For a book I was pretty excited about reading, I was a little let down.
This first book in the trilogy is divided into six parts. It started out well,For a book I was pretty excited about reading, I was a little let down.
This first book in the trilogy is divided into six parts. It started out well, then when it took you to the past and how it all began, I was underwhelmed by the writing and I thought the world building was a bit weak and under-explained. I like Nathan Byrne well enough, but I couldn't fully connect with him.
Not to mention... I was a bit uncomfortable at parts where the term "Blacks" in reference to Black Witches, was used negatively to a group of people who aren't, well, black. These Black Witches are viewed by White Witches as bad, dangerous, and to be separated by society when really the Whites in power are actually villainous themselves. Do you see what I'm getting at here? Take out the witches and it's a story about race, only everyone in the book as far as I can recall is white.
With that said, it did pick up again around part four when a new character is introduced, and that with my general like towards the main character Nathan, I do have enough interest to go ahead and read the second book.
(view spoiler)[ if it goes the way I think it does, I do adore that a potential same-sex love interest was introduced that late into the first book. Hope I'm not disappointed in that regard in the second one. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is my fourth Jodi Picoult book - and she must be doing something right, because that's four more books than I thought I would ever read of hers iThis is my fourth Jodi Picoult book - and she must be doing something right, because that's four more books than I thought I would ever read of hers in all honesty.
Her novels, while featuring different topics and outcomes, do overall follow the same formula which can be tiresome. I started thinking about her past works and had difficulty remembering which characters where in which books. Then, it turned out a couple other characters from her previous novels had made a return for this one, which I was not expecting and did think was kind of a neat touch.
Nineteen Minutes tackles the very sensitive topic of school shooting, and the long lasting effects of bullying. It was, in parts, difficult to read. To think of all the young lives, filled with so much potential, lost forever and their loved ones left to grieve, to make sense of this, and try to carry on. Of parents who maybe never really knew their children, asking themselves "what if" for the rest of their lives. And Peter Houghton, who carried such a horribly unforgivable act but seeing who he was before. How different life could have been.
Now, when I saw that Jordan McAfee, who represented Chris Harte in The Pact, made his return, I knew right then this book couldn't have the same ending. There would be a twist, of course, but Peter wasn't going to be found innocent. He would not be getting out of this.
Until he did, in his own way. And the imagery of that scene is going to stick with me for some time. (hide spoiler)]
This one was not my favorite of hers, some parts didn't quite fit in, and I had a difficult time truly getting to know some of the main characters. But it affected me and I'm glad I read it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm not going to lie... it took me quite awhile to finish this book. Not because it didn't hold my interest, not because it was too long, orWell damn.
I'm not going to lie... it took me quite awhile to finish this book. Not because it didn't hold my interest, not because it was too long, or anything of the sort. Okay, partially, it was because I had to return it to the library before I could finish and I for some reason never picked it back up until recently. But if I had to be honest, I think it was because I was afraid the ending would hurt me, heh. I had become invested in Seth, in what happened and might happen, and I was afraid to see the end.
If I had to compare this awesome, unique book to another, some aspects of it reminded me of Going Bovine, if perhaps without the cartoonish qualities and instead much darker with an isolated, post-apocalyptic feel. Two teenage male protagonists, both finding themselves in another world (one, due to illness, the other suicide) and wondering if this is real, and how to escape. If there is an escape. Where Cameron's comparions were a dwarf and a pink-haired angel, in Patrick Ness' novel, the lead, Seth, who although utterly alone for the first half of the book, is eventually met up with Regine, a large African American girl around his age, and Tomasz, a small but brave Polish child.
Even when Seth was alone, it was never dull. I was eager to know what was going on, what else he would find, and throughout his isolation (and the entire story) we get flashbacks to his life before. His parents and baby brother, the love of his life, and hints of what happened years ago, the event that affected him and his family so much.
This book is full of questions, and in the end? You are still questioning. And I loved it. I wish there was more I could say, but I also want to say as little as possible because you need to read this yourself and experience the heartache, sadness, confusion, and hope, that I did. ...more
If you’re looking a story with a clear right and wrong, where the new kid who learns to fit in with the crowd, and develops a romance taking the frontIf you’re looking a story with a clear right and wrong, where the new kid who learns to fit in with the crowd, and develops a romance taking the front seat, you won’t find that here. And for that, I have to thank the author.
Wow. it was… dark, macabre, morally ambiguous and it was amazing.
Sixteen-year-old Joey Crouch has just lost his mother, and is sent to live with his father who he has never met and knows nothing about. Turns out his father, a gruff, giant of a man, lives in what is essentially a shack away from civilization, and is known by the small town as The Garbageman. Before he can even get to know the man however, his father, who he calls by his last name, Harnett, has already stepped out to disappear to God knows where for an undetermined amount of time, forcing Joey to look after himself.
School is its own horror story. From a big city to a small town, Joey is that new kid who is immediately known as son of The Garbageman and is a target of both his biology teacher and the school jock. As his days in Bloughton High become worse, and his father continues to come and go without a word, Joey makes the decision to sneak a ride in the man’s truck one night in hopes of catching him in a criminal act so he can get out of this hell hole, and from there, everything changes.
While at first, Joey is understandably horrified by this discovery that this father of his is a grave robber, he soon begins to appreciate and yearn to learn all Harnett has to teach. And Joey, being a straight-A student, is a quick learner. Throughout the novel, Joey is pulled further into the world of Diggers, you see him develop and grow into a strong young man whose priorities have shifted, danger ensues, and roles reverse along the way.
Honestly I wasn't sure what I was going to think about this... career choice lol, but I ended up being sucked into their world and the poetic descriptions of those residing six feet below. It is not for the faint of heart, though, that's for sure.
I loved the relationship between Joey and Harnett. There are no heartfelt, Lifetime movie exchanges to be found, but look closely and you can see the care Harnett does have for his son, the things he teaches him, the insight to his past and how it came to be this way, and a bond - their own version - being built.
Also precious was Joey’s friendship with fellow loner Foley who is the more invisible of the two.
Yeah, still kind of processing my thoughts so don’t expect this to be a quality review lol, but this was just a blast to read the whole way through. Amazing characterization and storylines. Full of dark, awesome adventure. ...more