This was a fun novel. I really enjoyed the concept of telling the novelist's life story as well as their novel. I did find myself more interested in DThis was a fun novel. I really enjoyed the concept of telling the novelist's life story as well as their novel. I did find myself more interested in Darcy's life, but Afterworlds had a fantastic beginning and ending. I also really appreciated all of the minorities, we have prominent Indian and gay characters and that's awesome.
I did have a few issues with the overall writing though. After the really fantastic beginning, Afterworlds really lagged for me. I don't think the underworld was presented in a very interesting way and as I got further into Darcy's life I found it hard to figure out if the novel was pre or post edits. It felt like it was pre edits and I found myself wishing Nan's comments were incorporated. I honestly would have liked a little less "YA hotness" and a little more death cult/serial killer. (view spoiler)[ Although I suspect this novel is way self aware of real life YA paranormal romances and I think he purposefully used tropes of the genre to influence Darcy's story. But even if his intentions were to have commentary on current YA trends, I still wanted Afterworlds to be an interesting book in it's own right, and unfortunately that wasn't always the case. (hide spoiler)]
I thought both relationships to be very insta-love (though it was worse in the novel) and that made them very unbelievable. I really had issues believing Darcy's relationship because she didn't really have any inner turmoil over it but she'd never really thought about it either. Everyone in her life was totally ok with it too, and I wish there had been just a little more introspection and discussion. And Darcy never really had any major conflict with people in her life, she just stressed about writing. I really liked the writing world stuff, especially as someone who has followed the YA publishing world very closely for 4+ years, but I would have liked more general life growth as well.
Even though I had some issues with the execution, I loved the concept of Afterworlds and I'm really hoping we will get a sequel. I personally would love to read Pyromancer and I hope that happens.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was surprisingly enjoyable. I'm not sure I would call it "good", it's very cheesy and there were some questionable sex scenes. but overall it wasThis was surprisingly enjoyable. I'm not sure I would call it "good", it's very cheesy and there were some questionable sex scenes. but overall it was a fun read. I would read the next book and I hope in the second book we learn more about the Aegis and the corruption going on there. ...more
Richelle Mead's writing is so fun and charming in The Vampire Academy series, and the same can be said for Succubus Blues. I liked this, but it wasn'tRichelle Mead's writing is so fun and charming in The Vampire Academy series, and the same can be said for Succubus Blues. I liked this, but it wasn't as awesome as Vampire Academy. My intuition about certain characters were correct but I was still surprised by the (depressing) ending.
I do want to continue the story because I really do like Seth and I want to find out what happens to him. I tend to root for the beta males (I don't do that whole macho man thing, it's annoying and not sexy!) and I thought he was a compelling and charming character. I'm not so sure I really like Georgina though, she could really use a backbone. No means NO! However, I really liked that she's a flawed character. So often the heroines of paranormal romance are sweet and innocent. I liked that Georgina has a history but also tries to make the most of who she is and her situation. She accepts herself, which is refreshing because so many paranormal main characters can't come to terms with their moral conflicts of their nature.
I really love Richelle Mead's writing. The dialogue is snappy and fun and we get the added bonus of fun sex scenes! Succubus Blues felt a lot lighter than some of her other books. There was still a good plot and well developed characters, but overall things were more light hearted, fun, and sexy!
Overall Succubus Blues is a fun adult urban fantasy. I would recommend it for anyone who wants a quick paranormal romance with some snark and sass. Succubus Blues is a great vacation or summer read! ...more
Warm Bodies is a really fun mashup of Shakespeare and zombies, two of my favorite things. I really liked the re-imagining of zombies and how Warm BodiWarm Bodies is a really fun mashup of Shakespeare and zombies, two of my favorite things. I really liked the re-imagining of zombies and how Warm Bodies examines what makes a person human and if you have nothing to live for are you really living? I didn't expect a zombie novel to make me think as much as Warm Bodies did.
R was a really great character, and one I could really relate to. He's a great narrator and reading his inner monologue is hilarious and touching. I really loved how he had all of these eloquent thoughts and ideas but due to his zombie self he can't actually express these ideas to other people. There's a quote from the book where R says “In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.” I love that.
I really liked the theme of living your life to the fullest and how it applies to not only the zombies but also the surviving humans. As R and Julie begin to get to know each other they help each other heal. They both help each other find their humanity, because both of them have been wandering and not really living (R literally).
There were a few things that I didn't really like about Warm Bodies. I didn't like how heavy handed the Romeo and Juliet stuff got at some parts. In particular the balcony scene was just too obvious and I found myself rolling my eyes. I also didn't like how Perry's death was glossed over. Julie and Perry had been having problems, but I still think I would have been a lot more upset if my boyfriend had been eaten by a zombie. Just saying. It's not even that Julie's reason for not being that upset was bad (I can understand in an apocalyptic situation preparing for everyone you love to be killed at any moment) but I wish R had tried to talk to her more about it. I wish there had been more of an ethical conflict.
Overall I enjoyed Warm Bodies quite a bit, but due to the sometimes obvious re-telling elements and some disappointing author behavior Warm Bodies fell just short of the 5 star rating. It's still a really adorable and fun read that will also make you think!...more
Dead rules is an interesting take on life after death for teenagers, but instead of focusing on the interesting setting and rules of being dead, DeadDead rules is an interesting take on life after death for teenagers, but instead of focusing on the interesting setting and rules of being dead, Dead Rules gets stuck on a love triangle that borders (ok lands squarely) on obsession.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the setting and the interesting spin on the afterlife. It has Christian undertones but nothing specific so it can be appreciated by people of different faiths. I liked the set up for the school and the mystery surrounding it, but we never really learned the truth behind the mystery, nor do we ever really learn the rules of the different classes of students. We learn what makes a person in one class verses another, but none of the real rules associated with them. The whole mystery of the book is not explained enough for my liking.
The best part of the book was Mars and Waytt. They were the only characters that experienced any growth and with which I felt any connection even though they were the stereotypical paranormal romance "sexy bad boy" and "misunderstood bff". I loved their history that was revealed and how they learned from each other. I think the fact that Mars was physically perfect while Wyatt was seriously disfigured added an interesting dynamic to their relationship. True bromance.
The biggest problem for me were all of the other characters, and the female characters in particular. While some characters have interesting development, most are one dimensional fillers. The side girl characters only had one aspect to their personality which mostly depended on the state of their bodies after their death. The main character was just scary, and not in a good way. This part might get a tiny bit spoilery, but not too much. Jana is in love with her boyfriend who is still alive and on earth. And by love, I mean obsessed. Jana is crazy and seems very selfish. She says that Michael "completes her" and "makes her a better version of herself." WHAT THE FUCK!? That is not love, that is obsession, and it is not healthy as a human or a ghost. She has such an obsessive "love" for Michael that she (view spoiler)[ wants to kill him so they can be together. (hide spoiler)] Again I say WHAT THE FUCK. That is NOT love. I'm sorry, but if I was dead (view spoiler)[KILLING MY BOYFRIEND (hide spoiler)] would NOT be the solution to my problems. If Jana had learned that she wanted Michael to live a long and happy life and THAT was true love, then I would have been ok with it, but THAT NEVER HAPPENS. She just jumps to the next guy. Seriously, messed up.
Overall Dead Rules is a paranormal romance that had a lot of potential to be a very exciting mystery but fell short because it was stuck on the love triangle aspect of the story. Completely ineffective satire. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book was horrendous. Think of literally every shitty trope ever in paranormal romance and stick it in another shitty YA vampire book.
Main characThis book was horrendous. Think of literally every shitty trope ever in paranormal romance and stick it in another shitty YA vampire book.
Main character who is brainy, thinks she's fat/ugly/awkward but really is a beautiful princess (literally ugh)? Check
Vapid, boy crazy best friend there for wisecracks and nothing else? Check.
Uber bitchy but somehow still popular blonde cheerleader giving our MC problems? Check.
MC just as bitchy back to cheerleader but it's ok because she's the MC (since cheerleader has kissed/had sex with a boy she's OBVS a slut and deserves it!)? Check.
Mysterious hot new guy come to town? Check.
Mysterious hot new guy is an arrogant prick and the MC starts of hating him but then decides she actually loves him even though he has only ever treated her with disdain? Check.
Even though their relationship is totally abusive the MC and MHNG are in LOVE but they cannot be together because he's too dangerous and is being an asshole "for her own good" (fuck that btw)? Check.
Seriously, this book is one of the most sexist, slut shaming, rape appologist, gender role enforcing piles of shit I've read in a while. It's so disturbing that so many young women hold this as a relationship standard. Fuck that....more
DNF at 50%. This started off SO GOOD. I am so disappointed :( The writing was so interesting and engaging, I was really compelled by the first part ofDNF at 50%. This started off SO GOOD. I am so disappointed :( The writing was so interesting and engaging, I was really compelled by the first part of the book, The Tree. Unfortunately with the start of part two, The Town, the book went downhill, mostly with the choices of the "sexy" love interest and how UNSEXY he was.
If a guy does any of the following, he's a dick and you should avoid him at all costs
1. Has sex with your cousin while saying he loves you 2. Coerces some guys to sexually assault a girl 3. Slaps you in a sexual manner in front of children 4. Has sex with you and then immediately skips town
I'm sure there were other things he did that were terrible but after the spanking scene (good god) I just stopped reading. I skimmed the second half and called it a day. I did give this an extra star for the writing and I would read something else by this author, just not in the paranormal romance genre....more
This book was a major disappointment for me, and this review may get a bit ranty but I'll try and reign it in. Now, I'm not saying that it was bad orThis book was a major disappointment for me, and this review may get a bit ranty but I'll try and reign it in. Now, I'm not saying that it was bad or poorly written. But I was expecting an exciting and fresh murder mystery/ghost story, and what I got was an overdone and tired paranormal romance. It's not a poorly written paranormal romance, but it was unoriginal. People who liked Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick will really enjoy this. I think if I had read this book in January or February, which is when I first started reading YA, I would have absolutely loved this book. However I feel like I've read way too many YA books that go down the same road TUoMD did.
This book divides into two parts for me. The first part is a ghosty murder mystery where we don't know what is going on with Mara and it full of WTF moments (it's the part I really loved) and the second part falls into the stereotypical paranormal romance. That's when TUoMD lost a lot of appeal for me. It became predictable and I started to care less and less about the characters because the focus shifted from an awesome mystery to a boring romance.
I'll start with the things I liked. I loved the mystery around why Mara was in the hospital, what happened to her friends, and what the hell is currently going on. I loved all of the scary stuff that happened and I wanted so much more of that. When this book is good, it's damn good. Which is why it was so frustrating too. I don't understand why this book couldn't have been a paranormal mystery or even horror book. It had SO much potential and great marketing. I also LOVE the cover, it's so cool and mysterious.
I had problems with the ending, mostly because I had a very hard time understanding what was going on. I have pretty good reading comprehension skills and I found myself re-reading paragraphs because I was trying to understand what was happening. Now, part of this was probably because I finished the book at around 3am, but it also was the unclear writing. I think this was partially due to the fact that the story hadn't focused on the mystery for so long that at the end when it tried to go back to that it was underdeveloped.
The other parts that I had an issue with was how the relationship was handled and how the friendships developed (or didn't). Mara made a friend at school but he really seemed like a device to introduce Noah, the love interest, and once that relationship had started he was unceremoniously dumped from the story. This pissed me off. I hate it when romance=no other character is important in the MC's life. I kept expecting the friend to make another appearance, but he never did. He was just gone. The romantic relationship between Mara and Noah was very Twilight-y. Noah was too perfect (hot, smart, rich as balls) and Mara was too insecure about him and her feelings. And then the paranormal aspect of Noah was also too convenient. It literally was like "oh, you have magic powers? I have magic powers! What a coincidence!" Their whole relationship and the plot devices used to move their relationship were frustrating, illogical, and too perfect to be realistic.
The final issue I had is a minor one that I didn't like but many people may, and that's the writing style used to create humor in conversations. I know the author was trying to be amusing and teenager-y but it came across as too crude for my taste (and that's saying something because I'm a pretty crude person). There were just too many immature boner jokes and sexual innuendos that didn't really fit with the voices of the characters nor the overall tone of the book.
Now, don't let this review get you down. I still really enjoyed this book, even with all of the complaints I have. I think I feel this way because I was hoping for something amazing, and what I got was a story I'd already read in 20 other books. Many people will love TUoMD, I just wasn't one of them....more
Hush, Hush is an ominous and titillating tale of forbidden love at dangerous stakes. Nora is attracted to Patch for all of the wrong reasons. She throHush, Hush is an ominous and titillating tale of forbidden love at dangerous stakes. Nora is attracted to Patch for all of the wrong reasons. She throws caution to the wind to find out the secrets of the boy she cannot ignore. Hush, Hush is full of conflict for the protagonist, who must decide between the safty of ignorance and the danger of knowing.
The best parts of this book were the suspense and sexual tension scenes. The writing during these parts was fantastic, and drove me to read more. The pacing and timing of the conversations was well executed, especially on the parts of Vee(the funny BFF) and Patch (even though he has a really stupid name). I also really liked the lore behind the fallen angel, where they come from, what they can do, and what are their goals. The ending was well done, there was enough resolution to complete the book while still giving enough new information to make me want to read the second book, Crescendo.
However, I did have some issues with the main character Nora. At first she is presented as a very intelligent and independent girl who is hoping to get into an ivy league school, but as soon as Patch comes along we seem to loose all sight of that girl. Nora is very illogical and impulsive at times, while at other times she was so cautious she was teetering towards prudishness. There were times where she was afraid of Patch, and rightfully so as he is not a peaceful character to say the least, but she still goes with him or does what he says. She flip flops between being suspicious of him and being lustfully attracted to him. Nora is the girl you scream at during horror movies, the one who goes up to the attic in her underwear with a dead cell phone and a broken flashlight.
Sadly there are many similarities to Twilight. The overall plot is pretty much the same and the relationship between the main characters is very similar as well. I was disappointed because I was looking for something different and never got it. I am hoping that in Crescendo the focus will be on the angel lore and less on the chaotic relationship that has no real logic and borders on abusive. (ok often dives head first into the abusive pool).
Overall, Hush, Hush has an interesting conecpt but got lost in the need to have a mysterious and dangerous love affair. There are enough redeeming qualities for me to want to read the next book, but not enough for me to feel any urgency at getting to it....more