Its told in alternating POVs, in both first and third person. Gaaawdddd... There were times that it is very confusing, but i loThis is one crazy book.
Its told in alternating POVs, in both first and third person. Gaaawdddd... There were times that it is very confusing, but i loved how it was told. It was like you were watching a psychological thriller movie, only you were reading it. If that makes any sense.
What if this book was fast paced. What if this book was a not in Cal's POV. What if this book wasn't too long I would have liked this book.
This book wasWhat if this book was fast paced. What if this book was a not in Cal's POV. What if this book wasn't too long I would have liked this book.
This book was hard one for me to review. It's not that I hated it. No. Not at all. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't quite like it either. The BIG SECRET was a big let down for me. It didn't satisfy me at all. I would have thought it was something REALLY BIG. and would really WOW me. The secret was built up so much, that when it was revealed... I was like... not too interested anymore.
Also, I kind of felt the secret was very obvious. There were clues... And if you look closely enough... you'll get it... soo... yeah... that was a big let down.
I'm not gonna spoil anything on this review because the author made a note at the end of the book to not put any spoilers on the reviews. So, I won't.
To start, here's the gist.
Cal grew up with three girls Rae, Richelle, and Nicole. They were the best of friends. But some things, just don't always stay the same.
The four of us grew up together in the same small-town California neighborhood. Rae lives next door, although she's pretty much an extension to my family at this point. Nicole and Richelle were neighbors a few houses down the street. When we were kids, we were inseperable. But things change when we got older.
Time changes people. When Richelle moved away without saying a word, Nicole started to drift away from Cal and Rae. The takls became less and less, until they don't even talk to her anymore.
Richelle moved away. We stayed in touch for a while. And then we didn't. Nicole chose popularity over our friendship soon after. Rae never gotten over Nicole's betrayal. And I never gotten over Nicole.
What a dickhead seriously! See that statement right there? That's one of the reasons I didn't like Cal and will never like Cal. It's so annoying why I can't even say why...
Graduation came and gone. It was time for college.
Cal was at a party. His girlfriend just dumped him to hook up with another guy. His night was not going too well. He then decided to leave, but then he met someone on his way out. Someone he didn't think he'll meet again, especially not on the school he was currently in. She was supposed to be at Harvart. They met at the party. And then, they met again the next morning at a coffee shop.
Then i just stand there and stare at her. She doesn't notice me, and that's probably a good thing because I look like a creep hovering above her. I have no idea what to say because I am standing in front of Nicole Bentley. But this girl looks... different.
But this wasn't Nicole. This wasn't the girl he grew up with overprotective parents who makes her wear dresses and was not allowed to get dirty. The girl standing in front of Cal was outgoing and carefree. And most of all, her name wasn't Nicole, but Nyelle Preston.
So the mystery is... WHO THE FUCK WAS NYELLE PRESTON?
I had lots of theories you know. A lot. I got it right eventually.
So there are a lot of things I couldn't reveal about the plot so... I'll just tell you about the things I could reveal.
Writing: I'm not a writer. Let's just make that clear. I don't claim to know much about how writers write their books and what type of devices they use on their writings. But I am a reader. As readers, I think we would know if the writing style of the author would suit our taste or not. I would be in the minority for this book again.
I read a lot of rave reviews for this book. But for me? I was just... okay. And most of the time, I just find it really boring and dull. It dragged on a lot of scenes. It wasn't really engaging for me. I had to force myself to finish this one, I was almost at the point where I was ready to put this on my DNF shelf... but I had to not do that because I'd had a lot of those recently.
I didn't really like reading Cal's POV. The only reason I continued on with reading this was to find out what the BIG SECRET was. I think I liked it better reading Nicole and Richelle's POV from the past. I honestly feel that Cal was not a very effective character and narrator. Meeeehhh..
Plot: UUuggghh. Where do I even start? It would have been good, but for me, I think the story was told in the wrong POV. I understand that the author wanted to add that mystery element to the story, and I admire that, but... It didn't work for me. I felt the story unnecessarily got dragged too long because of that. And because I really think Cal's stupid and naive. It probably would have been nice to have the story told on both Nicole and Nyelle's POV. There would still be mystery. There would still be questions. But the narrator would be more realiable... Hope that makes sense. Because honestly, I'm not sure I'm explaining this quite as much as I want to.
Majority of this book was Cal trying to figure out if Nyelle and Nicole are the same person. He was trying to comprehend whether they were separate people or not. Because they were alike physically, but not their actions, not the way they talk or the way they dress... Cal could have figured it our early on, if he only know how to fucking use his head. He should have asked.
I think this book went on, and on, and on. Seriously, a chunk of this book for me was a waste of paper. The longer it went, the more annoyed I become. The only thing that was keeping me from stopping was the secret... disappointing as it was.
And... I was right.
Again, sometimes, the simpler the story, the better the readers could connect with the characters and thee story.
Okay let's talk about the characters.
The book didn't focus too much on the characters. This book was an event-driven that caused the characters to become bland and one dimensional. No scratch that... That only applies to Cal. Haha.
Cal: I didn't like him at all. I thought he was douche, to be honest. He was obsessing over Nicole when he should be focusing on finding out why his ex-gf/gf stopped writing back. This book was majorly on his POV, and I didn't enjoy it one it. He was too passive for my taste.
I didn't like how obsessive he sounded everytime he talks about Nicole. He just mentioned his ex-gf once. ONCE!!! I'm not gonna say who is ex was because that's a spoiler. Buf if have picked up on some clues I left, you probably would have figured it out. He cared about her sure (probably), but didn't show it too much. He only finds out later on the story on what happened to her, but it still wasn't enough emotions on his part. What a fucking asshole! People just don't move away without saying anything without any reason. Right? Right? He should have at least tried to figure out at least what went wrong and why his ex stopped chatting with him.
Every time I read about Cal thinking on whether this Nyelle girl was Nicole, I want to slap some sense to him. Why didn't he ask her upfront instead of frying his brains trying it figure it out?
He was just stupid. I hate him. Book boyfriend material? That would be a big no.
Rae: I liked Rae. Rae is Cal's best friend and she's awesomje. I think she's the only character I liked from this book.
I understand why she's angry, that's a normal reaction to someone who was supposed to be your friend, but just stopped talking to you and pretend you don't exist. Nicole was a dick. I didn't like that she was such a pushover. I kind of feel Rae knew, but she had to let it go. Which is what Cal should have done too.
Richelle: The story was told in both present and past. We hear Cal's POV on present events while we hear Richelle's and Nicole's on the past ones. Based on the one's I do hear from Richelle, she was okay. She was that outgoing kid that liked to be friends with everyone. How could you hate a kid like that? Really? She's such a sweetheart.
There was a time though that she asked Nicole to do something, just because spoilery section... and did it because they wanted to remain friends. That was so... unrealistic to ask someone as they were just kids... Tsk tsk. That was a bit WTF moment.
Nicole: I feel bad for her, but it wasn't enough for me to sympathize with her situation. Does that make sense? I feel that the situation she was in, was not enough for her to do the things she did. I really hate when I couldn't say anything. She was the typical i'm-rich-so-a-lot-is-expected-of-me problem. Her parents had a bizarre way of treating their kid. If every rich family's kids were treated like that, I wouldn't want to be rich.
Okay. I'm not a fan of her either. Like I said earlier, she was a dick.
Nyelle: She was weird. And I like weird, but I still didn't like her. She was quirky which is a thumbs up. But the author overdone her mysteriousness that it was too obvious what happened to her. I felt that her illussiveness gave away the secret. I'm not particularly sure really if I like her or not. I could relate to how she thinks sometimes, because we share the same opinions on some stuff.
But.. I didn't really like her that much still.
So, let's talk about the books predictability. I have already got a good idea on what happened, right before the second half of the book started. So... it was a little predictable. There were a lot of clues here and there which totally destroyed the whole mystery aspect for me.
The pacing was a slow burn for me. Thumbs down for this one.
For enjoyability, not really sure if I did. It was okay. I couldn't rate it higher than 2 stars though. For books that I have a problem with the plot, my rating actually gets raised because of the characters. They compesate for the obvious lack of plot development which wasn't the case here. There was a plot. But... I just didn't enjoy the plot. I have to give the author props for trying to keep the mysteriousness althroughout the book. It really kept me reading, although I was getting a bit upset when it dragged too long.
This book wasn't for me.
Usually, books that deal with real life issues, move me to tears. I cry easily over sad books, movies, stories, even songs. But this book, didn't do anything for me. It didn't make me cry. It didn't touch me. I felt bad for some of the characters, but wasn't sad about it. I didn't sympathize with a lot of stuff that went on.
Anyways, that's all for this review. For those of you who want to know the secret and is not in any way interested in reading this... message me... we'll talk. ...more
So damn predictable. After finishing, i realized my theories about how this book would end was right. Haha. I'm a freakin' genius! just kidding! HahaSo damn predictable. After finishing, i realized my theories about how this book would end was right. Haha. I'm a freakin' genius! just kidding! Haha
The ending was pretty open-ended which i liked, but it lacks a lot of characterization for me which in turn caused me to not like the characters too much.
Full review to follow. Maybe.
thanks Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me the review copy....more
MANY THANKS TO MERIT PRESS AND EDELWEISS FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW
This book wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t what I expected itMANY THANKS TO MERIT PRESS AND EDELWEISS FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW
This book wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. When I requested this book from Edelweiss, I was expecting it to be an emotional journey of being in a forbidden relationship, with an added touch of mystery and suspense on the side. I did get... some of it, but not exactly what I was expecting. Like I said on my pre-review, everything was all over the place. I wish, it just focused more on the relationship and the struggle of falling in love with your cousin. Throwing in that suspense, that mystery, made it very confusing to me. I had the same problem with another book I've read recently. Now that the hell was the title of that book? Shit. Sometimes, simplicity is the best. A complicated plot line just makes it more confusing, irritating for the reader to stay focus on what's happening to the characters.
Jackie and Marcus like each other. They feel that they're meant to be together. They understand each other more than anyone else can. The only problem was...
They knew it's wrong. They try to avoid it. They try to stay away from each other. But the attraction is just too strong.
Jackie didn't want to hurt Marcus and her family. She decided it was better, if they should stop whatever it was they have. She decided it was for the best.
Ellie, Jackie's friend, has been missing for a couple of months now. She blames herself because she hasn't been in touch with her. She feels that if she could have been there for her, this shouldn't have happened.
A new girl comes to town. And she was somehow related to Ellie. Marcus starts falling for the new girl. Jackie becomes suspicious. Marcus wouldn't hear any of it.
Then unexplained stuff started happening and the new girl was acting weird. Does she have anything to do with Ellie's disappearance, or was Jackie just trying to prove something to get Marcus back?
I've read Forbidden, and fell in love with it immensely. That is a book with so much passion that it oozes through its pages. It takes you in, makes you feel their pain, makes you feel their love, and then breaks you towards the end. They may have been brothers and sisters, but I didn't care. I felt the connection. I felt the reason. It felt real despite it being so wrong. But in love, who could say what's wrong or right, right? Incest may be a sensitive topic for a lot of people, but I'm not one of them. Just because other people doesn't think it's right, makes it wrong. And Forbidden showed the readers that. I was kind of hoping this book would make me feel that as well. Unfortunately, it didn't. There was a point that I was getting there, but then it just focused on something else entirely, which is why I couldn't give this book a high rating.
Jackie was an okay protagonist. I didn't hate her, but I didn't like her either. Her internal monologues weren't helping as well. I agree with Marcus, she was the one who wanted them to split up if they were even together in the first place. She was the one who makes all the irrational decisions. I feel that all the decisions she made, was very unfair for Marcus. He was a nice guy. He only cared about her well-being, but what she does is only push him away. I get that she was scared. This wasn't normal - but really who is? Nobody is. Like I said earlier, just because other people think it's not right, doesn't make it wrong. We are all humans here capable of thinking. Capable of making their own decisions. I'm not a big fan of people whose decisions are based on what other will think of them. Of course, I'm not saying everyone should not care what other people think of you - what I meant was, do what you think will make you happy. And if other people couldn't get that, screw them.
Marcus was well... I'm not sure I liked him too much as well. I get that he was hurt, but it was all too easy for him to move on. It sucks for me reading about it.
Now Will, I really liked. He's been a good friend to Jackie. I think of all the characters in this book, he was my favorite. And if you read the book, you'll see why. :)
I have this issue with their parents. Seriously, they weren't alcoholics, they weren't addicts, they weren't like Maya and Lochan's mom, so there was no reason for them not to notice that stuff has been going on with these two. I don't have any cousins that I'm close with, so I have no idea if this was normal. There were four adults in that house, and they didn't notice anything? Except maybe Claire but that's a different story.
What bothered me: Marcus and Jackie's relationship is what bothered me. I didn't like the fact that their relationship already started when they were introduced to us. I would have wanted to see more depth to the relationship, but I only saw bits of it. So I wasn't that invested on their relationship. For me, it felt that I have to finish the book just to see how the story ended, not because I wanted them to end up together.
And the mystery/thriller part, didn't really work for me. I really wish it was opted out. This book would have become a favorite. Like I said, this book wasn't bad - all the other stuff just didn't work for me.
Incestuous love story + missing girl + psycho stalker = Just didn't work for me I would have liked that this story dwelt more on the incestuous love story.
I hate leaving negative reviews, so I'm so sorry I left this. I really wanted to like this. I do want to emphasize though the importance of a simpler plot, but with a more complex character. Then again, it could just be for me. I've read a lot of good review for this book, so I'm sure a lot of you would like it as well. Unfortunately for me, I just didn't feel like....more
I don't know what's wrong with me, but I couldn't finish it. The prologue was very good!!! It was intriguing but the rest.. It was just too slow.. I cI don't know what's wrong with me, but I couldn't finish it. The prologue was very good!!! It was intriguing but the rest.. It was just too slow.. I couldn't get to it.
"You know, Ellie, Nightbird is just another name for 'moth'. Maybe that's where your dreams come from."
I would like to thank Netgalley and Tor book
"You know, Ellie, Nightbird is just another name for 'moth'. Maybe that's where your dreams come from."
I would like to thank Netgalley and Tor books for providing me this review copy for an honest review.
Where do I even start with this? Until now my head is just overflowing with possibilities on what will happen on the next book. That's a bit of a spoiler isn't it? Yes, there will be sequel! And this baby, ended in a way that you will surely ask for more.
This is how I looked like as I was reading this. This is chronologically arranged, starting from when I started reading it up to when it ended.
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THIS BOOK WAS A SUCKER PUNCH TO THE GUT OR FACE... WHATEVER!
It will keep you guessing up until the last minute, even after they're already revealing the secret behind the mystery, you are still guessing if it's true or not.
For the GIST
Ellis doesn't know how she got on that train going to Gamin, Maine. All she remembered was waking up from a nightmare, and in front of her was a nurse who knows her, but she had no memory of ever knowing her.
Upon her arrival to the town, she was greeted warmly by people she had never met, but knew her. Doctor Carmichael (who prefers to be called Uncle) picks her up from the train station and takes her to her cousin, Jenny, to recover from an illness she also does not have any memory of.
She still gets dreams, and the dreams are getting more and more vivid. She doesn't distinguish which is real and which is a dream anymore.
She wants to trust in someone, but she doesn't know who she can trust, especially now that everyone can't seem to tell her what happened to her. No one tells her anything. She wants answers, and she will find them no matter what it takes.
I just have one thing to say about the writing, it was damn eerie. It has that mysterious vibe oozing through its pages. It will make you flip through its pages faster than you should. I usually don't like third person narration, except for maybe the Harry Potter series and Cassie Clare's books, but this one worked for me.
Waking up without a memory will cause you to be confused, puzzled, and lost. I've never lost my memory, so I couldn't really confirm if this was an accurate thinking of a person who had amnesia. But I kind of think it was as close as it could get to it.
UNIQUE. The plot of this book is nothing I've ever read before. I wasn't exactly sure at first, if it was going to be a paranormal book, or just an otherworldly contemporary book. The story doesn't really giveaway too much of wha was going to happen until the last few pages of the book. This book was like a puzzle with missing pieces, that we were trying to complete. As the story progress, we get one piece of the puzzle at a time until the whole picture is revealed.
It was amazing.
Ellis was an admirable character. She may have lost her memory, but she doesn't give up in finding out the truth about who she was, and what was going on around her, because there was a lot going on in the background. There was a lot of thing we weren't able to see at first. She thinks before she speaks. Although everyone tells her she was sick or something, it didn't break her spirit. I liked that about her. She knew she'd be a fool to trust anyone, which was the right decision. Although, there was a point she misjudged someone, which I kind of thought she would.
I don't want to get too much on the details about the other characters because I'd probably give away too much if I did. There were a lot of secondary characters, but not all of them had a role, most of them are just pawns on the game that one of them was playing... So no, I wouldn't tell you guys anymore about the characters.
I still gave this a perfect score on my book, because majority of the time I was just shaking my head in disbelief that what I was thinking about is so far from the truth. I did guess one thing right though, I guessed who the evil villan was!!
It was too slow for my taste, but towards the last quarter of the book, all the truth came out in the open and hit you all at once.
I love my mystery so I definitely enjoyed this book!
I am totally impressed with this book! I would have finished this earlier had I not been irritated with the Bluefire reader. *NOTE TO SELF: never send a galley through Bluefire!!*
Romance was not a big thing in this book so if you're looking for paranormal romance in this novel, better look for it some place else. There is pseudoromance I guess, but I'm not really sure until I get the next book which I want right now!!!
Oh and the cover's gorgeous! I should have given plus points for that. Publisher's should always remember that the cover gives the book additional pull to its audience.
What else am I missing?
I think that's all for my review of this book! Would I recommend it? Abso-fucking-lutely! I'm not really sure if this was supposed to be YA or adult or something, but younger readers could read this. No mature themes that I have read, just a little bit of gory stuff towards the end.
VERY FINAL NOTE I don't get the title. Why was it Unwept? Maybe I missed it somehow. I'll probably skim through it at some point to figure it out!...more
The premise sounds pretty good but then the writing itself was not what I expected. It lacks depth for as far as I can tell an the characters are oneThe premise sounds pretty good but then the writing itself was not what I expected. It lacks depth for as far as I can tell an the characters are one dimensional. I also couldn't connect to any of them.
Will try and see if I could make a full review of this.
thank you Netgalley for providing this copy to me for review purposes...more
If I was in the library I probably would have looked somewhat like this after reading the book:
Yeah you got it right!
REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK:
If I was in the library I probably would have looked somewhat like this after reading the book:
Yeah you got it right! I AM SO CRAZY OVER THIS BOOK I DON’T KNOW HOW TO PUT IT IN WORDS! Maybe Scarlett Johansson could show you my reactions as I was reading this.
It was a roller coaster ride and I am absolutely enthralled, excited, breathless and just amazed about how fluid everything when although out the book. I’m sure you guys want to know what this book is about and why I’m overly crazy over it.
What will you do if one day you woke up and just forget everything that happened to you? You remember your name but nothing else.
That is what happened to Miranda. She woke up with no memory of how she got where she was and what happened before that. She asks help from a cop because she thought he’ll be able to help her but instead the unthinkable happened. One moment everything was normal and the next there was chaos. Everyone was running around as if it was the end of the world and some of them were actually throwing themselves over railings. In the middle of it was Miranda who had no idea what was going on.
Out of the blue, a guy came who introduced himself as Peter. He assured that he was a friend. He even explained that what happened was because of an ability that they both shared. They were able to release energy from their brains and it could cause confusion and danger to the people around them when used irresponsibly. Hesitant was Miranda might have been she had no choice but to go with Peter for her to find out who she was only to find out later that they were really not who they think they are.
I was seriously hesitant in picking up this book but I grabbed it anyway because I felt I needed a change. I haven’t been much of sci-fi fan but with that said I still loved this book.
The first impression of this book being dragging and boring was completely wrong. It was exactly the opposite. I never thought I’d love this book and completely be hooked to it.
This book caught me off guard just like this ball caught this girl off guard. :p
Miranda North (the main character) was one kick-ass chick! She was the type of character that I definitely have no problem reading about because she was not like your usual female lead that’s helpless, dependent and as much as I would like not to say it stupid. She wasn’t any of that. She was strong but still feminine at the same time. She may have the capacity to wipe out a whole city but really she’s also just a girl who has girl problems. I am absolutely in love with her. She kind of reminds me of Katniss (Hunger Games) and Tris (Divergent). What I absolutely loved about her the most was that even though she didn’t know what was going on around her (since she lost her memory), she didn’t cry on a corner and felt helpless and feel sorry for what happened to her (she didn’t do any of that crap which is so common nowadays with YA female character). Instead, what she did was embraced the unknown and learned to cope with it.
From the start I knew this guy was going to be amazing. He was smart, compassionate and a sweetheart. Seriously, the moment I read of him I was like OMGoossh another BOOKBF! I liked him already. He was just this warm person that lent a hand to Miranda just when she needed someone the most. This guy is just amazing. He wasn’t the perfect guy because he wasn’t the typical cocky sweet type of guy that I use to always like. In fact he was kind of the opposite. To me he was kind of a shy guy. Although he was the leader of their group, when it comes to matters of the heart he was shy and keeps everything inside. It endeared me to him more.
If you are looking for the guy who is gorgeous enough to get away with giving snide remarks, then you found him. Although snarky, sarcastic and slightly arrogant for my taste, I liked Noah. I mean at first I thought he would turn out to be an enemy although I’m not sure if he isn’t yet because it’s just the first book but I was wrong. This guy was definitely another eye-candy and a sweetheart too. I felt his pain though because Miranda can’t remember him which is his fault anyways. Noah is Miranda’s boyfriend before Miranda’s memory made a vanishing act. Although he shows a lot of times that he’s tough and all, he was also a softie. By the way, I am a bit pissed with him because of Olive. I think there’s something. Not gonna say what though. :p
I like Olive. She’s just as audacious as Miranda. I like her too. I think the only thing that I found predictable with this novel is her feelings towards Noah. I like her all the same and pity her for what happened in the end. But like Miranda, she was able to cope with the situation.
His character was a surprise for me. Noah said something about the rogue Rose (that’s what the scientist called them). When he mentioned it, I had no clue what to expect of him. Rhys held a revelation that shattered my mind. It was just insane! Mind-boggling.
MIRANDA + ( NOAH OR PETER) = HONESTLY CAN’T DECIDE
I hate love triangles or square! I don’t like the drama of the girl being unable to choose between two guys. False Memory had that but it didn’t bother me one bit for some reason and I kind of liked it. It worked for me. The first time I read about Peter, I knew for a fact that they were going to be an item and I was right. But turns out there was a Noah, who was just as sweet and as alluring as Peter and now I just can’t choose who I am going to root for. Both guys have their own reasons for being with Miranda and yes although Noah has been with her before but there’s just this part of me that is silently wishing it’s going to be Peter. But it breaks my heart when Noah feels that someone he already lost Miranda.
Deciding who to choose between these two awesome guys is making my head hurt!!! [image error] GIFSoup
HIGHLIGHTS There are a lot of highlights on this book and the most important for me was the unpredictability and the consistent action and suspense. There wasn’t a time when I was bored with it. It kept me interested all throughout.
* It had an original concept and the plot was very well written. The twists were unanticipated. I like guessing what will happen next and I would admit that I got almost everything wrong. That rarely happens. That is saying something.
* A sci-fi books usually have convoluted words that I most of the time could not get and it’s very frustrating when an author drowns you with so much of that, ending up you not enjoying the book as much as you should have. But False Memory has done the exact opposite. It gives you a background on how they were made but at the same time, Dan Krokos made it very easy to understand and follow. Plus it was very believable.
* It had a balanced mix of action/suspense and romance which I am rather more attached to.
* The characters were well-defined. I loved how each of them has their flaws and quirks but all of them worked to make the story work.
* I am always a fan of male authors who could authentically tell as story on a girl’s POV. Mr. Krokos nailed it on this one. He made Miranda’s voice sound so genuine that it’s almost as if it’s a girl or a woman’s whose writing the story. Awesome job!
* The transition of the story was well paced. It didn’t feel hurried even though there were tons of things happening at the same time. It felt like you were right at the middle of it while all the events occur. It was like watching an action film instead of reading it.
”Your power is dangerous. Rage comes to the forefront. This is more than a loaded gun.”
“The looming threat of memory loss is at the front of our minds. I don’t have much to lose. I guess. Two days of memories? But as soon as I think it. I realize I’m wrong. I have everything to lose.”
Peter smiles at me, shaking his head. Behind the smile I can see he’s scared as I am. Blood drips onto his lips. “You never did listen to my orders,” he said. I smiled back. “Aren’t you glad you’ll have company?”
I think this review has gotten way too long but I think it was necessary. I loved the book and I think it should be given a chance. I know that there had been some issues regarding the author but I seriously I think people should give this book a chance because you are going to be missing a lot by not reading it.
As I mentioned, there are really no words to explain my excitement towards this book and how I’m itching to get the next book and find out what will happen to them. It was a book you’ll easily love and get absorbed in. There are a lot of interesting stuff and concepts that had been introduced to us in this book and I really recommend it to everyone.
If you guys are into love triangles that actually work then I highly recommend this. The love triangle is so good that you’d want the main character to end up with both of them *but of course it’s not possible*.
I have one question though and it kept on bugging me. Why did they name them ‘Roses’?
Anyhoo, I would just like to reiterate that this book was awesome and I recommend it to every YA loving person out there who would like to read a fast-paced novel that is packed with action, suspense and romance, then I suggest picking this book up right now. You’ll get addicted.
5 stars. Sorry for the excessive use of the word “AWESOME”.
There are no words to express how AWESOME this book is! :p Simply no words! Tons of action, suspense, twists and revelation it blew my mind! It was sssoooo f*cking GOOD! I finished it last night and it was just so UNBELIEVABLE!
I had such high hopes for this book. It had loads of potential which was why I was overly disappointed after reading the first 200 something pages of tI had such high hopes for this book. It had loads of potential which was why I was overly disappointed after reading the first 200 something pages of this book. I was actually surprised I even reached 200 pages. Reading this felt like watching one of those Filipino soap operas that drags on and on with the same stuff.
The reason I picked up this book was because of the mystery revolving this certain book, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Did I get that correctly? I think I did. Anyways, thought it would somehow give me the same feel I had when I read Dan Brown’s books. I was for the first few pages really ecstatic because the synopsis was really promising. After I was done reading the first 100 pages that was when I started to get disappointed. It was getting too slow and too boring for me. The characters were fine; I liked them being all close and all but where was the mystery? Where was the thrill? I thought that probably all the talk and flashbacks were just preparations for what was yet to come but I was wrong. I was already past 200 pages and I still didn’t get what I was looking for and that was when I decided to put this book down. I had enough.
When a friend asked me how the book was I told him it was pretty much okay because I was in the first 100 pages then. I even told him I was wondering why this book had a low rating. I don’t know if it would be the same for everybody who read the book but the real reason why I didn’t enjoy this book was because of the pace of the story and the unnecessary flashbacks about how the friendship of the characters evolved and all that crap. At least that was what I thought. There were a lot of story telling about how the characters became friends and such but it didn’t really give much emphasis on the real main concept of the book.
I mean the story was about the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili right?
Or is it just me who thought that?
This book has 500 plus pages which I think should have just been around 300 plus if it just focused on the main story. I would have enjoyed it more. I have no issues with a slow paced story if it fitted the whole concept of the book but this is supposed to be a mystery/thriller right? It’s not supposed to be slow. It is supposed to make you want to know what happens next and savor the action and thrill that comes out from its pages.
I would have to give this book a three. This review is just based on the first 200 something pages I’ve read. I did not have the interest to read it any more. I may or may not reread it again in the future, I’m not sure. ...more
“Time moves in its own special way in the middle of the night. You can’t fight it.”
After Dark was a short novel about what happens in the streets of T“Time moves in its own special way in the middle of the night. You can’t fight it.”
After Dark was a short novel about what happens in the streets of Tokyo after midnight. After we close our doors, turn off our lights, there is a whole lot more happening outside that we might not be aware of which was what this book showed us. The story takes place over the course of one night. This book was narrated in a unique way. I have never read a book wherein the narrator was in the first person plural form. Somehow the narrator was like a camera that floats and follows the characters around. The first person that was focused on was Mari who was killing time reading a book at Denny’s when she unexpectedly met Takahasi, a boy she hadn’t seen in a while. Kaoru, the manager of a nearby love hotel seek her assistance in talking to a Chinese prostitute who was beaten by one of her customers. She found herself inside the love hotel translating Chinese to Japanese vise versa and also feeling an attachment to the poor prostitute. After that the camera shifts to her sister, Eri who was soundly sleeping in her room who was making very little movements. Her unplugged TV however was more alive than she was. Inside the TV, a masked man was watching Eri Asai sleeping.
This would be my first Haruki Murakami book and I loved it. I was dying to get my hands on one of his novels for so long and I finally had it. Murakami’s storytelling was not one I had encountered before. He had this way of mixing reality with surrealism. What can I say, this book made me think how small our world is. That everything we do might or might not affect other people. It also shows how small our world is. We meet people every day that may have a big or small part in what would happen to us or what happened to us in the past. Also this book shows us the value of our relationship with other people. How we all need one another to survive. How a conversation, a pat on the back could greatly affect us in ways we do not thought possible.
All in all the feel of this book to me was like a dream. It was like a long dream that has some sort of vague meaning like an Impressionistic painting. Reading this book was somehow magical. Murakami’s writing style made me crave more. I wish to be transported once more to a world that only Haruki Murakami can create.
I like horror/ghost books just as much as I like watching them. When I picked up Anna Dressed In Blood, I was hoping, really hoping that this would beI like horror/ghost books just as much as I like watching them. When I picked up Anna Dressed In Blood, I was hoping, really hoping that this would be one of the few horror/ghost books I liked. This was an okay book for me.
Anna Dressed in Blood was narrated in Cas’ point of view. Cas was a ghost hunter. It was some sort of retaliation because of what happened to his Dad. He and his Mom moved to a new city in search of Anna who was dressed in blood.
Who was Anna and why was she dressed in blood? Anna has been killed back in 1958 when she was sixteen. They slit her throat which was why her dress was covered with blood. Anna was a very aggressive and extremely powerful ghost. She was not like the other ghosts Cas faced before. She brutally murders anyone who steps into her house. She rips and tears and breaks her victims to pieces. She was a very very angry ghost. Cas witnessed one of her killing spree. But she spared his life. Why? Why did she not kill him like she did the others? What happened to Anna that made her the vengeful ghost that she was? Cas was determined to find out no matter what it takes.
Okay. As I mentioned earlier this book was just an okay book for me. I like horror/ghost books and this book didn’t really live up to my expectations. It was gory which was good. But there was still something missing. The story itself was good. I loved the whole concept of Anna being who she was. I may have been put off with this book a bit because it reminded me a lot of the Winchester brothers. I am an avid fan of SUPERNATURAL. I watched all the seasons and I know their story. Cas’s dad died. Sam and Dean thought their father was dead too which was how they became hunters, right? For those who watched the series, back me up please! Anyways, there were things I liked too.
HERE ARE THE THINGS I LIKED:
* I adore Anna! I am not suicidal. I’m scared of Anna but I admire her. She killed people yes but it wasn’t her fault. I couldn’t bring myself to hate Anna despite the things she has done. She was scary but in a good way. I mean this is a ghost story right? She’s supposed to be scary. And she is. I’d hate to get in the bad side of Anna. I liked how she could rip people to pieces. Hahaha. Seriously, I thought that was kind of cool.
* The cat. Tybalt is the coolest cat ever. If every cat was like him, I’d get a cat as soon as possible. Tybalt could sense spirits. Ain’t that cool?!
* The goriness! Everything was described thoroughly. It was as if I was seeing Anna ripping her victims with my own eyes. Very detailed. It was creepy just the way I like it.
* Loved the back flashes.
* It was in a male POV. I liked that it was a guy who was telling the story for a change. Most YA books are always told on the female POV. How the author told the story was just awesome. (I liked the male POV, but I still don’t like Cas. Sorry!)
I know there are more to love about this book but I just can’t get over the fact that the main character was very similar to Dean and Sam Winchester. If that aspect has been removed I would have probably given this book a 5.
Though I just have it a 3.5, I would still recommend this book to everyone who wants a spooky read and those who don’t mind a little goriness.
I got this book during the Filipino group’s Xmas Party! :D This book kind of reminded me of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. The story also revolved arounI got this book during the Filipino group’s Xmas Party! :D This book kind of reminded me of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. The story also revolved around the Vatican, the Popes but this time it also involved a secret.
The Third Secret was about three secrets that the Virgin Mary entrusted to three peasant children. This secret had been kept hidden by the Vatican. It was released in 2000, but was it really? Did they really release the third secret that the Virgin Mary imparted to the three children? No they didn’t. What was so important about that secret? Why was Pope Clement XV so worried? Because this secret, if revealed to the public could change the Catholic world.
I highly recommend this book. But if you are sensitive to the topic of religion in books then I don’t recommend it. It was full of suspense. The book was well researched. Most of the facts here are very accurate. Full of details. If I’d not known this was fiction I would have believed what I read. ...more
"I didn't think you had to make the choice you said you made then. But if I did have to choose between someone I love and a stranger, I would choose
"I didn't think you had to make the choice you said you made then. But if I did have to choose between someone I love and a stranger, I would choose the one I love."
REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK
I have mixed feelings about is book.
On one hand, I liked all the scary bits, where Mara gets taunted by all these weird happenings, dreams, and creepy bloody messages. But on another hand, I feel totally torn, that I sort of guessed how this book was going to end. Or at least this specific book, not the series.
It was suspenseful, but only towards the last part of the book.
There were a lot of things that happened in this book, that made me extremely angry. No, it's not about Mara. Mara was fine, not in her most admirable state, but she wasn't my problem. It was the people around her that I hated.
Anways, before I go any further, let's go to the summary shall we?
HOW IT BEGINS
I woke up on the morning of some day in some hospital to find a stranger sitting in my room.
Like the first book, this one starts with Mara in a hospital again.
She seems to have a thing for hospitals. Anyways, yeah, this story starts of with Mara at a hospital, with someone who she doesn't know watching over her. She had no recollection about what happened before ending up in the hospital. She does remember some things, which I'm not going to mention because its a spoiler for the first book, but other than those little details, she cannot remember.
After talking to the stranger in her room, she finds out that she has been involuntarily admitted by her parents... I'm sure you guys guessed it by now... to a psychward, only with a fancier name. LOL. So then, her mum visits and she's very apologetic about why she was here and blah blah blah... She starts to remember and tells her about what happened and why she acted all crazy, but her mum, did not believe her. As usual. fuck that shit
I'm not going to go into more details about this because most of it are spoilers from the first book. But what this book mainly focuses on was, Mara being part of this school-like program where she gets the "treatment" she needs to cure her of her psychosis and delusions.
Aside from Mara's treatment sessions and occasional nightmares, more secrets get revealed on why she and Noah are different. On why they have the abilities that they have.
More secrets are revealed. Yey!! Not really.
For some reason, I didn't feel as connected to Mara on this book. I understand that a lot of things have been happening around her, and she couldn't grasp on what is real and what isn't, because of all the people around her who believes she's really crazy. You see her struggle with controlling herself. You see her most of the time, win against her fear. But, I feel she has become too dependent on Noah.
"Without Noah, I would be truly completely alone in this. My father might be right. If I lost Noah, I might just lose my mind."
There was a lot of "Noah this", "Noah that", "Can't wait to see Noah", "I need Noah". And No girl. Just no. You have to battle your own monsters girl. Noah can't do all of that for you. I know he promised you that he will protect you, but he can't always be there. I get why she's gotten so dependent on him. It's because he's the only one who believes in her, and I get that. But she crossed over that bar of being too dependent.
But on a positive note, I think this is one Michelle Hodkin's way to arc Mara's character and prepare her for the last book, and I applaud that. It's very risky, because it could make or break a readers interest in reading the last book.
All in all, Mara wasn't at all bad. It just wasn't my thing to be honest. I prefer my characters to be weak at first then get better, that starting strong, dipping low, then going back up again. Just personal preference.
I still love Noah. His character is constant, and I liked that. He has so much self-control and I really admire that. But, he hid a lot more things from Mara on this book and that kind of got him a bit of a shake of the head. I don't get why male characters do that. They make their love interest look weak. It's like they don't trust them to take in a bad news or event.
However, Noah takes matter into his own hands. His overprotective side was perfect. Overprotectiveness usually is a bad thing for me, but in this case, he had every reason to be. There's a crazy person who's scaring the shit out of his girlfriend... he should be overprotective. Right?
The Other Characters
I have to start of with saying I love seeing Jaime back. I think it's one of the things that made me happy in this book.
Second thing, I want to say that I hate Mara's parents. I hate them so bad. The things they said, and the things they do and how ignorant they were to the entire thing when part of the secret has been revealed. I hated that. Hate. Hate. Hate.
The ghost is a prick. He's not really a ghost but yeah... He's a douche. A stupid person. A violent maniac. Enough said.
And I don't trust those doctors.
I think this is one of the reasons I couldn't give this sequel 5 stars. There was a lot of push and pull going on between Noah and Mara. I liked how their conversations go, especially when they're being silly and teasing each other, but the other aspects, like their togetherness as a couple, it worried me.
Noah didn't want to push Mara. Mara wanted to be pushed. So... See my problem here?
- I still found most of the parts that were creepy, were really creepy. I liked the atmosphere the author made when it was on those scenes.
- The characters were all three dimensional. None of them fell flat and unnecessary. Everyone played their roles well. Especially the antagonists. They really made me hate them.
- Noah Shaw. He yet again, gains a whole point just for existing on this book.
- Jude. I hate that person to bits. And that makes him a great antagonist.
- And that cover. It looks so pretty. All of the covers for this series is pretty.
- This book was pretty slow. Everything about it was slow. I feel that it dragged on some parts and moved too fast on others, like the ending. It dwelt so much on the "let's-scare-mara" part that it completely forgot that I need more information on the "why-this-was-happening-to-mara" part.
- Questions were answered, but too abruptly. I felt that there should have been more time for us to digest what was happening and not just dumping all the information, just to make it at least a bit fast-paced. Nooooo.
- The dreams were completely confusing. I hated those. Maybe I'm just stupid, I dunno, but I didn't like those bits. I didn't get what they signified.
- The conclusion was revealed in a choppy way. For me at least. The author thrown a bit of information here, then a bit of information again here. Then a big information here. I get that. I think it was there for the suspense part, but... I feel the information was still... lacking.
- It was so damn predictable. I knew about Jude. I knew about the other antagonists. I knew that there were reasons why Jaime was back. I knew what that stupid girl who I will not mention about was doing.
I reread The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer just shortly before I read this so I could easily compare the two. And I could honestly say, that I liked the first book better in every regard. It was good, but not as good as the first one, hence, the four star rating.
I just didn't think everything wrapped up perfectly. I feel there were plenty of plot holes. I get that this is the second book and everything is not supposed to be revealed on this book, but I want something concrete at least and I didn't get that. All I got was, a lot of tiny things that is supposed to make sense, but didn't for me.
I wish I liked this book better. I delved into this book with high expectations. Too high though. And I wish I didn't.
Will I be reading the last book? Maybe. Or maybe I will, but not right now. It's not at the top of my priority right now. ...more