So I had two days between lectures at uni and so I was like "what can I do other than watch stuff on Netflix?". I looked to my shelf aOne word: CLICHE
So I had two days between lectures at uni and so I was like "what can I do other than watch stuff on Netflix?". I looked to my shelf and saw I had this book, so I thought "why not".
It had some ok bits but then most of it kinda sucked. What really struck me was hpw cliche it was and how many other books and films it had ripped off. It was a standard teen fantasy book complete with the poor socially awkard and anxious teenager, who is some how "special". Followed by your love interest #1, #2 amd a vampire who is chiseled, pale and takes his shirt off unecessarily. Let's just be thankful he doesn't glisten in the sun like Edward from Twilight. Derek did resemble Edward a lot. I couldn't take the name Derek seriously; 1) because what kind of a name is Derek for this all powerfu vampire. I imagine that name to fit a middle aged builder or, leading to my second point, 2) a pug. My friend had a pug called Derek and I couldm't help but think of him.
The whole idea about the book felt like some weird teenage porn film. She's kidnapped and made to be part of a vampire's harem....? I was surprised there wasn't a sex dungeon somewhere. That and the teenage moments of spontaneous shirt-taking-off, the book had a very weird feeling to it.
I was highly sceptiical when I started this book. The writing was very simple, which was in some ways a nice relief from a lot of the overly descriptive books I've read, however it was slightly too simple and in some places ridiculous. For example when she saw gratification in his eyes. Can we get something straight here, eyes don't really show emotions, they can show stress and anxiety perhaps. The things that show the emotions are really our eyebrows but really it's an overall facial eexpression. I can understand where authors are coming from, but generally it's our facial expression as a whole, not just an single feature.
Now to address the blatant ripping off of numerous other books and films. I'll just list a few: Beauty and the Beast: A girl, who is being held captive, gets led to a magnificant library and told she can take whatever books she would like. Star Wars: Ok this one could be a bit far but as soon as I read the scene where they enter the Pavillon with all the houses in the treetops I immeditley thought of the Ewoks in Star Wars. Twilight: I have stated above a few similar features. Not to mention the fact he plays piano (seriously, what is it with vamps and playing music, more specifically the piano?!)
Anyway, I just felt like the whole book was written by a horny teenager who likes vampires. Bella Forrest could have developed the characters more, made them more interesting and less sterotypical and cliche. It was a weird book and I'm not sure why everyone is loving it. DID I MENTION IT'S SO CLICHE? And predictable. And weird. ...more
I started this book not quite sure what I was going to get. I've read my fair share of YA books and they range from terrible to excellent. This was soI started this book not quite sure what I was going to get. I've read my fair share of YA books and they range from terrible to excellent. This was somewhere in the middle, edging towards the excellent side.
I read it in 3 days which says a lot. The pacing of the narrative was excellent. It really helped me get through the book with speed. As for the concept of the book I was thoroughly pleased to find it was original - in parts might I add - and that it was not just another standard YA book about a female falling in love and saving the world (yawn). This was about Celena Sardothian, a famous assassin of 18. She is picked to be a contender as the kings champion. The same king who enslaved her. But by becoming his champion she could end up being free.
As primary character I had a love/hate relationship with Celena. She was great in some ways and then sometimes she made me roll my eyes. She was great in the sense that she was quite different to the main characters I usually read in YA novels. She spoke her mind and cared for more than just love. She had an awesome background of being an assassin which kept the story exciting. She'd say amusing things here and there and then you'd really see into her sad past, which I felt the author could have gone further into. She reminded me of Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy. Other times she'd say or stupid things and I had to stop myself rolling my eyes or sighing.
I have to talk about the love triangle. I want to state that I hate love triangles. They hardly ever work in books. This was yet another example of how the love triangle was just terrible in a fairly decent book. From the start you know who she's going to fall in love with and you know who she really is going to end up with at the end of it all. The love triangle particularly failed in this book as I felt no connection in the love between Celena and Dorian. I really felt the author could have pushed it more and put more into it I f they wanted a successful love triangle. I also felt no longing for her to be with either person because the love story was not executed well enough. I hope this is improved in the next book
The story on the whole was good, it flowed nicely but at times it was cheesy and predictable. However I still was hooked on this book and had quite a few surprises here and there. There was also excellent suspense at times. The monster description actually made me a tad fearful to sleep at night.
I'd definitely recommend this to someone to read. I couldn't put it down! ...more
Jeez. Thanks Cynthia. I basically sobbed for the last third of that book. Brilliant writing once again. I love her style. It's just so addictive, I caJeez. Thanks Cynthia. I basically sobbed for the last third of that book. Brilliant writing once again. I love her style. It's just so addictive, I can't stop. It's also really unique and man I love it. The only thing I kind of feel is lacking in this book is the purpose of Samjeeza. He doesn't do anything throughout the whole book and he's kind of a loose end. He'd show up, they'd get a little worried but ultimately nothing happened. Then there's Tucker. I was all for the unpredictable relationship. She chose the one we all didn't think she would. And I felt there was a lack of Tucker in this book. I still don't connect with Christian. He's ok but maybe in Boundless we get to engage with him more. But overall, fantastic book but a few things lacking that could have made this book perfect. ...more
This was my favourite Drake book by far. Purely for the hot combination of Joley and Illya. They're the best couple out of this series and I'd have liThis was my favourite Drake book by far. Purely for the hot combination of Joley and Illya. They're the best couple out of this series and I'd have like to have had more from them in the books to follow. The energy between them was electric. Like a storm. Loved it. The story was the best one out of all the drake sisters novels I've read (5/7 so far, all the in the wrong order!.) I can hardly criticise this book besides the occasional rambling of spell singing and the painful torture of the lack of confirmation to Joleys "state" at the end. It was later confirmed in the last book but was still annoying for a hopeless romantic like me who wants the story to continue even though the happy endings happened. Anyway, this book was brilliant and as usual with her books, I was up very late reading it!...more
**spoiler alert** The thing that disappointed me so much about this book was the lousy, uneventful ending. I was expecting so much more. Everything fr**spoiler alert** The thing that disappointed me so much about this book was the lousy, uneventful ending. I was expecting so much more. Everything from the characters to the story started out great, felt the real bond between Jackson and Elle but then as soon as their relationship was confined it slipped away. It all focused on them and nothing else. I wanted to see more. In the end the story began to grow weak and we'd end up with dry snippets of the story mixed in with fillers of her going to the beach and grocery store. I kind of felt like more ends should have been left open. Like RJ. We never liked him and I know it's the last book but his story ended so boringly. I'd have liked to have seen it done differently. Don't get me wrong. This book rocked. But there were so many loose ends to be tied up that the ending was rushed. And the last paragraph creeped me out a bit. With all the sister screwing their husbands simultaneously. That was creepy....more
I....ok....wow. Im still kind of in shock. You know when you get that adrenaline from reading a book in a day and afterwards you're kind of exhaustedI....ok....wow. Im still kind of in shock. You know when you get that adrenaline from reading a book in a day and afterwards you're kind of exhausted but in total bliss. Well that's me right now. I'm just...wow. I stared to read this book 3-4 days ago, stopped for a couple of days because I hadn't had time to read it and then last night I began getting hooked on it, reading about a 1/4 of it, and today I finished the other 3/4 of the book. ANYWAY snapping me out of it.
Well, first of all I have to congratulate Cynthia Hand on a fantastic, well-written YA book. I've read my fair share of trashy YA books but I have, every once in a while, come across a diamond in the rough (Aladdin reference for the recent death of Robin Williams, RIP). And to my delight, Hand is one of those diamonds. She has a wonderful writing style, it really flows on the page, something I hope to master one day. She really is an inspiring author.
To the book itself, it's great! Very different to the books of the same genre and with the vast amount of the genre growing, I commend her for being so original. Her concept of angels is good however at times I felt like some things could do with a little more explaining, especially about Black Wings but I guess to get in the perspective of the character a lack of explanation was needed.
The plot was very interesting and developed out well. Her descriptive skills are fantastic, its something I can struggle with myself. Trying to turn that picture into words on a page can be tough. I have certainly learnt a lot form this book.
In terms of characters I thought all the people who needed to be a strong character, were. Clara was your typical teenage girl, emotional at times, crushing on a boy the next. Her character was strong and I really felt like I'd delved into the mind of Clara. She's a great character. I'm a little stuck on Christian, I feel like I don't know his character well enough. But I did know there was something up about him. I wont say it in case someone is reading this, but I got close to the truth...kinda. Maybe he could have been a little stronger though. Then we come to Tucker. A boy I was not expecting to be so central to the story. (view spoiler)[as for him and Clara - totally digin' it (hide spoiler)]. As for Angela, I liked her but Im still really suspicious of her. I just don't trust her! Wendy on the other hand is so sweet, she reminds me of myself sometimes, oddly enough.
The ONE thing that bugged me was the ending. It built up to this massive event and then BAM, it kind of slipped off, like we were running towards the finish line and then the ground suddenly swallows us up. It was all over very quickly and with the massive build up, I was expecting a lot more.
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I didn't finish this. I got bored with the awful writing. I mean the narrative was just SOOO boring and mind numbingly boring. It was like "I did thisI didn't finish this. I got bored with the awful writing. I mean the narrative was just SOOO boring and mind numbingly boring. It was like "I did this, I did that, I saw this, I saw that, I didnt like that." GOD IT WAS HORRIBLE. I dont understand why there is a massive hype about this. The story is ok but flawed (e.g gaps and crossovers in the factions). I think this could have been a lot better if it had been edited better and if the main character wasn't so annoying.
This is my favourite Jane Austen book so far. Im not sure why as I do love Pride and Prejudice as well. I saw the TV adaptation first and for ITV it wThis is my favourite Jane Austen book so far. Im not sure why as I do love Pride and Prejudice as well. I saw the TV adaptation first and for ITV it was very accurate and close to the book. I liked Catherine, she reminds me very much of myself which is perhaps why I enjoyed it so much. Henry Tillney was a very fun character to read and same with Mr Thrope. I thought it was a wonderful book and recommend people to read it. Also Penguin books did a great job with this, they added little notes about words of phrases helping me to understand the text better, as well as this they put pictures of the places mentioned. In the book they even mention Herfefordshire which is where I live! ...more
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves..." - Cassius to Brutus (Act I, Scene II, Julius Caesar)
Hopefully there are no spoilers "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves..." - Cassius to Brutus (Act I, Scene II, Julius Caesar)
Hopefully there are no spoilers in this review. I don't think there are but be warned just in case :)
This book will probably be the hardest book review I have and ever will write. I cannot comprehend how this book has made me feel because I feel so much at once. My heart is aching from the emotional journey (lame word 'journey', I know, Hazel and Augustus would laugh at me) this book took me on and yet this book makes me smile because it shows the wonderful gift life is. I have never known a book to make me laugh and cry on the same page. It is an incredible feeling reading this book and finishing it.
Hazel, a sixteen year old girl diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13 and then had a medical miracle at 14 which shrunk her tumor, is a wonderful character to see through the eyes of. She's down to earth about everything, she doesn't paint the skies with bright colours, instead she paints a very real picture. She knows she will die, it's not a matter of 'if' it's a matter of 'when'. She's a real character and that's what makes the book touch your emotions so much. I loved seeing the world through the eyes of Hazel Grace.
Augustus.... where do I start? He's like this beautiful character who I would personally love to meet...if he were real. He made this book so funny at times when it shouldn't be. The Isaac situation for example:
"Isaac(...)You look a little...Pardon the double entendre, my friend, but there's something a little worrisome in your eyes." (pg. 61)
He's a tricky character to talk about, our Gus. He has so many wonderful qualities yet I can't pinpoint why I like him and I suppose that's why he's special, because you just have to like him and you can't understand why. He's funny and tries to be the Prince Charming which makes him endearing an in addition to that he believes there is Something out there (yes, a Something with a capital S!).
John Green has a unique writing style. His writing style is what made this book so enjoyable. It fitted with the characters and it fitted with the theme of the book. At times it could be short and quippy, reflecting how life can be so short. And at other times it was beautiful and descriptive, reflecting how beautiful the world really is and how beautiful new love is. (This is only my interpretation and I could be completely wrong). I also feel that the way he made Hazel and Augustus so mature is completely true of the characters themselves. At 16 Hazel has been through a lot already so she is going to be mature, she is also going to be down to earth. Augustus, who has seen people around him deal and die with cancer has found ways of dealing with, whether it's his hilarious jokes or his profound speeches.
His characters are true human beings.
One thing about this book is that it is relatable. We've all lost someone or nearly lost someone. Whether it was to cancer or not. We all know the pain or the severe hope we have, even if it is a hopeless situation. That is what makes this book so great, it draws on human experience and it shares it to the world.
This is also the only book to ever make me cry. EVER. I never cry at books and I don't know why.I may have welled up or thought "my God that is sad" but I have never cried at a book. This one had been bawling as I read and re-read every word. This book was so real and so poignant that I would like to thank John Green for writing such an incredible book. I haven't said nearly as much as I am bursting to say and yet I feel I have said enough! So I am going to leave this review with some of my favourite quotes.
"Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you." Van Houten, pg 286.
"Yes it's difficult to ascertain whether he is trying to arouse her perform a breast exam." Augustus, pg 19.
"Hazel Grace. No. I will grant you that you did spend my one and only Wish, but you did not spend it on him, You spent it on us." Augustus, pg 195
"The world," he said, "is not a wish-granting factory." Augustus, pg 214.
There were many quotes I could have used but I tried to find ones that didn't ruin the book. Most are from Gus because he has the best lines really.
Also, GO READ THIS BOOK. NOW. NOW. NOW. It is truly beautiful and you will not regret it. ...more
So after reading The Fault In Our Stars and falling in love with John Green's writing, I went on the hunt for the rest of his books. On the recommendaSo after reading The Fault In Our Stars and falling in love with John Green's writing, I went on the hunt for the rest of his books. On the recommendation of a few friends I went to Looking for Alaska next. It was quite different to TFIOS.
Alaska, a troubled girl with a quirky and moody personality, making guys fall in love with her at the first stare into her eyes. I could relate to Alaska as a troubled late teen myself. She had her ups and downs, she had an interesting past, she connected to characters. She was a contrast to the mild Miles who wasn't really very exciting. The Colonel was great, loved him.
After reading TFIOS I had high expectations and this was a much more... mild. It was still a great book but it took a while to get to the big event in the middle of the book, but once it happened, I couldn't put it down. It was beautifully written with a clever insight into the teenage mind.
This book started off GREAT. It was funny and well written. But as soon as Chase and Maddie started talking it went from 4 stars to 3.
"You're goingThis book started off GREAT. It was funny and well written. But as soon as Chase and Maddie started talking it went from 4 stars to 3.
"You're going to put on your big-girl panties and deal with it. You may have a secret, undying love for Chase Gamble, but if he hasn't recognized your awesomeness by now the man is clearly mental and so not worth this angst."
Can I hear a Hallelujah? All heroines should listen up!
Maddie I actually really liked Maddie. She was a breath of fresh air. I loved her witty lines that she threw at Chase. Some golden lines. She also wasn't one of your run of the mill heroines who couldn't do anything by herself. But it was a short book so didn't get to see much of her.
Chase Good. God. When Chase was first described I could literally feel myself drooling. However we had his inner monologue....urgh. Constant "God Damn"'s and "Son of Bitch"'s. It was so annoying.n If anything he brought the tone of the book down a notch. He was like this unneeded sexual narrative. It was good without his constant sexual attraction to her.
Overall, not a bad book at all and I enjoyed it. ...more
I mean, the ending, I kinda saw something bad happening. But the way in which things went bad shocked me. Kinda. I did thinkWhat WHAT WHAAAAAT?! No!!
I mean, the ending, I kinda saw something bad happening. But the way in which things went bad shocked me. Kinda. I did think a certain someone was worse than the author tried to make them out to be. (I'm trying not to give any spoilers away but explain my semi shock to the people who have read the book)
Justine. I could slap her 90% of the time during this book. How long does it take a woman to realise her feelings for someone? I mean COME ON.
This book wasn't as good as the last one. That's for sure. I don't know why. The last book held me in better. I wanted to read it all the time. But this one I just read when I was going to bed. BUT I still wanted to read chapter after chapter. So it's a tricky one this book. I loved and disliked it. Can't wait to read the next. Please be better than this one.
Also, I still can't see how a guy in a beret is hot. I can't see it. Sorry. ...more