Me Since You handles grief in a very direct in-your-face kind of way. It is not the kind of book that moves with subtlety or grace, there are no half-...moreMe Since You handles grief in a very direct in-your-face kind of way. It is not the kind of book that moves with subtlety or grace, there are no half-words and hidden meanings. Everything is clear and all the hurt is right before you, spelled out all over the pages. I am not saying this is a bad thing.
I’m not sure how to talk about this one because it was so raw. So obvious. Sometimes, I felt, a little too obvious. A little too much. But isn’t the path of grief composed of that too? Rowan’s story, though uniquely her own, will resonate with anyone who has gone through the grieving process. I am not really equipped, fortunately, to say whether or not it is an accurate journey, but I believe Weiss did a good job of capturing the anguish.
I would say that the one thing I wasn’t so fond of was how one-dimensional it was, though I understand why. There was nothing beyond it, as when tragedy hits there is nothing beyond that for a while. And though it might make it more real, it also makes it a hard book to read.
Despite the fact that it didn’t have a big impact on me, I still managed to really enjoy this book. It is well written, simple and straightforward, honest and touching. It was well paced, with good characters, beautifully portraying the all-consuming sorrow of loss and the hopeful beginnings of healing.(less)
That tagline should have been my first warning. The crazily inaccurate comparison to Twilight the second.
Alas, what to say about this book. Not much g...moreThat tagline should have been my first warning. The crazily inaccurate comparison to Twilight the second.
Alas, what to say about this book. Not much good, that’s for sure. The plotline was weak at best and had crazy detours that added nothing but high school drama to the mix. The characters were one dimensional, not to mention that all of the Lost Boys were pretty much flawless, gorgeous male specimens. I could never even tell them apart. They mostly operated as a mass instead of individual beings – the were The Band, unfailingly supportive, uniformly bland.
Worst of all, the writing. It’s reflected in everything else how incredibly childish it is. And those exclamation marks! Were a little bit abused! OMG!
It wasn’t a total travesty. It was lightly entertaining, occasionally funny. Yet this was not enough to save it as a whole. It feels more like a rough first draft, unpolished. And quite frankly, I didn’t feel like it brought anything new.
I was so excited to read Phoenix Island, was so prepared to love it. This is why I am sad things went so badly.
Phoenix Island is built on an interesti...moreI was so excited to read Phoenix Island, was so prepared to love it. This is why I am sad things went so badly.
Phoenix Island is built on an interesting premiss. It didn’t start off badly and you have this feeling that something cool is on the way. This feeling dissipates almost as soon as we actually get to the island.
This is a hard one for me to review because I can’t pinpoint all the reasons as to why I didn’t like it. Unlike The Maze Runner, which I hated with a passion, the writing flows well, there are no major flaws. My qualms with this one are mostly plot-based, and a little character-based.
Firstly, I cannot not say how deeply disturbing this book is. It is one of the most violent books I have ever read – and this from a YA novel that censors swear words. I can’t stress this enough – there is so much blood and gore that I had to pause for a second and reflect on how anesthetized society is to this kind of violence that kids are handed books where no one says fuck but where vicious fights are described in detail. I dislike violence, I have big qualms with it, so this was a big issue for me.
There were certain sequences of events that were about as likely to happen as the Pope flying to Mars on a Pegasus. The whole book had a feel of a bad action movie where the hero gets shot at with bazookas and miraculously always lives. There was no real depth to soften this, even relationships between characters mostly faded into nothing, just more pawns in the game.
If Carl was a tad off at times, Octavia was downright unsettling. Of all the many disturbing aspects of the novel, I think this character was the most mentally unbalanced and the creepiest factor in the equation. Her mental processes freaked me out. I felt no empathy for her, I just felt sickened.
I didn’t connect with the characters at all. I never cared about the outcome. There were a few moment that made me think something good might have come out of it – Stark had a few, and the Island Forcers. There were a few great angles that could have made it so much more interesting, instead of generic and whitewashed.
Overall it was disappointing, just a bad action movie with less explosions and more hand-to-hand combat. It was definitely a very bad fit for me.(less)
Pretty cover is pretty – we should all know better than to be swayed by this, and yet…
Ah, this book. Where to even begin. There was so much potential...morePretty cover is pretty – we should all know better than to be swayed by this, and yet…
Ah, this book. Where to even begin. There was so much potential for this to be a true winner and not the formulaic, overdone and one-dimensional story it turned out to be. The storyline was straightforward and simple enough, even believable enough, if a little iffy on some details, but the execution fell short, making it a bland story about bland people who happily fit the roles they’d been assigned. There is no real depth or complexity to either the characters of the plot.
Which is sad, because it was enjoyable enough. I liked the idea of it. I liked the romance. There was nothing about it that was atrociously unforgivable. But it definitely does not reach its mark.
I had a real issue with Sebastian, your standard villain, archetypal in every way with not a drop of flavor. If you’re going to have an antagonist please make him a real person, not an evil robot (unless the story is, in fact, about robots gone bad). That ending also ticked me off immensely – not the ending itself, but the way it was done. Awkward and theatrical in setting, I was shaking my head the whole time. Rosa’s family was another example of done-by-the-book, typical and boring and old news.
Overall, it wasn’t bad, but lacked a little twist, a little zest of something different – instead it brought nothing new to the table. I would read the next one, but definitely won’t be waiting anxiously for it.(less)
First of all LOOK AT THAT COVER. LOOK AT IT. It was my reason for picking this book, I am so in love with it, it’s so gorgeous.
I only wish the inside...moreFirst of all LOOK AT THAT COVER. LOOK AT IT. It was my reason for picking this book, I am so in love with it, it’s so gorgeous.
I only wish the inside matched the outside. There are so many things in this book that were less than perfect. I wanted to love it – the story sounded so good, like a little more than your typical YA fluff. I wanted to see these real characters with real problems, with depth and emotion and complexity.
Instead, we get Kate. Kate is one of the most immature characters I have ever come across in YA literature. She is self-centered and childish to the extreme, disregarding consequences as well as the feelings of those around her because she’s too busy whining to notice/care. Aidan is only a slight improvement – I felt like there was so much more that could have been done with his character and his story, instead of the superficial, one-dimensional, beaten track the author chose.
Still, it was a strangely compelling story. I am a sucker for romance, and did stay up late to finish it. Though many elements fail, it was still a pretty enjoyable read, the kind you just gobble down. I think that if the author had expanded, both in length and in depth, this could have been a real winner.
As it is, it’s a light and quick YA romance, cute enough to keep you reading but not memorable enough to stay with you afterwards.(less)