I feel like such an oddball for not loving this book, but it just didn't work for me. It's a classic of science fiction, but I found it confusing andI feel like such an oddball for not loving this book, but it just didn't work for me. It's a classic of science fiction, but I found it confusing and the pacing jerky.
One of the major problems was that the characters seem to be relatively unimportant to the story, which was weird and hard on me. I obviously sympathized with Arthur being thrust into this crazy situation and losing his home, but it didn't last that long before I was a bit bored of him. Ford had some personality in the first 15% or so, but then lost his spark for me. I immediately disliked Zaphod and we know next to nothing about Trillum. My favourite character was probably Marvin the robot, but only because he was so adorable in the movie.
And that leads to another point: the film. I actually watched the film before reading the book, something I try not to do. But I think it's a good thing I did, since I disliked this book enough to have avoided the film version. But I actually really liked the movie! The characters seemed better (I think mainly due to the charms of Martin Freeman and Alan Rickman's voice), the plot felt streamlined and it just went so much better overall. Probably the only case ever where I so certainly preferred the film.
I know tons of people love this book, but it just didn't work for me. If your looking for a crazy ride through the galaxy, give it a go. Hopefully your luck is better than mine!...more
April Manning is back in this sequel to Unaccompanied Minor and her life is just as crazy as ever! There something fishy going on with the wealthy ColApril Manning is back in this sequel to Unaccompanied Minor and her life is just as crazy as ever! There something fishy going on with the wealthy Colgate family, which also happens to include April's best friend Malcolm. That dirtbag/stepfather Ash is back, but April is ready to face him with help from her friends Flo, Ned and LaVonda.
Realism is definitely not the goal of this series. So much crazy stuff happens that I highly double would ever happen in real life. But if you go in not expecting a realistic story, you will have a ton of fun!
My favourite character is still Flo. She's so feisty and funny and I hope I am like her when I get old! Officer Ned is another favourite and I loved the crazy, over-the-top things that LaVonda would say. And don't forget the oh-so-lovable Captain Beefheart!
This series hasn't wowed me so far, but it's just so much fun in the moment that it doesn't really matter and I hope that there are more crazy stories for April "Crash" Manning. Could you imagine if she became an actual pilot!?!?!...more
I was pretty excited to read this book and I enjoyed it quite a bit, although it wasn't exactly what I expected. Briefly, it's a historical fiction stI was pretty excited to read this book and I enjoyed it quite a bit, although it wasn't exactly what I expected. Briefly, it's a historical fiction story about Arista, who is basically a slave to this creepy London underworld lord named Bones. She is basically forced to blackmail people on Bones's behalf.
Arista wasn't the character that I was expected. I was expecting a sneaky, charismatic thief character (they are my favourite), but instead she she was filled with a lot of fear and hopelessness for her situation. This was not a bad thing, just not what I expected somehow. Despite her fear and desperate living situation, Arista is strong character and very loyal. I enjoyed her scenes with Becky, where it was very apparent how much she cared for her friend.
The other important person In Arista's life at the beginning was Nic. Nic also works under Bones and was Arista's friend and protector growing up. Now, Arista wonders if she might have feelings for Nic that go beyond friendship, but also worries about how the life they lead has hardened him. Nic was a complicated character for me. I was really conflicted by how good he could be to Arista, yet wasn't really a good person in general. I think it made his character multi-dimensional and real.
The final important character was Grae, who was the man Arista met one night and was super attracted to. Grae was such a kind and wonderful person. It made him likable, but also a touch on-e dimensional.
I can't think of anything about this book that bothered me or that I didn't like, but somehow it lacked the spark to launch it to a five star read....more
The endings of triologies ae always bittersweet for me. On one hand, I'm happy because I have another book and get to find out more of what happens toThe endings of triologies ae always bittersweet for me. On one hand, I'm happy because I have another book and get to find out more of what happens to my favourite characters. On the other hand, I'm heartbroken because it's over.
This book was exactly that. I love Penryn and her messed up family and Raffe and his guilt and indecision and all that. I am so sad to see this series end! I don't know what Susan Ee is up to next, but I hope it's more books, because she really is an engaging writer.
I want this review to be spoiler free for the series, so there's lots I can't really say, but I will say that Penryn continues to be both bad ass and mental tough. She breaks down a few times and acts like a normal teenager, but in general, her strategy of repressing her feelings really seems to work for her.
I really like the way Susan Ee writes action. It's so exciting and engaging. The big event at the end of this book was crazy and I could barely pull myself away when my lunch break ended and I had to go back to work!
As I'm sure I've said in all my reviews of this series, I love these ass kicking, death-dealing breed of angels. They truly are terrifying. I always see similarities between Susan Ee's angels and the angels in season 4 of Supernatural. And it seems like Uriel is always portrayed as a huge dick!
Anyways, before this review devolves into too much of a fangirling mess, I'll end by saying End of Days is a great ending to an awesome series. And just don't think to much about the age difference between Raffe and Penryn or you'll start to feel a touch Twilight-y...more
I don't usually read a lot of contemporary, but when I come across a book like this, I know I need to read more. I find extreme religion, including cuI don't usually read a lot of contemporary, but when I come across a book like this, I know I need to read more. I find extreme religion, including cults and sects, super interesting. And while Rachel's family beliefs are not what I would call a cult, they certain are extreme and restrictive and, honestly, angering. Rachel is only allowed to interact with people from her church. She's home schooled, can't cut her hair and must dress modestly at all times.
I loved Rachel's character so much and I think many other readers will too, since we can see ourselves in her. Rachel is a bookworm at heart, but her family does not condone reading (other than the bible of course), especially Rachel's favourite book: A Wrinkle in Time. That's just one of the trials Rachel must face. She is also fearful of her future, which can only be one thing: being a loving and obedient wife and mother.
I really enjoyed the contrast between Rachel and Lauren, another girl who took issue with the church's restrictive beliefs. It shows the differing ways that different people react in similar situations. Both girl's stories were tough for a bookworm, equal rights kind of girl like me.
However, I do like how Jennifer Mathieu treated the topic of religion in her book. Too often books take sides, either becoming preachy or bashing religion altogether. I think the author walked a fine line and stayed fairly respectful of religion. She did not indicate that Rachel's family was wrong, just that their beliefs didn't work for Rachel. And Rachel maintains her relationship with God throughout, yet the book never felt preachy to me.
I also really enjoyed Rachel's relationship with her little sister Ruth. Ruth was the lifeline that kept Rachel sane in her life with her family. They always supported each other, even though they were very different characters. It made me want a little sister. Although I definitely could do without an older sister like Faith. And their last scene together break my heart a little bit.
There is a hint of romantic interest in this one, but it's so subtle, because, let's face it, Rachel is not ready for a relationship right now. I'm so glad the other didn't force her into a relationship, since I believe the book is so much stronger as it is now.
Devoted was one of my rare forays into contemporary fiction and I really enjoyed it a lot. I though the book was well balanced while dealing with potentially volatile content and I will definitely be reading more from Jennifer Mathieu....more
It's been a few days and I'm still trying to sort out how I feel about this book. The concepts introduced are interesting, but they are pretty out theIt's been a few days and I'm still trying to sort out how I feel about this book. The concepts introduced are interesting, but they are pretty out there. What I mean is this is some pretty hard-core science fiction, even without spaceships.
I found the story interesting and engaging and I did want to find out what was going on. Some things I thought were obvious to the reader long before Ella figured them out, but others took me by surprise.
I think my biggest issue was Ella herself. I just couldn't connect with her. I think it was because in the beginning, she fought so hard against what Jack was telling her, even though it was pretty obvious that something didn't add up.
One thing I really did like were the small references to the Across the Universe series. This is by no means a sequel, but I liked seeing the little hints that let us know that this takes place in the same universe.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I feel pretty neutral about it. I will still read anything Beth Revis puts out though!...more