Many of the dystopians being released today seem to lack the quality that has made The Hunger Games such a hit among teens, and instead aim to presentMany of the dystopians being released today seem to lack the quality that has made The Hunger Games such a hit among teens, and instead aim to present a messed up world with a poor protagonist in order to compete with Panem and Katniss. Unfortunately, Partials is no exception to this assumption I am making.
Where does the fault lie? Many aspects of Partials are not as well thought out as they should be. The whole world is created to be written as vaguely and boringly as possible. By just reading this review, you can probably save yourself from reading the first 30-40 pages of Partials.
- The world sucks
- Babies are dying as soon as they are born due to some disease
- The government forces women over the age of 18 to get pregnant once a year
- Robots, called Partials, spread this disease around
- The world's population is in the thousands (dramatic music)
Dan Wells takes his darn old sweet time to present these facts to us in the beginning. What is even worse, though, is he spends time repeating these facts to destroy one's brain even further. Because of this, it takes time to fully understand the world of Partials, and when you are finally immersed in the world of Partials, the book becomes less interesting.
Partials is a difficult read for a reason, in my opinion. Because Kira is a doctor, there are many medical terms or concepts incorporated in Partials. Unlike most doctors, I am a teenager. Therefore, I have difficulty comprehending how in the world bacteria attack human cells and make them become their own and how some random germ is the cure to the disease. The whole disease thing was so confusing and was too simple once the end was near.
The characters of Partials are not as appealing as most dystopian characters are. The three love interests of Kira were all simpletons, except for the one that I actually enjoyed reading about. Unfortunately, he does not receive much screen time and because of this, I have no plans to continue with the sequel.
As mentioned before, there were three love interests. Seriously? Three? Two is more than enough to drive the readers insane, but three? Two of the love interests do not really serve the plot significantly, making them seem useless pieces that the author implanted in the book to make Partials pass the 450 page status.
Kira, the protagonist drove me insane. She never seemed to be a real character. She lacked in emotions, only possessing the drive. Everything she did had a purpose that was explained, but she never expressed any emotions. Most in her shoes would be experiencing tears of sadness, tears of happiness, something, anything to prove that she was not born a machine. Instead, she shows no regard for those who sacrifice their lives for her desires, which turns into an extremely unlikable character.
Even though I have much criticism for Partials, I cannot deny that Partials seems to possess a dystopian allure that will draw the reader into the world once the action starts rolling. The first few dozen pages are dreary and seem useless. Afterwards, the reader will be on a roller coaster ride that will defy all other dystopians.
I will not say that I could not stand Partials. There were simply more to dislike about Partials than to enjoy, in my opinion. Otherwise, Partials is a dystopian that most dystopian lovers will appreciate....more
Has there been anything as ridiculous and supercilious as this? No... Probably not. Considering the fact that I actually bothered to waste an hour andHas there been anything as ridiculous and supercilious as this? No... Probably not. Considering the fact that I actually bothered to waste an hour and a half of my life on this. I demand Ms. Lucy Weston to refund my time wasted. Of course, she can't because she's a vampire. *face palm* Do not ask me about it. Apparently, that is what her bio says. Really? Really? Is that how lame an author can get?
I'm about to cry when I say that this book is trash. No, it is definitely worse. If one compared this to crap, I would tell them that they're too kind. Translation: This book deserves to be burned.
Why am I being so incredibly harsh, you may ask. Here are the reasons:
Blah, blah, blah. Vampires and Elizabeth I sounds like a perfect blend, right? Wrong! Completely wrong! If someone answered this test, he or she has failed this and will have to go back to kindergarten. Elizabeth falling in love with Mordred? Please! She's supposed to make out with Mordred, an old geezer of a vampire. No, instead she makes out with Robert Dudley. Yeah, the same guy whose dad tried to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne. Too bad, it only lasted 9 days.
Basically, Elizabeth does not fall in love with Mordred. No, there is basically no romance in these 300+ pages of trash. I don't even know why I classify it as a romance. Maybe it's because I don't know what to describe it as. Sh*t? Most definitely. Really? If one advertises the book as a romance, make it a romance.
Where is my beloved Elizabeth I that I have come to respect over the years? Lost, she has been replaced by some moronic little wimp who will never amount to anything. Throughout the whole book, she is power-hungry, albeit idiotic in trying to be power-hungry, unfortunately. I thought a girl like her, who knows like 10 languages would have enough brain cells to figure out what to do with a weirdo vampire stalker who is too old to hook up with. Unfortunately, this was not to be. Elizabeth turned into what I consider a masochist and sadist rolled into one to make a seriously deranged queen for England. If this was the true Elizabeth, England would be down for the count.
Who was supposed to be a hot, daring vampire ready to be the "bad boy" of historical dramas became a masochist who had no problem with Elizabeth killing his kin. I am not sure whether this shows his devotion to love her or not because it is repeatedly stated that he wants to use Elizabeth to rule England. Honestly, I am not positive of which one is worse. Both seem idiotic because the two combined is a deathly toll on this book as a whole.
The lack of vampire-ness of this is seriously horrifying. If the title mentions the word "vampire," I would believe that the center of the novel would be vampire, right? That's all I can say.
I cry you mercy (I beg your pardon) Ms. Lucy Weston for repeatedly insulting your novel that lacks even basic Shakespeare language. If Shakespeare uses those words, shouldn't Elizabeth as well?
Let x=WTF, y=*eye roll* and z=*throwing book around the room*
The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer's Ending= (xyz)^∞. Which basically means, the ending sucked a whole lot. Not only was the ending very ambiguous, the author just had to add extra little things to make the reader giggle, I guess.
"At this point in the interview, Ms. Weston received a text. Upon reading it, she indicated her need to depart immediately. Further efforts to contact her have been unsuccessful."
Oh the horror!!!
No, not really
It seems quite obvious that a book like this is impossible to enjoy. I beg you all to never try or even look at this repulsive thing. ...more
Have you ever read a book that had a interesting premise, but did not execute it well. Then you realize, the whole idea was stupid to begin with? ThatHave you ever read a book that had a interesting premise, but did not execute it well. Then you realize, the whole idea was stupid to begin with? That is what happened to me with the Poison Diaries.
My reaction to The Poison Diaries
When I checked it out from the library
When I was debating on whether to read it at home because there were more interesting books around
When I started to read it
When Weed comes in
When I took a breakWhat in the world am I reading?
When I finishedCan I kill them all now?
These were my thoughts on The Poison Diaries. The blurb makes it unique in a world of paranormal, but the plot itself is not anything spectacular whatsoever when compared to many other YA books in this world.
Let's first start off with the writing. There is nothing wrong with dull descriptions and unexciting momentum that is built. But these two things cause a book to decrease its book value in terms of how great of a book it is. The Poison Diaries included both of these two annoying features in its writing, which significantly dropped my enjoyment of it.
I mean... A girl and a boy fall in love. That is easy to imagine. But for the girl's father to not have the decency to even care about the romance is shocking. I mean!! He is her father!! Shouldn't a father have the right to like or dislike the relationship? He just acts like the only thing in the world that matters is his prissy little poison book. It is aggravating.
Also, the characters were so fake. A guy who doesn't mind being called Weed is my limit. But a girl who has no emotions, or if she actually has emotions, they are faux. I never felt so awkward reading a book from a robot's point of view that is actually a human. Not to mention, Jessamine's father is a total psycho. I cannot imagine anyone tolerating the man's behavior. He treats his daughter like scum from the pond and she has nothing to hold against him.
I just could not handle The Poison Diaries. I managed to read through it because of its short length, but there are just so many reasons why I disliked The Poison Diaries, making it one of the worst reads of my life.
Let's just say that I read Because of Low before Breathe. I did not really feel a need to try Breathe out, but I decided to because I had nothing bettLet's just say that I read Because of Low before Breathe. I did not really feel a need to try Breathe out, but I decided to because I had nothing better to do the other day. This is a decision I regret and will forever regret.
Because of Low was not clichéd, too bad Breathe was. It was all about a pretty girl who doesn't realize that she's so "smoking hot" and how two boys who are all too good fall in love with her. It is cheesiest Cinderella story I have ever read. Seriously, even though it is not advertised as such; it is.
This whole hullabaloo starts out with Sadie's good-for-nothing mother forcing Sadie to work in her stead because she has come to the point of being pregnant that causes her to be unable to work easily. Of course, Ms. Cinderella, aka. Sadie, is too good and goes to her mother's workplace as a maid and does her work so well that her mother's employers decide to keep her. But this is not the part that drives me insane.
Then comes two hot guys that obviously love her. Ms. Dimwit has to decide between the two of them. One of them is simply so perfect, he is to die for (I swear, he's a robot!), and the other one is a real human, he has faults, but good attributes as well. Which one does she choose? It will be left up to her to decide. Sorry for people who always lose when betting on love triangles. But this is pretty easy to figure out.
There were no characters in Breathe who I could truly see as a next-door neighbor kind of person. They were either too perfect, too awful or slightly too faulty. If there was at least one character who seemed real enough to exist in the world, Breathe would receive another star.
Not to mention, as an indie, Breathe had so many grammatical and spelling errors. Less so with the spelling errors, but they were cringe-worthy. Mistaking "roll" and "role" as in "role model" is beyond me. I know that indies do not receive editors to make their work perfect and some published by publishing houses books still contain many errors. But honestly, this was just infuriating.
There is not much going for Breathe. With a stereotypical plot-line, unreal characters and sloppy writing, Breathe was a waste of time in my opinion. In my opinion, Because of Low is a much better work by Abbi Glines and one worth reading. No one is perfect in Because of Low, there are still some unreal characters, but it is a significant improvement compared to Breathe....more
Reincarnation has always been a touchy issue in society. Many religions believe in it and in The Alchemy of Forever, reincarnation exists, but a cost.Reincarnation has always been a touchy issue in society. Many religions believe in it and in The Alchemy of Forever, reincarnation exists, but a cost. Those with ability are faced with the crime of killing the persons whom they possess. Of course, most do not mind this. After all, because of their ability, they are higher, supreme beings compared to the lowly mortals they ceased to be. This is the story of one of them, Seraphina, who has had enough of this inhumane lifestyle after several hundred years and her escape from her controlling lover, Cyrus, and his coven, which does not go quite as planned.
Instead of living her last remaining days in peace, then dying, Seraphina accidentally possesses the body of the girl she tried to save in a car accident. This causes some problems because of Seraphina's realization in the girl's, Kailey's, body that she cannot run away or kill herself for the sake of Kailey's loving family. Meanwhile, Seraphina knows that Cyrus is tracking every move she makes and will do anything to get her back.
The Alchemy of Forever was not unlike Juliet Immortal which had similar concepts of reincarnation. Instead of being born into a body, one simply possesses a body. Their plots are clones of each other. A girl able to possess bodies as a form of reincarnation tries to runaway from the "bad" guy. In The Alchemy of Forever, the "bad" guy is as distorted as one can get. With his ruthless killing sprees and anger management issues, I can assure you, everyone will dislike Cyrus. That is the difference between the Alchemy of Forever, the antagonist is unlikable, in contrast to Juliet Immortal, where Romeo was the anti-hero.
I could relate to Seraphina in surprising ways. I mean, seriously, we have nothing in common. She's the same age as my great-great-great-great-great-etc. grandmother and I'm a teenager living in the 21st century. How could we relate? Seraphina possesses this innocence, this innocence of a girl that is living her life for the first time. The reason is because of Cyrus' controlling nature, but I actually enjoyed this aspect of The Alchemy of Forever. Besides, Seraphina's love interest, Noah, is totally swoon-worthy. He is smart, kind and funny; he obviously loves and cares for Seraphina in Kailey's body.
However, I found The Alchemy of Forever was too short. It had a slow plot in the beginning and did not really have any climax. It was more of a novel in preparation of what is to come, I believe. It is the prologue to a heart-wrenching and climatic story. The story consists of Seraphina settling in her new accidental life as Kailey. The only major complaint I have against this slowly progressing plot is the major cliff-hanger that ends The Alchemy of Forever. It leaves you freaking out because it leaves several threads dangling for possibilities and one of them is a total OMG! and heart-breaking future. It will leave the reader dying to read the sequel/sequels to come....more
Congratulations Anna Godbersen for creating another series as scandalous and dark as the Luxe series! Sorry for those reading this review. It is moreCongratulations Anna Godbersen for creating another series as scandalous and dark as the Luxe series! Sorry for those reading this review. It is more of a comparison between Bright Young Things and Luxe.
But honestly, Bright Young Things was not as fascinating and intriguing as Luxe. Instead of feeling for each of the four girls like in the Luxe, I felt nothing for any of the characters; Astrid, Cordelia or Letty. All three of them were annoying brats who drove me insane because they simply lacked common sense. Here is run down of each of the characters.
Already, after the first chapter I hated Cordelia. Cordelia? Are serious? She is a self-centered girl with no sense of loyalty to her family. I mean, the first chapter tells all. Running away from the man you married earlier that day to go to New York? That is awful. Not to mention, it is repeatedly stated that Cordelia knew that her husband would be crying when he woke up that morning. I mean, c'mon! Show that you actually care about your husband!!!! You married him for a reason, right?
Letty... She was the one I liked the most. That does not mean that I loved her like Diana from Luxe. Letty was like a copy-cat Diana. She was free-spirited like her and willing to pursue her own dreams. However, Letty was also just as selfish as Cordelia. Besides, she was always like "I want to be like my mom!" But she seemed to lounger around for the most part and not pursuing her dreams. She was clueless about where her future would lead and seemed to have no intention to decide herself.
Astrid was exactly like Letty, but even more ridiculous. She never seemed to know what she exactly wanted to do, like Letty. When she flirts with a work boy, she does it because she is bored with Charlie, her boyfriend. But she differs from Letty because I cannot see her as a person. She is a character on paper, nothing else. Shown throughout the book, Astrid is a flat character with little to do and say of importance through Bright Young Things.
Of course Anna Godbersen made Bright Young Things' heroines' behavior as ignominious as possible. A few scenes of dirty making out, no biggie. Drinking scenes, OF COURSE THIS IS PG RATED (sarcasm). Not to mention, a tragic climatic scene. Yep, Bright Young Things is not an average YA book. Nor is the series. However, it could not grab my attention like Luxe. There was either something extremely important missing or Anna Godbersen tried too hard to write a series as daring as the Luxe. One of the two, I just had a hard time forcing myself to continue with reading Bright Young Things.
It is pretty obvious that I did not enjoy Bright Young Things much. I am hesitating when deciding whether to pick up its sequel, Beautiful Days. I mean, I pretty excited to find out what happens out next, but honestly I do not think I appreciated this book enough to try to pick up Beautiful Days. I do not advise those who enjoyed the Luxe to pick up this new series. You will most likely be like me, disappointed and compare its flaws with the Luxe's many positive attributes....more
Two years ago, I read Beastly and loved it. I know it is a bit overrated and the movie sucked (the script writers should be sued). But I just loved thTwo years ago, I read Beastly and loved it. I know it is a bit overrated and the movie sucked (the script writers should be sued). But I just loved the modern-day twist incorporated in Beauty and the Beast for Beastly. By far, the best retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
I was not really sure what to expect for Lindy's diary entries. Kyle's POV was entertaining by itself because of the huge dramatic change he goes through throughout the course of Beastly's two years. Here, it also takes place over the course of two years, but this time it left out many details because Beastly has already told the events. I kind of wish Alex Flinn had told these events from Lindy's POV more because I could not really see the entire relationship Kyle and Lindy had developed in Beastly. In other words, I wanted to see MORE.
My first read-through of Beastly: Lindy's Diary was quite disappointing. I found myself unable to relate to Lindy's thinking and philosophy. I understand that her life was definitely not the best. In fact her life just plain sucked. However, Lindy's diary entries repeatedly state that she cannot love the beast, even though she admits it. Just admit it girl!!! It's ridiculous! Love can be reluctant, but Lindy was just too much. From Lindy's POV, I saw Kyle's predicament as more pitiful. She described his "beastly" features a whole lot better than Kyle did. Probably because she was not ashamed of her own face. She pitied him and claimed to have fallen in love with him. But never followed through. Now that I think about it, she still does not seem to love him, according to her diary entries. Of course, in Beastly she does, which proves that Kyle's thinking is skewed.
My second read-through was slightly different, but not by much. I did find myself slightly more sympathetic to Lindy. I understood her feelings somewhat better than the first time, but I still found myself disliking Lindy. I felt so sorry for Kyle and everything he has to suffer because of Lindy's hesistance in where she plans to head her relationship with him. When I reached the end of the novella again, I was once again disappointed with the last diary entry. It was somewhat unfulfilling. I know the whole story ends with Kyle's narration in Beastly, but I wanted more of Lindy's feelings. I wanted to fully understand what she really thought of Kyle/Adrian. It just felt so incomplete when I finished.
Lindy's Diary was a must-read for me when I first found out about it. I was so excited to read it, but it was a little disappointing for someone like me, who wanted to find out the whole story between the two lovebirds. Beastly did a pretty decent job, but Lindy's Diary not so much. Lindy's diary entries did encourage me to revisit the world of Beastly because of some of the allusions it made to the plot. But honestly, I would not recommend it for people who enjoyed Beastly and are thinking to read Lindy's Diary....more
A snarky, original tale woven from an amazing songwriter, Wayward Saints was a quirky novel of forgiveness and miracles. Told from various PO3.5 Stars
A snarky, original tale woven from an amazing songwriter, Wayward Saints was a quirky novel of forgiveness and miracles. Told from various POVs, Wayward Saints pushed my feelings of the norm and ridiculousness beyond my former borderlines. Wayward Saints opens one's eyes to a different reality that is rare to find in the world of fiction.
Wayward Saints starts out at the height of Mary Saint's fame, 1994, showing how powerful of a stage presence Mary Saint had. However, the rest of the book has a completely different aura. Instead of one of power, each chapter's POV deals with a person's regrets and all of the regrets are artfully tied to Mary Saint and her return to perform a concert in her hometown of Swallow
A heartwarming novel, Wayward Saints was an intoxicating read. Mary was a fascinating story of love, heartbreak and forgiveness. Her mother, Jean, was the average woman who is still trying to reach the happiness she never did with her husband. Their stories were the heart of the novel and made it all worth the time and effort.
However, Wayward Saints could be appalling to some readers. The first scene was provocative; filled with cursing, sexual hints and totally atrocious behavior. I was first hesitant to continue reading. It took many days to push myself to continue reading. I always give up on a book if I dislike the first 100 pages, not the first ten. The rest of the book was a clear improvement compared to the first chapter. Suzzy Roche created an out-of-this-world novel that is one of its kind....more
1. The gorgeous cover 2. Twelve Dancing Princesses 3. What else?
Yeah... I have always hated the fairy tale of t3.5 Stars
The reasons why I read Entwined:
1. The gorgeous cover 2. Twelve Dancing Princesses 3. What else?
Yeah... I have always hated the fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. It never made sense about the fact that the princesses wanted to dance. But fairy tales always omit the important details. That is why I love retellings of fairy tales. They elaborate on the details that the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson has stupidly left out.
Entwined was a fascinating retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. The plot just dragged me in. I read this in one sitting because there was no way I could just leave the story. There was no way I was leaving Azalea, the protagonist, stuck in the otherworld or Bramble, Azalea's sister, in a a pouty attitude. Each page made me read eagerly, flipping through the pages as fast as I could. Until I finished, I could not sleep. Which totally explains my twitching eye that I am having today.
The entrancing plot of Entwined keeps you, the reader, hooked until the last page. But there are flaws that cannot be ignored. For one, there is no explanation for the pathetic relationship between the twelve princesses and their father. It is explored and you see the relationship patched up (spoiler? no not really), but there is never a complete explanation for why the relationship is the way it is. I wanted to feel empathy for either party of the relationship, sadly, I could not.
The other buggy thing was I found the twelve princesses all so selfish. They all cared more about themselves than anyone else. Nothing mattered more than dance. There was a sisterly bond in the beginning, but as the relationships between the sisters is more fully developed, you see the selfishness in their actions. I pitied Azalea for having to deal with such sisters.
Entwined was a decent retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I find myself preferring The Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George over Entwined, but I am not telling anyone not to read Entwined. Both are retellings of the same story, but they differ in POV and aspects of the story. While Entwined focuses on the dancing, The Princess of the Midnight Ball focuses on the magic and the poor princesses. Not everyone will enjoy Entwined, but most definitely will. ...more
A typical historical fiction mystery with a slight dash of romance. I was fairly impressed by The Poisoned House, considering its slightly du3.5 Stars
A typical historical fiction mystery with a slight dash of romance. I was fairly impressed by The Poisoned House, considering its slightly dull summary. The puzzling paranormal mystery kept the pages flipping (well scrolling, in my case) once I read past the dull beginning. I have never imagined a historical romance with such a distorted history and characters, until now.
Abigail Tamper, better known as Abi is living in hell. She has to deal with the tyrant housekeeper, Ms. Cotton, who loves torturing the servants. There is no salvation. She tried to run away and failed. Her suffering is an everyday thing, so when she finds her mother's ghost haunting the house, her life is thrown out of sorts. She is constantly in accidents and finds herself in the most awkward situations, like when her friend thought she tore her silk scarf, but Abi was the one who found it torn. Abi knows that there must be a reason for her mother's hauntings and intends to find out. With the help of records, an ouiji board and her perseverance, Abi will find that there is more that meets the eye and the true faces of some of those closest to her.
Honestly, The Poisoned House is not a novel I would usually pick. I dislike most historical fiction recounts because of their dullness and inaccuracies. But The Poisoned House was able to avoid both of the thorns. Perhaps the author had more freedom in a time period not well known for its events and the focus on Abi, rather than the war. This is truly a gem behind an awfully bland cover. For goodness sake! It's a doorknob!!! A doorknob!!! I took off half of a point for this transgression.
All of the characters of The Poisoned House were not very well developed. I could not understand Ms. Cotton's cruelty, even after her reasons are revealed. Neither Abi's mother's reasons for haunting. The reason for her haunting does not explain why she suddenly starts haunting a year after her death. It is just puzzling. There are many empty holes that are never filled in the end that leave the reader with an unsatisfying novel.
Do not have me start on the ending. The ending was a great one for many characters, but some other characters' endings were simply ignored or made no sense. I could not believe the MIA epilogue for many of the characters. (especially Ms. Cotton!!!). But for many, the epilogue was inspiring and a sweet one for many to enjoy.
Regardless, The Poisoned House is a great read. The mystery kept hold of me for several hours of my life. The beginning had me regret requesting this from Netgalley; however, the build-up to the climax and the climax are both spectacular. Anyone can enjoy The Poisoned House once they can fully slip into Abi's world. A recommendation to all.
Thank you Netgalley and Albert Whitman & Company for allowing me to read and review The Poisoned House by Michael Ford. ...more
I have been dying to read Jennifer Lynn Barne's books for like a year. The Raised by Wolves series seemed intriguing, so it has been on my to-be-readI have been dying to read Jennifer Lynn Barne's books for like a year. The Raised by Wolves series seemed intriguing, so it has been on my to-be-read list for months. When I saw that this book was written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and it was on Netgalley, I excited to read Every Other Day. But sadly, it was extremely disappointing. In fact, I was so disappointed that I reconsidered wanting to read Raised by Wolves.
In Every Other Day, Kali is human and not human. She alternates every other day. This is the the part of the plot line that caught my eye; Kali kills monsters in her nonhuman form!!!!! But does she kill them? Well, yes, Kali does kill some monsters, but only 3 or 5 monsters. Two in the first chapter, one in the middle of the book and several more in the epilogue. Can you believe it? This had barely anything to do with monster fighting!!!!! Disappointment Number One.
Depressing, dull, dragged out. A plot like this cannot be read. Every Other Day almost reached this tipping point, but gladly, it did not. The beginning was probably the highlight of Every Other Day. No where else had the action, pizzazz and the quirkiness of Kali shown. After Kali finds the mark on the girl's back, the whole build up collapses like pudding. We are now shown the Kali is weak, ridiculous and entirely insane. In addition, we have to figure out what in the world it going on, while Kali runs around her city. The giant climatic battle is built upon, thank goodness. Anticipating for the battle helped ease my annoyance with Every Other Day's plot.
Most of the characters in Every Other Day were two-dimensional. They were either content or worried. No one is shown to have much emotion. How this is possible, how should anyone know? In the beginning, they are happy and worried. During the battle, they are happy and worried. At the end, they are happy and worried. I am sorry for my redundant language, but this is the truth.
I really cannot hate Every Other Day. It is extremely obvious that Jennifer Lynn Barnes tried hard with this non-cliched plot. But sadly, it just did not work out. I would not recommend anyone to read Every Other Day, however. It was a waste of time and will be a waste of yours.
Thank you very much Netgalley and Egmont USA for being gracious enough to let me read and review Every Other Day....more
The Power of Six is the opposite of I am Number Four. An action packed novel versus a romantic. I could not believe this was a sequel to the similar TThe Power of Six is the opposite of I am Number Four. An action packed novel versus a romantic. I could not believe this was a sequel to the similar Twilight like plot story. Instead of focusing all on the romance, The Power of Six focused more on the Lorien. No more caring about humans, it is all about the life-death situation the aliens are stuck with.
I admit, I hate all of the characters in this series. They are the most cliched characters you will find besides Twilight vamps. If you thought you would find unbelievable shocks in The Power of Six, you are wrong. All you will find is the same overdone plots in media that has been used for decades. Screaming was my only form of consolation.
To decide whether which one was better, I am Number Four and The Power of Six, is impossible for me. Comparing such different stories is like comparing fish and cookies. All I can say is, if you liked I am Number Four, you will definitely enjoy The Power of Six and pine for the next installment in the Lorien Legacies....more
I do not really have much to say about this book. It had an interesting concept. But it had no real romance in there. Two people were attracted to eacI do not really have much to say about this book. It had an interesting concept. But it had no real romance in there. Two people were attracted to each other and of course, they have no idea why. Soon, one of them finds a secret about the other and about her family. Some time later, there is this huge battle that has been building up since page 1 and then they win. Yes, this is how many YA books went. This one is no exception.
I do not want to say this book was terrible. The idea was extremely creative. But everything fit together like perfect puzzle pieces. I guess I prefer books who leave some information out to build up for the sequel. I am picky in that sense. But since the book ended with almost everything solved, it made it seem pointless to want read the sequel. But I will definitely read the sequel. I feel that it is my duty to see to the end of this pretty supernatural series.
Legacy was a story of ramblings and romance all forming one big posh novel. Princess Alera, the protagonist, is being strongly urged by her father, thLegacy was a story of ramblings and romance all forming one big posh novel. Princess Alera, the protagonist, is being strongly urged by her father, the king of Hytanica to marry Steldor, the arrogant son of the Captain of the Guard. She finds him repulsing however despite his good looks and popularity. But she might just have to marry him, for there are no others who meet her father's qualifications as the next king.
The royal guards catch a mysterious Cokyrian boy who is around the same age as her. They soon find out his true home is indeed Hytanica. But he comes from a matriarchal society which conflicts with Hytanica's patriarchal society. All people, from Steldor to Alera's bodyguards, are suspicious of the boy who steals weapons from his father and uses assassin weapons. But Alera cannot but just be drawn to him.
Okay, there's my summary of this story. Now, for the review.
One cannot count the number times I was tempted to skip to the end and not read like 300-400 pages. But I had to stick with this book. If a book is this thick, you have to read the whole thing to understand the end. Besides, the power of Cayla Kluver's story telling kept me glued. I have to admit, the plot was slow, but irresistible to forget. Even after I finished Legacy, I still kept thinking about Alera's decisions and what would have happened if she did not do what she did. It was not like it was a powerful novel like The Hunger Games, but Alera's choices were ones you would not expect her to make.
Alera definitely matured through out the novel. I can say that she is now one of my favorite YA heroines of all time. Unlike whining about her problems, she tries to face them. She makes mistakes and regrets them, but she doesn't just sit around being all sad dawdling the day away. She lives her life and learns from her mistakes like a strong person would.
An issue I still hope will improve is the love. This is a definite romance novel, but I felt no love between Alera and the mysterious boy from Cokyri. As pages pass by, you definitely see them becoming closer to each other, but you do not see any passion or any real love. It seems like they are more like very close friends, rather than lovers. Instead, I see the unrequited, one-sided love Steldor has for Alera. He is too arrogant to admit it. But you can see that he has feelings for her. They are just hidden because Alera is too stubborn to realize anything.
One can say that Legacy was a book that was romance, but lacked it. But I can see the romance has not yet been completely started. The fire has not been fully ignited yet for Alera and Cokryi boy. I will not reveal Cokryi boy's name for the sake of spoilers.
I give this book a 3.5 stars. The pulse of the writing was like a heart beat. It kept me going even when I thought I would collapse while I was reading Legacy. Regardless of the lack of romance factor, I enjoyed Legacy. The story line could use some more editing, but all in all, Legacy was a pleasing read. ...more
Will there ever be a YA book that incorporates the Norse and the world of ice ever again? I hope so, for Frost was**spoiler alert** Read via NetGalley
Will there ever be a YA book that incorporates the Norse and the world of ice ever again? I hope so, for Frost was a masterpiece of many Scandinavian folklore and some familiar tales of ice. We might never have a chance again to read a series of supernatural ice creatures. After all, lately the most popular supernatural creatures are werewolves, vampires, fairies and angels. As soon as I learned that this book had the lesser known Scandinavian stories, I jumped at the chance to read Frost.
Basically, this story starts off with Katla Leblanc. She's living her life as a second seat stork and with her boyfriend, Jack, a descendant of Jack Frost. But after Jack loses control of his snow powers and causes the death of a child, their relationship turns for the worse. Soon, Stanley, Katla's stepfather, brings a coworker of his for dinner, Brigid Fonnkona. For some reason, everyone is enamored by Brigid, except Katla. Jack starts drifting away from Katla in favor of Brigid. But Brigid is no ordinary person.
During Frost, you see Katla struggling to deal with Jack and Brigid. Jack does not want to be reminded of when he lost control of his powers. Brigid is infiltrating every little part of Katla's life. Everyone who she meets instantly loves her. They do not and cannot understand what Katla dislikes about her.
Though I loved the concept of different supernatural creatures in Frost, I have to admit, the plot of the story is overused. Yes, Frost was slightly different compared to most of the supernatural romance YA novels like the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer and the Immortals series by Alyson Noel. But most of these kind of novels have the characters and concept introduced in the first novel. But then in the second, the guy distances himself from the girl. The girl is sad and becomes depressed. It happens all the time and this novel is no exception. But I couldn't dislike Frost. I loved it even though it had a really used plot. There was this charm to Frost that kept me cheering Katla on and cursing at Jack. The relationship between Katla and Jack is really sweet, even though Jack is really selfish and annoying.
Ultraviolet is a novel unlike any other, I have to admit. But the plot was rather slow. You already know what is so special about ARead via NetGalley.
Ultraviolet is a novel unlike any other, I have to admit. But the plot was rather slow. You already know what is so special about Alison, if you know about some physical phenomenons. But it takes at least half of the book just for someone to reveal Alison's special senses. It is pretty common known knowledge that there are some people in the world who can see the colors in numbers. Those people (well some of them) are pretty famous or had news coverage of them on television or online. But in this book, no one realizes anything, until Dr. Sebastian Faraday reveals them to Alison. Alison has (view spoiler)[synesthesia (hide spoiler)]
Pretty much, this book is irrelevant to Tori's death/disappearance. It just covered what bothered Alison the psychotic ward. It goes on about Alison's depression, her crush on Faraday and the psychotic ward's patients until the last fifty pages. That is when we find out about what happened to Tori. This whole story is supposed to be about Tori's death/disappearance, but why does it only really matter at the end and not the rest of the book. This book definitely had suspense and mystery, but not the greatest suspense. I was a little bored while I was reading this book.
Those were my few complaints about this book, but what I loved about this book was the writing style. R. J. Anderson managed to make the story descriptive and had me hooked to this book. Even if I was annoyed by the plot, I was sucked into the story. There, I felt like a real witness to everything that was happening, rather than just a person who heard about it. I hope R. J. Anderson writes more YA novels, just with a better plot.
Now, the characters? Hm............ Alison, she's the protagonist (no duh). I did not like her much. She was rather selfish in a way. Always thinking about herself first and everyone else last. Nothing really mattered to her but herself. Faraday was a cool character. He had much mystery about him. As soon as I met him in the story, I knew he was a mysterious weirdo. His tone, his manner, his interest in Alison. But the mystery of who he is was rather sad, I admit. It was so abrupt and insanely weird with no hints of his past until that very moment.
The climax of this book....... There was none! You could consider the climax was when Alison found out what really happened to Tori, but that was a really short and pathetic climax. You cannot consider a climax without a proper antagonist. The real antagonist was only in the picture for 20 pages. Those twenty pages consisted of Faraday describing him, Allison watching him do his business and him actually talking. It was really irritating because what kind of antagonist has that short of a limelight!!!
I give this book two stars because of its terrible plot. I would have given this book a one star. But since the writing was amazing, I had to give the story another star.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I personally did not like this book. The charms of the original tale was not included in this retelling. As some people have said before, this book isI personally did not like this book. The charms of the original tale was not included in this retelling. As some people have said before, this book is not a book for entertainment, it is more of a moral lesson. This was a happily ever after story, well everyone pretty much ended happy. But it was not one you could love. It did not end with a torturous death to the villain. It just ended with everyone's lives continuing towards a good future.
The story starts off with a happy family; a father, mother and four daughters. When the father is tricked by the evil Prince Monticello (I mean seriously, Monticello), the whole family falls apart. The mother becomes one only obsessed with her work, while the oldest and youngest daughters show their true colors of selfishness. Only Cinder, the goody-two-shoes second oldest daughter, and Ella, the normal second youngest daughters, stay the same as before.
Ever since, their father's disappearance, Cinder and Ella have been stuck together by name to become Cinderella. They are clumped together by name as their family orders them to complete the tasks at hand as servants. Cinder decides to leave the house in order to work as a castle servant. Meanwhile, Ella decides to run away and work as a servant to a merchant family.
Soon, Cinder catches the whole castle's eye as a hard worker. She soon catches Prince Monticello's (remember him?) eye as well (not in a good way though). The whole plot becomes a whole lot more complicated when Cinder asks the prince to help her find Ella. After all, the prince remembers when Ella stuck her tongue at him when he visited their house many years ago............
Yes, this a fairly complicated tale. But it is not a story you can read and remember with happiness. For it is a sad story. The whole underlying tone is very tragic. I would not recommend this story to read though. It will leave you with no clear message.
I had no idea what this book was going to be about. After all, I received an ARC of this book through a giveaway by Christina Reads YA. Thank you!
TheI had no idea what this book was going to be about. After all, I received an ARC of this book through a giveaway by Christina Reads YA. Thank you!
The Plot- The Wonder Twins, aka Paisley and Beau (Who names their kids Beau?) find out that their father has been sending them letters from jail, from where he is staying, etc. for the past 10 years. AND THEIR GRANDMOTHER HAS BEEN HIDING THIS FROM THEM! Their grandmother, the "skank" in Paisley's eyes has always been annoying and mean, but that is the last straw. They run away from grandma's house and burn it down, then go on a wild escapade to Las Vegas. In the process, they come up with a "brilliant", by which I mean really idiotic plan. Committing crimes is the best way to catch the world's attention quickly, right? So let's do it! Let's steal from tons of candy, donut and ice cream shops with a gun called Eclipse (cool name, btw. I will totally name my gun, if I ever get one, Eclipse. During the journey, they learn some important things about each other and their ever evil grandmother.
You notice how much sarcasm is in this review, I hope. Well here's the reason for this sarcasm; it was ridiculous, yet I loved it. I have never read a book this ridiculous, yet charming. You instantly fall for Beau, but are still thinking about how likable Paisley is.
The sibling bond the two share is incredible. It leads through every hardship. Beau and Paisley have so much trust between each other that they are willing to be danger's way because they know the other one will find them soon. I mean, Beau even jumps out of a moving truck just to find Paisley. Can you imagine anything sweeter than that?
The only problem I had with this book was the fact that Beau did not really love their father. He only went along with the plan because he had no where else to go. Why would anyone try to find anyone he was not sure he loved or needed for a reason? It did not really make sense.
I liked this book enough to read it without much irritation. It was a nice, quick, easy read....more
I thought this book was not half bad. It had an intriguing plot and I love the fact that young people are willing to give up their soul for earthly thI thought this book was not half bad. It had an intriguing plot and I love the fact that young people are willing to give up their soul for earthly things, like power, fame and winning. It's ridiculous, but really philosophical. I love all 5 characters from the story.
List of Characters
Belle- Bice's twin. She originally looked exactly like Bice, but changed her appearance to be exactly like Madame Vilroy's. She's the blonde on the cover. She wants popularity and beauty. She also has the ability to control people with entrancing potions, I think.
Bice- She is supposed to have an accent on the 'e', but I can't duplicate that. She's Belle's twin, apparently. She knows 23 languages in the beginning of the story and keeps learning more. She has the ability to stop time.
Victoria- The most ambitious of the five. She plans her whole semester automatically as soon as she learns everything there is to know about the school. She has the ability to read thoughts, but when she digs deeper, she can cause people to get sick. One time, she was so mad at a boy who insulted her, so she made him throw up.
Valentin- The playboy of the story. He has the ability to rewind time. He can make anything that turns out wrong, right. Valentin is a very talented writer. He craves power and wants to be accepted.
Christian- The goody-two shoes of the story. He is at loss. He wants to gain fame and does not want to be poor, yet he wants to hold up to certain ideals. He is extremely athletic and strong. He is probably my favorite character.
I really liked all the characters. I have read the Faust once and disliked it, but this book may have me check the Faust out once more. The only thing I have against this book is that it only focussed on Victoria and Belle for the most part. Valentin had a larger role than Christian and Bice, but everything was really focussed on Victoria and Belle's hatred of each other. ...more
I never read the first book of this series, so this was really different world to be in. I will never do that again. I will always read the first bookI never read the first book of this series, so this was really different world to be in. I will never do that again. I will always read the first book from now on. The problem was I had no idea what in the world was going on. I had the basic ideas, she's like a partner with the Mirror Dragon. She's trying not to be killed. She needs to save the Pearl Emperor. Yeah, I got that. But that didn't help much.
I had no idea what some of the terminology was. I thought this book was written well, but the plot was somewhat awkward to read. I hated the fact that every other chapter, someone would get really mad at Eona. They were never happy or satisfied with her. They either wished she didn't do something for another person's sake or that she would be a boy, Lord Eon still. I mean, there's only so much a girl can handle. The problem here, was there was no sign that Eona actually showed any sign of strength. You may consider the time when Eona stops the Pearl Emperor from killing a village, but that was because she wasn't an idiot to be like Ryko who was like "We cannot harm the Emperor!". Dude, your emperor is insane, do something!
I would rate this 2.5, but sadly no one rates halves online. Sigh...................... So I lowered it to 2. I hope people are okay with that....more
Is this book even for young adults? It has many inappropriate scenes that I am too embarrassed to mention. Why would one want to read about how attracIs this book even for young adults? It has many inappropriate scenes that I am too embarrassed to mention. Why would one want to read about how attractive one is to another and describe how much they want to make out with each other. It's very disturbing.
Pretty much Ginny is like "men are depressing". Then she gets sucked into a story with some Scottish lord. They're instantly attracted to each other. But uh........................ they love to hide their attraction with tons of insults, or beatings. Very awkward.
In the end, when Ginny switches to another body, this whole book is completely useless. She doesn't stay with one man. Oh no, she's going to make out with at least 500 of them! Irritating!...more