This book is childish, unrealistic, and damn annoying. Stephen is the biggest dickhead, El is plain irritating, Meg is a fucking bystander who does no...moreThis book is childish, unrealistic, and damn annoying. Stephen is the biggest dickhead, El is plain irritating, Meg is a fucking bystander who does nothing for anyone, Lev is okay, and Callie is the most frustrating out of them all.
Callie lives with her head in the clouds, thinking that she's so damn important and believes she can change history and legends. She falls in love with a guy who's like thirty and whom she has never ever met, only read about in books and consequently been spotted in a mirror. She's selfish, wanting to stay in that freaking place (Camelot?) just because she wants Lancelot to fall in love with her. And why does the author put such an heavy emphasis on the Church and God? I'm not Christian, thank you. I don't want to read about a girl who talks to God. Meg can do that, just not in front of me. What was the point of including that part anyway?
Stephen is someone who I just want to punch in the face. He's stupid beyond belief. Lev actually dies, and everyone's all, 'Omigawd I don't wanna resuscitate him he's so smelly!' and I'm sitting there thinking, "You better do something or his life with be on your conscience." And so they blow a few breaths into Lev's chest and he miraculously heals. All the while, Stephen is sitting there pouring himself a cup of wine and saying shit like, "Why does he need medical attention he just has an upset stomach" and I just want to dive into the book and strangle him.
The teens reactions upon being sent to this strange land is simply not believable at all. They panic for a few seconds, before they seems to accept it and start formulating plans of action.
I haven't finished this book and I don't plan to. I only got up to the part where Stephen almost drowns Lev in the river and Lancelot comes riding along, whereby the author decides to portray him as some kind of dense idiot and thinks that El was saved by Lev. There were so many levels of wrong with this book that I can't be bothered listing them all.(less)
I did not like this. It was so annoying and predictable. Scarlet pissed me off so much. She tries so hard to be 'tough gurl' and does not want to list...moreI did not like this. It was so annoying and predictable. Scarlet pissed me off so much. She tries so hard to be 'tough gurl' and does not want to listen to anyone, and the language itself irritated me to no end. Rob was an idiot, and by page 60, I already figured out that John was in love with her and that there was going to be the dreaded love triangle. I just gave up and skipped to the end, where I found out scarlet was freaking Maid Marian.
Just one question: Scarlet uses peasant language throughout the book, and so how is she going to switch to the language of nobles if she wants to be Maid Marian?(less)
Wowee. This book was pretty amazing. It was filled with really nice writing and lots of things to chew on. I loved the portrayal of dragons here; it w...moreWowee. This book was pretty amazing. It was filled with really nice writing and lots of things to chew on. I loved the portrayal of dragons here; it was intriguing and I've never read them like this before. Seraphina was a wonderful narrator, and I will definitely be looking out for the next book.(less)
I'll admit that for the first third of the book, Yukiko was annoying and irritating and strangle-worthy. However, as needed, Yukiko grew over the cour...moreI'll admit that for the first third of the book, Yukiko was annoying and irritating and strangle-worthy. However, as needed, Yukiko grew over the course of the book. She was a great character, but I think my favourite was Buruu.
Buruu was fucking hilarious. I love him!
Something I had an issue with was the random Japanese words scattered throughout. I understood... most of them. Being a fan of anime and manga and Japanese culture in general, I had a firm understanding beneath my reading, but... well, what if the reader knows nothing about Japan, open this book, and are hit with stuff like 'oni' and 'shogun' and stuff? Also, the incorrect usage of a lot of words. You want to use the language? Then, Kristoff, I suggest you KNOW it first before incorporating it into your story.
Kristoff borrowed A LOT of mythology from traditional Japanese legends. And it got... ugh. I was getting dizzy from all the gods and goddesses and it started becoming really heavy, though I did enjoy certain curses, such as 'Izanagi's balls' and stuff.
There were times when Kristoff's writing become really slodgy and hard to understand. Certain scenes took me a while to get, like when Yukiko freed Buruu from his cage, several paragraphs passed before I figured out that she had gotten onto his back and they were falling to the ground. I also didn't realise that Kin's armour thingy had caught on fire when he fell into that pit, and I was wondering why he was screaming.
'Aiya' is a Cantonese phrase. I use it all the time. And their bows sound like something a kung-fu student would do to his master. O___o Weird. I thought this was Japanese-only, not a mixture of other Asian stuff.
That's all I really wanted to say. I enjoyed the book. I was a little skeptical of it at first; a Japanese-themed book by a western author? Normally they screw it up pretty well. Though there were some issues in here, I managed to ignore them and just... went with the flow. However, Kristoff needs to get his facts on Asian cultures straight. We're not all the same, you know. Don't mash us together.(less)
Strangely enjoyable. From the blurb, I thought it would be some average, less-than-impressive type of vampire book with insta-lurve and 'marry me's, s...moreStrangely enjoyable. From the blurb, I thought it would be some average, less-than-impressive type of vampire book with insta-lurve and 'marry me's, so I didn't think much of it. I only picked it up because there was an Asian on the cover, and there aren't many Asians in YA books out there.
I was immensely critical of it when I first started, but after I realised it was a parody, I relaxed and allowed myself to enjoy it. I liked the multi-cultural aspects of it as well as having a main character who DID NOT find vampries supremely beautiful or talented. The acceptance of homosexuals also received a nod from me.
Mel was sometimes a little too suspicious of certain people, and her many different theories on the Saunders case sounded childish at times. But overall, her head wasn't a bad place to be in, and I found her actions and thoughts very teenage-like, enough for me to connect with her. She made me laugh out loud a few times, so bonus points to her.
Cathy annoyed me at the beginning. I was like, "Ugh... please. Not another Twilight," but since I wasn't seeing Francis from her point of view, it was mainly all was good.
Anna was fine as well. As for Kit... Well, let's just say I relished the relationship between him and Mel. THERE WAS NO INSTA-LURVE! PRAISE THE HEAVENS! Their friendship was so natural and easy, so that when Mel DID kiss him, I was like, "Yay!" and not, "Oh God, come on. You only knew him five minutes." Neither one of them did a 180 personality change when they started going out. Kit didn't suddenly go, "I will be human forever," and Mel didn't go, "Vampires are awesome!" which I was immensely impressed by. Sure, they both accepted each other, and it was fine from there.
As for Cathy and Mel's relationship, I thought it was very realistic. Sometimes, there are things that you just can't change your view on. For Mel, that was vampires. While in the end, she was somewhat okay with Cathy's decision, I'm pretty sure that a little part of her still resents it. And I think it's normal. You can't just change your entire view on the world just because of one person, no matter how close that person is. Harsh, but true.
So, yes. I unexpectedly liked this book. Well done, authors. You've surprised me ;)(less)
This book was... okay. I enjoyed it in some parts, got totally irritated in others.
First things first. Japan. Or, at least, the Japanese sounding name...moreThis book was... okay. I enjoyed it in some parts, got totally irritated in others.
First things first. Japan. Or, at least, the Japanese sounding names and equipment within the story. Now, I love Japan. It's an awesome country, and when I learned that this story had some Japanese stuff in it, I was pretty excited.
Damn, was I disappointed.
The Japan-thing only extended to the fighting tools and place names. If that's the extent, why put it in at all? The rest was all Western. The names, everything.
I wasn't very impressed by her.
I feel as if Brewer wanted a kick-ass heroine who does not play damsel-in-distress (as she helpfully mentioned a bazillion times in the book) and so killed off her childhood friend in an attempt to give Kaya a reason to fight.
No. No, it doesn't work that way.
Don't get me wrong; if a monster killed my friend, I would totally want to learn how to defeat them. But this? This plot try-hard was so poorly done I just wanted to groan and hide my head under a pillow. I feel as if Kaya was based off Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy, except Rose is so much cooler.
I find it extremely hard to believe that this Protocol system has been in effect for so long, and Kaya is the only one in History to openly go against it. I mean, Kaya isn't the only hardheaded, idiotic person out there, right? There must have been SOME other people who don't like this Barrons-are-awesome-Healers-are-weak type of thing. Besides, Healers aren't that bad. It's true; Barrons can't survive without Healers. But what I find most shaky about Brewer's world building is her claim that Healers can't fight. Or rather, aren't allowed to.
Even if it IS a new world, that has got to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
Reasons: everything that Kaya said in the book.
And fuck, there was a love triangle.
To give Brewer some credit, it wasn't an insta-lurve type of thing (though it fell dangerously close) and Kaya's "electricity" with Darius isn't too overdone.
Didn't mean I liked it, though.
Trayton was average as well. His sweetness wasn't full-on like freaking Xavier from Halo (don't even get me started on the Halo series) but overall I didn't find anything I really liked about him.
By the way, why is there always the 'dark, brooding, mysterious' guy and the 'cheerful, happy, nice' guy in love triangles? Can't it be some other combination? Why do girls always have to be attracted to complete opposites?
One thing that really, really, really bothered me was Kaya's apparent skill with the katana.
Why the fuck did she manage to learn that in a week what normally takes years?
Why the fuck did Kaya become good enough to wield a bloody katana in seven days? To be good enough to take out a couple of Graplers?
Anything from sports to martial arts takes YEARS to learn and master. I really just can't believe that freaking Kaya bested Darius, who has probably been training all his life, in a fight (well, it was a draw, but same thing).
That part of the book was most irritating. I feel as if Brewer is trying to downplay the art of the sword AND make Kaya some kind of war goddess.
Also, before I forget, I want to talk about Avery.
Brewer did not introduce her long enough for us to become attached to her. So, when Avery died, I was like, "Meh." The fact that we didn't even SEE Avery's death also contributed to that.
What basically happened was that there was a festival. Yay. Then, Avery is making goo-goo eyes at a guy in a stall. Kaya gets distracted for a sec and hears some screaming. Runs over. Guy is dead. Monster alert. Rawr. Dad comes. Avery's dead. Faints.
Huh. And you wonder why I don't give a shit.
I think there's something wrong with the editor. Brewer's sentences are so fucked - excuse me, I meant 'fakked' - up. She kept on putting commas in the middle of sentences. Example:
The little girl bought a teddy bear and a tub of glue.
When Brewer is writing, it looks like:
The little girl bought a teddy bear, and a tub of glue.
And why, oh why, did Brewer mess up the words? 'Fucked' is 'fucked', alright? 'Fucked' does NOT become 'fakked'. 'Ticked' is 'ticked', not 'terked'. Maybe Brewer made them different because it's a new world or something, but if you apply that logic... EVERYTHING will be screwed up. It was so distracting every time I read 'fakked' or 'fak' because then I would stop, slowly sound it out, and then simple replace it with 'fucked' or 'fuck'.
Mm... I'm done ranting now. Let's go onto some other points of the book.
Quite honestly, there weren't many good bits. I liked Maddox... to an extent. Melanie was the usual Queen Bee bitch that I really could have done without. The villain (won't name him/her due to major spoiler issues) was pretty good because I thought the reasons were different than the norm. But I still thought the villain was a pussified version and wished that the action would have stretched on a little bit longer.
*Sigh* I'm done here. I'm tired. I want to sleep. I suppose I will be following this series because, bad as I may have made it sound, the plotline was alright and the characters likeable enough.
I will admit, though, that the cliffhanger was pretty good.(less)
I'm actually not quite sure what to say. After reading the reviews on this book, I was prepared for something irritating and kill-the-heroine type of...moreI'm actually not quite sure what to say. After reading the reviews on this book, I was prepared for something irritating and kill-the-heroine type of story, but... I... enjoyed it.
LE GASP! Oh no! Now I'm a disrespecting member of reading society because I liked this 'shitty' book when everyone else hates it!
Okay, I'll admit that there wasn't exactly a plot and that Patch and Nora were like cardboard cutouts, but I somehow overlooked all that and just... lost myself in a couple of hours in a book that I just simple read for something to do.
Nora WAS a little bit airheaded and Patch kind of creepy, but hey, it's them. It's their respective personalities. While I'm not sure how on earth you can excuse Nora's tendency to just dive around people's personal files and whatnot, I can empathize with Patch.
People. He's a FALLEN ANGEL. What? Did you expect someone who was all 'I work for a higher being even though they cast me down' and go to church and sing hymns and all that? No. He's an angel banished from Heaven, and that's usually for a really bad reason. So of course he's not going to be your average Joe.
Patch lies and manipulates and steals. So I think him wanting to kill Nora (while not a good thing) was very in-character and extremely likely. And hey, don't people say that when you're in love, you go all wonky and stuff? Patch is a jerk who happened to fall in love. Love changes people, and while I agree that Nora and Patch's "love" was just kind of weird, fast-moving, and bordering on obsession, well... *shrugs* Everyone's keeps on saying, "LOVE DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY!" but every love story is different. You can't group them all together.
(But I will mumble to myself that Nora and Patch's love WAS just totally unrealistic...)
Mm. I'm done here. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. Better than I expected. Certainly better than that damned Evernight series.(less)
You have no idea how many times I was close to dying while reading this book. And not in a good way. That's probably why I spent close to a month tryi...moreYou have no idea how many times I was close to dying while reading this book. And not in a good way. That's probably why I spent close to a month trying to read it.
Warning: the rest of the review contains coarse language. Lots of it.
Let's split this review up, shall we? Okay, first. Characters.
Bethany: HOLY MOTHERFUCKING GOD I WANTED TO KILL HER EVERY PAGE OF THE BOOK! Ugh. Let's just say that she is the perfect Mary Sue. Young, beautiful, pure and naive. Every freaking guy wanted her. She was harassed by horny males and every fucking time Xavier had to come to the rescue. She's the Goddamn angel, for fuck's sake. I don't give a shit whether or not she's only a baby in angel years and only been alive/created/whatever seventeen years ago. She should be able to take care of herself.
And why does she keep on crying? I swear every couple of pages she had to "squeeze her eyes shut to stop the tears" or her "eyes pricked with tears" and I'm like, "Oh... my... God... Stop. Please, just stop."
Going on about the guys... how come every fucking one of them wants her? Jake Thorn, Xavier, the random who was like, "Your rack is huge" or some shit... *Vomit* And she's so fucking weak. Like, the power of love?
Oh, I'll do this now before I forget (ha, unlikely), Bethany fucking Church, I have something for you: ... ... ... ... ... ... .../´¯/)
Xavier: Before I start on him, let me just give you a quote from the authoress, Adornetto, herself.
Oh, I wish there was a real life Xavier! I think I wrote him because I was so disappointed with the teenage boys in my life! I thought, if I can’t find the perfect guy then I’ll make him up!! I’ve taken the positive elements from the boys I know and put them together to create a super-boy.
No. No. Just, no. If the actual author was like that, no wonder pretty boy is so screwed up.
Xavier was perfect, handsome, and irritating. He saves Beth every time she gets into a pickle. But you know another reason why he's idiotic? He doesn't listen to Beth when he should.
X: I thought you loved me. B: I do, but it's not- X: You traitor! My back is turned for one second and you're already cheating on me! B: But- X: We're over! B: But- X: Leave the house now! B: But- X: I said go!
Me: Oh my fucking God just let the stupid woman speak!
And yes, Adornetto. I get that Xavier's hair is awesome. I understand, so stop talking about it! His nut-coloured hair. His walnut-coloured hair. His fucking riverstones coloured hair or some shit. I GET IT. HIS HAIR IS BROWN, NOW SHUT UP! And about the riverstones thing... I swear that riverstones are grey. But apparently they're brown.
Don't worry, Xavier, I have something for you too!
Me: FUCK YOU, JERK! AND HERE'S A LITTLE SOMETHING: t(-.-)z
Jake Thorn: He's a jerk. What more is there to say? Not to mention he only appears in the last half of the fucking novel.
Ivy and Gabriel: Were the most fucking useless angels I have ever had the displeasure of reading about. I mean, come on! They're supposed to be powerful, right? But what the fuck do they actually do? Oh, yeah. They knit and cause the girls at school to become distracted, that's what.
Now that's out of the way, let's talk plot.
Um... what plot?
Seriously. There IS no plot. Oh, you mean the little bit in the last couple of pages? Something about a demon and brainwashed kids? Right, right. I get you.
Well, sorry to say this, but that DOES NOT constitute as a plot. That was something thrown in by Adornetto in an attempt to save her novel. Sadly, it didn't work.
The first half and a bit of the book was all about Xavier and Bethany, kissing in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First come love - okay, I'm sorry. I'll stop now. But honestly, there was NOTHING. It was all about how Beth loved Xavier, how hot he looked, how georgous he was, how handsome he was, how smart he was, how sporty he was, how he couldn't go to the fucking prom with her...
But do you know what pissed me off the most? After Xavier and Beth's breakup, Beth goes into zombie mode (she does a Bella Swan) and doesn't come out of her room, doesn't go to school, gets depressed, doesn't eat and consequently becomes "thin and haggard" and looks like a fucking psychopath.
"You know," Xavier said, "not speaking to you for a few days was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life."
"I know what you mean," I said softly. "I just wanted to die."
Um, guys. That's not love. That's obsession, and quite frankly it's a little creepy to read about. Yeah, so you don't speak to your boyfriend/girlfriend for a while and you're already contemplating jumping off a cliff? That's so normal, you know. Not speaking to each other is even worse than your former girlfriend dying and the grief afterwards. Not speaking to each other is even worse than life itself!
The day passed in a grey haze. I came alive for about five minutes during lunchtime when I borrowed Molly's cellphone to call Xavier, but I descended back into grayness as soon as it went to voice mail.
See what I mean about obsession? She sounds like a drug addict. And why is Adornetto switching between the Australian version of 'grey' to the American version, 'gray'?
Just as a sidenote, what's with Adornetto's grammar and sentence structure? I spent half the time reading and fixing up her screwed up sentences. And have you noticed that every paragraph and sentence it goes like this:
I this and I that. "I don't want to!" I said. I blah and I blah blah, and I bleh and I bleh.
Then, it goes:
My this and my that. "But my brother won't let me!" I wailed. My dress and my shoes and my bleh and my blah.
Translation: she starts every sentence with "my" or "I".
Adornetto also dumps loads of information at us all in the one time. There'll be some dialogue, and then suddenly a WHOLE PARAGRAPH on how Beth rips her dress off and scrubs her make up off and snuggles into her pyjamas and slumps into bed and cries over Xavier.
Woman, vary your structure, please.
And what's with all the purple prose? There were so many needless descriptions in this book about the most mundane of things that I had a hard time figuring out the actual point of the chapter because I was too busy squinting through the busy, flowery words.
Why was our mission fraught with so many complications?
Beth... what complications are you talking about?
I would rather die than betray my Heavenly allegiance by surrendering to him.
You forget that you already betrayed your "Heavenly allegience" the second you fell in love with pretty boy.
This book (if it can even be called a book) is also annoyingly religious. I'm not Christian, and I don't want to be converted, thank you. I respect it as a religion, but Halo kept on repeating the exact same message: if you are not Christian you will be forever lost to the forces of darkness.
Thanks, Adornetto. I feel so good now.
Halo is a book that is so obviously written by a teenager. Adornetto has not grown up and does not realise that no one in life is as perfect as Xavier or as pure as Beth. She is an amateur writer who can't even compare to other - much better - authors out there. I feel like she only wrote this book to impress her parents.
10. What was the funnest thing about writing HALO? The hardest?
The hardest part was making sure the characters sounded plausible and not fake or scripted.
It was SO fake and scripted.
Although I’m a religious person, but I wouldn’t like to think that HALO is overly religious.
7. Okay, I have to ask: is there a real-life Xavier? Is he based on an uber handsome boyfriend...? Oh, I wish there was a real life Xavier! I think I wrote him because I was so disappointed with the teenage boys in my life! I thought, if I can’t find the perfect guy then I’ll make him up!! I’ve taken the positive elements from the boys I know and put them together to create a super-boy. I’m still waiting on the real-life version. He’d better hurry the heck up! I haven’t given up hope that he exists yet.
I'm sorry, I just can't get over that bit of the interview. Dude, I'm sixteen, younger than Adornetto, and even I know how completely stupid that sounds. There ARE no perfect guys. And if you're waiting for him, then I really worry about your sanity.
Okay, one more quote from the book:
Um, Beth... what are you doing? You look constipated.
HAHAHAHA XD Thank you, Molly. My thoughts exactly.
Contrary to popular opinion, I actually do not like the cover of the book. I never read it because I thought the cover was cheesy and spoke of the cliched Mary Sue love story (how right I was). I never liked pictures with the setting/rising sun behind them; I don't know why. Perhaps it's from the phrase "ride off into the sunset" or something, but I've never thought of it as a happy phrase. I just... don't like suns that are setting or rising.
I only read this book because of all the snarky reviews about it and I wondered if it was really as bad as others say.
Needless to say, it was.
Thank God the copy I read was borrowed. If I actually bought this piece of shit, I'll probably use it to light a fire.(less)
I suppose I enjoyed the book. It wheedled away some hours and gave me something to do. It wasn't boring,...moreMm... this book is kind of hard to review...
I suppose I enjoyed the book. It wheedled away some hours and gave me something to do. It wasn't boring, but while I read it, I kept on wondering, 'Where is the plot?'
No. Seriously. While I think it's nice that Nora took some time away from our bad-boy Patch, she didn't actually spend time away from him, if you get what I mean. When they were apart, Nora was still obsessed with him, trying to hurt him and trying to get him to notice her. It seemed very childish and silly of her, but I appreciate the author's take on things. The petty way Nora took care of things and the way she hersef admitted that she was selfish was very... human. Why? Because not everyone is above such feelings. Not everyone thinks of the greater good and how to save the world. For Nora to try and cause Patch as much pain as possible was a human aspect of her that was disturbingly easy to connect to. That still doesn't make it right, but I'm just putting it out there. That's why this book got an extra star from me.
Also, is it just me, or does Nora make freaking INSANE leaps in judgement? She bounces from one theory to another, barely giving the other party time to defend or explain themselves before she's accusing them of something they may or may not have done.
Back to the plot.
There really was none. It was all about Patch, Sydney, and Scott (who I didn't like very much, mind you). And maybe some five second thing about a war?(less)
Considering I took two months and a bit to read this book, you can safely say that it's not in my favourites list.
Advent is a hard book to review. Th...moreConsidering I took two months and a bit to read this book, you can safely say that it's not in my favourites list.
Advent is a hard book to review. The reason I took so long with it is simply because it moved so Goddamn slowly. For the first half of the book, I was bored out of my mind with mysteries and disappearances and creepy discoveries.
Gav is the type of person you wouldn't give a second glance to on the street. He's... ordinary to the naked eye. There's nothing special about him. But the fact that he could see invisible people was interesting, but even that turned everything into a bore after a while.
For some reason, I thought that Marina was cute, but by the end of the book, she started to get really irritating. Perhaps it's her childish, naive personality, but every time she said something or revealed to me that she was ignorant of a certain detail of the modern world, it would just rub against me. I know that her personality was supposed to be innocent and little-kid-ish, but I had no patience with her. The fact that I get annoyed around bratty little children may be a contributing factor.
Horace was someone whom I initially took interest in. As the author seemed to be culturally diverse, I was like, "Ooh. Chinese kid. Yay!" because honestly, how many Asian kids do you see in YA novels nowadays? However, even then, I started to really question his motives. To me, he seemed obsessed with Marina, something I found creepy. Overall, he acted like any other 12 year old, but I can't help but wonder what happened to him at the end. I suppose the next two books will help me find out, but I'm not sure I'll be reading them.
Advent displayed a wide range of characters, and you certainly can't say that it has no storyline. But the problem was that the aforementioned storyline just crawled along at a snail's pace and took forever to come to the surface as we muddle our way through Miss Grey, vanishing aunts and strange girls.
Another thing that I really wanted to skip through but didn't was Johannes. Or rather, the bits that were in Johannes' point of view.
I really couldn't care less about him.
I know he's really important to the story, but somehow the author only managed to make me sigh and suffer through his annoyingly arrogant mindset.
Hm... I'm making the book sound really bad, aren't I?
It's not that bad. One thing I did like was the style of writing. It was beautifully written, poetic, and smooth. The descriptions were careful and plentiful, but helpfully did not overflow or busy the words.
I also liked the way the author made up the personalities of all the mythical creatures. It was well-done in a way that they actualy felt mythical and not just weird, modern-day versions of them. During the scene when the large black dog first appeared, the author successfully made me paranoid about going outside in the dark and thinking, 'Holy crap I hope I'm not attacked.'
Advent was good, just not really good. It had its ups and downs, and I regret that it took me about two thirds of the book to really get into it. (less)
**spoiler alert** The only thing I looked forward to in this book was Vic and Ranulf... And Patrice. Those three were pretty good characters. Bianca?...more**spoiler alert** The only thing I looked forward to in this book was Vic and Ranulf... And Patrice. Those three were pretty good characters. Bianca? Ah, she can go rot in hell for because a selfish idiot.
The thing I wanted to talk about was the ending.
There's a fight. Mrs Bethany dies. Christopher dies. Lucas is in eternal torture (I would have preferred him to stay that way) and suddenly... Bianca finally locates her brains and uses them to figure out an awesome way to save Lucas!
I don't even get how she realised that. While I was reading through her realisations and reasons as to how to change Lucas back into a human, I had a 'WTF?' look on my face. Why? Because being in her head is agony. Being in her head while she's THINKING is agony + a healthy dose of dizziness. Basically, her mind is a mess, hence why I didn't understand how Bianca got this equation:
OMG LUCAS IS DYING! + OMG I remember something! + Mrs Bethany = Lucas will turn human again
Call me stupid (actually, don't, because I won't take it very well) but honestly. What. The. Hell?
So, Bianca makes up with her parents and stops blaming poor Balthazar on Lucas' vampirism, Lucas himself is restored to a human again, and they all lived happily ever after.
And I was left staring at the book with my eye twitching, but then happiness exploded in my heart when I realised, 'Yes! I've finished this torturous series! Never again will they stain my mind and test the urge to kill someone!'
Oooh! But the highlight of this book was when Balthazar yelled at Bianca. He told her to shut up and that she never listens to anyone but herself. Meanhile, I was staring at the pages with a maniacal grin on my face, thinking, 'Go, Balthazar! The bitch deserves it!'(less)
This was a pretty good read. I could tell from the cover and the blurb that this wouldn't be a plotless book and stupid main characters, and I was rig...moreThis was a pretty good read. I could tell from the cover and the blurb that this wouldn't be a plotless book and stupid main characters, and I was right. There were a few issues I had with it, but it was smooth-ish overall.
Dru Anderson was refreshingly strong and very, very human in her actions. Her sadness and sense of loss after her father's death was extremely realistic; she cried and felt lonely throughout the book. You know how some characters are upset over a death for a couple of pages, then somehow forgets about them? Well, this wasn't the case. Dru was tough in places, then she broke down and became didn't know what to do at others. If I was in her position, I would probably act the same, and that helped me connect to her easily.
A problem I had with Dru was that her Dad keeps freaking speaking to her in her mind. At first it was okay. I talk to myself sometimes, but it just kept going on and on. Her dad's voice keeps popping up and screaming at her to movemovemove! It just got really weird.
Oh man, Graves. He was very different from other YA lead boys, and in a good way. He wasn't super hot, he wasn't super strong, he didn't sweep in to save Dru every second paragraph. He was just so normal, and I loved it. He challenged the stereotypes, from his behaviour to even his nationality. A half-Asian! What a rarity, and an awesome one at that. Graves was weak and not-quite handsome (but apparently he will be in a few years). He was skinny, didn't have a lot of muscle, and he cries like a fucking human being. Boys NEVER cry in YA literature, and certainly not like Graves. I didn't really think he was acting girly when he was crying or screaming, because really, he has a right to. He's a guy in a paranormal situation; before he met Dru, he didn't even know about the Real World, and there were things trying to kill him day and night! But he gets his heroic moments, which are scattered around, but still, they are there.
Graves didn't really have any special feature that set him apart from other teenage guys at first glance. But he was just simply, plainly, and unarguarbly nice. Nice and kind to a girl who looked like she was having a really bad day. Where can you find those types of guys nowadays?
I've read the tough-girl stuff before, but never the weak-guy leads. I enjoyed it.
Lili St. Crow likes to use similes and metaphors. While nice when carefully laid out, in Strange Angels it was an overload. The descriptions were muddied and I had to work my way around the words. Just lay off them a little, will ya?
And holy God, no insta-lurv. Another rarity. I don't think I've seen this in a while (excluding Team Human, but that was a parody), ever since I read Hunger Games. I haven't read a lot of YA literature, but this is the first time in a long while that a book was insta-lurve (and love in general) free. But is it just me, or do I see hints of Graves x Dru in the last couple of pages?
I've also realised that Dru is very, uh, stereotypical and judging. She keeps on mentioning cheerleaders being the first killed in horror movies, rivalries between jocks and geeks, and so on, so forth. Really, Dru. Stop with the cheerleader bashing. I'm not a cheerleader nor do I know any cheerleaders, but it does get annoying. Jus' saying.
The storyline was great; there was actually a plot. A lot of the time Dru was just bumbling around trying to work out what to do, but I didn't have a problem with that. She's depended on her dad for most of her life, so of course, when he's gone, she'll panic a bit.
The villain was... mm... okay. He'll be back. I'll speak more about him later, when I read enough to get a better judge on him. Christophe was annoying. Just fuck off, stupid.
Really liked Strange Angels. I recommend it.(less)
Gaaaaaah! I'm finished! I finally finished this mind-killing book that took up too much of my time!
Warning: the rest of this review contains coarse la...moreGaaaaaah! I'm finished! I finally finished this mind-killing book that took up too much of my time!
Warning: the rest of this review contains coarse langauge
So I picked Evermore up because I heard how completely terrible it is, and sometimes I like reading 'bad' books just to rant about it, although other times I find myself enjoying it, surprisingly. But this. Ugh. I wasn't disappointed in terms of awfulness.
Ever is the type of heroine you just want to shove off a cliff. Her thoughts are erratic, doesn't make sense, and leaves you going like, "Wha?" She is hopelessly obssesed with Damen, even admitting to herself that she bends to his will too easily. She's pretty fucked up.
Damen is like a fucking Gary Stu. Sure, he's immortal, and immortals are apparently good at everything and exceedingly handsome/beautiful. And he was also so ANNOYING. Damen and Ever's relationship is one of those overdone, cliched boy is immortal and girl reincarnates and she apparently dies because of a jealous love interest every fucking time. Repeat throughout history.
The writing was racing off everywhere and the authoress doesn't do a very good job within Ever's head. I mean, take this example near the end: one second Drina's on top of her, trying to kill her and Ever's head is cracked open and bleeding profusely, and then suddenly Drina screams, Damen appears, Ever's head mysteriously stops bleeding, and the two of them kiss and make up.
As I was reading this, I couldn't help but be reminded of Fullmetal Alchemist. The alchemy, the ouroborus mark, the regeneration of immortals, and I bet that the red stuff that Damen drinks is a liquified version of the Philospher's Stone or something. Yes, very Fullmetal Alchemist orientated, except Arakawa did it sooooooooooo much better. Fullmetal Alchemist is in a totally different league than this piece of shit that calls itself a book.
And what's up with Haven? She's a really bad friend. Calling dibs on guys, getting pissed because said guy shows an interest in her friend, practically sitting in guy's lap in an attempt to get noticed... and the list goes on.
Going on from Damen and Ever's apparent relationship: Okay, I swear Ever and Damen are fucking bipolar or something. She likes Damen. Damen flirts with other girl. Ever hates Damen. Damen randomly takes her out of school and go to fucking Disneyland. Ever decides she likes Damen. Damen disappears. Ever hates Damen. Damen apologies. Ever likes Damen again. WHAT THE HELL?! Make up your mind, girl! That's how their relationships goes for the whole book!
Going on a different tangent: Drina.
Why, oh why, does Drina have to be such a predicatable villain? It's like Hush, Hush all over again. She's just a jealous bitch who doesn't understand the meaning of 'I'm not interested any more' and just HAS to stir up trouble for our poor, itty bitty main characters. Drina pops up at the end of the book and goes off on a boring, I'm-an-evil-person speech about how Ever is this and that. And, of course, she drops the bomb.
The accident that killed her family WASN'T Ever's fault.
So... who didn't see that coming?
It's NEVER the main character's fault. The main characters normally angst throughout the whole book about how something was his/her fault, thus trying to give a reason as to why they are always moping and how they have a legitimate reason to be all, 'Oh, woe me! I've had such a terrible life!' And THEN, the villain shows up at the end and reveal, "Mwahahahaha! You foolish mortal! It was I who killed your family/lover/fucking pet goldfish!"
Like I haven't read THAT before.
I'm not trying to downplay the loss of loved ones, but when presented in a form such as THAT (points to above paragraph), it just pisses me the hell off.
So, am I curious as to see how Damen and Ever go on? Partially. Am I picking up the next book? Hell no. (less)
**spoiler alert** Oh Lord. My friend recommended this to me and I figured it'd be good. I read the first chapter... and I got irritated within the fir...more**spoiler alert** Oh Lord. My friend recommended this to me and I figured it'd be good. I read the first chapter... and I got irritated within the first two minutes.
So... Bianca tries to run away, then she meets dream-boy Lucas. As soon as she started describing him, I went, "Okay, she's gonna fall in love with him. That's fine, I can handle that." But then she started talking about how she felt, how hot he looked, how she went all weird whenver she thought about him. And this wasn't just a one-time thing. Noooo, she had to mention it on every. Single. Page. I got pretty sick of it.
Also, we find out her parents are vampires, she's a vampire child, and she sees her parents drink blood at the dinner table every night.
... Um, okay. Why on earth didn't we hear about this earlier? She literally reveals this halfway through the book. YOU'D THINK THE READER WOULD WANT TO KNOW.
This book was a little vomit-inducing and I wanted to strangle Bianca a couple of times. And Lucas. Don't forget Lucas. The ending to the book made me roll my eyes, too. I mean, seriously. They're, what, sixteen or something and already declaring their love to each other and all that mojo. I really wanted to scream, "GET A LIFE!" I mean, love is awesome and all, but this? This was bordering on obsession.(less)