Not one to read graphic novels or comics or anything, so.. maybe a little biased. Only read this because I love anything to do with VA and Richelle MeNot one to read graphic novels or comics or anything, so.. maybe a little biased. Only read this because I love anything to do with VA and Richelle Mead XD Finished the book in about.. fifteen mins? It didn't do much for me, but when it came to all the parts with Dimitri and Rose and all, well yeah, my heart skipped beats, so that was good. But I gotta say that the drawings.. well, they aren't really my type I guess? But some parts were pretty nice. Wouldn't be spending money to buy this though ><...more
OH HOLY COW THIS WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay so that wasn't very eloquent for a literary (sort of) website, but I'll be the first toOH HOLY COW THIS WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay so that wasn't very eloquent for a literary (sort of) website, but I'll be the first to admit I'm not an eloquent, or even intelligent, person at all. But that's off-tangent. This review was supposed to be about Destined, the epic end to the four-book series of Wings, and it shall be:
I knew Destined was due to be out soon this month/week, and wasn't all that surprised to see it on the library shelves today. But I WAS really excited and it was a sort of pleasant surprise. I took it into my eager hands, confidently striding away with a smile playing on my lips. This was mine; my series, and I was not ashamed to let any other library user see my weird smile. 8D
I was supposed to do Math. But of course...
Anyway! Having been a very long while since that devastating last line of Illusions (I can still remember it. That cursed cliffhanger...), I had forgotten a little about the world of Wings. But Destined was easy to catch up on, so it wasn't too bad.
Soon I was drawn into the action-packed world of Destined, and I really enjoyed it. I couldn't focus entirely on my Math, and kept returning to it. By evening, I was done with it.
In Destined, there is a lot more action that you get from the first 3 books. There is also a lot more of science (term used loosely here) and magic; and you also get to see a lot more of Avalon and its inhabitants, albeit in a very different way from Spells.
Also, I really enjoyed how a more mature theme such as rebellion or hierarchy was introduced in Destined in the form of (view spoiler)[Yuki, Klea and Yasmine (hide spoiler)].It's a nice conclusion to all the juicy bites sprinkled along in the first 3 books.
And the last thing I loved about Destined, is ironically, the last part of the book itself. The ending. It was perfect. I think it was the ending that clinched the deal for me. Usually, books have a 'happy ending', an ending that wouldn't exactly tell you how characters end up, but indicate it as such. Endings that are enigmatic, like what I term the 'false ending' in Destined. You know that (view spoiler)[Tam, David, Laurel and Chelsea are leaving Avalon to California, and that Avalon is saved and everyone's mostly happy and all (hide spoiler)], and the way it ends-it leaves a nice, settled feeling in your tummy. But turn the page, after the Author's Note, and you read an ending that HITS you in the stomach-WHAM.
Unexpected, and delivered in a spectacular manner.
It was truly a pleasure to read such a conclusion. It's like eating a particularly satisfying dumpling (alright. Off-tangent again!), instead of just ice-cream.
I don't like the contents of the ending (readers you'll know what I mean), but it IS, like Pike said, realistic. And as such, bittersweet. I really love the ending. Kudos to Pike for writing a beautiful conclusion to a wonderful, magical series. The ending gave it its punch, and I felt, was a testament to Pike's writing skills in the form of world-building. Although the Wings books were full of magic, the ending was proof of Pike's intentions and true to the world we live in (pragmatic, realistic), and I really liked how it all matched up.
This was a lovely end to an amazing series, and I'm so glad for the day I picked up Wings, despite its initial lame venture into the faerie-plant theory. Well-done series!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
From the famed The Blue Fairy Book, I learned that:
1. If you are a girl, and you are "beautiful", so amazingly pretty that sometimes, there are just nFrom the famed The Blue Fairy Book, I learned that:
1. If you are a girl, and you are "beautiful", so amazingly pretty that sometimes, there are just no words to describe you, you might just survive whatever is coming at you next, because
2. The villains can never defeat the good, because someway or other, there will always, out of the blue, and completely deus ex machina-like, pop out these magical items that might just save the beautiful girl's ass(oops, I mean, her cute behind).
3. You just have to be really really beautiful. That's it.
4. If you asked a stranger to describe you, and he/she doesn't see fit to use the word "beautiful", you're screwed. For life.
5. Only the royalty are worth talking about.
Okay, to be honest, it's been a while since I read the ebook of this. I did like revisiting some tales I read as a child, but these were so different from what I had read that I found them tasteless, and abrupt. Many times I was offended by the very anti-feminist aspect of the stories, how the females always swooned, always submitted. I mean, I'm fine if they let the men do the dirty work (hehe), but the way it was portrayed was just really.. I don't know how to put it. But I didn't like it.
It's a book that I suppose, you may read to pass the time idly. But let's just say that 1. fairytales have come a long way to what we know and read as children. This journey in time is not in vain; maybe stick to the versions you are familiar with?, and 2. there are better books to read....more
Some were beautiful (I especially loved 'I Can Write The Saddest Verses Tonight'), some I couldn't even begin to understand (Which totally saddens me)Some were beautiful (I especially loved 'I Can Write The Saddest Verses Tonight'), some I couldn't even begin to understand (Which totally saddens me) but the poem that got me reading this book was 'I Do Not Love You.... Sonnet XVII' because of Anna and the French Kiss. I chanced upon a line in Anna and the French Kiss and that COMPLETELY made me certain I had to get my hands on a Neruda piece, no matter what. The line, if any of you are wondering, happens to be a very famous line (sorta, I think!): I love you as certain dark things are loved, in secret between the shadow and the soul. Too beautiful. Of course, I was sorely disappointed to see that in this book, the translation was different. Something like, I love you as certain obscure things are loved... I don't know, I always read it the way I first chanced upon the line. It seems that the translation in this book differs a little from.. I don't know.. mainstream Internet? Because when I searched 'I Can Write The Saddest Verses Tonight', mostly what came up was 'I Can Write The Saddest Lines Tonight'. Which, if you ask me, makes plenty of difference. Still, I did enjoy reading this book a lot. At first I tried to what the foreword advised: to, even though I knew nothing about Spanish, I should still read through the original Spanish verses because they were, apparently, just so beautiful I'd still be able to feel the beauty.
Let me just warn you in advance: NO. That's totally untrue. I know literally NOTHING about Spanish (as in, reading/speaking-wise) and really, reading the original lines did nothing much for me except make me very tired.
I took really long too, to finish this book, and even then, I'm pretty sure I only took away about 50% of the content. Some poems like Macchu Picchu, etc., were what I couldn't understand nor connect with. I did love most of his love poems though. They were exquisite, even the *cues snickers* "Carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon".
Not a bad book for an introduction to Neruda, though there was definitely something lost in translation. ...more
Rachel Hawkins is more evil than all the demons (and non-demons) in Demonglass combined. I want Spell Bound NOW.
Oh darn!BEFORE READING:
Rachel Hawkins is more evil than all the demons (and non-demons) in Demonglass combined. I want Spell Bound NOW.
Oh darn! I just lost whatever I was typing! WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY did I click on "link" and redirect myself unnecessarily to the home page?! Now I'm just more angry with the book. :(
Okay to cut things short, I'll do this in practical point form:
Things I Dislike:
1) The detachment and lack of engagement They're different things. I felt like Spell Bound, for all its precious position as final installment in a well-loved series was written almost like a weary job to complete. Just the last book...Just write something... It felt like Hawkins had lost steam between Demonglass and Spell Bound. As a reader, I felt a distinct (made even more distinct because I know I was definitely excited for Hex Hall and Demonglass) lack of engagement with Spell Bound. As if I was just reading it to complete the series, like it had been written to do the same thing. I think that was the major thing I disliked because well, it just changed the entire way I interacted with the book. (See #2) Also, it's just a sad way for a series I really liked to end. :(
2) (view spoiler)[Cal's death (hide spoiler)] Because of #1, and a lack of meaningful relationship interactions, and also because I really couldn't remember what went on in Demonglass (more than a year since I read the book), this felt, borrowing Wendy Darling's term, very unnecessary . Felt very gimmicky to me, and the last part of the book felt rather rushed an ending. (view spoiler)[Oh, rebuild Hex Hall in Cal's memory; become Head of the Council that somehow regrouped and reformed from a massive destruction; have screaming nightmares that wake Sophie up crying... (hide spoiler)] Just feels so rushed and as such, it takes away so much of how I might have felt about such an ending. The emotions of a reader were very discounted because of #1, which makes #2 plain unnecessary.
3) Sophie and Archer's romance I can't even remember if I was rooting for Archer or Cal, but it doesn't really matter anymore. (view spoiler)[Although these two were portrayed to be the lovebirds, the ones who did end up together, maybe because of #1 again, I totally couldn't feel the love. (hide spoiler)] As a result, their 'romance' or rather, relationship, felt so superficial, so shallow. Unless you base it on memory from the previous books, there really wasn't any new development to the relationship to make it any more substantial or just less superficial. Archer suddenly became an atypical dashing hero type instead of a more well-developed character, which is very disappointing.
Things I Like: 1) Elodie I've liked her presence since she became a ghost, but she just shines in Spell Bound. Although this may be converted to a point #4 for things I dislike, because honestly? Elodie's presence and actions and ability to conduct magic, etc. etc.? Waaaaay too convenient! All the same, I enjoyed the girl's cheek, wit and presence.
2) The Brannicks I feel that they could have been a lot a lot more developed. This was afterall, some characters we've heard of since Book The First. But suddenly they're just thrown into the mix haphazardly, and oh! How shocking! (view spoiler)[/cue shocking family history (hide spoiler)] Lack of development was disappointing, and it made them while interesting, rather flat characters just in for ride. Redhead Amazonian warriors? Always a writer's loss if underdeveloped, I think.
3) The Ending ARGH. Why is it that each time I write a point under "things I like" I find that it should be converted to points under "things I DISlike"??! The ending was way too tidy and convenient ((view spoiler)[ Mrs Casanoff's role was just too major to be so suddenly thrown in so conveniently. (hide spoiler)]) for my taste, but it did make for a pleasing happy ending. So well, it's only the 'happy' part of the ending that I liked. The way it came about and took place... not so much.
All in all, a rather disappointing read, though I definitely won't stop reading Hawkins' books just like that. ["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"]>...more
Okay, I thought this was totally amazing and wonderful. I, like Diane Ferbrache, hardly pick up any poetry to read. I like poetry, and I like to thinkOkay, I thought this was totally amazing and wonderful. I, like Diane Ferbrache, hardly pick up any poetry to read. I like poetry, and I like to think of what I sometimes write as poetry, but I just don't read poetry (much). So it was a pleasant find for me when I found Think Again in the library. I was supposed to be studying, but whatever. It wasn't a long book, thick and difficult to get through. It was instead, astonishing, and so simple and .. effective. It touched me, and I found myself saying "wow" under my breath a lot. I don't know why is it some people think 'simple' means 'bad'. I stand to disagree. Simplicity, especially in writing, is no easy feat. It's one thing to be simple and ordinary, and another to be simple and extraordinary! Think Again was just the perfect combination.
On each page was a lovely illustration, and short verses. I kinda got that it was supposed to be a love story (cover, and the acknowledgments, and some parts), but that love story part didn't really stand out to be all that much. It just read as a beautiful flow of words that really spoke to me. It's like.. not so much that I'd been through the same things, or felt the same before, but it was just.. I don't know. It connected, I guess.
It was a lovely, lovely read, and I think it's the sort of book I wanna own just so I can look at it on my shelf and feel proud such a beautiful book full of amazing contents is on my shelf....more