1. No new world building 2. The language, while creative and fitting of the time, is long and redundant 3. There is only so much the audience can...moreBORING
1. No new world building 2. The language, while creative and fitting of the time, is long and redundant 3. There is only so much the audience can take that is the same thing over and over 4. Saw the ending while being one tenth into the book VERY PREDICTABLE 5. Just boring. Things happen, but lots of those things the book could have done without. This could have taken me 3 hours not 7 to read. 6. Characters are flat and I couldn't relate to any of them as they were all really simple minded. 7. I GET IT, the duchess is in danger of loosing her country, I got it the first time you told me, at this point I don't care.
Such awesome idea, so poorly executed. I had high hopes (really high hopes for this one) and I will not dare to hope ever again. (less)
This was not as great as the first book, for it was a little lacking in the spontaneity of it. While it was still a good read (4 stars), I'm waiting f...moreThis was not as great as the first book, for it was a little lacking in the spontaneity of it. While it was still a good read (4 stars), I'm waiting for the third book to try to restore me. It had the right amount of surprises, and the moral dilemma of the main character realistic to that of a real person (like, we're not always morally good, which a lot of ya seems to forget). The tension with the love triangle thickened, but it's becoming quite obvious which relationship is going to prevail in the end (I quite enjoyed not having the knowledge in the 1st book). Hopefully, it will continue to dazzle me. (it might not help that I read the book all through one night)(less)
I felt like this book is aimed at a younger audience, but I still enjoyed it. It was witty, emotional, and easy to relate to. The main character was a...moreI felt like this book is aimed at a younger audience, but I still enjoyed it. It was witty, emotional, and easy to relate to. The main character was all sass. The plot was hectic and packed, with amusing twists. It was a great way to pass the time, as it was not that serious of a read and made laugh (which is always a plus).(less)
Whereas I didn't mind the first two books (they were mildly entertaining and quite peculiar) this one made me not like the series much. It's not anyth...moreWhereas I didn't mind the first two books (they were mildly entertaining and quite peculiar) this one made me not like the series much. It's not anything I can quite put my finger on, just personally didn't resonate with me. The ending was so easy to predict, since about book one, that it ruined the story a little when my prediction became truth. But it is an entertaining love story. But I am not a fan of love stories. So, while I don't quite regret reading this, I can't say that I spent my time productively. (less)
the social code is an interesting read. by no means is it the best I've ever read, not does it have the most original plot, when one really get's down...morethe social code is an interesting read. by no means is it the best I've ever read, not does it have the most original plot, when one really get's down to the bones of it. but it was entertaining, and very well written. it had just the right amount of emotional entanglements and elements that furthered the plot. very happy with this book, and I am looking forward to reading the next book as soon as I get my hands on it.
let us start of with the cover of this book. digitally, the cover is nothing special, but when I held it in my hands, boy was it nice. I'm not a fan of faces on the covers (I prefer to imagine my own characters, and that type of cover has been greatly overused in anything to do with YA), but the girl actually matches the character. to the T. had I not seen the cover, I'd have imagined her EXACTLY the same. and the typographic elements in the text just reinforces the theme, mood and feel of the story. especially the fact that the title is all lowercase in one straight line with a nice green colour of typical lettering when coding. [I'm a coder. I know.] (see how my review is mostly lowercase? huh? huh? yea?) honestly, that was my selling point, when I first considered reading it.
this book is about a relationship between two twins, with personalities as opposite as they come. one is endlessly looking for relationships, has no idea what he wants to do with his life, always looking for the first way out of the situation they're both in (wants money). the other one is someone who knows what she wants to do, has a passion, endlessly immerses herself in it, and is a little blind to social cues. one is Adam, the other one is Amelia. both came from foster care, and are in Stanford University on scholarships (illegally, on Adams part.) Amelia is a genius coder/hacker, with a strong moral code, and isn't afraid of saying no to opportunities that seem too good to be true (because they usually are.) living between high profile investors for whom a couple of million is nothing, the twins learn to navigate the waters, but they sometimes stumble and start drowning as they realize just whom they're dealing with.
one thing you've got to give to sadie hayes, she knows how to write great characters. I loved every single one of them. and they go through character development, which is usually unheard of in the first book of a series, like, ever.
let me start with the star of the show: Amelia. there was just something about her that I liked. she is not afraid to say no, no matter what's on the line. and she doesn't let herself or her brother be bullied or blackmailed into anything. but she has the realization that family is everything she has left, especially that there is only one of him left, and she will do anything to keep that relationship. she has a soft spot in her heart for her brother.
Adam is a charm in himself. this relationship that I have with this fictional character goes something like this: "you're so sweet" "you're such an idiot!" "don't do that!" "you asshole!" "you poor thing,come here let me hug you and love you and make you hot chocolate and here are some fluffy pillows" "you bastard!" "what is your fucking problem, get your shit together" "you need a hug" "stop being cute" and so on. I don't think I've had such a roller-coaster ride of emotions. yet he reminds me a little of myself, hehe, all that indecisiveness. you do come to love him.
T.J. the golden boy that just can't can't get enough approval from his dad, not that his dad gives any to him. he's living in a messed up family situation, and resorts to blackmail and corruption. he doesn't have any healthy relationships, in the beginning, but he changes a little towards the end. with the new company launch, along with Amelia and Adam (backed by a legendary investor and mentor), he finds something worth defending, and finally deals with some of his issues. I really liked him, even if he drove me nuts.
now, onto the reason that this book lost a star. there seemed to be a main plot, with the twins, but there was another subplot that coexisted with the main plot, but had nothing concrete to contribute. and honestly, it was super boring, with Patty pining after her sisters fiancé. the only thing that saved this, was the fact that it had lots of realism. Patty lives in a world where there are responsibilities, and that following ones heart is not achievable. and I liked that Patty had some self respect for herself that she honestly tried to be the responsible one. it came as a surprise. nicely done.
I recommend this book. it is entertaining, original, and uses just the right amount of tech-y terms to create the mood. the writing is a bit unusual, but not bad, and one can easily get used to it, as it's very good at communicating ideas.
Have nothing to do? Pick this novel up and read it. Comes very recommended (from ME, hehe).(less)