Loved this book, except for the dystopian element and the romance. The sci-fi element was great, but the who, what, and when of the book's war are nev...moreLoved this book, except for the dystopian element and the romance. The sci-fi element was great, but the who, what, and when of the book's war are never explained. The romance was also terribly unrealistic and made me cringe at times. But overall, it was a good, fun read, even if the "twist" was fairly predictable. Looking forward to the next one, Enders.(less)
I did not like this book at all. While the writing style was interesting, that was the only thing that kept me going. My main issue with this book was...moreI did not like this book at all. While the writing style was interesting, that was the only thing that kept me going. My main issue with this book was that there were simply too many "issues" to cover in one novel with any meaningful depth. The author went for quantity rather than quality, and the character's struggles ended up feeling meaningless. Think of a "teen issue", and it's probably somewhere in this tiny novel. After a while, each "twist" felt contrived, and like it was there only to cross another issue off the list.(less)
I really, truly tried, but it failed to keep my attention. The problem was I absolutely despised the main character, Kvothe, and the entire story was...moreI really, truly tried, but it failed to keep my attention. The problem was I absolutely despised the main character, Kvothe, and the entire story was told from his point of view. There were also too many long interludes into seemingly irrelevant folk tales. People who are into fantasy might like this book, but I certainly did not.(less)
Simply put, one of the best books I've ever read. Probably wouldn't have read it if it hadn't been recommended as a novel study by my English teacher....moreSimply put, one of the best books I've ever read. Probably wouldn't have read it if it hadn't been recommended as a novel study by my English teacher. It certainly wasn't light reading, but it was incredibly well written. I have no idea what I'm going to read next, because there isn't much that would be as good as this.(less)
That was the freakiest book I've read in a long time. Seriously, don't read this one right before you go to bed. It almost seems like it was written to...moreThat was the freakiest book I've read in a long time. Seriously, don't read this one right before you go to bed. It almost seems like it was written to be a movie, and it would make a really good one too. (view spoiler)[I'm not sure about the ending, though. Need to discuss it with someone. And on a side note, MIDORI WAS TOO FABULOUS TO DIE. (hide spoiler)] On a side note, the Kindle version of this book was awful. Pictures were low-res and tiny, chapter titles were unreadable and something weird was happening with the font. Plus, upon first opening the book you're presented with a copyright notice. What is this, 2003?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Action-packed, funny, and extremely entertaining. Quite a strong dose of romance too, but in a way that was still very readable for someone who isn't...moreAction-packed, funny, and extremely entertaining. Quite a strong dose of romance too, but in a way that was still very readable for someone who isn't the biggest fan of the genre. Relatable, dynamic characters, as usual from a Michael Grant book. Loved it even though it didn't end the way I wanted it to. (view spoiler)[Solo? Really? Throughout the entire book he just annoyed me. (hide spoiler)](less)
Merrgh. That would be a complete description of how I felt about this book. Definitely not reading the second one. The plot was fairly predictable, th...moreMerrgh. That would be a complete description of how I felt about this book. Definitely not reading the second one. The plot was fairly predictable, the characters were bland and basically everything about this book was written for tween girls.
Firstly, everyone in this book is exceptionally beautiful. There is a grand total of one person who isn't jaw droppingly gorgeous, and the only reason he isn't attractive is because you're supposed to hate him. But seriously, the author goes to pains to describe how everyone is model perfect. It makes me sad that some people are so shallow to only enjoy reading (and writing) about people who's appearances are flawless. I don't understand why it wouldn't be okay for someone to be average, but I guess Amanda Hocking doesn't think that's acceptable.
The worst part was the romance. I honestly don't mind romance in books when it's well written and makes sense. Amanda Hocking met neither pieces of this criteria. Wendy spends the first couple chapters of the book describing how Finn is incredibly creepy (she's almost scared of him) and then proceeds to fall madly in love with him in the space of a chapter. WTF? Nobody does that. Ever. That's like falling in love with someone who's stalking you (Which, ironically we later find out Finn essentially was doing). We then find out Finn's job is stalking people and getting them to like him, and follow him back to troll land. Wendy is angry about for around the space of a paragraph then falls madly back in love and eagerly jumps in a car with a boy she barely knows. And this whole conversation went down after Finn jumped through Wendy's window in the dead of night, and Wendy just let him in no questions asked when they barely knew each other. Wow, that's a great message for teen girls. Hot guy at your window at two in the morning? Let him in, he obviously just wants to have a conversation. Nobody uses the Internet these days.
Then there's Finn's body. Every time Wendy sees Finn we get at least a paragraph describing how handsome and amazing and beautiful every aspect of him is. I was half expecting a detailed paragraph describing his thumb nails. Yet I don't really know what Finn looks like except that he's "foxy" and has dark eyes. Amanda Hocking pretty much fails and visual descriptions. I don't know what anybody in this book looks like, yet she describes the beauty of her characters endlessly. How is this possible? I don't even know, but she managed to do it. Wendy is so infatuated with Finn's eyes it becomes a sort of obsession for her, and every time she sees Finn we always get a long description of his fantastic eyes, and how amazing and dark and hypnotizing they are. All of these eye descriptions are pretty much the same sentence with the words switched around, which is repeated at least 15 times. Wendy also always takes the time to describe the "delicious heat" that is always radiating from Finn's body. I can't be the only one who things that's freaking weird.
I would be okay with the endless description of glorious bodies if the characters at least had decent personalities, but they don't. They're all pretty much flat, stock characters. Except for Finn, but his personality still sucks anyways. Finn has two main personality traits. Firstly, he's very robotic. He stares people down without caring, shows no emotion, and never uses sarcasm. Secondly, he's creepy, with his endless staring and leaping into teen girl's windows at night like it's no big deal. Overall, I would describe Finn as a robotic rapist.
Unless it isn't obvious, I did not enjoy this book. I would have given up on it if not for the occasional witty line, but other then that, it fell flat. Hard. Amanda Hocking needs to grow up and see that people are more then just their appearances, and that people don't fall in love with their stalkers.(less)
Meh.. Robopocalypse was okay at best. It stuck pretty closely to robot cliches, but did get creative with what forms the robots took. Other then that,...moreMeh.. Robopocalypse was okay at best. It stuck pretty closely to robot cliches, but did get creative with what forms the robots took. Other then that, it's pretty standard robot apocalypse fare. The one thing I can say this book did very well was manage to take several separate story lines and merge them into one. Other then that, you probably already know the plot of this book. I kept hoping it would save itself by the ending, but the ending fell flatter then the rest of the book. Oh well, I guess it'll make a good movie.(less)
I’ll start by saying I’m a harsh reviewer. Books I read rarely get over four stars. But this book easily deserves five stars, and I think I may have t...moreI’ll start by saying I’m a harsh reviewer. Books I read rarely get over four stars. But this book easily deserves five stars, and I think I may have to downgrade other books just because it’s so much better than other books that have gotten a perfect rating.
As soon as I was on the fourth page, I was hooked, with an introduction that manages to introduce characters but keep you excited at the same time. All the writing in this book was excellent. It was easy to read, descriptions were rich in detail and for an author’s first book it was absolutely amazing. All the characters were detailed, you really felt like you knew them, and Jacob’s POV was rich and realistic. The author also doesn’t hesitate to throw in a few swear words here and there, which is a nice surprise from the usually squeaky-clean YA world.
The plot was amazing. It keeps you engaged, and when you put it down you just want to keep reading. What I thought the author did amazingly well was managing to keep up the suspense without irritating the reader. Every answer you get just brings up more questions, but the author manages to do it in such a way that, for lack of a better term, doesn’t piss you off (as I find many other books do). Almost everything about this book is original. You’ll be hard pressed to find concepts that have been recycled from other places, and it’s a refreshing, while very strange, novel. It manages to fit so many emotions in, with a hauntingly creepy beginning, while mixing in humour and action and mystery, while not compromising on any of them. The creepy is haunting and you can’t help but feel a little nervous, the humour is well written and makes you laugh, and the action is exciting to read. It’s hard to believe this is Ransom Riggs’s first book because it was better written than almost anything I’ve ever read.
On top of the amazing writing, there were the photographs. I love eBooks, but this book would be a shame to read on a Kindle or an iPad, or even as a paperback. The photographs in the book are all real, vintage photographs that the author acquired from collectors and they are all absolutely beautiful. Before I started reading this book, I was worried that the photographs would just be there for the sake of, but the author really integrated them with the story, and they always had a purpose. They really add to the whole experience of the book, and I often found myself pouring over the photographs for a few minutes when I came across them. On top of the already amazing story, this made a great book even more wonderful.
If you haven’t read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you really must. Marvellously written with beautiful photographs, this book was just generally amazing. The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that whatever I read next will be terrible in comparison. (less)
Kingdom Keepers 3 definitely stuck with the magical Disney World theme of the previous books, and was certainly an enjoyable read. It’s a lot better i...moreKingdom Keepers 3 definitely stuck with the magical Disney World theme of the previous books, and was certainly an enjoyable read. It’s a lot better if you’ve actually been to Disney World, because the descriptions you read are supplemented by memories if you’ve actually seen the locations that are mentioned. This book was mainly set in Epcot, and the author kept up his standard of integrating the attractions with the plot line well.
The characters are well developed and relate-able as (younger) teens, and the plot line is well written and keeps the suspense up and the action coming. It’s always great to read how the characters are included with the story, and as with all the books in the series many classic Disney characters are included. Something curious is that up to this point all the characters included have been evil. Why not add a good character to help the Keepers? Hermph.
One of my favourite parts of these books is how they manage to integrate random facts here and there about Disney. You can tell that the author has done a lot of research about the parks, and it really pays off. These books are a must read for any Disney fanatic.
I really don’t understand why this series isn’t being made into movies. They’re published by Disney, set in Disney World, and include Disney characters, and have plot lines that would make an excellent movie. Seriously Disney, what’s up? With all the YA books being made into movies, I don’t understand why this one is being left behind. Disney is weird sometimes.
Overall, I would definitely give this book (and the series) a read, even though you may have to hide the covers in public because they are so terrible. Seriously, who did the covers on these books? Doesn’t appeal to anyone.(less)