I absolutely devoured this book in a day. There are very few books that keep my attention for that long and this one made...more[Original review on my blog]
I absolutely devoured this book in a day. There are very few books that keep my attention for that long and this one made the list! It is a dystopian society and the story is filled with action, suspense, mystery and, of course, romance. It is a dual narrative and can seem like the two kids are the same person at times, but by the end of the book they are completely developed characters you enjoy reading the perspective of.
I love that June is a strong female character. Her intelligence, observation skills, and general life knowledge – I feel – is admirable for a girl her age. Not only that, but she’s confident, rebellious and likes challenges and to do things her way. Day is a regular citizen who lives on the streets and has made his name infamous amongst government officials. He’s similar to June in his intelligence and skill set, however, differences are apparent at times throughout the novel. Both sets of narration was quite enjoyable to read; the story goes from one end of the region to another, from night to day, from one side of the wall to the next.
The story was very, VERY good. AMAZING even. The transition from one event to another was smoothly done and everything, in the end, connected sooo well! I was really impressed with how this story developed and drew me in. It’s a page turner for sure; I just kept wanting to know what was going to happen at the end of each chapter I could not put the book down.
Such a BRILLIANT book in all aspects. This time I’m glad there IS a sequel, I do not want this story line to end!(less)
This book is just… wow. So different from what I’m used to reading, my thoughts are a little difficult to put into words.
The story is told in the form of letters from a 15-year-old boy, Charlie. At first it was odd trying to read from this point of view (the reader is getting the story in the present but from a past-tense perspective, if that makes sense. I have no idea if that is even called something in grammatical terms). However, it is really easy to get into and eventually the format is hardly noticeable.
Charlie tells the story of his freshman year of college. He goes through typical teenage events — love, friendships, school, sex… and he brings along the reader for the ride. It is a coming-of-age story that, if anyone would like to, has deeper meanings and inferences weaved through the lines. Charlie is so naive and unassuming and well, odd. He encounters such deep issues and the way he explains it to the reader can bring the story to life. It’s straight forward and meaningful. His naivety, is hilarious, sad, and adorable all throughout the book at the most unexpected times. Loved his character, as well as his friends’ personalities and their involvement in his story.
I honestly think I need to read this a second time to “get” all the meanings and connections. However, this first time through was completely engrossing and definitely a book that is difficult to put down!(less)
This book was a page-turner. While the dual narration can be difficult to read for some, I think it brought the sto...more[Original review posted on my blog]
This book was a page-turner. While the dual narration can be difficult to read for some, I think it brought the story to a level that made it seem more real than not. This must be why I could hardly put the book down. It felt as though I was listening to the cassette tapes with Clay, listening to Hannah tell her story. I could only imagine what it must have felt like for Clay to listen to that. And the fact that I could imagine how the characters were feeling [well, mainly Clay and Hannah], made it a really good book for me.
I could not find flaw with the writing, the style of writing, or the pace the story went. I liked that it was fast paced and, more often than not, went straight to the point. I liked what we got to see of the characters. Both Clay and Hannah’s emotions were laid out on the page for all to see. Frustration, anger, and regret were all expressed differently from each character and Jay Asher wrote these scenes out very well. The pacing and suspense-filled moments, such as when Clay would come into the story or what happened at reason #13, were perfectly paired to make the book both readable and enjoyable.
That being said, I’m sure this novel will not be enjoyable for many readers. Jay Asher took a risk in writing this type of book, touching on very real topics that can arouse debates and discussions revolving around these sensitive issues. Suicide, I think, can be a very subjective matter. How each person views one experience can be vastly different from another’s point of view. Each person gains strength from different aspects of his/her life and if that reservoir of strength is compromised, every coping mechanism also differs from person to person. Everyone has some kind of breaking point. Everyone has reasons to why they break down crying or throw anger fits or lash out against those closest to them. Hannah gave thirteen reasons. And that was enough for her.(less)
[Why did it take me so long to pick this book up?]
This story is filled with action, character development, twists and turns. Everything I love about b...more[Why did it take me so long to pick this book up?]
This story is filled with action, character development, twists and turns. Everything I love about books is included in The Hunger Games. It’s violent, yes – but that just puts it on a different shelf apart from books that are all lovey-dovey, sweets and candy. If you don’t want to read about violence, don’t pick this book up. Simple as that. Is it predictable? Yes. But really, it’s a series of three books, what did you expect? Is the writing imperfect? Yes. But it’s written from a teenager’s perspective. How many teenagers have a writing/English/journalism degree?
The book is a capturing read in spite of all the “issues” that, if you are completely immersed in the story, you will not notice. Suzanne Collins develops the setting in such a way, that nearly all elements of today’s world are gone and something completely new has emerged. Details, creativity, new ideas… She developed the setting very well and the reader can easily jump into the novel with Katniss and the others.
The characters are nicely developed for the first of three books. I wasn’t expecting much out of character development, but what did show, was that each of them have their own unique personality. Katniss is a great female protagonist. She’s strong-willed, clever, and puts her heart into everything she does. [Plus, those archery skills? Pure awesomeness.] I was really rooting for her to do more than she did in the book, but what happened was semi-satisfying in the end. Peeta and Gale, the boys of the story, have yet to be more developed, I hope, by the end of the series. I think characterization is a huge part of what makes the story something worth reading.
The action in this book, however, happens when you least expect it. It’s hard to empathize with Katniss, seeing as none of us have ever been in that type of situation. But it’s easy to imagine her fear, the conflict, what she is seeing, and what she is feeling because it’s written well. The suspense can make your heart beat faster and you just want to keep turning the pages to see what will happen next.
It ends on a cliffhanger [of course], but I’ve already opened Catching Fire, the second in the series. I have a feeling I’ll need Mockingjay, the third book, awaiting on my shelf as well.(less)
This is the first John Green book I’ve read. I have heard a lot of great things about John Green’s books, so picking...more[Original Review on my blog: HERE]
This is the first John Green book I’ve read. I have heard a lot of great things about John Green’s books, so picking this one up was a no-brainer. The book itself is a quick read. It delves into the lives of teenagers dealing with their diagnosis of life threatening cancer. Is it sad? Yes, of course. However, I did not cry. Nor did I get the least bit choked up. Does that make me a robot or did I not invest enough into connecting with the characters or was the book too short for that to happen? I don’t know the answer(s), but I am giving the book five stars, so this non-crying issue has little to do with my review.
I enjoyed reading the characters, their conversations, their interactions, their personalities and quirks. Hazel and Augustus connected so well for me. I loved that they had such great vocabulary and spoke in such “weird” ways to each other. Sure they’re only teenagers, but in my opinion, good vocabulary can only make the story easier to connect with and create imagery that common words can’t. John Green does this very well, and I am going to pick up another of his books just because of that. [Suggestions?] Even his minor characters [Peter Van Houton, Isaac, Hazel's parents] were really well written. Their personalities were different and each of them had their ‘moment’ in the story and the reader can easily feel for these characters.
The book was written so well, with such great vocabulary, and the diseases were real and not “fluffed up” – I really appreciated this fact and these were my main reasons for giving it five stars. However, a few minor issues with the story. I didn’t feel as if the ending worked for me [too short? no closure? something about Hazel having a story but does not end up telling all of it?.], Augustus and his cigarette “theory” was unbelievable [stupid], and the physical relationship between Augustus and Hazel [wasn't expecting it, did not like reading about it, tainted their characters and the relationship development in my opinion].
All in all, such a good book, super fast read, and if you like contemporary novels, this book will hook you in.(less)
Cinderella wasn't exactly my favourite fairy tale growing up. Delicate girl, overpowered by stepmom and stepsisters, fairy godmother... etc, etc.
Cinde...moreCinderella wasn't exactly my favourite fairy tale growing up. Delicate girl, overpowered by stepmom and stepsisters, fairy godmother... etc, etc.
Cinder, however, has taken the classic tale and weaved unique, bold elements into the story creating something completely unique. Really. Who would think to make a potential princess into a cyborg? Cinder is not like Cinderella at all [I'm talking Disney-created Cinderella], of which I'm totally glad about. Cinder is strong-minded, independent, and didn't need a fairy godmother to kick her in the proverbial pants to get a move on! Although there are features of the original Cinderella in the book [not-so-nice stepmother, stepsisters, a ball, chores, and a prince], I don't feel that it restricts the story at all. Marissa Meyer has already taken the story down a much more winding, twist-and-turning, kind of path. It is set in a post WWIV Earth with hovercrafts, a colonized moon, and androids [and not the type that malfunction and try to gauge out your eyes!] Prince Kai is a character that was created just to have fans flutter after him. I loved reading the scenes that took place between him and Cinder and I'm hoping that his character will appear in the rest of the story.
With 4 books to the series, each one introducing a new fairy tale character, I'm patiently waiting to get my fairy tale-turned-futuristic-fantasy world fix. [Lies! I definitely dislike the long wait, but what can you do?]
And if you really thought a fairy tale based book was not going to have a predictable ending, where were you when all the stories ended in "Happily Ever After"?
A fairy tale is a fairy tale -- If the shoe fits... (less)
Loving the mirror-esque quality of the cover, even in paperback – this fits in with a few quotes from our main character. Maybe it’s just m...moreCover Art:
Loving the mirror-esque quality of the cover, even in paperback – this fits in with a few quotes from our main character. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t have a fondness of girls in dresses on the front cover – nothing special about that.
I had a difficult time putting this book down, which is the main reason for giving it 5/5 stars.
If you love the style of writing and enter the character through this style of writing, you will love this book. It captures you from the start. As soon as you enter Juliette’s mind, you can imagine as if you are there with her though the entire story. There are sentences throughout the book that are crossed out in Juliette’s mind, and therefore on the pages, and replaced. I found this to be a unique feature that has a certain realism to it – how often do we “edit” what we say to each other or to ourselves? The use of metaphors can be a little much at times, however. I did not find it to be overwhelming, but that aspect will bother a few readers. I found the metaphors helpful in describing what Juliette was seeing/experiencing, even though it may seem unrealistic to think like it is written.
As for the characters… Juliette is difficult to relate to at times, even though you’re basically inside her head. However, she was interesting to get to know. A broken past because of a power she cannot control [very X-Men]. The first interactions she had with Adam were fun to read and unique, considering how long it had been since she had basic human contact. I pictured Adam as Clark Kent [keeping with the whole comic book hero theme, I suppose], looks-wise, not personality. His personality, to me, fell a little flat, but maybe there will be more character development in the next book. The journey with him through the story is interesting and when you get their backstory, you can appreciate why they fell for each other seemingly quickly [or I might just be a hopeless romantic]. I absolutely loved the character of Warner, the “villain” in this story. He reminded me of Eric Northman [who is super hot!... ahem], from HBO’s True Blood, minus the fangs and thirst for blood [hmm, no comic reference there]. You can definitely see more to this character than what he appears as to his soldiers.
The story is slow to move on, but the development is so great, it’s like you are living in the world Mafi created. There are a couple of action scenes, but for this first book, it is mainly setting the story and introducing the characters. I cannot wait for the next book in this series, hoping it will be just as enrapturing as this one was.(less)
Such a good but not-so-typical, fictional coming of age novel…
I love John Green’s writing style. His vocabulary and comple...more[Original review on my blog]
Such a good but not-so-typical, fictional coming of age novel…
I love John Green’s writing style. His vocabulary and complex sentences may be a deterrent for others, but it just draws me in and makes the story all the more realistic. I like that this story is divided into a “Before” and “After” — wanting to know what will happen at zero days is part of the reason why I finished the book so quickly.
The characters were not really likeable… but they were readable, if that makes sense. I didn’t mind them so much when I was “observing” their lives. However, I was not able to relate to them nor did I want to. They are typical teenagers - mischievous, rule-breakers, and drinkers/smokers (bleh!). But their lives and their reactions and their actions and their back stories are what makes the book great. The reader can get to know each of them and empathize when things do or do not go their way. It’s meant for a young-adult audience, so there are situations that can be relatable.
There isn’t much of a plot, but saying that, the book didn’t need one. It’s a story of a teenager’s life. There is no predictable plot or timeline that needs to be followed; just like life itself, the book has unforeseen events and unseen consequences to each action.
It is a great novel with realistic characters. Fun to read and deals with situations not many people have experienced. Can’t wait to pick up another of his novels!(less)
Received an ARC in a GoodReads giveaway hosted by Harper Teen. Thank you!
The final book in the series was a great o...more[Original review posted on my blog]
Received an ARC in a GoodReads giveaway hosted by Harper Teen. Thank you!
The final book in the series was a great one. I’m glad it ended on such a strong note. This fourth and final book is filled with action from cover to cover. The battle travels across the worlds and into Avalon where there are surprises, heart-wrenching moments, and page-turner after page-turner.
I’m happy to say I have no real complaints about this book and how it ended. The action scenes and thoughtfulness were well developed and easily conveyed. The writing was simple, but it was easy to imagine Pike’s words come alive. As for the romance, yes, Laurel eventually chooses. The romantic scenes were interspersed between all the action and war, which was a good change in my opinion [the last two books being romance-heavy]. But, to contradict myself, I had hoped for a little more character-character interaction.
At the end of the book, there is an epilogue of sorts. A letter from one of the characters to another. It was well written and so very emotion-inducing. That is all I’ll say.
The book [and series] ends on a good note. Definitely will recommend this series for those who love paranormal-romance, action, and beautiful world building. All four books are fun, fast reads.(less)
Dystopian novel filled with unique situations and has an overall great concept.
The story is of a dystopian world where the...more[Original review on my blog]
Dystopian novel filled with unique situations and has an overall great concept.
The story is of a dystopian world where there are five factions and each person is supposed to “fit” in one of those factions based on his/her personality. I had difficult putting this book down because of this unique story concept – this is of course a good sign. The world building sort of started in the middle with no real “origin” story of how this world came to be. However, this didn’t detract from the story and the world building that was explained. The reader can easily gather knowledge of the factions and how each works throughout the book from the characters and narrator’s thoughts.
The characters were well written, I thought. Tris, the narrator, is awesome. She’s a strong-willed person and as much as she tries to defy her upbringing, the reader can still see the traits fall through. She makes a great character to read from the point of view of. Four is great as well. Though he does not appear as much in the first 3/4 of the book, his development, I’m sure, will carry on into the sequel.
The pacing was great and filled the plot nicely. Though not too much happened in the first half of the book, story-wise, the information and the concepts were all new and unique that the reader can’t help but keep going. The end is a cliffhanger, of course, but with three books in the series, this was a very nice set-up and beginning.(less)
SUCH a cute, adorable, endearing, loveable, feel-good, funny, cheesy, romantic [enough adjectives?] novel!
I’ve heard so much and read so much about this book once I got into reading again. All the rave reviews were not exaggerated at all, which I’m super glad about. The characters, plot, setting, dialogue… oh everything was up to par, easy to read, and easy to relate to.
Loved that each of the characters were unique and likeable in their own way. Anna and her friendships with each of them (fallouts, apologies, reunions) were realistic. It was as if they were real teenagers going through real problems. Everyone had a role and everyone played it perfectly. There were conversations and situations that happened that could easily happen to anyone in “real life”.
Anna and Étienne’s relationship ups and downs and cuteness and “fails” were so fun to read. Even when their friendship had a fallout, you KNEW they just had to make up [No. Not make OUT]. Anna’s character is awesome. She is loyal to her friends and even if she’s in the wrong she doesn’t hesitate to apologize and make things right. She has quirks and hobbies that are unique to her/this novel, she’s sarcastic in a funny way, and she can be self-aware [which is rare in teenagers/people in general]. Étienne’s character was absolutely crush-worthy. English accented, super nice, good looking-but-doesnt-use-it-to-boost-his-ego, charming… I mean, really? Is there anyone who exists like that in this world?
Ok, and Paris? Just made the atmosphere of the story all the more cute and romantic. And made me want to go visit the city just to see the sights and images the book created. Some of it made it cheesy, but some of it made it just perfect. Point Zero? Really? So cute but so cheesy but soooo cute!
Already started companion novel Lola and the Boy Next Door. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed with it either. Stephanie Perkins, kudos for making such a novel successful!(less)
This is the first fairy/faery book I have read. Such a fast read [finished in one day] and I very muc...moreOriginal Review on my blog: Cant Study, Must Read
This is the first fairy/faery book I have read. Such a fast read [finished in one day] and I very much enjoyed it overall. The book is cute [sometimes sickeningly cute] and definitely geared towards younger readers with its simplistic story and language. If a complex plot is what you’re looking for, this may not be your best choice. However, I do recommend this book if you want a quick, fun read.
The story starts out introducing us to a 15-year-old girl who develops a blossom on her back and finds out she is a faery. Intriguing concept and I have not heard anything like it before. Laurel, the main female protagonist, is cute [so much in this book can be classified under that adjective] and definitely acts her age [girly, annoying, bratty, boy-crazy]. Not much I can say about her, though she did annoy at times, at others she had a surprisingly bad-girl side. The boys, David and Tamani, are complete opposites. On one hand, you have the nice, perfect, boyfriend-material boy. On the other, you have the mysterious, spark-inducing, soldier-from-another-world boy. I know who I’m liking more [*cough* Tamani] but I felt the character lean towards the other direction… for now. Typical love triangle thing going, so if you’re not into that, well… let’s move on.
What I especially liked is the mythological aspect to this story. The faery race was not what I was expecting [Tinkerbell-like pixies who sleep in flowers and spread sparkly dust to make magic]. I really appreciated the creativity and development that went into this totally new world. Plant-faeries? What? So original I just want to read more.
Definitely already started [by the time this is posted] the 2nd book, Spells. The last two books are already waiting in the wings [haha, sorry for the pun].(less)
Oh, young love. Its rollercoaster of emotions was well portrayed within this novel. So cute, such awesome character...more[Original review posted on my blog]
Oh, young love. Its rollercoaster of emotions was well portrayed within this novel. So cute, such awesome characters and dynamics. Another hit for Stephanie Perkins.
Lola is strange. Her character, I found, was hard to relate to in the beginning, but she was interesting to read and toward the end you cared about her story. Her style, attitude, and overall personality were great and unique. Her family is double the awesome. Her dads held strong and true to their character and role in the story throughout the entire book. Loved them! Cricket – typical boy-next-door, nice, smart, loved-by-parents type of guy. Max – well I don’t have much to say about him, except I could predict his personality to the tee. I loved the character development Perkins pulls off, even with the “minor” characters.
Yes, it’s a romance novel. But there are other topics of interest that are brought up in the characters’ lives as well, such as various family issues. The romance in it was a touch unbelievable at times. Yes, this boy next door didn’t make a move and left without saying anything. Yes, your first boyfriend turned out to be a douche after only a few months. Yes, the boy next door is back again and STILL pining for you. Convenient? A little. But ultimately, the story was cute, well written, touches the audience, and leaves you in a grinning-feel-good sort of mood.
I almost wanted to dock this one star because I didn’t enjoy it as much as Anna and the French Kiss but THEY were in this book! *sigh* Missed them and their cuteness!(less)
Can I just say ‘O-M-G’ and leave my mouth hanging open for a second?
Ahem. Excuse the internet slang and slack jawed moment, but this book is full of...moreCan I just say ‘O-M-G’ and leave my mouth hanging open for a second?
Ahem. Excuse the internet slang and slack jawed moment, but this book is full of chapter endings and page turning scenes [and eventually the ultimate cliffhanger] that force your face into expressions such as these. I think what drew me in to this book was all the action-packed chapters, twists, and turns in the plot and character development. I could not put this book down and even if I had to I was literally dreaming about what would happen next.
The characters, both new and old, I am loving. Katniss, Peeta, and Gale are still, well… there. Not meant to sound disappointed. Their roles are the same, just some new additions to their story: Katniss is in heaps of trouble, Peeta’s along for the ride, and Gale’s developed into a much more rounded character. But as for the new characters that make their appearance, I just love the different personalities and conversations they have. They are so much fun and it makes going through the book an adventure where the reader can get attached to even these ‘minor’ characters. The relationships, glimpses into their back story, the dialogue, oh… essentially everything! And… I’m not sure what to think of the “triangle” thus far. It isn’t getting out of hand, that’s for sure, so I’ll leave it for now. I do have my own opinion as to who Katniss will end up with, but I’ll keep that to myself. And, I have to say, Finnick is awesome. That is all.
As for the story development… well who didn’t see that coming? Not the thing at the end, but ultimately the whole… thing. Anyways, if you read the book, you probably know what I’m talking about. I’m liking that it is going in this general direction and makes for the next book to be action-packed for sure. Catching Fire may start out a little slow, but it builds quickly and essentially stays in the ‘climax’ zone for much of the ending. I say the build up just makes the rest of the book that much more satisfying to read. No resolution to this book at the end, but I suppose that’s what Mockingjay is for.
I enjoyed this book of the series much more than the last two. Like the first book, it was filled with new and interesting concepts. Although there ar...moreI enjoyed this book of the series much more than the last two. Like the first book, it was filled with new and interesting concepts. Although there are a few noticeable repetitions and instances of slang and poor grammar, Untamed contained parts of the story that made it so that these mundane annoyances don't really matter.
The development of Aphrodite and the introduction of new characters to the story are the main reasons I liked this book. Before now, characters have been flat and predictable (and sometimes stereotypically offensive~). Hoping this marks a positive turn in the novels to come.
[Of course the book ends just when some action occurs...](less)
Unique take on the supernatural, simple plot line, nice start to a trilogy.
First of all, I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s take...more[Original review on my blog]
Unique take on the supernatural, simple plot line, nice start to a trilogy.
First of all, I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s take on the werewolf. No silver bullets, no moonlight trigger, no oversized monstrous creatures. These wolves change with the weather. They keep their original eye colour. They have similar personalities and appearances as when they were human. And they are normal wolf-sizes.
The story is told from two points of view: Sam’s and Grace’s. For me, it wasn’t difficult to read. The writing was very well done, even though I couldn’t tell who was who from just the writing style. Sam’s character was great – swoon-worthy, dark-haired, quiet, considerate guy. Grace wasn’t as unique as I wanted her to be. She was forced to be independent and she looks at facts, but she wasn’t unlikeable – I consider this good.
There was not much that happened in the book at this point. Well until the end. However, since this IS the first of three, I’m assuming more of the plot will take place in the next two books. Overall it was a great supernatural-fantasy, with a bit of romance stringed in to the read. I recommend it if you like this type of book!(less)