**spoiler alert** I have to admit, when I first bought this book, I already had my mind set that it was just the usual cliché Love Story about two peo**spoiler alert** I have to admit, when I first bought this book, I already had my mind set that it was just the usual cliché Love Story about two people falling in love for stupid reasons.
This story has originality, in certain ways. It actually did have a few moments of "wow". Let me explain by with the three main characters:
LANA: Lana is actually a likable character. She's not really the usual "head over heels" girl at first. She also does a lot of explaining in the beginning of the novel in order to give us a clear picture of what she's gone through. By the time she's at Sasha's house, we actually believe that her and Sasha are good friends. Then there's her relationship with Robert. I give her plus points for spending the beginning of the novel weary of him. She means it when she says she won't just forgive him. Every move he makes is a potential "sign" that he's just playing with her mind. Lana also has type 1 diabetes. I thought this was an interesting twist in the story and I liked it. Lana isn't perfect, and no one in the world is. It made reading the story through Lana's eyes a lot more interesting.
ROBERT: Robert is a creep. There's no other way to put it when you read the first half of the book. Actually, throughout the whole book, I got the sense that he had mental problems. I don't know if that was the author's intentions, or it just came off like that when I read it. I'll elaborate more on this... ...Robert is Lana's bully since she was 12 and he was 14. He constantly makes fun of her, violates her space, and crushes her fragile little heart. To Lana, this is bullying. Even Robert knows that this is bullying, and the reason he does it is even more shocking. Apparently he treats her like this because he hated her for taking his sisters attention, but after about a year he decides that he's actually in love with her. Because he didn't know how to admit it, he constantly bullied her because to him it was his "drug". (He actually calls her his "high" at some point in the book.) If that wasn't bad enough, Lana finds secret pictures of her that he took. He gets mad when she deletes the pictures. I thought the author was trying to lead this all to some sort of creepy revelation at the end of the book. But... nope.
SASHA: Sasha was sort of a major character. She is Lana's best friend and Robert's twin sister. She is also a Lesbian. Sasha was a very supportive friend when it came down to it. Usually I hate the side character or best friend because although they are usually the evil or cliché person in the story who pushes the main character to make rash decisions. Sasha wasn't like that. She honestly looked out for Lana most of the time. I actually liked her character very much.
I could tell you more about this book, but that would be hard without explaining the whole story. It's best if you just read it yourself. Overall rating: 3.6 Stars. I thought the ending could have been better. ...more
So I downloaded this book out of curiosity. I wanted to see how the story about a Bully and the Victim falling in loveIt's more like a 4.5 Star book.
So I downloaded this book out of curiosity. I wanted to see how the story about a Bully and the Victim falling in love would play out. It wasn't exactly what I imagined, but it was good in it's own way....more
I was going through some websites and a review of this book popped up. The review was written on a legit website. It claimed that this book was one ofI was going through some websites and a review of this book popped up. The review was written on a legit website. It claimed that this book was one of the best books ever written and it had a list of reasons why. I read the whole book in less than an hour and THIS book sucks.
Don't be fooled by anything. This book is about a thirteen year old girl who has no remorse or anything. Nothing makes sense. Oh well....more
So after two years of people constantly telling me to read this book...I read it. I finally just downloaded it from Barnes and Noble and spent one whoSo after two years of people constantly telling me to read this book...I read it. I finally just downloaded it from Barnes and Noble and spent one whole day reading this book so I could finally be let in on this club of people who've read it. I wanted to in on the secret and heartbreak that everyone has talked about.
I have to say... I'm still lost. If anything, I'm more lost than I was before I read the book. I'm so very confused. This girl in my class cried once when I brought up this book. She said it was amazingly sad and heartbreaking but the best story in the world.
Is it sad to say that I'm afraid to give this book a low rating because of all the hype this book has. I'm afraid of getting eaten alive by the many fans.
Don't get me wrong, I did somewhat like this novel
I'm not sure how to explain how I felt about this book, so I'll just leave it like this. If you haven't read this book, go read it. I still recommend it. It's just one of those books that you should read and see how you feel at the end of it.
**spoiler alert** I was about to give this book a five star rating, but then I remembered some things that annoyed me in the beginning and told myself**spoiler alert** I was about to give this book a five star rating, but then I remembered some things that annoyed me in the beginning and told myself not to let those little flaws go.
THE GOOD: I honestly didn't think this book was going to be good. The cover was pretty, and the summary seemed interesting. I was just afraid that it was another one of those books that would disappoint because it's happened before. I've fallen in love with a cover and summary--then the story sucked. I was wrong, thankfully. This story did not suck. It was beautiful. The mystery unraveled wonderfully and the Main Character was someone I liked. Actually, there were only two people I liked in this story: Nyx and Ignifex. Everyone else was horrible. The story is very interesting and developed... but...
THE BAD: Is it just me, or does Nyx keep repeating the same thing over and over and over again. Okay, I get it. She HAS TO BE THE SACRIFICE. She must've explained the whole thing like a hundred times. Her sister was a bitch in my opinion and had every right to be hated. Even her father and aunt had every right to be hated. Why should we not hate them? They have done nothing at all but sell her off! What kind of father is okay with their daughter being given away to a monster and is okay that she might be forced to have sex. Ugh~that made me sick. Ignifex was, in my opinion, the kindest person in the whole damn book. He didn't force her to have sex with him. He didn't do anything she didn't want to do. He just left her alone and told her a few simple rules. Good, simply, right? And she couldn't decide whether she loved Ignifex or if she wanted to kill him. Whatever fills the pages I guess.
All in all, it was good. I liked it enough to read it in a couple of hours. I even avoided doing my Spanish Work during class just to keep a few chapters of this novel. I'll probably read another book written by this author because the WRITING in this book was fantastic. She did a good job when writing this novel.
PS: This book is exactly what the summary says: A rewrite of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. You can tell, it's very obvious. ...more
This book was better than the first book. It was 100 times more interesting and well-written and beautiful. It tore at my emotions and I swear I was cThis book was better than the first book. It was 100 times more interesting and well-written and beautiful. It tore at my emotions and I swear I was crying halfway through when I realized that the next book in this series won't come out until September.
Chaol, my love, I have to wait until September to read about you again.
I haven't found any interesting YA novels in a while. I was beginning to give up on my search. Everything I ever came across while searching for the perfect novel sounded like another LOVE STORY ABOUT STARCROSSED LOVERS or another STORY ABOUT OVERTHROWING THE OVERPOWERING SOCIETY THEY LIVED IN.
This book is new. It's interesting. It has a tinge of everything you could want in a YA novel, and the author organizes it perfectly so that the romance is not overbearing and that there is actually a main plot and mystery.
HEY THERE IS PROBABLY A SPOILER OR TWO AHEAD SO BE WARNED
Let's start with the Romance, since I've already mentioned it. Like I said earlier, it's not overdone. It's not something that the main character Caelaena can't function without. It's there, hidden in the background, but it doesn't make the main characters do anything irrational. I especially love the romance that brewed between Chaol and Calaena. It wasn't rushed. I could see how it grew from the first book. I'm not really a fan of Dorians' and I'll get to that later.
The Characters are beautifully written. The three main characters to be exact:
CALAENA: She improved since the first book, majorly. She became more the assassin she claimed to be. Sure, she still made some decisions that made me want to scream at her (WHAT ARE YOU DOING? GOSH JUST FRIGGEN KISS CHAOL ALREADY! CAN'T YOU SEE HE LOVES YOU SOOOOO MUCH!) I loved her so much in this book. She was a warrior. She was the King's Champion. It was believable this time.
CHAOL: He's also changed slightly since the last book. The one thing I love about Chaol is that he thinks logical majority of the time. He knows what will happen if he crosses the King in any way. He knows it could mean life and death if he steps out of line. So when he does step out of line, he does it in a way no one would be able to question. He did the right thing in the end, in my opinion. I just wish he was going with her, but oh well I'm sure it will all make sense in the 3rd Book. Oh and of course I was yelling at Chaol too near the end of the book. (KISS HER! MAYBE SHE'LL FORGIVE YOU! MAYBE SHE'LL LOVE YOU BACK! I LOVE YOU CHAOL!)
DORIAN: I'm just going to say it: Dorian is my least favorite character. Why? There are so many reasons why. He doesn't really do much in my opinion. In the first book he did things without thinking about her safety sometimes. In this book he was just a man who struggled with magic that he just discovered and fumed at the council tables when things he didn't like were said. Chaol stays strong and firm no matter what. He's able to hide his emotions. Dorian is like a walking emoticon. EVERYONE CAN SEE WHAT HE'S THINKING. Even the King can see that there's some drama going on just by looking at Dorian. Chaol can tell that Dorian is jealous all the time. Even Nehemia can see it. He's also so gullible. I won't elaborate on this anymore. I just can't really stand his character and the way he talks like he knows what he's doing. I was laughing with joy when Calaena bashed his head on the stairs when he tried to drag her away from Chaol and her dog. Like really Dorian? Were you really just going to leave Chaol there to die? Like, seriously? Chaol would do anything so save Prince Dorian... but Dorian doesn't seem to think of that. Enough said for this guy.
LIKE I SAID EARLIER: This book was amazing. I haven't read a book this quick since... The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I haven't been this engrossed in characters since... well since I can't remember when. Maybe since Vampire Academy or City of Bones. Maybe since the Tigers Curse or Wings or The Iron Queen. Yes, I rank this series that high because it's amazingly written. It's amazingly done. The only regret I have is reading this so quick and now I have to wait five months for the third book.
Ugh! CHAOL! (Background music of "I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons) ...more
To be honest, I didn't expect to like this book. I only bought it because the cover was pretty and the title made the story sound interesting. This boTo be honest, I didn't expect to like this book. I only bought it because the cover was pretty and the title made the story sound interesting. This book was amazing though and I want the sequel already!...more
Okay. Talk about a million problems all fit into one book for two characters. I actually felt like I could feel their pain.
The story was great. AfterOkay. Talk about a million problems all fit into one book for two characters. I actually felt like I could feel their pain.
The story was great. After the last book left with a cliffhanger, I wasn't sure where the story was going to go. After reading SILVER SHADOWS~I know one thing.
DON'T MESS WITH THE ALCHEMIST. THEY WILL FIND YOU. THEY WILL MAKE YOU SUFFER.
Seriously, I'm going to have nightmares about them. Just reading about all the horrible things they do and all the eyes and ears they have watching everything has scared me. How the hell did Marcus stay hidden all these years?
It's a great book with a cliffhanger thrown at you at the end. I can't wait for the next one in the series! I recommend reading it because it's brilliant....
Ooh and something amazing happens between Sydney and Adrian~ JUST SAYING!...more
I feel like I missed something important, but I don't know what. \
Okay so basically this book is all about Sadie. She's serious. She's the one who hasI feel like I missed something important, but I don't know what. \
Okay so basically this book is all about Sadie. She's serious. She's the one who has to take care of her mother. She's the one who needs the job and gets it even though they don't recommend young girls. She's got all her mother's pretty features and although she constantly says it in her mind that she's got her mother's pretty features, she denies it numerous times to guys. Hahahaha. What? And she swears that she's not going to be like her mother, someone who got into bad relationships and ended up pregnant.
This is when the SPOILERS start
I found this so ironic somehow.
Sadie works as help for the Stone family. That happens to be Jax Stones summer home. She doesn't really mind though because she has more important things to think about. She need the money and she can't afford to be distracted by some celebrity.
The beginning of this book was really promising. I liked it. I actually liked this book...until she started letting Jax touch her in the theater. That's when I thought for a moment: "Am I reading a young adult novel?" LoL!
Sadie becomes a contradiction after this. How can someone who doesn't want to end up like her mother just let some random guy give her orgasms in the theater? Um, she just got to know him. That wasn't even appropriate. It was kind of gross. And OHHHHHHH it doesn't end there. She's suddenly soooooooooooooooo in love with him. Chapter after chapter. Jax this. Jax that. Jax I love him so much. Jax. This is not love. This is lust. This is crazy. This is ridiculous. How could Marcus (a pretty sensible guy) deal with such silliness? I mean, really?? When he's trying to have a serious conversation with her, one that just involves him asking her why isn't she smiling, she goes on and on about how only JAX can make her smile because he's her air and she's his air and yada yada yada. Whatever.
And talk about Jax. This is how bad it gets. I usually like the bad boy possessive type of characters. I admit it. I like those type of book guys. They're hot and sexy. Oh but Jax is just weird. I really tried to like him, but he's either kind and then freakishly possessive or just freakishly possessive. He left her. He got jealous of Marcus. He comes back. He leaves her. He gets jealous. He comes back. I feel like Sadie was trying to say how good of a guy he was, but he kept talking about how hard he was all the time around her. Heck, she could have just been standing still, doing nothing, and he still would have told her he was getting hard. Ew.
The writing of this book is good, it's just the story was so unbelievable. It was insane. I bought this book because I thought it had some really good potential. I thought it would actually be a winner. It started out that way. Then after the somewhat sex scenes I felt like I was just reading a useless story with no plotline. I wish I could rate this book higher, but I can't.
I don't even think I can get myself to read the next book. It's okay though, it's about Marcus. I liked Marcus just a little bit, but he seemed a bit crazy at some points too. ...more
It took me a while to finish this book. I don't know why...
(MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD)
Before I really start this review, I should let you all know that I wIt took me a while to finish this book. I don't know why...
(MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD)
Before I really start this review, I should let you all know that I watched the movie first. The movie was the reason I chose to read this book. I loved the movie! I thought it was brilliantly done.
The book...well it's not like the movie. It's similar, but it's almost a completely different story too. I can point out so many differences between the two: For example--in the movie, Pat actually sees Nikki at the dance competition. In the book, Pat never gets in contact with Nikki and she has completely moved on with her life.
The book was great though. It was different in it's own way. The only reason I rated it three stars was probably because I got bored at certain parts. Some parts felt repetitive and others, useless. There was no improvement for certain things. One thing I thought was repeated so many times was probably the story of Pat's father. They kept repeating in the book how horrible he was, and there was no improvement at all for him in the book.
Yep... it was an okay book... don't get me wrong though--I do recommend this book :)...more