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 won...moreThis 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.(less)
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 put...moreReading 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.(less)
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 guard...moreGirl 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 w...moreThe 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. (less)
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 Alex...moreWhat 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.(less)