It started out slow and at times boring. Ok, it was kind of boring throughout. But what I gathered is that sometimes boring stuff makes you contemplat...moreIt started out slow and at times boring. Ok, it was kind of boring throughout. But what I gathered is that sometimes boring stuff makes you contemplate on the complicated emotions humans possess. There was a sense of restlessness right at the beginning of the story when an accident at a party cause a drift between brothers, Alex and James. You could already sense the confusion and frustration that was facing the older brother, James. I felt that the 'cold' treatment he was giving off to his brother was understandable. What was heartbreaking during that point was that James felt empty about his life. He had everything good going on (school, sports, girls, parties) for him but he was still struggling with hurt. I don't think he being an asshole to Alice was intentional but more of he had a difficulty expressing himself. Just like the way he couldn't gather his thoughts to express his emotions to Alex about the accident. The way it turned out was 'cold' and 'distant'.
The moment that James decides to defend his brother was probably one of the sweetest thing he had done throughout the story. And you could also tell that it was the end of his 'hurt':
James stares at him silently. His dislike for Tyler only intensifies as he sits there, watching him squirm in denial. “He’s my brother, Tyler. My brother. ”
There was also Nathen that I thought was pretty sensitive towards the whole accident. What I liked about the relationship that blossom is that it wasn't magnified/glorified but see itself as a way to Alex's hope towards life. I still couldn't comprehend why the accident happen or what made Alex do it. There isn't any exciting or dramatic plot to look forward to. It was more of melancholy for me, somewhat like a quiet argument between friends and family. I liked that Wilson took time to develop both characters gradually till both find their way to heal and rekindle their bond. (less)
I think even if this book turns into a movie, it doesn't beat reading the book itself. Imagining it in my h...more"Desdemona flicks intestinal juice at him."
I think even if this book turns into a movie, it doesn't beat reading the book itself. Imagining it in my head is already enough. I'll probably going to remember it for long. This story has strong characters - a bunch of sick and damage teenagers. It feels like watching a B grade slasher-horror film. I almost wanted to rate this book 2 stars halfway through the book. It's simply too much that I thought Mellick's indulgent idea kind of went overboard at times. I'm glad that he saved the ending with something on a tragic note and less of what half the story is made of.(less)
The last book didn't really give a satisfaction end to the series. I felt like the ending was rushed and Vincent was too tired to come up with an epic...moreThe last book didn't really give a satisfaction end to the series. I felt like the ending was rushed and Vincent was too tired to come up with an epic battle at the end. No, not even the appearance of Keller and a new bear could redeem the ending.
With so much whining throughout the book about Faythe's screwed up relationship, you would have thought she would make a bloody decision (even if she decided to drop both of them, it's still a decision right?) to end the misery of both toms. If the author thinks that by showing the chosen tom's absence made an impact in Faythe's life through the other tom's observation, it shows that she is an idiot. I would have thought that with so many advises throughout the series (I actually liked the talk she had with her mother) from Vic, Dr Carver, her dad, her mom, Ethan or whoever knew about her relationship would knock some sense into her. It's just wasted time altogether when one of the 'loved' tom actually made the decision for her. Her dad's advise on'how if she can't make a decision between those two, how can she ever make one for the pride' was one of the closest advise she should listen to. Bad...stubborn kitten!
(view spoiler)[Oh Jace...you're brilliant! I would have thought you would stick around and still pathetically hope for Faythe's love. What I liked about the love triangle mess was that I never once was convinced that Jace actually loved Faythe. I felt like Jace was planning to pissed Marc of by challenging him and trying to shake his relationship with Faythe out of boredom (because Ethan's not around anymore). Whatever his intention was, I am so happy he walked out of the mess with no regrets. Like he was proud of his plan and that he succeeded! If there was ever a spin-off on Jace (probably about him being an alpha in a new pride), I would definitely read Vincent's books again. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Ok, I did wish for a cross-species action and got it in this book. But I felt a little weird out by the choice - thunderbirds! Nonetheless, I thought...moreOk, I did wish for a cross-species action and got it in this book. But I felt a little weird out by the choice - thunderbirds! Nonetheless, I thought the action and fights were more exciting here than the bear episode (that was too short).
The part which I liked the most about this book was that Jace was back! His character shines in here and I could feel his desperation to challenge Marc even more. I'm not bothered with the love triangle mess, somehow I have this idea that Jace is just messing around with Faythe. And that his desire to beat Marc of being an alpha in a pride is because he really had no where else to go. I still cannot feel the love connection between them at all after (view spoiler)[one drunk sex. (hide spoiler)]
The downside to the love triangle is that it gets really dragging at times and the fights between them are just plain ridiculous.(view spoiler)[ If you have the time to squeeze in for sex(with both Jace and Marc), you surely have time to explain to Marc about it. (hide spoiler)]The reason why I don't care about Faythe's love conflict is that, I have no respect for girls who can't make up their mind and not ending the boys' misery any sooner.
I shall have no wish for the next book (like I did for this book) but will continue reading as I am at the last book of the series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I'm not liking this book as much as the previous one. What makes a book in a series memorable is that the formula in every book does not feel like a d...moreI'm not liking this book as much as the previous one. What makes a book in a series memorable is that the formula in every book does not feel like a deja vu. Somehow when I read Prey, it feels like I'm reading Rogue except this time around without Marc.
This book dive deep into the pride's politics where its just as old as how politics is being portrayed nowadays. If you can't get what you want, we go to war and force them instead. But you know what puzzled me even more, the fact that toms' life is also as screwed up as tabbies. Tabbies are rare and almost all are being force to get married, to keep reproducing in a pride. But the toms' life isn't any easier, they are the enforcers who protect the pride. As there are more tom than tabbies, their lives is not as precious. One toms dies, the other tom will replace that position. It's not such a wonderful position to be in for both gender.
Book 4 and we're still nowhere near Malone's dead body. I'm hoping the politics and war will be over soon. I'm looking forward to other interesting, perhaps non-stray actions (cross-species actions) mishaps Greg's pride will be facing. For now, I'll grief for the most likable character in the book.
(view spoiler)[I'm liking how Jace sees his future in the pride and starts to take notice that he can be important too. His flamboyant ways are long gone. Even though I missed it, I felt that he grew up after Ethan death which showed a good sign that he can also can be a potential alpha in the pride. What I am not convinced is the whole love triangle with Faythe. I felt like Vincent put it so that it would add more tension and drama to the romance side. I am not buying any of that for there wasn't any emotional connection I felt between Jace and Faythe as lovers (not that I'm rooting for Marc). In Book 1, it was purely fun that Jace was sexually teasing her but I only felt that Jace is just being Jace - young and horny. So, when actually he said 'I love you' to Faythe, I laughed thinking about how ridiculous this whole pair up thing even got this far. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Wow...politics and more actions! I've never been more excited about a drama that involved lots of cats and a bear. A lone yet sensible bear, one that...moreWow...politics and more actions! I've never been more excited about a drama that involved lots of cats and a bear. A lone yet sensible bear, one that I was cheering for when he fought all those damn strays. This time Vincent got all the strings tied up nicely. Separating faythe and marc in this book was a smart move knowing the readers would be angry at the system and rooting for marc's return. I thought it was good that it took away the relationship agonies and focus more on the storyline which Vincent manage to tell one hell of a story. A young recessive gene tabby(?), ambitious strays, politics chaos in the pride and a bear roll in one book. Even though I didn't like the cliffhanger, I shall forgive and continue on with the series. Besides, it's not fair to just dismiss the series halfway and when things starts to get exciting.
Anyway, whatever happen to jace? I don't like the character change, makes him look a tennis ball picker. (less)
Not as good as the first book but it still kept me glued till the end. I'm not caring much about the female protagonist as I think that the relationsh...moreNot as good as the first book but it still kept me glued till the end. I'm not caring much about the female protagonist as I think that the relationship between Faythe and Marc is like watching the news. Nothing exciting comes out of it and the endless tugging and pushing of emotions is tiresome. The reason why this book still hold my interest is that Vincent is good at describing action packed killing and tension scenes. Even though I thought that book one story had more substance to it, book 2 isn't far behind. I was a bit disappointed that Jace and Ethan didn't appear as much as I would like them to be. Oh well, on to the next book.(less)
3 1/2 stars. Good but I still feel disconnected from the rest of the cast. And I'm starting to like Packard, that's so sure. So, I guess it's a good s...more3 1/2 stars. Good but I still feel disconnected from the rest of the cast. And I'm starting to like Packard, that's so sure. So, I guess it's a good sign.(less)
Favourite line: "I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bullshit. Stop lying. Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep." Kids who try all sorts of ways to...moreFavourite line: "I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bullshit. Stop lying. Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep." Kids who try all sorts of ways to get the person who is trying to make them sleep do ANYTHING but not go to sleep. Nice!(less)
I am not writing a review on this because Johnny Balloon inspired me to draw him instead. But as you can already see from my star ratings, I 'really l...moreI am not writing a review on this because Johnny Balloon inspired me to draw him instead. But as you can already see from my star ratings, I 'really liked it'.
I wished it was longer, building up on the world that Basu was living on which is interesting to just get lost in it. Mellick's attempt on the anime w...moreI wished it was longer, building up on the world that Basu was living on which is interesting to just get lost in it. Mellick's attempt on the anime world is uniquely twisted filled with non-stop action, creative concept and definitely a fun short story to keep you entertain. (less)
I was repulsed by the title at first glance but come to think of it: who wouldn't be intrigued about 'The HAUNTED Vagina' and after reading the synops...moreI was repulsed by the title at first glance but come to think of it: who wouldn't be intrigued about 'The HAUNTED Vagina' and after reading the synopsis. This actually turned out to be a good surprise considering the fact that I jumped right into it with low expectation. The book had its moments on me. I was shocked by the idea of Mellick's haunted vagina. As I was reading it, there were moments where I burst out laughing at how both characters handled the situation they were in. The way Mellick's words couldn't off the 'WTF' repeat mode in my brain with sentences like “It dawns on me. I’m all the way inside of her. I’m like a human penis.” and "It moves about like it's filled with a million cockroaches. And between her legs, a skeletal hand is reaching out of her". Tell me if this sentences doesn't make you go mad and you constantly checking "are you serious?"
The best part was how this book took a whole turn and changed the mood. I liked that it had a creative story beneath all that madness that was happening. It was just nice that it ended not being too dark or too over the top. The ghostly figure turned out to be less of a horror/paranormal story and felt that her existence to the protagonist's life had a deeper meaning to it. The good thing was that Mellick didn't go deeper explaining it. He left it for the readers to linger around the idea about the weird combination of those two stuck in a vagina. I must add this: Do not judge the title or the cover without reading this. You will be in for a surprise/shock.(less)
So far (this is my second book), Mellick's MAD & imaginative ideas holds my interest in the bizarro fiction. I enjoy his writings and i...more3 1/2 star.
So far (this is my second book), Mellick's MAD & imaginative ideas holds my interest in the bizarro fiction. I enjoy his writings and it kills me, reading that he was on the verge of self-murder at 20 (when he wrote this book). Mellick sure thinks about things a lot and whatever he thinks, I wish for many more books from this man. Here are some of Mellick's talent I highlighted from his book:
Emptiness. It clots in my head and scabs over all of my fluffy bright-colored emotions. The horizon line doesn’t seem to make the landscape feel like it goes on forever anymore. The line is more like an ending. It shrinks my path, makes it smaller and smaller, until the path is just a dot. And after the dot, there’s nothing.
What God was trying to tell the world’s people with this lightning flare is that Heaven is full and there’s no room for any more souls, so He’s made the decision to discontinue the performance of dying to save His home from overpopulation.
"You’re inside of the Silence," he says. "The Silence has eaten you away from your friends and put you in her belly. You are not dead, however. And you will not be dead for as long as you keep quiet. If she doesn’t hear any noise inside of her belly, she will think there is no food. She will figure you are part of her and forget about you. Otherwise, she will digest your meat and you’ll be excreted as part of the wind.(less)
His bare chest gleamed with moisture and steam from the shower, and his muscles rippled with every movement as he toweled his stillwet hair. Droplets...moreHis bare chest gleamed with moisture and steam from the shower, and his muscles rippled with every movement as he toweled his stillwet hair. Droplets fell from the damp strands, landing on his shoulders and sliding down. They left faint zigzag lines that disappeared into dark, wiry chest hair that swirled over the top of his chest.
Ok.........what a manly description!
I'm feeling a bit bland from the love attraction between Gabe and Olivia. I thought their love spark - seeking solace from each other all the time was more like casual friends comforting each other. If the crime case was put as a primary source in the story instead of making the love-sexual attraction the center stage, I would have liked it more. Sorry, I just didn't buy the whole love relationship story between Gabe and Olivia.(less)