DNF omg such a DNF I can't DNF this quick enough. look. I'll forgive then instalust just add mate angle. I'll forgive he was an alpha hole "for her owDNF omg such a DNF I can't DNF this quick enough. look. I'll forgive then instalust just add mate angle. I'll forgive he was an alpha hole "for her own good" malarkey.
But to have the one chick be like "you're straight despite all the visual evidence to the contrary" discussion with the MC just no. She's young, but not THAT young and she didn't say it to be cruel. She was genuinely flabbergasted that Fen was straight despite apparently looking like the most lesbian chick ever.
Which brings me to a different point - Fen spends an inordinate amount of time (silently) praising Ginger's assets and being confused when every male outside their pack is not salivating over her (well namely Hunter). I thought, based on Fen's reactions to Ginger's nudity and general sense of casual sexuality, that Fen was at least POSSIBLY confused by her feelings towards Ginger. But her denial and tentative "Why would my actions make you think that?" was as rude as Ginger assuming Fen was lesbian based on her appearance. COMMUNICATION.
Gonna put my further thoughts under spoiler tag, cause...yeah. Spoilers if you care. (view spoiler)[ Further thoughts: -- double standard; Fen goes by her gut instincts on thing dealing with Hunter and Quill, but when Lia (the youngest member of their pack and the one they all feel VERY protective of) voices an opinion based on her instincts about Quill it becomes "she's young and doesn't understand". Except she's in touch with her Wolf while Fen keeps shoving hers down like unwanted detritus, so I'd trust Lia more.
-- her overuse of her nicknames for Ginger ("trouble twin") and Hunter ("uber-alpha"). Even when neither is acting like their nicknames, she calls them that. It comes to the point where I'm pretty sure she uses their nicknames more than their actual names in most chapters.
-- her inability to communicate; not uncommon in these sorts, but Fen is so busy certain she's the most useless piece of halfie ever (but she WILL PROVE HERSELF DAMMIT!!) good advice goes straight over her head. Well good advice and common pack protocol.
-- Nothing. At. All. Makes. Sense. in regards to how Hunter handled the abused kid case with Fen's old pack (are you seriously trying to tell me that a guy who feels INSTANTLY protective of Lia and every stray wolf kind kid they find would BE OK with handing a physically abused kid back to his parent just because he followed the letter of the law? No I mean it, explain to me how that makes sense. Even if it was an elaborate ploy to get Fen to leave her safe haven of a pack so "she'd grow stronger", it was stupid at best and dangerous at worst.).
-- Also I'm sorry, but can someone explain to me the biological factor? Ginger and Lia are both considered "Pack Princesses" - I gather that this is explained somewhat in more depth in Easterling's previous books (which this series seems to have been spun off of?), but seems to mean that every unmated "Outpack" male in their vicinity instantly starts craving them to the point where apparently they will devolve into salivating animals intent on rutting with them consensually or not?
Fen mentions pheromones at one point, but let me get this straight. Hunter "helpfully" gets Fen ousted from her pack, Wolfie (Fen's former Alpha, who apparently was SUPER SUPER STRONG but not as strong as Hunter) grants her a measure of his Alpha-magic and let four of his younger pack members to leave with her if they wanted (including two "pack Princesses" and apparently a strong Beta) and NO ONE THOUGHT THIS THROUGH CLEARLY?
No one said to themselves "They're going into Outpack territory where women are considered chattel and oh they have two young ripe Pack Princesses who drive unmated Outpack males insane with lust. This may be an issue." Not a single person. Not Hunter "overly protective uber-Alpha". Not Wolfie "Mr. considerate powerful alpha". Not Fen "I think of all the worst scenarios". Not. One. Of. Them. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Guys I may be slightly aging out (reading taste wise) the younger end of YA. At least, I am when the premise doesn't feel original enough to keep me iGuys I may be slightly aging out (reading taste wise) the younger end of YA. At least, I am when the premise doesn't feel original enough to keep me interested. I DNF'ed this at about 40%, skimming some of the rest.
Allie came off...young. She's 15 at the start (her 16th bday occurs pretty soon into the book) and she spends a lot of the prologue discussing (mostly to herself) at length how different the felt. how different others treated her. How they treated her with either deference, contempt or grudging polite friendliness.
This makes sense later when you find out she is actually Other (not only Other, but a special kind of Other. A rare 'there seems to be only two of them' special kind of Other), however until she hits her bday she is normal. Moves around a lot, a bit socially awkward, but normal. As far as I could tell (again I skimmed more than half of this) she didn't exude some sort of mystic godly aura. I know it's a common trope that normal humans always unconsciously sense when something Other is in their presence, but it seems a bit of a stretch that for the first dozen pages Allie acted like she was an alien princess in witness protection just because folk "flinched" away from her touch involuntarily.
There is a love triangle of sorts. There's Aiden (who is Other like her) and Vince (who is human like she wants to be), but far as I can tell Aiden is really understanding that she wants to ignore the connection she keeps bringing up and not be with him. He's all for her exploring who she is and what she wants...as long as she doesn't keep playing around with his feelings. Which is fair honestly.
But this did nothing for me. I've read about normals being Other secretly, about Immortals finding each other, Others trying to be normal...and in far more interesting ways.
YMMV so let me know in the comments if you felt different....more
DNF - I'm not sure where to begin. The opening prologue is kind of confusing and narratively a mess to read. I sort of liked Cadis and Iren at first,DNF - I'm not sure where to begin. The opening prologue is kind of confusing and narratively a mess to read. I sort of liked Cadis and Iren at first, but ugh Suki.
I understand what the author was trying to achieve (Suki is basically emotionally and mentally unhinged), but her POV chapters were too long. You'd go from Iren, who made some very intriguing and intelligent observations to Cadis, who seemed the most hopeful of the bunch, to Rhea who was too afraid to be much use and then Suki who spoke in half thoughts and weird cryptic (always with the paranthesis (no thought had only one (multiple layers))) way.
So I skipped to the end and basically everything I read was mistaken and a lie and you know what life is too short to make sense of this mess....more
So I'm actually gonna shelve this until someone can tell me exactly what pages Modesto talks about cannibalism. I can't do it guys. Modesto's strengthSo I'm actually gonna shelve this until someone can tell me exactly what pages Modesto talks about cannibalism. I can't do it guys. Modesto's strength in being able to vividly describe her world is destroying what little sleep I can manage. Zombies eating flesh I can do. People eating people because they're twisted fucks I can't....more
NOPE not for me. I know it's wrong to make snap judgements but trust me when I say, I tend to know when a book will hold my interest after only 50 orNOPE not for me. I know it's wrong to make snap judgements but trust me when I say, I tend to know when a book will hold my interest after only 50 or so pages now....more
In all honesty I wanted to enjoy this book. The problem however was the writing didn't match the tone it was trying to convey. Many of the jokes fellIn all honesty I wanted to enjoy this book. The problem however was the writing didn't match the tone it was trying to convey. Many of the jokes fell flat as the world itself was not well visualized....more
DNF at 43% right now - I really really wanted to enjoy this book. But the premise is starting to squick me out (I'm never really a fan of the "adoratiDNF at 43% right now - I really really wanted to enjoy this book. But the premise is starting to squick me out (I'm never really a fan of the "adoration to the point of blindness" or "love against their will" tropes. I may return, but not for a while....more
I had, at some point, convinced myself dragons were a part of this book. I'm not sure why. Probably best to not questioDNF'ed at page 54 (of the ARC).
I had, at some point, convinced myself dragons were a part of this book. I'm not sure why. Probably best to not question my brain. That's not why I gave up however. I quite simply did not understand one iota of anyone's motivations.
You have Ethan--who rather like James in Secret Vampire (yes by LJ Smith, yes I adore this book, no don't you judge me for my Night World obsession) could not give up his love of life, but who unlike James didn't see a need to investigate too deeply the ramifications of bringing said love of life back from the dead. Ethan who, if I understood what I skimmed after the first 54 pages, more or less took Nora at her word about the consequences/etc.
Then there's Sam--Samantha, our first person POV character who died of cancer and wasn't that profoundly surprised, upset, or startled that her boyfriend Ethan went to some extreme measures to bring her back. Nor is she that upset they have to abandon all they know (friends, family, names, school records) to somehow find fake IDs, move to a different town, take up new lives, re-enter school and "do everything they were robbed of" because she had been sick. Color me skeptical, but in this day and age how easy would that be?
She shows some feeling when she accidentally murders a guy who is trying to help her (she straight up The Mummy life-sucks the guy into a withered husk), but not really enough to think "Gee. I wonder if there's fine print my overly eager boyfriend overlooked?"
And thus do they continue onwards, with Sam constantly "feeling like she's dying" and some poor rando humanitarian rescues her and gets their life sucked out for their troubles. Lesson learned Hashway - I will NEVER EVER help any stranger who appears to be dying. Its an auto-death sentence apparently. Ethan doesn't catch on and Sam is less than inclined (that's an understatement) to explain to him "Oh hey I think things went wonkers I kill people to live?" or to push him to get him to explain what he did to bring her back. Endless repeat cycle.
Its the first in the series, and the ending is kind of..."wtf did I miss by skimming", but ends on a PICNIC so I'm not that bothered....more
DNF'ed at about 45% (though I read the epilogue...for reasons)
On the one hand - dopples! Clones! Replicants! With my current obsession over Orphan BlaDNF'ed at about 45% (though I read the epilogue...for reasons)
On the one hand - dopples! Clones! Replicants! With my current obsession over Orphan Black I figured why not? I picked this up for cheap a longish time ago (January), but my reading habits being as they are haven't gotten around to it.
In retrospect I shouldn't binge-watch Orphan Black and then read books about clones.
The science I can handwave away - I'm a fan of Star Trek, trust me we know how to do this - the constant lying from the nominal love interest towards the "original" Beth I can forgive since he was doing a job. I can even forgive the "clone" Beth doing stupid shit since she's really confused and is essentially tossed out onto the street to survive instead of being summarily executed and dissected.
I'm not forgiving about a dull plot, dull characters and general lack of interesting anything happening.
Beth is boring. Clone Beth is even more boring. Clone Beth's struggle to survive without being...well herself...is boring. Beth's indecisiveness about her boyfriend is boring. Beth and Nick are boring together. Beth's crazy boss is boring.
It sort of just meandered onwards. I eventually got restless and skipped to the end.
So spoilers from here out. (view spoiler)[ The original Beth dies. She's shot accidentally (or not, the guy in charge is kind of like 'Hey she was there, we needed one dead, them's the breaks') and thus Clone Beth takes over her life more or less. Which is fine, they're all very up front about the fact she's technically not the physical meatbag known as Beth they all knew, so I appreciated that. What I didn't appreciate was the entire epilogue is Clone Beth lamenting and unhappy that everybody from Original Beth's life trying to pigeon hole her as Original Beth.
Then Nick, Original Beth's love interest who was hunting Clone Beth for a long stretch of the book, comes over and is all sad in a manly way and then he kisses Clone Beth and makes it clear that he "always loved Beth". Whether it was welcomed or not, Clone Beth doesn't shove him off and say 'wtf didn't I just say I didn't want people pushing me to be Original Beth? Wtf were you thinking? You loved/knew HER not ME' instead it just ends with Nick's declaration of love for Beth.
That means 1 of 2 things to me: 1) That 55% I didn't read must have included Clone Beth falling in love with the guy hunting her the same way that Original Beth fell for Nick so that ending makes sense
2) Nick just TOTALLY DIDN'T LISTEN to a word Clone Beth was saying and forced his feelings upon her and Clone Beth was being a hypocrite by not rebuking him
or 3) it doesn't fucking matter this book turned into a trainwreck (hide spoiler)]
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DNF'ed at 136 pages - this book confuses the heck out of me and not in a good way.
It looks like I'm having an unpopular opinion on this book, which isDNF'ed at 136 pages - this book confuses the heck out of me and not in a good way.
It looks like I'm having an unpopular opinion on this book, which is unfortunate. I was intrigued almost immediately when I saw the synopsis, had spent a decent chunk of BEA trying to search it out (the BEA website had listed the wrong publisher in which to find out about the book), so when the opportunity arose I gratefully accepted the publisher's review offer.
I started it the day I received it, but found my interest dimming the more I read. I can't say what made me lose that spark of interest--certainly the main character is the kind I normally like (sassy, smart, a little reckless) and I still was intrigued by what was going on with her. I just...didn't seem to care enough to keep reading.
So I put it aside for a little while to see if maybe I was just burned out from YA. Came back to it and had the same problem. This third time I came back to it I finally decided this book isn't me....more