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)
**spoiler alert** I really had high expectations for this book. I don't know...the title and the cover seemed to reel in readers. Then I heard rumors...more**spoiler alert** I really had high expectations for this book. I don't know...the title and the cover seemed to reel in readers. Then I heard rumors about it being like Twilight. OK...that kind of ruined it for me. And honestly, I didn't want to be skeptical, ruthless and critical, but disappointment just came down on me when I finished it.
Maybe it wasn't very disappointing, but I hadn't expected such an ending. Or the same kind of characters.
Nora... I must say, at first I thought she'd be a great and different heroine. I sort of liked her. Not angsty, not emo, not obsessed... Well, I guess she wasn't totally, but at the end of the story, she just merely focused on nothing more than Patch. And actually, I found some of her decisions annoying. Honestly. She was a good student who wanted to be independent and so didn't trouble her mom much, but she went and drove through a red light? I mean, OK, maybe that was needed to add fear and anxiety to Nora, but a good student who didn't want her mother coming back to get a job locally wouldn't do that. But Nora did.
Her friendship with Vee was a bit...off, too. Nora called Vee her best friend, but the way she spoke with her just didn't show it. Nora brushed her off when she wanted to, lied when she didn't want secrets spilled. She thought Vee was in danger (in the hands of Elliot) but she went off to make out with Patch? What on earth was she really worried about? If she was worried about her best friend, she should have done something and not just get dragged off by some hot guy she was mysteriously attracted to. It wasn't wrong, but she could be a little more suspicious about Patch, since he was. Plus, her mind was not even constant. She doubted Patch in one moment, and in the next she pushed aside those thoughts and started kissing him? Then she accused Patch of something suspicious again. Who is she kidding?
As for Patch, I didn't have much complains against him in the beginning, since bad guys are cute too, in a way. But towards the end, he just suddenly said cheesy lines, and my mind went, "Uh...okay..." I guess that was made to be a surprising development, but when it's repeated over and over, it gets boring and very annoyingly cheesy.
The pace of the story wasn't constant either. The beginning was very slow, hinting nothing more than at Nora and Patch's growing closeness and his mysteriousness and Nora's paranoia about Patch being a stalker. I was almost halfway through the book when the plot moved. I spent a lot of time, thinking, "Who on earth is Chauncey? When will his name appear or be mentioned?" Towards the end of the book, everything went by in a flash. Patch's past, Dabria, Jules... And these characters were just out to get her. Creepy. The ending wasn't bad, and wasn't hanging either, but it left me a lot of questions. Like, who exactly is Elliot, and what happened to him?
I think one of Becca Fitzpatrick's way of redemption was by adding sexy and intimate scenes. But that totally didn't work for me. And honestly, it maked me wonder again, What did Patch see in Nora that made him fall madly in love her? And in the first place, how did Patch get to even know her when he went to school for her?
The premise was very good. Honestly. The prologue got my interest quickly. But here's a tip for Fitzpatrick: Stick to the plot, not on sexy, romantic scenes or on Nora's conflicting thoughts. (Nora, or any other heroine out there, is the main reason I don't like reading books with girls as narrators.)
OK, so much for ranting. After promising I wouldn't be so analyzing. Hush Hush and these types of book won't appeal to me again, so I am dropping this series.(less)
I feel bad for not liking this book. I really tried to like it. But honestly? I was disappointed, big time.
The beginning was really fun; I almost coul...moreI feel bad for not liking this book. I really tried to like it. But honestly? I was disappointed, big time.
The beginning was really fun; I almost couldn't place the book down. The pacing was quick, then it went slow. There was too much going on, too much requests, too much promises, too many fairy tales. And I should have actually figured that out. I thought it was like the other two books that mainly focused on one tale, but no. Alex Flinn just bunched up more than five fairy tales to create the body of the story.
No character stood out for me. Not Johnny, not Meg, not Princess Victoria...they were all too shallow. I didn't even feel once that I kind of liked Johnny. And it was not because he's not the hot type of guy. I felt like he didn't really care about anyone but himself. He did everything for himself--to gain money, to be free of poverty, etc. He has too many regrets, and I hate it. He was an idiot too. And really, when you don't like the narrator (or the hero/heroine or any other characters out there) it's hard to like the book.
(view spoiler)[The ending? I don't know. Maybe I'm a sadist, but I feel like Johnny should have suffered something. After all he did (leaving his family, his friends, his work) he still got what he wanted, what he had been searching for, and his dream fulfilled. It's a fairy tale, I know, but there are consequences in life, and Johnny didn't receive any of that. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Honestly, I had a hard time deciding how I should rate Clockwork Angel. I debated on giving it a four; I really enjoyed reading it because of James. B...moreHonestly, I had a hard time deciding how I should rate Clockwork Angel. I debated on giving it a four; I really enjoyed reading it because of James. But considering how things turned out and what happened in-between, I chose to give this book a three.
The good points? It's not all about romance. It's romance, obviously, but I'd guess the love story was just about a third to a half of the book. Cassandra Clare mostly concentrated on the progress of the story as a whole, not just the romance part. Good-looking guys. It really adds to the joy when reading a book. I mean, I'd less enjoy books like this if it weren't for good-looking guys, especially those with silver hair and eyes. The female lead is not irritating. Well, she's not the best; there were dozens of times I was annoyed at her too. But at least she's not dimwitted or heartless.
And the bad ones. The romance part. There were times when I really wanted to just skip a few parts. But it really depends on who you're rooting for. Or, maybe you like them both and can't choose so you like all romance parts. For me, I like Jem better, so I have to say...I was rooting for him, which left me feeling like that. A lot of unexpected turns. I mean, it's great how things change from one thing to another without the reader realizing it before the characters themselves. But there's just too much, for me anyway. The ending. I know there's a second book. I know that, but I can't help feel disappointed that Cassandra Clare left a lot of questions unanswered. Especially the way she really ended the book--it's as if it was just another chapter ending and the next one's ready to be read at the next page.
It's very thick, this book. And I actually found some parts dragged out, but I didn't find it boring. Probably because of the guys. But anyway, it's still a good read.(less)
I enjoyed reading this book, and if I wasn't going to sleep or work, I would have probably finished this in less than ten hours.
Though the protagonist...moreI enjoyed reading this book, and if I wasn't going to sleep or work, I would have probably finished this in less than ten hours.
Though the protagonist's character is rather strong and hot-headed, I didn't dislike her or anything. I guess, if I have to pick, she'd be one of the female leads I find interesting and not annoying. But I can only say that for the first book, of course. Who knows what she'll be like in the next two.
I'm considering on giving it a four, but I feel it's lacking in some way. Of course, I definitely liked it; the plot, the characters, the narration. I just felt sort of disappointed, though I can't quite place on which part did. But this is truly worth a read--especially since there are no annoying gushings.(less)
This third book of the Hunger Games trilogy relays a lot of emotions. It ended nicely too, with a good wrap-up of what happened and not, why it happen...moreThis third book of the Hunger Games trilogy relays a lot of emotions. It ended nicely too, with a good wrap-up of what happened and not, why it happened that way, etc.
This book was full of surprises--good and bad--though I guess they had to happen. The Hunger Games trilogy is really worth a read.
The only downside, I think, was Suzanne Collins' confusing way of writing and describing details and emotions. She divided them into a sentence each, and I didn't realize it until I've read that part. But except for that, Mockingjay is an excellent book.
But honestly, aside from Peeta Mellark (since he obviously topped my list from the beginning), I loved Finnick Odair in this book! Reasons will be revealed later on for those who have not read the book yet.
First of all, things turned darker and heavier without Peeta Mellark. His presence was so big (figuratively, of course) that I think it affected Katniss Everdeen's train of thoughts as well. And obviously, being a Peeta Mellark lover, without Peeta, reading on was a bit frustrating. I kept wondering when he'll be back, what will happen to him, if he ever will be back. And yes, I was even more frustrated when he came back from the Capitol only to have hijacked memories. And since he was such a peace-loving citizen, it pained me so much to see him realize how he tried to kill Katniss, how he killed Mitchell, and how he put everyone else in danger. His decision about killing himself really saddened me, and I almost thought it was going to happen that way.
And Prim? So out of the blue... It was so shocking, so sudden, that I couldn't quite believe it yet. Like someone said to me, Prim was the very reason Katniss even volunteered for the Games, how the film started rolling. And now that it was about to end, that reason had been blown away. Again, this made me sad, especially the scene where Buttercup just came home from District 13 on foot, looking for Prim.
What happened with Prim made me so mad too. Gale Hawthorne. His personality--full of hatred and vengeance--was probably one of the primary reasons why Prim died. After his promise to Katniss that they'd protect each others' families, I can't believe it was his invention for that to break. Though it was implied that Gale honestly didn't know, who can deny that it wasn't Gale who thought of the plan to bomb once, let the survivors rescue the victims, then bomb again?
And don't get me started on Finnick Odair. That incident saddened me to no end. His death was too sudden, too soon. I had to reread that part a few times before I finally got the picture and why it happened. It was hard to move on, as if by stalling, Finnick could live. Now that the event has passed, I realized something: his death was very not highlighted. Sure, it was not in Katniss' character to grieve and mourn endlessly, but she did spend a lot of time with Finnick, besides the fact that he saved her (and Peeta) a lot of times. His death was too brutal, really. And very unfair, too. And it became much more unfair since Katniss didn't dwell on it much. Considering the circumstances, she'd have no time to, but she could have offered a bit of grief at the end. No, that was not what happened. Suzanne Collins just bunched him up with other dead people, close to her or not. The fact that he and Annie had a baby was also a bitter surprise. It doubled the sadness accumulating in my heart. But as another reader said to me, at least, Finnick lives on.
And my reasons for loving him? I'm not entirely sure myself. He was just a great character. His strong points, his weaknesses, his depression, his struggles--they made him real. And really, when he was so distracted about Annie, he seemed like such an innocent child. Sure, it was probably his weakest appearance in the whole series, but that's what makes him real. And I like him for being that way.
Finally, I need to state my little disappoint in the ending. I felt that it was too abrupt, and the happenings after the rebellion weren't given in details. Most especially, Katniss and Peeta's time together at the end proved to be very short and quick.
One of the best things about Suzanne Collins? She writes a full character, especially the main ones. Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne, Haymitch Abernathy, Finnick Odair, probably even President Snow. For example, Peeta's character is very loveable. His personality is so intact, so close to real life, so not-flat that you can understand the reasons behind his actions--as if he's based on a character in real life. (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"]>(less)
I think...this book is just great. I loved Peeta Mellark in this book. Period.
Now I know what I felt was lacking in the first book. There wasn't much...moreI think...this book is just great. I loved Peeta Mellark in this book. Period.
Now I know what I felt was lacking in the first book. There wasn't much emphasis on Peeta's kindness, unlike in this book, where you obviously can't deny it.
It's really nice, too, to have a good female lead. Katniss Everdeen didn't fail me, annoy me, or make me think, 'Wow, she's so stupid and foolish and oblivious.' True, it does happen, but it's so rare unlike those in other novels that it's a good change. You'd understand why the male lead, and other characters out there, fall for Katniss. Unlike in others where you don't have a clue why they do love the female lead. And it also feels nice to continue reading the book/series, not just because of the guys or the plot, but because the protagonist herself grows on you. Of course, the plot is the main reason you're reading the book in the first place. But a good set of characters--not just physically, but attitude-wise too--contributes greatly to the progress of the story, and how the readers will feel about it as they read.
The twists in this book are very satisfying. The happenings in the Districts, the Games and so on...they're all hinting at something, probably something a few would guess early on, but they're all revealed so subtly, gradually, you'd be amazed at how it's done. It's paced just right, which, again, many novels fail at.
I have to say, though, that the ending was very unexpected. I'm looking forward to reading the final book!(less)
I thought of giving a better rating, especially since I got a copy of the special edition, I missed James Carstairs a lot, and there's much more air t...moreI thought of giving a better rating, especially since I got a copy of the special edition, I missed James Carstairs a lot, and there's much more air time for James here than in Clockwork Angel. But this is the best I can give, for a few reasons.
Honestly, nothing much happened here, plot-wise. Just some action scenes here and there that didn't have big relations to the problem at hand. Quite funny, considering the book's thick. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it.
Tessa Gray was still annoying, more so when she was selfishly thinking of her desires. There were times she got unreasonably mad and so more annoyance except when it was directed at Will. Kidding. (view spoiler)[Her selfish thoughts were just simply irritating. Though I don't like William Herondale very much, it doesn't matter to me if she chooses him. I just want her to decide who she likes. Because she's only hurting both and she's an idiot for doing that. When she's with Will, she thinks about Jem. When's she's with Jem, she thinks about Will. She studiously turned to be more annoying in the end, when her engagement with Jem was set and she kept thinking of Will. I mean, make up your mind, Tessa! It's not pleasing to see her switching from one to the other. If she can't return Jem's feelings, then don't give him hope. It's only more frustrating. And the fact is, it didn't even seem like she agreed to be Jem's wife because she liked him. It was more like, she did it because she wanted to protect him. Which just makes things very unfair, both for James and Will. Sure her heart fluttered and skipped and she flushed when they kissed, but it's not that kind of love. (hide spoiler)]
William didn't improve for me, nor did he make any major steps to make me hate him. (Yes, I like James better than him.) The moments I honestly felt I liked Will was when he truly cared for someone else. But those moments came in rarely, so there you go. And perhaps it's not in his character, but it annoys me that he can't be grateful. That, and the fact that he had a very selfish moment that I can't even believe he thought of it. (view spoiler)[Magnus Bane seemed a good guy, and I liked him since the first book. And so, it did somehow annoy me when Will was demanding for his help, and without thanks! William did only have one selfish moment, or two if I separate them because it was different scene already. Thinking that James would understand if Tessa dumped him for Will. As I'm sure James would truly forgive them, it was simply wrong. Will kept thinking, "If you truly love me..." But why didn't he think of it the other way? Selfish, yes. Though I did feel pity for him. And he somehow made up for it by being the first to congratulate Jem and Tessa for their engagement when no one seemed to be reacting. As much as I'd hate to admit it, I felt sad for Will at that moment. And yes, I'm contradicting myself and I am quite confused right now. (hide spoiler)]
And James. I am very, very fond James, obviously, and it quite disappointed me that he changed, and not for the better. He was still very kind and sweet and understanding and forgiving, but as I read, I felt him change. There were times he was so forward. I guess that was needed, or else there would be no progress, but it wasn't in his character to be so. And--I hate having to say this--James did have his selfish moment too. Yes, it delivered a shock to me. Selfishness was never in James personality chart, as I recall from Clockwork Angel. And for adding that, I am very annoyed at Clare. She didn't need to make everyone selfish. (view spoiler)[Not only did he become selfish. He also became un-gentleman-like! Which is definitely out of his character. What almost happened between him and Tessa made me feel disgusted. Not towards anyone in particular; I just felt that way after reading it. It was all right to kiss, and it was clear that James hesitated at first because it was not something a gentleman would do. But to continue on? Gosh. Clare could probably have better potential than that. (hide spoiler)]
Some other characters turned out to be very nice and charming, and I would happily say that it was a plus. (view spoiler)[Gideon Lightwood, for example, turned out to be quite a likeable character, despite his aloofness. (hide spoiler)]
I was getting tired of reading similes every page Twice a page, even. Or maybe I'm only noticing it too much because I already know Clare's writing style. And isn't it unthinkable how one could slip on a carpet? Trip, maybe, but slip? Oh come on. Besides, why does Clare have to write about London being so gloomy and dark always? It's quite annoying. Not everyone hates rain. Now I'm wondering if the author hates London.
Another thing I hate to say: The ending kind of sucked. As I mentioned before, nothing big exactly happened to the storyline. (view spoiler)[Except if I count James and Tessa's engagement. But I don't, because it's not really related to the Clave finding Mortmain, is it? (hide spoiler)]
I quite enjoyed reading the specials, too. Very short, actually, but it was nice to read. Both of them.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** Well, this is more of a rant than a review.
How could Dimitri become a Strigoi? Isn't that perfectly annoying? First, Richelle Mead h...more**spoiler alert** Well, this is more of a rant than a review.
How could Dimitri become a Strigoi? Isn't that perfectly annoying? First, Richelle Mead had to go and kill Mason, and now she's turning Dimitri into one of the enemies? That's just...stupid. Honestly, I can't offer enough words to describe how disappointed and irritated I am. There are so many good guys here (four of them I found, actually) and she kills off two? She might as well have taken Eddie out too. Goodness, this is so frustrating.
And boy am I so annoyed at Rose for using Adrian's feelings for her to get money. Sure, she's upset and depressed and she knew it was low, but that's just so mean. I really wanted to smack her right then and there.
So now Rose leaves Lissa--and the whole Academy--behind her. Which leaves who? No one but Rose and more Strigoi. Dimitri, presumably.
Honestly, my thoughts are so jumbled up right now I can't write a good review. Just that this book disappointed me big time. I didn't want to feel that way. This was one of the series I kind of liked, which surprised me because I'm not really an avid of vampires and a lot of skinship.
Well, I really, really hope the next book will ultimately make up for it. Dimitri most definitely wouldn't come back--that's impossible. But at least make Rose realize Adrian is a good guy and actually like him back? I hated girls who went from one guy to another, but Rose could be a little more open, especially towards Adrian. I like Dimitri, really I do, but he's gone now--and it's not fair. But Rose should at least end up with someone, right?(less)
**spoiler alert** Honestly, I hoped for a comeback. I wished the disappointment Shadow Kiss gave me would disappear after reading this book. Unfortuna...more**spoiler alert** Honestly, I hoped for a comeback. I wished the disappointment Shadow Kiss gave me would disappear after reading this book. Unfortunately, that's not what happened.
This is really wrong of me to say--and it's so, so, so unfair that I ended up feeling this way--but in this book, I just despised Dimitri. It's because he's a Strigoi, presumably, but it's wrong. His image is now tainted, and not in a good way. I hate it. Perhaps it would have been better if Rose really just killed Dimitri.
And another unfair thing? Adrian. I really, really like Adrian now. And I know he'd actually do a better job in keeping Rose all right than Dimitri as a Strigoi. Considering Rose's feelings, it's hard to forget Dimitri. But he's changed, he's not the same, and he's not coming back. I wanted to smack and smack and smack Rose for hurting Adrian's feelings countless of times. And despite Adrian's kindness and patience, she still can't see it. It's so annoying.
Speaking of Dimitri coming back, I really don't wish for that to happen. It's wrong, it's twisted... It shouldn't be possible. And despite how much I liked Dimitri--the real, alive one--I'd rather have him dead now. He did too many horrible things.
Finally, I have to say that this book is too dragged out. There was nothing much--the events could have been summed up in about eight to ten chapters. Period. There's too many immoral--excuse my wordings here--scenes, and it's plain idiotic. I felt like Richelle Mead was making it up by putting on many sexy scenes instead of getting on with the story.
But even though I've complained a lot, I'm still going to read the next one, and somehow, I still kind of like the series. I just hope it gets better. Really better, because Richelle Mead has to make up for a lot of stupid and unfair happenings.(less)
Obviously, it took me a very long time to finish this book. I almost forgot what happened when I finished it today.
Rose is still that annoying girl. S...moreObviously, it took me a very long time to finish this book. I almost forgot what happened when I finished it today.
Rose is still that annoying girl. She really went down for me. I used to like her, and I'm very disappointed at her "improvement" in these last books.
The twists...well, it was very unexpected, but still, unfair. I hate it. It's so not right it drives me mad when I think about it. All I want to do is slap Rose--or should I stalk towards Richelle Mead and bonk her instead?
Since the next one's the last, I'll be diligent and finish the series. Somehow, although I know it probably won't, I'm still looking for improvements. Real improvements.
(view spoiler)[Once again, Richelle Mead drags on the events to make a thick book of Rose's sexual thoughts. Honestly, this book should be rated. And on top of it all, students shouldn't be allowed to read this.
This comment is actually two books behind: The heaviness of her act with Dimitri is very disturbing, and obviously shouldn't be followed. Rose is only sixteen and she's off doing what married adults do! It's frustrating!
Putting my moral standards aside, the fact that she keeps using Adrian is just downright dirty. Ugh, I can't even find words to describe how much I hate her actions toward him.
Rose thinks she can't live without Dimitri? Then go and jump off a cliff! What are you waiting for, honestly? Her obsession is as annoying as her thoughts. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
At first, I was kind of skeptical in reading this. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting it to be good. So I was pleasantly surprised as I read thi...moreAt first, I was kind of skeptical in reading this. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting it to be good. So I was pleasantly surprised as I read this book.
There were quite a number of likeable characters, including, of course, Rokan, and Isabel and Ven. For some reason, I started smiling whenever Rokan came into the picture. Besides, his character, though at first was quite twisted, turned out to be good. And not in the sense that he was harmless. (view spoiler)[And I liked it whenever he was talking with Isabel. I could tell that he had feelings for her even then. And when he got angry when he mentioned that Isabel seemed to have feelings of love for Ven when he died, I don't know, I just found it...charming, or something. And speaking of Ven, I can't believe he died! Honestly, in the beginning, I thought he could be the male lead. (hide spoiler)]
I liked the plot. It was very unique, and twists were unexpectedly creative. There were a lot of time when I understood how one event was related to something previously mentioned or revealed. (view spoiler)[Like Duke Owain and his daughter Daria. (hide spoiler)] It was well-written.
(view spoiler)[The story's pacing was just right, I think, including all of Isabel's regaining-memories time and deciphering why she couldn't simply shift. Though the part about the Shifter merging with Kaer's sister delivered quite a shock and I didn't get over it as quickly as Isabel did. The ending, however, felt kind of rushed. The very ending, meaning Rokan and Isabel's romance. Couldn't Leah Cypess have spared a few more pages for that? It saddened me that not much romance took place between them. And that exactly was the reason I'm looking forward to reading the next book. But by the looks of it, Nightspell isn't actually a sequel. And that doubled my sadness. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Actually, I didn't think I'd like this book after reading the summary. Since I wasn't anticipating much, I didn't get disappointed either.
I'm not sure...moreActually, I didn't think I'd like this book after reading the summary. Since I wasn't anticipating much, I didn't get disappointed either.
I'm not sure if I enjoyed reading The DUFF. One thing's for sure: there were too many sexy scenes and a lot of cursing.
Bianca annoyed me. And she kind of lacked in making up for it. She was below average for me. And yes, despite her reputation of being smart, she wasn't. Honestly. (view spoiler)[Her thought about her family's problems almost made me pull my hair out. I can't believe she's so stupid to be relying on sex as a distraction. And another thing, I absolutely hated her for being mad at Casey because her best friend was mad at her. And she didn't know why? (hide spoiler)]
Wesley just kind of disguted me. Sure, maybe he was supposed to be funny and witty and sexy, but he was just too much of a pervert. Not really a redeeming trait. So much for having nice, gray eyes. It made me think I'd crush on him. But that was partly my fault.
(view spoiler)[Toby felt unreal to me. He's kind and sweet and polite and patient, and as much as I'm positive those are traits I'd be looking for my partner, he seemed fake. Maybe because he was extremely kind, sweet, etc. Not that I hated him. I guess his green eyes (yes, again with the eyes) somehow made up for it. LOL. (hide spoiler)]
For having a not-so-complicated plot, the book seemed long for me. And the plot sort of sucked, now that I think about it.
(view spoiler)[And though the ending didn't make me feel frustrated or annoyed, it was funny how it ended up that way. Sure I didn't want Toby hurt, but I just found it strange and out-of-the-blue. (hide spoiler)]
This is definitely not on my to-buy list, and I'm very glad that I didn't buy this when there was a sale. I don't think I'll be recommending it to my friends either.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Honestly, I was looking forward to this book. I thought it'd be better than the first book. But I was greatly d...moreAttempted reading: 9/1/2011 to 12/31/11
Honestly, I was looking forward to this book. I thought it'd be better than the first book. But I was greatly disappointed. I was truly planning on finishing this, and I just decided now to officially drop it.
I can't even understand what's supposed to happen in this second book. The diary entries showed nothing but Stargirl's every day life. Nothing more about...not annoying characters. It's weird. It's like, you wrote a diary during your high school days, and decided you wanted to publish that.
I've read other books told in a similar way--with dates, told from only one person's POV--but this is completely different and dismaying. I probably shouldn't have bothered reading the sequel to Stargirl because I wasn't very pleased with the first book.(less)
Reading a novel set in the city, non-fantasy is quite refreshing, and I liked the time spent reading this one. It's all good reading fantasy books, wi...moreReading a novel set in the city, non-fantasy is quite refreshing, and I liked the time spent reading this one. It's all good reading fantasy books, with all those supernatural humans and powers, but a realistic setting feels nice too.
This book got me hooked. I love how Courtney Summers narrated the whole story. It was done well, and I couldn't think of a better way to have it told. She didn't jump from one event to the other in a confusing way, and she took the time and pace needed for the development of the plot and characters. Thumbs-up for that!
It is also an amazing fact that, although this is told from the lead girl's POV, a protagonist who, as identified by the summary, is very mean and possibly annoying, I didn't find her irritating at all. Because, in all honesty, there's only a handful of those kinds of girls.
(view spoiler)[Regina is also very likeable. While it is true that she is very mean, it's quite astonishing how bullying actually affects her. From what I read and watched, bullies never had a thread of guilt in them, which makes Regina very unique from the regular mean girls. As the story goes on, she doesn't whine, complain or do annoying stuff whenever she gets bullied. It's great how strong she is emotionally and mentally, although she did have a few breakdowns. Nevertheless, she grows, even on her own, and that's one of the best things about this novel. Regina and the other characters don't stay stagnant throughout the whole story. They change gradually, just like normal people. Besides that, I like her wittiness at some point. Well, not exactly wittiness. Sadistic? Or rub-it-in-your-face style? For example: "What do they say, again? You reap what you sow." I didn't know she tried to kill herself. "Then this should make you feel good," I say. "Donnie Henderson? I totally didn't have sex with him, but not for lack of him trying really hard--" My voice breaks. "I even have the bruises to prove it." Silence. He gets it, and for a second he almost looks sorry, sick. "Regina--" "Tell Liz," I say, "the mean girl totally got what she deserved in the end." And this: I leap back at the same time the door swings open and nails me in the back, knocking the wind out of me... When I open my eyes, I can breathe again and everyone is gone but Michael. "Are you okay?" he asks. "Get away from me, Michael." "I'm serious. That looked really painful." "You should be happy. You totally just got to see me suffer up close." He pales and slinks off. Funny in a very dark way, really.
And of course, let's not forget about Michael Hayden. His name alone sounds really nice. He's a really twisted, good lead. He's not even the perfectly-handsome type, but I ended up liking him very much. (hide spoiler)]
I am, however, very sad, for a few things, some of which I'll be hiding under spoilers, since they...er, spoil the book.
The book's full of swears. It's kind of...annoying at some point. Why can't the story be told normally? is what I'm thinking most of the time. I don't like having to read books with ninety-nine percent bad words because it makes me feel dumb. That's one of the reasons I couldn't give this book a four-star.
And of course, the fact that the plot circulates around what happened to Regina, and what most teens are hyped about lately, doesn't help. It's quite disturbing, actually. I'm just glad there's no detailed scenes about it.
(view spoiler)[Well, the ending kind of sucked. I mean, it happened all too quickly, and I was so surprised that the book had already ended. Maybe the right word is abrupt. Courtney Summers didn't even make an epilogue or something to formally end the story. It left me feeling a bit disappointed.
I also found a very annoying character, and I guess not all will agree with me. Josh is a total jerk. I kept on hoping that his love for Regina would make him listen to her, believe her, but he completely failed me. Not only that, he even helped set up another setting of Regina-Donnie in a locked room. Towards the end of the book, his apologies felt to stupid to me. I wish he could somehow suffer for what he did, or lack of it, even just a little. (hide spoiler)]
I think, some time in the future, I'll be re-reading Some Girls Are. It's really great.["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)
I started reading this book without expecting too much. The plot sounded okay, but other than that, I didn't even think I'd like it.
The book's pretty...moreI started reading this book without expecting too much. The plot sounded okay, but other than that, I didn't even think I'd like it.
The book's pretty good. The storyline focused more on the plot itself, which is a relief, otherwise I'd be closing this book and placing it under "dropped" rather than reading through so many romantic scenes. Not much swearing, either. Maybe about three to five times only.
Simner also did a good job with maintaining the characters with their personalities, though I can't be too sure if it applied to everyone.
(view spoiler)[It is a bewildering thought that Haley's boyfriend, Jared, does not appear much. The only thing I can tell about him is he's very caring and uncaring at the same time. The ending surprised me, honestly. Your boyfriend not minding that you meet with another? Weird.
But Ari himself is quite attractive, I have to say. His English (I wish he spoke in it more often) is amusing and cute. And the fact that he has green eyes makes him more crush-able. I think Ari is the second or third person I liked with green eyes. It's an amazing thing. And white polar-bear hair appeals nicely too.
And Haley? Well, she annoyed me at first. She no doubt falls into those self-righteous heroines category, but I guess she didn't turn out to be so annoying. The fact that she doesn't gush so much helped. (hide spoiler)]
As I said, I liked the book, but I can't say I'm very willing to buy this book. And if I'm going to be reading this a second time around.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I honestly did not expect this book to be so disappointing. I'm not even sure why, since I liked Some Girls Are which share the same genre. This book...moreI honestly did not expect this book to be so disappointing. I'm not even sure why, since I liked Some Girls Are which share the same genre. This book simply did not work for me.
The plot is unique, I guess; too unique that it felt absurd to me.
When I started reading this, I liked it, and I enjoyed doing so. The story moves on...and it just gets annoying.
I didn't even end up liking one of the guys, which is very unusual for me reading a romance novel like this. It's not very hard for me to have a crush on a fictional character.
(view spoiler)[I thought I would like Parker Fadley. I mean, an honor student who suddenly falls behind? Sounds like something that could happen in real life. But, gosh, she turned out to be so annoying for the completely wrong reasons. Her meanness were out-of-place, and I just wanted to shout at her every single time she opened her mouth to say something bad. She thinks she's so great, but sometimes she thinks she doesn't deserve Jake Gardner.
As for Jake, I found him weird in the beginning, stupid in the middle, kind of liked of him as I read towards the end, but it stopped there. He was a good guy, but he was also flat. He had no strong personality that I can immediately pinpoint. He was just there, the new kid who ended up liking Parker in an instant.
What's even worse is the fact that they freaking had sex, then nothing. Ugh. I don't approve of sex before marriage, and this one just blows me off. It's so irritating.
The other characters didn't stand out for me. They were either flat and predictable, or they have double personalities.
Parker's dilemma, scarred past, mistake, whatever, was obviously her problem. And it's just plain stupid why she didn't do anything about it. When I reached the ending, I felt stupefied by her actions, or lack of, and again, it annoyed me.
The ending obviously didn't satisfy any hope I had left. Courtney Summers should study making right conclusions with the right amount of length first before writing another book. It's like, she had finished the story, the plot, and she just thought of finishing it right then and there. (hide spoiler)]
Besides the plot and the characters, Cracked Up to Be probably had the same level of curses and swears as Some Girls Are, and three times more of sex. That didn't work out for me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Well, I didn't expect to like this. My sister, who read a different book by Stiefvater, said she didn't quite enjoy it, and I was ready to be disappoi...moreWell, I didn't expect to like this. My sister, who read a different book by Stiefvater, said she didn't quite enjoy it, and I was ready to be disappointed in this. Actually, about third-ways to the book, I was about to drop it.
The beginning bored me. And the switching POVs didn't really help. I didn't like that type of writing because the story's flow is not so...fluid. This was not an exception. My dislike for the writing style somehow lessened towards the end, but I'm not sure I'm ready to read another book with switching POVs. Also, I'm not so fond of long, complicated, kind-of-poetic sentences to describe things, and...well, Stiefvater's famous for that, isn't she?
The book picked up pace somewhere near half of the book, so I suggest for other readers out there to be patient. It definitely gets better.
As for the characters, the girl neither made her way to my hated list of heroines nor to my favorite list. Annoying moments came in rarely I could count them, so I guess that's a good thing. She's impulsive and strong and quite hot-headed, but she had shown her weaknesses too. Another plus.
The boy, on the other hand, didn't make such a big appearance at first. I thought he was going to be in the background forever. But he turned out to be very likeable. His character is different from the other guys I have read and liked, and I found it attractive. (view spoiler)[For some odd reason, Sean reminds me of Percy Jackson (by Rick Riordan). Perhaps it's because they both love the sea. But I never thought that Sean was like Percy personality-wise; they're pretty much the opposite. (hide spoiler)]
I liked the ending too. I think it was just right, the way things ended. I'm not sure if others will agree with me, but the ending did seem abrupt. (It's weird; this has been a problem of mine from the books I've recently read. Is it the authors' problem or just mine? Oh well, whatever.) Suddenness aside, all went well.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["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)