It took me a while before I decided to make a review for this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love Twilight. I LLLOOOOVVEEEE TWILIGHT! It was my first YAIt took me a while before I decided to make a review for this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love Twilight. I LLLOOOOVVEEEE TWILIGHT! It was my first YA Paranormal book. This book brought me back to reading.
As a kid I loved reading. I read Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Sweet Valley and the sort. One day I just stopped reading. I don’t know why but I just stopped. Then one of my friends told me about Twilight. She told me to read the book because there was a movie coming out about it. I got curious and bought a copy. I had the small paperback version with Kirsten and Rob on the cover. I started reading and the rest was history.
I didn’t stop reading until I finished it in one seating. If I remember correctly I started reading it at around 11pm and ended it around I think 6am or something. I just couldn’t put it down. The book just rekindled my love for books.
I was new to the whole YA paranormal genre back then. I was clueless. I didn’t know that books like Twilight existed. I only read Dan Brown, Stephen King, Sidney Sheldon, Nicholas Sparks and other known authors but nothing like Twilight.
This book was narrated in Bella Swan’s point of view. Bella was moving to Forks, Washington to live with her father Charlie. She wasn’t at all that thrilled because she hated the weather there. It was almost always raining in Forks unlike in Arizona where it was always sunny and dry.
At school, she was the new kid and everyone wanted a piece of Bella Swan. Forks was a small town so almost everyone knew everybody. It was lunch time when she met them, the Cullens. She was however particularly drawn to handsome bronze haired, Edward who turned to be more than who she thinks he is.
Edward and the whole Cullen clan were vampires. They feed on animals because they didn’t want to kill humans. Alice and Edward both have gifts. Alice could see the future and Edward could read minds apart from Bella’s. If you want to know why then you would have read Breaking Dawn. :)
What is a good love story without the third party? Jacob. He was Bella’s childhood friend from the reservation. Jacob was human but he has some secrets of his own that would be revealed in the later books (can’t reveal it here aahahaha).
All in all the concept of the book was original which was what drawn me to the book in the first place. A vampire falling in love with a human was new to me. I have been reading books with vampire and human love affairs but still Twilight would forever be my favorite vampire book.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the heroine, Bella. She was annoying most of the time and a little immature for my taste. Edward however pulled me in immediately. He was like a drug to me that I couldn’t get enough of. Aside from Edward, Alice was also my favorite. She could see the future and she was very nice to Bella which I liked.
Despite my dislike for Bella, I would still give Twilight a 5! ...more
Just watched the movie! I know a lot of you have already watched it but heck I was still excited! BEST MOVIE ADAPTATION OF A BOOK EVER. Felt thOMGosh! :)
Just watched the movie! I know a lot of you have already watched it but heck I was still excited! BEST MOVIE ADAPTATION OF A BOOK EVER. Felt that it was as close as the movie is going to get to the book!
Well. :) So excited for the next movie. Will have to read Catching Fire soon.
------------------- Dystopian books?
Not really my thing.
Wither was the first dystopian novel I've read and it seriously gave me a headache. It wasn’t because that book was poorly written but because I was just not comfortable with the fact that young girls were getting kidnapped and sold to rich boys in order to procreate. I have no issues with teen pregnancy but then the kidnapping part and them being sold was a lot like prostitution to me. There were a couple of instances where I swore I was going to put Wither down but I didn’t because I thought it would get better. It didn’t. After that I stirred away from dystopian books until Hunger Games. Hunger Games was another dystopian novel. This book has been on my to-read pile for so long that I almost forgot about it. Sure there were good reviews about it but since it was dystopian, I had to skip it. Then I saw the movie trailer. I thought the trailer was cool but still I didn’t pick the book up. I was still hesitant about the whole dystopian thing. I was afraid that it would turn out just like the other book I read. March 2012 was nearing. The movie was going to be in the big screen soon and that's when I told myself that I had to read it now! So I picked up my copy and began reading it after I got home from work.
OMG! OMG! OMG!
Then I finished it!
I would like to give this book a round of applause! A standing ovation if it's even possible. HUNGER GAMES was AWESOME! One of the best books I have read so far. It had all the elements that make a book fascinating. Despite it being a dystopian novel, I still love it. Completely loved and adored it.
The setting of the Hunger Games was in a place called Panem.
WHERE IS PANEM?
Panem is a future nation that came from the ruins of what we all know as North America. It had twelve districts that were governed by the Capitol. Because of an upheaval that happened before against the Capitol, the Hunger Games was born. The Hunger Games would require tributes –- a boy and a girl whose ages were between 12 and 18 – and they will be chosen to represent their district on the Hunger Games.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE HUNGER GAMES?
The 24 tributes from the different districts had to face each other in the arena. They had to fight for survival. They had to outwit each other. They had to think before they act. They had to show everybody that they are the best. Why? Because only one of them will come out of the Arena.
WHAT’S THE STORY ABOUT?
The main protagonist is Katniss Everdeen who I loved almost instantly. She was a perfect example of a girl strengthened by poverty. She lived in District 12, which I think was poorest of all the districts. The time to choose the tributes came. Prim, her younger sister was chosen. Katniss loved her sister and volunteered herself in exchange for her sister. Katniss was now District 12’s tribute along with Peeta Mellark who was not really a stranger to her. The chosen tributes were then transported to the Capitol for the Hunger Games. They were prepped and introduce to everyone. Bets were on. People had their own bets to cheer on. Katniss was struggling. Katniss was scared but she couldnt let it show. She had to be strong.
Who will she trust? What will she do to survive? How will she prevent herself from getting killed?
The Games will change you.
REACTION AFTER FINISHING IT:
Flabbergasted. I think that is one word that would describe how I felt about the Hunger Games. It was full of action, suspense, drama, romance. What more could you ask for?
Katniss was the perfect heroine. She is my type of lead female character. She had this courage in her that lights up like fire. Katniss, the Girl on Fire. I adore her. She wasn’t weak like most of the lead characters in YA books. She was strong, brave and courageous. She was also smart. She uses her head. I hate depended lead characters and Katniss was not one of them.
While I can go on and on regarding my crush on Katniss, her male counterpart actually caught me too. Peeta Mellark, the baker boy who burned bread to give to his childhood crush. How sweet! Peeta was not as skilled as Katniss but he does everything to protect her nonetheless. Peeta. Peeta. Peeta. I hope you’re mine. You are a paradigm of a perfect boyfriend.
Katniss and Peeta had perfect chemistry. You will always come across a book where the characters blend together perfectly. Katniss and Peeta were one of them. They were a smokin’ couple. (They were literally a smoking couple during the introduction of the tributes right? :D) Anyways, Peeta and Katniss were made to be together. I did have Katniss for hurting Peeta! Arrrg,
I was told that the concept of the Hunger Games was not entirely original. I heard that somehow it was a bit similar to the Lord of Flies but I haven’t read that so I couldn’t say if it is true nor not but still I fell in love with the book either way. It was a mixture of everything I wanted and not knowing I wanted in one book. Not only did it have the action, romance, exceptional writing style that I wanted, I also felt there was a deeper meaning to the book that was hidden between the lines.
The society that Katniss belonged to was very similar to the one that we have now. The status quo remained. District 12 symbolizes the underprivileged ones. It symbolizes the oppressed ones who didn’t have enough food to feed their families. It symbolizes the ones who had to take desperate measures to survive. The Capitol represents the rich people. They control the least fortunate ones with their money. They think they’re superior. I am not stereotyping. Not all rich people are bad while not all poor people are good either. It’s just a thought anyways. Don’t burn me at stake because I said that about the rich people. I know a lot of rich people who were more humble than me. I am not rich to make things clear. Hahaha. I’m part of District 12. Enough of that already. I didn’t know what came over me.
THE HUNGER GAMES easily became my favorite. I’ve learned my lesson not to judge a book by its GENRE. If you are looking for an interesting read with a twist then I recommend this book. THE HUNGER GAMES did not disappoint. If this book could talk, I’m sure it will slap me in the face and say “Take that you b*tch for thinking that I am not worth your time reading!” Hahaha. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES! I can’t wait for the movie.
A PERFECT 5!
PS: The movie is coming out next year. I thought the girl who played Katniss seemed to fit the part. I am just not too sure about the guy who played Peeta. I had a different Peeta in mind. Maybe Chace Crawford or Alex Pettyfer? Not expecting him. I thought Peeta was supposed to be blond anyways?!
If you are looking for a great YA book that is not about angels, demons, vampires and faeries then this book is for you.
This book was about a girl whIf you are looking for a great YA book that is not about angels, demons, vampires and faeries then this book is for you.
This book was about a girl who fell in love with a Revenant.
What are Revenants you say?
The Revenants were people who take the place of someone who was about to die. They die in the place of someone else. They were like guardian angels but not really. They become Revenants because they died saving someone else in their past life. Not everyone who does that could become like them though.
How are the Revenants involved in this story?
Kate and her sister Georgia lost their parents because of an accident. They both have to move to Paris and live with their grandparents because of what happened.
Georgia was coping just fine with the loss of their parents but Kate was not. She still could not accept that her parents were gone and they were never coming back.
After exiling herself in her room for so long, Kate decided to go out and explore Paris for a change. She then met Vincent Delacroix, a mysteriously gorgeous young man who caught her attention at a coffee shop.
Fate has other plans for them though. Kate and Vincent met again at a museum and after that they spent more time with each other.
Kate knew that Vincent was different. She knew that he had a secret and she won’t stop at nothing to figure out what it was.
Because of a little incident, Vincent had to tell Kate what he was. He was not human. He was undead but not a zombie. He was neither a vampire nor an angel. He was a Revenant.
For my review, I would like to break it down into two: my RANTS and RAVES.
* The story for me was unique and original. As I mentioned earlier, it was like a breath of fresh air from the usual vampire and angel thing. The whole concept of other people dying in place of someone else and then living again caught me off guard.
* This book was written in first person which was a plus for me.
* The setting was just perfect for the book. Where? PARIS!
* The cover was stunning. I have to say that the cover was one of the things that pushed me to read the book.
* Kate was a nice girl who loves books and art. She was like a girl after my own heart so I love her. She was vulnerable to Vincent’s charm but she tries to hide it. In short, she wasn’t the type of girl who would immediately show interest in someone even if she knows that she already like him.
* Vincent was no doubt gorgeous. He was old fashioned gentleman. He was honest and I like that about him. He trusts Kate could handle the truth. He kept his word when he said to Kate about telling her more about them. Vincent. Vincent. Vincent. I have added you to my list of book BFs. :)
* Jules at first was an ass. I was not sure why he was like that but then that changed. Turns out he was outgoing and friendly and flirty too. Hahaha.
* I liked the part that Vincent was able to use Kate as a vessel. I liked it because they worked together to kick the ass of the bad guy.
* Kate and Vincent’s relationship was something I definitely envied. They were perfect for each other. They both were willing to make sacrifices for each other. Kate saved Vincent and Vincent was willing to do what was necessary (even if it was hard) so that Kate would not feel the pain she felt when her parents died.
* Ms. Plum’s writing style was superb.
* Lastly, no freaking cliffhangers which I ABSOLUTELY ADORED! With this book you’ll know there is a sequel but still when you read Die for me you don’t get pissed off when you reach the ending because there were loads of unanswered questions. You got to agree with me, sometimes cliffhangers are not good. The ending was just great.
* The characters sort of reminded me of certain characters in Twilight. I know, I know. I shouldn’t compare either books because they are different. Let me just share my opinions though.
1. Kate was like Bella because she was vulnerable like her. She was like Bella not aware that she was pretty. Both were insecure and they also fell in love at first sight. I like Kate a whole lot better than Bella.
2. Vincent was like Edward (obviously). They both were old fashioned gentleman because they were old. They don’t age. I would have to give kudos to Vincent though because trusted Kate with the truth. Alright I’ll admit, Vincent was a way better guy than Edward. I mean Edward is my first love and all but Vincent was just everything that Edward was and more. :)
3. Charlotte reminded me of Alice. Yep. She had short hair too only it was blond. She was close to Kate like Alice was close to Bella.
4. Ambrose was like Emmett. He was buff and likes to tease a lot.
* I hate Kate’s sister, Georgia. Arrrg. She was very irresponsible and stupid. He has a temper of a bull.
* I didn’t like the antagonist. Why? He was not that interesting. And he died in the first book. He was the head of the Zumas (bad revenants) and he died so quickly?
* The book ended so quickly. I wanted more Kate and Vincent time. I felt that it was cut short a little.
All in all I loved the book despite some obvious similarity to Twilight. I know most of you won’t agree with me on that but I just couldn’t lie that I didn’t remember Twilight as I was reading this.
Still, I love this book and I am already impatiently waiting for the second book. I just couldn’t wait to have more VINCENT time. :)
One definition of wither is to dry up as part of the process of dying. Another one is to fade or lose freshness of vitality. Both of the definiWither.
One definition of wither is to dry up as part of the process of dying. Another one is to fade or lose freshness of vitality. Both of the definition was shown in this book.
Rhine was a sixteen year old girl who has been abducted by the Gatherers to be the House Governor’s wife.
Be a wife?
Yep, that’s right.
How about the other wives?
One was I think Eighteen or Seventeen and the other one was Thirteen.
This book was set up in a dystopian setting where girls die at the age of 20 and the boys die at 25. This was due to an experiment conducted to perfect humans so that everybody would be healthy. All the first generation experiments were good they were healthy and everything but the following generations had the disease that kills them when they reached a certain age. Girls were kidnapped and inspected (yep inspected like some sort of animal). If they were good enough they keep them to be sold to the wealthy people to become wives of the House Governors but if not then they either get left somewhere or worse they get killed.
Rhine Ellery had been abducted. She and other girls were kidnapped and were kept inside a van until they reached a facility where they get inspected. Rhine and two other girls (Jenna and Cecily) passed the inspection and were handed over to the Ashbury’s to become the House Governor’s wife.
Rhine maybe Linden’s wife but she will never allow him to sleep with her. They may share the same bed every once in a while but she couldn’t let him get what he want from her. She was the only one of the three wives that hasn’t slept with Linden.
Because aside from her distaste of being a prisoner in the mansion and leaving her twin brother behind, she was already in love with someone else, Gabriel.
For the review:
I would have to say that I like the concept of the book. I like how the whole thing was thought of.
Rhine as a character was very fearless. I loved her. She was not the kind of heroine that was useless or clumsy or very dependent on the guys in the books. She herself thinks of ways on how she could get out of the situation she was in. She was the perfect example of GIRL POWER! YEAH!!
Gabriel wasn’t the typical handsome and rich leading man. He was sweet and gentle. What’s not to like about him? :)
And as for Linden Ashby, I really feel bad for him. He seems like a nice guy. He was very oblivious to what his deranged father was doing. He lost his first love and failed capturing the heart of Rhine. He may have everything materially but still I guess that really isn’t enough to make people happy.
Jenna and Cecily were the two other wives of Linden. They both have character of their own. They were not lifeless like most of the secondary characters. Jenna was the silent rebel type. She didn’t have anything to lose. Jenna didn’t like to be where she was but still she didn’t want to do anything about it because she thought there was no use in doing it. Cecily (the thirteen year old) on the other hand was very happy to be one of the wives. She was the first one who got pregnant of the three. Her character was probably one of the things I didn’t like in this book. I don’t really want kids getting pregnant. She was so so young. :(( I thought that maybe the author could have made her older than 13.
And there’s Linden’s evil mad doctor father, Housemaster Vaughn. I hate him and I want to beat the crap out of him. I don’t like what he did to those people. He was controlling, cunning and just plain EVIL! I mean I am not a pronaturalist if I was there. Of course I would like to find a cure for the disease but then what he was doing was just so out of the line. He said he was doing it for his son but I actually don’t really think so!
Anyways, all in all I liked the book. It was a little slow for me but still it was good. I would recommend the book for those who enjoy dystopian genre. It is a good read. It was simply written. The author didn’t make use of very complex words probably because the narrator Rhine was young. The book was good but did not really excite me that much.
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life,SUMMARY from Goodreads:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
Yey! I finally finished it! :) Hurray!
No doubt this book has everything in it: romance, adventure, fantasy and loads more. The book was well written and very imaginative. There are a lot of things I love about the book but then I also noticed a couple of not so good things but I adore the book either way.
Here are the things that I loved about this book:
* To me the story was unique in its own way. I loved how Ms. Kagawa depicted Nevernever. It was totally magical. I was spellbound. Nevernever almost seemed real to me. Too real that I would be able to find a trod behind my house. :)
* It was very well written. The book was filled with rich details that rouse the imagination and senses of the readers. It was as if I was seeing Nevernever through Meghan’s eyes.
* It was full of action. I easily get bored so it’s very important to me that this book had the right measurement of everything. The action was just right and so was the romance part.
*The characters were very alive like they could step out of the pages of the book anytime. Each character have their own characteristics that define them.
Meghan: The self-less heroine who’s weakness are the people who she cares for. She tries to be brave for the people who depend on her. I liked her because even though she knew saving her brother was dangerous she was still willing to sacrifice her own freedom for him. I admire that.
Ash: The vengeful prince of the Winter Court whose heart was as cold as ice until Meghan came. Of course he was handsome with silvery eyes and dark hair. I understood him more in the later part of the book. At first I was decided that I liked Puck better than him but I was totally swayed by him nearing the end of the book. Who wouldn’t want a prince as a boyfriend? :p
Puck: Also known as Robin Goodfellow or Robbie Goodfell. He was the best friend. The protector. King Oberon’s favorite and trusted jester. He was playful and adventurous. Loyal and trustworthy. I fell in love with him almost immediately. I know that Meghan is bound to be with Ash but still I hope he gets his happy ending too. He deserves to be happy too despite of what he did in the past that made Ash hate him so much.
Grimalkin: The Cait Sith. The disappearing cat. He kinda reminded me of the cat in Alice in Wonderland. He was the cat who helped Meghan reach the Summer Court. He actually helped a lot. At first I thought he was an enemy or something but I guess I’ll just have to check on the books too and see what happened.
King Oberon: The King of the Summer Court. He rules his kingdom with an iron fist yet he was fair and just. He knew he have offended his wife Queen Titania so he allowed her to let Meghan serve in the kitchen of the Court of a few days. Yet I know that he did not allow anything bad to happen to Meghan when she was there.
Queen Titania: The resident Queen Bitch of the Seelie Court. A book would never be complete without someone like her. She was ruthless and cunning. She was the total opposite of her husband who was more soft-spoken.
Queen Mab: The other Queen Bitch but this time from the Unseelie Court. She is Ash’s mother. She ruled the Winter Court. She was much like Titania. I both hate their guts.
King Machina: The King of the Iron feys. He was powerful and very manipulative. He was the one responsible for the kidnapping of Meghan’s brother Ethan. I guess you just have to read the book to find out more about this person. I hate hate hate him!
* The book was totally enchanting and magical. It was a breath of fresh air to me. Today’s popular novels were about vampires and angels so a book about faeries is very unique to me. As a kid I love reading fairy tales and now I am 22, reading the Iron King rekindled me with my childhood yet still manages to satisfy my want for something mature at the same time. Does that make sense? :p
* I LOVED how the book ended. Yes. It was a cliffhanger but Ms. Kagawa ended it in a way that wasn’t irritating. Most of the questions were answered like who took her Meghan’s brother and stuff like that. There was also the mystery of Meghan’s human father. It wasn’t answered here but it didn’t give me the feeling that it was supposed to be answered in this book. The Iron King was ended perfectly.
Okay here are the few things that I didn’t like:
* It reminded me of Narnia. Don’t get me wrong I love Narnia. It was just how I felt during the first few pages of reading it but then gradually it did disappear. I then realized that there was more to this book than what I thought of initially.
* I have an issue with Meghan and Ash. Don’t get me wrong I love their story. It has a little touch of Romeo and Juliet but I don’t mind that at all. Ash and Meghan belong together no doubt about it. What bothered me a bit was the transitioning of them hating each other and liking each other the next. It was a bit incomplete for me at that point. I had to go back and reread some parts to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I wanted Ash and Meghan to have spent more time together and gotten to know each other more rather than falling for each other so quick. It would have been nice to see how their relationship flourished.
I will say it again and again. I am totally in love with this book. It was a very great read. I am so going to finish this series and won’t stop until I do. :)
OMG! This is one of the best book that I have ever read. ^_^ I love Greek Mythology and the way Ms. Angelini incorporated Greek Myth to fit the modernOMG! This is one of the best book that I have ever read. ^_^ I love Greek Mythology and the way Ms. Angelini incorporated Greek Myth to fit the modern setting was amazing!
I could not find the words to describe how I felt when I was reading this book. It almost felt like I was there witnessing everything.
The characters, they were very believable. I really fell in LOVE with LUCAS DELOS! :P He felt really alive in those pages. I didn't think I would love any boy from a book other than Edward but then again Lucas came and changed all that. HE IS SUCH A HUNK. Helen was a good character too. She wasnt the usual girl that would really want to be saved. She wants to be the one who saves people. I am also curious as to what would happen between Claire and Jason. I think there is really something there. :p
I can't wait for the second book and hopefully they make this a movie too. I would love to see all the fight scenes and the flying. It would be great to see it live! ^_________^
Kudos to Ms.Josephine Angelini for making this book. I'm a fan now. :D...more
I was really hooked with this book. I read it for like 2 days!!! ^_^ The story was not as complicated as I thought it would be. I loved how Aimee CarteI was really hooked with this book. I read it for like 2 days!!! ^_^ The story was not as complicated as I thought it would be. I loved how Aimee Carter shed light to Greek Mythology. I know most people won't agree with me but in my opinion it was very creative. :p I really can't wait for the second book. Henry and Kate are really wonderful characters. I loved it! ...more
For some reason, I did not think I was going to like this book. I was worried because it was a Middle Grade book, I wouldn't like it too much. But no,For some reason, I did not think I was going to like this book. I was worried because it was a Middle Grade book, I wouldn't like it too much. But no, I was so wrong. I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Of course it wasn't perfect. Some things that happened on this book are questionable, but then again, this is a Middle Grade book. I shouldn't compare the writing or the depth of this book to an Adult book or even a Young Adult book.
This series is even better than some of the YA/Adult books I've read.
And no, I am not kidding.
It easily became one of my favorites. I am actually reading the second book right now and so far, it is not disappointing me.
Percy Jackson don't like trouble. But it seems that trouble always finds him.
See, bad things happen to me on field trips. Like at my fifth-grade school, when we went to the Saratoga battlefield, I had this accident with Revolutionary War cannon. I wasn't aiming for the school bus, but of course I got expelled anyway. And before that, at my fourth-grade school, when we took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Marine World shark pool, I sort of hit the wrong lever on the catwalk and our class took an unplanned swim. And the time before that... Well you get the idea.
No matter how much he tries to be a good student or merge with the crowd, some unfortunate event would most likely happen.
And the most recent was being attacked by his Algebra teacher who turned out to be literally a monster. Or at least that's what he thought. But anyways, no one remembers this Algebra teacher. Then weirder things started happening. His best friend, Grover, started being so paranoid that he offers to take him home. The bus ride how was not the typical bus ride you'd get going home.
His mom finds out about the incident at school. She then realize that it was time to tell Percy why weird things happen around him.
"I tried to keep you as close to me as I could," my mom said. "They told me that was a mistake. But there's only one other option, Percy - the place your father wanted to send you. And I just... I just can't stand to do it."
His father wanted to send him to a summer camp. But it's not just any regular summer camp. Turns out... Percy is a half-blood. His father, who he has never met before, was actually a God. Not the Christian God, but one of the Greek Gods. Yeah. I know. Sounds impossible but it's true.
And this where his adventure starts.
THE MAIN CHARACTERS
If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe that none of this ever happened.
I really liked Percy. At first, you'd probably think he is one of those perfect, special, could-do-no-wrong type of character. But he wasn't. Percy wasn't perfect. He was a teenager with a temper issue. And also a trouble magnet. Trouble follows him everywhere he goes and as the story progress, you'll find out why that is.
I was so refreshing to read from his perspective. He was sarcastic when he talks. And he really loves his mother. Also, it was good to see that he wasn't a push over. He didn't take crap from anybody even when he knows that they are superior to him. Like what he did with Ares. I'm not going to spoil you, but it's one of the highlights of this story for me. And I understood his motivations and why he was upset with his dad. Everything he does and say are understandable.
"I'm afraid it's because we're getting closer to being dead."
I really liked her! One of the best female character's I've read about. Why? Because she wasn't a Mary Sue. She was strong. She was feisty. She was smart. But underneath all that, she was a girl broken by the people who were supposed to take care of her. But really, I loved Annabeth. The movie Annabeth's character wasn't as fleshed out as the book one. The book Annabeth was better because she was strong but also vulnerable.
"As long as there's a snack bar without monsters."
What can I say about Grover? He was funny and I also like him. I guess I liked all the main characters in this book. He was the comedic addition to the entire adventure. And like Annabeth and Percy, he does have his own reason for doing the things he is doing and I love that.
I liked how the plot was so fluid. There was never a dull moment in this book. There were slower moments, but then slowly after, then the action comes back up again. The author let's the new information you get sink in first, before he introduces a new conflict or a new challenge they have to overcome and I like that. He doesn't only develop the plot, but also the characters. I feel some books lack either of the two, but this books has a balance of that. It focused on both the plot and the characters.
I LOVED how he brought the Greek Gods out of Europe and into North America. It was so believable. I love Greek Mythology and because of that, I know quite a bit of it. And the way he used the mythology to make it this book's reality. It was so clever and so freakin' awesome.
I am a big fan of the writing. It wasn't what I expected really because of the movie. I thought Percy was going to be this shy, timid character who let's himself be bullied, but then finding out that he was something special. He was special, but he wasn't all he other things I said. At the beginning of this book, he sort of spoke to the readers. So it was a bit of a second person POV, but switched to first person shortly after the opening lines. But it was great. I liked that.
THINGS I LIKED
✔ The characters were so real and awesome. I liked how they all aren't perfect. Even the Gods. They were very believable and were written so well you'll be able to relate to at least one of them.
✔ I liked how the story developed. The pace was so great. It was quick paced when it had to, but there were some slower points that allows the reader to let the information sink in.
✔ The involvement of the parents. I liked how they weren't left out in the story. They had their own roles to play in the lives of the characters. Two of them in particular.
✔ How the author used the Greek myth and used it in this story. It was hilarious how he depicted some of the Gods. He stayed true to the myth, but made them a little bit more human. If that makes any sense.
✔ I knew who the Lightning Thief was going to be (because I watched the movie... hehehe.. sorry) but this book just surprised me still. It was so different from the movie. I was like "Wow. Why didn't they use that in the movie instead?"
THE THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE
✘ While I liked how he uses the Greek Gods, I did have some questions. "If they were so powerful and they know everything and looks at everything, how can they not know who stole Zeus' lightning bolt?" I mean Apollo has Oracles right? If not, then I'm sure they have other ways to figure it out. I'm not gonna get into spoilers but the person who caught the Lightning thief but didn't do anything about it was the least of the Gods I would expect to catch him. I didn't buy that part.
✘ The conflict was a bit weak for me. I do understand this is a Middle Grade book, but it's just one of the things I didn't like.
I love this book! I highly recommend it if you have a Harry Potter hangover. I'm not saying they are the same, but the adventure it will take you on is quite the same.
I would be continuing on with this series and hopefully finish the second one soon....more
When I first saw this book I was so enchanted by the cover. I was like “WOW look at that cover!!” I thought the cover was just gorgeous and I told myselWhen I first saw this book I was so enchanted by the cover. I was like “WOW look at that cover!!” I thought the cover was just gorgeous and I told myself I had to get my hands on that book. When I clutched the book in my hands, the feeling of excitement overwhelmed me.
Almost immediately after I got it, I started to read…
Alas! Book covers and synopsis could be very deceiving.
This book reminds me of a book very close to my heart. Unfortunately, that is not a good thing. This book would have to be the most disappointing book I have read. The cover masked the unsightliness of this book.
THIS BOOK WAS JUST LIKE
Twilight may not be the best book out there but it’s my first YA book so whatever happens I would still love Twilight and would always dislike books that would come close or imitate its story. Sad to say, The Carrier of the Mark was one of those books. I wouldn’t mind the similarity if it were just little things but as I was reading the book majority of it was a Twilightish. It was infuriating. All my excitement went down the drain.
Let me give you a few examples of what I meant about it being Twilightish:
1. Megan’s first day at a new school and already the first person to talk to her knew her name. Why? Because it was a small town? (Forks anyone?)
2. First day of school Adam was staring intently at Megan. Megan stared back. Megan couldn’t get him out of her head. *BOOOM!* They were in love! (I knew someone who had the same feeling towards each other. What was their name again? Oh right, it was Edward and Bella!)
3. Adam and his siblings, his sister and his brother. Their names start with an A and an R. Now Edward has siblings too right? What were their names again? Rosalie and Alice? I heard A was close with Meghan and R has a bit of an issue with what they are. You think I was talking about Rosalie and Alice right? NOTTT! I was talking about Adam’s siblings. Was it a coincidence?
4. Adam has special powers. Cool. Megan being super duper attracted to Adam didn’t care. Adam saying he tried to stay away but he couldn’t do it much longer. (I would know that line anywhere. Gosh Edward, why do you have to let someone else borrow your line!! Adam can’t you find your own pickup line?)
5. The Tracker. Yep. Megan was being followed by a Tracker. Wait a minute, wasn’t Bella being followed by James? And what was James called? That’s right, a TRACKER!
6. If Megan and Adam get kids, it would be an abomination. Really now? Didn’t they think that way too with Renesemee?
There’s actually more but I don’t really have the time to list them all. If I did, I probably would be copying the book and pasting it here.
Well, the book was not entirely bad. I did love the thing about them being Elementals. (But I already read a book about that which was more original by the way. No Twilight stuff.) Carrier of the Mark had potential. If this book didn’t remind me so much of Twilight I would have liked it. The author’s writing style was okay. The setting was perfect. The myth about the Marked being able to wield and control the elements was okay with me too. I didn’t like the kissing stuff though. It was a little too much for me.
I am so sorry. This may seem like a hate review but its not. I am just really disappointed because I didn’t think it would be Twilightish. I guess the moral lesson here is not to expect too much on the cover. I really wanted to like this book.
I was once again hoodwinked by another book with a striking cover. I know. I know. I shouLike me, Hades has lost his cool with this book!
I was once again hoodwinked by another book with a striking cover. I know. I know. I should have learned my lesson with Carrier of the Mark. But let's face it: Fury's cover is really attractive. On the cover, the girl with the flaming red hair had a sly smile on her face as if she knows a secret that I don't. What can I say, cover got me curious. It drew me to read this book. I wanted to grab the book and devour its contents. The cover was beautiful. Catchy. We have to admit that most of the time we read a book because of the cover. We look at the synopsis later after the cover already caught our attention. I am guilty of that. Sadly, most of the books I've read recently that had beguiling covers were disappointing. And this book was one of them.
Aside from the cover another thing that made me want to read this book is its Greek Myth touch. I thought it would be as good as Starcrossed. Unfortunately, it was not! This book as a disaster. The only thing I liked about the book was the cover. The Furies myth that was in this book was lame. The characters were pathetic except for JD was the only decent person in this book.
The story mostly revolved around Em and Chase. Em was struggling with her feelings toward her best friend's boyfriend. Chase was obsessing over a beautiful girl he barely even knew. Both of them did something bad and now the Furies wanted them to pay. They want vengeance. The other one gets killed while the other one has to make a decision: to be tied forever with the Furies or let another person die.
God! This book was horrible. If it wasn’t for the pretty cover I would have rated this book a one. I hated how it all seemed very Gossip Girl to me with a touch three goddesses who seek vengeance for people's wrong doing and it gives you Fury! Em fooled around with her best friend's boyfriend while she was away (wasn’t that like Serena and Nate sleeping together without Blair knowing about it?) Chase was looking for a girl to sleep with. (Chuck Bass is that you?)
One of the main issues I've had with this book was its characters. They were so f*cked up! Especially Em! Em was the type of character I hate. She has this nobody-loves-me character. She was selfish. Insensitive. Her best friend Gabby loved her so much but what did she get in return? Em hooked up with her boyfriend while she was away. That just sucks. Em you suck! You don’t do that to your friend.
"But sometimes she felt like Zach deserved someone a little bit deeper than Gabby. Someone a little more like Em."
This line just drew the line for me. How could you even think that way? That boy is your best friend's boyfriend. HELLO?! Do you even have a heart? Did you even think how your best friend would feel? And she even thought Gabby would understand. I mean come on! Who in the right mind would be okay after you find out that your best friend hooked up with your boyfriend? Get a SHRINK Em! You're totally distrurbed. She was a selfish little b*tch! Sorry but that's really how I see her. There wasn’t even a part in this book that redeemed her of that imagine. What makes matters worse was how she could quickly jump from Zach to JD. My GOD that was so low!
Then, there's Chase. I think he was pretty okay but I still found him so stupid for obsessing over someone he barely knew. A pretty girl shows interest and he thinks he's in love. He was like a lost puppy every time he doesn’t hear from her. Pathetic. Look where that has gotten you Chase?!
This was just a sad, sad book. The author's writing was actually pretty good. The concept was good. Pretty much it was the characters that ruined everything. Also, there were a lot of loose endings like why did Drea know about the Furies and why just Em and Chase first? I mean what Em did wasn’t so bad but why her? Why not someone else who killed people? Those were somehow still a mystery to me.
I would have to give this book a 2 mainly because of the cover and the Greek-myth touch even though it wasn’t really elaborated. ...more
We all wonder what it would be like in the afterlife. Will be taken to heaven, hell or will we remain in the in between. Pierce had a glimpse of what liWe all wonder what it would be like in the afterlife. Will be taken to heaven, hell or will we remain in the in between. Pierce had a glimpse of what lies after we die.
Pierce died. She caught a glimpse of what it was like in the Underworld. She was supposed to stay there until she successfully escaped. She thought everything would be back to normal. But she was wrong. She hasn’t been normal since. Pierce and her mother moved to Isla Huesos where they thought they’d get a new start. But the more Pierce tried to run away, the more she gets pulled towards the world that she has escaped. The man that she was avoiding. The man who she thinks she maybe falling in love with.
This book was definitely better than the other book I read. I decided to read two myth-inspired books last week and was extremely disappointed with the other book. (Fury by Elizabeth Miles). Anyways, what do I think about this book? Definitely better than the other but not best, not outstanding, it was just okay.
This is a YA-Paranormal Romance novel right? Because if it is, the romance part was kind of lacking for me. It was good that Pierce and John were not all lovey-dovey because that was getting old. But a little more spark between them would have been good. It was lacking something. Chemistry maybe? Pierce was I dunno a little dull for me. So was John.
This would be my first Meg Cabot book. It was good. Not really really good that you’ll never forget this book. It was a bit boring for most part. A bit dragging. There were loads of flashbacks but I thought the transitioning was good. It wasn’t confusing which was good because most of this book was about the flashbacks. Anyways, I am giving this book a 3.5. ...more
I love reading stuff about God's and Goddess. I am a little obsessed by them and that was why this book caught my eye. I started reading this book andI love reading stuff about God's and Goddess. I am a little obsessed by them and that was why this book caught my eye. I started reading this book and for some reason I didn't really like it so I decided not to finish it. I will try to read it again maybe someday. Unfortunately not now though....more
What would you do if you have fallen in love with a man who only existed in your dreams? What if you found out that he was real but existed in a diffe What would you do if you have fallen in love with a man who only existed in your dreams? What if you found out that he was real but existed in a different time? What would you do to be with that person? What would you give to be with that person forever?
Michele Winsor had a recurring dream. She had been having the same dream about a handsome blue-eyed man in a mirror and a skeleton key. She feels that she knows the person in the mirror but she couldn’t tell who it was, where they met or how she knew him. As for the key, she doesn’t recognize it at all. But she was curious as to why she kept on getting the same dream but that wasn’t going to be answered until later in the book.
Michele lived a simple life with her mother. She never knew who her father was because he left them when she was young and never returned. Still she was happy and contented even if they weren’t living the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Her life crumbled after the death of her mother Marion. She didn’t know how to move on because she was the only family she ever had.
Now that her mother passed away her legal appointed guardians now were her grandparents who lived in New York. She was told that she had to leave her friends in California and move to New York to live with the Winsors.
The Windsors were filthy rich. They were considered as one of the richest family in New York. Michele didn’t know how rich they really were until she arrived at the Winsor mansion which was too ostentatious for her taste. She preferred to be with her mother in their bungalow in California but she knew that wasn’t going to happen anymore.
The Winsor mansion was not only huge and extravagant but it also holds her family’s history. At her room in the mansion, she found out that most of the Windsor girls actually stayed in her room even her mother. She was exploring her room when she came across a locked drawer. She didn’t have the key but she had an idea.
Rummaging through her mother’s stuff she found a key. The same skeleton key she had seen in her dreams. She tried to use the key to open the locked drawer which miraculously opened the drawer.
Inside the drawer was a diary. As she flipped through the first entry she was unexpectedly sucked inside the diary where she landed in her own bedroom back in 1901.
As she goes back in time, she learns about her family and most of all she learns about who the man in the mirror is.
After reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife” I haven’t read any other books related to time travel. I loved the Time Traveler’s wife but reading it got me confused with all the jumping of time and stuff. With Timeless it was different; the flow of the book was fluid and continuous. It was not confusing since it was happening continuously. This book was narrated in the third person which I thought was great. Everything that was happening to Michele in the past and in the future was simultaneous so it won’t confuse you unlike in Time Traveler’s wife.
The story started off with a dream which I really liked.
Michele Windsor was down to earth and very simple. I liked that. She was raised well by her mother because even if she knew that she belonged to a rich family that didn’t get to her. She was a very likeable character. She falls in love with Philip. She continues to travel back in time not only to be with him but also to help the Windsor girls with their issues. She learned that what she does in the past definitely affects the future so she made every action and moment count.
Philip Walker was the man in the mirror. He was the blue eyed guy that Michele has been dreaming of. He fell in love with Michele even though he knew that she was from the future. He was a musician which drew me to him. He was everything that a perfect gentleman should be. (You would see why I said so). He kept his promise and that made me so happy by the end of the book I was still crying. I thought he wouldn’t be able to do it but he did! :)
Marion Windsor was a cool mom. She kind of reminds me of myself. I am a single mom and I know how hard it is to raise a child all on your own. She did a pretty good job in raising Michele. She didn’t go back to her parents after Henry left. She continued to live the life she chose even if the love of her life left her alone leaving her with a key and their daughter.
Dorothy and Walter Windsor were Michele’s grandparents. I think they were definitely keeping something from Michele regarding her father. Michele somehow has a clue because of what happened when she was in the past but still I think there was something else that they were hiding.
Caissie Walker was a good friend. I mean its not every day that you meet someone who would believe you if you say that you could travel back in time.
This book was the first in the series so you should expect that the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger but in a good way. I didn’t expect how it ended to tell you honestly.
I was in tears as I was nearing the end of the book. I thought that it was not going to have a happy ending. Boy was I so surprised! I won’t go into details on that because that part would ruin everything. The ending for me was the highlight of the book.
Love knows no boundaries. Love knows no time. Love knows no obstacles. To be with the person they love they would do anything or everything they could to be with that person. No one or nothing could ever tear two hearts apart.
I have been listening to one of Joshua Radin’s songs “When I find you” which fits Timeless.
“Oh I need you to know today I’ll wait for you always. Oh I need you to know today I’ll wait for you always. Coz when I find you I’ll find me”
This book is totally a 5! I hope the next book gets released soon. . ...more
It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brush strokes of color swirled into the canvas. He was the most exqu “I was obsessed.
It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brush strokes of color swirled into the canvas. He was the most exquisite portrait I’d ever seen – everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable… Utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.
There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. He was trapped within his golden painting.
I’ve crossed over into his world within the painting and I’ve seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked – bond together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. And unless I can free him soon, things will only get darker still.”
Lord Denbury’s portrait was the talk of the town. Everyone was curious to see the mysterious lifelike portrait of Lord Denbury. Everybody including Natalie Stewart.
Natalie never uttered a word after her mother’s death. All she had was a journal which she uses to collect her thoughts and communicate to others.
When Natalie heard about Lord Denbury’s painting she was as curious as everybody else was about what the portrait would be like. She was not a firm believer of the supernatural until she sees the portrait. A very strong urge to touch the portrait overwhelmed her. When she finally did touch the painting she found herself tumbling over to a room different from where she was moments before she touched the painting. She was inside the portrait with no other than Lord Derbury himself.
I loved Dorian Gray. It was one of the reasons why I got extremely excited to read this book. Darker Still was a very beautiful and engaging read. A novel like this was not something that you come across every day. It was very unique but not entirely original. I still loved reading every moment of it. Ms. Hieber’s writing was incredible.
The characters were very likeable.
Natalie was my kind of heroine. I’ve mentioned in all of my previous reviews that I admire girls who ooze with girl power and Natalie was a perfect example. Despite her inability to speak (at first) she did not let people talk down on her. She wanted to prove to everyone that she has the capability to do things even if she can’t speak. She was brave and daring. We usually read about girls being saved by the guys but here it was the other way around. Natalie was determined to find a way to save Lord Denbury and she did of course with the help of Mrs. Northe who I adore as well.
I admit it. I have a thing for English guys. Hahaha. Jonathon Whitby, Lord Denbury. *Sigh*. The gentleman in distress. Obviously if I was in Natalie’s shoes I’m sure I would have done the same thing. I would have risked everything if the price would be the blue-eyed Lord Denbury. Hahaha. Way to go Natalie!
The whole book was an amazing read. The setting, the story, the characters, the plot, the pacing of the story was perfect for me. Five stars!!! :) ...more