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.
I have conflicting emotions about this book, parts of it were great, parts were terrible, and parts were meh....more
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.
Tris & Izzie is a first on a few different levels for me. It's the first book I've ever read on my new Kindle, the first book I've ever received fTris & Izzie is a first on a few different levels for me. It's the first book I've ever read on my new Kindle, the first book I've ever received for review from netgalley, and my first ever one star review on this blog. It's very rare for me to give out a less than two star rating, but there is nothing remotely redeeming about this book. I'll try and hold in my negativity, but there's gonna be some snark and sarcasm. Even I'm not that good. (oh and p.s. this review may get spoilery, so if you really care (but why would you) you have been warned.)
First let's talk about the few things I did like about this book. The cover is beautiful and it's what drew me to the book in the first place. Not like I could see the pretty cover on my Kindle, but I could imagine it. Ok, the other things I liked about this book are.....um....well there was....I liked the part where.....did I mention the pretty cover?
Let's talk about the characters. Every single character in this book has bi-polar disorder. One minute they're professing their undying love for each other and then not even ten pages later they're punching each other in the face. No seriously, a boy punched his girlfriend in the face. And she was cool with it. I'm sorry but if my boyfriend punched me in the face I wouldn't be ok with it, I would be lying on the ground sobbing in a pool of my own nose blood. Izzie is probably the worst. She decides that her BFF Branna is too depressed and mopey and the best way to fix it is to give her an irreversible love potion with a guy they met literally TEN MINUTES AGO. AND this was after Branna said she didn't want a love potion, that she wanted her love to be real. Wow, some friend no? And then when Mark (Izzie's "perfect" boyfriend (he's the one that punched her in the face)) almost drinks the love potion instead of Branna what does Izzie do? Drinks it instead. She doesn't, oh I don't know, pour it ON THE FUCKING GROUND!? No she has to drink it and then she acts all pissed off about being in love with a boy that's not her boyfriend. Hum, maybe you should have thought about that before you decided to trick your best friend?
These characters play musical chairs with their relationships. They swap partners faster than the cast of Jersey Shore, I'm not exaggerating. Mark goes from being in love with Izzie to Branna in literally five minutes. Izzie goes from loving Mark to thinking that she never really loved him and that he and Branna are a much better match, even though earlier in the book she was super pissed that Branna had a crush on her boyfriend. Tristan is just an idiot.
AND THEN there's the "magic" in this book. It makes no sense other than to provide a greater enemy than this weird-o love square. It's poorly supported and even more poorly executed. The enemies and fight sequences are frankly, lame. The ending made me want to gag it was so happily ever after. I wish it had been like the real Tristan and Isolde and everyone had just died.
Sigh. Ok, end rant. As a side note, if the author/publisher/editor/anyone involved with this book ever reads this, I don't mean to be a douche. Promise. But I just really disliked this book (ok loathed may be a more appropriate word), and I'm not going to try and sugar coat it. Hope you're ok with that. ...more
Eh. This is just ok. There's nothing special about it beyond the really stand out cover design. The pacing was really off in this book. There's no reaEh. This is just ok. There's nothing special about it beyond the really stand out cover design. The pacing was really off in this book. There's no real danger or suspense from time traveling except for one short scene. There's more drama from people not believing Gwyneth has the gene which is kind of silly. The entire time travel system is very underdeveloped. There's a lot of secret society politics, but I have no clear idea of how the chronograph works or even what it really looks like. There seemed to be a bigger focus on the pretty historical clothes and Gideon-induced tummy flutters than time travel (and Gideon has a bad case of the insta-love, to the point where I had to relisten to a couple of tracks on my audiobook because I thought I had missed where he suddenly changed his mind about Gwyneth).
Overall Ruby Red reads very immature. It's aimed at tweens and I can't really see anyone who reads more critically than that age group finding much of interest here. ...more
I picked up a copy of The Reader after watching the beautiful movie version (in which Kate FINALLY got her Oscar. About time!). Sadly the book did notI picked up a copy of The Reader after watching the beautiful movie version (in which Kate FINALLY got her Oscar. About time!). Sadly the book did not live up to the movie at all. It read like a technical article. It was cold, stiff, and unemotional. The best part of the book was when Michael was a teenager, and even then I had a very hard time connecting emotionally to the characters. Once we move on to the trial the book completely lost me.
I think that this book is best for the people who lived during the time the book was published. It is an interesting look at the group of people trying to come to term with the crimes of their parents generation. There was so much opportunity with the idea of this book, but while the movie executes the themes in a way that will just crush your heart, the book falls far, far behind. This is one of those rare moments where I would say skip the book and watch the movie. Further, you MUST watch the movie, it is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen....more