Yikes! This book was a massive waste of time. When Twilight came out, I had high hopes for this series. When I read Eclipse, my hopes diminished a litYikes! This book was a massive waste of time. When Twilight came out, I had high hopes for this series. When I read Eclipse, my hopes diminished a little (why, oh why, would I want to read about a girl who keeps wanting to kill herself because a guy left her? And she won't even pay attention to the one who wants her. GAH). By Eclipse I was ready to throw in the towel, but when it comes to books I'm a firm believer in "the benefit of the doubt." That came back to bite me in the ass. Breaking Dawn was probably the worst book I've read in the past ten years. Maybe my whole life. Stephenie Meyer set up various rules in the world that she created and decided in the fourth book of her series that she wasn't going to follow them. Which could be fine, but when it's obvious that you're breaking a rule just as a device for your story, that is not okay. And to be fair, I think that Stephenie Meyer has a lot of potential as a writer. Part of me wonders if the fact that her books got progressively worse wasn't so much her fault as it was her publisher's/editing team's fault. I'm thinking that in their haste to push, push, push the Twilight Series and get them all out, they didn't fully do their jobs as editors. And maybe she didn't fully do her job as an author. Enough of that, though. Breaking Dawn was NOT a page turner. I didn't need to turn the page because I already knew what was going to happen before I had to turn the page. It was that predictable. And it was ridiculous. A few scenes that were ridiculous: the honeymoon scene, the birth scene, the imprinting scene. Why these scenes were ridiculous? Because it seemed to me like Meyer was floundering for a plot. It seemed like the book had no direction, it was here, it was there, it was all a device to lead up to the end. What is the point? None, maybe. Because they just wanted a fourth book so that they could milk as much sales as possible....more
Ellie Spencer is just an ordinary girl at a boarding school, hanging out with her best (and only) friend Kevin and pining after the mysterious Mark NoEllie Spencer is just an ordinary girl at a boarding school, hanging out with her best (and only) friend Kevin and pining after the mysterious Mark Nolan...until a power is awakened inside her and she realizes there's more to ancient myths than she thought. Now she has to save Kevin from a crazy woman trying to seduce him, find out what's going on with her, figure out just who Mark Nolan really is, and yeah...maybe save New Zealand from sure destruction.
GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD is steeped in Maori mythology, magic, power, romance, and action. I very much enjoyed this refreshing paranormal--you won't find any vampires or werewolves in here. Well...that you know of. Just a heroine who knows tae kwon do and can kick ass (and has an affinity for magical objects and maybe even making things magically), a few patupaiarehe (I had no idea what the heck that was before this book. I love learning something new!), an animavore, and a scattering of other magical beings. As with any debut, I had some very minor issues with it, but overall, this was a great read and I'm looking forward to seeing what Healey will come out with next!...more
In WHAT THE DICKENS a terrible storm wipes out the power and everyone is told to evacuate their homes. One family decides not to evacuate. Just when tIn WHAT THE DICKENS a terrible storm wipes out the power and everyone is told to evacuate their homes. One family decides not to evacuate. Just when the mother's insulin runs out, Gage (her cousin) shows up at the house and ends up taking care of the three children while the parents go out into the storm for medical supplies. During the storm, Gage tells the children a story of a rogue tooth fairy.
I'm not quite sure what I think of WHAT THE DICKENS just yet. The writing was good. The story was interesting. But.. It didn't go anywhere. From the back cover it seemed like the story of What The Dickens was going to tie into the storm. It implied there was a fairy war going on and the storm was happening because of that.. Now.. I didn't get that from reading the book. The book ended when the story ended. Nothing changed in real time. Not much changed in the story. The two didn't seem to tie in. I guess it could be that Maguire wanted us to make up our own ending, but why have this crazy storm that makes a whole town evacuate their houses and move into a shelter and not do anything with that? I don't get it. This story had a lot of potential, but I feel a bit let down....more
Killer unicorns, badass teen huntresses, hot boys in Italy? Yes.
RAMPANT tells the story of Astrid, a teenager who's been listening to her mother's craKiller unicorns, badass teen huntresses, hot boys in Italy? Yes.
RAMPANT tells the story of Astrid, a teenager who's been listening to her mother's crazy stories of being from a line of unicorn hunters for years. When Astrid actually sees a unicorn attack her skeezy boyfriend, she starts to believe.
This story was full of man-eating unicorn action! I think the general response to unicorns is a raise of the eyebrows, but these aren't your average sparkly, shiny unicorns. Peterfreund did massive research into unicorn myths for this book. So if you want to read about evil creatures and teen girls who kick ass, this is your book. My only concern was that the story ended too abruptly for me. Other than that, I quite enjoyed it....more
Meg Cabot really shines in all her YA series, but the Mediator series takes the cake.
The characters are strong--people you can easily connect with anMeg Cabot really shines in all her YA series, but the Mediator series takes the cake.
The characters are strong--people you can easily connect with and care about--the story is interesting, and the plot just keeps getting better. This particular book--the last one in the series--is such a great end. Just thinking about it makes me want to read them all. ...more
I read this book when it first came out, before all the hype and the marketing push. That being said, I didn't have any preconceived notions as to whaI read this book when it first came out, before all the hype and the marketing push. That being said, I didn't have any preconceived notions as to what the book would be like or how great people thought it was. I enjoyed my read of Twilight. I think it was a good choice as Stephenie Meyer's first published novel. She displayed a different take on vampires and I highly respect people who can present a new take on an old story. One of the things I liked most in Twilight was the development of a connection between Bella and Edward. The chemistry that played throughout the book was well done. What I didn't like was the whiny, weak nature of Bella. I understand that Bella and Edward are supposed to be soul mates of a sort, but does Bella have to need Edward so much? This just keeps getting worse as you go along in the series. Don't even get me started on Book 2. So, while I liked this book and would recommend it, there are other vampire YAs that I think are more interesting, have stronger female characters, and are better written....more
This book started out promising. But it went nowhere until the last ten pages. I had to force myself to read it--it just felt like the same thing wasThis book started out promising. But it went nowhere until the last ten pages. I had to force myself to read it--it just felt like the same thing was happening over and over again until the end. ...more