Pride and Prejudice is one of Austen's best and most loved novels. The plot is excellent, the characters are hilarious and the writing is superb. It's...morePride and Prejudice is one of Austen's best and most loved novels. The plot is excellent, the characters are hilarious and the writing is superb. It's an excellent place to start if you're just starting out with Austen and an excellent book to read anytime. It's influence is huge and it's one of my favorites. (less)
I've always heard Bridget Jones's Diary described as being sort of like Pride and Prejudice, a comparison that is both justified and not at the same t...moreI've always heard Bridget Jones's Diary described as being sort of like Pride and Prejudice, a comparison that is both justified and not at the same time. Bridget Jones's Diary is, unsurprisingly, about the year in the life of Bridget Jones told through her diary. The story starts out with Bridget listing her New Year Resolutions and trying to stick to them throughout the year. Perhaps unsurprisingly she doesn't and gets into loads of trouble, especially in her love life. The novel contains lots of similarities to the original P&P, such as the lovely Mr. Darcy, a sort of Wickam, the elopement of Lydia (which gets transformed to a sub-plot involving her mother-who is for the record INSANE.) and of course Mr. Darcy's ability to fix everything at the end. Sadly, however, as all original things are, Bridget Jones's Diary just doesn't have that Austen charm :) Plot wise, the novel is pretty good. Lots of laughter, crazy moments and sad ones too all appear throughout the diary. While a lot of focuses on Bridget's romances, quite a bit of it revolves around the idea of friendship, something I felt was much more natural and realistic than the romance in the novel. A lot of the plot, however, as is a diary does become monotonous and slows down the plot with somewhat meaningless everyday commentary that can get annoying. In terms of characters I felt the majority of them were interesting and realistic. The only exception is Mark Darcy, who I couldn't really get a sense of and didn't feel much about the developing romance between him and Bridget. The writing, as it is written in a diary, was good at representing what one actually writes in a diary but was a bit too modern for my taste. I know it's normal to use v. to represent very, I do it all the time when taking notes, but it turns me off in a book. It reminds me of those really bad teen novels where they're all like "OMG, FYI TMI!" and I'm all like *facepalm* All in all, this was funny enough to keep me entertained but not enough to love it. A good light chick-lit novel to read before you watch the movie (which I have to do..) 3/5 (less)
Graceling's companion novel doesn't disappoint! Characters: Beau-tiful. I enjoyed everyone of these darlings ♥ (even if I did miss my Katsa and Po) Pl...moreGraceling's companion novel doesn't disappoint! Characters: Beau-tiful. I enjoyed everyone of these darlings ♥ (even if I did miss my Katsa and Po) Plot: Excellent. Unsurprisingly full of action and adventure but soul-searching as well. :) Writing: it was le awesome. Not as good as Graceling (that might be because I have a huge crush on K and P though) but perfect in every other way, Fire was a great novel and an excellent sequel to keep me waiting for the third in this trilogy. 4.5/5(less)
**spoiler alert** Maria V. Snyder never disapoints me. Characters: Considering this the third book about Opal and the sixth book set in this world, le...more**spoiler alert** Maria V. Snyder never disapoints me. Characters: Considering this the third book about Opal and the sixth book set in this world, let's all just assume I loved everyone. Except for Delven. I just don't like him. I liked the bad guy in this one better than Delven. Plot: fast-paced, full of Opal and lots of fun. Other than the fact she ends up with Delven, I loved it all. (i'm a pretty big Kade fan ♥) Writing: I told you. Maria V. Snyder NEVER disapoints me. She is the bomb. Beautiful. Wonderful. and a good enough ending for me to accept (but I still like Kade better) 4.5/5(less)
Beautiful, destructive and so very very sad. Characters: Considering this is the third and last book, you should know by now that the characters be ro...moreBeautiful, destructive and so very very sad. Characters: Considering this is the third and last book, you should know by now that the characters be rockin' ♥ Plot: Twists, turns and so much turmoil. I tried my hardest not to cry in this one, but it really got to me. Collins really shows the hardships and destructive powers war can take on a person as well as a nation. Much like the last Harry Potter book, this one was different from the other two in that the focus and the message here was less about Katniss and more about the cruelty of war and the death and fear that comes with it. Writing: Collins is superb, without question. She knows how to set up a story and keep the suspense going without making the reader bored. I look forward to reading her next work. While I wouldn't say this is my favorite of the Hunger Games Trilogy, it is the one that made the most impact and really brought the message home that the first two didn't. 4.5/5(less)
First Review: When I first started this, I wasn't really sure I'd like it. But I gave it a couple more chapters and then...WHAM. Addicted. I don't know what happened but this book became my crack. I couldn't stop. I JUST HAD TO KNOW THE END. So that goes without saying I loved it. EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT. Characters: I LOVED EVERY SINGLE ONE. Plot: BRILLIANT. Writing: I don't know how this woman does this, but I couldn't stop reading, my body is still trying to cope with finishing the thing and it wants more! This proves how serious I am, I think, in that I'm buying this book and the companion novel. Both in hardcover. That's how much I loved it. 5/5(less)
Superbely beautiful, Dreamquake lives up to its predecessor. Continuing off right after the events of Dreamhunter, Dreamquake is an excellent sequel t...moreSuperbely beautiful, Dreamquake lives up to its predecessor. Continuing off right after the events of Dreamhunter, Dreamquake is an excellent sequel that follows the lives of Laura, Sandy and Rose and gives all the answers to those questions we just have to know. Characters? Considering this is a sequel, most of the characters remain the same and I still love all of them. Especially Sandy <3 Plot? While Dreamquake does start off slow at first, it picks up speed and races off near the midway point and keeps us wondering and hoping for that happy ending. I was very surprised by most of the plot twists in here and loved all the turns Knox kept throwing at me. Even though I did see parts of the ending coming, some of it I was like "WHAT? WHAT JUST HAPPENED?". Writing? Even though Knox is a very slow, easy going pace writer, she knows how to pack those punches and slowly build her story around everything that's going on. While I did have to take a break at some points and go back to it, it continued to remain easy to get into. All in all, Dreamquake is a great sequel to a very short and utterly original series. Read this one if you've read the first one and read the first one if you haven't read either. It's guaranteed to be one of those books that's completely surprising in it's originality and ideas. And the romance isn't half bad either :P 4.5/5(less)
While not truly part of the main series, Black is for Beginnings is a side story that offers and clears up any questions you might have had at the end...moreWhile not truly part of the main series, Black is for Beginnings is a side story that offers and clears up any questions you might have had at the end of the series. I was happy with the ending Red is for Remembrance gave us but this added feature was a fun, quick read as well. Characters? It's the old gang so I won't say much other than it was quite funny to see them in graphic novel form. A little surprising too since none of them really fit the picture I had in my head. (but really I shouldn't be :P) All in all good as most of them seemed to display the usual exuberance and craziness that defines them. Plot? There wasn't much of one to be honest. It is a side story and just further explains a few details that you weren't entirely given. While I enjoyed it, there wasn't much there to really get my heart racing the way Stolarz usually does :P Writing? Considering it's mostly dialogue, I really can't say much. I felt it was good but in a graphic novel it is the pictures that take the cake and they were really well done here. All in all, Black is for Beginnings is a good addition to an excellent series. Buy it if you've got the extra cash. Borrow it if not. And if you can't do either, don't worry you won't be missing much :P 3/5 (less)
Sadly, none of my predictions came true :( Raistlin became a bigger dick than I thought, he and crysania DIDN'T get it on, though she did continue to...moreSadly, none of my predictions came true :( Raistlin became a bigger dick than I thought, he and crysania DIDN'T get it on, though she did continue to be a lovesick child, Caramon refused to think of Tika and went for the pretty cleric as well (possible twincest threesome here) and Tas never got to 'borrow' anything. All in all, it was awesome. Here's to cheering for a good ending for the third one!(less)
Wow, Caramon actually has a personality!! and Raistlin's a dick. Crysania drives me nuts and Tas rocks!! Better than the chronicles, this was fun, fun...moreWow, Caramon actually has a personality!! and Raistlin's a dick. Crysania drives me nuts and Tas rocks!! Better than the chronicles, this was fun, funny and of course, full of sarcasm from my favorite evil character.(less)
When I first read Graceling three summers ago, I fell in love with Kristin Cashore. The prose, the characters, the world, everything about Graceling c...moreWhen I first read Graceling three summers ago, I fell in love with Kristin Cashore. The prose, the characters, the world, everything about Graceling consumed me beginning to end. When I read Fire a few months later, I enjoyed it, but not as much as its predecessor.
Though that might've been because I have enormous crush on both Katsa and Po.
When I started Bitterblue I didn't think it could top what I felt for Graceling.
I can easily say I was utterly, totally, and completely wrong.
Bitterblue is not only an amazing end to a really phenomenal series, but it really is an amazing book on its own merits as well. Cashore, as always, writes eloquently, and brings together so many themes and plots throughout the novel. Healing, reconstruction, trust, Bitterblue has it all, and really brings together the surrounding discourse around Leck each of the books have centered on.
Honestly, it's truly my favorite of the series, no matter my love affair with Katsa. Bitterblue is brave, honest, and an absolute joy to read about. How I wish I could've stayed in her world longer. 5/5(less)
It's always hard to finish off a trilogy, or a series for that matter. An author has to tie up all those loose ends, and still make some sort of endin...moreIt's always hard to finish off a trilogy, or a series for that matter. An author has to tie up all those loose ends, and still make some sort of ending appear, while the reader has to accept those terms. And Mastiff was definitely one of those books that I can easily say, as a fan, I deliberated over while reading it. If you've read Mastiff you'll probably guess what I'm talking about, and if you haven't, don't clink on those (view spoiler)[I SAID NOT TO CLICK IT! :D (hide spoiler)] tags.
Mastiff picks up about 3 (? dear god, my memory) after the ending events in Bloodhound. Our ferocious Beka is her own dog now, with Tunstall as her partner, and is dealing with the death of her fiance who she might or might not have loved. :O Anyway, when the heir to the kingdom goes missing, and mages are to suspect, it's up to Beka, Achoo, Tunstall, and a mage named Farmer (*shakes head* I still can't get over how ridiculous his name is :P) to solve the mystery, and find the young boy.
If you've ever read anything by Tamora Pierce you'll know she doesn't skimp on the darker sides to humanity, and Mastiff was probably one of the darkest, more serious novels I've read by her. This novel doesn't only deal with the usual courtly intrigue, but it also deals with slavery, death, and torture, especially in relation to children. In other words this novel isn't for the faint hearted, nor is it a fun fantasy adventure with galloping knights and pretty princesses. Instead Mastiff is dark, beautiful, and deals with the darker sides of our nature, and the sickness in people that makes them do things for money, status, revenge even if it means betraying the people you love.
And yes, I am subtly hinting at the twist in the novel that I knew as soon as I read it would divide a large portion of the Pierce fandom. And while I really don't want to go into details, I will share my thoughts on it.
One thing I should mention is that I never saw this coming. Or rather I didn't, but immediately realized I should've have. I explained this to a friend like this: There's a twist in Libba Bray's The Sweet Far Thing where a hidden relationship is revealed. (and I'm sorry for all of those who haven't read it and won't get this reference-sorry!) (view spoiler)[The one between Fee and Pip (hide spoiler)] And while the relationship is utterly shocking, surprising and worthy of a spectacular 'Whaaatttt?' face, it makes sense considering the context, and the development of their relationship during the entire series. And yes, it's utter OMG moment, but it was also a moment for me that was worth of facepalming, because I SHOULD'VE SEEN IT COMING. And I know this sounds much too vague to make sense, but that's what I felt like when I read the twist in Mastiff. It was very OHNONONONOOMGNONONO, but then it was Ah. Yes. Okay. I understand now. BECAUSE IT MADE ABSOLUTE SENSE WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE ENTIRE SERIES. It was something that always irked me, it was something that I kept noticing, and when I saw the outcome of all that set-up I understood why. Don't get me wrong, I hated it, I hated it as much as Beka did, but sadly it just made sense. It made sense considering the context, the plot, and most of all it made sense thematically with what Pierce was trying to show us throughout Mastiff: That people are good and bad, and that people will do horrible, cruel things if one of those sides outweighs the other.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that while I hated the twist, I gained so much more respect for Pierce as an author for not backing down from such a heart wrenching decision that I think we all know broke her heart as much as it did ours.
I'm really not going to go much further into the plot or the characters, because I don't want to inadvertently spoil anything, or ruin the book for anyone. Most of the characters, with the exception of Farmer, you'll already know if you've read any of Beka's books anyway, so I don't think a character analysis is really needed at this point. I will mention that I enjoyed Farmer, and the role he played in relation to Beka. I thought he was cute, oh so funny, and just really, really good at what he did. (view spoiler)[That is kissing Beka :D (hide spoiler)]
The romance, yes, yes, there is one, was something I really enjoyed, and felt fit Beka nicely for her character (view spoiler)[even if she didn't end up with a certain rogue-which I don't think would've worked out anyway, because Beka is just too law-centered to be able to overlook those kind of attributes (hide spoiler)]. I always like how Pierce never makes the romance the center of the novel, and I was particularly glad it didn't happen in Mastiff, because it just wouldn't have fit Beka's character.
(I must mention, probably for the millionth time, that I just love Beka. She's one of my favorite heroines, and I even like her more than Alanna :O)
There was one thing I found kind of odd while reading this, and that was the ending. Or at least the way it was written. It could be because the majority of Mastiff is so dreadfully sad, but I found the more happier aspects awkward to read. Again, might be me, but it's something to consider. I'll probably figure out what was bothering me when I re-read this novel in a few years. Otherwise, the writing, as always, was top notch, and so, so, so addicting. Mrs. Pierce, you kill all my spare time with your books. Please don't ever stop.
All in all, Mastiff was a fantastic, if utterly depressing, way to end such a wonderfully gritty series. (WHY DID IT HAVE TO END??!! BEKKKKAAAAA!!!!) 5/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)