1.5 stars; "Don't settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn't come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting."
**Warning: Profanity will be included in the following, as well as spoilers - although they will be marked accordingly. Please do not click on them and proceed to read on if you wish not to be alerted of some of the content in this book. Although reading just one of them might turn you off from wanting to pick up Walking Disaster ever. And, uh, this review is sort of ranty and unnecessarily long. I TRIED TO CUT SOME STUFF OUT, I SWEAR.**
Even if I don't want to admit it, it's possible that a small part of me had hopes for Walking Disaster. When I was informed by a email from NetGalley, of which content held advertisement for McGuire's upcoming release, I was curious. Because the notice informed me that not only was Walking Disaster available for review, but the first 250 readers to request would be a granted an automatic Read Now.
Maybe what propelled me to click that request button was simply curiosity. So many friends of mine had disliked Abby's story, that maybe I just wanted to see why it was so bad.
Excuse after excuse I can give you, but really, none of it makes a difference. Because the truth of the matter is I requested it on my own free will and was - much to my surprise - accepted. And because I was the one who requested it, I owed it to the publisher to read and review it.
Although I'm not happy.
I'm not happy at all.
Travis Maddox is confident. With a high life full of women and fighting, Travis is certain he has it all. But that was before he met Abby Abernathy. That was before he realized there was something he never had.
Hold up there! Because I'll be honest with you: I sincerely doubt Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox knows what love is. His infatuation - if you can even call it that - with Abby isn't love, it borderlines on obsession. And I'm not screwing around here. This boy displays serious signs of potential domestic abuse. YOU CANNOT, and I repeat, YOU CANNOT BARGE INTO A WOMAN'S APARTMENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND AGAINST HER WILL.
When I number my problems down with Walking Disaster, unsurprisingly enough, I often come back to our dearest Travis. His side comments, direct remarks, ridiculous jealousy, and overwhelming need to dominant leaves me just:
Which, I'll point out, Travis does some form of in the story. Tearing down his apartment, that is, when Abby leaves him.
I actually had a lot of issues with the characters in this story. Now I've never read Beautiful Disaster, so Abby is the only one who gets somewhat of a pardon because I haven't seen her side of the story, and why she made the decisions she did.
BUT TRAVIS. Travis had no excuse for his behavior. Loving Obsessing over a girl doesn't give you the right to put her in harms way. (view spoiler)[Which he clearly does. Example: When he just has to have Abby at his last fight, even though she got assaulted at the last one. (hide spoiler)] Travis also has this problem where he realizes that he's about to do, or wants to do, something completely selfish and self-centered, but HE GOES ABOUT DOING IT ANYWAY. Dude, are you serious? Are you serious?
And, I don't know if you knew this or what, but you can't go around punching and beating the crap out of every guy who talks to the girl you like obsess over.
"If you don't back away from my girl, I'll rip out your fucking throat. Right here on the dance floor."
Uhm, hello? Violence alert? RED FLAGS SHOULD BE GOING UP LIKE PRONTO. That is a freaking threat that should be taken to authority or even the police, because that should not be tolerated in fear. And once again, WOMEN ARE NOT PERSONAL PROPERTY TO BE CLAIMED. WHY THE FUCK DO YOU NOT GET THAT, TRAVIS? WHY? And fun fact: YOU. ARE. NOT. EVEN. DATING. HER. ANYMORE. Where the hell did you get the right to call her "my girl"?
And my God, STOP FUCKING PUNCHING OR TRYING TO KILL EVERY GUY THAT EVEN LOOKS AT ABBY. A guy offers Abby a drink? Tries to kill him. Parker goes out with Abby. Convinced Abby is just trying to make him jealous but still tries to mess with Parker. Guy dances with Abby. Threatens to rip out their throat.
He throws Abby over his shoulder WITHOUT her consent at a party, basically kidnapping her, and shoving her into a car with him where he threatens the driver to take them to his apartment or he'll put his fist through the back of their head.
AND THE TEMPER TANTRUMS. HOW OLD ARE YOU, TRAVIS, TWO? Abby breaks up with you and moves to America's dorm room, and what do you fucking do? FOLLOW THEM. But that's not it because you lie to get in to look for Abby, find the room, and then PROCEED to HARASS America's roommate to let you in. And when she refuses, YOU FORCE THE DOOR OPEN. And when you can't find Abby, you then result to, well, a temper tantrum. When Abby doesn't show up to class, what do you do, Travis? YOU THROW TWO DESKS OVER and get kicked out of class. Which I'll add, is one of the very, very few consequences Travis suffers for his actions. Because can somebody explain to me how he can beat somebody to the point where you can see blood IN SCHOOL, and not be expelled? HOW?
And overall, Travis has some serious jealousy issues, controlling problems, violent tendencies and just lots of problems all together. But Abby, Abby wasn't much better.
There's a small portion of me that manages to feel sorry for Abby. She's trapped in a haunting memory that is her past, and all she wants to do is escape the world she comes from. But that doesn't make up for the fact that she loves Travis and doesn't call out his bullshit as often as she should. And when she does, when she finally leaves him, do you know what she does? (view spoiler)[SHE GOES RIGHT BACK TO HIM.
And I couldn't stand the slut-shaming. I'm usually not one to get too severely offended by slut-shaming, but I'll be damned if it didn't drive me insane in Walking Disaster.(view spoiler)[And uhm, Abby, just asking but, why were you having sex with Travis when you were with Parker? Travis has a lot of one night stands, but never two girls at the same time, you know. Or at least I think there was never two girls at the same time. Oh and Travis, WHO gives YOU the right to determine what Abby can wear? I just couldn't stand that - especially because Travis wasn't her parent and therefore did not have the authority to tell Abby to go change because he doesn't want her to be "too sexy." (hide spoiler)]
But it is always cool to see a girl own unsuspecting males at poker. It's pretty boss, if I do say so myself.
I liked Shepley and I did like America most of the time. The main, and only, problem I had with America was that she was very two sided. She's like that girl who's best friends with two other girls. And then one day those two other girls get in a fight, and that one girl is stuck in the middle, being pressured to choose a side. What that girl stuck in the middle decides to do though is not to stay neutral, not even to side with one friend, but instead tries to go with both friends.
Basically, what I mean is this:
Friend A and Friend B are in a fight. Friend C is stuck in the middle.
Friend A to Friend C: "Oh em gee! Did you know what Friend B did to me! *shrieks dramatically* SHE SAID THAT PINK WAS NOT MY COLOR! HOW COULD PINK NOT BE MY COLOR!?! RIGHT?"
Friend C: "Of course! I don't know what she was thinking! Pink is so your color."
Later, Friend B and Friend C meet up in the library or something.
Friend B to Friend C: "Oh em gee! Did you hear what Friend A did to me? *stomps feet dramatically* SHE SAID THAT BLACK WAS SO NOT MY COLOR! HOW COULD BLACK NOT BE MY COLOR? BLACK GOES WITH EVERYTHING! RIGHT? RIGHT?"
Friend C: "Of course! I don't know what she was thinking. Some people are just a bit cray-cray, you know?"
Friend B: "Definitely!" *sighs* "It's so nice having someone that understands you."
The point I'm trying to get across is this: America is all for Abby&Travis4eva one second and the next she's screaming at Travis never to touch Abby again. I don't know, even after finishing this book, what America really wanted from Travis and Abby's relationship. But America's relationship with Shepley, I didn't have problems with. Maybe mainly because I was already too irritated and occupied with one relationship to pay too close attention to anything else that wasn't blowing up in my face.
I also, surprisingly, had a soft spot for Travis's family. Totally unexpected, because I have everything but for Travis. I really liked Travis's brothers, because as far as I could tell, they weren't obsessive or creepily possessive or easily jealous. I also really liked Jim, Travis's father.
And contrary to 99% of my review, Walking Disaster wasn't completely unlikable. There were moments where I was not agitated, characters I did like, and overall the story is quite addictive.
I'll bet (get it? get it?) that a lot of you will manage to finish this book in no time. I kept flipping the pages to find out what happens, even though a part of me didn't really want to. There are some cheesy lines (most of which come from Travis) and scenes, but I don't think I wasted my time reading this. Because for one, I didn't spend much time on it. And also because it was interesting, after hearing so much about Beautiful Disaster, to be able to form my own opinion. But unlike most of you, who are curious to see what was going on in Travis's head, I'm the exact opposite.
I am legitimately deciding - I'm not kidding - on whether or not I want to pick up Beautiful Disaster. Why? Why would I want to do that when I obviously wasn't a fan of the story? Because I want to know what propelled Abby to fall in love with Travis Maddox. And more so than that, what magic was worked so that she would stay with him. Have you guys read Beautiful Disaster or Walking Disaster? Were you a fan of it, were you not? Is New Adult something you like to read? If you've read Beautiful Disaster or Walking Disaster, what did you think of that ending? I'd love to hear some opinions!
**The following will include direct quotes or passages from the advance readers copy I received of Walking Disaster. They are subjected to be revised or changed in the final edition**.
Okay, guys. So if you guys want to see, since I've gotten a few comments asking, what I though of particular scenes in the story, I've decided to include exactly that. I'll copy a passage from the advance copy, and then I'll write down my reactions at the time. Sound fun? Although I might be a bit snarky, so if you don't like that, than don't read on. Also, SPOILERS AHEAD, if you haven't concluded that yet. I AM COPYING PASSAGES FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE MIDDLE TO THE END OF THE BOOK! Oh, and, I'm sorry I don't know the exact pages for the quotes, because I read an e-ARC and my Kindle shows locations in thousands instead of pages.
"You're going to have to tone down the jealous boyfriend thing, Travis. I didn't do anything wrong."
"I walk up here, and some guy is buying you a drink!"
OH MY GOD. ABBY JUST COMMITTED THE WORST SIN EVER. SHE LET A GUY BUY HER A DRINK.
Just kill me now, before I go and kill this jealous obsessive and possessive boyfriend.
I leaned against the door with my hip. "You can't leave."
Um, yes she can. It's something call free will, babe.
"You hit that guy because you were pissed at me! What should that tell me? Because red flags are going up all over the place right now!"
You just noticed those bright red flags? I'VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL YOU SINCE DAY ONE. WE ARE CURRENTLY HALFWAY INTO THE STORY, AND I GUARANTEE TO YOU TRAVIS WASN'T A PURE-HEARTED GENTLEMAN FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE BOOK THAT SUDDENLY TURNED VIOLENT AND EVIL.
She closed her eyes. "We are dysfunctional, Travis. I think you're just obsessed with the thought of owning me more than anything else."
"That's not true. I love you more than my life Pigeon."
"That's exactly what I mean. That's crazy talk."
"It's not crazy. It's the truth."
AHA! SHE ADMITS IT TOO. I KNEW I WASN'T THE ONLY ONE THAT THINKS TRAVIS HAS A POSSESSION PROBLEM. And please, Travis. Stop if you know what's good for you. You are starting to sound like one of those much detested wimpy heroines who can't live without their love interests.
"OHHHH PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME, BABY! I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU! LET'S MAKE OUT!"
...add a "While the world outside dies" and that can be applied to many female protagonists of young adult dystopians, who seem to prioritize boys over life.
Unable to restrain myself, I reached out for Abby, wrapped her small frame in my arms, and planted my lips on hers. Her mouth was cold and stiff, so I cradled her face in my hands, kissing her harder, desperate to get a reaction.
"Kiss me," I begged.
Abby's kept her mouth taut, but her body was lifeless. If I let her go, she would have fallen.
"Kiss me!" I pleaded. "Please, Pigeon! I told him no!"
Abby shoved me away. "Leave me alone, Travis!" She shouldered passed me, but I grabbed her wrist.
ANNNND I'm pretty sure that's sexual harassment. Any further and it could have been rape. YOU CAN'T FORCE SOMEONE TO KISS YOU. THAT'S JUST MESSED UP. AND YOU CAN'T STOP THEM FROM LEAVING YOU EITHER. FREE WILL, PEOPLE. FREE WILL.
"I need you to take us to my apartment," I said as I got in beside her.
"Travis...I don't think..."
"Do it, Donnie, or I'll shove my first trough the back of your head, I swear to God."
Donnie immediately put the car into gear and pulled away from the curb. Abby lunged for the door handle. "I'm not going to your apartment!"
I grabbed one of her wrists, and then the other.
That, my friend, is just messed up. Threats, violence, and holding somebody against their will, equals MESSED UP.
My need to be around Abby Abernathy overruled any rational thought."
No, I think there's quite a rational logic behind that need. *cough* Obsession. *cough*
...how fucking selfish I was being, requiring her presence in a place where I knew she could be in danger.
Then the obvious, human choice would be to tell HER NOT TO GO. But NOOOO, you NEED her there. even though she WAS ASSAULTED the last time she went to one of your freaking fights, Travis.
Complete concentration was needed to win this fight, and that depended on two things: Abby's presence, and Abby's safety.
Does anybody else realize how contradictory that is? So you need Abby's presence to win a fight? Okayyyy, how about all those times you won fights when you NEVER KNEW ABBY. And do you honestly think she'll be safe in a place, which I repeat, WHERE SHE WAS ASSAULTED BEFORE.
What the fuck, Trent?" I asked, seeing his name on the display. "I called you hours ago. It's not like you're productive at work or anything."
"It hasn't been hours, and I'm sorry. I've been at Cami's."
Travis, were you ever taught how to properly how to ask a favor? Do you have any manners ingrained in you? You're a nice brother aren't you? MAYBE TRENT ACTUALLY HAS A LIFE AND DOESN'T STAND AROUND 24/7 WAITING FOR YOU TO CALL HIM AT ANY TIME. That line just really, really annoyed me personally.
And Trent - DON'T APOLOGIZE TO HIM. You didn't do anything wrong!
So one with a brain that actually functions correctly would probably think to just put down a book they didn't enjoy and attempted to read for a p...more2.5
So one with a brain that actually functions correctly would probably think to just put down a book they didn't enjoy and attempted to read for a period of two months consistently.
But I've always been told I'm not like other people, you know? And I have this thing that if something in a book I hate seems at the very least redeemable, I'll put in effort to continue on to the end. Just cause I like giving things a fair chance. Well, I gave Dante's Girl that chance. Whether or not this book met my expectations, well, you'll just have to read on to find out.
*sighs* Here goes nothing...
So Dante's Girl begins the story of Reece, a teenage girl who is just about to board the plane for her flight to London to visit her father. But she runs into something on the way.
Some very hot thing, in Reece's eyes. Not mine. Just putting that out there.
In fact, Reece runs into the son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise. (Hey, I can't deny how I much I'd love to live in Dante's home.) And because of her close little encounter with Dante, the hot boy Reece crashed into, she finds herself in the midst of a plane hijack, a team of big men also known as security guards, and a love life with a off-limit prince.
One thing that really bothered me was not just Reece, but her declaration of love every. Two. PAGES.
But the worse part is? She even admits she's known Dante a little short of three days when she first announces her undying love for a boy she knows nothing about. Why don't you just pick up a random stranger off the street and ask him to marry you? *shakes head*
What I first set out for in August 2012 was light fun read that I could enjoy and not want to make me fling my NOOK Color against the wall than out the window. But I didn't get that from Dante's Girl. Lasting for over 300 pages, I felt like I wasted two months of my time reading this. I did. But something, or someone, made me want to read on. And believe me, it's far from Reece or Dante. Far from.
But anyway, that someone was Nick. Nick's role brought in mystery, intrigue, and plot. *claps hands* I never thought it'd be possible. Seriously.
I know someone is going to think this review a bit too harsh, and I know Dante's Girl isn't suppose to be more than a fun read. But I'm a reviewer. I have a duty to look at things at all angles. And that includes comparing characters, story, and writing.
And writing was a huge part in the down factor. Repetitive and slightly amateurish, I didn't really appreciate the fact that, "I thought the way his beautiful hair shined in the moonlight was gorgerous. And so I told him that", or something along those lines, was basically found somewhere IN EVERY CHAPTER.
Seriously Reece, did the hot boy mess with your brain so much that you lost all ability to talk using diverse vocabulary? *frustrated anger*
[image error] Like seriously. You'd think someone her age wouldn't fall for a dude 5 years older than her. It's not right. Nor is fawning over the same boy you just met five minutes ago. Please. There's a reason you were born with a brain. USE IT.
I liked Mia well enough, as I did Gavin. But they were too typical best friend material. The fact that they were awesome wasn't deniable, but they seemed so...common. Like everyone single young adult book has an awesome bestfriend that's so deserves more appreciation. *cough Puck, cough*
And while we're on the track of things that are common, how 'bout we switch things up so that we're talking about stuff that's from from that?
Let's talk Dante.
So Dante is basically everything you'd want your boyfriend to be...probably. Handsome, charming, polite, and sprouts chessy lines like second nature. He also has no problem pretending to dress up as a fake shark to scare the crap out of a girl who fears them. But I have no problem admitting someone like him, and a story like this, won't happen to one out of a million of girls. Scratch that. 99.99% of the female population is more like it. I liked Dante well enough, but his perfection bothered me. I like my characters to be, well, real. And Dante seemed way to far from that. Especially after the ending. I'd love to see any boy I know do that. It was a sweet ending though, that much I'll admit. Sweet and impossible. But I guess that's the point. A hopeless romantic likes to hope.
But what about Reece, our lovely annoying main character?
I didn't like her. Not one bit. Plain and simple. And because crushing on your best friend's boyfriend is so not cool. More reasons explained above since I'm too lazy to re-word them.
But in the end, if you're looking for a break from action and high-fantasy, this just may be the book for you. And for those people who've never eaten gelato before, well boy, aren't you in for a real treat. But me? I think I'm going to take a break from contemporary now. *eyes Splintered and Through the Ever Night* I must physically restrain myself from running to those two books and reading them straight through over and over again, throwing my giant TBR pile out the window. Oh how I wish. How I wish...
P.S: Gelato is amazing. Shrimp is good too. And I don't see why Reece doesn't like it. *grumbles & stomps feet*
An advance copy was provided from the publisher for review via NetGalley. However, all opinions remain honest and my own.
Despite the low reviews, being the kind of person I am, I decided to give A Sideways Glance a try anywa...more*This ebook is available on the NOOK for free.*
Despite the low reviews, being the kind of person I am, I decided to give A Sideways Glance a try anyway. When it comes to books, I rather come to my own conclusion then take someone else's word for it. This is where I mentally scold myself for not listening to anyone, because this book is, if anything, a waste of space.
A Sideways Glance is essentially a book about love at first sight. Or at least, it starts out that way. There was also far too much description on the unimportant details, and far too little where it was actually needed. The story also stops on a very abrupt notice with an ending so irrelevant that it just about made me tear my hair out. ¾ of A Sideways Glance was set up so that the reader would clearly know that Tracy loves Mitch. But then the author goes and within the last two pages, she makes Tracy hate Mitch because he kept staring at her boobs while she talked to him. Really?
The dialogue may as well be the worst part of this book, because it's just weird. One minute Tracy and Barbara are talking and laughing, then the next, well, I'll just give you an example:
"It's him...it's him..." Tracy gasped. "Him who?" Barbara asked. "Can't you see?" Tracy rasped. "Don't you even have eyes in your skull woman? It's Mitch Paul the finest of the fine. The most handsome boy in school. And he did us the honor of staying inside for lunch today. So awesome."
No one sees what's wrong with that section, taken word for word out of the ebook? Doesn't the author have any sense of punctuation? And what's with the way Tracy's speaking in that last line? That is so not how a teenage girl would talk to her best friend.
I had trouble deciding if I should give this book one star, or nothing at all. I wanted to like this, I really did. But there's just no way for me to do so. But I decided to be nice today, and considering the fact that this book had only a little more than thirty pages, I did give it one star. What really is a shame though, is that there were no redeeming qualities to this book at all. (less)
"The problem with wanting," he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, "is that it makes us weak."
HOLY. That ending. That ending.
Oh I swear Leigh Bardugo has a cruel, cruel heart underneath where no one can see. It is only shown through her Grisha talent to write. You just simply cannot end a book like that. I think I might lock myself in a room when this review is over and just cry, "ANDDDDDD? WHAT COMES NEXT? MOMMMM, WHERE DID YOU HIDE THE MISSING LAST CHAPTER?"
Just so you know.
On to the review we go.
Alina Starkov, orphaned by the Border Wars since young, has never expected much from life. Able to count only on her best friend Mal - in which even that is debatable - Alina has no one else to turn to in times of fear. So when Alina and Mal, along with many other soliders from the First and Second Army, are sent to take part in the dangerous mission of crossing the Shadow Fold, Alina is scared. Scared for her life. For many who cross into the swath of darkness where monster crawl and feast on human flesh do not return. Alina can't shake off the dreadful feeling that something bad will happen...and something does.
When their convoy is attack in the midst of crossing the Fold, all seems lost. Until Alina releases a dormant power she herself knew not existed, consequently announcing herself as a Sun Summoner. Sun Summoners are rare, and to this day, not one has been seen before Alina. And so Alina is brought to the Darkling, the most powerful Grisha known to man, a figure as feared as he is revered. That is precisely where this story takes off as Shadow and Bone spins a haunting tale of discovering hidden power within oneself - and how one may choses to use it.
I'll be the first to admit that Alina wasn't always my favorite character. She could - and would - come across as one of two ways. Strong-willed or just plain stubborn. Through the middle of the book, my perception of her was the latter. She had all her priorities wrong, and was nothing if not hypocritical. She'd say she wanted nothing to do with Grisha, and then go off and wonder if she was pretty enough. And if she hadn't been so set on the factopinion that the Darkling was a heavenly God whom could do no wrong, perhaps she wouldn't have been forced to kill all those innocent Ravkans. But then again, I do think now and then that if Alina wasn't so stubborn, she would've been nothing more than a submissive doll to the Darkling's whims.
In all honesty, I'll admit that I love the Darkling. But you know...he is all scary and evil and stuff, and he crept the hell out of me in the last part of the book. I have to say I'm rooting for the cocky best friend Mal. He's awesome with a capital A. Yes indeed. But it could go either way and I'd be fine...ish.
Shadow and Bone is definitely worth the read, despite my not being the biggest fan of the majority of the middle part. The ending was able to throw any doubts of uncertainty I had out the window. However, after reading this book, you will most likely feel something along the lines of:
Okay, I get that he's beautiful, and she's beautiful, and that's beautiful, and the thing over there is beautiful, and it's beautiful. So STOP REMINDING ME THAT EVERY FREAKIN' THING IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL.
With Shadow and Bone, the word beautiful will take on a whole new - and overused - meaning.
But Blue Moon just didn't cut it for me. It didn't capture my attention and it didn't have that spark that good boo...moreI liked Evermore. Honestly, I did.
But Blue Moon just didn't cut it for me. It didn't capture my attention and it didn't have that spark that good books do. The story dragged on and on. I had to force my way through this book, and I still couldn't finish it.
Nothing in this book provided me with the motivation to read on. The characters, plot, and writing were a huge disappointment, and I'm not even mentioning the obvious rip-offs from our dear friend, Twilight.
Ever just abouts spins out of my tolerance level with this book too, adding another problem and reason to the growing list of why I hated Blue Moon. I didn't hate her that much in Evermore, but after reading the second installemnt, I could just about throw her out the window with her all too perfect boyfriend.
I refuse, refuse, to continue on with this series because Blue Moon lacks so much.
WARNING: This review may come across as author/book bashing. Honestly, I really don't give a shit.
I think I should stop buying books I know nothing...moreWARNING: This review may come across as author/book bashing. Honestly, I really don't give a shit.
I think I should stop buying books I know nothing about. I picked up Forbidden because it had pretty cover, but I can definitely say that this was not money well spent. I wouldn't even recommend this book to someone I hate. It's just that bad.
I think the authors need to recreate their characters. I didn't find any of them memorable, likable, and relatable in the slightest. They were all quite stupid, really. FAILURE #1
I had hoped that Claire would not end up being one of those girls who just throw away everything for the boy they love are obsessed with. She did. Color me surprised. FAILURE #2
The writing style also came across as very bland to me. I didn't feel any emotions from it, and if I wanted something monotonous, I would have seeked out my brother. FAILURE #3
I think this may be the worst paranormal book I have ever read. There are quite some horrific ones out there, but I think this one owns the crown.
What was I thinking? I should really stop wasting time and money on unresearched books. What a shame, though. I was actually really looking forward to reading Forbidden. Guess that's what I get for setting my expectations too high.
I think I had more fun with this review than I did with the book. Pictures are worth a thousand words, wouldn't you agree?
I don't think I've ever been so uncomfortable with anybody, much less a fictional female character. I just really hope that I don't ever meet anyone w...moreI don't think I've ever been so uncomfortable with anybody, much less a fictional female character. I just really hope that I don't ever meet anyone who talks to a picture of a dead old guy like one talks to their boyfriend/girlfriend. It's just not right. And to take advice from him constantly?...*shudders*
Now I could certainly settle for doing a bullet list for the things I didn't like and be done with it, but then it'd look a whole lot like this:
I don't think you'd like that very much. But that doesn't mean that the list doesn't just sum up my feelings perfectly. Oh how I hated Ella. I bet you can't say, "Stereotypical character.", faster than I can choke our lovely protagonist to her death. And Alex.
Q: Did you find any redeeming qualities where Ella was concerned? A: Why good sir, no I did not. Do you think you can any redeeming qualities when a girl-who-talks-to-dead-people-for-advice-and-thinks-she's-the-shit is involved?
Q: If not, did you find any redeeming qualities at all? A: Actually, yes I did. I mean, dude, have you seen Frankie? He reminds me of Adrian. And if someone reminds me of Adrian, he has to be awesome.
Q: Did you like Alex, the love interest? A: *disgusted face* (I don't even want to know how a disgusted face looks like...)
Q: What changes do you think the author should make? A: Well if I were her, I'd first remove everything but Frankie. Then I'd open a copy of Anna and the French Kiss to see how a real contemporary is done. But sadly, the world doesn't revolve around me. *sighs* I might have to contemplate taking over the world one day if that's what it takes...
Unfortunately, Torn is even worse than the first, lacking in many of the things Switched had to offer.
It's really hard to get into a book when the...moreUnfortunately, Torn is even worse than the first, lacking in many of the things Switched had to offer.
It's really hard to get into a book when the main character insists and refuses to do anything in any way but her own. And the similarities to Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series? Maybe Amanda Hocking didn't mean for that to happen, or for anyone to be aware of it, but I tend to pick up on the littlest of things.
We'll start off with the whole "I love my mentor but he won't love me back thing" we have going on here. Doesn't that remind you of a certain couple? A certain Rose and Dimitri, perhaps? And Loki reminds me of Adrian, despite how much I try to deny it. Then we have those jealousy moments. Such as when Finn saw Wendy with Loki. Which again brings me back to Dimitri, Rose, and Adrian.
For the sake of this series, I hope the last book can surprise me in some way, shape, or form. I'd hate to dislike something with such potential. If Wendy could only stop being that damsel in distress and start kicking some butt, I'd be more than happy to support Amanda's future works.(less)
Samantha Schutz delivers a powerful novel with You Are Not Here, showing us the painful aftermath of losing a loved one. I thought Ms. Schutz pulled everything off quite nicely, considering the fact that her book is written entirely in verse.
But despite being in verse, it took me longer than I anticipated to finish this book. Annaleah was a bit frustrating, and I wasn't use to the writing style. I guess I should put it out there that I'm not a very big fan of novels written in verse, as shown from the mediocre rating from the only other verse novel I ever read, which was Tricks. I don't have anything against novels told in verse, other than the fact that I feel we don't get as much as we could from an actual story.
You're probably thinking that just the format of this book should not have lowered my rating so much. And it didn't. What really put me on the fence was Annaleah. It was like experiencing an eternal battle within me as I tried to decide whether or not I liked her. I didn't like Annaleah's constant need to hold onto what remained of Brain, but in the same sense, I could see how realistic of a person she was. I could just about picture Annaleah as a real person, and that's a big achievement for any book.
And honestly, there was way too much Brain and way too little Ethan.
Ms. Schutz also does a fantastic job at writing a story that combines both the past and the present. I wasn't confused by anything, except maybe the dialogue sometimes. When the characters speak, sometimes what one person says can attach on to what someone else said. This may be the editor's fault, though.
You Are Not Here should appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins, or any verse novel in particular. The characters are great and well layered, and in the end, You Are Not Here is a story that needs to be told. (less)
Oh my poor broken heart. I really should've listened to my friends and stopped at Wicked Lovely. But I just had to know what would happen next. So jus...moreOh my poor broken heart. I really should've listened to my friends and stopped at Wicked Lovely. But I just had to know what would happen next. So just let me tell you this, from one book-lover to another, if you wish not for heavy disappointment, go straight to the companions and forget that Fragile Eternity ever existed.
With Fragile Eternity, Aislinn is back and as annoying as could be. She's weak and despite the impression her position may give off, she's no more than a damsel in need of saving.
Deception is a cruel, cruel thing...
Can without a doubt turn into this:
If done right. Well, kudos Melissa Marr, you did it. The love triangle is irritating and stupid, and will get on your nerves until you can't take it anymore.
I thought we had established that Keenan was to be the one for show and that Seth was suppose to be Aislinn's one true love. Oh, bullshit.
The Summer Court will not last if Aislinn is their queen. Part of me wants to know how this series will finish off with Darkest Mercy, but part of me (the bigger part) says that I'm only setting myself up for regret. What do you think? Go or no go?
Can I justify buying Switched due to the hype surrounding it? No? Well how about because of the newly redesigned pretty covers? No?...more3.5
Can I justify buying Switched due to the hype surrounding it? No? Well how about because of the newly redesigned pretty covers? No? Well then honestly, I have no other reason.
After the disappointment that is Torn, I really couldn't find it in myself to buy Ascend. So I decided to re-read Switched, which I hoped would give me motivation to continue on with the final book in the Trylle Trilogy. Instead, I found that I had more problems with this book than I remembered.
First off, to some people, I could see how the aspect of Changelings may come across as "unique" or "refreshing". But for readers who've heard of The Replacement or The Stolen Child, you'll probably see no originality in Ms. Hocking's books.
And the whole book in general just seemed like a giant knock-off of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series (with the whole girl falls into a forbidden love with her mentor) and, like I said, The Stolen Child.
However, if you have not read any of the books I mentioned, I do suggest giving Switched a try. I don't see any reason to waste money on Ascend, but maybe one day I will.
What an odd experience Jane was. While seemingly adapting the classic tale done by Charlotte Bronte, Lindner puts her own spin into things - such as m...moreWhat an odd experience Jane was. While seemingly adapting the classic tale done by Charlotte Bronte, Lindner puts her own spin into things - such as making the supposedly tortured Mr. Rochester into a rich rock star on the verge of making a big comeback.
And so enters Jane Moore. Poor. School drop-out. Completely and utterly lacking in outer attraction. Nanny.
Or more exactly - Nico Rathburn's, famous rockstar, child's nanny.
There were many instances where I questioned the time period that Jane belonged in. It was almost as if the author had attempted to blend incompatible sorts, which in result produced a novel that was unsure of where it stood.
Jane, the main character, is convinced that she can't possibly be a figure of lust, and in turn is one of the most reserved characters that I have ever come across. Jane's belief that she is nothing more than an ordinary plain woman with no outstanding attributes is a trait that the original Jane, crafted by Bronte, reminds herself of constantly as well. However there are more than enough ways to make a character ordinary without making her downright boring. There are other faults I found within Jane as well - such as her choice of behavior and what she voiced out publicly as questions towards her new employer.
When Jane applied for the position of becoming a nanny, I had fully expected her to receive it to move the story along and introduced the promised romantic drama and tension. But when Jane's qualifications were revealed, well, uhm, let's just say she had no qualifications. Unexperienced with children and lacking in interest towards social media, Jane's resumé was not one that should've been approved. The action was passed off with a reason that while was satisfactory, I still felt as if it weren't something that would be done today. And what do you know? This book is set during the modern time.
There are many crucial factors that are essential in creating a novel that is a take on Jane Eyre. However, a large number of them would not suit well in a present day retelling such as this. There are things that would go without a clear reason to why it couldn't be avoided, such as Nico refusal in issuing a legal divorce with his mentally insane wife (although defenses are given). There are also things that I feel are inappropriate in a book set during modern day - a teenage girl falling in love with a considerably older man. But such are things that are necessary in staying true to it's origins. And so that leaves me remaining conflicted with my emotions.
Jane was an engaging read though. It was more than enough to capture my attention and keep me remaining intrigued. But in terms of recommending, this is a case where I don't think I can provide a reliable answer with my current said confliction. On one hand, I would really like to give you the go ahead, but on the other, I have points (some major while others minor) that I need to weigh in the matter.
So instead of approving and disregarding Jane, I'll leave you with this:
Make of this review what you will, then take matters into your own hands and decided for yourself. Whether you choose to look to other reviews for more guidance to decide if Jane is worth the read or if you just want to bite the bullet and go ahead and just read it or forget it, there is one thing I am sure of and can sincerely say.
While I had my qualms, I did enjoy Jane for what it was. (less)
NO! NO! NO! NO! Jenny Han needs to recreate Belly and this time, she should be a little more like this:
The news hit me like a bullet to my heart. I co...moreNO! NO! NO! NO! Jenny Han needs to recreate Belly and this time, she should be a little more like this:
The news hit me like a bullet to my heart. I couldn't believe it. When I finally dared to look up, in a very quiet voice I managed to say, "I hope your mom stays strong."
"I hope your mom doesn't lose a boob."
See the difference in maturity? Belly, I'm sorry to break it to you darling, but if you continue to act like you do, you will never be treated like an adult. Your whiny attitude is just not acceptable, especially considering the fact that you just turned sixteen. Shame on you Belly. I should give you a time-out, the same punishment I give my stubborn three year old nephew when he refuses to be anything but unreasonable.
And I don't know how you can read the next sentence without a look of utter disbelief on your face when your done. Belly's lifelong dream and goal is to be Ms. Fisher. Really? Really?
There were so many times I wanted to throw this book across the room, it's not even funny anymore. Okay, so maybe most of my anger comes directly from Belly, and Belly only, but for god's sake, she was the damn, fucking narrator! I'm not being unfair when I rant about how much I hated this book just because of one flaw (although it's a big one, and often, the key to success in a novel), because believe me, it's fair. You can write a fabulous book, but if your protagonist is unable to do anything but fall in love and get her heart broken, your book isn't good. And if I'm being a horrible jerk in your eyes, keep your anger to yourself, or let it all out in your own glowing five star review.
Perhaps if The Summer I Turned Pretty wasn't told in first person, maybe I would've enjoyed it more I would have enjoyed it more. Belly was just far too...aggravating. (I honestly think I damaged a brain cell or two trying to find the correct word.)
Now on to the oh so swoon-worthy brothers.
Conrad was a bit too over the top. Now I normally fall instantly for the misunderstood bad boys, however vain that may be, I admit it. But with Conrad, it was just kind of like me saying...
Yeah, I know. Whenever I want something, it never comes true. Whatever.
I think I'm going to root for Jeremiah. Every once in a while, it's nice having a boy who's willing to hold the door open for you instead of slamming it in your face. Can you really blame me?
In the end, I still have to read the last two books. No, not because I have to know what happens next. It's because I already bought them. I wish I could ask for a refund right now, though.
The Summer I Turned Pretty will surely appeal to a majority of readers, especially to those who can be patient with the childish main character. Unfortunately, I was not gifted with that virtue. Quite a few of my friends, including those who don't usually enjoy contemporary, did love this book very much. Perhaps you might too, because in the end, not every book is for every reader. This just might be the perfect summer book for you.
The story gave off too much of a bad fanfiction vibe, the characters ridiculous in the worst ways, and overall FAL...moreThis really wasn't any good for me.
The story gave off too much of a bad fanfiction vibe, the characters ridiculous in the worst ways, and overall FALLEN ANGEL is not a novel I can ever recommend to any reader looking for a good angel book.
It took me a while to get into City of Lost Souls. The fifth installment in the Mortal Instruments had all the elements of a good Cassandra Clare book. The characters, writing style, and action that only Cassandra Clare can create, it was all there. But then again, so was Clary.
Pros: Everything but one character and one event.
Cons: Clary Fray. MY GOODNESS WOMAN. You have to realize there's more to life than Jace Lightwood/Herondale/Morgenstern. Some of the things she did in this book just pissed me off. This only goes to show that Clary can't do shit without Jace. (view spoiler)[Alec and Magnus's break up. Yes, that gets it's part here too. Fingers crossed that they get back together in the sixth book. (hide spoiler)]
And last, but certainly not least, the date for City of Heavenly Fire's release is going to kill me. How does Clare and her publisher expect anyone to wait that long?