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
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
This was a nice, quick little read, but overall it was a little disappointing. Strike that - it was very disappointing. The plot is thin: a king's eviThis was a nice, quick little read, but overall it was a little disappointing. Strike that - it was very disappointing. The plot is thin: a king's evil brother put him away in a dungeon, and now a farm boy and a crazy sword for hire are going to rescue him. Not original. However, I've seen many unoriginal plots turned into awesome books by the writing, characters, and dialogue. Unfortunately, this book had not very much of that, either. I'm very neutral on the writing; it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. The characters had no depth, and the dialogue just made me roll my eyes.
The most pointless character in the whole thing had to be Melinda. Why, oh why, did this need to have that token helpless maiden? She did nothing except get abused by the king and then have to be saved by the heroes. Now, I'm not a crazy feminist, but come on. I see no point in a character that does absolutely nothing except get almost molested.
King Boonder was also a stale character that needed a lot of improvement. He was supposed to be funny with his random obsession with worms and greasy hair, but I just found it annoying, and like I said, random. He puts worms on his head? Huh?
It's sad that Will Allen died before he could properly edit this, because it needed a lot of work. I think if he had had more time to make it better it would have been good....more
Before I even started reading this book, the cover had me a little scared. It made it seem like a very old, boring, chick novel. Well, that was kind oBefore I even started reading this book, the cover had me a little scared. It made it seem like a very old, boring, chick novel. Well, that was kind of true, but Kristy K. James spun it in a way that made it both old and new, and it turned into an exciting read. Within the first 20 pages or so I was all caught up in the story and wanting to know what happened next.
But though it was a good book, it felt like it needed a lot of work, like maybe it was a first draft or something. The writing was slightly dull, and the characters quite simple. At one point I felt an overload of characters where I think five new people were introduced in just four pages, and the love story happened way too quickly. Nonetheless, I thought that overall it was a good read. If you're looking for a simple book with a good plot to read, I suggest Reluctant Guardian....more
Maybe I don't like this as much because it's an American Girl I'm reading while I'm older? Whatever the reason, this book seemed a little boring to meMaybe I don't like this as much because it's an American Girl I'm reading while I'm older? Whatever the reason, this book seemed a little boring to me. It had some interesting points, but mostly it's just her running around trying to be on the basketball team. It wasn't exciting at all. The big climax wasn't very engaging. Mostly when I was reading I was thinking, "Huh, that stinks. Well, I guess that's cool. When does this chapter end? I want to get back to my Star Wars book."
The writing itself was a little bland. Not many creative synonyms were used and it was rather dull.
I suppose if this had been a longer book, say 200-300 pages, I wouldn't have liked it at all. But it being only about 100 pages, I think it was a nice quick read, but nothing more....more