Several reviews I read say "this can be read as a stand-alone" even though it's a sequel to another novel. This is probably because the ENTIRE PLOT ofSeveral reviews I read say "this can be read as a stand-alone" even though it's a sequel to another novel. This is probably because the ENTIRE PLOT of the previous novel was recounted throughout this book. Whenever a character shows up, their entire story from the previous book is re-told here, in summation. Yeah, that's not really necessary in a sequel. What if JK Rowling had done that? Jeez, those books would be so long... I like it when authors trust me to remember what happens, or pick it up by context. In this case, I had re-read the first one in anticipation, so the recaps were especially annoying.
The vegan propagandizing in this book is just as hilarious as the first one. It's like I'm reading the original Skinny Bitch book. I do think the characters are interesting, however, despite the fact that these are food diatribes (like Skinny Bitch), thinly disguised as novels. Especially annoying, any time meat is mentioned she has to have an aside (ick)(gross)(ew) or refer to it as "bloody". Dude, I already agree, and I don't need to read that. Also, meat comes up A LOT because her fiancee is a cattle rancher who owns a steak house.
Clementine is perfect. She has self-esteem up the wazoo, she's a strict vegan, she is gorgeous, she works tirelessly, and every venture she attempts is a success. Other than being kind of a pain in the ass, she was WAY TOO WONDERFUL. I hate the terms "Mary Sue" or "Gary Stu" as I think they discount a lot about a writer's vision and imply that there are some sort of 'royal rules of writing' that apparently everyone who has read a fanfic is an expert in, but this blatantly self-inserted perfect version of Kim herself is so annoying. She could have at least made her hair a different color.
I actually liked the first book, but this one felt like the same plot, only less exciting....more
A total guilty pleasure and a funny, fresh perspective on the whole vampire thing, but every time Betsy says "ew", "yuck", or "ick", I kinda want to sA total guilty pleasure and a funny, fresh perspective on the whole vampire thing, but every time Betsy says "ew", "yuck", or "ick", I kinda want to stake her....more
This book series illustrates perfectly why I never ever watch reality television. I'm afraid I would like it. I already watch several great scripted sThis book series illustrates perfectly why I never ever watch reality television. I'm afraid I would like it. I already watch several great scripted series, and adding reality TV would be too great a time suck. Plus, I'm convinced that some of my scripted shows are so clever, they actually make me smarter. Reality TV... would not.
This series is basically a combination of a pauper-to-princess story and the bachelor. Yeah. I gave the first books 2 stars each, yet I re-read them in anticipation of this third one coming out and considered it my "end of semester treat" as it was released on my last day and was (of course) instantly delivered to my kindle.
America, Maxon, and Aspen still have stupid names. They still live in a world with numbered castes because the author either thinks we don't have the smarts to keep them straight, or she didn't want to think of names for them. A lot of characters seem to shift and change (mature? grow?) in this book, but it's rather sudden. Lots of things are rather sudden. But, no spoilers here.
I had to give this one an extra star because, despite its obvious faults, this story kept me interested, though feeling guilty for being so, through 3 books. It was also much better than book 2, which is a lot of America fretting about who she loves, changing her mind approximately one million times. In this one, the plot actually moved forward, which is good. It is also satisfying in the wrapping up of some loose ends, though it does so rather abruptly, and somewhat predictably.
If you are one of those book snobs who can't read anything remotely silly, I suggest you pass this by. If you like poofy dresses and love triangles, ding ding ding! This one's for you.
P.S. look! I wrote a review that's more than 2 words! Yay for me!...more