If we take away everything that causes us sorrow and suffering, do we end up with a perfect world? Lois Lowry does an excellent job answering this que...moreIf we take away everything that causes us sorrow and suffering, do we end up with a perfect world? Lois Lowry does an excellent job answering this question. She depicts a vivid and disturbing world with no feelings, color, memories, and pain. It’s such a small book, and yet it is very meaningful and thought provoking. I first read this book four years ago, and I read it again now. So that should imply that this is a great, great book. :) (less)
It's a good book. It teaches us that being the fairest isn't everything (so don't listen to that wicked woman in Snow White!!). There are other things...moreIt's a good book. It teaches us that being the fairest isn't everything (so don't listen to that wicked woman in Snow White!!). There are other things in life that are more important... This girl (forgot the name) was born ugly but she has the most beautiful voice ever. She falls in love with the prince and thinks she too ugly for him. She notices a magic mirror that makes you the fairest. But then all her problems begin...
This might sound like a stupid fairy tale but it really isn't. There's more to the story that I didn't tell about. (less)
I've been meaning to read this book FOR AGES, and I finally did, and I'm glad! ;)
Though everything was a bit confusing in the beginning, most of it st...moreI've been meaning to read this book FOR AGES, and I finally did, and I'm glad! ;)
Though everything was a bit confusing in the beginning, most of it started to make sense by the middle. By "most of it," I mean that some things are still puzzling to me. For example, I'm still don't know how the Order came to be. I also have to admit that the story was rather slow at the beginning, but the excitement starts to grow until it is at its peak during the climax.
The four girls are wonderfully built during the course of the book. They are like real-life people with real-life problems they have to face. The realms, the fantasy, the magic, all of it is great. The blending of magic, myth, and mystery (the 3 M's!)was done wonderfully.
The book is, all in all, wonderfully written. I want to read more of the story...and I can! *heads to library and grabs Rebels Angels*(less)
This book contains so much depth that it's bound to feel heavy in your hands regardless of the only 300 pages. You will fall in love with the vivid ch...moreThis book contains so much depth that it's bound to feel heavy in your hands regardless of the only 300 pages. You will fall in love with the vivid characters. The small Alabaman town will materialize before your eyes. Valuable messages of mankind and human nature will be uncovered. This book isn't just meant to be studied in high school; it's meant to be visited again and again and to be enthralled each time. (less)
Did you ever finish a book and wonder what the heck happened in it. Well, this book would be a pretty good example. Basically, nothing happens in this...moreDid you ever finish a book and wonder what the heck happened in it. Well, this book would be a pretty good example. Basically, nothing happens in this book. It's just about these 4 people who talk about their lives. That's it. I'm serious. (less)
**spoiler alert** I went from pretty much disliking this series to completely loving it. With each book, the series got better and better, and CITY OF...more**spoiler alert** I went from pretty much disliking this series to completely loving it. With each book, the series got better and better, and CITY OF GLASS was the best one, no question about it.
This last book was definitely a roller coaster ride for me—twisting and turning, the sudden drops, the dramatic climbs, the breathless and heart-pounding moments, etc. The vivid emotions shown throughout the book were wonderful. It was all great fun. And the ending was just right—well-rounded and satisfying and fuzzy-feeling.
And there was a solution to the love triangle! After I finished CITY OF ASHES, I thought, “How could the things between Jace and Clary ever get resolved?! It’s so complicated!” One of my friend guessed that Jace and Clary might not be siblings after all. (Oh, isn’t she a smarticle?) And I thought I would hate it if that happened. I really don’t like it when the reader is told something, and then later told that what they heard before was false. (Don't you just get bummed when that happens?) I thought I would hate it more in this book, especially since we have been knowing this lie for two whole books!
But that’s not what exactly happened. Yes, I did dislike it a bit. I thought “Why would a YA author keep pushing a love relationship with a sibling? That would raise too many questions from the public.” And when I read the twist, I was like, “Oh, right. Of course. She’s going to make them not related.” I thought it wasn’t realistic at first, and it would be more real-life-like if they remained brother and sister. However, I ended up liking it. And I loved how Cassandra Clare drops in clues that suggest it’s Sebastian, like how Clary thought she had known Sebastian all her life even if it was the first time she met him, or how she got Sebastian’s hair dye on her fingers. Cool foreshadowing. =)
The best thing out of the whole series are the characters. Oh god, I loved them. Each one really is making a journey of his/her own through the series. They grow, they change, they have their ups and downs in their journey, they learn their abilities...and most importantly, they have some yin and yang going. This makes them so real and flesh-like and distinctive. Sometimes I felt sympathy for Valentine, sometimes I hated Jace. It was crazy.
I liked who everyone ended up with. Alec and Magnus are awesome. I'm glad it isn't Simon and Clary, but I would prefer if he was with Maia and not Isabelle. I actually liked the part when Clary's mom tries to catch up to Luke and tell him her real feelings. I know, that kind of scene is in very freaking movie, but it was cute. And Jace and Clary... all's settled. ;)
One of my favorite quotes in the book is probably:
“So we all have to do that?” Maia said. “Get drawn on, I mean.” “Only if you’re going to fight,” Isabelle said, looking at the other girl coldly. “You don’t look eighteen yet.” Maia smiled tightly. “I’m not a Shadowhunter. Lycanthropes are considered adults at sixteen.” “Well, you have to get drawn on, then,” said Isabelle. “By a Shadowhunter. So you’d better start looking for one.” “But – “ Maia, still looking over at Alec and Magnus, broke off and raised her eyebrows. Simon turned to see what she was looking at – and stared. Alec had his arms around Magnus and was kissing him, full on the mouth. Magnus, who appeared to be in a state of shock, stood frozen. Several groups of people – Shadowhunters and Downworlders alike – were staring and whispering. Glancing to the side, Simon saw the Lightwoods, their eyes wide, gaping at the display. Maryse had her hand over her mouth. Maia looked perplexed. “Wait a second,” she said. “Do we all have to do that, too?” (less)
I liked it. It's original, interesting, and twisting. It shows the darker side of the invisible faeries. Aislinn, a mortal girl, is caught in the mess...moreI liked it. It's original, interesting, and twisting. It shows the darker side of the invisible faeries. Aislinn, a mortal girl, is caught in the messes of the Summer King, Keenan, the Winter fey, and her boyfriend, Seth. The story revolves around the choices she must make, in order to save the world and keep her mortal life. (less)
Rebel Angels is much better and more interesting than the first one--more action, more surprises, and more sitting-on-the-edge-of-the-chair moments. :...moreRebel Angels is much better and more interesting than the first one--more action, more surprises, and more sitting-on-the-edge-of-the-chair moments. :D
WHY??!! WHY SUCH AN ENDING?? NOOOOO!!!!!! WHY MUST KARTIK DIE?? GEMMA AND KARTIK FOREVER!!!
Okay, I will calm down, but...arghhhhh. I can't get over the fact that Kartik- *sniff sniff* it's too sad... Why must the last book book of the trilogy end like this? Why did Libba Bray do this? Did she want her readers to get pissed off and sad and angry?? (That is exactly how I'm feeling right now.) Is that her intention???
And, yet, you see that I gave this book 5 stars. It deserves it (if only the ending...here I go again *sigh* ._.). Every page kept my attention. The book didn't feel long at all; I actually wanted to read more. Each character was built with such dept and detail I wouldn't be surprised if they were real people. (Well...actually I would. :))
I applaud this wonderful series. Great work, Libba Bray.
This is a lighthearted, fun-to-read, and engaging book. It's actually the sequel of Geek High (which I haven't read yet because I just kind of picked...moreThis is a lighthearted, fun-to-read, and engaging book. It's actually the sequel of Geek High (which I haven't read yet because I just kind of picked this book off the shelve and I didn't know there was a book before this). Anyway, I thought it was good...but parts of the book weren't so original. I felt like I read it in some other book or at least like bits of it, but other that it was good. (less)
I had to read a book about a culture for my book report and I randomly picked CUBA 15. It's about a girl half Cuban and half Polish and her family wan...moreI had to read a book about a culture for my book report and I randomly picked CUBA 15. It's about a girl half Cuban and half Polish and her family wants her to have a quinceanera party. However, she feels full American, but later starts to appreciate her Cuban culture. It's a cute and funny way to learn about Cuba (or how my spanish teacher says it:Coo-ba. lol). The main character is likable. But, parts of the book just bored me and the ending was predictable. (less)
The book was quite addicting. The writing wasn’t spectacular, but I liked the characters, so it balances out for me. And the witty dialogue was great....moreThe book was quite addicting. The writing wasn’t spectacular, but I liked the characters, so it balances out for me. And the witty dialogue was great.
Many people, the people who hate the book anyway, say the story isn’t original and was borrowed from the Harry Potter series. As I was reading, I found this was true.
I think every fantasy book gets compared with Harry Potter, because Harry Potter is such a popular and universal book. Everybody can relate to these books. And, this causes the series to live forever and remains something unforgettable, and thus, becomes compared to other books.
Also, I heard that Cassandra Clara wrote some Harry Potter fan fiction or something. So maybe the Mortal Instruments series could have been intended as what-do-I-read-after-I'm-done-with-Harry-Potter kind of book.
However, there were parts in the book that were simply, without doubt, glaring with Harry Potter resemblance. I won’t talk about the similarities, because that would give away some spoilers, but my main point is some parts were way too identical. (If you want to see the list of resemblances, see the comments: message #2).
Another thing was that there were twists in the story, but they didn’t catch me by surprise. There were some clues thrown right at my face, and it was just so easy to guess what was going to happen. So, I was expecting them eventually, and it ended up that when the character faced that part, he/she was so much more surprised than I was. This basically decreased my reading experience (by a lot), and I was like to the character, "Come on, just get over it. It's pretty obvious, you know?"
Also, I didn’t for the most part like the ending (well, actually I didn't like it at all). I actually guessed the "big twist" at the end--too predictable, typical, and straight out of Star Wars.
So, overall I was pretty disappointed, but I think I would read the next books in the series, just because I'm curious to know what is going to happen next. :]