Posts Tagged ‘creepy’

The Kill Order – James Dashner

The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)To be honest I was a little disappointed by the ending of the Death Cure partly due to the fact that Thomas’ best friend/ worst enemy, died and the evil annoying Brenda survived. So naturally, I was hoping that this book would explain the relationship between the two. It didn’t happen. But nonetheless it was a good book!

Summary
Spoilers to follow- but obvious spoilers.

Unlike what I thought it didn’t follow the story of Thomas and Teresa in their early years (ish.- it involves one of them for half the book). It  is set 13 years before the day that Thomas goes into the Glade and follows the story of Mark and Trina.

Wow. A lot of the main characters have T names!

So back to the story.

Trina and Mark are experiencing the world during/ after the sun flares. At first they are surviving just great! Then comes the evil people who shoot darts at people turning them dead or into what we call cranks now. So then Mark and Trina’s little gang run and get into all sorts of mess, and along the way pick up a kid who is immune (not telling who! :P) and then as you can expect they all die since we haven’t heard about them at all from the other books…

Cons
The Deaths
They were a little hurried. If I had just read them I may not have understood, but because my brother had read it before me, I knew what happened so yeah. I just thought it was a little hurried.

Pros
The last page
It included an awesome part at the back by James Dashner saying what his “Top ten things he’d want during the apocalypse”. It has The Kill Order. James Dashnerinspired me to make my own- to come probably!

Background of the background
In the book there is the background story of Mark and Trina and how they survived the apocalypse while it happened, and in the present they were coping with death and destruction. I’ve always wanted to use that in a sentence. Death and Destruction.

Action packed
As my brother put it. It was full of action as the title suggests and fast paced.

Madness
Losing your mind is scary, terrifying maybe and definitely hard to write, since people who go crazy, tend not to get better. But James Dashner did it perfectly. Each time something snapped within Mark’s head it was described so well and awesome and amazing and sad and depressing.

Character relationships
Dee Dee and Trina especially. It was adorable. Another character relationship which was adorable; Trina and Mark. They were so cute together! But I did want to know properly how they got together, because to me (I may have misread part or skipped out some by accident) at one point it was like they were just friends and then they were making out. But they were so cute!! And it tore me apart half way when Trina didn’t remember him ;(

Favorite Quotes

  • “Let’s get this started, people. It won’t be long before we all lose our minds”
  • “What would I do without you? I’d die of stress and depression before nature killed me”
  • “Mark thought that was all barking up the wrong tree. “Or they ran away from the fire. Not every person on earth is as wacky-brained as you, good sir. Most people see a huge roaring inferno coming at them? They decide to cut and run. Just saying”
  • “Though he’d never know for sure what had happened to them, his mind was super talented at imagining the absolute worst.”

Overall
Although this book wasn’t what I was really hoping for in terms of the plot, it still was amazing but depressing at the same time. 5 shuriken stars just like the other books in the series.

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Light- Michael Grant

Light (Gone, #6)Since my brother and I are fans of the Gone series, naturally we went as soon as the bookshop opened today to read it and asdfhaiefhaoeifh it was pre-signed by Michael Grant himself! Isn’t that awesome! For no extra cost as well! It was even £2 off! I’m so happy right now! But I’m sad and pissed off at the same time because my favourite character died. So basically kinda speechless, so I’m sorry if this review turns out to be crap.

Summary (Goodreads)- sorry!
It’s been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana’s malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series by Michael Grant, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.

Cons
The series has ended 😦
But in a way this is kinda a good thing, because to be honest the series was getting a little long and stretched out. But no…. I’ve been there since it started, and I can’t and don’t want to say goodbye to the characters that I’ve grown to love and hate.. Even though my most favourite character dies in this (I’ll give you a clue. It’s one of the big four.)

I want to know more!
I want to know about the experimental labs, Connie, Caine, Gaia, what happened to Little Pete, the survivors, Toto, why Sam didn’t have the evil feel towards him, etc.

The blaze of glory
I just felt that it was a little hurried. All through the book it was working up till that moment, and to be honest, I didn’t feel it until I read the next page which had the consequences. It reminded me a little of Rue’s death in the Hunger Games.

Disgusting scenes
Compared to other books there weren’t as many disgusting scenes. I mean, yeah there’s a graphic description of eyes being gouged out and burning holes through bodies, but there wasn’t actually much really really disgusting stuff- the kind of stuff that makes you want to throw up. Compared to Fear this was a field through of daisies. I mean, after reading fear, I couldn’t look at some sweets in the same way as before. But after reading this book, I have to say, even though I hate saying it… I was a little disappointed at the non-icky-ness 😦

Sam
This isn’t really a con in the sense of the book, but I really do need to let my anger out about him. (spoilers/ spoiler hints may follow)
All the others of the big four offered themselves up but he didn’t. It annoyed me so much. He is such a idiot. Stupid. (awesome people will get the stupid reference/ people who have read the book). He deserves to rot in prison. I dislike him. And all the time even up to the end he is the one who everyone trusts and is considered the hero. NB. Dark Knight references to come. He is the Harvey Dent and his “evil” twin brother is the Dark Knight.

Pros
The covers!
I’m just going to use this little paragraph to say thanks to Michael Grant for writing this awesome series and for making the covers look awesome on my bookshelf.
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Epic
It was just epic. Although there were parts of it that I didn’t like, it was epic. Mainly because of all the fight scenes.

The Outside
When I read stuff like this on the news (well… not exactly like this, but you get what I mean) I’m always the outsider looking in on it. How those kids are criminals because they killed and betrayed the law and therefore are a danger to the other people and therefore should be sent to prison. However, looking at it though the kids point of view is a totally another question. It seems so different that way and is going to change the way I look at something, because after reading the hell they’ve been though for the past six books, it seems stupid and selfish to chuck them into prison for trying to survive. So yeah. Sorry. I’m rambling. I’m still kinda in awe of this book. My point is basically that we see it through the eyes of the “criminals” who in their own world are the “heroes”. Funny how things can just all merge into one.

The plot
Compared to the other books it was a lot more thought out. In lots of the other parts there were sudden twists that were just pulled out of thin air, which did annoy me a little. But this book was different. From the start I felt that there was actually a plot, everything was all working towards one thing that would happen, and it did. The ending was Epic. With a capital E just to show how Epic it is.

Couples
I’m not usually one to splutter over cute couples, but hey ho I can always try something new every day! The couples were so cute… Brinanna and Dekka. Caine and Diana. Sam and Astrid. Edilio and Roger. So cute. It’s ashame that half of the couples are broken by the end of it.
haha. My endgame. I will keep you in suspense until you read the book.

Gaia
Best. Villain. Ever.

This picture

I found it off http://gaiaphage.com and it is freaking awesome!

Pons/ Cros
Basically this is a section about stuff that I didn’t want to put into the pros or the cons for fear of offending someone.

I thought it was ironic in places (at least I interpreted them ironically because of my beliefs) in places to do with religion. It’s just one of those things that puts religion in a different light. Like how the bible is from a Christian viewpoint, but if it was written again from a Atheist’s viewpoint, yeah I guess it’s unlikely, but the story would be interpreted differently.

Favourite Quotes

  • Evil. It’s in all of us. You know that, too. It was in you. I saw it in your eyes as you looked down at me in that cooler. Evil, hah. We all want to have someone powerless beneath us while we stand over them.”
  • “I realised, when I saw the forest burning, how fascinating the firelight is. It’s beautiful  and the people stare at it, don’t they? It destroys things and kills people, but humans love it. It is because they crave their own destruction?”
  • “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”
  • Sit! Lana roared. To Lana’s amazement, Brianna sat. So did Patrick”
  • “You’re insane!
    Compared to what? I haven’t got out much”
  • “Edilio had brought reality with him. And reality had a bad feel.”
  • “She was just that kind of girl: hate at first sight.”

Overall
Although I loved this book, and I hate saying this, but it isn’t quite up to the 5 stars rating :(. I really wanted it to be, and maybe that was the problem because there’s all that psychological thing about making it seem better in your head and then getting disappointed. So maybe that was it. Anyway, I would probably give it 4 shuriken stars 😛

Dark Inside- Jeyn Roberts

Dark Inside (Dark Inside, #1)Seriously. This. Book. Frustrated. Me. So. So. So. Much.

The blurb of my book told me what happened on the LAST FEW PAGES…?!

I first picked up this book because I liked the cover… Yeah I know, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, I try… but still… ANYWAY. So I started reading it and I found I was getting more and more frustrated as I read it. To be honest, I really really wanted to like it, because it just seemed like a me type of book (come on… A world gone mad, people getting possessed, gore, EXACTLY what I usually like to read). But as I was reading it, I was just getting annoyed because what happened on the blurb of my copy… just didn’t happen. UNTIL THE LAST 30 PAGES. Where the characters FINALLY meet like it says on the blurb.

Summary
Just read the blurb of the hardback copies (or read this goodreads-afied copy- which is still one of the blurbs, but just a better version)

Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…and now us. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies. This is the world Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael are living in–or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is travelling the same road in a world gone mad. Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey into the heart of darkness–and to find each other and a place of safety.

Cons
THE BLURB
Yeah, I know, I ranted about this above… BUT I’M NOT DONE YET!!!
Why would you put something on the blurb of a book when it doesn’t happen until THE LAST 30 PAGES??? But the thing is, it’s not even a spoiler… It was just me waiting for the moment where all the characters meet, FOR THE WHOLE BOOK.

Fire. Melting.
Note. this actually has nothing to do with fire or melting. I just like the words :). But it does kinda link.
The characters just merged/ melted together. Throughout the book I kept forgetting which person had which story; and that isn’t because I read it over a few days, I actually managed to read it over a weekend 😉

The characters
Is it bad if when I was reading it, they all just merged into one? It was just a little confusing. I mean all their substories were completely different, but when I was reading it I just kept forgetting who was  who.

Pros
The writing style
I bet you’re surprised that there are Pros about this book even though I ranted about how annoying parts of this book was for a whole paragraph. 😛
So yeah, I liked the writing style. It was fast paced and it literally (I’m not even exaggerating) made my heart race. I was reading it in bed one night and I was literally shaking and jumping (well… as much as you can while sitting down) because each time a chapter ended there was some sort of massive cliffhanger which might have maybe made me skip ahead a little to see what happens… Yup. I’m one of those people who can’t not give into the temptation to read ahead. I’m not proud of it. 😦

The idea
So yeah, the concept was good. Sorta like “I am number four” but with the aliens being the bad guys and the  bad guys infecting all the good guys and then the bad guys ripping apart all the good guys that are left… So nothing like “I am number four” I guess I was just thinking of the aliens living “peacefully” around us.

I’m running out of Pros…

The Cover?
The cover was cool I guess, its not the best I’ve ever seen… but it certainly isn’t the worst. I still like it though I guess.

The title was cool
It was like referring to the darkness inside people and the darkness inside the world?

Quotes

  • “I knew they would find me. I’m glowing in the moonlight.My darkness was too bright to hide forever. They’ll find all of us eventually. They play the odds and they’re up a thousand to one”

Overall
So it was an okay book. You should read it if you like YA fiction and don’t mind some gore, I just got frustrated because of the blurb, so if you don’t mind stuff like that or are already prepared, you should read it. Wow. That was a long sentence… So I’m unlikely to be reading the sequel unless people say it is amazingly good… 3 shuriken stars.

Unwholly- Neal Shusterman

UnWholly (Unwind, #2)OMG THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AWESOME. BUT THE ENDING NEARLY KILLED ME. (Note, if you have any thoughts of suicide, don’t read this book.)
I have no idea how to put what I am feeling now into words.

I guess I’ll just stick to blunt statements.

It was better than Unwind, if that is possible (even though I had doubts about it).

It kept me up till 2am last night, because my mind was racing all through it after reading it a few hours earlier… (which isn’t really good, because I had a exam today that I um… well… yeah…)

My heart broke.
Multiple times.
Neal Shusterman is crueller than Markus Zusak. (even though Weishi will kill me for saying this)
I HATE HIM FOR WRITING THIS BOOK, BUT AT THE SAME TIME I LOVE HIM FOR WRITING IT.

AND NOW WE HAVE TO WAIT AT LEAST A WHOLE YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK TO COME OUT. A. WHOLE. YEAR. (but please don’t let it be five years….)

;(
^ that just about sums up the entire book. ;(

(but don’t get me wrong, there were some happy parts… yeah… just some…)

There’s a funny story about this book actually:
Every day I was counting the days till it is released in the UK, and yesterday I was coincidently at the book store, when, GUESS WHAT? I SAW UNWHOLLY!!!!! SO then naturally I did a happy dance in the middle of the bookstore, and ran, actually sprinted to the till (Yes I got a few weird looks… BUT OMG IT WAS SO SO SO SO WORTH IT-at this point, EVERY SECOND MATTERS). I then sprinted home, well… if you can sprint on a bike, and I made record time. So next time I’m racing or whatever, just tell me Unwholly or Mark of Athena (OMG A WEEK!!!) or any other good book is at the other end, I can guarantee I will win that race. When I was home I was literally having a heart attack, and when asked by my brother what’s wrong I could only squeal and jump up and down whilst waving my rucksack frantically back and forth (.. I had forgotten to take out the book). So then, of course I started reading the book, hiding out in my room, so I wouldn’t get disapproving looks from my mum saying stuff like “Don’t you have an exam tomorrow?”

Summary
I AM SO WORRIED THAT IF I GIVE A PROPER SUMMARY I WILL SPOIL THINGS, IT TOOK ALL MY WILL (and the fact that I don’t want to be murdered), NOT TO SPOIL AND RANT ABOUT IT ALL AT SCHOOL TODAY. THE ENDING WAS WORSE THAN MONSTERS OF MEN (kinda…). IT BROUGHT ME ON THE VERGE OF BREAKING DOWN.
So I’m just going to copy the blurb off goodreads then add my own comments below, I don’t really want to be murdered again. (Yes, that is correct, I can resurrect) 😉

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.

Connor: throughout the book he struggles to cope with the responsibility of managing all the unwinds or whollies, as they are now known as. There is a moment in the book that I feel so sorry for him that makes me want to crumble… ;(
Risa: She does something unthinkable. Then it becomes thinkable.
Lev: OMG I LOVE LEV. IN UNWIND AND IN UNWHOLLY. I mean, how can you criticise a guy who turns his blood explosive? Well, yeah, he plays another part in the story, and he does something at the end which I seriously don’t understand… And he meets a girl… but I dunno how far their relationship will progress (if at all in the next book)
Starkey: I WANT TO STRANGLE THAT GUY. At first I admit… I liked him. BUT at the end of the first chapter I wanted to TEAR HIS THROAT OUT.
Cam: ;(
Trace: MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER OF THIS BOOK. I SERIOUSLY CAN’T SAY ANY MORE THAN THAT OR I WILL BE ONCE AGAIN MURDERED. 😉

Cons
um… ARE YOU CRAZY?!

Pros (that’s more like it…)
THE ENDING
I have to stop typing in capitals…. (just imagine the rest in capitals, and imagine me screaming and shouting it):
I have no idea whether this should be in the Cons or in the Pros. it was just so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so good, but so heart breaking, and so crushing. after reading it I just slumped. I killed me so much. I could never had seen it coming. at one point I thought one character was bad, then another character was good, but oh then they all turn out to be the other way round. just this one small detail really really killed me though (note. the names that follow are based on real people in the book, but i have used a different name to avoid any spoilers) (and sorry in advance for the caps, i really really just need to let it out) LUKE THOUGHT GEORGE WAS A TRAITOR BUT HE WASN’T AND  HE MIGHT NEVER EVER FIND OUT COZ OF STUPID JUNE AND STUPID ADAM. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT ADAM JUST LET GEORGE DIE. AFTER EVERYTHING HE DID FOR HIM. I am on the verge of re-breaking down again… ;(

Lev
Yes. He deserves his own little paragraph. HE WAS AWESOME. I liked him the the first book, and I loved him in this book. But there’s just one thing that I didn’t get about his story; how can a sofa be a better cover than a wall? So yeah, he was awesome. I loved how he progressed through the books; Unwind, Unstrung and Unwholly. How at the very beginning of Unwind, he was just this innocent kid who would always do things according to the book, and then at the end of Unwholly just to be someone who lives their life on the spur of the moment.

Wil
WIL ;( WIL ;( Yeah, he kinda gets mentioned in this book, but only if you have read Unstrung will you be able to understand it.- they never actually mention his name… I just wish… Una… I really really really hope that she comes in in the next book, or at least sometime… SHE HAS TO HEAR HIS MUSIC ONE FINAL TIME.

Cam
Yeah, he’s also a special character who gets his own paragraph. It was so cool watching him progress. Like from a baby to a mature teenager. But it also brought up some philosophical questions; how can you exist, but not exist at the same time?, is Cam actually a person? etc. I did hate him at one part for trying to replace Joseph though (again, code name, but not necessary a new character)

Trace
I just wanted to put his name there. but seriously guys, i cannot write about him.

Twists
Yeah, I know twists happen in all good books… but this was unique, exceptional. Nothing on earth quite like it. The came out of nowhere, well not quite nowhere, otherwise this would be in the cons. They just aren’t predictable, but they can be logical.

All Emotions Possible
At times I wanted to tear the book out, and scream in frustration, at other times I just hugged the book. I felt all the emotions that I could possibly feel in the course of a couple hours. And I’m not just saying that coz I love the book. I’m saying that because it is the cold hard truth.

Plots, Plots, Plots, Plots…
Yes, I am talking about the evil man, lets call him Rudolf (not that Rudolf is evil or anything, he’s actually my favourite reindeer- I used to always leave carrots for him at Christmas :P). He was smart. I’ll give him that. Smart and evil. He used to be good. But then he became evil. ………. I’m just going to give up and say (spoiler alert- but it happens in our first meeting of him so I don’t know if it counts really as a spoiler): Rudolf is Nelson. Nelson is the guy who Conner shot with his own trank gun in Unwind. Nelson gets fired. He becomes a parts pirate. :O And some other stuff happens… But he is so so so so so so smart. But ironically even though getting his own gun turned against him lost him his job, he never actually learnt from his mistake. 😛 But in all seriousness, he is one of the best villains ever. If I ever became a evil guy, he would be one of my first choices, but that would be flattering myself because I can’t plot as well as he can. 😛

Favourite Quotes: 

  • “Words don’t hurt you.” Which is one of the hugest criminal lies perpetrated by adults against children in this world. Because words hurt more than any physical pain”
  • “All this time, Lev ever realized what he needed. He did not need to be adored or pitied. He needed to be forgiven. Not by God, who is all forgiving. Not by people like Marcus and Pastor Dan, who would always stand by his side. He needed to be forgiven by an unforgiving world”
  • “I have no idea,’ he tells her, and there is such a spark in his eye when he says it, she can tell having no idea is exactly the way he wants it.”
  • “We want what you no longer want.”
  • “The eternally sleeping princess, thinks Cam. But I shall free you from those poisoned brambles that surround your heart. And then you will have no choice but to love me.”
  • “Either things happen for a reason, or they happen for no reason at all. Either one’s life is a thread in a glorious tapestry or humanity is just a hopelessly tangled knot.”
  • “He only wishes there were something that would heal the scars in his mind, which he can still feel. He sees his mind now as an archipelago of islands that he labors to build bridges between – and while he’s had great success engineering the most spectacular of bridges, he suspects there are some islands that he’ll never reach.”

Summary
Do you even need to ask? 5 SHURIKEN STARS. NO QUESTION. BEST BOOK IN A WEEK. BEST BOOK IN A MONTH. BEST BOOK IN A YEAR (Sorry, can’t go further than that)

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.

BZRK- Michael Grant

BZRKThis book is confusing… But it is still a good book! Any book written by Michael Grant is a good book!!! Michael Grant is also the author of the AMAZING Gone series –> See link for the first book : https://discombobulatedbooks.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/gone-michael-grant/
So back to the review! BZRK is the start of a new series called the BZRK Series (creative right?). The second book is going to come out hopefully on February 23rd, next year (2013), according to goodreads anyway… So… As I said… This book is very confusing. You have to really read into it and absorb every detail if you want to have a chance of understanding it. I didn’t understand it. 😀

Summary
It is set in the near future, where the world has better technology, but it isn’t that different from how it is now… The main evil people (sorry… I know there is a better term for it… that begins with “P”… but I don’t know how to spell it… :D) are the Armstrong twins; They are so creepy… They are joined together, but that’s not what makes them creepy… It’s just that they are so evil… but at the same time not so evil… Because they actually believe that they are doing the right and humane thing…; to enslave everyone… and join them all together by the mind… Another thing that is creepy… is how I actually agree with them in some ways… damn… I’m writing too much for the summary… I’ll explore their character more later! Well… because the twins want to enslave everyone… there must be someone, or some people to save mankind! <– BZRK!!! Both sides fight with their robot things… which invade the mind and turn people crazy and mental…

Cons
It’s too confusing!!!
There were just so many characters… and so many different robot things… and by that… I mean two different types of robot things… and one isn’t even a robot… note. If you are going to read this: Nanobots are used by the Armstrong company, and they are robots controlled by people by controls, Biots are used by BZRK, who are against the Armstrong Company, and they are controlled by the mind!!! I only got that about half way through the book… I thought that the characters, although each one of them were AMAZING!, but I just felt that there were just too many of them, so we never properly understood them or got to know them… (but that may just be my opinion!).

Pros
The Characters!
All of the characters are AMAZING and UNIQUE in their own way! And by unique, sometimes I mean literally: e.g. the Armstrong twins! (joined together, in the brain, and about half their bodies!)
The Armstrong Twins: There were the PERFECT villain! There were the type of villain, whose character was developed perfectly, I could actually imagine them as a real character! They weren’t the type of annoying villain that has all bad and no good…, I could actually see the good points about them; they thought that they were doing the right thing!, and I found that I actually agreed with their philosophy and I felt really sorry for them because everyone considered them the “enemy”… 😦
The two poets!: Sadie was just AMAZING! She was just so smart… but also quite annoying because she was so smart… and Noah was just so cool! I loved him from the moment he almost got his leg sawed off!
The BugMan and Vincent: They are the one of the best two enemies I have ever met! Actually, they are more like nemesises (plural of nemesis?)!  They were just so funny!, and it really put a different view on the book!

hm… That is the only real pro that I actually have to talk about… the other good points are to minor to be worth my effort… 😀 but don’t get me wrong… THIS BOOK IS STILL AMAZING!

Favourite Quotes

  • “We think of it as a body. A singular thing. Skin over organs and bones, but all of it ours. Human.” She shook her head slowly, dark brown eyes glowing. “We are not all human. We are closer to being an ecosystem. Like the rainforest. We are the home to thousands of life-forms. They live in us and on us. Like jaguars and frogs in the rain forest. In the human ecosystem there are viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites.”
  • “Rule number one: no one accidentally shoots me. I will resent it.”
  • “Doctors can all go to hell; nurses go straight to heaven.”
  • “She felt the heat, like someone had opened a pizza oven inches from her face. And set off a hand grenade amid the cheese and pepperoni. “

Overall
Overall this book is good!, partly because the author is AWESOME! To get straight to the point, I would say that it would be 4 shuriken stars. I would definitely recommend reading this book! (along with the Gone series- also by Michael Grant!)

Unwholly (Cover) – Neal Shusterman

Unwholly (Unwind, #2)Is this the real cover?

I have no idea, to be honest, but I just saw it on goodreads and decided it looks legitimate. I think it’s real. Actually, I’m 99.9% sure it’s real now. So let’s review it!

It’s really obvious that someone else took a picture of the book (An ARC, i think, as it says that in the top left of the picture, not that you guys can see. You’ll just have to trust me.) and uploaded that onto the internet. And it’s got the same colour scheme and writing and so on ,as the american cover (for those of you who haven’t seen the american cover, here it is)

UnwindI think I prefer the first cover more, it’s slightly more creepy in my opinion, with the whole faceless, zombie-esque person. I have a feeling this guy is Cam on the cover, since he doesn’t look anything like Connor or Lev in my head, and hopefully is not Risa. But it’s still awesomely creepy, and just makes me so excited. I can’t help it, I love this series.

And the summary looks awesome! It’s pretty long, just to warn you, but read it anyway.

Summary

“In a society where unwanted and troublesome teens are salvaged for their body parts, Connor, Risa and Lev continue to fight against the system that would ‘unwind’ them. Thanks to their high-profile revolt at the Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of so-called troublesome teens might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question and a new law passed. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests, not to mention the illegal ‘Parts Pirates’, that want to see it not only continue, but expand.
Connor, Risa and Lev each struggle to rescue as many AWOL teens as possible and offer them sanctuary. But life at the Graveyard is hard, rivalries bubble under the surface and the cracks are beginning to show.
And then there is Cam, a teen who does not exist. Made entirely out of parts from one hundred other ‘unwinds’, Cam is a 21st century Frankenstein, a rewound, struggling to find a true identity and meaning, and a place in society. But when a sadistic bounty hunter who takes “trophies” from all the ‘unwinds’ he captures starts to pursue Connor, Lev and Risa, Cam finds his own fate inextricably bound with theirs…”

Final Thoughts?

Well, I’m freaking excited about this book, my only worry is that it won’t be as good as the mindblowing first book. But I was worried in the same way for Everwild, and that proved to be awesome. And again with Everfound. I guess I just have to trust Neal Shusterman in being the awesome writer he is and making this awesome. Urgh! I want to read it so bad!

And if you came here and just read through all this and don’t know whether to read Uwind or not? GO READ IT! NOW! GO! GO GO GO GO GO!

Also, did any of you see the short film MainstayPro made for Unwind? I loved it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go ahead and look them up. They made a ton of videos for the Hunger Games before the movie came out as well.

Sorry, that was really random, but I guess I’m a pretty random person. Ah well.

🙂