Some parts I really liked. The writing is good, but I didn't care at all for the ending. Good book, but I don't think it deserved all the attention itSome parts I really liked. The writing is good, but I didn't care at all for the ending. Good book, but I don't think it deserved all the attention it's getting. There are better books out there that deserve it more. Would probably read more books by this author though....more
I won this book as a first reads giveaway from Goodreads. It came with a delightful set of recipe cards derived from recipes found in the book. I re I won this book as a first reads giveaway from Goodreads. It came with a delightful set of recipe cards derived from recipes found in the book. I really enjoyed this book...it sucked me in and kept me reading for longer than I intended. I loved how the characters had depth.....they were at times unpredictable, full of self doubt, full of longing, and capable of the ability to grow and change......just like people in real life. The author did a great job of showing the complex relationships between the characters. You could feel the tension when the uncle was in the room. Ariel was so much like a young tween coming to discover who she really is. Being able to relate to the characters is what made this book so fun. On to Portia's abilities inherited from her grandmother....such an interesting take on precognition. There are some people that just know what kind of food to fix to soothe a broken heart. Know what flood to make to help you celebrate. Portia's gift goes one step farther ...knowing what to make even before she knows what the issue at hand is. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was happy that I won it. I can see myself reading more by this author....more
I won this book as a first reads giveaway on goodreads. Upon reading it, I found several great ideas that I may use as a part of the homeschool co-opI won this book as a first reads giveaway on goodreads. Upon reading it, I found several great ideas that I may use as a part of the homeschool co-op that I started. I especially like the ideas that involved incorporating facebook and music (two very important things to teems and young adults) into literature. I've wanted to start a bookclub in the group, and when I do I will definitely pull ideas from this book to make it enjoyable for the kids....more
It was nice to finally find out what happened to Alex and Hanna in this book. Overall I was pleased that Lena finally got some answers about her frienIt was nice to finally find out what happened to Alex and Hanna in this book. Overall I was pleased that Lena finally got some answers about her friend and her mother. I really liked the ending, and how it left you feeling like there was a lot more to come. Looking forward to reading more books by this author....more
I loved the first book in the series, with its vividly descriptive prose. This book, the second in the series, was still a good bookWARNING SPOILERS:
I loved the first book in the series, with its vividly descriptive prose. This book, the second in the series, was still a good book, but in my opinion not as good as the first. It was great to find out what had happened to Lena. However, this time the author went back and forth from the past (when Lena first arrived to the wilds), to what was currently happening. I kept expecting the two times to eventually meet up......for what happened in the past to get to the point where the sections that were happening in the present started, but that never happened, leaving me with the feeling that a chunk of time was missing.
The detail was good in the story, and it was very engaging. I finished the book in a day. However, there were a few aspects of the book that I felt could have been better. The scenes with the keypad door locks for example. Do people really leave a clue nearby as to what their code is?? I think it would have been more believable if Lena had been taught how to cut the wires to the keypad or do something to make it malfunction. Another thing.....I knew the mystery woman was her mother right off. The woman said her name, so she knew Lena was her daughter but yet just leaves before choosing to be with her daughter?? I'm a mother and that's just not believable, unless she had a really good reason...which remains to be seen when I read the third book. The last thing that bothers me is Lena falling for Julian. Yes, I know she believes that Alex is dead and we expect her to move on eventually, but I feel that she didn't experience enough guilt or anger at herself. The inner conflict wasn't developed enough.
In conclusion, I really liked that Alex was still alive and that's how the book ended. It leaves a lot to develop in the third book, which I've already started reading. Lauren Oliver is becoming one of my favorite authors.