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
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.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. 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....more
Dark Eden, to describe it in the shortest way possible, simply left me confused.
After overlooking the boring cover, I decided that the synopsis soundeDark Eden, to describe it in the shortest way possible, simply left me confused.
After overlooking the boring cover, I decided that the synopsis sounded OK. This is the first book I read with the same concept, and I guess I wasn't utterly disappointed. In the end, I just truly felt...blank.
Things were slow in the beginning, but somehow I was sucked into reading it. Maybe because I appreciated the lead guy, Will, and his smart brain. Or maybe because Carman is a good writer. OK, moving on, about half of the book, things were finally crawling, at a painfully slow rate. More incidents happened, blah, blah, blah... Then wow! It's the end. Nothing big happened, really. I suppose in the next book...
The next confusing thing. (view spoiler)[I could probably understand why Will had been feeling attached to Marisa. He'd been listening to her for weeks, and not just listening to random things, but something about her. He also liked her voice, which would have finally pushed him to like her when they met.
But Marisa just met him. And, let me point out, they weren't even together for a very long time. It's just weird that Marisa liked him after talking to him one-sidedly in the van and during their walk to Fort Eden before Will escaped, and after spending two nights in the main room. For me, the relationship was just too sudden. Not only theirs, but the others' as well. (hide spoiler)]
So, very weird and confusing. But since it didn't annoy me, and I want to read more of Will's smartness, and I have hopes things will get better, I'm reading the next book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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
It was pretty good. The plot, the introduction...all good. But, well, it didn't reach my expectations much. It's a good read, vamTwo point five stars.
It was pretty good. The plot, the introduction...all good. But, well, it didn't reach my expectations much. It's a good read, vampires and all. And for once, it's not the romance head-over-heels type of vampire fiction.
I like Alex, though he didn't make it on my "crush" list. He's a good protagonist--brave, adrenaline-powered, smart in a battling kind of way, cares for his friends--but honestly, his character's so plain and flat. And sometimes, the opposite: very unstable. And the rest of the casts have fluctuating personalities too, except for perhaps a handful.
The book started out great, really. It got me hooked so quickly it felt nice. But it did disappoint me, though very little compared to other books I've read.
Besides the characters' personality defects, Jason Henderson's narration sometimes confuses me, especially during action and descriptive moments. It's either I end up not imagining the place, human, creature, whatever (in short just almost skipping through the sentences) or I keep rereading but barely manage to get the details in my head. And one more thing. He italicizes words too much. Sometimes I think it's not even needed, but he does anyway.
This series, currently, is not on my "worth-buying" list. I'll have to check the second book and see if the writing improves. Though it's not completely worth buying (except for the handsome boy on the cover), it's worth a read. Not the best, but still worth a try....more
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 greaIt'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....more
Initially, I was going to give this three stars. But after thinking about it, I decided to take one star off.
Before starting this book, my first thougInitially, I was going to give this three stars. But after thinking about it, I decided to take one star off.
Before starting this book, my first thought was that I'm looking forward to it. I was very excited to read, to know what Maximum Ride is all about--after all, on a whim, my sisters and I got a copy of not only the first book, but until the seventh or eight book. (Technically, that was my fault. Sigh.)
At about a hundred pages, I finally admitted that I did not appreciate Patterson's "YA" narrative. I do not want to bash. I know authors have their own style and whatevers, and I'm really no writer, but I just didn't like it. I also didn't like the continuous repetitive information. (I sound redundant.) I mean, mentioning it twice was quite enough. Patterson didn't think it was, though. Every single scene related to that info got a line that repeats that same info. OK, I get it, I'm not stupid so as not to remember that when you keep mentioning it over and over!--is what I always think whenever it happens. Now rant over. (view spoiler)[The mois did not help. It. Is. An-noy-ing! (hide spoiler)]
Now, for the characters. I think I could have liked Max. She did not annoy me as much as other heroines that made me want to put my hands around their throat. Well, she was too strong for my liking, but that I can forgive, given her situation. She had her good points, but the author failed greatly to make me like her. Max just became an average heroine. True, I didn't end up hating her, but I never liked her too. (view spoiler)[And now that I think about it, her repeatedly calling Angel my baby became annoying and quite un-Max-like. (hide spoiler)]
(view spoiler)[Moving on to Fang. I'm not sure what to think of him. Max was no gushy girl, so I understand she never said he was handsome or good-looking. She wasn't even sure about her feelings towards him, so again, I understand. But he wasn't even described much, except that he was silent, fully supportive of his flock, and doesn't complain when it really hurts or whatever. I think his personalities were pretty cool, and with the help of the manga versions of this series, I could imagine how he looks, and well, he's pretty crushable! I was prepared, itching even, to put him on my list. But this is the sad part. I was failed yet again. I could tell he liked Max, too. But how come there's no reaction? How come... Argh. He lacked so much reaction. I hate it. The final straw was the "bonus", which was Fang's blog. Yes, Fang has a blog. Imagine that! Silent, uneventful Fang has a blog that sounded so girly! Wow. I am so...wowed. It was the biggest factor that made me minus a star in my original rating.
And don't get me started on the kiss. I actually burst out laughing when I read that part. I shut the book and felt queasy. Not bubbling over with girly giddiness. Despite my hate for a heroine, I usually still feel giddy when she and the hero kisses--and that includes a pound of confusion. But in this? Huh. (hide spoiler)]
Now, I have to say I do not know what to feel about the story itself. I actually thought I was good; it held my interest that I finished it fairly quickly. But that was the middle part. I'm absolutely not happy with the ending.
OK, I finally got that out of my system. I suppose I'm ready for the next book. In a month.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more