Its 2h30 a.m. and Ive just finished reading "Specials". Id tricked myself into thinking I could read a chapter and go to sleep. Didnt happen. It is theIt´s 2h30 a.m. and I´ve just finished reading "Specials". I´d tricked myself into thinking I could read a chapter and go to sleep. Didn´t happen. It is the end of the Ugly Trilogy. And it is brutal. Maybe only now that it is over I can grasp how much these characters mean to me. Isn´t that stupid? Caring so much about a FICTIONAL CHARACTER? Someone who isn´t even a someone, but a bunch of words combined? But of course they are somebodies, and now pretty big somebodies to me. Which makes it that much more painful. Don´t remember crying - literally - over a book since Deathly Hallows (granted, it was as bad as during DH). But onwards we go. Do notice I´m trying not to be spoilerly (eventhough it´s the third book) or drone too much about it (as if I could avoid it). It takes a while for stuff to happen, but I guess the slow beginning was needed to construe the characters´ new state of mind (if you´re familiar with the trilogy, you´ll remember how important they are). And then when stuff begins to happen, oh, boy, do they start to happen. The series has a lot of interesting points to it - you can keep reading because you like the technology and the overall sci-fi feel of it, because of the love/friendship parts, or because of the seemingly utopic society, or, and I believe this is the big, BIG point of the whole thing and of this book in particular: you can change stuff. This is your mind, you have the power to change it. And that´s a pretty freaking powerful message. During the course of the book, you kind of get sucked in anger at everyone who tried to mold Tally (the main character) into whatever it is they wanted her to be, all through the three books. Enough is enough, it´s time to fight back. And so she does. Sort of. The ending felt a bit stiff. And I don´t think I´ll recover from losing That Guy even if This Guy made me sob. Which probably means this is an awesome book, and now one of my favourites. Even if it hasn´t sinked in quite yet. So, if you haven´t read Uglies yet, perhaps because you read the blurb and it said something like "Tally Youngblood ventures into the wild to turn in her friends after Special Circumstances refuses to make her pretty", just get over it and go read it. You don´t know what you´re missing....more
This was ceeertainly a different, slightly weirder novel from Meg Cabot. I was expecting a simple romcom with a hint of very girly vampirism, but I thThis was ceeertainly a different, slightly weirder novel from Meg Cabot. I was expecting a simple romcom with a hint of very girly vampirism, but I think in the end it comes down to a very strong character putting her foot down and doing whats right for her - no matter how difficult it may be. I think it will be a somewhat enlightening read for Twilight fans, since Meena contradicts Bella in almost every way, and fun for everyone who loves a slightly nonsensical novel. Also, sex scenes I had not anticipated from MC (maybe she did get some inspiration from Breaking Dawn). Is there a sequel coming up or what?...more
I just finished reading the first volume (which cost me a productive weekend studying History, so Im catching up now, thanks very much, Br), and it waI just finished reading the first volume (which cost me a productive weekend studying History, so I´m catching up now, thanks very much, Br), and it was so damn weird. I had a Bridget Jones, delusionally funny image of Becky Bloom, which sort of came out of the - very cute - movie. And she is sort of Bridget-y. Only it´s also terribly sad. Because as you read you feel her lack of control, her desperation, she must get that, so that she can feel a tiny bit better about herself. That scene on Octagon-? got me weeping. Probably just as much as the - real - ending to My Sister´s Keeper. The thing is, everyone feels bad for the cancer girl, everyone should. But people like Becky Bloom, who also deserve a great deal of compassion or... I don´t know, something, don´t get it. They´re just crazy people with credit cards. The ending got me all messed up - she´s still a goddamn shopaholic! (But I guess that´s more believable than the movie magical version.) And she´s British! I love that she´s British. Bitting off fingernails so I don´t read the other one tonight. Must. Learn. About. Crazy. Portuguese. Fellas. Who. Ran. Off. To. Brazil.
Forever Princess (or Princess Forever?), by Meg Cabot. The Princess Diaries X. The nothing-special blue paperback with the Arial ugly page numbers (thForever Princess (or Princess Forever?), by Meg Cabot. The Princess Diaries X. The nothing-special blue paperback with the Arial ugly page numbers (though compensated by the cute seriff-y body text and curvy readable dating).
"See, I knew this was going to happen. Tina takes everything and wraps it up in silver tissuepaper and puts a big bow on it and it Love." p241
I read the final Princess Diary these past couple of days. (And the two previous last week, because I was so shocked after Ransom my Heart.) I don´t know why I liked it so much. I realise it is acceptable to be bubbly happy to find The Princess Diaries in the school library in fourth grade, while being so excited about reading the last one at 16 is sort of laughable, but whatever. It was fun. That´s how the Princess Diaries have always been: fun. Not many things happen (mainly it´s just one drama written in one or two weeks of Mia´s diary), it is very predictable, and you can totally see when she´s just being nonsensical about things, which is annoying – you read it because they are comforting. All of Meg Cabot´s stories are, but this series in particular is like watching Tuck Everlasting with a bucket of Belgian chocolate Haagen Daaz. And I can´t really tell why, it just is. Like most romance and teeny novels, it ends nicely. No, it ends perfectly, everything working out. It´s not a spoiler thing – even if you get a little nervous with the whole “Life isn´t a romance novel” part, you still have to keep in mind this is Meg Cabot. And her purpose on this world is making people happy and hopeful and relaxed (X is after Mia wrote a romance novel, so she says a lot of things supporting and defending the genre, which I, of course, agree. But then, since I read all kinds of silly-cute-predictable stories, where is the surprise there?). Now that I´ve admitted to being ubberly and completely giggly happy about Michael´s return (in both Mia´s life and mine), allow me to share some other impressions on the book. If you, like me, don´t remember (or haven´t read) the other nine books, this is a quick, spoilerly recap: JP, the rich, handsome and boringly perfect guy Lilly had been dating (and dying hair for) dumped her, dumped her good; Michael got a scholarship and was moving to live in Japan for a year (or more) to develop some robotic surgical arm, and had ommited something Mia thought was very, very important at the time, which caused them to fight and break up; weird, non-intentional kiss with JP happened (afterall he was such a good friend she didn´t feel like losing him), which of course was seen by Michael and Lilly, which resulted in no best friend and no long time boyfriend and (in the IX) her behaving a little like Bella in New Moon, only she was dragged to therapy and worked it out with Dr Knutz (yep); exchanged friendly email with Michael; went out with JP (who liked Beauty and the Beast and all) and had press say they were dating, that later on turned out to be true. So what you need to know is that she is now friends with Lana (yeep, she proves herself to be shallow and a little too honest, but a good gal) and Tina (who, quite unfairly, I had totally forgotten about, and she´s such a great character!), and now Mia is dating JP (I´m not saying anything besides: Oh come on, he´s such a big boring clichê that looks more like a trained house pet than a boyfriend!). That´s it. In almost 400 pages you get to see Michael´s return as a the millionaire who invented CardioArm, Dr Knutz´s horse stories, Grandmére´s irritating habits and shocking advices, as well as those princessy things envolving tiaras and declining suitors. And a bit of MHC learning. Thankfully this book isn´t nearly as filled with trig and science and calculus and chemestry hatred as the others. The one thing I didn´t get was why she decided not to write about It. I mean, the book is filled with all the sex (or sexy) scenes from Ransom My Heart (she didn´t even put any of the nice, messy family scenes!), so it´s not as if it was a censorship thing, which leaves me clueless. Anyway, if you liked Mia, I think you´ll be pleased with the ending. Not to mention drool over the best and most wonderful fictional male ever created.
C, pleeease read it so I can share the bubbliness with someone?
"AND THAT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT MAJOR HISTOCOMPATIBILITY COMPLEX IS ALL ABOUT!" p267