This is the kind of book I find hard to rate. It was good. Charlie was sweet and naive. Realistically there wasn't much of a plot but it kinda didn't...more
This is the kind of book I find hard to rate. It was good. Charlie was sweet and naive. Realistically there wasn't much of a plot but it kinda didn't need one. I'm still really confused about the ending an his aunt- not quite sure what that was about. It's strange because at the start, I was thinking that I wouldnt particularly fancy the letter format but it was a good change up from the norm and when I started to read Indigo Spell after finishing Perks I was like 'oh yeah chapters I forgot about those.' I knew that this book dealt with a lot of issues but I really wasn't expecting that much to happen. This is a terrible review. Please just read the book and you won't be disappointed (less)
So I haven't given this a rating because I have conflicting perspectives about this book. Overall, I enjoyed it and I think if i was reviewing the sam...moreSo I haven't given this a rating because I have conflicting perspectives about this book. Overall, I enjoyed it and I think if i was reviewing the same book a year before I would give it 5/5 stars. However, there were some things that I felt unnecessary- the overuse of imagery in some parts which should have actually focused on the characters' interactions. Don't get me wrong I loved the imagery for the mostpart e.g. the clock that Herr Thies... creates for the circus is amazing and if I could, I would definitely buy it. My favourite tent I think is the Bedtime Stories one that Bailey enters, it's my kind of thing as I really think smells can transport you to times and places,(I think Christmas time has a smell, weird right?)I reckon it was pretty obvious, right from the intial meeting of Hector and Grey Suit Man, that it was a challenge with only one victor and i gotta say the way you make your move, so to speak, wasn't all that like crazy and out of this world insane.
I would recommend reading it if you like circuses(who doesn't?)(less)
3.25 stars ( Is that even legal?, High School Musical reference because I'm cool like that)
I read this book at a surprising pace for such a book where...more3.25 stars ( Is that even legal?, High School Musical reference because I'm cool like that)
I read this book at a surprising pace for such a book where I was interested but not immersed into the storyline. On that note, one of the faults I had with this book was the pacing. It was extremely slow in parts but when the plot picked up with lots of action, it lacked clarity and I thought to myself a few times, "Wait, weren't they at so and so and the top of the page?" I think this is my first steampunk novel and I enjoyed that aspect of the novel and I want a steam carriage- they sound pretty cool. Other than that, this world can be filed under Worlds I Never Ever Want To Live In.
Let's talk characters. Araby was alright, she wasn't particularly annoying and I understand why she sought Oblivion. I didn't feel really connected to her as i character though. April surprised me in the way that I didn't think I would like her character as much as I did(which isn't a whole lot tbh), but at the beginning I thought she was a fake friend but in the end she proved to be a good one. Reverend Malcontent( I hate that name- kinda cheesy) and Prince Prospero weren't especially threatening villains but they did their job. So that leaves Elliot and Will. I prefer Elliot, but i see Will's appeal( he didn't live up to his name, if you know what I mean) Elliot is kinda crazy and I like crazy.
Overall, I was an enjoyable read but I didn't blow my mind and make me an emotional wreck which might be an advantage? (less)
Definitely one of the best books I've read this year so far. I might even go as far to say that it's probably one of my favorite contemporary novels e...moreDefinitely one of the best books I've read this year so far. I might even go as far to say that it's probably one of my favorite contemporary novels ever.
I picked this book up after a period of reading just dystopian novels and I decided I needed a break from all the diseases, destruction and brutality of the dystopian genre(which I still love a lot). I haven't read a contemporary novel in such a long time and reading this makes me want more.
I knew this book would be beautifully written and reading the synopsis I thought this is just perfectly suited for me. I have to admit I liked it more than If I Stay and Where She Went, which is saying alot, but I rather read a story that makes me happy than one that makes me sad.
The reason I think I loved this book so much is because i see so much of myself in Allyson. We're facing the same situation of going to college and as I plan to study abroad in England next year and visit all the beautiful cities of Europe, I totally related to her character. I could go on listing our similarities but I don't have all day and the fact is that it lead me to feel her emotions with her. (view spoiler)[ At the end where she sees Willem with that girl and they look like they're totally crazy for each other- I died inside. Initially when Allyson decided that she wasn't going to confront him, It broke my heart, but I understood it completely. If I hadn't already known that there was a sequel,I would've been happy to leave their story at that. Then she decides to find him and thank him and i understood that as well (hide spoiler)]
I have that wanderlust and Foreman's writing created a vivid picture of all the interesting places Allyson visited. Ahhhh I just really want to travel right now!
I have to admit the middle of the story wasn't as interesting but that was where we see Allyson's growth and realizations as I character.
I just really, really enjoyed this book.
P.S. this is another Will that I fell in love with(even though Willem is never called Will,it just fits doesn't it?)