This is one of those books that I absolutely LOVE but am terrified to re-read and find out it's not as great as my 12 yeTime to review another oldie:D
This is one of those books that I absolutely LOVE but am terrified to re-read and find out it's not as great as my 12 year old naive mind remembers it.
But, anyway, it is epic, with great stories, lovably mean characters, cool sci fi/cyberpunk elements and an AMAZING finale (it's on this giant floating weather baloon/space station thing, i really dont remember much just that i was drooling all over myself). I swear the first thing i remember thinking upon finishing this book was "no director could ever do justice to this book." I just loved it that much.
I've always wondered if you could have a favorite song from a band who isn't your favorite band. I recently realized, of course you can. Because you can have a favorite book by someone who is not your favorite author. Case in point, I'm not the hugest fan of his Artemis Fowl series, so i've never read any of Mr. Colfer's other works. But this is hands down, no contest, that's a wrap, my favorite book ever. and it's not even 300 pages. go figure....more
a chillingly fun and frightening novel, and im not usually up for story collections, but this one intrigued me. i'm glad i gave it a chance, because ba chillingly fun and frightening novel, and im not usually up for story collections, but this one intrigued me. i'm glad i gave it a chance, because both it and the sequel are scary fun times. i love books that are for kids, despite most would put it down after the first page....more
a solid and fun urban-fantasy, im really glad i gave it another chance because im excited to read the next 2, and the other trilogy in the works. alsoa solid and fun urban-fantasy, im really glad i gave it another chance because im excited to read the next 2, and the other trilogy in the works. also, Jace was a hilariously sarcastic character and i highly enjoyed the banter and writing style it was written in....more
What a nice surprise this turned out to be! It's tailor made for anyone who loves old scary houses, secret passage ways, and all the creepy descriptioWhat a nice surprise this turned out to be! It's tailor made for anyone who loves old scary houses, secret passage ways, and all the creepy descriptions of things that go bump in the night.
Starting off shooting right out of the gates, the prologue is truly the most gripping andhaunting 5 pages i think i might have ever read. It made me sad, scared, and really wary for every main character from there on out.
Otherwise, it is your usual first-in-a-series-novel origin story. There's the characters' descriptions, explanation of why they're moving, the usual. (ala, The Spiderwick Chronicles) The supernatural occurrences start off pretty quickly, and are spread out at a nice pace to keep things nice and spooky.
And when i say spooky, i mean this isn't in the kids section for a reason. There's a giant man that looms through the house in the middle of the night and talks latin, voices and sounds never come from the right place and disorient people, footsteps appear in dust all over the house every morning. Even the daughter, Toria's, little bear that records sound creeped me out.
Getting through all that, there is a story and it is really really good. Like i said before, this is the first of a 6 series story arch, so there is no solid closure on the events that happened, but i can not WAIT to read the next books. The possibilities are really open for where the story can go, and i have faith in the author to really deliver.
All-in-all this book really rocked, i was expecting a rip off of every Goosegumps and Spiderwick-esque stories out there, but it really stands out from the haunted-house crowd. Seriously, all you guys have to do is go to your nearest library or bookstore, and read the prologue. If it doesn't even peak your interest a tiny bit, i would be shocked....more
I could write so much about this book. About how this series is still awesome, the characters still engaging, the bad guys still terrifying, and the sI could write so much about this book. About how this series is still awesome, the characters still engaging, the bad guys still terrifying, and the story still completely enthralling and compulsively readable, but you guys already know all that. Just add an extra dose of backstabbing and treachery and you have LIES , the newest, and possibly most satisfying of the series to come along yet.
And while it doesn't completely outright say "Hey this is the answer to all the weird shit that's going on, you don't need to read the next 3 books, now, kthnxbai!" It feels the most satisfying in giving little hints and glimpses to where the adults went, how they got there, and who sent them. Which is a great testament to Mr. Grant's writing, because it's the shortest of the series so far (about 150 pages short of Hunger ).
Loved, loved, loved. Three years is waaaaaay to long to wait to see how this thing plays out....more
I can already tell that this will be seen, in retrospect with the entire series, the middle chapter. One: because it literally is. And two: because itI can already tell that this will be seen, in retrospect with the entire series, the middle chapter. One: because it literally is. And two: because it is all exposition with little action. New characters, enhanced backgrounds, fun twists abound. But the lack of the series's usual whip-cracking pace and crazy super-human battles definitely ensures a "runt of the litter" vibe here. But, in the book's favor, it is still mesmerizingly well written with some of the strongest and, well, meatiest mythology I've ever come across in a book.
If you're this far in the series, power through this to get to the final two books. I have a feeling those will bring the heat....more
My favorite ongoing series of the past couple of years continues with Plague, and proves that the first three books were no fluke. This is just as acMy favorite ongoing series of the past couple of years continues with Plague, and proves that the first three books were no fluke. This is just as action-packed, jaw-dropping and lightning-paced as the first books. And a TON bloodier.
So it's been eight months since every adult disappeared and the impenetrable dome descended on the sleepy town of Perdido Beach. Throughout fires, horrid blood-baths, mutating monsters, and freak evolutions in the kids, the town has survived. The very unstable societal structure built up in the first books continues here, but the council is loosing its grip, Sam is gone for the majority of this book, and Caine is eying the town from his safety nest on the island.
So, the major "problem" in this one is, well, a plague. There are two possible guesses as to what it is: a deathly whooping cough that reaches such extremities it cracks your neck; or a series of bugs that hatch in your intestines and numb your pain sensors to eat your way out without you feeling anything. They go hand-in-hand in making Plague the most brutal and unsympathetic of the series, which is why it's my favorite. These are kids. The oldest are 15. They are being ripped in half by giant cockroaches, thrown out of windows, decapitated, disemboweled and eaten. Their young age makes the proceedings feel as if you're watching a train-wreck you can't look away from.
A glorious, beautiful, exciting train-wreck.
With tons of gore. The previous books were, well, mature in their descriptions of violence, but Plague is on a whole different level. The previously mentioned bugs eating out of your pores; giant roaches chewing on kids lying helpless in hospital beds; someone being cut into three separate pieces by barbed wire; Drake talking about microwaving a puppy. This shit is legit. And I loved it for its brutal, simple and honest portrayal of these horrors.
But, otherwise, it's what we expect from this series. A tightly wound narrative told at a breakneck pace, with chapters counting down to a sure-fire epic showdown (this time with GIANT COCKROACHES, oh yeh). We get to know a lot more about the giaphage and its origin. I can't help but feel like I know exactly what it is and why its doing what its doing, but I know Grant has something up his sleeve.
We also get, in some three or four chapters, the perspective of Little Pete, Astrid's autistic brother. The kaleidoscopic and disjointed view he has on the life of the FAYZ is so intriguing, I wished we had gotten these from book one. He knows, and understands, WAY more than I every thought, and I really hope Grant puts these in the next two books.
My only real bash against this series as a whole is the re-caps. Or lack there of. I feel like this series lends itself to a TV show set-up amazingly well. And in that regard I felt like I needed a little "Previously On..." prologue for each book. And even within this novel, there are so many characters, so many plots, that I forgot the death of a major character, to the point that when it was brought up by someone else in the story, I was shocked and horrified a second time. I'm not saying Grant doesn't handle this all well, he does, like a pro; I just feel like maybe this one in particular does definitely jump around perspectives more so than the previous books.
There are now only two left in the series. And I read that the last will fully explain the causes of the FAYZ and detail life after it has ended for the kids. Sad. I don't want this series to end. Ever. And, as always, with the scandalous cliffhanger this one ends with, waiting another year will be utter torture....more
A solid sequel that was better than the first i felt, but not 5 star perfect. The story is expanding nicely and this one had more "omg did that just hA solid sequel that was better than the first i felt, but not 5 star perfect. The story is expanding nicely and this one had more "omg did that just happen moments" that the first, i felt, really lacked. Although that was probably because i knew much about the first before reading it. Poor Simon was really put through the ringer in this one. I just hope the third book satisfies. ...more
Deja Vu? Ehh, kinda. It has numerous similarities to City of Bones, when thinking of love triangles, villains, and the general personalities of charDeja Vu? Ehh, kinda. It has numerous similarities to City of Bones, when thinking of love triangles, villains, and the general personalities of characters. None of that really bothered me so much, but I feel like it took a little while to GO anywhere. Which, in my opinion, is definitely not a problem the first Mortal Instrument (or any of them for that matter) had. There are a couple battles interspersed around it, but the real juicy stuff doesn't happen til the last 100 pages or so.
So this one is set way back in 1878. Victorian London. You know, horse driven carriages, chicks always dressed in stupid dresses, and saying phrases like "Call me by my Christian name, please." Yeah, that old. But that's cool, I liked a new perspective on the world of the Shadowhunters, despite it being not really different from the present day one. This is where I'm interested to see where people think it's too much of a Bones umm.. clone, let's say. Here's a checklist of the similarities that most stood out to me.
-Institute marauding as an old abandoned church? Check. -Main character totally unaware of the Shadowhunter world, but becomes the most important player in their war? Check. -Love triangle between two equally good looking yet oh-so-flawed guys? (but now one's foreign so I'll give Ms. Clare that) Check. -Discovering someone you trusted the whole book is a dirty rotten backstabber? Checksies.
But, admittedly, I had NO idea of the twist concerning that last bullet point. I was completely blindsided and it was shocking, confusing and, most importantly children, it actually made sense. I know, right? This isn't a twist for twist's sake, it's something that changes the way you look at the entire story from the beginning. You start to go back in your mind and think of how what you thought all along, with the characters, is all lies.
It kinda made the book for me.
But that's not to say it's not a good book otherwise. If you liked The Mortal Instruments there is no reason for you to not pick this up. It's not necessary per say, to that trilogy (soon to be six..ology?) but it puts you back in that world, with the slick writing and sharp wit. Although not as witty, but that's just because of the setting and time period, which is understandable.
So I guess my final thought is that it felt kinda like a "for fans only" catch. You could read it with having never read TMI, but I think you may get a little lost, be a little confused of the world, and just not really care. And all the cool references to those books would fly right over your head. But if you did read those books, and liked them, there's no reason you shouldn't read this. It's really the same idea and themes, just more steam-punky.
For me, that was enough. Oh but the ending was just stupid cruel. I don't even feel like it was a cliffhanger, because you don't know what the context is of the conversation, or why these characters are talking to each other, or what the outcome will be. But you know something was wrong, and it's just.. eugh, it annoyed me. Sorry. Ranting. Ending review now....more
A great and fulfilling followup to House of Dark Shadows . It expands on the mystery and reveals some information about the house and Taksidian, theA great and fulfilling followup to House of Dark Shadows . It expands on the mystery and reveals some information about the house and Taksidian, the man bent on getting the Kings out of their house. I guess the only thing i can say i did not like about it is because of what it is, a sequel. It literally begins right where the first book ended, and ends in the middle of a crazy and hectic scene where so much was going on i had to read the last 5 pages twice. I checked the third book and it begins literally on the last line of dialogue from this one, so it seems Liparulo enjoys continuing the story with no unnecessary fillers, which is okay by me.
The only thing is nothing insanely creepy or odd happened in this one. Yeah a group of "watchers" gather in the forest every night and stare at the family, and the new villain, Taksidian, is really interesting after we discover where (and when) he comes from. Just don't expect the terrifying and disturbing finale of the first book.
I still love this series and the characters, and can not wait to find out what the old man, Jesse, knows about the house!...more
I feel like the series is getting back in stride after the last two. Despite a pretty uneventful middle, the opening and closing of this one were insaI feel like the series is getting back in stride after the last two. Despite a pretty uneventful middle, the opening and closing of this one were insanely exciting. An adventure on the Titanic, revelation of a destroyed Los Angeles filled with mutant creatures and a battle against Norse Vikings are but a few of the new adventures facing the Kings.
Although we still don't have key answers to all the big questions (which i better get answers to really soon), these exciting sequences and a couple of new twists, made me really enjoy this one, not as much as the first, but definitely my second favorite of the series so far.
But one note, David really annoys me sometimes. I mean, i know he's gotten chased by a crazed time traveling ninja, survived the sinking of the Titanic, and fought saber toothed tigers, but his house has portals that leave to other WORLDS for Jesus' sake! Lighten up a bit, kid....more
After reading the past 4 books in this series immediately following each other, i feel like i am finding flaws in them more often. Not that they are rAfter reading the past 4 books in this series immediately following each other, i feel like i am finding flaws in them more often. Not that they are repetitive in any way, but they always, ALWAYS start with something crazy happening, get kinda calmed down in the middle, then end with another time traveling occurrence. I'm not knocking this set up either, it's pretty fun and helps push the story along, giving that you know they're going to some crazy world in a couple of pages, even if you're kinda bored at the moment.
I just, i don't know, hope that the last book fulfills the promise that this series holds. I mean, they're definitely original and the characters are great, if not naive and immature at times, but not so much that you are bothered by it. They are kids, after all. It's just the way this one ends, there are a lot of, ah whats the word, "implications," to something bigger going on in the plot. I like that idea, it could really give the series the kick in the pants in needs for the final book. I just find myself scared more than excited for it for some reason. Maybe because i like the series so much? I don't know, i still think the first one is the best. You can even tell the kids are getting tired of going through portal after portal and they are time traveling for fuck's sake! What 13 year old gets tired of that in less than a week? (Yeah the entire series takes place in one week, which further complements the pretty fast paced plot)
And the mysteries! These 4 books have accumulated more unanswered questions than a season of Lost. Where is their mom? Why was she really taken? What is Taksidian's endgame with the house? Why was the house built in the first place? Where do portals come from? Why do only Jesse and David have the power to tell when history is changed? Why doesn't Phemus need antechamber items to cross over into the house? I could go on like this forever. Suffice it to say, Frenzy has a lot of mysteries to solve.
Here's to hoping it doesn't completely suck....more
I feel conflicted. On one hand you have what (I imagine) you get from every Stephanie Meyer book - romance. Bleh. On the other hand, there's this amazI feel conflicted. On one hand you have what (I imagine) you get from every Stephanie Meyer book - romance. Bleh. On the other hand, there's this amazingly detailed and creepily sinister alien race, known on our planet as "Souls" that hop from world to world and slowly take over. These souls, however, believe themselves to be helping all these species into a happy and non violent existence.
Using giant Spiders from a previously found planet (due to their nimble appendages), they take over Earth by implanting more of their centipede like species into the top of our spinal column. This turns everyone on the face of the planet into a trusting, no war, no crime, happy fun place. As you can imagine, the TV shows are terrible.
But, something they've never encountered before happens during our invasion - a resistance.
Wanderer has lived 9 lives on 9 different planets. She's been a bat, an ice bear, even a flower. You see, in her species, when the host dies, you simply get taken out and put into a new one. Around live 5, their version of females usually elect to carry young, but Wanderer never found that want.
She gets implanted into a young human girl, Melanie, who refuses to be lost to Wanderer's invasion. Told mostly from Wanderer's point of view, the book goes really deep at the anguish of these two people that have to share a mind and body. I loved that development and how much they come to trust each other, for the mere fact that it was impossible for one to lie to the other.
All this is cool and I loved the set up, and the ending, but the middle completely bored me. I actually considered quitting and waiting for the movie to fill me in. I felt like much could have been cut from it, pages of how Wanderer is coping with these human emotions and whatnot. What I assumed was trying to make me like these characters more, I felt start to do the complete opposite. I started not to care. That is, until the end, I mean, I'm not ENTIRELY heartless.. maybe.
It was interesting enough in the premise and story to get me to read the next ones (which are still two years off, so that doesn't really matter right now, anyway). I just hope we get a little less sappy and a little more Ice Bears fighting giant Claw Monsters on faraway planets. That shit was awesomeee....more
Basically, exactly what i expected. An interesting idea (humans born at the stroke of Midnight gain the ability to walk in a secret 25th hour of the dBasically, exactly what i expected. An interesting idea (humans born at the stroke of Midnight gain the ability to walk in a secret 25th hour of the day that is filled with evil darklings), that had enough cool info and trivia about where the The Secret Hour comes from, what the Darklings are, and what the main character's power is, to keep me interested. I just don't know if i'm interested enough to delve into the last two.
I guess i just waited WAY too long to read this one to make me really like it.