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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
It's probably my own fault. I was expecting more than this book's plot suggested. So there you have it.
I suppose it's not the worse, but really, the p...moreIt's probably my own fault. I was expecting more than this book's plot suggested. So there you have it.
I suppose it's not the worse, but really, the plot's too...shallow, too simple. In turn, the solution to the problem also seemed simple.
The characters were rather meh. I couldn't get to just even be fond of someone--most of the time, everyone's just plain annoying.
(view spoiler)[Gunther was too annoying. I didn't even get the point of him being a complete loser and jerk in the beginning. Surely, if him being a specist was highlighted from the beginning, I would've understood the danger Danny was in and why Gunther was so bent on annoying the heck out of Danny and his life.
The romance part? Fail. I didn't enjoy reading it, especially the sexy scenes and convos about that. Unfortunately, I also didn't share Danny's huge appreciation and admiration of Juliet. She's mostly flat. Just like Danny. (hide spoiler)]
The book could've had a bigger plot that made much more sense. I'm no writer, but this one's just...whatever. I suppose it's not really worhtless, but I'd suggest reading when you can't find a much more exciting book to read. It didn't really hold my interest much; it just so happened I was determined to finish it quickly.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(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)
Quite a boyish book, this one, so I didn't expect I'd like it so much. There are a lot of things I liked about Leviathan.
First of all, the setting has...moreQuite a boyish book, this one, so I didn't expect I'd like it so much. There are a lot of things I liked about Leviathan.
First of all, the setting has its own appeal. A bit informative too, since it's a bit based on history. I even liked Westerfeld's end notes of fact and fiction.
The characters were well built and very likeable. Everyone--the leads, the good guys, the enemies, the suspicious ones--has their own personality and background that actually affects how they act and speak. The relationship growth was also done nicely. Some were already there, and others were built as the story goes, but it wasn't sudden, like things just went click and voila! they're friends or enemies or whatever.
I have to admit, I'm not fond of books told in differing POVs. But this one? Well, I never thought it was a bother, switching from one to another. I don't know why, exactly, but Westerfeld did a good job narrating the story. I looked forward to reading both of the leads' thoughts.
Now I'm very excited to read Behemoth! (view spoiler)[To be precise, I'm looking out for more romance! I mean, a bit more than in this book, because there's zero love story. Or maybe 0.1%. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["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)