I'm liking this so far! Though I wish there was more written for the romance because I understand it but there wasn't enough for me to believe it. (I have a really hard time explaining my thoughts, you'll have to excuse me.) I get her and one character to a point because they once knew each other (but they don't really now so how can you have feelings for someone 6 years later...?) but her and the other character I'm eeeehhh about
I didn't read as many books as I wanted this year but all the books in my top 14 have a special place in my heart. I know that a lot of these books aren't the most well written books. I know that. But these are the books that had the more fun reading(The selection, TSDoLB....), that made me cry(ItSB...), that made me laught, that took my breath away...
So to cut a long story short, those are the books that I enjoyed the most:
Top 14 Books of 2014!
1.Into the still blue by Veronica Rossi
2.The program by Suzane Young
3.The secret diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
4.The Selection series(yup, a full series,it's my to 2014 so it's my rules;) by Kiera Cass
5.Silver shadows by Richelle Mead
6.The madman's daughter by Megan Sheperd
7.On the island by Tracey Garvis Graves
8.Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon
9.Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
10.The trap by Andrew Fukuda
11.The Bone season by Samantha Shannon
12.The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick
13.The farm by Emily McKay
14.Cress by Marissa Meyer
Goodreads Description: Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.
My Review: I am going to start off by saying that this book was pure action. There was action on every page and I was so happy because I love action! This book was truly amazing. Before I read it, I wasn't expecting anything, but the second I started reading it, I knew that I would love it. It wasn't slow at all and the romance was really good.
The main character, Juliet, felt like a real person to me. She had her good things, but she also had her faults, which made her real to me because no one is perfect. I flew through this book (literally, because I finished it in a day!) and I was so surprised by the ending! Megan Shepherd developed the characters so well and I love her writing style in this book. Juliet has a love interest in this book and Megan Shepherd developed his character so well, that I fell in love with him as well!
Family relationships are important in this book, because Juliet has a rocky relationship with her father in this book and some parts of the book focus on Juliet trying to figure out her relationship with her father and trying to find a way to make the relationship better.
I feel like Megan Shepherd put a lot of thought into the setting because it felt like I was actually there. She described the setting so well and I could picture it clearly in my mind. Megan Shepherd also described the characters really well. I could clearly see the characters in my mind and it felt like they were standing right next to me when I read this book.
This book ended on a cliffhanger and I wanted to get the next book immediately. This book went way above my expectations and I am so glad that I decided to read it! I recommend that everyone read this book and if you like a lot of action, then you should definitely read this book!
I don't really know what to say about this book other than the fact that its one of the most bizarre young adult books I've read this year. A strange island, odd beasts and mixed up characters that might interest some people but not quite my taste.
Gretchen thought her father was dead for many years. But when she runs into her families old servant, Montgomery she learns her father is really on a isolated island running his usual mad science experiments. After certain events she feels as though she must go to the island to see her father for the first time in many years.
Like I said, bizarre. And there's a sequel. Which I really don't know what more they can do with this book and these characters, so I probably won't be reading the next one. There is a bit of a love triangle which I wasn't really invested in. In fact, I found all of the characters somewhat dull.
I suppose this Gothic tale may interest some people. While I'm glad I tried the genre I'm not sure its for me. It might be more enjoyable for someone who has read H.G Well's classic, The Island of Dr. Moreau.