I remember reading this book around five years and thinking that it wasn't that great, that it read like fanfiction. Then, a few years later, when I r...moreI remember reading this book around five years and thinking that it wasn't that great, that it read like fanfiction. Then, a few years later, when I really got into reading, I found out that the book was based off of a fanfic trilogy. Fast forward to the end of last year, my sister convinced me to watch the movie with her, and while the movie wasn't that great, the details of the movie compared to my vague memories of the book made me want to give the trilogy a shot again.
I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. There was so much that bothered me, and yet I still couldn't quit reading the book.
Like, now that I knew that this trilogy was based off of the author's Draco trilogy, I could see the similarities. I mean, the bad guy alone was pretty obvious: Valentine = Voldemort, the Circle = Death Eaters, and attempting a genocide in the name of preserving blood purity? Really, really similar.
And the writing still read like fanfiction. The writing was awkward at times, especially when describing certain scenes or smells. The descriptions would start off well enough, the words flowing together smoothly, and then there'd be an awkward phrasing that would just throw the whole scene off for me because of its incongruity.
And don't get me started on the excessive amounts of similes used in the book. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with similes; they're great for descriptions, but using so many similes trying to help describe scenes and emotions is a cop-out. It's like saying, "I don't really know if you understand what I'm trying to say, so here's a comparison for example" or "I'm too lazy and/or can't be bothered to explain this so here's an example of what I mean." Either way, it doesn't reflect well on a writer.
In addition, for an almost 500 page book, most of the characters weren't even fleshed out that well. Clary was pretty much a Mary Sue with the only traits that separated her from being a complete bore was how stubborn and brash she was, which isn't that much of a compliment since she never thought things through. Jace was supposed to be a tortured jerk with a soft side, but I couldn't get over how he never talked like a proper teenager would; his vocabulary was too advanced to sound like a 16-year-old. Alec was always either angry or jealous until the end when he had a sudden change of heart. Isabelle served as a foil for Clary. Simon was the typical sidekick/boy next door, although his skills with a bow was a nice touch. Luke was actually fleshed out pretty well, since you get to hear about his back story and motivations. And her mom and Valentine never really get to explain themselves, since you hear about their motives through everyone else
And yet, even with all of those problems, I still finished the book. I was still interested enough in finding out what happened until the end that I read all 485 pages, so there's something addicting about this book that'has me picking up the sequel... Plus, I already own the next two books in the series, so there's that.
Hopefully the next book will be better written with better characters.(less)
I don't think I'm even capable of expressing how much I love this book.
This is my third time rereading Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, and so far,...moreI don't think I'm even capable of expressing how much I love this book.
This is my third time rereading Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, and so far, it's still the only book that has ever made me cry; believe me, I was wiping away stray tears for about half of the time I was reading it. When I wasn't busy blinking back tears, I was laughing because Steven and Jeffrey were so honest and funny and sincere, and I couldn't believe how quickly I could go from sniffling to snorting because of those to guys.
You know, even before I had finished rereading this book, I was already outlining how to write this amazing review for it, because, honestly, I think everyone should read this book. It deals with a heavy topic, but it does it in such a heartbreaking yet hilarious way that just gets to you, no matter how old you are.
I first read this book the summer before I started high school and loved it. My freshmen year, I suggested this book as a part of our class book club, and all of my friends ended up really loving it. Now I'm reading it as a senior in high school, and I'm still insanely in love with the characters, the humor, the message, and the writing.
But yeah, everything that I had planned to write about completely flew out of my head, and I just can't seem to think of anything else to say except: READ THIS BOOK. and WARNING: This book may induce tears, so have tissues nearby.(less)
I'm seriously loving this series! The characters and plot gets better with every volume, and the humor is always great! I can't wait to get my hands o...moreI'm seriously loving this series! The characters and plot gets better with every volume, and the humor is always great! I can't wait to get my hands on the next volume!(less)
It's been a while since I've read shojo manga. I'd forgotten just how much screentone and sparkles could fill a page. And the huge eyes and naive prot...moreIt's been a while since I've read shojo manga. I'd forgotten just how much screentone and sparkles could fill a page. And the huge eyes and naive protagonist that seems to be ubiquitous in this genre.
But yeah, I decided to reread this manga since I found out that it was finally finished at eight volumes, and remember totally loving this series back in middle school when I first started reading it.
I've read a lot of shojo manga since then, so now it's easy to recognize the usual cliches and standards in this genre whenever I start reading it, which is why I haven't read one in a while.
Unfortunately, Rockin Heaven falls in with the usual shojo trope. Heroine is a cute, optimistic girl who eventually falls for the leader of the guys in her school since he saved her and helped her out a few times. She manages to win over the unruly guys in her class because she's persistent and does nice things for them. (view spoiler)[There's going to be a love triangle. There's the perfect ex-girlfriend who's still in love with him. (hide spoiler)] The usual.
The series isn't bad, per se, it's just not that original. But I can't help but be a little biased since I still do like it enough to want to finish reading the series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was completely surprised at how much I liked this book. It started off with a bang and continued to suck me in with its enthralling characters and p...moreI was completely surprised at how much I liked this book. It started off with a bang and continued to suck me in with its enthralling characters and plot.
Jazz is an amazing protagonist. His dad is a famous serial killer who taught him everything as he grew up. Then Dear Old Dad got caught and was arrested four years ago. Even though he's not around anymore, Jazz is still plagued by his dad mentally; he's constantly struggling with doing what's right and what's wrong, and using his acting skills--skills that he learned from his dad--to fool everyone into thinking that he's normal, that he's fine.
Then bodies start turning up in town and Jazz is trying to prove his innocence, that he isn't like his dad. With the help of his hilarious best friend and girlfriend, Jazz is racing to find the serial killer.
The book is intense and suspenseful, not only because of the pattern of the murders, but because of Jazz's constant battle with his inner demons. Plus, you're constantly trying to figure out who the Impressionist, which turned out to be kind of surprising.
The ending was also surprising, but that was because I thought that this was a standalone book. It didn't end on a huge cliffhanger, but it was quite obvious that the story wasn't over, which I was happy to find out, because I can't wait to see where this series will go.
On another note, I found out from the author's site that this book is being made into a TV series. With the way that the story is told and its suspenseful plot, I think it'll be awesome to watch as a TV series, even if the storyline's most likely going to change a bit. When it comes out, I will definitely be watching it. (less)