4.5 stars Interesting read, but I felt like the book was just a series of events. Like Armstrong's other books, the climax seems to be just another mor...more4.5 stars Interesting read, but I felt like the book was just a series of events. Like Armstrong's other books, the climax seems to be just another more intense event, although this book had a clearer climax than some of her other ones. The plot is unique, about werewolf rebels who team up to fight against the Clan, and the only female werewolf who struggles between her human life and werewolf life, but it took a while to really get going. Once it got going, it really picked up the pace, but occasionally, it sidetracked and went back to the slower pace it had going on earlier. I love the whole werewolf "culture" Armstrong describes--it's so fascinating with the different values, such as being okay with walking around nude no matter what gender someone is, and the natural arrogance over humans ^^
What I don't like is the fact that women are basically viewed as prizes or objects to be used as a convenience. What I do like is Elena, who basically kills that whole idea with her badassness.
Character-wise, Elena is witty, strong, and the very picture of a strong woman, complete with 5'10 height and an incredibly fit body, while Clay is simply "perfect," really. Goodlooking, a genius, passionate, strong. The Clan is believable and I can't help but become attached to them. Nick is too adorable :) Overall, an awesome, varied set of characters. However, there is such an excessive amount of sex in this... very vividly depicted too. I suppose it makes sense because it's technically an adult novel, but really. Personally, it seems like the type of book that's pretty good, but in the long run, rather forgettable as well.(less)
**spoiler alert** Very sad, but hopeful. Contrary to many reviews by my friends, I don't think this book was boring at ALL. It held my attention from p...more**spoiler alert** Very sad, but hopeful. Contrary to many reviews by my friends, I don't think this book was boring at ALL. It held my attention from page 1 to whatever, just like most of sarah dessen's books do. Maybe it's her writing style that just appeals to me so much. Also, I actually felt bad for everyone in the book- Caitlin, Cass, their parents, even Rogenson. Maybe I'm too romantic or whatever, but I've chanced upon so many instances where the kids are messed up because of abuse from their parents. I HATE HIS DAD. What is wrong with parents messing up their kids because they can't control their tempers? I really wish there was a segment where R's dad could have been put on trial, but I suppose that's not really realistic. R reminded me a bit of a character in a Japanese drama (LIFE) called Katsumi Sako, except R is much less insane. But the general idea is the same- abused by parents, turn into maniacs who can't control their emotions and resort to violence, and more in Sako's case. Of course, this doesn't excuse R's behavior, but R's DAD needed to be locked up, and R needs some help psychologically.
Anyway, back on topic. Pretty good book, but I doubt I'll read it again just because it's the type of book that I read once and ponder over, but reading it again would be overkill. Kind of like the movie, Black Swan. It impressed me when I watched it the first time, but it would just be weird to watch it again...(less)
**spoiler alert** The book was pretty good. Lots of cool fighting/action scenes, which was nice, but lots of loose ends Paolini never got around to, w...more**spoiler alert** The book was pretty good. Lots of cool fighting/action scenes, which was nice, but lots of loose ends Paolini never got around to, which was disappointing. Also, the book was pretty darn predictable :P
And the ending made me sad :(
THINGS I WISHED PAOLINI ADDRESSED: (possible spoiler!) Who is Angela? She's definitely a really old, powerful being, but he never told us who she is! Who are the Grey Folk? What was the point of the 2 warriors coming from the faraway land... all they did was save Roran once -_- Also, I thought the green dragon and Elva would play a larger role in the whole "Defeat Galbatorix" thing (less)
well it's currently 5am so I guess I can definitely say that this book hooked me. Before talking about anything else, I woul...more4.5 stars... I round up :)
well it's currently 5am so I guess I can definitely say that this book hooked me. Before talking about anything else, I would just like to say that the romance factor in this novel was quite well-done to me- I loved the dialogue between the two and the fact that Saba was tough enough to actually call Jack a "bastard." For some reason that part just really stuck with me :P Grr I'm angry about the end though. But I won't say why or else I might spoil it. Grr.
The action was interesting, although I wish there were more details about her gladiator-style fights besides just discussion about her "red hot" rush. Although I suppose it isn't necessary, a little more detail wouldn't hurt ^^
Oh and by the end of the book, I loved almost all of the good characters- even Emma, who I absolutely hated in the beginning of the novel. The development of the relationship between Emma and Saba was also amazing. Ah and the development of the relationship between Saba and Jack was awesome too :D
But the part where Lugh came in near the end was a bit..anticlimactic? I'm not sure why.. but Lugh just seemed different and un-Lugh-like, and there wasn't much going on between Lugh and Saba and overall I wish there was more of an impact when Lugh came in.
I'd say... this book reminded me of Divergent a lot- I'm not sure why exactly since technically neither setting nor plot are that similar haha I wonder...(less)
**spoiler alert** 4.5 just for the ending- it was beautiful To be honest, the main girl Lena got on my nerves a lot, especially with her illogical whin...more**spoiler alert** 4.5 just for the ending- it was beautiful To be honest, the main girl Lena got on my nerves a lot, especially with her illogical whining- which I suppose is realistic but still annoyed me. However, she became extremely strong in the end, especially judging by the last few sentences of the book- like her mom. Hana was a good character, although I suppose she fit into the typical “beautiful best friend” category, but I admired her attitude, though I thought she would be more the type to jump the fence given her courage earlier in the book… apparently not. Alex was seriously an angel. There was nothing wrong with him at all- he was perfection. I suppose that makes him more attractive, but I honestly didn’t feel very connected to him at all until the end, which was heartbreaking. Unfortunately, I thought it was pretty obvious that something bad was going to happen anyway, given Lena’s whole “we’re going to escape and live happily ever after” attitude which totally gave it away -______- but Alex’s sacrifice was amazing and beautiful- yes I can understand why Lena thinks it’s beautiful. (less)