This is the first book in a series. Only the first two books are oMy full review is here on my personal website. I'll post my conclusion here, though:
This is the first book in a series. Only the first two books are out, but there will be more soon. I will continue to read them because I’m a glutton for punishment. And let’s face it, everyone wants a little cotton candy sometimes, even if it causes brain rot!! I’m also stubborn and I can’t stand to not finish a book or series of books. Even one that I don’t like.
I gave “Fallen” a 2.0 out of 5.0 because I feel that there were some redeeming qualities, even if they were put in place by my own imagination.
The very worst thing about this book is how Daniel and Luce interact with each other. If they’re supposed to be soul mates, they don’t do a very good job of acting like it.
The very best thing about this book is the cover. I really do love the cover, although I can’t say that I remember any part in the book where any of the female characters are dressed in a pretty black dress crying in the middle of the woods. Also, the hair is too long for it to be Luce based on the character description we’re given in the story…...more
So, why did I knock off half a point? I think the relationship between Sean and Yana is a little rushed. I guess with everything else that goes on in the story that both characters are involved in that it just feels like they don’t have time to try to be a couple.
However, this book is incredible! If I had a physical edition of this book it would go on my special bookshelf. One day, I will own physical copies of every book by Anne McCaffrey, but until that happens I’m happy with my ebooks that take up no extra space at all. (Let’s hear a “whoo-hooooo” for the technology that allows us to have thousands of books on a memory card that size of my thumbnail!!)
The very worst thing about this book is the rushed feeling I get about the relationship between Sean and Yana.
The very best thing about this book is the unique character of Petaybee, a sentient planet. Petaybee is very much an active character throughout the trilogy, by the way....more
As with “Powers That Be,” the missing half-star is because of Yana and Sean. I never really see their relationship working romantically. Maybe it’s just the way my mind works or something, but I can’t quite put them together as the perfect couple. And just an FYI, by “perfect couple” I do not mean the kind that never fights and always gets along. I mean the couple that works through their problems no matter what comes their way. Technically, Yana and Sean fit that definition, but the way I interpret their personalities just doesn’t let them fit together that way.
Everything else about the book is perfect! :-D I may be biased, but McCaffrey’s books are worth taking the time to read. All of them are.
The very worst thing about this book is still Yana’s relationship with Sean. It still feels a little artificial to me. :-/
The very best thing about this book is, also, still Petaybee the sentient planet! Petaybee is more involved in this book, I think, and that makes it even better!...more
Okay, maybe I'm losing my mind, but Yana and Sean's relationship seems to work a little better in the book, but they also go a little out-of-character. That's why it lost a whole point. There's no explanation for the change in their characters, it's just suddenly and subtly different.
The very worst thing about this book is the unexplained changes in the characters.
The very best thing about this book is a tie between Petaybee (the planet) and the loose ends being mostly tied up....more
What can I say, it’s Harry Potter? The book is written in an easy to understand manner and since Harry is new to the wizarding world, we learn all the funny words along with him. There’s no time wasting explanations or definitions because it typically happens in the dialogue.
The very worst thing about this book is that it does get off to a moderately slow start, but only when compared to the rest of the book. It’s certainly not something that should stop anyone from reading it!
The very best thing about this book is Dumbledore!...more
The very worst thing about this book is that it reminds you of just how much damage one person can do to the world when given the right (or wrong) motivation. (Yeah, really, that’s all I can come up with… Sorry.)
The very best thing about this book is Herbert’s genius. The science is believable and so are the politics; it’s all wound together into an amazing story that is even more terrifying considering the scientific advances in the three decades since the story was written....more
Honestly, I can’t give an unbiased review about this book. I also can’t really say why it’s soo awesome. It’s a perfect escape from reality.
I think everyone know the basics of the story: Bilbo (from “The Hobbit“) passes along his ring of invisibility to Frodo; Frodo and some of his buddies head out on an adventure spurred on by Gandalf; some fun and dangerous things happen; they reach Rivendell with Strider acting as a bodyguard; the council decide the ring must be destroyed by being thrown into a volcano and Frodo volunteers to bring it; Frodo and Sam leave the rest of the group to continue alone; Gandalf pops in occasionally throughout the story....more
I liked this book. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was enjoyable. The idea behind the story was pretty cool, though.
Also, I watched the DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) based on the book and it was nothing like the book. The only thing they got right was that these people are reincarnations of King Arthur’s court. So, yeah…
The very worst thing about this book is the way Ellie’s character behaves. She just doesn’t act like a normal teenage girl; more like the way adults think normal teenage girls act than a real girl. Oh, and I don’t mean this in the way the character’s mother means it when she tells Ellie that she’s not normal.
The very best thing about this book is the way the Arthurian legend ties in with everything....more
The very worst thing about this book is either the predictability or the unoriginality. There are some unexpected moments, but overall it’s fairly predictable. Also, the author borrows obviously from other stories. Not that it is unusual to borrow, but it does seem unusually obvious.
The very best thing about this book is the world that Clare has created. The way the different species interact and their histories....more
The very worst thing about this book is that it had to end. And maybe the language
The very best thing about this book is the release that comes with really getting into the story. Since it's against most laws to exterminate the stupid people, the jerks, and the losers, reading about someone who successfully removes those people from society without ever getting caught (even if he kills on a crowded street in broad daylight) is such a soothing experience that you'll want to read it again immediately! Sounds contradictory, right? I know, but trust me on this and read the book the next time you're angry - I gave it five stars for a reason!...more
The very worst thing about this book is some of the situations that the characters are placed in. I’m reading sci-fi/fantasy so I’m not necessarily looking for total realism, but too much just falls into place for it to be believable. It was more like they were trying to quickly tie up all the loose ends that they’ve left hanging about.
The very best thing about this book is the fact that the story has ended and hopefully the authors won’t try to extend it to another trilogy. :-/...more
The very worst thing about this book is… Umm… The White Queen? She’s bad, right? Bad equals worst? Haha. Seriously, though, I can’t think of anything that I don’t like about this book. I guess I’m biased because I’ve been reading these books since I was very young and I’ve always loved them.
The very best thing about this book is Mr. Tumnus. I just love him. :-D Well, maybe Aslan. Aslan, as you know, being the representation of Jesus coming to save the world. Okay, the best thing about this book is the “hidden” Christianity....more
The very worst thing about this book is the all too simple “long lost twin” ending. It just seems a little lazy coming from such an amazing writer. Then again, maybe he’s the reason why that plotline is so popular today – in which case, he’s a groundbreaking genius! ;-)
The very best thing about this book is Rabadash the donkey. :-p His character makes me laugh for some reason. I’m reminded of an overgrown, temper-tantrum-throwing child....more
The very worst thing about this book is Shift’s name. I just don’t like it. It’s like naming a burglar Rob.
The very best thing about this book is the idea that even if you worship a different god, your good deads and services go to one (Aslan, in this case) and your cruel deeds and services go to another (Tash). It doesn’t matter if you have done good in Tash’s name, because it automatically transfers to Aslan. And if you do evil in Aslan’s name, it automatically transfers to Tash....more
The very worst thing about this book is Gilderoy Lockhart. I do not like him. At all. I do, however, like that Rowling had Hermione act like a typical girl and go a little nuts for him. It made it more believable. Of course, that’s why this book is so great, though!
The very best thing about this book is how easy it would be to believe all of this! Oh, and the introduction of the word “mudblood” is just too funny. And Ron’s poor wand! :-D I love these books!...more
The very worst thing about this book is… Ummm. Well, this is embarassing. I missed Voldemort… Kind of… O_o
The very best thing about this book is the introduction of new amazing characters! Remus, Sirius, and Crookshanks – wolf, dog, cat – I love cats! I also love the idea of the Time-Turner. It’s an interesting twist to the story and a neat idea about time-travel in general....more
The very worst thing about this book is how Harry’s name just oh-so-perfectly ends up in the Goblet. I know, I know, there wouldn’t be a story if it hadn’t, but it just seemed a little too easy…
The very best thing about this book is the dragons! Everything else, too, but I absolutely love the dragons! Especially the miniatures that are exactly like their full-grown counterparts – perfect, just perfect. Where can I get one? :-D...more
The very worst thing about this book is Sirius’ death. I cried like a baby when I first realized he wouldn’t be coming back – not even as a ghost.
The very best thing about this book is Umbridge. Wait. WHAT! Yes, Dolores Umbridge is the best thing about this book. She plays her part perfectly. She’s evil and horrible and awful and she’s convinced that she’s working for the good. At least, that’s what she tried to convince us. ;-) Honestly, I think she’s my favorite lesser, bad character. Did that make sense?...more
The very worst thing about this book is how Dumbledore died. I love that Draco couldn’t kill him, but for it to have been Snape was just heart-wrenching to me.
The very best thing about this book is Draco Malfoy! ;-) What can I say, I’m a sucker for blond bad boys. He wasn’t able to kill Dumbledore and I don’t think it because he was scared. That whole scene, actually, was pretty intense for me. And Snape… Poor Severus, having to kill his only real friend. *cry*...more