The Last Star by Rick Yancey

If you haven’t read the first two books in the trilogy don’t read this review. I don’t want to ruin who lives and dies for you. If you want spoiler free reviews of the first two books you can check out my review for The 5th Wave here and The Infinite Sea here

The Last Star was everything I wanted and more. The conclusion was great, heck the whole book was great. The plot was fast paced and kept me on my toes. I am still sad that I won’t get to read more about these characters but I feel like it ended nicely and I’m satisfied.

Summary: 

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human – goodreads

Favorite things:

Sam.I loved that  you could really see how much everything has changed Sam. He can’t remember his ABCs yet he can build a bomb, he has grown up too fast and it’s sad.

All the couples. So there is one couple that people seem to be really upset about. They keep talking about how there was never anything between these two characters and that Yancey just put them together because it had to be, but this is just not how I saw it. As much as I hated it these two had chemistry from the start and I have seen them getting together the whole time. So in a way I was kind of happy they finally got together.

The characters. I loved them for the same reasons I have in the first two books. They all have such great personalities and I have really enjoyed watching them grow and change.

The ending. If you have read the book you will understand why I have mixed feelings about the ending. That being said, it was really satisfying ending and I feel like it was a good conclusion for the trilogy.

Some favorite quotes:

“For some, death is the midwife to faith. For others, it is faith’s executioner.”

“Some things, down to the smallest of tings, are worth the sum of all things.”

“You don’t run from the people who need you. You fight for them. You fight beside them. No matter the cost. No matter the risk.”

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word a little more often than I would like.

Physical romance?

There isn’t a whole lot, but there is some and there is a fair amount of discussion about it.

Gore?

A little, but it’s not terrible.

Will you cry?

Probably, I was very close to crying but I held it together.

Overall rating?

four out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.

 

If you have read The Last Star, what do you think about it? Were you satisfied? Also, did you feel like Cassie was a tiny bit inconsistent in this one? I’m on the fence about it myself.

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Exit, Pursued by A Bear by E.K. Johnston

I bought this book because of the cover. I have cheered most of my life and I was so excited to see a book that at least involved cheerleading at some level. So I was a little surprised to find that this book was about a girl who was raped. I was kind of afraid to read it because I was worried that it was going to be really heavy  and dark but this book dealt with a very heavy topic in a good way. I was also afraid that it would be really graphic and it wasn’t in the least bit. It’s raw and honest, but not graphic. This book was a really good emotional read that has a lot to say about not just over coming rape but over coming any tough situation.

Summary: 

Hermione is the captain of her cheerleading team with her best friend Polly, it’s their senior year and sadly their last year to cheer. Hermione goes into her last cheer camp excited and ready to make the most of every last second. Camp is a blast and on the last Friday everyone dresses up and goes to a dance, unfortunately for Hermione someone slips a drug into her drink and rapes her.

Hermione fights to keep control and refuses to be a cautionary tale. With the support of her family and friends we get to watch Hermione as she takes back the control, heals, and wins.

 

Favorite things:

The cover. Can we stop and just take a moment to gaze at this cover, seriously just look at it.  It’s just SO beautiful and it relates to the story perfectly.

Descriptions. The descriptions in this book were excellent.  There were times that I felt like I was  actually in cheer camp. The day she wakes up in the hospital after being raped is full of emotions and I was surprised when I actually started feeling the panic and emotion.

Hermione. The way that Hermione deals with her rape is empowering. She refuses to let it define her and she doesn’t want to become known as the girl that helped make someone’s career. While she wants justice and to know who did it, it isn’t her main goal and there is something to be said for that. Because she doesn’t remember the rape she feels distant from it which makes her recovery a little more interesting. She is a strong, smart, ambitious women and she doesn’t let the fact that she was raped change what she is going to do. She deals with it and moves on with her life.

Polly. Polly is Hermione’s best friend and she is wonderful. She is just one of those friends you wish you had or wish that you could be for someone. She is always there for Hermione and  is just great. If I start talking about her I might not stop.

Community. So most of the reviews I read talked about how the community rallied around Hermione and supported her, which they did (a lot more than most do). However, that doesn’t mean that things are easy for her. Rumors run like wild fire through the school and she is bullied online. I felt so bad for Hermione when she first comes back to cheer practice because the boys aren’t sure how to act around her and she calls them on it (which I liked). And I my heart broke for her parents because they aren’t sure what to do either. Also, I really liked her therapist.

Cheer. When I started reading this book I almost put it down before finishing the first chapter because I thought it was going to make cheerleading out to be like all of the terrible stereotypes but I kept on reading and was relived that it didn’t. Intentional or not I don’t know, but having Hermione be a cheerleader led to the most natural conflict. Hermione is a flyer which means that she has to be picked up and that she has to trust the boys on the team to keep her up in the air and catch her even when she isn’t sure how to trust guys in general at first. Especially since she doesn’t know that it wasn’t one of the guys on her team that attacked her.

Not so favorite things:

I could not stand her boyfriend Leo. He was a real jerk. He had a jealously problem and he didn’t even bother to text and check on her after she was attacked. In fact he would hardly even look at her. He treated her like it was her fault and that made me mad. He does get a little better towards the end though, so there is that.

On a more serious note I have kind of mixed feelings about how almost simple this book was. There’s conflict and things aren’t great for the characters but I just feel like every little problem is resolved quickly and without a whole lot of problems or difficulty. SPOILER ALERT skip the next paragraph if you are really worried about it, but it’s not a huge surprise.

Even her pregnancy is quickly resolved with no problems and little after thought.

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The book just felt so perfect, everyone supported every choice she made and while I know this would be the ideal situation it just doesn’t happen that often. That being said I don’t hate the fact that everything worked out for her and that she had all of that support.

Another thing is that I just feel like I missed something with this book. All of these people are talking about the impact this book had and how it made them feel, and at the end I didn’t really feel anything. In fact I had a hard time gathering my thoughts for this book, I had to rewrite this review three times. I’m not sure why I am having such a hard time processing it. I cared about the characters and I was of course mad and upset for Hermione but… I don’t know. Maybe I need to reread it, I read it all in one sitting and I did enjoy the story I just feel like I missed something.

Some favorite quotes:

“Maybe this would be easier if I acted like I am broken. Then they’ll be able to fix me. You can’t fix something that doesn’t know it’s broken.”

“I forget that I am damaged and remember that I love to fly.”

“Polly will make sure you look perfect when you land, and I’m the one that will make sure someone is in the right place to catch you.”

The quills:

Cursing?

There isn’t a whole lot of cursing, but the f word is used one or twice and there is some other minor language sprinkled though out.

Physical romance?

Not really.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

I didn’t cry, but I think most people that read this book do at some point. Especially if you or a loved one have had to deal with a similar situation.

Overall rating?

Three out of five hedgehogs

I don’t know, I may change this later if I reread it but for now three is where I’m at.

The Author:

E. K. Johnston who you can follow from the links below.

Website

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Do you think the cover is as perfect as I do? Do you feel like this book was too perfect as well?

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This book is witty, fast paced, fun, and unique. The story is told in so many other formats than just your generic chapter format. I really enjoyed this book, it’s everything I wanted it to be and more, (pun intended).

Summary:

Madeline has a rare disease that makes her allergic to everything, the only company she has is her mom and her nurse, she has never been outside of her house, and she has to go to school online. Madeline for the most part is content with this, (she doesn’t give herself any choice but to be), that is until a new family moves in next door and she sees Olly. She immediately wants to know more about him, she starts to fall in love with him, and then everything just goes downhill from there.

Favorite things:

Format. I was so excited when I opened the book and saw all of the unique medians that are used. There are pictures, charts, texts, and emails to name a few. I loved these so much it make the book much more fun to read and it fit in so well with the plot and the characters. To be honest, the format alone could have made me adore this book.

Olly and Madeline. This might just be one of the cutest relationships. They are so different and witty. I loved reading all of their interactions, it was very easy to really see the two characters personalities through the emails and messages. The relationship it’s self is just so sweet cheesey, I enjoyed it.

The plot. I liked 90% of the plot in this novel. The whole thing was fast moving and kept you interested and always wondering what would happen next. Then we got to the ending and things went from “fast paced” to “who hit the fast forward button?” I didn’t mind this too much, but I know some people were pretty upset by it.

Instalove. I know, I know “no one likes instalove, instalove is unrealistic.” But here is the thing, I don’t mind a little bit of instalove. Especially not in this case. Madeline has been locked in her house, which would make her have very little social skills, not to mention the fact that she hasn’t seen many people offline. So in my humble opinion it makes sense that she would fall for the first guy that she has any real life interaction with, granted I didn’t expect her to take things as far as she did. There is my thought on the topic, take it or leave it.

The Quills:

Cursing?

It was pretty  minimal, but what is there I would call PG-13

Physical romance?

Yep, their innocent relationship doesn’t stay that way. It’s not what I would call explicit, and it’s pretty minimal (like I think it was only discussed for a page, maybe two).

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

No.

Overall rating?

Four out of five hedgehogs

I really liked this book and how different it was, that being said there were a few things that just don’t add up. I won’t go into details because of spoilers.

The Author:

Nicola Yoon, she writes her first drafts by hand in notebooks, which I think is so neat. Also, her husband did the illustration for Everything, Everything.

Be sure to check out her website and her Twitter.

What are your thoughts/feelings towards instalove in general? Have you read Everything, Everything, if so what did you think about it?

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This book swept me off my feet. It was sweet, funny, and the perfect summer or spring break read. I loved the characters, and could relate so much to Emily. There is not one thing I would change about this book, I absolutely loved it. 18189606

Summary:

Emily and Sloane are best friends and they have the perfect summer planned. Emily goes away for the weekend and comes back only to find that Sloane has disappeared. Her house is empty, she doesn’t answer calls or texts, and the only thing she left behind was a list. The list ranges from tasks like picking apples at night to kissing a stranger and going skinny dipping. Emily decides that the list will lead her to Sloane, so she spends her summer working through the list with some unexpected help from Frank Porter and some others along the way. She has no clue what she will discover at the end or who she will meet along the way.

 

Favorite things:

There’s a bunch of them, so I’m going to keep the comments short and sweet (or try to anyway).

The characters. Every character in this book, no matter how minor they are, are all very well developed. Each one was so unique, different, and very quirky.

The humor. This book was actually pretty funny. Emily isn’t a perfect character and there’s one scene at a drive-in theater that had me cracking up.

Emily. I could relate to Emily on so many levels. I could picture myself acting and feeling exactly like she did and that just made me love this book even more.

Her parents. They were the cutest. They are both play writers and have this passion and great hobby that they share. Can anyone say #relationshipgoals?

Friendship.  I went kind of back and forth on my feelings about Sloane. I went from wishing I had a friend like Sloane to feeling like she wasn’t the best friend ever. She leaves then doesn’t answer phone calls or texts (won’t go into the explanation for this because of spoilers). Not only that but I feel like in some ways she didn’t accept Emily for who she was. The whole list was full of things that Emily had either previously refused to do, or things she wouldn’t have done.  (So this next part may go against the popular opinion, but these are my thoughts.)While Emily’s and Sloane’s friendship sounded amazing, it really wasn’t healthy. I felt like Emily was codependent on Sloane, it was almost as if she couldn’t breath without being with her or telling her every little thing that happened. I was so happy to watch her grow apart from Sloane and become more independent. It was a really nice character arc that you (or at least I), haven’t seen done that often lately.

The playlists. Even though I didn’t know most of the songs on the playlists through out the book, I liked them and felt like it showed a lot about the characters.

The flashbacks. I really enjoyed the flashbacks that were in most chapters. They were really relevant to what was going on in the present, and they were the main way we learned about Sloane and Emily’s friendship.

The one conversation. There’s this one part when Emily spends all night talking to someone (won’t say who), and I loved how it was written. It perfectly depicted a night when you stay up talking to someone forever about everything.

Living Room Theater. Who wouldn’t want to get a bunch of friends together and do a play in your living room with no prep or anything? It would be awesome.

Some favorite quotes:

There  were so many parts and quotes throughout this book that I used up the last of my little sticky flags. I just bonded with this book so much, I loved it. Here is photo evidence of how many little flags I used. Nats iphone 506

“It was Sloane-you usually didn’t need more than that to have the best Wednesday of your life.”

“Maybe she didn’t do something big. Maybe she just told someone something.”

“You can’t just leave people behind because you think it’s going to be too hard to commit to a friendship. You can’t live your life that way.”

The quills:

Cursing?

Nope, like it’s pretty PG. I was so impressed by this.

Physical romance?

This was almost PG too. A few kisses, and there is one scene where a group of the characters go skinny dipping but it’s never graphic or anything. I appreciated this a lot.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

Nope.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs.

I would give this book six if I could.

The author:

Morgan Matson, who I got to meet, but before I read the book so it didn’t count. She just happened to be on a panel I saw.

Website

Twitter

 

Have you read this book? Do you love it as much as I do?

Are you more like Sloane or Emily? Personally, I’m more like Emily.

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Honestly, I was disappointed by this book. I went into it with high expectations and they crumbled. I didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I would have liked, and while I liked Eleanor and Park as a couple, I didn’t feel the relationship as much as I wanted. It was an alright read, but it didn’t sweep me off my feet or anything. I really wanted to like this book, and I feel like maybe I need to reread it because I must have missed something since I seem to be the only one who didn’t get it.

Summary:

This story takes place over the course of one school year during 1986. Eleanor is the new girl at school and she meets another misfit named Park. They both know that first loves very rarely make it, but are brave enough to try.

Favorites:

Page 59. So I have to be honest, I started this book off disappointed. Everyone talked about how good this book was and said that the writing was amazing. I went in with these high expectations and I just didn’t see any of it. Until page 59. I’m not sure why page 59 but that was when I realized this book was alright and I started enjoying it.

Eleanor. She was such a unique main character. I feel like lately the trend has been to have these beautifully dressed, out-spoken, main characters, and Eleanor wasn’t. She was just herself. She’s broken, she has this awful life at home, and life is just rough for her. I just wanted to hug her and fix everything.

 Eleanor and Park. I felt like their relationship was really natural, and I like that they didn’t immediately like each other. I also found it so sweet how they knew that if they could just see each other all of the problems in life would fade away and for a moment they could be happy.

Park’s mom. I loved Park’s mom. At first I didn’t, but once she started kind of taking Eleanor in under her wing, it was just so sweet. And I just loved her overall personality, and that fact that you could tell who really ran the house.

The ending. I have a love/hate relationship with this ending. I won’t say what happens, but if you have read it you know what I’m talking about. It needed to happen, even though you didn’t want it to. However, I feel like the very last paragraph of the book brings hope for Eleanor and Park. I liked it.

Some favorite quotes:

“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”

“I don’t like you. I need you.”

“He looked like himself but bolder. Like Park with the volume turned all the way up.”

 

The Quills:

Cursing?

Personally, I had an issue with the language in the book. The f word is used, which I can kind of look past, it’s hard to avoid these days. There is also some vulgar phrases, I understand they were put in there to prove a point, and I get that, I do. However, the characters were always misusing the names of God, and not just in a OMG kind of way. That bothered me, but I’m not letting it change how I rate the book.

Physical romance?

Yes, I would say it’s PG-13, and when there is physical romance, it’s not what I would call graphic. I’m having a hard time explaining how it’s done really.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

Maybe, I didn’t but  I know a bunch of people who did.

Overall rating?

Three out of five hedgehogs.

Just don’t go into it with crazy high expectations like I did. Most people liked it, I just didn’t.

The Author:

Rainbow Rowell you can check out her website here.

Click the links below to some of her social media sites.

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Extras:

Get some really cute Eleanor and Park merch here.

Were you let down by this book, or is it just me?

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Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank

Summary:

This book follows Chess, a girl who was having one of the most romantic nights of her life when things went south and an embarrassing accident leaves her in the hospital where it is discovered that she has Crohn’s Disease. She gets put in a room with another girl who also has Crohn’s Disease. Only this girl, Shannon, has been treating it most of her life. It makes Chess wonder if she will be like Shannon in a couple of years, back in the hospital having another surgery.

Favorite things:

The layout. When I opened this book just to look at it, the first thing I noticed was the unique layout. It made me want to read the book immediately.  Most pages have a line down the middle. The line acts as the curtain that is dividing them in the hospital room, I thought that was super neat and gave a more hospital feel to it.

Verse. The story is written in verse format, which is something I’m kind of on the fence about. I have only read one other book written in verse so I’m not used to it. I know that it is pretty hard to write in verse, but I think that Frank did a great job with it. I still felt connected with the characters and I learned things about their lives. I feel like it being written in verse added a new layer of almost mystery to the story.

The girls. These two girls are so different and Shannon’s attitude is just great. She’s kind of just edgy, no nonsense, and isn’t afraid to tell anyone how they feel. While Chess is quite and uncomplaining, most of the time.

Some favorite quotes:

These are not in the same format as they are in the book, I changed format for ease of posting.

“And in the silence left by all the words unsaid, its pretty clear I’ve stepped off the edge of my life Into sickland.”

“Who’s ‘you’ when your own body is your biggest enemy? If her own body can’t recognize her, how can she?”

“I wish I could just be me. Without my body.”

“We don’t take stress. We give stress.”

The Quills:

Cursing?

The F word is used a couple of times, along with other curse words.

Physical romance?

Not really.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

I doubt it, unless you know someone who is going through Crohn’s Disease then maybe.

Overall rating?

Three out of five hedgehogs.

I loved the format and I thought the book as a whole was unique, but I just felt like it was missing something  There were also times when I wasn’t 100% sure what was going on.

The Author:

Lucy Frank who you can read a lot more about here on her site.

Extras:

You can watch Frank read a passage of the book here.

What are your thoughts on books written in verse?

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Unremembered by Jessica Brody

I have no clue why I waited so long to read this book, I’m kicking myself for it now. I’ve known about it for so long I just never read it.

Summary:

In Unremembered we follow this girl who wakes up in the wreckage of a plane crash where she is the only survivor. She has no memory of who she is or what happened, she is a blank slate. To top it off no one can find anything about her, it’s as if she never existed. Every clue she finds as to who she is just leads to more questions. Her only hope is a boy who claims to have known her, he tells her that there are people after her and that they need to run.  Can she trust him? Will they make it to safety?

I’m terrible at summaries, I apologize.
Favorite things:

Clues. Through out the most of the book we are given clues to as what has happened to Sera. She finds things and gains information and honestly I wasn’t sure how it was all going to fit together, but it did and it was amazing.

Science. I love the whole mad scientist thing, when greed and power overcome the desire to help. I just liked the general science feel to it, and the psychologist part of me was fascinated with the memory aspect of it. I won’t go into more detail than that because of spoilers.

Experiences. Since Sera is now a blank slate we get to follow her as she learns about and experience things for the first time. Like when she has grilled cheese for the first time or learns about the internet.

Cody. He had this great kind of dry sarcastic humor and he was the perfect form of comic relief.

The romance. I went into this book with no expectation of romance, I had no clue it would play as big of a role as it did. It was important in the book, yet it was so… soft. Maybe quite would be a better word. It was always there driving the plot along, but it wasn’t in your face screaming at you, which I liked. It didn’t over power everything else like romance tends to do sometimes.

Some favorite quotes:

This book was kind of hard for me to find actual quotes for because 1. I’m still getting good at the finding quotes thing, and 2. I found with this book that instead of finding a sentence or two that I liked, I found whole paragraphs or scenes.

“The answer comes before I can even attempt to respond. It echoes in some back corner of my mind. A faraway flicker of a flame that is no longer lit. A voice that is not my own. Yes. Always yes.”

“The rest is empty space. Although I don’t know  how far back that space goes- how many years it spans. That’s the thing about voids: they can be as short as the blink of an eye, or they can be infinite.”

“I can’t help but marvel at how happy she looks. And I find myself feeling happy too. Maybe that’s what food is supposed to do.”

“You can only trust what you feel. What you know to be true.”

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a little but nothing too bad, I’d say PG-13.  I was impressed by this and appreciated it, it was refreshing. Why do all Ya books think they have to have tons of cursing in them?

Physical romance?

Some kissing.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

I doubt it.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

This book is great and now I’m going to read the other two in the series before the North Texas Teen Book Festival.

The author:

Jessica Brody is amazing. I’ve met her several times. Her website is full of advice for writers and she even has a controversial post about her thoughts on writers block, you can read that here.

Click the links below to her media sites.

Website

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Extras:

Unremembered has a pretty good book trailer that you can watch here.

After that spend tons of time on Jessica Brody’s YouTube channel, she has tons of great videos, and it would take forever to link them all.

Diotech has it’s own Facebook page. I love it when they make companies in books seems so real.

There is talk of a movie, but as far as I can tell there hasn’t been much progress, you can follow it on the movie  Facebook page and if progress is made you will know about it.

Lastly, this is the book’s Facebook page.

 

Have you read Unremembered? Were you as swept off your feet as I was?

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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea is the second book in The 5th Wave trilogy. We follow Cassie and the other survivors as they try to stay alive after escaping from The Others death camp.

Oh. My. Gosh. This. Book.

I just sat and stared at it for a while after I finished. Just WOW.

I came home from work and the power was out, I figured since laundry wasn’t going to get done anyway I might as well read. Thankfully, the power came back on before it got too dark for me to read by sun light. I started this book about 3:30 and didn’t stop until 9:30 when I read the last line.

If you haven’t read my review of the first book in the trilogy, you can read my review of The 5th Wave here.

I’m going to try really hard to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

Favorite things:

The Others. I know that sounds bad to say, but the aliens  really were one of my favorite parts. They are terrible, awful, sadistic, creatures that want to crush your heart before they kill it. But, they are smart and I don’t know, I just have to give them some credit.

Ringer. I liked Ringer in the first book, but I really got attached in this one. You just learn so much about her and her past. I didn’t think I would, but really enjoyed reading from her point of view.

The writing. One of the things that I liked in the first book was the descriptions and the metaphors and just the overall writing quality of it. I was afraid that all of it would be lost with the second book like it sometimes is, and it wasn’t at all. In fact this one might have had even more of it.

The plot twists. These were just so good. I won’t say what, but I did not see anything at the end coming. All of the information that we learn and everything that happens, so much of it surprised me. However it left me with a bunch of questions that better be answered in the last book. If they aren’t I’m going to be really disappointed.

I will say that there were several parts (won’t say what they due to spoilers), that I got lost in. I had to reread and think about it. It didn’t make me like the book any less though.

Some favorite quotes:

“The world is a clock winding down.” (This is referenced to multiple times in the book and I just loved that.)

“Just the mothership silently hovering in orbit for the first ten days caused cracks in the human edifice.  A different kind of viral plague: uncertainty, fear, panic.”

“It’s all connected. The Others understood that, understood it better than most of us. No hope without faith, no faith without hope, no love without trust, no trust without love. Remove one and the entire human house of cards collapses.”

“The Others didn’t invent death: they just perfected it.”

“They can kill us, even down to the last of us, but they can’t kill what lasts in us.”

“I am more than the sum of my fear.”

There are so many more quotes that it was really hard to pick and choose a few.

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word.

Physical romance?

Mostly kissing, PG-13 at most.

Gore?

Talk of blood and wounds, but it’s not what I would call gory.

Will you cry?

I didn’t, that being sad some sad stuff happens. You might get teary.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

Even with the confusing parts I still enjoyed the book overall and would recommend it

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.

Extras:

Rick Yancey is doing a Infinite Sea read long, you can watch the first 20 mins here. I love listening to authors read their own books, it’s just so personal and real.

There is also a sweepstakes going on where you can win signed copies of all three books and a phone call with Rick Yancey, how cool is that?! You can enter here.  It ends on 3-31-16, good luck!

 

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I read this book for the first time the month after it came out a few years ago, and then I reread it now since the movie came out and because the third book is coming out soon.

I’m not going to do a summary of this book, chances are by now you have already heard about. However, if you want one you can follow the Book Outlet link to the book here. (Where it is only $6.99 for a hardcover copy at time of posting).

Favorite things:

The humor. All of the characters are sarcastic and they have this great kind of dry humor. There were several times in the book that I found myself actually laughing, even though I was screaming “Nooooooo!” in my head.

The POV (point of view) changes. I have to admit, at first this threw me for a loop. I hadn’t expected it and the first chapter from each characters POV was a little confusing since I didn’t know who was talking. But after the first page or so I knew what was going on. I loved how Yancey changed it every part instead of every chapter. It gave me so much more time to get to know and have a feel for the characters voice before changing to a new one.

Cassie. She’s strong, stubborn, and just very real. Yancey has done a great job with that, there were so many times while reading this book that I was thinking “That is something that I would say if The Others were attacking.” Sometimes she does stupid things, but who wouldn’t in the apocalypse?

The guys. No spoilers as to what role each of these guys play. Evan and Ben are so caring my heart melted several times. Sammy (Sam), is such a cute five year old and little brother. I loved the part from his POV.

 

Some favorite quotes:

“The stars seem a lot closer now. Closer than the three hundred trillion miles that separate us. Close enough to touch, for me to touch them, for them to touch me. They’re as close to me as his breath had been.”

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

“Even the most sensitive person can get used to the most insensitive thing. Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit.”

“Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.”

 

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word.

Physical romance?

Kissing mostly, I’d say it was PG-13. Nothing too bad in my opinion.

Gore?

Not really. People are dying, lots of people have died and there are some parts that might make you want to cry, but it’s not what I would call gory.

Will you cry?

Maybe, I didn’t. You might.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

But I will say that there is a part towards the end that’s a little odd. I can’t say what it is or it will spoil things, but if you have read it you know what I’m talking about.

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

Unfortunately, I have not gotten to meet him yet. The day I finished reading The 5th Wave for the first time I closed the book and went to the website to see if he was on tour with it still. I missed meeting him by three days. Three. Days.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.

Extras:

This book has been made into a movie, you can watch the trailer here. At time of posting it is still in theaters go and see while you can or you’ll have to wait until it comes out on DVD, and who wants to wait that long?

You can follow the movie on its Facebook page.

 

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