It's OK. Perhaps not the best fantasy-romance novel, but it's pretty decent.
If I'll base it solely on the story, I'd give it a four star. One good thi...moreIt's OK. Perhaps not the best fantasy-romance novel, but it's pretty decent.
If I'll base it solely on the story, I'd give it a four star. One good thing about Red Riding Hood is that it didn't focus wholly on the love story, although it had its effects in the flow of the story.
As for the characters... Valerie is not the best lead out there, but she's OK. She's obsessed at some point (which I hate) but she has a few redeeming qualities too. Throughout the story, I knew her basic qualities, but Sarah Blakley-Cartwright didn't put into light her other personalities that made people in the story like her. Which is probably why I feel she's not the best female lead. And Peter is hot, as the author described, and he's not your typical bad boy neighbor--he's really bad, which taints his handsome appearance. (And I like that, since the guy doesn't always have to be perfect.) Though, he lacked character development, big time. Lucie is a great sister, I think. Just some parts left me questioning her motives, though. And I can't say much here or I'll spoil the story. Henry Lazar is probably the perfect guy in the story, but I don't hate him. Actually, he's pretty scarred too, and his character was developed (at least much more than the others) so the readers can actually like him for his personalities, not just because he looks good. And honestly, if Valerie liked Henry, I wouldn't hate her (which was something usually did, because I hate girls who switched from one guy to another). I think I would if I was in her position. XD
Except for one part (perhaps two to three pages), the novel is pretty "clean" and YA-ish.
And if Sarah Blakley-Cartwright was planning on a second book with her ending, I'm still disappointed. She left a lot of questions left unanswered. It's like she opened ten boxes of jigsaw puzzles throughout the story, but answered only one or two. Every reader is left with his/her own to think of the answers.(less)
It was pretty good. The plot, the introduction...all good. But, well, it didn't reach my expectations much. It's a good read, vam...moreTwo point five stars.
It was pretty good. The plot, the introduction...all good. But, well, it didn't reach my expectations much. It's a good read, vampires and all. And for once, it's not the romance head-over-heels type of vampire fiction.
I like Alex, though he didn't make it on my "crush" list. He's a good protagonist--brave, adrenaline-powered, smart in a battling kind of way, cares for his friends--but honestly, his character's so plain and flat. And sometimes, the opposite: very unstable. And the rest of the casts have fluctuating personalities too, except for perhaps a handful.
The book started out great, really. It got me hooked so quickly it felt nice. But it did disappoint me, though very little compared to other books I've read.
Besides the characters' personality defects, Jason Henderson's narration sometimes confuses me, especially during action and descriptive moments. It's either I end up not imagining the place, human, creature, whatever (in short just almost skipping through the sentences) or I keep rereading but barely manage to get the details in my head. And one more thing. He italicizes words too much. Sometimes I think it's not even needed, but he does anyway.
This series, currently, is not on my "worth-buying" list. I'll have to check the second book and see if the writing improves. Though it's not completely worth buying (except for the handsome boy on the cover), it's worth a read. Not the best, but still worth a try.(less)
Giving this book a four-star came as a surprise to me, honestly. I thought of giving it three--but it didn't seem fair. It's a really great book.
The p...moreGiving this book a four-star came as a surprise to me, honestly. I thought of giving it three--but it didn't seem fair. It's a really great book.
The plot is very unique. Hooking, yes, and the twists are surprising and spooky. The first part threw me off for a while, and I wondered what it had to do with the rest. But no disappointments there. It's amazing how this and that happened...though, of course, not all questions are answered.
Margaret Peterson Haddix had done a good job in ending the book too. Well, it is a cliffhanger, but that's a whole new story. Can't fit the next into a chapter, can she? And another plus for the series. The plot extends, but not in that unrealistic (but really, what's "realistic" in a fantasy novel?) and annoying and way-out-of-line-already type.
I have to warn you, though, that there are quite disturbing scenes. Not in a rated kind of way, of course, otherwise this wouldn't get a four-star. It's very suspenseful and freaky/spooky/unnerving. Certainly it's not a bad quality, but it may give quite a scare sometimes.
The style of writing is, perhaps, not the best, but it's definitely above average. The story's told in Jonah's POV, third-person kind, and the writer did good with that part. The pacing all right too. Unless I myself read too quickly and didn't notice it much.
And the characters are great too. I really like Jonah Skidmore. He's smart and a loving brother and a good son. He's not self-righteous either. Well, some may call him helplessly weak for a protagonist, but that adds to his charms.
Setting my gushes aside, Margaret Peterson Haddix made it a point to make the characters--especially the big ones--rounded and well-developed. More reasons to like it. And I'm sure as I go along reading the next ones, the characters will feel more alive.
It's not a laugh-out-loud type of book. But it made me laugh at some points, albeit dark they may be. There's not much witty remarks but Jonah's train of thought is an amusing and interesting read.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book, but for now, I'm going to hold myself back and wait until I get my own copy. I believe it's worth the money to buy this series.(less)
I looked forward to a book by Anthony Horowitz. Maybe the reason I was excited to read this.
I'm not disappointed by the writing style. I have a great...moreI looked forward to a book by Anthony Horowitz. Maybe the reason I was excited to read this.
I'm not disappointed by the writing style. I have a great feeling I'll like the Alex Rider series.
The plot was OK, and the set of characters accompanying it was average to maybe-likeable. (view spoiler)[The villains, though, were pure evil. Like they were created from the bones of wickedness. Not so much spectacular. (hide spoiler)]
I gave this a rating of only two simply because I found the whole book very depressing. (view spoiler)[Matt Freeman is an orphan, taken care of by his aunt. No one loves him, and no one wants to take care of him. He has no friends. People always take advantage of him. And people who do care always end up dead. In this first book, already 3 people had died trying to help Matt. It would've been 4 if Richard didn't survive.
Which reminds me, Why was Richard saved by Mrs. Deverill? The only thing he ended up doing was spoiling the ritual, and that was not for her sake. (hide spoiler)]
I'm probably still going to read the series, despite its creepiness. I hold a big hope that things will brighten up in the future.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
For a book about/related to Jack the Ripper, it bored me. And I would have forgiven some failures even though I don't usually tolerate them because th...moreFor a book about/related to Jack the Ripper, it bored me. And I would have forgiven some failures even though I don't usually tolerate them because this is set in London. Another British book! Well, this was disappointing.
Actually, the Ripper plot seemed really unique for me. I'm a major fan of detective stuff, so I was really excited about this book. Then it sorta turned the other way, and I found myself reading very little, sometimes none at all. Even towards the end, I didn't feel the excitement readers are supposed to feel with a detective novel.
And I can't say I liked the characters. I suppose I didn't hate them, really, but they are either annoying on more than one occasion or lacking concrete personalities for me to like them. The only person I liked is Stephen. (view spoiler)[I can't tell if he's going to be more than a friend of Rory's. But I sure hope so. Because Jeremy is in great need of character development, and so far, he's below average for me. (hide spoiler)]
I hope the next book improves and gets my full attention.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I saw this book in my sister's e-book library, and started reading it because I thought, Finally, a Kelley Armstrong book that ain't about ghosts. Unf...moreI saw this book in my sister's e-book library, and started reading it because I thought, Finally, a Kelley Armstrong book that ain't about ghosts. Unfortunately, I realized too late that this isn't a YA novel.
I finished Bitten rather quickly, for two reasons. One, and I'll be honest: I liked some of the characters here. Two, I skipped a lot. There was a lot of unnecessary descriptive narrations, and it got boring to read. Around a third of the book, I ended up jumping to the next paragraph whenever I see a long one coming. And again, since this isn't YA, there were a lot of adult scenes, so that saved me time too.
The heroine annoyed me. She's one of those typical leads that just love danger and being hot-tempered. As if they're such wonderful traits.
The plot was OK. I didn't particularly like or dislike it. Like I said, I only read this book because it's not about ghosts.
Anyway, I'm dropping this series. Truthfully, I'd like to see a character like Clayton in some YA series, without the erotic-ness. That would be better, because something like this just doesn't appeal to me. (less)
Dark Eden, to describe it in the shortest way possible, simply left me confused.
After overlooking the boring cover, I decided that the synopsis sounde...moreDark Eden, to describe it in the shortest way possible, simply left me confused.
After overlooking the boring cover, I decided that the synopsis sounded OK. This is the first book I read with the same concept, and I guess I wasn't utterly disappointed. In the end, I just truly felt...blank.
Things were slow in the beginning, but somehow I was sucked into reading it. Maybe because I appreciated the lead guy, Will, and his smart brain. Or maybe because Carman is a good writer. OK, moving on, about half of the book, things were finally crawling, at a painfully slow rate. More incidents happened, blah, blah, blah... Then wow! It's the end. Nothing big happened, really. I suppose in the next book...
The next confusing thing. (view spoiler)[I could probably understand why Will had been feeling attached to Marisa. He'd been listening to her for weeks, and not just listening to random things, but something about her. He also liked her voice, which would have finally pushed him to like her when they met.
But Marisa just met him. And, let me point out, they weren't even together for a very long time. It's just weird that Marisa liked him after talking to him one-sidedly in the van and during their walk to Fort Eden before Will escaped, and after spending two nights in the main room. For me, the relationship was just too sudden. Not only theirs, but the others' as well. (hide spoiler)]
So, very weird and confusing. But since it didn't annoy me, and I want to read more of Will's smartness, and I have hopes things will get better, I'm reading the next book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a really fun and exciting read. I didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did.
This series' theme, being about zombies, the undead and ot...moreThis was a really fun and exciting read. I didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did.
This series' theme, being about zombies, the undead and other supernatural things, is not the first I've read. Honestly, there are a lot of books with the same story. But this was great and well thought of, from the beginning's mysteries to the end's twists.
I absolutely loved the characters here too. Well, of course not all, but maybe more than I thought I would like. First of all, the heroine's actually sort of fun--I like reading her thoughts and knowing what she feels; her personality and character made me like her too. (view spoiler)[There were times she was quick-tempered, like most female lead out there, but for some reason, those outbursts didn't annoy me like the others did. For her own good or for others', she also held her tongue and tried to understand that person. Her braveness (and recklessness) was quite amazing too. (hide spoiler)] Of course, I can't leave out the male lead. Physical appearances aside, I like how he turned out--his past, his attitude, and everything else that may or may not affect the story. A few other people in the book were also likeable, ranging from a bit likeable to really good characters. This part of the book was really given a lot of thought, considering their build-up and all, and I think it's worth the time Dennard took to make them whole and rounded characters.
The romance really made me giddy and smile like a fool. It's very nice and cute, though I think it's a bit rushed. Well, no, maybe not. It was not insta-love, but a little quick, maybe? But whatever, I ended up liking it anyway. (view spoiler)[It is not, however, very satisfying, especially towards the ending. I was so frustrated at what happened in the hospital that I wanted to rip my hair out. I almost sputtered out a cry when I read Eleanor and Daniel's last conversation. (hide spoiler)]
So I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. It's fun to read a book where you're not annoyed most (or all) of the time.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book is not for me. I didn't like it, and I should have known I wouldn't. The premise alone should have warned me: Girl meets bad boy, falls spon...moreThis book is not for me. I didn't like it, and I should have known I wouldn't. The premise alone should have warned me: Girl meets bad boy, falls spontaneously in love with him the next moment, and needs to be with him otherwise she'll end up dead or whatever. Ugh. I guess I didn't learn my lessons yet.
Really, this book is so cliché. Everything, from the beginning to every little detail in between until the end. I don't know how I managed to finish the book.
(This review may contain spoilers. I don't have the patience to check whether what I'm going to say is part of the non-spoiler zone or not.)
One: I don't understand how or why Showalter chose to name this first book with the intention of it being like Alice in Wonderland because I don't see any resemblance between the two.
Two: I hate "Ali" the princess. She was annoying all the way, and I never felt any compassion for her, despite the tragedies she faced and whatever else. All her emotions were so extreme they felt fake. And self-pity seemed to become her most prominent personality, besides being annoying and "I'm trying not to melt into a stupid puddle because of Cole's sweetness". I didn't really like the fact that she would say she was "relieved, yes, relieved, not disappointed" when she and Cole finished talking or something. It's so obviously not, and it's so freaking annoying.
Three: Cole. Aside from his beautiful violet eyes (which I would have liked if it wasn't mentioned every other page), I don't know what else to think of him. In the beginning, his personality was strong, hard and cold. Then he turned into this really good guy who can't keep his eyes off Ali and did nothing but stalk, watch over and protect her. One moment, he was snarling at her, showing and emanating dislike from every angle possible, and the next he was devouring her with his eyes. Tch. Stereotypical.
Four: The writing style and its supposed humor didn't appeal to me, the "I'm so witty, laugh!" type which made me roll my eyes and the drama part which made me cringe. The romance was a major turn off too. I wouldn't even recommend it just for the love story part.
Lastly, I don't understand why people are so hyped up about this.
So, this series is definitely out of my list, because I'm tired of stupid and annoying characters.(less)