Why, this was. Stunning. Wow man like I'm not even gonna TRY and write a sensible review because I shall get nowhere. But like, this was just...marvelousWhy, this was. Stunning. Wow man like I'm not even gonna TRY and write a sensible review because I shall get nowhere. But like, this was just...marvelous. I laughed and I cried at this book, and normally I don't do either when I read. John Green. Why. ...more
Ah, let's go with a traditional pros and cons list for this one.
What I liked
ACTION! I loved how fast paced this book was. It k**MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD**
Ah, let's go with a traditional pros and cons list for this one.
What I liked
ACTION! I loved how fast paced this book was. It kept my on the edge of my seat almost the entire time.
The setting. I liked the dystopian desert sort of thing. It was one of the things that made Blood Red Road unique.
The writing. Now, at first I didn't like the style. It was on my nerves until about twenty pages in, and then it got easier to read. And I understood why. Saba didn't get an education in reading or writing, so she couldn't narrate perfectly. A nice touch. It really brought out the story's personality.
GIANT KILLER WORMS.
MORE GIANT KILLER WORMS AND CROSSBOWS.
What I didn't like
The lack of quotations. Now, I know earlier I said I liked the style of writing. And I do. It's just the fact that none of the dialogue had quotations around it that confused me.
No twist. I was expecting some big awesome plot twist at the end. Could Lugh have become the new king? Was he not in Freedom Fields after all? But, no. It went down just as you'd expect it too. They save Saba's brother from the fate we learned about halfway through the book, big showdown, kill the king, done. Done. I was a little disappointed about that one.
But. I still really liked this book. I don't know. It might have to go on my faves shelf after all....more
Lonelyyy I'm mister lonelyyy I have nobodyyy For my ooooown Now I'm so lonelyyy I'm mister lonelyyy...
These are the lyrics of the song off a commercial inLonelyyy I'm mister lonelyyy I have nobodyyy For my ooooown Now I'm so lonelyyy I'm mister lonelyyy...
These are the lyrics of the song off a commercial in the background. Know the song?
It suits my feelings about the book perfectly.
No, it's not really the lyrics that I'm getting at--I mean, Calla's having make-out breaks once every chapter with two different guys. That's not a very lonelyyy thing to do. No, it's the feel of the song. It's how I feel.
I was so naive to think Ren was just a roadblock and not a love interest. I was so frustrated with CallaxShay super-insta-love. And I was so disappointed with the failed attempt at feminism. No. Just, no. I'm so sick of authors sending the message that girls who wear skirts and makeup are prissy/stupid/mean girls/cheerleaders/ultra-girly etc. It's annoying and overused and wrong.
Yeah, I'm sad. I wish it was better. I really love shapeshifters of any kind, and that's probably the one thing that kept Nightshade from a two- or one-star fate. And I'm gonna try and read Wolfsbane eventually. We'll see how it goes.
So, Ashlyn, are you Team Ren or Team Shay????
I'm Team Bury Them Both in Horse Turd and Move On With Your Life....more
I am so very very glad I read this book. Both the cover and the title turOh wow. Wow. Wow wow wow. I mean, wow.
That was. Marvelous. Astonishing.
I am so very very glad I read this book. Both the cover and the title turned me off, but I took my chances and bought Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Best chance ever taken.
Laini Taylor, I must say you have a fabulous writing style. There were more than a few places where I was so awed by the words that I went back and read them again just to relish in the awesomeness. And there was one time, the first time (view spoiler)[Madrigal's beheading was being described (hide spoiler)], where my breath actually caught in my throat. I have eight pages of highlights from it. I only highlight things that I am blown away by.
Allow me to share:
"Karou's gliding, straight-spined grace went hand in hand with deadly skill."
"She'd heard the word before; seraphim were some high order of angels, at least according to Christian mythos, for which Brimstone had utter contempt, as he did for all religion. "Humans have gotten glimpses of things over time," he'd said. "Just enough to make the rest up. It's all a quilt of fairy tales with a patch here and there of truth."
"But the door didn't and didn't and still didn't open."
"The idea gave new shades of reality to a world Karou had glimpsed."
"Here, in the circle of Akiva's presence, even as they spoke of war and siege and enduring enmity, she felt herself being drawn into the warm absoluteness and rightness of him, like he was both place and person and, contrary to all reason, exactly where she was supposed to be."
And that's not all. After all, there are over 400 pages in the book.
I really, really loved the characters. If I describe Karou here she'll sound like the perfect recipe for a Mary Sue, but she wasn't. At all. She was fantastic and funny and smart and awesome.
See that? Awesome. Italics, lovelies.
I could go on about the complete perfection of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but for now I will just add one thing: there was no happy ending in sight. Because not everyone gets a happy ending.
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That could be taken as sarcasm, depending on how much you like read my rantsreviews.
My friends understand the tortYou guys are gonna love this review.
That could be taken as sarcasm, depending on how much you like read my rantsreviews.
My friends understand the torture I underwent reading Halo. They saw me chomping down on the closest possible objects, gagging, rolling my eyes as wide as the planet and headdesking repeatedly. I actually had to take breaks from reading this, rolling the heels of my hands on my head and asking myself what in God's name I was doing to my eyes.
I shall make a list of aspects I must review in this book, in no particular order because they're all hated rather equally.
The anti-feminism. I'm starting here because of how freaking prominent it was in the story. The females are overpowered by the males in every possible situation. Xavier guards Bethany constantly (keep in mind she is an angel, a celestial being capable of inhuman feats). She talks about it so much, how she needs protection from him. Gabriel, Bethany's male brother, is the one that (view spoiler)[defeats Jake (hide spoiler)] while Ivy and Beth are on the sidelines. (view spoiler)[Beth was hurt, yes, but Ivy would have been perfectly capable of helping her brother out if there wasn't a huge KEEP UP THE SEXISM sign in front of her. (hide spoiler)] Even their dog only responds to Gabriel! Um, WHAT?!
The characters. Beth was an annoying, utterly stupid, weak main character that always needed protection. I was sort of letting her off at the start of the book for being so perfect because she's an angel, but right around the middle I hated her so passionately that I didn't care anymore. I despised her. If any more main characters in angel lit are like Bethany Church, then I will NOT be reading any of it.
Xavier was Beth's obsessionlove interest, a piece of human-shaped cardboard. His personality was flat and Beth's "Oh he's so perfect gushgushgush" was enormously typical in YA. The rest of the characters are too one-dimensional for me to come up with adjectives for them.
Oh, and Jake. Jake Thorn. He has green eyes, wears black, has a British accent and drives a motorcycle. Is he evil? I'LL GIVE YOU THREE GUESSES, AND THE FIRST TWO DON'T COUNT.
The stereotypes. See description of Jake above, and cette paragraph, quoted from the book itself:
"The music posse was made up of boys with untidy hair falling over their eyes. They carried instrument cases. Those who likes to think of themselves as artistic had accessorized the uniform with berets and colorful scarves. A group of platinum blondes crossed the road with their arms linked. The academic types wore pristine uniforms and carried the official school backpack."
I don't even think it deserves a comment.
The plot holes. We have a bad case of Swiss cheese on our hands. For example, the biggest one of all: Three angels were sent to Venus Cove to get rid of dark forces. What dark frigging forces, Adornetto? All they do is go to school and work at the nursing home and knit. I was turning Kobo pages for ages, waiting, just waiting for some epic angel action. And this is what really happened to me:
Oh, you know how an angel falls? It happens when they LUST FOR A HUMAN. Beth is LUSTING for Xavier pretty much the whole book, but she never falls. Is it because her silly angel excusepower is love? Or is God, like, distracted? That doesn't even sound right.
Bethany said something in the book about having no human form in Heaven. But she also describes the light there as liquid that streamed through her fingers. If you're not in a human body, you got no fingers, Adornetto!
Just some holes. Some of many.
The preaching. This is me reading Adornetto's religious views:
She shoved them down my poor innocent(ish) throat. My brain exploded a tiny bit.
The grammar. I had to mentally insert so many commas that I began to wonder if Adornetto had an editor. Or even a polished copy.
There were so many questions without question marks that I'm sure I gnawed my lip raw reading them. There was even a part with a whole list of questions, and smack in the middle of it is one without a question mark. Uh...ugh...*grammarNazitwitch*.
The pacing. Holy God, this was one of the slowest books EVER. Like I said before, I was waiting and waiting and waiting for something action-y or even mildly interesting to happen. It was so disgustingly boring until the last 85% of the book. But even the action then was poorly executed and a big ol' pot a bleh.
The word choice. Oh, Xavier's eyes are turquoise? I didn't read that the last 20 times you described them. The sea smells briny, does it? Tell me again in the next chapter. And the next one. And the next one...
I could almost see that little Thesaurus (whom in my mind is a tiny orange brontosaurus) smiling at me from in the screen of my Kobo every time I came across an awkward adjective. And there were lots.
The romance. Oh, more like OBSESSION. Every time Xavier was not within her line of sight, Beth felt some yearning inside of her or something. She said that "without him, the whole world faded and greyed". Something along those lines. Something creepy and obsessive like that.
That's all I can type before my fingers startt to fumblel and maaked randfom sldjafasnvnffvmdfaklfdfs letters out of rage. I. Did. Not. Like. This. Book.
I'd better write my review before I lose all my ideas...
Okay, first of all, I LOVEDLOVEDLOVED the repository idea as a setting. I've never4.25 stars.
I'd better write my review before I lose all my ideas...
Okay, first of all, I LOVEDLOVEDLOVED the repository idea as a setting. I've never read a book that even has a material repository IN it before, which makes this book unique. It really has a great feel to it.
I also really enjoyed the writing style. There were some lines were I was like, "Wow. That's an amazing sentence." I know how weird that sounds.
The characters, I found a little two-dimensional. Can I say 2.5-dimensional? Probably not, but I am anyways. They were interesting and likeable, but lacked enough depth to equal realistic characters.
There were a few things I didn't particularly like. One, I couldn't figure out how old these characters were. I started off thinking 13 or 14, judging by their actions and what they said, but then there were the kissing scenes and the ordering of coffee. Than made me think 16 or 17. Yet, they didn't drive, and their maturity level still fell under 13. Fifteen years old is my ultimate assumption, but I'm still not too sure.
I also felt Elizabeth asked too many questions that really didn't relate or add to the story in any way. I realize we have to understand the environment, but many of her questions were irrelevant. Maybe if some things were shown and not told, then it would've been better.
Lastly, I do wish that Elizabeth had been described in the book. Not really a biggie, but I appreciate it when the main character is given at least a vague look. All we know about Elizabeth's appearance is that she has large feet....more
So, I changed it to four stars because I liked Seizure only a teeny bit more than Virals.
Well, it took me a while to read this one because I put it onSo, I changed it to four stars because I liked Seizure only a teeny bit more than Virals.
Well, it took me a while to read this one because I put it on hold to read Halo (a complete waste of my time, money, Kobo memory, etc.). But in between my spurts of reading that dreaded crapload book I went to this.
Seizure's main concept is the Virals searching for a pirate treasure in order to save LIRI and keep together. How Dora the Explorer is that? Good thing there were guns and booby-trapped underground pirate tunnels to make up for the lame plot. It would have been a total dud without the kick-buttness.
As for the characters--I found that they were all well-developed and not the flimsy cardboard props in lots of YA these days. Although, my feelings on Tory still remain mixed. Thank the heavens for her backbone, but she still has bad Fearless-Leader and Only-Intelligent-Female-Character Syndrome.
And, I find it irritating how, no one has found this pirate treasure for centuries, but in the end the Virals (view spoiler)[end up scoring the gold (hide spoiler)]. If it's been hidden forever, then I don't think it would have been that easy to find. Yeah...totally expected ending.
Yet, there were some surprises in the story I didn't see coming. I liked that.
I also liked the pacing. Action! Hooray for action! Incredibly slow books *cough*Halo*cough* are the most obnoxious things. Seizure had great pacing and kept me on my toes.
I don't really have much more to say about this book. It was an enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to getting Code!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So, Virals, like many other books I've read, was recommended to me by Mara because we have nearly the same taste in books. She rAlrighty. Review time.
So, Virals, like many other books I've read, was recommended to me by Mara because we have nearly the same taste in books. She really liked it, so I had high expectations for the novel.
Well, it wasn't the five shiny stars I expected. Yet, it wasn't a rotting one star either.
I'll start off on a good note--I really liked the personality in Reichs' writing. It really makes you feel like your in the mind of the main character, who in this case is Tory Brennan. It was also, at times, humorous.
I also liked the pacing of the story. Well, the beginning was a little slow, but beyond that the pacing was just right. The description blended well with the action. There were times I couldn't imagine putting the book down.
Also, the unexpected twists were integrated quite well into the storyline. In some mysteries the author puts in those surprises to, well, surprise you, but often they feel quite random. In Virals, all the twists started out by shocking me, but then once explained made sense. Which I liked.
And Hi. Hi was awesome. Not "ZOMG I'M A CRAZY FANGIRL NOW!!" kind of awesome. His personality was what I enjoyed.
Chapter length was nice. Short chapters, for some reason, I like better than long ones.
And now, onto the bad stuff.
The stereotypes in the story had me very frustrated. It's as if, since Tory's friends are all male, that automatically makes every girl other than her a snob or slut. No, people. This is not how it works. Oh yeah, and not all cheerleaders and/or blondes and/or girly girls are mean. Just pointing that out.
Tory I enjoyed sometimes, but at others I was just like, "Bleh. Go jump off a bridge." Why? Well, Tory has the exact same capabilities of her three other friends that got the parvo. Yet, she's always the one figuring out the mysteries. Even before she became a Viral! Every time the Virals went off to solve something, Tory found the clue. Tory picked up the right scent. Tory figured out who killed who. Tory could read the dog tags and journal. Tory could solve everything! She, by the looks of it, could've figured the whole mystery out on her own. Because no one else but her had the intelligence to find what she did. Bleck. She's 25% of the Virals. Only.
Also, she's 14, right? But she can identify the gender and age of a skeleton in under five minutes? Again, I bleck.
Well, this review will probably be updated sometime. But it's bedtime for Ashlyn now. 3.7 stars, nice and shiny. Onto Seizure (already downloaded onto my Kobo--yay!)
Oh, Ms Oliver--you have such a talent for writing. If only you didn't try to flower it up as much as you are. So many sentences could be wit3.5 stars.
Oh, Ms Oliver--you have such a talent for writing. If only you didn't try to flower it up as much as you are. So many sentences could be without the extra. The pages of this book radiated pure violet. There is a fine line between a good amount of description and too much, and you, sadly, have far crossed it.
At least there was action--at some parts it was slow, but at others Pandemonium was fast-paced; I couldn't imagine putting it down.
I did find Lena to be especially weak for the first half of the book, but in the rest she turned out to be strong and brave. I was sooo relieved.
And of course, there was a cliffhanger. I ended the book about five minutes ago and internally shouted and slammed my head on a little brown table in my mind. I had a feeling all along that (view spoiler)[Alex wasn't dead (hide spoiler)]. And then Julian came along. And now, though I despise love triangles so much that I have learned to hate the physical shape, I am torn.
But now I really need Requiem.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
One minute I'm just opening the ebook (and learning about the stupid glitch on it that takes me to random chapters insteWell well well.
That went fast.
One minute I'm just opening the ebook (and learning about the stupid glitch on it that takes me to random chapters instead of the next ones) and the next my Kobo doesn't let me update my Goodreads status, saying that I'm done (that's why I'm on my laptop, just so you know).
There were flaws in this story. Tris's reactions were not human. Her family attachments weren't as strong as they should be (view spoiler)[she barely spends any time mourning her parents' loss (hide spoiler)]. The faction system--it just wasn't realistic. At all. The different faction virtues were protrayed stereotypically (you bet that's not a real word. close enough). How does getting pierced and wearing black make you brave? How do glasses make you smart? And the writing style. I do this. I do that. He does this. I feel that.
But, despite it all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Divergent. The pacing was perfect; I couldn't stop reading. The romance was done well, no insta-love or triangles in sight. Overall, it was a fun read. Ironic I say fun, actually, when you think about (view spoiler)[all the guns and bloodbath near the end (hide spoiler)]. But really, it was such a fun read for me, and that's what gave it such a good rating.
Am I reading the sequel? I sure am.
And I must feature a quote. A quote I laughed at. I don't usually laugh at books.
"He acts so tough he's probably afraid of marshmallows or really bright sunrises or something."
Well, I was expecting greatness from this book. It sounded pretty cool, creative. The first few Kobo pages, the buildup, were good.
And then it went doWell, I was expecting greatness from this book. It sounded pretty cool, creative. The first few Kobo pages, the buildup, were good.
And then it went downhill. Not even that. It fell right off a cliff towards a bubbling pit of lava.
Wait...no. The bubbling pit of lava is where Halo went. Since Becoming isn't as bad as Halo, we'll just stick with it falling off a cliff. It's a book that wanted to be awesome, but just wasn't.
I'll start with the things I liked. Our main character, Amber, had actual hobbies and goals right from the get-go. And I was all because female leads in YA are usually lacking in the "I do something for fun" department.
That's it for pros.
Now, to the stuff that...I'll put it bluntly...sucked.
Again, Amber. We are dealing with your most standard Mary Sue. She IS the classic. Amber is gorgeous, like all Mary Sues are, having all the boys hitting on her at that pool party in the beginning of the book. She is many a time after this described as beautiful. Now, I wouldn't be so affected by that if she had other flaws. But, sadly, it was not to be. She is first described as having frizzy hair and not really being liked at school, and then one day she puts on hairspray and a bathing suit and SUDDENLY she's the prettiest chick EVAAAAR.
Amber is supposedly the strongest of her sisters because she had those power surge thingies, whereas they did not. Oh, and, of course, she has the skimpiest outfit in the Becoming ceremony cuz she's got this hot body *eye roll*.
Amber also somehow has all the skills she needs in specific situations. There was this one part near the end where she got a sword and was suddenly a sword MASTER, and did all these moves with it in front of a crowd (in her skimpy outfit, of course) for the apparent first time. And "everyone had their eyes on her". Oh, please *holds gun to head*. And she gets the most damage in that battle because she's just so awesome and fought it out the longest.
Oh, and she's the only one with a love interest. Need I say more about that one?
To top off the glamorous Mary Sue cupcake, she had the most traumatic past of her sisters.
Mmhmm, that's right...
My feelings on Amber Hopkins.
The romance. I didn't like it. At all. Gabriel and Amber lived with each other for six years as foster siblings, so I think the relationship that should have been developed would be a brother-sister one. But, of course not. I just found it all so wrong. Why did it take six years of living together to finally admit their liking for each other, anyways? I would have much preferred a sibling relationship with the two.
And with the romance--I did a search on my Kobo to see how many times the word "kiss" came up after reading it ten times or so in the first five chapters. And guess what I got? That's right, ladies and gentlemen--74 kisses. And the kisses didn't always use the word, either. Sometimes it was "their lips met" or variations of that. Um...I'm not exactly sure what to say. Maybe TMI?
Oh, and one of the things that peeved me the most about this book--the cliches.
Here's my favourite: "And Olivia had to ask herself as she studied them whether it was better to have never experienced love like theirs...or to have experienced it only to have faced losing it."
Huh...I think I smell cheese...
"...the lives they knew were over."
Oh. That's a creative one.
"And he vowed he would hunt down whoever had done this to her if it was the last thing he did."
Just. Plain. Sad.
And then there was The Dream. You know the one. The prophecy dream that happens repeatedly throughout the story, then somehow comes true. Yep, there was one in Becoming. And it was even capitalized. The Dream. *sigh*...
I'll say one more major thing--there was too much telling and not enough showing. I was told what Amber's personality was instead of learning it for myself. Literally. During their Becoming ceremony, the leader guy actually explained how each sister behaved. And I ask, did you really need to do that, Raine Thomas?
What else is there to say? I wish I liked this book, I really did. I read it for a challenge, and I selected it as one of my options, so whoever chose this book for me don't take it personally. Will I read the next book in the series? We'll see.
Oh, wait! One more quote:
"I am Kanika," she said in a lightly accented voice that spoke of ancient ruins and hot desert nights.
Desert nights are cold, my dear friend. Even Beavis and Butt-Head know that....more
Well...I don't really know what rating to give this book. Because I loved it. And I hated it.
Things I loved: -The writing style -Peeta -The well-developeWell...I don't really know what rating to give this book. Because I loved it. And I hated it.
Things I loved: -The writing style -Peeta -The well-developed (un-Mary Sue) characters -The good description-to-dialogue ratio -Peeta -The complexity of the plot, yet the quick, easy flow of the words. I finished the book fast. -The concept of the Mockingjay -The alternate Earth Collins created (this goes for all of The Hunger Games trilogy) -Peeta
Things I hated:
(view spoiler)[-The love triangle. I'm always like WAAAAAAAAT?! No, Katniss! No!! You need to be with PEETA!!!! PEETA, I TELL YOU!!!!!!! -The deaths to some of my favourite characters:
I read the part where Finnick died at night. I was all like, "No. That did NOT just happen." And then I read it over again and was like, "WAIT, NO!!! NO WAY! YOU DID NOT JUST DO THIS TO ME...I MEAN, FINNICK!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I cannot express my sadness. Finnick was my favourite character.
And then there was Prim. No. Just, no. -The ending. It was too quick and it wasn't right, in my opinion. (hide spoiler)]
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I had most of book three left to go--so I skimmed it all until chapter eleven, then read the end. I asked myself, Do you care about whFinally.
I had most of book three left to go--so I skimmed it all until chapter eleven, then read the end. I asked myself, Do you care about what happened in the chapters you missed?
And I answered, Not at all.
I really expected more out of this one. I mean, if they made it into a TV series, then it's got to be good, right? Or at least decent?
Negative. Chloe was a twit (worse word could be used) and annoying, and I found it frustrating how she didn't care about the feelings of either guy she was dating. The love triangle was duh, stupid. I didn't like any of the characters but Brian. The first book left me confused, the second was a massive info-dump, and the third? Boring.
I'm sorry, author lady, but please try harder next time....more
It was...okay. Similar to the House of Night series, there was just nothing special about The Iron King. The characters were average, the romance averIt was...okay. Similar to the House of Night series, there was just nothing special about The Iron King. The characters were average, the romance average, the idea average, the writing style average...just all average. It was good, but not good enough to make me want to continue the series....more
Is this book really over 300 pages? Wow. I read it on Kobo and it felt like waaaaaay less.
I read the start of this book a few months ago, andIs this book really over 300 pages? Wow. I read it on Kobo and it felt like waaaaaay less.
I read the start of this book a few months ago, and I was like, "This sounds stupid." So I stopped. Then, I moved on to other books.
But then, on my weekend in Toronto at the CrossFit Games Canada East Regionals, I needed to read. I brought my Kobo, and was currently reading The Various. But I got so utterly bored of that book that I turned to the only book on my eReader I hadn't completed: Hex Hall.
And I actually ended up enjoying it, the further I got in.
Our main character, Sophie isn't so bad, only a little whiny. Archer...meh. I don't know. Jenna was my favourite character.
The writing style isn't too bad, but I'm not saying it's anything special. It was quick and easy to read, but not creative or fluent or intriguing or anything like that.
I did find, though, that there were a lot of stereotypes. Gorgeous mean girl with a clique of other gorgeous mean girls that rule the school. Bad boy love interest that HAPPENS to be dating lead gorgeous mean girl. Gay BFF. Insta-love. "The Chosen One"ness.
Overall, not too bad. Not special, but not awful. One star down for the stereotypes, one star down for the beginning. Three stars. I may as well read the rest of the series.
And what lesson did I learn? The best kind of vampires don't have blue crescent moon tattoos on their foreheads. They DEFINITELY don't sparkle like disco balls when exposed to sunlight. No, the best kinds of vampires are pink-loving lesbian ones. Jenna Talbot ones.