The story of this book is an average (and forgettable) young adult romance in a dystopian setting.
It's the hilariously awful writing that truly standsThe story of this book is an average (and forgettable) young adult romance in a dystopian setting.
It's the hilariously awful writing that truly stands out. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
"He's more wrong than an upside-down rainbow" "Warner thinks Adam is a cardboard cutout of vanilla regurgitations" (What the hell does this even mean?) "My eyelashes trip into my eyebrows" "My jaw is dangling from my shoelace"
It was really hard to take this book seriously when I kept bursting out laughing at the metaphors every couple of pages....more
A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumblSummary Everything is in ruins.
A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.
So what does Araby Worth have to live for?
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.
But in the depths of the club--in the depths of her own despair--Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.
And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for--no matter what it costs her
It's kind of like... Frankly, the first thing that comes to mind is a Taylor Swift song.
Initial impression before reading This is one of those books where I saw the title and handed over my money. Didn't have to give it any thought.
First thoughts after last page This book might have been written for me.
Strong Points While I generally try to avoid YA romance, there's something irresistible to me about a love story set during a plague. The atmosphere is dark, beautiful and haunting, and the possibility of losing a favorite character at any time kept me turning the pages. I'm also a sucker for stories of rebellion.
I'm in love with this book, I made place for it on my favorite shelf before I even finished reading it. And if I hadn't rated it 5 stars already, it would have gotten a bonus star for making me go read Poe's original story after putting it down. Any book that compels me do further reading deserves some bonus points.
Weak Points Love triangle. The stupid cliché love triangle. I'm so tired of Young Adult books where the focus of the story is on a girl trying to choose between two men who are polar opposites. It would be nice to see something different for a change.
And the heroine is kind of useless for a good part of the story, but female characters usually fail to impress me anyway so that's no surprise.
Why did I read it? The title hooked me, I couldn't refuse.
Why should you read it? Even if you're not a fan of the genre, there's something different about the setting and tone of this book that's worth giving it a try....more
I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keepingBack Cover Summary Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
It's kind of like... It reminded me a bit of Ender's Game. The stories aren't similar, but there's something about it...
Initial impression before reading Curious. Very curious.
First thoughts after last page Not what I was expecting, but pretty awesome.
Strong Points I was really impressed by the world in the story. It seems like such a simple idea, but I've never read anything like it before. The plot was solid, the pacing was good throughout, and it was pleasant to read.
Weak Points This is common for me, but I didn't really find any of the characters relatable.
Why did I read it? It was in my GoodReads recommendations. I'm a big fan of dystopian fiction.
Why should you read it? A little science-fiction never hurt anyone....more
Back Cover Summary Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsomeBack Cover Summary Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.
As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.
And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
It's kind of like... Twilight. A lot like Twilight.
Initial impression before reading Why did I buy this?
First thoughts after last page Seriously, why did I buy this?
Strong Points The last third of the book was much better than the first two thirds. The story only got (mildly) interesting to me once it stepped away from the typical high school romance scene.
Mara. The only character with an actual personality.
Weak Points Dangerous supernatural bad boy falls in love with plain boring girl.
Frankly, I didn't find any of the main characters appealing or relatable at all and there was nothing here I haven't seen before.
Why did I read it? To get it off my shelf. I was also mislead into believing that there would be some sort of Alice in Wonderland thing going on. False.
Why should you read it? If you're in the mood for a YA paranormal romance story that very much resembles Twilight in almost every way......more
Back Cover Summary Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did hBack Cover Summary Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life
It's kind of like... A typical YA paranormal romance
Initial impression before reading This could be good
First thoughts after last page That was better than I expected
Strong Points This was a well-written story. The pacing is good, it's easy to get sucked in, the plot makes sense and the dialogue is actually good. A male MC also gets bonus points from me every time.
Mainly, the romance aspect was just creepy to me.
There were some other little details that irritated me, but I enjoyed the story enough to overlook the small things so I'm not going to rant about it. Some of the characters didn't really serve any purpose.
Why did I read it? Pretty cover. And a high GR rating.
Why should you read it? Well, if you like YA and paranormal romance, I guess this will fit right in....more