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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
**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)