so, the second books are even better because the stakes on the mysteries are even higher. plus, ROB. (yes, there are stars in my eyes.) he's the typicso, the second books are even better because the stakes on the mysteries are even higher. plus, ROB. (yes, there are stars in my eyes.) he's the typical bad boy, except he's not. he's protective without trying to change who jess is and what she does, but he still asks the hard questions and . . . i just love it.
safe house was really kind of creepy, with how close everything was. i liked the development of jess as "popular" and the spunk and sass, and DOUGLAS, are just awesome.
sanctuary was more high action blowing-things-up, but still had DOUGLAS and irritating great-aunt rose, and jess punching people and stupid karen anne haney. i loved the kid, i loved the baking, i loved rosemary on vacation. and chick! a total biker dude named chick. who knows people. i mean, it sounds so far fetched that you couldn't get on board, but i'm telling you, cabot is just that good.
every character has a flaw, every character has something that makes you care. plus there are actual comments on society and "moral of the story" moments, but you don't see them that way - you don't even really know they are there, which is another one of cabot's strengths as a writer.
though i have to admit, she doesn't make me want to visit southern indiana very much . . . ...more
i loved this series, and i am so happy that it's being re-released.
meg cabot is hilarious, and this series combines thriller tension with normal teeni loved this series, and i am so happy that it's being re-released.
meg cabot is hilarious, and this series combines thriller tension with normal teen angst in a very uncomplicated way. this jess actually reminds me of jessica darling from sloppy firsts - which is another series that i liked a lot despite myself.
i mean, sure. there's the part where jess talks about wearing short skirts and can't stop thinking about a certain grit . . . but it really didn't bother me. she's 16 and it makes sense. cabot does the very wise thing of keeping jess 16, in a way that feels real.
also, can i just say, that i love douglas? because i do.
excuse me, i have to go try to unearth my copies of the series now . . . or try to find some to buy somewhere. ...more
so i really had no idea what i was thinking going into this book (i didn't read the author's earlier work), but this was so. good.
i am not sure why iso i really had no idea what i was thinking going into this book (i didn't read the author's earlier work), but this was so. good.
i am not sure why i don't have such a problem with the "lack of world building" in the last few novels i have read, but i am all about suspension of disbelief these days. seriously, i didn't even question the idea of a world above earth - due to the Sky God - but perhaps that says a lot about what i have been reading. :)
pros: the concept of the edge. the way it changes you. The Ground.
morgan's brother, lex. and alice. because sometimes you love who you love, no matter the reason.
the slow build up of relationships and reveals about the world with internment.
how a small town can be so lovely, but also so suffocating.
the fact i want more.
how religion played the part of not asking questions, and how you can question but still have faith.
the ending was rushed. a lot. i am hoping the second book will fill in some of the other characters.
i wanted to know more about what lay under pen. what is lurking there? her art? why does she destroy it and then rebuild?
do people like basil really exist? i mean, arranged marriages that work so brilliantly and he loves her so much despite the fact that morgan is kind of . . . all over the place some times?
i mean, there's the whole part in the cavern. and i don't really get how it happened all so fast.
overall conclusion: i can see this appealing to a lot of readers, especially those who like cinder and recent series along those lines. the writing is lovely, it starts quiet but then grows, and yeah. i would like the next book now please.
i felt like something was missing. but i don't know what. maybe i needed to reread the the first books. i didn'enjoyable. good wrap up to the series.
i felt like something was missing. but i don't know what. maybe i needed to reread the the first books. i didn't feel the urgency of the first books, or the connection to june (especially day), and i felt like the ending was a bit easy. ...more
i don't know where the recommendation for this came from, but i am quite glad that i picked this up. granted, this would normally be something that ii don't know where the recommendation for this came from, but i am quite glad that i picked this up. granted, this would normally be something that i would poo-poo at, but i am thrilled that i didn't really know the premise.
(love triangles - so over them.)
HOWEVER, i really felt like this wasn't a love triangle. i thought kiera cass did a wonderful job of setting up what a first love is like, and then what happens when you see the world beyond. besides, this is like a dystopian version of THE BACHELOR (something i have also never watched).
so props for keeping me entertained. for making me care about politics and niceness and meanness between girls. it felt realistic despite being such a structured and almost forced plot. i really had to run and download the next book, and am BUMMED the third book doesn't come out until may!!...more
i don't know why everyone is hating on this. what happened to suspension of disbelief? we are okay with the FBI using the son of a mass serial killeri don't know why everyone is hating on this. what happened to suspension of disbelief? we are okay with the FBI using the son of a mass serial killer to help solve crimes (i hunt killers is really more realistic?) but not with a small mini-criminal minds?
i liked it a lot. i really liked it. i wish there was more with sloane and lia, but this is a series, and i trust jenn lynn barnes after her book raised by wolves.
the psychology was also correct and i appreciated her research. besides, i actually don't put anything past the government to use when solving crimes and such. but that's just me. ;)...more
so . . . i really want to support malinda lo. i usually like her writing too. and the writing per se wasn't the issue here . . .
we pick up from whereso . . . i really want to support malinda lo. i usually like her writing too. and the writing per se wasn't the issue here . . .
we pick up from where adaptation left off. immediately, actually. reese and david are about to give their press conference and amber gray is there also.
the book didn't move that fast. the world building was a little . . . okay. so i felt a little manipulated is the thing. it's clear that lo had an idea of what she wanted to get across message-wise. while i don't have any issues with the message, i don't really want to be whacked over the head with it in a totally patronizing tone.
the relationship ending did not feel organic to me, especially because it seemed pretty clear that david and amber don't really like each other. the conversations about gender never went anywhere, they just kind of sat there as sentences.
in the end, i guess i wondered why even have the prop of sci-fi to discuss things like gender roles and sexuality when you are still dealing with average teens. i much prefer julie ann peters way of dealing with these issues. so. yeah.
disappointed. still will read her next book though. ...more
oh man. the series keeps getting better and better.
i don't know how you can top a journey through tartarus (seriously, my mythology loving heart wasoh man. the series keeps getting better and better.
i don't know how you can top a journey through tartarus (seriously, my mythology loving heart was dancing) while there are broken triemes in the sky and FESTUS! but also, LEO. LEO LEO LEO.
i freaking loved the leo plot. jason still annoys me, frank is awesome, hazel is getting cooler, but she still isn't my favorite. however piper actually surprised me (and i'm not the only one!). i like reyna better than her, but still. it was clever what riordan did and i like that. i like that i can't predict everything even though i have ideas. i like seeing different mythological characters pop up and how he envisions them.
on to greece . . . a whole year to wait! ahhh. ...more
while i am not someone who goes for the romance, i have a soft spot for annabeth. i mean, yeah. great quesrock on with your bad self, annabeth chase!
while i am not someone who goes for the romance, i have a soft spot for annabeth. i mean, yeah. great quest, great movement of the story while the characters still develop (though i miss grover!!) and again, i can see why the kids love these books. heck, i love them. but even the reluctant and LD readers love this series. and it's not trash!
oh, percy! hazel, eh. i adore frank. what is it with me and the dorks? (hello, it's always been a thing. sheesh. as if i am surprised.) frank and leooh, percy! hazel, eh. i adore frank. what is it with me and the dorks? (hello, it's always been a thing. sheesh. as if i am surprised.) frank and leo for the win!
i really liked the fact that nico came back but is still sort of creepy.
are you kidding me, barry lyga?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
how can this be a book with an ending? this is ridiculous. basically nothing happened in this stoare you kidding me, barry lyga?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
how can this be a book with an ending? this is ridiculous. basically nothing happened in this story. i mean, jasper is still not sure if he's a killer or not, we were treated to some rather graphic sex stuff (which is saying a lot coming from me - i think it just felt a little out of place?), and then the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers.
i hate filler books. and really, nothing happened in this book that seems to be (note: seems to be) essential to get to part 3 of the story.
oh, barry lyga. what a damn disapointment. be warned, this is a cliffhanger of the most epic proportions, and i don't say that lightly.
also, the leveoh, barry lyga. what a damn disapointment. be warned, this is a cliffhanger of the most epic proportions, and i don't say that lightly.
also, the level of suspension of disbeilf needed is crazy. jasper actually annoyed me greatly. and the pacing was just off. this book did not need to be so long. and it's just filler! FILLER! i will be greatly surprised if anything from this book is necessary for the third. which is just frustrating.
so i'd been putting off reading this because the blurbs on the back made me suspicious . . . i mean, it's great that your wife writes in the same basiso i'd been putting off reading this because the blurbs on the back made me suspicious . . . i mean, it's great that your wife writes in the same basic genre, but for her to write you a blurb? and then basically her best friend? suspicious, i say.
luckily this is on the long list for ALAs top 10, and i suspected it might be set in a state i hadn't read a book from yet (for the young adult book club's 50 states challenge) so i thought i could kill two birds with one stone. no pun intended.
and here's the thing. i love books/movies/fiction/non-fiction about serial killers and sociopaths because i love the psychology of them - the thing that motivates them, the trigger, the way they are normal and then suddenly NOT. how most of them test off the charts in intelligence, their charismatic attitudes, their self-esteem - how it's all a fraud and yet it's so real. what separates "them" from "us"? is it the simple matter of having empathy? what if you can compartmentalize one sub-species from another? isn't that what serial killers (and most people in general) have to do anyway? you can't swear to your professor but you swear with your friends. you raise your hand in a classroom, at the dinner table you just talk. so does it have something to do with missing social cues? and if so, why are so many master manipulators of the human psyche? empathy again?
barry lyga doesn't disappoint. i still think he should have had other people do his blurbs because the book is so good, he should have had millions to choose from. like other reviewers have said, this seems to borrow from "criminal minds", "dexter" and movies like "se7en", but there are some fine line differences here.
for one, billy dent confessed to over 120 murders. that is an EXORBITANT number. second, the only person pulled into his little world was jazz. third, billy doesn't exactly seem to have a reason why. men, women, pretty much the same. there was nothing he was acting out. he didn't have a type. he killed before and after jasper was born. but he tripped on the power and the knowledge.
jasper repeatedly claims he has been basically brainwashed by billy, but the thing is, jazz seems almost too smart for that. i had a really hard time connecting those that information with jazz himself - perhaps that just shows how good jasper is at hiding himself - but why didn't jazz ask any questions? why didn't he say anything? if he was 12 when billy was caught, how did he so easily transition to "normal" in terms of social things?
the secondary characters were brilliant. howie, connie, the teachers. g. william. no real tropes here. the only one i had a slight issue with was jazz's grandma - mostly because he just drugged her and didn't see anything wrong with it, because he hated her (and that i can understand) but didn't want to be taken away from her (and that was the clearest sign that he had been brainwashed somewhat to me). i just didn't find her funny. the scenes were depressingly awful, not just because she was a crazy racist horrible woman, but because minds get lost.
the mystery was good, though the characters stole the show. i like g. william a lot. i love connie. i was truly creeped out by the scene with billy. i liked the detachedness of jazz's narrative and his repetitions that people are real, and they matter. it was well written and struck the right note of humor and horror.
but i got tired of listening to jazz wonder if he was normal. we get it. how could he be normal growing up with Dear Old Dad? i get that this is central to jazz as a person and his growing up, it just got a liiiittle too much. of course, there's a cliffhanger, but come on. this is a ya series. did you expect anything less? at least there was no sight of a love triangle!! :)...more