When I first read the synopsis, I thought I'd like it. And--I'm very happy to say--I wasn't disappointed, so the reason for the 5-star (as if it's not...moreWhen I first read the synopsis, I thought I'd like it. And--I'm very happy to say--I wasn't disappointed, so the reason for the 5-star (as if it's not obvious enough).
The plot wasn't really super spectacular; it was good, but maybe not the best. What moved me to like this book so much are the characters and everything around them.
Frey, the lead guy, is a bad guy. But not those stereotypes: I'm pretending to be bad but actually goodhearted. From beginning till end, I liked how his personalities were displayed, and the changes he made. He's really bad, but I liked him anyway (LOL). A few other characters grew on me too. There was even a time I was so afraid they'd leave (view spoiler)[because Frey is just sometimes too wickedly evil and self-centered (hide spoiler)]. One thing that really amazed me is how the characters were drawn out, how they became who they are, and their effects on other people too. I would think, if one crew member wasn't with the rest, things would've been very different.
This ain't actually about romance, so there's that to consider for those who are more into love stories. This is not completely loveless, as the romance somehow still affected the plot and all. But the main point here is probably the friendship, which I very much appreciated.
So, all in all, I really liked the book along with its characters, and I'm definitely reading the next ones. But, I'm not sure if this is on my to-buy list. Don't know why I'm still thinking about it, but yeah.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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....moreBad 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"]>(less)
The biggest reason for my three-star rating is because Green's writing style is great.
I'm not a fan of contemporary books because they always contain...moreThe biggest reason for my three-star rating is because Green's writing style is great.
I'm not a fan of contemporary books because they always contain adult scenes and words and a lot of cusses. Looking for Alaska was not an exception.
Truth be told, I didn't like Pudge or Alaska. Well, Pudge's thoughts were a fun read. There were times, though, that I just felt he was annoying. But I know his feelings were sort of normal, and it could happen to anyone, and for that, I don't dislike him so much. The characters I actually liked were the Colonel and Takumi. Quite a surprise, considering I liked them not because they were hot or whatever.
Actually, I liked better the second half of the book. Maybe because Pudge and the Colonel's friendship was highlighted more, and I really enjoyed reading their conversations, even though sometimes they were nonsense.
Anyway, Green's way of writing and the way he told this story pretty much made up for what I might have disliked in it. And for a book that was told from a guy's POV, I cried. I really think John Green is such a great writer. And so, this book is very much worth reading.(less)
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 protagonist...moreI 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.(less)
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 has...moreQuite 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"]>(less)
It took me a while to finish reading this book, but it surprisingly turned out to be a good one. I rarely read anything based on true story--this is t...moreIt took me a while to finish reading this book, but it surprisingly turned out to be a good one. I rarely read anything based on true story--this is the first, actually--since I thought they'd bore or annoy me in the long run. But apparently Med Head isn't like that.
Honestly, I thought I wouldn't be satisfied with this book. I guess I was wrong. Cory's parents moved me; they're great people, and I'm glad that someone like Cory has parents like them.
After reading this, you'll start thinking more of how fortunate you really are, how normal you are. You'd start appreciating the love your family shows too. James Patterson and Hal Friedman did a good job in portraying the feelings of Cory. It's amazing; you'll understand what he felt.
This is a good read if you're looking for something non-fiction, or perhaps something that centers around family relationship. Anyway, for me, I wasn't looking for that type of book, but I still liked it.(less)
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, s...moreI 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.(less)
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 grea...moreIt'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.(less)
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 ba...moreSuperb 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!(less)