The blurb for this book says that it’s about “the last comic adventures of the 10th Doctor“. So I was very surprised when I started reading it and rea...moreThe blurb for this book says that it’s about “the last comic adventures of the 10th Doctor“. So I was very surprised when I started reading it and realized that it’s actually about the 11th and the Ponds. I love those characters, so it’s okay… but how did that a mistake like that happen?
The Hypothetical Gentleman
The art is really good, except Rory looked a bit weird a couple of times. But the art is still superior to other Doctor Who comics I’ve seen. It’s Rory and Amy’s anniversary, but Amy is still having doubts about Melody. She keeps thinking how things could have worked out differently.
The dialogue was very good. I could imagine the actors saying all of it. The story is interesting, but I have issues with the villain. I guess he was supposed to be creepy, but I just didn't feel it.
The Doctor and the Nurse
The Doctor and Rory are lost. It all started when they got into a fight after escaping from a very dangerous planet. Amy is sick of it, so she decides that the two of them need some bonding time without her around. Of course they all get in trouble. There are lots of funny situations here. The story is a lot more entertaining than the first one. When I read the title, I didn't even think that the ‘Nurse’ might be referring to Rory.
While the second story is better, the art is a lot worse. The characters are drawn really badly. They look a little bit like the actors, but that all. So the art ruins the whole experience.
I read the review copy, that’s why I only reviewed two stories. But there should be more stories in the final copy.(less)
This book is the first part of the Penny Black trilogy, which takes place in the same world like the author’s previous work, Zellie Wells trilogy. I n...moreThis book is the first part of the Penny Black trilogy, which takes place in the same world like the author’s previous work, Zellie Wells trilogy. I never read Zellie Wells trilogy, but now I feel like I should have, because I probably would have understood this book better. Oh well, it’s too late now.
The story starts with the New Society finding Penny Black. She joins them and gets assigned a Lookout, Wyatt. Penny has had a very difficult life, but I really never felt like that has screwed her up too much. Penny has visions and she can rewind time. The New Society is supposed to help her, and others like her, learn to control their powers. I thought Wyatt was irritating because of “I’m a virgin, my life sucks” attitude. Come on, it’s not the worst thing ever. I couldn't make myself care about any characters in the book, so I couldn't properly enjoy it, either.
The book takes place in the future. There are mentions of iPhone 23 and ‘really old shows’ like Buffy and Firefly. The way people talk is a bit different. That makes sense, because language changes and people in the future won’t talk exactly the way we do now. But the constant use of ‘bueno’ was really annoying. I find it hard to believe that nobody ever uses the word ‘good’.
Everything happens quite fast. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it the pacing was slower. The blurb says that this novel is NA. So I guess the only difference between YA and NA is that the characters in NA get laid more.
The ending was a big surprise and it actually makes me kind of want to know what happens later… but I’m still not curious enough to actually read the second book.(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s well written and in my experience, that’s not usual for movie novelizations. I read it one day after watching the...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s well written and in my experience, that’s not usual for movie novelizations. I read it one day after watching the movie. The story is pretty much the same, with some small differences (there are some scenes that aren't in the movie, the dialogue is sometimes changed etc.).
There are more details, so you get to know characters better. I liked finding out a bit more about the relationship between Uhura and Spock. There are moments where other people notice that something’s happening, but decide to keep it to themselves. One of my favorite characters in the movie is Chekov. Whenever he said something in the book, I couldn't help but read it in his accent.
There are some little mistakes in the book, so more editing wouldn't hurt. I would still recommend it to people who enjoyed the movie. You don’t have to watch the movie to enjoy the book; it’s good enough on its own (but I still prefer the movie). Zachary Quinto did the audiobook reading that I’ll probably listen to one day.
I look forward to reading the Star Trek Into Darkness novelization – after I see the movie, of course.(less)
This is the second published book in the series, but it takes place before the first one. I didn't know that when I started reading it, so it was very...moreThis is the second published book in the series, but it takes place before the first one. I didn't know that when I started reading it, so it was very confusing (it would be really nice if there was a note at the beginning that says “This book takes place before the events in The Delta Anomaly”).
Kirk, Uhura and McCoy are just starting out at the Academy and they’re doing their best to keep up. There’s a lot of pressure on the students, so some of them use illegal procedures to give themselves an edge. And sometimes those procedures don’t work out very well. The mystery is interesting and it makes you wonder how far should people go to succeed.
Kirk is still not sure the Academy is the right place for him, so throughout the book, he tries to figure out if he should stay. He also has a new love interest here, that I didn't care about much.
I don’t know exactly why, but I just can’t get into McCoy. Whenever there’s a scene with him, I’m thinking “Ok, that’s interesting”, but it just doesn't stick with me. There are nothing about him that I really remember and love and go back to reread.
Now, for my favorite part: Spock/Uhura moments! There’s quite a few of them here and I’m loving that – I never get tired of reading about them. This book shows the early development of their relationship: their first meeting outside of the classroom, Spock asking her for help, Uhura teaching him about small talk (LOVE THAT SCENE). I still want more Spock and more scenes from his perspective (but I’m guessing that his POV is more difficult to write).
The book is very entertaining. If you plan on reading the series, you should start with this one, so you’re not as confused as I was.(less)
This is the fourth book in the Starfleet Academy series based on the 2009 Star Trek movie. It's also my least favorite. In reviews for previous books,...moreThis is the fourth book in the Starfleet Academy series based on the 2009 Star Trek movie. It's also my least favorite. In reviews for previous books, I wrote that they're too short. This one, while a bit longer than others, is still quite short. But it took me a longer time to read, because I just couldn't completely get into the story.
Spock and Kirk still haven't met. Of course I knew they wouldn't, but it's weird reading all those Star Trek books where both of them are very important characters but they don't have any scenes together.
The book has terrorist attacks, Varkolaks, the Assassination game and a secret society. Even with all that, I still couldn't make myself care very much about the plot. I was surprised, but also glad that Kirk doesn't have any love interests in this book. I enjoyed reading about him and the Varkolak a lot.
My favorite parts are usually Spock/Uhura scenes, but their relationship is a bit rocky here. Spock can be so frustrating. There's a big development (finally!) later on, but we don't get any details.
This is the last published Starfleet Academy book. I wonder if there'll be any more of them.(less)
This is the first book in the young adult series based on the 2009 Star Trek movie. It follows the lives of Kirk, Uhura, Bones, Spock and other charac...moreThis is the first book in the young adult series based on the 2009 Star Trek movie. It follows the lives of Kirk, Uhura, Bones, Spock and other characters in Starfleet Academy.
The book starts with a murder, the first in a series of murders where the seemingly intact victim is left without an internal organ. I thought the plot was interesting, but the resolution could have been better. There’s a lot of scientific talk in the book and I have no idea if there’s any real science in it, but nevertheless, it was fun to read about.
I kept forgetting that Kirk and Spock don’t actually know each other yet. There’s a LOT of Kirk in the book, but not much Spock. If I remember right, there was only one scene from his perspective, which is a shame, because I find his POV the most interesting.
I loved reading about the lives of cadets in the Academy. Kirk is trying to prove his leadership skills in one of the tests scenarios that’s not as difficult as the Kobayashi Maru test from the movie. Kirk also has a new love interest, Hannah and she’s quite awesome. Hopefully she shows up in the next book, too.
Spock and Uhura aren't in a relationship yet. She obviously likes him, but who can figure out exactly what Spock feels? I look forward to reading more about the development of their relationship in other books.
The book is really short, but a lot of fun and a good read for all Trekkies.(less)
Allison is one of my favorite female characters ever. She's so badass and strong. She can take care of herself and that's sadly rare in YA books.
I lo...moreAllison is one of my favorite female characters ever. She's so badass and strong. She can take care of herself and that's sadly rare in YA books.
I loved the first half of this book. Especially the conversations between Allison and Kanin. Kanin teaches Allison pretty much everything about vampires. I wish he was around for a bit longer. I was glad to find out that animal blood is not enough for vampires to survive, so they can't say "I'm good, I don't drink from humans." Allison has some struggles with The Hunger, but I never felt like it's REALLY difficult for her to control herself.
I hated Stick. Holy shit, what a coward. I understand being scared, but this guy can't handle ANYTHING. He's the most annoying character in the book. The second most annoying is Ruth.
About halfway through the book, Allison joins a group of humans who are looking for a city called Eden. There she meets Zeke, Jeb and Ruth. Zeke is the love interest, Ruth is a bitch and I don't know what to think of Jeb.
When I was reading the book and Kanin showed up, I thought for sure that he's the love interest. Apparently I was wrong. But hey, maybe that changes in the next book! The actual love interest is Zeke. He's really nice person. But the chemistry between him and Allison is nonexistent. The Allison/Zeke/Ruth love triangle was boring and unnecessary. The book was better without high school drama.
Like I said, I loved the first half of this book. The world building, descriptions of vampire cities, rabids (they're frightening as fuck), the way humans live and most of all Kanin - it was AWESOME. Compared to that, the second half was disappointing and kinda messy. But I liked the ending.
I have no idea if I'll keep reading the series. Maybe if somebody tells me that Kanin comes back. (less)
This book is a sequel to The Chupacabra. Avery is back and he's even crazier (and still looking for a chupacabra).
The characters in this book are very...moreThis book is a sequel to The Chupacabra. Avery is back and he's even crazier (and still looking for a chupacabra).
The characters in this book are very, very strange. There are no completely normal characters here. And that's what makes it so interesting. You just keep wondering what kind of ridiculous situation are they going to get themselves in next.
The letters that Avery writes to a long list of people are awesome. It's hilarious how seriously he takes himself (he even yells "Do you know who I am?" as if he's some celebrity). It's especially ridiculous when he's talking to Ziggy, who talks like this : "Like, yeah, man." Ziggy's use of 'like' actually gets really annoying at times - that's how much he uses it. El Barquero is also back, and he's after Padre. That plot is kinda separate from Avery's but they do meet and the story works. I really enjoyed the humor in this book - I can't pinpoint why exactly, but it's different from what I'm used to.
I like this book more than the first one. It's funnier and the writing is better. I found it a lot easier to get into this book (maybe because I got used to Avery, so it was easier to concentrate on the story).(less)
Empire State of Mind is a ‘business biography’ of Jay-Z. It explores how Jay-Z’s mind works, so I was disappointed to read that Jay-Z refused to be in...moreEmpire State of Mind is a ‘business biography’ of Jay-Z. It explores how Jay-Z’s mind works, so I was disappointed to read that Jay-Z refused to be interviewed for the book. But the reason for that is actually really obvious: there was nothing in it for him. The book describes many of Jay-Z’s business ventures (the ones that were successful and the ones that failed), and makes it quite clear that Jay-Z doesn't bother with anything that he can’t profit from.
The author’s primary source of information are interviews with people who know (or used to know) Jay-Z. It’s interesting that some of them seemed to be scared of telling too much (who knows how he might react).
For the most part this book is a fast read, but there were some chapters that dragged on. There’s way too much information on champagne and basketball, but I guess those chapters would be more interesting to me if I actually cared about champagne and basketball. I preferred to read about his beginnings in music and his friendships and fights with other rappers. There was a chapter on his relationship with Beyonce, but (like everything else) it read more like a business relationship than a romantic one.
The conclusion seems to be that Jay-Z’s priority in life is business and everything else comes second. I’d really like to know exactly how important music is to him. Is that just business too or does he actually love making music? The book is a fascinating read. I’d recommend it to any fan of Jay-Z or simply to people who want to know more about the business side of music industry.(less)
Justin and Emmy are two teenagers whose families sent them to a reform school called Heartland Academy.
I can’t figure out exactly how is the Heartland...moreJustin and Emmy are two teenagers whose families sent them to a reform school called Heartland Academy.
I can’t figure out exactly how is the Heartland Academy supposed to help teenagers. Teens in the book have a lot of issues that they slowly work out, but they help each other a lot more than the Academy helps them. The Academy has weird rules. Everybody has to eat a lot. It seems that you can get out of the Academy if you don’t gain weight. That’s really not a good way to cure somebody’s eating disorder. I don’t know much about eating disorders, but I think it makes more sense to help someone get to the point where they want to eat normally, instead of force- feeding them. There are some other weird moments, like the use of the word feminazi, very unprofessional therapists etc.
The characters are more flawed than in any other YA book I've ever read. But that’s not a bad thing; it actually makes them more realistic. You can feel their frustration at being stuck in the Academy. The relationship between Emmy and Justin develops very slowly. There’s no love at first sight here. They don’t even seem to like each other very much. The two of them have some cute moments, but I can’t see them staying together once they’re both out of the Academy.
There are plenty of Harry Potter references, which I love, and lots of facts about pigs, which was weird, but also cute.even though the story has a lot of flaws, it kept me curious. But I don’t think I’d recommend it to anyone.(less)
The book is told in (very long) letters that Madelyn writes. The style of writing is gorgeous and so is the cover.
Madelyn writes about how she met and...moreThe book is told in (very long) letters that Madelyn writes. The style of writing is gorgeous and so is the cover.
Madelyn writes about how she met and fell in love with Bennet. She drops lots of hints about what happens later. When you’re reading the book it’s obvious that there won’t be a happy ending. But that’s okay, because this book wouldn't be as good if there was one.
Madelyn falls for Bennet really fast. She starts fantasizing about him almost as soon as she meets him, she thinks about their future and life together. That’s understandable, because for her, part of the attraction is escaping from the life that her family expects her to have. She doesn't tell Bennet that she’s actually 16 years old, which is an incredibly stupid decision. She always finds ways to justify lying and (even if they’re not smart) her actions make sense because she’s so scared of being found out. She plans on telling the truth, but those plans only exist to make her feel better.
In the letters, she repeats many times that it’s not his fault for what happened between them and she’s not a victim. That’s true, but he’s not completely blameless. He knew she was his student. It’s a bit difficult to believe that he would risk losing his job for a girl he just met. I do like him as a character, though. He gets too cheesy sometimes, but he’s not a bad guy at all. And his dog is named Voldemort, so that’s a plus.
I thought it was a really good book about a student-teacher relationship. Also, Amanda Grace is a pen name for Mandy Hubbard. I enjoyed her book Prada & Prejudice, but The Truth About You and Me is a lot better.(less)