If only I could give this ten stars! This last book is really great.
First of all, I absolutely loved Artemis here. A lot more, if that's even possible...moreIf only I could give this ten stars! This last book is really great.
First of all, I absolutely loved Artemis here. A lot more, if that's even possible. I feel he's grown up so much, and...well, I just really think his character is so amazing. And of course, his intelligence is awe-inspiring too! (Of course, credits go to Colfer lol.)
There are also a lot of characters that grew on me, if they haven't already. Especially, but not limited to, the Fowl family. The twins are so adorable :3
And it's a big plus that I simply like Colfer's writing. He made me laugh a lot of times with the witty remarks and amazing comparisons. (view spoiler)[Like when Artemis had to wear a bulletproof vest and thought he couldn't outrun a slug. LOL! (hide spoiler)] This book really touched me too, and used simple words that made me cry.
I am quite surprised about the ending. Not that I'm disappointed or something negative like that. I completely didn't expect it, and I suppose that's good. I'm still a bit stunned about it, but I liked it nonetheless. (view spoiler)[What actually made me sad is the fact that Artemis forgot knowing Holly and, from the looks of it, even Butler. But all turned well, because I was feeling really bad for Butler. (hide spoiler)]
Seriously, though, this book deserves a better rating!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I think...this book is just great. I loved Peeta Mellark in this book. Period.
Now I know what I felt was lacking in the first book. There wasn't much...moreI think...this book is just great. I loved Peeta Mellark in this book. Period.
Now I know what I felt was lacking in the first book. There wasn't much emphasis on Peeta's kindness, unlike in this book, where you obviously can't deny it.
It's really nice, too, to have a good female lead. Katniss Everdeen didn't fail me, annoy me, or make me think, 'Wow, she's so stupid and foolish and oblivious.' True, it does happen, but it's so rare unlike those in other novels that it's a good change. You'd understand why the male lead, and other characters out there, fall for Katniss. Unlike in others where you don't have a clue why they do love the female lead. And it also feels nice to continue reading the book/series, not just because of the guys or the plot, but because the protagonist herself grows on you. Of course, the plot is the main reason you're reading the book in the first place. But a good set of characters--not just physically, but attitude-wise too--contributes greatly to the progress of the story, and how the readers will feel about it as they read.
The twists in this book are very satisfying. The happenings in the Districts, the Games and so on...they're all hinting at something, probably something a few would guess early on, but they're all revealed so subtly, gradually, you'd be amazed at how it's done. It's paced just right, which, again, many novels fail at.
I have to say, though, that the ending was very unexpected. I'm looking forward to reading the final book!(less)
A really wonderful series! It may be about mechanical stuff, but it's great.
I loved Westerfeld's writing style. It was a fun and easy read throughout...moreA really wonderful series! It may be about mechanical stuff, but it's great.
I loved Westerfeld's writing style. It was a fun and easy read throughout the book, and he's very consistent about things.
The characters were also very likeable in their own ways. A great set! (view spoiler)[Deryn Sharp had never once became annoying to me. Maybe it was because she's acting so boyishly, but I really liked her. She made me laugh a lot of times, too. And Alek! Of course a great male lead. Despite being a continuous waste of hydrogen, I couldn't help but think otherwise. He's very smart and capable of various things, like Deryn believed, and I should say he lacked in praises. Being able to speak a handful of different languages was a big plus. ♥ I especially took a great liking to Bovril. It was amusing how the creature can be so smart! (hide spoiler)]
All the while reading this book, I kept on thinking how everything would end. I certainly didn't expect this ending, but no disappointment felt. I suppose it surprised me, but I liked how things ended. (view spoiler)[It's only too bad that Alek and Deryn's future were never told. I would have liked a bit of peek on what happened after the war. (hide spoiler)]
Definitely worth reading! With a wonderful cast, I'm sure many would like this series too.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["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)
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)
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'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)
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)
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)
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)
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)