Possibly the first book I've read in one sitting since pre-Europe - almost 2 years ago! Trust Kelley Armstrong to get me back into the habit. I've misPossibly the first book I've read in one sitting since pre-Europe - almost 2 years ago! Trust Kelley Armstrong to get me back into the habit. I've missed Elena and Clay, and while this novel isn't as amazing as the original Bitten, I still thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself into their world once more. ...more
I don't think I'll be finishing this. It's horribly predictable, I can picture exactly where it's heading, and frankly? I just have no interest to picI don't think I'll be finishing this. It's horribly predictable, I can picture exactly where it's heading, and frankly? I just have no interest to pick it up again after all these months....more
You know you're in for a Pullman ride when it says on the back cover, in giant gold font, "This is a STORY."
What do you think he's getting at?
KnowingYou know you're in for a Pullman ride when it says on the back cover, in giant gold font, "This is a STORY."
What do you think he's getting at?
Knowing Pullman's stance on Christianity, religion, etc... when I came across this book, I knew I had to have it. I knew it would be one big controversial set up. And it is. Sort of. Pullman has rewritten the entire Nativity of Jesus so that there is not only one baby, but two; twins, in fact. Mary names the children Jesus and Christ. The former is healthy, growing up to be a mischievous child but adored by everyone. The latter is born weak and sickly, but also the 'good' child, and secretly his mother's favourite of the eventual brood.
Having been raised in Catholic society for all 12 years of my schooling, I found it interesting being able to relate the stories in this book to the 'original' stories of the bible. I am far from religious - I barely remember anything I've learnt from those 12 years of Religion Studies - but the stories Pullman uses are the ones that have stuck in my memory. It was interesting watching Pullman split these stories to include two people, and it was fascinating reading as he pulled it all together. It's the type of ending I did not expect, yet I smacked my head in disbelief that I didn't guess it sooner.
It is also the end that makes you go, 'ah, yes, THAT is the Pullman controversy I was waiting for.' Because up until that point, it is very tame - I would say it's almost just another retelling of Jesus' life, with an added edge of Jesus' twin. I can almost picture Pullman rubbing his hands in glee as he sits down to write this novel, muttering, 'okay, so I might concede that your little nativity happened, but do you really think it happened THAT way? I'll show you how it's done...'
I can't believe it took me over a month to read this book - because let me tell you, there are some EPIC things that go on. Unfortunately my reading mI can't believe it took me over a month to read this book - because let me tell you, there are some EPIC things that go on. Unfortunately my reading mojo decided to run off with the fairies around 28 days ago, so I'm going to need to give this book another try at a later date so I can fully absorb the epic and properly rate & review.
But at least my reading mojo is back. (And I won't say no to any applause for finishing a book I had almost no desire to finish when I first starting reading it.)...more
Won in a Twitter competition. I'm rating this solely on the Spirit Bound chapter. I enjoyed it, but I think they could have picked a better chapter. OWon in a Twitter competition. I'm rating this solely on the Spirit Bound chapter. I enjoyed it, but I think they could have picked a better chapter. One that wasn't the update chapter :(
Nevertheless, I'm so excited to read it! I'll have to start the series over before it's released. Eeee!...more
Hush, Hush was... interesting, to say the least. When Nora is forced to be lab partners with the new transfer stuProbably 2.5, but I'm being generous.
Hush, Hush was... interesting, to say the least. When Nora is forced to be lab partners with the new transfer student in replacement of her best friend, she is immediately attracted to him. Patch has the typical bad guy thing going for him, and while Nora would secretly love to give into his flirtatious ways, she just can't shake off that there's something dangerous about him and that she should keep away.
Needless to say, I spent the entire novel trying to figure out how the title relates to the book. In my opinion, the physical beauty of of the title and cover does not match with what's inside. Wasted, really. It's really depressing. Also, the blurb set up huge expectations which did not deliver. Nora has to pick a side between the immortals and the fallen? Bullshit. I didn't get any sense of 'forbidden love' either.
There were some good one-liners, a few funny passages, a handful of gripping moments. In the end, though, the characters felt like one dimensional cut-outs, the plots thinly weaved and the end predictably predictable.
The best friend, Vee, was constantly pushed as this quirky, bubbly best friend. I found her irritating and a terrible friend. At one point when Elliot abuses Nora, Vee's only reaction is "oh, he was drunk." Whether under mind control or not, she was constantly this flippant and it was terribly annoying. She was just the quirky best friend who loved to flirt and eat; there didn't seem to be any other layers to her. Another of the stereotypical cut outs included the bitchy cheerleader who seemed set to make Vee and Nora's life hell (lol norly), and the rotation of boys (Patch, Jules, Elliot) didn't have much going for them either. Patch I can probably make an exception for, if only because I really was confused about the role he was playing. Is he good or bad? Trying to kill Nora or falling in love? His actions were conflictual with his attitude, so I can see majority of Fitzgerald's attempt at characterisation clearly went to him.
Other than that, there were some good creep factors involved - particularly with Patch - which had me on edge. They were probably the only times I liked Patch because it was just so AMUSING. I loved that he would pop up out of nowhere and be ~super stalker~, including chasing Nora around a car and appearing suddenly in a locked bathroom. Mega predator, mega creepy, mega entertaining. (On an unrelated note: psychopath in a ski mask? ahahaha.)
Becca Fitzgerald's editor probably should have gone over this one last time. There were a few things that didn't match up. E.g. Nora and Patch standing in an embrace, Nora has a "flashback", and then he is straddling her on the bed. Yes, they could have moved during the flashback, but Nora makes no recognition of this and instead continues the scene as though they were on the bed the whole time. Consistency is all I'm sayin'.
I'm also curious to know: are publishers trying to push 'fallen angels' as the new vampire? Because you know, guys... I think you need to let go of trying to make everything the new Twilight. It's getting old.