Monday, December 19, 2011
Review: I didn't enjoy this book. It's set in a time period where a woman's only place in society is to be the property of men. Although, I did enjoy the time and setting of the book. I thought the plot was slow in a lot of places. I had also figured out the major plot twist regarding Maggie's mother really early on, which made it slow and predictable. My main problem though was that I didn't like Maggie as a character. I thought she was shallow, annoying and clueless most of the time, although I do have to say I liked her a little more towards the end. Tom was by far my favorite character, he seemed absolutely clueless to the social structures of society which I really liked. I think I would have liked this story a lot more if had been set in a more modern time period, although it wouldn't have really worked the same. i appreciate what the author was trying to do, it just wasn't my favorite.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Review: I was a little bit sceptical of reading this type of science fiction type story. but I liked it way more than I thought I would. Despite the many sci fi elements this book also seemed to have many dystopian elements, which is what I really enjoyed about it. I was surprised by how well this world was put together and I liked discovering the many differences in the way these ship dwellers live their lives. I also liked that the story switched between Amy and Elder's perspectives. I think this let's the readers get to know and love both characters and sympathize with their problems. I liked the the right and wrong answer to solving the problems of the ship is not so straightforward. It made me excited to see what will happen next. There were some surprising plot twists that kept the story moving nicely. I was also glad that the setting was developed enough that made it a good read. Considering that I didn't have high expectations for this book I really enjoyed it. I will definitely continue with this series.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Review: This book dealt with an old topic in an new way. In books that deal with teen pregnancy the story is not usually told from the male point of view like this one was and I really liked that. This was a short, quick read and I was surprised by the way that things ended up happening. I think that this book was a good story that dealt with this topic. I also thought the characters reactions were very believable. I really liked reading this story form Nick's point of view and he was my favorite character. I liked Sasha as well but I thought she was kind of annoying at times. Her reactions didn't seem quite as realistic for some reason. Overall, I thought this book was really good. Although not much happens as far as plot. It is definitely a character driven story.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Review: This book was a very interesting read. It was a pretty creepy story and I was hooked on the story until I finished. I liked the mystery aspect of the book and was disappointed when not all of my questions were answered. I wish there was more information given on what happened to Emily. A large part of the story is focused on that I never really got the full story. I had guessed one of the big plot twist pretty early on, but I was still surprised to have it confirmed, that was probably the creepiest part about the book. I also thought the characters were really well developed, especially David. I really felt his pain as he was dealing with the aftermath of everything that had happened. Lily was also very well written and unique. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a good mystery type story.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Review: I thought this book was a really sweet and awesome story about love and family and the many different relationships that are made throughout a lifetime. I rarely see books about a teen father raising a child and it was a nice change. I also really liked the way that the elephants tied into the story. It made the book that much more special. However, I thought the plot moved pretty slowly during some parts and I didn't really see the chemistry between the characters and was kind of annoyed at how they met and quickly became friends. I did really like all the characters though. Jade is awesome and her growth throughout the book was great, and Sebastian happens to be the sweetest guy ever. Although, both characters have their own issues they are dealing with, being together seemed to make them both stronger. I have read and loved other books by Deb Caletti and although I did enjoy this one a lot it just wasn't my favorite. I found some things to be kind of predictable and Sebastian's secret was really annoying. Overall, I thought this one was pretty good.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Review: This is the first book I have ever read by Sara Zarr and I really enjoyed it. This is a very emotionally driven story line and I couldn't put it down until I was done. I think what really made the story special was how well developed all of the characters were. Every interaction or conversation between characters felt so real. I thought both Jill and Mandy's emotions while each dealing with their problems was very well written and realistic. I really enjoyed reading from both of their perspectives. I think this story would have been to one sided without that. I also really liked Dylan's character. He was so sweet when others would have given up. This is a really good contempoary novel that will draw you in to the story and make you fall in love with these characters.