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
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
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 was looking forward to reading Between Shades of Gray. I like history, and I like getting a glimpse of whaCovers and titles can be really deceptive.
I was looking forward to reading Between Shades of Gray. I like history, and I like getting a glimpse of what happened in the past--whether they be true story or not. So you can imagine I was pretty hyped.
Honestly, even now, I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book. Angst? Hatred? Loneliness? Hopelessness? Anguish? Torture? Brutality? I don't know. Well maybe not the full scope of that last one, but something. Even just one of these would be good enough, but no. There's nothing. Nothing that stood out. There could have been so many emotions twisted into this story, but there is completely nothing that made my heart ache or made my eyes sting. It felt like, it's almost there, but alas, it came too short. I felt nothing when reading this. And that's saying something, considering I cry easily and I hate easily.
The characters felt flat. Especially Lina. I couldn't really tell what it was she really wanted. To survive? Obviously. But there's so much that entails, and she skips them. I can't really remember the exact details anymore, but I just didn't feel like she was so desperate to live and to make her family survive with her. Well, maybe my memory's getting foggy. Sorry.
The romance seemed forced, too. There was no chemistry between the two. I couldn't get into their love story, much less appreciate the romantic scenes.
(view spoiler)[The only character I may have possibly liked here is the NKVD guy. I can't even remember his name anymore, but I do remember that I looked forward to his appearances, though very little they were. I think I was even rooting for him. Not rooting for him to be the hero, but to be... not exactly the good guy either but... just, to be there, I guess. But even then, I couldn't like like him, because there was nothing more shown about him than from Lina's POV. I don't even know his motives for being kind to Lina and her family. (hide spoiler)]
I've read another book of Sepetys before, and what I felt about that book is pretty much the same with this one. Perhaps something is wrong with me, because many of the reviews I read are praises of a job well done. Maybe Sepetys and I simply don't click.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more