This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for something over two years. Every time i would decide to start it, my attention would be turned to anotheThis book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for something over two years. Every time i would decide to start it, my attention would be turned to another book. I guess i finally decided it was about time i start reading it. Now i want to hit myself on the head for having waited this long.
I did have high expectations of this book becasue of all the great things i had heard but in the end it managed to surpass my expectations. It was touching in so many ways. I am especially affected by topics such as racism and injustice so you can imagine how deeply this book moved me. I find it so sad that there are still people today who are unable or unwilling to understand that we are all human, all people with a soul and a unique personality no matter the color of our skin.
This is a book i would definitely recommend to everyone! If i ever have children this will definitely be a book i will "make" them read. I really do believe one can evolve from reading this book.
Furthermore, i found the characters extremely likable and i enjoyed following them around and witnessing the ways in which they grew and matured. The characters are also very realistic and true to their era.
I also find the title of this book lovely. I love it! Looking forward to seeing the film adaptation soon!
Sorry, i know this isn't a very good review, i am really tired and I've taken up a very demanding and intense course for this session witch leaves me very little free time to do the things i like. Hopefully, my next review will be much better....more
Wow. Where to start? Let me begin by saying how much i loved this book. The story was enchanting and original, the world magical. Laini Taylor is realWow. Where to start? Let me begin by saying how much i loved this book. The story was enchanting and original, the world magical. Laini Taylor is really a great author. I literally couldn't put this book down; i would read it in the car, when i was out drinking coffee, while eating, i even took it to the super market (i was reading and pushing the cart at the same time). There were so many parts i liked in this book and while reading i would oftenly tell myself "genius; this is genius", "i love this", "brilliant".
Laini Taylor has a very original way of writing. She uses humor in just the right places, in the right way and knows how to provoke strong feelings (i did cry in this book). I especially enjoyed her lovely expressions and descriptions. Some were just so unique.
One of the places i would really want to visit in this book is "Poison Kitchen". I really loved the idea of a restaurant with coffins for tables and statues from a cemetery wearing gas masks. It might sound like a morbid place but i totally found it cool. However, Loramendi is where i would most want to visit. Something about the two moons...i don't know. It felt so unworldly and romantic. And the story of how Angels and Chimaera were created..it was beautiful.
Finally, another aspect i loved about this book was that Karou wasn't yet another "helpless" little girl who falls in love with the wrong person (forbidden love) and is in danger because of that love and just waits for her lover to save her. No. Karou is a strong and proud character, very much capable of taking care and protecting herself....more
This book was not what I expected. It surprised me in a good way. At first, when I read that it was a retelling of Cinderella, I was troubled becauseThis book was not what I expected. It surprised me in a good way. At first, when I read that it was a retelling of Cinderella, I was troubled because I feared that the storyline would be predictable (which it kind of was) but in the end it all worked out and not only did it not bother me, I ended up falling in love with it.
I really enjoyed Cinder's character as well and I admired her patience since patience is something I lack, especially when I'm angry or feel like someone is being unjust which was often the case with Cinder. Although, at times I felt that she put up with more than she had to, perhaps she could have been a bit more rebellious.
I also liked Prince Kai very much even though he sometimes seemed too nice, too good to be true but isn't that sometimes one of the reasons why we read books? So what if people like Kai are so rare today in real life? It doesn't hurt to swoon over a handsome prince Charming every now and then.
I absolutely hated Adri (Cinder's stepmother), Pearl (Cinder's stepsister) and Queen Levana. Especially Adri and Pearl becasue they were more present from the beginning of the book, whereas the Lunar Queen comes into the picture much later.
Furthermore, this nook also affected me emotionally, mostly when Adri and Pearl were involved. Injustice is a topic that has always greatly affected me personally, in fact it can sometimes even make me see red from anger. So when these two witches were accusing Cinder of certain things or calling her certain things I could feel Cinder's anger channeling through me. It literally made me want to groan in frustration.
Finally, i can't go without saying how much i LOVED how the book ended and by saying that I don't mean the ending itself, but the words used, those last paragraphs. I thing they were very effective.
From what I've found, this is a book you either love or hate and i loved it....more
Angelfall… wow… I feel like I literally don’t have the words to express how awesome, how amazing, how much I loved this book. To tell you the truth, IAngelfall… wow… I feel like I literally don’t have the words to express how awesome, how amazing, how much I loved this book. To tell you the truth, I didn’t expect it to affect me this much but those are always the most pleasant surprises, when you find a gem where you least expect it. I don’t usually read self-published books, I usually don’t even have time to read most of the books I want and intend to read but I saw a review by Irish at Ticket To Anywhere and she persuaded me to give it a try, the ebook was only $0.99 at Barnes & Noble anyway. Best $0.99 ever spent.
I loved the characters, especially Penryn. She had such a strong female leading role. She was street-smart, ready to fight and survive in a lawless and destructed world. She cared for her family and she was loyal to them right to the very end and she always followed her instincts when she found herself in a dangerous and difficult situation.
The plot was full of twists and never once were they predictable. I was sucked into the story, literally forgetting anything going on around me from the very beginning, from the very first page. And I loooooved that opening line “Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious”. There something about it that just caught my attention right away and enchanted me.
Another thing that caught my attention was how action-packed it was. My heart was beating fast and adrenaline was pumping through me for the most part. I finished it last night at 3 am because I couldn’t stop until I found out what happened and when I woke up this morning and I was surprised to see there were still remains of my feelings from last night. I am desperate to see what happens next.
There were a few questions that I would like answers to, for example, why did her father leave them? I can’t express any of my other questions without spoilers so I’ll just keep them to myself. Perhaps they will be answered in book 2 (I’m pretty sure the questions I can’t express because of spoilers will be answered in book 2).
I feel like I want to find Susan Ee and just rave about how awesome Angelfall was. I might do that through her blog. I love love loved this book, I had no difficulty putting it on my “favorites” shelf and I can’t wait to read the next one. I still feel like I haven’t justified this book enough but I also feel like I never could no matter what I say because I’m at a loss of words because of how awesome it is....more
Erebos was one of those books that pleasantly surprises you. Don't get me wrong, the plot description really sounded interestiOriginally Posted: here
Erebos was one of those books that pleasantly surprises you. Don't get me wrong, the plot description really sounded interesting to me but when i started reading it and i foud out that i would spending time with Nick's In-game character, Sarius, i thought that the in-game scenes would be bpring because i'm not really into gaming. But i couldn't be more rong! The in-game experiences were just as fantastic as the real-world ones! The descriptions were so lively that you actually thought that you were there, either looking at the computer screen over Nick's shoulder or fallowing him around at school and on the streets.
The plot was not predictable which is always a good thing in a book (and film), It sucks to have foresee the whole story beforhand. And keeping that from happening can sometimes be a very hard task. It had me guessing througout the book about who was behind the game and hoe the hell can a game know so much a bout you? "Sometimes I think it's alive", this is what a character of the book said and sometimes that is exactly what i thoght too.
There were times when i would say that "well that's not possible" or "hat are the parents doing? Are they not noticing the change in their children? How is it that only one adult, a teacher, has noticed something is wrong?" but i didn't bother much with these questions because the rest of the book made up for them and they didn't even matter to me after a while.
The characters were ok, i liked them (the ones that were supposed to be likeable ayway) but i din't get blown away by them. My favorite character i think was Jamie. He was adorable and so easy going. This book wasn't a character driven book, the big picture, was what was imortant so it didn't really bother me that i didn't fall in love with the characters.
Overall, great book. I would recomend it to anyone, either they are into gaming or not. I plan on getting my friends to read this as well....more
I had heard over and over again this book being referred to as a YA version of the Da Vinci Code. Only after having read it didOriginally Posted: here
I had heard over and over again this book being referred to as a YA version of the Da Vinci Code. Only after having read it did I realize that these people were actually right. The suspense, mysterious documents, puzzles, religion, a murder, it was all there, wrapped up in an extremely intelligent narration.
After reading it I tried thinking of the first word that came to my mind to describe it and that word was dangerous. The danger was palpable throughout the story; it kept me on edge and made me desperate to find out what happened next. Not once however was I able to foresee what would happen and I found myself being constantly baffled by unexpected turns of events, and there were many of those.
Another aspect I really enjoyed was Nora’s character. Unlike many female characters I’ve read about recently, she was very smart and mature. She felt real and likeable. All in all, great book, definitely one of my favorites and one I would read again with delight....more
-loved, loved, loved it! It was hilarious and i think the fact that i was listening to it naFor the whole review and more click here
What i thought:
-loved, loved, loved it! It was hilarious and i think the fact that i was listening to it narrated by Lisa Coleman made it even funnier. -I liked the chapter titles, sometimes they were so weird and coocoo they made me laugh (can you imagine? even the chapter tiles made me chuckle :P) -Oh, i just loved Camille! She might be a little silly and not the sharpest cookie in the jar but she does have her moments of intellect and wisdom. But what i really loved about her was her funny and quirky personality. I thoroughly enjoyed being in her head, TOTS! :P -I also really enjoyed the “romance” between Camille and Louis, they were so cute and totally made for each other. Plus, it was so obvious that they were into each other and i was desperately rooting for them (I also enjoyed the fact that it was no insta-love). Having said how much i liked their romance, Louis’s love for Camille did have some creepy undertones, for example, (*spoiler alert*) i found it kind of creepy when he admitted to having stollen Camille’s scrunchie and smelling it at night o_O i think that would’ve been all the signs i needed in real life to go off running the the other direction :P -Loved the H.P. Lovcraft reference as well as all the movie references Camille makes. -In general, i loved Dead Romantic. It definitely made me laugh and smile throughout and i think i can safely say it is on my “favorites shelf” and i will definitely be re-reading (or rather, re-listening to it) whenever i’m up for a funny, uplifting read.
-It did get a bit unrealistic at times, for example, (*spoiler alert*) they got away with decapitating a dead man and then stealing his body from the funeral home rather easy if you ask me. Also, Louis agrees to nail the coffin shut for Camille because she tells him she is worried the dead man’s ex is going to drop a lock of her hair in his coffin.. Didn’t the funeral home get in trouble for nailing it closed? Didn’t the family notice the casket was shut during the ceremony? And finally, who in their right mind keeps as a pet a dog that just devoured a poodle and likes to chew on rotten body parts? -There were a few plot holes, maybe just one or two but they were still there. For example, (*mild spoiler alert*) how did no one at college care that Zoe brought to life a bunch of dead, dissected hamsters? She brought something dead to life and all the college did was call pest control? -None of this however stopped me from immensely enjoying the story. I just didn’t care for any of the negative (which were very few anyway) because this whole book was so awesome!
-For some reason, when i first met Camille in the opening paragraphs of the first chapter, i thought she was a boy (with a slight feminine way about him). -Isn’t 16 a bit too early to be worrying so much about sex? I don’t remember considering “cashing in my V-card” to be that important at 16. -I LOLed at the part where Camille sees “I love Minge” written on a wall and she thinks Minge is a girl and the graffiti is someone’s decoration of love and she muses about how lucky Minge is to be loved :P -Camille’s voice kept bringing Panda from Skins to my mind. They are so alike!...more