I don't understand books in series. The commitment requirements, the funds. It's one thing to watch it on free TV, its another when one has to start c...moreI don't understand books in series. The commitment requirements, the funds. It's one thing to watch it on free TV, its another when one has to start collecting them. Even as a kid I was never one who collected those Sweet Valley books like everyone else.
One exception in my collection is Harry Potter. But the rules are meant to be broken for classics
Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Blood series, however, is not one of them. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading her books immensely. In Blue Bloods, she introduces us to the world of Vampires as members of New York City's most elite family. But they can't just be vampires (or this would be Twilight), de la Cruz's vampires are fallen angels, Michael, Gabriel, Setieil and the like, thrown from heaven after the wall and toiling their time on Earth as they wait for a chance to return to heaven. As they struggle to reform their ways, they are pitted against the "Sliver Bloods" another group of vampires who feed on their own, with no wish to return to heaven.
After reading "The Club Dumas" and all its devil connection, I do feel saturated by all these angels/devils stories that I am not quite sure where Dumas ends and de la Cruz start. But overall, it made for a rich reading. I love the little connections to history: the Ranoake tribe, the historic settings of Venice, the glamour of old New York. While her characters itself are passable, the fast paced historic story line does drive the series forward, making these series a wonderful guilty pleasure.
First a confession: this is the first Roald Dahl book I've finished. Around 15 years too late but better late than never, right?
The book is a quick re...moreFirst a confession: this is the first Roald Dahl book I've finished. Around 15 years too late but better late than never, right?
The book is a quick read. I saw the movie years before I read this and didn't particularly love it. But then my cousin gave me this book, which I decided to read on the plane ride back home (for lack of any in-flight magazines). Matilda the book, in contrast to the movie, is sweet, silly and very entertaining. Dahl has a wonderful sense of humor and it shows. I think the biggest revelation for me is Miss Honey. In the movie I remember her as this sweet, boring young teacher. She's a much stronger character in the book and one falls for her as one does for Matilda. They're really suited for each other
Good start. This book is certainly catered to teenagers with its Gossip-Girl-set-in-the-1890's twist. That being said, I'm not sure why I'm reading it...moreGood start. This book is certainly catered to teenagers with its Gossip-Girl-set-in-the-1890's twist. That being said, I'm not sure why I'm reading it. The characters are decent but the story's pretty predictable. One potential I see though is that this would make a great anime or TV series. (less)
The story is decent at best. At first I thought it would be more creepy, more dark, something like Lord of the Flies, as a lot of readers claim in the...moreThe story is decent at best. At first I thought it would be more creepy, more dark, something like Lord of the Flies, as a lot of readers claim in their reviews. I don't know if it's because the book was written for kids, but the story was a little flat and predictable for me.
The premise started out well: most of England is submerged under water after global warming melts the ice caps and Zoe, the young heroine, is left to fend for herself. I think the best part of the book was the beginning. Sedgwick drops you right into the action, starting with a chase scene where a mob is after Zoe and the last boat in the (slowly sinking) island, but the energy of the story starts to drop from there. That sense of danger does not really come through in Sedgwick's style. There's no atmosphere (unlike Lord of the Flies). The characters aren't fleshed out, and I'm especially confused by "William" who does not really add much to the story other than being that "Merlin/Dumbledore/Old wise mentor" character requisite for most children's fiction. The writing feels very amateurish, almost as if Sedgwick just wanted to finish writing it. It's straight forward and, unfortunately, predictable. Again, this may because he intended his audience to be kids, but I had a notion that kids today are much more mature when it comes to entertainment. A lot of children's books have sophisticated stories like Harry Potter and Louis Sacchar's Holes; stories that manage to surprise you despite it's simplicity, which is sorely absent from Floodland. That is not to say that Floodland is not a good read. Just don't expect much from it(less)
I'm currently writing this at the airport, so I'll make it brief.
Likes: Loves that it was written using different perspectives, from Yann's brothers...moreI'm currently writing this at the airport, so I'll make it brief.
Likes: Loves that it was written using different perspectives, from Yann's brothers to the social worker, to the cab driver and more. It showed some of the same scenes from different POV, adding to the humor and light hearted-ness of the book.
This may have been the sexiest book I've read, considering I don't usually read romances. I saw the movie first but, as usual, I prefer the book. It's...moreThis may have been the sexiest book I've read, considering I don't usually read romances. I saw the movie first but, as usual, I prefer the book. It's one of my guilty pleasure reads
I read this a few years ago so the details are blurry. Still, I remember thinking, Vivian is certainly one of the most confident teenager I've read. I suppose that's because she's a werewolf. For some reason, writers like to associate Werewolves with women's sexuality (i.e Ginger Snaps). But I digress. What I'm saying is that in a book-world populated by generally spine-less, shy, clumsy teen-age protagonist, its refreshing to see someone who knows that she's beautiful and powerful and isn't afraid to use it. Vivian has her flaws, none withstanding is that she has a tendency to be mean. But I still found her sympathetic for some reason
Judging from the reviews, most readers did not like the ending. (They certainly fixed that in the movie, which has a different ending from the book.) It's not the traditional "happy ending" although I think it was better for the story and more in keeping with Vivian's character. I appreciate that Klause did not sugar-coat it, considering this is a YA book. She writes it, sex stuff, gross stuff and all. She keeps the integrity of the werewolf folk-lore and then adding current issues, thus modernizing and re-interpreting the werewolf folk-lore without necessarily destroying it. A step up from Twilight, in my opinion.
The book is very different from the classic Walt Disney cartoon (although I love them both). The book certainly feels very “British” than the movie, m...moreThe book is very different from the classic Walt Disney cartoon (although I love them both). The book certainly feels very “British” than the movie, meaning Mr. Dearly and Mrs. Dearly are very prim and proper. Mr. Dearly is an arithmetic whiz working for the government. Mrs. Dearly, well, stays at home. They have 2 nannies, nanny cook and nanny butler/valet, and they take afternoon walks, in tweed jackets and trousseau suits, with their entourage of nannies and dogs at the park. No impromptu singing of “Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil” here (which happened to be my favorite part in the movie). Pongo is married to Missis, and Perdita is a stray Dalmatian the Dearlys took in to help nurse – i.e breastfeed -- the puppies (I suppose that would have too hard to explain in the movie so they took it out). Cruella in the book is married to a furrier, although she still has the same taste for spotted Dalmatian fur coats. Since I saw the movie first, I liked the movie better. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the book. The twilight bark is classic, and I still can’t get over the fact that Dodie Smith named Tib “Pussy Willow”. Either she’s simply too British or something else is going on. (less)