Rewriting my review to The Hunger Games. It's coming up soon
Edit: I. FUCKING. LOVED. IT. WITH. ALL. MY. HEART. AND. SOUL!!!!!!!!
(I can't believe I jusRewriting my review to The Hunger Games. It's coming up soon
Edit: I. FUCKING. LOVED. IT. WITH. ALL. MY. HEART. AND. SOUL!!!!!!!!
(I can't believe I just said that)
IT WAS AWESOME!!! IT WAS AMAZING!!!! IT WAS MAGNIFICENT!!! IT WAS BREATHTAKING!!! IT WAS.... (Help, I'm running out of synonyms for awesome...)
In short, I fucking loved it!!!! I LOVED IT!! This book was fucking brilliant and amazing, and Suzanne Collins should get a Novell Peace Price or something. Seriously, awesome cannot even begin to describe what this book was like. Amazing is too nice of a word to say about The Hunger Games. It was epic!! I guaratee that anybody who pick up this book would feel the way I'm feeling right now. I loved every second of reading THG, and I believe that the world need more books like this. Not very many books can get such high praise from me. I can count on my hand the number of YA novels that made me gasping for more and wanting to jump into the pages of the books and live the protagonist's adventure. Seriously, THG is right up my list of "I'll stalk you till you read it" list, right next to Unwind and A Walk To Remember. Geez, I sound sort of like a Twilight fangirl...
I honestly wanted to like this book so much. I really did, i'm not lying. It's just, there's a part in me that is telling me to rate one star for thisI honestly wanted to like this book so much. I really did, i'm not lying. It's just, there's a part in me that is telling me to rate one star for this book, so I did just that. As much as I wanted to weight the good of this book against the bad, there was NOTHING good about the book. And I have a list of VERY good reasons, too. I'll get to that in a sec. The point is, everything in Halo was too stupid or fickle. The romance was full of lust (not love, I'm sorry to admit), the characters are soo boring and flat,and there was almost no plot going on whatsoever until the final, what was it, FIFTY pages of the book. But like I said, I wanted to like this book desperately, mainly because the author is about my age and the cover was SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!! But never judge a book by its cover, no matter how pretty.
OK, so we go into the relevation of Beth and her family and their beings for being on Earth, which was to spread good to the world. Big whoop, Beth, Ivy, Gabriel did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING at the beginning 350 pages. WTH??!! I wish I was lying. I might have liked the book better if they actually did SOMETHINg, anything, instead of sitting back and worring instead of acting. But, hey that wasn't even the worst part of all. I could name a thousand other reasons why this book sucked dick for me.
For one, I utterly, deliberately despise every single character in the book. They are all so BORING and FLAT and STUPID that I had to give in to the urge to bang my head against the book. Maybe who I am really giving all the hate to is the author. I mean, sure she's eighteen and all and probably have no experience in writing, but the least she could do is make her characters likeable. I mean, I'm no expert, but even a ten-year-old could make her characters likeable and interesting. Instead, the writer decided to take it the easy way out, and made no improvement on the development of the characters. That's the sucky thing about Halo. I could handle plot holes. I could handle bad spelling and editing. What i CAN'T handle are dumb, stupid, annoying, bitchy characters like Beth.
OK, on with my review. As much as i tried to hide it as best I could, there were just too much plot holes in the plotline. That made the book go down on my rate even more. For example, why the hell would Gabriel and Ivy let Beth get away for telling Xavier their big secret? Why the FUCK would Heaven even let Beth continue seeing Xavier after spilling her guts? I don't know about you, but if I were God, I'd sentence her back to Heaven, where she should've stayed!! I mean, after they keep telling her that there would be a great deal of trouble if she told anyone the secret, they just let her walk off back to her fickle boyfriend like nothing ever happened. I mean, WTH??? And while we're on that subject, have any of you ever noticed how Ivy and Gabriel didn't approve of Xavier at the start of the book, but then it was them that convinced him to take her back at the middle of the story? Another WTH. I don't know if it's because they have personality disoders or something, but I just know that if I dislike a person a lot, I wouldn't do anything to make them happy. So who the hell even do it??!!! And I know that during that time, Gabriel and Ivy warmed up to him, but still, I could feel he still haven't earned their trust. So WTH????!!! And am I the only one who noticed that Jake was like all over Beth the first time they met and she actually noticed their attraction but is still willing to go to prom with him? I mean, it's a free world, but if I were her and feel a connection with another guy but already have a boyfriend I claim to "love", I would've stayed far, far away from that guy! And the worst thing ever was that people actually felt bad for her after Xavier dumbed her, but in my opinion, what happened was because she brought it on herself. If a guy earlier stated that he had feelings for you and then ask you to prom, what the hell must you do???!!! Instead, Beth was so stupid that she led herself into her own little problem when we all know it's best to just simply walk away. That's what really pisses me off. So technically, Beth led Jake on, and don't say she didn't, cause she, of all people, should've seen it sooner. That's why my favorite scene in the entire book was when Xavier was yelling at Beth. Damn, I SOOOO thought they'd broken up, but then when they got back together and took their clothes off as a sign of "affection", I nearly choked myelf.
The last thing I want to bitch about is the romance between Xavier and Beth. It was just sooooo tiresome and boring and too fake.All in all, it was a normal high school romance, nothing special. If there were small moments of real affection, I might have put two stars for this book. But no! The writer busied herself by rushing through thir romance. There was no reason for them to like each other. And don't say it's because both of them were attracted by one anothers' looks. Cause that's obviously a horrible case of lust, not "love". They're just a bunch of sick, crazy morons. They're not in love. They're simply in love with the fact that they think-and let me emphasize THINK-that they're in love. It's like Romeo and Juliet all over again.
So, don't bother reading Halo. It's not worth your time. I only read it for the fuck of it. The book cover was the only reason I even marked this as one star. If I could, I would have marked it as -100000 stars. Sorry, Halo's fans. Like I said, I truly wanted to like this book....more
I DON'T THINK I HAD FELT MORE HATE TOWARD ANOTHER BOOK EVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!!!!! TWILIGHT MUST BE THE WORST BOOK OF ALL TIMES WHEN IT'S COMPAREDI DON'T THINK I HAD FELT MORE HATE TOWARD ANOTHER BOOK EVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!!!!! TWILIGHT MUST BE THE WORST BOOK OF ALL TIMES WHEN IT'S COMPARED TO THE OTHER HORRIBLE BOOKS I'VE EVER READ, AND BELIEVE ME, THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!! TWILIGHT SUCK DICK, NUFF'S SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry, I just had to get that off my chest.
OK, when I first began this review, I had to delete a few sentences here and there, because I told myself I didn't want to write a mean bitchy review, and that I shouldn't insult Stephanie Meyer. Now, to hell with that. This book should be considered the worst book of all times, so Twilight haters should sense my irratation when I discovered that it was voted best book ever on GoodReads. But then again, you could also sense my happiness when I found it was also voted the #1 Worst Book Ever. Yep, that's its real heir. I don't give a fuck if it's a world phenomenal or anything like that, because I've read many horrible books in my life, but now they all seem minor when I compare them with Twilight. "Horrible" don't even begin to describe this book, which is a disgrace for YA Vampire Supernatural literature.
I could make a whole list of reasons why I hate Twilight so much, but since I have better things to do than bitch about a book that's already been bitched by other Twilight haters like me, I'll try to keep this review as short as possible.
First off, I hate Bella. She's a plain Mary-Sue, and I was pretty much forcing myself to read through her idiotic, stupid little head throughout the entire book. I hated everything about her. She's such an ungrateful, boring, retarded bitch. Oh, and not to mention her middle name has MarySue written all over it. If I ever pass her by on the street, I would have to resist the urge to wring her neck. That's how much I hate her. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I hated a character so much in my life. She's always trying to get herself into life-threatening situations, when we all know that there are all different solutions to get out of them. Not to mention, she is always pestering Edward with all these stupid questions. Honestly, I think they are always, like ALWAYS very annoyed when they are around each other. Excuse me for my disapproval, but that doesn't seem like a great way to get into a relationship. She is always putting her nose into his business, and he is always intimidating her and making her feel weak and stupid (not that she isn't). And through it all, Stupid Bella depends on the vampire that can't control his urges to kill her. Yep, that's a VERY great beginning to a relationship.
On to Edward. I think he's the other character in here that I hate as much as Bella. He's creepy and obsessive in a stalkery way. I almost puked when I found out he WATCHES BELLA SLEEP after one week of knowing her. And the bad thing was that Bella didn't seem to mind. Listen writers. It's not cool that boys watch their so-called crushes sleep, but when the girl doesn't seem to make a big deal about it (at least not in the way I thought she should have), then that's a sign of a very bad relationship. I also hate Edward in other ways too, like how he's always so obsessive and controlling over Bella. He's always following her around when she doesn't know, and always make fun of her and intimidate her. I don't know about you, but that's not a healthy way for the guy to fall in love with the girl. Plus, he's soo selfish and immature. For a guy who's a hundred years old, his self-esteem shows he has the head of a 10-year-old. If he really loved Bella as he says he does, then he should have tried to stay far, far away from her in case he lose control and kill her. While we're on that topic, why the fuck does Edward even like her after meeting her only one time??? She has absolutely nothing to offer him. It just somehow occured to Edward that Bella could be the love of his life just because she smells good and he can't read her mind? And how the fuck could Bella like a guy like Edward? He also has nothing to offer her either, except his good looks. Open you eyes!! There are more than one sign that they are in total "lust" with each other!!!! I mean, has a page ever gone by without Bella stating that Edward is hot??? Personally, I don't think he's as hot as Bella say he is, cause how could a mean, obsessive, abusing, stalkerish vampire be anything but???!!! Open your damn blind eyes, Bella!!!!!
Last but not least, the messages in this book was just plain horrible. Even the characters' stupid personalities in here can't compare with the moral of the book. Which is....girls have to depend on their boyfriends even after knowing them for, what, one week. Or that it's totally fine to abandon your friends and families for the guy in your life, even though he has a horrible, controlling temper. It's obvious Mrs. Meyer has something screwed inside her head, because nobody, not even Stupid Bella, should be THAT fucked up over their boyfriend.
OK, that review was longer than it should have been. I got soo worked up due to my hate for this book, and there are more reasons why I hate this book(like how there were almost plot until the final fifty pages of the book, or that Mrs.Meyer's vampires actually SPARKLE in the sunlight-LOL, LOL!!!-or that the writer practically used the thesarus every time I come to a word I'm not familiar with). I don't feel like listing anymore, because like I said, I have better things than to type on my computer the pure disapproval I have for this book. I am SO not even going to read the rest of the books or watch the rest of the movies. I regret the moment when my family finally convinced me to go see Twilight in the movie theater. If I could, I'd rate this as 0 star. Twilight suck dick. Do I have to even say anymore??...more
I'm totally rereading this series all over again. I just remembered how much I love this book. It's been a long while since I've read about Rose's advI'm totally rereading this series all over again. I just remembered how much I love this book. It's been a long while since I've read about Rose's adventures, and now I'm looking forward to reading this series again. :)
Hey, has anyone besides me noticed that Rose in the cover looks like Angelina Jolie??!! xD xD
Anyway, I love this book a lot. I read this in two sittings, and I could tell that I'm going to devour the rest of the series. This book and the next ones have everything I would want in a YA Vampire series: kick-ass heroine, awesome characters, gorgous love interest, memorable characters, cool setting, and a badass, awesome plot. Looks like I just found my new favorite YA Vampire book series -squels- Even though this is kind of like a vampire version of Mean Girls and Gossip Girl (and I don't really care for those), Richelle Mead makes it awesome and cool, considering the way the book and its setting & plotline turns out to be. Anyway, I simply love this book. It's the first paranormal book I read where I truly love it and give a five stars to, so continue your awesomeness, Rose!!!!
I love Rose soo much. She's the best heroine I ever read of!! I love her attitude, beauty, arrogancy, loyalty, and badassness!! I love her constant devotion and fierce protectiveness to Lissa. They have the closest friendship I've ever read about in books. I believe that Rose would be an amazing guardian. Lissa must be very lucky. Rose is usually out there, defending Lissa from the perks of high school and bullies and enemies who want to torment her for her special powers. The cool thing about Richelle Mead is that she makes Rose and Lissa relatable: Girls like Rose like to have fun and party and make out with a strange guy in a dark corner, while Lissa is constantly struggling with bullies, and to deal with her pain, she cuts herself (though it is revealed to be a spirit side effect, so you can't blame her). Another cool thing about this book is that the setting is just like the real world. There are cliques, bullies, tormentors, bystanders, fights, and the usual things you'd expect in high school. When I first saw the book title, I'd expect something a bit different, like an academy that has serious students and serious classes and serious tests. It still has all of that, but I was pleasently surprised to learn that it's similar to our world, becuase I love to read about high school life and the typical pros and cons of it.
I love each and every one of the characters in VA, even Mia (but I only grew on her in the 2nd and 3rd book lol). My second most favorite character after Rose is Christian. He's cool, witty, hilarious, and perfect for Lissa. Third favorite character is Dimitri. He's sooo gorgous, beautiful, mature, and is, like, the ideal role model for Rose. I don't care about the age thing or gaurdian rule, becuase THEY JUST NEED TO BE TOGETHER!!!!!!! Love Lissa, but personally I think she's sort of a damsel in distress, is kind of weak, is the reason Rose and Dimitri can't be together, but otherwise I love her maturity and compassionate, optimistic personality. Anyway, I enjoy getting to know all of the characters and their attitudes, and I'm looking forward to watching them developing in the later-to-come books...
That's all I have time for now. Like I said again, this book was awesome, filled with everlasting friendships, forbidden romances, deadly foes, memorable characters, and an awesome, amazing, beautiful, witty heroine who really deserves the title. I can't wait to watch the movie which is to come out in 2012 (I could be wrong. It might come out in 2012 or 2013), and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the spin-off series will be just as good. Peace... :)...more
ZOMG, this could quite possibly be the world's best love story of all times!!!!
I've always loved Nicholas Sparks and each one of his books equally, buZOMG, this could quite possibly be the world's best love story of all times!!!!
I've always loved Nicholas Sparks and each one of his books equally, but this time, it seems like he shined the most when he wrote The Notebook. This could be my favorite Nicholas Sparks book ever, and that's saying something. Trust me. Everything in this book is just simply beautiful; from the passionate romance between Allie and Noah to the lovely, lyrical poetry and love letters that make the story even more enduring than it already is. I especially love the storyline; how fate tore them apart at the beginning, how they met again after years of separation, how they didn't expect to but yet they fell in love all over again, and how their love triumphs over the obstacles (coughLoncough) in their way. I admit, I cried at the end when they (I think) died together, and that was probably one of the hardest, saddest thing I ever read in my life. I simply adore the film, as well. To me, the movie was better than the book, because in the movie Allie and Noah had more connection and chemistry, but hey I loved the book just as much as the book, just less than. Anyway, here's my review:
I adore the beauty of the love of Allie and Noah. It's soo beautiful, inspiring, powerful, and just simply magical. They both taught me a lesson about miracles, poetry, art, and long-lost-then-found-again love. To me, what shaped them both up and made them realize they still love each other is that they inspire each other to life. Like how Noah encouraged Allie to draw and paint again (and that turned out to be her career, thanks to Noah's inspiration.). And like how Allie inspired Noah to poetry. All in all, I simply love the steamy, pure romance between our two beloved main characters. And I wasn't one bit surprised to discover that Allie chose Noah over Lon and that they both married. I'll bet that Allie chose Noah because their love is so amazing that it'd be a damn shame to waste it out on someone else she doesn't really love. Anyway, a two thumbs up for Allie and Noah!!!!
I'd like to praise the immense poetry and letters in here. Never once in my life did I ever read a book that was full of memories passed down by love letters and lyrical poetry. I want to thank Nicholas Sparks, becuase he was the one who originally made me fall in love with poetry. Ok, I know,I know he wasn't the one who originally wrote the poems, but I must say that he has good taste. Each poetry was sensual and made me think about miracles and falling in love. Each love letter made me well up with tears and spoke at some romantic inner part in me that I didn't know I had. All in all, those were a beautiful addition to an already beautiful book that just made it even more...B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L lol. xD
Ok, so I was so not expecting the elderly man and woman to end up as Noah and Allie. I honestly didn't. But I was pleasently surprised,and I figured that they were simply recalling the story of their lives. Sadly, never understimate a NS book like I did. Dammit, I thought for once NS wouldn't write a tragedy book, but when I read that Allie got Alzmeirer (I don't know how to spell it), a deadly disease that makes the brain forget memories of the past. To me, that was simply a tragedy all on its own. I felt for Noah. His pain was soooo intense, so real that I felt it, too. I wish I didn't, because it only ended up making me depressed (but I guess that's the whole point of a Nicholas Sparks book). However, I loved the fact that Noah tried to restore his wife's memories by reading "the notebook"... They said in the book that Allie was improving a bit everyday, and doctors were awestruck as to why, since she should be getting worse and worse. To me, there were greater forces at work. Sometimes love could be even stronger than the deadliest disease. In other words, I believed Noah's love for her and Allie's love for him helped restore her memories from time to time. 3 3 3
OK, in conclusion, this book was brilliant and magical. I loved the film just as much, and I believed it should be considered one of the country's (if not the world's) greatest love story yet. Fuck Romeo and Juliet. Fuck Bella and Edward. Move aside, cause the crown that goes to Best Couple Of All Times goes to Noah and Allie, duh. If you hate this book, then you must be incredibly blind and have no heart or soul. I'm not even into romance a lot, and even this book managed to touch my heart, and not a lot of books could. That's just how damn awesome this book is!!!!!!!! :DDD...more
What can I say? I can't even begin to explain how wonderful this book was. Once again, Nicholas Sparks outdone himself. When I first started reading tWhat can I say? I can't even begin to explain how wonderful this book was. Once again, Nicholas Sparks outdone himself. When I first started reading this, I didn't expect much, seeing as how it was a tragedy and I don't really care for tragedies, after the disaster with Romeo and Juliet LOL. However, there was something more to this book than other sad books I've read in my life. For one, this book touched my heart-REALLY touched my heart- and made me ask myself all these questions about love and miracles. This is like, the only book in my life that gave me that heartwarming I-want-to-be-a-better-person feeling. I love how at the beginnning Landon was just an ordinary high school student who took the smallest details of life for granted, but after meeting Jamie, he saw life and love in a new perspective. THIS is the kind of book that could be the new Twilight. I feel like people need more of these heartwarming, inspiring stories and I'm very grateful to Mr. Sparks for teaching me a lesson that I'm sure others need to learn.
First off, I would like to praise the book cover. Fits the theme and book title perfectly. It reminds me of autumm, memories,walking, and lives changing. To me, the book cover shows how 57-years-old Landon flashbacks to his senior year when he was a 17-year-old. Even just looking at the cover makes my insides turn all gooey and reminds me of all Jamie and Landon had to gone through. :'(
Next, I'd like to say I love the whole romance thing. How a twist of fate could change a boy's life and make him see what life has to offer him. When Landon asked Jamie to go to the school dance, little did he know it would only be the beginning of a long-time memory that would last with him forever. It's so neat how Jamie and Landon would later fall in love with each other, even though they never expected the unexpected to happen. The tiny moments they had with each other (rehersing the play, helping out at orphanages, talking on her front porch, etc.) were beautiful, and makes me fall in love with the book even more. The whole process of falling for each other ,even though they didn't expect to, was heartlifting and makes the book all the better. That is what I expect in YA novels. I love how time after time they realize they're in love, instead of those stupid I-love-you-so-much-even-after-knowing-you-for-a-week romance.
I also enjoy getting to know the two main leads. Jamie is probably the most inspiring, most unselfish main character that I've ever known. She makes me want to be a better person, and she makes Landon feel that way, too. Two weeks ago, I didn't give a rat's ass about poor people or orphans. Now, however, after reading this book, I start thinking of miracles and small differences to make the world a better place. And the most inspiring, most saddest thing about Jamie was how she knew she was dying for, like, a year but during that year she still wanted to help others in need. Besides inspiring and unselfish, Jamie is also one of the bravest characters I know. She still stay optimistic, even when nature took its course. If I were in her place, I don't think I could be as brave as her. =')
I also love Landon! Like I said earlier, I think it's amazing how he never notice life's smallest details until he met Jamie. Before, he didn't give much thinking into making a difference, but then after getting to know Jamie, he fell in love and wanted to make his girl proud of him by making small but genuine gestures. I believe that that is what made him a strong, amazing man at the end of the book. For example, at the end of the book, when Landon said he finally believed in miracles, I think he means that Jamie was his miracle, and that he was Jamie's miracle. I believe that is what shaped him up. He's one of the best growing characters that I'd read about. And the scene when he married to Jamie was like the most beautiful, lovely, heartbreaking, powerful thing I've ever read in my life!!!!!!!!!! :)))
Now that my point is carried across, it's time to wrap things up. This was a very good book, and was the first and only book that made me cry in a long time. I could read this a thousand times, and I would still choke up a bit. It was a beautiful, heartwarming, powerful tearjerker. I had just watch the movie for the first time just today, which caused me to write this review. In my opinion, the movie was better than the novel, because the movie went deeper than what the book did. Plus, it made me cry even more than the book. Now everytime I see the book's cover, or listen to Mandy Moore's songs "Cry" and "Only Hope", or even think about the lovers behind the most amazing love story ever, I would break down in tears. Yes, AWTR was THAT amazing. It's saying something when a book/movie makes me extremely depressed for three days. :,(...more
I am so disappointed in this book. I thought it would be as cool and epic and awesome as the two previous successors. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I doI am so disappointed in this book. I thought it would be as cool and epic and awesome as the two previous successors. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I do love the series a lot, and it'll always be known as one of my favorite book series of all times, but the last book of it kind of went down on my rating. There was almost no point in the entire book, and I might as well not even have read it becuase I already could tell what would have happened, but I was hoping that there might be some twists and turns and surprises awaiting in this book. I was sadly mistaken. In this book, I found myself strangely growing an instant dislike towards Katniss. I had loved her in the first and second, but in the third, I see of her as weak, insensitive, helpless, and just the opposite of everything she was in the previous books. I truly could forgive some of the faults of the book if there weren't so many already, and by the end of the book I was pretty much disappointed. I am sorry, HG fans, but this is my true opinion and my true review:
When I said that I didn't like Katniss in MOCKINGJAY, I wasn't kidding, though I wish I was. I consider her one of the strongest, amazing, kick-ass, resoureful characters in history, but in this book all of those good traits about her that I soo love vanish into thin air. Yes, in this book, she still take care of her families, friends, people, and those who support her cause. When I found out she became the Mockingjay, I expected her to take up leadership and responsibility and give up her life for her people. Hell, I soo put my expectations soo high, and figured that Katniss would even grow more and more stronger than in the previous books. I don't know how I could have been more wrong.Surely people should think that if she became the Mockingjay, she'd be even more stronger, but I don't see how she could have grown more and more of the opposite. Katniss became so weak, hopeless, pessimistic, and helpless. Her friends and allies always seem to be the ones to rescue her from life-threatening situations, when I and others sort of expected her to be the one to take care of herself, given her history. But no! In this book, Katniss has to depend heavily -let me emphasize HEAVILY- on the people of District 13. Some of those people she doesn't even like or trust, and yet she still depend on them to save her. And throughout the book, Katniss doesn't seem to have a voice in what she wants, doesn't seem to have the freedom she needs. The people of District 13 boss her around, and thouh most people won't agree with me, I felt like everything Katniss has ever done in the book were based on what her allies want, and that is how the book got lower and lower on my rating.
Now, time to bitch about the love triangle. The HG must be one of THE worst love triangle in history!!!!!! Even when there's a war/rebellion going around and all the districts are at war and people are getting killed left and right, up and down, Suzanne Collins just had to have a love triangle mixed into the drama!!! I don't give a flying fuck about Katniss, Peeta, or Gale, and I wanted the book to be all about action, adventure, and war. And even though the book had that too, I was very extremely disappointed how a dumb horrible love triangle had to be mixed into the book. Not to mention it was done very poorly. I mean, Gale and Peeta are basically clones of each other. They have the same personality and same love interest. Although there are rare times in books when I didn't like either love interest in a love triangle, this book was one of the few exceptions. I barely gave a damn about who Katniss ended up with, or who she couldn't survive with, or who she loved more, or blah blah blah. Neither Gale now Peeta drove me crazy or made my stomach churn with their love confessions with Katniss, although I will say that in Catching Fire Peeta moved me to tears when he told Katniss he'd give up everything for her. Haymitch was right when he said that she could live a million lives and still not deserve Peeta. And while we're on that subject, might I point out how I believe that Katniss could very well be one of the worst love interest in any love triangle in history????!!!!! She lead them both on right from CF to Mockingjay. One day, she would be kissing passionately with Peeta, the next day she'd be declaring that she had feelings for Gale, the next she'd say that Peeta was the only person who truly understand all she's been through, and the next day she'd be sucking face with Gale, and then the whole pattern/love triangle would continue all over again. I seriously didn't want to read about any kissing, bantering, or love declaractions, but this book left me no choice but to go through and read all of that. It's one thing that two amazing, independent guys love you, but it's also another thing to go behind their backs and cheat on both of them and listen as they drone on and on and on about how much they love you and willing to risk their life for you and blah, blah, blah.
I really hate the number of cassualties in this book. It seemed like everybody are dying left and right, up and down, sideways and vertical. Unlike other war fiction books, this one didn't even manage to bring a slight tear to my eyes (except for maybe Finnicks's death), mostly because I barely knew nor gave a rat's ass about any of the people who died, except for Finnick. To me, he was the only halo of light that stood out in the darkness that we call a book. He was awesome, cool, amazing, and beautfiul. Yes, they did describe him as the sex symbol of the Capital (lol). I think that's why I really love him-I'm a sucker for hot, seductive guys. But he was also witty, funny, and awesome. I felt that it was unfair of Collins' part in killing him off. He had just finally reunited and married with his long-lost love and then to have him killed off like that. I will admit, I did give in to a sob here and there. The pain and heartbreak of the characters who lost their loved ones due to war killed me badly, but I felt like they also shouldn't just mope around and cry, cry, cry. I felt like Katniss went far to kill President Coin (but I can understood why she would).It's just that I believe that when the person you love die, you have to move on with your life, not let it affect you so badly as far to go as killing that person's murderer, cause even if you think that avenging your loved ones will relieve the pain, you have to move on rather than bring yourself more pain.
Anyway, I felt for Katniss and what she had to go through, but the ending was memorable and special. It made me smile and think about what the rebels went through to fight for justice, and I'm glad Katniss chose Peeta over Gale, even though I'm not crazy about them. I thought ,at first, that Katniss should've been with Gale, but when I read (spoiler-spoiler!!) that Gale was half responsible for the death of Prim, I kinda lost faith in him and so did Katniss. So I'm very glad she chose Peeta. To me, he understands her better becuase he was the only other person around to know what it felt like to play the cruel rules of the Capital and its Hunger Games.:)
Out of the cons in this book, I will say I found one pro that is good enough to give this book a three stars. I liked the lesson that Mrs. Collins spoke loud and clear throughout the book. That darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light could do that (-Martin Luther King). That war is a crime, no matter how nessacary. That no matter which side win, there will never truly be any victors in combat because even cassualties can't make up for victories. I liked how thoughout,the entire book,there was always that tiny light of hope that someday the rebels will win and everybody can live in a better, freeer world. After all, without hope, where would we all be? I must admit that this book carried out one of the most promising, saddest lessons in life and death. That alone made me forgive some of the faults of the story, and if not for the ending and the lesson, I would have given this book one star instead of three lol.
In conclusion, I adore the series but dislike this book. It has its negative and positive views, but in the end the negative suceeds over the positives. I will say that I cannot seem to wait any longer for the movies to come out. Liam Hainesworth(the dude that's playing Gale) is hot btw. I think that there are a lot of talented actors and actresses on the set, and I'm 100% positive that The Hunger Games will inherit the Twilight throne. (:...more
****For you dumbasses people that look up to Bella Swan and think she's an inspiration (if such people exist in the world), read this:
12 Things That T****For you dumbasses people that look up to Bella Swan and think she's an inspiration (if such people exist in the world), read this:
12 Things That The Twilight Series Taught Me
1. It's okay to abandon your parents after graduation (literally)
2. When a vampire wants to kill you, hide out on a mountain and run for your life while your boyfriend's family fight to protect you.
3. It is the most romantic and beautiful thing in the world when a guy you barely know oils your bedroom window to watch you sleep when you don't even know it.
4. Beg your boyfriend to screw you over after he asks you to marry him
5. If your boyfriend leaves you forever, it is perfectly understandable to give up on life and stop living. There is no hope of you moving on, so what's the point of existing in the world?
6. When you have two guys fight over you, choose the more perfect, beautiful, flawless one (For me, he's a possessive, controlling asshole). Do not, under any cost, choose the less beautiful, flawed guy.
7. It's okay not to have any aspirations, dreams, and goals for the future. When you have a hot sexy vampire boyfriend, it's okay to give up a promising future to be with him instead.
8. Make friends at school and then literally ignore them and pretend they don't exist. After all, your life centers around only your smokin' boyfriend.
9. When you fall in love with someone for their physical attributes or because they smell good, it is considered beautiful, undying, irreversible love.
10. If your precious gem of a boyfriend leaves you, it is alright to become an adrenaline junky, manipulate your friend into helping you conjure up hallucinations, and jump off a cliff months later.
11. Kiss your best friend in front of your fiance after repeatedly saying you don't have feelings for him.
(Saved the best for last)
12. Vampires. Sparkle.
You still love Meyer?
Update: There was this crazy Twilight fangirl the other day who was like," I want to jump off a bridge to meet Edward." Meyer, do you see what you have done?? Your venom spreaded pretty far. You Edward lovers still think the Twilight series is amazing? ...more
I totally devoured this book. It was brilliant and beautiful ,packed with awesome characters (Love ya, Grim!!), a unique fae mythology, colorful desciI totally devoured this book. It was brilliant and beautiful ,packed with awesome characters (Love ya, Grim!!), a unique fae mythology, colorful desciptions of the Nevernever (I'd love to visit it someday!), and an original and likeable plot, all of which are tinged with the hint of a forbidden fairy romance -squels- I can't say enough good things about this book... What can I say? Meghan is a likeable and relatable teenager who feels insecure around her high school and is about to learn just how insecure she would soon feel once she sets foot on the Nevernever, a magical realm where all fae live and where her destiny awaits her....
First off, I'd like to give a two thumbs up to the cover artist of this book. I love Meghan in there. She looks soo youthful and beautiful (Ash has good taste, LOL!!), but at the same time she looks like she's awaiting her destiny and has a secret she must keep to herself. I, being the cover slut that I am, must admit I really only picked this book off the shelf, because I adore the cover. But that would only be the beginning of a list of reasons why I love this book so much.
Next off, I'd like to say that behind the beautiful cover, there lay 300 pages of epic adventure and forbidden love -squels again- The beginning was kinda, sorta boring, and I was really really anticipating the time she would enter into the fae realm. Luckily, I kept right on reading, and fortunately the middle and end didn't disappoint. I love the plotline and the mythology. Especially the mythology!!! I find it creative how Kagawa came up with the idea of how modern technology were the essense and beginning of the age of fae. It's not exactly original, but it was creative enough that I honestly don't really mind.
Anyway, the plot lead right up to the point where Puck, Ash, and Grimalkin (I want a cat like him someday!!!) assist Meghan in her quest to find her brother, get rid of the invinsible, deadly Iron King, and save all of Fae.
To me, that's one hell of an adventure. To be honest, I didn't know how Meghan could've done that all, but I admire her bravery and loyalty that I believe she could do anything.
I enjoy the adventures, as well. In fact, that's like my favorite part of the entire book. It adds to the fun I had of reading this boook. Each adventure after adventure, I feel closer to the characters than ever. From the Voodo Mueseum to the Iron Realm, I felt the adventures piling and piling on top of each other, but in a good way.
My second favorite part of the book is the descriptions of the Nevernever. These days, writers don't bother with describing the setting, and I'm glad Kagawa isn't one of those writers. 40% of the book was the descriptions of the vast beauty and remarkable surroundings of the Nevernever. Mrs. Kagawa is one of the few writers who actually pull me into the story and make me want to vist a place like that. :)
And on to the romance part...-sighs dreamily- I totally adore Ash and Meghan, and I think they could work out as a couple. Ash is like THE hottest thing I came across in the entire book I read. I admit, he has his pros and cons, and at times, I must admit the cons win over the pros. I just simply don't think him wanting to kill Meghan screams true love, but hey I'll give Mrs. Kagawa points because she created the beginning of a forbidden romance, which is more than just fine with me. But honestly, I think their relationship was a bit rushed. I mean don't get me wrong, I love both of them, but like in all YA literature, the guy and the girl kiss and proclaim their love way too soon and never know anything about each other. I'd say their love is half real and half not. Still, you could tell they're infatuated with each other. But that's ok, because I belive that over time, they'll grow closer and closer.
OK, so this book left off on a cliffhanger. Way to leave me dangling over the cliff, Kagawa! I practically had to wait weeks before I could get the next book, The Iron Daughter. I hope it'd be as good as the first, and I'm sure it will be. This could very well be possibly one of my favorite fairy series of my life, and I am looking forward to reading Winter's Passage, Summer Solitice, and the Iron Knight. Toodles. :)...more
I will try to keep this review as short and simple as possible.
First off, I simply adore Firelight. It was a neat book that had an interesting mytholI will try to keep this review as short and simple as possible.
First off, I simply adore Firelight. It was a neat book that had an interesting mythology and a refreshing plotline that was a tad bit different than most YA books these days. It was interesting to read a book where two star-crossed lovers weren't supposed to fall in love, specifically because one of them is a hunter who's supposed to kill her and her kind. The romance was OK, I guess. I just wish that Will and Jacinda got to know each other a little bit before getting to the best romanctic parts, but I suppose their relationship will do. I kinda like Cassian,because there's a bad boy-edge to him that makes him thirsts for Jacinda in every way possible. Don't worry fans, I am firmly on Team Will's Side, but I dunno if I would still be once the next book is here. I heard the author is going to show a deep, intense side to Cassian. All in all, I totally devoured this book, and a 3.5 stars would suit it just fine.
So, the book started with describing into the relelvation of Jacinda's incredible powers and the mythology behind dragon-like draki. I think I would have liked this book more, if Mrs. Jordan descibed more details of the pride and draki more. I had a bunch of questions about them, so I'm looking forward to having them answered in the 2nd book.
Moving on. Jacinda's family do not believe it's safe to stay in the society of the pride any longer, and so they risked the danger of sneaking out there and living with humans. Jacinda did not enjoy having to leave the one and only home she's known, but she knew it was worth the risk. When Tamra and Jacinda moved into a new school, it is there where Jacinda first met and fell for the hunter Will. She knew who he was all along, and tried very hard to ignore him throughout the book to protect herself, but of course love conquers all.
The book was descriptive and I like the words and subject. The mythology scored points for me, too, mainly due to the fact that it was original and creative and a refreshing take on young adult paranormal literature.
Now, to the things I didn't like.
I didn't like how Jacinda kept tossing back and forth between "I want Will with all my heart and soul" and "I must stay far, far, far away from him." It was annoying, shallow, and just selfish. She obviously didn't care enough about her family and pride's safety enough to not tell them about Will and his family's true identities. On the first day of school, when she first saw Will, the thought of warning her family obviously didn't matter much to her as much as restoring her Draki powers by getting close to Will. To me, that was downright selfish and shallow.
I didn't like Jacinda in the middle and end of the book. I liked her voice a little bit at teh beginning of the book, but then she just got downright annoying, stupid, shallow, and just about everything I wouldn't want my heroines to be like. She was just so selfish. I couldn't handle reading inside her head anymore.
I was very annoyed by Tamra and Jacinda's mother 99.999% of the time I was reading this book. They were just as stupid and shallow as Jacinda was, if not even more. All they needed was to be a tad bit more supportive and understanding for Jacinda for me to like them, but no! Of course, I disliked Jacinda and could understand why her family would also, too. But they're family. They're supposed to support her. Instead, they turned their backs on her 96.9999999% of the time when she most needed them. Likewise, I didn't really thought Jacinda deserved their love, with all the secrets she's keeping and the danger she's putting them all in, but that doesn't mean her family should treat her that way!!
Although this book annoyed me like hell, I still think this book was OK. It wasn't incredibly terrible. It just has its cons that half of the time seem to succeed over the pros. However, I truly did enjoy this book. The mythology was refreshing. The plotline was well-built. And it doesn't hurt that Jordan can sure write a deep smokin' kiss. Well, she can! So, in condition, this book was great (and i truly do mean it). I will be looking forward to the next books in the series. I wonder what will become of Jacinda, Will, Tamra, and Cassian. I'm crossing my fingers that Cassian will end up with Tamra, but I'm not so sure of Will and Jacinda. They don't seem like they could make it or last a month together, much less forever. ...more
I'm about to read this book very soon, right after I'm through with reading my overdue books from the library. Not sure if I'm gonna like it, since II'm about to read this book very soon, right after I'm through with reading my overdue books from the library. Not sure if I'm gonna like it, since I only gave a two stars for the first book. But I'm willing to give this book a chance. I'm not exactly excited to read this, but since this series have so much hype and fame surrounding it, I'll give it a second chance. Who knows? I might actually like it. :)...more
The book cover is soo fucking beautiful!!!! To the people who thought the first book was pretty, that is nothing compared to this oh-to-die-for book cThe book cover is soo fucking beautiful!!!! To the people who thought the first book was pretty, that is nothing compared to this oh-to-die-for book cover of the 2nd book to the Iron Fey series!!! Meghan looks so regal and gorgeous and beuatiful and everything I would want to look like!!!!!! xD xD xD
I soo loved this book series so freaking much!!! This is like my new favorite faery series, and that's saying something considering I don't even like faeries. However, it's easy to make an exception here, becuase the love is so intense (in a good way), the mythology is awesome, the plotline is creative, the desciptions of Tir Na Nog awes and wows me, and the characters are soo likeable. Wait, scratch that. I meant, LOVEABLE!!!!!!! :D :D :D
I must say though...At the beginning of the story, I wasn't exactly the fondest at either Meghan nor Ash. Meghan was being too hopelessly romantic, hopelessly naive, hopelessly weak, and so hopelessly HOPELESS. I was kind of getting sick of hearing her crap and tired of her bitching about the empty, aching hole in her chest that Ash took away when he left her and how she wants him to sweep her off her feet and blah,blah, blah. Even I knew that Ash was being the damn asshole he was only to protet himself and her. I mean, didn't Ash tell her that emotion was a deadly weapon and that if he show any signs of care for her, they'd both be in danger? He might as well not bother wasting his breath. But now on to Ash. If I were Meghan at the start of the story, I'd kick the shit out of the Winter Prince, becuase I also didn't care much for his arrogant, icy attitude (but at least I wouldn't be bithching-much- about it like Meghan was). I mean, he could have found some way to act like he didn't care about her; at the same time, he could have also found some way to not insult her and make her cry. Even I could do that.
OK, then the story progresses on, and I must say that I'm happy to leave the damn Winter Court behind becuase a)I didn't like the way they treated Meghan and b)I thought if they left the Winter court, Meghan and Ash would stop with their shit. (At least, I was right about the last one.) However, as much as I am annoyed out of my mind at both of them, I also give them my sympathies. I feel sad that they can't be together because of some stupid law. I especially felt bad for Ash, how he had to balance life over love over duty for his court, how he had to betray one of the two things he loved the most;which would it be, Meghan or the court? I felt bad that Meghan had to leave Ash behind and move on by herself. You can feel the aching pain that they both felt, and that was enough to swallow me into the story, which only made me feel that aching pain more and make me even more depressed. :(
But like i said, it did swallow me into the story, and that was enough to make me forgive the faults of both Meghan and Ash.
So anyway, Ash left Meghan, and in despair, Meghan tries moving on with Puck...(Prepare youself...you're gonna read a long paragraph about the love triangle.)
Now I love Puck. I truly, really do. (In fact, one kissing scene between Puck and Meghan got me burning inside.)Puck, my favorite prankster, always know how to make Meghan, as well as myself, laugh and smile. In fact, I think he's the perfect guy for Meghan. If I didn't already claim Ash as my own, I could have sworn I'd be on Puck's side in the love triangle. I think that childhood connections and their best friend-status brings Meghan and Puck closer. I even had to force myself to be honest, and so I asked myself this question: Which guy do I truly, truly, TRULY believe is better for Meghan? The answer is clearly obvious (coughASHcough), but at the middle of the book, I found myself kinda, sort drifting toward Puck's side (not that I'm being unfaithful, lol)in the love triangle for two reasons:1. I always believe that you should always choose your best friend over any other guy, becuase who else would ever know your secrets and imperfections yet still love you over those imperfections and secrets?And 2. I also always believe in choosing the 2nd guy in any love triangle, becuase if you truly loved the first one, you wouldn't have found yourself falling for the 2nd one. -Johnny Depp Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, so I was sorta on Puck's side....but then BAM, ASH'S BACK!!!!! And then I was on Ash's side all over again. But then I kinda wanted to strangle Meghan, becuase she burned and hurted Puck all over. I mean, she lead him on only to then dumb him for Ash!!!! Don't get me wrong. I love Meghan and Ash together, but here's the thing...You don't just lead a great amazing guy on, one who especially love you, but then at the last minute, you back him off and run off back to the love of your life. My heart has been stomped on before, so trust me, I know how Puck must feel. Tsk, tsk, tsk, shame on you Meghan, dammit!!! And while we're on the subject, might I also point out how much I hate love triangles???!!! It was fine when it was in VA and VD, but when it was put in the Iron Fey series, I got even more pissed out. I mean, why the hell do YA literature these days think that we fans of it like love triangles??!!! You could hear all the complaints from fans everywhere about how they want a book series where there is ,for once, no love triangle and just the guy and girl falling in love. I'm one of those people. I'm sorry, but if it weren't for the damn love triangle, this could have been a five-star book. Personally, I thought that the book series would have been fine-FINE!- if Kagawa didn't add a love triangle. It only toppled over the other drama that the book presents, and only made me want to strangle the girl for leading two great loveable guys on. The book would have been great if Puck was simply just her friend and Ash was simply just the forbidden love of her life. I mean, there were too many drama in the story already, but I also didn't need another love triangle to add in to the already dramatic drama that only made it more dramatic (how many times did I say drama??) I mean, I love Puck. Really I do. It's the damn love triangle...Really, we don't need a third wheel. The bycicle's fine when it only has two wheels!!!!
OK, I'm done with my bitching. I'm moving on to the praise. I know that it seems like people are gonna think that I hate the book. But I really really don't. I just have some issues over the book, but now I'm moving on to the pros of the book, instead of the cons.
I love the mythology of the book so much. It both fascinates and scares me while also making me thirst for more. I simply think it's cool that technology both reborn and destroys the fae species, how the Iron Kingdom thirsts for power over Meghan and want to seize control of the Nevernever, and how Meghan has to find her way around faery bargains and the dangers that she would face if she makes one wrong move. Creative, Kagawa!
The adventures were also just as amazing! I love how in each Julie Kagawa book, there are always going to be danger, excitement, anticipation, and adventures that always make me asking and asking for more! I think my favorite scene in the book was when Meghan figured out that number code. It really displays her intelligence and cleverness to work her way around loopholes. Each page I turn to always end up being one where Meghan has to run away from her enemies or when Meghan has to use her powers and skills to save herself or when she simply has to search for the answers of the past to save Tir Na Nog.
I was glad that Kagawa introduced Ironhorse in the story. I soo loved him and his temper and the way Kagawa always capitialize his words to emphasize how loudly he talks. Reminds me of me lol. I'm not embarassed to admit I cried when he died. I didn't think he should have had, because he sacrificed a hell of a lot for Meghan, and I also wouldn't have minded if he showed up in the later book. Too bad :(
And Grim!!! I'm soo glad he returned. I didn't think he would in the 2nd book, becuase it sounded like he was saying goodbye in the 1st book, but I'm soo glad I was wrong. Who wouldn't love a cool, helpful, sarcastic, witty, awesome cat? See, no one!!
Moving on! The ending of the book actually made me cry!!!!!!!!!!! It must have been hard for both Ash and Meghan to leave behind the people and place they love so much, but in the end we all knew that love could conquer all. Well, honestly I had two different views on the ending. The first one was that I'm extremely happy that, well, love conquered all. I love how that after everything Meghan and Ash been through to be with each other, they should at least have one happy ending where they could simply be together, alive and all. However, I also had a 2nd opinion on the ending. First off, I didn't like how they turned their backs on their frinds (Puck)and familes(Meghan's two dads and Ash's mother). That was sort of selfish in their part. It was kind of like Romeo and Juliet. For one, Romeo and Juliet turned their backs on their families just so they could fall in lust with each other. While I could safely say that what is between Ash and Meghan is not lust, I also don't like how they're sacrificing a hell of a lot of important things (family&friends) for their singnificant others. I've always kind of hate the people who betray the people they love just for the love of their life, and although I don't hate Ash and Meghan (not really, I mean), that doesn't mean I don't always resent the choices they make.
In conclusion, the book was great. I know people think I hate it. I don't. Not really, anyway. The book has its negative side and positive side, and most of the time the negative succeeds over the positive. However, that doesn't change my view on the book series. I just like the other books in the series more than this one, and if you haven't read this book, then you should go for it, becuase you would just love it as much as I do!!!! :D :D :D :D ...more
Absolutely amazing. I cried like a kid that lost her mom in the supermarket. Shadow Kiss has got to be the best book in the VA series, before everythiAbsolutely amazing. I cried like a kid that lost her mom in the supermarket. Shadow Kiss has got to be the best book in the VA series, before everything spiraled to hell. Still, I love this series. You can't help but be enthralled into the world Richelle Mead has created, a world with a strong, spunky female lead, a convincing romance, danger lurking in every corner, life-changing resolutions, kickass action, and a shocking, heartbreaking conclusion. All in all, one of my favorite books to read ever....more