Favourite quote: The Bravery was in moving forward, no matter what. Someday, she might be called on to jump again. And she would do it. She knew, now, that there was always light–beyond the dark, and the dear, out of the depths; there was sun to reach for, and air and space and freedom.
There was always a way up, and out, and no need to be afraid.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative.
In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive.
First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Simon and Schuster for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
Oh, The Uprising is such a mess, it really is. Once I opened the novel, I was hurled into paragraph after paragraph of info-dumping about what happened in the first book. Not a good way to try to impress me, novel. The most important events in this book are very predictable, with only one detail, I knew exactly who was the monk, what would happen with Alenna and her gang, and the ending. Another depressing thing is the writing. I love stories in first person but in The Uprising, the writing is so odd and stiff that I think it would have been better if it were written in third person. I was kind of expecting The Uprising to be a let-down, but I didn’t think it would ever be worse than the first one.
The romance is unbelievable this time around. Alenna and Liam are always touching each other and talking only to each other. They’re together so much that I honestly think Liam wipes Alenna’s ass as well. It’s ridiculous that it’s funny. Yes, it’s funny to read about their romance because it’s unrealistic and stupid. Lisa M. Stasse tries very hard to make Alenna and Liam into likable, caring leaders but it’s obvious that these two only care about each other and no one else. Since all they do is talk to each other. Alenna as a character is boring and annoying, her need to be with Liam and fight for him made me laugh. She’s nothing special, I don’t understand why everyone loves her. Also, Liam is a blank canvas, nothing, nothing is even remotely interesting about him. Not even his, ‘piercing blue eyes’.
I like the cover, it’s so pretty! Yup, that’s about all I liked about this book.
Lisa M. Stasse has created such a boring series. No doubt, there are times that I thought this series could have been great, with action packed scenes and an adorable romance. But instead, everything is contrived and boring, too forceful to even try to enjoy. And the romance is *shudders* I can’t even. Don’t read this unless you’re willing to lose some brain cells. If I decide to read the third book, I’m sure as hell not doing that sober.
Release Date: March 5, 2013 (Original date: June 1, 1996)
Pages: 224 (Paperback)
For Steve York, life was good. He had a 4.0 GPA, friends he could trust, and a girl he loved. Now he spends his days smoked out, not so much living as simply existing.
But his herbal endeavors — and personal demons — have led to a severe lack of motivation. Steve’s flunking out, but if he writes a one-hundred-page paper, he can graduate.
Steve realizes he must write what he knows. And through telling the story of how he got to where he is, he discovers exactly where he wants to be….
A beautiful story about love and how messed up it can make us. Told from the perspective of Steve York, a teen going in a downwards spiral from really great to not-so-great. The beginning is fast paced and funny but somewhere during the second part it slows down a lot. The characters are original and very likeable I fell in love with Doug, Steve, and Sarah right away. Overall,this is a great read.
There is only a few flaws that kept Rats Saw God from being a five-star read for me. One of those things is that it’s really disorganized with the past and present stories. Instead of taking readers to the past for an explanation for something that affects Steve in the present, Rob Thomas takes readers to the past of something that doesn’t have any real connection to anything in the chapter. Another reason it didn’t make my favourite shelf is because during the second half, things slow down by a great deal to an almost snail-like pace which made the story seem boring even though it shouldn’t have been. And even though I love Steve, he’s a great character, during the second half of the story, Steve becomes this lovesick puppy that is not as funny as he was during the first half.
Stories with a male protagonist, I expect there to be tons of humour and sarcastic content. I don’t know why, I just do. Rats Saw God delivers and surpasses my expectations with very funny, realistic characters and a relaxed, sarcastic writing style. Steve, as a character really grows and learns a lot throughout the novel that it’s hard not to feel empathetic for him. The relationship between Doug and Steve is strong too, with their love for nothing (a.k.a. Dadaism) and video games, it’s a lot of fun to read about them.
Rats Saw God is quite a moving novel about love, life, and growing up. I recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read with a serious undertone. And really, this novel is a story within a story, which is a bonus.
4.3/5-The idea behind this is really clever, I loved the plot. I was so excited for it because it sounded so cool. And the book was, but to an extent.
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
The idea for Fracture was amazing and I loved it a lot. It was really well written and a few surprising things happens in this book. Although the plot was good, the characters’ weren’t the best and seemed as if Megan Miranda didn’t know what to do with one or two of them. The most interesting character to me, was Carson because of his story and everything that had happened to him.
The relationship between Delaney and Decker is very complicated and yet it’s still typical. I wished Megan Miranda could have stayed away from their friendship and focused more on the weird sensations Delaney got. Also I didn’t like how easily Delaney got pushed around by everyone in her life. I hated how Troy bossed her around even though they barely knew each other. The ending was so typical and plain that I almost threw the book out the window. I understand that authors’ have to end the book but it was so plain it bored me.
What I loved about this book was that, even though the ending was boring I was hooked since the very first page. I really couldn`t put it down. Megan Miranda didn`t waste any time writing unimportant things. One of my favourite parts about this book was how much pressure was on Delaney to help Carson out and to make sure that he was okay. It was interesting reading the way Megan Miranda wrote the scene and described what was happening while still making it interesting. Another part that I liked was the last scene between Troy and Delaney. I knew something was going to happen but I flipped out not only when she showed him but also when he chose to accept it. I actually loved that part and flipped out. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves stories about near death experiences and how it effects people’s lives. It’s also a great read for anyone who loves books with friendships that might turn into something more. Megan Miranda did a good job with her debut novel, I will be waiting to read her next novel, Hysteria which is coming out in 2013.
3.8/5 I had to think a lot about rating this because I wasn’t sure if I should give it a 4 or a very high 3.
17 year-old Theseus Cassio Lowood (Cas) is a ghost hunter. He has been sending ghosts away for 3 years now, trying to get his anger out because of his father’s death. He moves to Thunder Bay, Canada to kill Anna Korlov. Anna dressed in blood because she has apparently been killing many innocent people. What will he do when he just cannot kill her?
What I don’t like about this book is that it was extremely hard for me to picture what most of the character’s look like. I know that Kendare Blake was trying to make it in Cas’ point of view, but she really made it hard for me to picture what he looked like. All I knew were little bits and pieces that looked like a half finished painting in my mind. I also don’t like how rushed this novel is. I would have loved it more, no doubt if she put more description and made it longer and stretched it out more.
What I like about this book is Cas’ and Anna’s relationship. Actually, I love how Cas’ treats the ghosts. He treats a lot of the ghosts with respect and tries to be gentle with them. I also like Thomas mostly because he sounds a lot like my best friend, Kate. Near the ending was very intense for me and I started flipping out (which means that I’m reading a good book). I just couldn’t put it down when I reached around page 220. I really hope Kendare Blake didn’t rush through her next book, Girl Of Nightmares. But I’m still going to read it.