I realized pretty quickly that this story, the writing, and the characters weren't going to keep my attention. The first 30 pages are an endless litanI realized pretty quickly that this story, the writing, and the characters weren't going to keep my attention. The first 30 pages are an endless litany of how beautiful Dave finds Julia (view spoiler)[ *yawn* (hide spoiler)] and from skimming the rest of the book, the writing continues to feel a bit mannered. Some points for not going the expected route with this romantic contemporary, I guess? Problem is, I don't really care what happens to either of them.
Not awful, just lacking in depth and passion. Meh.
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So if in some twisted universe, a Laura Ingalls Wilder type accidentally got pregnant and moved onto a farm that may or may not be cursed, would she:
aSo if in some twisted universe, a Laura Ingalls Wilder type accidentally got pregnant and moved onto a farm that may or may not be cursed, would she:
a. abandon her home and force her sister to raise her child until she can return for it b. lose the baby and fear that it watches her from the woods with its dead eyes c. run for her life as Ma and Pa go crazy and chase everybody with pickaxes d. find a boy with a twisted smile who helps her battle the unknown forces and live happily ever after with him e. turn into a vampire and suck out her best friend's soul?
Depending on which of these appeals to you, I can tell you whether or not you'll like this book, because it sure ain't for everybody. (view spoiler)[I mean, the girl fantasizes about her baby sister dying in the first chapter. (hide spoiler)]
I have to admit, the writing, overall plot, and characterization didn't quite gel for me, but there are some really great creeptastic moments in this book--not just your typical banging closet thing either, but closer to the seething, feral nature of Another Little Piece. Between the horrible things conjured out of the Amy Lukavics' mind and the atypical ending, I'd definitely try another book by this author.
-- Food porn. Really good food porn, written by someone who clearly knows how to make great food. -- It was cool that the fancy food was also Pluses:
-- Food porn. Really good food porn, written by someone who clearly knows how to make great food. -- It was cool that the fancy food was also balanced out by some everyday casserole-type foods, too. Even if the use of ketchup DOES make me cringe. -- Great parental relationships, especially with Cami's dad. -- I liked the focus on career, and how Cami thinks about different scenarios before arriving at her decision. I also liked the role that her dad may have played in it. -- I liked that Cami and Julian aren't planning their lives around each other, even though them not talking about things was unrealistic towards the end. -- But the end was cute, and Julian's future takes an interesting turn as well.
-- Really awkward, unsexy sex. I'd rather have YA-style fade-to-black style scenes than "we're going all the way" scenes where you're not entirely sure what's happening. -- Stilted, cliche dialogue between Cami and Julian, which is surprising because other conversations flow pretty well. -- I didn't enjoy the initial clash between them either, it felt over the top and staged, though I'm glad she gave as good as she got. -- I didn't love the cooking Indian food scene either; unlike all the other food parts, that felt really forced and weird. -- Do we have to have a prom scene? Bleh.
Anyway, I enjoyed some things a lot (seriously, it's hard to write good food and NA that includes convincing career ennui), but since a lot of the book's focus is on romance and that part wasn't great, I ended up with mixed feelings about this one. Frustrating since it could have been much stronger with maybe a couple more passes. I'd try out another book by this author. though....more
I liked the majority of the rest, though I was indifferent to a few as well. Quick reactions to some:
"The Key" by Rachel Hawkins 3.5 stars--nice, if short, updated take on Bluebeard
"Figment" by Jeri Smith -Ready 3 stars--cute "Puss in Boots" story
"The Twelfth Girl" by Malinda Lo 2 stars, DNF
"The Raven Princess" by Jon Skovron 3 stars--the ending is what saves this one
"Thinner than Water" by Saundra Mitchell Extremely well-written, but pushes my comfort level. Totally get that it's an update on "Donkeyskin," I'm not too keen on incest being presented for YA where there's so little room to explore such a bewildering, emotional, and devastating topic. I'm very interested in reading this author's other books now, though, I just loved her writing style.
"Before the Rose Bloomed" by Ellen Hopkins DNF
"Beast / Beast" by Tessa Gratton 3 stars
"The Brothers Piggett" by Julie Kagawa DNF
"Untethered" by Sonia Gensler 5 stars Love, love, loved this one, and will be seeking out stories by this author ASAP. Great plot twist.
"Better" by Shaun David Hutchinson 4 stars - really, really liked this one as well. Great ending.
"Light it Up" by Kimberly Derting 3 stars Eventually became an interesting update on Hansel and Gretel.
"Sharper Than a Serpent‘s Tongue" by Christine Johnson 3 stars
"Sell Out" by Jackson Pearce 3 stars I liked this, but could have used a little more at the end.
This is one of those times when I feel like I'm reading a totally different book than everyone else is. This just isn't my kind of realistic fiction,This is one of those times when I feel like I'm reading a totally different book than everyone else is. This just isn't my kind of realistic fiction, my kind of romance, or my kind of boy. Meh....more