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text 2015-04-10 02:15
March Book Haul
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han
Saga, Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs
The Gathering - Kelley Armstrong
Glow - Amy Kathleen Ryan
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
The House of Hades - Rick Riordan
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Never Always Sometimes - Adi Alsaid

These are all the books I've gotten in March:-) 

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review 2014-05-03 13:55
Flame - Amy Kathleen Ryan

Finished off the Sky Chasers series :)


I remember when I finished Glow, I liked it but I found it hard to really decide how I felt about the series until I knew where it was going to go and how it would end.


Overall, I liked the series. There is a love triangle, but I think it's handled pretty well through the three books. It never takes the focus from the storyline.


I enjoyed the storyline of the power struggle between the two ships, but I felt it wrapped up rather quickly and

was a much happier ending than I was expecting. This series had a lot of dark moments, but everyone had a happy ending. It didn't seem to fit.

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review 2014-04-14 01:11
Spark - Amy Kathleen Ryan

When I read Glow about two years ago I was mixed. It's an interesting book in which it's hard to decide who to root for and who to trust. A great set of morally questionable characters.


This book picks up about a month after Glow ended and continues my almost frustration with figuring out who (if anyone) I should root for. I love the books and recommend them, but like I thought with the first one, my overall feeling for the series will have to wait until I finish it.


And I already put Flame on hold at the library. Hopefully I'll be able to pick it up soon :)

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review 2014-03-03 19:44
Darker, Meatier Young Adult Science Fiction
Glow (Sky Chasers) - Amy Kathleen Ryan

Bullet Review:

Thank you Nemo for your recommendation that I not sell this book and stick it out. I may not have read the physical book, but it made me want to pick up the audiobook, and while I didn't adore this to pieces, I did enjoy myself quite a bit.

The long and short of it is: this book is incredibly dark but worlds better than most of the offerings you will find for Young Adults. Characters are realistic, there is some decent world-building, and the story is intriguing, if incredibly dark and for (IMO) the 16+ set. (Stealing underage girl's ova for an infertile population? The question of whether religion is evil because it is religion?) I would rate this better than the other scifi offering floating the cosmos, Across the Universe.

Will I continue? My first instinct is to say no. I have loads of other books that need wading through, the story is mostly wrapped up (though plenty of room for expansion - thank GOD no cliffhanger endings!!), and honestly, I am not that enthused about reading a book where people are bad because they have religious beliefs, not based on their personal moral codes. My mind could change tomorrow, but today, I'll probably not finish the series. That doesn't mean this trilogy is bad, just that I have no personal desire to finish.

3.5 stars and recommended if you want a darker, meatier scifi.

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text 2014-03-03 19:10
Reading progress update: I've read 98%.
Glow (Sky Chasers) - Amy Kathleen Ryan

Multiple Status Updates:


OMG, THERE WAS SEXXXXX!!!! A YA book has the balls to make the characters have sex - and it's not unicorns farting roses and rainbows either! (Of course, it's also told very circumspectly in "flashback") *FAINTS*


Epilogue?! Already?! I mean, at least most of the ends are tied, but now I'm agonizing whether I want to continue this series or call it good.


+ Just because religious nutzoid Ann Mather is bad, doesn't mean ALL religion is bad. Of course, I'm of the school that PEOPLE choose to be bad or good, religion just provides an excuse. I know some people really truly believe all religion is bad. Will this book prove that it's not religion, that it's people? Or will it make me ragey by making wide generalizations??


+ OK, so I don't like how Keiran hasn't allowed due process (voting), but just because he ascribes to a religious belief, just because he is a religious leader and holds services, does NOT mean he's the leader of a cult!!  And I don't believe he forces people to attend - that would be another major no-no.  (Though I don't like how he doesn't honor Waverly's choice not to ascribe to his religious preference.)

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