Oct 30, 2011

Did Not Finish Review of The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Publisher: Dial
Release Date: March 9th, 2010
Pages: 272
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Cover: B - I like it, but it's nothing special. The title catches my eye more.
*I own a copy of this book.

The Sky Is EverywhereThe Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Blurb:



Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.




This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.




Review:




I just cannot torture myself anymore. I know so, so many people enjoyed this book. But, reading is subjective and this book is driving me CRAZY! I am seriously annoyed by every single character except Gram and Big. But I hate Lennie, like hate her, and she is the main character. She is just creepy and unlikable. 




And then there's Toby, who's even creepier. And let me just tell you something. I had a squicky boyfriend in high school named Toby, but that has nothing to do with this. But they are one in the same. Douchetastic. I want to punch Lennie in the face and then do a 180 and punch Toby in the face. You don't respond to grief in the ways that they are. It's unrealistic and it just doesn't happen. You don't almost sleep with your dead sister's boyfriend. You don't run around with a pen and write poems on tree trunks and restaurant walls and everywhere else. 




I cannot stand Jandy Nelson's writer's voice. At first I loved it. But lord this lady turns on the corn factor. Normal people do not have conversations like the kind written in this book. Not any people I know anyway. People just don't talk that way in real life. I love the author's sense of humor, I think it's fantastic, but the dialogue, the situations, and the plot. Ugh. So unrealistic. I got so sick of hearing about Joe batting his eyelashes. I just couldn't do it. I was hoping I would love this book. I guess I just need more realism in my writing. Especially in the contemporaries. 




I must move on before I resort to pulling my hair out, strand by strand. Ultimately, I cannot recommend this book, but so many others loved it. But I was just disgusted. 



To purchase a copy of The Sky is Everywhere, click here: The Sky Is Everywhere.



Oct 29, 2011

The Glass Collector by Anna Perera

Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: February 3rd, 2011
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Cultural
Cover: B - The US cover is much better than the UK cover. It gives you an idea of what the story is about. The UK cover is pretty bad.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Glass Collector by Anna Perera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb:


Fifteen-year-old Aaron lives and works amid the garbage piles of Cairo.
His job?
To collect broken glass.
His hope?
To find a future he can believe in.

Today in Cairo, Egypt, there is a city within a city: a city filled with garbage--literally. As one of the Zabbaleen people, Aaron makes his living sorting through the waste. When his family kicks him out, his only alternatives are to steal, beg, or take the most nightmarish garbage-collecting job of all. 

Anna Perera's richly detailed second young adult novel transports readers to the heartbreaking world of the Zabbaleen.



Review:


So the blurb on this one is really short. And while it makes you curious, I don't think it makes someone want to read the book. Neither does the cover. I think they both did the book a disservice and I can't help but wonder why the publisher would go in this direction. Not a choice I would have made, and I think that really sucks and will hurt the book's sales. So I think I am going to give you guys a summary on this one and hopefully it will make you want to read the book. Because it was a great book and deserves to be read.

New information on 10/31/2011: Apparently the cover I was using is actually the UK cover and so was the blurb. The Albert & Whitman cover and blurb is much better, but because it is not posted on Goodreads, I can't add it to my review. But if you would like to see the updated cover and blurb, be sure and visit my blog at The Glass Collector Review. I still think it's important to leave my comments on the UK cover here though, because there are a lot of UK Goodreads users. But my review is supposed to be of the US edition. 

So there's this teen, Aaron. And he lives in the slums of Cairo. But they aren't just any slums in any city. He lives in Mokattam and he is a garbage collector. You're probably thinking of the guys that go around your neighborhood with sanitation trucks and collect bags out on the street and then drive them off to the landfill. That's not exactly what happens in Cairo. Cairo has a garbage collection service, but apparently there is so much trash in Cairo, that they cannot possibly collect it all. Aaron is a Zabaleen. They are a community of people that serve as informal garbage collectors. They go around to different parts of the city, collect the garbage behind businesses and take it home. Yes, home. There they sort it into different piles by material. Glass, metal, medical waste, etc. And then they sell it to a middle man who has it recycled and remade into usable materials. Can you imagine having to put your hands into dirty piles of garbage every day? Touching spoiled and moldy food, used syringes, and drug paraphernalia? Squick, ick, and gross. But that's what Aaron does. He is a glass collector. He searches the garbage piles for glass and that's his job, day in and day out.


There's way more to this story than that though. He lives with his step family because his mother died and he has no living relatives left. And his step family is mean to him. They treat him like a burden. It's also about his life, his neighbors, living in Mokattam, his friends and his love of colored glass.


I kind of fell in love with these people. Life is ridiculously hard for them. And though this story is fictional, there is a lot of truth here. This story was well-researched and it clearly shows. The characters are properly fleshed out and the community of Mokattam is clearly a character in the story as well. I didn't love the setting because it was kind of sad and depressing, but it was beyond interesting. This book just pulled me in and wouldn't let go until it was over.


This is one of those books where I had little to no expectation going into reading it. And once again, I was pleasantly surprised. Because of the lack of a well thought out blurb, I had no idea what the story was going to be about. And that's for the best sometimes. It was a fantastic story with fantastic writing. I would read it again and it comes highly recommended from me. I think it's one of those books that should be read by all.


Oct 28, 2011

TGIF at GReads! #2


TGIF is hosted by Ginger from GReads.

Today's question is: Which stories do you consider festive Halloween reads? Which stories have chilled you to the bone?



Well, as always, my choices are a bit off the wall. I picked my five and then realized there were probably a few that are not so well known. But some of these books really scared me. And some of them were atmospheric as heck. And some did both. I hope you like my choices.

 I found this book to be terrifying. I remember when I was reading it that I had to put it down a few times and take a breather because it was so intense. It's gory, it's scary, but most of all it makes you feel really unsettled while reading. I adored this book. Who doesn't like books about flesh-eating zombies?

Death Watch (The Undertaken, #1)Death Watch (Undertaken Trilogy)I just got done reading this one a few weeks ago. This book is so rich and so atmospheric. It's got a great story and I wouldn't say it's scary, but it's full of ghosts, death rituals, and a really creepy town that is more full of ghosts than actual humans. The book is not out yet, but it will be soon (Nov. 15th), and I cannot recommend it more.

Under the DomeUnder the Dome: A Novel Sometimes it's the characters that make the book. And then once in a blue moon there is a villain so bad, so evil, that your skin literally crawls while you are reading. That was Under the Dome for me. I have never read a book with so many characters there has to be an index for them, and yet remembered every single one of them. The town is full of great imagery and a lot of evil actions. I'd have to say that this book was probably my first memorable brush with dystopian fiction. And it is one of the best, if not the best. If you haven't read it yet, you should. It's a long, long book, but surprisingly is an extremely fast read. 

An Apple For ZoëAn Apple For Zoë (The Forsaken) I thought this book was a really great read and a really great pick for Halloween. It is full of evil characters and rich atmosphere. There were parts that scared the bejeezus out of me. There's a great story here, and yes, the sequel is not out yet, but this book is totally worth picking up. At $0.99 for the Kindle edition, the price can't be beat. You will be reading something totally demented and you will wonder where the author's imaginations came from.

BalefireBalefire OmnibusAhhh, Balefire. You were one of my first reads as a book blogger. As such, my review for you was less than entertaining. But as a book, I loved you to death. In your pages is one of the best settings in all of fiction. New Orleans. And a great story about a coven of witches, identical twins, and some really memorable characters. While you are not a scary read, I would say the topics of New Orleans and witchcraft make you a great Halloween read. A great book to curl up by the fire with. A piece of pumpkin pie, some apple cider and a bag of candy will complete the experience.


What do you guys think about my picks? Got any recommendations for me? Why not link up and creat your own list? And if I don't talk to you before then, Happy Halloween! Make sure you enter the giveaway for the Kindle Fire and copy of 11/22/63 while you are at it! Links can be found on the sidebar to your left!

Oct 27, 2011

Sign Language by Amy Ackley

Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: August 18th, 2011
Pages: 336
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Cover: A- I actually really like it and it fits the story extremely well.
*I was sent an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sign LanguageSign Language by Amy Ackley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb:


Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore. Amy Ackley's impressive debut is wrenching, heartbreaking, and utterly true.


Review:


Sign Language was an incredibly difficult read for me. I was sent an ARC and asked to review it, otherwise I probably never would have read it or requested it myself. The topic is Cancer, and since it has affected my family in many more ways than I can count on two hands, I knew going in that it was going to be tough for me to get through. And yes, there were tears. But surprisingly, I really enjoyed the story. And it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to get through. Not easy for sure, but not impossible.


Watching your dad die from Cancer as a child must be one of the most difficult things a kid can go through. I cannot imagine what life must have been like for Abby and her family. Some of the situations in this book I was all too familiar with. I lost a grandmother to Cancer and I almost lost my grandfather as well, but it ended up being Dementia instead. I'm not trying to depress you, I just want anyone that chooses to read this book realize that it's a tough read when it hits so close to home.


It's also about the aftermath of Cancer and learning how to put your life back together. And that is probably the hardest thing of all. Realizing that the one you are closest to won't be around for anymore hugs or conversations. Not being able to call that person whenever you want to talk about life. It's the little things you miss the most. Remembering something small about them when you hear a song or watch a movie or smell something familiar. I thought the book covered all of those things rather well considering it's feelings and thoughts, not words, that generally help get you through those situations.


Criticisms? Just one really. I thought the ending was really abrupt. I can't say why and won't spoil it, but I will say this. It's not as if the story wasn't wrapped up in the end. All the questions were answered, but it was almost as if the writing style changed for the last few paragraphs. Other than that, it was a great read. A difficult read, but a great one. And I want to thank the author and the publisher for contacting me about reviewing it.

To purchase a copy of Sign Language from Amazon.com, click here: Sign Language.




Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: October 18th, 2011
Pages: 281
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology
Series: Covenant #1
Cover: B+-I do like this cover, but I like the cover for Pure more.
*I own a copy of this book.

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:


The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.


Review:


Half-Blood came as a complete surprise to me. It's not that I didn't think I would like it, I just didn't think I would like it as much as I did! This was one of the most suspenseful and well-balanced reads I have read this year. What do I mean by well-balanced? I'm referring to the plot, characters, and setting. It all worked splendidly and nothing felt like it was overpowering anything else.


Jennifer Armentrout has a wonderful way with words. She knows how to spin a tale, and I was with her the entire way. And her inner voice is a sarcastic, cynical little-b*tch. I loved that. And I loved the sense of humor throughout the book. It was a very difficult book to put down, and because of that, I read through it rather quickly. I loved the characters. I thought the setting was unique and well thought out. But most of all, I loved the plot and the direction the story was taken in.


Here's the thing though. I usually don't go for stories about Greek Mythology. I think the Greek Myths stand on their own, and I think that rewriting them is kind of a sacrilege. So you can imagine my reluctance to read this book. And I ended up really liking it. Really, really liking it. So that was a great thing and now I can't wait to get my hands on Pure.


There's not a whole lot else I can say that hasn't been said by other reviewers. I think Jennifer Armentrout is on her way up as a YA writer, and Spencer Hill Press did a really smart thing by picking her up before no one else could. If you haven't read Half-Blood, I suggest you do it immediately. Within the pages of this book is a fantastic tale that will suck you in and blow you away.


Team Aiden!!

To purchase a copy of Half-Blood from Amazon.com, click here (the Kindle edition is only 3.99!): Half-Blood: A Covenant Novel




Oct 26, 2011

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: November 1st, 2011
Pages: 336
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Cover Grade: B (I like it and I think it captures the ominous qualities of the story, but I want a little bit more.
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Dark EdenDark Eden by Patrick Carman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:


Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night's experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?


Patrick Carman's Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and—ultimately—immortality.


Review:


Dark Eden was a really interesting read. While the idea wasn't wholly original, I think its execution was fantastic. This was easily a book I couldn't put down. It was also an extremely quick read. Now I don't know much about the app that goes along with it, but to my knowledge the app is an extension of the book. But the good thing is that the book stands on its own. You don't need to have the app, but I have sampled it, and it helps visualize what you are reading. It adds to the experience. You can do both, or use just one. It's all up to you, the reader. Cool, huh?


My first Patrick Carman read was Atherton. I thought that book was pretty special. Dark Eden captures the same magic, but in a completely different way. It was suspenseful, slightly frightening, mind-bending, and dark. It was also a lot of fun.


What if you were forced to face your deepest and darkest fears? But you were also promised a cure at the end of that process. Would you do it? And then at the end of everything, you found out that things were not quite what they seemed? How much would that suck? I can't give away any spoilers, but I think you should read it. It's also a great read for Halloween. It really gets you into the mood for the spooky season.


The setting was fantastic and really memorable. I read Dark Eden almost a month ago and I remember the setting and Fort Eden almost as if it was yesterday. It was unsettling, creepy and extremely well-written. Fantastic imagery.


I didn't love Dark Eden, but I did like it. I didn't really connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to. I think if I had, the book would have been a much more scary read for me. And ultimately, more entertaining. I felt like the story stayed too much on the surface and didn't go as deep as it could have. In a book about fears, I wanted to find myself being afraid too. So in some ways it didn't always work for me. But when it did, it was great. It's still worth reading and I think Patrick Carman is a fantastic writer for young adults. I'd just like to see him go a little deeper and more detailed next time.

To preorder your own copy of Dark Eden by Patrick Carman, click on the following link which takes you to Amazon.com: Dark Eden.




Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: November 15th, 2010
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Goblin Wars #1
*I own a Kindle copy of this book.

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars BookTyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book by Kersten Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb:


Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.


    Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming.


Review:


First things first. I had been looking forward to reading this book since I found out about it. Which was pretty much the beginning of my book-blogging career. Sometimes when this happens, I blame myself for my expectations being too high. Not this time. Because I did like Tyger Tyger. But I also thought it had a lot of flaws. And I'm sick of blaming myself. It can't always be my fault as a reader. I read for enjoyment. And when I can't enjoy something fully, something is wrong.


My first issue was that there was way, WAY too much dialogue. There were not enough descriptions and all of the plot-building was told through dialogue. And that didn't sit well with me. I can't understand why a writer would choose to go down this road? Because of that, there was too much telling and not enough showing. I missed the lack of imagery. The lack of world-building. And it was really obvious. Which took me out of the story as a reader.


There was a lot of mythology and a lot of it I had never heard of before. Which was great because I love learning. But I also felt it could have been explained more clearly. Some parts of the book were confusing. But again, this had a lot to do with the lack of description and too much dialogue! I think I would have understood it better if it wasn't explained through the characters, and instead through a knowledgeable narrator.


Things I did like? I loved Finn. And I loved the unearthly quality of the story. I loved all the creatures and there were moments when I was really scared for the characters. It truly felt like a real fantasy novel and not an imitation. I'm not completely done with this series. I'm invested enough in the characters and the story to want and need to find out what happens in the next book. But that doesn't change the fact that I was disappointed in the writing itself. There were some good things about it, but it is not the type of writing that I enjoy. So I am hoping that the mammoth amount of dialogue in this book will be toned down in the next one.

To order a copy of Tyger Tyger from Amazon.com, click here: Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book.




Oct 23, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop


Welcome to my stop on the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. I have actually really been looking forward to participating in this giveaway hop because I have a really great prize for you!

Great Imaginations is giving away a brand new copy of Stephen King's new novel, 11/22/63. The prize will be a preorder because the book doesn't come out until November 8th, but I will order the winner's copy immediately following the end of the contest.



Summary: November 22nd, 1963 was a rapid-fire sequence of indelible moments: Shots ring out; a president slumped over; a race to the Dallas hospital; an announcement, blood still fresh on the First Lady's dress. But what if President John F. Kennedy didn't have to die; if somehow his assassin could have been thwarted? For Maine schoolteacher Jake Epping, those hypothetical what if's become real possibilities when he walks through a portal to the past. Without special skills and still unfamiliar with his new/old surroundings, he struggles to discover a way to change the history he left. Like its Under the Dome predecessor, Stephen King's 960-page novel shows that this master of suspense is back at the top of his game.


Rules:

Giveaway entrants must be 16 years or older.

Giveaway is international as long as the book depository ships to you. Book will be ordered from either Amazon.com or the Book Depository.

Giveaway begins on 10/24/11 at midnight and ends on 10/31/11 at midnight.

The prize drawn will be 1 hardcover copy of 11/22/63.

To enter, follow the instructions in Rafflecopter below.










In My Mailbox #12

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

I am under a book buying ban until December. So I don't have much for you, and that's part of the reason why I decided not to do an IMM last week. I did take a picture though, because over the past two weeks I have gotten 4 new books. 


From Tina Boscha for review: River in the Sea by Tina Boscha
From Orca Book Publishers & LibraryThing for review: Escape Velocity by Robin Stevenson
From Hachette Book Group: The Traitor's Wife by Kathleen Kent
From Jess at  BookGeeksRule: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

E-books for Review:

From K.C. Neal: Pyxis: The Discovery by K.C. Neal
From Jason Aydelotte: The Dying of the Light: End by Jason Kristopher
From Random House: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
From Night Shade Books: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
From Doubleday: The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
From Sourcebooks Fire: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber
From Knopf Books for Young Readers: Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk
From Walker & Company: Fracture by Megan Miranda
From Delacorte Books for Young Readers: Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
From Bantam: The Lost Book of Mala R. by Rose MacDowell

Pyxis: The Discovery (Pyxis Series, Book 1)The Dying of the Light: EndDearly, Departed (Dearly, #1)The Windup GirlThe Dressmaker: A Novel101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . but Didn't!Darker Still (Magic Most Foul, #1)Guy Langman, Crime Scene ProcrastinatorFractureSomeone Else's LifeThe Lost Book of Mala R.

I would say that this haul is pretty good for a book-buying ban. It is two weeks of books, but I still think it's pretty good. My husband keeps saying that I am proving his point by continuing to get a truckload of books. He also says that I will never begin to read them all. Hah! Fat chance of that. It may take me years, but I WILL read them all. 

So what's in your mailbox this week?



Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: November 15th, 2011
Pages: 342
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
Series: Shatter Me #1
Cover Grade: B+ (I like it, but it's another girl in a dress and that has been done a lot, and better.)

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:


Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.


The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.


Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.


Review:


Shatter Me is a book unlike any I have read so far this year, maybe ever. It was an interesting read and I definitely enjoyed it. I loved the characters. I adored Juliette and loved her character. I fell in love with Adam. He was a perfect male specimen and exactly the type of guy I would pick out for myself.  The chemistry between Juliette and Adam was...WOW.  So hot.  Adam's brother James was adorable and special. Warner was a terrifying villain, but somehow likeable to a point. The story went in a direction towards the end that absolutely blew me away. And I wish I could talk about it. But I don't want to spoil anything. Let's just say that I am extremely excited to read the next book and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I will be salivating with excitement once book two is in my hands.


The prose. Ah, the prose. It was interesting and it was gorgeous. I wanted to eat the words. I liked it and it was really different. But if there was anything about this book I would change, it would be that. I just felt that sometimes it was trying too hard to be different and stand out. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Sometimes I really loved it, but there were a few times when I was annoyed. They sold the rights for this book to a film company, Fox I think, and I am interested to see how they will turn this book into a movie. Because the first half of the book didn't have much of a plot. And that doesn't mean it was boring, it was just extremely unusual. I'm interested to see how the manuscript adapts to film, because personally, I don't think it can. The feelings will not be conveyed properly and I am concerned about that. But I will see it. Casting should be interesting too. Juliette will be extremely difficult to cast. So will Warner.

But that is beside the point.


As a book, it was a great read. Original, and a story I would recommend to everyone. Definitely. I am interested to see where the world-building goes and the plot itself, as there were quite a few unanswered questions. But that's fine. It makes me want to continue the series even more. I don't like hearing this book being compared to the Hunger Games, because while it was good, it wasn't that good.  But I do think Shatter Me as a series has the potential to be great. You will see what I mean once you read the ending. If the author goes in the direction I think she is going, book two could be mind-blowingly huge. I can't wait.

To pre-order a copy of Shatter Me from Amazon.com, click here: Shatter Me.




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