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)
Before you read this review, I have some questions for you:
1. Do you hate cats?
2. Do you like to laugh?
3. Do you consider yourself different than norm...moreBefore you read this review, I have some questions for you:
1. Do you hate cats?
2. Do you like to laugh?
3. Do you consider yourself different than normal people?
4. Do you like to laugh?
If you answered any of those with a yes, stop reading. I'm not even kidding. Stop reading this review and go to your nearest bookstore or library and get this book.
I Used to Think I Was Normal(as I've been calling it) is full of fun, awkward, and hilarious short stories. It opens with, in my opinion, the funniest story of the lot, the attempted murder of a cat. Anyone who has a cat out there I'm sure will appreciate this story. (Even for those of you who like your cats - like me - you know you want to kill them occasionally.)
I have to thank the author herself, J.L. Black, for giving me this wonderful book. We had quite a hard time getting it to my house, but it was very worth! I now have a free copy of this amazing book, so thank you!
Now that all my gushing is out of the way, let me move on to a more serious tone, since I believe critique is more helpful than pure praise. The biggest problem with I Used to Think I Was Normal is the editing. There were a lot of times that I wanted to rearrange the wording of a sentence or fix some errors in the punctuation or grammar. This is a wonderful book, but I feel like it could be even better with a good editor.
Even so, I love this book because it made me laugh, entertained me, and forced me to keep reading even when it was 3:00am and I should be asleep. It you're looking for something to read in a plane, something you calm your nerves, or just want a good laugh, I suggest picking this book up!
P.S. After reading this book, you will never look at Oreos the same way again.(less)