This book is terrible. Absolutely terrible. I had a really long review written which included lots ofReview also posted on my blog at: Kala's Book Blog
This book is terrible. Absolutely terrible. I had a really long review written which included lots of quotes to back up my opinion, but then my power went out and I lost it (THANKS TROPICAL STORM ISAAC!). I'm re-writing most of it, but I don't feel like digging around my Kindle to get the quotes again. Sorry!
Like I said, this book is terrible. The plot is terrible. The characters are terrible. The writing is terrible. The editing is REALLY terrible. Right now, I can't think of one redeeming quality about it and I'm shocked I read the entire thing.
It had promise. I liked the blurb and I thought reading about a girl who is emotionally scarred and damaged from years of sexual abuse from her father would be interesting. Instead, I got this load of horse dung.
Amber and Jake are brother and sister. Amber has been getting molested by their dad since she was five. Jake, Amber, and their mom have been getting physically abused by the dad since forever. When Amber is 13, the dad beats Amber up and tries to rape her. Jake and his best friend, Liam, beat up the dad and tell him to go away forever. He leaves. Mom gets a job where she out of town 24/7, so Amber and Jake live home alone. Disappearing parent syndrome alert! How convenient! Police are never called about any of this.
When Amber was 8, she was in her room crying. Liam, age 10, sneaks in and consoles her. He sleeps in her bed that night, which starts a trend that goes on for the next 8 years. Fast forward to Amber at age 16 and Liam at age 18. He's still sneaking into her room and sleeping in her bed at night.
Amber is supposedly traumatized for life by the sexual abuse and has panic attacks whenever anyone touches her. Makes sense, except the author completely drops the ball here and these panic attacks only happen when it's convenient to the plot. Liam sleeps in her bed every night, rubbing his morning wood against her every morning (and sometimes before they fall asleep too), but she doesn't seem to mind that!
Amber hates Liam, though she never shows it outside of making snarky comments when he is eating her cereal in the morning. He sleeps in her bed every night to keep her nightmares away, he saves her from all the wannabe rapists (and there are a lot), he drives her wherever she needs to go, he does EVERYTHING for this girl.... but she just keeps on keeping on with the inner monologue about how he's so selfish and she hates him and he's a man-whore. Not sure how much of a man-whore he can be when he is in her bed EVERY SINGLE NIGHT but whatever...
Amber is also unfortunate in that she lives in a town where every single person has zero self control when it comes to their sexual impulses. Jake and Liam are apparently SO good looking that the girls at their school mob their car when the arrive, pushing and shoving each other out of the way to get to Jake and Liam. It's like they're Justin Bieber or something. So freaking ridiculous and unrealistic and stupid.
Amber is sexually assaulted or nearly sexually assaulted by every male character in the book. Apparently she's so good looking that they just can't stop trying to rape her. She's in a store, they come over and act all creepy try to kiss her and Liam has to come save her. She's at a party and a drunk guy pushes her against the counter and kisses her, and Liam has to save her. (At this point, she is not upset because of being sexually assaulted, she is SO EMO BECAUSE HE STOLE HER FIRST KISS... sigh). When a bunch of friends are at her house watching a movie, a third guy forces her into a kiss in the hallway and she kicks him in the balls. This is all before the 35% mark. Three wannabe rapists already! And that's not counting rapist dad!
The girls are not any better. Every single girl in this book acts like a complete slut, including Amber. Amber's best friend Kate comes over to watch movies and starts grabbing Jake's dick. He keeps trying to tell her no and ends up begging Amber to intervene. Of course, he has a personality switch a few chapters later and starts "grinning wickedly" and flirting with Kate. Every female in this book acts like a bitch in heat, constantly purring and flirting and winking and pawing at the male characters even though the male characters are constantly calling them sluts and rejecting them. You would think after the first few rejections these girls would move on, but no... these girls can't control themselves and MUST try to have sex with every single boy they meet.
So Amber and Liam end up making out and start secretly dating. When the hordes of girls at school constantly try to have sex with Liam, he turns them down saying he has a girlfriend. These girls then decide to start a bet to see who can "nail" Liam first. Every girl puts in $20 and they all try to get Liam to have sex with them. The pot gets to over FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS. So that's over 200 slutty girls all trying to get Liam to have sex with them.
Amber puts in her $20 of course, and then starts acting like a big slut too, even though she's the mystery girlfriend. She decides to start driving Liam crazy by wearing a short skirt to school. She goes up to him in the crowded cafeteria and says she has a bruise on her thigh and asks him to look at it, then proceeds to spread her legs and show him her underwear. In front of the entire school. *twitch*
After a week of dating, Amber and Liam end up having sex. Amber then becomes insatiable and they have sex constantly. None of this causes any issues with her panic attacks, she's fine with it. Guess she forgot about all that sexual abuse from her childhood.
Amber also is in a dance crew (think Step Up / You Got Served) where she does sexually explicit dance moves with boys who touch her, but those don't cause panic attacks either. She decribes one move as having her legs around a boy's neck while she's on his shoulders, then flipping off and wrapping her legs around the boy's waist. No panic attacks here!
Amber wins the sex bet and takes the $4000. To make the other girls jealous, she puts her hand down the front of Liam's pants in front of the entire school, hiding the money next to his johnson. *twitch*
Now, this is where the plot goes in a totally different direction and starts getting REALLY stupid.
Amber gets pregnant by Liam. Good thing there are no parents around to worry about this!
Amber's rapist dad moves back to town with his new wife and son (and 17 year old step-son, Johnny). Johnny and Amber become BFFs, which is so beyond weird to me... but whatever. Amber then goes to rapist dad's house (!!!!!). Rapist dad threatens her with sexual assault again. They also find out that he's been beating his new wife and kids too!
Jake and Liam find out and talk the wife and kids into leaving rapist dad and moving in with them. o.O
Rapist dad gets upset, there is a big fight, he throws Amber against a wall causing her to have a miscarriage. Liam beats him up. Amber ends up in the hospital, where the police show up (wow, they exist in this town??) and they ARREST LIAM!
Amber decides that the only way to resolve this is to meet with rapist dad in private where she records him admitting to his crimes and blackmails him into dropping charges. They all agree that he will go away and leave them alone.
So this rapist dad is STILL free to go rape and abuse more people. He will almost definitely find another woman to abuse and possibly another young girl to molest (and possibly rape) but none of this matters because he is going to leave Amber alone now! She has PROOF that he committed heinous crimes against her and tried to RAPE HER but they're willing to let him be free to rape other people so long as he leaves her alone.
What the hell is wrong with these people??
It's all okay though, because Liam becomes a big NHL star and Amber gets her picture taken by the paparazzi all the time and graduates with a degree in dance choreography. Who cares that they let a rapist free to rape other children, they get their happily ever after!
Wink count: 48 Purr count: 37 Smirk count: 74 Flirt count: 38 Ass count: 91 (this one was the most annoying...everyone calls each other "hot ass" "sexy ass" "fine ass" nonstop throughout the entire book)
This book is about as blatant of a 50Shades knockoff as you can get.
Bianca is a drop dead gorgeous (but sheAlso posted on my blog at: Kala's Book Blog
This book is about as blatant of a 50Shades knockoff as you can get.
Bianca is a drop dead gorgeous (but she doesn't think so) flight attendant who is a 20-something year old virgin (of course) and has a traumatic past.
James is a billionaire who is the absolute best looking guy in the entire world (nicknamed Mr. Beautiful by Bianca).
Their first real meeting is on a plane while he is in first class and she's his flight attendant. He propositions her. She declines. He does it again. She declines again. Forcefully. He continues to try and proposition her. She VERY CLEARLY and VERY PURPOSEFULLY declines him AGAIN. What does he do at this point? He corners her in the galley in the plane and forces himself on her. Of course, he has magic lips and she immediately loses control and starts willingly making out with him because OMG SHE JUST CAN'T STOP IT FEELS SO GOOD.
After he stops half raping her in the galley, she tells him again she's not interested. So what does he do? He talks her other flight attendant best friend in to telling him where Bianca will be partying that night and he shows up. James arrives at the bar and starts berating Bianca for drinking (the girl is 23 and hasn't had a drop of alcohol in 2 years). Of course she gets really drunk and her BFF roommate decides that this creepy stalker is JUST the right person to take Bianca home while he stays at the bar. (Best friend ever!)
So James takes her home. He starts stripping her naked and she resists at first, but then because he's so super awesome she lets him get her naked. But he is a stand up guy. He tells her he is going to fuck her so hard she won't ever want another man again. But not while she is drunk! He just waits til the morning and in an really unsexy scene he grabs her boobs (and OMG IT IS SO AMAZING SHE PRACTICALLY HAS AN ORGASM RIGHT THERE!). He then gets her off with his fingers in about three seconds flat and of course, virginal Bianca feels bad for leaving him unsatisfied so she gives him a blowjob (her first time ever!). And of course, her first blow job ever, and she swallows on purpose (suuuure!).
I'm only 17% of the way through this book and I don't think I can take it anymore. I should have stopped after the airplane scene because it was so revolting. Do you realize what he did in that plane is ILLEGAL? If I girl declines you multiple times and you force yourself on her, THAT IS A CRIME. Of course it's not in this book because "No" means "Yes" for Bianca (GREAT MESSAGE TO SEND TO ALL WOMEN!).
I am obviously NOT the audience for these types of books. I think it's absolutely disgusting to romanticize an ABUSIVE STALKER. Ladies. A man forcing himself on you after you said no is BAD. I don't care how hot he is. He just FORCED HIMSELF ON YOU AFTER YOU SAID NO. THIS IS NOT SEXY. THIS IS NOT ROMANTIC. A man who keeps purposely showing up at places where you're going to be AFTER you've told him you're not interested is called a STALKER. This also is NOT romantic or sexy!
This book is awful! The author uses extremely short chapters (almost James Patterson short) and the plot is choppy and confusing because of it.
The maThis book is awful! The author uses extremely short chapters (almost James Patterson short) and the plot is choppy and confusing because of it.
The main character is boring and unlikeable. She's described as perfect with long, flowing (and of course, never frizzy) blonde hair and perfect crystal blue eyes. She moves to Paragon Island, into the house where a murdered girl (Chloe) lives. The dead girl's best friend (Brielle) immediately runs over and becomes best friends with Skyla for some unknown reason. She also gets Skyla an instant spot on the cheerleading squad and instant invites to all parties (and there are a lot.. this girl parties like a college kid). Brielle also immediately starts dating Skyla's nose-picking, flatulent, disgusting brother (Drake) as well.
Right away, Skyla meets the dead girl's boyfriend, Logan, and his cousin Gage. The two boys are described as the most perfect good looking boys in the world and both immediately fall in love with her and start fighting over her. There is absolutely no development of a relationship, Skyla and Logan just immediately are in love and start making out all the time. This author definitely wastes no time on buildup for that first kiss, they're making out on a pool table within pages of meeting.
(view spoiler)[ I kind of liked the whole Skyla and Logan can both read each other's minds thing, but it's very poorly done. They only read each other's minds when it's convenient and their mind reading is just an unspoken conversation. There was so much potential here for all sorts of awkwardness and awesomeness that just never happened. The mind reading is nothing more than a rarely used gimmick that only comes up when the author wants the two characters to speak to each other privately. Despite being able to read minds her entire life, Skyla often "forgets" that Logan can read her mind. She also only reads minds when it's convenient to the plot!
Logan knows that they're all angels/angel offspring/whatever, but decides that Skyla doesn't need to know this until he's ready to tell her, despite the fact that there are tons of monsters and bad people out to kill her. The holding out seems like a poor attempt to draw things out and create suspense where there is none. So they make out a lot, never develop a real relationship, and eventually he spills the beans in a convoluted tale that never amounts to anything. These big bad guys chasing them only appear a few times during the story. The rest of the time, Skyla is partying and whining about Logan (who is off making out with some other chick to get his dead ex-girlfriend's diary). Oh, and making out with Gage because apparently it's okay for Skyla to make out with her boyfriend's cousin.
Time travel. It's another power these angels have that is used randomly as a plot device. Skyla randomly decides to time travel in order to pick a fight with the dead ex-girlfriend because she's jealous. She has no concern or care for the fact that the dead ex-girlfriend was tortured and murdered and left in a ditch. That doesn't matter. All that matters is her jealousy over Logan having a previous relationship with this girl.
This book is bad. Really bad. It's every YA romance novel cliche wrapped up into one with really poor writing and really boring characters.
The whole CThis book is bad. Really bad. It's every YA romance novel cliche wrapped up into one with really poor writing and really boring characters.
The whole Cinderella trope is always fun when done well - I don't even mind that it's a cliche. Disney channel seems capable of making a zillion teen remakes of Cinderella that are cute and fun. This book falls totally flat though.
Sadie is the Mary-est Sue of Mary Sues. She is drop dead gorgeous, but doesn't realize it. She thinks she has no personality (and she's right), but all the boys fall all over themselves trying to get her attention. Her awful selfish mom is pregnant and doesn't feel like working anymore, so she forces 17 year old Sadie to take over her job as a housekeeper in order to pay bills. Of course, the house she works at is the summer home of Jax Stone, teen rocker extraordinnaire.
As soon as Jax meets Sadie he's struck by how drop dead gorgeous she is. Of course, they fall in love instantly. By 40% of the way through this novel they're professing their love to each other. They have had literally three conversations. All three of these conversations were 100% about how Jax is a rock star and he's famous and he's in magazines and girls fall all over him. Not once during these conversations do they talk about anything else. But that's enough, they're in LOOOOVE.
33% of the way through: "You're my...air." I frowned at him. "Your air?" He grinned. "Well, girlfriend seems to be too shallow a word for what I feel for you. These past two weeks it's been as if you control my breathing."
45% of the way through (their first kiss): The lips of the only boy I would ever love touched mine, and I forgot where we were and everything else around us.
47%: I've never met anyone who has seen past the star and found the real me inside (Keep in mind, they have had NO conversations about anything other than Jax being a rock star. As a reader, I know nothing about Jax other than that he's a rock star and is hot. That's it.)
73%: (The media found out about Sadie and to "protect" her, Jax dumps her.) "How can taking away the reason my heart beats be good for me?"
80%: Once I had accepted that I would never love someone the way I love Jax, it was easier to breath. He would always be in my heart, whether he wanted to be there or not. I just didn't have enough room for anyone else. He was my air, my soul, and the keeper of my heart.
82% "He affects all my emotions. My happiness is connected to him."
Ugh! Unhealthy relationship alert! Why must these YA authors write this cheesy, unhealthy, co-dependent bullshit relationships? Why can't a female be independent? Why can't she be sad about losing a guy, but still realize that she can move on and find love again? Why do they write this idiotic "I'll die without you" types of love stories? They're not romantic and not real! Romeo and Juliet is a TRAGEDY!
At some point Sadie is riding her bike home and she meets the little sister of her friend Marcus. The girl talks to her and Sadie immediately thinks: For some reason, this bubbly girl liked me. Me, with no personality. Like, we all know she has no personality.
Sadie's mother. Where to begin. I have read a LOT of YA lately with terrible mothers, but Sadie's might be the worst. Sadie's mom is a big slut. So much so that Sadie has to keep her supplied with condoms (that she apparently doesn't use because she's pregnant again). Sadie has no contact with her father and Sadie's mom has no contact with the father of her unborn child.
Sadie's mom forces Sadie to take on all of the responsibility. According to Sadie, by 11 she was running the household. Now at 17, her pregnant mom doesn't want to work anymore so Sadie is now responsible for 100% of the bills.
When Sadie gets dumped by Jax she goes all catatonic a la Bella Swan. Sadie's mother doesn't want to work, or get child support, or get government assistance, she wants Sadie to take on the entire burden. Catatonic Sadie can't work, so her mom gives her this speech:
"Stop being so selfish and open your eyes to the facts, Sadie. We are about to have another mouth to feed, and no amount of your whining and wallowing in self-pity or pride is going to supply our needs. So stop it, and face the facts."
... Hypocrisy much?
Mother of the year has her baby and of course gets postpartum depression. Sadie has to go to school, work to pay bills, AND take care of her newborn brother all by herself. She eventually gets sick and hurt and gets hospitalized and is in a coma. This makes Jax come back and now he'll NEVER leave her because he CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT HER.
Abbi Glines is apparently hit and miss with her books. I thought Vincent Boys was just as bad as this. Existence was actually decent and gave me hope that Glines wasn't terrible. I have a few more of her books on my Kindle, so I will read them... but she definitely is not an auto-buy for me. ...more
Okay, I made it to about 60% and I've skimmed the last 30% because it's so damn boring. I usually always try to finish a book, but it's just not goingOkay, I made it to about 60% and I've skimmed the last 30% because it's so damn boring. I usually always try to finish a book, but it's just not going to happen. This book is one of the worst books I've ever read in my entire life.
Bizarre quotes/facts from the first part of this book: * we've had black people referred to as "they" multiple times (her italics, not mine) * the main character has a daydream about being able to hang out on a beach with only white people * "How many times had Eden heard it? White people were lazy good-for-nothings with weak genetics." * "One of them was touching her. White-hot light exploded in her head. Before she knew it, she blurted out an incendiary racial slur. "Get your hands off me, you damn Coal!"" * The government supplies everyone with "Oxy" which is a "happy drug" that everyone is addicted to (and I mean everyone). * Eden's father calls her "daught" which is short for "daughter" ... what kind of nickname is that?? * "I don't want my child to be all Pearl. I'd rather be dead than mate with one of my own kind." * Her mother had red hair and as such was called a "Pink Pearl" * "Cottons" (aka albinos) are apparently so disgusting that Pearls and Coals work together to tie an 8-year-old Cotton to a funeral pyre and killing him on TV
The basic plot is that Eden is the beautiful oppressed white girl (a "Pearl") who lives where black people ("Coals") are beastly, evil, and treat Pearls like garbage. The evil black people are the majority because almost all the white people got skin cancer and died. In order to "fit in" and be "attractive" Eden wears blackface (oh wait, it's called "Midnight Luster" - that makes it better!). Eden spends the majority of this book concerned about being beautiful. There is an actual paragraph where she is having an inner monologue about how she wishes things could be better for Pearls so that she could be considered beautiful. Can she get any more superficial?
Eden's father is a Pearl scientist who is going to save the world by turning everyone into cat people - aka we are all going to look like this in order to survive:
Eden's father's boss, Bramford, decides to be the first test subject and is turned into a black jaguar man. Eden is attracted to him for some reason. There is a huge explosion or something in the lab and Eden, jaguar man, and her dad all escape to the jungle where a bunch of Spanish speaking Indians live. There are a bunch of chapters about Bramford carrying Eden around, roaring, killing monkeys for the tribe to eat, etc.
After about 50 pages of this, I lost interest and I just can't continue. I just can't finish. While Eden is still whining about wishing she were black so she could be beautiful, they aren't around any evil "Coals" anymore so the racist comments have been toned down.
There is a lot of controversy around this book and to be honest, I think most of it is founded. I believe this author thinks she is trying to do something good and make white people understand what it's like to be faced with racism, but she completely failed. All this book does is reinforce the bullshit racist stereotypes about black people being beastly, cruel, and stupid.
Even so, the plot denigrates into something so boring that I'd be surprised if many people finish it.
Eden is so superficial and selfish. All she cares about is herself and being beautiful. The love story so far is non-existant, outside of Eden swooning over catman every five seconds because he's so buff and manly. Those leathery claw hands really turn her on.
Please don't read this book. If you must, borrow it from someone. Do not pay money for this book - you will regret it....more
As much as I hate to not finish a book (or a series), I am finally calling it quits with this one. I made it to about 30% of this book, and I got so bAs much as I hate to not finish a book (or a series), I am finally calling it quits with this one. I made it to about 30% of this book, and I got so bored of the same thing over and over and over and OVER AND OVER again that I just stopped reading it. This book is a repeat of the last three. Nothing has changed. No character growth, no movement of the "plot," nothing.
Here is the plot of the entire series. Just jumble the order up, mix and mash, REPEAT (over and OVER) until you get to 100 chapters of awfulness, hit publish:
*Skyla makes out with Gage *Skyla makes out with Logan *Skyla makes out with Marshall *Inner monologue about Skyla wanting to lose her virginity to (insert Gage, Logan, Marshall here) *Skyla goes to a party *Skyla argues with (insert Chloe, Tad, Demetri, Marshall, Gage, Logan here) *Skyla briefly mentions the faction war *Skyla randomly teleports to some angel world and has a totally pointless conversation with some totally pointless character *Skyla attacks (and/or kills) someone for no reason
That's it. That's six books of Celestra in a nutshell.
The author has said there will be probably 2 more books, and I don't think I want to subject myself to that kind of torture just to see how it ends (plus, I'll save the $8 to buy something that's actually good).
This series would be so much better if a good editor took a red pen and struck out about 60% of the entire thing. Actually, I lied. Even that wouldn't save this series full of unlikeable and unrealistic characters. It also won't save the terrible writing that is WAY overloaded with some of the most idiotic metaphors I have ever seen.
Skyla is the most terribly written, boring, unlikeable, immature, rude bitch of a protagonist I've ever had the displeasure of reading. She is the sluttiest virgin in "print," that's for sure. About 50% of this book (and all previous) is filled with pages upon pages of Skyla kissing (and sometimes going further) different boys alongside inner monologue of how she can't wait to lose her virginity. She often will nearly have sex with one boy, then two pages (aka a chapter) later, be nearly having sex with another. She has 3 (sometimes 4) different ones she alternates between. She seems to have no remorse for her behavior either. At this point, I don't even care who she ends up with.
Skyla's behavior in the other 50% of the book is just so absurd that I don't think I can even do it justice without quoting huge chunks of the book (which I don't want to subject anyone else to). She murders people without remorse and for seemingly no reason without any consequences. She spends all of her free time trying to lose her virginity or attending parties where every teenager is completely wasted (alcohol, narcotics, both).
Her love interests waver so much from chapter to chapter that I have whiplash trying to keep it all straight. She's with Logan, then she's with Gage, then she's making out with Marshall, then she's flirting with Ellis. In this book, she literally goes on for four pages about how she is so in love with Logan, and the very next page she is making out with Gage saying how they will be together forever.
Her family is over the top. They are so ridiculously over the top that it's almost comical, except instead it's just stupid. Her step-dad is still nonstop raging. Her mother is still acting like an idiot. Her sisters have "grown up" and are now acting exactly like Skyla (slutty and stupid). Still not sure how her whole family are Counts (evil angel people) but they don't act like it at all. Then again...
The faction war seems like it is supposed to be this huge plot point, but the author spends so little time on it that I often forget it's even going on. There are random 3 page chapters about it that come out of nowhere and I read them going "huh??" because I had totally forgotten all of that was happening in the background.
I finished this last night and afterwards I felt just dead inside. I absolutely hate when a series enReview also posted on my blog at: Kala's Book Blog
I finished this last night and afterwards I felt just dead inside. I absolutely hate when a series ends leaving me feeling unsatisfied and even, in this case, angry.
I loved Divergent. The book had its faults, but I really fell in love with the whole story, the characters, the romance between Tris and Four, the Factions, etc. I read and re-read Divergent probably 8-10 times. I bought the audio book version as well. I was SO PSYCHED about the movie! I bought Insurgent and devoured it as well. It didn't have quite the same magic for me that Divergent did, but I still loved it. So I was REALLY psyched to read Allegiant.
And maybe my hopes were too high.
I don't know.
That doesn't change the fact that this book utterly and completely disappointed me.
I was really excited, after reading the 'cliffhanger' ending to Insurgent, to find out what was outside the fence. I had my theories, and I was right about some, wrong about others. I was expecting the cameras and Truman Show-esque thing, but I was not expecting all the genetic manipulation crap. As soon as our heroes get outside the fence, there are chapters and chapters of info dumping and, to be honest, it's kind of dull. We learn that Chicago (and some other cities) were created as 'experiments' because of genetic manipulation gone wrong. Supposedly these cities were an attempt at creating more 'genetically pure' people (aka Divergents). This is so far-fetched and bizarre, but I was willing to go along with it.
**Tris and Four**
I wasn't against the dual perspective, though once I finished the book I realized why she HAD to write it in a dual perspective. However, I don't think it was done well. There were several times where I would get halfway through a chapter and not remember who I was in the head of at the time, mostly because the two narrators had identical voices.
Tris has always been an interesting character to me. I really liked that she was tough, but a little vulnerable and naive. I liked her progression through Divergent and Insurgent. She doesn't really progress much here. We've always known Tris is a selfless person who is more than willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good, or for her loved ones. That doesn't change here. More on that later. She does become kind of arrogant and holier-than-thou here, and it really started to bug me. She's 16, but she often acts (and everyone treats) her like a grown-up. She is pretty much always right in Allegiant and she makes sure everyone knows it.
Four was awesome in Divergent. He loses all of that awesomeness in Allegiant. He becomes quite whiny and pathetic to the point where I actually wanted Tris to break up with him. She probably should have, considering some of the stupid and completly out of character stuff he does. I really hated seeing him reduced to this quivering mess of a boy who does nothing but wax poetic about his mommy and daddy issues. Four was always strong, and he is the polar opposite of that here.
I did enjoy the progression of their relationship though. Some people have complained about the scene where Four accuses Tris of being jealous, but I actually liked it. I like that they, FOR ONCE, acted like TEENAGERS. Unfortunately that was a tiny part of this book, and for the rest of it they act like 30-40 year old worldly adults.
**THE END OF THE CONFLICT**
So we have Four's mother Evelyn running Chicago like a factionless tyrannical dictatorship. Johanna and Marcus running the Allegiant, trying to reinstate the factions.
Evelyn has been portrayed as a nearly heartless person, hell bent on making all the Factioned people clean toilets like the Factionless had to do for so many years. At the height of the conflict, she is willing to allow a "Death Serum" to kill pretty much everyone in Chicago in order to avoid going back to the Factions. This is when Four arrives and says "Hey Mom, I'll be your son again if you stop acting like a monster" and she goes "Okay."
She then negotiates with Marcus and Johanna. Marcus wants to take over as evil dictator and Johanna says "Nah, you're not gonna do that" and Marcus just says "Okay."
Roth has not shied away from killing off characters in the first two books, but I felt like most of that had a purpose. Tris' parents in the first book, Al (due to the guilt over his own actions towards Tris), Jeannine in Insurgent, and more. Deaths in Allegiant come just as rapidly and have even less meaning. Tori dies in a very sudden manner, and then is mostly forgotten about. She was referred to as the leader of the Dauntless, but she is killed and then is nothing more than an afterthought for the rest of the book.
Uriah's death is given a lot more page time, but only as a way to make Four feel like total shit for getting involved in the rebellion and to make Tris "right" once again.
The biggest death of all was Tris, and this was the biggest disappointment to me. I will be straight up honest - I LIKE a happy ending. I read YA because I like knowing that things will most likely end up happy overall. I read romance because I know there will always be a happily ever after. HOWEVER, I can deal with a bittersweet ending so long as it feels satisfying and feels like closure. Tris' death was NOT that ending.
Caleb's betrayal was a huge part of Insurgent, and that continues on in Allegiant. He has a LOT to attone for in Allegiant and when he volunteers for the suicide mission to help save everyone, he does it because he wants Tris to forgive him. And he doesn't want to live with the guilt of what he did. Instead of letting him, Tris forces him to let her go instead. I understand this. Tris forgave him and doesn't want him to die because he feels guilty. I get it.
Caleb doesn't get that opportunity to redeem himself. While I understand that Tris acted the way she had to act, that doesn't mean Caleb can't take a bullet for her. That doesn't mean he can't force a redemption. Instead, Tris dies in a completly unsatisfying scene that left me going "WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED?" Caleb lives and basically still is the coward and traitor.
Caleb NEEDED to redeem himself. He needed to take that bullet for Tris and die.
Instead, we get this fucked up ending where Caleb lives. Peter lives (gets his mind erased BY HIS OWN CHOICE and gets to start over). Marcus lives (just disappears somehow). David (Tris' murderer) lives (also gets his mind erased and even though he's an evil murderer, no one cares because he doesn't remember). Almost all the bad guys live and get to have perfectly happy, normal lives.
This is NOT SATISFYING.
THIS IS POINTLESS.
Sorry, but this book was awful. I wanted to love it. I REALLY wanted to love it. I was willing to deal with all the weird genetically damaged stuff. I was willing to deal with the complete dismantling of Four's character. I was willing to deal with a lot, but Tris' pointless and needless death... NOPE. This death felt like it was here for shock value only. So the author could be "edgy" and "different."
Unfortunately, all she did for me is ruin the entire series. I won't be re-reading Divergent or Insurgent anymore. I won't be re-reading Allegiant. And I definitely won't be seeing the movies that I was once so excited for. Knowing how depressingly it ends ruins it all for me...more
"an undeserved negative review can often be the first one that appears on a book published by an indie author...it can also cause satisfied readers to"an undeserved negative review can often be the first one that appears on a book published by an indie author...it can also cause satisfied readers to be reluctant to add their own positive reviews."
Where is the proof of this? I have never ever liked a book and been afraid to post a positive review because there were negative reviews on the same books (sometimes even posted by my friends!). This statement is a bunch of bullshit that the author made up without having any proof whatsoever to back it up with.
"Any books or ebooks that are worthy of highly unfavorable reviews that are fairly written, should never have been approved for listing by reputable booksellers to begin with and by allowing these on their websites, they are in essence admitting to approving trash-titles for sale."
Uh, what? Sites like Amazon just act as a middle man, providing the indie author a way to make their book available to the customer. Is this author expecting someone at Amazon to sit there and read every single indie book to determine whether or not it's trash? If that was the case, this book would never have been published!
[in reference to "hit" reviews, or reviews that this author deems "unfairly unfavorable"]
"How do I know this actually happens? Because I have seen horrible, attack reviews toward books I have purchased and read, that were simply wonderful reads."
Hey author, just because YOU liked a book doesn't mean everyone in the world will like it. I might hate it. I might hate it enough to want to post a scathing 1-star review on it because I spent MY money on it and I'm mad that I wasted that money.
"In one review I have seen online, a customer uses the heading: "Don't waste your money!", in regard to an ebook they had read. The reviewer then goes on to name other author's books of the same genre, adding to it that customers should buy those books. This not only is inappropriate but is also categorically 'spam'."
Uh, maybe that reviewer thought the book was terrible and is trying to HELP customers by giving them other options that they feel are better? There is nothing inappropriate about this (unless the review was written by an author of one of those other books).
"A customer registering a profile to add only one review in a 2 year period? This in itself should send up a red flag to bookseller websites."
Correct. It should. This happens with people making fake profiles to write POSITIVE reviews WAY WAY WAY more often than negative reviews. But I don't see this author making a big stink about all the shill positive reviews!
[Passage is too long to quote in its entirety, but author basically states that he was mad about a customer posting a negative review who hadn't read his book. Author calls up the company to complain about the review. Company tells author to get people to post positive reviews to offset it. Author then explains why he just HAS to get his friends and family to post fake positive reviews on his books because -]
"If we wait for a random reader to post a positive review with a higher star rating deserved by an ebook or book, it could take a lengthy period of time for one to appear and possibly one will never appear. In the mean time, the undeserved negative ones can deter customers from ordering our titles."
So basically, this author is stating that people posting undeserved negative reviews are bad. But people posting undeserved positive reviews are fine! It's perfectly okay to solicit your family members to write you positive reviews that you DID NOT DESERVE.
[On book bloggers]
"To start with, anyone who dedicates a website to reviewing books should literally be a professional about it."
[He then goes on to complain about one book blogger who called him out for grammatical errors.]
There is absolutely nothing here that says the blogger was unprofessional. The blogger stated that his book was full of grammatical errors and gave examples. After reading this book, I can understand why! This book is also full of grammatical errors, including tons of hideously misplaced commas and run-on sentences.
"I absolutely feel the meaning expressed in ebook content is of far more importance than is the precise formatting"
Other people may feel differently. They have a right to have this opinion. They have a right to express this opinion in the form of a negative review if your book is full of errors.
I could go on, but I'm getting bored and the author keeps saying the same things over and over. It's a 6000 word emo rant by an author who is upset that he got a few bad reviews that he feels are undeserved.
Terrible book. Terrible author. Will not be buying any of his books. Ever....more
I didn't realize this series could get any worse, but this book proved me wrong. Then again, I am the sucker who keeps giving this author my money to I didn't realize this series could get any worse, but this book proved me wrong. Then again, I am the sucker who keeps giving this author my money to read books that I know are awful. I have no idea why I am doing it, other than that I am a masochist who has to finish series that I start.
This book starts off awful and gets worse from there. At the start, Skyla is about to get sacrificed by the evil angels called Counts, one of which is her ex boyfriend Logan. She's spinning around on a slab of rock and manages teleport herself to MARSHALL of all people. He traps her somewhere and forces her to "work" with some creepy lady named Ezrina and Skyla has to sit around chopping up dead bodies for several weeks before Marshall finally lets her go back home.
She arrives home and everyone is gathered at her house for a Christmas party. Their daughter is missing, but they're all partying! THEN, her ex boyfriend Logan immediately grabs her and starts french kissing her in front of her family for some reason. Who cares that this makes no sense and would never happen IRL ever. Let's not forget that Skyla is dating Logan's brother or cousin or whatever he is - Gage.
The plot makes almost no sense. The whole body cutting up thing, never amounted to anything other than a few mentions as Skyla internally remembers it. Skyla still parties all the time. Skyla still runs around making out with all three "boys." She also talks nonstop about sex and tries to lose her virginity about a million times in this book.
Marshall is still a creepy teacher that no one thinks is bad. There is a party at Ellis' house where all the teenagers are drinking and doing drugs. Marshall comes up and kisses Skyla in front of everyone - nothing inappropriate about that right? They then walk around holding hands, despite her BOYFRIEND being at the party. Then again, her boyfriend Gage is sorta dating Chloe for absolutely no reason that makes any sense at all.
We do get some awesome lines like "He fondles my fingers, molests them with an intensity (...)" WHY DOES THAT MAKE ME THINK OF CHILD MOLESTATION AND DISGUSTING THINGS??
Not much actually happens in the book. Skyla makes out and parties and wants to get laid but doesn't. Her parents act like idiots as usual. They think Skyla is pregnant and instead of going to the store or local doctor to get a pregnancy test, they go on a road trip and stay in a $400/night hotel and go to a super expensive doctor only to get told she's not pregnant. Skyla's step dad, who constantly calls her a slut and bitches that she is allowed to be alone with Gage, says that he's not wasting a $400/night room without getting laid himself, so he allows Skyla and Gage to room together while he bangs Skyla's mom in the other room. Yeah, that makes a ton of sense!! This does get the awesome line: "the ATM that lives in Tad's ass just hunkered down and closed up shop for the night."
Later on, Skyla and friends are all on a ski trip. Skyla and Gage are alone in the room and decide they want to have sex. During this totally hot scene, we get the line "Should I grab onto it with both hands like a fire hose?" Yes, she is talking about exactly what you think she's talking about.
Also on the ski trip, Skyla is on the lift with Gage. Somehow the ski lift malfunctions and starts dropping everyone on top of each other. Skyla then decides to use her "Celestra" strength to knock a girl's head completely off. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY SHE DID THIS. I read the scene multiple times and it makes NO SENSE! So she decapitates someone and it's no biggie. They all finish their trip and head home on the bus.
While on the bus, teacher Marshall sits with Skyla and basically says "Since everyone thinks we're a couple already and I'm the only teacher here, it's okay if we make out on the bus in front of everyone." I guess no one in Paragon has camera phones. Then again, Marshall has previous banged Michelle AT SCHOOL, so his behavior is okay.
When they return, there is some of the shoddiest and stupidest police work ever. The cops sit ALL OF THE KIDS in a room together and they each get to say a two sentence statement about how the girl got decapitated. No one preserved a crime scene at the time of the incident. No one separated witnesses immediately and talked to them about what happened right away. No, we're going to let random people remove the body and do a half ass investigation later. THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING BAD!
Skyla later decides she's going to give Marshall her virginity in exchange for him getting Chloe transferred to another school. She does this because she supposedly can't kill Chloe because of a necklace that is "soldered on." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Why can't she yank it off? Why can't she "light drive" (aka time travel) back to before Chloe got the necklace and kill her then? Oh yeah, she can only time travel to get drugs for her friend Ellis and at other random times when it suits the awful plot.
Speaking of getting drugs, Skyla decides to carry around some pot as a bribe to get some information. She of course gets caught by the police with this pot. These cops take pot VERY SERIOUSLY (because a teenager with marijuana is way more important to investigate than a MURDER). Skyla gets like 500 hours of community service and jail time and a stern talking to for the pot.
As we get closer to the end, Skyla tells Gage, Logan and Marshall that she loves them. She tries to have sex a few more times with Gage, also tries to have sex with Marshall, and makes out and ends up with her "skirt pulled above her waist" with Logan. She's not a slut at all! At the end the author HAS to leave us with a cliffhanger that I can't even bring myself to care about.
This book is so bad. The plot is ridiculous, it's full of completely ludicrous behavior and the main character is uncaring about anyone but herself and her own needs. The side characters are all unrealistic and stupid. As with the previous books, there are a ton of typos and grammatical errors. It took me nearly a week to get through and I had to take breaks to read two other novels (which were actually good and I blew through each of them in a matter of hours). I hate not finishing a series, but I'm seriously considering stopping here, especially when the author has said the 6th book isn't even the last one. ...more
I liked Jillian Dodd's book "That Boy" quite a bit. While I wasn't super pleased with the endingThis review also posted on my blog at: Kala's Book Blog
I liked Jillian Dodd's book "That Boy" quite a bit. While I wasn't super pleased with the ending, I thought overall the writing was decent and the characters were likable.
I read the blurb for this book and thought that it sounded awesome. The book was supposed to be about popular girl Keatyn who has been living a sham life because she thought it was what she wanted (perfect friends, perfect boyfriend, etc), but it's all imploding around her and she starts to realize that the perfect life she thought she wanted might not be the best thing after all.
Yeah, that blurb is almost a complete fabrication. Well, I mean, it's kind of true for the first 15-20% of the book, but then the story changes drastically and none of that matters anymore.
Considering that I enjoyed That Boy, I figured I would like this one as well.
And I did!
For about 70-75% of the book.
Then the book died for me. It completely tanked. I struggled so hard to read the last quarter of this book because I was so pissed off at what happened and where Dodd was taking this story. I've since learned that she plans to make this a 6-book series and that disappoints me even more. For reasons I'll get in to later in this review, I'm possibly going to check out the sequels... but definitely not at $9.99 each for the ebooks. I was VERY happy I only paid $2.99 for this one.
There are some spoilers after this point, so BEWARE!
Stalk me starts off with Keatyn and her boyfriend Sander partying it up with her best friends Vanessa and RiAnne. And Cush, but I'll get in to him later. Sander keeps getting drunk at the parties all the time and won't have sex with her even though they've been dating a year. Vanessa is a really terrible friend and basically blackmails Keatyn into doing whatever she wants. RiAnne is basically Vanessa's lap dog.
Keatyn also apparently loves to surf and wakes up early to meet with her surfer friends, Damian and Brooklyn. She has a crush on Brooklyn and she doesn't know if it's requited. Even though Vanessa tells her not to, she breaks up with Sander. The breakup was actually well done and I really liked Sander. Unfortunately Sander disappears from the book after the breakup, despite Keatyn telling us he's her BFF and they have probably the most amicable breakup in history.
So Keatyn is single and starts hitting on Brooklyn. They make out one night and Keatyn thinks she's in love. Brooklyn doesn't call her for a few days and she gets all upset thinking she was just a hookup. After a few days he calls her and invites her to go away for the weekend with him and some friends to surf. She's all excited until he texts her and tells her he left early without her. She's emo about this and goes to a party with Cush.
Cush might be the absolute best character in this entire book. Cush is the cute, arrogant, adorable player who never dates, just has hookups, and has sexy dimples. He also is very good friends with Keatyn. They've been great friends for awhile - he goes dancing with her when her other friends wouldn't, she goes to awkward family functions with him as moral support, etc.
So, Keatyn is all upset that Brooklyn went off without her and she thinks he's a big player now. They get into a text fight where he tells her to grow up. That night she and Cush go to the party and end up kissing. She likes it a lot and Cush admits to her that he's been in love with her for awhile which is why he doesn't date girls. So Keatyn gives up her virginity and they start dating.
Every scene with Cush makes me feel like this:
Cush is freaking awesome. They have an amazing time together until Keatyn is about to go on vacation and her BFF Vanessa sends her a cryptic text. Keatyn knows Vanessa is setting something up, so she stops by a party and finds another girl (Mandy) giving head to Cush. She's pissed off until she realizes Cush has been drugged. So Keatyn's best friend Vanessa sets this all up because she's a crazy stalker bitch. Keatyn takes Cush to a doctor and his parents find out and freak. For some really strange reason that I don't understand, except that the author needed to create a rift between them despite it not making any sense at all, Cush blames Keatyn for what happened and they break up. Don't ask, I don't understand why either.
So Keatyn leaves and ends up somehow starting up with Brooklyn again. They spend the summer having sex all over Europe and surfing. But Keatyn loves to dress up and go to clubs and dance, but Brooklyn hates it. He only likes her when she's playing beach bum without makeup. They argue about it and break up at her 17th birthday party.
At the same party, Cush and Keatyn make up and she tells him she loves him. Keatyn has realized that Cush loves all of her, not just pieces, and she wants to be with him. And from what I've seen so far, SHE IS RIGHT. They dance and make out and then Keatyn decides to go hang out with Brooklyn some more (WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU GIRL????).
This is where the book completely goes fucking nuts and starts sucking huge donkey balls.
While all this stuff is going on, Keatyn's mom (who is a famous actress) has been getting scary stalker letters. At Keatyn's 17th bday party, while she's hanging with Brooklyn, the stalker shows up and tries to abduct Keatyn. She gets away, but suddenly everything has to change.
Keatyn's mom decides Keatyn has to be sent to boarding school to be safe. She has to cut off all contact with all friends (except Brooklyn for some weird reason) and can't tell any of them that she's ok. Keatyn goes along with this after putting up very minimal resistance. She is vaguely upset about not seeing Cush anymore, but he's barely mentioned for the rest of the book. She professed her love for the guy and now she has to cut off all contact. He has no idea where she is. He has no idea why she refuses to talk to him. It's completely fucked up.
But Keatyn does't seem that upset. She gets emancipated from her parents and they open bank accounts for her because that way the stalker can't track her! She also changes her name to Keatyn Monroe, because that will hide her true identity! Her mom is a famous actress who is in a relationship with a famous actor. No matter what, Keatyn would occasionally be photographed by paparazzi. Her face is going to be known, especially by celebrity hounds who love to read entertainment magazines and blogs. She is also supposedly a dead ringer for her mother. But ... she will go to a boarding school full of rich people where no one will recognize her because it's important to the plot even though it MAKES NO FUCKING SENSE.
Oh, let's not forget that after professing her love to Cush, she fucks Brooklyn one last time before leaving for boarding school. Just because. It makes no sense why she can hang out with Brooklyn but not Cush, especially because the stalker knows Brooklyn, but whatever!
Keatyn goes to boarding school, meets and starts making out with three different guys (Dallas, Riley, Aiden).
On her first night at boarding school she and Dallas get high and make out.
Second night, she purposely lets Riley into her room while she's wearing lingerie and a skimpy robe.
That same night, she holds hands with Aiden and this happens:
It takes everything I have to let go of his hand when I shake it. My hand belongs in his. Forever. Don't laugh. I'm serious. It belongs in his forever
She has been at school all of TWO DAYS and like a week prior had confessed her love to Cush. Now she has completely forgotten about him and literally has so much chemistry with Aiden that she thinks her hand belongs in his FOREVER.
She also ends up on a ferris wheel with Aiden. And of course, when it's at the top, they kiss. It looks like this:
A slow, perfect, time-stood-still, fireworks-in-my-eyes kind of kiss. And it was just a little kiss. No open mouths, no tongues; just a kiss. A little teeny kiss. Holy Shit. I'm in love with him.
Yep, she was in love with Cush last week (and CUSH IS FUCKING AWESOME) and now she's in love with Aiden. Let's not forget that a week and a half ago she was in love with Brooklyn.
The last lines of the book are:
All I have to say is: boarding school is no day at the beach. It's way more exciting.
And to that, I say this:
You create this fucking awesome character in Cush. His dialogue is awesome. His back story is awesome (what we get of it). EVERYTHING is fucking awesome about him.
You create this crazy dynamic between Keatyn and her "friends" at school, then fuck it all up by sending her to boarding school where we are now cut off completely from all the other characters you spend a few hundred pages getting us connected with and start us completely over in some shit boring boarding school with characters who are all cardboard cutouts of each other?
Am I supposed to give a fuck about Aiden or Dallas or Riley? I've known these characters for all of 30 seconds before Keatyn is forming these relationships with them that I don't give a fuck about because I WANT CUSH. Hell, I'll take Brooklyn, or Sander, or Vanessa. But giving me a fuck ton of new characters who all have the exact same personalities and making Keatyn get all in to them is basically a big FUCK YOU to the entire previous 80% of this book.
I originally rated this 2-stars, but after writing this I'm so pissed off at this story that I've had to drop it to 1-star.
Two things I also want to mention:
* Stalker plot is more like a minor sub-plot. However, that minor subplot fucked this entire story up by forcing the whole boarding school thing. * This book suffers HUGELY from absent parent syndrome. Keatyn has no curfew and no rules. She regularly stays out entire nights. Her mom also encourages her to have sex and is super excited when Keatyn loses her virginity.
The ONLY reason that I would consider reading further into this series is if I read spoilers and find out Cush makes a comeback. Not that Keatyn deserves him, since she basically wants to run around fucking and kissing everyone, but he's the only character that makes this series redeemable. If book 2 is an Aiden/Keatyn love story I will pass. NOT INTERESTED....more
I'm a sucker for retellings of Disney stories. You know all those cheesy Disney Cinderella remakes? Yeah, I've seen them all. The Hilary Duff one. TheI'm a sucker for retellings of Disney stories. You know all those cheesy Disney Cinderella remakes? Yeah, I've seen them all. The Hilary Duff one. The Selena Gomez one. All of them. AND I LOVE THEM!
I took awhile to pick this one up, because there was something about the sci-fi cyborg aspect that turned me off. I wish I hadn't waited so long though, because this book was awesome! It's sci-fi, but a lighter version that's easy to read and not as tech-heavy as the hardcore sci-fi tends to be.
Marissa Meyer's world building was a bit shaky at first and I struggled to get a feel for what it looked like, but her characters were all fleshed out and compelling and I got sucked in to their storylines almost from the first page.
There was a "twist" at the end that was obvious from nearly the beginning. I think the first time the author hinted at it, it was extremely obvious. I don't know if she meant it to be obvious or not, but it definitely was. I won't go in to further detail because it would spoil the story, and because the story was still so much fun that it didn't matter.
I am pretty upset at Meyer though, for that ending! Cliffhangers will be the death of me, for real. I can't wait for Scarlet (which appears to be Little Red Riding Hood plus Cinder!). Great book! Highly recommend! Don't let the sci-fi aspect scare you off, this is a great story!...more
I wasn't planning to read this because the first book made me so mad, but I decided what the hell and gave iAlso posted on my blog at: Kala's Book Blog
I wasn't planning to read this because the first book made me so mad, but I decided what the hell and gave it a shot. I didn't hate the first book because of the writing and I still liked That Boy (though I wasn't a fan of the sequel). I was hoping and praying this one would redeem Stalk Me for me. And it kind of did and kind of didn't? It's hard to explain.
If Keatyn had started off at boarding school and I hadn't spent 300+ pages in Stalk Me getting to know a bunch of other characters, only to have them ripped away and have her tossed in with a bunch of new ones, I would have liked this book a LOT better. Probably not more than 3-stars better, but still better.
Unfortunately, that's not what happened. What happened is that I read Stalk Me. I got attached to the characters Keatyn spent the first 300+ pages of the book with, especially Cush. If you read my Stalk Me review, you'll see how much I liked Cush. Cush was THE ONLY male love interest that jumped off the pages and just made you fall for him. He was lively and real and SO perfect for Keatyn's personality. Brooklyn came across as a dick for the entire book, and even more so in Kiss Me. Sander was alright, but hello, GAY. The other boys Keatyn made out with were all introduced in the last few pages of Stalk Me and I was so pissed off at that point that I just hated them all instantly. After reading Kiss Me, I still pretty much hate them all (except Dawson).
The way Cush was handled in Kiss Me infuriates me even more. First of all, we get this near the beginning:
And I know I told Cush that I loved him at my party. But he bought me boots! The. Perfect. Boots. And I maybe got a little caught up in the moment.
This right here showcases all of the big issues with Keatyn in a few short sentences. She constantly is telling boys she loves them, or internally saying she loves them. She told a boy she loved him because he BOUGHT HER SOMETHING. Never mind that the boy has been in love with her for years, treated her like a freaking goddess, has similar interests to her, and loves her for who she is (unlike Brooklyn who only loves her when she acts the way he wants her to act).
But whatever. That was pretty bad. But the worst is yet to come. About 5-6 times Keatyn internally mentions that she misses Cush, but she then instantly forgets about him when she starts making out with one of the three boys she kisses during Kiss Me. Then at around 70%, the bombshell that is the reason why this book is getting 2 stars instead of 3.
(view spoiler)[At around 70%, Keatyn for some reason is able to access her Facebook account that she's been denied access too because of the stalker. On there is a letter from Cush where he tells her that his mom bought those boots, not him. He also says that he moved to Oregon and before he gave her the boots he got a girlfriend. He got caught up in the moment at Keatyn's party and that whole love confession thing that happened right before the stalker tried to kidnap Keatyn was a sham. He's now happily dating this girl in Oregon.
I don't even know what to say. It's depressing that Dodd would take THE best character and have it turn out like this.
Anyways. This book mostly focuses on a love triangle between Keatyn and Aiden and Dawson. Keatyn makes out with both a bunch. She thinks she's in love with Aiden, but he acts like a weirdo douchebag most of the time so she starts dating Dawson (who is the only other decent character in this entire series). I can't help it. I don't hate Dawson. He's not as fun and interesting as Cush, but he's not unbearable. I just can't help but be so emo about Cush that I can't really get in to the Dawson/Keatyn relationship that much. It appears, from reading other reviews, that I'm the only one, but I can't help what I feel.
I don't know if I'll continue the series. I probably will, because I have this weird complex about finishing series (it took me slogging through five terrible awful books to finally give up on the Celestra series). I'm really disappointed in how this is going though. :(...more
I found this at the library and the cover was cute, so I decided to give it a try. I liked it at first, but once you get into the meat of the story itI found this at the library and the cover was cute, so I decided to give it a try. I liked it at first, but once you get into the meat of the story it really falls apart. The world building is so beyond silly and I just became lost and confused as to what the message of this story was. I think Cassidy just tried to put way too many things into this book and it spins out of control.
Jess is the "new girl" who happens to be an awesome cheerleader. She is so good that she displaces resident mean girl, Lexy, from the cheer team. Because of this, she becomes the outsider freak despite being on the cheer squad.
Then she gets chosen as one of seven to be inducted into The Cinderella Society that year. I thought this was cute at first - a group of girls focused on doing good things for the world. But it eventually became so convoluted and weird.
Apparently the "Cindys" have a rival group called "The Wickeds" (yes, really). That's the name of their group. They induct seven girls a year into their group also, and they apparently have a goal of doing bad things. Or something. I don't really know.
So the Cindys and the Wickeds do "battle" often. Jess must get a Cindy makeover and read through a training manual in order to win her battles against the Wickeds. The makeover takes many chapters and is a huge part of this book. Apparently we don't want to send the message that it's okay to be yourself - we must all get makeovers and we can't be awesome until we develop our "signature style!"
The "battles" that are fought are basically just mean girl confrontations. A Wicked will come be snarky and the Cindys have to "win" the battle by being super nice and awesome.
It's so fucking stupid.
What's even MORE stupid is that this Cinderella Society is apparently a NATIONAL organization. Full of top supermodels, athletes, actresses, and other assorted famous people. They all do good deeds and fight Wickeds!
And even MORE stupid... even though Jess shows no special skills she is chosen to LEAD this organization. I'm not sure what she needs to lead them to, but she is the leader now! She can fight the major battles like ... snubbing Lexy!
Seriously. I have no idea what evil things the Wickeds actually do, other than be mean girls. Is this really something that's so important we need a national organization (complete with a spy pad underneath the mountain and secret rooms behind coffee shops!) to deal with it?
Oh, and there is also a love story going on between Jess and Lexy's brother, Ryan. Ryan is a "Charming" but he hangs out with the "Villains." Yes, these are actual groups of people and that's the actual name for these groups. That everyone knows! Except the "Reggies" (who are us normal folks).
I thought at first that this was going to have some paranormal aspect to it. The induction into The Cinderella Society was very wicca-ish and witchy. There were also some other hints that they might have magical powers. But nothing ever happens there.
This book is one convoluted mess and I don't think I even managed to sort it out in my head yet, let alone in this review. Terribad!
Nora Roberts books just keep getting more and more formulaic. I have already given up on her "In Death" series because the last few have bored me to tNora Roberts books just keep getting more and more formulaic. I have already given up on her "In Death" series because the last few have bored me to tears. There is no spark in them anymore.
Despite that, I've generally enjoyed her trilogies. Chesapeake Bay and the Key trilogies are some of my favorites. The Bride quartet was also really good, and I had high hopes for the Inn Boonsboro series, but it just fell flat.
The Perfect Hope suffered from some of the same nonsense as The Last Boyfriend. The characters spend a lot of time talking and very little time doing anything. Hope and Ryder (the couple of this book) have a small kiss. We then have to slog through pages upon pages of Hope talking to Clare and Avery about it. Then Avery and Clare talking about it without Hope. Then Hope talking about it with Ryder's mother. Then Ryder talking about it with his brothers. Then the brothers talking about it without Ryder. None of these conversations was THAT important. Did we really every single character's opinion on a kiss between two unattached adults?
In The Perfect Hope, Roberts also continues her new trend of having her characters schedule sex. I'm sorry, but this is NOT sexy or romantic at all. Hope and Ryder admit to each other that they want to have sex, so they decide to schedule it for the following Tuesday. Avery and Owen did this in The Last Boyfriend as well. It's not funny, or sexy, or interesting at all.
Considering Roberts' publisher also charges $10 an ebook (sometimes closer to $15), I think I will be stopping here with her novels. There are so many other books out there that I can't continue wasting my time and money on stuff that just isn't magical anymore. ...more
This book left me so dissatisfied. I am sitting here frowning about how it ended. It's not that it had a sad ending, I think technically it did have aThis book left me so dissatisfied. I am sitting here frowning about how it ended. It's not that it had a sad ending, I think technically it did have a happily ever after... but it just didn't feel that way to me.
The book has split perspectives between Reid (bad boy famous actor) and Emma (good girl newbie actress). I really feel like the Reid stuff was pointless if this book is an Emma/Graham love story. I kept thinking Reid would redeem himself, and he came close a few times, but it just never happened. Reid's last lines are "As much as I wanted to be that guy, I don't have it in me. I am who I am." I just can't but be sad by this. I don't want to spend half of a novel in Reid's head to have nothing come of it.
I realize there are sequels, but I don't even want to read them. I guess I was just hoping for a Reid/Emma happy ending which isn't going to happen. It looks like some new female character is added in the third book as a love interest for Reid, but I'm not curious enough to read it and get to know her. I got emotionally invested in Reid and Emma, so having Emma end up with a different guy and Reid not even meet his love interest until book 3 depresses me.
I found Graham to be nice, but kind of boring and cardboard. He comes across as too perfect and I never believed for a second that he and Brooke had something going on. His "secret" at the end came out of nowhere and I'm shocked that Emma, a barely 18 year old with huge plans for her future, would accept it that quickly. We also barely find out anything about Graham and see very little of his personality, because we're in Reid's head for half the book and there aren't a ton of scenes between Emma and Graham.
Webber's book Easy is one of the best I've read in the last few weeks and I was so excited to read something else by her, only to be really let down by this book. :(...more
This book was just "okay" to me. I found myself having issue with how Olivia behaved quite often aReview also posted on my website at: Kala's Book Blog
This book was just "okay" to me. I found myself having issue with how Olivia behaved quite often and I didn't particularly like her very much. The "twist" ending was obvious from nearly the start and I didn't like it at all (more on that later).
Olivia is a bartender and a student who lives with her cousin, Marissa. Marissa is a huge bitch who constantly puts down Olivia and treats her like garbage. Marissa has no redeeming qualities at all. She's evil just for the sake of being evil for no apparent reason.
Marissa has a boyfriend named Nash, and instantly Olivia is attracted to him and wishes she could have a boyfriend like him. She ruminates OFTEN about how she would love a boyfriend JUST LIKE NASH because he's SO AWESOME. Nash gets Olivia a job working at his twin brother's bar (and the twin is named... CASH... UGH).
Nash is supposedly awesome because he has a job and is a nice guy (and also really hot). Olivia also has a thing for Cash, because he's hot and rides a motorcycle and is a "bad boy." She claims she has a thing for bad boys and just can't keep herself away from them. So she starts a relationship (sorta) wish Cash. Cash is very sweet to her, a monster in the sack, helps her with her broken down car, helps her with her dad's ranch when her dad is in trouble, and acts like an all around nice guy. Even so, Olivia complains internally the entire time because she wants a "nice guy" like Nash.
Olivia also flirts like crazy with Nash, which doesn't really seem to bug her that much despite him having a girlfriend (WHO HAPPENS TO BE HER COUSIN). If a guy is in a committed relationship and is flirting with you, he's probably a douchebag and probably isn't the "nice perfect guy" you think he is.
However, Olivia doesn't see that. She keeps pining after Nash while banging Cash.
Then comes the twist that I saw from probably around chapter 5?
I'm not a big fan of historical romances, but I absolutely LOVE Virginia Henley's "The Pirate and the Pagan." I don't like the rest of her books that much, but that one is my absolute favorite. Maybe because of that book I was able to pick up on the twist so quickly.
The twist is...
Cash and Nash are the same person. When Olivia finds this out, she is upset. She's not upset that she was sleeping with her cousin's boyfriend though. That doesn't seem to bother her that much. She doesn't seem overly concerned with the entire thing for very long at all. Yeah, she got mad for a few days, but when Cash came and said "I broke it off with Marissa" she jumped right back in to a relationship with him - happy because she now has her "perfect" guy (the "nice" guy Nash mixed with the "bad" boy Cash).
The reason behind the deception was so convoluted and silly, I still don't even really understand it. Then the book ends with a huge "TO BE CONTINUED" dun dun dunnnnnnn!!!
I am giving it two stars instead of one because I enjoyed a lot of it. The ending was REALLY weak and Olivia's behavior was annoying as hell, but it was a quick and easy read and I liked parts of the storyline. I'd be curious to see other stuff written by this author, but I wasn't very impressed by this book....more
Alright, because I was approved for this via NetGalley/Gallery Books (thank you!), I went ahead and read it.Also posted on my blog at: Kala's Book Blog
Alright, because I was approved for this via NetGalley/Gallery Books (thank you!), I went ahead and read it.
I still have a major issue with p2p fanfiction being marketed as original. If you want to see a great post on WHY I feel it's unethical, read this comment by Alicia.
Now, on to the book...
I like to read a lot of Twilight fanfic (the actual fanfic, not the p2p kind with new names!) and my boyfriend always calls it Twilight porn. THIS STORY is exactly why he calls it that. If ever there was a story that was pretty much porn without a plot, this is it.
Bennett and Chloe hate each other. For the first 2/3-3/4 of the novel, they have a lot of hate sex. They snipe at each other in public, then in private they have rough sex. Shirt ripping, buttons flying everywhere, bent over the desk type of sex. The sex scenes themselves are pretty hot - I will admit that.
But that's all there is. Lots of sex.
Towards the end, the sex becomes less hateful and the characters snipe at each other less frequently, but it's still just a sex story. I can give you the entire plot in a few lines:
Hate sex Hate sex Hate sex Hate sex Hate sex Hate sex Hate sex Love/Hate sex Love/Hate sex Argument/Break up Make up I love you sex The end
The book wasn't poorly written, but there just isn't any substance here. It's Edward and Bella having hate sex all over an office. That's it. ...more
I really really really wanted to like this book a lot. While Thoughtless and Effortless weren't without flawAlso posted on my blog at: Kala's Book Blog
I really really really wanted to like this book a lot. While Thoughtless and Effortless weren't without flaws, the books were both compelling and I found myself sucked in to Kiera and Kellan's trials and tribulations. Reckless just doesn't come anywhere near that.
This book just shouldn't have been written. It really brings nothing new to Kellan and Kiera's relationship. In fact, the two get along just fine for pretty much the entire novel outside of a few minor spats that Kiera gets over almost instantly. The first 20-25% of the book is downright boring. I was wondering what the heck I was reading, because I haven't ever been BORED by S.C. Stephens before.
Perhaps it's because nothing new was introduced. I mean, yes, Kiera gets drunk and Denny takes her home and takes care of her (Kellan is out of town). But Kellan doesn't get mad about it and Denny is a perfect gentleman. Yes, one of Kellan's exes shows up and blackmails him about a sex tape, but Kellan's former man-whore status was already a dead horse beaten to death in the first two books. Kiera is mildly upset about the tape, but gets over it after a page or two. We spend the majority of the first 20-25% listening to KIera and Kellan call each other husband and wife (THEY ARE NOT ACTUALLY MARRIED) and be all lovey dovey with each other. It's cute, but a couple getting along perfectly doesn't make a good novel.
The middle of this book is good. I really liked the conflict that Sienna Sexton brought to the picture. While Kellan and Kiera still got along perfectly throughout all of it, it made sense and was still interesting because I wanted to find out exactly how everything was going to play out with Sienna as Kellan's fame continued to rise.
SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!
Then we get to the last 20% where things just go to shit again. Not in the sense that Kiera's life goes to shit. Quite the opposite. There is a car accident, but we're never afraid Kellan will die. He doesn't, of course, and the accident suddenly changes the public opinion on Kiera and from that point on, we spend probably 100 pages reading about how perfect life is for Kiera and Kellan and all the D-Bags.
Seriously, it's like a 100 page epilogue and that doesn't even include the ACTUAL epilogue which is pretty much pointless. Before we even get to the epilogue, we get to read all about how Kiera and Kellan have a 'perfect' wedding (in the hospital), how all of Sienna's fans suddenly hate her and now everyone loves Kiera (when before all the fans thought Kiera was 'stealing' Kellan from Sienna), how Kiera and Kellan go to the Grammys and of course the D-Bags win, how Kiera gets pregnant and has a baby, how her book becomes a huge self published bestseller and gets picked up by a traditional publisher, how they buy a huge house on 11 acres and it's so perfect...it just goes on and on and on. Complete overkill!
Then we get a horribly long epilogue that really doesn't say anything new. I mean, we already know that Kiera and Kellan are happily married with a baby and a Grammy and a #1 album and a bestselling novel. What could the epilogue POSSIBLY TELL US? And the answer is... nothing really.
Stephens also tied up EVERY OTHER character's storylines as perfectly as possible. Griffin turns in to the perfect dad who marries Anna. Denny and his girlfriend get married and live happily ever after as they become the perfect managers for the D-Bags.
This book just reeked of Breaking Dawn syndrome. Completely unnecessary and everyone gets exactly what they want in the end without really losing anything. If the first 20% and the last 20% were cut out, this book would have been a lot better. Pretty much the only interesting parts were the entire storyline with Sienna (til the end) and almost everything with Griffin and Anna.
I don't know. This book just really disappointed me. ...more
This book was sweet and cute and clean - basically a generic romance for teens. It just didn't have that WOW factor. The plot line is one that's overuThis book was sweet and cute and clean - basically a generic romance for teens. It just didn't have that WOW factor. The plot line is one that's overused and Hawthorne does nothing new with it here. Girl likes Douchebag guy. Sweet guy likes girl. Girl takes awhile, but eventually realizes Douchebag guy is a douchebag and falls for the sweet guy. Happily ever after.
Kate was one of the most oblivious and idiotic romantic heroines I've ever read. She met Brad (her brother's college roommate) once and "fell in love" with him. Right from the start she can't give any reasons why she's head over heels for him except that he's hot. She even says "What else is there?" when her Aunt asks her what other reasons she has for liking Brad.
The setting for this book is a ski resort where Kate and her two friends (all high school seniors) have to share a 3-bedroom condo with her brother Sam and his two friends (Brad and Joe). Brad is the roommate that Kate has a crush on.
As soon as Brad enters the picture it's made VERY obvious that he's a complete dirtbag. One of his first lines is about how his favorite things are "driving fast and kissing babes." He hooks up another girl on the very first night of their vacation and moves in to the other girl's house for the duration. His lines are all skeevy and douchebaggy, he moved in with another girl, and Kate still thinks he's the most amazing thing since sliced bread.
Enter Joe. The other friend of her brother's. It's made VERY obvious from the start that Joe has a thing for Kate. He's super sweet, super attentive, flirtatious with her, asks her on a date, kisses her, and is generally awesome. But she is wishy washy about it for the majority of the book (gotta get conflict SOMEWHERE I suppose).
It bugs me that authors don't realize the best characters are not 100% evil or 100% good. Making Brad a complete tool and making Joe Mr. Perfect makes them BOTH boring. There was never any 'love triangle' or any reason for the reader to ever believe that Kate wouldn't come to her senses and go for Joe instead of Brad.
I had two other issues with the book.
1) Were they or weren't they all having sex? It's kind of implied that they were. ALL of them. Kate's friend Allie sleeps in the same bed as Sam. Kate's other friend Leah moves in with a ski instructor for the duration of the vacation. Brad moves in with his new girlfriend. Kate sleeps in the same bed as Joe. While there isn't any explicit mention of sex, it's kind of implied that everyone is pretty much doing it like jackrabbits and that's something that annoys me in a YA novel - especially one that is otherwise packaged as a sweet and clean romance.
2) The "Kate-have-a-good-time fund" .... DROVE ME ABSOLUTELY NUTS. How many times did this saying need to be uttered? ZERO in my opinion, but instead it's brought up OVER AND OVER AND OVER. I know it's minor, but I admit I have occasional pet peeves and this is one of them.
Overall, the book was just mediocre. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it that much either....more
I read this book a week ago. I re-read it the same day. I have read about seven books since I read this one, but for some reason I still can't stop thI read this book a week ago. I re-read it the same day. I have read about seven books since I read this one, but for some reason I still can't stop thinking about it.
Slammed isn't perfect. The prose isn't all beautiful and flowy and amazing. The trope of teacher/student is probably a little cliche at this point and overdone. The name of the main character is awkward and I didn't like it at all.
But the characters... they will grab hold of your heart and just won't let go. I fell in love with Will and Lake after their date. I fell in love with Lake's mom Julia when she acted like a real mother (something so rare in YA novels these days). I absolutely fell in love with Kel and Caulder, the younger brothers of Lake and Will who steal the show throughout the book.
And the poetry... I hate poetry. In most novels if there is poetry I just skip it over and ignore it. It seems a common thing these days to make heroines of YA novels all about poetry and classic novels. I was sure I would hate a book where the characters are so emotional about poetry. Instead, I found myself sucked in by it. For the first time I actually read the words and liked them.
The last chapter of this book, including the last two poems, just moved me. That's such a cheesy way to say it, but I'm not very eloquent and I can't think of a better way. Over the past week I've re-read the last chapter of this book every time I've felt a little down because there's no way to read that last chapter and not sit there with a huge grin on your face.
Just writing about this book as me wanting to go read it again. Which I think I will do as soon as I hit save on this review. READ IT! ...more
I recently read The Perfect Game by J. Sterling and I liked it a lot. It had some issues with the plot that made me give it only 3 stars, but overallI recently read The Perfect Game by J. Sterling and I liked it a lot. It had some issues with the plot that made me give it only 3 stars, but overall I enjoyed the characters and the writing.
Not as much with Chance Encounters. I thought the first meeting between Jackson and Caroline was awkward and unrealistic. I didn't buy the progression of their relationship at all.
It's also difficult to become attached to a character as unlikable as Caroline. She is constantly talking to Jackson, mooning over his gifts, swooning over his letters, but she is in a steady and committed relationship with another man that she claims to love. I have a really hard time identifying with someone who cheats for an extended period of time. No, Caroline did not have sex with Jackson, but she had a relationship with him and she continued that relationship for over half a year (until Jackson broke it off after he found out Caroline got engaged to her boyfriend).
We don't get to spend much time with Jackson or really get to know him at all, but he was pretty bland. He was too perfect. I can't even think of one flaw the guy had.
I think the author wrote this before The Perfect Game and her writing has definitely improved. I'll probably check out future books by her, but this one just wasn't great....more
2.5 stars, rounding up to 3 because it started off so strong!
Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype in my opinion. It also didn't live up to the2.5 stars, rounding up to 3 because it started off so strong!
Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype in my opinion. It also didn't live up to the blurb, or the creepy awesome pictures.
My main issues with the book:
* The blurb makes it sound like the peculiar children are possibly dangerous/evil, but this is proved false very early on.
* The pictures are great, but the author really just kind of stuck them in there. "And then my grandpa showed me a creepy picture of a girl who could levitate. Here it is: (insert picture)" Don't get me started on the letter Miss Peregrine wrote to the grandpa, where she included a snapshot. Seemed completely out of character for her to do such a thing!
* The plot spirals out of control about 2/3 of the way through. The beginning of this book is amazing. I was hooked by the prologue and first few chapters. But as it continued, it got worse and worse. By the end, I was just hoping it would be over soon.
* The author spends a lot of time making us hate the lead character. We're constantly reminded of how he's weak and pathetic, how awful his life is (man, it sucks having super rich parents who are never around to bother you), etc. I'm having a hard time seeing what Emma sees in him... except...
* The whole Emma/Jacob relationship. I'm sorry, but it's bizarre. I understand that Emma is trapped in this time loop, but he's still the grandson of her boyfriend and that's just weird.
* Finally, the bad guys. They were scary-ish in the beginning. Then they just became stereotypical and annoying. I also don't understand why wights can go through time loops, but hollows can't. Why? Just because?
I might check out #2 in this series, but I'm not in a rush. I'm glad I got this from the library (hard copy on this one seems better than e-book version due to the pictures)! ...more
Finally got this from the library! This book was a really great read - I was surprised at how much IReview also posted on my blog at: Kala's Book Blog
Finally got this from the library! This book was a really great read - I was surprised at how much I liked it! When I found out that this was a debut novel, I was even more surprised. I don't know why, but I was.
My Life Next Door is absolutely fantastic. Every single one of the characters is believable and real and likable in some way. Samantha (the main character) lives with her politician mother who is snobby and really hates their next door neighbors - the Garretts - who are a loud and loving family with eight children.
Samantha has always watched the Garretts from her window and envied their lifestyle. She eventually meets Jase Garrett and the two fall in love. Their whole relationship was just so... REAL. I can't think of a better way to describe it. I get so tired of reading about insta-love between teenagers, or the whole "you're a drug to me" unhealthy relationships that are so common in YA these days. It was just so refreshing to read something that I could actually see happening in real life.
Although the romance between Samantha and Jase is a major part of the book, the big themes seem to be the growth of Samantha as a person, and the evolution of her relationship with her mother. Both of these are fascinating to watch unravel and grow as the story progresses.
My biggest complaint about this book has nothing to do with the writing, the author, the story, or the characters. It's with the publisher. I would have purchased this book if the e-book had been reasonably priced (which is about $7.99 max for me when it comes to an author I don't know). $10.99 for an e-book is ridiculous! Thankfully, I was able to check it out from the library and I'm so glad I did! Highly recommend this book!...more
Most of the time I go to the library I already know which books I want to get, but occasionally I randomly pull books off the shelf based on the titleMost of the time I go to the library I already know which books I want to get, but occasionally I randomly pull books off the shelf based on the title/cover without any prior knowledge of the author or book. This is one of those.
Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude is one of those weird books that is really easy to read, but when you're done you kind of sit there and go "huh?"
Kelsey is in the 8th grade at the start of this book and has just been forced to move from Boston to California due to her parents divorce. She attends a very small, very posh private school where she's an outcast because the entire school has been together since childhood and the cliques are air tight.
The summer after 8th grade she is at a skate park and meets CJ Logan, who is a popular boy and a semi-famous skateboarder (competes in X Games, etc). The two hit it off and when Kelsey starts high school (at the public high school, she talked her parents into letting her go there), she is suddenly popular because of her boyfriend. They date for the entire 9th grade year.
Unfortunately, though CJ is never a jerk, Kelsey realizes that he's not the one for her. His skateboarding comes first and outside of that, he and Kelsey don't really have much in common. She dumps him at the end of 9th grade year.
CJ doesn't take it well and posts one mean post on his blog. A lot of anonymous people on the internet post some mean things about Kelsey. When Kelsey starts 10th grade, she is no longer part of the popular skateboarder circle of friends.
This is where I expected things to get worse for her. The title makes it seem like she is a pariah because she had the nerve to dump CJ. The blurb makes it sound like the repercussions of breaking it off with him were so important. It makes it sound like SOMETHING bad happened to her because of dumping CJ. It ended up that the blog post was about it.
Instead, Kelsey joins the school newspaper, flirts with newspaper editor Nathan, hangs out with her friend Amy, and basically suffers no real issues at school other than not being friends with CJ's friends anymore. And come on, that's pretty normal in a breakup. They were CJ's friends first, they all skateboard with CJ on a regular basis, they never hung out with Kelsey outside of skateboarding events/parties ... did she expect them to be BFFs with her when she and CJ split?
The whole thing with Nathan was strange as well. There's a lot of buildup between Nathan and Kelsey for a relationship to start, and at the end they have this awkward conversation where they agree they shouldn't start a relationship.
But then in the epilogue there is a hint that Kelsey is involved with someone.
Was it necessary to leave it that open ended?
Then, to make matters worse, the author acts like a complete bitch on her blog because people are googling to find out if Nathan and Kelsey got together. Not because people are e-mailing her, not because they're bugging her personally in any way, they're GOOGLING it.
I only ended up on her blog because there is a website listed on the inside cover of the book stating that you can read CJ's version of events on his website (cjloganland.com) which is now defunct. I checked the blog to see if anything was there, and there was nothing other than the blog post CJ posted inside of the actual novel.
Here's a blog post she wrote:
This morning I got a Google alert about my second novel, Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude. I don’t know why I still have this alert set up. The book’s five years old and when I do hear from Google, it’s usually because someone has decided to put their copy up for sale on Amazon or Ebay for a nickel (plus shipping). But every once in awhile it’s because someone’s blogging about it or recommending it or something nice like that and so I don’t delete it.
But today’s Google alert makes me think maybe it’s time. It led me to a site called Cha Cha, where lazy and stupid people ask questions like “Why do split ends happen and what exactly are they?” (Didn’t know they assigned research papers in Cosmetology school) and “Who is leading the NFC east in the NFL?”
I don’t know the answer to either of these questions off the top of my head but I’m certain I could find more reliable answers elsewhere on the Internet in less time than it took for those people to go to Cha Cha and type them out.
The Skater Dude question posted was “Do the characters end up together in the end of the book Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude, by rosemary graham?
Dude. I get that you aren’t a big reader and you have this stupid book report due tomorrow and you have better things to do with your time. But why not just open the book to the final pages and see for yourself?
And to the person who googled “Is there any metaphores in thou shalt not dump the skater dude?” Here’s your answer:
I realize the post is almost 2 years old, but still. What a terrible attitude. While I'm not letting that color my review of this book, I definitely will be avoiding books from this author in the future.
The big problem I had with Rocked Under is that the characters are so awful until the last couple of pages that they're nearly impossible to like.
SOMThe big problem I had with Rocked Under is that the characters are so awful until the last couple of pages that they're nearly impossible to like.
SOME SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!!
Our main character, Emma, is a Brit who recently transplanted to a college in the USA (can't even remember what school or even what state!). She is roommates with her American cousin, Ashley, and neighbors with the frontman of a local rock band (Scott) who happens to be good friends with Ashley.
The entire plot is Emma and Scott dancing around their attraction for each other in the most obnoxious ways possible. We spend most of the book reading about Emma being attracted to Scott, but refusing to act on it because 1) her parents have a fucked up relationship and 2) Ashley told her Scott is a player.
Emma spends a large amount of time drunk in nightclubs, allowing guys to kiss her and feel her up while Scott watches. Scott spends a large amount of time having almost public sex with girls while Emma watches. And while they're watching each other, they appropriately seethe with jealousy.
Scott also likes to punch people out and is constantly beating up guys that hit on Emma - he's probably worse about this than Travis (of Beautiful Disaster fame). I personally do not think it's romantic at ALL to have a guy (who is not even the girl's boyfriend) constantly yanking other guys off the dance floor and punching them out just because they danced/kissed the girl. I can't even count the number of guys that Scott punched. The only one who deserved it was the boyfriend, Adam, that Emma had for awhile.
Speaking of Adam, for 30% of the book, he is referred to as Adam. At around the 30% point, he suddenly becomes "Ad" which is just weird. Adam is not THAT long of a name and doesn't really need to be shortened!
Further on Adam... I just don't get this character. For a LONG time he is a sweet, nice guy, then after he takes Emma's virginity he suddenly turns in to a major prick? Like, the personality switch nearly gave me whiplash. It came out of nowhere and up until right before the virginity losing scene there were NO signs of it.
Back to Scott and Emma...
I don't know. These two were just a mess.
Scott does try to start things with Emma several times and she rejects him, over and over and over. Then she cries when he goes after other girls. If you're going to reject the guy, you don't really get ownership over him anymore! You don't get to say who he does and doesn't get to sleep with. You had your chance (or should I say CHANCES).
I just didn't like either of them, and when I can't stand the main characters I don't really care about rooting for their relationship to work out. I found myself just rooting for them to finally get it on so the book would be over so I could stop reading about Emma dancing at Soundz and acting skanky while Scott acts like a drugged out manwhore....more
I'll start off with what I like about this book. It has a cool cover. I have the kindle version, so the cover doesn't matter, but I still like it.
NowI'll start off with what I like about this book. It has a cool cover. I have the kindle version, so the cover doesn't matter, but I still like it.
Now on to the bad:
The writing is very juvenile and the editing is awful. There are so many awkward sentences and misspelled words (rouge instead of rogue, heard instead of herd, etc). One line that is used way too many times throughout these books is "I pulled a face." I don't even know what that means!
I read this book and the third book back to back, and now when I am trying to think of particulars from Tremble I can't because the two books are basically the same. There's no originality between them to make either one unique. I apologize in advance if I mix up some things that happened in the two books.
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This book is basically a repeat of book one. Skyla makes out with Logan and Gage a lot. She claims to be madly in love with Logan, soul mates, yada yada yada.... then the very next page she'll be making out with Gage and stating that she and Gage are going to have a "real" relationship. I am all about a good love triangle, but Skyla seems to want to have both boys. She has no qualms about making out with one, then the other. The characters emotions are also all over the place. It's common for Skyla to get insanely jealous/angry over Logan flirting with another girl (which he always has some stupidly contrived reason for doing), but then on the next page without any conflict resolution, Skyla and Logan are making out and confessing their undying love for each other. Where's the segue?!
Some of the makeout scenes are decent, but most are so terrible I nearly gave myself a concussion with all the facepalming. We get steamy, romantic lines like, "I lay it all out on the line, slobbering over Gage like a rabid Saint Bernard." Imagining massive amounts of drool dripping off of Gage's face really gets me going!
In this book a THIRD boy shows up for Skyla to make out with - Marshall. He is a super angel masquerading as her TEACHER and desperately wants to have sex with Skyla and marry her. No one seems to think it's weird that the teacher is banging half the female students at the school (Skyla walks in on Marshall having sex with one of her classmates AT THE SCHOOL). No one seems to have a problem with the teacher calling a student rude names in front of the entire class. No one seems to think it's weird that the teacher wants Skyla to model almost nude on his horse (in fact, Skyla's mother pretty much forces her to do it).
Marshall also has the ability to show Skyla visions of the future, but only if she makes out with him. So she often makes out with him to see these visions, not caring that she's supposedly in love with Logan and having a "real" relationship with Gage. She says sweet things like "Yeah, I'm into Gage, but only when I'm with him."
Time travel is another big part of the book, though mostly Skyla time travels (aka "light drives") to get pot with her friend Ellis and visit dead Chloe. She and Chloe act like they hate each other, but then call themselves best friends/sisters. Chloe is always grinning wickedly, looking evil, acting crazy... but Skyla keeps on visiting her.
The time travel parts I actually enjoyed were when she visited her father and tried to change the past. I found this to be very realistic and interesting - something a girl who desperately misses her father would actually do if she had the ability to time travel. Of course, Skyla can't change the past and no matter what she does her father still dies that day.
Skyla also gets seriously injured during these books a lot, but it doesn't really seem to bother her. In this book, she gets her ARM CUT OFF. But it's all good, Gage and Logan go take dead Chloe's decomposed arm and they attach it to her no biggie. Within hours she is fully healed and feeling great! She's a Celestra, she has super healing and regenerative powers!
Realizing that she has uber regenerative powers, Skyla decides that the best way to stop Marshall (aka her TEACHER) from constantly making out with her is to use her blood to bring Chloe back from the dead because SURELY Marshall will fall in love with Chloe and leave Skyla to only have two boys to slobber over every other page.
I'm not sure why I bought the entire series and keep reading. I think it's partially because the underlying story/world is actually interesting despite the author butchering it to pieces. It's also like that train wreck you just can't stop looking at no matter how hard you try. I really think that there is potential here, but the author is churning these books out every two months. I wonder how much better they would be if she slowed down a little, streamlined the plot and worked on creating really good scenes instead of dozens and dozens of choppy, short, awkward scenes. ...more
So much ridiculousness in this book - I don't even know where to begin.
Emma is a teenager and in high school. She goes to class once randomly in the mSo much ridiculousness in this book - I don't even know where to begin.
Emma is a teenager and in high school. She goes to class once randomly in the middle of the book. Then at the end she goes to prom. The entire rest of the book she's missing school and it's NEVER MENTIONED. Like... if prom was so important, you'd think she would talk about it. Or think about it. Or something. You'd also think the school would be making a big deal out of the fact that she's NEVER THERE.
The Syrena/hostile takeover part of the storyline is slightly more interesting, but no less ridiculous. Our villain is a horribly written cackling "evil" mess. His plan is so stupid and the way it all plays out is just beyond silly. There's a big tribunal where he claims Nalia (Emma's mom) is not really Nalia, despite the KING (her FATHER) saying that's his daughter. Despite multiple "trackers" saying that YES that's who she is. Despite EVERYONE who knew her saying that's who she was. This incites a mob who literally "roar" every time the villain makes a ridiculous point. It's silly and dumb and the entire plot is so far-fetched.
Speaking of Emma's mom... first she chloroforms her daughter and kidnaps her, but ok. We kind of understand why. Then she's found and reintroduced to her lost love, Grom. From the minute she and Grom are reunited, they moon over each other and act like 14-year-olds in love. Then they basically disappear from the story except for a few lines here and there. But it's ok, Emma is 18, so she doesn't need a mom anymore (that's told to us in the story, not just something I made up).
While this book was an easy read, it was awful. The first one wasn't amazing, but it was at least "okay." Of Triton doesn't even meet that low standard. Don't waste your time!...more
I didn't really enjoy this novel. I love contemporary romances and I was looking forward to reading some hot and heavy teacher drama in this one... buI didn't really enjoy this novel. I love contemporary romances and I was looking forward to reading some hot and heavy teacher drama in this one... but I got something completely amateurish and just not very good.
All of our characters are teachers in a high school and you would expect them to behave in a moderately adult manner, but instead they all act like randy immature 15-year-olds themselves. Shelly Gelson (I don't know why, but I hate her name) is our heroine who has recently been dumped by her high school sweetheart, Chase, for one of their buxom co-workers. Shelly's friend Matt, another teacher, has always carried a torch for her and he starts pursuing her.
I just couldn't get past the uneducated way all of the teachers spoke and the completely juvenile way they all acted. The dialogue is stilted and the attempts at humor fell completely flat for me. I also was surprised at how often Shelly was out drinking. It seemed like she was at the bar almost every night. She had some weird obsession with beer and was a complete beer snob, which turned me off of her character.
The premise was good, but the execution here is just awful. There are great self published novels out there, but this is not one of them. I don't plan on reading anything else by this author, I just don't see the talent for storytelling here. ...more
I've made it halfway through and I just can't continue. This book is bad. Really bad.
Teenage suicide is a big deal. It's a huge problem in the United States that doesn't get the attention it deserves. There are some REALLY good books out there that address the issue (Saving June!) and there are some really bad ones (THIS BOOK).
The S-Word is supposed to be about two best friends, Angie and Lizzie. Angie catches Lizzie having sex with her boyfriend and the two have a falling out (for obvious reasons). Lizzie also becomes somewhat of a social pariah in the school because of sleeping with Angie's boyfriend. Shortly after, Lizzie commits suicide.
After Lizzie's death, someone writes "Suicide Slut" on a locker in Lizzie's handwriting and starts passing out Lizzie's journal pages.
The novel could have been about Angie trying to figure out what went wrong in her friendship, what happened to make Lizzie destroy it, and what went so terribly bad that Lizzie had to kill herself.
But it isn't.
Instead, it tries to be funny and amusing as Angie plays "detective" in the most bizarre ways, interviewing classmates in her quest to find out who wrote "Suicide Slut" on the locker. Angie suddenly turns in to an awful parody of Joe Friday from Dragnet and the book just went completely down hill.
One example - Lizzie was apparently in to acting. She had recently gotten the lead part in a play. Angie believes that the drama queen goddess Shelby McQueen who got ousted from her position when Lizzie got the part, might be behind it. She she goes to interview her. Apparently this girl is 'in character' and Angie decides to get 'in character' to talk to her too. Here's an excerpt (all typos, formatting errors, and mangled capitalization straight from the book):
so i think, but shelby's in rare form today, smoking an imaginary cigarette and lounging on the piano like she's preparing for her solo. (...) shelby greets me with a husky "hello, sugar. What's your poison?"
"reality," i quip, and climb onto the piano beside her. "that's what they all say." shelby bats her pretty brown eyes. so she wants to play hide Behind the Character. so what?
Drama class is a veritable free-for-all at the end of the year and i've got nothing but time. she can play the dame. i'll play the old-timey detective. Whatever gets the canary to sing.
"Nice to see ya, sweet cheeks," i say, tipping an imaginary hat. shelby's smile spreads across her face. she's wearing a purple 1950's style cocktail dress. the hem dances just past her knees, all propriety. But her attitude says floor-length, slit-up-the-thigh red satin.
"What can i do for ya, daddy-o?" she asks.
It continues from there in the awful Dragnet-wannabe style as Angie interviews more kids and pretends to be a hardcore detective.
Later on Angie and DRAKE (the boyfriend that Lizzie slept with), go to Lizzie's house to help pack up belongings. Angie is mildly upset, but mostly because of wondering "Did he use those eyes on Lizzie? Did he use that voice?". Drake, who apparently doesn't give a lick that he's in the bedroom of a girl he just banged who is now dead, uses the time to try and snuggle up on Angie and make out. I'll give Angie credit, she kicks him out, but still. Would this happen in real life?
The thing that annoys me most is that from what I've read so far, this isn't about Angie coming to terms with her best friend's suicide. In fact, Angie barely seems affected. It's about Angie playing Joe Friday to find out who is writing things on the wall in Lizzie's handwriting.
Seriously. It's not like Lizzie was murdered (unless there's a twist at the end where she was, but I'll never know).
There's also some rambling journal entries of Lizzie's where she gets emo about being called a slut and how no one really knows the meaning of the word slut and blah blah blah.
For the record: Slut or slattern is a term applied to an individual who is considered to have loose sexual morals or who is sexually promiscuous.
A girl who betrayed her best friend by sleeping with her best friend's boyfriend could definitely meet the criteria of having "loose sexual morals." I don't think the definition of slut is really in question here.
If this book was trying to show us the difference between men and women, and how a woman who has sex can be labeled a slut while a man is a stud.... IT FAILED. Lizzie had sex with her best friend's boyfriend. In general, when you do that, you'll earn the slut label.
Perhaps this author's style just wasn't for me. Actually, I'm positive this author's style wasn't for me. I don't like the lackadaisical approach to suicide that it took. It could have gotten better towards the end, but if it takes me over a week to struggle through the first half, I'm not going to continue in hopes that it will get better. Because to be honest, I can't think of one example where it has.
I also hate to harp on formatting issues in a galley because I know they are not completely edited yet, but this galley was the absolute worst I've ever seen. The majority of the sentences are not capitalized. The majority of the names are not capitalized. There are constant cases of words in the middle of sentences that have random capitalization mid word. While the formatting wasn't the reason for the 1-star rating (that's all the terrible writing and plot), it did make it jarring and even more awkward to read. ...more
I'm a big fan of Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series, though apparently I missed a couple, including Savannah's story. I am planning to go back anI'm a big fan of Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series, though apparently I missed a couple, including Savannah's story. I am planning to go back and read it, especially since apparently it's horse related and I'm a horse nut (I own four myself).
Back to Annie... I loved it (mostly). I love this author's writing style and have found all of her books, including this one, to be super smooth and easy to read. I was sucked in to this story from the first page and read it all in an evening. I've been on a bit of a sabatical from reading fiction lately and I think this was a perfect book to bring me back in.
Annie starts off with our lead character (Annie, duh) training to run a marathon. Slowly we learn why she's training and what happened to bring Annie to the emotional point she's at when this book starts. Of course, there's a boy involved, and I absolutely loved Jeremiah. I loved the slow progression of their relationship (well, except for that one time by the river...).
Both characters felt so flawed and so real. Even the side characters. I like that while this book was about Annie and Jeremiah, it also was about Annie rebuilding her friendships with other people (including her former best friend from childhood).
The marathon training too felt very real and I loved it. I'm a marathon runner myself (I use the term runner loosely) and I remember training for my first one and feeling a lot like Annie did after several of her sessions.
My one major annoyance with the book was the constant look at Annie's running diary. Perhaps in the paperback/hardcover this comes across better, but in the Kindle it's annoying. I have to flip through four pages every couple chapters to get through it and it bugged me.
I wish my library stocked Miranda Kenneally's books because I very much want to go back and read the others in this series I missed and right now I'm trying to be smarter financially so I can't go buy them. When you read as fast as I do, the $5-10 per book adds up FAST!
Oh well! I still loved this one and I'll get to the others eventually. Check it out if you're a fan of contemporary YA!...more