We were so excited when we were asked to join the Pledged Book Tour, as it was o...more(Note: this review was written with Celine for our blog, YA Anonymous)
We were so excited when we were asked to join the Pledged Book Tour, as it was our very first book tour that we'd be participating in (yay for us!). And we got even more excited when we read the blurb for Pledged. Paranormal romance? Yes please.
One of the things we loved about this book would probably be the actual story itself, and the way Gwynneth White wrote it. Pledged is written in third person omniscient, and let us tell you, we can't list the number of books that were written in this point of view that failed miserably. This is not one of those books. The language is simple and easy to understand, which is helpful as there were a lot of details us readers need to know to understand the plot.
The only negative we could say about this book was that Erin didn't really live up to that "kick-ass" heroine that we were expecting her to be. There were times in the book when she didn't strike up as believable, for example when she was fully ready to accept that Seth was her soulmate and that they were meant to be together. We liked Seth, however; his part of the book was more believable to us. His responses to the situation they were thrown into felt more real- like when he couldn't just choose a girl he'd only just met over his brother. It also helped that he was hot. Yeah, okay, we more than liked him. Shhh.
Overall, we enjoyed this book a lot, it was action filled, plus the romance was well written, after we got past the whole character thing up there. We're definitely looking forward to the sequel!(less)
Mixed feelings for this one, I must say. The plot itself was promising; the writing mostly executed well, but then there was t...moreActual Rating: 2.5 stars
Mixed feelings for this one, I must say. The plot itself was promising; the writing mostly executed well, but then there was the problem of the main character: Juliette.
In the beginning, I really didn’t understand why people bagged on her so much, or why they said she was a whinner, or why they said she didn’t make any sense. I mean, cut her some slack, she’s been in this prison for what- nearly a year? Without anyone to talk to? I’d be pretty messed up by then too, if I were her (especially for my poor impatient, talkative self). I’d thought that the writing just added further to show that she was, going crazy (even though Juliette denied it, time and time again).
But then there came the escape. I’ve read a lot of books where, at this point of the book, at the point of possible freedom, the main character would unleash their inner heroine and rule the world (well, not really, but you know what I mean) and I really thought Juliette would step it up.
Then it got to the part where she really, really pissed me off. It was when her and Adam were basically running for their lives with about a hundred soldiers with guns behind them, and then Juliette basically goes and says, "I can't run because I'm a broken girl, Adam!". Puh-lease. You can't go around saying that when just a few hours ago you broke a concrete wall with your bare, I repeat, bare hands. No, you just cannot.
But with that said, I remembered what Mrs. Evans told us in English about seeing whether the main character has changed in the beginning of your story and at the end, and if it did, then you have a story (I am, actually, quite appalled that I remembered all this; by the end of fifty minutes worth of English with Evans, you'd be a zombie. She's THAT boring). And I guess Juliette did change by the end, saying that she was "ready", though ready for what, I have no idea.
I liked Adam enough, but I still do not understand why he likes Juliette so much. Sure, she's "good" and "still gives a damn about the world", but she doubts his love for her all the time. I swear she asked him about ten times why he cared about her so much, doubtingly, only to have Adam reply back a sweet answer that should set any girl's mind at ease. But apparently not Juliette. And then there was the fact that, until they got to Omega, there were no female characters apart from Juliette. Do I need to say more? I don't think so.
I really don't know how to move on without going on about Juliette again (that should say something about my feelings about her), so I'll just conclude now.
Well I liked the plot; I don't think I've read anything like it before, and the writing had the "pretty" prose that I love but Juliette was just a massive downer for me. But I will be reading the sequel. Hopefully that will change my mind about Juliette.(less)
When I first heard that Maggie Stiefvater was going to write another book, I was like, "Yesh!!! Another book!!!". Then when I heard that the book was...moreWhen I first heard that Maggie Stiefvater was going to write another book, I was like, "Yesh!!! Another book!!!". Then when I heard that the book was to contain water horses, I was basically like:
And then , I heard that The Scorpio Races had a romance in it, and I was like:
I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK!!!!
So after I issued this book out of the library, merrily skipped all the way home and channeled all quietness out of the room (which meant a whole lot of bribing to my sister) to experience the predicted awesomeness of The Scorpio Races , I sat down on the comfy Lazy-Boy and finally began to read.
As I read, I waited, and expected, and waited some more. But... nothing.
After a number of pages (and, some flicking to the back pages- one of my annoying traits, blossomed by my impatience), I realised that the whole book was just a build- up to the end, the actual Scorpio Races. And then I got annoyed. And sad. And disappointed.
But this is the part where I want to applaud Maggie Stiefvater. Because without the way she has written Thisby and all the people that came with it, and, not to mention, the capaill uisce I wouldn’t have read on, and I wouldn’t have read the amazingness that is The Scorpio Races.
The way Stiefvater writes her characters, with so much soul and so much personality, it makes her characters seem so real. Every character, whether major or minor, seem like she's invested so much time in creating them, that they're effortlessly believable.
I have to say I liked Puck the best though. I liked her from the moment I read the part where she told Brian Carroll that she'd spit on his grave if he died. Enough said.
And Sean Kendrick.
Ah. His devotion to the horses and his love for Corr.... Lordy. Who does not want a guy like that?
The entertaining cast of characters would make every single reader welcome to Thisby, despite the warning of killer water horses. I could actually go on about the characters for forever, but I won't and instead I shall move on to the world building.
Sweet and short, the world building was perfect. Thisby is... comfy to me, and living there would make me very certain about what I'd do every single day. I'd go to mass in St Columba's with Father Mooneyham then go have lunch at Palsson's then look around at Fathom and Sons. Which is to say, while reading The Scorpio Races , I felt like I lived there.
In conclusion- ooh. I sound like I'm writing an essay for English-, the charming characters and the spot on world building over-powered the- what would otherwise be a boring- build up to the Scorpio Races. So, according to the Goodreads rating system, I "really liked it".
I'd also like to say that I am quite upset that there is no sequel to this book. Would very much like to know what happens to Puck and Sean and Finn and George Holly. Please, Maggie! I want a sequel!!
Okay, so I'm upset that I've finished Unearthly. Really, about 3/4's into the book, somewhere when Clara was out fishing with Tucker, I was filled wit...moreOkay, so I'm upset that I've finished Unearthly. Really, about 3/4's into the book, somewhere when Clara was out fishing with Tucker, I was filled with some ridiculous glee that I didn't want to finish the book. I did of course. And loved it.
After being stuck in the limbo of No-Good-Book-To-Read syndrome for nearly a month, reading Unearthly was like being in the sight of glory (see the pun there?). Unearthly had everything a good book should have, an original plot, a loveable cast of friends and family, a believeable main character and swoon- worthy love interests (I have to say, though, Tucker was my absolute favourite).
Cynthia Hand's writing flowed naturally and described vividly without being over the top. It was easy to get into and after the first five hours of continuous reading (with me under the covers of my duvet, flashlight on, 1:00am) I was surprised to find myself already halfway through the book.
The romance. *sighs* It was perfect. It wasn't in that cliche love triangle way where the boys go, "No, you can't have her! She's mine!" and result in some sort of fight. Both boys, Christian and Tucker, were accepting and mature in the end; Christian, with his acceptance of Clara's love for Tucker and Tucker, with his acceptance of Clara's purpose with Christian (I don't know for sure though, for either of them; we'll have to see in the future books). I loved how both romances grew in their own time, neither of them rushed or hurried. In the end, Tucker won me over with the romantic tension between him and Clara, and not to mention that it's FORBIDDEN! Ah, don't you just enjoy a good forbidden romance...
Unearthly was filled with tension, romance, mystery and had me craving for the sequel.
Oh, it's going to be a long wait cause I miss Tucker already...
Yesh! After the little break down I had after learning that I am not getting Will's love letter to Tessa because I did not pre-order from Barnes and...moreYesh! After the little break down I had after learning that I am not getting Will's love letter to Tessa because I did not pre-order from Barnes and Noble, I am pretty happy that at least, I'm getting this letter.
I shall find out your secrets, Will Herondale! Mwahaha!!!
First of all, I'd like to applaud Maggie Stiefvater. *cue clapping*
I know from experience how hard it is to distinguish each character when your book...moreFirst of all, I'd like to applaud Maggie Stiefvater. *cue clapping*
I know from experience how hard it is to distinguish each character when your book has multiple points- of- view. This is especially hard if the characters are of different sex. I've read books where the guy sounded so much like a girl that I thought he was going to open up about his sexuality at some point.
This was not the case for Shiver.
Sam Roth was very much a boy, a guitar playing, poem loving boy at that. He has experienced a very painful past that still haunts him and endures a a present with no hope of a human future. Enter Grace Brisbane(boo! *thumbs down* Just kidding :p). She too has has experienced a traumatic childhood attack by werewolves. But before things got worse, a yellow- eyed wolf morphed into a human to carry her out of the scene. Fast forward several years and Grace still remembers the mysterious yellow- eyed boy who carried her out of the woods. A fateful meeting and Grace and Sam are reunited, sparking a romance between them.
I love Sam. Unlike the rapey "bad boys" we get nowadays in YA books, Sam is just the freaking bomb. He's just so cute and very compassionate, and the way he wants to do things right with Grace is so sweet . If only the guys in my tiny town are like him. It would make me a very happy girl. I even wrote it in my letter to Santa:
I hope I've been a good girl this year and I hope you make my wishes come true. I would really love a real- life Sam Roth (you, know. From Shiver?)....
Loved my little sneak peak of my letter to Santa? Yeah, I thought so.
I actually liked Grace. I mean, I hated that she stole Sam from me, but as a person, she wasn't like the Bella Swans out there. She wasn't "nothing" without Sam; she was still very much functional and still thought of herself with a future. And with Sam, she still made plans about her future, like going to a decent college, getting a red coffeepot, things like that (unlike someone I know, who'd go to Alaska to bullshit her own dad just to be with her vampire boyfriend). I felt sorry about her relationship with her parents, though. Poor thing.
The world- building was excellently done; I would very much love to live in Mercy Falls. And the werewolf thing's pretty much what I'm looking forward to. Who wouldn't love some hot werewolves? Except Shelby. She's just a psychotic bitch (ha, ha).
Well, I really, really, really enjoyed Shiver and I am very much looking forward to the sequel.
I think this book should come with a sticker at the front saying: WARNING: this book contains intense surprises...moreAlso posted on my blog, YA Anonymous.
I think this book should come with a sticker at the front saying: WARNING: this book contains intense surprises and mind- blowing suspense and may cause extreme cases of tears, laughter and severe heart-beat rates. Because for me it SO did.
Which is to say that I loved this book. Maybe more than Divergent, actually. It totally exceeded all expectations I had and ended that reputation of the second book in trilogies being the worst.
One of the things I would like to applaud Veronica Roth for was how she wrote Tris and Tobias's relationship. After that absolutely gorgeous way the two of them got together, I was worried about how Roth would continue their relationship. The obvious easy thing to do would just pop pointless make-out sessions in there that would suggest that they were still going strong, but, like in the first book, I was glad that their relationship remained real. In this book, the Tris and Tobias's trust and loyalty of each other are tested. Secrets are kept, lies are told, and yet, the two still somehow keeps it together with their faith and belief of one another. I love the way Tobias believes so much of Tris that it pains me that he is only a fictional character. It really does.
Roth's characters remain as one of my favourites. They were fantastic, and full of personality and definitely believable. The only thing I disliked about the characters was the fact that, yes, Roth introduced many great characters, but she killed them off in half a second when I would've liked to get to know them more. You know when you are successful at character writing when your readers mourn your characters deaths.
I know that in the first book, most of us had problems of believing the world that Roth created; how would a world with only five virtues work? Well, most of the questions were answered for me in this book. Obviously not all of them. If that were the case there would be no need for a third book. :) In Insurgent we get to visit all of the factions (which was great; I was always curious about how the Amity headquarters looked like) and more and more was revealed about how, exactly, Tris's world became the way it is. Which means that there was a whole lot of action, suspense and drama, and I know how much you all love this sort of stuff. :)
So. The things I liked: Tris and Tobias's romance, the other characters (and their relationships with each other *shh, Uriah and Marlene*), more information about this world, the action, the drama, the suspense and the surprises. The things I didn't like: the sudden deaths of my (beloved) characters and the fact that I did not buy this book.
But the latter can be easily fixed. Off to the bookshop I go...(less)
It was one of those times of the year I was having, when it was summer and everybody was off on vacation except fo...moreAlso posted on my blog- YA Anonymous
It was one of those times of the year I was having, when it was summer and everybody was off on vacation except for me, when all of the good T.V shows have ended and the movies out at the cinemas were either too kiddie, or needed an I.D (which I didn't have), and when I didn't have anything good to read (stupid library).
Divergent was a book I'd wanted to read for a long time but I didn't have enough money (it's not my fault the malls have "End of Spring" sales) and the library kept on cancelling my request (I guess they didn't have enough money either). But my mother, thankfully noticing my pouty face, gave me Divergent as a late birthday present. And then I did a little happy dance because it meant not spending the rest of my summer like a zombie. You know, if the book was as good as everyone's been saying.
And it was. To me, Divergent was my cure to my post- The Hunger Games hangover. Yes, it was really that good. It had all the things I crave for in a book: kick- ass characters, an easy to follow but elaborate plot, non- cliche romance, and humor, of course.
Why yes, there is a romance, and no, it is not Instalove (I can just hear your sighs of relief). It's a nice cute type of romance, not rushed, and it didn't include those rapey, stalker types of guys (not naming names *coughs*). Nope, just Four(view spoiler)[/Tobias (hide spoiler)], whom I like very much. So, I approve!
I loved all the characters; they were all relevant to the story and all had a legit relationship with each other, not just dangling uselessly in the novel (I refuse to name names *ahem*). Tris wasn't annoying to me at all, she was definitely (view spoiler)[ "Dauntless" (hide spoiler)]. Better than the whinny "heroines" we get now... And I liked Will. No, me liking him doesn't relate to the fact that he has the name of one of my top YA crushes (yes, I'm talking to you, Mr. Herondale). No, he's funny, okay? Humor's a good enough reason to like someone, you know. Sheesh. ;)
Roth's writing was very descriptive, which made Tris's world become very real. There was an actual story behind this world unlike in some other books (still not naming names....).
So, yeah. I loved Divergent. I am very much looking forward to the sequel, because after that killer of a cliff- hanger in the end, who wouldn't? ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)