I'll tell you one reason why this book got 4 stars: Alan. I know y'all like Nick and his rippedness, but Alan is by far the better brother. For instanI'll tell you one reason why this book got 4 stars: Alan. I know y'all like Nick and his rippedness, but Alan is by far the better brother. For instance, he has a soul (even though he doesn't always act like it), he's good-looking and red-headed, and his smart and dangerous. Half the chiz that goes down in this trilogy is because Alan double-crossed someone or made a secret deal. He is just so bad-ass.
So I definitely liked this book being in Sin's perspective, because not only was she an interesting character, I gots to see lots of Alan. It was also interesting to see the core group and their complicated dynamic from an outsiders perspective. Although I understand the gripes that Sin was removed from the plot and the action because it didn't fully concern her, I enjoyed her own personal plot as well as the story more integral to the group. I wouldn't as fully enjoy a book in Alan's perspective, because then how could I be surprised every other chapter when he did something I didn't expect?
I'm not a humongous fan of this trilogy, however. It took me a very long time to catch onto the magic system, and there is still a lot of questions I have. The humor, although hilarious, sometimes distracts from the action. It'll be all serious and revelation-y, and then here comes Jamie with his faithful quirky quip. Sometimes I appreciated that, sometimes I didn't.
Overall, this trilogy is a solid one, one I recommend trying out. It's refreshing, if anything, and it doesn't pussyfoot around. It's honestly surprising and suspenseful and unique, with a cast of character you will grow attached too. And it has Alan. He's my backup fictional husband, after Peeta ...more
Ethan can't wait to get the hell out of Gatlin, the small Southern town that his family has lived in for generations. He can't help but feel as if heEthan can't wait to get the hell out of Gatlin, the small Southern town that his family has lived in for generations. He can't help but feel as if he doesn't belong, a feeling only exaggerated by his nightly dreams of a girl he's never met….until now. Lena Duchannes is new into town, the odd niece of the town recluse, and Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. Ethan soon discovers that Lena just isn't different in the way she dresses, but she is a Caster in a bloodline that has been cursed for generations. Desperate to find a way to be together in a world that seems determined to keep them apart, Ethan and Lena will try to untangle the mysteries of their ancestors and save themselves from a potentially deadly curse.
For some reason, I liked this one. Logically, I would have expected to hate it, but I found myself enjoying it more and more as I turned the pages. I have more complaints than praises, actually, but this book was the first story in a long time that I found myself thinking about even after I turned the final page.
First of all, I like how the book was written in a male perspective. That's pretty hard to find in a YA paranormal romance. Ethan's voice for the most part was genuine. I mean, there were a view instances where I raised my eyebrows (this boy knows his fragrances), but overall I was able to forget the authors were female.
But, hey, this book was waaaayyy too long. I don't even know the reason for it. Looking back there was absolutely nothing that required this novel to be a honkin' 500+ pages. It just seemed like a mistake on the editor's part. It his (or her) job to whip the book into a size that I can actually fit into my backpack. Unfortunately, it doesn't look the sequel is on SlimFast either.
Also, the fantasy aspects confused the shit out of me. Okay. Let's walk through this. Lena is a Caster. Her entire family is Casters, except for her uncle who is like this vampire incubus thing. Casters are like witches, right? They can do spells, but also have raw power. There are different types of Casters, though. Lena is a Natural, unless she turns Dark and then she's a Catalyst. Naturals can basically do whatever they want. So is a Natural just a compilation of all Caster types, or are there specific powers designated to Naturals that no other Caster can do? I don't know. What the hell was Uncle Macon? Is that ever cleared up? Do Caster's need spells? Do the spells just allow them to do things their powers won't them do? Oh, just forget I said anything.
The romance between Lena and Ethan was pretty cool. I like how they didn't immediately jump into each other's pants but started out with friendship first. Even though, I don't understand the connection between Lena and Ethan, especially the whole telepathy thing. I feel bad for Ethan. From what I understood (which isn't a lot) Lena can read Ethan's thoughts, but Ethan can't read hers. Lena, however can "project" her thoughts at Ethan or something like that. I don't know. All I know is, if some dude could read my mind, I sure wouldn't hook up with him. I am a woman of mystery and intrigue and I shall stay that way.
I loved how Amma and Uncle Macon were all like "you can't be together!" but then did nothing about it. The kids did basically the same thing as they were doing before except now I have to listen to "I hope we don't get caught!"
Oh, and it totally annoyed the hell outta me when Ethan referred to Lena as "L". He names is Lena, dipweed! Its one extra syllable! If her name was something like "Laffricalicasia", then it is acceptable to call her L. This probably annoyed me though because I don't have any nicknames relevant to my real name. People call me "chicken nugget" and "horse girl" but those don't count.
Anyway, I completely lost my train of thought writing this review. I had a funny bit planned involving a fork in an electricity outlet, but I've completely forgotten what I was going to say about it.
An irrelevant plus side to this book is that it gained me an ally at the school library. Usually there is just this really cranky librarian who always kicks me out of the library for talking too loud last period on a Friday, but now there is this also this nice new librarian. We bonded over this book, and now every time I walk into the library we make small talk about YA lit. So suck on that meanie librarian! Try kicking me out now!
So I guess I'll end it here. Overall, I liked this book. In retrospect, it probably deserves more of a three than a four, but I won't deduct the star after I already bestowed it. That's like giving a kid a fully automized fire truck for Christmas, only to replace it with a crappy little Hot Wheels car after they've already opened it.
I totally called it about Link's mom btw. Imma G like that....more
This book is fun and thrilling. The writing and character developement aren't the best, but they aren't meant to be. Despite the semi-slow beginning,This book is fun and thrilling. The writing and character developement aren't the best, but they aren't meant to be. Despite the semi-slow beginning, it really picks up speed towards the end, and will keep you awaiting the next installment. A nice, fun read. I doubt you'll be disappointed. It was also a great starter to what is sure to be a best-selling series. ...more
Okay okay okay. When I first read this book, I loved it. I thought it was the best in the series (my bad, cycle), and that Paolini was truly visionaryOkay okay okay. When I first read this book, I loved it. I thought it was the best in the series (my bad, cycle), and that Paolini was truly visionary.
What the hell was I on?!
All the praise I had for this book has evaporated. It was a whole lotta bor.ing. My God, could it have been drawn on any longer? On average, there was like one page of plot for every seven pages of filler. Paolini tried to trick his reader's into being excited by throwing in random-ass action scenes. "Well, since the Varden is just sitting around and Eragan is having repetitive philosophical conversations, lets have Roran bash 200 heads in. And describe every single one!" Dear Lord, Paolini was trying to write this book in real time or something. I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW WHAT ERAGON HAD FOR BREAKFAST. I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW EVERY STEP IN MAKING A MYSTICAL SWORD. I DO NOT NEED ENDLESS DESCRIPTIONS OF PLACES WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN.
90% of this book was filler. And if you already know the 10% of plot beforehand, Brisingr is pretty much a snoozefest. But I guess I understand Paolini's reason for creating this brick though. It's clear he loves his world. Hey, it probably comforted him when he was busy not getting laid in high school. He just wants to share every bit of it, meanwhile showing off his developing writing skills. But it's important to know as a writer that details you find interesting might not be so for the readers. Sometimes, you just have to stick with the story, and suck it up. There's world building and there's being excessive.
I re-read Brisingr in preparation for Inheritance, which I have been waiting for a loooong time. But since I enjoyed Brisingr when it was fresh, chances are good I will enjoy Inheritance. I hope so, as it appears Paolini has saved all the plot for the last book. ...more
I always heard this book was good, and they were right! It definitely put a new spin on Oz. It shows how things change coming from different perspectiI always heard this book was good, and they were right! It definitely put a new spin on Oz. It shows how things change coming from different perspectives The story was a little odd, though, and the politics and religion can be a little confusing at times. The fantasy was in perfect porportion to the rest of the story, not enough to make it unbelievable, but enough to make it Oz. The writing at times can be a little...disturbing, so for mature readers only. Keep in mind, this book is love it or hate it.
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 harWhat 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. ...more
As the largest book in the entire series known for its enormous size, you have to have some respect for the author here. Rowling mentions herself in aAs the largest book in the entire series known for its enormous size, you have to have some respect for the author here. Rowling mentions herself in an interview that if she could go back and edit this particular book more, she would, and I can't blame her. Not my favorite in my series, but I am seriously glad I've read it not only once, but 3 times. ...more
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, moMy 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. ...more
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 lateThis 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. ...more
This was ultimately a fantastic end to an amazing series. It was not my favorite book in the series, as some of the chapters were quite boring and uneThis was ultimately a fantastic end to an amazing series. It was not my favorite book in the series, as some of the chapters were quite boring and unecessary, but all my questions were answered, and there were several suprises. I've reread this entire series in 9 days, and boy, it feels like an accomplishment....more
These books are perfect for all ages. They are entertaining, imaginative, and appropriate. The first one is an absolute classic, and will be read forThese books are perfect for all ages. They are entertaining, imaginative, and appropriate. The first one is an absolute classic, and will be read for years. ...more