Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

"Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings." -Wings, by Aprilynnepike Pike

I am giving this one a 4 out of 5 stars for the simple reason alone: I would have NEVER let my girlfriend run off to possibly die with some beautiful man while waiting in the car. However, that is my only critique, and really it's just a personal preference. I've got #tigerblood. #winning.

I received this book on my new iPad 2, and it was the first ebook I ever read. So let me first say to the publishers who thought giving away this book for free was a good idea because it really was. I have been torn for years about the subject of ebooks as there is simply nothing like having a real paper book in your hand. However, it was beyond nice to even read it in the dark while curled up next to my daughter while waiting to fall asleep.

I will not only buy this book in copy for my library, but I now will be purchasing the next two for my IPad 2 as well as hard cover.

You instantly fall in love with Laurel, and David simply warms your heart. I have a thing for little science geeks anyway, and other then the above cited critique David is adorable.

Pike really has a nice little spin on the Modern Fairy Tales, and I can't wait to dig into her world even further.

Go get this book. It's still available for FREE at Amazon.com among other places.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

"In Mary's world, there are simple truths. Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?" from Carrie Ryan Website


I gave this book three stars on my goodreads account, because no matter how much I tried to get into it simply never swept me in. There is a lot of beautiful imagery like on page 158,

"Her long black hair framing skin that was both pale and dark, like the moon as it hangs over the horizon.'~The Forest of Hands and Teeth, page 158.

That really struck me as beautiful, and the entire book is fixed with certain imagery that will keep you interested. However, I as I stood there with Mary while she finally saw her ocean I couldn't help but feel like there is just something..missing. Without too many spoilers I felt that her reaction to the shore was very unrealistic. I guess also I wanted to know more how she felt period. Did she feel small like we all do staring at it? Did she see her mother there? Was it everything she ever imagined? Granted..a lot was going on, so perhaps I'm being a bit harsh, but besides that I do feel desired to read the next one. I did like the book, and for what it was it was a very interesting concept.

I simply wished that I could have felt something for this book, even if it was negative, I personally just failed to connect. However, still go read it--it is certainly worth it.