I's been awhile since I read The Neverending Story but I've decided that I want to write a review on it. I loved this book. I didn't exactly want to g...moreI's been awhile since I read The Neverending Story but I've decided that I want to write a review on it. I loved this book. I didn't exactly want to give it five stars because there were times when I was seriously bored, but I couldn't give it 4.5 stars so I just rounded up.
I decided to read this book on a whim. When I was younger I used to love the animated series that'd come on HBO. That's really what made me want to read the book. I had to see if the book was anything like the cartoon, which it wasn't. And I had to see if the book was any good. I really didn't expect to like it as much as I did, so I was happily surprised.
This book is really two stories in one. I liked the first better, the one following Atreyu, but both were good. I loved in the first half when Atreyu ran into that giant wolf. The one that had planned to kill him. I can't remember the wolf's name, but that scene was probably my favorite part of the book. That or at the very end when Bastian had to forget everything.
The characters were amazing, I loved every single last one of them, especially Bastian. He was my favorite. It was interesting how Bastian changed so much when he went to Fantastica. And honestly I can't really remember why he changed so much, or understand, but that's just one reason why I'll have to read this book again.
I loved the themes: friendship, love, just be yourself and be happy with yourself, and there were so many more. This book was so layered.
When I get older and have children of my own I will definitely read this book to them. This book was amazing, it's so hard for me to explain it completely. But I honestly think that everyone should read The Neverending Story. I can't imagine anyone not liking it.(less)
When I first started The Outsiders I really didn't like it. I just about hated it in fact. The way Hinton wrote was annoying, the dialouge was awkward...moreWhen I first started The Outsiders I really didn't like it. I just about hated it in fact. The way Hinton wrote was annoying, the dialouge was awkward at some points, and the main character has perhaps the stupidest name in name fiction history: Ponyboy. Bleh. (And let's not forget Sodapop, Darry, and Dally. The only characters with normal names were Johnny and Steve.)
And originally I was going to give The Outsiders only two stars, but after reading the terrific ending (which completely makes up for the rest of the book) I decided that Outsiders needs at least four.
At the end of the day, after getting past all those other things that makes this book a pain to read, Outsiders really has a great message. And I think everyone should read it at least once. (less)
So, I just finished Hidden Wives by Claire Avery. (This book, by the way, I won from the Goodreads giveaway.) I know I've gotta write a review, but I...moreSo, I just finished Hidden Wives by Claire Avery. (This book, by the way, I won from the Goodreads giveaway.) I know I've gotta write a review, but I just don't know what to say about this book. Well, first off, it's just about the only book I've won from Goodreads that I read the whole way through. Hidden Wives is also probably the best book I've won from Goodreads, hence why I read it all the way through. :P
Anyway, what's the book about? Easy, polygamists. That's all you need to know. It's about Rachel Shaw and Sara Marx, half-sisters, who were raised in the Blood of the Lamb polygamist community, and basically how they overcome their hardships and whatnot.
Now, in the beginnig Hidden Wives really seemed like it was gonna be boring, but turned out not to be. It had a real good ending, and I did like the book, but the thing is, Hidden Wives just didn't really elicit much emotion outta me, which is why this is a piss-poor book review.
But what can I say? Read the book, more than likely you'll like it! Haha.(less)
Well, I'm just now getting around to writing a review for this book. First off I won my copy of The Radleys through Firstreads.
Now, The Radleys is abo...moreWell, I'm just now getting around to writing a review for this book. First off I won my copy of The Radleys through Firstreads.
Now, The Radleys is about vampires (yes, that's right, another vampire book). It follows a family -- the Radleys, which you may have already guessed -- and their many problems. Well, really they don't have many problems, but they've got a quite a bit, like the fact that their vampires but are trying to keep it on the downlow. They are referred to as "abstainers" which means -- you guess it! -- they abstain from drinking blood. The parents, Helen and Peter, have even been trying to keep it from their kids (stupid idea in my opinion) but one day the daughter, Clara, finds out the hard way what she and her family really are and things just sort of go down from there.
I liked everything about the book, especially the writing, but a few of the characters really got on my nerves, and sometimes I felt like they made blindingly stupid decisions which, of course, led to bad things happening which could easily been avoided in the beginning. Like Helen for instance, she just completely got on my nerves, I could not stand her, and I hated the way she treated her husband, Peter. Another thing I didn't understand about the Radleys was the fact that they didn't drink vampire blood. I just wanted to jump into the book so badly and take one of them by the shoulders and shake them and scream at them, "You're vampires for God's sake! You have to drink blood! So stop trying to be bloody saints and drink some goddamn vampire blood!!" Because you see, in the book, vampires sell their own blood to other vampires to drink.
But I realize that some people believe the vampires in this book are supposed to represent addicts in our everyday lives, like alcohol addicts or drug addicts (me myself being a recovering chocolate. lol, not really, i love that shit and eat it everyday) but I just didn't see the vampires in that way. For me it just seemed like the writer, Mr. Haig, was simply using addictions as a way to characterize the vampires, but not necessarily in a way to parallel real, actual addictions. Does that make sense? Probably not. Oh well.
I know in the book the proper term for a vampire was "blood addict", and if it had turned out that that was all they were, mere blood addicts, then I could agree with everyone else. Because when I first started reading the book I thought the vampires were actually humans. Everyday, average humans who happened to drink blood on the side. But no, they are legitimate, supernatural vampires. They fly for God's sake (something that was never fully explained either) so for me they aren't "addicts", they are goddamned vampires, and it is in their goddamn nature to drink blood. So it bothered me that they tried so hard to eat regular food and whatnot when they could've been happily living off of vampire blood the whole time.
But besides those little, annoying quips, I really did like this book. I mean, as I said before, it was very well written, the story was interesting, and besides Will and Helen I really liked the characters. And in the end I really felt like everyone got their act together and Helen stopped making dumbass mistakes, which really made me happy and earned this book and nice 4-star rating.(less)