This was just written terribly. The main character was a Mary-Sue, her love interest was a drag, and the writing just was choppy and terrible. And theThis was just written terribly. The main character was a Mary-Sue, her love interest was a drag, and the writing just was choppy and terrible. And the main character was stupid. "Oh my, wings are coming out of my back! Let me just hide them with my shirt and not tell my parents who might help." Idiot.
I couldn't finish this one, it was just too horrible. I got to the part where she found her wings and was covering them up and I stopped....more
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 devorI 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"]>...more
First off, I love, love, LOVE the way Anna Gadbersen writes. She has amazing details, characters you fall in love with, and doesn't shy away from killFirst off, I love, love, LOVE the way Anna Gadbersen writes. She has amazing details, characters you fall in love with, and doesn't shy away from killing off characters. This fact did make me stop reading the Luxe series after Rumors, because she killed off one of my favorites, causing me to cry in the doctor's office. However, I know I'll eventually try to finish that series, because I care about the other characters too.
This book is set in the Roaring Twenties, an era that there are not nearly enough books about. My favorite assigned high school book was "The Great Gatsby", so nataully, I had to read this book as well.
The book starts off with some person (we never find out who) looking back on the year 1929, giving us a set up on the time. The person remembers foundly three young flappers who owned the scene, saying one would marry, one would be a star, and one would die. What a prolouge! Now, you try not to get attached to Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid, but you just can't help yourself cause their so dog gone loveable, even with their flaws.
Anyway, if you loved all the drama from the Luxe series or you just love historical fiction in general, you should definatly read this book....more
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,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, 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....more
Ah, another book featuring my favorite disaster of all time, the Titanic. I just knew picking it up in the book store I would have to have it, even thAh, another book featuring my favorite disaster of all time, the Titanic. I just knew picking it up in the book store I would have to have it, even though the thought of werewolves (!) threw me off a bit. But hey, why not. If time travel can be on it and cause the sinking, why can't werewolves be running around as well.
I'll talk about what I loved about this book first. The details were absolutly amazing. They have to be when reading abot the Titanic. The details about Tess working as a maid though were pretty awesome as well. I could really picture what her life must have been like. (Though just one more mention of that stupid hat would have made me crazy.)
I also liked the fast paced action. If it had been slower, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did. I also enjoyed the romance between Tess and Alex, as well as the minor character romance. The fact though, that Tess and Alex's first-class-third-class romance was totally different then every other version of it we've all seen was a plus.
I did not like the paranomal bit as much as the book. That doesn't even make since, though. Okay, I liked it, but I did not like how everything was explained. Namely how everything with it was saved at the end for that last piece of action. ("WE ARE GODS TESS") Say what? That whole bit just left me so confused and with a bunch of unanswered questions.
Also, I didn't like Claudia Gray's direction when it came to killing off her supporting cast. Yes, this is the Titanic, people die. She can't be Stephenine Meyer in this regard. However that does not mean she is Suzanne Collins or J.K. Rowling. (view spoiler)[ She did not have to go kill-happy and kill everyone but one of the supporting characters (hide spoiler)]. Jeez.
Gah, another year wait for this book. When this series finally ends, I'm going to be 23. I bought the Mark of Athena the other day, and the woman in fGah, another year wait for this book. When this series finally ends, I'm going to be 23. I bought the Mark of Athena the other day, and the woman in front of me was buying it for her middle school son. It made me feel so old. And the fact that I'm such a fan-girl for this series just makes me feel so creepy. Really Rick, why do you make me wait so long...
So, my predictions for The House of Hades (I absolutly love that title):
1. IF AT LEAST PERCY OR ANNABETH AREN"T ONE OF THE NARRATORS I"M GOING TO... *ponders a worthy threat* um, I got nothing. But seriously Rick, Percy or Annabeth or both have to narrate this book. You can't leave your adoring fans like this. WE"RE DYING HERE!!!!
2. Jason, Hazel, and Frank are most likely going to narrate. Mark of Athena had the Greeks, House of Hades will have the Romans.
3. Nico is back!!! Yea Nico!
4. They may finally get to the Doors of Death, but something else is going to go wrong because demigods have rotten luck.
5. Leo finally get's a girlfriend!!! *Imagines some evil redhead because I still hate Rachel* Er, no, nevermind. Leo should stay single, come out of the book magically aged to be closer to my age, and I'll date him!!! *Rick shakes his head at me, and I glare* Huff, fine!
6. Seriously, Jason and Piper need some kind of conflict in their relationship. Reyna doesn't count. Jason needs to go all Hercules and break Piper's heart or something. Let's spice it up!
7. (view spoiler)[ There had better be plenty of Percabeth moments while they are in Tartarus. It's bad enough they are in Tartarus in the first place. (hide spoiler)]
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*Dramatic sobbing from girl writing this review* WHY RICK?!!! WHY?!!! Why must you torture me with these gosh darn cliffhFINALLY 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!
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It was not as particurally spectacular like I was hoping it would be. It was a very simple and cutesy story, and it was a bit boring. I mean, I likedIt was not as particurally spectacular like I was hoping it would be. It was a very simple and cutesy story, and it was a bit boring. I mean, I liked it, but it didn't impress me....more
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 wBy 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!...more
Yeah, I'm not happy with this book. Not happy at all. I loved Danielle, but both of her suitors, ugh, didn't care for either of them to much. All theYeah, I'm not happy with this book. Not happy at all. I loved Danielle, but both of her suitors, ugh, didn't care for either of them to much. All the interaction with Paul was mostly flashbacks or Danielle refusing to marry him, which only made me see him as a stuck up prat. Geoffery was your typical dashing pirate, but with all of Danielle's girlish fantasies of him, it was easy for a reader to look past that and see what he was really all about. I much perfered Christopher to either of those two boys. It stinks what happened to that adorable Tennesse soldier.
The one thing that really made this book enjoyable though was Danielle's action scenes. First we get a terrifing escape from the British through the swamp, and then a even scarier escape scene from pirates! Both were nail-bitters, even if they were a tad similiar. I probably would have enjoyed that last fight at the tail end of the book if it hadn't had been so predictible and out of character for the two characters doing the fighting. Cause, let's face it, the loser was more likely to win, but the author wanted the other guy to win.
All in all, don't get your hopes up for this one. Pirates, wars, and romance does not add up well in this novel....more
Definatly Weyn's best addition to the "Once Upon a Time" series. The plot was as smooth as water, balancing easily between historical reality and fantDefinatly Weyn's best addition to the "Once Upon a Time" series. The plot was as smooth as water, balancing easily between historical reality and fantasy. I didn't groan at the magic, like you might be prone to do with a story that does that, but enjoyed it's element to the book. Emma and Jack are just so adorable together, and the progression of their relationship from just liking each other to loving each other was well put together and natural. The action is exciting and just awesome. Well done to Ms. Weyn!...more