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!
"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.
Hey, would you like at that. I'm actually posting something for a book that didn't come out yet. A book I haven't read, but I know I'm going to freaki...moreHey, would you like at that. I'm actually posting something for a book that didn't come out yet. A book I haven't read, but I know I'm going to freakin' love anyway. As long as Clara and Tucker get back together, that is.
Look Clara, screw Christian. (Not literally, please.) Remember that jaw-dropping hot guy named Tucker? You know, the one you Have. To. Love? If you don't, I'll smack you until it all comes back.
IT HAS A COVER! And one that isn't a complete change of what we had going on for Unearthly and Hallowed too! I have to say, I'm impressed. The constant changes in YA covers, and with YA in general, has not been impressing me lately. Props to the designer of this series for keeping the theme she/he started, and here's hope that Ms. Hand won't disappoint me.
Spun from the classic tale of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Splintered explores and charts the darker side of a premise so widely known. Taking...more
Spun from the classic tale of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Splintered explores and charts the darker side of a premise so widely known. Taking on a twisted version of the Wonderland we know of, A.G. Howard introduces a world of possibilities where anything and everything can go wrong. And the moment our female protagonist begins her journey through a terrifying place once known as fiction, well, there was only one thing left to say.
Welcome to the real Wonderland. May all your dreams fail to come true.
Alyssa Gardner, our main character and narrator, is a fairly typical teenager with a long time crush and the ability to hear the words of bugs and flowers - wait, that's not normal? Then what about her mother's situation? Not normal either? Well then. Whatever. Have it your way. But obviously, your definition of "normal" needs some fixing. Just saying.
But anyhow, Alyssa. I really liked Alyssa, with her interesting personality, and history of having a family of women fall to madness - and Alyssa fears she's soon to follow. The whispers of small insects is just the beginning.
As a single child, I've grown up a majority of my life watching friends who have older siblings and being somewhat envious. Many of them have told me over and over again how much of a pest their older or younger sibling(s) was being, or how cruel and evil said brother or said sister really was. Understandable. But since I've never really had a real brother or sister (I particularly want a older brother), I can't honestly speak for myself. And I have this horrible tendency to want certain things I don't have. And so I really, really want a brother.
And in comes Jeb. He's everything I want, if I could have one, my brother to be; protective and caring. And plus, he skates. And anyone who skates gets a gold star from me. And he's good at all. OH YEAH. YOU GO, BOY. The scene where he was first introduced in the skating park I was like:
Since the romantic relationships that Alyssa establishes through the series is most fittingly described as a love triangle, it's only fair that I mention Morpheus. Morpheus is Alyssa's guide through Wonderland. Having forged already a connection to Alyssa when she was young, Morpheus now serves as a figure of familiarity but also of heavy suspicion. I really liked Morpheus too, and found myself always amused by him. (And uhm, if you haven't seen it yet, Unhinged's cover with Morpheus on it is absolutely gorgeous.)
What is real, and what is not? What is reality and what is purely fictional? Splintered is Alyssa's journey towards discovery - of who she is, who she's meant to be, and which boy is her meant to be. Complete with the beauty of the writing style, the fluid and vivid descriptions, twisted versions of character that'll be remembered for being exceptional in different ways and reasons, Splintered is certainly, if anything, worthy of being read.
A.G. Howard has a talent with words and characters that leave me:
I love her. I swear I do. In that non-creepy, but slightly stalker-ish way. (Oh my god I did not just say that.) DO NOT WORRY THOUGH, I am fairly certain Anita is aware I am a self-proclaimed stalker of her books because she is awesome.
And also if you take a look at the finished copy, complete with PURPLE INK and amazing all around, you will not be able to stare me in the eye and tell me you don't love it. Splintered was an excellent debut, one of my all time favorites, and I just CANNOT WAIT FOR UNHINGED.
*stares at Unhinged's release date*
*tries to will it to change to like, yesterday*
*sobs in a corner*
**An advance copy of this book was provided for review. However, all opinions remain honest and my own.**
OH MY GOD I WANT NEED THIS.
Excessive fangirling. 'Cause I'm cool like that.
SPLINTERED, YOU WILL BE MINE.
IT'S MINE. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I TOLD YOU IT'D BE MINE. ARC due to arrive in a week. Dying of happiness. <33(less)
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...
What is human value? How does one rank one's life over another? Why do people desire to leave a mark before they pass? And in the moment of the end, w...moreWhat is human value? How does one rank one's life over another? Why do people desire to leave a mark before they pass? And in the moment of the end, what really matters?
I honestly never thought to review The Fault in Our Stars, just as I never thought to read it. It was upon chance that I was able to read this book, unlike how it was not upon chance that I came to love it like many others. The Fault in Our Stars makes us think and wonder: Is the fault within the stars, or ourselves?
Perhaps the most significant topic that The Fault in Our Stars touches on is how Hazel and Augustus deal with cancer, and just cancer in general. But I feel that it's the little things that appear and disappear just as suddenly, the things that are easily passed by, that makes this book what it is. John Green does a fantastic job at bringing together different elements and turning them into one big story. A beautiful story of loss, friendship, love, and hope.
Hazel speaks. She isn't the girl you'd expect, a girl who purposely isolates herself to cry in a corner out of self-pity. Hazel knows her days are numbered, and she wants nothing more than to live, but she can't. This is a situation where I would've allowed a protagonist to lock herself in a room for days, cry till morning, and then yearn for attention. I would've understood and accepted, and that's why I expected. I expected Hazel Grace to be selfish, to care only for her well-being. But she doesn't. She makes the most of everyday, makes the most of her connections with the people she loves, makes the most of what life has to offer her.
But not only did I not expect Hazel's character, I did not expect her personality. Reading, I was thinking that sixteen-year-old girls should not be speaking, much less thinking, like this. They should be having fun out late at night without a care in the world. Seeing Hazel react and respond as she did, made me wonder, how much can one thing effect what we do, who we are?
“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”
Augustus was...Augustus. I don't think anyone who has ever read The Fault in Our Stars can say that they won't remember Augustus Waters. The one who says what he wants, does what he wants, but for a good reason. I believe that Augustus can teach anyone a particular valuable lesson. We have no buisness to deny ourselves the simple pleasures of life or love.
“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
I sincerely hope that this book can shine on a light on the darkness some people hold inside them. Let them know that they're not alone in this world. The mark we leave doesn't have be scars. We can make them beautiful memories that will live on, we with them.
"Words matter - how we use them and how we don't...At the end of the day you answer to yourself, no one else, so you'll be happy that you did."
One. Two. Three.
The seconds go by.
Four. Five. Six.
Minutes. Days. Weeks.
Chelsea Knot can not speak. Believing her silence will benefit everyone, and her voice no one, Chelsea sets out to undertake a vow of silence. Besides, who's going to miss the girl who was always a snobby bitch, who now adds traitor to her long list of hate-worthy traits. And after realizing how much she herself tormented other students without second doubt, Chelsea doesn't think taking the vicious attacks and vile comments from people she used to call "friends" is all that bad. Because there's no way anyone would ever want to talk to her again, much less be her friend...right?
After Ms. Harrington's debut, Saving June, I knew she was an author to look out for. I just didn't think Speechless was a novel for me. But oh, was I wrong. Honest to good, I remember thinking that the premises for Saving June and Speechless were cheesy and way too over done. And still, that distinction has not vanished yet. But Harrington is able to turn that cheesy idea of a novel into something good.Worthwhile.
Finishing Saving June a few months ago left me craving some more of Ms. Harrington's work, too prove that the potential I saw was not misleaded and undeserved. Speechless did just that. I hestiantly requested Speechless off of Edelweiss when I saw it was still available. I was able to hit that send button because I told myself to probability of acceptance was one out of ten.
Seems like miracles do happen, because here I am reviewing a book I never thought I'd read, much less love. And, oh, did I mention that I only had three hours of sleep today? Because this book is so damn good, I had to finish it and find out how things end. And I almost never do that. The book has to be really special for me to such a thing, since what time I have to sleep and not study is quite precious to me. And because I just like to sleep a lot. *shrugs*
Chelsea's character is a hard one to evaluate. I don't think I should just plainly state my likes and dislikes, because it just doesn't seem right. Chelsea is, well, refreshing. A character so real, I can't find the right words for. Getting to understand Chelsea and to walk with her through her story really brings back what it's like to escape to another story, another world. A book that really let's me lose sense of my surroundings and pretend I'm someone else. Someone who knows Chelsea and can treat her as a real person.
Chelsea isn't perfect. Two wrongs certainly do not make a right (unless we're talking multiplying negatives here, but still), and Chelsea is not without her mistakes. But at least she's able to find the courage to own up to them; something I think a lot of people, myself included, have yet to find the ability to do. I loved Sam and Asha, absolutely adored Andy and Noah, but most of all: I loved what they meant to Chelsea. They were her building blocks to a new start, something indispensable. I do find it hard to believe that people like this group of awesome friends actually exists, and have a much harder time believing that I'd ever come in contact with people who have such a good, unbreakable, connection to one another. But until I do, I'll keep hoping.
Oh, and, for fans of Saving June, did I mention Jake and Harper have a short scene in this? *SQUEALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL*
It's a short scene , it really is. But it was more than enough for me to just know and have a confirmation that Harper and Jake's story didn't just end after the last page of their published tale.
"Hate is... it's too easy," he says..."Love. Love takes courage."
As this memorable story proves, I'm certain Hannah Harrington is an author who's past and future works will stay with me for a long time.
This is a story that'll have you turning the pages wanting more, and even well the last page, it'll still leave you searching for more and speechless.
I have just one last thing to say:
Don't be afraid. Speak up.
An advance copy was provided from the publisher for review via NetGalley. However, all opinions remain honest and my own.
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)
First thing's first, I'll admit I didn't finish this book. So those of you out there who take pleasure in going to different one-star DNF reviews and...moreFirst thing's first, I'll admit I didn't finish this book. So those of you out there who take pleasure in going to different one-star DNF reviews and yelling at the reviewers, stating that they have no right reviewing a book they didn't finish, you can back off now. Because while I admitted to not finishing this book, I did skim the remaining 50 pages I had left. I am fully aware of the events that occur within this book, and therefore am not basing my opinions with no support.
The biggest fault Red Riding Hood has going for itself is the fact that it has no ending. Yep, that's right. You want to know how it really ends? You can either:
A) Watch the movie.
B) I believe it is available online, but don't quote me on that.
Red Riding Hood has a remotely interesting plot, a nice spin off the original fairytale. But maybe it's because it was spun off and taken from another story, it's basic premise was already invented, crafted, and a story I myself am quite familiar with, the overall plot lost some of it's appeal.
I also, much to my dismay, found the characters bland and irresponsible. Sadly to say, I just wasn't interested.
I absolutely adored this book. It was up there with Kody Keplinger's debut, and excels the level of Shut Out. I loved everything.
But I half expected to be disappointed with A Midsummer's Nightmare, just as I sort of was with Shut Out. I'd thought I'd dislike Whitley's cynical personality as I did Lissa's. Don't get me wrong, Shut Out was good, but it was too much like the author's previous work. I want something more. It seems like that's always too much to ask for.
But A Midsummer's Nightmare was that more. Whitley always had a good retort and that sarcastic sense of humor that I loved in Bianca. And speaking of Bianca, she and Wesley are back! But honestly, the moment Wesley made a reappearence, nothing clicked. I thought he was just another character with the same name and, as I'm sure Whitley can testify, the same figure that can make girls swoon. That's how perfectly everything fit. I didn't feel their comeback was out of place in the slightest, it felt they were just another part, a very good part, of the story. And for fans of The DUFF, didn't our beloved characters grow so much?
However, what I think made me connect with Whitley on a whole other level was the way this story was set up. Like Bianca, like Lissa, Whitley was dealing with the aftermath of a painful event and situation. But it wasn't just all talk and no show with Whitley's story, we got to experience it first-handed alongside Whitley herself as she learns that nothing is ever as it seems. I think this is a book that can, and will, appeal to teens and adults alike. Kody Keplinger sure doesn't shy away from any topic at all.
And for a idea of how I looked while reading:
I think that just about does it nicely. But seriously.
It's not like I hate dystopians, nor do I shiver at the idea and walk the other way when I hear of one. But...moreHuh. Well I'll be damned. I'll be damned.
It's not like I hate dystopians, nor do I shiver at the idea and walk the other way when I hear of one. But in all honesty: There's just too much.
Okay, yeah. I understand that The Hunger Games is the best thing that's happen in your life for some of you guys, but in return, please understand that it's not like that for everyone. The hype that is The Hunger Games, but don't get me wrong — I like the series too, is what evidently led to the overflow and ambush of dozens of new dystopian releases month after month. Even now, they still just keep on coming.
My point is that with so many books that cover the same one particular subgenre, ideas are bound to clash. In no way am I stating that any author's work is nothing more than just a copy of another's, but I'm stating the fact that more often than not, many dystopian books tend to just seem the same to me. World on the brink of destruction. Only one girl can save them all. Must fall in love with off-limits hot guy first, though. What else is new?
But no. Legend doesn't follow that curriculum. Sure, it's still borders on the line of girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back, but it does it well. No stupid damsel in distress, no ridiculously hot guy that just wouldn't exist in the real world, and no overused plot — or at least to the extent where it doesn't feel like it.
I certainly adored June and her spirit. She was the fierce and strong, but not invincible, heroine that I was craving. And plus, I'm all for reading about a kick-ass girl.
And Day. He gets extra points for just being Day. No jerk of a bad boy here, just Day. The Day who puts on a facade and is willing to take the pain for the sake of his family.
Sure, the character's motives are sometimes questionable, but they have a reason behind them that just won't let you hate them. And, as always, I love a good sibling bond. Even if one of them doesn't live past the first quarter of this book. It's all good.
I'm bumping this one up to a five. The more I look back on it, the more I realize how much more I loved this than I originally thought. I really, real...moreI'm bumping this one up to a five. The more I look back on it, the more I realize how much more I loved this than I originally thought. I really, really want my own brother. Revised review to come.
Kaede is both shocked and happy. So...I might look a bit like this...maybe:
But like, just a teensy bit less cuter.
A wrestling story. Never in my life did I think I'd enjoy a wrestling story. I'm a girl. And a fairly girly one at that. But One Shot Away was so much more than just a wrestling story. One Shot Away is about coming to terms with who you are, what you want to do, and how one thing can affect so many different people in so many different ways.
If there was one thing I didn't expect from this novel was how deep it went. I was all like, "Damn...that's deep yo." Okay...maybe there wasn't a 'yo' in my train of thoughts. But you know...it adds some good effect...right?
So where was I? Oh, yes. The deepness. Mhm hmm. So with Coughlin's first teen novel, we explore the lives of three main male (score one for Mr. Coughlin!) characters: Diggy, Trevor, and Jimmy. With Diggy, we watch and see as he struggles to make a name for himself in the wrestling world that won't be overshadowed by his older brother's legacy. With Trevor, we watch as he tries to come to terms with his father's sudden death and Harry London's unwanted presense. With Jimmy, the boy has the cops after him for something his dad did. The cops. And his father's messed up, like Diggy's is.
The book is told in third perspective, rotating between the three boys' life. Coughlin's writing style is very readable, and his descriptions are great. However, sometimes the writing doesn't flow and starts getting a bit choppy. I don't think this necessarily has anything to do with Coughlin, it's just the fact that third perspective limits how much emotion and feelings you can get across for your characters. I didn't mind that too much...it just seemed oddly out of place.
And oh my God was some of the families messed up. We have Randy, who refuses to let his sons Diggy and Nick call him dad. He likes to be referred to as "Coach Randy." And plus, he's nothing more than just a fat-ass prick of a jerk who told his wife to shut up. Now that definitely bothered me. No self-respecting female should ever have to take that from her husband. But Diggy's mom did. She just shrugged it off like it was nothing. Me? I would've punched the lazy jerk's head off.
Oh and, for the record, Harry London isn't much better. Maybe richer, yes. But not much better in other places.
Jimmy and his mother recently lost an important figure in their life. For Jimmy, he lost a dad. For his mother, she lost a husband. And smart little Harry London decides to swoop in at that time, offering Jimmy's mother a chance to work at a suspicious motel (it's quality should be around a 2-Star hotel. *shivers*) he recently opened up. It's just wrong to set your eyes on a prey that recently experienced such a lost. Just...no.
And before I forget, did I mention there was a Twilight reference in this book? Twilight and wrestling, huh? Two things I never thought would ever belong in the same sentence. The world is a strange place...
I don't know whether to be amused or horrified. I really don't.
I'm going with amused.
One Shot Away has elements that is sure to appeal to male readers as much as female ones. There were times when the wrestling talk had me going, "Wait, whaa?", but I throughly enjoyed the writing and the characters' stories. This isn't a book you'll want to miss, especially for fans of wrestling. (less)
I've always looked forward to reading Forbidden. I've heard from many people it was a story you'll find yourself engrossed in, a story to remember....more4.5
I've always looked forward to reading Forbidden. I've heard from many people it was a story you'll find yourself engrossed in, a story to remember. And it was.
Tabitha Suzuma deserves more credit than she gets. Many authors tend to shy away from sex because they feel it's not appropriate for their young adult book. However, authors, trust me when I say that when you write realistic fiction about any kind of love, readers will appreciate it if you write realistically. GASP. I bet you never thought to do that, right? And sorry to burst your bubble, but love eventually leads to sexual contact, no matter how much you try to deny it.
But not only do I appluade Ms. Suzuma's courage in writing about incest, her talent to create fabulous characters also deserves mention. The main characters — Lochan and Maya — have so much depth to them, it felt like I was reading about people I know. That's how real they were to me.
The book itself was a bit slow, but the pacing fit the book well. Everything was set up wonderfully, and the cards were played in a very believable fashion, it's hard for me to find a flaw within Suzuma's writing, and impossible for me critize her effort.
However, you should've expected me to have at least one pet peeve. Nothing is perfect, after all. And I did have a problem with Forbidden, but it was a very minor one.
Maya's refusal to see how her actions could effect things and her insistence to live only in the present with no care for the future did not sit well with me. But a voice in the back of my head (it's just a figure of speech, people!) argued that I had no right being mad at her. Maya was acting like any teenage girl in love. I knew I couldn't justify my annoyance with her with my usual reason — she doesn't stand up for herself and lets the boy take all the blame — because this wasn't that type of book.
One of my favorite characters also happens to come from Forbidden as well. Kit was pretty much the best part of this book, not that I didn't love everything else. I do like my fair share of boys with a cocky attitude, but many YA authors tend to take their "bad boys" to a whole new level, and they just end up with some creepo in their book. Kit was the perfect balance of good and bad. So what if he tends to voice only negative opinions, at least he has a good heart beneath it all.
And so I leave you with the one question Lochan struggle to grasp an answer for in this book. If you were in the same situation Maya and Lochan found themselves in, could you answer this?
Set in 12th Century Korea, A Single Shard spins the tale of Tree-ear. His life, his emotions, his dream. Park's Newbery Award winning book tells the s...moreSet in 12th Century Korea, A Single Shard spins the tale of Tree-ear. His life, his emotions, his dream. Park's Newbery Award winning book tells the story of Tree-ear's desire to sit before a potter's wheel and one day hope to create a vase so beautiful and detailed that it is worthy of suceeding his master's unreachable level of skill. And so the story begins with Tree-ear bringing home a small sack of rice - a feast he hasn't had the honor in having in months.
Tree-ear is probably one of the most realistic characters I've ever come across in any book, not just in one particular genre or subgenre. His emotions are so raw that sometimes it manages to slap me in the face like a wake-up call. Here I am, lazy as can be, and there is Tree-ear. Working as hard as he could without pay. I couldn't help but marvel at his determination because I most certainly would not hike up into the mountains and cut wood without insurance, good pay, and a man to do all the work for me. Those are reasonable requests, no? Ha.
The hardships, and consequently the bonds established through them, was if anything...beautiful. And although the way the characters spoke was a bit too out of place for me, as I'm too accustomed to YA literature these days, I couldn't help but keep turning the pages. It's been far too long since I've read a story that flows this well.
The secondary characters were every bit as realistic and contributed every bit as much as Tree-ear did to the story. Crane-man who was wise and kind and whom certainly did not deserve his unhappy ending, Min who was stubborn and proud, and his wife who was kind and supportive. They served only to add to the brilliance that is A Single Shard.
If anything, this is what a real 'journey book' should be like. A Single Shard comes highly recommended, a work that deserves every award it's received. If you, dear reader, come across this title in your list of required reading for school - fear not. This book is so damn awesome it has Snape's approval.
It's more than obvious that The Vampire Stalker was written for a specific type of reader, but for those of you who don't spend hours daydreaming a...more3.5
It's more than obvious that The Vampire Stalker was written for a specific type of reader, but for those of you who don't spend hours daydreaming about certain fictional male characters, you can still enjoy this book nonetheless.
I can't decide whether or not The Vampire Stalker is actually young adult. I'm thinking more so middle grade-ish. While the concept definitely fits YA, there was also quite a bit of juvenile dialogue and toned down gory scenes.
You will probably find Amy to be a very relatable protagonist, especially if you fit into the category mentioned in the first paragraph of this review. She isn't the most well-layered character with immense depth, which I expected, but she did have strong willpower. Yeah, that was all it took to satisfy me in this book. I'm surprised too.
Allison Van Diepen also has a good sense of humor, which really added to her book. I'm sure all of us seen people with usernames such as:
Mrs.Jace321 Jon&Arya4eva IhartAshTallyn
(These are actual names I've seen on the internet, if you were wondering.)
But have you ever wondered what it's like if the person you're referring to actually saw your username? I couldn't help but let out a laugh when Alexander discovers Amy's.
It wouldn't do Allison Van Diepen any harm to broaden the vocabulary used in The Vampire Stalker, but that was about the only problem I had with this book. The Vampire Stalker is so much fun, a bit like Deadly Cool with a paranormal twist, I enjoyed it so very much. It was shockingly realistic, that is, if a character coming to life from a book actually took place. But really, if such an event did occur, I'm pretty sure it would play out just like it did in this book.
"Sometimes there really is a happily ever after without any strings attached. You just have to be brave enough to face it."
Roxanne doesn't believe in...more"Sometimes there really is a happily ever after without any strings attached. You just have to be brave enough to face it."
Roxanne doesn't believe in love. But Ian - Ian believes in love. And after what they just experienced together, there's no way he's just going to let her go.
Chasing Mrs. Right is published by Brazen, a line of Entangled Publishing that I love. It started with J. Lynn's Tempting the Player, and then I was hooked. I've loved every single book of Brazen's that I've read, and this one was no exception. I also seem to read all these Brazen titles in one sitting, and I'm now almost certain of my suspicion that somebody is putting addictive drug powers into the words I read. Which is a slightly creepy thought, but as long as these books keep being as good as they've been, I'm fine with it...kind of.
Katee Robert is an adult writer. If you aren't fond of sexual depictions, Chasing Mrs. Right isn't the book for you. However, if you don't mind that and enjoy dramatic tension, like good solid characters, and have a soft spot for quick, easy, but very likable reads - Roxanne and Ian's story is just the one for you!
I expected Ian to be a bad boy. I really, wholeheartedly, honestly did. But what I found was definitely not what I thought I'd find. Instead of an edgy boy with bad language, Ian was sincerely kind of sweet. He cared for Roxanne right from the very beginning when he helped her fix the leg she hurt. Despite that though, Ian did have a bit of roughness to him. Wearied down from his time in Afghanistan, peace and quiet are a luxury that isn't easy to come across. But with Roxanne, a woman he met by chance, he's comfortable and safe, and he can finally sleep through a night for a change. And before he knows it, he's falling for his little sister's best friend.
Roxanne doesn't do long term relationships. Commitments and boyfriends never end well, a fact that Roxanne's all too aware of. But she never expected an encounter with a man who makes her want to take a chance, to want to jump even knowing she'll probably fall. A man that threatens everything she stands for, and threatens to tear down the walls she's spend so much time building.
Roxanne and Ian have undeniable chemistry, and I loved watching their story unfold. But Chasing Mrs. Right also touched on some secondary characters that I would've like to see more of. I'll put Ellie, Gabe, and Nathan aside, since I know they have their own story - but the issue with Ian's mom I wanted more resolution too. I'm all for deficiency, and overly controlling, uncaring, self-absorbed parents will be the death of me. I hate grown ups who act like that, who think only of themselves and public image. I really wanted somebody, anybody, to stand up to Ian's mom and just say with a waggling finger, "Fuck off my life." Or at least...
But all in all, Chasing Mrs. Right was a solid installment. You don't need to have read the first in this series to enjoy this one. But even if you have or haven't, if you like adult contemporary, the second Coming Undone novel is one you won't want to miss.
**An advance copy of this book was provided for review. However, all opinions remain honest and my own.** (less)
The more I look back on my experience with The Hunger Games, the more I realize how much my review was actually influenced by all th...moreEdited: 6/20/12
The more I look back on my experience with The Hunger Games, the more I realize how much my review was actually influenced by all the hype this book has received. Now I'm not saying I absolutely hated this book, I obviously liked it enough to continue on. Which by the way, Catching Fire was my favorite of the three. But I just wasn't used to the writing style presented in The Hunger Games, and didn't really connect with Katniss until halfway through the book.
The Hunger Games is definitely better than most of the crap people label dystopian, but it isn't the best. I was on the fence about Katniss. Sure I grew to love her, but she was a bit too distant in this book. Katniss is a very narcissistic girl, too. And no, I'm not saying she's the type of person who'll let other people die if it meant saying her sorry behind, because that's anything but true. But her refusal to change her view on things, despite all the facts against it, annoyed me to no end.
Before the Games began, the book was slow and unenticing for me. The story dragged on and it took multiple tries before I finally made much progess. But after Katniss enters the arena where the Hunger Games takes place, everything became was undeniably addicting. I had to know what happened next, and I didn't want to put this book down.
If somehow you too found that the first book in this trilogy did not keep your attention the way you expected it to, I do recommend not giving up on it. Catching Fire, the sequel, is more than worth the read. However I cannot promise the same with Mockingjay.
And I know someone out there will wonder, so I'll tell you beforehand. Team Peeta.
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.
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...some...moreEdit: 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.
See, I don't give a shit about Dylan. James Patterson, if you insist on killing someone, you have my permission...moreFANG, FANG, FANG, FANG, FANG, and FANG.
See, I don't give a shit about Dylan. James Patterson, if you insist on killing someone, you have my permission to make Dylan go bye-bye. However, if you kill Fang, I might will burn all your books and never pick up another one again. For once, give the fans what they want. I'll even say please. So please, let Max and Fang get back together. (less)
I'm sorry but, if I recall, a trilogy meant THREE books. You know; tri=three and all that stuff? So now it's a saga? And you're ending the series off...moreI'm sorry but, if I recall, a trilogy meant THREE books. You know; tri=three and all that stuff? So now it's a saga? And you're ending the series off with a book dedicated to passion and romance? Nice move James Patterson and ghost writer. Nice.
I'm so reading this. And for all the wrong reasons. (less)
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.
"For something to be given, something must be taken."
For me, the original Iron Fey series is irreplaceable. Try if you will. You can shower me with c...more"For something to be given, something must be taken."
For me, the original Iron Fey series is irreplaceable. Try if you will. You can shower me with classics or dozens and dozens of newly released YA titles, but you won't be able to divert my attention should I be in the process of re-reading one of the Iron Fey books. They are my darlings. So when details surrounding The Lost Prince was up for the public, I was nothing if not skeptical. Spin-offs usually don't end well with me. If anything, they typically end up ruining the original story and the characters I'd come to love in it. But then I actually read this jem of a book. And while I still lived for the moments where Ash, Meghan, Puck, and Grimalkin showed up, Ethan Chase's tale is a story in it's own right.
Ethan is no Ash or Puck, but nonetheless, I couldn't help but love him all the same. He's certainly not without his flaws, but they only serve to endear him as a more realistic person. He does complain quite a bit, and often about his sister, but he has a good heart underneath. And for all the negativity he has stored up inside, he has Kenzie to balance him out.
And speaking of Kenzie, she's probably the most bubbly, full of life person I'll ever meet fictionally or even in everyday life. (view spoiler)[When she was announced to have cancer, it just about broke my heart. I don't know how this issue will be resolved, which doesn't happen often. Whether Julie Kagawa will chose to take the easy route and cure her disease with magic or walk down the path few authors chose to and kill her off is going to mess with my head for months. We all know who'll be crying in the future installments. E'hem. (hide spoiler)] Kenzie is just the kind of person you wouldn't be able to hate. Her kindness, and just the fact that she doesn't back down when she's challenged was more than enough to win me over.
Now let us discuss the new characters that stood out most to me, and the twists and turns.
In all honesty, Meghan and Ash's son, Keirran, was like a combination of a slightly less witty Puck who had the stubbornness that Ash had when he refused to give up Meghan and return to his rightful place as a Winter Prince. However, he was eventually able to make his place in my heart, if you exclude the ending. He just wasn't the Keirran we meet and love in the first half of the book anymore by then. And the sequel's title. WHYYY? I look forward to seeing Keirran in The Traitor Son. Righttt...yeahhh. *sniff*
"We are forgotten. No one remembers our names, that we are existed."
Boy were those things creepy. I really don't see the appeal of them, I really don't. Perhaps that's why no one wanted to remember them. Maybe. I SAID MAYBE. IT WAS JUST A SUGGESTION SO DON'T KILL ME YOU CREEPY FEY.
I think that's just about it. Anymore and I'll just give in to the temptation of erasing everything I've written up to this point and just scream, "READDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! THIS THING IS HEAVEN!"
Mhm hmm. I tend to gush when I like things. You musn't judge me. The Lost Prince is enchanting and beautiful, romantic, yet still full of action. It has something for everyone. Pre-order your copy now. Mine is already on the way. Cheers.
An ARC copy was provided via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
Sometimes we put outselves out there as people we aren't. We change ourselves, we pretend, we fake, all to fit in. We...more3.5
Do you dare to be different?
Sometimes we put outselves out there as people we aren't. We change ourselves, we pretend, we fake, all to fit in. We pretend we're like everyone else. No one likes to stand out and become a target of humiliation. But Jerry Spinelli spins a tale that opens our eyes to how human beings treat others, especially others they deem different.
I thought for the most part, the writing flowed quite nicely. However, I wanted to punch the main character. He had no right to judge Stargirl, no right to hurt her like he did. I felt that someone needed to tell him that you can't have the best of both worlds. You can't be one person one minute, and another the next.
"We live in a world of them, like it or not."
Well, Leo, I don't. But while I didn't particularly favor Leo, I did really enjoy reading about Stargirl. She's one of a kind, one of those people that can truly be themselves with no restraint. Words cannot even describe what I would do to meet someone like that.
"An act? No. If anyone is acting, it's us. She's as real as can be."
I really enjoyed this book, if not just for Stargirl's personality. I could put the book down easily, but I found myself enjoying it just as easily too. Stargirl is a book we all need to read, whether for pleasure of a good story, or to help us realize how we act sometimes. (less)