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."
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!
Edit: 12/2/12 Screw all my better judgement and the warnings screaming in my head. I'm buying the hardback box set and giving these another try...someEdit: 12/2/12 Screw all my better judgement and the warnings screaming in my head. I'm buying the hardback box set and giving these another try...someday. It's impossible to resist them anyway. Damn the publishers for making these books so freaking pretty on your shelves.
Edited: 6/12/12.There's nothing wrong with a good dystopian book. However, if you are looking for such works and believe Matched to be one of them, back away from this review for it will contain opinions that can be taken offensively (and probably will be).
When will I learn to stop judging books by their pretty covers? Maybe the answer is never, for I still ended up picking up Matched with no knowledge whatsoever what the book was about.
I have to say, the unoriginality hindered my enjoyment greatly. Perhaps it's because reading so many dystopians that introduce me to all these different worlds, some of them just seem like a replica of another, just with different character names and a different problem.
I never feel right reviewing a book I didn't finish, but upon trying twice, I have to say that Matched did not live up to my expectations. Most of the time, re-reading a book helps me pick up on details and underlined messages I didn't notice before. But with this, I realized only how much less Matched had to offer than I originally thought.
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 booI 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.
Upon reading the jem that is Divergent, I just could resist Insurgent. But I found that it just ended up beinFAIR WARNING: I DID NOT FINISH THIS BOOK.
Upon reading the jem that is Divergent, I just could resist Insurgent. But I found that it just ended up being something I couldn't get through, despite my love for the predecessor. I don't know what to think right now. I tried, believe me, I tried to the fullest. But Insurgent just...lacks. Most, if not all, of the issues I had with this sequel has already been addressed if some way/shape/form, so I feel no need to restate them again, but I will leave you with this:
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 nothingWARNING: 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?
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 theUnfortunately, 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....more
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 jusOh 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?
As a fan of Fallen, I was slightly disappointed with Torment, but I was horrified at the content of Passion. It was confusing and the only thing LuceAs a fan of Fallen, I was slightly disappointed with Torment, but I was horrified at the content of Passion. It was confusing and the only thing Luce seemed to be good at was going around in circles.
If I didn't know better, I'd say this book was written by a different author, or at the very least, an amateur ghostwriter. I still can't believe how much this series dropped in quality, and if I could, I'd make Lauren Kate rewrite this book over, and if I'm still not pleased then, she'd rewrite it again. And I will, as soon as I rule the world. So rememeber to cast in your votes when election day comes.
The Worst of the Worst:
#1—THE WRITING I mean it when I say the writing was all over the place. It was a huge downgrade from the first book, and even the second. I could barely understand what was going on, and I struggled to keep reading. And honestly, I don't know why I did. *facepalm* The time I spent reading Passion ended up being two wasted days of my life I'll never get back.
#2—TIME TRAVELING Letting Luce time travel was a big mistake on Lauren Kate's part. Passion was like a very long, stretched out game of tag, with Daniel after Luce to stop her from messing something up (like expected). After I got to the middle of Passion, I was exhausted, tired, and didn't want to read anymore. Ever.
#3—LUCE Honestly, girl, if you don't trust the boy, don't date him. What good can possibly come from doing so if all you do is wonder if he's keeping secrets from you? Learn from Nora and Patch, another couple in a pointless human/angel relationship. Where did putting her nose in buisness that didn't concern her get Nora? Nowhere. And on top of that, she was held captive. And who does Nora have to blame? Herself, because she was too insecure.
It's going to take a hell lot of five star reviews to convince me to even look at Rapture, after the huge disappointment that is Passion. But don't get me wrong, I am keeping my fingers crossed that Rapture is good.
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 coNO! 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 FALThis 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.