I kept expectin for everything to go wrong and Mr. Hoppy to be found out, but it was just another really sweet little story. I think I'm starting to gI kept expectin for everything to go wrong and Mr. Hoppy to be found out, but it was just another really sweet little story. I think I'm starting to grow quite fond of Dahl's writing, which is great :) I never read his books as a kid and I was thinking I might have missed my chance to do so, that I had outgrown them. The writing is not as witty as I would like, but they are certainly charming stories. I would have loved them as a little one, that's for sure!...more
I feel really bad for not liking this book more (as stupid as that sounds). A lot of people love it and it is not a bad book. I just wasn't into it; wI feel really bad for not liking this book more (as stupid as that sounds). A lot of people love it and it is not a bad book. I just wasn't into it; whether that's because I'm stressed out over exams, or Cat's Cradle was so good I should have taken some time off after finishing it, I don't know.
I think it was hard for me to get into this because it relied heavily on Divergent. A lot of the "being inside the story" came from knowing the details of what had happened and every character's back story. I, however, found out I had forgotten most of what went on in the previous book and that took away from my enjoyment of Insurgent.
Another major issue, for me, was Tris' character, specifically how she was dealt with in the ending. It seems to me she sacrificed a whole lot, only to be undermined by Four who, without us having the motivation behind his change of mind (that might have helped, and I'm not talking about the "I just needed reminding" bit), decides to save the day after all. Urgh.
Actually, a lot of what the characters said or done was either out of the blue or followed by a cliché ridden explanation (I am thinking of Peter's "speech" about owing people). I might have paid less attention to this, had my heart been in the story.
Finally, the plot. There was a great deal of information about the faction system and we finally got to know what was beyond the fence. I wonder if anyone was surprised... However, it was well developed. But. As a cruel experiment - okay. As a way to save the world - really?
Yeah. These are my "qualms" with Insurgent. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go figure out what is wrong with me that I could not enjoy these books more....more
Disclaimer: I do like romance (as proof, I love Austen's novels, the Brontë sisters etc.), and I read the occasional contemporary romance (e.g. Anna aDisclaimer: I do like romance (as proof, I love Austen's novels, the Brontë sisters etc.), and I read the occasional contemporary romance (e.g. Anna and the French Kiss). This just didn't cut it for me.
I thought I would really like this in the beginning. I read half of it in one sitting and I felt I couldn't get enough of it. I even considered how lucky that there are two more to go in the series. But now I'm just bored with it. I don't know, it's like if you take out the period costumes and eloquent speech, or the evil Capitol that's on your track, then there's not much left worth a second read. I suppose it's entirely my fault for not being in the mood for this after a while. Though I appreciate books that don't require a certain mood to enjoy.
Part of my eventual weariness of this came from the characters. And I think romance novels should be all about the characters since, you know, they're on every page. But, despite having the author introduce two "stereotypical" individuals that eventually prove appearances can be deceiving (a stereotype in itself), how many times can I read the "my life seems so perfect and I have to work really hard to keep that illusion even though I'm absolutely miserable" line (this is actually a short version)?
However, to be totally honest, I did like it to some extent. And if I'm ever again in the mood for some mindless reading, I'll be sure to check out the rest. ...more