I am not sure whether I liked Beautiful Creatures. Even as I read the last sentence, I am still not certain. I’d have to say the story is more like a...moreI am not sure whether I liked Beautiful Creatures. Even as I read the last sentence, I am still not certain. I’d have to say the story is more like a soap opera or a really long weekend drama (a makjang if you speak Korean dramas). Half the time I just wished they’d just get there already. The story felt draggy and the characters are not as engaging as I’d like. Well, saved for Ridley. She is interesting – or maybe sirens characters are just naturally interesting. There’s a story in there – somewhere, I think. It’s jus that I felt extremely smothered by the angst moment, like it was done purposely to trick you into feeling that connection though boo, you’re not falling for it. So, it’s just a shame.
On the character front Ethan is generally a good guy and obviously tragic because he just lost his mom. It’s basically a female character in every sappy love story – only it’s a guy. You’d want to root for him, but, I swear, if I was his friend and I am aware of the whole situation – I’d knock him over his head with a frying pan to give him amnesia. Then again, when you’re sixteen, everything feels like the end of the world – so, I decided, frying pan retracted. As for Lena, I just – I don’t know what her problem is. Oh right, the whole claiming thing – Still, it didn’t feel like it should excuse her from being – I can’t even find a word to put here – it just felt like she was meant to be written just as another Juliet who have magical powers. *headdesk*
Though, it wasn’t a complete loss. I do like Amma. I swear that woman has sass like nobody’s business and I would never want to get on her bad side. And Macon Ravenwood – must not forget our favourite next door Incubus, well, I must say this is probably the first time I read about a good Incubus, if there’s such a thing. Even when I do find him a little too over-protective, I get where he is coming from. He’s parenting and that’s never easy even with your own child. He’s the Uncle who’s suppose to be cool, instead – he have to be the bad guy the girl shouts; “That’s not fair, I hate you!” generic moments.
All in all, it was not BAD per say... But, it is not that good either – I wasn’t even expecting great. It’s probably not the kind of book I’d re-read again, if I want to remember about the details or characters, I’d just find the wiki instead. (less)
Mel and Sam are two perfectly normal young adult. The have their school, homework and magic shows. They also, occasionally, go on missions for MI21, a...moreMel and Sam are two perfectly normal young adult. The have their school, homework and magic shows. They also, occasionally, go on missions for MI21, a secret branch of the British Intelligence Agency. They are normal saved for the being sort-of agents. It actually couldn’t be helped when Mel’s Uncle Jack happened to be the head of operations for MI21. Things only went from bad to worse when Mel and Sam were asked to keep a computer disc safe. In short few days Mel and Sam were; dangled from a moving helicopter, found themselves lying in a ditch and to top it all of, involve in a shot out of a sort orchestrated by Mad Skuda Skunk; an over the top, dramatic and vindictive leader (one third owner) of the Skunk Empire.
I must say, I went in without any expectation given it was a children’s book. I thought it would be a cute book, little did I know, it could probably give Alex Rider a run for his money in terms of story telling (I read a chapter of Stormbreaker). It was funny and sweet and not too much. I would say the children were portrayed a little too smart, then again, I can name at least a handful kids smarter than me. It was a nice read and though a bit confusing at the end with a couple of throwbacks, the author did manage to redeem himself along the way.
I wouldn’t say the book was perfect. It was a far cry from it. It was cute and fun. But, a disc? I remembered being a teenager in 2006 (the year the book was published) and I had a nice USB and I even had an external hard drive. I honestly though MI21 would have been a lot more advance than me. And honestly Uncle Jack, why on earth are you endangering your niece and her friend in the first place? Doesn’t he have a lot of agents at his disposal? Or he could have just leave an encoded message saying that they should drop the disc in the first place. I honestly have no idea how he managed to gain that position of his with his lack of preparation and back-up plans. (less)
I remember reading the first book of the Lorien Legacies and was on the edge of my seat and was blown away with each page turned. Let’s just say that...moreI remember reading the first book of the Lorien Legacies and was on the edge of my seat and was blown away with each page turned. Let’s just say that the second book did not keep me interested long enough for me to invest my emotion for it. Most of the time, I am, detached. I am, on every level, a very emotional reader. I would bawl at some point and start giggling at the next. Sadly, the book did not accomplish that.
In all honesty, it might have been my fault for expecting too much from the franchise basing it all on the first book. I had looked forward to John/Four adventure to continue ever since I put down the first book. Though the adventure continues with Sam and Six in tow, the hype of which the story holds when it was just set in the middle of a small town was not present in this installment. The return of John, Sam and Bernie Kosar as well as the exploration of Six character was a let down at best.
I am not sure why, I believed that Six’s character was written to appeal to the female readers as she was portrayed as this strong, independent and kick-ass character, the problem was, she came off as whiny and irritating at most. I wanted to love this awesome, lonesome girl, I do. But, she was too preoccupied in her own world that it was impossible for me to find grounds to even like her in the first place.
And there was Marina of the Sea and Adelina. I. Just. Can’t. Like. Them. The story was that the had hit a rough patch with loads of door slamming which practically drove Adelina to abandon her duty as Marina’s Cepân. I can sum Adelina and Marina both as – well, a couple of bitches. One abandoned the other and the other basically whines and whines that my head hurts. There was like a full page of Marina not being happy of Adelina and I’m like “what’s your problem?”.
To further my annoyance is that the alternate point of view. This is why I prefer and love third person POV. Less messy and I don’t have to spend time to keep my mind in line with sketchy changes. It gave me a headache and it felt like I was reading a really bad fanfiction when I read the transition. I have alternate views before – Accidental Bestseller – the difference between that and Lore’s writing was that it was done smoothly with less hair pulling moments that would surely leave anyone with bald patch.
I’m still going to read the third book though, I’ve been taught to give anything and anyone the benefit of the doubt – I just hope that I will not be as disappointed as I was with Power of Six. (less)