What to day about the Harry Potter books that hasn't already been said? Everyone will find something they enjoy in these books, as they are really har...moreWhat to day about the Harry Potter books that hasn't already been said? Everyone will find something they enjoy in these books, as they are really hard to hate. Who knows how many avid readers these books have inspired? I've read this series multiple times throughout my childhood, and even thought the series is amazing overall, this one particular book has always been my least favorite. I don't know why. (less)
This story had the promise of being one of the best stories of the year. It wasn't exactly my favorite novel, but it was great read nonetheless. Frank...moreThis story had the promise of being one of the best stories of the year. It wasn't exactly my favorite novel, but it was great read nonetheless. Frankie was a great protagonist. She was an intelligent girl with her own mind, whose ambitions are nothing sort of a mastermind's. I was expecting a novel in which a girl proves herself and is adored by the whole school and a non-jerk boyfriend. Despite myself, I was expecting a happy romantic ending, and was pleasantly surprised when I was proved wrong. Feminists will adore this book. (less)
This is an engrossing story filled with love and lost. The plot is complex, since it consists of really two stories that the author has interwoven int...moreThis is an engrossing story filled with love and lost. The plot is complex, since it consists of really two stories that the author has interwoven into one. The novel has a kind of fairytale feel, even though it covers some hard stuff: drug addiction, suicide, abandonment, teenage pregnancy. However, the novel really doesn't hit its stride till later in the book, and some reluctant readers may not make it that far. Also, since this setting is Australia, there is somewhat different spellings and some Aussie slang that American readers should be able to grasp by the context. Overall, this is a beautifully written novel that should be celebrated.
I've seen this book in libraries, on best-of lists, and pretty much everywhere. But I've always dismissed it because of the cover and the premise whic...moreI've seen this book in libraries, on best-of lists, and pretty much everywhere. But I've always dismissed it because of the cover and the premise which just seemed corny and something meant for 14-yr-old StarWars fans. So I was surprised when I saw my math teacher reading it. My math teacher is pretty, in her early 20's, and a conservative Bible-thumper, so I was curious to what she saw in it. Once I see somebody with a book in their hands, I become very nosy. Her rave review convinced me to read it.
What can I say about this book is that it's very fun and entertaining. I read it in one day. The sci-fi itself was pretty basic, and the most interesting part for me was Ender's trials at Battle School. Even though I had trouble following the null gravity battles. I did not understand Ender's explanation at all. It seems I would not be fit for Battle School :(
The most unbelievable part for me was the age of these kids. They were very young, yet talked like your average adult. I understand they were supposed to be genius's and everyone was chosen as the best in something, but the only I saw that in Ender. I wish I could have known the other characters more.
The "twist" ending didn't surprise me as much as the final chapter did. It just seemed so completely different from the rest of the book. I'm not sure whether or like it or not. This book definitely made me think in places.
Overall, I recommend it to sci-fi and non sci-fi fans alike. I'm interested to read the sequels to see what happens to their universe afterward, if I can find them at the library. The library has a nasty habit of only carrying some books in a series- and never the ones I want.(less)
15-yr-old Caitlyn Monahan is bored with her life in rural Oregon. She's interested in classical music, art history, period novels, not pop culture and...more15-yr-old Caitlyn Monahan is bored with her life in rural Oregon. She's interested in classical music, art history, period novels, not pop culture and boy drama. When she is offered a full-scholarship at a boarding school in France, she leaps on it. Anything that might introduce her to a more exciting life and a chance to meet her Prince Charming. However, life at the Fortune School isn't as idyllic as she would hope. Caitlyn has always been plagued by frightening and realistic dreams, which she thinks are the result of having a prophetic mother. Now her dreams are becoming more and more intense, immersing her in a world 400 years in the past, a world where powerful women are burned at the stake and young men wear armor on horseback. Caitlyn is thrown into a mystery involving the Fortune School, the de Medicis, and a handsome young man named Raphael.
I think this book is marketed poorly. Its portrayed as a ghostly romance story, but its really not, at least for the first two-thirds of the story. For the majority of the book it is a historical mystery, something I particularly enjoyed. I can see how it might be boring though, to those not interested in the genre. The novel also didn't follow the stereotypical girl-goes-to-boarding-school-finds-out-she-is-special story line. Yes, there were elements in there, such as the smug bitchy girls, but for some reason it just didn't read like standard YA. The tone was different, and it definitely held my interest.
I did not like Caitlyn, however. Her whole thing was "No one understaaaaaands me. I'm too original. I shop vintage!". She is exactly the same as every other frighteningly dull teenage girl, except her taste in music and clothing was "cultured". She was not anything special, and she lacked spunk and (to play off the book's French setting) joie de vivre. Boohoo boohoo, Caitlyn, go whine up someone else's tree. Oh, and I also didn't like how her one main goal in life was to get a guy. Realistic to a vapid teenage girl, perhaps, but it still made her seem shallow. I mean, she's going to live in fucking France and her main concern is finding a hot guy? Remind me, why is she the heroine again? Oh, cuz she is the one thats gots the powahs. Got ya.
Actually, pretty much all the characters lacked life and dimensionality. The most likable for me anyway was Naomi, but that is not saying much seeing as she was also as flat as a penny on the railroad tracks. And the romance between Raphael and Caitlyn was ehhhhhhhh. At first I was like, are they actually going to take it slow for once? How can THIS BE? And then before you know it, they were all up in each other's personal spaces saying how they can't live without each other. Damn, I should have shut off my sarcasm valve. I think I jinxed it. And then Caitlyn got all depressed and shit when she thinks Raphael dies (slight spoiler here, but whatevs). Its like YOU MET HIM LIKE THREE TIMES. And you didn't even know if he truly existed for most of them!! Way to be a Bella, Caitlyn.
Also, I felt like Caitlyn either was slow on the uptake or jumped to miraculous conclusions given few facts. Are you a genius or TSTL? Decide.
Overall, it was different but at the same time painfully disappointing. It has a different vibe from the other YA paranorms (even if this review provides examples to the contrary), but it still wasn't that great. The best aspect for me, easily, was the de Medici/Templar/historical mystery thing. I like me history. (less)
This book is okay just to have fun with. The plot isn't particularly unique, but it is intriguing. It has enough supernatural romance and modern teen...moreThis book is okay just to have fun with. The plot isn't particularly unique, but it is intriguing. It has enough supernatural romance and modern teen affairs to keep readers interested. The characters are strong, if a little stereotypical, and I look forward to see them progress later in the series. The writing itself needs a little work, for there was a lot of typos and grammar mistakes, but its easy enough to understand. This series has a lot of potential, and I believe it is better for vampire-loving girls than Twilight.(less)
Hailey Kendrick has a seemingly perfect life. She gets good grades, is Vice President of her class at a prestigious boarding school, and her boyfriend...moreHailey Kendrick has a seemingly perfect life. She gets good grades, is Vice President of her class at a prestigious boarding school, and her boyfriend is one of the most popular guys at school. She is the type that always colors in between the lines. But after an argument with a father leaves her angry and upset, she commits a random act of vandalism with an unlikely conspirator. She is caught, but her co-conspirator is not, and she finds herself taking the fall. As a punishment, she is forced to do janitorial service with a snarky townie, and the whole entire school is put on probation. Hailey has no choice but to watch her life change, as her boyfriend and her grow farther apart, her friends ignore her, and she loses the trusts of her teachers. Hailey is forced to begin coloring outside the lines if she wants to stay true to who she is.
God help me, I really liked this book. I do not like books like these. I hate cutesy books with their morals and their predictability and their cheesiness. I should have hated this one too. But the thing is.....I didn't....Am I turning into a sap or what?!
I blame it on the novel's charm. Yes, it was predictable and slightly cheesy, but it kept my glued to the pages. Honestly, I don't what adhesive got me stuck there, but it sure did work. Hailey was likable and at times, quite hilarious. She was awkward in all the right ways. I actually cringed for her, like the time she fell down the stairs. That would sooo happen to me. Right when she was trying to make a silent exit too *shakes head in laughter* Hailey was a relatable character, I think I mean to say. Also, her relationship with Drew was so cute! But not cheek-pinching cute. *glares at Arlene*
At the end of the book, I was actually grinning. GRINNING. My God! The cuteness, the humor, the sweetness had me looking like the Cheshire Cat!
I'm going soft! Quick, someone tell a dead baby joke!
Overall, I did like this book. Quite a bit, actually. I read one Cook previously (Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood), and I enjoyed as well, although not as much. In these two books, I can sense a formula. She takes a well known novel (In this case, The Scarlet Letter), gives it a modern day makeover, and infuses it with DIsney charm. And for some reason, it all works.
If anyone calls me soft after this, I shall stab them with a fork. (less)
This is an awesome series, and this book is no exception. Don't let the daunting size fool you, this is a great read that will having you reading late...moreThis is an awesome series, and this book is no exception. Don't let the daunting size fool you, this is a great read that will having you reading late into the night. (less)
I am a rather so-so fan of this series. I don't love the book enough to rant and rave about them, but I do enjoy them. Despite the semi-cheesiness of...moreI am a rather so-so fan of this series. I don't love the book enough to rant and rave about them, but I do enjoy them. Despite the semi-cheesiness of the titles, covers, and plot, they are fun to read, and are good to past time the time with. While never addictive enough to keep me up all night reading, Rose is a thoroughly kick-ass heroine. The writing is nothing special and isn't meant to be, but even now and then there is a good line. A good series overall.
This particular installment, I have to say, is the weakest. Definitely a bridge book meant simply to hold the readers over. It could have been severely condensed. Mead conviently used a whole variety of plot devices created just for this book. There was the bond between Rose and Lissa, which allowed the reader to see what was happening back at St. Vladimir's, there was the dispensable characters who only just served their purpose before being cast aside, and the little flashbacks of Rose and Dimitri's relationship to guaranteee that the reader knew they were in love (as if it wasn't obvious). The books plot really stretched in a couple places, but its all forgiven. It provided my Vampire Academy fix until the next one comes out. (less)
My favorite Harry Potter book! This one is absolutely amazing, and is an all-time favorite of mine. This book has it all. I've read it three times, mo...moreMy favorite Harry Potter book! This one is absolutely amazing, and is an all-time favorite of mine. This book has it all. I've read it three times, most recently because of the premiere of the movie. (less)
Wow. I literally finished this book five minutes ago, so I'm still riding the thrill. I'll come back with further analysis later, when my head's a bit...moreWow. I literally finished this book five minutes ago, so I'm still riding the thrill. I'll come back with further analysis later, when my head's a bit more clear (or not). But for the moment I shall say this is my absolute favorite in the series. Every single character grew in development (except Lissa), especially Rose. The characters seemed more and more like actual people, and the romance wasn't too shabby. The action was pretty awesome and the final battle was pretty epic. The only thing that pissed me off was Lissa. She is a brat and I just wish the Strigoi would get her or something. Oh, well. I won't read the next book right away, since I want to stagger the remaining books until the final one comes out. But I am certainly looking forward to it. (less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even more than the first. The narrator is kick-ass, but still manages to progress throughout the book. This time around...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book even more than the first. The narrator is kick-ass, but still manages to progress throughout the book. This time around, she really learns from her mistakes and is wiser than in the first one. Even though I didn't think much was going on plot wise in the first half of the book, I thought the ending was surprising. I was also grateful for the change of scenery. My only problem with this book is Lissa. I still don't see why Rose wants to protect her so much....she doesn't seem that great to me. In fact, Lissa was barely present in this one, which was both good and bad. It was good because I dislike Lissa, but bad because if she keeps making such sparse appearances, I will never learn to like her. It was better than the first, but needs a little bit more work to make it fantastic. (less)