At first I doubted the seriousness of this book; I thought it would be fluff, just a quick read. Man was I wrong.
This book is intense and funny and the same time. I actually found myself laughing out loud at many parts like a creep. I also found myself dumbfounded when some of my favorite characters were killed off; these were characters I thought would be safe because they were pretty important. NOPE. (less)
I absolutely loved this book, especially the removed view we get from it through Nick's eyes. Nick is somewhat emotionally detached from the events an...moreI absolutely loved this book, especially the removed view we get from it through Nick's eyes. Nick is somewhat emotionally detached from the events and acts as a reporter instead of an actual friend to Gatsby and a participant in the book. The symbolism was fantastic as well. I can officially say this is a real classic. (less)
Beautiful writing, however it grows harder and harder to suspend your disbelief at the creepy infatuation of the neighborhood boys. They are stalkers....moreBeautiful writing, however it grows harder and harder to suspend your disbelief at the creepy infatuation of the neighborhood boys. They are stalkers. The Lisbon girls are essentially 5 Boo Radleys (the product of nothing more mysterious than a stringent and overprotective jailer as a mother) out of place in a typical upperclass suburban neighborhood. You can try and analyze the Lisbons all you want but that's the truth. And these boys are digging through their trash, spying on them at night, daring each other to find a way into their house. It's creepy and sick in all honesty. The writing was gorgeous, though, so I would pick up another of Eugenides' books on another topic. (less)
I would not say this is a fantastic book in its entirety. In truth, only the last section of it was truly enjoyable. I don't know if it was just me, b...moreI would not say this is a fantastic book in its entirety. In truth, only the last section of it was truly enjoyable. I don't know if it was just me, but I felt distanced from the characters. I was reading their story but not really seeing it or experiencing it. Maybe it was because of how many years passed between chapters? It might also have to do with how sheltered Amir and Hassan were in the beginning (I understand this is meant to contrast with what happens later, I'm just saying it could have been done more efficiently). Or perhaps I just don't like that type of narrative, a story told like a memory. However, I did enjoy the ending. A lot. There was a lot of symbolism and motifs that drew the story together. The ending was rather poetic, if not a tad dramatic.
Reread: Up to four stars. On the second read through I noticed many things my younger self did not. The symbolism is spot on and the character development is satisyfing.(less)
I can't even begin to describe this psychological trip. I couldn't give this 5 stars because it honestly repulsed me, but somehow I wanted to keep rea...moreI can't even begin to describe this psychological trip. I couldn't give this 5 stars because it honestly repulsed me, but somehow I wanted to keep reading. (less)
Not a particularly compelling read, but enjoyable all the same. There are a lot of flaws in this book. Take Sicarius for example- I can count his sent...moreNot a particularly compelling read, but enjoyable all the same. There are a lot of flaws in this book. Take Sicarius for example- I can count his sentences in the dialogue on one hand. Also the plot twists were weak and the action was a bit see through as well. There is also a lot of deux es machina going on here. Everytime Amaranthe gets into trouble, either Sicarius steps in or something incredibly unbelievable happens. In no way is this good fantasy, but it's not bad either. This is meh fantasy.(less)
This book was...interesting. To say the least. In reality it wasn't bad at all. It felt choppy and a little awkward at places, but the world building...moreThis book was...interesting. To say the least. In reality it wasn't bad at all. It felt choppy and a little awkward at places, but the world building was very well done. In some places I wanted to kill Jorg myself (he's not so much the quintessential antihero, he's more of a pyschopath), but I very much enjoyed the ending and the dark humor. The only issue I had was with the love interest. Like really? Again the character knows nothing about this person other than that he/she is amazingly beautiful? And then the author proceeds to tell us that they have other redeeming qualities without showing us their personality through actions. Anyway, I'm curious to see where the next book takes Jorg. The book got stronger the farther it went so I'm hoping the King of Thorns picks up right where the ending left off and gets better as it goes along.
Oh and Lawrence, change your bio on the back cover. You sound stuck up and full of yourself. Reading your bio almost made me not pick up your book. (less)
Nooooooo. Another year...whyyyyyyyyy. Leaving us with the most romantic cliffhanger in I think the history of storytelling and then torturing us with...moreNooooooo. Another year...whyyyyyyyyy. Leaving us with the most romantic cliffhanger in I think the history of storytelling and then torturing us with a whole 12 months wait. Forget the Kane chronicles or whatever just work on this amazing series. And make it a summer release or something dammit.
THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS
Unfortunately, I had a few issues with this book. Major spoilers ahead so read at your own risk.
-I think there is an lack of personality with the new characters. It's hard to make a voice for each character, even harder when you have 7 voices to create. I found that most of them sounded exactly alike, with the same sense of humor as the rest. The only thing that set them apart was their histories. I couldn't really connect with and honestly didn't care for the side characters I was only interested in Annabeth and Percy. Hazel's little side quest had no appeal for me because I was past the point of caring about her, Jason really didn't do anything, Nico as usual bothered me, and Piper didn't do anything either. The only one with an interesting side quest was Leo.
-Annabeth and Percy should have had more time alone in Tartarus. They always had a guide at some point, usually Bob who was an amazing character. I didn't see a lot of development with Percy and Annabeth and it didn't seem like their quest it seemed like Bob's quest. I think Riordan had an opportunity to explore more of Percy's anger and his powers but he chose not to. There were parts where you could feel Annabeth was afraid of Percy, but it was left unresolved. Hopefully after the ending we'll get to see more of this play out in the last book, but I'm not holding my breath.
-Okay so Nico. Apparently he is gay. Nothing against gay people, but I don't think Riordan should have made Nico gay. First off, there were no clues AT ALL. It was sort of like oh hey I like men, actually I like Percy, couldn't guess because there weren't any clues? Oh well, it's true. It was sort of thrown in there randomly and at that point Nico pissed me off so much that I couldn't give a shit. This should have been handled with more finesse and been introduced in earlier books.
I am so confused with YA lately. How does this book have 4.15 stars? This was crap. It was literally copy and paste of some other dystopians. I unders...more
I am so confused with YA lately. How does this book have 4.15 stars? This was crap. It was literally copy and paste of some other dystopians. I understand that dystopians are the new YA cash cow- everyone is rushing to put their own out on the market- but a little originality never hurts. There was nothing groundbreaking about this book. In fact, I found it quite bland and unbelievable. For instance:
(view spoiler)[ Do you really expect me to believe that Day, the most wanted criminal, falls for some stranger within a day and then believes her when she says his family is in danger? Or that he can scale buildings like a monkey with a bum leg? (hide spoiler)]
Also, the plot "twists" were laughable. Any reader with the IQ of a banana could predict most of them, mainly because they're seen in so many other dystopian novels and because they were pretty thinly veiled. How they escaped these apparently genius kids is beyond me.
I am so sick of YA authors simply following the latest trend and simply copying and pasting other works into their own. I get it- money is a pretty big draw, but in all honesty it's lazy. First Twilight and the vampires now Hunger Games and the dystopians. If you're going to write a dystopian you better bring something original to the game: Legend is seriously lacking in anything original.
Another pet peeve: why are all the main characters flawlessly gorgeous IN EVERY BOOK? I think it's fair to say that most people in the world do not look like supermodels. I most certainly don't. It would be a breath of fresh air if more authors decided to make their characters "plain" or normal. They don't need to be the perfect human beings that ride unicorns. I am so ready for a strong, plain Jane main character.
I will say that Lu's writing style itself is acceptable. Maybe with a single character POV, a better storyline with less plot holes, and less flowery writing, she could churn out a bestseller that deserves the hype. For me, this wasn't it.
Please take my advice and don't pick up this book. It's not worth it, in any way, shape, or form. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I would have given it 5 stars if not for the ending. The writing and the chilling moments like the actual unwinding were enough to compensate for the...moreI would have given it 5 stars if not for the ending. The writing and the chilling moments like the actual unwinding were enough to compensate for the obvious religious and political propaganda. But that unwind tho...(less)
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. I'm not one to pass up a free book and the premise seemed interesting. I really wanted to...moreI received this book free in exchange for an honest review. I'm not one to pass up a free book and the premise seemed interesting. I really wanted to like this, I really did. But I just couldn't. Here goes:
We are first introduced to Sofia Claremont as she is walking along a beach. She comes across as a little brooding. Here absent parents are mentioned along with her crush who is currently friend zoning her. It's difficult to establish a bond of sympathy with Sofia at this point, because her background isn't explained. Usually you get an introduction to the character and their story. This was not the case. You're briefly told her dad is a bad father and her mom is in an asylum. For me, that's a little contrived and a lot of missing information. I couldn't bring myself to care. She's abducted by a beautiful, pale stranger (this is Lucas, Derek's creepy brother)...hmm I have no idea what this guy could be.
more to come More of the Story: (view spoiler)[ This book gets worse the more I think about it. I feel kind of bad because it was freely given but...it really suffers from the storyline.
Ok so she's brought to this place called The Shade. Eternal darkness, vampire haven, yada yada yada. Derek Novak, prince of The Shade, is awakened from his 500 year slumber (isn't his name weird? I mean if you're from 500+ yrs ago, wouldn't your name be a little more archaic?). So Sofia and a couple other girls are brought to Derek, but I'm not sure why because no one wants him to drink from them. Why are they there if not to give him blood and sex? It's a harem...
Anyway, Derek then decides that Sofia is the embodiment of all that is good in the world (no idea why). He doesn't want to kill her or drink her blood. Then they take a tour of The Shade. Apparently these vampires live in trees, also.
Still haven't given up hope at this point. I mean it seems like there's going to be good stuff here right? She's in a harem for crying out loud! There has to be gritty stuff. But I should have just given up here. Turns out the girls in the harem aren't even used for blood, much less sex. They pretty much just live there. What's the point of even kidnapping them?
A weak love triangle is introduced later on, with Sofia finding her best friend Ben in The Shade. He has suffered awful torture under his vampire master, so he's a little prejudiced. It would have been awesome if his angle was explored a little more, but it never was so the entire storyline remained flat.
Oh and Derek's brother has some stalker issues and is waaayy too into Sofia. He's the main antagonist. He kills one of the girls in the harem and assaults Sofia, at which point Derek saves her and she realizes she loves him, yada yada yada. They profess their love for each other and Sofia stays in The Shade even when given an opportunity to leave. At which point the whole story pretty much emulated a certain book we all love to hate:
Aside from a rather annoying plot line, this also suffers from an abundance of grammatical errors and just an overall lack of fluidity in the syntax. Repetition is a big problem, too.
- "...was frightening realizing..." This would sound better if it was phrased like this: "...was frightening to realize..."
- "...could barely even raise my arms without requiring a considerable amount of effort." This just doesn't make sense. Maybe change requiring to expending or saying: Even raising my arms required a considerable amount of effort.
- "I caught myself before could turn myself into my own villain"
- "Taking in the splash of freckles on her cheeks and the natural blush on her cheeks"
And some of the wording is just pretentious. Forrest uses large and fancy words, but the lack of correct grammar and an awkward syntax just make most of the sentences flat and clunky.
The last issue is the tendency to tell rather than show. Readers are told Sofia is desirable and amazing, but we're never shown. We're told that she is a creative genius, but, once again, never shown aside from when she decorates a room. There are other examples of this, especially involving the main characters.
I wouldn't recommend this book at all. Props to Bella Forrest for a creative idea, but that's about all this book is: an idea that isn't backed up by skillful storytelling or edited properly. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)