I feel bad for abandoning this book, but UGH, JUST NO. [please refer back to my bookshelves]
Fallen iHow do you even pronounce her name?
I feel bad for abandoning this book, but UGH, JUST NO. [please refer back to my bookshelves]
Fallen is like a really bad rip off version of Twilight.
Actually, Hush Hush is THE bad rip off version of Twilight, but this book isn't much better.
I'll admit it. I really like Twilight. It's my guilty pleasure book, actually. I read it when I was in 8th grade, and my 8th grade self comes to life and gushes over Edward and his crooked smile every single time I pick up Ms. Meyer's book. And I am a senior in high school. Anyways, what I mostly like about Twilight is the concept of I'm-dangerous-but-I-love-you.
I mean, that is really original.
That's why I picked up Twilight in the first place.
"So the lion fell in love with the lamb." - Edward Cullen.
Ahhh [cue swooning noise]
Okay, I'm done. Now back to Fallen .
All these YA authors think they can just use that idea, that concept and―NO, NO, NO.
Cause they suck at it.
And that concept is good for Twilight ONLY.
At least Edward didn't give Bella the fucking middle finger when he first saw her. Like, what the fuck?!
And Luce takes that so personally and thus becomes SO OBSESSSSSSED with Dan.
Let's call him Dan, shall we?
Okay, Bella was infatuated with Edward, but it wasn't to the extent of Loose's obsession. At all.
NO, NO, NO NO, NO .
-- "Do you have a map? I just keep on getting lost in your eyes." ...more
I absolutely fucking love Avatar. No, not the one with blue aliens, no not the fucked up live action movie, but the cartoon. The Nickelodeon cartoon cI absolutely fucking love Avatar. No, not the one with blue aliens, no not the fucked up live action movie, but the cartoon. The Nickelodeon cartoon created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. That show brings me such joy and happiness it's a bit ridiculous. Well then again, I am Azula.
During the week of July 14, 2008, new Avatar episodes came out every night. After eight months of hiatus, the show was back and the season finale was only a few days away. I am on the edge of my seat crying for these characters every single night. So now it's Friday, and that means there's one more day before the epic, two-hour episode is aired. But because it's also Friday, I'm not home. I'm at someone's else house, my dad's friend's house for a family party. (My dad's friend has a son. He's about my age, so I guess he's my friend too). I beg my friend to change the channel so I could watch Avatar, and he does. A couple of parents come into the living room to see what the excitement is all about.
And as the title of the episode, Ember Island Players, flashes onto the TV screen, I am about to poop in my pants out of excitement.
And I watch the episode.
And I watch the episode.
And I watch the episode.
And oh my god.
This episode is a FILLER.
Naruto, Yugioh, holy shit.
Filler, filler, filler, filler, filler.
Like seriously, what the fuck is up with filler episodes?
Not going to lie, I don't hate all fillers. There's actually this one amazing Naruto filler of Team 7 trying to take of Kakashi's mask (Sasuke's participation WAS the best!), but fillers in the middle of epicness is just not right. Not appropriate at all. Like, I built in hype for something that doesn't even relate to anything?
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton was like a huge filler. This book didn't need to be this thick because most of it was filler. Filler of fight scenes and fight scenes. After a while, it got very boring very fast. And if you just skipped right to the second book, you would've missed out on, like, only one important scene that could be summarized in two sentences. Sure, you might argue that those fight scenes were for character development, but I don't think so. The first few fight scenes were for character development. The other 10, nope, not necessary. I got her. I got Ellie. We're tight. We understand each other.
Speaking of Ellie, I have no idea why people dislike her so much. I could personally relate to her because we both share something. We share this neighborhood of suburbia wealth. Although my family isn't rich by any means, as I have one single parent trying to support a family of four, the community I lived in was pretty wealthy. In fact, I lived in one of the highest-income counties in the States. (I moved. I live in Canada now hehe). I'm not kidding. Top 10, to be exact. By everyone's seventeenth birthday, everyone had a car. BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, you name, you got it. Parents allowed their seventeen year olds to party under their roofs. If not, kids threw parties anyways. People went to the mall all the time, people went to Free Movies Tuesdays, I see brand names dropped in school, rich girls and rich boys complained about petty shit. We stalk each other on Facebook, we text each other even though we sit right next to each other. So what? To me, Ellie's world was perfectly normal. Her world was my world. Of course, without the Grim.
Work hard during the weekdays, party harder during the weekends, right?
Most reviewers say this is absurd, I say this is real life.
So when Ellie complained, I felt her.
"It was nights like these that made me wish I had a dog. I needed an excuse to get out of my house and go for a walk. Anything to get the hell out of here."
I couldn't personally relate to her when she dressed up all slutty for Halloween and when she became the Preliator, but Ellie was good. She wasn't bad. I still don't understand why people say she's bad.
Will on the other hand. HE was not SWOONABLE. AT ALL. HAHAHA are you kidding me? The author made him sound all sexy, but no. I found Caden a hundred times more sensual. (view spoiler)[ I knew Will loved Ellie the first time we met him. His confession was so unsurprising. Like, seriously. Was anyone actually like OMASDOKFJASDKFASD WHAT? HE LOVES HER? Cause I wasn't. I was like meh, whatever. Who cares. Let's go. (hide spoiler)]
(And was it just me, or were there a lot of times that you felt like you were reading Twilight all over again?? )
Now, the reason why I didn't really like this book as a whole was because of the writing and the plot. I just don't find paranormal/supernatural romance that exciting anymore. I'm so over it. And the whole thing just reminded me of Bleach, but worse because Ellie can never be compared to Rukia. And I am basically Atheist so I have no idea about God and Lucifer and Gabriel and any of that shit. Like, honestly, I don't. I fucking don't.
Now welcome to examples of bad writing and just awkwardness!
"He flashed me a grin. 'I'll show you someday.' I smiled back. 'Now you've got me all intrigued.'"
LOLOLOL IS THIS SEX? PORN? HAHAAH
"A young man was sitting at a desk against the wall, reading a book that I was sure was thicker than my upper body"
Wait. What? Thicker than your upper body?
"Techniques that had once been second nature to me in the past lives were returning. It wasn't quite like riding a bike, but I was getting there."
Why are you comparing this to riding a bike? I don't get it. SO RANDOM. WUT.
"He smiled a dark, delicious smile."
How is a smile dark and delicious?? Like delicious like you want eat out his lips? Like, sexually? But what about dark..?
And WHO ACTUALLY SAYS THIS (same page):
"'You're so sweet, you're going to give me a cavity, really.'"
But props for this book giving me one of my worst nightmares ever.
If it weren't for the stellar reviews of the second installment, I wouldn't be reading the next book.
-- Do I know you? Cause you look a lot like my next boyfriend. ...more
You know a novel is bad when you find out its title was inspired by a contemporary song. Beyoncé, to say the least.
Okay, maybe that's not always trueYou know a novel is bad when you find out its title was inspired by a contemporary song. Beyoncé, to say the least.
Okay, maybe that's not always true, but Halo was a rather bad and boring book nonetheless. I didn't finish it, because I couldn't finish it.
Oh, and you know a story is abandon-able when you dread reading it.
Anyways, because Halo already has a bunch of snarky, fucking long ass reviews rants, and because I do not have enough venom in me at this moment, this will just be a simple analysis. Screw that, actually. This won't even be an analysis because there's no meaning of this work as a fucking whole to examine and discuss.
Okay, let's just start.
If Ms. Adornetto wasn't infodumping, she was describing pointless shit. Look, I love descriptive writing. That's mainly why I actually love Victorian novels. All the description, and ah! So fascinating. Sure, I do get annoyed sometimes and fall asleep, (hint, hint: first chapter of Wuthering Heights ), but I always get through it because I like it. Halo's infodump and description was just too much though. Know when to stop, please, I am begging you! I legit flipped through pages and missed nothing. Ms. Meyer's description didn't bother me, so how come Ms. Adronetto's did?
Let's proceed to the next topic!
Stereotypes are true to an extent, in my opinion. Most definitely they do not apply to every individual in the world (MOST DEFINITELY IS THE KEY WORD HERE, PEOPLE), but to a degree, then yeah, I believe sterotypes are true. After all, how else did they arise in the first place? People saw a BASIC and GENERAL trend and made a mental note of it. I get stereotyped all the fucking time because I am who I am, but am I like what the stereotypes say I am? Absolute the fuck not. But I do know people who are what I am to be exactly what the stereotypes say they are. As I said, stereotypes are true to an extent. Okay, so I told my very Korean friend this opinion of mine, and he disagreed. Before I tell you what he told me, I would like to tell YOU some background information about him. Even though I called him very Korean, he's actually not very Korean at all. Born in America, can only understand/speak/read a little of the Korean language, and if you saw him, reeks WHITEEEE and westernization. Essentially, he's a white guy. Stuck in an Asian body. Oh, and he's not smart and can drive extremely well, if you're stereotyping and wondering yourself. Whatever, he argued that stereotypes are not true, that they only exist because of stupid people. I shrugged, I mean, people are stupid. Later that night, I thought about our conversation and formulated a theory:
Although stereotypes are true to a certain degree and extent, unintelligent, dimwitted, dumb fucking ass people believe stereotypes are applicable to every human being that walks this planet of ours.
Look, we can't escape nor stop stereotypes, let's face it. (When I said "my very Asian friend," didn't you jump to conclusions?) But what we can do is discourage people into thinking stereotypes are 100% true and are related to every individual.
HOWEVER, Halo here was so fucking heavy on stereotypes I was straining myself not to rip out pages 27 and 28 and burn them in my heat dish.
Some quotes to prove my point:
"I'd listened in on the prayers of teenager girls and most of them centered on being accepted by the "popular" crowd and finding a boyfriend who played on the ruby team." (27).
"The music posse was made up of boys with shoulder-length hair, untidy strands falling over their eyes. They carried instrument cases and had musical chords scrawled on their arms in black felt pen" (27).
"There was a small minority of goths who had set themselves apart by the use of heavy eye makeup and spiky hairdos..."(27).
"Those who liked to think of themselves as artistic had accessorized the uniform with berets or hats and colorful scarves." (28).
"Some girls traveled in packs, like a group of platinum blondes who crossed the road with their arms linked." (28).
"The academic types were easily identified; they worse pristine uniforms with no altercations and carried the official school backup." (28).
And, on, and on, and on!
Really, Alex? Really? Stereotypes are true TO AN EXTENT, but it's so obvious she believes all stereotypes are completely true no matter what. I mean, why else would she create a high school with this kind of cliché groups if she doesn't believe that?
I was so surprised I didn't find something along these lines, "Before Gabriel and I entered the school building, I caught sight of the Chess Club. Or what I assumed was the Chess Club. A group of Chinese boys were staring intently at the large pieces sitting idly in front of them. One kid pushed his thick, black framed glasses up his nose to keep it from sliding down. After a brief silence of narrowing his already smaller eyes, he muttered something in Mandarin and smiled. Checkmate. I understood Mandarin, of course. As an Angel, we understood all human language."
And that is how it's fucking done.
This is the perfect segue to the next point.
Bethany does not fucking miss a beat to say how ADSJFKSD;KJFSAD;LKJFSDA;LKJ OMG OMG OMG AMAZING her species are. She NEVER fails to remind the readers that angels are wayyyy better than silly humans. Oh us, what are we to these beautiful creatures of heaven?
And the preaching in this book?
What I don't understand is that the angels are sent from heaven to eliminate the AGENCY OF EVIL? What was it called, again? The name sounded so fucking ridiculous I don't even remember. But the AGENCY OF EVIL or whatever shit, was so irrelevant. The job of Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany is, and I quote, "to perform good deeds, acts of charity and kindness; to lead by example" (21). Do these angels REALLY think all they have to do is that to eliminate evilness in our world? And why the fuck Venus Cove of all places? Have they heard of Africa? Genocides, maybe? Maybe we should stop that first. Or maybe we should end the wars we're having. How about finding a cure for cancer? Lowering the crime rate? Helping the poor? Ugh, fine. Not even that, then. What about stopping bullying in high schools? Do they not know kids kill themselves because they get harassed and threatened by other kids? If you are going to "bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness," stopping bullying in a school is the least they can do. And here, Ms. Adornetto is stereotyping herself to no extent, contributing to the "darkness" of the world. How hypocritical!
These angels want to fucking change humanity―BY GOING TO HIGH SCHOOL? AND FALLING IN LOVE? AND― WHAT THE ABSOLUTE FUCK IS THIS SHIT I'M READING?
I am about to explode in two seconds.
And I still haven't even mentioned Bethany as a character yet.
Saying she is a fucking dumb bitch who is infatuated with a dude she met for two seconds is an understatement.
Ugh, I'm dead.
-- Is there a ninja in your pants? Cause YOUR ASS IS KICKIN! ...more
Willow is so cool―I really like her. I like her a lot more than I like Alex. She is so spunky, as I said in one of my statuses below, and I loveOkay.
Willow is so cool―I really like her. I like her a lot more than I like Alex. She is so spunky, as I said in one of my statuses below, and I love how witty she is. And I also really like the fact that she can fix cars. I'm sure that's a major turn on for guys, no? Her love for cars and her unique nature sets her apart from other YA female characters, and I admire that about her, but for some reason, Willow Fields (God, I love her name), reminds me a lot of Grace Brisbane from the Shiver series. Maybe it's because they're both really different from everyone else.
Hmmm..what do you guys think?
Okay, moving on!
What's his last name again?
Okay, so I don't really like Alex. Sure he's so AHMAGAWD SO HOT and I was kinda swooning over him, but then I knew better because his personality is just.....not right. For what he is, he shouldn't be what he is. (Does that make sense? It will in a few sentences). Unfortunately, that's more of Ms. Weatherly's fault than anything. Alex is supposed to be this heartless hunter/assassin. He's lost everyone he's loved, so he must be this very hardcore, powerful, badass, stoic and emo guy like Sasuke right? NO, YOU ARE INCORRECT. Alex is the most sensitive and girly dude I've ever met in my entire life. Seriously. Once he laid eyes on Willow, I knew his tough guy image was over. Gone. POOF! He was completely sucked into Willow's beauty and everything else about her. It was like nothing else mattered in the world but her.
[insert record scratching noise]
NO, NO, NO!
It's not supposed to be like that!
If Sasuke fell for every beautiful girl he saw, then what would become of him?
As the story progressed, Alex's character just kind of fell apart for me. I don't hate him at all, he just doesn't appeal to me.
Now, Alex and Willow together. I didn't have any problems with the romance.......I mean, at least they didn't admit their love for each other right away. Alex and Willow's relationship did grow, there was some sort of romance development, so whatever.
Jonah was pretty chill [insert spoiler].
A lot of readers found the middle part of this book to be really boring and slow, but I didn't mind it, at all actually.
Now, the reason why I fell out of real love with this book is because of the plot. It had way too many holes, and because of that, became too unbelievable.
But overall, I liked Angel Burn. The research done for these angels was cray-cray. Everything was explained pretty decently too, and the mythology made sense. The writing was fine.
Cool beans yooooo.
The second book sounds more amazing. I love how it's coming out in, like, four days.
Hurrah for me!
I love me a luv triangle.
And I heard the second book is thick as hell.
Did you know that...? 1. I actually like Grace more than I like Sam, too. 2. This book broke my 1-star streak. The last four books I read were all unfinished and not good.