Sadness....but it didn't really do it for me. I got bored half-way through, and then the ending was just....depressing. Like, I'm normally all for tra...moreSadness....but it didn't really do it for me. I got bored half-way through, and then the ending was just....depressing. Like, I'm normally all for tragedies and sad stories and even depressing tales of woe, but this was just....I dunno - unsatisfying. I'm pretty bummed out.(less)
Nope. Not for me. Content level way out the roof. Good for some - but it wasn't worth it to me! I didn't care enough for the character to push through...moreNope. Not for me. Content level way out the roof. Good for some - but it wasn't worth it to me! I didn't care enough for the character to push through. :/ Some of the things going on were just BLECH.(less)
The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter Book 3 in a trilogy 3/5 stars Some spoilers!
Basically...when mass destruction gets a little boring, you know you'...moreThe Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter Book 3 in a trilogy 3/5 stars Some spoilers!
Basically...when mass destruction gets a little boring, you know you've lost interest. I felt bad, really I did. I wanted so badly to love this book, especially when I paid $9 for it...especially when I absolutely ADORED book 2 and really enjoyed book 1.
Thing is, this one was my least favorite. The action was lacking, to say the least. Kate and Henry were still good characters, but their romance was missing so much. I really don't know what happened, when in the last book I was dying of giggles and squeals and "OMG GET TOGETHER"s over their romance. Usually a baby in the mix can really do me in, particularly if I love the parents, but not this time. The villains weren't big enough (not with all the incredible Greek mythology out there where the villains are FREAKING SCARY), and the heroes didn't have to do enough (I've seen minor characters in Percy Jackson do way more than these leads). I was expecting more, based on the events at the end of Goddess Interrupted, but I didn't get it.
This book reminds me of... Weak villains Overestimation of greatness Confused endings Strong hearts (because Henry and Kate really stayed strong) Sweet love Family trouble
Summary - (Spoilers for the first 2 books!) Love or life. Henry or their child. The end of her family or the end of the world. Kate must choose. During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal. In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead. With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything. Even if it costs her eternity.(less)
Cold Fury by T. M. Goeglein (#1) Pages: 313 Release Date: July 24th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, June 13th-16th Received: ARC won on Librarything Rating: 2/5 sta...moreCold Fury by T. M. Goeglein (#1) Pages: 313 Release Date: July 24th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, June 13th-16th Received: ARC won on Librarything Rating: 2/5 stars Recommended to: 15+
SUMMARY - Sara Jane Rispoli thought her 16th year would be sweet. Instead, she finds herself being chased and hunted like a dog. Her family disappeared, her father's secrets ready to burst. It's up to Sara Jane to take a stand, before she loses her family forever.
MY THOUGHTS - This is one of those books I wish I could write a 5-star review on. Instead, I am left confused and wondering how this book didn't receive some major revision.
I hate writing reviews like this because I don't want to sound rude...just honest. I really couldn't believe this book. I was shocked by the lack of story. The writing was okay but very formulated. Short sentence. Short sentence. Short sentence. Looooonnnng paragraph. And repeat. This is the entire book - I swear. It got strangely irritating.
CHARACTER NOTES - Sara Jane Rispoli was a really awesome character (this is about the only good thing I have to say). I would totally hang out with her at her dad's bakery and talk about old films (her passion). I just wish the story had been better executed so I could have enjoyed getting to know her.
The other characters, for the most part, either fell flat or were cheesy stereotypes. I liked Willy and I really liked Knuckles. However, Doug, Mark and even Sara's parents - I just didn't enjoy them.
STORY NOTES - This book starts out incredibly slllllllooooowwwwww..... It's kind of ridiculous. Some of the stories were interesting, but there is absolutely NO action for, like 80 pages. It's ALL set up. The setup might have been more interesting had the author mixed in the actual story line. But nooooo... I was so bored out of my mind.
I think it's awesome that Sara Jane is a boxer, and a good one at that. I think it would have been amazing to read a YA book about the Mafia. The execution, however, was so poor that I nearly DNFed the book 20 times.
Also, I don't get Doug's part of the story. After a few great, intense chapters involving the mob, Sara Jane goes back to school and uses her powers in the mod to save Doug from committing suicide. Erm, sorry, don't really care. If I had cared for Doug's character, if he had been introduced as a character I was interested in, I would have enjoyed that. But because I was only interested in Sara Jane finding her family, I wanted the mystery, the dark side of the Mafia where beefy guys don't do favor exchanges with 16-year-old girls. Sorry, but it just didn't work for me.
SUMMING IT UP - Very poor. I'm sorry, but it did nothing for me at all. I don't recommend it, but if you still wanna give it a go, by all means - you might actually enjoy it.
For the Parents - Cussing, brief and very strong. (GD, F) No sex. A few very intense sequences, with some blood. Recommended 15+
Exiled (#1) by J. R. Wagner Pages: 312 Release Date: May 5th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, April 17th-30th Received: ARC via NetGalley Rating: 2/5 stars Recommende...moreExiled (#1) by J. R. Wagner Pages: 312 Release Date: May 5th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, April 17th-30th Received: ARC via NetGalley Rating: 2/5 stars Recommended to: 12+
SUMMARY - James, a boy who has trained to become one of the greatest magicians who ever lived, has been falsely accused of murder - murder of the man who he loved as his own father. His sentence: Exile to the Never. Naked, powerless, and lost in a land where nothing is as it seems, James must find a way out - and the truth about the Black Castle that calls to him - and prove is innocence, before everything he worked for means nothing at all.
MY THOUGHTS - Exiled began brilliantly. I'm talking breathtaking prose, exemplary characters, great dialogue, vivid world building... I'd just read some really average and/or disappointing books and was dying for something exceptional. Unfortunately, this book started going downhill about 5 chapters in.
CHARACTER NOTES - James, James, James. Who are you? I kept hoping to find out, but his voice felt more and more impersonal with every new page, like the novelty of his character wore off for the author and therefore the reader suffered as well. I had such high hopes for him, but was let down. The people James meets in the village started out fascinating as well, but I soon lost interest in them. They never grew or changed. Especially Kilani. I wanted to love her but she fell flat. The most realistic character, who I actually really liked, was James' mother, Margaret. She was strong and her actions and decisions progressed with the story.
STORY NOTES - Things started out brilliantly, like I said. I was flying, happy, weightless, joyful - but that didn't last. I dropped like a stone. Or really, the wind on which I flew just stopped all together. Sucks to be me.
Where was the excitement, the adventure, the mystery?? Well, I suppose it was there, or at least trying to be, but I didn't get it. Too much description in the action scenes, and too many slow breaks between the action scenes.
And then there's the POV/time shift. I'm sorry, but when I'm pleasure reading, I don't like being forced to remember dates and events in order, just so I can understand the flipping back and forth. For example: James - now Margaret - 1894 James - now James - 1889 James - now Margaret - 1886
Yep. It's that bad. That's not exact, but it hopped around like crazy! How can you expect me to enjoy that? I would have rather read from just Margaret's perspective in chronological order - and then, in a 2nd book, about James. Something like that.
Last thing - what the heck was that romance?! Or, that totally creepy "16-year-old boy falls in love with a 26-year-old woman who may or may not be in love with but has a strange and possibly intimate relationship with the boy's tutor"? Just too weird. Sorry, don't force romance. If there are no age-appropriate girls for your MC, don't worry - not every YA novel has to have a romance!
SUMMING IT UP - So strange. Not the enjoyable kind either. I'm just so bummed it didn't stay 5-star quality throughout. i'm sure I'll read book 2. Maybe I'll just wait for reviews first...
For the Parents - Really nothing to report. A minor curse or two, but nothing that stood out to me. Recommended 12+.
Really disappointed with the last 100 pages. At first it was good, but not great. Kinda slow. Then it picked up and I was hooked. And then the charact...moreReally disappointed with the last 100 pages. At first it was good, but not great. Kinda slow. Then it picked up and I was hooked. And then the characters changed (so out of character, so sudden) and it suddenly felt really preachy and just...meh. I'm super bummed. :((less)
UGH. I can't believe this book. The sexual content made me want to barf and there was way too much language and the ending totally left me unsatisfied...moreUGH. I can't believe this book. The sexual content made me want to barf and there was way too much language and the ending totally left me unsatisfied and irritated. I hated Max, "new girl" was just super flat, and I suppose I strongly disliked everyone else as well.
Too bad. Tooooo bad. At least there's still the amazing original "Rebecca" story, untainted by stupid high school girls and getting drunk and having sex to break someone's heart.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to reading this entire book. (More like, skimmed the last half.) I wish it would have been otherwise.
I intensely lo...moreUnfortunately, I didn’t get around to reading this entire book. (More like, skimmed the last half.) I wish it would have been otherwise.
I intensely love the French Revolution. I know that sounds strange, since it was so bloody and gory and kinda pointless, but I love it. It fascinates me – the reasons why each side did what they did, what happened to those who did not exactly “side” with either group (aristocratic or third estate), what became of the government afterwards, and so on.
That’s the reason I picked up this book. I’m pretty hungry all the time for more fiction and nonfiction about the French Revolution.
This book delivered in some ways. The writing was excellent, and the characters were well developed. Jennifer Donnelly does a good job and making the reader feel something for the characters – I personally was taken with Virgil. He was smart, witty, kind, doting – and apparently he had a butt so cute that it made Andi mess up the song she was playing when she noticed. (That made me laugh histerically!)
But then, at the same time…it didn’t deliver. While I did sympathise with Andi, I didn’t really sympathise with Alex. Her story, despite being set during the French Revolution, wasn’t that amazing to me and got a little boring – so I began skimming. I’d stop and read most of Andi’s perspective, but that was it. Then the twist in the end – that little midnight journey through the catacombs that the synopsis mentions – was just strange. I didn’t appreciate it or understand it. It was really…just strange. That’s when I started skimming Andi’s perspective and read the last few short chapters.
Oh well. I wish it would have turned out better for me – but at least I have about five more books about the French Revolution that I love and will read over and over again!
For parents – there is some brief strong language and shorter, less offensive cuss words scattered throughout the book. There are a few references to sex but they are inexplicit. This book is so much more clean than it could have been, and from what I thought it would be like from the beginning. Her relationship with Virgil is sweet and nothing happens between them.