Four stars, but maybe not a full four. Still, I like it enough to give that rating.
Aveyard's writing is wonderful. I like how the narrations were doneFour stars, but maybe not a full four. Still, I like it enough to give that rating.
Aveyard's writing is wonderful. I like how the narrations were done--from descriptions to actions to thoughts. It was easy and fun to read, too. (But not in a sense that the book was light in terms of plot.) And I really liked how the feelings of the characters were shown through the writing; it was so well done, I even found myself tearing up a bit at some point.
Plot? To think I finished this in three days when I wasn't even into reading books just a week ago is a big enough proof that the plot is great. How things played out made sense and seemed likely to happen (though there were a lot of things I didn't expect).
I liked the characters, too, surprisingly. But like is a very big word, and my feelings for each character still differ a lot. Take, for example, the lead girl. She's strong and kind, but she is also a lot of many other things that make her strong and kind. True, I'm not 100% her fan, but I can positively say I like her for a female lead.
Well, I can't say much for Cal. Except that I'm fairly glad he turned out to not be the male lead. Honestly, I like Cal, especially in the beginning. And in the end, I still do. But not the "I want him to be with Mare" kind of like, rather the "I wish he'd be on Mare's side" like. And though I'm not sure it ended like what I wanted, at least it's not what I didn't want either. Maybe I couldn't root for him because he's too much a good son. Which, let me just say, I won't and can't blame him for. And I suppose princes who forsake everything for the sake of love is too much a cliché for me. So I guess I'm glad that didn't happen.
Now, I really want to rant about Maven. Seriously, I love Maven. I want him for Mare. I want him to be the male lead. I want him to be good--good as a person and good to Mare. I want him to be the younger brother who, even though feels a bit jealous, still loves Cal a lot. I want him to be the prince who would betray his family because he knows what's good. (Not that I'm promoting betrayals. Oh no.) So just how? How am I supposed to react when I get to that chapter where he reveals his true self? What am I supposed to feel when I realize he's not the guy I want him to be? Oh I do feel so frustrated. I couldn't accept it and was still waiting until the very last page that Maven is good and he will save Mare, that he's playing another role and he'll betray his mother. I just... I kept waiting but it never came and I was just too much saddened by the turn of events. Thinking about it clearly, I suppose I did find it weird that he was so kind and patient and gentle with Mare after they were engaged publicly when normally people like him who were forced into marriage to someone they despise for being of lower stature would be cold or at least not that friendly. But I guess I erased that feeling from me as I kept reading and kept liking Maven even more. Even right now, despite Maven's meanness and cold-heartedness towards Mare, I still can't bring myself to just switch and be mad at him. I don't even know why I can't. I think I might still be hoping. Sigh. I should probably just think about how he manipulated everyone and orchestrated his own father's death. Yep, that would definitely help.
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 notWhen 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"]>...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
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
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 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
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)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's OK. Perhaps not the best fantasy-romance novel, but it's pretty decent.
If I'll base it solely on the story, I'd give it a four star. One good thiIt's OK. Perhaps not the best fantasy-romance novel, but it's pretty decent.
If I'll base it solely on the story, I'd give it a four star. One good thing about Red Riding Hood is that it didn't focus wholly on the love story, although it had its effects in the flow of the story.
As for the characters... Valerie is not the best lead out there, but she's OK. She's obsessed at some point (which I hate) but she has a few redeeming qualities too. Throughout the story, I knew her basic qualities, but Sarah Blakley-Cartwright didn't put into light her other personalities that made people in the story like her. Which is probably why I feel she's not the best female lead. And Peter is hot, as the author described, and he's not your typical bad boy neighbor--he's really bad, which taints his handsome appearance. (And I like that, since the guy doesn't always have to be perfect.) Though, he lacked character development, big time. Lucie is a great sister, I think. Just some parts left me questioning her motives, though. And I can't say much here or I'll spoil the story. Henry Lazar is probably the perfect guy in the story, but I don't hate him. Actually, he's pretty scarred too, and his character was developed (at least much more than the others) so the readers can actually like him for his personalities, not just because he looks good. And honestly, if Valerie liked Henry, I wouldn't hate her (which was something usually did, because I hate girls who switched from one guy to another). I think I would if I was in her position. XD
Except for one part (perhaps two to three pages), the novel is pretty "clean" and YA-ish.
And if Sarah Blakley-Cartwright was planning on a second book with her ending, I'm still disappointed. She left a lot of questions left unanswered. It's like she opened ten boxes of jigsaw puzzles throughout the story, but answered only one or two. Every reader is left with his/her own to think of the answers....more
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