Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

{Review} The Host
Title: The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Published: May 6th, 2008 by Little Brown and Company
Pages: 620

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

This book took me two tries to finish reading it.  The fact that it is massive and the first 100 pages never captivated me, I always put it down.  However, I decided to push through because I wanted to watch the movie and I am glad I did (not the movie part…it was horrible!)   This book became addicting after you trudge through the first part, and I was able to finish it in two days.  I feel that this book has such a better plot and characters than Meyer’s Twilight series (don’t get me wrong, I did like Twilight), so if you did not like Twilight, please give this book a try.  I have never read a book were there were two characters in one.  I felt that there was a distinct difference between Melanie’s and Wanda’s personalities, which could have easily blended together and have felt like one character instead of two.  This was a twist on the love triangle because it really was not a love triangle since the two girls loved different boys, but used the same body to pursue their romances.  I was a little more captivated by the love story between Melanie and Ian, but I did not particularly like Jared.  The character development was excellent and I could see how all the characters evolved in this book.  I thought the supporting characters were exceptional and the plot was well paced.  I really did not know how the book was going to end and I thought that it really set this book up for a good trilogy.

I think this book is (was) intended to be continued, but it has been 6 years and still no books or even a hint of continuation.  Possibly Meyer decided she didn’t want to continue because a second movie after The Host seemed slim? I’m not sure, but I really wish she would have continued on because this book was so good.  I would recommend everyone giving this book a try, but I would not watch the movie, at all, it was that bad.  


Monday, April 21, 2014

Thrifty Finds (#1)

Where I share the books that I picked up for really cheap!

The Casual Vacancy
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: September 27th, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 505
{Goodreads Rating} 3.25

Synopsis from Goodreads:
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Agenda 21

Author: Glenn Beck, Harriet Parke
Published: November 20th, 2012 by Threshold Editions
Pages: 304
{Goodreads Rating} 3.78

Synopsis from Goodreads:
I was just a baby when we were relocated and I don’t remember much. Everybody has that black hole at the beginning of their life. That time you can’t remember. Your first step. Your first taste of table food. My real memories begin in our assigned living area in Compound 14.

Just a generation ago, this place was called America. Now, after the worldwide implementation of a UN-led program called Agenda 21, it’s simply known as the Republic.  There is no president. No Congress. No Supreme Court. No freedom.

There are only the Authorities.

Citizens have two primary goals in the new Republic: to create clean energy and to create new human life. Those who cannot do either are of no use to society. This bleak and barren existence is all that eighteen-year-old Emmeline has ever known. She dutifully walks her energy board daily and accepts all male pairings assigned to her by the Authorities. Like most citizens, she keeps her head down and her eyes closed.

Until the day they come for her mother.

You save what you think you are going to lose.

Woken up to the harsh reality of her life and her familys future inside the Republic, Emmeline begins to search for the truth. Why are all citizens confined to ubiquitous concrete living spaces? Why are Compounds guarded by Gatekeepers who track all movements? Why are food, water and energy rationed so strictly? And, most important, why are babies taken from their mothers at birth? As Emmeline begins to understand the true objectives of Agenda 21 she realizes that she is up against far more than she ever thought. With the Authorities closing in, and nowhere to run, Emmeline embarks on an audacious plan to save her family and expose the Republic; but is she already too late?

The Edge Of Always (The Edge Of Never #2)
Author: J. A. Redmerski
Published: January 14th, 2014 by Forever
Pages: 412
{Goodreads Rating} 4.00

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Five months ago, Camryn and Andrew, both dealing with personal hardships, met on a Greyhound bus. They fell in love and proved that when two people are meant to be together, fate will find a way to make it happen.

Now, in the highly anticipated sequel to The Edge of Never, Camryn and Andrew are pursuing their love for music and living life to the fullest as they always swore to do. But when tragedy befalls them, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. As Camryn tries to numb her pain, Andrew makes a bold decision: To get their life back on track, they'll set out on another cross-country road trip. Together they find excitement, passion, adventure-and challenges they never could have anticipated.

Ashes (Ashes Trilogy #1)
Author: Ilsa J. Brick
Published: September 6th, 2011 by Egmont USA
Pages: 465
{Goodreads Rating} 3.94

Synopsis from Goodreads:
It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling post-apocalyptic novel about a world that could become ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

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