The 100 is a futuristic story based in a time 300 years post-apocalyptic earth on a space station type of town hovering over earth. We know the earthThe 100 is a futuristic story based in a time 300 years post-apocalyptic earth on a space station type of town hovering over earth. We know the earth was soaked in radiation during "The Cataclysm", but little information is given as to what was the cause. You are given pieces of information at a time through the course of several of the main character's (Wells, Clarke, Bellamy and Glass) points of view.
This story is geared toward young adult readers, so the pieces were pretty easy for me to put together. I wasn't taken off guard by any of the twists or turns…but a younger reader would easily be. I cannot even think of anything that would not be appealing to either female or male teenager for this book.
I can honestly tell you, I have never in my long reading career read a book so short on description and enjoyed it! There are 323 pages of straight-to-the-point story. The author is masterful in this style of writing. You're hooked and you don't even realize you didn't get a great deal of description. I didn't realize until my son started reading this book and asked me if Clarke was the blond girl in the TV show. At that point I realized I didn't know what Clarke looked like. I had an image of her in my head based solely on her personality portrayal. It takes quite a skill to do something like that, have the reader create a character visually without any help from the author, and still successfully create characters that the reader has an attachment to. I have read many books that lacked description of their characters and cannot remember one story where the author successfully managed to create an attachment to that character.
This is great for young readers. It's an easy read, action-packed. The pace is fast and geared to grab and hold a person's attention. I just eagerly starting the second book and I will be very excited to read the third! http://www.justusgirlsblog.com/2014/1......more
The second book in the 100 series was a good read, quick and to the point. It felt very simple to me but I am an accomplished adult reader and this isThe second book in the 100 series was a good read, quick and to the point. It felt very simple to me but I am an accomplished adult reader and this is very clearly meant for a teenage audience. The story was interesting, however, despite the fast pace of the first novel, the second novel seemed to drag at times and move quite fast at other times. It was interesting and unique but didn't quite capture my attention as much as the first book did. That being said, just because I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first book doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the book . I did, in fact, enjoy this story and I look forward to reading the next installment. http://www.justusgirlsblog.com/2014/1......more
Chicken Soup for the Soul has always been a great read no matter what subject they're talking about. I love how there are many different stories thatChicken Soup for the Soul has always been a great read no matter what subject they're talking about. I love how there are many different stories that are shared to inspire you. When reading Touched by an Angel, not only does this book make you have faith in the unseen, but it also inspires you and gives you hope. I loved reading the many different stories that were shared in this book because it talked about dealing with grief and knowing that we will heal when we are hurting. These stories not only got me teary eyed, but had me thinking of the loved ones that I have lost. It's always been faith to believe they are in a better place, but looking over us that helps me and I loved reading stories knowing that everyone goes through their own way of both grieving and healing.
An absolutely great read for anyone, even moms with babies. I loved while my two month old was taking a nap, I had time to have a tea and enjoy a story before she woke up. Definitely a book you can take with you on the go. ...more
This was such a great quick read that was very enjoyable. I couldn't put it down. Not only is the storyline pretty great and interesting, but I love hThis was such a great quick read that was very enjoyable. I couldn't put it down. Not only is the storyline pretty great and interesting, but I love how realistic the characters were and how attached I got to them. For a short read, the book was straight to the point, keeping me both engaged and excited to read what came next. Definitely had some twists that you wouldn't have expect. This is definitely a book that not only teens will absolutely love to read because they'll be able to relate to, but adults as well. I can't wait to see what Laura Kennedy comes out with next! http://www.justusgirlsblog.com/2014/0......more
I am not normally a big fan of Science Fiction books but I always keep an open mind when doing a book review, that being said, I really loved this stoI am not normally a big fan of Science Fiction books but I always keep an open mind when doing a book review, that being said, I really loved this story! It was unique and interesting. Well written. There was some detail that might not appeal to all readers but it was a very enjoyable and thought provoking!
I have to say, this is one story that is not like others. This is a story about a teenage girl name Summer who ends up getting kidnapped and put in aI have to say, this is one story that is not like others. This is a story about a teenage girl name Summer who ends up getting kidnapped and put in a cellar with three other girls. Not only are we reading what she's going through every day she's trapped in the cellar, but we also get to read what the kidnapper, Clover is going through as well as Summer's boyfriend, Lewis.
I certainly couldn't stop reading this story once I started reading it. Not only did I love how we got to hear from a three person's point of view, but I was also terrified, disgusted, sad and so many emotions while reading the story, but could not put this book down. It's that interesting and you want to see what happens and if Summer gets out and reunited with the love of her life. It's very vivid to where you can imagine exactly the layout of how the cellar is and how each girl looks.
I think Natasha Preston did a great job with this story. The only part I would have changed is a more vivid ending to when Summer, Rose, Poppy and Violet got out of the Cellar. We only get small parts as we're reading again from three people's point of view. Other then that I absolutely was intrigued and loved that this story had a happy ending with Summer reuniting with her family as well as Lewis. Definitely a story that will have you in tears as you're reading both Summer and Lewis' point of view.
This is book 2 in the Replica trilogy by Jenna Black. I unfortunately didn't know that before reading it or I may not have read it as I do not care foThis is book 2 in the Replica trilogy by Jenna Black. I unfortunately didn't know that before reading it or I may not have read it as I do not care for starting a trilogy on the second book. I thought the story was good. I especially liked the fact that this is a young adult novel with a gay main character and with the writing style this is approached in a nonchalant way. The fact that the main character is gay means nothing to the story, of course, there are complications that can arise from this fact but this is not a focal point of the story. It is merely a fact and I personally feel that is a fantastic step in the right direction where equal rights and society views begin. The story is futuristic with an old school feudal system which is interesting to say the least.
I have not read the first novel, however, there was quite a lot of reflection on the first novel which did allow me to get a good idea of what happened previously. I would like to read the first and last novel. This did leave at a cliffhanger ending and I would like to find out what happens. The characters are well developed. The story, despite sounding quite complicated, was actually very simple to understand considering I didn't read the first book and have an excellent understanding of the story. I really cannot advise reading "Resistance" until you have read "Replica," which is the first book in the series but if you decided to read "Replica" and "Resistance" I can tell you Resistance is very good.
Tears, Tears and then more tears. This story of Marie Colvin, a journalist, is told from her friend, Paul Conroy, a photographer, who spent his last dTears, Tears and then more tears. This story of Marie Colvin, a journalist, is told from her friend, Paul Conroy, a photographer, who spent his last days with Marie. We don't always hear about the other people who put their life on the line every single day to bring us stories and footage of what goes on in other countries. Reading Paul's story opened my eyes on what he, Marie and other reporters, photographers and journalists go through. They risk their lives every day. It's sad. They're stories are not often told. This story brings us in to what both Marie and Paul went through during Marie's last few days of both her and Paul being trapped. I couldn't put down the book, it captivated me and had me going from chapter to chapter wanting to know what else happened. I love that they added photos that showed us from the time they were there until the time you see Paul on a plane with heading back home to the UK. ...more
Oh my, this was such a wonderful book to get sucked into. I have no clue what I would do if my husband just came out of nowhere and told me he was leaOh my, this was such a wonderful book to get sucked into. I have no clue what I would do if my husband just came out of nowhere and told me he was leaving me for another woman. This is the case for 43 year old Ruby who's birthday is coming up in a few months. What does she do? She throws herself into the thing she loves to do most, bake!
From beginning to end this story had me going through each chapter very quick and staying up late just to finish one more. The writing was smooth and had me wanting to read more from Janie Thomas. A story that's filled with characters you can relate to, romance, lots of humor and the amazing creations Ruby was baking left me wanting sweets for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I read this over the Winter break when I was pretty much sick for two weeks and feeling miserable. Reading this story definitely cheered me up and made me realize things could be worse.
This is definitely a must read for all of you ladies out there, whether you're married, divorced, single, etc. Reading what and how Ruby went through everything just shows you how strong women are!
I enjoyed this story. It was a little more up-to-date and edgy Nancy Drew with its mystery and intrigue. I will be recommending to my teenage daughterI enjoyed this story. It was a little more up-to-date and edgy Nancy Drew with its mystery and intrigue. I will be recommending to my teenage daughter. She is a huge fan of Pretty Little Liars, which this story also had that sort of feel to it, leading me to believe she will find this book quite appealing. The characters are well developed. The storyline has a good pace. It was a quick read and a real page turner. It did take me a little longer than usual to get into the story but that may have more to do with how busy my life has been than with a fault in the writing. Regardless of the time it took to get completely captured by the story, I was captured by it. I would recommend as a good read.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: It's Christmas gives you over 100 short stories about love, fun and stories about the Holidays. This is definitely one of mChicken Soup for the Soul: It's Christmas gives you over 100 short stories about love, fun and stories about the Holidays. This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. I enjoy getting together with my family and friends and sharing memories and stories with one another. With this book I was able to relate to a few stories, laugh at some and tear up reading some of the stories.
It's a great book with filled with amazing stories that will inspire you and get you in the Holiday spirit. Whether or not you have five minutes free or more, you can enjoy this book wherever you are. I love that I can read a few different stories as I wait for my kids at a doctor's appointment or while sipping on tea on a rainy day. Each story is broken down into different sections that are listed in the table of contents. You have stories under The Naughty List, Making Memories, Bittersweet Christmas and more. Definitely a great book to read over the Holidays that will have you being thankful for your life and the people in it....more
I really liked Deceived. I had a hard time putting this book down. Although at first it went pretty slow for me, which I guess would be for a lot of bI really liked Deceived. I had a hard time putting this book down. Although at first it went pretty slow for me, which I guess would be for a lot of books, I was still intrigued by what the meaning of Elle's nightmares meant. After getting the vibe on the main character, Elle, I was beginning to see why she was so paranoid. Why she couldn't trust easily and why she thought someone was following her. Her character is very determined to find out who and why someone is following her. The only thing that was hard to wrap around was how quickly and fast she felt for Bryan. I would think it would be hard to trust anyone if you think and suspect that someone is out to get you, but then I can understand why she fell for him so hard. She's basically all alone, new to another school trying to adjust since her father moved her yet again. To latch on to someone who you just met, but have a connection with is pretty normal, given the circumstances.
After the first couple of chapters things did pick up and I found myself reading this book in bed and then talking myself into reading another chapter. I woke up a couple of times early before the kids got up for school to get in another chapter, but let me just say, reading a mystery when you're the only one awake in your house can make you jump at just about everything, lol. Lots of secrets come out in this book regarding Elle's family and with Bryan.
If you're looking for a book with lots of suspense and mystery, this is definitely one that would take you by surprise!...more
Whoa....This is definitely a story that will only appeal to a certain amount of readers. I'm not sure how many will like it. I however found it prettyWhoa....This is definitely a story that will only appeal to a certain amount of readers. I'm not sure how many will like it. I however found it pretty fascinating and couldn't put the book done. The story will have you questioning pretty much every thing that's happening whether or not it's real or in Elanor's mind. It was definitely a page turner for me and kept me thinking and guessing and had me second guessing myself all throughout the book.
We know in the beginning that Elanor and her parents are driving to their new home trying to start a new chapter in their life from an incident that happened in the past. On the way to their new home an accident happens leaving Elanor's mom dead, father alive (so we think in the beginning) and she's having problems grasping reality in some ways and having us as readers have a hard time grasping it too.
Throughout the story we see that Elanor meets Madeline, a girl who just walks into her room and wants to hang out with her. It's weird because Elanor doesn't find Madeline's entrance weird at all leaving us readers wondering whether or not this character really exists. There are times where Elanor wakes up and doesn't remember what happened during her black outs, There were a few times where I put the book done because I was trying to think of how some of the things could be and found myself picking it back up because I had to finish the chapter to find out.
This book will leave you wanting more and not really getting all the answers you want, just seeing that there is some type of mentally illness with Elanor. This is a story that gets you from the beginning and have you questioning what you're reading as you're reading it. I loved it!