This. This. This book is the climax the other books were reaching towards. They got so close, boy they really did, but this book nailed it. I say thisThis. This. This book is the climax the other books were reaching towards. They got so close, boy they really did, but this book nailed it. I say this after crying non stop for the last, oh, four chapters of the book. I'm actually sweating- does that normally happen?
This book man, I don't know where to start. The thing I loved most about the first book was the will to keep fighting and the innocence and the action, always the action. With the second book it was the integration of the Colonies, the explanation of how the world worked and the raw emotion that filled the pages.
This book had all of the above in spades but more. Everything was answered in this book. Everything was for a purpose (as much as war ever is).I've got to say, this book has the most satisfying ending it could possibly have. Anything else would be either too tragic, too unbelievable or just plain not right.
Far from being just pure adrenaline fuelled action (which there was still a lot of), this book was about growing up and making hard choices and trying to do the right thing which is why we love Day so god damn much!
June too though, I have to admit, I've had my ups and downs with her. Sometimes I have just down right disliked her- even at the beginning of this book, after everything- I got a few twinges of that. By the end though man, my heart ached for her pain. She earned my respect man. She found who she was and became someone everyone should be proud of.
I'm making myself weep again.
EDIT: Anyone who's read the book, I urge you to re-examine that cover. You see it? It's frickin genius....more
Poo. I was right to think that I should have left this series alone. At least until it's finished. This book was too damn short! I need more! I NEED MPoo. I was right to think that I should have left this series alone. At least until it's finished. This book was too damn short! I need more! I NEED MUCH MORE.
If I had any unease that this book wouldn't live up to the last, that cleared up in a matter of pages.
I was glad that a lot of this book was Penryn by herself because she's a strong character and it was so gratifying to watch her not pine and mope and to know that the book was just as interesting when it was just her alone.
On the flip side, the opposite can be said as well! The chemistry between Penryn and Raffe was just brilliant. I was honestly creasing with laughter at some of their conversations when they were together. Also, the emotional moments were so believable. dayum them two should bang
I'm so dismayed that I have to wait at least a year to get my next fix, but the good news is that that means I will definitely read the first two books again!
This book gave the other characters a chance to shine as well, like little Paige(view spoiler)[please don't like Beliel. (hide spoiler)] who was just the bravest little thing ever. The mum (who as far as I know doesn't have a name) whose disorder makes her just about the most interesting character in the book and Dee and Dum who just keep cropping up in the darnedest of places.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
*sigh* I've just finished exhausting the internet to see if there is anyway I can buy the freaking audiobook of the next book and download it-- but no*sigh* I've just finished exhausting the internet to see if there is anyway I can buy the freaking audiobook of the next book and download it-- but no. Audible says it's not freakin' available in this country despite it being the place where the book is freakin set.
Looks like I'll have to wait for the snail mail to send me that book. Who's idea was it to not have this series on kindle?!
Anyway. Back to breathing. This book was, character wise, far superior to the last one. I felt that this time they weren't all stereotypes and even when they were they were still interesting. The characters were diverse and many of them extremely likeable. For me this was definitely the highlight of the book. Even dear Gwyn was likable this time. I don't know what was up with her in the first half of the last book where she had like twelve year old syndrome. Okay, I made that up. Twelve year old syndrome is not a thing, but it should be 'cos she had it. Thankfully it looks like that is in the past (view spoiler)[although that heart break crap she was spouting seemed like a huge regression, but then again I'm a heartless bitch and can't tolerate that pansy stuff (hide spoiler)].
The biggest downside of this book was that it got very timey wimey wibbley wobbley stuff on me. I felt like some of it was over complicated and that I really would've understood it if it hadn't been explained in a way that was meant to confuse. This is always going to be a problem for me with time travel related stuff but a few times I definitely felt overwhelmed.
Random spoiler comment (view spoiler)[I really would like to see a freaking copy of that timeline that Paul gave away. I would like to clarify how much incest is really going down between Gideon and Gwyneth (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I think something was missing from this book that made the first one better, but this was still a very beautiful book. I like how versatile Maggie's I think something was missing from this book that made the first one better, but this was still a very beautiful book. I like how versatile Maggie's writing is and she manages to get so many different points of view across without it getting confusing and convoluted.
Ronan. I liked how this book was largely about him as he was left as quite the enigma in the previous book. His story didn't disappoint at all and I really see he as a favourite character. I just hope he doesn't lose too much of that angry spark (even if it does make him a 'better' person. Tch).
I love the dynamic of Blue's family and I really don't see myself getting bored of it any time soon. It's a really interesting world that Maggie portrays and I think it's done in an original yet realistic way. Yay!...more
Usually when I give books 5 stars it's because they've put me into some kind of weird frenzy where I immediately want to re-read the book, then possibUsually when I give books 5 stars it's because they've put me into some kind of weird frenzy where I immediately want to re-read the book, then possibly climb into it. I also just generally bounce around for the next hour or so. This book didn't leave me with that feeling oddly enough, though I did really enjoy it.
The reason I rated this book so high is that I just really dug the writing. I have to say I wasn't the biggest fan of the shiver series. To me it was a slow and generally forgettable series but this is my kind of thing. I really like how Maggie doesn't insult her reader's intelligence by spelling everything out. I love how the story unravelled slowly with bits being alluded to subtly in a way that made you wonder what was meant and then made you satisfied when you later understood. I think that's a mark of a really good author.
Also. Dude. The characters. In people's reviews they've raved about how rich the characters are and boy are they right. edit: Lol I mean rich in detail but hey, the former kind of works too. ;) I actually love Gansey, Ronan, Noah and maybe even Adam. (view spoiler)[I know people love the nice guy nowadays but meh he really doesn't do it for me (hide spoiler)]
I'm looking forward to reading the next book (which I will do as soon as I finish my god damn essay that's in for tomorrow). There wasn't any part of the story line I would change because for once there wasn't any stupid angst or drama for dramas sake that unnecessarily put a stop to progression. It was just good literature!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Stupid time to write this review; I've just finished Titanic for the millionth time and am currently weeping profusely, but I needed something to distStupid time to write this review; I've just finished Titanic for the millionth time and am currently weeping profusely, but I needed something to distract myself from the emotional shipwreck of my heart.
I thought this book was a piece of genius. The amount of research that went into this book blew my metaphorical socks off. You could really tell that Libba Bray went the extra mile and a half million. At first the language was a bit jarring, I mean "the cat's meow", really?? but once I got over the fact that people in the dark ages 20s spoke like absolute morons, the world was completrly magical.
Usually when I'm reading a book set in the past I'm secretly mourning the lack of technology. Libba Bray actually managed to convince me that this world was cutting edge with its new aeroplanes and cars and trains and this up and coming world meshed beautifully with the dark magical fantasy weaved throughout.
Another thing I simply adored were the different point of views. I love that the main character Evie was slightly different from the usual teenage female protagonist in the sense that she is a self-diagnosed attention seeker, which was even more unexpected when considering the era. Evie was fantastic, she really was. But then again, so were all the other characters-- and there were quite a few of them, but I never felt overwhelmed at all. Gabe, a black carefree up and coming trumpet player from Harlem, Memphis a poet and an absolute beauty, Henry a gay piano player whose life is still a mystery, Theta striking and feisty, Sam a pickpocket (who really reminds me of Jack Dawson in Titanic and its made me cry all over again ffs), and Jericho and Will. They were only some of the more memorable characters, some like Tommy the irish kid and the Chinese woman who dream walks stuck in my head just as much.
I'm rambling now, I can feel it. I might try and tidy this up tomorrow or I might just weep for the next 48 hours. ...more
Dammit. I didn't want to like this book. The other ones annoyed me more than entertained me, but this one...this one was good. It gripped me and wouldDammit. I didn't want to like this book. The other ones annoyed me more than entertained me, but this one...this one was good. It gripped me and wouldn't let go, like at all. There is so much action in this book that I swear I had enough adrenaline in me to join in the frikkin fight.
First of all, let me get this straight. I still do not like John. He is a dick and I want him to die. But all the other numbers are awesome. Seriously, I have a girl crush on Six. She was so freakin' incredible. Nine takes second place for my favourite character of the book. He was like a slightly crazier (in a good way) version of Six and provided constant entertainment. But you wanna know what was best? He put John in his place so many times I mentally high-fived him so much my hand is raw. For example: "Stop being so naive and think about more than yourself already." That's right, Nine went there, and I applaud him for it and that was really just the tip of the iceburg.
The reason this book doesn't get a five from me is because of the many plot holes. Although it's a really thrilling book, so many things are just conveniant and feel shoddily planned out, especially concerning the world and lore and all that. It will probably get explained later, but how in the crap does that tablet work, eh? Do they all have magnetic chips in them or something...? Yeh, don't think so.
But I can overlook all that nonsense and the nonsense of Sarah and Four. I've decided to move them off far into the corner of my mind as far as this book concerns because any time I respect or even just don't want them dead is overshadowed by an annoying thing they do. So as far as I'm concerned, to hell with their little sub-plot, let's focus on the real thing; the Garde.
The awesome reunions in this book were quite stirring. I actually really enjoyed a lot of the action parts of the book because of the characters and how they each have their own personalities and strengths. Not including four. I think his only input is to point out the obvious and get some mary-sue powers while the others kick butt in the way it counts. Really though, I cannot stress how awesome Six was in this. She was not only the glue that kept everyone togethor with her no shit attitude, but also fought the hardest out of all of them. Yeah, she had cool ass powers, but the most impressive stuff happened when she couldn't use her powers, or when she was pushing through the pain. She is not in my opinion a Mary-Sue at all and I am in awe of her awesomeness (and can't wait to see her and nine fight, I'm sure it will be legendary).
This series just keeps getting better and better. Whenever I think that i've got it all figured out and that it's reached it's peak, more awesome heigThis series just keeps getting better and better. Whenever I think that i've got it all figured out and that it's reached it's peak, more awesome heights of awesomeness prove me wrong. To use a cliché that is waaay lame, this book is a freakin' rollercoaster. In fact the whole series is. It's totally one you could ride again and again, worth puking up and definitely worth the months of waiting in queue. Wait, actually this book is way better than a rollercoaster 'cos I am not prepared to wait for months on end for one of those.
Anyway. Jenner L. Armentrout as everyone should know, has a way with words. It's not like it's a beautiful mix of prose, in fact a lot of the time you get told just enough. Her writing style is just so funny. I swear there doesn't even need to be a plot for me to enjoy her writing. But then again the plot is frikkin' incredible.
I swear, everytime I finish one of her books, I wish for a time machine. Every single time. I WANT TO READ THE NEXT ONE NOW!
Oh and moreover, there was such beautiful character development in this book. Alex has come a long way since the first book and it shows. All of the characters made me feel like some creepy proud parent, which is a very strange feeling for an 18 year old, i assure you. Let me leave you with one last nugget. Holy freak do Alex and Aiden have a sex drive: Trip to the underworld. Shrug, here's as good as anywhere. Really guys, really?? Oh well, you're too epic for me to judge....more
I didn't think I'd like this book. I thought it would bore me. Can you believe that?! This book is beyond what any fairy tale could ever hope to achieI didn't think I'd like this book. I thought it would bore me. Can you believe that?! This book is beyond what any fairy tale could ever hope to achieve and I have to say, Laini Taylor is a genius. I don't think I've ever read a book that has so much rich detail and amazing characters and heartbreak. The emotions felt in this book are almost too real and complex to bear. I almost wish I hadn't started this book because it's painful to read; it's so amazing.
I gotta say the ending is such a frikkin tease. I can't fault anything written in the story, like Karou's decisions, 'cos like I said, so realistic. Still, I couldn't help but wish for more of that fairy tale happy ending that the blurb clearly states was not gonna happen. At least I could take heart in the fact it could of been a lot worse.
Laini Taylor, how about this: I'm going to stop doubting you and PRAY HOPE that you will give me that happy ending you know I will die without. Btw good job on the book....more
This book. Hajeebus. The last book kind of pissed me off when I re-read it because of the monumental amount of angst. It was almost more angst than IThis book. Hajeebus. The last book kind of pissed me off when I re-read it because of the monumental amount of angst. It was almost more angst than I could stand, but this book more than makes up for it. Like gives you a chocolate cake with chocolate buttons and marshmallows and other chocolatey goodness makes up for it (yeah i'm hungry too).
First off, before I start gushing about this book, which there will be a lot of. THE ENDING IS THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE AND I WANT TO CRY AND READ THE NEXT BOOK AND REALLY REALLY REALLY NEED TO READ THAT NEXT BOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING WHY IM SCARED. Big emotions here.
Moving on... Daemon. If you thought you loved him in the last books (which I really did) prepare to be blown out of the waters in this one. Good ole Jen really nailed the romance in this book. Dear god it was cute. I had this disgusting little grin that I couldn't scrape off my face when reading their happy little banter and romantic moments. Katy too. She grew so much especially when compared to that thing she was in the last book. In fact, i'm not even giving Katy enough credit. In this book she was that kick-ass yet realistic heroine that we should all aspire to be (especially if we get our own Daemons as a perk).
This book was without a doubt the best so far. The plot kept turning over and even when nothing major was happening, there was always some other really awesome thing. I loved the developing and changing relationships between the alien fam and how they weren't all let me hug you with open arms, Adam who's Adam?
I keep having this massive fight with myself about which series of Jennifers I prefer; the Covenant series, or this one. The covenant series had the edge before this but now I just don't know. I'm also already suffering from Armentrout withdrawal. GIMME MORE BOOKS COS YOU'RE AWESOME AND IM SAD NOW....more
To be honest I don't quite know what stopped me from giving this book a 5, and I might change it later. This is definitely an incredible b4.5, really.
To be honest I don't quite know what stopped me from giving this book a 5, and I might change it later. This is definitely an incredible book. The whole self-discovery that Nasty is going through, well, it can't help but have an impact on the reader. She is without a doubt a cool ass mother-fkr.
The world building was done so well. At first, I felt a little lost but the wierdest thing was at one point in the book, I stopped reading and assumed I was immortal. I kid you not. I was so focused on Nasty that it took me a while to realise that this mere mortal is not burdened with centuries. That was a pretty cool experience. ...more
This book was really everything I hoped it would be. I gave it 5 stars not because it was particularly innovative or world changing, but because it waThis book was really everything I hoped it would be. I gave it 5 stars not because it was particularly innovative or world changing, but because it was a feel-good book that delivered the best aspects of the series as well as giving potential for more.
I have to say, I had doubts with Joss being able to write a POV of yet another girl, but she did it and it was really god damn realistic. It might even have been one of the reasons why I liked the book. Crystal Brooks was nothing like the blurb or synopsis was leading me to believe. Or even what the opening pages set you up for. Then I read them first pages, internal me was just like oh great here we go; whiny girly gonna act all tsundere until she screws everything up. Yeah she sure showed me.
The real best part of the book for me though was the family thing they have going on. It never fails to amuse/amaze/enterain and any other verbs you want to throw in there. They are awesome togethor in the ways they interact and all. To be honest, I probably would be satisfied reading a book completely devoid of plot and just starring them having a normal week at home. Hell, that would probably be enough of aplot in itself what with their shenanigans. Even better was that we got an even more colourful cast thrown into the mix, with the unlikely superstar and his entourage. Even Countessa and- crap i've forgotten her name- Crystal's boss. They really enriched the story in a way that I felt hadn't been done since Finding Sky.
Have to again note, jeez, i miss Sky and Zed. I don't know what it is about them but I remember them being frikkin' hilarious and want to see more of them. C'est la vie. Cannot wait for the next book. (which i'm assuming there is one of). The last chapter of Seeking Crystal laid down some storylines of real potential.
Note, is it just me who is having trouble keeping track of what all the Benedicts' powers are?...more
This book was in an overly simplistic word CUTE. It had action and passion and fuzzy moments that made it impossible to put down (literally, I read itThis book was in an overly simplistic word CUTE. It had action and passion and fuzzy moments that made it impossible to put down (literally, I read it in one go). There were so many aspects about the book that I loved, but some that stopped the book from being the stop the world right now, I need to catch my breath type. I shall attempt to elaborate.
+ The gangs I thought the whole dynamics of the book completely set it apart from other YA books. Shamefully a lot of them are mindless drivel. I loved how hard hitting it was, even if it majorly softened the reality of gangs. I think it's important that in a book there are genuine stakes, and the whole threat of having your family killed is a pretty major one.
+ Brittany She so cool! Y'know when authors have that 'perfect' protagonist who's not perfect because she has one little flaw that should endear her to us? Nah, not here. Here we have a teenager who's desperately tried to fulfill the role her family and peers had placed on her. What I actually adored (and maybe squealed with delight about) was that, by the end she practically just stuck two fingers up to the world and told them all what she thought they could do with their opinions. What's not to love? Oh and she is the best big sister ever
+ The epic friends Not going to go into to much detail but let's have a shout out to Paco, Shelley, Sierra, Doug and Isabel. No matter what cost it had to them, they were there for Britz and Alex. They made the book special.
+ Shelley When you realise why she was angry. Oh. My heart broke and healed and then I totally high fived her in my head.
Now onto what I hate to mention:
- the gangs Contradictory you say? Well, I loved the concept, but didn't love the cop out. For a vicious gang setting, personally I was missing the fear element. They weren't anywhere near as threatening and that made the book predictable.
- I wasn't really that emotionally moved I felt that a lot of really sad stuff was not explored and described enough. In all honesty, I wanted this book to make me cry and it had plenty of opportunities, yet it fell through (Paco Paco Paco Paco). That was dissapointing.
All in all though, I really did like the book and despite being predictable still made me adore the characters and want the best for them....more
Jennifer L. Armentrout, I hope you read this (not likely I know...). Seriously, how the fuck do you do it? HOW can you keep giving us so many frickin'Jennifer L. Armentrout, I hope you read this (not likely I know...). Seriously, how the fuck do you do it? HOW can you keep giving us so many frickin' amazing books in such a short amount of time? DON'T YOU DARE STOP!! Why can't all authors be like you? Are you really one person? How many of you are there really? /end rant
Okay, now down to the book...
Yeah, not gonna lie, I was expecting this book to be massively predictable because of the similarities between Half-blood and Vampire Acadamy. This book? No no no. This book was special all on its own. I nearly didn't go into college so I could carry on reading this book. I nearly bailed on a friend's birthday so I could carry on reading this book. So, what was so god damn good about this book? everything, duh.
I knew this book would be good. No matter how much I tried to stop myself from getting overexcited, I was like a toddler on a sugar and crack high. MyI knew this book would be good. No matter how much I tried to stop myself from getting overexcited, I was like a toddler on a sugar and crack high. My exact words on finishing this book, "OMG this book is so good I want to claw my face out with my eyes". If you hadn't noticed, this statement is wrong on so many levels. 1) I said "OMG". 2) Generally good stuff doesn't make you want to claw yourself and 3) My face out with my eyes? Really?
But that is how this book made me feel on reading it.
At the beginning of the book I was absorbed in the same way I had been in the previous books. That kind of cute attatchment to the characters and an interest in the plot. Halfway through this book? No. This book is awesome. I dare you to not metaphorically sow your eyeballs to the page. This book has reduced me to, not quite speechlessness, but to blabbering weird and oddly violent half sentences.
I really don't even want to mention the plot (yeah this review sucks) because it was so unexpected-and I was deeply sceptical that I wouldn't guess exactly where this was headed. Everything was shocking and just hsefiohasefsa.
I did think about trying to order my thoughts and structure exactly WHY this book was so awesome, but honestly? Fuck it. There's just too much awesome. READ THE GODDAMN THING AND UNDERSTAND.
EDIT: I completely understand that "hsefiohasefsa" isn't a word, but it is a testiment to this book that it transcends my own english language, basically I just fangasmed so hard....more
I uh, I don't quite know what to say. I think I'd need to have Noise to properly explain the varying degrees of heartbreak, awe, despression, happinesI uh, I don't quite know what to say. I think I'd need to have Noise to properly explain the varying degrees of heartbreak, awe, despression, happiness, fangirling and far too many other emotions that this book inflicts.
First off, Patrick Ness, you are a genius. I adore you. Become leader of the world please and make everything all intense and amazing and I want to marry you so you can write me stories.
This book is yet another impossible situation, possibly the hardest one yet. What made this so incredible was the depth to the war. We got it from all the people's POVs, which left me thouroughly confused. WHO WAS TO BLAME?? The whole way through I was wondering how the hell it could be solved. I think that's what made the characters so strong and cool and epic. I couldn't resent them or hate them in any way for not doing an obvious thing- you know, in a lot of books, the reason we hate the protagonists is because they are often TSTL and ignore the best option for want of being difficult. Not here, oh no. I didn't have a clue how to begin to make everything right, so respect to Todd and Viola for being way better than me.
I don't know what I can really say about Todd and Viola that won't make me look really creepy. They're basically the best protagonists ever because they make mistakes but they get back up. (And they are SO cute. My analogy for them in the series are two adorable puppies getting kicked. That love each other.) Now onto the one doing the kicking. Prentiss. I know I should hate your guts, I really know but still. I feel so sorry for you and I actually wish you could've been saved. How lame is that?
Before I ramble until the end of time... the ending to this book was perfect to the series. It would've been an insult to every character in the book to have a and they lived happily ever after ending. What we get is so much sweeter and bitterer. (Shut up). Oh the tears. You got me Ness. You got me there you bastard. ...more
There were so many things about this book I liked, many of them about the protagonist. First, I'll say, the author turns what appears to be a so-so plThere were so many things about this book I liked, many of them about the protagonist. First, I'll say, the author turns what appears to be a so-so plotline into a really interesting book. Thoughout the whole thing I was always wondering what happened? (in a good way). I wasn't expecting such a heavy emphasis on the mystery aspect of the storyline, but there was, which was why the book was so thrilling.
Elizabeth Valchar, pretty, popular and totally up herself. Or is she? Liz had a lot of depth to her character, which isn't surprising because it's a book about her life and death. After reading the book, you really do feel like you know her.
Alex was cool, by the end, I really liked him and understood him. I liked the fact that he wasn't thrown in to be a love interest or anything predictable and lame like that. Instead he had his own part in the plot and how it went down.
The setting was really interesting because it reminded me a lot of them programs that I don't watch like Beverly Hills or 90210 or whatever. A lot of rich kids and what they get up to. Only my comparison is doing the book a massive injustice and I somewhat take it back because the characters aren't that shallow. I think what I loved the most out of the book was the inclusion of alcohol and cigerattes (and drugs). They weren't used to stereotype bad people. In a lot of books only the bad people and/or antagonists would do things like them, but here they are used by the main characters. This added a whole new realism to the book.
Richie is probably one of the most interesting characters in the book, from my point of view. Then again, it was a very close call between the mother, Nicole, Josie, Elizabeth... I could go on and on. The plot creates a mystery that gives us a whole lot of insightt into most of the characters, however some stuff is left unexplained that would've been really interesting to know.
I thought Liz and Richie were the most unlikely soulmates. A combination that was improbable but oh so cute, adorable and amazing. I'd rate them one of the best fictional couples I've read recently. It was obvious that they cared about eachother deeply. ...more
“So who are you then, Todd Hewitt? What makes you so special?” Where to start, where to start? In that first chapter, I was just so proud of you Todd.“So who are you then, Todd Hewitt? What makes you so special?” Where to start, where to start? In that first chapter, I was just so proud of you Todd. I feel like we’ve come a long way and it just never stops for you does it?
But seriously, where to start? I thought the last book was good. This one is better. Like, sell your aunt and your soul to the devil kind of good. It's just so full of stuff.
First off, despite my many attempts, I could never guess what would happen. When I gave up trying and just went with it, it was still like running into a brick wall with your eyes closed. You knew it was somewhere but you didn't know where. In fact it was like running into MULTIPLE brick walls.
The characters were even better than before. Not only do we get to hear from Viola's point of view (who is better than I could've hoped for) but all the characters are well developed and waaaay too realistic. I also developed some weird emotions for Davy Prentiss- seriously, right from the start. I just wanted to hug him though he was such an ass. But most of all, Todd. Sweet Todd. You scared me Todd. I got wrinkles from you Todd. DON'T DO THAT TO ME AGAIN TODD!
I'm sort of speechless. And still, after everything... I miss Manchee. Angharrad was sweet but if anything it made me miss Manchee even more. Poo? Todd? Poo? Manchee would've stopped this from happening. He was a bloody good dog. ...more
I need to stop being so judgemental! When I first started reading this, I decided I hated it and it wasn't for me. Roookie Error. Oh and I couldn't heI need to stop being so judgemental! When I first started reading this, I decided I hated it and it wasn't for me. Roookie Error. Oh and I couldn't help but read it in my very best hillbillie accent-which was laughable at best.
Saba was, for me, a pretty hard character to like at first. She was just so rude! But she grew on me like fungus in a forest. Her character development was so beautiful it was like watching a Disney movie (the old ones like Mulan not these crappy excuses for movies they have now).
Most of the time while I was reading my face felt hot, either from the kick ass adrenaline pumping action that is just awesome or from the adorable romantic moments in the book. They were written incredibly and just when I thought the whole thing had gone tits up something incredible would happen.
I will add however that I didn't like the beginning, it worked and set the storyline up well and everything, but I felt the author tried too hard to make the protagonist seem bad-ass. Not personality wise, because I liked that I didn't like her at first, but with the whole imma grab so many weapons cos I can use them all and make rafts and sledges and whatevs cos I can. And what?...more
My words on finishing this book: "What the crap?" "What the actual crap?" "Holy freaking crap crap." And that's not in a bad way either. I wasn't callinMy words on finishing this book: "What the crap?" "What the actual crap?" "Holy freaking crap crap." And that's not in a bad way either. I wasn't calling the book crap, I use the word occasionally as an alternative to hell. I speak weird sometimes.
I went into this book with some preconceptions. I thought it would be some sort of dystopian thing, set in a world similar to ours with little differences. I got it completly wrong (Don't I always?) but what I got instead was even better. The world Patrick Ness creates is detailed and vivid, with its own dialect and creatures that are different but similar at the same time. It's always so believable.
The characters in this book are all so rich in strength and personality, they're practically impossible to fault. Never once did I find myself hating or even disliking the protagonist ORthe girl. What they go through is so intense you can only admire their strength.
I want a dog named Manchee. Since reading this, I find myself looking at my dog and finding her lacking. She should talk at the very least.
This book had me intrigued from the first line and from there it just got better and better....more
I was actually avoiding reading this book because it got so many good reviews I was scared I would expect to much and get disappointed. Well as usualI was actually avoiding reading this book because it got so many good reviews I was scared I would expect to much and get disappointed. Well as usual I'm relieved to be wrong. What we get given in this book is so much I don't even know where to start.
romance. It feels like its been forever since I've seen a romance that didn't feel a bit, at least in part, forced. I can safely say hand on heart I didn't feel like the romance in the book was forced at all.
apocalypse. We still don't know exactly what happened to make the world how it is, but we aren't supposed to know. The little snippets of information make this book all the more interesting.
insane creatures. I wasn't expecting this aspect of the book but it makes it a helluva lot more exciting.
angels. Some books that shall not be named tried to ruin this little genre for us, didn't they? Well they're back baby. The angels in this story reminded me very much of The Daughter Of Smoke and Bones Trilogy ones which is not a bad thing at all, but I can't quite put my finger on why I think that
survivalist stuff. It's always good to get tips on how to survive the next apocalypse and Penryn in particular was very well equipped to teach us a few tips. I like a good old kick ass protagonist. Girl Power! ...more
Meet Day. I want to marry him some day so let's refer to him as my future husband. He's strong, kind, funny and perfect in so many ways. And the goverMeet Day. I want to marry him some day so let's refer to him as my future husband. He's strong, kind, funny and perfect in so many ways. And the government want to kill him. This alone would make a pretty damn good book, but no no, this book takes it way further.
The book has got split narration that compliments the other really nicely. It helps us get inside scoops on both sides of the spectrum and allows me to admire Day from another point of view.
I could wax poetic on the many ways this book kicked ass, like for example the free-running/parkour stunts near the beginning. But I think you need to just read the book 'cos it was good. ...more
I felt like giving myself 5 stars for finishing this- it's not a bad book or anything, it just has a little too many endless paragraphs of descriptionI felt like giving myself 5 stars for finishing this- it's not a bad book or anything, it just has a little too many endless paragraphs of description for my liking. They were about things I couldn't care less about, like a wall. Or every tree in a 2 mile radius of eragon. I'm exagerrating, but nowhere near as much as I wish I was.
At first I didn't think I would enjoy the book. Considering I can't even remember reading the first three anymore, I got just the teensiest bit lost. Okay understatement but whatever. I would definitely reccomend reading at least one before to refresh your memory. Annywaaaay I racked my memory and managed to remember enough that I wasn't staring at the pages like a constipated person who's had all their furniture stolen from them. Huh, weird imagery I know...
What impressed me the most with this book was the ending (which don't worry I will not spoil because that would suck). What I will say is that after epic battles you can't have happy endings. You just can't. (IMO) they need to be bittersweet. Tolkein knew this- not that I know he knew it, I've just watched the LOTR films (which are awesome)and Paolini also knew it. Though, I don't put the Tolkein reference in this review lightly... it's heavily weighed with implications that someone was heavily influenced by the other.
Similarities between Lord of the Rings and Inheritance series aside....
The characters, world and lore were very well thought out and described really nicely (if not excessively). The plot was also as usual really well planned and tied up nicely. The POVs were all very good and helped give my mind a break from monotony.
I liked it. I wish I loved it because it's really quite long and it would've made it more worthwhile. I wouldn't say I was dissapointed by it because the tone and pace it was written in were the same in the first three so I expected its slowness even if I didn't appreciate it. I don't know, I just wasn't as moved as I hoped I would be, though it was a very nice book and I am happy to have read it. I'll probably have to read the four of them back to back at one point to appreciate it properly, but hey....more
This was art, the words cut like knives, flowed like water and fucking hurt and amazed me.
I don't even know what I cThis book was just so beautiful.
This was art, the words cut like knives, flowed like water and fucking hurt and amazed me.
I don't even know what I can write about this right now.
I loved the characters but was forced to think of myself. We're all liars and there's so many questions and uncertainties and pain floating around. This book teaches to find the beauty even amongst the pain....more
Okay this might just sound plain stupid, but I think Lauren Kate should've scrapped the "plot" of the books, made it into something a lot more sensicaOkay this might just sound plain stupid, but I think Lauren Kate should've scrapped the "plot" of the books, made it into something a lot more sensical and kept the characters the same, like Roland, Arrianne, Molly etc. Hell, even Daniel and Luce can stay. It's the plot that needed to go. You want to know why? Okay, if you've read the first three books then you already know, but I'm actually thinking for a different reason.
The last few chapters of the book were actually, well, IMO, good. But it was too late- 4 books and only 4 good chapters? I actually did like the characters, Roland, Arrianne, Molly and Cam were just downright funny. Luce and Daniel are acceptable in a group dynamics. I would have adored these books if Lauren Kate had come up with a plausible storyline and stuck to it- hell, planning it would've worked.
What's funny is that THIS book gives a bittersweet ending. We've had a previous 2 and half books of sheer innane i wuv him babble and yet right at the end it starts to remember what a book is. Honestly, I would've preferred this book to have had an "and they lived hapily ever after..£ ending because this book and the others, don't really deserve to elicit any emotions from me.
What gets me is this book actually showed how damn good this series could've been if Lauren Kate had bothered to actually plan what she was doing and dropped the stupid i wuv you, im pafetic wivout woo thing. This one had been researched! Lucinda finally picked up her rattle and got out of the fucking pram realising that no, she was not a 2 year old. (ish). I'm just dissapointed now I know how much I would've loved this series if it had been done a lot better....more
Wow. This book was just perfection. There was nothing, nothing, I would change about this book. I can't really call it a horror, because every bit ofWow. This book was just perfection. There was nothing, nothing, I would change about this book. I can't really call it a horror, because every bit of action (and there was so much of it)had me clapping my hands in glee. It was so just so bloody good.
I'll start off with the writing style. The POV really worked for me. It was a slightly sarcastic and realistic guy. The description was really good and i could imagine everything. I giggled at the occasional witty remarks but best of all: the suspense and action. This book had such a dramatic and intense build up. I couldn't put it down. I had to finish it the moment I started it. There was foreshadowing but although it seemed quite obvious, there was not a snowball's chance in hell I could've guessed the massive plot twisty thing, let alone the random minor ones.
The characters were all strong and just brilliant. At first the secondary characters seemed quite cliched and stereotypical; the cheerleader, mean jock, goth/nerd and smart crazy granfather. Oh how happy I was to be proved wrong. There was some beautiful character development and they were all unique. Usually I hate at least a few characters in a book because of the way they are so fucking annoyingsilly. Not here. I actually adored every character in their own respective ways. Yes, even Will who acted like a cock. He had motive and a personality. Yeah, even Chase did.
Could not have been more pleased by this book, even the ending, though very sad was satisfying to me. The relationship between Anna and Cas seemed really healthy to me and it felt sort of right that they had their time and it ended, and I'm NEVER that mature, seriously, ever. So I'm actually really quite apprehensive about the next book....more
I usually am not a huge fan of the old classics (I know-- I suck) because I find the writing to be too tedious sometimes and it takes a while to get tI usually am not a huge fan of the old classics (I know-- I suck) because I find the writing to be too tedious sometimes and it takes a while to get to the point. I really liked this book because although the same applies to it, most of the writing was really interesting. It wasn't just pointlessly long paragraphs of pointlessness; it was so intense! Wilde throws so many intriguing concepts of thinking into the book though I will point out his mysogynistic views after a while got me quite angry, yeah some women are twats but the same can be said for men.
The characters were really great. They were very realistic and believable and even when I wasn't reading the book I found myself trying to pyscho-analyze them. Dorian Gray was obviously the main focus but not only do we get to watch the development of his personality and how he is influenced by those around him, we also get so many great characters. Henry Wotton is a particular favorite of mine, despite how he completely corrupted Dorian, how he lives his life and treats people fascinated me. I was a bit dissapointed in the books portrayal of women though from what I have heard of Oscar Wilde this was hardly surprising.
The book was an intricately woven and beautiful piece though by the end some of the writing got just boring. I like hearing myths and tales but at one point there were three pages of jewellery related mythologies being spouted out for no purpose other than to illustrate Dorian's new hobby. It seemed as though the author was just using the book as an oppurtunity to show off how smart and educated he was. I admired the books fascination with human character and the way they acted-- amd the ending was just brilliant. It was like a moral lesson disguised as a cynic....more
I really want to have a fan club for Rose and her kick-assedness. She's just the best! Someone give her some serious women/man points for getting shitI really want to have a fan club for Rose and her kick-assedness. She's just the best! Someone give her some serious women/man points for getting shit done and keeping the complaining to a bare minimum. Girl, you're like my idol now.
Although a lot of the book was predictable, that didn't stop me staying up until 3 in the morning finishing it on a college night. That and too much caffeine I should add.
The vampire thing at first made me dubious but this was a lot closer to the original blood-sucking shizz. It was funny how long it took me to comprehend the whole Moroi and the dhaibsqwersd thing. Totally forgot what they were called so I shall call them dhaibsqwersd because I'm apparently to lazy to find the book.
I will also add, this is the first time that there was a love interest that initially held no interest for me at the start of the book that managed to drastically win me around. Usually with these love interests I either love them or hate thim, which isn't that realistic, but not here....more
Oh my god. Everyone said this book was great, I underestimated how great. As I was reading I was wishing it would never end, I could have read that boOh my god. Everyone said this book was great, I underestimated how great. As I was reading I was wishing it would never end, I could have read that book forever, it was just so beautifully written! I feel so sorry for the next book I read after this one and I'm so glad I read this because I was suffering the beginnings of YA PRN washing machine syndrome. Ya know spin, rinse and repeat? So this was just so wonderful.
The mythology was like none of that pathetic excuse for angels crap that have been dragging themselves into being published. Not only was it incredibly well thought out, it wasn't a rip-off--it was just so original and ahmazing. The world was just so terrible and beautiful. The whole war thing not only made an incredible setting, but also made you appreciate the beauty all the more in the world Laini Taylor has created. For example the legend of the moon.
Also, the encorporation of different countries to the book gave the book an even more fresh and cultured feel, with a heavy reference to art. It's what I liked about Die for me. I felt like I was sorta on holiday; chilling in Prague and Morocco (which also earnt the author bonus points with me as I'm half moroccan).
I was really surprised by the version of angels/demons, and happily surprised. It was just all so new to me! Karou was also soso great. She was completely unstereotypical and she made me want to get a bunch of tattoos and dye my hair blue in fangirly appreciation. I won't though because not only would it not suit me, I'd probably be very lame for doing that too. She was strong, reeeally strong, possibly the definition of ass-kicking because I admired (and hated) her ability to fight for her family even if it means leaving behind the very beautiful boy.
I can't actually think of a character who didn't make an impact in the story. Everyone was there for a reason and there were no cardboard excuses for a character. Brimstone was the epitome of mystery and I adore him, I really do.
The book was literally just a work of art. Art that can be--and should be appreciated by everyone because it's awesome....more