Absolutely insane! This was on my summer reading list for AP Lit and the theme for the first few months of school is insanity in literature and this g...moreAbsolutely insane! This was on my summer reading list for AP Lit and the theme for the first few months of school is insanity in literature and this graphic novel definitely changed my view of insanity!!!(less)
This was a pretty good novel ^^ Nothing really stuck out as particularly odd or illogical. My only critique is that Folsom's characters get a little r...moreThis was a pretty good novel ^^ Nothing really stuck out as particularly odd or illogical. My only critique is that Folsom's characters get a little repetitive towards the end during their conversations. This next comment may be a personal thing but I also expected the Greek gods to be a little bit more wrathful and vindictive and was surprised when Folsom painted them as friendly and almost helpful throughout a good majority of the book. It was odd for me but I have no real objections, none of the gods or goddesses were sitting and braiding Sophie's (the heroine) hair and exchanging mutual horror stories or anything so I'm glad Folsom didn't take it overboard. The last nitpick is a bit more important. One of the major themes early on in the book is that Sophie is believed to be insane because she sees mythological creatures that 'aren't really there' and her supposed 'biggest fear' is going insane and becoming like her mother, who also saw the creatures. I believe that Folsom could have incorporated that theme into the story more, it only seemed to appear when Michael (Sophie's cousin) brought it up or there was a lull in the storyline. At the end (during the last maybe 50 pages of the book) Folsom brought back Sophie's fear of insanity and she sort of added it in when Triton was attempting to explain his identity ultimately confirming the existence of said 'creatures' but i didn't feel like her original, life-long fear had been as big as it was supposed to be. If a person has a lifelong fear of snakes where it's bad enough that they can't even see them or think that a snake is near without freaking out then a handicap (and a fear that is extreme enough that it becomes paranoia is a handicap in situations) does not just disappear and reappear when convenient. That fear is always with the person. Same goes for someone who was accused of being crazy all during her childhood, Sophie should have always had that paranoia that one day she would see another creature and someone would catch her and the whole thing would start again. Folsom didn't have to make it so that Sophie couldn't even walk down the street without having to look over her shoulder but a bit more paranoia and a longer healing process (after she found out that she wasn't really crazy towards the end of the book) would have been nice.
Seriously though this book was a good read. Not AMAZING but not horrible or even shrug worthy. There were no major holes in the plot or storyline that I could find and I believe that Folsom is an imaginative and worthy author. (less)
The book starts off pretty slowly so it took me a little while to get into it but once I got to the chocolate shop scenes the plot took off. Great boo...moreThe book starts off pretty slowly so it took me a little while to get into it but once I got to the chocolate shop scenes the plot took off. Great book just as good as 'Fathomless' but 'Fathomless' has a little more mystery ^^.
*******THIS BOOK IS PART OF A SERIES ********* I didn't know this when I read 'Fathomless' and then 'Sweetly'. You can read them out of order and still understand the plots but in 'Fathomless' and 'Sweetly' at least Pearce connects the characters.
*****SPOILER******* Sophia and her missing sister, Nadia from 'Sweetly' are the same girls in 'Fathomless' when Nadia mentions a faintly remembered sister. It is so cool ^^.
I'm not sure if 'Sister's Red' connects into 'Sweetly' or if Pearce's new novel 'Cold Spell' does either because I have not read either. Any who, no complaints about this novel it is great, the plot is well rounded and makes sense, and the heroine has enough faults and obvious weaknesses to make her realistic but not enough to make her sound whiny. Once again Pearce has done a phenomenal job of pulling us into her world of re-written fairy tales. (less)
It takes Vika and Solo a little longer than I'd like to escape the circus so it took me a few months to really get through this book but other than th...moreIt takes Vika and Solo a little longer than I'd like to escape the circus so it took me a few months to really get through this book but other than that I enjoyed it and the dialogue between them. It got a little cheesy there in the cabin for a few pages but not too much of the mush factor (for those anti-mush readers like me). Just a general warning, when characters start fighting in this book Showalter gets a little graphic so don't be too surprised when people are covered in blood and are getting pounded to a pulp but fight scenes don't make up too much of the storyline so don't freak. There's just enough to kind of wake you up a little before the plot becoming sedate again. I wouldn't say this book was better or worse than the other novels Showalter has written but I definitely did enjoy it once the plot picked up a little. (less)
This book was alright of course it didn't have the first book magic that 'Aftertime' had but I thought it was a lot better than 'Rebirth'. Littlefield...moreThis book was alright of course it didn't have the first book magic that 'Aftertime' had but I thought it was a lot better than 'Rebirth'. Littlefield had this annoying habit of having the characters involved in a conversation and then taking an element of that conversation and going off to tell a back story, usually from Before, that had nothing to do with anything. Well it did but when she drifted it ruined the effect of the original conversation...In 'Horizon' she did that a heck of a lot less and I am grateful. When she focused on the plot/storyline it helped me focus on them too which was great 'cause this has to be the craziest out of the three. Crazy as in the most happens in this book. A bunch of people died (some for no apparent reason other than Littlefield's apparent need to kill off characters), a bunch of people almost (should have) died, certain characters *cough* Sammi *cough* got on my last nerve, and things went boom boom literally. There was no need to make one of the Edenites a pyromaniac. Actually there was a while group of them and they blew up like two buildings and made one very large bomb. What the hell? Littlefield didn't even go into WHY they had become pyromaniacs or when they jumped off the deep end into the pool of crazy and started making home-made bombs. Seriously why would anyone do that, especially Aftertime? I mean the mastermind after the explosion on the island died long before it was proven he did it and the second kid who blew something up was excluded from the group. In a time when every one, every resource is needed why would they practically kick him out? Couldn't they have given him a firm slap on the wrists or something? If they believed him too dangerous they should have kicked him out for real or killed him. Just a small thing that bugged the crap out of me. Another thing that just pissed all over this book for me at times was SAMMI. Okay seriously so she was all cute and daring in the first two books but after seeing her mother killed in front of her, her kinda boyfriend and his brothers killed in front of her and abandonment issues with her father from Before she becomes this kid trying to be and adult. So just because you lose a few people who were close to you and you bashed in the heads of a few Zoms doesn't give you a medal that gives you the right to act like a total BITCH. Yeah a couple bad things happened to her but think of all the shiz Cat has gone through, and Dor, even Ruthie and Smoke have been through more SHIT than Sammi. Do you see them acting like they're all hard and tortured? HELL NO. They just suck it up and deal whether it's with taking control of everything around you, drowning yourself in the bottle and world of sex, or taking on the world in a desperate suicide mission to atone for a horrid mistake. All of this is better than acting like a moody CHILD who feels the need to smoke kaysev cigarettes to 'forget her problems'. WHAT PROBLEMS?!?!?!?!?!?!? And when she sees her dad with Cass she just flips out and goes bat shit nuts and starts trying to sabotage Cass' acceptance into Eden. I don't understand what the problem is, honestly. So yeah that is a little gross seeing your dad with his paws all over someone other than his 'girlfriend'. But seriously who doesn't have sex Aftertime? Even if it's not with who you'd think that is one thing that will never go away because it's a coping mechanism and it releases stress. She was even thinking about having sex with her boyfriend before he DIED. It's not even any of her business what the adults do with their lives and she should not WANT to know because then you find out things like this. Anyway she was the only reason I took so long to finish this book because every time I got to a part where it was from her perspective I had to stop, steel myself, and continue on 'cause she just pissed me off SO MUCH. I still don't like her very much even after I've finished the book. Just...NO. Oh and about Smoke all I can say is NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. And that it was very random what happened to him, seriously. I mean I'm not quite sure if his wound was fatal or not. It was all just nutterbutter that last two chapters...The ending was rather abrupt and I felt it kind of left me hanging like and....? I mean I know Littlefield was going for short and sweet and of course everyone has to end their book with some inspirational oh wow *sighs happily* handful of paragraphs but it doesn't feel like it's over for me. Ha eventually it will kick in though. So I give this book a full 4 stars and I would definitely recommend it for those who want a head smashin', Zombie killing, blood sizzling, foul language using...uhhh ran out of good "-ing" words...adult novel
^^ Enjoy and then rant about it in your reviews. -LOL (Lots Of Love) KrysKrys S.(less)
The writing in three out of the four mini stories in this book confused the crud out of me. It wasn't what the authors said but how they said it. Som...more The writing in three out of the four mini stories in this book confused the crud out of me. It wasn't what the authors said but how they said it. Sometimes they would add an extra few words into a sentence that just tossed the whole meaning out the window because I was so distracted by all of the extra words that I couldn't deduce the meaning. I don't believe they (Briggs, Wilks, and Chance)were purposely trying to be elaborate and frilly in their writing, I just believe they were trying to describe the occurring events and became a little over arduous with their words... I also found that I had trouble keeping up with the story-line. I'm not sure whether these mini novels are extensions to the respective authors' series or prequels to said series, I just picked this book up off the shelf at the library because I though it was just one novel until I took a closer look. As I read the first three stories I found myself feeling lost and under the impression that (from the flow of the writing and lack of essential detail that marks an independent novel or first installment of a series) these mini stories were meant for readers who had already read the other novels in the respective series and were composed merely to give those readers something to chew on until the next book in the series came out. If this is the case then that would greatly explain my confusion and therefor resulting dislike of the first three stories in this novel. Th fourth story however, written by Sunny, was cute in the way that only supernatural romances can be. I felt that this story, also, was part of a larger (un-read by me) installment, but I experienced a lesser degree of confusion and annoyance while reading it because of the relative simple nature of events and minimal use of characters with no explained back-stories. Though there were moments when I felt the plot grew slightly cheesy and mundane in the way of paranormal romance novels it was by far the most engaging and interesting out of the four.(less)
I liked this book. I've already read 'Love at first click' and 'The Dating Game' but when I realized they were part of a series I had to read the rest...moreI liked this book. I've already read 'Love at first click' and 'The Dating Game' but when I realized they were part of a series I had to read the rest of them as soon as possible and this was the first one that I found online. It's been a little while since I've read 'Love at First Click', which is written by the same author, so I must have forgotten how IT-girl Shephie Davis' books can be. Lily seems to be a bit of a try-hard to me honestly. I don't remember ever being so willing to give up who I was to fit in with a group of friends I'm probably not going to even speak to after High School when I was a Freshman, but then again everyone says that to some extent. And I am not Lily. Still her willingness to lie to her 'friends'-who are evil Victoria Secret bra wearing, bikini sporting, Lacrosse player loving, bleached hair tossing witches with a capitol 'B' (except for Erin who is a sweetie pie and needs to find some nicer friends)- is ridiculous. Why not just take their pity and turn it into something better? Or when she felt the need to lie she should have come up with better ones! Lies that she could more easily maintain! I mean 'dating' TWO guys that are really just friends, if that? Hasn't she read a book recently or seen 'Big Fat Liar'? 'What goes around comes around', 'What goes up must come down', and so on and so forth? There's a reason those quotes are so popular. I continuously yelled at my computer screen while reading the story telling Lily that she needed to grow some balls and find new friends because, obviously, this isn't going to be the only time when they purposely exclude her. The jury's still out on Erin, but I know for sure Delilah and Valarie are evil incarnate and will not hesitate to back stab her the next chance they get no matter how sincere they seemed when they told Lily that Rafe liked her. So, other than Lily's horrible morals, her evil, un-supportive friends, and the overall IT-girl flow I really enjoyed this book. Whenever Rafe was mentioned I grinned and I loved the ending, just too cute ^^ and I don't do cute very much. (less)
SO UNBELIEVABLY CUTE!!!!! This is the shortest manga I have ever read but it is adorable ^^ Of course Leo is my favorite character because of his fier...moreSO UNBELIEVABLY CUTE!!!!! This is the shortest manga I have ever read but it is adorable ^^ Of course Leo is my favorite character because of his fierce urge to protect is balanced out by his child-like innocence and wonder. This is a good short (0nly 7 chapters) read that you can find online. Go here if you're too eager to wait ^^ no downloading necessary http://mangable.com/(less)
Wow. Just, wow. I absolutely loved this book^^ and since I enjoyed this book so much (and it was the first Pearce novel I've ever read) I will be sure...moreWow. Just, wow. I absolutely loved this book^^ and since I enjoyed this book so much (and it was the first Pearce novel I've ever read) I will be sure to read the other two installments in this series. I definitely recommend this. Even though every novel has those moments where you just want to throw the book or cry out in exasperation I did so a whole lot less than I would have with many other books do that is always a good sign.(less)
I liked this novel a lot ^^. In the beginning it was a little confusing and pretty odd but I'm glad that I continued reading. I wouldn't put it as a...more I liked this novel a lot ^^. In the beginning it was a little confusing and pretty odd but I'm glad that I continued reading. I wouldn't put it as a top level book though because some of Meg's decisions seemed to be a little rash and dramatic. I hate her mum too because I never find it fair to the child when a parent works almost constantly and never has time for the child that they brought into the world like her mum did. Meg feels the same way in the beginning of the book but right at the end when she returns she rather suddenly makes up with her mother and becomes more gracious towards Luke (well she would have been if she had seen him but her thoughts are more genteel and accepting towards him). Kagawa also introduces characters kind of suddenly and some of them she doesn't wrap up before moving on in the story. Like Ironhorse (a cheesy name anyway). After escaping him/it the first time it pops back up out of bloody nowhere and Meg, Puck, Grimalkin (whom I like far better than the other humanoid characters) and Ash (totally over-used name) escape it again. Then where does it go? Same thing with Virus (geesh I really wish she were more creative with the bad guy names). The group evades her/it in New Orleans by running into a park(? how do a bunch of Dryads stop the power of technology? unless it's through the power of nature in which case Kagawa should have explained that) Virus and the other Iron Fey nasties are never mentioned again, or at least the ones that were sent after Meg. Kagawa doesn't put enough details into the back stories of events or certain characters. She doesn't explain why 'that' happened or how and those little details are kind of important because they fill in the holes that bring the story to life. Of course I'll read the next book in the series because I'm curious how Kagawa will end this but it's definitely not on my top priority list.
BAAAAAH! Okay so the plot of 'Firelight' had the potential to be awesome, and I must admit the way that Jordan began the story was really good and in...more BAAAAAH! Okay so the plot of 'Firelight' had the potential to be awesome, and I must admit the way that Jordan began the story was really good and interesting but as soon as the storyline began getting in to Jacinda's mother dragging her halfway across the continent the story goes down hill. Okay so I know Jacinda's mother is trying to 'protect' her daughter but her motives and repeated insistence upon smothering Jacinda's Draki seem like one of those 'I never got my chance to do (whatever) so I'm going to give you the chance I never had by forcing you to follow my choices and live forever with the repercussions of being repressed and shanghaied into doing something you never wanted to do' parents (it's okay if you have to re-read that sentence to get it, I had to myself while making corrections) and that right there made me HATE her. I am all for teenage 'independence' and the classic case of 'I know what's best for you' and 'I'm trying to help you not hurt you' just irks me in the extreme. SO it was very difficult to continue reading when Jacinda's mother came in to the picture. Another character who just $&$^#&(&^% (cuss word) me off is her sister. Okay I know your Draki never developed and all and that really sucks but to take it out on me because YOU'RE the freak? Not cool. Even when the family upped and moved out into the middle of the desert and Jacinda is forced to attend school with a bunch of stupid people she makes one mistake, JUST ONE and her sister is all over her (I can't even remember her name that's how much I hated her -.-) saying stupid things like 'Why are you trying to ruin this for me?' and 'It's always been about you Jacinda, but not it's my turn.' Yeah like it was my fault that I was born a firebreather and our Draki community hasn't seen one in oh say, more than 200 years! Geesh. That child is the most self-centered BRAT.. it's so ridiculous... I also have a bone to pick with Will. Okay so he's been a Hunter all of his life and when he suddenly finds out that his love interest is the very thing he's been trained to hunt he FALLS DEEPER IN LOVE WITH HER! WHAT IS THAT?! So I could see him coming to terms with what she is later on after an intense argument and some cold shoulders but no, as soon as she tells him he becomes more interested in her instead of trying to kill her and her family/ratting her out to his family or even just distancing himself for her safety. Where's the fun in that? So all of that time Jacinda has spent worrying about what he would say or do if he ever found out what she was (which was about 3/4ths of the ENTIRE BOOK) were for naught. SO I WASTED ALL THAT TIME READING IN WORRIED ANTICIPATION ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WASN'T EVEN AN ISSUE?! That is so far past obnoxious and disappointing it's not even funny, and doesn't he know that when you tell someone that they should stay away from you it draws you to them even more. Then what's REALLY annoying is when he get's sensitive when Jacinda tells him things about her Draki brethren. Cheese and crackers dude it's not even your problem and so what she's going to out live you by a couple hundred years you knew she wasn't anything close to human so why wouldn't her life-span be super-human as well? Can someone tell me what's up with Xander? Jordan paints him out to be this great, evil antagonist who Will says Jacinda should avoid at all costs, but when they come face-to-face at a family (Hunter) gathering in Will's own home and he catches her in the trophy room WITH A SHIRT COVERED IN DRAKI BLOOD HE DOESN'T FIGURE OUT THAT SHE'S A DRAKI!!!!!! Now tell me how that makes any *$^&*% @)%&*#^ sense. Seriously now. I was bouncing and jumping all around when I read that part screaming at her to run the heck out of there and never turn back. Of course Xander, the greater brain out of the two brothers (Will's cousins), didn't figure out or even speculate that the blood on the shirt was HERS. *screams like a wild banshee to release frustration* Jordan could have taken that thread and ran all over the place with it and made the storyline really interesting and intense again...but she didn't...-.- Now we finally come to the center of it all, Jacinda (you thought I was going to let her off without criticism? NO. She's almost as annoying as her family is). So when she meets Will in her human form at school I can see her feeling conflicted. He is the sworn enemy of her kind, even if he doesn't realize it. So it was understandable when she promised herself that she would stay away from him, cliché in the extreme (because we all know what happens when characters, hell what happens when people in general, are tempted with the forbidden fruit. They take a naughty bite), but understandable. The only thing that drove me absolutely NUTS about that was when she would find herself randomly cornered with Will and begin to kiss him. IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS SHE WOULD SWEAR HERSELF OFF OF HIM ONLY TO GO BACK AGAIN FOR MORE. She had to have done this at least 4-5 times before they FINALLY decided to get together. I mean GEESH it's cute when a (female) character says 'Now I swear I'm not going to spend any time with him' but when they begin to flip back and forth I just get the impression that they are seriously confused or just plain STUPID, or possibly a good combination of both. Another thing, when she starts talking about her Draki it sounds like she's talking about a completely different part of herself. Yes I know her Draki is a part of her but when she started saying 'My inner Draki' this and 'My inner Draki' that it got really creepy... It honestly sounded like she had another being living inside of her which, I guess she technically did, but still Jacinda said it so often the concept (that she was so in tune with her Draki and knew its likes and discomforts at certain times and at others she said nothing about it) was just weird. I also believe Jordan had Jacinda 'fall in love' too quickly. She's only ever been with one other guy (Cassian) and she wasn't even really 'with' him but she's parading around saying that he's her one love and the 'only' one who roused her inner Draki (there she goes again with the inner Draki thing >.<) when in truth she hasn't had enough EXPERIENCE to say that Will is truly IT for her...I mean she's only in high school and she's not even in the graduating class. This is my biggest problem with young-adult novels right now. The female characters are so quick to claim 'love' when they haven't been with enough guys (or girls) to even know what love really is or they only know that they're physically attracted to the guy (girl) but have discovered very little about what's going on upstairs. SO what he was really nice o that little kid and bought him another ice cream cone to replace the one he dropped? THat doesn't mean he's good with kids. They never seem to think that the guy could be doing such admirable things JUST FOR HER. Female characters tend to read too much in to the things that don't mean anything but not deep enough into the things that mean the most. I know I'm getting up on my soap box here (and no I'm not speaking from experience just general observation) but it's irritating because I end up losing touch with the characters and the 'sorrow' the female feels when she eventually has to leave him or vice versa (which is usually what happens, another cliché of our time) because I'm so wrapped up in skepticism. Another symptom of falling in love too easily that I have seen numerous times throughout my readings is the strong female heroine crumbling into a sniveling, worthless, safe,dependent when she 'falls in love'. What happened to the colorful spit-fire that wouldn't take no for an answer, or the girl who smiled and nodded while others gave their suggestions and then went her own way anyway? That happened with Jacinda very early on and the least I can say is that I am immensely disappointed that she lost her individuality to a guy she ended up leaving anyway. If you wish to be the adventurous one after reading this rather lengthy review or you just decided not to read the reviews on this book before you cracked it open I wish you the best of luck and hope you, unlike me, enjoy it. (less)