I really liked this. But I have to admit, I think I had a crush on Christian Grey even before I read the book. I don't know if it was because I could I really liked this. But I have to admit, I think I had a crush on Christian Grey even before I read the book. I don't know if it was because I could now picture either Ian Somerhalder or Alexander Skarsg(insert weird last name for the True Blood guy) in that role, or because of the author's build up before the characters meet which already made me feel excited about this guy and their relationship.
Secondly, I'm totally Ana. No, really. I don't even like coffee. What's up with that? I felt like in the Truman Show for a bit there. Only I can't find my Christian Grey. p.s. WHERE ARE YOU? Psst. Here richy richy... No, I'm kidding but really, I could totally relate to her which was good. And the story moved smoothly and I was never bored.
The only thing that bugged me was, well the stuff. But I have to admit I thought it was going to be worse. I was slightly scared to read this actually but it was better than I thought. I really think there was too much sex, though. No problems there (and I know it was probably the main foundation of their relationship) but it sometimes got a bit repetitive. Yet, I still think the author did a excellent job in making the characters real and giving them depth, which is not always the case. And their relationship -even with all the control freak stuff- seemed pretty realistic considering he's a business tycoon and all - I can't say that about many novels with characters in much simpler circumstances. So I kept reading, because I really did love the characters (even with all their excentricities) and was dying to see how they managed to get through that. I especially enjoyed the e-mails ;)
That being said, some parts really cracked me up. That contract.. seriously? Has he never heard about baby steps? Maybe thought about dating a girl normally and then, slowly trying to introduce her to his kinky business? Maybe try them out, role play, whatever? No, he must make her sign a contract from the get go, even before kissing her, which tells her not only his sexual preferences but what she has to eat? Goodness get a grip.
And speaking of eating, the editor must have gotten something wrong there cause that word was like 1294710294 times in the novel. EAT-EAT-EAT, It felt like a Mc Donalds ad or something, it was like they were trying to brainwash me. I really have to hit the gym after reading this.
And why did she have to transform 100% because he assured her she did not like it only because she did not know it, when at the same time he admitted that he was the way he was only because he did not know anything else? (Does that make any sense?) Okay, rephrase. It goes both ways. He should at least recognize he is as inexperienced in her world as she is in his, and maybe then they can both get a bit out of their confort zone, and maybe he'll enjoy it as much as her (but I'll leave that for the sequel or something.)
Okay bottom-line, I liked it - surprisingly a lot. Besides, I could not put the thing down! Good thing its Saturday and could sleep in.
I honestly cannot believe how many good reviews this book has. It was downright pathetic and made me want to hit someone on multipleLAMEST.STORY.EVER.
I honestly cannot believe how many good reviews this book has. It was downright pathetic and made me want to hit someone on multiple occations. Really, I don't even wish this on my worst enemy.
SO much was wrong with this one, its boring even to write it. I'll just enumerate stuff: 1) Cassie "I have no personality whatsoever" Blake. She was bullied the entire novel and yet everyone kept going on about how she stood up for herself. Really? I must've missed that. But see, standing up for yourself takes a whole new meaning in this novel. Now it means just answering back. Yes or No answers will do perfectly. 2) Cassie "I get obsessed and worship everyone around me" Blake. Dude, she had a small glimpse at a pretty girl and was already obsessing over her being her friend, even her sister. Leighton Meester in The Roommate much? 3) Cassie "I have delusions of epic love stories with guys I just meet" Blake. Are you fucking kidding me? I hate those unnatural and certainly unreal love stories but can understand them to a certain extent. But she tells him SHE LOVES HIM the second time she sees him in her entire life? Bitch, please. Haven't you seen How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days or something? 4) Cassie "I'm weird and see stuff and not ONCE doubt my sanity" Blake. You know what they say: Crazy people don't know they're crazy. 5) Cassie "I'm a goody-goody but stab my BF the first chance I get" Blake. What can I say? It's all for the sake of real EPIC love. 6) Cassie "I'm the mature one here with loads of self-control" fucking Blake. Adam praises her for her self-control when actually her solution was to, and I quote, "We can't be alone, we can't seat near each other, touch or even think about it". What are you people, animals? Like she was in heat or something and can't get a grip on herself? Please, you say self-control, I say you might as well chain yourself to a tree.
Really. This is horrible. I even skimmed through some parts looking for the action, or the romance for that matter. Everything was forced into an otherwise teenager rant about cliques with awful character with no real qualities or depth.
P.S. I just have to highlight and share my favorite moment of the novel: (view spoiler)[ So Cassie makes out with her bestie's -Diana- boyfriend about five minutes after leaving Diana's house. Suddenly they realize what they're doing and that it can't happen. So Cassie asks Adam: "You still love her?". SERIOUSLY? He never stopped, she's not even his ex, it hasn't been even five-freaking-minutes since he was all over her, they're not even in a fight! Cassie sure knows how to get on my nerves. (hide spoiler)]...more
I have to say I see why this book is a masterpiece.
And, contrary to most novels I'm forced to read for my literature class, I loved the writing styleI have to say I see why this book is a masterpiece.
And, contrary to most novels I'm forced to read for my literature class, I loved the writing style, it was not tedious to read in that sense. The story was extremely gripping and I was anxious not only to discover the development of events, but to actually continue experiencing the story.
However, I have to admit I found myself mixed up on many occations by the way the story went back and forth in time, I no longer knew what was memory and what was present. The numerous recollections and streams of consciousness -especially Beloved's- didn't help with my understanding of some parts of the novel. (I know, I'm gonna take a guess here and say all these are clearly literary devices I'll be asked about on my Friday test.) UPDATE: They were, luckily I got a good grade :)
But all in all, the story in itself was extremely moving, hence the five star rating, because I truly admire how the author could create let alone write a story of this kind so beautifully.
That being said, I doubt I'll read it again. The story -again, though gripping- was a real downer. I don't think I'd want to go down that road again but rather remember it as a wonderfully written and immensely absorbing story about a slave woman continuously haunted by her past.
ps. Is the movie any good? Faithful to the story? I'm thinking about trying that one to see if it clears some stuff up for me....more
This story opens real nice. The premise was catchy and I was instantly hooked. That is, until all the teen drama started. After my Goodreads friend KeThis story opens real nice. The premise was catchy and I was instantly hooked. That is, until all the teen drama started. After my Goodreads friend Kelly showed me some articles about how things are done in Mr.Frey's... workshop(?) I get it. This really wanted to be the new Twilight. They probably chose a random paranormal element to fill out a plain teen novel. What seemed like an intriguing read immediately became boring as hell. And around 70% I tossed the book and...tararan... watched the movie instead. Because by then I just had to know the ending but I wanted to take the quicker road. As so happens with the Vampire Diaries IMHO, skip the book and watch the movie -or tv series! It's SO MUCH BETTER. Still nothing amazing but nonetheless. Yet, like many other movies based on books, it had almost nothing to do with the book, so I had to resume my reading. Damn.
What I don’t get: The dog. Really? He might as well stick a label in its forehead that said "HEY PAY ATTENTION CAUSE I'M SIGNIFICANT TO THE PLOT!" And the names! What’s up with that? I know he has to change his name as many times as he changes his underwear (Actually, I hope he does that last one more often :D). But, unless Loric have an amazing memory, how can his guardian keep up with every single name and not mess it up even once? I mean, I get it if it’s in front of other people but why doesn’t he just call him Four in privacy?
What I really don’t get: If the Mogadorian can’t kill them out of order, why don’t they take turns in chasing them? You know, number one goes into hiding while the rest –separate, that is- go after the Mogadorian? What’s the worst that can happen if they can’t be killed until the other one dies? And in the event One was killed, then Two would go into hiding and the rest continues the hunt. Didn’t they ever hear that offense is the best defense?
What bothered me: The characters. They were seriously one cliché after another. Sarah has got to be the most boring character I know. Sometimes she seemed so perky I just wanted to hit her. Figuratively, of course. And don’t make me start on Mark James! Jealous-ex-boyfriend-bully- jock? Now that’s new. Good thing Dianna Agron's version of Sarah is a much cooler one.
What really bothered me: The romance. Of course, the first girl John met had to be the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. What are the odds! Didn’t feel any of it. And it’s not because it’s a guy perspective, I read tons of books told by guys where you totally get it. But here.. There were moments when I thought he was gay. He showed more emotion about Sam than Sarah. There were other moments when I said, "Okay, maybe he’s not gay and he’s just too young" But all was settled when he said “I'm fifteen years old. I'm not a kid anymore” Sold! Now that convinced me I was wrong. Okay, he's not a kid but he sure sounds like one :S Luckily, and as I've mentioned, the fact I could picture Alex Pettyfer in his shoes made me like him a bit more.
So all in all, it would be 2,5 stars. Because I liked it, but it was just an O.K. read. ...more
I usually rush through books. Especially those I love. I have this hunger (hunger hehe, get it?) to know what will happen rightaway. Then, if I like i I usually rush through books. Especially those I love. I have this hunger (hunger hehe, get it?) to know what will happen rightaway. Then, if I like it I can always read it again and again. But I took my time reading this cause I honestly didn't want it to finish. But to sum it all up, it was completely AMAZING ♥
I think I liked the first two better, but still there's no way I can give it less than 5 stars, even if there were things I didn't like. Or just one: the ending. I'm actually torn and have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I feel it was the perfect ending, and it totally fits the rest of the story. But on the other hand, I can't help but feel like there's a scene missing. We spent three books experiencing Katniss' building relationship with both guys, and while I liked the turn of events, I always thought she would eventually choose. She didn't. Life just turned out that way. (view spoiler)[What if Gale stayed, too? Maybe things would've turn out the same way, but I still felt she never got the chance to decide. And even if those last paragraphs were meant to be her decision, I would've preferred the author showed us that, rather than simply tell us. (hide spoiler)]
But all in all, I completely adored this series and I thank every single one of the friends who recommended them to me. ...more
I can't stop rambling about how awesome this series is. There's not much to say, it keeps getting better and better. Whenever I approach a book that h I can't stop rambling about how awesome this series is. There's not much to say, it keeps getting better and better. Whenever I approach a book that has a huge legion of fans and 5 stars ratings I'm always scared I'm not gonna like it. Maybe because I inmediately have high expectations and figure everything from then on will feel flat, but this was so not the case. What a jumble of emotions this is.
So... I love Peeta. Seriously. He's amazing. Totally drool over material (Does that exist anyway?). In the beginning of the book I was rooting for Gale. He's also great. I just loved how the whole love triangle was written. I liked that while Katniss didn't know what to do or didn't quite understand what she was feeling, she never did anything that wasn't in the purpose of helping someone. I don't think I remember a character that's so selfless and egoless (?) I think I keep making up words. At some point I just wanted her to make up her mind and pick one.. But then again, I didn't. I wouldn't know who to pick, either. I didn't want her to give any of them up yet. I bet when the time finally comes for her to do so it will be heartbreaking.
This is definitely one of my favorite series now. But I have just one more thing to add: FUCK YOU FUCKING ENDING!!! Grr I hate you! Sorry for all the effs in there but that was my honest reaction. Now I have no choice but to read Mockingjay rightaway! I was planning to give it a break, maybe study a bit cause let's face it, that area is in serious need of my attention right now.. or, I don't now, live life or something, lol, but that ship has sailed.. as for the next hours or so.. See you then! ♣ ...more
So, I have this problem with books made into movies. If I see the movie before the book, there's little chance I can read the book. Regardless of howSo, I have this problem with books made into movies. If I see the movie before the book, there's little chance I can read the book. Regardless of how much I liked/loved/adored the film. I bet its because books are much more descriptive and, having watched the movie and knowing what's gonna happen beforehand, it is easier for me to get bored. It happened to me with Lord of the Rings, it happened with Interview with a Vampire, and in much different note, with The Vampire Diaries -which is not technically a movie, and it is not really based on the book that much but still. I've always wanted to read The Hunger Games, and when I first heard this was gonna be made into a movie I could almost hear the ticking clock. So I finally read it.
There's not much to say cause so many reviews have been written about this but let me just say, I started it yesterday afternoon and finished it somewhere around.. 2 a.m? I literally couldn't put it down. As rarely happens with other books, there was not one page that bored me. I skipped nothing. Hooray for me. I was hooked from the very beginning and that's probably because of the narrator. Katniss is such a great character, and so are all the rest. Even the ones who weren't supposed to be relevant had a depth other authors can only dream of. Its so good having a heroine -and hero- who are actually smart. Good for Suzanne Collins ツ
The whole world it's set in makes the book both disturbing and exciting really (not to be morbid or anyting, lol) but the whole reality TV situation and how they had to manipulate viewers to achieve things was strangely familiar. It was the most gripping novel I read in a long time. 5 ✮, AMAZING!...more
I feel bad writing a review about this. Because honestly, I didnt read the whole thing. I didnt even read half of the thing. I skipped almost EVERYTHI I feel bad writing a review about this. Because honestly, I didn´t read the whole thing. I didn´t even read half of the thing. I skipped almost EVERYTHING and only read Stevie Rae´s and Rephaim´s narratives. If I had to rate what I actually read, the rating would be higher cause I really liked those two characters and their involvement; but I have to bear in mind that this was just a small part in a completely uninteresting and thus unknown book to me. I just can´t read anymore about Zoey or people talking about her nonstop. I´m all for girl power, but the position women are placed in in this series is just too sexist to me. Sorry....more
I really liked this one. Yes, when I first started it I was sure this was going to be just another YA book. I was even scared when I read the protagonI really liked this one. Yes, when I first started it I was sure this was going to be just another YA book. I was even scared when I read the protagonist was 15 because that meant that either it was going to be hard to relate to her, or that if I could, the story would probably be a bit plain to me. But I was really drawn to the plot, to the story in itself. It was fast-paced and engaging, and I also liked the idea behind the different species, etc.
However, there are A LOT of flaws. First, this story is WAY too predictable. That was what bothered me the most. At some point I was wondering whether the characters had some sort of brain damage since they couldn't put two and two together. (view spoiler)[Valentine has been dead for 15 years and Clary's dad died before she was born. She's fifteen... Wait! I think something is buzzing... No, wait that was just a fly. Nevermind. (hide spoiler)] Secondly, Clary is probably the most naive character I've ever seen. Her favorite line: "Does it hurt?" Two words: Who. Cares. You're going to do whatever it is you're going to do anyway, regardless of whether it hurts so why do you keep wanting to know? And Simon. He nearly had to punch her in the face so she would understand he liked her. Come ON. I get that you are weird and special and can see stuff all that, but how dumb can you be?
Still, I end up liking it. Probably because of the guys. I think they were great characters. I know there's a lot of controversy about how Jace is Malfoy and Simon is a Ron/Harry mashup, but to be honest, I didn't know that before and never did one of them come to my mind while reading it. I didn't read her fanfiction, either, so that's probably why I didn't find the connection at all. It was pretty good for me so I'll continue with the next ones and hope Clary's character growns on me. Cross your fingers :)...more
I completely fell in love with this series. A part of me wants it to end here, because it was a perfect ending for the story and I feel more books wilI completely fell in love with this series. A part of me wants it to end here, because it was a perfect ending for the story and I feel more books will only ruin what's already great. But then again, I also want to keep reading, to know more about Clary and Jace and them having a bit of normalcy for a change. City of Glass was probably my favorite in the series. I loved every second of it and got myself a headache because I read nonstop. I'd really love to see Idris and this entire story in a movie. It took magic, love, friendship and all the elements to a whole new level. It was somehow deeper than the other ones, though again, the biggest flaw of this series is how predictable it is. And while I'm at it, I have to say, Sebastian ruled, he was way creepier than Valentine who, let's face it, was an excuse for a villain. I bet we'll see more of him. And I'm planning to, when the next one comes out :)
That being said, now that I've finally finished this series I have to admit, there are MANY Harry Potter stuff going on. The main character has never known his parents, but at the end he is informed that he looks just like his father but for his eyes.. he has -say it with me! all together!- his mother's eyes. Shocking. He also has a special scar. Then there's this war with big baddass world enemy whose name starts with a "V" (What's with all the bad guys having a "V" in their names? We ain't that bad) and who claims that he doesn't really want to kill everybody and spoil pure magical shadowhunter blood cause they are so few, etc. Then, there's this ultimatum to avoid the war. Then there's a chance of winning if they give up the single life of a dark haired boy -one life to spare all. They refuse, but this boy ends up giving in in a way to save them all. Oh, and did I say there's a boggart? Yup, but here its called the "fear Demon" or Agramon. Oh, and there is a werewolf called Fenrir Greyback I mean, Lucian Graymark.
However, and contrary to what many people say, it was not like I was constantly reminded of Harry Potter, it's just that I read it with that in mind and after some time I really had to accept that there are many coincidences. But its still a great story and I recommend it to all those who like the YA genre, and a good romance with lots of paranormal elements and worlds....more
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ENDING? This is going to be a short review cause I'm in a rush to start the next one. Hate it when authors do that. I really liWHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ENDING? This is going to be a short review cause I'm in a rush to start the next one. Hate it when authors do that. I really liked this one, even better than City of Bones so I'm struggling between 4 or 5 stars.. let's say it's 4.5 stars overall -it wasn´t AMAZING but it was better than the previous one. One of the things I love most about this series is that I'm never bored -and that rarely happens- because it's not overly descriptive or there's too much going on which I don't care about.
I love both guys. I feel bad about either of them and want Clary to make them both happy. But I gotta say, nothing beats that kiss in the Seelie Court. Though, I also have to say, when the sun started rising at the end, I almost switched bands. BTW, Clary did grow on me.. I like her a bit more now since I could relate to what she was going through -romance wise, I can't actually say I relate to the fact she was facing demons and stuff else I'd be worried for my sanity. Pretty much, this book had everything I look for in a novel: great characters and dialogs, a good laugh, action.. sad scenes (I didn't cry but I have to admit it had me sort of pouting in some parts)
I could not put the thing down and that is what makes me so angry about the ending. (view spoiler)[All this and now NO GUY WHATSOEVER? (hide spoiler)] Boo, boring. So, off to the next one....more