I know many people love Stiefvater's Mercy Falls trilogy, but I have to say that I am glad she has come out with these brilliant plot-focused teen boo...moreI know many people love Stiefvater's Mercy Falls trilogy, but I have to say that I am glad she has come out with these brilliant plot-focused teen books. They stray away from the wishy-washy (and lovey-dovey) nature of the Mercy Falls trilogy and become more about the characters and the story that needs to be told. I am a huge fan of The Scorpio Races, and now The Raven Boys. Seriously, Maggie, this shit is golden.
The funny thing about this first installment is that it actually is about its namesake. Four raven boys, all tousled, scarred and touched in different ways by a girl named Blue and this quest for something magical, and bigger than them.
In some ways, Maggie's storytelling reminds me of the late DWJ, which I highly recommended she take as a compliment (don't even ask how much money I have spent gathering up her original UK firsts). DWJ would include romance, to be sure, but it wasn't straightforward, and it wasn't about creating a love triangle. It was a story that flowed out from somewhere deep. And my literary-god, do I love my damaged characters. Especially when I am so unfamiliar with their situation, but somehow the writing makes me feel enough compassion to actually be hurt when those characters are hurt.
I know that is a lot of emotion, but I just feel like there is something about Maggie's writing (mostly) that gets me and what I want to read. I don't think this will be true of most people. I just think that everyone has some author's writing that they connect with instantly, especially at a certain point in their life. Mine has always been DWJ and Neil Gaiman, but occasionally someone else will come along, and practically have me on a lead.
Now it sounds like a raving review (haha) for ONLY a four-star rating, but that's only because I like to be honest (not usually, lol). I really, really love Maggie's writing and the idea of this story, but I was not entirely satisfied with this book. But that's okay, I suspect this trilogy will wow me in ways those damn wolves couldn't. Ravens, ftw!
Also the ending was very reminiscent of Nevermore by Kelly Creagh with the whole (view spoiler)[creating Chainsaw (hide spoiler)] bsns. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I don't often change my reviews, but when I do it's because the author fucking deserves it. And don't tell me I can't review my author in here, becaus...moreI don't often change my reviews, but when I do it's because the author fucking deserves it. And don't tell me I can't review my author in here, because that's like saying even though Woody Allen is a pedophile I should still watch his movies. No.
Though predictable, No One Else Can Have You is funny and light (don't mistake it for the black comedy it is parading as). As many have said, Kippy is weird and the language at times if not offensive is narrow-minded...some jokes even bordering on distasteful. [Well, apparently the author is distasteful.]
I don't want to tell readers how to read a book, but it seems to me that sometimes people forget fiction does not reflect an author's own feelings or views (unless they are celebrated quite obviously in the book). Fiction can be fantastical and still make more sense than real life because it has a set structure to it. Things wrap up, etc. Despite this, people always throw a fit when a non-fantasy sci-fi YA book gets all unrealistic. If this is true, I'm pretty sure this limits the reader to maybe less than a quarter of the YA section in terms of potential reads. Nothing in YA is plausibleーnot even the teen romances (too melodramatic usually).[Turns out she may in fact believe what she writes.]
Kippy can be annoying, but she's also clever. I'd argue not enough depth was provided this character, but she also really did have tunnel-vision. And that's okay with me. I read this as a fun light read between the big stuff. I was pretty entertained and would even say this was better than some YA novels of the same type such as Amelia Dead and Gone (the protagonist was much more annoying in that).
Idk what to say about this book other than to give it a fair chance and try not to take it so seriously. I would compare this to Harriet the Spy meets Amelia Dead and Gone. [I would compare it to Hale's real life/]
If Kippy took herself seriously for once (no wonder Ruth told her to grow up) and realized a lot of her investigation was pure luck, I think her bit could've been a lot more likable. But maybe that's just me.(less)
In terms of plot this book is just okay. It's not exactly unpredictable and falls into a pattern I've seen before (of course). The sole reason I gave...moreIn terms of plot this book is just okay. It's not exactly unpredictable and falls into a pattern I've seen before (of course). The sole reason I gave this book 5 stars is because it covers important topics and perspectives without shying away. For this I have to commend Maria Snyder. She takes on a tough topic that most YA authors, even when directly related to the plot of their books, avoid direct contact with. They handle it with kiddie gloves and muddled memories. Yelena does not. She is bitter, horrified, and open about her abuse and her rape. She is unashamed, but considerate of others' sensitivities on the subject (unfortunate honesty about people/their attitudes).
I appreciate what Snyder has done.
What really makes the relationships in this book all the better is Leif's hatred, anguish and guilt. Nothing is black and white, and Leif's annoying presence is a reminder of that.
Overall, the story of this second book is made better by Yelena's compelling view on rape and her understanding of Leif. It resonates with me a lot more than the first book and I couldn't help, but love the author for this.
The best part? Yelena doesn't need her lover Valek for any of this. She stands on her own two feet.(less)
Sentence: I sentence Megan Miranda to figuring out her parental issues, the same as the rest of us.
Okay, so I'll admit I enjoyed Miranda's writing. It...moreSentence: I sentence Megan Miranda to figuring out her parental issues, the same as the rest of us.
Okay, so I'll admit I enjoyed Miranda's writing. It's pleasant and I was hooked. It's a fascinating story, except I had so many bones to pick by the end, I became frustrated.
At first I really liked Delaney. She's not above admitting she's horny enough to fool around with the first guy that takes interest in her on her best friend's couch. Besides he's cute, so what the hell, right? Next, she died for eleven minutes. Sympathy earned. And finally, not waiting for Decker, I'm all for that. If he isn't gonna make a move, either she should make the first move or freaking move on.
But then things went awry and not in a good way. I'm going to list them because I was actually really into this story until Delaney became really dumb for a smart girl.
(view spoiler)[ 1. Bad doctoring. Okay, suffice it to say a doctor should not be taking recommendations/advice from the parents of a patient that was in trauma for a week; they should also not be sending a patient home after that sort of ordeal without the approval of a therapist. Especially if they thought she was hurting herself (even if she wasn't). It's no wonder so many people are dying in that stupid little town, with dumbass doctors like Dr. Logan or whatever his name is. I can't even stand to re-check the book.
2. Bad parenting. Their daughter just died. She better be fucking staying in that hospital until they are 95% sure she is fine (because it should never be 100% as a freaking parent). Not only did these parents drag Delaney home, when she knew she wasn't alright, they also decided drugged up Delaney is a healthy Delaney. Then her mother goes all "Delaney is dead to me" routine on her, but is also overbearing (understandable). But seriously, make up your mind woman. We get all the details on her horrible parental experience and yet she turns out to be ten times worse. She betrays her daughter; believes Delaney is capable of murder; doesn't trust her; thinks she's lying (leading to her lying); and then stares at albums of Delaney pre-death/pre-revival, like she's not there. No wonder her daughter is dying on the inside. Worst. Parenting. Ever. She's not a freaking psych-ward patient, she's her daughter. I'm probably more upset by this than I should be, but it ticks me off that there is no resolution to the mother's stupidity. It would have been better if she just died.
3. Bad friendships. Delaney is a horrible friend, that much is clear. What makes it worse though is that her friends are horrible friends too. Why does she owe them for saving her? What she should've said to Justin's "you owe me this much" comment about his party was "Oh gee thanks guys, I didn't fucking know you saving my life came with strings. So if I don't follow through should I just off myself or will you do the honours?" Apparently Delaney also can't believe Janna wants to be friendlier. It also becomes clear that Janna is a much better friend and does things for Delaney that she likely wouldn't for her if their situations had been switched. Not only that, but when Carson dies, Delaney goes on a rampage that this is all about her. Screw that. She may have been unable to save him/witness to his death, but what about Janna? Not even a phone call to her. Asshole move, sister.
Even between Delaney and her best friend, Decker, things are pretty much fucked, especially after he kisses Tara. Which leads me to my next point.
4. Bad communication. Delaney and Decker are clearly meant for each other and fancy each other, but neither wants to say it first. Neither wants to, I guess, confront and ruin their friendship. But I believe that ship had long sailed. Delaney is all irrational about Decker kissing Tara, when she didn't even explain the Carson situ properly. Delaney, you are a tool. A rotten tool with a stick up your ass. Please pull it out and maintain a real relationship for once. And bad communication seems to surround every character in this book. No one talks or texts or anything. They find out things the hard way. Like witnessing Troy and the old woman at the nursing home. Not only was it obvious he's been killing people "prematurely", but he's also creepy as fuck. He knows where she lives, for Christ's sake. If that isn't creepy then I'm sure she'd be comforted by his non-sleeping, watching-her-house-at-night-ways, at night.
And don't even get me started on the lack of communication with her parents. Explode already. It's healthier that way. Enough of the long drives to the run-down shack outside of town.
5. Bad signals. Carson was a mistake (or experimentation/desperation). Troy was a mistake. And why in the hell is it so hard to say "you're not a mistake" to Decker? To hell with Tara. When Troy stated "you want me too" (not exact quote because I couldn't be bothered), in his apartment, I was pretty surprised. I did NOT get the impression Delaney was into him. There are some pretty mixed signals and confusing shit flying around everywhere.
6. Bad personality (faults). Delaney is a pushover around her friends. Instead of saying "no" to the party, she convinces her parents to let her go. Um, hello, you just died. That's your ticket out of it. Troy is creepy, you do not need to date him because you suck at communicating with Decker. It's not necessary to latch onto the next available guy who thinks he gets you. He may have been in a freaking coma, but he also is delusional and thinks the present is actually hell. So, you know, psychotic killer. How is Delaney okay with him having killed people even if they were going to die anyway? She's cold and too calm and collected. I think the only time I actually felt her "feelings" was when she was running, scared shitless of Troy and locked herself in that funeral home. It was the most human feeling she showed. She cried sure, but it didn't feel genuine.
Finally, Delaney is the source of her own problems. She can't speak up for herself or confront the issues at hand. She can't communicate about the important things. This is why her post-death "life" sucks.
7. Bad ending. She should have dived into the ice herself. I'm sure she would've done everyone a favor since apparently she's just a hindrance and seems to agree with this assessment of her presence. Nothing is resolved. Not her mother's horrible nature; nor her lack of friends who blame her for not being able to magically stop Carson's seizures. But hey, at least Troy is dead (one part of the triangle resolved; oh wait, Carson died too, so never mind. She only has Decker left) and she is now with Decker. I'm pretty sure that means Decker is cheating on Tara though. So, you know, worst ending ever. No dramatic break up; no isolation from her friends; no confrontation with her mother after the parentals find out about falling through the ice and Troy's death.
Seriously, how are her parents able to function day to day? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I seem to have a love for the dark and dangerous type of YA. Everneath may not be gritty, but it sure is dark. There's a lot of mythology in here and...moreI seem to have a love for the dark and dangerous type of YA. Everneath may not be gritty, but it sure is dark. There's a lot of mythology in here and some things I recognized from TV shows (Charmed) or other stories, but I enjoyed it, nonetheless.
The characters do not beg to be liked and despite their flaws, you can sympathize.
I will probably continue with this series. :)(less)
Sentence: I sentence Jess Rothenberg to as much pizza as she wants without getting fat.
Review: I should first mention that this is not really my type...moreSentence: I sentence Jess Rothenberg to as much pizza as she wants without getting fat.
Review: I should first mention that this is not really my type of book. There was not enough action, not enough world-is-doomed and just not enough life and the fight for survival. But then, our main character is dead. I don't mean almost dead, I mean dead dead. There is no chance of revival; no chance of getting her boyfriend back; and most definitely no chance of getting any semblance of her old life back to its previous "perfection".
And that's how she describes it: perfection. (view spoiler)[Before her boyfriend broke her heart and told her he didn't love her, of course. She becomes a medical mystery; famous after death, leaving behind guilt-ridden and obsessive family and friends.
Brie seems a little too special to me. Even in death, she seems able to bend the rules more than usual; ruining other people's lives because of it.
I actually enjoyed this book because of its humour (including all those cheese jokes), and because it sort of reminds me of my scatter-minded thinking. The characters did not feel as real as I would have liked and were predictable (including her heart-breaker's reasoning behind not loving her).
In fact, at times, Brie is just downright evil, even though some of her vindictive nature kinda agrees with me (mwahahaha). (hide spoiler)]
This is definitely a good (light) read for teens, with romance and some strange perspectives on life after death.
(view spoiler)[I will admit I had no idea what was going on when Brie was able to take things back and re-instate Patrick's soul. In fact, I'm not even entirely sure about the whole Angel Island business, "where souls go to die" (I thought they were already technically dead...). (hide spoiler)]
But alas, I found I didn't really care, because somehow everything ended up being hunky-dory again! It was some sort of time-travelling, soul-exchanging, mind-boggling, heaven-bungee-jumping shit going on and I decided to just go with it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I really tried investing into this book, but all I got out of it was a lousy explanation (as well as a lousy "dark past") and more questions than answ...moreI really tried investing into this book, but all I got out of it was a lousy explanation (as well as a lousy "dark past") and more questions than answers. But seriously, I had no idea what was going on. I don't know if all that unspoken shit was hacker speak...or maybe it was godspeak, I don't know. But whatever I just read was real goddamn weird. Like a dream about trying to get to heaven but it takes seven levels, and in your dream it's like a freaking seven-level parking structure. And each of these levels take an entire book journey to figure out. Yes, no sense at all.
I also found it hard to like any characters. They all seems to have ulterior motives. Even poor Autumn—I couldn't pity her because of her initial "dibs" call and self-serving denial about everything. Julian was...well, controlling and an ass. Neil had this weird "I-could-be-a-closet-serial-killer" vibe going for him whenever he surprised you with anger. Felicia was apparently the subject of everyone's desires and jealousy.
I'm definitely not continuing this series. There's too much preaching and Christian-y stuff I don't know about, and not enough deliverance and relatability.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Just got sent a UK first. I am going to devour your words with relish Mr. Ness. Patrick Ness. Pat Ness. Nessie. Er, I don't know what's happening anym...moreJust got sent a UK first. I am going to devour your words with relish Mr. Ness. Patrick Ness. Pat Ness. Nessie. Er, I don't know what's happening anymore.(less)