Changing Mara completely Less predictable Not falling into the popular YA trend of "What's going on ohThings that could have made this book better:
Changing Mara completely
Not falling into the popular YA trend of "What's going on oh wait the audience already knows so JUST TELL THE MAIN CHARACTER."
Other than those, this was a pretty good book. Most of the characters were unlikable, but the story itself was done pretty well. Mara, the main character, was the most annoying. Her selfishness almost swallowed the whole book, but somehow it managed to survive. Since her mom died, she can lead on two boys at once, not care at all that she's pushing around the girl who'd been living on the island her whole life, and completely disrespect her dad, even though she knows that her mom is the one who left him.
Not sure if I'll read the next books. I kinda of want to, but I'm not sure if it's worth it.
Book received from Goodreads for an honest review....more
This book is a flip-flop. It pretends to be a sweet, lovely ghost story, and then smacks you in the face with it's viciousness. I hadn't read any kindThis book is a flip-flop. It pretends to be a sweet, lovely ghost story, and then smacks you in the face with it's viciousness. I hadn't read any kind of synopsis before reading this, so maybe it gave some away with the back cover, but going in completely blind was amazing.
Anya is also a flip-flop. At the start of the book you love her, until you realize what a brat she is and begin to hate her. Then it's love, hate, love, hate until the book ends. I loved her at the end, but I'm not sure she deserved it. She's pretty selfish throughout the whole book, but I think she learned something.
Emily, on the other hand... well I just love Emily.
The plot is pretty straightforward and predictable, but the illustrations compliment it so well that I wasn't even that bothered by it. The art sets the tone and fits the story so perfectly that the plot hardly matters.
Honestly, I don't think this book would work for a novel. Maybe if the descriptions painted as beautiful pictures as the art does. But it works great as a graphic novel!...more
Before reading this book, I had mixed feeling. From the description it could be an epic, twisted dale of a girl escaping Death, or it could be an amatBefore reading this book, I had mixed feeling. From the description it could be an epic, twisted dale of a girl escaping Death, or it could be an amateurish, choppy attempt at something cool. Sadly it was the latter. The writing was very basic, but at first dismissed this, saying the book was so short that it was just quick read. But one thing I will not dismiss is the plot and characters having absolutely no depth, with this very basic writing. One or the other can make up for each other, but basic writing + no depth = bad book.
I'm not saying it was all bad - I did give it two stars, after all. There were some interesting parts, just small moments that I thought redeemed it a little bit. Hercule, for one, was such a good character(really the only one I cared about). And then there was just some dialogue here and there that made me laugh(not out loud, but in my head at least).
When I had about thirty pages left, I still couldn't decide if I liked it or not. I knew the ending would make my final decision. An ending can make a bad book good and vice versa. Arntson almost had it, but then he went and ruined it. [spoiler]Gabby giving away her pardon at the end was amazing. I felt very unresolved that Sylvie's list didn't make sense, and when that happened I was ready for give this three stars(because too bad Goodreads doesn't have 2.5 stars). However, when Gabby figured out how to get her own Pardon, it just took the moment away. It was no longer a great moment a selflessness, but simply her wanting her own Pardon. I like to think that she would have given it away even if she didn't get her own, but how can I tell? And since they never explained why Deaths did this, I didn't know whether or not to feel bad for Hercule, my only loved character. Did they do it to be mean, or was there a higher reason? I see it as unfair that Hercule has to be punished for 50 years(and they made it sound like he got tortured or something) so that Gabby can live, if it wasn't even Hercule's fault that she had to go in the first place. [/spoiler]
There were many things in this book that went unexplained. For one, what was this war about? I was supposed to feel against it and like it was taking away people's lives for no reason, but I don't even know what it's for! Were we just trying to get more land? Were we defending ourselves against some crazy dictator? I have absolutely no idea, and that's why I don't care when these kids get drafted.
They also explained almost nothing about Deaths. Also, Deaths? Since when is there more than one Death? Shouldn't they have just been reapers? Because in essence, that's what they were, they just called themselves Deaths. Where did they come from? Where did they get their orders? Why can't they just not kill people? Who knows? Apparently Arntsonm doesn't, or just didn't feel like sharing with us.
So, in short, this could have been a great book, but it failed miserably....more
**spoiler alert** The biggest disappointment in this book was the slow start, and believe me, it was slooooooooooow. For the first 100 pages or so Eli**spoiler alert** The biggest disappointment in this book was the slow start, and believe me, it was slooooooooooow. For the first 100 pages or so Eli is just wandering around the Compound, talking about how their life is. It was interesting for a while, but you expect something to happen before 100 pages into the book.
Eli was another very annoying thing. I got that they Bodeen was trying to get the spoiled rich kid down but it was laid on way too thick. You can make someone a spoiled rich kid who's mainly looking out for himself and have him actually love his family, too. But instead he had absolutely no feelings for his family, and then when the major plot came into focus he instantly loved them with all his heart. It was like an instant transformation. Same thing with his touching fetish. One minute he hated to be touched and the next he was touching people constantly.
With these major flaws, it seems like this would be an awful book, but it actually turned out pretty good. The ending was slightly predictable but it was written well and I thought overall it was satisfying....more
If you pick this book up because of the title, you will not be disappointed. This book is exactly what it claims to be: a whodunnit mystery with twistIf you pick this book up because of the title, you will not be disappointed. This book is exactly what it claims to be: a whodunnit mystery with twists, turns, and some fun investigating.
This seemed more like an actual episode than most of the other Smallville books I've read, which I really liked. It had Pete, Lana, Chloe, and, of course, Clark all investigating a murder that happened right in their small town. The one thing that made it unlike a TV episode is the thing that I liked most: there was no meteor freak! Not to say that I dislike meteor freaks- if I did, why on earth would I like Smallville? But it's still fun to see something new and interesting that doesn't make Clark feel all guilty inside.
My one little complaint would be the timeline. Like so many other Smallville books, the timeline is messed up. At one point Clark mentinos the season 2 episode "Nicodemus," but (spoiler for the show) Pete doesn't know anything about Clark being Kryptonian. This doesn't really make sense, since Clark tells Pete in the second episode of season two. But other than that, I really can't think of anything I specifically disliked.
All in all, it was a nice read. (But Flight is still my favorite Smallville book! ;D)...more