Eve and her stupidity and ego and temper tantrums.
That would have been a better title for the book. "Adam" only...moreEve and Adam.
Eve and Solo
Eve and her stupidity and ego and temper tantrums.
That would have been a better title for the book. "Adam" only truly appeared towards the conclusion of the book and I found him annoying nevertheless. Hell, I found the entire gosh-dang book annoying.
For one, if you lost your leg, or almost lost your leg you would think you would be more concerned. Hell, if I almost lost a leg, I'd be a crazy-assed ticking time bomb just waiting to happen. I'd at least be curious about my leg. I WOULDNT BE THINKING ABOUT SOME APPLE FOR CHRIST'S SAKES!!!
On a side note, I think my ten year old brother has read Katherine Applegate's books aimed at kids and reading her books, you can just tell Ms Applegate is a children's author. Just like how people say JK Rowling was best writing for kids, I think Ms Applegate should STICK with her previous target audience of little kiddies. They seem to like her books.
What better way to start a review then with an adorable cat gif that pretty much sums up my reaction to this book?
THINGS I HATED: - The stupid cliches. - The annoying parents. - The annoying main characters. - The annoying plot. - The annoying two-person-past/present-narration - The annoying best friends. - The annoying everything.
Stephen is cursed with invisibility. He was born that way. E...more
I FINISHED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The concept of this book is pretty interesting.
Stephen is cursed with invisibility. He was born that way. Elizabeth sometimes wishes she was invisible. Elizabeth and Stephen meet. Elizabeth can see him (*gasp*) and they basically fall in love.
A world of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses threatens to pull them apart. Deciding how deep they delve into this world could be the difference between love and death.
I guess the concept of being cursed with invisibility is cool. I mean honestly - how many times have you wished you were invisible?
I've wished for that more times than I can count. But the truth is being invisible 24/7 would suck. And this book demonstrates that.
I'm a newbie to the works of David Levithan and Andrea Cremer, but I honestly struggled through this book. There were times where everything went so s-l-o-w-l-y that I contemplated just not finishing the book.
Why? Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeell let's see:
This book has a bad case of insta-love.
It's not just that though. There are places throughout the book that just feel repetitively borrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring.
And I struggled to relate to Elizabeth/Jo. There was just this thing about her I wasn't big on.
I love how according to Goodreads, only 2% of us readers disliked this book.
Flicking through the reviews, you only really see the fantastic, raving re...moreI love how according to Goodreads, only 2% of us readers disliked this book.
Flicking through the reviews, you only really see the fantastic, raving reviews about the awesomeness that is this book. I’ve read this book, ladies and gentlemen. I’ve studied it, bookmarked it and annotated sections of it.
There are heaps of grammatical and spelling errors.
A few major plot holes.
The most notable thing here would be: WHY THE CHICKENS WOULD THEY HAVE ALCOHOL IN A HOSPITAL?!
(view spoiler)[AND SERIOUSLY? JACQUE WAKING UP? SHE WASN’T EVEN CONFUSED! SHE JUST WOKE UP AND WAS LIKE: NOTHING HAPPENED. I’M JUST GONNA SLEEP IN HOSPITAL FOR A BIT.
It was just like:
(WOULDN’T YOU BE SORTA OUT OF IT IF YOU JUST WOKE UP FROM A FREAKING COMA LIKE WOULDN’T YOU BE ALL CONFUSED AND STUFF?)
And Jen healing at the same rate as Jen? HOW COULD THE CHARACTERS NOT SEE THAT SOMETHING WAS UP?!?! WOULDN’T YOU NOTICE IF YOUR BFF SUDDENLY HEALED SUPER FAST? IT’S JUST LIKE: EW.
LET’S PUT THE HOSPITAL SCENE AWAY FOR A LIL BIT AND MOVE ON TO JEN AND SALLY.
WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS?! I MEAN SERIOUSLY, WE GET THE IMPRESSION THAT JEN AND SALLY’S PARENTS ARE PRETTY LOVING AND RATHER INVOLVED IN THEIR KIDDIE’S LIVES, BUT NOOOOOOOOOOPE, APPARENTLY NOT. HOW DID I COME TO THIS CONCLUSION YOU MAY ASK? WELL WHAT PARENT LET’S THEIR KIDDIE GO ALL THE WAY TO ROMANIA ON SUCH SHORT NOTICE? EXCHANGE PROGRAM? RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHT. (hide spoiler)]
And a lot of irrelevant chatter.
It’s an easy read… I guess. I know that I previously declared my absolute love for this book, but I’m over it. I’ve obviously done a lot of growing up since I read the first book…
But hey, it’s an easy, quick read that you can flick through. I couldn’t take this book seriously though. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I kind of felt like this book was actually rather slow but overall?
Yeah, it was interesting. I was actually really happy with the ending a...moreIt was okay.
I kind of felt like this book was actually rather slow but overall?
Yeah, it was interesting. I was actually really happy with the ending and rather pleased. I am so ever grateful I ended up pursuing this series and I know had it not been for the constant nudging of my bff's, I never would have known what awesomeness I missed out on...(less)
After having this recommended to me again and again and again and again, I finally read this book. Ok, so I wasn't a big fan of Book 1 - Fallen Too Fa...moreAfter having this recommended to me again and again and again and again, I finally read this book. Ok, so I wasn't a big fan of Book 1 - Fallen Too Far - But I'm so happy that I gave this book a chance. It was actually rather... good.
I felt really sad for Blaire but was so happy when I saw the beginnings of a happily ever after for Blaire and Rush. Okay, so there were times where I found Blaire annoying - times where I just wanted to whack her over the head and tell her that she should've been wiser and should've er... done some stuff. But yes, this was an improvement from its predecessor.
I read this book for a friend who is currently into these type of books and honestly? It took a lot of encouraging beore I even bo...moreIt was okay. *shrug*
I read this book for a friend who is currently into these type of books and honestly? It took a lot of encouraging beore I even bothered to read this. It was okay though. It wasn't actually as bad as I had feared. There is actually a plot in this book!!!
My favourite quotes in this book:
Not everyone sees you the way you do. Sometimes our imperfections are what makes us special...
She was crazy. I could be too. It was my greatest fear, that I'd snap one day too. Just like she had. I wanted to live life because if that day came I wanted to have lived once...
Poor Della. I honestly think she just needs a nice hug.(less)
One of my friends studied this book last year and it seemed okay... ish.
I'm just... unimpressed. The book...moreI was actually legitimately excited for this.
One of my friends studied this book last year and it seemed okay... ish.
I'm just... unimpressed. The book is rather slow, repetitive and ultimately, rather booooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring. Essentially, I think there were too many teens hanging around. Like weren't there 7/8 throughout the book?
I also find myself rather sceptical of the plot.
I imagine invading a place would take a lot of planning and even then, it'd probably be met with a lot of protest and to achieve an invasion in 5 days?
This is the most f*cked up book I have ever read. And I love it.
The characters are so messed up. It becomes incredibly obvious that there are two side...moreThis is the most f*cked up book I have ever read. And I love it.
The characters are so messed up. It becomes incredibly obvious that there are two sides to every story and nothing is as it seems. The plot kept me on edge the entire time and I swear I could have died at the ending.
(view spoiler)[I couldn't believe there was no happily ever after. I was just shocked. I'm so used to all those fluffed up: And they all lived happily ever after. The end. books that this was just like: AM I MISSING BITS OF THIS BOOK?!?!?!
I'm torn. It feels like two people are pulling me into two opposite directions. Personally, I like this book - I really, really do, but I also don't l...moreI'm torn. It feels like two people are pulling me into two opposite directions. Personally, I like this book - I really, really do, but I also don't like this book because there are so many aspects that just got on my nerves.
Let's go for the bad things first.
Insta-love - my old arch nemesis. It is probably one of the most irritating things ever. It makes me want to roll my eyes, cry, vomit, and launch the book across the room in a temper tantrum.
All in all, it bugs me to no end. Why? Because seriously. IT IS NOT REALISTIC. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH JUST. ONE. LOOK.
It feels like the author has just tried to disguise her case of insta-love with the dream thing. Seriously though. The main protagonists literally sees the guy, and falls in love instantly. Actually no. She doesn't even see the guy. She just falls in love just like that. She may as well have fallen into his arms, declared her undying love for him and skipped off into the sunset together.
(view spoiler)[At least for Willow, her dreams gave her some excuse. A bad one at that, but an escuse nevertheless. But DANE?! I got the impression that Dane had feelings for Willow - fairly sure it is implied in the story many times at the beginning. Dane. *eyeroll*
Dane fell into whatsername's arms and never looked back. Insta-love, much? (hide spoiler)]
I didn't learn until afterwards that this author is actually a self-published author. I don't know what it is, but with self-published authors I find that their books... I am never really a fan of them.
My best friend once told me that she has and will never be a fan of self-published authors. These days, she goes around telling everyone who wants to be an author to publish with a writing company. I think I'm starting to see why. It looks like a lot of work, marketing, selling your books, trying to get the word out there... It looks exhausting. And honestly? Coming from me, a reader, I would recommend that anyone thinking of pursuing a writing career look into getting published professionally - preferably by a writing company which will ultimately make your life a lot easier.
The author also seems to spend a lot of time telling us what is happening instead of showing the reader and letting us make up our own minds. Did anyone else notice this?
So... Round of applause to you, Jamie Magee, for having the guts to self-publish.
Anyway, there was something about this book - all of its characters just got on my nerves. The names. GAH!!!!
(view spoiler)[ You know how Brady is meant to be a married man with a baby on the way? There was something about the way the author portrayed the character that made it so that I could only ever imagine him as a teenage/adolescent boy. Um... Awkward much?
Also, if my parents suddenly told me I was from some other dimension, I would not have reacted like Willow, who acted like her parents were telling her what to buy at the shopping market. HER REACTION WAS UNREALISTIC. If someone told you something that changed every aspect of your life and flipped it upside down, would you react like everything was freaking fine? No. Just no. (hide spoiler)]
On the upside, the concepts in the book were relatively interesting. (view spoiler)[The author's idea for dimension travelling and whatnot was pretty cool. (hide spoiler)]
So yeah. I am really torn as to where I stand in this book. I loved it, but I hated it at the same time. So until I can make up my mind, I guess I shall give this book 3 stars.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is the first book I have ever read on anorexia... Okay so second. The first one I ever read was some comic/cartoony book that I finished in 5 min...moreThis is the first book I have ever read on anorexia... Okay so second. The first one I ever read was some comic/cartoony book that I finished in 5 minutes.
I read this because I love the topic in this story. My best friend read this book as well, for a whole different reason. She saw this book as an instruction manual. Anorexia is a problem that is very real in life and needs all the awareness it can get. I've seen anorexia destroy my best friend who will no longer listen. She is determined to be the skinniest because she views that as beauty. I've watched her starve herself and diet and eat next to nothing. So yeah, anorexia is something that is a big deal to me and something I take seriously.
This book is about how being super skinny doesn't equate to beautiful. Beauty isn't about being a size 0 or the skinnest girl in school.
This book is fantastically amazing. I loved the moral - the concept and most of all I loved that final sentence in the story.
There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore.
I am thawing.
^^ My favourite line in the whole entire book.(less)
Ehhhhh... it was okay. Interesting plot, nice characters, but there was nothing outstanding about the book and I actually found there were some parts...moreEhhhhh... it was okay. Interesting plot, nice characters, but there was nothing outstanding about the book and I actually found there were some parts that were rather... boring.(less)
When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Tali...moreWhen Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country’s deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves... Talia herself.
Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia’s talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia can’t afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal.
She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she’ll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger.
If James Bond and Sookie Stackhouse had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be TALENTED: an adventure about powerful teenagers who aren’t afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.
Whilst the character does in fact feel a little too perfect, and the story a little too 'and they all skipped off into the sunset together' overall? It was pretty good.
A copy of this book was provided free of charge by the author, Bella Forrest, in exchange, I felt like writing an honest review.
Let's start with the g...moreA copy of this book was provided free of charge by the author, Bella Forrest, in exchange, I felt like writing an honest review.
Let's start with the good: 1. The character(s) aren't perfect and people don't instantly looooooooooooooove her for no apparent reason. (This book did however, remind me of Twilight, I'm not sure why yet. It might be because the author's name is Bella.
2. The concept of the book is actually rather interesting - an island where the sun never rises run by a coven of vampires. Now that is a newbie. I have been reading for a while now and I have never encountered a plot like this.
3. I read the entire book, which is a good thing. Although, it is probably worth mention that I recieved a pdf copy of this book which was all but 96 pages which, if I'm being honest made this one of the smallest books I have read in a while. I'll get back to the number of pages momentarily.
4. The plot. I'm not sure if I love the plot or if I'm just desperate to find something that I like especially considering the fact that I have not been able to read an entire book in a while because nothing has caught my interest.
5. The cover. It looks pretty cool - very unique and the title tells us immediately that this is a young adult, paranormal/romance book about vampires - which seems like the big thing right now.
Ok... Now for the bad.
1. The book felt very... short. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is not necessarily a good thing. It really depends on how the author followed this book with her sequel and whatnot.
2. The author ended with a sorta-cliffhanger. asdfghjkl;!!!! What is it with good authors getting me all excited and interested and then ending a good book with a cliffhanger. I'm going insane wondering what happens next, but I don't know where to get a copy of the sequel because I can't find it anywhere. (This could be resolved by buying an e-book copy or something but I have a set budget for books and I'm up to my limit in books already. Grrrr...)
3. I can't come up with anything else. Apart from its shortness, I can't really come up with anything bad about this book. Just that it was too short, ended too soon and that Bella Forrest left me on a cliffhanger and now I'm desperate to know what happens next and I have to wait who-knows-how-long before I can get a copy of Bk 2... *pout* (less)
Eh, I think I've reached this point where I'm just over vampires, full stop. I know, breaking news, I've gotten over Vampires. My friends will never b...moreEh, I think I've reached this point where I'm just over vampires, full stop. I know, breaking news, I've gotten over Vampires. My friends will never believe me. ;P
This book was okay. I probably would have loved if had I not been sick of vampires and stupid-freaking love triangles, but heyy, this book was okay. I'm just kinda sick of how repetitive some books feel. Think it's time I try out a new book genre.(less)
This was an incredibly easy read. It kinda reminds me of those books my little brothers read at primary school where the heroine/hero is super great a...moreThis was an incredibly easy read. It kinda reminds me of those books my little brothers read at primary school where the heroine/hero is super great and he/she solves the problem really easily... But yeah, this book is an easy, quick read - I finished it in 20 minutes, max.(less)