Much, much better. Really felt the difference in the writing, here it's much more action-packed, with more mystery and adventure and less badly presenMuch, much better. Really felt the difference in the writing, here it's much more action-packed, with more mystery and adventure and less badly presented ideas. Much more plausible and enjoyable, Crown of Midnight really surprised me....more
Disturbing. It made me feel angry, sad, impotent. It's a relatively short book, but oh so potent. The open ending was a very good touch. A true dystopDisturbing. It made me feel angry, sad, impotent. It's a relatively short book, but oh so potent. The open ending was a very good touch. A true dystopia....more
A Margo for each of us - and each more mirror than window.
It's the most profound, deep, mysterious, philosophical, poetic, jackass hilarious kind A Margo for each of us - and each more mirror than window.
It's the most profound, deep, mysterious, philosophical, poetic, jackass hilarious kind of thing.
I'm not sure how the man does it but he manages to weave so many mind-boggles into this easy-flow, easy-read plot made of strings of laughter and snorts and frowns and sighs. I guess the power of John Green is within his ability to, as Q puts it, spin pleasure out of the strings crossing and separating and then coming back together. I love his ability to keep me hooked and believing in the almost material authenticity of the story, to shift from goofy to meaningful to goofy and back again all while keeping true to the teen narrator's voice. Profound thought without profound terminology. Gotta love that.
As I read "Paper Towns" I remarked that the book had a similar rhythm to "Looking for Alaska", and it does in a way, but it is also so, so different. I love them both, yet I have to say that Q's book is probably a bit more of a favorite than Miles's. The novel had me cramping with laughter in Part I, then frowning and thinking through the mysteries of Part II, and cramping back again until Agloe and then it all came together - the laughter and thoughts, and the entire impact. Though I expected a certain lean in the path at the end, and I was right to, I was still somewhat surprised by how the story was resolved. I was scared it would be another Alaska, but it wasn't. "Paper Towns" has its own big THE END, which is not so much an impact as a settling.
And wow, but have I gone metaphoric on this book's ass. Pardon, back cover. To be short and straightforward - Read it! It is a great adventure of fishes and pranks and roadtrips, of meek-inheriting and mirrors and grass, of paper towns and paper girls and paper futures. It's laughter and depth and silliness and life. And it’s so, so delicious. ...more
A very nice start to a new series. Fast-pased and adventure-saturated. It wasn't perfect, but it was fresh and interesting and I enjoyed it enough toA very nice start to a new series. Fast-pased and adventure-saturated. It wasn't perfect, but it was fresh and interesting and I enjoyed it enough to gobble it up in a single day. We'll see where it'll all take us....more
Nice ending to another great Rick Riordan series. I have to say, I missed Percy and Annabeth's POVs, but I loved Reyna and Nico's. Final assessment: mNice ending to another great Rick Riordan series. I have to say, I missed Percy and Annabeth's POVs, but I loved Reyna and Nico's. Final assessment: my favourite of this series of 5 books was number 4, The House of Hades, but I'm very, very happy with this ending.
Can't wait for Riordan's new set of gods and the trouble Annabeth's cousin is about to get into. This is an author I know can and will deliver, so I'll read on if he writes on =)...more
I wish Ilona Andrews took up her story and made a companion series to the Kate Daniels. I'd love to read more from her POV.Ah, Julie. Love that kid :)
I wish Ilona Andrews took up her story and made a companion series to the Kate Daniels. I'd love to read more from her POV. I'm still sniggering about the bit that Curran and Yu Fong at one place would make Kate's head explode :D Had a really, really good time, reading this short story (and that while waiting standing for an hour in a 8-metre queue. I crave more Julie, and more "dimwit"...cough, that is, Derek.
Is it just me, or do Dimitri and Rose seem less mature here? Had the same problem reading the snippet of Chapter 1 of Book 1 through Dimka's POV. SeemIs it just me, or do Dimitri and Rose seem less mature here? Had the same problem reading the snippet of Chapter 1 of Book 1 through Dimka's POV. Seemed totally blown out and implausible... I'm confused. I loved the VA books when I read them in 10th grade. Here's to hoping it's just the snippets bothering me....more
Holy half-alien babies! Very, very happy with this ending of the series, and sad at the same time that there will be no more Deamon cookies coming ourHoly half-alien babies! Very, very happy with this ending of the series, and sad at the same time that there will be no more Deamon cookies coming our way... (sigh) This summer has been filled with awesome plotline endings, one coming out after another, and it's gotten kind of crazy, being so happy with so many reads one after another, so I'm not exactly up for another great review (I want to do this justice). I'll try to write a proper review later this week.
And on another note - awesome dedication. Fit me like a glove, so thanks for that, Miss Armentrout....more
Black is back, and he’s not kidding around. Nope. He may bark a lot, but he follows through with real bites.
First whole book to read on my new KindleBlack is back, and he’s not kidding around. Nope. He may bark a lot, but he follows through with real bites.
First whole book to read on my new Kindle and I gobbled it up in a couple of days (hey, the weather's fine, friends are home and I couldn't not go out). I was so into it I literally slept cuddled up with Daemon (you have a dirty mind - I fell asleep as I was swiping away pages, but a girl can insinuate, wishful thinking and all that).
What can I say, I so totally loved it. The book lived up to all expectations and jumped above. As much as I adore the previous instalments (there's little more sexy than the Kat and Daemon snarkytalk that dominated book 1), I couldn't give them the full set of stars because there were always those funny moments that felt just kind of... slightly forced, implausible considering the types of characters and their circumstances. A couple of times I thought something else would have been more ‘to the point’ so to speak, but there are no such harsh implausibilities in Origin which finally gave me the green light on the full constellation.
Getting really down and dirty into the story, don't fret, gals - there's a load of over six feet hotness going on, and our fave crazy couple is mostly sharing the lime light - they aren't separated for all that long. The sweetness/snarkiness/partnership going on between Kat and Daemon is out of this world, literally and metaphorically, and you wouldn’t believe the stuff they’d pull for and on each other. As for Daedalus, well, the things that you'll learn will disgust you (big, tasty brownie points to Miss Armentrout for villainous imaginatively. Yep, I really said that.). I loved the concept of the Origin – it was equal parts creepy and awe-inspiring, and totally not what I expected (spoiler alert, if you think it’s what will call the other Luxen to Earth as I did, I have to pat you too on the back, oh you misguided little thing). There’s a lot of mind-boggling truths and lies flying around at an amazing frequency, but the ass-kicking does not relent to the mind-boggles. The climactic action toward the end will have you singing “Viva, Las Vegas”, or maybe “Burn, baby, burn”.
Disclaimer: laughs, gasps, scoffs and swears are bound to permeate your thoughts and may even be expelled from your lips. It’s quite possible your teeth might fall out under the influence of so, SO many lovey-dovey scenes, even as hot as they are.
And I thought Opal ended on a hell of a cliffy... I mean, WTF, and that's not counting all the conflicting stuff right before the last page. To makes things even more interesting, at the beginning Daemon swears to burn down the world to get Kat back, and he quite managed to do so; at the end of Origin he swears again, and I’m telling you, that boy will end the series with an even bigger bang (can’t quite imagine how, but he will). Oh boy.
Soooooooooo… (big, watery, pleading eyes) when can I get the next one? ...more