Not good, and not bad. I liked the overall aspect of the story, what with the historical essence and the fact that Ismae was a badass heroine, but the...moreNot good, and not bad. I liked the overall aspect of the story, what with the historical essence and the fact that Ismae was a badass heroine, but the over-dramatic story-telling sort of got on my nerves, and it never seemed to end. I also didn't really like the male character in the book, so it didn't appeal to me as much. However, I did like certain parts of it, especially how Ismae was a very strong protagonist on her own and that it had a good ending.(less)
I'm so glad that I began June with such an amazing novel. At first, I didn't know whether I should read it or not because I didn't want to feel depres...moreI'm so glad that I began June with such an amazing novel. At first, I didn't know whether I should read it or not because I didn't want to feel depressed at a miserable ending or freaked out by any gory images or anything, but to be completely honest, reading books about the World Wars always spikes my interest. It's not about the fact that the violence is exciting or something troubling like that, but I always wonder how differently the world worked that many decades ago. So reading a book about World War I and the horrors related to it was kind of exciting. Along with the pictures. Those made me really understand what was going on in the book at a particular time (not that I wasn't already knees-deep into it).
The thing I really liked about this novel was that Mary Shelly was so brave. She'd gone through so much grief and had lost her mother and her father, and traveled to see her aunt Eva for hope that there she would face less grief. I really liked how much she showed her bravery, because one thing I notice about many books is that heroines labeled as brave and whatnot usually disappoint me with their boring and shallow minds. But Mary exuded all the bravery in her grief and sadness, and it kind of struck me how that was what I considered actual courage. I loved reading about her wild scientific thoughts and her optimism, and the way she comforted the patients at the hospital. I do wish she had a supportive friend at the time, but then again, it would have just upset me if that friend died.
As for Stephan, I actually felt the same grief as Mary did. It struck me odd, because he wasn't actually, well, there, (view spoiler)[or at least, not in the physical sense (hide spoiler)] but I felt all the tragedy that was going on. Especially with his brother, and the terror in France, the nightmares, and that really creepy ending, which made me really want to rage on certain characters in this novel.
Overall, it was splendid. It gave me even more insight on what the war was like, and the influenza and all the different kinds of panic people went through, and an even more depth on what shell shock was like. I wish I could find a book just like this. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Sadly, while Jennifer's Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was one of my favourite 2012 reads, this book didn't make the list for 2013. It...moreSadly, while Jennifer's Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was one of my favourite 2012 reads, this book didn't make the list for 2013. It seemed a little too rushed, like everything was happening at once. The whole story also seemed a little cliche; where I used to feel like Smith's writing, while something that would appear to be completely ordinary, this installment was didn't seem very original. I also felt that it was a very weak plot, which clashed really badly with the fast pacing. Graham met Ellie so early, and they had this little conflict where she had to decide whether to be with him or not because of her father, and meanwhile she had a very tiny argument with Quinn that left the latter out of the book for too long. It didn't work out well. There weren't any fantastic plot twists, and I really did wish things would turn out differently in the end (view spoiler)[ i.e. Ellie meeting her father and giving him a piece of her mind (hide spoiler)]. It just didn't seem like a whole lot was happening in the span of 404 pages.
I still have hope for her next novel, though.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a "meh" read for me. It wasn't really special for me, and it wasn't all that boring, but I would probably have left it alone within the first...moreThis was a "meh" read for me. It wasn't really special for me, and it wasn't all that boring, but I would probably have left it alone within the first fifty pages if I hadn't forced myself to continue. Like the first novel, Dreamless is not as captivating as I tried to make it be.
I'd recently posted a post on my blog about why I really despise love triangles, and this book is just another reason why I hate them. It's exactly the same. Orion seems like the rebound guy in the novel, and it's so cliche and pathetic that I don't even know what to write about the whole triangle without making it sound like I'm repeating myself. Lucas was so annoying in this novel that it's a shame to even speak his name. Telling Helen he hated her because his father said so, and then her actually believing him? Give me a break. It's so annoying how the guy always has to "ditch the girl" to protect her. And I get how his family seems to be all about keeping them apart, because of this "incest thing," but there are other ways to do that. Lucas and Helen could have had a totally platonic relationship, much like her and Orion said they'd had in the Underworld, at least, until they kissed and whatnot. Oh, and another thing that pissed me off? Lucas watching Helen while she slept, and lying about it. That is so extreme that I can hardly comment on how annoyed I am about that.
Also, this whole cycle of events was pretty lame as well, for a 487-paged book. Helen travels to the Underworld every night, Zach suspects things, Lucas is being mean to her, Helen meets Hector - all of these events kept going on and on and again. I wanted something shocking to appear instead of the same old news. There didn't seem to be much progress. And one thing I really don't like about these novels is that reality and fantasy always have to collide. I mean I get that "there's a world here you don't know about," but when it comes to mundane tasks like going to school and meeting your employers at the store where you work, I get a bit iffy about how characters are unable to perform their duties because of the fact that, oh, I don't know, they'll die within the next minute, or because they're too busy fighting evil to finish their math homework.
And that ending was so confusingly vague. Okay, so Helen was so angry for a major portion of the novel because Daphne wasn't communicating with her, and had given her number to Orion without contacting her; what happened to confronting her about it when she had the chance? And there are so many characters in this novel that pissed me off, like Jason, who kept questioning everything that Helen did, and Claire, who did nothing to stop him from raging on her best friend. I don't like any of the characters here except for Jerry, who, thank goodness, remained the way I wanted him to for the entire novel.
I will probably read the next book, but only to be able to finish the series. I doubt it will be any good, but it's worth a try.
I liked this a lot better than Incarnate! There were so many wonderful things that changed that you probably wouldn't notice, but I did. I love how An...moreI liked this a lot better than Incarnate! There were so many wonderful things that changed that you probably wouldn't notice, but I did. I love how Ana became so much more confident and didn't give much crap about what people said about her. And although I am still a bit cringy about the characters having lived for thousands of years, the story was achingly perfect and I loved it. The ending was also very sweet and heartbreaking. (less)