i've seen "high fantasy" thrown around a bit in the reviews. There are grounds for the claim - i mean the days of the week were renamed to things4/4.5
i've seen "high fantasy" thrown around a bit in the reviews. There are grounds for the claim - i mean the days of the week were renamed to things like "earthday" moonday" and "windsday" and there's a new world map provided. BUT i don't think it's too high fantasy for fans of regular PNF (esp those who love shifters/vampires). the story is told a lot slower than most other PNF books - the relationship between meg and simon is also refreshingly gradual (if you are curious, (view spoiler)[ they only go as far as forehead kissing and some snuggling (hide spoiler)]. I think the author did something different with the warewolf, vampire and shifter concepts and that is definitely worth checking out.
also can someone explain just WHY everyone thought meg was the bee's knees? i mean she was sweet and all but i dont get why everyone went NUTS about her smiling and waving.
there were a lot of characters to keep track off. most of the names were monosyllable common anglophone names, which lemme tell you didn't make things easy for me. i had to flip back more than once to figure out who john was. the owl? or was that josh? julia?
the build up was really way too long but everything else was fabulous.
Things i liked: 1. bad ass heroine Kyla wakes up in a world with no memories or identity. She struggles to disc3.5-4: Slated was a solid dystopian novel
Things i liked: 1. bad ass heroine Kyla wakes up in a world with no memories or identity. She struggles to discover her own character and morals while trying to evaluate those of everyone around her. Kyla knows that somewhere in her brain lies a terrible secret and because of that she is essentially alone. She cannot afford to trust her adoptive family, doctor, teachers, new friends, or even that voice in IN HER HEAD OF THE GIRL SHE WAS BUT DOESN'T KNOW. Kyla handles her plight intelligently and rationally throughout the book. I can't wait to see her try to create her identity based on what she discovers of who she was and what she decides she wants to be. 2. phenomenal cast of supporting characters OK the society terry created is cool but it's a far cry from mind-blowing. What made this book awesome was the host of supporting characters Teri introduces us to. Every single one of these characters is shrouded in the perfect amount of mystery. I can't really explain this well- but I am aware that I don't know the first thing about any of these characters. I wouldn't be surprised if every single one of them surprises me with their morals or motives in the coming books. The strange thing is that i'm OK with this. I'm more than OK with this. I'm going into the second book and i honestly CANNOT PREDICT ANYTHING- which is how it should be. Because come on nobody says what they really mean (this is probably even more true in this dystopic world) and nobody's motives can be black and white. 3.There's gonna be an UPRISING OF EPIC PROPORTIONS I can already see that Teri is laying the groundwork for an incredible battle in the coming books. One thing I noticed was how well she informed the reader about the underlying tensions and the different parties in this war. This wasn't like the Insurgent info dumps. The author released information and points of view in a natural and easy to consume way. All the while she as able to maintain this tension that made me constantly re-evaluate ... well everything to be honest! There are so many strings left untied, and I am so pumped to see how this author plans to resolve everything.
That said, you aren't left with the I-WILL-SELL-MY-UTERUS-FOR-THE-SEQUEL feeling after reading Slated- you decide if that's good or bad.
Things I had problems with: 1. the hero (and his relationship with her) The hero was weak- and nowhere near good enough for my girl Kyla. He wasn't nearly as charismatic or lovable as I would have liked. I really didn't care about what happened to him. I didnt really get into his relationship with Kyla (probably because they were not equals- mentally and physically). Its a really good thing that their relationship wasn`t very significant in this narrative because it sucked.
2. Dialogue There could have been more humor or snark or anything really. ...more
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
Grayson is a total Jace. No, he is every YA hero- arrogant, sarcastic and rude up until an emotional tipping point. After that point he turns into sweGrayson is a total Jace. No, he is every YA hero- arrogant, sarcastic and rude up until an emotional tipping point. After that point he turns into sweet, passionate, and openly emotional guy. YES I know I've read over 100 different incarnations of this character before, but damned if I didn't fall a little bit in love with Gray anyways. What a typical dark fiction hero name eh?
I had a great time reading this book. It followed teenage pilots which not something I have read about often/know about. I liked that all the characters had a passion for something outside their high school lives. You know what kind of book this is and isn't. Nothing here is going to blow you away or give you perspective. The themes, characters, story, writing isn't going to stay with you. On the flip side, nothing about this book is annoying or frustrating. Occasionally you might even find yourself immersed in Leah's world.
(view spoiler)[I still do not understand all the drama around Leah's mom. The whole blackmail bit was stupid because her mom walks away in the end leaving Leah to fend for herself without a backward glance. Her mom didn't care, like at all. The author should have thought about something less ridiculous to keep Leah working for Gray. (hide spoiler)]
If that's what you're looking for, happy reading and safe flight!
PS. I love the cover! On top of being aesthetically appealing, it fits so well with the story! I can clearly imagine one of those 50s planes blowing her hair over. Doesn't the main character have curly hair though?
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contrary to the title, this book was one of the funniest books i've read in quite some time! jeff, the narrator, was found with his wrists cut on newcontrary to the title, this book was one of the funniest books i've read in quite some time! jeff, the narrator, was found with his wrists cut on new years eve by his parents. this book is the memoirs of his 45 day treatment program. you'll see jeff come to terms with what he did and why he did it. all the while you will be entertained by the hilarious interactions he has with the other patients and his family. you see children reason out their suicides/traumas with a child's eyes and a centuries-old voice. the heartbreaking mix of childish innocence and discovery found within the walls of this mental ward will keep your heart and mind engaged throughout this (pretty short) story. ...more
"I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you"I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you [...] And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me."
and on to the review-
listen, from reading the synopsis you can probably take a good guess about whether or not this book will suit you. if you are into books:
1. with russian influence 2. girls training to be warriors (alanna series, anyone?) 3. childhood love & friends to lovers 4. magic powers & schools for the gifted 5. from penniless to princess ect
then you are probably going to like this book. it was exactly my cup of tea so i enjoyed it a lot. i consumed it quickly, but it didn't leave me YEARNING for the next book. fun ride nonetheless.
quick note and SPOLIER: it kind of reminded me of Poison Study, except she doesnt end up with the enigmatic mentor/rescuer/second in command... ...more
angels have taken control of the world, crushing cities and killing millions within weeks.
This book is soo freaking good!! please just go read it nowangels have taken control of the world, crushing cities and killing millions within weeks.
This book is soo freaking good!! please just go read it now!!
this book will be an adventure for you, reader. the plot, characters, concepts, love story, action.. everything was perfect. if you liked Nalini Singh's archangel series, you will definitely love this.
Penryn was a killer heroine- tough as nails, funny, and smart- yet still believable as a 17/18 year old girl. the hero is an angel; the smug, beautiful, condescending, all-powerful, all knowing type. you will notice that this character's voice seemed too young and not jaded for a messenger of god that has been on earth for hundreds of years. but this choice, made the male lead a lot more appealing, and made his attraction to the heroine more believable. go susan!...more
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
nearing the last few pages i found myself grinning unashamedly. quite embarrassing actually.
adorable book! perfect mix of witty banter, lovable despitnearing the last few pages i found myself grinning unashamedly. quite embarrassing actually.
adorable book! perfect mix of witty banter, lovable despite all their flaws characters, and romance. Generally in romance the characters are unrealistic- too perfect- that isnt the case for this book! the characters are so beautifully flawed, unique, and so real. this made the secondary romance all the more sweet (i usually skip over SEP's secondary romance scenes but this one was terrific). SEP creates a family from the ground up in her novel- a believable dysfunctional unorthodox family. each relationship has an equally touching story behind it.
Definitely one of my favourite Chicago Stars! read read read...more
very similar to Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred.. shockingly so. the emphasis on the irish culture was probably the only novel thing. both took plavery similar to Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred.. shockingly so. the emphasis on the irish culture was probably the only novel thing. both took place in southern towns, and embraced the signatures of southern culture- large tight-knit families, pride, protectiveness of your family members and honor. both had heroines who were part of a influential, large, and accepted family, who saw accepted the son of the town drunk regardless of all the rumors and taboos that surrounded him. this son is eventually adopted by the family of the heroine, under the pretense that they do not get involved sexually. the parents of the heroine are the most liberal and central in their conservative family. the hero is very protective of the heroine, and fights and saves her countless times. there is a misunderstanding that leads to separation for many many years. this is slowly remedied by the heroes return AFTER reaching success financially to the small village that once shunned him. they both return with "son" figures. in both stories, the heroes are obsessive about their money and material posessions which i understand, as it is a marker of social status and they didnt grow up with any ect ect.. but it got to a point where they were wiling to sacrifice DECADES with the girl of their dreams, because of their insecurities. it doubly irrated me because in both cases both the girls suffered alone after their abrupt departure. they didnt bother contacting their "loves" while away. i liked katherines version a lot better, however. a couple things seemed really unrealistic about smith's book- them rekindling a suuuuper strong bond that was forged when they were like 7-10 years old. the characters seemed flat, and one dimentional. check out in the link below
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