I really enjoyed the writing style, which was often very witty. The setting (a hotel in NYC) was awesome and although the characters were sometimes a...more I really enjoyed the writing style, which was often very witty. The setting (a hotel in NYC) was awesome and although the characters were sometimes a little overdone, they were fun to read about.
I thought the author spent too much time on the romance between Scarlett and Eric and not nearly enough time on the issues with Marlene, the younger sister who is a leukemia survivor. I felt like nothing really happened with that, and the insensitive approach the author took towards childhood cancer bothered me. The other two siblings were annoying at times but the author made sure to give them redeeming moments-- how is it that Marlene is just a jerk throughout the whole thing? I felt like there was no point to her character at all, when she had potential to be the most interesting.
All in all, this was a fun and quick read. This is the first of Maureen Johnson's books I have read. I'll probably pick up some of her other novels for the beach or the airplane. (less)
Fantastically creepy, original and extremely well-written! I just ignored several hours of homework because I couldn't stop reading this book and had...moreFantastically creepy, original and extremely well-written! I just ignored several hours of homework because I couldn't stop reading this book and had to finish it to know what happened! I can't wait to read more of Neil Gaiman's books! (less)
I've seen this book in bookstores and the library a lot over the past few years and heard Holly Black's name mentioned in conjunction with Libba Bray,...moreI've seen this book in bookstores and the library a lot over the past few years and heard Holly Black's name mentioned in conjunction with Libba Bray, who wrote the amazing Gemma Doyle trilogy, so I expected to love it. Or, you know, at least enjoy reading it.
I was sadly mistaken. Honestly, I thought Tithe was very badly written. The plot was very disjointed-- a lot of things didn't make sense. The author spent too much time repeating mundane facts about Kaye's mother (after the fifth time I'm preeeetty sure I had a handle on the fact that Kaye fished her head out of the toilet a lot) when she should have been establishing the fantasy world. Instead of allowing Kaye to slowly uncover things about the world, the basics were pretty much stated somewhere in the middle of the story. It seems to me that the main plot points of this story involved betrayal or *gasp* the idea that THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM. The problem with this is that the reader never has chance to see how Kaye *thought* things were before, so when the faery characters that we barely know are revealed to be untrustworthy, it is rather anticlimactic.
My main issue with the book is the characters. I have to add that I read this book a day after finishing Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which was simply amazing and had some of the most well-developed and relatable characters I have ever encountered in fiction. I didn't even really empathize with Kaye, the main character in Tithe. The other characters were either under-developed or simply came across as annoying. A major character dies at the end, and I found myself sighing with relief since at least we wouldn't have to hear her drone oooon and oon about her stupid boyfriends and how drunk she was anymore.
As a teenager, the portrayal of teenagers in this book as lazy highschool dropouts who do nothing but smoke, drink and lust over each other's boyfriends is frankly offensive. I don't mind swearing, but half the book was taken up with people telling other people to "get the f*** away from me" while the semi-interesting stuff with the faeries seemed like a subplot until the end.
I honestly don't know who to recommend this book to, because I can't think who would like it except maybe the type of teenagers depicted in the story....but I don't generally think they read books, anyway.
I loved everything about this book! Even a day later, I can't get it out of my head. The fantasy world was unqiue and intere...moreAmazing, amazing, amazing!
I loved everything about this book! Even a day later, I can't get it out of my head. The fantasy world was unqiue and interesting, the plot was well-paced and the ending wasn't too sugary. The thing I loved most, though, was the characters. All the characters-- even the minor ones-- were so well developed that it seemed as if they were real people.
I could gush about this forever but I don't want to give anything away. Basically, read this book. You will end up stalking Kristin Cashore's blog and begging her to be your best friend.(less)
A Room with a View struck me as rather Jane Austen-y, but not as dense. I had seen the movie version in my Brit Lit class last year and really liked i...moreA Room with a View struck me as rather Jane Austen-y, but not as dense. I had seen the movie version in my Brit Lit class last year and really liked it, so I thought it would be interested to the read the book and compare. I can honestly say that they are both great-- the movie (as I recall) is very true to the book! Normally I don't like to see a movie before I read the book but in this case it worked and I could better picture all the Italian landscapes. When I read the book, I especially pictured Cecil and Charlotte just as they were in the movie.
I love the pairing of <3 Lucy and George <3 -- probably one of my favorite book couples!! I was surprised at how readable this book was considering how long ago it was written-- it seems quite ahead of its time both in style and subject!
Anyway, I shall end my rambling by saying that you should pick up this book if you are in the good for a great love story with a wonderful setting! I want to go to Italy...(less)
I read this straight through on the plane today! It was REALLY different from the other Jim Butcher book I just read (Furies of Calderon), which just...moreI read this straight through on the plane today! It was REALLY different from the other Jim Butcher book I just read (Furies of Calderon), which just makes me like Jim Butcher even more because he completely succeeds at two different writing styles. I'm so exicted that this is a series and I can't wait to read the others!(less)
I'm very torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one... I really enjoyed it, and I thought the characters were excellent and the world-building was very cr...moreI'm very torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one... I really enjoyed it, and I thought the characters were excellent and the world-building was very creative. However, it seemed like the author didn't give enough information about how society was set up or how the magic worked until things were actually happening, and this interfered with my understanding of the plot. It was also hard to keep track of who some of the characters were and what their connections were to each other. By the end of the book I felt like I had a pretty good handle on things, though, and I'm really anxious to read the next in the series!(less)