I don’t know what to expect when I first picked up this novel. Jane Green was not one of the authors that I’m familiar with so I thought it is good toI don’t know what to expect when I first picked up this novel. Jane Green was not one of the authors that I’m familiar with so I thought it is good to try something new. Sadly to say though, the result was rather frustrating.
The book started off OK but once I passed the first hundred-page, I literally start to yawn. The predictability of the plots and some annoying characters really turned off my interest but still, I continued reading in hope that there might be something that could spark my interest back on. Nevertheless, nothing really happen other than me getting more and more annoyed with the main character, Libby. Her hopeless, indecisive manner truly crawled under my skin and the way she measured a guy by the stack of money in his pocket was downright sickening. Even though she was just a fictional character, I do not think that it is wise to make a woman looks this daft.
So, needless to say, I am very disappointed with this book and will definitely not going to recommend this book to anyone. ...more
I felt like I was enchanted the moment I start reading Eyes Like Stars. It was unputdownable, extremely fun and full with stuffs that could make you rI felt like I was enchanted the moment I start reading Eyes Like Stars. It was unputdownable, extremely fun and full with stuffs that could make you roll on the floor, laughing out loud. It is very unique to see that most of the characters in this book are actually taken from several plays by Shakespeare, for example Ariel from The Tempest, the four fairies from A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Ophelia from Hamlet. I’ve to admit though that my knowledge on Shakespeare’s plays is rather shallow but it definitely exciting to see a new spin of these characters being put nicely in this excellent book.
In Eyes Like Stars, readers were introduced to Beatrice “Bertie” Shakespeare Smith, an orphan girl who lived in a theatre called Théâtre Illuminata. She befriended Nate, the pirate, and four mischievous fairies, who were super hilarious; to the point that I wish that I could get a few pair for my personal use *lol*. Bertie was a prankster herself and after few rows of shenanigans, she faced an expulsion from the theatre – the one place she could call home. The only way she could stay at the place was by proving to the Theatre Manager that she was able to make an invaluable contribution to the theatre. As she struggled to execute this “invaluable contribution” of hers, she learnt more about herself than she had ever known and everything was never the same again. What was really her planning to keep herself from being expelled from the theatre? And what exactly the thing about herself that she found out in the end?
I love, love, love every single bit of this book. It was magical and truly captivating. The storyline was excellent and the characters were very interesting. Beatrice and her four fairy friends seemed to be up to something at every single time. This made me wonder what could possibly be happening next and what kind of funny things that would be mumbled by those cute fairies mouth. How crazy was that? Despite its fast pace, I found myself trying to read as slow as I possibly can in order to allow me to chew and absorb every emotions and essences written in this book. This was indeed an excellent read which I highly recommended to people who love anything fantasy and to those who’s looking for a very fun read. Huge applause goes to the author, Lisa Mantchev, for this excellently written book. I can see myself re-reading this in near future!
Final Verdict: Hilarious and one of the most imaginative book that I've ever read. I think you'd missed a lot if you don't pick this one up! That surely tells a lot ;)
My Review: Claire Danvers only dream is to pursue her studies at an Ivy League college but that is not something that her parents agree with. Since shMy Review: Claire Danvers only dream is to pursue her studies at an Ivy League college but that is not something that her parents agree with. Since she is still very young, they think she should enroll to somewhere closer to home like at the Texas Prairie University in Morganville. However, they don’t know what they actually get Claire into. Morganville might seem like any other city in the world, but it holds its own dark secret that nobody knows until they settled in the city. Once they moved there, there is no way for anyone to escape the city. Even if they are allowed to, every memory they have regarding the city will be erased forever. Human might drive the politics in Morganville, but the real backbone of the city is actually powered by – Vampires.
After being bullied by several mean girls in TPU, Claire is left with no other choice other than finding new, safer place to live. Here she meets a trio – Michael, Shane and Eve – who occupies the Glasses house. They gladly accept her in and in no time, they become close-knitted friends that back each other up whenever problems arise. Claire only finds out the truth about Morganville during her stays at her new place where she learns that human and vampires live “symbiotically” with each other in which humans are required to donate blood monthly for you-know-what and in return, they’ll get protection from the vampires.
As the story moves on to the next chapters, readers are being introduced to more interesting characters like a biker guy whose seeking revenge for his family’s death, Myrnin, an ancient bloodsucker with some mental condition and Bishop, another ancient vampire, who believes that harmony is not vampires style of living. With huge cliffhanger at the end of every books, Caine leaves the readers sitting at the edge of their seats, craving for more action in the next book in the series.
The Morganville Vampires Series is such an electrifying read complete with enough suspense and mystery to keep readers constantly on the edge. Caine successfully created this multi-layered vampire town with history of its own causing this story to be somewhat original as compared to the other vampire stories out there. I especially love how she explains some of the intricate and crucial matters in small parts, letting the readers bombarding themselves with endless questions yet only to get the answers little by little. This surely thickens the suspenseful atmosphere and makes the plots even more exciting.
Another strength of this series comes in the dynamics between the four main characters. Even though it seems like most of the thing that happens revolve around Claire, the story does feel more alive when all four of them combine forces to fight the problems or solve the mysteries together. The addition of more colourful, interesting characters as the story goes on added more enjoyment to readers’ reading experience. I enjoyed having Myrnin, the loony vampire, in the book, as his presence seems to lighten up the stressful atmosphere.
I honestly picked up these books without expecting for anything though I’m glad to say that I am pleasantly surprise at how good it all turn out to be as the story gets to its ending. This stories created by Caine are truly enchanting. I cannot wait to read the subsequent chapter in this series!
Final Verdict: Highly enjoyable books that I highly recommended to those who love paranormal books. The series combine suspenseful moments, edgy mysteries, juicy romance and light, funny banters that keep readers wanting more.
What if you live in a period where your parents own the right to “terminate” your life? Period where someone else has a say on what is going to happenWhat if you live in a period where your parents own the right to “terminate” your life? Period where someone else has a say on what is going to happen to you, your future more than your own self? Period where your life means absolutely nothing just because you’re incompetent, an excess or a tithe chosen at birth? These are the facts that bring three names – Conner, Risa and Lev – together. Their paths cross each others’ because they are “The Unwinds” and they have to fight really hard to remain alive, to remain whole as themselves and not just as “the remaining” of themselves as a part of somebody else. During this time, when humans themselves have become the monsters, how can all these youngsters fight for their own survival?
I rarely read a book that truly horrifies me but it seems like Unwind managed to do just that. Concisely and vividly written, Shusterman creates a world close to our own, completes with realistic, complicated and well-developed characters. It doesn’t take long for one to start feeling for these young kids, understand their suffering, thinking about how those they love and trust can betray them in such unthinkable way. This book definitely horrifies me in a very different aspect since it doesn’t really filled with any gory details about some of these chilling events stated in it. Though the parts that have been left unsaid by the author are the portions that frighten me most since they make my mind wanders, imagining the most daunting things that could possibly be happening to these kids. There is not many books that can give such effect to me and this signify how excellent this book really is.
Unwind is a book that touches numerous critical issues - from abortion to organ transplantation, legal issues to religion aspects – but Shusterman fiddles with these issues with such implicit manners till one might not notice how heavy this book really is until they take time to think deeply about it. Saying that this book is an “enjoyable” read would definitely be a lie but the messages and knowledge that was cramped into these 352 pages really make everything worthwhile. Written by an author with such a deviant imagination, Unwind is definitely a phenomenal, thought-provoking book that should not be missed.
Enthralling. Captivating. Amazing. These are among the best words that I can use to summarise how I feel towards this fabulous series. The moment I stEnthralling. Captivating. Amazing. These are among the best words that I can use to summarise how I feel towards this fabulous series. The moment I start reading the first book, The Thief, I have a feeling that right then I’m holding something unique, I’m diving into something spectacular and I believe – without any doubt – that these books have the capability to sweep me away. After finishing all four books in a span of less than a week, my earlier prediction turns out to be true. I have unquestionably fallen deeply in love with this series. Written in a simplistic ways with a very comfortable pacing, The Queen's Thief is indeed a series that's full with surprises and I hope that I can deliver this review spoiler free while at the same time showing all of you what is it that I love about this series.
In The Thief, readers are being introduced to the most important character in the entire series – Eugenides or in short, “Gen”. He is young. He is hilarious. He is egocentric. And most crucial of all, he is the thief. He claims that he is genius enough to steal everything but apparently, he is also foolish enough that he brags about his most recent stealing activity at a bar, which leads to his imprisonment in a jail at Sounis. One day, the King’s Magus offers him freedom but in return he has to steal something for him. Here is where everything begins, where Gen and his companions – The Magus, his apprentices, Sophos and Ambiades, and a guard named Pol – start their adventure across three adjacent kingdoms, Sounis, Eddis and Attolia, to retrieve something no one else really believes exists. Narrated by the humorous Gen himself, readers get to see glimpses of his own thoughts and a delicious, detail account of his dazzling journey.
However, one thing that Gen – at all time – manage to keep to himself is the fact that he is actually more than what he lets everyone else sees. How clever this smelly, constantly starving character really is? Pieces by pieces of this intricate puzzle are being revealed rather slowly in the subsequent volumes in the series. It is surprising to me that The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings are no longer being narrated by Gen but from the eyes of two queens, a king and a mere guard. This drastic change is absolute necessary as the pace of the series moves up a notch and the plot thickens, becoming more sophisticated. Here we can see where Eugenides true power really lies and eventually finds out what other intricate things that this amazing character is able to steal.
While it is clear that I am terribly in love with the main character, Eugenides, the female figures in these books are also ones to be admired. Both queen of Eddis and Attolia portray two very strong-willed ladies with heads of their own. This is something that I think I rarely see in today’s books. The way they handle matters in hands are incredible and creepy at times too. Another aspect that really drew me into these books is the author’s way of establishing romance between Euginedes and his lady. You won’t find any “I love you’s” nor any scenes that clearly indicates that these two are in love. Though what is lack in words are made up through gestures, which ends up thoroughly melt and warm my heart. Little words do speak volume, these books really prove that.
Overall, this series is definitely my best read for this year. I know there are still months till the end of 2010, but these books have set the bar so high that I doubt any other books can beat it. While I cannot reveal what other things that Eugenides successfully steal in this series, I can tell you that in the span of few days, he had snuck into my senses and completely steal my heart.
Favourite Quote: You are treasure beyond any price - Eugenides ...more
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a short novella that chronicles the life of a newborn vampire named Bree Tanner. I believe that the fate thatThe Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a short novella that chronicles the life of a newborn vampire named Bree Tanner. I believe that the fate that has befallen this minor character in Eclipse has already been known by everyone, though how everything begins is a total mystery – until now. Acting more like a gap-filler, this book explains what happen before the war between this army of young vampires and the Cullens, how they were recruited and what kind of lies that was fed by their leaders to make sure that they follow their commands.
While I liked reading the saga, I found that this book fell a bit flat for me. I know the main focus of this book is on Bree though I believe that Meyer could add more substance by elaborating on the other characters or her relationship with them as well. I truly need more for this book to totally grab my interest. All in all, this book is just OK for me but I’ve no doubt that those who really love the saga will find this book enjoyable as well.