What? I am finished reading? But-but-but I want more!!! Okay it isn't a cliff hanger ending and the story can very well be finished. But I love the ch...moreWhat? I am finished reading? But-but-but I want more!!! Okay it isn't a cliff hanger ending and the story can very well be finished. But I love the characters and want to continue with their story.
The story is well written. I can feel a lot of research as gone into this book to keep it as realistic as possible. A sad state of affairs and one I hope our world never sees, but the book gives suggestions of how people survive the pandemic and pull their lives back together in spite of horrendous challenges.
I wish I could write more but I feel too tempted to put in spoilers. So let me leave it at: this is a great read. And let's keep it at that.
Oh, I nearly forgot to mention that this was a complimentary copy from BookRooster.com for honest review.(less)
This book has been sitting on my To Read shelf for so long that I had forgotten about it. I picked it from BookRooster.com. I don't know why I chose i...moreThis book has been sitting on my To Read shelf for so long that I had forgotten about it. I picked it from BookRooster.com. I don't know why I chose it. There must have been something in the reviews or blurb that got me.
The book was okay. I see many five star reviews, so it must just be me. I liked the parts about Izzy and her mother, but the parts about the men-folk were just plain boring to me. Sorry. If you like books about deceit, power, and relationships that don't work, then this is the book for you. Read other reviews for reasons why others loved it.
Oh, I guess I should add the plusses. I liked E.J. Mack's writing style and her characters were believable.
I like the beginning and I like the end but somehow I got bogged down in the middle section, to part about the dance and all was, to me, boring. Sorry...moreI like the beginning and I like the end but somehow I got bogged down in the middle section, to part about the dance and all was, to me, boring. Sorry. Others may just love the pageantry of that part of the story. Maybe it is my age and not the author or the story, I am a 63 year old young adult! ;)
Anyway, I loved how the story gets you curious with Quinn the main character and I didn't blame her for follow this guy. I loved how the new world comes into play and how she fits into it so well. Gee, this is hard to write without spoilers. So... needless to say, I am looking forward to the sequel.
This was a BookRooster copy free for review. It was a fun read. Thank you.(less)
Dalya Moon is now in my favorite authors list. She has a great sense of humor and sprinkles it liberally through her books. And Zan was such a wonderf...moreDalya Moon is now in my favorite authors list. She has a great sense of humor and sprinkles it liberally through her books. And Zan was such a wonderful story! My criteria of Fem main characters written by Fem authors was violated but I still found I liked his character and his way of thinking. There is plenty of paranormal wonderfulness to pull me from reality and keep me there. There wasn't a huge romantic-angsty-nastiness as many YA books have. Sure he has found someone wonderful and he loves her, but it doesn't feel like disguised lust. It seems he really cares. And not just for the girl of his dream but of his close friends, the twins James and Julie. Who knew belly buttons could be so fun. Wink!
I received this complimentary Kindle copy from BookRooster dot com. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Moon. (less)
This was much more fun than Charlie and much more age appropriate. I appreciated the chance to read this book. It was a complimentary Kindle copy from...moreThis was much more fun than Charlie and much more age appropriate. I appreciated the chance to read this book. It was a complimentary Kindle copy from BookRoosters dot com. I think the author writes well and tells a story that makes you feel you are there in the scene. Of course, in this case, I am glad they can't see the old lady standing there acting like she is a Freshman again. <>
I love the characters in the story, all of them. Even the bratty cousin, who turns out to be the best thing the family had ever had. They all needed to be shaken up so they could find the love for each other, find their own happiness. Great job, Dalya Moon!(less)
I am going to read this again. There are no fairy tales for old people, well, except for this one. Ms. Babb give others, besides the pretty virgins, a...moreI am going to read this again. There are no fairy tales for old people, well, except for this one. Ms. Babb give others, besides the pretty virgins, a chance to make wishes. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud while reading this book. I can't tell you how many times I had to read a phrase aloud just to enjoy it even deeper. Philosophy and wisdom give weight to this story that seems light-weight. This was too much fun for kids. It is fun only those with experience in the world will enjoy.
Thank you, BookRooster for offering this book for review. I loved it!(less)
I want to be fair to this book, but it was SO long! It met my criteria in that it had two strong fem leads. But it was boring so often, repeating info...moreI want to be fair to this book, but it was SO long! It met my criteria in that it had two strong fem leads. But it was boring so often, repeating information already given. Don't get me wrong, it was well written, but I really felt I had to push myself to finish. I would think about quitting but then felt I ought to give it more of a chance. But even today I almost didn't care how it would turn out in the end. Oh, and then it didn't end! I don't know if I will seek out the next book.
This was a complimentary copy from BookRooster dot com(less)
Um, I wish I hadn't read the beginning of the next book. That really changed how I thought about this book. Instead of a people struggling to renew li...moreUm, I wish I hadn't read the beginning of the next book. That really changed how I thought about this book. Instead of a people struggling to renew life it is going the way of demons. Ugh.
The book was male heavy and females were relegated secondary jobs. It was violence heavy, funny, who would have expected that with the above observation? Yes, that was snarky.
So, um, I'm glad to be finished reading this book and will not be reading the next. This was a complimentary copy via BookRooster dot com. I am glad for the chance to read it. The action was constant and kept me reading. But that isn't enough for me any more. I have thousands of books to read now. (less)
What a fun book! I think this is good for anyone middle grades and up. I would have loved reading it in junior high or high school but I had fun readi...moreWhat a fun book! I think this is good for anyone middle grades and up. I would have loved reading it in junior high or high school but I had fun reading it as an adult, too.
If I could make a suggestion? The title is boring. Since I see no book cover to interest me, the next step is a title. It means nothing to the person passing by the book. If I hadn't been on a mission to read the list of BookRooster complimentary books in the order received I might have not read this. That would be a shame. Yet, as I am trying to review this and not give too much away, I am not sure what I would name it.
I mentioned in my status as I started this book here on GoodReads, this book reminds me of a mixture of Men in Black and Maximum Ride. There isn't a main character, rather three siblings of sorts that take turns sharing their points of view. It seems a bit confusing at first but it isn't long before you see why. By then you are well into the story.
Yay! It was sci-fi. It was full of humor, sometimes horror, though not too much, just enough to keep you reading.
Give it a chance. I think you will like it!
It feels like it could easily become a series, though as a stand alone it is quite satisfying. Enjoy!(less)
Now, this was different! I almost put it down several times. I just couldn't get into it. That is where text-to-speech helps the most. I let it contin...moreNow, this was different! I almost put it down several times. I just couldn't get into it. That is where text-to-speech helps the most. I let it continue to read to me while I did other things and suddenly I was into it. I thought I would never be able to keep track of the cast of characters. I didn't like that it seemed about power, men and wars. But suddenly there is the father by his son's bedside in a hospital. The son is dying. That's when the story became interesting.
I thought at first that the author was taking the story back and forward in time. But then I realized that it was just different fronts that will merge toward the end.
This is a good book for older children on up. Boys would particularly like it, I would assume. As a female I was offended that the females didn't play more than minor roles. I think I can count two females in the whole story. I did like them though. One risked everything to follow her conscience and her daughter was braver than everyone else in the book.
What an interesting planet! And the cast of beings was marvelous! And I loved how the author addressed the situation of future famine and how the rich shouldn't be selected or all would parish.
I am glad I got the opportunity to read this complimentary copy to review from BookRooster dot com. I would never had picked it up on my own. Though the cover picture is interesting, it still wouldn't have been enough to grab me. But I am glad I got the chance to read something a little out of my comfort zone. (less)
This starts out too gruesome for me. I may try it later though. Friends who don't mind that may like it and I would love to see their take on it. This...moreThis starts out too gruesome for me. I may try it later though. Friends who don't mind that may like it and I would love to see their take on it. This was a BookRooster copy so I can't loan it. Sorry.(less)
Could I give this one 4.5 stars? I really liked it. But it got to be too long and was often confusing. I liked the idea of using whatever spiritual me...moreCould I give this one 4.5 stars? I really liked it. But it got to be too long and was often confusing. I liked the idea of using whatever spiritual method (prayer, meditation, yoga,etc.) to block the bad guys' thoughts but it seemed the most rational, let's say atheist(?) got left in the cold when I think their rationale might have gotten them by, also.
This book continues The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy which, also, wasn't about angels. No matter, it was sci-fi the way I like it! I do love that Lady Grace is given just that as in the previous book we learned to hate her. The characters were believable though the worlds building left a bit to be desired... maybe that will be taken care of in the sequel. Can't wait for that!
By the way, I like the cover for this one better than the cover for the previous book.
This was a complimentary copy from BookRooster but I don't quite know how to let them know as it isn't on the list. Anyway, I am grateful to be able to read it.(less)
As you can see this was a complimentary copy from BookRooster for review. So it isn't loan-able, sorry. But if I get around to reading this again, and I want to, I will buy a copy so I can share. It was that good.
And... there are pictures! Beautiful illustrations by the author as lead-ins for chapters. That is one area that made reading by text-to-speech a problem. I had to go to my Kindle PC or on my Android tablet to look at the pictures as they flew by as the Kindle read to me.
Speaking of that same feature, Usually the text-to-speech helps anchor me into the story. But this time I found myself far more distracted than usual. Things would take a turn in the story and I would miss it and suddenly the characters are in a far worse or far better place. I would have to go back and re-read these sections to see where, when and why it happened. I know that was me. That's why I maintain the five star rating.
So what if you woke up in a land of fantasies and were wearing a punk metal clothing and piercings, but you don't know why you are dressed that way or where you came from? And someone names your memory, because of the lack of one. And there are dragons... This is how the story begins and it never lets up. It is an adventure. There is a satisfying ending but it does feel open to a sequel. I'll read it! Love the characters!(less)