Och. I read this over several months, just savoring it. No one can do a slow build like Marie Rutkoski. Again, the ending surprised me in a severe, guOch. I read this over several months, just savoring it. No one can do a slow build like Marie Rutkoski. Again, the ending surprised me in a severe, gut-wrenching way. Standing ovation. Also: Oh, Ronan....more
The writing style was jarring at first, but once I got into it, the freedom of expression and just the originality of it was beautiful. But around theThe writing style was jarring at first, but once I got into it, the freedom of expression and just the originality of it was beautiful. But around the 70% mark, all the promise of uniqueness fell apart. The characters became cliche, and so did the plot. The ending was entirely as expected. I'm going to try to read the next book in the series in the hopes it surprises me....more
This book was intense. It gripped me hard and seriously hurt when it was over. The writing wrapped me up like a pair of mittens or something--confininThis book was intense. It gripped me hard and seriously hurt when it was over. The writing wrapped me up like a pair of mittens or something--confining in a comfortable way. I was aware that there was something going on just off screen that I wanted to know about, but could never grasp with certainty, and the ebb and flow of what felt like information and what felt like skewed understanding was not only shudder-inducing, at times it was downright disturbing.
The unreliable narrative could be frustrating to some, but really, the voice was grand and engrossing. Claire's priorities and fears were mine, and it made the book a joy to read paragraph by paragraph. I often found myself staring at a sentence before I moved on because it was so pretty. The other characters were real enough to jump off the page--Grant, Ella, Rae, and even Claire's parents. I especially wanted to just hug Grant at any given moment. He's such a sweetheart.
I was tied up in knots, expecting action and resolution, and then the end just depressed me. I don't even know what I wanted! Something more dramatic? Tragic? Bloody? At any rate, the wrap-up felt more literary than anything I've read in a long while, and that alone was a good surprise. Nothing about Of Scars and Stardust is run of the mill--a good reason to give this soulful debut a read. For sheer enjoyment factor, I hope there will soon be more Andrea Hannah on my shelf!...more
I truly enjoyed this book. Sweet story, real, believable characters, and sheesh, the prose. I sank into it like a warm, oversized sweater. Can't waitI truly enjoyed this book. Sweet story, real, believable characters, and sheesh, the prose. I sank into it like a warm, oversized sweater. Can't wait to read more from this author....more
I truly enjoyed Leigh Ann Kopans' debut, ONE, and it's sequel, TWO. They reminded me of X-Men and my huge Sci-Fi phase when I was a kid, and the plotsI truly enjoyed Leigh Ann Kopans' debut, ONE, and it's sequel, TWO. They reminded me of X-Men and my huge Sci-Fi phase when I was a kid, and the plots were complicated, sinister, and well executed. Naturally, I wanted to read Leigh Ann’s next book, but…it was a contemporary romance. I typically don’t even touch romance unless the book is a few hundred years old and at least one character dies. I tentatively requested the ARC, secretly afraid I might not finish it, like most contemporaries I’ve picked up.
Unsuspecting, I started into it. I could go on and on about this woman's writing, the way she has of placing you in a scene and making you hear and smell and see everything. But before I’d even made it two chapters, Ashley’s VOICE grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I know it will sound weird, but this is the first Young Adult novel I’ve read where I actually related to the emotions of the protagonist on a deep level. Brendan is just the kind of guy I liked in my early teens, but how do you tell a guy you like him if he’s the only real friend you have? Of course you’d be afraid of ruining it. Anyone would be.
See, this, this how I remember romance as a teenager feeling. The silence between Ashley and Brendan is deafening. I know that feel by heart. Vincent, on the other hand, is all smooth and doing everything showy — at first — but Ashley has a gut feeling about him that keeps her from getting in too deep too fast. She’s not perfect by any means, and neither is Brendan. (Oh, gosh, no. He’s not perfect at all. But that’s why he felt so real. Like someone I’m sure I knew.)
Mathletes is everything to Ashley. For her, it’s the only place she gets to be accomplished, admired, and completely in the moment with Brendan. Until Sofia shows up and starts hitting on Brendan and ruins everything. Gahh, Brendan is so blind. Just like many a teenage boy. I can’t stop going on about how freaking true to life these people are. You just have to read this book.
The ending wasn’t what I expected, but that’s all I can say without spoiling it. I had to buy a few copies of the paperback so I have some to give away, and one for my favorites shelf, obvi, because this is definitely one I’ll be re-reading until it’s dog-eared. I don’t know if there is another contemporary that will pull me in so thoroughly and make me skip meals like this one did, but I have to thank Leigh Ann a million times for making me love something from a genre I formerly didn't care for....more
I was excited for this book. I pre-ordered two copies as soon as the release date was announced. I near bounced out of my skin when ARCs were given toI was excited for this book. I pre-ordered two copies as soon as the release date was announced. I near bounced out of my skin when ARCs were given to the members of Team ONE. But all of this was pretty new for me because…
I don’t go crazy over Young Adult. In fact, I hardly read any Young Adult (I know, I’m so boring). I don’t know if this is because I just exited my angsty teen years and I’m not that excited to revisit them, or what. Maybe it will change soon. If it does, it will be because of books like this one! *big, huge, gigantic smile*
So you can take this from a total Young Adult cynic: ONE passed my expectations. Over and above. Totally in love. Boom.
The story starts out with a fabulous hook — Merrin has only half of a super power. She doesn’t fit in with the mutant kids called Supers, and she doesn’t fit in with the Normal kids, either. She’s known as a One, a.k.a. a freak. Yeah, okay, typical teen feels, I don’t fit in, nobody understands me, etc. But not only did the futuristic world grab me, Merrin’s attitude was excellent. She’s not whiny, she doesn’t sit around being a pout. She does her best to use what she does have: an incredible brain. Yes. Main character we can get behind. Like, like, like.
Enter tall and gawky totally awkward and smiley love interest character. He’s just the right amount of push, enough to get into Merrin’s world — and just the right amount of no pressure, I like you, let’s be friends. He really reminded me of my little brother. A total sweetheart at the core. Someone you can be happy about every time he shows up. Love, love, love!
And just about the mid point, when I felt a little bogged down with “I love you, you’re so perfect for me” moments, the story starts spiralling out of control with about 80 pages of sheer action. The ending was perfection. Happy, but with danger lurking. Sequel, please!
Overall? Five out of five stars. No matter who you are or what genre you usually read, pick up ONE this June (and be ready for the sequel, TWO, coming in October!). You won’t regret it....more
I won't go into a detailed account of what I didn't like about this book, I'll just say that it didn't fill in any of the story I was craving. I loveI won't go into a detailed account of what I didn't like about this book, I'll just say that it didn't fill in any of the story I was craving. I love the idea of explaining Rhett's feelings, as he is a very deep male character, and I was really hoping this book would try. Instead, the author filled in all of the boring, unimportant details of Rhett Butler's life and avoided anything that actually delved into his emotional complexities. The pivotal scenes in Scarlett's life were brushed over, even though we know all of these moments were hugely important to Rhett. I will say the author's writing style was very smooth and engaging. Historical fiction can tend to get long-winded, but McCaig kept it moving. I was certainly impressed with that. Storywise, I am probably too much of a purist, and should have stayed satisfied with Gone With the Wind....more
I had a hard time getting into the story here, perhaps because it was all action and no drama, but I find Reilly's writing style captivating in and ofI had a hard time getting into the story here, perhaps because it was all action and no drama, but I find Reilly's writing style captivating in and of itself. This was my first of his novels and I think I need to go back and start at the beginning of one of his series to really get myself vested in his characters.
A quick note; this book is written much like actual field notes or a diary narrative, with lots of incorrect usages and bad grammar. I love it. Truly unique and creative with no holds barred. Yet how does he get away with writing like this? If I did it, an editor (and the educated public) would taboo me in an instant! Cheers for him!...more
I absolutely LOVED the middle of the book. It had a fast pace mixed with excellent description; something Connelly is a master at, and he did it betteI absolutely LOVED the middle of the book. It had a fast pace mixed with excellent description; something Connelly is a master at, and he did it better in this book than in some of his other Bosch novels. But the beginning and end moved slower, and it was harder to stay interested. Overall an excellent read with great twists....more