Omg I loved this book! I definitely would love to read more - especially as it definitely ended on a note where it could very well BE continued (view...moreOmg I loved this book! I definitely would love to read more - especially as it definitely ended on a note where it could very well BE continued (view spoiler)[what with Livi reverting back to their original film - THANK GOD I WAS SO SCARED FOR HER, THE SHIT WOULD HAVE HIT THE FAN BIG TIME HAD SHE AIRED THE EXPOSEE. Not to mention the boys had worked hard on the original mould video and didn't know about her and Bianca's near plan B. But I digress, and have now lost my train of thought. Livi taking Populatti DOWN, hell yes, want to read (hide spoiler)].
It's funny how when you don't like someone in real life, you also aren't much fond of book characters with that name and are instantly biased against them. Or maybe that's just me? (view spoiler)[But anyway, I used to be "friends" with someone, who was basically just using me for five or six friends and I was the dope who kept giving eighth and ninth and seventy-third chances, until finally I decided enough was enough and why did I WANT to keep hold of someone like that? So anyway, when Livi's friend Tara first came on the scene, I was just instantly biased against her. And the funny thing was, SHE ENDED UP BEING THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL! It was HER, not Eva, behind getting Livi kicked out. She too was just using Livi, while talking about her behind her back and generally being not very nice, and I felt so validated when that happened, lol. I mean, poor Livi, being betrayed by someone you think is a friend SUCKS, but I was able to really relate to her too and as it all came out I was totally yelling at her to just ditch Tara, second that termination nomination, move ON to people like Val and Bianca... I mean, the second Tara started trying to stop Livi bitching about Eva - who at that stage appeared to be the one behind Livi's downfall - I wanted Livi to dump her. Because true friends are loyal and stick up for you, they don't go befriending your enemies. I feel like I ought to have read this book about five years ago and saved myself a whole lot of hurt. Am I still inside a spoiler-cut? I think so. (hide spoiler)]
So, the idea behind Populatti is awesome. Crystal, the IT brains of the gang, has created this private website that's kind of like Facebook, where the members - most of them sophomores at the school, plus a couple of older/younger high schoolers - can chat and discuss outings and all that. It's invite-only AND members can be "terminated" if they get enough votes against them... which is what happens to Livi, after Eva starts a campaign against her and Brandon, aka B-Dash, Livi's boyfriend with the coolest nickname ever. B-Dash is thought to be a player but aw, turns out he really likes and respects Livi and they're SUCH a cute couple. He sticks by her when she's no longer a member of Pop, unlike her other "friends".
At first it all seems so clear cut, Eva bears a grudge against Livi and is just looking to be a bitch and kick her out. (view spoiler)[But it turns out the grudge is not the one Livi thought it was, it's actually due to a totally fabricated story from Tara, who by the end of the novel Livi realises is only looking out for herself and will use anyone and everyone to get ahead.
Livi's time out of Pop is a bit sad and lonely at first, but then as the twists come to light she starts to befriend the likes of Val and Bianca, and that's why I'd like a second novel because here are some more healthy friendships that it would be good to see. She doesn't need Pop - although after the storm has died down she DOES get voted back in - her "true" friends are not in fact Sammy and Crystal and Tara, they're Val and B-Dash. (hide spoiler)]
Daisy is randomly adopted by a rich family, to act as a companion for their daughter. Daisy decides that she needs to be sent back to the orphanage so...moreDaisy is randomly adopted by a rich family, to act as a companion for their daughter. Daisy decides that she needs to be sent back to the orphanage so she can escape again to find her father - this plan is SO not well thought out! - and that the best way to do this is to be really, really naughty. To the point of being a cruel little brat, I'm afraid.
(view spoiler)[Then she finds out that the evil nurse is actually poisoning Annie, the daughter, to keep her ill! And she tells the parents who don't believe her and - guess what - send her back to the orphanage! But then they realise she was telling the truth so they come to fetch her again, and promise to help her find her dad. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Poor Daisy goes to live with one of the twins' family's friends in the slums, but is picked up by the police after not too long and is sent to an orph...morePoor Daisy goes to live with one of the twins' family's friends in the slums, but is picked up by the police after not too long and is sent to an orphanage which is run by a HORRIBLE EVIL MEAN LADY. She at least makes a good friend there, and they come up with a brilliant escape plot with another boy, which sees them ending up at the 1930 Melbourne Cup :) (view spoiler)[And then Daisy spies what might be her father... and just as she's about to get to him she's grabbed by a cop and sent back to the orphanage! Noooooooooooo. (hide spoiler)](less)
Oh my, this was just so cute! And very giggleworthy too, total laugh-out-loud stuff. Aw. Tallulah is a fabulous character and I adored Ruby (and the Y...moreOh my, this was just so cute! And very giggleworthy too, total laugh-out-loud stuff. Aw. Tallulah is a fabulous character and I adored Ruby (and the Yorkshire accent!), and definitely want to read on and see what happens with Charlie... and Cain... and Alex..!(less)
This book was awesome! My friend grabbed it off the shelf for me when I finished my last book, and I have to admit I wasn't entirely certain, but I tr...moreThis book was awesome! My friend grabbed it off the shelf for me when I finished my last book, and I have to admit I wasn't entirely certain, but I trust her taste so I knew I had to give it a go - and yay, I LOVED it! Fast-paced and compelling, very intriguing and exciting, and now of course I need to go straight onto book two (thank goodness she owns that too!) My only gripe is a very, very shallow one... when it came to the Emma/John romance... well, I just don't find John physically attractive, haha. So I wasn't AS invested in it as I would have been had he been a total hottie. Yes I really am that shallow, sorry!
Also NO WAY is Simone only four. I expect some grand reveal in books to come...(less)
There are 477 pages in our edition of this book. I've read the first five Mortal Instruments books as well, and it took me until seriously page 476 of...moreThere are 477 pages in our edition of this book. I've read the first five Mortal Instruments books as well, and it took me until seriously page 476 of this one before I went "oh, WILL!"
Talk about the slowest dropping of a penny in the WORLD.
Also I am pretty sure Camille's last name has come up plenty of times, but I didn't at all catch on who Lady Belcourt was until they called her by her first name.
OMG I loved this book so so so much. I know I've only read the one, but I think I may even like this series more than the Mortal Instruments. I think I just prefer Will and Jem to Jace and Alec, and Tessa to Clary, although probably I'd take Isabelle over Jessamine. I loved Charlotte and Henry too, they're awesome! And the setting, of course, was fabulous. Okay in saying all that, I don't think I actually LIKE either Will or Jace that much, but I enjoyed reading Will more. Yes it's a really similar dynamic to the other series but whatever, it works.
How frickin' creepy was that bloody Clockwork army, OMG. Also the book had me gasping out loud several times with all its epic twists. (view spoiler)[Mortmain is bad! Mortmain is the Magister! NATE IS BAD! Not just under a spell like when Jace was bad, BUT HE'S ACTUALLY BAD OMG.
Also Tessa 'changing' in order to fool Mortmain into thinking she was dead was bloody brilliant and I didn't see that coming either, I actually thought she was dead. (hide spoiler)]
I am totally going straight onto book two now. And we also have the third, YAY! (We don't yet have the sixth Mortal Instruments book, sigh.)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)