Hm. Well. I had to read this one for my English class and oh boy, it was PAINFUL to read. left me feeling headachy and frustrated, like I was repeatedlyHm. Well. I had to read this one for my English class and oh boy, it was PAINFUL to read. left me feeling headachy and frustrated, like I was repeatedly slamming my head against the wall with every page, and dragging myself BY THE FINGERNAILS to the last page. I did conquer the beast but in the end... it was so pointless. I cared about nothing, literally nothing that happened, didn't care about the characters and just wanted the damn thing to be over. Nothing happened! I kept waiting to be swept up... but to no avail. Worst part is, now I have to go back and study the damn thing. This is an all time low, and if I didn't love reading so much... this book is bad enough it could put me off reading forever....more
**spoiler alert** I really, really liked this book. Maybe I didn't love it, but I still loved every single character, and all their complex relationsh**spoiler alert** I really, really liked this book. Maybe I didn't love it, but I still loved every single character, and all their complex relationships. Especially Izzy and Simon :) I love those two together. There are some great couples in this book, but there are some pretty messed up relationships here too. I'd say this book was somewhat darker than the previous 4, what with Sebastian's secret plan and Jace's... issue. I still love the angst in these books though. Everything to do with Clary and Jace's relationship makes my heart hurt, and ache with longing for things to work out for them. The good thing about these books is the raw emotion Cassandra Clare is able to create and transmit to the reader.I really empathized with all the characters, really felt their pain, and I hurt for them. Especially Clary. This was a tough time for Clary, but it only made me like her more. The villain was absolutely horrible, but a bit more complex than just "he's a bad guy". He was freaking scary too, and... kind of disturbing, particularly in the scene where he was attacking Clary ( I swear I thought he was going to rape her... it was not a happy time) and she couldn't fight back and all his threats. The one seen where Jace was himself just made Clary's pain more real, and I almost cried. It was so sad! I JUST WANT THEM TO BE TOGETHER! AGH! WHY CAN'T I HAVE THAT?!!! Now I have to wait for the last book. Agh....more
A good book, as far as distopians go. I was interested and intrigued by this book, and I enjoyed it, and the relationships, and it was fairly well wriA good book, as far as distopians go. I was interested and intrigued by this book, and I enjoyed it, and the relationships, and it was fairly well written. I liked it a lot... but it didn't completely affect me/turn my thinking upside down/change the way I see life/grab my heart and twist it and leave me saying WOW! Do I expect to much of reading? Maybe. But I have read books like that. (And if you'd like to know which ones they are, check out the ones I gave 5 stars too). It was a good book, I liked it, it was interesting. What more can be said? It was a fun read, (which is important, too- reading needs to be a varied diet) and I will read Insurgent. Nice to have some more talent in the YA genre....more
This book took me a long time to read, but not because I didn't love it. Because I didn't want to finish it and give it back. It was so good, I wantedThis book took me a long time to read, but not because I didn't love it. Because I didn't want to finish it and give it back. It was so good, I wanted to stretch it out and make it last as long as possible. I learned a lot from it... but this book was oddly emotional, in a way, despite the fact that it's nonfiction. Houdini had no problem being upfront about his life as it related to his investigations and to Spiritualism in general. There is a feeling that comes with certain books that the author (if dead) has returned for 300 pages to tell you his/her tale. I felt this especially with this book, and even wished that I could meet Houdini, could have met Houdini when he was alive. He wrote with dignity, with a sort of deadpan humour, but also with earnest and vulnerability. I think that deep down, Houdini wished that Spiritualism was real- but he could not refuse the facts, and accepted them wholeheartedly. He did not delude himself or otherwise lie. If ever there was a doubt in my mind that Spiritualism might be real- this book dispersed it. And it revealed a side to spiritualism not much seen- empathy and compassion for its proponents, the tragedy behind it; from its beginnings to the many, grieving people defrauded. It really opened my eyes and greatly educated me on this subject, as well as touching my heart. A wonderful example of what a good nonfiction book should be. I am sad to finish, and close the last page. I am even more sad to part with Houdini, who must now return to being dead (at least until I pick up the book again). A wonderful, wonderful book. I can't sing it's praises nearly enough. Go read it, and find out for yourself....more
....There are no words to describe how much I loved this book. The first time I read it, in class, I thought it was a decent read that was well writte....There are no words to describe how much I loved this book. The first time I read it, in class, I thought it was a decent read that was well written, and that was all. But as I was writing an essay about it, I realized just how much depth it had and how many ideas Steinbeck just subtly slides in- so subtle you don't even notice it the first time. It's not until you go back and read it again that you discover all the intricacies and themes. Everyone always Steinbeck's a master- and now I see why. The novel just about broke my heart, because you care about every single character, whether they are the villain or the hero, and you want so badly to see them all succeed, because they are all so lonely. This book looks simple- but it's not. I look forward to reading more of Steinbeck's work. If he can make a 100 page book that good- just imagine how great he could make a 300 hundred page book! Ah. Books like these are why I read. ...more
Sigh. Lauren Myracle should stop writing books. I mean, I did enjoy her Winnie books, mostly because when I was eleven, I read eleven, and so on, and shSigh. Lauren Myracle should stop writing books. I mean, I did enjoy her Winnie books, mostly because when I was eleven, I read eleven, and so on, and she carried me through my tween years and had a lot of the same issues I was faced with. I will always appreciate her for that. But I feel she has really said everything she has to say, as far as I can tell. Many many times. And guess what? It's. Getting. On. My. Nerves. Here's a basic plot breakdown of her books: -Our heroine feels restless for some reason -Our heroine has at least one sister, if not other sisters and sometimes is annoyed by her -Our heroine is sometimes annoyed with her father -Our heroine makes friends with an outcast -Our heroine is interested in some guy -Our heroine gets the guy -Oh, yeah, and the famous Heroine and her best friend are growing apart. I yawn- The end. Every. Single. Time. I mean, for one book, it's fine, for 2 books, if there's a twist, it's fine. But for book after book, reading the same basic plot, the same basic brunette heroine with bad luck but a charming personality really gets old really really fast. Lauren Myracle has to stop rehashing old ideas and think of something new. Or stop writing. I think I won't go reading anything else by her. I feel I've heard everything she has that's worth saying.