Icons carries such an intriguing premise: On The Day, the Icons came and deContains several spoilers. Read at own risk.
What a massive potential.
Icons carries such an intriguing premise: On The Day, the Icons came and destroyed Earth and took over their world, controlling their electricity. Now the Embassy, run by humans, obey the House of Lords' commands. On the day of Dol's birthday, she is whisked into the Embassy and she and three others must discover what is just so special about them that could potentially destroy the Icons.
While there is so much good in here, there is so much bad in here too. I'll start with the good.
1. (Aforementioned) Interesting premise 2. After every chapter there are news clippings, classified emails, evidence, etc. to give a bit of oomph to the story 3. The last quarter of the book picks up the pace and is actually quick exciting to read. 4. Love how the character of Dol (our main protagonist) never heads to 'Mary Sue'.
1. Such undeveloped characters. They mostly felt like cardboard cutouts to me. Ro, always angry, Lucas, always worried/sad, Tima alternating between nervous/scared and Dol is pretty much a robot with no characrer.
Lucas is always repeating the same ol' thing and doing the same ol' thing. Of course, his actions were justified: unfortunately Margaret Stohl's writing just didn't do that and Lucas sort of becomes... bland. And mostly stupid.
I fell in love with Tima early on, when I first met her, for her feistiness and wit. Sadly, I wasn't quite surprised when her character slowly died away.
Ro is ANGRY. Man, he should've been the hulk with how he was behaving. That's how I would describe him. A perpetual hulk, with random moments of mood swings (he would sometimes smile at Dol after a huge argument and then... do weird stuff)
Then comes Dol. Honestly, she never felt extra special to me, just sitting around waiting for Ro or Lucas or Dol to do something. She's also incessantly, unnecessarily trusting, probably a ploy of Ms Stohl's to stretch the story longer than it actually is and get the story to move a certain away. Blah. Dol just doesn't cut it at me. She's incredibly ridiculous as well (regarding a certain book), and frustrating.
3. Plot holes Could the plot holes honestly get any bigger? With a hundred guards chasing after you, would you just WALK to your escape? C'mon. That doesn't even make sense. Yes, that really happens. Also, the conversations carefully set during climatic moments are long and ridiculously stretchy even when the clock is ticking. Most of the parts were also... unrelated.
There's definitely more I would like to say about this book, but I won't go on. I heard this is the first to a series. I'm not sure I'll be picking the next book up.
*However Icons is a pretty interesting book to read if you can ignore the bad. ...more
Sisterhood Everlasting is an amazing book. Ann Brashares manages to capture all the beauty of four best friends and their lives: the courage, love, stSisterhood Everlasting is an amazing book. Ann Brashares manages to capture all the beauty of four best friends and their lives: the courage, love, strength, character and joy surrounding their friendship, that no matter what, they will always be there for each other. There's always so much to learn from her books, which have often inspired me. Among my favourites, definitely. (:...more
I may be a fan of supernatural, but one thing that sure doesn't interest me are faeries. I finished Melissa Marr's "Wicked Lovely" a couple of years aI may be a fan of supernatural, but one thing that sure doesn't interest me are faeries. I finished Melissa Marr's "Wicked Lovely" a couple of years ago and while it was OK, it was unrealistic and I could not get to the second book and so forth. However, Glimmerglass turned my world around.
The Prologue didn't draw me in much, and I braced myself for the worse, but Chapter 1 soon hooked me and I couldn't put it down.
PLOT: The story was well-crafted and planned, so reading was a breeze. Jenna Black took a huge shot, but I loved it, no doubt. It isn't something I'd read, but was glad I did.
CHARACTERS: Mostly all of them were likable and motivated me to read more to learn about their story. My only complaint is that Dana went a little OOC during the climax and her starstruck with "hot guys".
SETTING: Simply gorgeous and breathtaking. My imagination ran to no end. :)
PACE: Set our nicely.
VOCABULARY: Pretty good.
Overall, I think Jenna Black pretty much nailed it. This is one pretty cover with a pretty story to accompany! I definitely look forward to the next book in the series. :)...more
**spoiler alert** What really drew my attention in, I suppose was the cover. I appreciated the eeriness of it, the fascinating plotline and not to men**spoiler alert** What really drew my attention in, I suppose was the cover. I appreciated the eeriness of it, the fascinating plotline and not to mention the title. Boy, was I wrong! I started the book off with vigour, rubbing my hands together and stopped everything else to read it. The first few pages grabbed and whisked me away with its fast pace and setting, but this soon died away. Going on to the next few chapters, the excitement dimmed. It took a bit more of a struggle to continue, I admit.
The biggest error made in history was the back cover. While in the novel we are introduced to the protagonist Lily PARKER, the cover said Lily JONES. OK, so never mind. It wasn't Chloe Neill's fault. But well, Lily kinda is. She's unsociable, immature and completely inexperienced. Unsociable because throughout the ENTIRE SCHOOL, the only people she mixes with are her suitemates and the other Adepts whom she's introduced to. It would honestly be a nice change if she could start mixing a little. Besides that, even when the Brat Pack lock her away and because of that nearly kill her in the process, she still wants to hang out with them because its a so-called "change". Maybe secretly she wants to be cool, I don't know. And Scout, too. Just because Lily hangs out with the Brat Pack, she goes all "ugh. I'm not gonna speak to you anymore." I mean, HELLO! Isn't Lily entitled to have other friends? SCOUT IS NOT LILY. And of course, Lily's inexperienced as well. She meets Jason Shephard with those 'eyes' and she goes to la-la-land. She doesn't even know him! I mean, sure, you get the hots for him, I KNOW, but you don't even know him! Lily's narrative point of view tends to get tiring as well. She's always sarcastic and long-winded we can't even get a "I'm tired" without dozens of words mixed into it as well.
I noticed, mid-way in the book, that neither Jason nor Michael really fit into the picture. It's like Chloe Neill simply tossed them in at the last minute. And only because having Scout and Lily would bore people. I was interested in neither Jason nor Michael, and usually the "hot guys" in the book usually make it all the more interesting and heart-pounding for the girls. I simply could not understand Jason's infatuation for Lily.
The action in the end did not leave me breathless either. I was just waiting to get over it. However, I do admit the pace picked up somewhere in the end which pleased me slightly. The end revelation on Lily's powers, however, drew me in. That was about it.
Overall, it was disappointing and sad to say, marks the end of Lily's journey - at least for me.
The only reason I bought "The Hunger Games" was because of its popularity. Considering how much I heard, I decided to take a shot and was NOT disappoiThe only reason I bought "The Hunger Games" was because of its popularity. Considering how much I heard, I decided to take a shot and was NOT disappointed in any way. I was immediately hooked from start and even had difficulty closing the book at night to go to sleep. (I woke up early the next day to continue.)
I love kick-ass female characters. They strike me as inspiring and simply makes me look up upon them. Katniss' first sacrifice to step in the arena - which is practically a death sentence - had me falling for her immediately. I admit I was not a fan of Peeta immediately, but he soon grew on me, as did the other characters.
Collins' descriptions and fast-moving pace are perfect. Just the idea of throwing 24 contestants into an arena right down to the last survivor is downright interesting. The future is beautifully-crafted. OK, so maybe I'm not a fan of the gore that comes with it, but Katniss' fighting skills is just plain awesome. I expected the arena scenes to be boring, but instead I was left pulse-racing and breathless.
A 4-star from me is as rare as a blue moon, but "The Hunger Games" was perfectly executed and disappointed me only when I realised I'd finished the book. ...more
Just, bad. Didn't even bother to finish it. COULDN'T force myself to, up to a point. Bad, bad writing (how many times did the author mention 'poof'? AJust, bad. Didn't even bother to finish it. COULDN'T force myself to, up to a point. Bad, bad writing (how many times did the author mention 'poof'? And the king 'sucked in his cheeks'? SERIOUSLY!?) Characters absolutely 2-dimensional, cardboard cutouts with no character development whatsoever (I read until half the book). Trust me, the characters would've said and done the same thing in situation, let's call it A, in the beginning of the book and the end. Azalea bores me, Bramble is annoying, and how come the King suddenly just switches personality, from not even bothering to TALK to his daughters and suddenly slamming a guy who tries to um, flirt with his daughter? Talk about multiple personality disorder...
JUST, BAD. Like I said earlier. Need I say more?...more
One of the most realistic protagonists I have read in awhile, Sloane Price. She's not weak, she doesn't end up trying to be the hero which so often suOne of the most realistic protagonists I have read in awhile, Sloane Price. She's not weak, she doesn't end up trying to be the hero which so often surfaces in this generation of YA novels today. Sloane isn't normal either - she isn't a walking cliche, no; she is a teenage girl in a zombie-infiltrated town who survives but has lost reason to live even before then.
This isn't a typical zombie book. Frankly, I'm surprised how much I loved this book. For a novel this thick, writing about the lives and daily changing of survivors, one would expect there to be boring sections printed in the book. However, Courtney Summers excelled not only in keeping a fast pace, thrilling, realistic novel, she also manages to balance the emotional side of Sloane. The descriptions are never too much.
The characters are pretty realistic as well. Sloane's love interest isn't handsome, brave and overly-protective; he's vulnerable as well. Although there was so much tension within the surviving group, each character stood out on their own and found their way to my heart, whether they were being a jerk or whatever.
The point is, this book was so REAL. If I had the time, I would've finished it in one sitting. But I didn't, so I compensated by finishing it in a span of 24 hours. Doesn't that count as one day as well?
I'm only slightly disappointed at the ending, almost as if we were left hanging. Slightly abrupt. And while Courtney manages to build the suspense and thrill in certain parts, I felt the ending went a bit flat and failed to pick up at the climax. Otherwise, a fabulous read - not too much to digest (it's a pretty easy read) with memorable characters that could just possibly change your perspective.