Got halfway, started skimming. When my bookmark fell out I shrugged.
Probably, definitely not for me. I think I really lost interest at the waterfall s...moreGot halfway, started skimming. When my bookmark fell out I shrugged.
Probably, definitely not for me. I think I really lost interest at the waterfall scene with stalker boy Edward. Talk about the most confusing conversation/fight ever.
No rating will be given, as I have not finished the book and thus cannot give an adequate review on the entirety of the piece, but anything marked as DNF or a book I gave up on is usually around the 1-2/5 mark.
Also Edward was one heck of creeper.
Also the conflicting-emotions YA triangle crap? Not interested. Make up your mind and stopping being a damn frightened deer about it! (view spoiler)[Oh, I'm totally aware of what I did. And yes I called it and yes I don't care. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Well Kereesa, the main hero pulled a Edward Cullen.
Ah, he told her he's dangerous, stay away! ?
No, if...moreHey Carissa, why are you not finishing this book?
Well Kereesa, the main hero pulled a Edward Cullen.
Ah, he told her he's dangerous, stay away! ?
No, if he had it would've been more "you're dangerous, stay away!...even though I'll keep getting in your way and try to get you interested..."
Oh, so he did the whole NO SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE!
Most likely valid, but not proven.
He got uber jealous when she talked to a guy friend?
I only read the first like 30 pages, dude. But he got jealous over potential boyfriends after meeting her for the first time ?
Ah, he watched her sleep.
And she wasn't creeped out.
Not in the slightest.
No rating will be given, as I have not finished the book and thus cannot give an adequate review on the entirety of the piece, but anything marked as DNF or a book I gave up on is usually around the 1-2/5 mark
Once upon a time, okay not really, but a long time ago when my grandmother was still alive, she was r...moreThere's a story behind this book, and this is it:
Once upon a time, okay not really, but a long time ago when my grandmother was still alive, she was really into Harlequin, etc..., and used to buy books from them. One of the series she followed was the Compass Club, a 4 book series that she accidently only ended up getting 3 of: 1, 2, and 4. When she passed these books to me I was about 16. I've been searching ever since in used bookstores, and the like.
And now, at 21, I've finally found the last book. And all I did was turn around and see it, like it was waiting for me.
It took me 5 or 6 years to find this book, and about five minutes to realize I was going to hate it.
In the last two books of the Compass Club series, we have had a hero and a sad little heroine who's supposed to be a cold hearted spitfire with a terrible secret they must protect from their lovers and thus act the way they djo; an excuse no better then the bad boy but secretly loves her jackassery I see too much of in YA. All I Ever Needed was no exception to this formula, and featured a very stupid heroine with a stupider secret that crumbled the logic needed for this plot to function.
Maybe my grandmother bought only the first two and the last novels in this series on purpose. The emoness of the other books aside, All I Ever Needed is so goddamn emotional it drove me nuts. The heroine, the hero, the heroine, the heroine, did I mention the heroine yet? Her character, by far, was the worse part of the novel, closely followed by whatever plot it was supposed to have.
I suppose the hero is considerably better than both in order for the novel's core audience, women!, to fall in love with him or something. Maybe that's why the heroine is such an idiot...
All I Ever Needed was nothing I ever needed or wanted or even will put up with again. I finished it solely to finish the series; a decision I sort of regret now after encountering such a montage of weak women who are portrayed as strong and plots that revolve around sex, both bad and good, and heroes who save the day while I gag off in the corner.
There are a lot of things I don't like. Gravy, Breaking Bad, the current Pemberly Digital mini-series, Sanditon. And there are a number if things I al...moreThere are a lot of things I don't like. Gravy, Breaking Bad, the current Pemberly Digital mini-series, Sanditon. And there are a number if things I also don't like in books.
Like insta-romance, stupid heroines, and pathetically simple plots that revolve around the conundrum of getting a regency heroine into the regency roguish here's bed,
I get that the regency era was a bit more free than its Victorian successor, but the novels in Goodman's Compass Club series are just too much. Granted it is romance in the vein of Harlequin's own smut, so I really shouldn't complain. It just bothers me how formulaic they all turned out to be. Did you know that by 200 pages for each of these novels, the characters had done the deed? No matter the plot, there was a raunchy sex scene to compliment it at the halfway mark. Often with the heroine performing sexual acts that charged the heroes with sexual excitement unlike anything they had felt before! Or at least hotter than ever. The required love portion of the relationship seemed to quickly follow after that.
And we wonder why so many people, especially women, mistakenly equate sex with love...
I really don't think I can read these types of novels anymore. The formula, the easy plot, I'm seeing it now in a way I didn't several years ago. I feel like I can almost pull the narrative out if that makes any sense at all. It's not that these aren't interesting novels or particularly bad ones, I've read worse, but they've become stories and characters that I don't get anything out from. As someone who likes to analyze everything, but especially narrative in whatever form I can, these novels teach me nothing except that romance writers and romance producers and publishers do stick to a formula that seems to repeat itself over and over.
And I just can't read that anymore. Am I a snob for saying that?
This book in the series wasn't the worst of the bunch, All I Ever Needed nearly killed me, but it did come close. India's self-inflicted stupidity was certainly one of the worse things I had to endure. I was practically screaming at her throughout the novel, even in spite of the fact she was under some obvious Stockholm syndrome fun times. Her hot and cold act, along with her temper tantrums and emo phases, not that South, the hero, wasn't prey to those as well, had me facepalming; as did the fact that she was cast as the character with the terrible, dark secret that prevented her from loving anyone ever or risk the consequences! Gasp.
And people wonder why I can't stand New Adult.
The only part I really sort of enjoyed about this book was the ending. Because the villain monologue was kind of fun. Mostly because I like getting answers.
But honestly this was kind of a lot of stupid. As well as clearly advocating the awesome women rights we have today. I think.
My first encounter with you was through your highly depressing and more than a little annoying Hades' Daughter a few months ago. Wh...moreDear Mrs. Douglass,
My first encounter with you was through your highly depressing and more than a little annoying Hades' Daughter a few months ago. While I found the book enjoyable to a degree, it did annoy me regarding its portrayal of 'good' girls vs evil ones, aka the whiny limp string noodle of a heroine and the evil, sexy, and powerful villain, and the apparent lust filled characters you filled it full of that were more than a little possessive.
Plus there was that really awkward sharpening my knife villain sequences that made me facepalm more than a few times.
(of which I'm very grateful didn't occur in this novel)
So I must admit I did start Wayfarer with some trepidation. I wasn't pleased with a lot of your choices, but I thought at the very least, considering this was recommended to me by my BFF, would be somewhat entertaining on the same level or higher that HD was.
There were a lot of things I found wrong with this novel. The writing, the prophecy names/categories, your presentation of the elvish characters (who were passive to a degree that pissed me off), the romance, the 'manipulation' of the god-like characters. Even your mythology made me a little angry.
But. I have to admit the thing that broke any respect I had for you or this novel was the fact that the main heroine's purpose was solely to marry the man she hated to save everyone.
The main heroine's job was to get married so no one would get jealous over her.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I mean I'm not a big feminist by any means. Sure I believe in equality and I hate sexism, but I am not an active part of that community. But this disgusting plot point and obvious let's-keep-the-lovers-apart part of the story disturbed me to a degree I didn't know I could feel.
Yes, I did finish your book. Because my friend recommended it and because I love her, and I hoped to god it would get better. Which surprising it did. The last 50 some pages were somewhat interesting.
But you can bet I won't be reading any more of your work. I'm sick and tired of heroines who are so beautiful the world moons over them and who's main problem comes from their jealous admirers. This is not women taking power. This is treating women like a sex symbol, a prize to be won.
And you can bet I won't be standing for it.
Also what the heck is this scene about?
When the Mother joined her in the water She brought with Her fragrant soap. Slowly She washed Faraday, Her fingers soothing and gentle as they traced over Faraday's body. Faraday closed her eyes and leaned back into the Mother's arms in the water, letting both water and the Mother's hands support her as she floated. "Mother," she whispered, unable to believe the sensations that the Mother's hands caused her, "that feels so good!" The Mother smiled and lifted Her hands to massage the girl's scalp, soaping her hair and rubbing Her fingers softly yet firmly across the girl's temples. "You have known only the awkward touch of your husband, Daughter. I have the hands of love."
So did the mother goddess of this novel just have a sexual experience with one of her devotees or what?
A Bend in the Road is about the intersecting lives of Miles Ryan, one of the town's deputies who's lost his wife in a hit and run accident about two y...moreA Bend in the Road is about the intersecting lives of Miles Ryan, one of the town's deputies who's lost his wife in a hit and run accident about two years and is now raising his only son Jonah, and Jonah's teacher and recently divorcee Sarah Andrews. Obviously they fall in love, and obstacles, this would be where the 'bend' in the road occurs, fall in their way in this tale of forgiveness and romance.
Right, so I was recommended this book by my co-worker who I made read the Hunger Games, and wanted to see what I'd think of a book she really liked.
So the book isn't absolutely terrible. The romance is overthetop cheesy, the writing makes me die, and I just didn't care throughout the whole thing. But there were moments where I was entranced, and I liked the book to some degree. I won't be reading anything else by Sparks, probably, but hey it was fun.
For entertainment purposes only, here are two things that I noticed were a bit abundant throughout the novel:
A. Everyone smells everyone's hair. Especially Jonah's. SURPRISINGLY they all smell like SHAMPOO. Who'd thunk it? Also, that's kind of weird, shampoo shouldn't be that strong, I think anyway.
B. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. IN. THIS. DAMN. BOOK. RUNS. THEIR. FINGERS. THROUGH. THEIR. HAIR. Seriously! Miles is the worst at it, I can't count the number of times he 'runs his fingers through his hair' and it fluffed up or something like that. I started imagining him with an afro just to get through those parts.
I know characters have ticks, bitting their nails, etc... but, and my creative writing prof has told me this SO MANY TIMES, there's a limit. Please. Please. PLEASEFORTHELOVEOFGOD. Don't go over it.
So the story by itself isn't too shabby a piece of work. It pretty much follows the usual romance formula of getting together, evil story element involving past breaking them apart, and then forgiveness, etc... There's a good amount of mystery, and while it's pretty much predictable, it keeps the story flowing. The one thing that did bother me about the plot (and this has to do with the romance as well) is the fact it wasn't a harlequin novel.
I know, I usually rant about things that are too harlequin standard plot, but I felt there was a definite lack of a certain event that usual occurs in a harlequin.
Yes, people, I'm talking about the sex scene.
Maybe I should be a bit more specific. Yes, there was a sex scene in this novel, just like there was a sex scene in Breaking Dawn. Both of them sadly play that fade to black thing, and well..it kinda sucks. Cuz you know sex scenes are kinda fun to read, and also the reason why I read adult romances. :P Ha.
No, but seriously having that fade to black thing was a bit of a letdown for me. The whole romance in particular was actually kind of a letdown, not only because it was kind of cheesy and had lots of mushy stuff and more of that OMGSOHOT moments, but because the author kind of paints their relationship sort of saint like.
The best example of this is that they pretty much tell each other they love each other before they ever kiss.
Seriously? I think I've read more riskay stuff in YA novels. I'm an adult, I'm pretty sure I can handle a little lust. Please don't belittle me by making a romance seem so perfect. Relationships aren't like that, because people aren't like that, so don't take the time to make this a I'VE FOUND MY SOUL MATE, NOW WE CAN LIVE FOREVER AND EVER TWILIGHT STYLE. It isn't real. And I don't like it.
The writing, as I've mentioned, is perhaps in addition to the romance one of the worst things about this book. So most of the book is written in 3rd person and changes between characters, which isn't bad. At best it's decent, as they're nothing really special about it, and most of it is riddled with cliches. But it works, and keeps the story going, so I can't really condemn it. While I didn't care for the writing, I have to admit that it wasn't the 3rd person that drove me nuts, but the 1st person infrequent chapters told from the point of view of the hit and runner.
*Sigh* This is going to sound very very mean, but the 1st person writing really was some of the worst I'd ever read. I think I wrote better stuff when I was 13 or so. I don't know what it was, I can't pinpoint what I felt was wrong with it, but it was just awkward, and urk. I can't explain it, but as soon as I started to read it, I wanted to run away from the book as fast as I could. Odd, I know, but an utter turn off for me.
All in all, A Bend in the Road isn't a bad book. There's a good enough plot, and plenty to entertain. It's not, however, a great, or even possibly a good book. The romance is just lame, the writing is barely decent, and it makes me wonder why and how Sparks makes a living off this stuff. Then, again, A Shore Thing was a NY Bestseller, so go figure. 1.5-2/5(less)
Rockbound is the story of David, a fisherman in Canada's Nova Scotia, and his journey in becoming one of the people and fishers of Rockbound, a small...moreRockbound is the story of David, a fisherman in Canada's Nova Scotia, and his journey in becoming one of the people and fishers of Rockbound, a small island off the coast split by competing families who's hierarchies, hatreds, and actions lie at the heart of the people of Rockbound. Love, friendship, and tragedy occur in Parker Day's romantic view of the original Nova Scotian island Ironbound as the fictional character David faces his Goliath, and makes a place for himself on the cold, unforgiving rocks of the island.
Rockbound was another novel we were required to read in my seminar class, and sadly wasn't a favorite of mine nor the majority of the class's. (At least as far as I remember) In many ways, the novel is almost insulting to Canadians, especially from the Nova Scotia area, because of its romanticism about the fishing industry that is and isn't Nova Scotia. While I'm not going to go into a huge discussion about that, I just wanted to point it out in the context of a Maritime perspective on the piece, and how it fits into the accepted or as my seminar prof put it 'centralist' view of the Maritime provinces.
So the novel as a whole is a very slow build-up of characters, people, and the sense of place Day portrays. The story is very everyday as it mostly centers on David interactions with the sea and the fishermen he works with as well as his friendship with Gershome, the lighthouse caretaker. And, I'm not going to lie to you my lovely goodreads friends, I think I fell asleep like fifteen times while reading it. When actual conflict emerges, through the schoolteacher (and obviously educated) Mary's arrival and later love triangle? rectangle?, it's near the end of the novel, and doesn't really make up for the drawn out moments of folksy stories, ideas, and fishing.
I have to give props to Day for actually fleshing out a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare in those last few chapters that was, sadly, my favorite part of Rockbound, but on the whole the novel is slow, tedious, and so full of fishing and sailing technicalities it bored me to death.
Thematically, Rockbound is sort of biblical in it's depiction of temptation, the devil, and the whole David and Goliath idea that Day clearly estabilshes throughout the novel. It also contemplates both patriachal and matriarchal societies through the two feuding families, and even the nature of (possibly barbaric) blood feuds. It also considers the role of women, which was much more interesting, and how marriageble Mary and the prostitute Fanny were seen in different ways in relation to the men that pursued them.
All in all, Rockbound, much like many of the novels we've read in this class, was thematically and in relation to lit theory a wonder, but otherwise I wouldn't have gone out of my way to read it. Thankfully it wasn't crazily depressing. 2/5(less)
Dec 3: My aunt just told me I'm too young for this. I'm exactly the same age as the protagonist, and I've read my fair share of adult mater...morePre-Review:
Dec 3: My aunt just told me I'm too young for this. I'm exactly the same age as the protagonist, and I've read my fair share of adult material.
So what makes me 'too young'? The fact that it's erotica? Mummy Porn? (and therefore aimed at 30+ year olds?) BDSM? Where exactly does and how the protagonist and its audience mingle/communicate/etc?
(By all accounts, it could be because I am her niece, but still it makes me wonder.)
Dec 2: My ereader is so excited for this, it's preventing me from putting it on it.
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Fifty Shades of Grey had an overabundance of Oh, mys, Holy crap/shit/fuck(!), lip biting, odd chin holding, stalker moments, admitted stalker moments, annoying internal goddesses and bitchy subconscious, dark secret angst! pasts, jealous jealousy about blondes, this-omg-no, riding crops, and scenes/moments/events that seemed to be set up exclusively so they could have sex.
(Had a fight about how I'm such an asshole, and a stalker, and have a dark secret past that I can't share with anyone! Doesn't matter, had sex! I'm on my period! Doesn't matter, had sex!)
Second, there actually was a part of me-the guilty pleasure one who shuts down my brain once in a while-that actually enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey to some degree for its addicting quality.
(The potato chip metaphor works well for this one.)
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably not in love with the series, its characters, or the fact that most of story revolves around a couple that's defined by their make-up and break-up status.
(What are you fifteen? Save the drama, no one's really buying it.)
It's incredible how much of this book is so obviously a fanfiction (of, you know, Twilight...). A lot of the plot, again obviously, had been changed, but most of the core elements remained the same. The dialogue, character interactions, even the writing style was deftly captured by James.
Though thankfully Mr. Grey never said "What if I'm not the hero? What if I'm the bad guy?" (I probably misquoted that.)
It was kind of nice to read and be entertained (though with a significant amount of eye rolling). It felt like reading Twilight again, or at least being immersed in something as angst ridden as addicting as Meyer's work was for me so many years ago. In a way, it helped me come to terms to how I'm probably going to feel about The Twilight Saga when I (eventually) get down to re-reading them.
And I'm telling you right now I have a sneaking suspicion I'm not going to like them as much. That time in my life is kind of over, I think. After reading and enjoying, but not loving, Easy a book that is, similarly to Twilight, an angsty, sexy love affair for the most part, I've come to terms with the fact that I need more than just romancy feelings to get through something. I need that character development, I need a plot, and while kissing and sex scenes are nice, they fade quicker in my memory and lack importance in the long run. They're not the things I remember when I think about the book, or the scenes I relive in my mind. They're desert, but they're not the main meal...as cliche as that sounds.
In the end, I did, as expected, think Fifty Shades of Grey worthy of trash for the most part, and unworthy to become such a celebrated title or considered to be 'gateway' novel for the erotic genre. (Just as Twilight was the 'gateway' YA novel that introduced many people to YA PNR-myself semi included the PNR side partially.)
I have, however, read worse. And considering this novel used 'pedal to the metal' within a sentence, that's saying something.
This was okay. I think I would've liked it a little bit more if there wasn't the worst case of insta-love I've ever seen, and if it was more than just...moreThis was okay. I think I would've liked it a little bit more if there wasn't the worst case of insta-love I've ever seen, and if it was more than just 40 pages of sex, and the smallest amount of plot thrown in. The term "Balls deep" didn't help things. A full review to come. (less)
***A thank you to Darcus Murray from Starcrossed for allowing me to obtain a copy through their giveaway***
Seven Point Eight is a scifi novel about th...more***A thank you to Darcus Murray from Starcrossed for allowing me to obtain a copy through their giveaway***
Seven Point Eight is a scifi novel about the use of psychic powers in order to transcend not only physical but worldly boundaries. At its core, however, Seven Point Eight is about people, and the community of people within this novel who use their powers at the expense of their own lives to discover and explore the world around them. Spanning decades of time, switching between multiple POVs, and leaving just enough hints as to where the story is going next, Seven Point Eight is really the beginning of a chronicle of adventures spanning space, time, and multiple dimensions.
Reading Seven Point Eight was a challenge for me. I think the problem with my experience with the novel was that while I remained interested in the plot, the world, and all the fun scifi stuff that was going on, I could not get past its execution, and, sadly, that's what stopped me from actually being able to connect with the characters, or get inside the world the author had created.
Concept alone, Seven Point Eight is wonderful. Its quite original, and there's an obvious amount of planning and creating that's gone on behind the world and the science (Holy DEAR FREAKING GOD THE SCIENCE!) the author used as a foundation to fun psychic powers stuff she's playing with. And I liked that. I really liked that. I thought it was interesting the way the author was able to pull in historically events, psychic experiments, and even shamanism into this novel, and make it into something I, at the very least, hadn't seen before. And, though I have to admit I found the knowledge the author brought into play daunting, I never got too confused with the concepts she was talking about.
But, and this is where reading Seven Point Eight became challenging, while I enjoyed the amount of dedicated research and information the author gave us regarding the science part of her novel, the research side to the different decades and times she was talking about turned me off. Maybe it's because I'm a history major, but whenever I was introduced to a span of time that not only talked about the worldly events, but the cultural (films and music) part of that time, I felt jarred and out of place. I don't know if it was just me, I don't even know if other readers experienced this, but for me it just didn't flow with the novel, and it was one of the aspects of Seven Point Eight that prevented me from getting into the world the author had created.
In terms of the plot and characters, I both liked and disliked different parts/people of each. The plot is a very slow build-up, allowing us to see the progression of the group of psychics who are working on the project, and the project itself as Paul (our main character for the majority of the novel) slowly discovers the ways in which to use the psychic abilities of the Institute. Later on, the plot picks up once Tahra becomes involved in the experiments, and things get really rolling. For me, I wasn't utterly entranced by the slow build-up at the beginning of the novel. I'm an action girl, sadly, and the slow beginning didn't grab my attention the way the plot did later on. Of course, that could be because Tahra was my favorite character, and once she showed up I got a bit more consumed by what was happening.
The characters were a bit of a mixed bag for me. The two I really enjoyed reading about were Tahra, and Ava, but sadly both of them were either introduced later in the story or had only small parts to play (Ava in this case). I liked Paul, and everyone else enough, but never felt the connection I had with Tahra and Ava. The one character I absolutely could not stand was Max, which I think is understandable because he's an absolute ass not exactly the greatest guy. I also don't think I was happy about the characters especially because of the love triangle at the heart of the novel. (I won't spoil, so don't worry). It's a personal issue, but I'm not a fan of relationships between older (and I mean OLDER) men and young women. Don't ask me why, but it irks me for some reason.
Aside from all this, I'd like to mention the writing style, which I think was part of the reason why I couldn't enjoy this novel as much as I wanted to. And I'm sorry, but I can't really pin down why it bothered me while reading it. I'm not sure if it was too technical, too dry, or something else, but I just couldn't get into the writing style. For some reason I just couldn't connect with it, and it jarred me out of the book at moments as odd as that sounds. This could be because of, as I've mentioned, the references to cultural and historical events throughout the novel, I'm not sure, but I thought I should mention it to explain why I just couldn't get into the book.
All in all, Seven Point Eight is a very creative and interesting approach to the science fiction genre. It's got a very intriguing storyline that plays with multiple worlds and times with a group of equally intriguing characters. And while I couldn't get into the novel as much as I wanted to, I still am interested in finding out what happens next, and how the author is going to bring all the pieces she's laid out together. 2.5/5(less)
Be warned, this is probably more rant than review.
Well I can official state that this is the book that has decided it for me. I am done with Philippa...moreBe warned, this is probably more rant than review.
Well I can official state that this is the book that has decided it for me. I am done with Philippa Gregory. I'm done with her scandalous additions, her supernatural stuff, and her blatant playing around with history in a way that sells her novels based solely on the gossip factor.
Look, I get it. Fictionalization can be fun. But I'm just really tired of reading this titillating mess of a historical retelling.
I'm also tired of these narrators! Can you make Elizabeth sound anything more like her mother's voice in The Lady of the Rivers or even Mary Boleyn from The Other Boleyn girl They're all just 'good' women who only want the best for everyone and who would rather live a peaceful, happy life! Where is the obvious power-hungry ambitions they are so infused with? (Because they're there, even in your narrative, we see their power-hunger attributes...but only from the POV of OTHER PEOPLE) They all sound the same to me, and frankly I can't tell their individual voices from one another when I'm thinking of their respective novels.
I mean, at least Wideacre's heroine had a personality. These Tudor and York and Rivers (and whoever else..) girls just meld together, and become this wave of sympathetic do-gooders who just want to raise their children in the country or something and who just love their husbands.
And Elizabeth in this novel. How stupid are you? (view spoiler)[You reveal the fact that your son is still alive and ELSEWHERE multiple AND I DO MEAN MULTIPLE times to other people besides your kin. ARE YOU INSANE? Do you not know how this game is played?(hide spoiler)] And what is with your relationship with Edward? I get that he's the king and all, but you openly know about his various mistresses and the only possible solution you see is to ASK to ASK your husband to get rid of them.
ARE YOU NOT THE BLOODY QUEEN OF ENGLAND? YOU HAVE SPIES. YOU HAVE MONEY. Do not melt into his touch and let him decide!
Okay, maybe I'm being a bit too harsh here. He is the king of England and could probably make her life miserable. But the passivity this woman has, not only with Edward, but also later with her daughter Elizabeth's (oh yes, that got confusing real fast. Though I infinitely prefer Gregory keeping her daughter's name than giving a nickname like BABY-not kidding-to the prince Edward) stupid stupid stupid near love affair with her uncle-no one does incest like you, Gregory!-just got on my nerves...
once...twice...okay, like every page.
(the MC, not the loving uncle one Sorry couldn't help myself)
...couldn't you have at least made your husband's life uncomfortable in some way WHILE HE WAS OUT FUCKING DOING THE NASTY WITH OTHER WOMEN?
You could've flirted with a bunch of men in court.
You could've put an egg in his bed.
YOU COULD'VE NOT BEEN STILL ATTRACTED AND WILLING WITH HIM. At the very least, you could've turned down his advances at least a few times.
Because seriously, he was kind of an asshole. And also kind of stupid...
Yeah, that's about it.
Oh, and for those who are looking for some insights about the actually book: It's not bad, I mean it's kind of boring, and I think I fell asleep while reading it. But otherwise, yeah, it's pretty standard Gregory fare. Fade to black sex scenes, political intrigue, and even some 3rd person POV scenes that were weirdly awkward...
If you're a fan of Gregory, which I am no longer, go for it. It's not as terrible as The Queen's Fool, and that's probably the worst one I've read by her. Thankfully The White Queen will be my last.
While not truly part of the main series, Black is for Beginnings is a side story that offers and clears up any questions you might have had at the end...moreWhile not truly part of the main series, Black is for Beginnings is a side story that offers and clears up any questions you might have had at the end of the series. I was happy with the ending Red is for Remembrance gave us but this added feature was a fun, quick read as well. Characters? It's the old gang so I won't say much other than it was quite funny to see them in graphic novel form. A little surprising too since none of them really fit the picture I had in my head. (but really I shouldn't be :P) All in all good as most of them seemed to display the usual exuberance and craziness that defines them. Plot? There wasn't much of one to be honest. It is a side story and just further explains a few details that you weren't entirely given. While I enjoyed it, there wasn't much there to really get my heart racing the way Stolarz usually does :P Writing? Considering it's mostly dialogue, I really can't say much. I felt it was good but in a graphic novel it is the pictures that take the cake and they were really well done here. All in all, Black is for Beginnings is a good addition to an excellent series. Buy it if you've got the extra cash. Borrow it if not. And if you can't do either, don't worry you won't be missing much :P 3/5 (less)
This was more than a little of a letdown after Wither's well balanced storyline and pace. Granted Wither wasn't an action-packed piece or anything, bu...moreThis was more than a little of a letdown after Wither's well balanced storyline and pace. Granted Wither wasn't an action-packed piece or anything, but at least it felt more together than Fever did.
In other words, this is definitely a middle book, and a pointless this-is-how-we-go-back kind of plot that's meant only to get the character back where it all started and leave us with a giant cliffhanger so the trilogy is complete.
I mean, yes there were moments that were interesting, and DeStefano's writing is still gorgeous, and there were plenty of moments that tugged at my heart, but at the end of it all I was still wondering what exactly was the point of this novel other than to provide a respite before the evil-scientist plot had to come back. It kind of felt like DeStefano ended Wither with different intentions than she started Fever with.
Regardless, I did enjoy this novel. Enough to give it a better rating, if my own critiquing nature hadn't caught up to me. 3.5/5(less)
This was...well. This wasn't my favorite. Even if it was written by one of my favorite authors.
I did enjoy Scent of Magic, don't get me wrong, but it...moreThis was...well. This wasn't my favorite. Even if it was written by one of my favorite authors.
I did enjoy Scent of Magic, don't get me wrong, but it definitely wasn't as well written as some of Snyder's other works, especially the novel's predecessor Touch of Power. It wasn't as strong, as tight, as lovely balanced as some of Snyder's previous works and for that I was disappointed.
Much of the book felt like filler and the little that did came much too late for me to really care. Maybe I read it too late after the first one. It did, however, feel a lot like a middle book, a set-up book for the events that are to come.
So I just hope Taste of Darkness ends up being spectacular. Or else I might be very hesitant for her next series.
On the one hand there is some very interesting, very unstereotypical stuff happening here. Very non-perfect protag,...moreI'm still very mixed on this book.
On the one hand there is some very interesting, very unstereotypical stuff happening here. Very non-perfect protag, faith/God-yet remains unchristian, magic but not magic, (view spoiler)[killing off multiple love interests (hide spoiler)]... that all make me go RESPECT for the author for pulling all of that off and making it work well.
But, at the same time, so much of me wasn't engaged with this novel, from its characters (who did have some tropyness to them-mean girl who's really good anyone...) to its shocking events (view spoiler)[ Love. Interests. DYING. (hide spoiler)] that I only kind of finished it because I wanted to see if it got any better.
It didn't. Not for me anyway.
This is one of those novels I could probably discuss all day due to the themes and very unexpected plot points within it, yet at the same time feel nothing for the book at ALL.
In spite of my own misgivings about the book, however, it IS a novel that is really good for its age group. Younger YAers will definitely enjoy it, and might even branch outside of it to try and find other novels like it.
After I finished Grave Mercy, I was kind of unsure how to feel about the novel as a whole. While so much of the novel is clearly good, and definitely...moreAfter I finished Grave Mercy, I was kind of unsure how to feel about the novel as a whole. While so much of the novel is clearly good, and definitely more than a little original in the vein of the usual YA trash book, I couldn't quite love the novel as much as I expected to.
So Grave Mercy centers on the small county of Brittany.
Of which I know absolutely nothing.
And while the novel does do a good job of keeping the political situation easily understandable, I felt there was a lack of world building in order for me to put the events/people in the context of what was going on in Europe at the time. The lack of any kind of author's note, while explained on LaFevers' website, was something I was really disappointed in (even if I did understand that the author didn't want to accidently spoil anything) since, again, I couldn't place the where/who/etc during this period in history.
The political intrigue, in general, was pretty well handled, but wasn't what I'd call particularly shocking, or what I'd expect from a novel so deliberately centered in both politics and assassination.
Of lack thereof. Seriously, this book needed more assassiny-times. I felt like we were told more about how awesome Ismae was (and how fearsomely intimidating her order was) than we actually saw. Her relationship with her faith was kind of cool, (and reminded me many times of Christianity and female saints/scholars), but ultimately totally lost respect for with the ending climax. (view spoiler)[And I DO mean climax. He he. No, but seriously human bezoar? Dude, that was lame (hide spoiler)]
The romance was something I was both for and against, as there was that hint of insta-romance (though perhaps it could be considered attraction more than anything), but there was also a good amount of development as well. In truth, I really did enjoy the main love interest, but never really felt anything for him the way I have for other characters in the past. The ending resolution, again, did kind of kill any real love I had for their relationship.
Another major problem I had with this novel was the near black and white quality the characters had. While it definitely seemed like there were efforts towards allowing some kind of greyness to seep through, I felt (especially in the end) the 'goodies' and the 'baddies' were easily identifiable. Grave Mercy's villains, in particular, (both Ismae's own personal ones, and those threatening the realm) were much too easy to spot for a novel I expected a lot more political intrigue and backstabbing from.
Then again, it's possible I've been living/watching GoT too much lately :P
I have to give the author props, however, in that she is moving from writing only MG stuff to jumping into the YA market, and therefore is probably still finding her feet. Despite all my criticism, I still liked Grave Mercy and was pretty addicted to its plot, characters, and writing in spite of all things I found wrong with the novel. There is a lot of good in here, and definitely promise for the series as a whole. While I'm a little undecided on whether or not I want to continue with the series (mostly because I really do like Ismae and don't want another MC), I definitely felt my experience with Grave Mercy was on the positive side.
Just no more of that miracle-saving-people-action that we saw in the end, okay?
I was surprised how much I actually liked this novel, considering its a chick-lit novel (a genre that's always a mixed bag for me), and is the first o...moreI was surprised how much I actually liked this novel, considering its a chick-lit novel (a genre that's always a mixed bag for me), and is the first of one of those series that just never seem to end (again mixed bag).
I've definitely always been a fan of murder mystery, and though this was portrayed as a fun-lovin'-heck-of-a-time, it did deal with some more serious issues like prostitution, physical abuse, harassment, and the power of celebrities. The writing, likewise, was a mix of generic chick-lit-y easy-readability, but with moments that struck me as having potential. The plot was your typical m&m, and the love interests equally typical, normal, etc... In other words, there's nothing truly special going on here, but some hilarity, and good old fashioned turn-off-your-brain-for-a-while funtimes.
Also did anyone else picture Ranger as like 40ish? Maybe that's just me. Or his name. Or the fact that he sounds like Dog the Bounty Hunter in my head.
Damn if I knew.
P.S. Let me warn you away from the movie, btw. It's not even worth illegally downloading. YES IT'S THAT BAD.(less)
This wasn't terrible, but it definitely didn't encourage the same love I felt for The Night Angel Trilogy. I haven't quite decided if I'm going to...moreUrg.
This wasn't terrible, but it definitely didn't encourage the same love I felt for The Night Angel Trilogy. I haven't quite decided if I'm going to continue with this series or not, but it's definitely been a meh read for me.
The characters, the plotline I figured out much too quickly, the LOTR feel I got (but was surprisingly different. I felt for a while there was a Helm's Deep moment, but sadly no Gandalf showed up), a lot of it kind of ruined any early love I had for it.
It did have a really unique magic system and a cool history. Just not strong enough characters or good character interactions to balance that out. First books, however, can be like that, so it could potentially get better. The first Night Angel novel was, if I remember correctly, kind of like that, so maybe I will wait it out.