Okay, so I liked this one a tad more than I liked Wake. But only because it actually had some semblance of a plot and the writing was a bit tighter.
IOkay, so I liked this one a tad more than I liked Wake. But only because it actually had some semblance of a plot and the writing was a bit tighter.
If only the plot wasn’t so fucking ridiculous and outlandish. I get that this is a paranormal book, so some disbelief is required, but it is just so far removed from reality.
(view spoiler)[Police work is left up to a teenage couple that operate solely on hunches and instinct. Dreams are accurate, relevant, and are counted as evident. Teachers are able to have annual bacchanals with students, without the students ever breathing a word. Every male teacher is a fucking rapist. I just….I just…no. (hide spoiler)].
And there was no suspense. McMann really needs to learn how to employ a red-herring every now and again. It got to the point where I thought the actual bad guy was the red-herring just because it was so boringly and straight-forwardly him.
And Janie and Cabel need to take a chill pill. My God, you would think with all their responsibilities they would be a little less moody. Well, at least there isn’t a love triangle.
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When I read Derting's The Body Finder, I was not impressed. After reading the start of her second series....I am still not impressed.
The marketing isWhen I read Derting's The Body Finder, I was not impressed. After reading the start of her second series....I am still not impressed.
The marketing is all there. Gorgeous cover, creative dystopian premise, the promise of romance....All of this is very in right now. Unfortunately.
The weakest part of The Pledge was the world-building. As a dystopian, it was very weak. There is no reason for this world, no how, no why. Supposedly, it was set sometime in the future, as it alludes to current cities, but no world I know would end up like this. This world has magic powers, evil queens, lost princesses, and hidden princes. Sounds like a fantasy, right? Perhaps thats what it should have been: a fantasy. As a dystopian, there are too many logic gaps, which Derting doesn't even begin to explain. Where do the powers come from? What's their purpose? Why the matrilineal monarchy? It's possible she'll get around to it later, but I doubt that. I believe she's hoping we'll just close our eyes and go along with it.
What originally was an intriguing concept, the idea of languages being barriers, soon got mushed into typical YA tropes. The book was basically set up for a romance, one I didn't particularly enjoy. The main character, Charlie (love that name for girls, btw), is a level-headed enough girl in the beginning but quickly dissolves at the first sign of a hunk. It goes as far as there is bombs going off, and Charlie doesn't know if her parents are alive, but all she can focus on is being jealous of some innocent hand-holding. Really, now. And sure Max is good-looking, but he's borderline stalker, and he always tries to get the narrator to do things she doesn't want to do because he wants it for her. And his only excuse for this is he finds her "beautiful and intriguing." Charlie overall isn't particularly special, sure she's got powers, but she doesn't have much personality besides. Her most admirable trait is how much she cares for her sister. But I feel like whenever authors have a lack-luster character, they just make them caring or self-sacrificing, as if that's going to make up for a lack of personality. Derting's other characters were equally flat. They all had one, maybe two good traits, but they didn't feel like real people. Some characters were practically just names on the page.
The plot and writing was easy to slip into, and this book makes for a quick, absorbing read. The plot, while not entirely predictable from the get-go, had twists that smelled from a mile away. Still, it was satisfying to see my predictions come true. It makes me feel ahead of the game. Now that I look back on it, the book was fast-paced, but it wasn't particularly exciting and didn't have much action. The ending was also rather abrupt. As the pages drew closer to the end of the book, I was like "How is Derting going to finish this? We haven't even reached a climax yet..." Then it was over. And I was like "...that was it?" It just wrapped up rather quickly and safely, but there is more to come, this being a series and all.
And on a side note, I was immensely amused that the Queen, an elderly woman, had Darth Vader choking powers. I just wished she was more intimidating.
I have been a Caletti fan for a long time. She's an exceptional writer, and her books always have keen observations and a quirky, relatable cast of chI have been a Caletti fan for a long time. She's an exceptional writer, and her books always have keen observations and a quirky, relatable cast of characters. The Six Rules of Maybe was no exception. It was so adorably Caletti, but the problem was, it was nothing more than that. All I enjoyed about this book were the characters and writing.
The plot, unfortunately, was dull and meandering. The initial set-up is like an indulgent Lifetime movie, full of drama and potential family blow-outs. But Caletti actually treated the situation realistically, making the story true to life, but it felt robbed of its deliciousness. If the background cast of characters hadn't been so absorbing, there would be no meat to this novel. Caletti's strength lays in the development and personalities of her characters, making her books seem more like character-studies.
But I certainly did enjoy this novel. Scarlet, Hayden and Zeus (yes, I'm mentioning the dog) were adorable and flawed, and even the characters you weren't supposed to love, like Juliet, had redeemable qualities. This book is about personal costs and family. Is another person's happiness worth more than your own? Are nice people always doomed to be trod on by those more selfish?
So, in all honesty, 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the Caletti-ness of it, but it wasn't her best one. Strong on character, weak on plot....more
I wasn't blown away by Shiver, but that doesn't mean I wasn't eagerly waiting for Linger. I seem to be in the minIt's about time I write this review.
I wasn't blown away by Shiver, but that doesn't mean I wasn't eagerly waiting for Linger. I seem to be in the minority here, but I liked Linger more than I did Shiver.
I still don't understand Sam though. I've decided not call him gay anymore, because he makes it abundantly clear that he loves Grace. So instead, I will just call him feminine. I mean this boy 1. bakes bread 2. reads German poetry 3. writes sappy love songs 4. cooks 5. folds paper 6. is sensitive (aka moody). And not in the sexy-never-know-what-hes gonna-do way, but in the oh-no-hes-crying-again way. Seriously, this boy would get eaten alive in any high school. I still like Grace though. She's neat. Smart and savvy.
But I am glad its not just those two anymore. If I had to read another 350 paged sappy lovefest between those two, I wouldn't be able to take it. So I'm glad for the new POV of Isabel and Cole. I've always liked Isabel. She's ballsy but not invulnerable. I like how she isn't portayed as perfect. And then there's Cole....I won't even try to hide the crush I have on him. *shrugs* I have a thing for damaged rock stars. It was interesting to see the whole situation through their eyes. It kept the story fresh, and I didn't get confused when ever there was a shift in perspective. And I don't care much about Isabel and Cole as a couple. That's not really necessary.
And of course I was pissed at the parents. Not because they did what did in itself, but because they did it without precedent. Its kinda like when my mother let my dog run around the yard just after installing the electric fence. My dog was running around, not a care in the world, unaware that a few feet away was an underground wire that would shock her if she came near it. My dog was not aware that the boundry existed, which is why it was made all the more cruel when she got zapped.
The writing, as usual, was good. There is something so delicate about it that sets the mood for the story. The story would be absolutely suckish if the writing wasn't so good, which is probably why I was able to tolerate the slow pace.
So I liked it, and definitely have a few questions. Forever needs to come NOW. ...more
I do not understand this book. I do not understand the writing style. I do not understand the plot. And I sure as hell do not understand the appeal.
EI do not understand this book. I do not understand the writing style. I do not understand the plot. And I sure as hell do not understand the appeal.
Everything about this book was choppy, weird, and over in a blink of an eye. Come to think of it, it was reminiscent of a dream, the foggy kind you forget immediately upon waking.
The writing was unnecessarily blunt and in the 3rd person, both of which I consider poor writing decisions. I felt alienated from the story, and I never understood who was acting or who was speaking.
Janie and Cabel were both hot messes. One minute, they were giving each other longing glances, and the next they would huffily avoid each other. Their romance was just too immediate , and I wasn’t really invested in either of the characters enough to feel the sparks fly. McMann tried to make them deep with backstories that just made me go, “huh?”
And the plot. I do not even know what to think. Props for McMann for being original, I guess, but at least a formulaic plot is comprehensible. McMann’s plot was thin and rather ridiculous and it didn’t even BEGIN to answer any of my questions. Seriously, all it did was confuse me, and if the book wasn’t so quick to read, I wouldn’t have made it through.
I’ll read the sequels because they are right here in front of me. But I don't expect to enjoy them. ...more
Okay okay okay. When I first read this book, I loved it. I thought it was the best in the series (my bad, cycle), and that Paolini was truly visionaryOkay okay okay. When I first read this book, I loved it. I thought it was the best in the series (my bad, cycle), and that Paolini was truly visionary.
What the hell was I on?!
All the praise I had for this book has evaporated. It was a whole lotta bor.ing. My God, could it have been drawn on any longer? On average, there was like one page of plot for every seven pages of filler. Paolini tried to trick his reader's into being excited by throwing in random-ass action scenes. "Well, since the Varden is just sitting around and Eragan is having repetitive philosophical conversations, lets have Roran bash 200 heads in. And describe every single one!" Dear Lord, Paolini was trying to write this book in real time or something. I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW WHAT ERAGON HAD FOR BREAKFAST. I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW EVERY STEP IN MAKING A MYSTICAL SWORD. I DO NOT NEED ENDLESS DESCRIPTIONS OF PLACES WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN.
90% of this book was filler. And if you already know the 10% of plot beforehand, Brisingr is pretty much a snoozefest. But I guess I understand Paolini's reason for creating this brick though. It's clear he loves his world. Hey, it probably comforted him when he was busy not getting laid in high school. He just wants to share every bit of it, meanwhile showing off his developing writing skills. But it's important to know as a writer that details you find interesting might not be so for the readers. Sometimes, you just have to stick with the story, and suck it up. There's world building and there's being excessive.
I re-read Brisingr in preparation for Inheritance, which I have been waiting for a loooong time. But since I enjoyed Brisingr when it was fresh, chances are good I will enjoy Inheritance. I hope so, as it appears Paolini has saved all the plot for the last book. ...more
What to day about the Harry Potter books that hasn't already been said? Everyone will find something they enjoy in these books, as they are really harWhat to day about the Harry Potter books that hasn't already been said? Everyone will find something they enjoy in these books, as they are really hard to hate. Who knows how many avid readers these books have inspired? I've read this series multiple times throughout my childhood, and even thought the series is amazing overall, this one particular book has always been my least favorite. I don't know why. ...more
As the largest book in the entire series known for its enormous size, you have to have some respect for the author here. Rowling mentions herself in aAs the largest book in the entire series known for its enormous size, you have to have some respect for the author here. Rowling mentions herself in an interview that if she could go back and edit this particular book more, she would, and I can't blame her. Not my favorite in my series, but I am seriously glad I've read it not only once, but 3 times. ...more