Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The first pick is:
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
I bought this book last week and read it in one day. I couldn't put it down. It's the first in a series but none of the other books are out yet and the first book doesn't leave you hanging.
2nd book choice is:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
This is the first in a series of five books. You gize don't have to read all 5 books this month but they are pretty easy reads so it wouldn't be that hard for those of you that wanted to and were up to the challenge. I've read the first two and loved them, they are kind of Harry Potteresque.
The first book is being made into a movie that is coming out later this year. Here is the preview which kind of explains what the book is about.
The series has great reviews on Amazon.com and also got good reviews from Stephenie Meyer herself:
"If you're looking for some beach reading, you might try Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series if you haven't already. My son finally finished book five yesterday so I could read it today. It was a fantastic end to a fantastic series. I tip my hat to you, Mr. Riordan!"
Okay so those are the choices, just put your vote in the comment section and I'll tally 'em up tomorrow. I'm so excited to find out what it will be.
I loved the concept of a post-apocolyptic village surrounded by zombies. The sisterhood was intriguing; especially when it appeared they were keeping some very big secrets. The first several chapters opened up so many questions and I couldn't wait to have them all answered.
- Why didn't the sisterhood tell everyone in the village about Gabrielle?
- Were they the ones responsible for her becoming a zombie?
- Why was Gabrielle a super fast zombie?
- How did the zombies breach the village defenses?
Then when Travis gets infected I think, OK, maybe they will discover a cure or something, but then when Mary cuts his head off... Ugh. What a stupid, stupid book. I thought maybe the author might try and redeem herself with a sequel or two, but after reading Sarah's review I guess that's out as well.
I now realize that every death in this book... Mary's Mother, sister-in-law, boyfriend(?); even Gabrielle... were totally pointless. There was no moral to this story, no growth, no triumph, just a bunch of depressing drivel.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth... I'll be trying to wash it off my hands and pick it from my teeth for weeks to come.
There was so much hype floating around the Internet about this book before it was released, I was really excited about reading it. I even marked my calender for its release date and bought it the day it came out. The concept was interesting, the conflicts between the characters were thrilling, the book started off fast, and it was hard to put down.
So why didn't I like this book? Because it had so much potential, but it completely failed to live up to that potential. Eeek's review summed up my feelings exactly. The characters were continually thrown into potentially interesting conflicts, yet the conflicts would always be resolved in the most uninteresting ways. There was zero chemistry between Mary and Travis, yet the author continued to push that relationship. I'm sure the author intended the ending to be tragic, but it was just horrible. For an ending to be tragic, we have to care about the characters. Travis was so dull and two-dimensional, that I was relived when he died. Mary was so self-centered and unlikeable, that I didn't care if she lived or died. I could not relate to her internal struggles, and the fact that she would put her need to see the ocean over everybody else in her life, made me want to slap her.
What a disappointment.
I felt like I hardly got to know Mary before everything fell apart. I was thoroughly annoyed by the reaction of family and friends when her mother died. Her brother was the biggest jerk ever. Her friends didn’t come to see her. Harry didn’t speak for her. Geez. Then, later when they all needed her help and stuff they were crappy about it and she didn’t even really stick up for herself.
Every time it seemed she was going to settle in and deal with something for a while, she’d freak out and throw herself into some reckless thing, like busting down that door to get into the really dark scary tunnel. Or sneaking into Travis’s room. Loved that little paragraph of her getting off the bed, btw. Steamy. Or, was the steamy just that one sentence?
Anyway, some of it was exciting. Some paragraphs I kind of para-read. It was quick. I’m curious to find out what happens now that she’s in some lighthouse with a stranger. And good riddance to the Sisterhood. They were creepy.
I think this story had some real potential to be great. There was something about it that kept me reading and I finished it in about two days. They shouldn't have killed off Travis. They should've focused more on the sisters and the secrets they kept since she spent so much time building it up. I was also disappointed that she didn't learn more about the girl from the outside. The fact that the book left me hanging at the end didn't really help much either. Over all I liked the book enough to read the sequel and find out what happens next. Till next time:
Oh yeah and the book choice for November should be up by midnight tonight: brace yourselves.
I had to keep reading! It started out being a very interesting story and I had to keep reading because I wanted to know all the answers. Plus it totally reminded me of "The Village".
Mary crawling over Travis.
First half, I was feeling some hope that it was some awful joke on "them"...Like "The Village".
Mary had a chance to see what was outside of the village...only because I wanted to know what was outside.
Glad Mary made it to the beach...all by herself without any loved ones with her and no hope for actual happiness....she totally deserved that...
2nd most depressing book EVER! (The Road being the first)
I wanted her to kill herself.
Couldn't stop thinking about how I would kill myself if I was a character in that story because it's so completely hopeless.
The Forest of Hands and Feet according to Cristin