oh, i don't care if you have to suspend disbelief. this is lincoln rhyme. and i love him. i love the forensics and the white boards the lon and sachs...moreoh, i don't care if you have to suspend disbelief. this is lincoln rhyme. and i love him. i love the forensics and the white boards the lon and sachs and ron growing into his own. (awww, ron!)
so. there it is. it's not early rhyme, but it's certainly better than most of the stuff out there. jeffery deaver is just that good.
the relentlessly cheerful attitude grated on me. hah. i mean, really though. he's all, "okay, i have no social life, but i will have one later!" and "...morethe relentlessly cheerful attitude grated on me. hah. i mean, really though. he's all, "okay, i have no social life, but i will have one later!" and "sure, my back hurts, but the sun is shining!"
the thing is, his experience is so biased. and yes, he admits this, but only i think because people brought it up. he doesn't actually think he has such a biased experience. i sure as hell couldn't get a job working as a mover, no matter how hard i worked or how much i wanted to. and what if he had injured his back? what would he do then?
fast read though. i just kind of disagree with the premise, and man, does he focus a lot on the moving job. and he was also really lucky to find a good shelter that made room no matter what. (less)
i want to be jennifer lynn barnes. sigh. smart writing, grounded in hard science, and a good plot with characters you care about. (oh, bethany! oh, sk...morei want to be jennifer lynn barnes. sigh. smart writing, grounded in hard science, and a good plot with characters you care about. (oh, bethany! oh, skylar! and strangely - REID.)
easy, straight forward read with just enough humor and horror to be a good story. also, for those this matters to, the book is clean.
seriously. she's good. i look forward to her books like i look forward to a good glass of wine. :)(less)
okay, this was better. there were things that annoyed me, as usual, but whatever. it was better than the first one. so . . . let's finish this series...moreokay, this was better. there were things that annoyed me, as usual, but whatever. it was better than the first one. so . . . let's finish this series and then let eve duncan rest. let's get some other characters a whole series. so. done. with how mary sue eve is. sigh.
oh. this book was kind of wonderful. maybe because i saw a little of myself in kate - i'm not a twin, but i have anxiety issues and my sister is way m...moreoh. this book was kind of wonderful. maybe because i saw a little of myself in kate - i'm not a twin, but i have anxiety issues and my sister is way more happy and free spirited and not with kids, etc. also, earthquakes. i am so afraid of earthquakes.
it reminded me of a blend of Prep and An American Wife, which clearly makes sense. but i think i liked An American Wife better. i totally understood kate's earthquake, the tremors before, and the aftershocks, but i found it kind of annoying. i guess it made me sad.
there's been a lot of rather cynical fiction that has been popular lately (see Gone Girl and while this wasn't as completely stark, it had a definite sense of the same depravity of humanity combined with this weirdness about marriage.
i remember a line in one of the Black Beauty companion stories that said "a happy time doesn't make for a good story" or something to that effect. and i think that's true. but man, it doesn't have to be so bleak! and usually i like bleak! i love bleak! but i think i need a happier or more straight up mystery/fantasy.
i really liked the questions the story brought up though - what does is mean to be psychic? don't we all have "senses"? what is the power of suggestion? the coefficient effect? etc.
hmm, thinking about that, i just bumped it up a star. but 3.5 stars, really. (less)
reminiscent of john green's looking for alaska, mixed with jay asher's thirteen reasons why with some dead poet's society and yet entirely different from all, i closed the book not sure how i felt. i still don't know how i feel. strangely melancholy, but also appreciative? i felt very much like this was tim's story and not duncan's, and yet then at the end, by donut day, duncan is there and tim isn't.
i have to think on this more, but i have a feeling this is a book i'm going to appreciate more with time, kind of like a fine wine. excellent writing, strong prose, a slight sense of foreboding that didn't engulf the entire story, the sense of mystery but also of not wanting to rush to the end . . . it's a carefully balanced, very smart book. (less)
oh, i don't know how to rate this! 2.5? the thing is, it wasn't horrible! i was just kind of bored. i liked cassie at times, but the whole thing with...moreoh, i don't know how to rate this! 2.5? the thing is, it wasn't horrible! i was just kind of bored. i liked cassie at times, but the whole thing with evan was just. WEIRD. also, the whole ben parrish thing.
i did like the psychological aspect of it - trust no one goes against the human's wiring as a social creature, so that's always an interesting dialectic, but not enough of it made sense. the aliens, for the example. i couldn't figure out their motivation for the kids and the fifth wave and WHY in the first place.
not a whole lot of anything new. i didn't read it quickly because i didn't find it a real page turner until about the last 30 pages. the alternating POVs didn't work so much, and the only thing i thought was interesting about evan was the line about how it was hard to rewire the first 16 years of his life.
but he was twilight level creepy. and mostly i was disappointed. sigh. (less)
first, a warning: THERE IS NO SEQUEL PLANNED AT THE MOMENT.
i don't think that takes away from the book, but figured some people would want to know.
w...morefirst, a warning: THERE IS NO SEQUEL PLANNED AT THE MOMENT.
i don't think that takes away from the book, but figured some people would want to know.
while this spin off of the author's popular Hex Hall series, they are a little different. izzy's spent her whole life isolated as one of the Last Brannicks and fighting monsters. she's never even really had a friend. so where sophie is sarcastic and witty, izzy has some good one liners, but she's more reserved. i personally really like izzy, but if you are looking for sophie, you might be a little disappointed.
while i had the plot figured out very early on, it was still an enjoyable read.
the good thing about rachel hawkins is that she is a master of a light, fluffy, still having real issues, funny, clean novels.
i kind of hope this is the last book with kat and hale and gabrielle and the crew as main characters, because this was really, really excellent and a...morei kind of hope this is the last book with kat and hale and gabrielle and the crew as main characters, because this was really, really excellent and a great way to finish the series.
all the kids are so much more grown up already, and everyone involved in the Big Store, and uncle eddie, and the references and puns and HALE and.
i just want them all to be happy forever and ever.
(this book got me through a terrible flight to chicago, so i will always be thankful for that too.)(less)
oh wow. what a cliff hanger. dangnabit. i heart adrian and sydney and jill and eddie and . . . I WANT MORE NOW. one day i might stop loving this serie...moreoh wow. what a cliff hanger. dangnabit. i heart adrian and sydney and jill and eddie and . . . I WANT MORE NOW. one day i might stop loving this series, but today is definitely not that day. (less)
i liked this. i liked lucy and her ambivalence and her passion. perhaps because i just lost my grandmother i could feel a little more for her and ther...morei liked this. i liked lucy and her ambivalence and her passion. perhaps because i just lost my grandmother i could feel a little more for her and therefore appreciated the third person. because lucy wasn't telling me how she felt or talking directly to me, that element of removal allowed me to feel my own feelings and insert myself in the story in a way i think first person would have dragged me out of. especially because lucy isn't that great of a person most of the time.
lucy was a famous concert pianist before she decided to quit. and quit she did. it's been 8 months and she hasn't so much as touched the keys on a piano. but then her equally talented brother, gus, gets a new teacher, and suddenly lucy is a bit unmoored.
i must admit i didn't like will from the beginning, exactly, nor did i like mr. charles, so lucy affections for older men didn't bother me the way i noticed they bothered other reviewers. i think this is also in part because lucy was touring the world at such a young age, she was forced to mature in certain ways. she is incredibly immature in some ways, but at the same time, having a very difficult time connecting to her peers. she isn't like them, not really. anyway, i just wanted to mention that her attraction to older men made perfect sense to me. besides, she spent her life trying to please people.
by the end, i really liked lucy. i loved the touches about music, even as a non-musician i know how certain sounds can make you feel, and the idea of getting lost in something so much that you aren't even thinking is such a gift. it's a story about coming to terms with your own talent, with your own dreams, and with yourself, without putting the blame on everyone else. to be sure, at 16, you don't have total independence. but you don't have to be locked in a cage either.
i just wish it were set somewhere other than san francisco - seemed like a waste of a setting. it didn't feel honest and really there, and that's why it gets three stars instead of four. hah. (less)
so the library had it and i grabbed it as i was walking to the checkout. the eve books are quick, easy reads and usually don't upset me very much, so...moreso the library had it and i grabbed it as i was walking to the checkout. the eve books are quick, easy reads and usually don't upset me very much, so i tend to keep following the series even though everything is pretty much pathetic at this point.
but i was in for a surprise because JANE IS BACK! in a way that i don't want her to be, because let's just say foreshadowing isn't johansen's forte at all, but still. i am glad she is back if only to be the character with the torrid love affair because eve is seriously with joe finally forever and ever amen.
some other reviews have mentioned this, and i am in 100% agreement - let's get over the eve worship already. great, everyone loves her and is willing to risk their lives for her. i am a little happy that so many characters are coming together (kendra, trevor, caleb, venable, devon brady, even a mention of dear sarah logan and monty! oh, back when these were real thrillers . . .) but i still am a little ticked that we aren't getting the whole joe-after-Pandora's Box. so we are expected to forget that whole series, but remember who sarah logan is? please.
i like margaret. i have a feeling she's going to end up with caleb, though i am not sure how.
glad there is a twisted villain in this one.
but really? it's all set up. no real movement. i don't know how she's going to drag this out across a trilogy. but really. why can't eve retire and jane start taking names and doing crazy things? eve's story wrapped up. she deserves to be a side character now. let her and bonnie and joe all chill at that lake cottage.
anyway, i'll read the next two of course. just glad my library helps with this addiction, as i would be pissed if i had to pay for this. (less)
so i picked up this book thinking it would be about spying. and granted, it was about spying. kind of. more than that, though, this was a book about t...moreso i picked up this book thinking it would be about spying. and granted, it was about spying. kind of. more than that, though, this was a book about the war in afghanistan and how it changed everything going forward. how we are still there, in a mess.
i'll admit, i didn't pay attention to the war at all in the beginning (or even really now). there's a little too much that hits close to home and certain parts of this book made me uncomfortable (the need for vengeance being one of them) but what i could appreciate was the fact that you needed this sort of mind-set to get things done.
but i didn't realize how effectively we worked with the afghans in the beginning, or how hard the CIA was pushing for action again AQ for so long. i loved how he showed that intelligence really is needed to complement any action nation-states and non-state actors plan, and how intelligence can swing the day. it's clear that the author isn't a political dude, which kind of shocks me as to how high he climbed in the ranks, but. he is doing this out of loyalty, a sense of justice, and not for vote counting or anything. in fact, more than once he says someone else dealt with that part, he just worked on the intelligence.
because it was, of course, screened by the CIA, i wonder how much was left out.
regardless, this book gave me the clearest understanding of the initial war in afghanistan and why we had a reason to believe we could win, and how the distraction in iraq really ruined everything. (this is all implied, of course; iraq on a whole is never really mentioned directly.)(less)
the thing is, the science of the plot is actually okay. i mean, i kept reading. (then again, anything involving the CDC is a good way to catch my atte...morethe thing is, the science of the plot is actually okay. i mean, i kept reading. (then again, anything involving the CDC is a good way to catch my attention.) and the writing wasn't horrible.
but the characterization! oh MY HEAVENS. if i read that simohara had a nice body one more time, or commentary on how people want sex or walter was just wandering around, i was going to throw my kindle across the room. and his attempt at having a non-monochrome cast just showed how weak his writing is.
plus i kept hoping that there was going to be something really big and social experiment related to what happens when skin color truly does disappear. but nothing. NOTHING.
yes, it is well written about a subject that needs to be talked about more. but the pacing was strange, and at times i felt the characters were really inaccessible, which was strange since i had no problem with the aforementioned books.
i didn't feel much and i suppose that is what bothered me most. (less)
this one felt more like filler, though i did appreciate the cliffhanger. who else is bummed liv went from super smart side kick to a background charac...morethis one felt more like filler, though i did appreciate the cliffhanger. who else is bummed liv went from super smart side kick to a background character? love link and rid though. don't know how this series manages to be soooo long . . . (less)
this is a little hard to review. i kind of felt the same way with shadow and bone. it's good, and yet it has problems, and yet i don't really care abo...morethis is a little hard to review. i kind of felt the same way with shadow and bone. it's good, and yet it has problems, and yet i don't really care about the problems because of things like baghra, but really, there are still problems . . .
i know everyone is annoyed with mal, but really, i kind of think mal had a reason to be annoyed. this book was all about alina, alina, alina. heck, her own brain is "alina! power! alina! all about me!". i mean, the darkling wasn't really even in this book.
however, STURMHOLD IS AWESOME. the book really needed his wit and humor to balance out all the other heavy stuff.
like the whole, absolute power corrupts absolutely. the whole like calls to like. it's a bit of a downer to be honest. also, alina is a little whiny. i guess she has reason to be, but she does like her power.
also i think part of what annoyed me is that so many things are clearly taken from russian literature and folk, etc. but everyone is so enthralled with her world building.
but really i think the turning point for me was what happened with rusylane. nothing like the stag. and it just goes to show how different alina is now. will i pick up the third? heck yeah. will i enjoy it? that's another question. but i am kind of hoping that a certain magical creature escapes capture, so i'll be there . . . (less)
i don't know what category to put this book in. maybe i need a sci-fi shelf, though i'm pretty clueless . . .
anyway. i was all good until the ending....morei don't know what category to put this book in. maybe i need a sci-fi shelf, though i'm pretty clueless . . .
anyway. i was all good until the ending. i don't know how that's even . . . remotely ethical or whatever. i liked jeb. stupid love triangles though. give it a rest! sadly, i know i am going to read the sequel. i just can't help myself sometimes. (less)
it was, i guess, okay. i read it in less than a day, so i shouldn't complain too much. but i didn't really...moreoh, this was disappointing! i mean, really!
it was, i guess, okay. i read it in less than a day, so i shouldn't complain too much. but i didn't really care. except i cared about stephen and . . . let's just say the scoobie gang is a little different now. (ghost squad, whatever.) and this supervisor, and wexford, and.
it was a little too "what do i have under my bed that i can make into a story" for me.