Night Circus is filled with beautiful and wonderful settings and some well written characters, but romance? The romance and plot at times fell through...moreNight 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
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the book enough to finish it in one sitting. However, the book was odd…
I, unlike ma...moreI have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the book enough to finish it in one sitting. However, the book was odd…
I, unlike many other reviewers, really enjoyed the striked text everywhere. Mafi sort of forgot about it by the end and slacked off.
Purple prose is a term of literary criticism used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself.
There is a fine line between beautiful writing and purple prose.
I always wonder about raindrops. I wonder about how they’re always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It’s like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn’t seem to care where the contents fall, doesn’t seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors.
I get what she was trying to say. Juliette is loosing it. But does anyone really think about rain drops like this?
The romance is very sappy as well. I couldn’t get into it.
“His body presses closer and I realize I’m paying attention to nothing but the dandelions blowing wishes in my lungs.”
“My heart fails for a moment. There are 400 cotton balls caught in my windpipe.”
“James and Adam glance back at me and I melt into pink Play-Doh.”
“Adam pulls back just a tiny bit. Kisses my bottom lip. Bites it for just a second. His skin is 100 degrees hotter than it was a moment ago. His lips are pressed against my neck and my hands are on a journey down his upper body and I’m wondering why there are so many freight trains in my heart, why his chest is a broken harmonica.”
Characters: Juliette: She starts out interesting. I really liked her for about 100 pages. Then she decided she liked Adam. A lot.
After that, when Adam go bye-bye, I liked her again. Then she almost shot a guy. After that I really loved her. Guess what happens next?
Adam-y comes back. And she’s all goo-goo eyes. And I don’t like her anymore.
Adam: Spent too much time sticking his tongue in Juliette’s mouth, not enough thinking.
Warner: God, I hated him but loved him. He was an interesting character. At first I liked him much more than Adam (and I still do), but then he tried to rape her. Warner, you’re still ten times cooler than Adam.
Side characters: The only side character that I liked was Adam’s brother. I was laughing for a while after he came in Adam and Juliette’s room. Precious.
None of the side characters were very well-developed. I didn’t like any other ones.
Plot: Shatter Me or YA X-Men.
Juliette is a lame version of my favorite X-Men character Rogue. Warner and Adam are a weak attempt as Gambit. The story seems too much like an X-Men volume.
It was pretty predictable and boring at times, which disappointed me. Most of the time, Juliette was doing tricks for Warner and going all googly eyes on Adam.
The ending was horrible. I honestly could not believe that happened. A suit? No, no, no, no, no!!
Liked and Disliked: Liked:
◘ Striked text
◘ X-Men Ripoff
◘ “Special suit”
In conclusion: This wasn’t a very good book, but it was enjoyable. If you need a quick weekend read, try this one. If you want something more substantial try another book. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone really, unless for reasons already mentioned.
Favorite Character: Either Warner or Adam’s brother
I’d like to cry into his eyes.
The quote is so absurd, I had to put it somewhere (less)
It's sad being on the side lines, isn't it? Anna Dressed in Blood. Many of the reviews went on about how awesome it is (insert...moreActual Rating: 2.5 stars
It's sad being on the side lines, isn't it? Anna Dressed in Blood. Many of the reviews went on about how awesome it is (insert adjective). I can't see it. Let me tell you something, I like being scared. I like going "OMG, that was freaky". I thought Anna would be perfect for helping me feed my addiction. She wasn't.
I wanted a ghost that would really scare me. Make me think about her for nights and shiver. Or at least something along those lines. Make me go: "Lisbeth, there is no ghost outside your door.
Instead of that I got Casper the Friendly Ghost. Anna didn't even try to kill Cas (the reason for which remains a mystery). Sure, she ripped someone apart, but that is the scariest thing that happened in the book.
You know, I never thought I'd say that. o.O
Characters: Cas: I hated him for the first 100 pages. Then I disliked him. By the end, I was confused with him.
In case you haven't noticed, I'm a bit mixed about him.
He uses everyone he meets including the girl he like and then the fact that every single girl fawns over him like he is Apollo or something. And Cas is all:
♪ I'm too sexy for my cat. ♪ ♪ I'm too sexy for my love. ♪
Anna's back story was so sad. I really liked it.
Carmel was a bit boring, but she wasn't stupid. I felt like yelling: SLAP HIM ALREADY! She didn't. I would have much prefered her if she slapped him.
Plot: The romance was really weird. All of a sudden, he starts referring to her as My Anna out of the blue. Another thing, I find it a bit odd to fall for a girl who tried to kill your best friends. Yeah... plus she's dead.
Maybe I'm just unromantic like that.
The plot wasn't the worst, nor the best. It took me around two weeks to finish it because I didn't care about it that much. Once I got about 150 pages in, I couldn't put it down, till the last 50 pages was a bit boring and I lost interest again.
The witch aspect to the book was totally unexpected and I really liked it! Thomas is awesome.
What I like/disliked:
Liked: Witch Scary Ghost Scene The Cat The Guy Who Ate The Cat
Disliked: Anna Cas Carmel Not scary enough Got bored by the end In conclusion: Though I can see how some love this book, I didn't. I still think you should check it out because 93% of those who read it liked it (according to Goodreads).
Favorite Character: Thomas
“I live dangerously enough. Now what's this about condoms or tigers?”
GRACELING isn’t a bad book. While at times excruciatingly unexceptional, GRACELING has redeeming qualities, namely Po, the silver-gold eyed boy, Leck,...moreGRACELING isn’t a bad book. While at times excruciatingly unexceptional, GRACELING has redeeming qualities, namely Po, the silver-gold eyed boy, Leck, the mysterious king of Monsea, and Bitterblue, the plucky princess of Monsea. However, these three characters were not nearly enough to redeem the massive problems I had with Katsa and the writing.
Katsa reminded me of Katniss. The similarities include name, lack of emotion, and overabundance of pride. I understand that her pride was supposed to be Katsa’s fatal flaw but with her Grace and supposed knowledge, wouldn’t she understand that in some cases, accepting help from another guy is the only way to survive. Surviving is, in case you didn’t know, kind of useful.
Before I go into the realm of ranting, I must say that there are a few positive points to her. She can most definitely protect herself and she’s not afraid to say what she feels. She’s not afraid of sex. She’s entirely herself even if I don’t always like her.
To an extent, I understand Katsa’s hatred and overall distrust of men. All her life, she’s lived with men who wanted to use her for their personal gain. They treat her like a weapon of sorts.
But with all that said, some of Katsa’s comments towards men (and other women) were downright offensive. The fact is that GRACELING was trying to come off as feminist lit by trying to tell the reader “OMG Katsa is like totes a feminist because she like doesn’t wear dresses and thinks all men are superficial!”
That’s not actual feminism, that’s radical feminism, which is not the same thing.
Radical feminist seem to think that their job is to tell other women what to do and how to act. Cashore seems to believe to believe that everything feminine is bad and should be eliminated which is complete bullshit.
If I want to wear a flowery shirt or a skirt, I do not suddenly become the anti-feminist. I become… Lisbeth in a skirt. I know, surprising. I don’t become a women-hating bitch. I become a girl who happens to be wearing a skirt.
But to Katsa, skirts are signs of weaknesses instead of an article of clothing.
Katsa makes any woman who a) has children, b) wears dresses, and c) doesn’t carry weapons with them everywhere automatically weak and despicable. I’m sorry but no.
The second point of trouble is the writing, which if I’m being honest, is pretty bad. The writing style is so detached that it makes you feel as if you are watching someone watching the events of GRACELING unfolding.
As you can imagine, this makes for an utterly exasperating and slow read. When you can’t even pay attention to the book for more than a few chapters (or less), it’s incredibly hard to read.
I can say that this problem gets less noticeable as you go on, mostly because the plot isn’t terrible. It’s still there but it gets much easier to ignore.
Since we’re on the topic of plot, I might as well do a little segment on it before ending the review. While interesting enough to keep me reading, it’s definitely not unique. The plot reads like a slightly longer fairy tale with the dozen or so clichés.
In conclusion There are a lot of problems with GRACELING. I am overall very disappointed in it. But the book is a fairly entertaining read and as I’m slowly learning, sometimes fun is good enough. (less)