Yummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is A...moreYummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is AMAZING, as is Niko, and who doesn't love Robin and his arrogance and storytelling? The book was both unique and traditional at the same time. Rob twists well-known fantasy elements and makes them her own. This is still my least favorite of the series, but I love it anyway. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but since the others in the series are better, I'd probably continue with it. (less)
Great sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome characte...moreGreat sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome character, well developed, and I can totally relate to him, even though we really have nothing in common. Niko is a great brother and character. I love the relationship between the brothers--it's so genuine. I feel like they're real people.
Robin. How can you not love him? We get more of him in this one, I'm happy to say. And we get more of Promise. I can't say I like her, but she's an interesting character...definitely not flat.
There's non-stop action. It's just SUCH a fun book, not to mention the most hilarious one I've ever read (the whole series is extremely funny).(less)
Love this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better an...moreLove this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better and better, funnier and funnier. There are some dark elements, but the humor lightens it up enough for it to be perfectly enjouable. The characters remain true to themselves while simultaneously developing and making me love them. MADHOUSE is considerably different from the others, and we get to see a more gentle side of Cal, which I loved...though, there's nothing about this book (series) that I didn't love.
Deathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great t...moreDeathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great too. It was nice to finally get Niko's point of view, because I couldn't finally get a peek at how he sees things--especially Cal, which was very interesting. It was also completely hilarious, and I love all the sarcastic remarks. Great dialogue! The story had many levels and twists and was completely captivating the entire time. I can't wait for the next book in Rob Thurman's amazing series!(less)
I was skeptical at first because of the whole 'science experiment' thing, but I was pleasantly surpirsed. The first Maximum Ride book is very good. On...moreI was skeptical at first because of the whole 'science experiment' thing, but I was pleasantly surpirsed. The first Maximum Ride book is very good. One of my favorite things about this particular young adult book is that there are characters of all anges, from 6-14, and I thought it was pretty cute seeing 14-year-olds act so parental and such.
There isn't much character development, save for Max, the main character, but I still found the plot entertaining, and liked how POVs were alternated when the characters split up. (less)
Way better than I expected. I've never been into mythology or anything, though I studied it when I was in school, and I thought the book may feel more...moreWay better than I expected. I've never been into mythology or anything, though I studied it when I was in school, and I thought the book may feel more like a history lesson than a fun fantasy, but I was totally wrong.
One of the books strong suites is character development. I love the main character, Percy, as well as Grover and Annabeth and many others. The characters all have distinctly different personalities—though some may be slightly chiche, I still found them to be real.
Action. Action. Action. Plus some emotion. A great mix overall. (less)
I love all the Percy Jackson books. This was a good end to the series, though it was a bitt predictable at times. Though, all of the PJ books were a b...moreI love all the Percy Jackson books. This was a good end to the series, though it was a bitt predictable at times. Though, all of the PJ books were a bit predictable—still very good though. (less)
With a slow start, I wasn't sure I could get through this one, but once it got going, it kept going--and improving. The characters are all likable (ev...moreWith a slow start, I wasn't sure I could get through this one, but once it got going, it kept going--and improving. The characters are all likable (even the bad guys...in an 'I hate you but you're interesting' way). I tend to like longer books, since I get more involved in the characters and their story, and this book did that for me.
I immediately felt a connection with Jack, our main character, which was motivated me to continue the book. Though it's pretty predicatable, it was an enjoyable and extremely unique and creatve story. There were a quite a few "oh, my God" moments, which was good.
The characters felt real to me. I love how Chima incorperated Will and Fitch into the story, even though they were ana-weir. Linda is amazing, and one of my favorite characters of all time. She's really impressive. I got really lost in this book, and even when I wasn't reading it, I was still thinking about it. (less)
I. Love. This. Book. We get a new main character, Seph, who I fell in love with after only a few chapter--though he kept growing on me throught the bo...moreI. Love. This. Book. We get a new main character, Seph, who I fell in love with after only a few chapter--though he kept growing on me throught the book. His character development was about as colorful as a rainbow, which sounds corny, but I can't thin of a better way to describe it.
Although I quite enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, this one really took my breath away. There wasn't a single boring part in the entire book, which is saying something considering its length. Plus, I love so many of the characters: Seph, Jack, Linda, Ellen, Jason, Snowbeard, Maddie....etc..Tons of new characters were introduced in this one, which may be a bit confusing for some, though was no problem for me (I actually prefer books with a wide array of characters).
Once again, I saw every single one of the twists/revelations coming, including the one about Seph's parents, and who the Dragon is--though I still loved how they turned out. The relationships between the characters was also very convincing. We got to see a new side of Lee Hastings--and Linda Downey, who is amazing, by the way.
Anyway, this book really got me into the trilogy, so if you've read the first book and aren't sure whether or not to continue--do, it's worth it.(less)
**spoiler alert** Why this book didn't get 5 stars
1. My 2nd favorite character dies, and nobody even seems to care. 2. Linda and Leander have hardly an...more**spoiler alert** Why this book didn't get 5 stars
1. My 2nd favorite character dies, and nobody even seems to care. 2. Linda and Leander have hardly any scenes 3. The ending was rushed, like she just wanted to get it over with and didn't care about the story anymore--and there were tons of loose ends 4. We don't even find out what happens with Jack and Ellen, or get to see Linda and Leander's reactions to the war etc..(The last time we saw Ellen, she was dying and unconscious...is that any way to end a series? I think not)
Other than these things, it was great. But I'm really upset. I LOVE Jason! He shouldn't have died, and if he had to, he could have a more drawn-out death. I mean, it was like nothing. One seconds he was alive, the next he was dead. It was ridiculous.
Although the separate story about Madison Moss was kind of random and not strictly necessary, I enjoyed it. I really like Maddie and her bravery, but I would have preffered more of the other characters, like Seph, Jack, and Ellen...It was a Maddie overdose, really. It also annoyed me how she didn't tell Seph WHY she was avoiding him, though it clearly HURT him. It's not as if he would have been mad at her; it wasn't her fault that the hex magic stuck in her. In fact, Seph probably would have figured out a way to get rid of it sooner. It just seemed unnecessary, and there weren't enough Seph/Maddie scenes for my liking.
I loved getting Jason's POV, which is part of the reason I despised his death. It seemed like Chima didn't want to deal with him or have to write a scene between him and Leesha, so she just killed him. We got to know him only to have him die? Cruel, very cruel.
I would have thought that, being that this is the thrid and final book, there would have been more of Jack and Ellen. Also, Linda was such a strong, clever character who I loved to peices, yet none of her initiative is shown in this book. She's off wasting time the whole book. WHY DID SHE LEAVE SEPH to be in charge of the WAR? Nick Snowbeard was clearly getting old and weak, so what gave her the idea that he would be an acceptable replacement for either Hastings or herself. Why couldn't Hastings have handled the Ghyll on his own? Or Linda have handled the Gyhll so that at least ONE of them would have been able to help and maybe JASON WOULDN'T HAVE DIED, because Chima would have decided NOT to be LAZY.
Also, the whole thing about Nick Snowbeard betraying Lady Aiden? That was just randomly sloshed in there, and didn't make much sense, to be honest. And Lady Aiden...what was she? Woman? Dragon? HOW did Nick betray her and WHY? I was confused. When Maddie gets the power from her and scares away everyone...unrealistic. I think the removal of weir-stones was a good idea, but, once again, it was too rushed. One second it was war, the next they all retreated and Maddie was running off to save her siblings. Warren Barber's demise was pathetic and, shockingly, rushed.
DON'T get me wrong. I LOVE this series, and I'm only being so hard on it for that reason. I really had high expectations for it. Some of the BEST characters I've ever read. I'm defintely going to run out and by Chima's next trilogy, and hope that she's learned from her mistakes and will NOT bunch together a gunky ending OR KILL SOMEONE I LOVE!!
Such a good book. Likable characters, as always. Lots of action, but just as much emotion and great dialogue. You can really get lost in this one. I e...moreSuch a good book. Likable characters, as always. Lots of action, but just as much emotion and great dialogue. You can really get lost in this one. I expected it to be good, but it was even better. There's so much going on, yet it isn't confusing. It's also one of the most creative worlds Ive ever read. The world felt so real--I could really imagine myself it, plus the map on the inside cover is beautiful (as is the cover itself).
Han and Raisa are both such great characters. There isnt much development with Han, but there is some with Raisa...but I think that's mostly because this is only the first book in the series, so she's drawing it out more, which I actually think is a good thing, because it's more realistic, though the ending MADE ME SO MAD, because now I have to wait an entire YEAR to read the next one!!!
I loved the way Han and Raisa met; I was so not expecting it, but when it happened I was like: Oh my GOD!!! And their whole relationsip from then on was really interesting, and it was good to see Raisa from Han's perspective and vice versa. I love Raisa; she's so easy to relate to, depsite the fact that her life is nothing like mine, which is saying something.
Amon's character is intriguing and likable. When the guard was beating Han and then someone stepped up and said "That's enough" or something like that, I was like: OH MY GOD, IT's AMON!! And then it was. Sorry, but I loved that scene.
Then there was Micah...who is apparently evil...and at some points, I can really see this, but at others he seems more...human, which is intriguing also, because it makes his character more complex. I suspected him to be the cause of all the dead street kids, though that hasn't been confirmed yet, so I don't even know what to think, which makes me REALLY want that next book.(less)
The book started off slow for me, and I wasn't sure I'd finish it, but once it got going, it kept on going. I liked the main charatcer, Jack, and he f...moreThe book started off slow for me, and I wasn't sure I'd finish it, but once it got going, it kept on going. I liked the main charatcer, Jack, and he felt very real to me. Linda is amazing, one of my favorite characters. The book is well written and detailed. It's wholly unique as well, and can't be compared to anything else I've ever read. There are so many characters, and all of them have distinct personalities and development. Even the minor characters aren't one-dimensional. Some parts were predictable, but others were more like: "Wow! Really? Oh, my GOD!" I was glad that Jack didn't dump his ana-weir friend--especially since they're such good friends. Some of the scenes were so amazing, I had to hold my breath. Once everything gets going, about 1/3 through, there's non-stop action and intrigue. There's nothing not to like. I've never read such a great cast of characters before. Even the bad-guys were interesting, and had personalities; they weren't just there to be bad. Usually, I don't like getting the bad-guy's POV, but in this case, I quite enjoyed it. I liked the different POVs Chima used. They helped to connect me with all the different characters and made them more real.
At first, I was surprised that Ellen kept coming back up in the storyline, then I started getting suspicious of her...thinking maybe there was more to Ellen than met the eye :)
I was surprised when Leander Hastings turned out to be a good guy. The first time he was described as the new vice principal, I thought he was going to be evil, so when he started training Jack, I was like, "Whoa, okay. Didn't see that one coming."
DEFINITELY read this book. It's worth it. Plus, the second one's even better. (less)
Who doesn't love Arty Fowl? It's a great book, hands down. I've never seen such a take on faeries before--usually faeries are primitive, so I thought...moreWho doesn't love Arty Fowl? It's a great book, hands down. I've never seen such a take on faeries before--usually faeries are primitive, so I thought it pretty awesome to have the whole underground techy faeries with a police force. Plus, Artemis is an awesome character, and funny, as is Holly. I love that Holly Short! This is the kind of book you can read again and again. (less)