I just can't continue reading the book.It started really well and i was actually thrilled but... From the beggining i was a bit confused but i thoughtI just can't continue reading the book.It started really well and i was actually thrilled but... From the beggining i was a bit confused but i thought that was because i wasn't familiar with the creatures described to the book.As i continued reading though i found myself not only confused but bored and annoyed.When the writter wanted to explain something in order to continue with the plot,she just miraculously create a character who gave the perfect explanation and then dissapeared and the plot continued. I don't know if it becomes any better,i'm halfway through the book already but as i continued i found myself more confused and unwilling to find out what happens to the characters. Shame cause the story is interesting and i would like to really enjoy this book...more
It was a sweet book and a fast read.But it left me quite unsatisfied.I felt like the writer was in a hurry to finish the book.Though the story is defiIt was a sweet book and a fast read.But it left me quite unsatisfied.I felt like the writer was in a hurry to finish the book.Though the story is definitely good i think that it went from the one thing to the other really fast.I will definitely though read the sequel....more
I'm sad to say it but i couldn't finish this book...I really tried to get into it and although i rarely leave something unfinished i couldn't continue reading this one.
I didn't like Crane's writing style,everything was so confusing,for me anyway.It was like throwing bits of information the whole time with no order.Anyway,those bits of information didn't manage to grab me in the story.I also didn't like the main heroine.And not because she was hypochondriac ...Since i'm a psychologist i have dealt with far worse conditions and believe me when i say it,i can't find anything annoying.I sympathise with people dealing their problems whether they are aware of them or not.So,that wasn't the reason i didn't like the heroine.In fact,the profile of a person suffering from this neurosis was quite acurate.My problem was that this girl didn't know what she wanted.Her attraction to Packard didn't catch my interest,nor her relationship with Cubby.Granted,she stayed with him for what he representated in her life,but apart from that?Her life was a total mess,without a reason apart from her neurosis.Ok,i know,believing the whole time that you'll die out of a fatal disease kind of messes up your life but that wasn't the case again...I felt the whole time that something was missing,something annoyed me and i can't really pinpoint what.
But i could overcome all of the above,cause,let's be honest,things might get their explanation further on and could get better.What i couldn't overcome was the main idea behind the book.Using one's neurosis to punish criminals....???It's disturbing in first sight,sick,coming to think of it again.No matter how bad is someone,who could,outside of the law system in addition,decide how to punish them.I felt annoyed that a person who could get a psychological insight of people he met,would use that power for his profit,cause let's be honest,that's what Packard did...He got paid to unleash his colleagues's neurosis at people who were criminals by his own definition.Believe me,i don't care if that get's explained later on the book,the mere idea made me sick.I've seen how people suffer in such situations and it's nothing that should be passed to another one,no matter what.Maybe i'm oversensitive with the matter but i can't help it. But the thing doesn't stop here.The other idea behind the book,that you could,in order to preserve your own sanity,unleash bits of it to anyone that's compatible with you is even worse...It's like "your death,my life",a moto i never aspired.
As i said,i stopped reading the book really soon,so maybe some of the things i didn't like,got better in the process,but i don't think that the main idea,the one where neurotic people use their condition to punish others,could change much.So,in case things get better,i'm sorry about my harsh opinion but i'm not sorry i won't continue with this book ever.Maybe,i'm overreacting,but i think that even the worse criminals,deserve to be judget before being punished,and i don't really think that everyone knows what's best for someone and change him in that direction.Because after all,that was what it was all about this book.Punish criminals and make them suffer from anxiety or hallucinations in order to make them better persons.Really,in that case,what is so different from the belief in early 1900's that a lobotomy did good to schizofrenics?...more
What can i say about this book!Although i can't say i liked it,i can't either say that i didn't.The story had certainly much potential but the outcomeWhat can i say about this book!Although i can't say i liked it,i can't either say that i didn't.The story had certainly much potential but the outcome dissapointed me.Up until the first half it was pretty good but after i felt like reading again and again the same things with different words.The action was circular,repeating the same situations and the romance boring.I'd really want to like better this book cause the storyline seemed interesting....more
Can't say i liked a single one of the stories.Maybe because i haven't read the books.I actually picked up this anthology in order to start reading AlpCan't say i liked a single one of the stories.Maybe because i haven't read the books.I actually picked up this anthology in order to start reading Alpha and Omega series,so i took a look on the other stories also,but i wasn't exactly thrilled....more
Well,not thrilled with that book exactly but a fairly fun read.I wasn't bored but i kept having the feeling that the book's plot had huge holes the whWell,not thrilled with that book exactly but a fairly fun read.I wasn't bored but i kept having the feeling that the book's plot had huge holes the whole time.And the romance didn't really satisfy me.I didn't believe even for a minute that those two were eternaly in love.But i had fun reading it so i give it a 3star rating!...more
This actually not a review since i couldn't go past the half of this book.It was boring and i couldn't care less about the protagonists.Maybe i will cThis actually not a review since i couldn't go past the half of this book.It was boring and i couldn't care less about the protagonists.Maybe i will come back later to this book but i doubt it.When you become bored by a book from the first 20 pages and things don't improve i suppose you can't expect much from it.I found quite annoying the heroine and the romance flat,well,flat!The writing style wasn't good either or creative,i mean you name an angel Church????Come on!Some creativity please!It's too bad cause it has one of the most beautiful covers of the year and a good premise......more
I really find it hard to make up my mind about this book...I certainly didn't like it,but i didn't hate it either.For some reason i finished it reallyI really find it hard to make up my mind about this book...I certainly didn't like it,but i didn't hate it either.For some reason i finished it really quickly,but not because i couldn't put it down.I was mostly curious that it would get better,and to be honest,i hoped it would cause the idea of this book was quite appealing.But the result... well,was dissapointing.
Reading this book,i had flashes from previous series i've read,mostly the setting had something of Hamilton's Anita Blake series.Maybe it's just me,and although the heroine here is nothing like Anita,the whole setting and descriptions here reminded me of Hamilton's writing style.But as i said,maybe it's just me.I won't stick to that,since the somewhat resemblances to other series isn't what bothered me the most.What really annoyed me was that the dialogues and the whole plot was terribly cliche.I mean the whole story was so predictable that i knew who the bad guy was as soon as it was introduced to the story,and believe me it was really early...
Also the writing style was... boring.The writer kept repeating the same phraces which kind of tired me and there was lots of unecessary sexcenes.Don't get me wrong,i don't mind some or even lots of sex scenes in a book,as long as they're tastefully written and in most cases the sex scenes in this book where not tasteful,at least in my opinion.I think that you can always describe certain body parts in a more delicate way.Apart from boring,the writing was also uneven.There where times were the story picked up its pace and times were it dragged.
I also couldn't make myself like the heroine.She didn't know what she wanted and her behaviour was inconsistent.This moment she hates vampires and the next she befriends them only to hate them again after a while.Her moods were also like a roller coaster.One minute she's mad,the next she's trying to seduce a certain male.I don't know,those bits ruined my fun...
Picking up this book,i was prepaired for something similar to Night Huntress series,but they can't compare.So,if you have picked it because it reminds you the same series,well,don't bother.
Before saying anything else about this book,i have to state that i'm a huge fan of Jane Austen's and Pride and Prejudice in particular is one of my favourite books of all time,one that i've read more than 4 or 5 times...
Having said that,one might undertsand why i didn't like this book.I took me forever o read it and since i already knew how it ended and since i early understood that - besides the obvious,the addition of zombies - the only thing that differantiated the original plot from the current one was the replacement of piano abilities with these of using a katana,i was really tempted to put it aside and continue reading something else... But i continued reading,and i'm not glad i did...
First of all,i hated how the author changed the characters of almost everyone in the book.No,changed wouldn't be the right word,he took everyone's character and made it's flaws even more obvious.There were times i thought Elizabeth was a self-centered spoiled young woman,who thought she knew everything and had an almost sickening desire to kill,from zombies to people she knew and loved.Her father was a man who only cared of himself at times and despised his life.Don't mind me,i know that most of those attributes were in the original book,but not with such clarity and intensity.I hated seeing characters i loved beeing altered that way.
Another thing i hated were the unecessary detailed descriptions of how the zombies fested on human brains or the details of some descriptions.I found them repulsive and in no way complimenting a book with so lyrical descriptions.But maybe that's just me.I'm no huge fan of human brain,or a picture of anything eating it,so maybe someone who enjoys those kind of details won't mind.
But what i hated most was that the romance in this book,and let's not fool ourselves,this is,or at least was,a romance book,was amputated.Someway along Elizabeth's lust for kill and those nasty details of killings any attempt of anything romantic was impossible... I've read this book many times and not once did it fail to make me smile like an idiot when at last Elizabeth and Mr Darcy confess their emotions to each other.But not with this book.
Summarizing,there wasn't a single think i liked about this book and i somewhat felt that Grahame-Smith took a masterpiece and turned it to something completely mediocre.But maybe that's just me.Maybe someone who absolutely loves zombies see something in this book that i failed to.I certainly didn't feel that this book needed the addition of anything to become better.The prototype is as great as it could be....more
Reviewing Personal Demons is one of those rare occasions where i find myself unwilling to make a review thus,making it hard for me to write it.In most cases,i either like a book,or i like it but have some issues or i just don't like one, but in every single case i know exactly what to write in my review.Personal Demons is one of those rare (at least for me) occasions where i know i don't like a book but can't pinpoint exactly why not...
Let me get it straight.It's not that i didn't exactly like this book,i just couldn't get into it.And although it was a good book i just couldn't care about the story or the characters.Reading it,i couldn't like it nor dislike it.I just read it in an emotionless state more or less.
The story was exactly my cup of tea!I love angel stories!The whole good versus evil battle among angels and demons or fallen angels just fascinates me and it's a rare occasion where a book with such a plotline leaves me untouched.The plot was also good and it varied from the most YA books i've read dealing with angels.It was more religious derived from what i've read but with no religious issues whatsoever.But still,that wasn't enough to grab my attention...I really can't say why.It's the first book that i didn't enjoy and can't pinpoint exactly what bothered me.The characters were ok,the plot consistent,the story interesting,at least for my tastes,but i just couldn't connect with any of the characters or get into the world Lisa Desrochers created.I just read this book out of mere curiosity.
There's only one thing i know for sure i didn't like but still that's not reason enough to make me dislike a book.The book was a first POV narration between the main two characters but bot Frannie and Luc "talked" in more or less the same way,making it difficult for me to descern which of those characters talked each time.If i should leave a chapter in the middle,i had to go back and check who was talking most of the times...But as i said,that's not reason enough to say a book wasn't good.
So,i'm gonna rate this book with 2 stars,or maybe 2.5 but only because i just couldn't get into the story and thus like it.People might disagree with my rating,but honestly,i can't rate higher a book i didn't like,even if it technically is good.After all,a book's rate is just my personal opinion of the book....more
I had my eye set on Evernight actually for quite a long time but everytime i thought of buying and reading this book something stopped me.The story waI had my eye set on Evernight actually for quite a long time but everytime i thought of buying and reading this book something stopped me.The story wasn't so unique,the reviews were mixed and something told me that it wasn't worth the try... Now that i read it,i just wish i had listened to my feeling and didn't bother with this book...
It wasn't that it was so bad a book...But the writing was so cheesy and cliche that while reading it, i had the irresistible urge to smack my head.I mean come on,the heroine,Bianca, has just met her guy and in 10 minutes she already knows that she shares a bond with him???And,ok,let's believe she's actually so naive to have such thoughts,but she actually wonders whether Lucas also feels that they share that same "phantom" bond and after some pages she is confirmed that "Yes!" he surely feels they have something unique only because they spoke a couple of times...!!!Come on,i've been a teenager,i had a number of crushes but that kind of thinking never occured to me...
Despite all the cheesy writing i kept on reading the book,hoping that it might get better,that somehow,if i overcome all those details that made me deslike Bianca,i could enjoy the book,but no.After i reached the middle,i was certain that it was even worse than i thought...I can't really say much here cause i will give out the plot of the book,not that anyone wouldn't guess it immediately,but still i hate spoilers.So,i'll just say that in addition to the bad writing,i couldn't get to like any of the protagonists in this book,not even Lucas,who was a pretty decent heroe,but i just couldn't care about either him or Bianca or whatever happened to them and their all so dreamy romance...
To wrap it up,i couldn't make myself like this book no matter what,although it had some good points in it but when you begin a book and immediately dislike some things,well,after that you are a bit prejudiced.If you can overcome the cheesy writing and the huge holes in the plot,you might be able to like Evernight,but i just couldn't...
To the Edge,is a book i picked after i read and totally loved Anne Stuart's Black Ice.I thought if romantic suspence is so good a genre then the first book in The Bodyguards series by Cindy Gerard might be just as good.But no!!!I couldn't be more mistaken!
First of all,i must say that this book was more of a romance novel than anything else.Granted it falls under the category of romantic suspence but i finished reading this book,and still i'm waiting for that suspence to come...
Reading the premise i waited for a non stop action book,a plot full of twists and at least something that would actually make me believe that the protagonist was in grave danger...Nothing of these ever happened.
From the first page it was evident that this was a romance novel.And i like romance,don't mind me, but i was expecting to read something totally different.And maybe that was my mistake and the reason i couldn't make myself like this book.I immediatelly disliked it somewhere after the first 20 pages.I mean come on,you see a man in your apartment and believe he's there to kill you and along with your fear you can't help but notice how well built or gorgeous you're potential killer is...???Come on,who does that?Screaming is an acceptable reaction,fainting as well,but noticing your killer's muscles....no,that's not acceptable or believable.After that point,i was so turned off by the writing style that it's a wonder i kept reading...But i did it,despite the slow pace of the book and by the end of it although i wasn't thrilled,this book didn't feel like a total waste of time either.
My other big problem with this book was the total lack of suspence or action.Apart from 5 or 6 threatening letters or notes or messages you don't get to have anything remotely close to action until the very last chapters... When you start reading a book where the male character is there to protect his -damsel in distress- female character from unknown threats,somehow you believe that this book will evolve more around those threats or the potential danger and less around the feelings of the protagonists.Alas,this book was a study on human feelings.Jillian has the amazing power of knowing exactly what other people are feeling and based on that power does everything she can to help them and Garrett spends chapters after chapters analysing his feelings of guilt or his lustful thoughts towards Jillian and listing again and again why his feelings for her are so inappropriate and a potential relationship between them catastrophic.And speaking of romance,i just felt that the romantic element between the two characters was somewhat forced...I felt forced by the constant descriptions to believe how those two were lusting over each other in a totally consuming way.And that just ruined everything!Granted after many chapters the romance felt more real but half of the fun was already ruined.
Anyway,it's more than obvious that i didn't like this book,but not because it was that bad written.It was more because i waited for a completely different read and To the Edge was,well,not my cup of tea.A fan of romantic novels will probably appreciate this book in ways i couldn't because although i love the romantic element to be present in a book and i don't mind any sex scenes i also want the book to have more elements apart that of romance.So,i would recommend this book but to anyone who loves romance and sees this book as a romance novel and not a romantic suspence one....more
Couldn't finish this one.To be honest I wasn't patient enough to wait until and if it would get better.When you are after page 50 and still you can'tCouldn't finish this one.To be honest I wasn't patient enough to wait until and if it would get better.When you are after page 50 and still you can't grasp how the world works and what happens or why,chances are you won't until the end.Combine with that my annoyance every single time I read the word moor (which was pretty much in every single page I read...)and you have why I just haven't the patience to continue with this book right now. Maybe I will come back to it sometime......more
Unfortunately, lately more and more of the YA paranormal titles I pick to read,no matter how interesting and good their premises may seem,turn out to be a huge or mild disappointment,but a disappointment nonetheless... And Blood Magic I'm afraid, falls in that very category of books for me.
The book begins throwing the reader immediately into the world of blood and magic Tessa Graton created,and explanations are slowly given.The narration is alternate,shifting from Silla to Nick and on the plus we have some journal extracts.I'm not a huge fan of constant switchings in the narration,so that style tired me a bit,but it had its advantages also.I really liked the journal extracts,I enjoyed Silla's narration mostly,and I found a bit indifferent that of Nick.I also found a bit indiffirent and flat Nick himself as a character as well,so that may pretty much shaped my opinion towards his narration.
From the beggining,I had a small problem with all the gory details and the blood references,but ok, that didn't bother me all that much.From the beggining also I found the pace of the book a bit slow...After all,for about 150 pages in the book nothing all that important happens.Maybe the prose made me think that the pace was slow,I don't really know...But ok,still,I didn't really mind and I was curious about what was going on.But what completely threw me off was a certain incident,after which I just couldn't bring myself to like this book,even if it turned out to be amazing by the end (which it didn't by the way).You see,I have a thing for animals,and especially for bunnies (I have one as a pet actually!) and reading in complete details how Silla killed a bunny for its blood,one can only imagine what did to my opinion towards this book...It was the most disgusting thing I have ever read,and after a couple of lines and after understanding where the story went,I just skipped all those details.I just couldn't take it (after all,that incident was after having already read the murder of a kitten,but with considerably less details...).After that,no matter how good this book may turned out to be,I just couldn't like it.Call me oversensitive,but I just couldn't...
Apart from that,the world building was interesting,but not something I haven't already read before and the romance between Nick and Silla never managed to grab me.I didn't feel any connection between them and the instant love thing didn't help matters.As soon as their third or fourth meeting,and before even being on a date or having spent time alone for more than 10 minutes,they are all over each other,with an unaccounted passion...The overly dramatic prose used to describe the feelings of the main couple didn't help me get into the mood either.
Anyway,in overall, I didn't enjoy Blood Magic half as much as I expected,and those animal killings just killed my mood towards it.Either way,it's a series I won't continue reading....more
My thoughts about Witch Fire by Anya Bast actually sum up in only just a sentence: "I was really dissapointed".That being said,finishing this book was a total miracle for me.Usually,when i don't like a book,i just skip it,but somehow with this one i kept reading,hoping that eventually it would get better.
It's the first book i read by Anya Bast and i picked it after some very high ratings i saw from friends and mostly,because the premise seemed more than interesting.But,it turned out to be something different from what i expected,thus,i couldn't get into it no matter how i wanted. As i said,the premise is more than interesting.Heroine a girl with huge power who doesn't have a clue about it and hero your typical hot guy who goes to protect her.On top of that,she is an air witch,he, a fire witch and the combination between them promises to create sparkles!And the sparkles were created,don't mind me.The problem was that this book,had only sparkles.Oh, and lots and lots of sex... I don't believe that i'm actually going to say that,but i was tired of reading about sex.Here,i said it!
The problem with this book wasn't definitely the writing style.It was very good.It wasn't the lack of a couple of characters you couldn't identify yourself in.The main couple was good.The problem was the total lack of plot.It was a rather small book,not even 300 pages and yet,i found myself reading about the couples' sex activities for about 10 pages or so each time and more than once.The sex scenes were,i have to admit,tastefully written,and if there was some actual plot apart those scenes i don't think i would have minded.But when all i read about in this book were the numerous ways Jack and Mira had sex,well,then there's a problem.At least for me.I don't mind some sex in my book or even lots of it,but i also want something more to keep me going through a book.And Witch Fire didn't have anythhing at all.Only maybe the substantial plot needed for filling the gaps between the sex scenes.
I really wanted to like this book and for it to be what the premise promised it to be.The potential was definitely there.The execution though failed to deliver a steamy,action filled book.It delivered though the steamy part!
As far as the characters are concerned,i really can't say many things.Mira and Jack were the only characters developed a bit and the rest of the cast was just there,ready to serve the continuation of the story when and if needed.To be honest,the book had lost me from the very first pages,when at page three a vibrator is mentioned,but as i said,i expected something else and so i actually finished reading it,something i'm really proud of to be honest!
Witch Fire just wasn't the book for me.If what you want to read is only an indeed well written romance with no focus in any elements of the plot then you might enjoy this book immensely.I, on the other hand want something more in my books,so i couldn't really like it....more
What can i possibly say about Elixir... Where should i start and where should i stop... Well, I'll start by saying that by all means,as soon as i saw that Hilary Duff was writing a book i just really wanted to read it.Then,i saw that beautiful cover,read the blurb and thought "Ok, that really seems if not interesting,definitely intriguing!I must get my hands on a copy immediatelly!" I'm not a huge fan of Hilary Duff,I've seen some of her movies surely and find her really sweet but i'm not crazy about her work.I'm just fond of it.But believe me when i say that i started reading this book with the best intentions and actually quite sure i'd like it.Now that i finished reading it,i'm not so sure why i was so freaked about it or if i even liked it at all.Let me eleborate...
As soon as i started reading Elixir i felt like hearing Hilary Duff narrating the story.It was not so much because i was prejudiced (after all she is the writer... i think) but more because the beggining of this book looked like one of her movies and the heroine, one Hilary herself would play.Anyway,after a certain point, which fortunatelly was soon,i stopped hearing voices in my head,something that let me concentrate more on the book itself.But i have to say that at times, i felt that this book was written by two different persons or else the writing style and pace were terribly uneven...There were times the writing style was girlish and others it was somewhat more serious and adult and the main heroine herself,Clea,was having the exact same problem.There were times she was acting like a 17 year old she was and others like a 30 year old all adult and that.I don't know if that was intentional,but if it was,it was a bit sloppy.
As i said,the writing was a bit uneven but on the plus side i wasn't really bored either,especially if you think that i read 327 pages where absolutelly nothing happens... Coming to think of it,it's a wonder how i read it!But i did,so at least that counts for something right?I don't usually continue reading a book if i'm not liking it at all.
The characters were flat and i couldn't connect with any of them.One bright exception is Rayna,Clea's best friend who although wasn't participating in the better part of the book,at least she was fun to read and felt more real...All the other characters were just a huge .... blah ....!They weren't developed at all and all their actions were deliberate,serving a non existent plot.Don't even ask me how that is even possible...Duff decided to write a book about soulmates, she thought that a good way to solve the problem of how those soulmates would meet,would be partly reincarnation and partly a mysterious elixir and voila...you have the plot of this book!Just like that, without much explanation or justification!Believe me,don't expect anything else!And maybe,i just say maybe,i could overcome a bit that total lack of a plot if at least the characters or the romance where sufficient and could take my mind off the naive plotline.But unfortunatelly that didn't happen.Sage and Clea for soulmates just didn't connect,for me.There wasn't a spark,or at least i couldn't see one between them and to be honest after the way they declared their undying love i was seriously tempted to put this book down.But i was almost finished with it,so i just kept on reading.Oh,and one last thing...If i got to read one more time the word soul or soulmate i would seriously freak out!
Anyway,i'm always sad and reluctant to write a bad review but i can't lie either...Elixir,just didn't work for me although i really wanted it to.I picked this book with great excitement and i was a bit disappointed.Although,as i said,it was a quick read.This book is Duff's first attempt to write and i believe that with some practise and effort she will get better.After all,some of her descriptions of places were really good, something that shows that there's a certain talent after all! To sum up, there were good elements in this book,but the things that bothered me were significantly more....more
A Touch Mortal was a major disappointment, at least for me...I was so eager to get this book in my hands,what with the interesting premise and the beautiful cover,only to feel majorly let down pretty soon with this book.
You know that feeling when you open a book and from the very first pages you know you'll end up loving it or hating it?Well,with A Touch Mortal I kind of knew that I would have a problem with this book as soon as the second chapter began.I mean,the first chapter introduces the reader to the 3 main characters of this story,Eden,Az and Gabriel.Az shows an immediate attraction to Eden and flirts her with some lines I really don't want to think about and I know that if someone hit me with those,I would start running like mad away from him... Anyway,I tried to get past those lines.After all it was only the first chapter,way too early to make assumptions.But when the second chapter began and we had skipped pages in the story,and Az and Eden not only were together but already declaring their undying love to each other,well,to say the least I was tempted to put this book down immediately...
I really can't tell what twisted idea made me continue reading.After all,I'm not really famous with my patience and when I don't like something, I just skip it.But all the glowing reviews that promised that after a rough start this book was more or less fantastic,I decided to give it a try. True,after a couple of chapters,things got better but only slightly.At least for me.After all,not everyone likes the same things... I just couldn't get into this book at all.The characters were a bit flat,I couldn't like or relate to anyone and the story was chaotic. Leah Clifford tried to do something really extraordinary,at least that was my opinion while trying to understand the world building,but somewhere lost it among the lines.Details where slowly given to the reader in order to understand certain things,but at most times I just felt lost,like I should have known something crucial,only I had skip certain classes when the lesson was given.
To be honest,somewhere after the middle of this book I felt so tired with it and so unwilling to read even a single page that I just left it aside.Reading is all about fun and recreation time,I never thought of it as a duty and never felt obliged to finish a book I just can't bring myself to like.So,I think that if up until the middle of this book I couldn't care about the story,things wouldn't improve later,even if the story did get better.A Touch Mortal is just a book whose story didn't appeal to me in any way...
I'm always sad when I write a bad review,both for the writer and the book itself.But on the other hand I can't lie and praise a book I struggled to read.A Touch Mortal wasn't the book for me but there are many readers out there that did enjoy this book despite the fact I couldn't see why....more
Hereafter,to be completely honest with myself,left me quite disappointed.I really expected so much of this book, and although the potential was there,the final result was a book I won't remember for long after finished reading it.
To put it in a few words,Hereafter just didn't work for me.I couldn't connect with the heroes and found them lacking in development,the story was something I have already read in one version or the other,plus I felt it dragged a lot.For the better part of this book,nothing of matter happens and I just found myself being bored through the lengthy descriptions of things and places.Surely,the descriptions were vivid,but that many details,just took my mind of the main story and made me wish for them to end.Usually,I love descriptions and vivid images in books,but somehow in Hereafter,I felt that they were used just to feel some blanks and space...
The characters were a bit flat and one dimensional.Amelia,had some interest as a character but soon after the beggining of the story,I just lost it.Same goes with Joshua,her love interest.The romance between them...I just couldn't feel it.Joshua accepted way too easily the paranormal fact of Amelia's existence and soon after that his role in the book was to just stand by her side and play his role as the love interest and nothing more. Once more,as soon as the couple meets in the very beggining of the story,they instandly feel attracted to each other and soon after declare their undying love and march to face whatever obstacles there are in their relationship...I just can't remember how many times I've read such a scenario...But,if the plot is good and interesting and things keep happening in the story,I, most of times, overcome that fact.But unfortunately in this case,the plot didn't help...As I said,for the better part of the book nothing happens,we just follow Amelia and Joshua through various mundane things.The only parts that held my interest were those that Amelia started remembering things about her past and the way she died,but still,it was just an aspect of this book,that could barely hold my interest in whole.
Despite the fact that this book picked up a bit towards the ending,I just couldn't overcome the fact that everything just came way too easily to Amelia,just when she wanted it without, or the briefest, explanation,from the way the door to her home was conveniently left unlocked when she decided to visit to the fact she remembered differential equations(!) when Joshua needed her despite the fact she couldn't even remember her last name!
Anyway,Hereafter was one of the books I couldn't wait to read and I was beyond excited when NetGalley granted me with an ARC,only to be left disappointed.Despite the gorgeous cover and the interesting premise,Hereafter fails to add anything new to the YA genre and just tells a story more or less similar to many others.Writing a negative review always saddens me,but unfortunatelly this book just wasn't for me....more
What can I possibly say about Carrier of the Mark??? How to put my thoughts into order and start this review? HReviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
What can I possibly say about Carrier of the Mark??? How to put my thoughts into order and start this review? Honestly, it's the first time I have ever wrote down so many notes while reading a book that I could easily write one of own. Yeah, as you can guess, I didn't exactly fall in love with The Carrier of the Mark...
And how could I, when for the first half of this book I kept wondering whether I was indeed reading a fresh new book or I had somehow mistakenly ended up with a copy of a good fanfiction of the much famous Twilight. Don't get me wrong, I surely had heard about all the similarities between the two novels before I decided to pick it up, but let's face it, we all know that there are a number of books out there that have some similarities to other rather successful novels (Twilight, Vampire Academy, Vampire Diaries you name it) and since that has never stopped me from either reading a book or even enjoying it in many cases, I thought to give this book a try.
So, in The Carrier of the Mark, we follow Megan, a girl who leaves with her father and moves to Ireland. She's the new girl, and while at her first day at school, she immediately notices Adam, who is gorgeous (duh!) but apparently such a snob as Caitlin (her new best friend in Ireland) kindly informs her. They lock gazes and voila, Meg can't seem able to stop thinking of that gorgeous, unapproachable snob. While we follow Meg through her first day at school, Adam treats her badly and rudely. Meg is bothered with his unjustified behaviour and tries to figure out why is he treating her that way. She soon observes, that the members of the DeRises family keep to themselves, only enjoying each other's company while the whole school talks ill of them and accuses them of being weird and with a dark past. That is of course until Bella, sorry Meg, comes into the picture... Enough similarities already? No? Okay, I have more...
Adam and Meg barely speak to each other until Meg has an accident and Adam saves her under mysterious circumstances. He then, avoids her. When she confronts him and asks him of the weird circumstances of her rescuing, he of course makes her feel she's mad. Until the night of the Halloween Party where Meg is attacked by two guys and Adam runs to her rescue. Soon after, they go to the party together where everyone is staring and pointing at them and then, Adam declares his feelings to her. By that point of the story I was screaming out loud for some creativity...
Honestly, the first half of the book was like reading Twilight again, with some minor changes in names and settings and the whole surrounding story. Other than those, the story was progressing exactly like in Twilight as it is more than obvious. For me, it is a whole other matter for some books to share some similarities and a whole different to be almost exactly the same. Should Carrier of the Mark just had a number of things same, I would honestly not mind at all. But please. The first half of the book was like a re-read and I could never be okay with that.
Twilight similarities aside, I also had a lot more problems with this book. For one, the characters seemed lifeless. I couldn't connect with Meg no matter what. It was like she had no spark, no life. She acted so foolishly, or to phrase it in her own words "pathetic" around Adam. I couldn't possibly understand her feelings towards him. There was nothing between them and yet she all but thought of him. And the fact that everyone assumed that Adam had the hots for her while truthfully they all but exchanged some glances and barely even spoke a couple of times, frustrated me to no end. I can't even say that what bothered me here was the Instant Love thing. Cause truthfully, there's no IL. All there is, are two teenagers who stare at each other. Nothing else. Sure, the way they declare their undying love later in the story is a fine specimen of IL, but in the beginning there's nothing to justify their attraction. Nothing to make me feel that those two have feelings for each other.
Anyway, apart from all those cheesy lines that were used in this novel and made me roll my eyes again and again, the second half of the Carrier of the Mark was far more decent. The similarities ended somewhere in the middle of the book (except a bit before the end where they resurfaced and Meg is chased down by a Tracker...) , and from that point after, Fallon created something far more unique. I liked the whole Carriers myth and how she used Irish mythology in her story. I may still had problems with her heroes and their reactions ("I know a guy for a total of 6 weeks, I'm with him for the past two,I'm 17 but you know what, I will pass the opportunity to save the world just to be with him cause he is the one", kind of thing) but I have to acknowledge the author's talent in the second half and believe that she has potential of creating far more enjoyable and unique books. Cause Fallon's voice is strong and she manages to grab her reader's interest even while reading something far from creative. Imagine what she could do otherwise.
Anyway, I can't recommend this book to anyone who is in search of something unique, but to anyone out there who wants a book resembling to Twilight or doesn't mind the similarities, Carrier of the Mark is just the book to pick....more
Forbidden Magic was an utter disappointment for me I'm afraid... I have seen the mixed reviews Review originally posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Forbidden Magic was an utter disappointment for me I'm afraid... I have seen the mixed reviews on Goodreads, but still I thought that I should give it a try. After all, the premise sounded more than intriguing and Cheyenne McCray is a big name out there.
So, I picked it up, only to be quite certain from the very first chapters that I wouldn't like it. I just had that feeling and I knew that no matter how hard I tried, I wouldn't be able to get into this book. And I'm sad to say, that my opinion of Forbidden Magic didn't change as I kept reading. Somewhere after the middle of the book I just started reading this on the fast forward. I just skipped the various and informative sex scenes and just read whatever grabbed my attention. As it is, I don't think I missed much...
The first thing I noticed were the incredibly cheesy names... I could maybe go with Hawk (the hero has wings...) and Silver (the heroine's hair are blond) but Moondust??? Please! But the cheese doesn't stop there... The problem with Forbidden Magic is that is far too cheesy and far too predictable for me to enjoy it... There's immediate lust and even if the sex part between Hawk and Silver arrives a little bit later than what I expected, Hawk's constant hard on as soon as he laid eyes on Silver and Silver's tightening womb caused every single time Hawk moved, irked me to no end... And since I'm talking about cheesy, I can hardly refrain myself from mentioning that incredible scene were Silver and Hawk perform the ritual to call more D' Danann warriors through a perfectly nice blowjob! Nothing more powerful than that guys!
Anyway, Forbidden Magic leans more on the erotica side with paranormal elements than a paranormal romance story. There's too much sex, a bit meaningless at times, and those scenes where Junga, one of the demons, has sex in various positions and with various partners were completely unnecessary. There were at least three scenes where that Junga chick explores the submissive side of her human body and why should I care?
The plot like I said is cheesy and predictable, the character development barely there and even though the writing style is good, I'm afraid it couldn't save the whole book for me.
All in all, Forbidden Magic has received so many mixed reviews for a reason. Sadly, I find myself with those reviewers that didn't like it although I think that it's more a matter of preference. For some people to love it, it must have some qualities that I failed to notice.
Blood,unfortunatelly wasn't the book for me,despite the fact that K.J. Wignall's writing style was fairly good enough...
From the very first chapters of the book,I knew that the story wasn't something I would immensely enjoy but I kept on reading and although I didn't regret it,still, Blood isn't among the books I loved reading. As I said,me not liking this book,has nothing to do with the writing style which was good enough,but more with the story and the plot and more precisely with the way it flowed.Surely,the plot had it's ups and downs,with what I loved more being the fact that it was action full and what I liked least,the easy way that everything just clicked.From the very first pages,everything in the story presents itself in a very easy way,cloaked with some mystery.Will just happens to find the one person who speaks some kind of a prophecy about him mere minutes before he kills him (and here I just have to point out that Will had the time to spare him and explore more his strange words instead of just killing him and stumble in the dark throughout the whole book later...).In the next chapters he just happens to find, oh so easy, the mystery girl of the prophecy,who just happens to know a couple who are able to provide some clues later on the story.All that,just killed my mood towards this book...
Anyway,neither Will,nor Eloise managed to stand out as characters for me...They were ok,but just that.I won't remember them for long after finishing this book.The romance was barely substancial.It was there,but no declarations of love,nothing really huge happening,a fact that didn't bother me or make me like the book more.Just a fact.
All in all,Blood is a technically good book and story,but one that failed to catch my interest.And even though the ending leaves so much open and is quite intriguing I will probably won't continue with the next book when it gets published....more
Where should I start with Isle of Night?Well, I might just say that I didn't finish this one. I just couldn't proceed reading it after a certain pointWhere should I start with Isle of Night?Well, I might just say that I didn't finish this one. I just couldn't proceed reading it after a certain point, so this isn't exactly a review, I'll just state the reasons that made me put this book aside and won't be picking it up again any time soon. First of all, from the very first chapters I rolled my eyes more times than in an average book. From the heroine,Annelise, saying again and again that she's so freaky smart to the way she met Ronan,the hero.
I just keep wondering again and again why so many ya authors think that using in their novels the phrase "that's when I saw him" or a variation of it along with a description of how that hot male their heroines see for the very first time in their lives makes them weak in the knees, or feel butterflies in their stomachs, is absolutely necessary. I just don't get it... So, points off of creativity here. Aside from that, I found hard to believe of most of the things I was reading from the very first chapters. For example Annelise learns that she can't registrate to her college,which was her life's dream, finds her car broken, some miles away from her home and the only thing she thinks of is how that hot guy is looking at her and what impression she'll do to him.Come on!!!!!!!!!!!! There's absolutely no way. As there's no way for someone to follow a complete stranger wherever he wants just because he's hot. That's disturbing. And mentioning that, how can I possibly believe that Annelise is so freaking smart when she does such stupid things from the very first chapters? And when I say smart, the author mentioned her high IQ more than 5 times in only 3 chapters.Ok, I get it! I may not have such a high IQ but I managed to figure out by then that she's super smart.But you know what? To actually believe that she's smart I have to see her acting as a smart person as well to believe it. I'm just saying...
Anyway, despite all that, I kept reading this book.I thought I might as well give it a chance cause it may improve in the next chapters. But as soon as Annelise gets to Isle of Night things got even worse for me. Cause honestly, and believe me I haven't said that about any book I have ever read, Isle of Night has some serious sexist issues. And here are some phrases taken from the book to highlight what I'm saying:
"Train girls to become women" - when Annelise asks what they'll do in Isle of Night
"To be a vampire is a man's destiny" while women are to serve as Watchers according to their masters' binding. - That's exactly how it's described what is expected from all those girls in Isle of Night.
Add to those phrases the fact that the "headmaster" kills a girl for her audacity to be incredulous when she heard that they were vampires plus the way that said headmaster goes on immediately after and informs those girls that they will compete to death to become Watchers and serve the MEN vampires in whatever they need (all of the girls I must add didn't know where they were taking them, they just followed those vampire guys with a promise of a special future, which is plain stupid I know, but there are indications that those vampires might have used their powers to persuade them,although I'm not sure of it by the point I read) SERIOUSLY????I mean seriously?I just kept staring my e-readers screen for quite some minutes after all those.You take some girls away from their home, even with their consent, and you make them fight to their death to have the privilege to serve you just because you're a vampire and a man???Forgive me but I can't see the right in that scenario.I just can't.And it's the plot of the book, so how much can this change by the end?
As you can guess, that was the point that I just refused to read any further.I don't know and to be honest I don't care if this book got any better. I just couldn't get past those issues, so I'm putting this one on my dnf pile indefinitely....more
Oh well,one thing is for sure!I will remember Ditched for a very long time,but not because I was so thrilled with the story,but more because it is the first ever contemporary book,YA or adult,I ever struggled to finish... Ditched was a rather huge disappointment to say the least.From the premise,I got the assumption that it was a humorous and sweet read but what I got instead was a rather boring story that I couldn't wait to reach the last page.Literally.
First of all,my main problem were the characters of this book and especially the main one,Justina...She easily falls into the category of my most disliked female characters, ever!She was self absorbed,acting stupidly and a little bit slutty and all of her babbling, inner and outer, just made me yawn again and again and again.If all teenage girls at the age of 16 were thinking like her or behaved like her, I would seriously start to think that something is going very wrong with the way kids are viewing the world (seriously, prom being more important than family...?And especially if you think Justina didn't want to go in the first place...God forbid what would have happened should she wanted it!)..But I'd like to think that teenagers don't act or think that way.Maybe some do,but not the majority.After all it's not that many years since I was a teenager and our main problem then was certainly not how many boys we've kissed.
From the beginning until the very end this story is...a huge bubble full of air.Nothing strikes me as possible from the very improbable events described and I couldn't connect to any character or sympathise with Justina.Nothing!I just couldn't care less for her drama of a prom disaster where her main regret was that she wasn't able to fulfil mission unlock lips.Yeah right!You see Justina hasn't kissed a boy for over 8 months and that is so huge a thing cause she's a kiss junky.For the love of God she's 16 and already kissed more than 12 boys and has to go to some kind of self inflicted rehab and that only because her reputation has been damaged...!Do I really need to continue why I couldn't like Justina no matter what?
Anyway,I can probably say more things I didn't like in Ditched but I don't see the point.The book was fairly good written,despite the typos of the galley, so my main problem was the story itself.I wouldn't recommend it to anyone....more
I can't even begin describing in how many ways I was disappointed with Flat Out Sexy.... Really, after allReview posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
I can't even begin describing in how many ways I was disappointed with Flat Out Sexy.... Really, after all those raving reviews, I find myself once more in the minority of readers, but honestly, I struggled to finish this one.
I will start with the things I liked about Flat Out Sexy. And that is just one: the writing style and consequently the sex scenes. I may sound really harsh, and believe me I hate it, but this book is nothing more that some really well written sex scenes. And when I say well written, I mean it. But to be honest, I can't like a book in its entirety just for the good sex scenes. Because even a good sex scene, when there's absolutely no story to back it up, seem bad. Well, not bad precisely, just boring.... Because after a point I just felt like the whole book was just an excuse for Tamara and Elec to jump to bed and entertain us. And that was okay for the first and second sex scene, but after that I was just bored. I had already read about their sexual exercises and 5 or 10 more wouldn't change a thing. The story that was needed to keep me interested, was just not there.
And that was my main problem. The lack of even a substantial storyline... The story of Flat - Out Sexy was so full of cliches, so full of cheesiness that even the best written sex scenes in the world couldn't keep me interested. Not when all that happened where Tamara and Elec jumping each other whenever and wherever they could without caring if it was appropriate or if others knew exactly what they did. And I get it, they were so in love that they jumped to action straight away, only how could I possibly believe that they managed to fall deeply in love from the two or three times they had met???? So, we're talking about lust here. Which is just fine. Only, both of them were supposed to be decent, so even if their friends eventually knew about their sexual life, going about it like rabbits during a dinner was a bit too much to stomach. But my problem wasn't their decency. I couldn't care less about it. I just mention those incidents in order to highlight further the exact point where I knew I would struggle to finish this book... And that was when Elec, after two sex sessions with Tamara, and when I talk about sex sessions I mean just that and little talk, they were not even dates, starts feeling oh so in love with her and wants to adopt her children or whatsoever since he can't have children of his own. Oh, and he's 25 years old. Really??? I don't know about you, but I don't think that most people his age have those kind of thoughts and act on them so quickly. And I can't stress the word quickly enough... So, combining those two incidents, the so in love sex whenever and wherever and the thoughts of caring for another's family after only a week Elec and Tamara know each other, and well, you get why I just found everything about this story quite unrealistic...
Anyway, Flat - Out Sexy was just not the book for me. Probably I once more missed all the hidden pleasures of a book so many others enjoyed, but to be honest I just skimmed through most of the sex scenes of the second half of the story. Even if well written, they didn't add up anything to the story. The characters were good, not as much developed as I would like and apart from a couple of funny scenes with Tamara's children, there's not much I will remember about this book. Coming to think of it, Hunter and Petey - Tamara's children - where the only thing I loved about this book from the beginning to the end. Especially Petey and his smart mouth, a kid who only spoke when he thought it was necessary and to deliver at the same time some amazing lines!
All in all, I'm sad to say it, but I can't recommend this book to anyone. Even if the sex scenes are great. It was just not the right book for me. It may be the right one for you though, since it's a rather popular book, I just can't bring myself to recommend it. ...more
I picked up Breathing Room feeling certain that it would be an amazing read. After all, I couldn't expect Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
I picked up Breathing Room feeling certain that it would be an amazing read. After all, I couldn't expect anything less by a book written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Unfortunately, it turned out to be, not at all the book for me and certainly nothing I could even half enjoy.
At first, I couldn't really get into the book. But since that is the case with every single book I read by Phillips, I just thought that it would be something temporary and that I should give the characters some time to grow on me. Yeah right... That never happened. Up until the end of the book, I really disliked Isabel and I couldn't care less about Ren.
But let's take things slower.
As far as the plot is concerned, it couldn't grab me. I felt that it dragged at times, that it was uneven and all in all, the whole story of this book, despite what the summary indicates, couldn't appeal to me. And I'm sad to say this, because honestly, from the summary, the story was something right up my alley. The heroine is a psychologist with whom I could totally relate to and the hero a bad-buy movie star. We are talking about a fantasy here! But still, the way the story progressed couldn't grab my interest. Not by a long shot.
The romance was lukewarm for my taste, nothing like what I expected from the author and the twists by the end of the story to spice things up made me believe that I was reading a really bad soap opera. I mean, the mystery factor Phillips introduced to make this story something more than a romantic tale made me twist my eyes and want to throw this book out the window. It was bad. Really bad. That statue thing was unnecessary and didn't add anything else to this story but silliness. At least the way I saw it.
And now, let's get to the real factor that made me dislike this book so much. And that is Isabel Favor, the main heroine. I have quite sometime to dislike so much a hero. Firstly, I couldn't possibly regard her as the professional she claimed to be. I can't regard as a professional someone who bases his career on pop-psychology. Isabel kind of reminded me all those tv psychologists who believe that through generalisations they can actually help people who face problems. Whatever those problems may be. News here: that's not how the job is done.
Apart from that, she was truly a hypocrite. She was so snob and pretentious that by the middle of the story I was sure that there was simply nothing she could do to change my mind about her. She wanted to have sex but had to first categorise it into some spiritual or higher cause and then succumb to her obvious needs. Let me tell you that as a professional, she should know that having a healthy sexual life is crucial and if you have the need to persuade yourself that you are doing it for other more noble reasons isn't mirroring a healthy person.
She had so many problems herself and it strikes me as quite odd, the fact that she didn't ever thought to go to a professional herself to resolve her various problems. She was such a control freak that she had to manage everyone's life even if they clearly didn't ask for her help. It doesn't matter if that way she managed to save the day. You just can't possibly interfere to strangers' lives, just because you have a PhD.
Anyway, I can go on and on about all the things I hated on Isabel. Bottom line, she was just one of those characters that can totally spoil a book for you, and since there weren't many other things to balance the story in this book, everything went downhill pretty quickly. Among the things I really liked, apart from Phillips' exceptional writing was the setting of the book. The whole story took place in Tuscany and the descriptions were so vivid and well written that actually made me re-visit the place once more. And since my memories of the place are really fond, I really enjoyed that part of the book.
But despite the nice setting and descriptions, Breathing Room was a book I will certainly want to forget that I ever read. And it pains me to say so, cause Susan Elizabeth Phillips is truly an author I really admire. That being said, I can't possibly recommend this book. Better try the author's other, simply amazing books and skip this one. ...more
As soon I started reading Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star I truly believed that I had in my hands the best fan fic Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
As soon I started reading Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star I truly believed that I had in my hands the best fan fiction I have ever read and a really good contemporary romance title. I'm sad to say that by the time I had read the first 1/3 of the book, my opinion started to change rapidly, only to leave me by the end exhausted and feeling that I have read one of the worst contemporary titles ever. I mean this book literally sucked the life force out of me...
I'll start by telling what I liked in this book and why I forced myself to finish it and what made me have such a good impression of it at first. Rigaud, does an amazing job at presenting and "modernising" characters that we all know since our childhood. She took Austen's characters and really made them look like people who live in modern times. In most fan fiction titles I have read, authors fail miserably in that department, but Rigaud truly gave to her characters a modern voice that were in essence the same characters we all know, but could as well be characters we first met in her novel. Don't know if I'm making much sense, but bottom line, the character building and the story building came off as something really fresh.
And those sadly, are the only good characteristics of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star. This book in unnecessarily too long, with details that if omitted, I would now be talking about one of the best books I have ever read. I mean, when I read the first sex scene between Charlotte and Richard (yeah that Charlotte and Richard Fitwilliam, Darcy's cousin who have a rather extended role in this novel), I said ok, that's a nice way to twist the plot a little. When I read the next sex scene between Charles and Jane, I said again,ok, they were one of the main couples in the original book as well... But soon after, this book was just an endless purple prose with constant sex scenes between pretty much everyone. And we're talking about really long sex scenes, the kind that the couple ends the first intercourse and then proceeds immediately to the second... You know me, I don't mind sex scenes in my books, but there's a limit to everything. There's that line that should a writer cross it, the result isn't a sexy book but something else entirely.
As I said, this book is way tooooooo long... And I can't stress this strong enough. Most of my problems begin from this fact. There were so many details, so many times the POV changed that should I haven't read Pride and Prejudice previously I would be completely at a loss. The book is being narrated from almost everyone's POV. And we are talking about at least 7 characters here. Before soon I had a bit of a headache, even if I was already acquainted with all those characters. So, despite all the good attributes and twists to the story Rigaud added, the result was a tiring book, that lacked in the editing department and that is completely a shame, cause the author tried. Rigaud really tried to deliver a unique story and she could have done it if someone left out about 150 pages... Add to that the completely unbelievable ending ( I mean how possible is it really that a 3 member male band and a 3 member girl group ends up matched and married???) and you can imagine my feelings exactly.
So, no matter how much I wanted to like Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star, and even if there were some things I really liked and appreciated in Rigaud's effort, the result was a book I couldn't wait to finish and proceed to something else, forgetting that I have ever read it. And that really saddens me, cause it had all the potential to be a great book....more
Crave,is a book with a gorgeous cover and an intriguing premise that unfortunatelly didn't work for me at all...I mean as soon as I started reading this book,I was beyond certain I had a winner in my hands,only for that impression to rapidly change...
The prologue was amazing!It gave you certain glimpses into the main characters thoughts and a prelude of what was to come.To say that I was beyond excited and intrigued by such a prologue would be an understatment.The first chapters were also pretty much ok...We get to learn about the world building,about vampires,witches,The Clann and the vampire council and pretty much everything that plays a crucial role in this story.So,I was glued to my pages,eager to see what happens next.The problem with Crave though,was that nothing,absolutely nothing happens next,well,apart from that tiny incident mentioned in the prologue...
As I continued reading Crave,I waited for something to happen,anxious to see how all those changes in Savannah's life will affect the story,only to be majorly disappointed...Cause all that happens in Crave,is Savannah dating a random guy for a few chapters,Savannah becoming a Charmers manager (I won't even elaborate what Charmers are,there's absolutely no need,as there was no need for their practices to be so much mentioned in the book) and Savannah dating Tristan,our male protagonist.Nothing else!For 300 pages we have so many detailed glimpses in Savannah's routine that I honestly struggled to finish this book.Mostly,what kept me going was a hope that something,anything would happen.Maybe not now, but on the next 50 pages surely...And that thinking made me actually finish a book I would in no other way finish.
Savannah and Tristan were ok,a little flat for my taste but ok.I couldn't understand though neither Savannah's obsession with dancing,an activity that before becoming a dhampir was painful to her and then after becoming one and being all coordinated and flexible(vampire genes you see),dancing becomes her life...Nor Tristan's behavior towards Savannah.I mean he liked her,for many years he obeyed to his parents' wish and didn't speak to her despite being in love with her,and then all of a sudden he can't stop thinking of her and not only that,but while he isn't able to act on his feelings towards her,he has no problem whatsoever to do whatever he can for no guy to approach her either.After that,I just couldn't bring myself to like him.No matter how sweet he may acted later,no,nothing. The rest of the characters were plainly invisible to me.Savannah's mother was way too immature and selfcentered (what person really stops loving someone just because the whole world is against you???????And you knew it from the beggining??????You had to have a child before you were tired of everything????).Anne,one of Savannah's best friend was a bit noticeable but other than that,the story was focused only on the main couple. Oh,and one last thing!Who would have thought that all vampire genes do to you,is get you a cup up in your bra size,a gaze that dazes every male you set your eyes on and flexibility.Really????That famous bloodlust was almost nonexistent!
For me,the story was too one-dimensional to really invest in it,thus making Crave a bit of a tiring read.I guess though that as a book it will have a certain appeal to anyone looking for a love story set in a paranormal universe,with the paranormal element though playing a small part.Mostly,Crave is the love story between two teenagers who can't be together because of their paranormal nature....more
UGH! I picked Magic Lost, Trouble Found through some recommendations on books similar to Poison Study by Maria Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
UGH! I picked Magic Lost, Trouble Found through some recommendations on books similar to Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I read the premise, found it intriguing and bought the book. Now that I read it, I really want to scream at those people who actually found it similar in any way with Snyder's books. Where did they find the similarities??? Where?
Before anything else, let me state one thing beforehand. It's not that Magic Lost, Trouble Found was a bad book. Not by any means.It was a decent Fantasy title, just not one that I would ever like. So, my rating of this book, represents solely my likeness of the book and not if it was technically a good book or not. Cause technically, this is a good book, not a 5 star rating but a 3,5 or 4. But unfortunately, I couldn't bring myself to like it or care for the story at all.
I found myself really bored by the point I reached the 1/3 of the story and after that point, I just couldn't make myself care for the characters or the story, even when it started to pick up a little after the first half. I was really tired by all those strange names the author used for her universe and the complicate relationships between the characters. Truthfully, they weren't so complicated, but when you read almost 100 pages of who is who and what is everyone doing and how even secondary characters are placed exactly in the story, well that is bound to exhaust you a bit. Well, in my case it exhausted me more than a bit and in cost to the actual story of the book.
Another thing that bothered me a bit was the fact that the story was pure fantasy, set in a completely imaginative universe with clothing of past centuries and according technology while the language was full of slang and dialogues I couldn't possibly place in the same century. The setting and the language didn't exactly blend together harmonically.
Anyway, as I said, I picked this one based on the assumption that it would resemble Snyder's work, which it didn't in any way. And it's not the book's fault that I picked it up expecting something else entirely. But I did. And if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't ever come across this title or consider reading it. Cause it's not the book I usually pick and enjoy, so it wasn't so much of a surprise that I didn't like it. But as I said, technically, it's a good fantasy title, definitely worth picking if you are a fan of the genre, just keep in mind that you'll have to ignore any recommendations that suggest it is similar to Poison Study. Cause it's not. In any way....more