or The Knife of Never Letting Go or Divergent, etc.?
Do you love the dessert?
*coughs* I mean desert. Do you love the desert?
Do you love cage fighting?
If you're cool with those things, then I got to say YOU HAFTA READ THIS!
When I started reading Blood Red Road I did not like it that much because the beginning was a little bit cheesy especially when they talked about stars and prophecy. Also, the writing style did not help, there are a lot of spelling mistakes and grammatical mistakes. I know that this writing style was used by Patrick Ness on his Chaos Walking Trilogy and I also have the impression that Moira Young stole the idea.
The words in this one spells like how they would sound like for example:
exactly will be something like ezackly, stomach will be stummick, respect will be respek, afraid will be something like afeard and so on and so forth
There are also grammar mistakes on the subject and verb agreement like I says was used rather I say.
But once you start reading it you will get used to it in the end. Just like what happen to me when I read The Knife of Never Letting Go.
Once you meet Miz Pinch that is when the story will get more exciting. If there is a one word that I can describe what Blood Red Road is, it will be Adventure. Once you read this, you are brought to different places, different situations and different characters. I really like the places they are different and I can just imagine them. The world Moira Young creates is really something. It's like Graceling and Lord of the Rings, the world is just rich. The Silverlake, Hopetown, Freedom fields, etc. There are many places and they are really amazing.
It is also unpredictable I'm always looking forward to what will happen next. There are a lot of characters from the good ones and the bad ones. I really like them Saba, Lugh, Emmi, Jack, Epona, Ash, Maev, Helen, Tommo, Demalo, Miz Pinch, the King, all of them. The characters are really great you will root for them, and care for them like they are real.
The love story was also a good one Saba and Jack. Saba is stubborn and strong. She reminds me of Katniss and Katsa.
Jack is happy go lucky, cocky and teasy. He reminds me of the lead guy in Tangled ...Finnick, and Jace Wayland.
That's it! I really like it because of: 1. The world building 2. The characters 3. The love story
My favorite part is the one (view spoiler)[when they are in the river Saba and Maev was there bathing in the river and Jack came. Maev left and Saba and Jack were talking and then Jack wanted to take a bath too and he teased Saba if she wanted to watch him and he started to count one two three trying to remove his trousers and Saba ran (hide spoiler)] And there are times that Jack will be shirtless
and I'm thinking
Maybe what I didn't like about it is the ending because I expected that (view spoiler)[killing the King would not be that easy (hide spoiler)] and it (view spoiler)[ended like all is well (hide spoiler)]. (view spoiler)[How about the next book? Who will be the villain and what will be the conflict? (hide spoiler)] I just hope the next one is just as exciting as the first one. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a pretty good sequel to the first book Divergent. The plot is action-packed, there are lots of running, shooting, and fighti...more Non-spoiler review
This is a pretty good sequel to the first book Divergent. The plot is action-packed, there are lots of running, shooting, and fighting. These days I've been addicted in watching Nikita an American T.V. Show about a group of assassins. While watching the show I missed reading Divergent because it made me remember the initiation of Tris in the dauntless faction when Alex, a character from Nikita is undergoing her training to become an assassin. That's why I'm really excited in reading the sequel and to go back to Tris' world. I think that's the good thing that I liked from this series because it's full of action. Although, in this sequel Tris is traumatized and she is having problems holding a gun, which is acceptable because of what happened at the end of Divergent. So, it became more complicated because Tris can only use knife or any other weapons except gun.
This book is also more suspenseful and the horror is more psychological. A lot of the characters here have been controlled because of the serum and simulation. It also became hard to know who are the allies and who are the enemies. It has a lot of intrigue and in the end it seems like the enemy is not the enemy and the friend is not the friend. I find myself confused and I like it because there are a lot of surprises, twists that I didn't see coming and great reveals. The ending is amazing and mind-blowing. I feel like I really wanted to tell someone about it because it's really shocking and I just need someone to talk to. It's crazy, the ending is just 'oh my God I want to know what happens next'!
There are talks about which one was better this series of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. And let me tell you this, Mockingjay for me was a little bit disappointing and if the ending of this series will surpassed THG...I might prefer this series over THG. :)
Thank goodness I have money and thus I can buy a copy of Insurgent. This series is too good to not buy the books. Will probably go to the bookstore tomorrow. :) ________________________________________________________________ OH EM GEE The cover is out and its gorgeous ^_____^ me likes it.
Oh my gosh! I never really expected it but here I am hooked with another series. It's like a really long time since I'm excited for the next book. The waiting, the agony but there's also excitement.
Of course Harry Potter, Twilight, Vampire Academy, Percy Jackson, The Mortal Instruments and my most loved of all The Hunger Games has long ended.
But with every good series and trilogies that end I'm happy that there are new series and trilogies that emerge.
Divergent's so good it deserves a white teddy, and that's saying something.
***Review of Divergent***
Note: Without spoiler
I've known a lot of good thi...more Divergent's so good it deserves a white teddy, and that's saying something.
***Review of Divergent***
Note: Without spoiler
I've known a lot of good things about this book, from youtube and goodreads and they were saying that if you liked Hunger Games, definitely you have to read it. Also one of my friends here, Rollie, even mentioned that he liked Divergent more than the Hunger Games. And of course, I trust these people, when they say that a book is amazing, for sure I know it is true.
Then I'm itching to read it, but the problem was, I've no money and I'm even finding a hard time looking for the copy at our National Bookstore. Then, came the time that we went to Mall of Asia and, we're kind of celebrating my 20th birthday and our waiting place was the National Bookstore and I've seen Divergent in the New Releases Section. I think it was really the approriate time, I've money and it's my birthday (4 days kind of late, actually) and I decided to have a birthday treat.
So for those who haven't read it yet I heartily recommend it. It is a Young Adult Book. The genre is dystopian. The futuristic world in Divergent is divided into five factions...
Abnegation (The Selfless)- symbol: a hand helping another hand Amity (The Peaceful)- symbol: a tree Erudite (The Intelligent)- symbol: an eye Dauntless (The Brave)- symbol: a flame *this is also the symbol in the bookcover Candor (The Honest)- symbol: scale
If you're wondering what the term Divergent means it actually means that you can fit to two or more factions. You will know more about it reading the book.
What I really liked about the book is the world the author has created, at first I thought it was really idealistic, but when I'm reading it, I surmised it is flawed (of course I'm reading Dystopia, you know the 101, government and system is corrupted blah blah blah) and it is also more like political so it's really thought provoking and intriguing. I also like that there's romance in this book, but there's no love triangle, so I think it's different.
It's a mix of adventure, lots of fighting and there's training and simulation tests, there's mystery, there's political intrigue, there's humor, lots of violent scenes and it also has romance. So boys and girls I think would love it.
I also like that there's a lot of betrayal, a lot of twists and turns and for most of the time it's not really what I expected. I've been thinking that it could be a contender for the Hunger Games, but I'm not 100% sure if this one is better since this is only the first book in the series. So my decision if Divergent is better than Hunger Games will be decided I think after reading all the books in the trilogy.
PS: I think if I will have to choose for a faction, I'll be Erudite. :)
Note: With spoiler, to those who have read it, just scroll down
Yay spoilers ^^
The scenes that I did not expect:
1. So while reading it I never really expect that Caleb will choose to be Erudite, I knew that Beatrice will choose Dauntless because of a youtube review I've watched.
2. I was also shocked when I've learned that Beatrice's mom is a former Dauntless and she was killed in the end of the book, I thought that the author would spare her life. And even Tris' dad she had it killed at the first book.
3. Four's real identity. I thought that when at the start of the book when they're talking about Tobias and Marcus it never really crossed in my mind that that conversation would be important. And Four is Tobias and then at the end of the book he was reunited with his dad. I don't know if Marcus was really an evil character, I think we'll know more about it as the series progresses.
4. The end part of this book really came out as a shocker. There's war, there's genocide and all came out really intense and violent. There are important characters that were killed like Will and Tris killed her. Tris' mom and dad were killed. A lot of Abnegations were killed. And we don't know what will happen to Tori and Christina.
5. Two factions are left in chaos and we don't know what will happen to the Dauntless and the Abnegation. And it seems that for a while they will be factionless. I'm not also really sure what will happen in Amity and Candor if they will support the Abnegation refugees or the Erudites.
The movie was okay. It was really boring at first and has a slow pace. It was really weird sort of that a movie with a g...moreMovie Review
The movie was okay. It was really boring at first and has a slow pace. It was really weird sort of that a movie with a great premise (clones being made as organ donors when they turned adults) was centered on a very contrived love triangle.
I'm just thinking it could have been better. However the ending was good. It was very depressing, the way it turned out for the characters in the end.
I'll just say if you're planning to watch it, just be patient because you might lose interest, just like my mother who actually didn't finish the movie.
Maybe I'll read the book since I have questions about the movie like why don't they just escape and what exactly was the purpose of the electronic band they're wearing. Or maybe not, I'll just read the wiki summary. (less)
My Book Review as Promise that might Suck because I'm watching something
So okay I'll just use pros and cons
1. Some parts are original (or rather...moreMy Book Review as Promise that might Suck because I'm watching something
So okay I'll just use pros and cons
1. Some parts are original (or rather I first know from it) like the Rumpelstiltskin Anomaly etc. 2. Okay the filipino lore was cool like the Kapre, dwende, aswang, diwata etc. 3. She actually writes decent action scenes which reminds me of how Cassandra Clare would write it. 4. The ending was really good and unpredictable though the epilogue was just meh. 5. I do love the Macky part but I think there's a typo with how Fey should be spelled because in this one it was spelled as Fay.
Athena- Rose Hathaway from VA River- Adrian Ivashkov from VA Dorian- Edward Cullen from Twilight
***I'll probably edit this one...youtube is winning*** Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lonRfy... ____________________________________________________ Nyahaha finally I finish this one Phew! *wipes imaginary sweat on the forehead*
Well this reminds me of Beautiful Creatures, a book that I give up on because it bored me, and I pick up another set of books instead. But when I finally find the time to finish it...Boy I was so wrong. Actually the beginning was good, in the middle it dragged *here's when I gave up* but the ending was great thus the 4 stars. I might have given it a 5 but the fact that I gave up on it was a major turn off so I have to minus 1 star.
Will Review later... _____________________________________________________ Thoughts Before Reading I'm going to buy you baby, just wait for me!
Geeeeeezuuuussssss! I now have my own copy! sweeeeeetsauce ^_____^
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Okay I promised I'll write an in depth review so here it is and I'll try to not put biggie spoilers. (I'm going to use Q & A style of r...moreBook Review
Okay I promised I'll write an in depth review so here it is and I'll try to not put biggie spoilers. (I'm going to use Q & A style of reviewing this time)
What made you pick-up the book? > I actually watched a book trailer in Youtube (the link to that vid was way down there somewhere) so and yeah I got intrigued by that video and then I go to goodreads and read reviews about it. I was a bit shock about the mix reviews, some was positive and some was negative. So because of it I think I should read it so I have to know for myself if it's good or not.
What are your expectations before reading it? > I actually have lower expectations since I've read a couple of negative reviews and they said it was very similar to The Giver by Lois Lowry. Honestly I didn't like The Giver (I just gave it two stars) and at first I thought that maybe I wouldn't like the book but at least I'd love to give utopia a second try.
What do you love about the book? >Okay there are many things I love about this book:
a. Writing Style- it was prose with a mix of poetry (somewhat lyrical) so if you adore Maggie Stiefvater's or Carrie Ryan's style of writing you probably would love Ally Condie's style as well.
b. Cassia (the heroine)- actually the heroine was not annoying and she has a strong voice. To be more specific, her character at first was a weak one and as the story progresses, her way of thinking changes and it got deeper and deeper. She actually got a good character development and she has a lot of epiphanies about her so-called perfect society and that's what I love about her.
Everything around her seems perfect when you look at it superficially but when you try to analyze it deeper there society was perfect but they have no choices, no freedom at all, they're like society's puppets.
c. The love story- at first the love story was idk just a love story, but it has actually implies idk what you call that uhhhm symbolism or whatever...so yeah this is what I just think about it:
Xander vs Ky
or this could mean (own interpretation folks)
Conformity vs. Rebellion
Known vs. Unknown
Perfection vs. Imperfection
Love that was dictated by Society vs. Love that was dictated by oneself
d. Ky and Cassia's relationship- it builds up (it actually builds up *sorry for the repetition folks*). So yeah I just wanna rant those other books wherein yeah the boy meets girl or rather the girl meets boy and then baaaaaaam for 5 seconds they freaking love each other (like they're soulmates or idk destined for each other *gags*). Come on that was so unrealistic when authors do that, it seems they're too lazy to write the part of you know "getting-to-know-each-other" part of a relationship *coughs*. So yeah :) that was what I like about this book, I mean yeah whatever idk how to explains it but they actually have that "getting-to-know-each-other" thingy.
And idk when I was reading this book I felt like I'm not reading it (if you know what I mean), I felt like I was existing inside the book. Like I was Cassia and I felt all her emotions and I empathize with her problems and I can see her world right into my eyes.
So yeah I just felt that while I was reading this, I would definitely pick every choices that Cassia made. I know that in my hearts of heart I would fall in love with Ky even though it was forbidden, even though my Society says that Xander was the one I was suppose to marry. I mean there's just something about Ky that pulls you into him even if it was dangerous. Ky was mysterious and his story was what urge me to know more about him (just like Cassia). Is it that wonderful when you actually was curious to know more about a person because of his/her imperfection and rather of his/her perfection?
What do you hate about the book? a. It was unoriginal. > Actually there's something about this book that screams out Rip-off and Plagiarism *ever read The Giver and Hunger Games?*. Yeah but I think since this book was in the genre of utopia/dystopia, maybe there were just a few things/elements that will be always similar like:
-The Political Intrigue -Human vs. Society -Rebellion -"The Government/Society Lied" thingy or "Your whole life was a lie" thingy -the protagonist will always have moments of "Epiphany" on the book -Social Manipulation sort of stuff -Philosophical and Political morals/ideas that would be shove into your throat as the storyline progresses
b. I felt that the book was idk the term uhhhhm "bridge" or "exposition/ introduction" for the other books. I mean in this book there are hints that some people outside the province were actually rebelling and there's like a war blah blah blah. But in this book the rebellion was not yet elaborated so I think that will be for the next books to come.
c. I love it but the ending, I felt that it wasn't an ending at all. Idk there are so many questions that are left hanging and I felt that to be able to really judge this book you need to read the whole series and how things will be played out in the end. So yeah I need the next book pretty fast!
What are other books you want to recommend with the same genre? Okay so I just list them here, I'll divide dystopia and utopia and will sort of rank them out:
Dystopia: 1. (5stars)(5stars)(both 1 star and 5stars) 2. (5stars) (2stars) 3. (5stars) 4. (4stars) (2stars)
Utopia: 1. (5stars) 2. (2stars) 3. (2stars)
Weeeeee! I just finished Matched and it was AMAZING. I want more!!! I love Ky Markham btw he kinda reminds me of someone *daydream for a moment*
*coughs*the guy I fallen in love with in High School*coughs*
(Eeeeeeeeeeek, *violently shoves someone*)
Yeah and I just want to share a conversation with my classmate here:
Joyzi: Hey I recommend you to read the Hunger Games it was so amazing blah blah blah and I read it like in one sitting cuz I can't put it down and Peeta was so sweet and everything blah blah blah, best book ever blah blah
Friend: ah okay :)
After a few days...
Joyzi: Hey have you finished the Hunger Games?
Friend: No I don't want to read it.
Friend: I kinda go to wikipedia and I found out it was a violent book, children killing children kinda.
Joyzi: Yeah it was pretty violent. Why? Don't you wanna read something that has gore on it?
Friend: Sorry friend but violence is not my cuppa.
(So yeah I think I just recommend Matched by Ally Condie to my friend, because this book has zero violence but has an amazing Dystopia theme *it was quite similar to the Giver but this one has romance and the writing was breathtakingly beautiful*)
Yeah, idk what else to say, I will have an in depth review of the book on Sunday.
Okay I'm getting tired of downloading this on 4shared over and over again. Yep if you're wondering why I did not finish this and got up until half...moreDNF
Okay I'm getting tired of downloading this on 4shared over and over again. Yep if you're wondering why I did not finish this and got up until half the book is because my downloaded copy was incomplete. And yeah I downloaded this twice already, so yeah sorry I give up >.<
Okay my review on the half of the book:
It was okay, somehow my questions about the 1st book was answered. Uhhm like they have discovered a cure on the mind reading thing. There's like a political intrigue going on here in which the Mayor say that the truth was altered and he actually was the good guy something like that. But I don't buy it, seriously, he's like Coin (ever heard of Mockingjay?).
And yeah the romance was sweet (did I say romance?) Todd and Viola were like mini-versions of Peeniss(that's PeetaxKatniss, you perv) in THG series by SC. Like the Mayor can use their feelings to blackmail them. Yeah I just wish they were older so that they can kiss and stuff like that. Yeah whatever don't mind me (>.<)
So yeah whatever(Is this the phrase of the day something something something?), I lost patience on downloading you over and over again(sorry for my redundancy). I'll just go to wikipedia...
Okay I just came back from wikipedia...
Sorry I just need to let this out...
Oh Shit and Fuck You!
I knew it, the bomb was at the end of the story OMG idk what to say but *goosebumps* *shivers*
Okay I think I just have an attack of insanity atm...
>.< Seriously this book should not be YA (maybe it was just me)
Disturbing and Sick
But still it was idk realistic like it reminds me of the human cruelty, darkness of human heart, evilness...
Caution: This book is not for sensitive and fainthearted readers. The book contains murder, misogyny, gor...moreComplete, Edited and without effing Spoilers!
Caution: This book is not for sensitive and fainthearted readers. The book contains murder, misogyny, gore, violence against children, children doing brutal things and foul language. Seriously IMO this fits more to adult readers, it was just so sick and disturbing that a part of me believed that this probably should not be in the YA category (or maybe that’s just me). 16 years old and plus will do (I copy the same censorship of Elfen Lied and Higurashi no naku koro ni). Sidenote: I just found out that Battle Royale was R-18 because it contains sexual assault and that’s the difference between BR and Hunger Games (HG doesn’t contain sexual violence thus the censorship is 12+).
Another note: This review is an exaggerated imitation of Patrick Ness’ writing, his writing will get a little using to and you’ll be pissed off at first but trust me “feedback loop” is real and you’ll get use to the writing eventually(hopefully).
My Non-Spoiler Effing Hook Review
A-reading this book is like a-watching the vids Paranormal Activity! - Joyzi
Ahm ruddy don effing know where to start my effing review so I just tell yoo the story of me a-reading this book The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
So at first I picked this book up cuz lotsa my friends here in GR are a-talking about it. Lotsa them rated the hook 5 stars btw so cuz of all the hype I decided to fin’lly readit. (ruddy evil hype, shut up!)
Then ya I read the book and then this effing happens, effing happens, effing happens-
0--------------------------------------------------------------------100 (Wadda eff is that line? you effing asking) That effing line btw is a representayshun of my undying love to Adrian Ivashkov *coughs* patience line while ahm starting to read the book.
Tho by the end of Chapter 2 my patience line goes like this-
0 Interpretayshun: Joyzi's mood: a-blazing fury
[Image: pissed off cat]
I have to admit that before a-reading this I tot that Pretties by Scott Westerfield was the most horribly written and a-annoying kinda writing style I ever read in my entire effing life hut boy I was so wrong! Cuz reading the first two chapters of Patrick Ness’ book is much more annoying as hell!
>Character pet names- a-adding la or wa at the end e.g. Tally-wa, Shay-la, Zane-la
The Knife of Never Letting Go > aka The Book of Typos
> Misspelled words and grammatical errors that will surely make a Grammar Nazi effing end his/her life
>neologisms that just made me infuriated like Ahm a-having a PMS or a-something
>Redundancy- the author was fund of repeating what he writes three times as ifs yer dumb. Redundancy- the author was fund of repeating what he writes three times as ifs yer dumb. Redundancy- the author was fund of repeating what he writes three times as ifs yer dumb. As ifs yer dumb, as ifs yer dumb, as ifs yer dumb (we geddit already! shut up shut up)
>I hated Manchee at first because his dialogues were ruddy retarded and it’s a-irritating. “Need a poo, Todd” “Poo, poo Todd” and the likes-
>Todd’s POV was a little bit juvenile thus the humor was juvenile at first.
>Todd was fund of a-using effing and that aggravated yet again the a-blazing fury mood in me.
[Image: pissed off cat]
I ruddy wanna kill the author at that point and I was like a-yelling, “Seriously ifs I ever see yoo Patrick Ness in person I gonna give yoo an effing dictionary!” Tho I still keep on a-reading it hoping that it will get better but no it was so horrendously written chapters after chapters that my mind was screaming, “Sunupahur! Someone effing enroll this guy in Writing101 or Ahm going to ruddy let you be eaten by crocs!”
Still I a-reading it, a-reading it, a-reading it tho half of the book I was so effing angry at it due to these reasons- > The book was an effing alien story. If yoo happen to read my review of I Am Number Four yoo probably already know that I already have my mental note to myself a-saying:
>The hook lacks sexual tenshun eeeeeeeer romance. Oh okay *coughs* this one was a problem of the reader rather than the book. This might seem pretty shallow or whatever hut I really find hooks who lacks a love story a tad boring. I reckernize similarities from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins when Viola treated Todd's wounds and that reminds me of Katniss a-treating Peeta's wound too hut the difference about them is that in THG it is romancey unlike in this book.
>The character Viola at first didn't speak like she's kinda mute and I hate that parts too because I really don't get her character at all like what's her purpose if she isn't speaking?
>This was a chase story hut Todd and also the reader have no effing clue why the main character was chase by armies from Prentiss Town. And for most parts the story draaaaaaaags and it was effing plotless, plotless, plotless--
And then a-reading the second half of the book I started to like it cuz of this-
I effing love GORE! Can't yoo tell?
[Image: Joyzi a-turning round and round with showers of petals a-falling on her]
Yeah gore gives me that adrenaline rush it's like my heart goes thump badda thump badda thump badda baddda baddda thump-
And it's like the feeling of a-reading The Hunger Games came back to me and I effing love this hook already!
*okay stop with this creepiness (shut up, shut up!)*
And secondly I effing love this because of Manchee-
I'm a dog person btw-
And these are my pups, ifs you effing care-
[Image: Joyzi's dog Hachi being coerced to have a picture taken, the pup is scared of the camera flash btw so that explains her pose (someone ruddy calls the PETA! shut up!)]
[Image: Joyzi's dog Dango, haven't got a problem with this one, she effing loves it when someone takes a photo of her, she's a narcissist]
And then an effing miracle happens! (Feedback loop works crechers!) Joyzi changed her mind! (Hallelujah!)
Joyzi now- >Loves the writing ergo it deserve the spot on my "writing-style-i-adore" shelf- For it was original and amazingly clever!
>Loves this alien story, this one seems surprising since aliens are not my cuppa tea. This was the first time I enjoyed a-reading something like it because I never really like The Host by Stephenie Meyer and I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. It was just a breath of fresh air, all the ideas that are into this book and all the descriptions and rules of the planet I love'em all!
>Loves Viola and Todd's relationship. It may not be as romancey as Peeniss tandem(that effing means PeetaxKatniss) in THG but it was just a sweet friendship I s'pose. Like they protect each other and they comfort each other and they are just there for one another and it doesn't feel contrived at all. It feels natural, how their relashunship builds and grows.
>Empathize with Todd being illiterate. Oh honey I hate myself! I felt like I misjudge his character and when I know more about Todd he reminds me of Liesel Meminger from the Book Thief and Zero from the Holes. I mean I really don't know why I'm so hard on him at first hut then I realize he's just so vulnerable and I wanted to protect him and root for him. I just felt so bad I was so wrong about him and for that he's certainly one of those characters I will never ever forget. And he kinda reminds me of Peeta btw he's so like my Pita bread. Like his problem is he can't effing kill another person just like Peeta's dilemma on THG.
Okay thassall I don't wanna spoil things hut I just wanna say that the twist in this book is a very disturbing event that even right now I can't stop a-thinking 'bout it. It was so sick and repulsive. I don't know how to really express my feelings about it. Just read the book and yoo'll be the judge. It will definitely keep you thinking and thinking and thinking and thinking-
It will keep yer heart racing-
It will blow yer mind-
One of the best book ever, second to Hunger Games I s'pose!-
There are just three things that I wanted right now- One. I wanted yoo to read the book. Two. I wanted to read the second book right now. And. Three. I wanted an effing movie!
So I felt like I need to have a review of the series in general. The first book Hunger Games it was very good and the plot is more like Battle Royal and it's action-packed and the thing that I also love about it is the romance. If you're a sucker for love triangles, this book has an interesting love story. The second book Catching Fire, which is my favorite book among the three because it exceeded the first novel. I have to say that the first one was more of an action-adventure type of book but in the second one it became more of a political thriller kind of book. The third book Mockingjay was the least of my favorite because it was more of a war story and it was much darker than the previous books. Nevertheless the ending/epilogue I really like it and it was kinda good but also very disturbing.
One of the things, I think, that made the series different from others, was that it uses present tense instead of the usual past tense so it's like when you read it you'll observed that the author uses the verb she says instead of she said. And it was very effective because you'll feel that the action was presently happening and it felt real.
I've learn a lot of things from this book. It's very thought provoking and a very good eye opener about human suffering and human nature. Also this a book like the Harry potter series wherein it's really good that you'll definitely reread it. So read it, it's YA but I think the adults will more likely enjoy this too. It's like you're not cool if you don't read it, so read it! (less)
First, let me just say this very lame statement: This book is a major major Eeeeeeeeeewww and its so Deeesssscaaaasssti...moreMy Reaction after Reading This
First, let me just say this very lame statement: This book is a major major Eeeeeeeeeewww and its so Deeesssscaaaasssting, I really need to watch Spongebob to take it off my mind, and I’m so not kidding!!!
*deep breaths* Hoooooo—haaaa
Okay, moving on…At first to be honest I didn’t like this book at first because:
1. It is written in a Third Person POV which puts the reader far from the book and the characters. And I’m not really a fan of Third person and I prefer books with First Person POV.
2. I am annoyed at Connor at first and I don’t know why, I just didn’t like him maybe because of his name which is kinda ugly or because he’s sometimes impulsive and stupid.
3. I can’t help but to compare it with The Island, the movie starring Scarlett Johansson (did I spell that right?). I feel like The Island has a more solid and realistic premise than Unwind because in The Island there are clones and these clones were the one used as donors for the individual who paid for the cloning and because they are clones basically they have the same genetic make up so Organ Rejection on the Organ Transplants are 0%.
4. It just bothers me too that in Unwind all the organs can be transplanted and they should really do this because of this Bill of Life which states that Unwinds are not really killed because they are not really dead, its just that their parts are divided and transplanted to different individuals. So for me it’s unrealistic because there are only organs you can transplant for example I think brains can not be transplanted. However towards the end of the novel I was bitch slap by the author and he did explain it that there’s an invented technology in the novel which is called Neuro-grafting that makes it possible for all the organs to be transplanted and also it is 99.44% transplant from the Unwind to the different individuals because appendix is not transplanted.
5. I also find it hard to believe that there’s a war about Abortion and because of this war, Unwinding was legalized and all the ends meet. And no one as in no one, fight against it. I just find it hard to believe because as the novel says there are two parties Pro-Life and Pro-Choice, I mean they could have at least debated it and what’s the point of two parties if they all just say Aye? Idk, completely unrealistic.
6. Another thing is, in this novel there are what you called Tithes wherein they are the sacrifice of their parents to God. So they have to give their child to be Unwinds and I just think that at present times Religion and Science are always the opposing sides. So I also find again that this is hard to happen in the future, because it should be more realistic if Religion will oppose to unwinding rather than supporting and even giving the Children as tithes.
7. The first half is a little bit boring and it is not that interesting and I am just patiently waiting for something to happen.
OMG I can’t believe I have too many rants. So why the 5 stars then huh? So the story picks up second half of the book when they are inside The Graveyard. It reminds me of Kid Nation wherein they have different tasks and then you can’t help it but there are kids that want to lead and then there are kids that they are naturally leaders even if they don’t want to lead. I just love that part; there are doubts, intrigue, secrets etc. I prefer not to give anything away but that part gets me hooked with this book. Also, this is where I started to like Connor and OMG I really like him. He became a mechanic in the Graveyard and I just love it, he’s really bad-ass.
I also love the romance sort of between Connor and Rissa and the first kissing scene was like I wanted to rip my hair out and the second kissing scene I was like squealing and I’m stuffing a pillow on my face so my mom won’t hear me.
Okay forget I write that...I also have a question for those who have read this book. Clickey the spoiler tag
(view spoiler)[At the end of the novel, Risa was paralyzed from the waist down and that made her disabled. She then told Connor that she will not be Unwound because it is not legal for disabled to be Unwound. However in the first part of the novel I think it's Risa who ask someone what if the Unwind was deaf who would want a deaf ear. So my question is that deaf is a disability right, so at the first part of the novel I thought disabled can still become unwinds but at the last part they aren't anymore. So someone explain this to me. (hide spoiler)]
Okay WTH I don’t know what else I would say. Now I’m speechless.
I just wanted you to know that the last part of this book was really something. You know with what happens to the characters. It was terrible, sick, disgusting, and tragic. And there will be a sequel that is not published yet. Some says that this book could pass as a standalone and given that there’s an open ending. It ended like the problem is not yet solved however there’s still hope at the end of the book. The ending reminds me of Mockingjay actually, a very dark ending but still there is hope for them. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Whoa? 5 stars really? To be honest I can't really decide right now, it's a tossed up between 4 or 5 actually, but I'm feeling generous to give stars...more
Whoa? 5 stars really? To be honest I can't really decide right now, it's a tossed up between 4 or 5 actually, but I'm feeling generous to give stars today so I might have settle on the 5 then.
First off this book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for I think several months now and probably have hemorrhoids(discover the book via Goodreads btw). Although the one that really motivate me to read this book is this book review vlog from Youtube link here. And she kind of dance The Thriller by Michael Jackson and I was like,"Oh she just dance the thriller...*buffering information*...I'm going to read the book now." I'm fond of watching book reviews btw because I think it was more entertaining than reading a review. Seriously I should do video blogs but alas I don't have video cam so I settle writing book reviews on Goodreads then.*sigh*
Okay first I have a confession to make I'm not really into zombies and I'm more like a vampire kind of girl and this was really my 1st Zombie book. It's just that no offense but Zombies are really ugly compared to you know sparkly vampires like Edward Cullen *coughs*.
So what I think of the book, it kind of remind me of The Hunger Games(book by Suzanne Collins), The Village(movie by M. Night Shyamalan) and Claymore (anime). And the characters are like the characters of Wuthering Heights. If you happen to read my review of Wuthering Heights you would know by then that I really hate the characters. So in this book:
Mary= selfish, adulterous Jed= selfish and full of pride Harry= selfish, adulterous Travis= selfish, adulterous Cass= selfish, emotional, adulterous Sister Tabitha= selfish, authoritarian
The difference though is that in this book I kinda know why the characters are like that because of situation they got on. I'll try to explain the love story:
Harry loves Mary Mary loves Travis (Harry's brother) Travis was betrothed to Cass (but Travis was secretly in love with Mary though he doesn't show it because he knows that Harry loves Mary) Cass was betrothed to Travis (but she falls in love with Harry instead when Travis was sick and Harry was the one comforting her)
So it's kind of a complicated story and just read the book if you're interested to know what happen to these four people. But if you ask me if what Team I'm on if I'm Team Harry or Team Travis, I would say I'm Team Harry on this one. Idk I think he was really sweeter than Travis and I really don't get it that Mary prefers Travis (it's just my opinion). My favorite part actually was when Harry gave Argos(a dog) on the day of Mary and Harry's Binding, eeeerrrr idk I really love Harry on this book.
I also love the writing of the book it was beautiful, poetic and very well written. The story has romance, drama, action, horror, mystery, suspense and I think what it lacks of is humor. So if you want to read a Zombie book I would really suggest this one. This book got my heart racing, it was really scary in some parts and I think if they're going to make this a movie it will definitely be a hit. It was really good and idk what else to say and I would surely read the next one.(less)
(A super rushed review coming from a still emotional Peeniss (PeetaxKatniss) and Finnie (FinnickxAnnie) fan, please forgive my obscenities and my nonsense ramblings. This is not a rant, or maybe it is, but don't worry Collins, I still love you sweetheart.)
Finally I finished reading this disturbing book. Please, please, please don't let that baby blue color cover of this book fooled you. The book is intense, horrifying, scary, sad, tragic, creepy and sick. I actually have two ratings for this book, I'm still undecided if I'm going to give five stars or one star rating. I don't want to settle it on three stars because it doesn't make any sense, it's either of the two I guess, either it's amazing or I don't like it at all.
Why-oh-why the five star rating? 1. I still love the book and I still think Suzanne Collins is an alien I mean a genius who had these out of this world ideas that perhaps I wouldn't think in a million years.
2. The book has its depth, I mean this is a very serious, powerful thought provoking and mind-blowing book. The message and the content are strong, and sometimes I do get the feeling that maybe the problem is me and not the book.
3. God damn it! Every end of the chapter of this freaking book is like WTF moments. It's like the inevitable, dreadful, most shocking events are most often than not are at the end of the chapters and that was really amazing in the part of the author.
4. I really have these hysterical moments wherein I just scream Peeta's name over and over, and then I cry like WTF is happening to me. I swear thank goodness, I am inside my room and no one's watching me so that I can freely scream, cry, become hysterical without someone thinking I'm going crazy. This was the only book that had me lost my mind while reading it. I swear I became too emotional like I feel like I'm going insane.
5. This book definitely and undoubtedly has the ability to haunt you, as in after reading the book, I can't stop thinking about it, even I dream about it that I have nightmares for two nights now, Suzanne Collins what have you done to me???!!!!
6. I really love the song "The Hanging Tree" even though it's really creepy.
7. I love love love Finnick. I guess one of my favorite moments in the book is when Annie and Finnick reunites, it's just too sexy. It's just too sad though that Finnick is dead like I want to say fuck you! Why do you have to kill Finnick after the wedding and all that you would kill him off? I just want to yell at the author I'm so pissed off.
8. I love the intrigue like at the beginning I know there's something wrong with District 13 and President Coin. I love that Katniss chose to kill Coin instead of Snow that really blindside me like totally didn't see it coming. I love how the truth was being altered by these manipulative politicians. I don't want to elaborate, but I just love the turn of events in the end, what can I say, but brilliant3x!
9. The epilogue is so sad and touching and I really like it because Katniss and Peeta end up together and then they have kids, and there's no more hunger games, happily ever after.
Why-oh-why the one star rating? 1. Almost all the characters that I love from the first two books, I hate in this book. I hate Gale! yeah yeah especially him! There are many moments wherein I really don't trust him and then I really wanted that some bomb would kill him or whatever. I don't know, but I really hate him like he's so heartless with what he did in District Two and then the bomb that killed Prim, was his design, I think he goes off to District Two because I think in the end he can't face Katniss anymore after what he did even if it's indirectly to Prim's death. I also hate Katniss, I know that she was being manipulated, brainwashed, used like a puppet/tool/pawn by Coin and the given circumstances, but she really break apart in this book. She gave way to morphling and insanity, and her being the Mockingjay is a little bit scripted. The propos too flashy and cheesy (the costumes, make-up and all those fake smoke) that it was more ridiculous than real for me.
2. She killed off Finnick and it's too gruesome as in ewww and there's like many more disturbing moments in the book wherein I think it's really hard to read because it's too much gore really, with images of blood, intestines, blown extremities. The violence is just too much especially to the children, when they are being used as a trap and then their bodies just blown off. I mean it's just too dark that I really don't like it.
3. The romance is just like Twilight like when Gale and Peeta were talking and I was like I felt I read something like this when Jacob and Edward were also talking while Bella is eavesdropping. I was like while reading that part, WTH is this twilight or something?
4. Gale leaves Katniss off and live on District 2 and Katniss ends up with Peeta in 12. I know even though Katniss has finally made the decision, I just want it to be fair like, why did Gale if she really loves Katniss, just leaves her and work on District 2, doesn't make sense to me even if I hate Gale.
5. The deaths of the other characters are not known like what happens to Cinna, Portia, Madge, etc. they just mentioned in the book that they're dead.
6. A minor character replaced Coin as the new president, which also disappointed me because when she was mentioned it was funny that I don't remember her right away.
7. Another ridiculous death scene is how President Snow dies, it was unclear and utterly unrealistic.
8. I know this is a war story and that's why the plot is a big mess, but somehow I was hoping for a moment of redemption or justice in the storyline. Somehow the reason for fighting was lost, the humanity and the morality were lost and in the end I really question the rebels' actions because their actions were verging on revenge. And still confused me why did Katniss vote yes for another Hunger Games and this time for the children of Capitol, I believe that this is very controversial and I need the author to explain this to me.
Favorite Quotes: "I'm going to be the Mockingjay."
"Some walks you have to take alone"
"Finnick!" Something between a shriek and a cry of joy. A lovely if somewhat bedraggled young woman--dark tangled hair, sea green eyes--runs toward us in nothing but a sheet. "Finnick!" And suddenly, it's as if there's no one in the world but these two, crashing through space to reach each other. They collide, enfold, lose their balance, and slam against a wall, where they stay. Clinging into one being. Indivisible. A pang of jealousy hits me. Not for either Finnick or Annie but for their certainty. No one seeing them could doubt their love."
"You're a painter. You're a baker. You like to sleep with the windows open. You never take sugar in your tea. And you always double-knot your shoelaces."
"Peeta and I had adjoining cells in the capitol. We're very familiar with each other's screams."
"Oh, that I do know...Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can't survive without."
"That what I need to survive is not Gale's fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that."
"You love me. Real, or not real?" I tell him, "Real."
"There are much worse games to play."
------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm planning to have a review by chapters when I get the book on the 25th of August (if you're wondering why not August 24 it's because I'm in the Philippines) so that I could have review and spoilers fast enough. I'm actually planning to read slower because I know that I'm going to be dreadful if I read too fast knowing that this is the last book of the trilogy.
I'm currently rereading Hunger Games and Catching Fire this weekend to refresh my memory and yeah I know that would probably my fifth time reading it, but I'm surprised that I was really still enjoying it as if its like reading it for the first time.
Yeah I'm Team Peeta, but I know that Gale would probably get more presence and importance this time since he's with Katniss at the end of Catching Fire and Peeta was like a captive of the Capitol. I'm not into Gale because in the last two books he was not always there and I think the books were really focused on Katniss and Peeta's relationship. It might be just me, but I believe that it would really make more sense if Katniss ends up with Peeta since from the last two books they are the main protagonists and Gale was like more of an extra character, but since Suzanne Collins was very unpredictable she might change my mind when I read the third book and Gale's character hopefully would develop more. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh my God!
The long wait is over!
I'm planning to have it pre-order in National Bookstore and thus I will also get a free Mockingjay shirt...*big smile*
I'm so excited and I just can't hide it.^^
I hope Peeta lives, Ms. Suzanne! please, please, please(less)
Gone is like a mix of Lord of the Flies, Under the Dome, Animal Farm, Lost, Kid Nation, Heroes, X-Men and that Simpsons Movie...
This book I think is...moreGone is like a mix of Lord of the Flies, Under the Dome, Animal Farm, Lost, Kid Nation, Heroes, X-Men and that Simpsons Movie...
This book I think is popular and also has quite number of fans but I haven't read it immediately because the book was very thick and I just find that I'm too lazy to follow a series like this. However I changed my mind and finally decided to read the first book.
At first my opinion about this book is, it is a very easy read. The sentences and the dialogues are kept simple. There are many times that I find it too simple but I think it made sense because the target of this book are young adults and I think even a nine year old can follow the words and sentences used in this one.
Also what I like about this book is that, it is really scary. There are moments that I just find myself having goosebumps and it was just really creepy.
Also I like that there are many characters in this book and my favorite character ironically is one of the bad guys which is Dianna. She has the power to know someone's power level by merely touching his or her hand. I jst find her really interesting.
What I don't like about this one is that it is you know something that is not that "original" because you can see that the idea of it was already seen from other books, TV series, movie etc.
I also don't like the fact that there are many times wherein I found the kids unrealistically acting like adults. These kids are 14 years old and below however they can use the fire hydrant, fire hose, the oxygen tank and the oxygen mask, some of them can drive and can measure a city's radius, hack a computer, use a machine gun etc. Those kind of things wherein you'll just say, "Blimey, smart kids."
I also find the answer to the mystery of the "poof" and how you can not "poof" cheesy.
And there's this moment wherein I just can't understand the logic why do these kids wanted to kill other kids. I find the logic of Battle Royale and Hunger Games somewhat realistic because they only kill other children because their lives are at stake and it is the Society that dictates to kill.
But here it's a matter of free will more similar to Lord of the Flies. It comes from their own savage mind and I just find myself having a hard time to buy that idea.
My 2nd review: (2 stars) Why? O Why? The last chapters of the book kind of redeemed it a little bit. I love Zane, I'm Team Zane all the way. (My first re...moreMy 2nd review: (2 stars) Why? O Why? The last chapters of the book kind of redeemed it a little bit. I love Zane, I'm Team Zane all the way. (My first review below...)
My 1st review: (1 star) Gosh, I can't believe that I'm giving up on this book (did not finish it, I came until the 2/3 of the book). It's just like IMO the most annoying book I've ever read in my entire life, the dialogues are just crappy and the Pretties are like the dumbest, air-headed characters.
The conversations was just this annoying pretty talk, like they have their own language which fond of using: bogus, bubbly, dizzy-making, pretty-making, ouching, oxygen-missing etc etc...
And Tally, she's not that really appealing for me, I like her better when she's ugly. I think the one thing that I like from this book is the new character Zane.
Maybe I've read it sometime...when i feel like I want to waste my time.