The author of 'Stranger With My Face' has done nothing to make me like her anymore, in fact she's made me become weary of her novels. In 'Gallows Hill...moreThe author of 'Stranger With My Face' has done nothing to make me like her anymore, in fact she's made me become weary of her novels. In 'Gallows Hill' we are introduced to Sarah Zoltanne, who moves into a small conservative town named Pine Crest. After many terribly uninspired incidents, she is accused of being a witch. Let me start off by saying the book was a mess. Plot ideas were everywhere, characters were unreal and dull, and karma and reincarnation themes were written badly. The novel seemed forced a lot of times, and was often very aggravating. None of the characters talked like regular people, especially the teenagers. The character motifs were also so unbelievable that I was left disgusted and annoyed. I found I didn't care much for the main character, and when the climax threatened her life, I really did not care whether she was saved or not. The themes of reincarnation and karma are used so very sloppy. So I don't reveal spoilers, I won't press it any further, but believe me when I tell you: you will roll your eyes. (less)
Laurie is a normal girl, though she notices she looks nothing like her siblings or parents. It isn't until people start seeing her places she hasn't b...moreLaurie is a normal girl, though she notices she looks nothing like her siblings or parents. It isn't until people start seeing her places she hasn't been that she learns a secret that had been kept from her for so long. Who is this stranger taking over Laurie's life, and why does she look so much like her?
Although decently written, this novel is full of cliches and obvious overshadowing. By the fourth chapter, I already knew what was going to happen. What's the fun it that? Everything that was close to being mysterious was already known because of the author's inability of making overshadowing a little bit ambiguous. Literally, all the clues were just shoved in our faces before we could make guesses of our own of what was happening. However, once the cliches are done, the novel actually starts to get really thrilling.
I'm not sure if I would recommend this novel because we've seen it countless times before, but if you want, try it out. You might be surprised. (less)
Let me start by saying that Twilight is NOT the best vampire novel in the world; no it is far from it. However, I thought it was good for what it was....moreLet me start by saying that Twilight is NOT the best vampire novel in the world; no it is far from it. However, I thought it was good for what it was. Sure, Stephenie Meyer's writing was cringe worthy at some points, but the story was so......touching........that I made the best of it.
Everyone should know the basics of the story already. Bella Swan (a stupid name, yes) moves to Forks, a rainy town in Washington. She meets Edward Cullen, a hundred-eight year old vampire that craves her blood more than any other human in the school. They fall in love, and rest is pop culture history.
Now, the reason a vampire would go to school is beyond me. The explanation I got from the novel was that the Cullen kids wanted to feel.........normal. Honestly, if being a vampire means you'd miss school, than it MUST be a miserable existence. But, things I don't agree with aside, there are some other problems. Bella, for instance,isn't the strongest female lead and as someone who enjoys strong female characters, I found myself ignoring some of the things Meyer wrote as the character Bella, and added things to build up what I wanted of the character. My mind imagined her edgier, and a lot more Gothic. In fact, I imagined Edward as Gothic too. I imagined him with short black hair, even after reading his characterization. In my mind he wore long sleeve black shirts and baggy or tight black jeans, and a pair of black converse. Bella, in my mind, wore black skinny jeans, a black, red, or white hoodie, and converse in black, red or white. And her famous brown hair was black and straight in my mind. Basically, the characters were cooler than than the book counterparts Meyer wrote.
If you are not a romantic person, this book is NOT for you. Half the book is spent on Edward and Bella gushing over each other, and Edward saying how bad he is for Bella. Bella argues. Then the circle continues. I liked it. I thought it was real to some extent. Plus, it was refreshing to read a book where the teens didn't drink, do drugs, get high, have sex, etc. Twilight is sort of a abstinence-positive book; a parable of waiting. I think I liked that even more, since that's my belief too. Long story short, if you like blood and action, Twilight is absolutely not for you. If you are a hopeless romantic, meet the couple of the year: Edward and Bella. (less)