This book was intoxicatingly amazing. I was stunned by Chima's writing in this because I'd read her Heir series and liked it well enough, but this was...moreThis book was intoxicatingly amazing. I was stunned by Chima's writing in this because I'd read her Heir series and liked it well enough, but this was just BREATHTAKING! Her plot was absorbing and unique, her characters were equally so, and the romance was just...whew. It made my spine tingle and my face flush. It was all too wonderful and I simply cannot wait for the next book in the series. (less)
These book are a shame to literature. One day, I can only hope and pray, this Saga will be laughed at in sheer disgust and mocked, and all who said th...moreThese book are a shame to literature. One day, I can only hope and pray, this Saga will be laughed at in sheer disgust and mocked, and all who said that it was the "best and most romantic book ever" will be mocked as well. If your looking for gushy, teenager romance junk, than these are the books for you. If you want something truly romantic, characters that actually have personalities, and a plot that dousnt make you cringe and want to stab yourself, than don't even glance at these "books". It saddens me how so many love them, and makes me wonder why the world's taste has suddenly become so low that we result to reading and loving trash instead of the true works of art and literary masterpieces which have changed life. I would rather eat dirt than recommend these to anyone, and let me just tell you (scowls at her rashness which she is unable to hold back) you have absolutely NO taste in books and have not even read good books if you give this book more than one star. Sorry if this upset you terribly: but I must tell you all the truth and hope that you will turn to GOOD books one day.(less)
Wow, Oscar Wilde! what a writer you are! The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel that, amazingly, has all of Wilde's frivolous, flowery, and beautiful w...moreWow, Oscar Wilde! what a writer you are! The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel that, amazingly, has all of Wilde's frivolous, flowery, and beautiful writing, and yet contains a pace of its own that makes it not only a fast read, but one you dread to set down. That in its own is enough to give it five stars, considering most older novels have the dreadful trouble of soon becoming stale, long-winded, and tediously long.
In short, this book is a story of youth, beauty, selfish desires and vanity. It is a perfect book of good and evil, of wit and charm, elegance and in a way almost a psychological piece of writing. The Picture of Dorian Gray is told with oozing charm and beauty, capturing you by page one with the ridiculously witty, flamboyant brilliance that is and forever will be Oscar Wilde.
Lord Henry and Dorian Gray are certainly the two main characters of the novel--and certainly two very unforgettable characters. Lord Henry plays the devil in this book: charming, intolerably witty, clever and cynical, his own way of thinking, poisoning the mind of the young Dorian. And Dorian Gray? Ah! what can be said about him? The center of the book is watching the change come over him, watching the contamination of what started as a young, handsome, and pure boy, and became a desperate killer, a corrupt soul, and a man who has become so obsessed with his own self and his own physical desires that he even---Well, why should I tell you? Read the book, is all I can say. It is wonderful. (less)
I love this book. Not only is it brilliantly unique and well written, but it is also the sort of book you remember. There's an overwhelming and ridicu...moreI love this book. Not only is it brilliantly unique and well written, but it is also the sort of book you remember. There's an overwhelming and ridiculous amount of teen fantasy books nowadays, so it's difficult to sort the good from the bad, and most just end up being a remake of another famous story such as: Twilight or Harry Potter. But Poison Study is utterly memorable and different. The characters are swell; the plot is absorbing; and the romance is flawless. (less)
Intense. I'm not quite sure what else to say. It's just one huge, perfect novel with utterly everything one could want in a book. My absolute favorite...moreIntense. I'm not quite sure what else to say. It's just one huge, perfect novel with utterly everything one could want in a book. My absolute favorite of King's. (less)
I want to scream and cry and hit something. I want to shake Neil Gaiman till his eyes rattle in his skull and I want to go for a long, meaningless wal...moreI want to scream and cry and hit something. I want to shake Neil Gaiman till his eyes rattle in his skull and I want to go for a long, meaningless walk somewhere cold and empty. I couldn't finish it. I couldn't do it--I clambered through until page 350, when I suddenly found that I had been reading this book for well over a week, and that I had no urge to read it. When you're forcing yourself to read a book, its not worth it. So why does it depress me so much? Let me tell you.
I liked American Gods. I liked it so much that I raved about it for days and couldn't read a page without turning round to remind someone how brilliant Neil Gaiman was and how enjoyable this book is. This was in the beginning, till about page 200, and then suddenly...
Not only did I realize the plot to be lacking, the characters to be boring, and the writing to be at first enjoyable, but then dull, but I realized suddenly that I had utterly no interest in anything happening. This is something about books--you have to be at least a little interested in order to muddle through. Whether you despise it, or love it, you have to at least have some sort of tiny interest in the characters or plot or writing, if not its impossible.
This is why I cannot finish this book. I would pick it up, read a page, then sigh and get distracted and be unable to pick it up for another couple days, even forgetting a little about what was happening. Does all this mean it was a terrible book? No, I'm sure plenty people will be able to enjoy it all the way through. Does this mean I won't try to pick it up again? Yes...I'm all for second chances, but I spent enough time on this to know when its no use. Sorry Gaiman, I like you, but its not working. (less)
I first found about this book when on a summertime vacation in Austria. I was sitting out one gloriously warm, clear morning at one of the street-cafe...moreI first found about this book when on a summertime vacation in Austria. I was sitting out one gloriously warm, clear morning at one of the street-cafe's, and sipping at some tea, people-watching, while my parents read the paper. Business section for my dad. Literature for my mum. My silence as I watched a German business man babbling at a cell-phone and jogging through clusters of morning strollers, was broken in a moment by a sharp, excited squeel from my mum, as she gestured to get my attention, and read an article on the newest summer book, The Passage. I listened vaguely, with only half-interest. (We have very different taste in books.) But then, certain words captured and intrigued me. "Compared to Stephen King's The Stand and Cormac Mcarthy's The Road." "Has done the most for vampires since Dracula." "THE summer read." And very soon, my halfhearted attempt to look excited, turned to a genuine interest, and in five minutes time, we were both giggling and chattering away about buying the book at once, probably seeming like foolish drunkards. Of course, we couldn't find the book in Austria...not in English, not at all. But we weren't giving up, and the very moment we returned home, we went and bought a nice, hard-cover copy.
I decided to read it first, thinking, for some odd reason, that it would be a fast, enjoyable read, despite its size. Well, I was captured by the first chapter, and gobbled it up, hungrily swallowing huge chunks at a time, unable to set it down...until I got to about page 300.
Then things changed.
Everybody died. The characters I'd been attached to, interested in, and readily following, were suddenly gone, and in place was a new cast of people. People that were neither interesting nor unique. None of them, none had even a semi-intriguing personality. They all just blended and meddled together into one large, flat blob. And this is when the book went from gripping and wonderful, to slow and tedious. In the middle, there was just one huge, dull, slow part, where it seemed I could only read a couple pages at a time before wanting to go take a bath. Usually slow parts in books finally, eventually, come to an end. This? No. No. After page 300, it was like one large, tense march, building up for...for what? I felt this book was overlong and made up to be some gripping epic, that it just wasn't.
This review makes it seem like I'm ranting on hatred for this book, but I did give it three stars. Why? Well, it wasn't terrible. It really wasn't. The plot was alright, and the first couple hundred pages were good enough to make it likable, but all in all, I didn't love it enough to make myself read the next books in the series, especially not if they're as long as this one. (less)
Beastly is one of those simple, fun, fast reads, that I seem addicted to. As a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast (my least favorite of the Disn...moreBeastly is one of those simple, fun, fast reads, that I seem addicted to. As a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast (my least favorite of the Disney stories) I was unsure, but it ended up just swell. I read it in practically one sitting, smiling at how neat and perfect it was. A little too perfect, I'll admit. That was one of the things that annoyed me. I felt like everything was ridiculously overblown. The beginning was nearly excruciating with how unrealistically cruel and shallow the main character, Kyle, was. No teenager I know, not even the most hateful of the jerks, would ever talk the way he talked. The dialogue throughout the book, in fact, was awful. Not awful enough to make me dislike the book, but enough to annoy me. And I hated Lindy (belle) terribly. The was one of those overexcited, squealing girls, who throughout the book would continue saying on how 'she'd never done that before' 'she'd never been on a sled' 'she'd never been carried' 'she'd never been given a flower' 'she'd never been'--Okay, I could continue on all day. I'm simply saying, I hated everyone in the book. So, you ask, why did you give it three stars? Well, it was merely for the fact that it was hard to set down, and addictingly fun. And for that reason, I'll probably end up reading more of her books...(less)
I was drawn to this book by the dark, hauntingly sad, and beautiful cover; reading the back, however, I knew not to except too much other than the ave...moreI was drawn to this book by the dark, hauntingly sad, and beautiful cover; reading the back, however, I knew not to except too much other than the average teenage love story. Well, it was merely the average teenage love story, though still fun and fast and enjoyable while it lasted. Lauren Kate wrote one of those swoony books that a young girl pores over, gasps over, and gets a good giggle out of. The characters, however, I found to be lacking, as well as the plot. I found that the reader got a certain ignorance along with the book, a slow trickle of knowledge. I'm not one of those people that only likes dense, full-to-bursting showers of information poured down on them, but I do like a story to come at an even pace of intrigue, instead of suddenly jumping right in 3/4 of the way through. Oh, and the main character, Luce! Awful, yes? She seemed kind of interesting in the beginning: edgy, mysterious. But then she became over-obsessive, annoying, and utterly stalker-ish as it went along. You would expect my rating to be lower, with these faults in mind, yet again: I wasn't expecting much, and it gave me a bit of fun for a while. I will read the next books, and I won't regret reading them, so I'll settle for 3 stars. (less)