Strangely enough, what I really enjoyed was the part when things got messed up. And when things became action-y (is that even a word?) with all these...moreStrangely enough, what I really enjoyed was the part when things got messed up. And when things became action-y (is that even a word?) with all these groups of hitmen trying to bring the main lead down. Of course, his Achilles' heel is the girl. But mad props to the girl for she didn’t cower even though she was dealing with thugs that can kill her in a blink of an eye.
It made me think about the action of the heroine as well as her father. Did it validate the reason to take someone’s life because of the threat to her life (and the said person killed many)? Or because he took someone else’s life therefore he is entitled to take that person life as well? An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth? This sort of moral ambiguity always leaves me confused.
The romance was so-so. I found the voyeuristic behavior of the guy really creepy. Hey, he said he always watches people, so yeah, I’ll give him a free pass this time. But for the record, stalker tendency? Not really sexy.
PS: I kinda knew that something will happen between Daniel and Raegan. Oh, the foreshadowing wasn’t really that subtle.
My interest for this series had gone from the top then painfully skidded to the bottom. And with that I didn’t set anything for Champion. I didn’t car...moreMy interest for this series had gone from the top then painfully skidded to the bottom. And with that I didn’t set anything for Champion. I didn’t care if the characters met their makers at the end. I really just no longer care. And yet, for some strange and out of this world reason I still wanted to read it. Called it an obligation if you may, because when I’m already at this point, I don’t call quits.
It turned out I’m wrong with all these assumptions. It was too soon to judge because truthfully the conclusion of Legend series was actually pretty neat. Not too neat that it was predictable, it was an ending that you wanted for the characters. I wanted it for Day and June. After all the things they had to face just to get the kind of peace they deserved. In fact, I got reacquainted with a character and the midst of my reading I think I’ve had unearthed this buried emotion for him. Yes him, it’s for Day. Did I tell you that I no longer care for anyone of them? That was true, at least at the beginning it was. But somehow, Day took me by surprise. The things he had to suffer, needed to experience, and the worries he had had spoken to me the most. I really felt his feelings this time. I’m glad that I did have a connection with Day when I thought it was already too late for that.
I think June grew on me, too. And while not at the same level as Day, I now understood her in a way I didn’t in Prodigy. I didn’t like the sequel so my hopes for this one was almost next to nothing, that includes the characters. But I think it returned with retribution that I’m absolutely and delightfully grateful for. And having seen June doing her responsibilities like the ones I knew in Legend was really refreshing, but this time she wasn’t blind on reality of things.
But after all they endured and needed to face in order to achieve what they have, I think the last details were really necessary. When they got separated, I found myself having difficulty accepting it. I think they deserved it, among all of them, that sort of ending. Yes, it could be predictable but I think they’re worthy of it. So I’m really glad that things worked out in the end. It wasn’t an absolute one, but starting (again) from somewhere simple is better than nothing at all.
I liked the conclusion; just like my experience with the entire series; it went from the top, then fell to the bottom but managed to successfully get up again. There’s something to be said about this kind of ending. I enjoyed it although I’m not really in love with it, but still, it was an entertaining one. So kudos, fans wouldn’t be disappointed—that I’m quite sure.
If you haven't heard of Katekyo Hitman Reborn, which is a manga series I absolutely adore, they have this thing called box weapon. Inside this box we...moreIf you haven't heard of Katekyo Hitman Reborn, which is a manga series I absolutely adore, they have this thing called box weapon. Inside this box weapon are animals that aid the owner. Oh, they can transform themselves into weapons, too. So this Pandora thing they have, it wasn’t new to me. Although it didn’t claim that it was (in all fairness). It just to me, the similarities from other fandoms were just starting to pile themselves. And I’m not even starting on how Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott eerily reminded me of The Hunger Games.
Tella Hollaway’s brother, Cody, is sick and she needed the cure for him. Then suddenly, a small box containing information that can help Cody landed on her hands. She needed to compete in this race called Brimstone Bleed. It’s a race that will last up to three months and will take place on different places: desert, sea, mountains, jungle. And the prize? It was what she wanted all along, what she wanted for Cody: the Cure.
I enjoyed most of it, but the irrational part of me was nagging me the whole time and telling me that I’ve seen this, read that. Sometimes I’m not really bothered by it but the things in here perpetually reminded me of that, and I can’t help but to draw parallels. Unfortunately, it was a struggle to pretend the whole time that what I’m reading was something I wasn’t already aware of. Even the motivation of the heroine is achingly familiar to me.
Tella was rather inconsistent to me. There were good moments, and I do really like that her objective was noble, selfless. I needed to see how strong her bond is with her brother so I can understand the root of her determination. And I think I saw that in her. Every time she was in trouble, she was holding on her goal of getting the cure for him. And that is what I really liked about her. She got spunk, too, but sometimes I sort of questioned her intellect because she went and decide on things I would normally doubt, but I guess that is just me. On the other hand, she knew how to weigh things, like, there are certain shady (which I already suspected from early on) characters there. And I’m glad that she wised up and think farther than was just happening at the moment. It was one of the things that I did like about her.
Can I take a moment and introduce you to Guy Chambers? I think the name doesn’t’ suit him, it’s so simple. But nothing is simple in this guy (pun intended). Although I wasn’t sure of him from the beginning. I mean if you’re in a competition, isn’t natural instinct to doubt other people? I did lot of that to other characters, which is to say were plenty. I guess he was the type of character where you get to know more, that you'll be able to strip off his layers as you progress.
The ending left me a bit dissatisfied, because the later parts were the ones that truly reeled me in. So perhaps, the ingenuity wasn’t there but the entertaining factor sure is.
This novella for me is a revelation. It’s also a foreshadowing. It surprises me both in good and sad way. I’m very much vocal of my adoration towards...moreThis novella for me is a revelation. It’s also a foreshadowing. It surprises me both in good and sad way. I’m very much vocal of my adoration towards Warner but I don’t have that much hate on Adam. I liked him just fine. The reason why I don’t prefer him is that he’s sort of bland. He doesn’t have much character and something’s telling me that he wasn’t the right guy for Juliette. Then Destroy Me and Unravel Me came that showed things that support my theory. But Fracture Me, ironically, which was told from Adam’s POV cemented it even more. I never would have guessed how fragile his feelings for Juliette were. I can’t even compare it to how he feels for James. Because if there’s only one person he needs to save, and between his little brother and woman she claimed he loved, I’m pretty sure, he—without a doubt—will save James. Don’t get me wrong, I admired his love for his brother but it just shows that she’s not his priority. He can even abandon her safety as long as the welfare of his brother is secured.
(I think Adam earned some positive merit from me. He loves his brother and they have each other longer than he had Juliette. Of course, it is understandable that he wants his only family safety first. That doesn’t make his love for Juliette any less than what he really had for her. That’s actually the real question here: how much did he love her from the very start?)
He doesn’t have a real inkling on what’s going on her mind. He doesn’t completely understand her and that’s why I think before that their relationship wouldn’t work. But what make it so unbearably sad is what Adam really thought of her—a weakling. I don’t entirely think of his words as insult (although it does sound kinda like it) but to describe a person in such negative context made me question his already questionable intentions. What he thought of her is the EXACT opposite of what Warner thinks of Juliette. He always pushes her forward, to embrace her potential, to make her understand that she is indeed strong. Whereas Adam wanted to baby Juliette, he even thinks that she’s going to weigh them down. I didn’t expect him to feel that way for Juliette, but it is without a shadow of doubt, true.
In fact, I even saw more sincerity on Kenji. He was the one who was hell-bent on saving Juliette. He even blamed himself to what has happened. He’s the one reminding Adam that he should be worried, but no, he wanted to seize the momentarily peace they have and not stifle James safety unnecessarily. Now, tell me why should Juliette end up with Adam? Because I don’t see a single thing that will save his face with this revelation. Not even with the things he did in the first two books.
It’s foreshadowing, that I can tell you. I don’t even need an image of Warner kissing Juliette (although will greatly appreciate) shoved to my face to know that they will be the end game. This novella pretty much solidified that. I have so much to say about their relationship but I’m saving it on my manifesto I’m writing for them (for my Project Sixty-Two entry). But this novella definitely gave me the assurance I need.
The story was bit shorter. It did bridge the gap between book 2 and 3. It wasn’t as personal as Destroy Me, and the one significant thing I learned from Adam is that he loves his brother so much. But also we got to know how things had happened prior to the opening chapter of Ignite Me. And by the looks of it, it promises amazing things to come. Yes, Juliette, remove those gloves, and go all out. I’m ending this review with my favorite quote from Ignite Me:
“If there were even the slightest chance I could spare you this pain,” he finally says, “I would’ve taken it. You must know I wouldn’t have said it if it weren’t absolutely true.” — Warner
I’m so, so ready. I’m impatiently waiting here, and I have the feeling the wait will definitely pay off.
Let me clarify my rating first. This doesn’t have anything to do with Adam. And from the looks of it, it just cemented the reason why Warner and Juliette should be together. Actually, it solidify the end game here. Their understanding of the girl is contrasting, like night and day. It also showed who Adam main priority is; in a way told us who the most important person in his life is. And it ain't Juliette (not even himself). I was really surprised on how things went down in here. I didn’t expect Adam to be this callous and violent than necessary, or from what I know of him.
I have tons to say but let me process all these thoughts in my head properly(it's wee hours of the night here). Adam gave me something to think about. Expect a lengthy review later.
See, I care for you Adam. I even changed the title, added the synopsis of your novella, and I even uploaded the cover. (11/03) Why so broken Adam? ;)
**** Adam fans, this one's for all of you! ;) I'll still be reading you though. Don't worry. ;)
Is it too much to ask for another Warner Novella? Is it? *bribes mafi with cakes & cookies*
I'm just gonna sit here patiently and wait for Ignite Me! Warneeeer!!!
This came as a surprise that I ended up totally digging this book. It was sweet and light story of forgiveness and second chance. Everyone deserves on...moreThis came as a surprise that I ended up totally digging this book. It was sweet and light story of forgiveness and second chance. Everyone deserves one because it is an inevitable part of our life that sometimes we make the wrong choice. That we assumed that our choices are the right ones especially if we include in the decision making the people we love and their welfare.
This is what happened with Liam and Josie. He made the wrong decision for the both of them and this broke them apart. But the death of his friend made him return to his hometown and what caught his eye is a boy who has a splitting image as his. And the mother of this boy—his one true love: Josie.
This is one sweet. I liked it. I have sweet spot with stories that involved a child and that child helping close the gap. I so wanted the kid to have his family whole. This is one is not that overly dramatic, it has moments of heavy emotions but the feeling didn’t weigh me down. I really enjoyed it to the last page. And well, I loved the kid. So there. (less)
This book. Unbreakable. Gosh, I don’t even know how to start. I’m overwhelmed with different kinds of emotions right now. I didn’t expect to feel this...moreThis book. Unbreakable. Gosh, I don’t even know how to start. I’m overwhelmed with different kinds of emotions right now. I didn’t expect to feel this way; I liked Unraveling but I didn’t entirely love it. So I went on and read this book with a mindset of ‘read, get it over and be done with it.’ But man, way to topple down my expectations to the ground. You know what my heart looks like right now? It was butchered into tiny unrecognizable pieces (because of a certain guy). I just can’t believe everything that has happened here: the worst and the best. And if I were to concise this review into one word; without blinking an eye I would say: Awesome!
It’s been months after Janelle and Ben got separated. She’s starting to move on with her life when suddenly Agent Taylor Barclay appeared and asked for her help. There’s a multiuniversal crime that is happening between different alternate worlds. People are being kidnapped and selling them off as slaves. And the worst part of this, Ben is the prime suspect. Barclay asked her help to locate Ben and to clean this mess that’s affecting everyone, including someone she knows. And her decision must be made; the clock is ticking rapidly as they only have five days to sort everything out.
Unbreakable is so good. You have to grip tightly on your chair because this book will move you on a rollercoaster high. I mentioned that I didn’t expect to love this book so much. But gosh, it is packed with action and suspense that got my heart beats faster than normal. Every day, hour, minute and second that was shedding off on their time had me filled up with a combination of nervousness and excitement. So yeah, what’s not to like? I’m always on my edge of my seat with the things unfolding in front of me. It’s too hard to guess what will happen next because it always took a different route. One I’m not familiar with. It was amazing, I couldn’t even properly explain.
But what upset me the most is what has happened to Barclay. But here’s a confession, I completely forgot who he was when I started reading this book. I don’t remember him. At all. And I sorta want to kick myself for forgetting such an amazing character. He’s the one holding the group together. I loved how he plan things and how he operates them. In fact, I absolutely adore his relationship with Janelle particularly that part when she and Ben got reunited. He was shaking her into senses like I would do if I were in there. If only things happened the way I wanted I would love to explore possible romantic relationship between Janelle and Barclay. I know, he’s much older than her, but he’s only on his twenties, still young if you asked me. But that can never happen; it’s already a done deal. To compensate, I’ll lend a hand to give this hero a tribute he deserves.
If I didn’t know about Unbreakable being part of series, I would have say that this book can stand alone and shines brighter than its predecessor. Every nook and corner of this book is jammed with adrenaline-rushing scenes. This is one of those books who promises a thrilling ride and delivers magnificently. I’ll say it again and I think I wouldn’t be tired saying it: Unbreakable? It was Awesome!
I wholeheartedly agree with all those glittering reviews. This one is a fantastic read. Good thing I tried it and shrugged off my sister’s commen...more4.5/5
I wholeheartedly agree with all those glittering reviews. This one is a fantastic read. Good thing I tried it and shrugged off my sister’s comment that I would not like it because I’m not ‘into high-fantasy’ (which is true, normally I’m not). But I followed my gut instinct, there’s something about it…ok, scratch that, I’m coming clean it was the two boys that got me to read it. And guess what, I super love one of the boys. And he’s not even the prince!
I find high-fantasy perplexing and it is a struggle to imagine a different world so that’s why I settle with books that are not set in alternate world. But I’m not exactly sure what Throne of Glass has that made me love it despite it is something I’m not usually fond of. Perhaps the world wasn’t really that confusing (I’m not gonna say just because it is marketed for teens that it is shallow. It’s not. I think it was lucid but still easy to read). Another reason was maybe the characters are just amazingly crafted. Yes, it was the characters. I love, love the characters whether it’s the villain or Celaena, the main girl. I love my female protagonist who knows her worth, who is strong but not violent. I’m having problems with books that portray strong-willed characters by making them doing stupid stunts and have hostile behavior (violence ≠ strong). Celaena is strong, in fact even though she’s an assassin (which I have an impression at the beginning that she’s standoffish and withdrawn) to my surprise she has fun side. She likes reading, she knows how to tick off the boys, particularly the captain of the guard, Chaol Westfall. And she could be romantic too (just like an ordinary girl). How often do you see a supposed cold-hearted slayer who was all giddy after the prince danced with her? Not often. There’s so much about Celaena that surprises me (in a good way!) and I loved her for that.
*B-bring the boys out ~♪ ♫*
I like the boys. And I love one of them. Prince Dorian was nice, all princely. I like him because sometimes he’s just like Celaena. But there’s something missing about him. Guts? Charm? Personality? I couldn't quite put my finger on. He’s not bad but he didn’t sweep me of my feet like Chaol did. Yes, I’m now disclosing his name—Chaol Westfall. Chaol had me from the very start. I like how loyal, quiet and reserved he is. He’s the exact opposite of Celaena. He’s so serious but that’s what made him stand out for me. How he keep his feelings (this made things fun challenging for me!) to himself. How rare we see his real side (even though it was minimal it left a mark). I liked how Celaena teased him and he answered her back if not mad, detached (but I know he cares). He’s just keeping it all locked up! I was swooning when he gave her a ring. Or when he secretly observing her. Or when they hug! They just hug but I swear sparks fly. I love how simple gesture makes me happy.
I’m part of the minority who enjoys her love triangle. So with that said you’re guess is right, I’m Team Chaol! I love how different they are! He even abandoned his principles (view spoiler)[he killed someone (hide spoiler)] for her. The thing with Prince Dorian is that their relationship was predictable. You can see it even with your eyes closed and blindfold on that she will fall for him because he’s the prince. I liked that when it comes to Chaol, he saw beyond Celaena’s assassin persona. I’m not gonna say he’s in love, but I know it’s starting from somewhere and not magically there (aka insta-love).
There’s more to Throne of Glass than my obsessive fangirling with Chaol and Celaena. I think it wasn’t action-packed as I expected it to be but I enjoyed the part where she was fighting to become the King’s champion. When it comes to it, the book can be in high gear when it tries. I’m not complaining I enjoyed the story for how it was.
Wrapping this up it with my usual remark, I so want to read the next book!!! When?! WHEN?!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I have to admit that this one is entirely my fault. Normally I would have loved it because everything I want in a YA sci-fi novel is here. Plus the in...moreI have to admit that this one is entirely my fault. Normally I would have loved it because everything I want in a YA sci-fi novel is here. Plus the inevitable romance which is always a part of the YA package. You know me needs some lovin’. I got those plus more, but my sorry state of mind that day couldn’t process the awesome bits this book offers. This utterly disappoints me since I want to be one of those reviewers who end up loving this book. I want to write a positive one but alas, I can’t because I wasn’t into it as I hoped.
Now if you’re asking what went wrong, admittedly I don’t have concrete answers. But maybe I wasn’t into the genre as of now. If you noticed the books I read as of the moment I’m seriously digging indie new adult and adult books. Maybe this isn’t the high time venturing to these types because my mind wouldn’t enjoy it. That’s what I think is the reasons why I didn’t completely love it.
I gave it two stars and that means I like it. I did like it. Logically speaking I like the concept of the book. It was refreshing take on what I think is young adult version of bourne identity-esque story. Anna is the protagonist of the story, she knows about a few things about her father’s work especially about the boys. She became friends with them: Trav, Nick, Cas and Sam—the most special among them because she fell in love with him. But these boys are not just ordinary people they are genetically altered human. But for some reason they need to escape and when they were out they tried to put together pieces of their memories and mystery about their past. But it’s not only about them, because Anna also found an integral detail about her life.
Sounds awesome, right? There’s action there, some suspense and bit of mystery as they pieced the information they gathered. Of course there’s romance, obviously Anna adores Sam. He’s probably the huge reason why she visited them at the lab. But like the rest of the book, I’m not quite fond of their bond or their relationship. It was ok, I see why she likes him and the romance was tastefully done but I just couldn’t connect my emotions and the book (including the characters). It’s like how I felt with Elemental series. I was ‘well, this is awesome but how come I didn’t like it?” It made me seriously doubt my ability to process and appreciate a good book.
But unlike the Elemental series, I did finish it so perhaps in some unknown reason we did synch in a bit because I was interested enough to see how it ends. And I kind of like how it ends, it just that…well, it was, yes pun intended didn’t alter my view about the entire thing. So I think it is with finality that I will not read the sequel despite the ‘oh my gosh’ moment in the end. I’m pretty sure I would have forgotten the story (which is already fading in my mind as of speaking) by the time the sequel is out. But good for you people who love it, like I said earlier I envy you guys for loving the book I desire to love.(less)
Between Stormdancer and False Memory, I think I like Insignia a little better. There’s something redeemable with humorous characters that even though I don’t completely love the book, I still can genuinely say I enjoy it because the character/s made me snicker a lot of times. Oooh, those fun times!
Yes, I really thought this book was serious. So it was surprise that there’s hidden fun side to it. Never thought that it’s also going to be this funny. The blurb gave me this very science-y feel to it and I’m very cautious with these kinds. I’m not good with technical terms. Let’s just say my attention span doesn’t last long when big words are involved. Well, this book is highly technical there are so many words that for me feel that only an expert would understand. I admit that I skimmed some parts and sometimes it felt like I’m reading my textbook. But surprisingly it didn’t stop me from reading. I think Tom Raines made it worth continuing despite the book and I awkward differences.
I love protagonist that is molded perfectly for the story. Tom is like that and I may add—more? This is evidently his story. He’s not made to fit the story. It was his and he is sharing it to us. That’s how I felt, I really like this boy. He’s smart, tenacious but really funny. He’s far from perfect. He’s just a normal teen boy looking for his place in the sun. I loved how it was portrayed. And have I told you that I love underdogs. So when Tom got people’s attention and saw his potential, his talent, I can’t help grinning because I love that specific moment when someone who was always in the shadow finally got their moment to shine. When they finally acknowledge him.
“I’m Tom. And believe it or not, this—” he gestured to himself like he was proud of how very handsome he was “—isn’t an avatar, either.” Heather giggled, because his avatar looked just like him—acne and scrawny limbs and all. It definitely wasn’t an image anyone would use to impress people online.”
He’s just so funny. I just need to say it again.
It probably is me but the world Tom and the others walk in is very scary world for me. Almost if not everything is virtual that even their minds are being corrupted (yep, saw it as a negative thing) by technology. Most of their method are virtually done. I love science, I love gadgets and the works but when most things are done through this process you’ll see yourself asking what’s real and what’s not because something is altering that should be naturally occurred.
So maybe it was a bumpy adventure. There are lows and there were highs and there were moments I don’t really understand why. But screw it all because when Tom shines, he shines bright. I love his story. I love how his life drastically changed from where he is now. I can’t help feeling this sense of pride and happiness for him. He started with almost nothing and when it ended he gained a lot. And there’s more to add. In more ways I could think of.(less)
This book was unexpected. Some were funny, some were totally crazy, and few bits were geeky. I haven’t played RPG, like ever. Unfortunately, I have a...moreThis book was unexpected. Some were funny, some were totally crazy, and few bits were geeky. I haven’t played RPG, like ever. Unfortunately, I have a very low tolerance for games (all kinds of video games). Since I absolutely have no idea how these things work, I thought it’ll be a refreshing read, very unique experience for me. Well, it was indeed refreshing, although admittedly some parts had me confused.
Perry Eckert loved the game Creatures & Caverns. He loved it so much that it made his parents worried with his fixation to this game. They thought he had himself isolated, that according to his mom he wasn’t ‘socially progressing’ so they decided to send him off to camp. In camp Washika he met Mortin Enaw, one of the consultants of the game. He asked Perry for his help to save the world (Mortin’s world). All he needed to do was to kiss a girl in the camp named Anna Morgolis. Anna was like an equivalent version of their princess who was captured by Ophisa. And ever since she was captured their world was in chaos. If he kissed her, she (the princess) will be freed and it’ll stop their world from destruction.
So the gist is: he needed to kiss a girl and he can save an entire world. He’ll be a hero! Sounds easy, right? The funny thing though it was long, tedious job for Perry. He did plenty of attempts, and failed miserably (but no worries, it was interesting turned of events. Like I totally didn’t expect it.) He also met Ada, Mortin’s intern; she helped and explained stuff about his task. And well, let's just say she has bigger role to his life now. I don’t want to give away more important things (I think I have spoiled you enough, sorry). But like I said earlier it was unexpected and I liked how it turned out in the end.
The lowlight for me was that it wasn’t a very smooth reading for me. There were mind boggling things and were not necessarily in a good way. The stuff about the game (I blamed my lack of knowledge) or some conversation, particularly between Mortin and Perry wasn’t really clear for me. There were words popping up and I needed to go back and check if I get it right (I don’t even know why Mortin smokes pebbles). There were even things inserted in the middle of the conversation that were totally random (or maybe I just didn’t see the connection). Another confession, some dialogues that I think were supposedly funny, instead of me laughing, I was wrinkling my brows because I was confused. But not all the time because on most parts when it was funny, it was really funny (and I actually get it this time, thank goodness).
It took me long enough to warm up with Perry’s character. There’s nothing really noticeable, nothing that stands out to me. He’s so normal (no pun intended), like the typical passionate gamer-boy. But throughout his so called adventures, he grew. I liked how his character matured during the entire ordeal. And I most especially liked how the story wrapped up, with Perry gaining a lot from this experience. Like from hating his name—Peregrine—to loving it because he finally realized that his name means something relevant.
I liked it. For something that is entirely out of my comfort zone, I enjoyed most of thing the book has to offer. If you want something new, something fun, you will definitely enjoy this one. Besides, this book is not only about saving princess or saving the world. There’s more to Perry—and the story— than that.
I received an eARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss. Thank you.(less)
I thought of Tempest when I first saw this book. And let’s just say I have slight penchant to books told from guy’s pov. Besides, the idea of und...more3.5/5
I thought of Tempest when I first saw this book. And let’s just say I have slight penchant to books told from guy’s pov. Besides, the idea of undoing a decision sounds very unique—no, awesome to me. So I requested this book preparing myself to the awesomeness.
Or so I thought.
It was good, but it’s not remarkable. I think what lured readers like me was the concept of ‘shifting.’ I have read time-traveling books but this was my first to have read a character that can ‘shift (undo decisions he made).’ I thought once he found out what he is, and the relevance of what he can do, the adrenalin will rush in. But I didn’t get that jumpy feeling. I liked boy’s pov (in this kind of book) for the very reason of getting action-packed, the adventure-like feeling. It’s just a bonus if there’s romance too. But I was disappointed that I didn’t get that. Unlike others I was more interested at the beginning but it dragged as I continue on.
I’m not sure if there’s a sequel but for me, it felt complete (which is nice, actually). What I liked about it was there were several mini arcs. From Scott knowing his ability, the training, the investigation about the deaths then Project Ganymede and lastly the ending. Plus point that I didn’t suspect the real antagonist, so that was a nice twist. Anyway, I liked each arcs felt resolved. The reason why I liked the beginning (and bit of the training) was because I was really interested with his shifting. I got to know how it affects others, or the events/future, and the shifter’s decisions are the only decision he can undo. It has a shounen manga atmosphere when Scott was on his training and there were two guys fighting (training) in a speed-of-light-like since they were undoing their decisions—their moves. It was cool. Other than that, the rest were pretty average.
Scott was a nice protagonist. Maybe I was expecting him to be fun, hilarious a la Percy Jackson since I kinda sensed the trait when I read the prologue. But unfortunately he’s not. Although that said, I liked that I saw his character matured. While Aubrey is a great example of my peeves. I hate it when kids act like old person (adult) but failed to deliver. It was unbelievable; with the smoking, tough chick act/speaking. It was forced, fake. I did predict that she might be Scott’s ‘apple of the eye’ and needless to say I was right. But it just happened. They kissed, and I was like, ‘WHAT?!’ I didn’t see any romantic vibes between them (if there were it’s so not evident) so I find that out there. Oh, well…
While it felt short to my expectations I still enjoyed it. Aside from the impressive concept, everything was pretty mundane to me.
**Thanks Netgalley and Strange Chemistry for the eARC.**(less)
I’m giving this a 3 star even though I’m greatly disappointed with the book. I was originally going to read Storm but I couldn’t get into it. Funny, I...moreI’m giving this a 3 star even though I’m greatly disappointed with the book. I was originally going to read Storm but I couldn’t get into it. Funny, I chose a bunch of kids in a superstore than the four hot brothers. That says a lot. Anyhoo, I was unable to put it down and managed to finish it in a day. Honestly, I thought it’s going to be a slow read, it wasn’t really that action-packed than I expected it’d be but I’m heavily interested with what’s happening outside the supermarket so I keep on reading. Turns out I still don’t know what’s really happening outside (the magnitude of the catastrophe). And by time the kids finally realized that they need to wear their big boy/girl pants and check outside, the book had ended.
The story of fourteen kids stuck in supermarket. That’s so different from the post-apocalyptic books I read before. Frankly I have never read such thing. This is completely original to me. Usually the setting is in a deserted island, or ruins or man-made arena where people wish that the odds will be ever in their favor. But here, they’re in a supermarket and that’s quite a convenient place. All the necessities they need are there: food, medicine, heck, even books! I was looking forward on how the book will show the kids’ survival when all their needed supplies are present. So with their basic needs covered, one of the few things I hope to see was how they will make the supplies last. And how the kids will cope up with no knowledge of what’s going to happen. Fear of uncertainties. But it almost failed to show that.
Dean is the protagonist and also the narrator. With him is his brother, a few schoolmates and some much younger kids. Dean reminded me of Percy but he lacks the sarcasm and wit Percy has. His voice wasn’t really that boring but there’s something missing that I could not completely enjoy the way he tells the story. In fact none of the characters move me, left an impression on me. Dean was this regular guy, he wasn’t the leader type and he didn’t have any monumental (no pun intended) moments. Unlike his brother who was good in computers/gadgets. Or like Niko who has good leadership skills. All I know he’s in charge of the food (he’s not even a cooking genius like Batiste) and he was madly in love with Astrid. The thing is I don’t understand why he liked her in the first place, granted she’s pretty (and popular). But what else?
In short, he was so average. And that’s not really bad. It just sort of affected the story (for me) since he’s the one telling it.
There’s also a romance and I should be celebrating, but for the love of cheesecake it was so…ugh. *smh* Dean is in love with Astrid but she liked Jake. And they were very much into each other and Dean knew, he even saw them having sex and (view spoiler)[the result of unprotected sex: she is four months pregnant (hide spoiler)] There’s also another love triangle: Niko, Josie and Brayden. And I was like “guys, the world is probably ending outside and you have the time to think of this stuff?!” Sheesh, hormones.
What I consider the climax of the story was when two adults got in the picture. Mr. Appleton who was sick and Robbie who was very charismatic won the hearts of the kids and the thirteen year old chick named Sahalia. They found out about Robbie and Sahalia and that was when the guns made an appearance. And someone died. And after that, finally, finally they thought of checking outside.
They got the bus moving but Dean stayed to my dismay. But I got the glimpse of what's happened with his family and maybe the people outside. So yes, I’m really interested to know what’s going on (because I didn’t get that much) so I’ll pick up the sequel.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** Oh man, I got one word for this book – sinister! Even if you combined Hunger Games and Divergent it wouldn’t match the intensity thi...more**spoiler alert** Oh man, I got one word for this book – sinister! Even if you combined Hunger Games and Divergent it wouldn’t match the intensity this book has. Not even one fourth. Yes, I know I’m condemning the violence of Divergent just a while ago, but Divergent doesn’t need to be that violent, it was so over the top. I mean failing the initiation doesn’t mean losing your life. Here, in Battle Royale, the kids here got no choice; it’s a matter of survival, lives are on stake.
I’m so immersed with this novel and pulled an all nighter just to finish it (it was so long). I kinda skip some of the bloody description because I don’t want to have a mental picture of how these kids killed each other (it was so gross). If you find Hunger Games violent already, then this one’s not for you. Like I said the violence, language is in extreme. But what I find interesting is how each of the student tries to survive the game… by bringing out all their artillery… figuratively and literally.
I admit, there are things that bothered me (yeah, mostly the violence) but what hold me tightly to the book is how will Shuya survive the deadliest game ever. Oh man, the book does the job. It delivers.
Ok, guys let’s give Mr. Westerfeld a big round of applause for a stellar ending for his amazing series. Goliath delivered everything I hoped the book...moreOk, guys let’s give Mr. Westerfeld a big round of applause for a stellar ending for his amazing series. Goliath delivered everything I hoped the book would be! I couldn’t be much happier with the result! I do have mixed feelings, I’m happy that the book ended in a happier note, but at same time sad that the adventures of Deryn and Alek in a rich steampunk alternate universe had now ended. Oh gosh, I’m gonna miss these two! And Bovril, how could I forget this one, I’m still hearing this little guy saying ‘Mr. Sharp!’
There are things I’ve been looking forward as the series wrap up. One, I wanted to know how the war will end, particularly the effect of it to Alek’s future. Two, well, Alek’s future, will he or will not take the throne? And finally, the one million dollar question, how Alek will know Deryn’s true identity. So, did my questions have been answered now that I got the chance to finish it? It’s a yes, and a no. YES, because it did answer my questions, and NO, because the ending was a bit different than I expected. It wasn’t as solid as I wish it would be. But I’m not really complaining about it. In hindsight, I actually preferred the ending and wouldn’t want it any other way.
For me to like the series this much, says a lot about this book’s charm. I really don’t like history, and this series had tons of historical elements. But the author is pure genius, how he put these elements together is rich, vibrant and highly enjoyable. Plus the amazing illustrations by Keith Thompson help me savor this book at its finest. Another thing that I’ve been excited to know is their visit to Japan. I’m kinda disappointed (just tiny bit though) that they didn’t stay that long. But as a consolation, they visit a few more cities before they their last stop, which in New York. Man oh man, Alek did a big decision there! Never imagined he’ll choose that path. As in never.
We all know that Alek will eventually know Deryn’s secret. I have already this cliché scenario in my head. But Westerfeld outsmart me, I mean I never would have thought that. I really liked it actually. What excites me the most about this part, besides the how of the revealing, was the reaction of these two after that. Well? That was the fun part. It was a smart play of things. A large part of the book is about the two of them working things out now that the truth is out in the open. I liked that Alek and Deryn remained consistent with their characters. Frankly, I was little apprehensive that it’ll change them. I’m glad they’re still the characters I learned to love, but relationship-wise, something did stir up after that. ;)
Well, I did say I liked the ending. But I got two words for you! BARKING SPIDERS! With that, I'll leave the rest up to your imagination.
I still can’t believe it. It ended. *cries* Goliath toppled my expectations to the ground. I loved it!! Steampunk goodness, luscious historical ideas and amazing characters all in one incredible series! And for that I’d like to thank to Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson for an amazing journey. What are you waiting for? If you loved and enjoyed the first two books – grab a copy and read this one now!(less)