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 twist...moreIf 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)(less)
My sister won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and our friend and I instantly took it from her and started reading it. If that hadn't been the case,...moreMy sister won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and our friend and I instantly took it from her and started reading it. If that hadn't been the case, I probably wouldn't have finished it. This isn't poetry is the slightest; it's some sick pervert's fantasy world. It's like he didn't know how to write poetry, so instead he decided to just cover that up by maybe being able to satisfy his readers by putting in his most disgusting dreams and hoping that would work. There doesn't seem to be any emotion behind it except that Craig Scott is horny. I hate to call this pamphlet a book, but it is indeed one of the worst books I've ever read.(less)
**spoiler alert** My review for Once in a Full Moon started out talking about Taco Bell, so now I don't know where to start here. Checkers? Hungry How...more**spoiler alert** My review for Once in a Full Moon started out talking about Taco Bell, so now I don't know where to start here. Checkers? Hungry Howies? Because let's be honest, is there anyone in the world who actually wants to talk about this "book"? (Ignoring fools who like it and blissfully ignorant people who haven't read it.)
But then, my review will seem like a masterpiece compared to this book, so I will start from a random place - the end. Someone take a knife and drive it through my skull, because that was possibly the worst ending to a book I have ever read(possibly, because can you really beat Breaking Dawn?).
"Beware a bite under the full moon; it will complicate your love life."
Oh, no! Not my love life! PLEASE GOD NO! NEVER THAT!!! Please make it something life threatening instead!
If you know me, you might know I hate Twilight. But I have got to give it to Meyer, even she made a threat of death in her vampire book. I guess werewolves don't care about dying, though. Their biggest fear is having a complicated love life. I don't think I've ever used this before, but... *facepalm*
The big thing in the ending is that Celeste has to *gasp* kiss her horrid ex-boyfriend! Isn't that the most awful thing you've ever heard of? I mean, Bella Suewan had a whole army of vampires after her, but what if she had to kiss Jake to save herself? Now, that would have been bad. Good thing she got away with almost dying instead. (You know something's bad if it's bad compared to Twilight!)
And I cannot in my whole life rant enough about how crappy these werewolves are. They don't turn into wolves, they turn into hippies with fangs. B acts completely the same when it's his time of the month as he does any other time. How lame is that? But then when Nash changes he's different, more aggressive and stuff. Does that make sense to you? Because it sure doesn't to me.
After I read Once in a Full Moon, I decided I would read all these books just because they make me laugh so much. But this book was disappointing. It wasn't funny. It was boring, and that made me sad(and mad). So I probably won't be reading the next ones, but we'll see.(less)
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 out there. I read all these things about people hating this book and it makes no sense to me. The storyline is great, the charac...moreOne of the best books out there. I read all these things about people hating this book and it makes no sense to me. The storyline is great, the characters are amazing, and the writing is fantastic. Darth Bane himself is so complicated and complex I don't know how someone would hate him.
I've heard people say that it's unrealistic(which is a given anyway, since it's sci-fi) in the fact that an unimportant miner could turn into someone as great and feared as Darth Bane. If they paid any attention at all to the books, they should be able to figure this out. It's not like he's normal one day and then SNAP, he's a dark Lord the other.
Dessel worked in a mine where he grew not only to hate his father but also in physical form- it's stated a few times that he has a lot of muscle because of his life in the mines. The hatred of his father is what led him on the path of darkness, combined with his physical strength and uncanny ability to access the dark side so much without any training.
After he flees from his home planet and joins the fight against the Republic, he still holds most of his morals- he's willing to give his life to save his fellow soldiers, which he proves when he mutineers against his commanding officer. It's only after this that he realizes only he can look after himself and throws away all his past morals. Now he's only going to look after himself and no one else.
Which is when Des, the measly cortosis miner, becomes Bane. Not Darth Bane, not yet. I think most people overlook this. I've heard so many people saying that he just up and throws away all the Sith teachings, is automatically smarter than all the other Sith combines. This isn't true! For a while he goes along with it. It's only when he realizes later how wrong they are that he starts to slowly form his own theories, his own ideas. Only after he's had about three Sith tutors does he become powerful enough to destroy the Sith. Also, you need to realize this is someone with a much more powerful connection to the Force than most. It's stated several times that he's more connected than others.
So, in conclusion, I just wanna say that this is one freakin awesome book. Darth Bane is a freakin beast.(less)
It was really interesting seeing things from Leia's point of view. I liked her before this, but now I'm a big fan. I loved her time on the Death Star...moreIt was really interesting seeing things from Leia's point of view. I liked her before this, but now I'm a big fan. I loved her time on the Death Star and before that, it was really intense and she has an interesting mind. She's like Padme's political skills combined with Anakin's stubborn attitude.
Like Anakin's, this was more of a "he said and she said" type of book, but unlike Anakin's, it worked. It wasn't just plaing, "He suggested this and this person agreed," but it gave interesting words and ways to describe their talk without actually directly quoting them. The writing was also a lot better.(less)
I've read and watched parodies before. Some are amazingly funny, others are just dumb. This one was closer to the latter. If I could give 2.5 stars, t...moreI've read and watched parodies before. Some are amazingly funny, others are just dumb. This one was closer to the latter. If I could give 2.5 stars, that would be perfect, because that's what it is- completely average.
When I first heard of this book, I was excited, because I'm always changing my mind if I like Twilight or not and I think that was one of the times I was on a rant about it. So my anticipation was great as it stood on my holds list at the library for some months.
The first chapter was great. It brought out a lot of things I've thought about Twilight in the past. But what irks me is that it goes overboard. Don't get me wrong, that's not necessarily a bad thing. But the way it does it with such low intelligence... this could easily have been a book that didn't need to go overboard or use low intelligence. That would have been funny in itself- that the parody is better written and intelligent than the actual book.
That aside... it really wasn't very funny. There were parts that made me laugh, don't get me wrong. But all in all... it was just something to read. And that's what made it so average- I wasn't upset about reading it, I didn't dislike it. It was just... okay.(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)
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)
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)
**I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway for my honest review**
There's not much I want to say about this book other than it wasn't very interesting...more**I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway for my honest review**
There's not much I want to say about this book other than it wasn't very interesting. It seemed like it would be really great. A guy with superpowers, how could it not be? I'm a sucker for those kind of things. Even after reading it and thinking about the plot it seems like it should be a good book. There were thinks happening, but it just didn't interest me. I didn't feel anything for the characters. They didn't really have a personality beyond what little there is on the surface. Jake and Francesca's romance seems to come out of nowhere. I can see why she likes him because she can feel other people's motives and such, but he doesn't really know her and yet he's in love with her.
[spoiler]And then there were the random aliens at the end. It was like I was reading this book that was grounded in reality, because even the special things the people could do had scientific reasons behind them, and then all of a sudden I was reading about aliens. It didn't really make sense.[/spoiler]
So in theory, this book is amazing. When actually reading, it's rather dull. If the writing had been more extravagant it would have been much better.(less)