I don't know if it's just the way it is, but whenever I read books that are young-adult but have these weird, random scenes that make you think they'rI don't know if it's just the way it is, but whenever I read books that are young-adult but have these weird, random scenes that make you think they're more of a new-adult kind of genre, I feel really annoyed. I mean, I wanted the book to be more focused on what was going on, rather than how hot the male lead was, or what they were going to discuss, or how jealous this girl was of such-and-such and things like that. I didn't like this book at all, as a matter of fact....more
Just so you know, this is not a prejudiced review. I haven't checked out a single rating before I'm typing this, so this is completely based on my thoJust so you know, this is not a prejudiced review. I haven't checked out a single rating before I'm typing this, so this is completely based on my thoughts and opinions alone.
You know, I tried a lot to consider what it would be like to take Beautiful Disaster - again - in Travis' point of view. Maybe justify all of his actions in some sort of manner which deemed possible? I wasn't sure it would happen, but I was willing to try. After all, I had changed my higher rating of BD to a much lower one after re-reading the book constantly and giving myself a pep talk. But when I read this novel, there wasn't really anything to justify. It was pretty much the same things happening in BD, except told with more personal pronouns and a little added profanity here and there. It's pretty boring. If I were to take a Harry Potter book I'm pretty sure most of you have read and then wrote my own draft of the same book, with American slang instead of Briticisms, you wouldn't be impressed. This was the same case, here, except that there was so justifying Travis' actions for anything, so I was pretty much grimacing - again, I can say - as I read it all. Travis' voice is just what I expected - overconfident, loud, and way too persuasive, which I found pretty creepy. And the repetition of the incident when Abby left him after sleeping with him - yeah, not pretty. Especially because instead of hearing about it happening from your best friend, I guess I experienced/witnessed it from Travis' weirdo mind.
That's what it was. Boring. Still horrifyingly pointless. Violent. Abusive.
For the writing itself, other than the fact that the plot failed to capture me, the writing wasn't so bad. I guess I would give the book extra points for not completely repeating the entire story of BD to us again and instead leaving some things out where others were inserted. I mean, I'm not really one to like reading a dual version of books unless I extremely wonder what goes on in a character's mind, but I gave it a try in this book, so I'm only glad that the whole boring repetition didn't occur. But even from this end, I could still see Abby as a very, very boring female lead. It just turned out that way.
**spoiler alert** I thought I'd like the conclusion to this series a lot better after reading Effortless, which in a way had the kind of plot that mad**spoiler alert** I thought I'd like the conclusion to this series a lot better after reading Effortless, which in a way had the kind of plot that made me feel surprised (in a good way). I actually thought I'd like this book a lot better because Kiera seemed to grow out of her immature, whiny-little-bitch phase. But then the entire plot seemed ridiculous, because that's all she was doing - forgiving Kellan for each and every little thing, and while he didn't exactly have anything to grovel over, it was getting so annoying that she took everything Sienna did completely in stride. I expected more anger, more passion - because isn't that what this series is about? And although I liked the moving-on plot where Kellan was finally becoming a famous (world super famous) musician, getting interviews, fangirls, being the heartthrob, yadda yadda, it was super annoying that the whole book seemed to revolve around him alone. I saw everything that was happening through Kiera's eyes, yes, but she was basically narrating that Kellan did this, he ate this and this at such-and-such place, talked to so-and-so with this expression on his face, had fifty-six girls make out with him here-and here, and oh yeah, I wrote a little more of my soon-to-be-published novel. It was annoying reading the same things happen over and over again. So Kiera had a superstar boyfriend who rocked the world with his beautiful music, and all the while she told the readers this while not really having a plot of her own. Give me a break.
Plus, all the other characters were so dull. I was pretty tired of reading that Kiera's sister was such a whore, and that Griffin was such a womanizer - yeah, I could already tell! I can't even stand to think about Griffin without scowling. He made out with about a thousand women in this series, and then suddenly, he decides he loves Anna, and they flipping get married. I'm no scientist, but if you're magically deciding the women on your lap aren't so interesting after completely ignoring the woman you impregnated, just to make out with a score of them - you're certifiably moronic, or just a completely different creature. It drove me mad, the relationship between those two. I almost felt bad that Anna was even related to Kiera, no matter how much of a pessimist that makes me.
I thought Denny would also be a greater addition to the novel, since he and Kiera practically shared the first novel all to themselves, but all he had were the moments where he'd solemnly stare at Kiera and they'd have a Moment of Remembrance for What They Lost.
And speaking of which, the little "wedding" scene? So dramatic. I'm really starting to dislike the fact that there are books that have to go through about fifty years of narration just to show readers that the love interests have had a good ending. Writing about their drama, okay. Writing about their drama, plus a thousand love triangles and/or cheating, add the wedding they have, an epilogue, and a six-months-later story that includes a house,a white picket fence, and three children, not so okay. I'm tired of reading that the girl has to, in one way or the other, get pregnant in the novel and then they both get married as soon as possible in the span of a few pages. It's so irritating.
Anyway, that's the best I can think of for what my opinion was on this book. I don't yet know if I'll read anymore of this author's upcoming novels, but if I do, I really hope my reaction is better than it was for this series....more
I'm so sick of reading books where the heroine and the hero solve their issues in the last few pages, and in between the resolution and the introductiI'm so sick of reading books where the heroine and the hero solve their issues in the last few pages, and in between the resolution and the introduction are about a thousand pointless subplots that make absolutely no relationship with the actual subject. The synopsis indicates that Luke's point of view is also added in the story, and it's not. Except for one chapter. Plus, the two characters have this instant attraction going on after about two days. I guess they profess their love in a few weeks. It's so mind-boggling and unrealistic and just makes me wonder. The entire plot confuses me, and I keep seeing references from the Fifty Shades trilogy that it's nerve-wracking. And there are so many arguments about pointless things and everything that goes on is all over the place. It's messy and it's like an on-going smut-filled fan fiction with new characters with absolutely no good traits. I'd rather not read any more of these kinds of books....more
After reading that very, very epic cliffhanger in Delirium, I was eager to get my hands on a copy of this book the moment it was released. Sadly, I diAfter reading that very, very epic cliffhanger in Delirium, I was eager to get my hands on a copy of this book the moment it was released. Sadly, I did get the book, but after having a peek at the ending, I decided that I couldn't read it at that moment and would read it alongside Requiem in 2013. The problem was that so many people had read it by then that I decided I had to read it this year, and after ten months, I got my hands on a copy from my local library.
And I am so disappointed.
It turns out the ending was probably the only part of the book that's the most shocking/exciting, or that includes a cliffhanger you can't forget after a while. The chapters in this book dragged along, and that is just the smallest problem. After Lena had escaped over the fence, I kind of expected that the story would involve a lot of encounters with the enemy from the other side, maybe an interaction or two with Alex before they had to part ways due to current issues. But it turns out that, instead, Lena ended up with the... Scavengers, and went through incidents like rallies and group meetings and whatnot, and met the star of another very irritating beautiful love triangle: Julian Fineman.
I don't really see what's so amazing about Julian, though. Alex was great; you could tell his personality from the moment he was involved in the story in the first book. Julian, on the other hand, was the most lame character in love triangle history. He barely had a personality, and I don't call lamenting about his loss in his horrible past a personality. His involvement in the story seemed so selfish, so unnecessary, it would have been better if Lena had made him a companion of hers along her journey - not a love interest. It was like she was betraying Alex, and she knew it, but just kept on going right along, which had me wondering if she only loved Alex because he was different, or if Julian was a rebound guy. Which he probably was. Which made me hate Lena all over again.
And that's how love triangles ruin things. The ending of the novel is proof enough. I still don't even understand why there was such a dragging tale followed by something as shocking as that. The introduction of new characters didn't really make up for the strangeness of this story, either.
I guess this book is somewhere between 'good' and 'not so good'. It probably has to do with the fact that the story, the plot, the entire idea of beinI guess this book is somewhere between 'good' and 'not so good'. It probably has to do with the fact that the story, the plot, the entire idea of being stuck on an island with a bunch of wild kids, sounded so much like Lord of the Flies, a book which I didn't really enjoy.
I understood the main gist of the novel, and it would have been captivating, but the main characters in the novel were so outrageously stupid. There were moments when all these characters would argue about things that weren't at all necessary, weren't related to the plot whatsoever, just with the romance. Gadya and Alenna argued about three times about their relationship with Liam, and I have no idea why one would bother thinking about their love life at a time like that, stuck on an island with hardly any food, a group of sick children, and untrustworthy armies lurking nearby. I hate Gadya as a character; she's nothing like the supporting character you'd expect her to be. She has to hold a grudge against every person she meets, doesn't even try reigning in her jealousy of Alenna, and has to boast her talent with knife-welding wherever she goes. And her sacrifice at the end was more like a plot twist than anything else.
At the same time, the story itself was what captured my interest. I'm already a fan of sci-fi literature, so reading another story about a totalitarian(ish) government was great. The fast pacing was also a nice change, the adventure was gritty and the ending was very surprising. I will probably read the sequel to this book, but I just hope the author tones it down with the "romance". ...more
To be honest, I found this book absolutely ridiculous. I know it’s a retelling of Jane Eyre, and I like the fact that a retelling was made at all, becTo be honest, I found this book absolutely ridiculous. I know it’s a retelling of Jane Eyre, and I like the fact that a retelling was made at all, because I honestly loved Jane Eyre, and it has to be one of my favourite of the limited classics that I’ve read. But this book was made of very poorly-written content. It didn’t really leave much to the imagination, and the quotes seemed directly copied, abridged versions of the real Jane Eyre. I know it’s a retelling, but that’s just it—the only thing that seems different about this book from the actual Jane Eyre is that it’s a modern-time, contemporary piece of literature, and that Mr. Rochester is actually a Mr. Rathburn, and that he’s a moody rock star with a bizarre life instead of a moody rich bazillionaire someone with a bizarre life. It hardly made any different to me. Oh, and that, instead of the old-timey speech, there were—get this—actual swearing involved! Yippee.
I don’t regret reading this, as terrible as it sounds, because I actually hope to read more Charlotte Bronte anyway, and anything associated with Jane Eyre, but that doesn’t make this book any less stupid. I know for sure that I won’t be reading Catherine, though. ...more
Basically just a twist and turn of events that didn't really make sense to me. It was kind of a bore reading Juliet whining about everything over andBasically just a twist and turn of events that didn't really make sense to me. It was kind of a bore reading Juliet whining about everything over and over again. Although the ending was kind of sweet for Juliet, the story was sort of confusing. Although I've never read Romeo and Juliet at all, since I've only ever read one Shakespearean play, but I'd always expected it to otherwise have ended romantically. Obviously it was tragic, but I still expected Juliet Immortal to be about Juliet hating Romeo and then the both of them getting back together eventually. It was kind of a shock to see it otherwise. I guess I know I won't be reading the next book, though....more
I'm not sure why I decided to read this book at all, but if I remember correctly I was extremely desperate for new reading material, cheesy cliches orI'm not sure why I decided to read this book at all, but if I remember correctly I was extremely desperate for new reading material, cheesy cliches or not, and came across this one. The only thing I've got to say about it, though, is that it's a Vampire Knight manga changed into words, without pictures. I don't know if the author ever read the mangas, and it's most probably a coincidence, but either way, I don't really like either series, so the book was a flop. It was totally unbelievable and I was extremely disappointed in the protagonist at the end, putting her heart in Demetri's hands like that without having any dignity or self-respect.
One thing's for sure, and it's that I'm definitely not going to pick up books without reading reviews - thoroughly - again. Ever....more
**spoiler alert** To put it in a nutshell, this book took me forever to read. I had to force myself to just click on the "place hold" button on my lib**spoiler alert** To put it in a nutshell, this book took me forever to read. I had to force myself to just click on the "place hold" button on my library website so that I could just finish the series already. To be honest, it was an extremely slow read. Seeing as how the third book had come out last summer, I pretty much forgot a lot that had happened in the novel and didn't know what to expect in this book. My initial thought when I finished the book was "meh." It could've ended a lot better. I don't really know why there had to be that kind of epilogue, I honestly don't think of it (view spoiler)[meeting the love of your many lives again in mortal form without having any indication of whom he is (hide spoiler)] as a happy ending, especially because it can end in so many ways. Maybe I'm wrong, but their love could end up weak and to be honest, I felt they had more passion in their other lives. No matter how "insta-love" Daniel and Luce were in their past lives, all their moments brought up their history and the plot of the series. Seeing it all go down like that wasn't really a good moment for me.
I have to say this one point - I don't enjoy when books are written in third person. It works on several series, but every time I read it in Rapture, I felt this odd sense of distance from all the characters. And since I already feel that Luce is a dainty little angel girl whom everyone feels the necessary urge to save when she's in distress, the whole "listening to her point of view" just made me want to give up the book.
Sure, it was pretty much better than the last two books, I'll give it that, but it didn't have the super-mind-changing, rating-changing action or ending, or romance for that matter, that would make me give Rapture a higher rating. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book seemed so... meh. There wasn't very much special about it. Lots of the characters were annoying and under-confident, and the shifting pointsThis book seemed so... meh. There wasn't very much special about it. Lots of the characters were annoying and under-confident, and the shifting points of views irritated me. There would be small cliffhangers from, say, Jenn's perspective, and then the spotlight would go to someone else's. Jamie was also very frustrating and was becoming so much of a jerk. There was this small portion in which he was "sauntering alongside Jenn", and Antonio apparently felt jealous of this, who knows why. I don't understand why Jamie has to be such an idiot all the time. The romance was also very confusing - Jenn couldn't figure out if she loved Antonio despite his being a vampire, but when he came too close to her neck she became frightened. What the hell? And then the whole Skye/Holgar, Skye/Jamie, Erika/Jamie, Erika/Marc, Skye/Marc thing was so perplexing. All these duos made no sense. I only mostly liked that the pacing of the book was fast and that the action made up for what the book lacked....more
What's wrong about this book is that the author seems to be writing a diary entry about corrupted men, and then stretching it up into more than threeWhat's wrong about this book is that the author seems to be writing a diary entry about corrupted men, and then stretching it up into more than three hundred pages. The message of this book is clear enough, that there has to be a decent, good man that you choose to love, and that love is good enough for you, but it could have been written in another way. Quinn is the ost flat character of all time; she refuses to acknowledge the fact that her father is a bad person. She's surrounded by people who love her - her grandmother, her mother, her aunt, her sister, her boyfriend, her half-sister, her half-sister's mother and all the ex-wives of her father, Barry - but she refuses to see that they are supportive enough for her and instead thinks that she requires a father figure in her life - especially when said father seems to contain all the characteristics of a bad husband and parent. She doesn't even "realize" this until it's too late - she knows it, but she doesn't show it. She's also extremely passive about all of this, and she barely says two sentences to her father about it at the end of the book. That annoyed me.
Also, the romance in this novel hardly made any sense - it seemed as though the author decided to use Jake as a plot device more than anything - that, despite all of the corruption going on with her father, we'll just insert this one beautiful man, and his lovely arms and curly hair, in the middle of the book no less, and everyone will be happy. Honestly, the book would have been just fine without Jake at all. I think my favourite characters were Frances Lee and Gavin - I know that the latter was barely in the novel at all, but he seemed the only love interest that actually made sense. And Frances Lee was the only character who did the passive/aggressive thing well.
Basically, this book had a lot of errors. The writing style would have been good, but there's something I noticed about this author that's similar to Sarah Dessen - the dialogue mostly consists of everyone around the protagonist speaking, with only two words inserted into the conversation that are spoken by the protagonist herself. I didn't find that good. Also, the descriptions - the lengthy, unnecessary descriptions - of some places, people, or objects, made me cringe. I don't like it when authors overdo things like that. In this book, Deb would describe Jake's hands, and she's use them to explain how they touched so many objects and yaddayadda. It was kind of embarrassing.
In the end, I liked the message. I just don't like the book....more