"Is falling in love with someone's story the same thing as falling in love with the person himself?" I fell in love with this book! From the minute I p...more"Is falling in love with someone's story the same thing as falling in love with the person himself?" I fell in love with this book! From the minute I picked it up, it held my attention and made me want to know more. I had to force myself to finally put this book down or I was going to stay up half of the night to finish it. I really loved all of the characters, and everything they did or didn't do and their reasons for it.
I love Cassia's teenage frustrations though. I love how she gets jealous of her friends' unknown matches and wishes she could have had a bit of mystery with hers, I think showing that in this novel was done really well. Cassia is a teenager after all, and she goes from being thrilled to get matched, to being a little let down, to be thrilled again, just like any 17 year old girl would. Until the memory card glitches and shows her a different boy. Another boy she knows.
After that, this really is a love story to me. I know there's so much more, but we get to see Cassia and Ky's relationship bloom, and man is it such a sweet one. (view spoiler)[ When they finally kiss, I was beside myself! I was waiting and waiting, and it couldn't have been sweeter. It was SO well done! I was so glad they just didn't rush into it as it happens pretty late in the book, and that their were reasons for waiting, and the waiting made it all the more enjoyable. (hide spoiler)]
(view spoiler)[ Another part I really enjoyed, was when they were at the showing. They all go to a showing together, and it's about their history. Cassia and her friends are watching, but Cassia can't help but sneak looks at Ky. A scene in the showing, is so dramatic it can't possibly be real. The actors are doing a horrible job, it shows actors running for their lives and red globs forming on their clothes, and they fall down so dramatically that it can't possibly be real. Cassia finds it rather silly in fact, how bad that scene is portrayed. As she looks over to sneak a peak at Ky, he is crying. She doesn't understand why, as they are just actors... (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I really really liked this book. It does a great job of pulling me in, and keeping me interested. Normally, I'm craving some action, but this book was written so well that I did not even notice or care. Everything that was given to me, was perfect. I loved all the slow building up to big moments, I loved her family, and her friends. I can't wait to read the second book in the series. I love the power Cassia obtains for herself, and she doesn't yet have to fight to do it. She's been passively trying to be able to make her own choices. She's not a fighter, but throughout the series she might have the potential to become one. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I enjoyed this book. It didn't really suck me in, which doesn't mean it wasn't a really good book..it just wasn't *amazing* for me. I do recommend it...moreI enjoyed this book. It didn't really suck me in, which doesn't mean it wasn't a really good book..it just wasn't *amazing* for me. I do recommend it though as I really enjoyed the story.
I really enjoyed all of the characters, I mean of course I hated Pearl and Adri, but that's the point of their characters no? I really loved the doctor, Peony, and Iko. Probably more than I should...I actually might like them more than the main characters? Not that anything was wrong with Cinder and Kai, but I just didn't really connect or feel much of anything for either of them. I felt more for what happened with Peony and Iko (I hope Iko does get a new bodacious bod, that'll be hilarious.) Although the ending had me feeling for Cinder a little bit. I wish I could actually give this 3.5 stars.
Cinder is a highly recommended cyborg mechanic, although no one except her family knows she's a cyborg. Cyborgs are lower class citizens in this world, and they are volunteered for medical experiments as an honour to their society. Prince Kai comes to her, as his android is in need of repairs. He jokes that there is highly confidential information on her, and needs her as soon as possible. Eventually, Cinder gets around to figuring out what the problem is, and it appears there was a D-COMM installed into the android which was not compatible with it. When it turns back on, it's mid-conversation of whatever it was saying and to whomever it was saying. Cinder learns just what the Prince was searching for. The Lunar Princess, Selene, neice of the Lunar Queen (Selena? ...soemthing like that.)
Earth and the inhabitants of the moon, the Lunar, do not much like each other. People on Earth in fact *hate* the Lunar, and do NOT like it at all when Prince Kai's father dies, and the Lunar Queen comes down to Earth for the first time in a century. She wants to strike a deal with the Prince that she will sign a peace treaty with them if he marries her. She wants an heir, as her niece and sister are dead. Kai's father was very adamant about not wanting to strike this deal and just hoping the Queen will not rage war on them. After the Emperor dies though, the Queen feels like she might be able to manipulate Kai into marrying her and giving her what she wants.
My biggest issue with this story is predictability. I was about half way with this book yesterday and I had it all figured out then, but it takes until the end of the book for you to read about it. I personally, felt like there was too much fluffy details that didn't really matter (and shouldn't have been there) and I found myself skimming a lot, so I will probably wait to borrow someone's copy for the second before I put down $10+ for it. Though I am definitely interested in what happens next with Cinder. (less)
I didn't finish this book. I got about 70% and stopped. I kept picking it up and hoping it'd finally pick up...I gave it that far to do something and...moreI didn't finish this book. I got about 70% and stopped. I kept picking it up and hoping it'd finally pick up...I gave it that far to do something and it just never happened (70%!). I wasn't interested in at all. It didn't engage me or make me feel anything. It was just really boring, and I really don't like any of the characters. I don't like how ungrateful Stephen is/was towards the Greens. I didn't understand what he "felt" for Jenny. I wish there were more of Stephen's grandpa. I think if this had more of a connection with the grandpa, then him dying instead of starting off with him dying...I dunno! I'm just glad I won a copy of this and didn't waste my money.
**I skimmed the rest of it and wow. I'm pretty glad I stopped where I did. That was the most disappointing..is it possible to be more disappointed?
Alright. It took me like, five tries to actually get into this. Five tries over a year. This 5th time when I picked it up I was really into it! I read...moreAlright. It took me like, five tries to actually get into this. Five tries over a year. This 5th time when I picked it up I was really into it! I read close to 100 pages in one sitting but after that it was hard to get back into it. I had a problem with visualizing anything that was being described. I really could not get pictures in my head of them hoverboarding. I might be wrong but there was one time when Tally flies over tree tops, and then another time where they say "15 feet is too high for hoverboards" and I was just like what? What kind of short ass trees is she flying over? I had that problem a lot. (less)
Holy frig. This book! I read 70% of it in one night because I just couldn't THINK of putting it down. The ending! My heart! So so so good. I laughed,...moreHoly frig. This book! I read 70% of it in one night because I just couldn't THINK of putting it down. The ending! My heart! So so so good. I laughed, I laughed some more, I cringed, I felt anger, I laughed some more, I cried. I definitely recommend this book to EVERYONE.
It was pretty fast paced, I felt that there was nothing that should have been taken out. I really loved Viola and her silence at first. I was right there with Todd being all confused at her, is she deaf? Does she not understand? When she first talks I was all excited and giddy. I read the prequel so I was waiting for her to pop up.
(view spoiler)[ NOO MANCHEE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I cried!! I totally cried. I keep hoping maybe he isn't...Maybe I'll get a super surprise in book two.. (hide spoiler)]
Ugh. This book was atrocious. I should have put it down when I was at the 15% mark because I hated it from there, but a few people told me this book w...moreUgh. This book was atrocious. I should have put it down when I was at the 15% mark because I hated it from there, but a few people told me this book was *amazing* so I kept going with it...Slowly. Very very slowly.
I don't have a single good thing to say about this book. I did not like any of the characters, and in fact I hated Ember and Chase. I hated everything about Ember, and I'm a little done with reading dystopian's where the main characters only drive comes from having to save the family member!
I'm over it. I'm over boys "liking" the girl, but being cold and insecure and an asshole about it.(Why do girls continue to question and put up with this kind of behavior? If a guy really likes you he isn't going to be an insecure asshole to you one minute and a charming knight the next.) I'm over girls throwing little hissy fits over the boy RISKING HIS FUCKING LIFE AND SAVING YOURS so you can get up out of the car and run away into dangerous as fuck territory where just earlier that day you would have been RAPED (my thoughts, who knows what would have happened. maybe they just wanted to kidnap her for tea and crumpets? that sounds really plausible in this world!) had it not been for the boy saving your life.
I'm just super disappointed by this book. I really like the description and the cover but I just could not stand the writing either. I felt like so much of it was "telling" me and not "showing" me, even though probably more than half of the book is descriptions and not dialogue. Or maybe it was SO much showing that it was making me want to gouge my eyes out. Who knows. I will not be reading the rest of this series and I will not read anything else this author writes.(less)
It was good enough but I have no desire really to read the rest of this series. I'm really glad I didn't buy this book, pretty much sums it up.
I don't...moreIt was good enough but I have no desire really to read the rest of this series. I'm really glad I didn't buy this book, pretty much sums it up.
I don't know where I read it but I kept seeing comparisons between this and the Vampire Chronicles and that comparison just makes me sad. This is nothing at all like the Vampire Chronicles except for the fact that they're both about vampires.
I enjoyed this story, but I am really not into the vampire craze so I was expecting this book to blow me away (as per every review I've read saying just that). I kept reading reviews saying the vampires are kick-ass and not lame blahblah. Well, sorry but Allie is very lame (view spoiler)[ like legit. I hate her as a vampire. Somewhere around the 400 page mark she's like "death was always a part of my life and I wanted to risk my own to save someone who hates me?" well bitch that's because you're full of fuzzy bunnies and warmth and you have SO MUCH FUCKING HEART IT'S RIDICULOUS. (hide spoiler)]. I can't stand reading about vampires siding with humans...I'm over it. Where are the kick ass vampires? Where's...Jackal's story? I'd read that.
So, just don't go in expecting kick ass vampires because you will get typical YA vampire behavior in this book. A vampire girl who doesn't want to kill people and wishes she could feed off bunnies but knows she can't, so she regretfully feeds off people unless she's being "badass" and trying to get them away from her, in which she only feels slightly regretful. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was pretty good. I kept having trouble getting into it because it kept reminding me of that movie Pandorum. Not that that is a bad thing, it just...moreThis was pretty good. I kept having trouble getting into it because it kept reminding me of that movie Pandorum. Not that that is a bad thing, it just had a lot of similar aspects to me. I really enjoyed it though and I can't wait for rest of this series.(less)
This book is amazing! I read it in one sitting through the noise of screaming children playing, so you know it had to be good to keep me from being di...moreThis book is amazing! I read it in one sitting through the noise of screaming children playing, so you know it had to be good to keep me from being distracted and into the story! ^_^
I really loved every character in the book. I loved the Enders that Callie "befriends" as "Helena". I loved Blake. (view spoiler)[ omg, at the end! I was like NOOOOOOOOO no no no! and then I was like "Awe yes yes yes!" (hide spoiler)] Blake is a 'real teen' that Callie befriends while she is still in her rental period, so she is supposing to be Helena's "niece". Callie's relationship with him was so sweet and a little strained because she was pretending to be herself pretty much.
I loved Raj, Briana, and I can't recall the other person's name from the trio. But I loved their characters (view spoiler)[ and when Callie was sitting there thinking how familiar that gesture was, I was scrambling my brain like "who?!? who did that! I just read that!" (hide spoiler)]
Although, at one point towards the end of the book I could sort of guess what was happening, but then until it was actually said I wasn't ever sure. And I was actually in the dark on it until the last 50-60 pages maybe. I'm really looking forward to the second book!
I definitely recommend this book, I thought it was a really unique concept (at least for me) and it was done really well. I loved the concept of a vaccine and only the most fragile of people in society being the only one's left to run it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a decent book. I really liked it in the beginning, but I felt in the middle it kind of dragged. And then towards the end it really picked bac...moreThis was a decent book. I really liked it in the beginning, but I felt in the middle it kind of dragged. And then towards the end it really picked back up! I've already started to read the 1.5 of it.
Gaia and her mother are midwives. Each month they must give up the first three babies they deliver to the Enclave. Gaia is beside herself with pride when she delivers her first baby unassisted especially after finding out it was the woman's first birth. Gaia does her usual routine, giving the baby four pinpricks on the ankle and giving the mother tea. Gaia delivers the baby to the Enclave, even though it pains her because the mother was beaming with joy over her first born. She thought she'd be able to keep it, but it was Gaia's first unassisted delivery so that is not the case.
Gaia makes her way home and is beckoned by Old Meg. Another midwife in her section. Old Meg is rather crude, and gives Gaia a package from her mother. Gaia doesn't understand, and Old Meg tells her that her parents have been arrested and an officer waits at her house to talk, or even arrest her maybe.
From here, Gaia really starts to question and find things out about what she perceived to be a perfect society. She never really gave anything a second thought, but if her parents have been arrested and she hasn't heard from them for over three weeks, who knows what else is going on?
I really enjoyed Gaia's flashbacks of her father. (view spoiler)[ I felt so sad when you find out he died! I would have loved to watch him and Gaia's relationship grow more from everything that Gaia has learned and how much wiser she has become (hide spoiler)] You really get a sense of how loving and caring her parents truly are. I enjoyed all of the characters in the book, the only reason I am not rating this higher is it just didn't pull me in that much. It earned enough interest of mine to make me want to read more, yes, and I didn't put it down so that speaks for itself. Gaia's strength and braveness really resonated with me and made me compare her with Katniss from HG. They both would do anything for the family they love, and I really enjoyed that aspect.
I'm extremely curious as to what happens with Gaia, (view spoiler)[ her baby sister Maya (hide spoiler)], and if and what the Dead Forest is. Oooh. Also about her Grandma! Is she alive? Is she dead?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I love this book. I just bought this book on a whim, I hadn't read or heard too much about it. I'm super glad I got it. I normally just read YA, but S...moreI love this book. I just bought this book on a whim, I hadn't read or heard too much about it. I'm super glad I got it. I normally just read YA, but Stephen King holds the #1 spot with his Dark Tower series, and I'm fairly sure this book is right up under those books. I don't know why I kept getting a bit creeped out at certain parts of the book, as it is not creepy at all. In fact, there's a super touching love story in it. And the love story is done beautifully. It might be one of my favourites.
It took me a bit to read this book, at 850 pages it isn't the longest book, but it's quite a bit of book. However, I never felt like it was going too slow. In fact, I thought it was a very nicely paced novel. I never once was like 'okay come on let's get to the good stuff!' because ALL of it was good stuff for me.
The ending! Everyone should read this book, just because the ending is frickin' awesome. Normally I do not like endings, normally I think 'that could have ended better', but this ending was great. I reread the last few chapters quite a few times just because the feelings it evoked for me. I was right there with Jake, struggling to come to terms with everything happening.
Jesus, this book took me quite some time. I don't know why, because I actually really like the story. I just felt like it was so slow, but at 300 page...moreJesus, this book took me quite some time. I don't know why, because I actually really like the story. I just felt like it was so slow, but at 300 pages it's not like it wasted a lot of time on stupid shit. So I don't know about this book at all. I own the two in one version, Inside, so I will be reading the second book because holy frick I was surprised at what Outside is (view spoiler)[ I thought for a while that maybe they were under water, I don't think it ever occurred to me that they could be in space. And I think the second book is going to be much better for some reason (hide spoiler)]. Overall, I might recommend this story but I would tell them I thought it was really slow so to not go in with super high hopes/expectations like I did. I have heard nothing but good things from people about this, and while the actual concept and idea of this story is really interesting, I just don't know if it was the author's writing style that I didn't like or what. It was slow, because a 300 page book should take me one night to read, not four nights and two of those nights I read like 20 pages because of how boring it is.
Wow. I just fucking typed up a huge thing of why I didn't like this and it deleted it. UGHHHHHHHHH. Short version: I couldn't visualize ANYTHING and because of that I did not like this book like I should have. It did a terrible job in my mind of making me SEE the world, and because of that I could not get into the story and enjoy it like I wanted. It made me DISLIKE reading it because I couldn't visualize anything. I honestly couldn't even tell you if people's looks were described other than the scrubs get brown eyes to not be different. What else? I don't fucking know. The only description I remember (and I always think people do this because of Katniss, and I will always think that in YA) is Trella wears a braid. (Yes, maybe Katniss wasn't the first, but when you go out of your way to describe someone's braid to me it reminds me of HG and I wish people would stop with the HG references in their novels.)
I'm a little apprehensive now over this author, because I actually want to read every series she has out, they all sound really good, but I think I'll just wait and try to rent her books instead of straight out buy them next time. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)