I remember reading this book many years ago, which actually makes me feel a bit old now (I'm 14, that's not right!) and I remember loving it from theI remember reading this book many years ago, which actually makes me feel a bit old now (I'm 14, that's not right!) and I remember loving it from the start. I was definitely younger than nine years old... My brother liked it, so I had to read it.
I remember loving it, though. I re-read it a couple years ago after having finished Ursula LeGuin's Tales of Earthsea series, and the similarity between the main characters' names from these two books amused me... (Sparrowhawk and Sparhawk. It made me laugh.)
Like many other books I'm reviewing, I haven't read this one for a long time, so forgive me, but I'll do my best.
One problem I had with Eddings' books is that he re-uses the same phrases a lot. A lot. Once, they can be really good or funny, but he uses them all the time, which can get annoying. One that comes to mind (admittedly, not the most irritating one, but it was quite frequent) is "...(s)he said lightly". I dunno, something about how repetitive it is bugs me.
But then, the books have their awesome points. (This is me discussing the whole series, not just this book.)
I love the plotline in general, and I love how just when you think everything's gonna sort itself out, something just manages to go wrong, without making it seem like it's being really long and drawn out. It's a decent length novel, but it doesn't drag on like some do; it's full of action and fast-paced dialogue. I love it.
One of my favourite things about these books is the characters; they're quite varied, if a little cliched at times, and make me laugh out loud. They can be funny, they can make you sad, and they seem...about as real as you can get in a fantasy setting in a different world based on the past.
Definitely loved it; I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to try something new. It wasn't perfect, so I wish I could give it 4.5 stars, but I did love it, so five is good for me. Five stars....more
Stephenie Meyer's first novel, so admittedly not brilliantly written, but I just loved it. While the character of EI have to admit, I LOVED this book.
Stephenie Meyer's first novel, so admittedly not brilliantly written, but I just loved it. While the character of Edward, in fanfiction and in some books, would probably be called a 'Mary-Sue' and despised, Steph Meyer manages to pull it off beautifully, in my opinion.
After seeing how many people despise this book, like with the Inheritance Cycle, I was starting to have my doubts. But nonetheless, this book was incredible, to me. I'm still vaguely obsessive over it and its series - I wrote down the day I finished each book in my calendar.
It's an amazing book; I'd have to say my favourite part is the characters. While the plot could have some improving, and the writing could be a little better, it IS Steph Meyer's first book, so that can be excused. The characters, however, are fully developed, each with a backstory, each linked into each other; they all make sense. They all seem so real, too; that's what I love most about them. While Edward, to me, appeared to be an exception at first, he DOES have his flaws, just like every good character. He is ridiculously overprotective, for one....there are a few others that I won't list for the sake of spoilers.
Her portrayal of Bella, though, is exactly what (some) teenage girls would act like; insecure, don't think they're worth it - as a teenage girl myself, it's remarkably realistic.
I didn't actually think I'd like this book. I'm not really into romance books, as this appeared to be. My friends didn't think they'd like it either. But, after trying it out, I love it to bits and I'd have to say it's probably one of my favourite books of all time. Even the writing being not quite Steph Meyer's top standard (she improves greatly in later books, such as Eclipse or The Host) makes me like it, because it's so successful and I love it so much even in spite of that; it gives me hope for my own possible future novels that I may attempt.
And so, even though I thought I wouldn't like it, I did. Ditto with my friends. Therefore, I'd recommend this book to many people - maybe not quite everyone, but there we go.
There are many complaints from parents that this will make their children think that "this is what love is like", and they have to spend ages having talks with their kids about it and convince them that it's not real. But honestly? The youngest person I know who's read this is 13, so it's not a matter of age. And I was 13 myself until just over a week ago; 13 year-olds are not, regardless of what everyone seems to think, idiots. Many are immature, true, an dey type lyk dis, but that doesn't make them any more naive. People always assume young teenage girls are very naive and don't know how anything works; honestly, it's not like that. This won't become a big rant, obviously, because this is a review of Twilight, not an essay, but I completely got that this is a one-in-a-trillion thing, that it's not what love is really like. I can say the same for everyone I know that's read it (and that's quite a few).
Come on. How many people do you know that are in love with (real) vampires?
Better than its prequel, Eragon, I think - Paolini's writing got better...he HAS written a whole book before this one, so he has more experience by ElBetter than its prequel, Eragon, I think - Paolini's writing got better...he HAS written a whole book before this one, so he has more experience by Eldest.
It was a really good book - at times, when I see how much everyone seems to hate the series (and the reasons why) I have doubts, but there is no doubt in my mind at the moment that I loved this book when I read it.
I haven't read it in a while, so the details are a little fuzzy to me, but I'll do my best.
While I wish I could give this book five stars (even though four stars is still very good), a few things bugged me quite a bit: the plotline, in particular, the generic 'boy finds something; stuff happens; boy goes on a journey' plotline. While Paolini pulled it off fairly well, since I read Eragon when I was about nine, I started using that plotline everywhere and it took me a long time to realise what a mistake it was, since most people can't pull it off at all (authors such as Tolkien excepted, of course).
Still, it wasn't bad. A few other things annoyed me, but I haven't read the series in a while, so I can't remember them.
Although this sounds like a very negative review, I definitely loved this book at the time, and it's probably a result of all the negative reviews I've read online that I'm starting to have second thoughts.
In general, a very good book (much better than its prequel, anyway); it shows, quite a bit, that Paolini is older now (obviously) and more mature since he wrote Eragon. It's understandable that Eragon is not an amazingly written book, as he was 15 when he started it - it is commendable, though, that he achieved such success with it at that age. Eldest, however, reads more like a book written by someone who knows what he's doing.
So overall, I'd say it's really good. I loved it - probably recommend it to young adults. Looking forward to the sequel, Brisingr (and I'll probably be reviewing it too, even though I don't much like reviewing two books from the same series)! Four stars....more