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Feed- Mira Grant

I love zombies.

If you also love zombies, read this book

If you have never read a zombie book, read this book.

If you hate zombies, read this book.

I think my message is clear.

This is one of the best zombie books I have ever read. (After Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry)

Feed (Newsflesh, #1)Summary
ZOMBIES. Oh, and there are some other people… called Gerogia and Shaun who are the main characters.
Georgia and Shaun run a blogging website, and they, along with their friend Buffy, and they all get chosen to follow this guy on his president campaign. (and when I mean follow, I don’t mean follow on twitter or facebook or something I mean follow, as in stalk, or walk, or any other very you want). BUT there are conspiracies, and evil people, who do some stuff, like try to kill them.

Cons
Politicalness
At some times it got a little too political for me… maybe because it seemed more prominent in the adult part of the young adult, or because I just hate politics… or that I’m too stupid to understand it.
Also, since I mentioned the subject of young adult and adult. I feel compelled to tell you that it was more of the adult side of the YA book scale. It just was a little more slow than most YA books, it was harder to get though, and the characters were all slightly older from the typical YA, and there was less romance. And I don’t mean to put off people who only read young-adult books, or people who only read adult books, this book can be for anyone!! Just read my review of Percy Jackson, or Weishi’s review of Skulduggery Pleasant!

Pros
ZOMBIES
Zombies are awesome. This book has zombies. Therefore this book is awesome.

It taught me what to do in a zombie apocalypse
1. When there’s only one bullet left, save it for yourself
2. It’s not a good idea to poke a zombie with a stick (like that’s going to stop me…)
3. Hills are a bad place, because zombies can surround you and kill you (happy thought)
4. Don’t get shot by evil people, because it will most likely be zombie poison
5. Before going into a stable with hay, check the hay for needles
6. Beware of animals

The opening sentence
It is rare that I get gripped by the opening sentence of a story. Just to let you know, this is not one of the rare cases, I just liked the first few sentences and thought it was funny, so I carried on reading 😉
“Our story opens where countless stories have ended in the last twenty-six years: with an idiot — in this case, my brother, Shaun — deciding it would be a good idea to go out and poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens.”
It just reminds me of in a way, what I would probably do in a zombie apocalypse; poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens, then getting yelled at by my brother.

The lack of romance in this book.
FINALLY a book without any main romance!!! It’s such a relief to be honest, with all the love triangles, without all the “Team Peeta, or Team Gale”.  It was just so nice!!! The only part of the book that was even vaguely romantic was Buffy and her boyfriend and it wasn’t even described much, we just knew he existed.

Favourite Quotes

  • “The difference between the truth and a lie is that both of them can hurt, but only one will take the time to heal you afterwards”
  • “You can’t kill the truth
    Nothing is impossible to kill. It’s just that sometimes after you kill something you have to keep shooting it until it stops moving”
  • “My father has always had just one piece of advice about zombies and ammunition, one he’s drilled into my head enough times that it’s managed to stick: When you have one bullet left and there’s no visible way out of the shit you’re standing in, save it for yourself. It’s better than the alternative”
  • “Every life has a watershed moment, an instant when you realize you’re about to make a choice that will define everything else you ever do, and that if you choose wrong, there may not be that many things left to choose. Sometimes the wrong choice is the only one that lets you face the end with dignity, grace, and the awareness that you’re doing the right thing.
    I’m not sure we can recognize those moments until they’ve passed us”
  • “Me, I say those are all great things to live for, if they’re what happens to float your boat, but at the end of the day, there’s got to be somebody you’re doing it for. Just one person you’re thinking of everytime you make a decision, everytime you tell the truth, or tell a lie, or anything.
    I’ve got mine. Do you?”
  • “Are you ever not a pessimist?
    Sometimes. But then I wake up.”
  • “Failure to die is always appreciated”
  • “I’m also fascinated by the difference between terror and fear. Fear says, “Do not actually put your hand in the alligator,” while terror says, “Avoid Florida entirely because alligators exist”

Summary
So if you still haven’t decided that you are going to read this book, after all the quotes that I wrote, or the paragraphs about zombies and other good stuff about how awesome this book is, then just go and become a zombie or something, to appreciate their awesomeness. 🙂 5 shuriken stars.

Dead and Gone- Jonathan Maberry

Dead & GoneSo this is a short side story (about 60 pages maybe?) set in the Rot and Ruin.

It’s good.

Summary
THERE’S A NEW CHARACTER!!! Her dead name is Sister Margaret, but her new name is Riot (which I prefer by miles, it just sort of seems to suit a zombie book? :P). And she has escaped from her old home.
That’s right.
I said escape. Not leave.
But the book doesn’t involve that part of the story. The story begins with Riot, alone and starving, the hunger about to overwhelm her. And some people (unknown at the moment) decide to give her food :P. How kind. Oh yeah. Before I forget, her old “friends” and trying to hunt her down and kill her, because their religion says so. Yeah, Zombie- apocalypses are a strange world… And then she makes some new friends, who have the opposite religious beliefs.

So because this is a short story, I’m going to do a short review, well, as short a review of me rambling is going to ever be…

I love the new character. She seems so bad-ass and awesome. She knows how to hunt, to kill, and has loads of survival instincts. I imagine she will probably be featuring in the third book (Flesh and Bone. I can’t wait!). And her ethics were so good! She was completely brought up in a killing humans environment, and she could still see that it is wrong!
I loved all the other new characters as well, but I don’t know if they will be in the next book… 😦 because they were only introduced at the end. But anyway, they were AWESOME! And the group that they belonged to was so cool! It completely contrasted with the reapers!
Note. The reaper’s religion is that it is right to kill people, and by people I don’t mean zombies…
Second Note. Jolt’s religion is that it is never right to kill people, whether they are zoms or not.
Loving the cover. In fact I love all of the covers! (The UK ones anyway… They just all seem to fit together so well!)

I don’t think they are as good as the other Benny Imura books… 😦  Perhaps its just not long enough, or that it isn’t thoughtful enough, if you know what I mean; The other two books made me see zombies in a completely different light, but this one… it just didn’t have that sort of effect on me… 😦
But don’t get me wrong. It IS still and AMAZING book! Written by an AMAZING author!

Thats about it 🙂

4 and a half Shuriken stars!

You should definitely get your hands on this book! (side note. Plus, with this book, is a WHOLE CHAPTER of FLESH AND BONE!)

Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer – Derek Landy

Before you ask, yes, I am well aware that the rating on this book is 9+ and I had to get it from the kid’s section. I don’t care. It doesn’t make it any less awesome.

Because I’m lazy, I’m not going to review each book individually, and instead do the last one, but assure you that the others were really good as well.

Because they were.

I’m also going to warn you, this review is going to have spoilers. It came out a year ago, so I’m presuming that you’ve read it, or don’t care if I spoil it.

Ok. Summary time.

Summary

Oh, if you’ve never read Skulduggery Pleasant, then I will say this. It’s about a girl called Stephanie Edgley who meets a skeleton detective and has awesome adventures. Like Sherlock and Avatar: the Last Airbender and Percy Jackson all mixed together. That’s not a very accurate description… I don’t really know how else to… It’s basically just really awesome.

So now, Melancholia is the new Death Bringer, and they basically have to stop her from killing the world.

Yeah, that’s pretty much it. I mean, yeah, there are loads of subplots and stuff but that’s the meat of this story.

Now, I don’t really have any cons, but I need some, so let’s go.

Cons

The only thing that annoyed me was supposed to annoy me. I’m pretty sure that was the desired effect but STILL. VALKYRIE WHAT THE HELL I WAITED 2 ENTIRE BOOKS FOR YOU TO GET TOGETHER WITH FLETCHER AND THEN YOU JUST GO AND BREAK UP WITH HIM? WHAT. WHAT THE HELL.

Seriously, though. Valkyrie is a terrible girlfriend. She dates Fletcher, but treats him like trash and always has to have her way and Fletcher always comes off as the stupid one, and basically she has fun telling him how she just tolerates him and he’s annoying. And THEN she goes and makes out with the creepy, evil Vampire, Caelan, WHO I HATED WITH A PASSION.

It’s not really a Con, to be honest, because that was the desired effect. And if an author can make you feel so much about these characters, then they are obviously good at their job.

But Valkyrie straight up tells Caelan that she doesn’t like him she just thinks he’s really attractive and he’s got that mysterious thing about him. But that’s what I found really annoying. Because in the beginning, Valkyrie didn’t like Fletcher just because he was good looking, she liked him for his personality. But now she’ll just go and run of with some vampire for no apparent reason apart from that he’s dangerous and stuff. AND THEN WHEN SHE DOES BREAK UP WITH FLETCHER SHE DOESN’T EVEN CARE THAT MUCH. SHE GOES OFF AND FLIRTS WITH RANDOM PEOPLE AT THE BALL.

I’m sorry. She is such an awesome character. It’s just that Fletcher is also one of my favourite characters and he probably feels terrible that he suddenly got dumped and cheated on by this girl he was in love with for 3 BOOKS.

Sorry. Done ranting.

THE EYEBALL

Again, a personal thing, because I’m just really squeamish with that type of stuff. BUT HOLY WAFFLES WHEN DARQUESSE HAD HER EYE BALL SQUISHED IN HER EYE SOCKET AND IT STARTED DRIBBLING DOWN HER CHEEK AND SHE JUST PUT IT BACK IN WITH ALL THE BLOOD AND MUSH AND URGH AND THEN JUST FIXED IT.

I am not good with stuff to do with slitting wrists, or eyeballs or fingernails or stuff like that. That’s why Fear was so hard for me to get through.

Pros

Well, since this is my first review of this series, I guess I have to be really precise about what I liked.

The Writing Style is so awesome. And so funny.

The book in general is so hilarious. It’s really dry humour, mainly, which I love. It’s dry and sarcastic and smart and awesome. The dialogue is so good and flows so well and the character interactions, especially between Valkyrie and Skulduggery are awesome.

Characters. Let’s start with Skulduggery, because let’s be honest. There’s something I have to say about him.

HOLY COW I DID NOT SEE THAT ONE COMING. I MEAN GEEZ HOW THE HELL DID. WHAT. HOW. I DON’T EVEN. HE’S ______ (Yanni’s reading the series, don’t want to ruin it for her) HOW CAN HE BE ______.

Basically, it was an awesome twist. I mean, maybe other people saw it coming, but I did not see that one. HOW THE HELL. GEEZ. It takes some skill and thinking to work that out. Now I really want to read all the other books again just because I know this massive secret.

So Skulduggery is basically awesome. He’s dry and sarcastic and funny and awesome, but throughout the entire series, Valkyrie gets warnings that he has a dark past, and that he shouldn’t be trusted. NO WONDER, HE’S _______.

Valkyrie’s character development is actually really interesting. She starts off as a pretty normal girl, who is kind of bewildered by all this magical stuff but has a good sense of humour and is brave and all that. But as the series goes on, and she realises how special and powerful she is, she becomes more and more like Skulduggery, until by this book they could basically be twins. But with that, she also becomes more arrogant, more willing to take risks, and unaccustomed to failure. Everyone thinks she’s a wonder child, since she’s got blood of the ancients and you know, is FREAKING DARQUESSE.

But she isn’t invincible. In The Faceless Ones, it all becomes too much, and for the first time, we see her break down in tears from all the stress and action and so on. In the 6th book, she believes she’s going to die, and is crying as she desperately tries to break free. But she’s also got the will and determination to survive, which usually overpowers her fears. But what I find interesting is that Fletcher calls her out on all this stuff, saying she’s selfish and takes stuff for granted just because everyone thinks she’s amazing and likes her. But I appreciate her more because she has flaws, because she’s so much more real in our eyes, and it’s about her overcoming those things that make her a better person. FLAWS CAN BE A GOOD THING, LISTEN YA AUTHORS YOUR CHARACTERS DON’T HAVE TO BE AMAZING AT EVERYTHING.

Fletcher reminds me of a lot less angsty version of Jace Wayland/Lightwood/Herondale. He’s good looking, but knows it and is cocky about how he looks and all that stuff. He just has a lot less teen angst. Obviously, he didn’t have a great childhood, since he ran away from home and didn’t have a good relationship with his dad. But he doesn’t bring it up in every conversation. (Yes, I know Jace’s childhood was a lot more traumatic and stuff than that and that’s not really that fair) But my favourite thing about him is that Valkyrie doesn’t like him at first.

She acknowledges that he is very good looking and powerful and so on, but she isn’t attracted to him because of it. She finds his cockiness annoying and his hair ridiculous and doesn’t show any sign of being attracted to him. It’s only when he starts making her laugh and helping her that she starts caring about him. He has a bucketful of character development, but it’s not forced. He goes from being cocky and annoying to maturing and not being so showy. It’s that final talk with Ghastly that really shows this. That he seriously cared about Valkyrie so much that she seems cruel.

Wow, I’ve gone on about characters for quite a while. But seriously, I could go on about these characters for ages. I won’t. I don’t want to make this review go on forever.

Oh! One more thing. China’s development was also awesome. About how she really needs company, how she wants to feel genuinely needed instead of the people just falling in love with her. And how she hates losing Skulduggery and Valkyrie.

And I actually liked Melancholia for once. That was surprising.

Plot

Awesome. I don’t know what else to say. It’s just awesome.

But it did kinda remind me of Maximum Ride when they were like, half the world will need to be obliterated. But the Necromancers were jerks. Talking about how death is awesome and stuff, but then wanting other people to die for them instead. Hypocrites.

I really don’t know what else to say.

I really don’t.

Let’s just go onto Quotes. If there is anything I forgot, that can go in my Kingdom of the Wicked review. These Quotes are gonna be LONG btw.

Quotes

  • “Valkyrie patted Fletcher’s arm. “Don’t worry,” she said. “If the bad man comes, I’ll protect you.”
    “If the bad man comes,” Fletcher responded, “I’ll bravely give out a high-pitched scream to distract him. I may even bravely faint, to give him a false sense of security. That will be your signal to strike.”
    “We make a great team.”
    “Just don’t forget to stand in front of me the whole time,””
  • “You think Bernadette Maguire killed him?”
    “Uh… no. She’s, like I said, she’s old.”
    “Old people can kill people too.”
    “I know, but…”
    “She could be a ninja.”
    “She’s not a ninja, for God’s sake. She’s somebody’s great grandmother.”
    “I want you to think carefully about this, Kenny. Have you ever seen her with a sword?”
    “What?”
    “How about throwing stars?”
    “This is ridiculous.”
    “Have you ever seen her dressed up as a ninja? That would have been my first clue.”
  • “I think zombies are kind of cute.”
    “Seriously?”
    “I may be thinking about bunnies. Which one has the fluffy little tail, zombies or bunnies?”
    “Bunnies.”
    “Then it’s bunnies I’m thinking of.”

Wow, that’s a seriously long quotes section. The thing is, the best moments come from awesome dialogue. So it’s not my fault.

Overall

I don’t know. I don’t have any cons with this book. So… I don’t know! You know what. I’m going to do it. I don’t care if Yanni kills me for doing this, but I’m gonna do it. 5 shuriken stars. There. Done.

READ THESE BOOKS I AM IN LOVE WITH THEM.

AND SO EXCITED TO READ KINGDOM OF THE WICKED.

Light (UK Cover) – Michael Grant

OMG.

IT LOOKS SO AWESOME.

I did not expect it to look this cool. Well… yeah I did.

So I’m guessing that’s Sam, and the words LIGHT, except they’re cracking and then there is an awesome back light just going POW behind him and his shadow on the thing and it looks so cool.

I love the UK covers. I mean I’m warming to the US covers as well, I think they’re really cool, but I’ve always loved the UK ones more.

It does look much better white than green.

If you want to see the US cover click here

Tell me which one you like more, and what you’re expecting from it, and so on!

I’m so excited!

😀

City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare

I’m kinda lost on how to score this from 0 – 5 shuriken stars.

Guys, please don’t kill me. A lot of this is based on my own personal taste in books. I can imagine people reading this book and absolutely falling in love with it. But that’s not me.

And this is kinda gonna be a review for the series as a whole, because I’m too lazy to do an individual review on each one, but it’s mainly the last book.

Summary

Jace is kidnapped by Sebastian. The other characters try to find him, while dealing with a lot of teen angst and romance and way too many make out sessions.

Cons

This one is kinda stupid.

Inconsistencies

This isn’t like Nevermore, it’s just that sometimes stuff didn’t make sense. In the beginning of the book, Isabelle is described as not wearing any make-up which made her eyes look bigger or something, but the next moment she’s described as having mascara smudged all around her eyes which made her look like a French actress, if I remember correctly.

Or when Clary was in the house with Jace and Sebastian and she was like “All the sleepwear is really slutty what do I wear because I usually just wear a camisole and shorts but obviously I have no access to that right now”, and then the next time she’s described as wearing a camisole and shorts. Or the fact that she checks her bag, sees that she only has a pair of jeans and a hairbrush, but then after the shower she miraculously changes into a brand new sweater that didn’t exist.

It barely happened, but it did bug me.

Chopsticks

This one is also pretty stupid. Basically Isabelle holds her hair in a bun with a pair of chopsticks.

No.

That is not possible.

Because she is described as having hair that’s glossy, down to her waist, and mega thick. There is no way she could have put her hair up, let alone securely, with just a pair of chopsticks. That’s not how thick hair works.

It’s really not relevant at all to the plot or anything, but that annoyed me. They were magical Shadowhunter chopsticks anyway, so maybe they, like, levitated her hair into place or something.

Jace + Clothes = Sunshine

That sounds weird right, but I first put “Jace + Clothes” and left it like that, which just makes me seem like a perverted weirdo who doesn’t like it when Jace is dressed. What I’m trying to say is that every time Jace does anything or wears anything Clary is like “Jace’s blue top brought out his eyes”, or “Jace’s jacket made him look like sunshine” etc.

I get that she’s madly in love with him, but seriously? Does anything that Jace wears not bring out his golden skin or his gold eyes and gold hair and chiseled abs and angular face… I got really sick of all the descriptions of Jace looking amazing and so on. Even Simon thinks Jace looks like an Angel.

I get that it’s probably because Jace has angel blood and stuff, but then why isn’t Clary super-mega-foxy-awesome-hot as well? She’s pretty, I know, but she’s not STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL THAT PEOPLE BASICALLY FAINT WHEN THEY SEE HER. And she doesn’t look like an angel, and doesn’t have gold everywhere and so on.

Seriously, Jace, you could be wearing a bin bag and Clary would think it brought out the gold in your abs.

The Romance

Wasn’t for me.

My favourite book in the entire series is actually City of Bones. I was on a school trip and I brought it with me, and I remember flying through it. I thought it was fantastic.

I’ve worked out why I like all the other books less than that first one. Usually I’m the opposite, and I’ll like the later books more than the earlier ones. There are exceptions, of course, like The Hunger Games and The Looking Glass Wars, but apart from that, that’s usually how things go.

But the reason I really liked the first book the most, was that it wasn’t primarily a romance book. Sure, you knew that Clary really liked Jace, but they don’t even kiss until the last few chapters, and I actually thought it was really sweet. I remember liking Jace a lot more back then, probably because he had a lot less teen angst.

That’s also probably why I liked the first three books a whole lot more than the 4th and 5th, because they are not revolving around the romance. I think those three make a brilliant trilogy on their own. Sure, Clary spends a lot of time agonising over the fact that her and Jace are related, but it’s still primarily about killing Valentine and saving her mum and so on. However, the last two books have mainly revolved around romance and angst.

Seriously, the romance gets piled on thick.

Which some people would probably like, but not me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate romance in books. When it’s done right in books, it can quickly become one of my favourite things in the entire series. Like The Chaos Walking Trilogy, Leviathan, or Skulduggery Pleasant (I have not read Death Bringer yet, so don’t you dare ruin it for me. I’ve heard some spoilers already about Fletcher and Valkyrie and I don’t want to know any more. Of course, if there’s a review by me out, then feel free. But as of this moment, nope).

THERE IS SO MUCH ROMANCE EVERYWHERE IN THIS BOOK. SERIOUSLY.

In the 4th book, the main plot is Jace and Clary being worried that they can’t be together and then Jace getting mind controlled and stuff. Then there’s Alek and Magnus sorting out relationship problems. Jocelyn and Luke trying to get married. And Simon dating two girls, Isabelle AND Maia, and then Maia’s ex boyfriend and everything. Sure, there is some sort of other subplot somewhere which I probably can’t remember, but the main thing is LOVE.

And it gets piled on thicker in this book. EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER IS DEALING WITH RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS. IT GETS PRETTY FRUSTRATING.

Jace getting kidnapped was only really dealt with badly for Clary. Because Clary LURVES him. It seems to glaze over Isabelle and Alec and Marisse, who are probably worried that their brother/son is missing. But no, it’s all about Clary having ice running through her blood because they are dating and obviously that’s the strongest bond they can have. For a couple that’s been dating for half a year. You’d think at least that Alec would be worried about his best friend and parabatai being kidnapped, but no. He’s more worried about his boyfriend troubles.

I just wish we’d seen more of a reaction from the other characters.

You know what I would have wanted to see? Isabelle get kidnapped. Not because I want her to get mind doohickeyed by a psycho, but because Alex and Isabelle seem to be really close as siblings. It would have made some nice plot if it was Alec going crazy over trying to find his little sister, because they are FAMILY, not because of a romantic relationship. Something like that would have been a lot more interesting to me. That and I don’t really buy the idea that all these teenagers are meeting their soul mates at what, 17? I can’t really remember how old they are.

But seriously, it was kind of hard for me to get through this book, when every few pages had a make out scene, or a deep conversation about love, or them talking about them being in love, or how hard it was to be in love. I mean, yeah, have romance in the plot, that’s fine, but it’s annoying to me when it isn’t a side for the plot, but it is the plot itself. Just because I don’t like reading romance novels. I like it when romance is just an extra to the awesome plot.

Man, this Con is getting LONG.

So Jace is missing, and Clary is depressed because she loves him. Isabelle has feelings for Simon, but feels angsty because she doesn’t know how he feels. Alec and Magnus are having way too many fights and relationship problems to do with immortality. Even the Lightwood parents are having problems to do with divorce and cheating and stuff. Jocelyn and Luke are in love, but not much really happens with them. Maia and Jordan are trying to be in love as well.

Seriously, try to find a main-ish character in this book that isn’t in a soul matey relationship. Other than Sebastian (who is still having kinda weird romantic problems, I guess. If you think of what he tried to do to Clary. I won’t say if you don’t know what happens.)

Get your hands off of each other

Seriously. Clary and Jace really need to stop having heated make out sessions all the time. And did they have sex? I don’t remember that happening, but then Sebastian kept bringing it up. Which reminds me…

Not PG anymore…

Cassandra Clare seemed to really bring out a lot more cussing and a LOT more sexual stuff in this book. It’s not really a con, but it’s not a pro so I decided to put it here. But Clary does swear a lot more in this book than the others, I think. And the mental naked pictures of Jace thing that they mentioned, and like all the makeout sessions between her and Jace, plus that thing with Sebastian. And a lot of mentions of people’s sex lives.

One more thing, before we get to the good stuff.

Who names their child Valentine? I’m sorry, it’s really random, but I’ve never met a guy called Valentine. I can imagine a girl called Valentine pretty easily, probably because of Ender’s Game, but a boy? Really? I swear Valentine isn’t a guy’s name. Then again, it might be, I don’t know. If your name is Valentine and you’re reading this, or you know someone called Valentine, please tell me. I’m way too curious.

Pros

Well, the writing and pacing and characters and so on were all good. The weird thing is, Isabelle and Simon are really moving up on my favourite characters list. (This is a metaphorical list, I don’t have a physical list of characters. And no, I’m not planning on making one.) I guess they are both getting more character development, and it’s great. Magnus Bane still holds the top, though, but not by much anymore, since the whole thing with Alec at the end made me kinda mad. Not very, since I saw it coming, but still. I love Alec as well, though I would like to see more badassery from him in future books – well, book.

And Sebastian really is messed up. Like, in the head. Seriously. I read a Dark Transformation and just thought to myself, “You really had the worst childhood ever”. No wonder he turned out that way. I’ve heard that people are saying Cassandra Clare promotes the stuff that he stands for, like murder and incest and rape and so on, but I’m pretty sure if she did, she wouldn’t make the main, psycho antagonist do all those things. I don’t know the woman, but I’m pretty sure she made him do that stuff because she thought it was bad.

And of course the humour’s good. Simon seems to make the most jokes now, since most of Jace’s jokes have loads of angst behind them.

Overall

I was puzzling over how much to give this for a while. I can imagine people putting it a lot higher, but then I thought to myself how much I enjoyed. If I would be willing to read it again. Originally, I was gonna go 4 shuriken stars and be nice, but that’s the same rating as Divergent, and it just doesn’t rate that high to me. I don’t think I would want to read this book again, to be honest. So let’s give it 3 shuriken stars. For the series as a whole, I would give it 4, but this particular book just wasn’t as enjoyable for me, with the whole romance factor involved.

So, yeah, read it if you want. It’s a really good series, and if you don’t mind a lot of romance, you’ll really enjoy it. Be warned though, there is a whole lot of blood.

Like, City of Ashes, when they did that thing to Simon on the boat. Urgh. That made me shudder.

Just… urgh.

It really isn’t that bad for someone who doesn’t mind that stuff, but for me I was just…. urgh.

0.4/ Human.4- Mike A. Lancaster

0.4 (Point 4, #1)I am mind blown.
This is an amazing book.
I feel like I’m still in a state of shock…
You can probably tell from all these lines that I are using…
So this review might be a little rambling….

The title for this review is 0.4/ Human.4, because I don’t know the real name for this book… 😛 On the copy that I had it was 0.4, but on goodreads it’s Human.4. So I don’t really know…? But I’ll probably refer to it as 0.4 because I prefer that name, as I feel Human.4 somehow gives away more of the plot, and 0.4 just seems more mysterious… 😀

Summary!!!
So the main character is this guy called Kyle, and this book is his story. The book is written like it’s a tape (this may not make sense… but it will once you have read the book). Kyle volunteers (stupidly… in my opinion), to be hyponised by his “friend” Danny, at the local fair… Which was a mistake. When he wakes up, the world is completely different. His family and friends start acting really weird… and before long he is on the run. The rest of the story explains his story, and how he accepts what he is, and what his life is like. And it finishes… ;(

Cons
Missing out some parts
The one thing that I felt was missing from this was that Kyle never explained to Lily why he broke them up… I really felt that it should have been introduced, at least briefly… and I don’t even like romantic books… It just felt that something was missing…

Danny?
I just don’t quite understand him… Why did he do what he did? Was he an upgraded person? Or just a normal person? I HAVE NO IDEA?!!!

Pros
It’s a nice easy quick read
That’s it. Exactly what the title/ subtitle/ mini title (you get the picture) says. It was a nice easy quick read.

Location
I loved how the author used where he lived to base his book. I thought that was quite cool 🙂 . And in a way it would have also been weird… writing about a place that you know about when strange things were happening to people there…

IT COULD BE TRUE
IT COMPLETELY FREAKS ME OUT. WHAT. IF. IT. WERE. TRUE. ?. There could be people who we can’t see living around us. Reading this review as I type it. Watching the TV next to me. Reading books behind me. It makes me shudder…

The Ending
It actually surprised me that I loved the ending! I usually hate those types of endings where it is a bit ambiguous… but I LOVED THIS ENDING! And I can’t say anything else without spoiling it… 😦

Favourite Quotes

  • “Remember us”
  • “Not everyone has to fly high to prove they exist; some of us are perfectly happy flying low and enjoying the view.”
  • “In extraordinary times, the ordinary takes on a glow and wonder all of its own”
  • “Adults are just making things up as they go along. And when they’re scared, adults have no more answers than us kids”
  • “How was it even possible to know if your brain was malfunctioning, because the very thing you need to think it all through is the very thing that might be playing up in the first place”

Summary
READ IT. You know you want to. (and if you don’t; READ IT). However, I wouldn’t give this book the full 5 shuriken stars… I would probably say 4 shuriken stars.

Nevermore – James Patterson

Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Maximum Ride, #8)I really don’t know how to feel about this.

Well, actually, I do, I just don’t know how to say it.

BTW, this review is going to contain miles and miles of spoilers, because I have to.

Summary

Oh look, a bunch of terrorists, oh no. Let’s completely forget about them so they barely appear in the plot again. Let’s go to school for no apparent reason. Oh Nudge wants to be normal, but let’s never mention it again and have it never resolved. Let’s get rid of Fang’s Gang because we don’t need them any more and never mention them again. Fang is back in the flock, because of the voice and stuff, who is actually Angel, well, duh, that has no major gaping plot holes… The Voice speaks to everyone, but the instructions are kind of pointless. Dylan and Max are in love. Nope, Max and Fang are in love. Oh yeah, Ari has appeared as well and Maya is now dead, sucks to be her, but who cares.. Let’s all escape to this paradise place with random other mutants that are never mentioned again. Fang is gonna die? LOL JKS, just kidding, he’s not, even though he’s special and stuff it’s not like that matters. And oh no, we’ve run out of plot. Let’s throw in this massive explosion which incinerates the world except no one actually knows whether it does or not. Max is dead? Lol just kidding. Let’s just end it there.

Pros

I’m starting with Pros, because otherwise this review is going to get really negative really fast.

Developing Dylan

I actually felt half-bad for the kid this time. Being in love with Max, at some points, actually seemed more like a curse to him, because he didn’t ask for being in love with her, he just was. Though he did try to kill Fang, and he had that massive freak out, and the love triangle never really got resolved because I was pretty sure he was still in love with Max at the end since they didn’t say anything about it. NO I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE NEGATIVE HERE GEEZ IT’S JUST ALL OVERFLOWING OUT OF ME.

I did find it interesting, however, the different reactions they had to Max’s rejection. Fang (even though his wasn’t a proper rejection) just left and formed his own gang to continue his goal, just away from Max. Whereas Dylan had a total freak out and started ripping stuff up like Godzilla and going all crazy, and trying to kill Max’s love-of-her-life.

MAX AND FANG

FINALLY. GEEZ.

I WAS SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS ONE BIT. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW WORRIED I WAS.

Fax is an actual word. Mylan sounds like a really gross type of disease with pus and boils and gross stuff. Just saying.

Angel was sort of likeable

I do mean sort of, though. Whereas she was so annoying in some of the other books, FANG especially, I actually liked her in this one. And her scenes were always really creepy. The white coats really are scary.

Characters

Were all still good, because you know, they are.

That one scene with Iggy going blind

This is probably only because I really love Iggy as a character, but I thought that scene was really chilling. When they showed the clip, I thought it was just a random kid they were experimenting on, but then it turns out to be Iggy and you know what’s happening to him and what’s going to happen and it’s horrible. And the fact that they left him conscious while they did it, and he could feel it all. And not once, in the entire series, does he describe the surgery. Of course he does complain about being blind, but a lot of the time it’s just jokes, and he doesn’t mope around all the time because he’s lost his sight and everyone else hasn’t. He just accepts it. I think I remember one book where he almost left, but he didn’t and that’s what I find important.

Cons

I wish there were less of these.

The Plot

Look at that summary. And you’ll understand.

Love triangle, but we have to save the world what do we do, bam explosion. End.

Fang’s Gang

So much stuff was just thrown in and forgotten about. For one thing, “Angel” by James Patterson didn’t even need to happen, because the only thing that was established in Angel that I actually cared about was Fang’s Gang and how awesome they were. Except they were gotten rid of in the first few chapters and not mentioned again, which was really annoying. I loved all the new characters so much, especially Holden,who was so awesome. Especially now that most of the Flock has been completely forgotten and pushed to the background except Max, Dylan and Angel, who are actually my least favourite out of all of them. Iggy is probably my favourite character, followed closely by Fang.

Fang’s Gang were one of the things I was looking forward to. But then Star and Kate betray Fang for Jeb, and Maya dies, so he’s all made and stuff. And then suddenly Fang’s  like, “sorry guys but I actually hated being in this gang ok bye”, and just LEAVES them.

And they are never mentioned again. Ever.

EVER.

At least mention why Star and Kate even mentioned Jeb, or what happened to Holden and Ratchet. Maya’s dead, so there’s really nothing we can do about her. In my mind, or hope at least, Star and Kate stayed together and stayed with Jeb, then realised he was a douche and left. They met up with Holden and Ratchet who had stuck together, since they both had no home or place to stay, they formed a gang. Because none of them really had any family left to go back to.

But you know why it’s in my mind and not on paper? BECAUSE YOU NEVER FIND OUT. And I would be fine with that if this wasn’t the last book, because there would be a chance that they would be mentioned again or at least explained. BUT NO. IT’S THE FINAL BOOK. IT’S EVEN CALLED “Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure”. Which was too long winded for me to put as the title for this review.

Just introduce us to characters in one book, and then realise, Lol nope I don’t need them let’s just get rid of them and hope no one notices. Though this is a recurring theme in the Maximum Ride books. I haven’t read the others in a long time, but there were so many characters that just disappeared. Omega, what happened to that kid? I liked him, I thought he had potential to be a main character. Like he could have easily had Dylan’s position as the third point of the love triangle and I wouldn’t have hated it as much. All those kids from the sewers. All the disposable, and interchangeable villains from all the books. Brigid thingy. Or is she dead? I can’t even remember, but her and Fang had that thing going on. Dr G-H (I have no idea how to spell his name, and I’m too lazy to attempt it). That girl that could heal herself in Africa. The global warming people who worked with Max’s Mum.

All these characters might have some sort of definitive ending that I can’t remember, but that’s just it. They are so irrelevant and fleeting and numerous that it all seems so pointless.

Maya

Her death. Didn’t make me feel anything. I’m one of those rare people who actually likes Maya, because I feel bad for her, having to live in the shadow of Max and try so hard to differentiate herself from her, and feeling like everyone loves Max a lot more than her, and she’s like a second, worse version of her that no one gives a damn about.

But I didn’t care when she died. I was actually happy. Because then this stupid love square (four people – four points of the love triangle – not a triangle anymore) would be less complicated. What I was hoping to happen was Dylan just fall in love with Maya and then this whole problem would have been solved.

Fang’s significance about him being special and stuff

This does absolutely nothing to the plot. Fang’s immortal blood and stuff? Eh. He doesn’t get kidnapped or tested or chased especially just because he’s got this really good DNA.

The only thing that does happen relating to this is that the guys that he hitchhiked with recognised him and threw him off a cliff. Except they could ahve just recognised him because he’s famous and stuff for having wings.

Which reminds me. WTH why are Max and co showing their wings at school. It’s like a big “HEY WORLD LOOK WE GO TO THIS PLACE PLEASE COME AND TRY TO ATTACK US” sign. I know they’re not subtle and stuff, but geez. And why did they even go to school anyway?

The Terrorists were pointless.

Seriously. They weren’t even a plot device. Nothing of significance actually happened with them. They never fought Max and the others (unless that was the ending point, which, if it was, I totally did not get), and they were barely mentioned. They were not a threat. They were just a background thing that no one cared about.

The Ending

For the last book in a series. IT SUCKED. It wasn’t an ending. It was like the Snow White and the Huntsman ending. ALL THE QUESTIONS WERE LEFT WIDE OPEN AND ENOUGH TO MAKE A GAZILLION SEQUELS.

Sorry, I’m getting frustrated. Back to the point.

There were so many questions left. WTH happened to the world? What’s going to happen to all the bird kids? It felt like the mid book in a series. Not only because of the ending, but the fact that there was NO EPIC FIGHT OR WHATEVER. Maximum Ride did not go out with a bang, it went out with a sizzle. Not even sizzle. It’ was left glowing, then someone was like, Oh i have to end it, and just pinched it out.

I’m sorry. I hate getting annoyed at books and wanting to slam them and cuss and swear loads because they are so frustrating, because I know writing a book takes a lot of effort and stuff, but urgh.

Wait, the last chapter was the fan written one right? It was a really good ending chapter especially that last line, just not a good build up for it. I’m not bashing the writer. I just didn’t like how the entire series was solved. It really feels like a spin off series is coming. Maybe that’s for the manga which I still need to read.

Also. Seriously? Get a fan to write the last chapter of your bestselling (is it bestselling? I think it’s bestselling) series. WHAT? Sometimes I really feel like JP doesn’t actually care about Maximum Ride anymore. He probably does, it’s just the impression I get.

Total

Why does he even exist? I mean seriously. Why? He has like two lines in the entire story. And for most of it he stays at home or with Akila and he basically has nothing to offer to the plot at all.

Humour

This isn’t really a complaint, I just felt there wasn’t as much funny as there usually is. Maybe it’s getting really serious and stuff because of the love triangle and end of the world thing, but I was hoping for more sarcastic remarks and stuff. Maybe I’ve been reading too much Skulduggery Pleasant.

Non-Twists

Angel is blind? Nope. It was like “OMG SHE’S BLIND. NO WAIT. JUST KIDDING.” Not only would add more evilness to the scientists, and make way more sense than her just hallucinating, but it would make more plot with her trying to deal with what Iggy’s had to deal with for most of his life. And then there could be more bonding and stuff between the characters.

I’ve already mentioned the Fang thing.

Oh, the Voice one. Didn’t seem very plausible. For one thing, didn’t the voice talk to all of them while Angel was still in that room with the damper so she couldn’t go into people’s minds? I haven’t read the books in a while, but I swear they thought Angel was the voice before but it wasn’t possible or something. Maybe I’m wrong. But it didn’t really feel like a twist at all.

So Max was supposed to save the world…

Right. Except she didn’t. SHE DID NOTHING.

Dr Martinez takes them to this paradise place and then the world blows up while they’re gone. It’s that random. And Max doesn’t even seem to care that everyone is dead. I was also annoyed that we didn’t find out what happened to Iggy, Nudge and Gazzy. They basically get as much screen time (reading time? book time?) as Total does. That’s right. They’re as important as the talking, flying dog. I would have love it if the entire flock were there on that cliffside, minus Dylan.

Minor Characters

Seriously. Why are they in barely any of this book? Iggy and Gazzy have seemingly melted into one character, as they go almost everywhere together and  got the same instructions from the Voice. And Nudge had one plot point, that she really really wanted to be normal. But then it was never resolved. I thought it might turn out like in X-Men: The Last Stand, which I remember liking though everyone else hated it. Though I’ve never read the comics and I wasn’t really paying attention to what was happening in the movie. But I do remember Rogue, this girl who basically can’t touch people because she kills people. She drains their powers or something, so she always has to wear gloves and I think she put her sister into a coma but I’m not sure and she can never kiss her boyfriend and so on. She went to take this antidote because she hated being a mutant, because her mutant power did suck. I thought Nudge might do something like that. Oh well. I guess we’ll never know.

The Kickassery didn’t feel very Kickass

Don’t ask me why, I have no idea. But it didn’t feel kickass at all.

The title still doesn’t make any sense

Is it because the Earth is Nevermore? Is that it? As said very well by CassJayTuck, a youtube book reviewer, she suggested that the title MAX should have been saved for the last book. I feel like that would have been a lot more epic. just MAX in massive letters across the cover, instead of all these random name titles.

So most of my problems come from this being the last book in the series.

Because it really didn’t feel resolved. In the last Harry Potter book, JK Rowling was amazing and just taking all these loose plot strings and tying them together in an awesome way. You could tell that she’d planned everything so perfectly and just came together so brilliantly, and there were epic fights, and all the characters had their shining moments and it was brilliant. That’s probably why it’s my favourite book in the series. In The Death Cure I was really worried because I didn’t think the ending was very conclusive and I wanted to know more about the Flare and Teresa and Thomas before the Maze, but then I heard about The Kill Order and everything seemed okay again.

Maybe there should be a spin off series, or something, just so JP can close all these gaping plot holes.

Quotes

There is only one quote that I really want to include, and you probably know what’s coming.

  • In a way, maybe I did die in that wet grave, because it’s like I was completely reborn when I came up from that water. The air feels different to me now. I’m breathing it differently now. Like my body is a whole new machine.
    It is my time.
    The time of Maximum Ride.

Overall

So this has been a freakishly long review, but there was a lot to say. I have a lot more to say, but I can’t really remember what I was going to say, so deal with this. Unfortunately, I think I’m not going to be able to give this 3 shuriken stars. I was going to give this the same score as Wicked Lovely but I couldn’t do it for two reasons. One, I couldn’t do that to such awesome characters. Two, FAX. So here we go. 2 shuriken stars.

It reminded me of a bad glee episode. No continuity, loads of random gaping plot holes, only concentrating on the most annoying characters even though there are tons of good ones, but still kind of enjoyable. And slowly going downhill from that first episode.

Gleeks, don’t kill me. Please don’t kill me. I know gleeks can be lethal. I still like the show, but it really isn’t as good as that first season.