Books like these reminds me how awesome neal shusterman is at creating books that DO NOT have cliffhangers. I do.not.like cliffhangers!!!
I was pretty...moreBooks like these reminds me how awesome neal shusterman is at creating books that DO NOT have cliffhangers. I do.not.like cliffhangers!!!
I was pretty excited about the book and thought maybe this is going good. A foster kid ends up in some weird school with weird people and rules. And the only people that ends up there are the ones that nobody will miss should something happen to them. I liked that they had gangs and labels to separate the people in the school. I was hoping for a bit more introduction on the gangs and the 'outstanding' characters that is prominent to the gang. So far, only Curtis seems like the only decent characters I want to know about. The rest are like backdrops especially the girls. They all sound the same, they probably look the same too!!.
Then, as the story progresses, I feel that the whole book was about Benson attempting to escape the weird school and then tricking himself that life was far better in school than outside by listening to others (time and time again). Basically, that's it! That's the story actually. I mean OK, anyone sane would think of escape plans to get out of that weird school. But come on, can we have more? Like weird things happenings in schools or besides the stupid detention they all fear and playing paintballs (?). I want to do know Benson's experience in the school and how he observed things while in the midst of planning escape. I would have wished he uses that against the school by escaping...like finding a loophole or something. The whole android drama was interesting enough to keep it going but right of to.....................the end. I started laughing...like wth, seriously? I will read book 2 to see if this progresses.
There's something lacking in the story and the way it's written. I felt like it mainly touches on the...moreGosh..why is the girl protagonist so desperate?
There's something lacking in the story and the way it's written. I felt like it mainly touches on the surface and lacked substance. I mean it's the first book and I want to feel that it's worth my time reading the trilogy. It didn't pull me into the story as much as the original idea - presented on the back of the book "Justine can weaponize her neurosis" (see how exciting that sounds - WEAPONIZE). All I got is a weak, whiny and desperate lead character, not to mention - I have no emotional attachment to any one of them. It could have been a brilliant start off to the trilogy because Crane has creative and great ideas to the story. But sadly, it didn't follow through till the end of the book.(less)
Yes! The wait is over when the second book of Nursery Crime featured the psychopath Gingerbreadman as one of the antagon...more"Are you a cake or a biscuit?"
Yes! The wait is over when the second book of Nursery Crime featured the psychopath Gingerbreadman as one of the antagonist. I don't know why but I was waiting for the Gingerbreadman to make more appearance in this book. So dangerous yet he's just food to us all. The Fourth Bear has so much things going on yet it delivers. Good, funny dialogues and come backs between the characters. And do you know what is the awesome part? It works as a stand alone book (I usually don't fancy books that rely on each other) even though it's a series. You don't need to read about the alcoholic egg in book one to get to the fourth bear. Twice the fun, twice the quirky factor and this one gets a higher rating also because it has "Quangle-Wangle" poem in it (I have a printed copy of this poem, heh). Even the main characters in this book gets better. I want more of the Nursery Crime books, don't we?(less)
Nope, not moving a star more for this book from my previous rating. In fact, it's going down by one this time. The Scorch Trials is one ambitious adve...moreNope, not moving a star more for this book from my previous rating. In fact, it's going down by one this time. The Scorch Trials is one ambitious adventurer who forgets to pack his essential items for the trip to.....nowhere. I thought and hope it would much better than the first book but it got worse. Still no improvement on character development, more confusing plots, still no explanations on WICKED and introducing new bland characters. Also, having to read about fickle-minded hero contemplating about which chick he fancies more is just annoying. I feel like Dashner had a dateline to rush for the book and made it all up just to fill the big hole in the story. (less)
Fun and enjoyable as always with Martinez's books. There is never one dull moment that I can recall from my previous reads from him. Although the stor...moreFun and enjoyable as always with Martinez's books. There is never one dull moment that I can recall from my previous reads from him. Although the story is not as awesome as the previous reads, you can always rely on Martinez's characters and dialogues to keep you entertain. (less)
I didn't fancy the style of writing and find the story confusing. There were too many characters and it seems like they were forced to fit into the st...moreI didn't fancy the style of writing and find the story confusing. There were too many characters and it seems like they were forced to fit into the story. Although I do think Paul's idea about the moon theory was refreshing, it didn't follow throughout the story. The illustration was OK for young readers but I find it distrating. Also, it didn't make any difference to the story either.(less)
Cold sight had strong characters but I find myself not intrigued by the both of them despite Aidan being a psychic investigator. Somehow I felt that t...moreCold sight had strong characters but I find myself not intrigued by the both of them despite Aidan being a psychic investigator. Somehow I felt that the psychic thing that Aidan had was an excuse for the 'the love at first sight' feeling. Much of the story revolved around the attraction of Aidan and Lexie and less of the madmen (killer) who loves reading twisted fairy tales to his victims. The murder/kidnap case described in the book could have done much better in terms of suspense and letting the readers know more about the behavior of the killer. However, I did enjoy Parrish style of writing which is one of the main factor why I could finish reading this book.(less)
Sleepless lost me somewhere in the middle. Somewhere nearing to the end, I got back into the story only to be disappointed by the ending. It's like wh...moreSleepless lost me somewhere in the middle. Somewhere nearing to the end, I got back into the story only to be disappointed by the ending. It's like when you're waiting for something big (suspense) to come at you, and you wait, only to find out a tiny monster sprang out of nowhere to tell you it's 'THE END'. Although some of the dreams/nightmares flashbacks are interesting, I still find the story (I think it was the way the story was written) bland. Not much to look forward to and definitely stay away from the book if you're a die hard fan of horror/mystery book. You.will.be.bored.(less)
There's so much I want to tell about this book after a long span of bland books I've been reading. This is the right fix and one that inspire me to wa...moreThere's so much I want to tell about this book after a long span of bland books I've been reading. This is the right fix and one that inspire me to want to enjoy fiction again - bring the EVIL carnival back!
It's been a long time I've read a character as distinctive and fascinating as Mr Johannes Cabal. He's even more special that Mr Dark in Something Wicked This Way Comes . Just as much as Barrow had difficulties trying to label Mr Cabal, I too find it extremely hard to slap a label on him. And while many thinks that he's evil and haughty, there's this side to Cabal that it's beyond repair - sad, broken and just DARK. What I find odd and funny about the story is how Jonathan L. Howard decided to put someone as cynical, unfriendly and MENTAL as Cabal (as oppose to someone who is mysteriously dark as Mr Dark) to be in charge of a traveling carnival. You will read awkward moments of Cabal trying to lift up the carnival spirit. Supporting characters are also a hit in this book, there are none that are pretty wallpaper characters. And beneath all this, I like the lost relationship Cabal had with his brother, of how concern his brother was despite their broken relationship - that he wanted to make Cabal 'see' and understand his deeds. It also helps as there are very few good people in the story.
(notice how many adjectives I have for Mr Cabal and I still have more in my head.)
I won't go around spreading my excitement and rave about this book. I will probably bring the book everywhere I go and hold the book up so that people will notice the book cover (book ad on the move). Because talking about the book (to people who have not read it yet) takes away the enjoyment of reading this story.(less)
Should have read this before reading Monster. Like you know, if you read the good one first..it usually takes the spark out of the not so good one. So...moreShould have read this before reading Monster. Like you know, if you read the good one first..it usually takes the spark out of the not so good one. So, I recommend you picking this up first. Not that it didn't have any charm but I felt more excited about his later books ideas than his debut. Still has the knack of creating crazy characters and throwing them in complete weird situations. His writing style is consistent and the best part is that the book doesn't try to be something else - important/meaningful/difficult/best-selling.(less)