I absolutely loved this book! I was leery about reading another teen supernatural book - I thought the Twilight books were awful (Vampires that glow in sunlight and play baseball? You've got to be kidding!) But I'm so glad I listened to Beautiful Creatures. The relationship between Lena and Ethan is developed as they get to know each other and reveal themselves to each other as opposed to the Twilight series where the attraction is all about how Bella smells. The authors really know how to portray the age old teenage question - how do I choose who I want to be? I highly recommend this book to teens and adults alike.
I don't often write reviews. But since I purchased this book based on the positive reviews and I really didn't like it, I feel compelled to state my own opinion in a review.
This book started out great. I loved Cassie - I loved the story from her point of view. But then it switched to three different male characters, which was hard to adjust to. And then it became about the harshness of military training - again, hard to adjust to. The story did flip back to Cassie eventually, but by then I wasn't sure I cared anymore.
I was also frustrated by the naivety of all the main characters (which is a nice way of saying how stupid they are) when they don't / can't / won't realize not all humans are humans. If the reader realizes this within the first third of the book, the main characters should at least pick it up by the first half of the book. But when the main characters don't comprehend this until nearly two-thirds of the book is over, then I question their intelligence. And I don't like brainless main characters.
I believe the book has a strong beginning and ending. But for the middle of the book - when I found myself finding chores to do instead of listening to the audiobook, then I knew this was not a five star read (or even a three or four star). I made myself finish the book (because of all the other positive reviews) but was again frustrated with the cliff hangers in the ending. I will not be purchasing the sequel to the 5th wave. I figure whatever ending I make up in my head will be better than what the author comes up with.
Usually, I only listen to audiobooks in my car. But this was so great, I kept finding excuses to listen to more of it!
It's been awhile since I listened to my last Kate Wilhelm book. So when I listened to the first couple of chapters of By Stone, by Blade, by Fire, I thought I might have missed a book or gotten something out of order. I had forgotten Kate's style of dropping us into an event or character and then going back and providing the background later.
I was absolutely caught up in the events of this book. Kate weaves a story where I root for the underdog and absolutely hate the bad guys. I love how she weaves the courtroom scenes so that I really care about objections raised and whether the judge will overrule or sustain!
Bravo, Kate! Love love love this story!
I loved this book! The story was intriguing and I loved the references to Walter Bishop and Torchwood. I thought the story would be over when they discovered the "mysteries" of the building, but it kept going! Love love loved it!
I really liked this book. It was so interesting to listen to the story from the point of view of someone who was human - but felt like he didn't fit into the world of the 'people'. The people are never referred to as vampires or monsters, instead it is understood that the people are normal - and the main character is the one who is different. The one who has to adapt in order to fit in.
I was surprised by the very ending of the book - so much that I immediately had to see if there was another book by Andrew Fukuda. I grew to care about the characters in the book and wanted to know what happens to them next!
I bought this book cause I was tired of waiting for the next Song of Fire and Ice book. Thought I would enjoy another story by George RR Martin. Boy was I disappointed. This book seemed to drag on forever. There were about seven times I thought - this will be the end of the book, but no it dragged on some more.
I don't usually write reviews, but felt strongly enough about this book that I thought I could save someone else the money - don't waste it on this book.
All of them!
I could not finish this book - it was that bad. The characters were not likeable at all. I couldn't find any redeeming qualities in them. And the story just dragged. After 2 hours of waiting for something to happen, I gave up.
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