Too boring. Same old, same old, though I do wonder what happened on the Lost Night, but not enough to keep reading. This was mostly bec there was likeToo boring. Same old, same old, though I do wonder what happened on the Lost Night, but not enough to keep reading. This was mostly bec there was like a chapter lost between when the hero and heroine met and instantly were with each other. There was no build-up, it was just writing by numbers. And really, after as many books as JAK has written, I'd think she needs a break, to freshen things up, you know?It's all about the tall dark stranger and red haired beauty. Reallly her earliest books are most interesting bec she hadn't established her formula quite so well yet. Though the mousy, eccentric smart guy with the devastatingly handsome super-zillionaire is kind of silly. And there is the rampant sexism and simple assault of the heroine in these books too, so it takes some of the fun out of reading them....more
I'd give it 2 1/2 stars. I've decided that Violet functions like a Goofus ( like in Goofus and Gallant from HiLights kids' mag?) for teens. She does aI'd give it 2 1/2 stars. I've decided that Violet functions like a Goofus ( like in Goofus and Gallant from HiLights kids' mag?) for teens. She does and thinks stupid things, is hopelessly self-centered, lacks insight until she's hit over the head with it, poor impulse control, lack of planning or thought about how her actions impact the future, etc. I can see teens everywhere reading this book and saying, " Even I know that's stupid to do!" or whatever. Of course as a nearly 50 yo woman, it's less pleasurable for me, and I have no kids.
And the heavy-handed foreshadowing, the clueless dad, the barely credible fighting ability of Violet; who rarely fights, for all her vaunted "rainbow"-granted abilities. Really, Phoenix is the only reason to read this story, bec G (whatever his name is) has to be such a danged goody-goody all the time. It's no fun to be the grown-up, is another theme I see here.
So,I'll finish the series just to see what's up, to have something to read, but I wish Ms. S had that extra oomph of talent to make this series transcendant, you know? She's got the ingredients and the bones of a pretty good story here if only she could fully realize it....more
Very good first book. The heroine was believable and though wrong-headed, I REALLY enjoyed that for once, a teen heroine had flashes of insight into hVery good first book. The heroine was believable and though wrong-headed, I REALLY enjoyed that for once, a teen heroine had flashes of insight into her own behavior, saw that it was flawed and figured out WHY! and then continued to be wrong-headed. A real conversation about feelings with the BFF, honesty and soul-baring so that misconceptions did n't just exist and the answer to all questions about emotions isn't " It's fine" while the heroine has volumes of words she could've said but left them unsaid in her head.
Really nice prose. The short story involving Laurence in Enthralled shows her writing has gotten even better. That story is the reason I decided to read AYW.
Contrived happy ending, but hey, it's a fairy tale and I certainly wanted them together.
Easy read- read it in 3 or 4 hours, fine for teens- hey a heroine who wants to cuddle, gaze into eyes and kiss sweetly and not get all hot and heavy with sex- well not until 2 years pass. What more can you ask for?...more
So. I loved this book in parts so I was terribly disappointed by the ending. Ms. Sneed built up a great story to a good head and then didn't go anywheSo. I loved this book in parts so I was terribly disappointed by the ending. Ms. Sneed built up a great story to a good head and then didn't go anywhere. I guess if the thought was that you can't escape the sins of the father, but are doomed to repeat them (Anna), or in the case of Will, if you can't beat'em, join'em? And why end with Lucy, a character who essentially operates at the periphery as a Greek chorus, not the initiator of any action? A fact which likely makes her more likey to catastrophize? Obviously, she is worrying too much, but why end on such a gloomy note? Or are we supposed to see that Lucy is the only character to have attained Real Love, so the story ends with her, just as it began with Will who sets everything in motion with his Obsessive Desire for Elise? It does seem that it's all that these character have- obsessive desire, lust, a desire to be revered, need. Not love for its own sake.
Melinda is the only character that seems to have achieved any peace, and she has done so because she no longer has access to the Fame machine not that she has told her truth, eschewed all lies, as much as she can. Unlike Will for whom a new storm is always brewing as long as he keeps close contact with his father. So that is Ms. Sneed's message? Fame taints all it touches by teaching a preference for deception and self-delusion? It leads to poor ego-strength where a man can't be a man unless he invokes his father's name first?
Lots of questions and inadequate answers or meditation onthose questions. So no 4.5 stars for Ms. Sneed, heck I almost busted her down to 3 with that final chapter. Particularly since Lucy is one of the less sympathetic characters in the book. I also wish Elise had been a better fleshed character. Her motivations were never clear nor what anyone saw in her besides her youth and beauty. But I guess the point is that that's enough in Hollywood?
I will say that Ms. Sneeds orchestration of events and moving the plot along smoothly without too many moving parts showing, was really symphonic. Wrong word, but the plot lines were neatly wrapped up, or one could imagine the outcomes of them clearly. I usually hate braided narratives, but it worked extremely well here, especially as a way to see events from a totally different vantage thereby changing the meanings of events.
Not sure I would stay up til 4AM again to read one of Ms. Sneed's books. I don't trust her, but I would certainly read another book of hers, just not as urgently nor expecting real answers to the vivid situations she enthralled me with.
This book could have been so much more. Ms. Wall needs to keep writing untl she has the skill to fully pull a story off. The first half of the book, IThis book could have been so much more. Ms. Wall needs to keep writing untl she has the skill to fully pull a story off. The first half of the book, I thought the "hero" was Black. Maybe she meant it that way to showcase my internal racism or whatever. But I think it wasnt bec had him openly declare "I am White". And what is the big deal about being a twin? Who gets weirded out that someone is a twin? When did that become a dating taboo?
There always seemed to be pieces missing from the story, jerky narrative, behavior which made no sense and a frustrating coyness about love-making even when they do it the first time. I understand that many authors don't do the graphic. Fine. But there is a way to make the most of it without either going Amy Lane or Heather Graham about it. Other wise just do a Mercedes Lacky or a Jayne Anne Krentz and have people smile seductively and then close the door or whatever. JAK is the queen of how to do the love scene, and then not bore w/ repeats of the action. Anyway, glad I didn't buy this! Another library rental...more
There are a couple of perils when writing YA books and this book fell into all of them. I really liked and respected the heroine in the first 1/3 of tThere are a couple of perils when writing YA books and this book fell into all of them. I really liked and respected the heroine in the first 1/3 of the book. But I guess, so that she had room for growth, somewhere around the middle she lost all ability to have insight, as well as to think of anything beyond how it affected herself. I don't know. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but the girl at the beginning seemed more insightful than the girl at the end, who was petulant and kept questioning why things couldn't be as she wanted.
This book/series could be kickass. It' could've been so much better, but Ms. Shirvington took the dumbed-down path. Dismissing all thoughts of God, though you've been told you're an angel? Not getting the facts as to exactly WHY you can't get down with Linc, (though it would be best to check the statutes in your state re age of consent before doing so). Everything is about her feelings. She wonders things and then decidees- Oh well, guess that's just how it is. All that motivates her is her desires. She's more like a mid teen than a later teen. This is not a thoughtful young woman.
And with such FANTASTIC QUOTES at the beginning of each chapter, you can't help but expect them to be more substantantive. This series reminds me so much of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, which makes much more sense due to a much tighter story and detailed world-building Ms. Shirvington's lack of specificity in the location makes it seem that this story is just happening "somewhere", not North Carolina (of all places?). Anyway, I will continue to read it though bec I need a new series to read and there are enough suitably thick books to get me through until my vacation when I can finally read the series that I REALLY want to read. ...more
Some really good stories and led to authors to follow-up with. Best story to me is by Jackson Pearce- her imagery, sympathy and understanding for theSome really good stories and led to authors to follow-up with. Best story to me is by Jackson Pearce- her imagery, sympathy and understanding for the characters led me to check out her first book which is really pathetic. But at least she is getting better! A few other stories were quite haunting but so dystopian, I didn't want to learn more about the author or sample other stories. Armstrong as usual bores me to weeping, but I read it anyway bec it's predictable. Didn't even read Ms. Marr's story bec I felt it required too much familiarity with the Eternal whatever world, a series so wildly uneven I abandoned it. Definitely worth checking out the book though. Which I did- literally via Overdrive!...more
Very evocative, moving. Thought about it for quite awhile. Hard to put down. And though only 135 pages, it took me some time to complete it. MasterfulVery evocative, moving. Thought about it for quite awhile. Hard to put down. And though only 135 pages, it took me some time to complete it. Masterful writing by KC. Definitely recommend it for the tween with growing pains!...more
What can you say? it's JAK pre the new millennium. A bit of sexism that was considered caddish then and mildly horrifying now. The first love scene maWhat can you say? it's JAK pre the new millennium. A bit of sexism that was considered caddish then and mildly horrifying now. The first love scene made me snicker, it sounded like a scene from Search for Tomorrow (a 60's soap opera). But otherwise quite enjoyable. Its nice when the mystsery is solved, but you look and there are 30 pages to go. That means there will be plenty of work on the relationship done so that the HEA is believable. I was happy with this, more so than the current ones.
is it me, or is that woman's butt kind of big ? Or is it just a 90's thin butt, which in 2013 looks fat?? ;-)...more