I was hugely disappointed in this book. At first, at the bookstore, I was kinda waffling on whether or not to buy it after reading a few pages, becaus...moreI was hugely disappointed in this book. At first, at the bookstore, I was kinda waffling on whether or not to buy it after reading a few pages, because the writing annoyed the hell outta me. But I just figured that maybe the story would make up for that.
I sorta felt like McMann was building and building up the suppense in the book, getting us ready for this amazing ending, and then...nothing. The ending was crap, the mystery turned out not to be a mystery at all, and we don't learn anything about the girl's (sorry, I forgot her name)special ability. Now I know this is a trilogy or something, and I'm sure the other books diclose more on her power to enter people's dreams, but I hated the first book so much that I have no intent on buying the others.
Another thing that really annoyed me was the girl. I don't think Cable annoyed me (I can't really remember much, but that fact that I remembered the boy's name sorta supports this theory) but the girl certainly did. I remember that at one point Cable was supposed to meet her at her house or something, but he never showed, and she got all piss angry at him. Now, I understand that she might be a bit peeved, but I felt that the way she acted was irrational.
Anyway, bottom line is, I really really really disliked this book.(less)
Finally! It took Scholastic forever to get this book out to me. Anyway, once I read it I'll quickly write a review for it.
Well I've finished the bo...moreFinally! It took Scholastic forever to get this book out to me. Anyway, once I read it I'll quickly write a review for it.
Well I've finished the book and now I must write a review.
To be quite frank I thought the book was boring. It takes place sometime in the future, after some terrible natural disaster I believe. The oceans have taken over most of the land, so many people have been forced to live under the sea. That sounds pretty good huh? I thought so! But this book is kinda like a Western, and I'm really not a fan of Westerns. Anyway, the main characters are Ty, and this girl, Gemma, who I found kind of annoying. Ty lives under the sea and Gemma's from up top, trying to find her brother. Ty tries to help her while also trying to protect the settlement he lives in from the ruthless thugs that like to go around and screw everything up.
I read the book about halfway then sort of just skimmed the rest.
The number one thing I didn't like about it was the writing style. Kat Falls writes like a teenager, I should know cuz I am one and we write the same. So, that was minus one star. Plus I found the book to be terribly confusing at times. I dunno if it was me or Falls. Cuz, y'know, maybe I just wasn't paying that much attention. At first I really tried, trust me, I really tried to follow what was going on, but after a while I was just like, "Screw it."
And it wasn't that the plot was confusing, I knew what everyone was trying to do, it was just that Ms. Falls didn't describe things right. Or at least she didn't describe things in a way that I could really follow along.
Anyway I give Dark Life two stars on a bad day, two plus a half on a good day. Who would I recommend it to? I guess boys that don't like to read much.
By the way, I won this book from Firstreads.(less)
First off, I have to specify that I won this book through Goodreads's First Reads Giveaway. Now, on to my review.
This is actually the second review I'...moreFirst off, I have to specify that I won this book through Goodreads's First Reads Giveaway. Now, on to my review.
This is actually the second review I've written for this book. The first one was favorable, but then it seemed as soon as I had written it the book started plummeting down the face of a mountain. Kinda like Rod Kimble in the beginning of Hot Rod.
Honestly, the beginning was good. It drew you in, had a bit of a mystery to it, but after that it gradually started to get worse and worse. But I stuck with it. Now I'm seriously thinking about abondoning it.
Anyway, this is what's it's about:
The Left Hand of God follows a kid named Thomas Cale, "although no one ever uses his first name." He is sixteen. I've read many other reviews where people said things like, "He's thirteen" or "Somewhere from fourteen to sixteen." And yes, even in the book one of the characters mistakes his age and says that he's fourteen, and in the beginning of the book it descibes him as a boy of "perhaps fourteen or fifteen", but on the synopsis page it blantantly says that he is sixteen. So, I take that to mean that he is...sixteen.
Anyway, Cale. He was raised in this place called the Sanctuary of Our Holy Reedemer or some crap like that, or just The Sanctuary (although it is anything but that), by the Redeemers, a group of warrior monks. They "raise" (or I suppose train would be the better word, or maybe "beat the shit out of") boys from a young age to be warriors as well so that they can battle the Antagonists in this huge, epic Holy War. Least, that's what the acolytes, or the boys, have been told.
One day, Cale saves this girl from one of the Lord Reedemers and that's where the story, and the confusion, begins.
I mean, after all that, the initial setup, I have no idea what the hell this book is suppose to be about. Like, there are all these little things that happen in the story that you think is important, but find out later it really isn't.
Another thing that really annoys me about The Left Hand of God is the writing. It's just as confusing as the plot. It's just the way that some passages were written, all awkward and disjointed. It wasn't so bad in the beginning, and I could easily look past it, but further on it just gets worse. But I got an advanced uncorrected proof so I figured that that's probably why. I hope that for the corrected proof Hoffman's editor made a lot more changes, 'cause it's pretty bad.
But the main thing about this book is just that it frustrated the hell outta me! I'm not entirely sure why, it just did. I guess it's because I liked it at first. I mean, I really liked it. I'd even planned on reading the other two. But now I almost feel like the book and Hoffman have let me down with all their trite, completely useless crap.
Anyway, I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could, but I can't, so 2.
And sorry if this review was confusing. My mind just feels so completely jumbled right now...(less)
So, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, what can I say about you? (See that little rhyme I did there?)
Well, first off, this book really annoyed me. I’m n...moreSo, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, what can I say about you? (See that little rhyme I did there?)
Well, first off, this book really annoyed me. I’m not entirely sure what it was, the book was just annoying. It’s almost like it had this subtle smugness to it. Like it knows that it’s a bestselling novel around the world. (Which I still, in all honesty, can’t understand.) But wouldn’t that annoy you too?
Secondly, I hate how this book is marketed as a mystery. Is there any mystery-solving going on here? Barely. It’s like the friggin’ mystery is a subplot. The main plot? That damned magazine Blomkvist writes for, Millennium. That’s all they talk/care about in this book! And I wish I were kidding. Now look, I bought a damn mystery, and that’s what I expect to get! I don’t wanna read about some middle-aged man, who I’m pretty sure is ugly, moan and groan about his friggin’ magazine that he co-owns, or however you put it. (And yes, I realize that the series is calledMillennium, but still, I don't wanna hear about that damn magazine.)
Now, my next point: the sadism. Was the whole bit with Salander and her guardian (I can’t remember his name and I don’t feel like looking it up) really necessary? Did Salander’s getting raped really add to the story? The mystery? Hell no, of course it didn’t. And I find it kinda creepy that a middle-aged man was writing about young women getting raped anyhow.
I also can’t help but feel that Blomkvist was a sort of author surrogate for Mr. Larsson. Know what I’m saying? I mean, who was the one getting all the action? (And by action I mean sex, consented sex of course, but who knows what really goes through Blomkvist’s mind?) Blomkvist. The one just about all the female characters wanted to be with, even though I’m pretty sure the man’s ugly? And no, they didn’t necessarily want him to “passionately take [them:] into the bedroom and tear off [their:] clothes. No, [they:] really just wanted his company.” Cuz if you were given the chance, wouldn’t you want to spend your free time with an ugly, middle-aged man too? God yes.
The whole time I was reading this book I’d think to myself, “Well, maybe it’ll get better on the next page.” I read 4 and 5 star reviews and people said, “Just wait until page 100 and something.” Well, I got to page 100 and something and it didn’t get any better. “Just wait until page 200 and something.” I waited until page 200 and something. Did it get any better? No. “Just wait until you get halfway.” I’m already halfway dammit, it hasn’t gotten any better! And that’s when I decided to give up on this book. I got a lot of stuff to do in the day, and I definitely don’t have time to read a book I’m definitely not enjoying.
But in all seriousness, I’ve got nothing against The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I mean, besides that fact that’s boring and as hell, the characters are dreary, and the whole internal smugness thing going on is aggravating beyond belief, its still…a book. A book that I would not recommend to anyone. Ever. (less)