Slight spoilers; most things you can surmise from the blurb.
It has been so ridiculously long since I wrote a review, I hardly know where to start. I'Slight spoilers; most things you can surmise from the blurb.
It has been so ridiculously long since I wrote a review, I hardly know where to start. I'm pretty sure 2014 was my last review. So you can imagine my strong feelings about this book to finally crawl to my computer from my warm, comfortable bed and cat to type out all these paragraphs on my used-to-be-backlit-but-now-I-can-hardly-see-the-keys keyboard.
I guess I should start with my frustration at the reviews I've been reading. I've heard people say Teach is abusive, an asshole, and that this is some cookie-cutter romance cut out of a YA novel; the only one of those things that's true is that Teach is an asshole. But you know what? It makes sense! Sure, he's a douche, but it makes sense for the story. He's been raised in a house that disrespects any colored people, maids, and pretty much anyone without a title. So of course he's not really gonna know how to be nice and pleasant. And abusive? How me one paragraph where he actually hurt Anne.
I'm not defending his actions, not in the slightest. But this is a book that the characters make sense for the background they were given. They all grow and learn as it goes on. Anne starts off rude and unapologetic because she's fighting for what she has and won't let anyone push her around - by the end she's much more willing to compromise, and the same is true for Teach, albeit in a different way.
One thing I will fault majorly is the constant mockery of people who don't like books and care "only" about parties and their looks. It would be different if it appeared that only Teach and Anne saw it this way, but it's pretty clear that the author meant for it to be the truth. I have a Goodreads account, I'm a Goodreads librarian and I have almost 80 reviews in about 2 years. Obviously I love books. But you know what? If someone doesn't like to read, that's okay. It's just not their put of tea. Patience is probably in her late teens(I recall Teach being 19?); it's okay that she wants to party and that she doesn't really take things seriously yet. That doesn't mean she has to be shallow or an idiot. She certainly is in the book, though. And again, if that was just her character that would be fine. But Castoman made it pretty clear out of dialogue that this is just what she thinks of people who don't read and know authors like Milton - they're uncultured, spoiled brats.
Moving off the characters and onto the plot...
Sorry, I can't seem to remember a plot.
Seriously though, there's practically no plot. It's pretty much a repeat of Anne wants to leave, Teach wants to be captain and not marry patience, and Anne and Teach are in love. Which in all honesty, just kind of... worked. I usually hate books like this. But it was actually kind of enjoyable. Their bickering was cute, the romance not rushed or over the top. I HATE in YA books when they love each other at first site, can only talk about their looks, are the most in love couple ever, blah blah blah. This just seemed much more real. It wasn't instant love - instant attraction maybe, but that's completely realistic.
I honestly think the reason so many people hated this was because they expected something different. I've done that before, but only when a book promised to be one thing and turns out to be another. Just read the blurb and you can figure out for yourself that this is pretty much all romance.
Blackhearts isn't for everyone, for sure. If you want pirate battles, adventure, plot, probably just skip this one. But if you are a fool like me and randomly like books like this and can't figure out why, it's an easy read. Just go for it....more
Changing Mara completely Less predictable Not falling into the popular YA trend of "What's going on ohThings that could have made this book better:
Changing Mara completely
Not falling into the popular YA trend of "What's going on oh wait the audience already knows so JUST TELL THE MAIN CHARACTER."
Other than those, this was a pretty good book. Most of the characters were unlikable, but the story itself was done pretty well. Mara, the main character, was the most annoying. Her selfishness almost swallowed the whole book, but somehow it managed to survive. Since her mom died, she can lead on two boys at once, not care at all that she's pushing around the girl who'd been living on the island her whole life, and completely disrespect her dad, even though she knows that her mom is the one who left him.
Not sure if I'll read the next books. I kinda of want to, but I'm not sure if it's worth it.
Book received from Goodreads for an honest review....more
This book lied to me. It promised me great adventures, an awesome heroine, and a lush, gorgeously written fantasy. What did a I get?
Romance. Romance. RoThis book lied to me. It promised me great adventures, an awesome heroine, and a lush, gorgeously written fantasy. What did a I get?
Romance. Romance. Romance. AND MORE FREAKING ROMANCE!!!
Damian's body is beautiful. Damiam's body is chiseled. Damian's body is so hard and flexible and chewy and yummy and UGH I DON'T CARE!!!
This girl spends half the book talking about Damian's body. The other half is spent talking about Rylan's body.
RYLAN'S BODY IS FREAKING PERFECT! I UNDERSTAND THIS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP TELLING ME!!! This is one of the most frustrating books I've ever read. I'm going to borrow a line from Khanh's review: Mulan would fucking never. You know what, don't even read my review. Just read Khanh, because she sufficiently expresses my anger.
Alexa is the WORST BOY EVER. She tries to pretend she's a boy... I'm not kidding you, over half of the characters find out on their own, and she is shocked EVERY SINGLE TIME. Speaking of her being shocked, this is the stupidest girl I have ever read about. She can figure out NOTHING by herself. Every time Damian reveals another secret she turns into a pissy, confused Overly Obsessive Girlfriend. They had a picture of her on the back, and this is what she looks like:
There were probably only two things in this book that were actually surprising. It was just so darn predictable. [spoiler]Damian isn't what he seems? Wow I totally didn't guess that! Rylan knows she's a girl and loves her? Huh? Since when? The king is evil? Iker is evil? The Belovon(or however you spell it - the worlds were so non-existent I don't know anything about the place so I don't care to remember it) army didn't kill Damian's mother? Lisbeth is a sorcerer? Jax is Damian's brother? Alexa, for no reason in particular, is the only person who can save the country? I definitely saw none of this coming. (I just lied - I saw all of it coming.) [/spoiler]
And the breeding house? Please explain what point they had, because it seemed like there was none. And I'm not just talking about the reader - I'm talking about in the story, for any character, THERE IS NO POINT. I guess it was just so Alexa would have to hide that she was a girl, but could the author really not think of a better reason? Alexa is almost 17 years old and the war has been going on for almost as long as she's been alive. How many soldiers could these breeding houses produce? Even if they started them at 14, at the beginning of the war, did you really expect it to go on for that long? How does the king justify this to his people? How has there not been an uproar? It's not like they're overly loyal. [spoiler]When Damian killed the king, there was no question about following him, instead.[/spoiler] I know my dad isn't a super special awesome fighting knight, but no way would be allow me or any of my sisters to be taken to this breeding house. He would die first. What is wrong with the mend in these books, that they don't care that their children are being taken away? If I was a guy and someone tried to take my daughter and force me into their army, screw that. I would be sabotaging that place so fast. There's no way that would happen.
Screw this book, screw the characters, and screw anyone who doesn't fight for their children....more
Rogue, second book in the Beloved series, improves upon the first in storytelling. I really liked the idea of a Beloved going dark, and I hope that'sRogue, second book in the Beloved series, improves upon the first in storytelling. I really liked the idea of a Beloved going dark, and I hope that's not the last we see of that if there are more Beloved books in the future. Also like the first book, it has the good kind of romance - you can feel it, it's sweet, but it's not ruling over the rest of the book.
I think the only problem is that it should have been longer. There would have been more time to explore the consequences of Daniel turning evil, and I think that would have been really cool. But it was still a very good book, and I would recommend it!...more