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. Ro...moreThis 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.(less)
Among the debut authors I've read so far in 2013, I'd say Lindsay Ribar is pretty high on the list, despite my three star rating. The writing was stro...moreAmong the debut authors I've read so far in 2013, I'd say Lindsay Ribar is pretty high on the list, despite my three star rating. The writing was strong and the plot was new and interesting, but about two thirds of the way through the book got pretty boring, which is the reason for the three stars. If it stayed strong it would definitely have gotten four, but I felt like it trailed off into random nothingness.
The characters were pretty well thought out. They weren't overly unique, but I felt some connection with them and I didn't see any crazy cliches. The relationship between Oliver and Margo was also very good - the fights they had actually made sense, verses most of the fights we see today that are obviously just the authors wanting their characters to fight but having no idea what it will be about. I felt like they took a good amount of time to start liking each other, but after they started dating they "fell in love" way too fast.
The plot started out really strong. There wasn't too much mystery about what Oliver was, and that was refreshing because it you know anything at all about the book it's that he's a genie. That's something that drives me crazy about most YA books - the heroine takes forever to find out what her man is.
Overall, it was a pretty good book, but faded out in the end. I would certainly recommend it, though. (less)
Bewitching is one of those books that maybe turn out alright in the end, but drive you crazy all throughout the middle, and...moreLight spoilers throughout.
Bewitching is one of those books that maybe turn out alright in the end, but drive you crazy all throughout the middle, and not in a good way. The biggest issue I had with this book is the (semi)main character, Emma. She's the most perfect goody-two shoes a person can be, and while innocent is sometimes a good thing, with her it was just annoying. It was very obvious from the beginning that her step-sister was just trying to get what she has, but little Emma can only see the good in people so even after Lisette steals her earrings Emma still thinks Lisette is trying to be her friend.
I rather enjoyed the short stories, which seemed very out of place but fit anyway. In most other books they wouldn't have worked, but Flinn made it so that you got all caught up in them and almost forget about Emma, but then when the focus turned back to Emma again you were right at home. The ending to the mermaid one was unexpected and so completely awesome!
Maybe one of my biggest issues was Warner. [spoiler]He seemed like a good guy, but then all of a sudden he was a complete douchebag. I liked that for once it wasn't the typical "I found my true love on the first try," but it was so sudden that it just didn't feel right. I can have no respect for a boy who says he loves a girl and then instantly believes the lies someone tells him about said girl and cheats on her because of it. How can someone be so stupid? He should have confronted her about it, asked her if it was true. Even if she lied, if he "loves" her he should be able to tell when she lies and therefore have an answer. And never should he cheat on her just because he thinks she's a jerk! That just makes him a jerk instead.[/spoiler]
But even though the middle area made me want to pull my hair out, I feel like the ending made up for it. It's not a stupid, cliche ending, and that took me off guard because I completely expected it to be. Because of that I liked it a lot. [spoiler]Even though it's stupid how fast Travis(or whatever his name is) starts to like Emma. Just because a girl has the same taste in books as you doesn't mean you have an instant attraction, and I thought Emma was a little fickle just getting over Warner that fast.[/spoiler]
If you picked this book up expecting to read another Beastly, drop it now. If you picked it up wanting it to be centered around Kendra like the description says, drop it. But I think it's still a good read and I recommend it to anyone who loves fairy tales and doesn't mind a lot of chick drama.
Also, I just want to put it out there that you don't need to read Beastly to understand this at all. It references it at some points but not in a big way, and only saying things that you could read from the description of the book or figure out from the classic story.(less)