And although The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau, is certainly not one such novel that will go down in history, it is at least a very entertaining read, filled with suspense, intrigue, and all of the qualities expected in a dystopian thriller.
The 5th Wave is creepy good, steeped with a smidgen of classic sci-fi storytelling at its best and infused with fresh perspectives about what it really means to be human.
Cricket’s narration vacillates between hyperbole and thoughtful introspection, making the text feel uneven in places; this reflects Cricket’s development, as the narration matures along with Cricket.
The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.
Scheming and action carry readers at a breathless pace to an end that may surprise them and will definitely leave them panting for the series’ conclusion.
...Shepherd’s atmospheric interpretation ought to pull readers in, with unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave them craving more.
To read this intensely private work is to look over the artist's shoulder as he crafts his own afterworld, a place where he lies in silent embrace with those he loves forever.
"Reached" practically groans with its wide-ranging ambition . . . readers will mourn what's lost.
Rebel Heart became too romancey for me, without enough action to justify this.
In less expert hands, this would be one more book about a Boston gangster. From Mr. Lehane it is a classic take on the underworld and how to survive in it.
This is just about the best way for Lowry to bookend a series she never intended to last beyond a single volume.
But while the story is well-executed, with characters readers will grow to care about, its reliance on well-worn themes of governmental corruption and class warfare may make it difficult to stand out in a crowded genre.
I can’t say that I was terribly impressed with the book, it felt like filler for the proposed series.
Smart readers will find a heroine in girly, intellectual Gigi—all the while winking at her nerdy jokes.
Overall, I thought that the book was very funny and good; it just wasn't for me. However, I would recommend it to teenage girls who want a funny and heart-warming read.
Boys will love this series for the action, and girls will love the epic romance part
This is a fantasy series I would highly recommend, especially if you are new to this genre.
This was such a beautiful and heart-melting novel.
It truly did a successful job of examining small town family life and some of the issues that arise at the passing of a loved one.
It's a girl's story who is pulled out of one world and put into another, one all sparkles and another quite the opposite, both of which she can't seem to fit into. It's the type of story that I've always been a sucker for, but has much MUCH more. To say more than I have, would be to ruin it, but READ it or you're seriously missing out!