☺ name: mary shelley black ☺ character: mary shelley black ☺ goggles ☺ mary's bluntness ☺ mary's love for science ☺ stephen's anagrams ☺ spirit photog...more4.5/5
☺ name: mary shelley black ☺ character: mary shelley black ☺ goggles ☺ mary's bluntness ☺ mary's love for science ☺ stephen's anagrams ☺ spirit photography ☺ illustrated book (*swoon*) ☺ creep factor (including the beak mask) ☻ julius, not enough of a fleshed out character ☻ ending :'( ☻ stephen's (view spoiler)[disdain for his brother, cause i kind of pitied him and how his family treated him as if he were exactly like his father .. well, it just seemed as if they didn't really give him a chance that's all: "his father was a drunk who treated my mother terribly before she left him. and violent, thieving drunks often breed violent, thieving children." (hide spoiler)] [ click ] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
note: besides the female lead, the characters were not that defined or fleshed out. lots of gore and goosebumpey moments which i thought were well done. i liked the overall plot, setting and tone better than the author's writing style. the hallowed ones lacked .. something and yah, i cannot quite pinpoint what it was in particular the book lacked. (view spoiler)[
in the hands of another author it would have been pure magic with its potential realised to its fullest which i know is an unfair thing to say, as that could be applied to any book. *shrug* maybe make the sequel longer?
(hide spoiler)] anyways, even with that complaint of mine, i cannot ignore what a page turner it was, -- hence the rating.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
in comparison to eagar's other novels saltwater vampires lies smack in the middle. the author's undisputed #1 being her debut raw blue, saltwater vam...more
in comparison to eagar's other novels saltwater vampires lies smack in the middle. the author's undisputed #1 being her debut raw blue, saltwater vampires is slightly better than eagar's newest work night beach.
what eagar always gets right are the character studies. saltwater vampires' protagonist, jamie mackie struggles with guilt, shame and self-hate over how he left one of his friends alone when he was needed the most. nice also, was the way the author played with various vampire clichès.
the end scene where jamie and his group of friends (view spoiler)[ finish off the vampires and thus enable both jamie and dale to regain their mortality (hide spoiler)] will either lead readers snorting in disbelief or make them succumb to nostalgia with its buffy/charmed-esque scene:
he heard screams that weren't human, noises that sounded like they'd been wrung from hell. then there was a loud whoosing noise and he was pulled forwards (...) high above, the four vampires were trapped in the still centre of a vortex, a tornado of air spinning around them, lifting them up and up, sucking at their hair and clothes, blurring their movements. the pull of the whirlwind was so great it crinkled the air around it, creasing the fabric of the night. (...) the vortex seemed to swell and buckle. then there was a phssst noise (...) the centrifugal force of the vortex was destroying the vampires. (...) the vortex exploded with a deafening cracking noise that had jamie covering his ears. it sounded like the sky had been split apart. then shining specks of gold showered down out of the darkness, extinguishing before they reached the ground.
jamie's eyes snapped open. there was no pain. he felt good, but he felt different too. something had changed in him and he knew what it was even before he placed his hand on his chest. he had no heartbeat. he knew then what a heart really is: the clock that counts away the moments of a life. without a heartbeart, you are dead. or you will never die.
news | jan 17, 2013 ponsoldt who helmed smashed and the spectacular now has been tapped by fox 2000 to write and direct an adaptation of the ya novel p...morenews | jan 17, 2013 ponsoldt who helmed smashed and the spectacular now has been tapped by fox 2000 to write and direct an adaptation of the ya novel pure. [ full article ](less)
actually it reads as if the author wanted to pay homage to smith and wrote this book, to do so. a mysterious thriller, complete with eerie happenings in this school for 'special' children.
plot: the protagonist, faye is sent to a reform school run by dr. mordoch, because she's different. each morning faye and her group (called "family") wake up with red-stained hands from the night before. wth happened?
the painter w/ visions, the loner dude, the jokers and rebels. we have the hidden pasts and the secrets lurking behind every nook and cranny. dictatorial authorities punishing them for every deed done the wrong way etc etc.
etienne's attempt to convey the message of protecting our earth and the nature was slathered on rather thickly and destroyed the so far created suspense and enjoyment of harbinger.
on a positive note: to celebrate the book's release, 24 artists were commissioned to illustrate some of the scenes from the book. look at these lovelies:
cover the cover sums the story of the book in just one picture up: dark, creepy, terrifying, but also with flashes of beauty. i get goosebumps jus...more2.5/5
cover the cover sums the story of the book in just one picture up: dark, creepy, terrifying, but also with flashes of beauty. i get goosebumps just by looking at this cover.
story daphne (daughter of lilith and lucifer) and a mortal boy, truman meet in hell, because he tried to kill himself. but circumstances allow truman to return to earth. daphne stays in hell. when her brother goes missing, she leaves her home behind to find truman, the last person to see her brother. one thing leads to another and they find out some surprising things..
the good, the bad & the ugly the story read nicely, although sometimes a little stiff.
angels aren't all downright good or evil, more like somewhere in between, just like the demons who are in hell. that added a nice touch. i like my characters with shades of gray. there are even some horror elements (that's a plus point, btw!) (view spoiler)[a baby who can talk and doesn't need food for a month with pointy metal teeth (flashbacks to angelfall) (hide spoiler)]
there's no love triangle (hooray), there were some nice and touching moments and dialogues between the lead characters, but overall it still wasn't enough. maybe i'll feel differently at some point, but right now? nope. also the secondary characters like lilith or beelzebub (view spoiler)[In later Christian and Biblical sources he appears as a demon and the name of one of the seven princes of Hell. [ article] (hide spoiler)] or obie (her brother) were underdeveloped. i wish the author had polished the characters a little bit more, to give them a little shine.
the showdown wasn't much of a showdown. it was pretty ... anticlimactic to tell the truth.
quotes daphne & truman: "I have a toothbrush,” I tell him, trying to make him feel at home. “You can borrow it, if you like.” He just looks at me. Then he smiles a little, shaking his head. “Toothbrushes aren’t the kind of thing people usually share.” “I know. I haven’t used mine yet though, so it’s new. It could be yours instead.”
beelzebub: “What you have to understand is that this is his life, and he’s the one who has to live it. People make decisions, and maybe you don’t always agree, but those choices are still their own.”
flashbacks to daughter of smoke & bone: All I know is that demons are born from chaos. They’re born from rage or blood or fire, or ruined holy water. They’re born from eggs. They come into the world as wisps of smoke or in grotesque forms that splinter off and multiply. There are all kinds of origins, all different ways to be born [..]
love is a bitch: (view spoiler)[I remember kissing Truman on the balcony, and maybe he never said he loved me, but he meant it anyway. And there’s my mother, shrieking in pain when she thought something had happened to her son, and Myra with her sly smile and her dead eyes, grieving for Deirdre in the only way she knew how. My father, holding the razor to Beelzebub’s throat, telling him that it would all be over in an instant. (hide spoiler)]
moloch & truman: “I’m not a holy man,” Moloch said from behind his hand. “I’m not pious, and I’m not good. But if I were, your penance would be to start reaching for the things you want and giving up the things that will destroy you.”
likeable female protagonist on a quest to save her sister. loved the parts about the family. as an individual pal (you know, drinking beer on th...more3.75/5
likeable female protagonist on a quest to save her sister. loved the parts about the family. as an individual pal (you know, drinking beer on the porch with), i'd have liked him, but as a serious love interest, he was .. bleh so far.
just this week -- i was riding the bus on my way to school. and as i was sitting there and pondering about life (aren't i the intellectual?), i notice...morejust this week -- i was riding the bus on my way to school. and as i was sitting there and pondering about life (aren't i the intellectual?), i noticed this guy who was sitting in the row in front of me, who was doing something with his hands. he couldn't seem to stop his nervous gestures. so i looked. (of course i looked.)
dude was scratching on practically every exposed skin surface on his body. he generously liberated his ears from earwax. picked his nose as if there was no tomorrow. rubbed his eyes till they were red. ran his fingers through his hair, yanking some in the process. a minute ticked away. ten minutes. a solid hour passed. he did not stop. and i tried desperately not to see anything out of the corner of my eyes.
so, this is what nothingis feels like to me. you can't help but stare, no matter how disturbing. try as you might to distance yourself from things that make you uncomfortable, but they are still happening. (less)
2.25/5 be careful what you wish for ... with the first few pages, mason shares with us a crucial chapter in his life. the day the neighbor's dog bit him...more2.25/5 be careful what you wish for ... with the first few pages, mason shares with us a crucial chapter in his life. the day the neighbor's dog bit him, ultimately leaving him with a lifelong scar. the very same day he's being told some shocking news from his single mother:
"mason. i know i've always told you your father was ... gone. but it's not true. he just can't be your father right now." (arc, p3)
having said that his mother plays a videotape, revealing a man from the neck down, who's reading from a children's book.
and thus begins the story. taking place 10 years later. mason, now 15 years old, is a promising student attempting to get a trodyn scholarship, he dreams of being able to work in a laboratory, where brains rule, not looks.
"TroDyn industries was a huge scientific complex [...] mainly working on sustainability projects, the company supported the town." (arc, p9)
mason drives to his mom's work place in a nursing home, expecting old, care-dependent people, only to find his mother tends to a group of apparently brain-dead teens. after slipping the dvd (with his father reading from the book) into the player, one of them awakens. a girl. and she tells mason, she doesn't want the gardener to find her.
so he runs away. with her.
soon, people start following them & bit by bit the horrible truth unravels about who the girl is & what TroDyn has to do with it all.
not all researches are open to the public, but rather happening behind closed doors. bodeen uses this mysterious air, governments or companies create & explores the "what-ifs" in a gripping, chilling and eerily realistic way, you can't help but wonder what kind of research and experiments are being conducted without our knowing. and even IF we did know ... would we decide them being for the greater good? look the other way if someone were done an injustice?
for me the, romance part happened too fast. it was given too little substance and thus unbelievable. mason and the girl-without-name were fine enough on their own, individually and although they went through a lot of stuff together and even depended on each other to get closer to the truth, it didn’t convince me of their “romance” or whatever it is you want to call it. other than that it was easy to like our protagonist. the author's description of mason and the girl, definitely made me think of beauty & the beast ... he was kind, loyal and reliable. i liked the fact that mason mostly only spoke, if he actually had something to say, instead of trying to fill the quiet with meaningless words. the choices he made were believable as well. he seemed to be the only 3-dimensional character in this short book though, which is too bad.
the writing is smooth, the main character is both real and sympathetic and the futuristic plot elements were unsettling and fascinating. the only other thing i did not like (besides mason being the only fleshed out character, that is) was the ending or to be more specific: the epilogue. without wanting to give anything away ... i just felt the story could’ve done fine without it.
now, i don’t know about the intention of the author, but i’m guessing the characters weren’t that important anyway, it was more about the plot or rather the topics handled in the book, like immortality, death, beauty, sustainability, evolution, heritage, famine and yes, also civil courage.
the gardener will teach you a lesson that up-to-date topics needn't be boring, but can be entertaining and even educational on some levels, although the character development was mediocre at the most, it was nice enough to read. (less)