i am usually NOT a fan of sequels to perfectly good contemporary books, but for some reason i really liked this one because it has just enough conflici am usually NOT a fan of sequels to perfectly good contemporary books, but for some reason i really liked this one because it has just enough conflict so the plot didn't become too boring yet just enough cute coupley moments that made up for the lack of sexual tension....more
**spoiler alert** NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. the thing that ruined this for me is the fact that jesse was a whiny mess the entire time, going on and on abou**spoiler alert** NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. the thing that ruined this for me is the fact that jesse was a whiny mess the entire time, going on and on about how he didn't deserve rowen. get a grip! where's the playful and loyal cowboy that we all seemed to fall in love with in the first book? yes i understand that he's dealing with emotional trauma, but from the reader's perspective, there is no excuse why he thinks rowen can't handle his emotional baggage. jesse's only reason is "rowen deserves to have a stable, loving, and predictable environment. i can't guarantee a stable and predictable environment anymore."
that is a load of BULL. CRAP. i can get why he's reluctant to let rowen in because of this, but breaking up with her because of it? NO. that is completely stupid and unjustified and i still can't wrap my mind around it without it completely pissing me off. i'm not saying that i expect jesse to be absolutely perfect, but i'm expecting him to have some common sense, and his entire voice reads like a ditzy kid who lacks any kind of street smarts. i was not a fan of his point of view, purely because it really detracted from my overall experience and i do not think it was executed properly to do jesse justice.
also really annoyed by the dialogue, something i also noticed in the first book, because these characters are trying to be the next great philosophers or something. they're spouting this random crap that not only sounds cheesy, but also cliché and banal. the things that these characters say are stock quotes, easily adjusted to fit any situation. it doesn't make sense that EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. is saying the same inspirational stuff because let me tell you, not everybody in the world has even one piece of insightful knowledge to share with you, let alone five or six.
the only thing that saved this book was garth, because he was funny and snarky enough to keep my attention. but i do have to admit that the only reason he was around so much was probably so that nobody would hate his story when it came out. and that knowledge made me feel like garth wasn't like he was in the first book: his personality was twisted around so people wouldn't go into the next book thinking he was an asshole with daddy issues. he totally is, but this book forced a different persona onto us that i'm still deciding whether it's a good thing or not. ...more
this was a book that had a surprising layer of depth underneath its apparent superficial appearance. while i loved how albin exposed jillian's diseasethis was a book that had a surprising layer of depth underneath its apparent superficial appearance. while i loved how albin exposed jillian's disease in conjunction with jillian's progression as a young adult struggling to not only cope with a crippling disease, but also find some kind of way to allow those closest to to her to help her in a way that she isn't used to.
the only thing that kind of ruined it for me was the fact that we never saw jillian and liam meet: the first time they ever interact that we can see is the night after they've had sex. so by the time liam's insisting on making her breakfast, it just seems irrelevant because we never saw that first connection that warranted a "morning after" breakfast. and then jillian just gave into liam's prods like she had always wanted, even though she constantly said that she couldn't get into a relationship because of this disease that we don't know anything about yet. so then i just start thinking that this supposed bomb isn't so much a bomb as a whoopie cushion, because jillian did not seem that bothered by letting liam in and possibly exposing her to her problems....more
very sound sequel, but not as good as the first one. some of the plot got repetitive, but when it got good, it was REALLY GOOD. i just think it got tovery sound sequel, but not as good as the first one. some of the plot got repetitive, but when it got good, it was REALLY GOOD. i just think it got to the point where they were running into the same problems over and over again, and while bracken executed these plot twists beautifully, the overall effect was lost on me because i was spending so much connecting the latest problem to the one that was just solved a chapter before.
and this will kind of sound petty, but i wished there was more romance between liam and ruby. i know it seems trivial in the grand scheme of what's happening in the book, but bracken basically made their relationship a significant part of the book when (view spoiler)[he told her that he lived her (hide spoiler)], and the fact that all of this faded away made it seem like the whole encounter was irrelevant to begin with.["br"]>["br"]>...more
i don't think this book would've been as good if less time had passed since quinn's boyfriend (trent). i feel like she got over his death kind of fasti don't think this book would've been as good if less time had passed since quinn's boyfriend (trent). i feel like she got over his death kind of fast, but then again, she's had a lot of time to comes to terms with it; all that was left was to actually move on. so that didn't really bother me.
i just feel like this is a really worthwhile read, but it's one of those things that's isn't extraordinarily special or a MUST READ. the romance was nice, but ultimately this book was just too short to tackle all of the tricky topics kirby included with the depth that they needed....more
where unremembered failed was the fact that everything sera did was for zen, as opposed to herself. even when she was trying to regain her memories, swhere unremembered failed was the fact that everything sera did was for zen, as opposed to herself. even when she was trying to regain her memories, she was only given memories of her and zen. i wanted to know what SHE was like, how SHE lived, not what ZEN believed she was like or thought of her living conditions. this was partially a symptom of the info dumping, because sera obviously had to understand what was going on to some extent, and the only way to accomplish that would be through zen and other people lecturing her about her past. i don't think it worked in this case, because it just makes the story feel impersonal, like you're learning a lesson, not investing yourself on a character. and there was so MUCH to cover, so obviously things had to get cut out in favor of more romantic and succinct material. but i wasn't a fan of it and i just couldn't connect to sera because she just felt like this vessel for other people's interpretations of her life, not what she thought of her life before her memory loss.
also wasn't a fan of how much the synopsis told me. i knew her name before she even did, and i basically had been given a plot of the first third in ten sentences or less. at the end of my version of the book there was also a summary of the second AND third book, both of which gave too much away to the point of me not even having to read the books to figure out how they would end. also the third summary totally spoiled the second book. it's probably my fault for reading it, but when you put something so spoilery at the back, i can't help myself....more
i really did NOT like crash into you, and while take me on was marginally better, i still wasn't feeling it. i just feel like there's no chemistry beti really did NOT like crash into you, and while take me on was marginally better, i still wasn't feeling it. i just feel like there's no chemistry between the characters and it was insta-lovey, just like crash into you. the first thing west thinks when she meets haley is how hot and beautiful she is, and all of a sudden she's the only thing on his mind.
and i also didn't like that they both just whine about the same things over and over again. haley's going on about how she has to protect her family but she's falling for this hot, rich boy, while said rich boy is ranting over his being a failure and getting all alpha male when he's trying to protect haley's honor or whatever. after a while, you start to wonder how these characters could have any kind of life outside of self-pity, and all you want is for something dramatic to happen to them so they can get over themselves and some perspective.
but i will say that i did appreciate the character growth when it finally rolled around, and i probably will be continuing the series. it sounds like i hated it, but take me on is overall a solid read and i would recommend it if you have had luck with her previous books....more
young makes the turbulent romance work SO WELL i could cry. the romance walks the very thin line between toxic and addictive, and youngLOVE LOVE LOVE
young makes the turbulent romance work SO WELL i could cry. the romance walks the very thin line between toxic and addictive, and young manages to make it fall in the latter every time. i couldn't stop reading...more
it took me a LONG time to finally finish this one, but i'll tell you that the ending is worth it. this book is nuanced and a classic representation ofit took me a LONG time to finally finish this one, but i'll tell you that the ending is worth it. this book is nuanced and a classic representation of teenage life. the characters were all surprisingly relatable, and i commend alcott's ability to handle tough topics like sexuality and insecurity with poise and maturity. very good book for any teenager, and even though it's not very outstanding when you dissect the individual components, it's overall impression is profound and poignant....more
actually really surprised by how much i liked this book--usually i'm not too keen on the whole broken protagonist finds new companions to heal her wouactually really surprised by how much i liked this book--usually i'm not too keen on the whole broken protagonist finds new companions to heal her wounds. but for some reason i really enjoyed how young tackled joss' personal issues and balanced it with the romance aspect without one ever becoming overbearing...more
the different points of view just did not work for this book. i haven't really had a problem with it in the past, but this time it just kind of ruinedthe different points of view just did not work for this book. i haven't really had a problem with it in the past, but this time it just kind of ruined the fun of reading. banks tried to end every chapter on a cliffhanger, which was engaging, but it made every chapter seem too short. and when galen and emma were separated, their narrative obviously talked about different things. and let me tell you, this book had the most dramatic irony i have ever seen in a book, which did not work at all. it just made it harder to connect with the other protagonist and more obvious when he or she was throwing himself or herself into danger.
in general though i felt like the whole book was kind of unnecessary. of triton ended on a pretty happy note, and most of the problems that of Neptune introduced were completely independent of the two book before it....more