"My father once told me that all you needed to hurt someone is a single word, said just wrong enough. Anybody is capable of enormous harm, anyone with"My father once told me that all you needed to hurt someone is a single word, said just wrong enough. Anybody is capable of enormous harm, anyone with a mouth or a hand to write with."
I will start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by Dangerous Lies right from the start. Fitzpatrick's previous books were not among my favoI will start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by Dangerous Lies right from the start. Fitzpatrick's previous books were not among my favourites I must admit, but this one I liked straight away. Apart from the unputdowanable element that exist in all of Fitzpatrick's books regardless whether you enjoy them or not, Dangerous Lies does not really depend upon mystery and suspense aspects but more on character development, and that is what I think was missing from Fitzpatrick's previous work. We could see Stella's transition to a mature and grown up individual throughout the whole book. Her relationship with Carmina, who I must say was my favourite character, was very well written without resorting to cliches and the inevitable sappiness. The romance element was still present, this time featuring a male character so different from Fitzpatrick's Patch or Mason. Chet is as casual and chilled as they come and that's what I loved about him. He was not over the top or dominating in any way. He is just a good looking guy who falls in love with a girl he meets over the summer. It may sound plain but if you ask me, normality was a breath of fresh air compared to all the over exaggerated romantic relationships in YA I'm so tired of. Secondary characters were not left in the background either, each one of them different and distinct, playing an important part in the story (see Carmina). What I would have liked however was a better ending. I felt a bit unsatisfied in the end and slightly disappointed at how everything wrapped up so quickly. I would have preferred the bad guys to be as bad as advertised and not just some run of the mill thugs who just popped in to finish the story. Those of you who are sceptical about Fitzpatrick's books, don't be: Dangerous Lies will definitely appeal to you. I really hope Fitzpatrick will write more books like this in the future....more
What a disappointment! I was so looking forward to reading this because a)Carrie Ryan b)revenge, and I feel so let down and actually kinda sad.
Plot hoWhat a disappointment! I was so looking forward to reading this because a)Carrie Ryan b)revenge, and I feel so let down and actually kinda sad.
Plot holes in this book were the size of my head (and that says a lot!). Apart from the original back story which is completely non-believable by itself, there were other separate small parts that added even more to its unbelievability. First, why Frances changed her identity and became Libby? To save herself? Um Libby was on the ship as well. So what difference does it make if she is Frances or Libby? If the bad men coming after her was the problem, they would come after either Frances or Libby. Also, when Frances was saved everyone on the rescue team saw Cecil crying over his daughter's dead body. It didn't occur to either of them that so many people have been witnesses to the actual Libby dying? Lawwwww-gic!
As far as the revenge part is concerned, let me clarify: there was none. What Frances wanted was to get back with Grey, a guy she met on the ship. She only knew him for 4 days (maybe less) but Frances felt an all consuming love for him, even though, according to her, he was responsible for the attack on the ship. But really, what do 300+ lives matter in the face of true love eh? We get to read about how Frances wanted him even after all these years and how excited she got when she felt him naked on the other side of a bathroom door (eye roll). Also, for a girl whose family was murdered and who is so hell bent on revenge preparing herself and doing extensive research for 4 years, she full on sucked at it. From the moment she returned from Europe she kept making these stupid mistakes in an effort to hide her true identity that you had to be really stupid not to notice. Important facts would come up and she would sound surprised that none of that came up on her research. Well, did you do any? Like, at all? There was absolutely no character development. Shepard and Cecil's character were like non existent, no point being in the book. We got no background on Senator's or Grey's lives and the "revelation" about some eco group something or other was ridiculous.
I just can't believe that Carrie Ryan of The Forest of Hands and Teeth wrote this. Bummer....more
I was wondering whether to give this one 2 or 3 stars. The story was overall fine, had no problems with it, apart from the fact that I realised very eI was wondering whether to give this one 2 or 3 stars. The story was overall fine, had no problems with it, apart from the fact that I realised very early on who the bad guy was, but that has more to do with me being paranoid than the book being predictable. That being said, characters were horrible to say the least. The lead, Britt-outrageously gullible, naive and borderline moronic at times. She came off as completely immature emotionally, which is understandable considering she herself admitted to living a very comfortable, sheltered life, always relying on her dad and brother for everything. She changed her feelings about the guys in the book more times that I care to remember and in general, she wasn't the type of girl I could look up to or relate or feel for. Her best friend Korbie-was a complete idiot and treated Britt very badly and Britt was fully aware of it and still called her her best friend. Love interest (?)- I didn't mind him, mostly because I expected the worst (hello Patch!) I think considering the story's premise and the role he had to play, he was OK. The ending for me was very weak also, focusing more on the love story and completely brushing off the impact of the events on Britt's life. For example (view spoiler)[ we never found out what happened to Korbie, the alleged best friend, after being knocked unconscious in the cabin, her family's reaction, especially after mentioning Calvin's and Korbie's dad so many times (what a royal douche, btw), and in general Britt's feelings and thoughts after losing her childhood friends in such a horrific way. Maybe I'm asking too much but I don't find it all that believable that after finding out your ex boyfriend is a murderer and losing your best friend, three pages of watching TV and a morning run can cut it. (hide spoiler)] All in all, I was grateful that I didn't have to deal with yet another abusive relationship like in Hush Hush and that the story was OK but Fitzpatrick's characters still need some serious work. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I wanted to love it so badly and I'm really sorry but I guess it wasn't for me. I found it a tad pretentious (have you met a lot of teenage boys recitI wanted to love it so badly and I'm really sorry but I guess it wasn't for me. I found it a tad pretentious (have you met a lot of teenage boys reciting Camus? Let's get real.) which made the characters not relatable and the story not believable. I may try other moskowitz books in the future, but this one just didn't do it for me...more
Very well written with a carefully thought out original story that kept me interested till the last pages(this book is looong!) But I was expectin3,5/5
Very well written with a carefully thought out original story that kept me interested till the last pages(this book is looong!) But I was expecting more action and not so much a description of people's everyday lives which was fine, don't get me wrong, but because the book was long, almost half of it was really really slow. It's such a shame, especially when there are so many different kinds of paranormal in there, wolves, vamps, weather elements (yes,it's true!) even magic ponies!! (true again) Hope the next one has a lot more things going on and a lot more Meg-Simon action....more
It's always awkward to try to explain how you feel about a book that's been praised SO much. While Pushing the Limits was certainly not a bad book, IIt's always awkward to try to explain how you feel about a book that's been praised SO much. While Pushing the Limits was certainly not a bad book, I can't say that I fully see the appeal.
I mostly struggled with Echo. Starting the book I thought she was gonna be this deep, serious about what happened to her, character. And in part she was, but sometimes it was mind blowing to me how superficial and shallow she was. All the talks about the dances and popularity and the so called 'normal', didn't really match the grief and pain and claimed she always carried with her. Personally, I can't understand why sitting at the popular kids table meant so much to her after everything she went through.
I think Noah's character was more realistic, even though I wasn't into the whole bad-stoner type of guy at all. But his story just touched me more than Echo's, because I could sense his helplessness and despair throughout his chapters, how lonely he felt after what happened to his parents and losing everyone. His transformation was gradual which made it more believable, whereas Echo's, because she basically had no recollection of why she felt the way she felt and that's why she found it so hard to find a way to fight it, happened instantly as as soon as she remembered and that was only at the end of the book. In 10 pages or less she forgave everyone, people she was convincing the reader to despise throughout the book, and moved on. I kinda felt cheated by her in the end, to be honest, almost regretting feeling for her.
That being said, I found myself devouring every page of Pushing the Limits and reading it in record time(for my standards!), even though some of it earned some well deserved eye rolls....more
Words cannot express what I really feel about these books. From the first to the last-amazeballs! Go grab them now, this series is beyond epic. In myWords cannot express what I really feel about these books. From the first to the last-amazeballs! Go grab them now, this series is beyond epic. In my top 5, for sure!...more
What made the first book for me, is what completely ruined the second one: America. Her behaviour and way of thinking were unjustifiably awful, neverWhat made the first book for me, is what completely ruined the second one: America. Her behaviour and way of thinking were unjustifiably awful, never once thinking about other people but only of herself. One minute Maxon did something she didn't like, she wanted to leave and marry Aspen who was always there for her and right for her from the start. When Aspen does something she doesn't like (or when Maxon does something good), pff Aspen was never for her, Maxon is the perfect guy. And that didn't just happen once, but many many times, practically having her leading each guy on throughout the whole book. Plus, we still have no idea about who the Rebels and what they want from the royal family, just that they like to attack the palace on occasion and that's it basically *eye roll* Nowhere near as good as the first one, what a shame....more
This is semi-read. Not even semi-read, more like partially read. I got the infamous 100page sneak peak from NetGalley (like eeeeeveryone else, since tThis is semi-read. Not even semi-read, more like partially read. I got the infamous 100page sneak peak from NetGalley (like eeeeeveryone else, since the site was down for more than a day because of it-not kidding). So, I won't rate it because simply I haven't finished it.
The first 100 pages were really good. Very interesting and original story in an overall great setting. I have one problem, though. I can't stand pretentious writing in YA, or in any genre for that matter. I just can't. I don't want to sound like a total jerk because Victoria Schwab seems like an awesome person, but in both her books there are some parts, albeit very few, that made me cringe because they seem so out of place and awkward in a YA novel. Like Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi with all the crossed out words and all that. Not digging that writing at all. It comes off weird, like the authors are trying too much to be something they aren't. Anyway, that's just me. Bottom line : if I get my hands on Archived when it gets out, I don't mind reading the rest of it....more
Cons I think this series has crossed over to boring territory. In fact not only boring, but kinda bad as well. I am sick and tiPros Quick, summer read
Cons I think this series has crossed over to boring territory. In fact not only boring, but kinda bad as well. I am sick and tired of all the accusations, which you know by the end of the book are gonna be proven wrong, and for the author to try to convince you they won't, is futile. I don't like the way Emma treats people she thinks killed her sister and then when she finds out they didn't (duh) she's like "Oh. Really? In retrospect, I had no evidence whatsoever, even though in my mind you were a cold blooded killer. Oh well. Friends? " So that's not happening for me. Also I am not convinced at all by the huge reveal in the end. If anything, I was like "What????Are you kidding me? You can't be serious!" And it was exactly that, not serious and stupid. I guess I'll read the next one, but I am not sure from then on....more
I remember reading Sirenz last year and thinking what an awesome, funny story it is, you can swallow it whole in one sitting. Well, if possible, SirenI remember reading Sirenz last year and thinking what an awesome, funny story it is, you can swallow it whole in one sitting. Well, if possible, Sirenz Back In Fashion is even better!
What I like about Bennardo & Zaman's writing is how light it is. In an industry such as the YA industry which is filled with dark, gloomy and haunting paranormal books, Sirenz Back In Fashion certainly stands out as unbelievably refreshing and vivacious. Nothing wrong with the more somber paranormal whatsoever, God knows I read tons of them. But at some point you just want to take a break and relax and have fun while reading. SBIF was the perfect book for that and it practically fulfilled a need I didn't know I had.
This time around, the duo consisting of Shar and Meg split: Shar operates in the Underworld, while Meg remains in the city. They get caught in Hade's web who, with a carefully laid plan, has the girls on his beg and call once again. Hades tries to seduce Shar in the land down under (literally) while Meg frantically tries to find a way to rescue Shar and get rid of Hades once and for all.
Shar's trip to the Underworld-hilarious! See, that's what I'm talking about. Not ridiculous and completely unserious, but funny and witty. We got to meet a lot of new characters and find out that Charon, god of Death, is a cranky dude, Aglaia, the one who stirs Charon's boat, likes flashy, girly stuff and that Castor is a total hottie. I really enjoyed Shar's chapters, admittedly more than Meg's. Every encounter she has with Hades is brilliant and honestly, I don't understand why she hasn't yielded to his charms already, he is so unbelievably awesome!
Lot of things change in the end of book 2, so that leaves us with a whole bunch of new characters in book 3 and some surprising plot twists which I'm already trying to figure out. Amazing, funny and clever, Sirenz Back In Fashion was all I expected it to be and more. Pick this series up now! Perfect summer read. ...more