This is a story of love through reincarnation. Two souls are seeking each other in every life they live. It's beautiful and artistically done. There's...moreThis is a story of love through reincarnation. Two souls are seeking each other in every life they live. It's beautiful and artistically done. There's not a lot of action/ adventure that I see so much of in young adult literature. This is a book for librarians and adults that love YA, but not as much for the average teen looking for a good book.
The beauty is in the details that repeat throughout the ages: hares, dragons, tea, Blessed Isle, and love.
It's written in a series of short stories, making it a very quick read.
In the first story it is 2073 and a journalist is investigating an island where people don't age and sell an elixir of life to the very rich. He uncovers a cult rooted in sustaining the island through a blood sacrifice.
The second story is in the present (2011) where a group of archeologists uncover an amazing find as old as vikings. And A mother and son become a focal point.
1944 is when the third story takes place. A soldier is hurt and protected by an unlikely farming family. The soldiers' daughter and the farmer are those two eternal souls Midwinterblood is centered around.
Part 4 takes place in 1902. A little girl is drawn to an old painter who hasn't done any painting for years and is given a creative spirit through the child.
Part 5 is in 1848. A nanny tells a ghost story to twins going to bed. the story is a romantic tragedy. There is a fun twist that I didn't see coming. I was so focused on the story she was telling I forgot about the twins and the nanny.
Part 6 is an awesome true horror. Think Vampire meets Viking! I'm not giving anything away because this was the most dramatic story in the book and must be read to fully absorb every detail.
Part 7 is the beginning and end of the story. It's about the two souls who's love cross time itself. And, it finishes the futuristic story this book began with. (less)
This is a great book. It gives a Christian perspective on why we need to choose our words carefully. Also, when to...not say whatever is on your mind....moreThis is a great book. It gives a Christian perspective on why we need to choose our words carefully. Also, when to...not say whatever is on your mind. It's very practical, like everything Joyce Meyer writes.
Avoid complaining, gossiping, criticizing even when it's toward yourself! Don't talk to yourself as if you're worthless, fat, stupid, or whatever negativity you can think about.
And instead replace it with kindness, praise, and lovely words (especially for God).
I enjoy some of the quotes:
"Don't speak unless you can improve the silence." -Spanish proverb "Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment." -Ira Gassen "Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate." -Albert Schweitzer
Dexter is so bad...it's good! Dexter Morgan is a forensics specialist at Miami Metro. What his co-workers don't know is that he moonlights as a murder...moreDexter is so bad...it's good! Dexter Morgan is a forensics specialist at Miami Metro. What his co-workers don't know is that he moonlights as a murderer. He gets rid of the people who are criminals that the police have to release or criminals who don't get caught.
This is the second installment in the Dexter series and it focuses on Dr.Danco. A vengeful terror who amputates people's body parts who have wronged him in the past.
All I have to say is...I didn't see that coming. I watched the tv series before reading this, but it's been a long time between the tv series and the book. From what I remember of the show...this book is so so different. Fans of the show would love this version!(less)
I'm still crying. Warning: do not read this book if you hate to cry.
Elanor & Park is a sweet book about a nerdy teen romance, crappy classmates, a...moreI'm still crying. Warning: do not read this book if you hate to cry.
Elanor & Park is a sweet book about a nerdy teen romance, crappy classmates, and an awful home life. It was so beautify written and I'd suggest anyone read it who likes romance and realistic teen fiction.
I love how Rainbow Rowell develops the romance between two dynamic and very normal teenagers. All of the characters were so relate-able. Elanor is fat...what teenager doesn't have some kind of body image issue? Even though I wasn't "fat" as a teen, I thought I was and immediately connected with Elanor. Even the handsome Park was no exception to having some body image issues.
Park likes comic books and music. He begins sharing comics and music with Elanor which brought the pair close together. Elanor is able to escape life through Park, comics, and music.
Both of them learn so much from each other and I feel like a better person for reading this book. How many FICTION books can you say that about!(less)
So, I'm trying to get rid of some pounds and want to put God first. I found a lot of helpful hints and tips in this book. I read though it so fast tha...moreSo, I'm trying to get rid of some pounds and want to put God first. I found a lot of helpful hints and tips in this book. I read though it so fast that I'm going to try to read it though a second time so I can apply a lot of the suggestions to my lifestyle. My only complaint is that it feels repetitive. I know diet and exercise are important, so maybe its time to put down the books and just pray!(less)
I like Legend, but there were some serious flaws in my opinion too. This book is exciting riveting and attention grabbing. So, I thought for sure I'd...moreI like Legend, but there were some serious flaws in my opinion too. This book is exciting riveting and attention grabbing. So, I thought for sure I'd love it! It goes back and forth between two characters, June a super smart teen recently told to capture her brother's murderer. Flaw #1.What society would let a teenager (or adult) have anything to do with an ongoing investigation that they are strongly tied to? I can get past this though because as it turns out this society is one messed up futuristic distopian world. The other character is a boy named Day. He's a poor punk kid on the run and recently accused of murder.
Flaw #2.June disguises herself as a poor kid of the slums and goes out looking for Day and finds him on day 1! How is that possible. This kid, Day, has hidden from police for a long time. June just happens to stumble on him first?
Thankfully, there's a lot to make up for these things I don't like. The ending of this book...Wow! Fun twist I didn't see coming. I would still recommend this book to teens who love distopian thrillers, but perhaps not as easily to those who love to read and find it easy to find the holes in a story.(less)
I think the only reason why I gave Player Piano 4 instead of 5 stars was because there was so much going on to make me think. I kind of want to read i...moreI think the only reason why I gave Player Piano 4 instead of 5 stars was because there was so much going on to make me think. I kind of want to read it again to absorb it all. Machines have taken over the workforce and even charge people with sabotage for trying to rebel against the machines to get their jobs back. I felt like it was scarily realistic.
One of my favorite antidotes was a barber explaining why he invented a hair cutting machine. He had nightmares that someone would invent a hair cutting machine and he would be out of a job. So naturally, he invented the machine himself and now makes a ton of money. But, he doesn't do anything with his time now and he put a lot of people out of a job.
The writing style is superb in this novel. However, it's main character, Sam..is a mean girl. She dies and her last day is re-lived over and over agai...moreThe writing style is superb in this novel. However, it's main character, Sam..is a mean girl. She dies and her last day is re-lived over and over again (Groundhog Day style).
I knew too many "mean girls" in my lifetime. I don't want to read about them too.
I am very glad I read it because at about the half way point it really got good!
Overall though, Sam's so unrelatable to me that I didn't care for it. (less)
This book has something for everyone. It's a historical sy-fi romance (if that's a thing). The main character goes back in time to prevent the assassi...moreThis book has something for everyone. It's a historical sy-fi romance (if that's a thing). The main character goes back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK and his life was changed forever! (less)
A.S. King, you are my super hero! You've yet again captured the male voice. And, I loved the roller coaster ride you took us on again. The main charac...moreA.S. King, you are my super hero! You've yet again captured the male voice. And, I loved the roller coaster ride you took us on again. The main character, Gerald, was a reality tv star when he was very young all thanks to his bad behavior. He consistently took a dump on someone's stuff based on who was making him mad. Typically his sister or mother would find a terd in their shoe, bed, even in the center of the kitchen table!
A.S. King takes you on a journey through his life focusing on his life now...as a teenager. He has no friends. Who would want to befriend "the crapper?" He gets made fun of at school and life at home is a mess.
Despite this he demands to have a normal life (or at least more normal than what he's got now). I love this book.
I know so many teens who would love this book or have already read it and do love it!
The only thing I don't love is the language. There is a lot of swearing and I'm just not into that. But, it is realistic. (less)
Hollow City was good, but not as good as the first in the series (not surprisingly) because it would be really difficult to make a book as good as Mis...moreHollow City was good, but not as good as the first in the series (not surprisingly) because it would be really difficult to make a book as good as Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.
This book starts just when the last one finished, running away from the supernatural Hollow bad guys and Nazis. The group runs into gypsies, circus freaks, and of course more Peculiars. I really liked the new characters that were introduced and the interesting ways their powers are used. Jacob's character is more fully developed and (of course) his romance blooms.
The more unfortunate thing is that it was all a bit predictable. And the thing I enjoyed about book 1 was how different it was. The photographs added to the super-hero misfit genre by making it real and more horrific. I feel the horror element was lost in this book and it was much more supernatural fantasy meets island of misfit toys.
It was still a good book, but I wish there was more finality to it. I'm too invested in the story to stop reading, so I will probably read the third book (when it comes out).(less)
The cover on this book is eerily beautiful. It just was begging to be picked up. And so, I gave in.
The description is not as alluring, so I'm glad I m...moreThe cover on this book is eerily beautiful. It just was begging to be picked up. And so, I gave in.
The description is not as alluring, so I'm glad I moved past that to read this one. It's a young adult fantasy set in a magical land inspired by Russia. I've read a few reviews stating that everything "Russian" about the book is false, ridiculous, and made-up. But...that's just it...yes it is made-up. Leigh Bardugo made it up. So, I was able to move past that. Not to mention I know very little about Russia and Russian culture, so that also helped me move past it too.
The main character is an orphaned girl who discovers that she has a magical power that could save their world. She is swept away by the Darkling (what a title right?) And she's treated like royalty. After all she's supposed to be the savior! There are others that have magical powers, so she trains with them. It is later revealed that the Darkling is evil (WHAT! With a name like Darkling? *light hint of sarcasm*).
There is some romance as well that cannot be spoiled, it does really add a lot to this book.
The plot and setting were solid, but I want to know more about the Darkling's past. Leigh probably saved that for book two, but in a lot of ways it seemed kind of one dimensional. The plot's a little too familiar. I don't feel like I got a rush from reading it and I had no problem putting it down. For those reasons I only gave it 3 stars. (less)
I didn't think this squeal was nearly as good as Matched. Perhaps it's because I switched to audio book format when reading this one? I just didn't fe...moreI didn't think this squeal was nearly as good as Matched. Perhaps it's because I switched to audio book format when reading this one? I just didn't feel the same connection with the characters. And, the events felt stiff and unreal.(less)
I don't know how A.S. King does it. She has creativity up the wazoo! Each short story is so unlike the last one. I don't typically enjoy stories invol...moreI don't know how A.S. King does it. She has creativity up the wazoo! Each short story is so unlike the last one. I don't typically enjoy stories involving negativity, but each character (even negative ones) are brought to life so vividly, I'm surprised they don't jump off the page. 8 out of 12 stories were GREAT! The others- not my favorite. I'm not typically a fan of short stories, but this one is a winner.
These twelve short stories are summarized bellow: 1. Monica Never Shuts Up: A woman raised her brother to see him get married to a pathological liar.
2. Can You See Lois Gardening?: A garden thief's house is up for sale bringing up the interesting question of: why is this woman's house a hoarder's dream and the landscaping so...pricey?
3. I Am Mommy: Mom locked herself in the basement to get away. And, now her children understand why. She's then in an old folks home and does something you have to read to believe.
4. River-16: AMAZING! Buy this book for this story. It was really that good. This is a sci-fi story about our futuristic world fining people and eventually arresting people for not recycling! So, if your loving son wants to get rid of you all he has to do is put an aluminum can in the garbage?
5. Harry's Giant: A boy lives on a cattle farm. The cattle are given steroids. The boy eats the milk and meat from the farm. The boy gets boobs! The real story is how people in his life react to this.
6. Leroy Can Tell You When: Leroy is a boy with the ability to tell you when people are going to die. He meets a girl with the ability to tell people how they are going to die. I cried at the end of this story. It was so moving. This is another amazing story that MUST be read.
7. Skin: not memorable, it was so short I breezed right by it.
8. Raul Shows Me Things: Mom is a horrible person. She does drugs. Her daughter gets pregnant. Not that memorable to me, perhaps it's because I didn't like reading about drug use and bad parenting.
9. Will Deirdre Beat the Odds?: Deirdre gets beat by her husband and tries to cover her bruises with makeup. He buys a lottery ticket and the rest...you have to read for yourself.
10. How I Became My Father: Not memorable (sorry A.S. King perhaps I was tired when I read it).
11.Butcher: A woman divorces her husband because he wanted to be with another woman. She changed herself to please him. She gave him what he wanted...through the mail. Being someone who has gone through divorce I understand this level of anger and this story just made me laugh. It was wonderful.
12. The Tests I Failed: It's about Rape, guns, and family. I would be doing this story an injustice if I said anything more about it. A heart moving story that is also a must-read. (less)
The story continues of Tessa Gray battling demons and inner demons. She struggles with who she is or what she is. Her relationship with her brother, o...moreThe story continues of Tessa Gray battling demons and inner demons. She struggles with who she is or what she is. Her relationship with her brother, or lack there of does not get in her way. This is a strong protagonist that I can get behind.
Romance ensues between Tessa and...well I'm not giving it away. It's fabulous though!
I love how Cassandra Clare spends a lot of time on the setting it truly comes alive in steampunk London. I don't think I'd want to be a Shaddowhunter, but I'd love to visit the Institute she's created.
This book is not as fast paced and action packed as Clockwork Angel, however a lot of character development happens. (less)