Eh. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. Honestly, I picked this book up on a recommendation from my dear friend Andrea because I'd been looki3.5/5
Eh. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. Honestly, I picked this book up on a recommendation from my dear friend Andrea because I'd been looking for books that featured Hispanic protagonists. In the beginning, I thought I was hooked, but as the book continued I found myself less and less captured by the story. I thought the whole perfect white girl/troubled Mexican gangster thing was interesting, but I didn't necessarily enjoy how it was done. Also, on a side note, the Spanish in this book was so out of place and the sentences that were 2-3+ words long were totally butchered which definitely ruined it. I've never met someone who actually uses the word "mamacita" and I know a lot of Hispanic people; I felt like the author placed random Spanish words because of the fact that they were Spanish rather than because they made sense. All in all, it was an okay read, but I don't plan on delving further into this series. (Side note: I totally would have if the sequel was Paco and Isa, but that's not happening, so....)
OMG AND THE EPILOGUE WAS SERIOUSLY SO CHEESY I AM LACTOSE INTOLERANT OKAY ...more
This book was good. It wasn't as good as I was expecting, but still good. This review is going to make it seem like I disliked it much more3.5/5 stars
This book was good. It wasn't as good as I was expecting, but still good. This review is going to make it seem like I disliked it much more than I really do but there were a few problems I did have with it.
The book followed Wesley Lincoln, or Link, and Ridley Duchannes; a hybrid incubus and a Siren with many relationship problems to deal with after the events that took place both in the Beautiful Creatures series and in the companion novel Dangerous Dreams. After telling Ridley he loves her (in DD), Ridley runs off, incapable of facing her true feelings for Link because all she can see when she looks in the mirror is the cold blooded and manipulative Siren she believes she is. After losing in a game of Liar's Trade, a series of rather unfortunate events lead the two not-fighting-but-fighting couple to NY. When they meet Lennox Gates, the man who holds the power of making Ridley bend to his any will, the plot begins to unfold as both Ridley and Link's relationship and Ridley's self image evolve throughout the novel, facing the vengeance of Abraham Ravenwood.
The plot felt more like a runny nose that I couldn't control. While I semi-understood the gist of what was happening, I was very confused throughout most of the book. Also, the characters felt very dull to me. Other than Necro, no other character other than Lennox seems to be that important to the novel other than Floyd as an object of tension for Rid and Link. Ridley's relationship with Lennox was 100% confusing to me, and even after finishing the book I don't quite understand it. Ridley and Link's relationship at the end of the novel didn't tug at my heartstrings because after all that had happened I had no idea how Ridley really felt. To top it all off, the ending is a major cliffhanger that makes me really anxious to read the second book.
All in all, I really did enjoy it, especially towards the beginning. As the ending creeped closer and closer, however, the book became a bit anticlimactic and I found myself losing more and more control of the plot as it developed. However, I'm not losing faith and will most definitely continue reading this series as it seems I can't get enough....more
I really loved this book. Like really, really, loved this book. Not only was it absolutely adorable and made my heart clench every other pOh. My. God.
I really loved this book. Like really, really, loved this book. Not only was it absolutely adorable and made my heart clench every other page, but it felt so real. Obviously, the romance is pretty far fetched. But every single character had a sort of depth to them. I felt like I was Lara Jean, and that the only thing seperating me from actually being here was the paper on which the story was printed. I felt like I was the one fake-dating Peter Kavinsky. I felt like Josh was right outside my house. I felt like I had a sister in Scotland and a younger sister who desperately hoped for a dog and a single dad who was an OB/GYN. Lara Jean was so real to me, and I feel like a lot of reviews claiming this book isn't deep are looking at it the wrong way. No, it isn't super deep or intimate and it doesn't make you rethink your entire life, but it does have a purpose and it does have real meaning. Lara Jean's journey throughout the book, attempting to survive without her sister and become her own person as well as romantically develop for the first time was so real to me. Not only did I read this book in a night, but I really honestly did love it. I can't, can't, can't wait for the sequel because I desperately need more....more
To be honest, I fell asleep the first two times I started to read this, but it turned out to be much better than I had expected. Surprisingly, I lear To be honest, I fell asleep the first two times I started to read this, but it turned out to be much better than I had expected. Surprisingly, I learned quote a bit about Colonial America and have the story as something that will stay in the back of my mind. While I could have done without the useless facts about Puritan diets and illnesses, it allowed for a much more interesting read.
Now, for the story: I actually really enjoyed it. Although a bit confusing and slow towards the beginning, once the plot began to unfold I found it much easier to read and much more entertaining. Also, the romance develops quite subtley and slowly, which is just how I like it. Definitely going to read the next books like ASAP as May 14 is looming over me and I need to pass that AP test....more
I liked the sequel so much better than the first! Despite the fact that the love triangle in this series annoys me to no end, and America's decisionsI liked the sequel so much better than the first! Despite the fact that the love triangle in this series annoys me to no end, and America's decisions can be quite questionable, this book was filled with much more action and suspense than the last book, which in my opinion lacked any suspense and had no true conflict to deal with. I'm interested to see what becomes of Illea in the next book as it is obvious some changes are to be made in this society, and I'm glad to see that. Overall enjoyed this book ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't super deep, and didn't make me question the flaws of "dystopian" societies (is dystopian even the4.5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't super deep, and didn't make me question the flaws of "dystopian" societies (is dystopian even the right word?), nor did it force me to rethink any major things about my life, it was just a nice book.
America Singer never would have expected to leave life as a Five. Although at times the situation may have been difficult, she was perfectly content with singing and living her common life, the way she always dreamed she would. When the Selection came around, a sort of "battle" for the heart of the crown prince Maxon, the last thing America expects is to be thrown into this tedious competition.
Although the writing was a bit simplistic, and many of the situations America found herself in were quite cliché, i found this book to be quite enjoyable. The characters were realistic and I enjoyed America's subtle development throughout the novel. I'm excited to read the next two books in this series (also these covers are so gorgeous) ...more
I honestly have no words... This series has reared me open, ripped apart my insides, and just when you think it will stitch you back together and makeI honestly have no words... This series has reared me open, ripped apart my insides, and just when you think it will stitch you back together and make you feel complete, it repeats the entire process. I don't even want to review this book because I feel so depressed over what happens in it, but despite all of the pain and suffering this series has made me go through, I think there's one thing that needs go be said: this is a hell of a good series and, while extremely painful, deserves to be read. I honestly don't know when I will start Monsters of Men, but soon. ...more
Okay so this is actually 4.5 stars and this review is gonna be hella quick cause I have a hella headache so I loved this book it was so adorable the iOkay so this is actually 4.5 stars and this review is gonna be hella quick cause I have a hella headache so I loved this book it was so adorable the innocent jealousy was on point and the dynamic Mcallan and Levi shared was totally amazing.... That is, until the second half of the book. I feel everything went downhill from there, and while I still enjoyed it immensely, the second half left you empty after a great beginning. I feel like this is probably the only drawback, as the characters, plot, and underlying themes were all really great and definitely left me wanting more (that ending??? What???) overall a nice read that I finished relatively quickly :-)...more
I went into this book thinking it's be an "oooo" but I've come out and all I can say is, well, eh.
I debated between giving this book three or four stI went into this book thinking it's be an "oooo" but I've come out and all I can say is, well, eh.
I debated between giving this book three or four stars. I did enjoy it, to an extent, but various parts of the plot just didn't do it for me.
It's supposed to be a romance, but I found that most of the romance happened fairly quickly, something I can't say I appreciate. I felt like Jase and Samantha, our two main characters, barely knew each other before they decided to be together. Also, there was no closure on so many issues I felt should have been resolved, and relationships between some characters seem to have formed out of nowhere (how did Tim even get to be that close with the Garrett's? It didn't make sense)
I wish liked this book more than I did, but sadly that's not the case. ...more