This book fals into my "oh, it had so much potential but went so wrong" category. The setting, the premise, the ending...all were great. I just couldnThis book fals into my "oh, it had so much potential but went so wrong" category. The setting, the premise, the ending...all were great. I just couldn't get past the whole romantic nonsense. A single meeting leads to an intense meeting of souls that can't exist without one another. One conversation and her heart is totally and completely owned by a complete stranger wearing rags. No clue, no warning bell, no red flags...nothing can stop her obsession with him. It was exhausting to even listen to. This same book, without the angst, would have been good. ...more
My husband was an anonymous living liver donor last year and we're getting close to the time when we might hear from the recipient. I'll admit that thMy husband was an anonymous living liver donor last year and we're getting close to the time when we might hear from the recipient. I'll admit that the curiosity was pretty intense for a few months, at least for me. My husband will be perfectly okay with not knowing but I'm hopeful that the year mark passes and he gets a letter from the recipient. I want to know the basics, at least, and I'll admit that I spent the first quarter of the book being jealous of the fact that she was able to find a name so easily when my Googling hasn't led to anything :) The book originally hooked me because of the idea of a person desperate for details and unable to have them. Our situations are so different as there is no grief compelling my desire for knowledge...but I could still relate to the process of communication.
And then the book brought back my love for "Return to Me." I loved that movie when it came out. Loved. Like, with a capital L and everything. By the end, though, I just found myself thinking, "Oh, it's a teenage rewrite of the movie." Started so strong but ended with a feeling that it was just a copycat....more
I liked that the main character was unusual in a positive way. Instead of the boy crazy 16 year with no life experience and poor decision making skillI liked that the main character was unusual in a positive way. Instead of the boy crazy 16 year with no life experience and poor decision making skills, there was a sensible 21 year old that has a job, a hobby, a practical approach to the rules of her life, self-confidence, friends and the positive influence of family. She may have a wine problem and I wasn't a fan of drinking and driving, but overall she was a refreshing change.
My main issue with the story was the constant "Wilcoxes are evil" refrain. It popped up so often that it was just obvious where the book was going. The ending was no surprise, nor was the "twist" with consort. The predictability made this a decent book instead of a great book. ...more
I never thought someone would write a book that combined steampunk, dystopian, romance and zombies into one story. It's official, though - it's been dI never thought someone would write a book that combined steampunk, dystopian, romance and zombies into one story. It's official, though - it's been done...but with little quirks along the way.
It's dystopian, but the world survived and did well. It's steampunk but cell phones and genetic alterations mingle with the airships and long skirts. It's zombies but they aren't mindless killing machines...at least not all of them. And it's romance but instead of Capulets and Montagues, there are the quasi-dead and the living.
If this book had been a few hours shorter (I listed to an audio version) I think I would have given it four stars. It just went on and on and on. And if I missed a section because of a phone call or a conversation, I never missed enough to lose track of the story. Eventually, it became a mission to finish it because I'd already spent so long on it...but the story was decent enough to stick it out....more
The book is called Ghost Seer because the main character (Clare) sees ghosts. However, instead of starting with that idea, Owens spent 131 pages on hoThe book is called Ghost Seer because the main character (Clare) sees ghosts. However, instead of starting with that idea, Owens spent 131 pages on how Clare comes to terms with seeing ghosts. One hundred. Thirty. One. Pages.
Then, there were a few chapters of sex.
And then there was a story.
One and a half stars but I'm feeling generous and will round to two just because I like Enzo....more
A few weeks ago, I started an audio book called "Carry On" and I was perplexed. It was like stumbling into the 7th book of a copycat American Harry PoA few weeks ago, I started an audio book called "Carry On" and I was perplexed. It was like stumbling into the 7th book of a copycat American Harry Potter with a pirate Dumbledore and a sorting hat that forced Harry and Draco to live together. I was curious about the story because it was so random of a start. When I was almost done, I stopped at the library and discovered that "Fangirl" had arrived. I had requested it several weeks before and checked out the front cover to see what it was about...and was puzzled that this was another Simon Snow book, but in this version it's a fanfic. I finished Carry On, then started Fangirl, complete with the fanfic "Carry On, Simon" excerpts. To make it even more bizarre, there are excerpts from the previous 6 books in the Simon Snow series, even though they were never written.
I spent half the book wondering if "Carry On" was the Cath-authored fanfic and I had read it in the wrong order. Or if Rainbow Rowell had written Gemma as the author and then wrote "Carry On" as a shocking twist ending to a series that didn't really exist. Or was Rainbow Cath? And how would Gemma have ended the series? It drove my bookish mind crazy, to be honest.
For creativity, this is a 4 or 5 star book. As a character, Cath was so completely unlikeable, though, and her life so unreal that she felt more like a fanfic than a serious character. Which would have made her a fanfic writing a fanfic about a nonexistent series.
Well, there went 9 hours of my life that I will never get back. I'm just hopeful that my mind will be able to scrub itself clean of all memory of thisWell, there went 9 hours of my life that I will never get back. I'm just hopeful that my mind will be able to scrub itself clean of all memory of this story. If I had ANY OTHER audio book downloaded, I wouldn't have finished this story. I'd even consider listening to Twilight, and that's a level of desperation I rarely reach.
I'm assuming that you are only reading this review if you are looking at one stars, which suggests you found this book to be so horrific that you want to find comfort in the company of strangers. Or, perhaps you are considering reading it and want to get a better understanding of the type of book this is.
Regardless of your reason, let me summarize "The Elite" for you. (Normally, I would have wrote "spoilers ahead" but the idea that this book can even be spoiled is humorous because if you've finished the first chapter, you will know what the entire book is like.)
There is a girl named America. She has no self-esteem, no ability to make a decision, and no understanding of her own heart or mind. She spends 31 chapters debating her feelings. Seriously. THIRTY. ONE. CHAPTERS. Does she love Maxon? Does she love Aspen? Will they have a blind loyalty toward her that keeps them waiting for her to choose him? Over and over and over and over.
I was so frustrated by America that I found myself mocking her out loud while I was driving. There were times that I skipped 30 minutes of dialogue...and had no issues following the story.
I will superglue my ears shut before I listen to another book by Kiera Cass. ...more
I'm not a 'romance novels' girl. At all. This, however, sells itself short by describing itself as a romance. It's more the stories of two generationsI'm not a 'romance novels' girl. At all. This, however, sells itself short by describing itself as a romance. It's more the stories of two generations of women, both facing personal struggles. The only reason this book didn't get a fifth star was the foolhardiness of Beattie. A theme popular in the book is that you can either be a woman that has things done to her, or a woman that does things. Very pro-feminist approach for a story that is placed in the 1930s, but when faced with choosing a man or a child, she makes the wrong choice. The decision is crucial to the story but it doesn't fit the theme. ...more
I feel like I just re-read Fifty Shade of Gray. And that makes me feel like I need to take a shower. Not for that reason. Just because it makes me feeI feel like I just re-read Fifty Shade of Gray. And that makes me feel like I need to take a shower. Not for that reason. Just because it makes me feel unclean. Like when you walk through a cobweb-filled, dusty basement and shudder afterwards because you are convinced some creepy, crawly creature is now hiding in your hair.
It's the same book. Just different attitudes. Which isn't really possible since people don't really change on a fundamental level in just a few weeks. Especially not after a 5 day breakup. My time with Ana and Christian is over. I'm not even touching book 3.
I've said from the very beginning that I would never read this book. The only thing worse than Twilight would have to be a Twilight fanfic, right? EveI've said from the very beginning that I would never read this book. The only thing worse than Twilight would have to be a Twilight fanfic, right? Everyone and their sister read this book. Women talked about it work. It was the buzz online and on tv. And I ignored it all. Completely. It was my book snob way.
And then one day I was looking for a new ebook start on my library's site and I decided to look at the recently returned books, thinking maybe I'd find something with decent reviews. And there it was. "Fifty Shades of Grey." Just sitting there, tempting me. It was an online library book...no one would ever know...I would hide my iPad until it was done so no one in my family would see it and mock me...I could deny it forever and forever... I had all sorts of covers and excuses worked out as it downloaded.
For the record, the beginning of the book is horrid. Dreadful, even. It was Twilight-level prose. The characters were so unlikable that I couldn't imagine hundreds of pages about them. Standard romance character number 1: Beautiful but clumsy virgin with no self esteem or understanding of empowerment. Standard romance character number 2: Rich, gorgeous male slut with power issues and low estimation of women. Standard romance plot line: Boy falls for girl, girl can't understand why and let's boy walk all over her, misunderstanding ensue, they end up in bed 15 times a day.
It did get better. Thank God. Although God probably doesn't want me to suggest that He is endorsing this tripe in any way. It never became well-written, or good, or recommendable, but it did become less ghastly.
So why 2 stars instead of 1? Because, damn it anyways, I'm probably going to read book 2. No idea why. My brain can't solve this. It was terrible. But I'm going to read more it.