Whoever the ghostwriter was for this did a terrible job. I love mysteries, but I was so bored by the lack of plot twists. It’s established from the be...moreWhoever the ghostwriter was for this did a terrible job. I love mysteries, but I was so bored by the lack of plot twists. It’s established from the beginning that the thief was Roger Hoelt, so it was pretty much a matter of waiting around for Nancy to catch the guy. In general, the plot was just so dull. It seemed like the author’s sole goal was to stick in as many facts about Amish people as possible. The bulk of the story was Nancy vaguely wandering around in search of this lady’s stolen furniture. But she never actually ends up really getting anywhere. I swear, she spent more time eating pies and going to quilting circles than actually trying to solve the mystery. Also, there were a lot of filler events that added absolutely nothing to the plotline, such as Nancy (view spoiler)[getting slingshot hit by this little Amish boy and spending the rest of the day sleeping on the couch or Nancy saving another kid from getting hit by a beam (hide spoiler)]. I felt parts like these should have been cut out, so that the author could have developed the actual mystery aspect better.
Overall, I was fairly disappointed by this. The writing seemed lazy and I thought that the ending was anti-climactic as well. The scene where Mr. Hoelt (view spoiler)[locks the girls in the attic and yells ‘you will die first!’ (hide spoiler)] came off as really cheesy. Maybe back in the day this was considered suspenseful, but I couldn’t stop myself from cracking up.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This wasn’t as good as the first book, but it wasn’t bad. I spent the entire story wondering which of the roommates was the crazy one. The author did...moreThis wasn’t as good as the first book, but it wasn’t bad. I spent the entire story wondering which of the roommates was the crazy one. The author did a wonderful job keeping you guessing because to be honest, they all seemed a little off to me. All of the characters were written in a way that made them seem suspicious. Even the most normal character, Danni, was paranoid as hell. About two-thirds of the way in, I figured out who the psycho was. There were two very blatant hints dropped and I automatically knew it was this certain person. I liked the reasoning for why they did what they did and how they ended up at the college. The one thing that bothered me was how Pete (view spoiler)[started to warn them about Jordan (hide spoiler)]. I wish the author would have explained why that was said, but after that one time, it was never mentioned again.(less)
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. While I didn’t want to compare this to ‘Fifty Shades’, it was difficult not to. I know that ‘The Submissive’...moreI won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. While I didn’t want to compare this to ‘Fifty Shades’, it was difficult not to. I know that ‘The Submissive’ came out before, but even if I had read this one first, I still would have loved the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy a hundred times more. Despite the low rating, I actually really enjoyed the first two-thirds of the story. The sex scenes were good. There might not have been any type of emotional connection between the two characters, but I was expecting that to develop later on in the book.
Unfortunately, the last section of the book is where everything went downhill for me. I was so excited for the angsty drama that would follow after Abby (view spoiler)[ended things with Nathaniel (hide spoiler)], but I was very annoyed with the path the story took after this incident. People always rag on ‘Fifty Shades’, saying that the relationship is unhealthy and Christian is a psycho. However, at least in ‘Fifty Shades’ I could see a genuine connection between the two main characters, messed up as it was. The romance between Abby and Nathaniel was a total disconnect. To be fair, I believed that Abby had feelings for Nathaniel. It was Nathaniel that was the problem. Towards the end of the book, I felt like Nathaniel’s character did a complete 180, to the point where he seemed like a different character. I actually preferred cold, distant, dominant Nathaniel over the sappy guy he turned into once he told Abby that he was in love with her. The two of them always had very good physical chemistry, but I never bought into the way new Nathaniel was acting. The story could have been way better if the emotional aspect of their relationship had been dealt with properly.
Also, I didn’t like Nathaniel's big reveal to Abby. I thought it was very creepy that he (view spoiler)[had been watching her for like eight years. I could kind of understand if a girl frequented a coffee shop because a really cute guy worked behind the counter every Tuesday. I can even understand taking the time to work up the courage to talk to said guy. The thing is Nathaniel had no reason to even be where he was. He was just lurking around with no cover or purpose. Also, as a confident and sociable millionaire, it shouldn’t take him eight years to find the courage to talk to Abby. Either strike up a conversation or move on (hide spoiler)]. I’ve managed to get over far more disturbing actions of characters, but I think the fact that I never connected with Nathaniel as a character played into me not wanting to cut him any slack. One of the things that bothered me the most was that Abby didn’t seem at all perturbed by the things he was saying. In terms of Nathaniel’s logic, what he did wasn’t that big of a deal because (view spoiler)[he only watched her when she was working at her library job. I’m sorry, but just because you don’t follow someone home and hide in their bushes; it doesn’t mean you aren’t a weirdo (hide spoiler)]. Once I heard Nathaniel’s story, I was just done with the story and wanted the book to end.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I won this from a goodreads giveaway! I have mixed feelings about this book. I’m all for ridiculously stupid humor because god knows I sometimes have...moreI won this from a goodreads giveaway! I have mixed feelings about this book. I’m all for ridiculously stupid humor because god knows I sometimes have the maturity level of a thirteen year old boy. However, the entire book just seemed full of silly things, most of which fell flat. I get what it was supposed to be, but everything was just too unrealistic. I liked Spencer by the end of the book, but in the beginning he is one of the weirdest people. I’m sorry, but if this was real life Spencer would either be in jail, fired or on probation for some of the things he did. What kind of police chief kicks in someone’s tail lights and threatens to impound their car for months unless they get in the car with them? It was even worse when Spencer broke into Gladie’s house in the middle of the night and she woke up with him in her bedroom. He was like ‘no biggie, I’m just here to catch a couple hours of sleep before I have to head back to the station’ and I was like ‘WTF IS THIS?!!’. Oh my god, that was so freaking creepy!! I know it was supposed to be funny, but it screamed creeper more than hilarious.
The story did grow on me the more I read and I did end up enjoying this. There were moments where Gladie said or did things that made me laugh. My favorites were when she got into some awkward moments with Fred from the police station and the car scene up in the mines. I liked the matchmaking tips at the beginning of each chapter as well. (less)
I won this book from a first reads giveaway, so I’m going to be completely honest. Well, I pretty much loved Charlotte from the very beginning. I like...moreI won this book from a first reads giveaway, so I’m going to be completely honest. Well, I pretty much loved Charlotte from the very beginning. I liked how she wasn’t a conventional romance heroine. She had more substance to her than fawning over parties and pretty clothes. When Reed showed up at her house, she was anything but the doting aunt to her niece and nephew. But you never thought she was a bitch or a coldhearted person. Her reactions to the things that happened in the book felt very real. There were moments that she made rash judgments or did something stupid, but she could admit when she messed up. It was nice to read about a heroine that had self-respect and who wasn’t willing to settle for a loveless relationship.
My problem lay with Reed. As a love interest, he didn’t really grab my attention. It made me laugh how he was always fixing Charlotte with disapproving glances when they first met. However, as the book went on, I felt like he was a bit bipolar. One minute he was glaring at her and then the next he was smiling genuinely at her. It made me fairly confused and I just didn’t get his character. Also, there were times that he was kind of odd. He would say certain things that were meant to sound sexy, but they’d come off as awkward. To be honest, I was actually rooting for Jason the majority of the book. The minute he stepped on the page I was won over. He was so charming and I liked his shameless flirting. I ended up wanting Charlotte to fall for him instead of Reed. Of course, he (view spoiler)[ended up being a psycho/murderer, so that kind of put a damper on things (hide spoiler)].
Overall, there were highs and lows. The beginning and end were really good, but the middle seemed dragged out. For the most part though, I enjoyed this. There was one scene at a dance where the chapter ended on a statement that had my jaw dropping. I was seriously thinking ‘oh my god, sh!t’s gonna go down!!’. The last hundred pages or so got drastically better. From the moment Reed (view spoiler)[asked Charlotte to marry him (hide spoiler)], I started to love his character. Reed seemed to have more personality and became more likeable. He grew on me and by the end of the book I was definitely rooting for him.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It's finally over!! I'm glad that everything became happily ever after, but a part of me is sad that the journey's done and there won't be more books....moreIt's finally over!! I'm glad that everything became happily ever after, but a part of me is sad that the journey's done and there won't be more books. I'll be honest, there were parts of this book that annoyed me to no end. I wasn't a big fan of the whole psycho crazy on the loose and the Jack Hyde drama. It was all just kind of stupid to me. I would have been happy with Ana/Christian drama and not all that other crap. It became a bit too much thriller like for me personally. I really liked the beginning and the end though. Ana and Christian on their honeymoon was super cute and I liked how the flashbacks were weaved in.
I was really into this towards the end. Once Ana found out that (view spoiler)[she was preggers (hide spoiler)], I couldn't put the book down and I had to keep reading. Firstly, situations like that are like crack to me and I love any drama thrown in. The main reason I liked it was because Ana finally grew a backbone. I've constantly complained about how many times Christian stepped over the line and while Ana would be pissed at him, she ultimately would forgive him two paragraphs later. I was so freaking happy when Ana stood up to him. She didn't let him off the hook for being a douche despite the way he tried to seduce his way out of things. He said truly terrible things to Ana and I secretly was cheering her on and wanting her to verbally hit him back.
The conclusion was just perfect and everything ended on a good note. There are still a few things I don't quite understand and I wish I knew what was up with Mia and Ethan, but for the most part I got all the closure I wanted. Ana and Christian have certainly came a long way from the first book. I was glad that they'd sorted through their demons and found happiness with each other and their pasts. I still have mixed feelings for Christian though. I'm torn between thinking he is super sexy and attractive and thinking he's a douchetastic psycho. He has moments where he's nice and loving and then there's moments where goes into control freak mode. I couldn't believe that Ana let him get away with many of the things he did. A few times he said some very creepy things and it took some of the heat away from the book for me. Ultimately, I guess I did love his character, flawed and all. Knowing why he acted that way made me a little more sympathetic towards his actions.
The epilogue was cute and I loved all the extras at the end. Toddler Christian was sweet in a sad sort of way. I thought it was adorable, but it was horrible seeing his thoughts as a little kid. My favorite though was when they had Ana and Christian's first meeting but from Christian's POV. I was interested because in the first book he seemed so calm and aloof. I laughed at how all that lay behind that cool facade were perverted thoughts about how he wanted to take her to his playroom/ cane her/ bend her over his desk/etc. So funny! A great ending to this series...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I never thought it would be possible to love a book so much when I hated absolutely all the characters. A moment didn’t go by where I wasn’t cursing t...moreI never thought it would be possible to love a book so much when I hated absolutely all the characters. A moment didn’t go by where I wasn’t cursing the actions of someone in the story. Strangely, this didn’t bother me or keep me from enjoying the story. I guess you would say it was a good hate. The one exception to this might be Waverly, who seemed the most sane and reasonable. She did go off the deep end a bit towards the end, but I still liked her. I’m honestly in awe by this author. This is one of the rare times that I find myself sucked completely into a story and invested in the characters. It’s not as wonderfully creepy as ‘Glow’ and the egg harvesting, but it makes up for that with other things. This book mostly focuses on the characters reactions to everything that occurred in the first book. It’s sufficed to say that most of them are traumatized and it results in various mental breakdowns and moments of psychotic rage. It was interesting to see how each of the kids were affected by what the New Horizon and what Anne Mather’s had done. The longer I read, it got a little Lord of the Flies on me. There was still a focus on the ongoing conflict from the first book about getting the parents back, getting revenge on the New Horizon, etc. As far as sequels go, I wasn’t disappointed at all.
The person I hated most of all had to be Kieran. I was only like seven pages in and he already had me contemplating murdering him. I take back any vaguely nice thing I might have said about him in my review for the first book. He had a few moments where I thought he was being reasonable for once and then two seconds later he’d do something stupid and petty that negated whatever respect I’d had for him. The only time I might have liked him was towards the end of the book, but that was probably just because he was up against Anne Mather’s who instantly trumps when it comes to me hating someone. I really thought it was disgusting how he used his preaching and religion to manipulate the other crew members. It seemed like he was mostly out for himself and didn’t care about any of their opinions. I even recall someone referring to him as a dictator. Even though I can understand why, the way he treated Seth was horrible. I liked how Seth told Kieran that Kieran was just as bad as him. It reminded me of this movie I watched called ‘Land of the Blind’. A horrible, ruthless dictator is overthrown by the ‘good’ guys, only for the new leaders to end up being just as horrible and ruthless. Kieran was just a selfish douchebag, concerned about power rather than what’s best for the ship. The whole Empyrean (view spoiler)[blowing up (hide spoiler)] could have been avoided if Kieran had just listened to Seth instead of blowing him off.
The biggest surprise of all was Seth. Other than Waverly, he is my ultimate favorite. After the first book, I was prepared to hate his guts again, but somehow he changed my mind. The book starts with Seth in the brig for trying to kill Kieran and start a mutiny. He’s had a lot of time to think after his tirade and realize what he’s done was wrong. I wanted to be annoyed by the personality switch, but it was done in a way that was realistic to me. The way he was portrayed in ‘Spark’ made me more sympathetic to his character and I was willing to forgive any crappy thing he’d done before. I honestly never thought I’d say this, but I’m seriously hoping that Seth and Waverly get together. They’re actually kind of cute together and I got so happy when Seth (view spoiler)[finally kissed her at the end (hide spoiler)]. I got so sick of Kieran telling Seth he would never be good enough for someone like Waverly.
The ending had me pissed, but in a good way. The cliffhanger was terrible. You can’t leave things like that and make me wait a year. I feel like the next book is going to be f-ing AMAZING! There’s bound to be ten times the conflict and I need to know what happens to the characters after this latest travesty. I’m sure Anne Mather’s will give me more reasons to hate her and Kieran will annoy the crap out of me. I’m more interested to learn more what’s been happening on the New Horizon. I’m feeling like there’s some brainwashing going on. However, the thing that had me most pissed concerned Seth. WTF is going on here?! I was so giddy about a certain thing and then (view spoiler)[Seth decided to stay behind on the Empyrean. If I was Waverly, I would be so damn furious that I risked my life to save him and then he’s like peace, I’ll stay here (hide spoiler)]. There better be some logical explanation for that. I’m probably going to look around other people’s reviews to see if they understood that part.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** This was actually one of the better ‘Fear Street’ books I’ve read lately. I sat down to read this and finished it in one go. Chris w...more**spoiler alert** This was actually one of the better ‘Fear Street’ books I’ve read lately. I sat down to read this and finished it in one go. Chris was the biggest creeper in the entire world. He made me uneasy from the first minute he showed up in the book. I was torn between being weirded out by his antics and laughing my face off. He was pretty much obsessed with the main character Tina because she resembled his dead girlfriend, Judy. Basically, everything that happened in the photography studio was the best thing ever. I couldn’t even begin to list all the eerie things that happened. A few would be: making Tina model a dead girl’s old clothes, the picture shrine in the darkroom, Josh’s acid burned body stuffed into a cabinet, etc.
I was so proud of Tina for picking up on all the little hints that something wasn’t right. He was such a weirdo and I was glad when towards the end of the book Tina was like, ‘yeah, something’s wrong with this guy’. Some of the explanations Chris gave seemed so sketchy and the longer the weekend went on, it was obvious she didn’t trust what anyone was telling her. However, I wanted to shake some sense into Tina about following this dude to his creepy soundproof basement to take modeling pictures. Seriously, I wanted to shout at the book ‘Don’t go anywhere with that guy! JUMP OFF THAT MOTORBIKE AND GET THE HELL AWAY FROM HIM!!!!’. All those red flags were building up. Especially, after that odd episode Chris had on the ferris wheel. I’m way too paranoid of a person and there’s no way in hell I would’ve bought what Chris was trying to sell me.
I have to applaud R.L. Stine for actually writing a good ending this time. So many of the books in this series are really good, but then they conclude with some random ass revelation that makes absolutely no sense. All the pieces fell into place and I wasn’t left thinking ‘well, that came out of nowhere’. The only problem I had with the ending was that Judy’s death wasn’t explained enough. I was pretty sure that Chris went crazy after Judy’s death, but was he just a psycho to begin with? I get that Chris murdered her, but I’m confused as to why. Was it because she tried to break up with him? Because if I was going to break up with someone, I wouldn’t do it in a boat in the middle of the ocean where things could get awkward or in this case, my soon-to-be ex was a bit fruitcake and might potentially try to drown me. Other than that, I liked how things were wrapped up.(less)
To be honest, I only decided to pick this up to read because the cover was amazingly corny, but oh my god, I am actually surprised by how good this wa...moreTo be honest, I only decided to pick this up to read because the cover was amazingly corny, but oh my god, I am actually surprised by how good this was. The last few Fear Street books I've read have kind of been duds and this ended up being super wonderful. The main character Lily is the type of person who I hated in high school. I understand wanting to get good grades and do well in school, but whining at getting a B is stupid. When she finally gets an A-, she's still moody and upset. It was so annoying that I wanted to smack her. She was so obesessed with being valedictorian and I didn't blame her friends for getting fed up with her. I did sympathize with her for having to deal with that teacher of hers. Yeah, Lily was being annoyingly anal about things, but Mr. Reinere was a Grade A Asshole. He was such a jerk that it was only four pages in and I was hoping someone would come along and murder him already.
The murderer was revealed pretty early in the book and I was a bit disappointed. Thankfully, the book didn't lose steam and it got really interesting from that point on. This is where the book got super creepy for me and I'd probably be peeing myself in fear if I was in that situation. I didn't get though why (view spoiler)[Lily decided to go along with Scott's craziness for so long. She was seriously about to let Julie get murdered so she could be alright (hide spoiler)]. What kind of crappy friend does something like that?["br"]>["br"]>(less)
After waiting so long for a library copy, I was beyond excited to read this. I probably would have finished it earlier, but I've been super lazy, sick...moreAfter waiting so long for a library copy, I was beyond excited to read this. I probably would have finished it earlier, but I've been super lazy, sick, and feeling like I was going to die. 100 degrees in a house with no air conditioning does not make for relaxing reading conditions. I'll probably keep this review short because it's still 90 degrees at one in the morning and I feel like sticking my head in the freezer. With how things were left in the first book, it killed me not knowing what would happen with Anna and Christian. I kind of liked reading about them being apart and I wish they would have stayed separate for a little longer than they did. I'll admit I was a bit turned off at times because of the direction the story took. I'm not bothered by the heavy sex scenes and messed up people, but the mood tended to shift towards thriller in this book. There was the crazy stalker chick, Mrs. Robinson, the helicopter incident, etc. The last page was a bit too heavy on that and it came off like a "Mwuahaha!! I must have my revenge!!".
I'm no longer embarrassed to say I'm rooting for Ana and Christian to get a happily ever after. Sure, there are parts of their relationship that don't seem the most healthy, but when things are good between them they're really good. I love Christian, but oh my god, he would drive me crazy if I was Ana. He's so damn bossy and controlling. I'm moody enough by myself and I couldn't imagine if I ended up getting with a bipolar guy like him. Also, what was up with the statement he made about what he could do with a cane and a cat? I'm sort of curious though I most likely would rather not know. That aside, I felt like there was real growth with their characters. They had been through so much together that I was mega shocked when I read that they'd only known each other five weeks. With all the drama, it seemed like a longer time than that. It was nice to get more in depth as to why Christian was the way he was. To be completely honest though, there were some things I learned that I would rather I hadn't. The whole thing about Christian (view spoiler)[hooking up and domming with girls resembling his mother (hide spoiler)] creeped the hell out of me. Oh my god, it was like the moment he said that, someone had thrown a glass of cold water over my head. I think Christian's sexy and all, but that all came off as a bit too (view spoiler)[incestuous (hide spoiler)] for me personally. I was so freaking relieved when Ana (view spoiler)[saw the pic of his mother and realized they looked nothing alike except for the brunetteness (hide spoiler)]. I would have been so weirded out if that had worked out differently.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I think this is one of the few Fear Street books that I didn't read as a kid. I was looking around Half Price and just snatched this copy off the shel...moreI think this is one of the few Fear Street books that I didn't read as a kid. I was looking around Half Price and just snatched this copy off the shelf. Not gonna lie, I was completely confused at first. The book starts from the POV of a girl in 1965 at a friend's New Year's party and some stuff happens that I won't say because I don't even want to spoil anything (even if it happens in the first three chapters). Then it switches to the present time with a different group of people. The book focused mostly on the present, but there were some flashbacks to the other time. I understood each separate story, but I was at a total loss as to how they'd end up coming together.
I have to give R.L. Stine props because he has the talent to make me completely hate all his characters. That truly is meant as a compliment because I'll still read all of his books. The main character Reenie was one I actually liked in the beginning, but then I totally didn't like her character. First off, maybe it's just me, but I was super aggravated with that name of hers. Who the hell is named Maureen and decides to be called 'Reenie' instead? Gahh!! Also, I couldn't believe Reenie didn't do anything to stop the practical joke on PJ. If the kid you're planning on scaring the pants off of has a weak heart condition, why the hell would you think it's a good idea to go ahead with it??? The least she could've done was mention that to everyone and perhaps prevent their group from doing what they did. The group was a bit morbid, but I doubt they would have done the joke if they knew there was a possibility of killing PJ. My jaw seriously dropped at her not saying anything and I wanted to smack her when she was so shocked that the joke went wrong. Of course, the kid was going to have a heart attack or whatever and die! Gahh, it was sooo aggravating to read! What on earth did she think was going to happen in that situation?
The ending was actually pretty good. I was glad that everything made sense in final pages and all the hints and storylines came together. The twist was done well. I'm fairly good at guessing the twists, but what happened wasn't at all close to the crazy scenarios I was cooking up in my head. My one issue was the last two pages or so. While the twist was cool, the very end felt a bit rushed and stopped abruptly. I would've liked it if the conclusion was drawn out a little more.(less)
I won this from a Goodreads giveaway! It was strange reading this book because it was so different from what I’ve come to expect from this author. I’v...moreI won this from a Goodreads giveaway! It was strange reading this book because it was so different from what I’ve come to expect from this author. I’ve loved all her contemporary YA books, so seeing such a drastic shift in writing and genre threw me off at first. This whole book was a jumble of confusion and as you read, you can’t help but want to know what the hell is going on. I swear the first chunk of the book I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I started to lose interest once the truth started to unravel about who Sera was and how she woke up at the site of the plane crash. I think since so much suspense was built up, I was bound to have my hopes high for what happens. The writing seemed wooden at times and there were scenes in the middle of the book that just seemed to drag on forever.
The ending of the book totally won me back though. I spent the majority of the story thinking I knew where the plot was heading and all of a sudden— BAM! All the pieces of the puzzle fell together and I remember setting the book down and being like, ‘where the hell did THAT come from?’. This part was really well done. However, the reason why Sera’s memory was erased was a bit silly. It seemed stupid and a little unnecessary, like it was there for drama’s sake. I’m kind of confused with what occurred on the final page. I am pretty sure I know what happened, but unless something terribly wrong happened after the last page, I’m not sure what the sequel will be about. (less)
I found the books in this mini-series for cheap at Half Price and decided to read them now that I have all of them. This was just an 'ok' R.L. Stine b...moreI found the books in this mini-series for cheap at Half Price and decided to read them now that I have all of them. This was just an 'ok' R.L. Stine book. It was creepy, but nowhere near the best I've read. I actually liked the cast of characters. Jenny was a fun main character and I liked how she was always so paranoid about things going on. It reminded me of myself, since I have an overactive imagination. The little boy Donny that she babysat was meh. He got on my nerves a bit and made me remember why I never wanted to watch other people's kids. I had a love-hate relationship with Chuck. At times, he was cute and I felt bad that Jenny was being mean and rejecting him. Then, there were times where I wanted to punch him in the face for being obnoxious and I didn't blame Jenny for getting irritated at him.
The buildup of suspense with the creepy phonecalls and stuff was really good, but the ending was what killed it for me. I just didn't like it much and I felt kind of let down. I wish that there would have been more of an explanation about (view spoiler)[The Hagans backstory, what exactly happened to their baby (hide spoiler)]. I finished reading the last page, and I was like, 'Really? That's it?'. I also couldn't believe that (view spoiler)[Mrs. Hagan knew her husband was unstable and beat their last babysitter to a bloody pulp, yet she still thinks it's ok for him to be driving Jenny home (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>(less)