I think...this book is just great. I loved Peeta Mellark in this book. Period.
Now I know what I felt was lacking in the first book. There wasn't muchI think...this book is just great. I loved Peeta Mellark in this book. Period.
Now I know what I felt was lacking in the first book. There wasn't much emphasis on Peeta's kindness, unlike in this book, where you obviously can't deny it.
It's really nice, too, to have a good female lead. Katniss Everdeen didn't fail me, annoy me, or make me think, 'Wow, she's so stupid and foolish and oblivious.' True, it does happen, but it's so rare unlike those in other novels that it's a good change. You'd understand why the male lead, and other characters out there, fall for Katniss. Unlike in others where you don't have a clue why they do love the female lead. And it also feels nice to continue reading the book/series, not just because of the guys or the plot, but because the protagonist herself grows on you. Of course, the plot is the main reason you're reading the book in the first place. But a good set of characters--not just physically, but attitude-wise too--contributes greatly to the progress of the story, and how the readers will feel about it as they read.
The twists in this book are very satisfying. The happenings in the Districts, the Games and so on...they're all hinting at something, probably something a few would guess early on, but they're all revealed so subtly, gradually, you'd be amazed at how it's done. It's paced just right, which, again, many novels fail at.
I have to say, though, that the ending was very unexpected. I'm looking forward to reading the final book!...more
If only I could give this ten stars! This last book is really great.
First of all, I absolutely loved Artemis here. A lot more, if that's even possibleIf only I could give this ten stars! This last book is really great.
First of all, I absolutely loved Artemis here. A lot more, if that's even possible. I feel he's grown up so much, and...well, I just really think his character is so amazing. And of course, his intelligence is awe-inspiring too! (Of course, credits go to Colfer lol.)
There are also a lot of characters that grew on me, if they haven't already. Especially, but not limited to, the Fowl family. The twins are so adorable :3
And it's a big plus that I simply like Colfer's writing. He made me laugh a lot of times with the witty remarks and amazing comparisons. (view spoiler)[Like when Artemis had to wear a bulletproof vest and thought he couldn't outrun a slug. LOL! (hide spoiler)] This book really touched me too, and used simple words that made me cry.
I am quite surprised about the ending. Not that I'm disappointed or something negative like that. I completely didn't expect it, and I suppose that's good. I'm still a bit stunned about it, but I liked it nonetheless. (view spoiler)[What actually made me sad is the fact that Artemis forgot knowing Holly and, from the looks of it, even Butler. But all turned well, because I was feeling really bad for Butler. (hide spoiler)]
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I don't know why, but the moment I started reading Hamlet, I just liked it.
Of course, it's totally different from the books I'veFour point five star.
I don't know why, but the moment I started reading Hamlet, I just liked it.
Of course, it's totally different from the books I've read in the past. There's no narration to tell what actions and expressions the characters made, how they said their line, how they felt about things, etc. I especially wanted to know how Hamlet's thoughts go and how he's feeling, besides the obvious things towards his parents and his uncle. But it's a play, so naturally you don't get anything but their lines. More so since this is read, not watched.
There's no deep character developments too, but again, it's something to be expected in a play. Despite that, I like Hamlet (along with his twisted ways) and the people he himself liked. Though, I have to say, I didn't have the time or the encouragement from Hamlet to feel hatred towards the villain/s. I guess I reached the point of dislike.
I kind of expected the ending too, though it still made me sad. Well, tragedy is tragedy. Can't blame anyone about it except William Shakespeare.
It's worth a read (and considering it's very short, you won't need much time). And I'm glad I bought a copy of this book....more
I absolutely LOVE this book, and definitely the whole series too. I was just wondering whether I should put this in my favorite shelf, because then II absolutely LOVE this book, and definitely the whole series too. I was just wondering whether I should put this in my favorite shelf, because then I think I'd have to put book 3 in too. Well, I did anyway. I suppose it's no surprise--I've rated all four books 5 stars. I am craving to have a personal, real copy of the series. Then I'll reread them again, because, it's sad to buy the real book and just keep them stacked on your library shelf, right?
Right. Moving on.
Aspects of the book I loved:
Writing. In a word, beautiful. The narration never bored me, whether it was describing a place, a person, someone's feelings and thoughts, or action scenes. Admittedly, even Slag's encounters amused me. The dialogues are very much enjoyable, and a lot made me laugh out loud. Everything was simple, usually using common words. And that's really just better than flowery sentences. If it was funny, it made me laugh and smile. If it was scary and creepy, it made my skin crawl. If it was nerve-wracking, it made me jittery. If it was heartbreaking, it made my heart twinge, really, and in this book, I cried quite a few times. If it was sweet, it made me giddy and left me grinning like a crazy person.
Story. I take back what I mentioned in my review in the first book. I was naive back then. Who says the story's blah? Great, action-packed (even though I'm no fan of action) and wonderfully paced.
Title. Creative and cute (because I can't find a better term). And very much related to the book. I just love it when things are like that in a book.
Characters. THE BEST. Each and everyone is so rounded and alive, it's almost creepy. Well, creepily wonderful. Frey? Amazing. Anything more will be spoiler. Crake? I like his friendship with Frey. Silo? I certainly appreciated this guy in this book. Can't ignore his loyalty, now can I? Hmm... I'm trying to keep things short, but that seems a bit difficult. So I'll stop here and simply emphasize, THE BEST characters.
(view spoiler)[An extra ounce of the lead guy suffering. I know it sounds completely brutal and sadistic. I won't try to make excuses. Anyway. It's probably not just an ounce of suffering: The time when the crew split up because of differing opinions on the civil war, the beating Frey received from his Imperator heroine, and the moment he plunged his cutlass into her. That's probably not all. Frey went through a lot of hardship and pain in this book. And I...err, quite enjoyed those parts myself.
Ending. Now, I may be a sadistic reader, but I do prefer happy endings. This is a mix of both. So how can I argue and say I don't like it? The beginning of the chapter did make me cry because I thought my worst fears came true, and I was ready to be drowned in my own puddle of tears. Thankfully, Wooding is a bad boy and just wanted to mess with his readers. Well, even if it had ended with Frey's death, I would still have given it a full rating, albeit with a very heavy heart, simply because I enjoyed and loved the story and everything else I mentioned above. (hide spoiler)]
Now, there are two things that saddened me. First, not a lot of people continued to read the series. I mean, this needs more exposure. Second, this is the last book. I'm gonna miss reading such a wonderful series. In fact, I already miss Frey. Haha ♥["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more