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I love this series. I really do. Even if Kate got on my last nerve in this book. I really wanted to travel to the Underworld and slap her Jersey Shore I love this series. I really do. Even if Kate got on my last nerve in this book. I really wanted to travel to the Underworld and slap her Jersey Shores style a few times. I absolutely hate whiny, needy, clingy females—whether they are real or fictional. Kate was ridiculous in this book. The only missing from her pity party was a daisy and a little “He loves me, he loves me not.” She spent the entire book convincing herself that Henry didn’t love her (despite everyone telling her differently). It was very Bella in New Moon—and we all know how irritating Bella was in that book.
To sum up my feelings on this book as a whole, I’m going to use one of my insightful food analogies. If this series were a double layer cake, The Goddess Interrupted would be the icing in the middle of the layers. By itself, it leaves you a little queasy, but together with the other pieces, it’s the binding element. I don’t think I would say “sophomore slump” for Goddess Interrupted because I did enjoy it. It just seems like this one had the sole purpose of developing the plot for the third book. The characters weren’t as great as in the first book. Kate was a little lacking, and there wasn’t enough Henry. I felt more annoyed by Kate this time around. In The Goddess Test I thought she was this incredibly strong female that blazed her way through life. This time, however, I only glimpsed elements of her inner strength. She spent most of her time whining and feeling sorry for herself in this book.
So, with the ugly out of the way, I can honestly say that where the characters lacked, the plot soared. There is a lot going on in this book. Calliope has gone completely evil and sided with one of the Titans. Don’t whine about a little spoiler. You know you saw that coming in book one. What I found really surprising in this book was Persephone. What a piece… I couldn’t make up my mind on whether I hated her or not. She was a snot (kid friendly edit) most of the time, but there seemed to be a few redeeming elements to her personality. A very small few… I have a feeling that she will have a major role in book three.
Now for the best part about this book: the final 30 pages! Holy moly. My toes curled when Henry and Kate finally… bow chica bow wow… (and get your head out of the gutter because it was handled very nicely. No smutty romance novel scene here.) There was also another cliffhanger ending that left my mind blazing! So many questions and guesses. I can only imagine what the next book will have in store for us! Now I’m all moody and sulking because we have to wait a year to find out! Ugh. The sabotage and double crossing at the end of this book is unbelievable. Un-believable! I really didn’t see it coming. ...more
Mythology is all over the place lately, which makes me pretty happy since it's one of my favorite genres. Hera, Queen of the Gods by T.D. Thomas is anMythology is all over the place lately, which makes me pretty happy since it's one of my favorite genres. Hera, Queen of the Gods by T.D. Thomas is another action packed installment in this genre.
The plot of Hera, Queen of the Gods was quick. It's certainly a page turner. I found myself reading 80+ pages in what felt like minutes. The author did a good job of keeping the reader's interest from start to finish. I really liked the idea of the gods searching for the stolen Fates on earth. Of course that's not the only thing they had to deal with. There was this little thing about an uprising to over throw Zeus and Hera causing a bit of a problem in the background as well. Overall, the plot was solid and well developed.
Unfortunately, there were a few minor things that really hindered me while reading Hera, Queen of the Gods. Hera is supposed to be strong and fearless She's a god afterall. However, this Hera has moments of strength, but overall she comes across as a whiny brat and weak. Now, I know the gods are inhabiting human bodies, which seriously limits their powers on earth, but inner character doesn't change. It took a mortal boy to bring out her inner goddess (pun intended), which contradicts everything I know about Hera. Strike one. Another thing that annoyed me were some of the minor characters. I just couldn't buy into how quickly they accepted the gods and goddesses. It was as if no one questioned their story or anything. I tolerated Justin's quick acceptance, but then there was Beth and Stella. Not buying that as easily. I also didn't like the dialogue in some parts. It felt very stiff, and nothing like what real teenagers would actually say. So that was strike two.
Luckily though, these were minor offenses. The plot was good enough to mask these minor flaws. Overall, I enjoyed the story once I got into it. It was a pleasant addition to the mythology genre. ...more
I really have to start taking notes as I read. I read this book in one sitting then jumped right into a new book. Eight books later, I can hardly remeI really have to start taking notes as I read. I read this book in one sitting then jumped right into a new book. Eight books later, I can hardly remember what I liked and didn't like about The Vicious Deep.
I do remember that I liked that this story is told from a merman's point of view. I'm glad that the menfolk are getting some representation in a female dominated genre. No need to be sexist, afterall. Tristan was pretty darn funny. He was arrogant and witty, just like you would expect most teenage boys to be. He was a 100% believable narrator.
Then there is Layla. I liked her a lot. She was strong-willed and independent. She was also not a mermaid. She found out about Tristan's secret, by pure chance. Of course, since it's been like 3 months since I read this book, I forgot why exactly I liked her other than those reasons.
I also want to point out that I enjoyed the world building. The descriptions of the merworld were great. It is so important to have a believable setting-- even in a fantasy type book. The old school rules of fighting for the tritan were pretty extreme, and added to the plot. There were a few characters that I didn't care for that kept hanging around, but whatever. I'm sure they will find their place somewhere in book 2.
But what really irked me about this story was the ending. Did anyone else think it ended too abruptly? I was crusing along enjoying the quest, when BAM. End of book one. Just like that too. I had to actually flip back a few pages to make sure I didn't skip something. I really thought I had missed a chapter or two. That was a huge disappointment. I love a good cliffhanger, but not when the story seems to hit a brick wall at 65 MPH. Of course, though, I'll have to read The Savage Blue because I need to know how and if Tristan can find the rest of the trident pieces. ...more
I thought my heart would only beat for Tris and Four, but now I have met Ruby and Liam. Ohmysweetgoodness. What a wonderful combination in The DarkestI thought my heart would only beat for Tris and Four, but now I have met Ruby and Liam. Ohmysweetgoodness. What a wonderful combination in The Darkest Minds.
There is no crazy love triangle (*cough Hunger Games *cough) to pull at your head and cloud your judgement. There is no lover's quarrel (Tris and Four) to confuse the emotions. There is simply Ruby and Liam.
I do believe that Liam is one of my new favorite protagonists. He is loyal, determined, and 100% honest. He loves Ruby regardless of her powers. They are the new Romeo and Juliet. I am SO glad to see this will be a series because I need more Liam pronto. as much gushing as I do for Liam, I should note that the other characters aren't half bad either. Ruby is pretty cool in that I-really-can't-do-anything-right kind of way. She grows on you. She also gets better with her powers, which makes for a pretty interesting conclusion in this book. But one of my other favorites in this story is Chubs. The legally blind book nerd. How can you not love a character that makes references to Watership Down and Lord of the Flies? He's witty and full of all sorts of dry humor. He makes such a great addition to this motley crew of X-men quality superkids.
For the fans of drama, there is plenty between these pages. Each chapter layers the complicated plot a little more. The action begins almost instantly with a pretty shocking and gruesome scene, and it doesn't stop. There are twists and turns to keep you guessing (even if some were pretty obvious). Best of all, there is a cliffhanger ending that actually works, even if it leaves you feeling that your heart has suddenly jumped into your throat. Side note: I strongly dislike cliffhangers that leave you asking a million questions about the entire plot or saying WTH to yourself. The Darkest Minds doesn't do that. The ending truly works, even if it's not a fairy tale inspired outcome (this is a dystopian afterall).
I encouraged everyone to read this one. It is wonderful. Refreshing even. Like all trends, things start to feel stale after a while. I mean, there are only so many ways you can write the end of the world/civilization without repeating someone's ideas, right? That seems to be the case with the majority of the newer novels hitting the market. They feel familiar. Too familiar. But, alas, The Darkest Minds did not conjure up any old memories or comparisons as I read, which was delightful....more
How many of us remember seeing shadows on the wall when we were younger and being scared of what they could belong to? Well, that very idea is addressHow many of us remember seeing shadows on the wall when we were younger and being scared of what they could belong to? Well, that very idea is addressed in Timothy Young's picture book Shadows on My Wall.
I know as a child with an over active imagination (um, that child turned into an adult with the same problem), I would always imagine scary scenes in the dead of night. I was convinced on numerous occassions that a blood-thirsty bobcat had entered my room to eat me. Obviously that ended up being wrong, but it was still frightening as a kid! I really liked how the idea of the unknown is addressed in a kid-friendly way. The little boy in the book has the same fears that so many of us have had as wee ones and learns to change his perception.
Instead of being scared by what might be behind that shadow, he learns to take control. He scares away an angry robot and makes friends with a dangerous dragon. The little boy's lesson is a great one to share with small children that face the fear of sleeping alone. ...more
This was actually a super cute read. I really enjoyed it. I wanted to wait until closer to Halloween to read the book, but I thought it would be a perThis was actually a super cute read. I really enjoyed it. I wanted to wait until closer to Halloween to read the book, but I thought it would be a perfect quick summer read… and I was right. I’m glad to say that this will be a series. I really enjoyed the characters. Eve is a human that was adopted by a monster family. She has spent her entire childhood living in the monster realm, so she can relate to the monsters. In fact, she feels more monster than human. That is, until she has to move to the human world. Once there, she finds herself having to overcome many stereotypes that she has held about humans while also trying to fit in at a middle school. The friends that Eve make along the way were also cute. I just got the warm fuzzies from them all. But I do have to admit, that my favorite character was Eve’s mom. She was from a line of Gorgons, so you can imagine the fun stuff she found herself getting into. The idea behind the story was unique. I am anxious to see what will develop in this mystery series as it continues. Eve has a new purpose in the mortal realm which will lead her on many adventures to come. I would suggest this book to 4th-6th grade readers ...more
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised with what I read.I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised with what I read. For some reason I thought there was a paranormal element to this book. I have no idea why that ever entered my mind—the synopsis gives no hint of anything paranormal related. I guess I’ve been so overwhelmed with all things supernatural lately, that I just assumed I was reading another book in the genre. Shame on me. In case you share my own folly, know that this is not a paranormal book. It’s a murder mystery mixed with a coming of age story. I thought the author’s ability to mix two stories (from two different points of view) was brilliant. She did an amazing job making the story lines flow smoothly without seeming choppy. I was engrossed with Becca’s story from the first chapter. Her piece of crap boyfriend made my blood boil. (Read that first chapter and you’ll know what I’m talking about.) I spent most of the book waiting for Becca to realize how crappy her boyfriend was. I’m not sure if that’s how I was supposed to feel or not, but he definitely struck a nerve with me. Of course, he did have a few redeeming qualities. I couldn’t help but feel a tug at my heart when he described his mom’s death from cancer. His compassion for other people’s suffering becomes clear in the end (even if he is a slug to his girlfriend). Mixed within the pages of Becca’s story is Amelia’s own tragic tale. When she finally realizes what she wants to be, it’s too much for those around her. The effects are tragic. In a way, the book is the coming of age story for two girls (un-coming of age story for the one that dies?). Both girls, Becca and Amelia, struggle with figuring out where they belong in the world and how the people they love fit into the puzzle. Both girls deal with horrendous heartache and life changing events... except one of them never gets the chance to grow from the experience. Enough about the characters and the plot. Let’s talk about what really made this book special: the author’s writing. Her descriptions! Sigh. She has an eye for detail, that’s for sure. Her writing had a poetic element to it that made me think of prose at times. There were parts that were simply beautiful. It’s hard to believe that this was the author’s debut book. She is certainly talented, and I’m excited to see what else she will write in the future. ...more