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 p2.5
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.
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?
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 wI 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 thUnfortunately, 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
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. ...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?
Kody Keplinger outdid herself with her debut. Perhaps that why I expected so much from Shut Out. I think I set my expectations too high once again.3.5
Kody Keplinger outdid herself with her debut. Perhaps that why I expected so much from Shut Out. I think I set my expectations too high once again.
Shut Out is one of books you don't love but you can't find it in yourself to hate. It has good aspects (ehem, Cash) to it, but it also has things that annoy (ehem, Lissa) you to no end.
Lissa did remind me of Bianca, with her cynical personality and controlling ways. However, Bianca grew by the end of her story. Lissa, I felt, did not. She was kind of a pain in the ass as the narrator. But if you liked The DUFF, you will more likely than not like Shut Out.
Cover Impressions: They could have done far better. The girl(?) looks naked.
Things I Liked: How the idea of the "battle between sexes" came from a book Cash read. Cash and Finn (Oh, c'mon! Have you seen them?) <333. Deal with it.
Things I Didn't Like: The fact that we weren't getting anything new. We are basically tackling the same idea in Shut Out as we were in her previous novel. Although I love Kody Keplinger, I want something new.
Things I Loved That I Should Have Hated: Randy. Sure he was a jerk, but he was realistic. I could definitely see him as a real person.
Overall, Shut Out was good, but it could have been better. If Lissa did not have that tendency to get angry when things don't go her way, the book would have been more enjoyable for me. ...more
Can I justify buying Switched due to the hype surrounding it? No? Well how about because of the newly redesigned pretty covers? No?3.5
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.
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.