This book is hard to rate and I'd probably give it 2.5 stars if pressed (Why won't Goodreads allow for half stars? *shakes fist*). Stiefvater's abilitThis book is hard to rate and I'd probably give it 2.5 stars if pressed (Why won't Goodreads allow for half stars? *shakes fist*). Stiefvater's ability to describe character and setting is magnificent, but her actual storytelling skills are lacking in this tale, in my opinion. The pace of the book is so slow that I had to force myself to stay with it, thinking that it had to pick up. At about page 300, I felt it tick up just a little, but not enough.
Writers are told to show and not tell, and Stiefvater does that exceedingly well. However, she spends too much time showing setting and moments that don't really move the story forward. And then when you really want to hit the slow-mo button to squeeze out every bit of emotion (like when the main characters finally kiss), she glides by it too quickly.
It was a beautiful character portrayal, but I felt it could have been just as good--no, better--if she had told it in half the number of pages....more
Fire was a hot mess. She was beyond beautiful but completely messed up inside, afraid of everything, and filled with a self-loathing that grew old quiFire was a hot mess. She was beyond beautiful but completely messed up inside, afraid of everything, and filled with a self-loathing that grew old quickly. The pace of the book was far too slow for me, and Fire was a difficult character to love, as she was constantly pushing people away. There was not a strong reason for the war, which made it even more wearying. Brigan and Archer were likable characters, but that's about the highlight of the book for me. :(...more
I loved Tammara Webber's Between the Lines series and, judging from the amazing ratings on this one, I figured Easy would be amazing as well.
I'll admiI loved Tammara Webber's Between the Lines series and, judging from the amazing ratings on this one, I figured Easy would be amazing as well.
I'll admit the first half of the book was sweet and well-written as Jacqueline plays the 'Is he looking at me? And what does it mean if he's not?' game with Lucas, but I wasn't really getting why so many people were in love with this book. It was good, but it wasn't amazing. That was the first half.
And then the second half blew me out of the water. When the sisters met to talk about Buck, I could hardly hold back a fist bump in the air. The history of Lucas took my breath away. I didn't see it coming, could not have imagined it, and all of a sudden, this wasn't a cute story anymore, but something so raw and tight that I could hardly breathe around it.
Tammara, I applaud you yet again. You are an incredible writer and an inspiration to girls everywhere.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'll sign up for a self-defense class. ...more
I enjoyed the beginning and the ending of this book, but the middle really sagged for me. The world building that Maas does is easy to follow, even wiI enjoyed the beginning and the ending of this book, but the middle really sagged for me. The world building that Maas does is easy to follow, even with the multitude of unfamiliar names to keep track of, but the character development in the middle just didn't really build for me like I expected. The heroine's character is unpredictable and inconsistent, so I had a hard time knowing what to expect from her, or understanding her reactions in some instances.
The action scene at the end was particularly well-written, but I didn't love either Dorian or Chaol enough to really feel invested in which she ends up with in a future book....more
There were some things about this book I truly loved, but there were several pieces I felt needed to be changed in order to take it from a good book tThere were some things about this book I truly loved, but there were several pieces I felt needed to be changed in order to take it from a good book to an amazing book.
I'll start with what I loved: The Garrett family of ten (two parents and eight kids) were well fleshed out (with the exception of Duff). It is tremendously difficult to differentiate that many characters so that readers can visualize them and keep track of them, and I thought Fitzpatrick did a beautiful job in that. I really felt connected to them, like I could feel the life, love, and mess that defined their family.
Samantha was real and easy to relate to. Jase was honest, uncomplicated, and attractive as a love interest.
The dialogue felt genuine, not forced, and the setting was such that it was easy to step in to that world and feel like I was there.
Now what it needed: The first two thirds of the book was Samantha and Jase falling for each other. It was sweet, but it was a little slow and far too long. I would have cut a good deal of this, particularly the time after they got together, as it got a little hard to watch (there's a reason why people say--even if they are happy for you--"get a room"!). I am a total sucker for a love story, but this one went on longer than it should have, since it lacked any real conflict other than her mom's finding out and certain disapproval of their relationship.
Nan was a throw-away character and we spent way too much time with her. If it weren't for the fact that her brother Tim is interesting and integral to the story, I would say that character should have been cut altogether.
The twist (or "the unthinkable" as it says on the jacket flap) was great and brought a much-needed level of conflict and tension to the story. However, I felt like Jase and Samantha really needed to have a rip-roaring drag out fight where he really lets loose all the emotion inside him and breaks down. He holds so much inside and forgives too quickly. I think their relationship would have been stronger and the scene more powerful if they'd scraped the bottom of the emotional barrel together and come out clinging to one another.
I also felt like Fitzpatrick had a perfect opportunity to go full-circle in character development with Samantha's mom, Grace, but failed to do so. The comment she makes at the end of her last scene really ruined that development arc that was otherwise well done.
Lastly, while the first two-thirds of the book was too long, the last third felt rushed, particularly the ending. We never really find out what happens, how the conflict is ultimately resolved. Even the piece with Nan is left hanging.
So if the beginning had been chopped down some, the post-twist portion expanded, and we'd had the opportunity to see Jase hit rock bottom and bounce back, this would have been a five star book.
This was a cute, easy read. I really liked Carter, mainly because he was so normal. So often in romance novels, the guy has to be the mega alpha male,This was a cute, easy read. I really liked Carter, mainly because he was so normal. So often in romance novels, the guy has to be the mega alpha male, the bad boy Adonis, the dark and dangerous devil... And while all of those things are fine, sometimes it's nice just to have a leading man who is normal, who romances the heroine with his kindness, gentleness, and attentiveness. Carter was definitely the best part of the book. :)
I liked Mac okay. Her mom was something of a caricature. The downside of the book was really that Nora Roberts spent a lot of time repeating herself. After a scene with Mac and her mom, she'd tell the story to her friends or to Carter (or to both). Since the reader was with her when it originally happened, the retelling is boring and repetitive.
Worth a read if you're not looking for something sweet just to pass the time....more