I should have run the other way as soon as I saw the cover and read the description, but it's been such a long time since I actually reviewed a boo2/5
I should have run the other way as soon as I saw the cover and read the description, but it's been such a long time since I actually reviewed a book that I'd been sent for review (unsolicited) and I was in the mood for a light and fluffy read . . . Well, that's exactly what this book is: fluff. I felt like I was actually using less brain cells to read this book than I would have had I been watching an episode of The Bachelor. For some people that's not such a bad thing at all. After all, reading is a portal to another life, an escape from reality. But. I just could not connect at all. I'm only disappointed in myself because I knew exactly what I was walking into. One look at the cover and you should know what's in store for you. Now that that's out of the way, let's go a bit deeper.
'Signs Point to Yes' follows Jane, whose plans to spend the entire summer following graduation from high school writing Doctor Who crossover fan fiction are short-lived when her mum has other plans for her, namely, an internship at the place where she works. In order to avoid this, she decides to pick up a babysitting job instead. Unfortunately, that means she will regularly have to bump heads with the super hot but sort of awkward/dorky lifeguard with whom she used to be friends, Teo. Which is only a bad thing because his best friend REALLY hates her. Drama ensues.
I couldn't bother to work on a better summary of the book. These characters did nothing for me. I could not relate to them (which may have had something to do with the third-person narrative) and I found all their decisions and actions silly and juvenile. I could not believe how much blushing was in this book. The romance between Jane and Teo was blatantly shoved in our faces by the amount of blushing that went on. Mind you, I love a good story involving sexual tension where you're basically melting from frustration because CAN'T THEY JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY? But I don't know. In this book, it was just... lackluster, and maybe that has something to do with the fact that they're such boring cliche characters.
Now let's talk about Ravi, Teo's best friend. Please tell me I'm not the only one who believed wholeheartedly that he has a massive crush on Teo and would do anything to have babies with him. I'm obviously not a guy but I have a hard time believing their friendship is just a friendship. I was so sure that there would be a big reveal, where Ravi confesses that he is actually gay and loves Teo, but I was sorely disappointed. Also, his reasoning for hating Jane was laughable. I'm sure there is a guy out there just like Ravi and let me tell you, he is one guy I hope never to meet because he's a massive tool. The only redemptive factor was his dedication to Teo, but again... I'm betting that he's secretly harbouring fantasies involving an alternate reality where they get together.
While we're at it, let's mention the "perfect" big sister Margo. Now, I also have a "perfect" big sister (seems like all big sisters are the "perfect" one). Which is fine. And this is probably where I had the most potential to really relate to Jane. Because I understand what it's like to be the lesser of the two and feeling like you're unable to meet expectations by comparison. Turns out Margo has a secret of her own. I like that this secret brings the sisters closer together, but I don't feel like the issue was explored completely. At the big reveal their parents seemed to brush it off, which kind of went against everything that the girls had implied from the beginning: that the parents would blow up.
Maybe I'm just too old to appreciate 'Signs Point to Yes'. I feel like maybe tweens will like this, but I refuse to believe that anyone their age would act in the same way. The dialogue was also quite stale, and there was a lot of telling involved (a big writing no-no!). I gave this book an honest try, and I even ended up finishing it which I think is a big achievement on my part.
Let me ask my magic 8 ball: Would I recommend this book? Not likely. (Only if you're really young, like <15 years, and/or you're looking for shallow fluff.)...more
Ugh. The version I got (through a seller on AbeBooks) smells horrible. Not "old book" smell but just gross storage mouldy/smoky smell. I've changed myUgh. The version I got (through a seller on AbeBooks) smells horrible. Not "old book" smell but just gross storage mouldy/smoky smell. I've changed my mind: I'll be getting these new 2012 Phoenix covers. Even though I prefer the cover I own I have to draw a line with second hand books. I guess I'll just donate it......more
I actually came across this title yesterday or the day before, and it just didn't appeal to me. Thanks to Hachette (Hodder & Stoughton) for the reI actually came across this title yesterday or the day before, and it just didn't appeal to me. Thanks to Hachette (Hodder & Stoughton) for the review copy, but meh.
For any Aussie residents: to swap or pay for postage, if you want this book....more
One question: Do I need to read the first book to get into this one? Do I need to read BLUE BLOODS to enjoy this? I really don't know where this coverOne question: Do I need to read the first book to get into this one? Do I need to read BLUE BLOODS to enjoy this? I really don't know where this cover (UK) is going. It confuses me. :P
I am kind of speechless right now. STORM was good. Really good. My only comfort at this moment is knowing that we w4.5/5
Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God.
I am kind of speechless right now. STORM was good. Really good. My only comfort at this moment is knowing that we won't have to wait a full year for the next book, just until September. DERP!
STORM starts off with a fight. Becca is heading to her car late one night after self-defence class when she comes across a few big guys beating up another guy. Having always done what she felt was right, Becca saves the guy's life. His name is Chris, one of the highly acknowledged Merrick brothers at school. What follows is a series of events where Becca gets caught up in a twisted state of affairs. The Merrick brothers are what is known as Elementals, people who have a higher connection to the elements. Which means they're dangerous, because they can control these elements and cause wide-spread chaos, such as earthquakes and tornadoes. Every single natural disaster has occurred by the hand of an Elemental, and that is why they are marked for death by the Guides. And when history tries to settle the score, things get messy.
In among all this, Becca has internal struggles in finding herself again and coming to terms with past traumas; in her growing feelings for Chris and the mysterious new boy at school, Hunter; and also in coming to terms with the reappearance of her father.
I am not a paranormal fan, but I love anything to do with the Elements (Avatar!).
+ That first chapter is full of win. + I freaking LOVE all the characters! For a paranormal YA, this book was highly complex and had some great character development going on. Especially with Becca. She is so well fleshed out and her emotions felt so very realistic. + Brotherrrrrrrrrrrr relationships! Yay!!! It will warm your heart and make you laugh and feel the complexities in the Merrick family and how they've had to live with only each other. + The roooooooomance! There is a bit of bad romance, but then we have the good romance too. See love triangle below. Triangles aside, there are some swoonworthy scenes and I kind of chuckled to myself whenever Becca wanted more than this guy thought she was ready for. Kind of reminded me of a puppy, overeager for playtime. Keep in mind that I was cheering on Chris most of the way through, so it kind of didn't feel as much like a love triangle when compared to some other books out there. I'm not sure if that makes sense. It all goes back to that dual perspective, I think. + The switching POVs! It gave us the opportunity to look at Becca's life as well as Chris's! I'm so so glad that Brigid made the switch to include Chris's POV - a very wise choice, I must say. + I called a couple of the twists, but some of them literally had me yelling at the book and slamming my forehead against it. Which explains the "Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God." I wrote at the beginning of this "review", which might be ommitted in the final review. :P ~ The ending was satisfying enough. There's no cliffhanger, and I can see why, considering the next book will be focusing on a different Merrick brother and it will be HIS story. ~ Okay, so there IS a love triangle. I always supported Chris, even when he was being a complete jerk. MAYBE this just gets back to the point of the dual perspective, because where we don't really get insight into Hunter's mind, we find out so much about Chris that I just could not help rooting for him. ~ Pretty standard YA literacy writing level. Not a bad thing, since it made it easy to read. I think this style just works for this genre, compared to Historical Fiction where more sophistication is expected from me. It's a very easy style to slip back into easily though, and will have you turning those pages. ~ I think I should give proper warning that there are issues of rape and bullying in this book, so if you're extremely sensitive to that stuff, just yeah, be aware that it's there. I don't have much personal experience with that, but when I read those parts I just...it was hard to read and I was tearing up and I don't know I guess the feelings that this character felt was contagious.
FUN FACT (because I find it funny when people say that phrase):
* The Merrick brothers were meant to be vampires.
That is all.
AND HOW FREAKING AMAZING WOULD THIS BE AS A MOVIE? I'd say a TV show, but I find that it can easily be pulled along to the point of tedium. Phew!...more
After reading the synopsis at the back of the back . . . I'm really not sure. I would never touch this book had I not been handed a copy for review. TAfter reading the synopsis at the back of the back . . . I'm really not sure. I would never touch this book had I not been handed a copy for review. Thanks for that, Gabby, but I'll think it over before I dismiss it. If you've read this, please do let me know what you thought! Convince me to read, or not read, it.
On an unrelated topic, I quite like the cover. If anything, I'm curious to find out what the symbol clock/sundial-whateveritis is. What does interest me, also, is that there is witchery in this. Along with vampires. So I've read, anyway....more