Can I just begin by saying that the "Clockwork Angel" cover artwork is the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen? So gorgeous in fact that I didn't reali...moreCan I just begin by saying that the "Clockwork Angel" cover artwork is the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen? So gorgeous in fact that I didn't realize at the very top it said that the book was a prequel to Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series until after I had purchased the book. That being said, I have not yet read the "Mortal Instruments" series, though I plan on doing so in the future. So I basically went into this book having no prior knowledge of the series that created the prequel. And fortunately, I read this book with no confusion or questions. Cassandra Clare did a great job of making this book stand alone for those who have never read the "Mortal Instruments." But on to "Clockwork Angel" itself: I really loved this. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. From start to finish I felt like the book kept up a great pace and was exciting on practically every single page. And the characters! Loved them all, even the snide and pompous Jessamine! I'm all ready a fan of the Will/Tessa relationship and the charming Jem. Loved the vampire Camille and the mysterious Magister/Mortmain. And I certainly wasn't expecting the reveal of Nate until it literally happened on the page. In general, I'm a fan of any book that takes place in Victorian England and I loved the supernatural elements introduced within that era and culture. The book is also a great Young Adult book and for any reader of any age. Just really fun, dramatic, and some really great characters.(less)
Two words: "fooking crazy!" Haha! Goldsher's spelling, not mine! This book was something else. I'm actually not a Beatles person. I mean, I obviously...moreTwo words: "fooking crazy!" Haha! Goldsher's spelling, not mine! This book was something else. I'm actually not a Beatles person. I mean, I obviously know who they are and I've heard practically all of their songs, but I don't consider myself to be a Beatles enthusiast. So for some of the book I actually didn't get some of the inside jokes, but it was still a very good, fun, and crazy read. I do warn anyone that if you are in any way squeamish, or dislike vulgar material, this is totally not for you. You really just have to take the book as it is and go along for the ride and have fun. I think my favorite parts of the book were any sections with Ringo who is a Ninja. A Ninja! How cool is that? I really loved the journalistic style of this book and how Goldsher presented the book in a format that actually made the book much more funnier and clever instead of the typical fiction format. Very eye-catching. So overall, I really enjoyed the book, enjoyed the humor, and enjoyed Goldsher's take on the Beatles.(less)
"The 10th Kingdom" is the best miniseries EVER! No other miniseries compares.
Anyway, I saw this book at a used bookstore and I got it. Overall, the bo...more"The 10th Kingdom" is the best miniseries EVER! No other miniseries compares.
Anyway, I saw this book at a used bookstore and I got it. Overall, the book is exactly like the miniseries: Virgina and Tony get trapped in the 9 Kingdoms and they have to save Prince Wendell while also try and find their way back home. Plus, adorable Wolf/Virginia romance, yah! A lot of the dialogue is word for word. What I did find interesting was that the book contained a lot of scenes that were either deleted, extended, alternate versions, or just plain omitted.
Examples: *Miniseries: Tony gets the Gold Touch from the fish biting his finger. Book: Tony gets the Gold Touch by learning from Wolf that the lake has a magical fish, that if thrown back in the lake, will give the fisherman a golden finger.
*Miniseries: Virginia sings "We Will Rock You" by Queen at the Shepherdess Competition. Book: Virginia sings "Sailing" by Rod Stewart.
So in a way, the book isn't an exact copy, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. I'm assuming that this book was written based off of the script months before the miniseries was probably even shooting, so I'm guessing that's why a lot of scenes are different.
We do get to get into the heads of the characters a tiny bit more than what we're able to visibly see in the miniseries. But some of that is still lacking and feels weird at times.
If you feel in the mood to watch the miniseries, or don't have the time to stick it in the DVD player, the book is a great alternative to fulfill your fairytale fix.(less)
**spoiler alert** Fitting end to the Percy Jackson series. Loved this final book. Had lots of great action and emotional moments. And finally: a prope...more**spoiler alert** Fitting end to the Percy Jackson series. Loved this final book. Had lots of great action and emotional moments. And finally: a proper Annabeth and Percy kiss! Luke's sacrifice and death was touching and really made me see his character in a whole new light (especially whenever I do a re-read of this series). All the questions that had been introduced through each book were fully answered, and Riordan even set up a new prophecy for another series of books. It was great to see all the kids and gods working together, as well as displaying more relationships between characters: like Luke/Hermes and Nico/Hades.
Kind of sad I'm done reading the series. Really enjoyed all five books.(less)
I've been re-reading through the first three books of the "Twilight" series and decided to get myself a copy of this novella before I make my way to t...moreI've been re-reading through the first three books of the "Twilight" series and decided to get myself a copy of this novella before I make my way to the final book.
"The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" is a novella taking place during "Eclipse" about the newborn vampire, Bree, who doesn't show up until the ending pages of "Eclipse." At the start of the story, Bree is already three months old. She's still confused about her new life, unsure of the things she can and can't do. All she knows so far is that she was created by an unknown woman (Victoria), and placed in Riley's army with other newborn vampires. She quickly forms a bond with Diego, another newborn, who shares some of her questions about their vampire lifestyle and why they are part of this army. The story quickly progresses to those last five days leading up to the attack on the Cullen clan, who all the newborns are lead to believe are their rivals for Seattle. And if you've read "Eclipse," you already know Bree's tragic end.
The book is tiny, and a very quick read, but I think it was actually quite informative to the universe Stephenie Meyer has created. The story actually filled in some questions I've always wandered about vampires in general. For example, I've never understood why it was so important to burn vampires if you tore them to bits. This novella explains that easily enough: vampires can apparently reattach their body parts with their venom. That was a detail I found myself interested in since the "Twilight" books never mention it.
There was also some interesting characters throughout. Like Diego and Freaky Fred. And it was nice to see more of Riley. In my review of "Eclipse" I said something about feeling like Victoria and Riley didn't feel like much of a threat. But with this novella, I got a greater since of just how dangerous they were.
And do you know what I liked most about this story? The lack of the whishy-washy, lovey-dovey crap between Bella and Edward. Jeez, such a relief! Bree did have a bit of a romance going on with Diego, but it wasn't annoying or desperate.
For fans of the "Twilight" series, I highly recommend you read this. I felt like blank spots, or general questions about vampires was answered. Plus, if Edward/Bella annoy the hell out of you, you can at least escape them for a couple hundred pages.(less)
Well, I'm honestly not quite sure whether to rate this 3 stars or 4 stars, so I opted with 4 stars for the sheer entertainment value of the novel. I'm...moreWell, I'm honestly not quite sure whether to rate this 3 stars or 4 stars, so I opted with 4 stars for the sheer entertainment value of the novel. I'm always conflicted when it comes to Stephenie Meyer---interesting premises, but a lot of writing issues and melodrama.
I decided to get "The Host" because I know that it's coming to theaters in a few months, and I've read reviews talking about how this book would adapt to the big screen because it's no complicated. And it is indeed complicated. So let's say I'm glad I read this before seeing the movie.
The novel is basically about the human race being invaded by an alien one and the humans become "hosts" to the aliens. Melanie Stryder is taken over by Wanderer. But Wanderer is conflicted over taking over Melanie's body. Wanderer has taken over numerous bodies in the past, but she finds the human race peculiar, due in part to the more complex emotions. What results is Wanderer and Melanie essentially bonding and seeking out Melanie's family and boyfriend. In the meantime, a Seeker (a sort of "cop" of the alien race), is chasing after Wanderer. Wanderer does find Melanie's family, boyfriend, as well as a crew of other humans, who don't take kindly to her species. But Wanderer is not killed immediately since Melanie is still somewhere in there. Some people end up forming strong bonds to Wanderer.
The novel is all well and great until it hits the melodrama that is the love cube. Melanie previously had a boyfriend named Jared. Jared wants Melanie back. A guy named Ian ends up falling in love with Wanderer and doesn't want Wanderer (Wanda they end up calling her) dead. So there's a huge complicated romance between Melanie, Wanda, Jared, and Ian. And it's all rather strange when you start to think about it. And there's a few times Ian wants to have sex with Wanda, but of course Wanda doesn't do this because that's essentially rape to Melanie who loves Jared, not Ian. Like I said, it all gets crazy and strange. And this isn't even getting into the ending which I will not spoil. Everything has a nice neat bow wrapped up on top by the time the novel concludes. I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending. Part of me liked it, but part of me hated it.
Overall, I really enjoyed the novel for what it was. A really fascinating premise and some interesting characters. But with all of Stephenie Meyer's books, I had my issues. I have come to the conclusion that Stephenie Meyer just doesn't know how to write villains. In the "Twilight" series, the villains barely ever show up and I hardly ever feel like they are a true threat. The same goes for the Seeker in "The Host." The Seeker had massive potential to be truly terrifying, but I wasn't getting any of that, and her conclusion felt like a nice tied up bow as well. And Stephenie Meyer does a lot of internal talking and dialogue. Not much in the way of action and moving the plot along. The majority of the novel is spent with Wanda's conflict with Melanie, Jared, and Ian. Nothing is done until sometime way after the halfway point when Wanda is used for some purpose.
The novel wasn't 100% what I expected, but I still enjoyed what there was. I could have done without some of the melodrama and angst (jeez, it could have been held back a tad). And some of the word choices were weird at times. Ian calls someone a "swine" at some point. Seriously? That sounded rather archaic for me. I don't know if Stephenie Meyer has something against cursing, but I'm pretty positive Ian was thinking of something much worse than "swine."
I do ultimately recommend the book for science fiction lovers or anyone who likes the presence of aliens. These aliens are vastly different from the typical alien seen in movies and other books. And if you love melodramatic love cubes, you'll probably really like this as well.
Really really liked this and it was refreshing to have Richard and Kahlan separated in this manner. Very intense plot and great action sequences and q...moreReally really liked this and it was refreshing to have Richard and Kahlan separated in this manner. Very intense plot and great action sequences and quite a page turner near the end.(less)
**spoiler alert** I wasn't sure whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I guess I give it a 3.5 maybe.
I decided to start reading the Percy Jackson boo...more**spoiler alert** I wasn't sure whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I guess I give it a 3.5 maybe.
I decided to start reading the Percy Jackson books because I actually really loved the movie. The book is basically the same: Zeus' master bolt is missing, he think Percy stole it, and Percy goes on a quest with Grover and Annabeth to get it back. There are slight differences obviously between book and movie. For instance, the god Ares plays a major role in this and I don't recall him in the movie.
My biggest gripe about the book was the anticlimatic ending. I probably would have given the book 4 stars had it not been for the ending. This is a case where I much prefered the movie ending to the book ending. In the movie, Percy has the great fight with Luke where he displays the full potential of his control of water. In the book...well, Luke just sets a scorpion out to attack Percy and gives a typical villain rant where he sums up all the missing plot holes. Percy just stands there. No epic fight with the water element. The movie's version with the Percy/Luke fight had real meaning I felt, whereas the book doesn't do justice to Percy's capabilites.
But let me get away from what I hated, and just focus on the book itself.
I've always been a fan of Greek mythology and the gods, so to have a book series like this where the gods are incorporated into modern life is really fun to read. Rick Riordan has great comedic timing and he clearly knows every little detail about Greek myth. I think one of my fave parts was the trip down into the Underworld where they encounter Charon, then Cerberus, and then finally Hades. Riordan's description of the Underworld is fantastic to read.
So overall, the first book was good---I just went in already having seen the movie and I had preconceived ideas about how the book would go, especially the end, which was the biggest disappointment to me personally. If you like Greek myth, though, this is the book for you and it's just an overall fun and enjoyable read.(less)