**spoiler alert** Dragged toward the beginning but really picked up toward the end. Needed more Caine and Diana and Sam being less of a Mary-Sue and s**spoiler alert** Dragged toward the beginning but really picked up toward the end. Needed more Caine and Diana and Sam being less of a Mary-Sue and stick more to his guns and kill Drake/Brittney/The Darkness. Writing was choppy at times but at some instances reminded me Let the Right One In like when Diana hit Penny with the vase. Dark humor was scattered all over the book. t would have been a three without the Caine/Diana.
So brilliant. Just pick up and read it. The less you know coming in the more it blows your mind. Seriously. Don't read reviews and just read the thingSo brilliant. Just pick up and read it. The less you know coming in the more it blows your mind. Seriously. Don't read reviews and just read the thing. ...more
I remember when this first came out two years ago and the HUGE buzz for it. Add the rave reviews and the beautiful cover with the creepy and intrigingI remember when this first came out two years ago and the HUGE buzz for it. Add the rave reviews and the beautiful cover with the creepy and intriging plot to go with it, it seemed like an incredible read. I bought it but it sat on my bookshelf for two years until i finally had enough free time to read it. I heard people saying how they couln't beleive that this was Brenna Yovanoff's debut but i did. Her writing wasn't bad but it was odd and you definaly saw her struggling with dialogue or description in some areas. The characters were dull, annoying and I never emotionally attached to any of them. Especially Tate and Mackie. This novel fell under the unfortunate "intresting concept but bad excecution." The town, Gentry, with its residents superstitions and charms to ward off "the evil" interested me but Yovanoff went nowhere with it.
Overall, whiny, meh characters, an okay plot and bad writing. It read like a rusty first draft and if they made changes to the main character and taking away from the petty and BORING SO BORING school drama and focusing more on Mackie's origins and his world, this could have been an extraordinary story. ...more
The Night Circus reminds me of those movies that comes out late in the year. Highly acclaimed, with a brilliant director, prestigious actors, stunning cinematography and usually Oscar Bait. It's gorgeous and there's nothing really wrong with it, but there's something that's missing and you find yourself zoning out during various parts anyways.
The Night Circus feels that way to me. There's nothing really wrong with the novel as a whole, the writing is very lyrical and beautiful and the imagery is stunning, but I never deeply connected to the story or to the characters in any meaningful way. I was conscious the whole time that I was reading a fictional story and I didn't lose myself in the story because there was no connection to any of the characters.
I did like the elements of the supernatural and fantasy and how they effortlessly weaved into the 'normal' world and we got to see the circus through the eyes of people who have nothing to do with the circus itself.
Ultimately,The Night Circus is a very pretty and a well written work, but still felt devoid of any true emotional impact.
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I realized, when I saw the forest burning, how fascinating the firelight is. It's beautiful, and people stare at it, don't they? It destroys things anI realized, when I saw the forest burning, how fascinating the firelight is. It's beautiful, and people stare at it, don't they? It destroys things and kills people, but humans love it. Is it because they crave their own destruction, Sam? I want to understand your kind. I am going out into the wider world, and I must learn. - Gaia, Light
Michael Grant's Light, the sixth and final book in the Gone series is a concentrated tour de force of an ending. It's short (shorter than Lies, and if you've read the series you know what I'm talking about) but doesn't feel rushed or cut down. Grant clearly knew the show he wanted to put on as the finale and executed it flawlessly. Sex, violence, death, cannibalism and dismembered limbs cover the pages of Light but it never comes across as cheap or shock factor. It's graphic and disturbing yet it's never too much. Grant doesn't brush it off as 'oh there goes another head!' like a video game but he merely presents it. This is what happens when human beings are pulled to the brink of death and this is what we will do when we are desperate to survive. Despite the science fiction and extraterrestrial elements, it's still very much grounded in it's savagery. Grant never lets the story overwhelm him and is clearly skilled in his ability as a writer. Very easily this could have been a tacky, flat, one dimensional action finale but it isn't. I could go on and on about how great this book is and how it delivers but seriously, if you haven't read this series, do it. It's never dull or pulls cheap tricks (or condescends kids as violent useless buffoons which is something that should be obvious but I've found that happens sometimes with authors writing with just a cast of kids and teenagers). Michael Grant clearly has something to say about human nature and the ying and yang that exists in all of us as humans and uses this story as a brilliant metaphor to tell it. (view spoiler)[The ending was very sweet with everyone moving on with their lives and Astrid and Sam taking Diana in and Caine taking the blame to save everyone else. I also liked how everyone lost their powers as soon as the dome went down. It felt right and made sense since the Gaiaphage was pretty much a huge radioactive current keeping the powers alive and charged. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I was a bit confused at first and i still am, to be honest. I think i was supposed to read this AFTER the series lol. Ness did a good job presenting eI was a bit confused at first and i still am, to be honest. I think i was supposed to read this AFTER the series lol. Ness did a good job presenting everything even though I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. Very excited for the first book in this series. ...more
Considering that this book is 561 pages, it felt like an 800 or 900 page novel to me, due to the fact that this is one of those booksI HAVE FINISHED.
Considering that this book is 561 pages, it felt like an 800 or 900 page novel to me, due to the fact that this is one of those books where you read everything slowly and process everything that's going on and also the constant Googling of things. I have read a few scifi novels but I'm not an avid geek of them and a hard core science fiction reader can disagree or point me to another book but this novel does one of the best world building that I've ever read. I was in awe reading about it. While most novels (that I've read) show a landscape of the future and gloss things over, Robinson tells you that if the technology is right and the people are willing, these things can happen 300 years in our future. The sexuality of humans really interested me and I loved how we have evolved, not just with the planets that we inhabit but our own personal anatomy. The human species goes beyond Male and Female. It's world building is its strongest aspect in 2312 and the plot is pretty good too but I could see the twists and turns of it so that took out a little of the enjoyment.
World building, characters, writing: Five stars The story in itself: meh, a four.
I really recommend this novel because I can't get over the world building!! The author covered everything and anything with the research to back it up. I think if you enjoyed science and physics, you might enjoy the Lists and Extracts a lot more but I skimmed through them most of the time because i knew that i wasn't going to fully comprehend them, no matter how much Googling i did. It's really genius. ...more
Tiger Lily was a book that I was excited for and sorry to say that I was extremely disappointed in. It was dull and boring and I never connected to anTiger Lily was a book that I was excited for and sorry to say that I was extremely disappointed in. It was dull and boring and I never connected to any of the characters and Tinkerbell's narration was a strange blend of third person and first. There's nothing much to say because this book had nothing much to say in itself. ...more
Blood Red Road tells the story of Saba, who lives near a dried up lake in a post-apocalyptic world. We, our society and technology is long gone afterBlood Red Road tells the story of Saba, who lives near a dried up lake in a post-apocalyptic world. We, our society and technology is long gone after we pretty much self destroyed ourselves and technology is wild wild west robust. Saba's brother Lugh, gets kidnapped by a group of horseman and Saba goes out to rescue him. I've noticed this trend of rescuing siblings in YA getting more popular and it's interesting to see how different authors handle it. Some of it comes off as a shallow excuse for a plot point and in others, as heartfelt and character building, even if it's a plot point. Saba talking about her brother all the time and revering him, it didn't come off as annoying as you would except. I empathized with her even though I'm an only child myself and I don't know what's it like to have an established connection with an existing sibling.
This book is certainly ambitious for a debut. So many things could have gone wrong and Moira Young definitely steered away from amateur mistakes and proved her weight as a writer. One of these things is the writing itself and the heavy dialect throughout. When I got this book on recommendation from a friend, I read all the good reviews, how amazing it was etc etc etc (and this is one of those reviews btw) and then reading the book, it felt like it was starting so SLOW. Where was the ACTION, Saba being all badass and the language idek. It's a warning that yes, the dialect is really strong when you start to read it and I almost abandoned it but 30 pages in, you'll get used to it and realize just how clever and beautiful the author's writing is through this dialect.
The fact that most people struggled a little with the dialect is not a sign of the author's weakness but the reader getting used to a different style of voice and grammer. Most of us obviously don't speak like this and neither does the author but you can appreciate how much she can do with characters who are largely illiterate and uneducated. Another thing is keeping the dialect consistant and realistic throughout and not slipping to use words that wouldn't fit. It's something to be admired and that most writers could not pull off as amazing as Young did.
Overall, this book is just AMAZING. It's a really fun ride and doesn't try to be so deep with exploring the dystopia and the world (one that the characters themselves don't really know and things that we will probably find out in the sequel) but on the other hand it's not shallow. You can tell that something is brewing underneath the surface and this series won't be just another action packed series (even though there's a lot of action in it). It won't bring some deep political message like other dystopia/post apocalyptic novels due to the ignorance of the characters but it will bring it's own messages. These aren't one dimensional cookie cutter characters and story. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that you can enjoy this story at face value or drink it deep as well. ...more
The Tales of Beedle the Bard chronicles great fairy tales that are famously known in the wizard world penned by a fifteenth century Yorkshire writer nThe Tales of Beedle the Bard chronicles great fairy tales that are famously known in the wizard world penned by a fifteenth century Yorkshire writer named Beedle the Bard. The five stories contained in this slim volume;
The Wizard and The Hopping Pot (a story about the morals of helping of those ignorant little muggles),
The Fountain of Fair Fortune (arguably a story teaching others that we make our own destiny)
The Warlock's Hairy Heart (my favorite out of the five and a story about savagery, and how perhaps, love is the key element that makes us human)
Babbitty Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump (A story that teaches muggles the very valuable lesson that no matter how hard they try, witches and wizards are born, not made *snap*)
The Tale of The Three Brothers (most famously mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and also makes a famed and gorgeous appearance in the part one movie version as well. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out: http://youtu.be/BR939M48BG4 )
It's a very fast read considering I read it less than an hour. This book adds to the universe that JK Rowling has made and continues to prove that it is an extensive one and very thought out. Dumbledore's commentary was funny and intelligent and it was nice reading from his voice again and the mention of Hermione's translation credit was a very cute wink to the fans. Overall, as voiced by others, I wish there was more than five stories but combining Dumbledore's commentary and the stories themselves which were never too short or too long, it's enough that it feels complete. ...more
The Great Cheese Conspiracy is a story about three mice, Merciless Marvin, Raymond the Rat and Fats the Fuse who decided to emulate their favorite ganThe Great Cheese Conspiracy is a story about three mice, Merciless Marvin, Raymond the Rat and Fats the Fuse who decided to emulate their favorite gangster films and rob a cheese store. Overall, this story is for children and the plot is cute but despite this being a story for children, the writing is TERRIBLE. Uses telling and not showing and completely falls flat. Overall, I still recommend it for young readers. ...more