I’ll start by putting this little tidbit out in the open: I don’t like Tarzan. Yes, yes, I can hear the collective gasp from miles away, but its’ true...moreI’ll start by putting this little tidbit out in the open: I don’t like Tarzan. Yes, yes, I can hear the collective gasp from miles away, but its’ true, I don’t like it. Not even the Disney version convinced me. The reason why I read Wild by Alex Mallory was simply because it was available to me. I know very shallow reason but please accept it. But that aside, it was…decent. This is one of those not unusual occasions where I usually state how I don’t exactly hate it but neither did I like it. And maybe I find most of my time reading the book quite…boring? But not really that extremely boring because I did finish the book!
So this kid, Cade was raised in the wild. When he was a child his parents forbid him to mingle with people, telling the young Cade that they will hurt him and might infect him. They said they were dying and they were the only ones who were safe from harm. But until he saw people, lively, very different to what he was told. He realized that his mother lied to him.
So how should I put this, well, the story was expanded in a way that impaired the story. I think there were quite events there that felt redundant or evasive because I know there something behind what Cade was brought up to and I knew what could it be but instead it was kind of sidetracking me, still trying to go all murky on me. It did feel that way to me. I don’t know maybe because I’m that type of reader that if I know what the jig really is and the story still try to elaborate it even further, it lessens the fun to me. That, and I wasn’t really that invested to anyone in the story. Ok, not entirely true, I’m maybe a bit interested on the honchos behind Cade’s upbringing.
For most parts, the romance was ok-ish. Dara is Jane to Cade’s Tarzan…did I get the analogy right? Whatever, and anyway, I don’t wanna dwell with them anymore, and to be blunt, it was the weakest aspect of the story. Oh yeah, there was a love triangle. But was it really a love triangle? Oh right, I’m not going to elaborate. So all in all it wasn’t really that great and two, among few reasons that drove me further was why his parent lied to him (as well as his parent's identity) and even though I guessed the whys (and perhaps the who’s), it still left a decent amount of impact to me—like tiny but cute sparkles. So here are my two stars rating. That’s pretty much I can give, from what I think its worth.
I don’t know why I like torturing myself with this kind of story. A plot that is so annoying, characters that are very exasperating, borderline stupid...moreI don’t know why I like torturing myself with this kind of story. A plot that is so annoying, characters that are very exasperating, borderline stupid and romance that is so shallow YET I read it all. *sighs* (less)
He is her fucking lobster! Lobster! It doesn’t make sense but if you’re an avid fan of FRIENDS (like I am), you will totally get this analogy! Oh my g...moreHe is her fucking lobster! Lobster! It doesn’t make sense but if you’re an avid fan of FRIENDS (like I am), you will totally get this analogy! Oh my gosh, I’m freaking rooting these two! Yeah, at first I found him cold, rational, straight to the point kind of guy. The type who will say exactly what’s in his mind and didn’t give the time of day for theatrics. His past made him that way! Enter the wife of a rich guy who was part of this retreat for rich wives. He though she was like the others but the more they spend time together the more he noticed things about her; so different from what he was accustomed of. She was different and he found it unbelievable that she was there because he knew that there was nothing wrong with her. He knew she was a good lover.
Man, I love the girl, she was naïve yet it didn’t feel forced or cutesy. She was just like that! You know from the bits and pieces she shared that she was just neglected and to think she almost sacrificed what she want for that douche of a husband! As for the guy, he was similar yet so different. I gone through it over and over again on what set him apart but I couldn’t come up with a solid explanation. I just liked him. The way his character fleshed out in the story was pretty impressive to me.
It’s really a good story! I enjoyed it a lot. There’s a twist in the end but didn’t really weigh so much on the grand scale (me thinks). When the bag was out, I was bidding my time for the reconciliation (simultaneously hoping that it’s a stand-alone) I mean, they’re lobsters! It has to be! So the final piece, man, I loved it! It feels deserving! For both of them! (less)
It wasn’t impressive or unique but to call it ‘meh’ feels underserving. Every single thing in this book wasn’t remotely new; it’s been done before, an...moreIt wasn’t impressive or unique but to call it ‘meh’ feels underserving. Every single thing in this book wasn’t remotely new; it’s been done before, and in good days better than this. I have these conflicting feelings: I don’t hate the characters but neither did I hate them. But I wasn’t completely detached, I liked them just fine. Their personalities were clichés, specifically designed, yet didn’t feel contrived. The romance was common, still enjoyable (admirable even. I really liked her family). The plot was hardly distinctive and polished but I dug it, still. Because for some reason, I can’t seem to make up my mind and even though it was typical and predictable the thing is I still enjoyed it.
I have yet to read Eleanor & Park and no plan to read The Fault in Our Stars (the popularity of these two, especially the latter, turned me off)....moreI have yet to read Eleanor & Park and no plan to read The Fault in Our Stars (the popularity of these two, especially the latter, turned me off). But I think I get what it want me to think by associating it to these types of books. So I read this book with caution, one I always do when it comes to books that are peg to be these emotionally-driven stories, characters that I will hopefully get to empathize with. Now, I understand the hype, it did make me think about my own situation compare to them. It kinda opened my eyes in scenarios that I would’ve known if not by the circumstances of these characters. Poignant? Yes. But it didn’t cut me too deep.
Amy has cerebral palsy and Matthew has obsessive compulsive disorder. In some way the one helped the other, vice versa and in between it all fell in love with each other. At first, like Matthew I didn’t buy this whole I’m still lucky despite everything outlook of her. I think it’s normal to acknowledge misfortune because everyone experiences it but the way you handle it in truthful way is, for me, important. I really think there’s nothing wrong with it. It is why I understand why Matthew initially felt that way. And it prompted the changes she wanted to achieve for herself. Matthew on the other hand has his issues he was also dealing with. Amy recognized it what he tried to suppress it all this time. She wanted to help him, giving him assignments and urged him to seek professional help.
At first I thought it was about coping, learning and perhaps…growth through these characters. Yes, I’m both aware of their conditions, perhaps in an educational context, and maybe more on Matthew’s. The story was at the beginning like that. Amy trying to learn getting along with her peers (and the matters attached to it), and Matthew trying to face the thing he very well know that he had yet failed to admit (denied even) before. I shared his sentiments when Amy decided to inconspicuously tell people about his issues even though people already knew it. But I guess it served a purpose because someone needed to shake his system and to bluntly tell him the real problem on hand.
That last part caught me off guard. Something’s telling me to question it. Is it really necessary? Part of character’s development? A lesson learned? I’m not sure myself and can’t even explain. Even though I liked what it wanted to convey and logically speaking it did successfully send the message, I’m still a little detached to it. Ok, so more than a little—actually, a lot. But I get it. I know what the book wanted from me but I unfortunately didn’t yield to what it desired. My emotions are steady but the reader in me still recognized it. So it wasn’t a complete letdown after all, right?
The girl, by some miracle didn’t come from some dysfunctional family with overly complicated past threatening her future (isn’t that the trend in NA?)...moreThe girl, by some miracle didn’t come from some dysfunctional family with overly complicated past threatening her future (isn’t that the trend in NA?). But she did have issues, more personal, self-made, but it did get in the way. The guy, well, he had it but the story didn’t focus on each other baggage as if to camouflage the characters’ lack of depth & personalities. It actually centered on them and the kind of relationship they were about to enter. Girl’s insecurities plus the guy’s novice to relationships, it wasn't looking very bright at first. Something was bound to stir the developing relationship. But it was more of the girl’s fault than the guy. The guy’s reluctance? It was totally warranted and rational reaction. She dropped him like a hot potato of course he’ll choose self-preservation. But lesson learned, love ruled and so there was that. Who opposed to HEA anyway? Definitely not me!
I’m so confused. Was it the nerdy talk? The gamer talk? Or the whole? Even that I’m not sure. Whatever the underlying message it had I seemed to fail...moreI’m so confused. Was it the nerdy talk? The gamer talk? Or the whole? Even that I’m not sure. Whatever the underlying message it had I seemed to fail to capture it. I don’t get the girl and I’m seemed to misread the guy. He wants her or he wants to be like her? His answer to the question had so many layers and even after I peeled it off, the core was insufficient and completely ambiguous. I just don’t get it. (less)
In the world of superheroes and villains, there’s this apparently clear-cut between them. The other one is the good guy and in need to triumph, while...moreIn the world of superheroes and villains, there’s this apparently clear-cut between them. The other one is the good guy and in need to triumph, while the bad guy must be defeated. But is that always the case? And so when a story tries to blur the lines, flip the coin, and start focusing on the bad guys, this always leaves me intrigued. This is why I was so engrossed with Victoria Schwab’s Vicious; like someone said before, villains often times see themselves as protagonists of their own story. And that’s true and this book tried to showcase that (operative word: tried).
Now, it’s not say that I don’t like it. This book is a bit tamer and bit juvenile for my taste but overall still enjoyable. Perhaps, I’m more used to a darker tone when it comes to this kind of theme and this didn’t have that heavy atmosphere I was expecting it to. The protagonist, Brad isn’t evil per se and while the road he had taken (along with his friends) wasn’t the heroes’ path, their objectives weren’t morally unacceptable. In fact, they are actually doing mankind a favor. There’s a big conspiracy going on behind the scene and it involved innocent lives: one that led to what people mostly feared. And if I think about it, Brad and company could be the true heroes here, and the good guys are just a front, unaware even; deceiving the people of the truth.
I’m not sure about it but I think it also tried to convey subtle message about differences. Brad came from a family with a superhero legacy. His brother was the hero everyone adored, and to compare him to his brother, he didn’t stand a chance. He thought he has zero powers but he has his own talents, abilities of his own. And when he got himself associated with Layla and the rest of the gang (The Hellions, Woot!), he actually learned to like what he has and come to terms to fully utilize it to benefit their own goals.
I think it did make the flow of the story a little lighter when it injected a few humor, her and there. Brad could be sarcastic (or just plain honest, must come with his ability), even his new found friends added a few light moments. But in the end, for me, it wasn’t about him being the villain. It was the question of who the real villain is and what makes them one. When people have standard type of who is good and evil, sometimes they forgot to question and just simply accept what the norm is (that’s why they had this super cliché set-up). Plus, who’s to say that telepathy (Brad’s) isn’t valuable as super strength? Right? So maybe Brad is out there doing supposedly ‘bad’ things but I think he has good reasons for it.
A lot of things happened. The beginning shoved me to this girl’s difficult situation. Getting bullied, a neglectful mother…things starting to pile up....moreA lot of things happened. The beginning shoved me to this girl’s difficult situation. Getting bullied, a neglectful mother…things starting to pile up. Then the guy came into the picture, somehow the triggering piece that slowly then suddenly changed her life. Bad luck happened to her bullies, her social status turned 360 after what happened to them. Her life changed in an instance. It started with a loud bang with heavy crescendo in the middle then suddenly halted. When things changed for the better, everything to me felt quiet. And for some reason I have the same feeling as the MC, it’s eerie how things abruptly changed, like is something is about to happen.
Is this a stand-alone novella? Or there’s more? If it is and it’s still about her then my hunch is actually warranted. (less)
Owen, you conflicted son of a bitch! Why the need to mess things up? Now I have to sit here and wait for that damn sequel! Unfinished, aptly named ind...moreOwen, you conflicted son of a bitch! Why the need to mess things up? Now I have to sit here and wait for that damn sequel! Unfinished, aptly named indeed.