I'm not sure there was a plot, and the sexy scenes become boring as it progresses
I read Fifty Shades with an open mind - fully aware that it's an erotI'm not sure there was a plot, and the sexy scenes become boring as it progresses
I read Fifty Shades with an open mind - fully aware that it's an erotic fan fiction. The book delivered in the beginning, but once the sex scenes start occurring every 10pgs or so it gets kind of boring and, dare I say, unsexy :p. It's a less than average bodice ripper. I would stick to Philippa Gregory.
One thing I will note about Fifty Shades is that the characters are very dull and they spin in circles. I'm positive Christian and Ana's relationship didn't progress at all. I was actually kind of surprised to find out I was 5pgs to finish when I hit the end. We didn't even get to Jose's art show! That was mentioned every few chapters or so and no pay off....more
It appears this is going to be a series and I do hope so. Jenny Han's book reminds me a lot of the Georgia Nicolson series and I really want to explorIt appears this is going to be a series and I do hope so. Jenny Han's book reminds me a lot of the Georgia Nicolson series and I really want to explore high school some more with Lara Jean. Han's created a protagonist that reminds me very much of how I was in high school which is rare. I love her quirkiness and her willing to follow her heart. Her box of letters to "get over boys" was so something I would have totally done :p.
Aside from feeling extremely connected to the protagonist, Han's writing is vivid and beautiful. Especially when the remaining Song sisters have a Korean dinner with their dad. I could almost taste the salty pork - I was very impressed. She has a talent with words, which is something I find very rarely in YA fiction.
I also listened to the book on audiobook and I would highly recommend it. The narrator's voice was extremely fitting.
I read/listened to this book for fun and what I got was a lot more :). It's not as deep emotionally as The Fault in Our Stars, but when it comes to frivolous high school drama To All the Boys I've Loved Before takes the cake....more
I really think there are a lot of good things to be said about 'The 5th Wave.' The book is really compelling and filled with a good amount of plot twiI really think there are a lot of good things to be said about 'The 5th Wave.' The book is really compelling and filled with a good amount of plot twists that keep the pace going. Yes, the twists can be seen as predictable, but they're great fun and keep the story entertaining.
I really liked the owl tie-in to the aliens in the prologue. I thought it was extremely creepy. I also really loved when Cassie describes the alien invasion. It felt so real to me while I was reading it, and I really enjoyed the freshness. It wasn't your average government takeover dystopia -- there was an external sci-fi force fighting all of humanity. I was wildly entertained.
However, as the book progressed some of the plot twists felt too predictable and Cassie's romantic nature turned into a familiar YA book. Not that I don't enjoy romance, I just don't enjoy forced romance. To me, Cassie's romantic interest is a little on the creepy side and I had a hard time buying into it. I can see where others would enjoy it though. But that isn't even the biggest disappointment. Sadly, the reveal of the aliens was extremely underwhelming and felt very generic. I could have probably looked passed the romance and the okay ending if the aliens had been as original and exciting as they were in the beginning. Nonetheless, I am interested in seeing where this book goes and will definitely be reading the second installation.
I think my favorite part in the book is when an acne-scarred boy from Cassie's camp tells her that if he had looked like a popular jock, she wouldn't have found him hitting on her creepy. I thought this was a very original idea that's not found in many YA books. Usually the more than average heroine fawns over the dashing boy, and Yancey had the guts to call his own character out on it. Cassie is reminded of this when she starts falling for a more attractive guy later, but sadly this idea isn't really explored much more as she continues to fall head over heels for his model-like looks.
'The 5th Wave' is a pretty easy YA read. It's compelling and fun, and a slightly refreshing change from politically driven dystopian books. 'The 5th Wave' is a dash of 'Ender's Game' combined with the strong female protagonist of the new YA craze. I liked it, and if you are one for YA you most likely will as well. Plus, it's going to be made into a movie with Chloe Moretz -- where can you go wrong?...more
The Maze Runner series is very fast-paced and easy to read, which makes the books fun in retrospect. My biggest qualm with the series is that the bookThe Maze Runner series is very fast-paced and easy to read, which makes the books fun in retrospect. My biggest qualm with the series is that the books ask more questions than they are giving answers. That's fine for some books (A Series of Unfortunate Events did that a lot), but I personally feel like the plot's not progressing because of the lack of answers.
In the second book we follow the Gladers through The Scorch -- a vast wasteland where Cranks are sent to perish. The beginning is fast paced and exciting, but like The Maze Runner there's a lull in the middle that had me shelf the book for a while. It wasn't until I watched The Maze Runner movie that I was once again encouraged to finish the second book, and I finished it rather quickly (these book are filled with a lot of dialogue, so they're very easy to get through). However, like The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials ends in the same way and at the end of the day I felt like there was almost no point to reading the second book. Minus the addition of three characters and some explanation as to what's going on in the beginning, I still feel like I haven't seen much progress from The Maze Runner. I will read the third book, but it might not be for a very long time.
Overall these books make me feel stuck and frustrated. Although, I can see how these books might entice a younger audience....more
I don't think I've ever liked a visual media more than the book, but with this series it's the case. The books feel rather unfinished, and while in thI don't think I've ever liked a visual media more than the book, but with this series it's the case. The books feel rather unfinished, and while in the second season of True Blood the things that happen in Bon Temps and Dallas have more of a connection, nothing is really connected in this book. The maenad isn't as powerful and scary as the show made her out to be, and quite frankly I could have done without her in the book all together. The book sets up the mystery with Lafayette and the maenad, but then ships Sookie off to Dallas where there new mystery of who captured Farrell is pushed upon us. I'm unsure if the book ever connects Godfrey and Eric like the show does, and that's a shame because if that's the case then Godfrey just seems crazy and sort of like an unneeded character. It's also nice to see that werewolves are in the picture sooner, but as I said this book just doesn't feel up to par with the second season of the show. Tara and Jason are MIA and aside from Eric, Sookie and Bill none of the characters are fleshed out. If Harris was working towards a romance the heated scenes aren't even very detailed and lengthy. It's an amusing quick read. It's a beach read, in all honesty....more
Although I wish it could have been maybe another 100 pages long, Mortal Engines was extremely fast paced. Written elegantly,This is one amazing tale.
Although I wish it could have been maybe another 100 pages long, Mortal Engines was extremely fast paced. Written elegantly, the book came to life before my eye like many great young adult dystopian series. I love the idea of cities eating other cities for resources, it's wildly creative.
My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough, which is a pretty good one as far as I'm concerned. I do wish I could have spent more time with characters before we departed from them. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series. Fantastic way to start!
Take warning, Reeve is not afraid to kill characters...much like another author I love. That being said, I highly recommend this book!...more
Although I thought there were some problems with the first book (but not enough to dislike), this second one really improved them all and went above aAlthough I thought there were some problems with the first book (but not enough to dislike), this second one really improved them all and went above and beyond my expectations. I now cannot wait until the next book comes out, to see what happens next. The twist at the end was major, and I'm glad we were able to find out this information (for a while there, I thought we were going to be left in the dark some more!). I don't want to say this is better or worse than The Hunger Games, but what I do really enjoy from this book is that there isn't a love triangle, and the romance that exists doesn't seem to stand in the way of what the protagonist needs/wants to do. I love that she stands alone on her own bravely, and is willing to risk her love life again and again to make her own choices. She is really a girl to look up to in the world of petty female characters that surround the young adult world. While I'm not saying Katniss is (I love The Hunger Games fyi), sometimes the romance of the book and her cluelessness of the war stood in the way of the world building. Tris' braveness really stands apart from many female characters in youth fiction. In fact, she is a lot like Hermione in that way. Intelligent and go-getting! I really loved the second one in this series. Cannot wait to read the third!...more