This book is perfection! It had everything I loved about the movie and more! As with most book-to-movie adaptations, the book contained so much more t...moreThis book is perfection! It had everything I loved about the movie and more! As with most book-to-movie adaptations, the book contained so much more thought and insight to everyone's behaviour, and in a book such as this, understanding people couldnt be more important. And of course, a lot was taken out. Almost every meeting or dinner event in the movie, was in fact, 2 or 3, or 10 such events in the book. It is completely understandable that they were all condensed for the movie but kept the important dialogue. But, with all the added material, we see that Elizabeth and Darcy knew each other more than I thought. And that Elizabeth had the opportunity to develop feelings for him, and certain hopes for their future, even before she discovered his involvement in Lydia's marriage. I really enjoyed all the material that was new to me.
I was surprised by a few things. Firstly, the fact that the book feels rather silly. I dont know if this is what they considered comedy at the time, or if they found it entirely serious. But the whole thing felt rather lighthearted to me. Also, I discovered that I like the characters of Mrs. Bennett and Mr. Collins even less than I did before. They were both mean. Mrs. Bennett made it quite clear that Elizabeth was her least favourite daughter, and that she didnt care what became of her, as long as she understood that her mother would not be taking care of her if she didnt find a husband. What a horrible person. Also, Mr. Collins I knew could be condescending, but he was worse than I thought. He told Mr. Bennett, after Lydia's marriage, that he should have put her out of the house and never spoken her name again. Wow.
I also really appreciated the amount of information that was given after both Jane and Elizabeth were married. For those who are not familiar with the 2005 movie, it finished with the line from Mr. Bennett, "If any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in, for I am quite at my leisure." The book had another 8 pages, which explained how the marriages effected the family on both sides. And I always wondered what happened to Mary and Kitty, so I was glad to find out what I did. And I feel like I know Elizabeth and Darcy twice as well as I did before.
I would have preferred a third-person omniscient narrator for this story, but that is not a big deal. It was an incredibly interesting story, but I pr...moreI would have preferred a third-person omniscient narrator for this story, but that is not a big deal. It was an incredibly interesting story, but I preferred the first half. It was more interesting before Clare and Henry were married, in her time, and they were visiting in the clearing. It was more unusual. Once they got married it got somewhat boring, like reading the life of an average married couple, not very eventful. Sure, he occasionally disappeared, but it was usually not significant to what was happening. It mostly dealt with them trying to conceive. That is just not very entertaining. But, all in all, an interesting book.(less)
Its hard to say if I liked this because it was great or because the movie was great. They are similar enough to picture the movie scenes as you read....moreIts hard to say if I liked this because it was great or because the movie was great. They are similar enough to picture the movie scenes as you read. Wesley, Inigo, and Vizzini were pretty much exactly the same. Buttercup was somewhat annoying in the book, a "spoiled brat" type of annoying. I also preferred the movie's version of Fezzik. Fezzik in the the book was too much of a baby. Humperdinck was much different but I dont know which was better. (less)
I was quite unsure about this book at some points. I wasnt sure what was happening and where things were going. For the first half of the book I was j...moreI was quite unsure about this book at some points. I wasnt sure what was happening and where things were going. For the first half of the book I was just really hating Spider. You really need to let it unravel before you get the big picture. In the end, I cant deny that this is a Neil Gaiman novel. Which means its imaginative and moving, and everything works out for the best. (less)
I must admit the writing irritated me at parts. I really wish I could replace every usage of the word 'belly' with...moreI've never read anything like this!
I must admit the writing irritated me at parts. I really wish I could replace every usage of the word 'belly' with 'stomach'. And the author really liked to reuse phrases. Several times someone trailed a finger along someone's jaw. More than once a car clicked and tinked. But her ability to describe a scene to you is amazing. Maybe she occasionally ran out of new ways to say it, and maybe I'm the only one who noticed, but the rest of the time I was completely drawn into her world. And I really enjoyed her affinity for the sense of smell. Every room and person had their own smell, a sense that is not usually focused on, it was like a completely new reading experience.
It read mostly like a really good thriller, full of conspiracies, cover-ups and secrets reminiscent of Bourne novels, with a little Criminal Minds mixed in. Which is a great combination, but then imagine a story such as this mixed into a world of vampires and fallen angels, supernatural powers, and other worlds of secrets. I have never seen a world like this before and there is nothing I can compare it to.
And I really appreciated Phoenix's version of the vampire mythos. She didn't stick with the usual 'steak to the heart', 'burst into flames' traits, but she didn't just ditch them all either (*cough* Twilight *cough*). She made a unique combination of new and old. And the two leads are great, but I think that goes without saying. The leads are important and I couldn't have enjoyed the book this much if I didn't love the leads. Heather was a great female character. A perfect balance of tough but still feminine and sexy, enough for her weaknesses to be believable. And of course Dante was perfect, a beautiful tortured soul.
But the image I cant get out of my head is of Lucien, standing with wings unfurled under the broken roof of a cathedral. Dante took everyone's breath away, but he was described as pale and 5'8”. Not my type. Lucien was described as 6'8”, handsome, and oozing power. I would love to see that, with his rushing wings as he swoops down and perches on Dante's rooftop like a gargoyle.(less)
This was still really interesting since the characters are so great, but the first 3/4 of the book was rather slow. Not much happened. Just a lot of t...moreThis was still really interesting since the characters are so great, but the first 3/4 of the book was rather slow. Not much happened. Just a lot of talking about Heather's mother, Robert Wells, and dealing with Annie. I was also disappointed that there wasnt much of Lucien, because I really love him. It didnt feel like it really got going until chapter 35. And then, of course, the last 5 chapters were amazing! It really paid off in the end.
The setup for the next book was also awesome. It wasnt as stand alone as the first either. Although it was clear at the end of the last book, that there was more to come, it still felt like an ending for the time being. But the end of this one felt like it could have actually said "To be continued." I cant wait!(less)
This would be 4.5/5 if we had the option. The cover kind of turned me off at first. But one of my RL friends recommended it to me and she lent me her...moreThis would be 4.5/5 if we had the option. The cover kind of turned me off at first. But one of my RL friends recommended it to me and she lent me her copy, so I really had to read it. And I am glad I did! Ignore the cover. This reads like any other YA paranormal romance.
This is one twisted book! No pun intended. Its a romance/post-apocalyptic/alien invasion/time-travel/vampire/ninja book. The story was a combination of pretty much everything you can think of, which actually made it feel incredibly original. And it had almost endless movie and TV references. The main character even named her cat Jayne, after Jayne Cobb from Firefly. A nice tense story with great romance.
I enjoyed the fact that their relationship was slow to develop. Very fun to read. It was obvious they wanted each other from the beginning, but being a life-sucking alien-spawn puts a damper on things, and it took forever before he finally gave in. And he still couldnt do it without her persuasion, which is one of my favourite parts of the book, her pleading. You gotta love when a guy doesnt wanna hurt a girl and she doesnt care. Haha, that part maybe isnt so original, but surrounding circumstances still were. Such as, it wasnt a matter of self control, no amount of love would control him. In the end, he does hurt her and she has to leave him. Sort of. ;)
The dialogue between the two did sound very teen mushy mushy at times, but that is my only complaint, and it was only sometimes. Also the ending is, in a way, bittersweet. But might be being a bit picky about that.(less)
The ending was very anti-climactic, and I have a headache at the thought that I have to read 2 more books to find out what happens. I knew it was a tr...moreThe ending was very anti-climactic, and I have a headache at the thought that I have to read 2 more books to find out what happens. I knew it was a trilogy but I still expected this book to be more self contained. And the first-person present-tense narrative was extremely distracting. Maybe I'm just not used to it. But I was hooked before the end, the suspense was kept up well and the characters were extremely appealing. I will finish the series for the characters alone. I expect them to be very different from this one, since this was set pretty much entirely in the arena. I have no idea how they will compare, so we shall see. This may deserve a 3.5/5, for the characters if nothing else.(less)
I enjoyed this as much as the last one, but neither as much as the first. I wish they would have more of a conclusion. The last two have felt somewhat...moreI enjoyed this as much as the last one, but neither as much as the first. I wish they would have more of a conclusion. The last two have felt somewhat like cliffhangers.
But I really enjoyed what happened between Heather's sister and the Morningstar. An exciting twist that I wish had been explored more. But I enjoyed the ending the most. Having Dante and Heather actually go to Gehenna and Heather proving that she is a better Calon-cyfaill than the Fallen even though she is mortal. I wish they had spent more time there and they could have shown off some more. It was all very exciting. (less)
There are so many wonderful things about this book! First of all, I love the world and the concept of Gracelings. It is so refreshing to come across s...moreThere are so many wonderful things about this book! First of all, I love the world and the concept of Gracelings. It is so refreshing to come across someone with new ideas. And of course the female lead, Katsa, is so utterly kick butt! I love how she can even out-fight Po, the male lead, and he is ok with that. The first part was awesome, when Katsa still didnt know what his Grace was and he kept giving her funny little looks that she couldnt decipher. It made him so mysterious. Not that Po wasnt still awesome later, but your perception of him changes a lot as you get to know him. And once you find out his Grace, you can think back on some of those intense stares and then they are just funny. :P And the description of his eyes really didnt hurt. But the description of everything, really. Cashore has an amazing way of building a scene and describing the emotions involved, until you know exactly what the characters are going through. It got me very personally invested in the characters and it was a joy to read that. There was so much great action, and Katsa and Po were a great duo from the beginning, even before the romance developed. And once it did, it was so beautiful and heart wrenching, in a good way, because they loved each other so much that they couldnt hold it in. It was beautiful.(less)
I can't believe how this ended! Adrian really likes messing with us, doesn't she. I love the characters so much, but I am starting to want the series...moreI can't believe how this ended! Adrian really likes messing with us, doesn't she. I love the characters so much, but I am starting to want the series to end so Dante and Heather can get their much deserved happily ever after. (less)