Second half: scared me as heck and the writing got better and so did the plot and now I feel violated in the most haunted delighted waFirst half: meh.
Second half: scared me as heck and the writing got better and so did the plot and now I feel violated in the most haunted delighted way because this book will do strange things to those who stick through.
I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't terrified at parts, aye....more
I'm going to put this back on the to-read shelf for a while. Not because I don't like it so far, and definitely not because I think it's bad. But...
1)I'm going to put this back on the to-read shelf for a while. Not because I don't like it so far, and definitely not because I think it's bad. But...
1) I always have a really hard time getting into Cassandra Clare's books. I don't know why. It just takes me awhile to get settled before I can start immersing myself into the story. 2) I have finals THIS WEEK and will fail if I don't study and read instead (though I'll probably be reading anyway). 3) There actually isn't a 3. I just like the number. ...more
Quick reaction: So my internet's been our for four days (ha, Four! :P) and I'm on my mom's computer typing this up in the rare moment that she's not uQuick reaction: So my internet's been our for four days (ha, Four! :P) and I'm on my mom's computer typing this up in the rare moment that she's not using the only computer with internet connection in this house.
And anyway, this book was freakin' genius.
So I thought, in the beginning/first half that it was going kinda slow, but the struggle Tris went through mirrored my own, so I figured that it'll be good. I kept on at it and, holy yes, THAT was so brilliant and foreshadowed and amazing that I'm still at a loss of words for it. (view spoiler)[You know the scene near the end when Tris is in the simulation against herself when she's trying to get to Jeanine's lab? THAT's the moment when I went: "Yes. HECK YES. THIS IS FREAKIN' GENIUS!!!! (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, yeah, this was just... holy crab, GOOD. GREAT. I remember having this giant stupid smile on my face after finishing it, like, it has been so long since I read a book that good.
**Actual, full review to come (when internet is restored)**["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Romantic, beautiful, this follow up to Firelight is, unbelievably, even better than the first. I want to make clear here that I was actually a little reluctant to start reading this series. I'm not exactly sure why, but dragons have not always been my thing. I am so, so, so glad I gave it a try. I liked Firelight, and I was hooked enough to read Vanish, but Vanish... Oh my goodness, it was amazing. Sophie Jordan outdid herself.
The bumpy road of the plot started from the very first chapter. I remember reading Firelight and thinking repetitively, I can't believe how much Jacinda's life sucks! It was the same feeling in Vanish, except... it was bearable. I understood Jacinda's pain, her actions, and I could really relate to her. Yet despite all of the horrible things that happened in her life, her faith never truly dwindles, no matter how much she wants it to. I really enjoyed learning more about the Darki world and Jacinda's thoughts on them, and I'm glad Sophie Jordan added even more depth into the characters. None of the characters were one-dimensional. Even the most minor ones had a personality, a depth often missing in so many books nowadays, and not just YA.
The romantic tension rose to a whole new level, too, in Vanish. I couldn't leave my hotel room and had to keep reading it on my lap top even during vacation. It was that good. Sophie Jordan did an excellent job of portraying both boys of the love triangle. A good love triangle, to me, is often one where you can sway towards one side with a scene, and immediately recoil to the other in the next. This was how it was like for me. I actually started to sway towards Cassian, even if a little, but then Will came back and... Wooooooot. I won't spoil it for you, but that was pretty exciting.
Firelight exceeded my expectations, but perhaps that is because I wasn't expecting too much out of a dragon book (I will now! Thank you, Sophie Jordan, for showing me that dragons can be truly a wonderful YA read, too). Vanish will blow you out of your mind. I am definitely anticipating the third book now. Ah, that's the sad thing about ARCs. Now I have to wait even longer. But I'm happy with the ending Sophie Jordan chose for Vanish. It wasn't as big of a cliffhanger as Firelight (which would have driven me crazy if I didn't have Vanish), instead, it is the perfect mix of intrigue and contentment.
The reason this book is a 5 and not a 5+ really boils down to my own personal preferences. It's actually because of Severin. I wish we had an insight into why he did the things he did and why he chooses what he chooses. Hopefully, this will be explained in the third book. Nonetheless, I absolutely loved this book....more
*Keep in mind that this was the first review I did, so it's not that great*
From the moment I found this book to days after I finished it, the characters and plot filled my mind. I haven't found a single negative review on this novel, and now I know why. This is one dystopian novel that deserves the high-praises it received. I was going through a dystopian phase when I picked up this book, and at first wasn't planning on reading it--I had read enough dystopians for my taste during the time. As I was cruising around the internet, however, I found review after review emphasizing how wonderful Divergent was. Finally, I found myself hooked by the synopsis and started reading the book. I couldn't stop reading it. It was one of those books that I couldn't finish fast enough, yet hypocritically wished wouldn't end. The plot contained surprising twists, realistic action, and relatable characters. The characters. Tris, the protagonist, is witty, wryly humorous, adventurous, strong, and ultimately very realistic. I found myself to be cheering for her when she accomplished something, and sympathizing with her pains. I want to congratulate Veronica Roth, because she took a big risk and performed it perfectly. Tris was found to be thinking thoughts and performing actions that can be considered cruel, yet she often finds herself to be risking her life for someone else. Veronica Roth managed to bring out both sides of Tris, in the end making her not only more realistic and relatable, but also not confined to being just good or bad. Tris isn't the noblest of all, but she isn't evil. Her personality can only be described as one word: Divergent. Then there's Four. Four, who took my breath away from first sight (or should I say read?). Four, who, with Tris, is making the wait for book 2, Insurgent, crazily, unbearably long. Four, the mysterious boy who's not your typical hero--he's better. Watch out, Peeta Mellark, Four just might reach that pedestal of yours and reclaim the spot of #1 fictional boy! Seriously, do I need to say more? So, if you haven't read this book, go grab it now! Divergent is one novel you cannot miss! Its setting, plot, action scenes, romance, characters, will sweep you off your feet and make you regret you haven't read it sooner!...more