is a whole new beast. You didn't see it at first but after hearing all the melodies weaving over and under each other you realize that they were always meant to be played together. The first read through of this book is something special. It's like hearing an awesome song for the first time- with the wonder and the anticipation. The next few times you read this book will be enjoyable, but nothing on the first time. Savor it, while you read it the first time. This book is truly a gift for you.
I don't know what I'm talking about anymore. This is the kind of book you just have to read to understand. Nothing I can talk about in a review it will do it any justice. Not even excerpts. Read it in its entirety. You will likely not regret it. Unless you read it in public and break down or something.
*forgive issues with tenses its so late in the night-no wait its morning now. ...more