Mermaids! Yeay! I have to say that this was actually the first time that I read about...moreDo you want more reviews like this? Check out my blog about books
Mermaids! Yeay! I have to say that this was actually the first time that I read about the lore of the merfolk/finfolk/mermaids. I think it was a good start but I wanted more from this book. It’s mostly the characters that made me like this book less. The lore itself was very interesting and well integrated into the story. And then the excerpt for the second book just made me want to read that as well. So it’s safe to say I’m hooked but I’m not sure if I like it. I will say that if the next book doesn’t up the ante with the characters I might just not continue reading this series though.
Mara is not my friend. I would never like her in real life. I understand that she has been through a lot but she seems pretty self-absorbed. In any case she was too busy messing up her own life to see the obvious thing. There were just times when I didn’t have it easy to keep rooting for her. Sometimes I just wanted the book to focus on someone else, Sailor maybe. And though I’ve never actively watched Sailor Moon, every time I read Sailor’s name I just couldn’t help but think of the blonde anime character. Don’t even get me started about the boys in this book because if I ever see someone fawn over an annoying girl in real life I might have to slap them.
The story felt okay while I was reading this book, but looking back not a lot of things happened. This saddens me immensely because this is such a cool premise, so many things could have happened that I would want to read about! No, instead we get the love stuff all up front and that’s just not what I wanted this book to be about. I guess I was just expecting different things from this book story-wise which is where my disappointment comes from. As a whole this book just left me feeling pretty meh. But I’m hoping the next book will do it better and perhaps be more centered around the fact that it’s about finfolk? A girl can only hope.(less)
This book was definitely a fun read, I also finished this book quite fast accordingly...moreDo you want more reviews like this? Check out my blog about books
This book was definitely a fun read, I also finished this book quite fast accordingly. The storyline was very interesting and Richard was a great main character. But there was just that something that was missing in this story, I just can’t quite put my finger on it (and we all know that’s not a fun feeling). But overall I really did enjoy this book and it’s definitely worth your time! I’ll try to not spoil this book during the review, but it’s going to be very hard!
Richard is a great character, I liked him right away. Mostly because of the little things because they made him feel very relatable. He wasn’t special and that’s what made him a lot of fun. It made this book feel more realistic especially considering what the main plotline is centered around. There are also some good guys here and some bad guys and I love how we get a very full view of both parties. Not everyone who is on the “bad” side has bad motives and vice versa. That’s just a real big plus for me because I love being torn about hating the bad guys!
Plot wise this book was very strong in my opinion. It reminded me a slight bit of a book I read recently (When the world was flat) and I felt that this book handled those things better. The writing worked very well for this story in my opinion. I don’t have very strong feelings towards the writing which means that it didn’t bother me in the least. It also means that it wasn’t the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read, but that style of writing wouldn’t have helped the story, so this was all the story needed. The ending was good as well in my opinion. I didn’t find it very unexpected but it pleased me nonetheless.
The thing with this book was that however much I liked reading it, afterwards I didn’t have that WOW-feeling. It was good and let me assure you that I’m not lying here. But there was a bit of punch missing perhaps? Or maybe this had more to do with my mood than my book. Who knows?(less)
How I loved this book! This was definitely like a breath of fresh air, one that was l...moreDo you want more reviews like this? Check out my blog about books
How I loved this book! This was definitely like a breath of fresh air, one that was long overdue as well! From the moment I started reading this book I was completely hooked. I really liked the idea on which this story was based, I mean: a real life Genie/jinn. That’s definitely a topic I’ve never read about before. Things that I really enjoyed about this book were the characters, the storyline, the writing, the fact that it will continue in a second book, actually just about everything. I don’t have a doubt in my mind about reading the next book in the series when it comes out.
Jacob isn’t the most average of people, but you soon start understanding why. He has a very difficult life and has had an even worse youth. In my opinion his character really just worked for me. What was written about him in the present concurred with the things in his past, at least that’s how I perceived it. Just like Jacob, Lori was a complex yet still likeable character. What I also really liked was how the characters interacted with each other. These conversations and meet-ups felt very realistic.
The story was just grand! It was paced just right, you never pit this book down voluntarily. It continuously kept me guessing about what would be happening while marveling at this epic tale. This book just demanded to be read once you had glanced at the first page and it was a wonderful feeling. It has been a longtime since I’ve read a book that intrigued me this much and it felt great to have this experience. And now onto the next topic: the writing. This beautiful prose just lifted this story to the next level for me. Scott Holliday is a true master of the written word, the way he can so effortlessly go from present to past and back again or just pulling you along with Jacob on his quest to fulfill this wish. And how he keeps this book pretty lighthearted is another great feat. Many a great writer would struggle with keeping this book away from the deep and dark themes that are buried in between the lines.
“Broken Horizon” is the next book in this series and I’m keeping my eyes peeled for it! And so will you once you pick up this masterwork and give it a read.(less)
This book is one of a kind for me. I’ve never before read a book that had this combination of lists, drawings, collages, etc. . It was a lot of fun at...moreThis book is one of a kind for me. I’ve never before read a book that had this combination of lists, drawings, collages, etc. . It was a lot of fun at the start, but once the newness had wore off I sometimes felt it lacked in the dialogue department. Perhaps I’m being picky, or I’m just not used to reading comics, but for me there just wasn’t enough in the dialogues. They just left me wanting more details, more pages, more depth.
I find this to be a very hard book to review, because I’m just not used to reviewing a book which is not a novel. It’s a bit weird because (perhaps unjustly so) I feel as if I can’t follow the same basic reviewing plan for this one. But on I go with this review. As a fervent list-maker myself I could really appreciate the ones in the book. At first. But it did get a bit old at times. I guess it’s just not as fun to read them as it is to write them? And there were also times when the lists were about things that I would never make a list about. But I will admit that these lists made the book more personal, especially seeing as these were written by Ramsey herself at the time she is portraying in her story. But a smaller amounts of lists would definitely have been fine with me. Especially seeing as they could also slow down the story as well.
The drawings in this book were amazing, every character was always very easily distinguishable which is a definite plus. However the dialogue in them was often a bit too brief to my liking. Especially because we got to know (through the life journals) how good of a writer Ramsey can be. She sometimes had these sentences that really touched home for me. But that wasn’t there in the dialogues. And I understand that people don’t speak like that in real life, no one is that pensive at 18 (or at least I wasn’t). But I don’t have the feeling that most conversations were that basic in real life.
Going of to college is a big step in anyone’s life, and even more so if it’s to a college far away from home. The story that was being told was a very interesting and personal one. It definitely showed us the journey which Ramsey had during this first year away from home. But I guess that sometimes it’s hard to write a memoir about a year like this. Sometimes there are things that were so very important to you, but they can be so very hard to convey as well. And that’s something that I felt while reading this book. And I’m not saying this to be rude in any way, but not everyone has that kind of life in which many things happen (action wise). I think this format would have done better if it were about a year which had been a bit more action packed and less focused on the emotional stuff. The lists were a great way for the reader to meet the writer, but as for telling the story it felt a bit lacking as well. It gave us insight, but only into a very limited topic. But it was nice to read about this year which changed a lot in Ramsey’s life.
I feel like I’ve been blundering my way through this review! If I didn’t feel like I was nearly insulting the author’s life it definitely felt as if the words struggling to come out of my head. So for the record, I did like the story and I did like the format, I just think the combo might have been a bit off. This format didn’t go well with such an emotional journey in my opinion.(less)
I have one of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage soul books somewhere hidden on my bookshelves. I bought it after reading some of the stories in a copy...moreI have one of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage soul books somewhere hidden on my bookshelves. I bought it after reading some of the stories in a copy of my friend and thought it was pretty neat. This was a couple of years ago and I haven’t reread the book since. But when I saw this one pop up on Netgalley, I thought I would give it a go, seeing as I remember liking one of their previous books. But maybe I’ve changed or just grown out of this genre, or there is too much difference between the teenage books and the ones for grown ups. This just wasn’t for me.
The intro to this book was interesting in my opinion. It was nice to find out how this book has made it this big and how it came to be published in the first place. That was one of the only parts I really liked about the book. Just the fact that these were (for the most part) older stories just being republished was a bump on the road to liking this book. Yes, they were honest about it (I mean, it is in the title after all). However you put it though, you are just still recycling old materials and trying to make money from it again. This is just lazy, especially seeing as they have so many entries from people that try to submit their story to these books. Couldn’t they have just put those in instead of the older ones? I don’t see how people who bought the first book will be enthused about buying this book since they already own a lot of the stories…
Onto the real content of the book. I like that it’s all divided between themes so you can just sort of pick and choose what you like to read about. This is a good thing for sure, because this is not a book you just read and read and read, it’s just not made for that sort of purpose (or if it is, I can’t handle it like that). There were definitely some stories that I enjoyed, don’t let me convince you of anything else. But most of the tales were not to my liking. Usually not really due to the morals (or whatever else you call the lessons you get from these) in them but due to the way it’s put. I guess I was hoping for a bit more fluff around the morals instead of some straight up lesson. I don’t want to be spoon-fed that you should cherish each day or that just hugging people can make life better for everyone involved. Or even that a small gesture can save a live. I would have also understood these messages if they were told in a less direct manner. This is probably just the nature of the book, I can’t really compare it to my Chicken Soup for the Teenage soul book seeing as it’s been too long. But this format is just not for me. All of the lessons that were in these stories were just not packaged in a way I wanted to read them.
But there were some good ones in there, they truly were. They weren’t the run of the mill stories and they actually made me feel what people were supposed to feel while reading them (that you should cherish people more or the like). Those definitely made me give it the extra star. I really think that you have to be in the right mindset to read this book and that it should be done so sparingly in any case. Perhaps this is the reason why I didn’t like most of the book, or maybe it’s just not for me.
Have you read any books in the series? Have you checked out this one? How did you like them? Or why didn’t you ever pick them up? Let me know, I’d be happy to find out more!
Wow, that is one enormous synopsis on Goodreads huh?! But leaving that aside I absolutely loved this book. I was actually really uncertain if I would...moreWow, that is one enormous synopsis on Goodreads huh?! But leaving that aside I absolutely loved this book. I was actually really uncertain if I would like this novel because I have never (until now) read anything about zombies, nor have I ever really seen a lot of zombie things (one short season of Walking dead doesn’t really count in my eyes). So why did I like this book when I’m clearly not all that into the zombie genre? Let’s get into that now!
I’m having such a hard time at describing this book while making sense at the same time. I certainly hope you’ll get the gist of what I mean. This book was a lot different from my expectations. The thing I loved the most that this was all told in retrospect and in an interview-like fashion. It wasn’t centered around anyone in particular, we didn’t follow that one person who overcame the zombie war. We got the full size view. We saw every corner of the world in every stage of the war. If you skipped over the synopsis, go back and read it now because that’s exactly what I’m talking about. There was also a very tactical side to the war and I really enjoyed how in-depth this was worked out throughout the book.
There wasn’t any one person that we followed throughout the book which makes it hard for me to discuss the characters in this book. But I will say that every person had his or her own personality that shone through in the (short) interview. It didn’t feel as if it was the same person discussing different situations at all, because everyone clearly acted in different ways during the war. And all of these stories just had a way of pulling me into the story. I was hooked within reading the first two interviews.
If there was ever a zombie apocalypse I think this book seems pretty realistical in the sense of what we can expect. Though that might sound strange I really mean it. There will be true heroes rising out from unexpected places, governments will make bad decisions, lots of people will die, etc.. All of these things are in the book and so much more.(less)