**spoiler alert** This was a pretty great book. I've read a lot of books in my life so far, and i love most of them, but only a few books rank in my v...more**spoiler alert** This was a pretty great book. I've read a lot of books in my life so far, and i love most of them, but only a few books rank in my view as absolutely amazing(like "the book theif" "the giver" "milkweed" "eggs"). This was not one of those books, but it was definately above average in it's subtle depth and detail. What really got me was the way the author described.....life. Even an action such as picking up a fork, a mother hugging her daughter, or the thought of how a killer would look at their victim as they lay dead in a silent bed of leaves. All of these actions or thoughts were written beautifully, really showing how a writer should observe the world. I am a writer, and now I am inspired to take my notebook with me and document simple things, such as how a mother looks at her rebeling daughter either with concern or misunderstanding, or even just simple actions such as an expression of a stranger sitting in a park. Not to be creepy or anything, it's just that this book has really made me look at how to write down an expression on someones face, the reasoning behind it, the pause in someones voice, what it could mean. All are important for writing, and even though it may not seem deep at first glance, this author really got it down. The protagonist's mother didn't just have beauty, she had beauty that she kept at the ready like a squad of soldiers, making sure her face was always held elegantly. That her legs were crossed in just he right way to make her look like a queen.
Stuff like this is what i'm talking about, and if u read the book you'll know. The only thing that really bugged me was the ENDING. HADLEySHOULD HAVE BEENT HE MURDERER! it would have given it a dramatic and clever twist. since the moment hadley siad "the killer could be anyone" and evie said "even me?" and hadley then said "even me". i was certain hadley was the killer. all the signs pointed to it. the risky behavior, the paranioa, and it would have added a haunting and interesting twist tot he plot. i hate when the killer in a murder mystery turns out to be some random nobody.(less)
i thought this book was amazing. the whole idea of subliminal messages controling people and making them all act the same blows my mind and scares me...morei thought this book was amazing. the whole idea of subliminal messages controling people and making them all act the same blows my mind and scares me at the same time--i mean, living of carrot sticks and wearing granny pants and pastel everyday? creepy. lol i thought this was really well written, and i luved nia. lol her gothish/punk style reminds me of me kinda, i dress kinda like that and i love art too. i love it when she says "art is NEVER just chalk" and stands in the sprinklers for hours, getting drenched and protecting what's left of her art. but i hated how it ended. i can't believe oscar got brianwashed!!! that wasn' supposed to happen! he was supposed to escape candor and be with nia! lol i sometimes luv sad endings because they can be beautiful, but i really wanted this book to have happy one. candor seemed so real and scary that i wanted him to escape. darn...i hope she makes a sequel or something, she can't just leave u hanging like that! i have to now what happens to oscar! lol :] great book(less)
This book is so beautiful, and not just the cover, which is also stunning. I love the main character, Miranda, a girl so light she is carried off by t...moreThis book is so beautiful, and not just the cover, which is also stunning. I love the main character, Miranda, a girl so light she is carried off by the wind. It is almost like a dream, and has beautiful sentences and poetic imagry. When she discribes the red dragon kite flying away...and other scenes in the book, it almost seemed like poetry. I know some people have written bad reviews for this book and say that it's not good enough for "thier high and mighty expectations for books that they read like they're so good at being a critic or something". and i just want to say that that's stupid. i mean, can't you appreaciate a beautiful story without ripping it apart and analysing it? lol sorry i'm not really sure what i'm saying but this is a really good book ... i'll admit that i was really attracted by the cover which is sooooo pretty, but i think it really fits the book :] i love the characterization, Miranda, who is so small and light, has courage that most grown men wouldn't have. Bourne Manor really creeped me out how when she went to sleep the door was closed and when she awoke it was open, though she never saw the key move. i loved her friendship with Farley and how he didn't leave. in short this is a beautiful book and i recomend it to everybody : ](less)