Update: Read the first 11 chapters of this through a preview on my kobo.
My god Libba you write the creepiest shit. I love you.
I GOT A COPY OMGWOO!
It took me a long time to figure out how I felt about Libba's newest and reemergence into the foray of supernatural-creepy-crawlie-funtimes. Aka The Diviniers. It's been five years since the last Gemma Doyle came out, The Sweet Far Thing, and it's been a few years since Libba had announced this new supernatural series. It's also been a few years since she wrote anything historical, and been mainly focused on her more social commentary works like Going Bovine and Beauty Queens...which aren't suited to my tastes. *Shurg*
So you can imagine the excitement and the anxiety, the deep omg-will-I-even-like-this anxiety that plagued me while reading this novel.
And for the most part, I really did enjoy this one. It held true to a lot of Libba's way of doing things, and it was nice, oh so nice to be creeped out by a novel again. (as weird as that sounds). Even the fact that it was in 3rd person (you have no idea how much I adored Gemma's 1st person POV) didn't bother me, because I could see the reasons why it was there and could appreciate how it worked. The historical accuracy was wonderfully woven in, with the right amount of slang to make you feel like you were actually in the 20s. The plot was elegantly done, with the right amount of suspense and information given at appropriate times, even if the whole house narrative did get on my nerves once in a while.
We get it, the house is creepy and the wind is scared. OMG.
The thing that did bother me was, strangely the characters. And this is kind of why:
A. It felt like a lot of them were stereotypical. Sam, for instance, was the mysterious man with a deep secret and a revenge plot. Evie was the party girl with a deep intellectual soul hidden in her. Jericho was the mysterious man with a deep secret, and a poetic soul that prevented him from being socially interactive and generally made him kind of stoic.
B. I felt like I had seen these characters before. Wasn't Ann I mean Mabel's sweet girl act a little too familiar? I certainly felt like wringing her neck more than once How about Fee Theta?
BUT, BUT and this is probably why it took me so long to write a review, I realized that this is the first in a five-part series. And while I definitely felt stereotypes in The Diviners I think I noticed some in AGATB too that eventually changed and evolved into..well not stereotypes. I think what I'm saying is that I'm handing out a little faith with this book. Yes, it's got a few flaws, but I'm happy to wait. Wait just like I did with AGATB for everything to develop and grow.
Because that's what I've always liked about Libba. She's got a master plan, and everything, everything is a part of that.
Sadly I'm giving up on this book. I got about 40 pages in, but I just can't continue. The writing has more than its share of typos, as well as sentenc...moreSadly I'm giving up on this book. I got about 40 pages in, but I just can't continue. The writing has more than its share of typos, as well as sentence structure problems, and verb past/present tense agreements. The novel requires both editing and revision for its structural/grammatical problems as well as some of the other problems I have outlined below.
There is also a fair bit of telling and not showing, never a good thing in any book, as we were told the events that transpired instead of shown them. The switch between POVs wasn't utterly confusing, though there were odd chapter breaks that weren't really needed.
The plot I can't say much of, I only got 40 pages in after all, but seems to follow the typical urban fantasy genre formula: New girl (in this case) moves in, paranormal stuff abounds, and...that's as far as I got. From what I read of the other reviews here, the plot really becomes something else, but sadly I just can't get past the writing, and actually enjoy the novel.
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. (less)
Thank you Kaname. Your doucheness is actually working out for my devious pairing. Please continue to be absolute ass.
Also, I literally (Yes LITERALLY, ask my bf he was tots there) yelled "WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?" while reading this. Kaname, what are you up to? (And more importantly when whenwhenwhen will I find out???)
Also can you please stay like out of the picture for the next like 5 volumes so Yuki and Zero can get some smoochy-smoochy time in? Kthxbye
This series kills me everytime. How I wish there wasn't such a long wait between volumes.
In general, this volume, like the previous 3 or 4, was mostly set-up and backstory with a tiny, but hugely important, event going on. (And seriously, I do mean huge). We're getting there, but Hino needs to stop and set-up some suspense for us.
In other news, I'm really happy with the way things are going with Aido and his characterization. Before really was the comic relief character in the series, but he's really grown quite a bit and become more of his own person. Yuki, as well, has been less whiny and all "girl power!" as of late, though she is still love stricken over Kaname. She's growing a bit of independence, I think though. Zero, as always, is fabulous. Mmmm...
Hino, some sexy Zero times for volume 15? I mean I love his expressions EVERYWHERE in this volume, but I need him and Yuki to be in the same room! MORE ANGST!!
(Also, I do apologize for the obvious fan-girlism all over this review.)(less)
Finished it this weekend. Don't know how to feel about it really. Read it too fast? Just wasn't as crazy about it as I was with White Cat and Red Glov...moreFinished it this weekend. Don't know how to feel about it really. Read it too fast? Just wasn't as crazy about it as I was with White Cat and Red Glove. I think I expected more angsty fun times with Cas and Lila before they got together. Though Dan and Sam's relationship was crazy enough.
Initial Review: (Sept 2010) a slow moving, intense, romantic story of two star-crossed lovers. Characters: All of them well done and interesting. i li...moreInitial Review: (Sept 2010) a slow moving, intense, romantic story of two star-crossed lovers. Characters: All of them well done and interesting. i liked all of them and enjoyed all the quirks they showed. Plot: Good, some suspense but most of it focused on the love and relationship between the two main characters. Writing: very poetic and beautiful but lacking any real suspense to it that would have made reading this so much better. Slow moving and full of romance, I liked this book quite a bit but not enough for me to love it. I would like to read the sequel but buying it? Nah. 4/5
Re-Reading Review: (June 2012)
When I first started re-reading this book my thoughts were, simply put, why the fuck heck am I reading this again? The characters felt stereotypical (Grace is an introvert and really good at math, therefore she's utterly practical-except for her odd obsession with wolves), their emotions and conflicts wayyyy too intense to be believed (Olivia and Grace stop talking for like ever because Grace didn't comment nicely on her PHOTOS? WTF?), and the romance was sugary and practically screamed insta-love (If you don't stop talking about your damn WOLF Grace I'm going to shove you in the snow for them to try and eat you again). But then I got to like page 100 and things sort of got better. I felt more for the characters, the writing grew on me, and I wasn't thinking Sam's annoying lyrics were, well, annoying or as stupid as I did before.
And, in hindsight, I'm starting to wonder what changed. Did the writing actually improve, or is Maggie Stiefvater's super power the ability to suck you in until you become almost desensitized to her writing? In my opinion, I'm gonna go with the latter, mostly because the same thing happened to me when I started reading Linger (Shiver's sequel). I was bored for the first 50-100 pages or so, and then got sucked in once again. If I was getting used to her writing, the way I had to with novels like Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty (the first time around anyway), I wouldn't have had a problem with the later novels in this series. And because I did have a similar problem when I first started Linger I'm starting to think I got almost desensitized to her writing by experiencing mass amounts of it.
At the very least, I can definitely say I don't care for Stiefvater's writing as a whole. That's not to say I actively dislike or like it, but rather (and this kind of represents my own feelings about the series as a whole) I feel numb about it. There are no phrases or moments that come to mind when I think back on this novel (nor its successor), and instead I feel an overwhelming numbing, a whiteness about it as a whole. Sometimes when I was reading this I felt almost like it was formulaic, like Stiefvater wrote things in such and such a way to get a reaction or to connect certain things, but without true feeling behind it. In an odd way, her writing reminded me of the way I try to write poetry. (Yes, there is a try in that sentence for a reason) I think about it too much instead of allowing the words to flow through me and find themselves on the page. And with Shiver and Linger at the very least, I could feel that push almost to place certain things just so.
I really don't know how much of that made sense, but it's the closest I can get to describing how I feel about this novel.
In terms of the characters, plot, etc... I still felt extraordinarily numb about the whole experience. I did care for Grace, Sam, and even Isabel, but never felt truly anguished for them. I never came close to tears, which seems odd for the emotion-filled pages this novel seems to hold. I just felt kind of there, along for the ride. There isn't much suspense in this novel, and most of the time it helped me fall to sleep more than anything. Again, it was oddly numbing for a book. I didn't hate the characters, but nor did I truly love them. I just felt a sort of liking for them, the plot, and the setting Stiefvater had created.
There were a few things I did truly like, however, and those things seem to be what made me want to continue the series more than anything. Jack's fate, Sam's past, Beck, and the use of dual perspectives that worked really well in this novel, (I never got confused as to who was talking), were all things that were memorable to me, even if the majority of them were not exactly what I'd define as happy.
All in all, Shiver was an interesting re-read, both for me and in relation to the book. While I'm unsure as to how I feel about the writing, I can definitely say I did enjoy, for the most part, the characters and the trials they went through. While I don't think this novel is a buy for me (even though I mysteriously own a copy of the last novel in this trilogy Forever), it's not a never to read again either. And that, I think, says more than I ever could. 3-3.5/5(less)
I'm a big fan of Lisa T. Bergren's work after reading/devouring her River of Time series (though I have yet to read Torrent), and instantly jumped on...moreI'm a big fan of Lisa T. Bergren's work after reading/devouring her River of Time series (though I have yet to read Torrent), and instantly jumped on the chance to get a copy of her new adult historical novel, Glamorous Illusions. While I wasn't entirely crazy about it as I was when I was hanging out with Gabi and Lia, Glamorous Illusions was solid enough for me to like it and addicting enough for me to never want to put it down.
The story is fairly simple, and essentially revolves around Cora, just your typical farmer's daughter who finds out she's the illegitimate daughter of a Montana millionaire, and is pushed into joining her newly discovered half-siblings and their friends on the famous European Grand Tour. Along the way, Cora is faced with friendship, love, and her own relationship with God.
Yes, this is a Christian fiction book, as is Bergren's River of Time series, and contains not only references to God, Jesus, etc..., but focuses on the characters' relationship with their faith. While Bergren writes about faith carefully and thankfully not in a way that feels too cheesy/religious, etc... I have to admit I kind of got annoyed at Cora's proclamations/etc.. about her faith. Maybe it's because I was so used to the way Gabi dealt with her religion (kind of off-handed most of the time), but I felt the God references were a bit much in this novel at times.
That being said, this is my opinion, and Bergren is probably one of my absolute favorite historical fiction writers, Christian or not, and definitely deserves more praise than she gets. Her novels, including Glamorous Illusions, are very well researched and very well written with strong, likable characters, though I would suggest trying out her River of Time series first. (Mostly because they are my favorite)
In spite of my praise for Bergren, however, I have to admit I found problems within Glamorous Illusions. The characters, I felt, were not as strong as the gang in the River of Time series, and I definitely felt a disconnect with the majority of them besides our MCs Will and Cora. Cora and Will, even, had their moments of annoyance, and I wasn't totally in love with them the way I was with Gabi, Lia, etc... Maybe because the novel is one with dual perspectives? I'm not sure. The more I think about it, the more I do like the dual perspectives, but I still felt a bit odd about Cora and Will. While Cora was obviously a very strong woman, her insecurities about her integration to this wealthy way of life and even, sometimes, about her family rubbed me the wrong way once in a while. I think I would've been less bothered by it had there been more going on in the larger plot, but because so much of the plot is about social conventions and Cora's reactions to them, the emphasis on self reflection was much more apparent and, thus, grated on my nerves.
All in all, I liked, but did not love Glamorous Illusions. While it was well written, interesting, and was very addicting, I couldn't get past some of Cora's and Will's much-too-frequent self reflections that slowed down the thin plot more than it needed. Older fans of Bergren's work as well as fans of historical fictions should definitely check this one out. 3.5/5(less)
I'm a sucker for thieves. Girl thieves, boy thieves, teenage thieves with angsty problems. It's one of the reasons I love Artemis Fowl so much. (Besid...moreI'm a sucker for thieves. Girl thieves, boy thieves, teenage thieves with angsty problems. It's one of the reasons I love Artemis Fowl so much. (Besides the funnies, the characters, the plot, the scifi...) It's like my obsession with assassins. I love thieves in the same way. They're sneaky, crafty, and usually have crazy plots to go with the fast pace they're written in.
It's also the reason why I usually end up getting sucked into buying assassiny (it's a word now!) or thief-centered novels even if the synopsis or reviews aren't exactly noteworthy. I can't help it-assassin/thief novels are my ultimate temptation.
And maybe that's the reason why I really, really liked Heist Society so much, even though it was kind of predictable, and followed the kind of tropes you tend to see in YA. It was such a typical thief book, with no qualms about being anything more, that it easily became a fun read for me. In other words, it was exactly what I wanted from a YA thief novel. And I was perfectly fine with that.
So Heist Society starts off with our leading lady, Kat, who gets kicked from her prestigious (and very not thievery inclined) boarding school under mysterious circumstances. *cough cough* Her family wants her back. Why? Because her father is on the run after being accused and threatened by a very powerful man who believes Kat's father stole his priceless collection of art. Add in conspiracy, fancy, fun thievery times, and even a hint (oh I love hints!) of romance, and you have Heist Society.
Heist Society has a lot of what you expect from a thief-centered novel. Action, crazy fun plots/plans, etc... Nothing is every truly exaggerated, (though all thief novels do have a bit of exaggeration to them), and I never felt like the novel was doing anything unrealistic. Rather the book remained fascinating, and keep me glued to the page even when I had to go to class.
Stupid school. Book more important.
The romance, or the hints of it anyway, really, really made me happy, as did the relationships between the group in general. If you don't know, making me happy with a romance is pretty hard to do. (Or easy, depending on your how you go about it). The relationships in here both, I felt, developed naturally (even if they were more than a little predictable) and made me really curious to see how they'll progress in Heist Society sequel Uncommon Criminals.
The dynamics in Kat's family were equally as fascinating, and I found myself interested in the politics between the variety of cousins, friends, etc... that all (somehow) constitute as Kat's sticky-fingered fam. While most of them fell into trope-like character traits, I never felt annoyed by that, and might've even liked them more. It was like watching a parody of a typical spy movie; knowing who each of these characters were already just made the book so much better, so much more relatable, and so much more fun.
The writing was nothing I hadn't seen before, and easily fits in with the atmosphere Heist Society portrayed. It kept me reading and entertained.
All in all, Heist Society was fun. The fast pace, the predictability even, the sheer simplicity of it made it an instant favorite that only complimented Heist Society's weaving plot, lively characters, and cute romance. While I previously hadn't been a fan of the author due to the fact I didn't care for her I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You series, Heist Society definitely changed my mind. 4/5(less)
Reading The Calling was like hanging with one of your favorite friends, one you haven't seen in a while, but totally love, and you do all these great,...moreReading The Calling was like hanging with one of your favorite friends, one you haven't seen in a while, but totally love, and you do all these great, fun things together, and you know even though you don't completely pick up on some of the things she's/he's saying, you totally get what's going on, and you just want to talk to them about like everything.
Is my love affair with Kelley Armstrong pretty obvious here?
No? Well it should be. Well that's good, no need to get fangirly.
THERE IS EVERY NEED TO GET FANGIRLY Shut up, Carissa, you're scaring off the children.
So The Calling picks up where The Gathering left off, and if you haven't read either, maybe you shouldn't be reading this review check out the first one, or better yet, if you've never read The Summoning start there.
Go, my minions, go!
So, um yeah The Calling picks up where it's predecessor left off, and continues the story in typical Armstrong fashion. We get action, lots of revelations (FINALLY!), and even some character development (view spoiler)[as well as the requisite YA smoochy smoochy time. What? I may be an Armstrong fangirl, but it doesn't mean I don't point out the obvious (hide spoiler)], and, of course, (ya'll should've seen this coming) a nice cliffhanger to end the deal.
Mrs. Armstrong, I love you, but I'm getting annoyed of this. I know this seems to be how you write now, but your 'trilogies' seem, to me at least, flowing enough to fit in one book. The only reason I didn't wait till all three of these were out and bought the giant omnibus of this trilogy (Darkest Powers Trilogy) is because I honestly couldn't wait that long.
So enjoy my hard earned cash So please try to chill with the 'hangers. The suspense will always kill me no matter what way you end your books, and I will always be back for more. If you didn't notice my fangirly moments up there, believe me when I say I do adore your stuff.
All in all, The Calling was fantastic, and finally got things moving in contrast to the more slow-paced (but still fantastic) The Gathering. The character development was good, and I liked all the little bumps and twists that unraveled as the story went on. The fact that I finished this in one day pretty much seals the deal in my opinion. I couldn't keep my hands off of this beauty. And now have a sudden urge to visit BC Rwar! I await patiently for the finale The Rising, and for the final trilogy that ends all of this. (There is one right?)
This summer, for me, has been a surprising meh one for me in terms of finding a new book to fawn over. (Sequels don't count) That's not to say I haven...moreThis summer, for me, has been a surprising meh one for me in terms of finding a new book to fawn over. (Sequels don't count) That's not to say I haven't read more than a few new favorites or wonderful new books, but I hadn't really read anything that made me literally stomp while taking a shower and start screaming at the walls which inevitably terrified the bf because it was so freaking good andwhydidithavetoendomgwhycan'tIhavemorenow.
In other words, this is the book that prompted me to make my 'fangirling' shelf. Congratulations, Lee, even Vampire Knight couldn't do that :D.
In relation to this, I'm also a huge A Great and Terrible Beauty fangirl, (And those who know me will see where this is going), which is also set in the Victorian age. And if you've read my review of books like Darker Still or Born Wicked, you'll know I've been looking, searching, and dying for a book or series that can fill the empty part of me where Gemma Doyle and (view spoiler)[her tree (hide spoiler)] left. And no, I technically don't think I've found it. There are no creepy-crawly-fantasy aspects to A Spy in the House afterall as it is strictly mystery, mayhem, and most often murder (view spoiler)[and kissing!! (hide spoiler)], but but buuuuttt the novel is like AGATB's secret hidden twin who's equally as gorgeous, but makes you laugh in different ways, and kisses really good and...
Well you get the picture. I could never decide between the Weasley twins, and I doubt I could decide between these two. They're both wonderful series that make me laugh, cry, and hug close to my chest when a certain character pops up.
And the best part is I get to bring both to my bed at night. The novels *cough* obviously.
So, as I've mentioned, A Spy in the House is very much about the mystery, the intrigue, and the things that go bump in the night, but are totally human and don't sparkle and whatnot. And being a very big Agatha Christie fan, you can see why I liked it so much. There's something about a good mystery that sticks to the norm that's so much more enticing sometimes than a fantasy or scifi-based one, to me anyway, and I really loved the way A Spy in the House played out. The fact that it incorporated social factors that were going on during that period not only in terms of the mystery, but Mary's character also really made me respect the book so much more. I liked the fact that Lee brought in cultural stuff you tend not to see or hear about in most novels set in the Victorian era; it definitely was that extra spice that made the book stand out so much more for me, as well as want to research everything I could about that particular phenomenon.
Another thing I really loved about A Spy in the House was its characters. Or, at least, the two main ones: Mary and James. (Really who cares about anyone else?) Together they were wonderful, apart they were great. Both had moments of sarcasm and wit, as well as moments of honesty and pain. Flawed is the word I'm going for her, ya'll, and if you know me you'd know I've got a thing for deeply flawed, terrible people. It's the reason I adore Divergent so much. I don't want to spoil anything about them, but honestly I adored every moment they had together, as well as the tidbits of information we got from them when they were apart. (view spoiler)[And yes, their romance nearly killed me. Sigh (hide spoiler)]
All in all, I loved, adored and basically worshiped A Spy in the House. It was fast, fun, and just plain exciting. Awesome characters, wonderful world, and mystery I couldn't help but be drawn into. 5 full stars for this baby/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
After reading wayyyyy too many paranormal romances, or variants of it in the YA field, you see more than your fair share of tropes, cliches, and the u...moreAfter reading wayyyyy too many paranormal romances, or variants of it in the YA field, you see more than your fair share of tropes, cliches, and the usual predictable formula.
Girl/Boy-->Mysterious/Exemplary Power-->Love Interest-->Family/Parents/Heritage Twist-->Destruction/End of the World-->Yada/Other Points of Interest.
And for the most part Darkness Becomes Her was very much a formulaic YA novel. Centering around our protagonist, Ari, a girl with silver hair, who starts searching for information on her birth mother, a woman who killed herself in what is now known as New 2. (The second reincarnation of New Orleans, but with crazy paranormal activity added to it) There she meets a band of outcast children, including a dashing, but slightly dickish young man named Sebastian (Can we say LOVE INTEREST any louder?), who promise to help her find out the truth surrounding her heritage, and the possible powers she may possess...
But, and while all of the above is shouting TYPICAL YA, there was one aspect to the novel that made me stand up and take notice...and which sadly I'm not going to spoil, because I just don't do that :P For those of you who've read the novel, you probably know what I'm talking about. (view spoiler)[Who seriously expects ATHENA to show up in New Orleans? (hide spoiler)] For those of you who don't, let me just say it caught me off guard, and really raised the novel in my esteem. I thought the originality of it was just well done, and definitely different for the genre.
The plot, in general really, I did enjoy, and found it to be fun, although slightly predictable. It also moved very quickly, and the relationships Ari forms, especially with Sebastian for instance, didn't quite gel for me as they should've. The fact that the romance develops within like two days was one thing that really did turn me off, since I felt the novel was just following that typical YA requirement checklist instead of allowing (and here comes my favorite word!) the development of their relationship to progress a bit more naturally. Thankfully there was no insta-love at least, and the relationship was more one of attraction, but it still irked me.
I did like the friendships Ari made with the other teens and tweens, and found them a bit more understandable. Though that might've been because she didn't trust them right away, and found a few of them kind of freaky.
The writing was another one of the good points in this novel, with it's fast moving pace, and easily engaging style. There was nothing specifically poetic about Keaton's writing, but it worked well with the YA, action-packed feel to Darkness Becomes Her.
All in all, Darkness Becomes Her was a solid read in the field of YA. It has romance, action, and heroine who's likable enough to win over the majority of its intended audience. While I wasn't a fan of some of the more romantic sides to this novel, the spark of originality did surprise me, and got me guessing who or what Ari might be. A good read for the more younger side of the YA field, but a good one nonetheless. 3/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Steel was not exactly what I expected it to be. I mean I knew it was going to be about a fencer who travels back in time and joins a band of pirates;...moreSteel was not exactly what I expected it to be. I mean I knew it was going to be about a fencer who travels back in time and joins a band of pirates; I read that much in the synopsis. The fantasy, blood magic part? That was kind of surprising, though not utterly gameworld breaking.
Steel is very much a YA novel. Unexpected time travel, obvious goal, evil bad guy, cute good guy, tough-as-nails mentor figure...I probably could go on. It's also, weirdly, a obviously plotted novel. Jill's goals/development are set out in such a way I could basically predict every move, emotion, and insight she found herself faced with over the course of the novel.
That's not to say Steel is bad novel by any means. It's just to say it wasn't mind-blowing, nor did it offer anything too surprising that I didn't already see coming.
Well, except for the blood magic. That, dudes, was wacked.
The romance was pretty lack-luster, and I felt meh about the entire situation. The novel, as a whole, instead really focused more on the friendships Jill had with the variety of pirates we meet, and though I enjoyed the other characters, I didn't feel much for them (I was pretty meh about Jill). The best proof of this I can give you is that it took me a minute to remember the MC's name and I finished this book maybe 3/4 hours ago. When I can't remember their names, it usually means there wasn't much there for me to remember/get acquainted with/memorable.
The plot, as I've kind of mentioned, was pretty standard for a YA novel, and featured an interspersion of mentor-fighting sessions and mentor-wisdom moments as Jill learned more and more about how a ship works and scrubs the deck multiple times. Oh, and gets freaked out by the historical issues around her: Piracy, merchant ships, slavery....
The writing was fairly decent, though it did feel like it was one of the those tell not show styles at certain moments. I never felt like I got anywhere near Jill's head throughout the novel, in spite of the fact that her inner feelings are discussed, etc... As a character she felt kind of flat weirdly.
I like the sword play? I think that's about all I can say.
All in all, I liked Steel. It was fun, somewhat fascinating, and an easy read for me to zip through. Arr! 3.5/5(less)
After zipping through this novel's predecessor, A Spy in the House, it's no surprise I read this one just as quickly. While I loved A Spy in the House...moreAfter zipping through this novel's predecessor, A Spy in the House, it's no surprise I read this one just as quickly. While I loved A Spy in the House, The Body at the Tower was actually even better. The story was much more intriguing for me, the character development was absolutely wonderful, and the relationship between James and Mary had me bitting my nails the whole way through.
(view spoiler)[I even had to read the synopsis immediately after finishing this one just to see if James would be in the next one (hide spoiler)]
The feminist push was, thankfully, a little lighter in this one, and there was much more a subtle air about in comparison to the somewhat shoved-down-your-throat feeling I got from A Spy in the House sometimes. It was never enough to really deter me, but I thought I'd mention it in this review, if some people were feel a bit meh about the first in the series.
I really liked Mary's character, and her insecurities about her identity were something I couldn't help but empathize with. James' condition, and his feelings were something I really liked as well, and I love the way his character has grown from the arrogant, sarcastic, but adorable guy he was mostly in A Spy in the House. I'm definitely curious to see where they will go next.
All in all, it was fabulous, and I'm dying, DYING to get my hands on the third novel. 5/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I got to 50% before realizing I was groaning and hating every minute of this novel. I even attempted to connect my ereader to a public wifi to downloa...moreI got to 50% before realizing I was groaning and hating every minute of this novel. I even attempted to connect my ereader to a public wifi to download ANYTHING else so I wouldn't have to read this. So it's probably best for my sanity to DNF this one.
Exiled is not a terrible book by any means, but features a host of things I just don't care for:
-Insta/lust-filled romance that is justified (by the use of true love, time constraints, and character traits) -Name Dropping -Predictability -Character Stereotypes (abusive mother, bully bad girl, innocent MC, BFF male savior, bad guy who is somehow helping you, misunderstood love interest...) -Oddly/Inconsistent chapter breaks (Seriously, this does annoy me. Be consistent or GTFO) -Multiple POVs that seem kind of pointless
I really don't know why I stuck around in hindsight. Maybe I was hoping this one would get better.
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.(less)
Another good volume in the D.Gray-Man series, though a bit typical of that shonen formula. I re-read all the previous volumes before reading this one,...moreAnother good volume in the D.Gray-Man series, though a bit typical of that shonen formula. I re-read all the previous volumes before reading this one, so I did kind of feel it to be a bit lack-luster compared to some of the previous heart-stopping action volumes. Not that I didn't like it per say, but it felt a bit oh-we're-going-down-this-route predictable if you know what I mean.
In a weird kind of way, the situation the characters are in in this volume reminded me a lot of another situation in Bleach. Can't remember exact details, but vaguely it was a weird bunch of rooms that the characters had split up into, and had to fight these dudes while powering up, blah, blah shonen stuff. I think it's during the Heuco Mundo arc (which I still haven't finished...oh Bleach *shakes head*), maybe it was just the anime though? Gah, oh well. ANYWAY, most of this volume reminded me of that, and didn't really entice me to continue further.
I still will, because I hear it does get better, but I did want to mention that I was kind of disappointed with this one. Especially about Kanda. It was all just too expected in a way, and I felt I had seen it before. *sigh*
Otherwise, art, character, etc... all of that was good, but still following that expected shonen plotline. 3.5-4/5(less)
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is a short novella for the up-coming Throne of Glass, and concerns its main character, Celaena (Love the name, but by...moreThe Assassin and the Pirate Lord is a short novella for the up-coming Throne of Glass, and concerns its main character, Celaena (Love the name, but by God do I hate trying to spell that), and her adventures with a certain Pirate Lord as well as introducing us to Celaena's world and her badass role in it two years previous to the events in Throne of Glass (or at least the events I assumed from the synopsis).
As a novella, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is short, sweet, and wraps itself up nicely without really needing any additional information or feeling like some random off shoot of the book that isn't really needed in comparison to some enovellas I have read. (Winter's Passage, for instance, I always felt was kind of annoyingly tacked on to the series since most of the information in it was already summarized, (and in one case repeated word for word), in The Iron Daughter). Instead The Assassin and the Pirate Lord felt like an individual story that could stand on its own two feet, while still hinting at what was to come in Maas's up-coming novel.
For the most part I really enjoyed The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. It had action, hinted at a bit of romance, and showed a very badass heroine I easily warmed up to. While the action was the fairly standard assassin/courtly intrigue affair, it kept a good steady pace, and, tbh, I enjoy that kind of thing anyway so I doubt I would've complained :P. The romance I was mixed about at first, but I like the more subtle aspects of it, and the interplay between the characters. It definitely is something I would like to see fleshed out more, but I'm intrigued at the very least. Celaena as a heroine was perhaps one of my favorite parts of the novella, because while she was kind of a typical assassin, she was also kind of vain and a little arrogant, which I liked. It seems odd for me to cite arrogance and vanity as qualities I like in a heroine/hero, but I do have to admit some of my favorite leading ladies, like Scarlet O'Hara and Tris from Divergent, have more than their fair share of those qualities, so it really shouldn't come to any surprise.
What can I say? I prefer the flawed ones. It makes the story that much more interesting.
On a more negative note, I thought the whole morality issue of the novella was a bit too black and white for me, though still understandable from what is hinted at from the Celaena's background. As it is a short novella, however, I'm willing to forgive it because it is well written, and stands so solid on its own. I expect more gray to be shown in the actual novel, but for now I'm satisfied. The resolution at the end of the novella, in addition, was a bit too easy in my opinion, but still remained within the realms of reality.
All in all I really, really enjoyed The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. It showed great promise, had me flipping through its electronic pages in suspense, and got me excited for when the actual novel will be released. Until then, I hear there are three other novellas to whet my appetite until August. 4-4.5/5(less)
I was surprised how disappointed I was by this novel. Maybe it's because of what I assumed and thought the novel was about that I was shocked by the l...moreI was surprised how disappointed I was by this novel. Maybe it's because of what I assumed and thought the novel was about that I was shocked by the lack of crazy fantastical fun times I thought novel surely was about.
That's what I get for ignoring the synopsis.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is definitely one of the more interesting ways to write a novel that's I've encounter. Spinning together text, extensively details and beautiful charcoal drawings, and even stills from a variety of films, the novel truly is a lovely mix of genres, and definitely is one of the those books you can place into your 10 year old reluctant hands and watch him/her devour it within a few hours.
And truly, this book will only take you like a hour or two at most. At whopping 600 some pages, the large portion of graphic content enables you to read this lovely piece very quickly. I read it during my shift while it was yet to be mended, and was literally zooming through it.
As a novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is beautifully done, with lovely dialogue and writing that compliments the highly details drawings. The character development was something I think the novel did good as well, though a bit stereotypical at parts. The main character's motivations, in particular, kind of annoyed me since they were so typical of what he would do in that situation. I also liked and disliked the addition of the historical parts to the novel, though I imagine they've gotten more than a few kids interested in french cinema.
Again, I think I was looking for the fantastical.
One thing I have to point out about the plot was the fact that it didn't totally feel developed enough. The plot is easily unraveled, and just as neatly tied up again with a nice enough happily ever after. While I understood the emotional development behind the plot essentially made up for it, I felt it kind of fell flat for what I expected.
Maybe I just wanted more of the world I was introduced to. Or maybe, again, I saw a different direction to where this was all going.
The drawing were, as expected, fantastic in every way, and felt vaguely film-like in the way they were placed and used throughout the novel. I think film-like is definitely something that could define the novel as a whole, which makes it unsurprising that they would make a film out of it....
All in all, I really did like The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but didn't totally love it. There was something missing for me, I think, to fully adore it the way I expected to, even in spite of all the good this huge (and expensive...) novels contains. 3.5/5(less)
This felt...unpolished. It did so many things right, women's rights, rape (well the standing up fighting back aspect of rape...rape isn't exactly good...moreThis felt...unpolished. It did so many things right, women's rights, rape (well the standing up fighting back aspect of rape...rape isn't exactly good on its own), the romance even. But it felt too stiff.
Kind of how I felt about Shiver and Linger when I read them. I felt the planning behind them, and it threw me off from actually falling in love with them. (as it did with Easy)
I mean the romance was hot, utterly crush worthy, but the other parts felt awkward and just stiff. Even the romance had a flavor of lust-insta-love behind it, and after reading Fifty Shades of Grey not too long ago, I couldn't help comparing how the romance in both of them took over the story more than it should've in my mind.
I don't know to explain this. Again, unpolished comes to mind. I could feel the seems where parts/events had been worked in to make the story flow, and it felt weirdly choppy to me.
Urg, this review doesn't make sense. I think what I'm trying to say is that I saw potential for a bigger point, but felt it was overshadowed by the romance? Maybe that's it.
I have to admit I've encountered more than a few indie/self-published pieces throughout my exploration of the ebook market. And, let's not lie, 75-80%...moreI have to admit I've encountered more than a few indie/self-published pieces throughout my exploration of the ebook market. And, let's not lie, 75-80% of those have been less than spectacular, and have featured characters, plots, and writing I have either struggled with or given up on entirely. After DFNing my latest indie novel, I have to admit I was slightly skeptical when I first started Clockwise.
And while I do admit Clockwise has its fair share of typical YAness and stereotypes, (jock boy with a sweet heart, new clothing/make-up/hair products=gorgeous, damsel in distress syndrome are just a few of many) it's definitely a gem within the labyrinth of self-publishing.
The one thing I really liked about Clockwise was the addicting aspect of the writing. It's your typical rom-com/chick-lit novel, so the writing isn't on par with the descriptiveness that usually comes out of Libba Bray or Maggie Stiefvater's pen, but is a nice mix of fun and funny that gives the novel just the right touch. Casey's (our adorable 1st person POV MC) voice, in particular, got me laughing (literally) out loud at moments, and really felt utterly real and human. The only thing that bothered me about the writing (and this truly is a minor point) was the lack of description at points, and the telling of events as time passed. But those are truly minor complaints, and in truth, the novel doesn't really need them to stand on its own in my opinion.
The romance is, perhaps, where I wasn't totally on Casey's side. Mostly because Nate was a dick jerk for the majority of the novel, and only sort of redeemed himself in my eyes. (I'm always hard on redemption) The romance also slightly smelled like insta love (never a good mark in my book), and was that whole popular guy crush thing sadly. Thankfully the word love in relation to them was only uttered once, and Nate's feelings did develop enough to make me sort of okay with him.
While I absolutely adored Casey, I found she frequently put herself down (with the help of her BFF once in a while...don't get me started on Lucinda-I was not pleased with her for the majority of the novel, though I felt a little better about her redemption moment then I did with Nate), which I am not a fan of. She did have moments of potential grrl-power awesomeness, however, and only really became insecure in relation to her looks and standing with guys. In a weird kind of way, Casey was so much more confident in the 1800s than she was in the real world.
The more quieter moments of the plot, Casey's father and her parents' separation especially, while small moments, really got to me, and made the novel not only much more relatable, but more real in my mind. I also liked the focus on racism within the time travel, and how it became a small, but important theme throughout the novel.
All in all, I really enjoyed Clockwise. It was wonderfully funny, addicting (I read it in two days ya'll), and featured a nice cast of characters as well as some more serious sections that made me want to crank open a few history books myself. 3.5-4/5(less)
After devouring the entire Curse Workers trilogy and enjoying Black's Tithe trilogy, it's pretty much a guarantee that I'll at least semi-love anythin...moreAfter devouring the entire Curse Workers trilogy and enjoying Black's Tithe trilogy, it's pretty much a guarantee that I'll at least semi-love anything Holly Black puts to pen. The Poison Eaters was no exception, and is filled with the dark, creepy, and wicked content that Black promises time and time again in her work.
Filled with stories about werewolves, vampire, and even zombie-like maidens, Black plays with both the fairy-tale motif, while still incorporating her own charm into the mix. While most of the stories in this collection are around the 3.5-4 mark, The Poison Eaters as a whole is a great collection for fans and newcomers alike. The only thing that could throw any newcomers off is the fact that one of the short stories does technically feature spoilers for the Tithe series (who gets with who, who lives, etc...). Luckily the spoilers won't totally ruin the series for you, but it's something to keep in mind if you have yet to read anything by Holly Black. (Or if you've only read her Curse Workers series)
There were a few stories in here I did feel were a bit on the sub-par level, (the shorters ones unsurprisingly), but the majority were well executed, and reminded me a lot of Black's earlier work (The Poison Eaters is, after all, pre-Curse Workers). It's interesting to see how far she's come writing-wise, and this collection is a great indication of that change.
All in all, The Poison Eaters was a lovely, lively collection of the usual creepy crawly things Black loves to play with that's easily addicting as it is a pleasure to read. 4/5(less)
This short story, involving Link and his incubuness, was a nice addition to the Caster Chronicles and made me long for both a re-read of the series (g...moreThis short story, involving Link and his incubuness, was a nice addition to the Caster Chronicles and made me long for both a re-read of the series (god I've forgotten everything) and to finally get my hands on Beautiful Chaos.
(Which probably won't happen because I am: A. Lazy B. Cheap and C. Need to re-read the series again.)
On its own Dream Dark had everything I like about the Chronicles as a whole: Funny bits, Southern flair, and a prose I can't help but get sucked into. In relation to the rest of the series, the story did feel a bit meh as it mostly revolved around Link adapting to life as an incubus and didn't really go into further details about the big, ol' apocalypse storyline that's about to go down. It was nice to see some Link and Riley action, but I have to admit I wasn't/aren't totally pleased with the way their obviously unhealthy relationship is going.
That's why there is book 3 and 4, Carissa
One other thing that bugged me was how short the enovella was (the short story itself only a few chapters, while the rest is the first like 4 chapters of Beautiful Chaos); a fact that wouldn't gotten me madder (since I did pay for the damn thing) if I had actually started/read Beautiful Chaos, but instead I ended up enjoying reading the angst and paranormal filled excerpt, and started remembering all the fun stuff I had forgotten about this series.
**A thank you to Unabridged Bookshelf for their contest that allowed me to receive a copy of this ebook! Thanks!**
Reasons why I'm DNFing:
This book con...more**A thank you to Unabridged Bookshelf for their contest that allowed me to receive a copy of this ebook! Thanks!**
Reasons why I'm DNFing:
This book contains the one thing I loath about YA romance, Insta-love, and justifies it as part of that whole 'physical' reaction that Syd can't help but feel. Sorry, but I don't buy it. Never have, never will.
Too many effing details. Seriously. The writing isn't bad, but the overindulgence shows how little cutting was done for this novel. Good writing requires cutting down your character's thought process so it's actually coherent and doesn't slow down the pace. I don't care that Syd feels lame six different ways from Sunday, just get on with it.
Her teacher, Mr. A, is unrealistically a pervert. No school, no students WOULD react to him in that way, and allow him to get away with groping and making sexualized comments during class. NO. I don't care how terrible the school is, the realism is lost with me.
And, at 100 pages in, I realized I don't know what this book is about nor do I care. And that's the bottom line. I don't care. I don't read.
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. (less)
I have not read many memoirs. I have probably never really read many in my life, nor will I ever read many in my days to come. It's not a genre I know...moreI have not read many memoirs. I have probably never really read many in my life, nor will I ever read many in my days to come. It's not a genre I know very well, or have much interest in most of the time. My boyfriend always says he bleeds milkshakes, and I think the same could be said for me and fantasy.
That's not to say I don't understand or get the point of a good bio/autobio/etc... I do, I just have a lack of interest most of the time, and honestly prefer something with a little more magic to my story :P
Anyway, A Daughter's Tale is by no means the worst book, autobio or not, that I've had the displeasure of reading, but is definitely by no means something I'd recommend to anyone other than a Churchill historian, or someone interested in the day to day on-goings of WSC. And that is precisely the problem:
A Daughter's Tale is sadly not really about Mary Soames, or her relationship with her parents or siblings. Instead it is a rather surface look at the social life of WSC and his family. Details about people, fashion, and even food hold precedence, while Mrs. Soames carefully, and uncritically, writes about her family life almost shallowly. Her personal feelings are minimally, if ever, discussed or reflected on, while moments where her family is behaving less than admirably are passed over just as quickly, and even, in a few cases, explanations are left unsaid. Soames's narrative is almost a contradiction somewhat as it attempts to present negative aspects of her now dead family, yet attempts to protect them from this at the same time.
Her relationships with her father and mother are probably some of the most interesting aspects of Soames's narrative, especially in relation to their near constant absence for most of Soames's life. Her relation with her older siblings is another aspect that's certainly intriguing, especially regarding their vast differences in age, and Soames's misguided attempts to be involved in their lives. In addition to this is Soames's nearly invisible narrative regarding her weight, an aspect about herself that is mentioned not only by other people, but even indirectly by Soames's mother and even Soames herself.
There's also this weird emphasis on fashion, especially regarding WSC, that's just odd. Seriously, I'm not here to read about Winston's matching slippers, as exciting as that may seem.
Well, looks like I've got enough to talk about for my seminar.
So far, my favorite volume of the series, even if it was slightly cheesy.
I know I shouldn't be saying this, what with my aversion to previously devel...moreSo far, my favorite volume of the series, even if it was slightly cheesy.
I know I shouldn't be saying this, what with my aversion to previously developed romance, but I do love the romance in this series. Between all the characters even! I'm even rooting for you little bro! Haine's background definitely helps that I think, and I really like how she's gotten Shizun to open up a little more and stand up for what he wants for once. Even if part of me is going that "moved a little too fast." (The other part is replying "it was an ACT duh Carissa" so it's all good)
This was definitely a Shizun and Haine volume, (NOT THAT I MINDED), and I liked how we got to see more of Haine's past and the ways in which she turned into the person she is currently. I like the little details about her life, her love of ballet, and her fear of failing are two things that really got to me. Her past is so painful to read sometimes, but it makes her character that much stronger.
Gush. I do love backstories don't I?
I'm so curious to where this series is going to go! Now I need to run out and buy like the rest :P 5/5(less)
This second volume in the The Gentlemen's Alliance was definitely a huge improvement from it's likable, but not totally compelling debut volume. The p...moreThis second volume in the The Gentlemen's Alliance was definitely a huge improvement from it's likable, but not totally compelling debut volume. The plotline is definitely showing its soon-to-be happenings, and there was some great character revelations and developments. Ushio was a special favorite for me in this one, and Haine definitely brought some grrl power not only physically (yes, she DOES kick ass), but mentally as well. In spite of the fact she's kind of stupid, Haine is surprisingly very resilient and tough. She doesn't break down completely, even when Shizun is being a complete ass, but strives to always think positively and move on with her life.
It's quite inspiring really, even if she is so damn cheerful sometimes.
I also liked the stuff going on with Shizun, especially in the end, since it really did show more of his character, and it kind of proved how less of an ass he is, and how he truly is a lonely and very sad guy.
All in all, I really loved this volume, even if I hated Shizun quite a bit during it. 4.5-5/5(less)
The prequel to Rachel Vincent's My Soul to Take, My Soul to Lose is an extra ebook concerning Kaylee's stint in the mental ward mentioned throughout t...moreThe prequel to Rachel Vincent's My Soul to Take, My Soul to Lose is an extra ebook concerning Kaylee's stint in the mental ward mentioned throughout the series. While the enovella only takes place during the course of a week, the event remains a crucial important part to the series, and Kaylee's character.
I both liked and didn't like this extra novella. The story was, as always with this series, addicting and interesting and I truly couldn't keep my hands off my ereader when reading this. On the other hand, however, Kaylee kind of reverted to her paranoid, self conscious self that I dealt with in the first Soul Screamers novel, and didn't care for. (Not that I wasn't expecting that, but you know it was kind of annoying). It was nice, however, to see Kaylee's experience with the mental ward, and to feel for her a lot more for continuing to be traumatized by it. I also liked the fact that we got to see another supernatural something that I'm hoping will come back and have some fun, supernatural fun times with the rest of the gang.
All in all, My Soul to Lose was entertaining and good addition to the series. While it wasn't as spectacular as the later novels, this short novella was an interesting and moving look at Kaylee's experience in the mental ward. 3.5/5(less)
Better than expected, but lacking something to make it love it.
The romance was strangely compelling. And I hate we-had-a-relationship-previously-to-t...moreBetter than expected, but lacking something to make it love it.
The romance was strangely compelling. And I hate we-had-a-relationship-previously-to-these-events relationships. With a passion.
The twist surrounding the why question was so stupid. Seriously? You didn't even CONFRONT HIM YOU WEASLY LITTLE COWARD? YOU COULD'VE AT LEAST TRIED OR HIT HIM OVER THE HEAD? AND HOW THE FUCK DID THAT SITUATION HAPPEN? (view spoiler)[WHAT KIND OF GIRL GOES INTO HIS ROOM AND PRETENDS TO HAVE BEEN WITH HIM? HOW DID SHE KNOW [INSERT GIRLFRIEND'S NAME] WOULD BE THERE? AND WHY DID THE OTHER GUYS HELP HER? I SMELL PLOT HOLES!! (hide spoiler)]
The mythology was all over the place. AND I MEAN ALL OVER THE PLACE.
The flash forward/flash back didn't really work for this, though it was meant to tie into the whole suspense thing (see above) and provide relationship background. It just felt sloppy, and disjointed the narrative flow.
TOO MUCH ANGST ABOUT THE WRONG PEOPLE. DO YOU EVEN CARE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY CHICK/LADY/PERSON/IFORGOTYOURNAME BECKS? AREN'T THEY PART OF THE REASON YOU RETURNED?
Oh wait, this is YA. ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS BOYS.
This love triangle is pointless. WHO CARES ABOUT THE OTHER GUY? I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER HIS NAME.
Jack is boringly perfect.
Becks is stupidly insecure and suffers from an obvious heroine-romance-specific inferiority complex. OMG how can I ever be worthy enough?
Jack and Becks' planning was just...eh. They were both pretty stupid about most of what was OBVIOUSLY going on, and didn't do much to try and stop the final event.
I have no plans to read the sequel. LIKE, EVER.
Well, at least it was partially entertaining. And the writing was pretty good. So brownie points for you, Everneath! You exceeded my expectations, even if overall I couldn't fully love you.
**As always a big thank you to J. Z. Colby for sending me a review copy!**
I was surprised at how hard a time I had liking this novel in the Nebador se...more**As always a big thank you to J. Z. Colby for sending me a review copy!**
I was surprised at how hard a time I had liking this novel in the Nebador series. In essence, it had so many of the features I wanted from this series: romance, character development, answers, but somehow didn't work for me as they had done in previous volumes. In other words, I couldn't fall into the world Colby had created as easily as I had in book two or five (my favorites in the series). And I think a lot of the reasons why I couldn't get into it this time around had a lot to do with the characters sexual experiences, and the way certain character developments were handled. To be specific, I didn't like the way both Saba and Kibi (my personal favorites) handled sexuality as a whole.
Kibi's experience was well done, in my opinion, but suffered from too quick a resolution. Her encounter was believable, and really brought about an extraordinary issue for a hormonal, yet committed, older teen: lust. It was, however, much too easily solved with a few classes and a generalized statement that basically stated her reaction was normal, because everyone fell in love or lust with this particular character. I understand that Kibi obviously hasn't finished her training, and that there is room within the series for her to continue to deal with this issue, but I felt it a little too easily wrapped up within this volume in particular. I also wanted to see a bit more of Ilika's reaction to this, and how that might've affected their relationship.
(Maybe I like my angsty drama times a bit much...)
Sata was really where I felt odd about this volume. Maybe it's because she was (if memory serves) originally eleven in the first book, and it's hard for me to imagine such a young girl feeling some very adult emotions and desires, even if it is a few years later. That's not to say that teens can't be lustful, but I just wasn't comfortable with the language used to describe it in some cases. (The reptile event I'll let slide, seeing as it is animal instinct, but otherwise...) It's probably due to the fact that my younger brother is so young, and it's hard for me to see him as having anything near the emotions Sata goes through within this volume.
There were, however, a lot of things I really did enjoy in this volume. The dislocation and relocation of the reptile species was deftly done, though the fact that it was just a test and could've been easily solved did irk me a little. (I like when there are huge risks) The Star Station as a whole was very fascinating, and I enjoyed the intermingling of alien, fish, and animal life-forms. Mati's surgery was another high point, and I was glad to see a struggle within the event.
All in all, I enjoyed Star Station. It was engaging, fit well with the series, and packed full of adventure. While I was definitely bothered by a few things, the book as a whole was good and didn't stop from wanting to find out what happens next. 3.5/5(less)
I zipped through If I Die in like nothing. After finishing the kind of filler-filled fourth book of this series, My Soul to Steal, I was really hoping...moreI zipped through If I Die in like nothing. After finishing the kind of filler-filled fourth book of this series, My Soul to Steal, I was really hoping for some actual fun times with this one, and while I really enjoyed If I Die I wasn't blown away with it the way I was with My Soul to Keep (my favorite so far). I mean, don't get me wrong, I think If I Die was pretty damn excellent: plot, characters, and all, but there was one teeny tiny thing that did bother me.
I know. I can't believe I'm actually saying this considering I had been hoping for this, but I didn't believe in the romance in this one.
I mean it makes sense, and part of me is really happy with the way things went in this novel, but the other part is going INSTA LOVE so loud I can't shut out most of it. I think a lot of my reaction to this event is based on the fact that the romance is developed during events we don't really hear about (hanging out outside of the events in the novels) and that most of Kaylee's feelings aren't expanded on until this novel for the most part. (Which makes sense, but makes me go a bit ehhhhh) That's not to say I wasn't happy with the way things went down, but part of me remained unconvinced.
I did, however, zap through this novel and my feelings tend to be a bit funky when I do that. I know, I'm weird.
All in all, I really enjoyed If I Die. It had the action and spark its predecessor had lacked for me, and pushed me into jumping into Before I Wake as fast as I can. 4-4.5/5(less)