I don't hate this book, but I can't say that I loved it.
It's basically a story of a girl who was kidnapped and kept in a man's basement for months witI don't hate this book, but I can't say that I loved it.
It's basically a story of a girl who was kidnapped and kept in a man's basement for months with three other women. The story follows her struggle, her boyfriends plight to bring her home, and her kidnapper's story. If I had to judge, I would say that this is a sub-par version of 'Room'. It reads like a YA novel, which is good, because it is a YA novel.
The narrative does not vary from person to person. The chapters written in the mind of the kidnapper have the same thought process, language, and speech patterns as those of the kidnapped, and her boyfriend. If you are in a situation where you have to put down the book and pick it up again over and over, it can get confusing.
I did like the portion of the book that was written after the main character was freed. I think the mindset of the character was very understandable to the situation, and I was not unconvinced that she had been effected by her experience. I wish there was more after the rescue and less during the hostage period, it read a little boring because of the repetitive nature of their routine.
Overall, good book. I don't plan on reading the others in the series, I don't even really understand how they are supposed to tie together. I think this would have made a better standalone book, especially because people don't really want to read such dry literature in continuum. ...more
Gated is a story of Lyla, a girl who was raised in a community, that (unbeknownst to her) is actually a cult. Since she was 5, she has been trained to protect herself, be a contributing part of the community, and was sworn to secrecy from the outside world.
This all changes when she meets Cody.
Picking up this novel, I was a bit weary because my type of read is normally of the sci-fi genre. I'm not really into anything that doesn't involve magic, or dragons, or something along those lines. This book was very refreshing because, while it was all possible in the real world, it was still an extremely entertaining read.
One thing this book lacked was fitting character development.
Lyla's character is bold and open minded. It's a bit out of place, seeing as she has been raised in this community where they are essentially brainwashed their entire lives. It would make more sense for an outsider to have the thoughts and feelings she does, or even one of the adults who had entered the community at an older age.
Cody is sweet, but his character seemed a bit unnecessary. I felt like he was only in the novel to introduce the standard love triangle.
Pioneer just didn't fit the bill. He was the leader of the cult, which (by definition) needs to have a religious or spiritual basis. I didn't get this feeling from Pioneer. All I got from him was some guy who was really good at manipulating people who are vulnerable and wants to be in charge of a bunch of people.
(view spoiler)[By the end of the book, Pioneer reveals to Lyla that he wants to kill everyone in the community. He doesn't want to "deliver them to heaven" or anything like that. He just honestly wants to murder a ton of people. This seems so out of place for a cult leader that I just couldn't process it as reasonable. Pioneer turned out more like a mass murderer than a cult leader, and it didn't make any sense. (hide spoiler)]
The plot was interesting, a cult-raised youth coming to terms with the outside world. It kind of reminded me of the TV show Breaking Amish. I liked the whole Lyla-coming-into-herself plot more than the Pioneer-murdering-everyone plot.
I do recommend the book for anyone who is willing to go into it with an open mind. There are some large character flaws, but I think it's worth the read for the plot and setup alone....more
Before you read my review, I want you to know something about me. I am a very technical person. Things that don't matter to other people mean a lot to me. A lot of the negatives in this review will reflect the technical issues in this book.
It should be mentioned before you read this book that the protagonist and his family live in the UK. It isn't mentioned until about 80% through the book, and it threw me off completely.
Scare Me is a genius idea. If serial killing wasn't a horrible crime, I'd say the author has quite a talent for it. (Kidding, of course, it takes a lot more to kill someone than coming up with a murder-filled scavenger hunt). The way the plot for Scare Me was planned out was incredibly interesting, and what drew me to the book in the first place.
The things that brought the book down are (again) the technical aspects of it. Mostly, the phone calls and internet access that the protagonist seemed to have an unlimited supply of. He travels across continents, ditches and purchased phones, and keeps track of mobile devices through GPS, all without losing an internet connection or phone service. This is just completely unrealistic.
The author uses many different POVs to the point where it gets hard to follow. Throughout the book, we are following 6 different people at any given time. It's thoroughly confusing and obnoxious, you can't get more than a few pages before being thrown into another story-line.
Maybe that's how mystery novels are supposed to be, and maybe that's why I tend to stay away from the genre, but it took a 4 star book down a few notches, and that's always sad to see....more
I was really disappointed with this book. I heard this was such a great novel, the nextThis review can also be found at The Title Page
Rating: 2 Stars
I was really disappointed with this book. I heard this was such a great novel, the next big thing, better than the Hunger Games! But, no.
It was predictable, overdone, and quite honestly, horribly written. The main character annoyed me, the plot annoyed me, and the writing annoyed me.
Everything annoyed me.
From reading this novel alone, I will avoid all other Rick Yancey novels, because he seems to lack the general knowledge it takes to write a good book. Like how to speak in persons, or how not to have the corniest dialogue on the face of the earth. "I love you... my mayfly." Really? Save me the insta-love-spew-fest.
I heard this book was great. I must have only read the reviews that the publisher paid to have written, because this book deserves a max of 3 stars. I've read better self-published YA dystopian fiction.
Okay, just to get all of my thoughts in one place, let me break it down (with pictures!)
The plot of The 5th Wave is that of an alien apocalypse. The aliens attack in 5 waves to wipe out humankind. They do the whole EMP thing, the disease thing, the whole taking-over-human-bodies thing. All been said and done.
Then they start training kids to take out other humans... ummm okay? Tell me, if you are a giant alien army who has wiped out so much of humankind already, why do you feel the need to TRAIN human children to do the rest for you? That's just so freaking stupid!
Now, romance is normally an extremely difficult hurdle to jump when writing a YA novel. Partially because it's so hard to stay away from the insta-love-do-anything-for-the-girl-I-just-met piece, and partially because if you avoid romance completely, it makes for a very boring novel. (Don't deny it readers, you may roll your eyes at the romance, but you'd be bored without it.)
But one of the worst things an author can do it try to merge a powerful love story with a powerful plot. There just simply isn't enough room in a single book for both. If the plot is overpowering, we get The Hunger Games: Mockingbird where no one, not even the main characters, give a shit about what happens in the romantic plot. If the romance is too overpowering you get so many crappy YA novels that I can't even single it down to one example.
I digress. In this book, they introduce an insta-love romance plot, and then just kinda disregard it.
Let me tell you, if (view spoiler)[I was so deeply in love with someone as Cassie was written to be with Evan, I wouldn't be kissing other guys right after he dies, I'd be all:
I don't have much to say about the writing except that it was awful. Absolute shit.
As I mentioned in one of my updates, the author switches from first to third person and back, which is the #1 do not do of writing. I wanted to stop right then, but I paid for this book, so I'll be damned if I don't finish it.
Also, the book is insanely repetitive. I wish I had counted how many times the author states not to trust anyone, or that the alien's genius plan was to have the humans unknowingly kill themselves (which, as I said before, is fucking stupid).
I need to stop now or I'm gonna over-do it with the GIFs, but as you can see, I wasn't a big fan of the book.
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Emilie and the Hollow World was a great read. I don't regret one second spent reading this book. It didn't take me long to read at all because it kept me interested every page.
The book starts out with a bang, we follow Emilie as she steals aboard the Merry Bell as she is running away from her uncle and aunt. She boards the ship by mistake, originally intending to stow away on another vessel. We are quickly engulfed in magic and transported, along with the crew, to a world-within-a-world like destination.
The novel reads as an adventure. The cast of the book is met with one challenge at a time as they stride to their eventual goal. It is a really good read that is worth the time you will put into it, but it did fall short in that I wasn't blown away by it. It wasn't a book that I just couldn't put down, but at the same time, I never didn't want to pick it up again.
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be relatable. This book is easy to understand with a heroine you can really imagine in yourself. Emilie is strong-willed, but not pushy. She understands the extent of her knowledge and is willing to sit back and learn rather than insert herself into an issue.
There are deeper issues that are addressed in the book, in the Victorian world that it takes place, sexism is a common theme. The protagonists combat that in the best way possible. Two of the main characters, Emilie and Lady Marlende, are women. The way the author approaches this is very professional, the women aren't looked down upon, but are given less opportunity to advancement. While Emilie seems to have accepted her place in the world, Lady Marlende is a tough cookie who doesn't take that crap. She stands her ground and Emilie soon follows. Lady Marlende is definitely a winning character, she wins my favorite vote.
Sadly, the world building is where the novel suffered a bit, it could have used more depth. While reading the book, I didn't feel like I was transported to another world, which is normally my favorite part of alter-reality novels. While the world was creative enough, not enough description is given about the setting. We aren't told wether a place is supposed to be dark or light, forboding or inviting, etc. Things are explained in character conversation instead of the context of the book, and in that way it took away from the magic of the novel. I felt like I was reading a diary or memoir instead of a fiction novel.
To conclude my review, I suggest this book for the adventurous types, who don't like to waste time on romance. It is a quick, fun, read that you won't feel you've wasted time on....more
I've read a fair bit of Angry Robot books lately, the publisher really knows how to find amazing sci-fi work. I eagerly applied for the ARC for Nexus on NetGalley and added it to the top of my to-read pile.
There were plenty of reviews present before I read it and I really thought I would enjoy the novel based on them. Unfortunately, I'm just not seeing why people think this novel was so amazing.
It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't amazing.
The book dives right in to the science as if the reader has a standing expertise in technological programming. As you go through the novel, the technological lingo starts to make more sense, but in the beginning I was obtusely confused. I work with computers and technology in both of my jobs and I was still immediately lost.
The explanations of how Nexus works, and plenty of other programs, were not simply given to us. They were mixed in as interview transcriptions and discussions. A daring angle for the author to make, but one that, sadly, felt short. By reading transcriptions, the reader is completely separated from any emotional attachment the character had to their work. These characters are supposed to be completely involved in their life's work and be deeply attached to it, but I just didn't get that feeling in reading the novel.
The character's were boring and unobservant. For people who are supposed to have a deep understanding of the technological underworld of the future, they seemed overly idiotic. They had issues putting two and two together, and I feel like the author did this to help the reader figure things out for themselves. It left me feeling like the author thought I was stupid and needed a fun little detective game to keep me interested.
There were two redeeming qualities of this book, the plot and the antagonist.
The plot was very intriguing. Technological genius turned double agent in a battle for his friends freedom. We follow Kade as he struggles to figure out what is right or wrong, and Sam who has an equally powerful struggle against what she's always been trained to believe. While both main characters were annoyingly dry, the plot was able to string them together enough to make a respectable attempt.
The antagonist in this novel is up to the reader. You decide who's side you are on, because it does bring up some very good points for either side. The main characters' internal struggles accent the debates against right or wrong in this novel.
Having the ability to communicate with other humans through only the connections in your minds, it can be used for a plethora of good in the world. The danger is the misuse of the technology, to control people and bend their will. Is it worth the risk?
Favorite character: Sam Least Favorite Character: none, no clear antagonist Recommended for: Sci-fi fans with a basic understanding of computer technology...more
The blurb for this book is a bit misleading, not so much in a bad way. Don't expect a book from the point of view of an android, that's not what this is about. This book is about a young girl's growth from adolescence to adulthood. It follows Cat in her journey to find herself and figure out who she is in the midst of normalcy.
Catarina Novak is a tangled woman cursed with the burden of beauty and an icy heart. Living a life of denial and empiness, she struggles between being happy and doing what society demands of her. She acts out to make herself feel human in a world running rampant with robots.
She's the daughter of two scientists, raised so that she discovers herself instead of having someone else discover who she is for her. She is tutored from age six by Finn, an android her father has attained. Finn is more realistic than any other androids, and has the ability to think and feel. Cat spends her life as if floating through a dream, she conforms for the sake of conforming. She considers the opinions of her parents before her own, and it ultimately leads her into situations that knows she will regret. It isn't until Cat is almost 30 that she discovers what it is that she really wants, and decides to pursue happiness.
I do not like romance books. If I had known before I read this that it was mostly a romance novel, I never would have requested the ARC. I can't believe how close-minded I can be sometimes. This book was amazing, it was better than most science fiction, dystopian, or romance novels put together. It had me pulling my hair out, crying, and laughing with joy.
There are two things I want to point out before you pick up this novel that accounts for the half a star less than perfect on my rating.
1. This book is very slow. It takes a long time for anything to happen, but that in no way means that it is boring. I enjoyed every minute of it, but it can get frustrating waiting for the obvious to happen. 2. Catarina is frustratingly selfless. To the point where it was hard to believe she would sacrifice so much of her happiness to make her parents and society happy.
I loved Cat's character. She was ballsy, and she stood up for those she loved. She is impulsive and stubborn, but she never really knew what she wanted. As the reader, of course I knew what she wanted, but we had to watch Cat figure it out, and she also had to figure out that it was okay to be different in order to be happy.
This novel is a beautifully written, incomparably powerful love story. I loved and hated it for how it made me feel. My heart broke (along with Cat's) multiple times. The perspective throughout the book as Cat ages is impeccable. In the beginning, I felt like I was reading through a five year old's thoughts, in her teenage years, I felt exactly as I did as a troubled young girl, and in her older years, I felt her passion and contempt for the life she had chosen more powerfully than anything I've ever felt about my own life.
This books contains sexual situations, I don't recommend you let your 9 year old read it, but it's a great Science Fiction novel (though lacking a bit in the actual sci-fi department, it doesn't take away from the story at all). If you love romance novels, and want romance with a twist, it's a must read....more
I picked this one up because I had read the amazing reviews about it and I needed a goodThis review can also be found at The Title Page
Rating: 5 Stars
I picked this one up because I had read the amazing reviews about it and I needed a good audiobook to keep me awake during the traffic I sit into on the way to work. Most of the audiobooks I'd listened to did nothing more than give me a migraine before I got into the office, and I was about ready to give up on the idea all-together, when I got Code Name Verity.
I'm a big science fiction fan. If it doesn't have an aspect of fantasy in it, I'm probably not going to read it.
But I'll be damned if I wasn't enthralled for every word of Code Name Verity. This book is my enemy. It is my best friend. It made me laugh, cry, and hate myself. I have never been so touched by a story until I read this book. I can't stop thinking about it.
I even listened to the author's note in the end of the audiobook and, if I hadn't, I would have believed every detail in Code Name Verity happened exactly as it was stated. This book is fiction, but it doesn't feel like fiction. If it's not true, why do I feel so torn up by it?
Elizabeth Wein has an amazing talent. She brought the characters in her novel to life so vividly that I'm still having a hard time believing they never actually existed.
My heart broke 100 times over while listening to this book. I believe having the audio made it that much more powerful.
Please don't pass up an opportunity to read this book. Please give it plenty of your time and attention. It deserves nothing less....more
A Conspiracy of Alchemists follows air-pilot, Elle, and her warlock companion, Hugh on a quest to find her kidnapped father. Elle discovers that she holds powers she never even imagined in this adventure that takes place in a magical, historical, alternate universe.
This book starts out interestingly enough, pushing us straight into this universe with no explanation. I was able to pick up enough from the setting and character description to figure out some of the mythology going on throughout the book, but it took a while for me to fully understand what was going on. I ended up googling different mythology just to get an image in my head of certain characters.
The characters were very in-depth, I enjoyed the people I was reading about. Consistency could have been better. In the beginning of the novel, Hugh was a hardened gentleman with a snarky attitude but by the end of the book he had turned into a useless boy pining for a girl's love.
Everything seemed to move slower in this world too. Elle is determined to find her father (who she fears may be dead), but only after she's had her breakfast. Hugh and Elle travel to Venice to speak to the only people who can help them, but the first thing they do is check into a hotel. Once Elle is kidnapped, Hugh visits a few friends and checks into a hotel for a few days before finally freeing her. They just seem really calm in the situations they're in. Panic should be their first reaction.
And then, of course, in the end we have the inevitable 'bad guy reveals entire plan because, hey "you're going to die anyways"' cliche, that I did not enjoy from such an original novel. And we wouldn't miss the Prologue designed only to set up for the next novel. (which I really think it could have done without. This book would have been a great standalone novel, I fear the sequels will only bring it down.)
I was not overly impressed with the novel, but I didn't hate it. The world building was fascinating, if not a bit overwhelming. It's a good read, but not the top of my list....more
The immature dialogue, the unimpressive world building, the annoying teenage attitude, the overbearing parental figures, and the lack of character depth added together makes me wonder how this ever got a publisher's attention. Not to mention the secret-but-not-really-a-secret we've got going on. At 1% into it, I dreaded reading the rest of this novel.
I am completely unimpressed with this novel.
Here is what I have put together:
1. The book has all of the standard crap that makes a crappy high-school novel crappy; -twin-like friends -roommate best friend -super obviously gay guy friend -super hot popular guy who's into main character -super evil popular bitch who is dating said popular guy -the black friend -the girly friend -the tomboy friend -the hot teacher
2. The book is riddled with inconsistencies. In just the first quarter of the book, I have a list of stupid little things that just didn't make sense. It makes the scenes that much harder to imagine, like the author didn't really care about what she was writing.
Example: At 18% Steffie is said to have chain earrings. At 21% Steffie 'turned one of her hoop earrings absentmindedly'. Same setting, same scene, not time to change her earings. (Also, why is the author so obsessed with Steffie's earrings?)
3. The book is bogged down with useless crap that no reader cares about. I don't care if Steffie reaches up to touch her earring, I don't CARE if TJ adjusted the strap of her high heeled sandal as she climbed the stairs, I DON'T CARE IF BLAINE BUMPED INTO AN EMPTY SEAT!
It feels like it is wasting my time.
4. The POV is confusing and irritating. It's hard to remember it's a 3rd person perspective when reading through it, you get confused as to who Vanessa is when you feel like it should be 1st person.
I gave it a shot, but it just wasn't an enjoyable book to me....more
When books end in a way that makes me hate myself for being alive... I normally hate them in return. I hate the writing, I hate the author, I hate the plot, the characters, the dialogue. Basically, I wish the book had never been written and in that, I had never read it.
I simply cannot bring myself to hate this book. In fact, I can't do anything but love it. It is simply amazing, and I don't think I've ever read such an original, creative, lovely piece of work.
Pantomime has a little bit of magic, a little bit of steampunk, a little bit of kick-ass, and a whole lot of secrets.
The book follows both Micah Grey, a runaway in search of a new life in the circus, and Gene Laurus, a noble young girl who has yet to find her place in the world. The two come together in the most unexpected of ways, and must hide the fact that they are not what they appear. The novel is set in Ellada, an alternate society in which magical things can and have happened. Traces of magic are left behind in the cities in the form of Artifacts and giant domes of Penglass, a mysterious material that cannot be removed nor broken.
The world building in this novel is, in the simplest of words, perfect. There is not an overwhelming amount of time spent on describing the setting, but not a lax enough description that we are left completely to our own imaginations. Lam has captured the world that was created in her imagination and presented it to us with such descreet detail and vigor that we do not even notice that we have been transported to another world until we are there entirely.
Micah and Gene's story's are intertwined in a way that you would never expect. The author is brave and original in the way that secrets are revealed to us. I never would have guessed when I began reading that these plot points would unveil so seamlessly in the novel.
Once you really become a part of the book, it is difficult to put it down. I got to the last few chapters right when I ran out of time to read, and I couldn't properly focus on anything the rest of the night and into the next morning until I was able to pick the book up once more and let it engulf me.
The way the novel is written is completely original and invigorating. It inspires you to think outside of the box, and come up with creative new ways to tell your own stories.
Yet, throughout the entire novel, we are nagged with reminders that all of this is part of something bigger yet to come. By the end of the book, plot lines are left open to be elaborated on in the future of the series. There is so much left open and, while you have a small inkling of where this story may be headed, there is a plethora of ways it could be taken. I eagerly await the upcoming sequels and strongly urge new readers to take on this book. You'll learn so much about yourself and open bits of your imagination that you never even knew you had.
I applaud Laura Lam for such an amazing debut novel.
I recommend this book for: People who enjoy any or all of the following: Steampunk, science fiction, mystery, circus's, great novels. Favorite character: Aenea and Micah Least favorite character: Bil
P.S. The memory of the last solid copy book I purchased doesn't even grace my mind, but (even though I've read it already) I guarantee that this one will be the next....more
I start off by mentioning that I completely knew what I was getting into when I sCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
I start off by mentioning that I completely knew what I was getting into when I started this novel. I had read enough negative reviews and mocking blogs to be prepared for the horrors that lie between the covers of this er-novel. I read it anyways. Call it morbid curiosity, call it a death wish, whatever you want.
As you may or may not have noticed, I did, in fact, rate this novel negatively. I have never rated a novel below 0 before (yes, even FSoG or Twilight). The reason behind my rating will (obviously) be in my review, but I wanted to point out now that this book actively offended me. Yes, she who has an immaturity level of a 12 year old and uses vulgar language without restraint is offended. Not easily, but it’s possible and P.C. fucking Cast seems to have hit the mark perfectly.
As I am so disgusted by the senseless drivel P.C. Cast has spewed from her hateful, ugly, repellant mouth, I will set this review up in a way I’ve done a few times before. My issues list.
Issue #1: And probably the biggest issue I’ve had in this book, is the way the author treats the topic of rape. At an early point in the story, Zoey stumbles upon a student performing fellatio on another. The boy was pushing the girl away and she forced herself upon him.
Later, when reflecting on the incident, Zoey comments to herself about how easy some girls are (not her, of course) and how guys should not use girls like that. I’m sorry… did you not hear him say no? Did he not actively attempt to push this girl away?
Rape is not a topic I like to face too often, but it is just as much sexual assault when a girl does it to a guy than vice versa.
Issue #2: Zoey is 100% irrevocably and completely a Mary-Sue. Which only makes it worse that she is based off of the author’s daughter almost entirely. Even her career goals are the same. There is a point, about 65% into the book, where Zoey is completely confirmed in her Mary-Sue-ness.
""Zoey! This is amazing. I don't think there's ever been a High Priestess who felt all five of the elements." She nodded at my Mark. "It's that. It means you're different, and you really are."
This quote alone makes it official. No good writer should have such an obvious Mary-Sue. This is one of the reasons I am shocked and appalled that this book was published at all. For the other reasons, read Issue’s 1-5. --- Not to mention, she is extremely hypocritical. She calls other girls sluts, ho’s, hags (that terminology shouldn’t even be used in a novel.. see Issue #5) and is in turn, much worse than said girls. I’ve heard this gets worse in the following novels.
And shallow. Zoey is shallow. I want to punch her shallow self in the shallow fucking face.
"Okay, I admit that I hadn't liked Elliot-no one had. The kid was annoying and unattractive."
Stop. Just stop. Someone being unattractive should NEVER be a reason for you not to like them.
Issue #3: I took it upon myself at one point to make a list of things Cast has ripped off of Harry Potter. Here it is, summed up.
1. Main character is nerdy, but cute. 2. She wears geeky glasses. 3. She has a special mark on her forehead that no one else has ever seen before ever. 4. She has a geeky, weird, and unstylish best friend (who happens to be the first person she met at the school) 5. She has a smart, brainy member of the opposite sex as one of her best friends. 6. She has two ‘twin’ friends who finish each other’s sentences. 7. Her enemy is popular and into dark magic. 8. Said enemy attempted to befriend main character before she became friends with her current group. 9. Has a pet that is better than everyone else’s. 10. The school is split up into 4 sections. 11. Her loyal friends show up in the end to be her sidekicks while she ultimately saves the day, and is rewarded for it as if she had done it singlehandedly. 12. The ending is MASSIVELY CORNY.
Those are twelve similarities between this novel and our beloved Harry Potter. Twelve. I would have more if I had stretched it a bit. But, twelve. Really?
Issue #4: I wanted to vomit at Cast’s writing. The spelling and grammar were horrendous, and her awful attempts to sound like a teenager resulted in a exaggerated prose of teenage whoredom. Not one single person in the world talks that way. Not even Paris Hilton (who you seem to hate so much). Name dropping will be brought up later. And now, for some amazing quotes to further accentuate how terrible this teen prose is. Some of these are taken straight out of my updates.
"(I wish I had great boobs.) "Huh?" I said. Speaking of boob- I was totally sounding like one. (Boob... hee hee)."
""Stupid boys" I echoed and smiled at her. If she thought boys were stupid, she and I would get along fine."
Sorry, I forgot the protagonist was seven fucking years old.
""Oh, no..." I whispered to myself, "it would be just my luck to get a raging case of diarrhea".
NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT! NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT DIARRHEA. FUCKING GROSS. NO!
"a crystal goblet that was filled with something that looked suspiciously like red wine. (Huh? Wine at school? What?)"
Not one page ago, Zoey commented on how she expected there to be blood to drink at dinner. Is she really that slow that she can't remember her own through process? Or maybe it's just that she is so fucking stupid, she can't put two fucking things together. Vampires. Blood. Vampires. Blood. ARE YOU MAKING ANY CONNECTIONS?!
This is a vouch for the awful writing, the goddamn author can’t even keep her own thoughts straight. And no one talks like that! Even in their heads!
"...the typical cafeteria servers handing out food from behind buffet-style glass thingies."
Thingies. You can't make this stuff up.
""I have urine that needs to come out of my urethra."
If you drop the term ‘urethra’ in daily conversation, I am not your friend.
"Me gusta it de compras. (I like shopping.)* No me gusta cocinar. (I don't like to cook.)** No me gusta lavantar ell gato. (I don't like to wash the cat)***."
I added the asterisks. * WRONG ** WRONG *** WRONG.
"I really hate it when girls do that. I mean, yes, she's older, but I have boobs, too."
And there we have it. What every teenage girl has been wondering their entire life. To seem older and mature, all you need to have are boobs! I'm so glad the wonderful authors of this book were able to clear that up for us.
Issue #5: Every other sentence, Zoey and her friends drop the words ‘hag’, ‘ho’, or ‘slut’. Those are not okay terms to use in a novel, even if you’re trying to sound like a vain, hurtful little fuck.
And the name dropping. OH GOD, THE NAME DROPPING. Every other sentence, Michael Kors, Paris Hilton, or Ashton Kutcher was dropped! Not to mention The Amazing Race, Project Runway, and Gucci. I don’t want to watch TV ads, I want to read a fucking novel.
Those are my main issues with the novel. Of course, there are plenty more, but my review would be way too long if I included all of those. Just imagine the worst novel you've ever read, and multiply the horribleness of it by 7. Then imagine there are eleven sequels. ELEVEN! And of course, I will read them because I like to torture myself....more
So, we have a really popular book. Great reception, awesome cover, everyone seemed to loThis review can also be found at The Title Page
Rating: 2 Stars
So, we have a really popular book. Great reception, awesome cover, everyone seemed to love it. What do we do to boost the fame? Write a mediocre sequel, but here's the kicker..... USE THE SAME EXACT COVER! Woah! Amazing! I mean, of course, we can't use the EXACT SAME THING, so lets add another person in there, and change up the skyline a bit. WINNING!
This book was so badly thought out and researched, I want to cry out in anger... "Why, Dan Wells? Why take a great read like Partials and continue it like this?!" I hate it when sequels ruin the first novel of a series. It happened in Rot and Ruin, it happened in Delirium, and it happened here.
This book is Boring (with a capital B). I wanted to rip my hair out reading it. The only thing that kept me going was pointing out every little inconsistency in my head. I want to make a prediciton. Dan Wells lives/lived in or near Manhattan. He has traveled to Chicago... hmm... maybe, once?
This book follows Kira and Samm and some other empty shells of people on their journey to Chicago from Manhattan, and then on to Denver. They ride horse. Yes, horses! A topic that so many YA authors and readers are super interested in and have tons of knowledge about. So maybe, Dan, maybe could you have researched the topic a bit? Too much trouble? Oh, ok. So they ride these horse (which apparently don't act or require sustenance like present day horses) and eventually end up in a flooded Chicago, looking for one single database on one single computer in one single office in one single building in one single gigantic city. And what powers computers? Go figure. There hasn't been power on the grid in 10 years, but, hey, they'll figure it out as they go. Oh, and apparently you can extend walkie-talkie distance a thousand miles just by connecting some solar panels to some radio antennae! Woe is me, that's just golly amazing!
I digress. I hated this book, because I hated what it did to the series. I don't believe it's a truly awful book, it just ruined so many things from me. Also, I have bald spots from pulling my own hair out throughout the novel.
BONUS: To all the people who disagree with my review, or claim I nitpick because I didn't give it 5 stars, this is for you. I may be picky with my books, because that is the kind of reader I am, and the kind of reviewer I am. I am entitled to my own opinion and if you don't like it, (view spoiler)[you can screw off :) (hide spoiler)]. Happy reading :)...more
The Burn starts off quickly with an introduction to Tessa, and the colony she livesCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
The Burn starts off quickly with an introduction to Tessa, and the colony she lives in with her sister, father, and grandmother. The underwater world Oldham has created is intriguing and extremely detailed. Her character and setting descriptions help pull the reader into the world she has created. She does an amazing job setting up the plot, and you can easily see the turmoil Tessa has brewing in her head. She is unhappy in the colony and decides to adventure to the surface, a desolate land nicknamed The Burn.
Sadly, this is where the story plummets. It feels like the author assumed the reader would know what The Burn looked and felt like because, naturally, we live in that present day setting. The world building completely plummets, I found myself confused and questioning what exactly was going on in the book. Unlike in the colony, I was not able to picture what was going on in my head.
The price that Tessa paid to get to the surface was steep. (view spoiler)[ She was forced to cut out her tongue so as to not give away the fact that the colonies existed. (hide spoiler)] I was confused, shocked, and appalled at this. I get the reference to The Little Mermaid, where the protagonist was forced to give up her voice in exchange for her freedom, but that seems to be where the similarities stop.
She goes to the surface and immediately falls in love with a boy named Dave. Dave was previously engaged to Mary and they both still harbor feelings for each other. Throughout the novel, Tessa states how head over heels she is for this boy, and how amazing it is that she has found love in such a short time. When she first arrives, Dave seems to feel the same way, he barely leaves her side. However, when their first kiss comes, his feelings are confused and he doesn't speak to Tessa for days afterwards. I'm not sure what the author was trying to do here, either Dave is mighty bipolar, or he is an asshole toying with Tessa's heart. Ignoring her for days after kissing her is an extremely sadistic approach. My main issue with the romance in this story is that (view spoiler)[when Dave and Mary get back together, Tessa simply states she never loved him. She doesn't explain why or what her feelings meant. How are we supposed to believe this from just a statement? (hide spoiler)]
I feel the novel redeemed itself by the end, however abrupt it was. (view spoiler)[It does not have a happy ending, and maybe that's why I loved it so much, I see too many happy endings, they get old, and this novel seemed like it would be one to end that way. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this book started and ended great, but is weighed down by a lot of pointless back story. (view spoiler)[And I was really hoping in the end that Tessa and Jack would be together romantically. There is a sequel, and it looks like from the cover summary that Jack does harbor feelings for her. I will be reading it, although the story fell short of amazing, I would like to find out what happens to Tessa and Jack. (hide spoiler)]
Recommended for: Newer YA readers Favorite Character: Jack Least Favorite Character: None of the characters really got to me that way. Since the antagonist was an entire group (the Government), there was no one person we were supposed to hate. I think that was another unique charm of this novel. No, I don't hate Mary, and I don't think we are supposed to....more
I'm not big on Graphic Novels, so I don't have much to go off of to review it.
However, there is a reason I'm not big on Graphic Novels, yet I enjoyedI'm not big on Graphic Novels, so I don't have much to go off of to review it.
However, there is a reason I'm not big on Graphic Novels, yet I enjoyed this one anyways.
That should tell you something.
I would never suggest this book for anyone under the age of 18. It delves into extremely controversial stuff that even most written novelists won't touch. But therein lies the charm.
The Novel is so weird and crazy, but totally realistic in how these people would react in a zombie apocalypse. It focuses more on people's mental capacity to absorb what is happening to them instead of just the zombie warfare that most other zombie stories tell....more
I have to say, The Best of all Possible Worlds may be the breakthrough novel of it's time.
With a slow start, this book shoots forward with a booming magnetism, embodied in beautiful writing and exquisite world building. As soon as the plot begins rolling, you are dragged into this exhorbent love story between two unlike beings in a scientific future.
In the aftermath of their home world being destroyed, a human race must reorganize and rebuild while avoiding infringement of the hospitality of the world they have chosen to inhabit. Our story follows Delarua, an assistant biotechnition with an affinity for languages, who is assigned to be the Sadiri's liaison to the citizens of Cygnus Beta. They set out on a journey to find taSadiri descendents so to help rebuild this forsaken race's bloodline.
The depth that Lord delves to better help the reader understand the world she has created is breathtaking. You are drawn into the novel with a fervor of which is hard to come by. I haven't experienced world building such as this since I read the Lord of the Rings many, many, years ago.
Sociology is a large basis of the story, experiencing the social aspects of how these different versions of human society react. The characters, at times, impress distress over a misunderstanding of each other's social norms. In a way, the novel is comical in how we get to envision firsthand, the thought process that comes to understand another's social patterns.
The Best of all Possible Worlds is thick in plot development and character growth. If it is any indication, I hope to read many more electrifying builds from Karen Lord....more
I really wanted to like this book, because I loved Break My Heart 1,000 Times and because so many people seemed to love it too. I just couldn't get into this book.
I was worried that it would be Twilight-esque, but it wasn't. It wasn't a horrible book, I just really didn't enjoy it.
I tried, I really did, but by 3/4 the way through I couldn't do it, I couldn't force myself to love something that was so undeserving.
Lets start of with the warped romance in this book. I get it, you want the weird goth girl (let me just pause for a second... goth... smh) is in love with a dead guy.
Okay, dead guy, zombie, whatever. Let's just think about this... I know these are teenagers and they're in high school, and they're so innocent and pure and yada yada yada. And what typically happens the first time little teeny boppers get sexual?
But this kid is dead. DEAD. Would things even function down there?
Nope, let's not think about it.
Can I just start off mentioning that Phoebe (the main character; don't think I ever mentioned that) goes from knowing who this kid was and being in the same english class, to full blown, head over heels, love at first sight bullshit. Where did this come from? Did her feelings wait until the book began to show up? I don't... I just don't.
OK, for serious though, this book dragged on. Nothing really happened until the very end. Even the beginning was slow as shit, so I should have known before I started.
I don't HATE this book. I just hated it... for me, you know? Daniel Waters, I loved your new novel, you should have waited until you were good to debut.
Jonathan Maberry is a conundrum. He has an amazing imagination, and beautiful wriCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
Jonathan Maberry is a conundrum. He has an amazing imagination, and beautiful writing style, but he has a tendancy to draw his ideas out too long. Stretch them too thin. He seems like he is a very tenacious person.
After reading Rot & Ruin, I was beyond excited to dive into the rest of the series. I immediately purchased the next two novels.
How I wish I hadn't.
By the time I was halfway through Dust and Decay, I no longer held any interest in the collection. Where the first novel was thrilling and galvanizing, the second lacked any excitement. The only word I could attach to this novel is droning.
******** Dust and Decay follows Benny and his friends on their trip to find the mysterious jumbo jet they witnessed doing a fly-by in the previous novel. They train with Tom for months, and (after a harrowing incident in their town) are finally ready to set out. As soon as they leave the town, they run into trouble in the form of roaving gangs run by White Bear, none other than (view spoiler)[Charlie Pink-eye's elder brother (hide spoiler)]. They get separated, and end up at Gameland, the notorious zombie-pit arcade that was heavily mentioned in the first novel. A war ensues, and we see the fate of Gameland, as well as Benny, Nix, Tom, Chong, and Lilah. ********
Issue #1: This book was so incredibly slow. It takes until we are 20% into it for them to leave the town. The last seven months of their training was summed up in a couple of chapters with a few choice flashbacks later on. It feels like we are reading a newspaper article on what Obama had for breakfast yesterday. It was hard to push through because the characters are so bland. But we'll get to that in a bit.
Issue #2:As soon as they leave, they run into a (view spoiler)[Rhinocerous (hide spoiler)]. Okay, that is a bit of a stretch, even in California.
I have studied animals for almost my entire life, and I want to point out that zoo's are perfectly conditioned to habitat each specific animal. Even if 4 zoos in a specific area had suddenly released all of their animals into the wild at the beginning of the apocalypse, most (if not all) of said animals would perish within years. Animals are adaptable, yes, but that is over generations. I wouldn't expect a specific (view spoiler)[rhinocerous (hide spoiler)] to survive very long in the California wasteland, much less be able to find a compatible male to mate with. This is just not reasonable.
Issue #3: Once they are in the Rot and Ruin, Chong (who has always been a very smart person) becomes a complete moron. He runs off in the wrong direction and it messes everything up somehow. The other characters spend the rest of the novel blaming him for everything that happened with the (view spoiler)[ rhinoceros (hide spoiler)]. As if he could have predicted where zombies were lying, and where the animal planned to go. This seemed unfair to me, like Maberry was looking for a way to make Chong seem worthless in Lilah's eyes.
Issue #4: Tom, the Mary-Sue. As always, Tom saves the day. Tom, who is perfect in every way, can take down 3 giant bounty hunters in the blink of an eye, who never seems to get a scratch on him.(view spoiler)[Who dies from a gunshot wound shot from far away, oh the irony.
It's like in Harry Potter, how everyone spent so long running from Voldemort, and no one thought to put a bullet through his head. (hide spoiler)]
Issue #5 (and then I'll shut up): All of the characters are completely different people than they were in the first book. Yeah, I know they went through so much with Charlie Pink-Eye, blah, blah, blah, but there isn't even a shred of the people we came to know and love in Rot and Ruin.
Benny used to be fun loving, funny, and playful, yet serious at times. Now he has no wit, he's not interesting, he is just a boy who waves a wooden sword around.
Nix is a hollow shell of a person. There is nothing in the novel to even hint that she ever had feelings for Benny, in the beginning of the novel, I wasn't even sure they were still together. She's cold-hearted, and not likeable at all to the reader. Where I was rooting for her in the last novel, I just kind of wished she would get eaten by zombies in this one.
Chong was supposed to be so super smart (I mean, come on, he's asian, of course he's smart -.- stereotype much?) and now he's a blundering idiot. He runs away for no reason other than the girl who he has a super-mega crush on scorned him. Fooey.
Lilah was so mysterious and dark and weird. I loved her character, having been cut off from other human life for so long, she was so interesting. Now, all of a sudden, she is completely conditioned to living with people. It is mentioned how she never had anyone to care about before, but there is nothing more than that. She talks, she has comprehendible sentences, and feelings. It's so not right.
Tom is the only one of the original cast who I actually still like. He's the only one with personality and, even though he's a huge Mary-Sue, he's the only one remotely interesting.
(view spoiler)[If Tom was still alive, I would consider finishing the series for my own interest, but now the only reason I'll read the next book is because I've already paid for it. (hide spoiler)]
Now, I'm not saying this was a bad book, it just wasn't on par with any of Maberry's previous work that I've read. If you want to find out more about the jet, don't bother. There's nothing about it in this novel.
I recommend this book for: People who can't resist continuing the series. My advice: Buyer beware: this novel kind of ruined the series for me. Favorite character: Tom Least favorite character: Benny and Nix...more
I read this book so long ago that I forget how old I was, I just know it affected me tremendously.
I love horses, and I thrive from my sister-rivalry,I read this book so long ago that I forget how old I was, I just know it affected me tremendously.
I love horses, and I thrive from my sister-rivalry, this book related to my life so much I couldn't put it down.
(view spoiler)[In all my years of horseback riding, the one memory that always sticks out to me is when Lily is training Pegasus to jump into water, and she smashes her nose against his neck and it starts bleeding. For some reason, I never forget that. (hide spoiler)]
This is not a bright book. It does not have a happy ending. It will leave you feeling hopeless and sad in your own life. But, it is amazing....more
*WARNING* I use what might be considered offensive language in this review, buyer beware.
Glamour starts with Rae, a super awesome fast runner, absolutely gorgeous, better at everything than everyone, chick who is studying to kill demons. She breaks out of the protective walls through a hole that mysteriously appeared right in front of her (umm ok.) and takes a run in the woods, where demons and evil stuff lives. Sounds like a plan. After running into some clerics (demon hunters) who were killing a fairy (ugly green skin, fire-truck red hair, doesn't sound attractive) she books it away from them. Dogs appear (?) and chase her and she is magically a gajillion miles ahead of them, or at least far enough ahead to have an entire meet and greet conversation (and make out session) with sexy demon Breandan (whom she just met). Chaos ensues.
I enjoyed the first chapter of this book because the writing was so natural. I felt like I was actually in Rae's head. That didn't last.
I must point out, the entire novel takes place in one day. ONE DAY. And it's not like a little amount happens. We've already had mountain after mountain attack Rae. This girl would not be in one piece (literally, she would have fallen apart by now. Body parts everywhere.)
When I set out on a book planning to review it, I usually take notes to assist my review later. I didn't have to do that with this book. It annoyed me so badly that I remember everything I thought was wrong with it.
This book has too much in it. I find myself sighing with frustration because it's just one thing after another. Give her a break! Give me a break. I'm so sick of all of this stuff happening all at once, it's exhausting.
And absolutely nothing has been pointed out as to why Rae is so goddamn special. It's confusing, and frustrating, and quite frankly, the writing sucks.
The character development is non-existent and contradictory. When Rae first meets Ed- sorry, Tomas (her vampire bang buddy)she describes him with a bowl haircut. A BOWL. She even says he wasn't remotely attractive. The next chapter, she comments on how she's run into 3 SUPER-OMG-I-WOULD-SO-DO-HIM-EVEN-THOUGH-NO-ONE-HAS-EVER-EVEN-TOUCHED-ME-BEFORE guys, Breandan, Devlin, and... Tomas? WTF. A bowl. Remember that.
The only character I even remotely liked was Rae's best friend, Alex. And my reasoning for that? She was described to look something like this.
Yes, Rae's best friend is Avril. True story.
You know those character descriptions that most books have, you know, to help you picture and relate to the characters? Fletcher apparently doesn't need those.
Those moments when you're reading a book, and you just want to do this to it?
Maybe I have anger issues. But that probably wouldn't be a good idea for me anyways because I'm reading this book mainly on my tablet. Don't want to smash that...
Rae eventually meats Breandan (who, it turns out, is sort of a prince)'s brother, Lochlann. Lochlann is the only person in this entire book who doesn't like Rae. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MS. FLETCHER. THANK YOU.
But... but how dare he not like Rae? She's perfect! (Although we don't know why) Everyone loves her! Everyone wants to have steamy make-out sessions with her next to dead bodies. EVERYONE.
You know what we call girls who make-out with three guys in one day (albeit, one 3 hour time slot) in current day Massachusetts? A whore. I said it, Rae Wilder is a giant, flaming, whore. Pardon my Klingon. (If there are any prostitutes out there who are offended by my review than I apologize)
Then there was the romance. Rae "bonded" to Breandan, which was some sort of undying love pact that they can't control. But she was also in love with Tomas. Let me remind you, she met both of these boys today. And now she can't possibly live without either of them.
Honestly, I think if the end of this series ended with Rae waking up in an insane asylum, it would make SO MUCH MORE SENSE. I mean, what sane person lets a demon stay in her room when she's been conditioned her whole life to fear them.
I really liked it in the beginning but now I detest it. I just want this book to be out of my life, but obviously not badly enough to put it on my 'abandoned' shelf. As if the facts that all of the novels in this series were published mere months apart wasn't hint enough not to bother.
I have never rated a book so low unless it was FSOG or Twilight, where I was personally offended by the events that occurred in the books. This is upsetting to me.
Break My Heart 1,000 Times was one of the best books I've read all year. Keep in mind that I am on book 80 of 2012.
The main character, Veronica isn't your typical Sci-fi protagonist teenager. She's pretty (and knows it), flirty (and proud of it), and extremely moody.
In short: she's not perfect.
Her love interest, Kirk is nerdy and cute, but nothing compared to his tall, muscular friend, James.
Romance Lets start with the love triangle in this novel. Because, of course, a YA novel needs to have a love triangle.
This love triangle is perfect and creepy. You think it's going to be between Veronica, Kirk, and James, but in reality, you'll soon find that James is not even a runner. Brian is Veronica's other love interest. And Brian is a ghost.
Maybe I should have started by mentioning that this book has ghosts. Oh well.
Brian is one of the super rare ghosts who is coherent. He cannot speak to Veronica, but he can look at her. He can think, and he tries his best to protect her. Veronica has never spoken to him or seen him do more than brush his hair in the mirror, but she has this pull towards him that she doesn't understand.
Throughout the novel, I was rooting for Kirk because logically, he is the only one actually alive. Brian couldn't interact with Veronica, and we find out from delving into his mind that he is madly in love with the deceased, Mary.
Ghosts Veronica's father is a ghost. He sits every morning at the kitchen table reading the paper and drinking coffee. Then he looks up, smiles, and disappears.
I love the ghosts in this novel. They are everywhere, images of their past selves and hauntingly beautiful. The ghosts in Veronica's world have no purpose. They are what they are and no one knows why they're there.
My favorite part of the novel, I think, was the detective work that Kirk and his professor did. They classify certain ghosts by why their images show up at a certain place or time. It's interesting to hear about the different types of this mystery. This book is a puzzle that never fully gets solved.
Why was one ghost able to grab someone's hand? Why was one ghost able to point at her murderer? Why was one ghost able to make a phone call?
It's all a mystery, because we don't know any more than the characters in the novel.
Mystery A large focus in the novel is on Mr. Bittner, Veronica's History teacher. He is a murderer (no, this is not a spoiler).
One of the reasons this book interested me so was because we knew the entire time who the murderer was. Because of this, we were able to understand his complete thinking. We were able to see his reasoning.
This novel, at times, had me yelling out "No! Don't do it! The voices aren't real!". Everyone at the office gave me weird looks.
The Writing Daniel Waters' writing in this novel is poetic and beautiful. The way he can jump from one character to another without losing their personalities was breathtaking. It is not easy to write a multi-view novel without all of the characters sort of merging into one giant protagonist, trust me, I've tried.
The book was mysterious. We aren't just told things, we are shown them. We don't find out Veronica's father is a ghost until he just happens to disappear. We naturally assumed he was just her dad, sitting at the table before going to work. Then poof, he's gone.
The Event Oh, the Event. A term used by many a novel as we are thrust into their post-apocalyptic world.
We are told a few things about the Event, but not what actually happened. It's a mystery in itself that is never fully explained.
Conclusion All in all, I rate this book 5 stars. Everything was impeccable. It has earned a place on my 'Favorites' shelf. I am completely impressed, and upset that it is not the first in a series.
I have only just started reading this book and already have tons of ideas on how to improve my writing. I am excited thinking about how I will incorpoI have only just started reading this book and already have tons of ideas on how to improve my writing. I am excited thinking about how I will incorporate it into what I am currently working on.
It's a great book, and I know I will use it as a reference in the future. I definitely recommend that any aspiring writers purchase a hard copy of this and keep it around while they read....more
Closed Hearts is the sequel to Open Minds, a novel set in a world where everyone normal is aCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
Closed Hearts is the sequel to Open Minds, a novel set in a world where everyone normal is a mind reader. Kira, however, is not normal. She's a jacker. Jacking is a special skillset in which the Jacker can enter and ultimately control a Reader's mind.
In this novel, Kira has exposed the jackers to the public, and is set on a mission to free the trapped jackers and protect the ones she loves.
I found this novel to be slightly disappointing compared to it's predecessor. Kira has completely changed in terms of her attitude and determination. In Open Minds, she would stop at nothing to bring Kessler down, and in this one she gives up two separate opportunities to do just that.
Her regard for those she loves is pushed until the end of the novel, only then does it occur to her that the best thing she could do to protect her loved ones is to leave them behind.
Her powers which were considered so remarkable in the first book seem weak and useless in this one. At times she can defeat extremely skilled jackers and at others she can't even get in the heads of weakly protected readers. The inconsistinsies in her skill make me think the author got worried that Kira might become a Mary-Sue type character. Her attempts to correct this leave Kira a weak, unimpresive protagonist and one I'd much rather see replaced.
Honestly, I would much rather the story continue on in Julian's perspective, he is the stronger character and while mysterious, much more developed.
Another large red flag to me in this novel is that so many of the Mages' enemies are jackers. Being a jacker, wouldn't you want to help a group that is fighting solely for jacker rights? Or at least do not stand in their way. The anti-jacker readers would be completely powerless without their jacking body guards. This is like saying gay people would fight against gay rights. It makes absolutely no sense.
One of the biggest disappointments I think is the scene set up. The big climax of the book takes place a good amount of time before the ending, almost at the halfway point. If I was an editor, the beginning and end of this book would not interest me enough to back it.
All over, this book is an obvious read if you enjoyed the first book. I would suggest reading it only in hopes that the third one will be much better, and you'll need it to fill in the space between the two novels....more
The Maze Runner is the story of 50-60 boys thrown into a Maze together and forced to build a society. TThis review can also be found at The Title Page
The Maze Runner is the story of 50-60 boys thrown into a Maze together and forced to build a society. They work together to live, and figure their way out of their prison. Everything is going fine. That is, until Thomas and Teresa show up.
The game is ending, monsters are set out on the boys and they are unsure how to survive. It is up to Thomas to figure out how to get these boys out of their hellhole and back to their real world... if the real world still exists.
This book is a difficult read at first, it's a little slow, but you won't be disappointed if you stick to it. There are some inconsistencies throughout, but most are explained away by the end of the novel.
The writing is not amazing, I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters on any level and that left the book feeling a bit empty. It is completely plot-driven, there's barely any character development there.
I enjoyed the book, it could have been written better, but when the plot got started the pages flew by. A definite read for dystopian fans.
My thoughts throughout the book;
32% - "This book is starting to pick up a bit, it did take a while for the story to get going. I do like it so far, definitely something you want to stick with if you are getting a little bored."
39% - "While Dashner keeps things consistent by mentioning that Thomas's memory has been wiped. I feel like pointing it out every single time he does something noteworthy is slight overkill."
54% - "I can't believe I'm only halfway through this novel, I feel like so much has happened, yet I'm not bored nor ready to stop reading. I would really like to see some sort of picture or map of the Glade. It's getting a bit hard to picture it in my head when Dashner keeps adding buildings that weren't there before."
83% - "This book just got really confusing. We find a lot of information all at once and it is explained very quickly.(view spoiler)[ It would have been better if we had seen what Thomas has seen for ourselves instead of just hearing him explain it to the Keepers." (hide spoiler)]
98% - (view spoiler)["It seems strange that when the Gladers are (finally) back in the real world, Dashner doesn't spend any time explaining what they are seeing. These kids are seeing the destroyed world for the first time, why aren't they awed? Why don't they even look at their surroundings? Why don't they care that the only world they've ever known (even if they don't remember) no longer exists?" (hide spoiler)]
One thing that is never explained in the book; Why was Teresa the only girl?
The Epilogue was a great addition, it definitely set it up well for the next book.
But I do feel that comparing this novel to the Hunger Games is totally pointless. They are two different books centering around different ideas. The only thing I saw in common was that they are both YA Dystopian.
I have changed my review from 4 stars to 3 after reading the sequels. You may ask why I didn't just leave this one and rate those lower, my answer is simple: the plot.
By the end of the first book, you are still blindly ignorant of the entire plot. Once you find out why the maze happened, it just doesn't make any sense. I was disappointed and frustrated. Thus, I changed my rating....more
First off, I must point out that I thoroughly enjoyed this booCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
What can I say about Partials?
First off, I must point out that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and while there were certain aspects of it that annoyed me, I don’t regret one minute spent on this novel and have to mention that it’s one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time.
Kira is a sixteen year old nursing intern who has grown up an a post-apocalyptic safe-zone. The leaders of their community have passed the “Hope Act”, a pregnancy requirement for woman of 18 years and older, in hopes of regenerating the population. The only thing is, all of the babies keep dying.
Mankind was wiped out by a specialized virus, created by “Partials”, robotic super-soldiers that took over the world in a bid for their freedon. This virus lies stagnant in the air, but kills all newborns within days of their birth. Kira and her community are the last surviving humans, immune to the virus.
When Kira’s best friend becomes pregnant, she is forced to action in hopes to find a cure for the virus and save her friend’s unborn child. Partials is a tale of Kira’s journey into Partial territory on her mission to cure this murderous disease. On the way, she makes unlikely friends and discovers things about herself that she never would have guessed.
I had read nothing of Partials when I began the book, I didn’t even read a review. I saw the description and in my post-apocalyptic fandome, had to give it a shot.
My first thought is: Wow.
This book is well thought out and researched, and while there were some things that wouldn’t make sense to most readers, I enjoyed the experience that came from reading this book.
Going into it, red flags instantly went up when Jayden entered the novel. I worried that it would turn into some sort of love triangle between him, Kira, and Marcus, but as I continued reading, nothing developed so my worries were shushued.
I had a hard time picturing the characters because any sort of physical discriptions were only hinted later in the book. It took until 14% into the book for us to find out that Kira was of Indian descent.
A few things bothered me about the time setting as well. We were never actually told what time this book takes place in, and at one point, a memory was described as the ‘40’s, but did not fit the description of the 1940’s at all. This makes me think that maybe it took place after the 2040’s, but I feel like the world would have changed more than it does in the novel by that time.
The giant twist we find out about four fifths of the way into the book was easily discernable early in the story. I guessed it at 25%. Some giant events will happen within paragraphs which also got on my nervs. The scientific aspect of this book interested me greatly. I am not a scientific person, I tend to get lot easily in those type of things, but the scientific explainations in the novel were specific, yet easy to understand. It definitely showed how well researched the book is, and made easy to understand. I have to thank the author for that.
One thing that I feel is super important to point out is if you don’t like reading Kudzu every seven chapters, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. If you can handle the repetitive nature of this (out of place) plant, then go ahead :)
A lot of things go unexplained in the novel, but I see this as leaving plots open for the following books.
Overall, I would suggest this book for anyone interested in any sort of post-apocalyptic setting or dystopian future. It was also a really good break from the normal dystopian-running-from-the-government plots we see all the time, this one had more of a political POV.
Please don’t take my review to be negative. Sometimes when I take notes on a novel, I nitpick, but I have to say, this book summed up really nicely and I recommend it completely.
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Overall, I enjoyed Starters. Yes, there were a lot of things left unexplained, but I didn't expect a 16 year old girl to know everything about the world she was living in, so that is understandable.
The characters were pretty fleshed out, I really got to know and relate to them, to the point where I was cheering or booing them throughout the book.
The idea was really intriguing and did not let me down. All of the bases seemed to be covered so as to not leave any plot holes that couldn't be followed up in the next of the series. The writing was good, it wasn't juvenile or difficult to read.
Overall I would give this book 4 stars and definitely recommend it to anyone interested in dystopian fiction....more