(I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
This book was beautiful but frustrating. I think it was more frustrat(I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
This book was beautiful but frustrating. I think it was more frustrating in the aspect of its ending, and the stubbornness of the characters, and it did move quite quickly at times, but I did enjoy it -- once I got into it, I was able to read it in a matter of a couple of hours.
Madeline is sick. She's been sick her entire life. She can't go outside and has spent her entire life breathing filtered air and living inside a bubble. Naturally, the entire book is about what happens when she finds something worth leaving the bubble for.
Everything, Everything is cute. It is heart-wrenching and gorgeous, with its graphs and pictures and Maddy's dictionary. There's definitely some insta-love there, which I can live with. It's a cute book and it's different from a lot of books out there. I HAVE read this story before, but it didn't really bother me too much that I knew what was going to happen. It was still gorgeous, adorable, and Maddy and Olly have a cute story together.
Well, this was sufficiently adorable. Nothing particularly earth-shattering or anything that's making me want to scream about OTPs (I do that enough,Well, this was sufficiently adorable. Nothing particularly earth-shattering or anything that's making me want to scream about OTPs (I do that enough, yes), but a cute, quick read....more
I write this review as I am actually watching Parks and Rec right now. Amy Poehler's voice comes through effortlessly in her book and it's full of humI write this review as I am actually watching Parks and Rec right now. Amy Poehler's voice comes through effortlessly in her book and it's full of humour, life advice, and weird tidbits about Hollywood. It was a quick, enjoyable read, funny (not that that's a huge sigh of relief, this is Amy Poehler after all) and heartfelt. Gave me a lot to think about....more
This book was very cute. I abhor reality TV so this was definitely a cool read for me -- reading from the perspective of someone who hates reality TVThis book was very cute. I abhor reality TV so this was definitely a cool read for me -- reading from the perspective of someone who hates reality TV as much as I do was refreshing and hilarious. I read it in less than a day and really enjoyed it. Chloe's a little irritating at times but not more than her mother — her mother's the real MVP here. Her brother, though, Benton, I love him. Him and Matt were my favourite parts of the book, to be honest.
I give it 4 stars because there were a lot of things that were left completely unresolved. Didn't see what happened with MetaReel. Didn't see any big explosions with producers. Nothing about Kirk and the crappy thing he did, nothing about how their mother is coping, nada. It just sort of.... ended. But overall, it was still very cute.
Best friends Wynne and Odessa have lived their lives with one goal in mind: to become Carriers, the elite women of the Union, chosen to bring future gBest friends Wynne and Odessa have lived their lives with one goal in mind: to become Carriers, the elite women of the Union, chosen to bring future generations into this world. But when Odessa is chosen and Wynne is given a seemingly less-important worker position, she begins to see that perhaps being a Carrier isn't all it's cracked up to be. There's a darkness that underlies everything that surrounds the beauty and luxury that surrounds the Carriers, and now that Odessa is one of them, Wynne finds herself in a situation where she must do whatever it takes to get Odessa - and herself - out of the clutches of the Union.
This book was just okay. It wasn't excellent, it wasn't bad, but man, that cover is pretty stunning, isn't it? The concept isn't really anything too new. Some women are held in high regard because of their ability to bring forth children, but as a result, these women are 'farmed'. The book began with the typical 'dystopian young adult ceremony', where girls at the age of fifteen take tests (woah, slow down there, is that Divergent I see?), and then based on their tests, they're given a work placement. One of these is, obviously, a Carrier, but a few others are things like working in the Wool mill (factory? I don't remember), the paper factory, laundry, servants, you get the idea. They live in this city which is part of the Union, and the city is enclosed by walls. Men and women are separated, and words like love, family, and mother are taboo.
I liked the worldbuilding, but I think that maybe Birch's attempt to build us such a world really took away from some other aspects of the story. The set-up of the world felt a little medieval and I wasn't opposed to that - it was actually kind of cool. But there were some aspects that I think needed to be touched on a little more, regarding the history of the place: there were armies and wars mentioned, and obviously men are a part of this world, but largely we were stuck inside Wynne's world of delivering babies, meeping about Odessa (yes, MEEPING), and being torn between her moral choices and her work obligations.
The ending felt a little rushed and sudden. I was reading it and then just suddenly BAM, acknowledgements. I'm betting that there will be a sequel because of the end of the book (view spoiler)[they were just laying in a field and Wynne was wistfully thinking about this guy that she'd met in prison a few days before (hide spoiler)]. There were certain aspects that I think needed to be elaborated on a lot, and I don't know if it's just that my copy of the ebook had several grammar/usage/spelling errors or if that's how it was actually written, but the book was decent enough for me to get past it. 3/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book was ... just okay. 2.5. Get with the program Goodreads, give us those half-stars. Everyone was ranting and raving about the ending but the eThis book was ... just okay. 2.5. Get with the program Goodreads, give us those half-stars. Everyone was ranting and raving about the ending but the ending wasn't really a surprise to me because the same thing had happened in a book called Idlewild. While they obviously weren't the same ending ... it kind of just didn't blow me away because it wasn't totally unexpected. ...more
Steelheart is one of several books that I've read lately that have genuinely impressed me with its style, pacing,Damn this book was good. SO, SO GOOD.
Steelheart is one of several books that I've read lately that have genuinely impressed me with its style, pacing, and characters. It's hard to find good YA sci-fi/dystopia books lately, so I was really, really happy with this book. So happy that I wrote a review for it over at WoWaF books because that's where I'm doing my book reviews now. ...more
I don't usually read books like this, but the title caught my attention at work. As someone who's going into education and plans on teaching one of thI don't usually read books like this, but the title caught my attention at work. As someone who's going into education and plans on teaching one of the oft-talked about subjects in this book, I found this book a very interesting study on educational systems in the US vs other countries. Or maybe I should say in other countries vs. the US. There was a graphic floating around the internet a few months back that talked about how students in Finland rarely have homework, and yet... they're the top in the world in terms of test results. While I knew this information (from the graphic), I didn't really know why. This book is a good look into what exactly sets these countries apart from the US, and how different environments and countries tackle education. In this book, we see education from three points of view, and it's all in comparison to the US: education in Finland, South Korea, and Poland. Later in the book the author goes and talks about what is important in those schools compared to what's important in American schools.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's made me think about what my strategy will be when I become a teacher and what I can do to help my students....more
This book was basically my freshman year of college. Boys, (reading, not writing) fanfiction, and struggling with people around me. I can only imagineThis book was basically my freshman year of college. Boys, (reading, not writing) fanfiction, and struggling with people around me. I can only imagine that this book would still BE my life, except replace 'Simon Snow' with 'Teen Wolf'.
So, so good. I loved that we got little bits and pieces of the Simon Snow books along with Cath's fanficion, I love the conflict, I love Levi and I likeD Nick (view spoiler)[until he ended up being a mega douche who only was in it for himself, pfft (hide spoiler)], but this book was so good. A nice change from what I'd spent the past few months reading. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
So I picked up this book at work because I was curious about it ... and it was so good. It broke my heart and then put it back together again, only toSo I picked up this book at work because I was curious about it ... and it was so good. It broke my heart and then put it back together again, only to break it. I think I felt a certain kind of connection to this book because of my own situation, but this book was so, so, so lovely and I loved the dual storytelling. It was poignant, thought-provoking, and it made my heart hurt. ...more
Ezra Faulkner has everything going for him in life: he's captain of his school's most important (?) sports team (the tennis team), he's got a pretty (Ezra Faulkner has everything going for him in life: he's captain of his school's most important (?) sports team (the tennis team), he's got a pretty (pretty bitchy) girlfriend, and his future is looking pretty good. Then, when he gets struck by a vehicle one night after finding something he wasn't supposed to, his life comes to a screeching halt. Ezra, who was once on top of the world, finds himself with no real friends, no hope at a future he had once envisioned clearly, and no idea what he's going to do with his life.
I really enjoyed this book up until the last, oh, 200 or so pages (which is about 2/3 of the book). Ezra is snarky, sarcastic, and quick-witted and he wasn't my favorite character (as his best friend Toby called him, he was an asscanoe), but he was such a typical boy that he kind of got lost in the muddle of other characters. Schneider makes a point of saying that Ezra is smart and that not only is he smart, he knows he's smart. (view spoiler)[After the accident in which he royally fucks up his knee and can't play tennis anymore (hide spoiler)] he joins the debate team and reconnects with Toby, a friend that he hadn't spoken to in years, and he also meets Cassie Thorpe.
Cassie Thorpe is the reason I didn't appreciate this book.
Obviously, Ezra falls madly in love with Cassie Thorpe and obviously he has a lot of flowery language to speak about just how he feels about her. And it's very cute and all, if Cassie wasn't such a royal witch. There was something about her that just didn't settle with me at all, and I don't know if it was the writing or just the way Cassie appeared to be, but she drove me up a wall. She tried too hard to be quirky and tried too hard to make Ezra into the person she wanted him to be, and personal opinion is me hating people that do that, but regardless ... it was painful to be stuck in Ezra's head while all these things happened.
By no means was this a bad story. In fact, I really enjoyed thinking back on my own high school experiences and relating them to the things that happened in this book (though my high school didn't have a huge amount of dumb jocks, I really feel that that stereotype is overplayed but I digress...) but just some of the characters were a little underdeveloped for being somewhat prominent in the book. Austin? Phoebe? We had like one little one-on-one scene with her, and I thought she was awesome.
Overall, I would read but would not buy. Pretty cover, good, quick read, but definitely not the best thing in the world. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more