Review: Animorphs #2-5

So, anyone who has read my review on the first animorph book, or has been follwoing me on goodreads probably will have caught on to the fact that i’ve been reading a lot of the animorph books lately, but because they are quite slim books I think it’s easier to bunch a couple of them together per review. FYI, there will be some spoilers because these books just keep building off of each other and it would be very hard to keep talking about things without discussing some of the big storylines.

Here that goes!

 The Visitor (Animorphs, #2)

# 2:The visitor

The story in 50 words or less:

The animorphs find out that who another human-controller is, and it just so happens to be the father of a friend. Rachel takes it upon herself to investigate her friend’s situation.

The Encounter (Animorphs, #3)

# 3: The encounter

the story in 50 words or less:

Tobias has a bit of an identity-crisis after getting stuck in his hawk-morph. Meanwhile he also finds out about yeerk-supply runs the animorphs will try and sabotage.

The Message (Animorphs, #4)

#4: The message

the story in 50 words or less:

Cassie is getting some really weird dreams that turn out to be more than just dreams. Will she understand the message in time?

The Predator (Animorphs, #5)

#5: The predator

the story in 50 words or less:

The animorphs are now one member up from their original start-up and they now have knowledge about alien technology. Can they use that to help them in their fight againts the yeerks? Marco never wanted to be an animorph and is on the verge of quitting, can he find a reason to stay in the fight?

My take on the books:

 

I have to say I love these books, they are just such a quick read, things happen  at a quick pace though it doesn’t feel hugely overwhelming. That’s why I think it’s some real solid middle grade reading material. I also really enjoy how every book switches between the characters, it keeps things a bit fresher. Every character is very well-defined which is very fun. They all have such a different mindset and you can really read that too which is great. I strongly dislike different POV’s that all just feel extensions of each other, but that’s definitely not the case here. Everyone brings a different aspect to the story as a whole which really gives the whole thing another layer.

The morphing is a lot of fun, not only the description of the act, but also how the mind of the animal they are morphing into takes hold of the animorphs. I definitely love the seagul morph, it just cracks me up. And just like the POV’s feeling different everytime, the morphs also feel different which helps keep the story fresh (imagine all of the morphs being the same, how boring would that be!)

I am starting to dislike the beginning part where the story so far is recapped, though I will admit it’s done pretty well. I just read the first chapter diagonally now because of this though.

The stakes are definitely getting bigger, or maybe it’s more that they realise more and more that there is a lot more danger than they realised in this fight against the yeerks. There is also a lot of danger attached to just the morphing alone, even besides what happened to Tobias, and that’s something that is really becoming clear to these kids.

My rating:

3 stars ~ Entertaining middle grade books about an alien invasion!

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Review: The invasion by K.A. Applegate (Animorphs # 1)

The Invasion (Animorphs, #1)

The story in 50 words or less:

Five kids are witness to a horrible incident concerning aliens and they come out with the ability to morph into animals. Also, they now carry the burden of trying to save the world from an alien invasion.

My take on the book:

 

I read a couple of the books in this series back when I was in middle school, though I missed a lot of them (because my library never had the right ones in when I needed them!). And even though I hadn’t even come close to reading half of the books in the series, I did really enjoy them. So I decided to pick them back up. And this time I would be reading them in order!

I really enjoyed this book a lot. It’s just so entertaining! Jake may not be my favorite character in the book, but he’s not unlikable either, so I didn’t mind that this book was told from his point of view. The story moves quickly and there’s just no boring moment really. Things are just constantly happening during the (short) span of this book.  The writing isn’t anything special, but it’s definitely not bad either.
This book is just the beginning of a very vast series and it just makes me excited to check out the other books. All the books are told from different point of views and I can’t wait to find out how their voice brings something extra to the story. Plus I’m really excited to find out how these books will evolve and where the story will go.

My rating:

3 stars ~ A very entertaining book with average writing.  All in all, some very enjoyable middle grade books!

Have you read this book? Have you read this series? What are your thoughts on it?

Review: We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up

The story in 50 words or less:

There is an asteroid that might or might not be heading for earth. We get to see what this does to the lives of a group of teenagers, dealing with what might be an imminent end of the world.

My take on the book:

This is just a great concept of a book, watching how society disintegrates in the face of the apocalypse. Just ask yourself the question of what you would do if you only had 2 months left to live and then ask your friends; I bet everyone has a different answer to the question. It’s the same for the characters in this book, the impending doom is forcing them to re-evaluate the life they have been living thus far and make decisions based on that. Does that mean they make perfect decisions? Of course not and I think that’s only right. With such a huge event on the horizon, who would still be able to make well-thought out decisions all the time?

Besides the concept of the book there is also the execution. Let me start of by saying that I liked the writing a whole lot. There are some beautiful quotes in here, mostly based on philosophical questions that this asteroid brings with it. And I love that, how it’s not just about what they do from day to day, but what they think and feel. The characters were okay, there was definitely depth to them, they weren’t one dimensional people who just had that one goal in their mind. They were still teenagers finding out who they were and what they wanted from life, which has now been under severe stress because of a possible time limit. I like that they weren’t always out to find the big happiness, they were also trying to find happiness in smaller things which is nice.

On the other hand there is also the fact that some things go down, as there is bound to be in a book with this premise, that are depicting the downfall of society as we know it in the face of what is to come. And while I found most of it pretty realistic, even though I have no idea how things would actually go down if we all knew we’d probably be dead in two months time, I did have some problems with how people reacted to certain events at different points in this book. I’m not going to go into detail about this (spoilers!) but let me just say that sometimes things happen and it’s never talked about again even though I would imagine that this is a very heavy matter to deal with, even if you are close to (maybe) dying. I found this very weird and distracting.

And now a tiny bit of spoiler talk, it’s nothing super major, but if you’re really senstive about spoilers, skip this prt until you get to the rating.

The author choose not to disclose wether or not the asteroid hits earth (which I totally saw coming and it sort of still pisses me off). I get why but I would have liked to know, especially because I can’t stop thinking about what would happen if the asteroid didn’t hit earth. (Because if it does hit everyone dies and that’s the end of humanity as we know it). But here we are, having lived two months like they were our last and then suddenly they turned out to be two months after which we have to continue living.

Imagine that you were facing the apocalypse and you decided to really tell people how you feel about things. You tell people left right and centerto shove it, you take up drugs because what else will keep you from thinking about that asteroid, you have sex with a lot of people because you feel like that’s the best way to spend the last months on earth, you shoot someone just because you feel like it and knwo you won’t get punished for it, etc. There are so many people making rash decisions, the society collapses. And then, boom, the asteroid doesn’t hit. You’re left with all thee things that happened and now you have to deal with it, you have to fight your way out of the mess humanity has created. How would that look? I think it’s so interesting to think about this!

My rating:

3 stars ~This book was okay but seeing as it failed to really dig into some events that went down in this book I feel like it could have been better. Also, some things were slightly cliché in my opinion. 

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it?

Review: The mediator series – Meg Cabot

Shadowland (The Mediator, #1)Ninth Key (The Mediator, #2)Reunion (The Mediator, #3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Girl's Dream (The Mediator, #3.5)

 

(I only read the short story, Every Girl’s Dream, just now as I am writing up this post because I didn’t even know it existed. You can find it in full over here)

 

 

 

 

 

 Darkest Hour (The Mediator, #4)Haunted (The Mediator, #5)Twilight (The Mediator, #6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This was a series that I enjoyed a whole lot back when I was a (young) teenager. Because it left me with lots of happy feelings and because I am prone to re-read books that I used to love, there was only one logical conclusion: re-read this series, especially now that there is a new book out in the series. So that is exactly what has happened and now here I am to tell you what my thoughts were on re-reading this series.

There is so much repetition in these books (just recapping what happened in the last books)! Like a lot! It’s something that either I didn’t notice the first time I read them (maybe because then I didn’t binge-read them like I did now) but the amount of things that get repeated (plot-wise, character-wise, anything-wise really) is just through the roof! As I said, it may be due to the fact that I read these books so shortly after one another that the previous book was still super fresh in my memory that I really didn’t need telling who was who every start of a new book.

Suze was, in my eyes, a sassy goddess of a young girl back when I first read it. Luckily the sass factor was still there this time around. Though I might be inclined to say that it caught my eye a little less this time around, especially towards her family (they just really care and she is just sassing them all over the place!). Maybe this is just me getting old/no longer being in puberty myself though. It was still a very fun and important part of Suze’s personality.

The adventures were still the same whirlwind of fun that I thought they were back when I first read these books. Of course it’s all major crazy stuff, but it’s just so enjoyable to read about Suze’s adventures! There was rarely a slow patch in the book which just really loans itself so well to speed-reading these babies (sadly countered by the endless repetition mentioned above). You just fly through these books, and that can be so enjoyable! That’s actually one of the main reasons that I really wanted to pick up this series in the first place: light and fast reading with lots of humour on the side.

Something else I noticed was that the characters weren’t all that well-rounded. Of course this would take away from the speed of the books, and it’s clear that Suze is at the heart of this series, and the others are just there as background filling sometimes. Not that it really annoys me in these books, as I said, if these secondary characters would have gotten more depth it would definitely be with a considerable change to the pace (and lenght) of the books. But it’s really something that I never noticed before.

Proposal (The Mediator, #6.5)

(this one came out as well without me having noticed it, so I’m putting it on my TBR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)

And now I have nothing else to do but buy the new book and see how it compares to the earlier part of the series.

 

 

 

 

Review: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

The story in 50 words or less:

A family, an island, lots of lies. I cannot say any more without spoiling anything. (I tried for so long to put more things into words, but somehow after ten minutes this is the only description I managed without feeling like I’m giving away too much)

 

My take on the book:

This book was all the hype some time ago, so I decided to not pick it up back then and just wait until everything settled down a bit (and angstily avoided reviews as to not get spoiled, though now I’m getting around to reading the reviews most of them just talk about a big twist nobody saw coming and that’s it, so I needn’t have worried as much). Then I bought the book for my sister and now I’m borrowing it off of her (it’s like gifting a book twice, once to her and once to myself, it’s awesome!).  So I read the book and I liked it a lot. The writing took some time for me to get used to. It also wasn’t the most consistent of writing styles (I think it was intended this way, don’t worry. Sometimes it read pretty easy and at other times it would get a bit choppy. It’s not that I minded either style (the choppy one was of a more poetic variety) but the combination and the switching between the styles just made it a bit harder for me to get into the book.

The characters in the book weren’t a lot to my liking. The main character was very theatric, but then again, who wasn’t during their teens? She calls her cousins (and a friend) the “liars”, though to me it never becomes super clear why. There’s a bit of an explanation there, but for me that just wasn’t enough. I didn’t feel it and it also felt a bit forced. The “Liars” themselves weren’t really all that fleshed out, which is sad, because I think it would have added to the book to get to know more people in the story. We only get to meet other characters on a superficial level. This was a book without a very strong plot (action-wise) and I missed that at times.

But there were definitely some things that I did like about the book. For example: it has a map right at the beginning, also a family tree. I think that was pretty cool and I know that at multiple times in the book I went back to these to see who lived where again and who was related to someone in a certain way. There are a couple of fairy tales in here, not in their original shape but fun nonetheless. I liked the memories to previous summers, it did create a more vivid image in my mind of how these times spent on the island were experienced by the main character. The twist itself was totally unexpected for me and I enjoyed that quite a bit. I also really like how it leaves the reader with a lot of questions about this particular thing (sorry to be really vague, but being spoiler free is hard work!) and how there are some full on discussions about this happening online.

My rating:

3 stars ~ In the end I’m a bit in the middle of this book. I like a decent amount of aspects of this book while I also dislike some other parts. But one thing is for sure: I loved going in blind!