Sara Gruen's use of language is great. The plot is fantastic. The imagery is well done. The book was, for me, something of a cross between Moulin Roug...moreSara Gruen's use of language is great. The plot is fantastic. The imagery is well done. The book was, for me, something of a cross between Moulin Rouge, The Notebook, of Mice and Men, and the Great Gatsby. At certain points, it reminded me of all of them. And while I respect them all, none of them were my favorites. So I understand the 4 star average, but it was a 3-star for me.(less)
I read this book on the recommendation of People magazine. The review raved that if you liked Harry Potter (love it) and Twilight (am ashamed to admit...moreI read this book on the recommendation of People magazine. The review raved that if you liked Harry Potter (love it) and Twilight (am ashamed to admit it), you would like this book because it was fantasy for grown-ups.
And there was a time when I might have liked this book. If I hadn't grown up reading fanfiction and thus becoming all too familiar with the "Mary Sue" phenomenon, I probably would have liked it. Because when I was thirteen, and in high school... I didn't mind Mary Sues so much. Homegirls were all-powerful. They could do anything!
And that's the problem. Diana Bishop's only flaw is that she's too powerful. She has powers generations gone. It's unheard of for a witch to have that many powers. And anything she can't do, it's doubtless that her lovey-turned-hubby, vampire Matthew Clairmont, CAN.
I liked Diana in the beginning. She was so intellectual... but once Clairmont entered the picture it seemed like he was all she really cared about and I just couldn't respect her anymore.
It just read like 'fic. Really, really long fic, the kind that garners tons of reviews and following, but the nothing particularly fantastic. The prose wasn't exciting, the characters were bleh, and I just think it was built up to be way more than what it was.(less)
There are certain events that could have taken place in this book that would have sorely upset me. The pairings that I liked could have been broken ap...moreThere are certain events that could have taken place in this book that would have sorely upset me. The pairings that I liked could have been broken apart. Characters that I loved could have died. Thankfully, none of those really happened. I got to enjoy characters going slightly berserk, a little struggle, some fun battles and magic, and everyone winding up where they're supposed to be in the end. I even got to see Leslie again! And I love the way the story circles back with the epilogue to the first pages of Wicked Lovely. Gotta love that symmetry.(less)
I have the bad habit of getting excited for novels without reading the fine print and realizing I'm signing up for a series. That said, I really enjoy...moreI have the bad habit of getting excited for novels without reading the fine print and realizing I'm signing up for a series. That said, I really enjoyed the kick-off to this one. Abandon is a twist on the myth of Persephone, set in modern day Isla de Huesos (an island based on Key West), with teenager Pierce playing the part of Persephone. Pierce is twisted enough to be interesting, but nice enough that I think I would like her as a person. If you like Greek Mythology and YA fiction, I highly recommend Abandon.
Now I just have to wait for the next book...(less)
I'll be honest: Leviathan wasn't my favorite book. It was the first steampunk novel I've ever read and while I liked the time period (WWI is among my...moreI'll be honest: Leviathan wasn't my favorite book. It was the first steampunk novel I've ever read and while I liked the time period (WWI is among my favorite historical periods to read about) and a lot of the ideas present (the whole girl crossdressing thing is one of my favorites... Twelfth Night, Mulan, She's The Man, Hana Kimi... really you can't go wrong), something about the book just didn't do it for me. But towards the end, reading it did pique my interest as Deryn discovered she had feelings for Alek. So I muscled on to Behemoth and was rewarded. There were the awkward moments I hoped for between Alek, Deryn, and other characters because of Deryn's facade as a man. As the characters grow, I believe the situations do too and I'm actually looking forward to the next installment.(less)
I have literally been looking forward to this book for years. I grew up reading Meyer’s Sailor Moon fanfiction and followed her livejournal account of her writing adventues. She was one of my favorite fanfiction authors. I think I can safely remove the word “fanfiction” from that title after reading Cinder. Meyer’s become one of my favorite authors, full stop, with her debut novel.
As one could probably infer from the title, Cinder is a futuristic reimagining of the fairy tale of Cinderella. The tale begins when Prince Kai asks Cinder to repair his android and, in the very same day, plague strikes close to home. Enjoy the quiet peace of the first few pages of the novel. Things quickly turn into a roller coaster ride of a book.
The relationship between Kai and Cinder is one that you really have to appreciate. Unlike so many other books out there, it isn’t part of the insta-love phenomenon that is the bane of my existence a little unrealistic. We grow to know both Kai and Cinder in their own right, understand the various pressures that they both find themselves under. And then, we see that seed of attraction that we can spot early on grow.
There is definitely enough romance to make lovers of it swoon, but I also loved being taken along for Cinder’s ride full of self-discovery. She learns things about her mysterious past that I never saw coming, and Meyer threw twist after twist that just left me reeling.
And let’s have a look at Meyer’s world-building for a moment: It’s more than fitting that for a futuristic novel, the villains are ones that we can’t even find on earth. It’s fitting also that the unusual “draft” only affects cyborgs who aren’t considered entirely human because of technology, and that arguably Cinder’s closest friend is an android named Iko (I totally want an android like Iko to give me fashion advice, by the way. She was adorable!). The way that the day-to-day technology is written, such as “coms” or “netscreens,” makes it seem day-to-day. I was never wondering what exactly they did, every device just seemed like something that belonged there.
Fair warning, the book ends on a wicked cliffhanger. You will want Book 2: Scarlet in hand promptly and, if you’re like me, will want to thrash around on the floor, beating your fists, crying “WHY?!” as in “WHY don’t I have Scarlet yet?!”
But it’s worth it. Meyer’s writing has all of the charm of a traditional fairy tale with the extra zap! of technology and wonderful characters to give it pizazz.
Overall rating: 5/5. I have a new favorite series. Move this book to the top of your TBR pile NOW. But don’t come crying to me over the cliffhanger please. I’m just barely recovering myself.(less)
I haven't seen the movie yet, but this is among my favorite books. Good girl goes for everything, risks it all, makes HUGE mistakes and still winds up...moreI haven't seen the movie yet, but this is among my favorite books. Good girl goes for everything, risks it all, makes HUGE mistakes and still winds up with love. Not entirely realistic, but a really wonderful read.(less)
Girl goes to new school where she meets a mysterious stranger. She at first wants nothing to do with him, but he's so super sexy that she cannot help...moreGirl goes to new school where she meets a mysterious stranger. She at first wants nothing to do with him, but he's so super sexy that she cannot help but fall in lurve. And then his supernatural secret comes out. So now someone is after said girl. They of course defeat this enemy.
...Is this sounding familiar yet?
The series goes on, there's a new enemy, the lovebirds are oh so happy together and then they are kept apart for a good portion of the second book. Damon (guy) gets torn up with guilt at points for turning Ever (girl) into what he is because he worries for her afterlife and soul. He also feel immeasurable guilt over his past and just... you know,As I started the first book, I couldn't shake the nagging feeling that I'd read it before, but I dismissed it as impossible. When I finally got to the climax of the first book, I realized: It's a watered-down Twilight. Only, somehow, it's worse.
There was even an "I'm Switzerland" line in there somewhere.
I have admitted before that (though I'm somewhat ashamed of it) I like the Twilight series. I'm not a Twihard and I think the writing and character development could definitely use some work, but I got totally drawn in by it. This has all the problems of Twilight with some of its very own. Such as lack of originality, using the fantasy element with an almost lazy quality ( and character that is, for some reason, very devoted to a friend with NO redeeming qualities.
Don't read this series. Seriously. I'm trying to save you all. It will steal your soul and make you ashamed of yourself. It was one of those things I read, thinking "God, I want to read SOMETHING and none of the books I've been really dying to read" have gotten into the library yet." I hated myself for reading it, but I was just trying to get THROUGH the damn thing. I started the 4th book, thinking with relief, "This is IT. I can finish this and be DONE." No. There's another one. At least Twilight ended after 4. I just can't finish this series. Can't put myself through that again.