The Run-Down Juliet Moreau used to be part of the rich society unil the scandal that pronounced her father as a madman. But that was many years ago. NThe Run-Down Juliet Moreau used to be part of the rich society unil the scandal that pronounced her father as a madman. But that was many years ago. Now Juliet's mother is dead, her father thought to be dead, and she works as a maid. But after discovering that her father might not be dead after all, running into her an old friend, and basically getting fired from her job, she gets taken to the island where her father has lived all these years. But strange things are going on at the island...
My Thoughts Apparently, this is a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau Which I haven't even heard of until this book came out. But I read this book anyway!! (YAY!)
I really did like this book. I loved how it was written, I loved how it was put together... To summarize, I basically loved it. This book though is, well, creepy. Strangely, I did not have a problem with that!
The Romance There's this unspoken rule that every YA book must have romance! So, of course, this book had it too. I was not a fan of the romance. It seemed to take away some of the focus. The story is mainly supposed to focus on the island, the madman, the creatures, and all that other happy stuff! But the romance got some unnecessary attention. There was also a teensy little love triangle. Okay, maybe not a teensy one but the love triangle added to my annoyance. Juliet would act like she completely chose one guy and then she will start thinking about the other guy or start doubting herself.
I usually don't have a problem with romance but it just didn't do it for me in this book. The Ending OH MY CHEESE
I did not see any of that coming. Believe me when I say that the ending is full of surprises. And a cliffhanger...
In Conclusion I believe the only problem I really had with this book was the romance. There were some scenes that I didn't see the point of (Usually romance scenes) but everything else was AMAZING! If it's not obvious by the 5 star rating, I really loved this book.
So do I recommend this book? Yes, yes I do. But if you're the type of person that avoids creepy/ horror stories? This book is not for you....more
The Run-Down Evie Johnson's Grandmother is sick. And with no other options, Evie gets to become the new scholarship girl at Wyldcliffe Abbey School foThe Run-Down Evie Johnson's Grandmother is sick. And with no other options, Evie gets to become the new scholarship girl at Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies. Turns out that she's filling in the spot for a girl that recently died, there's a mysterious boy, and she keeps seeing a girl that looks very much like her! What is the secret at Wyldcliffe? *dramatic music*
My Thoughts This book reminded me much greatly of A Great and Terrible Beauty. They both involve boarding schools. They much involve magic. And They both involve girls messing with magic.
I wasn't a big fan of A Great and Terrible Beauty. I gave the book 3 stars (which means that I liked it) but I found the characters unlikable. Same thing with this book. I cannot think of a single character that I remotely liked. Most of them I saw as insane, evil, or complete idiots.
Evie falls under the idiotic category. There were many things that Evie did that I didn't quite understand why she did them. In all honesty, I can't really elaborate without giving away spoilers.
But... I do consider The Romance idiotic. So a mysterious boy almost runs who over with a horse, and of course she falls in love with him!
Yeah... The Romance was a major problem for me. Mysterious guy won't tell Evie anything about him, yet she will risk herself to be with him? And where was the romance? What Evie and "Mysterious guy" had was not romance. Its one of those relationships that makes you think "what do they see in each other?" or "What in the world is going on here?"
Lastly, some parts of the story seemed extremely obvious. There was a diary entries throughout the book from a girl named Lady Agnes. She called a boy in the diary entries S. (even though she called everyone else by name). Do you know who S. could possibly be? (hopefully you do) There were many more obvious things like this and while some of them were obvious thanks to the diary entries, there were others that Evie should have been able to figure out.
In Conclusion I'm not a huge fan of the book. The characters were unlikable, the romance was stupid, and the story was predictable. If you really really liked A Great and Terrible Beauty you might like this book. If not? You might want to stay away from this book.
I will mention that even though I didn't like this book very much, I will attempt to continue the series....more
I must admit... I'm not a big fan of the Wicked Lovely series. Sure, the series is okay but it seemed repetitive (and I only read two of the books!) So wI must admit... I'm not a big fan of the Wicked Lovely series. Sure, the series is okay but it seemed repetitive (and I only read two of the books!) So why did I even pick up this book in the first place? Based on the synopsis, this book seemed to have a dystopian feel and I absolutely love dystopian books! Battle to the deaths? HECK YES!
I was sadly disappointed... This book is not a dystopian book. It was paranormal.
While there is also a side of me that adores paranormal books, this one just didn't do it for me.
And here's why...
The Characters The characters seemed flat, fake, one-dimensional. All of the characters seemed to only have one personality so it was hard to bring them to life in my mind. And yes, this is a big deal for me! The characters are what brings the story to life! When the characters don't have enough personality... it's like watching an extremely grainy movie, with terrible special effects, and cheesy lines. You Are Going To Lose Interest.
The lack of personality made everything seem fake! The battles seemed fake The love seemed fake EVERYTHING SEEMED FAKE! And I Was Losing Interest.
The Human World This book took place in "The Carnival of Souls" which was another world home to daimons (demons?) and that made sense because half of our charcters were daimons. But one of our major characters, Malley, believed that she was human so even though she was raised by witches she lives in the human world. What bugs me about this is that whenever we were with Malley she was with the witches, fighting daimons, or training to fight daimons. How could she believe that she was human? Sure, she was raised by witches but she's human! She should be doing human things! SHE SHOULD BE GOING TO SCHOOL! In fact we didn't ever really get to see the human world. The only places we got to see were Malley's home(s) or the "witches headquarters". The closest we ever got to see her going out into human civilization was when she went on a walk (AND GOT ATTACKED BY DAIMONS!). I just wished I could have seen the human world. It would have been nice to see how unaffected all the normal people were to what was happening in the story...
"Witches" This is a very minor thing...
I remember seeing a review for a book one time, where the reviewer mentioned about the book that whenever a waiter/waitress came up to the table he/she was described as a waitress. Even though a waitress is a girl. So when the narrator states The waitress walked towards our table. You would probably imagine a girl in a diner uniform. But then: "What would you like today",He asks You would end up staring at the page for a few seconds wondering what in the world just happened.
The same thing happened in this book, except with witches Thanks to the media, this is how it is for me: Witches- girls Wizards/Warlocks- guys
But in this book both guys & girls were witches. So every time Malley would say that her dad is a witch I have to mentally scold myself. Witches are not only girls Witches are not only girls Witches are not only girls But then the next time a witch turns out to be a guy, I have to scold myself again.
In Conclusion Let me say this... This book wasn't bad, terrible, or an utter piece of crap. It was a good idea, I just had trouble with the lack of personality.
And it's obvious that it's not bad by the fact that only 10 people agree with me (so far) out of hundreds. So i'm in the minority here. And if you do like this book, I'M NOT TRYING TO DISS YOU OR OFFEND ANYONE!
What I liked about this book: -The idea behind the book (Zombies!) -The fact that it actually mentioned The Iron Fey series (it was only a sentence BUTWhat I liked about this book: -The idea behind the book (Zombies!) -The fact that it actually mentioned The Iron Fey series (it was only a sentence BUT IT WAS MENTIONED!!!) -Zombies -Zombies -Did I mention Zombies? *The zombies weren't really zombies but...oh well :( *
Things I didn't like: -The visions, there wasn't really a point to them. -The fact that it has nothing whatsoever to do with Alice in Wonderland which was a HUGE disappointment. Alice in Wonderland with ZOMBIES?! You gotta admit, that sounds awesome!
Altogether I give this book around 3.5 stars (might have been a 3 if it didn't mention The Iron Fey and it would have been a 1 if there was no Zombies!!!)...more
The was a really fast, entertaining, and cute read. I actually didn't have much of a problem with it. But Sunny's voiceActual Rating: Around 2.5 stars
The was a really fast, entertaining, and cute read. I actually didn't have much of a problem with it. But Sunny's voice was just... annoying. Sunny has what can be considered the stereotypical teenage voice. Texting acronyms, pop culture references, and joke attempts are all involved of Sunny's parts of speech. The characters weren't very enjoyable, but , as I said, it's a quick read. ...more
The major problem that I had with the previous book was the fact that the narrator had a "Teenager voice". A voice that is conActual Rating: 2.5 Stars
The major problem that I had with the previous book was the fact that the narrator had a "Teenager voice". A voice that is constantly spouting out movie references, texting acronyms, and going off into tangents. I understand that some teenagers do talk like this, but it is very annoying. I completely forgot about that when I picked up this book. While we do get a different narrator, we still have this voice. But eventually the voice does seem to disappear, which make me enjoy the story more.
Other then the voice, I didn't really have a problem. Sure, the story was predictable, but overall, this was a cute, quick, and entertaining vampire book....more
MY THOUGHTS I've read almost all of Sarah Dessen's books and, I must say, her books are absoThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I've read almost all of Sarah Dessen's books and, I must say, her books are absolutely brilliant. This isn't my favorite of hers, but this was still a very good book.
This book focuses on Colie. Both Colie and her mom used to be fat, until her mom becomes Kiki Sparks, fitness guru. Now both Colie and her mom are skinny and Kiki Sparks is famous for getting people fit! Kiki has to go on tour, so Colie is left with her electric aunt in a small beach town for the summer. In the course of one summer, Colie will learn how to be someone other than the daughter of Kiki Sparks.
I think Sarah Dessen's book are entirely mislabeled. Sarah Dessen seems to be known as a romance writer, but I never see her books are romance. Her books are all coming-of-age stories and they are just so amazing. Colie changes so much throughout this book! Colie is still haunted by her past, with bullies, both before the Fat Years and after. It was amazing to see the change in her! This book is also a great friendship book! It doesn't seem like it would be at first, as when Colie first meets Morgan and Isabel, they don't really hit it off. But it actually turns into a nice little friendship which helps Colie become more confident in herself.
There is a little romance in this book, but in Sarah Dessen style, it doesn't truly happen until the very end. Still, from the beginning it is very obvious who the love interest is. He's such a great character and has a wonderful personality! Also, he's an "art freak" and, as an art freak myself, I just love seeing fellow artists in books!
IN CONCLUSION This was a really quick read and it left me with a really good feeling after finishing it! If you love contemporary books, Sarah Dessen, you just want a pick me up, this is a good read for you!...more
MY THOUGHTS Yeah, I'm a bit late to this one aren't I? This book is a huge mark in the YA woThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Yeah, I'm a bit late to this one aren't I? This book is a huge mark in the YA world and it come out 15 years ago, so the fact that I didn't get to this one now is very unusual. At least I got to it, right?
This book focuses on Melinda who just started high school and is a social outcast. She used to have friends, until Melinda called the cops on a party over the summer. Now, no one wants to talk to her. All the while Melinda is falling apart, trying to hide within herself what really happened.
The only thing I really knew about this book was that it's about rape. I think everyone in the book world already knew that about this book, since it's been out for 15 years, but just in case. I really do wish I could've gone into this book without knowing that, so I would be more shocked as I think that was the intent, but oh well.
I must admit, I was on the fringe on whether I should have given this 3 or 4 stars. I completely love the message behind this book and the writing is absolutely amazing. This book captures greatly how you can speak out about something and about depression as well. Really, this book does a great job at focusing on tough subjects. We need books like this out in the world!
It is very easy to feel for Melinda in this book, even without knowing what she went through. And, while I have never gone through what Melinda has gone through, she is relatable. My only issue with this book is just the pacing and overall non-existent happenings.This book is incredibly realistic and it captures Melinda's depression in an entire school year, and it makes for a slow book. Don't get me wrong, I really think this is perfect for the book, I just had some trouble with that.
IN CONCLUSION I can honestly see why this is practically considered a YA classic. It is a very sad book, and I hate thinking that girls (and some guys I guess, but mostly girls) have to go through this. The author did such a great job with creating such a realistic read with a tough subject....more