This was enjoyable, but more for the sexy times than the actual plot. There wasn't any suspense at all, the ending is revealed pretty early on and theThis was enjoyable, but more for the sexy times than the actual plot. There wasn't any suspense at all, the ending is revealed pretty early on and there's no twist or game changer.
I wanted to also point out that there's a female oral sex scene and I'm so pleased to see this in a YA book. It's a very PG scene, but it's still great to see female sexuality presented in a very positive and consensual way. With that said I really liked Seth and Aislinn (the couple in said sexy scene). They were really strong characters who didn't take any of the fairies crap.
The fairies in comparison were super wimpy. Keenan was super weak as a king and a romantic interest and Beira was a really ineffective villain. The only fairy that was remotely interesting was Donia, especially toward the end of the book.
So overall Wicked Lovely was enjoyable and I'll probably pick up the second book in the series but it's not life changing. For a fairy book it's a decent romantic adventure....more
Night of Cake and Puppets is a fun little novella for any fans of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, in particular for fans of Zuzana. There was aNight of Cake and Puppets is a fun little novella for any fans of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, in particular for fans of Zuzana. There was a lot of fun humor in this story and it was a nice light hearted look at the world of D0SaB. I did miss Karou but we got to still have some of the great banter between her and Zuzana through text conversations which is nice. I would have liked Mik to have had a more unique voice, he basically was a more gentle boy version fo Zuzana. ...more
Fun, light, and fluffy. I liked that the main love interest was a strong man without being an alpha male jerk and I liked that the main girl was smartFun, light, and fluffy. I liked that the main love interest was a strong man without being an alpha male jerk and I liked that the main girl was smart and independent with out feeling forced. I would have liked a little more about the murder conspiracy plot but overall a fun story....more
I have a confession. I love Jersey Shore. I mean, freaking LOVE it. I don't know why, but I can't get enough of this fist pumping, hair poofing, GTL-iI have a confession. I love Jersey Shore. I mean, freaking LOVE it. I don't know why, but I can't get enough of this fist pumping, hair poofing, GTL-ing mess of a show. If you're like me and have no idea why you love Jersey Shore as well, then A Shore Thing will be a great summer read for you.
A Shore Thing may be a fictional story starring Gia and Bella, but it reads like any episode of Jersey Shore starring Snooki and J-Woww, the obvious inspirations for the characters. In A Shore Thing Gia/Snooki and Bella/J-Woww get a house on the Jersey Shore for the summer to party and hook up with hot guido gorilla juice-heads, but nothing ever goes smoothly for these two. I had a lot of fun reading about all of the crazy antics Gia and Bella got up to and I also loved how they were able to charm their way out of pretty much everything.
A Shore Thing isn't a perfect book by any means, the plot is ridiculous at times but always predictable, the writing can be a little clunky, and let's be real this isn't going to be winning any great literature awards anytime soon, but it does address topics like confidence and body issues, friendships and healthy relationships, and what it means to be independent women, and it does it a lot more smoothly than I expected. If you're looking for a funny summer read with a heart A Shore Thing may be just right for you. ...more
I liked Eleanor and Park, but it needed some serious editing in the plot department, namely that there wasn't much of one. This book was more like twoI liked Eleanor and Park, but it needed some serious editing in the plot department, namely that there wasn't much of one. This book was more like two completely different books, one quirky romance between two oddball kids and one gut wrenching story about family drama and child abuse. The two stories, instead of blending together, seemed to compete for screen time.
While the romance was initially cute, it got very repetitive about half way through. Every romantic interaction would basically be like, cute stuff happened but then Park put his foot in his mouth and Eleanor would get mad/flustered and leave and they would freak out the the other was going to break up with them until they saw each other again and the cycle would repeat. Too much time was spent doing the same basic scene in a different location. That time could have been spent developing Eleanor's relationship with her family or Park's personality outside of his infatuation with Eleanor. Also I can't even begin to count how many times we were told Eleanor was FAT and Park was ASIAN. Ok, we get it, can we get to know them as people now?
Even with that said I enjoyed the book up until the very ending. I know this was set in the 80s so cell phones weren't a common thing, but seriously Park I'm sure your parents would have been cool with you driving up to see what was up with your girlfriend after not talking to her for a year. Also Eleanor is a pretty shitty person, just because you move a few states away doesn't mean you get to decide to just end a relationship and not even talk to your partner. If she cared at all about Park she would have at least given him the common courtesy of a phone call. I understand that first loves and young loves can feel huge in the moment but then fizzle out pretty fast at the first real obstacle (ie distance) but come on. And we get almost no resolution with Eleanor's family which was so frustrating. I was especially interested in the development of Eleanor's mother and she was basically flat for the entire novel.
OH and I have a major issue with their last "intimate" moment (view spoiler)[ I HATE HATE HATE that Eleanor was all, "this is our last chance, I don't care that you don't have a condom and that I might get pregnant". WHAT THE HELL. I hate that mentality, it is stupid and irresponsible. Don't have sex if you don't have protection. Period. (hide spoiler)]
BUT with all of this ranting there were some really good parts to Eleanor and Park, in particular Park's mom. I love her so much, she was so supportive of Park exploring his own interests and not pushing her own gender expectations on him.
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Absolutely fantastic. Beautiful, complex, and emotional, this series is a delight to read. The writing is just leaps and bounds above what I usually rAbsolutely fantastic. Beautiful, complex, and emotional, this series is a delight to read. The writing is just leaps and bounds above what I usually read. I am hoping for a spin off, because there is a lot of potential! The ending was a little confusing so I'm hoping we will get more. ...more
Throne of Glass was not at all what I was expecting and while I enjoyed it I definitely had some issues. I was expecting an action story that focusedThrone of Glass was not at all what I was expecting and while I enjoyed it I definitely had some issues. I was expecting an action story that focused on the assassin tournament, but the competition is in the background to setting up the romantic plot and the over-arching fantasy which, while interesting and fun to read, was not what I anticipated.
As for what was actually in the book, I found myself enjoying all of the separate elements but not really liking how they were all put together. Ultimately that comes down to I really didn't like the main character Celaena. She was so arrogant and abrasive I found her very hard to relate to and because of this I had a hard time really getting into the story. It's tough when you don't want to root for the hero.
I also found the writing to be a bit cliche and amateur. Lots of "obsidian" or "onyx" eyes, and phrases like "she didn't know where she ended and he began". There was also a LOT of telling and no showing. For the majority of the novel Celaena spends a lot of her time thinking of all the violent ways she could kill someone...if she wanted to.
But even with my complaints there's a lot of potential in this series. I really like Nehemia and Chaol and perhaps even Dorian (too soon to tell but I'm hopeful). I like all of the different plot elements, in particular the political climate and potential rebellion and the weird magic that seems to be bubbling beneath the surface and I'm sure will become a much bigger component in the story in future books. Ultimately Throne of Glass just feels and reads like a first novel. I have high hopes for what Maas can write with more experience.