Initially, I was going to give this three stars. But after thinking about it, I decided to take one star off.
Before starting this book, my first thoug...moreInitially, I was going to give this three stars. But after thinking about it, I decided to take one star off.
Before starting this book, my first thought was that I'm looking forward to it. I was very excited to read, to know what Maximum Ride is all about--after all, on a whim, my sisters and I got a copy of not only the first book, but until the seventh or eight book. (Technically, that was my fault. Sigh.)
At about a hundred pages, I finally admitted that I did not appreciate Patterson's "YA" narrative. I do not want to bash. I know authors have their own style and whatevers, and I'm really no writer, but I just didn't like it. I also didn't like the continuous repetitive information. (I sound redundant.) I mean, mentioning it twice was quite enough. Patterson didn't think it was, though. Every single scene related to that info got a line that repeats that same info. OK, I get it, I'm not stupid so as not to remember that when you keep mentioning it over and over!--is what I always think whenever it happens. Now rant over. (view spoiler)[The mois did not help. It. Is. An-noy-ing! (hide spoiler)]
Now, for the characters. I think I could have liked Max. She did not annoy me as much as other heroines that made me want to put my hands around their throat. Well, she was too strong for my liking, but that I can forgive, given her situation. She had her good points, but the author failed greatly to make me like her. Max just became an average heroine. True, I didn't end up hating her, but I never liked her too. (view spoiler)[And now that I think about it, her repeatedly calling Angel my baby became annoying and quite un-Max-like. (hide spoiler)]
(view spoiler)[Moving on to Fang. I'm not sure what to think of him. Max was no gushy girl, so I understand she never said he was handsome or good-looking. She wasn't even sure about her feelings towards him, so again, I understand. But he wasn't even described much, except that he was silent, fully supportive of his flock, and doesn't complain when it really hurts or whatever. I think his personalities were pretty cool, and with the help of the manga versions of this series, I could imagine how he looks, and well, he's pretty crushable! I was prepared, itching even, to put him on my list. But this is the sad part. I was failed yet again. I could tell he liked Max, too. But how come there's no reaction? How come... Argh. He lacked so much reaction. I hate it. The final straw was the "bonus", which was Fang's blog. Yes, Fang has a blog. Imagine that! Silent, uneventful Fang has a blog that sounded so girly! Wow. I am so...wowed. It was the biggest factor that made me minus a star in my original rating.
And don't get me started on the kiss. I actually burst out laughing when I read that part. I shut the book and felt queasy. Not bubbling over with girly giddiness. Despite my hate for a heroine, I usually still feel giddy when she and the hero kisses--and that includes a pound of confusion. But in this? Huh. (hide spoiler)]
Now, I have to say I do not know what to feel about the story itself. I actually thought I was good; it held my interest that I finished it fairly quickly. But that was the middle part. I'm absolutely not happy with the ending.
OK, I finally got that out of my system. I suppose I'm ready for the next book. In a month.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["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)
I feel bad for not liking this book. I really tried to like it. But honestly? I was disappointed, big time.
The beginning was really fun; I almost coul...moreI feel bad for not liking this book. I really tried to like it. But honestly? I was disappointed, big time.
The beginning was really fun; I almost couldn't place the book down. The pacing was quick, then it went slow. There was too much going on, too much requests, too much promises, too many fairy tales. And I should have actually figured that out. I thought it was like the other two books that mainly focused on one tale, but no. Alex Flinn just bunched up more than five fairy tales to create the body of the story.
No character stood out for me. Not Johnny, not Meg, not Princess Victoria...they were all too shallow. I didn't even feel once that I kind of liked Johnny. And it was not because he's not the hot type of guy. I felt like he didn't really care about anyone but himself. He did everything for himself--to gain money, to be free of poverty, etc. He has too many regrets, and I hate it. He was an idiot too. And really, when you don't like the narrator (or the hero/heroine or any other characters out there) it's hard to like the book.
(view spoiler)[The ending? I don't know. Maybe I'm a sadist, but I feel like Johnny should have suffered something. After all he did (leaving his family, his friends, his work) he still got what he wanted, what he had been searching for, and his dream fulfilled. It's a fairy tale, I know, but there are consequences in life, and Johnny didn't receive any of that. (hide spoiler)]["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)
**spoiler alert** Well, this is more of a rant than a review.
How could Dimitri become a Strigoi? Isn't that perfectly annoying? First, Richelle Mead h...more**spoiler alert** Well, this is more of a rant than a review.
How could Dimitri become a Strigoi? Isn't that perfectly annoying? First, Richelle Mead had to go and kill Mason, and now she's turning Dimitri into one of the enemies? That's just...stupid. Honestly, I can't offer enough words to describe how disappointed and irritated I am. There are so many good guys here (four of them I found, actually) and she kills off two? She might as well have taken Eddie out too. Goodness, this is so frustrating.
And boy am I so annoyed at Rose for using Adrian's feelings for her to get money. Sure, she's upset and depressed and she knew it was low, but that's just so mean. I really wanted to smack her right then and there.
So now Rose leaves Lissa--and the whole Academy--behind her. Which leaves who? No one but Rose and more Strigoi. Dimitri, presumably.
Honestly, my thoughts are so jumbled up right now I can't write a good review. Just that this book disappointed me big time. I didn't want to feel that way. This was one of the series I kind of liked, which surprised me because I'm not really an avid of vampires and a lot of skinship.
Well, I really, really hope the next book will ultimately make up for it. Dimitri most definitely wouldn't come back--that's impossible. But at least make Rose realize Adrian is a good guy and actually like him back? I hated girls who went from one guy to another, but Rose could be a little more open, especially towards Adrian. I like Dimitri, really I do, but he's gone now--and it's not fair. But Rose should at least end up with someone, right?(less)
**spoiler alert** Honestly, I hoped for a comeback. I wished the disappointment Shadow Kiss gave me would disappear after reading this book. Unfortuna...more**spoiler alert** Honestly, I hoped for a comeback. I wished the disappointment Shadow Kiss gave me would disappear after reading this book. Unfortunately, that's not what happened.
This is really wrong of me to say--and it's so, so, so unfair that I ended up feeling this way--but in this book, I just despised Dimitri. It's because he's a Strigoi, presumably, but it's wrong. His image is now tainted, and not in a good way. I hate it. Perhaps it would have been better if Rose really just killed Dimitri.
And another unfair thing? Adrian. I really, really like Adrian now. And I know he'd actually do a better job in keeping Rose all right than Dimitri as a Strigoi. Considering Rose's feelings, it's hard to forget Dimitri. But he's changed, he's not the same, and he's not coming back. I wanted to smack and smack and smack Rose for hurting Adrian's feelings countless of times. And despite Adrian's kindness and patience, she still can't see it. It's so annoying.
Speaking of Dimitri coming back, I really don't wish for that to happen. It's wrong, it's twisted... It shouldn't be possible. And despite how much I liked Dimitri--the real, alive one--I'd rather have him dead now. He did too many horrible things.
Finally, I have to say that this book is too dragged out. There was nothing much--the events could have been summed up in about eight to ten chapters. Period. There's too many immoral--excuse my wordings here--scenes, and it's plain idiotic. I felt like Richelle Mead was making it up by putting on many sexy scenes instead of getting on with the story.
But even though I've complained a lot, I'm still going to read the next one, and somehow, I still kind of like the series. I just hope it gets better. Really better, because Richelle Mead has to make up for a lot of stupid and unfair happenings.(less)
Obviously, it took me a very long time to finish this book. I almost forgot what happened when I finished it today.
Rose is still that annoying girl. S...moreObviously, it took me a very long time to finish this book. I almost forgot what happened when I finished it today.
Rose is still that annoying girl. She really went down for me. I used to like her, and I'm very disappointed at her "improvement" in these last books.
The twists...well, it was very unexpected, but still, unfair. I hate it. It's so not right it drives me mad when I think about it. All I want to do is slap Rose--or should I stalk towards Richelle Mead and bonk her instead?
Since the next one's the last, I'll be diligent and finish the series. Somehow, although I know it probably won't, I'm still looking for improvements. Real improvements.
(view spoiler)[Once again, Richelle Mead drags on the events to make a thick book of Rose's sexual thoughts. Honestly, this book should be rated. And on top of it all, students shouldn't be allowed to read this.
This comment is actually two books behind: The heaviness of her act with Dimitri is very disturbing, and obviously shouldn't be followed. Rose is only sixteen and she's off doing what married adults do! It's frustrating!
Putting my moral standards aside, the fact that she keeps using Adrian is just downright dirty. Ugh, I can't even find words to describe how much I hate her actions toward him.
Rose thinks she can't live without Dimitri? Then go and jump off a cliff! What are you waiting for, honestly? Her obsession is as annoying as her thoughts. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Honestly, I was looking forward to this book. I thought it'd be better than the first book. But I was greatly d...moreAttempted reading: 9/1/2011 to 12/31/11
Honestly, I was looking forward to this book. I thought it'd be better than the first book. But I was greatly disappointed. I was truly planning on finishing this, and I just decided now to officially drop it.
I can't even understand what's supposed to happen in this second book. The diary entries showed nothing but Stargirl's every day life. Nothing more about...not annoying characters. It's weird. It's like, you wrote a diary during your high school days, and decided you wanted to publish that.
I've read other books told in a similar way--with dates, told from only one person's POV--but this is completely different and dismaying. I probably shouldn't have bothered reading the sequel to Stargirl because I wasn't very pleased with the first book.(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)
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)
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)
This book is not for me. I didn't like it, and I should have known I wouldn't. The premise alone should have warned me: Girl meets bad boy, falls spon...moreThis book is not for me. I didn't like it, and I should have known I wouldn't. The premise alone should have warned me: Girl meets bad boy, falls spontaneously in love with him the next moment, and needs to be with him otherwise she'll end up dead or whatever. Ugh. I guess I didn't learn my lessons yet.
Really, this book is so cliché. Everything, from the beginning to every little detail in between until the end. I don't know how I managed to finish the book.
(This review may contain spoilers. I don't have the patience to check whether what I'm going to say is part of the non-spoiler zone or not.)
One: I don't understand how or why Showalter chose to name this first book with the intention of it being like Alice in Wonderland because I don't see any resemblance between the two.
Two: I hate "Ali" the princess. She was annoying all the way, and I never felt any compassion for her, despite the tragedies she faced and whatever else. All her emotions were so extreme they felt fake. And self-pity seemed to become her most prominent personality, besides being annoying and "I'm trying not to melt into a stupid puddle because of Cole's sweetness". I didn't really like the fact that she would say she was "relieved, yes, relieved, not disappointed" when she and Cole finished talking or something. It's so obviously not, and it's so freaking annoying.
Three: Cole. Aside from his beautiful violet eyes (which I would have liked if it wasn't mentioned every other page), I don't know what else to think of him. In the beginning, his personality was strong, hard and cold. Then he turned into this really good guy who can't keep his eyes off Ali and did nothing but stalk, watch over and protect her. One moment, he was snarling at her, showing and emanating dislike from every angle possible, and the next he was devouring her with his eyes. Tch. Stereotypical.
Four: The writing style and its supposed humor didn't appeal to me, the "I'm so witty, laugh!" type which made me roll my eyes and the drama part which made me cringe. The romance was a major turn off too. I wouldn't even recommend it just for the love story part.
Lastly, I don't understand why people are so hyped up about this.
So, this series is definitely out of my list, because I'm tired of stupid and annoying characters.(less)