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....more
Honestly, I had a hard time deciding how I should rate Clockwork Angel. I debated on giving it a four; I really enjoyed reading it because of James. BHonestly, I had a hard time deciding how I should rate Clockwork Angel. I debated on giving it a four; I really enjoyed reading it because of James. But considering how things turned out and what happened in-between, I chose to give this book a three.
The good points? It's not all about romance. It's romance, obviously, but I'd guess the love story was just about a third to a half of the book. Cassandra Clare mostly concentrated on the progress of the story as a whole, not just the romance part. Good-looking guys. It really adds to the joy when reading a book. I mean, I'd less enjoy books like this if it weren't for good-looking guys, especially those with silver hair and eyes. The female lead is not irritating. Well, she's not the best; there were dozens of times I was annoyed at her too. But at least she's not dimwitted or heartless.
And the bad ones. The romance part. There were times when I really wanted to just skip a few parts. But it really depends on who you're rooting for. Or, maybe you like them both and can't choose so you like all romance parts. For me, I like Jem better, so I have to say...I was rooting for him, which left me feeling like that. A lot of unexpected turns. I mean, it's great how things change from one thing to another without the reader realizing it before the characters themselves. But there's just too much, for me anyway. The ending. I know there's a second book. I know that, but I can't help feel disappointed that Cassandra Clare left a lot of questions unanswered. Especially the way she really ended the book--it's as if it was just another chapter ending and the next one's ready to be read at the next page.
It's very thick, this book. And I actually found some parts dragged out, but I didn't find it boring. Probably because of the guys. But anyway, it's still a good read....more
At first, I was kind of skeptical in reading this. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting it to be good. So I was pleasantly surprised as I read thiAt first, I was kind of skeptical in reading this. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting it to be good. So I was pleasantly surprised as I read this book.
There were quite a number of likeable characters, including, of course, Rokan, and Isabel and Ven. For some reason, I started smiling whenever Rokan came into the picture. Besides, his character, though at first was quite twisted, turned out to be good. And not in the sense that he was harmless. (view spoiler)[And I liked it whenever he was talking with Isabel. I could tell that he had feelings for her even then. And when he got angry when he mentioned that Isabel seemed to have feelings of love for Ven when he died, I don't know, I just found it...charming, or something. And speaking of Ven, I can't believe he died! Honestly, in the beginning, I thought he could be the male lead. (hide spoiler)]
I liked the plot. It was very unique, and twists were unexpectedly creative. There were a lot of time when I understood how one event was related to something previously mentioned or revealed. (view spoiler)[Like Duke Owain and his daughter Daria. (hide spoiler)] It was well-written.
(view spoiler)[The story's pacing was just right, I think, including all of Isabel's regaining-memories time and deciphering why she couldn't simply shift. Though the part about the Shifter merging with Kaer's sister delivered quite a shock and I didn't get over it as quickly as Isabel did. The ending, however, felt kind of rushed. The very ending, meaning Rokan and Isabel's romance. Couldn't Leah Cypess have spared a few more pages for that? It saddened me that not much romance took place between them. And that exactly was the reason I'm looking forward to reading the next book. But by the looks of it, Nightspell isn't actually a sequel. And that doubled my sadness. (hide spoiler)]...more
Second Re-reading 2015/9/17 - 2015/9/18 I still feel the same about the book as I did the first time I read it; I really like it. But I think I may haveSecond Re-reading 2015/9/17 - 2015/9/18 I still feel the same about the book as I did the first time I read it; I really like it. But I think I may have enjoyed it more than before--particularly Jonah's thoughts and reactions to... various things.
If not for the overall genre (view spoiler)[of time travel (hide spoiler)], this is a pretty easy read. Well, considering the MC's age, I suppose it fits just right.
Now, as I already said before, this is such a suspenseful and spooky book--but in a very good way, I think. I loved discovering (and this is my second reading; I totally forgot about everything!) things along with Jonah and the other people with him. I had a hard time putting the book down.
The only thing I'm not sure about is why I put Jonah under my "crushes" list. Well, it's not that he's not crushable; I just feel he's too young. But maybe that's not a valid excuse (I mean, I put Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl in my crushes list too, and they're pretty much as young as Jonah in the first book)
Original Review Date read: 2011/10/1 - 2011/10/3
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 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....more
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 thFor 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....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
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
Dark Eden, to describe it in the shortest way possible, simply left me confused.
After overlooking the boring cover, I decided that the synopsis soundeDark 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....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
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 otThis 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....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)]...more