This book was different from anything I read before, at least since I became a teenager. And I mean this in a positive way, mind you! My, how lovely!This book was different from anything I read before, at least since I became a teenager. And I mean this in a positive way, mind you! My, how lovely! The characters were adorable, especially Sophie, Howl, Calcifer and Michael. If you already saw Miyazaki's adaptation and plan to read the book now, please note that the stories are vastly different as well as many of the characters. In my opinion, both have their own individual charm, and are truly enjoyable, so long as you avoid focusing on making comparisons. Just sit and enjoy each as what it is! ;)...more
I am reading Angelfall right now. Damn, that I am hooked. I started reading it today at noon, while I waited for my brother's graduation ceremony to bI am reading Angelfall right now. Damn, that I am hooked. I started reading it today at noon, while I waited for my brother's graduation ceremony to begin, and I couldn't put it down. I wasn't expecting to like it this much! Highly recommended!
If you liked Katniss from The Hunger Games, the main character of Angelfall, Penryn, will remind you of her in many aspects. Her unstable mother, her weak and at first defenseless younger sister, her independent, protective, hardworking attitude and personality, etc. I am really liking the character. Albeit, the stories are different: while The Hunger Games is post-apocalyptic, Angelfall is happening DURING the apocalypse....more
Let's cut to the chase, folks. Penelope Fletcher's Demon Girl was way too past-paced, with little to no character development; a rather illogical loveLet's cut to the chase, folks. Penelope Fletcher's Demon Girl was way too past-paced, with little to no character development; a rather illogical love triangle, and very difficult to read. This is all in great part due to the bad pacing, the horrible grammar, the spelling mistakes, the missing words, the lack of transitions between some scenes, etc. I often considered dropping it, especially when I had I give up on trying to understand what was going on, on what the author meant.
One thing that somewhat infuriates me, however, is how the author won't admit that she needs better editing. I once wrote to her on Wattpad with my thoughts, encouraging her to get a new and better editor, to consider writing more carefully, and so on. She simply said that that was her "style" of writing, and that if someone failed to understand and accept it as so, then they shouldn't read her book; or something along those lines. Either she's in denial, or she thinks way too highly of herself to see the truth. And this will only hinder her true potential.
Nonetheless, as I already implied, this book had great potential; and for this, I chose to read it until the end. The premise is indeed interesting, but the execution was so poor, that I was left with many doubts, many questions. I could make a whole analysis of every situation presented in the book, and tell you why I think that at some points it makes little sense, but I choose not to bother with it. I also have to admit that I purchased the next volume in the series, hoping that the editing would improve; but I have yet to confirm whether this came true or not.
Note: if you're into Twilight and all that "stuff," you will probably enjoy this much more than I did; seeing as (pardon my honesty) the Twilight series is, in general terms, so horrible: poorly written (although better edited than Demon Girl, that's for sure!), and has one of the most absurd, most illogical (there goes that word again!) "love" stories ever written – and let's not mention the bonus! It ruined the concept of vampires entirely. Now, whenever I claim to love vampires since I was little, I am immediately associated with Twilight; and that is, in my opinion, just unbearable, embarrassing, and unacceptable. Thankfully, I am pretty sure that I am not alone in this. And I have to give credit to Penelope Fletcher for trying to keep her vampires closer to the original concept.
I wish that the author had made the relationships and attractions between Rae and her two lovers more credible, as right now it all seems so... superficial and forced. I know she can do better than that. I do like how Rae is a quite strong and proud girl, although she sometimes seems confused and doubtful. Sometimes I don't know what to make of her. She is definitely a better heroine than many I have come across, however. Yet, her two guys... I definitely dislike Breandan; the vampire boy, on the other hand... I am not yet convinced, but at least I like him better. All in all, I really wish that Rae Wilder's world was explored in more detail, and many more things explained. Perhaps this will happen in future installments: I hope so....more
I got mixed feelings and thoughts about this book. Once I have sorted them out and get the time for it, I will write a detailed review. For now, howevI got mixed feelings and thoughts about this book. Once I have sorted them out and get the time for it, I will write a detailed review. For now, however, know at least that I liked it, and will continue reading the series to see how it concludes, and because I liked the main characters enough to care. :)...more