As much as it literally hurts rating this book four stars, I have to do it. I will admit to anyone who wants to hear that I have pret...moreReview, March 15:
As much as it literally hurts rating this book four stars, I have to do it. I will admit to anyone who wants to hear that I have pretty much been obsessively waiting for this ending since I read Hex Hall on my birthday two years ago. Really. I have waited so long, and as much as I want to say it was perfect it wasn't.
Not to say it wasn't enjoyable. In fact, I absolutly love it. I love the humor, I love the twist in Part two. I adore Sophie, Archer, Jenna, and Cal, and I so wish that my parents were as totally cute as James and Grace are. But there are simply to many factors that take away from the book that make it a four star book for me.
First off, the Brannicks. I have been waiting to find out what was going on with them since Demonglass, yet I feel that we hardly saw them. I did like the plot twist in Part Two, but that made us leave the Brannicks so abruptly, I was disappointed. I thought the book was going to be about Sophie learning how to kick butt via Brannick teachings, yet that didn't happen. We get to see some background information and meet the Brannicks, but then they are gone until much later in the book. I don't even feel like they were even fleshed out much. Even Izzy wasn't made much of a character.
Then, there was the big battle sequence at the end. So, I am not going to spoil anything here, but I will say that it was a big disappointment. Think Mockingjay conflicts, where Katniss passes out during the really exciting parts. No, Sophie doesn't pass out until the end, but the whole battle was super short and way too easy. You'll see what I mean when you read it. I was looking forward to a epic battle, good vs. evil, that sort of thing, and again it didn't happen.
Last of all, the love triangle. The following information is covered with the spoiler cover for a reason, so don't read it unless you want to see me rant on that. You have been warned.
(view spoiler)[When I read Mockingjay, the one and only time I read it, I found myself hoping that the loser of Katniss's heart would sacrifice himself for Katniss. Well, God answered my plea, only in this book instead of that one. Racheal Hawkins kills Cal. Holy Hell Weasel. I didn't think she would have the guts to do it. It's actually probably the only thing about this book I'm completly content with if I want to be honest. Not that I was hoping Cal would die. I wasn't chanting that or anything during the book. However, it was almost romantic in a way, Cal healing Sophie and getting himself killed to save her life. It made me feel really sorry and actually care for him. I do think that Hawkins should have done him more justice though. I didn't think about Cal in the first book, and when she introduced him as a love intrest, I hated, well, disliked him. I'm in love Archer, and I still think the love triangle was pointless.
Also, one more complaint, I wanted to see more of Sophie's parents. They are just so adorable together! (hide spoiler)]
Now that that's out of the way. I just want to say that I did enjoy this book and I think everyone who is a fan of Hex Hall will like it. Sophie's story is wrapped up, and most loose ends are tied. I'm hoping, wishing, praying that if Hawkins ever revisits this world again, it's from Izzy's eyes. All of my disappointments come really from there, because a lot of that story isn't resolved. Plus, I want to hear the story with that mirror guy.
Anyway, again, THANKS TO EVERYONE who liked or commented on my review. It makes me feel special and you all are awesome. Virtual chocolate chip cookies for everyone!!
BTW, sorry for any spelling mistakes.
A third Hex Hall. That means Demonglass will probably end with another cliffhanger.
Oh, why can't Sophie and Archer be together!
EDIT Mar 15: Yep. Another stinking cliffhanger.
EDIT June 20: Oooo, it's called Spell Bound. Now if we can only up the release date... no? Fine, but I'm ready to see a cover people!
EDIT August 9: Look at that sword! Sophie is going to kick some evil butt to get her Archer back! Yeah! (Though this cover is not nearly as epic as the Demonglass cover)
EDIT March 13!!!:) I have it! Yay, yay, yay, yay! But darn it, I have all this college work that I should do before I read the book. So conflicted... ["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)
By the time they translate this, I will become so tired of waiting that I'll learn German just to read this book and the sequel.
I can't wait to see w...moreBy the time they translate this, I will become so tired of waiting that I'll learn German just to read this book and the sequel.
I can't wait to see what the English cover will look like!
EDIT: Feb 18 2012: Well, it's a pretty cover, but I wish it matched Ruby Red...
Edit November 11th 2012:
First off, YEA!!! The cover matches mine now! Sure, Gwen pose doesn't look exactly perfect in Blue vs. Red, but STILL! It's so much prettier now than that cover with the clock!
Now, on to the review. I highly doubt anyone is going to read this, seeing as the title page is full of reviews from this book's native language. However, some English speaking person somewhere may want to know what this book is about and may search hours for an English review. Or rather, American.
Sapphire Blue picks up right where Ruby Red left off. We follow Gwen and the hottie Gideon around as they time travel here, there, and everywhere. The main event of this book is the fact that the mysterious evil Count dude wants them to meet him back in his time of 1792 for a fancy party because he wants to test Gwen or some such.
Overall, this book is not as exciting as Ruby Red. Sure, there are some awesome romantic scenes, but that's all that is really developed. The story isn't progressed much, since it only goes forward a few days. There are a few "surprising" revelations toward the end, but that's about it.
The only thing I really dislike about these books is the time thing. Not the method of time travel, I buy that, but when they talk about time travel, it makes my head spin. For example, there is a meeting between Gwen and her Grandad in the past, where he talks about Lucy and Paul and how they traveled in the past. Some many dates were thrown around in that one long paragraph, that I had to read that part several times to make since of it. I kind of wish they would break the writing up and insert dates whenever they travel.
Anyway, if you enjoyed Ruby Red, then you'll probably enjoy this one as well. I can't wait for Emerald Green, although I'm still toying with the idea of mastering German, just so I can read it faster than the rest of my fellow Americans!(less)
*Dramatic sobbing from girl writing this review* WHY RICK?!!! WHY?!!! Why must you torture me with these gosh darn cliffh...moreFINALLY FINISHED October 5th:
*Dramatic sobbing from girl writing this review* WHY RICK?!!! WHY?!!! Why must you torture me with these gosh darn cliffhangers and these year long waits?!?!?! Do you just enjoy seeing your faithful readers suffer? Do you revel in our pain and anguish from chapters such as THAT PENULTIMATE CHAPTER!!! YOU KNOW THE ONE I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! How could you do this to us?!?!? And to the characters?!?!? Those two in the penultimate chapter, yeah them. That was a fate worse than Harry Potter's! (And I'm referring to the fact he had to marry Ginny)
*cough* Alright. I think I'm finished with the shouting. At least till the end of this review. This book truly was fantastic. I don't have a single solitary complaint about it besides the tear-jerking penultimate chapter.
The Mark of Athena picks right were the Son of Neptune left off, though everyone who read the first chapter sneak peek knows that already. BTW, that sneak peek wasn't the whole chapter. WE WERE CHEATED!
Fans of Percabeth will be 100% satisfied with this book. Plenty of perfect Percabeth moments are scattered throughout pleasing us rabid fans, yet they don't overwhelm the book, annoying those of you who don't like as much romance. There are also Piper/Jason moments, but I personally want them to get into an argument. I want some conflict in that relationship. Percabeth has enough, and is only going to get more in the next book *writer of review glares at smiling Rick on the inside jacked of The Mark of Athena.* However, I'm hopeful the next book will give me the conflict in Jason/Piper's perfect relationship since sons of Jupiter get a lot of heat throughout history and in this book.
I suppose that I do have one big complaint I have is that the book was really slow at the beginning. Oh sure, there was plenty to read and tons of action. But we didn't get to the main portion of the quest until about 350 pages in. There was a lot of build-up to the quest. Every part was important and fun to read, some more so than others, but never the less, it was just build up. All the really awesome stuff (or torturous stuff, depending on your point of view) didn't happen till they reached Rome.
So, I really don't have anything else to say, besides the statement that I AM SICK OF WAITING!!!!! And guess what, fans of this series, we have TWO MORE YEARS OF WAITING!!!! One for The House of Hades, and one for the fifth book. Yep. So my advice to those of you who haven't read the book yet, wait to read this one as long as you possibly can. You think waiting for the Percabeth reunion was bad. Just you wait until you read this one. This next year is going to be like listening to opera music in Tartarus.
One last thing, before I leave you:
TEAM LEO!!!!!!!!!!! (Though I'm still a supporter of Frazel.)
Edit September 25:
I'm starting to become a little paranoid. What if Annabeth isn't the seventh halfblood? I really don't believe she and Rome are going to get along. "The Mark of Athena burns through Rome." Shudders...
These next seven days until the release are going to be torture. And not just because I have a bunch of insane college work I'm going to do just so I won't have any to do on the day this book comes out. Cause you better believe I will not put that book down until I read all 608 pages on Tuesday. *Scowls at calender*
Rick. I'm talking to you. If you break up Percy and Annabeth, or even hint that you might...
I will end you.
Edit June 4th:
I KNEW IT!!!!!! Annabeth rules!!!
Look at that pretty cover. Me want now!!!!!
I wonder who the four demigods who get to tell the story are going to be. Annabeth, for sure. My guess is Percy, Jason, and maybe Leo, just because he'll be navigating the ship. Plus he's going to be the comic relief of the series.
Kay, so that's the title of the third book. I'm so about to go into diva-book-worm mood about my speculations to it and I'll talk spoilers to "The Son of Neptune", so do not read this if you have not read it. You have been warned.
You gone yet?
Oh my Olympians, I can not wait for this book! It looks like Annabeth will be the seventh half-blood. I wasn't sure it was going to be her at first, since I thought Hazel would be a daughter of Minerva, but since she is luckily a daughter of Pluto, Annabeth has to be the seventh. Plus it really wouldn't be right to introduce a totally new major character in the third book.
It also means that Annabeth has some kind of superpower! I wonder what that could be? Whatever it was, I think that kid had it that Deadulas killed. Athena said she had blessed him.
Percy and Annabeth better not break up. From what was said, I think they are going to get into a lot of arguements. "Wisdom's daughter walks alone, the Mark of Athena burns though Rome." Uh-oh...
On to other people...
Frank/Hazel/Leo. I'm so sick of love triangles. I won't put what I hope doesn't happen that I'm thinking, so I won't make some of you sad. I just don't want Hazel/Leo. Frazel is cute. Leo deserves someone else... *cough ME cough*
Oh, and will get to see Jason and Piper again. Yippie :/
Maybe now though Piper won't be *as* obsessed with Jason. She's not so bad otherwise.
Anyway, that's all I have to say for now. That is, until the cover hopefully including Annabeth comes out!
I LUV LEO!!!!!!!!["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
GASP! Look at that pretty cover!!!! And it comes out November 13th! Can't wait :)
Update April 6: Ooh, a Robin Hood twist as well! I adore Robin Hood,...moreGASP! Look at that pretty cover!!!! And it comes out November 13th! Can't wait :)
Update April 6: Ooh, a Robin Hood twist as well! I adore Robin Hood, so this is bound the be perfect. I'm so excited, but someone please make the cover picture normal size!
Book Review: December 19th: So, I'm finally getting around to writing another book review. I haven't been reviewing too much because of so much school work, hindering from reading a lot.
Backstory: I'm very, very, very happy that this book FINALLY came out. Princess of the Midnight Ball was probably the first book I found on Goodreads that I wanted to read when I first joined this site a few years ago, and it has become one of my all time favorite books. It's based off my favorite fairy tale (The 12 Dancing Princesses) and I fell in love with the 12 sisters and of course, Galen and Heinrich. The villian was so freakin awesome as well.
Then the sequel came out, Princess of Glass, based on Cinderella. Princess Poppy is probably my favorite narrater out of the three princesses, mainly because she's so funny and has such an unique personality. However, that book is my least favorite of the three. The sisters aren't in the book, neither is Galen, or the Under Stone Palace. All we get is that whiny brat Ella and that weak boring hero Christian.
This book: Finally, we have come to the end with Princess of the Silver Wood. This book was almost as good as the first. It's based off of Little Red Riding Hood, a fairy tale I've recently gotten hooked onto because of the show Once upon a time. The heroine, Petunina is haunted by the Midnight Balls she went to as a child. In fact all the princesses are. They start having vivid nightmares of thier old dancing partners, who swear they will steal the princesses back to the underground palace.
Dun, Dun, DDDUUUNNN!!!
Petunia, the baby of the family, how I identify with her. Being short and the youngest of a large family is a difficult lot in life to deal with. No one listens to her, she never gets anything new because they are poor, and she doesn't have a lot of jewelry. Plus, she never get's to dance because her family doesn't want her to relive her childhood. The poor dear. And to top off her misfortune, she's been kidnapped by a hot werewolf! Woe is her!!!
Okay, not a werewolf. Just a hot Earl named Oliver. That's a nice name, Oliver. *drools*
I am picking at Petunia a bit up there. She seems to complain a lot during the duration of the book. 'Poor me, this! Poor me, that!' It was quite annoying. She does grow as a person, and somewhat starts to feel sorry for people who actually are poor, but by the time she does we get to the actiony parts of the story and character growth takes a back seat to plot. Overall, Petunia is the weakest of the three princesses who star in these books, but that's okay, becasue Rose and Poppy are actually in this book quite a bit. In fact, I would say the plot almost revolves around a combination of Rose, Galen, Lily, Heinrich, and Oliver more than Petunia.
Oliver, Oliver, Oliver. Hot. Protective. Galen clone. The almost perfect man. I don't really mind he's Galen's clone because Galen is plain awesome and I don't mind that there are two of them.
My only complaint about this book is the end, where there is the final climatic fight between the new King Under Stone and the Princesses and co. during the penultamate chapter. The action was fast and I didn't understand what was going on half the time. However, it could be because in my mind the whole time I was chanting 'Bleep can't die! Bleep better not be dead! BLEEP!!!! *SOBS*' That went on for an entire chapter. I'm not going to say who Bleep is though, I don't want to spoil it. So, I think I really just ruined that last chapter by myself.
I would say that the book is a great, fast read. Not as good as the first one, but in my opinion, it's better than the second. It's more for fans of the Princess series, because it gives us a great conclusion for the characters and we get to see them get a Happily Ever After.(less)
I really don't know why I enjoy these books so much. Really, all three of the books (Plus the Lost Files book (with all the books in it)) I have devor...moreI really don't know why I enjoy these books so much. Really, all three of the books (Plus the Lost Files book (with all the books in it)) I have devored in one or two days. The writing is terrible, but addictive. The characters can be annoying, but so relatable. Why do I like these books so much? WHY????
In "The Rise of Nine" we pick up where the last book left off. We follow John and Nine in America, as they discover the trecherous U.S. government. They get into a lot of fights, between the bad guys and each other. Those sections were like win-lose for me. I loved John in the first book, but now he's really whiny and annoying. And he's totally into himself and his selfish ideas. I'm with Nine. Who cares about the pathetic self-serving humans? And before you ask, I'm not human. Much.
I love Nine. He's just so hot. Just thinking about him and his cocky, hot self makes me blush.(Okay, I'm done fangirling)
Also, in this book, we jump into Six and Marina's heads as we follow them (plus Ella and Crayton) to India looking for another Garde member. And they do find another, after they get into an epic battle with the Indian resistances to religion groups or whoever the heck they were fighting. I enjoyed these parts a lot more, becasue we got to meet Eight, who Marina develops a little crush on.
We also meet the super evil Mog leader S. Ra. And no, I'm not attempting to spell his evily hard-to-say-and-spell name. He was okay, but Voldemort has ruined all other villian's attempts to be epicly awesome. After a battle with him, the book is over, and the events have only spanned a few days. So literally, little plot development in this book.
One thing that really bugs me about the series is the unanswered question about how exactly these kids are going to rebuild their planet. Is there any more Lorian people alive? If the Garde members are the only ones left, it's impossible to rebuild a pure Loric populations without inbreeding. I've crunched the numbers. If 4 got together with 6, 7 with 8, 9 with 5(who I assume is a girl) and 10 with Crayton ((view spoiler)[if he had still been alive. I did this math before the book came out. I am so mad they killed him off in such an easy way. It would have been much more dramatic if he had died saving Ella. I don't understand why they just have to go around killing Cepans anyway. I was hoping at least one of them would last two books. (hide spoiler)]Oh, and I know that's SOOOO gross.) If each of those couples had 20 children, Duggar style, ten boys and ten girls, and each of those children mated with the children of another couple, and had 20 children, and so on and so forth, they would reach the fourth generation I believe and start going with their cousins. And by then, the population would be less than 1000 (but I don't remember the exact number) If the Garde got mated with humans, then they would get more people, but the children would be half human.
That's really all I wanted to say. I agree that there are massive plot holes, even in simple stuff such as character traits, but for some reason these books are very addictive. It's like the sci-fi Twilight, only with less romance and mroe action.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Hm... This book is, what's a good word for this book? It's a four star book. I liked it. It was better than okay, and I certainly liked Eliza. I liked...moreHm... This book is, what's a good word for this book? It's a four star book. I liked it. It was better than okay, and I certainly liked Eliza. I liked her character development, and I liked her relationships with her loved ones and all of her pets. I'm happy with the resolution with her 'revenge' at the end of the book, and I like the ending with the happiness but the threat still hanging in the air. But, I din't like the romance or the setting.
Don't get me wrong, the setting and romance is why I picked up the book in the first place. I love The-world-as-we-know-it-has-ended type books, and if they have romance, all the better. The fact that the main character is a princess who joins the enemy's army is an amazing little element in such a setting.
The setting though, I felt, was largely underdeveloped. Like, their were mentions of all the bad stuff like the Roamers (cannibals) and the Seventeen Days (the events that caused the problems), but we never had any real scenes of importance with either. I would have loved some flashbacks of the Seventeen Days.
Also, the romance was very boring. I knew the plot twist that involved Wesley (love interest) long before it became known to Eliza. It was so obvious, which just shows bad writing. There was no chemistry between them. Wesley would help Eliza out, she'd thank him but not trust him, and then the process would be repeated. Maybe they'll be more romance development in the sequel. And yes, their will be a sequel.
So, all in all, I would say this book is decent. Looking back, I wish I had waited and bought the paperback instead of buying the hardback.(less)
Again, this book leaves me with mixed feelings. Rick Riordan is an amazing storyteller with an imagination that is out of this world. He's extremely c...moreAgain, this book leaves me with mixed feelings. Rick Riordan is an amazing storyteller with an imagination that is out of this world. He's extremely creative, and brings to life characters that you can't help but love. Yet, when it comes to romance, this guy needs to take a course in it or something because he's not that good at it.
Oh sure, he came up with Percabeth, but for two books and a chapter, we fans have been suffering without our Percabeth moments, just like Percy and Annabeth have been separated by the evil prophesies and stupid Hera. Rick also gave us Carter/Zia, which, I must add is the only reason I'm giving this book two stars. Carter and Zia are just two misfits/nerds in love with each other and it's just so darn cute.
HOWEVER. This love triangle thing with Anubis/Sadie/Walt is DISGUSTING. I don't care what anyone says, I will preach that until I go to the grave. One boy is 5000, the other 16. SHE IS STILL 13!!!! And the conclusion to said strange love triangle? (view spoiler)[ Anubis makes Walt his new host so Walt doesn't die. They both get to date their lady love, and they dance off into the sunset. And Sadie accepts it. WHAT? (hide spoiler)] What in the world does that say to impressionable middle school girls who read this book. I get having the two guys fighting for her attention, I really do. But the message that Sadie can (view spoiler)[be with both of them (hide spoiler)] is not something that should be sent out in to the world. Sure, in a book, everyone's hunky-dory with it, but it the real world, it only creates problems and causes people to get hurt. Why can't she be single, at least till the crossover series that this book hints at comes out. (Now that I can't wait for. Greeks vs. Romans vs. Egyptians vs. Norse (which Riordan plans on writing next). AWESOME!!!)
Anyway, I really just wanted to complain about the love triangle. Really, Meyer did much better with Twilight, and that ended truly nasty as well.
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I really liked this book. It was much more interesting than Pretty Little Liars. That's probably because I already knew how that series was going to e...moreI really liked this book. It was much more interesting than Pretty Little Liars. That's probably because I already knew how that series was going to end. In this one, I'm totally clueless. I read it because I fell in love with the Lying game TV series, and that is totally different than this book, but in a good way.
In this book, we are inside Sutton's head, who is dead. Sutton's ghost follows Emma around, who is forced to take over Sutton's life by Sutton's murderer. Could Emma be next? What kind of an awful person is Sutton? What is the Lying Game? Who killed Sutton? Was it one of her "friends"? Was it her adoptive sister? And most importantly, why can't more of Ethan be in this book?
Some of these questions (like one) are answered. I'll have to wait for the other books I suppose to find the answers to the rest, which I will be reading.
Finally! An enjoyable sy-fy series! The Matched series just wasn't doing it for me.
This book is:
The Hunger Games + X-men = AWESOME!!!
Only complaint i...moreFinally! An enjoyable sy-fy series! The Matched series just wasn't doing it for me.
This book is:
The Hunger Games + X-men = AWESOME!!!
Only complaint is that there were too many characters with too little background/descriptive details. I kept getting Howard and Orc mixed up. Not to mention the only character I know any details about what she looks like is Astrid (All hail the Blonde-Blue Eyed Bombshell who is a genius! *Rolls eyes* Like anyone can top Annabeth, daughter of Athena.) (less)