I am going to be teaching this novel to some English II students. At first, I listened to others and thought it was a dull book. However, I was wrong.I am going to be teaching this novel to some English II students. At first, I listened to others and thought it was a dull book. However, I was wrong. Yes - only eight or ten things really happen in these 209 pages; but, it really isn't about that. It's about a world that is changing, about not wanting to be like your parents, about the weakness of a man, and about a whole culture.
I will only give it 2 stars, but it wasn't something I would chose to read. But. . .it is much more complex than people (especially high schoolers) tend to give it credit for. ...more
A realistic, at times awkward, at times heartbreaking, at times hilarious look at what happens when a young teenage girl has cancer.
- EveryoA realistic, at times awkward, at times heartbreaking, at times hilarious look at what happens when a young teenage girl has cancer.
- Everyone (from the well meaning, but problem causing parents to the random classmates) felt realistic. - Rachel has cancer and it is portrayed in a very well way. She doesn't end up dating a manic pixie dream boy, who shows her the true meaning of life and she doesn't become anyone's manic pixie dream girl. - The writing style is enjoyable and at times hilarious. - The plot is really just the daily life of Greg and his interactions with Earl and Rachel.I really liked that, because when someone does have cancer, people around them do try and go about their days normally. Usually the person with cancer does the same. So, it was nice to see that.
- Greg, our narrator and lead character, is actually kind of a jerk. And while that is not bad (and fits his quite well) it did get a little annoying following him. I would have liked to follow Earl and Rachel more. Maybe even seen things from Madison's POV. ...more
This book explores "after" the happily ever afters. What happens to the villains? Well, even if they died - they are brought back to life - to live onThis book explores "after" the happily ever afters. What happens to the villains? Well, even if they died - they are brought back to life - to live on the Isle of the Lost. Twenty years later, their teenage children are stuck on the island and desperate for their parents' respect and for their own stories.
- It is a really quick and enjoyable read. - People like Evie, Jay, and Carols were likable. - With all the Disney references, Disney fans will love it.
- Despite being the lead, I didn't find Mal that likable. Aside from the parents (none of whom were good parents) Mal was probably the least likable character. - The Disney references can get really bad. Like just over done. I understand that this is based on the Disney films and not fairy tales, but it just gets overdone at a few points. - Why would you bring dead people back to life, just to stick them on an island - that just gets leftovers and trash to live off of - for no reason. It almost seems cruel and evil.
- The overall story line was fine, but I don't think this has anything to do with the tv film. I'm guessing Disney wants to do a novel series or a tv series after the film, and this was all setting it up. ...more
- The series move to having two narrators: Sydney and Adrian. This works really well, as we finally get to see things from Adrian's POV. It hThe Good:
- The series move to having two narrators: Sydney and Adrian. This works really well, as we finally get to see things from Adrian's POV. It helped me to understand other characters and situations more clearly. It was also just really fun to be inside Adrian's head.
- I like that Richelle Mead is using the supernatural world to explore deeper issues: divorce, eating disorders, addictions, mental illness, extreme religions, etc. These things are often explored in YA, but not too often are they done so well in a supernatural YA.
- Sydrian is still great. I really love all their scenes together.
- I love that Richelle Mead hasn't forgotten about the dark side to the Alchemist. I'm really glad that was farther explored here.
- Characters like Jill, Eddie, Angeline,Neil, and even Trey still don't have much to do here. They are all stuck in these love triangles for most of the story, and most of it happens off-screen. I feel like they just came up to either give love advice or cause a bit of trouble for a few pages. I like these characters, and I do wish more was done with. Yes, Neil played a major role in a sub-plot and Trey, Angeline, and Jill sort of saved the day at one point, but other than that. . .
- Again, I feel like there were a lot of little sub-plots throughout the novel. But, I feel like these novels don't have a big plot until maybe the last 100-150 pages or so.
- Zoe is the worst. People say Jill is bratty? Zoe comes off as a coincidence, racist, rude, and petty child. She's playing adult and trying to one up her sister at every turn, and she fails. Her betrayal was predictable, but still awful. She is brainwashed to the extreme, and I'm not sure there is saving her.
- So. . . each novel taking place over a month or two, right? A hell of a lot has happened to these people in four-seven months. I wonder if any of the other students have noticed the weird and rushed things going on at their school?...more
- The overarching story line about the Alchemists' tattoos. What can these tattoos really do? How much control do individuals, like Sydney reThe Good:
- The overarching story line about the Alchemists' tattoos. What can these tattoos really do? How much control do individuals, like Sydney really have? I like that Richelle Mead is going deeper into the Alchemist world and explore its darker side. A side that has been hinted at for three books.
- I really enjoyed Sydney here. She is becoming more comfortable with herself, magic, and her new found at friendships and attractions.
- Sydrian is really great. I really enjoyed the playfulness and the chemistry between the two of them in this novel.
- Exploring Ms. Terwilliger, her sister, and their background was really fun and exciting. A few things were left dangling from that, and I really hope they bring elements of that make soon. I love the idea of witches being terrible and no one looking for them - because no one believes in them.
- Marcus. I just really enjoyed the character. Though, it was a bit of a let down that he was more "talk" and less "action".
- I remember reading something about Richelle Mead originally wanting the series to be told by several characters. Probably Sydney, Adrian, Jill, and Eddie. I really wish she had stuck to that plan. Why? Because characters like Jill, Eddie, Angeline, and even Trey don't do much here. All of their major stories and moments happen off screen, with Sydney hearing about it later. I want to get into these people's heads more.
- How many people are they going to send to that school? It's getting kind of insane. Surely someone would notice.
- Sydney and Adrian are two people that I want to see interact more and more. I really enjoy them together.Book two of the six novel series.
- Sydney and Adrian are two people that I want to see interact more and more. I really enjoy them together.
- Marcus Finch, I want to know more about you. I truly do.
- I like that some of the characters (like Trey and Ms. Terwiliger) more development.
- It feels as if there really is no solid plot until page 300 or so. I mean, things happen: Sydney hangs around with people, she dates a boy who may actually be the most boring 17 year old on the planet, she watches other characters do experiments. But, there is no solid plot - just lots of little moments that will lead to the big climax. All of that can be okay, but here - it was a tad dull at times.
- Characters like Jill, Eddie, Angeline don't really have a lot to do. I like them, but I want to like them more. I want to be more invested in these characters.
- Sydney Sage needs to get away from Alchemists. They are such a cult and they have completely blinded her to anything that isn't black and white.