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)
My two friends have been raving about this book for days. They lent me a rather battered copy, at least by my tastes (I don't even like dog-earing). T...moreMy two friends have been raving about this book for days. They lent me a rather battered copy, at least by my tastes (I don't even like dog-earing). The premise sounds interesting, the reviews are mixed, and the title and cover looks like something out of a Kotex add. Here we go.......
All right. This book is about 15 year old Laurel, who discovers she's a faerie after a flower blooms out of her back (faeries are apparently plant people). Anyway, her old house is on some special land that trolls (aka the bad guys) want a hold of. So she has to stop them. But she is not alone in her adventures. She has her super-nice human friend David(who is in love with her) and her attractive faerie friend Tamani(who is also in love with her) to help her out.
Hey, it was okay. I thought the whole faerie mythology thing original. But that was probably the best part. The characters were a little cookie-cutterish, and Laurel was the perfect girl that everybody found likable. I guess one faerie power is to have insta-friends, because on the first day of school she already has a guy pining after her. (Guess what class they have together. Thats, right! Biology!) There is also a love triangle folks, between the sexy dangerous guy, and the cute dependable friend. I'm rooting for you, David! I thought Tamani was too big of a creep, and I never found Laurel's and his connection too palpable. Plus David deserves it, him being whipped and all.
The writing was pretty simple. It was a little too easy to read. More like middle-grade. Content-wise, the book is pretty clean. No swearing other than one s***, I believe. Some kissing, no real sex. Menstruation is mentioned, which might make guy-readers a little uncomfortable. But honestly, what guy would read this book?
Overall, the whole pick seemed like a set-up for a series. Just an introduction of the chracters and plot. Not all the loose ends are tied up either. I'll probably read the rest of the series, but I won't pay for the books.
On a side note, Miley Cyrus as Laurel? Yuck. I was thinking more like Anna Sophia Robb. Same look as Laurel and she can act. If Disney wants Miley in it so bad, she can be Chelsea and they can create a bigger part for her or something. (less)
Ship Breaker takes places in a gritty, grim future, where the divide between the rich and the poor is deeper than ever. The poor grow up like Nailer,...moreShip Breaker takes places in a gritty, grim future, where the divide between the rich and the poor is deeper than ever. The poor grow up like Nailer, a youth who lives in a little shack on a beach off the Gulf Coast with his abusive, drugged-up father. Like everyone else on the beach, Nailer must work hard to survive, stripping washed-up oil rigs for the raw materials, but even hard work is not enough to guarantee survival in his dog-eat-dog world. Nailer can rely on hardly anyone, besides his crew boss Pima and her mother. His father doesn't care, and even his own crewmates, blood-sworn to have his back, will betray him if it means being rewarded by the Fates with their own "lucky strike".
Nailer's beach has people from a hodgepodge of cultures and ethnic backgrounds. One thing I loved about this book was that the people came in all shades of colors, and none of the characterizations resorted to stereotypes. Unlike most books, white is not the default. Such a mix of characters also paved the way for an interesting culture, one that thrives on luck and "the Fates", with gods and deities from all religions, as well as some made-up ones like the Rust god. I just found this interesting because it emphasized the fact that everyone was poor, no matter their color or beliefs. Everyone had to struggle, with no one being that much better off than another.
One theme that this novel explores pretty well is how some people lose their sense of humanity in the face of adversity. No one in this book is nice. They are all willing to kill if they have to, but with each person having a different way of determining when they "have to". Nailer has more humanity than most. When a city-killer storm ravages the beach, it leaves behind the wreck of a clipper ship, a vessel for rich people. Nailer and his best friend, Pima, are the first to discover the ship, and are determined to scavenge all they can from it. In one of the rooms they discover a beautiful "swank" girl, who appears to have been crushed by toppled furniture. Noticing the girl's gold jewelry, Nailer and Pima have no qualms about taking it from her, perhaps cutting off her fingers in the process in order to get her gold rings. Things become complicated when the girl turns out to be alive. Pima is all for cutting the girls throat and taking the loot. Pima is not a bad character. She is fiercely loyal to Nailer and the rest of her crew and family, but she has no sympathy for characters outside her circle of loyalty. Nailer is more conflicted, convincing Pima that the girl is worth more alive than dead, for people are certain to come looking for her.
Through out the novel, Nailer is torn between being "smart" (aka doing what he can to survive and get ahead), or doing what is right. He constantly finds himself doing what he can to save the swank girl, Nita, and returning her to her family, although that is difficult because they are being pursued by enemies of Nita's father, who want to use Nita as leverage, as well as Nailer's own father, a killer who wants revenge.
The world that Ship Breaker is set in is one of YA distopia's best, as it is well-concieved and imaginative, while remaining plausible. The plot was extremely fast-paced, violent, and action-packed, and the writing had moments of insightfulness. But one thing that was missing from the novel was empathy. I felt it lacked heart and an emotional punch. The characters felt more like roles than actual people. There was potential for some extremely heart-wrenching moments that was ignored, and the small romance between Nailer and Nita could have been fleshed-out more. I don't intend to be sexist, but I just believe this is because the author is male and this book is geared towards a male audience. Not that females can't enjoy it too, its just if they are hoping for some intense romance, they will be disappointed.
One more small quirk I had with this book was how Nailer learned to read so fast. I just found that highly unbelievable, and it took me out of the story.
But overall, it was quite a good novel. It wrapped-up nicely, leaving room for a sequel (I understand it's to be a trilogy), but no cliff-hanger. Nonetheless, I am eager for the next installment.
Okay, so I liked this one a tad more than I liked Wake. But only because it actually had some semblance of a plot and the writing was a bit tighter.
I...moreOkay, so I liked this one a tad more than I liked Wake. But only because it actually had some semblance of a plot and the writing was a bit tighter.
If only the plot wasn’t so fucking ridiculous and outlandish. I get that this is a paranormal book, so some disbelief is required, but it is just so far removed from reality.
(view spoiler)[Police work is left up to a teenage couple that operate solely on hunches and instinct. Dreams are accurate, relevant, and are counted as evident. Teachers are able to have annual bacchanals with students, without the students ever breathing a word. Every male teacher is a fucking rapist. I just….I just…no. (hide spoiler)].
And there was no suspense. McMann really needs to learn how to employ a red-herring every now and again. It got to the point where I thought the actual bad guy was the red-herring just because it was so boringly and straight-forwardly him.
And Janie and Cabel need to take a chill pill. My God, you would think with all their responsibilities they would be a little less moody. Well, at least there isn’t a love triangle.
I am not exactly looking forward to the final one. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was really absorbed in this in the beginning, but it soon became overlong and convoluted. It just got bogged down by too many plots and too many cha...moreI was really absorbed in this in the beginning, but it soon became overlong and convoluted. It just got bogged down by too many plots and too many characters. Also, by the end, most of the action has been done off-stage, with Bitterblue only hearing about it afterwards, making it boring as well. (less)
This book could have very nearly been a disaster. It could have taken the sour young-adult fantasy route that I'm experiencing more and more these day...moreThis book could have very nearly been a disaster. It could have taken the sour young-adult fantasy route that I'm experiencing more and more these days. It even had the dreaded love triangle. But, I was pleasantly surprised in the end.
This books is about a girl, named Aura (the name made me cringe), who can see ghosts. Which is not unusual because everyone born after the Shift can see the violet figures of people who once were. The night of his 17th birthday, Aura's boyfriend, Logan, dies. He isn't completely gone though, and haunts her whether she wants him to or not. Then enter Zach: the sexy foreign exchange student who has a secret nearly as big as Aura's own.
This book moved quickly and fluently, without just being comprised of action. I was sucked in nearly immediately. I was reading this on my laptop, so I began taking my laptop everywhere. The writing, while not particularly stunning, was fluidly done.
The characters were strong. Aura, the main character, was no Mary Sue. Assertive and passionate, she was quick-witted enough to hold her own in the tensest conversations. Logan was perfect in that he wasn't perfect. He had a temper, but was overall very sweet. Even though he was dead for 90% of the novel, he managed to develop through out the story.
And then there was Zach. Oh. My. God. I think I'm in love. All foreign exchange students are sexy, but a Scottish one? *melts* Smith-Ready must have dived into the deepest parts of my psyche, because he is a man of my dreams. And the love-triangle was well-done. All the emotions Aura felt were believable, and I think readers will be conflicted as to whom to favor.
This was a smart paranormal read. The plot was original without being completely out-there. It was exciting and entertaining, with plenty of unanswered questions left at the end. Once the sequel comes out, I guarantee ya I'll be one of the first in line.
Oh, and I thought the cover was ugly, but that besides the point. (less)
If I had to come up with one word for this book, it would be disjointed. I felt disjointed from the characters, disjointed from the plot, and the char...moreIf I had to come up with one word for this book, it would be disjointed. I felt disjointed from the characters, disjointed from the plot, and the characters and plot felt disjointed from each other.
I just didn't understand it. It wasn't that the book was complicated, it just didn't work. I did not connect to Mackie, the main character, on any level, and I couldn't comprehend his actions. Same with the other characters. I just didn't know what was up with them. Their feelings were up and down, they knew some information, but were ignorant at the same time. The relationship between the town of Gentry and the underworld was shady and vague, so it was hard for me to understand the motivations behind the characters. Besides that, Mackie was unremarkable, maybe even unlikable. I'm not very much into emo guys.
I wish I got more out of this book than I did. The blurb on the front from Maggie Steifvater describes it as an "eerie and beautiful story of ugly things. It should be read aloud after dark, at a whisper." That is a lovely blurb, enough to entice me to read the book. If only the book itself had as much finesse as that single sentence. In the end, however, while I appreciate The Replacement's attempt at originality, I found it to be a muddled mess.
I read the first three books in the Sevenwaters Trilogy (or series, now) a month or two ago. It wasn't until afterwards that I heard of this fourth bo...moreI read the first three books in the Sevenwaters Trilogy (or series, now) a month or two ago. It wasn't until afterwards that I heard of this fourth book. While part of me was excited to once again immerse myself in the land of Sevenwaters, I was wary. Whenever there is an unplanned additional book in the series, it is nearly never as good as the previous ones.
This one starred a character already mentioned in Child of the Prophecy: Clodagh, the third daughter of Sean and Aisling and the great-granddaughter of the original Sevenwaters heroine. Clodagh is described as the boring sister, the one content to stay at home and manage household affairs. Desperate to have a son, Clodagh's mother is pregnant once again, despite her advanced years. But there are also disputes going on between Sean and several other chieftains. Amongst the chaos, Clodagh's baby brother is kidnapped and replaced with something unhuman, but alive just the same. Clodagh, accompanied by a mysterious young man, knows what she must do: return the changeling to the Otherworld in exchange for her brother. The task is dire for if her brother is not returned, the entire Sevenwaters family will be torn apart.
My assumption that this installment wouldn't be as good as the previous ones was proven correct. It followed the Sevenwaters formula sure enough, but there was a spark missing. I loved the first two, for I found them intriguing and lyrical, but the third one lacked. This one was worse than the third one, but still better than a lot of fantasy books out there. All the books are well researched in their lore, and the descriptions are as being transported to a distant land. This one was much more involved with the fantasy elements, actually partly taking place in the land of faerie. I still don't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. The romance was really sub-par on this one. It wasn't even really romance until half-way through, and the final hundred pages or so was all sap and sexual tension. Seriously, I was cringing in some moments. Other than that, nothing really happened long term. So the faeries are pissed a them, so what?
I was a little disappointed with this one. I recommend for Sevenwaters fans, but I do caution them. Don't start this one with the intent that it shall be the best one yet. It was actually quite forgettable, but my love for Sevenwaters is in no way diminshed. I will continue the series (if Marillier continues) out of this love.
On a side note, what is with all these creepy covers? They just keep getting more and more odd. If I just happened upon these books in a bookstore with no previous knowledge of their contents, I would pass them by, judging from their covers that they would be crap. (less)
I knew something about this book before I cracked open the pages, even though I was reading an ARC. That's the kind of buzz this book has been getting...moreI knew something about this book before I cracked open the pages, even though I was reading an ARC. That's the kind of buzz this book has been getting. Honestly, I would have read this book for the cover alone. God, that is some gorgeous cover art. And I was prepared to hate this book. I thought it was going to be a book with a pretty cover, titillating premise (OMGzzz polygamy!), but with no substance. Overall, Wither exceed my expectations.
Let's start out with the bad things.
The world building. I am not the first person to point out how much this sucked. Dystopia's are so successful and interesting, because they set up the possibility of maybe. In a good dystopia, we are able to see some aspects of our society magnified and twisted in a way that terrifies us and makes us question the world we live in. There really is no basis for polygamy or child brides that is present in our society. I'm not going to say that it doesn't happen, because we've all seen the Lifetime specials and newsreports. But one reason why polygamy and child brides are so interesting is because, in Western Society, they are considered obsolete and taboo. I feel like the premise was just designed to intrigue readers, and if the story, with the prose and the characters, were under different circumstances, this book would have garnered five stars from me
Don't get me started on the science of this book. It is nothing but pseudo-science, and curious and careful readers will get pissed off at the impossibility of it all. Supposedly, this book takes seventy years in the future (or sixty, or something like that). Scientists have issued a "cure" for cancer to all individuals (Which is highly unlikely. Some people refuse the flu vaccine, what basis do they have to receive a barely test cure?), but with disastrous results. The first generation grew up fine and hardy, but their children, and their grandchildren, are dying off after adolescents, girls at twenty, boys at 25 from some mysterious infection. There is absolutely no basis in science for a disease that kills off people so suddenly, or so without a cause. Even for the most fatal of hereditary diseases, the victims are usually given decades of wiggle room. It just doesn't make sense, especially that women die younger than men. Statistically-speaking, men die from more diseases than women do, and generally have a lower life expectancy. Clearly everything is a plot device, which does not make for good world building.
Also supposedly, the whole word except for the smallest bit of North America has been killed off in some cataclysmic war, in the process melting all the ice caps and sinking all the continents. Yet, North America appears to be functioning just fine, albeit with better technology than nowadays........I really hope people understand how IMPOSSIBLE this is. Common sense demands it. For the sake of DeStefano's intelligence, I really hope this turns out to be a rouse. Kind of like how Linden is shielded from the world outside of his estate, I hope Rhine has been shielded from the rest of the world entirely.
And one more random nitpicky comment......why would the snatchers (is that what they are called? I forget...) wear uniforms? Wouldn't it make more sense for them to wear street clothing? That is like a serial killer walking around with a bloody knife and a t-shirt that says "I KILL YOUR CHILDREN".
Now unto the good things. Obviously, from my rating, the good things win out. If the good things weren't as good, I would have absolutely detested this book.
The prose......oh, it was lovely. Beautiful, and delicate, it grabbed me from the first page. I was expecting some serviceable, generic words-on-a-page, but instead there was just pleasantness. DeStefano has a way of making the most desperate situations hopeful, and Rhine's emotions bled off the page. I strongly recommend listening to wistful instrumental music while reading this book. It's reaaaaaally nice.
I cared for all the characters, even the ones I was initially supposed to hate. DeStefano made me feel for the characters before I even realized what she was doing. The oblivious, charming Linden, the overeager, selfish Cecily, and the exotic, melancholy Jenna......the only character I really didn't care about was Gabriel, the love interest for Rhine. He wasn't really established enough yet, something I am looking forward to in future books. He wasn't a bad character, and Rhine and he were at least friends initially, and not the "I shall die without you"-type couples that so often populate today's YA novels.
I expected to feel nothing for this book, but instead I felt my heart breaking and my lips smiling.
Yes, the book has copious faults, but please try to look past them. For me, the writing and character building triumph over the sucktastic world building. Wither is a prime example of a fine young talent trying too hard to make her book marketable.
Alas, I am eagerly waiting for the next book. (less)
Meghan Chase is used to being nothing special. Her father disappeared when she was six, and her family seems to forget she even lives with them someti...moreMeghan Chase is used to being nothing special. Her father disappeared when she was six, and her family seems to forget she even lives with them sometimes. At school its much of the same, her only friend being Robbie, a prankster who seems to be more and more protective of her of late. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she is sure that will all change. Her cool crush will notice her and her mother will take her to get her license. Meghan is determined that this will be the most special birthday ever. It is; but not in the way she imagined. Meghan begins to see mysterious figures and things she knows can't be real, and when her little brother disappears, a vicious, other-wordly creature in his place, Meghan will find out how special she is. Guided by the faery Puck, Meghan will have to travel into the faery realm, filled with magic and danger, in order to retrieve her stolen little brother.
One thing I regret is that I didn't read A Midsummer Night's Dream first. I would rather go into this book with Shakespeare's characters in my head, then got into Shakespeare's play with Kagawa's characters in my head. Hopefully, that does not effect my enjoyment of the play, which I intend to read one day on my own terms, seeing as my school system failed to force me to read it under a restrictive classroom setting.
One positive thing I can say about this book is that it is entertaining and undemanding. Everything is imaginable and easy to follow, and the action flows at a steady pace. It covered some really well-worn territory, but it did so in a charming way. Most of it was pretty standard fey book fair, but there were a few ideas (the Iron Court, for instance), that I felt were original.
Meghan, while not necessarily stupid, was not the brightest bulb in the bunch. She was rash and oblivious at the same time. She didn't seem to do much. The whole thing was quite repetitive. She would follow someone somewhere, they would run into danger, something would save her, and then she would begin to follow someone else to somewhere else, they would once again run into danger, she would be saved one again and so on and so forth. She wasn't particularly great.
The two love interests (because I assume Puck shall become a love interest) are pretty bland. I know, ladies, Ash is supposed to make me weak at the knees, but at this point he is pretty "eeeehhhh". Is he supposed to be the "bad boy"? And what is Megan being all "I am his beloved!"? They made out a few times. I do not consider that love. Certainly not love I would be willing to risk my future on, because if Ash's mom finds out she is going to be pissssssssed.
Overall, my impression of this book can be summed up in one word: "solid". Is that weird? To call a book "solid"? But thats what is was. Dependable, safe, and consistent.
The only character that I liked enough to make remarks over is Grimalkin. There should be a requirement for every fantasy to have a snarky talking cat, if there isn't one already. I just love those furry grumps.
It's been a while since I read Wicked Lovely or Ink Exchange, but I wasn't too confused going into this story. But I don't remember the characters bei...moreIt's been a while since I read Wicked Lovely or Ink Exchange, but I wasn't too confused going into this story. But I don't remember the characters being so whiny! A majority of the book was angst or sexual tension, broken up by the occasional internal monologue. The second half was a little bit better than the first, because something actually moved forward in the plot. I don't know. I was never in love with the books, but I like them well enough. I just wish the author would stick to court politics and the beautiful scenery, as thats where I believe her books are at their best. I just hopes she cuts down on the whining in the next book.
Okay, I'm hooked. I started watching the TV show when it first came out, and liked it well enough. So I decided to see how the book series would compa...moreOkay, I'm hooked. I started watching the TV show when it first came out, and liked it well enough. So I decided to see how the book series would compare.
This book follows a former group of friends three years after their leader, Alison, went missing. Now they are getting mysterious text messages from a person known only as "A". "A" knows secrets only Alison knew and trust me, these girls have plenty of them. Despite being only 16, these girls have more skeletons in their closets than the cast of "Desperate Housewives". The girls have to confront secrets from their past while dealing with issues of their present.
I liked this book perhaps more than I'm willing to admit. Its a guilty pleasure read for sure. The girls are each different and have their own personalities. Aria is the "free spirit" who holds the secret of her dads affair, while trying to hide a tryst of her own. Emily is the demure jock who is questioning her sexuality and overall personality. Hanna is the new queen bee desperate to stay ahead. And Spencer is the competetive over-achiever who is fruitlessly trying to please her parents.
I liked all of the girls, despite their faults. But I did remain unattached from them through out the book. The plot is full of twists and turns and I have absolutely no idea what will happen next.
I'm not sure whether or not I like the TV show or book series more. While they obviously have similarities, they have their fair share of differences, and I think they might be going in different directions. So as of now, I like them both.
When I read Derting's The Body Finder, I was not impressed. After reading the start of her second series....I am still not impressed.
The marketing is...moreWhen I read Derting's The Body Finder, I was not impressed. After reading the start of her second series....I am still not impressed.
The marketing is all there. Gorgeous cover, creative dystopian premise, the promise of romance....All of this is very in right now. Unfortunately.
The weakest part of The Pledge was the world-building. As a dystopian, it was very weak. There is no reason for this world, no how, no why. Supposedly, it was set sometime in the future, as it alludes to current cities, but no world I know would end up like this. This world has magic powers, evil queens, lost princesses, and hidden princes. Sounds like a fantasy, right? Perhaps thats what it should have been: a fantasy. As a dystopian, there are too many logic gaps, which Derting doesn't even begin to explain. Where do the powers come from? What's their purpose? Why the matrilineal monarchy? It's possible she'll get around to it later, but I doubt that. I believe she's hoping we'll just close our eyes and go along with it.
What originally was an intriguing concept, the idea of languages being barriers, soon got mushed into typical YA tropes. The book was basically set up for a romance, one I didn't particularly enjoy. The main character, Charlie (love that name for girls, btw), is a level-headed enough girl in the beginning but quickly dissolves at the first sign of a hunk. It goes as far as there is bombs going off, and Charlie doesn't know if her parents are alive, but all she can focus on is being jealous of some innocent hand-holding. Really, now. And sure Max is good-looking, but he's borderline stalker, and he always tries to get the narrator to do things she doesn't want to do because he wants it for her. And his only excuse for this is he finds her "beautiful and intriguing." Charlie overall isn't particularly special, sure she's got powers, but she doesn't have much personality besides. Her most admirable trait is how much she cares for her sister. But I feel like whenever authors have a lack-luster character, they just make them caring or self-sacrificing, as if that's going to make up for a lack of personality. Derting's other characters were equally flat. They all had one, maybe two good traits, but they didn't feel like real people. Some characters were practically just names on the page.
The plot and writing was easy to slip into, and this book makes for a quick, absorbing read. The plot, while not entirely predictable from the get-go, had twists that smelled from a mile away. Still, it was satisfying to see my predictions come true. It makes me feel ahead of the game. Now that I look back on it, the book was fast-paced, but it wasn't particularly exciting and didn't have much action. The ending was also rather abrupt. As the pages drew closer to the end of the book, I was like "How is Derting going to finish this? We haven't even reached a climax yet..." Then it was over. And I was like "...that was it?" It just wrapped up rather quickly and safely, but there is more to come, this being a series and all.
And on a side note, I was immensely amused that the Queen, an elderly woman, had Darth Vader choking powers. I just wished she was more intimidating.
I liked this one considerably less than the first for a variety of reasons. It just didn't (pardon the pun) have the magic of the first.
I preferred t...moreI liked this one considerably less than the first for a variety of reasons. It just didn't (pardon the pun) have the magic of the first.
I preferred the story when there was less fantasy aspects, and it was mainly just a survival story. Now it is your typical I'm-so-special-because-I-gots-magic story. That just seems, I don't know, so conforming.
I also found the plot tedious. How many times can Yelena get captured and rescued? Apparently every flippin' times she goes outside.
And I hated everyone's attitude towards Yelena. They were either in lurvvvve with her or wanted to kill her. Quite extreme.
There were also useless characters and events that happened just to fill the pages. They had no significance on the plot or outcome of the book whatsoever.
Most of all, I hated what happened to Valek. Don't worry, people who haven't read this book yet, Valek is physically fine, if you don't count being whipped. I miss the old sexy mysterious Valek, the one who always had ulterior motives and something up his sleeve. I liked how his and Yelena's relationship developed in the first book. But now, I kind of wished that never happened. Valek is a changed man, and a boring one at that. We see him hardly at all in this book, and the times we do, him and Yelena are either jumping into bed or he is rescuing her one the many times she needs to be rescued. Yelena just tells him to do something and he does it. No mystery. And if I hear (or read) him say "My love" one more time, I will find him and punch him in the face. Yeah, I think I can take him.
Overall, I guess I liked it. It did get pretty annoying though. Hopefully, the third one will redeem it. (less)
Note to self: Never start a Rick Riordan book the eve of the due date of a big project. It will end with a half-ass poster board and disapproving look...moreNote to self: Never start a Rick Riordan book the eve of the due date of a big project. It will end with a half-ass poster board and disapproving looks from my Spanish teacher.
So, I couldn't flippin' put this book down. I even read it during dinner and blew off prime-time TV! When I had to put it down for something trivial like, IDK, school, I spent the whole time day-dreaming about it, and eagerly waiting for the moment when I could immerse myself in it again. Rick Riordan's world is just completely absorbing.
Now, if you haven't noticed, I gave this book four stars. I had reasons for the point deduction. First off, although this book was awesome, Percy was awesomer. Some things about The Lost Hero bothered me. For instance, I wasn't a fan of the multiple third-person POVs. Usually, I don't mind them, but I would much rather have this novel focus on one hero and tell the story from their perspective, like in the Percy Jackson books. I didn't feel quite as connected to the characters as I had previously, and it didn't have the same humor or charm. The character development was slightly lacking, I think sacrificed for the sake of the break-neck pace. Jason, one of the three main characters, was very dull. I didn't find him interesting in the least. I liked Piper and Leo, though, they had slightly more personality, but reminded me a little too much of Annabeth and Grover. Also, it annoyed me how many times the fact was repeated that Percy was Annabeth's boyfriend. Every time Percy's name would come up someone would go "Annabeth's boyfriend?". It was just annoying. Especially since it just renewed my pain over Percy's absence.
But I still loved this book. Every time an old character would come up I would give a little squeal, although the one character I was REALLY HOPING FOR never showed up. I just can't believe how big a tease Rick is. I waited for five fricking years to see Annabeth and Percy together and then HE'S NOT HERE. HUGUAHGJABB;UBGUBUGBJ!!!!!!
And did anyone else find this book super-predictable? I found the ending just kind of like "Well, duuuh".
Overall, The Son of Neptune is much too far a wait away!!! Come here nooooooow!
Oh, one more thing........*spoiler*
IF PERCY FALLS FOR ANOTHER GIRL AT THE ROMAN CAMP I WILL CASTRATE HIM. I AM SOOO NOT KIDDING. (less)
Emerson Watts isn't a popular girl. She has absolutely no interest in fashion (much to her younger sisters dismay) and spends her time playing video g...moreEmerson Watts isn't a popular girl. She has absolutely no interest in fashion (much to her younger sisters dismay) and spends her time playing video games with her best friend, Christopher (who she has an unrequited crush on). Emerson looks down at thin, pretty, shallow girls at her school who she refers to as the "Walking Dead". That all changes when a TV falls and crushes her, and she wakes up in a different body. And not just any body. The body of teen supermodel and the face of Stark Enterprises: Nikki Howard. It just so happened that Emerson's brain needed a body at the exact same moment Nikki became officially brain dead (ain't that a coincidence), and you can bet $2 million that Stark Enterprises wasn't going to throw their prize investment away. But how can Emerson maintain her own identity when she's in someone else's body, in someone else's life? Especially when the old Emerson hated everything Nikki Howard stood for.
You know, this is my favorite Meg Cabot book. It still gets three stars though. But I knew I wasn't going to love this book going into it. I was purposely looking for a light, fun read, and that's what Cabot's books are good for. They never succeed at achieving anything more than that however. Her books aren't really my style though. I have to be in the mood in order to read them.
One things that annoy me about Cabot books (and I'm totally generalizing here) are the narrators. They are all teenage girls, theoretically smart, but always so frivolous. All of them see to be a teenage girl stereotype to me. They're boy crazy and think in circles and go on page-long tangents. Emerson was interesting, though. I think hating things just because they are popular is just as shallow and juvenile as liking things just because they are. She proved to be just as boy-crazy as the people she looked down on, once she was giving the opportunity. I wanted her to be serious, but she never was. I did like how she was beginning to show some character growth though. I was liking her more as the book progressed.
I did enjoy this book more than I thought I would however. The one thing that kept me from giving it four stars was the ending. There was just no resolution. It kind of just ended. It wasn't a cliff hanger, but no problems were solved. I feel like I never finished the book. And of course my library does not have the next two in the trilogy in stock, forcing me to either by the books myself (which I don't want to do) or never finish the series (which I also don't want to do). I guess I'll wait until the books fall in my lap.
Overall, the book could have been a lot smarter. In the hands of another author, it totally would have been. I'm not dissing Meg Cabot, though. That's just her style, which I don't mind reading once and a while. (less)