With a name like "Touched by an alien", it's no doubt that this book would be hilarious and unconventional, not taking itself seriously. Even the blur...moreWith a name like "Touched by an alien", it's no doubt that this book would be hilarious and unconventional, not taking itself seriously. Even the blurb was funny, I mean handsome aliens dressed in Armani suits? The book delivered lots of laughs, action, romance, and more.
Nothing could prepare me for the entertainment that ensued upon reading the book. The witty banter alone was incredibly fun, between the Alpha-Centaurions (or A-C's) which are all incredibly good looking, smart aliens who are great in bed and who hold superpowers like "extreme empathy". When you look at the book as a whole, it's really funny but it definitely doesn't try too hard to be that.
Kitty is a great heroine with an excellent sense of humour. She could win battles just on her quick wit and taste in hard rock music alone. Her parents are also an interesting pair, one of which is even more kick ass than her daughter.
This book wasn't perfect however, with a political and religious agenda explaining why the aliens came to Earth. It did confuse me in some parts, but carried on at a fast pace. There was heaps of action moving the book at a fast pace, although I was disappointed that the Montblac pen didn't make a reappearance later in the book.
*minor spoiler*(view spoiler)[The contrived love triangle was probably something I could have done without, I felt like I was watching another episode of Vampire Diaries again, with the heroine caught between two hunks! (hide spoiler)]
I definitely enjoyed this title, and will be continuing with the rest of the series. This series is definitely underrated, if you want a good, entertaining sci-fi romance then pick this up!
Continuing on from the phenomenal Night Huntress series, This side of the grave starts off with a bang as Cat gets accustomed to her newfound powers a...moreContinuing on from the phenomenal Night Huntress series, This side of the grave starts off with a bang as Cat gets accustomed to her newfound powers and strange feeding habits as a vampire.
Bones and Cat have ironed out their issues from the last book and spend their time either being mushy with each other or getting hot and heavy. It's a welcome change from the angst and whining from the last book as there's a lot more happening here on the brink of an all out ghoul war with an evil ghoul ruler and a ghoul goddess representing queen of the Damned.
The side characters especially the ghost Fabian are a crucial focus on this book, and Vlad as well as Mecheres are as fascinating as ever.
The plot isn't as tight and fast moving as previous books, but a hilarious voodoo experience and emotional passing of someone who means a lot to Cats heavyweights in this book. It's def a stronger contender than the previous title filled with lots of action, wit, and love. Can't wait to move onto the next one.
The 4th book in the exhilirating Night Huntress series took quite a different turn from the previous books. Cat is no longer commanding her team of sp...moreThe 4th book in the exhilirating Night Huntress series took quite a different turn from the previous books. Cat is no longer commanding her team of special agents, however, she's got another problem - an old lover from a past she never knew claims to be her real husband and will stop at nothing to steal her away.
That's a cause for concern for Cat and Bones, and the passionate couple are constantly at each other's throats in this book - literally. So much so, that I found it quite difficult getting past the first 60% of the book. In fact, the book is filled with so much angst, self-loathing, and regret that it was quite uncomfortable to read.
Thankfully, the supporting characters really step in to save the day. Mencheres, Vlad, Spade and newly found ghost Fabian are all intriguing characters who have a place in the Night Huntress universe. I look forward to the Night Huntress world spin-offs to read a little more about these characters.
The last quarter of the book definitely did redeem the whole book for me. It was filled with lots of sex & sizzle, ultimate action-packed duels and twists as expected from Jeaniene Frost. Frost is masterful in how she weaves a story together, always keeping you on the edge of the seat to find out what happens next.
Zombies. Vampires. Ghouls. A centuries old Egyptian vampire goddess. After completing the 3rd book in the Night Huntress series, it's evident that thi...moreZombies. Vampires. Ghouls. A centuries old Egyptian vampire goddess. After completing the 3rd book in the Night Huntress series, it's evident that this series goes from strength to strength. It's exhilarating, fast-paced, and pulls at the heart strings.
Cat continues to grow on me, her strength of character is strong but not unbreakable in her weaker moments. Her fierce love for Bones fuels her every moment, and Bones is such a charming, arrogant, witty fellow. The only thing that annoyed me was Tate, who thinks he has a chance with her but how dodgy can you get?
Jeaniene Frost weaves intricate storylines into each character with a greater complexity than I've seen other authors do, and that's what makes this series a must-read.
Woah this was amazing! Much better than the first, which dragged with a slow introduction and conversations between Cat and Bones.
The second in the N...moreWoah this was amazing! Much better than the first, which dragged with a slow introduction and conversations between Cat and Bones.
The second in the Night Huntress series goes straight into the action, which was both exhilarating and fast-paced. Cat is a rare vampire/human half-breed and her job is to exterminate vampires who pose a threat to humans. She's the commander of a badass but lovable team of agents, training them to stand on their own against vampires. Four years have passed since she left Bones behind to join the cause.
I was glad to see that she would inevitably meet her beloved again. The chemistry between Cat and Bones is explosive, partly due to their forbidden relationship and the tensions with her mum's disapproval, and her job.
With her reunion with Bones, commanding a team she has both trained and befriended, and finding herself a target of an assassination attempt, this book is bursting with excitement and emotion. Definitely pulled on the heartstrings and left the emotions raw. So glad I continued to read this series!
There's a certain comfort in the zombie genre because you know what to expect. The back story is pretty self-explanatory, a virus breaks out, people g...moreThere's a certain comfort in the zombie genre because you know what to expect. The back story is pretty self-explanatory, a virus breaks out, people get infected, and a zombie apocalypse happens. What better reason to offer action and gore than with that simple explanation?
Feed offers so much more than what the usual zombie novel entails. Instead of horror and the survival, it goes into the epidemiology of the zombie virus, and how the world has dealt with it 20 years after the zombie outbreak. It's a world underpinned by blogging and journalism to bring the truth about zombies to the masses.
Georgia and Shaun Mason, adoptive brother and sister, and Buffy the perky technophile are bloggers on the brink of their greatest story when they are chosen to offer news coverage for a US Senator's campaign. Equipped with hidden cameras and enough recording equipment in case of an emergency, they accompany the Senator to his meetings. Unwarranted zombie attacks start happening and the Masons soon discover they may be on the hinge of a conspiracy.
I really adored the characters within this book. It delivers a complexity rarely seen between character relationships. Shaun is a happy-go-lucky, over-protective brother who can strike a chord between his readers. George is a hard-nosed journalist with a sole purpose to uncover the truth. She may seem emotionless and uncaring, but the only person who she lets her guard down around is her brother. Buffy offers them a reprieve from the tougher side of life with her bouncy personality.
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It's official, Warm Bodies wins the award for the most creative and unique relationship ever. R is a zombie who finds himself inexplicably caring for...moreIt's official, Warm Bodies wins the award for the most creative and unique relationship ever. R is a zombie who finds himself inexplicably caring for young, vivacious Julie, after stumbling upon her while attacking some humans. As he consumes the brain of her boyfriend, he receives brief memories of his captive's life, including his love of Julie. Through strange circumstances, he decides to protect Julie and keep her safe from other zombies.
Now wait right there, it definitely sounds sick, twisted, and just incomprehensible, but once you get past that stage, you're in for a touching, innovative, and deep tale about humanity and the undead. As the novel progresses, R slowly starts changing into a human, receiving speech, the ability to read, and even the capability to feel and have emotions. What begins to happen is that you start to actually care and root for this zombie, especially compared to the seemingly inhumane survivors.
Warm Bodies is such a fresh, inventive read that really shakes your conventions. It may not be for the likes of zombie purists, but if you keep an open mind, you'll be introduced to some radical ideas when it comes to the zombie apocalypse. I loved this version of the zombie apocalypse as it shows there is hope, even in the face of a lost world as you knew it.
Julie is also a lovable, strangely optimistic character despite all the things that have happened to her. She's one of the more unique heroines I've encountered, and it was a pleasure to find that she doesn't fit the usual, rather-annoying stereotypes when it comes to survivors. She's definitely a complex character that you cannot pinpoint to any personality type, which is always interesting to read.
As with any ground-breaking story, Warm Bodies is not without it's flaws. The strange, supernatural element of Boneys, authoritative zombies so far gone they have become skeletons, felt a little out of place. The relative shift in zombie consciousness is also never really explained, only hinted at towards the end of the book. I never felt this as a frustration though, because clearly the author had a story to tell and decided what he was going to cover in such an imaginative world.
Definitely recommended if you're looking for an inventive, hopeful and yes - slightly disturbing zombie story. It's definitely a rewarding read.
I started reading Cinder with the expectation that it was going to be pretty much a straight retelling of Cinderella but with the whole Cyborg twist t...moreI started reading Cinder with the expectation that it was going to be pretty much a straight retelling of Cinderella but with the whole Cyborg twist to it. I was surprised to find however, that it is basically a story on it's own with the fairytale inspirations sprinkled throughout it. Fair enough, there's an Asian Prince, a ball, an evil stepmother, but there's also the New Beijing setting! An evil Lunar Queen! Prince Kai! And there's also Cinder, who is just so charming, witty, kind, and head-strong.
The characters within this book are so incredibly charming that you can't help but love them. Iko is a stand out for me, she's a cute little robot that believes she's a human. Prince Kai is persistent, honest, caring, and handsome. The evil stepmother and step sister played their parts well, but did not grate so much as the evil Lunar Queen.
Surprisingly, it's not all these things that automatically led to the 5 star rating for me. It was the sudden moment when I realised that the book featured a heavy similarity to my favourite childhood cartoon - Sailor Moon! You've got the evil queen who wants the prince for himself, the Neo Tokyo setting, the headstrong but lovable main character, and even the palace politics. From reading other reviews, it appears that Marissa Meyer is a huge Sailor Moon fan and that is absolutely awesome!
Despite all of that, there are a few downfalls to this book. Firstly, the predictable storyline kind of ruins any sort of major reveal later on. Being inspired by fairy tales sort of chains you in a certain corner, where certain things need to happen in the book. There's also an incredible lack of world building, considering the amazing world that Marissa has created. I did find that there were a few details missing, which I'm glad the free prequel has filled in for me.
These however, won't decrease my love of the book. I'm just left with such a feeling of warmth upon finishing it. It's such a charming little tale, with so much love put into it. I definitely recommend it for anyone who loves a good read.
What a great feeling - to finish a book and to embrace the hype! Divergent certainly deserves all the praise it can get.
Although the dystopian theme...moreWhat a great feeling - to finish a book and to embrace the hype! Divergent certainly deserves all the praise it can get.
Although the dystopian theme is a bit overused at the moment, the excellent titles that stand out make it worthwhile. Divergent is multi-layered, action packed and fast paced, making it difficult to put down until you've digested the whole story. It follows Tris, a girl born into the Abnergation faction which focuses on self-lessness and not standing out. The world is segregated into several factions according to their philosophies of living, and the majority of the book follows Tris as she is being initiated into the Dauntless (fearless) faction.
I absolutely loved the character building in this, along with the faction-based living. It just brings about so many insights when it comes to human psychology, like how you can't really fit someone into a box as hard as you try, and how conflicting parts of you can affect your decisions and your behaviour according to your stimulants. The initiation trials and simulations are basically experiments to see whether you perform as expected and if you don't - then you're an outlier. I'm not an expert on psychology or anything - I just have a keen interest in it and Divergent just places a name on the different personality types which makes it all the more fascinating.
While other people may criticise the lack of world-building in this, I found the character building and the references to the different factions enough for that. I'd rather read about the trials, the people within the world, the initiation, and the action than have a historical account on how the world came about and what happened to segregate them into factions. In fact, that is one of the things that draws you into the book - the full-blown action places you right within the world with Tris.
The writing also magnificently conveyed the story well too. It was curt, no overuse of adjectives, and straight to the point. Without all that flowery prose, it's evident that Veronica Roth is a skilled writer, even though this was her first novel. It's refreshing to see a story get straight to the point and still hold you at that level without making you lose interest.
I don't think anyone should compare this to the Hunger Games, just because they are both dystopian. It's evident that they are both quite different and I'm not going down that pathway - of placing things into a box.
I do however have a criticism about the last few chapters - they happened at such a quick pace that it was difficult to grasp what was happening at the rapid speed certain characters were dying. Neither does Tris however, but I suppose that will be dealt with in Insurgent.
All in all, an utterly fantastic read that I couldn't rave enough about. Deserves to be picked up and read straight away - so get onto it if you haven't already!
Easily the best of the series so far, I could not put down The Titan's Curse. The story was perfectly paced, extremely entertaining and the encounters...moreEasily the best of the series so far, I could not put down The Titan's Curse. The story was perfectly paced, extremely entertaining and the encounters with the Gods and Goddesses yet were plentiful and exciting. It felt like a really good movie where everything ties up in the end.
I loved the Huntresses who accompany Artemis on her quests, and the Thalia, the daughter of Zeus was also a great character, each of them strong female characters. The quest format of each book is also interesting, with a hero from Olympus having to complete a quest and return to Camp Half-blood having succeeded or failed it.
All in all, if you're a fan of Greek legends and fantasy books, this series is for you.(less)
Wow, what an amazingly constructed story about a utopian society. It's quite a dark story about how everyone and everything is controlled by the gover...moreWow, what an amazingly constructed story about a utopian society. It's quite a dark story about how everyone and everything is controlled by the government from their families, behaviour, who they matched with, their jobs and so forth. There are only two people within the society who are able to experience memories, The Giver and his successor, and the Receiver.
The story of Jonas is quite a confronting one, leaving you to think what you would do in that situation. It's a world so different from our own that takes away the very notion of free will. The book had a very scifi feel to it from start to to end and felt like a fable. I found some scenes within the book quite difficult to read because they were so terrifying - quite surprising that it is aimed at children.
My high rating for this book is to honour how it is definitely a classic in its own right. It is groundbreaking similar to how 1984 was and opens your mind to greater interpretation. If it wasn't for the vague, open-ended ending, this book would be flawless for me. I'm going to pick up the sequel to see what happens.
Transcendent, compelling, fantastical, Eragon is classic fantasy at its best. Entranced with the story of young hero Eragon and his dragon Saphira, I...moreTranscendent, compelling, fantastical, Eragon is classic fantasy at its best. Entranced with the story of young hero Eragon and his dragon Saphira, I couldn't put this book down. I'm surprised to learn that this was written by a 16 year old - so what if the plot is similar to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I really admired the characters in the book who were a joy to read about. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone.
In this day's and age, life is fraught with constant worry. Worries for the future, worries stemming from the past, and rarely do we stop and think ab...moreIn this day's and age, life is fraught with constant worry. Worries for the future, worries stemming from the past, and rarely do we stop and think about the present. The power of now really enlightens you to leading a more fulfilling life by focusing on 'living in the now'. Reading this book is like reaching an epiphany and you'll never look at things the same way again.
Just a note about the writer, sometimes I do find that it feels like he's a 'new-age hippy' who places himself above everyone else but hey, I guess he's just excited about being enlightened and eager to pass the message onto everyone else. I don't think he is the most concise writer either as he says things in 10 different ways which could be said concisely in one. But once you get past that, and the message behind the book really hits home, this book is practical and engaging, teaching us tips to slow down and live in the present, which is what spiritual enlightenment is all about.
Kiyosaki is a likeable writer that writes in a clear, personable manner that is easy to read and pick up. The epitome of wealth motivation books, the...moreKiyosaki is a likeable writer that writes in a clear, personable manner that is easy to read and pick up. The epitome of wealth motivation books, the message within this book is compelling. Based more on a personal story than offering practical tips but it really opens your mind up to new possibilities on personal finance and wealth. If you are to read any of the endless titles about personal finance, read this one because it could be life-changing.
A unique fantasy featuring magic, mythical creatures, and an alternate world set in the Victorian era. Definitely better than a lot of the standard te...moreA unique fantasy featuring magic, mythical creatures, and an alternate world set in the Victorian era. Definitely better than a lot of the standard teenage book out there, as it isn't predictable with several plot twists and written well with great character development. I still strive to find a book similar to this.(less)