Lots and lots of cliches. From the ridiculous love triangle to the clueless teen who finds out she has a mysterious family/past to the underdeveloped...moreLots and lots of cliches. From the ridiculous love triangle to the clueless teen who finds out she has a mysterious family/past to the underdeveloped stereotypical cast of supporting characters. On top of that our heroine, Lexi has some sort of massive guilt complex that causes her to blame herself for everything that happens to every other person out there.
At times the writing was ok and even flowed fairly well, but those times only showed up in small amounts. Otherwise, there was too much exposition (remember it's always better to show not tell), too much repetition (does anyone actually say his/her eye color is aquamarine?) and too much silly, stilted dialogue (no one talks like that).
Gave it 2 stars because oddly - and I can't believe I'm saying this - there's a tiny part of me that wants to read book 2. Not sure if it's because the sarcastic portion of my brain wants to come out and play some more or if it's because I want to see if the author can pull off the big confrontation between Lexi and one of her potential love interests that should have appeared near the end of book 1.(less)
Some day Meg Cabot will write a teenage female main character who is not a)ridiculously naive b)emotionally stunted and/or c)romantically oblivious. I...moreSome day Meg Cabot will write a teenage female main character who is not a)ridiculously naive b)emotionally stunted and/or c)romantically oblivious. I'll take any or all of the above - though a Meg Cabot book that contained all of those requirements would probably cause me drop said book on my foot in utter shock. Since my foot is doing ok, this book obviously treads the same path as other books by this author.
Leaving the above request aside, it's not a bad book. The basic plot idea has lots of potential and it has it's cute moments. It's just that somewhere along the way all of that basically gets lost. Jean's my life sucks lamentations and complete cluelessness in regards to Zach left me rolling my eyes more often than not. While I figured out the why behind Jean's move to New York pretty early on, it took almost the entire book to get the actual explanation. All things that will make me thinking twice before picking up the author's next book. (less)
Liked it, but I'm starting to sense a pattern...Emma starts at square 1. Then the hints start in and Sutton starts having only partial memories. Every...moreLiked it, but I'm starting to sense a pattern...Emma starts at square 1. Then the hints start in and Sutton starts having only partial memories. Everything points to a particular character being guilty. There's a possible motive and plenty of opportunity - at least as far as Emma knows. And then we get to the end and it was all a big red herring. And we're back at square 1, ready for the next book. If this continues, I'll stop thinking this series is a fun diversion.(less)
I'd actually give this 1.5 stars but only because about 2/3 of the way through there's a part where I was honestly drawn into the story and wanted to...moreI'd actually give this 1.5 stars but only because about 2/3 of the way through there's a part where I was honestly drawn into the story and wanted to know what happened next. It lasted less than 10 pages, but those pages were fairly decent. Not earth shattering or anything but at least showed some possible potential. Quickly though it went back to ridiculous, silly, un-funny and eye roll worthy (you could injure yourself while reading this book if you're not careful). Horizon was head shakingly bad - hokey, cheesy bad dream like descriptions. And don't get me started on the idiotic talking, elevator controlling monkeys. Weak plot, shallow characters who believed everything they were spoon fed and clunky transitions. Thankfully I picked this one up as a freebie.(less)
The first of four (yep, four stories about Four)new short stories that will lead up to the movie pre...moreHow can you not love anything that involves Four?
The first of four (yep, four stories about Four)new short stories that will lead up to the movie premier. This story doesn't introduce any thing new to the Divergent Universe, but it does give the reader more insight to Four and why he does and believes what he does. At only 35 pages, there isn't a mountain range of depth or explanation, but there is enough there for small little moments that add to the character. The glass statue and all the other things he collected because of his mother, his short coversation with one of the factionless, his want to punish Marcus turning into a realization that his decision gave him a clean slate to start over.
Highly recommended reading for anyone who has read the novels in this series.(less)
Overall, better than I thought it would be, even if the ending was rather abrupt. I would have been annoyed if I had read this back when it originally...moreOverall, better than I thought it would be, even if the ending was rather abrupt. I would have been annoyed if I had read this back when it originally was published and not known it was the first of a series. The characters were mostly likable (Angel was a little bratty, but expected because of her age). Only real issue was at times the dialogue and character thoughts felt a bit cheesy and dated. (less)
Oh how I had high hopes for this one. It actually started out pretty good. I was thinking teen psycological thriller but as it went along, it quickly...moreOh how I had high hopes for this one. It actually started out pretty good. I was thinking teen psycological thriller but as it went along, it quickly became obvious that it was aimed more at the tween segment. Ok, I could live with that. It had some little moments/hints of Dorian Gray so I thought there was still some kind of possibility of good story. And then the story fell off the cliff, tumbled through some undergrowth, rolled past some tumbleweeds and lay in a heaping mess at the bottom of a canyon of vampire-ness. Ugh. I have no issues with ya books containing vampires; some are actually pretty good (no, not the sparkly ones). But to suddenly take a story that is supposedly about phobias and fear and make it all about an immortal being? I didn't know whether to laugh or throw the book across the room.
Speaking of phobias. How about our illustrious, super smart, main character/supposed hero, Will Besting. When we finally find out his fear, what is it? People. More specifically crowds, but the author apparently doesn't see much difference. So looking back, how in the world did Will ever manage to get in that van with 7 other humans he didn't physically know, drive for hours and yet not have even 1 small panic attack? Um. yeah. Ok. Since his fear is apparently more of a relapsing-remitting type fear rather than a crippling one, perhaps the adults in his life should have been more concerned about his stalker like tendencies. (view spoiler)[Perhaps if the author has given more info about how Will's little brother died, like if he was involved or if it was a horrific accident, this would have made more sense (hide spoiler)]
On top of all that the author apparently felt the need to have Will explain why the author made some of the writing choices he made. Not once. Not twice. But THREE times. Who writes what basically amounts to 3 epilogues? Why encourge ya readers to read The Pearl for themselves, when you can just explain it all in an epilogue. Want to appear oh so smart to your readers, bring up Edgar Allen Poe and then explain why you decided to bring him up after the story was done. Apparently the author was following a mantra of why have less, when you can have more. Kinda like those AT&T commercials with the little kids. In this case, less is more would have been a better way to go.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** It's a good thing this was short. And that those annoying web chats ended. They didn't add anything to the story other than make me...more**spoiler alert** It's a good thing this was short. And that those annoying web chats ended. They didn't add anything to the story other than make me think the author is considering retelling more fairy tales.
I usually find fairy tale retells interesting. And this one was being told from the opposite point of view (the Beast instead of Belle) Add in the ya genre and I thought it had possibility. Unfortunately that possibility never evolved into anything but sugary sweetness and cheese. I found the author's style, especially the dialogue to be juvenile. The characters were extremely stereotypical - the pretty, popular kids were all vapid and shallow and more concerned with the next party than anything else while the poor/scholarship kids were smart and homely looking all while being naive. And that's pretty much where the character development stopped, even for the main characters. I did like Will - he made Kyle/Adrian slightly more tolerable. Probably because in being more adult and less stilted, Kyle also became that way.
The end was what finally did me in. Everything in a nice neat bow. From Kyle instantly becoming human again without any pain or confusion unlike the initial transformation and Lindy didn't see a thing to Will getting his sight back and a spiffy new job to Kendra being all accepted back in her family that the reader didn't even know existed (terrible plot point) to Kyle and Lindy going back to Tuttle (why? is it the only school in NYC now?)
It's been a long time since I read Robin McKinley's Beauty (it's now on my re-read list), but from what I remember, I'd most definitely recommend it over Beastly.
Any book that makes me laugh on the first page, can't be all bad, right? And for the most part, it's not. Lots of humor, lots of silliness, and lots o...moreAny book that makes me laugh on the first page, can't be all bad, right? And for the most part, it's not. Lots of humor, lots of silliness, and lots of fluff. There aren't enough pages for much plot development, which leaves the characters more two dimensional than anything else. Most of the time, there wasn't enough information there for me to decide whether to like a character or not.
I'm not a fan of Jane Austen (the movies, yes. The books on the other hand I find to be long winded.) so I did enjoy how Kindl poked fun at Austen's classics.(less)
I'm always skeptical when I pick up a YA book. Especially one that has been turned into a tv show or movie. Will it be filled with cliched dialogue an...moreI'm always skeptical when I pick up a YA book. Especially one that has been turned into a tv show or movie. Will it be filled with cliched dialogue and characters? A little, but this is aimed at teens so it's to be expected. Will the adults be dumb and clueless? Of course. However, I've read more clueless adults than this. Will I want to strangle each and every character before page 100? Surprisingly no. And lumped altogether, it actually made for a quick, light, enjoyable read. Better yet, it was different enough from the tv show (yes I watch) that I didn't feel like I was reading a smashed up conglomeration of 3 or 4 episodes of the ABC Family series (though I do like some of the changes they made for the show).
The one thing that bugged me was the constant switching between 1st person narrative (Sutton) and 3rd person (Emma). I imagine the reason behind this was so the author could keep the characters separate, but it made for some issues with story flow.(less)