Everyone went on and on about this book and for the life of me i cannot understand why - this was on of the most boringist and slowest books ive everEveryone went on and on about this book and for the life of me i cannot understand why - this was on of the most boringist and slowest books ive ever read. It only got slightly interesting when you passed the halfway mark and it only started to get good when you had a quarter of the book left. I just felt like the book just drolled on and on about Blomvist for wayyy to long. Hope the second one is an improvment.....more
this book was slightly better than the last one, but still not that good. It was still very boring, and most of the first half of the book is lisbeththis book was slightly better than the last one, but still not that good. It was still very boring, and most of the first half of the book is lisbeth bought a couch, lisbeth bought a desk, lisbeth goes to the shops and buys clothes. Honestly i cant understand peoples fasination with these books...more
Let’s just say that this is a very hard review to right as I still don’t know how I feel about this book, after only just finishing it I can’t think oLet’s just say that this is a very hard review to right as I still don’t know how I feel about this book, after only just finishing it I can’t think of how I will put into words my opinion of this book. Maybe through writing this review the rating of this book will come to me...
this section contains 'some spoilers', but do not ruin the story or ending The story follows the complicated and yet strong bond between two sisters (who actually are only half sisters) and the aftermath of an event that takes place at the beginning of the book; Ruby and Chloe are out at the reservoir and a girl drowns and then all the events that follow from this critical event.
The first thing you should know is there's something 'off' about Chloe's (the main protagonist) older sister Ruby, something just isn’t quite right about her, people always do what she tells them, she can do whatever she wants and no one will ever say anything, but when she’s not around is becomes clear that the people in town are afraid of her...
The first thing that comes to my mind about this is an epiosde of 'The Twilight Zone' called 'It's a Good Life' if anyone has ever watched this episode you will understand what I mean, or if you haven’t - you have seen the Simpsons funny take of a twilight zone episode; Treehouse of Horror II. These epiosde is about 'The residents of a small town must pretend they are happy in order to placate a young boy who has terrifying mental powers. Everyone is afraid of him or wants to please him - this is exactly like this novel, instead of a boy it’s about Ruby. The ending I did not see coming, or how the information about the swallowed up town of Olive would be so relevant to this story’s outcome. End of spoilers
Still out of all of this I still can't decide if I liked this book or not, I will admit it was very well written, and had a very interesting, compelling, yet kind of creepy story that was hard to put down but at the end of it all I still am conflicted. I don't know if I necessary liked the book, though I don’t believe it only deserves 2 stars as Suma did an excellent job in writing it. So in this instance I will provided it with 3 stars more for how it was written and its concept rather than if I liked it or not. A very difficult book to rate, and I believe it was the hardest one I’ve ever had to....more
I was most definitely looking forward to Clarke's next novel after reading her previous novel entangled. However upon getting my hanRATING: 1 Out Of 5
I was most definitely looking forward to Clarke's next novel after reading her previous novel entangled. However upon getting my hands on torn I was severely disappointed, not only was the writing style heavily drab but it was also quite childish for someone like me who is used to an older writting style in most young adult novels currently out at the moment.
The story follows Alice and the tragic events following a trip to Scotland where a fellow school mate (and ex best friend) Tara, dies. It is present straight away that Alice and the girls who accompanied her on the trip; Cass, Polly and Rae have something to do with Tara's death and the novel takes you down Alice's guilt trip while reflecting back on the events on that night.
The event itself is a particularly sick and twisted one (how did Clarke come up with it?). The characters themselves aren’t particularly pleasant to read about either with them having unattractive personalities. Cass who is Alice's best friend, resorting to pear pressure in most of the novel to Alice. Polly taking advantage of Tara's death to up herself on the school social chart and Alice going and dating Tara's brother even though she had a hand in his sisters death. The only character who appears to be a genuine person throughout is Rae.
Alice, who even though she is carrying a lot of guilt and shame, who (unwillingly and unknowingly) assisting in the murder of Tara is fine in dating her brother who thinks she drowned in a lake.
Unfortunately this is quite an ugly book which I took no comfort in reading. Ultimalty I was disappointed, and I would have abandoned the book from early on, but curiosity about how Tara was murdered got the better of me, and after that I still wanted to abandoned the book but I ultimately just skimmed through it so I could find out what happened in the end, which only disappointed me even more as the ending utterly sucked. Kind of really wish I didn’t read this one...
(view spoiler)[ How you girls could have lived with yourselves after doing what you did is beyond me. You girls should feel guilty for what you did, and I don’t care who played more of a part than others, you are all equally responsible and the fact that none of you went to the cops and were okay with going to school and living your lives, even you Alice – you who only waited until you were about to have sex with your boyfriend (Tara brother) to tell him the truth disgusts me. Just egghhhh. Sick. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype that others said about it. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t horrible; it just wasn't fantaRATING: 2.5 Out Of 5
Unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype that others said about it. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t horrible; it just wasn't fantastic, which is what I was expecting. So I don’t know if it’s because that I went into reading this expecting it to be amazing, that I then felt let down.
The one thing that annoyed me with Anna dressed in blood is that I felt at the end of every passage Blake felt that they had to end every part, every cut off point with over emphasise I guess you could call it.
Example: "I wonder if she'll be clever. Will she float? Will she laugh or scream? How will she try to kill me?"
"There will always be more dead, and the dead always kill."
"One dead girl in particular, wearing a beautiful dress, stained red with her own blood."
"Because I have seen Anna kill. And I have to stop her."
"Thomas and Carmel are in on the game. And the game is a whole lot more dangerous this time around."
"And we'll go to try and kill Anna Korlov."
See what I mean...
*contains some small spoiler* Besides from this, which to me was quite frustrating, one other thing that bugged me was; the romance. It seemed odd.. It was too quick, it felt rushed. All of a sudden he’s into her, they kiss one night then he turns around and says he loves her???? :S it just seemed not believable, despite the fact the story is about ghosts and stuff :P
Any who, hopefully I'll be more impressed with book two......more
So it appears that I am one of the only ones that didn't love this novel and want to give it a 3 or above star rating, don't get mRATING: 2.5 Out Of 5
So it appears that I am one of the only ones that didn't love this novel and want to give it a 3 or above star rating, don't get me wrong I wanted to love this novel so badly. Let me start off by saying that the things that annoyed me about this book was that to start off with, the opening of the novel looked like it was trying too hard. My example of this is the constant repetition of Eliza (our starring girl) going on and on for about 4 pages about how she's a snob, so let me tell you how I’m a snob. Don't hate me because I’m snob. Secondly Marr really got on my nerves with her constant use of the word 'like.' I don’t like seeing girls in real use this in their sentences, because it really gets on my nerves, so it’s especially annoying for me to have to read through it. The opening writing style reminded much of Matched (House of Night), that novel was a much older writer trying excessively hard to sound young and hip, and honey it showed.
It appeared as if Marr was trying too hard to sound young, which is peculiar seeing as Marr isn’t very old to begin with. Really Marr you didn't need to approach the novel with this style, your story line roped readers in already. She only used 'like' frequently in the first couple of pages but then it seemed to just stop: S the same is with the try hard opening writing style, that also disappears. Which was fantastic for me, I much enjoyed reading it from here on. Also Eliza's constant reminder to readers about her snobbery also deceased a little, instead of seeing constant examples of Eliza's snobbery, I saw a strong girl, who wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself and defend her friends no matter the cost (admirable qualities for someone to have) but honestly how is this the same girl that was appearing so one-dimensional in the beginning?
Great Chilling Quotes:
"My name is Eliza Boans and I am a murderer"
"I'm not sorry I killed the person that body used to be"
"She is quivering like a puppy. I walk up to her. Then I lunge for her throat"
"The dried bloodstain I was wearing over my heart like a badge of honour"
"Neil once told me you had to become a monster so that you didn't become the victim instead."
"Neil said that there's a time to keep it in and a time to let it out; if you let it sit too long inside, it'll turn into poison"
"Neil suddenly lifted his head and looked straight at me. I walked up to the window, raised my palm and pressed it against the pane. It left a bloodied handprint"
Annoying Quotes: "That, like, cause a scandal and become mega famous"
"Like ewwww, old people"
"I've been drinking coffee since I was, like, thirteen"
Overall This novel though surprised me in its character depth, which is especially seen in Eliza. I very much enjoyed reading through her recounts. I'm disappointed in the ending though, it just didn’t sit right with me, it felt.... lacking? I felt that Marr after finally getting Eliza to fully open up and explain everything then didn't know what to do with the story; didn’t know how to end it (it showed). This book, after finishing it, left me with absolutely no emotion. I feel I didn’t enjoy this novel and story which appeared to be an intriguing one was a major let down. Which is sadly disappointing, especially after seeing so many highly regarded reviewers rate this book 4 or above. But I just can't do it. I didn’t finish the novel feeling as if I liked what I had just read, so for these reason I’ve got to rate this one 2.5 out of 5. ...more
The one thing that makes this novel is the humour. If it wasn't for the humour I would have stopped reading this cheesy, slightlyRATING: 3.5 Out Of 5
The one thing that makes this novel is the humour. If it wasn't for the humour I would have stopped reading this cheesy, slightly childish-ly written novel. However I was laughing so often I just had to keep reading.
Great Funny quotes:
"Yeah? Well, at least my boyfriends not effing the president of the Chastity Club"
"Effing?" "We're censoring now"
"Hey, I'm already driving the getaway car. I might as well be a full-blown accomplice"
"If we can get on the roof, it'll be easy to climb in the window." "What are you ten? Who climbs on roofs?"
"His face a shade of pale that even a Twilight actor couldn't achieve"
"How come he could be a jerk, but when I was a jerk, stupid guilt took all the fun out of it?"
Best Scence: Hartley hiding underneith Chase's bed.
The Plot: So the story line stars Hartley (I love her name! Very unique) being our main girl, finds out her jock boyfriend is doing the president of the chastity club! When she goes to her boyfriends place to confront him and beat the crap out of him, she finds Courtney (Miss queen chastity herself) dead on his floor and strangled by iPod earphones (wow Halliday, that’s definitely a unique way to kill someone, and so modern too haha.) Convinced that her now ex-boyfriend Josh couldn’t be the killer Hartley and her best friend Sam take it upon themselves to become modern Nancy Drew's and find the real killer. With the help of a spunky hot emo guy who runs the schools newspaper.
Overall: Even though this novel contained themes like sex and murder it was quite childish and the killers confession of why they killed Courtney, stupid! (I mean come on really?!) I wasn’t really buying it. But the book was a big bucket of laughs and a nice quick read, so i will be reading the next one: Social Suicide; hope it’s as funny as this one....more
I'm a little weary these days about picking up any book relating to vampires, werewolves, fairies and the works. As most ya lovers wRATING: 4 Out Of 5
I'm a little weary these days about picking up any book relating to vampires, werewolves, fairies and the works. As most ya lovers will know, there has been a huge rise in the publishing of these fantasy relating themes, but most stories I've picked up in the last few years relating to this area have all been very similar and had alot in common with eachother (making me quiet annoyed and bored) that it has made me question reading any further of these books. This is how I felt when I decided to get my hands on Deadly Hemlock. But I am so glad I did.
Welcome everyone to a new styled werewolf themed book!
So the story centres on Mac, just your everyday normal teenager. The book opens with the funeral of Mac's dead best friend Amy. Amy was brutally murdered by a white werewolf and the whole town is in frenzy as it’s not the first attack or death, but it’s certainly the worst. Previously the president come out and alerted residents to the existence of werewolf’s. Now there are a former white supremacist group now turned werewolf hunters who believe the wolves should be rounded up and sent to a secluded werewolf 'rehabilitation centre,' if not that, then killed. Even though not all wolves are deadly or dangerous. They rock up at Hemlock and are hell-bent on rounding up all werewolves and taking over order in the town. Torn over the death of her best friend - Mac decides she needs closure and the only way to do that is to find the thing that killed her. Retracing Amy's steps before she died might be more difficult and problematic than Mac realises as she might discover certain truths about her friend that were better left buried. Meanwhile delve over the developing feelings she has with her guy best friend Kyle, who is hiding secrets of his own and looking after Amy's former boyfriend Jason who is dead set on getting revenge.
Deadly Hemlock to me, is like a combination of True Blood and Veronica Mars. In true blood the vampires 'come out of the closet' (a phrase also used in this novel) and become known to the general public - same instance for this novel. Not alone this but in True Blood there is a race-hate group 'The Fellowship of the Light' who want to eradicate them, in this novel the race-hate group called simply 'The Trackers' are on kinda the same mission. Meanwhile Mac is pulling a Veronica Mars trying to learn who killed her friend, but also learning things about her she never knew, while being haunted by the ghost of her best friend (also a re-occurring event in VM). The only thing I can say to deter my positiveness towards this book is Mac. She on occasion got quiet annoying as she fainted nearly all the time. Something would happen and she would faint. But that’s quiet a small complaint. I loved the secrets in this novel; the murder investigation was interesting and kept me guessing.
Peacock, you have really done well with staying away from the stereotypical werewolf themed books and have brought us something new. A good combination of action, suspense, romance, and an ending I never saw coming!! (which is a change for once haha). I really enjoyed reading Hemlock. I just hope book two lives up to the example of book one....more
Let me start off by saying I am so glad I gave this series another go; after being very dissapointed with Revis's first instalment iRATING: 4 Out Of 5
Let me start off by saying I am so glad I gave this series another go; after being very dissapointed with Revis's first instalment in her Across the Universe series: Across the Universe which i only gave 2.5 out of 5, I still decided that I should read the second one after getting told by many others that the second one was much better and I definitely must agree. Whilst Across the Universe was boring for a lot of the novel and there wasn't a lot of character depth - A Million Suns eradicates all my complaints. It was exciting, suspenseful and had lots of character depth from both Amy and Elder. The story’s twists helped make this novel, and I found that I couldn't finish this novel quick enough.
Basically this novel picks up straight from the first novel, Orion has been frozen for his crimes in the first novel but it seems now someone else is making trouble aboard Godspeed, murder is happening, fights are breaking out, theres rebellion from the workers and there’s also whispers of mutiny among those within the ship itself, but whilst all this drama is going on, there is still the constant-ness of Elder and Amy's relationship; readers get to experience their relationship grow and deepen in so many ways that we didn't get to see in book 1.
This novel surprised me, in such a good way and it has changed my attitude toward this series completely; I anxiously wait for book 3: Shades of Earth...more
How do you rate a book if you only liked half of it?? How often do you come across a book that you really like for the first halfRATING: 2.5 Out Of 5
How do you rate a book if you only liked half of it?? How often do you come across a book that you really like for the first half then the style completely changes and you don't like it anymore...???
The Name of the Star, starts off being a novel about the killings of Jack the Ripper, someone is going around killing people in the same way and in the same places as the infamous Jack the Ripper. This all intrigued me, I was so curious and excited with this plot, it was interesting and soo different.
However when you reach the halfway point it changes. We discover the book is about ghosts??? Honestly I didn’t see this coming; which makes readers believe that the thing going around killing people is actually the real ghost of Jack the Ripper, when really it isn’t. It’s just some other dude going around killing people like the Ripper did :S hmm ok then..??
*contains some spoilers - but not major ones* We also learn that there is a secret part of the police force which has the 'sight' meaning they had a near death experience which then enables them to see dead people. Enter Rory. Our leading American girl who comes to Britain to go to school. Readers soon discover she can see dead people, and she keeps bumping into their weird really creepy scary guy, three guesses who he is? (Cause it isn't bluntly obvious). *spoilers finish*
Unfortunately the second part of this novel just kind of ruined the book for me, and the love I had for it in the beginning half was gone. It just got too silly in the end. So hopefully if your going into reading this novel knowing what you now know about it, you will probably have a better reading experience than I did. I might attempt the second one, will see when the blurb for it is released. ...more
So the best way to start this off, is if you loved reading R.L. LaFevers Grave Mercy you will love this book! There are a lot of simRATING: 4 Out Of 5
So the best way to start this off, is if you loved reading R.L. LaFevers Grave Mercy you will love this book! There are a lot of similarities, but not once did I sit there thinking 'this is a lot like Grave Mercy,' don’t worry.
Throne of Glass follows Celaena (the name I struggled soo hard to try and pronounce). She’s serving life in prison, but it’s more of a death camp, because she’s a famous and deadly assassin. But she got caught.. (Though how she got caught, you never really find out). She thinks this is the end for her, until a hooded man who is the captain of the royal guard collects her and brings her to the crown prince who has a proposition for her. She must be his champion and fight off against other champions (often to the death) and if she wins the king will own her and she must do as he tells her for four years and once those years are up she is free to do as she pleases. So she accepts.
Now bring on the humour, the excitement and the action! Throne of Glass doesn't disappoint in those areas. Besides are main girl, there are two interesting characters to read about throughout the novel, who are Chaol (the captain of the royal guard) and Nehemia (a princess). Another interesting thing is the topic of Magic. It has been outlawed by the King, and those who had magic learned to forgot it as it became too much of a risk to have it. The king also made sure to eliminate every species that existed that wasn’t human; fey, sprites, and other magical beings. They disappeared long ago. This way another little add on to the story that I didn’t see coming (I had no idea this novel had a magical element till I was reading it).
A fantastic novel that was wonderfully written, but my main complaint is back-story. We hear of a man named Sam but we never learn about him. We hear of the famous Arobbyn, who is head of the assassins and made Celaena what she is today but never find out about him, why he choose her especially. How it was being training to be a deadly killer. I want more info about her past, the little drops of her background happened here and there but I wanted to know more. So Maas, I better see that in book 2, which I can't wait for!!...more