I’ve been reading a lot of good press about this book. From the cliché "it’s-a-great-book-must-read-it" to "it-surpasses-Twilight-in-every-aspect." It...moreI’ve been reading a lot of good press about this book. From the cliché "it’s-a-great-book-must-read-it" to "it-surpasses-Twilight-in-every-aspect." It was even compare to Battle Royale which I’m really familiar with So with Battle Royale-esque and better than Twilight to back it up—I have got to read this book.
Hunger Games is no doubt a great book. I agree to the extent that it is better than Twilight (that says a lot because I’m a huge Twilight fan). This book by far the best book I have ever read. It was awesomely addicting I just keep reading it again and again, reliving the moment. And every time I do, I still have the same emotions the first time I read it. It was so good that is all worth the sleepless night. I read the three books in two days. That’s how engrossing it was. I just can’t put the book down once I started it. It has a complete balance of everything from action, suspense, drama, romance, yes, even humor—just like I said—everything, as in everything was in there.
I recommend this to everyone. Tired of the same routine>? Try Hunger Games. It surpassed 'em all!!(less)
One reason that attracted me to read this book is that eerie feel to it. Some book blog said it was scary that she recommends not reading it if you’re...moreOne reason that attracted me to read this book is that eerie feel to it. Some book blog said it was scary that she recommends not reading it if you’re alone. There are instances where scary movies weren’t really scary for me (e.g. Ring both Japanese and the Hollywood version). So I give this book a try. And I’m right, it wasn’t really scary, suspenseful yes, a bit creepy yes, scary (as in scary scary)? No.
The story is about Camelia and her, well… stalker. What really engrossing about this book is finding who the stalker is. There are four guys in the book and each one of them has a motive to stalk her. And since I’m kind I’m not gonna tell who (I’m crossing out Ben from the list since I’m gonna talk about him in the second book). To be honest, I really thought it was Ben (I know it’s too obvious, but the obvious is always the safest guess). He has horrible past (a suspect to his ex girlfriend’s death but he was acquitted due to lack of evidence). He is kinda aloof and quiet. And he is warning Camelia of possible danger to her life. It turns out Ben have power (surprise? Not really). He has “psychometry” and he can see events (past or future) from a person by touching him/her. With his help she was saved (again) from danger and they kinda get involved in the end but because of what happen, Ben decided to leave temporarily, leaving Camelia behind.
The story is really intriguing, I must say that. I haven’t read anything like this so I was really devoured, caught up in every page. Especially the ones with stalker point of view. It was kinda creepy I admit but that made me more hook and eager to know who he was. When I find out who, I was really surprised because he was the least of the person I suspected. This is actually first book that I really didn’t mind too much of the characters because I was really consumed in the plot. But all the characters Camelia, Ben and the others are ok. But the plot twist got me hook. It was intense and great book. I love every page. So I gave it full mark. Another book added in my wishlist.(less)
The second book wasn’t that much enthralling as the first. She again has a stalker and this one is much creepier than the last time. There is another...moreThe second book wasn’t that much enthralling as the first. She again has a stalker and this one is much creepier than the last time. There is another new character added – Adam. But the focus wasn’t really finding who the stalker is (but it still give me the same curiosity like the first book) but the development of Camelia’s power. She also has psychometric and it is manifesting through her pottery. There is also another point of view in the book; it’s her aunt Alexia, who also has the same power as her. So this power is genetic. You know what irked me about this book is the relationship of the two main lead. Camelia is too stubborn and Ben is really… inconsistent. Ben don’t want to be with Camelia but he always there (I really wanted to use the word “stalk” but I’m giving him a slack). He can’t have both ways. He is making it hard for Camelia to move on. And Adam, well, he is a nice guy but I was surprised to know who he was in the end (hint: not the stalker). I hope he is still in the third book, I kinda like his character.
Like the first book, this is full of suspense and mystery; and the development was solid. But I didn’t enjoy it that much so I’m snatching the one star out but it’s still a good book(less)
Deadly Little Games is the third book from the Touch series, and to give you an idea what’s ahead, I find it really dragging and repetitive. So yeah,...moreDeadly Little Games is the third book from the Touch series, and to give you an idea what’s ahead, I find it really dragging and repetitive. So yeah, mostly negative.
I love the first book, this eerie feeling to it is simply distinctive among its other YA contenders. The second book have the same feel to it, but it came to me a bit predictable is some places. And the third book, that’s the breaking point… you cannot do the same thing over and over again; the creepy stalkerish story is way getting out of hand. If it wasn’t for Camelia’s powers I wouldn’t even find it interesting anymore. Actually, the only thing that developed here is her powers. The characters remained dormant, like they never learn anything from their previous experience(s). Ah, just frustrating!
I’m just wondering if it’s possible to use their psychometric powers without people being stalked, harassed to death? I like the element of surprise in a book, I love solving mystery, because that builds up the anticipation level thus holding my attention to the book. But if the only thing the book can do for me is to guess who stalked who, then that’s getting a little old. And sooner or later I’ll find it too boring.
So this book is about, once again finding the stalker – Adam’s stalker that is. At least it isn’t Camelia anymore. If I were her parent I’ll probably move to a new town. Three incidents of my daughter being dragged into a life threatening stuff, that’s huge reason to moved out. But no, her parents in my observation are a little casual. I don’t understand them at all, or maybe I’m just too paranoid to their standards. I seriously don’t get them.
I like Adam, but like everything in this book, the pattern is getting repetitive. He went after his friend’s (Ben) current girlfriend. Twice. Not good dude. And like Camelia, why not call someone with authority, not necessarily police but someone who might help him, not a teenage girl. Seriously, what a person should do to knock some common sense to these people. Jeez.
I feel awful for Ben being betrayed by once again, by Adam. But he should have used his psychometric powers for himself too. If he already knew something might happen, he should have tried to avoid it. If he can save Camelia from danger, can he do it to save his relationship? But no, instead he shoved Camelia, being cryptic as he always does and now he felt betrayed. He practically one of the reason why it happen in the first place. You know what this couple seriously lacking? Communication. Yes, use your psychic powers instead of talking like normal people do, just look what happened. A fantastic ending. *rolleyes*
I find the puzzle games fun though (just a little bit). I didn’t actually solved it, I let my sister solved it for me. But that’s the only appealing aspect this book has. A breather for every chapter, solve a freaking puzzle, ha! If the fourth book has another stalker-esque story, I’ll seriously pull my hair due to annoyance. Please offer me something new. Thanks.(less)
What a sad way to end this trilogy. I'll have you know I both loved The Hollow and The Haunted. But I can’t say that to The Hidden. I felt half empty...moreWhat a sad way to end this trilogy. I'll have you know I both loved The Hollow and The Haunted. But I can’t say that to The Hidden. I felt half empty to be perfectly honest. When I finish the book, I felt so unsatisfied. Like “is that it?” “Is that all?” It took three books, only to end it where it started.
Once again there are a lot of unnecessary events. I’ll gladly skip them all and went ahead to the few remaining pages of the book. You know why? Because that’s where the answers I’ve been dying to know are. It was crammed in that last few pages. I have the feeling that if I did skip, I’ll probably still get the story. Yes, that’s how trifling some of the events are.
It’s been almost a year since I last read The Haunted, but I still remember the story (like I said, I like it). Although I did forget about the revenants (as a term, I still know why they are there). After a year the term revenant is something I associate now with zombies (yep, I’m talking about Die for Me). I digress, getting back, I think it’s kinda frustrating to drag the story so much. I really wanted to know why Vincent is stopping Abby and Caspian. What is the revenants real mission? What really are they? And then I’ll find the answer at the very end. Are you kidding me?
I don’t mind if the important information is at the end, as long as the events prior to it are significant too. But really? The prom? The finding the dress for the prom? The talk about food? While it was interesting when Vincent went to Abby’s house as a pastor, I still don’t get the reason why he needs to do it. Just a practical joke? That’s all time waster to me. Even Vincent’s motivations once I found out are really unexpectedly boring. Then there’s a new character, Cyn. I found it tad late to introduce a new character. I know, she serves as an important role in the story. But she’s so out of the picture most of the time, for someone important. All I know was she’s curious about Abby, and she has something to do (it’s a bit spoilerish) to Kirsten. Given that her character is significant there’s no groundwork to work with. It felt to me that she’s just there for convenience, because without her the ending wouldn’t be possible.
Aside from Cyn, I wanted to know why Ben had been dreaming of Kristen lately. But even that was just a piece of the story that didn’t bother to explain. I still have some questions and because this is the final book, it looks like I will never have the chance to know it. But it’s still hard to accept that everything happened is just that. Na-ah.
I like Caspian and Abby’s relationship. I really do. But even though the conclusion of their love story is sort of happy, I’m not. I’m not really satisfied with the ending.
I don’t know what to say anymore. It was really depressing for me. I’m so sad because I’ve been looking forward to read it. This is the final book, it should have that kick, but it so plain to me that even the “twist” didn’t come to me as is. I don’t know… I just can’t… *sigh*(less)