I feel like I've seen this cover a lot, and I randomly decided to read this book one day. Because of the cover, which is really cool. Also, I finishI feel like I've seen this cover a lot, and I randomly decided to read this book one day. Because of the cover, which is really cool. Also, I finished Hunted by Meagan Spooner recently, and I really liked it, so I wanted to check out some of her other books. This seemed like a good choice, and it really was!
I liked it, and the planet they land on is really creepy and deserted. I thought Lilac and Tarver were an interesting pairing, and while she was lucky to have crashed on a random planet with Tarver, he probably wished he was with someone else. At least for a while, but Lilac does prove herself. I found Lilac to be much more interesting than Tarver, and there were times where I wanted more of Lilac and less of Tarver. He was a lot more bland than I would have liked.
Something I thought was interesting was how everything was wrapped up pretty well. I mean, this is the first book in a trilogy, so it's not the last we've heard of this world. But it makes me wonder what's going to happen in the next two books. Part of me feels like their story is over, which makes me especially curious as to how their story will play out in the next book. I was not expecting their story to be so resolved at the end of the book, I really wasn't. Maybe Tarver will be less bland in the books to come.
The planet they crash on is super-weird, and the fact that it was essentially abandoned was also weird. I wanted to know more about why people were sent there, and what their life was like on that planet before things went bad. Why would Lilac's dad be involved with setting up on life on this planet? So he could have more power and control? That seems likely, considering Lilac's monologue at the end of the book, but I'm still curious about what's really going on with him. I have the feeling he's up to something, and that something is not good.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked These Broken Stars, and I think it's a good read-alike for Across The Universe by Beth Revis....more
I really liked Hunted! I really do like reading re-tellings, especially when fairy tales are involved. Hunted is a re-telling of Beauty And The BeasI really liked Hunted! I really do like reading re-tellings, especially when fairy tales are involved. Hunted is a re-telling of Beauty And The Beast, and I could definitely see the connections to the Disney movie that we all know and love. But a little darker, and with some Russian folklore thrown in. I really liked the addition of the Firebird, and it actually fit really well with the story. I also thought that having Beauty be blindfolded was interesting as well. I'm not sure why, but it made the story more interesting.
I also liked seeing the interludes that are narrated by Beast. Interludes are the best way to describe them because they're not really chapters. But I really liked it because you get a lot of insight into who Beast is, and what he's thinking. You also get an idea of what happened, though not completely.
There's something about this book that is cold and icy. Which really fits the Russian feel of the book. The snow and cold, and it's rural and medieval Russia, and it just fits with everything going on. It definitely feels more Russian than European, which was actually really nice, because it's different than most re-tellings. If you want a Russian twist on Beauty And The Beast, this is the book to read. Actually, if you like Beauty And The Beast, this is a book I would recommend.
There is something about this book that is very haunting and restless, and Yeva definitely has a sense of wanderlust. She definitely seemed happier when she was able to go between the cabin, her sister's home, and the castle. She and Beast seemed to fit well together, because they both seem restless and yearn for something more than what they have. There's definitely an...understanding...between them, and I actually really like that they aren't in a rush to get married. It would have been easier to have them get married in the end, but they don't, and that was really refreshing to see. Especially given it's rural, medieval Russia. I may be making assumptions here, but it seems like it would be the thing to do for that period and time period.
My Rating: 4 stars. I didn't completely love it, but I did really like it. If you like fairy tales, Beauty And The Beast, and medieval Russia, this is the book for you!...more
I randomly saw this book at the library on one of their displays, and I was intrigued so I figured I'd check it out. I've enjoyed Brown's books to vaI randomly saw this book at the library on one of their displays, and I was intrigued so I figured I'd check it out. I've enjoyed Brown's books to varying degrees, and even with the ones I didn't completely like, they're still pretty quick reads and usually entertaining. They're certainly not boring, though they always seem to start off slow. Origin was no exception to this.
It did take a while for the story to get set up, which I expected. Still, it was slow-paced at first, but there was more action once things got going. It wasn't as action-packed as I thought, especially in comparison to his other books. It has been a while (years probably) since I've read a Dan Brown book, so maybe I'm remembering things differently.
There were a few connections to history (we are talking about Dan Brown here). In this case, Spanish history, since the book is set in Spain. I swear, Robert Langdon spends more time traveling than teaching. I do like that Brown incorporates a lot of real places, people and artwork, and it felt like he put a lot of thought and research into the people, places and things we see in the book. It is sort of topical- we see mentions of Uber, Disney, and fake news, and I did like the updates from the conspiracy website. That seemed very timely as well. Does that mean the book will be a little bit dated in a few years? Probably, but for now, some of the pop culture references are pretty timely.
I am half tempted to see if that website goes anywhere, or if it's made up. It would be awesome if it did go somewhere, like a website for the book or something.
Is this book the typical Robert Langdon book? Of course it is, so if Dan Brown isn't your thing, you'll probably want to stay away from this book. On the other hand, if you've even remotely enjoyed his books, you'll probably like it. While I don't necessarily love his books or run out to get them, I always end up liking them and enjoying them.
One thing I wondered about is the lack of reference to the virus that was set loose in Inferno. It's like it never existed, and considering the revelation that Kirsch wanted the world to know, you'd think that would be incorporated into his presentation. But it wasn't, and that was a little strange to me. The Da Vinci Code is referenced, though, which wasn't surprising given that what the book is actually about.
It is sort of weird how all of the Robert Langdon books don't really reference the other books. They're pretty contained, and with each book that comes out, it's like the previous ones don't really happen. I'm willing to overlook it, though, because each book has enough going on as it is.
My Rating: 3 stars. It's not my favorite Dan Brown book but it's not my least favorite either. It was entertaining and a quick read, and I liked the setting and places we see in the book....more
I really liked this book! I really liked the first one as well when I read it, and I don't know why it took me so long to continue reading the seriesI really liked this book! I really liked the first one as well when I read it, and I don't know why it took me so long to continue reading the series. At the least the last one is out, and I can start reading it soon.
I loved seeing Lee and her friends build up a community. It really is built on friendship, and I really liked that, because I feel like it doesn't come up in historical fiction a lot. I also liked that she let them in on her secret, because it means she really trusted them.
I really hate her uncle Hiram. He's a horrible person, and what he did was not okay. I am curious about whether a particular revelation is true- I hope it's not, and that he was just lying in the hopes that it would get Lee to help him. I was glad to see her handle it the way she did. However, this book is more of trying to escape Hiram. In the first book, I knew we hadn't seen the last of him, but with how this book ended, I am curious to see if we'll see him again, or if there will be a different villain. Things were pretty tied up in this book, I thought, so maybe there will be another adventure for our characters.
The slavery of Chinese and Native Americans was really hard to read. I can't speak to the representation of either group, but I wonder if maybe the book did play into the white saviour trope. I really wish I had paid more attention to that when I was reading the book, but I may have to re-read it again.
I also am not a big fan of the romance between Lee and Jefferson. It seems really forced, and she, to me, doesn't seem very interested in him romantically, but he still keeps asking her to marry him. Like she'll eventually change her mind if he asks her enough. I know that was a time when being married would probably give her a lot more protection that being unmarried would, but I don't blame her one bit for not wanting to be married. I can't see her married, and I think she and Jefferson really are better off as friends.
It did seem a little slow at times, especially at the beginning. It did pick up, but even then, it seemed like it was dragging a little. Still, I do want to read the next book to see what happens.
My Rating: 4 stars. I did really like it, even though I'm not sure about how some of the characters are represented. And even though it seems like things are pretty resolved, I do want to know what's going to happen next....more