Mead has blown my mind. I'm riddled with angst and a bit pissed off actually. Blood Promise is nothing like the previous VA books and she has murderedMead has blown my mind. I'm riddled with angst and a bit pissed off actually. Blood Promise is nothing like the previous VA books and she has murdered her characters, with the exception of Adrian, which is the only reason I gave this book 2 stars instead of one.
First of all, the first few chapters are filled with inconsistencies, not to mention new characters and societies that serve no other purpose than to aid Rose on her quest and to allow Mead to include secondary characters such as Lissa and Christian. I suppose that's what happens when you write yourself into a corner, huh Mead?
Second, there are way too many flashbacks between Dimitri and Rose. If you can't fill your book with current plot points, don't write it.
Third, No Christian. He had maybe four lines and he is one of the best characters of the series. Boo.
Forth, I can't believe how she destroyed Dimitri. It's cruel really, and I wasn't even his biggest fan. Team Adrian all the way, but what happened to Dimitri, and what has been done to his character is truly tragic.
Fifth, If Victor knows the secret location of an ultimate spirit user, why oh why would he have even thought about kidnapping Lissa in book 1? Did you forget about that Mead or just think your readers would be too stupid to notice?
I've written off authors for making fewer mistakes than the ones Mead has made in this book. I highly doubt I will continue this series as I feel that Mead was grasping at straws in order to keep pumping her YA cash cow. ...more
Graceling is absolutely enchanting and has earned a special place as one of my all time favorite books. Kristin Cashore has created a magical world wiGraceling is absolutely enchanting and has earned a special place as one of my all time favorite books. Kristin Cashore has created a magical world with a compelling and respectable heroine, heart-breaking hero, and a fast-paced, surprising adventure. Filled with choice, sarrow, love, self-discovery and grace, Graceling will keep you up until the wee hours of the night and tickle your thoughts, long after you've read the last page. ...more
Another win for LJ Smith! I'm delighted that this series is being re-printed after all this time. It's a testament to the superb writing and affectingAnother win for LJ Smith! I'm delighted that this series is being re-printed after all this time. It's a testament to the superb writing and affecting characters. I hope with all my might that L.J. Smith completes writing Strange Fate, the end of the series and releases it soon. I can't wait to see how everything ends!...more
Blue Moon is the second installment to The Immortals series. I have to say, the similarities to Twilight are striking, and Summerland reminded me of TBlue Moon is the second installment to The Immortals series. I have to say, the similarities to Twilight are striking, and Summerland reminded me of The Realms from The Gemma Doyle Trilogy. With that said, I still enjoyed the book a great deal, for Damen, if nothing else. Actually, Damen is the only reason I like this series, how sad. All in all, the love story is a bit hokey, but the concept is a good one. It’s more than a little grating that Ever’s stupidity has prolonged her joining Damen, yet again. It’s been four hundred years, come on! Which leads me to my next point, Ever. Dear God, she is the dumbest heroine I have ever encountered. Looking back, I have no idea why I enjoyed this book at all. If you are a sucker for love stories, and don’t mind reading the thoughts of a naïve girl, read Blue Moon.
Stargazer was a major improvement to Evernight, in fact, I almost forgot about the stupid plot twist in Evernight, no easy feat, because it was a bigStargazer was a major improvement to Evernight, in fact, I almost forgot about the stupid plot twist in Evernight, no easy feat, because it was a big one. I wish there had been more of Lucas, but was glad to read about Balthazar. Bianca grew up a bit in this book; therefore, she redeemed some of her previous ignorance. The author also explored Raquel and Bianca's relationship a bit more for which I was grateful. I was also happy to see that Vic was no longer perceived as unintelligent and was in fact rather philosophical. I’m disappointed that the author didn’t sum everything up with this installment. I rather wish she had and felt as though she could have. But I’m looking forward to seeing how Lucas, Bianca and the rest of the gang fare in the future....more
I really enjoyed the first half of Evernight. I sympathized with Bianca and had a bit of a crush on Lucas. I thought Vic was absolutely hilarious andI really enjoyed the first half of Evernight. I sympathized with Bianca and had a bit of a crush on Lucas. I thought Vic was absolutely hilarious and Balthazar was simply dreamy. But then I discovered that insane plot twist. It was just nonsensical. Why in the world would Bianca not think she was going to be a vampire when she drank blood for crying out loud? The twist would have been fantastic if her parents hadn't told her that it would happen and it was just as much of surprise to her as it was to the readers. So I went for sympathizing with the heroine to thinking she was dumber than a box of rocks that deserved her fate and isolation. Ignorance will destroy the world, lock her up! With that said, I was in too deep by the time the twist presented itself, and I had to know what happened to the rest of the gang. I still enjoyed the story as long as I didn't look too hard at the flaws in it. Great guilty pleasure read....more
Catching Fire was one of my most anticipated books of 2009. I loved it's predecessor, The Hunger Games and was so hopeful for this intstallment. I wasCatching Fire was one of my most anticipated books of 2009. I loved it's predecessor, The Hunger Games and was so hopeful for this intstallment. I wasn't disappointed per se, but it did fail to meet my expectations. Here's a few reasons why...
I don't know what it is with authors and their recent need to load up their books with a hundred or so pages of filler, but I really wish they would cut it out. There is lieterally about a hundred and some odd pages of this book that should have died on the editing room floor. The 9 months that Katniss spends in District 12 only serves to let us know that uprisings are occuring and she has been targeted by The Captial, all of which could have been summed up in a chapter or two.
Second, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that about 90% of those of us who read and loved Hunger Games were team Peeta all the way. Though we knew Gale would be an issue, we were hoping Katniss would "wake up" and realize what a worthy, fine specimen she has in Peeta, well, it doesn't happen that way, and to say I'm bummed is an understatement. I'm kinda pissed.
Katniss doesn't grow in this book at all. She is still a brash reacter, instead of a logicl thinker. I didn't mind it so much in the first book, because who wouldn't be, but the Hunger Games taught her nothing it seems, in either the way she responds to situations or in reference to how she really feels about the people in her life.
Next, I get that Peeta was never much of a badass, but was it really necessary to injure him 10 seconds into the games? That irked me like nothing else. In hindsight, Peeta is one of the strongest characters, menatlly, if nothing else, and yet Collins reduced him to an invalid so that Katniss could rise up to the challenge. Please. It only made me roll my eyes and steam over the fact that I was going to have to read Hunger Games part duex, which wouldn't have been bad except for the fact that I was expecting something more.
Which leads me to my last complaint, the games. Though I could see everything in this book coming, I thought it was rather brilliant to send them back to the games. What wasn't brilliant however, was the games themselves. They started out well enough, but after the crazy fog and freaky monkeys, Collins sort of lost me. Who cares if there is death traps all over the place if you know how to predict it and can avoid it? Not scary.
Basically, this booked lacked the magic of the first, and failed to wow with new material as nothing new really happens. Yeah we learn a little more, and the last few pages shake things up a bit, but I shouldn't have to wait until I've read to the end to finally learn something interesting. There were moments where I would catch a glimpse of what made me love Hunger Games, and for that I give this book three stars. But I can't in good conscious give it more for it lacked character development and basically just served as a pit stop between books one and three. Hopefully the third will be better. ...more
I read this book months ago, but never reviewed it, which is shocking as A Certain Slant of Light has certainly earned its place as one of my favoriteI read this book months ago, but never reviewed it, which is shocking as A Certain Slant of Light has certainly earned its place as one of my favorites. Whitcomb has woven an absolutely beautiful story. The prose was fantastic and the characters were a heart breaking delight to read. There were touching moments throughout and I doubt any of the events could have ended more perfectly. Great book!...more
I suppose the series ended the way it should, but Zane died so I'm annoyed. I knew it would happen, there was such a sense of forboding, but I was stiI suppose the series ended the way it should, but Zane died so I'm annoyed. I knew it would happen, there was such a sense of forboding, but I was still hoping that I would be wrong. Cudos to Westerfeld for writing so well that I didn't even noticed I was getting played :). My hopes for Tally were forever evolving, the only thing I insisted upon was that Tally keep her feelings for Zane and she did. ...more
Pretties’ contains an intriguing plot, creative style and interesting characters. The tapestry of this story is woven in such a way that my view of thPretties’ contains an intriguing plot, creative style and interesting characters. The tapestry of this story is woven in such a way that my view of the story and its characters changes with the characters themselves. Typically I prefer the characters I read to develop and then mature, which Tally does, but she is constantly shifting, and I find that my wants for the series shift with her. At the conclusion of Uglies, I was devastated that Tally was leaving David and the Smoke in order to turn pretty and test the cure. I wanted nothing more than to have Tally take the cure and go back to him. But as Tally fights her Pretty-headedness, she falls in love with Zane, and so did I. Now I find myself wanting nothing more than for Tally and Zane to end up with one another. Never have I encountered an author who can change their characters so drastically and yet so seamlessly. Even more compelling is the intricacy of the plot. In a world filled with Pretties, no one is, and in an effort to fight the pretty haze, individuals are starving and cutting themselves in order to feel something real. Not very pretty like, but intriguing none the less....more