Yeah no this one wasn't for me. Kesley was a whiny, stuck up character and this supposed European adventure played second fiddle to all her lamenting...moreYeah no this one wasn't for me. Kesley was a whiny, stuck up character and this supposed European adventure played second fiddle to all her lamenting and perpetual horniness. Nothing ever changes. I feel like she didn't learn from anything. Who the hell goes to Europe just to get laid and drunk every night? No resolution with her family at the end either, and of course there's the tragic past that just makes me want to vom.
Plus she doesn't want her father to control every aspect of her life, yet she's perfectly content to go around Europe on his money? Honey, you're a walking contradiction. She's exactly the type of person I try to avoid because they make me want to slap them silly.(less)
I really liked Chelsea's first NA novel, My Favourite Mistake, back when NA was still new and not as slutty as it is now, but unfortunately, ever sinc...moreI really liked Chelsea's first NA novel, My Favourite Mistake, back when NA was still new and not as slutty as it is now, but unfortunately, ever since then, her other NA books, this one included, haven't done anything for me. It may be me being over the NA genre in general, but sadly I was left feeling disappointed.
I found the MC, Shannon, highly dislikeable, especially the way she never stood up to her friends, but continued to have sads at them, then make up two minutes later because her bitchy friend would turn on the waterworks. If that was me, they'd be getting a slap across the face. I'll put it out there - I'm the virgin amongst my friends, and I don't date very often. If my friends gave me crap for it - and they do - then they know that they do so at their own risk. Shannon is made out to be such a no nonsense, doesn't take crap kind of girl, but she lets people walk over her so much.
I didn't find the romance believable either. It just kind of happened. One page Shannon was denying her 'love' for Jett, the next she was declaring it. It was strange, as if the author couldn't quite make up her mind.
There were little inconsistancies and spelling mistakes over the place as well. A debut indie author, I'll happily bypass anything like that, but an author who has released multiple - and bestselling - novels that are now traditionally published - I'm sorry, but there's no excuses for it. I remember one scene Shannon was waiting for Jett to get out of the shower and she was in his room, the next she was on the couch in the living room with his roommate, but there was no segue to mention that she had moved rooms. Things like that, I can't deal with. Spelling mistakes too. Numerous times words were spelt wrong - and in succession as well. Something a beta or editor should have picked up on. Desert is a very hot place, dessert is something you eat. You even say it differently. When we first meet Jett, we know him as Laptop Guy, and then suddenly he's Jett, without any introduction of his name. It was confusing, to say the least.
I also want to mention - and absolutely nothing against having a biracial relationship in a book, because I think it's great - but there was no mention of Jett's race until randomly, like it was a bit of a cover up. I actually had to stop reading and go "Wait, he's Asian?!" and skip back to the start - it's not that I mind him being Asian, because I don't, and I think the way that Cameron portrayed Jett's family struggles to be well done (albeit extremely rushed at the end). It's just that without any prior description, my mind automatically visualised Jett to be Caucasian. It completely changes the dynamics of the book when you find out halfway through that the person you were imagining looks completely different. I just wish it had been brought up earlier.
All these little things made this a bland read for me. I probably will continue to keep reading - sporadically - Cameron, but I have to say I'm not very impressed any more. (less)
Three stars but still meh - nothing that hasn't been done before. MC got on my nerves a lot, so that probably dragged it down more, and it was highly...moreThree stars but still meh - nothing that hasn't been done before. MC got on my nerves a lot, so that probably dragged it down more, and it was highly repetitive. Caught somewhere between a 2.5 and a 3 maybe.(less)
I've got mixed feelings on this book. It started off well-ish, but slowly it turned into a train wreck, but I still couldn't stop reading it. The big...moreI've got mixed feelings on this book. It started off well-ish, but slowly it turned into a train wreck, but I still couldn't stop reading it. The big spoilery part of the plot I worked out pretty quickly (you have to be dense to kinda not to, but heyho), and that's what turned me off this book.
(view spoiler)[If there's one thing I hate in novels, it's babies. Pregnancy and babies. It's not me being immature. It's something that doesn't appeal to me at all, and knowing that Natalie was pregrant put me off majorly. (hide spoiler)]
And the ending wasn't that great either. I'm seriously sick of people who don't talk about things. You have mouths, people, use them. For serious.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
First up – whoop whoop for Aussie authors – and not just any Aussie. A West Aussie. That’s my home state, and it’s the best one in the whole of Austra...moreFirst up – whoop whoop for Aussie authors – and not just any Aussie. A West Aussie. That’s my home state, and it’s the best one in the whole of Australia, just fyi.
Reckless tells the story of Milly, a young Australian girl whose poor choices and bad decisions lead to her being shipped off to the country to live with her Aunt and cousins. It’s in the country, however, that Milly comes to terms with the past that has made her so bitter.
Reckless was definitely a novel that was more focused on characterization and Milly coming to grips with her past. The actual book itself doesn’t start with Milly’s exile to the country – instead, it focuses on Milly’s indiscretions first. This was a bit long winded and drawn out, but in the end was worth to see exactly how much Milly’s life had changed by the end of the novel, and how she learned to forgive people. By the time we got to the country, the book was half over, and Milly’s character growth felt a little rushed and underplayed.
Milly herself was a character that I didn’t like from the start. She didn’t really grow on me as such, but I respected her by the end of the novel. Definitely some of her choices made me roll my eyes and sigh, but I loved the way she found herself in the country, and she learned to trust others and seek their advice – and more importantly, not get offended if people gave it to her.
The romance was sweet, and just like in Weiler’s first novel, Friendship Under Fire, it was understated and simple instead of fast and heady – and I definitely prefer the slow burning former. I liked the way that Jerome and Milly seemed to parallel each other – while Milly turned to bad choices, Jerome slowly moved on from the accident, and started to make something of his life. This helped Milly to see the other side of life a lot more clearly.
Overall, Reckless is a novel that’ll grow on you the more you read. Although it started out quite slow, and seemed to drag in parts that may not have necessarily been there, the overall result was a sweet and meaningful story that left me completely satisfied. Also, more props for another New Adult contemporary that has deviated away from the generic formula that is so current – and old – these days.(less)
**spoiler alert** Okay. This jumble of thoughts will contain heavy spoilers. You read ahead at your own risk.
I've literally just...more**spoiler alert** Okay. This jumble of thoughts will contain heavy spoilers. You read ahead at your own risk.
I've literally just finished, just set the book down, and those are my thoughts right now. There's a lot going around in my brain, but I guess the one thing is this:
This book, as an end to a series, was a big letdown. A disappointment. Here's my reasons why.
(view spoiler)[Now, I'm pretty sure the reason why there's been so much negativity over the book is because what happens right at the very end. And I'll come out and say it, because, well, if you're looking at a spoilered review, and you haven't read the book yet, then I hold no claim over you finding out this piece of information. Tris dies. Yes, our FMC dies.
And actually, that was one part of the book I didn't mind. I totally respect Roth for being able to kill off her main character like she has done. Tris gave the ultimate sacrifice, and in the end, showed that she was only human. One way or another, she would have died. This way, she did it for a worthy cause, the way Tris always has to. I think killing off your MC shows strength as a writer too. Tris is portrayed very highly as a female who's strong and independent in YA literature. She's been put on a pedalstool up there with the likes of Katniss and Hermione. I think that if Tris didn't die, then all that she's done makes her seem to kushy to me. That she's invincible, when she's not, that we aren't invincible, and by taking such risks there are consequences, and ultimately, Tris suffered for that.
However, everything else, and the way that scene came into play and was executed, was where this book failed big time for me.
Let's bounce back to the Tris death scene again. Tris knew that by switching with Caleb, she could possibly die. What felt like a urgh, are you serious?! moment for me was the fact that for pretty much that entire chapter, and even when she was in the lab, Tris was very much fighting against the idea of joining her parents. She kept saying that she wasn't ready, that she would fight as much as she could, but then she gets shot, sees her Mum and is like, well, everything I was thinking before is just invalid now. Ultimately, I don't think Tris would have just run straight 'for the light' like she did.
Which brings me to the crux of the reason I hated this book. The plot and the storyline. WHAT THE EFF. Honestly. Now don't get me wrong, I loved the whole concept of genetics and the questions behind stripping away certain parts of your make up. I loved the whole idea of the experiments and everything. What failed, though, was how it took until Book 3 for us to get all this information. Book 3, as in, the end of the book. That's 500 odd pages in which you have to introduce a whole new complete idea in and then wrap up the trilogy. It was just a plain and stupid way to go about it.
I read somewhere once, I think, that Roth had actually come up with the idea for the series based on the events of the last book, and then shaped the other two around that. That's great. But don't have your first two novels dealing with something, and then bring in a whole new different set of terms and rules. It created too much conflict against the other books, and it made the whole series just seem convoluted, inconsistent and too cluttered. I don't understand why authors can't just make things flowly - yes, don't baby your readers and just lay it all out - but you don't need to introduce something like this so late in the game. No wonder people are cross. If it was done halfway through Insurgent, then this would have ultimately been a better series. Because we all know how much most of Insurgent really sucked (as much as I did enjoy it, I will admit).
EDIT: WORLD BUILDING. Oh yeah, let's talk about that. What happened, America? What happened? Nobody knows. You get into a war, have some genetic issues and, hey, that's it. NO HISTORY? NOTHING? LIKE, THE LAST WHATEVER NEVER EXISTED? I know this book is about the now and how that shapes the future. But with the introduction of the serums and the genetics and the whole new world thing, Roth failed miserably like most who write YA dystopian do: there was no world building. I couldn't connect with why the people did what they did. Why the Bureau where the head honchos. What about this so called government? What about the how I live now? There was nothing. And that, for me, is epic fail.
And Tris and Tobias. God. Talk about characters degrowing. I felt like both were way more immature here. And the dual POV thing. GOD. NO. Do not, ever, introduce more POV at the end of the series. I get why we had to have Tobias' POV in the end, but if that's the way you wanted to play it, then MAKE IT CONSISTENT. Have the dual POV running through the whole thing. It makes me wonder if Tris' death was just a last minute, rushed conclusion. They solved their issues by making out and kissing. They jumped down each other's throats before thinking rationally and analyzing the situation. They were antagonizing each other the whole entire time. It just didn't seem real enough any more. Especially with the dual POV, I felt that Tobias, when just from Tris's POV, was a lot stronger in himself. Yes, we get to see his weakness here, but it was hard to draw the line. A lot.
Ultimately, this book failed, like I said. It fell flat, there was too much going on, too drawn out (but hey, I bet Harper are getting nice Christmas bonuses this year with all the sales and records Allegiant has been breaking).
And quickly touching on the contraversy that surrounded the John Green tweets? Well, Pooh You. Never liked the man anyways. Every reader ultimately decides how they interpret a novel. Yes, the author writes it, but ultimately, it belongs to the reader once it goes out into the wild. Why the heck do we study literature and are asked to write essays on forms of opinions if there's no one straight answer? That's because there's not. Books are open to interpretation. I can see why so many people were upset. This is a character that people have been emotionally invested in for years. They didn't see it coming. Just like in the last Harry Potter book, just like in countless of other things. Eventually people will accept and move on, but when you build up a franchise so much based on the main character, then duh, of course you're going to get backlash. What would have happened if Harry had've died and Voldemort one during that last battle? There's lots of ifs and buts and maybes, but ultimately, the words JG decided to impart on us all were wrong. Yes, we should respect the author's choice to go down the path that she did, but in the end, we don't have to like it. Respect it, definitely, but we don't have to be happy about it. Heck, I'm still not happy that Alanna ended up with George in the Lioness Quartet series (which seems to be why I can't read the Beka books!). But I still love the books as a whole, and have moved on. (hide spoiler)]
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