i like how sonny's a character with flaws that make her a little unlikable but a lot realistic. what i didn't like was how she seemed to suddenly undei like how sonny's a character with flaws that make her a little unlikable but a lot realistic. what i didn't like was how she seemed to suddenly understand why she lied all the time and being all introspective and insightful by admitting that she only lied to "protect herself" and that it was her "armor". i feel like you can't just come to that realization so quickly, and i also didn't like how this self-reflecting moment was done through dialogue, because it just made the ending feel like a telling, not showing, moment....more
nothing really exciting happened, and since this is the last book of the series (at least to my knowledge) i figured that the squad would have been tanothing really exciting happened, and since this is the last book of the series (at least to my knowledge) i figured that the squad would have been taking down the "evil guys" and that there'd be some kind of confrontation, but the whole thing just seemed trivial and not like a conclusion to a series but rather a filler in the middle. and i was a HUGE fan of jack and toby's chemistry, so i was sad when there weren't as many scenes between them...more
i love espionage books and this one was definitely a cute read that was also intense and gripping. i loved the whole premise of it, but the roman(3.5)
i love espionage books and this one was definitely a cute read that was also intense and gripping. i loved the whole premise of it, but the romance was kind of random and i feel like i would've liked it to focus more on cassie learning how to better be a profiler, or if there were more cases that she could have solved along the way (like the cold cases she was given as practice; she barely even looked at them and i would've liked to see her thought process while solving them)
but overall very good read and i'll be reading the second book because i can see where this series is going to go and i'm definitely intrigued...more
this book had me so clueless about how it would end to the point where i was making completely random guesses hoping that one of them would end up hapthis book had me so clueless about how it would end to the point where i was making completely random guesses hoping that one of them would end up happening, and i literally COULD NOT put it down. one of the best spy/con artist books i've ever read....more
A book that is perfect for fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson; I drew many parallels between the two even though Kiss of DeceptiA book that is perfect for fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson; I drew many parallels between the two even though Kiss of Deception has a distinctively longer layover period where nothing really happens. But even then, I was surprised by the fact that I was still able to read this book fairly quickly without feeling *too* bored. Also, there is less of the spiritual and religious aspect that GoFaT has (view spoiler)[and significantly less of the "Chosen One" vibe. (This is probably because so much time is spent in Kiss of Deception developing Lia's life in Terravin that the time with her kidnappers that ultimately leads to the realization of her unique prophecy is put on the back burner.) (hide spoiler)] Either way, I would label the two fairly similar in terms of central themes and character traits: both protagonists give off somewhat meek vibes in the beginning but soon flourish into independent women despite the adversity they face. Overall, while I do see the unique specifics between them, nothing about Kiss was spectacularly different. If these books were people, they would be the same height and height, have the same bone structure, and go to the same school. But one would've been blonde while the other brunette.
The romance was stale at best, with both love interests seeming to spontaneously sprout feelings for Lia at the same time with no real explanation. There was NOT enough buildup and I'm also a little mad that (view spoiler)[ Rafe was favored over Kaden (hide spoiler)]. I didn't really have any qualms with the love triangle itself, but the romance presented itself in a way that was too abrupt and obvious for my liking. This book has the occasional point of view of our love interests, so we can see into their minds every few chapters. If these chapters didn't exist, I wouldn't even have known that they were interested in her until they made an actual move. Because nothing about them seem extraordinary from the way they act; they follow Lia around and show up at random times, which doesn't exactly constitute a proclamation of undying love. The chapters also make it a lot easier to pick a "team" because I sure as fuck wasn't seeing any affection when we were in Lia's head.
(Off the record, I totally would pick Kaden because he's just so complex and Rafe's just a prince like who cares? Kaden has a mysterious background and he's like the equivalent of a tortured bad boy, which, under any other circumstances, would turn me off, but his feelings for Lia actually seemed more explicit than Rafe's. Of course, Rafe also would wax poetic about how much he felt for Lia, but personally that was just a snooze fest because that was the way he was SUPPOSED to feel. They were getting married, so all his feelings did was confirm that had Lia not run away, the marriage wouldn't have been a total disaster. On the other hand, Kaden was definitely NOT supposed to fall. The unexpectedness just appealed to me more.)
Verdict: if you love love LOVED StopSkinny (by which I mean GoFaT) and want a book very similar, I would wholeheartedly recommend Kiss of Deception. Even if you hated StopSkinny, try this book out anyway because it might have that missing piece that you didn't get during your initial reading experience. But if you liked StopSkinny just fine, then I wouldn't bother Kiss of Deception just because it was really similar and I didn't feel like it brought anything new to the table.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
SUPER cute and fun, but i kind of felt like the constant exclamation points made me feel like the characters were 13 instead of 16. i don't(3.5 stars)
SUPER cute and fun, but i kind of felt like the constant exclamation points made me feel like the characters were 13 instead of 16. i don't know anyone my age who talks about things that Roux and Maggie do, because it seems like they're always screaming about things! and they're really excited! and i don't know who needs that much emphasis in their dialogue! also the romance was a little iffy, because it happened so quickly.
overall everything else was really realistic and it was a quick fun read :)...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
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
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