I really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I doI really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I do, and I can't even tell what it is.
First off, there's nothing negative I can say about the writing style. It's great; a smooth, easy-to-read narration, with the pacing just right. Consistency is a big plus, too.
Next. I liked many of the characters here, on differing levels and points. They were very whole, well-rounded people who felt real, at least in my opinion. And not just one, but so many of them. It'd take me hours to explain how that came out nicely in the book, but it's enough to say that it did, in a magnificent way.
The romance was... Well, honestly speaking here, I was absolutely looking forward to some nice, make-me-smile-like-an-idiot romance. Not to say that it didn't. And not that I wasn't satisfied with it either. It just left me confused. Yeah, that's it. I was confused about the romance. If that makes any sense. (And as I'm writing this review, it barely does.)
So, there you have it. It's a very messed up review, I know, but that's exactly how I'm feeling right now. Puzzled and...lacking...something. And I'm not not recommending it. Give it a try if you're up to some girly friendships and other types of...relationships. (Don't worry, it doesn't mean anything negative.)...more
When I saw this book, I was super duper hyped about it. The synopsis was very interesting to me--antihero (kind of), mystery, detective stuff, loss ofWhen I saw this book, I was super duper hyped about it. The synopsis was very interesting to me--antihero (kind of), mystery, detective stuff, loss of a good friend, etc. Which is why I read it as soon as I could. So, you can just imagine me not appreciating the first few chapters where I was wondering who the heck was this guy (main character) praising, ogling at, and making out with this girl half the time she's there. OK, so, I'm not anti-romance, don't get me wrong. But this book, for me, was supposed to be different. Sure, why not have romance? I love plots mixed in with romance, too. But...I don't know. Maybe I couldn't appreciate it since it was right at the beginning where I didn't even know the characters yet.
The mystery bit was OK, how the MC discovered this and that, how this related to that, etc. etc. By around 50%, I stayed up too late into the night reading, so there's your proof that the book did have my interest halfway through. And actually, the book did seem better and improved for me around that time.
(view spoiler)[Honestly, I was relentlessly being suspicious of Parvati since the story came around to the part where Max was discovered in the Colonel's cabin. Seriously, I thought it was her who killed Preston, and I had good reason--the cabin, the Las Vegas trip and the arson, the shark's tooth. What I didn't have was the motive. But, I never thought of Preston's motive either. And I don't know what to say about that matter. At first, his reasons seemed rather childish and trivial. After some time, though, I realized that I could never really underestimate people's feelings just because I feel otherwise. Dramatic and cheesy, yes. But that's why I have nothing to say about Preston and his killing motive, and I can't completely blame him for being mad at Max because of the adopted parents thing. Though I do wish he and Max had ended (or patched things up) better, and not just "goodbye and stay in prison" kind of ending. (hide spoiler)]
The characters, in the beginning, felt flat to me. The MC: typical HS boy, a bit rebellious, insecure, untrusting but to a few. The girl: popular, rich man's daughter, sexy, manipulative (for me). The friend: nice, a bit aloof. And that's it, them sticking to these traits. The MC was the first to feel more alive, probably because he's the narrator. The others (aside from these three) were OK, too. They're not really...spectacular, in these terms, but they were pretty good.
I really can't say whether I liked or disliked this book. Honestly, I was about to drop it after the first five chapters or so. By half and towards the end, it got better, but I'm not sure if I'm satisfied with it. Some good mystery plot, but that's about where it really interested me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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
One warning to my dear friends: Don't read the summary on Goodreads. I read it before writing this review, and it pretty much tells half of the story.One warning to my dear friends: Don't read the summary on Goodreads. I read it before writing this review, and it pretty much tells half of the story.
So, onto my review.
Honestly, I thought this book would be spelling depressing all over the pages, since this is about that and something even darker than simple depression. Yes, it's not all sunshine, and it is still rather dark, but it's not the dark kind that I myself feel like I want to shut myself from the world and be lonely and depressed all alone. Somehow, such a delicate topic was written in such a beautiful way, like I can see where the lead are coming from, including their thoughts and actions; how they turned out to be the kind of people they are; and what effect and to what extent other people had over them. In other, shorter words: wonderfully written.
I also kind of like how things flowed out. The actual time frame in the book may seem short, but I think even that had an effect on why things turned out this way and that way. And the two leads' relationship? The only thing I can say about it is that it was heart-wrenchingly sweet. OK, honestly speaking, I'm not sure if I was just swept up in the story or the writing style or because I like the two leads or because I'm a sucker for ultimate sufferings. But, it could be because it simply was delivered in a very awesome way, too. So, for me, another plus for a beautifully played-out romance, among other things.
This book is surprisingly...satisfying, despite its dark topic. And I really am amazed at how Warga created and portrayed her characters, especially the narrator. I'm looking forward to her other books, and hopefully they're as good as this....more
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.
Huh. The writing style's the same, the characters are the same, and I feel the plot hasn't moved on much, despite this being a 400+ book.
Sure they gotHuh. The writing style's the same, the characters are the same, and I feel the plot hasn't moved on much, despite this being a 400+ book.
Sure they got a few ideas and info and whatever else they need to "save the world," but...I don't know. I just feel that reading such a long book should have given me more things to be excited about. Unfortunately, no.
I still feel no attachments to the lead guys, mostly Max. (view spoiler)[In fact, during that time when she was fighting with the fake Max, I wanted her to get a really good beating and be almost helpless and suffering and simply quite dying, you know? (hide spoiler)] She's just so sarcastic it's not funny anymore. And she could really be a major pushover that I rolled my eyes for about five times because of her decision-making. She's not the type of leader I want; I don't understand why her beloved flock keeps following her. And honestly? I can't sympathize with her feelings, whether they may be love, friendship, anger, or hatred.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I absolutely LOVE this book, and definitely the whole series too. I was just wondering whether I should put this in my favorite shelf, because then II absolutely LOVE this book, and definitely the whole series too. I was just wondering whether I should put this in my favorite shelf, because then I think I'd have to put book 3 in too. Well, I did anyway. I suppose it's no surprise--I've rated all four books 5 stars. I am craving to have a personal, real copy of the series. Then I'll reread them again, because, it's sad to buy the real book and just keep them stacked on your library shelf, right?
Right. Moving on.
Aspects of the book I loved:
Writing. In a word, beautiful. The narration never bored me, whether it was describing a place, a person, someone's feelings and thoughts, or action scenes. Admittedly, even Slag's encounters amused me. The dialogues are very much enjoyable, and a lot made me laugh out loud. Everything was simple, usually using common words. And that's really just better than flowery sentences. If it was funny, it made me laugh and smile. If it was scary and creepy, it made my skin crawl. If it was nerve-wracking, it made me jittery. If it was heartbreaking, it made my heart twinge, really, and in this book, I cried quite a few times. If it was sweet, it made me giddy and left me grinning like a crazy person.
Story. I take back what I mentioned in my review in the first book. I was naive back then. Who says the story's blah? Great, action-packed (even though I'm no fan of action) and wonderfully paced.
Title. Creative and cute (because I can't find a better term). And very much related to the book. I just love it when things are like that in a book.
Characters. THE BEST. Each and everyone is so rounded and alive, it's almost creepy. Well, creepily wonderful. Frey? Amazing. Anything more will be spoiler. Crake? I like his friendship with Frey. Silo? I certainly appreciated this guy in this book. Can't ignore his loyalty, now can I? Hmm... I'm trying to keep things short, but that seems a bit difficult. So I'll stop here and simply emphasize, THE BEST characters.
(view spoiler)[An extra ounce of the lead guy suffering. I know it sounds completely brutal and sadistic. I won't try to make excuses. Anyway. It's probably not just an ounce of suffering: The time when the crew split up because of differing opinions on the civil war, the beating Frey received from his Imperator heroine, and the moment he plunged his cutlass into her. That's probably not all. Frey went through a lot of hardship and pain in this book. And I...err, quite enjoyed those parts myself.
Ending. Now, I may be a sadistic reader, but I do prefer happy endings. This is a mix of both. So how can I argue and say I don't like it? The beginning of the chapter did make me cry because I thought my worst fears came true, and I was ready to be drowned in my own puddle of tears. Thankfully, Wooding is a bad boy and just wanted to mess with his readers. Well, even if it had ended with Frey's death, I would still have given it a full rating, albeit with a very heavy heart, simply because I enjoyed and loved the story and everything else I mentioned above. (hide spoiler)]
Now, there are two things that saddened me. First, not a lot of people continued to read the series. I mean, this needs more exposure. Second, this is the last book. I'm gonna miss reading such a wonderful series. In fact, I already miss Frey. Haha ♥["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Somehow, I found that I'm pretty disappointed in book. But I don't think it's the book, or is it the way of writing; it's just me.
In the beginning, ISomehow, I found that I'm pretty disappointed in book. But I don't think it's the book, or is it the way of writing; it's just me.
In the beginning, I had fun reading. I was so into it that if was hard to actually stop reading. Two-thirds into the book and the excitement dwindled. I think that's mainly because of my expectations in regards to the storyline. Not that there were parts that made me think, Now that's just not possible! Or something. The happenings were likely to happen, I know. I just couldn't accept them. And I just felt annoyed by the turn of events.
So, blame me for rooting for something different from what the author planned....more