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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
It took me a while to finish reading this book, but it surprisingly turned out to be a good one. I rarely read anything based on true story--this is t...moreIt took me a while to finish reading this book, but it surprisingly turned out to be a good one. I rarely read anything based on true story--this is the first, actually--since I thought they'd bore or annoy me in the long run. But apparently Med Head isn't like that.
Honestly, I thought I wouldn't be satisfied with this book. I guess I was wrong. Cory's parents moved me; they're great people, and I'm glad that someone like Cory has parents like them.
After reading this, you'll start thinking more of how fortunate you really are, how normal you are. You'd start appreciating the love your family shows too. James Patterson and Hal Friedman did a good job in portraying the feelings of Cory. It's amazing; you'll understand what he felt.
This is a good read if you're looking for something non-fiction, or perhaps something that centers around family relationship. Anyway, for me, I wasn't looking for that type of book, but I still liked it.(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)
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)