“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
I said this in my review of Looking for Alaska, and I'm saying it again: We all know how“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
I said this in my review of Looking for Alaska, and I'm saying it again: We all know how these stories end.
There's no sugarcoating it. Life is cruel, and time slips from our fingers way to soon. And the worst thing was the hope. Trust me, I'm hardly an optimist that believes all will be well if we just sit around and hope it gets better, but even though I knew what was coming, and everyone did, I still had a spark of hope that a miracle will happen, that it would just all be fine in the end. But good books don't end that way, do they? I'll tell you one thing about good books. They don't have a happy ending. Now, you may disagree with me on this, and that is you choice and your taste, and I'm not saying everything has to fall apart and become the end of the world for it to make a good book, but nothing is more infuriating to me than a perfect ending. It's the fact that it doesn't even get near reality that bothers me. Those things belong in fairy tales. In real life, things go wrong, and your world turns around in a couple of seconds and there is no way to stop it. It's the books that tell you how to deal with these things that are the best. The ones that make you rethink everything that is happening around you. The ones that change you.
In my review of Looking for Alaska, I also said that that is the kind of book I want to write. My opinion is no different with The Fault in Our Stars. ...more
“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
This is th“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
This is the kind of book I want to write.
It's about Miles "Pudge" Halter, a skinny, socially awkward teenage boy who decides to go to a boarding school in search of "A Great Perhaps". And, even though nobody in his old school knew, let alone cared, he had an obsession with famous last words. I liked this character very much from the second he said: "Things never happened like I imagined them.", for he reminded me very much of my self at that moment. He shares his dorm room (Room 43) with a Chip "The Colonel" Martin, a five foot tall loyalty and honor obsessee, who, less than three minutes after meeting him, introduces him to the center of the story line, Alaska Young, the beautiful, curvy, wild, mysterious, self destructive queen of pranks, who has Pudge smitten the second he looks into her emerald eyes. It's a story of growing up, a story of sex, alcohol and cigarettes. It's staying up all night, sleeping all day, making out, and being alive.
And, of course, we all know how these stories end.
The first time I read about this kind of thing in The Last Song, I cried so hard there were boxes and boxes of tissues all around me. Now, I didn't shed a single tear. It is really beautiful how much no one thinks of those who we leave behind. Those who truly hurt.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, whether you are a cautious bookworm like me, or wild at heart like Alaska. ...more
“Words are the source of all power. And names are more than just a collection of letters.”
I both hate and adore cliffhangers. The end of Catching Fir“Words are the source of all power. And names are more than just a collection of letters.”
I both hate and adore cliffhangers. The end of Catching Fire? Awesome! But this is just... no. Thank god I read it only two months before the next book comes out (And no, I am abstaining form the first chapter sneak peek. Just pisses me off even more.), so I don't need to wait a whole year to find out what happens. The story line went smoothly, with lots of suspense and mystery. Like I said in my review of The Red Pyramid, Rick Riordan never fails. But, it was a bit slower than the last book, and even though there was a great explanation for why they got out of everything so easily, I still wish the author was a bit more hard on the characters. Sadie is still one of top female characters, even though her Walt/Anubis love triangle was a bit annoying. But no matter, the book was still amazing, and I loved every single part of it. ...more
“If you were half as funny as you think you are, you'd be twice as funny as you are now.”
Casandra Clare is crazy, bonkers, mad as a hatter, out of h“If you were half as funny as you think you are, you'd be twice as funny as you are now.”
Casandra Clare is crazy, bonkers, mad as a hatter, out of her mind, basically INSANE! And that is what I call a good author. Her writing style is pretty amazing. The book is very funny and surprising, and the characters fantastically developed. But I can't say I wasn't pretty annoyed the last fifty pages of the book. It looks like this is gonna be complicated. I guess the author just took her wildest idea and put it in this amazing book. Some things were pretty obvious throughout the entire book, like (view spoiler)[Valentine being Clary's father (hide spoiler)], but some made me almost drop the book in surprise, like (view spoiler)[Valentine also being Jace's father (awkward) (hide spoiler)]. All in all, the book was really good, and I look forward to the second part. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
“If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of.”
I finished thi“If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of.”
I finished this book in a day. A day. I am extremely proud of myself, I dare say. Only books that are truly amazing and magical can keep you enchanted for so long that you forget not only the whole world around you, but also the need to eat, drink or sleep. And I even had time to go to the mall! The only time I finished a book this fast was when I was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And that's one of my favorite books of all time (finished in a day and a half - 850 pages).
This work just proves that Markus Zusak is a true genius. He has a way of making you believe in something with the mere power of words. And I adored this book from the first page to the last, in a completely different way. It didn't get me excited over a fight with a dragon, it didn't make me shed tears over a sappy love story, it made me believe. It made me believe that there is good in the world. That a small deed that may seam ridiculously unimportant to you, can mean the whole world to somebody else. And that a true act of kindness is always done from afar.
Though it is a good feeling to get some recognition. To quote Oscar Wilde:
“The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.”
But as I'm sure you already know, it always comes to the ones that deserve it.
“No good deed goes unpunished.”
Ed Kennedy has been so ignorant that he didn't even see what was happening before his own eyes. Why did one of his friends never care for a thing? Why did the other save huge amounts of money, even if it meant driving in a real crap car? And I'm not exaggerating: the thing took about twelve tries for it to start running. And why did the third refuse to even think of love, and be loved in return? And also, what the hell is going to do with his Goddamn life? So, just to spice up the daily routine, he decides to stop a bank robbery. Smart move... Yeah, right. But that is how he gets his first Ace. And on it, three addresses. That is how Ed starts to learn what life truly tastes. He gets to know who he really is, helping others, sometimes making a free beer party, sending them empty shoe boxes, or beating the hell out of them.
This story started in a fun, light way that would make you think: "Hey, this is gonna be a great way to pass the time." It didn't promise any great revelations, any secret messages, any reasons for you to use your head, but it turned into something beautifully, terrifyingly amazing. It made me think.
This was definitely one of those books that never leave you the same as you were when you started it. They take you, and they teach you some of the most important things of all. Something they don't teach you at school. Something you have to taste yourself. ...more
"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." — G.K. Chesterton
A"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." — G.K. Chesterton
A few days ago I watched Neil Gaiman's interview on Q TV (which you can watch yourself here) where he talked about the book Coraline. He said that when he was a child he lived in a house that was divided into two. They had the servants quarters, and another family had the important part. But they had one front room, which had two doors. One was the servants door, the ones they would come in and out off, and the one on the far end... was bricked up. He said that he would open up the door sometimes, "this big old door", and stare at the brick where there should be a doorway. And he would wonder.
Now, it makes me curios, what sorts of ideas would such a mind as Gaiman's think of, seven or not, while staring at that barrier. What kind of conclusions would such imagination think of, not knowing what exactly could be out there. Because it's those kinds of experiences that great works are made from.
A fantastic journey, creepy and beautiful in it's own way, reminding us all of how annoying grown ups can be sometimes, but over way too soon. ...more
THIS IS THE BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER IN THE HISTORY OF TIME!
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let's get to the review. I haveFirst thing's first:
THIS IS THE BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER IN THE HISTORY OF TIME!
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let's get to the review. I have to say that Suzanne Collins has the most fascinating imagination. Reading it all, the very unusual and complicated setting, the mystery, the characters, made me feel incredibly out of space and time, lost in the amazing world she created.
The setting was most imaginative. Especially in the second half. I adored the tension and the sense of eagerness it gave away. The author did such an amazing job with describing it and giving us just enough details to create a perfect world in our heads. I loved how she didn't stick with one setting for thirty pages, but made it perfectly balanced. If she had taken the time to describe every place, every little thing, every event, she would have had the material for about ten books, but I'm glad she didn't. I wouldn't want anything to change.
The characters were very tricky. I still can't believe how the author can make us believe (or doubt) everything the main character is believing (or doubting). Since the story was first person, you could never know who was really on your side, and who was working against you till the end. You always had that little spark of doubt that the main character was carrying, even though sometimes she didn't realize it. I'm very glad we got to know more of Peeta. Even though it all confirmed my assumptions, I'm glad we spent more time with him. I actually had no idea how brave, how clever, and how good of a liar he really is.
The romance was finally bursting out. There actually wasn't way too much of it (even though it was there) till the end of the book, where Katniss finally feels something while kissing Peeta. But of course, since we don't know what happened to him in the end, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what it turns into.
All in all, I adored reading this, and am erratic about starting a the next one. Five stars. ...more
“Oh no." I said, panic rising in my chest. "No, no, no, Somebody get a can opener. I've got a god in my head!!”
So.... This was interesting, in lack“Oh no." I said, panic rising in my chest. "No, no, no, Somebody get a can opener. I've got a god in my head!!”
So.... This was interesting, in lack of a better word. All I can say is that Rick Riordan's writing never fails. Although there isn't many books that can beat the Percy Jackson series, this one comes pretty damn close. I adored how everything was actually a tape, and how mysterious it seamed in the very beginning, sucking you in with the suspense, so much that even on the first page you're wondering "What will happen next?" What I love about Rick's writing was that he never drags on, there's a different and new adventure every ten pages, he never stops and takes forever to describe a person or room, and he always does this in such a charming way that you feel like you instantly know the person inside out. He made me love mythology even more than I did before. Even when I was a kid, I adored Greek Myths, probably because they were the coolest cartoons on TV at the time, but that love stuck with me till this day, and when I first read Percy Jackson it instantly became one of my favorites. I never cared much for Roman and Egyptian mythology, but this book got me really interested in it. I look forward to reading the other two books. As for the characters, Sadie has become one of my absolute favorite female characters. She's fierce, brave, stubborn, and has a "sharp tongue" which I admire greatly. And Carter seams just like the perfect older brother for her. I loved both of them from the start. ...more
"You're still trying to protect me. Real or not real," he whispers. "Real," I answer. "Because that's what you and I do, protect each other.”
What a f"You're still trying to protect me. Real or not real," he whispers. "Real," I answer. "Because that's what you and I do, protect each other.”
What a fantastic ending to a fantastic book series. Mockingjay was, without doubt, the best in the whole trilogy. It was breathtaking, heart stopping, jaw dropping. The whole story consisted of an endless adventure, with twists and turns no one could have ever expected. The enchanting tale made me turn every page rapidly, because each one held a new surprise. One you could never foresee, no matter how well you know the series.
The setting was mostly in the unusual, but very real, District 13. We walk around the endless corridors of an underground world alongside the main character. I would have hated to live in such a place. So plain and without color, everyone wearing grey clothes, rarely seeing the light of day, and never complaining, because they truly don't know any better. I was very intrigued while reading about their frugality. They always ate just how much they needed, no less, no more. They frowned upon throwing away a peace of paper that was only half used. They always kept to their schedules. Never took any risks, never did anything out of line. It reminded me of a man with no fire left within.
There were new characters, along with all the old ones. I was fascinated by the humanity in Boggs, the beauty in Annie, and the cruelty in Alma Coin. I've grown to love Prim so much. She's been forced to grow up into a strong woman of which is expected to handle great things, at the tender age of thirteen. She's smart, mature, and has the most amazing attitude. Johanna might have been a huge pain in the second book, but I've really grown to love her. In her own way, she kept up the spirits up for all of us. I just wanted to sit down next to Finnick Odair, take those damn knots out of his hands and hug him. He showed on the outside what Katniss was feeling on the inside. Not hurt, but true hollowness at the absence and the worry for the one he loved. And when he found her again, he never let go of her hand, unless he truly had to. I'm so sorry he never got to take it again . Alma Coin was the president (or something like that) of District 13. She never showed any emotion throughout the whole book. I was disgusted while reading of her character. She believed in discipline, hence the lifelessness in her District. She saw human beings as expendable. She never cared for them once she stopped needing them. Including Katniss. I will go as far to say that maybe, just maybe... She was even worse than President Snow. I'm glad Katniss made the decision she made at the end of the book. Gale was just the same as always. Standing just close enough, so when Katniss needs him, he could jump to her aid. I still wasn't at all surprised at the cruelty he felt for his enemies. It was very obvious how much hatred he felt towards the Capitol and it's people. That's probably why he never had any problems with taking their lives. I was still disappointed when we didn't find out what really happened to him, no details at all. No one said anything about his and Katniss's friendship. Not even in the Epilogue. Peeta... It was awful watching him struggle with himself, not knowing what or who he is, who to trust, half believing his greatest love is his worst enemy. The Presidents plan was to torture him into pure madness just to finally break the Mockingjay. For her to just fall apart and for the power to once again be in the Capitols hands. The plan almost succeeded. I felt so terrible watching him fight for sanity through Katniss's eyes, and feeling all the pain and all the guilt she felt. Sadness washed through me every time he had to ask if something was real or not. And finally, Katniss. I said this in my review of the first book, and I will say it again: This is the kind of female character I want to read about over and over and over again. Most people would have crushed down, ran away, fell into a coma if they'd went through everything she had experienced. But not her. She was offered to be the Mockingjay, the face of the revolution. She accepted with the condition that her friends are safe after the war. She saw a hospital bombarded and, with no hesitation, ran to help. The man she loved saw her as a monster, and she still (in time) was there for him. And even in the face of the worst danger, she did the right thing. She is brave, she is strong, she is unstoppable, she is the girl on fire. If she burns, you will be burning with her.
I closed this book with tears in my eyes. The end showed that nothing is ever perfect, and that great fights are fought every single day, only we choose to ignore them. Because that's what we do, isn't it? We pretend the problems aren't there, and move on with our lives, not worrying about what will happen later. Even when it was all over, when Panem had a fair President, and there were no more Hunger Games, and people lived in peace, not worrying about the Capitol's power, Katniss still woke screaming from nightmares, Peeta sometimes had to hold on to just a thread of his sanity, and he still had to ask: “You love me. Real or not real?"
“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
This book is simply beautiful. I'm literally speechless. The story was breathtakingl“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
This book is simply beautiful. I'm literally speechless. The story was breathtakingly astonishing. The characters were so authentic. The romance ravishing.
The plot was fantastically developed. The setting was incredibly believable, even with the fact that it's happening in the future. I adored the author's view on the major problems in our society, which are very skillfully ignored, if I might add. The author managed to control the amount of bloodshed in the story, which was a very good move, since we definitely know it's there, but she still leaves the details to the imagination. The story also had some fantastic, and very unexpected twist and turns that would make your heart skip a beat.
The characters were just... I can't even describe it. Katniss Everdeen is the type of female character I want to read about over and over and over again. She's strong, she's independent, she's skilled, and she has a fire inside her that can never be extinguished. She is 'the girl who was on fire'. Peeta Mellark is just an amazing boy, with really bad luck, who we didn't really get to know that well (I'm sure the author had her reasons for that). Once he found out it was all an act, I just wanted to run up to him and hug him. Just like in the book to the public, he is very likable to us readers as a character. He is very loving, and, even though he's not as skilled as Katniss, he is incredibly brave.
The romance, even though it was a bit disappointing in the end (again, I'm sure the author had her reasons), was very sweet while it lasted. It was beautiful and showed everything amazing about discovering first love. The indefinite feeling it left afterwards was a great set up for the sequel.