**spoiler alert** I wanted to like this novel, but felt like it was trying to do too much and b e too many things. I found this novel to be full of cl**spoiler alert** I wanted to like this novel, but felt like it was trying to do too much and b e too many things. I found this novel to be full of cliches, both in plot and characters. The overall idea of the plot was good, but it just didn't work for me. At the half-way mark, the story finally picked up. But then, it went way too fast. Leaving little room for actual plot development. Instead, we got a love triangle between two boys in love with a girl whose died and the girl whose died alternate universe's counterpart.
While I like both universes Reece's, I found Evan to be very obsessive, possessive, and creepy. He basically risks his life, the life of his friend,and maybe his whole world for girl. Yes, he's loved her his whole live, but it was still dumb and selfish. Julia started out as a depressed, but somewhat likeable main character. She ended up a girl who rushes in without thinking and whose apparently in love with two boys - both of whom she's known only a handful of days. Yes, the dead Julia's memories seem to have somewhat merged with hers, but still. . .Julia barely knows Evan or Reece.
As for the writing style, I didn't like it at all. It was a lot of tell and little show. At times it felt like I was reading fanfiction of a show I've never seen. Plus, the "evil" General and government of Evan and Other!Reece's world - they came off like huge cliches of what someone thinks a sci-fi story's villains should be.
Overall - a 2.8 out of 5. (Rounded up to a 3 for this site) Borrow it, don't buy. ...more
I read Hush, Hush and gave it one star. I had hoped that the second book in the series would be better. I hoped that Becca Fitzpatrick would have learI read Hush, Hush and gave it one star. I had hoped that the second book in the series would be better. I hoped that Becca Fitzpatrick would have learned from her mistakes and listened to critics. But, she didn't. Crescendo may actually be worse than Hush,Hush.
Nora has become even more brainless and unbearable. Patch has become an bigger jerkass. As for the other characters - they are all either annoying or cliche or just flat. Though, I will admit to liking Marcie. I get the feeling I'm supposed to hate her, because Nora thinks she is a slut and BF has her say the most hurtful things at random times, but - I kind of like Marcie. At least she has somewhat of a personality.
Overall, I really dislike these characters and the plot is even more nonsensical here. But, I'm really not the audience this book is looking for. It's for 12-17 year old who love Twilight. Or people who are bored and want a fluffy read that they don't have to think about. Or goldfish. Goldfish would love this book. ...more
Every Day by David Levithan tells the story of ‘A’. ‘A’ is a person with no body. Every day ‘A’ wakes up in the body of a new person. For sixteen yearEvery Day by David Levithan tells the story of ‘A’. ‘A’ is a person with no body. Every day ‘A’ wakes up in the body of a new person. For sixteen years this is the way ‘A’ has lived: everyday a new life with new people and relationships. ‘A’ has rules: try and keep things normal, don’t do anything that could change things too much. Then, ‘A’ wakes up in Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. That’s when everything changes.
I completely admit that I bought this book solely because of the idea. The idea that a person wakes up in a different body every day, always apart of the world but never truly in it – that interested me. I think a lot of the ideas in this novel are fascinating. And, I do think it could have brought up a lot of difficult questions. Sadly, the novel falls flat in that regard. There is the story line with Poole and Nathan, but that quickly goes somewhere, than ends up going nowhere important. Yes, A learns something, but it’s not enough to be a solid ending to that story line. (Maybe Levithan is leaving it open to a possible book two?)
I liked the ideas presented in the novel, but I didn’t care for ‘A’. The insta-love ‘A’ felt for Rhiannon seemed obsessive and borderline creepy. It seemed the only reasons ‘A’ loved Rhiannon was because she was always kind and because she needed to be saved from her jerkass boyfriend, Justin. That’s it. I didn’t buy this love story, and as I said, I found it obsessive and borderline creepy. At least Rhiannon was unsure of things; at least she acted normal. I nearly cheered when she told ‘A’ that it was wrong of ‘A’ to highjack peoples’ bodies and daily lives just to spend time with her. Maybe that day was going to be important? Instead of passing that test or meeting someone special that poor person’s body is at a coffee house hours from his/her home. Uncool ‘A’. Uncool.
Then you have the whole Nathan thing. ‘A’ seemed to go back and forth on if Nathan was a responsibility or not. Nathan was a responsibility, because ‘A’ broke the rules and didn’t do what needed to be done. I hated that Nathan was pushed aside as often as he was.
What else? Oh, yes. Levithan is overly preachy isn’t he? I’m a friend and ally of the LGBTQ community, but the way ‘A’ kept going on and on and on about love being a soul thing and about sex and gender not mattering in the long run – yes, agree. But . . . could you not mention it every other chapter? I get your point – no need to beat me over the head with it. Love is beautiful, got it. While I’m on this, there were a couple of chapters that really pissed me off. The one where ‘A’ is in the obese young man – it felt rather sizeist and made me see flames. Actually, ‘A’ came off as a bit of a jerk a lot in this novel, especially in the way ‘A’ viewed others. Like Justin. Yes, Justin is probably a jerk, but I felt like he was a jerk just to be a jerk. Just so ‘A’ could “save” Rhiannon.
So, let’s look at it. Five stars:
Minus a half star for all the preachy moments. Minus half a star for ‘A’ being a jerk and for the sizeist chapter. Minus a star and a half for ‘A’’s insta-love and creepy obsessive behavior about/toward Rhiannon. Minus half a story for the way the Nathan/Poole/A story line was dealt with. That’s minus three stars.
Total score: 2/5 stars. I’m so disappointed! (On the side note: a lot of the people 'A' entered seemed really interesting. Could we get some stories about them?) ...more
Confession: I’m actually a bit of a fan of Doctor Who tie-in stories. They usually have issues, but they can also be really fun. It’s a bit like gettiConfession: I’m actually a bit of a fan of Doctor Who tie-in stories. They usually have issues, but they can also be really fun. It’s a bit like getting to see secret adventures that never make it into the television show.
Shroud of Sorrow is an Eleventh Doctor adventure and the first novel with new-ish companion, Clara “Oswin” Oswald. (FYI: I think this might be the only media tie-in novel featuring Eleven and Clara, which is really sad.)
Over All Thoughts:
From the writing style alone, I’m guessing that the author - Mr. Tommy Donbavand - had only been shown the 2012 Christmas Special and told a bit about the second half of Series Seven. Why do I say this? Clara comes off as a lot of generic traits. She just doesn’t seem like herself. She actually comes off as a bit too whiny and complains a lot – not like the Clara I’ve seen. And while there is some flirty Whouffle (Doctor/Clara)dialogue, the chemistry between the Doctor and Clara is missing. Actually, the Doctor’s depth is missing; he just doesn’t seem like himself.
The rest of the characters (Mae, Warren, etc) come across as rather generic and just there to keep the story moving. No one really caught my eye or my attention.
Writing and Plot -
The writing style is fine, if over simplistic at times. And the plot is serviceable for a Doctor Who adventure. Though, I cannot help but this this would have worked better as a two-parter for a series of the show. The Shroud really could have used more development as an enemy and as a character itself. It felt rather, there.
I have to wonder why Rose Tyler and Donna Noble weren’t in the ‘Bad Memories’ Montage. To me, their goodbyes were the Doctor were heartbreaking and probably left a large impact on him (and on fans of the “New Who” Series.)
Overall, the novel is a rather fast paced read. (I read it in an hour and a half) And it does have some good moments. However, it’s not the best Doctor Who tie-in out there.
I know the Meg Cabot is considered on the better (and older; longer lasting) YA authors. I remember reading many of her novels/series when I was youngI know the Meg Cabot is considered on the better (and older; longer lasting) YA authors. I remember reading many of her novels/series when I was younger. And to a younger me, her books were really well written and had fun characters/plots/romances. But, I'm older now. I understand that my being older doesn't mean I cannot enjoy YA novels. . .it just means I have less time/interest in mediocre novels.
I fully admit that I picked up this series because I've always had a fondness for the Hades and Persephone myth. The first novel sort of gave us a similar story and the second novel continues on with the 'it's more based on than a retelling' plot. The thing about this novel is that it isn't horrid or terribly written. It's just middle of the road. I'd expect more from Meg Cabot. But, she seems to have given into the popular paranormal cliched fad that is taking hold of YA novels.
John is supposed to be cool and dangerous and misunderstood - a woobie: destroyer of worlds, if you will. In reality, it comes off as a jerkass who won't tell his girlfriend valuable info because he's trying to protect her. Well, she'd be better off if she knew the truth about everything. Our heroine is a whole different matter. There were times when I liked her, but there were times when her motives and desires seemed confused. That's find for a seventeen year old whose been through a lot. . .however, there was something about her 'voice' that didn't sit well with me. The side characters are all more or less the usual fare of paranormal YA side characters, and though they do do things and are somewhat interesting, it's not enough to keep me interested. As for the story line, it didn't really get going until about 100 or so pages into the 318 page novel. And it was rather lackluster. I expected more. Maybe Meg Cabot is saving it all for the thrilling conclusion?
In the end, I think (no, I know) this novel will appeal to a lot of people. It just doesn't work for me. 2/5 a stars, borrow it. ...more
**spoiler alert** Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella. Instead of Cinderella being a maid, we have Cinder as a mechanic and cyborg. We also have Princ**spoiler alert** Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella. Instead of Cinderella being a maid, we have Cinder as a mechanic and cyborg. We also have Prince Kai instead of Prince Charming. And, an evil queen from the moon. But, it isn’t as silly as it all sounds. Trust me.
It is however, slightly predictable. That’s not to say the story doesn’t have unique ideas, because it does. And, there is some lovely world building and characters here. It’s just that the moment the missing princess is mentioned, you know who it is. I believe it was meant to come as a shock, but it isn’t so much a shock as it is a predictable plot point.
I liked that the author slipped in hints of other fairy tales. Like the stepdaughter of Queen Levana, Princess Winter, whom Levana was jealous of. In her jealously, she used mind control to make Princess Winter cut up her own face. Snow White shout-out? Or the girl with the unruly hair. . .I thought of a few princesses with her.
Also, I really loved that Cinder was independent and could take care of herself. There was no real fairy Godmother here. And, Cinder only went to the ball to try and save Prince Kai (and Earth) from Queen Levana’s evil plans.
There are three more books in this series. I honestly hope they don’t all focus on Cinder. Yes, there are some dangling plot points, but I really don’t think Cinder’s story can carry on for three more books. I do hope that the last book, Winter, focuses on Princess Winter. Her story could be interesting. I like where Meyer is going with this world and its characters. So, I do hope she tries her hand at retelling a couple of more popular fairy tales. I’d look forward to them.
My score: 3.4 out of 5 stars. A solid read with a likeable heroine. I’d wait for the paperback if you plan to buy. ...more