I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I liked this book. It wasn't the best I've ever read but having said that I don'tI received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I liked this book. It wasn't the best I've ever read but having said that I don't agree with the reviews saying its tried to be like the Hunger Games because the only similarity I can see are the elements of competitions and ratings.
I loved the idea of Hunters fighting in a dystopian world caused by a breakdown between worlds. What I found most intriguing was the way several aspects of mythology merged together while being twisted with modern technology and an action and mystery based plot.
There is romance, but it takes the background and doesn't intrude at all. There is no Love triangle (woohoo!) which I also liked.
The characters are good for the most part. I loved Joy, Josh, Karly and Mark. I wasn't a fan of Ace, but then I can't be blamed for that lol
The only thing that frustrated me was that there were long periods of the book where things happened but I didn't feel it did much to the plot so I found my attention drifting for a bit. The mystery, the twists and the hunting aspects though, more than made up for this.
The ending was really good and I wasn't expecting the turn it took. In fact, there were multiple events in the book I wasn't expecting at all and that is something I love in a book.
I don't review as much as I used to since I went back to work but I feel in the case of this book that I really should. Some authors really deserve toI don't review as much as I used to since I went back to work but I feel in the case of this book that I really should. Some authors really deserve to be shouted about, and this is one of them.
I'll start by saying that I had never heard of the author before, at all, it was the gory heart that drew me in (so what? I'm a weirdo and it stood out). I love creepy, gory books about zombies and that picture coupled with the title really made me take a chance.
It often amazes me how some authors get more famous or well known than other, especially since Bellingeri is one of those authors who manages to write a dark, twisted and scary story but with a humorous edge to it. I loved the characters (apart from lindsay lol) and the romance between Rachel and Cage, though very perfectly written, did not eclipse the terror of the main zombie theme.
I think more people should read this book. It's amazing. I counted one mistype in the whole book. one! This is one well-written and one well-edited book . The plot is absorbing, funny, tragic, romantic and just damn well gory in all the right places. And I challenge anyone not to like Nicky, that guy is a legend!...more
Ok. I will not be reading any more of this series. To cut it short without spoilers, Here's why: - The story has no depth - The characters are still vap Ok. I will not be reading any more of this series. To cut it short without spoilers, Here's why: - The story has no depth - The characters are still vapid and selfish (not to mention so fickle I'd be scared to ask their opinion on anything serious) - There's too much happening and as a result important things get glossed over.
Oh and whereas I liked at least 2 characters in the last book, I now don't. After talking to my sister (who watches the TV show and loves it) I gathered it's only loosely based on the book. Good. I might give it a watch then.
Anyway, this is just my opinion. Plenty of people have loved this. But really I just didn't get on with it. The reason It got a star was simply it's originality. The idea of earth recovering after nuclear fallout, surviving in space and seeing mutated versions of creatures, is fascinating. But sadly not enough to keep me reading. ...more
Ok, so initially I liked this book. I wasn't annoyed with the multiple perspectives or some of the drastic dystopian laws or even the world building.Ok, so initially I liked this book. I wasn't annoyed with the multiple perspectives or some of the drastic dystopian laws or even the world building. These things were brilliant. So why do you ask, did I give this three stars? Simply put the characters are selfish deluded idiots for the most part. I get it I really do that being in love makes you do dumb things (hell, I've been there, I have) but these people take the cake, and the ice-cream and the chocolate sauce with a side of biscuits!
The most confusing thing is there is an element of selflessness intertwined with the selfishness Like when (view spoiler)[Glass names the wrong person as the father of her dead child to save the love of her life (hide spoiler)] I mean I get why she did it, but it was cruel, even if the other guy was a douche.
By the end the only characters I gave a crap about were Bellamy and Clarke mainly because there selfless actions were selfless completely, no selfishness and I connected most with these two characters because they were by far the most relatable in a humans sense.
The dystopian plot itself though was amazing. I liked the idea of a recovered earth and the experiences that the 100 feel when they get there. Like the first time they feel rain or feel gravity for the first time. I loved the cliffhanger too and despite my anguish at the characters I will read the sequel in the hopes the characters learn a it from their mistakes *rolls eyes doubtfully*
My other issue is nothing to do with the book but its adaptation to TV I hope this was meant to be loosely based on the book because according to my sister there's a main character missing. facepalm. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ah the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for monthAh the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for months so I'm begging you Mr Stroud, please please get book three out soon!
Anyway, this book is amazing and just as good as it's predeccesor, which is rare. Most sequels struggle to hit the same level as amazingness as the first in a series, but this one does just brilliantly.
We see the progression of Lucy, Lockwood's and George's friendship as the series progresses, as people open up a bit more and I was glad to learn a lot more about Lockwood (although a lot of his past is still shrouded). I mean this with the utmost respect when I say Lockwood reminds me of the character Skulduggery from Derek Landy's books. I don't mean in the sense that Lockwood is thin as a rail, but in there mysterious aura and tone of humor. I'm interested to see where the relationship between Lockwood, George and Lucy goes from here especially with the reveal at the end.
I liked the mystery in this book a lot too. It kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing all the time. The whispering skull mystery had me very creeped out and I really want to know more about these Type 3 entities. As for the creepy mirror? Don't even get me started. I'm surprised I did't have nightmares.
Is the book funny? Very much so. I've never known characters in a book make so many jokes in the face of death. This is another of those books I will put in the category 'Do not read on the bus unless you want to be put in a lunatic asylum for laughing to yourself' (it's a very long winded title, i'm trying to shorten it)
To summarise: Loved it. Hurry up book three! ...more
I totally fell in love with this book. I loved the whole concept of ghosts being the Problem (with a capital P)it was almost like pest control but forI totally fell in love with this book. I loved the whole concept of ghosts being the Problem (with a capital P)it was almost like pest control but for ghosts rather than bugs and a bit more death involved.
I was wondering how the author would top his last series but this is just as funny, and though there's still huge mysteries surrounding Lockwood, I totally love Lucy as the main character and even George has grown on me.
Lockwood's wit reminded me heavily of Bartimaeus the Djinni which was awesome because I was worried it wouldn't live up to the standards of humor Mr Stroud had already set. This is somewhat darker in one sense and creepier and the premise is very original. Ghost stories have been done so many times it's hard to find something that jumps out, yet this does and with great clarity.
It sounds so scientific at the same time too, which I was kinda impressed with. Not to mention I was reading the scene with Lucy in her bedroom at night and I was thoroughly glad I was reading it in daylight. And I was even more glad I was reading it during the day when I got to the end of the novel. My next challenge is to read the sequel in the dark by light of my kindle.
I'd like to conclude this review by saying that if you're on the fence as to whether you should read this then take my advice and read it. Yes, it's aimed at children and teens but it's so funny, scary and really adventurous. Bring out that inner child. You know you want too! ...more
Wow. Well first of all, a big thanks to netgalley for letting me read this pre-release. Don't get me wrong, I was getting a tad sick of the same old dWow. Well first of all, a big thanks to netgalley for letting me read this pre-release. Don't get me wrong, I was getting a tad sick of the same old dystopian stuff, but this one blew me away.
The start is a bit slow and there are a few grammatical, spelling and a few other errors but these will probably be all ironed out in the final copy and this is so good a book I couldn't detract any stars for something so silly. I'm not a petty person ;-)
The thing that makes this book stand out is the way the plot moves through the two different times of after the big disaster and how the dystopian community is made and all the way to the future when the new community is in full swing and everything is organised.
I especially liked the way events synced up and I had a few 'oh my god' moments as I made the links in my head. Some of the content is a tad disturbing (i mean being frozen when there isn't enough resourses seems a bit extreme to me and the way life becomes just an existince left me a bit sad)
I seriously can't wait to read the next in the series. This epic. Well done to Ceri Lowe. You are amazing and you've reignited my love of dystopian fiction....more
Wow. this is darker and much more sinister than ACID but I loved every second of it. The idea of emotionless, zombie like creatures is by no means oriWow. this is darker and much more sinister than ACID but I loved every second of it. The idea of emotionless, zombie like creatures is by no means original but this has a twist...the majority of the fearless are like zombies with brains and on steroids (super strong).
I haven't read such pure dystopian escapism in a while and the two main characters; Cass and Myo were amazing and it was easy relate to them especially with the view point alteration.
I was left stunned by Sol's character though. I did not see that twist regarding him coming at all. Talk about a dark horse. Hats off to Emma for writing such a twisted and convoluted character, and boy was he dark. I was reading this on the train back from Sunderland and I have to admit I exclaimed rather loudly near the end of the book. Got a few odd looks im sure.
The ending was brilliant. Yes, I'm sure some people will hate it. But I think it's sudden abruptness was perfect for the harsh uncertain landscape the book is set in. A picture perfect ending would have sucked. Anyway amazing, amazing book....more
wow. this was an amazing book and I would like to thank netgalley for allowing me to review it ahead of release. what scares me most is how close to rwow. this was an amazing book and I would like to thank netgalley for allowing me to review it ahead of release. what scares me most is how close to reality some of the things in this book are. it's not much of a stretch of today's reality to reach what's going on in this book. the unemployment, the overpopulation and other such issues.
it makes me wonder whether things will get this bad. there are twists in this however so things aren't what they appear to be.
the characters in this are amazing though and I loved Tia and cobains relationship. I won't post too much so as not to spoil it but this is an amazing amazing book....more
This was a nice short story that gave an interesting insight into four's mind but unlike some of the reviewers I didn't think it was amazingly mind blThis was a nice short story that gave an interesting insight into four's mind but unlike some of the reviewers I didn't think it was amazingly mind blowing or revealing. It was good but not as good as the other books in the series.
Having said that, Four is awesome and any book with Four in it is ok by me :)...more
Oh dear Lord, I have never been so apprehensive to read a book in such a long time, especially with Mr Landy's ability to bump off characters like theOh dear Lord, I have never been so apprehensive to read a book in such a long time, especially with Mr Landy's ability to bump off characters like there's no tomorrow. I won't post spoilers in my review but I think the wait was worse than the reading to be honest. This book is amazing! By far my favourite and I was so happy with the ending. thrilled in fact.
I almost choked up at some points and there are some truly sentimental moments, but this installment does not sacrifice on humour by any means. I laughed ridiculously at some points in the book and I think I shall re-read the whole series just for funsies.
Derek is a literary God, and much nicer than the ones depicted in his books (which lets face it, are bloody nuts and insane).
I still have a crush on skulduggery and I totally have a girl crush on Valkyrie and maybe on Tanith too. Hell, I even totally loved Billy-Ray Sanguine by the end of the book and Scapegrace.
Perhaps the most amazing part though is the ending and the way in which there are similarities to the beginning (you'll understand when you read it). I can't wait to read whatever Derek writes next and thank him for getting me out of my reading slump. I needed this book in more ways than one.
Whether you're 7, 17, 27 (like me) or 107, read this series!...more
I'm going to confess to buying this because the cover is beautiful as well the synopsis sounding awesome. What can I say? I'm a sucker for stunning coI'm going to confess to buying this because the cover is beautiful as well the synopsis sounding awesome. What can I say? I'm a sucker for stunning covers. so sue me!
This book is amazing! It's confusing to and you really don't get all the answers until the end, and even then you're still missing a few, but not in a way that's infuriating, more in a way that it sets up the next book nicely (which I will read soon hopefully)
This had everything; romance, conspiracy, action, mystery, mind erasing, manipulation, bullying, murder, intrigue...I could go on. More than that though, it has brilliant character development and the author was not afraid to take risks with characters to further the plot (which I love in an author by the way)
It also has a seriously twisted bad guy (guyette actually) that will make you cringe inside whilst wishing her dead every other page (you know the type!)and the world building is amazing too. Tough I admit to feeling very claustrophobic at the thought of living in a great big underwater dome.
I'm not going to rehash the story in my review because the synopsis is there and I'm not posting any spoilers either, so with that I urge you to read this and discover it's amazingness for yourself....more
I loved this book, I really really did. But why oh why the cliffhanger ending?! Maybe I'm feeling particularly sensitive at the moment, but when I havI loved this book, I really really did. But why oh why the cliffhanger ending?! Maybe I'm feeling particularly sensitive at the moment, but when I have to wait ages to find out the outcome of of a Trilogy I get a wee bit antsy with cliffhangers.*bangs head of sofa in frustration* Right, feeling more sensible now :) On a more serious note though, that is not the reason it didn't get a perfect score.
I seem to differ from the majority of reviews on this book, in the way that I preferred The Iron Thorn more than The Nightmare Garden. In some ways, this was the better novel, there was less explanation and new Terminology and the world made sense more this time around. On the other hand, for the length of the novel not as much seemed to happen and I found my self confused by several events as to where they were going. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but a book this length is a long time to be confused (This is just my opinion though, so it may just be me that had this issue)
On a brighter note, it was great to be reading about Aiofe and co and though there is a heart-stopping cliffhanger and some tear-jerking moments I was pretty pleased with the ending overall, though I am currently bouncing like a loony waiting for The Mirrored Shard to be released. I must also add that in a world filled with faerie stories and steampunk it takes someone special to write a book that stands out with this amount of originality and Ms Kittredge has achieved that with this series and managed to capture the imagination of a 20 something woman who thought she'd read all variations on Faerie (so thanks for proving me wrong!)
As an aside...isn't the cover stunning too? Wow! :)...more
hmmmm well. I don't have any particular strong feelings towards this book as it left me feeing rather blah. I found it difficult to relate to any of thmmmm well. I don't have any particular strong feelings towards this book as it left me feeing rather blah. I found it difficult to relate to any of the characters and the storyline seemed a bit undeveloped to me.
There were some opportunities for some good ideas here but in most cases they never went anywhere. For example, We learn there was a war and they had blackouts...but why???? There's no explanation. I hate that.
It's a shame because I usually love this author. I love the Magic Under series and she is a brilliant writer. I just felt this story fell flat, as did the love story. The connection between Thea and Freddy felt tangible at best and I'm sorry but a little unrealistic.
Why the three stars? Like I said, some amazing ideas the quality of writing is amazing as is most of the world building and imagery. The story though, sorry, not for me. ...more
Do you know someone who won't shift from their computer? Do you know someone who just doesn't get on with people? Hand them this book, it's a valuableDo you know someone who won't shift from their computer? Do you know someone who just doesn't get on with people? Hand them this book, it's a valuable lesson in why it's important to talk to actual people and why people need other people. The irony being, that it's a robot that teaches the two boys in this how to feel, and boy does she do it well.
Rose was by far my favourite character though closely followed by Charlie. David annoyed me though I have to admit even he learned a lot from his experience with Rose as he did change in some respect by the end of the book. Rose's voice is honest, innocent and very earnest and though she's the robot in all this, I can't help but think that she was perhaps the most human in how she behaved, especially after the incident with David part way through. Though there are some valuable lessons to be learned about sex (and it's meaningfulness) in this book, the main focus is emotional attachment and it was wonderful seeing Charlie learn to how to form a connection with Rose and opening up a bit more, which really does beg the question...Just because Rose is a robot, does that make her feelings any less real? My personal opinion would be she is as real as the two boys, but I'll let you decide that for yourself.
I really really hope there's a second book because the way this ended will really bug me a bit if I don't find out what happens after the end of the book. Cliffhanger alert :) ...more