"Action speaks louder than words" they always say. Whether it's the real world or the fantasies in books, it's always more effective. I didn't feel att"Action speaks louder than words" they always say. Whether it's the real world or the fantasies in books, it's always more effective. I didn't feel attached to the characters AT ALL during the whole ride. I felt like Kate is just someone who keeps sputtering her thoughts and feelings at me. Even though it's in first person, I never felt like I was in her shoes. And it was like every information was spoon-fed to me with Kate blabbering her thoughts and all. I had times when I get confused, because one person would say something, then someone else would do an action before saying who did the action. I can't explain it well, but you get the idea.
=SPOILERS AHEAD||MORE RANTS= The premise is actually REALLY interesting, this book could have been better. But it was quite predictable at some places. During the action was the only time I got into it. I'll call this kind of novel "idiot-proof", since even the characters were idiots. They knew that Lucien was leading them into a trap,and who does Lucien REALLY want? Vincent! And our Heroine(and the idiotic good Revenants) didn't even realize that Lucien wouldn't pass up that chance to burn him! Duh, Charles on-the-phone shouted it when Kate said Vincent was "dormant". Ugh... And they,the Revenants, kept on insisting that nothing would happen to Georgia, but oh boy, how wrong could they be. I hated that, it was so obvious and they just didn't know.
It felt mostly like watching a TV Drama here in the Philippines, DISAPPOINTING. And most parts, as I said, were predictable and boring. I swear I could see in my mind's eye how the structure of this story is made. It's hard to explain,again, that feeling when knew why this situation is written, or why this information is being said. At least nothing in the book were irrelevant. But it was just...too simple. It's not thought=provoking like other great YAs I've read. And the information about the Revenants were mostly unsorted. The characters didn't fully know themselves why they're alive and others who die like a hero doesn't wake up after three days. It's just killed my curiosity.
Now the conflicts: the one inn the love story was just so stupid and made me want to break my e-Reader with my bare hands or throw it across the room. I know how Kate feels about losing people for a lifetime. But, she's not losing Vincent if they keep their relationship. I felt like Vincent was being to juvenile to match up with Kate's..immaturity. Okay, she's not entirely immature,she has times when she's strong, but not strong enough to be out from the "Damsel" level. At least she wanted to learn. And she doesn't whine that she's ugly and stuff, she actually believes she's quite pretty, "just not on Vincent's level: as she says.
I do not know if I'd still read the next books. But, maybe when I get bored and can't think of anything to read(just like my circumstances on this one)....more
As much as I liked everything in this book, I can't give a 5-star for the lack of action and excitement I felt from the Darkest Powers Trilogy. But allAs much as I liked everything in this book, I can't give a 5-star for the lack of action and excitement I felt from the Darkest Powers Trilogy. But all in all, if other points would be compared between the two, I'd say this series would be a whole lot better than the Darkest Powers. Ms. Armstrong never fails to draw me with her writing style and although I could glimpse similarities between Maya and Chloe's narrative voices at times, I don't have any more to rant about this book. It was just...good....more
I got into reading Awaken just like everyone else: the beautiful cover and intriguing plot. But it was quite disappointing. I like Miss Kacvinsky's wrI got into reading Awaken just like everyone else: the beautiful cover and intriguing plot. But it was quite disappointing. I like Miss Kacvinsky's writing style. and how Maddie and Justin's conversations flow just kept me reading. But sometimes, when there are things that are supposed to be explained, the voice of the character speaking is lost and it would sound like the character is narrating. The character would blabber really long while the other is like a statue, this happens often. And sometimes when another character aside from Maddie is doing something and she's narrating, I sometimes can't imagine what she's doing cause it wasn't explained and vise versa. That just really bothered me. This is a series, yes, but there are some lose ends I wanted to at least have had a conclusion.
I'd surely read the next book in this series for the sake of my curiosity but I find the events in the story quite bland,lacking more action, urgency and alarm. But I could sympathize with Maddie on her situation with her family on earlier parts and her love for Justin, I love her honesty on the latter....more
I really like this series! The world is very intriguing and there are characters that really affect me so much. Like Shay, to be exact. The pretty-linI really like this series! The world is very intriguing and there are characters that really affect me so much. Like Shay, to be exact. The pretty-lingo just bothers me. The repeated of the words bubbly, bogus, fashion-missing, pretty-making, and the likes are so irritating, but the story just keeps on pushing me to read till the last page!...more
Their strange set of lingo is just so irritating. But the story is too compelling to let that get in my nerves. Unfortunat*RANTS & SPOILERS AHEAD*
Their strange set of lingo is just so irritating. But the story is too compelling to let that get in my nerves. Unfortunately though, it's been two books, but I'm still irritated. And it's the same with the last book, Extras (which irritated me because it didn't really continue Tally and David's relationship). Shay made me really hate her halfway in the book, but during the final stretch of adventure, she made up for my growing hate for her since the first book. I'm quite disappointed on how the love triangle wrapped up. I expected Zane to die, but I didn't like how Tally had kept on blabbing about how she loves Zane, which doesn't seem real to me. She even struggled in forgetting David in the second book, and even though she's brain damaged, that's not an excuse for her to be sick of how the person she "loves" had become. After all, it's her brain that's damaged not her heart....more