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)
When I first got this book I expected it to be like one of the small paperbacks in the Jedi Apprentice series; small, short, but still good. I didn't...moreWhen I first got this book I expected it to be like one of the small paperbacks in the Jedi Apprentice series; small, short, but still good. I didn't realize just how short it was! Nevertheless, I still had high hopes for it, me loving Padmé and all. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Julianne Balmain didn't seem to know the character of Padmé very well. She seemed a little off the whole book and Balmain made it seem like Padmé and Amidala were two different people, which made absolutely no sense.
The story was boring, with no emotion, no excitement. She loses the amulet, Padmé and her handmaiden look for it and find it, the end. The amulet is an ugly locket-type thing. I've heard it described as a lump with robes around it, and that's just what it is.
Maybe this book could be enjoyable for other people, but to me it was a big disappointment.
**spoiler alert** This book started out good. It was fast and witty and I found myself liking Rafe... for about 40 pages.
After he decides to break the...more**spoiler alert** This book started out good. It was fast and witty and I found myself liking Rafe... for about 40 pages.
After he decides to break the rules I'm like, cool, this is going to actually be different, not just a middle schooler trying to fit in. It's going to be awesome and covert, he's gonna have to come up with smart ways to break these rules and not get caught. It's gonna be sweet.
Rafe is an idiot. He thinks he's a good guy. When he broke the first rule it was cool... but you gotta realize that's still bad. You can like bad characters. They're fun, witty, and just interesting. So I figured he would be a "bad boy" character... only he doesn't see himself that way. He sees himself as some victim of the rules, some person who the rule-makers personally want to hurt. What? Where did that come from?
Random spoilers from here on.
His friend, Leo, is the only likable character. He knows what they're doing is wrong. But he doesn't try to hide that. I liked him... and then he got an interesting twist. He's Rafe's imaginary friend.
So... you have an imaginary friend... but he has different values than you? Huh? And then he says how Leo is interesting, always comes up with things he would never think of, is his only friend... wow, Rafe is an idiot.
Then about half way through the book, he gets a smack in the face. He's failing middle school. Oh no! How could this happen? Wait... maybe because he's been trying to get in trouble and not giving a crap about his grades all year? But no, it must be something else.
Rafe decides to be good. He feels bad that he's giving his mom a hard time- hello! Did ya really think you're mom would think it's awesome that you're a freakin' brat in school? His stupid mom who needs a review all by herself at how stupid she is; she stays with a guy who abuses her kids and she can't even stand, who's a totally unbelievable character. Seriously. He would do things and I'm like, really? Did that really just happen? Rafe's mom is a moron.
But anyway, back to Rafe. He's good for about two months. His grades still suck. He still gets in trouble because of his rep. So everyone must be picking on him, right? I mean, he randomly was a brat and troublemaker, but he's been good for two months, so everyone should bow down to him and love him now, right? Oh, wait, this is reality and everyone doesn't do what you want? Well, I guess it's time for him to get into trouble again, since his two freakin' months of being good didn't help any. Like, is he really that stupid? He thinks two months will take away all his problems? What an idiot.
The one kid that was awesome, though, was Miller, who's supposed to be the "bad guy" of the story. Even though he was the only likable character. He was a bully, but he knew it. He knew what he was doing and that it was wrong and he didn't pretend otherwise. He kept Rafe's notebook and blackmailed him; Rafe had to buy each page for a dollar. Go, Miller!
But then the end came. The horrifying, ugly, despicable, hateful end. Rafe gets expelled for drawing all over a school wall. Finally the kid has to pay for something! And I'm talking really get in trouble, not these sissy detentions.
But wait... oh, never mind. Sure, he got expelled... and then he gets rewarded! Can you believe that? He gets rewarded for being the school troublemaker! He gets sent to his special art school. So... let's get this straight. For the whole year(minus two months) this kid has been a brat, has broken the rules - and not only broken the rules, but tried to break them all - and you're going to say, "Bad kid! That wasn't very nice of you. Want to have a scholarship to this cool art school and never be bored in school again?" WHAT?!
This book... wow. SO. AWFUL.
P.S. Something I forgot to mention. Rafe? A male version of Maximum Ride.(less)
My opinion about this book is much like that of Unraveled. It had good points and low points, and it seems like a book I would hate, but for some reas...moreMy opinion about this book is much like that of Unraveled. It had good points and low points, and it seems like a book I would hate, but for some reason I actually liked it. I wish you could give 2.5 star, a completely neutral rating, because that's what I would give this book.
*Some light spoilers follow*
In my review for Unraveled I said that I hate Mary Ann. Well, in this book I love her! In Twisted she actually does stuff for herself, instead of letting Riley, Victoria, and even Aden do everything for her while she tags along with no real purpose. (Really, why is she even there most the time?) So her character has gotten much better, as has Victoria's.
I've always liked Victoria. She's been the kind of character that there's not really much depth, but what is there is interesting. In Twisted she gets much deeper, and you get to see a new side of her. She's much more caring and she has more personality. [spoiler]Having her turn into a human was definitely the right thing to do.[/spoiler]
[spoiler]Riley turns into an a-hole in this one. After he begs Mary Ann to drain him and she does this almost subconsciously, his wolf is gone. He can no longer shift and his wolf senses are dimmed. If this Mary Ann's fault? No. Does that stop Riley from treating her like crap? No again. He acts like she did it on purpose just to spite him! If he hadn't been encouraging her, and if she wasn't almost unconscious and not even aware of what she was doing, she would never hurt him to save her life.[/spoiler]
The writing was very questionable. I haven't read the first book in a while, but it seems like it went downhill. Maybe I'm remembering wrong and my standards have gone up, but it seems like Intertwined had much better quality. You know how when some authors write both adult and YA books, the YA books always seem over-the-top teenager with not that good quality writing. I've noticed this about James Patterson and after Twisted it's become clear for Gena Showalter, too. Hint: I don't want to read something as if I'm talking to my friends when I'm slap happy. I want to read a professional piece of literature that's been edited and published. I don't want to read the word "freakin" every five seconds. I don't want anything outside of the dialogue to sound as if it's a sixteen-year-old's first draft.
As far as plot goes, Twisted had a very strong one. It was much better than Unraveled, which was so non-existent that I don't even remember what they were trying to accomplish the whole book, other than the usually "get the souls out of Aden's head" thing.(less)