Oh, where to start. This one just didn't do it for me. At all. To be honest, I couldn't find one th...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Oh, where to start. This one just didn't do it for me. At all. To be honest, I couldn't find one thing that I liked about the novel except the first part when the lost and found stuff was getting divided up at Funnland. That was really it.
I didn't find any kind of connection with any of the characters. I don't even really know if I could tell you one trait each of them has ... the characters didn't seem deep or realistic at all. And that was when I could keep the characters straight. I found it to be a little confusing because I didn't know much about anyone, so they all just seemed to meld together into one big, confusing mess. With every page that went by, I kept thinking that I would eventually feel ... something ... for any of the characters and I just didn't. I couldn't care less about what was happening.
Now, I enjoy a good mystery. Especially the ones that refer back to something that happened years ago ... which is why I was so interested in this novel to begin with. But again, I was let down. It was a crash and burn type of situation for me. With the blurb, you're led to believe that there is some heinous crime that these two girls committed. And this is a bit of a spoiler but it wasn't some heinous crime. It just wasn't. The ending was not that great either. It's not that a book has to end a certain way in order for me to like it ... I've read tons of books that ended in this piss poor way and I respected the novel even more for that kind of ending ... (Divergent). But I just couldn't respect the novel more. I ended up resenting it.
Basically, the whole novel was just ... meh. That's it. Meh. I don't believe I'll be picking up another novel by this author again. (less)
I received this novel from the publisher a very, VERY long time ago. Initially I was super interest...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I received this novel from the publisher a very, VERY long time ago. Initially I was super interested and then, I don't really know what happened. Other novels kept getting pushed in front of it. There really isn't any excuse for not picking it up, it just wasn't the right time. Anyway, getting back to being super interested in it ... I'm a big Vince Flynn fan ... he wrote these amazing spy/military novels that I really love. I'm always on the look out for novels like his since he passed away, so when I saw this one, I thought that it would be right up my alley.
Unfortunately, as you can see from my rating, this one just totally missed the mark with me. I'm going to give a teensie weensie little spoiler here ... it was really irritating picking this novel up, thinking it would be about a broken woman getting revenge for her family but in actuality, most of the beginning is about her brother getting all amped up for this personal assistant. Line after line just waxing poetic on how epic her boobs are and she's so pretty and OMG, she looks sooo great in those shorts. Dude. Really? I think that there is a fine line between appreciating a woman and being skeevy. This hit skeevy for me. I mean, would a brother really be working to get his rocks off with some chick when he has all of these "plans" to help his sister? Really? I just finally had to skip over stuff. Now come on. I read romance novels all the time. I like a good description and I love reading how a man is pining after some gorgeous specimen but this just wasn't that. Maybe it's because that isn't what this novel was supposed to be about ... it's great as a secondary plot in the novel but when it takes the focus off of the real reason for the book, it's just tiring.
Was the novel badly written? No ... there weren't any grammar issues or spelling problems or anything like that, it was just boring and unfocused. I don't know that I would pick up another novel from this author. Scratch that. I won't pick up another novel from this author. (less)
Where to start ... unfortunately, I'm having a difficult time finding a good place to start on thi...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Where to start ... unfortunately, I'm having a difficult time finding a good place to start on this one. I've tried. It's taken me a couple of days to read this book ... 6 to be exact. That's not normal. It shouldn't take me that long to finish a book. The problem was that I just wasn't interested.
And I may be way off base on this one, there are a lot of people who really like this book. From the very first sentence, I just found it to be uninteresting. It's sad when I couldn't care less what is in store for characters. Usually, I get too invested in them but not this time. I didn't care at all.
I found the phrasing really weird in a lot of places, the humor wasn't ... funny ... or even amusing. There was a stiffness when it came to the conversations between the characters. It was almost as if the conversations weren't with real people, if that makes any sense. Now, I know that they aren't real people but when I'm reading a book, I expect for the characters to come across like like a real flesh covered person. But they all read like characters. There was nothing personable about them, nothing endearing, nothing. Just nothing.
This just was not a book for me. I was really interested when I read the blurb but this book and I were not a perfect fit. I mean, it was like trying to push a pizza through a credit card reader. We just didn't mesh.(less)
Contrary to what some may believe, I don't enjoy giving a book a bad rating and review. I actually...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Contrary to what some may believe, I don't enjoy giving a book a bad rating and review. I actually hate it. Detest it. When I finish a book and it's looking like it's going to get just one star, I always go back and reread ... just looking for something, anything to grasp onto that I like. Anything that could pull a book out of the very deep grave that my mind has dug for it. But sometimes I can't change my own mind. This is one of those situations.
I was really excited when I picked it up, the blurb on the back made me bump this puppy to the very beginning of my to-read list. But from the very first page, I had this moment of dread. It was just so ... weird. The story felt disconnected from the Ethan character. I mean, I wasn't interested in the story. Because the launch of the story was so weird, I found myself skimming immediately and then on like page 4 when it got to the part with him meeting Prenna ... WEIRD. What would a teenager honestly do if they found a naked girl in the woods and she looked like she was freaked out and had been through some sort of trauma? Would they just hand over their coat and watch her walk away? I sure as hell hope not. I hope that if my boys ever encounter this weird scenario that they would at least yell for help or go get someone or follow her or SOMETHING ... and not behave like this ...
"Oh ... hi, nekkid and muddy chick crouching in front of me ... would you like my jacket? You look totally traumatized, oh ... you want to wander off all by yourself? Cool, I'm just going to go look for my fishing rod because that's totally more important than helping to find out what is going on with you! YOLO, bitches!"
Now that obviously wasn't in the book ... it was how my mind interpreted those first few pages. The disconnect that I was talking about with Ethan happened with every single character that I encountered. There just wasn't much to them, they were very shallow - not conceited shallow but undeveloped shallow. When I pick up a book, I want the characters to feel real and these just didn't. Then the shallowness bled over into the story. You never find out deep reasoning as to any important questions that you start to wonder about throughout the story.
I mean, this book isn't just total crap, it's grammatically correct (hey, that's a HUGE deal in my mind) and the cover is pretty. The amazing grammar and gorgeous cover seemed to be the lipstick on a very ugly pig. Unfortunately, the lipstick wasn't amazing enough to cover up the fact that the book is just ... not good. It's really sad that I'm probably going to forget about this book the moment I pick up my next read.
By no means does this mean that you shouldn't check the book out. Prove me wrong!! Love this book! It's just not for me. (less)
Man, oh man. Whew. I don't really know where to start. First, I do hate giving these types of revi...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Man, oh man. Whew. I don't really know where to start. First, I do hate giving these types of reviews. I don't enjoy it at all. But I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and that's what you're going to get.
For me, this book was just all over the place. I never really got attached to the characters. This is going to sound crazy ... it was like when I was a kid, my dad was a gigantic Star Trek fan. He had all of these collectible toys and I never understood why I couldn't rip those bad boys out of their packaging and play with them. That's what the characters in this book were like for me. I just wanted to get to know them better but they were all locked away in a closet like a dirty little secret.
Let's see ... the teenage vernacular was a little unrealistic for me in this novel as well. Not that there aren't teenagers who talk about the low visibility in the water ... I'm sure that there are but it wasn't just a once in a while thing, it was all the time with these weirdly academic phrases and words. It felt really forced and not like actual phrasing that anyone would use. It was just another contributing factor in not being able to grasp these characters.
The two main characters, Rain and Knight, both had traumatic experiences in their past. Instead of making me sympathetic to their situations or endearing them to me, the stuff in their past just kinda ticked me off. Especially when you find out what is in Rain's past. I literally rolled my eyes when I found out why she was celibate. And this is a tiny spoiler, so you need to skip to the next paragraph immediately unless you want to know about the "boyfriend". Okay ... the term boyfriend must mean something different to me than it does to the author because the blurb on the back of the book states that Rain's boyfriend dies ... yet when you find out what happened to him, it turns out that they weren't really dating! Rain's ... dude ... made one comment about how he liked her before his death and now all of the sudden they're dating ... and she's totally devoted to a guy who flirted with her? I'm sorry but throwing yourself onto the proverbial sword for a dude that you basically just started talking to? Becoming a hermit/outcast/loner for a guy you barely knew? Le sigh.
After I read that part of the book, I basically checked out. Come on. Talk about dramatics. There were other things that I didn't really like in Deeper but why rehash all of that at this point. I won't lie to you. I probably won't read another book by this author. I'm kinda done. (less)
This is one of those few books for me that just did not click. I didn't get it. I didn't like it and I didn't agree with it.
I couldn't even finish th...moreThis is one of those few books for me that just did not click. I didn't get it. I didn't like it and I didn't agree with it.
I couldn't even finish the whole thing. I just couldn't. I tried and I just couldn't. And this wasn't like a gradual thing ... like the book was good in the beginning and then it started to taper off ... no. This was a bad experience for me from the very beginning.
The fact that so many people have given this book four and five stars just BAFFLES me!! I just don't understand how this was a good book. I get the short stories. I kinda like the darkness and taboo-ish-ness of the stories but I just didn't connect to them.
I actually reread some of the interviews because I was honestly wondering if I had missed something. Was I reading too fast? Skimming? Not paying attention? Oh, no. I was right the first time. I paid attention, the book just didn't do it for me.
The kicker is that the movie version of the book looks interesting. It looked funny and entertaining ... I just can't figure out how this book translated into THAT.
Not for me. But it might be the best book ever to you. Good luck.
I won The Rosie Project through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 07/26/2013!
Meh. That's how I feel about The Rosie Project. This book received 4.1...moreI won The Rosie Project through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 07/26/2013!
Meh. That's how I feel about The Rosie Project. This book received 4.11 stars on Goodreads. I usually really trust the star rating on Goodreads ... I use it constantly to give myself an idea of what to expect from a book and this time, I felt betrayed. I expected a four star book and I was saddled with a 1.5 star book. I decided to go ahead and give the book the extra half a star because at least the author was grammatically correct throughout the entire thing.
When I first heard about The Rosie Project, I was really excited. I thought that the premise was adorable and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. To my surprise, I won an ARC of the book through a Goodreads giveaway and I would get to read it before everyone else (insert nana-nana-na-na).
My excitement was quickly extinguished once I cracked open that book and read the first page. BORRRRING! Hell, I know that sounds so rude but it's what is going through my head. I would hate to sugarcoat things and spew sunshine and rainbows when that's not how I feel.
The main character is Don Tillman ... this Don character was a freaking nut job. He micromanaged his life down to the second. He is so stuck in the routine of his life that he doesn't actually live. He just exists. That's fine ... be anal retentive. Be weird. I have no problem with that. I have a problem with it a book being written like the back of a shampoo bottle. It was boring and I just couldn't wait for it to be over.
Every single person that Don met, he would calculate their BMI. Every. Single. Time. It got old. Really quickly. Don also pointed out a persons faults in his head. Every time he spoke to someone. I found myself saying, "OH, MY GOSH" quite frequently because after a while of reading about these weird things Don does, it just became annoyingly annoying (that's the worst kind of annoying).
It makes me wonder ... are books like children? Do they just want attention, no matter what kind it is? Good attention, bad attention ... kids don't care one iota, they just want attention. Is bad attention for a book good as well? By writing this scathing review, am I sending people to pick up this book? Will I be held responsible if someone drops into a coma because of my review?!? I sure hope not. Because there won't be enough hospital beds for the victims.
I won Undaunted through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 12/02/2010 and received my copy on 12/13/2010.
I just finished reading Undaunted and I fe...moreI won Undaunted through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 12/02/2010 and received my copy on 12/13/2010.
I just finished reading Undaunted and I feel like something was taken from me in a way. I was so excited to read this book and through the whole thing, the book felt a bit robotic. Like someone just had a ton of ideas for the book and jotted them down. I hate to say that, but it's my honest opinion.
Undaunted also skipped around. It will be one month in the book and then the next paragraph it will be 3 months later. But in the middle of all of that, there will be a sentence that goes back to something that happened 5 months ago and weighs no bearing on the situation at hand, it just felt like random unnecessary facts.
There were also so many characters that showed up for a sentence or two and then they came back later - I always had to flip back through the book and try to find their name so that I knew what in the world was going on in the story.
The premise of the book really intrigued me - it was a great idea that I think just needed some more feeling behind it. To clarify - it needed more feeling than just - eh.(less)
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Contest on 11/01/2010 and received my copy on 11/16/2010.
To say that Goodloe Byron is an unconventio...moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Contest on 11/01/2010 and received my copy on 11/16/2010.
To say that Goodloe Byron is an unconventional writer would be a bit of an understatement. Then again, from what I've read of Byron, he's an unconventional sort of man himself which explains his style of writing. I just started reading The Wraith about 30 minutes ago and at this point I have discovered a random fact about myself - I like quotation marks. I'm assuming that Goodloe Byron does not like them because there isn't a set of them throughout the entire book. I looked. For some reason, I can't focus on the story - all I can see is where quotation marks need to be. My weird fascination with needing quotation marks isn't Byron's fault and I'll just have to pencil them in, in my head, as I jump back into Linus' story.
Wow. I just finished reading ... I don't really know how to feel about The Wraith. I liked it because it was so different but then I didn't like it ... because it was so different. The story line was really confusing at first because you didn't know if people were talking or thinking the things that were being said and you really don't get "introduced" to a character - they are just thrown into the story and hopefully you can figure out within a few pages, who it is to Linus. About halfway through the book things really slowed down and I started to become annoyed not only with the lack of quotation marks but also the way the story doesn't follow a pattern. It jumps from one thought to the next and reminded me of my 3 year old son's short attention span.
All of that being said, I didn't hate the book. But I didn't like it either. I wouldn't turn down a free copy from Goodloe Byron, but I might not read it. I do have a bit of a side note - Goodloe Byron wrote a little something for me in the front of the book and he has the most amazing handwriting! It's weird and quirky, just like how I imagine Byron is. Now, if the book was handwritten - I would really want to read it just to see that amazing handwriting!(less)
I won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 11/30/2010 and received it on 03/01/2011!
This is the part of reviewing books that I hate....moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 11/30/2010 and received it on 03/01/2011!
This is the part of reviewing books that I hate. When I have something less than flattering to say about a book. But I'm honest to a fault, so here it is.
First, let me state that I haven't yet finished the book. Actually, I've barely scraped the surface of the book.
I am having a really hard time getting into The Mission. It's for a couple of reasons. I felt that I needed to update my review even though I haven't finished the book, to let others read this in case they were thinking of purchasing this book.
Okay. The reasons that I'm having a hard time getting into this book: MAJOR punctuation problems and confusing paragraphs.
I'll break my issues down a little bit. The punctuation problems are what initially turned me off of the book a little bit. There are commas EVERYWHERE. I don't understand why there are so many commas. They are in places where they aren't needed and it confuses your mind. When you read anything your mind takes cues from the punctuation and the excessive use of these silly little commas throws the story into left field for me. No one else has commented on this in other reviews, so maybe they don't mind.
The next thing that bothers me is the fact that you will be reading a paragraph about something going on and then the next sentence is about something going on somewhere else. It takes you a moment to realize that it isn't talking about the situation you've been reading about for 5 minutes. Nooo, it's something completely different that is happening to someone else. Again, it has to do with how your mind comprehends things. If there was a double space, you would realize that you are starting to read a different part of the plot. Very confusing.
I don't know if the author is trying to do something off of the beaten path, if they didn't have an editor or if the editor was ticked off at the author. These issues shouldn't happen in an edited book - at least the comma part. Maybe Larry Hunter doesn't want the book to be formatted the same as other books, I don't know. What I do know is that I can't focus on the story very much because in my mind, I'm correcting all of these problems.
I'll keep reading the book, even if it takes me weeks. I owe that much to the author and Goodreads. You never know, there might be a plot and a story hidden behind all of those commas.
Okay, I just couldn't finish the book. I tried and tried. It shouldn't take me 3 weeks to finish this short of a book, but I just wasn't interested in it. I couldn't see past all of the punctuation errors and the book just got more and more confusing with it jumping from one area of time to another without any page breaks or anything and then from one character or plot of the book to another. Formatting wouldn't usually keep me from finishing a book, but it got to the point where I didn't care what happened because the story was just ... boring. Understandably, this is my own opinion and there are other people who loved the book. So if you're interested in reading it, please don't let this deter you. You might crack it open and find that it was a story that you can't put down. That just wasn't the case for me. I wish the author all the best in the world, but his style of writing is definitely not for me. I just feel really horrible that my opinion is like this because the author went to the trouble to have the Goodreads giveaway and then paid to have the book shipped to me. But this is my opinion, whether flattering or not.(less)
I finally received my copy of Ladders in July almost 4 months after I had initially won.
First off, I...moreI won this book through the First Reads contest.
I finally received my copy of Ladders in July almost 4 months after I had initially won.
First off, I love poems. Reading Ladders in July, I was mostly confused in the beginning. I reread the first 20 or so poems 3-4 times and I still had no idea what in the world was going on. But then I arrived at the poem Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is an amazing poem. As is Terminal, Last Stage, Poets & Peace, An Ecological Note and A Made Thing. My favorite was A Made Thing and I would have bought this book just for that poem. It is definately something I will read again because now I'm determined to analyze those first poems. (less)
I really tried getting into this book but I found myself not disinterested but just not getting the hang of it. It is written beautifully with twists...moreI really tried getting into this book but I found myself not disinterested but just not getting the hang of it. It is written beautifully with twists and turns every few pages but there was just something about it that I couldn't get a grip on. I apologize to C. Cook since she went to the trouble of sending me a digital copy, but I have to say what I think. If you are a diehard horror and sci-fi fan, give this book a shot. Maybe that is what I was missing - no real tie to these kinds of books. (less)
Julie did not like this book. Julie thought this book was weird. Julie had high hopes that this book would be good but Julie thought that it fell shor...moreJulie did not like this book. Julie thought this book was weird. Julie had high hopes that this book would be good but Julie thought that it fell short. REALLY SHORT.
Annoying when people talk in 3rd person, right?!? THIS BOOK WAS FULL OF THAT!!!!
First of all, I HATE having to say that a book is bad. I can only imagine how much work goes into writing a book and to bash what someone has slaved over makes me feel horrible. But oh my goodness. This book was almost like a train wreck - I didn't want to look, but I just had to. I had to finish this book even though everything inside me kept saying, "STAY AWAY!!".
It was just weird. I had a hard time looking past the main character talking in third person and the story line was just weird. Jack gets kidnapped and then all the sudden, "his brain is messed up". Uh ... okay. Then Jack went to England and he met a guy (I still don't know if he existed or was just in Jack's head) that gave Jack some glasses so that he could see another world through them. Literally. An alternate universe. The premise of the book was awesome - it had a great chance to be one of the most amazing books. But it was just too confusing, I had no idea who it was that was talking sometimes because Jack kept talking in 3rd person!
And new paragraphs were started.
For no reason.
In the middle of the action.
With only one sentence each. WHO DOES THAT?!?
Anyway, I was disappointed. I had looked forward to reading this. It's just unfortunate. (less)
I recently won this book through the First Reads Giveaway.
I was really excited about receiving this book because of the humor it insiunated on the ba...moreI recently won this book through the First Reads Giveaway.
I was really excited about receiving this book because of the humor it insiunated on the back of the book but that's about as far as it went - the back of the book and then the conversation about pound cake after the table of contents. It was very hard to delve into the meat of the book. I only made it 78 pages in. It's an easy read and well written, but just not what I expected. If you're in school to be a psychologist, this would be a great book for you to read. This book isn't for the average person.(less)