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 twi...moreI 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?(less)
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 book...moreThe 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.(less)
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 th...moreI 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.(less)
Although I wish it could have been maybe another 100 pages long, Mortal Engines was extremely fast paced. Written elegantly,...moreThis 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!(less)
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 a...moreAlthough 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!(less)
I can't believe I finished!! This book was just as awesome as the last. My full review to come!
I cannot believe this book. As far as character arcs...moreI can't believe I finished!! This book was just as awesome as the last. My full review to come!
I cannot believe this book. As far as character arcs go, Jon Snow's, Tyrion's, and Reek's have to be my absolute favorites. Dany's was alright, but it felt like a lot of childish longing and stalling. It makes me question whether she is fit to rule a kingdom or not.
That being said, I loved seeing he through Selmy's POV. He reminds us that she is still a child, although she usually talks and thinks like she's a grown woman. She will make mistakes for lust, and is stubborn until the end. It was a really good move on Martin's part to have someone else looking at her who was more experienced with kings and the ways of the world.
The plot twists were also probably some of the best. I loved the new Targaryen threat, as well as the Meereenese Knot. I'm glad that Dany is no longer alone on the other side of the world, and that there are other people she can run into. It makes Westeros and Dany's world a little more connected. It was a good move.
Things I missed in this book: Sansa. I really was disappointed that her character was missing. She has grown so much, and I always love reading her chapters, although originally I loathed them. I was also disappointed from the lack of Arya and Bran chapters. This just wasn't a Stark book I suppose.
I cannot wait for the next book now. RR Martin, write like the Winds of Winter!!(less)
Although there weren't as many big and obvious twists and turns in this book, I loved the subtle tricks and turns throughout this one. It's very diffe...moreAlthough there weren't as many big and obvious twists and turns in this book, I loved the subtle tricks and turns throughout this one. It's very different from the last three in that we are essentially only in King's Landing, Braavos, Riverrun, and The Eyrie. I'm also kind of glad not as many major characters died in this one, seeing as so many passed away unexpectedly in the last. I can't wait to read A Dance with Dragons now! I never thought I would miss Jon Snow and Dany until they were gone! I also rather missed Bran and Tyrion, my two favorite characters. Next one should be excellent :D.(less)
The longest one yet, but also the most intriguing, Storm of Swords is an exciting and twisted novel in the series. Once you reach the 400's the death...moreThe longest one yet, but also the most intriguing, Storm of Swords is an exciting and twisted novel in the series. Once you reach the 400's the death toll keeps multiplying and the chapters are extremely fast paced. I liked how for large chunks of time you stay in the same area, when most books before would break up climaxes to switch over to Dany or Jon. And speaking of Jon, finally he was able to do something instead of sitting around and waiting for a war. His character became more and more interesting as the book progressed, although his end was slightly on the more predictable side. Sansa also stands out more in the novel, breaking away from her dreamland and accepting harsh reality. We learned weddings are cursed and although it may seem that character is dead, you must think again. Excellent book in the series, it is clear why it's the fan favorite this far. Loved it. My favorite characters after this book: Jojen, the Hound, Bran, Sansa, and Tyrion (as always).(less)
This is the first book this year that I have just given up on. I really had no interest in reading the third installment of the Matched Trilogy, but w...moreThis is the first book this year that I have just given up on. I really had no interest in reading the third installment of the Matched Trilogy, but when my new book club decided to make it their summer series read, I decided last minute to give it a go. I got about 2/3 of the way through it and saw really no end in sight. I didn't care about Ky anymore (I found him creepy and stalker-ish with no real goals except those of Cassia's), Cassia's mysteries about her family's past became less of an interest, and although Xander was a refreshing voice in the books, he was too little too late. I wanted Xander to realize that his love for Cassia was not really romantic, but rather friendly and he was just not getting there fast enough. I almost want to say Ally Condie discovered the voice of her books in him, but at this point I didn't care anymore. I considered reading Xander-only chapters until the end, but (since my book club is in 2 hours) I decided I could spend my time better scavenging the internet for an entire book summary.
I think the Matched series had its potential, I just think Condie didn't really know what she wanted from it. The story began as Cassia's, morphed into dessert-crossed love story in book two, and then book three morphed into something that showed potential (how The Society and The Rising could potentially be one in the same), but at this point I don't even care any of the three main characters live. The aimless running around in Crossed kind of ruined Reached for me.
I wish the book had been told from Xander's perspective from page 1. Then maybe the books would have met their potential, but Condie chose to gun for teen romance instead of focusing on the real gritty dystopian themes. That's alright, there's an audience for that type of romance; I am no longer a part of it.
I would still suggest the Matching Trilogy to those looking for a sort of Hunger Games-Twilight mash-up. However, if one was looking for something a little like The Hunger Games minus the lead romantic focus I would suggest Divergent or maybe even The Maze Runner (which I am currently half way through).
Reached wasn't a disaster. Unfortunately it just fell short for me. It's not really what I was looking for when I plunged into the series.(less)
I don't want to sound so pessimistic, but this has got to be one of the worst books I have read in a while. It's just so boring! I strongly think with...moreI don't want to sound so pessimistic, but this has got to be one of the worst books I have read in a while. It's just so boring! I strongly think with a better editor, this story would have been at least tolerable. People said it was a slow beginning, but did we really have to have 200 pages of "get-to-know-the-alien"? There was essentially no threat in this entire book, seeing as the "threatening" alien race is non-violent and kind. The only threats are CERTAIN humans, who end up being subdued easily, and in the end "oh aren't so bad after all." Well doesn't everyone just get a freaking happy ending! Stephanie Meyer has showed me that even with her "adult" novel, she still uses the exact same formula of her Twilight series. And the kissing scene between Ian, Jared, and Mel/Wanda was possibly the stupidest thing I have ever read. I guess I am not really a hopeless romantic after all. Maybe you have to be to like stories like this. Not for me. Matched had more conflict than this book. The first Twilight is probably the best book she has written. At least we meet the love interest within the first 100 pages. Meyer seriously needs to take a writing 101 class. She broke the biggest rule I learned in all three of my writing classes -- grip your reader!!!!(less)
This book was not as good as the first, which made it really tough to get through. The first one at least flowed well and had a quick pace (for the mo...moreThis book was not as good as the first, which made it really tough to get through. The first one at least flowed well and had a quick pace (for the most part), but Crossed was slow, and the reader for Ky on audiobook would mumble sometimes, which was annoying. For the first half of the book nothing really happens, just a lot of running. When the story finally quickens once Ky and Cassia finally meet up, it goes by too fast and I didn't really feel invested in their goal to find the rising. Cassia felt a little spoiled and selfish, and even though Ky's intentions were a little bit better than her's, he was no different. Both characters had very similar voices, and like the first book there's a lot of repeating. The love triangle is also getting tiring. I want to read the next book, but there's a part of me that really honestly doesn't care what happens next to these two. I will probably read it, but not on audiobook. Ky's voice is just too awful.(less)