I was going to push through and finish Brightly Woven, but in the end I realised I truly didn't care about these characters and their story. I have yeI was going to push through and finish Brightly Woven, but in the end I realised I truly didn't care about these characters and their story. I have yet to find a recent YA fantasy book that I enjoy, and Brightly Woven has confirmed once again that the genre simply does not work for me. The world building is too light, the story run-of-the-mill, and the characters lack depth and complexity. The 150-ish pages I read felt like one long chain of random events that did not seem all that related to the main conflict. ...more
Monstrous isn't a bad book, but it's not one I enjoy. The writing is strangely complex even though the target audience is middle gradDNF at 120 pages.
Monstrous isn't a bad book, but it's not one I enjoy. The writing is strangely complex even though the target audience is middle grade. I don't believe in dumbing down writing for kids, but when even adults don't recognise the word, it's simply not the right word. It doesn't help that I just know what's going to happen, and it's taking the story too long to get there. There was too much romance, the writing was too awkward, and the story was lacking.
Some quotes from my ARC (which are subject to change in the final version):
Still, my growing uneasiness about the palace does not abate. That strange vision with its disconcerting familiarity has only made it worse.
Guilt calcified into a hard point in my stomach.
The boy steps out of the alley not ten feet from me, closing the gap further. My breath stutters as though a lump prevents it from passing. Is this a normal reaction for a girl surprised by a boy? Everything in me screams it is.
Before I can think better of it, my hand traces the line of his jaw. I want to commit every facet of his face to memory.
Remember, this is supposed to be middle grade fiction, not YA or an adult romance. The language simply does not fit....more
Unlovely is not a bad book, but it never came to life for me. We have a small-town setting with a rather backward mentality, and a prestigiDNF at 30%.
Unlovely is not a bad book, but it never came to life for me. We have a small-town setting with a rather backward mentality, and a prestigious ballet school on the cliffs close to it. The characters seem to be defined by their role rather than any personality of themselves. The village people think the ballet people are greedy arrogant bastards, and the ballet people don't even give the village people a glance. The stereotypes were tiring.
What irked me is how the ballerinas are described - sure, as a ballarina, you're probably not obese. But the constant glorifying of their "willowy" and "tiny" figures, and their small bony hands holding great strength, grated on my nerves. Maybe in the super-high international ballets you're still required to be near-anorexic, but in many professional ballets the women are of a normal, healthy figure.
I didn't read far enough for something particularly thrilling to happen, so I can't say anything about the plot....more
Gross and mean. I don't like reading about monsters just minding their own business and some dude chopping its wings off so it slowly and painfully blGross and mean. I don't like reading about monsters just minding their own business and some dude chopping its wings off so it slowly and painfully bleeds to death. I'm not for hunting for sport, and How to Bag a Jabberwock is exactly that, only fantasy style....more
After reading Mansfield Park with some other bloggers, we thought it would be fun to read a modern YA retelling of Mansfield Park, The Trouble with FlAfter reading Mansfield Park with some other bloggers, we thought it would be fun to read a modern YA retelling of Mansfield Park, The Trouble with Flirting.
Sadly, this show again why I don't read YA contemporary. I'm sure there are great contemporary books out there - but usually I can't stand the main character. If the biggest problem in your life is what shirt to wear to school, I just can't relate to you, even though at nineteen I'm still fairly close to the intended audience for these books.
The main character in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park Fanny is a loving, nervous, sweet and self-deprecating girl with the softest temper you've ever seen. Franny, The Trouble with Flirting is absolutely nothing like Fanny. She struts around life, being judgemental inside but nice on the outside, feeling sorry for herself for all the wrong reasons.
To be very honest here, I quit reading at 16%, which would translate into page 53 of a paperback version. It's not even that I hate this book so much, it's just that I see where this is going and I know I'm not going to enjoy this. I gave The Trouble with Flirting a chance to hook me, and it failed to do that.
My main problem with this book is the main character Franny. She's mean, and sometimes just plain weird. When she's on a plane we're told
I haven't flown much on my own - okay, the truth is I've never flown at all - and I get a little thrill looking out the window when we take off and land and smiling mysteriously at the middle-aged man sitting next to me. I wonder if he thinks I'm cute and is glad he's sitting next to me and not someone old and fat. We don't ever talk, other than "excuse me" when our elbows bump, so I never find out.
When I hear "middle-aged", I'm seeing her sitting next to this.
Ehm... YOU'RE FLIRTING WITH SOME GUY THAT COULD BE YOUR GRANDFATHER.
THIS IS NOT OKAY.
Also, "glad he's sitting next to me and not someone old and fat". Really? My grandmother is very old and used to be quite fat. She was one of the sweetest people ever, and every Stallone should be glad for sitting next to her. STOP BEING SO JUDGEMENTAL and just plain mean.
More meanness ensues.
Of course, it's possible she leads a much more exciting personal life than we're aware of, but after spending today with her, I kind of doubt it. Which makes me feel tender toward her. Poor Aunt Amelia. Stuck in this small, plain apartment, sewing costumes for other people to wear all day long. (Emphasis mine)
No. Just no. What the hell is this? Franny is dissing about 90% of humanity in a few sentences. You know, this is what people call working. Sitting somewhere, doing stuff for other people and at the end of the month get money. Franny should try it sometime - but she doesn't. On her first day at her summer job, she takes the first chance to run away from her aunt to smooch with some other teens. I can't believe someone would actually think of paying Franny for being there.
Couple that with some bad writing, including this gem.
I feel funny, though: I'm not one of them. But I'm sort of one of them. But I'm not one of them. Like that.
Well, if that wouldn't give Austen a coronary, I have no idea what would.
So nope, The Trouble with Flirting isn't for me. I should have known when at page five Franny started complaining about how all the rich kids at her school did all these fancy programs during summer, while Franny had to work (yuck!). I went to a high-school too where all the lawyer's and doctor's kids went, and I never once felt sorry for myself that I had less money. I can't identify with Franny even if my life depended on it, and if I knew her in real life I'd think her a total bitch....more
Tried 20% of the book, which is around a hundred pages.
Eh. Just couldn't get into the world. The "evils" are so annoyingly evil, and Agatha's obsessioTried 20% of the book, which is around a hundred pages.
Eh. Just couldn't get into the world. The "evils" are so annoyingly evil, and Agatha's obsession with Sophie was a bit weird. The school reminded me a bit too much of Hogwarts, with the warnings of not going into the forest and stuff. Was really looking forward to this book, but it's not for me....more
The blandest bland of bland bland. Sheesh. When a writer writes as many books as Ms Roberts does, it can go two ways. They can either be all unique anThe blandest bland of bland bland. Sheesh. When a writer writes as many books as Ms Roberts does, it can go two ways. They can either be all unique and great (of course there'll be some bad apples, but they all have the same amount of spirit) or they just turn into each other. It seems that Morrigan's Cross is one of the same-samey books. There is absolutely nothing interesting the book to me. It's the most boring paranormal book I have ever tried to read. Stopped at about eighty pages in when the lead female almost had an orgasm because a dude spoke Irish. I like accents just as much as any other girl, but not that much....more
I can't take any more... This review is only based on the first 160 pages of the book. Maybe Mila 2.0 all of a sudden gets super awesome on page 161 -I can't take any more... This review is only based on the first 160 pages of the book. Maybe Mila 2.0 all of a sudden gets super awesome on page 161 - I have no idea. All I know is that I don't want to waste my precious reading time on this book.
For me it almost felt like Mila 2.0 tried to collect all the young-adult clichés. Unrealistic high-school behaviour? Check. So-called best friend that in reality a psychotic bitch that actually almost killed you but apparently NO ONE sees this? Check. Boy that barely talks because awkward silences and staring ahead is totally connecting with someone? Check. Falling in love (love - not lust) in the space of two days? Check. Fear more about leaving the boy you love (and know for the insanely long while of one week) behind than losing your life? Check.
I was really looking forward to reading Mila 2.0 because lately science-fiction YA has been really good for me. With books like Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer or What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang, my expectations for this girl android story were high. Sadly, Mila doesn't even come near the awesomeness of Cinder (who is technically a cyborg - she's still part human, whereas Mila is supposedly fully synthetic).
Mila. If Mila had been kind-of okay then I would probably have finished the book for her sake. Instead, she should come with a huge stamp on her head stating "too stupid to live" in big capital letters. Seriously. It has been a while since I've read a heroine that rubbed me the wrong way this much. She just doesn't make any sense, especially in the context of the story. Basically, Mila is an android robot programmed as secret weapon; she's insanely strong. They gave her human feelings so she could fit in.
Why in the hells below and heavens above would scientists program a secret weapon to behave like a petulant, unpredictable and overly emotional teenager?
Mila's feelings are all over the place. One moment she's overwhelmed by finding out that she's an android and she spends her time crying, the other moment she runs off to go to school because that's a great thing to do when the army is after you and you're supposed to keep a low profile. None of her emotions or actions seemed rational or even realistic at all. When her mom tells her about who and what she is, instead of hearing her mom out she gets the information bit by bit, either because her mom is telling her that she's not ready yet, or because she's telling her mom that she doesn't want to hear it yet. I feel like there is absolutely no other reason for this spreading of information, other than that the author was scared of info-dumping. I get that - but pulling out the story for a hundred pages to avoid giving the reader too much information at once is even worse.
Mila, her mom, Hunter the love interest, Kaylee the best friend... Not a single one of these characters have redeeming qualities. They're all obnoxious for their own reasons, and I don't feel like continuing to read their story at all.
At the point I stopped reading Mila was finally on the run with mom, so probably the story becomes more interesting at this point, or at least more action-packed.
Mila 2.0 was not the book for me. I know a lot of people did enjoy it though, so if I haven't turned you off and you don't mind Mila acting crazy sometimes, you might enjoy Mila 2.0....more
Unfinished at about a hundred pages. Didn't feel like there was any point in continuing the book, since there is barely any story. There are about tenUnfinished at about a hundred pages. Didn't feel like there was any point in continuing the book, since there is barely any story. There are about ten or twenty characters, that all get tiny pieces of text with some random scenes. The form and style might be a great way of expressing the fragmentary existence in a city like New York, but as a reader it's boring. There is no time to get used to a character or even a scene. Most of the dialogue is written phonetically which makes it even more inaccessible. I'm sure Manhattan Transfer has some literary worth, but reading it front to cover seems like a rather pointless exercise. ...more