So, I received this book due to a 'Read to Review' in the Young Adult Reads group. You'd expect a book based on such a popular fairytale to just fallSo, I received this book due to a 'Read to Review' in the Young Adult Reads group. You'd expect a book based on such a popular fairytale to just fall flat, right? Wrong. This was actually an amazing modern retelling of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Engaging, humorous in some places and very entertaining.
The characters were all well developed and managed to make me feel connected to them in a way. I loved Bee's determination and attitude and Will's wit (and dashing good looks). Rose was sweet and Marian was very well fleshed out as the villain though I did feel slightly sorry for her in the beginning. I can't say I supported Bee's Dad, but I can certainly see where he was coming from. The only character I really hated was Drew as I felt like punching him once or twice towards the end. Well, every story needs one unlikeable character to hate. Sorry Drew, you're the punching bag.
The snide remarks that ran through the text were a great addition to the storyline. There were some good twists in the plot that I wasn't expecting but I did like all the same. The conclusion was all kinds of adorable and the riddle was well planned. Oh, and kudos for having them hating each other at first. I hate 'love at first sight', doesn't really happen in the real world.
Great job to Ellison for actually succeeding where many have tried and failed....more
Different format to his usual books but I really enjoyed this one. It touched a couple of points that I could sympathise with and it's written very reDifferent format to his usual books but I really enjoyed this one. It touched a couple of points that I could sympathise with and it's written very realistically. The characterisation of Evan and Jack is great and well-rounded as well. However, there are two points that made this a three star review.
1: It's depressing. Like, really depressing. It's filled with a sense of depression, loneliness, a mention of suicide and and all around big helping of angst. Could it lighten up? Yes. Did it affect my review and overall feeling towards the book? Sort of.
2: The girl that's mentioned, Ariel. We don't get a good sense of her character. We 'get' who she kind of is but she just feels very...flat. Sure, we know her problems and some of her personality but like an earlier review said, it felt very one-dimensional.
Apart from these, it's a great book. Just not up to the standard of some of his other ones....more
Very interesting book, the switch between pictures and the words were very entertaining and fascinating. The connection between Rose and Ben was intriVery interesting book, the switch between pictures and the words were very entertaining and fascinating. The connection between Rose and Ben was intriguing and a good idea. The artwork was stunning, just absolutely stunning and I loved seeing the parallel between Rose and Ben. The issue of Deaf culture in the book was very real for me and the author had clearly done some worthwhile research. The only criticism I had was that the book was really heavy...joking! But it was hard to read while I was walking to class. But seriously, the only criticism I had was [minor spoiler] why Ben had to lose his hearing in his good ear as well. I know that it was supposed to be a parallel but I thought that it wasn't really necessary for him to be completely deaf. Still, it was a fantastic book and I'll be sure to check out Brian Selznick's other books as well....more
Wow, this book was amazing. The only unsatisfactory bit about the story that bumped it down to 4.5 was that the conclusion didn't feel comple4.5 stars
Wow, this book was amazing. The only unsatisfactory bit about the story that bumped it down to 4.5 was that the conclusion didn't feel complete in the sense that we knew exactly where she was heading after that in terms of life. Besides that, I thought the book was great. The author had recommended this to me personally while I was at a book fair and I had finally gotten down to reading this. I think the part about the book that was the most realistic to me was the characterisation. James Roy had told me that he got his characters' reactions, dialogue etc. from schools that he had visited and conversations that he had overheard. All I can say was that it really worked for the book. And well done to him for bringing in the less popular topics that are a bit awkward to write about into the book. Great job overall....more
Huge Chris Colfer fan. So, I was completely over the moon when I realised that 'The Land of Stories' had been released in Australian bookshops. When mHuge Chris Colfer fan. So, I was completely over the moon when I realised that 'The Land of Stories' had been released in Australian bookshops. When my mother presented it to me, I am not ashamed to say I immediately forgot my homework and took this to my room.
My first comment was 'Where's the map?' Apparently, the editions that the bookshop sold did not have a map of the Land of Stories attached. This did really disappoint me as I hoped I wouldn't have to rely on online pictures. Nevertheless, onto the actual prose I went.
After I read it, my first thought was 'Wow, he can write. Like, really write.' Sure, this book could have been improved by slowing down the pace a little near the end, fleshing out or maybe even toning down a few scenes but overall, it was pretty fantastic for a first novel. The descriptions were vivid and I could definitely picture this in my head. Heck, it might even make a good movie.
The main characters, Alex and Connor Bailey, are extremely likeable and endearing. They are complete opposites and their dialogue is snappy and hilarious. Alex is extremely enthusiastic about everything whereas Connor, as a contrast is more sarcastic. They make a good balance to each other and they don't ever seem to grate on nerves.
The originality of the plot is extremely entertaining and the twists that Colfer gives to the fairytales are interesting to say the least. When Goldilocks is a wanted fugitive and Red Riding Hood is an airhead, you know you're on to something. I loved to see how he kept the characters more in line from the Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen versions than Disney.
To conclude, great book for kids and young adults that want something fun. Warning for some light cussing in the book. Waiting eagerly for a sequel and a copy of the audiobook :D...more
It's not that often where I give a book a five star rating. However, this one deserves it. The end to the truly epic 'Chaos' trilogy, Monsters of MenIt's not that often where I give a book a five star rating. However, this one deserves it. The end to the truly epic 'Chaos' trilogy, Monsters of Men is a action-packed, confronting and amazingly written book. The entire narrative was written very realistically and I found that I could actually believe the story. This is a book that truly surpassed my expectations....more
This was quite good, but since I am well versed (cough, cough, obsessed) in Greek Mythology, there were some aspects of the retellings that didn't matThis was quite good, but since I am well versed (cough, cough, obsessed) in Greek Mythology, there were some aspects of the retellings that didn't match up with the actual myths I had read. Still, it was explained in the author's note at the end but I have to admit it still bugged me a little. It was one of the better retellings I've read so far and it's great that the myths were told from a woman's point of view....more
This is absolutely amazing. Fabulously written, I think Derek has set a new standard of writing for himself. By the time I finished it, I was grippingThis is absolutely amazing. Fabulously written, I think Derek has set a new standard of writing for himself. By the time I finished it, I was gripping the sides so tightly I think I may have slightly ripped one of the pages. There is a huge amount of character development in this, which was always welcome. I never knew so much action could have been packed into a 600 page book, which might have been the only downfall when too many things were happening at the same time resulting in a 4.5 rating. Nevertheless, amazing writing as always from Landy and I can't wait to explore the numerous plot-points he hinted at for the next book....more
I couldn't find anything about this book that annoyed or disappointed me. It is an absolutely beautiful book, and contains a powerful story. It's narrI couldn't find anything about this book that annoyed or disappointed me. It is an absolutely beautiful book, and contains a powerful story. It's narrated by Death, but that shouldn't put you off. The narrative follows a German girl named Liesel as she goes to live with a foster family during World War II. I'm not going to put a very detailed review down but this is really good for any one who loves a touching story. Spoiler though, there isn't a happy ending. Such is the way of WWII....more