I have mixed feelings for this book. I started reading it a long time ago but then left it aside for something different. However, I picked it up agai...moreI have mixed feelings for this book. I started reading it a long time ago but then left it aside for something different. However, I picked it up again and finished it in only one day.
The writing isn’t bad but not something special either and the story is not new. However, it is fast-paced and deprived of many details, which makes it a bit juvenile but easy to follow. It does not belong in the category of books that after their ending make you think , question and interpret, but it’s entertaining if you’re bored and just want to relax.
What I didnt like is the fact that everything happens so fast that is it unrealistic. For instance, Wendy is at first afraid of Fin and thinks he is creepy. The next day precicely decides that she is in love with him and leaves the only people that ever loved her to go and live to the parent that gave her away and STOLE ANOTHER BABY. By the way, doesnt she even question the fact that they steal babies and treat them like crap? I would personally hate those people even if they were the king and queen and my long lost parents. ..! It’s so awful!
Heroes I didnt particularly like anyone (maybe except Ric). There is not character development in this book and the heroes are kind of shallow and stupid. And especially the protagonist, Wendy. Fin (her protector) saves her from an attack and then tells her that her brother is not her brother and she needs to go with him to find her true mother who actually gave her away to a rich family to get their money and stole their real kid.
Natural reaction: Throw creepy Fin in a well, call the police, start screaming until somebody hears you, do a lot of swearing. Wendy reaction: decides that the boy who has been in her school for just 2 weeks and she has known for 2 days is right and decides to leave the people who made real sacrifices for her and loved her. Isnt that selfish and stupid?
Also, when she arrives to see her mother, she does whatever she is told even though she doesnt know those people and owes them nothing. Parents are called the people that bring you up and love you, not the ones that give birth to you and place you to somebody else’s hands. She owes her biological mother nothing , yet she tolerates being yelled at and taunted. No person would do that. The characters are all shallow. The whole book is shallow.
However, I’ll give it 3 (2.5) stars because I read it in one day, even though I was pretty bored then. Also, because I’m probably going to read the next book just out of curiocity.
I recommend this if you are bored and want an easy read, but if not, there are a lot better , more entertaining and meaning-full books to buy. (less)
i didnt really like that book. Maybe im just bored and disgusted of all those books with vampires. That surely played a part, but there are many other...morei didnt really like that book. Maybe im just bored and disgusted of all those books with vampires. That surely played a part, but there are many other reasons.
First of all, I liked the writing, probably the only thing i liked.It was good. If only the story was too... To start with, i HATE the protagonist, Bianca. I even hated her before I learned that she is a vampire and ''forgot to mention it''. Why?
Because she is a total nerd! Okay, im a nerd too. i read books like there's no tomorrow and bring my homework along when i meet with my friends, but Bianca, oh, she's another thing. She is all the time with her parents! She likes the same books, movies and stuff as they do, and runs to them whenever something goes wrong and doesnt argue with them even when SHE SHOULD! Sometimes she should be mad with her parents... And she doesnt suspect them at all and got mad when lucas said the obvious, that they re weird and try to isolate her. it drives me crazy! I mean, how can she has total faith to her parents and dont say A WORD when they make her do something she doesnt like or when somebody says something bad about them but logical? she is so stupid...
also, there's another reason why i dont like the character, or the book. The ''big'' revelation, of course.
-Well, im probably the one of the very few ones that once recieved the shock , got mad. i got so, soo mad at the writer and that stupid girl, Bianca! Not because I dont like shocking events on books and revelations, I actually love them. but i love them when done THE RIGHT WAY. I got mad because IT WAS FROM BIANCA'S POV! she should have mentioned something like that, or the fact that she was drinking blood! She just kept on talking about how snobbish and weird her new classmates were, and NEVER EVER mentioned that she new WHY (I had guessed, but still) . Only after she bit the poor boy, who was unlucky enough to fall in love with her, she explained. Not that i like him. They kind of deserve each other.
I didnt feel like a big revelation was made. I felt like the author pulled a prank on me, and felt betrayed and deceived. Because that's not the way it should be. When you see things from somebodys POV, you share important things with him/her and try to work out the truth with the clues she or he finds! I feel like that's cheating.
from now on, i think i'll stick to books with the traditional old vampires, since the ''new'' ones are a total failure. or ill just not read any book with vampires as heroes at all. What an amazing idea.
I sincerely believe that the time vampires ruled the world of books is over. I see it in me and I dont think I'm the only one believing that.(less)
i just want it to end. i cant wait so much for each book fiction authors write, and they dont make it easy at all ending with cliffhangers. so im not...morei just want it to end. i cant wait so much for each book fiction authors write, and they dont make it easy at all ending with cliffhangers. so im not excited, im tired. lets just get done with this.(less)
After all those years, when I realized this book was finally translated and published in my native language I was beyond happy and excited. A few mont...moreAfter all those years, when I realized this book was finally translated and published in my native language I was beyond happy and excited. A few months ago I asked a friend of mine how the book was(he had read it before its translation) and he looked at me gravely and weirdly. Back then it seemed odd, now though I understand.
This book, like all the Paolini books, is well written and a bit boring but interesting enough to make you keep reading. I had high expectations for this book, like every reader who has made it this far. I cant say it was the ending I was hoping for and it didnt feel satisfying… Truth is, though, it was the ending that should be expected by a writer like Paolini ; he doesnt care about giving us a happy conclusion nor does he want to make us happy. I think that this is both good and bad, in a way that frustrates me.
Plot In this book there are naturally many battles by Eragon’s or Roran’s POV and the book is actually satisfying and enjoyable. Until they reach Urû'baen. Or when Nasuada gets to Urû'baen.
Someone would expect this to be the best part. After all, it was something we waited for all those years, you know, the way of defeating Galbatorix, the attack in his city, Murtagh’s ending or change of heart and Galbatorix’s death. However, it felt like it was extremely rushed. Everything happens and is revealed literally in the last minute until the end of the book! (view spoiler)[ ( the hidden dragons in Vroengard and the Eldunari’s, the romance between Nasuada and Murtagh, the weapon that kills dragons(even though it appears in the beginning, there is no sign or knowledge of it in the books before) , Arya’s dragon!) (hide spoiler)]
Characters In this final book we have learned a lot about the characters and understand their way of acting and behavior and trust their opinions and decisions. The heroes in the books seem more matured and realized. They remain easy to follow as their decisions and actions are logical and they never fail you. My favourite race and the one that surprised me more is the elves. Their grief, their want for revenge, their cries and reactions in the battle - all those clashed with the fact that they are peaceful in their nation, wise and self-composed. We are reminded, once more, of their power. This moment (if you’ve read the book you must know) touched me.
What I didnt like (view spoiler)[ -Glabatorix’s deafeat. It was very rushed and their meeting with him felt like it lasted only an hour(or less). -Murtagh’s and Nasuada’s forced romance. Truth is we knew from the first book that Nasuada and Murtagh liked each other, but this was really hasty. It probably was to show the way Murtagh could change, but I think the author could do better than that. - Murtagh. He was from the beginning my favourite character and a very crucial one, but was left aside for 3 books only to have a hasty and ‘’edgy’’ ending… - Arya being a Dragonrider. I love Arya, but she’s far too perfect, powerful and obvious to be the third Dragonrider. - The ending of course. I cried so much.
I was particularly moved by the ending. It was so sad and even though I have personally experienced sadness in other books, this felt like there was an open hole in my chest that made me want to curl myself in a ball. Like I had lost a friend.
“On the beach, Roran stood alone, watching them go. Then he threw back his head and uttered a long, aching cry, and the night echoed with the sound of his loss.”
I still cant not admire the power of Paolini’s writing; Making us love his heroes so much and bringing us so much sadness in just one chapter.
I loved the romance between Arya and Eragon. Somehow, without any physical interaction, their story was by far the most romantic and tragic. More than all those stupid books where eveything the heroes do is kissing and whining. This is love. The part where they said each other’s true names… It felt like my heart was being torn apart. Again, we can see in it’s full extent Paolini’s talent. (hide spoiler)]
I would recommend the whole series. They gave me so much. Even though there’s a lot of pain in the whole series, it is definitely worth it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I havent read any review and rating for this book that is less than 3 stars, yet I give it 2. I didnt enjoy it that much and I would probably put it a...moreI havent read any review and rating for this book that is less than 3 stars, yet I give it 2. I didnt enjoy it that much and I would probably put it aside if I wasnt so bored at the time. I didnt read it in english, but I dont think that it makes a such huge difference for me to dislike it. I thought that the protagonist let everyone do whatever they want with him. He didnt stand up to people and was ashamed and tried to hide who he really was. (view spoiler)[ we learn that he is a girl and nobody knows that except for her ''mentor'' /spoiler>. he takes and drinks staff that make her act wierdly and he tries to contact his dragon for many chapters and it made me mad. -( more later sorry ;/homework time...) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I loved this book so much! I read it many years ago, when i was younger. I was in an island for holidays and I couldnt get my hands off that book unti...moreI loved this book so much! I read it many years ago, when i was younger. I was in an island for holidays and I couldnt get my hands off that book until i finished it(which happened in about 1,5 days. if you are older than i was, you're probably going to finish it in less time). it may have been a long time but I still remember some things to say. It has so much action and you never get bored! Also I felt really close to the protagonist, Dina. She is strong-willed, brave and clever despite her young age and unlike most female book characters. This book is good for all ages. the writing is very mature, so you are not going to get bored. The next books get a little bit more tense and violent, but remain amazing and get better. It's a very good book and pretty fun to read. If you are a fantasy-book maniac you HAVE to read this! you're definitely going to love it.(less)
I just finished this book and I still have tears in my eyes. This book is so good, there are no words for it. its a life-changing book, it makes you r...moreI just finished this book and I still have tears in my eyes. This book is so good, there are no words for it. its a life-changing book, it makes you reconsider several things about life. At the end of the book I was crying... I cant find the right words to describe it. Its the story of Tom, a slave that was sold by his white masters and suffered a lot hoping that one day he could return to his family.It also follows the stories of some other slaves that seek their freedom.I felt like i truly loved Tom, who was so nice and a really good man, with such a good heart... this book can't not move you. It touches the heart. I highly recommend this. You can also learn many things about slavery and how society was formed at this time.(less)
I am having a fight with myself, about reading and not reading this book. On the one hand, I'd love to see some of the old faces again and Hogwarts. I...moreI am having a fight with myself, about reading and not reading this book. On the one hand, I'd love to see some of the old faces again and Hogwarts. I really miss it. However on the other hand, I've read a lot of reviews that say this book takes away the magic of harry potter, brings Americans into it(i just dont think they fit. they were never mentioned in the official Hp books) and logical explanations for magic(preposterous!). So im kind of scared that this book will ruin the fantastic memories I've got from Harry Potter. Also, I kind of feel a little bit as if Im betraying JK Rowling. She should be the one writing this. Somebody messing with the world she created... just the thought makes my blood boil. Hoewever, I think im going to try this, because im really really bored,so I'll see for myself and bring a proper review. :) (less)
The Golden Lily is officially one of my favourite books and series. I was on holiday with a couple of friends when I started reading it and I loved it...more The Golden Lily is officially one of my favourite books and series. I was on holiday with a couple of friends when I started reading it and I loved it. Like the first one of the series, it is a fun and easy read, with a lot of tension but also with jokes and funny atmosphere that help you relax. I found myself many times smiling or laughing secretly while reading the book (my best friend thought I was insane xP It must have looked kind of odd, indeed). I loved every single part of this book. I think that one of the reasons those series are so likeable and successful is the dimension and maturity of the characters. They are so mature and easy to follow, which is really unusual for a paranomal novel. They are rational, have standards and goals and they are very likeable in their own way. My favourites are Adrian(no big surprise there) and Sydney. I love Sydney. Have you ever thought that there could ever be a protagonist that is so responsible, has nothing to do with boys and when she talks you don’t understand a thing because she is so clever? (kind of reminds me of ‘’the big bang theory’’… fans will understand! ;P) I assure you, there she is! She is not described beautiful or girly, yet she manages to win you over. This book has terrific character development. You learn more things about everyone and you see even the younger ones become more matured and realized. The plot was enjoyable but it was the character development that caught my attention and made me love this. It ends with a heartbreak, sadly, but thank god in February we’ll know the rest of the story. :D
I recommend these series to all the fans of paranormal books. You will not be dissapointed. (I think it would be best to start with the vampire academy, though ) (less)
while i loved the first 3 books, this one didnt have the same impact on me. it was great seeing jace, simon and clary again and all the other characte...morewhile i loved the first 3 books, this one didnt have the same impact on me. it was great seeing jace, simon and clary again and all the other characters, but i felt like it was kind of rushed. the plot- well, the lack of it- was annoying and it was all about jace and clary and their relationship, not about finding the villain. it was boring and torturing, and if i didnt love the captivating characters i would have probably put it down. well, the truth is that when i read it, i was so excited that i had them back, all of the heroes, and so shaken by the ending that i didnt see clearly. now, though, i can see that this book lacks essential details and information. i will buy the next, but i could say i feel disappointed by the author. not because this book is not as good as the others, but because i feel like she writes only for money and fame.(less)