Thursday, August 22, 2013

Endless by Jessica Shirvington

  "Even the greatest bringers of justice will only find salvation in surrender."

We got a recommendation for The Ghost and the Goth, but we couldn't find it, sorry!
Instead, we decided to do "Endless," by Jessica Shirvington. It's the fourth book in the Violet Eden Chapters, for those of you who've never heard of the series. Please note that this review may contain some spoilers for those of you who haven't read the past books. Violet Eden is a Grigori, part angel and part human. She's juggling a billion different things due to plot twists in the previous books.

Cover: The cover was a picture of Violet so I can't really judge that. It looks pleasant.

On to the characters, would it be bad if I said my favorite character was Phoenix? Because honestly, he's one of the best written character I've ever read. He wasn't a flat cardboard image with one side. He had reasons for being the way he was and an actual character that had different faces to it. I've always really liked him, but after reading this  book, I absolutely love him. Violet toughened out a lot in this one, too. In the first book, I didn't like her all that much, but she shows depth and strength in this one, as well as an understanding most YA female leads don't have: 'Nothing is endless.' As for Lincoln - I've never really liked Lincoln. He's an okay person, but I can't really tell anything about him. All I know is that Violet loves him, but why? I can't help but think that was only because of their - I don't want to spoil anything - connection. He wasn't a well-written character. I liked Spence a lot, although he wasn't original. Griff, Steph, Salvatore, and Zoe, were all the supporting characters and they were written well too, if not amazing. Phoenix, Lincoln, and Violet mostly pulled the story, though. The other characters weren't as much involved in this one. And the plot was good, but I think this story mostly revolved around the characters.

The ending was amazing. I loved it! I'm sure a lot of people will be unsatisfied with it, but it was original and had a sense of finality and I'm afraid it's going to be undone and all those unsatisfied people.

Now just give me a second to say, Oh, Phoenix. Why?

So for those of you who gave up on the third book because it was unoriginal and rather boring, push on! You will be rewarded! And for those of you who've never read the series, read it. You'll be rewarded, too, I promise. There is a reason this book was given a 4.7 star rating on Goodreads, people. It's by far the best book of the series.

So, while the plot was unremarkable and the setting wasn't anything special, this is a story about the characters and for that, we'll round it up.

  3.5 stars-we recommend this to fans of Supernatural and YA fiction.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."

For a classic, this book was good. Great plot but it was a little slow with the plot line, but that is to be expected for a classic.

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed. -Goodreads summary

For some reason, I had this urge to read a classic book. As recommended from one of my friends I decided on Jane Eyre. I didn't enjoy this as much as other classics I have read-mainly because of the slow plot line. One of the good things was that it wasn't as verbose as most classics. Jane Eyre was amazingly written with great in-depth characters. Some people argue that this book wasn't a romance novel because the book was about Jane's life but I believe that it is a romance novel because all the things that happen in Jane's life lead or relate to her romance with Mr. Rochester. For instance when she was young she misbehaves so she is put in a room where she sees a ghost and when she is with Mr. Rochester she sees a "ghost." 

Cover: It wasn't that bad! Keep in mind the book was a classic. 

The setting: I could truly feel as if I was there in the Rochester manor with Jane. It was written so well! The mysteriousness of the house was a great addition to the plot. 

The plot: Usually I can guess the plot of most of the books out here today. But the thing I love about classics is that it is really hard to. I couldn't guess the plot and that's what made me like this book. The plot twists were great even though there was a lot of time between them.

The characters were the best part in the book. It was great always knowing how they felt because they were all easily readable (other than Rochester.) For both of us, we had a strong disliking for Mr. Rochester *Spoiler* because who a) locks their wife in a attic, b) never tells the love of his life that he even had a wife? *End spoiler* He was also very moody and that was annoying because he wasn't readable so you didn't know what he was thinking. And his moodiness did nothing to help the book. He was written well and his character was thought through. As for Jane, she was very sensible and she was a strong female character for realizing that a) bigamy is illegal and b) leaving Rochester because of it. One thing that bugged me was when Jane got inheritance from her uncle and she was ok to stop working and live a carefree life. I know that's what they did back then when they were rich, but it rubbed me the wrong way. Jane didn't do anything to get the money, (yes she did deserve it) and then she uses it like Monopoly money. She could have donated it to the school she attended (it was funded by donations) or done something useful with it. After all, she knows what it's like being poor. 

So,  I did enjoy the plot twists, the main characters and the writing style. The long, sometimes boring plot was disappointing. So would I recommend this book? Yes, I give it a 3 star rating. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Expressing our thoughts

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