If you can get around the switch in narrators between Scarlett and Rosie every chapter, it's actually not a very bad read. I would have enjoyed just aIf you can get around the switch in narrators between Scarlett and Rosie every chapter, it's actually not a very bad read. I would have enjoyed just a straight third-person point-of-view far better than the constant switching (there were times that a chapter was only two pages long, just to show the POV of the other narrator, which started to get a little annoying by this part of the book). If it would have been third-person, the book would have flowed much better than it did.
**SPOILER ALERT!!!** I didn't enjoy the ending much. Sometimes it's better to kill off a character in a book... and I wish Pearce would have done so with Silas or Scarlett. It seemed right that a character needed to be killed off; there was far too much worrying in previous chapters for something not to happen.
Also, almost every aspect of the book fell flat from the plot to the characters to the dialogue. It wasn't very well written in my opinion....more
I read this is one setting. It's refreshing to get a hold of a retelling that actually changes up the plot in a new way. This book definitely keeps thI read this is one setting. It's refreshing to get a hold of a retelling that actually changes up the plot in a new way. This book definitely keeps the reader wondering, which is always good! I'm very glad that I read this book before watching the movie, Catherine Hardwicke was right about the story being too broad for a movie. I only wished that it was written better. The plot seemed shaky at points, and I never felt like I got the whole picture. I would have liked more....more
I was very surprised by this book. I honestly didn't think that anyone could plunge into the story of Hamlet like Shakespeare could. Lisa Klein did aI was very surprised by this book. I honestly didn't think that anyone could plunge into the story of Hamlet like Shakespeare could. Lisa Klein did a wonderful job where others would have failed drastically. To venture into the wretched story of Hamlet would have been hard enough from any author, but to do this and show it from another perspective made for a magical new retelling that is definitely worthy of praise. I can't say that it rivals the original, because there is no author alive that could rival the genius of William Shakespeare, but I can say that it does make for a very good companion book to the classic....more
Honestly... this book was completely worthless. It didn't make for a good ending to the series at all. It seemed overly rushed, and was even more poorHonestly... this book was completely worthless. It didn't make for a good ending to the series at all. It seemed overly rushed, and was even more poorly written that the first three....more
I don't even know where to start, that's how much one can say about this book! It's not something that I can put down of paper and expect anyone to acI don't even know where to start, that's how much one can say about this book! It's not something that I can put down of paper and expect anyone to actually fully grasp what I'm rambling on about. It's definitely something that you need to read yourself, and they you'll be able to get why I'm saying what I'm saying... but I guess I'll start like this:
I usually don't pick up books that seem to have a first impression of being too girly, which is a bad habit that I've been trying to shake off for awhile now (I know, I know! Never judge a book by it's cover.) My step-father-to-be's mother has been supplying me with tons of new books that I've never gotten the chance to read, and 'Diva' is one of them. This book was very surprising to me; I actually enjoyed reading it (understatement, I couldn't put it down and read it all in one setting)!
'Sometimes the only thing a girl can confide in is he blog!' This, and the fact that it is ANOTHER book about a girl "struggling" with a weight problem, made me hesitant to read it. There has been a literary overkill on these two subjects... and I wasn't looking forward to reading the same thing again. But this book was much more than the description made it out to be, and I was pleased to find out that I hadn't made a mistake in reading it!
Minus the weight issues (not saying I don't have them, but it's not something I fret upon every second of every day), I can very much relate with Caitlin McCourt, the main character, in her ambitions to be an opera singer, for I love singing! Caitlin is a character that anyone can understand; she's struggling to fit in at her high school, unable to show her true potential due to an overprotective parent, has "friends" she doesn't really like due to her fear of being friendless, and has gone through her fair share of traumatic moments in her life.
Alex Flinn did an amazing job in the making of Caitlin, as well as the other supporting characters. It's characters like these, and authors like Flinn, that make books so life-like! I can't wait to read another of their books!...more