Not a fan of this one. I thought it sounded interesting and it's perfect for Louise Rennison fans... but I just didn't get the hype. It's supposed toNot a fan of this one. I thought it sounded interesting and it's perfect for Louise Rennison fans... but I just didn't get the hype. It's supposed to be a blog, but I've never seen a blog where someone posts so much, unless it's a Tumblr and even then, it was fairly dull. Yes, it's open about sexuality and stuff but Emma just baffles me. She's clearly suffering after her break up with Leon (which we know nothing about really, so it's kinda hard to care) yet she's obsessed with finding a new lad to go out with? Yeah because that's healthy?? I just idk I didn't like it. Considering Emma was supposed to be 16 - which is an adult in England - she came across really young/childish.
It needs a strong voice when it's just a blog for the entire novel and for me, Emma couldn't carry that narrative off. I read it all and I just reached the end and I was like that was it??? That's what I spent my time reading?? It was disappointing. ...more
Royal Bastards is an incredible read. It’s the first in a trilogy (OH HECK YES I AM HERE FOR THAT) but it does stand-alone pretty well, in that there’
Royal Bastards is an incredible read. It’s the first in a trilogy (OH HECK YES I AM HERE FOR THAT) but it does stand-alone pretty well, in that there’s no cliff-hanger ending, or clamouring for the next book, which I’m on board with. I’ll read the sequel, but I don’t need it NOW, which is good since this book isn’t even out yet until June and I’m writing this in March. Phew. I just loved the whole concept of the book - that all the bastards band together to save the world. Okay, not the world, the kingdom, shall I say? That works. For some bizarre reason, at the beginning, I thought Tilla was a boy. I haven’t the foggiest clue where I got that idea, but I eventually cottoned on.
I loved how the plot progressed - Royal Bastards starts off sedate, with the only thing Tilla has to worry about is being legitimized by her dad, Lord Kent. Then one night, at a feast for Princess Lyriana, it all goes to pot. Suddenly Tilla, Lyriana, Zell, Jax and Miles are on the run, with a bounty of their heads, and a war brewing. It just completely blew up, with action afoot, as they all try to get Lyriana to safety, without being captured and killed. Andrew Shvarts has written SUCH a good book, my heart was pulsing, dropping to my stomach many times and seeing Tilla transform from a girl into a woman was out of this world amazing. She really does mature and grow before your eyes, transforming into a badass heroine, to give my girl Celaena a run for her money (I know she isn’t Celaena any more, but I haven’t read that far, OK?!). I also liked the supporting characters - sometimes it feels like the supporting characters are just there to prop up the heroine, but they so weren’t in this case. I was connected to Princess Lyriana, to Jax, to Zell. The only one I didn’t like was Miles. He just creeped me out.
With my knowledge that this is now a trilogy, I’m kinda peeved at Andrew Shvarts for what he did there at the end. I mean WAS THERE ANY NEED FOR THAT? I saw it coming, I just hadn’t guessed all of it, but damn, talk about cold-hearted. Honestly this was Harry Potter and Hedwig or Dobby level of cold-hearted. Other than that, I genuinely loved every page - the friendship, the action, the laughs, the way you felt like you didn’t know the characters at the beginning, but by the end they were family. (MOSTLY.)
I will be clamouring to read the next book as soon as I hear a peep about it. Royal Bastards had a brilliant ending, yes, but I am super, super intrigued to see where the series goes. There’s a lot more to be told - retribution is needed for some things, and I’m so intrigued to see Lightspire, we heard so much about it but didn’t see any of it, in this first book. I loved Royal Bastards, I couldn’t recommend it enough. The world building was incredible, the characters were brilliant, ones you really rooted for, and Andrew Shvarts gave Tilla a fantastic voice, I just loved it. It made me cry, it made me smile, it made me laugh, I just got the whole gamut of feelings whilst reading this book and it was just incredible.
I was liking this, I wasn't loving it then a few editing issues bugged me so I decided to put it down. The first was the fact Holly gets her compuDNF.
I was liking this, I wasn't loving it then a few editing issues bugged me so I decided to put it down. The first was the fact Holly gets her computer hacked, so Ultimate Man can ask her out (because phones don't work??? IDK) and she goes to his house, wearing her "go-anywhere" black dress, somehow turns her phone off in the process after telling her housemate that if she doesn't hear from her by morning, she could call the police, and is then surprised to return home the next day, having stayed over at this strangers house, this vigilantes house, to find the police. And, apparently, despite no mention of a change of clothes, she's now magically wearing a red skirt. And it must literally just be a red skirt, because she was wearing a dress when she left. *Rages*
Then, the Internet dies. And it causes mass hysteria, because duh. Twenty years ago phones were just made for texting and calling, but the Internet dies and people forget how to function. ANYWAY. Holly states that the Internet was, since High School, part of her every waking minute. Holly is 26, and according to herself, she was 12 when the new Millennium came in, which means that she was in secondary school (because it was secondary school she attended, since she was in England before moving to America) from 1999-2003. The Internet was not that big of a thing during those years, at all. It's only really come to prominence with the invention of smartphones, the first of which wasn't even released until 2007 and likely didn't hit the mainstream til a bit after that. So it's physically impossible, unless Holly is lying about how old she was when the Millennium came in, to have the Internet as part of her every waking moment. Her phone in those years would have been a clunky Nokia, only capable of making phone calls and sending text messages and playing Snake. Computer lessons would have taken place maybe once or twice a week, and even then you would be making Powerpoint presentations or playing games.
I try not to get riled up. I know authors make mistakes, but I do get riled up. It does irritate me when authors can't properly age their characters appropriately, or assume that smartphones were a thing in the early 00s. When they have their character go out in one outfit, and somehow magically have an entirely different outfit on the next day (that she had been wearing for two days, no less, according to her flatmate?????).
It's just infuriating. It's even more so when you're the same age as the character, I'm actually younger, since in 2017 Holly would be 29 but this is all stuff I remember, this is stuff I am aware of which makes it worse when you read such silly things that are so easily proven inaccurate via Google (is that ironic?). This is why timelines are SO important. People just assume the Internet has been this thing we're addicted to forever, and yet, it wasn't back in the early 00s. In the early 00s, I don't even think WiFi was a thing, because you had to dial up with those horrible noises, etc. It's all so, so easy to disprove.
So, no. I wanted to like this book so much, especially because I love superhero shows. So I love the idea of a superhero romance book. It just needed to have its homework done properly. Or, if you don't want to have to do your homework properly, don't even mention stupid little takeaways like that, because it could have been lifted out without much notice, and I wouldn't have got all riled up. ...more
The Go-Between is one of those books you enjoy, on the surface, but you know that if you scratch a bit too hard you’ll come up with a few issues. I waThe Go-Between is one of those books you enjoy, on the surface, but you know that if you scratch a bit too hard you’ll come up with a few issues. I was intrigued to read a Mexican girl’s perspective on moving to LA, the struggles she would face, the differences between the two places, however while I enjoyed the book on the surface, once Camilla actually got to LA, I lost a lot of respect for her. I generally love books about kids of celebrities, or kids who are celebrities, because that also offers an insight into a world I know little about and while I initially loved Camilla, boy does she make some poor decisions.
The first half of the book, set in Mexico City, was fascinating. And I’m not sure if it’s a good fascinating or an “OMG, why are these people allowed to be famous” fascinating, because despite the fact that Camilla goes on and on and on about not being part of the Mexico City elite, she proves time and time again that just because she might not be flaunting her parents wealth on Instagram, she also doesn’t do anything when her supposed friend goes behind her back - twice - to land both her, and then her mother, in trouble with the press. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. And Camilla let Patrizia fool her twice, for reasons I still don’t understand because she was just as vapid as all those other so-called friends Camilla had and got rid of.
Then, when we got to LA, Camilla decides that because these two girls assume she’s a poor Mexican girl from East LA and is apparently on scholarship, she rolls with it. As if that’s just what you do. She tries to rationalise it, but you kind of want to tell her to grow up. And she carries it on for so much longer than necessary (in fact, one minute lying to these people she considers friends is too long). Even the fact that Cammi’s friends think those racist things about her - and that then gets put aside “we’ll take racist off the table” LOL WHAT?! NO. If someone assumes that because of your skin colour and accent you are poor/deserving of sympathy/free gifts and you are not, YOU TELL THEM. You put them in their place and don’t even want to be friends with them. You don’t lie and string them along. It was like bad after bad after bad. It was frustrating for Cammi to just accept it, but then on the other hand, it made me cringe that Cammi was so superficial herself. She didn’t want to take the bus so she Uber’ed everywhere as if that’s no big deal? Because “the bus in LA isn’t safe”, are buses regularly hi-jacked in LA and you’re taken somewhere other than where the bus says it goes? Am I missing something? Do what you like with your money, but please don’t act like the bus is beneath you.
If I didn’t have to review this book, I may not have pulled up so many issues. If you don’t think too hard you may enjoy this book, but there is a lot wrong with it. It could have been amazing, if Cammi had stood up to those racist comments (I am also very aware that someone can be racist in a book and as long as they’re called out and change, that’s like a learning experience? But they bring up Willow and Tiggy’s racism then casually brush it away, like maybe it’s not racism??? And Willow can’t possibly be racist because she’s mixed race??? And it’s just like?????? Eh?? It doesn’t work like that? That’s akin to saying only white people can be racist and I’m pretty sure any race can be racist against another race).
This book wasn't for me. It could have been amazing, Veronica's writing style flows so easily, and for the most part I liked Camilla, I really did, but she just needed to get her priorities straight. Fitting in is hard, I know that, I've moved places but starting it off with lies is never the answer. ...more