When I first read the synopsis, I thought I'd like it. And--I'm very happy to say--I wasn't disappointed, so the reason for the 5-star (as if it's not...moreWhen I first read the synopsis, I thought I'd like it. And--I'm very happy to say--I wasn't disappointed, so the reason for the 5-star (as if it's not obvious enough).
The plot wasn't really super spectacular; it was good, but maybe not the best. What moved me to like this book so much are the characters and everything around them.
Frey, the lead guy, is a bad guy. But not those stereotypes: I'm pretending to be bad but actually goodhearted. From beginning till end, I liked how his personalities were displayed, and the changes he made. He's really bad, but I liked him anyway (LOL). A few other characters grew on me too. There was even a time I was so afraid they'd leave (view spoiler)[because Frey is just sometimes too wickedly evil and self-centered (hide spoiler)]. One thing that really amazed me is how the characters were drawn out, how they became who they are, and their effects on other people too. I would think, if one crew member wasn't with the rest, things would've been very different.
This ain't actually about romance, so there's that to consider for those who are more into love stories. This is not completely loveless, as the romance somehow still affected the plot and all. But the main point here is probably the friendship, which I very much appreciated.
So, all in all, I really liked the book along with its characters, and I'm definitely reading the next ones. But, I'm not sure if this is on my to-buy list. Don't know why I'm still thinking about it, but yeah.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
One of those reads where I just want to keep on reading. I think Carson is a good author. I hope she does well in the next books.
It's very appealing b...moreOne of those reads where I just want to keep on reading. I think Carson is a good author. I hope she does well in the next books.
It's very appealing because it's epic-style, and I look forward to reading those kinds of books because it's rare to have a YA-epic that is well-written. The world in Fire and Thorns was created well. Though without a map, some of the descriptions of the places and their directions still sounded confusing.
Two huge factors for me liking this book was: (1) The heroine was someone who I enjoyed reading the thoughts of. She has her owns flaws, but she's strong-willed. Very likeable. (2) Obviously girl readers read books like these for the guys. And I'm happy to say this book contained those. Depending on the readers, the cute guys could range from one to a lot. (And for me, I found quite a lot. LOL)
(view spoiler)[This does not mean, however, that I was thoroughly pleased with the whole book and its twists. The fact that Humberto died (so easily!) was too much of a shock. It deeply saddened me, though I suppose it has its purpose.
BUT. One thing I cannot accept is the fact that even Alejandro had gone away. I mean, it was already depressing because Humberto had died. And I still keep thinking that Alejandro's death served no huge purpose, like Humberto's. Well, the death made Hector become Elisa's personal guard, but it wasn't like Hector wasn't protecting her too.
Surely, some readers would agree that Alejandro should have been left to live, even if he was sick or something. It just felt so unfair. And another saddening thought is that neither Alejandro nor Elisa came to truly love each other. And now Elisa is left with no guy in her love life. Or will it be dashing Lord Hector? Or young Rosario? LOL.
Honestly, I'm very excited to read the next book, which I hope comes out soon, but with no Alejandro or Humberto, I feel the book would seem quite empty. Those two guys grew on me too much for me to just accept that they obviously won't be in the next book. Except perhaps the mention of their names. Which don't count. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["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)
4.5 stars. I'm still thinking if I'm gonna give this a full five-stars.
For starters, this book is great--very different from what I initially thought....more4.5 stars. I'm still thinking if I'm gonna give this a full five-stars.
For starters, this book is great--very different from what I initially thought. Actually, the synopsis didn't appeal to me very much, and I was expecting this to be one of those romantic novels that made me want to rip my hair out. In fact, I was reluctant to read it. Gladly, I was wrong.
One of the good points is that the beginning didn't start off shooting a lot of information, nor did it leave me confused for a very long time. I believe it started just right, and the events certainly held my attention and curiosity.
The plot is not exactly unique (thus my hunch, popping somewhere in the middle of the book, being correct), but it didn't feel so unoriginal or ripped off from others. I think the next book's plot would be a lot better.
The characters were nicely done, though I must admit some still lacked personality development. Not that they were flat, but I suppose in the next book, they could come more alive. Nevertheless, I wasn't disappointed.
I can't quite hide my giddiness when reading, especially the romance part. And believe me, my tolerance for corny, mushy, insta-love, weird love relationships is very low. Again, I was very happy reading them. (I even went back, just now, to those pages to bookmark them. :D)
Anyway, Cinder's a good read. It's not too complicated, but didn't bore me. And it's a plus that the lead girl is not annoying.(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)
I'm not really sure I'm very happy with this book; that's not to say I didn't like it either. I just can't place it anywhere between like and not like...moreI'm not really sure I'm very happy with this book; that's not to say I didn't like it either. I just can't place it anywhere between like and not like.
First of all I must admit: I was about to drop this book. The story was good, actually, but the narration bored me so much. Elliot has this way of explaining and/or describing things in complete detail that makes reading tiresome. It's quite daunting to read such long paragraphs of things the heroine sees, hears or does, and it doesn't even have such a long effect on the story. To be honest, I skimmed through those long describing paras most of the time.
Also, the story really got my interest when I was almost halfway through the book. Maybe because of the long narrations in the beginning. Or maybe because I didn't try to imagine every small detail and make my head ache.
Finally, what I liked (though I can't say I loved it) was the romance. It was very little and quite confusing, actually, but those scenes made me smile. Or it could be that I haven't read anything gush-worthy these past few weeks that my tolerance level for this kind of romance has gotten low.
(I'll probably rewrite this review next time. It's so muddled up and confusing LOL)(less)
Suddenly, I have a craving for blond guys and blue eyes.
This is the second book/series I've read about angels, and although this one fared better than...moreSuddenly, I have a craving for blond guys and blue eyes.
This is the second book/series I've read about angels, and although this one fared better than the first, I'm still not satisfied with A Beautiful Dark.
First of all, the lead girl did not please me. I don't know why, but she just annoyed me most of the time. Maybe because she liked to pity herself, or got mad easily.
As for Asher and Devin, I liked them both. Which is rare regarding Asher because I'm just so tired of bad guys who hide their good will to be seen as a complete jerk being the lead ones. Asher was not an exception, but he didn't annoy me as much. (Although, until about two-thirds of the book, I wasn't sure who exactly was the lead guy.) But, yes, I liked Devin a bit better than Asher because Asher somehow fell flat towards the end.
Also, the pacing was slow and detailed in the beginning, but in the end, almost everything was crammed in one chapter. The climax dropped so quickly, and it felt too hurried.
Despite my annoyance towards the girl, I'm reading the next book. Somehow, I can't accept the ending just yet.(less)
The main plot was blah. The events surrounding it--very much so. Things were so repetitive it got predictable and ver...moreAn OK start, and a boring ending.
The main plot was blah. The events surrounding it--very much so. Things were so repetitive it got predictable and very, very boring.
What made the book less enjoyable were the characters. They lacked personality--except perhaps the lead girl, but she's still too jumpy for my taste--and I found no one I particularly liked. Possibly, the only one who could have passed as a well-built character didn't stick through the whole book.
(view spoiler)[I couldn't grasp the idea of Ai Ling's power until I was almost done with the book, but Ai Ling seemed to be such a pro in using her powers, which, let me point out, she found out about merely hours/days ago. It's not like she lived knowing she had some hidden powers, so she couldn't have possibly wondered about having powers. Also, she immediately accepted having weird and uncommon powers--like "snapping" her soul from her body to another. A very strange talent, yet she didn't even freak out. She understood and acknowledged her powers calmly.
And what makes me laugh right now is the fact that Ai Ling always used her powers to defeat every demon thrown her way and save the day--even to Zhong Ye, who, when first mentioned, was described as someone worth fearing and very powerful. Yet, in just ONE night, in probably less than ten minutes, he. is. dead. WHAT! WHAT KIND OF ANTICLIMACTIC CLIMAX IS THAT, AFTER BUILDING UP ALL THAT FUSS? Gosh, the stupidity of it is just so pleasantly annoying.
Lastly, Chen Yong is such a lousy, lame hero. Honestly, I first thought he would be likeable because he's foreign, and he's kind and strong and reliable. But somehow, he became selfish and self-sacrificing all at the same time. He turned from an exotic, dashing young lad to an oblivious, pitiful, useless, weak guy with mood disorder. And I'm not saying he should be a knight in shining armor, always saving Ai Ling, but he didn't exactly do that even once. Unless you count the Ai-Ling-drowning-in-the-river thing. Which I didn't. (hide spoiler)]
Finally, the only thing I could say about the ending is it sucked. Period.
I can't say I'm looking forward to reading the next book, because I'm not really thrilled about it right now, and I have a lot of pending books which I'm sure are better than this one. But for the mean time, I'm not dropping the series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The Demon King's epic-style really appealed to me. And before reading, I was so sure I'd be liking it, what with all the guys and crush-wort...more2.5 stars.
The Demon King's epic-style really appealed to me. And before reading, I was so sure I'd be liking it, what with all the guys and crush-worthy people and the plot.
It's not that I didn't like the book. There just wasn't anything major in it that made me feel, "I want to have this book!" OK, being honest here, I liked Han and Amon, and though they became my crushes, it wasn't enough. None of them had any concrete personalities, except for Raisa who is very annoying, and perhaps a few not-so-big characters. And most of the casts, teen or oldie, just irritated me.
The switching POVs didn't make reading any better. Maybe that type just doesn't work for me.
The plot was unique and creative. Cinda Williams Chima built the way to the plot nicely and a bit well-paced, except for the last few chapters, which seemed to simply contain information after information contradicting the "common" knowledge. I guess that was the point, but there wasn't much depth during those explosions of infos.
I will still be reading the series for the plot and the epicness and my crushes.(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 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)
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 really liked the beginning. It wasn't boring, and background infos and histories were spread out through the book, so I didn't have to ski...more2.5 stars.
I really liked the beginning. It wasn't boring, and background infos and histories were spread out through the book, so I didn't have to skim through the first few chapters reading boring stuff.
The plot was unique, and it's what drove me to read this book. The twists were satisfactory too.
I couldn't appreciate much the writing style. The descriptions of the environment were somehow confusing, and Hardy barely described the characters. And the conversations? Some sounded just...weird, and a lot of them were awkward or cheesy.
The lead girl, Nya, has a very...er--weird name. It felt like everyone calling her turns into a cat for a brief moment. Couldn't Hardy have picked a better name? Nya was the lead, after all. The name's gonna stick throughout the series. Or did the author want a very original-sounding name?
The guy was so awkward. He could be liked, very much I think, and I would too, but towards the end, he became flat. His personality in the beginning didn't stick until the end. And for that, I couldn't like him.
There was character development, though very minimal. The people didn't feel real to me. A lot of those characters didn't seem to have any motive and role in the book. They were just there because someone was needed to be there. It's all jumbled up and confusing.
And it's so strange that Nya kept feeling useless, but a lot were saying she was their hero. Honestly, Nya isn't even very consistent. At one point she feels like this, the next moment she's quite the opposite. Hmm.
I'm probably reading the next book, though I'm not sure I'd be very eager to recommend the series.(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)