I really enjoying this story. I am a huge fan of post-apocalyptic novels but so many are just sequels-in-waiting and they all begin to run together. I sincerely hope this author leaves this ending alone because like Mccarthy's The Road, I would rather be left with a sad but appropriate ending.
I swore off animal books when I was young because I kept getting traumatised with all the sadness. Then I read The Art Of Racing In The Rain and enjoyed it so I began reading books about animals again but this is the final straw. I am traumatised again and I quit. (It was a good book btw- just too sad for me).
I did not enjoy this book at all. Not due to any moral objections or prudishness on my part, I was just bored silly. I had to skim through parts because the dialog was so stilted I was actually getting annoyed and that is not usually my attitude. The whole dominate/submissive sexual scenes, while very explicit, were boring to me. I've read less explicit sexual scenes that were steamier, perhaps because the build up was better and the attraction between the main characters where believable. I thought from the beginning of this book the whole instant attraction and Mr. Grey with the attachment issues was so contrived I wanted to quit reading this book early on. If it wasn't for the need to review it, I certainly would have. I rarely gives books such low ratings so to say I disliked this book is an understatement.
I enjoyed Specials more than I did Pretties. It seemed to go back to ther original premise of the Uglies series, social commentary and change. There was a lot of action with some interesting sci-fi moments and the ending had a great message.
I thought Switched would be another in a string of YA supernatural books that I read and then quickly get it mixed up with all the others. I am happy to say I was wrong, even though it may be for mixed reactions. In the beginning Wendy irritated me to no end and I was not used to a protagonist that isn't A Great Heroic Person as in many recent YA which made me realize I was happy to be irritated by Wendy. Then I discovered this book was about trolls and changelings. Yeah, a YA book with a newer twist! (which I am sure will soon be copied by many more authors) Although the story would merit only three stars the originality of Hocking's book has me feeling generous with a four star review.
I expected this to be a humorous chick lit. book but was pleasantly surprised at the underlying serious issues about today's media and intrusions on privacy. I'm personally not a fan of celebrity gossip but this book held my attention and was a quick read.
This is a story about a young college lady named Ruth who comes home for summer break with a secret issue only to discover that her's is not the only issue she and her family will have to deal with that summer.I found the book easy to read and the issues that the characters had to deal with very relevant. My only problem with this story was that there were just so many darn things the author attempted to address. Had one character, say the main one, been the focus I may have been able to care more deeply but with everyone having a problem I found I couldn't get emotionally involved with anyone. That being said, this really wasn't a bad book. The issues it addresses are serious and were dealt with by the author very nicely. I can see a lot of potential for this to be a good choice of book for a reading group discussion.