More of an explanation than a review since I am marking this book as a DNF. I’ve had Demo-Monde in my reader for awhile now and sometimes a reader hasMore of an explanation than a review since I am marking this book as a DNF. I’ve had Demo-Monde in my reader for awhile now and sometimes a reader has to admit defeat when it comes to books that one just can’t grasp. I had issue with the book from the very start. First was the information dumped. It was overwhelming and I wasn’t appreciating the way the author laid all the facts right there. It was like being given a bulk of information to absorb right from the very start without the chance to get used to the setup first – if you know what I mean. Second was the toggle styled-acronym-slang-terms in the book that the author somehow thought necessary. I couldn’t get pass that especially when you read it almost line per line and you are lost with what is being talked about. I believe it was a vital part of the novel itself but for me it was just distracting. And lastly, I was not connecting to it. There was no love exchanged between Demi-Monde and I. It has a promising premise but reading it wasn’t as appealing to me as I wanted it to be.
I really reaLLY REALLY wanted to like this book but if I can’t get pass a few chapters, I need to stop entirely to avoid being disappointed in the end right? *sigh* Maybe in a few months I’ll revisit Demi-Monde and maybe then I’ll have a new view but for now, I just can’t....more
I can’t quite find the right words or emotions to write a review well enough for Crave. Crave was truly veryOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I can’t quite find the right words or emotions to write a review well enough for Crave. Crave was truly very confusing and disappointing. I have read a lot of books that I know from the very start would disappoint the reader in me and Crave was one of those but I hoped that somewhere between the pages of Crave, there was a redeeming factor to this book – which mind you is the first in the series – but there wasn’t.
Anyway, so Crave is a paranormal romance centered between two focal characters: Savannah Colbert and Tristan Coleman. Two teenagers set to disrupt both worlds they live in but somehow cannot grasp the severity of the events happening. Savannah is a dhampir, part witch and part vampire. A rarity which made her a force to recon with. She is the “social outcast” of the story that lived a boring and uneventful life – that is before the change happened. Then we have the Tristan who is the star player, handsome stud and one of the untouchable Colemans who is set to lead the “Clann” after his dad. I have to say that these two are great examples of what not to write for characters – they are flat, unappealing, and very cliche to the T. I could not feel that attraction that the author was so focused on imposing. The characters alone was so dull and putting them together did not help either. The book is literally centered around Savannah and Tristan and their relationship. Snooze!
Crave is romance heavy so my excitement right away was depleted. I needed action and a lot of kickass-ing. The story had a witch angle, a vampire angle, Romeo – Juliet star crossed lovers angle yet the author did not do anything to make these elements work. I was anticipating Savannah’s reaction and how her life will finally change after she realizes what she really is but even with that, the author did nothing to pull and redeem the story. She had bigger boobs, gaze that can induce anybody to be stalker-ish and an urge to dance. Hmmmm. She can’t even dance a tune before the change then now thinks that dance is her life, how did that happen? And being half vampire but no bloodlust? Again, how did that happen? This book is full of ‘convenience’ that is just irritating. I needed a good world building wherein things are left to my imagination but all I got was pages of filler and details that the story did not need. I was expecting a story centered around witches and vampire and maybe the start of an epic battle but only got cheesiness and mush. I was waiting for a sizzling romance with characters that make my insides tingle but found none. I was waiting for more paranormal but got romance. I needed a book that is not solely written for that (romance) purpose. Hmmmmmmm I can go on but you get the picture.
I don’t have any issues with the author per se, this is my first book of hers so I was really expecting something. My issue is with how the book disappointed me as a reader where I felt that it wasted my time and energy reading it. Disappointing is not even close and hate is to much of a word to use. I just needed substance, emotion worthy characters and a fresh plot not a story that hit all my checklist to a example-of-a-YA-book-not-to-read. This just makes me sad....more
Gorgeous cover strikes again! Bound has an interesting premise and it looks very promising but unfortunately the story line felt really flat.
First ofGorgeous cover strikes again! Bound has an interesting premise and it looks very promising but unfortunately the story line felt really flat.
First of all, Sabrina was really annoying to say the least. She’s self-centered, narcissistic and one dimensional. she’s your typical girl who you love to hate for just existing. I get it that she’s troubled and all that (issues with her parents) but c’mon – she’s really arrrg frustrating. Lucus (what’s with the name?) is a so so character – lacks the appeal that was needed to make the love angle interesting. I believe the only character that put a smile to my face was Perry (or was that his name? The ghost?) – a ghost who loves to come and go with few hints of voyeurism. Lols. And I almost forgot, Ivan. That guy was as annoying as Sabrina but I bet he’ll be a big part for the next novel.
The story goes on and on and when the great part was actually starting, the story ended. Can you see where my problem is with this story? This is one thing I hate about series but the fact remains, if the readers loved your story they will read the next book without leaving them with a cliffhanger or abruptly ended story. As I said, the story had potential but how the story was executed was not really working for me at all....more
I was never really interested in Micah character nor thought that the addition of said character was necessary. Of all of Anita's men, Micah is how shI was never really interested in Micah character nor thought that the addition of said character was necessary. Of all of Anita's men, Micah is how should I say this - flat? Not likable? Unnecessary?
Whatever that word might be, the meaning is still the same. Why did Hamilton wrote this book? I don't know really but it didn't do any justice to the series. It's just sad how the avid readers of the series seems to be slipping away because of how the story progress from being awesome to this. No word can really describe it. What the reason why I still read the series? I'll give you three. One, I'm an avid fan and will always be. Two, I never abandon a series however the story went. I still enjoy reading the series with all the action but still hoping that the sex part would be lessen. And lastly, I am still praying that Hamilton will turn this series around. I am loyal and I do think that the downhill spiral will change, I just don't know with what book.
To sum it up, do I still recommend the series? Hell yes. Do I love it as much as I love the first half of the series, no. Will I still continue reading it? Yes. Should you read it? Well that depends. As I always say, every reader has their own opinion and flavor in book selection but fair warning to those who doesn't like sex scenes to much, this book is not for you. :) Laurell K. Hamilton...more
** NOTE: This book has been read and reviewed prior to the edits of Survival. There maybe a lot of changes or there maybe none. Again, this review is** NOTE: This book has been read and reviewed prior to the edits of Survival. There maybe a lot of changes or there maybe none. Again, this review is written BEFORE any additional edits that was done by Hargrove recently.
Survival started sounding like a mystery thriller novel. Killers, prey, survival, death, psychopath. We are introduced to the killer and in a few chapters retold his background and the need-to-know details then the story took a spin at around 1/4 through the novel.
The next chapters lingered too long around Maddie’s recovery and how confused she was. It’s mostly back and forth questions of what happened, where she is, and stuff like that. I just felt the story needed to move on. Maddie’s exasperation was unavoidable and I am close to feeling the same as Maddie. Half of the book was too much word play and I kept on skipping through the pages.
Okay now the other part is Rayn’s POV. This part was also a lot of word play and re-encounter of what we already read. I can see what the author is trying to achieve but the dual POV is not working for me in Survival. It’s too much repeatition and that is where the appeal unfortunately disappears. I get that Rayn is hot, gorgeous and beautiful, perfect, awesome – but how many times does this have to be reiterated? We’ll also hear Maddie’s pity-babble, “I am not worthy of you” woes and after a few times it does get old.
The gushiness and mushy lines are overkill for me especially if they are repeated over and over. I just wanted to get past all the insta-love thing. I need to read more than I-love-her-so-much-I-can’t-be-without-her drama. In spite the things that bugged me in Survival, it is very unique and I do want to know how the story will pan out. Another thing I love about the story though is that we get to know about Rayn’s planet and background plus everything in between. This is the most important aspect in a story especially if your character is not human. One more thing I like is that although the author tends to linger on details a bit too much, that’s also her advantage. It’s very hard to write descriptively and make readers imagine what they are reading – in my opinion, the repetitions just needs to be toned down.
I really wanted to love this book but I just can’t. This is, as far as I can remember, the book with the most eye roll from me – it surpassed my disliked for the Morganville series and if you read that post you’ll know that it’s not good and that makes me sad because I had a lot of issues with the Morganville series. But since this is the first book of the series, I am willing to leave everything here and keep an open mind with book 2, Resurrection.
Is Survival for you? I really don’t know and I don’t want to tell you instantly don’t read it. I am hesitant myself but it is very promising and entertaining once you get past the issues I stated above or if you don’t mind my points stated. ...more
I am again disappointed. I don't know what happened to the series after Blue Moon. From a plateau, it went down and fast. I used to love Anita, don'tI am again disappointed. I don't know what happened to the series after Blue Moon. From a plateau, it went down and fast. I used to love Anita, don't get me wrong I still love the series but I just think that the plot of the series was lost with all erotic scenes and the coming of the ardeur.
I have come to the point where I skip all the sexy scenes to where the action is and I am left with only a few pages to read. I mean that's a great degrade to the previous books that the series had. The sense in the plot seems to go nowhere, the characters just gets bad every time, the ending are flat.
I can still recommend this novel to people who love the supernatural but with caution. I can tolerate erotica at some point but too much of it - that I can't handle. Would still be reading until the end of the series due to curiosity of how the story will progress and what the characters would be like but not as in love with the series like before.
I do hope Hamilton turns the series around. Such a great series to go to waste....more
Give me 5 minutes here you guys, ugggh don't know how to start the review. Hmmmmmm okay so let's see. RachelOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Give me 5 minutes here you guys, ugggh don't know how to start the review. Hmmmmmm okay so let's see. Rachel, Nat and Drew spends their summer with their childhood friend Summer (redundant I know) in her (Summer) aunts Malibu home. Its been 3 years since everyone saw each other and it seems like a lot of things changed - mostly Summer actually. She was mostly this skrawny not-too-pretty chick but eventually blossomed into a babe.
With that out of the way I'll tell you how I felt after reading Loving Summer. It was an ok read though it was kinda generic for my taste. The characters were stereotypes, the story was an overused concept wherein Gow didn't do anything new asides making my head ache, and what's more irritating is that this is part of a series. You may not understand why I despise it being a series but you'll understand if you read the book. Romance may not be my go to genre however I read and watch numerous stories that I can compare it too and by the end of the book I was just wasn't feeling it. Let me explain the reasons why.
First of all, like Bitter Frost (I know a whole different genre however I have the same point) the story had potential however Gow didn't present it effectively. It was a mixture of stereotype + cliche + predictability not counting the love interests emphasizing on the number 3. Loving Summer has 3 different guys vying for Summers affection.
The love interest namely Nat, Drew and Astor. Please take note that Nat and Drew are brothers. Nat initially has a fling with Summer which is why Summer is infatuated with him whereas Drew is a ladies man who sleeps with whoever finds him interesting. Then suddenly he likes Summer. Drew shows interest first with Summer but Summer eventually get involve with Astor not including the fact that she is still infatuated with Nat who doesn't want any relationship because he's committed. Later on, Nat eventually realizes that he likes Summer and breaks off with his girlfriend to pursue Summer in spite the fact that 1. Nat told him he likes Summer and 2. She is in a relationship with Astor. With that, a whole new melodrama ensues.
Then we have Summer. How can a person have feelings for someone, goes in a relationship with another but still flirts on the side I do not know. It's just mind boggling. She cannot make up her mind to whom she wants among the 3 fellow which doesn't give us a positive message at all. From what I read and in my opinion she's not confused, she's playing around. I get the idea of being confused between 2 guys but to be confused with 3 I just couldn't grasp that.
The story was soo cheesy and melodramatic I was amazed that I actually finished it. I think the reason is that Gow can write good but couldn't deliver her ideas properly for readers to enjoy. It can be a great summer read but it lacked the effectiveness of delivery. How about the ending? It was predictable and it lacked the proper emotion to accompany a supposed to be heart breaking event. Would I read the next book? I'll be honest to say NO. I don't want a round two of head spinning and irritation on my end. It maybe an awesome read to some readers but I wasn't Loving Summer at all (see what I did there? Lol)....more
This is a tough cookie and I must be honest, I am finding it difficult to write an opener (evidence right there) for my review so on to it then!
I feltThis is a tough cookie and I must be honest, I am finding it difficult to write an opener (evidence right there) for my review so on to it then!
I felt so detached with this book, half way through it I was mostly skipping pages and scratching my head because I can connect to the characters nor the story as I should be. I won’t say that it wasn’t for me or something since I wouldn’t pick it up if it didn’t interest me but along the way – our chemistry wasn’t working at all. I just felt that it was all about booze, sex, shopping and immaturity. Well granted that most of highschool and college is basically like that but I was really hoping it didn’t focus on that alone. I don’t know where the story was in the novel – it’s there somewhere, it was just not speaking to me clearly.
Ohh you know what sucks more? Reading the book was like watching a re-run of Gossip Girl (TV Series not the book) but not in a good way(the opener was the dead giveaway – The Ivy: News article/Publication, GG: Email blast/Website article). Well I don’t know, it seems like I’mone of the few to compare the two but that’s how I felt. The Ivy for me was all over the place and most of the time I kept on re-reading the last sentence because I keep on forgetting the storyline. Another difficulty to adjust to was the POV – it jumps from one character head to another. When you are reading that type of story telling, it will really be confusing and hard to follow.
The Ivy was suppose to go in my DNF pile but somehow I wanted to give this book a chance but thinking about it now, the act would have prevented me to write this review. (writing this was so hard!) Oh and last but not the last – the ending. Cliffhanger endinga are ok but in this case it was MEH! I didn’t intend to come out as bitchy or mean, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as most readers did. Would I recommend it personally? No. But that doesn’t mean this book is not as awesome as some readers see it. Read other reviews and decide for yourself but as for me, it stays on 1 star. *pout*...more
Bridget Jones Diary is about Bridget and her constant obssession with vices, weight management and finding “the one” or that’s how I understood it. AtBridget Jones Diary is about Bridget and her constant obssession with vices, weight management and finding “the one” or that’s how I understood it. At one point, the book is incredibly funny and fun to read but most of the times, I just skimmed through the pages hoping that by the next page the story ends. It’s harsh to call this book shallow but I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as other did. To be honest, I enjoyed the movie more than the book. I felt that the movie version had a credible story than the book itself which is very weird if you ask me. Here’s a few details of why I didn’t enjoy the book:
1. I was not fond of the “diary” style that the story was presented – okay granted that it is Bridget Jones’s DIARY but somehow for me it wasn’t as effective as the author wanted it to be.
2. The story. I understand that this is suppose to be the insights of Bridget’s thoughts but somehow what I got from the story was booze-cigarettes-calories count-zero lovelife. That’s basically how the whole story went – on my point of view that made this book shallow. Bridget came off as insecure, obssessed with mundane things and dull. Where’s the story? I needed more substance even though this story was marked chick lit.
3. Love story. It wasn’t as believable as I wanted it to be. Boring female lead + self centered lover + charming man at the end = predictable. *sigh*
4. Because of the writing style, reading the story became boring and irritating.
Let me point out one thing I enjoyed about this book – Bridget can write humorous that can make you laugh BUT that’s also a hit and miss. There’s a lot of women who enjoyed this book, unfortunately I am not one of them. I usually favor a book over a movie adaptation but in this case – I’m chosing the movie over the book all the way....more
Okay where do I begin? Hmmmmmm. Arrrrrrrgg! I can't even think of a sentence to start this review properly. Okay wait, to start I picked up Carrier ofOkay where do I begin? Hmmmmmm. Arrrrrrrgg! I can't even think of a sentence to start this review properly. Okay wait, to start I picked up Carrier of the Mark because 1.) it has a fantastic story, and 2.) gorgeous cover and 3.) curiosity so what did I get out of this? Disappointment. I can't even start writing down what I hated most about this book - I am lost with words.
I won't go into details what the book is all about but basically it's about a girl who moves to Ireland who later fell in love with a boy instantly and soon discovers that she is something else entirely or rather a person who has powers that she wasn't aware that she had.
Okay now what I didn't like about the book. Hmmmmmm. Okay, I don't have any issues with books that have insta-love themes. I am all for it but somehow Carriers of the Mark wasn't as effective as some books with similar themes. It wasn't as explosive as it should be - it was mushy, irritating and flat for me. The characters were also flat. Although the book was a fast read, I read it longer than expected, I wasn't connecting to the story as I hoped I would be. I realized that I keep sighing and rolling my eyes reading through the pages and not to mention the great similarities it has with the Twilight series. Seriously!
I had high hopes for this book but it doesn't impress me as it should have. I was sad and disappointed after reading the book. Actually, I almost came to putting it in a DNF pile but decided otherwise thinking that the book might redeem itself but after the last pages - nothing. Anyway, for sure there are readers who loved reading this and who would love to read this, I am just not one of them....more
Soulmates reincarnated, two souls forever destined to be together – sounds like your perfect tale, right? Well not much for me and here’s a run down oSoulmates reincarnated, two souls forever destined to be together – sounds like your perfect tale, right? Well not much for me and here’s a run down of what I think of the book.
Brendan and Emma’s relationship is cute being teenagers and all, hilarious with their banter and whatnot, gushing with romance – but sometimes MOST OF THE TIME I feel like it’s too much. I get that the two are a happy couple, reincarnated souls but the author didn’t need to write it in big letters. We get it! There were times that I enjoyed reading about it but there were also instances that I just rolled my eyes and flipped the pages.
Brendan has a heroine complex, his character didn’t work for me. Angelique was surprisingly entertaining. I loved her character being a devoted friend and a passionate witch. Emma, well Emma’s as stubborn as Brendan but less annoying and more quirky. I had a lot of laugh reading her thoughts and one I can remember is:
Of course, the handle just had to be carved with a bunch of grinning skulls. I would never be so lucky as to be attacked with a boring old wooden-handled steak knife, would I? Noo… I get the skull monsters.
Megan, who presumably is a powerful witch is not as threatening as I want her to be. Texting Angelique excessively! Seriously. As strong as she is, all she does is text threats? okay, moving on . . .
The library scene was too much for me. I mean, there was just too many pity points and “I am sorry” thrown back and forth that I can’t help rolling my eyes. It was too much drama, too many dialogues. To top it off, Brendan’s idea of stopping a witch is with a restraining order – well okay, great thinking. That was hilarious. The confrontation between Angelique and Brendan near the ending was a pain as well – that was the part where I totally hated Brendan’s character.
I seriously wanted to like this book, alot of readers seemed to love Spellbound but this book failed to make my heart flutter. Maybe I should read the first book and re-read this again to get a different feel – but if the first one is almost the same as this book, I think I’ll pass. Don’t get me wrong, I did not hate the book it’s just that I feel that this was too “teen-ish” and too much drama for me. It was just not working for me at all. *sigh*...more
I’ve read a Harbison book (Here Lies Bridget) before when I started blogging and it was fantastic. When I saOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I’ve read a Harbison book (Here Lies Bridget) before when I started blogging and it was fantastic. When I saw this for a tour I was on the fence if I wanted to join because when it comes to YA, we all know that it’s always a hit and miss. I had warning signs from the very start (knowing what the story will be abut) but I persisted because I wanted to see how it was. Well I have finished the book and Anything to Have You has been an experience I couldn’t quite explain. It was a roller coaster ride and a ride I do not want to repeat. It was not a bad book per se, its just that the book was all over the place which I’ll explain in a bit.
The story is told in a dual narration between Natalie and Brooke. Teenage best friends who has been friends since they’ve met. Each girl is very different – Brooke is very outgoing, loud and has an in your face attitude while Natalie is the laid back and girl next door type. While Natalie enjoys a night with hot chocolate and a bowl of popcorn to enjoy her current flick, Brooke is the party animal who adores the limelight. Brooke loves the crowd while Natalie loves her privacy. Both girls are so different yet they understood each other – a friendship that they both cherish and respect. Everything changes in a night. A night that Natalie will forever remember.
The first few pages was smooth sailing. We get to meet Brooke and Natalie in their everyday lives. I was enjoying reading how these two girls operate in their own environment. With that said though, I disliked these girls and how the story went on from the frickin’ party that started this whole roller coaster ride. My initial disappointment was with Brooke and how she is portrayed in Natalie’s POV. She is insensitive, insecure, a huge attention seeker and a bigger narcissistic brat. I hate how she treated her boyfriend Aiden in spite being a great guy and I hated the fact that she kept on justifying her actions thinking that her actions are OK. Hated her more when it came to her part. Being inside her head was torture. I could not even give her a little sympathy and thought that she is a ticking time bomb and it’s all her fault. Surprise! Surprise! Oh the drama, seriously. Then we have Natalie. I thought Natalie was to root for but the moment she acted like a flirt like Brooke, I immediately was turn offed. When she flirted with Aiden, that was the oh-Oh moment and I knew instantly how this will all turn out. Aiden was no exemption either. My god! How can one let a girl think throughout differently thinking that it would work out for everyone in the end is something so stupid it hurts. He does sound such a great guy though which sucks given what happened to both parties.
The twist was very predictable and I somehow wanted to DNF this halfway but thought otherwise. The story is bad in the first half, worse in the middle and a complete let down in the end. While the author tried to make a happy ending in the last few chapters, it just did not work. The story was irreparable. I was beyond the point of caring to even concentrate on the ending. I was just happy to finish the ride. If Anything to Have You was delivered differently with a more substantial story line then maybe it could work....more
I’ve read Tempest immediately after I read Tomorrow is Today which was a short novella before this and to beOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I’ve read Tempest immediately after I read Tomorrow is Today which was a short novella before this and to be honest, I can’t remember everything about Tomorrow is Today or my first reading of Tempest. That doesn’t sound good huh? Now, I needed to read Tempest again for a refresher because I’ll be reading and reviewing Vortex. Remembering and comparing bits and pieces of how I felt about Tempest before I can safely say my opinion did not change much. An OK yet very confusing read that is not recommended to everybody but will be enjoyed by some. Got it? Good, now let us dig deeper. :)
Tempest, or the series so far, is mainly about Jackson and his ability to time travel + he fights bad guys. That’s the gist and core of the story. I know it’s not only that but to simplify it that’s what you should expect. I am very picky with choosing books about time travelling because admit it, it can be very confusing if done wrong and I am not really into them. But I have read good ones so there’s no issue there. With regards to Tempest though I don’t love it to death but I did enjoy reading it enough to finish and be motivated to read Vortex to see what happens next – confusing no?
So let’s start with the characters. Jackson is a teenage boy who lately discovers that he can time travel. There’s nothing that jumps out besides the fact that he can time travel. Then we have his girlfriend named Holly. Again, a very flat character that does not stand out in the story. The two of them in a relationship did not do any good as well as I really didn’t connect with them in any way for a reason I’ll explain in a bit. The other characters in the story were very predictable besides the little girl from the future (who I forgot the name) and Jackson’s dead sister Courtney. Those ladies I would love to read if Cross explored them a little bit more rather than focusing on the romance of our main character.
So the main reason why I did not connect with Jackson or Holly is the fact that the story moved too fast. I felt that I have missed something. It is evident that Holly will eventually be shot and will die but that part was introduced too soon in the story that I did not have any feelings invested or whatsoever. Another factor why the relationship of Jackson and Holly didn’t work for me was because they were boring as individual character and more boring as a couple. In addition to that, I hate cheesy relationships when it is not needed and Tempest had that. I needed more time travelling than Jackson reminiscing future/past Holly.
Here’s a big downer in Tempest – the universe of Jackson and the laws of time travelling created by Cross is very confusing and undeveloped. I had a lot of questions that are left unanswered which made it more difficult to follow the story. Jackson jumps back and forth between past and present time lines but no matter how many times he jumps or whatever he does in the past does not affect the future whatsoever. How is that possible? Parallel universe is talked about but how does it relate to the story – it was never fully sorted out. Even when the characters are explaining half jump, full jump, or the effects or lack thereof of Jackson’s jumps was no help at all. A lot of reviewers explained this better than I am doing so I’ll stop here because this is becoming a rant.
Finally, we have the twist and the big ending. Twist about the dad and the story of his(Jackson) life was very predictable. Now he breaks up with Holly since she becomes a big target unless he does that – nothing new to that as well. There are signs that he’s going to be an agent to fight against EoT too! Ohh did I not discuss EoT? Well there’s nothing much to discuss really asides the fact that they are a group of time travelers who has a different agenda compared to Jacksons group. In short, the bad guys.
I hate rating books lower than 3 stars – there is so little time to waste over books that are not compelling or memorable but we can’t always win every battle right? I believe I would have loved Tempest if the story was more thought out in terms of explaining how exactly time traveling works in Cross’ universe and if the people in the story were written with more character. The romance didn’t help either. Tempest will most likely be loved by readers who devours stories about time travel but it wasn’t working for me.
Now I am very afraid with reading Vortex but I do hope that it gets better! Fingers crossed....more
When Dianne emailed about Starry Nights, I immediately jumped in to get a chance to review the book. It wasOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
When Dianne emailed about Starry Nights, I immediately jumped in to get a chance to review the book. It was everything that enticed me – Paris, paintings, a feminine lead, love and a bit of mythology – well who could say no to that right? It was a definite yes for me any time of day. While I did enjoy reading the book, I find it lacking in a lot of areas which made me a tad sad after I finished Starry Nights and let me explain why.
Let’s start with the setting. Paris! Who doesn’t love reading a story set in one of the most romantic places ever? Paris, though I’ve never been to said place, is a marvel on its own. It is magical and it needs to be explored however in Starry Nights I couldn’t feel the spark of Paris no matter how deep I am in the story. It felt short and flat. Sure it talks about bits and pieces but it was very underwhelming – I wasn’t enjoying how it was portrayed in the story. I wanted and needed more.
The romance was very saddening for me as well. For one, it is instalove. I can and occasionally enjoy insta-love (in rare cases though) but in this story, it didn’t work. You don’t feel the electricity between Julien and Clio. There wasn’t even a sizzle. I think if they were developed properly, it would have worked but as I said insta-love doesn’t always work and most times it kills the story and that’s what happened here.
I may not have rated the story higher in the spectrum but there were parts of the book that made me go on. I love paintings and art history and Starry Nights talks about numerous given that Julien works in a museum. His love of art was very endearing and I love that about him. I am not an art geek or whatsoever but I do love reading about it and visualizing them. The twist that Whitney used for the story is very interesting and I love how the paintings were in the center of it all.
I think the book would be perfect for teen readers who enjoys a cute romantic love story but as for me, I needed more. It is a very quick read though and there is no issue in the pacing or the style it was delivered – it just wasn’t working for me....more
Thirty five girls competing for the affection of one guys. When I read this part I was ready to gag. I neverOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Thirty five girls competing for the affection of one guys. When I read this part I was ready to gag. I never did like reality shows like The Bachelor or Bachelorette or whatever show that has people competing for "love". Having said that, there was something about this book that made me pick it up. It maybe the oh so pretty cover or the intriguing yet self explanatory title but regardless I did cave which resulted to a big ! and ? In the end.
The first spotlight goes to America Singer, who sings. Imagine my wide dumb smile with that name. It was like the author made a note that America was the character who sings but couldn't think of a better name so went with America Singer. She is whiney, melodramatic with too much "we're poor" speech (as if the extent of their poorness wasn't over explained) and was just a walking contradiction. She didn't want to be in The Selection because she loves Aspen (will discuss more below) but eventually caves in to please mommy and because the boyfriend pushed her to.
Aspen is as stated the boyfriend who happens to be "poorer" than America. He is a caste lower and supports his family. Aspen is in love with America in spite their troubles yet encourage her to be part of The Selection. For me that was just wrong. I do get his reason for doing so, so that America can have a chance of a better life but still it was lame of him to suggest it in the first place. Yup, that's how much he loves her. To top that, he breaks America's heart due to a bruised ego BUT will fight for her love at the end of the book because he realized that he needs to. That I don't get on top of other things.
Then we have our Prince, Mason. I have little to no opinion about this guys but WTH. Is he gay or what? I just can't.
Okay, let's discuss the upcoming love triangle angle. It may not have been the immediate part of The Selection however with what transpired in the story so far gave us an idea that it will definitely happen in the next book. Let me just say this - it wasn't enough that it was too The Bachelor-ish type of story but the author wanted to cause more "drama" that she decided to have a love triangle too. I don't know why authors are getting too much obsessed over love triangles nowadays. Shake it up a little, stories are getting predictable.
This story was oh too familiar with all its similarities with other stories which I wasn't digging. I wanted fresh, intriguing heart gripping events but rather I read a cliche, nonsensical and shallow story that was wrapped too prettily to resist. Don't get me talking about the cliffhanger ending as well. There are times that cliffhangers work, in this case it was just irritating and unnecessary.
If this story was wrapped up in a single book and was explored thoroughly for the character and world to developed then maybe I would have enjoyed this unfortunately The Selection didn't do the trick and I ended up with too much question to even consider reading The Elite....more
Why We Broke Up is one of those books that was so hyped when it came out it made me want to read it so badlyOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Why We Broke Up is one of those books that was so hyped when it came out it made me want to read it so badly thinking that I was missing out on something. Finally, I got the chance to purchase a copy for myself and I was so giddy. The moment I got home and had the chance, I dived in. It took me a few attempts to start this book and approximately 2 months going back and forth – when I was done, I was completely torn between loving it or frustrated against it.
Why We Broke Up is basically a long break up letter by our main character, Min, to her ex boyfriend Ed. A story where Min writes a long winded explanation of why the relationship failed – with pure bitterness and angst I may add. It seemed promising reading the synopsis in the jacket and I was quite intrigued however it didn’t live up to par with my expectations and it left me undecided at the end. Though I may not have hated the book in its entirety, I did have my issues with it.
Min is an OK character but she lacked the appeal to make me invested to her character and the story. She’s quite different and we have to admit that we always root for such characters however I didn’t connect to Min at all. Due to the fact that the story is in Min’s POV, it was severely difficult to ease up to the story.
I enjoy novels with references regardless if it’s a movie, song, literature or whatnot since that’s one way of connecting to the story. I particularly love books with movie references whether it be an oldie or not, but Handler wrote the story with fictional movies that I couldn’t give a fudge about. I see what he’s trying to pull but it didn’t mesh and just left the readers quite confused 75% of the time especially Mins dialogue is populated by it.
Another issue that one may encounter is the lack of fluidity and “relationship” between Min and the other characters. You’ll read a few dialogue exchanges here and there but that’s it. Not much interaction going on. It was Min, Ed and the other characters.
On the other side, Handler captured the emotion any person feels after a breakup. You can feel the angst of a teenager, the hatred, the I-loved-you-once-but-not-anymore phase. You can also see that the breakup letter was written with passion and a broken heart. That was one thing I enjoyed about Why We Broke Up. Not everyone can deliver a letter such as Min, both full of love and bitterness at the same time. Handler has a distinct style in deliverance of a story unlike any other but his style isn’t for everyone. This is a story that anybody can relate, juvenile love, and Handler wrote the good and bad but the progress and the pacing can be really boring sometimes.
On another note though, Why We Broke Up is one beautiful book visually. This is where the praise highly piles up. Handler made the right decision choosing Maira Kalman to handle the visual aspect of the novel. This is one reason why I wanted to finish the story. You’ll be teased with illustrations which aren’t only memorable but also stunning, bold and vivid. Definitely adds emotional depth to the story. :)
Overall, Why We Broke Up is a story that portrays the rawness of the pain from a broken heart but also shows you the beauty of falling in love. A story that shows great potential from a talented author however as I said, it is not for everyone. Majority of the elements in the novel can be hard to adapt and like, but an interesting read. Visually it’s a 10 on the scale, story wise it’s a 5, and delivery and character wise it’s a 2. I may have liked it but I am not over the moon fond of it....more
Witches and magic are always a fascination to me. Haven’t read or owned a lot of books focused ooriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm Rating: ★★ 1/2
Witches and magic are always a fascination to me. Haven’t read or owned a lot of books focused on witches but it definitely is one of those reads that will satisfy my bookish feelings. I love anything magical so I was too excited to find copy of this book in my local bookstore. :)
Half Bad is the first in the series and I don’t know how I feel about it. It was not horrible but it wasn’t great either. Maybe I had such high expectations seeing that a lot of readers enjoyed this one but to be honest it was really dry and needed more work.
The book started very confusing – I think that was the main issue. I read through it blind – all I knew was that our lead character Nathan is a half witch and there’s a lot of focus on him because his dad is a famous black witch and the fact that he will eventually be a main part in the story in the trilogy. That’s it. There’s more question that resolution. No solid information to the readers which makes it harder to really connect with the characters or the story.
We sort through pages of Nathans life, narrated by him, – mostly torture – with no real development at all. The first part is actually good. The part where we read about his torturous life in the cage and through his childhood was really captivating but then came the half part of the book and it came downhill from there. I patiently waited but it came to a point that I wanted to stop out of boredom because the pacing of the story was reallllly slow. And I am a patient reader. I wanted magic, I wanted action, I wanted development but all I got was a sad narrative of Nathan’s journey of search and survival. Ooooh there’s a love interest as well which for me was a hindrance. There was no chemistry nor did I like Annalise. She was dull and clueless as a board. Her character in the book is forgettable and I wished so bad that the author wouldn’t invest the time developing this. Focus on the magic!!!
I really wanted to love this book. I wanted to love it so bad but nothing was appealing to me which is really disappointing. It is not a horrible book, it was just too slow and under developed for my taste. Nevertheless, I’ll still pick up the next book. Still have hope, this is the first book after all....more
Picked out Blood mainly because it's a story about vampires. Blood is the story of William who was turned a vampire in the 1200's and was originally tPicked out Blood mainly because it's a story about vampires. Blood is the story of William who was turned a vampire in the 1200's and was originally the rightful Earl of Mercia. The story starts off with Will retelling us his history over 800 years of being an undead creature of the night. When Will awoke from his hibernation and goes out to find someone to feed on, that's where everything started.
The story looks promising, but unfortunately the story was a bit slow for me. There were a lot of times that I got bored reading the book and was eager to finally finishing it. Another issue for me was Will himself. I mean, why does a vampire spend all his time hibernating and contemplating on his existence? Most of his 800 years living as the undead, he spend 3/4 of it hibernating - I do understand that Wignall wanted a different take on vampire but it is just weird for me :| Okay adding to that the other characters of the book were not as memorable as they should be. We have Eloise who is a spoiled girl who chose to ran away just because nobody is paying attention to her. Then there's Chris and Rachel who own a vegan restaurant who supposedly will help Will and Eloise- again, not memorable, not much of a help either. And to top that, all three character didn't seemed afraid or surprise or baffled that Will is a vampire. Intro the witches, I really don't understand their play on the story and why they popped all of a sudden - what's their connection in everything?
Next problem were the villains. Lack of exposure on their part.The battle scene was close to the ending of the book that I felt it was rushed and it didn't resolve any problems - I do understand that Blood is an intro to a trilogy but still.
I actually enjoyed the flashbacks of William's history. I also enjoyed how I can picture the scene and what's happening as I read on. That's a plus! Blood is an okay book, it was written with a good story but somehow it didn't pull me deeper. I am contemplating on whether I'll read book 2 since I fell that my questions will get answered then but if it's similar to this one - I might as well read another book. I just feel soo detached to the book....more
Kathrym had the perfect life. A hard working husband and a good daughter.Then one day, her world fell to pieces as she received the news of her husbanKathrym had the perfect life. A hard working husband and a good daughter.Then one day, her world fell to pieces as she received the news of her husband dying in a plane crash. As she tried to overcome the grief of losing her husband and keeping her sanity for the sake of her family - things started to unravel and she realize that there are a lot of things that she doesn't know about her husband.
I started reading The Pilot's wife but as soon as I read through the first few pages, I lost interest in the book. Don't get me wrong, the story is intriguing and it was beautifully written but it wasn't as appealing as it should be. Honestly, the reason why I picked up this book was because it was Oprah's Book Club choice - that really got my attention so I was all excited on reading it but unfortunately nothing got my attention. Even the characters didn't stand out. The idea of finding out that your husband lead a double life was catching - yet at the end the author failed to deliver what she wanted for the readers to enjoy. The story was so slow then it quickened at the last 3 chapters. The mystery in the story is about the husband having an affair, well actually married his coworker and spent most of their life in England, and that for me is not a mystery at all. Definitely a chick lit - something that you can read to pass time but don't get too excited about it. ...more
I took me longer to wrap my mind towards Reboot wherein Tintera wrote a world unlike any other. IOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING ★★ 1/2
I took me longer to wrap my mind towards Reboot wherein Tintera wrote a world unlike any other. I have to say that it is very fresh and interesting. She used a concept that is written with variety but has proven that creativity doesn’t stop there. Her zombies are a curiosity so I was very excited to start this a week ago. Okay enough, on with the review.
Wren or 178 is the most fierce and feared agent in HARC. 178 is basically the minutes it took Wren to reboot after her death. The concept is that the longer it takes for a person to reboot, the more zombie-like they are. Mindless and follows orders without question, lacks empathy and very robotic like which makes them good agents while numbers less than 50 means they are more human. As a HARC agent, one of Wren’s responsibility is to train new reboots. This is where we meet Callum or 22. Callum is very stubborn, asks too many questions and very loud. He is the very example of an agent that HARC doesn’t need which results to a very complicated and dangerous dilemma. Callum will be terminated if he doesn’t improve. Now it’s up to Wren to save him.
Sounds good right? Well up to the point that Wren met Callum it was – exciting I mean. The chapter opened with an adrenaline induced action scenes that does give us an idea of how badass Wren is but the moment these two meet – I don’t know what happened but it became boring. I think the main issue I had with Reboot is the relationship of Wren and Callum. The development of the world and character clashes making the relationship not very believable and irritating. We are told that the longer one reboots, the less emotion they have but we find Wren developing emotions with Callum faster than expected. Imagine that?! I wasn’t buying the sparkles and romance between these two – I wasn’t even buying the supposed chemistry they have. It wasn’t working at all. This is the reason why some scenes and dialogue became ineffective no matter how mushy or lovey dovey it was written.I wasn’t feeling the love. Although I have to be ecstatic with the fact that its not instalove and there is no love triangle. Woohooo!!
I was looking for a story that focused more on being reboots or a story with killer action sequence but ended up with reading about Wren and Callum and how their relationship blossomed. Granted that we do get an idea of the current state of the world, also hear what are the issues in this apocalyptic story, and see glimpses of what lies ahead I just felt that story was too wrapped around the idea of Wren finding love with Callum. C’mon, this story could have done better than that.
Though the romance drove me away from completely loving Reboot, I was still persistent in finishing and finding out what’s next for these 2 so I finished it. A story with a very creative take to zombies, Reboot shows a lot of potential if only the author decided not to focus on the relationship. Contrary to popular belief, we (the readers) don’t read a book just for the romance. We love badass and intriguing characters who we can root for. We enjoy comedic twists to complicated plots. We love great chemistry with characters that doesn’t have to fall in love. We enjoy a chapter that contains action packed and heart racing fighting scenes. There were many road that Tintera could have taken but ended up with a zombie falling in love. Meeeh!...more