Kinda bummed Roxy wasn't as great as her film adaptation and that she didn't get enough page time. The part about Knives' dad could have been left outKinda bummed Roxy wasn't as great as her film adaptation and that she didn't get enough page time. The part about Knives' dad could have been left out for more Roxy, in my opinion. ...more
This wasn't as great as the first, and I was a bit overwhelmed with characters this time around. I'm also not sure if it's the copies I have (ebook foThis wasn't as great as the first, and I was a bit overwhelmed with characters this time around. I'm also not sure if it's the copies I have (ebook format) or the style, but scenes jump around so rapidly that it can be hard to keep up with at times. Definitely still fun, though!...more
I've seen the movie adaptation a handful of times, so I'm familiar with the story, but it was so fun to read! The only real issue I had was that the aI've seen the movie adaptation a handful of times, so I'm familiar with the story, but it was so fun to read! The only real issue I had was that the artwork is pretty simple and straightforward, and I'm picky in my graphic novels. That aside, it was amusing and I can't wait to finish the series....more
I've been an avid fan of Sarah Dessen for years, but I think at some point her books have worn me a little thin (maybe because I'm no longer a 13 yearI've been an avid fan of Sarah Dessen for years, but I think at some point her books have worn me a little thin (maybe because I'm no longer a 13 year old but instead a bitter 21 year old?). That isn't to say The Moon and More is a bad book - I just don't think it can live up to or top some of her older ones that I loved so much.
There was an overabundance of subplots in this, which took away from the main one - and to be honest, I'm not really 100% sure which one that was. Was it Emaline's broken relationship with her father? Or her perfectly normal and happy relationship with her boyfriend of years that spiraled downward as soon as a new boy entered the picture? Or maybe it was about her struggling to adapt and grow as she prepared for college in the fall? Or wait, was it about the documentary some people were shooting on a retired artist in Emaline's town?
They were all detailed as intricately as they could be, which wasn't much, considering how many different ideas were mashed into one story. Was I supposed to care about someone analyzing Clyde's painting or the nonstop drama with Ivy, when there was good boy drama and an absent father story to get hooked into? There were so many minuscule scenes that, had they been taken out, could have enhanced the story so much more. Instead I was left feeling entirely overwhelmed and exhausted by the whole thing....more
I was excited to read about an alien-human hybrid, but I should have known as soon as I saw the words "don't fall in love" what kind of book this wasI was excited to read about an alien-human hybrid, but I should have known as soon as I saw the words "don't fall in love" what kind of book this was going to be.
There was no reason for the length of this book. A solid 90% is filled with the main character meeting Zane and how their relationship develops. But don't forget the ridiculous amount of petty high school drama thrown in as well! I got the vibe that this was a book about a girl fighting a high school bully and she just happened to also be partially alien. The last 50 or so pages are where the plot actually picks up, and everything you know about her past finally comes to light. However, it took way too long to reach that point, and by then I wasn't as invested because I just wanted the story to be over. Plus, the plot twists were so ridiculous that I saw them coming from chapter one. There isn't even a lot of build up to them, and the shift is uncomfortable. One minute she's going doing typical high school things filled with crazy amounts of drama, and then the entire world shifted out of nowhere.
I'm still not sure how I feel about Zane. Was he there to play the sympathy card and voice all the weird thoughts the reader had? Was he supposed to be shedding light on the opposing forces, despite how little they added to the story? I don't know. I could have done perfectly fine without the chapters bouncing between their characters, but it wasn't the absolute worst. It was nice to know that when I got tired of the main character explaining how Zane gave her the feelings, I could get away from it for a little while.
Overall this isn't a bad story. The problem, for me at least, is that it's too muddled down with a faux relationship and petty drama, and it takes almost all focus off of what the main character should be worried about. Plus the parallels (and reference) to Carrie made it a little more interesting....more
The thing about Scored is that it's scarily realistic for a dystopian novel. There isn't any crazy outbreak or WWIII like most. The world isn't set inThe thing about Scored is that it's scarily realistic for a dystopian novel. There isn't any crazy outbreak or WWIII like most. The world isn't set into factions and the technology isn't dramatically advanced. This story borders heavily on becoming real, and that makes it terrifying.
From a young age we're bombarded with standardized testing. When we're older, we take the ACT or SAT to determine what our future holds. Our lives are filled with tests, whether they're educational or otherwise. This is the world we live in, and it's only marginally different from the world in this book. Imagine being given a score based on the people you hang out with, the places you go, or every single thing you do. It's not quite impossible. This book basically turned 1984 into a more time-accurate place.
On top of having a concept that is eerily possible in the future, this book is filled with brilliant characters. The protagonist is not only female, but racially mixed. I'm all about that progression in literature. She's intelligent, head-strong, and uses her wits to come out on top (as a protagonist should). Unlike most female characters in young adult novels today, she doesn't throw away her identity for a man. Sure, there's a bit of a relationship subplot, but it's woven so smoothly into the novel that it doesn't over encompass everything else....more
**spoiler alert** I honestly don't have a lot of positive things to say about this book.
Shelia is a basic MPDG, and while she initially starts out st**spoiler alert** I honestly don't have a lot of positive things to say about this book.
Shelia is a basic MPDG, and while she initially starts out strong, her character diminishes almost immediately after meeting Peter. She's hellbent on getting out of her small hometown and moving to France. I was a senior in high school once too, so I know that feeling all too well. I assumed I'd feel a strong connection to Shelia, but more than anything I was confused by the direction she goes in. You're telling me that someone who has been saving money for ages, along with tediously studying the language of the place she dreams of calling home, is perfectly okay with giving all of that up and getting in a vehicle with a man she only knows based off his cigarette preference and moves to Chicago without any complaints? I don't think so.
That leads me to Peter. I have so many problems with him and his relationship with Shelia. For starters, he's clearly someone suffering from a multitude of deep-rooted issues, and he's delusional enough to believe that he has a sense of Spiderman in him. Changing his drivers license so his name is Peter Parker? Constantly feeling the need to rescue people who aren't actually in any danger? Whisking a girl off her feet and falling madly in love because that's how it plays out in the comics? Nah.
And their relationship itself, because it's a wonderful mess. I had a really difficult time believing either of them would be okay with robbing the gas station Shelia works at and stealing a cab to get them to Chicago. Shelia expresses guilt maybe once, and even then Peter shrugs it off. Seriously? Then there's the fact that they just magically, suddenly fall in love overnight. Except not really. The author does such a terrible job at showing how their relationship develops and instead opts to tell us. For the record, they're only gone a few weeks (I believe), and I had to strain to not roll my eyes at how much their love apparently blossomed. They knew nothing about each other! From day one Shelia insisted he call her Gwen. She transforms herself into a fucking comic book character to fit the mold of his fantasy, throwing away every ounce of her that made her unique. Peter was purely in love with the idea he constructed of Shelia, and she was stupid enough to play into it. Their entire relationship is built entirely off a facade, and I can't back that. I just can't.
The writing itself, along with the plot, made it impossible for me to enjoy this story. I had no idea what direction the book would take, but it still wound up going somewhere completely unexpected - and that wasn't a good thing. A majority of the story exists as build up for the ending, and that would be great, if the ending hadn't been horribly expected. Ninety-nine percent of the story takes place over the span of a few weeks in which they...what, exactly? Move into a shitty place in Chicago, find boring jobs to keep a stable income and? There was no plot. Peter's dreams came off as a dull sub-plot that weren't strong enough to grasp the reader's attention. I didn't care about him drinking tap water in his sleep. I didn't care about Shelia buying a blue dress that he constantly begged her to wear for a few minutes.
Their relationship was stale. The writing was stale. The characters were stale. Also what the hell was with the coyote crap? Seriously....more
This is a really great, albeit creepy as all hell, concept. But my god, the execution could have been a thousand times better. Let me break this one dThis is a really great, albeit creepy as all hell, concept. But my god, the execution could have been a thousand times better. Let me break this one down:
1) Maybe I'm just bitter, but having endless pages on a new Stephen King book coming out and how vapid and unoriginal and worthless his new book is (which, in my defense, was good but had room for potential) and how annoying all the customers are because they read King and aren't as pretentious as Joe was painful and pretty redundant.
2) Ditto to Taylor Swift. I'm pretty sure she was referenced at least a dozen times in two pages, and that added nothing to the plot. It's more of, "Hey Taylor Swift is on the radio while I'm stalking you, how annoying of her and all her dumb teen fans." I can't tell if the author is super bitter about people who are relevant in pop culture or if it was an attempt to make Joe more of a sociopath, but it was pointless.
3) This book is so much longer than it ever needed to be. It started out strong, and I expected it to go in a completely different route. Halfway through it became incredibly predictable and long-winded for no reason. There's not a single twist whatsoever. This is exactly what you would expect, and you could most likely skip from the first to last chapter and understand what was going on. The entire middle lacks that much depth.
4) The never-ending social media plugs! I rolled my eyes every time Joe mentioned Beck's tweets (with an abundance of hash tags, of course!), or about how he looked her up on Facebook, etc. It's an endless list, but Twitter was the worst. It aged the book immediately, and it drove me crazy more than any other aspect.
5) And finally, let's be honest. Beck isn't even that great. I mean, she's the kind of pretentious girl who makes it well known she's out of your league the second you meet her. She's an uninteresting snob. ...more
I don't know where to start, because there are so many reasons I love this book: the overwhelming amount of feminism, the paranormal tingling that accI don't know where to start, because there are so many reasons I love this book: the overwhelming amount of feminism, the paranormal tingling that accompanies Olivia throughout the story, the hypnotism that creates a world entirely of itself. Honestly, it's an endless list. And the characters! They ultimately bring the story to life and make it so incredibly easy to get sucked into the early 1900s alongside them.
I don't want to spoil anything in this book because it's absolutely wonderful and I want everyone who reads it to fall in love with it as much as I did....more
This book is filled with every horrible cliche in existence. The whole book is based around Leila, a manic pixie dream girl. Her whole existence is toThis book is filled with every horrible cliche in existence. The whole book is based around Leila, a manic pixie dream girl. Her whole existence is to make people realize their lives wouldn't be worthwhile without her in it. Because of this, she's stereotypical and boring. I felt no attachment to her, because while she's the main character, almost nothing is known about her, and she doesn't grow throughout the book. She remains vapid while always saving the day. I hated her. I hated everything she did. Let's break it down with each character and section. This is going to be SPOILER HEAVY so you should probably back away now if you actually have an interest in this book.
Hudson: This is the worst way to start a novel. Immediately making it evident of her role in the book made me lose interest from the get go. Sure, it might have been innocent to stumble upon Hudson, but the creepy way he thinks about her and the way she lures him out to have one amazing night had me rolling my eyes. I was as furious as Hudson to find out that she was part of the reason he missed his interview for college, and of course she tried to turn around and say, "Well that's what you wanted! You want to stay here! I'm just helping you realize that because I'm special!!" There's no way she could know that. But of course, as a MPDG, she exists to make people realize their true desires, blah blah blah. AND THAT ENDING. I rolled my eyes so hard knowing she winds up being attached to him throughout the story and that he's her ~home. SERIOUSLY? Seriously.
Bree: She was another character I hated almost right off the bat. She comes with a lot of fancy stereotypes, so she's loads of fun. I did feel a little for her when part of her past was revealed, and I can understand her behavior BUT the author went about her in the wrong way. I don't think seizing the day means stealing from a convenience store (and Leila instantly feeling that "rush" and urging Bree to continue to steal), or committing grand theft auto and winding up in jail. These scenarios are so utterly ridiculous that they aren't even entertaining. So many times I found myself rolling my eyes at the things Leila was willing to for/with Bree, as well as how many times she magically got them out of trouble. No. Just no.
Elliot: Let's just start by saying if you believe the "friend zone" exists, I'm going to be tempted to punch you in the face. So naturally Elliot gets instantly put into this imaginary place, which is really just when a girl admits she's not into you and there's really nothing else to it, and his first reaction is to 1) get drunk and 2) stumble around in the dark and hope to get hit by a car. I mean, I know love is rough, but really? Instead of accepting that his best friend isn't mutually in love with him, Leila pushes him to continue to harass and follow this girl around in order to win her back, which OF COURSE happens. Because when you believe in happy endings of romance movies, naturally you need to get the ultimate cliche ending of your life.
I'll be honest. At this point I started skimming because Sonia's story bored me to tears. I'm kidding. This book didn't deserve that much energy out of me. I jumped to the end to hear about Leila's story, and you know that scene in Silver Linings Playbook where Bradley Cooper throws the book out the window? That was actually me. Leila's past is the ultimate sob story, and I wasn't having it. I can't even decide what the worst part of this book was. The vapid characters? The endless cliches that piled up and suffocated me? How ridiculous the situations were, and how every character went along with them without ever thinking of consequences? I mean, they had to carpe that Tuesday, right? Ugh....more