If Max ends up with Dylan, and not Fang, most likely I'm going to either: a) chuck the book out the window, b) Punch the closest person next to me, or, cIf Max ends up with Dylan, and not Fang, most likely I'm going to either: a) chuck the book out the window, b) Punch the closest person next to me, or, c) Both a and b combined. ...more
I think it's safe to say that I was disappointed by this book. Very disappointed with it.
Things that I liked:
- The title, although I didn't really seI think it's safe to say that I was disappointed by this book. Very disappointed with it.
Things that I liked:
- The title, although I didn't really see much relevance to the book. - The cover. - Despite the ranting that's about to go down, it was enjoyable and considering that I actually managed to finish it, I think that's a good sign. - It was hardback, which meant that when I through it across the room in anger, it didn't damage it much.
Things that I didn't like:
- The plot: I mean, seriously? Angels are cool and all, but two new "hot" guys starting in a new school? Can't we be a LITTLE more creative here? Can't the author have slipped them in another way? WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SCHOOL? I get it, school is a big part of a teenagers life (trust me, I know) but it's just too over-used now. Also, the fact that Asher watches Skye in her sleep. It's creepy, it's disturbing, and I don't like it. It makes such a connection with Twilight, don't you think. As soon as someone even mentions that, my mind instantly goes to Twilight. Don't get me wrong, I love Twilight and I think that they are amazing books, but I don't really need to read about guys watching girls in their sleep in every YA paranormal book. It's not exactly necessary, and doesn't drive the plot in any way. That's another thing: In about 80% of the book, nothing really happened. I mean -- stuff happened, but pointless boring stuff that just made me feeling like throwing the book across the room. (I actually did, in the end I was so pissed off.) The ending felt rushed, whilst a lot of the other parts of the book dragged slowly along.
- Characters: Devin and Asher, good boy bad boy. It kind of reminded me of Luc and Gabe (Personal Demons) except not as good. Skye. Skye was alright. I didn’t hate her, but neither could I relate to her or like her. The Aunt. (Forgot her name.) I hate it how parents (or carers, Skye’s parents are dead -- died in a car-crash (why is it always a car-crash?)) are never actually around in this. Don’t they take an interest in her life? I get that she has a demanding job or whatever, but it’s just an excuse that the author has used to not bothering to actually figure out what to do with her.
- Setting: Yeah, cold snowy place. Whatever.
Overall thoughts: May or may NOT pick up the sequel. Depends how desperate for books I am.
My advice to you: Don’t read this is you’re looking for something unique and good, otherwise it will be a massive disappointment as it was to me.
By no means am I saying that it was bad, because it wasn't, but nor was it as good as I hoped it would be.Four words, my friend: Not worth the hype.
By no means am I saying that it was bad, because it wasn't, but nor was it as good as I hoped it would be. And yes, Charlie was part of that reason. His narration drove me insane - so many choppy sentences, bland, vague descriptions (such as "he was very sad", "she cried very hard", ect ...), and he was also oddly ignorant for a fifteen/sixteen year old. And that bothered me. He was hard to relate to, and by the end of the novel, I couldn't care less what happened to him. After reading a few reviews of this book, I now realise that Charlie might have had some sort of mental/emotional disability (due to traumatic childhood events, which is fair enough), but that wasn't clearly shown through the storyline enough, and for the most part, he just grated on my nerves. He wasn't the most relatable of main characters, either, though setting the novel out in the way of letters was a pretty cool idea.
The bottom line of this book was that I didn't feel anything. It wasn't like The Fault in Our Stars, where I was pretty much in tears by at the end. I got the impression that's how I was supposed to be feeling at the end, but I just didn't. By the time I'd reached the last few chapters my patience for all the character had worn thin, and there wasn't anything special about the storyline, characters, or plot.
"They smelled like they always did: Ivory soap and starry nights." (Pg. 20).
This quote above was what made me almost stop reading (how does someone sm"They smelled like they always did: Ivory soap and starry nights." (Pg. 20).
This quote above was what made me almost stop reading (how does someone smell like a starry night?). I've never thought that Lauren Kate was a brilliant writer--having struggled through all three books of her Fallen series. I persevered, though, and found that I didn't hate this. Not like I had thought I would when I picked it up. Was it good? No, it wasn't good by any stretch of the imagination, and many times, I could feel my attention slipping. The main character, seventeen-year-old Eureka, has been suffering ever since her mother died in accident and she survived. Her grieving process was realistic, don't get me wrong, but boring, too. At points I thought that this novel should have been written in first person point of view because of the constant internal monologue that Eureka had. The first few chapters, especially, were tough to get through. Throughout the novel there were paragraphs of reminiscing about old, happier times, which became dull and pointless, when I would have rather of gotten to the main storyline.
In a nutshell: The cover is gorgeous; the insides fell flat.
Would I read the sequel? I won't say no, because I might end up doing so, but it wouldn't be high on my list of books to read. There are better written YA novels out there.
Confession: Years ago, when Matched was firThis review and others are also available to read on my blog Diary of a Teen Writer Diary of a Teen Writer.
Confession: Years ago, when Matched was first released, I read it, enjoyed it . . . but never picked up the rest of the series. Why, do you ask? Presumably because I lost interest in it. If I had really liked the first book, I’m sure I would have picked up the rest, so I think it’s safe to say those books weren’t for me. And, after reading Atlantia, I can also say that this was not for me, either.
There is something just very . . . mermaid-y about that cover, don’t you think? The cover, the title, the colours. Man, I really wished this was about mermaids. I really did. But that’s enough of me lamenting over the book I thought it was, and time to start reviewing the book it actually was.
This is a story about family, sirens (NOT mermaids), and the Above and the Below.
The family aspect of it was one of my favourite parts, because despite the fact that I was disappointed with this novel, that element of the story was done well. [MILD SPOILER OMITTED; SEE BLOG LINK ABOVE AND HIGHLIGHT OVER TEXT TO VIEW IT.] The relationship that Bay and Rio shared, though, was done so well. There should be more books revolving around families in YA, I think! But, well, that was really only my positive thing to say about this. I suppose it was nicely written, too, but the plot failed to hold my attention. It was one of those books where I keep looking through the pages to see where the next chapter would occur, and flipping through to see how much of the book I had left.
Additionally, the worldbuilding was a little . . . confusing. There is the Above (our world, I guess you could call it, but a more polluted version), and the below, Atlantia. And that was as much as I understood of it, really. I wish that more about the Above had been explained; there was a distinct lack of history there that bothered me, though perhaps I’m alone in sharing that opinion. I’ve quite some quite positive things about Condie’s worldbuilding — but for me, it didn’t hit the nail on the head quite as I would have expected it to have.
You should read this. You’ll probably even like it.
But I did not. It was not for me. The siren concept of the story was interesting, I’ll give it that. But everything else, save for the family aspect of the story, did not hold my attention....more
I'll write a review of this once I've finished face-palming myself.
1.5 / 5 stars -
It's been a few days since I've finished, so hopefully I've recuperaI'll write a review of this once I've finished face-palming myself.
1.5 / 5 stars -
It's been a few days since I've finished, so hopefully I've recuperated enough to write a coherent review. This review might have some spoilers later on, but I'm not going to "hide entire review because of spoilers" because a) you probably shouldn't waste your time with this, and b) I've given you plenty of time to scroll away.
Let's start with Beth. Everyone seems to have their issues with her, but she only really started to piss me off this this novel. In the first and second book, Beth was almost endearing. She was sweet and ignorant and that was just part of her character. I couldn't say that I exactly liked her, but I tolerated her. But in this book? Hmm. She did grow some more courage, and her character grew, but I don't mean that in a good way. I get it -- she was fighting for what she wanted, but when it comes at the expense of so much ...? She just seemed selfish to me. She never thought through her actions to decide how many people it would hurt, or kill. By the end of the novel I wanted to grab her shoulders and just shake some damn sense into her.
Xavier ... Well, all I'm going to say about him is he was a much more interesting character when he was being possessed by Lucifer. This whole "twist" at the end of him having angel blood or whatever it was just made me laugh from the ridiculousness of it all. Not to mention its predictably. Surely no normal man would want to be with Beth and not want to rip their hair out in irritation.
The novel, as a whole, wasn't too bad. But the more that I think about it the more flaws I'm seeing. Maybe this is just my opinion, though.
For example, those two people in Hell that she couldn't save (I can't remember their names). Beth kept going on and on about them in the novel, and I was almost expecting some grand mission to save them from Hell in the end. And yet, nothing happened. Beth, like always, was too focused on herself and her relationship with Xavier.
The ending was rushed. I felt as though there were too many strings left untied, like Molly and Gabriel for example. There wasn't a satisfying conclusion as to what happened to them. The ending was solely focused on Beth and Xavier. Like always.
I could go on forever about this, but my hands are tired from typing.
Overall thoughts: I've always loved the way that these books have been written, even though parts of it dragged, but the plot and the characters just weren't there. ...more
This quote, my friends, pretty much sums up the entirety of this novel. Bland, with a been-there-done-that sSo typical. So damn predictable. (Pg. 86)
This quote, my friends, pretty much sums up the entirety of this novel. Bland, with a been-there-done-that sort of storyline, and with characters and dialogue that made me cringe along the way. Needless to say, I was massively disappointed in this one—the cover is gorgeous, the blurb enticing, but the contents of the book failed to live up to my expectations. I wasn’t, of course, expecting an amazing read—but at the very least, I was hoping for a light, fun read which would make me smile.
Alas, this book did not achieve anything close to that.
The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine follows the story of seventeen-year-old Joe Gray, how she (yes, she; her being a girl and having a masculine name is constantly referenced through the story, which is highly irritating) moves to a new home, and begins to fall in love with Tristan Halloway—a boy who died when he was seventeen in the 1950s. The novel also has musical undertones and the majority of it takes place in a boarding school. This novel had potential pouring off it, if only done in a better, less clichéd way.
One of the main faults of this novel, for me, was the author’s writing. I am not sure how different my review copy is to the actual published version, but I hope for reader’s sake, it’s a lot different. Lilian Carmine’s writing reeks of amateur-ness, as though she hasn’t quite grasped the idea of how to write properly, and is blundering along through the novel. If this were a first/second draft—fine. But a published novel? The publishing industry is a highly competitive (and subjective) one, and really, for a novel to sell well, the writing needs to be of a stronger caliber.
I pushed angrily at his chest. Take this line, for example. If the main character is pushing at someone’s chest, the author should let it speak for itself instead of telling the reader she’s angry. The connotation of pushing someone’s chest is enough for the reader to grasp that she’s pissed off. There were also many more instances of unnecessary adverbs during this book.
“I’m sorry for my bad manners, ma’am. I didn’t mean to shout. I hope you’ll forgive me, it was disrespectful of me,” he apologized. The sentences implies apologizing, so why add that pointless dialogue tag? This was just one of the many moments that made me wonder whether this had been edited properly. On more than one occasion, the dialogue tags chosen by the author pulled me from the story.
There were also some unbelievable elements to the novel. For a story to be enjoyed properly, it must be within the realms of probability (which the obvious exception of the fantasy/paranormal elements; that’s not what I’m talking about). For example, there is a mix up on the boarding school’s behalf, and she gets sent to the boys’ dorm instead of the girls. Please. There would be plenty of forms that would have to be filled out in order for someone to attend a boarding school; as if they would make such a simple mistake. I don’t know how a prestigious boarding school could make that mistake. Yes, Joe is typically a guy’s name, but it’s not that uncommon that a girl could have that name. I’ve seen it before. She’s put into the boys’ dorm with the excuse of there not being any more rooms left in the girls’. Riiiiight. To me, this just sounds like a lazy way for the author to introduce key characters—eg, Seth and other members of the band—instead of navigating around the slightly unbelievable plotline to find a different way. As far as I am aware, boarding schools would have a strict policy against this for obvious reasons; what was more, nobody seemed to blink an eye at this. There were vague references to her mother during this time, but she seemed unrealistically okay with it.
And then there is the bitchy, rich, blonde girl, who, by some weird twist of fate, becomes the main character’s best friend. Why someone would want to be best friends with someone like her—especially with the manners she displayed at the beginning—is completely beyond me. There also wasn’t really an adequate explanation given as to why she turned from a bitch to a sweet, nice girl in two seconds flat. Her character was flimsy and underdeveloped to say the least. The same goes with pretty much every other character in this novel.
For a good deal of this book, nothing much happened. It lacked tension, suspense, good writing, and characterization. Simply put: this is not a book I will be buying.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an e-review copy. ...more
Even though I did like it - it was definitely an enjoyable read - this series has lost me a little. It kind of just goes on and on and on and on. I'mEven though I did like it - it was definitely an enjoyable read - this series has lost me a little. It kind of just goes on and on and on and on. I'm glad that the next book will be in the last. The 'Clockwork' series is much better. I found the whole concept of Alec and Magnus a little weird. I am absolutely fine with gay relationships, but I think that it was their massive age difference the crept me out a little. ...more
I just . . . don't even know where to begin with this novel. And let me just first say that I wanted to love this, I really did.
All 1.5 / 5 stars --
I just . . . don't even know where to begin with this novel. And let me just first say that I wanted to love this, I really did.
All right then, let's start with the covers. It's absolutely gorgeous. It definitely draws you in, but I'm afraid, most of the good things end there. Now, as we're all aware, Twilight has altered the way that YA book are written. And I'm not saying that it's completely bad, but in this case, it was. The romance between the two characters -- in this case Megan and Adam -- was so bad that on several occasions, I actually cringed and/or rolled my eyes. Both of them had nothing likeable about them, and as the end of the novel drew nearer, I seriously didn't care whether either of the died.
The thing that makes me so angry about this book is that it had SO MUCH POTENTIAL. This book could have been amazing, but instead, the author took the safe road of the stereotypical YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy road that lacked any real creativity. By that I mean: new girl moves into a new town, some hot dark and mysterious bloke hates/distastes her for no reason in particular, he has a family that is viewed as a bit on the odd side, new girl is attracted to the hot bloke because he's, well, hot. I could keep on going, but I'm sure you get the point by now. I liked the idea of the story. Of the Mark, the elements, and thought that the plot could have been well done. Unfortunately, it was not.
I enjoyed the writing style. It was simple, clear and concise. I am so tempted to read the second novel, purely because of the potential that it has. But I also know that I won't be going out of my way to find it.
So yeah, my overall thoughts: Disappointing....more
Ever since I read Echoes of Balance, also pThis review and others are also available to read on my blog Diary of a Teen Writer Diary of a Teen Writer.
Ever since I read Echoes of Balance, also published by REUTS Publications, I’ve had my eye on this publisher. They release fresh, new, and intriguing ideas into the YA paranormal market . . . and The Rose Master was no exception. Despite the fact that I’ve classified this as Historical Fiction, I wouldn’t let non-historical fiction fans to drive you away — no, the historical setting was merely a backdrop, a setting, for the greater story.
Also? Kudos to the cover artists and designers over at REUTS Publications. Seriously. I don’t think there’s one cover of theirs I don’t like.
I did have a few issues with the story itself, but overall, it was a solid read.
What I loved so much about the story is the way it was written. Valentina Cano’s writing style is brilliant — and I would easily read another novel of hers again. Descriptive, elegant writing, combined with the first person prose gave the story and old-fashioned, poetic ring to it. And I loved it. The writing and storyline held my interest from beginning to end, though the ending itself does leave room for a sequel. Because of this I felt the story to be slightly “unfinished” and as I’m not sure whether this is a standalone or a series, I’m not sure I can criticise that part of the novel.
In saying that though, I wish the ending had been fleshed out some more. More detail and explanation would been good. The ending whizzed past, and I felt it to be rushed and not completely finished.
This leads me to my next point. For me, the story took quite a while for things to properly get started. Anne is a maid, so naturally, a lot of her job includes cleaning. And, well, while the writing style was beautiful, there is only so much dusting I can read about before beginning to tire of it. So I felt those parts dragged, whereas the ending could have been lengthened and expanded upon some more.
The romance, in The Rose Master, does not play a central role, for which I was grateful. It developed slowly throughout the story, but I still wish I knew the characters better. Augustus and Anne, out two main characters, felt slightly . . . pale, to me. Especially Lord Grey. Though I do believe that both of their characters could have been shown more.
Despite all this, though, it was a very enjoyable read.
If you’re looking for a good YA Paranormal with light historical undertones, a dash of magic, and a touch of romance, then The Rose Master is for you.
Thank you to REUTS Publications and Netgalley for this review copy. ...more
Uh, yeah, I don't really have the words to describe this one. My thought are pretty much the same as the first novel in the series. Disappointing, toUh, yeah, I don't really have the words to describe this one. My thought are pretty much the same as the first novel in the series. Disappointing, to say the least. ...more