I've never read this before, but so many people love it, and I wanted to read it before watching the movie. And I have to say it was not as good as II've never read this before, but so many people love it, and I wanted to read it before watching the movie. And I have to say it was not as good as I was expecting. It was rather short. Which could have been fine if there had been more substance to the story. The ending was anticlimactic. It just...ended, with no explanation. It didn't really make sense. So, a bit of a disappointment. I'll have to see what the movie brings....more
March 26 2011. I just found out Diana Wynne Jones died today. The day I start reading my first book of hers. I don't know much about this author, I'mMarch 26 2011. I just found out Diana Wynne Jones died today. The day I start reading my first book of hers. I don't know much about this author, I'm unfamiliar with her works, but I can feel people's loss, the fans of her writing. And I can still thank her for becoming the well known and loved writer she apparently was. She contribruted to the literary world that I love, and any author who can do this and write amazing fantasical novels earns my respect.
My review 3/27/11
Howl's Moving Castle is a fun, engaging, magical story. It’s unique, kind of strange, but a very enjoyable read. It sounded like the kind of book that I would love, and I did end up loving it. Just one thing, I didn’t think the writing was stellar. It was good, it has a good pacing and is engaging, but it’s not the best writing. I would have liked more emotion in the characters shown through the writing. Aside from this, I loved the rest of the book. Before I read it, I knew that it had been made into an anime movie, which I have not see yet, but as I was reading, I could so picture the story playing out in anime! Now I have to watch the movie :0) But I would like to see the book made into a live action movie, not animated; it could be epic and fantastical. Something like Stardust, maybe, which I love.
The characters were superb. Howl was a hoot, (reminds me of Stanton in The Native Star, or the other way around, which ever you happen to read first I suppose). And oh but do I love Sophie! She’s snappy and stubborn, and acts just like an old lady does, even though she’s really a young woman under a spell. She’s possibly my favorite heroine I’ve read in a book. I loved the interaction between Howl and Sophie, their fighting and bickering. It was funny. I would have liked to have the romance played out. It’s obvious that they end up together at the end, but I would have liked the book more if there was more romance. Which would have been interesting to read, because Sophie’s an ’old’ lady, and Howl is a strapping young man. I would have liked watching Sophie start to fall in love with that insufferable man, but still having her dominant snarky attitude as she denies her feelings because she doesn’t want to like him, (or something like that)… Well, in any case, I still loved the story. I’m excited to read the sequels and have more of Howl and Sophie.
One last thing; I really enjoyed the chapter headings, they amused me :D...more
There are some books written that touch you deeply. Stories that work their way stealthily into your heart, and imbeds itself securely there, and refuThere are some books written that touch you deeply. Stories that work their way stealthily into your heart, and imbeds itself securely there, and refusing to disperse, leaving you utterly breathless and completely captivated with wondrous awe. Delirium did this for me. There are not many books that can speak to you the way Delirium does. Books that tug at your heartstrings, and make you believe in the impossible. Books that can express what love really is: an all consuming, brilliantly captivating, wrenchingly heartbreaking power that takes control over you. Love that turns your world around, shows you things you never saw before, makes everything brighter and more amazing than you ever thought they could be.
Delirium takes you on the journey of Lena, a normal girl in a loveless society, who is soon immersed in the unthinkable, has found herself facing the most deadly thing ever known to mankind. Love. Lena begins to explore this completely new and forbidden emotion. An emotion that people shun and fear. An emotion that could get her killed. And in the end, she is tried more than she could have possibly imagined. My heart breaks for her, and yet it soars with hers as she discovers this whole new, enthralling world.
Delirium is such a uniquely, enchanting, astounding story. It was beautifully written, brilliantly told. And the ending. I don’t know if I’ve read a more heartbreaking, incredible ending. The last several pages I was on the edge. I couldn’t read fast enough. The story had me captive, refusing to let go until the very last word. I don’t know how I can possibly wait until 2012 for Pandemonium to come out! When February 1 rolls around, get your hands on this book, and don’t let go. Prepare yourself for a wonderful, beautiful love story that hopefully touches you the way it did me.
Thank you, thank you! for Netgalley and HarperCollins for letting me read this arc. It was incredible.
Divergent is a well deserving contributor to the dystopian genre. It’s intriguing and exciting, complete with all the elements that make a true dystopDivergent is a well deserving contributor to the dystopian genre. It’s intriguing and exciting, complete with all the elements that make a true dystopian novel that violent, dangerous, failing society that draws readers in with suspense, and makes them wonder what life would be like in a dystopian world where they have limited choices of how they want to live, and where danger lurks around every corner. Veronica Roth does not shy away from violence, or contemptuous feelings, where hatred and betrayal and fear dominate. But she doesn’t let her readers despair completely or have no hope, she sets moments of light into the story, having little moments of normalness of teen living, letting them grow and live and laugh and love. Though sometimes it seems like there’s nothing to live for, there’s always a way, and always someone who cares for you.
Some people compare it to The Hunger Games, which may be only because of the violence kind of for the same cause, Hunger Games was for a show, Divergent was for training and determining rank. But they’re honestly quite different. Obviously they’re both dystopian, so there will be some similarities, a controlling society that wishes to keep that control, or tighten it, and then having people who rebel. But there are several differences. The Hunger Games trilogy is depressing and sadistic, (but still managing to be entirely engrossing). Divergent, while having some moments of sadness, and some perhaps uncomfortable violent scenes, isn’t nearly as bad as Hunger Games. It has more light, more fun. I still love The Hunger Games trilogy, (except for Mockingjay, which was a bitter disappointment in my eyes), but Divergent was easier to read because I didn’t feel depressed or disgusted. Although...(Don't click unless you want the novel spoiled)--> (view spoiler)[I will say that I did not like that Tris killed Will, and then BOTH her parents died. I was okay with her mother dying, but then her father dies soon after, what was the point? I know it's dsytopia, and that people die, even the ones the MC loves aren't exempt --actually, killing their loved ones puts more emotion into the story--, but was it really necessary to kill her father and Will? (hide spoiler)]
That being said, I don’t think it needed to be so long. It’s mostly training, and tension and fights between Tris and her enemies, and then some romance. I didn't dislike the length, I was fine with it, but the beginning might seem to drag for some people, and perhaps could have been shortened. But near the ending of the book I was riveted as the plot had finally fully unfolded (though there are still some questions) and there was finally a mission, they were finally doing something to fight the people controlling them. The prose was really easy to read, it was to the point and kept me for the most part interested. Reading it got me through the book quickly, so I didn’t feel bogged down by the length, but I didn’t like it all the time. I felt that it could have been better in some parts, and have more fluidity. The style of the writing was fitting for the genre, it just could have a little better.
Divergent will attract many people, and I think making it into a movie will be a good investment. When I think about it, I think it will make a pretty cool movie, I’d probably really like it. Although, according to IMDB, it will come out in 2015. That’s a long way away. At least I’m assuming that’s the one. In any case, Divergent is a fun, engaging read and I’m excited to read the sequels.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more