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 eI 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.
Going into this book, I had my hopes majorly high. I'm talking, heck yeah! A book about a snowstorm in a high school. Prepare for the romance, drama,Going into this book, I had my hopes majorly high. I'm talking, heck yeah! A book about a snowstorm in a high school. Prepare for the romance, drama, bullies, fights, and CANNIBALISM! I was excited. And then, *poof* here's reality! A real snore-fest.
There's no cannibalism, much to my everlasting disappointment. No romance either. No likable characters minus the weirdo and bully-Sirius-Black-wannabe. The narrator is boring as all get out. And there's only, oh, spoiler alert! (view spoiler)[Only one death. JUST ONE! (hide spoiler)]
I mean, come on! This is supposed to be a disaster/survival book. There has got to be more action/drama/disaster than that. Plus, no romance, although, I honestly don't blame either of those girls for not wanting the main character. Heroic my butt. He was so, so... words can't describe him, and I mean that in a bad way.
So why did I give it three stars? I don't remember anymore. It was okay, I guess. Just a normal book that passes the time. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really don't know what to say about this book. It was nice, but I never really connected with the main character, Lucy. She's a bit of an idiot forI really don't know what to say about this book. It was nice, but I never really connected with the main character, Lucy. She's a bit of an idiot for falling for the typical Prince Charming. She also complains about her family way too much, when I mean, they are not that bad.
I did like the whole thing about this book and family. The scene at the end when Lucy is going to prom and get's her picture taken is so sweet. But everything else was just so predictable.
Also, I think my main problem with this book is how little description their is in this book. The only physical character trait I could say is that Lucy has red hair. I can't tell you what anyone else looks like. The author just didn't put in the descriptions that really suck me into a novel, so I felt like I was watching a movie with my eyes closed. I knew what was happening, but I didn't know what it looked like.
So, cute book, but left a lot to be desired....more
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 likedHm... 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....more
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.