I want to start off by saying that I love Jennifer L. Armentrout and all of the books that I've read by her...... Which is why I'm so disappointed to...moreI want to start off by saying that I love Jennifer L. Armentrout and all of the books that I've read by her...... Which is why I'm so disappointed to say that this is the one exception to that.
Unfortunately for me, while I read this book, I couldn't help thinking that it sounded like something a new author would've written. The story line was sweet with a hint of traumatic past that normally I would've really enjoyed however the execution just wasn't what I was expecting from J. Lynn. This book was lacking in her usual playful and funny banter between the characters, and what was there seemed forced for some reason. Even the inner monologue that was supposed to be witty just seemed too forced for me to enjoy. I liked that she added in Avery's secret past because it made it slightly different however instead of enhancing the book, it actually made it worse for me. Avery was just so dramatic and awkward and that made me in turn feel awkward. Unfortunately, this book was just really predictable and well... it read like pretty much every other romance novel I've ever read which was kind of sad for me because I'm so used to Jennifer Armentrout bringing something new to the table. The other thing that bothered me was that there was just no real conflict. Yes, there were bouts of Avery being overly awkward and dramatic that "split them apart," but in the end, Cam was always perfect and immediately forgiving. Also, Avery's constant "and I realized" moments were far too frequent and just... awkward...
I hate to be bad mouthing/ ranting about this book because J. Lynn is one of my favorite authors, and I've loved everything else that I've read by her, but I was just so disappointed when I read this book. To me, it just didn't read like one of her books. The only time that I got hints that it was the same author was when I read any scenes that contained that sexual tension that she is so good at creating; despite the fact that it was all so predictable, she was still able to get me blushing. I don't know... I hate being the only person here that has something bad to say about this book (as far as I can see from the other comments) but something about this book just really didn't rub me the right way... and I can't say I'll be recommending this particular title by J. Lynn... However, I will still read everything else that she puts out because she normally is just such a good writer. :)(less)
I've wanted to read this book for quite a long time just because this story has become so prominent in the supernatural films that I've watched since...moreI've wanted to read this book for quite a long time just because this story has become so prominent in the supernatural films that I've watched since I was younger. And it was much as I expected.
This book begins with two men talking and one relaying a strange story about a man who ran down a young girl and didn't stop until he tracked him down and brought him back to the scene of the crime. This man, named Mr. Hyde, was described with the projection of deformity and basically just wrongness even though to the eye there was nothing wrong with the man. We are then switched back and forth throughout the book to different characters points of views are given little tid bits of information as all of these strange occurrences begin to happen all surrounding Dr. Jekyll. It isn't until the end when we are able to read the first hand account of Dr. Jekyll on his last letter written that we know what is the cause of everything.
From what I've read, Hollywood has definitely blown this character up quite a lot. Even though, Mr. Hyde is described as the embodiment of evil with the ape-like tendencies of rage, he is also portrayed as a slight younger man. When you watch movies he is generally gigantic as well as completely out of control; whereas in the book Dr. Jekyll is still technically always conscious just this side of his personality is without morals and his view of his actions is greatly different when going between personalities.
Anyway, this book was definitely interesting to read. I loved that even though the majority of the book was in third person and read through other individuals, that the final explanation was given by the elusive Dr. Jekyll himself. One warning, this book is written in what I'm going to describe as kind of the older, snootier (for lack of a better word) English, so I had to pay extra close attention to everything otherwise I started getting lost because the wording was so different than what I was used to. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend reading it especially if you are into those sorts of movies like I am :P (less)
I read this after the show came out and I am sad to say that they both suck completely. This book had no real development, the climax was totally melo...moreI read this after the show came out and I am sad to say that they both suck completely. This book had no real development, the climax was totally melodramtic, the romance was retarted and came from nowhere and there were too many damn characters and they were all kind of annoying in their own way. I wouldn't recommend this book or this tv series. (less)
I read these books after the series came out on abc family, hooked me, and then got canceled. The premise of this book is very interesting and origina...moreI read these books after the series came out on abc family, hooked me, and then got canceled. The premise of this book is very interesting and original, and that's why I really wanted to like this book. For the most part, this book was interesting and entertaining, but I felt that at the end of the whole thing, it felt rushed and like nothing except the feud was really concluded. The main character was also kind of awkward by being a little too loose lipped at points as well as a little too forward and really just too damn preachy. All in all I was disappointed by this book because I was hoping to satisfy my need for an ending to the series that never got to finish on tv, but instead it just left me feeling even more deprived because the tv series (while not filled with the best of acting) was much more interesting and exciting than this book ever was. I know it's not fair to compare a book to it's movie (or I guess in this case tv series), but honestly it's hard not to when they are so completely different and one is obviously so much better than the other. (less)
It was an interesting read because this was exactly what I was in the mood to read. However, if you're looking for originality then this is not the bo...moreIt was an interesting read because this was exactly what I was in the mood to read. However, if you're looking for originality then this is not the book to read. On the other hand, if you are looking for a quick, hot, steamy, and entertaining read then I would recommend giving it a try. (less)
It's been quite a long time since I read this book, so I'm not going to go real in depth in this review. But I do remember what I really didn't like a...moreIt's been quite a long time since I read this book, so I'm not going to go real in depth in this review. But I do remember what I really didn't like about this book. I'm not sure which came first this or Twilight, but there were a lot resemblances between the two books. I mean one is about vampires and this one is about a different sort of paranormal, but that's not what I'm talking about. They both have the awkwardly introverted main female lead along with the awkwardly distant and "mysterious" bad boy leading male character. They both have it where they get paired up together in some class, so that they are forced to acknowledge each other. And last but not least they both have the main characters fall in love and have this insanely co-dependent, completely unhealthy addiction to each other. If you don't believe me that this book couldn't be any more of a stereotype here's a quote from like the second page "I used to be a normal teen. The kind who went to school dances, had celebrity crushes, and was so vain about my long blond hair I wouldn't dream of scraping it back into a ponytail and hiding beneath a big hooded sweatshirt..." and so on and so forth. She listens to screamo all the time she distances herself from people to the point where even talking is not normal for her, etc, etc. Basically I just... I didn't like this book at all because it was just written so badly. You know when the author just tries to sound like an angsty teenager and then ends up sounding exactly like Stephenie Meyer (which coming from me is about the farthest away from a compliment that you can get). There is however, one redeeming thing about this book. The fact that the paranormal aspect of this book is actually interesting with the whole psychic dream sharing stuff. Anyway, that's just my opinion for now. I may re read it just since it's been so long, but we'll see. (less)
I read this a while ago and never reviewed it because honestly I just couldn't even bring myself to put out the effort of actually reviewing this horr...moreI read this a while ago and never reviewed it because honestly I just couldn't even bring myself to put out the effort of actually reviewing this horrible book. There was honestly nothing redeeming about this story line. The characters sucked, the plot line was beyond predictable plus it was rushed and was just in my opinion stupid. I'm not going to recommend it. (less)
Read this a while ago so I'm not going to go into a deep review because I honestly just didn't like it enough to remember it well. It was just kinda p...moreRead this a while ago so I'm not going to go into a deep review because I honestly just didn't like it enough to remember it well. It was just kinda predictable and I just didn't really feel the romance nor did I really like the characters, so I'm just gonna say that I wouldn't recommend it and end it there. (less)
I read this like a year ago and never got around to reviewing it until now because there was just nothing good that I could think about saying about i...moreI read this like a year ago and never got around to reviewing it until now because there was just nothing good that I could think about saying about it. It was probably one of the worst (if not the worst) book that I have ever read. It was awkward in every way it could be, there was nothing like able about any of the characters, his penis had a name (I think this goes with the awkward part, but I had to mention it because it's so stupid), she cheats as soon as she leaves for more than a couple days.... it's just a horrible book. I forced myself to read it because it's such a talked about book especially when I was younger because it was always so controversial, but what the f*#k people, this book is horrible not even worth talking about. Anyway, I definitely DO NOT recommend reading this book (less)
read this book a while ago, but never got around to reviewing it until now. I hated it. I had to force myself to finish it just for the sake of finish...moreread this book a while ago, but never got around to reviewing it until now. I hated it. I had to force myself to finish it just for the sake of finishing it. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend it.(less)
This book was a fantastic read. The book opens with a gripping preface that describes a woman waking up not knowing what is going on, who the people a...moreThis book was a fantastic read. The book opens with a gripping preface that describes a woman waking up not knowing what is going on, who the people around her are, why she is tied to a bed, and why she is wearing a bright orange wristband that read FLIGHT RISK. From there, the book opens up introducing us to Susannah Cahalan, both the author and the main character of this book. She is a writer from the New York Post, she has friends, a good family life, a loving boyfriend: basically, she is normal.
But we don't get to see this Susannah for very long before we get to watch as she descends into an unknown psychosis. Susannah Cahalan recounts the story of her month of madness from the present as her lucid self, but includes thoughts, actions, and even writings from her "other self" in order to portray exactly how much of herself she lost during this period of time. She includes notes from the doctors as well as the perspectives of her loved ones who help her through this period along with definitions of each diagnoses that is given to her and reflective thoughts from the presently "cured" Susannah. I thought the way that she pieced this book together was absolutely brilliant. She uses every source that she can to paint us a complete picture of her spiral into madness and all the things that happened in order for her to claw her way back to sanity. One thing that she also makes sure to demonstrate is that this Susannah that we read about is not her. Every crazy action, strange thought, hallucination, etc was all part of the disease, and she makes sure that we separate her from this "other Susannah."
Even though this book is a purely nonfiction novel it reads much like a fiction book because the things that happen to her are just so unreal, and the look inside her mind as she slowly slips away gives a sort of unnatural feel to the whole book. The best part was, though, that because this was not fiction, it made it more enjoyable to read because there was no overused plot line or twists in this book.
It fascinated me reading this book because of all the facts that she put in with the story. I don't think I've ever learned so much about psychoses and neurological diseases, and it was just absolutely fascinating to me. And the best part was that this book was sort of like a mystery novel. You know that eventually she gets out okay because of course she is writing this book, but throughout, you are riding right along with her and her family trying to figure out which of the diagnoses end up being right.
Towards the end of the book, instead of focusing on the past she moves us through her healing period and then after her recovery. This part of the book really highlights and defines all of the symptoms and pretty much every other fact about the disease that plagued her and many other people. She recounts stories about people that get in touch with her. And then she relates her thoughts on this month of madness.
This book really makes you think about the fragile hold that you have on sanity, especially because it's being told by one of the very few that make it back from that dark place.
I don't think that my rambling review really does this book justice, but basically if you are looking for an insanely intriguing story, and if you are as interested in the science behind the sickness like I am then you will definitely enjoy this book. (less)
This could have been really good. The main reason that I didn't like this book was the fact that it was 50 pages (at least on my nook), and to me it f...moreThis could have been really good. The main reason that I didn't like this book was the fact that it was 50 pages (at least on my nook), and to me it felt like it was an excerpt out of another book. There was no conflict no build up, it was literally they run into each other they confess feelings they have sex and boom it's over... there was no development of plot, of characters, of romance, of anything. I saw potential in this book if maybe it was actually a book, so I'll probably read the next book in the series, but I don't think I'd recommend reading this book. (less)