**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)
**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!
I can't deny it. I am such a sucker for these kind of books.
Epic Space Travel, check.
Strong female lead, check.
A possible love triangle/romantic entan
...moreI can't deny it. I am such a sucker for these kind of books.
Epic Space Travel, check.
Strong female lead, check.
A possible love triangle/romantic entanglement, check
a crazy leader doing some pretty horrible things under the belief that she is doing the right thing, double check
Don't take my lack of enthusiasm for something that that it's not. Glow is actually a pretty okay book.
Taking place sometime in the future, our strong female lead, Waverly, lives on the Empyrean, a generation ship that is slowly, but surely heading towards a planet that will one day become a new Earth. Things are different on the Empyrean than they are in the world we know. At the age of fifteen, sooner, rather than later, Waverly will be expected to get married and begin having children. It's expected, since at the age she's at, women, who in the past had problems getting pregnant, are thier most fertile. The thing is; Waverly isn't sure that's what she wants. Throw in her religious boyfriend and a mysterious guy named Seth, we've got ourselves a story.
Of course, it's more that.
Waverly, our strong female lead, is fifteen years old. She, along with her boyfriend are the two eldest children on the ship. She's got a good head on her shoulders. She doesn't waver her beliefs to please anyone else, even her boyfriend who secretly wishes that she believed in God, something most people on Empyrean don't. She's stubborn, and does everything she must to do what she's got to do.
There's nothing really wrong with this book. It's got action, some romance, a bad guy or two. In general, I didn't have too many complaints about it. Despite how much I moaned and groaned about stuff while reading it.
It definately has room for improvement. When I read the summary of the book, the plot sort of excited me. What I thought there was going to more of, there wasn't. The book takes place in two different places, and things sort of seemed to jump on Waverly's end and was sort of predictable on the other. Finishing it, I was sort of happy to see that this book does indeed have a sequel, because as I read the last page, I got sort of curious as to where Amy Kathleen Ryan is going to take it.
It was a little vague, but the characters were interesting, as well as the plot.
The good parts about this book is that i...moreThis book wasn't too horrible.
It was a little vague, but the characters were interesting, as well as the plot.
The good parts about this book is that it flowed easily in between situations. It's a two person 3rd person point of view, much like books like 'the lost hero'. Instead of each point of view being locked on one single person, it was split between Incarceration with Finn and his friends and the 'real world' or 'outside' with Claudia and hers. Reading it, I didn't really feel like I was left out of happenings between settings, and everything made as much sense as it was meant to.
The bad parts about this was the lack of contact.
Call me crazy (i am, but that's not the point), but I sort of felt like the connection between Claudia and Finn was missing. Maybe it's because most of the books I read are set in one single reality where the characters can physically interact and communicate, but the lack of them being on the same plane of existence (they're in two different places) seemed to take away from the story. It's just a me, myself, and I personal preference, but I would have preferred it that way.
another downside, i think, is that because of this lack of physical interaction, the interactions between Claudia and Finn were limited and a little bit short.
Basically, there are times when Claudia can come off as a little bit bossy and a little bit selfish while Finn comes off as undecided and hammered down with guilt over an event that took place in the first part of the book. Finn can be a bit too trusting (though, it seems that his trust isn't put into someone unworthy, you might find), and there are times when Claudia acts or does without thinking of how it might effect another character.
Over all, though, this book wasn't a bad read. It wasn't a quick one, because there is a lot of story to get, and because (as I've read about from other readers on other blogs) apparently a lot of it is left unexplained because it's the writer's writing style and because she likes to leave a lot up to the reader (as in the case of the relationship between Finn and Claudia in the second book).
The most disappointing part about Incarceron is the fact that the guy who played Jacob from Twilight has apparently been cast as Finn, which essentially (and don't ask me why) has made me not want to finish the series because I'm utterly disappointed in this because it's an interesting book and tears me up that the content will probably be ruined because they're going with the hope that the guy can bring in his fans to make the company money.
Other than that, over all, it was a good book, completely worth the time to pick and read. Happy Reading!(less)
I've never actually read the entire original Percy Jackson series. It's not that I didn't want to, but rather I'm easily distra...moreI'm going to be honest.
I've never actually read the entire original Percy Jackson series. It's not that I didn't want to, but rather I'm easily distracted. At one point, I'm pretty sure I owned most of them, but along with being easily distracted, I'm also the queen of loosing things. On my shelf now, I can confirm that books 1, 3, and 5 are resting on the shelves. I always loose the ones in between.
I promise you, all my rambling is relevant.
That being said, When I bought 'The Son of Neptune' at the bookstore the day it was released (30% off at BN, plus an extra 10% member discount. Really? Can anyone pass that up?!), I had no idea that Rick Riordan had begun a new Percy Jackson series. I didn't realize until I got home that I realized it was book two in a series. Buying 'The Lost Hero' was a splurge buy that ultimately put me at over $100 on books for one paycheck, which is about 1/4 my paycheck. Immediately, I set to reading it. I mean, this whole Greek mythology thing is pretty nifty, and I enjoyed what I read of the original series, so the chances of me actually liking these was pretty high.
I can say this. I wasn't disappointed.
While I love Percy Jackson as much as the next fan, it was kind of fun to get to know some new characters and I can honestly say that I fell completely in love with one particular god that I (reminder, I haven't read the original series) haven't seen in Riordan's books yet...Hypnos...the Greek god of sleep. I don't care what he thinks, I've officially claimed him.
The book itself is centered around three main characters: Jason, son of the king of gods, a teenage boy with no memories of who he is, where he came from, and why whatever's happened to him has happened to him; Piper, Jason's "girlfriend", daughter of Aphrodite and epic movie star, Tristan McClean; and Leo, son of Hephaestus, a very lovable character who's got a knack for building things. The three of them go on a quest to save Hera, and meet all kinds of interesting new 'people' along the way.
I will never doubt Riordan's ability to entertain me. He's one of those authors who makes not only the characters jump off the page, but, also manages to weave this intricate plot into something not only understandable, but enjoyable. I didn't struggle to understand what was going on and not once did I feel the need to Wikipedia some god or goddess that was brought up while reading it. Riordan's got a way of making everything seem so real, and so touchable. I especially liked all the stuff about Roman mythology, and the way he went about weaving the story of the Greek deities and the Roman deities together without flaw.
To say that I enjoyed this is an understatement. To say that I think that a spin off series about Jason Grace's quests would be pretty freaking awesome is an understatement as well.
This book is definitely worth the time, and I can promise you that you will not be disappointed. I finally see what had everyone else devouring the original series, and as soon as I finish 'The Son of Neptune', I will most likely heading out to buy the missing books in my Percy Jackson collection.
Going into reading Article 5, the first novel by author, Kristen Simmons, I was a little bit skeptical. After all, bad reviews on th...moreARE YOU COMPLIANT?
Going into reading Article 5, the first novel by author, Kristen Simmons, I was a little bit skeptical. After all, bad reviews on this book litter the pages of goodreads.com and I was more than sure that I was becoming a glutton for punishment, leading a life that was damning me to read books that were mediocre and bland just because I lack the control to not spend money on books that have a half way decent book cover.
Article 5 is the story of Ember Miller, a seventeen year old girl who remembers a things weren’t always this way. The cities of New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. are abandoned and the Bill of Rights has been replaced with the Moral Statutes. There are no more police, only soldiers and there are no more fines for bad behavior. In their stead is arrests, trials, and quite possibly worse. When you get arrested, you usually don’t come back. Living with her rebellious single mother, she finds it hard to believe that people can be arrested for reading ‘immoral’ books or staying out late past curfew.
Taking place three years after the war ended, Ember Miller has become knowledgeable in the ways of knowing how to survive. Getting food stamps, hand me down clothes, and passing the monthly home inspections. Until her mother gets arrested for violating Article 5 (Children are considered valid citizens only when conceived by a married man and woman.
After reading the book, I found myself a little shaken. It wasn’t a hard book to get through or as horrible as anyone said. It has light touches of romance, though it doesn’t take the entire story over and the characters are strangely believable. What was most stirring was the world in which author, Kristen Simmons, created. In a world where having children outside of wed lock is punishable by incarceration or jail time, and the offspring is kept locked away at reform schools, teaching them to be…I’m not sure what the word for what the people inside the reform schools are striving to make them into, human, maybe?
I found, after lots of reflecting, that the thing that makes this story so amazingly good is that is so amazingly close to something that could actually happen in real life. It’s stirring.
I give this book five stars. Four stars for being a good book and one extra star for giving me valid nightmares about our possible future.
i will admit that a lot the summary i wrote was taken from the side jacket. this book is hard enough to explain without getting things wrong.(less)
First and foremost, I would like to thank the author for creating really awesome, well rounded, could have been the girl sitting next to me in World C...moreFirst and foremost, I would like to thank the author for creating really awesome, well rounded, could have been the girl sitting next to me in World Civilization last semester kind of characters. It's rare, in my opinion, that characters really jump off the pages and become real for a reader.
I'm not sure if it was laziness, or that it took a while for me to get into it, but once I did (and it wasn't long. maybe a chapter or two to figure out what's going on. For me, anyway.) I found myself living inside her story; genuinely caring about her, along with her family, and the situation she was in. I'm telling you. It's rare I honestly get really into a character enough to honestly care about her outcome in the story. Unearthly was magic.
I'm going to be honest, something I try my hardest to be when talking about books. I bought the book because I liked the cover. It was pretty and kind of graceful, and made me think that it's possible that whatever the content inside, it couldn't be all that bad. (It's a strange logic, but it has led me to some really amazing fictions. Again, though, I'm probably missing out on a lot of good ones, too.). With the cover drawing me in so immediately, I'm surprised that it took me so long to honestly get into the book. I'm assuming it was more likely laziness and a reluctance to get around to reading it that was the problem, more so than the book just being a slow read.
Unearthly is about a young girl named Clara Gardner that happens to be especially special, being part angel. The story takes through a phase in her life that is
I'm not finished with this. Will return to it later....(less)
To say this book has a lot of hype is an understatement. I've seen multiple BookTubers singe praises on these books, and despite my lack of interest i...moreTo say this book has a lot of hype is an understatement. I've seen multiple BookTubers singe praises on these books, and despite my lack of interest in the summary displayed on the back cover, I decided this: 'what the heck! i'm going to buy all three of them'.
Beautiful Creatures is told in the point of view of Ethan Wate, a sixteen year old boy from a small South Carolina town, Gatlin. It's made very clear from the first chapter that Ethan Wate is less than pleased with his home town. It's small in size and in mind, and from his narrative, we find that it seems to be his biggest goal to get out of Gatlin forever. Enter Lena Duchannes, the new student in a school who hasn't had anyone new since the second grade.
There are some things about this book that I didn't like.
First off, the place. Now, some authors are incredibly talented at bringing to life small towns. Charlaine Harris did an amazing job of bring Bon Temps, Louisiana to life.
In my personal opinion, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl fell a bit short of the bar. And not for lack of trying. It's just that Gatlin seems so one sided and one dimensional. It's your typical small town. Everyone is on the side of the good lord, and everyone who is different is considered a heathen.
Gatlin, itself, if you can imagine, is sort of like Mystic Falls in the Vampire Diaries, in the way that it's ripe with southern tradition. Not so much a founders celebration every two weeks, but in the way that the do civil war reenactments, and have that old way of thinking. It could have worked, had it not seemed all so forced.
Secondly, and speaking of forced, it seemed like the characters didn't really belong in their own story. I get that, in a way, Lena and Ethan are supposed to seem like outsiders. They are so opposite the town (and i'm saying that because, the town makes the people and the people make the town. It's a viscous cycle of never-ending lack of change.), and with Ethan's plans to get out of dodge and Lena's idea that leaving is eventual for her (as she plans to a lot sooner than Ethan initially planned to), that it would fit that they would be outsiders in their own novel, but, for some reason it really stood out to me that it just didn't...fit
Another thing I didn't like, specifically, was Lena. She seems to suffer from Jace Wayland syndrome in which she sort of beats herself up about going dark, which is a major concern for her in the novel, as because of what she is, when she turns 16, it is to be chosen for her, to be a dark caster or a light caster. It seems every other chapter she makes this grand gesture of not talking to Ethan and breaking up with him under the guise that she was protecting him. And it's not just a one off thing, it's a thing that happens several times throughout the book.
That's not to say that Beautiful Creatures wasn't a good book, because it was. It's just that in the end, a lot of it felt like it was forced upon the pages. Maybe it's the way it was written, with two authors who went into it, creating the story to combine to passions; one with a urge to write about the southern culture she grew up in and another who wanted to write a paranormal romance.
With that being said, it's a good read, kind of slow, but in no way lacking for entertainment. (less)
There were two things running through my mind when I made the decision to buy this book.
1. I can't believe I'm buying books in the section labeled 'T...moreThere were two things running through my mind when I made the decision to buy this book.
1. I can't believe I'm buying books in the section labeled 'Teen Paranormal Romance', because in general the genre bugs me, but I usually allow myself to get away with it if it's not labeled as so.
2. I can't believe I'm buying this. Why are vampire romances so freaking attractive to me in a literary sense.
I probably wasn't thinking those exact words, but sentiment is pretty much there. I'm a sucker, sadly, for books that involve vampires and romance, and despite every intelligent cell in my body screaming at me to walk away, I find it a task that is nearly impossible to do.
Crave, though, may be one of the best impulse buys I've in years.
Centered around Savannah Colbert and high school golden boy, Tristan Coleman, it weaves a tale of star crossed lovers, set in a modern day era where vampires and witches not only exist, but find a heart at the center of the story. Not in a good way, mind you. Tristan, the son of the Clann leader, finds the rules of his family constricting. More than anything, he wants to play football, and maybe, one day, get a shot at the NFL.
Savannah, pariahed socially by the Clann when she was in the fourth grade, finds that things are changing after coming back to school after a week long sick leave. All of a sudden, boys are mesmerized by her, seemingly bewitched by her gaze, and Tristan finds himself pulled to her. Forbidden from speaking to her, he finds himself more than willing to do anything to be around her.
The book is a complete balance of forbidden romance, witchiness and vampires, neither of the three over powering the other.
To be honest, I was alarmed to find myself waking up and seeking out this book instead of checking my phone for texts or logging onto my computer to check my mail. This book had this pull on me that kind of took me off guard. Once I started, I only stopped to sleep and go to work, reading every chance I got.
I can tell you one thing. This is the last time I giggle about a book being published by Harlequin Teen.
If you like paranormal romance, vampires, witches, and forbidden love, than this is definitely the book for you. I can honestly say that I definitely did not regret buying it and am excited to read the sequel when it comes out!(less)
I'm sort of amazed at this book. I wasn't really sure what to expect going into it. I sort of fell for the pretty cover and the basic description on t...moreI'm sort of amazed at this book. I wasn't really sure what to expect going into it. I sort of fell for the pretty cover and the basic description on the back and sort of hoped for the best (a lot of my pretty cover choices have been pretty on the inside, too. I was really hoping to keep my winning streak going). I'm a sucker for the dystopian genre, and while it's a popular genre, there aren't a lot of GOOD dystopian novels (though if you have suggestions, be sure to leave them in a comment.), and this one sort of seemed like it might meld a lot of my interests into one book, which is not always the case when i pick a book.
The book follows Aria, a girl who was raised in, pretty much, a fantasy world, using a device that interfaces with the brain to essentially go anywhere they want with just a thought without actually going anywhere. After a, what was supposed to be, fun excursion into a damaged dome, her life is turned upside down. She finds herself in the death shop, a world outside the safe walls of the world she grew up in. There she meets an outsider, what she calls a savage. The two of them embark on this journey to get her back home.
I'm trying not to give too much away. The story isn't a complicated one. It shows a fairly accurate portrait of humanity at it's lowest of lows, and a nice image of doing what it takes to survive.
The one thing I like about this book is that there were no immediate and abrupt changes to the characters. In a way, because a romantic subplot is a repeated thing in the YA genre, you sort of knew where the characters were headed, but it wasn't to the point where it was unpredictable.
Aria, coming from a world where pain isn't real, fear isn't real, and everything seems a lot better than it really is, she has a lot to deal with when she's cast out. She has to face a lot of her fears in the first few moments of her time in the death shop. It sort of seems that against all odds, she survives the first few hours, but contends that she will die sooner rather than later because her immune system isn't meant to deal with the outside world. She sees the outsider, Perry, as an enemy and ally at the same time. She feels that, in a way, he's caused the situation she's in, but she needs him to survive, because she doesn't have the skills it takes to survive in the world outside the dome.
Perry is an outsider. He's as tan, muscular, with blonde hair (dreaded, i'm assuming, because it's described as having never seen a brush and the word 'medusa' was mentioned in describing it). It's hard to explain too much about his character, because going too far into might give some major motivations in the story away.
The one thing I loved about this book was that the author created an entire society surrounding Perry. She gave it a backbone, a realistic view of what an actual society in a post apocalyptic world might look like. They've got traditions, customs. She didn't shy away from things, either. She doesn't purify the world Perry lives in. It sort of real, and gritty, something you can read and actually believe in.
Aria's world is, from a first look, the exact opposite.It's a culture that depends on technology to survive, lacking a reality that most societies would have.When the people of this society do things, it's all through their minds. Riding a horse, going to clubs, hiking in the woods...The technology, an eye piece that works with the brain to create an illusion so real that you can smell, touch, and sense everything in it, is the medium in which they live through.
It was because of that, that I liked Aria so much, because she had SO MUCH to overcome. She admits she feels unlike herself without her eyepiece on, even though it doesn't work any longer. Almost like without it, she's not fully a person.
As I said, the transformation of the characters wasn't a quick one. It worked at a slow, gradual, realistic pace.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was the fact that I have to wait until next year for the sequel.
One of my favorite reads, so far, this year.(less)
One thing I remember, more than anything, about this book is being SO EXCITED for it to come out.
To say I had high hopes for Breaking Dawn is an unde...moreOne thing I remember, more than anything, about this book is being SO EXCITED for it to come out.
To say I had high hopes for Breaking Dawn is an understatement. I had been waiting for this book the moment I had read the last page of Eclipse. At the time, I thought: There is no way that this book could go wrong. Twilight was amazing, New Moon was alright, and Eclipse had wound up being the best of the three. Breaking Dawn was going to be the most epic thing coming out and I couldn't wait for it.
The moment, though that I read:
"How many days has it been since the wedding?" I whispered.
"Seventeen." He answered automatically. "Bella, what is it?"
I knew every hope I had for this book being over the top amazing was about to down the drain. After a beautiful beginning, beautiful wedding, and a smile worthy half a honeymoon, things were going in a place I wasn't fond of them going. For a few paragraphs, I hoped that I was wrong. This can't be right, right? Stephenie Meyer wouldn't do what I thought she was about to do. Right?
"Impossible," I whispered.
I had absolutely no experience with pregnancy or babies or any part of that world, but I wasn't an idiot. I'd seen enough movies and TV shows to know that this wasn't how it worked. I was only five days late. If I was pregnant, my body wouldn't have even registered the fact. I would not have morning sickness. I would not have changed my eating or sleeping habits.
And I most definitely would not have a small defined bump sticking out between my hips
She did it. She went and got Bella knocked up.
Maybe it's because I'm too scientific. Maybe because I'm getting up there in age, I was unable to believe that Bella and Edward could create life. Give me a break! The only time I'd heard pregnant and vampire in the same sentence was on Angel, and despite all the hate that plot gone, I had loved it.
With that in mind I trudged forward, reading line after line, hoping that things were going to get better.
Just the name, Renesmee was enough to stop me in my tracks...
Really? Renesmee? Out of all the names in the baby name book, you had smoosh together Renee and Esme and get that horrible name that would end in Renesmee hating her mother and father a few years later? Clever, maybe, but necessary? No.
By this time, the book was completely ruined for me. My only hope was for a big finale. Something juicy that could make the idea of baby Renesmee seem like a tiny little blip in this otherwise big book...
While Jacob's imprinting caused me to stare at the page, than laugh, for me, nothing got better.
Over all, I felt like it was sloppy and rushed, understandable considering the woman had a best selling series on her hands and it wasn't cool to keep the rabid fans waiting for the finale...I understand that, really, I do. All of us should applaud Stephenie Meyer on not only completing a book (which, trust me, is something special), but four. And not only did she write four books, she wrote four best sellers, and whatever I thought about the last one, you really can't take that away.
None the less, my strongest opinion of this book i that I could have read this on fanfiction.net and sadly, it's probably a fiction I would have abandoned several chapters in.
There was a lot of opportunities, I felt, that things could have been done differently, that maybe if it had, it would have been more enjoyable. There were new characters introduced that just stood around and did nothing, put into the background, despite the fact that some of them would have been interesting to get to know...
If you have read the other books, I recommend it, because it is a four part series, and you might as well. If not, than I'd leave it on the shelf.(less)