Seen at Bookish Antics! I wasn’t such a huge fan of the previous book in the series, Pawn, but I hoped that Captive would improve on its predecessor’sSeen at Bookish Antics! I wasn’t such a huge fan of the previous book in the series, Pawn, but I hoped that Captive would improve on its predecessor’s faults. Captive is a slow-paced novel with little action and a romance that was pretty lifeless. Any enthusiasm I had for this series has been depleted by Captive and I found it hard to get through this novel.
I really don’t like Kitty and I’m not sure why everyone seems to be so enamored with her. She’s extremely plain and uninteresting, it’s shocking that anyone thought she was capable enough of managing a rebellion. I still don’t understand why she has two guys lusting after her when she acts about as mature as an elementary schooler. Kitty is extremely irritating and I found following her adventures to be extremely cumbersome. Anything redeemable about her character in book one was dispelled in Captive.
Though Captive doesn’t formally introduce a love triangle, it’s implied that she has feelings for both Knox and Benji. I really don’t like either individual and found Knox to be extremely rude and possessive, while Benji is too soft and is so plain. There is no need for there to be a love triangle in this series and it’s a bit disturbing that Kitty has feelings for Knox: a man who’s essentially her captor. The romance is beyond dull and there is little chemistry between Kitty and her love interests.
I never found myself interested in the plot and there is too much sitting around and discussing things. Kitty spends so much time complaining that she’s not in on the Blackcoat Rebellion and not doing anything productive. Instead of actually being a rebel, she just talks and talks about how nobody wants to let her in on anything. I truly missed the tension and suspense that was rampant in Pawn and I found Captive to be bland.
I think the narration of this one was very dry and I found myself getting easily distracted from this audio. I really found Lameece Isaq’s voice to be quite boring and her voices for each of the characters weren’t engaging enough. I can’t see myself listening to any other audiobooks she narrates.
Captive is a mediocre installment in the Blackcoat Rebellion series with a lackluster romance and main character....more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Savage Drift is the 3rd and final book in The Monument 14 Trilogy and it's always interestiCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Savage Drift is the 3rd and final book in The Monument 14 Trilogy and it's always interesting to see how series conclusions pan out. Savage Drift maintains the same spirit as the previous books in this series, but I found that I quickly became annoyed with the characters. To complicate matters even more, I wasn't a huge fan of this novel's conclusion and it felt like it was extremely lacking.
The characters in Savage Drift are still the lovable characters that we met back in the Greenway, but something feels so different about them. These characters have grown for better or worse and their lives are forever changed because of the chemical exposure.
I truly wish Dean would have given up his protector charade because it really started to bother me. I truly didn't think that Astrid didn't need to be constantly protected and the testosterone contest that Jake and Dean were constantly competing in was a shame to watch. I didn't expect any better from Jake, but after seeing Dean mature so much in Monument 14 & Sky On Fire, it was truly upsetting. I also wanted to see Astrid tell off these boys in this book because she doesn't need a man to protect her.
Josie's story never really interested me and I missed seeing her interact with the other Monument, CO kids. Her story didn't progress fast enough and it felt like it was slightly repetitive, I just wanted Laybourne to move on from her story.
Though the Monument kids really went through an ordeal, I really didn't like the way this series was concluded. The 1st two books in this series were extremely realistic and gritty so it's a shame that Savage Drift ends on a weak, unrealistic note. The finale to this series feels like it wasn't drawn out well and it was too much of a "happily ever after" for me to be content with it. As much as I would like for everything to be happy and dandy for the Monument kids, "a happily ever after" feels so wrong and untrue to the spirit of this series. I felt cheated after reading the final pages of Savage Drift and I know that there were much better ways to end this series.
The Monument 14 series had it's ups and downs and Savage Drift truly feels like a step backward. I really felt like Sky On Fire was an improvement over Monument 14 and it's a shame that Savage Drift couldn't successfully conclude this series. I feel hesitant about recommending this series to dystopian fans after being so disappointed by this series's conclusion. ...more
Seen at Bookish Antics! Snow Like Ashes is easily one of the most hyped YA fantasy novels from the past couple of years. Critics and reviewers alike haSeen at Bookish Antics! Snow Like Ashes is easily one of the most hyped YA fantasy novels from the past couple of years. Critics and reviewers alike have fallen for this novel and countless individuals have compared it to Graceling, which is one of my all-time favorite books. Though Snow Like Ashes does introduce an exciting, magical world, it has a slow opening that’s plagued with info-dumping. This book does have a fair amount of action, but for the most part the plot is romantically driven.
The Kingdom of Winter has been essentially destroyed and the only hope left for it are Meira and 7 other refugees. Meira has fallen in love with Mather, the future King of Winter, even though she knows they can never be together. She is tired of being on the side and waiting for Angra, Winter’s enemy to destroy her little Kingdom, so she decides to try to rescue the locket that could restore magic to Winter. Soon Meira gets entangled with the prince of another kingdom and she has to balance her feelings for both guys.
Snow Like Ashes does introduce a new world with some original concepts regarding magic, but there were too many pages of just plain ole info dumping. I wish Raasch had incorporated this information in a more fluid manner, one that didn’t really interrupt the flow of the story. Despite this all, I really loved the world that Sara Raasch created because it was extremely intriguing and wasn’t your average fantasy world. I liked the idea of a world divided into seasons, but a part of me wished the Winter and Spring Kingdoms had less obvious names. The magic system of this world wasn’t totally new, but it complemented the world perfectly.
It took longer than I expected to get into this book because I didn’t expect it to be quite so romantically driven. There are very few actions scenes in this novel, but they were extremely well-written, thrilling and captivating. Since the romance drives the plot, I was a bit weary at first but I really became engrossed in the love triangle, much to my surprise. Love triangles are usually my kryptonite, but Raasch’s triangle is better than the majority of ones I’ve seen in YA novels. Both guys definitely have their perks and I can definitely see why Meria likes both of them, even though I have a clear favorite.
Snow Like Ashes is a good start to a new fantasy series and I’ll definitely read the sequel because Raasch definitely has potential. I truly hope the pace is fixed in book two because that’s the only major issue I really had with SLA. Snow Like Ashes is one of the better YA fantasy novels of the year and I’d definitely recommend it to those looking to read an excellent romance....more
Jennifer L. Armentrout is easily one of the most hyped YA authors due to the immense popularity of her Covenant and Lux series. When I was given the opportunity to review White Hot Kiss, I was extremely curious and I hoped that this book would convert me into a fan of Armentrout. That being said, White Hot Kiss is one of the worst paranormal-romances I've read in ages and it is extremely derivative, delivering a world and plot that borrows from countless other sources. With a poorly executed love triangle, romanticism of stalking, an irritating heroine, and an illogical paranormal world, White Hot Kiss is a huge disappointment.
I don't understand why so many YA books romanticize masochism and stalking. Roth admits to stalking Layla early on in the novel, but for some reason, she isn't deterred from obsessing over Roth . How can you love someone who acts extremely creepy? I truly didn't understand the appeal of Roth as a romantic interest at all and I found him extremely repulsive. The fact that Roth falls in love with a stalker, despite the fact that she constantly claims she's smart is extremely nonsensical.
Layla was one extremely irritating protagonist and her character followed so many YA tropes. The fact that she was a "good girl" who turns bad once she met Roth infuriated me because it was such a predictable move. I wondered at times what was going on in Layla's head because so many of her decisions were rash and irrational. Layla had zero common sense and I absolutely loathed her.
The love triangle in White Hot Kiss is one hot mess and the direction the romance went made me so angry. I really didn't like Roth at all and I didn't feel as though the duo had any chemistry at all. Sometimes I wondered if Layla didn't actually like Roth and was only claiming to be in love with him to piss off Zane. Zane was possibly the only character in this book who I actually cared about and his character was the best developed by far. I wanted Layla to be with something who was compassionate and refined like Zane, but I have a feeling that she will end up with Roth in the end.
White Hot Kiss's plot is driven by the love triangle and nearly every single plot element involves the novel's romance. This is a book with a huge emphasis on romance to the point where action and JLA's humorous dialogue got thrown under the rug. I wasn't a fan of the book's direction and by the time I reached the final few chapters, I couldn't bare to read any more and I skimmed the rest of it. The ending was unimpressive and it didn't provide me with enough closure or resolution.
If you're looking for an original take on paranormal romance, White Hot Kiss doesn't really fit the bill. The world of Wardens (gargoyles) and demons isn't fleshed out well and I wasn't convinced that gargoyles could be attractive at all. This book is mostly a mixture of the same-old paranormal cliches and it never really manages to be original. I really expected this to be a fun take on the paranormal genre due to the first two lines of the book: "There was a demon in McDonalds. And it had a powerful hunger for Big Macs." It seemed that after the exciting, humorous beginning, the rest of the novel seemed to crash and burn. The rest of the novel was filled with mediocre dialogue and humor that came across as flat.
I'm not impressed with Jennifer L. Armentrout's White Hot Kiss, but I'm hoping that I enjoy Don't Look Back so much better. I had such huge expectations for this novel and it seemed my expectations proved to be futile. I don't expect to be reading the sequel to White Hot Kiss and I am almost positive that I'll be skipping out on it. I definitely think White Hot Kiss will delight fans of JLA, but it wasn't my cuppa tea....more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Imagine if Peter Pan took place in a remote beach in California and Wendy was caught up inCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Imagine if Peter Pan took place in a remote beach in California and Wendy was caught up in a love triangle with Peter and a drug dealing Captain Hook. One of the biggest challenges of retelling such a beloved story is that readers already have preconceived notions about their favorite characters. I think readers' enjoyment of Second Star will hinge on whether they can stomach the adulteration of beloved characters and if they are fine with the major plot twist at the end.
Second Star follows our Wendy Darling as she tries to find her brothers John and Michael who mysteriously disappeared one day. Wendy meets Peter one day on a random beach and she becomes entangled in the Lost Boys' lives. Peter falls for Wendy, but so does Jaz (Captain Hook), the local drug dealer. Who will Wendy fall for? How long can she avoid growing up?
Poor Wendy and Hook. Their characters were completely ravaged by Scheinmel and I can't ever think of them the same way ever again. Wendy's character arc felt true to Barrie's Peter Pan for the first half or so, but after that her character became unlikable and unrecognizable. Who is this girl and what happened to her common sense? Where is the lovable girl who wanted to fly? I never expected to see such a side of Wendy in Second Star, while it was a bold move, it clearly didn't work for me. Scheinmel's Hook is about as far as you can get from the classic antagonist, his character shares very few similarities with Barrie's character. Honestly if I didn't already know that Jaz was Captain Hook, it probably would've taken me nearly the whole book to figure it out. Jaz's character lacks the depth that reincarnations of Hook usually share and it feels like it's a fallacy to say that Jaz is based off Hook. Jaz is Peter's enemy because he gets people "hooked" on fairy dust and as a result, he leaves isolated on the beach. There really never seems to be a point to Jaz's character and he doesn't really fit Hook's shoes and the only purpose of him is to provide an obstacle for Peter and Wendy's relationship.
I wish I could say that the other secondary characters are fleshed out better and are more magical, but then I'd be lying. Second Star's [Tinker]Belle is extremely bland and doesn't have much personality beyond her jealousy and hostility directed towards Wendy. The Lost Boys are paper-thin characters who are truly given the short end of the stick and their characters aren't even given the opportunity to be developed. Each of the Lost Boys have few lines of dialogue and their presence in the story feels arbitrary and John, Michael, Smee and Tigerlily are all characters missing from this story and their lack of presence feels noticeable.
The plot of Second Star isn't very magical, but it does make for an entertaining read with it's simple, straight-forward story-line. I really appreciated the small sprinkles of Peter Pan references that were scattered throughout Second Star and these allusions were pleasant surprises. Second Star isn't very complex and it's pretty easy to discern where the story-line is going for most of the story. The final plot twist wasn't a complete surprise, but it was a bit disappointing way to end this book, especially considering it's a stand-alone. The ending didn't really fit Second Star and it wasn't the best way to wrap up the book. I was a bit frustrated with the ending, but I feel that some readers will find it fitting.
The highlight of Second Star for me was reading about Scheinmel's version of Neverland, Kensington. Though I wasn't so enthusiastic about the characterization in Second Star, the atmosphere Scheinmel creates is absolutely incredible. Readers are truly transported to California and are treated to gorgeous, vivid imagery of beaches and sunsets. I loved the way Scheinmel used the California setting to her advantage and incorporated surfing into the story. One thing that bothered me was how the characters didn't sound like they were from California; there at least should have been some surfer slang used considering how surfing is such a predominant aspect of the story.
Second Star isn't a perfect retelling and it suffers from poor characterization, plotting and an unnecessary romance. Thankfully the gorgeous setting and fast-pace nature of the story helped offset some of Second Star's flaws. Second Star isn't a high quality retellling, but it is fun and entertaining at times, but I don't think it will work well for Peter Pan fans....more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! The Young World is acclaimed director Chris Weitz's debut novel and while it isn't the besCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! The Young World is acclaimed director Chris Weitz's debut novel and while it isn't the best dystopian novel I've read this year, it is extremely entertaining. Weitz has written such a thrilling sci-fi book that showcases his incredible storytelling abilities; The Young World is a cinematic tale with clear world-building and unique characters that will engage readers from start to finish. Weitz has created a gritty, realistic scenario of what a possible apocalypse would be.
It began with the Sickness, a mysterious plague that killed all of the adults and some younger children. The survivors of this plague live in a post-apocalyptic New York City in which teenagers live in tribes who are just trying to survive. Each of the tribes are very insular and relations between each tribe are extremely limited. Jefferson doesn't want to be a hero, but he is forced to take charge of the Washington Square Tribe when its leader dies. All he just wants is to be with Donna, the girl who he has a crush on, but if Jefferson wants his tribe to survive he needs to step it up.
There are so many dystopian books being published each year due to the massive popularity of The Hunger Games and Divergent, as a result it is extremely difficult to find unique dystopian books. The Young World doesn't rely on the genre's tropes and it has an extremely ambitious plot-line that is extremely original and realistic.
I think one of the most appealing aspects of The Young World for me as a reader is how diverse the cast of characters is. Weitz has written Asian, African American and gay main characters that are in the spotlight for the entire novel; these characters aren't side-kicks or sidelined ever and they have an impact on the novel's plot. Most YA books aren't very diverse and it's exciting to see a famous celebrity recognizing the need for diversity in YA literature.
Chris Weitz lets his film roots show in The Young World and it's easy to see that he works in Hollywood. The Young World is filled with film references (some of which are Twilight-related) throughout the novel; immense references usually bother me, but Weitz managed to integrate them cleverly into the plot. Weitz also makes the world-building very clear and I could see the post-apocalyptic NYC so clearly due to the intricate descriptions. I think my biggest complaint with The Young World lies in the fact that the dialogue is written unevenly. Though the dialogue is extremely clever and witty, the formatting of the dialogue is a bit wacky and inconsistent. There are pages where the dialogue is structured in novel format, yet in other sections of the book the dialogue is structured in a play / script format. This could easily have been corrected and I hope that the formatting of the dialogue is altered for the finished copies of this book.
My favorite character in The Young World is definitely Donna who is a strong, snarky heroine that readers will love. I was initially troubled with the way that Donna put down some of the female characters by slut-shaming them, but this aspect was addressed in the final part of the novel. Donna isn't afraid to say what she means and I loved how her character addressed gender inequality and how females are degraded in our modern day society. Weitz expertly addresses how society takes power away from females by turning them into sex symbols and how society values males for being "players", but degrades females for doing the same exact thing.
The Young World is a solid debut novel that will appeal to fans of Gone and The Maze Runner. Weitz fills TYW with tons of humor, action, and world-building that makes this dystopian novel stand out from the crowd. The plot-line is thrilling and readers will definitely want to have the sequel on hand after reading the shocking cliffhanger. The apocalypse has never felt so realistic and frightening as it does in The Young World....more
Every now and then, I read a book--a book that opens my eyes to the world and helps me see the world in a different way. Gated is that book, the kind of book that's eye opening and just absolutely wonderful. Amy Christine Parker absolutely blew me away with Gated. Gated is an incredible, important novel that I think everyone needs to read at least once in their life because it's life-changing. Read Gated and your view of the world will forever be changed for the better.
Gated hits the reader hard with a story that is extremely poignant and thought-provoking. Most books, in my opinion, don't portray good or evil in the correct way at all. So many books show good and evil in a black and white way where a person is all good or all evil. Not only is that not realistic, it's extremely irritating to read. Amy Christine Parker expresses in Gated how thin the blurred line is between good and evil; how we all have a little both of good and evil in us.
The characters in Gated are extremely realistic and they are just the type of conflicted characters that I seem to love. Pioneer is the kind of character that you will never quite be able to decipher because there are just so many layers to him. Does he actually believe he's following divine orders? Does he truly believe what he's doing is right? He's one of the best characters I've ever seen written and there is just so much to his character. Lyla is also a character that was executed perfectly throughout the novel. Her transition from being a naive person to someone who is strong-headed and strong. Lyla's character really made me question whether "Ignorance is bliss"or if the old adage is a bunch of drivel. Is hiding from the evil in the world any good? Is there evil everywhere? There was just so much to ponder over while reading Gated because it was such a thought-provoking novel.
I have never been in a cult and I will never join one, but I feel as if Parker hit the nail on the head with recreating what being in a cult is like. All of the little intricacies of Mandrodage Meadows were brilliant and well-done. I felt the looming danger that the outside world posed to this cult and the danger everyone felt. There is a perfect sense of urgency and tension throughout the novel like the world was actually ending.
The plot of Gated was incredible and was extremely fast-paced right from the first few pages. Gated is without a doubt, an intense, memorable thriller that engrossed me right away. There is never a moment where the plot is at a stalemate and the plot is always being progressed by even the smallest details. This is one of those books where I think that the romance was absolutely necessary to add to the entire picture. The ending leaves no loose ends unattended to and this makes me as if this is a stand-alone.
Gated is an incredible, fast-paced thriller that is sure to wow readers of all ages. I can honestly say that Gated has changed me as a person and how I perceive things. Just everything about Gated was enticing to me. I can't express how brilliantly this novel was executed and how everything just seemed to fall into place perfectly. I know for sure that I will be reading Amy Christine Parker's sophomore novel and I hope it's as picture-perfect. Gated is a book that will linger in your mind long after you read the final sentence, it's truly unforgettable!...more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways, & more! I wasn't a fan of Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series, but I decided to read The Inventor'sCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways, & more! I wasn't a fan of Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series, but I decided to read The Inventor's Secret because I absolutely loved its premise. An alternate history, steampunk novel that explores what if the British won the Revolutionary War? Count me in! The major problem with The Inventor's Secret is that Cremer focuses on an illogical romance and plot and never really lets the steampunk elements fully take off. So much of The Inventor's Secret just felt so ridiculous and silly that it was difficult for me to get invested in the plot and characters.
The Inventor's Secret is an alternate history novel that deals with the question "What would've happened if the British won the Revoltuionary War?" The American Patriots were defeated by the British and they continued to revolt all across the empire. The children of the Patriots are refugees and live in an underground compound by themselves and one day, Charlotte saves a clueless boy from one of Britain's deadly robots. Charlotte brings the amnesiac boy to their compound and the kids try to figure out who this boy really is.
I really don't understand the world-building in The Inventor's Secret and it felt extremely illogical. Cremer unsuccessfully tries to blend history and mythology when creating the world-building and it was largely unsuccessful. I truly don't understand why a British colony would have a Greek pantheon of gods in addition to their Christian god. The fact that the characters continuously referred to Greek Gods and said ridiculous things like "Holy Hephaestus" or "Hephaestus' Hammer!" didn't make any sense to me and was never actually explained. Reading "Hephaestus's hammer" gets old quickly and it was beyond irritating. Readers are never given an opportunity to understand what it means to be apart of Britannia's empire and why it's such a terrible thing. Cremer never even explains why the Patriots are rebelling, are they rebelling over the same things that the Patriots revolted over in American history in 1776? What other colonies are apart of Britannia's empire? Are the other colonies oppressed as well? I had so many questions about the world-building and none of them were ever given a clear answer.
I truly don't understand the main character, Charlotte at all, nor do I want to understand what went on in her mind. When Jack, one of the boys from the compound, irritates and harasses her Charlotte was "unwilling to lose this dare, Charlotte pulled the corset away from her body and dropped it". Jack was kidding with her and asked if he could help her untie the knots on her clothing. Charlotte decides she wants to "out-do" Jack and so, she proceeds to undress. I don't know who I should be annoyed with more Jack for being an idiot or Charlotte for being ridiculous enough to follow through with his dare. I find it hard to believe that someone would lack enough common sense to do this, if Charlotte is a teenager (probably 16ish) shouldn't she know better than to listen to perverted teenage boys? Kicking Jack out of the room and reporting him to their leader, Ash would have been a much better idea. Instead Charlotte foolishly listens to his dare and proceeds to fall in love with this chump throughout the book. How can I empathize with a main character who lacks any sense at all and acts like an elementary schooler?
The romance in The Inventor's Secret is poorly executed and I can't ever imagine rooting for the couples that Cremer created. I don't like Charlotte at all and I especially don't like her beau, Jack who is possibly one of the least appealing male leads I've read about in a while. I can't ship a couple when I loathe both characters in the relationship and besides, the romance isn't written well. To make matters even worse, it looks as if Cremer has set up the infrastructure for a love triangle in subsequent novels in this series.
With a lackluster plot, an atrocious romance, and ridiculous world-building, The Inventor's Secret failed to impress me. There is no doubt in my mind that I will not be continuing this series and I have no interest in reading more about Britannia. The Inventor's Secret is a poor series opener that never really interested me and this is a perfect case of wasted potential. The Inventors' Secret had a killer premise, but the majority of the book wasn't thought-out well and was executed poorly....more
Pivot Point is one of the most surprising books that I've read all year. I can't think of a more original and refreshing novel that I've read recently. I definitely wasn't expecting to be blown away with Pivot Point, even the superb reviews couldn't have prepared me for this. All I can just say is wow!
Pivot Point breaks the sci-fi mold with an interesting plot unlike any I've seen before. Apparently this book has a "Sliding Doors" feel to it, but I haven't seen the movie so I can't attest to that. Addie has a sort of superpower where she can see the outcomes of two decisions. When Addie's parents get divorced, she decided to "Search" and see what would happen if she picked her mom or her dad. I loved the way this book for split into dual narratives and that part of the book was executed seamlessly. I was extremely fascinated by the contrasting lifestyles Addie would live and how they compared. We need more original and remarkable books like Pivot Point on the market!
Pivot Point is a different kind of sci-fi book--it's lighthearted, fun, and extremely simple to read. There are no fancy sci-fi concepts that will make you go "huh" and or will confuse the bejeezus out of you. Usually I hate books that are basically almost entirely romance, but in Pivot Point, it worked extremely well. In a way Pivot Point is a love triangle, but not the kind I usually hate. I actually wouldn't mind reading love triangles if they were all this well done.
Kasie West does an excellent job in balancing humor and romance in Pivot. I can admit that I was extremely amused by the banter between the MC and the other characters. The romance in Pivot Point is expertly done and is so wonderfully fluffy and sweet. I really can't wait to see what direction West heads in the sequel and I am eagerly anticipating it! This is definitely a book you'll want to read! ...more
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Sometimes book blurbs reveal way too little to the reader and the reader really has no idea what to expect from the book. Then there are books like After Eden, where you read the description and you have the entire plot mapped out clearly for the reader. I really feel as if the blurb for After Eden revealed way too much and that it should have been more ambiguous and enigmatic. There's really no fun in reading a book where the reader knows almost every plot element and there is little to be revealed.
After Eden is a quick, light read that I was immediately drawn into because of it's easy, accessible plot. Though it's about time travel, After Eden isn't overly scientific, complicated, and difficult to comprehend. After Eden is fun and fluffy, but I really don't think it's for science fiction aficionados because everything is extremely simplistic and pretty basic. There's truly nothing new in After Eden and it basically follows the basic plot outlines of most YA books.
We have the mysterious bad boy who comes to town and of course rumors circulate in this small town. Everyone wants to know who he is, why is he here, and if he'll go out with them. Obviously, this guy is drop dead handsome and insanely attractive because what YA male character isn't. Since this is a YA book, there are clearly more popular and attractive characters than our protagonist who are all vying for the attention of Ryan.
I really don't understand the significance of the love triangle in After Eden at all, it clearly doesn't work and it feels forced. The only legitimate reason that the love triangle was there was to challenge Eden because the girl who breaks Connor's heart will help usher in the destruction of Earth. Having a love triangle could have been ingenious if it had actually created some tension between Ryan and Eden. It seems like Eden has zero remorse that she could destroy Earth by having a crush on Ryan because the lives of 7 billion people isn't more important than some ridiculous infatuation! I would have expected that Eden to be slightly conflicted that she could cause an apocalypse.
After Eden lacks a bit of believability and I found it hard to put credence in Eden and Ryan's story. One of the clues that leads Eden to come to the conclusion that Ryan is not from modern times is that he has never heard of pizza and Adolf Hitler. What. I found it hard to believe that someone around a 100 or so years in the future will have never heard of Hitler, especially when the aforementioned person is supposed to be some genius. Adolf Hitler killed over 6 million people and yet, in the future, our protagonist knows nothing of the most evil man in history. Consider that in school, I have studied ancient history that's 1000s of years old, I find it hard to believe that Ryan has never heard of Hitler. There were plenty of other clues that made it evident that Ryan wasn't from modern times and so including the whole name dropping of Hitler felt extraneous.
After Eden has one of the most predictable story lines I've read recently and I figured out the plot without even reading the spoilery blurb. I hoped that the ending would be mindblowing or something worth while to interest me in the sequel, but the ending is just as bland as the rest of the book. Despite my ambivalent feelings toward this book, it was refreshing to read something that was light and extremely easy to read. ...more
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is a book that I was looking forward to ever since I first heard of it. I absolutely loved the cover and I was convinced that MA,SK was going to become one of my favorite books of 2013. Once I start MA,SK I realized this is not the book I was looking forward to at all, this book was nothing like I imagined. I expected a mix of historical fiction and mystery, but instead I read a mediocre contemporary romance set in Paris. I believe if I had picked this one up on a whim, instead of longing for it for months; I probably would have enjoyed it more.
Katie Alender never really takes advantage of everything Paris has to offer. Paris is a beautiful, magical city filled with so many hidden secrets and mysteries. Based on the description, I felt that I would get a sample of what Paris has to offer. I never read about the intrigue of Paris that the description seems to describe and I desperately felt like the story was missing out on it. I never really felt like I was reading about Paris, I felt like reading a Sparknotes about Paris because MA,SK was missing the essence and spirit of the city. Sure, Alender described beignets, stores, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, but it never really felt like Paris at all.
The plot of MA, SK is weak and lacks any tension that a murder mystery should possess. People are being murdered and the author decides to have the protagonists to go on a date.Why does it seem like no one is concerned with the murders? The police aren't mentioned regarding the murders and it seems as if the murders are accepted by everyone. Colette and her classmates never seem to be perturbed by the fact that innocent people are being murdered. "Who cares there's a hot guy who is obsessed with me" was Collete's attitude throughout the entire book. It wasn't really until the murders started to concern her, then Colette start doing some sleuthing. Anyway it takes Colette way too long to figure out MA is behind all of the murders because all of the clues would lead even the most oblivious person to the correct conclusion. Also, for god's sakes it's in the title, I personally don't like reading a mystery when I already know the murderer from the get-go. There are exceptions to that rule, but MA, SK is definitely not one of them.
I love historical fiction, but the backstory on Marie Antoinette was feeble at best and poorly thought out. It felt extremely transparent and fake to me, as if the author rushed through this segment of the book. The historical fiction aspects of this book were subpar at best and lacked proper execution.
The characters in MA,SK are merely cardboard reincarnations of stereotypical YA characters. Colette is extremely naïve and is extremely selfish and obnoxious. Her mother isn't in the best financial conditions and had to work hard for her to go to Paris. Colette never really seems to appreciate her mother and irked me so much. The woman is busting her back so you can go to Paris and you don't even have the decency to appreciate it. Instead Colette practically ignores her mother at the airport; this girl really needs to learn some manners and the value of $. Another thing that annoyed me immensely was Colette's supposed "transformation". MA,SK is one of those morality tales where the heroine becomes a better person because of her adventure. The transformation is almost instantaneously done near the end of the book and I really wanted to see Colette developed more throughout the book.
The only noteworthy segment of the book is the first couple of scenes done where Marie Antoinette is murdering people. These scenes were something to look forward to at first, but eventually I got tired of reading the same story slightly altered. I really think the author should have mixed up these scenes by introducing some different elements.
MA, SK is one of the biggest let-downs this year because this book had so much potential. I really wanted something much more than Alender delivered. I can't really fathom recommending this book because of how bitterly disappointed I am. I really wanted to love Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, and it breaks my heart to say that I loathed it. ...more
Seen at Scott Reads It! For 3 months I waited on my library's waiting list for Rebel Heart and you're probably wondering if the wait was worth it. I'Seen at Scott Reads It! For 3 months I waited on my library's waiting list for Rebel Heart and you're probably wondering if the wait was worth it. I'm happy to say that Rebel Heart is a great sequel that was definitely worth waiting for.
I truly love the world Moira Young created in her Dust Lands series. It's definitely not your typical dystopian setting. For one "The Dustlands" remind me of Tatooine for some reason and I couldn't stop comparing the two.
The Star Wars geek in me kept on trying to find similarities between Dustlands and Star Wars. Every single time I read about the tonton, I instantly thought of the Tusken Raider (natives of the planet Tatooine). From watching the Star Wars films, you get the impression that the Tusken Raiders are some sort of evil desert inhabiting nomads, I always think of them as ruthless bandits. For some reason I really think that the tonton were inspired by the Tuskens because they both wear those white robes, are raiders, live in the desert, pray on the weak, and are just straight up evil. Either I am 100% correct or I am definitely just trying to connect the two series using meaningless mumbo jumbo. [image error]
Saba, why do you do this to me? In Blood Red Road I loved Saba so much because she was fierce, loyal, and 100% kick-ass. During Rebel Heart Saba acted so reckless and she never bothered thinking before she took action. People you always have to think things through before you act otherwise you are just going to get yourself stuck in a bind. In Rebel Heart Saba not thinking through her actions gets Saba into so much trouble. You would think that after a couple of times of acting reckless Saba would try to be more responsible but she doesn't. Saba continues to act reckless despite all of the repercussions.
Rebel Heart was a bit slow paced at first and it took me a while to get into. Rebel Heart definitely has a more relaxed pace than Blood Red Road, RH didn't catch my attention as much as BRR did. Rebel Heart is more character oriented than BRR and it spends a decent amount of time on relationships. You would think that Young would spend a ton of time exploring Jack and Saba's relationship but this is not the case. Young spends a decent amount of time trying to set up a love triangle. The love triangle in my opinion doesn't really work at all and it was a bit on the disturbing side. I would never have even thought Saba would even like the love interest in RH not to mention sleep with him. Correct me if I am wrong but Saba and Jack have never slept together yet Saba sleeps with the most disgusting character. I was really disappointed with the idea that there is only one Jack and Saba scene. One can only hope that the 3rd Dustlands has lots of Jack and Saba moments to compensate for the lack of them in RH.
There were a couple of times in RH where I felt like there were loose ends that were never fully resolved. A couple of times Young mentions something that feels very significant but within a few pages, it feels like that element was never even a part of the book. For example in the beginning where Saba is being treated for seeing dead people and hallucinating pops up in the beginning of the book but it never seems to resurge. The shaman-like character warns that something terrible will happen if she doesn't complete the ritual properly, yet nothing seems to happen.
Despite it's flaws Rebel Heart is definitely a must read for fans of Blood Red Road. I really hope that there is more Jabba (Jack and Saba) in the next book. (Jabba is also the name of a villain in Star Wars and that was my lame attempt at making a Star Wars reference). I really enjoyed reading Rebel Heart and I look forward to reading the next installment of the Dustlands series. ...more
"Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books."
The Archived is one of those books that you know you'll love from the first page. I am so glad that I went with my instincts and picked up this book up. From the first few pages I realized that this book is one of the most original and best paranormal books I have ever read. The Archived immediately caught my attention and I just couldn't stop reading. I got just what I was looking for, a creepy paranormal book that really left me speechless.
Mackenzie is a Keeper, someone who is charged with stopping Histories (dead people who remain in the Archive). Histories rest on shelves like books and librarians can read their stories. Mackenzie has lost her granddad and brother recently so dealing with Histories provides a distraction. Soon she realizes that everything isn't what it seems in the Archive and someone seems to be tampering with the Histories. The Archive is on the verge of collapse unless Mackenzie can solve this mystery before it's too late.
In The Archived everything is just brilliantly executed as evidenced by the fact that this review will probably have endless compliments. Victoria Schwab's writing is superb and it complements The Archived's creepy and engaging plot line. Schwab's prose was simply engaging and I felt immersed in the hauntingly strange world of the Archive.
The plot of The Archived is complex and developed in an interesting way with a bunch of plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I'll admit it in the beginning of The Archived I was a bit disinterested because I felt like there was a bit of info dumping. The explanation of the Archived was too much too handle in such few pages and I was a bit perplexed. All it took was a few more pages and all of my confusion was cleared and I was completely engaged in the Archived. The plot moved at a brisk pace and I was
Mackenzie was our female protagonist and she was just beyond awesome. I loved reading about Mackenzie's relationship with Da and it was just so moving. I really connected with the characters that Victoria Schwab created and I really empathized with them. All of the characters were extremely developed in a realistic and emotional way. Mackenzie is not just strong physically but her mental strength is really admirable. I also liked how Schwab's characters are flawed (I know it sounds like a weird thing to say!). I truly hate when a book's characters are just drop dead perfect because I just can't connect or really like the characters because they are just unrealistic.
In The Archived characters are realistically done and the relationships between the characters are really touching. Wesley was one of my favorite characters because he was just so different from a lot of male love interests. He wasn't one of those typical creepy stalkerish male characters that I loathe. Wesley was a charming protagonist with a great sense of humor and he wore lots of guy-liner. Never have I ever read a book where a male character wears guy-liner but Wesley totally owned it. I wasn't a huge fan of Owen at all from the first second we met him and I totally disapproved of his short fling with Mackenzie. I really felt like their fling was kind of unnecessary and ridiculous because it really was beyond creepy (like a necrophiliac kind of creepy). The romance with Owen was my least favorite of The Archived because it was kind of pointless and it just added a love triangle.
The Archived features one of the creepiest and most peculiar settings I have read. The world building in The Archived is simply strange but it adds a perfectly chilling atmosphere. I have never ever read a book with a setting like this and I just can't stop thinking about the Archives and the Narrows. Of all dystopian settings I have read about the Archives takes the cake for being the most original one. The only dystopian setting that is comparable to the Archives is Level 2. It's really hard to explain how I loved the Archives and how creepy it was.
Basically The Archived is one of the best dystopian books ever written. I would highly recommend due to it's fantastic characters, setting, and plot. I am so excited for the next book in The Archived series and I can't wait to read The Near Witch soon. Victoria Schwab has some of the best prose I have ever read because it was just so addicting. After reading The Archived I will read anything Victoria Schwab writes because The Archived was that good. To all you reading this review right now, I urge you to pick up The Archived immediately. ...more
Seen at Scott Reads It If you thought high school was horrible, you're in for a wake up call. As bad as high school was for you, I bet you didn't haveSeen at Scott Reads It If you thought high school was horrible, you're in for a wake up call. As bad as high school was for you, I bet you didn't have it as bad as David and Will. Quarantine is unlike anything I have ever read and it just blew me away. Lex Thomas's debut was an extraordinary vision of what would happen if a high school got quarantined. The scariest thing about Quarantine is that it could actually happen.
Imagine if Divergent and Lord Of The Flies were put in a blender and mixed into one fantastic book. Quarantine takes everything that worked in Lord Of The Flies and Divergent and expands on it fabulously. The Students of McKinley High are quarantined in a High School after a virus get loose in the school and all the adults die. The kids of McKinley High split into factions: Sluts, Varsity, Geeks, and Skaters. Some of the kids are "faction-less" like siblings, David and Will who are just trying to survive.
From the first few pages I was immersed in the world of McKinley High and I just couldn't stop reading. Quarantine had a really realistic feel throughout the entire novel and I am truly scared of getting quarantined in my own high school now. I truly love how Lex Thomas took the High School experience and morphed into a living nightmare. If you think Panem was brutal, you're in for a wake up call with Quarantine.
The narration of Quarantine was truly something spectacular because it was honest and genuine. David and Will didn't feel like fictional characters they felt 100% real people. The complex brotherly relationship between David and Will was a true and honest portrayal of the way brothers are. Of the two brothers I liked David better but I don't want to discredit Will at all. Will was just so misunderstood by everyone and I really hope he opens up more to the reader in the next book.
Of all the characters in the book Sam was the most horrifying person. What happens when the high school football varsity star gets locked in a high school? Let's just say it isn't pretty and it gets pretty gory. Sam was one of the most terrifying villains I have ever read about because Sam was beyond evil. For some odd reason I find teenage villains more despicable than adults, I am not sure why but I do. Drake Caine from Gone seemed like a lamb compared to Sam in Quarantine. Sam was a well developed character and in my opinion he was one of the best written characters in Quarantine.
Quarantine was a book that I really enjoyed because of it's fast pace, compelling writing, interesting characters and fascinating plotline. I would recommend this for older YA readers because there's alot of sexual content, explicit language, and gory scenes. Quarantine: The Loners was a haunting and fun book that I just couldn't stop reading. I really look forward to the next book and I hope I enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Quarantine. ...more
The Madman's Daughter starts with a bang and immediately immerses the reader in Juliet's strange world. From the first couple of pages, I knew that I immediately liked her from the moment she said: “Dead flesh and sharpened scalpels didn't bother me. I was my father’s daughter, after all. My nightmares were made of darker things.” Juliet isn't your typical YA heroine, she's has a lot more skeletons in her closet than most characters. Juliet never ceased to surprise me throughout the entire novel and she is truly a fascinating character.
Once Juliet arrived on the island, I'll admit that my attention started to waver. I just wasn't that interested in Juliet's romantic escapades with Montgomery and Edward. Don't get me wrong, the romance in this book isn't terrible but I think the author should have focused more on other things. There was too much of a focus on romance in the middle segment of this book.
Just as I thought that I was done with reading Madman's Daughter and that I should DNF, the story really picked up. From that moment on, I couldn't peel myself from this book and I just had to read more. Shepherd threw in so many plot twists that I didn't see coming and I just couldn't stop reading. All of the plot twists were things I probably should have seen coming but didn't. The plot twists were definitely brilliantly executed and compelled me to continue reading.
The ending was so unexpected that I just need to discuss it once again. Never in a billion years would I have predicted that it would end like this. I'm not even sure what the sequel will be about considering the ending and the way it was executed. I'm debating whether to call it a cliffhanger but it was still such a cruel, yet superb way to end this book. If I had any doubt in my mind about reading the sequel (which I didn't), now there's no way I'll miss out on it!
The Madman's Daughter was such a creepy, gothic delight! I can't remember the last time I read an ending that fantastic. Honestly, I don't know how I will be able to wait till January 2014 for the sequel. I haven't read The Island Of Dr. Moreau but now I desperately need to. The Madman's Daughter is one strange novel that is as compelling as it is unique. ...more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways, & more! The Hex Hall series is one of my all-time favorite YA series and ever since I heard abouCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways, & more! The Hex Hall series is one of my all-time favorite YA series and ever since I heard about Rebel Belle, I had been dying to read it. Rebel Belle is just what you would expect from Rachel Hawkins: a fun, hilarious adventure with an incredibly witty protagonist. Rebel Belle is unlike anything I've ever read before and it is a perfect blend of romance, the paranormal, mythology, and humor. I can't emphasis enough how much fun I had while reading RB and how much I enjoyed it.
Rebel Belle isn't your average paranormal story. It all starts when Harper undergoes a weird, traumatizing experience at Homecoming. Instead of reveling in Homecoming, Harper is attacked in the ladies' room and she is mysteriously given super powers. Harper is now a paladin and her mission is to protect her enemy, David Stark. Rebel Belle is filled with magic, romance, and wit, this is a must-read for fans of Hex Hall for sure.
I loved everything about Harper Price from her no non-sense Southern personality to her intense determination to be the best at everything. Price is absolutely hilarious in all the right ways and readers will immediately fall in love with her. I really enjoyed her snarky humor and Harper always managed to put a smile on my face with her attitude that was a mix between a Southern Belle and an Amazonian warrior. Harper is an intense character and she's the type of character that doesn't take no for an answer, I absolutely love reading about strong female heroines like Harper.
David Stark is my favorite kind of protagonist, he's wonderfully nerdy. David is the head of the school newspaper, he loves to wear sweaters, and he always knows exactly what to say. David is such an interesting character and I absolutely loved reading about his interactions with Harper Price. In the beginning, I really didn't like David at all, but he grew on me extremely quickly. David is an unusual sort of protagonist that we don't often see in YA novels and I really appreciate how Hawkins decided to include such a refreshing character. Often when YA novels have nerdy characters they usually read like stereotypes, but David Stark is quite the opposite. I loved reading about David and I really can't wait to see more of him in the next book in this series.
If you thought that the paranormal genre is over saturated with werewolves, vampires, mermaids and angels, you're in luck with Rebel Belle. Rebel Belle takes classic Arthurian mythology and combines it with a Southern setting to create a brilliant story. This is one of the most original paranormal books I've read in years and there isn't a single dull moment in Rebel Belle. Readers will be engaged by the intense action, swoon-worthy romance and witty banter in Rebel Belle. You don't want to miss out on Rebel Belle, I promise you that.
Rebel Belle is a Southern delight that readers will absolutely savor and it's one of my absolute favorites of 2014. This is the perfect book to read on a dreary, rainy day because Rachel Hawkins's snappy, clever dialogue can put a smile on even the grouchiest of people. I'm beyond impressed with Hawkins and she managed to blow my mind with Rebel Belle. ...more
When I got an ARC of Unspoken in the mail I was ecstatic because I had wanted to read it for a while. I really expected a lotSeen At Scott Reads It
When I got an ARC of Unspoken in the mail I was ecstatic because I had wanted to read it for a while. I really expected a lot from Unspoken given all the glowing 5 stars reviews and all the hype that came with it. My main reason that I wanted to read Unspoken besides the reviews was that Unspoken is considered a Gothic mystery. I really loved Gothic books such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Beautiful Creatures so I expected to love Unspoken.
Unspoken takes place in a small English town called Sorry-In-The-Vale. (The last time I read a book about a small English town it didn't even too well *cough cough Pagford*). Kami Glass has been in love with her imaginary friend, and she is the editor of her school's newspaper. She has been labeled as strange due to the fact that she has an imaginary friend and she is in High School. Suddenly when the Lynburns arrive in Sorry-In-The-Vale everything changes. Her personal life has taken a real change and a bunch of animal sacrifices rituals have been found in the woods. Then to make things even worse Sorry-In-The-Vale appears to be chock full of secrets and her mother appears to be have some skeletons in her closet.
I'll be honest I appear to be one of the few reviewers who have a bit of mixed feelings about Unspoken. I really enjoyed the Gothic nature of Unspoken and the humor. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times during Unspoken and people were giving me looks that asked "What's wrong with you?". I didn't care because the humorous dialogue in Unspoken is spot-on perfect. This book has some of the best dialogue I have read to date because never have I ever laughed this much while reading a book. The closest I ever came to laughing this much while reading was reading The Mortal Instruments.
I really liked Kami's character because she was everything I usually look for in a protagonist. She is funny, smart, and almost all business. Kami is the type of girl that when she wants something, she gets it done her way/ She is just that type of take charge person that we all would love to be. I loved how focused Kami was on exposing Sorry-In-The-Vale's secrets until the Lynburns came into town. As soon as Kami locked eyes with Ash and Jared, she wasn't as take charge or professional anymore. She was completely head over heels for Jared and she lost sight of what's important. There is a murderer on the loose and you're giving each other googly eyes and thinking of canoodling. C'mon let's save the sappy romance stuff until after everything's all safe and down.
Romance can make or break a novel for me. Unspoken's love triangle is an interesting and complex plotline but I felt like it took up too much of the story. Instead of all the snooping and detective work, Kami spent an awful lot of time just flirting with Jared and Ash. Kami just didn't seem like the girl to be ogling with boys at all. She even kind of mentioned something along the lines that boys never seemed to like her. Once guys started to like her she metamorphosed into a lovelorn girl. Unspoken is one of those romantically centered novels (similar to Matched, Delirium, and Beta) and it suffers the same problem all three suffered from. When romance seems to be the main aspect of a novel, the plot often is slowly paced. Unspoken isn't as slowly paced as those titles I mentioned previously but the plot definitely could have moved a bit faster. I guess if like most readers of Unspoken you probably won't mind this. I was probably annoyed by the pace because unlike most readers I wasn't swooning over Jared and Ash. Both were well developed and interesting characters but I felt like they weren't too like-able. They both seemed controlling at times and their constant bickering with each annoyed the bejesus out of me.
Plotwise Unspoken is a delight with it's various twists and turns that kept me reading. At times around the middle of Unspoken I wish it was a bit more creepy. Something that I definitely noticed in my ARC of Unspoken was that there were many awkward transitions. Usually when a book fast forwards in time or changes POV there is an indication such as a symbol or something. A couple times I flipped back a page to see if maybe I skipped over a sentence or something but I didn't. These awkward transitions didn't really affect my opinion of Unspoken much but it was a nuisance. I really loved the scenes towards the end of the book because they really caught my attention. The ending was a bit ridiculous because I felt like nothing felt resolved and that it ended too quickly.
Unspoken was a real treat to read with it's fantastic setting, superb protagonist, awesome writing, and Gothic qualities. I wish Unspoken was a bit more creepy and faster paced. I did enjoy the romance but I felt like it slowed down the plot. The dialogue in Unspoken is truly astoundingly funny to the point where I laughed like a lunatic. I really enjoyed how original Unspoken was and I do look forward to reading the sequel. I hope that I enjoy the sequel and I'm really glad that a talented author like Brennan will be a co-author of the Bane Chronicles. I really look forward to reading Team Human and the Devil's Lexicon....more
Find this at Scott Reads It Imagine a world where everyone is "ugly" until the day they turn 16 where people undergo an operation called the "Surge" th
Find this at Scott Reads It Imagine a world where everyone is "ugly" until the day they turn 16 where people undergo an operation called the "Surge" that makes you "pretty". This is the world of the Uglies where beauty is everything. The Uglies is told from the point of view of Tally Youngblood. The Uglies: Shay's Story is a graphic novel spin off of the Uglies series and is told from the persepective of Tally's best friend Shay.
I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot more than Uglies because I find Shay more interesting than Tally. Shay's view of the "Surge" and the world was very thought provoking. Shay believed that a surgery couldn't make anyone beautiful and that natural beauty is real beauty. Shay faces a choice should she become pretty or should she flee society?
I really love the theme of this series, that beauty is natural. Scott Westerfield believes that cosmetics don't make a person beautiful and I believe that's very important. So many people starve themselves, and do horrible things to make themselves feel beautiful. People need to realize that internal beauty is true beauty. Beauty isn't everything and it isn't the key to happiness. This graphic novel has really made me want to pick up Pretties and Levithan even more. If you enjoyed Uglies then you must read this to see Shay in a way you never saw her before. The art is fantastic, this fast paced story is engaging, what more could you want? Must Read!...more
Find this review at Scott Reads It I love a good fairy tale retelling and so when I heard of Splintered, I immediately requested an ARC. Splintered sFind this review at Scott Reads It I love a good fairy tale retelling and so when I heard of Splintered, I immediately requested an ARC. Splintered sounded very promising but I was really let down. Alice in Wonderland is one of my all-time favorite novels and I am obsessed with Tim Burton and the original Disney film. The problem with Splintered is that it doesn't feel like Alice in Wonderland at all. Alice in Wonderland is a fun children's book about discovering who you are and growing up. Splintered lacks the charm that made Alice in Wonderland, possibly one of the best books ever. Splintered had potential to be a great retelling of Alice in Wonderland like The Looking Glass Wars was.
Splintered is nothing like Alice in Wonderland at all which in my opinion isn't a great thing. Splintered takes all of the characters from Wonderland and complete alters the characters until they are unrecognizable. It's fine to change characters in a fairy-tale retelling but shouldn't the characters feel a little tiny bit similar? I simply couldn't connect to any of the characters at all because they weren't like able. Morpheus was very irritating in my opinion because he was too self-centered and just straight out rude. My problem with Jeb is that he was too generic with his whole "child-hood friend" attitude. The whole love triangle in Splintered in my opinion was unnecessary and really ruined Splintered.
The plot was extremely slow and reading Splintered felt like a chore. The whole idea of Alice Liddell being mad is nothing new at all and was the subject of American McGee's Alice.
Much of the book seemed like it was trying to mimic Tim Burton's wonderful 2010 remake of Alice. This book is a mishmash/medley of American McGee and Tim Burton's Alices which really was disappointing. Splintered doesn't feel original at all, it feels like a washed up book. Splintered tries hard to differentiate itself from all other Alice retellings and as a result this book felt lacking. Action scenes in Splintered just weren't fun to read at all because they felt anticlimactic. I really wanted to like this book but I can't overlook it's overwhelming faults.
Splintered wasn't for me, maybe you will like it. I have seen phenomenal reviews for this book and so many readers loved this book. Am I mad that I didn't like this book??
Something that really bothered me is that the Mad Hatter isn't MAD and the Cheshire Cat is absent for the majority of the book. That is utter madness that an Alice in Wonderland retelling would be lack a true Mad Hatter and a Cheshire Cat for the majority of the book. I had a similar experience reading Splintered as I had reading Alice in Zombieland. If you're looking for a fun Alice in Wonderland retelling pick up The Looking Glass Wars instead. Splintered was a slowpaced read that lacked in character development and plot. Splintered was definitely not the book for me but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I don't recommend it now excuse me while I cry an ocean. ...more
I read Nightshade back in August but for some reason I never had much of an impetus to continue reading the series.Seen at Scott Reads It! 2.5 Stars
I read Nightshade back in August but for some reason I never had much of an impetus to continue reading the series. 6 months later I finally decided to start Wolfsbane and I am pretty disappointed. Wolfsbane had so much potential & it didn't definitely live up to it.
Wolfsbane isn't as action-packed as I would have liked. It's mostly Searcher-Guardian mythology, and romance. Instead of giving us the back story on the Guardians, Searchers, and Keepers in small dosages, Cremer quickly dumps all of the stories on us. I feel like the myths should have been spaced out better because it would have made it more interesting to read. Reading myth after myth became a bit tedious but the myths were still mostly interesting and original.
There isn't a lot of character development in Wolfsbane at all. We are introduced to so many new characters yet the reader barely knows any of the characters from a hole in a wall. I had no clue what any of the characters even looked like or anything about them. A majority of the characters seemed to a lack a purpose other than "to be there". I would have liked to learn more about the new characters. Our beloved characters weren't so likeable in Wolfsbane. I remember really liking Calla during Nightshade but during Wolfsbane I was rather indifferent to her.Calla kept on acting reckless and I didn't think she used her brain too much during Wolfsbane. She didn't bother to think before acting which had so many consequences. I was not a big fan of Shay during this book and all he seemed to want to do was "do the deed" with Calla. Shay kept on trying to have sex with Calla even when she refused which was so unlike the Shay from Nightshade.
The romance wasn't cringe worthy but it definitely was on the irritating spectrum. Calla and Shay talk about Ren's enagement to Calla, about a minute before they undress and attempt to make love. Trashy much? You're engaged to someone, you keep their ring, you act as if you're in a relationship with another guy but you still have feelings for your ex-fiance. It really annoyed me how one second she claimed she loved Ren and the next moment she was practically nude with Shay. Make up your mind Calla!
I'm not sure why but despite my numerous complaints about Wolfsbane I kept on reading. There's something addictive about Andrea Cremer's writing style that compelled me to read on. Normally when the characters and romance annoy me this much, I usually have a strong urge to quit. This wasn't the case with Wolfsbane despite my irritation with it. Wolfsbane was far from perfect and yet I still enjoyed it enough to keep on reading.
Wolfsbane was definitely lacking in a bunch of departments. Andrea Cremer's compelling writing style is really what saves Wolfsbane and makes it an enjoyable read. I will read Bloodrose eventually but it's definitely not on the top of my TBR list....more