I felt this book was rather simple in writing style. Kinda juvenile. It had a lot of potential, and there was some stuff I enjoyed, and it was a quickI felt this book was rather simple in writing style. Kinda juvenile. It had a lot of potential, and there was some stuff I enjoyed, and it was a quick read for me, but...I came away disappointed....more
4.75 stars which is basically my code for "I REALLY want to ignore the one or two less-than-perfect aspects because I freaking loved it so much I don'4.75 stars which is basically my code for "I REALLY want to ignore the one or two less-than-perfect aspects because I freaking loved it so much I don't even care." ...more
I'll come back to this series. This book was probably better than three stars, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as the first two. Maybe I read themI'll come back to this series. This book was probably better than three stars, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as the first two. Maybe I read them too fast. Also, I didn't like Blake. Like, I'm not talking about thinking Blake was a bad person or whatever. I didn't like him as a character. I didn't like what happened with him at the end. I didn't like his part in the book at all.
Actually, that may be the primary reason I didn't enjoy this book as much as the last two. He was a good antagonist in Onyx, but the novelty of him is no longer.
I'm taking a break from YA. I still like it, but the scene with (view spoiler)[Daemon going down on Katy (hide spoiler)] was a little too weird/creepy for me as a grown woman and the characters being teenagers. It wasn't quite explicit but it was waaay more than implied, more than I'm comfortable with for YA. I don't mean that as a moral judgment or whatever; it's more to do with my experience as an adult reader. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really expected and wanted this to be in the 4-4.5 star range, but I wasn't feeling it. Adrian and Sydney...I don't know, they seem almost3.5 stars.
I really expected and wanted this to be in the 4-4.5 star range, but I wasn't feeling it. Adrian and Sydney...I don't know, they seem almost too lovestruck. The other parts of their characters didn't manifest as much, the parts that make them strong characters. They spent most of the book moping about how much they loved each other. I know I said in my review of the last book that these books are a love story first, but maybe I was wrong about there not being anything wrong with that? I like Adrian and Sydney, I really do, but...too much mush.
(view spoiler)[Also, the dabbling thing was gross and the revelation re: Adrian past would be unforgivable if I thought that was at all in character for him (even past him). But it wasn't, and I really could have done without that. (hide spoiler)]
Edit: And yet, I'm having book withdrawals a day later. I really need the next book now, thank you.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Better than Bloodlines was, but it still doesn't have quite the draw of the Vampire Academy series. That said, an enjoyable read, if still a3.5 stars.
Better than Bloodlines was, but it still doesn't have quite the draw of the Vampire Academy series. That said, an enjoyable read, if still a bit boring through a lot of it. The characters are blander than they are in VA, but Adrian is enough to draw me in. I liked Sydney more in this book, too, but still she's not as good a narrator as Rose. ...more
It's taken a while, but finally things are starting to make sense. (view spoiler)[Though I hope Vestara comMaybe not quite four stars...perhaps 3.75?
It's taken a while, but finally things are starting to make sense. (view spoiler)[Though I hope Vestara comes clean about killing Natua because her plan to be with Ben as long as possible before she has to kill him is pretty stupid, considering she's only reverting to it because she killed an innocent to keep him alive, but I guess those are teenager-in-love hormones. (hide spoiler)]
And, honestly, Abeloth is starting to resemble Palpatine a little too much. To be fair, I honestly didn't get that (view spoiler)[Roki Kem was Abeloth (hide spoiler)] until late in the book--though I did figure it out long before it was actually revealed.
I'm deeply interested to see where this is all heading. Part of me hopes this isn't wrapped up in the next book, but sets things up for the future (as the title "Fate of the Jedi" implies).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I say this so you understand why I gave this four stars instead of five, which was my first instinctLet me begin by saying: Shatter Me had its flaws.
I say this so you understand why I gave this four stars instead of five, which was my first instinct upon finishing. My reasoning was that any book I devoured overnight was an automatic five-star book. But after some thought, I decided that this should not be the case, as I realized that perhaps I had more (much more) love for this book than it was worthy of.
And that's okay. Really.
Some books just hit a chord with certain people, so much that it is difficult to recognize imperfections. And I totally get that Shatter Me had plenty of issues with characterization, abuse of metaphors, and flowery cliches. It wasn't even that I didn't notice these things. I just didn't care.
I didn't care because this book had an addictive quality that made it impossible to set down. Everything, the villain, the romance, the rage, the hopeless setting, the freaking passion, I can't exactly explain it. All I know is that I kept wanting more. I needed more. I'm not sure it was entirely healthy, the relationship I had with this book in that 12-hour period.
There are better books out there in this genre. I don't know if this book will have the same effect on someone reading this review as it did on me, so I'm not so sure how I would recommend this. I can't make any promises, but if you want to take a risk...this is the book to take it on. ...more
I enjoyed this book, for the most part. The characters, especially Hampton and Sara and even Blaine, were well-developed. I really liked Hampton, andI enjoyed this book, for the most part. The characters, especially Hampton and Sara and even Blaine, were well-developed. I really liked Hampton, and I loved Sara. I loved the way that the setting was used (it felt a lot like my high school). I liked the high school football backdrop.
Still, though, this book didn't captivate me the way I thought it would. The plot was...well, I didn't find it. There were elements to the story that needed to be better developed--things like Hampton's relationship with his mother. I wanted more scenes exploring that dynamic. There was never any tension there, and so when that story was resolved I didn't feel at all invested in it.
There needs to be more conflict all around in the story. Yeah, there's plenty of internal conflict in Hampton and in Blaine (which we see through Hampton), but that all just builds and builds and the pay-off for the tension is kind of a letdown.
All in all, it's an okay book, and an easy read. The characters are great. The plot elements, however, left a lot to be desired....more
I like Sydney, but I think Rose is a better narrator. Sydney is rather boring in that regard. I think the main issue I have with this book is that itI like Sydney, but I think Rose is a better narrator. Sydney is rather boring in that regard. I think the main issue I have with this book is that it took so long for things to actually happen -- it wasn't until the last 10% of the story that the action really ramped up. That's not really a problem for me -- setting the scene and character development are important factors and action isn't everything. However, Sydney didn't enthrall me as a narrator like Rose did. ...more
I read this book quickly, mainly because I was hardly able to put it down for long. This is a haunting story about the aftermath of long-ter4.5 stars.
I read this book quickly, mainly because I was hardly able to put it down for long. This is a haunting story about the aftermath of long-term domestic abuse, with heavy themes of family and brotherhood, redemption, and healing. After I finished, I knew that this was a novel that will stay with me.
The relationship between Jace and Christian is what drew me in. These are two messed up and deeply flawed characters. Christian is all who Jace has left to trust, but Christian's own issues dictate that their relationship remain as distant as possible. Christian's girlfriend, Mirriam, attempts to break through the barriers of both brothers so that they can finally heal.
There's so much here and I am struggling to put my thoughts into words. Through the story, Jace and Christian struggle to forgive themselves and each other and they deal with their guilt in their own ways. They live in fear of their father finding them--a fear that Christian has suffered silently for five years, a fear that Jace, having just left, is just beginning to understand. They also must come to grips with their mother's decision. Jace begins to realize that deflecting his father's rage onto him in order to protect her, a technique he learned from Christian, can only end in tragedy. Christian, meanwhile, is torn apart by the realization that Jace and their father are more alike than he ever realized.
The threads running through this story come together beautifully, with each serving to illuminate the brokenness of the situation. There are certain storylines, however, that I felt uncomfortable with. While I appreciated the resolution between Jace and Lauren's relationship, I couldn't support the budding romance between Jace and Dakota. It isn't that I didn't like Dakota, but I felt that things were a little too raw for Jace to be entering into another relationship so soon after Lauren.
Don't get me wrong, I understood the purpose of the romance--Dakota was a chance for a new beginning for Jace, a chance to be the person he wanted to be, not the person he was becoming with Lauren, back when his father still held the complete power.
Mirriam and Christian provided Jace with an example of how a functional relationship should work, a contrast from what he learned growing up. He is genuinely surprised to learn that a serious disagreement doesn't have to escalate to angry, hurtful words, and later on he realizes that angry words don't have to escalate to violence.
Mirriam, too, is on her own journey. She is shocked to learn of the secrets Christian has been keeping from her and she works to break through to him and to Jace, though she isn't quite sure how to do that. No matter what, she doesn't give up, even if at times Jace wished she did.
At the end, despite the heartbreak, despite everything that had happened to them, I felt something that seemed absent through the majority of the book--and that was hope. ...more