As a complete novice to the entire subject of psychology, I found the book fascinating. For other readers, more experienced in the subject, seemed toAs a complete novice to the entire subject of psychology, I found the book fascinating. For other readers, more experienced in the subject, seemed to be disappointed, I thought the book was full of new and interesting ideas. I picked up the book because of a new interest in psychology and was not disappointed for it.
What I liked: This book really seems to be for beginners since the author didn't go very deeply into each subject, but simply introduced psychology ideas and a few main subcatergories for each. Furnham managed to brush up on the general basics of psychology, using simple words/analogies and didn't end up confusing me too much. I found the ideas such as "Visual Illusions", "Stress", "IQ and You", etc. all very fascinating and attention grabbing.
What I didn't like: Though mostly decent, the format got awakard at times, such as a new article to introduce a new idea being placed in the middle of a passage. However, most of the time, it did not distract me too much from my reading.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty cool book for people just newly interested in psychology....more
......well that was, that was rather disappointing. Amanda Hocking is quite well known these days in the indie books' section. After falling in love wi......well that was, that was rather disappointing. Amanda Hocking is quite well known these days in the indie books' section. After falling in love with her with her other book, Hollowland, I moved on to this book, Switched. Major disappointment. I'm not quite sure what all the good review are saying. Though Hocking's writing style wasn't perfect and her plot was only so-so, I still loved all the characters in Hollowed. The book still pulled me in. This book? Not so much.
I admit the whole troll/changeling concept was pretty orginal and cool. But it could have been excueted better. A lot better. The writing is poor at best and the plot was just...flat. Disappointing. And of course, my most hated cliffhanger endings. Actually, I'm even fine with cliffhangers if the book was good enough and answered some questions. This book answered none and felt like the author literally chopped the book into parts so she could make more money off of people. And my other most hated book quality: dull characters. With characters like Wendy, I could not get into the book at all.
Wendy who falls in love with the stereotypical "I-love-you-but-can't-have-you-for-the-better-good" boy, has the stereotypical "I-pretend-to-love-you-but-I-really-don't" mean mother, the "Keeping-secrets-were-for-your-own-good-and-I-still-love-you" fake and super-protective mom, "Kind-of-rebellious-yet-sort-of-perfect" friends, and every other stereotype you can't think of. *Sighs*
Oh and how could you forget Wendy herself. The bratty, whiney, "Bella-like" teenage girl with drastic mood swings, way too much angst, and giving up/forgetting everything for the sake of her beloved boy that she met, what, like a few weeks ago? Oh god, how painfully lame and unoriginal.
Overall, just a meh book that seemed to drain my emotions as I read on....more
I've heard so many good things about the book, so I read it, ready to give positive reviews. Not so much. It's not like I hated the book. In fact, itI've heard so many good things about the book, so I read it, ready to give positive reviews. Not so much. It's not like I hated the book. In fact, it was actually one of the less sucky vampire YA books. (ahem, Twilight)But was this amazing? Or even just good? No. The title suggested a quirky/funny book about dating a vampire, maybe with a provided "Guide" or something. Nope. The book was more heavy than the title suggested, whilst the supposed guide was never again mentioned, other than the title. The two didn't even date. But since I like the title, I won't take off any points for that.
Plot: Flat. Boring. Short. Expected. Unoriginal. So Jessica has a new transfer student in her class, a guy named Lucius. He turns out to be the next in vampire lineage and is here to bring Jessica back to Romainia so the two can fullfill their parents' pact, which is basically to get married and rule vampires together happily. That's pretty much it.
Characters: Ifty on this one. Jessica was boring and bland, and distinctively lacked personality. There was nothing I hated about her, but nothing I liked either. Never laughing, lacking thoughts, and dull. But since she didn't irk me in any way, I suppose she passes as a decent enough protagonist. Lucius? Now Lucius, I liked. He was prettty stereotypical, I guess. The whole acting-like-a-complete-bastard-to-not-let-his-true-emotions-show or something like that. But I liked that for a change, this vampire was clever, humorous, and sophiscated. Stalker? Yes, but that was his actual mission. (No immature I-love-this-ordinary-girl-for-no-reason for this guy.)His personality/mood changed way too fast, but I did love reading his his letter to his vampire Uncle. (Actually, they were the highlights of the book for me, Lucius giving witty, dry remarks on his view of Americans). The other characters weren't really developed, but since they weren't really a part of the story anyways, I won't hold a grudge for that.
Writing: It read smoothly and quickly. Good enough.
Overall? A decent read for something really quick and light. Nothing much beyond that....more
So, okay. I have this theory. The more I read, the more cynical I'm getting about books. Because of that, I tried to view books in a more positive ligSo, okay. I have this theory. The more I read, the more cynical I'm getting about books. Because of that, I tried to view books in a more positive light.
This book still sucked.
So Laurel's this beutiful, blonde girl going to high school for the first time (was homeschooled). And of course, a nerdy-ish, science guy immediately has a crush on her. So a week later, there's a bump on her back. And a wing-like thing sprouts on her back. You know, like fairy wings.
Except they're not actual wings. It's actually a flower. A giant flower blooming on her back. So she meets Boy #2, and according to him, they're plants. In human form. Or something like that. And her flower just happened to look like wings, subsequently the title of the book. (NOTHING to do with wings after this, btw.) So she has these trolls(? honestly, I found the book so boring and yawn-inducing by then that I honestly can't remember) chasing and trying to kill her cause she's this super strong flower.
Should I mention the part that she's a FLOWER again? A talking flower. God, now I'm imagining her as this cheesy, singing flower with flower power and all that.. Actually, judging by her lack of personality and individuality, I guess she resembled a flower more that a human. Oh right, and Boy #2? He's Plant Boy. But a really weak, underling Plant Boy. So Laurel and Plant Boy's romance blooms (haha get it? ...this book turned my head into a mush). Except Plant Boy is busy telling Laurel how good her petals smell though he knows Laurel's aromic, awesome blossoms are totally out of his reach. (Actually, I'm starting to enjoy reading this sucky, Twilight-esque books: they're cracking me up.)
Anyways, so basically, there's another lame-as-hell and completely vapid/useless love triangle between Laurel, Science Geek, and Plant Boy.
I enjoyed the book as a light, quick read. Other than that? Nothing much really. I don't really get the hype for it. Also, the book's labelled as DystI enjoyed the book as a light, quick read. Other than that? Nothing much really. I don't really get the hype for it. Also, the book's labelled as Dystopian... Not so much. It was more like sci-fi than anything, really.
Plot: Aria is a Dweller, people living in enclosed pods, experiencing life in a virtual Realm. Perry is a Savage, a hunter of a tribe living outside the pods. The two start hating each other, but as they must rely on each other, the two fall in love.
What I liked: It read fast and Aria isn't a wimpy character. She has her opinions and stand by it. The two different pov's from Aria and Perry definitely made it easier to relate to the characters. I loved the premise, the Aether storms, the DLS disease, the pods, the developed senses, the outsiders, all very unique and cool.
What I didn't like so much: Aria is pretty stupid. She is told not to do something by Perry, who happens to be an expert on living on the Outside, and of course, she does it, creating a huge danger/conflict. Stupid girl. Also, awkard dialogue/ideas. Like once Aria gets her first period (at age 17, I might add), she starts smelling like violets. Yes, violets that apparently turn Perry on. Kinda gross. Also, the book itself wasn't very well paced. Both Aria's skills and their romance developed way too fast. One page, they're hating each other, 50 pages later, Perry's turned on by Aria's violet.. Finally, though the book got more interesting as it went, the plot was predictable. Majorly.
So would I recommend the book? Maybe? Really depends on the person.....more
Most people seem to find this book amazing, but for me? Again, just decent.
I thought the first book was pretty awesome and I would've been fine if itMost people seem to find this book amazing, but for me? Again, just decent.
I thought the first book was pretty awesome and I would've been fine if it was a stand alone book, despite the many loose threads. The sequels? Instead of tying up the threads, these monstrously fat books just seem to unravel them even more in my opinion. (There's going to be a sixth book coming apprently. 500 x 6 = 30,000 pages approx.?!?) The author tried to present many different pov's, but that just confused me even more. The plot is complex, dark, solid, and great. The writing? It was great in the first book, but now it's just....dull. Sam has become this permanently irritating goody-two-shoes guy that seems to lack.....a spark of actual personality. Astrid, who was actually intelligent in the first book, is all whiney and what-would-Sam-do kind of girl. ASTRID. PLEASE COME BACK. As the the series go on, I find the books getting duller and more confusing. It think these multiple threads are supposed to intertwine and weave and end with an epic conclusion over the 30,000 pages, but it's just too much. Oh well....more
I don't seem to agree very much with the general reviews these days...
While others seem to find this book amazing, I found it just meh. (Maybe I'm jusI don't seem to agree very much with the general reviews these days...
While others seem to find this book amazing, I found it just meh. (Maybe I'm just getting for cynical =_=) Anyways, after Unwind, I found the plot...lacking. Not enough. A let down. And though it's pretty suited for kids (it's a complete kid's world after all), I found it a bit too disturbing between kids turning into scary monsters, kids manipulating an entire world, kids with lost soul and lost memories, kids who forget their very essence, etc. It's like a disturbing, alternative universe made for kids. Creepy. I also feel like the writing could have been smoother since I felt distracted while I read, something that didn't happen too often.
Anyways, I enjoyed the book more or less, I just didn't find it great....more
Good? I guess I'm just not a fan of it like others seem to be. I personally found it lacking. The premise itself was pretty interesting, asking us queGood? I guess I'm just not a fan of it like others seem to be. I personally found it lacking. The premise itself was pretty interesting, asking us question what exactly makes us human. The writing was great as well. However, I found a couple flaws. First, the book just kind of screamed to me UGLIESUGLIESGLIES. Despite the different premise, the technology/setting/lingo just reminded me of the Uglies series. Also, the major flaw was the female protagonist. I found her annoying, dull, and whiney for most of the book (though she did get better). I guess I should be more understanding since she's in a pretty sucky situation, but because the book was in her POV, I'd prefer her as a more kick-butt heroine, instead of moping around....more
So. It wasn't terrible. Just not great. Just meh. Unfortunately, this book is another victim of the bad-sequel-curse. I didn't toMore like 3.5/5 stars
So. It wasn't terrible. Just not great. Just meh. Unfortunately, this book is another victim of the bad-sequel-curse. I didn't totally love the first book, but I still enjoyed the book, while this one was just, just there. Anyways, it definitely could have been a lot shorter like the first book. The premise was interesting and the plot was solid. But as it went on, it just startted becoming random and dragging on. And I hated Sam. He's just too, too, good. No actual human can be that perfect, goody-two-shoes, and sacrificing, let alone a 15 year old boy. I just couldn't relate to him at all. Other than that, it wasn't bad, just not great....more
I'm sorry. I swear I don't mean to be so bitchy. But what can I say? Stephanie Meyers just bring out the worst in me.
So. Again. Book challenge book. (I'm sorry. I swear I don't mean to be so bitchy. But what can I say? Stephanie Meyers just bring out the worst in me.
So. Again. Book challenge book. (Guess what? Breaking Dawn's on the list too! Yay! *moans*)
Plot: Vampire boy and Werewolf boy fights over Girl. Girl Vampire, her name's Victoria, wants revenge on Vampire boy for killing her mate. So she makes little vampire minions, or as I like to call them: vampies, to kill Bella. So vampies and Cullens fight, while Victoria gets slaughtered by Vampire boy. Um, yeah. That's kinda it. OH WAIT! I forgot something! Edward's like YOU'RE MY TRUE LOVE BELLA. MARRY ME. Yeah.
Love Triangle! Yay! Not. It's not even a good one. Jacob's just like BELLABELLABELLAMUSTHAVEBELLA *pants cause remember? he's a dog* while Vampire boy's like NONONOBELLA'SMINE while Bella's all like OHFCKYOUWEREWOLF. YOU'REJUSTASUBSTITUTEUNTILEDWARDCAMEBACK. NOWSCREWYOU.
Bella: It's a mystery how she can remain the exact same boring, weak, useless, vapid, stupid, dull, clumsy girl she was for the last approx. 1500 pages of this series. Gah. And then she's just like Oh Jacob! The sun in my life! My supea-dupa best buddy! My suicidal friend! NOW GET LOST. I DON'T LIKE YOU ANYMORE CAUSE EDDY'S BACK.
And of course Eddy is going: SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE I'M GONNA BLIND YOU STUPID, SMELLY DOGBOY WITH MY SPARKLE-NESS.
While Jacob's just like: HATE VAMPIRES. HATE EDDY. LOVE BELLA. (for no reason btw)
The "action" of the story: Because Bella's stalk-ish controlling boyfriend said no, she hides herself on top of a mountain. And since we're reading from Bella's first person pov, WE MISS ALL THE POSSIBLY COOL ACTION OF A VAMPIE/WEREWOLF+OLDVAMPIRE WAR.
And now I get to read the fourth book! Yay! *Throws self off a cliff, but then stops, because self most definitely does not want to be Bella from book two of this totally "epic saga of love and etc." *...more