I remember this book from so long ago when I was little. This used to be one of my favorite books, as was any with these fun little bears. I think thi...moreI remember this book from so long ago when I was little. This used to be one of my favorite books, as was any with these fun little bears. I think this spooked me a little, but it was a while ago so I may be mistaken. I was only like two when I was read this the first time and I would beg my mom to read it to me more until I could read it myself.(less)
One of the best books in the Warriors series. The plot was perfect, the characters were engaging, and the ending was fabulous. I think I read this in...moreOne of the best books in the Warriors series. The plot was perfect, the characters were engaging, and the ending was fabulous. I think I read this in two sittings- I couldn't put it down! There are a few typos that irk me, but other than that, I loved it!(less)
This book did something surprising: it entertained me. After all the other Warriors manga books(except Scourge) I thought there was no hope for a good...moreThis book did something surprising: it entertained me. After all the other Warriors manga books(except Scourge) I thought there was no hope for a good one. If I was reading this by itself and it was the only thing I picked up, I probably wouldn't like it. But comparing it to the others it was pretty good.
The ending was something I really didn't like, though. It was so anti-climatic. I think the "big thing" that happened was over it 4 pages, and that's just not exciting.
I'm just glad these are always under 100 pages.
Good point, though; Leafstar's kits are adorable!(less)
This book was super good... until that stupid chick flick moment. In every chick flick imaginable, the couple has to have some reason to break up, no...moreThis book was super good... until that stupid chick flick moment. In every chick flick imaginable, the couple has to have some reason to break up, no matter how dumb it may be. They're perfectly happy, about to get married... but then one thing goes wrong and they break up. In this book, that same thing happens... excluding the "something going wrong" part.
But I'll get to that later. Let's start with the writing. It was good, well-thought out, but you could definitely tell it was a first book. While it wasn't awful, it certainly could have been better. Mostly I blame the editor for this, though. She/he should have read through the bad parts and made Houck fix it.
The story started out strong, and it was one of those unputdownable books. I think it was around the time Kelsey goes to India that it started getting boring. There were too much descriptions of things that could have easily been described in three words. (Like, "this apple is red.") It should have been about 50 pages shorter.
The thing that most authors fail at, though, seemed like it would be good; the romance. So many authors have issues with this, I don't even know where to begin. It's too lustful, it's too timid, it's too bland, whatever. But I like Ren and Kelsey; they were just getting into their feelings and their friendly banter was(for once) actually interesting and enjoyable.
But then Houck had to go and ruin it by turning Kelsey into a bitch. She randomly decides that he only likes her because she's the first woman he's seen in forever(which doesn't make sense, because he has seen other women) and she wants him to try other people. Um, what? You have a guy that sweet and loves you, but you want him to be with other women instead? Is it just me, or does that not make any sense? And not only that, but she doesn't even tell him this. After making out with him, she avoids him and tries her hardest not to touch him or look at him or anything that involves him. And when he dares to say something about it and wonder why she's treating him like a leper, she jumps down his throat and gets pissed at him for not giving her place. Hello! You were just making out with the guy, yes he's confused and wants more!
At first she blames herself and feels bad for doing what she's doing(a.k.a. being a bitch), but then she decides that he's being a jerk, when all he's trying to do is show he cares for her. He talks about the Kappa? He's showing off how much he knows! He doesn't want to leave her when she's being attacked by said Kappas? He needs to not be in love with her! This girl is so stupid I wanted to scream. And all the while they talk about how smart she is and all that crap. NO. She's not smart. She's stupid.
This would have been a four star book, no doubt, if I didn't have to suffer through Kelsey being a moron for half the book. I wish I could give 2.5 stars, so that I didn't really like it but didn't hate it, but I'm giving it 3 because I actually did enjoy the parts that weren't boring and that weren't featuring the heroine's idiocy.(less)
I'm going to save everyone I can from the awful experience I had to go through and give this clear warning: STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK!!!
I picked up thi...moreI'm going to save everyone I can from the awful experience I had to go through and give this clear warning: STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK!!!
I picked up this book because it's a pretty popular manga and it looked like it had a good storyline. But then... I opened it.
Right from the start I could make no sense of it. It went from place to place, jumping here then there, not fully explaining itself... it was a disaster.
Then the story starts to finally come into place and I'm thinking, "At last, it's finally going to be good!" No such luck. Right as it started getting better, it went straight downhill again. The dialogue isn't comedic or smart at all and the art isn't well drawn. The main character, Tohru, was pretty likeable(despite the writing) until Kyo was in it a lot. She was all over the Rat boy(I don't remember all their names because they're crazy Japanese names) until Kyo appeared, and the only reason she switched was because she loves cats. Not because she thought Kyo had a better personality or because he was nice to her, but just because she liked cats better.
Kyo was the only likeable character after that. He was crabby enough that it was funny but not so crabby that it got on your nerves.
Since I already suffered through the first one I'll probably read a few more to see if it gets good, but I doubt it.(less)
Before you read this review, I have some questions for you:
1. Do you hate cats?
2. Do you like to laugh?
3. Do you consider yourself different than norm...moreBefore you read this review, I have some questions for you:
1. Do you hate cats?
2. Do you like to laugh?
3. Do you consider yourself different than normal people?
4. Do you like to laugh?
If you answered any of those with a yes, stop reading. I'm not even kidding. Stop reading this review and go to your nearest bookstore or library and get this book.
I Used to Think I Was Normal(as I've been calling it) is full of fun, awkward, and hilarious short stories. It opens with, in my opinion, the funniest story of the lot, the attempted murder of a cat. Anyone who has a cat out there I'm sure will appreciate this story. (Even for those of you who like your cats - like me - you know you want to kill them occasionally.)
I have to thank the author herself, J.L. Black, for giving me this wonderful book. We had quite a hard time getting it to my house, but it was very worth! I now have a free copy of this amazing book, so thank you!
Now that all my gushing is out of the way, let me move on to a more serious tone, since I believe critique is more helpful than pure praise. The biggest problem with I Used to Think I Was Normal is the editing. There were a lot of times that I wanted to rearrange the wording of a sentence or fix some errors in the punctuation or grammar. This is a wonderful book, but I feel like it could be even better with a good editor.
Even so, I love this book because it made me laugh, entertained me, and forced me to keep reading even when it was 3:00am and I should be asleep. It you're looking for something to read in a plane, something you calm your nerves, or just want a good laugh, I suggest picking this book up!
P.S. After reading this book, you will never look at Oreos the same way again.(less)
I'm going to try to avoid spoilers, but there may be some light ones!
The main thing I've noticed about Erin Hunter is that she(for the sake of this re...moreI'm going to try to avoid spoilers, but there may be some light ones!
The main thing I've noticed about Erin Hunter is that she(for the sake of this review, I will treat Erin Hunter as one person) creates very good and sometimes unique problems - Tallpaw has some major issues in this book and she did a good job of creating his alienating personality and builds up his Clanmates slipping away from him, and actually managed to avoid pointless romance. She threw in some really good quotes and [she-cat]slapped some cats that deserved it. However, endings are very, very important. For me an ending can ruin a book or make it perfect. This ending didn't quite ruin it, but it certainly didn't compliment the majority of the story, either. There were these intense moments of "ohmigosh shes gonna do it shes gonna make her warrior do somethin baaad" and then it was like... oh. Not a crazy, startling killing scene or a revolutionary forgiveness. It was just like, k. No biggie. Are you kidding me? After reading five hundred pages I get that? Bull.
Another thing that pissed me off was that when Shrewpaw had the same circumstances that Tallpaw later had, everyone was sympathetic to Shrewpaw and turned on Tallpaw. But when the same thing happened to Tallpaw they were all defensive of Sparrow, the poor rogue who just wanted to explore. Hecks no. Defend your Clanmate you punks, not the random rogue that's living in your camp.
I'm also getting sick of Super Editions being Super for no reason. Five hundred pages, and for what? For four hundred and ninety of them to be super build up and ten to be just kay? These Super Editions need to get over themselves. Firestar's was amazing - every chapter was filled with adventure and awesomeness. Bluestar's Prophecy - well, Bluestar. Need I say more? Then we got SkyClan's Destiny, which had some major flaws, yes, but was decent nonetheless. Yellowfang's... eh. I guess. Crookedstar's pissed me off, which is just what it intended, so I'm good with that. Tallstar's Revenge was a little like that, too. But the most major flaw all of them but Firestar's had was that it was loooooooong. For. No. Reason. Why are these so long?! The majority of it is filler. Hunting, fighting pointless battles, training, and there's always a cat that picks on the main character for no reason. And most of the time they're racist. But that's beside the point. The point is these should be probably the size of a normal Warriors book - maybe a little longer. I feel like I'm speaking heresies here, but even Bluestar's was a little boring at parts. (I'm so sorry, my one true love!) Want to know something about hunting? It's boring. I've read about it like 30 times from Erin Hunter. I'm done with hunting. I don't need more. I get that they're cats. Just stop the hunting!
2.5 stars for this book. I was really feeling for Talltail, and that gave it some points. But between the filler and the unsatisfying ending, it really wasn't that great. (less)
I have no idea how, but this was even worse than the first volume! Thirty pages into it I almost put it down, but I forced myself to finish it, and le...moreI have no idea how, but this was even worse than the first volume! Thirty pages into it I almost put it down, but I forced myself to finish it, and let me tell you, I'm sorry that I even picked it up. The writing is so atrocious I don't even know how anyone likes this. The characters are all annoying except for the cat, who's only fun because he's the only character that I don't feel like choking with a fork. Rather, I think he wants to choke everyone in this manga with a fork, which is the reason I like him.
When I finished the first volume, I hated it. But I thought maybe it got better. Sometimes it only gets good after a few books. I had up to volume 6 on my to-read list. After this, I'm taking them all off. There is no way I can stomach more of this.
The idea is fun, however, it's executed very badly. The whole hugging thing is just stupid. What a dumb way for them to change. It would be sooooooo much cooler if they were just shape-shifters.(less)
They could have made this book great. An amazing, epic tale of how the cats first came to the forest. Instead, they made it a love story between a lon...moreThey could have made this book great. An amazing, epic tale of how the cats first came to the forest. Instead, they made it a love story between a loner and a Tribe cat. What? Who the crap picked this up for that? I wanted to see some fierce battles(like the guide book says there were), epic deaths, and general chaos all around. Instead we already have two Clans - oh wait, they're not Clans. I mean, they don't call themselves that. But really, what makes a Clan? A group of cats supporting each other and watching their boundaries. That's exactly what we get in these books.
What happened to every cat for himself? And that there was so much turmoil that the dead cats had to step in and force these cats to become five*cough*four*cough* Clans?
(Slight spoiler, around page 50.) And what a lame way to get Gray Wing to go to the forest. Find the kitten that ran away and go with it? How about, drag that misbehaving little brat back home? And why is this cat a better hunter than his full grown brother? It was cool when Gray Wing for in trouble the first time and had to get him out of it, but come on, after that it was just overkill.
I had high hopes for these books. The fourth series wasn't that good, but I figured a fresh start with a new cast would maybe make things better. Instead we have everything we've ever had: forbidden romances, small but not major border skirmishes, and loved cats dying. Good job, Erin Hunter.(less)
I think this is the first book I've ever liked without really liking. Does that make sense? No, not at all. I'll try to explain
I LOVE Teen Wolf, the s...moreI think this is the first book I've ever liked without really liking. Does that make sense? No, not at all. I'll try to explain
I LOVE Teen Wolf, the show. I watched the first two seasons in one weekend and then I needed something to do while I waited for season three and I found this book. But the thing is, the book is not that great. I had read a few reviews on here before reading(which I hate doing so I have no idea why I did) and they made me so scared that On Fire would suck that I think it made me like it more. I had such low expectations of it that it exceeded them.
But let's put it this way: if I had never seen the show, I would hate the book. This is definitely not a book for people who haven't seen the show because it explains almost no backstory so you'll be confused the entire time. But people who have seen the show may be disappointed because Nancy Holder does a poor job of recreating the characters. Derek, for one...
[spoiler]Derek as a sixteen-year-old in love with his gym teacher. Sounds great, right? Yeah, I didn't think so, either. I understand him acting out of character; if a fire burned down all your family except you and your sister, it has to change you. But this Derek is just boring and stupid. He falls in love after one day of meeting Kate Argent. The storyline with them... the only thing that kept me reading was Derek. Because he's Derek, so you have to love him.[/spoiler]
The plotline was predictable and boring. The only thing interesting was the characters which, like I said, were only interesting because of the show. If you've seen the show you know nothing can happen that messes with it, so you'll know how the ending will turn out. If you haven't seen the show... maybe you'll like it. It might surprise you. But I doubt it.
So I recommend that if you haven't seen the show you stay far away from this book. If you haven't already grown attached to the characters you won't care about this book. If you have seen it and are really into it I suggest you read it... but not because you'll like it. Just if you're like me and have to read your TV show's books, no matter how good they are. ;)
Edit 9/12/13: Okay, after seeing the first part of the third season, this book makes even less sense. This is definitely not canon. Why would they write a book and then change what happened? The personality of Derek is whacked. And that's a word I've never even used before. He was just a normal, punky high school kid before the fire. In the book he's more quite like he is in the show. It doesn't make sense. And his blue eyes... oh, just watch it. (less)