I am going to post a biased review because Lan Chan, the author of this book, happens to be my writing partner! I have NO choice but to gush with pridI am going to post a biased review because Lan Chan, the author of this book, happens to be my writing partner! I have NO choice but to gush with pride over her and this awesome debut novel (yes, her FIRST novel. It's amazing quality for someone's first flippin' book!), so make of this what you will.
Poison is exciting, like the kind of exciting that never lets up for even a minute. The action is breath-taking, the stakes are very high and you won't likely find another author who can write like this anywhere. Lan Chan is just so uniquely gifted at writing action and very intense scenes. Her poor main character, Rory, never catches a break! But if Rory's life was easy you'd be bored, so this is a good thing for you, the reader.
I feel like not rehashing what the story is about because the book summary informs you well enough for that. I'll just say you will be on an emotional roller coaster with this book and be able to enjoy it with some very memorable characters, as well. If you want to read a young adult novel that is not for the feint of heart with intense, non-stop action, Poison is perfect for you....more
This review contains spoilers for the first two volumes of Death Note, plus the third one, of which I'm reviewing here. Don't read this review unlessThis review contains spoilers for the first two volumes of Death Note, plus the third one, of which I'm reviewing here. Don't read this review unless you want to know what happens before you read it.
This is the best volume so far! If Death Note had been moving along at a sort of slow pace up until now, that's all changed. So many exciting things happened, I was laughing my head off in some parts and freaking out during others. It goes to show you that it really is a high drama—very much a thriller.
It starts off with Light having Ryuuk, his shinigami death god, search for all the hidden cameras in his bedroom, so that he'll be able to feed him apples. That's Ryuuk's addiction, like humans and tobacco. Once all sixty-four cameras (OMG!) are discovered, Light configures how he'll sit at his desk, so as to block the view of the camera while he watches a mini TV hidden in a bag of chips. This way, he looks like he's just snacking while doing his homework, but he's really seeing criminals' names and faces, and writing them in the Notebook.
But, seeing this supposed normalcy really doesn't help L feel better about Light not being Kira. Then, Light enters college, and L is at the commencement ceremony, giving a speech right along with him. L looks so adorably creepy, with his huge bug eyes and the way he won't blink, nor look away from Light. How he manages to be cute and creepy I'll never know. But, L decides to tell Light that he is L. Totally shocked, Light doesn't know what to believe, thinking the real L would never reveal himself to anyone. But, it ties Light's hands behind his back, so that if L were to die suddenly after meeting Light, Light would be under immediate suspicion. Well played, L.
Then, they have a heated tennis match so L can get an idea of just how competitive Light really is. It's pretty intense, and afterward, L gives Light a series of questions meant to trap Light, and they very nearly work. L wants Light to work with his team on the investigation of Kira because, if Light is Kira, then he won't be able to make any moves on the police task force without giving himself away.
Suddenly, it looks as though Light is taking some seriously reckless measures by having Kira hold an entire TV news station hostage with video tapes meant to be broadcast to everyone in the region. Here, Kira proclaims he will create a new utopia where all evil people will be killed, or frightened into submission, and he wants the police to cooperate with him. Only thing is, L does not believe that these are the actions of Kira, but rather a stupider imposter Kira who can kill people without even needing to know their names.
Things are getting SO exciting! It's been a long time since I first got into Death Note, and I don't have the best memory, so this reread is almost as thrilling for me as it was when I first got into this series. This manga series is not to be missed…. ...more