Superb writing. Rowling's first book of this series just gives the right amount of everything. Considering that the events start off already with a baSuperb writing. Rowling's first book of this series just gives the right amount of everything. Considering that the events start off already with a bang, it didn't lack information, nor did it give too much away. I don't know, but the narration and the plots revealed are perfect.
It's amazing, really. The introduction, although it took a few chapters, wasn't boring, and I definitely felt what Harry Potter felt. His friendship with his new schoolmates wasn't created in a flash. And, though I have to be honest and say I don't find Harry "crush" worthy, he is a very likeable character. Probably not all the time, since a perfect protagonist is just fake and annoying and 1-D. And the thing is, it's not only Harry who's well-developed. Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Hagrid... Perhaps, in the future, Albus Dumbledore and Snape too. But even though their characters aren't put into light so much yet, I can understand why they did what they did.
And of course, the plot's just as amazing. Thinking about it, the plot's so well-woven and well-made, I didn't notice it at first.
I won't understand it if people gave this book (or series) a low rating. It's so good I see no point in not rating it high. Unless, you're jealous of Rowling's great work.
This series is really one of the best ones out there. If you love reading and haven't read this, you're missing a lot! Haha. And I wish I have my own copy of this series too!...more
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 thougInitially, 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"]>...more
It's somehow surprising how easily I loved this book/series. It rarely happened; I was usually critical about reading books.
Colfer's narration is greaIt's somehow surprising how easily I loved this book/series. It rarely happened; I was usually critical about reading books.
Colfer's narration is great, and makes you want to keep on reading. To think I finished the first book--which is usually more on the boring side, though not this one--in two days' time! Not to mention the first day there was a black-out in our area. No wonder I had a headache. :))
The characters are well-developed too. Artemis Fowl is, to describe him simply, an evil genius. He's so brilliant, it amuses me. Arrogant he may be, I still liked him. And since he's such a kid, all the more to find him...adorable, in a different way. And the others, depending on which side they stood, can be very likeable or annoying. Haha.
There is one thing, though. Sometimes, I don't know if the narration's in third-person POV, or if it's in a general POV. (Sounds confusing, yeah, I know.) Of course, it doesn't affect in any way how the story goes, or my rating for it, but it does bother me from time to time. But it's really a small matter so it shouldn't be reason not to read it....more
I heard that this series was like Harry Potter. Well, it's not exactly like it, but I think its value is pretty much the same. I can't say just yet, sI heard that this series was like Harry Potter. Well, it's not exactly like it, but I think its value is pretty much the same. I can't say just yet, since it's the first book. But it didn't disappoint me, and I think it's going to be a great series.
To be honest, Percy's character is not very great. I mean, I didn't think, "Percy's soo cute!" But I like him. I guess I didn't expect him to be like that, but I gradually accepted him as is. He's not a typical young male lead; he's really great.
The plot was delivered nicely too. It's not confusing, and not too abrupt. Well maybe, but it went along with Percy's train of thought, and I think that's just all right. Sometimes, you'd actually know something before Percy realizes it, but it's not the oblivious type. Riordan's way of writing and telling the story is really great....more
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 coulI 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"]>...more
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 hasQuite 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"]>...more
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 protagonistI 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....more
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 pIt'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"]>...more
It was pretty good. The plot, the introduction...all good. But, well, it didn't reach my expectations much. It's a good read, vamTwo point five stars.
It was pretty good. The plot, the introduction...all good. But, well, it didn't reach my expectations much. It's a good read, vampires and all. And for once, it's not the romance head-over-heels type of vampire fiction.
I like Alex, though he didn't make it on my "crush" list. He's a good protagonist--brave, adrenaline-powered, smart in a battling kind of way, cares for his friends--but honestly, his character's so plain and flat. And sometimes, the opposite: very unstable. And the rest of the casts have fluctuating personalities too, except for perhaps a handful.
The book started out great, really. It got me hooked so quickly it felt nice. But it did disappoint me, though very little compared to other books I've read.
Besides the characters' personality defects, Jason Henderson's narration sometimes confuses me, especially during action and descriptive moments. It's either I end up not imagining the place, human, creature, whatever (in short just almost skipping through the sentences) or I keep rereading but barely manage to get the details in my head. And one more thing. He italicizes words too much. Sometimes I think it's not even needed, but he does anyway.
This series, currently, is not on my "worth-buying" list. I'll have to check the second book and see if the writing improves. Though it's not completely worth buying (except for the handsome boy on the cover), it's worth a read. Not the best, but still worth a try....more
I really liked the beginning. It wasn't boring, and background infos and histories were spread out through the book, so I didn't have to ski2.5 stars.
I really liked the beginning. It wasn't boring, and background infos and histories were spread out through the book, so I didn't have to skim through the first few chapters reading boring stuff.
The plot was unique, and it's what drove me to read this book. The twists were satisfactory too.
I couldn't appreciate much the writing style. The descriptions of the environment were somehow confusing, and Hardy barely described the characters. And the conversations? Some sounded just...weird, and a lot of them were awkward or cheesy.
The lead girl, Nya, has a very...er--weird name. It felt like everyone calling her turns into a cat for a brief moment. Couldn't Hardy have picked a better name? Nya was the lead, after all. The name's gonna stick throughout the series. Or did the author want a very original-sounding name?
The guy was so awkward. He could be liked, very much I think, and I would too, but towards the end, he became flat. His personality in the beginning didn't stick until the end. And for that, I couldn't like him.
There was character development, though very minimal. The people didn't feel real to me. A lot of those characters didn't seem to have any motive and role in the book. They were just there because someone was needed to be there. It's all jumbled up and confusing.
And it's so strange that Nya kept feeling useless, but a lot were saying she was their hero. Honestly, Nya isn't even very consistent. At one point she feels like this, the next moment she's quite the opposite. Hmm.
I'm probably reading the next book, though I'm not sure I'd be very eager to recommend the series....more
Giving this book a four-star came as a surprise to me, honestly. I thought of giving it three--but it didn't seem fair. It's a really great book.
The pGiving this book a four-star came as a surprise to me, honestly. I thought of giving it three--but it didn't seem fair. It's a really great book.
The plot is very unique. Hooking, yes, and the twists are surprising and spooky. The first part threw me off for a while, and I wondered what it had to do with the rest. But no disappointments there. It's amazing how this and that happened...though, of course, not all questions are answered.
Margaret Peterson Haddix had done a good job in ending the book too. Well, it is a cliffhanger, but that's a whole new story. Can't fit the next into a chapter, can she? And another plus for the series. The plot extends, but not in that unrealistic (but really, what's "realistic" in a fantasy novel?) and annoying and way-out-of-line-already type.
I have to warn you, though, that there are quite disturbing scenes. Not in a rated kind of way, of course, otherwise this wouldn't get a four-star. It's very suspenseful and freaky/spooky/unnerving. Certainly it's not a bad quality, but it may give quite a scare sometimes.
The style of writing is, perhaps, not the best, but it's definitely above average. The story's told in Jonah's POV, third-person kind, and the writer did good with that part. The pacing all right too. Unless I myself read too quickly and didn't notice it much.
And the characters are great too. I really like Jonah Skidmore. He's smart and a loving brother and a good son. He's not self-righteous either. Well, some may call him helplessly weak for a protagonist, but that adds to his charms.
Setting my gushes aside, Margaret Peterson Haddix made it a point to make the characters--especially the big ones--rounded and well-developed. More reasons to like it. And I'm sure as I go along reading the next ones, the characters will feel more alive.
It's not a laugh-out-loud type of book. But it made me laugh at some points, albeit dark they may be. There's not much witty remarks but Jonah's train of thought is an amusing and interesting read.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book, but for now, I'm going to hold myself back and wait until I get my own copy. I believe it's worth the money to buy this series....more
I looked forward to a book by Anthony Horowitz. Maybe the reason I was excited to read this.
I'm not disappointed by the writing style. I have a greatI looked forward to a book by Anthony Horowitz. Maybe the reason I was excited to read this.
I'm not disappointed by the writing style. I have a great feeling I'll like the Alex Rider series.
The plot was OK, and the set of characters accompanying it was average to maybe-likeable. (view spoiler)[The villains, though, were pure evil. Like they were created from the bones of wickedness. Not so much spectacular. (hide spoiler)]
I gave this a rating of only two simply because I found the whole book very depressing. (view spoiler)[Matt Freeman is an orphan, taken care of by his aunt. No one loves him, and no one wants to take care of him. He has no friends. People always take advantage of him. And people who do care always end up dead. In this first book, already 3 people had died trying to help Matt. It would've been 4 if Richard didn't survive.
Which reminds me, Why was Richard saved by Mrs. Deverill? The only thing he ended up doing was spoiling the ritual, and that was not for her sake. (hide spoiler)]
I'm probably still going to read the series, despite its creepiness. I hold a big hope that things will brighten up in the future.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I saw this book in my sister's e-book library, and started reading it because I thought, Finally, a Kelley Armstrong book that ain't about ghosts. UnfI saw this book in my sister's e-book library, and started reading it because I thought, Finally, a Kelley Armstrong book that ain't about ghosts. Unfortunately, I realized too late that this isn't a YA novel.
I finished Bitten rather quickly, for two reasons. One, and I'll be honest: I liked some of the characters here. Two, I skipped a lot. There was a lot of unnecessary descriptive narrations, and it got boring to read. Around a third of the book, I ended up jumping to the next paragraph whenever I see a long one coming. And again, since this isn't YA, there were a lot of adult scenes, so that saved me time too.
The heroine annoyed me. She's one of those typical leads that just love danger and being hot-tempered. As if they're such wonderful traits.
The plot was OK. I didn't particularly like or dislike it. Like I said, I only read this book because it's not about ghosts.
Anyway, I'm dropping this series. Truthfully, I'd like to see a character like Clayton in some YA series, without the erotic-ness. That would be better, because something like this just doesn't appeal to me. ...more
The Demon King's epic-style really appealed to me. And before reading, I was so sure I'd be liking it, what with all the guys and crush-wort2.5 stars.
The Demon King's epic-style really appealed to me. And before reading, I was so sure I'd be liking it, what with all the guys and crush-worthy people and the plot.
It's not that I didn't like the book. There just wasn't anything major in it that made me feel, "I want to have this book!" OK, being honest here, I liked Han and Amon, and though they became my crushes, it wasn't enough. None of them had any concrete personalities, except for Raisa who is very annoying, and perhaps a few not-so-big characters. And most of the casts, teen or oldie, just irritated me.
The switching POVs didn't make reading any better. Maybe that type just doesn't work for me.
The plot was unique and creative. Cinda Williams Chima built the way to the plot nicely and a bit well-paced, except for the last few chapters, which seemed to simply contain information after information contradicting the "common" knowledge. I guess that was the point, but there wasn't much depth during those explosions of infos.
I will still be reading the series for the plot and the epicness and my crushes....more
The main plot was blah. The events surrounding it--very much so. Things were so repetitive it got predictable and verAn 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"]>...more
Suddenly, I have a craving for blond guys and blue eyes.
This is the second book/series I've read about angels, and although this one fared better thanSuddenly, I have a craving for blond guys and blue eyes.
This is the second book/series I've read about angels, and although this one fared better than the first, I'm still not satisfied with A Beautiful Dark.
First of all, the lead girl did not please me. I don't know why, but she just annoyed me most of the time. Maybe because she liked to pity herself, or got mad easily.
As for Asher and Devin, I liked them both. Which is rare regarding Asher because I'm just so tired of bad guys who hide their good will to be seen as a complete jerk being the lead ones. Asher was not an exception, but he didn't annoy me as much. (Although, until about two-thirds of the book, I wasn't sure who exactly was the lead guy.) But, yes, I liked Devin a bit better than Asher because Asher somehow fell flat towards the end.
Also, the pacing was slow and detailed in the beginning, but in the end, almost everything was crammed in one chapter. The climax dropped so quickly, and it felt too hurried.
Despite my annoyance towards the girl, I'm reading the next book. Somehow, I can't accept the ending just yet....more
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 likeI'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)...more