The Emilie series embodies all your childhood imagination and excitement about the unknown and supernatural and compiles it all into two nice and neatThe Emilie series embodies all your childhood imagination and excitement about the unknown and supernatural and compiles it all into two nice and neat little books.
It's really amazing how well Martha Wells can just take all these emotions and somehow turn them into books and not just any book but incredibly enjoyable and good books!
Emilie and the Sky World starts off almost exactly where the last Emilie book ended. It wasn't the best start but within the first twenty percent, the book picks up quickly when Emilie and co. go off on another exciting adventure.
Practically all the problems that I had with the last Emilie book were resolved in this book, much to my great delight.
The character relationships, which have always been sweet, got almost even sweeter. This Emilie book seems to focus a lot more on familial relationships - daughter and father; mother and daughter; brother and sister.
The relationship between Emilie and her sibling reminded me a lot of my relationship with my own sibling. Slightly antagonistic but at the heart of it, we do love each other. I think a lot of kids will associate with Emilie and her kid brother.
The minor characters added another dimension to the book and all of them made a nice addition to the story. I don't know what is it about her about I just adore Ms. Marlende. She's such a strong character and a wonderful mentor for Emilie.
The world is just as beautifully constructed as in the first installment. While not as 'out-of-this-world' and fantastical as the Hollow World, the 'Sky World' is charming and wonderful in its own way. From the flora to the fauna (and everything in between), Wells proves yet again her skill in creating lovable and unique worlds.
Emilie and the Sky World is a delightful installment to the Emilie series. I enjoyed the first book a bit more but it's obvious that Wells' skill in writing definitely improved. The characters are more defined, the relationships more substantial, and the story is better paced. I definitely recommend both Emilie and the Sky World and Emilie and the Hollow World....more
You know when you've read a book and just by looking at the cover, it sends your heart into overdrive. It can make you smile just by thinking of the aYou know when you've read a book and just by looking at the cover, it sends your heart into overdrive. It can make you smile just by thinking of the amazing story within its pages. The gorgeously written themes can make you want to jump up and down and tell everyone about how amazing it is.
Yeah, that's what this book does to me.
Usually, I'd fill this review up with a bunch of gifs that I'd have specifically chosen to illustrate my love and adoration for Michael Barakiva's book, but after searching for a bit, I realized that this book deserves more than five gifs that took me at most ten minutes to find.
One Man Guy is, at its core, a story of love and understanding. Family plays an important part in this book, and I really liked how the author portrayed Alek's family. Alek Khederian's Armenian family definitely tugged at my heartstrings. The white suburban families portrayed in most YA were starting to grate on my nerves and the Khederians were exactly what I needed.
The Khederian family was distinctly more developed than most families in YA. I definitely felt more connected to these guys, and therefore the main character. (It may also be partly due to the fact that I saw a distinct similarity with the Khederians to my own family.)
Alek himself was very relatable. I could empathize with his struggles, like trying to keep grades up and dealing with fairly traditional family members. As a queer teen myself, I could also feel a kinship with him in that sense too.
Ethan, Alek's boyfriend, wasn't nearly as developed as Alek. He was almost a walking bad boy stereotype. Barakiva made it cute and quirky though so I didn't mind it as much as I feel I should have.
On the flip side, he seemed really insensitive to Alek's concerns and needs, which was pretty ironic, but other than that, I thought he was really adorable and his relationship with Alek was realistic and incredibly squee-worthy.
The ending could either piss people off or it may not. It was very happy-ever-after and everything was resolved quickly and almost unrealistically easily. I couldn't stand to see Alek hurt so I was okay with it but I didn't love it.
Overall, I really loved One Man Guy. It was a fairly quick, but satisfying and happy read. I would recommend it entirely!...more
I was more than a bit apprehensive about The Tyrant's Daughter at first. While the synopsis sounded great, numerous warning flags popped up in my headI was more than a bit apprehensive about The Tyrant's Daughter at first. While the synopsis sounded great, numerous warning flags popped up in my head. Not only was the subject matter was hard to pull off, but at the end of the day, J. C. Carleson was still a white, American author - no matter how extensively they'd traveled - and the book was about Muslim royalty. Not to mention my last encounter with YA books concerning Muslim teenagers...
Laila's story is an extraordinary one. After her father was killed in a coup, Laila is relocated to the US along with her brother and mother. The Tyrant's Daughter chronicles Laila's adjustment to American high school life while having to deal with her family - including her brother's irritatingly carefree
J.C. Carleson's biggest strength is in her writing. While it was clean and minimalistic, it conveyed the intensity of the events extraordinarily well. I didn't expect much from The Tyrant's Daughter but Carleson more than delivered.
Laila was an incredibly realistic protagonist. She was far from perfect yet still relatable. Laila was far from likable as a person but I don't think I'd say I disliked her. Despite her haughty self-centred streak, Laila was a genuinely interesting and intriguing character. Her flaws and her strengths were well-developed. I could easily see a real teenager ((view spoiler)[[cough] me [cough] (hide spoiler)]) acting in a similar way as she does.
While I enjoyed the characterizations of Laila's people - her family and the other families from her home, I felt that the American characters were severely lacking and one dimensional. Even Laila's American friends such as Emmy and Ian were missing the spark that the other characters had. I couldn't like either of them because they were just too cardboard for my liking.
The story of The Tyrant's Daughter was engaging and eye-opening. Laila's whole life was turned upside down when she and her family are rushed out of their country. They are forced to exchange a life of decadence and opulence for a dingy little apartment and financial insecurity.
At the end of the day, the book was mainly about Laila trying to come to terms with who and what her father was and how her perfect family wasn't as pretty as she wanted it to be. It's also about Laila's journey of self-discovery. The 'love triangle' (a term I use loosely) was less between two boys and more of an internal strife between two parts of herself.
I appreciated how the Islamic faith was treated. It wasn't villianized or treated as non-feminist as I've seen all over media. While Laila did struggle with trying to find the real her, I appreciated that Carleson didn't totally mess it up.
Laila's story was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. While it wasn't perfect, it was really good and I totally recommend it to people looking for a deeper book than the average YA novel. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a hard book to review because the book is as offensive as it is good, and damn is it good. From the first page, theMe and Earl and the Dying Girl is a hard book to review because the book is as offensive as it is good, and damn is it good. From the first page, the reader can tell that Me and Earl will be a very different book as the first pages warn you that this isn't a good book and the main character breaks the 4th wall.
Honestly, Me and Earl is a book that I should have hated. The plot was shit and it was one of those books that will find a way to make you drop it out of shock every chapter. It's a vulgar, offensive book that should have had me screaming.
Except, I didn't scream. I didn't hate it. I really truly liked it. The characters stole my heart, even while they were insufferable assholes. I loved the writing style and how character driven it was. I loved the book.
Andrews wants to shock you with his book and his characters and he definitely does a good job. For the most part, he does a great job in making the characters both absolutely terrible yet really endearing and lovable. Andrews' characters are very lifelike and well thought out.
Me and Earl is an entirely character driven novel with very little plot but the characters ran the book so completely that it worked perfectly. The characters were well written and worked beautifully with the rest of the book, even with all their flaws.
It should be noted that the driving forces behind this book are all the flaws. If the book had 'normal' characters, it would be boring as hell because the plot is a very bland one and there are only so many bland cancer books you can read without wanting to throw yourself off a cliff.
Greg Gaines is the most important character in this book. It's not the dying girl or even Earl. It's 100% Greg. Greg is a very strong individual who has a very distinct personality. He's not a person you can forget easily, though he likes to pretend to be one. He's a big cutie even if he wouldn't like me saying it. Greg even with all his numerous fault is one of my all time favourite characters.
The 2 most important secondary characters are obviously Earl and the Dying Girl, Rachel. Earl and Rachel are nicely fleshed out, though nothing like Greg. Earl had a more defined personality than Rachel but I liked them both equally.
I can't very well explain this book as it's a very personal experience that can't well be told on paper. It's not a book that will teach you a lesson about life and love like say TFIOS but it's still a very personal experience that will be taken differently by each person.
Everything about this book was perfect, even when it wasn't. I suppose it was perfect in its realness, its honesty. I don't recommend it to everyone because it's truly a case by case book. Some people will hate Greg and his idiocy. Others will love him for it.
Me and Earl is a truly unique book that should have much more attention than it gets....more
Startlingly original, Orleans brings a whole new take on the term "YA dystopian" or more accurately, brings the genre back to where it should be. InstStartlingly original, Orleans brings a whole new take on the term "YA dystopian" or more accurately, brings the genre back to where it should be. Instead of focusing on romance and destructive government schemes, Orleans concentrates on world building and plot progression.
The novel starts off with a punch, launching you directly into the gritty, dark world of Orleans where blood type determines everything and segregates the community due to the deadly Delta Fever. From very early on, it's easy to tell that the world building is most definitely Orleans' pride and glory.
The book starts off with an abrupt, yet fitting, introduction to how the world works without dumping it onto the reader. It tells of how much of the Gulf Coast was hit by numerous disastrous hurricanes and was quarantined after these disasters led to an even more dangerous plague. Now, the population of these areas is mostly living in tribes of blood type. Some 'types are more susceptible to the fever and attack other tribes for blood.
Smith's world is well fleshed out and beautifully constructed. It's not perfect; there are flaws and holes but for the most part, it's pretty nice. It's dark, grim, and, honestly, breath-taking. I am thoroughly impressed by Smith's brilliant approach and take on post-disaster Gulf Coast.
While the world building is fantastic, you can't help but marvel at the diversity of characters. It's neither a white dominated book, nor a black dominated one either. There's a vast diversity in ethnicity in the book. No one really cares too much about ethnicity anymore - as blood type is much more important.
The diversity is also quite subtle. It's not in your face like some authors do. Smith doesn't put "a African-American man" or "a Chinese woman" in ever sentence. It's subtle because, for the most part, the book is written in first person from the heroine, Fen La Guerre's perspective.
Why does this matter?
Fen was raised, for most of her life, in this disaster, this wasteland. She was raised to survive and that was all that mattered to her. Even if it doesn't seem like it, we're raised to identify differences in people. Toddlers can tell differences in ethnicity just because of how we were raised.
Now, to a girl who was raised with one objective, would the color of someone's skin really matter?
Fen is a really excellent heroine. Unlike many others, her character growth wasn't bogged down by romance. Her character really felt like she belonged in the book. Fen felt like a character who really could be living in this world - or more accurately, a person who could really survive in this world.
Armed with only her wit, Fen is somehow supposed to get a newborn baby that was entrusted upon her across the quarantine zone and into the proper United States. Fen doesn't take the task lightly, but that doesn't mean she's not human. At numerous points throughout the point, Fen plays with the thought of letting the baby go to save herself.
Later she meets David, a young scientist in his early twenties. They team up to get the baby across the zone, though each has their reasons. Fen helps David to help herself and David the same. While their relationship matures, it never becomes anything more than a tight bond.
While Fen and David were certainly good characters, they weren't very personal characters. They were characters that you admire from afar, not characters that you can empathize with. I liked their characters a lot but I found it near impossible to step into their shoes.
Overall, Orleans is a pretty good book. It's incredibly readable and the plot and world is very engaging. While it's not perfect in it's world building, plot, or characters, it's really good and I recommend it to anyone who is either sick and tired of dystopians revolving around romance and tyrannical governments or just looking for a good book....more
Fifth year they took Chris, my best friend since we were little and who I’d just had my first kiss with the week before.
Sixth year, I shot an angel i
Fifth year they took Chris, my best friend since we were little and who I’d just had my first kiss with the week before.
Sixth year, I shot an angel in the face.
I had absolutely no expectations concerning this book. I liked Kress's other book fairly well, but it wasn't anything mindblowing or fantastic. It was a fairly mediocre to tell the truth. However, Outcast definitely couldn't be called mediocre. It was an incredibly enjoyable, fluffy read with an adorable cast and an equally adorable prose.
Outcast isn't an entirely easy book to describe, or more accurately, it isn't easy to describe why I loved it so much. In a lot of ways, Outcast was a fairly average but entertaining book. There aren't too many things that really make the book stand out.
There was some very well done character development, the extent of which isn't often seen in YA books. The main character Riley was the average, humorous main character. Think a country Maximum Ride. The love interest was definitely cute but lacking in a distinct and realistic personality.
But, I did really like Outcast. It was funny and refreshing in its character development and characters. And if I'm being shamefully honest, I must admit that I'm a giant sucker for Maximum Ride-esque characters. Brave, cocky, and entirely hilarious. I'm also a sucker for sweet and sassy dudes. And evil angels. And warrior priests. And books that have badass and nice priests because I'm fairly certain not all of them are evil soul sucking demons (no pun intended).
So basically this book was just perfect for me. Like dancing Banner happy.
So yeah, really happy.
Even though Riley was an average character, she was really adorable. While she was a fairly typical character, she was also a very refreshing one. She was brave, but not really a "badass", if you look at her. She does a lot of really cool things but I don't think I could put her on the level of Allie Sekemoto from "The Immortal Rules", who quite literally kicked ass, or Tegan Oglietti from "When We Wake", who was a badass without actually getting her hands dirty.
Gabe was an adorable character, with his own distinct personality. He wasn't the most unique but Kress avoided many of the standard tropes in his characterization. He was really sasseh and cute. Very "grease" if you know what I mean.
The side characters were refreshingly fleshed unique in their own ways. There was one that really stood out to me in her character development and personality. Lacy started off being the typical stereotypical evil cheerleading bitch but she really grew up a long the book. She became Riley's friend and ally. This isn't really a complete rarity in YA books but it's still fairly uncommon and I definitely appreciate it every time it happens.
When I first read the summary, there was one line that really stuck.
After six years of “angels” coming out of the sky and taking people from her town, 16-year-old Riley Carver has just about had it living with the constant fear.
It probably did for you too because I'm fairly certain the words "angels" and "fear" make you very curious. Aren't angels the good guys? Yeah, not here. (view spoiler)[Especially since they aren't angels. (hide spoiler)]
Well, if you read a lot of angel books, you've probably come across the book Angelfall which was one of the biggest books of 2012 (even though it came out in 2011).
Let me tell you a little secret, Outcast bears absolutely no similarity to Angelfall. There's nothing relating them except for the whole "angels terrorizing people" thing. There's no hot angel boy, no tortured souls, no refuge camps, no badass angel ass-kickers. Nope, nada, zero.
So for those worrying or hoping that Outcast will be like Angelfall will be either extremely relieved or horribly disappointed.
The plot was completely different. While Angelfall focused a lot on the whole survivally thingy with bandits and blooooood, Outcast focused more on cute boys and disembodied voices. People who liked the bloooood, badass bitches, and survivally thingy better will probably not like this book as much. But people who didn't like the main character or the bloooood will like this one much better.
People who like both cute boys and badass bitches will probs find this book either awesome or not awesome. (i know - i so helpful)
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It's always kind of scary when you reread a book that you read from that mystical "Before I was a Reviewer" time. That time back wheActual Rating: 3.5
It's always kind of scary when you reread a book that you read from that mystical "Before I was a Reviewer" time. That time back when you wouldn't dream of giving books a one star rating and your problems with books were only "this was too short" or "the main character isn't superfragilisticexpialidociously amazing".
It's always scary because even though you love the book so much, what if it's simply not as good as you remember it. What if you tarnish your memory of it by rereading it? What if you... hate it?
And what do I have to say to these little feelings of doubt?
... you're probably right. I MEAN
There is no way in hell that I wouldn't like this! Go away little doubt machines. We don't want you here. No one likes you!!!1!!
With all jokes aside, even with these feelings of immense doubt, somehow I managed to pick the book up again. All right - I was forced into picking this book up because I wouldn't buy LIGHT without rereading the series and someone wanted it really soon. Thankfully, I was sucked right back into the world of the FAYZ.
GONE is obviously the weakest book of the series but I really liked it all the same. I first got into these books in late 2010 and I fell in love with the characters and the plot. These are the books that initially made me want to read Stephen King because I knew that no other YA series would be as dark, gruesome, and oddly amazing as GONE was and still is.
One of the best parts of GONE is how realistic the actions of the characters are. I know an adult (who may or may not be my mother) who read these books and she repeatedly tells me how stupid the characters are sometimes. I do believe this is a matter of opinion and how you read the book.
I think that, to truly enjoy these books you have to stop thinking like a reasonable adult. I once read someone talking about how the kids’ first instinct was to go for the candy instead of looking to save the babies that were in abandoned cars and houses. The reviewer kept saying how idiotic that was.
Yes, you're right. They should've looked to go save the babies and the young children. Especially since many of the characters are pretty intelligent. However, would I have done that?
No, I wouldn't. I wouldn't have thought of that for a while and by the time that I did eventually think about it, they'd probably be dead.
Kids think, "Oh, all the adults are gone. I can eat all the candy I want because Mom and Dad aren't there to stop me." They definitely wouldn't think, "Oh shit, what about the babies in the cars and houses?"
As I mentioned, my friend is an adult. I'm not. The way I think is identical to the characters in the book. There are simply some scenarios which she can immediately say, "they should have done this and this and then they'd be done" whereas I'm like, "dude, that's more than I would've thought of."
Grant's characters are not only realistic but they're amazingly well developed. Every character has its flaws and strengths - some more than others though. There are some characters that are underdeveloped in this book. Personally I think Sam and Astrid are fairly bland in this book. They're both pretty lacking compared to characters like Lana and Albert. However, they are both still a very good characters which do eventually get the necessary building.
There are some characters that make you want to scream. In many instances, Sam made me want to throw the book at the wall. Dude, I get it. You're fourteen and you should be worrying about your algebra test and not keeping hundreds of kids alive. Angst is ok in this situation.
But please, stop it. You've had your time to mope. Please step up to the freaking position. All these kids look up to you and here you are sulking in the corner because omg responsibility.
What I love about these books is the fact that Grant doesn't sugarcoat anything. Violence, abuse, murder, rape - these books have everything. Everything that would have happened happens. There are many moments that I had to put the book done for a bit. While this one isn't as graphic or intense of the others, there are still a lot of these moments. I cannot recommend someone with a low tolerance for these sorts of things to read this series.
Now, onto the bad things about this book because believe or not, there are a few of them.
1. Plot Holes and Continuity
It's inevitable with book with so much going on, there are simply going to be plot holes and continuity. It's not that bad the first time around but as I'm rereading the series, I'm noticing more and more of these. They don't detract much, personally but with so many, I find it necessary to deduct a star for that.
There are also a lot of plot details like (view spoiler)[Astrid being a bar two mutant with a minor power (hide spoiler)] that are simply never mentioned again and forgotten about. I understand that's it's incredibly hard to remember all these plot details but at least, reread your own books!
2. Writing I'll admit it. Grant is not a fantastic writer. He's sort of the J.K Rowling of YA science fiction. Rowling's characters are superb and her plot is amazing. Is she the best writer? No, she's not. Her writing has a lot of problems. Don't get me wrong, I adore Harry Potter but I'd still be the first one to tell you that Rowling doesn't know how to use any dialog words other then "said" and "asked".
3. Lack of Answers From the beginning, it's obvious that Grant mapped out the series for 6 books. I understand why this book has zero explanation for anything but I do like my books to finish with a concrete ending and some answers. I don't like being kept in the dark. In all, the ending of GONE doesn't have a cliffhanger and I really appreciate that. Though I've read books with even less answers than this, I still would have liked some more answers then what I got.
Overall, the GONE series is still one of my favorites and GONE is an excellent start to a fantastic series. I recommend this book to people who can overlook plot holes, continuity, and often angsty stupid teenagers to see the truly amazing story underneath.
Oh my god, THE DARKLING CURSE is made out of adorableness. I don't usually pick up children's books but my 7 year old brother was reading it and he abOh my god, THE DARKLING CURSE is made out of adorableness. I don't usually pick up children's books but my 7 year old brother was reading it and he absolutely loved it - which is a lot coming from a kid who hates fiction books (he prefers to read history books - no I'm not kidding).
Though, admittedly THE DARKLING CURSE has a lot of flaws, I adored it. It's like Mould put all the things I love in children's lit in THE DARKLING CURSE - creepiness, morbid descriptions, and very very weird pictures yet lovable pictures.
Though it lacked in solid pacing, it made up with creepy, very child-lit-like descriptions. For some reason, if there is one thing that MG/children's lit has that YA doesn't, it's world building. World building is a very essential part of children's lit, which such authors seem to adore doing.
Descriptions in children's lit always make me really giddy for some reason. I just adore reading the adorably slightly dark descriptions of THE DARKLING CURSE. That's really the best part of the book.
Characters Stanley, the main character, was the standard MG/children's lit character. I don't think that's really a problem since the standard character of MG and children's lit is very different from the standard character of YA. In YA lit, the standard main character is super pretty, reliant on the other characters (both male and female - contrary to common belief), and very... undefined I suppose.
The standard main character of MG and children's lit is brave, intelligent (but not too intelligent), nosy, and obviously loves a good mystery. This is very much the kind of character I enjoy, and obviously many other kids adore it since things don't get called "standards" for no reason.
Stanley and Daisy, his sister(?) were just GAH
They're just adorable. This book is adorable. It's all adorable! I I bet ya'll are getting really tired of me saying "adorable" to describe just about everything but that's how it is. The whole book is pretty much an amalgam of different types of adorableness, which sounds weird but it's entirely possible.
Plot and Writing Plot The lowest part of the book had to be the actual story - or maybe it was just the pacing but I'll discuss why in the next mini segment.
The story was just adorable. Stanley, 11-year-old heir to a mansion Candlestick Hall, receives some unwelcome house guests. The Darkling family says that they own the mansion - that someone stole it from them. Stanley has to try and make sure that they don't get hold of the Hall since he can tell that something is obviously up with them.
It's a very very MG plot but when I read it, it was exactly what I needed. A cute little story where good defeats bad and everything ends one a happy note. Sometimes, MG is extremely effective when you don't want to read something that has a chance to be depressing.
The story, while unique and entertaining, felt very disjointed. It sort of felt like there were odd breaks in between all the plot important aspects, while in actuality the plot had no unimportant, unnecessary moments. I don't exactly know the reason for this but I have a suspect - pacing.
Writing Let me repeat what I stated above, the writing was mostly perfect except for this one thing - pacing. The pacing was all weird. It didn't alternate from slow to fast and back again, like most books do with pacing problems.
THE DARKLING CURSE has a big problem with pacing. I can't really explain it but something is off with how the book is paced. It's not... right. It isn't a huge problem and maybe it was just how I was reading it, but I feel that the pacing was off and
Likes and Dislikes Likes - characters - plot - writing
Dislikes - pacing
Conclusion I love love love this book. It's just so adorable. I have really one reaction to this book and it can be summed up with a handy gif:
Not a Drop to Drink is an interesting and deep read. From the first pages, you're sucked into a world where water is rare and one must do everything tNot a Drop to Drink is an interesting and deep read. From the first pages, you're sucked into a world where water is rare and one must do everything they can to protect themselves and the ones they love. Lynn is willing to kill anyone to survive, that is until she loses the only person she had.
Mindy McGinnis' debut novel is an inspiring journey which asks the ultimate question: what's more important - survival or living? Lynn and her mother, Lauren, live by a pond and guard it fiercely. The rules were simple: everybody was an enemy. When a simple errand goes wrong, Lynn finds herself slowly needing to open up and accept others into her heart to survive.
Not a Drop to Drink is very much a character driven novel, with little to no actual plot. That, however, is far from a bad thing as it gives us more time to form deeper bonds with the characters and building the world. Much of the novel is centered around all it takes to keep this operation moving. Hunting, logging, preparing meat.
What McGinnis' succeeded in was creating a world which was different from ours but resembled it just enough to give Not a Drop to Drink a realistic and gritty atmosphere. She portrayed the brutality and the grittiness brilliantly, making Not a Drop to Drink a fantastic, and scary, read.
While the atmosphere is great, the actual world building could use some work. Very little was actually described and I found myself wondering what life was like outside of this little pond. We're told a bit about the one city but it did very little to satisfy my wants. If anything, I wanted to know more about the world after the little teaser.
Lynn's characterisation was one of the shining parts of the book. McGinnis made sure that she wasn't rushing Lynn's growth as a person during the course of the novel, which I appreciate. At times, McGinnis seemingly got a bit OOC for the sake of showing how much Lynn was changing. In the beginning, there were a few 'what' moments, especially when it came to the Lucy, the five year old girl that Lynn, for all practical purposes adopted.
I'm going to get sidetracked for a second and talk about Lucy. I think that Lynn's adoption of her was incredibly OOC. Lynn had just had some very rough things happening and she was emotionally a wreck, but this made her almost even more determined to protect the pond and survive. I honestly do not think that Lynn would have adopted Lucy that early on in the book. Maybe later, after getting to know her but definitely not that early.
The characterization of every other character, other than Lauren, was pitiful at best. None of them were developed as well as Lynn and that got a bit annoying. Eli, the love interest, was so underdeveloped and boring that it made it hard for me to understand why Lynn would ever get together with such a wimp.
Despite this, Not a Drop to Drink is a refreshing book, especially since good dystopia has become harder and harder to find. As debut books go, this is definitely one of the best in a while. I recommend it to anyone looking for a great gritty read! ...more
If you read any of my earlier status updates for PIVOT POINT, you are probably a very surprised person as it looks like I realPREREVIEW STORY TIIIMMME
If you read any of my earlier status updates for PIVOT POINT, you are probably a very surprised person as it looks like I really hated this book. But, if you look at the book I read just before this, I think you'd understand better.
The last book I read was FROM ASHES and if you just do a quick look over my review, it's pretty obvious that I hated it with all my heart.
Whenever I read something that I hate with a burning passion, the next book is almost always a book I don't like. I think that I was still in that "RAWR I HATE YOU BOOK" mindset which makes every tiny little flaw look gargantuan. This of course makes me sound like a huge bitch while reading.
Thankfully, I got out of that mindset around halfway into PIVOT POINT and was able to enjoy it like I would in any other case - which may have caused a huge confusion because part of my statuses are "Grrrrr this sucks" and the other half are "ASDFGHJKL; I LOVES IT".
TL;DR Version: Don't listen to me.(view spoiler)[Actually, no, um, please do. My whole reviewing career sorta depends on it. (hide spoiler)]
Annnnnyyyway, here's this whole review thing now.
Characters Ok, YA authors, what's with the name Addie? It just seems to be everywhere now. Abbie and Addie. It's weird. I don't get it! (view spoiler)[Not that I don't like the name Abbie or Addie, it's just an observation. (hide spoiler)]
Now, on to the actual Addie character. Addie is a character who at first I didn't like - at all. She was whiny, clichéd, and had this woe-is-me attitude. Not good. I really just wanted to strangle her.
Now, I'm not sure if this is "RAWR" attitude speaking or actually what I thought of her because her character personality seemed to do a total 180 on me - which most characters do not do. The first 30% Addie was terrible, the 30 - 50% Addie was bland, and the rest was AWESOME ADDIE.
First 30% Addie basically was a girl complaining about how unfair and terrible her life is. It's both annoying and bland. There's hardly any character in there, just that walking cliché really. I really wanted to strangle her during that time.
30 - 50% Addie was bland. She was funny, sure. She wasn't stupid, but not exactly the best character in the world. I didn't connect with her at all during this time. Ok, the next part is really, really hard to explain since PARANORMAL and NORMAL Addie differed so greatly. I really think that they were different characters. PARANORMAL Addie is one of those heroines that I want to kill most of the time while NORMAL Addie is one that I want to cuddle. I'll be discussing NORMAL Addie because I love her and hate PARANORMAL one.
After that middle slump, everything really picks up. Addie grows up a bit and becomes an awesome, squeal worthy heroine worthy of being part of that amazing group I call "My Favorite Heroines". I can't really explain how it's possible for such a monumental change, but it was and it did.
HOORAY FOR MAKING ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE
Now, there's the matter of the two love interests. I'm not sure if it really is a "love triangle" until the very end because both alternate story lines are basically dreams that Addie is having at the same time. I think it'll only make sense if you read the book. Anyway, one is the NORMAL dream, aka the one where she goes to live with her dad, and the other is the PARANORMAL dream, where she lives with her mom.
I'm also very certain that Trevor is the main LI, since after some moments in the book it's obvious that Duke, the other guy, isn't really a contender.
Trevor = sweet, adorable, geeky, wonderful = YES
Duke = douche, weird, controlling, possessive = NO
The only character I hated, other than the other LI, is Addie’s best friend Laila, who I despised. She was occasionally funny but most of the time? Boy crazy (nearing obsessed) and idiotic. I really found no growth for her character nor any little thing that made me say "Well... maybe she ain't so bad" (that may or may not be because I'd never say 'ain't').
Plot and Writing Plot The plot of Pivot Point is very low action for the most part. It's basically about a girl who has a power to see possible futures. It's not really a "if I get write this answer on my math test, will it be wrong?" kind of thing but it only works for big problems (I think).
It's a beautifully developed power, unlike some of the random ones I've seen in YA lit. Usually, they involve some sort of elemental power or immediate future. Annnyway, this girl finds out her parents are getting a divorce and she has to decide whether to stay in the Compound (a super secret place for people with powers) or go into the world with her Dad.
Like a little cheater, she decides to see what the futures hold for her.
But seriously, it's a good idea and was done fabulously by West. The plot is a bit weak in this book at times since this is a very character driven novel - which is a good thing and the right way for this book. It still stands however, the plot can get pretty weak at times.
There's also this pathetic attempt at a murder mystery which I hoped would get bigger as the book moves along but it's mentioned halfway through and dropped until the end where all of sudden it gets VERY LOUD AND VIOLENT.
The ending surprised me a lot. Instead of doing what I was sure Addie would do, she actually did the smart thing! Usually, YA books end with a happy ending but personally, the ending was kind of depressing since (view spoiler)[she decides to choose the path with Duke and save her best friend instead of being with Trevor (hide spoiler)]. Awesome twist there.
Overall, I liked the plot well enough but the murder mystery? Better left out because it didn't feel like it really belonged with the book.
Writing Kasie West is such an amazing writer. I really loved living in her world for a bit (well for the most part). I would read anything she writes, if only you could skip the pathetic weeping girl whose parents just divorced.
In conclusion I really enjoyed PIVOT POINT, even though the beginning should have put me off it. I'm overall very happy that I decided to finish it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I haven't read Middle Grade books for years yet a middle school book by Lauren Oliver I had to read and I'm glad I did. This book was original and cutI haven't read Middle Grade books for years yet a middle school book by Lauren Oliver I had to read and I'm glad I did. This book was original and cute. I really loved it and didn't want to write a review but since it's a ARC, I haz to. Be warned, I'm not really sure how to review this. It's probably going to be a very short review.
If you loved Alice in Wonderful, Coraline, or maybe the Redwall series, you'll love this one too. Even though it's not exactly YA, it's still a cute book to read. Let's start the review guys!
Characters: Liz was strong, kind, and loyal. She never gave up even when the times got tough. She wasn't exactly the smartest but she was very brave. Liz seemed like my brother, full of imagination and spunk. She also seemed a lot like Coraline from Coraline and Alice from Alice in Wonderland. She was adorable.
Mirabella was he rat from the Below. A fashion obsessed rat that is highly offended by the word "rat". She is sweet, sarcastic, and witty. Mirabella cracked me up on more than one occasion.
All the characters seemed very familiar. They all seemed like characters from Alice in Wonderland which I really enjoyed.
Plot and Writing: Plot: It wasn't exactly the most unpredictable plot. I guessed most of the book from around 10% in. The plot was cute and more or less unique. I did enjoy it and found myself grinning like an idiot throughout the book. It was cute but if I looked more into the plot like I usually do, it wouldn't be as enjoyable. So, my rule: read this one, don't look deeply into it.
Writing: It was childish, much more simple than what I'm use to, yet it was lyrical and Alice-ish. It will be downgrade if you don't often read MG books. I really don't have too much to say about this.
What I liked and disliked: Liked: * Nice characters * Cute plot * Alice and Coraline references
Disliked: * Predictable * Boring riddles
In conclusion: I really enjoyed this book, it wasn't anything special really but it was nice as a lazy read which is what I needed right now. I recommend reading it even if you're way past the MG range.
Favorite Character: Mirabella Favorite Quote:
That they [her parents] dreamed at all was a revelation. She had always assumed, in some way, that they powered off at night, like computes, and booted up again in the morning, with a whole new series of downloaded complaints and annoyances and problems and irritations. She could not begin to imagine what they would dream about. Taxes, perhaps...?