I’m pretty sure homosexuality in Iran isn’t a very common theme in books – I’m actually 100 % sure I have never seen a book about it before, which obvI’m pretty sure homosexuality in Iran isn’t a very common theme in books – I’m actually 100 % sure I have never seen a book about it before, which obviously triggered my curiosity. The story sounded so beautiful and I was expecting a somewhat tragic love story filled with deep and pure emotions and some sort of hunt for justice. I didn’t get any of that.
Two things don’t work for; Sahar’s love for Nasrin and the way Nasrin behaves. Nasrin is a spoiled little brat, who believes she can get the world to do whatever she wants – and very often she can! I seemed like she’s only interested in Sahar to get a self-esteem boost, because who doesn’t want to feel wanted. But really, it’s the traditional family (and the material goods) she wants. Nowhere in the story did I feel any love from her toward Sahar, that wasn’t friendly-love and I didn’t get why Sahar kept up with her behavior.
Sahar doesn’t seem to know why she loves Nasrin either. Maybe it’s because she can’t believe someone as amazing as Nasrin would ever want her. Maybe it’s because she’s trying to hold on to something since her entire life fell apart when her mother died and her father ended up with a depression. I don’t know. Either way, she complains about Nasrin A LOT. She complains about how childish and unfair Nasrin is (and I completely agree), but I just don’t know how you can claim to love someone, you don’t even like.
What does work for me is Sahar’s relationship with her dad. It feels so real and they act realistic toward each other. Also, the writing was really great – it made it easy to get into the story.
If You Could Be Mine could have been a beautiful love story, but ends up as a young woman’s search for herself. And that’s great, but that wasn’t what I was promised. It’s a great read, if you could redefine your expectations first. ...more
Mila was a great protagonist. Her emotions, doubts and sorrows seem more real than most teen's in YA literature which says a lot about how great an auMila was a great protagonist. Her emotions, doubts and sorrows seem more real than most teen's in YA literature which says a lot about how great an author Debra Driza really is. Making an android seem human and still never letting the reader forget that it is in fact an android is kind of awesome. Unfortunately, I had some problems with, well, almost all other characters in the book and their relationship with Mila.
The love interest in the story starts out great, but I never really got to know the boy, Hunter. Yet throughout the entire book Mila keeps obsessing about him and missing him. I kept hoping for him to have a bigger role and actually be part of the story, but alas! I assume it's because Mila tries to hang on to something normal and teenage love is certainly normal, but come on - she just found out she can't trust anything or anyone, but for some reason she trusts Hunter. It just isn't right.
The mother-daughter relationship is somewhat shallow and the evil guy is kind of cliché, although he is more cruel than most bad guys. The only character I like, except from Mila, is Lucas. He is interesting and quite adorable and I loved his relationship with Mila.
The story is very well written and I especially loved the fighting scenes - they were riveting and Mila kicks some serious ass! I loved reading about her thoughts and concerns about her humanity, particularly when she encounters Holland (the very bad-ass bad guy).
I adored the humor. Mila is very sarcastic and so funny and I laughed out loud several times! When is the next book published? I want to know what happens to Lucas!! Driza's debut novel is an amazing story about what makes a human and what doesn't and if you like reading about androids and awesome fighting scenes, you should really check it out. ...more
This had so much potential to be an amazing story but it fails miserably. The world building is lacking non-existing. I was so confused at first and iThis had so much potential to be an amazing story but it fails miserably. The world building is lacking non-existing. I was so confused at first and it just got worse through the book. More and more stuff is revealed but it didn’t help the world building and it seemed like a lot of great ideas that were only partly explored. It was such a shame and I wanted to know more without having my wish fulfilled. So many new words were introduced and used as if the reader knew all about it and since they are never fully explained, they didn't really matter – they are just fancy words.
The blurp makes it seem like the book is about Jordan. That is not correct. She is part of the story and actually rather important, but she is in no way the main character. No one is. There are several storylines and they are very different and could be interesting if it had felt like the story was going somewhere, but it felt like a long short story. An introduction before the real story could begin.
Jorden is a pain in the ass, quite frankly. She is stupid, arrogant and naïve and all she worries about is her reputation, her clothes and shoes and who is going to rescue her. I disliked her so much that I considered skipping her chapters. Rowen is a weird character. I didn’t understand him one bit and it seemed to me that he changes his way the second Jordan gets taken away. Then there are some other random storylines that are mildly interesting, but so weird that I stopped caring. Lastly there is Bran. He is kind of cool at first, but by the end I just thought he was stupid as well. And the ending – OMG. So weird, confusing and fast. Everything has to happen within the last 5 pages so it seems rushed and not at all well done. Such a shame! I liked the writing, though, and the story had its funny moments. Mostly weird-funny or ‘stupid-funny’, but funny nonetheless.
The thing about this book is that the premise is brilliant. The idea that witches are being exploited and used as slaves is fascinating. Especially because we get to see it from different points of view. But the lack of world building, the annoying characters and the confusing story almost completely destroys it. I do, however, still have a fragment of hope that the story will pick up and become amazing which is why I’m going to give the second installment, Stormbringer, a chance to blow me away. ...more
When I read Pushing the Limits my feelings toward Beth was something like this:
So obviously, my hopes weren't high when I figured out she was the MC iWhen I read Pushing the Limits my feelings toward Beth was something like this:
So obviously, my hopes weren't high when I figured out she was the MC in Dare you to. Still, I had to read it - after all, it is written by the amazing Katie McGarry which means it deserves a chance. And I'm so glad I read it, cause boy, oh boy was it amazing!
Beth is easier to understand and endure when you're inside her head. She really surprised me and even though she acts like an annoying, crazy teen most of the time, she shows that there is more to her. She is loyal, stubborn, understanding and even nice at times! Her life is far from easy and she has some tough choices to make. Instead of making me insane, she made me feel like this most of the times:
(view spoiler)[Especially about the Isaiah-situation. I mean, OMG - that was heart wrenching! I didn't care for him one bit during Pushing the Limits but when Beth told him, she loved him as a friend, she broke my heart. Poor Isaiah! (hide spoiler)]
Uh, and Ryan. Hot damn, I'd like me some of that! I loved how he had to win everything, I loved his relationship with his friends, I loved his charm, his looks and his personality. And I really liked how Katie McGarry gave him real issues and not just 'rich-boy-issues'. Ryan is everything a girl like me a girl like Beth needs!
The storyline is very intriguing and so intense! I've read a lot of reviews saying that the start was slow, but I didn't feel that - I liked getting to know Ryan before he met Beth and I liked how their relationship develops slowly and realistic. The writing (and the story!) is so seducing and I was unable to put it down.
It was both heartbreaking and reassuring. I drew me in and the rest of the World was lost on me. I can't wait for the final installment about Isaiah - he deserves a happy ending!
Katie McGarry's books are awesome and you should all read them! Now!
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Red was without a doubt one of the most superficial books I’ve ever read! I think the story is supposed to be somewhat of a satire, but it never reallRed was without a doubt one of the most superficial books I’ve ever read! I think the story is supposed to be somewhat of a satire, but it never really succeeds. Felicity is an absolute drag as a main character. How can I sympathize with a character, when I believe her to be such a push-over and beyond stupid? She does nothing because she wants to. It’s all because she’s forced to do it; the pageant, the thing with the boyfriend, the routine, the rebellion – none of it is her, it’s all being forced on her some way or the other.
The story generally lacks interesting characters. I liked Jonathan, Ivy and Mrs. Kellogg, but that was about it. The rest are stereotypes and they seem like dolls instead of living characters – they lack development and they are ALL very unlikeable.
The story is so shallow and boring and utterly unbelievable. And entire city where red heads are treated as royalty and everybody else has to bow down to them? Come on, every adult with another hair color would move away from that city, not stay there to be bullied and let their kids be bullied! Unfortunately, I can’t even get worked up about that because I really don’t care! I don’t care about the characters, the horrible ending, or the shitty town. I just don’t care.
The ending ruined what little affection I had for the book. Felicity learns NOTHING from what she has been going through. The only thing I really liked about this book was the writing – it was easy to understand and I read the book quite fast. Red is one of those books you will forget the minute you finish it – and you will be thankful for it!...more