I think I gotta read Twilight again. Perhaps my mounting dislike for it is starting to be a bit unreasonable... I don't remember much. On the other haI think I gotta read Twilight again. Perhaps my mounting dislike for it is starting to be a bit unreasonable... I don't remember much. On the other hand, Hush Hush feels like a much better species-transending romance, in terms of plot, and well... everything. It's half a page turner, is somewhat suspenseful, though the subplot doesn't run completely smooth with the main plot at times. I have a nagging suspicion that there are still some unanswered questions, just that I can't remember what, and maybe neither can the author. It's a hell of a lot better than Twilight, though I think I'll read that teen novel again just to be sure, since the last time I read it was about five years ago. I like the themes in Hush, Hush, though I do feel that they could be improved....more
Perhaps it's because I'm not a guy, but I give as little shit for Quidditch as I do for football/soccer/sports in general. J.K Rowling did try to makePerhaps it's because I'm not a guy, but I give as little shit for Quidditch as I do for football/soccer/sports in general. J.K Rowling did try to make things interesting, but at the end of the day, this is my least favourite Harry Potter book. It seems to me a book that wouldn't make a difference had it been published or not....more
This might be the first book I've read that actually required some waiting for it to be published, since I usually am a backdated person with a backloThis might be the first book I've read that actually required some waiting for it to be published, since I usually am a backdated person with a backlog of books to read. The first book in the trilogy was so damn amazing, I went to search for the second, only to discover it hasn't come out yet. Fortunately for me, it was published in two months. And now that I've finished this one, I don't want to think about that huuuuge lapse of time before I can get my hands on the third, especially since Suzanne Collins ENDED THIS ONE ON A CLIFFHANGER.
Mffph. At least the first book was kinda a standalone, you know? I didn't even know it was part of a trilogy until I went to look it up.
But on to the 'review'... it was bloody amazing! And yeah, 'bloody' in all senses of the word. Collins has added way more mindgames in the second book, and reduced the violence, though every hit still makes a mark on both the reader and Katniss. There's more complications with the faux-romance between Peeta and Katniss, and of course the triangle thing between them and Gale. Gale is an interesting character, but Collins hasn't made full use of him in both the first and second book, which means to say I think he would be of some importance in the third, since he doesn't feel like a secondary character. Things also take a far bigger turn, so instead of just "kill or be killed", things happen more on the "dying for greater good" level. Ahh, it's too good a book to spoil. Go read....more
Blah, not another series! I started reading without knowing it wasn't going to be a standalone. I'm just really sick of having to wait for books (Is iBlah, not another series! I started reading without knowing it wasn't going to be a standalone. I'm just really sick of having to wait for books (Is it out yet? I haven't checked.) Still, part of me is happy - at least I've got a nice book to look forward to.
Let me begin by saying that the starting chapters of Intertwined were anything but captivating. I kinda gave up reading a while, then decided to give it a second chance seeing how it was on my to-read shelf for quite a long time already. I'm glad I did, because Gena Showalter takes fantasy species to new levels. Vampires, werewolves, goblins, witches, ghosts... you name it. It's like the 'human' form of Narnia, you know? In Narnia they had all sorts of creatures; satyres, centaurs, griffins, minotaurs, etc. I should have known a book wouldn't have been able to cover it all. The chapters definitely get a lot more interesting and pick up speed after a while, and I think this might be the first book I've read that puts werewolves in such good light. In fact, I think I prefer them over vampires! This is one of those books that has really likable characters, where you even feel some kind of affection for the villains (for being villains). I'll be looking forward to the next book....more
I am in awe, once again, of Shusterman's effortless writing and endless stream of imagination. Where does he get his ideas? It's hard not to be biasedI am in awe, once again, of Shusterman's effortless writing and endless stream of imagination. Where does he get his ideas? It's hard not to be biased, seeing how he's one of my favourite YA fiction authors, but here he's proven himself again with Everwild, the second of the Skinjacker Trilogy.
I began this book apprehensive - because its hard to find sequels that match the prowess of the first, and also because I stumbled across some negative reviews about it - but Everwild is for lack of a better description, wild. Of the modest number of inbetween/afterlife books I've read, of the creative pool of heavens authors have dreamt up, I would not hesistate to pick Everlost with its simple dangers, its varied, skilled and crazy inhabitants, its fantastical yet logical rules. Shusterman has a way of revealing to you the bare bones of his societies, and leaving the rest to your interpretation. This is no Harry Potter in terms of fabrication and details, yet for all its simple complexity, it might as well be. Souls - Afterlights - that sink into the Earth core, Afterlights with powers to snatch things from the living world, Afterlights that can possess the living... it goes on.
So. If you've read the first, which you should - what the hell are you doing here if you haven't? - the sequel sees the birth of the Chocolate Ogre, aka Nick. The book's not entirely about him, since it gives Allie (now Allie the Outcast) equal emphasis. Not to be forgotten characters: Mikey McGill and Mary Hightower. There's a build-up to a confrontation between Nick and Mary as I'm sure anyone can predict, though how it gets there is an adventure that matters as much as the outcome. Two other major characters are introduced, alongside bigger themes. I couldn't put the book down, though in all honesty it was burning curiosity that kept me going. This is a book you'll enjoy the first time, and you may continue to love it after, but really, first time's the charm. Sure, every book works like that, but this one more so. Telling you more would be spoiling the story, so go read it. As the curtain is thrown back, it's hard not to marvel at Shusterman's Everlost as he reveals little by little, the inner workings of an extremely original Inbetween....more
The Hunger Games is set with such a thrilling, dangerous, kill-or-be-killed tone that I'm almost dreading to read the second book. As if such a book sThe Hunger Games is set with such a thrilling, dangerous, kill-or-be-killed tone that I'm almost dreading to read the second book. As if such a book should even BE part of a series, the way it so cunningly tortures a reader's mind into genuine fear for its characters. The very backbone of The Hunger Games makes me look twice at stuff I take for granted everyday, like, oh, water.
This isn't just a book about cruelty, or brutality. It's one about humanity and survival, and all the great things that shine through and go hand in hand with the uglier truths of human nature. This book sits on a shelf at the Young Adult section, no doubt, but the way it strips away and goes down to the core of a human being is disturbing, and I can't decide which is worse: the Game and Catnip's battle to best it, or me wanting to read about it....more
This isn't the first time I'm reading this - I last read this a few years back, and it was a delightful tale, the kind you read before bedtime and wonThis isn't the first time I'm reading this - I last read this a few years back, and it was a delightful tale, the kind you read before bedtime and won't fall asleep listening to. On the second read, I still found it charming, but of course nothing compared to the first time. Still highly recommended to those who like simple stories about family and magic. It's no Harry Potter, and it's certainly not dark at all, yet Diana Wynne Jones has a way of telling stories that's captivating....more
Reading Everlost put me in a LSD-induced state of consciousness. It's about the afterlife, and I love stories about the afterlife. Neal Shusterman putReading Everlost put me in a LSD-induced state of consciousness. It's about the afterlife, and I love stories about the afterlife. Neal Shusterman puts you right into the world of Everlost; it's just so splendidly written. Apparently Universal Studios plans on making a movie out of this, and they've got the director of Pleasantville to helm the project, and well, if you've seen Plesantville, Everlost's about the same, with the same kind of simple complexity that will leave you feeling like your mind has been soaked in a hallucinogen.
The best thing I love about Shusterman's writing is his characters, and the world he surrounds them with. You know it's not real, yet you believe it exists - it's as real as any fictional world can get. His world lacks detail, but not in the bad way - he writes to take your imagination out for a walk. Everlost makes one of the few books I've read that allowed me to view it as a movie in my head, a movie so rich with my own imagination that there were hardly any breaks, because I saw each and every scene like I was there.
Four stars because there wasn't more to read, and I felt a bit disappointed at the ending. It's not an abrupt ending, but I wish there had been more. Yes, I'm faulting the book for not prolonging my pleasure....more
Girl has guardian angel who loves her. Girl is turned into a vampire against her will. Her guardian angel breaks the rules to try and save her. Her guardGirl has guardian angel who loves her. Girl is turned into a vampire against her will. Her guardian angel breaks the rules to try and save her. Her guardian angel is stripped of his wings and radiance. Hence the story of a fallen angel who loves a vampire princess.
I love the concept of this. I really do. It's like a middle finger to Stephenie Meyer: "You think it's cool to have a vampire fall in love with a human? Let me show you the kind of extremities you can really indulge in, you half-wit pseudo-storyteller!"
Unfortunately, Smith doesn't really have a flair for words. Her characters, though wonderful in their... species, are a little flat. There's no distinguishing traits for any one person, much like how Meyer writes her books. I'm kicking myself and feeling frustrated because here you have a potentially awesome romance transcending species, yet the characters themselves don't leap off the page, making you really love them. And yeah, I love to feel passionate about fictional characters. If I could I would consider asking J.K. Rowling or Jonathan Stroud or Neal Shusterman to re-write the dialogue and re-tell the entire story, keeping only the main frame of the plot (the synopsis I wrote in my first paragraph).
The second in the series, Firefight goes on a more paranormal take. The novelty of the Hercules gene is gone since now we're more or less acquainted wThe second in the series, Firefight goes on a more paranormal take. The novelty of the Hercules gene is gone since now we're more or less acquainted with Freedom Smith's fighting powers. The book starts off intriguing, what with the circulation of a Screamer email that leads to children getting kidnapped without a trace, but the problem is once you've been promised something this... supernatural, learning that it's all down to Science at the end of the day (did you really expect the series to get all paranormal-ish? We're talking about a fighter here) kinda takes the suspense out of it. It feels like you've been promised a bag of gold, and then Kate Wild delivers a bag of silver instead. Not terribly bad, but it's a bit of a let down. Nevertheless a good read, I think I'm hooked to the series since I like finishing what I start. ...more
What a blast! This one's a page turner, as addictive as the fights it illustrates. If you've read the Fearless series by Francine Pascal, or the AlexWhat a blast! This one's a page turner, as addictive as the fights it illustrates. If you've read the Fearless series by Francine Pascal, or the Alex Rider books, this one's something of a spawn of the two. There's undercover work by a fight recruit called Freedom Smith, who's gifted with his great great great (lost count how many) grandfather's rogue DNA makeup - the Hercules gene. It's nothing to do with Greek or Roman mythology. I'm not a fighter myself, but whatever Kate writes, Kate's being very convincing. I enjoyed this book. It's not the most memorable nor the best written, but it was a good read. The whole premise isn't original, but it's a good spawn of the original, like Freedom Smith....more