YAAAAAY this book was SO GOOD. I'm absolutely loving everything about this series - the well-written, developed characters, the clever and creative plYAAAAAY this book was SO GOOD. I'm absolutely loving everything about this series - the well-written, developed characters, the clever and creative plot (I just have so much fun trying to speculate and figure out what will happen next), the intriguing world and how Marissa Meyer is able to weave everything together so well, keep you interested and on your toes, and successfully throw in humor and even some non-cringe-worthy romance! I really loved Scarlet and Wolf and I was very pleased to see Cinder's story continue in a prominent way, while it still being mainly Scarlet's story. I really loved Captain Thorne as well, and I just can't wait to get my hands on Cress!...more
Simply one of the best, most well-written books I've read in a long time. The writing style was so beautiful, I found myself captivated by every word.Simply one of the best, most well-written books I've read in a long time. The writing style was so beautiful, I found myself captivated by every word. Everything was so lush and descriptive. I was especially impressed by the way the author wrote Marie-Laure's chapters. He described everything so beautifully that I'm surprised he isn't blind himself.
The ONLY thing I can complain about this book is that it is a bit slow at times, especially in the beginning. However, I found that it really seemed to suit the story because I read it slowly in order to savor every word. There was no need to rush into it; the plot gradually built over time and it was just lovely to read and figure out how all these little details wove themselves together to form the complete story. They were like little threads, all the details and the short chapters, that all combined to form this fantastic little blanket of a story that will stay with me for a long, long time.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone. It may take some time to get through, but the character development was spot on and the setting and descriptions were just incredible. It is well worth the read! I'd give it 10 stars if I could!...more
I'm not sure why I hesitated to read this book. I had seen it around for a long time and heard a lot about it, and I absolutely love good fairytale reI'm not sure why I hesitated to read this book. I had seen it around for a long time and heard a lot about it, and I absolutely love good fairytale retelling a. I'm not the biggest fan of sci-fi, though, so I think the idea of robots and cyborgs and space colonies turned me off. However, I absolutely loved this adaptation! Much of it was a bit predictable, especially since it IS a retelling of Cinderella and most people are familiar with that story, but I thought that the plot was still unique and creative. There were a lot of original elements to it that kept my interest and make me want to read the rest of the series. I loved the character of Cinder and how stubborn and sarcastic she was. Kai seems like a sweet guy and is a very diplomatic ruler... You just want to root for the guy because he's so good-intentioned. I'm really happy that this won't be the last we see of Cinder and Kai, and so far I feel like this was a solid beginning to a unique and original series! Now, to get my hands on Scarlet......more
I've loved the Disney movie ever since I can remember, and so it was only natural that I was drawn to this book. I read it for the first time in eitheI've loved the Disney movie ever since I can remember, and so it was only natural that I was drawn to this book. I read it for the first time in either second or third grade and I've loved it ever since. I remember that I was always checking it out from the library until I finally got enough sense to ask for it for my birthday. It's always been one of my favorites because it's so much fun to read, but now that I'm older I find that there's a lot of hidden messages that adults can relate to as well. Alice is also constantly trying to figure out what is going on in the strange world of Wonderland, and now I'm in college and I'm trying to figure out this strange world we live in as well. "It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change," says Alice, and I can't agree with her more.
This is a great book, not only for children, but for people of all ages. It's fun, fast-paced, and filled with quirky, insane characters that will stay with you forever. Through the Looking Glass is slower and not as much fun as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but is still great. ...more
It took me forever to read this book. Not because I didn't want to, but because I just ran out of time. I originally got it from the library, and gotIt took me forever to read this book. Not because I didn't want to, but because I just ran out of time. I originally got it from the library, and got about halfway through before I realized that it was about a week overdue and so I just returned it before I had to pay any more fines. Then, a few months later, I went to the bookstore and found a paperback copy so I immediately purchased it, intending to finally finish it from that summer. Well, it wasn't until this summer when I actually got around to doing that. I actually managed to finish it this time, and it wasn't even that hard to read. The beginning is a little slower, but the plot picks up fairly quickly, and moves along at a good pace.
I don't think I enjoyed it as much as I had hoped, and I can't think of why. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book, otherwise I wouldn't have rated it what I did. I think it's Gemma's friends who get on my nerves, specifically Felicity. I just didn't find her very likable as a character.
On a different note, I do love Gemma, the heroine. Rarely is the main character of a novel my favorite character, but in this case, she is. She's spunky and intelligent, but always seems to get into situations that are not in her favor. I also loved Bray's writing style. It was a little hard to get used to at first, because I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it, but I think it really allows you to get to know Gemma even better. I love the Victorian setting of the novel as well, and the tension between Gemma and Kartik, and the whole mystery that surrounds her. This is a suspenseful, entertaining, well-written book, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different than your average historical fiction book....more