Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is the perfect Christmas read. It took me around New York in the busiest time of the year with Dash’s abhorrence versus Lily’s ecstasy for the holidays. It kinda remind me of the movie Serendipity: same Christmas-in-New-York setting with the same non-meetings but with the longing of meeting the one another.
Dash and Lily are the total opposites. Dash never recovered from his parents’ nasty divorce; Lily stayed at home while her parents celebrated their second honeymoon in Fiji. Dash reveled in being alone; Lily is scared of not having anybody. Dash is articulate; Lily is stumped on how to talk to boys (and girls!) her age. But they do have something in common – they love to read. and they wanted to believe that there is someone out there existing just for them. So cute.
I loved Dash‘s character more than Lily’s. His has a certain sadness and hope at the same time. I relished reading his POV because it’s very entertaining to see the switch of his train of thought from simple things to contemplative ones. I loved the scenes where (1) he’s feeling up Santa, (2) he’s being interrogated by Aunt Ida, and (3) he’s being lectured by Boomer, of all people. Dash is very charming in this unobtrusive way that makes being snarly so endearing.
Lily is the odd girl. Wearing her school uniform even during weekends with her worn chucks, she already accepted her eccentricity years ago. But after reading Dash’s writings in her notebook, she thought that maybe it’s time to get out of her family’s comfort and venture to a normal teenage life. I found it funny that she’s this dogwalker who also loves hanging out with her Grandpa’s friends but can give the middle finger on a whim.
Boomer, Aunt Ida, and Mark are secondary characters that made me laugh in more ways i thought possible. I love how they are solid and yet they do not overpower the main characters.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is a story of what could be the machinings of first love set in snow-capped New York. Dash & Lily’s mismatches left me light-hearted and hopeful. I just felt good after reading it....more
*slams my brand new copy of Allegiant on the floor*
Pointless. So utterly pointless. (and I will not contain my grief.)
Here I thought Delirium series has a disgruntling ending. Congratulations to Divergent series for having the most illogical, senseless, and f*cked up ending to date.
*throws knives instead of confetti*
When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ended, I was choking with tears. When The Reapers Are the Angels ended, I was ten times inconsolable. At least the grief for these two books was warranted. The deaths were not necessary, but it somehow embodied that the loss of life will contribute more on the lives of the people they left behind.
That was so not the case for Allegiant. My buckets of tears were from anger, disbelief and outright dubiousness of a death that was obviously contrived just so this sacrifice can be as tangible as it gets for the readers.
Well, f*ck sacrifice. F*ck selflessness.
Are these two traits only measurable by death? Heroism only identified when life is offered willingly?
I don’t think so!
I did not mind that the plot is ridden with holes, or the story is outlandishly veering off from the dystopian theme (and straight to a sci-fi one), or characters did not leave the same hard imprint that the story implied (Who is Edward again? Or Tori? I cannot even remember George Wu!). I no longer cared as much about these elements, so long as Tris and Four get the fruits of their triumphs, whatever they maybe.
But I was denied that. Fully, truly denied of that.
Without it, I asked myself: “WTF am I reading this for?!!!”
It’s been two days since I finished Allegiant, and I think it would take more days for my anger to subside. The madness brought about by its ending is nowhere near dissipating.
I remembered I hated that time when GRRM killed a main character after building him so succinctly in A Game of Thrones. I finished three books already in ASoIaF series, and I still question that death. I still question, and yet I understand more now of why it is necessary.
Veronica Roth killing one of her characters in Allegiant is a far cry from that. Not even a whimper.
The term Allegiant was just a décor. Because when Tris and her friends went outside for the first time, there is a new uprising waiting for them that they can join. But now, it is between genetically pure (GPs) or genetically damaged (GDs). The conflict between the factions and factionless is still spiking, but Roth has to introduce another set of conflict for Tris. Gah, it never ends.
So when the war between the factions and factionless reached its peak, the people watching from the outside (Department of Genetic Welfare) decided to act. But it was an abominable plan to Tris. But wait… in order to prevent them, Tris thought to do that same horrific deed (she abhorred) to the originators of the plan. What?! How’s that for a solution?!! The morality that Tris was asking for was so two-faced, even Four called her on that. But Tris told him, “let’s choose the lesser evil.” And Four reluctantly agreed. WTF.
Looking back, I realized that Four’s POV being present in Allegiant was a letdown. I did not see the Dauntless legend, the stern and disciplined Dauntless instructor who can whip his initiates into submission. Peter even manhandled him for a while in this finale! Four was insecure, unstable, and still reeling from hurt because he cannot have the love from either of his parents. *sigh* It was sad, really. But I love you, Four. Always have, always will.
Tris is stronger, wiser, and better equipped to deal with issues than Four. Her character was still developing, progressing into this heroine worthy from a dystopian world. The stupid twist in her fate was incomprehensible, incorrigible, un-f*cking-believable in the truest sense of these words.
The buildup of the story poorly supported the necessity of death of one of the characters. Not to mention that this character declared in this book, that s/he truly valued her life now, s/he very much wanted to live! So WTF is he/she doing sacrificing his/her life?!?! Where is the f*cking sense in that, please tell me.
One choice death to define you – puh-lease. Divergent is not as good as The Hunger Games. Allegiant failed where Mockingjay succeeded. Success in a series finale is not always linked to a death, to any death for that matter. So I wish the comparison between these two dystopian series will stop.
Forget the Epilogue. Why write one when you already killed…?!!!!!
How come it doesn't have the same punch as Divergent and Insurgent? It sounds so... boring. Doesn't have the finale feel, that's all.
And October?!! Please, please, do not let Veronica Roth disappoint me with this conclusion. I cannot take it, not after my fallout with Requiem....more
The best thing about this finale is that Aria and Perry did not waste time. They took what was needed (from each other), and they did what what needs to be done (for each other). Aria is a grown woman now, stronger and more matured than when she was still a Dweller. Perry is more outspoken, and more confident as the Tides blood lord, and Aria's partner.
Roar's character was a sore thumb. I understood his grief, but he did not understood Perry's (and how different his friend mourns for their loss). Roar went from hero to zero for me. And that's a shame!
Cinder was a loose, loose end. that's it for Cinder?!!! It was a very abrupt exit for Cinder, this boy who supposedly will be their savior, the one that will usher Aether's survivors into the Still Blue. It was pretty disappointing that his character was handled carelessly, like that.
The parts that I was so pissed about are these:
(1) Aria's business with Kirra was not settled properly. I mean, c'mon on! I was eager for a cat fight!!! What a letdown.
(2) Perry's inevitable showdown with Sable was anticlimactic. Lame combat, anyone? Since I first met Sable in Through the Ever Night with Roar and Liv, I wildly anticipated his meeting with Perry. But I was in for a boring battle of the blood lords. :(
I super loved Under the Never Sky series. But the finale was sort of bland, dampened down to maybe make sure that it has a neat ending. And it was, but I will not call it phenomenal.
Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins for granting my galley request.
Part of me wonders if this is a suicide mission disguised as a game.
The author made an impressive dI highly recommend Divergent.
Part of me wonders if this is a suicide mission disguised as a game.
The author made an impressive debut. and there's a reason why it is #6 in NY Bestsellers list a week after its book release.
This is a fraternity/sorority initiation rites (with extreme sports on the side) - dystopian way. *evil grin!*
The story is beautifully crafted. The pace is exhilirating; sometimes i need to go back a page or two to relive its moments, i felt i will be left behind if i can't read fast enough. The development of the characters is just right on time - not slow but not hurried,either.
I have a new favorite heroine - TRIS! She is ass-kicking, gun-wielding chick who's afraid of a lot of things but faces fear anyway. She is small, skinny, not pretty but the way she uses her weaknesses as strengths is genius! Maybe she's a little dense (when it comes to Four), and a little selfish (when it comes to her family). But the selfnessness she hates (that's why she left her Abnegation faction & family) ultimately marked her as the Dauntless she wanted to be.
the one thing that i truly love about her: she isn't scared of having bad thoughts, dark thoughts and intentions towards other people. It only means one thing: an eye for an eye. a tooth for a tooth. i super love her! *hugging Tris*
'People often understimate my character' she said quietly. 'They think that because i'm small, or a girl, or a Stiff, i can't possibly be cruel. But they're wrong.'
FOUR, you are sooo mine! A hero who is equally strong and troubled as Tris, he is the perfect imperfect love interest in any dystopian i've ever read. He's cold, efficient, (almost) invincible. But at the same time he is kind, compassionate, and selfless. *sighs* Four is one unforgettable character :) and in a dangerous place such as the Dauntless compound, Four is the love Tris has never seen coming. *fanning myself*
Initiation Rites (jumping on and off the train/roof, fistfights!)
Tris and Four on the chasm *squeals!*
Tris and Four on the train *double squeals* (ahem.)
Tris and Four on the computer room (UFC scene!)
The ending was a little bit soft for me (like how i wished two or more of the villains were killed by Tris or Four) but it was not a cliffhanger so it is satisfying (after all, there's book 2, so villains - watch out!).
As a stand-alone, I consider Divergent a pretty amazing book. I am BLOODTHIRSTY for more!!!
VERDICT: You think you are brave? Then read this. It will make you think twice.
I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent.
I didn't expect to get (magically) swept away. I really didn't. I was expecting a whining, dramatic fifteen-year-old Charlie. But all i encountered was openness and sweet, sweet honesty. Oh, Charlie. You owned me from page one. :)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a lot of things. It dealt with drugs, sex, abuse, bullying. You might find that negatively intimidating but Chbosky's writing softened the blows that might have stung because of such delicate issues. The softening was a welcome embrace.
Charlie had a run with (almost) everything teenager-y. Unrequited first love. LSD. Make out sessions. Smoking. Abortion. With all this, he still felt he was standing on the sidelines. But he was loved by his sister. he talked to his dead aunt in the graveyard when no one else wants to be his friend. he has his English teacher who kept on giving him books that seemed to be the little stories of his life.
A tumultuous year it might've been, but Charlie made it. By being unconsciously strong, and unflinchingly accepting to things he cannot alter.
Once I started, I could not put down The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's charisma is undeniable. Numerous chuckles erupted from me every now and then. I want to shelter Charlie from the harsh realities of life, but Charlie reveled in it. He flourished. And while things in the past cannot change, Charlie chose to move on with his life. But this time, he will be living it, and not for others. =)
I am in love with the mixed tapes! Asleep by the Smiths. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac. A song from Nirvana. Me and Charlie have similar taste in music!
And Charlie likes to read! *high five* Mostly they are classics, and yes, i will read them soon. i already added them to my TBR list! such is the power of Charlie over me. Gosh, classics. Help me. Haha!...more
3 books later, I only realized that this is more romance than dystopian (silly me :/). But I am soo glad I am done with JulietI didn't like Ignite Me.
3 books later, I only realized that this is more romance than dystopian (silly me :/). But I am soo glad I am done with Juliette's idiotic, dramatic tendencies.
Warner? It was nice meeting you. *winks*
Is it too early to declare that Ignite Me is the worst finale for this year? Seriously, it came this close to usurping Allegiant in my list. Tahereh Mafi , what have you done with this series? With Adam? I’m not even Team Adam and yet I despised how his character was massacred utterly and completely in order to give way to the other obvious ending. /wrist
To hell with Juliette. To hell with the abysmal plot. I read this series for Warner, and even that was slightly ruined for me.
Remember Juliette who was whiny and wimpy in Shatter Me? She was all over Adam then. But in Ignite Me, wow. She’s giving him the coldest of the cold shoulder that I have ever seen. Where’s the love, girl? She was panting for Adam in the first book and yet, and yet,
I don’t even know what this is, Kenji. That's the problem. I don't know how to explain it, and I'm not sure I understand the depth of it yet. All I know is that whatever this is, I never felt it with Adam.
Adam is a good guy. He really is. But just because he’s a good guy doesn’t make him the right guy for me.
She keeps on saying it’s over between them, but every time he’s not around, she keeps looking for him, and asking Kenji, “where is he? is he okay?” You are selfish, Juliette! Just cut your ties with Adam, damn it. You can’t have Warner, and keep Adam as a friend on a leash. You want everyone to love you, care for you, but that’s just BS. *shouting maniacally* You don’t deserve Warner or Adam, not even Kenji! Fool.
Not that Adam’s character is any better. But I pity him. The way Tahereh Mafi reduced his character to this illogical, irrational, super-mad love-sick puppy was despicable. Way to go, TM. There was not a shred of that Adam from Shatter Me. Not one bit. And he didn’t even showcase his power during the battle. Pathetic turn of events for him who I thought was pegged as the hero.
No – I wanted you. That’s all I wanted. From the very beginning, Juliette. You were it. You were all I wanted.
I love Warner, period. I don’t need Tahereh Mafi to make all these flimsy excuses on his character. He’s a stronger character if he’s just this unrepentant psychopath. Why, oh why, did Tahereh Mafi felt to justify all his cruel past actions?!! He did unspeakable acts, just leave it be! It was so obvious that Warner was being set up as this torturous hero, when really, he did all those things, because he needed to survived. And didn’t Adam have a hard life, too? So why is Warner’s character be any different?
Kenji is the most decent, (and James, too). How come Juliette did not end up with him? His character is so energetic and more lovable than Adam and Warner combined. And he truly knows Juliette. Not Adam. Not Warner. It is Kenji who understood that sorry excuse of a heroine.
Ending was surprise! – so ridiculous. Juliette, stepping up as a leader for Anderson’s army? Puh-lease. She cannot even handle two guys without hurting them, she’s still as messed up, and I am expected to believe that she can sustain the revolution. Let me repeat: ridiculous!
Ignite Me? No, thank you. I am ready to forget this series, fuck you very much.
(My copies of Shatter Me and Unravel Me are now for sale. LOL)
One thing that my favorite books had to their disadvantage is that i tend to be overcritical of its sequel and/or series. I meanI like Insurgent.
One thing that my favorite books had to their disadvantage is that i tend to be overcritical of its sequel and/or series. I mean, if the first book was amazing, it's only logic that the rest of the books to follow will follow its awesomeness, right? Sigh. Insurgent almost didn't lived up to its predecessor. Why, oh why, does Tris have to be this insipid, whiny girl when her world is in the cusp of war? Fortunately, Four miraculously saved the book. character-wise, he was the epitome of Divergent, not Tris. Um, Ms .Roth? Can we switch the POV to Four, then?
I thought the rebellion was not fully capitalized. I only felt it near the end, because the book paid more attention to Tris' dramatic antics. Where was the girl i admired and loved in Divergent? Where? Gah. Her strength is nowhere visible.
Now Four is the star of Insurgent. He was a true soldier, Dauntless and Divergent. why didn't Tris' character developed like Four's? He was capable, more matured, and more than stole the spotlight from Tris with his skills, street smarts and detailed reasoning. Man, you sweep me off my feet! I believe the 2-year age difference between you and Tris is really a difference, yes? Haha!
The dystopian plot was better; the action scenes were nerve-wracking, too. The ending was predictable, though. I mean, i saw that kind of twist before. Several times already.
And the inconsistencies I found flagged Roth to be this amateur author that I often forget when reading her book. Well, this sequel was easy to read. But stick to consistency, please! (1) Tris gave up her gun, but later she pulled it to blast (a door or a window?). What? (2) Uriah lost someone, he grieved for a short time. Christina lost someone, she still grieves. C'mon! people might grieve differently but the contrast between Uriah's and Christina's was noticeable. Both Dauntless. both teenagers. Figure it out.
Yes, i have rants, and yes i have issues. But Insurgent is still a fast and fun read for me. Four was to-die-for. He was not all chocolates-and-flowers sweet to Tris all the time. and you can see that even if he was in love, he does not forget that people are dying around him, that war is looming near. Tris, oh my, i still could not get over my disappointment with you. Go sulk, mourn and guilt-trip yourself but far away from Four, please.
Detergent will really fit the third book's title. I hope it cleanses Tris, and disinfects her brattiness. :|...more
“What do you want from me?” he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.
CONVINCING. REVEALING. BRILLIANT.
i was not entirely convinced by the book blurb (but i still read it anyway, since my GR friends insisted Jellicoe Road is really good). halfway through it revealed to me that yes, so maybe Jellicoe Road is award-winning. finishing & closing the book made me realized that Melina Marchetta conned me, but oh, how i loved to be conned this way! because Jellicoe Road is one BRILLIANT read. (I’m done reading in 6 hours! Man, i could not, would not put it down.)
First half was so confusing – i did not know Marchetta is contructing two stories that will collide in the end. I needed patience to read Jellicoe Road and i was rewarded BIG time!
Taylor’s strength came out in the middle of the story, when things started going awry that she needed to stay in control. I wanna hug her, tease her, and constantly remind her that her past (mistakes) does not define her future. She was willful, defiant, and cunning. I feel for her, especially with the dream scenes. They were heartbreaking.
Griggs is one tough character. Not because he’s the leader of the Cadets, but because the story that Marchetta wove for him was dark, hopeless but resilient. His background made me appreciate him more at the end of Jellicoe Road. I found his character very strong – i just love him!
This is not just a love story; there’s also a touch of mystery, crime & suspense. That’s a BIG plus for me!
Jellicoe Road is also about family and friendships, and how you can find love and family in between those friendships. It is definitely a must-read. Why? Because Jellicoe Road will surely stun you into silence. A very, very good silence to accompany your sudden love for Melina Marchetta....more
Have you read Insurgent by Veronica Roth? If yes, ever thought that Tris was annoying and mind-numbingly useless? Well, she's got a twin. In the form of Saba.
For a moment, I thought about giving Rebel Heart a 4. But I realized I had a few issues that kept bothering me.
1. What happened to Lugh in the hands of the Tonton that made him such a prick to Saba? 2. The "destiny" and "all in the stars" crap that Saba's father told her were as vague as ever. 3. The story behind Jack's life was as frustratingly thin. 4. Rebel Heart was too long to only deal and talk about Saba's emotional downfall. 5. If a love triangle's not enough, Moira Young made it into a love square. Three guys vying for Saba's heart, can you believe it? Ha. 6. Moira threw in a mix of scandals that i believed did little to contribute to the characters' depth.
I hated Saba here. as in hated. Whatever you thought of Saba in Blood Red Road, forget it. The Angel of Death is dead. For Dustland's sake, get your act together and fight! But all that's left is a whiny, crippling Saba who can't tell who her heart's desire was between two guys. Please, spare me.
And Jack. I thought I'd see more of him here. :( So sad and infuriating to expect more Jack-Saba moments in the sequel. Alas, it was not so. But he's as charming and compelling as ever.
Forget Saba. Hail to Jack's POV! to Auriel! to Maev's awesomeness! to Molly's and Creed's flirty bantering! to Slim and Moses! to DeMalo! Man, it rarely happened to me - that I like a villain so much as I like DeMalo. So mysterious yet more open than Jack ever really was to Saba.
I still like the ending. And that last POV? So intriguing ang deviously brilliant. Another betrayal in the making, people!
Rebel Heart will not be for every BRR fan. So little action but heavy with emotions, it barely made it to my liking. but it did. and even if it was 3 star rating, I still can't help but be disappointed.
Saba Maev rocks. Jack Creed. Lugh? i hated him. DeMalo? i really like him.
I want more of Jack!!! Saba can die for all i care. ...more
The Iron Knight left me in awe. Ash was bared like you’ve never seen him before: indecisive, faltI highly recommend The Iron Knight.
The Iron Knight left me in awe. Ash was bared like you’ve never seen him before: indecisive, faltering, broken. But the resilience of his character and the relentless pursuit of his happiness ultimately marked this finale as one of the most satisfying fey series EVER. I uber-love the Epilogue – it was so full of wonder, victory, and possibilities. Julie Kagawa, thank you for dedicating this book to Team Ash. I, for one, was moved. I thought I knew my Winter Prince; guess I was wrong. But how i revel at my mistake!
Ash (together with Puck, Grimalkin and two other surprising companions) went out to seek a soul so he can be with Meghan (now, the Iron Queen). What started out as a quest for true love turned out to be an eye opener for the former son of Mab. He was ridiculed for wanting a soul to become human. Does he even know what it’s like to become one? No. But his vow to find Meghan ties his essence; breaking it would mean death. Uhh… did Meghan changed him? because I could not see the Unseelie Prince anywhere in this book (okay, maybe once). His character was developed as though he was human already. I’m not ranting – just sayin’ that there are times that i found Ash unfaithful to Meghan, and thought that he was only bound by duty and the promise he made, not by his love for the Iron Queen. Oh well, i still love him. And i will say that nothing compares to what Ash went through. NOTHING.
I love Puck’s flippancy contrasting Ash’s grimness. I hate Grimalkin in this book, though. I will grudgingly admit that i love the ‘dog’ far more than the ‘cat’. First half was one amazing adventure after another, i could not almost keep up! Second half was sorrowful but understanding and peace came in the end. It was very, very nice.
The Iron Knight is on a somber note compared to the first 3 books. There are times i felt helpless and defenseless like Ash. But when Kagawa wove her magic to wrap up the ending, it was exactly as i wanted it! *sigh* So which love is greater: Meghan’s or Ash’s? After reading this book, I’d say…Ash’s....more
Carrier of the Mark got me frowning from beginning to end. The characters were unimpressive, the wI don't recommend Carrier of the Mark.
Carrier of the Mark got me frowning from beginning to end. The characters were unimpressive, the writing is terrible, and the dialogues are sooo cheesy. You would think that for a book cover so stunning, the story will follow through. But no. Have you been waiting for this book? Please stop waiting. It’s not worth the hype, at least to me.
Megan reminded me of Luce from the Fallen series. Co-dependent, always swooning over the male lead. C’mon! How many times do i have to read about Megan falling into Adam’s arms, going into Adam’s arms, wanting Adam’s arms around her?!?!! I can only take a little sappiness, thank you very much. Heroines like her makes me want to hurl big time. Adam is no different. He’s kissing Megan the first time he acknowledged her after weeks of ignoring her. Then, it’s ‘let’s make out’ or ‘come here, beautiful’ or ‘i can’t take my eyes off you’. Ugh.
One thing i can say for the story: Too Much Information. I got lost in the neutral gene/royal blood/marked One talk. Can we just simplify things, Ms Leigh Fallon? The mythology and elements are interesting; too bad it doesn’t get better.
Carrier of the Mark reminded me of Twilight (which i liked) and Starcrossed (which i don’t). =( I think i’m better off reading fanfic than this book....more
Angelfall blew me away to kingdom come in different, massive movements! It was a brilliant take on the aI highly recommend Angelfall.
Angelfall blew me away to kingdom come in different, massive movements! It was a brilliant take on the apocalypse and the angels of death. Surely, this is one hell of a YA book you definitely don’t want to miss. How come I did not read this sooner?!! I won an ebook copy from Bookish Ardour months ago and warm, kind Susan Ee sent me a copy. I read this on New Year’s Eve, so it was quite a ride!
Penryn (together with her little sister, Paige and her mother) can barely survive in Los Angeles. Gangs prowl the streets and mark territories by day; Angels sweep them at night. With nowhere to stay and not much food left, she braved the night to get on higher ground (supposedly it is safer there). Unfortunately, she witnessed an angelic conflict that made one of the angels snatched her sister. With her mom fading into darkness (she’s a schizophrenic), all that was left for her is one bleeding, dying angel. Raffe.
I gotta admire Penryn because she’s got spunk. She was terrified of Raffe and yet she threatens him when he refuses to take her to Aerie (where angels congregate & perhaps her sister is there?). She’s not a weakling (for she was trained to defend herself due to her mom’s mental instability), but compared to the magnificent angel, she’s nothing. Still, she bargained with Raffe to take her to Aerie until he said yes. Her determination, street-smarts, and loyalty made her my no. 1 heroine to date. Raffe is cruel, cold, and arrogant (as most angels are). But I saw softness in him when he held Penryn on that night she was plagued by nightmares. I found his character solid for an angel of death. In the end, I saw that perhaps Raffe has a tiny shred of humanity in him. Oh, and of course he’s beautiful! Aren’t all angels?
The story is really good and credible. The pacing is fast but just right for a post-apocalyptic setting. The characters are strong and dependable (meaning I can rely on them staying in their character all throughout the book).
Angelfall‘s ending is not what i expected but it was the bomb nonetheless. So… are you tired of those angel-themed YA books that’s all cutesy and no plot? Then you better read this. Angelfall has the balls to shock you. You think angels are good and kind beings? *snickers* think again. Susan Ee will make you believe in the opposite....more
Graffiti Moon stole my heart! Cath Crowley writes beautifully that I can’t help but smile, sigh, fall in love.
Lucy is in search of a graffiti artist named Shadow. There’s something about his works that spoke to her, get to her. Lucy thought that Shadow understands art and in turn, understands her. Little did she know that a disastrous date from year ten plays a part on Shadow’s current state. I really like Lucy! She’s feisty, smart, and weird in a good way. She values honesty and frankness very much. Her fascination with glass blowing and with Shadow’s art is infectious. Ed is just trying to get by his so-called-life one day at a time. Without a girlfriend, a job, a father figure – Ed thought he’ll never get out alive from their town. He lost hope that there is something good for him in the future. I love Ed! He’s conflicted, sad, frustrated and morose. The only outlet he has from having a hard life is through his paintings. His character is so believable that my heart went for him. His relationship with Bert is the one that touches me the most. On the other hand, Leo and Jazz are both insane and I love ‘em!
Crowley’s writing style is… lyrical; I suppose that’s the word. It enchanted me to reading between the lines, imagining the vivid pictures of Lucy’s glass-blowing and Ed’s wall-painting, and nodding to myself, “Yes, I can see what you see, feel what you feel.” I am there with them and that makes Crowley very effective in her writing.
There’s nothing you can do for me now, Bert. You’re dead, and I’m buried.
‘I can show you how to get the ship in the bottle,’ she says. ‘If you want.’ ‘I don’t know. Seems like a lot of trouble for a boat that’s going nowhere.’
I love these scenes: (1) Lucy and Ed talking with their hands in front of their eyes, (2) Lucy and Ed talking about Lucy’s Fleet of Memories, and (3) Lucy and Ed finally and really meeting for the first time after a night of chasing Shadow.
Graffiti Moon made me laugh often. It may seemed foolish for Lucy to chase Shadow who she doesn’t even know, but on that one night, everything made sense. Her parents not living in the same house. Her jerk of a date in year ten. Even Ed’s bleak future doesn’t look so bleak anymore. Lucy & Ed’s story unfolded very nicely and wrapped up in such a feel good way. So you better pick it up. It is one of the best contemporary YA novels I’ve read this year....more
The Future of Us was a flop for me. I thought the “Facebook” theme would evolve into something more meaningfI didn't like The Future of Us.
The Future of Us was a flop for me. I thought the “Facebook” theme would evolve into something more meaningful than it actually is, but it did not. The writing was unimpressive; the female lead was irritating; the love story is kinda all over the place. I hope you are not pining for The Future of Us because it is not worth waiting for.
Emma is obnoxious to Josh. She’s selfish and self-centered. I could not find a single thing to like about her! Although she did learned with the Facebook fiasco, her character was underdeveloped for me. Josh – Josh is the sole reason why this book has any stars at all. He knows he’s a wallflower but still he goes for the hottest girl in school. He’s honest to his feelings and he confronted his ‘go-with-the-flow’ attitude. Frankly, Emma doesn’t deserve even a glance from Josh. But hey, at least Josh called out Emma on her callousness with his feelings. Right on, man!
The Future of Us is a passable read, meaning you can pass/skip reading this. I read nothing from Mackler; I read 13RW from Asher but I did not detect his writing style and impact in this book....more
Anna Dressed in Blood could’ve been a 5, if not for the romance that felt forced and nonsense. Blake hasI recommend Anna Dressed in Blood.
Anna Dressed in Blood could’ve been a 5, if not for the romance that felt forced and nonsense. Blake has great moves in terrifying readers; i held my breath more than once on separate occasions! Thrilling and maniacal, Anna Dressed in Blood is one of the most frightening YA books i’ve read so far.
Cas started out as strong in character, but when Anna came along, he appeared scatterbrained and incapable. Are guys really like that? Hmmm. LOL. Anyway, Cas is just an average male lead for me. He could’ve been great, but his character’s development became null in the end. Anna was so kick-ass on the first scene! Cold, ruthless, merciless. Then Cas started hanging out at her house, and there Anna began to show some emotions or what was left of it. She’s okay, i mean i loved her when she’s the “Queen of Death”, but the solidity of her character when she’s not the “Queen of Death” did not hold much for me. Perhaps i just want her to be at her baddest?
The horror aspect is fantastic. Voodoo magic has that air of mystery and fright that i don’t wanna dwell in the middle of the night. The romance part is negligible. Lemme just say that a relationship between a human and a ghost is just uncomprehensible to me.
Anna Dressed in Blood is a good halloween read. If you’re up for some jolly ‘ol scare, this book won’t disappoint. Well, just don’t mind the romance and you’ll be good....more
Finally, i got caught up with John Green's magic! You see, I had a hard time liking Looking for Alaska, i rated it 3 starI recommend Paper Towns.
Finally, i got caught up with John Green's magic! You see, I had a hard time liking Looking for Alaska, i rated it 3 stars but somehow it was already a stretch for me. But Paper Towns changed my disgruntled attitude towards Mr. Green. It was entertaining (and heartfelt in the end) from start to finish. i like Quentin, but i worship Bloody Ben!
I remembered what my high school was like while reading this book. I was fond on looking back and realized i wanted the same things Q/Margo/Ben/Radar/Lacey wanted: requited love, revenge, acceptance, normalcy, and friendship. The hilarious moments of Q and Margo while exacting revenge was such a high! But when Margo disappeared, fun exited and seriousness entered. But Ben and Radar took the boredom away, so it was still good.
It was really awesome to experience Paper Towns. Solidly written and instantaneously funny, i know now what to expect from John Green when i read his novels soon. And yes, Aaron, i believe i am now a fan. =)...more
I do not like Hunter. That was apparent when I started Elementals series. And reading Spirit does not change that, but my dislike for HuI like Spirit.
I do not like Hunter. That was apparent when I started Elementals series. And reading Spirit does not change that, but my dislike for Hunter was taken down by a degree of two. Why? I have an affinity for characters who had it bad in their lives, and yet they survived. Hunter is a survivor. and after Spirit ended? Even then.
First half was very aggravating. To say that Hunter is constantly abrasive is an understatement. I get it, that I have to understand where his exasperating attitude is coming from, but the constant push-and-pull in terms of trust and relationship with the Merricks? Goodness, it was painfully irritating.
But if there's one thing that this series is good at, it is the solidity of characters despite different POVs in each installment. And the final twist to hurt Hunter really hurt. Man, that was brutal. The guy just couldn't catch a break.
I didn't like her much, Kate Sullivan. Maybe it stems from my dislike of Hunter, thus I dislike her by association? Ha!
Spirit is an easy read, much like the first two books. The Merrick brothers are the same bunch of guys I met, with the exception of Michael who outshone Hunter's character in this book. The numerous action scenes did not hurt, either. Oh, and the Kimmerer trademark a.k.a. hot scenes overload? You'll still find them here. Yes, it's Hunter, but what I can I say? The scenes are still sizzling. :D
I love you, Michael Merrick. Such an awesome guy.
Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Teen for granting my galley request.
This one will be hard to like. But darn it, I cannot put it down. :D
I don't get it. Why does Hunter get a book installment when Nick only has a novella?!!!
This book blew me away! I need to write this down right before my elation evaporates.
I had high expectations (I never should’ve read the good reviewsThis book blew me away! I need to write this down right before my elation evaporates.
I had high expectations (I never should’ve read the good reviews before reading) and halfway through the book I can’t see what the fuss is all about. Boy, was i ever wrong to judge it before finishing the chapters! In the end, i was dumbfounded. In a very good way. Coming from the angel-themed YA fiction along with Hush, Hush and Fallen series, there is no doubt that it is the at the top of the bunch. No, let me rephrase it. It is the only book there that has substance.
here is a heroine that i love! (But can her name be any more unsophisticated?) Responsible, does not back down from a fight, does her own thing, does not allow any guy to treat her like crap. She was realistic, although i hate it when she goes gaga over Christian. I get it that he’s her purpose as a part angel. But the constant ogling that bordered to obsession is annoying. But i forgive her at the end of the book. There it was revealed why Christian is so magnetic, even to someone like her. At the end of the book, she was faced with a dilemma: follow the rules or follow her heart? Her decision has dire consequences. Don’t worry honey, i would’ve done the same if it were me. ;-)
i take him at face value. The author glorifies him throughout the book. Dark brown hair (or is it black?). Green eyes. Sexy-brooding. He is “hotness personified” as the author explicitly puts it. But i didn’t see character in him. That’s why I couldn’t see how this guy can be the love interest of Clara.
you can now call me an official Tucker groupie :):):) i love this guy! Rude, conceited, jerk. Not to mention blond hair and blue eyes. And charming. I look forward to the scenes where is he is bantering and bickering with Clara. You would want to know who will win every time. :)
Ultimate high experience:
I have to admit that the turn of the story came when Tucker and Clara began spending time together. There are some funny moments, i couldn’t help laughing out loud! And there are romantic moments too, that just makes me grin like an idiot or scream like a banshee. It was electrifying!
i have two. The first one is the scene at Tucker’s barn (or was it at the stable?) after the bear repellent thing. He was so confident. I am so Team Tucker already! And the second one is the time when Clara summoned her glory because of her mom. What is the reason behind her glory? Her revelation was a shock to her. Yeah, that’s my girl!
I never saw it coming! Everything was turned upside down. I need to know what happens next! It was such a cliffhanger.
READ IT READ IT READ IT! It is on a very different level compared to Hush, Hush and Fallen series. Unearthly buried them in the cold, sticky mud! I am so attached to Tucker that if Clara doesn’t end up with him in the end, there’s gonna be hell to pay. You hear that, Cynthia Hand? So please, please don’t let me down. ...more
Stargirl is someone you get used to. You hate her at first because of her eccentricity but she grows on you graduallI recommend Stargirl.
Stargirl is someone you get used to. You hate her at first because of her eccentricity but she grows on you gradually . Spinelli wrote beautifully, that I can really rave about. But Stargirl seemed too ‘far-out’ for me (actual rating is 3.5). I felt like i’m one of those students in Mica High. Most times I don’t understand why she’s like that. But she has her moments, and oh, how heartwrenching those moments were.
I love reading a guy’s POV, and Leo is no different. His character is plausible; I actually connected more with Leo than Stargirl. He loves Stargirl’s nonconformity with his school, but at the same time, he doesn’t want to publicly acknowledge that . He’s seeing something different in her and yet he hesitates because he doesn’t want to be shunned. But… aren’t we unconciously like that from time to time?
If not for those times that I was spacing out when reading it, I could’ve given this a 5. I’m not sure if Stargirl is really smart, really naive, or just plain unusual. Still, Spinelli’s use of metaphors and impressive writing made reading Stargirl worthwhile. Twice I caught my breath because my heart is breaking with Stargirl. First, i was falling in love. Second, i was falling apart....more
Obsidian really got me all hot and bothered in those 6 hours that i read it! It has flaws, yes, but i’m willing toi recommend Obsidian.
Obsidian really got me all hot and bothered in those 6 hours that i read it! It has flaws, yes, but i’m willing to overlook them just for the spine-tingling, nerve-wracking, laughter-inducing moments between Katy and Daemon. Let’s just say if you are in the mood to just read, enjoy and relax, try Obsidian. Armentrout will leave you wanting, panting… for more. *ahem* (entering fangirl mode)
Katy no longer wants to be a bystander. With Daemon around, she becomes a queen b*tch that she needs to be, since Daemon is a jerk. She’s tired of being good ol’ Katy, that’s why she never backs down from him. I like her. She’s as real as any teenager can get. Feisty, angry, and has a filthy mouth (according to Daemon). Now this hot alien… WOW. How come I’m beginning to like obnoxious boys nowadays? Oh well. :) Daemon kept the dialogues alive, spirited, and totally swoon worthy! Man, i believe i have a new book boyfriend, LOL! The thing i love the most about him – he never went from cold to sappy. i thought he’s just a regular guy who can’t express his true feelings that well. So i really liked the open ending. It leaves much to my imagination.
I liked the concept of light versus shadow. the plot reminded me a little of that Roswell tv series though. but Armentrout wrote in such a way that i never thought i was reading. i thought i was hanging out with a friend while she regals me with this alien story that’s a little rough on the edges, but entertaining nonetheless.
Obsidian is a super fun read if you want to chillax. Smart-mouthed and heart-thumping, Katy and Daemon will surely fire up your senses. This book is HOT. (exiting fangirl mode)
I didn't think I could read another World War II book after The Diary of a Young Girl. I was just not into these kind of reading. You know? depressing, dreary, sad. But there's also hope. So surmounting my prejudice, I picked up The Book Thief... and my goodness it was just as expected. and more. Well, I didn't cry (in case you are wandering). But the despair lingered. so did hope.
She ran the back of her hand along the first shelf, listening to the shuffle of her fingernails gliding across the spinal cord of each book. It sound like an instrument, or the notes of running feet.
Liesel's affair with books (and stealing) was tantamount to her survival to the war, and to life itself. Any book lover would be scandalized to burning of books. All that knowledge! Any child would have mourned the loss of her family. And yet Liesel was brave, far braver than I would've liked her to be. It was admirable.
Good God, Liesel thought. This is my punishment for all that stealing. It's finally caught up with me.
The Book Thief has its funny moments. And Liesel finally realizing the consequence of her book stealing was not an exception. Her parents (the Hubermanns) were strangely hilarious to me, but I adored them more on their unconditional (and tough) love they gave to Liesel.
Even the enemies were an inch away from friendship.
When Max entered the story, reading became hard. It was just so difficult to manage the stirring emotions Markus Zusak evoked from me. Sometimes I have to stop so I can breathe, because truly Max's life was gripping me in more (bleak) ways than one.
Standing above him at all moments of awakeness was the hand of time, and it didn't hesitate to wring him out. It smiled and squeezed and let him live.
I have to love Max. I have to! He didn't understand why him and his people were being persecuted for something that they didn't do. Still, he trusted that human goodness will come through for him, and what he didn't expect was to find a family from the most unlikely place (or people).
He must have longed for it so much. He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them.
I cannot accept what happened to Rudy. It was so abrupt, but aren't all endings like that? It didn't take for me to like (and eventually love) Rudy. He was as integral part of Liesel's life as Max.
God never says anything. You think you're the only one he never answered?
The uncertainty of war finally dawned to Liesel and her loved ones. The aftermath was heartbreaking. Markus Zusak certainly knew how to drop his bombs (pun intended).But the ending was a winner for me. So, so good.
Can a person steal happiness? Or is it just an internal, infernal human trick?
If I read The Book Thief in one sitting, I might have sulked, mourned, and locked myself in my room just to exercise my grief. It would've been too much. But I read it gradually in four weeks, and it was the right thing to do. I avoided the emotional wreckage similar to Liesel's.
There was no recovery from what had happened. That would take decades; it would take a long life.
“Her heart,” I said. “Which is too bad. You see… that’s mine, and it always will be. Odd as it might seem, she’d rather have me broken than you whole."
I've always thought that Fade's character is transparent enough, that there is no need to include his POV. Fade wears his heart on his sleeve, so when the hurt was too painful, the despair too raw, he pulled away from Deuce.
Furthermore, it's a good thing that Fade's POV is just an e-novella. I only need a taste for what's inside his head, his heart. And I was delighted with what I got.
Obviously, he's still in love with Deuce. But how was it for him to ache for her touch and yet recoil at the thought of her touching him? It was... a losing battle each day. And it doesn't favor the Huntress....more
Unwinds didn't go out with a bang - they didn't even go out with a whimper. They went out with the silence of a candle flame pinched between two fing
Unwinds didn't go out with a bang - they didn't even go out with a whimper. They went out with the silence of a candle flame pinched between two fingers.
there is only one word to describe it: INSANE.
after the hype CoFA has caused me, and the disappointment it brought me after finishing its chapters, i want a book that will wipe off my mind completely of Jace (and his somewhat-downfall) because yes, i was in mourning. :(
so i scanned my recommended TBR list and settled for Unwind. i need something mind-boggling; and where else can i find that but in dystopian novels?
i have to say that my mind was not only boggled. but it was SHAKEN, turned upside down, and left hanging without any support. UNWIND is (like i said) definitely INSANE. and i loooved it!
(Jace, i'm sorry but this book slightly cured my despair over you. SLIGHTLY. but it's enough. for now.)
a solution was discovered to end the war b/w pro-lifers and pro-choosers. when a kid reaches the age of thirteen, they can be 'unwound' - every SINGLE part of their body (not a limb wasted) will be harvested and given to donors who most likely need it (or want it). so who are the candidates? kids who are too much trouble to raise for their parents. orphans who the gov't can no longer support their basic needs. kids who are 'tithes' - kids conceived and nurtured then given to be unwound upon reaching the age of thirteen.
i know. morbid, right? the story was wicked! the solution to a society's problem was unethical but the people sees it as normal. which made the society even creepier.
oh, there's also 'storking' - if you are a mother who doesn't want to raise your baby or simply doesn't have the means, you can leave your baby at anyone's door for them to find. and once they found the baby, it is theirs by LEGAL rights. crazzzy!
i liked that the first chapter kicked off with Connor running for his life when he knew his parents decided and signed the papers for his unwinding. from there, i was glued to the pages!
have you seen the movie Vantage Point? it is similar with the first part of this book. A single commotion linked Connor's story to Lev's, then to Risa's from each of their POV. the unlikely alliance to get away from unwinding was born. it was amazing!
Stupid dreams. Even the good ones are bad, because they remind you how poorly reality measures up.
give me the permission to bash his character because i really dislike him!... at first. he doesn't think. he only acts. and it got him (and the others) into trouble. there's this scene with him and a baby that was storked and i so wanna beat him to death! moron. although he redeemed himself in the end, and he did grow up after each chapter, i don't like him that much.
a strong and independent girl, very bad ass! and street smart, and responsible. i felt the unfairness she felt when it was announced to her that considering she already reached her 'potential', it's the end of the road for her. she is just too much of a burden for the gov't to be fed, given shelter, etc. so she needs to be unwind. crap. if that was me, i will kill everyone present when that was announced. *brandishing my samurai* lol
if i dislike Connor, i HATE Lev. as in really really hate him. after the school incident, i keep on praying that he'll get caught already so he can be unwound. he's so eager for it, so why not give it to him already!
but the scenes he had with CyFi made me turn around and wait for his conversion to my good faith. and he did! the 360 degree turn of his story was unexpected (if you knew his unwavering faith on the unwinding system and how being a tithe is an honor to serve God) and very touching. :)
from that point, the change in his character is shocking. scary even.
i believe he is the star of this book, not Connor.
but there are times i don't believe that such convictions are coming from a thirteen-year-old. and yet, a month of Lev surviving on the streets, trying not to get killed, it can be believable.
ultimate high experience:
the scene between the Admiral and Emby at the graveyard. jeepers creepers! When the name ______ was mentioned, i closed my Kindle so quickly i could've killed a fly with it! There's no thump thump in my heart (i think). i was frozen for about ten seconds. Gosh, Neal Shusterman, KILL ME NOW why don't you! it was really really a petrifying moment. *goosebumps*
1 The second time Connor and Risa hid in a bathroom *wide grin*
2 The Harvest room - need i say more? *wiggling eyebrows* the author has a very very sick mind, i tell you.
one of the best dystopian reads. ever. it can even surpass Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. but it stops there. The Hunger Games trilogy (as a whole) still top Unwind. but in terms on ending, i'd go for Unwind. why? because it has the best ending i read in a dystopian novel. close to a Happy Ever After, i might say.
One thing you learn when you've lived as long as i have - people aren't all good, and people aren't all bad. we move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives. right now, i'm pleased to be in the light.
Okay, so I like Hunter now. and Michael's cool (as always). but Chris? The coolest of them all. *grins*
Secret is all about Nick. He wishes for many things, but being the responsible Merrick that he is, anything and everything that he wants will just need to take a backseat, because family comes first.
Nick's nerdiness was adorable! I like that he's responsible, and takes family matters very seriously. I hate it when he thinks he needed to hide his true self because of his fear to be judged, and to get it from his own twin brother, no less! He deserved more than he got from Gabriel.
Nick's elemental power? So cool! It's like a science geek fantasy coming true. Heh. I thought it was awesome. :D
Quinn was okay. I expected her to be more annoying than usual, but she did good for Nick and the Merrick brothers. That foe-turned-ally twist? I liked that, too.
Michael is such an amazing brother, and Chris as well (he's still my favorite Merrick). The maturity that went with these two, in terms of helping Nick with his secret, it was really sweet.
Secret was emotionally intense. I'm kinda off with Nick's resentment to Gabriel (his twin not knowing his problem, and yet he resented him for not knowing), but other than that, this is a definite must read for Elementals fan like me.
P.S. Swoon-worthy scenes are not lacking for Nick! *ahem*
FACT: I'm waaay more excited about Nick's story than Hunter's.
How do you move on from an ending like that? =( Oh, don't get me wrong, because Marie Lu wrapped up Legend series pretty neaI recommend Champion.
How do you move on from an ending like that? =( Oh, don't get me wrong, because Marie Lu wrapped up Legend series pretty neat. It's just that.. too little time to say what should have been said, simultaneously time was too long to have the wounds and hurt be healed.
I am nitpicking, because I am so attached to the characters! So emotional with Day and June. My heart still bleeds, I tell you. The letting go broke my heart more than the giving up did.
Day is battling to stay alive every day, while protecting his brother Eden from the Republic's dangerous intentions. When June's life was threatened, Day was backed up against a wall with no options... I will always admire Day's casual arrogance to masked the suffering he experienced (caused by the Republic), but I think June should be called Champion.
June is caught between serving the Elector, and staying by Day's side because she believed he has suffered enough. When the 'big elephant' in the room between her and Day becomes apparent and utterly unavoidable, June must choose: break her heart, or Day's?
Last five chapters are the bomb, with June's last POV making me a mumbling, emotional wreck. She was so brave, I am in awe of her. *eyes shining brightly*
and that Epilogue.. while hopeful, still left me wondering: is this really how they ended??? It was really a good and realistic ending, but since I am heavily emotionally invested in this series, I am wanting more.. of Daniel and June. So very much wanting more. *sniffs*
The war is full mode in Champion. June's involvement in the plague's cure was a bit of a stretch for me. And that one time that June exhibited her prowess in military training, she got her *ss whipped. Understandable, since her opponent is older and more experienced, but still.
Nitpicking again. Sorry.
This conclusion was the right blend of rage, loss, and despair. I think Champion truly revealed the answer to the question: Can love ever truly forgive?
(Thank you, Marie Lu for a finale worth a good cry, for a day or two.)...more
"I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is."
I"I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is."
I know that when I’ve read a good book, I refused to read a new one. There’s something that makes me want to pause, look back and rewind all those scenes I’ve just read with such clarity. With Delirium, I did not read anything over the weekend! And that says a lot.
Love is a disease. Singing, dancing is not allowed. Any form of emotional expression is restricted. No hugging or kissing even with friends! This could be real, I thought. No war, no pain, no nothing. There’s also no happiness. Or love. Harsh world, right? and it’s about to get harsher.
The premise is simple, get cured or you will be forced to be cured. If you are too much trouble, you are simply eliminated. The story is fast paced, the author introduces you into this world without sounding preachy. I love action packed novels, but in this book, the lack of it (or maybe there’s one or two action scenes), made it more pliable. Believable. Why? Because the terror of getting caught past curfew (9pm!), the helplessness of forgetting everyone you cared about after the cure, the reality that there’s no other option but to live the life given by the government is enough. I can feel them while reading, creeping between the lines and crippling me. Being scared all the time while doing the most mundane things (hanging out on a beach with a boy, for one), is there. Almost all the time I am reading this book, I can feel the tension. I’m quite terrified of the consequences the characters could face when caught. Whenever Lena or Hana or Alex sneaked out (for a party, or just hang out), I fought myself not to scream “c’mon, man, you’re gonna get caught past your curfew! Chop. Chop. Time to go home!”
I like Lena. The obedience to do what is right by the government clashes wildly with her natural need to rebel. Defiance is her key to unlocking her freedom. And she did, at the end of the book, Lena stood her ground. No more lies, she said. It’s time to live my life. My happy life. By my rules.
Alex is likeable. Although the author could’ve picked up a more subtle or unusual name for a hero in a dystopian world. It seems so common. Anyway, he is more human than most heroes I’ve encountered in YA. Confused and not confident at times. He is actually pretty normal, I guess. I don’t love Alex, but I don’t hate him either. and it is just right, that he admitted to liking Lena instead of loving her suddenly. they relationship started with mistrust and suspicion. and then their friendship grows, and that gradually blossoms into love. super likey!
am not that gaga over Lena's and Alex's romance. it makes me want to fall in love, but not with alex specifically :) Maybe it is just slow to build in my taste. Still, i'm hooked - it is heartbreaking. I wanted them to be together, against all odds!
The author writes in a way that she paints Lena’s world in such vivid pictures I can understand how’s it like to live there. She reminds me of C.Clare’s writing of the mortal instruments. I can relate to Lena. I already stepped in her world. The Regulators. The Wilds. The Crypts. And man, oh man, I don’t want to get stuck there!
the ending was like a BEP song: boom boom pow! the author stepped it up BIG time. although i was left hanging, i didn't mind since i know this is a part of a trilogy. reading towards the end of the book is simply exhilirating.
The verdict: I can’t wait for book 2. I hope I won’t stay in a state of delirium waiting for it. Haha.
"I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go." ...more
As I said, she chose to die rather than to stay with me. I was her husband, but she simply loved him more.
This is a new series to watch out for.
I was not smitten at first. Although the story has a new concept, the first half of the book was just average to me. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. But moving on the second half, i felt i was falling. It’s like the book and I started out as friends. We find something in common, what makes us comfortable with each other. As the need to protect and be faithful rise up, it is in the end that i realized: i am in love with The Goddess Test.
I’ll start with the cover. At first glance, it did not catch my eye. But looking it again and again, it started to blossom into something pretty. Very pretty. The girl reminded me of Jessica Alba. So i thought of Kate as looking like Jessica.
The story revolves around the story of Hades and Persephone. In this case, Persephone’s gone so Henry has to look for someone to take her place as his wife and Queen of the Underworld. But the girl has to be worthy of immortality so she has to take the test.
Kate has to pass seven tests. If she fails even one, the consequences are very dangerous, especially for Henry.
As Kate deals with living her autumn and winter days with Henry in the Eden Manor, she realizes that this life is not as bad as she thought. More so, she didn’t felt little need to go back to the real world for the next half of the year. Being with Henry, she learned how to make friends, have a family, love and fight for a guy who lost the will to live. Or exist.
The synopsis misled me. It is not actually Kate’s mom that is the reason for her to enter into a bargain with Henry. Kate did it to save a friend’s life. No, not a friend but a person i so wanna see to stay dead. For the life of me, i could not imagine giving half of my year for the rest of my life just so someone (who is cruel to me) can live. And that is what Kate did.
Kate has no friends because she took care of her sick mom since freshman year. She also does not date because of that. If there’s one thing to describe her, it’s this: martyr. I’m not sure if i like that, and it made me wary to like her. But the author gave room for Kate to grow on me, since Kate is still beginning to know herself and open up to living a life, especially without her mom. By the time i finished the chapters, i felt a kinship with her. And yes, Kate, you did right. Even I was proud of you.
The one thing that strikes me the most is Kate’s frankness. It was such a refreshing character for a heroine. And for that, i love her.
Henry – for a Hades character, he’s pretty soft. Solemn. Cautious. But i liked it. There are few times i got to glimpse of the Lord of the Underworld and it was enough. He is more human than a god, but it suits him. After all, Hades does not belong to Olympus, right? He mostly stayed in the Underworld. So i get it that he’s lonely. And feels unloved. Henry is such a vulnerable character and it is just right for my taste.
James. I have mixed feelings for him. Is he in love with Kate? For such a short time, it is not possible. But it seems that he does. I felt sorry for him. But i think he’ll be a major character in the next book. Love triangle, anyone?
The mythology is intact. The twists came one after the other and i was like, ‘ok, what just happened?’ and when the time came for the verdict to be delivered, whether Kate passed or failed, i’m shaking my head in disbelief saying, ‘no way! No freakin’ way!’ then a smile slowly spreads across my face. It was a good read.
Debut authors are sweeping the YA shelves like a crazy tidal wave! And Aimee Carter is one of them. The Goddess Test will show you the side of the Olympians that are all too human and yet, staying true to their nature.
Keep trying until you have no more chances left. And even then, you keep going.
i'll be back for my review. let's just say Cassandra Clare should've stopped at City of Glass, and not extended the series up to a 6th book. :-(
******i'll be back for my review. let's just say Cassandra Clare should've stopped at City of Glass, and not extended the series up to a 6th book. :-(
WARNING: This is a long read.
'I love you, Clary. More than I ever--- God. More than i probably should. You know that, don’t you?'
i like this book, but i'm not jumping up and down about it. (yeah i know, boo!)
It is difficult to write a review for a book in a series that i love so much. Difficult because even though i liked this one, i have a nagging thought that the author is only stretching it for the sake of, you know, stretching it. Business? Profit? I dunno.
So this is my experience while reading the book:
After securing my copy the crazy way, i was giddy when i laid my hands on it. I don’t want to read it immediately. I want to savor the feel of the cover, the smell of printed paper. That’s how i was. I held the book with such reverence.
I’ve read the sneak peek on the net so i just skimmed the first chapter... Ok, that was a lie. I still read it line per line :| i wanted to start slow. Don’t expect too much, i said. So that’s what i did.
By the time i reached the second chapter, i picked up my reading pace a little. Why? Ah hell, Jace is on, thank you very much! My heart is building up its pumping, slowly but steadily. Man, i’m just starting out this book and i loved it already! I even thought then, i’m gonna rate this book a five!
I kept turning the pages. I couldn’t read any faster. I was getting impatient! My heart accelerates every freakin’ time Jace has a scene. Thump! Thump! Thump! There was this scene between him and Clary soaked in the rain, and i was gripping the book so hard. C’mon c’mon C’MON! Finally, things between them are starting to heat up!
At that point, there was no mistake in my mind that this what i expected the fourth book will be!
Too bad, i judged it early.
halfway through the book, i realized where the story is going, and how it could end. CRAP. then and there, i lost my mojo to enjoy the book. WHY?
Well, the author plugged that this book will focus on Simon. It did, at first. But halfway through, it slowly spiraled into Jace. JACE? Again? I love him but, his story should’ve not overshadowed Simon’s. I mean, Simon’s the one in the book cover, right? :(
Jace got the limelight in books 1-3. you might ask: if i love Jace, how come i am so pissed?!!
Because, BECAUSE while Jace is confident, conceited, and self-absorbed (all traits i looove about him), he is also doubtful, tortured, and unforgiving towards himself. And the latter negative vibes is greatly highlighted in this book. Jace is repeatedly doubtful (of Clary’s love for him), tortured (of memories of Valentine and his conflicting feelings between Valentine and his biological father), and unforgiving towards himself (things he might do to hurt Clary, Max’s death). It was annoying to the fact that Jace doesn’t appear to be as strong and dependable anymore as i thought he was before.
I wished the author could’ve given Jace a break. You know, like maybe he gets to enjoy first his newfound relationship with Clary, after finding out they are not related in book 3. THAT IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE BOOK 3 ENDED!
But no, the author decided to put Jace once more in the middle of it all. And where did that leave Simon? :(
Oh well, i did enjoy parts of it.
Now for the GOOD times:
The story line was fluid. Consequences of Clary’s actions in book three was unravelling. New characters were introduced that are essential in building the story of secondary characters. Besides the fact that the author is too hard on Jace, this is an engaging read. The twists and turns woven by the author are solid, believable, and i must admit, mind blowing.
Clary: she grew up. I loved that she is more mature than before, she speaks up (esp against Jace and her mom) and stands up for what she wants.
'No. You can’t just keep grabbing at me every time you see me. It’s not a substitute for actually talking.'
'J: The ritual is taken from the Song of Solomon. ‘Set me a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death.’ C: Ours is stronger than that.'
'I could’ve asked for anything, and i asked for you. And i would do it again. I love you, Jace Wayland-Herondale-Lightwood whatever you want to call yourself. I don’t care. I love you and i will always love you, PRETENDING IT COULD BE ANY OTHER WAY IS JUST A WASTE OF TIME.'
yeah. i can't pretend either. haha!
Although there’s this scene at the end when i want to punch her and screamed at her STUPID! IDIOT! MORON! She still doesn’t listen to Jace. Still doesn’t trust that he can take care of himself. Also, the author could’ve put Clary into more action scenes (and she actually winning them). This is book 4 already! She should be able to defend herself for goodness sake.
Jace: Still hot as ever! And confident. The best shadowhunter this world has seen, says a Greater Demon. Damn right he is!
I love him when he’s being conceited. And being funny.
'"Aren’t they supposed to be hiring someone else to train me full-time anyway?” “Yes,” he said, getting up and pulling her to her feet along with him,“ and I’m worried that if you get into the habit of making out with your instructors, you’ll wind up making out with him, too.” “ Don’t be sexist. They could find me a female instructor.” “In that case you have my permission to make out with her, as long as I can watch."'
'"You're just worried they'll hire a male instructor and he'll be hotter than you." Jace's eyebrows went up. "Hotter than me?" "It could happen," Clary said, "You know, theoretically." "Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I'm not worried about that either. Some things," Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, "are just too unlikely to dwell upon."'
But i super love him when he’s being honest. And sweet. And vulnerable.
'Sometimes i dream you’re gone. I keep wondering when you’ll figure out how much better you could do without me.'
Aaawww. The author really has a way with words.
Isabelle: one badass chick! I worship her now.
'That new lead singer they have is hot. Is he single? I’d like to ride him around town like a bad, bad pony---'
'But I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.'
Simon: i’m still unsure if Simon stood out from all the characters. He seems weak even now when bears the mark of Cain. He’s still funny though. And so little scenes from his love life! But i think it has potential. I’m looking forward to that.
'"No. That's Clary; shes's my best friend." Simon pocketed his phone. "And she has a boyfriend. Like, really, really, really has a boyfriend. The nuclear bomb of boyfriends. Trust me on this one."'
The make-out sessions of Clary and Jace, of course! I went craaazy with the rain scene! Gosh, get a room! No, wait. I wanna see this, so just stay in the alley! I swear i was palpitating while reading that. Hot hot hot!
1 When Clary and Jace were out in the park. This is Jace at his best throughout this book. honest, open, sweet.
2 When Clary and Jace are making out in one of the Institute rooms – no it didn’t lead to sex (although i was tearing my hair out while thinking that is where they are going). It did lead to something else, alright! and I didn’t expect that. It was like cold water pouring down my head after the steamy scene i just read. uh, HARSH!
3 When Simon faced off with the greater demon. This is the only time that i saw Simon as the character the author wanted him to be. And i’m so glad he had the opportunity to kill the greater demon or else there’s no more book 5 and 6 coz they’ll all be dead.
Despite my disappointments, it is a good read (if you haven’t read the first 3 books). But i’m getting the feeling that the author is setting Clary and Jace up as starcrossed lovers. And i’m so NOT a big fan of that.
I also love the story of Cain the author conjured, and the passages from the bible are so refreshing! The book of Genesis has never been this trivial. ;-)
I’m not so keen on book 5. I think i can wait a year for it.
'You love each other – anyone can see that, looking at you – that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory.' ...more