books, poems, lyrics
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.
Little child, dry your crying eyes
How can I explain the fear you feel inside?
‘Cause you were born into this evil world
Where man is killing man and no one knows just why
My life is brilliant.
My love is pure.
I saw an angel.
Of that I’m sure.
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?
And I can change the world
I will be the sunlight in your universe
Do you believe in life after love?Believe, Cher Share
Under the ocean, where water falls
over the decks and tilted walls
where the sea comes knocking at the great ship’s door,
the band still plays
to the drum of the waves
to the drum of the waves.
Down in the indigo depths of the sea
the white shark waltzes gracefully
down the water stairway, across the ballroom floor
where the cold shoals flow,
and ghost dancers go,
ghost dancers go.
Their dresses are frayed, their shoes are lost,
their jewels and beads and bones are tossed
into the sand, all turned to stone,
as they sing in the sea
Currents comb their long loose hair,
Dancers sway forever where
The bright fish nibble their glittering bones,
Till they fall asleep
In the shivering deep,
In the shivering deep.
These books had such a tantalising allure to them - dark, mysterious and sultry. First off, I have to say the coolest part of the books was how the chapter titles were named after song/album names of alternative bands. Also, music was a huge part of the books which I admit, was a plus point for me. However, at times it seemed like the music references didn’t really serve any purpose in driving the plot.
I felt that the storyline was sufficiently unique. The main characters were eccentric (in a good way) and not at all typical. Romance (or what I can remember of it, since I read it some time back) was kept to a minimal and was in no way the main driving force of the books. The plot was pretty good, with paranormal elements and suspense woven in seamlessly even though the setting of the book was in a high school. But it seemed deliberately slow-moving, which, although slightly frustrating, was fine with me.
Most importantly, I would like to point out that the sequel (i.e. Pull Down the Night) was fantastic in the sense that the plot took a new twist to it and it was from a different POV. Although I was a little disappointed as I had taken a certain liking to Celia and would have liked to see more from her POV, it was a refreshing change and definitely did not ‘spoil the series’ as sequels are sometimes known to do.
Favourite quote: We’re a set of small black shiny beads who string around together, finding beauty the rest of the world has overlooked.Share
This is so different from TFIOS (I actually read this first) and to me it seemed a more mature, smoky read. I thought the characters here were all such strong, well-developed characters. I honestly prefer this to TFIOS because it’s such a powerful book and so unique, too.
Favourite quote: “Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there.’ I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” - Miles “Pudge” HalterShare