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 a...moreThis 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"]>(less)
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 b...moreOne 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"]>(less)
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 ot...moreThis 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.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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....more4.5 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.(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)
Well, I didn't expect to like this. My sister, who read a different book by Stiefvater, said she didn't quite enjoy it, and I was ready to be disappoi...moreWell, I didn't expect to like this. My sister, who read a different book by Stiefvater, said she didn't quite enjoy it, and I was ready to be disappointed in this. Actually, about third-ways to the book, I was about to drop it.
The beginning bored me. And the switching POVs didn't really help. I didn't like that type of writing because the story's flow is not so...fluid. This was not an exception. My dislike for the writing style somehow lessened towards the end, but I'm not sure I'm ready to read another book with switching POVs. Also, I'm not so fond of long, complicated, kind-of-poetic sentences to describe things, and...well, Stiefvater's famous for that, isn't she?
The book picked up pace somewhere near half of the book, so I suggest for other readers out there to be patient. It definitely gets better.
As for the characters, the girl neither made her way to my hated list of heroines nor to my favorite list. Annoying moments came in rarely I could count them, so I guess that's a good thing. She's impulsive and strong and quite hot-headed, but she had shown her weaknesses too. Another plus.
The boy, on the other hand, didn't make such a big appearance at first. I thought he was going to be in the background forever. But he turned out to be very likeable. His character is different from the other guys I have read and liked, and I found it attractive. (view spoiler)[For some odd reason, Sean reminds me of Percy Jackson (by Rick Riordan). Perhaps it's because they both love the sea. But I never thought that Sean was like Percy personality-wise; they're pretty much the opposite. (hide spoiler)]
I liked the ending too. I think it was just right, the way things ended. I'm not sure if others will agree with me, but the ending did seem abrupt. (It's weird; this has been a problem of mine from the books I've recently read. Is it the authors' problem or just mine? Oh well, whatever.) Suddenness aside, all went well.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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 p...moreGiving 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.(less)
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 thi...moreAt 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"]>(less)
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...moreFour 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.(less)
Another great book filled with witty comebacks, wonderful narration, dangerous betrayals, amusing teamwork and brilliant strategies. Artemis Fowl didn...moreAnother great book filled with witty comebacks, wonderful narration, dangerous betrayals, amusing teamwork and brilliant strategies. Artemis Fowl didn't fail me. He never will, I bet.
The hardbound book is so pretty to look at. I love the whiteness of it--gives you a chill as you imagine Arctic, doesn't it? Haha.
(view spoiler)[Artemis Fowl continues to grow in this book, and I can't help but loving him and his character more and more. And that's saying something, since this book, so far, has no romance. I'm not even sure if there will be. Artemis seems too young. Then again, he's thirteen; can never really tell just by ages. But honestly, Artemis in a romantic setting? Quite unimaginable.
The other characters, except Butler since he already did in the first book, have grown on me too. I can't imagine them being enemies in the next book. That would definitely sadden me.
And finally, Artemis gets his father back! I'm so happy for him. Artemis is really just a boy, in the end, and I love him for it too. There were a lot of touching scenes, though not those sappy and corny kinds.
So now that Artemis found his father and got him back safely, what comes next? After all, what started this fairy affair was because he was searching for his father. (hide spoiler)]
I can't wait to start on the next book! I already miss Artemis Fowl's intelligence and smart remarks.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This third book of the Hunger Games trilogy relays a lot of emotions. It ended nicely too, with a good wrap-up of what happened and not, why it happen...moreThis third book of the Hunger Games trilogy relays a lot of emotions. It ended nicely too, with a good wrap-up of what happened and not, why it happened that way, etc.
This book was full of surprises--good and bad--though I guess they had to happen. The Hunger Games trilogy is really worth a read.
The only downside, I think, was Suzanne Collins' confusing way of writing and describing details and emotions. She divided them into a sentence each, and I didn't realize it until I've read that part. But except for that, Mockingjay is an excellent book.
But honestly, aside from Peeta Mellark (since he obviously topped my list from the beginning), I loved Finnick Odair in this book! Reasons will be revealed later on for those who have not read the book yet.
First of all, things turned darker and heavier without Peeta Mellark. His presence was so big (figuratively, of course) that I think it affected Katniss Everdeen's train of thoughts as well. And obviously, being a Peeta Mellark lover, without Peeta, reading on was a bit frustrating. I kept wondering when he'll be back, what will happen to him, if he ever will be back. And yes, I was even more frustrated when he came back from the Capitol only to have hijacked memories. And since he was such a peace-loving citizen, it pained me so much to see him realize how he tried to kill Katniss, how he killed Mitchell, and how he put everyone else in danger. His decision about killing himself really saddened me, and I almost thought it was going to happen that way.
And Prim? So out of the blue... It was so shocking, so sudden, that I couldn't quite believe it yet. Like someone said to me, Prim was the very reason Katniss even volunteered for the Games, how the film started rolling. And now that it was about to end, that reason had been blown away. Again, this made me sad, especially the scene where Buttercup just came home from District 13 on foot, looking for Prim.
What happened with Prim made me so mad too. Gale Hawthorne. His personality--full of hatred and vengeance--was probably one of the primary reasons why Prim died. After his promise to Katniss that they'd protect each others' families, I can't believe it was his invention for that to break. Though it was implied that Gale honestly didn't know, who can deny that it wasn't Gale who thought of the plan to bomb once, let the survivors rescue the victims, then bomb again?
And don't get me started on Finnick Odair. That incident saddened me to no end. His death was too sudden, too soon. I had to reread that part a few times before I finally got the picture and why it happened. It was hard to move on, as if by stalling, Finnick could live. Now that the event has passed, I realized something: his death was very not highlighted. Sure, it was not in Katniss' character to grieve and mourn endlessly, but she did spend a lot of time with Finnick, besides the fact that he saved her (and Peeta) a lot of times. His death was too brutal, really. And very unfair, too. And it became much more unfair since Katniss didn't dwell on it much. Considering the circumstances, she'd have no time to, but she could have offered a bit of grief at the end. No, that was not what happened. Suzanne Collins just bunched him up with other dead people, close to her or not. The fact that he and Annie had a baby was also a bitter surprise. It doubled the sadness accumulating in my heart. But as another reader said to me, at least, Finnick lives on.
And my reasons for loving him? I'm not entirely sure myself. He was just a great character. His strong points, his weaknesses, his depression, his struggles--they made him real. And really, when he was so distracted about Annie, he seemed like such an innocent child. Sure, it was probably his weakest appearance in the whole series, but that's what makes him real. And I like him for being that way.
Finally, I need to state my little disappoint in the ending. I felt that it was too abrupt, and the happenings after the rebellion weren't given in details. Most especially, Katniss and Peeta's time together at the end proved to be very short and quick.
One of the best things about Suzanne Collins? She writes a full character, especially the main ones. Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne, Haymitch Abernathy, Finnick Odair, probably even President Snow. For example, Peeta's character is very loveable. His personality is so intact, so close to real life, so not-flat that you can understand the reasons behind his actions--as if he's based on a character in real life. (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"]>["br"]>(less)