A really cute and sassy voice tells this middle-grade superhero-story for girls. But sadly I lost interest around the middle and now finally let it goA really cute and sassy voice tells this middle-grade superhero-story for girls. But sadly I lost interest around the middle and now finally let it go....more
Well, I cannot stand it, when characters are so dense that they cannot see their own feet, and when the reader has to wait the whole length of a bookWell, I cannot stand it, when characters are so dense that they cannot see their own feet, and when the reader has to wait the whole length of a book for the hero to mentally (i.e. in the case of Miesha) or emotionally (i.e. in the case of Kara) catch up. In addition working in that abused-robot-idea to hammer home the what-does-it-need-to-be-called-human-question has been quite unnecessary - as cute'n loyal as Dot the Bot turned out to be.
All in all it's - like Tatiana already stated - a more or less superfluous sequel to a story that did not need any kind of continuation - especially considering that said story already boasted a rather comprehensive epilogue, which briefly covered all bases....more
I do not have enough patience today to be subtle. I just want to say that in my opinion this 'New-Fragile-Bambi-Eyed-Girl-From-Britain-You-Were-Meant-I do not have enough patience today to be subtle. I just want to say that in my opinion this 'New-Fragile-Bambi-Eyed-Girl-From-Britain-You-Were-Meant-For-Me-Let-Me-Pick-Your-Brains-Telepathically-And-Stay-With-Me-Forever-To-Save-My-Sanity' crap is a complete waste of time. Luckily I spent only 99 Cents for it (Kindle Deal of the Day). Therefore I stop reading the paranormally bad stuff after 30% pure struggle without being too angry with myself for acquiring it....more
I am abandoning 'Shadow Hills', a long-time shelf-squatter, after reading exactly 16% and feeling an umcomfortable amount of ennui and an intolerableI am abandoning 'Shadow Hills', a long-time shelf-squatter, after reading exactly 16% and feeling an umcomfortable amount of ennui and an intolerable degree of familiarity:
A high school senior, who had a kind of fall-out with her parents or other next-of-kins, who are consequently relieved to get rid of her, enrolls in an old-campus-style, posh and remote boarding-school, which had come to her notice by some kind of mysterious destiny / inexplicable coincidence, and hopes it will give her answers / help her forget some traumatic events / clear away those foreboding signs of paranormal happenings / allow her to reinvent herself as somebody new with a fresh slate among normal and nice kids, wo will all become her new best friends and lovers.
The boarding-school's description doesn't offer much insight into lessons and other unimportant parts of teenage day-to-day life, but boasts filthy rich, bitchy roommates or - in this case - nextdoor neighbors, forbidden, chilling rooms or areas, mysterious, I-am-paranormal-screaming locals / long-time inmates / customs, dreams or other disturbing occurrences with a dangerous bytaste - and a BOY, or to be precise, an insanely attractive, mostly cold or rough-acting, forbidden boy with a distinct something-is-wrong-in-paradise sheen on him.
It doesn't really help if there are additional boys or intricate descriptions of hip clothing thrown in the mix. Or descendants of first settlers. Or electric currents passed from skin to skin. Or eyes that change color.
I simply cannot stand one more example. And that this one is already four years old and past its time of cheer and prime doesn't count as an excuse for that utter lack of originality. Bye, bye, Shadow Hills. Fade away among your equals. I don't care. ...more
Since I loved the Darkest Powers trilogy so very much, the realization that was already bored and did not enjoy myself particularly hit me rather unexSince I loved the Darkest Powers trilogy so very much, the realization that was already bored and did not enjoy myself particularly hit me rather unexpectedly when I started flipping forward around page 190. Certainly my heavy cold with a nasty headache included in the package has to carry part of my inability to focus on the supposedly unnerving small-town-story, but I really do not care enough about the characters' fate to prove this theory under stabilized conditions later. So. After 194 pages I leave Salmon Creek behind without a trace of regret. Good bye, Cougar Girl. ...more
3,5 stars. I was pretty glued to the pages and I dreamt / thought about the story a lot. I liked it - especially the characters - better than Maze Run3,5 stars. I was pretty glued to the pages and I dreamt / thought about the story a lot. I liked it - especially the characters - better than Maze Runner, for instance. I will read the next installments, if I can swap them, but I do not need to read them so bad that I would actually buy them....more
I was skeptical after I read a ton of reviews and saw that Becca Fitzpatrick recommended it (very bad sign in my opinion), but I decided not to cancelI was skeptical after I read a ton of reviews and saw that Becca Fitzpatrick recommended it (very bad sign in my opinion), but I decided not to cancel my pre-order and have a go. Now I have to say: I really liked the book. And I liked the heroine and her love-interest (I mention only one, because that manipulative control-freak behavior of RetCh, the conscience-free faerie, cannot be counted as love-triangle worthy. He just used her loneliness and her craving of any kind of physical contact to reach his goal. There is really NOTHING to recommend or excuse him apart from good looks. So don't try to convince me of the opposite. Aprilynne Pike wrote in her blurb "...One won Evie's heart and the other won mine." I enjoyed Mrs. Pikes debut well enough to rate it three stars, but after this disclosure of her bad taste in evil guys I will be very wary of books to come).
After reading her story I can even understand Evie's girlish preference for pink, sparkling clothes and tasers and her motivation to give her Taser and her knife pet names: Since she turned eight she has been living underground, held like a dumb princess in an ivory tower, fed with only the information necessary to tag and bag random paranormals for the International Paranormal Containment Agency that is her "home" and shamelessly uses her unique gift of seeing beyond every kind of magic glamour. All her confidants are grown-ups. She is home-schooled by a permanently depressed female werewolf and High-School is something that happens on TV. If you were Evie, would you not jump at every possibility to shop with your otherwise business-like guardian for some ultra-girlish clothes, which resemble the stuff the actors on your favorite Teen TV Drama "Easton Heights" flaunt? Would you not try to be a little normal, to be a teenager? Evie does not own rhine-stone-studded hand-bags because she never leaves the Center outside of a mission. So she compensates by decorating her weapon and giving it a silly name.
Apart from the difference in age and that unhealthy degree of helpers syndrom Rachel Morgan has, Evie's personality reminded me a lot of this favorite urban fantasy heroine of mine. I don't excactly know why. But she was not at all how I had imagined her to be.
What I also liked were the various commonly known paranormal lores (faerie, vampire, werewolf, mermaid, elementals ...), their adaption and their integration into the book's world-building. Nicely done. I think I will pickup the sequel "Supernaturally", when it comes out in paperback....more
2.5 stars. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this much although I liked the setting and the idea. Partly to blame is my inability to like any member2.5 stars. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this much although I liked the setting and the idea. Partly to blame is my inability to like any member of the cast. The last third of the book was only a frantic rush from page to page in an effort to get it over. I felt like I was too far in to let it go and mark it as unfinished. But it was more like taking care of a chore than having a good time with a great story. Uhhg. I am so spent that even my review sounds like spontaneous combustion. Sorry, Surface dwellers and Fringers. This girl needs to power up....more
Noooo! Somebody swapped my volume 2 and I sent volume 5 instead! I wanted to read that. Now I have to send volume 2 quickly, apologize and wish for voNoooo! Somebody swapped my volume 2 and I sent volume 5 instead! I wanted to read that. Now I have to send volume 2 quickly, apologize and wish for volume 5 (and 3 and 4 ) again!!!! This series is jinxed, I swear....more
**spoiler alert** I believe I am the first reader who did not finish this book. Most reviews are full of ecstatic ranting and promises to reread and r**spoiler alert** I believe I am the first reader who did not finish this book. Most reviews are full of ecstatic ranting and promises to reread and recommend and wishes for the second volume to be available sooner. I actually reached page 400, but I considered pulling the brakes around page 350 already.
I do not dislike volumous books. On the contrary, when I was younger and my pocket-money tight I used to buy only books starting at a certain thickness to ensure a long-lasting pleasure. Splitterherz is one of those books I would like to edit until it is way slimmer. Repeatedly I felt like a hamster working out in his wheel: I don't know how often phobic, cranky, rude and bitchy heroine Ellie (newbie at a smalltown-school) gets lost in a forest or in a gym, ruins her clothes or shoes on the way, simply faints or just feels the urge to take a nap right now (in the stable although she is afraid of horses, on the bus stop, in the woods, in front of a stream etc.) And I mumbled "Well, here we go. Another pointless stroll." to myself.
The hero, Colin Blackburn, is a Edward-Copy extraordinaire, so Edward-addicts definitely get a fix. It is quite ridiculous. Happy reviewers say the hero is a nice change from the vampiric love-intrest. But what is different is just the species. The rest is a déjà-vu: Colin is a 160 years old nightmare (=no vampire), who got changed when he was 20, but he is extremly polite, considerate and a little old-fashioned. He is supposed to feed on human dreams and emotions (which drains them of their strength and ability to feel), but he feasts on the dreams of animals instead, which is less nourishing, but hurts no one. Certainly this makes Colin a freak among other nightmares. Colin's face and eye color change with the rising and setting sun and with being properly fed. On top of that Colin smells incredibly good because that attracts his prey. And, Bingo, Ellie feels the emotions of other people and cries a lot because of it, which makes her and her tears irresistable to Colin. But gentlemanly Colin acts cold towards Ellie and tries to turn her off, because he does not want to hurt or destroy her. In between he rescues her in the forest (It rains in the middle of Germany, which almost causes Ellie to die in a huge flood. Never heard of something like that).
As one might have guessed, there is Colin's creator Tessa, who wants him back and plans to indulge in a turning spree. This has to cumulate in a showdown (see the "James incident") which I was not interested in enough to read. And there are Ellie's unlikable parents who have nurtured a dangerous secret of their own for 17 years (I hated it how Ellie's mother put her love for her husband above the safety of her kids) and got estranged from their son, which does not seem to trouble them very much.
Other logical holes and conviniences ticked me on top: For example Ellie gets drunk after swallowing one mouthful of beer.
I've put the book up for sale and hope I get rid of it soonish....more