**spoiler alert** When I found this book, the first thing my eyes went to was 'Will the world survive 2012?'. It was like all my dreams had come true...more**spoiler alert** When I found this book, the first thing my eyes went to was 'Will the world survive 2012?'. It was like all my dreams had come true in the form of a 300+ page young adult novel...something i've been hoping to find for some time. Of course, my biggest cup of tea would be a post 2012 story about survival, but this, well, this is a start.
warning, this may contain spoilers!!!
Here's the basics. The story is about thirteen year old Josh Garcia. His lives a pretty normal life being the son of a teacher and an archeologist. Everything, of course, is turned upside down after his father is mysteriously killed in Mexico. Josh and two friends from Oxford go on an adventure that involves searching for a mysterious Mayan codex, which may or may not say exactly what is going to happen in 2012 and if or how the world can be saved.
Honestly, there are a lot of things to like about this book. The one thing I loved the most was that it was about 2012. I honestly think that 2012 is one of the most underused plot devices of all time, especially considering how close the ‘end of the world’ really is.
This book was smart. It wasn’t just junk put down on paper to form a novel. It’s obvious that the author did actual research on the subject before writing it, which is great. There’s so much unknown about the Mayans and 2012, that it would be easy to just write something. One of my favorite parts about this book is that Josh Garcia is a completely likeable character. He isn’t overly arrogant or does things with only himself in mind. He’s genuine and friendly. He loves his mom, he’s angry about the idea of his father cheating on his mother. He’s real. My least favorite thing about him is that he’s too trusting, and while he never has a reason NOT to trust someone, it just feels like instantaneously trusting someone just because they say that you can trust them seems a bit juvenile. Then again, Josh Garcia is thirteen years old, and if anything his trusting nature fits right into the kind of person most thirteen year olds are.
At some points in the book, I questioned the reasons why some characters were there. As I read it, I saw that this thing was solely focused on Josh and his looking into why his father was killed/who killed his father/what his father died for. Josh meets all this people along the way and his travelling companions seem kind of unnecessary after a certain point. Not to say they weren’t likeable, but, they weren’t really in it long enough to completely form an opinion of the characters as a whole.
One of the greatest things about this was everything concerning the Mayans. Reading it, I felt like everything I was reading could be real or was real. I don’t know a whole lot about the Mayan culture, but nothing in this book seemed forced. There were some downsides, of course, to this book. In a way, I felt like it moved too fast to really absorb the story that was trying to emerge. I think that maybe had they focused on something rather than other things, it may have read more smoothly. Along with the fast pace of it, I also felt like there were too many characters in the book. At one point, Josh Garcia travels from Oxford to Mexico with his friends Ollie and Tyler. At the time it makes sense that he would bring friends along, but after a certain point in the book they are mentioned more than they actually appear in the book. As the book moves along, he meets all these people, and while that’s not a bad thing, you’re never really given enough time to get to know them.
Other than that, this book is actually pretty good. It wasn’t the greatest book I’ve ever read, but it was certainly way better than the worst. Once you get into it, it’s a pretty quick read, and well worth the time it takes to read it. (less)
I wasn't quite sure what I was going to get when I bought the book. I sort of went by instinct in buying it, doing that whole judging a book by it's c...moreI wasn't quite sure what I was going to get when I bought the book. I sort of went by instinct in buying it, doing that whole judging a book by it's cover thing (it actually works for me sometimes, i've picked some good ones that way). I was looking for a quick read, and that's exactly what I got.
'Matched' was a nice read that kept me on edge. On edge enough that my plan to leave it in my work locker and read it on my books was nixed and brought home with me the first night.
The plot of it is sort of typical. It's a dystopian set in a post something world where everything is done a certain way. The person you marry is chosen, what you do in life, the day you die... It all changes when main character Cassia sees two matches instead of the just one. Not that the exact plot is typical, but the book as a whole kind of is, but not in a bad way.
The characters were good, the setting good, the situation good, as well.
I finished the book in just two days, and I can't wait for 'Crossed'.(less)
I'll be honest. I probably would have never opened this book had it not been for the television show.
That's not to say that this book series isn't go...moreI'll be honest. I probably would have never opened this book had it not been for the television show.
That's not to say that this book series isn't good, it's just that normally, I wouldn't have been interested in picking it up otherwise.
It was a cute story, a bit different, since I was already up to the season finale in the show and it was weird to me for Alek to be Russian or to have his name spelled differently. Chloe's personality is a bit more foreward, though I can tell you this: I still don't like Brian.(less)
With young adult/teen fiction being one of my favorite genres to read, I've been waiting for a book like this. You know, so...moreI seriously love this book!
With young adult/teen fiction being one of my favorite genres to read, I've been waiting for a book like this. You know, something that wasn't vampires, wasn't werewolves, or girls who can see and fall in love with ghosts, ect...
Mermaids!!! I think I may have squealed because it's almost new to me to have this genre focus on something that isn't what everyone is apparently reading.
I can't really say too much about, save for teh fact that this book is epic and flawless. (less)
**spoiler alert** You know what the best part about being sick is? The inability to get up out of bed or do anything except pick up a book and read. I...more**spoiler alert** You know what the best part about being sick is? The inability to get up out of bed or do anything except pick up a book and read. I was kind of anxious for this to come out, having heard about on a celebrity/entertainment gossip community on live journal not two weeks ago. I mean, who wouldn't be at least a little bit curious about a book that's in talks to be made into a television show before the book even hits the shelves. I felt it was my duty to at least make sure the book was half decent before I even think about delving into a new television series.
Now, I have to say. This whole dystopian novel trend is my favorite right now. I love, love, love the idea of people trying to survive after the end of modern civilization, and out of all the books being written about it now, young adult is hitting this genre out of the park. I can't think of one book that has been a complete failure in this category.
About Eve. I was pleasantly surprised at the book. It immediately throws you into this life of an eighteen year old, Schools graduate, Eve. She's a good girl, a smart girl, an obedient girl, and according to a lot of people, a pretty girl. Take note: all of that is important to the story. She's living a pretty good life, considering the fact that her mother was one of the ninety eight percent of the human race that was killed of by either the plague or the vaccine that was supposed to save them from the plague.
Eve grew up in an all girls school where she's taught that all men are bad, except for the King, who is not only the only man in the New America that is trustworthy, but is also man who is not bad. According to Eve, the picture of the King that hangs on the wall in the school is the only member of the male gender any of the girls have seen in over a decade!
But Eve's wonderful life is turned upside down when she finds out that the school is involved in something sinister and this sinister thing goes all the way up to the King. After discovering this, she finds out that the King is in need of an heir and she is the one that's been chosen to give him just that.
She escapes! While on the run, she meets Caleb, a boy who she finds isn't as bad as the teachers at the school told her.
I'v already told you too much. If you want to dive into a tale of survival, romance, and essentially finding yourself, then you should definitely read this book. As I said before, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was well written, had a good plot (that it stuck to), had bad guy and his henchmen that you really wanted to hate. Each character is well written and multidimensional.
I HIGHLY recommend this book. Seriously, go buy this book and read it now!2(less)
Let it soak in, review every page in my mind. Essentially, I relive it in as much detail as I can muste...moreUsually, after reading a book, I take a minute.
Let it soak in, review every page in my mind. Essentially, I relive it in as much detail as I can muster before getting onto goodreads and writing a review. Usually, by then, I can easily tone down the text in order to avoid too many spoilers, and try my best to list the major plot points.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer put a block in my ritual. Because, honestly, I kind of feel like I have to leave out so much in a review in order to preserve the book for the people who plan on reading it.
I usually laugh when people on you tube said that there is no way of describing the plot without giving anything away. I'm not laughing anymore.
Mara Dyer is simplistic in it's writing; there's no fuss over what's going on or having to re read passages just to figure out what's going on. The plot, complex, but easily written in 450 some odd pages that giving you a clear summary would give the book away. I'm going to try my best, though. Beware of possible spoilers ahead.
The book starts after a major incident in Mara Dyer's life. Something so life changing that it involves moving, to a totally different state for her to start a new life. Of course, by saying that, it sounds absolutely criminal. For your sake, I wont say if it is or isn't.
Florida, where she's supposed to begin her new life, is a hot, humid place that she's not too fond of (for obvious reasons...hot and humid...deadly mix, in my opinion).
This is where things (for me, the reviewer) get difficult. Other than these basic facts, it's really hard to explain without giving the plot away.
A basic summary would be - thing happens girl. girl moves to move on with her life. starts new school. meets guy. things happen.
That's too simplistic and makes it sound like an old school teenage romance.
What I can tell PROMISE you is that the characters are genuine. Not once do they feel out of place or out of character. Since it is the first book in, apparently, a series (The 'end of volume one' at the end speaks volumes...and no, that wasn't a pun.), it's really hard to grasp where the characters may be going or how the events of the first book will change them. Either way, the characters went well with the setting.
I was apprehensive about buying this book at first. I saw this pretty cover and I was like 'oh boy.'. I probably said in a, it'll probably be bad, but the cover is pretty' kind of way. The cover is in deed pretty, but this book is AMAZING.
Amazing enough, that the minute I closed the book, I ran across the yard and dropped it in my mother's hands and said 'put down every book you are reading right now and read this one first'. That's saying something, because usually mom touching my books rewards a smack on the wrist.
The point of this long ramble, though, is this: GO TO YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE AND BUY THIS BOOK. OR BUY IT ON YOUR E READER. WHATEVER IT IS YOU DO. DO IT!