As a huge HP fan, I was originally nervous reading a Harry Potter book not officially penned by J.K. RowlActual rating: somewhere between 2 and 2.5/5.
As a huge HP fan, I was originally nervous reading a Harry Potter book not officially penned by J.K. Rowling. (I mean, after reading a ton of fanfics, I've discovered it's really hard to find authors who can portray the HP universe and characters well.) Because I heard so many negative reviews, I went into the book with rock-bottom expectations... but I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't turn out that horrible. Granted, I decided to treat the entire play as fanfiction instead of real Harry Potter canon. There were definitely weird things, OOC-ness, and plot holes, which would totally annoy me if I had tried to force it into canon. I still do not consider any of the events in The Cursed Child as real events. The epilogue in Book 7 is where it ends for me.
Positives: * We get to see Harry, Ron, & Hermione again! Albeit caricatures of their old selves at times. * Scorpius Malfoy! (although his bromance with Albus was a little weird) I wish we could have seen more of Rose/other next generation characters.
Negatives: * Ron especially was just a clown the entire book. * Harry (view spoiler)[being overall annoying and threatening McGonagall (hide spoiler)], which literally made no sense and was totally out of character. * The whole Cedric Diggory (view spoiler)[turning into a death eater and killing Neville because of humiliation (hide spoiler)]. I am extremely annoyed by John Tiffany's ruining of Hufflepuff honor. I also don't like how this was fully explained.
****Overall, there were definitely major flaws, but I did enjoy reading the book -- at least the first half! +1 stars also for Scorpius, who was by far the shining light in the play!...more
The cover artist for the "Red Queen" series should really win a bunch of awards. I blame it for making me pick up this book and I bet it's why the RedThe cover artist for the "Red Queen" series should really win a bunch of awards. I blame it for making me pick up this book and I bet it's why the Red Queen has been a bestseller. It's beautiful and the blurb on the back makes the plot seem really interesting. However, the actual content in the book does not reach ANYWHERE near its potential.
First off, Mare has to be one of the most annoying MCs out there, right next to Bella Swan. All she does is be wishy-washy and complain about herself. She is NOT a strong heroine at all and most of the time just downright stupid. Her thought processes are incredibly selfish and inconsistent (like "[insert any character name here] is suffering; I should feel bad but I won't because woe is me") and she is basically jealous of everyone who is better off than her. YET for some reason basically EVERY MALE CHARACTER is obsessed with Mare. She has no redeeming qualities!! It makes absolutely no sense.
The author can write passable sentences at times-- there are a few gems here and there, but often the descriptions are extremely contrived. I almost didn't finish after the first chapter because of this. Some of the sentences are over the top exaggerated... for example, "our backs bent were with work...no hope....disappointed with our lot in life", etc. Very unnecessary and poorly written.
Also, naming characters "Caesar" and "Will" DOES NOT FIT AT ALL in a fantasy story! Like, really Caesar??!?!!? Isn't this supposed to be a completely different world where Reds and Silvers exist? There are names like "Gisa", "Kilorn", "Ptolemus", and "Maven", but for some reason the author could not come up with her own names instead of Will.... I don't care if he is a side character -- as a fantasy writer/world builder, you should be consistent!! As a side note, if you are going to have electricity, video cameras, and cars, why does everything else sound like it is in medieval times?!?! PS. HER NAME IS MARE MOLLY. What a horrible name!
EDIT:I have downgraded my review from 2 stars to 1 star due to a deep disgust of the author. I would give it 0 if possible. The author's bio clearly says "if people are dying, I'm buying" and "I like to write and complain". Apparently in an interview, she stated the only reason she wrote the book was at all was so should could make money from being "the next big thing in YA". Safe to say I will NEVER buy any more books from Victoria Aveyard. What a trashy money-grubbing author! You can also tell by the ridiculous number of poorly written novellas she squeezed out of this series....more
I really liked the story idea -- the blurb on the back cover made The Beautiful Pretender sound really interesting, but the dialogue between a lot ofI really liked the story idea -- the blurb on the back cover made The Beautiful Pretender sound really interesting, but the dialogue between a lot of the characters was spotty/seemed forced. (i.e., as a previous reviewer mentioned, the dialogue changed back and forth between old-fashioned and modern world.) The heroine, Avelina, was also WAY TOO oblivious and clueless 24/7, which I did not like. (view spoiler)[She says throughout that "the margrave can't possibly like me", yada yada yada... and then is shocked when she gets invited for a picnic repeatedly. (hide spoiler)] She was supposedly "clever" but I did not see any examples of this! She also (view spoiler)[refused to get out of the way when clearly she was forcing other people to have to save her! (hide spoiler)]...which was very frustrating!
Also the fact that the hero, Lord Thornbeck, had a BROKEN ANKLE was dumb. If he was supposedly "lame" and could no longer fight as a knight, he should have had at least a more serious injury!!...more
I really liked the opening and story idea for Invisible. It was really unique. The writing was also pretty good -- no huge errors, which is great forI really liked the opening and story idea for Invisible. It was really unique. The writing was also pretty good -- no huge errors, which is great for a self-published free kindle book! I finished the entire book in one day. The major reason why I didn't give Invisible higher stars was because I started getting annoyed at the main characters in the middle of the book. I felt like it started to drag out too long. (view spoiler)[The main characters, Olivia, and Mason both started to get really whiny and overly dependent. I also felt really bad for Hayden! (hide spoiler)]
P.S. The black and white "I" cover is a lot better -- the other one is weird!...more
I'm currently at 46% on Kindle, but I'm not sure if I'll finish. I kept trying to read more since it has so many positive reviews and is recommended foI'm currently at 46% on Kindle, but I'm not sure if I'll finish. I kept trying to read more since it has so many positive reviews and is recommended for Harry Potter fans -- I wanted to see if it would redeem itself later on. I liked some of the ideas -- (view spoiler)[ability to read Greek letters = dyslexic when comes to reading English, etc (hide spoiler)], but the plot/writing so far is only ok (there definitely are holes in logic) and the writing level is no where near JK Rowling's level. The characters aren't well-developed and seem like very shallow versions of Harry Potter characters.
(Percy = Harry Grover = Ron Annabeth = annoying version of Hermione)
Also, none of the adults in the camp for half-bloods bother to explain anything. Monsters/quests/whatever just get randomly thrown in without explanation. Not enough world-building! ...more
My actual rating would probably be around a 2, but I really don't think Throne of Glass deserves such a high rating on Goodreads, especially when compMy actual rating would probably be around a 2, but I really don't think Throne of Glass deserves such a high rating on Goodreads, especially when compared to other fantasy books that actually earn that rating like The False Prince or Howl's Moving Castle. The writing was okay and the definitely dialogue improved (it was just awkward in the beginning), but the plot was really weak and pretty much just sat in the background the entire time to a stupid triangle over the main character, who happens to be an undefeatable and very shallow assassin.
Things that I liked: * Chaol, the Captain of the Guard - unfortunately part of the triangle, ugh. But I actually liked his character. He wasn't a creep like "the Crown Prince" Dorian.
Things/people that really bugged me: * Celaena being perfect at everything without trying and somehow everyone liked her automatically, despite being very vain * Dorian = another shallow creep * I also didn't really like how the Champion competition was in the background and not explained in detail. (view spoiler)[A bunch of the competitors didn't even make an appearance -- they were mentioned once before being killed off in the mysterious plot line. The author just skipped over all of the action and the majority of the book was just Celaena bumbling around. Also, the Wyrdmarks were just introduced randomly halfway through the book with barely any follow up. Then when she figures out one of the other competitors has been brutally murdering his competition, she doesn't tell anyone! Instead she lets the psycho murderer walk around free to attack other people because she thinks he can beat him in a duel. What the heck!?!? Celaena makes stupid decisions, but everyone still likes her... T_T (hide spoiler)]...more
We Are All Made of Molecules is told in alternating point of views between Stewart and his sort-of-stepsister, Ashley (who started out really annoyingWe Are All Made of Molecules is told in alternating point of views between Stewart and his sort-of-stepsister, Ashley (who started out really annoying but turned okay in the end). For the most part, the random observations Stewart made were funny, and I liked most of the characters. But I think the narrators' voices really didn't match their ages. Stewart is supposed to be a 13-year-old boy but he sounds more like Auggie's age from Wonder (who is 9). I think he also handled the (view spoiler)[Jared bullying (hide spoiler)] unrealistically. I also didn't like how the author kept dropping in random "scientific" beliefs, which I thought wasn't necessary....more
I really really liked the first 40% or so of the book when main characters, Samuel and Josie, were still in school and became friends riding the bus.I really really liked the first 40% or so of the book when main characters, Samuel and Josie, were still in school and became friends riding the bus. The writing was great and I really liked Samuel's character and how the author wove in a lot about books and Navajo culture and classical music with their arguing. Some parts were really sad (I was crying when Samuel left for the Marines) but other parts were funny, and I would have given it 5 stars for the beginning (I stayed up really late to try to finish this book in 2 days!) and recommended it like crazy but then I was extremely disappointed with the second half. It dragged on way too long, and I probably should have expected this from the blurb, but I still didn't like how the characters grew up and all these tragedies came out of no where!! The characters personalities changed and I especially had a huge problem with (view spoiler)[how Josie was about to marry someone else (who she only started liking because he suddenly grew up to be good looking?!) but he ended up in a car accident so it was ok for her to weep and then marry Samuel after he came back from the Marines. What if Kasey (her fiancé) hadn't died?? I hate stupid triangles!! (hide spoiler)] Josie proceeded to become progressively more and more annoying/self-pitying throughout the remainder of the book and I did not like the interactions at the end. As a result, even though the writing was good, I ended up losing respect for the characters and docked off stars....more