Probably the worst of Ms. Calmes books. Absolutely no tension or conflict. Everything falls into place without much fuss or drama. I skimmed the finalProbably the worst of Ms. Calmes books. Absolutely no tension or conflict. Everything falls into place without much fuss or drama. I skimmed the final few pages, because I was so bored and I just wanted to finish.
This book is extremely boring. The characters are flat despite Ms. Calmes' desperation to give them quality.
I like flawed heroines. You will almost never read me calling a heroine whiney, because I like heroines with obsessions. I like when they obsess over the death of a loved one or when they don’t easily fall in to the arms of the hero. That being said, I hated Shannon. Despised her on almost every page of the book and it made the story difficult for me.
Shannon has some traumatic things in her past that does garner sympathy, but it’s not enough to like her. The problem is that Shannon lives on a soap box. She is judgy mcjudge judge. She takes one look at Cole and decides he’s a bad boy. Why is he a bad boy? Because he works in a tattoo shop, is goodlooking and has tattoos. That’s it.
Perhaps if he was any other character, it would have been easier to deal with, but this was Cole Walker. We know his back story. We know about his sister Jo and the alcoholic mother and the deadbeat dad. He’s older and hotter, but we know Cole. So having this girl come out of nowhere and talk down to him and think negatively of him for absolutely no reason was difficult to swallow. And, Shannon doesn’t get better. Even after she discovered the fault in her thinking, I still couldn’t stand her. I am sorry that she was Cole’s heroine.
I cannot stress how much I disliked this character. It’s just one of those things…I mean how dare she misjudge Cole Walker?!!!! And, how dare he fall for someone who treats him like crap.
I am sincerely tired of books and movies misinterpreting bitches as independent women. Being mean to someone for no reason doesn’t make you brave. Being stubborn doesn’t make you strong. Judging others doesn’t make you wise. It makes you a nasty know it all.
Also, can I just remark on the ridiculous nature of romance. There is a scene where Shannon meets everyone from earlier books. That’s right, Joss and Braden are there, Olivia and Nate are there and Ellie and Adam and from couple to couple Shannon thinks how good-looking, how attractive, how beautiful, how stunning etc. Now think about the last party you went to…how many ridiculously attractive people were there?’
Yea, exactly. I would sincerely like to read more books with people who are not all gorgeous and people who fall in love because they are just amazing people.
Recommended for fans of Samantha Young, come on guys it’s Cole’s book. You’re going to read it no matter what I say.
*ARC Provided by PENGUIN GROUP Berkley Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014...more
What an incredibly stupid book with its purple prose and asinine ending.
No, I did not see the twist coming. Nor, do I buy it. It makes no sense. It is What an incredibly stupid book with its purple prose and asinine ending.
No, I did not see the twist coming. Nor, do I buy it. It makes no sense. It is stupid and just for shock value. Maybe if it held any basis in reality or if I cared at all about the characters it would have held weight.
There is nothing you can say to convince me that four fifteen year old intelligent kids would not know better. Nothing. Perhaps if it had played out slightly different, but they would have known better!
It's a story about white privilege. About poor little rich girls and over the top family dramas. Why should I care about people who are not willing to get up and attempt to support themselves? These characters are vile, but not in the good way. They are flat and stilted. They are tropes. The author had an idea for a mindfuck twist and that was all she had.
Question: if they are all in someway related or are best friends, why do they only see each other at summer? What happened to thanksgiving, Christmas and July 4?
Question: If they have known each other for so many years, why is their conversations so stif?
Question: why exactly are they called liars? ...more
If I had to describe my relationship to Dissonance in one word that word would be vague. I had a vague interest in why Simon’s echoes seemed connected to Del and I had a vague interest in what the consort was up to and I had a vague interest in Monty’s motivations, but that’s it. Which is why I was able to get distracted by bunch of other books and was able to put this aside again and again.
The idea is interesting. In fact, I really loved the idea of Dissonance. The pivots, the idea that you can cleave a damaged world and just the very basis that there are other worlds out there filled with the choices we didn’t go with. Like when I decide to get off the train at 42nd street and catch the local, a version of me decides to get off at 14st and walk. That version would be my echo and she will go on to live a completely different life. Fascinating.
Parallel universes is one of my favorite science fiction concepts, because it’s enormous! There is a range of how drastically different worlds could be! I mean in a parallel universe the nazi’s won, the confederate south separated from the US and the Twin Towers are still standing! But, how does the author choose to show us the differences? By how a teenaged boy is living his life! If Simon is wearing a leather jacket and cutting school, well then the world is drastically different, because original Simon is clean cut and plays basketball! What a waste of an excellent idea.
Also, what a waste of a great character! Delancey is a rebel. She’s smart, doesn’t care much for the rules and has a real talent. Her grandfather trained her to be a Walker and it’s all she’s wanted her entire life, but when it all hits the fan and her future is in doubt, what does she do? She risks it all to make moon eyes at some boy. Literally, she is banned from walking, they could strip her of the right to go between worlds and she risks it all, not to figure out what the anomalies are, not in search of her missing grandma…nope, she risks her entire future to hang out with the echoes of a boy who barely notices her in the key world!!!!
The tension does not build at a steady pace. It’s just kind of like oh something strange is going on! Then repetitive scene, repetitive scene, repetitive scene. Then a weak confrontation at the end. The amount of times it’s made clear that Addie is Ms. Perfect, that Monty used to be the best and is now and addled old man or that Del’s parents are not around, was so repetitive it became monotonous. Just boring.
This book also suffers from the fact that the author was desperate to make the romance epic, but the truth is it’s so superficial. Del has a crush on Simon. She doesn’t actually know him. She watches him for a far, just like every other girl. The fact that so much time is spent on this boy annoyed me. It was clear early on that he was some kind of anomaly, but it just takes too long to set up and Del’s obsession with him despite all the drama in her life was very hard to swallow. Also, the fact that the other possible boy in her life is her bff who everyone else knows likes her, but Del is blind to… So cliche, not even worth discussing longer.
This book could have been more. It should have been more, instead it pushes the idea that boys are everything. That nothing matters as much as having a boyfriend or romance. What a waste of some cool ideas....more
Disappointing. Reyes doesn't have much if a personality. Which isn't true! This was just flat. His thoughts didn't reveal anything new about his lifeDisappointing. Reyes doesn't have much if a personality. Which isn't true! This was just flat. His thoughts didn't reveal anything new about his life or personality. It only made him kind of boring.... I think a novella from his POV could be good if she delved into his psyche and made his obsession with Charley about more than her glow....more
I won't go into how this is a glaring rip off of Dexter, because this is obvious (especially if you've seen season 1). I will not talk about the improI won't go into how this is a glaring rip off of Dexter, because this is obvious (especially if you've seen season 1). I will not talk about the improbability of most of the situations that Lane finds herself in. No, all those things can be easily excused and pushed aside as "suspending disbelief" and questions like "well what did you expect when you read the synopsis?"
No. My review will focus on two weaknesses of this book. 1. How easily things fall into place and 2. How boring the main character is.
Lane is boring. There is no getting around it. She spends a lot of time thinking about how abnormal she is and how she should pretend to be normal. The problem is that the only interesting thing there is about her is all plot. She has no hobbies, no interests, very few friends, no desire and no dreams. She has a crush on one of the vets she volunteers with, but that has very few layers and no real tension. Mostly, because Lane spends so much time disregarding it, the crush doesn't seem important. Then it goes nowhere.
Lane has family she loves, a sister who is a frenemy and a boy who is suddenly interested in her. Those characters are more interesting, but have no depth. For someone who apparently gets off on observing ppl and studying the intricacies of human behavior, homegirl knows very little about the people around her. She is unable to pick up clues or mannerisms that would give us a deeper view into the other characters. She's aloof and so we are aloof. Everyone is at arms length. We are not giving a chance to relate or emphasize with a single person in this book. Makes for uninteresting reading.
Add to that the lack of tension and honestly boring. Lane does not hunt for ppl to make pay. It all just falls into her lap wrapped in a neat bow. A classmate is killed by a drunk driver who inexplicably gets off without even a trial, so Lane is on the case. The house of her little brothers friend was burned down, and the cops have no idea how (because all the cops are useless and don't know the smallest thing about solving cases) so, Lane is on the case. Her house keeper's, who there is no mention of before the reveal or after, brother goes missing without a trace and the FBI doesn't have time to look into it, so Lane is on the case.
Seriously! The police, the FBI, etc can't figure things out so teenage future serial killer Lane can. What has Ms. Lane done to prepare for this skill? Well, her mom is an FBI agent, she's taken some martial arts classes and she has google. Oh, and by the way, she just happens to have a best friend who is a super hacker.
I'm sorry to be harsh, but this is b.s/sloppy writing. Situations cannot just fall into this girls lap like mana from heaven. Lane seriously did not have to search or exert herself in the search for people to punish. Bad people and their horrendous murderous actions just happen to be in Lane's every day life. I mean I can understand you know one arsonist or rapist, but two or three and all in the same month? Seems unlikely.
Also, this is the worst case of foreshadowing I have ever come across. Seriously, Lane will be like "here is a question that I have about this. Oh, and this just happened, but don't worry that's unrelated." Really? Really, is it unrelated? Cuz, I don't think so! I think you just told me the identity of the serial killer. ...more
I just can't. Stories about guys who cheat on their obviously mentally unstable girlfriends, because she is mentally unstable are a major pet peeve ofI just can't. Stories about guys who cheat on their obviously mentally unstable girlfriends, because she is mentally unstable are a major pet peeve of mine. Girls, who mess around with guys because the mess between him and his girlfriend is not her problem, is a major pet peeve of mine. Mental illness is a serious thing. It's just not ok for this author to use it as a plot point to excuse a cheating boyfriend or to make the girlfriend do insane things.
I prefer infidelity stories where no one is an obvious villain. Or, where the cheating person is excused due to their lovers behavior. None of these characters are like able. The prologue where Lila and Carter first date is so much more interesting than the first night of his trust with Jules. It makes Carter look fake. Initially, I forgot the synopsis and so loved the prologue. I rooted for them, but both of their actions is just too much for me.
Add to that the fact that the conversations are not natural. These teens just don't sound like anyone. It doesn't seem planned. It's not stylized. I just don't think the author read the dialogue out loud.
Mental illness is very serious. I think that Solon wants Lila to suffer from bipolar disorder, manic depression or schizophrenia, but it's not being handled well and is quite frankly offending me.
This book is filled with cliches and stereotypes and I didn't even get halfway. I think a lot of ppl will be drawn into the Pretty Little Liars/Gossip Girlesque drama, but it's not for me....more
I have loved this author for many years. She is the reason I fell in love with Romance. Unfortunately, she has been writing the same love story, overI have loved this author for many years. She is the reason I fell in love with Romance. Unfortunately, she has been writing the same love story, over and over and over.
This was boring, because I already knew everything. ...more
This is going to be a short review. I was a huge fan of THE ETERNITY CURE. I thought it was action packed, filled with heart and entertaining. My final words of my review were literally next book please! I waited with impatience for THE FOREVER SONG, but at the end I am disappointed.
At the end of the day this book is formulaic. Everything that I thought would happen…happened. Literally. Every twist, every death, every life…etc, happened. Why? Because, the author took, in my opinion, the safe route to ending a series. Part of what I loved about THE ETERNITY CURE was that it was risky and unpredictable. The author killed important characters, the good guys didn’t win while the Villain was on top. The good guys were out for revenge! It seemed impossible and obvious that the good guys would have to take some low roads to win.
They didn’t. This book is filled with very obvious moral high grounds, self-sacrifice, and greater good. Nothing is wrong with that, but it’s so obvious. Allison and gang made decisions that every YA paranormal/dystopian cast makes in these kind of books. I could have literally been reading any series. It’s obvious when people are going to make certain decisions. I found it boring.
I did get a bit emotional, because I do love the characters, but at the end of the day too obvious and predictable....more
Belly loves Conrad. That is a truth that everyone in her life knows. He's the boy she has loved since she was aThis is a review of the whole trilogy.
Belly loves Conrad. That is a truth that everyone in her life knows. He's the boy she has loved since she was a little girl and she spent her summers with his family at Cousins beach. Through out the trilogy we see how a crush, turns to attraction, turns to hatred and turns to an understanding that only comes when two people who know each other well, mature. Add to that Jeremiah, Conrad's little brother who has always loved Belly and you get drama wrapped in a YA love triangle.
I read THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY and thought it was simplistic, and formulaic, but not bad. I was invested, I liked Belly and both Conrad and Jeremiah had moments of being the kind of guys my teenage self would have loved. It was good. Then I started reading IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU and slowly it all began to go wrong. The characters began to show themselves as as shallow and one note. They weren't characters, they were props. The author wanted certain storylines to happen and cared very little for continuity. Jenny Han did not stick to what she wrote in the first book. Still, I got through it. In fact, I thought that Jenny Han did a very good job with actually making a love triangle complex. I very easily understood how Belly could be caught between two brothers and how two brothers could be into the same girl. We follow these characters from childhood into young adulthood. You see them bond, fight, mature and age.
Then I got to the finale...WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER. I have never cried because I hated a book, but at the end of this book I cried. I have never read a more shallow, ridiculous, or 1 dimensional story in my life. I will happily read Twilight and Fifty Shades again and again to avoid this series. Because, at least the characters in those series while horrible were consistent.
Characterization was so weak. Jeremiah and Conrad's character flipped and flopped with whatever plot point Han was pushing. And her plot points, were cliche and formulaic. To the point that I knew within twenty pages what would happen at the end. So obvious in its simplistic manipulation.
The fact that Belly's voice did not mature from five to nineteen is preposterous. The fact that her thoughts are identical from childhood to college age is ridiculous. This writer has no range, she has no understanding of evolution or development.
At no point is Belly's relationship with these guys real. I kept waiting for it. Waiting for the moment when they grew up and I felt their relationships move into true romantic love. They do not have a single scene in this story where I believed they were in love.
What is love? Is realizing your childhood friend is pretty cuz she's in a pretty dress? Is it being the girl that their mother loved? Is it being in constant close proximity? Cuz that is what this author is telling her readers. There is not a single real conversation where we saw how they meshed, how they agreed or disagreed, how their minds appealed to each other. No, it's all stupid stories about the time they were five and Conrad took care of a dog and cried or that time Jeremiah stuck with Belly when she was sick..what the fuck? That was ok for bookS 1 and 2, but book 3 when marriage, and maturity are in play, the same stories and tricks?! I should have known it would be superficial when the book was titled the summer I turned pretty.
MORE! Why do authors of books like this make it seem that romantic love is more important than family bonds. The actions of the brothers in this book are incomprehensible. It blows my mind.
The ending is fluffy and ridiculous. We waste so much time reading about these characters over so many years, but never see them heal or evolve. We don't even get to see the end game couple get together! Literally it's a book of angst and then a two page epilogue of happily ever after that is not explained, or described or given any form of context. It's absurd and upsetting.
I wondered the other day why John Green still dominates the best sellers list and this book told me why. It's because when Hazel falls in love with Augustus we know it and not just because she tells us in narration, but because it's a feeling clearly expressed through the pages. They connect on a deeper level and you just get it.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND.
The deterioration of Jeremiah's character is unforgivable. All of a sudden Jeremy is dirty, selfish, clueless, a drinker, etc, while Conrad ate healthy, was tidy, etc. Never mind that Jeremiah was the only one to stick with his mom while she was dying, never mind all the stories of the good hearted kid he was and never mind that he dropped everything in book 2 to get his brother back on track.
This story lacked any complexity while the first two books had more range. Also, god Jenny Han hates this character. He is second best to his mother, his father, his brother, Steven, laurel and the girl he loves! To the point where he knows she doesn't love him completely and asks her to marry him anyway. And this is treated as ok. It's ok for this guy to be emotionally abused, cuz look he's a cheater, so his brother can betray him. Also, the fact that Susannah was so amazingly seeing she knew Conrad was destined for Belly, but ignored the fact that Jeremiah would be destroyed in the process is telling of the writers priorities.
What are people thinking?! This book lacks any depth whatsoever. More than that, it is melodramatic, superficial and ridiculous. The beginning is funnWhat are people thinking?! This book lacks any depth whatsoever. More than that, it is melodramatic, superficial and ridiculous. The beginning is funny, witty and charming. I liked the characters and thought the world was a nice blast of Australia, but then I learned the husband's secret and the book collapses. I realized that the fun, dramatic world of wives, mothers and children had taken a nasty turn and that nothing would ever make the ending to this novel satisfactory. The characters could never be satisfied and the reader could never be satisfied. I was correct. I am not satisfied. The ending is ridiculous, unrealistic and just shallow. The emotions are barely there and nothing comes together in a way that makes any sense.
I cannot believe this novel is so well reviewed. I am stunned and disappointed. ...more
So, I will not be finishing this. I literally cannot take the B.S.
This author is not only perpetrating the idea that abusive, obsessive, insane men arSo, I will not be finishing this. I literally cannot take the B.S.
This author is not only perpetrating the idea that abusive, obsessive, insane men are hot, but she also backtracked, rewrote and twisted every aspect of what made the first book in this series interesting.
I am so sickened by the twist of "Warner is not that bad" that I really could care less about the rest of the plot. This is just overpowered by the sick, sick love triangle.
Warner abused and tortured Juliette... That is it. End of story, his "intentions" mean nothing in comparison to his actions.
I really can't ever read anything by this author ever again, because she is writing books for teens that send dangerous and disgusting messages. I'm done. ...more
This book lacks any kind of depth, meat or substance. Or, maybe it's just too immature for my tastes?
It really is just typical, formulaic and boring. It also takes some elements of Pride & Prejudice, where the guy says something mean about not wanting to dance with the girl and of course misunderstandings and pride-filled angry events ensue. There really isn't much to commend this book.
Abbey is the kind of heroine that only thinks about the hero. Literally, even before she starts to like him every other thought is Jason. I honestly cannot abide this kind of heroine. She's the lead in the play, but cannot enjoy it, because Jason is the other lead. She plays the violin, but it's seriously just a sort of drop in to give her some character, but is never really utilized, but oh guess what? Jason's an awesome bass player. Never mind that Abbey has been playing her instrument since the 4th grade and Jason just picked up the bass for "fun" a year before.
It's these kinds of set ups that really hurt books like NEVER TOO LATE. Where the guy is this shining god of perfection and the girl's job is to look up at him with bright and shiny eyes and sigh dreamily. Never mind the fact that Abbey has a best friend whose only purpose is to be the obstacle in Abbey's way to getting the guy. It's supposed to be like "I'm conflicted, because my BFF likes you too," but there is no conflict, because if Abbey and Olivia are best friends there is no real sign of it. Their relationship is just like that kid you sit with at lunch, because you don't know anyone else at school.
I can't even say very much good for this book besides that it is a very short read. Read it in about three hours. That unfortunately does not improve the fact that the tension is juvenile, the dialogue is the complete opposite of authentic. Point me to the person who speaks like these characters, never mind teenagers!
When people sit to write these books, do they even talk or listen to teenagers or do they just throw words together and say to themselves "this is legit?"
Prince of Shadows will do one thing for every single person that reads it…clarify how annoying it must be to be related to Romeo Montague. I thought about it a few times in high school while reading about light through yonder windows breaking, but honestly the kid was annoying. Unfortunate for his older cousin Benvolio who he has been cursed with the task to keep the young swain under control. Can you imagine how difficult a task to keep the romantic, brave, fool hardy and young Romeo under control? A herculean and I think we are all aware impossible task.
I found the prologue of this book to be one of the best I have ever read in YA. Benvolio as this secret thief the prince of shadows really pulled me in. Also, the idea of the two often forgotten and completely overshadowed cousins of Juliet and her Romeo falling in love and finally taking the spotlight, seemed amazing. But, the story quickly becomes about Romeo. Not always, but he’s this shining beacon in the background, always overshadowing and overtaking Benvolio and his fledgling romance. I found the legendarily romantic youth to be unbearable. Which made reading sections of this book unbearable.
Also, while the idea has merit and lots of people will enjoy it, the idea of a Romeo & Juliet story where Romeo & Juliet are not the main couple seemed a bit over the top. Benvolio spends a good chunk of the time warning Romeo of the folly of loving a Capulet only to succumb to the same ill fated kind of love. No, the irony is not lost on me, but still… didn’t do it for me.
I read this book just to get an outside POV of what the other characters thought after the double suicide that is the most tragic love story ever written. I am pleased to say that there is quite a bit of story after the lovers are discovered in their final embrace.
It’s action packed, filled with romance and has a new take on legendary characters (although once a jerk always a jerk in the case of Tybalt). Still, not enough to satisfy me. I am a Shakespeare fan, but have never been fond the story of two teenagers killing themselves for love. For me it’s always about the beautiful writing. And while Ms. Caine is talented she is no Shakespeare....more
It’s hard to decide whether or not you enjoy a book when you spend most of the time angry. Like really really angry. Like punch a few people in the face and set their car on fire, angry. That is how Sophie Jordan’s UNINVITED made me feel. Angry.
Davy Hamilton is normal. As normal as a music prodigy who plays lots of instruments and has the voice of an angel can be. She’s on track for the perfect life. The life she’s worked hard for. Which is music, New York and her super attractive boyfriend. That all comes crumbling down of course, when she is revealed to be a carrier of Homicidal Tendency Syndrome.
This is where the anger starts. This girl who had the world at her feet. Moral, talented and a hard worker all of a sudden becomes a devil in everyone’s eyes. And I mean everyone from her parents, to her best friend to that very attractive boyfriend. If it was just them, just the ignorant people in her personal life, I could have gotten through it without rage, but it’s more than that. It’s the government. The U.S government that ostracizes their citizens and the Mexican and Canadian governments who do not test for HTS, but block of their borders to innocent people who try to make a run for it.
That’s what makes this so upsetting. They’re innocent. They’re children and teenagers who have not done anything yet. The world in this book lacks free will and choice. It’s decided that you simply will murder and that’s that. Davy’s life quickly deteriorates. She’s uninvited from school, because expelled is too dirty a word or something, and forced to go to one of the few high schools that accepts carriers.
Here is where we begin to see the injustice of what the world has done to carriers and more we see that not all carriers are like Davy. While Davy is denies and refuses to accept that she could ever be a killer, the others have accepted. Some by simply giving up on the future they had and others by embracing the idea that they are villains. In her new school, Davy is faced with lecherous teachers, potential rapists and situations that an upper middle class girl who spent all her time playing music in a safe bubble is not prepared for.
And Sean. Sean the guy who looks how a you expect a carrier to look, but is loyal and a defender of the weak. I enjoyed Sean’s character and like his scenes with Davy…it was just too perfect. Sean is created simply to swoop in whenever Davy can’t handle things. He’s created, because of course a teenage girl can’t go into a bad situation and simply deal. She needs someone to protect her, someone to connect with, someone to teach her how to fight, someone she can fall in love with and make her world better. Sean is a formula that most books with heroines have. The love interest. The hero. The savior. I feel that this book would have been just as interesting and infuriating if Davy didn’t have to fall in love. If she just met someone who became her best friend forever.
UNINVITED isn’t a bad book by any stretch of the word. It is action packed and the writing is good enough that I read it in a day. I can see this becoming a hit with the YA crowd, because even as it is over the top, it’s deeply engrossing and keeps you glued to the pages. It just pissed me off, so very much!
You’re probably wondering…Naomi, did THE HUNGER GAMES make you this angry? No, but CATCHING FIRE sure as hell did. Naomi, did DIVERGENT make you this angry? No, because I had a hard time buying the world in that series. UNINVITED on the other hand…as over the top and unrealistic as it is…I know that it could happen. I know that if scientists discovered some genetic code in our make up that said we were more likely to commit murder than yup, there would be mayhem. Republicans would scream about the bible, though shalt not kill, etc and forget the whole section on free will.
I enjoyed UNINVITED and I will be reading the next book in the series.
I am not a fan of stories like ALICE IN WONDERLAND. You know, “let’s fall down the rabbit hole to a dangerous and wonderful place …and oh! A strange, but interesting creature that’s here to help or harm us for absolutely no reason!” Those kinds of stories. The IRON FEY series is like that and now it’s spin-off series has a similar vein. The difference between Alice and Ethan Chase is that I care about him beyond the fact that something weird happens to him. He’s a kid who has been dragged into the faery world and they will not let him go. No matter where he turns, Fae are always there to force him into chaos.
I enjoyed most of this book, I did, but the glaring lack of character conviction and the blatant manipulation by the author makes it impossible for me to give it a high rating. There is no real true heart or emotion in this book. It’s all talk and because it’s all talk I have an issue with the ending. Characters make huge choices. End of the world, war between all fey, kind of choices and I don’t believe it. They do it for love, but none of the relationships feel genuine to me. It’s all author desires and no true evidence on the page. Kagawa tells us they are in love, but never shows us and the showing is what gives us emotional entanglements to story and character.
My biggest issue with IRON TRAITOR is that the female characters are there as a beacon for the real characters to focus their love and are useless beyond that. I call Ethan, Keirran, and even Mr. Chase “real,” because they are well rounded characters who have clear desires, motivations and their presence has a real influence on the plot. The girls on the other hand are there to give their male counter parts heart. Annwyl is weak and pathetic, admittedly she has a reason in this book, but she was the same in THE LOST PRINCE. She is always a step behind in figuring out what’s happening and she is constantly overly grateful for the fact that people care about her. Keirran’s every step is to save her and she claims to care, but she neither fights for her life or relinquishes it to save Keirran from ruining his life in his desire to save her.
Kenzie is a formulaic ‘I am woman’ character who always stomps her foot in feminist rage when Ethan wants her to stay home, but contributes nothing for 90% of the book. Literally, Kenzie has a scene in the beginning where she successfully negotiates with the Fey, but spends the rest of the book hiding behind rocks or getting Ethan injured in his role as her protector. Ethan comes out the romantic hero in his vow to step in front of a dragon to save Kenzie, while she is the annoying busy body who is risking both their lives just so she can say it was her choice. Add to that Ethan’s mom who comes off as an irrational child of a parent while her husband is not only rational, but also understanding with a dash of support and you have a book with useless females.
It’s amazing to me that the woman who created the awesome Allison Sekemoto, created these women. It was almost like writing a book from a close minded male.
Kagawa’s relationships would be more interesting if she actually gave us love stories. In all three of her series, characters are in “love,” but I don’t buy it. Keirran is willing to burn the world to save Annwyl, but they are barely together and he never checks in on her, so it’s hard to actually believe their love. Ethan loves Kenzie, but there is not a lick of chemistry between them that would make me believe that they are not best friends. They are not in love, in my opinion and it’s difficult for me to understand why the author is trying so hard to make it a love match.
One last complaint about Kenzie. I think she is one of the most horrible characters I have ever read. Not only is she useless, she is selfish and a fool. She’s a fool, because she is always giving her opinions and advising Ethan when she has no idea what she is talking about. She doesn’t have the experience to back up anything she says. Like, at all. She uses the fact that Ethan has been so isolated and lonely to her advantage. She’ll be like “this is what a good friend does” and because he thinks he loves her and has no experience with it, he believes her. She is partially to blame for the explosive cliffhanger of an ending.
And the cliffhanger is explosive. It’s also infuriating and confusing, because I do not know where the rest of the series is going. Or how it will make sense.
If you love the Iron Fey series you will enjoy this book and be heart sick at the end....more
There is nothing really wrong with this book, it’s just boring. Boring, because it’s more of the same. The City of Chicago are still bullies, Merit and gang stumble upon yet another magical mystery that only they can solve and nothing much else happens. Lots of series have formulas and monster of the week type formats, but in my opinion Chicagoland suffers for it. There just isn’t much holding me to the series beyond the fact that I love Ethan Sullivan, but even he fell flat for me in WILD THINGS.
We finally learn the meaning behind Gabriel’s infamous prophecy and I kind of guessed it years ago. But! But after years of reading this series, the prophecy seems illogical and against the lore Chloe Neill has spent years setting up. More, Merit has been taken from normal girl to Ms. chosen one, special, first of her kind, McAwesome. Completely against the premise that a grad student becomes a vampire. All of a sudden she’s something more, which isn’t what I signed up for. I’m kind of tired of the “chosen one” angle, no matter how simple or intimate the anomaly is.
Then there is the mystery. I have often felt that Merit and team were weak detectives, and they are, but for some reason the characters in this particular installment seem to think that they are getting better or accomplishing feats, when really they are just bumbling around in the dark. They stumble across leads without any real deductions or investigative prowess. Everything is solved with a single phrase or action. Too easily wrapped up with not enough tension or resolution. In fact, I could care less about the villain.
The ending was intriguing and I’ll no doubt read the next book without such high hopes, but interest non the less.
I am really disappointed and underwhelmed by this book,
Recommended for fans of the Chicagoland Vampires series.
It’s finally time for Gwen Frost to take her last stand against Loki, the evil Norse god that has been trying to regain his power. This war has taken her mother, friends and came close to losing her life at the hands of her boyfriend, who Loki possessed. As Nike’s champion Gwen knows it’s her job to kill Loki, but she doesn’t know how. When she receives word that Loki and his reapers are after a specific ancient artifact, Gwen knows she has to stop them and hopefully find a way to destroy her enemies once and for all.
When this series started, I couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t the best and had elements taken from Vampire Academy, but Mythos Academy was fun and entertaining. Then it hit the middle and lost its stride. Like a bad yo-yo, the series began to tangle and eventually it went limp. Between Mythos and the Gin Blanco series, it’s become pretty clear that Jennifer Estep cannot sustain series with multiple installments. Both of these series start strong, but eventually fall flat.
KILLER FROST is the final book in this series and honestly it’s a relief. Mythos Academy is action packed, and entertaining, but you can read the good guys being incompetent but so many times. Seriously, every plan they come up with leads to a trap and explodes in their face. I have never read of important artifacts being so well and foolishly protected as in this series. Every twist and every move of the bad guys are obvious, because as a reader I know that Gwen and team can not be trusted to keep it together.
Whenever the good guys win a battle in this series it’s not because of skill or stratagem, it’s because Gwen comes up with some last minute reckless scheme in the heat of battle and it works…every single time! By book 6, this series was so formulaic I basically I wrote the ending.
I often roll my eyes in YA when there are no adults around, but Mythos makes it clear how ridiculous it is to read seasoned warriors telling 16 year olds that the world is in their hands. Except for Harry Potter, but let’s face it that guy had Ron Weasley and Hermione freaking Granger by hifs side.
It was fun, but I was ready to quit Mythos Academy. Too bad it couldn’t sustain the fun....more
I did not finish this book. I couldn’t, because I am too big of a Jane Austen fan and this is a cross between fan fiction and a historical soapbox. Everything that could have happened to a lower class person in Regency England happens in this book. It’s filled with so many events, it’s melodramatic.
This book did not need to be set in the Bennet household. It could have been any household in any historical time where there was a below stairs, above stairs hierarchy. But, Jo Baker wanted to sell books so she decided to drag Jane Austen into it.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE is my all time favorite book and because of that I never should have picked LONGBOURN up, but my curiosity got the best of me. I figured since it wasn’t a sequel or from the eyes of a beloved character, it might be worth reading. It’s not, at least not to me.
There is just something very disrespectful about this book.PRIDE & PREJUDICE is 200 years old. But the tone of LONGBOURN is very belittling. The Bennet family has existed for two centuries and in my opinion Jo Baker does not get them. It’s almost as if the author wanted to bring the Bennet’s low. Is PRIDE & PREJUDICE a 100% view of England 200 years ago? No, absolutely not. But it does point at a society where women were unprotected and life without a good marriage was filled with poverty and emptiness and a reputation was all a girl had to recommend herself. Does that make the lives of the upper & middle classes more important than the lives of the lower class? Absolutely not. Was Elizabeth’s marriage to Mr. Darcy more important than the lives of the men who died on battlefields? Absolutely not. But that doesn’t make the lives of women like Elizabeth Bennet any less important. I felt that Jo Baker’s book was set up to make the problems of the Bennet family seem silly and frivolous.
I am sure that the sometimes silly and inappropriate behaviors of the Bennet family could make them discourteous or even disrespectful to their servants, but Jo Bakers take does not feel like an Austentale.
Almost nothing from the PRIDE & PREJUDICE plot has any real bearings on the tale of LONBOURN which brings me back to my original idea. Servants standing in the rain would have happened when any society family went to a ball during a rainstorm. Not just the Bennet family.
I absolutely believe in putting your own twist on things, but be aware and knowledgeable of the tale you’re telling. I feel like this book was written just to be controversial and discussed. The language does not fit and character representations are not accurate. It’s not a homage to the original work or even for the enjoyment of Austen fans. It’s just a gross manipulation and a marketing plan....more
I’ve never thought that a book was not for me based on the fact of my age, or social economic status, but COVET wasn’t written for me. I am from a generation whose future will look drastically different from the current middle agers and I am from a neighborhood that could never afford that kind of living.
There are moments in this book where I just couldn’t empathize. There is a reason many books end at the wedding, because marriage isn’t something you understand unless you’re married. I have never even come close to it. I have never had to watch myself drift away from the person I am supposed to love for the rest of my life.
I understand loneliness and temptation though. I also understand a confidence crushing stint of unemployment. Still, this book wasn’t written for a 24 year old single girl from the Bronx. It was written for suburban wives in their early 40s. The crowd who was initially drawn to that Desperate Housewives TV show.
I feel bad for Chris and Claire. I am sorry for the fact that life has separated them, but then there are moments where it is so obviously partially their own fault. Who takes a vacation to Hawaii after being laid off? Claire even says that things have always gone perfectly for Chris his entire life. So, they have lived charmed lives, get a string of bad luck and fall apart. I don’t care about characters like that. I like fighters. Survivors. Not privileged people who fall into despair when life throws them a curve ball. This book would be more interesting if it took place during the unemployment and not after Chris got a new job.
At the end of the day this book didn’t interest me. Just did not care. It was about privileged people who had a slow turn and just couldn’t handle it. Who wants to read about people like that?
What is the formula for new adult fiction? I am glad you asked! I have the ingredients below:
1. College kid in living situation they shouldn’t realistically be able to afford with their background and economic status?
2. Messed up parents?
3. Abuse, most likely sexual, in their past?
4. They are not looking for romance, more they don’t want it, but a guy falls from the sky?
Now, Naomi, does ALL OF YOU have those ingredients? Check, check, check and check.
This book is one if the most formulaic books I have ever read. There are no surprises. Everything you think is going to happen, happens. The villains are exactly who you think they are. The tragedies come exactly when you expect and the relationship progresses exactly how you imagined it would when you read the synopsis. 100% formulaic. The author made a feeble attempt to shake it up… Lets make the girl the player and the boy the Virgin!
My biggest problem with the book is that the guy is still the better character. Avery, the girl and narrator, is strong, sexual, confident, the aggressor and I am still more interested in the boy. The girl is a player and the boy is a Virgin trope is new for me, but just didn’t work. Why? Because Avery is still a bland Mary Sue heroine. The boy still wears the armor.The boy still has to take care of the girl, still has to do all the heavy lifting and has to hold the girls hand in the journey to commitment.
I hate this kind of romance. The kind where the girl is all over the place and expects the guy to keep up. Avery says on one page that she respects Bennett’s choice to stay a virgin, then pushes her way into his bathroom and forces an intimate encounter that he went into the bathroom to get away from. She says she’s not the girl for him, because she doesn’t want a commitment then gets mad when he doesn’t call.
When he sees her with his boss, a man she has slept with, and gets upset she flips out and immediately thinks he’s judging her. But, doesn’t think it’s strange that she gets jealous when a girl stands next to Bennett. Honestly, Avery is an emotional basket case in the worst way. She’s the kind of mess that makes us girls look like messes.
For once I would like to read a book about a promiscuous character who does not malign the opposite sex. Avery is very similar to her male counterparts. She has lots of sex, but looks down on her sexual partners. Why are sexual characters in books either misogynists or man haters? Why can’t they just have lots of sex, because they like sex? If authors really believed in sexual freedom they would write characters who just enjoy the opposite sex.Why does something always have to be wrong with them? Why do they always have to feel that the ppl they sleep with are not good enough for them?
Avery thinks that Bennett is judging her sexual lifestyle every single time he twitches. If she was really so sexually free, why does she care what people think? Why does she expect everyone is judging her?
I picked up this book, because the twist of experience girl and virgin boy was too much to resist. Unfortunately. The twist does carry the book. It’s like every other book in this genre. With one distinction; the experienced males in New Adult romances wouldn’t treat their love interest the way Bennett is treated. In one scene he is overwhelmed and tempted, so he takes himself away from the situation and Avery refuses to take no for an answer. She bursts into his shower and begins foundling him. If a male character did that to a female virgin we would have posts upon posts calling this guy out for his complete disregard for the virgin’s personal space, rights and choices.
This book has 2 stars, because Bennett is actually pretty good....more
I loved REAL.Like couldn’t put it down and couldn’t look away from it, love. It was romantic and had everything I love in a Romance. MINE has all the same elements. I love this kind of romance. The kind where people are not cookie cutter perfect, where there are issues and problems beyond the average. Remington and Brooke are not average.
More than that, I love the way that Katy Evans has taken a mental illness like Bipolar disorder and given it humanity. She’s taken away the stigma and given us more than cliche, or over the top. I love Remy’s ability to fight through his disorder and overcome his traumatic past and horrible parents.
And, I must admit seeing them in a real relationship, where they love each other, are committed and having sex is fantastic. Love this relationship and love these characters.
Here’s the thing about Remington Tate, he is one of the most chest clutch worthy men in modern day romance. I didn’t even know I was a chest clutcher until I read MINE. Remy is still as intense, sexy and wounded in Mine as he was in real and I adore his character, but it wasn’t enough.
My real issue is the way that Brooke and Remington seem to relate to each other. He’s still a god to her. He’s Riptide and not Remy. When her mind wonders and she thinks about him it’s at massive proportions. He is bigger than life. And it makes me uncomfortable. In REAL, Remy makes it very clear that he wants to be real to her, he wants to be her man and not some adventure, but I do not get that feeling from her.
Then there is Remy, his dependency on Brooke cannot be healthy. The idea that he just can’t control himself when it comes to her is not romantic. When she is hurt, his job should be taking care of her not going ballistic. Also, the idea that he relies on her to keep him level. That he needs her in his corner or he will loose it, is scary. They cannot always be happy. They will have misunderstandings and they will fight. That is natural. If Brooke can not voice her opinions are vent her frustrations in fear of him collapsing then they will never work.
This is just an unbalanced relationship. Remy puts Brooke on a pedestal and expects her to stay there. He’s the man. He will fix the problems and she’s HIS!! In REAL, Remy is super hot and he still is for a fling, for a one night stand, but a long lasting relationship with a guy who demands his employees take care of her and when someone says “I’ll protect her like she was my own” Remy turns on him and say she’s not yours, she’s MINE.” That’s unattractive to me and I would advise my friends and sisters to get away from him immediately.
It’s entertaining on the level that I am invested in these characters and want to see then happily ever after. I just think sequels like these raise issues that could easily be ignored in the original installment. This is an unhealthy relationship, masquerading as ideal and it made me very uncomfortable to read....more