This is more like 3 1/2 stars. I thought the writing was fantastic. It kept my heart going trying to figure put together the pieces of the memory that...moreThis is more like 3 1/2 stars. I thought the writing was fantastic. It kept my heart going trying to figure put together the pieces of the memory that Jenna kept flashing back to. (less)
SECOND READ: 2/21/11 - 2/22/11 Listened to the audiobook before starting the next book, VANISH. I still really enjoyed the story the second time around...moreSECOND READ: 2/21/11 - 2/22/11 Listened to the audiobook before starting the next book, VANISH. I still really enjoyed the story the second time around. Excited to listen to book 2 to find out what happens next!
FIRST READ: 2/21/11 - 2/22/11 LOVED this book!! It's about DRAGONS which had me a little skeptical at first, but it totally worked. I was convinced and hooked by the 4th chapter. The end was really awesome with all the new info that is revealed and dying to know what's going to happen NEXT! Because yes, this is a series. But it's really good. Can't wait for Book 2!
Re-reading before I start CRESCENDO. I originally read this the day after staying up to watch the midnight release of a movie and surprisingly I can't...moreRe-reading before I start CRESCENDO. I originally read this the day after staying up to watch the midnight release of a movie and surprisingly I can't really remember much about the story!
11/20/09 I have been looking forward to reading this book since the ARCs first started circulating and everyone was raving about the story. I think I entered every contest online to win a copy, but never won. Then a few weeks ago I was able to get buy a book and get it signed at Costco, but it still sat on my shelf for a good couple of weeks before I finally picked it up. I wanted to read it when I wouldn't be too interrupted to finish, and I also wanted to savor the anticipation of reading a little longer. I started HUSH, HUSH this morning and finished just after lunch and the book did not disappoint!
Two main things I loved about this book: the pace of the story and Patch. The book opens and immediately there is something happening in the story. I didn't have to read through 100 pages of setup before anything interesting happens. And I didn't have to wait until 30 pages from the end before the Nora learns Patch's secrets (at least some of them - I suspect there is a lot more she doesn't know). Patch is awesome! You get the bad boy vibe from him and I never knew if I really should trust him or not. I love that he was always in Nora's space and pushing her and making her uncomfortable.
This book has a different ending from the ARC. Becca said when I got my book signed that this is the ending she originally wrote, then changed it for the ARC, then changed it back again. She said she'd post the ARC ending on her website at some point ... but I'm curious if anyone who has read the ARC will tell me how the ARC ends?
There is also a sequel to this book coming out next fall called CRESCENDO. Becca said we will learn more about Nora's dad in that book. And Becca is hoping to write 1 or 2 more books after that one. So. For those who are hesitant to start another unfinished series, this book stands alone really well. I feel like the next book would just be more adventures in the same world rather than continuing a story that wasn't finished in the first book.(less)
THIRD READ: 7/12-19/13 Listened to the audiobook this time around. It wasn't bad but I wasn't in love with the reader. Still loved the story! Saw some...moreTHIRD READ: 7/12-19/13 Listened to the audiobook this time around. It wasn't bad but I wasn't in love with the reader. Still loved the story! Saw some interesting clues as to what the 2nd & 3rd book could have in them (they are probably obvious to everyone else .... I just don't look for things like that so I don't see them as easily).
FIRST READ: 5/11/08
LOVED it!! I thought I would enjoy it just because I like the way Stephenie Meyer writes, but I didn't expect to love it so much! At the beginning I just thought it was interesting and I was trying to keep everything straight, but by the end I was totally sucked into the story, the characters, everything and wanted so badly for everything to work out!
I am so excited to see that SM can write such a different story for a different audience and still hook me. I am anxious to see what other stories she comes out with, since they will all probably be different from what she already written!(less)
The writing was easy to read and it was a good story. Of all the "YA" books I have read lately, this one was more "juvenille", meaning that the subjec...moreThe writing was easy to read and it was a good story. Of all the "YA" books I have read lately, this one was more "juvenille", meaning that the subject matter, romance, and story was for a younger audience than most of the other "YA" books I've read. So, maybe it was actually more on target for the audience (at least by my standards) than the others? ha, ha! Definitely a book I wouldn't have a hesitation recommending to anyone, especially my younger cousins still in school, unlike some books that I wouldn't want to recommend out of fear of whether the parents would be upset by anything in it (like Twilight, even though I know the kids are reading it!).(less)
I was surprised to really like this book! It is a "sequel" to Wicked Lovely, but follows a different set of characters. I usually don't care for stori...moreI was surprised to really like this book! It is a "sequel" to Wicked Lovely, but follows a different set of characters. I usually don't care for stories that don't revolve around the same main characters that I've become attached to, but I was really drawn into the story of Leslie, Niall and Irial. And Aislinn, Seth and Keenan are still definitely part of the story, so I still got to see a little of what happened with them. The ending was a bit abrupt . . . but it wasn't as bad as the Uglies books that I read where it took 3 books to get to the end of the story and the ending wrapped up in a few pages.(less)
The movie trailer made me want to read this book again. Since the first movie came out, I have had zero desire to re-read any of th...moreTHIRD READ: 9/15/11
The movie trailer made me want to read this book again. Since the first movie came out, I have had zero desire to re-read any of these books even though I loved them so much the first, second, third, and fourth (or more) times that I read them before the movies. I was surprised how I was again sucked into the story and wanted to keep reading and not put it down until it was finished.
This time around, I especially enjoyed the second-half of the book when Bella is a vampire. It almost seemed like a new story, like the first book in a new series and I was disappointed to remember that this is the end of the story, not the beginning. I really liked experiencing the world through a vampire's eyes and understanding the world/characters the author created. I liked how strong and smart and proactive Bella was.
I DID IT AGAIN!!! I must have a psychic 7th sense for these kind of things! I found a book that I really liked . . . I knew it was a new book . . . bu...moreI DID IT AGAIN!!! I must have a psychic 7th sense for these kind of things! I found a book that I really liked . . . I knew it was a new book . . . but I didn't know it was only the 1st of a 4-book series . . . Ugh! It was released in May 2008 and the next one comes in Mar 2009, so at least they appear to be spaced less than a year apart. And the author is in the editing stages of the 3rd book. So, maybe I'll be able to get through it. At least if I keep up getting new book series, I'll have a new book every month to look forward to for several years! ;)
This is (yet another) vampire story. So crazy - I've never read a vampire book in my life (or had the desire to) until I came across Twilight last year and now I've read a ton of them! It's kind of a mix between what I believe to be more of the "traditional" vampire myth with a little bit of a different twist (at least different compared to what I've read so far. I'm by no means a vampire myth expert like some of my friends!). Vampires are very sexy and seductive in nature so you always run the risk of getting a little more of that than the average YA book (at least from what I've read), but I thought this one was pretty moderate. There are 3 (if I'm remember correctly) steamy scenes that could have gone farther and been more racey that I like to read, but they didn't. And to acknowledge some of the "Breaking Dawn" criticisms that it was all sex all the time, Evernight was much more in control of that aspect of the story, if that makes any sense at all.
I am so curious to know what happens next in the story! It wasn't a total cliff-hanger, but it is definitely set up for the next part of the story.
**spoiler alert** I'm just getting ready for the Breaking Dawn release (book 4 in this series) so I'm re-reading to get back into the story. I actuall...more**spoiler alert** I'm just getting ready for the Breaking Dawn release (book 4 in this series) so I'm re-reading to get back into the story. I actually just re-read this book about 2 months ago, so I more or less skimmed this one (re-reading in depth the parts that I liked the best). I thought it was really interesting on my 2nd re-reading to pick out all the subtle references to Alice's vision of Bella being turned into a vampire. I have also read the first chapter of Midnight Sun (Twilight from Edward's perspective) on Stephenie Meyer's website and I found myself even more curious about all the looks Edward has, his reactions to things around him, and the things he DOESN'T say. I think MS will be a very interesting story and will re-invent the way we read Twilight. On my 3 reading/skimming, I was interested by the fact that at the end when **SPOILER ALERT** Edward realizes that James bit Bella, Alice tells him to "do it now" or something like that. I always thought she meant, hurry and suck her blood to get the venom out. But what she really meant is for Edward to give her another more well-placed bite so that she will turn into a vampire and it won't take forever for the change (remember, it has to be a well-placed bite(s)). Which means that not only did Alice see Bella becoming a vampire, but she saw EDWARD turning her into a vampire. At least, that's how I am interpreting it. Maybe I'm slow and everyone else already figured this out??(less)
**spoiler alert** So this is the 3rd time I've read New Moon and I just LOVED it! It was kind of an interesting reading experience. The first time I r...more**spoiler alert** So this is the 3rd time I've read New Moon and I just LOVED it! It was kind of an interesting reading experience. The first time I read it, I was just trying to get through it to find out what happened next in the story. I knew Edward would come back and some point so I wasn't totally skipping past all the Jacob stuff. I was just doing my normal fast-reading. The second time I read it, it was more of an interesting "now that I know what happens, pay a little more attention but also just a refresher on the story to get me to Eclipse" kind of a thing. This time, I just totally got sucked into the Jacob plot. I still am a firm believer that Bella should choose Edward, but I just really fell in love with Jacob. And I start wondering what would have happened if Edward never came back? Obviously, that is an alternate universe that we'll never know the answer to, but I think it would be an interesting story and I think I would have enjoyed it. I think Bella would have recovered from the loss of Edward. Yes, there would be a scar, but all scars fade over time. I mean, it had only been like 6 or 7 months after Edward left when she considered being with Jacob. And this is where I have a problem reconciling reality with suspended reality -- but I'm a believer in the idea that there are many people a person can possibly fall in love with and be happy with and marry and build a life and be in love. Okay, well, I've totally irritated and aggravated my friends that don't like Jacob and don't agree with me, so I guess I'll stop. Can't wait for Breaking Dawn to come out this weekend!(less)
Ahhh . . . now what am I going to do for 3 more days until Breaking Dawn comes out??!!
This is the 4th time I've read Eclipse (I re-read it immediately...moreAhhh . . . now what am I going to do for 3 more days until Breaking Dawn comes out??!!
This is the 4th time I've read Eclipse (I re-read it immediately after finishing it the first time) and every time I've read it, it's been a different experience. I've always really liked it, but different things have popped out at me. This time, I was really tuned into Jacob (leftover from my New Moon experience, no doubt). I just really love Jacob right now. I never hated or disliked him before, but he was just another character. Not anymore. And I feel so bad that he loves Bella so much and he's not going to get to be with her. I am really hopeful that he'll get his own happy ending and that it WILL be happy for him. Because Bella is going to end up with Edward - that's just not a question for me, it's a fact. So I want to see Jacob happy, too.(less)
SECOND READ: 8/31/11 Listening to the audiobook this time around since Heather raved about the hilarity of it. So far, so good. It's a great story to...moreSECOND READ: 8/31/11 Listening to the audiobook this time around since Heather raved about the hilarity of it. So far, so good. It's a great story to make you laugh out loud.
I love this book! Can't wait for the movie. I can only imagine how much fun they all had on set!
I just read this for the 3rd time ... or is it the 4th? I noticed a lot of things differently this time around and have some new ideas about what has...moreI just read this for the 3rd time ... or is it the 4th? I noticed a lot of things differently this time around and have some new ideas about what has happened in the past and what might happen in the future ... who knows if I'm even remotely right, but it's stuff that I haven't seen discussed online before (and I did A LOT of looking for it after the first 2 times I read the story). I'll post my ideas in the comments so you won't be spoiled. But if you have read the story already I'd be very curious what you think about the stuff I came up with. ... but not if you've read CATCHING FIRE and are telling me that I am wrong or right about it!(less)
Jessica Day George is supposed have some good books out, I just haven't gotten to any of them yet because they were more in the "juvenille" category v...moreJessica Day George is supposed have some good books out, I just haven't gotten to any of them yet because they were more in the "juvenille" category vs. "young adult". This is a take of the story of the 12 Dancing Princesses. I think the cover is gorgeous, so I'm excited to see how the story rates in comparison. Release date is Jan 20, 2009.
----------- This was a great story, told in alternating points-of-view of Rose (the oldest princess) and Galen (the knitting soldier-turned-under gardner at the palace). It was really fun to see a fairy tale told from the guy's perspective. I had never heard of this fairy tale until about 2 years ago, but thought this was a very fun interpretation of the story (as much as I know of it, anyway). Very entertaining and fun; it will be fun to read to my girls when they get a little older. (less)
This is a not a book that grips you from the first line in a flurry of page-turning action that leaves you breathless. It gently, but ins...more4 1/2 stars.
This is a not a book that grips you from the first line in a flurry of page-turning action that leaves you breathless. It gently, but insistently, winds itself around you and draws you into the setting and holds you there until the last page where you take a breath that you didn't realize you were holding. (Yes, I know that's a horribly long run-on sentence! That's just the way it goes sometimes.) Reading the story felt like fog winding its way over the dry leaves covering an autumn forest of bare trees. I know that sounds totally superfluous, but I can't help it because that's how I felt when reading this book.
I was intrigued by the Prophecy and how its meaning unfolded throughout the book. The sisters, Lia and Alice were fantastic. Although they are on opposing sides of the prophecy, I loved how neither is wholly good or bad ... and the reasons why are a fantastic twist on what would be expected.
This is definitely a book that will have strong cross-over appeal to adult audiences. In fact, I believe the cover was chosen to attract adult readers.
PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS is the first of in a trilogy to complete the story. The remaining books will be released in 1 year intervals. (less)
A great story for Jane Austen junkies (like myself) who have ever secretly (or not so secretly) wished for a "vacation" in Regency England! It was a l...moreA great story for Jane Austen junkies (like myself) who have ever secretly (or not so secretly) wished for a "vacation" in Regency England! It was a lot of fun to read!(less)
SECOND READ: 6/15/11 Loved it even more the second time around! It was fun to talk about at book club. We even made the chili dog pie and it was super...moreSECOND READ: 6/15/11 Loved it even more the second time around! It was fun to talk about at book club. We even made the chili dog pie and it was super good! But I don't think I'm brave enough to try any other of Mr. Maguire's concoctions.
FIRST READ: 2/19/09 Wow! I loved this book! The last 1/3 especially had me glued to the pages while I waited to find out how it ended. This is a great book for boys and girls alike, but oh how I wish that I had a son to share this book with! My nephews will have to do ... although the oldest is only 4 1/2.
The characters in this book were great! The kids acted just the way I would expect kids to act. Roy's dad is fabulous with his crazy dinners and "When it Rains, Sell Umbrellas" attitude. Roy is just what I would expect of a 12-year-old boy who thinks that baseball is life (I knew several of those boys when I was growing up). And Sturgis is intriguing. I just didn't really get him, who he was or what his story is, so it was interesting to see all those little pieces come to life throughout the book. My favorite character is probably a small Cuban boy whose only English words are his name and "Search Me" that all the kids nickname "Google".
MUDVILLE is a grand slam with it's story of baseball, life lessons, friendship and mystery. (Haha! How can I review a sports book with a sports metaphor thrown in somewhere??)
Go get your copy next week when the book is released on Tues, Feb 24th!(less)