Room was something else. Although its technically for the adult audience, Its so unique that I cant help but review it. Overall the idea of people whoRoom was something else. Although its technically for the adult audience, Its so unique that I cant help but review it. Overall the idea of people who are kidnapped, isn't that uncommon, what really put Room out there, is that the whole book is from Jack, who has lived in Room his whole life, and honest to god thinks that there is no one in the world other then his mom, himself, and Old Nick, their captor. Even though his mother tries to explain that what you see in TV is real, that there are people and grass, and animals, its almost impossible for jack to wrap his head around. Like if for example, you were trying to explain what colors look like to someone who was born blind. However, even though its impossible for jack to contemplate how huge the world really is, he seems to be an accelerated learner, his vocabulary is much higher then your average 5 year old's. (probably from all the tv ) and he's much more perceptive then you would expect.
I wonder what Donoghue had to do to get into Jacks mind, It really is quite extraordinary...
The Books split up into multiple parts, from Jack first learning that hes actually locked up, to the escape. and yes -SPOILER- they do find a way to escape. (but that's predictable) Almost more interesting was how jack reacted in the environments outside of room. He has depth perception problems, and an innocence that you wouldn't expect from a child in that situation.
anyways I think its a definite yes, recommendation wise. There's something in it for everyone, and its the type of book that's not easy to forget. ...more
The Beautiful Code was cool, as with the other two, the story goes by very quickly. The characters are quirky and fun, and i love them all for differeThe Beautiful Code was cool, as with the other two, the story goes by very quickly. The characters are quirky and fun, and i love them all for different reasons. I like where the story's going, and its more suspenseful then one would expect. I haven't read many books about businesses, but these novels are really fun. I wish I was as crazy talented as Amelia is!
The only thing i didn't like is that often in the book, something suspenseful would happen, then it would go to a new chapter and switch points of view, and then when it would switch back, the conflict would be resolved (for the most part) and I felt that it lost the "omg what is happening/what are they going to do" factor that i love so much.
None the less i still enjoy the episodes, and the story fast paced, and its easy to hang on to every word. ...more
is rei a woman or a man. I think its a girl and was confused, but my sister thinks hes a guy cause they can never touch, their feelings for each otheris rei a woman or a man. I think its a girl and was confused, but my sister thinks hes a guy cause they can never touch, their feelings for each other grow, ect. unless annas a lesbian, and theres nothing wrong with that... but my sister thinks that Rei must be a guy. but then why is it spelled REI instead of ray, the normal spelling. i trolled Rosati's blog, but she only has 4 posts... comment with any thoughts....more
Wait... does Four go by Tobias in this book? Has anyone got an early release? I saw a few posts where they didnt like the name Tobias... Lol. I dont eWait... does Four go by Tobias in this book? Has anyone got an early release? I saw a few posts where they didnt like the name Tobias... Lol. I dont eather. Its to formal, and when you give four a diffrent name it changes my perception of him.......more
Enchanted was truly amazing. I love fairy tales, and this one was no exception... I feel like there aren't a lot of this genre out there... So it justEnchanted was truly amazing. I love fairy tales, and this one was no exception... I feel like there aren't a lot of this genre out there... So it just makes me more glad when I find one that love. Unlike most fairytale retelling, this one followed no particular tale. Instead it companies parts of hundreds of stories into one, from the frog prince, to jack in the beanstalk, to the princess and the pea. Even if you went really that into fairy tales as a kid I guarantee there is something that you will be familiar with. Meanwhile the story of Sunday was entirely its own, and not really shaped off any one story, which made it completely unique. I found myself smiling through the entire book, and I stayed in this happy mood far after I turned the last page. It was so light and friendly, yet intense in its own right. I couldn't put it down even if i tried!
I found something to love in each character, and i love how each is so completely different. Trix is probably my favorite though not gonna lie. Its impossible to not love him after you read the book.
Enchanted was so ... Enchanting. And magical, I loved every second of the read, It's a true happily ever after story. And if you love those a fraction as much as I do, you'll love it. ...more
It was... okay. My BC teacher made it seem a lot better then it was i think. Yes, it was creepy, Yes, I felt bad for both Eric and Lori, and Yes it waIt was... okay. My BC teacher made it seem a lot better then it was i think. Yes, it was creepy, Yes, I felt bad for both Eric and Lori, and Yes it was very sad. But I feel like it could have been done a lot better. I get why they didn't have it at my library and I had to seek it out else where. Although the book had the plot line of awesomeness and the opportunity to become amazing I just don't think that it really worked. It was interesting though, because although Eric is a serial killer. He feels super protective of Lori, since shes just so innocent. I think that if Tenderness had a different ending then I would like it more... but I just don't. It didn't have that extra spark. actually it didn't really have any spark at all. And it pains me to say it. but I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone. Unless they were specifically looking for serial killer thrillers. then yea.
The characterisation was very good, but I hated the ending. Although it was probably necessary.... Tenderness was truly a tragedy. but hey, Karma's a bitch.
Shatter me was definitely different. In a good way. although I'm not sure I would compare it to the hunger games, lol. (the dystopian-ness was more liShatter me was definitely different. In a good way. although I'm not sure I would compare it to the hunger games, lol. (the dystopian-ness was more like that of The Quillian games, which I read way back when) Non the less it was very good. I was reading it in history during a free time, and my history teacher asked what it was about, after i told him he was like "LIKE ROUGE!" Then went into a xman tangent that took up 15 min of class time. needless to say my classmates were pleased. And so was I. The book was written with a unique perspective, almost like were reading Juliette's journal. Her inner most thoughts are displayed blatantly, and my heart went out for her. She honestly thought that she was a monster. Her emotions were a roller coaster throughout the novel. Before she got moved to the asylum her parents hated her. her classmates were hostile, although she was nothing but nice. Everyone told her she was a monster, and after the accident and the three years in the asylum with out any human contact at all, Juliette's mental stage was quite fragile. However she grew increasingly stronger as the novel progressed. The entire novel was through Juliette's perspective, and it was amazing to see her grow as a person. And Mafi did this really int resting thing where Juliette would strike through her thoughts or words and change it from what she was really thinking or wanting to say, to what she felt she was supposed to be thinking or saying. (its hard to explain unless you've read it.)
Adam the second protagonist (and love interest) was great to, although at first he was quite mysterious. He was like Juliette's rock. A tie to her old life and a promise for the future. although he seemed almost too perfect, or just maybe lovestruck.... although I still love him non the less.
Warner was my fave definitely. He reminded me much of Cain from the Gone Novels (and i very much love Cain also) He seemed the most genuine of them all. even if he was slightly evil.
Solid plot, good ending, steady writing style, and great characterisation. It gets a 5 from me! I cant wait for the next! ...more
Bumped was ridiculous. Halfway between the best and worst book I've ever read. It was so far fetched that it was laughable, but the cruel reality andBumped was ridiculous. Halfway between the best and worst book I've ever read. It was so far fetched that it was laughable, but the cruel reality and strangeness of this new world was completely captivating. although the everything was completely different. From computers, to slang, to the whole bumping biz going on in just over 20 years is a bit far fetches, but whatever. The writing style was good, the story was just so strange. I honestly cannot decide on a rating. Ive read some other reviews, and either people love it or hate it, its strange... balancing on that middle line...
On another note I loved the characters. Harmony was so innocent, the bride to a man that can never love her, living in a world that she can never love. and Melody was almost more innocent then Harmony, I think that shes thrown into a world that she doesn't really want to be a part of. (even though shes trying really hard) Zen was awesome. There has to be a Zen in every novel, (every good one at least) and this Zen pulled off his job flawlessly. and Jondoe was probably the strangest one of all. I honestly cant figure out if hes just an amazing actor, or certifiably insane (probably both).
And the story line was good too, although it was a bit strange that Harmony could never speak up, or change things... and i really want Zen and Melody to end up together, they would be so cute!
I think bumped is something that everyone has to experience for themselves. and although I can't decide where I stand, I would still recommend it. because it really was a good read and i am very interested to see what comes next....more
hmm. Shift was good. The only suckish thing was that i had totally forgotten a ton of the stuff that had happened in Shade, the first book. (other thehmm. Shift was good. The only suckish thing was that i had totally forgotten a ton of the stuff that had happened in Shade, the first book. (other then general plot and such) I liked how Aura and Zach could sort of switch powers, and how Logan figured out how to have a human body. even if it was for only 15 minutes. Smith-Ready really pumped up the supernatural stuff, and thickened the plot loads.
and the ending was pretty good too. although I'm not quite sure what will happen in the next book in the series, there was no big cliff hanger.
I only gave it a 3.5 cause although it was a good ghost paranormal book, it just wasn't the best thing I've ever read, don't get me wrong though, I'm sure that there are tons of people who would love the novel, It just isn't my favorite...
Hanging on to max was definetly realistic, and I liked how it was from the dads point of view. It was intresting how everyone favored the mothers, orHanging on to max was definetly realistic, and I liked how it was from the dads point of view. It was intresting how everyone favored the mothers, or at least symphisided with them, yet when Sam came alone everyone assumed that he was doing everything wrong. I do think that its a good example of what teenage parenthood is, extreamly difficult, yet not unmanageable. Sam was Lovable, as was max. (:D) The story was great and the ending was oh so sad, yet agin realistic. The read was super fast. I read it in like 2 hours, and i would recomend Hanging on to Max to anyone and everyone. :)
I've been reading so many wonderful books lately, and this one just adds to the listTo see my full review or others like it go to www.danadoesread.com
I've been reading so many wonderful books lately, and this one just adds to the list. I literaly read it in like 2 hours, and totally ignored my entire family for the duration. Just as good as the first, Or maybe even better, I was not disappointed. Not one bit. the plot was totally all over the place, and i was completely caught up. and the cliff hanger ending was like extreme! the only bad thing about ebooks is that you don't really know when the books ending and when I got to that last page I was like *gasp* and then I tried to flip the virtual page, and was like "Noooo!" Lolz I am biting my nails waiting for this next one to come out. thank godness I only have to wait a month. Are more people doing that these days? or is Hayes just being super cool and innovative, by not letting her audience forget everything that happened in the entire year between books. I totally approve. The novels are Hilarious, sweet, scandalous, and super awesome, I find myself smiling from ear to ear the entire time! I hope Hayes keeps up with the series, because I am not done with these characters, not anytime soon :D...more
The start up is particularly awesome if I must say so myself. Adam and Amelia wereTo see my full review, or others like it, go to www.danadoesread.com
The start up is particularly awesome if I must say so myself. Adam and Amelia were my type of people, and Amelia is super smart! The novel was light and funny, and carefree. Yet it still reminded us of the sinister ways of society. It was terrifically well written, and extremely witty, I practically smiled through the whole thing! The plot line was cool also, although I think that Amelia was a little to smart, and could do extremely difficult things a teeny bit to easily. However that's not necessarily bad... and it adds to her character. I do wish that we learned a little bit more about Adam, the other Dorii. What does he like to do, what are his big plans? (other then getting money of course...) I also think its short, I was so enthralled that I wanted more right then. The cool thing is though that the start up, "episodes" as Hayes calls them come out once a month, so you don't have to wait yearly to read about what comes next!...more
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. It had gotten a raving review from aTo see my full review and others like it, Go to www.danadoesread.com
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. It had gotten a raving review from a girl in my book club, and I snagged a Yalsa copy from my school library. But still, Its a zombie book, and I was like ehh? but it was an optimistic ehh, don't get me wrong. I think it helps that my ARC had an awesome cover helped a lot. I'm an admitted cover judge and the black/white one just doesn't cut it for me. BUT OH MY GOD! I was sucked in from practically the first page. Everything about Alex drew me in. How strong she was in a body dying on her. It was tragic and unbelievable. and not what the stories about. Elie was great, and like stable, not bipolar changing emotions half way throughout the book. Ellie's scared kid nature was completely realistic. (at least as realistic as you can be when the girl lives in a zombie Apocalypse) and Tom was cute. I am a complete Tom fan. He has the whole strong army man image, but the innocence of someone who went to war and saw things he wishes he would forget. The makeshift family of him, Alex and Ellie was adorable, but that was soon to end as all good things must. Once they started learning about what happened in the pulse was when Bick got really creative. And I don't want to go to spoilerly, but i really really want to talk about rule....(a kind of like safe town that their heading to) But arg I cant think of a way of doing it without ruining the whole Ashes experience for you. Just know that some crazy stuff happens there. and the plot that Bick created was so tightly knit and, well crazy. I loved rule though, although it was quite different from living on the road.
in a movie prospects, its like going from say,Zombieland, to The Village. (But like also compleatly diffrent lol :D) Alex's super smelling senses were really cool, adding a touch of paranormal with the thriller/adventure/mystery of the whole book. quite amazing really. Oh another thing. The romance was really good. Not a lot (practically none at all) but it was good cause it didn't draw away from the story. but there was enough to keep you going.The only thing I didn't like was the extreme difference from the wilderness to Rule. I guess it was supposed to be like that but still, very different.
AND THE CLIFF HANGER ENDING! I want to turn Bick into a zombie for doing that to me. I want to know what happens next. RIGHT NOW! arg. Its like the type of book i want to read again and again and again and again, and then give it to someone else so they can do the same thing. Its just that kind of book...more
We'll I can tell you one thing, Candors a place I'd never want to be. Other then thto see my full review and others like it go to www.danadoesread.com
We'll I can tell you one thing, Candors a place I'd never want to be. Other then the fact that every one doing everything 'right' is super creepy, and I'd loose all originality, I just really wouldn't like that southern Florida heat, lol. But reading it was enough for me, Pam Bachorz did an excellent job with this "Stepford Wives" -like story. There was pain and sorrow, along with the pressure (literally!) to be perfect, and the struggle one feels to stay an individual. even though most of us (hopefully!) don't have whispers in our ears telling us what to do, Candor is more identifiable then one would think.
Possibly the biggest theme in the book was loneliness and the fact that everyone Oscars ever known has left him from his brothers death, and mother leaving, to his friends turning into polo wearing clones. It makes Oscars immediate feelings for Nia, seem less rushed, because he realises that maybe he can have one person maybe not everyone has to leave. That was the strongest aspect of the book, along with the love of course.
It was love that drove Oscar to his decision at the end of the book. Even though I wish Candor Ended differently, It was logical and ill let it slide this time. But Bachorz better not disappoint in Drought, her newest novel. Which I picked up but haven't gotten around to it yet. worry no longer though, its on my list!...more
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The summer I learned to fly was so sweet and innocent I fell in love with it right awto seee my full review and others like it, go to danadoesread.com
The summer I learned to fly was so sweet and innocent I fell in love with it right away! Reinhardt's voice was light and cute, but there were still the undertones of deep subjects. Humboldt fog reminded me a lot of my late rat Oliver. I thought he went perfectly with the story, of course the irony of her owning a rat and a cheese shop, but also Drew just seems like a rat person you know? lol. Emmett was awesome, I think I'll name one of my future children Emmett in honor of him. (and all the other awesome Emmett's out there!)
There were many parts where I laughed. One part where I cried. I felt incredibly happy on one page, and morose on the next. Reinhardt is superior at bringing things all over the board then having them hit their exact mark. I'm not sure how classics are made, but I would not be surprised if some day my kid has to read this for school. The summer I learned to fly seems somehow ageless, and young at the same time. It reminds me a bit of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, both personal favorites of mine, and although I usually find "coming of age" stories annoying. This is one that I would read again...more
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Sixteenth Summer was super cute. Sweet as the ice cream that Anna is constato see the full review and others like it go to my website danadoesread.com
Sixteenth Summer was super cute. Sweet as the ice cream that Anna is constantly around, and the perfect book to read directly after I read the bloodbath that was the last chapter of The Tower of Parlen Min. I read this on my laptop during the 2 day drive from Marco Island to Chicago and with sixteenth summer, the time went by fast. I smiled from ear to ear the whole time. It was great beach read and I'm glad that i read it. :)
You know that feeling where you need a cheesy romance novel, this one is perfect. It's simple and happy and supper girly. It's everything you'd think a book called Sixteenth Summer would be like, but with witty dialogue, great characters, and a cute little tourist town setting. I only gave it a three because this book probably isn't for everyone. I was in the mood for a sappy romance and this one was perfect for it. but this isn't the type of book I read a lot of the time, still great though! :)...more
Jenna and Jonah was definitely cute. It reminded me a bit of Suit Scarlet, Audry Wto see the full review and others like it go to www.danadoesread.com
Jenna and Jonah was definitely cute. It reminded me a bit of Suit Scarlet, Audry Wait and Nick and Norah's infinite play list. It was light chicklit with and the story was fine. I gave it a low rating because its not really the type of book I normally read. It was predictable from the first page, and their wasn't much to the plot. but still it was sweet and i respect it. but honestly I wouldn't read it again. I don't regret reading it, or think it was a waste of time, but honestly theirs not much to review on. I haven't read any thing else by theses two authors (one for Charlies POV, one for Fielding's) but their righting style wasn't horrible, but some connections between the two characters were not as smooth as they could be. especially in the first few chapters. One thing I did like is the witty insult wars charlie and fielding have, its cute, and their romance, or, ahem fauxmance, is what boosted this book a little in the rankings.
I'm Not really one for a ghost story, but Past Midnight was really quiteto see my full review and others like it go go my website www.danadoesread.com
I'm Not really one for a ghost story, but Past Midnight was really quite good :) From the start the book intrigued me. I liked how Charlotte's parent had an anti-ghost show, instead of those losers who are like, "the level of paranormal in this corner of the house is much higher then the heat waves we went ac cross as we entered the threshold of the house, this ghost is obviously pissed off where here." Ive never believed those BS-ey shows. I did find it interesting how Charlotte kind of gave us a behind the scenes look at how those kinds of shows are made, and how the equipment for that stuff works.
Charlotte's sister Annaliese sticks up for Charlotte and is the one who convinces her parents to stay in one place for Charlotte's sake, which is nice of here. I really loved her, and wish she was in the story a little more. once Charlotte moves she meets her next-door neighbor, Avery, and they have instant friendship. I find it a tad hard to be live that the most popular girl in the school, and head cheerleader, can suddenly become best friends with someone who's.... never had a best friends before. I get that she wants someone fresh that doesn't know about what happened to Adam. But the fact that she was a non-cheerleader, and everyone in Avery's inner circle were completely accepting and not the least bit jealous is a bit far-fetched. Remember, I am in high school and trust me, becoming one of the most popular girls in the school is not that easily. Non the less that flaw doesn't change much in the book, and is easily overlooked.
The mysteries going on in the book kept it rolling at a steady rate, It wasn't predictable, and once you got tired of the pickensens troubles, you were swept back in with a clue to the thing with Jeremy. The plot was intertwined just enough, and all the loose ends were tied up.
Charlotte does have a love interest too. :) the all too adorable Noah, who edits the A/V clips with her. the only problem is that he's a year younger. --GASP-- *scandal*
lols. over all I really enjoyed it :P, and it was strange, because before harlequine teen sent it to me, I had never heard of it, to all you who have never seen it before, go amazon it, and you can also get the next book 100 candles also!...more
Anglefire was meh, although it certainly wasn't the worst book I've ever reato see my full review and other reviews like it go to www.danadoesread.com
Anglefire was meh, although it certainly wasn't the worst book I've ever read, it just isn't that shelf worthy. The plot was okay, but I felt that they plunged into the whole "your-a-demon-hunter-go-relearn-your-talent' thing really fast. also and this may be stupid of me but I didn't like how Ellie was rich and popular, and she seemed a little too whiny. I did like the harshness her dad brought to the story though, it makes her perfect life seem just a little more normal.
Will was cute, and I liked how they eventually got together, although it was unrealistic how they never hooked up in previous lives, but they were good for each other so I approve.
and I guess I just don't really like the whole demon hunting thing, I found myself skipping the battle parts, and just going on to whats next, it didn't hold my interest that long.
Recommendation- Go for it if its your type of thing, its a book I would borrow, not buy though, and not one I will particularly keep my eye out for the sequel, although I may read it, if your bored or its been lying on your shelf for a while by all means go ahead, just don't have ultra high expectations. ...more