So. I wasn't much interested in Shatter Me when I started it. My sister was telling me I'd probably like it because I am quite... attracted to tormentSo. I wasn't much interested in Shatter Me when I started it. My sister was telling me I'd probably like it because I am quite... attracted to tormented boys. And oh yes. Was she right.
Well, to be honest, this book here was more about Juliette and her somewhat unstable mind and her broken past and her childhood friend (view spoiler)[who turned out to be her love interest (hide spoiler)] and a psycho villain (view spoiler)[who is just so, so adorable (hide spoiler)]. So even towards the end I wasn't excited about it. (view spoiler)[Especially since half of the book is pretty much Warner-free, and that, my friend, is not very fair. For me. (hide spoiler)] That is, until I knew what the next book would be all about, and THEN I started to really look forward to it.
I wasn't very fond of the writing style either, with the strikethroughs and repetitiveness and so many confusing stuff. But, I guess it represents Juliette's thought process, which I must say, I am amazed at how Mafi showcased it.
(view spoiler)[One of the biggest reasons I have not thoroughly enjoyed this book is that, while I am already not very fond of Juliette and her self-pitying thoughts, I did not appreciate her fawning over this too-kind, too-nice boy she remembers from her childhood. Seriously. It did not make me like him. I don't know. Maybe I didn't like how he first appeared all mean and suddenly switching to such a caring cellmate. Maybe I was already rooting for Warner the first time he appeared (which is, I admit, very biased and unreasonable).
BUT. I cannot accept how he's portrayed to be this really nice guy who would do anything for his first love (a.k.a Juliette) and his younger brother, but does not have even a single appreciative bone in his stupid muscular body for all that his supposed "friend" Kenji did for him AND his first love AND his brother. I mean, that is just ABSURD, right? Some hero! I would understand if he is like Warner, who in all honesty is a tad bit mad and cruel. And all of this goes under Juliette's POV, so obviously she should know Adam's not as sweet and gentle and kind as he is towards her. Like, really? You'd like someone so two-faced?
That is my opinion of Adam. Sorry if I trampled on someone's feelings.
And I will try not to bash him again. I will avoid it in the second book and in the 2.5 and in the third book.
This guy is really... him, you know? He's his own person. Whatever his past may be, it made him turn out like how he is, and that's really him. There's no hiding behind a facade that would make him lovable in Juliette's eyes. He shows who he really is, and he wants Juliette to accept him that way. And I do believe that that is really nice. I'm just so tired of people acting all the freaking time to make people like them. (Oops, sorry Juliette.)
And to be honest? I really, really, really like tortured boys I am so sorry but then again I'm not. Like that kissing scene and then being shot.
Why. Why must Mafi write a scene like that.
And there's something appealing in Warner's... insanity. I don't know. Maybe I'm crazy too. Haha. (hide spoiler)]["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"]>...more
I really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I doI really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I do, and I can't even tell what it is.
First off, there's nothing negative I can say about the writing style. It's great; a smooth, easy-to-read narration, with the pacing just right. Consistency is a big plus, too.
Next. I liked many of the characters here, on differing levels and points. They were very whole, well-rounded people who felt real, at least in my opinion. And not just one, but so many of them. It'd take me hours to explain how that came out nicely in the book, but it's enough to say that it did, in a magnificent way.
The romance was... Well, honestly speaking here, I was absolutely looking forward to some nice, make-me-smile-like-an-idiot romance. Not to say that it didn't. And not that I wasn't satisfied with it either. It just left me confused. Yeah, that's it. I was confused about the romance. If that makes any sense. (And as I'm writing this review, it barely does.)
So, there you have it. It's a very messed up review, I know, but that's exactly how I'm feeling right now. Puzzled and...lacking...something. And I'm not not recommending it. Give it a try if you're up to some girly friendships and other types of...relationships. (Don't worry, it doesn't mean anything negative.)...more
When I saw this book, I was super duper hyped about it. The synopsis was very interesting to me--antihero (kind of), mystery, detective stuff, loss ofWhen I saw this book, I was super duper hyped about it. The synopsis was very interesting to me--antihero (kind of), mystery, detective stuff, loss of a good friend, etc. Which is why I read it as soon as I could. So, you can just imagine me not appreciating the first few chapters where I was wondering who the heck was this guy (main character) praising, ogling at, and making out with this girl half the time she's there. OK, so, I'm not anti-romance, don't get me wrong. But this book, for me, was supposed to be different. Sure, why not have romance? I love plots mixed in with romance, too. But...I don't know. Maybe I couldn't appreciate it since it was right at the beginning where I didn't even know the characters yet.
The mystery bit was OK, how the MC discovered this and that, how this related to that, etc. etc. By around 50%, I stayed up too late into the night reading, so there's your proof that the book did have my interest halfway through. And actually, the book did seem better and improved for me around that time.
(view spoiler)[Honestly, I was relentlessly being suspicious of Parvati since the story came around to the part where Max was discovered in the Colonel's cabin. Seriously, I thought it was her who killed Preston, and I had good reason--the cabin, the Las Vegas trip and the arson, the shark's tooth. What I didn't have was the motive. But, I never thought of Preston's motive either. And I don't know what to say about that matter. At first, his reasons seemed rather childish and trivial. After some time, though, I realized that I could never really underestimate people's feelings just because I feel otherwise. Dramatic and cheesy, yes. But that's why I have nothing to say about Preston and his killing motive, and I can't completely blame him for being mad at Max because of the adopted parents thing. Though I do wish he and Max had ended (or patched things up) better, and not just "goodbye and stay in prison" kind of ending. (hide spoiler)]
The characters, in the beginning, felt flat to me. The MC: typical HS boy, a bit rebellious, insecure, untrusting but to a few. The girl: popular, rich man's daughter, sexy, manipulative (for me). The friend: nice, a bit aloof. And that's it, them sticking to these traits. The MC was the first to feel more alive, probably because he's the narrator. The others (aside from these three) were OK, too. They're not really...spectacular, in these terms, but they were pretty good.
I really can't say whether I liked or disliked this book. Honestly, I was about to drop it after the first five chapters or so. By half and towards the end, it got better, but I'm not sure if I'm satisfied with it. Some good mystery plot, but that's about where it really interested me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
One warning to my dear friends: Don't read the summary on Goodreads. I read it before writing this review, and it pretty much tells half of the story.One warning to my dear friends: Don't read the summary on Goodreads. I read it before writing this review, and it pretty much tells half of the story.
So, onto my review.
Honestly, I thought this book would be spelling depressing all over the pages, since this is about that and something even darker than simple depression. Yes, it's not all sunshine, and it is still rather dark, but it's not the dark kind that I myself feel like I want to shut myself from the world and be lonely and depressed all alone. Somehow, such a delicate topic was written in such a beautiful way, like I can see where the lead are coming from, including their thoughts and actions; how they turned out to be the kind of people they are; and what effect and to what extent other people had over them. In other, shorter words: wonderfully written.
I also kind of like how things flowed out. The actual time frame in the book may seem short, but I think even that had an effect on why things turned out this way and that way. And the two leads' relationship? The only thing I can say about it is that it was heart-wrenchingly sweet. OK, honestly speaking, I'm not sure if I was just swept up in the story or the writing style or because I like the two leads or because I'm a sucker for ultimate sufferings. But, it could be because it simply was delivered in a very awesome way, too. So, for me, another plus for a beautifully played-out romance, among other things.
This book is surprisingly...satisfying, despite its dark topic. And I really am amazed at how Warga created and portrayed her characters, especially the narrator. I'm looking forward to her other books, and hopefully they're as good as this....more
Somehow, I found that I'm pretty disappointed in book. But I don't think it's the book, or is it the way of writing; it's just me.
In the beginning, ISomehow, I found that I'm pretty disappointed in book. But I don't think it's the book, or is it the way of writing; it's just me.
In the beginning, I had fun reading. I was so into it that if was hard to actually stop reading. Two-thirds into the book and the excitement dwindled. I think that's mainly because of my expectations in regards to the storyline. Not that there were parts that made me think, Now that's just not possible! Or something. The happenings were likely to happen, I know. I just couldn't accept them. And I just felt annoyed by the turn of events.
So, blame me for rooting for something different from what the author planned....more
This book really goes along with my love for English. London? British accent? And, finally, a book set in London that does not describe it as gloomy aThis book really goes along with my love for English. London? British accent? And, finally, a book set in London that does not describe it as gloomy and gray--quite the opposite, actually. Awesome.
But I guess I have to push aside my baseless love for England for my review.
Maybe it's because all the recent books I've read were dark and mostly contained zero to forty percent romance, but I really enjoyed reading this love story. The plotting and the events were nicely played. I smiled like crazy most of the time, laughed a lot, and wanted to giggle and squeal many times. I loved the sweet moments, because they really are sweet, and definitely not cheesy or mushy. (view spoiler)[Like when Jason sang to Julia at the park, the dance, at the music store, the kiss, and the ending. So cute. <3 (hide spoiler)]
It's a big plus that I liked the heroine, her thoughts and actions, though of course not all. Whatever she lacked in, I was glad she felt regret and guilt, and she did try to make up for most of it. And of course, the guy was really likable as well. Well intially, (view spoiler)[he was a big promoter of green jokes, which I hate, (hide spoiler)] but not even halfway through, I started liking him. I think they're a good pair.
(view spoiler)[My only reason for not giving this a full five-star rating is because it left quite a number of questions unanswered. For example: When did Jason start liking Julia? Did he exchange their phones on purpose? Who was he texting all the time? Did Phoebe have any idea she was texting Jason and not Julia, even towards the end? What exactly was Sarah's role in their relationship? Hmm, that was a lot. But yeah, a little disappointment there. But very little. I still enjoyed it very much. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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 sponThis 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....more
One of those reads where I just want to keep on reading. I think Carson is a good author. I hope she does well in the next books.
It's very appealing bOne of those reads where I just want to keep on reading. I think Carson is a good author. I hope she does well in the next books.
It's very appealing because it's epic-style, and I look forward to reading those kinds of books because it's rare to have a YA-epic that is well-written. The world in Fire and Thorns was created well. Though without a map, some of the descriptions of the places and their directions still sounded confusing.
Two huge factors for me liking this book was: (1) The heroine was someone who I enjoyed reading the thoughts of. She has her owns flaws, but she's strong-willed. Very likeable. (2) Obviously girl readers read books like these for the guys. And I'm happy to say this book contained those. Depending on the readers, the cute guys could range from one to a lot. (And for me, I found quite a lot. LOL)
(view spoiler)[This does not mean, however, that I was thoroughly pleased with the whole book and its twists. The fact that Humberto died (so easily!) was too much of a shock. It deeply saddened me, though I suppose it has its purpose.
BUT. One thing I cannot accept is the fact that even Alejandro had gone away. I mean, it was already depressing because Humberto had died. And I still keep thinking that Alejandro's death served no huge purpose, like Humberto's. Well, the death made Hector become Elisa's personal guard, but it wasn't like Hector wasn't protecting her too.
Surely, some readers would agree that Alejandro should have been left to live, even if he was sick or something. It just felt so unfair. And another saddening thought is that neither Alejandro nor Elisa came to truly love each other. And now Elisa is left with no guy in her love life. Or will it be dashing Lord Hector? Or young Rosario? LOL.
Honestly, I'm very excited to read the next book, which I hope comes out soon, but with no Alejandro or Humberto, I feel the book would seem quite empty. Those two guys grew on me too much for me to just accept that they obviously won't be in the next book. Except perhaps the mention of their names. Which don't count. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
4.5 stars. I'm still thinking if I'm gonna give this a full five-stars.
For starters, this book is great--very different from what I initially thought.4.5 stars. I'm still thinking if I'm gonna give this a full five-stars.
For starters, this book is great--very different from what I initially thought. Actually, the synopsis didn't appeal to me very much, and I was expecting this to be one of those romantic novels that made me want to rip my hair out. In fact, I was reluctant to read it. Gladly, I was wrong.
One of the good points is that the beginning didn't start off shooting a lot of information, nor did it leave me confused for a very long time. I believe it started just right, and the events certainly held my attention and curiosity.
The plot is not exactly unique (thus my hunch, popping somewhere in the middle of the book, being correct), but it didn't feel so unoriginal or ripped off from others. I think the next book's plot would be a lot better.
The characters were nicely done, though I must admit some still lacked personality development. Not that they were flat, but I suppose in the next book, they could come more alive. Nevertheless, I wasn't disappointed.
I can't quite hide my giddiness when reading, especially the romance part. And believe me, my tolerance for corny, mushy, insta-love, weird love relationships is very low. Again, I was very happy reading them. (I even went back, just now, to those pages to bookmark them. :D)
Anyway, Cinder's a good read. It's not too complicated, but didn't bore me. And it's a plus that the lead girl is not annoying....more
Bad Apple is, so far, the cleanest contemporary book I have read. That was definitely a plus.
One thing I really liked about this book was the heroine.Bad Apple is, so far, the cleanest contemporary book I have read. That was definitely a plus.
One thing I really liked about this book was the heroine. Tola was a very strong person. I liked her determination in things. (view spoiler)[And despite being marked a rebel in family and in school matters, she was an emotional girl. It made her feel real and whole. (hide spoiler)] But she didn't carelessly fight head on too. And contrary to her image, I believe that she was not stupid.
I also liked the people who, honestly and in a hidden way, supported the lead girl. They didn't exactly say, "You can do it." Rather, in their actions, they made the heroine feel they believed her. Which is such a beautiful way of encouraging someone.
(view spoiler)[The biggest factor of my high rating is because I really appreciated Tola and Madge's relationship as sisters. I think it's rare for sisters to be bonded so nicely, and although between Tola and Madge their convos weren't so sweet and sisterly, they showed their love for each other. It was a nice change because a lot of books with siblings out there, contemp or fantasy, they don't get along well. (hide spoiler)]
The only bad thing I found that I should say in my review is that Ruby made sure anyone reading this would hate the antagonist. I mean, they're humans too, so shouldn't they at least have something someone would like? (view spoiler)[And the fact that she hated Tola for a very simple and idiotic reason just added to her evilness. (hide spoiler)] Not that it really matters, because I'd never root for the villain. But it didn't give the book a real-life feel.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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