It was kind of cool to see what happens *after*. I refuse to take all of this as canon though.. not3/5
Eh. It was okay. Pretty much like fan fiction.
It was kind of cool to see what happens *after*. I refuse to take all of this as canon though.. not sure if J.K. Rowling actually does?
I haven't got much to say at all, really. I don't even know if I'd have wanted to see the play, how it would play out on the stage I have no idea. Some parts were quite funny and sweet, but this publication felt.. unnecessary. Would like to see what people who loved it - what aspects they really took to. ...more
Nowhere near as good as "Me Before You". But. It was important that we did get to see what happens to Louisa afterwards, for closure. Lily is a pai3/5
Nowhere near as good as "Me Before You". But. It was important that we did get to see what happens to Louisa afterwards, for closure. Lily is a pain in the arse, but her overall story arc wasn't half bad, all things considered. I can empathise with her, oddly enough. The Sam arc was okay too, even if he does seem a bit too perfect at times. Louisa is still kind of la-di-da, indecisive and frustrating to follow as a result of that. People who just let life happen to them frustrate me. I don't really have too much else to say. I'm glad I did read the sequel, will definitely read more of Jojo Moyes' works in the future!...more
Meh. This book was quite painful to get through. I loved the first book and was able to get through the second, but this one just took forever. I2.5/5
Meh. This book was quite painful to get through. I loved the first book and was able to get through the second, but this one just took forever. I found myself picking it up only to put it back down again after a few pages or a chapter or two. The overall plot was pretty messy and some parts felt too convenient, and the characters didn't seem to feel the same. I'm glad to have finished this trilogy at least, and I'll be reading the spin offs (?? not sure if they're sequels or what) in due time. Just.. at the library.
I still like Maria V. Snyder's writing. This one was just not her best work (which seems to be the general consensus amongst most fans)....more
I love Maria V Snyder's storytelling. There's something super heartwarming and cozy about the way she writes her characters. While there were a few4/5
I love Maria V Snyder's storytelling. There's something super heartwarming and cozy about the way she writes her characters. While there were a few things that bothered me, Magic Study was ultimately a gripping and engaging continuation of Yelena's story. I enjoyed learning more about Sitia and the plot was quite interesting as well as some of the characters we meet along the way. (Irys reminds me of Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter lol..) Oh, and I adored the horses! Can't wait to read the next installment!...more
I really did enjoy this series as a whole. It was just really fun, and I was more than happy to be taken along for the ride. It probably helps that3/5
I really did enjoy this series as a whole. It was just really fun, and I was more than happy to be taken along for the ride. It probably helps that I didn't try to analyse things too much, nor am I a scientist in any sense of the word.
I found the book to be pretty repetitive at times, especially since Marguerite goes on and on and on about Paul and his soul - I'm not sure there is one chapter in this book that doesn't bring it up, so that was a bit tedious. Also the ending was super rushed and there were many instances that things felt too coincidental and "easy".
I still really loved the overall concept of multiverse travel and I found the characters to be likeable enough, even if a little forgettable. Wicked was quite an interesting antagonist....more
I felt like this book was a bit more all over the place than her previous books.. maybe that's just because there are so many charact3.5? 4? I dunno/5
I felt like this book was a bit more all over the place than her previous books.. maybe that's just because there are so many characters and plot lines that are interconnecting and converging. So much sex and lust, much much more than I would have liked in a YA novel. I don't really even get it.. felt quite fan fiction-y/wish fulfilment-y to me. Let me express that I prefer my romances to be slow burning and based on more than just the physical, which I felt that all but one pairing is based off of. Not a bad thing of itself, if that's what you're into. It's just not for me. Not wanting to come off as prudish but it was so full on to the point of distraction. I don't know why it was there; what did it add to the overall storyline? I understand that sex/mating is one of the strongest motivators for pretty much any living creature in existence but...
Anyway, while I don't feel it was as good as the previous book, I'm still SO READY to pick up the next book in the series! The ending was shocking (although a bit convenient/very cleverly executed - though HOW in amongst all the bedroom seshes with Ronan, I don't know) and I'm glad that Maas is willing to go super dark and really create tension and be very cruel to her characters. <3 Manon, Abraxos and her Thirteen, <3 Lysandra.. everyone else I'm pretty neutral about. I do like Aelin, though I feel that that 'like' is pretty detached (because she's so perfect and powerful and hard to relate to)... I guess my feelings are closer to admiration than like. The Fae males I'm pretty impartial to. They're just there. But I really loved seeing how everyone we've met in the series has come together and made appearances. That's what redeems this book and makes it actually pretty gods-damned epic....more
OMG. THIS BOOK TOOK FOREVER TO FINISH. I just could not get into it. Unlike The Maze Runner I felt next to no connection to the characters and that reOMG. THIS BOOK TOOK FOREVER TO FINISH. I just could not get into it. Unlike The Maze Runner I felt next to no connection to the characters and that resulted in feeling generally apathetic to the happenings in this book. I don't really get the purpose of this book, and the nothing epilogue angered me when I read it. I really hope the upcoming sequel to the series does better with me......more
I sort of like the ending. We are left feeling a bit conflicted, not completely sure where things end up for the Right Arm. But. There's hope forOMG.
I sort of like the ending. We are left feeling a bit conflicted, not completely sure where things end up for the Right Arm. But. There's hope for MORE in the future. A bit emotionally fueled.. The movie is going to be quite a ride! Much excite!...more
Solid four stars, if only for the sheer entertainment factor of this series. To be honest, I'm just so curious about where this story is going - I4/5
Solid four stars, if only for the sheer entertainment factor of this series. To be honest, I'm just so curious about where this story is going - I don't even bear that much connection to the characters. Normally that's a bit of a deal-breaker, but when there are freaking Cranks, WICKED, the Flare, the desolation of the world and all that, it's not such a big deal for me.
'The Scorch Trials' continues where 'The Maze Runner' left us, with the Gladers having solved the puzzle and escaped, safely rescued from the Maze, presumably by people from WICKED. They find themselves in a building, no escape, no food. Strange things happen. On the brink of starvation, they wake up to find a banquet... and a man dressed all in white there at the back of the room, surrounded by an invisible, impenetrable wall, there to tell them about the Scorch Trials. Simple. No rules. Everyone has been infected with the Flare. They have two weeks to travel ten miles north to the Safe Haven, and then they will be cured, safe, and everything will make sense. Thomas and the others have no choice but to follow through with the Trials, left to question everything about their existence, what WICKED is and how all this could possibly lead to the salvation of humanity.
If there's but one thing that James Dashner does really well it's that he can spin together a really gripping and interesting tale. I could not pull my eyes from the words, could not turn the pages quick enough. I just needed to know what happened next. The Gladers get into some really bad situations, ones that I wasn't sure they would be able to get through alive. Especially for Thomas. Somehow he's special. We still aren't privy to the exact WHY that is, but I'm certain that it'll be revealed for us in 'The Death Cure'.
For me, the characters come across to me as a means to an end. They all serve different purposes, and maybe in this way I am no different to the people at WICKED who have placed these kids here, watching with seeming indifference to the actual survival of certain individuals, as long as I get answers. It would be unfair to say that these characters lack depth -- after all, their memories were wiped so how can we possibly be equipped with their backstories? This book, and the book preceding it, have been written in third person perspective, but favouring the perspective of Thomas.
Thomas has to deal with so much klunk. His best friend, and maybe more, Teresa, is suddenly unreachable, even through the telepathy that they have grown accustomed to. He is still reeling from the death of Chuck, his best friend at the Glade. And as they make their way towards their goal, he meets some people along the way that will make him question everything, for how can he trust anyone when one misstep might just lead to all of their deaths? He seems to always be a step above the other Gladers, remembering that everything that they do is a test. Named after Thomas Edison, it is without surprise that he is a thinker, and the brains of the group.
Minho is as he always has been. Ever the leader, no-questions-asked, no-nonsense leader. As such, I continue to like him, and he was the source of many humorous moments in the book. I have little to say regarding Newt, he doesn't really do anything, other than act as Second in command (with Thomas) and Thomas' sometimes confidante. Teresa... I don't even know. I don't know what to say without spoilers.
I'm excited for the movie now, and can't wait to continue with the series!...more
Poppy in the Field is a continuation of Poppy by Mary Hooper. As the title suggests, we, once again, follow the hopeful young VAD Poppy who decides4/5
Poppy in the Field is a continuation of Poppy by Mary Hooper. As the title suggests, we, once again, follow the hopeful young VAD Poppy who decides to apply for a position at a base hospital in France in the wake of turbulent heartbreak that has come with the recent news of her love Freddie's marriage to a sophisticated debutante.
Hooper has evidently done extensive research and in amongst the pages there is ample amount of descriptive detail that places you right in the time period. From the character portrayals to the world building to the language used, Hooper excels at creating the right environment in her writing.
Poppy is such a relatable character. As a newly registered nurse myself (I will not make any distinction between myself and her - a VAD, which I believe is the equivalent to an AIN), I could empathise with many of the struggles and hurdles that Poppy had to overcome during her nursing career. The cases of men in this book are, of course, of a more critical nature than my own patients (being a paediatric nurse that is only natural), but I think back to when I did my training... I felt very at home with her character - traces of her personality and situations I could see in myself. She is, overall, just here to do good. She wants to make the world a better place and oftentimes comments on the meaninglessness of the war and mortality. I can identify with her strong moral conduct easily, and found her to be a generally well-written heroine.
There is a romance in this book, as expected, and the love interest could be seen from miles away (hint: he was in the first book!). This predictability, however, did not detract from the sweetness and adorableness of the progression of their relationship. Although a bit hasty, but I suppose that can be related to the nature of the world they live in. In all honesty I got excited whenever they were together. It's possible that my reading this book was relatively quick was due to the fact that I wanted them to just GET TOGETHER ALREADY!!!
The writing style is easy to follow. In light of the difficult subject matter I was able to breeze through this novel, Hooper is to be commended in this way. The dialogue seemed quite authentic too.
The ending felt a tad rushed, like the author just wanted to get this book done ASAP. I was left wanting more detail, more insight into the future for all of the characters... but maybe it was the author's decision to leave some missing pieces, for the reader to fill in the blanks. In any case, the bigger issues and plot points had been tied up. I guess I just want more....more
- Humour - Relationships - Family - Sacrifice - Love - We learn more about the 'science' behind the Firebird and the multi4.5/5
Wow. What a thrilling read!
- Humour - Relationships - Family - Sacrifice - Love - We learn more about the 'science' behind the Firebird and the multiverse. - The ending.. I hate cliffhangers so much! I wish I could read on right now! - Solid writing
Hopefully once Internet comes back I'll want to write an actual review. ...more
This is the companion to Boxers by the same author. The story of Four-Girl is a tragic one. I like that a companion was made, and that the story conclThis is the companion to Boxers by the same author. The story of Four-Girl is a tragic one. I like that a companion was made, and that the story concludes for Little Bao in this one too. The ending is hewrt-wrenching and quite powerful. Even though this is a historical piece it does bear relevance to modern day society. It's fast paced and illustrated well enough that young readers (I mean high school-reluctant readers) would be able to read this too....more