Made it 1/3 of the way through, before I realized I didn't like anything about this book. I no longer waste my time waiting for a book to redeem itsel...moreMade it 1/3 of the way through, before I realized I didn't like anything about this book. I no longer waste my time waiting for a book to redeem itself, even if it is so very popular. (less)
Sorry, there's nothing to like about this book. Its all so very cliche': Anna and her bro are globetrotting teen assassins, orphans no less, and are b...moreSorry, there's nothing to like about this book. Its all so very cliche': Anna and her bro are globetrotting teen assassins, orphans no less, and are beautiful, rich, and expertly trained. Despite being mentored by a famous French Madame, for her job as a hired gun, naturally, she has managed to maintain her virginity and has sworn off love because it killed her parents. What kills me, is that she walks into the next "job" all sophisticated and street smart, and falls for a guy who's akin to any guido on Jersey Shore. He's rich, spoiled, a creepy womanizer, shallow as a mud puddle, and just all around "ick." Their relationship is totally devoid of anything meaningful, except for perhaps the fact that he didn't get her in bed the first night like he usually does, so he determines that means he loves her. What a winner. Anna, is no better, figuring she's in love, when in truth its really the only romantic relationship she's ever had. Neither one of them is all that emotive-- its a lot of tell and little show. Anyway, thats as far as I got after a couple of tries. It was just. so. dumb.(less)
Halfway through, but not even going to bother finishing it.
It's not bad, but just kind of weak and unsophisticated, I guess. The premise was intr...moreBarf.
Halfway through, but not even going to bother finishing it.
It's not bad, but just kind of weak and unsophisticated, I guess. The premise was intriguing-ish, but there is very little added to it (by page 150 at least). The pacing is sluggish, the plot drags, and sorry, but Vasi is a dope. Even the "forbidden romance" is rather lackluster.
Props to the author, though, for her mixed-race heroine: how refreshing!(less)
Sort of interesting start, but it just jumps into all this action so fast that it began to feel really cliche': yet another girl who doesn't know she'...moreSort of interesting start, but it just jumps into all this action so fast that it began to feel really cliche': yet another girl who doesn't know she's super special and the only one who can save the world.
Maybe it gets better, but I didn't stick around to find out.
Ugh, I've read to chapter 7 but have to get out while I still can.
This book is just lack-luster. Nikki is not the least bit interesting with the vagu...moreUgh, I've read to chapter 7 but have to get out while I still can.
This book is just lack-luster. Nikki is not the least bit interesting with the vague way she sort of floats through the events. I understand she's supposed to have lost emotions and be a shell of her former self, but there is almost no dimension to her character. And the two boys are just as dull even with their emotions intact.
The premise is also disappointing: the Everneath and the Everliving aren't given much explanation, and there is no urgency to the story to motivate me to find out more. Everything in this book is just kind of....there. Boring.
Finally, though it's set in nearby Park City, a place I'm familiar with, it was difficult to visualize this story beyond some vague and hazy dream-quality images.
So a little bit of different up front: this girl is a total brat and she knows it. She's selfish and angry and its all on purpose.
It was kind of refre...moreSo a little bit of different up front: this girl is a total brat and she knows it. She's selfish and angry and its all on purpose.
It was kind of refreshing, actually.
But then halfway through, she remarkably grows a conscience, and swiftly morphs into The-YA-heroine-from-every-single-book.
And then, to add insult to injury, it turns out she's got magical powers, and oh yeah, she's a troll (which really doesn't surprise her that much), and wait a minute, she was switched at birth and her real parents are the Troll Royalty, so of course she's a princess! Could this get any better?
Oh yes it could, if you aren't tired of reading this genre yet. This is totally run-of-the-mill YA fiction, meaning there are dozens of books out right now with different variations of the same elements like they were just picked out of a hat! And all these break-out authors are dipping out of the same one!
Kinda just lost interest here... Good enough in theory, but the beginning was way too thick with the crazy intense fantasy jargon. I felt like I neede...moreKinda just lost interest here... Good enough in theory, but the beginning was way too thick with the crazy intense fantasy jargon. I felt like I needed a nerd translator or something. In a little further and things started to finally come together, and certain scenes were highly entertaining. But it also stagnated in places, and started veering off in a direction I just didn't care about, so I stopped. Nothing seriously wrong, just not enough to keep me interested.(less)
I tried! It tried so, so hard! I stopped on page 4. Then I gave it another go a day later and made it a few pages into chapter 2. But I just. Can't. D...moreI tried! It tried so, so hard! I stopped on page 4. Then I gave it another go a day later and made it a few pages into chapter 2. But I just. Can't. Do it. I'm sorry.
The thing is, there are some books that are just so male, I guess, that I simply cannot fathom. Examples: The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Catcher in the Rye, and now Will Grayson x2. Other people though, especially guys, really like them tons, so I must be broken somehow. It makes me wonder if this is just how teenage boys are and I have read WAY too much chick lit and have gotten my perception completely distorted (well, obviously that's true, but it's not like I'm completely ignorant and naive).
So yeah, it's not really that I'm scandalized by any of it, it's just that I don't like how it comes together somehow. It was intriguing but so un-enticing. The pictures these particular books paint is so...ugly, I guess. And its not so much the content, as the delivery that makes me cringe. Do boys really talk like that to each other? That's horrible! And WHY?
Ugliness doesn't have to be ugly to be poignant, which makes no sense, but hear me out-- for one thing, there's a whole can of worms in that statement that includes the subjectivity of beauty, good/bad, up/down, experience, perception, blah, blah, blah. But for the purpose of my argument, let's just simplify and go with happy and sad for now, and say that things that make us happy--and I mean truly happy, not underlying guilt happy--are good, and therefore beautiful. Thus, sad=bad=ugly. Ok, so with that basic theory in mind, things can be shaken up and then sad and bad and ugly can also become sad and bad and beautiful (or sad and good and beautiful, or happy and bad and ugly, or whatever). A good example is that movie, Life is Beautiful. It's sad because it makes us feel awful, and it's bad cause we never want it for ourselves, but its beautiful in the end because the perspective we are shown is uplifting. It didn't have to be though-- it could have been bitter and depressing all the way through, and ended more hopeless than it began, and it could have still been poignant if it makes us be thoughtful and introspective. The ugliness is so ugly that we want beauty all the more. What these particular books seem to say to me, however, is that ugly=sad=good. It's like, 'things are miserable, and no one likes it, but that's totally fine'. It's all upside down! It's apathetic justification that we don't have to expect or even hope for a positive life experience. Of course it sucks, and of course it usually will, but if we don't keep hoping and therefore trying, then what's the point of anything? And that attitude comes out via the presentation of the story, some way or another. I don't want to feel like crap even when things are crappy, so I don't want crap to be redefined as good--it may be normal, but that doesn't make it acceptable. I won't settle. No matter how bad it is, I will never stop striving for better. To quit trying is to start dying. (I just made that up, but it sounds pretty good.)
The point of this review, then, is that this book was sad and ugly, which was supposed to be funny and thus somehow good. I just can't buy that.(less)