Ugh. I give up. If you like armchair travel and really, really descriptive writing and zero character development than this book might be for you. SadUgh. I give up. If you like armchair travel and really, really descriptive writing and zero character development than this book might be for you. Sadly, this series is a no-go for me. Jade has contracted special snowflake syndrome. Unfortunately, there is no cure. ...more
I like books set in space. I like YA. I like reading about aliens. NOVA had all these things but unfortunately it did not live up to its namesake. WhaI like books set in space. I like YA. I like reading about aliens. NOVA had all these things but unfortunately it did not live up to its namesake. What started out as an intriguing and mysterious read:
My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.
And I am a genetically engineered human bomb (p. 10).
Turned out to be a lot disappointing.
Lia Johnansen is masquerading as a sixteen-year-old girl who’s mission it is to blow up the New Sol Space Station. Lia’s not sure why she’s been chosen to blow up this station, but she is compelled to complete her mission. So when the countdown malfunctions Lia is left at loose ends and begins to question her ultimate purpose, which only becomes magnified when she meets Michael, a young boy who knew her when they were children. Should Lia complete her mission when she doesn’t even know why? How can she decide to go ahead now that she knows the people that she is going to harm?
For a book that draws much of its suspense from the mystery surrounding Lia’s true identity and real memories, I found that the narrative was strangely disconnected from any emotional response. Lia seemed to feel token emotions with regards to her situation, and for me it didn’t ring true to the circumstances. This emotional disconnect isn’t only true for Lia but the other people she interacts with. When the truth finally emerges and Lia shares her past and her mission with Michael, it’s strange how quickly he is to take everything she’s said at face value. It’s bizarre how quickly Lia convinces those around her to go ahead with her plan; it came across as too simplistic to be realistic.
While I think the themes of self-discovery and purpose will resonate with readers, the lack of dimension to the characters will be a difficult hurdle for many readers to overcome. This character-driven space drama is lacking in emotional meat. It’s an interesting concept, but the execution is off. Even simple atmospheric elements like the use of futuristic slang terms, “bull-slag” “you’re one in a galaxy” “you glitch”, came across as forced rather than contributing to the world created. Quite simply, NOVA did not work for me.
The Golden City is fantasy-historical-romance-mystery novel that had so much potential, but ultimately fell flat for me. I loved the concept of selkieThe Golden City is fantasy-historical-romance-mystery novel that had so much potential, but ultimately fell flat for me. I loved the concept of selkie's and sereia's living hidden amongst the human population of early 20th century Portugal, but I found myself plodding through this read.
Oriana Paredes is a spy for her people, the sereia (think mermaid, but with legs), and in doing her job, she has taken a position as a lady's companion to Lady Isabel. By rubbing shoulders with the aristocracy, Oriana hopes to learn insider information that may help the ostracized sereia and keep them protected from any incursions by the humans. On top of her spying duties, Oriana still has to play the real ladies' companion, which is why she finds herself helping Isabel execute an elopement. Unfortunately, this elopement ends in Isabel's death in a strange water art installation, which seems to have a much more sinister purpose than grotesque art.
Investigating the disappearance of a number of servants from notable homes, Duilio Ferreira, police consultant, gentleman, and half-selkie, crosses paths with Oriana. Duilio has noticed Oriana at several society functions and has wondered about her, but only after their investigations come together does he get his suspicions about her race confirmed. Rather than turning the sereia in, as is demanded by the Special Police, Duilio offers her a position as his mother's companion so that they can work together to bring justice to Isabel's killer.
The Golden City wasn't a bad novel. At first I thought I would love it since it started out so much like a historical romance. We had the ladies companion in the fringes of upper society and a potential romantic interest with the gentleman, plus an engaging mystery. What could go wrong? Well, I think there was just too many plot lines emerging that none were truly resolved or fully explored.
This book was just bizarre. I thought the idea was really cool, but it wasn't executed in a style that appealed to me. The idea of multiple dimensionsThis book was just bizarre. I thought the idea was really cool, but it wasn't executed in a style that appealed to me. The idea of multiple dimensions on earth was neat and elves and demons living on earth was an intriguing idea, but I just didn't like the characters. Lila Black is a newly made cyborg secret agent protecting a rock star elf. There were moments when I did like Lila and how she struggled to come to terms with her new cyborg self. I found the elf, Zal, to be extremely annoying and kind of boring. Because I didn't really care about either character or their romantic relationship I ended up given up on the book, it ultimately wasn't for me. ...more
I couldn't finish this one, I just wasn't interested enough to care about the characters. The plot was pretty predictable. I felt that The Last PrinceI couldn't finish this one, I just wasn't interested enough to care about the characters. The plot was pretty predictable. I felt that The Last Princess was riding the coattails of The Hunger Games and Divergent in terms of its content; however, the execution left something to be desired. ...more
I thought that this book would be funny, the short narratives seemed to be promising. With titles like "Brandon, the action figure with issues" and "CI thought that this book would be funny, the short narratives seemed to be promising. With titles like "Brandon, the action figure with issues" and "Cindy the terrible role model," I was expecting to laugh a lot. While some of the stories were amusing, I didn't find any of them funny, and I don't really get the purpose of the book. I didn't think any of the titles were particularly inappropriate for young people, I just thought they were bizarre and unconnected. Overall, this book did not fulfill my expectations. ...more