I started reading this about a year ago, hoping for another good Jane Austen book like Pride and Prejudice, and I simply couldn't finish it. It was ju...moreI started reading this about a year ago, hoping for another good Jane Austen book like Pride and Prejudice, and I simply couldn't finish it. It was just so boring and lengthy and frustrating. I'm the kind of person who likes to the finish the books I started. So, Emma is now in my to-read shelf until I get the courage to give this book another shot. (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)
Every page I read, I was thinking "Wow! I am reading the thoughts from someone's heart that they wrote a long time ago." I was fascinated that I was h...moreEvery page I read, I was thinking "Wow! I am reading the thoughts from someone's heart that they wrote a long time ago." I was fascinated that I was holding the preserved words written by one of the most well-known girls, Anne Frank... (less)
It was not as bad as the 4th one. (Phew) Like almost all of the other Maximum Ride books, the plot was all over the place. But, I guess, maybe James P...moreIt was not as bad as the 4th one. (Phew) Like almost all of the other Maximum Ride books, the plot was all over the place. But, I guess, maybe James Patterson wants it like that? Like he just meant for a... fun... trilling series? Well, whatever. It was good. Read it if you read the other books.
--Fang and Max together!! F-i-n-a-l-l-y!! (Oh, speaking of Fang--what happened to his blogs?? There were none in this book.) --So we never get to know what the Voice is? Thanks a lot Patterson... --What's with Brigid and Mr. Chu at the end? I didn't exactly get that part. o_0 --Angel kinda creeps me out... She started out cute and adorable in the 1st book, but now, she just gives me the chills.
**spoiler alert** Amazing! Incredible! I absolutely loved it!
Funke did an excellent job wrapping up the trilogy and even a better job in making me nev...more**spoiler alert** Amazing! Incredible! I absolutely loved it!
Funke did an excellent job wrapping up the trilogy and even a better job in making me never want to stop reading the book. Come to think of it, I might even like this book more than Inkheart… Wait, OMG, I didn’t just say that, did I? No way, Inkheart is the best book in the trilogy, right? Or did Inkdeath take its place? *Sigh* You know what? Let’s just say both of the books are really good! :)
Some points: (Oh, and don’t continue unless you read the book. The review is marked for having spoilers, but just making sure for some people out there. ;))
First thing’s first, I have all the abhorrence and hate ever possible towards Orpheus. My god, what a terrible character! All the trouble he caused, and his greediness! Well, a story does need an antagonist like that, but he is dreadful! And, to much of my dislike, he doesn’t die at the end! Adderhead and the Piper die, but he does not! What’s with that, Funke? (Just kidding, but still.)
Next point—Meggie’s new baby brother! He sounds so adorable! But, one thing that keeps bugging me, I don’t know his name! Or maybe I somehow skimmed over and missed that part... Or maybe Funke wanted it to be mysterious, and wanted us to use our IMAGINATIONS. Also, it is kind of interesting how Meggie wanted a sister and even Mo wanted a daughter, but it ends up to be a brother...Hmmm, interesting. :)
So, throughout the book, I always wondered what three words is Mo going to write in the White Book. Well, eventually, I read that it's Heart, Spell, and Death, the words in the three titles of the trilogy. And now, I wonder if Funke means "Heart SPELLS death." I don't know. It's just a thought. Anyway, I also heard that in the German version the second book was Inkblood, not Inkspell. Weird.
Oh, another thing! Farid...Okay, I admit it, he was kind of getting annoying in this book. He was always trailing around Dustfinger, and if Dustfinger wasn’t there, sulking around. So, I perfectly understood why Meggie didn’t feel the same way towards Farid like she used to. And, why she started liking Doria...But in the end of Inkdeath…! (And here comes my point.) Meggie was just like said, “Oh, sorry, Farid, but I don’t like you anymore. I like it here. I don’t want to come with you...but good luck wherever you going,” and Farid just left… forever… It was just so sad... :(
Well, is anyone asking what I didn’t like about the book? Well, I thought and thought, and found one thing.
Meggie is NOT the main character in the book! *Gasp* (I know, right? I couldn’t believe it!) Seriously though, she does NOTHING, but sit around and worry and expect OTHERS to save her beloved father, Mo. Ugh, I completely hated that. I read the whole 700 and so pages and she simply did zilch! Even ever-disliked Jacopo, Violante’s son, had a bigger role in the conclusion of Inkdeath than Meggie. Where is the daring, audacious Meggie I knew in the first two books that basically disappeared in the third one?
So, I give this book 5 stars. (I'm ignoring that one thing I dislike about the book. Maybe Funke wanted the adults to "save the day" this time. Whatever.) Anyway, I enjoyed the trilogy a lot and now it's kind of sad there isn't more... *weep* (less)
If one is supposed to feel a tug at his or her heart by reading this book, well, it didn’t happen for me. It wasn’t because Christopher lacked emotion...moreIf one is supposed to feel a tug at his or her heart by reading this book, well, it didn’t happen for me. It wasn’t because Christopher lacked emotion. And it wasn’t exactly irritation at him, which one might feel when around autistic people; he was simply unlikable and flat. I continued reading to see if the ending would change my mind, to see if any aspect of it would move me. That didn’t happen either.
I did find the Monty Hall problem very interesting. Also, I liked how the chapters were numbered by prime numbers. But, the way the author explained about prime numbers is not correct! Mr. Haddon, you don’t get prime numbers by taking away the multiples of 2, the multiples of 3, the multiples of 4, etc. That will leave you with no numbers at all. 2, 3, 5, 7 are multiples of 2, 3, 5, and 7 respectively and they are prime numbers. Maybe you mean to say that you have to take away the multiples of each whole number except the number itself. (The number 1 is an exception.)(less)
**spoiler alert** OH MY GODS... This was, like, the perfect ending for the series. All the loose ends were tied and all the questions were answered. T...more**spoiler alert** OH MY GODS... This was, like, the perfect ending for the series. All the loose ends were tied and all the questions were answered. The conclusion of the saga was perfect. Not at all sappy and lived-happily-ever-after. Simply perfect. (Okay, I need to stop saying that word). Perfect! XD
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1) I like the title of the book. When all the other gods are out there having a hard time fighting Typhon, when it looks like Olympus is sure for destruction, there is only Hestia left. She is the the goddess of hearth, meaning family and fireside. Percy says, "Hope survives best at the hearth." When your friends are dying around you and when you are fighting something like Kronos, there might only be one thing you could hold onto--family--and it might just tip the balance in favor of you and Olympus might be saved after all.
2) Okay, so Luke dies. It was kind of predictable. But how Luke dies was a total surprise. I was thinking more along the lines of a duel between Percy and Luke to death. And I'm sooo glad it didn't turn out like that. Also, it was cool how Percy didn't end up being the hero of the prophecy. I see Luke differently now after knowing his difficult past and how in the end he sacrificed himself to kill Kronos. Totally unexpected.
3) Hurray for Percabeth!! I was grinning the whole time during the "best underwater kiss of all time" part. Yay!
4) I loved Percy's wish of making the gods promise that they will to claim their half blood children. It's cool how camp half blood is going to have cabins for minor gods. And I'm so glad Percy turned down the gods' grant of immorality.
4) It was kind of creepy how Rachel became the Oracle, and how it was her "destiny." But with the previous Oracle not having anyone to take her place for years, and Rachel painting the pictures of Luke as a kid and the Empire State building surrounded by an army... it all makes sense. The pieces fit correctly.
6) Okay, adding onto #5--the second great prophecy.
*spooky music* "Seven half bloods shall answer the call. To storm or fire, the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death."
I wonder who the seven half bloods will be. I heard Rick Riordan saying that his second series (Yipee! I am so happy there's going to be a 2nd series!! Thanks Riordan!), is going to be about the next generation of half bloods. So, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and others might not be in it, and if they are, they are going to minor characters. Also, I wonder what this new adventure is going to be.
I applaud this wonderful series. It's definitely one of my favorites, and I will be on the lookout for the second series.
Oh, I just remembered. Tomorrow, August 18th, is Percy Jackson's birthday! Happy (early) b-day, Percy!! =)(less)
This quote definitely sums up the pure madness and absurdity of this book:
“As a kid, I imagined lots of different scenarios for my life. I would be an...moreThis quote definitely sums up the pure madness and absurdity of this book:
“As a kid, I imagined lots of different scenarios for my life. I would be an astronaut. Maybe a cartoonist. A famous explorer or rock star. Never once did I see myself standing under the window of a house belonging to some druggie named Carbine, waiting for his yard gnome to steal his stash so I could get a cab back to a cheap motel where my friend, a neurotic, death-obsessed dwarf, was waiting for me so we could get on the road to an undefined place and a mysterious Dr. X, who would cure me of mad cow disease and stop a band of dark energy from destroying the universe.”
Yup. It's that weird. And weirder.
There's one thing I disliked in this book and that is the main character, Cameron. He was the loser-type and annoying teenage guy in the beginning, and even by the end, he remains as one of those protagonists I just never liked.
The funny thing is that I knew Cameron's ride is like Don Quixote's but I still didn't guess the ending. Others say it was really obvious, but I guess I was too into the story to realize how the story would end.
So it was fun and wild ride. I was pretty much exhausted by the time I finished it. And, Libba Bray, you totally surprised me with this book; this is absolutely nothing like the Gemma Doyle series. (less)
I used to think that Frankenstein was the monster and not the creator of the monster. I know, tsk tsk. But I bet there are numerous number of people w...moreI used to think that Frankenstein was the monster and not the creator of the monster. I know, tsk tsk. But I bet there are numerous number of people who think that too. Confess it; I won’t bite you. No, Frankenstein is not the green-skinned blockheaded zombie with bolts in his neck. Frankenstein is the person who created the monster. There are several other things that shouldn’t trust from the movie, so it’s best to read the book instead.
I love how the story is like a set of Russian dolls. The largest doll that covers it all is Walton’s letters to his sister, and Frankenstein’s story fits inside that, and within Frankenstein’s story is the monster’s story. See how beautifully layered that is?
And it’s beautifully meaningful too. It raises great questions about humans trying to go beyond their limits when experimenting in science. Right now, nanotechnology is the hot topic full of hope, but what about the ethical dangers that could occur in the future as a result of this scientific advance? It’s stuff to ponder about.
If you want, you could block out all of the themes and symbols and just read it as a chilling horror sci-fi story. It’s quite an extraordinary book whichever way you read it. (less)
This is definitely not the kind of the book I usually read: it’s pulp fiction, it’s a mystery story, and it’s an audio book. I wouldn’t have given thi...moreThis is definitely not the kind of the book I usually read: it’s pulp fiction, it’s a mystery story, and it’s an audio book. I wouldn’t have given this book a second glance if it wasn’t for the free copy I received from Galaxy Press. I really enjoyed the experience. It was a wonderful thriller, and I was so caught up in the action and suspense that I didn’t see the twist coming. The recordings were excellent. Different actors played the characters, and music and sound effects accompanied the narration. Great for a long drive. (less)
I really need to say something about the book cover. Before I started reading the book, I looked at the cover closely. The only thing that assured me...moreI really need to say something about the book cover. Before I started reading the book, I looked at the cover closely. The only thing that assured me that the person wearing the white shirt was a guy was the muscles in his arms. Other than that, I could have mistaken that as a girl, because, boy, no guy wears jeans like those. Seriously.
Anyway, I read the book, because you know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” After I finish the book, I look at the cover again and feel my eyes playing tricks. Eli would not wear clothes like that “boy.” Wouldn’t it make so much more sense if he were in his blue hoodie? And, Auden would not wear that pink polka-dotted dress. The cover shows the exact opposite of what the two of the are supposed to be. Or was that the point? Was the cover supposed to be depicting some hidden meaning? I don’t know…I think it’s still strange. I simply can’t get over it.
Okay, enough of that. And, no, my rating is not 3 stars just because of the cover. First of all, it took me a while to get into the book. I kind of was just reading, and not caring at all about Auden’s life and her problems. The book got my attention only toward the end.
Also, I kept realizing how Auden was somewhat like Macy in Sarah Dessen’s other book, The Truth About Forever. Both of them were escaping their life and problems (Macy, her father dying, and Auden, her parents’ divorce) by studying. It was the one thing that was they were good at, because all it required was working hard. And even, Jason Talbot was in this story!
There is always Dessen’s formula people talk about. So far, I read five book by her, and I’m starting to realize how true that is, how her books follow the same formula only with different characters and their different hobbies.
I liked the humor, and I liked some of the characters like Adam and Maggie. But overall, I was actually disappointed by this book. It just didn’t live up to the mark; it wasn’t there high up with Just Listen and The Truth About Forever. (less)