I am so very sorry for not being able to dig in and fall for Fangirl. I really am. All the more because I honestly liked Landline and I know that RoweI am so very sorry for not being able to dig in and fall for Fangirl. I really am. All the more because I honestly liked Landline and I know that Rowell knows how to write believable and compelling story. And since the majority of reviews focuses on all the positive aspects, let me tell you why it was just an OK read for me.
My problem with the book is that it is just too perfect. It aims at bookish and slightly unsociable girls who were all at some point waiting for a letter from Hogwarts.* It gives us a heroine we can identify with, a heroine with all our problems and hopes and aspirations. She is nice and kind and as a bonus she is also fanfic celebrity and talented writer. We not only identify with Cath, we ARE Cath. We WANT to be Cath because there is a fairy-tale-like conclusion waiting just around the corner. Cath is Pretty Woman only younger, nerdier and with a knack for writing instead of whor – I mean whatever else. And though I like Pretty Woman without being a woman of ill repute, Fangirl came and went without leaving any significant fangirlish impressions even though I do consider myself a bookish nerd. Believability for me ends where the fairy-tale begins - in contemporary fiction.
One of my biggest reservations comes from the pacing of the book and the plot which is slowly and painfully dragged forward only by Cath’s airhead drunken sister (whose escapades make my blood boil) and Cath’s fragile dad incapable of adult behaviour. I sincerely hoped that the advertised coming-of-age quality of the novel wouldn’t be put as an equal to Cath’s fanfic falling from grace and her falling into the arms of conveniently present prince Charming but I was disappointed by the outcome as well with the slash Harry Potter Simon Snow – I could very well do without it. (Smuggling slash magical gay fanfiction into my YA books? You are one sneaky sneak of a writer!)
I can see why 99 % of readers love Fangirl, I really do. The last thing I want is for my review to sound condescending or mean, because I take no joy from being the last solitary one percent. It is just the sad truth.
* Evil owl ate my letter from Hogwarts. I know it. An OWL!!...more
What an ending! What a drama! Epic climax of the most sci-fi fairy-tale retelling you can get! I love the way M.M. stuck to the original ideas and atWhat an ending! What a drama! Epic climax of the most sci-fi fairy-tale retelling you can get! I love the way M.M. stuck to the original ideas and at the same time made the princesses badass, unforgettable and unique. I have no idea how she managed to balance four main heroines and make them all strong, lovable and flawed and at the same time, but take my word for it, she nailed it! Spice it up with a little bit of brutality, politics, madness, mutantry, hi-tech talk, witty exchanges, hallucinations, royal cyborgs and vain androids and it will keep you awake all night.
Kinsella didn’t let me down. Twenties girl is an easy read full of author’s trademark humour – not the “laugh out loud" kind of humour, more like subtKinsella didn’t let me down. Twenties girl is an easy read full of author’s trademark humour – not the “laugh out loud" kind of humour, more like subtle, “too farfetched but I still saw it coming” kind of humour. It brightens your day with its pettiness which is sometimes so similar to your everyday problems that it makes you feel like you are not alone.
You just have to relate to Lara’s problematic love life if you’ve ever went through a relationship that went wrong. People in love just act crazy and it’s not easy to fall out of love, but Lara’s exaggerated story smacks you right in the nose with the realization that the only thing you can actually do is to keep going. (Especially if you do not have a ghost that makes people do whatever you want in a real life.)
There is no point in denying that it is a chick lit. But if you read patiently and do not give up, in the end it is not too hard to notice that while you read on it morphed into an insightful and precious piece about respecting your elders, loving your family and making your dreams come true. And it is entirely up to you weather you want it to be silly detective love story or something more :)...more
It was so fast that it was slow. Too obvious, uneventful, straightforward.. (Young) adult themes processed in a way that doesn't really fit the bill aIt was so fast that it was slow. Too obvious, uneventful, straightforward.. (Young) adult themes processed in a way that doesn't really fit the bill and once again makes me wonder about who is the target audience for the book(s)? However, the dramatic ending made me want to know how it all ends - too bad it was not introduced earlier, it would be much more intriguing than searching for a "sexual predator" that roams the school halls :[...more
Gallagher Girls is the new Harry Potter. I’ve been hinting this from the beginning, but now I’m finally sure. Only the Good Spy Young is a delicious mGallagher Girls is the new Harry Potter. I’ve been hinting this from the beginning, but now I’m finally sure. Only the Good Spy Young is a delicious mix of adventure and romance, going through many (maybe all) of the stages HP books feature. Don’t be mistaken – this isn’t just a complicated way to express that I thought it wasn’t original. It was! All Ally’s books are unique and original and fun. The fact that it feels like a younger HP sibling is actually beyond remarkable.
Only the Good spy young is much better than Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover, the story is much more intriguing and developed. Ally’s writing remains to be the same (thank Goodness), the background spy stuff makes you want to run away from home and join your local spy school (there just has to be one, even if my letter from Hogwarts got lost, spy school is my backup now)
In this book it all gets really serious, the Circle of Cavan (Death Eaters) is after Cammie, it’s no more games and practice. Mr. Solomon is compromised as someone who had something to do with Cammie’s father’s death (remember Sirius?) and she has no idea what to think about it. New Covert Operations (Defense Against Dark Arts) teacher Mr. Townsand (Dolores Umbridge) takes over and sabotages the lectures. He’s making it clear that MI6 and CIA (Ministry of Magic) sent him to capture Mr. Solomon. Cammie has only one chance to find out what is going on - she has to follow the pigeons (spiders). Sneaking to Roseville (Hogsmeade) is necessary as always. When she finally finds out that she needs to break into Sublevel two (Chamber of Secrets) to find a jurnal (Tom Riddle’s diary) that will change everything, she knows that her loyal friends will stand by her side, help her go through the laser grid (Giant Chess) and mosaic riddle (potion riddle). Gilly’s Sword (Gryffindor sword) will shed light on many of the secrets Gallagher Academy (Hogwarts) keeps within it’s walls and for sure - Mrs. Buckingham (prof McGonnagal) will break one day and enlighten them about all that’s just been whispered about.
I’m just not sure what is Zach’s place in this story. But he’s hot and he jumps out of running trains and that counts for something right?
Ladies and gentleman, this is Gallagher Academy for exceptional young women. The coolest school out there (only Hogwarts can compete with that)...more
Not my genre I was seriously tempted to say I can’t rate this book because I don’t usually read this kind of books. But hey – I both loved and hated nuNot my genre I was seriously tempted to say I can’t rate this book because I don’t usually read this kind of books. But hey – I both loved and hated numerous books from genres which are unusual for me. Sooo: The Summer I Turned Pretty wasn’t so good that I could give 3* but it wasn’t so bad that I could give 2*. You see what a dilemma? Lets make it 2,5*
“Belly measures time in summers” That’s about it. Its all about summer. About spending your holiday in a summer house doing nothing. Do not expect some elaborate plot which could be described in a few paragraphs. It’s a compilation of all the summers Belly lived through – retrospectively and in no obvious order. And that gave me headaches – I just couldn’t keep track of what was happening “now”, what was a memory when Belly was eight, fourteen or eleven. It just might be the perfect beach-read for sunny days at the seaside. But it’s the same as a summer vacation, at first its great, but after a week of sunbathing and swimming it gets old and boring pretty fast, just like dozen Belly’s summers in this book. It tries so much be nostalgic and dreamy and realistic that it ends up shallow and boring.
Ordinary life Majority of the plot is just about Belly being teased by her brother or the two boys next door – one of them being her ultimate crush. A crush that acts all grownup, broody and inaccessible (and like a jerk). We get to know who was Belly’s first kiss, first boyfriend, who was the first to break her heart. There are all the moments when Conrad looks at her strangely, then ignores her, then touches her and acts jealous only to make a point that she's only a child to him and he doesn’t care at all about her. For me the hot and cold treatment (more cold than hot, to be honest) lacked chemistry. Even the dialogues were mild and just OK. There was the subplot about divorce and cancer which was probably supposed to serve as some kind of real-life-break-from-the-romance-overload anchor and an ultimate excuse for everyone acting the way they were. I just couldn’t relate to anyone and Conrad – the main (but not the only one) love interest gave me the creeps - his attitude was pure unbelievable.
The verdict If you like this genre and if you are looking for a light summer read, probably give it a shot. If you are like me, demanding at all times and this contemporary summer romance does not appeal to you right away, go for something else. For example Anna and the French Kiss is an amazing novel which has it all....more
I’ve read Fallen not more than a week ago and I’ve already forgot about a half of the plot along with the character names. Some self-preservation mechI’ve read Fallen not more than a week ago and I’ve already forgot about a half of the plot along with the character names. Some self-preservation mechanism I guess. I’m not saying it’s the worst book that has seen the light of the day, my rating just reflects how enjoyable the reading was for me. Yeah. Not. Enjoyable. At. All.
I can’t give point for characters, plot, narrating, premise, ending. Actually I think I’m not able to find any positives and that’s infuriating, because a medicated girl seeing shadows sent to a reform school (secret code for a mad house) full of challenged teenagers had such a potential! Unfortunately all the possible coolness was buried under unnecessary unrealistically overdone dramatic surrounding consisting of gothic school full of cameras with graveyard for serving detention and a pool inside of an old cathedral. Did I mention that some of the students wore monitoring devices giving shocks?
Ad some clichés, two hot guys fighting over the main heroine, accusing one another of not being good for her (obviously we all knew who was the right for her), half of the school secretly knowing about their timeless incredibly romantic ehm... let’s call it a “relationship” – because some unwritten rule about how many characters at once can hide their supernatural heritage and identity was broken and fate of all the world was depending on romantic affair of two incredibly boring people one of them being a regular stalker Googling a guy she’s just met like crazy.
I’m not trying to be bitter or mean - I do regret those hours of my life spent over this book, but not as much as screwing up my carefully built GR rating average. (It did suffer a major blow because of Fallen)
spoilerish For crying out loud – even an adult can get baptized – wouldn’t that solve all her problems? If you tell me Luce gets baptized first thing after getting off that plane, I’ll go up whole one star! end of spoilerish
Review dedicated to a reading buddy of mine with the best approach to “challenged books” :) I envy you. Now I see I'm not capable of that....more
Craziest Book Ive ever read. Its like wicked Alice in Wonderland variation for teenagers who think they have seen it all; but this book will certainlyCraziest Book I´ve ever read. It´s like wicked Alice in Wonderland variation for teenagers who think they have seen it all; but this book will certainly prove them wrong. It´s very funny, violent, disturbing, steamy and did I mention that it´s crazy?
I have to agree with all those negative - almost hateful - reviews but I liked it nevertheless. I hated Alice in Wonderland but I really liked Bleeding Violet, don´t ask me why, I don´t really know. Maybe that some scenes made my eyes water with laughter laced with incredulity.
And it was one hell of a ride, even if it took abou 300 pages to get to the point of main plot line. How many books have psychotic heroines who paint the walls with their own blood? ...more