The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has been on my TBR pile for every. I would pick it up at the book store and say ‘not today’ but it was always a ‘someday’....moreThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has been on my TBR pile for every. I would pick it up at the book store and say ‘not today’ but it was always a ‘someday’. There were always bigger and better books, always. However when I saw one of my book club students reading this book, I told her I had been wanting to read it as well. Two days later, that book was in my book return box with the note ‘READ ME!’
Well, who am I to turn down a student’s request like that?
The book starts out strong, interesting, and moves pretty quickly. Once Mara is introduced and you start to learn of her accident, and the beginnings of her PTSD the book takes a huge jump. Suddenly we are introduced to Noah and a few other characters. It was too quick for my liking. I felt like I missed a chapter somewhere. (Later this is resolved in the book, but for me the damage had been done.) At this point, I started to ‘check out’ of the book. I disliked the character Noah. I did not enjoy reading about him, or any part that included him. Sadly, the last half of the book he is present. Ugh.
Beyond this one character, the story is interesting. Mara wakes up after an accident that left her friends dead. Soon after she starts having PTSD episodes that leave her seeing things that aren’t real. Or are they? Then things that she wishes would happen, do. This is an interesting concept, and Michelle Hodkins did a great job in getting the reader inside Mara’s head.
If you can enjoy a story with crappy characters (Noah is controlling, and Mara isn’t much better) then give this book a go. If you can’t get behind a book with such crappy characters, then steer away. The characters are the sole reason this book is at 3.5 stars. This book had potential, but didn’t deliver. (less)
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Let me be perfectly honest with you. This book was terribly hard to read. It would have been...moreReview can be found on my blog: bookandbabes.blogspot.com
Let me be perfectly honest with you. This book was terribly hard to read. It would have been a 'did not finish' title for me, if it had not been the only book I had upstairs next to the tub.
Confession time: I love baths. My favorite feature in my house is my oversize jet tub. I also love reading historical romances in said tub. I don't know why, but they go hand-in-hand quite well.
I have a problem of forgetting to grab a new book, so when I took my last bath I was too lazy to get out and get a new book. So, I continued on with this one. It was bad.
The characters were shallow, the story line was hard to follow, and I felt no romantic connection between the two. The main plot line of this entire book was "rescue girl. Girl wants her daughter and gets in trouble getting her back. Rescue girl. Girl wants her daughter and gets in trouble. Rinse. Repeat. Rinse. Repeat.
This story also hints that our heroine was forced to do every sexual act under the sun with her previous husband. She thinks sex is a power tool, and acts disgusted by that idea. However, she uses her body/sex as a tool more than once. KNOWINGLY. This might seem like a small snafu, but when the book takes an entire chapter to instil in the reader how 'bad' using sex as tool is, it appears as if the author gave up.
Another issue of concern for me was that this book was very dull and slow. The Viper is supposed to be a member of a secret group of warriors. Yet, this book lacked action and skirmishes. Our MC's are constantly on the run from what appears to be several groups of angry men, but we never get to see much of the action. Usually if a battle is mentioned, it has happened in the time jump between chapters.
While trying to sort out my thoughts, and add my review to Goodreads, I see that this book has an overall 4.2 rating. Did we read the same book? Perhaps this is a book I needed to have read in the series order. Perhaps I needed this book hyped more to me, before reading. Perhaps I am defected. Who knows. All I know is that this book was NOT a 4+ star book for me. This book missed the mark by a mile. (less)
I'm not 'omg fangirly!' about it like others, but I can see where the hype came from*. I was crying on the last...moreThis was cute, and I really enjoyed it.
I'm not 'omg fangirly!' about it like others, but I can see where the hype came from*. I was crying on the last page, and I truly felt the connection between the characters. This is a 'keeper' book for certain.
*Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I read this book in three sittings, in the same day.(less)
When most people hear 'Indie Author' they tend to think of people who aren't good enough to catch a publisher, and unfortunately many of these books g...moreWhen most people hear 'Indie Author' they tend to think of people who aren't good enough to catch a publisher, and unfortunately many of these books go unpurchased. When my Wife told me one of her friends wrote a book and that I should read and review it, I was ready for the challenge. See, I almost ALWAYS read indie books. I'm pretty cheap, so being able to read 5 books for the price of one, is pretty awesome. I'm also of the opinion that most indie books are a tad 'different' and edgier then what I find in most main-stream books. (However, there have been several duds, too.)
So as I said, I was ready to accept the challenge. Mind you, this was before I even knew what the book was about. When I did get around to reading the summary, I figured the book would be something I'd enjoy. I was correct in that assumption, but there were also times where I was pleasantly surprised.
For example, the main character was not very accomplished in fighting when the book began. So I believed part of the book would be dedicated to his training, but that was not the case. This book picked up right away into the drama and plot. Along with the story line, Scott Grimon uses witty one-liners and comebacks, that do not seem forced or cheesy. His dialogue feels real and flows naturally.
Within the plot of the book, I do not want to give much away. This book is the first in a trilogy and while it does a great job as to setting up the full story, it still seemed to be a finished stand-alone. I have read somewhere where someone mention that this book was similar to Harry Potter, and while I see some similarities, I can not say it's truly similar.
This story is about a teenage boy who your 'average Joe' type but ultimately ends up dead. Thankfully, our hero is brought back to life. In order to complete the process, he must complete three tasks. This book follows the first task. This book does not lag in parts, and I never felt like I wanted to rush through any parts. As a gamer, I am easily excited when I find a reference to, or feel like the author draws influences from games I enjoy. As a reader, I am even more excited when those references are done so seamlessly. In Re-Alive are nods to popular culture, including BioShock and Indiana Jones.
I will be watching Scott for the next two books, and any other works he has written. Out of the literally hundreds of self-published books I have read, this is one of the best, and I am surprised that Scott has not been tapped by a publisher yet.
If you enjoy Harry Potter, witty one liners, and fantasy, you really should look for his book on Amazon. Good job, Scott.(less)
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I recieved this book at ALA, and I was ECSTATIC. I had been looking forward to this one,...moreReview is also located on my blog at bookandbabes.blogspot.com
I recieved this book at ALA, and I was ECSTATIC. I had been looking forward to this one, and it looked sooo promising. Well, let me tell you, it lived up to my expectations. However, my expectations of this book were more for use in my middle grade school than for myself.
I trully enjoyed this book. I liked the story line, and the 'mystery'. The mystery is a bit underwhelming and easy to guess early on, but the interest was still there. Katie Alender did a good job at creating an easy to read, well flowing book that has just enough mystery to keep any reluctant reader engrossed.
I loved reading about the catacombs and Versailles, and the descriptions of Paris seemed to come from a true love of the area. However, I was disappointed in the relationships and character development. It's obvious that Collette is pretending and masking who she is, to be friends with the popular girls. She admits she doesn't want to not be seen 'with' them, although she always ditches them. She doesn't fully come across as somone who isn't vapid and shallow, although we are supposed to sympathize with her. She has her bitchy mean-girl moments, and while the book pushes the idea of 'being nice is doing something without wanting something in return' she STILL does things so that she can have the life she wants. It's annoying, how fake this character seems throughout the book. It's also annoying how the book plays up a 'love triangle' when there really is nothing of the sort. (Scholastic Book trailer, I'm look at you!) The love story of the book is pretty minimal, so it can trully interest those looking for an action packed historical fiction. (Ok, again, reluctant middle school readers here.)
However, I also fully enjoyed the book, so if you haven't picked this one up yet, you really should. You shouldn't be disappointed(less)
I received the ARC of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I wanted to like this book. I was really hoping to find a positive st...moreI received the ARC of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I wanted to like this book. I was really hoping to find a positive story line, to show that bullies are not always mean without reason. I really wanted a book to put on my library shelves that would spark my students interests, to start them on an internal investigation, learning to over-come bullying, understand what makes a bully....
This book falls short. The premise is there, the framework is there, but it doesn't go beyond that. Let me start by saying that I was a victim to extreme bullying, even from teachers. I was an over-weight cheerleader, and that seemed to offend people. I am very overweight now, but when I look back at my middle school years, I was only 20-30 lbs overweight. I was a size 15. I was large, but I felt even larger and ended up with body dysmorphic disorder as well as bulimia. Bullying is a real threat.
When I read the synposis of this book on Netgalley, I HAD to read it. I was interested in Krista, the overweight girl who is the victim of bullying, due to her weight. However of all the characters, we learn the least about her, and her character development is completely missing.
This book is told through her, her bully, and her friend. This is confusing in the begining of the book, as I thought the book was being told in third person, of Krista. But it wasn't. It took me a bit of time to realize that it was another character's point of view.
In the begining, Krista is described as a girl who ignores her weight. She doesn't seem to care about her weight, and ignores the bullies. However, once a picture is taped to her locker, she becomes obsessed with losing weight and taking diet pills, no matter the cost to her health. She ignores her best friend, and becomes practically a hermit, never leaving her bed. By the end of the book, it's hard to be sympathetic to her, even though I have first hand experience of being that girl. I feel like the author did a piss-poor job at fully showing the TRUE danger of this behavior, because of how bitchy she made this character. (No, not every book should have a 'lesson' but this is a dangerous spot to be in.)
We learn more about the bully, and find that she does not have the happy-home-life like she appears to have. Throughout the story we see her fall in with the wrong crowd, and we are alluded to a situation that is unpleasant, and one can assume what happens, HOWEVER. This is where the book ends. There is no closure at all for the bully and the victim. This story just ends. I have a major problem with this. This book's synopsis makes the reader believe we will be reading a story about bullying. Instead, we learn more about the friend, and she is the only character to have any sort of resolution by the end. It left a bad taste in my mouth. 'Oh look, the bully isn't happy, the bullied isn't happy, LETS TALK ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE!' It's obvious while reading that the focus isn't on the bullying or bully at all. It's about the friend and her home life.
This book is misleading and stops in middle of what I felt to be the climax of the story. There are other things I would like to say about this book, but I can't seem to articulate well WHY this book is nothing but disappointing. This is NOT a book I will be purchasing for my school library. I'd rather spend my money elsewhere. (less)