As a complete novice to the entire subject of psychology, I found the book fascinating. For other readers, more experienced in the subject, seemed to...moreAs 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.(less)
I picked the book up cause, well, the cover is gorgeous. So I open the book, read chapter 1 and my first thought: BELLABELLABELLA. ANOTH...moreUGH. Just ugh.
I picked the book up cause, well, the cover is gorgeous. So I open the book, read chapter 1 and my first thought: BELLABELLABELLA. ANOTHERBELLA. Seriously. Chapter 2? Are you kidding me? Chapter 3: If this isn't Twilight, I'm not sure what is. By the time I finished the book? UGH.
Since I've just recently sludged through Twilight (unfortunately), I know exactly what I'm talking about. This book just copied Twilight, exchanged vampires with Revenants, and THAT'S IT.
I admit, the setting is much more glamorous that Twilight's. (Well yeah. How can you compare Washington with Paris?) The writing style is also much better and the book itself is much more well-paced. But no matter what, you can't ignore the glaringly obvious signs of Twilight.
Kate/Bella: Whiney. Irritating. No confidence whatsoever. Completely ordinary. Has the mental age of a 40 year old woman (Georgia from D.F.M actually says it). Long brown hair. Pale skin. Reads. Shuts herself in. Popular with guys for unknown reasons. Spends half the book gushing how good looking Vincent/Edward is. I SWEAR, THEY'RE THE SAME PERSON.
Vincent/Edward: Old fashioned name. Perfect in every manner (at least according to other characters). A perfect gentleman. No personality. Dull. Bland. Amused/fascinated by Kate/Bella for unknown reasons. Thinks they are dangering Kate/Bella's life by existing. Immortal. Makes me want to strangle them.
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 Dyst...moreI 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..(less)
More like 3.5/5 stars. If only the book was as good as the cover...
You have to admit it: the cover is pretty friggin gorgeous. Cool, kind of haunting,...moreMore like 3.5/5 stars. If only the book was as good as the cover...
You have to admit it: the cover is pretty friggin gorgeous. Cool, kind of haunting, and beutiful. The down side? Nothing to do with the book. NOTHING. 1. Flower petals? When does that come in? 2. Girl. Pretty and all, but definitely not who was described as the heroine. 3. She looks like she's floating away? Er, no. Just no.
Anywyas, back to the actual plot: Lenzi has a apparently perfect boyfriend. On her 17th birthday, she meets a gorgeous boy, and is convinced he's just part of a delusion and she's crazy like her dad. (Hm. Where did I hear that one before? Uh, pretty much 70% of YA paranormals?) So the new boy, Alden, tells her that she's a Speaker, someone destined to help lost souls on their way. Oh and she and Alden has been partners for several life cycles, reincarnated over and over. Except, strangely, she can't remember her past lives. So yada yada, must choose between boyfriend and Alden, or die, try to get used to her job, fight super evil ghost, and yeah.
What I liked: Good, flowing writing style. Good premise idea. Great for a fun, light, quick read.
What I didn't like so much: Awkard dialogue. (Seriously awkard. Like finding a guy's lifeless body hot? And thinking of licking the guy instead of a goodnight kiss? Su-ure.) Not much in plot.
What I really, really hated: Pretty much all the characters. Rose: Wait. I'm sorry. I meant Lenzi. Because how dare anyone call her Rose, which also happens to be her name. Weak, indecisive, boring, vapid, whiney, basically your new "Bella". She's a Speaker who has her very own minion, yet all she does is a.) Let her minion save her b.) whine/scream/cry about the injustice of her life c.) Get tossed around d.) Make origami. Lenzi's very own minion: Also known as Alden, the hot boy from the cementary. For a supposed "minion", he does an awful good job of not informing Lenzi about anything. And kind of dull and whiney to be honest. (Actually, he sort of reminded me of a stereotype cheerleader) Zak: Lenzi's "perfect" boyfriend. Perfect? *Snorts* Let's see, he gets drunk on her birthday, tries to make out with her in front of Lenzi's father's GRAVE, gets all pissy, tries to make out with Lenzi some more (but fails epically), gets drunk again, and tries to kill Lenzi. Yeah. Lovely, perfect, and caring boyfriend.
It was decent for a quick, fun read. But don't expect a special gem or whatever.(less)
Terrible. Absouletely terrible. I don't think I'd wish for even my worst enemy to read this. It literally took me OVER 6 MONTHS to actually finish thi...moreTerrible. Absouletely terrible. I don't think I'd wish for even my worst enemy to read this. It literally took me OVER 6 MONTHS to actually finish this. I'm not even kidding. The only reason I even touched the book? It was required on a list.
So plot. Girl meets guy. Guy turns out to be a sparkly vampire. Girl and guy falls in love. Girl meets other vampire. Vampire wants to drink Girl's blood. Vampire comes to the rescue, just in time for Vampire #2 to bite Girl. Vampire sucks vampire-turning-posion from Girl.
I think that was my best effort to make the plot actually sound interesting.
Let's meet the absouletely charming characters shall we? Bella? Stereotypical teenager girl? Check. Whiney? Check. Angsty? Check. Plain and nothing special, according to herself? Check. So pathetic that she can't live without her boyfriend? Check. Clumsy (apparently, we're supposed to find this endearing?)? Check. And yet, still has 5 different guys in love with her? Check. And Edward? He's a vampire. If you could call it that. He drinks animal blood (The entire definition of vampire is drinking human blood people. We eat animal blood too, from meat.)and sparkles like a diamond in the sun. He's an angsty vampire, totally in love with Bella. And James. Despite his cliche vampire-hunter-ness, he's my favorite character by far. Probably because he nearly got to killing Bella.
The bad things: Flat. Boring. No plot whatesoever. A not-so-great twist in vampire mythology. Slow-paced. Terrible, dull writing.
The good things: This was a sad little book. In fact, it was so sad, I found parts of it absouletely hilarious. Like it took Bella's poor, stupid, little brain 195 pages before she finally realized Edward is an angsty vampire. And then it occurs to her THAT HE JUST MIGHT CRAVE HER BLOOD. Um yeah. He's a vampire, remember? Or do sparkly, human-loving vampires don't count? Don't forget Bella can trip on air. Marvelous. Oh right and the major one? Her heart stops. Repeatedly. Literally, the heart monitor stops when Edward kisses her. *Sighs* Oh right and how can we forget our lovely, lovely Edward. Beutiful Edward and his beutiful sparkly-ness(Bella's words. Not mine.). For a few hundred years old vampire, he's pretty stupid. And immature. And he've seen beutiful women craving him, yet the one who catches his attention is our endearingly plain Bella. Oh and the best part about Edward? He's a stalker. A full-blown, creepy stalker that happens to have ninja skills to help his stalkish activities. You know, like watching a girl sleep. For several nights. For the entire night. No honestly. That part had me cracking up.
Anyways, enough of my rant. This book sucked. Majorly. I think that pretty much summarizes everything..(less)
This took a while to read because I read the first few chapters, then eneded up not picking it up for 3 weeks. But now that I've finished the book, I...moreThis took a while to read because I read the first few chapters, then eneded up not picking it up for 3 weeks. But now that I've finished the book, I have to say, it's amazing. Hazel Grace is a realitic and intelligent girl with cancer. She accepted that she is going to die soon and goes along with it. Then she meets Augustus Waters, former cancer boy with his obsession for metaphors and endless flirting with Hazel.
If the beginning is funny and promising, the middle was deliciously hilarious and sweet, and the ending portrayed grief perfectly, realistic yet just slightly hopeful. I loved this book. John Green is an amazing author, making me want to laugh at one point, cry in the other, and nod my head at the insightful comments. Though the plot was a bit predictable (well, duh. it's cancer love story.) the characters, writing, dialogue, and everything else was perfect.(less)
Great book. John Green is a hilarious author, and had me cracking up out loud. The is-she-crazy? stares were worth it though, since I truly enjoyed re...moreGreat book. John Green is a hilarious author, and had me cracking up out loud. The is-she-crazy? stares were worth it though, since I truly enjoyed reading the book.
Colin has fallen in love, dated, and got dumped by 19 girls so far. All named Katherine. To take his mind off from being dumped by the 19th Katherine, Colin's best friend decide to take him on a road trip, where Colin falls in love and discovers his own self-worth.
Yes, I realize the plot is cliche and generic. But that's the amazing thng about John Green. He takes a basic plot that any regualar teenager might be in, and turns it into a great book full of life messages and hilarious moments. I would definitely recommend this book to any YA readers.(less)
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 jus...moreI 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.(less)