but just to note: the disordered eating this book kicked me absolutely in the gut. it shocked me, because...morefinished while in new york. review to come.
but just to note: the disordered eating this book kicked me absolutely in the gut. it shocked me, because it's so right. because i've never read a book, ever, that really understood why eating was difficult for me - because my stomach is tied to my anxiety in an inextricable way.
the story kicked me in other places too, in that hard, awful way that is also so good, because it hurts because it's REAL.
wow. so remember how i didn't get the fuss over Shiver? yeah, i still don't quite get it, but this installment blew that book out of the water. if i t...morewow. so remember how i didn't get the fuss over Shiver? yeah, i still don't quite get it, but this installment blew that book out of the water. if i think of "shiver" as a very long introduction to "linger", then it totally makes sense and i'm happy.
sam isn't as annoying, at all. grace isn't so perfect. isobel gets to be isobel, the introduction of cole was really wonderful. the twist, which you knew was coming from the flap copy, even - still plays out so beautifully. it's quiet and lovely, the love isn't overwrought or too angsty - it feels more real. maybe because it's settled some, like you do with your wolf form, when you are more who you are meant to be.
grace's parents made me sad. sam made me sad. isobel made me sad. but sad in the way that aches and keeps you wanting more. this so didn't feel like the second book in a series, like filler. this was a complete story, full and real and whole. it stands alone, but leaves you wanting more, and feeling like you might have missed something - perfect for a series.
guess there's another series on my must-read list again.
the writing, oh, the writing is really exquisite. the characterizations are familiar, teenagers but more mature, and the acknowledgment and backstory about WHY they are more mature. the contrast between cole and sam, sam and grace, grace and isobel, isobel and cole. waiting for olivia. rachel on the phone.
not as good as sharp objects, but still quality. this one disturbed me a lot more than i expected - maybe it was all the cow stuff. i liked libby, a l...morenot as good as sharp objects, but still quality. this one disturbed me a lot more than i expected - maybe it was all the cow stuff. i liked libby, a lot more than i thought. maybe because her flaws are kind of really relatable.
so a massacre happens, kind of like "in cold blood" - except one kid escapes. "baby libby day" loses a few toes, but survives - if you can call it that. her brother is sent to jail for the crimes, and libby just wants to make easy money and not think.
that is, until the money starts running out, and she gets paid to start investigating her own family's murders.
truth is, i hope libby ended up with lyle, and they found a way to make things work.
but it was pretty darn disturbing. gross. and i have a high tolerance level, but the cows . . . ugh.
still, the story kept twisting and turning in ways you didn't expect. i kind of loved the conclusion, and while i knew things were happening, i didn't know how exactly. it's a good payoff at the end, and it's written quite well. (less)
this book was a return to the Iris Johansen that first got me hooked on eve duncan.
the writing was stronger, the story was stronger, the charact...morewow.
this book was a return to the Iris Johansen that first got me hooked on eve duncan.
the writing was stronger, the story was stronger, the characters were stronger. i still don't know if i missed something between eve and joe, or joe and jane, but this was more grounded in reality that her last books - while still having an element of the paranormal.
jane has always been one of my favorites, and this is no exception. i also liked the whole religious/mythology twist, though it did feel a little "da vinci code" it wasn't so overwrought.
basically i was just glad i wasn't bored or disappointed, though i admit after her last three or four books, my bar was pretty low. (less)
it was a strange ending, in a way. the whole thing - everything with...moreso, i didn't love it. but i didn't hate it.
mostly i wanted more isabel and cole.
it was a strange ending, in a way. the whole thing - everything with shelby and beck and all the adults . . . and grace kind of irritated me, though i can't figure out why.
the writing was good, and the voices were clear, and cole was awesome, but it just didn't pull at me the way my favorite books do. i didn't feel the urgency, really. perhaps that's because so much of it was told through sam, who didn't really want to acknowledge the urgency himself.
left me a little . . . unfulfilled, i suppose. (less)
this book is awesome. if you love dogs, please read it. if you love animals, this is for you.
but mostly it was eye-opening and pe...morei cried at the end.
this book is awesome. if you love dogs, please read it. if you love animals, this is for you.
but mostly it was eye-opening and perfect to read as someone that eventually wants to canine SAR - and there was a pit terrier on the team! yaay.
the writing is strong and crisp and doesn't fall into the trap of romanticizing the work at hand. it's hard, discouraging, scary, and important. it was also fascinating to follow susannah's keen observations in the different of between the search dogs - how they are rewarded, how they respond, how they signal interest, etc.
(i have to say, the whole scene with puzzle and the warm little weiners cracked me and still does. savoring the treat with so much passion!)
i find it incredibly inspiring, a book about living your life to the fullest as well as working with animals as trusted partners and trying to understand how the things in your life play out the way you do. the pack of poms, and puzzle as a puppy, had me thinking this was going to be an impossible task, though i laughed.
but then there was scuppy, and the disappointment with the little boy, and susannah's own complications.
this is an extremely well balanced book, though i agree with another reviewer who said they wished they had seen puzzle at work more! i also want to know more about what they are doing now. does ellen ever take puzzle out? does susannah have more poms? how is the house?
this book is also about the restorative powers of connecting with another living being - animal or human - and should be read for that alone. (less)
why am i still reading this series?? it's TERRIBLE. i mean, the first ones were good. but then . . . i swear, after 3rd Degree everything went down hi...morewhy am i still reading this series?? it's TERRIBLE. i mean, the first ones were good. but then . . . i swear, after 3rd Degree everything went down hill. and now it's what, six books later and i'm still surprised that they are getting worse?
there wasn't even anything INTERESTING in it. and it made NO SENSE. clues? a mystery? what? i'm kind of still confused. at least they used a map when plotting the chase scenes this time.
so glad i waited for this at the library. ugh. i still miss jill. the end. (less)
if you pick this book up, read the flap and the blurbs, you would think this is a book about what happens when you turn 16, become legal and a "sex-te...moreif you pick this book up, read the flap and the blurbs, you would think this is a book about what happens when you turn 16, become legal and a "sex-teen".
in reality, that is the smallest part of the plot.
(the world building is also really . . . not there, and the whole calling forms of transportation "trannie" REALLY threw me for the first half of the book until i figured it out. i kept think of transgendered people.)
when you turn 16 in this future chicago, you get a tattoo on your wrist that deems you legal. there are a lot of issues the book could have dealt with regarding the rights of women vs. the rights of men, how the fathers have the right to choose what happens when the woman is pregnant, how apparently, group rape is all too common. there's also the "caste" system that was set up that was touched upon, but never really explained (why were people put in different tiers? what did those tiers represent?) except that top tiers rarely married below their own tier.
this book is a fast-paced teenage psychological thriller/mystery. in a world where the GC (governing council) runs the americas and the moon, they strive to get individuals not to think for themselves. there are "verts" for everything you need and everything you don't need everywhere, so much that the resistance (NonCons) rebel by causing moments of silence.
(The author admits that 1984 was a big influence, but i just have to say, big brother totally owns the GC.)
the book opens with nina talking to her best friend, sandy. sandy has bought into the world of the GC. nina's mother has taught her differently, and nina doesn't really want to have sex, or date. she has friends who are boys, and that's how she likes it. ginnie (nina's mother) goes out one night, leaving nina in charge of her half-sister, dee.
but ginnie doesn't come home. stabbed in an alley and left to die, nina and dee get 5 minutes with her before she dies. ginnie tells nina two things: be careful of ed (dee's father), and that nina's father, alan, is alive and needs dee's baby book.
nina and dee move to chicago with her grandparents. ed is still around. the girls go back to the school they used to go to before moving to the burbs, and nina rejoins friends mike and derek, makes new ones in sal and wei.
is alan oberon actually alive? what is in dee's baby book that is so important? how can nina keep dee safe - and herself? what is the FeLS program actually about, and why was ginnie so against nina joining? what is going on with the rise in NonCon activity? why does everyone react strangely to nina's last name? what does it mean to fall in love? can you make yourself stop certain feelings?
another dystopian book about the dangers of love (think Matched, Delirium, etc.) if it was packaged as a mystery, or "what happens when everything that you knew was true, isn't?", i think i would have liked it better. also, this had the potential to be a 600 page book, and because it wasn't, i felt like a lot of threads were dropped. i did kind of like the ambiguity of the ending, though i hear there's going to be a sequel? ;((less)
review to come - but don't read if you haven't read the other books in the series. will be way confusing. also, how many books is she under contract f...morereview to come - but don't read if you haven't read the other books in the series. will be way confusing. also, how many books is she under contract for? because i might wait until it's finished . . . i feel like these are short installments made to tantalize but leave you very unfulfilled.
however, i love the characters and the writing, so it's hard. (less)
okay. so they aren't really vampires. it's basically the same. ;)
anyway, i liked the addition of jude in this book. i liked the questioning of what it...moreokay. so they aren't really vampires. it's basically the same. ;)
anyway, i liked the addition of jude in this book. i liked the questioning of what it means to be fated, soul-mated, destiny-ed. do we have control over everything? it is all a choice? and what if we make the wrong choice? what if someone makes the choice for us?
i liked the questioning, but i felt like it was a set-up to another book. i didn't feel like anything was resolved, and i don't like that. and i don't really understand ever's last decision. i just don't. i don't want to spoil anything though.
i missed riley, and ava, though they weren't missing. i suppose i thought there was a little too much ever in this book - i like the secondary characters also. but the secondary characters in this installment of the immortals series it's really kind of like they ARE secondary - and one dimensional. if i didn't know more about damen and the twins and the people at school - or heck, ava - i would have no idea what was going on. i would think this series was a piece of baloney.
it's not badly written.
i think though, that there was a push to get this book out due to the success of evermore and blue moon, to keep it going - when i think shadowland would be better if it had waited, and become part of the fourth book in the series - which isn't coming out until summer 2010. we got the first three books in less than 6 months. anyone else think someone's up with that?
i'm going to say it's probably essential for fans of the series, but you shouldn't read this book out of order in the series. the second book, especially, is essential to understanding this one. and if you haven't started the series yet, i might recommend waiting until next summer, when you'll have another book to help fill this one out. (less)
i can't really talk about this book. it hurts too much.
oh lena. oh sara. why, why why? and will! and then angie, and faith, and amanda, and oh, LENA....morei can't really talk about this book. it hurts too much.
oh lena. oh sara. why, why why? and will! and then angie, and faith, and amanda, and oh, LENA.
it's so . . .
i didn't expect the ending. didn't expect things.
will in jeffrey's office. lena and frank.
this whole book hurt. in a good way, in a careful way, but man, it hurt, because i love these characters. i feel like i'm watching them fall apart, literally break, and i don't know at all how they will be put together again.
this book had more heart than the last few of johnson's book, and i really liked the whole concept of the last piece of aunt peggy's a...moreoh, growing up.
this book had more heart than the last few of johnson's book, and i really liked the whole concept of the last piece of aunt peggy's art.
i wanted more richard though. and more of ginny's life, how the summer changed her back home, how her dreams were different, etc. i mean, yes. coming of age/it's hard to grow up/you leave and things don't stay the same, but i still wanted more. more heart. more background. more of the pain juxtaposed against the beauty. less whinging about the car and more . . . honesty.
definitely one of her better books, though. i just wish she wasn't jumping on the paranormal train. i like books i can related to without having to think of myself as a vampire/fairy/so on! (less)
regardless, the history in this is utterly fantastic, with a real emphasis on contextualizing the time period and the actions, without...morereview to come.
regardless, the history in this is utterly fantastic, with a real emphasis on contextualizing the time period and the actions, without being apologist or condemning. in fact, i was surprised by the LACK of condemnation in the book.
the use of primary documents, including political cartoons, throughout was impressive. would be a good book for AP US History students as well, to get their bearings on Reconstruction and see how good DBQ's are written. (or how to get ideas).
i also appreciated the subtle nods to the fact that despite the emancipation proclaimation, lincoln in no way fought the war to free the slaves, the tension of racial superiority that ran through the entire period, and the fact that poor white southerners were often in the same category as the freedmen.
particularly interesting to see how much emphasis she put on the creation of public schools and the outrage against them . . . not a lot changes in politics!
i love the idea of all these keys and secrets and back stories. perfect antidote to missing skylar and mimi and bliss, though it makes me want to rere...morei love the idea of all these keys and secrets and back stories. perfect antidote to missing skylar and mimi and bliss, though it makes me want to reread the whole series again, with this book in hand.
and i miss cornelia and lawrence! NOT FAIR!
a must for lovers of the series, and definitely better than things like bogus to bubbly, but it's not really a stand alone thing. (less)
i literally laughed out loud multiple times. on a plane. (i am terrified of flying so this is saying something.) and i read parts of it out loud to my...morei literally laughed out loud multiple times. on a plane. (i am terrified of flying so this is saying something.) and i read parts of it out loud to my traveling partner. repeatedly.
the eternal battle of martha vs. oprah. the goats. THE GOATS. the lovely idea of having a farm vs. actually having a working farm. (my job illustrates how hard it is to deal with 9 cows confined, i can't imagine that many goats plus all those planter boxes at the perfect height.)
i loved brent, and i loved josh, and i loved what they wanted and how they struggled and. maybe it's because i've lived in the city and have loved parts of upstate, or many it's because my job too fell apart at the same time, or maybe because martha is a crazy barnard alum we love to laugh about painting pinecones to decorate her first year dorm, or maybe because of the writing and the pacing and the joy and sorrow and huge effort.
mostly i think this book is brilliantly funny and realistic and honest. perfect combo for a memoir. (less)
i didn't like this as much as i thought i would, but i also didn't not like it.
i could relate to delilah, wanting to know about the past and what hap...morei didn't like this as much as i thought i would, but i also didn't not like it.
i could relate to delilah, wanting to know about the past and what happened. and how it felt like a whole she couldn't solve unless she got it. i can't relate to the families that keep secrets like that, but i certainly know people that can.
i think my favorite part was the pre-romance - how delilah and patrick can just pick up as if no time has passed. such a mark of true friendship, and so magical when it happens. that made me really happy. (less)
i think maybe i missed something that everyone else picked up on. sure, it was a dystopian novel with a male protagonist. but . . . i didn't re...morehmmmm.
i think maybe i missed something that everyone else picked up on. sure, it was a dystopian novel with a male protagonist. but . . . i didn't really care about him. i didn't really care about any of the characters, and i usually end up caring a lot.
maybe this is because nailer himself has kept every one at such a distance, almost by necessity (not just because his father is a violent drug-abuser), but because that's what happens. kids grow up, switch off light-scavenge, get swept away by city-killers - who knows. there isn't a lot of stability on bright sands beach, and maybe nailer's indifference was his way of coping.
however, this doesn't really explain why, then, he attaches himself to lucky girl so easily, and so quickly.
i didn't think the world building was fantastic. basically, it's global warming and . . . we don't use oil as much because it's all gone. there are some cool ships, and some not so cool ships, no one really travels, and we finally gave up on rebuilding new orleans. but other than that? eh. oh! there's nippon, not japan. (that actually was something that rubbed me a little wrong for such a color blind book (in that the main characters are all of varied racial backgrounds and it means nothing - it's your blood that matters) because "nip" was/is definitely a derogatory term for the japanese during wwii. but.)
i don't know. i was expecting more i guess, especially for the printz award. i think there were books that were a lot stronger and more engaging, and i'm not exactly pleased there is a second book.
CAN'T ANYONE IN YA WRITE A STAND ALONE NOVEL ANYMORE?!
honestly, how can deaver keep surprising me?? i swear, he just gets better and better. and next summer we get a kathryn dance book! and the end of thi...morehonestly, how can deaver keep surprising me?? i swear, he just gets better and better. and next summer we get a kathryn dance book! and the end of this one, with rhyme and sachs? AHHH.
(more thorough review to come. involves electricity.)