I know I can rate the book better than that but I'm just disappointed. It feels like the book was written by a different author. In the first book, I...moreI know I can rate the book better than that but I'm just disappointed. It feels like the book was written by a different author. In the first book, I could totally feel the weight of Grace and Daniel's love, like how pure and deep the love was. But in this book, when the author started using words like 'superpowers' and 'superhero', it felt like I was reading a teen comic book.(less)
What is it so hard to find a satisfying young adult novel nowadays? Or maybe I have grown up so much =_="
Great concept, really but it was tainted with...moreWhat is it so hard to find a satisfying young adult novel nowadays? Or maybe I have grown up so much =_="
Great concept, really but it was tainted with excessive romance of the two leads, Violet and Jay. I mean, honestly, doing 'homework' in Violet's room when her parents were downstairs? What are these authors teaching our kids lately? *sigh*
I like the part where the author seemed to make us think that Jay was in fact the killer but the suspense ended there. Beyond that point, everything seemed predictable.
Oh yeah, I really think the author could have given Violet a bunch of better friends than those brainless Chelsea, Claire and Jules. I couldn't find their difference with those of Lissie's escorts.(less)
Honestly, this book doesn't fall in the genre that I usually read but the synopsis offered something new and unique so I decided to give it a go. I st...moreHonestly, this book doesn't fall in the genre that I usually read but the synopsis offered something new and unique so I decided to give it a go. I started slow at first, but the story grew on me after the first half of the book and it became a page turner.
All the incorporated fairy tales fell into right places, did not feel like the author forced them into the story. I like the way the story appeals not only to kids but for readers of all age. The lessons delivered in such subtle ways that they left marks in you. The ending was satisfying as well.(less)
Firstly, I agree that the cover is very striking. I can totally imagine that girl as Rhine. I started off quickly but after 200 pages or so, I doubt i...moreFirstly, I agree that the cover is very striking. I can totally imagine that girl as Rhine. I started off quickly but after 200 pages or so, I doubt if I'm ever going to finish this book. But I continued reading anyway.
Science-fiction is a big word here because the nerdy me who studies viruses and biomedicine in general cannot offer convincing explanation of why the lifespan stops at certain ages. Are you sure it's virus? Genetic manipulation of first generation? And every first generation consent with the idea of having perfect children with no possibility of cancers? I just don't buy it. Sorry.
Truthfully, I found remarkable resemblance between Jenna and Jane, Rhine and Lizzie and Cecily and Lydia from Pride and Prejudice. But you will not find any Mr Darcy in this book though. Linden and Gabriel were hmm...I don't know, didn't appeal too much to me.
The ending? (view spoiler)[Was a happy one. (hide spoiler)] Strangely, that may be the deterrent for me to read the sequels. You know, so that what happened to Shiver trilogy doesn't happen again. All in all, the book is everything I'm longing to read, it's melancholic with a hint of science fiction but not enough romance. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
*Sigh* I really hate it when I have to read a book in many sittings. I can't be sure if the book was i...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
*Sigh* I really hate it when I have to read a book in many sittings. I can't be sure if the book was indeed not that good or the gap between the sittings made me losing my interest. The book started so well, I think the first four chapters were the best starter I've read so far. It was sharp, well-paced and deep with emotions.
After Chapter 4, it was...well...okay for me. Some of the scenes truly entertained me such as the differential equations incident. Some of the other scenes, for instance when Amelia went to Joshua's bedroom was more like a fanservice for me. I bet most of the readers squealing in their sit while reading that part *wink2*
Up until the climax, the author effortlessly offered adequate explanation for Amelia's nature and ability that I can read this with a peace of mind. But when it got to the climax, all hell broke loose. I was like what?
You know when a character is simmering, it's not a good sign! (except Clara from Unearthly...mind my biasness) *cough* Edward *cough*
Amelia was a cute, innocent character, I think. She can be stupid sometimes. But I guess she had the right personality to be a ghost from 1999. Joshua? He could be nosebleeding-inducing guy sometimes. Some of his lines, like
"See? Good vocabulary. 'Patronizing' has four syllables"
"Just because I can't do differential equations, it doesn't mean I'm totally useless"
were very witty. But other that that, he was not that special of a character.
I'm a bit confused with Eli. Probably the author tried to conjure Eli as a complex character, evil but the readers would feel for him as they got to know him further. For me, while the events in this book were influenced heavily by his doing some way or another, I didn't find him as a believable character. The reason behind his evilness was somewhat laughable. He couldn't be THAT immature right? He should be a sicko, you see. A stalker...obsessed for Amelia. But I seriously feel like he was just an outdated rock star who like to prank people! He was really not at all scary.
The whole Amelia-is-a-beautiful-girl was very cheesy as well.
The truth is, I really think this book is better as a stand-alone book. I found the idea of Seer as very messy. It reminds me a lot of Beautiful Creatures series. I don't know...contrary to the plethora of vampire, werewolf, witch and angel, I feel that the relationship between the living and the dead should be the simplest, purest love, where the only way for them to be together is death. I secretly wish Joshua to sacrificed himself in the epilogue so that he can be together with Amelia. Hate me people! I know I'm not the most optimist person in the universe!(less)
I don't get it... What do people see in this book??? I was bored to death even after half through the book!
When I read this, "The answer to your questi...moreI don't get it... What do people see in this book??? I was bored to death even after half through the book!
When I read this, "The answer to your question of where I was taking you would be...to the most beautiful place in Paris. With the most beautiful girl I have been lucky enough to set eyes on..."
THOSE LINES ARE TOO FLUFFY, I ALMOST SUFFOCATED! I officially has abandoned this book. I don't care if the other half of the book is freaking awesome because you madame (Amy Plum) had wasted a few hours of my precious weekends. I'm just going to search for spoilers to find out what I'd been missing to spare myself some sanity.
Again, people! REAL LOVE NEEDS TIME TO DEVELOP. You don't simply laid your eyes on a strange, hot Frenchman and declare, I MEANT TO BE WITH THIS GUY!!! Plus, this Vincent guy admitted that he is obsessed over you, Kate! RUN KATE, RUN! For the sake of your life or...hmm...your virginity (assumming you still have that).
Well, I found the characters as uninspiring and (some) are just plainly stupid. Who needs a sister like Georgina? She's like the reincarnated version of Paris Hilton. So annoying!
And people...as paranormal fantasy'ish as this book meant to be, can we consider a little science behind this 'zombie'like premise. One does not simply wake up after being dead for three days and doesn't succumb to muscle wasting, starvation or (obviously) lack of fluid (despite the revenants do feel unwell after 'waking up'). Well, of course that three days, they are dead but no! I still against the idea of waking up almost flawlessly afterwards (without rotting)! I think it doesn't hurt to put the revenants into comatose state instead. That idea seems more plausible.
*Sigh* This is like the 'Edward' thing all over again. A vampire, without a heartbeat and poof, he can get erection and get this human girl to pregnant!(less)
When I read the reviews on Amazon, I quickly requested this book from the library. But the reviews on...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
When I read the reviews on Amazon, I quickly requested this book from the library. But the reviews on Goodreads have not been promising, plus the fact that this book is ridiculously long, I thought I might return this book as soon as I borrowed it but since my holiday is about to end soon, I gave this book a try, and I finished all the 563 pages of it.
The story started off pretty well, considering although I've read the synopsis earlier, I couldn't make sense what the book is all about. The jokes were sometimes really funny and I like the idea how even though Lena was quite pretty, she has no sense of style whatsoever, which somehow made her stylish in her own way. But towards the end, she seemed to give up too easily and kept saying 'there's nothing you can do blah3'. Come on, a female lead should be more inspiring than that.
What I like - The whole type of Light and Dark Casters, the Siren, the Natural, the Incubus etc. Cool names, but the details of their powers were not being elaborated enough for the readers to fathom. - The sharing of dreams and visions, and how the smell, the heat, the blood lingered even after the dreams and visions were gone. - Link was pretty hilarious character. - Boo. I silently wished he would not be dead and thankfully he survived.
What I don't like - The length! OMG, how could the authors forced me to read a 563 pages long novel and left me with so many questions even after I finished reading the last page. Save for the sequel of course, but honestly, by reading the synopsis of the following novels and the no of pages they have, I don't think I'll read the sequels anytime soon. Maybe never. - The story lost pace after about 200 pages or so. Yes, I did finish this book within 24 hours, and as much I was eager to find out what happens next, I can't help but noticing how there were so many scenes that were insignificant and should be cut off from the novel. - The prejudice against the Southern people. I mean, they can't be that bad, can they? - The cover. Some people commented it was beautiful but nah, I don't think so. Just average.(less)