Disappointment. My hopes for this one were in no way realized. Tried too hard to live up to encomium of "Jane Austen with magic." Loses sight of what...moreDisappointment. My hopes for this one were in no way realized. Tried too hard to live up to encomium of "Jane Austen with magic." Loses sight of what actually made JA such a wonderful, lasting author.(less)
I don’t think you need to hear me wax poetic about Linda Howard, so I’ll leave that part out of this...moreThis review was originally posted on Ruby's Reads.
I don’t think you need to hear me wax poetic about Linda Howard, so I’ll leave that part out of this review. However, I did read Ms. Howard’s last collaboration with Linda Jones and thought it was a decent read, but that’s it. My expectations for Running Wild weren’t terribly high. I love me a handsome cowboy, but I don’t read much straight-up romance these days. I thought Running would be a fun, quick and light read that would come as a welcome break from nonstop teenage angst. Well, it was a different, that’s true. Sadly, the change wasn’t quite as welcome as I’d thought.
Running Wild‘s story is pretty basic. Carlin is a girl on the run from a deranged stalker. Why didn’t she tell the police you ask? Why, because said stalker is the police! Not that Carlin did anything to encourage said stalker–oh, no! He’s just psycho. And since he killed one of Carlin’s friends while she was wearing Carlin’s jacket, clearly it was time to run.
I don’t mean to imply that women are responsible for their stalkers. Rather, my point is that the villain is completely one-dimensional. Why does he want to get at Carlin. Because he’s a crazy egomaniac. The authors apparently felt that was explanation enough. Maybe for a series romance it is…which would explain why I don’t read many of them.
Aside from the lackluster villain, the other (equally dull) characters and the multiple mundane descriptions of Carlin’s new life as a housekeeper made Running Wild incredibly boring. When Carlin isn’t cleaning or cooking, she’s driving to or from Zeke’s isolated ranch to get enough food to keep the menfolk fed. Carlin and Zeke pussyfoot around each other in a bickering, non-sexy way and then she does his laundry. Again. Or cooks. Again.
I’ll be honest–I DNF’d this book. I tried to go back to it multiple times, but there wasn’t enough there to keep me interested. I wasn’t expecting much from Running Wild–which is why it was so frustrating to get even less.(less)
I should have listened to Small. This was so, so bad. I couldn't even get past the third chapter. None of the characters felt like they came from the...moreI should have listened to Small. This was so, so bad. I couldn't even get past the third chapter. None of the characters felt like they came from the book's era--which is a ginormous pet peeve of mine. Another was the million little historical/social inaccuracies that built and built until reading on became impossible. I can't believe how disappointing I found Cinders & Sapphires and, oh, how I wish I could find a well-written teen historical from this era.(less)
I'm afraid that Silver Zombie was a did not finish (DNF) for me. It was a DNF for many reasons, but mainly because it doesn't work as a stand-alone novel. I should have known better, especially after resolving not to read books out of order. It was a decision I made for a reason. There isn't any way I can Silver Zombie give it a fair chance without reading all the other books first. And, unfortunately, I've got too much going on at the moment to do this, so it's going to have to go back in the TBR pile.
There was too much going on in the first few chapters of the books that I wasn't able to follow. It was all very bewildering and too often I found myself thinking the ubiquitous "Whaaa?" I want to be clear, though: Silver Zombie was a DNF for me not because of the quality of the book. I guess you could say I'm recusing myself on account of ignorance. (less)
I DNF’d this one. Now, this is something I rarely do with audiobooks. Usually I can make it through any audiobook, no matter how awful, by sheer virtu...moreI DNF’d this one. Now, this is something I rarely do with audiobooks. Usually I can make it through any audiobook, no matter how awful, by sheer virtue of laziness. I mean it. If I don’t have another audiobook all cued up and ready to go, I’ll listen to whatever I’ve got on my phone or in my car’s CD player. Especially if I’m in my car. I will NOT pull over just because my iPhone has inexplicably decided to play chapter three all. Over. Again. Better that than silence.
So I really tried with Dualed. Unfortunately, I hated the main character. West is one of those TSTL (too stupid to live) heroines you always hear about. I couldn’t stand her. I get that her entire family died–how awful! I can’t imagine!–and I can see how becoming an assassin (or Stalker) was a logical choice because it was a free form of “training” that would ensure she would beat her own Alt when the time came, but since the girl runs the moment she’s activated, that logic falls apart. Plus, not only do we miss all the action (with one or two exceptions, West’s kills take place off-screen), but I don’t see that becoming a Stalker gave West any skills at all.
And don’t even get me started on the romance. I could not have cared less about it.(less)
Let’s just get right down to it: This was a DNF for me. I was on the fence about reading it in the...moreThis weeview was originally posted on Ruby's Reads.
Let’s just get right down to it: This was a DNF for me. I was on the fence about reading it in the first place because I found Dani’s narrative in the earlier Fever books so incredibly irritating. If you, too, were worried about that, let me reassure you! Dani’s voice in Iced is sufficiently removed from that earlier obnoxious tone. It’s still the perspective of a fourteen-year-old, though, so beware. KMM captures it fairly well. It’s just that fourteen-year-old girls are not my favorite demographic.
So why did I DNF it? Due to extreme frustration. Dani is powerless in this novel, despite all of her supposed kick-assness. I remember having issues with this where Mac was concerned, but withIced, my cup runneth over. She’s surrounded by alpha-males who all kind of suck. I was initially pro-Ryodan, but Dani’s only 14 and won’t be much older by the time the series finishes. Here’s the thing, though (and I realize that I’m focusing on the romantic aspect, but come on! Whose blog did you think you were reading?!) I don’t think I’d be happy if Dani ended up with Ryodan…but I also wouldn’t be happy if she ended up with anyone else. So I think I’m going to wait for the last book to come out, spoil myself with Dani’s HEA (if she’s going to have one) and then decide whether or not to read the trilogy.(less)
I DNF'd Little Women and Me. I kind of think I shouldn't have read it considering that The Twin's Daughter was a mediocre for me. I was, however, enticed by the prospect of a different ending to Little Women. I mean, are there people out there that don't think Jo and Laurie should have ended up together? Or that don't go "Amy!" (in the style of Jerry Seinfeld saying "Newman!") every time they consider the book's ending. I guess that, given such a reaction to the original story, I hardly thought Little Women and Me could irritate me more. However...I didn't even make it to the end. Why? Three little words: It was boring. The story begins in the present tense, with Emily, the MC, facing your typical teenage issues--annoying siblings and crushes that don't realize you exist--but quickly gets to the action of the story. Which is: Emily traveling into Little Women. Let the yawning commence. From that time on, Emily is immersed in the dreary domestic life of Civil War New England. Probably true to life--but that doesn't mean it makes for interesting reading. Also, it took forever for Laurie to actually enter the story. Innumerable pages were spent on Emily's integration into the March family, on the fact that Jo's awesomeness in book form is annoying in person, how Meg is stiflingly principled, Beth is so sweet you feel awful having any negative thoughts about her, and Amy is terribly vain. Not to mention that Marmy is so intent on giving to the needy that she doesn't recall that charity begins at home. The charm (and joy) of retelling classics is that it's (in theory) bringing new life to an ageless tale. Little Women and Me did not do this. It was a boring retread that utterly failed to hold my interest. To be fair, I'm sure this was, in part, due to the fact that the character was a 14 year old, which made the tone more Middle Grade than Teen. I did peek at the end, but it wasn't enough to make me want to go back and read the intervening pages. It's too bad. Little Women is definitely a book with an ending I'd like to see retold.(less)