I really loved this book! I loved the easygoing romance that didn't dominate too much of the story and there was definitely a happy surprise at the enI really loved this book! I loved the easygoing romance that didn't dominate too much of the story and there was definitely a happy surprise at the ending. The plot is just original enough but still connects enough to the original fairytale. It's a definite worthwhile read!...more
I was simply thrilled when Poppy got her own book! It was fresh and new, and I loved the fairytale take. The plot was amazing, and the characters wereI was simply thrilled when Poppy got her own book! It was fresh and new, and I loved the fairytale take. The plot was amazing, and the characters were developed through different sets of eyes. I would absolutely love it if more books like this were released by Jessica Day George. They're simply brilliant, and I love the plots AND the characters! And the romance is nice, too, because it's understated and subtle....more
RATING CHANGED TO THREE STARS AS OF 01/08/2012 after a rereading.
Starcrossed is a lovely, gorgeous book that I fell in love with. It was impossible noRATING CHANGED TO THREE STARS AS OF 01/08/2012 after a rereading.
Starcrossed is a lovely, gorgeous book that I fell in love with. It was impossible not to, really.
Helen is a strong, beautiful heroine and I enjoyed reading about her immensely. she isn't whiny unless she has a right to be, and even then she doesn't overdo it. She's willing to learn new things, but not when they're useless.
The supporting cast is very strong as well, including handsome Lucas, beautiful Ariadne and strong Hector. Helen's friends are wonderful additions as well. Matt is sweet, while Claire isn't afraid to speak her mind. Every supporting character has a role to play, and it is played well.
The romance was so sweet, and not overbearing. It had that beautiful, sexy modern mythology twist to it, which only made it all the more lovely. (view spoiler)[But must admit, I was so angry when Helen's mother lied to her about being related to Lucas! Knowing the truth just makes me even more annoyed. Stupid Daphne. Lucas and Helen better find out she's lying, and SOON. (hide spoiler)]
The story itself was gorgeous in and of itself. Angelini masterfully weaves in aspects of Greek mythology while adding just enough originality. The effect is lustrous and shining, only making the book more beautiful.
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CATCHALL I didn't even give it a full star. I rarely do this. Even Juliet Immortal was gifted with more than one star. But t*FINAL RATING: 0.70 STARS*
CATCHALL I didn't even give it a full star. I rarely do this. Even Juliet Immortal was gifted with more than one star. But this book was so awful that I don't even know where to begin. I really, really, really, really disliked this book, unfortunately. I don't enjoy writing negative reviews, and I don't write them very often. But I am going to get through this review nonetheless.
THE HEROINE VALERIE Valerie was insipid, whiny, and annoying. She never did anything vaguely interesting and was one of the most irritating heroines I have ever read about. Valerie was selfish and rarely said or did anything intelligent. Instead, she ran around trying to get herself killed and make sacrifices for no good reason and basically does nothing.
THE LOVE INTERESTS HENRY LAZAR Henry is the only vaguely interesting characters in this book, and believe me, he is not that interesting. He cares about Valerie for whatever reason, and is basically really, really boring. He does have a few sweet thoughts, but they're for Valerie, so, dude, who cares? He's just as boring as everyone else in this book. (Also, I have no clue as to why he's the only character with a last name. It's weird.) PETER I really hated Peter. He's such an idiot. And also an Edward Cullen. "You should stay away from me. I'm dangerous." Gag. He's never really described in positive terms and I failed to see what was supposed to be so interesting about him. I mostly wanted to slap him upside the head, hard. Peter had absolutely no substance.
THE TOWNSPEOPLE Totally deserved to die. I'm just saying. They're all so stupid and lame and dumb and boring and there was nothing vaguely special about any of them.
THE PLOT This book did not have a plot.
Okay, well, there was stuff happening, but nothing interesting.
There was a supposed mystery that was instantly, glaringly obvious within the first twenty pages.
The entire book revolved around trying to solve this mystery.
The mystery was already solved.
So, basically, the entire book was pointless.
The characters are dull and stupid and never do anything. They're all completely self-centered and never look at anyone else. They sit around and drink tea until suddenly they become a raging crowd of angry people.
Basically, I practically lost the will to live.
Yes, my dears, it was that bad.
And yes, I do know that the author was limited and had to work from the screenplay, but there is no excuse or reason for it to be this bad.
THE ROMANCE When I said romance, I lied. There is no romance to this book. Just a bunch of so-called "love." Peter shows up. Valerie is all, "Oh, we were best friends as children and now he's hot. Obviously I am madly deeply crazily in love with him." *facepalm* Aggghhh. What is wrong? This is, like, really really bad territory. It's awful. There's no real love between the two, and oh, it's so boring. It doesn't help that there's zero chemistry. The love triangle is completely pointless and was obvious from the beginning. It wasn't entertaining and all and felt fake and contrived.
THE WRITING This is a debut novel from a just out of college student, and it shows. Even cutting slack for its debut novel status, this writing is exceptionally bad. I hate to say it, but there you have it. It sounds fake and insipid and I had to grit my teeth just to get through it. It made me want to tear out my own hair, and you have no idea how much I love my hair. The writing said the most pointless an random things at some parts and then left out things at other parts. It made my head hurt and made me sad for the young adult writing world.
THE ENDING THE ORIGINAL ENDING The ending made me want to shoot the book. It was awful. There's no closure whatsoever and it just ends, and then drops off the face of the planet. It was completely incomprehensible and left me feeling confused. I threw the book, where it made a satisfying sound against the wall. Mostly, though, I was just happy that the book was over. Or so I thought. THE BONUS CHAPTER It was not over. I actually didn't really want to read this. But as a reviewer, I do feel kind of obligated to. And maybe a part of me hoped that it could at least redeem some of the awful book. Well, it is pointless and so not even worth the time. It is even more stupid than the original ending, something that I thought was impossible. I actually almost put my fist through my computer screen because it upset me that much. The so-called "mystery" is resolved, but since I already knew that answer, I really couldn't have cared less.
WRAPUP I will probably never read Blakely-Cartwright's writing ever again, unfortunately. This book was maybe one of the worst books I've ever read, definitely ranking way down there. This book made me angry that someone actually published it. I have no idea why it was published, actually. I don't think I have ever hated a book as much as I hate this one.
Supernaturally was even better than Paranormalcy. The plot is more defined, although personally I feel like some of the characters don't have enough sSupernaturally was even better than Paranormalcy. The plot is more defined, although personally I feel like some of the characters don't have enough substance. They're all lovely characters. The problem simply is that many of them have no backgrounds, no likes and dislikes, nothing that binds them to Earth.
Also, I'm not a huge fan of White's writing style. I like hearing Evie's voice, but the way it's written can come across as everything from obnoxious to clueless. I like Evie, but I suffered some serious problems with her in this book. However, since she's pretty awesome, she managed to overcome them. This is why I love Evie.
Ack. The romance. Someone please kill me now. I thought it was sweet it the first book, but in Supernaturally it dominates just a bit too much of the story for my taste. I am so sick of heroines who will "be okay because they have their boyfriends by their side." Real life isn't like that, okay? You need to be strong on your own before you can be strong with someone else. Lend was still a sweet character, and I do like him for Evie. I find him rather bland personally, but he's definitely got some things going for him.
I was happy to see the return of Reth, even if he does have a new name now. I've alway had a thing for bad boys, and Reth satisfies this perfectly. He's never boring and alway manages to show up at the most perfect times in the book. He just has that sexy, mysterious allure.
Several new characters and introduced in this book, but by far the most important is Jack. Jack plays a huge role in this book, although I'll keep my mention of him minimal because I don't want to give anything away.
However, there were some developments in the book that I found completely pointless. Well, one in particular, but there're more.
In any case, I genuinely enjoyed Supernaturally more than Paranormalcy. I would definitely recommend it, and I'll be counting the days until the release of Endlessly....more
Evie. Evie is, thankfully, a surprisingly average girl. She has a favorite TV show that she cannot live without, a best friend, and longs to be normalEvie. Evie is, thankfully, a surprisingly average girl. She has a favorite TV show that she cannot live without, a best friend, and longs to be normal. Perhaps she doesn't long to be normal the way you and I do, but when you spend your life hunting paranormal creatures, your definition of normal is bound to be a little twisted.
Reth. Lorethan. (view spoiler)[Although, technically, he changed his name. (hide spoiler)] But still. His mysterious sexy bad-boy faerie stuff holds some serious allure for me. I've always been attracted to bad boys, though. I thought Lend was sweet and I really like him and Evie together. They make an adorable couple, even if Lend is a bit bland for my taste.
Evie discovers some surprising things about herself that change the way she sees her entire occupation, especially when the unthinkable happens. She is forced to question everything she thought she knew and look at everything in a different way.
*****WARNING: THE REMAINDER OF THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*****
I had mixed feelings about Evie's choice to quit her job at the agency and go to school. I thought it was nice that she'd get a chance to be normal, but frankly, the freakish way the agency holds things together is creepy. Evie shouldn't have to pretend to be dead just to quit.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A very sexy, very swoon worthy scene. If that is, you're in love with Will.
Anyway, I loved the beauty of this scWriting was amazing, but I'm Team Jem.
A very sexy, very swoon worthy scene. If that is, you're in love with Will.
Anyway, I loved the beauty of this scene.
OMG AMAZING! REVIEW COMING SOON!
Just a few things right now, though:
I am Team Jem. I am so in love. It didn't take much for Jem to win over my heart. He just is. Jem is adorable. Jem is sexy. Jem is wonderful. Jem is beautiful. Jem is sweet. Jew is amazing. Jem is incredible. Jem is hot. Jem is love. I love Jem so much!
Also, Will annoys the hell out of me. He's too much like Jace, and if he ends up with Tessa I will will officially know that Clare can only write the same romance with a different story over and over. Because has anyone but me noticed how alike Clary and Tessa are?...more
CATCHALL I didn't enjoy A Million Suns quite as much as Across the Universe, but I still really, really, really, loved****FINAL RATING: 4.35 STARS****
CATCHALL I didn't enjoy A Million Suns quite as much as Across the Universe, but I still really, really, really, loved it. I couldn't put it down. There was action and romance on every page, leaving me wanting more. It was extremely good and while I think it was a bit slow at some points, in general it was perfect.
THE HERO ELDER I thought Elder progressed and degressed (I think I made that word up) in equal measure in this book. He can be patronizing sometimes, which can be real irritating and got on my nerves a lot of the time. I thought he tried very hard to be a good leader, which was admirable, but he didn't always know what the right thing to do was, which was realistic.
THE HEROINE Amy was stronger in this book, which I really admired. She was a better person in general, I think, too, and also much more relatable. She has struggles that are really reflected in her character but she comes through them very well and becomes a force to be dealt with. Amy is more than just the outsider on the ship now. She's fierce and ready to stand up for what's right.
THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS VICTRIA Her story saddened me. She has such conflicting desires, an it's really heartbreaking to see that in her. She tries to be a good person, I think, but has a difficult reconciling that with herself and her beliefs. i would have liked to know more about her. DOC We don't actually physically see a whole lot of him in this book, but he is clearly and definitely there. He's a dynamic character, definitely, and a lot of what we learn about him I would have never seen coming. BARTIE He was an extremely intriguing character. I was always looking forward to what move he was going to make next, what he was going to say. In the end, he wasn't so difficult to understand, not at all. In fact, he's an extremely relatable character.
THE PLOT The plot was freaking intense.
Every single page had a new twist or a new but vital scrap of information.
The entire book was thick with anticipation, eagerly awaiting the next radical event.
It was hardly boring, and only flawed but what I felt were a few pointless scenes that didn't progress the story at all, but I concede that they may become important later. Still, I absolutely loved it.
THE ROMANCE The romance in A Million Suns is more prominent than in Across the Universe, but is still traditionally sweet and smooth, not instalovey or rapidly moving. It really develops in a beautiful way and the chemistry between the characters is really palpable. The romance is definitely one of my favorites.
THE WRITING Revis' writing has only improved since Across the Universe. Her imagery is both haunting and provocative, inspiring me immensely. It could hardly have been better. Revis really expands on a lot of the things that were previously unclear in a lovely way, and both Elder's and Amy's voices have grown and matured.
THE ENDING Once again, we have been left with a remarkably cruel cliffhanger and have to wait months to find out what will happen next. It is a wonderful, perfectly-utilized way of closing the novel. It is so very signaturely Revis and I adored it absolutely. The ending left me freaking out, but also many conflicts were resolved or at least partially resolved. The ending was a bit rushed, but overall nearly amazing.
WRAPUP Of course, I am reading Shades of Earth. I have to! That huge cliffhanger doesn't allow for anything less! I am ridiculously excited to read it and am already wondering what is next!
CATCHALL I am perfectly aware that this is not actually a valid rating. I am totally supposed to rate books on a 0-5*****FINAL RATING: 5.05 STARS*****
CATCHALL I am perfectly aware that this is not actually a valid rating. I am totally supposed to rate books on a 0-5 stars scale. Unfortunately, I don't care. This book deserves to stand out, to have something special and all its own, and I am giving it that. I connected to this book on a more personal level than perhaps I have ever connected to any book in my life. Ordinarily, I don't like reading sad books, but when I heard the heroine had terminal cancer my defenses crumbled. Fortunately, I do not have terminal cancer, but my boyfriend does, and sometimes, as dramatic as it sounds, it is all I can do to avoid falling into a crumbling despair. I imagine actually having the cancer would be ten times worse, but hopefully I will never know.
THE HEROINE HAZEL GRACE Hazel was a gorgeous and heartbreakingly real heroine. She's dying, but all she wants to do is spend the rest of her days really living. Instead of moping around and feeling sorry for herself, she lives. I love how strong she is, and I admire it too. She's definitely one of the best heroines I've ever come across. Never whiny or insipid, she's intelligent and fun. She's absolutely relatable and it was especially easy for me to relate to her during the end of the novel, when she goes through something similar to what I go through. I found a lot of myself in Hazel and truly felt like I made a really deep connection to her, something I hadn't really felt strongly for a while.
THE HERO AUGUSTUS WATERS Even though he's more of the love interest than the hero and would ordinarily go in that section, again, I really don't care. He's a hero to me, and I'm going to treat him as such. Again, I completely admired Augustus and felt like I could relate to him too. He's vibrant and beautiful, and it was impossible not to be drawn to his vivacity and charm. He had a wonderful heart and his story absolutely broke my heart in more ways than one. I loved him because he wasn't weak or half-dead. I made an extremely strong connection to him too, and was intensely entwined in his feelings and desires by the end of the novel.
THE FRIEND ISAAC I feel that it's important to mention him too, because I think that his character made a significant and positive impact in the novel. He represents a lot of the uglier side of cancer, the side where there are more consequences than death, consequences like losing part of who you are. He suffered like a real person, and not everything was ideal and maybe he never really got completely over it. But sometimes, that's just how it is. He was also a good and loyal friend, and he struck a deep chord within me.
THE PLOT John Green got everything right.
Everything I say, I mean. (Unless, that is, I'm being sarcastic.) So when I say everything, I really and truly mean everything.
Every single detail was exactly right. I really can't complain about anything, because everything was perfect.
He led me along his heartbreaking story, a story I originally didn't even want to read for my own reasons, but a story I was drawn into nonetheless. It became a part of me until I was so involved I could feel my own heart breaking at the end.
And above all, the story was real. Even though it is a work of fiction, it is easy to believe that it honestly could have happened. That's the most perfect thing about it. The story rings perfectly true and is so realistic I almost could have believed it really happened if not for the author's note and the Phalanxifor, which unfortunately doesn't exist.
Easily, easily, so easily, this was one of the best, if not the very best, books I've ever read.
THE ROMANCE The romance was one of the most beautiful things about this book. Even though there's a side romance that unfortunately doesn't have a happy ending, it was nice to see the reality of that. Augustus and Hazel's romance is downright gorgeous and heartbreaking--everything about it screams true and real. I loved the way they were together, and felt that they really had a strong connection and amazing chemistry. It's sweet and believable, not too instalovey or desperate-feeling. I absolutely adored it in every way.
THE WRITING The writing was gorgeous and incredible and beautiful. There's just the right amount of humor. The book deals with serious topics, but the humor doesn't overshadow this and it certainly makes it more lighthearted. It's perfect and real and rings absolutely true in every way. It sounds realistic and isn't oversimplified or unnecessarily complicated. It tells things as they are, and yet does it in such a way that it's completely beautiful and more heartbreaking for the way everything is told. Everything about the writing is flawless and fantastic.
THE ENDING Well, I'm not gonna lie: like most people who read this book, I cried my freaking eyes out. Probably especially because it's something I myself will have to go through far sooner than I would like to. But, you know, it really had to end that way. It couldn't have ended any other way. I really can' complain. Even in the despair and sadness, there was such powerful hope and beauty. The ending was easily a large part of the message of the book and at least for me, most of its emotion. Not to say that the rest of the book didn't have much emotion as well; au contraire. There was simply still more in the last pages.
WRAPUP It's heavy reading and not for the faint of heart. It took an emotional toll on me. By the time I was done reading it, I was a complete emotional mess and wouldn't talk to anyone for like three hours because I needed to be alone and think. I've never been able to control my emotions, though, and when I feel something I feel it intensely, not halfway. This book left me sobbing and heartbroken. It made me think about things I'd honestly much rather not think about. I cried even just writing this review. Yet I'd still strongly recommend it. It is one of the most amazing books in the world.
CATCHALL I really enjoyed this book. I didn't love it as much as I did Haunting Violet, but I still found it extremely e***FINAL RATING: 3.30 STARS***
CATCHALL I really enjoyed this book. I didn't love it as much as I did Haunting Violet, but I still found it extremely enjoyable. It was a fun, quick read. The reason that my rating is relatively low even though I loved it so much will be explained. For one, the cover wasn't great. It was okay. For not as pretty as I'd hoped.
THE HEROINES No, that's not a typo. This book is actually told from two different girls' P.O.V., thus making them both heroines in tis lovely story. ELOISE I didn't care too much for her. I liked her well enough, but she's not one of my favorite characters. She was kind of, um, I hate to say it, but boring. She was too serious for my taste. I prefer my heroines fun. Deep down, she was more emotional, but on the outside she was too stiff. Still, she was actually a pretty intricate character, but definitely had room for improvement. JO I loved Jo! She was such a flirt! She was exciting and emotional. While on the outside she appeared flighty, inside she was more vulnerable. She had a nice, solid background. I enjoyed her part of the story immensely. Jo was, in my opinion, a better character than Eloise. I really, really liked her. Honesly, I'd like a sequel just so I read my of her story. She's fresh and exciting and moreover, alive. But, uh, she was a bit too British for an American.
THE LOVE INTERESTS ELDRIC Mmmm. What can I say? I totally fell in love with Eldric. I mean, DAMN. He was hot. And totally sweet. And, um, I have a thing for bad boys :) Sometimes. He's tall. And dark. And handsome. Who doesn't love the gorgeous stranger? He was one of my favorite characters, hands down. He seemed genuinely caring but also passionate. And perfectly mysterious! LUCAS Hmm. I was okay with him. I thought he seemed pretty cute, but overall I just wasn't feeling it. He was from a different world, sure, but, um, overall I think Harvey overdid this point. He acted really weird at some points and it was just kind of not realistic or believable. Sure, he had his good points, and I love him for it, but as a general rule…not so much.
THE OTHER SECONDARY CHARACTERS DEVIN Devin was sweet and I really liked how he stayed a part of the story! A fun, layered character who I really enjoyed reading about. Not only that, but I really liked how Devin stayed a part of the story. JASMINE Eloise's mother was peppy and upbeat. I liked her a lot. She was a fun addition to the story. i didn't expect to like her so much, but there you have it. Jasmine was one of those minor characters who just draws you in.
THE PLOT To be honest, there's not a whole lot going for the plot. It's predictable and small, not going over a wide range of events but focusing on a climax. Still, it was nicely thought out. There wasn't too much extraneous stuff going on that detracted attention from the main focus. Honestly, it was really good. I only wish there had been a bit more depth and length to it.
THE ROMANCE I am not going to give away who ends up with who! You can read other reviews or probably even guess, but I won't be the one to tell you, because that's part of the fun! ELOISE'S ROMANCE Sweet, if a bit underwritten. There's not a whole lot that goes on with Eloise's romance, not really. It's pleasant, but a tad bit instalovey. Still, I did think it was nicely written. Once or twice it was too disgustingly father-daughter, but I got over that and it got better. JO'S ROMANCE I enjoyed this so much better. Jo's romance was more fun, but again, it leaned towards instalove. The big moment was sweet, but when I was reading it I actually thought about how unbelievable it was. Anyhow, I did enjoy her romance. It was an equal romance with a bit of fairytale mixed in.
THE WRITING Some of the writing was…questionable. For example, this line:
"My lady Eloise. Finally, you are undressed to our eyes."
Actually, the funniest thing about this quote is that it sounds even worse out of context than in context. But still. I really didn't like some of this writing, and this is just one example. I won't launch into them all.
Oh, actually, as aforementioned, Jo is too British for an American. This includes her Brit-speak, which just sounds kind of odd and misplaced. It really wasn't necessary.
Okay, but in general, I liked this writing. I doesn't have the gorgeousness that is Haunting Violet, but overall I thought it was nice. Harvey has a pretty writing style that I really like. It was pleasant and quick to read, and I didn't have to go back to try and understand.
It took me a little bit to realize there were two different P.O.V.s going on, but once I realized this it went much more smoothly.
THE ENDING While a bit too predictable for my taste, it was still fine. It wasn't random or odd; it really fit and I'm sure Harvey did a fair bit of thinking before she chose to end it this way. I don't want to give this ending away, though! So all I'll say is that I liked it very well. It wasn't my favorite, perhaps, but it was still a very good choice for an ending.
WRAPUP My second Alyxandra Harvey book. It wasn't as good as the first I read, but it was good enough that I still want to read her other books. I will be eagerly awaiting future releases from her! I would definitely recommend this book to others, but not to everyone.
DISCLAIMER: I kind of am a bit hard on Ms. Jones in this review. I don't really mean to be; I love Carrie, really I do.***FINAL RATING: 2.85 STARS***
DISCLAIMER: I kind of am a bit hard on Ms. Jones in this review. I don't really mean to be; I love Carrie, really I do. I think her blog entries are hilarious, and I think she has some really great ideas for her books. It's just that this is her seventh-ish book, the fourth that I've read, and I was kind of hoping for some different kind of writing from her. I'm honestly not bashing her personally--I was just so disappointed in this book and the writing in it that I may have been a bit harsher than I meant to be.
CATCHALL My interest in this book had been waning for some time when I received it as a Christmas present. Not about to let it go to waste, I read it. While it wasn't awful, it wasn't really what I'd been hoping for at all. I felt disappointed and kind of annoyed upon finishing. And my rating is definitely generous. I do, however, want to make on thing clear: I liked this book! It just wasn't my absolute favorite. It is true that in this review I focus more on the negatives than the positives, but I genuinely enjoy reading this book and would recommend it (though not to everyone).
THE HEROINE AIMEE Truth to be told, Aimee was kind of annoying. She has these ridiculous prejudices that make no sense. She's also kind of a hypocrite. I thought at first that she might be a strong heroine, but she seemed to get progressively weaker as the story went on, to no real avail. I didn't hate her, really--I simply don't have strong feelings about her at all. She was vapid and irritating--but harmless. Kind of like baby cousins. And, as aforementioned, I hated her stupid prejudices.
EXAMPLE OF DIALOGUE (Please note that these are not exact quotes (although they are similar) and reflect only my interpretation of the text, not necessarily the author's intentions):
BLAKE (Aimee's boyfriend at the beginning of the novel): That Indian boy beat me at racing today. AIMEE: (to self) Ohmigod. My boyfriend is obviously a closet racist. So he obviously cannot be my boyfriend anymore.
Seriously, people, when is the last time you've heard someone identify someone else by their race and automatically assumed they're a closet racist? (This is actually what she does. I couldn't even make this up if I tried.) Probably never. Especially someone whom you've known for a long time and has always been a good person. More likely you assume they're just trying to make identifying someone easier.
THE HERO ALAN And here's the character I liked even less. For one thing, I couldn't even picture him as even vaguely handsome, no matter how hard I tried. I thought he was really self-centered. He also kind of sounds like an idiot. At one point in the novel he thinks of Aimee: "Her mouth is sexy when she chews." Okay, a few things wrong here. 1) No one thinks that. 2) When is the last time you've found someone's chewing mouth sexy? (Also, this is totally in direct contrast with something she Jones writes in Need about it being awkward to watch someone you like chew. I mean, come on, you cannot have it both ways. Make up your mind.) Just…no. I thought he was one of the most boring characters I've ever come across. I've since rethought that--he might just be the most boring character.
THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS BLAKE He was probably the only character I felt any sort of connection to. Still, he wasn't exactly extremely likable or anything. Still, I cared what happened to him more than anyone else in the entire book. I consider this sad. He was kind of too stereotypical nice-guy-goes-bad-then-good-again--but that kind of thing I can deal with. It's an unversed plot line, but it wasn't used terribly in this novel. COURTNEY Stereotypical high school girl much? I mean, come on, Carrie Jones! In the Need series you've already kind of annoyed me with your completely insane collection of high schoolers, but this is totally pushing it. I am still in high school, and I can guarantee you that, believe it or not (you may want to sit down), there are actually normal people in high school.
I know, I know, I've totally shocked you. I'm sorry. Just take some deep, deep breaths and everything will be okay.
Moving on! I don't really give a damn about the other secondary characters enough to write about them, and none of them are important enough that I feel the actual need to.
THE PLOT … … … Excuse me. That was me forgetting what the plot was because it was so freaking boring.
AIMEE: Let's save Courtney! She is my OMGBFF4EVA! If we don't save her, she'll die! And since I have visions and all, that will obviously help a ton!
ALAN: You have visions? Awesome.
AIMEE: You're not freaked out like all the other kids?!?
ALAN: Nope. Because I am totally completely in love with you since you have red hair and obviously I am meant to fall in love with a girl with red hair.
AIMEE: *squeal* Okay! I love you too! Let's make out, and then save Courtney if there's time!
Um, yeah, guys, that's pretty much all I have to say about the plot. It was way, way, way too predictable. I could guess everyone long before it happened and I could tell from the beginning how it was going to end.
THE ROMANCE I have some major problems here.
First off, Aimee's breakup with Blake was completely unbelievable and had no base whatsoever. I felt like it was done simply because Aimee had to get with Alan somehow and Blake was in the way. It didn't ring true to me at all, and it was one of the reasons this book annoyed me from the beginning.
POLICE: Yo, Alan, Blake is missing. You know anything about that?
ALAN: No, why?
POLICE: Because you got in a fight with him earlier, dude. You've got reason to want him gone.
ALAN: Well, he is my girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, but…
It took me a full two minutes to realize the girlfriend Alan is referring to is Aimee. Why? BECAUSE HE NEVER FREAKING ASKS HER OUT. I don't know about you, but I don't care how much I like a guy--if he wants me to be his girlfriend, he damn well better ask me out officially. This part annoyed me immensely. It seems stupid of him to point out that this missing guy, who he's been in a fight with, is his "girlfriend's" ex-boyfriend. I mean, how stupid can you get?
And since I'm not an instalove fan, I don't like Aimee and Alan's romance. I didn't feel anything at all. I doesn't ring true with me and I cannot fathom their relationship.
THE WRITING I'm not a huge fan of Jones' writing in her Need series, but I was hoping to see a different style here. Unfortunately, I didn't really see that. There is another author listed, but I could barely see his writing obviously, if at all. I assumed at first that Jones wrote Aimee's POV and Wedel wrote Alan's--I questioned this as I read, but when I came to Aimee's chewing jaw being sexy, I knew that there was no way. I'm fairly certain Jones wrote most of this, or at least edited it heavily. Her writing is still largely immature--not even really high school lever. Just kind of ridiculous.
(NOTE: I was corrected on this. Wedel did indeed write Alan's chapters, and then the two authors collaborated on the editing. I apologize for my mistake, but I shall leave my original review intact, as that was my honest impression. I do apologize for any confusion this may have caused.)
Another problem with Jones' writing is that she has all these ideas she tries far too hard to get across. In Need, she really pushes Amnesty International and Greenpeace--which, okay, I try to deal with because it's not really that obnoxious. But in After Obsession, she majorly tries to push these racism issues, which completely detracts from the already questionable plot and writing, making the book, unfortunately, even worse. I thought this was such a shame. If Jones could step back from all this peace-pushing stuff she tries to do, I would probably enjoy her books much more.
THE ENDING It was stupid. I hate saying something so negative, but it was. It didn't make a whole lot of sense and too many strings were left untied. (But, my God, please do not let there be a sequel.) I wish that some things had been made clearer--I was left confused and had to go back to clarify a few too many things that should, if the book was better-written, been obvious.
WRAPUP Since I'm already so invested in Jones' Need series, I will be reading Endure, the last book of that series. Unfortunately, since I found this book to be such a disappointment, it will probably have to blow me away to convince me to spend money on another one of her books. So, whether or not I read Jones' future books remains to be seen. As for Wedel's books, I might give one a try, since even after reading this book I feel I do not know his writing style at all.
Ahh, I did love this book. But there were some things that bothered me, and I do need to go over them.
Okay, the writing was a little bit too fragmenteAhh, I did love this book. But there were some things that bothered me, and I do need to go over them.
Okay, the writing was a little bit too fragmented for my taste. I still enjoyed the book. I understand that the fragments give the book a faster pace, but it's very difficult to keep up sometimes when the sentences go like this: "So I walk." Obviously this is not an actual sentence from the book, just an example.
I liked Jacinda most of the time, but she was a bit too indecisive. Even I am not that indecisive. She was mostly a strong heroine, but that was one of her major flaws.
Will. Hmmm. I actually didn't care for him too much. I found him creepy, and if I'm honest, rather irritating. I mush preferred Cassian, who has that strong dark and handsome thing I love so much going on.
The romance didn't hit home for me, either. It was too broken at first and then too quick paced. I didn't even really feel like it was at all real. I thought, honestly (and I'm not just saying this because I love Cassian and not Will), that the exchanges Cassian and Jacinda share are more romantic than the kisses between Jacinda and Will.
Overall, however, Firelight was a great read that I genuinely enjoyed.
CATCHALL Because I am incredibly lazy and the worst procrastinator in the history of everything, this review has tak*****FINAL RATING: 4.85 STARS*****
CATCHALL Because I am incredibly lazy and the worst procrastinator in the history of everything, this review has taken months for me to actually write. On the bright side, this is my second review today! I'm working on it, I'm catching up…but anyway. Circle of Fire was fantastic finish to Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters series. I loved every intense and soft moment of it. I reread it often, especially my favorite parts.
THE HEROINE AMALIA MILTHORPE Lia is such a fantastic heroine. I adore her very much. She makes hard decisions and handles them very well. She also knows her priorities and chooses her battles. Lia knows the difference between things that are worth it and things that aren't. I love her for being strong in the face of difficult things. She isn't perfect, but she's realistic and human.
THE LOVE INTEREST DIMITRI MARKOV *swoon* ... ... ... Sorry. It's just that, oh, well, Dimitri is so hot. Ridiculously, insanely hot. He also has some of the sweetest and most romantic lines I've ever read. I love him for always being supportive but never condescending, strong but never pushy. He always seems to know just the thing to do. He's wonderful for Lia, too. Reading about Dimitri just makes my heart ridiculously happy. Dimitri is one of the most amazing male leads I've ever had the good fortune to read about. Everything about him is marvelous and, furthermore, scorchingly hot.
THE SISTER ALICE MILTHORPE Overall, we don't see as much of Alice as we do in previous books, and she is much less the focus of this book. What we do see of her, however, is shockingly revealing. We learn so much more about her, and why her heart is the way it is. We also learn she is indeed capable of love. Alice becomes a much deeper character in this book, becoming far more than just the villain.
THE OTHER SECONDARY CHARACTERS There are so many other fantastic secondary characters, but none of them really exist enough in the book to say much more than a few lines about them, so to save everyone's time I won't mention them here. I will say only that all the secondary characters were fantastically developed and I loved each and every one of them. Each character offered something slightly different in a beautiful and marvelous way.
THE PLOT The plot of Circle of Fire was full of intrigue and anticipation. Every moment felt like something new was being discovered. There was an exciting race for time involved, a shocking and untraditional betrayal, and heart-pounding romance.
The plot was exciting and had a lot of great substance to it. There were some things that were completely unexpected, and some things also that weren't. There was real surprise involved with some things, but I loved being surprised. It was a fantastic plot line, basically.
The plot was very thick and actually required me to do a lot of thinking. I couldn't just read simply through. There were real issues involved, and I really had to think about some things that were mentioned.
THE ROMANCE LIA AND DIMITRI I love, love, love Lia and Dimitri's romance so much. It is absolutely beautiful and smooth. It is also one of the sweetest romances I've ever seen. Dimitri is such a steady and wonderful guy, and he really is always there for her. He's definitely good for her, and it's easy to see that from the way they speak. Their romance is also explored much more in this novel than in Guardian of the Gate, and I loved that. Reading about their romance is enough to make any girl squeal with absolute delight. They're one of my favorite pairings, ever. Period. SECONDARY ROMANCES There are actually quite a number of secondary pairings, although some are more implied than explicitly stated. Still, I love this fact. Thinking about all the cute little couples puts a smile on my face. Sure, it's a little bit fairy-tale-like perfect, but hey, it's a book. If you take a closer look, the romances are also all different--sometimes by just a little, sometimes by a lot.
THE WRITING Michelle has some of the most beautiful writing I have ever come across. It is gorgeous and flawless and absolutely lovely. Lia's voice is so desperate and real, and it really contributes to making her a much more genuine character. She speaks from her time period and sounds just the way I imagine her. The description is absolute beautiful and isn't overkill at all. It has also much improved from Prophecy of the Sisters, when it was already very, very good.
THE ENDING This was the absolutely perfect ending to the trilogy. I smiled and I cried. I felt all at once both happy and sad. The ending wasn't annoyingly coincidentally perfect, and everything was exactly as it should have been. The focus at the end of the story is perfect, too. Lia finishes by first continuing to close the rest of the story for the reader, showing how everything will be afterward and how she will spend the rest of her life before ending with a few very deep, gorgeous, and contemplative thoughts.
WRAPUP I adored this series, and will soon be reading the recently released A Temptation of Angels eagerly. Michelle Zink has herself a crazy fan who will probably follow her wherever she takes me. This tries as a whole was fantastic and could not have been better.
I throughly enjoyed this book. It had a nice dose of romance, but the plot was not wholly absorbed by the romance, as I've noticed happened often in tI throughly enjoyed this book. It had a nice dose of romance, but the plot was not wholly absorbed by the romance, as I've noticed happened often in the young adult books I've read lately.
It has a splendid, truly engrossing story line that I had massive trouble tearing myself away from. I didn't put this book down until I finished it, actually.
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I can tell you that this is a book totally worth your time.
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