Superb writing. Rowling's first book of this series just gives the right amount of everything. Considering that the events start off already with a ba...moreSuperb writing. Rowling's first book of this series just gives the right amount of everything. Considering that the events start off already with a bang, it didn't lack information, nor did it give too much away. I don't know, but the narration and the plots revealed are perfect.
It's amazing, really. The introduction, although it took a few chapters, wasn't boring, and I definitely felt what Harry Potter felt. His friendship with his new schoolmates wasn't created in a flash. And, though I have to be honest and say I don't find Harry "crush" worthy, he is a very likeable character. Probably not all the time, since a perfect protagonist is just fake and annoying and 1-D. And the thing is, it's not only Harry who's well-developed. Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Hagrid... Perhaps, in the future, Albus Dumbledore and Snape too. But even though their characters aren't put into light so much yet, I can understand why they did what they did.
And of course, the plot's just as amazing. Thinking about it, the plot's so well-woven and well-made, I didn't notice it at first.
I won't understand it if people gave this book (or series) a low rating. It's so good I see no point in not rating it high. Unless, you're jealous of Rowling's great work.
This series is really one of the best ones out there. If you love reading and haven't read this, you're missing a lot! Haha. And I wish I have my own copy of this series too!(less)
It's OK. Perhaps not the best fantasy-romance novel, but it's pretty decent.
If I'll base it solely on the story, I'd give it a four star. One good thi...moreIt's OK. Perhaps not the best fantasy-romance novel, but it's pretty decent.
If I'll base it solely on the story, I'd give it a four star. One good thing about Red Riding Hood is that it didn't focus wholly on the love story, although it had its effects in the flow of the story.
As for the characters... Valerie is not the best lead out there, but she's OK. She's obsessed at some point (which I hate) but she has a few redeeming qualities too. Throughout the story, I knew her basic qualities, but Sarah Blakley-Cartwright didn't put into light her other personalities that made people in the story like her. Which is probably why I feel she's not the best female lead. And Peter is hot, as the author described, and he's not your typical bad boy neighbor--he's really bad, which taints his handsome appearance. (And I like that, since the guy doesn't always have to be perfect.) Though, he lacked character development, big time. Lucie is a great sister, I think. Just some parts left me questioning her motives, though. And I can't say much here or I'll spoil the story. Henry Lazar is probably the perfect guy in the story, but I don't hate him. Actually, he's pretty scarred too, and his character was developed (at least much more than the others) so the readers can actually like him for his personalities, not just because he looks good. And honestly, if Valerie liked Henry, I wouldn't hate her (which was something usually did, because I hate girls who switched from one guy to another). I think I would if I was in her position. XD
Except for one part (perhaps two to three pages), the novel is pretty "clean" and YA-ish.
And if Sarah Blakley-Cartwright was planning on a second book with her ending, I'm still disappointed. She left a lot of questions left unanswered. It's like she opened ten boxes of jigsaw puzzles throughout the story, but answered only one or two. Every reader is left with his/her own to think of the answers.(less)
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 thoug...moreInitially, 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"]>(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)
I feel bad for not liking this book. I really tried to like it. But honestly? I was disappointed, big time.
The beginning was really fun; I almost coul...moreI feel bad for not liking this book. I really tried to like it. But honestly? I was disappointed, big time.
The beginning was really fun; I almost couldn't place the book down. The pacing was quick, then it went slow. There was too much going on, too much requests, too much promises, too many fairy tales. And I should have actually figured that out. I thought it was like the other two books that mainly focused on one tale, but no. Alex Flinn just bunched up more than five fairy tales to create the body of the story.
No character stood out for me. Not Johnny, not Meg, not Princess Victoria...they were all too shallow. I didn't even feel once that I kind of liked Johnny. And it was not because he's not the hot type of guy. I felt like he didn't really care about anyone but himself. He did everything for himself--to gain money, to be free of poverty, etc. He has too many regrets, and I hate it. He was an idiot too. And really, when you don't like the narrator (or the hero/heroine or any other characters out there) it's hard to like the book.
(view spoiler)[The ending? I don't know. Maybe I'm a sadist, but I feel like Johnny should have suffered something. After all he did (leaving his family, his friends, his work) he still got what he wanted, what he had been searching for, and his dream fulfilled. It's a fairy tale, I know, but there are consequences in life, and Johnny didn't receive any of that. (hide spoiler)]["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)