I absolutely loved this book. I used to hate reading until I read Meyer's premier vampire novel. I was able to follow the story so easily, and I was c...moreI absolutely loved this book. I used to hate reading until I read Meyer's premier vampire novel. I was able to follow the story so easily, and I was captivated from page one! I liked Bella's character, but there is only one that I can truly give credit for pulling me through the book...
Edward Cullen!!! I loved him from the beginning. I've only ever loved one other vampire as much as him, and that was Emmett because, well... I mean come on, Emmett's awesome! I loved the vampire world that Meyer created, breaking free from the boundaries of the vampire stereotype and making them her own. I honestly don't think I would hesitate if I had the opportunity to become Meyer's vampire. As long as Edward is there too! :D(less)
My least favorite in the series. Of course I still loved it, but it was the hardest to get through. The beginning was a little long and took me a whil...moreMy least favorite in the series. Of course I still loved it, but it was the hardest to get through. The beginning was a little long and took me a while to get into.
I think the biggest reason it was my least favorite was that Jacob got on my nerves. He just pushed so hard. Granted he was right about Bella's feelings, but I just wanted him to leave it alone because I knew he wasn't right for her.
I also didn't like the two extremes in Edward's personality through the book. He started out way too overprotective, which is a slight turn-off. But then he got way too understanding. He showed almost no emotion to Bella's questionable actions. I know he loves her, but it just seemed unrealistic to me, especially knowing that Edward can have a slight temper.
But still, I loved it and the story. Stephenie Meyer just knows what she's doing!(less)
In an alternate version of our own world where vampyres are acknowledged (yet still frowned upon by many), Zoey Montgomery has been Marked. And by Mar...moreIn an alternate version of our own world where vampyres are acknowledged (yet still frowned upon by many), Zoey Montgomery has been Marked. And by Marked, I mean that she has been chosen by the vampyre goddess Nyx to undergo the Change, a period of transition between human and vampyre that not all fledglings survive. But even from the get-go, Zoey is unlike any other fledgling. She has been specially chosen by Nyx to restore the balance between good and evil. In this first installment of the very long House of Night series, Zoey must take down the evil Queen B at her new vampyre school--and I think we all know what the "B" stands for. With the help of her four new friends, Zoey has to struggle with bloodlust, imprinting, and the always looming possibility that her body will reject the change. There are some pretty awesome powers and even a cute new boy in it for her though, so I guess the whole vampyre fledgling thing isn't all bad.
1) I get that these are supposed to be teenagers and all, but I think the Cast duo may have gone a little overboard with Zoey's young-adult voice. I didn't really know anyone in high school who actually sounded like these kids. I mean, it's not as bad as maybe James Patterson's teenage characters, but still, it just wasn't very realistic to me. But hey, if there are any actual teenagers who say things like "bull poopie", "ho", and--heaven forbid--"gihugic", then I sincerely apologize...your parents must be so proud.
2) I wasn't too bothered by the fact that the entire book happens withing like 3 days...at least not until I read the rest of them and realized that almost every single other book in the series is like this. Granted, there is like a two month jump or so between books 2 and 3, but that's it. Each of the books consist of only a couple of days, making it kind of difficult for the characters to grow and evolve.
3) The romantic interests leave something to be desired--well, a lot of somethings really. Let's see, we get to choose between Heath, the drunken, pot-smoking human (gag me!), and Erik Night, the devastatingly attractive and mysterious, yet insecure (double gag me!). Okay, to be fair, the first time I read this book I had really liked Erik, which makes this book all the more depressing now. Erik is just not desirable to me. And let me tell you, a love connection made as eyes meet while the guy is "unwillingly" receiving a blow-job...seriously? Who in their right minds could honestly think that this relationship is a good idea. And then to have Zoey go and compare him to SUPERMAN of all people!!! Why don't you just gouge out my eyes right now?!? His only redeeming quality is that he likes Star Wars, a dorkiness factor that the Cast duo try a little too hard to make the cool norm among the group of friends.
1) It's really easy to read, as in requires absolutely no serious thinking, ZERO! This book is one you can pick up on a day when you have nothing better to do, read through real quick while barely even paying attention, and then finish within a few quick hours. This book does not require much brain power, which can be perfect during a stressful month of summer classes...just saying.
2) I originally read this book when I has just started reading for real, which means I was really reading anything vampire. But this book is more than that. My favorite parts are the witchy aspects, the whole circle-casting and calling of the five elements. I'm not necessarily so big on the whole Cherokee spirit world stuff, but I can appreciate that it is something different and is quite a refreshing twist to the overused vampire mythos.
3) Did I mention it was a really quick read?(less)
Ever used to be a happy, normal girl...until she was pulled back to life after almost dying with the rest of her family in a car accident. Now, severa...moreEver used to be a happy, normal girl...until she was pulled back to life after almost dying with the rest of her family in a car accident. Now, several months later, she is still dealing with the consequences of her near death experience, consequences she's kept secret from her friends at her new school and her aunt and legal guardian, Sabine. Ever's psychic, which in this particular case means that she can see people's auras, read their minds, and know everything about them with just one touch. This general rule applies to every single living person--she can see the dead ones too, by the way--Ever has come across since the accident. Everyone except Damon Auguste, the new kid at school. He's your typical young-adult novel love interest (tall, dark, handsome, and definitely not normal). Something is up with this guy, and Ever knows it. The only problem: it's kind of hard to stay away from the one person who makes her feel normal again, especially when he's clearly interested in the very things that make her so different...the secrets he couldn't possibly know.
1) Ever is one of those girls that gets on my nerves. Okay, to be fair, she's not near as bad as some of the other girls I've had to follow. But still, she could get really annoying, especially when it involved Damon showing attention to other girls, or simply not showing enough attention to her.
2) Haven was another one of those girls that gets on my nerves. I can't say that I've ever really complained about the main character's best friend, but this one certainly calls for it. I get that she had a pretty good reason to be so annoying for some of the time, but the rest was just a little too much. I just didn't like her...like, at all.
3) The first time I read this book, I was really into it. I think I may have read twice since then, and I can tell you, the story gets kind of old. I mean, I was kind of bored re-reading it this time. I'm usually thrilled with romances, but I think this time I could have used a little more action. There was some, of course, but only towards the end. And by then I was just thinking, "Jeez, will this book ever end?"
4) Some of the dialogue was just a little off to me, and by that I just mean that I found myself wondering if people really said stuff like that. Especially those bad-guy monologues in which he/she threatens the main character or reveals their evil plan...yeah, I kind of found myself rolling my eyes and skimming ahead.
5) The plot (and Ever) is so back and forth. I mean, one minute she's all into Damon, the next she's wary because he's different, then she's cutting school and going to Disneyworld with him, then she's following him to his house like a creeper. Get a grip woman!!!
1) Like I said, the first time I read this book I was really into it. It was one of those that grabbed my interest pretty quickly. And the story idea was fairly interesting at the time. Now, 6 books into the series, I'm kind of over this story. But I was really into it in the first book.
2) It's another quick read. I especially like those that I can read between classes or for just a few minutes before I go to bed. I wasn't all "Oh my gosh, what happens next?!?" and unable to put the book down. It was fairly easy for me to read it in segments. But of course, I already knew what was going to happen, so it might be different for others.(less)
Welcome to Panem, the resulting country of an American civil war. Government: 1, Citizens: 0. Now, to keep the people in check, the Capitol requires t...moreWelcome to Panem, the resulting country of an American civil war. Government: 1, Citizens: 0. Now, to keep the people in check, the Capitol requires that each of the 12 districts sends in a boy and a girl to compete in the Hunger Games--a fight to the death. 24 go in, only one can come out alive. Oh, and did I mention it's all on TV for the world to see?
Katniss Everdeen has managed to avoid the Hunger Games for years now. But when her younger sister, Prim, is chosen for the Games, Katniss volunteers herself to take her sister's place. Now she and Peeta Mellark, the baker's son and other District 12 competitor, must join in the fight, where their humanity and budding friendship are put to the test.
1) I have issues with books that present two or more romances and make you pick one. It's Team Edward and Team Jacob all over again. I realize this is probably part of what makes the book so popular and interesting, but what happened to the days when there was one girl and one guy and you just knew they were going to end up together in the end?
2) I wanted to see more of Gale in this book. I knew he was going to be a major character and a possible side in the love triangle, but I feel like he hardly got to see him in this first book. Of course everyone is in love with Peeta, we don't even really know the other side yet.
1) I can't stand the whiny-do-nothing-female main characters (the Bella Swann syndrome), and fortunately this book has none of that. Katniss is one of the strongest female protagonists I've ever read. I love how independent she is. But she's still human and makes mistakes. Overall a very likeable character, though slightly clueless in the boy department. But then again, unlike characters of the traditional novel, Katniss hasn't had experience with boys, so I can understand why she may not see through them as well as we can.
2) There is a lot of romance, but it's balanced out with all the amazing action. By far the most action-packed young-adult novel I've read in a long time. This girl can kick butt, and makes me wish I was as tough as her.
3) I love futuristic novels and movies. From Star Wars and Back to the Future to Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, and now this. Love the creativity this kind of writing requires. It's the true mark of a great writer in my opinion.
Usually I try to include a predictions section in my series book reviews, sharing what I think could happen in the next book while trying to leave out spoilers from the first one (if I can). But considering I read this book for the first time 3 years ago, I can't really make any legitimate predictions.(less)
*Warning: This book is one of a series. Unless you have already read the previous book, I wouldn't continue further. This review includes spoilers fro...more*Warning: This book is one of a series. Unless you have already read the previous book, I wouldn't continue further. This review includes spoilers from the first novel.*
For the first time in Panem's history, two winners walked out of the Hunger Games. Thanks to Katniss's clever thinking, she and fellow District 12 competitor Peeta Mellark have survived the games. But more than this year's winner, Katniss Everdeen is becoming the face of a revolutionary movement. The once quiet districts are starting to stir.
And President Snow doesn't like it.
Now Katniss, and the rest of the nation, need to be put back in their place. But how can he get this message across? Put Katniss back in the Hunger Games.
1) There are a whole lot more characters introduced in this second novel. We have to get to know a brand new cast of competitors, and most of these we get to know a lot better than the crew. Not that new characters are a bad thing. The influx of names and personalities can be a little overwhelming though.
2) While there's is a good bit more of Gale in this novel, I still feel like Peeta got most of the face-time. (But that's really a personal problem). It hardly seems like a fair rivalry when one is there more than the other. Not to mention how Katniss has to lie and hide everything from the public. I could see my emotions getting a little confused.
1) You'd think that a sequel with almost the exact some plot and events would feel repetitive. But no! Collins does a great job of taking the same Hunger Games and making it a completely different competition, and therefore, a completely different book.
2) Though I did complain before about not seeing Gale enough, we really did get to see a lot more of him in this book than the last. This I was extremely thankful for. I knew early on in the first book that I would like Gale, and finally I got to see that I was right.
Again, I read this a long time ago. And I've already read the third book, so I can't really make any predictions. But I know that Mockingjay is a very surprising, but very definitive ending to the series.(less)
Janie has probably one of the suckiest abilities ever. Whenever someone around her falls asleep, she gets sucked into their dreams, forced to live thr...moreJanie has probably one of the suckiest abilities ever. Whenever someone around her falls asleep, she gets sucked into their dreams, forced to live through whatever psychological issues their subconscious is trying to work through. This includes the naked and falling dreams as well as nightmares and the ever so popular sex dreams that seem to be plaguing her high school peers. You could say sleepovers and boring high school classes are her own personal hell.
So when Janie starts falling into the same nightmare involving a masked man with chainsaw fingers, Janie starts worrying that one of her classmates, Cabel, may have more issues than he's letting on. So when Janie learns that she can actually use her gift to help people, she starts doing all she can to help him. But she never expected that he would be the one to help her.
1) This book moves really quickly. It's written in a sort of log or diary style--listing the date and times at the tops of the pages--so you really have to keep up with how much time is passing between each section. Otherwise, the narration gives you absolutely no idea of how time is passing. If you don't pay attention, it can get really confusing. You even find yourself asking "Seriously? This girl's moods swing faster than a hippo can run" (you'd be surprised...come on, I dare you go google it).
2) Would it make sense to say that this book is both incredibly predictable and surprising? I mean, there were some parts where I was just like "Duh Janie!! It took you ten years to figure out what happened to that kid your friend kept dreaming got eaten by a shark?" Note, he did not actually get eaten by a shark, but within context it's still not that hard to figure out.
And then there was that surprise twist. I'm going to be honest, I hate twists like that. Not surprise ones, but ones specifically like in this book. I wish I could tell you what it is without giving it away. But it's one of those where you're just like "God, not this again."
3) It really was just an okay book. It's amazing to me how books I read years ago seemed so good then, and now I'm surprised I even spent money on the sequels. Clearly, in the three years that I've owned this book, my tastes have certainly changed. Maybe that's just what happens when you go back and reread a book after a few years. If that's the case, I can't wait to see what I think about The Mortal Instruments Series in ten years...though to be honest she'll probably still be popping those books out by then.
1) Super short. Another thing that amazes me is how long some of these books seemed back when I first read them. Nowadays, I'm like 200 pages, this has to be a joke. Where's the rest of the book. But I'm glad there was no other half. I think 200 pages was a good length for this one. It was a ridiculously quick read, even the first time. I remember being so excited when it had only taken me a few hours to read it. Quickest I'd ever read a book (not counting anything by Dr. Seuss, of course).
2) I'll be honest, dreams kind of fascinate me. And it's not very often that a book is focused around other people's dreams. Granted, the dreams in this book aren't all that cool--some are actually downright gross--but still, I've spent time wandering what it would be like to get to see others' dreams. And now that I've read this book, I'm not so sure I want to anymore. (less)