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)
The biggest reason for my three-star rating is because Green's writing style is great.
I'm not a fan of contemporary books because they always contain...moreThe biggest reason for my three-star rating is because Green's writing style is great.
I'm not a fan of contemporary books because they always contain adult scenes and words and a lot of cusses. Looking for Alaska was not an exception.
Truth be told, I didn't like Pudge or Alaska. Well, Pudge's thoughts were a fun read. There were times, though, that I just felt he was annoying. But I know his feelings were sort of normal, and it could happen to anyone, and for that, I don't dislike him so much. The characters I actually liked were the Colonel and Takumi. Quite a surprise, considering I liked them not because they were hot or whatever.
Actually, I liked better the second half of the book. Maybe because Pudge and the Colonel's friendship was highlighted more, and I really enjoyed reading their conversations, even though sometimes they were nonsense.
Anyway, Green's way of writing and the way he told this story pretty much made up for what I might have disliked in it. And for a book that was told from a guy's POV, I cried. I really think John Green is such a great writer. And so, this book is very much worth reading.(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 liked reading The Graveyard Book. At first, it felt quite kiddy since it started from the narrator's childhood, but it was a good read.
Gaiman's way...moreI liked reading The Graveyard Book. At first, it felt quite kiddy since it started from the narrator's childhood, but it was a good read.
Gaiman's way of writing is very simple and effective. Though the book contained fantasy ideas, it was not confusing and too complicated.
The plot, which what drove me to initially read the book, was unique. Perhaps it'll be a while until I find another book like this.
I also liked a great deal of characters here. Bod, first of all, was a very likeable hero. He was a plain guy, actually, but his personalities are good and well-developed. Others, like Silas, grew on me too.
Only one thing probably made me lower my rating: the ending. Somehow, I felt that Bod didn't deserve what happened to him. And since the readers are left with their own ending, I have to admit I'm not so satisfied.
Overall, a fun and easy read. Maybe worth re-reading.(less)
Somehow, I found that I'm pretty disappointed in book. But I don't think it's the book, or is it the way of writing; it's just me.
In the beginning, I...moreSomehow, I found that I'm pretty disappointed in book. But I don't think it's the book, or is it the way of writing; it's just me.
In the beginning, I had fun reading. I was so into it that if was hard to actually stop reading. Two-thirds into the book and the excitement dwindled. I think that's mainly because of my expectations in regards to the storyline. Not that there were parts that made me think, Now that's just not possible! Or something. The happenings were likely to happen, I know. I just couldn't accept them. And I just felt annoyed by the turn of events.
So, blame me for rooting for something different from what the author planned.(less)