ARGH! And just when I found a good book too! Okay, I started reading this book with low expectations. Can you really blame me? These days anything thatARGH! And just when I found a good book too! Okay, I started reading this book with low expectations. Can you really blame me? These days anything that smells like YA fantasy has a disgusting odor to it. I feel as if YA fantasy books are getting more and more mediocre with every one I pick up. What is up with the corny romances, the too stupid to live heroines and the heroes whose mood meters seem to be stuck on either brooding and violent supposed-to-be-sexy-but-definately-is-not anger. But Nevermore was completely surprising. Here are the refreshing reasons why. Sorry if fellow reviewers have already made these points: 1.The heroine wasn't annoying: WOW! That's a shocking one. I've come to grudgingly except that any main female that falls in love with a dark and dreary boy is going to irritate the hell out of me with their whining and helplessness. But Isobel is smart. Not Hermione Granger smart but I actually found myself liking her. She doesn't whine and she actually goes out and DOES things as opposed to other heroines who sit around and let their manly men handle things. 2.The hero wasn't annoying: DOUBLE WOW! Yes he was emo. Yes he was blunt. But he didn't have the "I'm hot lookit my abs and I'm brooding and I throw temper tantrums but I will protect you, you are my life and my soul and my destiny!"-vibe going on that is becoming the norm for fantasy heroes. Varen was interesting and, above all, NICE. Yea for nice blokes! 3.The parents were involved in their daughter's life: What a relief. In a genre where parents commonly look the other way as their teenagers turn into wolves every night and piss all over their lawn, it was a welcome relief to see parents who actually care. It kind of almost seems realistic. Can you believe it? 4.No love triangle: I had nothing against love triangles before I read 10,000 of them. Nevermore was a welcome break. 5.Intersting imagery: Nevermore centers around Poe and I loved the strange creatures and people/demons that isobel encounters in the dream world. Sometimes it was on the scary side but that was a welcome relief from what usually haunts the YA shelf.
But the ending. Ugh! Cliff hanger to the extreme. I am angry about this and that is why this book got 4 stars. And I would have liked it a bit more if it had not been plotted like Twilight and countless other books where mostly everything in the first 3/4s of the book is about the characters falling in love and the last 1/4 of the book is about the supernatural. It would have made the transition to the supernatural less jarring if there had been a little more of the supernatural in the beginning. But enough happens in this book to keep you intrigued until the supernatural shows up. 4 stars, but i'm still angry about that ending....more
Better than the first! I had my doubts about this sequel because: 1. It was in Mae's point of view and 2. Second books in trilogies usually suck real harBetter than the first! I had my doubts about this sequel because: 1. It was in Mae's point of view and 2. Second books in trilogies usually suck real hard. I was pleasantly surprised. To my joy, the brother's were still the center of the story and Mae actually grew on me. Out of the core four in The Demon's Lexicon, Mae and Jamie were my least favorites, Mae slightly worse. (I know I'm in the minority) But Jamie had a bigger part in this book with his kick ass magic and his banter with Nick. Nick and Jamie scenes were some of my favorite bits of the story. But back to Mae. She is still the weakest of the core four, I have to admit, but she is not helpless. I liked being in her head because it gave me a new take on her and I can honestly say that she is definitely one of my favorite characters now. Alan got on my nerves a bit, but by the end he redeemed himself. Jamie and Nick were awesome. Nick especially. I didn't like Mae's other love interest Seb much. I mean, he sort of came out of nowhere and compared to the core four he doesn't seem really special. Wimpy Gerard was more interesting than Seb. The last book is supposed to be told from Sin's POV. Sin is the girl from the market and I'm not sure about this choice. She isn't in the core four. She hardly interacts with them and I fear that the author will have to artificially force Sin to come into contact with the main characters often. What's wrong with telling the story from Alan or Jamie's POV? Or even Nick or Mae's again? Awesome book though. Mae's more of a conventional everyday narrator than Nick was, but the story was amazing all the same. If you loved the Lexicon then you should love the Covenant, though if what really made the Lexicon good for you was Nick's POV then you might not like Covenant quite as much. Why aren't these books more popular? I have no idea.
Side Note: What happened to Mae's pink hair on the cover? :(
A mixture of philosophy, science, and enchanting eloquent writing. You will not be bored. The book is divided into chapters, and each chapter into oneA mixture of philosophy, science, and enchanting eloquent writing. You will not be bored. The book is divided into chapters, and each chapter into one/two/three page sections. Every section brings some new facts and interesting ideas that make you ponder. ...more
A modern retelling of Disney's version, where bland flat characters run rampant. I might have enjoyed it more if there had been a Gaston at the very leA modern retelling of Disney's version, where bland flat characters run rampant. I might have enjoyed it more if there had been a Gaston at the very least. Some actual conflict would have bumped this book up by .5 stars....more
There are two important things in manga. The art and the story. The Art: 5 out of 5 The drawings are lovely. The character design is beautiful. The sceThere are two important things in manga. The art and the story. The Art: 5 out of 5 The drawings are lovely. The character design is beautiful. The scenes are detailed and the magical scenery is so vivid that I really feel like I'm watching a movie instead of looking at mere paper. The art is far better than Fruits Basket and many other popular mangas. The Story: The story is interesting. I love that the villains have other sides to them and are not just evil. I love that Alice has flaws. I like the magic. But on the flip side, it's very easy to roll your eyes at Alice. She may be brave and noble and nice and all great qualities, but as a heroine she's plain vanilla. Not really interesting. You have to wonder why the leading male fell in love with her. And why so many other people love her so much. It's also easy to roll your eyes at Kyo Senpai. He's mister perfect and if Alice is vanilla, he is plain gelatin. He has a dark past that he angsts about but I find him boring. I have to wonder why Mayura even likes him. I mean, she could do so much better. Mayura is the most interesting and my favorite. Sorry if that makes me sick. Furei or whatever his name is is a close second. I'm happy he came into the story to spice up the boring plate that is alice and Kyo. I wish we got to know Billy, Pao Mei Lin, and Chris a little more than being stuck with Alice and Kyo. They seemed cool.
I'm not sure why most people liked this book. At first I enjoyed it. It was moving, difficult to read and difficult to stop, but the bSpoilers. Beware
I'm not sure why most people liked this book. At first I enjoyed it. It was moving, difficult to read and difficult to stop, but the book seemed to build up to be something great and then halfway through trailed off into something meh. What was the point? Part one: 14 year old girl is raped and killed by sick man. My reaction: Oh my god! ಥ_ಥ <-----tears because though the detail is vague, you know you hear stories like this all the time in the news. Part two: 14 year old girl learns that there are personal heavens that each person creates. My reaction: Interesting to ponder, though a little depressing to be stuck in your imagination. Part three: 14 year old girl's elbow bone is found. My reaction: More tears. This is so horrible. But the book is good. It's making me feel. Part four: Lots of family and friend drama. My reaction: Um, ok, I understand life goes on when you're dead but you would think I could get away from the soap opera stuff. ಠ_ಠ Part five: Sister of murder victim sneaks into killers house to get evidence. Main character watches from heaven and learns that killer tried to stop killing but couldnt. My reaction: ʘ‿ʘ Good! Exciting AND the killer is more than a two dimensional character. That doesn't make me like him but it does give him some needed depth. I've noticed that the characters are rather flat and this book is probably not going to be the deep read that makes me contemplate life. Aw man. But it's ok so far. Part six: Susie watches her sister have sex and yearns to have sex herself. Lots of angst. My reaction: (¬_¬) If I died I wouldn't be angsting about sex I didn't have. Come on! I'd be upset about not talking to family and friends again. Maybe if Susie was angsting about never getting to grow up/never falling in love/never having children/never getting to have the career she always wanted I could understand, but her greatest regret is no sex? Come the hell on, you're freakin dead you idiot. Part seven: Susie magically switches places with a girl and finally gets to experience sex with the boy she always liked. Said boy realizes that "It's you! The girl that was murdered and is now possessing someone else's body" and gladly has sex with her. My reaction: O.e WTF? Seriously, you know how readers have to suspend their disbelief. Well my disbelief has just come crashing down on me. By this point I'm just reading to see how it ends, feeling utterly disappointed. Part the last: (Thank god) Susie leaves earth and moves on to better heaven, now finally able to move on because of the sex. Killer dies while trying to get next victim. Susie wishes us all a long happy life. My reaction: Thank god this story is done.
I began with tears of sorrow. It's only fitting I end with tears of joy.-------> ಥ⌣ಥ...more
I was so excited to read this book because I heard such good things about it. When I looked it up online the plot seemed amazing and the cover arts weI was so excited to read this book because I heard such good things about it. When I looked it up online the plot seemed amazing and the cover arts were lovely. I promptly got all three books to read. Let's just say I barely made it past the first one. I skipped the second and skimmed the last few chapters of the third to see how it ends. I'm sorry but I couldn't get into it. The similies and metaphors killed me. "Clary had eyes like the rainforest with flecks of gold like sunlit covered canaries rising up from the leaves to bask in coming day and bump their heads on the hole in the ozone layer." All right, I know that that is ridiculous and the author didn't use a similie like that, but that is pretty close. I get why people like this book. It's probably exciting and there are lots of characters that you can find to like. But I couldn't get past the slight corny situatuions and dialogue and WILL SOMEONE KILL THOSE METAPHORS!!! I am sorry. I truly tried to get into it. I liked her fanfiction though and her cover art is still amazing....more