Holy fucking shit! Holy shit! Oh my sweet new-born Jesus. Fucking phenomenal. This book? Good fucking God. No words. Left me completely speechless. AnHoly fucking shit! Holy shit! Oh my sweet new-born Jesus. Fucking phenomenal. This book? Good fucking God. No words. Left me completely speechless. And also satisfied. A great ending to a brilliant novel. I....yes. YES! ...more
1. No new world building 2. The language, while creative and fitting of the time, is long and redundant 3. There is only so much the audience canBORING
1. No new world building 2. The language, while creative and fitting of the time, is long and redundant 3. There is only so much the audience can take that is the same thing over and over 4. Saw the ending while being one tenth into the book VERY PREDICTABLE 5. Just boring. Things happen, but lots of those things the book could have done without. This could have taken me 3 hours not 7 to read. 6. Characters are flat and I couldn't relate to any of them as they were all really simple minded. 7. I GET IT, the duchess is in danger of loosing her country, I got it the first time you told me, at this point I don't care.
Such awesome idea, so poorly executed. I had high hopes (really high hopes for this one) and I will not dare to hope ever again. ...more
This was not as great as the first book, for it was a little lacking in the spontaneity of it. While it was still a good read (4 stars), I'm waiting fThis was not as great as the first book, for it was a little lacking in the spontaneity of it. While it was still a good read (4 stars), I'm waiting for the third book to try to restore me. It had the right amount of surprises, and the moral dilemma of the main character realistic to that of a real person (like, we're not always morally good, which a lot of ya seems to forget). The tension with the love triangle thickened, but it's becoming quite obvious which relationship is going to prevail in the end (I quite enjoyed not having the knowledge in the 1st book). Hopefully, it will continue to dazzle me. (it might not help that I read the book all through one night)...more
I felt like this book is aimed at a younger audience, but I still enjoyed it. It was witty, emotional, and easy to relate to. The main character was aI felt like this book is aimed at a younger audience, but I still enjoyed it. It was witty, emotional, and easy to relate to. The main character was all sass. The plot was hectic and packed, with amusing twists. It was a great way to pass the time, as it was not that serious of a read and made laugh (which is always a plus)....more
Whereas I didn't mind the first two books (they were mildly entertaining and quite peculiar) this one made me not like the series much. It's not anythWhereas I didn't mind the first two books (they were mildly entertaining and quite peculiar) this one made me not like the series much. It's not anything I can quite put my finger on, just personally didn't resonate with me. The ending was so easy to predict, since about book one, that it ruined the story a little when my prediction became truth. But it is an entertaining love story. But I am not a fan of love stories. So, while I don't quite regret reading this, I can't say that I spent my time productively. ...more
the social code is an interesting read. by no means is it the best I've ever read, not does it have the most original plot, when one really get's downthe social code is an interesting read. by no means is it the best I've ever read, not does it have the most original plot, when one really get's down to the bones of it. but it was entertaining, and very well written. it had just the right amount of emotional entanglements and elements that furthered the plot. very happy with this book, and I am looking forward to reading the next book as soon as I get my hands on it.
let us start of with the cover of this book. digitally, the cover is nothing special, but when I held it in my hands, boy was it nice. I'm not a fan of faces on the covers (I prefer to imagine my own characters, and that type of cover has been greatly overused in anything to do with YA), but the girl actually matches the character. to the T. had I not seen the cover, I'd have imagined her EXACTLY the same. and the typographic elements in the text just reinforces the theme, mood and feel of the story. especially the fact that the title is all lowercase in one straight line with a nice green colour of typical lettering when coding. [I'm a coder. I know.] (see how my review is mostly lowercase? huh? huh? yea?) honestly, that was my selling point, when I first considered reading it.
this book is about a relationship between two twins, with personalities as opposite as they come. one is endlessly looking for relationships, has no idea what he wants to do with his life, always looking for the first way out of the situation they're both in (wants money). the other one is someone who knows what she wants to do, has a passion, endlessly immerses herself in it, and is a little blind to social cues. one is Adam, the other one is Amelia. both came from foster care, and are in Stanford University on scholarships (illegally, on Adams part.) Amelia is a genius coder/hacker, with a strong moral code, and isn't afraid of saying no to opportunities that seem too good to be true (because they usually are.) living between high profile investors for whom a couple of million is nothing, the twins learn to navigate the waters, but they sometimes stumble and start drowning as they realize just whom they're dealing with.
one thing you've got to give to sadie hayes, she knows how to write great characters. I loved every single one of them. and they go through character development, which is usually unheard of in the first book of a series, like, ever.
let me start with the star of the show: Amelia. there was just something about her that I liked. she is not afraid to say no, no matter what's on the line. and she doesn't let herself or her brother be bullied or blackmailed into anything. but she has the realization that family is everything she has left, especially that there is only one of him left, and she will do anything to keep that relationship. she has a soft spot in her heart for her brother.
Adam is a charm in himself. this relationship that I have with this fictional character goes something like this: "you're so sweet" "you're such an idiot!" "don't do that!" "you asshole!" "you poor thing,come here let me hug you and love you and make you hot chocolate and here are some fluffy pillows" "you bastard!" "what is your fucking problem, get your shit together" "you need a hug" "stop being cute" and so on. I don't think I've had such a roller-coaster ride of emotions. yet he reminds me a little of myself, hehe, all that indecisiveness. you do come to love him.
T.J. the golden boy that just can't can't get enough approval from his dad, not that his dad gives any to him. he's living in a messed up family situation, and resorts to blackmail and corruption. he doesn't have any healthy relationships, in the beginning, but he changes a little towards the end. with the new company launch, along with Amelia and Adam (backed by a legendary investor and mentor), he finds something worth defending, and finally deals with some of his issues. I really liked him, even if he drove me nuts.
now, onto the reason that this book lost a star. there seemed to be a main plot, with the twins, but there was another subplot that coexisted with the main plot, but had nothing concrete to contribute. and honestly, it was super boring, with Patty pining after her sisters fiancé. the only thing that saved this, was the fact that it had lots of realism. Patty lives in a world where there are responsibilities, and that following ones heart is not achievable. and I liked that Patty had some self respect for herself that she honestly tried to be the responsible one. it came as a surprise. nicely done.
I recommend this book. it is entertaining, original, and uses just the right amount of tech-y terms to create the mood. the writing is a bit unusual, but not bad, and one can easily get used to it, as it's very good at communicating ideas.
Have nothing to do? Pick this novel up and read it. Comes very recommended (from ME, hehe)....more
I was expecting great things of this book! All the hype had me hyped and finally! A kick ass heroine in ya literature! I was r**minor spoilers ahead**
I was expecting great things of this book! All the hype had me hyped and finally! A kick ass heroine in ya literature! I was ready to dance in circles. So when I started reading this book, I was all for the murdering and the killing. Yea, let's go on this wild ride!
But, unfortunately, it was not so. There was not enough of the murdering and the killing. There was way more talk of the murdering and the killing, and irrational accusations flying everywhere. The main character belongs to a Coven of nuns that serve the God of Death, and do his will as he wills it. Only they do the opposite. For a coven with a great many nuns that claim to have devoted their life to serving their God, they seemed more interested in serving their country. (And just how easily they were duped, it was unbelievable.) Which I found utmost frustrating. Gods don't pick sides! And wouldn't a God of Death welcome a war?? More lives, and souls and all that? But seeing as it wasn't really my book, I let it slide, but I did loose a little of my interest.
The main character I liked. I liked her really much up until we get there unwanted feelings, and wow I really shouldn't be feeling these things why is this happening, maybe I should become his mistress for real. For someone who has experiences a lot of unwanted sexual advances and has had to deal with them, she really came across as a prude. (Nothing wrong with that, just the shit coming out of her mouth doesn't match her history.) And I liked her when she was killing! Like, yea girl! But then she couldn't act on her own, and I was ready to tear my hair out. And that whole business with the marque, it really took her forever to figure out what it really meant. I had it down by the second kill, when the marque matched the way she was gonna kill him. And it was frustrating having to read about her looking for that marque so that she could do her Gods job. I was ready to sit her down in a room and connect a couple of neurons in her brain.
And don't get me started on the love interest. Duval stared off as a great character. (This is appearing to be a trend. All the characters start off good and then go OOC and I don't even know where to stick them anymore.) Moody, handsome, and completely committed to the cause for his duchess (who is 12, no less. And let me tell you was I confused with that little tid-bit of information: she does not act like a 12 year old. Honestly, she seemed to have more brain power than our 17y/o heroine.) And then he goes all softhearted for the assassin woman he doesn't even trust?
The plot moved so slowly.
I argee with Eris. Shut up! And start doing stit!
It moved at a snails pace. So much talking! And not enough attention to the plots. Some of them didn't even need to be there. They were so underdeveloped that it would have been better if they were left out. For example, Duval's brother and mother plotting to dethrone the duchess. I blink, and I've missed everything. What about motives? Where is that 'why' they're so happy to apply to everything else? And what is happening with the other two coven girls?
I don't care much for historic accuracy, because I read it for the action, and the court politics. But there was a lack of the historic feel, that I so crave is these books. There was none of the intrigue that comes from gossip and who slept with who. What was that thing at the end, too. She needs to have sex with him in order to absorb the poison? What? (Truthfully, I've read too much fanfiction, so that when there is this sentence during which they supposedly do the frick-frack, that I'm not even sure they had sex until later in the book when they feel guilty over it. In YA, I can't tell, because it sounds like of their pondering about sex that goes on through the previous pages.)
I was severely disappointed. I came to expect something I'd like, and came away with nothing I liked. This book has fucked up something that has had so much potential. Really sad to see it do so. ...more
It's a collection of letters, e-mails, forum talks, messages, text messages.... and they all tell a really nice story about a woman andThis was cute.
It's a collection of letters, e-mails, forum talks, messages, text messages.... and they all tell a really nice story about a woman and her life. All 50 years of it.
This is a story about Rosie Dunne, from her childhood to her teens to her 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s... She had a best friend, Alex, who moves away when they were kids. Cue a little bad choices, lots of blame, some untimely kids and bad marriages, and you get yourself a little of what this book is about. That sounds bad. But then you get all the cute little moments, all the realistic nightmares, and all the real life struggles.
I liked reading this because it had all the gritty details of life. And it wasn't sugar coated.
Rosie is such a beautiful character. She is someone who doesn't know what the future holds, but she works for everything. She is sad, happy, angry, hurt, disappointed, gives up at times, has something to work for. And she's someone that I can easily relate too.
Ps, she does get the love of her life in the end. Which I thought was super cute, if not that real....more
I might review this later with a proper one. But I'll share some of my opinions on it, quickly.
The Shack is not a book that was easy to read. And I'mI might review this later with a proper one. But I'll share some of my opinions on it, quickly.
The Shack is not a book that was easy to read. And I'm not talking big vocabulary and sentences that only make sense when you concentrate. No, I'm talking emotionally. I have never lost anyone and it was hard for me to read, so I can't imagine what it would be like for someone that did lose someone. From a Christian point of view, this would also not be an easy book to read. This book has addressed some deep questions with answers that ring true. They might be, they might not, (this book does come across as fiction, but the way it was written I could almost believe it happen), but I choose to believe the bare bones if not the plot. It did address questions that I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. And it helped me. I own this book, and I will read it again, and once again marvel at the simplicity of the answers, and how easy they will be to apply to my life. And you wouldn't have to be a Christian to follow up some of them, (but some you do. In this book, Mackenzie—the main character—meets God in the form of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And he is angry at them to have taken his beloved Missy—she is murdered bloody and her body hidden—from him and three years later, he deteriorates as well as his kids, especially Kate, his other daughter that blames herself for Missy's death. God talks to him about trust, helps him deal with grief and anger. In a religious way, the audience is put on the spot and really gets an understanding of why God does some of the things that he does in relation the the main character. Sure, God is fierce, especially in the Bible, but he's also merciful and loving. And sometimes we're (humanity) are so focused on the bad that we forget the good).
And I'm not going to forget the writing. It was simple, but it drew me in in its little things. We usually forget about the simple gestures in life to put it into books, not putting much emphasis on the making of a cup of coffee or the panic one experiences when slipping on ice. And these things, these little things are so normal in life, that reading them in a book is weird. And it was nice, it really brought reality to the prose and the story and is probably why I don't have such a hard time believing the events.
It doesn't have much action and it's more for the soul, but sometimes the soul needs it feeding as well. If you're having hard times, I will recommend. It really deals nicely with grief. If you're not, I still recommend. Sometimes, we need a little life story about God in order to realize how truly blessed we are....more
This was a gritty book. The writing was gritty and the main character was insane, and frightening, because of how normal he came across as. An okay reThis was a gritty book. The writing was gritty and the main character was insane, and frightening, because of how normal he came across as. An okay read, but it doesn't have anything that would make me read it again....more