While I’m a huge fan of the show Bones I have not read Kathy Reichs’ series about Temperance Brennan mostly because s...moreOriginally posted at yadultreview
While I’m a huge fan of the show Bones I have not read Kathy Reichs’ series about Temperance Brennan mostly because science has never been my thing. Liberal arts major over here! But! My BFFSarah has. Sarah read them in the basement of the student union during undergrad and continuously freaked out when anyone would say hi to her. If I never review again, assumed she killed me for telling that story.
Sarah did however give me the okay for this series. She told me forever ago that it was more me than the “adult” series, but my TBR list being what it is, it never happened. And then I went to YALLfest and saw Brendan Reichs do things he would rather forget and then I knew I had to read the series. Yes, sometimes authors do help me adjust my TBR list.
This is a thick book, not necessarily in size, but in information. The co-authors do not dumb anything down for the younger audience and there is a solid 200 pages of plot and an information dump, which of course, thankfully didn’t feel like an info dump to a point. I mean, I still know an info dump when I see one. That being said, this felt like an adult book that was marketed to the YA audience. Tori spoke like a 30 year old. While she skipped a grade, she didn’t skip being a teenager. I understand not all teens talk a certain way, but this did not seem authentic. It felt like a 40 year old in the body of a 14 year old (and that is being said by a 80 year old in the body of a 25 year old.)
This is the story of Tori, Tempe’s grandniece, is extremely smart and confident and I love that about a YA character. Tori lives near Charleston, South Carolina with her new found father, since her mother’s passing. I need to say that Charleston works for this story. I felt like I was in Charleston while reading this. The authors made Charleston work for this novel, plus the feature of two maps was extremely helpful and awesome. (I’m a huge huge map person. Tina, who along with being my friend is my facebook friend, is laughing because my facebook is often LOOK AT THIS MAP GUYS. MAAAAAAAAAAAAP.)
So Tori, lives on this island near Charleston with her father and her best friend Hi. Hi and her go to the local high school where they are looked down upon for being “island people” and the stigma that comes with it. Along with this stigma, Tori must face her father’s girlfriend and the COTILLION world that comes with her. Because nothing screams “THIS WILL MAKE YOU FIT IN” quite like a cotillion does (Southern United States or not.) That aside Tori and her friends run into a fit of supernatural trouble and a murder mystery that didn’t completely work for me. Murder mystery? Yes. The supernatural bit..ehhhh.
I did however enjoy the novel, even if it shocked me at a point which involved me sending CAPLOCKS BECAUSE HOW..HOW DID THIS BOOK SHOCK ME. But it did. I’m not necessarily dying to read the next book in the series, but I am interested in what happens to the characters. (less)
Originally posted at yAdultReview This book quickly started off on the wrong foot for me with the quote:
“Stubborn look? At least I don’t have...moreDNF at 21%
Originally posted at yAdultReview This book quickly started off on the wrong foot for me with the quote:
“Stubborn look? At least I don’t have the whore look.” — 4%, ARC
The main character thought this to herself fairly early in the novel. That probably taints my view of this novel because I was so annoyed by her that early in the book. We learn quickly that Melissa does not like dragons, a main plot point of the novel. Her mother loved and adored dragons, couldn’t see them hurting anyone, and then one hurt her. To say Melissa is bitter towards dragons would be the understatement of the century.
What people Melissa’s age do for fun is go to the Rez and ‘play’ with the dragons. Just to see them. Melissa continues to be bitter and loathe the dragons, while the rest of her family seems to have no feels at all towards the dragons. Yeah, I didn’t fully understand it either. Her father who works on the Rez, knows what the teenagers do, but doesn’t care because the dragons are harmless.
They killed his wife. But they are harmless. OH. OKAY. Maybe I’m an overly bitter person who holds grudges too long, but I have a hard time believing that.
Then we go to James who is first described as
Bronzed skin. Sweeping black hair. A slightly crooked nose, probably broken a couple of times. A strong jawline. And to top it off, blue eyes that burn with intensity. — 7%, ARC
I’m not sure I’ve ever looked at a boy that way. The whole thing seemed out of character to me, or as much as it could because Melissa excels at being a flat character to me. I spent most of the novel going “REALLY?!” to her. James tends to disappear on Melissa after warning her of impending doom.
Melissa’s family (her brother, father and her) are good at using their words to cut someone to the bone. This is important to note, because not only are most families good at this, but because at one point Sam, Melissa’s brother, goes missing. The same day, they are requested to get to school at the crack of dawn for a drill because the school has better dragon shelters than their houses do.
That is the moment this history major had flashbacks to reading about the 1950/60s and bomb shelters.
Melissa can tell right away that this is not a normal drill so she continues to worry even more about her brother. The world around her quickly becomes a war zone that while McCune goes to great lengths to describe is ultimately not that memorable.
James with the bronzed skin and sweeping black hair comes back, in a hospital of all places during the aftermath of the attack. Then, in a hospital bed after a gunshot wound (that comes from nowhere. Again ALL the action, none of it that memorable…), Melissa finds out her worst fear. Her mother was an insurgent.
“A lot to deal with? I’m God knows where, surrounded by dragons, lying in a–” I throw my arms up to indicate the crate/hospital room, and pain explodes in my shoulder. “Whatever the hell this thing is. I’ve been shot. The government thinks I’m a traitor. Runs in the family, evidently. And Dad…”–20%, ARC
Throughout all of this, I continued to find it hard to connect to Melissa. She is freaking out, but I never got her freaking out. I never really felt for her.
And that is when I could feel Tina be proud of me, because I DNF this book at 21% because there are so many better books out there than this. At least to me.(less)
There were various reasons I was drawn to this book. Mostly the Wisconsin accent. I can’t help myself. This first page immerses you in Wisconsin culture from the way they dress (Green Bay Packers! The mom sweaters!) to the way they talk with the “dontcha know.” While the “dontcha know” at first seem a little much, even to me, someone from there, it does fit. Here’s a hint: my lovely mother watches Fargo without hearing the accents. The accents that even people from Fargo hear!! Hale “got” the little intricacies of small town Wisconsin.
Back to the book, what do you do when your best friend dies? Your best friend who is the light of the town no less. This is what Kippy begins to deal with. Kippy lives in Friendship, Wisconsin, small town midwest, everyone knows everyone, you wear green and gold not because you care about football, but because it is in your blood. Kippy is a good girl, she really is, so when her BFFs mother asks her to read a journal and censor out the “bad” (sex) parts she is more than happy to, even if she isn’t ready to deal with Ruth’s death herself.
This of course changes the course of Kippy’s life. Kippy learns many things about her BFF, number one: she annoyed her to no end. Then she goes to the funeral where everyone in Friendship (all 688) appear to have shown up and everyone is giving their apologies to her. Not only do they not know her name, they are Ruth’s fake friends, she’s uncomfortable and wants to go home. It gives her flashbacks to when her mother died. But she can’t go home, Ruth’s mom asked her to give a speech and oh does she. It’s awkward and painful to read, well done Hale, I cringed. Multiple times.
Here’s the thing about this book: people will love it or people will hate it. I feel rare in the fact I gave it three stars. It’s very polarizing in the fact it is very Fargo-esque. Fargo by itself is polarizing. Very rarely do people go “oh yes. Fargo. It’s okay.” Mostly people “OMG I LOVE IT” or “OMG I LOATHE IT” That’s how this book is to me. I did give it three stars however for reasons:
How Kippy treated PTSD. I understand that 17 year olds in middle America are often flippant about things like this, but it was still hard to read. Same goes for lesbianism Kippy making light of everything: including Domestic Violence. Something that is never funny.
I would have been happy and content to rate this book higher if it didn’t include those few things that broke my heart. I am excited to see more from Hale though. Her writing had me turning every page wanting more.(less)
I will sign up for anything that is Beauty and the Beast related. Included re-tellings. It’s my thing. My addiction....moreOriginally posted at yadultreview
I will sign up for anything that is Beauty and the Beast related. Included re-tellings. It’s my thing. My addiction. So I was quite thrilled when I had the change to read Cruel Beauty as an ARC. Flailing thrilled.
And then I started it. And I had to read a bit more to finally get into it. This was not a quick read in the sense I was hooked from the get-go, but it was still a solid read. Hodge’s does not build a normal world, which made it even more interesting to me that I enjoyed it. I am very much a stickler for certain worlds hence my ability to not read much SF&F! But, oh how I was sucked in and not able to put it down. Minus that whole sleeping thing. I did put it down for that!
Cruel Beauty is an interesting mix of mythology, fantasy and Beauty and the Beast. The last one in that list made it easier for me to get through the first two things if I’m being honest. What also helped was Hodge’s writing. Oh my heart. It was dark, poetic and not like anything I’ve read recently. Plus, although it is the Beauty and the Beast love story there is a bit of a twist that is unusual. BUT IT WORKS. I promise you it works! It does! It also helps that not a lot of the characters are lovable. I do not hide the fact that I love the asshole characters. It’s one of my flaws. I am drawn to the asshole characters (fictional and real, FYI.) But the characters and the twist made this book even more addicting. Nyx is an asshole with her own issues she’s working on and well, let’s not even touch Ignifex, who has done cruel unspeakable things. Ignifex, who she is bound to marry.
The one problem with the book is that it is hard to discuss it without giving anything away because even the littlest thing gives away a lot. Which, I know is about the worst thing a blogger can say. But it’s true. But it works! I promise. Go read it. Now. Go!(less)
Originally reviewed at yadultreview I have finally decided to stop reading ARCs and read books I own. I know, crazy times! Tina? Do you still know me?
W...moreOriginally reviewed at yadultreview I have finally decided to stop reading ARCs and read books I own. I know, crazy times! Tina? Do you still know me?
While I’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile, it did not dawn on me to read this until recently. Maybe it is because I recently met Levithan. Maybe it is because I’m finally in the mood. Who knows. What I do know is how much I love and enjoyed this book.
Boy Meets Boy is the story of Paul, a typical middle-class teen who lives in the burbs and is falling in love. That is, to me, the heart of the novel. Of course the fact that Paul is gay doesn’t really change anything. Which was nice. This was a true romantic love story between two boys. Paul has a shit ex that he doesn’t want to deal with because he still causes Paul to have feelings. There is the new guy, Noah, who Paul knows has stolen is heart. But when the whole world is against you it seems do you have a chance?
Through amazing humor and characters, Levithan takes the reader on an extremely sweet love story. Because again, at the core of the novel, that is what it is about: falling in love.
Oh David Levithan, how I love and adore you. I know, I’m late to the game. But oh how I’m thrilled to be part of his madness. Levithan writes in such a way, that I as a teenager, would have loved and adored. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore it now. But I think it would have touched me in a special way when I was younger. I can’t wait to read more from him.(less)
I’m not sure what I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said. Yes, it is awesome, and yes, it is tha...moreOriginally reviewed at yAdult Review
I’m not sure what I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said. Yes, it is awesome, and yes, it is that relatable. This is the story of Cath, a girl who has severe anxiety, something I related to so well, I had to put the book down because it hurt my heart so much. (I actually tweeted about this and the author tweeted me back saying “It’s okay! It gets better!”) And better it does. Cath finds herself, like many do, in college. She also happens to be a fairly big writer in the fanfiction world for Simon Snow. Now I have never written fanfiction, but I’ve read more than enough that I got her feelings on the topic.
Cath enjoys her world at home. She has a safe boyfriend and shares her life with her twin sister. Then one day before college starts, her sister tells her that she doesn’t want to room with Cath. She wants to be her own her. While I understand why her sister wants to be her own person, I understand where Cath is coming from. Cath thought of her twin as her safety net. The one who got her through the time her mom left and her dad went manic. Cath doesn’t like change and going to school was going to be a big enough change for her. She’s going an hour away from home. To her that is all the change she needs and again, I get that. I went 45 minutes away from home.
Her first day is painful; she barely talks to her roommate, Reagan, she gets annoyed at her roommate’s boyfriend and she fears the dining hall so she decides to eat in her room until she runs out of food. Thankfully one day her roommate, who I love and adore because she is snarky, decides she’s had enough and she calls Cath on her bullshit. Or what she views as bullshit. She asks Cath if she is anorexic. Of course Cath finds this to be the craziest thing ever and from that moment the two begin to bond. What Reagan brings to the relationship, along with snark, is Levi.
Levi, my book boyfriend (*hearts in eyes!*). Rowell knows how to write men. Not everyone will enjoy Levi, but oh, did I enjoy him. He’s awkward, he isn’t perfect, he gets that Cath writes fanfiction and he embraces it. He is that guy who will do whatever you need and be nice to everyone. He grates on Cath’s nerves. Slowly however he begins to wear her down and there is a nice lovely slow burn (cannot believe I just said that). Levi and Cath have a moment, which is promptly ruined by both sides. But once again Rowell makes it work and makes it authentic to the characters.
Along with Levi there are growing pains with not only Cath, but with her sister and her father. The family dynamic is huge to not only this book, but truly Cath at her core. Throughout the story Cath discovers she can change while being true to herself. To say I loved and adore this book would be putting it mildly.
Bonus points: Rowell embraces fangirling. The photo with the tabs is how often I related to Cath.(less)
accidentally started this book series. I picked up the second book from the library, got all the way home and reali...moreOriginally posted at yAdult Review
accidentally started this book series. I picked up the second book from the library, got all the way home and realized I was missing some important parts (like reading the back of the book closer!). This book is the story of Katy, who’s father legit dumps her at this mysterious boarding school on the East Coast. Katy comes to find out that the boarding school is owned by her family, on her mother’s side. The mother that Katy does not discuss since her mother died.
From the first step she takes on campus Katy is hated. Hated. And she has no idea why. She comes to find out she comes from a long line that can do magic. A powerful line no less. (Of course it’s a powerful line!) Katy not only has to adjust to this, but adjust to the fact her family has a few twisted things in their past. Plus, she is having to deal with her father and his girlfriend who have never really understood what was going on in Katy’s life.
While this is a good story, I’m completely neutral to the book. I shut the book, started the second one and have no real memory of it. I didn’t hate the book while reading it, not at all, I mean, I picked up the second book! I just had not strong memories of the book. While I still recommend it because it was enjoyable read, it was just not memorable.(less)