I've been a fan of the Harry Potter films ever since they've came out, so I knew I was going to love the books as well.
I just didn't expect I'd love t...moreI've been a fan of the Harry Potter films ever since they've came out, so I knew I was going to love the books as well.
I just didn't expect I'd love the book this much. It has everything you would want in a children fantasy story. What I loved the most about this book is how wonderfully written it is. J.K. Rowling's style is so witty and fun that you never get bored reading the book.
If you're a fun of the films, you've got to read the books!(less)
As You Wish by Jackson Pearce was just what I expected to be. I really love Jackson Pearce. I think she’s an amazing person, and I do follow her on Yo...moreAs You Wish by Jackson Pearce was just what I expected to be. I really love Jackson Pearce. I think she’s an amazing person, and I do follow her on Youtube. However when I read the back of this book, I knew exactly where it was going.
I really like the characters. Viola was a little annoying, but she was just a person who makes mistakes and has flaws just like any other human. She was very relatable. I really could feel her desire to belong and how she didn’t know what it means to be empy or whole. I think everyone feel that way in some point of their lives. You don’t know where you belong in this world and you don’t feel that being yourself is good enough.
I also liked Jinn. He was a fun character and unique in his own way. He also adds this question that what if your life wasn’t as perfect as you thought it is, that it is okay to just be normal and flawed. Although Jinn were the supernatural creature, he was the most human of all.
I liked the rest of the characters as well, and I’m so sad that we didn’t get to see more of them. The writing had its flaw, but it’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed the book so much. I was never bored while reading it. The pacing is very good and it felt so quick. And I love Pearce's portrayal of teenagers. It felt so real with the way they talk and act.
The first thing I didn't like about this book is the cover. I really, really, really hate the cover! Reasons: It doesn’t hold any significance to the plot what so ever, it doesn’t do the book’s justice, and it’s the reason why it took me so long to buy the book!
The second thing, like I said before, I knew where the story was going. It was very predictable in my opinion. Although it had a unique premise, it didn't add anything special to it. I wished it focused more on the jinn’s world and added more conflict into the story. It instead focused more on the love story between Jinn and Viola, and the ending didn’t really satisfy me because it felt like an open ending. Not all my questions were answered.
My biggest complaint is the love story itself. I do think it was adorable, but it wasn’t believable. I thought they fall in love too deep, too fast. I just didn’t buy it that this girl whom Jinn has known for only few days made him question his own life the way it happened in the story, especially considering that they didn’t spend much time together. As for Viola, it was even more unconvincing on her part. She was deeply in love with Lawrence that it seemed impossible for her to let go. Yet after Jinn showed up, it seemed so easy. What she couldn’t give up on for 2 years seemed to be easily forgotten because of someone she has known for only few days.
I honestly would have preferred it if it was a friendship story instead of a love story. Even after I reached half way through the book, Viola and Jinn didn’t seem more than friends to me. The love connection, though I knew it was coming, happened so suddenly. I imagined the love connection would happen slowly as Viola gets over her issues, gets to know more about the jinn world, even goes into the jinn world, and then falls in love with Jinn. The book would have been longer that way, maybe 400 pages or so.
Overall, it was a quick and entertaining read with some significant themes to it. (less)
Monster was unfortunately disappointing for me. When I started the book I was really enjoying it. However, as I kept reading, I found myself getting m...moreMonster was unfortunately disappointing for me. When I started the book I was really enjoying it. However, as I kept reading, I found myself getting more and more bored with it. By the time I finished it, I felt... indifferent. I'll try my best to explain.
First of all, I want to give props for Walter Dean Myers for taking such a creative approach in writing Monster. I've never read a novel written like this before. We're basically getting exposed to the story through the main character's personal journals and the script he writes as the story goes on. Some may think that it's a lazy approach in writing the story, but I think it made the book fun to read... for a certain amount of time.
While I do appreciate the creative approach, I don't think it works for this particular story. This is a story that mostly takes place in court, so you really need to care about the characters to keep reading. Having most of the story written as a screenplay doesn’t give enough material about the characters or the situation they’re in. You could say that characters shine through their dialogue, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case in Monster.
Like I said, I do appreciate the creative approach, but I think this form of writing made the characters suffer in my eyes. It was really hard for me to get attached to Steve. I really didn't know what to think of him. His personal journals weren't enough for me to get to know him. The side characters in particular don't shine at all, even though there are several of those. As I kept reading the novel, I kept forgetting who is who. I'm not the kind of reader that cares about having a likable character, but I do want characters that are interesting enough for me to keep reading.
When it comes to the story itself, I personally didn't know where it meant to go. I don't think it succeed to delivering its central message, which is about how people see you. I was disappointed because I didn't get a satisfying resolution neither there was a character development in my opinion.
All in all, despite how I feel about Monster, I'd like to try more of this author's work. Keep in mind that I’m in the minority when it comes to this book, so don’t let me stop you from trying it out.
If you're a fan of the series, you'll probably like this one. However, I have to say this is my least favorite of the series. I thought the humor wasn...moreIf you're a fan of the series, you'll probably like this one. However, I have to say this is my least favorite of the series. I thought the humor wasn't as good in this as it was in the first three. I still enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the 5th installment.