Really not original or exceptional at all. However, I still enjoyed it and think it would make a fun film. It definitely is riding on the same fantasyReally not original or exceptional at all. However, I still enjoyed it and think it would make a fun film. It definitely is riding on the same fantasy bandwagon that is carrying a number of sub-optimal stories that end up galvanizing tweens into buying tshirts that say "Team Gale-Ward" and dreaming of a dystopian society where everything falls apart except for the fact that they end up with the super sexy were-vamp and everyone else is a loser.
So it was unoriginal and predictable and pretty loop-holed. But quick and fun. I don't think I would recommend it to my friends......more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. From the very beginning of Chapter 1 I knew I would like it. The writing is creative and engaging, the protagoI thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. From the very beginning of Chapter 1 I knew I would like it. The writing is creative and engaging, the protagonist is real and likable, and the story was relatively easy to follow and fun.
I am going to read the rest of the series now :D...more
There were so many good elements. I'm sad to say that I am continuously surprised every time I read a book I actuI enjoyed this book five stars worth.
There were so many good elements. I'm sad to say that I am continuously surprised every time I read a book I actually consider "good." I loved the descriptions of the food. My life is consumed with cooking and food, I love books that use realistic representations of foods and cooking.
The book moved so quickly, yet was written vividly and concisely. I found many times that when I looked at just the previous page, huge sections of time in the story had passed. Single paragraphs described whole events. All this taken into account, the story was none the less captivating even for its brevity. As a long-winded writer, I LOVED the concise style of writing. I figured I could learn a thing or two about brief writing from the story.
All in all (minus my spoiler below) I really enjoyed the book.
MINI SPOILER ALERT As Yelena was learning to fight, the details were so intricate. So many authors have hardly any lives and neglect to include the details that make situations real. I have trained with a Jang Bong briefly and I could definitely sense the reality of the story when Yelena started training with a bow staff. In most stories I read, when the main character starts learning self-defense (it happens more often than not)there is no reality to the situation. The writers had obviously never punched someone in the face. However, in Poison Study, Maria Snyder accurately mentions how Yelena needed to learn to punch so she wouldn't break her hand, etc. ...more
I liked this book a lot. It wasn't great but it was enjoyable.
Good: The characters were lovable and original. I loved the beginning, I thought it wasI liked this book a lot. It wasn't great but it was enjoyable.
Good: The characters were lovable and original. I loved the beginning, I thought it was a lovely start and had just enough background information. It was thoroughly engaging. I like Cameron Dokey's style, I find it humorous and endearing.
Bad: It was a bit too much like Robin McKinley's Beauty. There were some parts that I wished were changed up a bit. Dokey has the talent, she has written some very inventive stories. I just wished she had used some of that creativity with this story. As with every hopeless romantic book-lover, I just wanted Belle and the Beast's love-finding to grow, to last longer. I was disappointed at how the story progressed. It was as if they wrote this beautiful long beginning, describing everything, setting up this lovely story, then: oops, ran out of space, 'they fall in love and live happily ever after the end.' The characters were a lovely match, both just stubborn enough to keep things interesting. I really wish there had been more development between the two.
This is by far, my favorite fairy tale ever. I love nearly every retelling of it. (The exception being Robin McKinley's Rose Daughter, which I strongly disliked). I adore this fairy tale so much! I can't get enough of it.
I enjoyed reading it despite all the 'bad'. ...more
I took this book to my neighbors pool. While I was dangling my feet in the water I was so distracted by the WONDERFULNESS of the book that I dropped iI took this book to my neighbors pool. While I was dangling my feet in the water I was so distracted by the WONDERFULNESS of the book that I dropped it into the water!
After it was dry enough to continue reading (and maybe even before) I finished it. I loved this book so much! This was the perfect book for the hopeless romantic in me! And it was funny and sweet and I could relate to it a lot. (I've always felt like the only girl among a million boys)