May 28, 2014

Review of "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Pub. Date: May 13th 2014
Pages: 240

Short Sweet Synopsis:  Cadence Sinclair Easton, Cady, was in an accident that she can't remember, which has altered her life forever.  No amount of her family's fortune can mend her brain; she will have to find a way to remember on her own, but will she be able to handle the truth?

"We Were Liars" was a wonderful book; I read it in just a few sittings.  I had to know what happened to Cady!  What is Gat's issue?  Why are Johnny and Mirren being so selfish?  My brain was full of these questions and more.  At first, I found E. Lockhart's writing style to be a bit confusing, but I got used to is pretty quickly.  Cady's brain is broken, so how can you expect her narrative to be clear?  I thought Lockhart did a wonderful job of showing us Cady's mental instability.

"We Were Liars" was not just about Cady's personal struggles; it was also about the family dynamic.  Yes Cady's family has more money than I can imagine, but we learn that family expectations and pressures add conflicts that wear down on all its members.  It was awful seeing how the family was, essentially, tearing themselves apart.

By the end of the book I was completely shocked when all was revealed.  I did not see any of it coming.  I would never have guessed what the accident was!  If I had taken time to stop reading and really think about what was happening, I guess I might have been able to figure out some of it.  I was just so entranced with "We Were Liars" that there was no way I was going to put it down!  I was truly caught up in this book and I think that, if you read the book with an open mind, you will too!

May 26, 2014

Review of "Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pub. Date: January 14th, 2014
Pages: 396

Short and Sweet Synopsis:  The peculiar children have left their island and now must find a way to save Miss Peregrine by exploring time loops with wights and hollowgasts on their tail.

"Hollow City" was a really good book; it had a great plot and interesting new characters.  I especially enjoyed learning about the different time loops.  The book had a good pace and I was constantly worried about the well being of the characters, especially Miss Peregrine.  Would she stay a bird or would the children some how succeed in their impossible quest?  Another aspect of the book that I appreciated was seeing Jacob's peculiar ability develop.

My one criticism of "Hollow City" is that the photographs didn't feel like they added anything to the story.  When "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" came out, I thought the photographs eerily fit the story; however, the photographs in "Hollow City" felt like more of an afterthought.  The pictures in this sequel weren't always good representations of the story or characters.

Overall, "Hollow City" was great!  The photographs were disappointing, but the  story and characters were very intriguing.  There was a twist at the end of the book that I did not see coming and left me craving more.  I will be continuing with this series!

May 9, 2014

Review of "The One" by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Pub. Date: May 6th 2014
Pages: 323

Short and Sweet Synopsis:  In the third book of "The Selection" series, we finally find out if Maxon will choose America to be his queen!!!  There are also rebels trying to kill people all the time and the small problem of Aspen, America's first love, being a guard in the castle.  Oh the DRAMA!!!

I loved this book so much that I read it in one night! I got into bed expecting to read a few pages and ended up finishing the book.  This was such a great series and I'm happy that it held up from start to finish.

Even though I new how it would end, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.  I just loved the characters and enjoyed seeing what antics they would be up to next.   Whether it was sneaking around the castle, wearing another ridiculous gown, or openly defying royalty;  I just couldn't get enough!

If you are a fan of romance, humor, big dresses, and dystopia;  then this is the perfect series for you!  It doesn't sound like it would be a recipe for a great book, but it's kind of like ketchup and eggs.  Sounds disgusting and an affront to breakfast,  but you eventually try it and find you can't have eggs without ketchup.

I just realized that the series is over and I feel sad.  What will I do without America and Maxon banter?!?!  As I say this, I wonder if it is really over... YA authors are tricky with their series.  There could be more!!!  Maybe I don't have reason to fret!  For the time being, does anyone know of another amazingly hilarious YA couple?  I think I'm going through withdrawal already...