Having loved Cassandra Clare's epic fanfiction, Draco Trilogy, I was really looking forward to reading a great adventure - and I sure wasn't disappoinHaving loved Cassandra Clare's epic fanfiction, Draco Trilogy, I was really looking forward to reading a great adventure - and I sure wasn't disappointed.
Clary Fray is just a normal 15 year old girl going to a club to let her hair down like every other girl. But then she saw a murder, and yet there was no body and nobody else seemed to care. What she discovered next was the world of the Shadowhunters, demons, faeries, werewolves, vampires, all set in the heart of New York - a great urban fantasy adventure.
Though the beginning was kind of shaky, the story developed wonderfully with sufficiently fleshed out characters, surprising twists, and formidable writing for a debut publication. Readers of Draco Trilogy will feel a sense of familiarity in the way Clare tells her story - even a striking similarity in the characterization of Jace Wayland with her Draco Trilogy's Draco Malfoy. It is undeniable that the book is heavily influenced by Harry Potter, Buffy, and even Lord of the Rings, but these influences work to create an enjoyable story that would just grab you and refuse to let you go. If you enjoy fantasy adventure, City of Bones would be one to not miss! ...more
Despite the so called critical acclaim, I found this book to be thoroughly juvenile and immature. Granted that the author was still young when he wrotDespite the so called critical acclaim, I found this book to be thoroughly juvenile and immature. Granted that the author was still young when he wrote it, but I have read fanfiction better written than this book, and throughout reading it I kept wondering what sane publisher would publish it (Of course, I found out later that it's published by his parents, which answers everything). I like the idea of a Dragon Rider, but the plot is too predictable, the diction too erratic, and the characters too cardboard cut-out. Good effort from a young writer, but one I think does not deserve publishing yet. ...more
I hate Eragon, but I was intrigued to see if Paolini has improved, so I borrowed this book and attempted to read it.
I hate Eragon. I hate Eldest evenI hate Eragon, but I was intrigued to see if Paolini has improved, so I borrowed this book and attempted to read it.
I hate Eragon. I hate Eldest even more.
If Eragon is bad, it at least had a semblance of a traditional plot - the introduction, the buildup, the climax, and the teaser for the next chapter of the journey.
Eldest started off with a flat summary, then it went straight into a continuation from the previous story, and around 600 pages of exposition full of step-by-step miniscule details that have no bearing towards the plot at all, before finally going to a faux-climax again. The faux-climax battle of dragons comes out of the blue, as there was a sadly sparse attempt of interweaving it with the bulk of the book. I rather thought the 600 page could be edited out to just 10 pages, and it might've made the book a bit better and much more bearable for the readers.
So how did I bear reading the book? I didn't. I skimmed through the book, saving myself from the complete painful experience, yet still scarred enough to warn other people against reading it. The 600 page in short: emo angsting, super!protagonist transformation, excessive hero worship, and fumbly teenage crushing.
God only knows what Paolini's last chapter will be like. All I know is that if this is what people call good writing, I, like many others, fear for humanity.
NOTE: If you're an Eragon fangirl huffing and puffing about my review being mean, save your energy. I'll just ignore and delete your comment. Why? Because I can. This is my review of the said book and it won't change just because you're twisting your knickers over it. If you don't like it, move along, find a review you like, hug each other and sing kumbaya together over a Saphira spit roast. ...more
I love and adore Delta as a musician, hence my buying this book, but unfortunately, reading this book just ends up making me wonder if she - Delta - iI love and adore Delta as a musician, hence my buying this book, but unfortunately, reading this book just ends up making me wonder if she - Delta - is really for real. Granted, Delta has always had a nice, wholesome image in the press, but is it even possible for a person to be that wholesome? I was expecting to form an image of a more human Delta Goodrem by reading this book, but I did not get that. The Delta in this book is the same wholesome and nice, pretty girl Delta that has been around in the press.
Having said that, this book is quite a nice read in terms of easy reading and getting to know more about this Australian pop princess. It has some nice pictures and is rather well arranged to make an enjoyable narrative flow. Light, easy, and enjoyable - a good way to spend a Saturday! ...more
Though the subject topic sounded interesting, the execution was pretty disappointing. Sad to say that it didn't live up to my expectations as it readThough the subject topic sounded interesting, the execution was pretty disappointing. Sad to say that it didn't live up to my expectations as it read much like a sappy, and slightly soapy, fan fiction. It's not bad, yet it was neither good. To put it simply: it's a woman's romance book situated in a historical time. Had it been better written, it would've made a really good book. Alas!...more