This is surprisingly a pretty good book, after all the rants and negative reactions I had when reading the first few chapters.
OK, honestly, the narratThis is surprisingly a pretty good book, after all the rants and negative reactions I had when reading the first few chapters.
OK, honestly, the narrative isn't exactly my type. Like, everything is just written there too plainly. Leaves nothing for the reader to figure out him/herself. The mysteriousness of the characters and their secrets are sort of screaming mysterious that could may be implied more subtly. I think. Even so, they were OK, stuck to their personalities in the beginning and had made pretty reasonable and realistic changes.
One of the things I liked is the world setting. I'm not even sure why I like it. Maybe because it feels real. Whatever, I don't know. I just liked it. And the story is pretty good too. It's kind of dark, actually, now that I think about it. But it's not bad, except for one thing I can't accept until now.
(view spoiler)[The super insta-love between Dai and Mei Yee honestly feels so...ridiculous and absurd. I mean, Dai, you're going to hang the success of your operation (and thus, your freedom) on one girl you met less than five times through a freaking window? Well WOW. Super insta-love, right? And unbelievable building of relationship and trust too. Frankly I liked Jin better, even though I did feel that I wanted her to trust Dai, but she couldn't bring herself to up and do just that without proving that Dai can be trusted. I felt sad that she left Dai's apartment when they were finally getting along, but I can completely understand why she did that (and even praise her for her clear thinking instead of blind trust and feelings; because seriously, how can you trust someone so easily in a world like that?). But what happened between Dai and Mei Yee is just...insane. It felt as if the author simply couldn't find any other way to get the story moving in the right direction. And it seemed to me that since Jin isn't Dai's love interest, it's OK to make her not trust him and whatever, but not Mei Yee, because that's just wrong and unfair. Right? Not really. Which is probably why I liked Jin's character more than Mei Yee. Well, I can't say that I actually like Mei Yee. So there you have it. (hide spoiler)]
I'm not sure if I can actually recommend it whole-heartedly, but like I said, it's not awful or terrible. Reading the first few chapters might need some patience and time getting used to, though.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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
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.["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
Suddenly, I have a craving for blond guys and blue eyes.
This is the second book/series I've read about angels, and although this one fared better thanSuddenly, I have a craving for blond guys and blue eyes.
This is the second book/series I've read about angels, and although this one fared better than the first, I'm still not satisfied with A Beautiful Dark.
First of all, the lead girl did not please me. I don't know why, but she just annoyed me most of the time. Maybe because she liked to pity herself, or got mad easily.
As for Asher and Devin, I liked them both. Which is rare regarding Asher because I'm just so tired of bad guys who hide their good will to be seen as a complete jerk being the lead ones. Asher was not an exception, but he didn't annoy me as much. (Although, until about two-thirds of the book, I wasn't sure who exactly was the lead guy.) But, yes, I liked Devin a bit better than Asher because Asher somehow fell flat towards the end.
Also, the pacing was slow and detailed in the beginning, but in the end, almost everything was crammed in one chapter. The climax dropped so quickly, and it felt too hurried.
Despite my annoyance towards the girl, I'm reading the next book. Somehow, I can't accept the ending just yet....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
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 saw this book in my sister's e-book library, and started reading it because I thought, Finally, a Kelley Armstrong book that ain't about ghosts. UnfI saw this book in my sister's e-book library, and started reading it because I thought, Finally, a Kelley Armstrong book that ain't about ghosts. Unfortunately, I realized too late that this isn't a YA novel.
I finished Bitten rather quickly, for two reasons. One, and I'll be honest: I liked some of the characters here. Two, I skipped a lot. There was a lot of unnecessary descriptive narrations, and it got boring to read. Around a third of the book, I ended up jumping to the next paragraph whenever I see a long one coming. And again, since this isn't YA, there were a lot of adult scenes, so that saved me time too.
The heroine annoyed me. She's one of those typical leads that just love danger and being hot-tempered. As if they're such wonderful traits.
The plot was OK. I didn't particularly like or dislike it. Like I said, I only read this book because it's not about ghosts.
Anyway, I'm dropping this series. Truthfully, I'd like to see a character like Clayton in some YA series, without the erotic-ness. That would be better, because something like this just doesn't appeal to me. ...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.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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.["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more