The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a very important book. It's something much more influential and significant than an average contemporary and its iThe Miseducation of Cameron Post is a very important book. It's something much more influential and significant than an average contemporary and its impact is something I can't fully describe. There's something so powerful about well written, fully fleshed out queer lit - it's something that helps validate our identities. Representation is important, but well written representation can change lives because there's something about a well written queer book that tells us that we're worth the time and effort to make a good book.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is one of these books.
Cameron Post is a remarkable protagonist. She's one of the most fleshed out protagonist that I've encountered, a gemstone of YA lit. Yes, everyone will be able to relate with Cameron Post, regardless of sexuality or gender, the most important thing is that queer kids everywhere will be able to look up to Cameron Post and relate to her and her troubles.
What makes Cameron Post stick out to me is how resilient and headstrong she is. Authors often make the mistake of equating strong characters with unfeeling characters, which is a huge mistake. Strong characters cannot be described in one way but Cameron's strength lies in her resilience. She experiences ups and downs and moments of weakness but throughout her incredible hardships, she perseveres and manages to not only survive it but find light in it too.
The secondary characters are all nicely written and unique and memorable in their own ways. emily m. danforth wrote a bunch of interesting and diverse characters including a disabled lesbian who hides pot in her prosthetic leg and a two-spirit Native American teenager.
emily m. danforth's writing style is gorgeous in a very simple way. It's not flowing or what I would usually describe as gorgeous. There are just some writers that can manage to convey so much more beyond what they said and emily is one of them. It's simple and eloquent and reminds me a lot of the pastels used on the cover.
I can't explain why exactly but pastel is one of the most accurate words I can think of to describe this book. It's summer nights, quiet walks in a park, going out to eat ice cream, fireflies, and pastel colors all rolled up into one. Yeah, it sounds very odd but it's true.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a book that should have been written years ago because there are a lot of queer people out there that needed this book while growing up. But at least, kids like me can look at it and say, "yes, this is who I am and there's no problem with it." Hopefully, emily m. danforth's will make a change for the better in YA lit, opening us up to queer storylines with beautiful prose and even more beautiful characters....more
Fifth year they took Chris, my best friend since we were little and who I’d just had my first kiss with the week before.
Sixth year, I shot an angel i
Fifth year they took Chris, my best friend since we were little and who I’d just had my first kiss with the week before.
Sixth year, I shot an angel in the face.
I had absolutely no expectations concerning this book. I liked Kress's other book fairly well, but it wasn't anything mindblowing or fantastic. It was a fairly mediocre to tell the truth. However, Outcast definitely couldn't be called mediocre. It was an incredibly enjoyable, fluffy read with an adorable cast and an equally adorable prose.
Outcast isn't an entirely easy book to describe, or more accurately, it isn't easy to describe why I loved it so much. In a lot of ways, Outcast was a fairly average but entertaining book. There aren't too many things that really make the book stand out.
There was some very well done character development, the extent of which isn't often seen in YA books. The main character Riley was the average, humorous main character. Think a country Maximum Ride. The love interest was definitely cute but lacking in a distinct and realistic personality.
But, I did really like Outcast. It was funny and refreshing in its character development and characters. And if I'm being shamefully honest, I must admit that I'm a giant sucker for Maximum Ride-esque characters. Brave, cocky, and entirely hilarious. I'm also a sucker for sweet and sassy dudes. And evil angels. And warrior priests. And books that have badass and nice priests because I'm fairly certain not all of them are evil soul sucking demons (no pun intended).
So basically this book was just perfect for me. Like dancing Banner happy.
So yeah, really happy.
Even though Riley was an average character, she was really adorable. While she was a fairly typical character, she was also a very refreshing one. She was brave, but not really a "badass", if you look at her. She does a lot of really cool things but I don't think I could put her on the level of Allie Sekemoto from "The Immortal Rules", who quite literally kicked ass, or Tegan Oglietti from "When We Wake", who was a badass without actually getting her hands dirty.
Gabe was an adorable character, with his own distinct personality. He wasn't the most unique but Kress avoided many of the standard tropes in his characterization. He was really sasseh and cute. Very "grease" if you know what I mean.
The side characters were refreshingly fleshed unique in their own ways. There was one that really stood out to me in her character development and personality. Lacy started off being the typical stereotypical evil cheerleading bitch but she really grew up a long the book. She became Riley's friend and ally. This isn't really a complete rarity in YA books but it's still fairly uncommon and I definitely appreciate it every time it happens.
When I first read the summary, there was one line that really stuck.
After six years of “angels” coming out of the sky and taking people from her town, 16-year-old Riley Carver has just about had it living with the constant fear.
It probably did for you too because I'm fairly certain the words "angels" and "fear" make you very curious. Aren't angels the good guys? Yeah, not here. (view spoiler)[Especially since they aren't angels. (hide spoiler)]
Well, if you read a lot of angel books, you've probably come across the book Angelfall which was one of the biggest books of 2012 (even though it came out in 2011).
Let me tell you a little secret, Outcast bears absolutely no similarity to Angelfall. There's nothing relating them except for the whole "angels terrorizing people" thing. There's no hot angel boy, no tortured souls, no refuge camps, no badass angel ass-kickers. Nope, nada, zero.
So for those worrying or hoping that Outcast will be like Angelfall will be either extremely relieved or horribly disappointed.
The plot was completely different. While Angelfall focused a lot on the whole survivally thingy with bandits and blooooood, Outcast focused more on cute boys and disembodied voices. People who liked the bloooood, badass bitches, and survivally thingy better will probably not like this book as much. But people who didn't like the main character or the bloooood will like this one much better.
People who like both cute boys and badass bitches will probs find this book either awesome or not awesome. (i know - i so helpful)
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“Because blood is blood, and every family has its own force. Its own flavor. Its own charm and strange.”
Charm & Strange is a beautifully haunting
“Because blood is blood, and every family has its own force. Its own flavor. Its own charm and strange.”
Charm & Strange is a beautifully haunting book about a hurt little boy and a confused young man. It's a heartbreaking and painful read, yet completely worth it. In many ways, Charm & Strange reminds me of another book that I read last year called Liar, and if you liked that one, it's very likely that you'll like this one as well.
In this case, the less you know about the book the better. I found this book after reading a very poorly worded library summary and it greatly diminished my overall enjoyment around this book. Charm & Strange is one of those books which, ideally, should be picked up without knowing anything about it.
Suffice it to say, Charm & Strange is about a boy with a wolf inside of him that is begging to come out and show itself to the world.
Kuehn's expertise and ingenuity is what really sells this book. Their skill in storytelling is absolutely unmatched and gorgeous. Charm & Strange, for much of the book, is told in chapters alternating from Antimatter (past) and Matter (present). At the beginning, the chapters aren't very clear, but as the story continues, things slowly come into place and the harshness of the world becomes more and more apparent.
Andrew is one of the complex characters I've encountered. He's the Will Graham of the book, where you can practically see the flimsy threads that hold him together. Throughout the book you watch, one by one, the threads snapping and the wolf growing.
The supporting characters are weaker - especially those from the Matter chapters - yet I didn't mind it all too much. It gave Kuehn more room to toy with Andrew and strengthen his character.
In my opinion, I felt the ending was a bit too neat. Everything came together and people were happy. It felt out of place in the book. While I wasn't expecting a soul crushing ending, I just wish that it were a bit less 'happily ever after'.
Charm & Strange is a marvel of YA literature and literature in general. It encapsulates the reason why I still read YA books. Kuehn's debut is a novel that which still lingers in the back of my head and will continue to do so for a time to come....more
As someone who has wasted fruitfully spent countless hours and weekends gaming or doing things related to gaming (aka crying about how I don’t have pcAs someone who has wasted fruitfully spent countless hours and weekends gaming or doing things related to gaming (aka crying about how I don’t have pc Skyrim or Guild Wars 2), this book was something that I obviously had to read. I was fairly nervous about it though because I had no idea how someone could write a good book about a video game. It's not really something that is easy to write since video games are a very visual and auditory experience that can't very well be replicated on paper.
Yet, somehow, even with Erebos' shitty translator, Erebos manages to convey the feeling of playing a fantastic video game while having an amazing plot at the same time. Many chapters are from the point of view of the video game character, which makes Erebos a wholly original experience in many ways.
Like I said, one of Erebos' biggest drawbacks is the absolute awful translator. Sentences are completely weird and often, whole paragraphs don't make any sense at all. The translator is German but obviously, they don't know how to translate at all. I can't really say anything about the writing because there is a high chance that Poznanski is an amazing writer with a really sucky translator. I'll have to get my mom to read it in German one of these days so she can tell me if the writing is decent or not.
Horrible translation aside, the story is amazing. I couldn't put the book down once I picked it up. The story was incredibly engaging and entertaining. Like a good thriller, Erebos kept you guessing for much of the book. It was a bit erratic at times and it wasn't very tight but I loved it anyway.
While you don't have to be a gamer to find the concept absolutely brilliant, but it definitely helps. A game that interacts very directly with the player and adapts itself to you? How awesome is that? It's both scary and amazing.
I am happy to say that the concept was executed brilliantly. I am still in awe of how Poznanski handled the incredibly hard subject. It had the perfect feeling to it, one that put you right into the character's shoes. I fell headfirst into the world of Erebos and I'm still not over it. I really wish I could wipe my memory of it and reread it and re-experience it.
Another flaw to the book are the characters. They lack life and energy for the most part. I never really connected with any of the characters.
The main character, Nick, was the worst. He felt more like a filler character that was created simply because Poznanski needed a main character. He didn't really have a personality and felt like a character that you should use as, I don't know, a body for you to put your personality into? I'm not sure how to describe it but Nick didn't feel like a normal character.
I know I've said words like perfect a lot in this review but that’s really all I can think of for the book. Overall, I’d recommend Erebos to people who either like thrillers or video games – or both. It was an awesome read that deserves lots of readers....more
This review rant will not be in normal format, instead it will be in freehand along with unmarked major spoilers.
I really shouldn't review this book.This review rant will not be in normal format, instead it will be in freehand along with unmarked major spoilers.
I really shouldn't review this book. I really shouldn't. It's just going to make me angry, plus I have other books to review. But, books that make me so angry like FROM ASHES, I need to review, no matter how bad it is for my sanity.
FROM ASHES is pretty much the worst book I have ever read. I know I'm going to say it again and probably will till the end of time but at this time, I cannot imagine a worse book. The only reason I finished this piece of utter shit is because FROM ASHES is the most readable book ever.
Yes, I know, that makes no sense since I mentioned (once or twice) that I HATE this book but it's true. Molly McAdams has succeeded in making a book you hate to love to read (I'm pretty sure that's the first of its kind). I wanted to know what happened next even though I was literally screaming at the book. (view spoiler)[I'm serious about that. I was screaming expletives at my kindle. (hide spoiler)]
The characters in this book are just terrible. I could go on forever but here is a basic summary:
Cassidy: Cheating, bitchy, judgmental girl who thinks she's better than everyone. One of the main characters whose only problems in life are: trying to decide which guy (out of 5 guys) she loves, handling a real life job, and being unable to have sex 10 times a day.
Gage: Boring, possessive, and bland all describe Gage. Me no like.
Tyler: THIS GUY IS WORSE THAN TRAVIS MADDOX. He is one of the worst love interests - no characters - I've ever encountered. Ever.
The plot of FROM ASHES makes absolutely no sense, at all. It was just terrible. In fact, I will recap the book's plot for your enjoyment/torture. Get ready guys because this is one messed up book.
The books starts off with Cassidy recounting how she's so scared and has so many problems. These problems range from bad to not being bad at all. The worst being her parents abusing her as a kid not being able to decide if she loves Tyler or Gage this week and the least being that she's too pretty.
I know, I know, it's so horrible.
Somehow, these abusive parents allow Cassidy to leave her home and travel to Texas. Note, this is realistic fiction and everyone knows that this is all very plausible. Anyway, she moves to Texas with her hot best friend (but he doesn't have aaanny romantic feeling towards her). There, she meets his even hotter (I know, I know, how is this possible?) cousin Gage. Let's examine some quotes now.
What with Tyler's possessiveness and all no one even attempted to get close enough to me. Not that it bothered me...
Cassidy says this after stating how Tyler could never like her romantically. Also, how can you be okay with this amount of obsessiveness.
Gage was like a brother to him [Tyler] and Tyler hadn't seen him in a few years, so their sharing an apartment would be good for Ty.
HAHA you can guess how long Tyler thinks of Gage as a brother instead of a rival.
Tyler dropped my hand, only to put his on the small of my back as he led me over to Mr. New [Gage] and the leggy blonde.
You just met Gage and you're already calling his girlfriend a "leggy blonde".
"I'm Brynn [this is the leggy blonde], Gage's girlfriend." Her eyes narrowed.
Woah, already jealous huh? Now the next few quotes are from Gage's point of view.
All I could think about was closing the distance between us [Gage and Cassidy].
You just met this girl a few hours ago. Slooooww down cowboy.
I was frozen in place, taking in the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen.
DUUDE you met her a few minutes ago.
I couldn't even stop the growl that came from my throat when I saw it [Tyler holding Cassidy's hand].
WHY ARE YOU GROWLING MAN? Staph kthanks.
And yeah, I'm not gonna lie, I'd already pictures her beneath me.
"She's mine Gage, Let's get that clear right now." [said Tyler]
Dude, no. She's not.
"Damn, when you said your cousin was bringing a chick, I wasn't expecting her to be so hot," Jake said. "Jake, touch her again.... see what fucking happens." [said Gage]
Ok, so Gage is already threatening people to lay off "his woman". At 3%.
How was I already so into this girl that it physically hurt to think of her being with Ty?
Trying to figure that one out myself honestly.
"she's been cooking for herself since she was six" [Ty on Cassidy]
Why does the main female character always have to know how to cook and seem to be the only one who does?
Anyway, a bit more plot and then we'll go over quotes because I have the whole book highlighted (well pretty much all of it). The next 10% or so is Cassidy lusting over Gage's body while sincerely denying that Ty could ever love her all while Ty continually tells Gage that Cassidy is "his". At 10% in, Tyler forces himself onto Cassidy.
Before he does that, Tyler visits Gage.
I already hated thinking about what happened between Tyler and Cassidy, but having Tyler tell me he was about to go screw her made it that much worse. I'm sorry, not screw her, bang her. Like it was no big deal, just announced "I'm gonna go bang my girl." [from Gage's POV]
God, what is wrong with Tyler? How could anyone like this guy? This is disgusting especially since this is coming from a guy who supposedly loves Cassidy like a sister. Just disgusting.
After that, Cassidy smartly decides not to sleep in Ty's room like she always did before. So what does she do? She sleeps on the couch and then lets Gage pick her up and put her on his bed. She's not even scared when she wakes up on the bed of some guy she met a few weeks ago.
A bunch of random and un-noteworthy things happen (including Cassidy's eighteenth birthday). Let's examine some of these quotes shall we?
... there was no doubt in my mind I was in love with Cassidy. [Gage's POV]
First of all, what kind of sentence is that? I mean, does it make any sense to you? The second thing is that this is 12% into the book. Twelve percent and Gage is confessing his love.
I loved everything about him. I loved him.
Sometimes, Sassy Gay Friend is the only way to express my feelings... *sigh*
I cook for six ridiculously obnoxious college guys while they take turns playing Xbox.
Why? Why the fuck do you do is Cassidy? You say hate doing it yet you do.
Ok, back to boring plot summaries. Gage and Cassidy sort of, kind of get together then Cassidy does something and Gage gets all macho man angry and dumps her. Cassidy gets all depressed cause "O NOES HE DON'T LIKE MEH".
Then Cassidy meets Gage again and they make up. Somehow. I really have no idea how that happened. If anyone figured this out, I'd be happy to add it in. One chapter Gage is like "RAWR SHE HATE ME" and Cassidy is practically mirroring that feeling, and in the next?
"Cassidy," I breathed. She launched herself at me and wrapped her arms around my neck, whispering into y ear. "I missed you so much, Gage."
In a few pages, Cassidy has already attracted another guy who tries to force her into having sex. All I can say is, girl get yo rape whistle out. Doing his Travis Maddox thing, Gage goes and breaks Max's nose. Why do love interests need to break people's noses? Is that cool or something?
Gage's pants get tighter a few dozen times and then Tyler tells Gage that Cassidy preformed oral sex to him and Gage goes insane. I think Tyler and Cassidy get together in this time but I'm not sure because Tyler kisses Cassidy all the time.
Like, pretty much every page but DON'T WORRY GUYS HE HAS NO ROMANTIC FEELINGS TOWARDS CASSIDY.
Cassidy get's a job and everything is quiet for a bit before (yep there's always a before...) TYLER TRIES TO FUCKING RAPE HER. This part made me so angry. It wasn't the worst part in the book but, god, it was close. This time, he doesn't do anything that bad, but just wait ok?
Gage gets pissed and goes out whoring. He brings home a couple of girls and has sex with them (but there was this funny moment when he screamed out CASSIDY during sex and got slapped). What happens on the next page?
Tyler tries to, more forcefully this time, rape her. This is where I'm going to share a few of the GRRRR quotes.
"You'll enjoy it, Cassi. I promise."
Dear Tyler and other men out there, just because it's sex, doesn't mean people enjoy it. You are forcing yourself upon a girl and just because you think, "she'll like it", doesn't mean it's not RAPE. R. A. P. E. RAPE.
"You want this, Cassi, don't tell me you don't. Your little moans and sighs, and damn it, Cassi, you're met as fuck. So why are you telling me to stop?" Tyler searched my face and shook his head slightly. "I swear to God, if you say you don't want this...."
THIS IS A LOVE INTEREST PEOPLE. HE'S NOT THE ANTAGONIST, HE'S THE FREAKING LOVE INTEREST. This is just sick, ok? There is absolutely no excuse for rape, and out of all the ones people tell the victim, this is the worst.
No. Just no.
Now, what does our favorite love interest do after he stops humping her? He goes out, gets drunk, and brings home a girl to have sex with. WHAT WHAT WHAT. NO. This is NOT ok. Ever. NO. Why are these guys going all Travis on me?
Cassidy goes into a rage and Tyler kicks her out of the house without phone or proper clothes. Cassidy almost dies of hypothermia before being saved by the amazing, strong, wonderful Gage. Once she warms up, Gage yells at her telling her that he's mad at her for being kicked out and almost dying.
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!?
Nothing happens for a while (except for Cassidy's friend trying to get her to date someone even though she's stringing along two other guys). Gage tells Cassidy that he loves her and she goes too. They go through that "OMG I THOUGHT YOU WOULD NEVA WANT MEH?" conversation.
Gage and Cassidy have lots and lots of sex everywhere (bed, shower, couch, and the kitchen table) and he calls Cassidy his girl around 15 times. Jesse is introduced and he's in lurve with Cassidy as well. I'm still trying to figure out what they all see in her.
Cassidy cooks for some guys and this is what one of them say to her:
"I want a damn SMB too! Doesn't matter if she thinks it's 'nothing fancy' or not, thee isn't another SMB out there like Cassi. That's it, I'm kidnapping and keeping her." Jake sounded exasperated. "What the hell is a SMB?" Ethan asked, but we all looked confused. Jake looked at us like we should know this already. "SMB? Sandwich-Making Bitch."
What. The. Fuck.
But, wait, it gets better.
Cassidy was wiping tears from her eyes when her laughs turned into soft giggles ... "And I didn't take it as offensive. It's like that whole women-belong-in-the-kitchen-barefoot-and-pregnant thing; it's funny."
GRRRRRR NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO IT'S NOT FUNNY AT ALL. IT'S DEMEANING AND ENTIRELY UN-FUNNY.
After that, Cassidy basically turns into a sex addict and has sex everywhere. Gage hits some more people and accidentally hits Cassidy. She then finds out her old house had been burned down - yes, parent's house got burned down with them in it.
She leaves and meets Connor Green who she has an affair with. She then has the gall to confront Gage about his one night stand a few months ago. Whaaaa? Cassidy is also the one who says she doesn't trust guys.
Gage and Cassidy get together and Connor comes to ask Cassidy to go live with him. She declines and moves in with Gage. Turns out he made her a house and what do they do the moment they enter? Have sex. Then have more sex (ON THE KITCHEN ISLAND PEOPLE).
They get married; Cassidy almost dies (twice - scorpion bite and labor issues) and has three kids. The end. All I could get out by the end of the book was RAWR I HATE THIS. It was just terrible. Never, ever recommend. In fact run away.
Speechless first drew me in, like many readers before me, because of its cover. The original one I mean, not the one with theActual Rating: 3.5 stars
Speechless first drew me in, like many readers before me, because of its cover. The original one I mean, not the one with the girl. It had no girl on it, no dress, no flowers, no ornate background - just a plain white background with one word on it.
Sure, the author's name wasn't on it so chances are I knew it wasn't a permanent cover and there would be another one, probably with a girl on it (there is) but I still love it all the same. It's so beautifully simple but it really conveys the feeling of silence well, which is what the book is about.
Characters: As a very character driven novel, I felt that the characterisation was crucial to the progression of the story. Thankfully, I do not have to count lack of characterisation as one of my downsides. The characters were all very well formed - if not all likeable.
Chelsea is a very difficult character to like. She reminded me of Sam from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, but she was not at all like same really. Though they were both the "it" girl who gets reformed, the two were very different in how they were characterised. While I felt Sam truly grew from someone I hated to someone I genuinely admired, I did not feel as great of a feeling about Chelsea.
Chelsea did grow throughout the novel but not as drastically as I hoped and expected. Sam as a character was more relatable and realistic then Chelsea was. Chelsea's change wasn't really subtle, but I'm not saying Sam's was. I don't know how I should phrase this but, I prefer Sam to Chelsea.
The beginning of the novel made Chelsea and my relationship very strained. Chelsea, quite publicly, tells everyone at a New Year's party that Noah, a gay student, is with his boyfriend in one of the bedroom. Her gossiping leads to two jocks to barge in to the bedroom and leave Noah in the hospital.
Yes, I do understand how Chelsea was not meant to be likeable during the beginning on the book but this instance made me doubtful that I would like her by the end. Her constant use of fag also furthered her journey into the hall of Lisbeth's-Worst-Book-Enemies.
Chelsea sure took her own sweet time to mature. Constantly she was thinking some extremely vapid and shallow thoughts such as (I'd like to thank Vanessa for these):
I'm only here [in Art] because it's the easiest elective available, and it sure as hell beats Shop (what a misleading title!), or Personal Finance (my only interest in money is spending it, not budgeting it). - Page 50
I don't associate with [geeky freshman] freaks. - Page 67
Eventually, Chelsea developed a brain and decided to use it. She matured very fast after some key moments and became the character I expected. Still, she wasn't anything like Sam, but she was very much her own character. I decided that she wasn't that bad after all and started to like her a bit more. She wasn't perfect but hell, are the perfect characters really perfect?
The side characters, especially Asha, Andy, Lou, Dex and Sam, were all wonderful characters to read about and they were done pretty well but Andy particularly stands out to me.
He was the boyfriend of Noah who by all means has the right to hate Chelsea - which he does. He is brutally sarcastic (which isn't always a bad thing) and uses it to the full extent against Chelsea. Rightfully he isn't considered a bully. As the novel progresses, he starts to hate her less and eventually forgive her as best as he can.
Asha was the quintessential adorable, quirky, and nerdy girl who Chelsea befriends. She's Indian - obviously. I did like her but looking back, she's very stereotypical and not exactly original. She is not fleshed out as much as most of the other characters either. She is a fun addition to the story however.
Lou and Dex were an adult couple who ran a diner. I remember liking them a lot but can't remember any outstanding and original qualities to them. I'm glad for the inclusion of adult characters in a young adult book.
Sam is another stereotypical character who is in the place of the "sweet boy next door who the main character falls for" archetype. He was not special or noteworthy in anyway. I didn't hate him but he was a very "meh" character for me.
-1 star for Chelsea
Plot and Writing: Plot: The plot was cheesy and predictable. Gossip girl reforms into pure angel. Yeah, so the story isn't original but I did like it a lot, hence the 3.5 rating I am giving it. It goes through a fairly standard process which isn't that hard to guess. The character personalities and settings are not that original either. Nerdy girl. Sweet guy. Angry guy. Two extras. Diner setting. Highschool setting.
- .5 stars for lack of originality
Writing: Pretty good writing for a second book. I found it very easy to read, especially in short bursts. I found that I could read quite a bit of this book pretty fast. I remember very clearly sitting/lying in various positions (most including hanging off the bed) and reading for an hour+ till I finished it. That memory for some reason has to be one of my highlights of the year.
Theme: Bullying: This is a new segment that will be added to many of my reviews, especially for books with very clear themes such as this one. The book was largely about bullying, both inflicted by the main character and inflicted upon the main character.
Through bullying is where most of her development takes place. Though I do not commend Chelsea for how she dealt with it (not speaking to her parents or anyone), I do find her journey through bullying very realistic (remember this is coming from a person who has never been bullied).
What I liked and what I didn't: Liked:
* Most of the Cast. * The setting * The story - cliched as it was. * The reading
* Chelsea * Minor problems with lack of characterisation in a few characters * Lack of originality
In conclusion: Speechless is not a deep book or a very subtle book. It's very "in your face" I suppose. The message isn't really concealed behind deep characters but very blatant, even to the casual reader. I did really enjoy reading this book however and I count it to be in my top reads this year. It is by no means perfect but still a very enjoyable read. I recommend it to people who are willing to read a book with obvious flaws just for the pure enjoyment of it.
I received my ARC of this book from Netgalley....more
I really don't know how to tell you how much I love this book. I'm pretty much sitting here thinking "wHAT IS WORDS" even though I finished the book tI really don't know how to tell you how much I love this book. I'm pretty much sitting here thinking "wHAT IS WORDS" even though I finished the book two days ago and should, theoretically, know how to write this review by now.
But, I don't because I'm still in a state of
and while accurate, a review consisting of keyboard smashing does not make a proper review.
Splintered is an Alice in Wonderland retelling, a type of retelling I'm not exactly a novice about. I've read many retellings, watched many retellings, and for gods' sake, I've played American McGee's Alice (which, by the way, I wholeheartedly recommend). I'm definitely not new to the genre, yet Splintered still was an entirely new experience for me.
Instead of being a traditional retelling Splintered acts more like an addition or a sequel. It didn't really retell the story we all know, nor did it have any similarities when it came to storyline. In fact, the only similarities were characters. It functioned much like an AU fanfiction with the same characters but a completely different storyline.
While I could definitely see the similarities to American McGee's Alice in the world-building and overall feel to the book, Splintered was wholly original and beautiful. If you are not familiar with McGee's Alice, it's an very odd, yet thoroughly enjoyable, horror game in which Wonderland is turned upside down and about 217% wackier than the original. Likewise, Splintered was insane and unsettling at times, yet still lyrical. It managed to retain the Alice-ness of the original book, while still being a fairly original novel.
The best part of Splintered is most definitely the world-building. The world is as disturbing and unnerving, as it is beautiful and wonderful. The descriptions are vivid and bright, making the reader feel as if they are down the rabbit hole themselves, something often absent in average Alice retellings.
The first fifty pages of Wonderland are absolutely impossible to put down because of the vivid imagery and absolute magical-ness of the whole scene. It's incredibly surreal and just, a+ your parents should be proud of you Mrs. Howard. Honor on you and your cow.
However, Splinted wasn't entirely perfect as there was one problem, whether it is minor or major is up to you.
The majority of the characters of Splintered are very nicely done. Alyssa is a very nice heroine - appropriately kickass but also vulnerable. She is actually pretty likable, though admittedly not amazing. Morpheus, the star of the book, is extremely likable (which may be just me because he's not exactly the good guy nor a good guy). He is awesome and insane and brilliant.
And then, there's Jeb who's basically the one character who doesn't really fit in with the book. He's supposed to be Alyssa's human anchor to the mortal world but, to be honest, he was more of a pain than anything. Just because you're flipping gender standards and having a guy be a Mary Sue and have him be damsel distress doesn't mean it's any less annoying and stupid. Damsels in Distress are annoying no matter the sex.
Admittedly, this is only one character among four or five many. This may annoy you more or less than it annoyed me. It's a relatively minor complaint, I suppose but it still managed to annoy me and pull me from the story because all I could think was, "Are you kidding me Jeb? Dude, seriously, again?"
Overall, Splintered is an absolutely beautiful, magical read that I recommend to anyone who loves Alice in Wonderland and even to those who don't necessarily like it that much. Splintered is a fantastic book that should be read no matter what. ...more
I have written and rewritten this review so many times in order to try and capture every feeling and thought floating around in my head but I can't. II have written and rewritten this review so many times in order to try and capture every feeling and thought floating around in my head but I can't. I don't think it's possible to convey these feelings to anyone until mankind finds out how to do Vulcan mind melds or something of the like.
Hannah Moskowitz is an author whose books I usually love if I can get through them. But, I only very rarely get through them. It's definitely an "it's not you, it's me" sort of situation. I usually pick her books up when I'm not in the mood for angsty teenage feels. However, thanks to Twitter, she's one of my all-time favorite people so I pick her books up every time I see them.
I have never loved Twitter more.
I don't think that anyone else could've written this book or will ever write a book like this. TEETH is startlingly beautiful with wonderful, flawed characters. It's not perfect and it will definitely not appeal to everyone.
Even though the book is very different from the rest of her work, I think that many Moskowitz lovers will enjoy the book as it feels like a contemporary even though TEETH is set on an island with magical fish and fishboys.
TEETH is an emotional roller-coaster. It has its ups where everything everywhere is absolutely perfect. But then there are the downs where you don’t know if you’ll be able to continue reading for fear for the characters and your own heart that is on the brink of shattering into a million and two pieces.
TEETH is a extremely depressing book. I would advise you to not go into the book and expect a happy book ending. If soul-crushing endings aren’t your thing, I wouldn’t read the book.
The real magic of TEETH lies in its prose. Its magical, wonderful prose has the power to, within a few pages, suck you in with its characters and setting till before you know it, you’re sitting right next to Rudy, falling in love with Teeth along with Rudy.
The use of magical realism was one of the best parts of the prose. TEETH could very well be a contemporary as it reads and feels like one. The magical fish and adorable fishboys fit right in, not feeling out of place or odd in this otherwise contemporary novel.
The lore surrounding the Enki is both disturbing and fabulous. Christina from A Reader Of Fictions compared the lore behind the Enki to Greek/Roman mythology which is spot on. I enjoyed the gritty, messed up take on mer. In YA fiction, it’s common for Mer to be blood thirsty but I’ve never seen another YA book that actually says that (view spoiler)[a fucking fish raped a human. (hide spoiler)]
If John Green is obsessed with Maniac Pixie Dream Girls, Hannah Moskowitz is obsessed with filling her books with angsty gay boys and sick little brothers. Not that there's a problem with that. I know a lot of people don't like JG's Maniac Pixie Dream Girls, but personally, I adore them just like I adore Moskowitz's gay boys and sick little brothers.
Our resident gay boy is Rudy. Rudy is a solemn, very angsty kid who moved along with his family to a little fishing island filled with weird, magical fish and even weirder people.
Rudy’s little brother Dylan is sick so Rudy spends his entire day watching over him to make sure Dylan doesn’t die. Rudy loves his brother but no one wants to spend their entire life watching over a sick little kid.
What I absolutely adored about TEETH was that much of the story is Rudy’s internal conflict about whether his brother’s health and life was more important than his own happiness. Is one’s family more important than an animal’s life?
Teeth is the ugly fishboy who I Rudy fell in love with. He is flawed yet strangely wonderful character. He’s self-deprecating and occasionally annoying but he’s also loyal and sweet at the same time. He’s not a character that I usually would like but Moskowitz made him feel so real with his flaws and strengths that it was nearly impossible to hate him.
The side characters like Diana were very underdeveloped. Diana was Rudy’s sort of love interest who had mysterious connections to Teeth. She was a very one layered character – something I can’t say for many of Moskowitz’s characters. Her reasons for doing what she does are very plain and could have used a lot of fleshing out to make her seem more real. Likewise for the other characters like Dylan.
TEETH is a book that I would recommend to everyone, even though some people may not enjoy it as much as others. It’s gritty and romantic, but most of all it’s real, which is a bit weird considering the fact that TEETH is about a fishboy. TEETH is definitely one of the easiest five star books in a long time!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This review will not be in normal format, instead it will be in freehand. The spoilers will not be spoilers to someone who has read many 1 star reviewsThis review will not be in normal format, instead it will be in freehand. The spoilers will not be spoilers to someone who has read many 1 star reviews of BD. This will not be an amazing review as my better 1st draft got lost in a terrible accident/murder.
I have been putting reviewing Beautiful Disaster off for a very long time. I finished this book on August 3rd, 2012 and today is November 26th, 2012. It's not because my thoughts are very conflicted. In fact, my thoughts are very simple. I truly hated the book, without a doubt.
It was one of the worst books I have read this year and quite possibly of all time. The book is absolutely horrible. Beautiful Disaster promotes abuse, possessiveness, degradation, and other horrible ideas that completely disgust me thinking about them.
The reason I haven't reviewed it is because I was sure that I would not be able to review it to the fullest extent. My hatred for this book is too deep to fully convey through my words, but I will attempt to cover everything. It will be a very long, through review.
Beautiful Disaster is about a girl and a boy who enter a relationship together. I do realise how archaic that sounds but I do not consider their relationship to be centred around love. The relationship of Abby and Travis is centred around lust. It is a purely physical relationship with some "I love yous" exchanged. Saying "I love you" and meaning it are two very different things.
Travis and Abby also have a very unsteady and abusive relationship. There are many examples of this but one of the most popular ones is this one: (view spoiler)[Abby is at a bar and a man offers her a drink and talks to her. Travis sees them and decided to beat the guy up because he was "looking at her the wrong way". He then yells at Abby for talking to him, telling her he could have beens trying to drug her and rape her. From the way this conversation was written it is clear he was yelling and it sounded very much like he would have hit her. (hide spoiler)]
Abby does not see the abuse till very far into the book and when she did she came right back to Travis and even (view spoiler)[ went as far as marrying him. (hide spoiler)]. What really gets me is the fact that Abby ignores the abuse past that even though he did enough to make her leave him.
I have a small question to ask you women who enjoy these sorts of characters. How does Travis as a character, ignoring any physical traits, appeal to you as a reader? It's a very simple question and I mean it quite earnestly.
You see, I don't get it. I do not find any appeal in a man who would beat a man up because of his possessiveness over "his girl". I do not find a man who would lock me in my room until I changed my clothes because he doesn't like it on me sexy, at all. I don't like a main character who would change into a "more suitable outfit" just because her lover doesn't like it on her.
Yet, obviously a lot of women do like these sorts of characters, otherwise there wouldn't be many of them around. Why do so many women like this? Maybe it's in our culture nowadays to support these notions that women are superficial and that it is okay for men to order around us and use us.
I won't get too deep into this because after all I've spent 580 words without even doing any of my normal book review topics. Without further ado, I will begin the character analysis, beginning with the most interesting character, in a completely horrible way, Travis Maddox.
Travis is somehow considered to be the perfect boyfriend for Abby and possibly the reader as well. The readers are supposed to swoon over him. In this book, I honestly think that Jamie McGuire wanted you to adore Travis not only because of his physical attributes but also for his personality.
This is obvious because he is not described as often as some of the love interests I have come across. McGuire focuses on his personality, which would be good thing would it not be for the fact that Travis has a horrible personality.
He doesn't care about privacy, (view spoiler)[in fact when Abby was having a shower, Travis came in and decided to make himself at home. Not to mention he also handed her some shampoo from her bag, which he admits to searching through (hide spoiler)]. He is controlling and possessive. Needy and clingy. Self-absorbed. These adjectives have all been used numerous times to describe Travis. He likes to beat the crap out of random guys who look at his girlfriend and has a creepy penchant for nicknaming random girls he just met. I mean, you name your girlfriend after an annoying bird that shits on everything (her nickname is Pigeon).
Travis appears to be very emotionally unstable. He can't handle loss or not getting what he wants. (view spoiler)[When Abby leaves him for a day (or something like that - someone please correct me) he destroys his room. Completely. Basically, he's no better than a little child. (hide spoiler)] He seems to be unable to express himself verbally as well, resorting to violence, screaming, and temper tantrum. Another thing to add to the "Unappealing, Thou Name is Travis" list.
Abby. Abby is a very plain character. She had no real personality and I found her entirely idiotic. She had no brain as well. (view spoiler)[The odd subplot to the book was centred around her odd family which makes absolutely no sense and is not related to the rest of the story at all. Apparently, her dad's a huge, famous gambler and Abby is a gambler prodigy. She always wins and can make thousands of dollars in a few hours. Umm... it doesn't make sense with the plot (isn't it sad that the subplot is more of a plot then the actual plot?). Even as the plot and not the subplot, the book would be horrible as it makes zero sense and is centred around Abby being a speshul snowflake. (hide spoiler)] I found her extremely boring.
This is where my words run out honestly.There is nothing else to say about her. Next up is the other guy in the story.
Poor Parker, what he do to deserve this? He's part of the "love triangle" but it's no more of a love triangle then in Twilight. Did you honestly think Bella would not choose Edward? Did Jacob even have a standing chance against him? No.
Parker is a Med school graduate who is pretty nice. He is a Gary Stu but anything beats Travis really. He's rich and smart. And, guess what, he really does like Abby. He treats Abby like a gentleman, even when he was sidelined by her.
What McGuire did with Parker was put him in the story for no real reason other then some cliche tension. He's almost always sweet except when McGuire decided "Ok folks, let's kick him out." Then, Parker says some horrible things to Abby, completely out of character, just to make Travis look like the good guy.
Seriously? That's just... wow. I'm speechless. Even though this happens all the time when an author wishes to get rid of the other guy.
The writing is fast but very under-edited. It was cliched and choppy for the most part. Awkward dialogue tags which messed with the flow. This all could have been avoided if the author got a decent freaking editor.
Frequent slut shaming and the casual usage of words like (view spoiler)[slut (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[ho (hide spoiler)] made this experience worse. I don't care about coarse language for the most part, but those two words (which I have put in parentheses for the sensitive people) make me really mad.
The thematic of this book bothered me considering the misogynistic language that's prevalent in this. If not just for the events themselves (i.e. Travis dropping a woman from his lap after she insults Abby or Travis saying that he wouldn't want his future daughter to open her legs for a man so easily)...
In conclusion, and to be quite blunt, this book is very bad. It was a complete, and utter disaster which I immensely regret reading and wasting my time on this. I do no, and will not, ever recommend this piece of shit.
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I had to pick this book up. After all the hype, I couldn’t not read it. I even bought it! This book deserves all the hype it’s getting. Read the blurbI had to pick this book up. After all the hype, I couldn’t not read it. I even bought it! This book deserves all the hype it’s getting. Read the blurb if you haven’t. Doesn’t it seem a good place for insta love? I mean “have to stick close to Daemon”. But good news, there is no insta love here. When it says Katy hates Daemon’s guts, she means it. Daemon is the biggest jerk I’ve ever read about. He beats Jace, guys! He is just UGH!
Sure there is some drooling over Daemon because he’s hot, yet she immediately reminds herself how much a jerk he is. At one point, Daemon and another was embarrassing her in front of everyone, what does she do? Katy doesn’t run away, she DUMPS HER FOOD ON THEM! And just when you think she can’t get any better, she is a devoted book blogger. Why can’t Katy be real?!?!
I completely adored this book. I finished it in 5 hours, staying up till 12:30 am.
Characters: Katy has to be one of my favorite heroines ever. She was logical, witty, and did not accept Daemon’s attitude just ’cause he’s handsome. She didn’t like Daemon. You’re probably screaming “Why does she keep reminding me of that?!?”. It’s probably because Daemon was hot. And this is a YA book. And she hated him. Yeah, sorry about that. She’s… awesome.
Daemon, the biggest jerk that ever didn’t live. He was urgh for most of the book and when he finally stopped being a complete jerk, I really still couldn’t love him. Maybe he’ll be better in the next book, but I’ll never fangirl him. Not that I’ve ever fangirled any guy before. ::cough:: Naji ::cough::
Dee was cute, perky, and fun to read about. I really loved her character. She could kick butt and still look awesome while doing. Sort of reminds me of a Pinkie Pie/Isabelle from TMI mix. If that even makes any sense… it doesn’t… yeah… let’s just keep going…
Plot & Writing: Plot: Ok, truth be told I didn’t know what to expect. YA aliens? All I could think of was I Am Number Four, which isn’t exactly the best thing to say. But it turns out the idea of Lux was really interesting. I loved whole manipulating light thing. Am I the only one who thought the plot screamed: “X-MEN!”?
The plot went smoothly, I never felt bored or distanced. It was fast when it should have been and slower when the story called for it.
Writing: The prose was magnificent. I felt like I was inside Katy’s head, and boy was that an awesome thing. It was quirky and unique. I didn’t once feel like a robot or a plank of wood had replaced our (splendid) main character.
What I liked and disliked: Liked: • Katy • The aliens • Dee • Most of the characters (excluding Daemon from our happy party) • amazing prose
Disliked: • Daemon (cue evil eyes)
In conclusion: This book was amazing. My recommendation: go. buy. the. darn. book. already.
“No. Sorry. You have spent months being the biggest jerk to me. You don’t get to decide to like me one day and think I will forget that. I want someone to care for me like my dad cared for my mom. And you aren’t him.” - Katy to Daemon when he wanted to hook up with her
I really don’t know how to review this book. It’s one of the only books that I honestly find perfect. I cannot name a single flaw or even an aspect thI really don’t know how to review this book. It’s one of the only books that I honestly find perfect. I cannot name a single flaw or even an aspect that could have used a bit of touching up.
I picked this book up on a hunch. I had never heard of it before or read a single review for it. I don't know how or why, but I knew that GOOD OIL would be amazing. From the moment I finished the first chapter, I knew that I was right.
It's not often that I finish a book and the first thought that pops into my mind is that the book was utterly perfect. While reading, GOOD OIL invaded my every thought. I could not keep away from it. The book ensnared me with its beautiful characters and raw, brutal emotion.
For the first time in a long time, I not only like the main character but I also really “feel” her. I understand her. I can really put myself into Amelia’s shoes. Her flaws, her strengths – they were all believable.
Amelia is one the most multifaceted, realistic characters I’ve ever encountered.
Chris was Amelia’s equal when it came to realistic, multifaceted characters. He had a jealous, angry streak but he was a good person. He was a bad drunk and a good friend. He was a charmer. He was deeply depressed. He was strangely happy. But most importantly, he was real.
The writing was fabulous. Amelia sounded her age and Chris did too. Chris felt male, instead of a guy with secret ovaries that many authors like to portray. Amelia felt her age instead of a strangely mature 15 year old or a girl who acts like she’s 7 instead of her age.
The novel tells the story of Amelia who is utterly infatuated with her coworker Chris, who happens to be 6 years older than her. When I first picked this up, I was sure that GOOD OIL would be about Amelia and Chris' forbidden romance, as the blurb suggests.
Buzo has an uncanny ability at creating realistic, witty, and deep conversations and through such discussions, the book’s true themes of friendship, growing up, and love are unearthed. Amelia’s observations and thoughts make you think about your own life and question your own actions.
Buzo’s writing was absolutely amazing and her narrative voice was flawless. Her ability to make characters that are realistic and likable is uncanny. I will read any Buzo book after this and I recommend GOOD OIL to anyone....more
The House of the Scorpion was just wow. Wow. If this is the norm of the books I’m going to read 2012, than I’m in luck (and just wow will be part of mThe House of the Scorpion was just wow. Wow. If this is the norm of the books I’m going to read 2012, than I’m in luck (and just wow will be part of my vocab). It is a brilliant work of art. I had not ever read a Nancy Farmer book (though twice now I rented The Sea of Trolls – but never got to it). I was very happy with this book, begging everyone I know to read it. They didn’t – yet.
The “main villain” (I don’t really call any of them the main villain because without even one childhood it wouldn’t seem the same) is lovable, and by the time he does something bad (though you expected it), you are sad.
Characters: Matt is a kind, curious, human character. He is a child in this book, not an adult. He acts like one, and even more he makes child like mistakes. There is one beautiful scene (yet not really) were Matt makes someone do something (I won’t specify…) – that a thirteen year old kid would do (chapter 11 – The Giving and Taking of Gifts).
The “villains” were also human. Even the minor-est villains made you hate them and when something bad happens to them you are happy, yet sad for maybe, just maybe they didn’t deserve it. A certain Rosa is a good example.
Plot: It begins… slowly, but that really builds everything up. It isn’t a fast paced book. [Some of] the surprises are expected which slights takes away from the main story line. I guessed about 75% of them, but the author left many clues (probably wanting you to find some of them). The big surprise as a 50/50 surprise, for I guessed who the bad person was yet not what he was going to do – but then again there were lots of clues so if I tried harder, I could have guessed it.
What I enjoyed/didn’t: The was no cussing other than 1 or 2 c and 3 or 4 d, though this was a young adult book. Often, the author will add too much cussing just to make it a young adult book. This book was young adult for themes, not cussing/romance/ect.
The story was realistic because (view spoiler)[ El Patrón is the leader of the Opium fields, yet he isn’t a nice guy as Matt thinks. (hide spoiler)]
I didn’t like Matt’s reaction to Tom, even though to be fair, Matt was a child [chapter 10 - A Cat With Nine Lives]. I felt it was just wrong, though I do reward Farmer for a very well written chapter. True, it’s not a real criticism, mainly because I can’t find a bad thing about the book.
In conclusion: The writing was entertaining and easy to read at times, but hard to read at others. I was recently looking around and found Nancy’s blog (or some poser I guess). According to my source, she is writing a sequel. The ending left me hanging, but I don’t know if I really want “another book”. I will read her other books once I get them. Her books are well written. Another good change, from the Twilights and Hunger Games, is that this book has a good and clear moral. I recommend it to mature audiences, 12 (mature) up
Favorite Scene & Character: My favorite character is Tam Lin. My favorite scene is actually a part – the first.
Favorite Quote: “What Matt hated about the creature was everyone’s assumption that he and Furball were the same. It didn’t matter that Matt had excellent grades and good manners. They were both animals and thus unimportant.” -Narrator
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I’ve now read this book twice. This is one of my favorite books ever – right up there with Unearthly and Unwind. Yup. That high up.
This book is hard tI’ve now read this book twice. This is one of my favorite books ever – right up there with Unearthly and Unwind. Yup. That high up.
This book is hard to read at times, but hey, it’s a such a good book, it’s worth it. Every single page. *sigh* Yes, I knew that sounded corny.
I have to say, the first time I read it, I was Team Gabriel all the book. I have to say, this time around, I was Team Linden. I felt you barely knew anything about Gabriel. Sure, he knew lots about boats. But really? Anything else? Not really. He was really sweet and had a nice personality though!
Now Linden. He really grows as a character. C’mon, those of you who read the book, didn’t you think Linden was some sort of rich snob? Then you keep reading, and he’s suddenly not. He’s suddenly… a boy who’s been sheltered his entire life, one who is trying to get over the loss of his true love. That’s what I call character building.
I got annoyed with one other part.
“And who is this lovely young thing?” a man says. To even call him a man seems wrong, because he is probably younger than I am…ect, ect, ect
“Mind if I cut in?” a man asks. And perhaps “man” isn’t even the right word.
Let’s keep going with the review.
Characters: Cecily was a little girl who was just trying to please Linden. Jenna was a girl who could never accept her new life, not after what happened in the van. Rhine. The Girl Who Never Lost Hope.
Every character was crafted beautifully, from Vaughan to the cook. Even those who you never really “met” where perfect. Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan, never featured personally in the book, but I knew what he was like.
Though there were minor oops with the characters like once (my book mark fell out so I can’t tell you which page it was) Rhine was thinking about how Vaughan was touching her nose like she was a child. Ok see that? Now earlier, and later as well, Rhine kept thinking of her as a child. But other than that, there weren’t too many other problems/continuity.
The relationship between all the wives was at times, hard to read. Mostly between Cecily and Linden.
Plot: Freaking awesome.
The idea was superb and, what I enjoyed so much, realistic. The human race would try to cure everything – which they are. They cure it but the next generation is scarred. Broken.
They would take girls to use as sex slaves, erm, wives. One part of the story really stood out to me. It went something like this:
Jenna was disposable one. Cecily was the baby factory. And I was to be the apple of his eye.
It was captured the use for the three wives perfectly. Kudos to DeStefano!
The ending was…. erg. I didn’t feel satisfied with it. Hopefully the next book will clear everything.
What I liked/disliked:
I loved the:
■ characters ■ plot ■ Linden
■ the relationship between Linden and little Cecily. ■ the lack of background on Gabriel ■ the ending —————————————————————————
Favorite Character: Linden or Rhine Favorite Quote:
“Give me one of your candles I’m going to set the sitting room on fire.”
Night Circus is filled with beautiful and wonderful settings and some well written characters, but romance? The romance and plot at times fell throughNight Circus is filled with beautiful and wonderful settings and some well written characters, but romance? The romance and plot at times fell through the circus tent. The romance seemed one-dimensional. Sure, the magical romance made lights flicker, but passion didn’t do anything except undress the other person. It wasn’t special.
Characters: There are some great characters; namely Poppet and Widget. The story has many stories (Marco + Celia; Poppet, Widget, and Bailey; Herr Friedrick Thiessen; and more), but some of them aren’t that spectacular. Celia and Marco’s story is probably the main one and “most important” but I felt myself drawn to the more intriguing Poppet and Widget.
Without giving too much away, Poppet and Widget’s story has more of the circus in it, which happens to be the only reason I read the book (I honestly didn’t realize it was a romance book until half way through the story). Marco’s part was lacking, though at times Celia was entertaining.
Plot: The plot was confusing. The story jumps from year to year. A good example is:
Opening Night III: Smoke and Mirrors: London, October 13 and 14, 1886
The Hanged Man Oneiromancy: Concord, Massachusetts, October 1902
Rules of the Game: 1887–1889
Quite confusing to read an event, then to read that it hasn’t even happened. I found it very nerve-wracking and it took from the plot.
In some ways, the plot is drawn on and it doesn’t seem to stay on course. To many sub characters that don’t seem to fit in with the original plot. The sub plot Bailey/Poppet/Widget was much more entertaining than the “main” one.
What I enjoyed/didn’t: Let’s start with what I loved. I loved the settings which were truly magical. I felt one with the circus at those moments. On the other hand, I felt disconnected at times. I have to go back and re-read parts or look at the title of the chapter (which happens to tell what year it is at that moment).
In conclusion: The book had a magical feeling to it at times, but it wasn’t perfect. The book had no bad scenes (if you follow me) though, which I enjoyed a lot. The writing was different, and very nice. Overall, I think this was a really good start for a fist timer.
Favorite Character(s): Poppet & Widget
“Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it’s really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours.” -Widget