Mar 19, 2015

Homecoming

Homecoming is the final book in The 100 series. I was really excited to read this one but I found that I wasn't as invested in the story as I was with the two previous books.


 Weeks after landing on Earth, the Hundred have managed to create a sense of order amidst their wild, chaotic surroundings. But their delicate balance comes crashing down with the arrival of new dropships from space.

These new arrivals are the lucky ones - back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone - but after making it safely to Earth, GLASS's luck seems to be running out. CLARKE leads a rescue party to the crash site, ready to treat the wounded, but she can't stop thinking about her parents who may still be alive. Meanwhile, WELLS struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and BELLAMY must decide whether to face or flee the crimes he thought he'd left behind.

It's time for the Hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they've found on Earth, or risk losing everything - and everyone - they love.


The dynamic that has been settled in The 100's camp is shifting, quickly. Everyone faces challenges that boils down to living or dying at the hand of an enemy.

There was a lot about this book that caught me off guard. Some of it was expected as far as the progression of the plot. But when it came to Well's and Sasha...that took me off guard. A part of me thinks it was unnecessary yet I completely understand why Kass Morgan took that direction with these two characters. It was important for the character development but it still makes me wish things cold have gone different. I loved Wells by the end of this series and to be honest he became one of my favorites. His development as a character was one of the best in this series.

I lost my connection to Glass and Luke in the second book. It didn't come back in Homecoming. I was really hoping it would because I enjoyed their story in the beginning. It wasn't even that I stopped enjoying it, but I lost that spark of wanting to go back to Glass's point of view to know what was happening. I also feel like Luke just didn't get enough dialogue in this book.

Bellamy and Clarke are the power couple of this series. Their personalities mesh so well together, they make each other better. It really shines in this book as you see Bellamy make tough decisions. I don't think he would have been so kind had Clarke not been in his life. She makes him a little more level headed while he makes Clarke a little more easy going in certain aspects. I love these two characters as their own and together.

Part of my problem with this final book I think had to do with the fact I watch the show. Season Two had just come to a close and it was so intense that when this book came to a close I felt it fell a little flat. It wasn't that it was dull, but the show kept filling my mind and I couldn't get past that. Because of this I feel like I should have held off reading this final book until I had some time to not have the show still so fresh in my mind.

Though I had mixed feelings about this finale book I did enjoy it. I wish things hadn't been so rushed at the end, but overall I enjoyed the story. I am giving Homecoming 3.5 out of 5 birds! I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good story told in the future. I would also recommend people watch the show because both hold something that is really interesting and you get invested in both stories. Because though the show is based on the books it is very different.



Mar 2, 2015

Day 21

Immediately after reading The 100 by Kass Morgan I wanted the next book. Thankfully I started this series at the right time. The second book is out and the third one just came out a week or so ago. After reading this one I had that same feeling of wanting to read the next right away.


 No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.


Day 21 picks up two days where The 100 leaves us. Even though I went a few weeks before being to able to get a copy of this book it didn't take me long to get back into the story. If anything it sucked me in even further. The characters have grown, the story has progressed and things are getting twisty and turny.

There is quiet a bit of character growth in this one especially with Wells. He frustrated and often annoyed me in the first book. I never wanted to read his chapters, always waiting for it to switch back to Bellamy or Clarke. With Day 21 I found myself actually enjoying his chapters. When he isn't obsessive over Clarke he's actually a really awesome character. I'm really curious how things will go for him in the next book. Especially since it seems he will be one very involved with the Earthborns.

Bellamy and Clarke's relationship takes the next step in this book and I loved every bit of it! I was not expecting for there to be a connection between them and their pasts. Yet, it was perfect. It brought them together on a deeper level and it made Clarke come to terms with what has been haunting her.

Surprisingly I wasn't as invested in Glass's story as I was in the first book. I love Luke. I think he is a fantastic character but there a moments where I find I get a little bored with Glass and her love story with Luke.  I can't pinpoint what it was this time around but I couldn't fall in to their story like before.

There we're quiet a few surprises in the book that I didn't see coming, but a part of me felt I should have caught on. I personally really enjoy reading these books. They are quickly paced, the storyline its self is very intriguing and to top it off you've got fantastic characters. Some could use a little bit more fleshing out but most are written really well.

Day 21 is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me! I'm starting the third book in this series right away. I'm really curious to see what will happen next after the way it was ended. I'd recommend this series to anyone who loves a book set in a future with well written characters and an interesting premise. It's easy to get caught up in the story.



 

Feb 24, 2015

Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls is either going to hook you or leave you wondering if you are going to finish the book at all. I went through both of these things. At first I was not sure if I would get through this book. Then all of a sudden right around the middle of the hundred page mark I was hooked. Nothing about this book was what I expected it was going to be.


Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be contained or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby. But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has deeply hidden away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.


For as long as Chloe can remember everyone has loved and done whatever Ruby wanted. Ruby wants cheesecake from the city you bet the boy went and got it for her despite the long drive. There was something about Ruby that made her not like the rest. Soon everything about Ruby and the secrets she holds close unravel.

Where do I even begin to start this review? This was a really unique book. It took me a good hundred pages in to even realize I liked it. The way that the story is told makes you question everything. You wonder if you missed something while reading--but you didn't. You wonder what the heck is going on with this character Ruby and now even after finishing the book I'm at a loss of words when it comes to Ruby.

Chloe was a character who I liked but never once really connected with. It's told from a very distant point of view. Though we are getting perspective from Chloe's take on everything you still don't get a very personal narration. What I loved about Chloe was she started to realize though her sister had this unnatural ability to make you do as she says, she would test the waters. Sometimes she did this unintentionally and felt really guilty about it. Other times she did it just to do something for herself.

Ruby is one of the most frustrating characters. I didn't like her very much. Though I did understand why she did what she did. Even though she did it out of good intentions everything was a downward spiral. She was controlling, manipulative, and had a very cold heart. A part of me wishes we could have seen inside Ruby's head if only to get some understanding of who she was. Because not even Chloe really knew her, not really.

The core of this story is sisterhood. There is not much romance if that is what you are looking for. The boys that are present in the book are so wrapped up in Ruby and don't have the best personalities. Pete was the idiot who made you laugh sometimes. Owen wasn't what I thought he was gonna be. Of all the boys I had a liking for Jonah. Just don't go into this book expecting a romance. You won't find it.

Everything about this book was very eerie. It had you expanding every muscle of your brain trying to understand what was happening in this town and why Ruby had this uncanny way of getting people to listen to her every word. I enjoyed this book despite the rocky start. That ending though left me puzzled and completely questioning everything all over again. Gotta give Nova Ren Suma credit because damn she can write a mind twisting book in an oddly beautiful way.

Imaginary Girls is getting 3.5 out of 5 birds from me! This book was not a favorite but I'm definitely glad I read it. I enjoyed the style of writing and the imagery it created. I don't know if I would recommend this book to everyone, but I feel like everyong should give it a chance. This would be an awesome book to sit down and discuss and try and figure out everything. Definitely check it out if you like a story that keeps you guessing and is pretty dark.









Feb 17, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. Which is what I plan to do today! I will be sharing two teasers from Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma!


"Ruby said I'd never drown--not in a deep ocean, not by shipwreck, not even by falling drunk into someones bottomless backyard pool." (pg 1)


"I shook my head. I wanted to tell her what I saw. But, more, I waned to know if she had a direct hand in it." (pg 149)











I'm not very far into this book yet, and I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it. It is written different than any book I've read and it is so eerie. I have a hunch it's going to get really good and twisty turny soon. Hope you enjoyed the teasers I picked for ya! Happy reading!

Feb 16, 2015

The Disenchantments

I've had The Disenchantments sitting on my bookshelf for a while now. I bought it knowing very little about the story. I loved the cover and knew that I wanted to read this authors previous books so I bought it. I'm glad that I finally read this book and that I waited as long as I did. If I'm being honest I couldn't have read this book at a more perfect time in my life.


 Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she's abandoning their plans - and Colby - to start college in the fall.

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what's next?

Morris Award–finalist Nina LaCour draws together the beauty and influences of music and art to brilliantly capture a group of friends on the brink of the rest of their lives.


The plan has always been to hit the road and wander Europe after graduating from high school. They've talked about it for years. Bev changes plans and decides college is her plan. Which leaves Colby to realize he has no plans for his life after being on the road for the girls tour ends.

There hasn't and probably won't be another book like this one. The Disenchantments is one of the most true to life, character driven, no sugar coating books I've read in a long time. Everything about it was real and genuine. Because of this and the fact I am the same age as these characters, who are being thrust into adulthood it was in a way a sigh of relief. Very much like Colby I am trying to figure out what the future holds, what I plan to do and having a character struggle with it more or equally as much as me made me connect with this book on a deep level.

Colby is a good guy. He's completely lost and trying to figure shit out after all his plans completely fall apart. It's easy to understand his anger towards Bev, his confusion. I haven't ever connected with a male character like I did with Colby. I understood his desire for something more in life and the worry of what came next.

Bev I didn't like very much. She was a bit of a wreck through the whole book. Quiet, not ever giving straight answers. I wanted to figure her out and understand why she did all that she did. It always seemed like she was screwing Colby over. I didn't think at the end I would like Bev but I found that I did. Everything about her and the way she acted came to full circle. It didn't justify her actions, not completely. She's the type that if you don't pay close attention to her you will miss something important in understanding her as a character. 

Meg was my favorite out of the characters in this book. With her pink hair and vibrant personality it was easy to love her. She was the one always smiling, happy compared to Colby and Bev. Even the happiest people aren't all rays of sunshine though and that made me love Meg even more.

There is romance in this book and yet none at all in certain aspects. I was torn about how I felt about the romance that was there and what I thought was implied. I personally was rooting for a romance with a certain character who wanted an old record player and Colby. A part of me feels like it was there implied in small sections that could easily be looked over if you weren't looking for it.

There is so much about this book that I loved. The dynamic and realistic relationships between Bev, Meg, Alexa and Colby. The way that Bev, Meg, and Alexa played music that didn't sound so good but they played it anyways. Their road trip. The message of the story. Though at times it may seem like nothing is happening, something is especially with the obsession with that tattoo. I got so caught up in this story without fully understanding what it was conveying. And then as you read that last page it hits you. You understand.

The Disenchantments is a really good, authentic book that is getting 4.5 out of 5 birds from me! I don't know if I would recommend this book to everyone. I say this because I feel like there are those few who won't understand the message or relate to Colby's fear of what comes next. This is not a bright and sunny read, it's quiet sad a lot. It's so good though. With that being said his is definitely a book that should be read by those who are facing adult hood, whether you are secure or insecure about it. Read this book.