Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Maze Runner

A lot of books lately are being turned into movies.  When that happens, I like to read the books first.  Why?  Because the book is always better!  If you read my previous posts, you know I have a friend that always lets me borrow tons of books.  This one was in the pile and I figured I better go ahead and read it before the movie comes out.  All I have to say about this is HOLY HUNGER GAMES BATMAN!   I cannot think of anything else to compare it to. 

I don't think I need to tell you what this book is about.  A little obvious from the title.  The beginning of this book was a little slow and confusing.  But now that I think back on it, I think it was a brilliant way of starting the book!  The main character is plopped in this location where the maze is and all he knows is his name is Thomas.  Okay, so that means all we know is that his name is Thomas.  Feel frustration level rising!  Then Thomas starts trying to talk to the other boys in the area and they all tell him not to ask questions, not to try figuring anything out, just make it through the day and learn.  Lots of frustration at this point.  I want answers and details!  By not knowing, however, you are able to be right there, step by step, with Thomas as he tries to figure everything out.  We, as the reader, are a part of the story.  Not an outside entity that knows all the answers.  We don't know anything about the maze or why Thomas was chosen or why he can't remember anything.  Our frustration and feelings match what Thomas is going through.  Awesome book.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Trap

So first off, don't mind my sheets in the picture.  This was one of those classic just one more chapter nights that turned into finishing the book close to midnight.  I was so close, I just had to keep going. 

The Trap is the third and final book in the Hunt Trilogy by Andrew Fukuda.  I don't remember how I came across the first book in the series, The Hunt.  Probably one of those Amazon recommends books that sounded interesting.  All I know is I got it on my nook and read it in no time.  Then the second book, The Prey, came out and I again read it in no time on my nook.  Usually, if I start reading a series on my nook, I like to finish up the series that way.  But I was in Barnes and Noble and had a gift card burning a hole in my wallet.  I turned the corner, saw The Trap, and just had to get it right then and there.  And true to the first two books, this one took me no time to read.  It helped a lot that the chapters are really short.  I feel like I read quicker if that is the case.  And then one more chapter isn't too bad to say to yourself...well, unless you keep saying it to yourself until you finish the book!

What I like about this storyline is it is not your typical vampire book.  In fact, not once is the word vampire mentioned.  The so-called vampires in these books are just People.  Or they are named Duskers by the non-People because they come out of hiding at dusk.  They have fangs and claws and the sun kills them.  It's the little differences from typical vampires that make them so much more appealing.  They show no emotion outwardly, but if they are amused, they scratch their wrists.  It's equivalent to them laughing.  The harder they scratch, the mose amused they are.  Then there are the Hepers, the non-People.  As with the vampires, this group is never referred to as humans.

I really liked all three books and was really into this book until the end.  It did a good job of explaining some things, but still left so much unexplained.  And I felt like the end was very anti-climactic.  It almost felt like the author was taking the phrase riding off into the sunset a little too literally.  Because that is exactly how the book ended.  Still really good though and I would be interested in reading other books by Andrew Fukuda.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Night of the Dark Horse

I have to first say I was very sad reading this book.  It is the last book in the Allegra Fairweather series.  I don't want to say the writing style isn't that great, but I know a lot of people that would complain (still a million times better than that crap 50 Shades of Annoying!).  It's a very fun series and I love the story so much that it is easy for me to sit back and read it and not criticize the writing style.  And even better about this happens in IRELAND!!!!!  If you know me, I am obsessed with anything dealing with Ireland.  So much so that I tried to read some of the dialogue in the story out loud so I could see if I could do it with an Irish accent ;)

Okay back to the story.  I read these books in order of how they were on the author's website.  However, reading them in this order is kind of out of place!  There are four books in the series.  This book technically takes place after the second book, even though it is the fourth book in the series.  So I had issues with that.  One of the main characters was injured in the second book.  In the third book everything was all fine and dandy, but the fourth book has the character injured again.  But if that is the only thing I can complain about, then I think that's a pretty good thing ;)

Now on to the next book!  My super awesome friend let me borrow a bunch of her books so I will be reading on of her books.