*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 But I seriously feel like he was just an outdated rock star who like to prank people!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)
This book is like one massive parody of all-things paranormal. I might like it if I was fourteen. The...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
This book is like one massive parody of all-things paranormal. I might like it if I was fourteen. The plot is very similar to Hex Hall, at least up until the point where I decided that this just doesn't worth my time.
Annoying, self-conscious, whiny heroine who thinks she's funny.
Her life had toilet-bound stamped all over it.
Suddenly, Kylie started feeling people turn and look at her. Or were they looking at all of them?
Stupid, spineless best friend.
The she recalled how Sara had given in to Brad's "needs"-Brad who was the love of Sarah's life-yet, within two weeks of giving in, the love of Sara's life had dumped her. What was so special about that? Since then, Sara had dated four other guys, and she'd slept with two of them.
To Sara, fitting in was...everything. If blue eye shadow was rave, you can bet Sara would have blue eye shadow before the week was out.
I didn't read far enough to know how the love interest, Derek and Lucas are like.
Just found out there'll be five books in this series.
May God have mercy for all those trees sacrificed in the making of the remaining books.(less)
Our birth is but sleep and a forgetting The soul that rises with us, our life's...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Actual rating 3.5 stars
Our birth is but sleep and a forgetting The soul that rises with us, our life's star Hath had somewhere its setting And cometh from afar ~Intimations of Immortality - Ode. Wordsworth~
Hmm...ironic how my favourite quote from the book is not actually written by the author.
Anyway, I expected a snarkfest review would soon follow when I decided to read this but it turned out, I actually enjoyed this!
that this book gives Lauren Kate a run for her money?
In fact, I think it is more socially acceptable if Remembrance gained more fans than Fallen.
So, if you never heard of this yet, Remembrance is a story inspired from Taylor Swift's Love Story music video which was inspired from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen ::Inspiraception::
The cool part here is of course the whole idea of reincarnation which Lauren Kate tried to write but failed miserably. Michelle Madow handled the concept better but I wished for more visual time transcends than hearing the history of Lizzie and Drew's past lives from Drew. It was as if the author didn't do enough research and wasn't confident enough to bring her characters back in time. Well, I think her school got in the way. The author meant this to be a homework after all when she first started.
Honestly, I don't know if I'm being completely unbiased with this one when it triggered so much sweet memories from my childhood/pre-teen/teen life (see things that captured my heart below). Things that I used to like and I used to wish for. And of course, I can remember vividly when I first listened to Love Story, back when I was in college. Actually, I was already eighteen at that time but the song and the video went viral and suddenly whenever someone blasted the song from her stereo, the whole wing would start to sing along with the song.
Aaaah, such a lovely time. *Chokes back tears*
I'm sorry if I just wasted your time. Okay, time for the actual review.
***Spoilers ahead, I think (somehow the blurb itself seems to give out everything***
Well, the plot actually sounds very cliche if you try to sum it up. Lizzie is in relationship with Jeremy, Drew suddenly transferred to her school, several eye contacts and electricity buzz later, Lizzie is positive she meant to be with Drew. Drew starts to be a douche and stays away from Lizzie. He even chooses to hook up with Lizzie's best friend, Chelsea. A few mean comments and a bucketload of tears later, Drew decides he cannot deny his feeling for Lizzie anymore. They both break up with their partners and starts to see each other behind their ex's backs.
Like I said before, not much time transcending actually happened, so this is more of a young adult romance/contemporary than a young adult paranormal/time travel.
What so special of this book is all the 'almosts' and 'not quites'. Let see if I somehow managed to explain this.
1. Lizzie is girl with a heart of gold. She works hard to get good grades, try to please everyone, and like to stay out of troubles. Sound like a Mary Sue? Almost but not quite. There are many facades of Lizzie. Sometimes she worries too much about hurting other people, sometimes she can be a little bit paranoid and inferior but at other times, she is brave enough to stick up for herself and willing to go to an extra mile to demand answers.
2. Drew. He obviously made a wrong decision by dating Lizzie's best friend and warning Lizzie to stay out of him. Almost like other countless scumbag heroes? But not quite. He managed to redeem himself later in the book and the explanation that came along with his previous behaviour does make sense.
3. Chelsea. The girl who changes her boyfriend every month, doesn't mind wearing barely there dresses in winter and like to draw attention to herself. Almost a bitch, but not quite. She actually cares and appreciates Lizzie as her best friend. In fact, she was the one who first wanted to be friend with Lizzie who at that time, was a loner.
4. Jeremy. Co-captain of the school soccer team. Highly competitive, listens to trashy rap songs, quite high tempered and easily jealous. Almost the typical jockey-jerk, but not quite. He lets go of an argument pretty quickly, unafraid to say sorry and encourages Lizzie to be more involved in his new social circle.
5. The almost insta love. Oh, you can imagine all the details. "There seems to no one else in the room but Drew and me, all the sparks and tingling sensation whenever he is there"...you know the drill. But given that Lizzie and Drew had known each other from their past lives, it kind of make sense. Oh well, I have yet to find out how Drew and Lizzie ended up together in the first place, hundreds of years ago but if it was insta love, you better watch out, Michelle Madow. Muahaha~
6. The almost love triangle. Or a love rectangle, whichever you prefer. But not quite, because for Drew and Lizzie the choice is crystal clear. At least, that's how I define love triangle is, only when the protagonist is torn between two other characters.
Some other small, small things that captured my heart 1. French classes 2. The swing on the playground 3. "Minuet" by Mozart. 4. Pinecones throwing. 5. Lizzie's halloween ensemble. 6. Pride and Prejudice first edition. 7. Lizzie's drawings. 8. Music box
And oh, I really feel it's necessary to include this unnecessary line; "I flipped my phone open and pressed number four, followed by the green send button. Chelsea was fourth on my speed dial, preceeded by my dad'scell, mom's cell, and home number. Jeremy was number five."
LOL! Lizzie, I don't think I'm interested to know who is in your speed dial.
And I did tell you that this book is extremely fluffy, right? If you can't handle fluffiness, I advise you to stay away from this. Hazard: Risk of choking.
"I want you." he said. "Just you. I used to go through every day without thinking about the future, but with you all I can see are the possibilities of the experiences we could have together." He paused, clasping my hands in his. "But remember that whatever you choose. I want you to do what will make you the happiest".
All in all, I think the greatest quality of this book is its innocence, honesty and sincerity. I believe many of us have this so-called reader instinct which can detect if the author wrote a book for money and popularity or for his/her own fulfillment and the readers enjoyment.(less)
I love almost everything about this book. The title, the characters' names, the cover (from the tendrils of hairs to the haunted house to the blood-dr...moreI love almost everything about this book. The title, the characters' names, the cover (from the tendrils of hairs to the haunted house to the blood-dripping dress, they are all accurate representation of the actual story).
I like how both of the male and female protagonists are supernatural in their own way because I'm so tired of this story of how an average Joe/Jane meets this feet-sweeping mysterious guy or girl.
Kendare Blake had undertaken a risky move by narrating the story from Cas, the male protagonist point of view. And armed with some killer moves and swear words (no kidding!), he is the new swoon-worthy bad boy from the block.
U JELLY, EDWARD?
But no! You wouldn't be jealous of Anna because she and Cas are totally made for each other. Anna is downright scary at first. She is, as quoted by Cas, the goddess of death. But yeah, you would expect that her death was a tragic one but just a friendly reminder, her tough exterior is for real as she is not the slightest bit weak emotionally.
There isn't much focus put on the other characters. Mike, Chase and Will were plain dumb. Thomas? Bo-ring! But I'm impressed with the characterization of Carmel. She is of course, the popular, prom queen (every young adult book set in high school must have one anyway) but she ain't stupid! (Thank God) She is indeed useful from time to time.
(view spoiler)[The true villain, Obeahman is portrayed as one absurdly mean ghost (he ate human flesh for God sake!) He was like the love child of Coraline's other mother and The Shadow Man from The Princess and the Frog movie. I silently hoped that his motive is much more personal than for power in general. I also hoped that the readers were being told of what fate had in store for Anna's cruel parents. (hide spoiler)]
The cat! (view spoiler)[Urghh!! THE CAT! NO ONE, AND I MEAN NO ONE SHOULD WRITE ABOUT HOW A CAT DIED IN ANY BOOK! Especially when it died because a psychotic ghost with no gut ate it! Urghhh!!! I was so furious, I could buried that freaking ghost 'alive'. (hide spoiler)]
Anyhow, it was surely a good read. The first hundred pages or so started quite slowly. Indeed, there were a lot of swearing and gore, so if you are easily offended, stay away from this book. :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Why must this piece of thrash had been given an awesome cover?! Well, if you look closely, it isn't that awesome but it was THE COVER that had drawn m...moreWhy must this piece of thrash had been given an awesome cover?! Well, if you look closely, it isn't that awesome but it was THE COVER that had drawn me.
I have sort of a formula, if up to page 50, the book failed to impress me, I would abandon it. The book started off pretty messy but then once Rose from the past life was introduced, I regained my interest back. Not for long (still quite long for me because I was halfway through the book already), at page 178, I decided that I can't take it anymore.
It wasn't downright bad like Fallen (haha...can't resist mentioning this mother of crap) but there are just so many other excellent YA books floating around the market, why would I waste my time on this one?
Lenzi. 'What happened when he touched me wasn't normal' she thought.
The first time she met Alden.
She didn't completely freak out.
Even she met him in a graveyard.
Understandable, because she did think Alden was a ghost and she sort of no longer that afraid of ghost because she's been haunted before. But if it was me, if I found out that I could touch this Alden, I would be very, very scared because this guy could be a psychotic, homocidal rapist on the loose. He was hanging out at the cemetary for God sake!
Lenzi cried when she first resolved the bogeybaby case which was totally random for me. She panicked. A LOT. I would love to give Lenzi multiple bitchslaps and tell her to grow up.
She also thought 'If it weren't for the fact he was a crazy, creepy ghost boy, I'd have to admit he was totally hot.' later. So, she BELIEVED this guy was crazy and creepy but instead of smashing an iron bar on his head, she thought he was hot?
Lenzi's mom could win an the award the most oblivious mom on the planet. I understand she was the breadwinner of the family after Lenzi's dad committed suicide but she still chose to go to work and left Lenzi by herself (technically Alden was there with her but her mom didn't know that!) even after Lenzi appeared to be very sick. Lenzi's mom was also very accepting towards Alden (she met Alden at the cemetery the first time!), didn't care how suddenly they become friend and didn't sense anything romantic building around Lenzi and Alden. A mom WOULD ALWAYS SENSE something like that!
Zak. *sigh* Zak. Who called her girlfriend as 'babe' in every sentence. People do that still?
Alden. He said Lenzi emerged five months (or years? I don't care to check it) earlier but the first sentence he said when he met Lenzi in this lifetime was "You've kept me waiting forever, Rose" The thing with Alden being in Lenzi's room uninvited several time was so unoriginal. Alden also got this bipolar syndrome. One moment he was joking around (I didn't find him funny though), minutes afterwards he was cold and distant (after he showed Lenzi his memories) and I had no idea why he'd be like that.
The writing was awkward and lame
My mom disconnected the call. She was in total Momzilla mode.
And there was another sentence about Lenzi throwing chinese takeaway paper bag into thrash bin or something like that. And I was thinking, wow, the editor hadn't done a good job.(less)
The truth is, I almost wanted to give this book 2 or 3 stars and never continue on with the series.
But by page 286 out of 323, boy I changed my mind. Rachel Hawkins had done the unthinkable by not only providing me with an epic climax that caught me off guard but also supplying another epic climax that left me breathless.
And she did that with only 50 pages left to spare! How cool is that?
Before the climax, apart from a few good laughs, the book didn't impress me too much. Archer is just like a better version of Edward. Elodie and her entourage are the usual, popular hot girls with a mission to be mean to our protagonist, Sophie. And the whole cliche high school drama is completed with the social outcast, Jenna the vampire.
Well, I would like to see more of Cal in the next book. *wink2*
I'm a bit disappointed with Sophie as a character. Yes, she is excellent in making my side cramped with her witty remarks but I feel like the author intentionally molded her character as one of those 'every-girl-can-fit-into her-shoes' kind of characters. I mean, she claimed she got average appearance (crazy hair, freckled skin etc! Ehem, I think freckles are cute), tad clumsy (her spells mostly went wrong), had a crush over the hottest guy in the school...
Oh yes, Sophie is the epitome of this meme.
*sigh* What did I expect anyway, I can't compare her to Katniss, Katniss would be able to sense something fishy was going on. I'd be thankful to the author too if Sophie doesn't have any feelings (or lust) towards Archer or Cal. I don't know...that kind of thoughts made me feel...a bit uncomfortable.
Before I end my review, I would like to share some of the hilarious lines. Yup, I was that entertained.
There were only six adults in the oldest picture, and all of then looked really serious, like they'd probably kicked kittens for fun.
"Say the five words yo begin the ritual." I blinked at her. "Are you freaking kidding me?"
"I'm Beth." and I realized I was supposed to shake her paw. I did, gingerly. "Sophie." She smiled. It was terrifying, but that wasn't her fault.
His eyes were nearly watering, and his lips were twitching. My hand tightened on the stake. Maybe shoving it into his heart wasn't such a bad idea.
I'd been harboring this secret fantasy that he was only pretending to like her so that he could publicly dump her in the most embarrassing way possible, preferably on national television.
"So if you can heal with your touch, why are you working here as like, Hagrid, or whatever?"
One more thing, HOW COULD THE PUBLISHER PUT A CAT ON THE COVER WHEN SOPHIE WAS ALLERGIC TO CATS HERSELF!!! DO NOT EVER
MISUSE A PICTURE OF A CUTE ANIMAL FOR YOUR PROFIT!
I am someone who prefer to write a review straight away after I finished the book.
Instead, I went to b...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
I am someone who prefer to write a review straight away after I finished the book.
Instead, I went to bookdepository.com and ordered The Iron Fey Boxed Set.
Isn't the packaging adorable? *puppy eyes*
I tend to avoid any series which consist of more than three books. Most of the time, I heard that the overall plot could be easily condensed into fewer books and the authors were just keen to have more money out of you. I was also skeptical with books based on fey myth because I thought they were like the bubbliest, shiniest, radiating-with-good-energy creatures out there, and I thought nah...probably for kids but not for me.
This book proved that I should never generalize.
If you've read it, you'll notice that this book was born from years of imagination. Not something that an author tried to come up with when realizing the burst of Young Adult market in the past few years.
The choice of words and the fluidity of the plot was impeccable. It reminded me of The Lords of the Rings, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland but unique enough to stand in its own league. I didn't like Meghan as much as I wanted to but I guess, there are more pages reserved for Meghan to be the ass-kicking heroine whom I longed for in later books.
Fear not, the romance was not done excessively in this particular book (thank God!). Ash was the classic Mr Darcy, so I instinctively drawn to be in his team. But Puck was a strong male lead as well, unfortunately I think he'll be staying in the friend-zone for the rest of the series.(less)
REVIEW: To be fair to the author (this is her debut book), I will try to be as extensive as I can be in justifying why did this book was rated two sta...moreREVIEW: To be fair to the author (this is her debut book), I will try to be as extensive as I can be in justifying why did this book was rated two stars.
The title: Worm + wood? While I do know that the entire word 'Wormwood' carries different meanings literally and also textually in this book, I personally still don't find it any more appealing.
The cover: Again, I do understand that this meant to be a self-published book, but my love for photography betrays every of my attempt to like the cover.
The plot: Honestly, I meant to read this book after I finished with Angelfall, but the synopsis for this book has an eerie resemblance with that of Angelfall. Worried I might become too caught up in comparing these two books head-to-head instead of enjoying Wormwood the way it is, I tried to read The Vespertine in the meantime (which was really a waste of time).
Beware of those who have read Angelfall, there are indeed some scenes that would struck as deja vu for you e.g. (view spoiler)[Tiamat and Raffe are both angels set to destroy the earth, both were highly ranked among the angels, both got their wings cut off and both had their wings back but the wings were not exactly the same. (hide spoiler)] But please move on because I genuinely believe that these similarities are just coincidence as the books were first published with just a few months gap.
Where was I?
Ah, the plot!
This book was like a strange food from a foreign country. Maybe it felt bad on my tongue just because I was not used to it. Seriously, I tried to make sense of everything that happened, but I continued to be baffled as the story went on. Like, there were things that did not add up. I mean, I'm always a slow reader but I never had the luxury of time, so I would really appreciate if I don't have to reread everything just to make sure I don't miss anything. I'm not sure if this uneasy feeling resulted from plot holes but I'm certainly lost.
The story started off with Kali, the female lead went hiking when the apocalypse stuck. Hiking was her favourite pastime, but I have no idea where she came from. Did she live in the National Park? Because it was implied later that she did not live with her father at that time.
The flashback reeled in. The first time she met Tiamat. As gorgeous as he was (he was a half angel after all), she should be alarmed because he was a stranger and he was pouring his heart out (okay, maybe not all but still!) the first time they met. And then, Kali started to reveal almost everything about herself, her occupation, her dad, her age, about this Brian guy who she loathed. Tiamat even asked does she know how to fight! If a stranger asked me a peculiar question like that, I can only assume he is about to kidnap me. He is just trying to test to water on how would I react if he's about to put a sack over me.
Kali even let Tiamat walked her to her camp! And remain unguarded even after Tiamat said "Compared to tonight, I feel like I have been half-alive the entire time I've existed", and kissed her forehead. OMG, Kali! You were only 18, do you need a cue card that tell you this guy is weird! Weirder, even after that one encounter, Tiamat developed a feeling for Kali until all his brothers knew about it?
Real love NEEDS time to develop, people.
And this guy, Tiamat kept getting on my nerve. He was like this confused, pessimistic dictator.
"No, that isn't exactly true. I didn't want for that to happen between us...no wait...what I mean to say is that I had to"
"You are now unique in that you have knowledge you should not posses, thanks to me"
"One of my brothers is now dead, and it is my fault."
"What I have done tonight has damned us both. We're finished."
(view spoiler)[He kept giving directions to Kali but hardly giving any meaningful explanation. He instructed Kali not to touch his blood, to go South, to go to the cave, to ask him questions (and obviously answered almost none), to be quiet at other times, knocked her unconscious numerous time.
In Chapter Five and Six, it was obvious that Tiamat had caused the death of her father, but Kali still trusted Tiamat, then begged him to take her away, then searched for him, then screamed at him, then causing him to fall, then regretting it, then scared he might kill her, then being friendly again and asking how is she different from other people.
And it kept getting weirder, Tiamat showed her his angelic form, Kali apologized, Tiamat angry with that, Kali tried to soothe him. Gosh, that man just killed your father, Kali. It didn't matter how he claimed since ten years ago that he had no choice, he had to prove that and he hadn't and you just cool with that? Again, the world was literally shattered that day, and her father was somehow THE only thing she was missing. She should be panicked! She should think things such as where would I live after this, where can I get foods, clothes, other people besides the murderous angel besides her. (hide spoiler)]
And then, there were these dry and cheesy dialogues like,
"Apology accepted, Tiamat"
"You are most welcomed"
"I don't know how you can think that I'm worth it"
And these dreams about Tiamat, for me, they were not necessary. I'm kind of tired of the usage of dreams, just to point out how important a character is for another character. Prove it in real time.
So, by Chapter 9, there was hardly any development in the story. Most of the time Tiamat and Kali were having this conversation back and forth and I almost gave up reading. I had absolutely no motivation to continue on. There was no clear mission, they should be headed south for what? But there they were, still lingered on the lookout, searching for horses?
Here entered Abel. I thought finally! Abel was supposed to kill Kali and yet he preferred to rant about his and his kind unfortunate childhood. Okay...I tried to bear a little bit. Oh, finally a fight!
*Sigh* Afterwards, the graph was heading down again as they sat down and talk again. I don't know...there was so much unnecessary talks but I still feel much more events need explanation. (view spoiler)[For instance, Kali's ability to make water taste good and heal much faster stemed from the virus she carried or because of her demonic ability finally awaken? How exactly Tiamat returned from the death? What exactly is cross-over?
The rest of Nephilim weren't brainless, were they? Because if my commander tried to sacrifice himself over a women then offering the position to someone wicked like Merodach, I would stop him.
Oh, and where was God when they need Him. Tiamat was so-called the Angel of Destroyer (or something like that) of course the God assigned the leadership specifically to Tiamat and He should be one to determine who would succeed that position and honor the successor with Tiamat's power.
Kali had some personality issues as well. One time she said she ain't no murderer.
Even thoguh I had every reason to shoot Richard, I was no killer...
Then, she thought...
And besides, I reasoned, everyone is going to die soon anyway. I'll simply be atering the means of their departure.
She also answered something like this in the middle of confrontation with Richard.
"Uh...he (her dad) raised me on his own..." "He was an avid hunter and loved to fish."
It was like you were given the last words to say before your execution and all you said was
Kali also mourned, how could Tiamat leave her like that while it was obvious why (he wanted to trade his life with Kali's) and strangely, Kali was just sat there watching Tiamat being murdered. Yes, she cried but that's all.
She was okay when Nathaniel handed her to Merodach.
Then, there was this guy, Richard, who offered a deal and somehow Kali trusted everything he said, she was ready to kill a Nephilim.
Oh, there was a philosophical conversation about the good and bad of humanity in the middle of a fight between Kali and Benjamin.
Indeed, this book is not completely messsed up. The battle with Merodach was well written and the revelation about Kali's lineage at the end was interesting. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book is a gift to humanity (after Twilight has corrupted our generation beyond repair *sigh*)
I mean, seriously. I was in euphoric state hours after I finished this book, dancing madly to Move Like Jagger.
It took me almost a full week to finish (because I’ve started working already) but every sitting was pure bliss. The rare thing is that the chapters were not written as cliffhanger (a trademark of Dan Brown’s books) but the story paced at reasonable speed so the readers will be content to put this down to...well...live like a normal person again but the story would still be in the back of your mind.
I couldn’t help but notice that the book has many striking similarities with The Lord of the Rings trilogy (It’s not surprising really, considering the author quoted J.R.R. Tolkien as one of her major influences). For instance, my oh my, the characters... Iaron = Legolas Barlo = Gimli (the dwarf, loyal best friend of Iaron) Lysandir = Gandalf (one of the Learned Ones. The power to manipulate elements possessed by them was a nice touch) Saviadro = Sauron (Although I personally more terrified of Sauron) The Forsworn Ones = The Nazgul(s)
Okay! I have to stop, or else I risked of exposing spoilers to (I’m sure by now) the enthusiastic reader J
Usually, having similarities with legendary books such as The Lord of the Rings is a major no-no but I feel like my knowledge of the series help me enjoying this book better. It helped me imagining the characters and the settings more vividly.
But I swear, if I come across even a Hobbit in this book, I would send an angry mail to the author. Ha-ha!
Nevertheless, if you want to write a book like this, you can’t help but sort of tied to the obvious personalities of the elegant elves, the grumpy dwarves and so on. So yeah, I’m not trying to pan the author here, I’m just giving heads up to the valuable readers that sometimes similarities are necessary and unavoidable.
My favourite characters? Well, of course Iaron is worth swooning about but I really like Linwyn. She was a bad-ass, butt-kicking warrior! Same goes with the cute, bad-ass Sinstari, the wild cat (oh, I always have a soft spot for cats!)
Silvaranwyn surprised me with her seems-to-be dull exterior. She was for me, the most dynamic character in the story. I had a good laugh at some points too, thanks to Barlo.
Numarin sounded like a spoilt brat to be honest. I expect more from a Learned One than dialogues like:
“I hate you!” Numarin shrieked. “First you are the darling of the elves and now this. Everywhere I go, all I hear about is you!”
Hmm...forget that. That’s just tinie-tiny compares to the awesomeness of the whole book.
Oh ya, I found Iaron bedding all the three wild elves princesses at the same time frame as a little disturbing, more so, when he had no actual affection towards them.
No! I’m not jealous!
I mean really, I know the setting supposed to be ancient but nah...it still sounds disturbing.
Finally, the battle and fighting scenes, there were just EPIC.
He ducked her first blow. The sword whistled through the air where his head had been a moment before. Linwyn knew she had to be quick. She could hear others running to join their tribe-mate. She threw herself at him in a wild fury, but he managed to bring up his spear to block each of her attacks.
The others were getting closer.
Linwyn abruptly switched her strategy. She used a double-feint to confuse her opponent. He didn’t fall for the first feint, but he was fooled by the second. As he brought his spear up to block the blow he thought was coming, Linwyn switched the angle of her sword at the last possible moment...
The ending was not perfect, but a satisfying one. The last few chapters got my heart pounding so fast!
What else...hmm...I wish I could write longer but face it, when a book is this good, you can hardly find anything wrong with it, what more you can write about except words cannot describe how wonderful this book is.
To wrap it up, I may have to switch my most favourite genre from Young Adult to Fantasy novel solely after reading this book. (less)
Well, what can I say. This book is equivalent to a cute cat on the internet. Heart-warmi...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Well, what can I say. This book is equivalent to a cute cat on the internet. Heart-warming and generally likeable.
It's kind of funny because I kept anticipating outrageous revelation such as Stargirl is an alien, or Leo's imaginary friend, or a doll coming to life or anything like that (paranormal fantasy overdosed for sure). It is funny but in the same time it is sad that I can't imagine the existence of someone like Stargirl. What kind of society we live in today... *sigh*
If you read this book for the romance then well, there's not much in store for you. Leo and Stargirl relationship is oddly healthy (because Stargirl is definitely not the type of girl people would introduce to one's family but hey, she's definitely better than the bitches out there). Leo was not the strong male character I was expecting but I guess the author shaped his character as a representation of what a regular nice person would do. Of course most of us has a conscience to be nice to other people no matter how he or she behaves but not all of us would have the courage to stand up for the outcasts even though you know the majority is wrong anyway.
All in all, I would approve this book as a school textbook in coming years. There're so many valuable lessons coming out of this little gem.(less)
Oh dear, I saw that Cassandra Clare is a fine author, but I don't get why all the buzz and hype over h...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Oh dear, I saw that Cassandra Clare is a fine author, but I don't get why all the buzz and hype over her books. I honestly thought I'm going to adore this book. She can't be successful for her Mortal Instrument series for nothing can she? I mean, what a better way to join the bandwagon than to read the first of the prequel books for the best-selling series?
Hmm...I feel indifferent towards this book. Maybe I like it but I expected better than this. The beginning excited me very much, it reminded me of Sherlock Holmes and Kuroshitsuji. Tessa's ability blew my mind away, very original indeed but I was hoping she had given more chances to utilise her talent.
The twists and turns were somewhat intriguing, albeit I successfully guessed the main one (which obviously didn't help improving my impression towards this book). Tessa as the female lead, ironically with the power to change her appearance, barely had any personality. Will and Jem (I thought there supposed to be a love triangle? Am I missing something?), huh...if you like bad boys, you would go for Will or otherwise, Jem would be your favourite.
It is understandable that this book is the prequel to an established series, but I found the earlier parts as unnecessary complex. In similar vein, it was a bit disappointing as the graceful tone of the Victorian era language was slowly dissolving as the book approaching its end.
Except for the tight knot I felt over the attic scene, the romance was just so-so. I guess, this book and the series is just not for me :/ (less)
It started with a cup of hot tea I made at 1 am. Darjeeling tea to be precise.
I felt craving for hot b...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
It started with a cup of hot tea I made at 1 am. Darjeeling tea to be precise.
I felt craving for hot beverage after a few rounds of UNO tournament with my housemates. While waiting for the drink to cool off a little, I decided to pick up the book where I left it off at around page 100 or so.
It was a wrong decision.
I even forgotten that the hot drink was there.
I ended up going to sleep at 5.30 am.
Which obviously pointing out at one thing. I'm a painfully slow reader. Well, I wanted to savour every word of this book!
Oh ya, another obvious thing...
THIS BOOK IS FREAKING GOOD!!!
After Unearthly and Angelfall last year, I had a season of drought when I could hardly find a phenomenal book like this.
It took me forever to borrow the book from my local library. The requests keep coming in. That explains why I had been so left behind of this awesomeness. I'd say now...
I SHOULD JUST BUY THIS FREAKING BOOK.
Well, I almost feel reluctant to review the actual book. I believe I'll be repeating what the other awesome reviewers had said.
But I'll review it anyway because I can. Ha-ha!
Since I've read Angelfall and Divergent first, It was hard for my brain to adjust that this book came before those two. And if there are any intentional resemblance to The Hunger Games, it's Veronica Roth and Susan Ee who have to answer to us. But soon, I didn't care much because I was too engrossed in the story and the actions.
The narration was simple enough, not many catchy phrases or mind bogging words but the philosophy runs deep. As brutal as The Games, I couldn't help but to question, are we being control to that extent as well, but with more subtle disguise?
I would totally vote for Raffe against Gale or Peeta because this book IS about Katniss. Although without any male characters to be swooned for, I feel like the emphasis on Katniss was a smart move by the author albeit the risk.
I'm kind of nervous in continuing with the series right now because I had a very terrible experience with the second book in any series so far. Hopefully, Catching Fire would be able to break the consistent streak. I'm not sure if I would be glad if Suzanne Collins would like to start writing about a new series because I'm afraid, when you reached max level, you stop leveling. (less)
Honestly, I wished I had read another book instead because I feel like I'm not ready for this book yet. Was it because...moreI decided not to rate this book.
Honestly, I wished I had read another book instead because I feel like I'm not ready for this book yet. Was it because my lack of maturity? Or was it because my lack of patience? Some reviewers pointed out that you have to read this book twice but I don't think I'm prepared to invest more time on this one.
The writing was absolutely incredible. I wanted so much to enjoy this book but I cannot bear the slow and descriptive nature of the story.(less)
The first 50 pa...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
***Minor spoilers alert***
I wanted to like this book.
I wanted to like this book so bad.
The first 50 pages were so epic I almost ready to sacrifice my sleep to finish this book.
His arms are tatted up, half sleeves to his elbows. His eyebrow is missing a ring they must've confiscated. Dark blue eyes dark brown hair sharp jawline strong lean frame. Gorgeous. Dangerous. Terrifying. Horrible.
My heart almost stopped beating. The writing is very refreshing. Absence of commas, strokes here and there, multiple adjectives, exact numbers. Some people might find sentences are not minivans (This got me laughing till my side cramped).
Juliette was captivating in the beginning. A little bit OCD-ish. I liked how most things worked to unnerve her, she meant to be that way, with what she'd experienced. I liked how she was longing for touch not because she is a pervert but because she meant to be like that. But as the story progresses, she annoyed me so much with her overdramatic thoughts and lust (yes lust!) for Adam and somehow for Warner (euwwwhhh!)
I don't care if Adam and Juliette liked each other since they were 14. If the author intended to make their love sounds super grandiose by narrating their background story like that, all I can say is I don't buy it. They were like...trying to make out whenever they had the chance!
Then, there are some weird scenes such as when Juliette is having a mental breakdown when she found out that English language would be banned soon. I was like, did I miss something or Juliette is indeed just a little bit psychotic? Next, when she assumed that Adam betrayed her, she still had her eyes on him...in a loving way. LOL! I don't understand you, woman!
But here comes the most ridiculous ending of all (sorry for the hyperbola)
Juliette did not just have Rogue's power, she got her own superhero suit!
Oh look, Mr Fantastic and Electro did a brief cameo.
Eh, we got Randall from Monster Inc as well!
Want to make a superhero series? Pick some original superpowers, will ya?(less)
I had a high hope. A very high hope. As high as Charlie Sheen on crack.
Yup, you got the idea.
I like how the overall concept based on an Indian myth. Hmpphh...I just like stories from India in general. I can watch Hindi movies without subtitles.
I kid you not.
I like cats. Tiger, leopard, cheetah, puma, they are ALL cats to me. I'll risk my life just to pat their heads.
Unfortunately, I had risk my sanity because this book has cats tigers.
It wasn't plain bad. Fallen was plain bad (Hmm...I never get tired of making fun of this book). In fact, I should give the author credits for doing an extensive homework on the background of the all the legends and myths and the elaborated descriptions on each settings.
One thing for sure. This book has a plot.
Well, I would say that the editor did a terrible job because the first three chapters and the last two chapters were just a waste of papers.
Seriously. Who wants to read this? "There were mounted pumps full of shampoo, conditioner, and soap"
Here we got two well-characterized male leads, Dhiren and Kishan and we, the readers had to read the story based on the most annoying female lead I ever came across in my whole reading life!
If you think Lucinda Price was annoying, I think this Kelsey was gazillion-fold more annoying.
Like Luce was annoying because she was dumb as soup but Kelsey was just plain annoying, you wouldn't even feel guilty feeding her to one of those bloodsucking monkeys, Kappa.
Here, lemme tell you why:
1. She is useless. She can wield the gada easily (because somehow the gada becomes lightweight in her hands) but not even once, she used that gada to destroy any upcoming obstacles. Like, Ren had to do all the dirty job by himself.
2. She could not even pack for herself. It was Mr Kadam who had to pack her foods, clothes and EVEN shampoo and conditioner. If she is real, I'd lost faith in humanity.
3. She is whiny, pessimistic and ermm..ANNOYING. Ren: Are you ready? Kelsey: No! Give me a minute to mentally write a last will and testament. Ren: It'll be fine. Kelsey: Sure it will. I want to make sure I can record every minute of this experience in my journal. Of course, that's probably a moot point because I'm assuming that I'm going to die in the jump anyway.
Ren, you should just push her off the cliff.
Oh wait, not before you deliver her a good bitchslap first.
Oh dear Ren, why did you have to comb Kelsey's hair and massage her back. You are not her butler or her servant, you are a freaking prince.
Pardon me but I didn't find the combing and massaging as romantic.
*sigh* Why didn't I just give up on Young Adult genre already! I'm sick of all this cheap romance.
4. Kelsey is a disgrace to the female population as a whole. I'm aware that women can be difficult and complicated. They tell you that they're fine but they're not. They tell you that they're okay but they are jealous.
Why didn't I use we instead of they anyway?
Whatever. The thing is, Ren is treating her well, too well even. At some point in Kishkindha, Kelsey suddenly thought she was no good for Ren, Ren would find other girls once he is free from the curse yada yada. Seriously, Ren didn't do anything wrong and she suddenly broke down and ignored him!
5. Ren: Faster, Kelsey. Run faster! Kelsey: I can't go any any faster, Ren!
6. Kelsey's dying thought 'That's okay. Looking at his gorgeous face one last time is enough for me. I'll die a happy woman. Me: Die, bi*ch die! (few lines later)
7. Ren pulled Kelsey's closer. Kelsey's thought: I had almost died after all. I deserved some kind of reward for surviving, didn't I.
8. Kelsey's thought: My poor, knobby, blistered, sore feet. Oh well, maybe Mr Kadam will spring for a pedicure later.
Well, it wasn't as bad as I first expected it to be. Not to say it was mind-blowingly awesome. A quick...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Well, it wasn't as bad as I first expected it to be. Not to say it was mind-blowingly awesome. A quick read and just...meh!
Ok, let's start with the cover. I could've sworn that the girl on the cover is blond. So, when I came across the part where Amy's hair is described as red or sunset? I was like
Gah! The cover wasn't one of my favourite anyway. I felt weird carrying this book around with that cover. It's not like Romance is my favourite genre.
Enough rambling about the cover, I was actually deceived by the title. I thought it was a love story between two persons coming from two different worlds, like in The Lake House or The Time Traveler's Wife.
So much for my hatred for romance.
LOL! I like love stories when it is impossible for that two persons to be together. Some people just like to see the world burn. Next time I should read the blurb more closely.
Anyway, reading this book wasn't a complete waste of time. I adore the author's description of cryogenics, something I picked up during my ethics class long time ago. I would say, the world crafted by the author was believable albeit the disturbing portrayal of The Season.
Of course I was expecting a intergalactic battle.
but let's face it, here we have a hero who is still couldn't figure out how to operate the damn ship and a heroine who is still clutching her teddy bear, the chance of them winning would be none.
I'd still give the author credit for her writing style. To be honest, the pace of the story itself was very slow, but I kept on reading because the short, sharp transition from Amy to Elder point of view and back again although I did skipped a few paragraphs and pages here and there and didn't feel like I was missing much.
I like how Elder as the male protagonist is flawed but I am very traumatized by his revolting thoughts;
My eyes devour her body, then drift back to her breasts. The ice is a little foggy there, teasing me, but I can see enough to know they're lush, and even if they're frozen, I imagine that if they were warmed up...
I want to protect her now, cover her curves instead of run my fingers over them.
When I looked at Amy...I know what I'd like to do with her, and I know that I could.
Amy bites her lip, and all I want to do is seize her, crush her against me, feel her lips with mine.
That is worst than insta love. That is lust! (view spoiler)[Elder freaking unplugged Amy just to mate with her! (hide spoiler)] Don't tell me that Fifty Shades of Grey is the new Twilight because then I'll be the one who has to page my mother ship.
Moving on to Amy, thank goodness she wasn't immediately attracted to Elder. But she did admit that she watched people having sex on TV for million times? OF course she agreed that seeing people making out live was disturbing but I don't know, I find that part unnecessary?
Gah! I know I'm conservative and I should keep my thought to myself.
Anyway, I'm still considering whether I would continue on with the series. I kinda like the ending of this book. At last, in book two of a series, someone could desert her love interest for a valid reason.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Whoa...hold on to your horse Katsa. Lemme explain why
*sigh* I feel as if I hav...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Actual rating 2.5 stars.
Whoa...hold on to your horse Katsa. Lemme explain why
*sigh* I feel as if I have betrayed this book and its fans. One thing, it took me about half a month to finish this. So, I don't think it's fair for me to review a book which I couldn't even remember some parts of it. I don't know, Graceling just didn't grab me, it lacked the spark I was looking for. The progress of the story was very slow for me and honestly, I could not understand why because this was supposed to be all that I ever wanted to read.
Trust me when I say I was really, really looking forward to read Graceling. The idea of a female assassin in an epic fantasy set in somehwat a medieval time was so, so appealing. It sounded irresistible like a unicorn dipped in nutella, leaping over a double rainbows.
But after few pages, I got distracted. In every sitting! Yes, some people did have issues with Katsa being portrayed as this man-hating lady killer, it didn't bother me so much because I sort of understand why was that, and why she refused to get married and bear children. She did not have an ideal father figure to begin with, the closest one she had was that sadistic uncle of hers, Randa.
And I would be traumatized as well if I had killed my cousin when I was eight years old.
There was a little inconsistency with Katsa's characterization in my opinion. She dared to disobey Randa's order for the sake of this one lord (can't remember his name. Katsa supposed to torture him so that he gives up one of his daughters) but in the wood, while trying to rescue Bitterblue, she didn't feel sorry to kill Leck's soldiers. They were innocent too, their mind was being controlled by Leck!
Po was quite charming. I liked his sort of bohemian style. He was sensitive and patient. Hmm...what else. It was quite a relief as well because at first I thought that their Grace were like X-men superpowers but the Grace proved to be very dynamic. I mean, the Grace were kind of like a separate characters on their own, not even the Graced truly understand what they actually possessed.
I think the aspect that truly killed my interest was the writing. It sounded detached from the readers (at least for me). The author was describing all these mundane things; horses, leaves, fire, I just felt it was not worth spending time reading about all these. I expected the action sequence could save the book, but not really. I didn't find my heart pounding faster while reading it.(less)
I couldn't bring myself to love this book till the end...
You know that feeling when you were sure you'...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
I couldn't bring myself to love this book till the end...
You know that feeling when you were sure you'll give a book the perfect five stars, shelve it under your favourite, and order it from bookdepository.com (because physical books in Aus are just damn expensive)?
Well, that's what happened with Legend. Plus, I always have a thing for Asian authors (not that I'm racist, I mean, really, it is just so far they've been delivering fresh new hits after hits).
Then, I asked myself, what is wrong with me? I mean, seriously. Here we got two 15 years-old prodigies, both capable of butt-kicking, one is a republic agent and the other one is a notorious street thug!
Did you hear that? That was the sound of my muffled scream against my pillow
Yes, I was that excited when I read the blurb.
I can tell you that this book is a crazy combination of Robin Hood + Romeo and Juliet + Sherlock Holmes + some other awesome stuff. But then I guess, it lacks the ummph factor I was looking for. The plot was a bit predictable, the narration while satisfyingly concise and precise, but it sounded dull...reminding me a lot of my monotonous yet knowledgeable lecturer *sigh*.
Some of my GR friends did point out that the age as a function of behaviour was not proportional to each other in this book. Given that Day and June are both prodigies, I'll just pretend that they are not just ridiculously book-smart but somehow they also posses an epic level of maturity and coolness, just so I like this book better *shrug*.
It was also a bit unfortunate because I think, if you minus the prodigy thingy and the dystopian setting, this would be just a regular crime novel despite it was definitely be a good one. The dystopian label was also kind of 'seriously?' for me because eugenics is not a new concept. Purposely infecting people to develop a perfect cure or vaccine? I think I've heard that before. So, I don't know if the true political message from this book is hidden behind that innocent young adult, distopian fiction label.
Just to cheer myself up after intense, long hours of reading this book.
Ermm yes, I haven't finish with...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Just to cheer myself up after intense, long hours of reading this book.
Ermm yes, I haven't finish with this series yet. Those new releases were so distracting but none had ended up on my favourite shelf after The Hunger Games did early this year.
And I was not ready to sentence more of my neurons to death.
Plus, with all the hypes surrounding the movie, I couldn't risk getting wind up with the spoilers. I accidentally found out one already (view spoiler)[ Katniss and Peeta would be married and have kids! (hide spoiler)]. Why can't anyone just pass me the nightlock berries so I can shove them down to the person who wrote that youtube comment's throat!
My intention was so innocent and pure at that time. I was just trying to listen to Taylor Swift's Safe and Sound.
But then I scrolled down...
Gah, I should blame those people who gave the thumbs up for that comment as well.
Well, I should really review this book, shouldn't I?
What's there to tell. It was still as impeccable as the first book. Less actions I reckon, but with deeper emotions. Sincerely I like Katniss less in this book because she was a bit high-strung at times. She made some bad decisions but the flaws made her character more believable.
Now that I'm done with the second book, I wonder why her archery skill was not questioned during the course of the first book. Katniss herself admitted that District 12 tributes were at disadvantaged because they would only be allowed to work in coal mines when they reach 18. The tributes from other districts could start sharpen their skills in throwing axes, catching fish with trident etc at young age. Then why no one questions where did Katniss learn how to be so skillful with arrows and bows?
Oh yes, and the despicable love triangle. I hate love triangle. In fact, I loathe it. But of course Suzanne Collins rose to the occasion. This is only the second series so far that can convinced me that the dilemma is real and a complex one. The other one being Unearthly.
The minor characters were given adequate attention as well. (view spoiler)[Although, it revolved around The Hunger Games once again, this time around I got what I was longing for from the first book. First, the names of majority of the tributes, their personality and some of them even received some background stories. (hide spoiler)]
But in the end, I missed the heart-pounding sensation I got from the first book. (view spoiler)[I mean, Katniss was in a better off position this time, at least in the area with a bunch of allies (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
For start, I was prepared for the finale of this series. It's not one of those shallow Young Adult ser...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
For start, I was prepared for the finale of this series. It's not one of those shallow Young Adult series revolved around a helpless girl obsessing over her supernaturally-gifted boyfriend or anything of that sort.
Yet, I was very much overwhelmed by every turn of event in this book. I think Suzanne Collins had written this book with spontaneity in her mind because I couldn't guess pretty much everything that would happen next.
So I left in that situation again, the one I experienced when I finished with The Night Circus. I honestly don't know what is my rating for this book.
I could hardly follow up the plot, I was not sure if it was because the author's fluid writing skill had deteriorated or because I was reading it in Katniss' voice. (view spoiler)[A very depressed Katniss.
I had several 'eh?' moments:
1. Was it really realistic to have a 17-years old girl to be THE mockingjay? To have her in the battlefield? To let and aid her to assassinate President Snow?
2. How can the 13-years old Prim was allowed to be in the medical team? Shortage of staff probably but I don't know, it sounds strange.
3. What happened to the next Hunger Games which supposedly involved the children of Capitol citizen? Why Katniss even agreed to that idea?
But in the end, I think Katniss had make the right decision between Peeta and Gale.
(view spoiler)[*sigh* I'm still having this conflicting thought. Subconsciously, I was expecting Katniss to be married to Peeta, Prim still has her goat and Buttercup to play with, while Katniss mum occasionally tend to sick people. They live in the Victor Village with Haymitch, Gale and his family as neighbours while sometimes Effie, Finnick and Annie, Johanna, Cinna and his prep team come and visit them.
LOL! I should grow up faster :) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
*Try to recompose myself which may or may not help in the construction...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Excuse me while I'm
for a while.
*Try to recompose myself which may or may not help in the construction of a coherent review because I'm pretty much in my fangirling mode*
My dear fellow readers,
I know there are a few reasons which render you feeling skeptical about the awesomeness of this Beauty and the Beast retelling.
1. The..well, the whole Beauty and the Beast retelling idea. When authors decided for their work to be based on a well known fairy tale, they either scored or failed miserably because they (the harsh word is, pardon me) basically ripped off these popular stories which most likely have a strong-based fans. So without a credit for originality, if you didn't nail it then your book will just be mocked around. Surprisingly, Miss Ellison here had done the near impossible task by nailing her version of Beauty and the Beast!
2. The title: Gee...if you put this book side by side to, let say,The Dark Divine, based on the title alone, I'd go with the latter on any days. But the title, The Curse Girl best suits the book anyway, so why I am complaining when the content is this good.
3. The cover: While I found the colour scheme as very nice, I'm always uncomfortable with model exposing her skin like that. (I know I should keep my conservative side to myself) but hey, Bee wasn't anywhere near a seductive or a sensual character, so the cover is a bit misleading for me.
4. Bee's full name is Beauty. At first, I was like, seriously? Craving for some originality here! I remembered her inner monologue which mentioned that Beauty was not her real name but I didn't recall her name was fully revealed until the end of the story.
5. The length. Yup, it's very short. And sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Here we got a book which doesn't kid you around, telling you about all these craps you don't even care. Actually, I'm glad this book is short, otherwise, it might fail to sustain its magic on me. Nothing rushed, nothing underdeveloped, it was just nice :)
6. It is only $2.99 on Amazon. Okay, so you're being suspicious to unusually cheap books? Read Angelfall then you'll vomit rainbows.
Okay, here comes the actual review.
The plot I admit that the whole plot was a bit Disney-ish but not that kind of silly Disney where everything is too good too be true. I believe every thing that happened in this book made sense and was justified appropriately.
While the storyline may be obvious to some readers, I was quite blinded by my swooning over Will! Haha...sometimes it is fun to let the books taken you by surprise instead of you trying to figure everything out from page 1.
The characters I actually like every single character in this book!
Beauty - I warned you while Beauty is a certified martyr, she is still in her junior year, so stuff like prom, ice cream, sleepovers are still within her concerns. Yes, she ain't no Katniss or Penryn, but she is a very resourceful character. She can be reckless sometimes but still within reasons. And yeah, she IS funny.
The steps to the labyrinth fell away from me. A dank draft caught the candle flame and made it dance. “Maybe I’m supposed to go down these steps,”I muttered aloud. Famous last words, maybe. I inched forward. My toe bumped on the next step down. My chest squeezed tight. An agonizing scream echoed from below. I froze. Better not go empty-handed. Who knows what was down there. I stepped back into my room and grabbed the candle bracket from the wall too. It was heavy brass. Good enough for braining monsters in a fight, right? Maybe not, but I felt better holding it.
See? I was useful.Apparently Beast Boy was too good to “paw around on the floor” and find things.
Beauty's father - While he was the reason why Beauty was trapped in Beast's mansion, he had his own reason and that reason was actually valid from my point of you. So, kudos to the author for not making me hate this guy.
Will - Hello? I think I might just found another Mr Darcy here! You must be thinking, since he is the Beast, he must be the dangerous, mysterious, brooding, cold kind of guy. I tell you what, I don't think he would lift a finger on a lady.
At first, he was moody and quick on snide remarks but he was cursed! Give the boy a minute, will you? Some of his witty comments;
"I prey on innocent villagers and terrify their children," he said with a nasty smile. "And sometimes when I'm feeling really evil, I read books or paint."
"You want to break the curse, I want to break the curse. We don't need to be nice. We need to be effective. Just help me figure it out, and I'll make you a rich woman"
And the most wonderful thing, there was no ridiculously..
INSTA LURVE!!! They even hated each other at first.
"You’re ruining that book!” He pointed to the page I’d torn out. “That’s a perfectly good book!” Holding his gaze, I reached down and ripped another page out. “I’m making roses.” “Well, it’s my book.” “Sorry.” I tore out another.
O.o Epic fight!!!
I even wondered, how could the author wrote a perfectly developed and believable love story in less than 200 pages!
My only criticism is probably this part here;
Will reached down to help me up, and when our hands touched an electric shock jumped between our fingers.
Seriously, this electric buzzing thingy HAS TO STOP!(less)
This book was nothing I expected it to be, yet it was everything I hoped it would be.
This review will consist more of my ramblings, disordered thoughts than an actual review. I just have to share my experience with this book!!!
I found out about this book from Amazon Best of 2011 list and after I read The Night Circus, I seriously didn’t feel compelled to read anymore books from this list! My experience with The Night Circus wasn’t a pleasant one because I rushed through it and I couldn’t understand a single thing. Yes, yes, patience is definitely not one of my virtues. I mean, with a cover and a title like that, I thought this would be another book enriched with hidden philosophical messages, making my brain hemorrhaging with riddles which will end up be the sole reason of me flunking my Bioinformatics assignment.
Oh yes, I’ve read this while desperately trying to finish my Bioinformatics assignment. =_=”
...which was not a good combination because this book was impossible to put down! *sigh*
Lemme tell you a story. I had this book for over a month from the library but I was stuck reading other books. And I pretty much need to read other books within these two months but not this book. So, I actually had made up my mind to return this book and decided to read this later. But then I thought reading the first page wouldn't hurt.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
If a book started off like that, do you think I can stop reading?
By page 12, I had a serious case of nerdgasm. This book was oh, so beautifully written.
By page 50, I was determined to dye my hair blue-black. to [image error] Not that I was blonde before but anyway...
You know, this book was like this exotic fruit, durian.
As like the exterior of durian, I was indeed repelled by the cover and the title of the book. As like the smell of durian, once I opened it, I was drawn by the exquisite oddness of Karou’s world. As like the case of overdosing durians, I had to take regular breaks while reading this book because I felt feverish after about every 50 pages or so. Not feverish bad but feverish good. Like, this book literally assaulted my senses, emotions and imaginations.
And hello, I think if everyone wants their honeymoon to be in Paris, I’d say, screw that! I’ll have mine in Prague. Even if that means I have to marry myself.
Here’s the funny part, do you remember Taylor Swift’s Love Story music video? *wink2* The ball scene in this book was a perfect, yet odd reminiscent of that video. Like, majestic!
The last quarter of the book was quite an erratic ride because I was desperate for the answer! Who is Karou for God sake! And Laini fed me with this flashback within a flashback (flashbackception) that intensely threaten my patience and sanity. I even thought if I had to wait until the second book to know the answer, I’d gone mad in between.
Some did pointed out the insta-love element of this book but I thought, it was a justifiable insta love (view spoiler)[(they were lovers in past life) (hide spoiler)]? Alas, Karou and Akiva did kick each other’s butt in their first two or three encounters. One small criticism would be that I was a bit uncomfortable (view spoiler)[with Madrigal sneaking out at nights to make love with Akiva. (hide spoiler)] I know, me and my conservative mind! :/
So...I heard that the Universal Studios had bought the right to make the movie adaption. Gee...I think the only adaption possible is to make the it into an anime because this book was so out of this world. But we’ll see...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
After watching LOTR trilogy for at least twice, I admit that I'm still a noob in this Middle Earth sto...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
After watching LOTR trilogy for at least twice, I admit that I'm still a noob in this Middle Earth story. I once hated Bilbo Baggins. I felt sorry for Frodo because he had to clean up whatever mess his uncle had created. I mean, if Bilbo never stolen the Ring from Gollum, Frodo didn't have to go through all the trouble to go to Mordor in order to destroy the Ring. Ha-ha! If it was never stolen, then there would be no hindrance for Sauron to rise to his power all over again. Silly me!
Since then, I felt neutral towards Bilbo Baggins...
...until I've read (or technically heard) The Hobbit!
What can I say, J.R.R. Tolkien was a master in storytelling. It's a shame that I still have yet to read the LOTR trilogy. I do believe that the books must hold greater magic than the epic movies which just stunned me from start to finish, over and over again.
The experience with my first ever audiobook was quite interesting. I kept anticipating for Ian McKellen's voice but instead I heard this dude with Snape's accent playing Gandalf which was odd yet entertaining. But I definitely, definitely need to read the actual book itself because of my short attention span problem!
[image error] Release date 14 December 2012? And for Part 2 a year later? One does not simply survive this torturous wait!!!(less)
Actual rating 3.95 stars? I don't know...it's not quite a 4-stars read but it definitely deserves more...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Actual rating 3.95 stars? I don't know...it's not quite a 4-stars read but it definitely deserves more than 3.5 stars.
Okay Obsidian, lets do this!
So...my e-book copy ended up looking something like this;
Yup, I have a habit of highlighting all my favourite quotes in a book. Which in this case, says a lot about my feeling for Obsidian. I actually enjoyed it!
I'm not sure if I need to put spoiler tags anywhere since half of Goodreads population have read this.
I had been avoiding this book long enough. First because it's too mainstream. That book cover is literally everywhere...the fangirls everywhere...it was quite suffocating to be honest. Second, I'm not fond of aliens. Third, I heard that Daemon is such as an ass and I never fancy a combination of good look and rudeness in guys.
Seeing the unbelievably high average rating sparked a curiousity in me so I thought it doesn't hurt to try...
From the first page, it became clear why. Katy is so easy to relate to. Or Zazzy as I'd like to call her (Sorry, giving nicknames to fictional characters is another habit of mine). Why Zazzy? Because she's sassy and her words zing!
Okay, maybe Sheldon had something to do with it too. I mean, Daemon keeps calling her Kitten anyway.
Alright, Zazzy is so relatable because is an avid reader, obssesses about her bookblog and a bit OCD-ish. Doesn't that sort of represents majority of female YA readers? Jennifer Armentrout definitely knows how to make her books marketable.
Now, the one who doesn't need an introduction; Daemon. Contrary to many other YA books, when Zazzy and Daemon first met, whoaaa!!! Sparks didn't fly, profanities did. Not that I'm a fan of profanities but Daemon definitely deserved those.
I actually find it hard not to like Daemon because he is like a doctorate in art of sarcasm. Nevertheless, his mood swings more frequently than a girl on her period. I think the inclusion of the extra scene at the end is very wise considering I changed my view of Daemon quite drastically after I read it.
But the best part is, Daemon found his equal in Zazzy. Oh Zazzy, may I have your DNA profile so that I can breed you to replace our current female population on Earth that consists mainly of bitches and sluts? And Mary Sues. Don't forget Mary Sues. They do exist outside of books. Scary.
So, I heard that Half-Blood, also written by Jennifer Armentrout had many similarities with Vampire Academy, which I haven't read yet. But I have read Twilight, and plotwise, Obsidian sounded similar? Minus the love triangle of course. I mean, Zazzy moved to a small town with her single mom, just like Bella and Charlie. Daemon becomes attracted to her and Dee wants to be friends with her, just like Edward and Alice. Dee is in relationship with the quiet one, Adam, Daemon had a history with Ash and Ash hates Zazzy because she feels protective of her family, just like Jasper and Rosalie. Daemon saved Zazzy from being hit from a truck, Edward saved Bella from a moving van. Daemon possesses super-speed and inhuman-strength, just like Edward. And these aliens are like perfect specimens, just like Stephanie Meyer's vampires.
Honestly, I have no problems with the similarities, whether they are accidental or not because Jennifer Armentrout definitely can write. And she is crazy good at it. Trust me, there was never a dull moment for the first 90% of the book. It was as if the author felt obligated to fix Twilight catastrophe and tried make it right again.
Some things that bothered me; why Zazzy appears to have no friends from Florida? With personalities like that, I don't think she was a social outcast back when she was in Florida. I also didn't get why Zazzy's mom is too trusting of Daemon. I thought he has all those bad boys persona and Zazzy's mom never even met Daemon's parents to make an appropriate judgement (despite she will never have a chance to do so).
Okay, lets move on to the last 10%. I honestly thought Daemon is like Mr Darcy. All arrogant and prideful until he found the love of his life. Can someone please make me understand, why did Daemon thinks it's okay to leave Zazzy topless on the couch? Alien or not, I felt like morphing into Sailormoon and punish him in the name of the Moon. And that make out scene! It was very visual. It's...it's...kind of too Fifty Shades of Grey-ish for a YA book? Okay, maybe it's kind of too Fifty Shades of Grey-ish for me because I don't think I've read enough of YA books yet.
And Daemon blew up Zazzy's laptop.
How could someone blew up something so sacred?
And manners. Didn't they teach those on Lux? Granted, Ash was rude because she was overly protective. But what's up with Andrew? (Andrew, please don't reproduce. Just...don't.) And Daemon at the beginning. With all those 'humans are weak, humans cannot be trusted'. I'm human and I find this offensive.
The climax. I remembered trying to pull out my hairs when Bella decided to bled herself to distract Victoria's attention from Edward in Eclipse. Why Zazzy had to do the same thing by making herself a target for Baruck just to prove she's not a liability? I think it was a rash decision even though the encounter turned out good. Zazzy's loyalty was admirable but if the author could write the climax differently without involving Zazzy doing that reckless act than I would've like this book more.
Overall, aliens premise isn't a bad idea at all. I'm actually satisfied with the explanations (the Luxen can bend time and space, they can hitch a ride by traveling with light etc). I don't know, the last time I learned about Physics is when I was in high school, so I'm not sure how much of those made up facts do make sense, but I find them believable, if nothing else.
And oh, the fanservice was done right most of time. Except this part;
"I could feel every breath he took, and when he shifted his hips, my eyes went wide and I gasped."
Ermm...gross? I agree Zazzy...Daemon could've just told you, instead of shown you.
The inevitable pen poke, the food ninja, the aliens with big appetite...all these small, small things made this such a fun read for me!
*Runs back into Naji's arms* So girls, I'm done with your Daemon, feel free to have him back.(less)