This is the third book by Stacey Jay that I've read. The first one--YA Fiction--You Are So Undead to Me, was a fun and entertaining read. It was so en...moreThis is the third book by Stacey Jay that I've read. The first one--YA Fiction--You Are So Undead to Me, was a fun and entertaining read. It was so enjoyable I was glad that I took a chance on an author I'd never heard of before. The second--also YA Fiction--Juliet Immortal, was decidedly not so entertaining. Or fun. Or imaginative. Or worthwhile. Heck, I'm almost done reading it but I just can't muster the strength to finish--I just don't care what happens anymore.
So why did I buy this book which, by the way, was purchased while I was in the middle of forcing myself to slog through the pages of Juliet Immortal? Because it was marked 60% off at Borders, that's why. Also, like I said Stacey Jay's first offering was quite good, so I was willing to give her another chance. I'm so glad I did.
Dead on the Delta is a new UF series--not YA--that isn't horribly original. Meaning there is a Kick-A Protagonist who has some sort of special ability or power. This Kick-A Protagonist? Has--you guessed it--a troubled past, intimacy issues and a drinking problem that goes hand in hand with her tendency to pop pills. Did I mention this story is set in Louisiana? Because it is. Also? This book has killer fairies.
That's right. Killer. Fairies.
So why did I like Dead on the Delta despite the fact that it doesn't seem to have anything new to bring to the table, you ask? The protagonist, a 20-something FCC employee/former debutante/med school dropout by the name of Annabelle Lee, is a loveable, albeit prickly, character that I couldn't help but root for. Also her "special power"--immunity to poisonous fairy saliva--is actually not all that special, though only about 5% of the population is immune. So it's not like she's an all-powerful (read: unbearable) Mary Sue.
Honesty Time! Look, I could give you a pretty good rundown of what this book is all about, but it's going to be a unoriginal variation of what's posted in the book description box, though my description wouldn't include the word 'sexy'(because, for whatever reason, every time the word 'sexy' is used in a book description it makes me cringe; makes the book sound trashy--which, by the way, this book isn't trashy). And anyway, I'm tired--it's been a long day. Maybe I'll take the time to type something up later, but until then just read the description provided by the publisher.
Anyway, if you're looking for a new UF series to pick up I suggest you give Stacey Jay's Dead on the Delta (book #1 in the Annabelle Lee series) a try.
(4 stars because I was genuinely entertained by this book despite the fact that there were a few things that didn't quite work for me. I will be reading the next book in this series).
D.J. Schwenk is the exact opposite of most YA protagonists. That's right, she's got a brain. Also? She won't let any boy mistreat her, no matter how r...moreD.J. Schwenk is the exact opposite of most YA protagonists. That's right, she's got a brain. Also? She won't let any boy mistreat her, no matter how ridiculously good looking they might be. She's a little shy but will speak up when she has something worthwhile to say, which, honestly, is more often than she gives herself credit for--like I said, the girl has brains. She's so easy to relate to, on several levels, you can't help but root her on.
The Dairy Queen series is up there on my list of favorites now. I highly recommend it. D.J. Schwenk is my hero.
Filled with all the blood and guts and gore one would expect (and then some). It's zombielicious. Review to be posted at some point. Like when I my k...more Filled with all the blood and guts and gore one would expect (and then some). It's zombielicious. Review to be posted at some point. Like when I my kids go back to school. Or whenever Summer Roadtrip 2011 ends. (less)
I started reading this book in June. JUNE! I finally finished reading it last night. Admittedly I liked Imaginary Girls at first--like the first coupl...moreI started reading this book in June. JUNE! I finally finished reading it last night. Admittedly I liked Imaginary Girls at first--like the first couple of chapters--then almost immediately it was all I could do to finish one page every time I picked this book up. The story is not that interesting. The writing-style is irritating and pretentious. It feels as though author goes out of her way to say things in the most roundabout way, in a way that's meant to be artsy and poetic. I wouldn't go so far as say the prose are purple-ish...but...yeah...almost.
Plus, I didn't like the older sister, Ruby, which is sort of a huge problem because a lot of the story has to do with the MC's (Chloe) hero-worship of said older sister. Hate is a strong word, but I'm willing to go so far as say I HATE Ruby. She sucks. And while I can understand Chloe's allegiance to Ruby, I still think she gives her sister way too much control over every aspect in her life. And the worst part is she does so gladly. That wouldn't be so bad if at the end of the novel things had been different. But, no, I didn't get the sense that Chloe was a better person by the end of the novel, if she'd learned some sort of a lesson. If anything, she's regressed. And that's really sad.
So, while I do think the cover is STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL, and like the fact that this is a standalone with an original premise, I still do not like this book. I don't know who I'd recommend it to. No one, probably. But if you're wanting to read this, don't let my review stop you. Read Imaginary Girls if you feel compelled to do so. Who knows? It might be just up your alley. 1.5 stars. (less)
I really liked this book when I was a teenager reading it to a room full of 2-year-olds (I worked at a daycare when I was in HS). The kids really like...moreI really liked this book when I was a teenager reading it to a room full of 2-year-olds (I worked at a daycare when I was in HS). The kids really liked it, and when you discover something that causes a room full of toddlers to sit still for more then a minute you embrace it. Admittedly, as a teen, there were times when I would get a little choked up reading Love You Forever--teenage me was a bit of a sap.
Now this book just weirds me out. Remember: I'm a mother of three.
On the surface this is a cute, sentimental, sob-inducing children's book. But when you look deeper--I know it's a kids book, but still, work with me here--you find a semi-creepy relationship between mother and son. Don't get me wrong, I completely relate to what the young mother is going through--kids kinda suck when they're little, which is why God made them cute. There are nights when my husband and I gaze at our sleeping angels and smile. With relief--because the adorable little monsters, whom we love very much, are finally asleep. Sleeping kids are great. They look so innocent and sweet, not likely to play in toilets, draw on walls, ask 'why?' every time you tell them something, throw a fit every night at the dinner table. And so on.
I can see why a mother would take a sleeping little angel in her arms and tell him that she "loves (him) forever, she loves (him) for always. As long as (she's) living, (her) baby (he'll) be." There are times when I'm tempted to do the same, really. There is a chance I have done that, just so you know. But at some point boundaries need to be put in place. Plus, this poor mother has literally NOTHING ELSE going on in her life. Look at the pictures on her walls after the boy grows up and moves away. They are all of the boy. No friends, no family. No relationships with anyone else. Just the boy--That's it. Kinda sad, don't you think?
Plus, when you get married, you let go of your parents. And in return, your parents cut the apron strings. Sure they totally still love you but, like I said earlier: boundaries! So, while the idea of the aging mom driving across town and sneaking into her married son's house in order to cuddle with him, is sort of a cute one, it's also really creepy--Again, I totally know this is a kids book, but still.
My point is: this woman needs a friggin' hobby, stat. Her life shouldn't revolve so entirely around her child. That's just unhealthy for both the mother and the child. Plus, I'd love to know what her son's wife has say about the whole situation. Maybe the mother could start playing canasta with the neighborhood Olds, or join a book club. Also, it wouldn't hurt if she formed other relationships, maybe get a boyfriend or something. Just sayin'.
***Warning: this review contains spoilers for Feed***
I really don't know what I can say about this book besides how disappointed and frustrated it le...more***Warning: this review contains spoilers for Feed***
I really don't know what I can say about this book besides how disappointed and frustrated it left me. Not that I was expecting something incredible mind you. I mean, it's not like Feed left me begging for more so I have no idea why I gave Deadline the time of day.
Actually I do know. I'm not too bright. I was going to purchase The Demon's Surrender on Tuesday June 14th, because that's when it was released, but for whatever reason the audiobook was not available for sale at audible. So I wasted a precious audible credit on this ridiculously long piece of trash. How long is this audiobook you ask? 15+ hours.
Yes, more than 15 hours of what amounts to a really long episode of The Incredible Hulk, featuring zombies and the magical world of news blogging. Except to make things extra fun The HulkBruce Banner Shaun, our main character, has his dead sister's voice stuck in his head running commentary on everything he does. And he talks back to that voice. Vocally. Like, all the time no matter who is around.
When people encounter Shaun's strange behavior and make the mistake of asking if he's feeling okay, Bruce Shaun looses his crap and 'splodes out of his clothes in a fit of rage, turns green and goes on a punching spree. And he's all 'HULK MAD! HULK SMASH! HULK KILL!' starts acting like a massive douche-canoe--like, way more douche-y than he usually acts--and threatens to punch the crap out of whoever has the nerve to ask him about the state of his mental health.
That wouldn't be such worrisome behavior if he were some crazy urine-soaked hobo who lives out of a refrigerator box. But see, Shaun is the head blogger at popular news blog he and his (dead) sister started a few years before. He has a ton of employees all over the world.
Mr Crazy Pants is in charge. Really. And that's where my first issue with Deadline springs up.
Who in their right mind would put up with that crap? The answer is no one. Not even people who are supposedly friends with said crazy person. Especially when that person has not contributed ANYTHING worthwhile to the blog in over a year. A person who doesn't even make any real decisions anymore. A person who does little more than show up and carry on conversations with the dead sister living in his head himself and threaten to punch people, occasionally carrying out those threats, breaking noses in the process.
We're supposed to believe that his employees are that loyal and/or so stupid they'd be willing to stick around and take that sort of abuse. Bloggers who are at the top of their fields and could go to a number of other news blogs or easily start their own.
One could argue that he just lost his sister and his friends/employees are just really patient and understanding, but here's the deal: his sister died a year prior to the events in Deadline. Plus, they live in a world where zombies run free. Every last one of them have lost close friends and loved ones yet none of them act like Shaun.
So...what makes Shaun so special?
Nothing. He's not special. Which is why I grew weary of this book almost from the get go. But I kept reading because I thought Shaun was going to calm down and pull his act together. Don't want to be all spoiler-y but it needs to be said: that never happens. In fact his behavior worsens yet NO ONE takes a cattle prod to his crazy ass; no one throws him to the zombies just so they can get rid of their little "Debbie Downer".
There is a whole lot of other stuff that happens which, I'm sorry, doesn't really matter because (view spoiler)[Grant decides to pretty much undo something HUGE that goes down in the first book. (view spoiler)[ George is magically alive at the end of the book. That happens. Really. (view spoiler)[The author pulls the cloning card, and a piss-poor job she does with the whole cloning thing if you ask me. Why? (view spoiler)[Because everyone knows cloning doesn't work that way. (view spoiler)[ Clones don't retain the original's memories. Sometimes they don't even look exactly like the original (hide spoiler)] And no, I don't think it's cool to just pretend it does for the sake of the story. Grant went out of her way to create the whole back story to Kellis-Amberlee, correct? So why is it so difficult for her to think up a semi-feasible reason as to why George is magically alive? The whole thing comes off a little too Resident Evil if you ask me, and no, that isn't a compliment (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]. To be honest, I feel there is little of importance that goes down in this book. It's all a bunch of happenings that don't amount to anything in the end. If you've read Deadline and you don't agree with me, that's cool. Just do me a favor and ask yourself this: what, if anything, happened in this book that wasn't made so completely pointless by the way the book ended? I bet your answer is along the lines of 'nothing'.
And then there's the plot holes. So many plot holes. Gigantic ones. One in particular that is so infeasible, so massive you sort of want to write Mira Grant hate mail while reading it. Or maybe that's just me.
Speaking of holes, am I the only one that thinks the answer to the zombie problem, should a zombie apocalypse ever occur, is the Grand Canyon? I mean, it's a massive hole in the ground, right? All we'd have to do is round up and herd all the zombies to the Grand Canyon. We could walk them in at ground level and then brick them in, or just let them walk over the cliffs (this option is rather inhumane but, hey, it's flesh-eating, disease-carrying zombies we're talking about not adorable puppies and kitties). I'm also willing to consider using Carlsbad Caverns, as it is also a massive hole in the ground and I'm not a huge fan of New Mexico.
Don't even get me started about Shaun's (not at all thought out) motorcycle ride of karma from zombie hell. I'm sorry but who is that stupid? Why would anyone let anyone else ride a motorcycle into a place so insanely infested with zombies? I kept wondering why they couldn't strap that thing to the back of the van, or, I don't know, LEAVE IT BEHIND. Hell, even if there really wasn't room left inside the van, Shaun could have easily strapped himself to the roof, or (call me crazy) strap some of their equipment to the roof of the van in order to make room for him. Either way, he would have been safer.
One last thing: (view spoiler)[I was so totally right about the incest thing. I knew George and Shaun were too close to not be sleeping together. And no, I don't think that Grant is so edgy by going that route. If anything Grant is all about cop-outs. The incest was a cop-out and so was the cloning of a dead character. (hide spoiler)]
I will not be reading the third book in this series. One-and-a-half stars.
Here's a little taste of Laini Taylor's style of writing: "this, she thought, isn't just for today. It's for everything. For the heartache that still...moreHere's a little taste of Laini Taylor's style of writing: "this, she thought, isn't just for today. It's for everything. For the heartache that still felt like a punch in the gut each time it struck, fresh as new at unpredictable moments; for the smiling lies and the mental images she couldn't shake; for the shame of having been so naive.
For the way loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve--like the souls version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable."
Perfect, no? That's exactly the way heartbreak feels, huh. I love the way Laini Taylor writes. You will too. Daughter of Smoke and Bone on sale 9/27/2011.(less)
Sorry Kristi, I want to like this book as much as you, but I just can't. The last 70 pages or so make me want to ultimate punch baby dolphins or club...moreSorry Kristi, I want to like this book as much as you, but I just can't. The last 70 pages or so make me want to ultimate punch baby dolphins or club baby seals. For the record, I did like the first three-quarters of this book.
I feel incredibly uncool for liking this book when so many of my GR friends think it's one of the worst Sookie books ever. But what can I say? I like...moreI feel incredibly uncool for liking this book when so many of my GR friends think it's one of the worst Sookie books ever. But what can I say? I like it a lot more then books 9 & 10. In my humble opinion, Dead in the Family was the series low, and I gave that book three stars because the majority of the silly fairy storyline was brought to an end. Or so it seemed.
Unfortunately, because Sookie's Fae cousin and uncle are living with her, it was necessary to bring up her jacked-up family tree. Again. Fortunately that stayed in the background, for the most part. I mean, yeah, clearly something weird is going on with what's left of the Fae community on this side of the now-sealed portal to Fae, but thankfully it wasn't the main storyline in Dead Reckoning.
Though it was made clear--to me, at least--that storyline isn't going away anytime soon. (view spoiler)[Especially because Sookie discovered she has a powerful Fae object in her possession. Wanna know what? (Do not click unless you really want to know what Sookie has) (view spoiler)[ Something called a Cluviel Dor. Sookie discovered it while cleaning out her attic. Turns out it was given to her Grandmother by her half-fae (biological) grandfather. It's a very rare and very powerful gift the fae sometimes give to those they really love. Apparently they take an entire year to make. Wanna know what it does? (view spoiler)[ It gives the person welding it the opportunity to change one thing. Like, Sookie could remove her "disability" if she wanted. (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
So. Eric and Sookie. What to say? Honestly there really isn't anything I can say without it being all spoiler-y. (view spoiler)[All sorts of drama going on for Sookie and Eric. Sookie keeps getting attacked, and through the bond Eric can sense the danger Sookie is in. He hates that he never seems to be around when Sookie's life is in danger, and it's causing him a great deal of turmoil. He wants Sookie to move in with him and work at his bar. Of course Sookie declines his offer. Also, it becomes apparent that Eric is keeping a huge secret from Sookie. Pam knows what it is, even starts to (sort of) bring it up, but Eric forbids her to speak of it. Then Eric and Pam get into a fight over the whole thing and Sookie kicks them both out of her house.
Amelia shows up and tells Sookie that she thinks she's discoverd a way to magically sever the blood bond between Eric and Sookie. Sookie decides to give it a try. (view spoiler)[ It works. And yes Eric becomes unhinged because of it. (For the record: I dislike this part of the story because: 1) the bond is easily broken using hardly any effort; turns out all Sookie had to do is burn some candles and mumble a few incantations, and 2) Sookie just does it without giving Eric any sort of warning). Eric comes to terms with the fact that the bond is broken and even apologizes to Sookie for not telling her there is actually a vampire ceremony that breaks the bond, then explains that he only wanted to keep the bond in place so he could keep Sookie safe. (view spoiler)[ Sex happens. It's pretty unsexy, considering Sookie describes it as 'monkey sex' and has to apply an ice pack on her hoo-ha afterward. (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
Eventually Sookie figures out what Eric is keeping from her. (view spoiler)[He's supposed to marry some vampire queen. In fact, he's duty-bound to do so, regardless of the fact he's already married to Sookie. Turns out his maker set up the whole thing before he was killed in Dead in the Family. Throughout this book Eric is trying to stop it from going down, hoping the fact that his maker is now dead will nullify the deal. (view spoiler)[ It doesn't (hide spoiler)]
I love love love Eric. Love him. I liked him way back in book 1, was desperate for Sookie to dump vampire Bill on his depressingly boring butt in book 2--because Eric had me (laughing) at "Angelic Sookie, vision of love and beauty, I am prostrate that the wicked evil maenad violated your smooth and voluptuous body, in an attempt to deliver a message to me."
I Died of excitement when Eric became her lover in book 4. Was grinding my teeth in frustration when that came to an end. Died again when Eric remembered their time together. And admitted it. Did a happy dance when the bond was in place and celebrated their (vampire) marriage and official couple status.
That said, I realized a few books back their relationship could not possibly last. Sookie is never going to become a vampire. At least not voluntarily. And sure, Eric seems to genuinely love her enough that he would stick with her till her dying day, though it would pain him to see her grow old and not be able to do anything about it--The guy has a savior complex when it comes to Sookie. But I could never see Charlaine Harris taking this story in that direction. So the only real options are these: 1) Eric dies, or--and I think this is most likely, especially now given the circumstances--2) Eric is forced to leave Sookie.
For me, realizing the inevitable was pretty depressing. Sookie and Eric are probably my favorite fictional coupling ever, but I've come to accept it. You could say that I'm already at peace with it even though I'd prefer them to stay together.
That said, I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts, though I don't imagine it will continue on much longer. So sad. (hide spoiler)]
I have more to say but, as is what always happens when I sit down to write a review, I've been interrupted. I'll get back to this later. Hopefully. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)