I don't think once was enough for me to truly grasp this book. The complexity of the characters and the plot requires more than one read.Mind. Blown.
I don't think once was enough for me to truly grasp this book. The complexity of the characters and the plot requires more than one read. I'm pretty lucky that I picked this series up after every single book was published, so I didn't have to rip my hair out over every cliffhanger. While not every question is wrapped up with a pretty ribbon, most of them get answered. There's no way to predict all the ways things go wrong and all the discoveries that are made, but it sure is an epic ride. I'm amazed looking back at the lukewarm feelings that Darkfever stirred in me and at the pace in which I finished this book (at 3 AM... so exhausted). Moning has worked out an extremely complex story with multiple layers of lore and mysteries.
Mac has grown so much in character, and she has really had a full deck stacked up against her. Despite that, there's still light in her, as she tells us from the beginning. A lot of darkness happens to her throughout the series, and we needed that to see how resilient she is. She's strong and independent, and she can also take a hint. She continues to love her family and retain her roots; she draws back to her life in the Deep South, and I think it's very important to characterizing her as she is now. Most importantly, she remains sane, which is more than I could say for myself if I was in the same situation.
The relationship between her and Barrons is raw, carnal, and real. He's not a man that will allow himself to break, and he doesn't really give two many shits about too many things, so it's even more heartbreaking and moving to see him love Mac. The truth behind is identity is kind of cheap because it lumps him into a category that we never knew existed. Despite his heartlessness and animalistic side, we love him anyway. He's not your typical broody male; he has a dark past, but he's enjoying his life all the same.
Dani and Mac should have ended things on a better note, especially considering Dani's significance. She was kind of brushed aside, which leads me to my main gripe with this series: there were not enough strong women. While I can't be too disappointed in Moning's predilection for hot supernatural men, most of the women in this book were either doormats or bitches or both. One woman I would've liked more details on (the concubine of the Unseelie King) is also inert the whole time, which ruined the fairytale a little for me. Why did he love her so much? The world will never know.
Regardless, I highly recommend anyone who enjoyed series like Vampire Academy to read Fever. It's so good it hurts. ...more
Super creepy. Super confused. I can't even decide what genre this book is supposed to be. Silas kind of disturbs me, especially with how horny and posSuper creepy. Super confused. I can't even decide what genre this book is supposed to be. Silas kind of disturbs me, especially with how horny and possessive he is. I don't know how Charlie and Silas can have different, defined personalities from who they used to be. I think that's the biggest issue I'm having trouble coming to terms with. The way that the authors write this book is seamless and engaging. There are lots of gasps and freaky moments, especially the one in the tarot shop. I'm eager to solve the mystery! May can't come soon enough! ...more
I hated the repetition, and it felt disjointed to me. Like the fairytales, everything that happens... TheWhat a depressing book to read on Christmas.
I hated the repetition, and it felt disjointed to me. Like the fairytales, everything that happens... The book doesn't seem cohesive, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Plus, I don't feel that there was an overarching theme.
Stylistically, the plot was unique, but I still can't shake my hatred for everyone in this book. ...more
Really slow in the beginning and extremely whiny and unlikable heroine. The ending, of course, was fast-paced and revived my interest in continuing thReally slow in the beginning and extremely whiny and unlikable heroine. The ending, of course, was fast-paced and revived my interest in continuing the series. Typical Marie Lu. ...more
Okay, so after reading this book, I feel kind of misled by the blurb. I mean, everything stated in the blurb happens, but it's a completely differentOkay, so after reading this book, I feel kind of misled by the blurb. I mean, everything stated in the blurb happens, but it's a completely different feeling. It's hard for me to rate this because this book comes so far from Slammed and Will's painful-to-read POV in Point of Retreat, but it also didn't inspire in me the same feelings that Slammed did. Maybe my expectations were too high that this book wasn't going to read like a well-translated Korean drama with the death and tragic pasts and angsty maleness.
She was either going to be the death of me . . . or she was going to be the one who finally brought me back to life.
I mean, it was good. It was above average. But I just wasn't that sucked in. I liked Tate. She was way better than Sydney from Maybe Someday, but it also really annoyed me how obsessed she was with Miles. That bothers me the most, I think. I wasn't really sold on their insta-attraction, and it's just a personal preference for me to read about the slow development of a relationship instead of this explosion of feels. Hoover deserves kudos for writing sex that isn't sex. I mean this in the best way possible. She is the master of subtlety. There wasn't any mention of lady parts or male parts besides some vague words (oh wait, she might have mentioned nipples. But that's it). There was a lot of moaning and being pushed against walls though ;)
I loved Miles, though. I read the blurb and I knew I'd love him. But what I assumed from the blurb was a guy who was cold because of his past, not someone like Miles, who ended up being a genuinely good guy. He buys blankets for homeless men, he remembers what Tate likes to drink, he treats her well. Now, if only he wasn't so traumatized by his past that he cut himself off from the hanky panky for six years... I really enjoyed the chapters from his perspective, and the poetry actually didn't bother me that much. He is someone who, from the beginning, is unafraid to feel and love with his whole soul, only to lose that to fear and tragedy. And the slow way he overcomes this, the tiny things that slip from him when he talks to Tate, and the way Hoover parallels the development of their relationship with the his and Rachel's relationship is pretty well-done most of the time.
Did anyone else think Dillon was kind of irrelevant, though? Why was he even there...? I liked Corbin and Cap was cool, but other than that, other characters don't really get involved. So ultimately, I'm eh about this book. I was obviously rooting for Tate and Miles because they were an adorable couple, but I also couldn't really identify with all the pain and feelings because I thought the problem was solved too easily, and it didn't cut deep enough. Or maybe I'm just a masochist. Either way, Colleen Hoover's writing is definitely improving, and her characters are becoming stronger. Maybe after one or two more books, I'll finally break out the box of Kleenex I've had sitting there ever since I started reading these books. I have a recommendation for her next book. It should be a collection of all her ideas for Terrible Tragic Pasts. It would probably be as big as the Bible. --- In my opinion, anyone who reads a Colleen Hoover book (and keeps reading them) is a masochist. An I-want-to-fall-to-the-floor-sobbing masochist. And based on the blurb, the quotes, AND what the author herself has said about the book, I have a feeling it's going to take the cake. Also, Miles sounds like my kind of guy. ...more
Beautiful writing. All this stuff about stars cracking open the sky and whatnot? A+. I just wish the plot would've matched it. It took me a while to eBeautiful writing. All this stuff about stars cracking open the sky and whatnot? A+. I just wish the plot would've matched it. It took me a while to even understand what was happening and put all the disjointed pieces together, and a huge problem was that Hayley was narrating the whole thing. She has a very strong and individualistic voice, but I didn't like that voice at all. She really annoyed me sometimes, and I thought a lot of her actions were unjustified, towards Trish, towards Finn, and towards other people too. Also, her character development was stilted but then accelerated in the final pages of the book, which makes it seem like she'd achieved enlightenment. There were plot holes too (why did she almost fall off the quarry? That was never fully explained).
I don't know the gritty details of PTSD, but it was real enough for me in this book. I'm sure it can get much worse than what Hayley's dad goes through, but it was shocking for me to read about the things he did, and it made me sad for the people who've sacrificed so much yet can never be the same again. In that aspect, Anderson has drawn attention to psychological consequences and the long-term impact they have, not just on individuals, but their families too.
What redeemed this book a lot was Finn. He was attentive, adorable, and just plain awesome. A's all around. Too bad he seemed too good to be true, and I never understood why a guy like him would go for Hayley in the first place. Their conversations are cute and bound to make you smile. They definitely alleviate a lot of the darker elements in the book, but once again, that's a testament to Anderson's superb control over language. I think her writing style is perfect, but her stories still have a ways to go. ...more
There are no words to describe how angry this book made me. It was very reminiscent of Beautiful Disaster with its overbearing, over-possessive male lThere are no words to describe how angry this book made me. It was very reminiscent of Beautiful Disaster with its overbearing, over-possessive male lead and a dumb-as-rocks heroine.
First of all, Etta does not stop whinging about how she needs her space and she needs to be free, blah, blah. She also talks about her brother's death like it's no big deal. Her brother's death is only used as a tool to justify her father's dickishness. Nowhere in the book is there any mention of what her brother meant to her, even though they don't seem to be that far apart in age. So she manages to find a house with two very nice people, although one of them is a party girl and gets drunk way too much, and she moves out because her father trusts her to do it.
Then, she meets Damien. This is where all the shit starts hitting the fan. The first clue should've been when Damien randomly lets her into his apartment even though he doesn't even know her, then proceeds to corner her. Then, of course, he starts popping up everywhere, and then their undeniable attraction (cue eyeroll) drives them together. Damien is a chauvinistic bastard, and he isolates Etta from everybody in her life, cancels her appointments, keeps her from class. This goes on for way longer than necessary, but every time Etta even makes some sign of resisting, all he has to do is press her against a wall, and she's willing to do whatever he says. Also, I'm very certain that one of the scenes is rape. There is literally a scene in which she is running away from him, and he grabs her ankle and drags her back to the house. What the fuck? Who does that shit? And her friend is right there, but he doesn't call the cops or do something about it?
There was some truly fucked up stuff happening in this book, but to my endless amazement, none of Etta's friends or family make any move to do anything besides complaining that she's never there.
Etta herself is messed up beyond belief. She lets her boyfriend micromanage every aspect of her life, and all it takes is some hot breathing before she submits to him again. He keeps 90% of his life away from her, and all she does is spout crap about how he's like a magnet and it hurts to be apart from him. She fucks around with Damien when she gives her best friend, Aaron, false hope. Also, she's amazingly naive and stupid. Yeah, I get that she's been sheltered, but an 18-year-old should know that when a man and woman have sex together without protection, pregnancy will happen. Especially if the two of them do it a million times every day like she and Damien did. I was beyond disgusted with her behavior and idiocy. Ugh. This is what Etta's perspective about sex is:
I get that most people view sex as a big step in a relationship. I, personally, do not. I don't see a problem with giving in to your desires. I see more of a problem in denying yourself... If he'd just let me touch him, or if he'd just touch me, then this wouldn't all be such a big deal.
Uh, what!? Does this not sound like something a crack addict would say? What kind of twisted logic is that? She basically just said everyone should have no restraint and sleep around all the time. I hope I'm not the only one who sees something really wrong with her point of view. I was disgusted with the sex scenes in this novel. Not only were there too many, but they played no role in furthering the plot, and too many of them came out of Damien forcing Etta into something she did not want to do.
Worst of all, there's a sequel! What the actual fuck?! You're going to have to drag me through a tub of acid before I read that drivel. No wonder this book was free on iBooks. ...more
With each move he makes to pull apart from me, I feel my heart crumbling. I can almost hear us being ripped apart. I can almost hear his heart teari
With each move he makes to pull apart from me, I feel my heart crumbling. I can almost hear us being ripped apart. I can almost hear his heart tearing in two, crashing to the floor right next to mine.
That escalated quickly.
I don't really know how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I understand the conflict and I really like how Hoover merged the themes of music and deafness. On the other, Sydney was kind of a bitch. Okay, not kind of. A lot.
I would've liked this book much more if I thought Sydney deserved Ridge, but I don't think she did. Everyone else in the book hyped her up, but I didn't see why. She unnecessarily stereotypes Bridgette, and she says some extremely insensitive things to Ridge during the book. I just never thought she was this ahhhmazing girl, even if she knew how to write lyrics.
Ridge, on the other hand, was a sweetheart. His internal struggle was so real, and Hoover has definitely gotten better at writing from a male POV since the days of Point of Retreat. I liked his POVs much more than Sydney's. I'm a bit annoyed at the ending, (view spoiler)[just because I think Maggie shouldn't have been disposed so easily. (hide spoiler)] It couldn't have ended any other way, but it was too predictable.
Hoover's a manipulative writer. She knows exactly which heartstrings to pull on, and which words will allow her to do so. The general formula of her books involves some I can't do this, a ton of betrayal and hurt, frequent crying, and the occasional terminal illness. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with her books, and I know Sydney's personality in this one really damaged my enjoyment of it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ok. So. I definitely expected a lot more from this book after seeing the glowing reviews. Granted, I didn't know what was going to happen, but I'm stiOk. So. I definitely expected a lot more from this book after seeing the glowing reviews. Granted, I didn't know what was going to happen, but I'm still so disappointed. I love the cover and how it's representative of the character and the ambience, but what the hell? Everything just seems so forced. From the road trip, to the creepy guy who wants to rape Camryn, to the giant clusterfuck at the end.
There were cute moments, some almost heartbreaking. I liked Andrew. At least he sounds male when the book narrates from his point of view. Other than that, the book took a while to pick up. I think the end, the big realization, was way too abrupt and extreme. Which leads back to why I think this entire book is so forced. I also don't understand why Andrew leaves Camryn. It was like he was purposely baiting her, because there'd be no other reason if he felt the same way about her. And that doesn't speak well about his personality.
Anyhow, the fistfights, the crying jags, even the final surprise at the end, all seemed like typical elements of a NA novel, smooshed into one book without anything connecting them together. Oh, well. Tis the season to be disappointed. ...more
"I can't hold on to you. You're like that shooting star. Just a trail of fire in my hands."
This book accomplishes so much that Slammed did not man
"I can't hold on to you. You're like that shooting star. Just a trail of fire in my hands."
This book accomplishes so much that Slammed did not manage to do, and I likedSlammed. The writing is so, so beautiful, and the characters are so heartbreakingly real. The struggle is poignant, and the conclusions that the characters arrive are artfully shown through the progression of the plot. Some of the endings were a bit too cliche, but it's a YA novel and I'll make some exceptions. ...more
If I have to read another metaphor about fire and destruction and being incinerated to ashes by passion, I'm going to hit the wall.
So it probably doeIf I have to read another metaphor about fire and destruction and being incinerated to ashes by passion, I'm going to hit the wall.
So it probably doesn't surprise you to know that I'm not a supporter of cheating. It disgusts me and I don't think there's anything to justify it. And after reading this book, I still believe that. I was disgusted with Cathy and how fickle she was. The only reason she left Ben was that Arsen appeared. The only reason she asked Ben to try again was that Arsen dumped her. Also, the random POVs are just that: random.
The author chose a hard topic, and her justification for why it happened is weak at best. I have absolutely no pity for Cathy. The miscarriages are bad, but it was no excuse for her to treat her husband the way she did. I feel horrible for both Arsen and Ben for loving Cathy in the first place.
I did like the paralleling love story between Ben and Cathy, but it was too inconsistent. And there was way too much sex. I think the main problem here was that Cathy was just too horny. Every ten pages, she's getting wet or having sex with either Ben or Arsen. Sex gets boring after a while. Hard to believe, I know.
I don't know why this book is getting such great reviews because there's nothing below the surface except for a woman who throws away something great to chase after something that is insubstantial. I don't understand why Cathy and Arsen are so attracted to each other beyond looks, considering the shallowness of their relationship. While Asher made an effort to justify this plot, I'm not convinced. ...more
This book dropped so many bombshells on me, I don't even know how I'm still alive. There was so much buildup that I was afraid that the reality wouldThis book dropped so many bombshells on me, I don't even know how I'm still alive. There was so much buildup that I was afraid that the reality would be disappointing, but it definitely still blew me away.
After reading Point of Retreat, I wasn't as excited to read this. But Hopeless brings out the same emotional turmoil and introspection that I saw in Slammed, maybe even to a higher degree, and I loved it. I admire the gradual way that all of the loose ends were tied up and the character of both Sky and Holder. The chemistry between them was sizzling, and maybe the love was a bit too intense, but I can completely understand how that plays into the story.
Hopeless covers so many topics that people find difficult to deal with, including loss, abuse, pain, separation, and recovery. It's practically a clusterfuck of angst, but the way Hoover goes about it makes the story seem completely believable and uncontrived. The truth is that the things that happen in Hopeless happen to real people in all parts of the world every day, but we don't have any idea because external and internal influences force their silence. The small flashbacks at the beginning of some chapters also link everything together and were the first clues, and while I figured out some of what happened to Sky from them, the rest was still a complete surprise. I think the addition of Six as a best friend was unnecessary when Sky already had Holder and Breckin, but obviously she needed a place to get her phone from. Holder and Sky are too cute together to fathom, and their love has an intensity to it that seems so tangible. There's something about Hoover's writing... it's not only wonderful and fast-paced, but it also has perfect timing. The words almost seem to drop at the exact right time, making it so much easier to sink into the story. I liked this book a lot, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. ...more
**spoiler alert** I read the blurb and I saw the cover, and what really got me was the description of the devil as alluring and beautiful. But the ent**spoiler alert** I read the blurb and I saw the cover, and what really got me was the description of the devil as alluring and beautiful. But the entire time I was reading, I wasn't even reading about the devil. The devil turned out to be a deux ex machina cowboy with red hair. What the hell (no pun intended)?
I don't know what point this book was trying to prove. I hated Sunshine. She's a vapid bitch, and this book was so committed to describing lust and violence in detail that it didn't pay attention to the plot. Because the plot made absolutely no sense to me. There were all these cliches thrown in (the missing parents that never come back, the mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere, the brother who's hot and cold), but they just made this messy amalgam that contributed nothing. Especially the parents. It seems like Tucholke just needed the parents to be missing, but she could've chosen a less elaborate excuse. Everything was tied up extremely quickly. I liked the creepy, dark atmosphere, and there were some good moments of writing. Everything else, though, just made no sense. ...more
If there's any word to be used to describe this book, I would call it juvenile. From fist fights in front of the lockers to bitchy girls who make cattIf there's any word to be used to describe this book, I would call it juvenile. From fist fights in front of the lockers to bitchy girls who make catty comments about your sex life, there are so many things about this book that just scream cliche. Opinions about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer have been mixed. Some people love it, some people absolutely hate it. While reading it, I could see both sides of the argument.
On the pro side, I can tell you why this book is so appealing to teenagers and swoony women alike. Hodkin definitely created an extra-freaky atmosphere where scenes jump from dream to reality, making it difficult to discern which is which. While some of the words she uses are hit-or-miss, a good amount of them contribute to the darkness and confusion. The way that Mara kept having visions and her gory imagination all help her case of being a teenage psycho. Then, there's Noah. Noah, the perfect guy who has a dirty past and is generally a scumbag but decides to change for Mara. He's rich, hot, has a British accent, and somehow can't resist Mara's theatrics. What's not to love, even if he has violence tendencies?
On the con side, where do I even begin? Shall I name the number of plot holes in the story? The hodgepodge of tragic events that are magically solved by visions and collapsing buildings? The completely idiotic portrayal of high school? You can't skip school for days on end, you can't just get someone expelled at the drop of a hat, and you can't get punished by your Spanish teacher and then get your complaints turned down. I'm pretty sure that most of the stuff that happens to Mara is her doing. She's completely unlikable and you can kind of understand why people hate her so much. She doesn't do anything besides piss off everyone around her and ruin lives. Really. I don't see what Noah sees in her because they're not the same. Beyond the fact that they both have magical powers, they have absolutely nothing in common. So much of her behavior goes unexplained, from her refusal to take pills to the way she handles all the situations she's put into. Also, when Noah punches some guy nears death and Mara is just like "damn that turned me on"? What the hell is wrong with this girl?
In the end, this book is creepy. That was my favorite part. But the psychiatry, the petty and random things that happen in high school, and Mara herself are all giant downers. ...more
I think I'm starting to get tired of all these contemporary YA novels that revolve around sexual/physical/psychological abuse. There doesn't have to bI think I'm starting to get tired of all these contemporary YA novels that revolve around sexual/physical/psychological abuse. There doesn't have to be some awful tragedy in order for a modern-day story to happen. Don't Breathe a Word wasn't awful, and it actually had some nice prose and momentum, and it lets us glimpse what life is like for the homeless in Seattle. But other than that, I was bothered by the glorification of life on the streets and the whole "street power" idea. Everything was resolved too quickly, and the evil presence was too easily obliterated. ...more
Yeah, so... I really don't understand the high rating for this book. It's another one of those teeth-ruiningly "sweet" novels where the girl suffers fYeah, so... I really don't understand the high rating for this book. It's another one of those teeth-ruiningly "sweet" novels where the girl suffers from a lifetime of abuse from her peers and her family before the boy swoops in, saves her, and opens her up to society again. The writing was mediocre, the characters annoyingly one dimensional (the kind, motherly mom that reminds the MC of what she's never had, the doting father, the funny grandpa). I skimmed most of it, and I was ready to give it only one star, but the ending came as a slight surprise (maybe because I wasn't paying attention half the time), and I liked the fact that Henry left for a while.
Kate... I don't understand Kate. I know her history is explained, but I still don't get why she was abused my her peers in the first place. The bullying that happens to her at school sounds disgustingly juvenile, and definitely not something that high school students would do. I know there are bitches out there, but following one girl in targeting one specific person without any reason at all seems outrageous. I don't like how easily Kate made up with her tormentor, and I know it's supposed to show her kindness, but the girl put menstruation blood on Kate's dress at a dance and got all her groupies to laugh at her! If you immediately become best friends with someone like that, you're not amazingly kind. You're stupid. She suffers all this abuse at the hands of her parents, but she could get help. I fail to see how foster homes or state care is worse than getting beaten near death every day. Bennett makes an attempt to have her parents redeem themselves, but it falls flat because these changes are so abrupt. You can't go one day beating your daughter and then trying to make small talk with her the next. I know there's an explanation for that, but it doesn't seem realistic. At all.
Henry is your typical sweet-talking charmer whom everyone happens to love. He plays the role of knight in this book, saving Kate, appearing at all the right moments, apologizing for being perfect. The reasons he likes Kate in the beginning, as he explains himself, are her lack of caring for things that girls obsess over and her damsel-in-distress mating call. So really, all the reasons he goes after her are byproducts of her being bullied. In my opinion, Kate doesn't do anything lovable. All she does is cry, get hurt, cry some more, and hide.
I don't know exactly what this book is trying to accomplish, but if it's trying to be realistic, it's failing hopelessly. It's using abuse as a means to make a girl more appealing to the audience and to a guy, and it's encouraging a selflessness that could possibly get a person killed. And it offers a miraculous ending in which everybody recognizes his/her faults, which are all very typical (alcoholism, bitchiness, abandonment issues, etc). They all voluntarily go and get the help that they know they need. Ugh. If you want a good contemporary novel, there are plenty others that far surpass Heart on a Chain....more
May I introduce the recordbreaker for Most Illegitimate Children: Fire!
So this was much more interesting than Graceling, in mActual Rating: 3.5 Stars
May I introduce the recordbreaker for Most Illegitimate Children: Fire!
So this was much more interesting than Graceling, in my opinion. But it was still as preachy as other, and I found the main character even more insufferable because she spends so much time crying over how beautiful she is. To be cursed with being wanted by every man who beholds me. Oh, sighs. The horror.
By now it's obvious to me that Cashore intends her books to be this reminder that sexism and differences in hierarchy are very much present. But does she really need to bring it up every couple pages? I was reminded again and again how men like to objectify women with all the guys throwing themselves at Fire and Nash and Archer proposing to her every second. The pace isn't that much faster than Graceling's, mostly because there are so many words spent on Fire's struggles with her beauty. When it actually came down to the political intrigue, the plot became much more interesting.
I know I put Fire on my useless-heroine shelf, but she's actually pretty useful to the development of the story. I could've done without all her complaining. I know I'm being insensitive by laughing at her for being all distraught over being beautiful because I can see how that's a problem in a time when women were still seen as things to be possessed, but at the same time, I can't summon much sympathy over her situation. Also, all the men in this book have problems usually having to do with infidelity and sins of the flesh. When I learned that Archer was illegitimate, fine. But when two other illegitimate babies were born as a result of his man-sluttiness, that was when I started getting fed up. Every male in this book must have a kid that he never anticipated. Fire's attitude towards this also annoyed me. She willingly sleeps with Archer again and again but has all this modesty and self-restraint. Seems a bit hypocritical, if you ask me.
Despite all these problems with the themes that Cashore is trying to convey, I enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Archer and Brigan. Out of the two, Archer was my favorite, just because his passion and love were much more intense, though perhaps not as real as Brigan's. Although she tends towards preachiness, Cashore does have a talent with the characters and worlds she creates. I can't argue that they're cookie-cutter characters, because they're not; they do have facets that make them alive and likable. Fire's home is different from the place from Graceling, full of monster creatures and vivid colors. There are no Gracelings where she lives. There were moments of funniness, especially among the siblings, that lightened the mood. Towards the end, I began enjoying Brigan's and Fire's romance, though it's a bit underdeveloped. Overall, I was way less bored, and I'll be reading Bitterblue soon. ...more
Definitely not as good as the first book. There was something captivating about Will's and Lake's relationship in the first book that kept me reading;Definitely not as good as the first book. There was something captivating about Will's and Lake's relationship in the first book that kept me reading; maybe it was the taboo aspect. This one is in Will's perspective, and I really think Hoover should stick with writing from Lake's point of view. Will just didn't seem anything like a twenty-one year old guy who used to be a teacher. Instead, he sounded more like a lovestruck teenager.
That's not to say that this book didn't have its moments, because it definitely did. The new characters like Sherry and Kiersten were nice additions, and the bonds among the neighbors and friends were still as strong as they were in the first book, though the absence of Lake's mother is evident. There are bouts of humor and feeling, but that gets interrupted sometimes by too much cheesiness. I especially liked Will's and Kiersten's poetry towards the end, though I think the subject of slam poetry isn't explored enough here. The thing about this series is that it does require a suspension of disbelief, just because it's hard to see two barely-adults raising two kids in two different houses where people don't knock on doors and everyone is totally friendly. I think the fact that many of the problems that were brought up in this novel weren't fleshed out also added to the increasing ludicrousness of the plot. While in Slammed, I could sympathize, many of the events here just made me roll my eyes.
Time for me to move from this butterflying series and off to something new. ...more
Not only am I mourning that awful cliffhanger and the fact that I won't get to read the next book until next year, I am mourning MalI AM IN MOURNING.
Not only am I mourning that awful cliffhanger and the fact that I won't get to read the next book until next year, I am mourning Mal, Alina, Genya, David, and all the other characters that Bardugo has mercilessly tormented throughout this book. I've never had my emotions manipulated so harshly before. This book is more scarring than a bad breakup. And seriously, what is with all the attractive but damaged men in this book? I guess you just can't have it all.
If you follow my reviews, you probably noticed that there was a lot of this:
In between all the crying, though, I forgot to mention that there was also a lot of this:
To be honest, Shadow and Bone didn't make that much of an impression on me. The only things I really remember about it are Russians and the Darkling turning out to be more than a fancy vampiric incarnation. This sequel, I suspect, will stay with me much longer. Like its predecessor, I got through it all within two days. If there's one thing that Bardugo does perfectly, it's her pacing. It's not extremely fast or slow, it's Goldilocks's ideal porridge.
Where Shadow and Bone was tamer, more of an introduction of all the things that the characters of Alina's world were capable of, Siege and Storm dives right in, beginning with the Darkling resurfacing and a romp over the seas. Immediately, you have to appreciate the world Bardugo has created and the intricacy of each aspect, from the mythical creatures that roam it and the elaborate hierarchy of the Grisha and royalty. I must say, I love the names she's created for each part of her world. They make me want to visit Russia and make me momentarily forget that if I do visit, I won't be able to say anything besides "Da, Kapitan." In between all the political intrigue and fighting, Mal and Alina get their moments. But these moments are so fleeting, I was always left wanting more, and that was basically what tortured me throughout the entire book. It's like watching a slow-motion car crash; you see the void widening, yet all you can do is helplessly read on. Anyway, the problem of the Darkling explored in the first book basically lays eggs and expands to horrifying proportions, but I'll let you all enjoy the gory details when you read the book, though I feel like I'm discouraging people from reading it...
I love Mal. I really do.
“No, Alina. You came here for Ravka. For the firebird. To lead the Second Army.” He tapped the sun over his heart. “I came here for you. You’re my flag. You’re my nation."
How can you not love him? Even in the end when he was pissing me off, I still loved him. I must add that the end with Alina and him really disappointed me. (view spoiler)[Some part of me thinks that he's stopped loving her because she's become so hideous, (hide spoiler)] and I just want someone (preferably Leigh Bardugo herself) to tell me that this isn't true and that they'll get their happy ending. But what are the chances of that? I mean, all hell has broken loose. There's no way. God, I'm so bitter right now. To all the people who are shipping the Darkling and Alina, you guys are so twisted. He's psychotic. Yet there are parts of him that are disturbingly human, and it's just AUGH. It's freaky. Oh yeah, and while I'm extolling the males in this book, Sturmhond. Nikolai. Hohoho. Alina can take Mal. I'll take him. He's a bit confusing, and we're never too sure what his intentions are, but he's really got the cocky thing down. I look forward to a further exploration of his personality in the next book. That is, if Bardugo doesn't kill him off before that happens... She's getting a bit bloodthirsty and power hungry. Like Alina! Hahahaha. Bad joke. Okay. Moving on.
Alina is such a strong character. I'm not really a fan of the whole there is darkness within me and I'm sinking into it but there's nothing I can do struggle. But Bardugo maintains this balance between Alina's darkness and her determination that I couldn't help but admire her and go NOOOO *sob* when bad things happened because of her. Through her actions, I could understand the huge burden placed on her shoulders and how hard it was on her to make everyone happy, how the knowledge of how she was to be responsible for an entire world was eating her up inside. She's stupid, fearless (though it could be argued that those two are the same thing), determined, and strong. She is really the driving force behind this entire book, and so, so human.
There are fewer light-hearted moments in this book, though there were still snatches of dialogue that made me laugh. Part of me wishes for those simple, happy moments between Mal and Alina to be back, but I know that those are gone. The awful cliffhanger can attest to that. Also, I've heard rumors of a fourth book... Which only means my suffering is going to be prolonged another year. Shit is going down, and I want a front row seat. If you want one too, I suggest you read this book immediately and pester Bardugo until she has no choice but to urge her publishers to hurry up.
P.S. Never ever entrust your nation to someone named Vasily. P.P.S. Apologies for any harsh words or incoherency in this review. I am not in the most eloquent of states right now. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was way creepier than I expected. Pardon the pun, but this book absolutely submerged me in Hester's world. From her occupation as someone reenactThis was way creepier than I expected. Pardon the pun, but this book absolutely submerged me in Hester's world. From her occupation as someone reenacting the lives of those who'd died centuries ago to her discoveries of a woman who'd drowned in a sarcophagus and an underwater nursery for dolls, everything was chilling and remarkable. I was questioning what had really happened until the very end when everything was explicitly explained. I do find that Hester pales a bit in comparison with the headstrong beauty that is Syrenka, and she seems more like a tool to finish off the other half of the story which began in the past. However, I wholly enjoyed reading along and being disturbed by the elements of the book. It's not often that one chapter contains the murders of five different people, all in gruesome and different ways, at once. Fama's interpretation of the mermaids and their lives underwater is fascinating, and there is something about her writing that's both haunting and beautiful....more
I need a while to recover from this book. Because currently, it's just feels all around. I don't know what it was about this book that slammed right iI need a while to recover from this book. Because currently, it's just feels all around. I don't know what it was about this book that slammed right into some deep part of me that I didn't even know existed, but damn if it isn't the best feeling of bittersweetness. I'm not saying that Slammed doesn't have its problems because it definitely does. But with this book, the subtle beauty of the book's language far outweighs its other flaws.
The story begins innocuously enough. New girl with tragic background moves to new area. Cool, cool, sounds cliche, but I can totally deal with that if it's written in the right way. And then of course she happens to live next to one of the hottest guys around, and he asks her on a date. Surprises of surprises, they share a love for a band that nobody else has heard of, and their kisses make sparks explode. And obviously he's this intelligent scholar who can write and recite poetry too. Woopeedoo. BUT THEN, MY FRIENDS. BUT THEN. Girl finds out boy's background, and boy was I not anticipating that. It was honestly the last thing on my mind what Will's true occupation was, and I knew that I was in for a looooot of angst. But I braved my fears, and I read on. There are multiple aspects to this book that make it unique. First, obviously, is the element of slam poetry. It's threaded in throughout the story and used as a way of communication, and the poems that Hoover writes have a pulse. Her poetry might not be my kind of thing, but I can't deny that they do contain life and work as reflections of the characters' truths, as well as a way to avoid info-dumps. Secondly, I must point out the utter shittiness of the situation that the characters find themselves in. Literally everything goes wrong. I always admired authors who could make a bad thing worse, and it seems that Hoover is a master of that. Finally, I have to say that I adored the side characters. None of them were superficial or unnecessary, especially Lake's mom. I loved her, and because of that, the ending of the book choked me up a bit. She fulfilled her purpose perfectly: to be a mom. That was exactly what she was, and there is no questioning the love that she has for her children. I think parents (what few of them there are in this book) are portrayed extremely well in this book. Joel, Eddie's foster father, is another example. We all fight with our parents and it's easy to forget that they want what's best for us, but that really is all they want, and Slammed covers that.
Obviously, I loved Will. I'm already biased because I like the name Will. Furthermore, he was smart, hot, could write poetry, and also had this possessive streak that just made him sexier. He reminded me a bit of Lucas from Easy because I'm pretty sure no male like that could possibly exist. Or at least if he did, some far more proactive girl has probably already locked him in her cave. i will say there's a lot of back and forth between him and Lake, but it didn't get too annoying. Lake's continuous crying on the other hand, though... I always get irritated when MCs cry a lot, but then I feel bad because their lives are really that shitty, and what else can they do but cry? The other day, I got a truancy letter because I apparently was reported absent from school for three days. Considering how many times Lake decided to "take a break" from school or leave, I wonder how many truancy letters SHE got.
Anyway, it's 1 AM because I just had to finish, and I already have Point of Retreat all ready to go, but I'm wondering if it's worth it and if I'm going to withdraw from society because of these books. Good YA contemporary novels always manage to make me think of nothing else, and that's what this one did. ...more
“I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. Give me your heart, Kacey. I’ll take everything that comes with it.”
For all the times this Uncle Raymon
“I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. Give me your heart, Kacey. I’ll take everything that comes with it.”
For all the times this Uncle Raymond dude is mentioned in the summary, he sure never appears in the book. At all. Really, you get what this book is about if you just read the last two paragraphs of the blurb.
I thought this book was interesting. It kept me reading, and I was curious to see what would happen. I got a little caught up in Trent's hotness too, but then again I always do that. I liked Tucker's writing style; it didn't drag, and it definitely could have. Why? Because nothing happens in the first half of the book. Kacey settles down in Miami with her sister, Livie, starts working at a strip club as a bartender with little experience, and avoids her hot neighbor, Trent.
A lot of things that happened in this story made me wonder if this was all possible. Running off to Miami without being found by your legal guardians, miraculously finding people who are that good with tons of cash to spare, getting a job at a club where the bouncers and the owners are complete gentlemen... I don't know, seems a little too perfect for me. Maybe I've been reading too many my-life-is-shit novels or something.
After the initial wow-that-guy-is-sexy phase, I started getting really annoyed of Trent and Kasey's reaction to him. Fine, he's really hot. But do you have to mention how you can't speak and your legs turn to jello every single time you meet eyes? Also, I'm sorry, but he's a stalker. There is no way to get around it. It's mentioned later that he has followed Kasey's life for months before he actually met her, and that is just creepy. Somehow, people think it's okay when the hot guy does the stalking, but stalking is still stalking. It's still the act of creeping on another person without his/her knowledge.
Here's the run-down of this novel: 30% Trent staring at Kasey 40% Kasey thinking about Trent 20% Kasey and Trent sexy times 10% actual substance
To conclude, 90% is about Trent. And he's pretty important, but come on. I thought the book was about Kasey healing herself, not her depending on some guy to do it for her. The unveiling at the end definitely gave me a good shock, though I feel pretty stupid for not foreseeing it earlier. I actually got more interested because of it. The book would've been pretty boring and less fucked up if Tucker had left the twist out, although it might still have worked. I thought everything was too easily solved with the epilogue and last chapter. I don't know if therapy is that miraculous. Maybe it is. But the way everyone seemed to come together again... Like the rest of the book and its characters, it seemed a bit too perfect. I didn't think Tucker spent enough time exploring the other characters for the conclusion to make sense; if she'd laid off a little on Trent and Kasey, there might have been some real, believable development in relationships. As it is, this book is interesting if you like runaway snakes and sexual tension. ...more
I can basically dumb this book down for everyone else who hasn't read it yet with 10 basic sentenThis review can also be found on The Dreaming Reader.
I can basically dumb this book down for everyone else who hasn't read it yet with 10 basic sentences.
1. Girl with dark, secret past that she's ashamed of telling to anyone because it'll make people see her differently moves to a new place. 2. Girl tries to avoid deep connections with other people, especially attractive males who seem to be potential boyfriend material. 3. Girl runs into Boy on first day of class (literally). Boy is attractive (surprise!). 4. Boy is very interested in Girl even though Girl turns down his every advance (actually, maybe that's exactly why he's interested...). 5. Girl finally lets Boy in. They do lots of fun things, like going to a drive-in theater, meeting parents, feeding each other eggs... 6. Girl finds out that Boy is definitely worth it, and so she pushes him away. 7. Boy and Girl fight because Girl is still insecure even though Boy has made it completely clear that he would do anything for her. 8. Boy and Girl get back together because they're both masochists (especially Boy). 9. Boy and Girl fight again because Girl can't get over anything and would rather cry. 10. Boy and Girl get back together and Girl suddenly decides to forget her past and move on. 11. SEX. Or, as Avery words it, "swesomely amazing sex."
TL;DR: Boy meets Girl, Girl is bitch to Boy, Boy can't help himself, Girl is bitch to Boy again, Girl and Boy have sex.
I definitely was reminded of Beautiful Disaster while reading this. It's the exact same formula, with less throwing things and abuse on the male's part. Actually, I think Avery is pretty much guilty of all abuse in this book. I must say that if there's one thing that Armentrout is good at, it's her male leads. Despite all their moments of douchiness, they turn out to be upstanding men, and that's what Cam was. He had astonishingly good moments. There was this one part when Avery says, "Cam, you're a good guy" and he replies with, "I'm only good with you." Pretty heart-melting stuff. His biggest character flaw was getting involved with the hot mess that was Avery. I don't know what to think about the way sexual abuse is addressed in this book. I thought it was overdone in that it was mentioned too much without any details, and it told me nothing new. In a way, it was more a device to further the plot than anything else. In addition, there was an explosion of spelling/grammatical mistakes, and some of the characters have the tendency to speak like middle schoolers who still have to put quarters in the swear jar.
Overall, I didn't really enjoy this. Unlike a lot of people, I actually like the tired, trite formula. But I guess this moment was bound to happen sometime. I was setting myself up for disappointment. Now I'm going to expect to bump into a hot guy my first day at college. ...more
I never really understood what people meant by the John Green formula until I read this book. TheThis review can also be found on The Dreaming Reader.
I never really understood what people meant by the John Green formula until I read this book. The mysterious, cool, distant girl, the slightly geeky boy, and the journey. It's very reminiscent of Looking for Alaska, which I think is part of the reason I didn't like it as much. Looking for Alaska is my least favorite John Green book, and I think that if I hadn't read that, Paper Towns would've gotten a higher rating from me. As it is, I think it's just a better done regurgitation of LFA.
There are some things about John Green's writing that I really enjoy, despite the repetitive formula. I like how he uses symbolism and how his books usually revolve around one clear concept (in this case, paper towns and facades). Some people might see it as needlessly rehashing something, but his ideas are usually pretty unique and about stuff I've never heard of. Also, his dialogue and characters never fail to make me laugh. The road trip in this book was my favorite part. It was so isolated from everything else and it really brought the friendships among all the characters into perspective. The way they all come together for a 23 hour car ride and the strangeness of the situation highlights John Green's capacity for imagination. Out of all the characters, my favorite character was Radar because he didn't suffer from the melodrama and selfishness that the others had. I didn't have much patience for Q and Margo's dramatics. In fact, I didn't understand how they went from not really talking to each other at all to suddenly in love. For Q, it's understandable. But why would Margo give him the time of day after years of not really interacting with him? Doesn't make sense.
The book is exciting, I'll give it that. I wanted to keep reading. But I got tired of Q's obsession with the projection that Margo was giving off, and I guess that was kind of the point. However, it was too reminiscent of Pudge's angst after Alaska's disappearance. I probably need a break from John Green before I pick up another one of his books. ...more
THIS BOOK HAS MADE ME SO CONFUSED. If you look at the shelves I've placed it on in my Goodreads review, you'll probably think I have schizophrenia or some other terrible psychological disorder that only comes into play when I'm reading books.
I was so angry at the start of this book. To me, Kat (Katy? Kittycat? Kitten? WHAT THE HELL IS YOUR NAME?) was suffering from a severe case of Bella Swan Idiocy, what with her stumbling over tree roots and flat ground and ogling Daemon just because of his jaw-droppingly good looks.
Even though I couldn’t stand him, and I actually think he might be the first person I ever hated, he was…he was a god. Who knew the kind of girls he was used to seeing in bathing suits.
She was every bit the annoying girl who doesn't know she's pretty, gets insanely jealous whenever another girl gets within ten inches of a guy she says she hates, and gets distracted whenever he takes off his shirt (which is a lot, in this book).
I was sick of that. Frankly, I was ready to flip some tables and call it a day.
But then... something changed. Maybe it was around the time Katy dumped a tray of spaghetti over Daemon and his fake girlfriend's head, or maybe it was when her comebacks started getting better. At any rate, that was when I began getting interested. It amazed me that this book had such a high rating, and they definitely didn't skimp on the advertising, since covers popped up everywhere. My every step on GR was dogged by the stupid green cover with its flawless models with their glowy green eyes. Which led me to believe that there was something about this book that I was missing. In the first half, all I could think was two stars this book sucks two stars why would anyone read this piece of crap TWO ST--
I mean, it's horribly cliche-ridden. As I've already mentioned, we have the cutely clumsy heroine, who attracts the attention of a guy who's 1000000x hotter than her and his equally hot sister, they're hiding some freaky supernatural secret with connections to Native Americans (this seems to be a crowd pleaser), and the heroine discovers this secret because she's stupid enough to walk in front of a truck. It's a recipe for disaster.
Strangely enough, it works. Not for the first half. That was just frustrating and made me want to stab Katy in the face. But after she discovers their secret, I looked forward to the book. One thing that I absolutely love, and that I have to commend Armentrout on, is that the woman knows how to write chemistry. Not only do they have a fuse-blowing make-out session (literally), Katy and Daemon have these sweet and hot moments together that made me root for them. The ending was a nice addendum to this, and it shows that Katy isn't a weak-spined character like I originally believed. Rather, she's pretty liberal with her middle fingers and insults. Also, she has secret ninja moves.
Daemon fell to his knees beside me, pulling me into his strong, solid arms. “Kat, say something insulting. Come on."
There were just these moments that made me laugh, which contrasted with my eye-rolling in the beginning. I know a lot of people have issues with Daemon, but I have already come to this understanding with myself that I'm attracted to douchebags, so despite Daemon's controlling, possessive, and overconfident demeanor, I find it very endearing. Others might think I'm a whacked out freak who will end up calling the suicide hotline sobbing about domestic abuse, and I am perfectly fine with that. Just leave me to my own dysfunctionality, and we'll be good.
Barring the fact that I like assholes, the plot of the book was strangely intriguing, too. This is my second alien book, Gravity being my first. And I think I realized with this one how much liberty writing about aliens affords you. I mean, with vampires and werewolves there's all that stuff about sticking to the rules with the bloodsucking and silver bullets and garlic necklaces. But with aliens, all that's really required is that they're from another planet. That's it. They could look like Alex Pettyfer or a half-cooked pig with an apple in its mouth, and nobody would complain. Although I prefer Alex Pettyfer. Anyhow, the plot's not that incredible or special, but it was mysterious, and there are still a bunch of things that haven't been explained fully.
In conclusion, I am so bewildered. Everything inside me is screaming at me not to like this book because it smolders of cliche, but what has made us believe that cliche is bad? If it's written well, why shouldn't I like it? Why should I let the critical reviewer inside me say otherwise? Oh yeah, Katy's a book blogger too. It sort of annoyed me in the beginning, just because she annoyed me and so consequently everything about her annoyed me, but then I started liking it towards the end, especially since I empathize. It's been so long since I've read something that had legit chemistry, I think I'm okay with all the possible problems lurking in the book. I feel quite mellow right now.
If anyone was able to make sense of this garbled review, I applaud you. You guys should be running the nation, not those seat-warming nobodies. ...more
I remember a lot of people were raving about it, but the only aspect making this bookWhat the hell.
I don't even comprehend the ending of this book.
I remember a lot of people were raving about it, but the only aspect making this book a novelty is the strangeness of the brother-sister bond that it revolves around. I was reminded deeply of Forbidden while reading Flawed, but it possesses none of the depth or profundity that Maya's and Lochan's relationship had. The fact that the author incorporated James's fighting and all the trysts with Sam may have added to the reality, but it also convoluted everything.
Also, I have a serious problem with Sam and Sarah. They barely talk until one night, and then they're holding hands and having sex and kissing? Their relationship never seemed very real to me; more like a cardboard thing that went through the steps of a real relationship. On the other hand, her relationship with James is much more understandable, and it makes sense how James could begin to have such feelings towards her. But the way Sarah handles these emotions and the way they're shown in this book isn't done as artfully as it could be. I feel like the police and other things should've been involved in the storyline because it didn't make much sense for them to be living with an abusive father for so long, even with all the excuses supplied. I got really tired of Sarah's incapability of making a decision, how she so quickly regretted one thing before jumping to another, and how she burst into tears every time she suffered abuse from a male.
What this book has shown me is that every guy is looking for sex and power, and I'm getting tired of being told this over and over again. There just wasn't any variety. Of course all the guys Sarah knows are huge, muscular, and know how to fight. Of course the boy she has a crush on does no drugs and loves his mom and is just so perfect before everything all goes to hell. Of course she ruins everything.
Everything just jumbles together in this book, and the ending was just ugh for me. I guess it provides a sense of closure, and it's better than (view spoiler)[James dying but Sam and Sarah happily ever after (hide spoiler)], but I'm just irritated by the way every character is portrayed in this book. I really need something light-hearted for a change. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I, like everyone else, got pretty interested in the premise of this book. It's always interestingThis review can also be found on The Dreaming Reader.
I, like everyone else, got pretty interested in the premise of this book. It's always interesting to see how authors twist the whole concept of dreams and how they influence reality. Insomnia reminded me of Wake in the way it makes dreaming a curse. The entire tone of Insomnia is creepy and dark, and it's easy to feel just as confused as the main character, Parker, about who the real victims and instigators are.
The beginning and end of the book were interesting, but I slogged through the middle. I didn't feel very invested in any of the characters, least of all Parker. Johansson was doing a balancing act with making the main character a possible antagonist, and in this case, I didn't think it was very well done. I never really empathized with Parker's situation or wanted to believe that he wasn't the one doing all the stalking and causing all the chaos. Most of the time, I was sick of him being melodramatic and creepin' on other people when I think there could have been more reasonable ways of dealing with his many situations. In addition, his whole issue with sleep isn't clarified enough for me to buy it completely. First of all, why is he still able to function like a normal person and play soccer (minus all the ogling of his co-captain's sister-in-law)? Second of all, how come he can take naps and not have dreams? Some of the stuff just doesn't add up. Or maybe I just missed stuff while being bored.
The other characters are equally flat. I do like the fact that Finn and Addie were so supportive of Parker, but they were just that. Neither of them did anything beyond that, and I just can't shake the feeling that they're nothing but two characters who will help Parker out of sucky situations. Mia, the girl that Parker thinks is his salvation, is nothing more than a girl who had a crappy past that she was trying to run from. In the end, I definitely felt like she didn't deserve any of the stuff that Parker or anyone else did to her, but is that all she is? The engineered subject of our pity? What happened to the spitfire in the beginning of the book, who did have a comeback or two to Parker's? That part of her seemed to disappear the moment a threat appeared.
I guess Insomnia is more contemporary and grittier than I expected, and I didn't really like that. I enjoyed Wake by Lisa McMann more, though, and it was still pretty firmly rooted in reality. Maybe my dislike has something to do with the main character, Parker, who doesn't seem to do much. There is an interesting idea that the next book will hopefully expand on more, but I don't think I'll continue with the series.
Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the chance to read and review this book....more