Both compelling and dark, and certainly twisted, The Book of You is enough to give any woman the creeps. With the narration alternating between her da...moreBoth compelling and dark, and certainly twisted, The Book of You is enough to give any woman the creeps. With the narration alternating between her daily life and written recounts of her encounters with Rafe in her black notebook, this one definitely holds the readers interest from the get go, right to the very bittersweet end.(less)
My review for The 100 by Kass Morgan is a difficult one to write because I seem to have very conflicting thoughts on it—making it fairly difficult to...moreMy review for The 100 by Kass Morgan is a difficult one to write because I seem to have very conflicting thoughts on it—making it fairly difficult to organise them into coherency. However, I shall give it a shot either way by breaking down the elements of the story.
Characters I liked the characters. They all had their flaws, and they all had their strengths, and I enjoyed being in the four different POVs, which allowed the reader to see both the Earth and the space side of the story. Even Bellamy, who obviously has some kind of mental instability, is likeable in his own way, especially when the reader fully learns of his devotion to his sister. Clarke is possibly the strongest ‘voice’ in here, but she does seem to play more of a lead role than the others. Glass was good to connect with, because, hey, who doesn’t love teenage love worth sacrificing for? And Wells was … well, even though we know he sh** on Clarke (kinda), the author still made him extremely likeable, though that could be that his efforts to redeem himself helped with that. And then we have all of the characters who seem to play a lesser role, but obviously don’t because they’re the ones responsible for the 100 teens being down on Earth, responsible for the class systems up on the ship, and responsible for the decision made that could cost so many lives of those considered less worthy than themselves.
Settings & Writing Style Yeah, this is where I have some of my conflicting opinions. Because Ms Morgan’s writing style is very basic and very simplistic in style, yet I can’t deny that this contributed greatly to the fairly fast pacing of this book and helps the reader to flow through the words with ease and few glitches. However, on the other end of the scale, the writing is so simplistic and basic that the story lacks decent descriptions as a forfeit. Other than Clarke, who has a couple guys doting on her and so noticing her looks, I reached the end with no idea what any of the main characters looked like, let alone the rest of the cast. Other than trees and sunsets, I have no idea what their particular section of Earth looks like, where they landed—no idea of the size of their camp, or how it was set up, who/what was placed where, what any of the trees looked like … and I felt exactly the same way about the ship. We were ‘told’ of the different areas, but never really shown them. So I’m conflicted, because it’s obvious it’s lack of ‘show’ which has made this a fast read, but it’s also the lack of ‘show that has taken something special away from the reader, which would’ve enabled me to immerse myself a little deeper and ‘see’ what was happening, had those descriptions been there.
Plot This is another area I struggled with. I don’t know if it’s the multiple POVs that prevent more from happening within this book, or something else. Either way, that’s the problem: Very little actually happens. I mean, these 100 teens get sent to earth, and aside from a few rambles through trees to find something, and a bit of medicine being administered, and a couple of arguments I worried for a moment might’ve taken this into Lord of the Flies territory, not a lot happened for the bunch of kids down on the ground (until the end, but I’ll cover that in a moment). And then even up on the ship, where Glass told the tale, not a lot happened either—until right at the very end. However, these two events happening right at the very end only made me feel as though I’d just spent my time reading a very long/long-winded prequel. Because this didn’t feel like a complete story at all, but more like an introduction to the main point of it all.
That being said, I do want to see what the main point of it all IS, so I am going to read on—so I guess, prequel/full story/whatever this gets labelled as, it’s still done exactly what it set out to do, which is get my attention. (less)
I’ll come clean from the off and confess that this isn’t the first time I’ve read Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. However, enough of a time-gap...moreI’ll come clean from the off and confess that this isn’t the first time I’ve read Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. However, enough of a time-gap has passed for me to thoroughly enjoy this all over again.
The first time I read this, the first half of the book took a while to get into, but having now completed the series and understanding the world a lot better, I had no need this time to slow down while I absorbed all of the world building, which means that once more I was, even faster than before, sucked into a vortex of JLA’s making.
In my first review, I gave my opinion on its supposed similarities to another series. At the time, I hadn’t read the other series—however, I now have, and I still stand by my own opinion that Half-Blood has enough uniqueness to stand on its own merit. The characters are so well developed, the reader has no choice but to give them the deserve respect. The world building is so well mapped out, the reader has to pause to acknowledge that and give kudos where kudos is due. Once more, I found myself submerged and connected with Alex, and once again I found myself torn between the two male leads. Because I love Alex’s mysteriousness, the intrigue that naturally comes with someone forbidden. But I’m such a huge fan of Seth’s character, his self-absorption, his self-declared hotness—blend this a$$holey side of him with his obvious ability to give a damn when needed and you do, under all his pompousness, have a half-decent guy with promise. What I enjoy about JLA’s books also is that she’s not afraid—she not afraid to push the boundaries of YA, to risk p-ing off the readers by killing characters off, to toss in twists and turns that might break the readers hearts. It takes guts to put characters through the ringer the way she does in this series, and I have little choice but to admire that.
So, as I said in my initial thoughts way back when I was first introduced to this series: Half-Blood is a kick-a$$ read and definitely worth picking up. (less)
Okay, I’m just going to dive right in. I loved Beautiful Disaster. Like, loved it. However, Beautiful O...moreOh boy, what to say about Beautiful Oblivion ….
Okay, I’m just going to dive right in. I loved Beautiful Disaster. Like, loved it. However, Beautiful Oblivion just didn’t have the same lure for me. And this makes me sad. I was sad when I read Walking Disaster and found myself not drawn in enough to reach the end. At the time I put it down to the story simply being told by totally the wrong character, but now that I’ve read Beautiful Oblivion and feeling that this, too, greatly lacks the glitter and sparkles of the first in the series, I wonder if maybe this one should have stopped with Pidge.
Now, before I get the hate mail telling me to ‘go die’, I will say that it wasn’t a total loss. Not all doom and gloom. I mean, I finished the book, and didn’t coming away feeling as though I’d wasted those hours of my life. I mostly just came away sad and a little deflated.
Because I did like Trent. He was a nice dude. Believable. Even if he was very reflective of Travis. In fact, imagine Travis’s stalker-like nature, and then tone it down a little, and you pretty much have Trent—so, maybe it was feeling as though it was a repeat of his behaviour that took some of my interest away.
I also kind of liked Cami—even though she too often seemed to lack independent thought, or was too easily swayed. I mean, going from being un-inked to a walking advertisement for the parlour and pierced to boot, just because she was nagged into it (who lets others nag them into permanently marking their body)???? Well, I dunno, but it just seemed like an extreme development to me.
And all the secrecy concerning her boyfriend? Yeah, I kind of expected something horrendous to be hidden in those closets, and the reveal at the end (which a lot of folk are figuring out early) was just … uninteresting? I mean, we spend the entire book waiting for something big and exciting to be exposed and then … it isn’t. Not really.
On top of this, I didn’t ‘feel’ the relationship. Something just seemed to be lacking there, and no matter how much I tried to submerge myself in the story, I just didn’t connect with it—I didn’t believe it.
So, yeah, I’m sad. I’m sad because I wanted to love this one as much as I loved Beautiful Disaster—and I’m sad because I just … didn’t. (less)
Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence is a fun little romance. MC Ivy Hudson hasn’t been back to her hometown since making it big in the music industry—...moreFacing the Music by Andrea Laurence is a fun little romance. MC Ivy Hudson hasn’t been back to her hometown since making it big in the music industry—with a song she wrote about her ex after he cheated on her. After a career built on songs written about exes, Ivy heads back to Rosewood to help support a local charity event. The only problem with that is, her ex, aka Blake Chamberlain, is there, too.
The fun begins fairly early on when Blake and Ivy see each other again for the first time under fairly unfortunate—for Ivy—circumstances, and the fun, chuckles, and craziness pretty much ensues from there.
As one might expect from this kind of romance, yes, it is fairly predictable, but the situations the characters are thrown into bring interest to the story, and certain add a layer of entertainment value into the mix. Plus, the scenes between Ivy and Blake most certainly hold chemistry despite those, too, being pretty predictable.
Also, as one might expect from this type of story, there is a ‘baddie’—that ill-doer waiting at every turn to throw a spanner into the works for their own personal gain. This is possibly the least entertaining element of the story, because the one causing all of the problems was so blatantly easy to spot, and whilst I suspected their reasoning, I really wanted the motivation behind their moves to be built on something a little more substantial.
That being said, this was still fun. Still humorous. And I still enjoyed it. So if you’re looking for a light-hearted, slightly comical, easy romance of a read, you might want to try this one. (less)