I am going to re-read this entire series at some point and I may well put a proper review in then, but I can say now that this is one of the most brilI am going to re-read this entire series at some point and I may well put a proper review in then, but I can say now that this is one of the most brilliant books/series I've ever read. I already knew before reading this that John Marsden was great, but for some reason I had to be told by both my mum and my aunty that it was brilliant and that I should read it. It stil took me a while to get around to it, but it's definitely one of my favourites even today when it's been so long since my first read. Pretty sure I've only ever read this series once through, but I'll get around to re-reading someday. And when I do I will put up proper reviews for each book!
I can't find any info on when I would have first read it, and my memory is failing me, so I'm just guessing on the dates....more
**spoiler alert** I've been wanting to read this for so long now, and thanks to a friend who was getting rid of all her books (oh I KNOW! unthinkable!**spoiler alert** I've been wanting to read this for so long now, and thanks to a friend who was getting rid of all her books (oh I KNOW! unthinkable!), I have finally been able to. I thought it was pretty amazing, but I definitely felt depressed after I'd finished it. I'm not entirely sure what happened to Peter in the end, because I tend to need these things spelled out, and because there was no mention of the repercussions afterward (i.e. his mother learning of it, or Alex and Patrick thinking about it) if he did commit suicide. So maybe he didn't ...
Anyway, I just found the whole story terribly sad. It would make perfect sense if Peter DID kill himself, and not just because he was stuck in jail for the rest of his life. I think even if he had got off all charges, he would have killed himself at some point. It was what he wanted all along, after all. I just felt so sorry for him, despite all that he did to others on that fateful day.
I wasn't all that surprised by the twist involving Josie and Matt, although I wasn't entirely sure what it would turn out to be. I wondered before all was revealed if Matt had turned on Josie, maybe tried to use her as a shield. I know this probably makes me a horrible person but part of me admired Josie for what she did. I am not entirely sure if she did it for Peter or for herself, but likely it was a mixture of both.
All in all, this is definitely a thought-provoking read, and a horrible one, but I think it's an important book. And still a very relevant one, since these shootings are not just happening in the past but in the future as well. It's inevitable that America is going to continue to suffer these horrible tragedies, until their very constitution (metaphorical and literal) is changed....more
Well it didn't take me long to get through this one, largely because last night I was absolutely compelled to read the entire end of the book. For theWell it didn't take me long to get through this one, largely because last night I was absolutely compelled to read the entire end of the book. For the first time in a LONG time I spent my entire evening reading a book, not even a little bit of DVD watching to break up the night. Sure, I ate dinner, but even that was a pain to have to do - interrupting my reading. :P
A former colleague described this series derisively as "Mills and Boon for teens", and sure, I agree with her assessment there! I also think that Meyer's writing is pretty simplistic. This is NOT literary fiction, so if you're looking for that, don't look to these books. Still, I enjoyed the plot, and I certainly had less reason to laugh like I did while watching the movie version.
I admit that when I started out reading the book there were parts where I was quite astounded by how simplistic (and, quite honestly, BAD) the writing was. But I really got into the story and as mentioned, couldn't put it down (literally) until I was done.
Now I have to go and get book 2, or I will hyperventilate!...more
**spoiler alert** This may be hard to believe, but I read this 497 page book in 2 days (I spent two more evenings reading a book and doing nothing els**spoiler alert** This may be hard to believe, but I read this 497 page book in 2 days (I spent two more evenings reading a book and doing nothing else). I know that this is normal for some, but I don't usually read books this quickly since I spend most of my time at work or sleeping.
Anyway, I definitely agree with my colleague who said that book 2 is a lot better than book 1, and as evidenced by the fact that I finished this book before even adding it to my 'currently reading' list, I couldn't put this one down either. I felt sorry for Jacob in this one, and I'm pretty sure if I had to choose I'd choose a hot-blooded manly man over a marble-cold guy whose heart doesn't beat. And yet I completely understand why Bella is so hooked on Edward.
I thought that Meyer did a great job of portraying Bella's zombie-like state during Edward's absence, even if for most of the book I was impatiently (desperately, really) waiting for their reunion. I still felt sorry for Jacob though and think he deserves a lot better! I was also angry with Edward for leaving, even though I know why he did it. I just don't think he realised what he was actually doing, or that Bella would NOT be able to move on without him.
Even though it was only 7 months...
Anyway, I loved this book and am twitching to start book 3....more
**spoiler alert** I finished book 3 just this morning while waiting to be picked up for work (we car pool some days), and moved onto book 4. But let m**spoiler alert** I finished book 3 just this morning while waiting to be picked up for work (we car pool some days), and moved onto book 4. But let me talk about book 3! It had this scene in it that got me all hot and bothered, and it wasn't even a sex scene. It was the scene where Edward and Bella were in Edward's bed and he was explaining the reasons why having a big bed to sleep in was convenient for some things, while kissing her and stuff. Of course nothing really raunchy happened, but it was just so EROTIC.
But moving on...
This was the book where it all came to a head with the red-head Victoria, and I really liked the book. I felt sorry for Jacob in the end, but also for Bella even if she does see herself as selfish and greedy. I don't blame her at all for being that way - heck, I'd want both of 'em too! I thought it was so funny how Edward arranged to have her "kidnapped" so she wouldn't go to La Push, but then she went anyway - Jacob turning up at school on his motorbike was so cool. Talk about sexxay too.
I also enjoyed Bella's attitude towards the marriage, how she is absolutely horrified and embarrassed at the thought of it. I guess I like Bella because she's not any type of swooning "must-get-married-and-have-babies-asap" teenager. But damn it was so romantic when Edward asked her.
I know this isn't much of an official "review", just me rambling on about the books and the bits I liked. But that's just how it's gonna be so, there!...more
Okay, so I don't know what to think of this book, but I THINK I think it wWhat am I gonna do noooooow???!?!?!?!?!!?!?
It's over!!? How can it be over?!
Okay, so I don't know what to think of this book, but I THINK I think it was pretty cool. I probably liked the series better in the beginning when it was all exciting and there were no guarantees about anything. Then again I suppose in this book there were no guarantees until right at the end, either.
I had no idea how it was going to turn out, but did figure it'd happen one of two ways. And I was quite happy to see how Meyer did end it. I think I would have been really mad if it had gone any other way, but then again I don't know how she could have justified it to her publishers if she'd wanted to truly rock Twilight fans to the core with the ending. Ha ha.
I am being rather vague because I don't want to put the 'spoiler' thing on this one.
But in closing I will say...damn...bereft once again, for it's over!!! Guess I have to wait for the movies now...
And hope that she will pick up with Midnight Sun sometime, too!...more
**spoiler alert** I absolutely adored this book. Just finished it last night, and I was satisfied with the ending. Though I would have liked a slightl**spoiler alert** I absolutely adored this book. Just finished it last night, and I was satisfied with the ending. Though I would have liked a slightly more private moment for Art and Felix. Hehe. I know it's YA though, so I can't expect much. I loved Tanith Lee's quirky sense of humour throughout the story - like her saying that fleas like to meet new people, and that sort of thing. The characters were lots of fun, and I love that Art is a strong female character who kicks mucho butt. She's definitely a good role model, in my opinion, for young girls out there. Go Art!!
Now I want to get hold of the other novels in the series and read them too....more
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this read - I got through it pretty easily, esp. as I kept going back to it in desperation while on an airplane or waiting**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this read - I got through it pretty easily, esp. as I kept going back to it in desperation while on an airplane or waiting to be on one. hehe. But seriously, it was a compelling story. I wish she had gone with Fred :( But I understand her compulsion to make sure the other dude (argh, can't remember his name...not Raoul but...you know! Oh wait, Diego, that's it) was okay.
It's fun seeing the main characters from an outsider's perspective though :) I enjoyed the description of Jasper most of all *slurp*...more
Hmm, weird. I could have sworn I'd put this on "currently reading" again, since I just re-read it!
This was one of the very first Point books my brotheHmm, weird. I could have sworn I'd put this on "currently reading" again, since I just re-read it!
This was one of the very first Point books my brother owned and so one of the first either of us read. Possibly the very first, though THE ACCIDENT also by Diane Hoh is up there as a candidate too. I just re-read it now, at the age of 31, and...I've got to say it was pretty cheesy. Some of the other Point books I've read are definitely much higher quality writing. This one had a good plot (or so I thought), but sometimes the chapters that were from the POV of the bad guy were almost too cheesy to bear.
Inauthentic dialogue tends to irritate me, too, and this book had a lot of that. Anyway, this WAS rated 5 stars but I've lessened it to 3 (and one of those stars is for pure nostalgia's sake)....more
**spoiler alert** Yep, read this one again and still loved it. I know there were plenty of cute boys to keep the teenaged girls (or boys, depending!)**spoiler alert** Yep, read this one again and still loved it. I know there were plenty of cute boys to keep the teenaged girls (or boys, depending!) happy, but to be honest this book didn't have any of my all-time favourite heroes in it. There were certainly plenty of "potential bad guys" to choose from, but I guess that's the case in most of these books - you've got to have so many suspects you can't pick the real one. Maybe I'm the only one who can't pick them ahead of time, but generally I'm fooled!
This was super creepy but I loved it - watching Celeste go from a stunning girl full of life to somebody whose soul has been sucked out was the creepyThis was super creepy but I loved it - watching Celeste go from a stunning girl full of life to somebody whose soul has been sucked out was the creepy part. Yeah. This shows that sometimes the price of popularity is a little too high ;)...more
EDIT 2: Okay, so I got through this latest reread and I really did enjoy the book again. But probably not as much as THE LIFEGUARD, the one I re-readEDIT 2: Okay, so I got through this latest reread and I really did enjoy the book again. But probably not as much as THE LIFEGUARD, the one I re-read before this one. It's certainly got nice man meat to keep the teens occupied, but in my warped mind apparently nobody can compare to Neale Connell. Hehe. Still, it's a cool and creepy mystery, and I like the main character Jody.
Often when I'm reading these books, I'm thinking of how they could be expanded into a "proper" full length novel, really enriched. It makes me wonder if the authors of these works ever wish they'd written them as proper novels.
EDIT: I'm reading this again in 2011...yay!
This was always one of my favourite Point books. Some nice man meat to choose from, and I still remember my first read and how shocked I was to find out who the murderer was. :)...more