Maybe I read Boy Meets Boy with the wrong perspective, I dunno, but I definitely did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would have. I think I expecte...moreMaybe I read Boy Meets Boy with the wrong perspective, I dunno, but I definitely did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would have. I think I expected more realism, something that is definitely lacking in this book. While it's not a bad book per-say, but it's not a very unrealistic one.
Boy Meets Boy takes place in a sort of LGBT paradise, where there is no hate and gay boys can be extremely popular and trans girls are on the football team and almost no one hates on them. I can tell you for a fact that that's not how the real world works, or at least the large majority of it.
karen's review explains what I'm going to try and say in the next few paragraphs very well so I suggest you go check it out before attempting to slog through my much less eloquent take on it.
As a gay teen, I definitely appreciated the break from reading about LGBT teens go through horrible, horrible acts of physical violence and verbal abuse. Boy Meets Boy was a happy, fluffy, cute read that made me really happy. The world of Boy Meets Boy was everything I could ever hope for, you know. A world where I can have a girlfriend in high school without risk of being hurt and socially outed. I dream of a world where I can be me without being bullied about it.
Yet, I couldn't help but see how much of an unachievable utopia it was and it was kind of depressing. I read about how the home-coming queen can be the quarterback on the football team. But I can't help think about all the trans teens that are killed because of who they are and it almost makes it worse.
I'm not saying that BmB doesn't talk about serious topics such as familial intolerance but these are concealed by the overwhelming happiness in the book. It was almost overpowering at times like people get a grip this is not High School Musical.
While I really love how Levithan tried to change the norm of LGBT books but it made me almost sadder than a normal LGBT would make me because I know, this could never be real. The sheer unbelievable-ness of the scenario made the book as a whole less enjoyable than it would have been if it wasn't so... perfect.
But don't get me wrong, Boy Meets Boy has plenty of redeeming qualities to it. It's a cute and funny love story that explores the ups and downs of high school and of romance. The characters were really sweet and lovable as a whole.
The love interest Noah is just a huge cutie and I love him. Paul was also very likable but as the story progressed, he really got on my nerves. Mostly because he messed up a lot because he was an absolute idiot when it comes to relationships. *sigh* Paul, you stupid ass.
Boy Meets Boy is an endearing, charming story that is worth the read even if it's bit too happy. It's a good fluff read and I would recommend it to be read directly after a tear-jearker because, damn if this doesn't make you happy nothing will.(less)
The only reason I read this book was because of Renae's review. I couldn't have been any less interested in the book, to be honest. It sounded like an...moreThe only reason I read this book was because of Renae's review. I couldn't have been any less interested in the book, to be honest. It sounded like another boring dystopian with a hint of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.
I'm so happy to say that WHEN WE WAKE was different from everything I'd ever read in the genre. Dystopian and science fiction are my favorite genres, and have been ever since I was a kid. I don't often get lucky with them however and I tend to find most of my favorite books in the fantasy and contemporary genres.
I got lucky.
WHEN WE WAKE is set in 2127 where the world is very different from how it is now. But in a good way (for the most part). The world is greener, for one. Mankind learned to live by the land and follow the three 'R's of recycling. Homosexual love isn't viewed any different than heterosexual love - which is awesome. Yet the world is certainly not perfect as racial tensions are higher than ever.
Tegan wakes up to this world - like she literally woke up. She was cryogenically frozen for 100 years after being accidentally shot and 'killed'. This is the point where you have to just go with the flow. It doesn't make any sense that Tegan could sign up for being frozen without actually knowing what she was signing up for.
Tegan faces the obvious cultural shock of walking up a hundred years into the future, not to mention the grief that comes with the realization that all of Tegan's friends and family have been dead for a very long time. She also faces the trouble that comes with being the first successful awakened person, target of a cult, and being used by various institutions and people.
Thankfully, Tegan is more than apt to care of herself. She's one of my all time favorite heroines. Tegan is strong and willful. She's definitely not afraid to speak her mind when and wherever she chooses.
"It was the truth," I said. "Truth! We didn't put you on camera to speak the truth! We needed a pretty face!" "Well, tough," I snapped. "You got me instead. I guess your little clockwork doll broke down." -page 189
"I am so tired of being used. The army tried to do it, Tatia tried to do it, and now you're trying to do it. I'm a person, not a symbol, not property, and not a prop. If you want me dead, I can't stop you, but I won't make it easier for you either. Dirty your own fucking hands." -page 273
The quotes remind me a bit too much of MOCKINGJAY, the finale in the Hunger Games series. Katniss was being used by both the rebels and the formal government for much of the book. What disappointed me was how well Katniss took it. All I wanted was for her to say what Tegan did.
I really love Tegan even though it's not like she was ever the most original character. I like that about her in this case. People can be brave without being a superhero - it's actually possible. Tegan was a brave, wonderful girl who wasn't a superhero, nor did she try to be. I think she was perfect without being... perfect.
While the book deals with a lot of really serious and deep issues like racial discrimination, Healey doesn't fill her entire book with that. She instead fills her time with needed character development and the most important thing to any book - character interaction. Each and every one of Healy's characters are well rounded. I feel like Bethari, Joph, and the others could be in my life and that they could be my friends.
What I truly love about the characters is how different they are. They all come from different religious backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. This is very much lacking in most YA (and Adult) literature. The characters are usually white, very rarely anything other than a Christian or an Atheist, and straight. There is nothing wrong with white Christian straight people but I do really love when authors add characters that break the average mold.
Tegan and the other characters were definitely my favorite aspect to the book but the moral and ethical problems that were introduced were another one of my favorites. There are a few that I wish were more elaborated on but for the most part, I felt that they were a very nice addition to the book.
Before I end the review, I want to say that I, like some other reviewers, am very sad to hear that there is a sequel to WHEN WE WAKE in the works. I found the ending perfect for the book and wouldn't want it any other way. I will probably end up reading the sequel just because I want more Tegan but I highly doubt it will be anything like WHEN WE WAKE. But then again, you never know. Healy is probably talented enough to pull it off.
WHEN WE WAKE is an intelligent, beautiful dystopian that really challenges the norm of dystopian novels. With this book, I have a bit more hope that, just maybe, other authors will realize that there is more to dystopian fiction then love triangles. I recommend this book with all my heart and will be seeking out Healy's other books.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
While going through the review for DOUBLE CLUTCH, I came upon a review that compares DOUBLE CLUTCH to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. Before I actually...morePRE-REVIEW:
While going through the review for DOUBLE CLUTCH, I came upon a review that compares DOUBLE CLUTCH to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. Before I actually go into my review, I'd like to say that there is absolutely no comparison.
Travis is an awful volatile person who manipulates Abby. He's emotionally unstable, clingy, controlling, self absorbed, and he likes to beat up guys who look at his girlfriend the wrong way. Neither of the love interests in DOUBLE CLUTCH could be called that, unless you count Jake who started acting like that by the end of the book.
It seems as if I have been confined to play the part of the black sheep. While conformity is always worse, it does get lonely being the only one who doesn’t love a book.
To all the 1,651 five and four star ratings, there are a few people who don’t like this book but we are few and far between.
I do see where the fans of DOUBLE CLUTCH come from. This is a pretty well done New Adult book with a (mostly) likable main character and a cute romance, which is more than I can say for most NA books.
DOUBLE CLUTCH was meant to be a book that tells people not to be afraid to show sexuality. It’s very pro-intimacy. However I, like others, found this to extremely hypocritical because of the blatant double standards. It seems as though the rampant slut shaming undid all the positive messages.
One scene towards the end was especially bad. As I can’t share every horrible quote from this scene, I will show two of the worst:
I was being taunted by a corset-wearing, gum-cracking hoe with straw for hair.
I was practically deafened by the combined hissing of a dozen rejected hussies.
There are so many things wrong with this. I can’t.
These “hussies” and “hoes” were previously described as “scantily-clad” and “backstabbing hooker-want-to-bes”. Brenna had no background information about them but from looking at what they were wearing, she concluded that they had to be backstabbing hookers.
They were also described as “hissing and clawing” (yes, hissing was used twice) and “hoochie-looking”.
I should stop talking about slut shaming (even though I haven’t even covered how Brenna is the good one because she doesn’t want to have sex) so I will.
Characters Despite everything I talked about already, Brenna is actually a fairly good character. For once, I can actually see why the love interest likes the main character, even if his level of absolute adoration is a bit out there.
Brenna is bubbly and cute. One of my biggest peeves with heroines is when they adore classic literature because it’s often only added to make them seem smart. Even though Brenna loved classic lit, I found her genuinely intelligent.
Brenna was definitely the reason I kept reading the book.
Jake was very annoying because he was the “good one”. His personality entirely revolved around how the other love interest was the “bad one”. For most of the book, he was sweet and cute to a nauseating extent.
But towards the end, he turned into one of those guys who pick a fight with everyone. Jake got into at least three fights with Saxon, the other love interest. The fights often started because Saxon was talking to Brenna.
He was just talking to Brenna and then without warning Jake punches in the face.
Dude, why? He was talking to Brenna. He didn’t do anything!
Saxon, in my opinion, was the better man. Granted, he was obsessed with Brenna, but honestly both of them were. At least Saxon didn’t beat guys up! While I didn’t like him for the longest time (because he was controlling and a stalker), I sort of warmed up to him.
I’m not really sure whether a controlling stalker is better than a controlling fighter but at least Saxon wasn’t bland and lifeless.
Plot and Writing Plot As for plot, DOUBLE CLUTCH was about Brenna trying to make it through high school. This was another purely character driven romance book. There was no central plot, but that was to be expected.
Writing The writing had its flaws and its strengths.
Reinhardt is very good with dialogue. The conversations between the characters felt very realistic. They weren’t stilted or fragmented. I really enjoyed the character interaction in the book.
Conversely, there were many typos and grammatical mistakes which made me really annoyed. I do not think it is because this is an ARC copy as this is a republish.
Likes and Dislikes Likes - character interaction - dialogue - Brenna
Dislikes - characters - Jake - sexism and slut shaming
Conclusion DOUBLE CLUTCH is actually a pretty good NA book compared to the rest of the mini genre but compared to a normal YA book, it falls short in a lot of categories. I can’t really recommend this book but I probably will read the second one.(less)
Forget about black – Stockholm Syndrome is the new sexy. Well, at least according to Tandem and a Ms. Sasha Lawson (though I’m sure a certain Gemma wo...moreForget about black – Stockholm Syndrome is the new sexy. Well, at least according to Tandem and a Ms. Sasha Lawson (though I’m sure a certain Gemma would agree).
Thomas, one of the love interests, not only kidnaps her but also lies to her about who he is and emotionally manipulates Sasha. Either he is so good at his job or Sasha is so stupid that she ends up being so conflicted about her feelings that she completely loses any sense of self preservation that she ever had.
"I rescued it," he said. "It was the only thing I had from... us, in your world. I guess I didn't want to let it go. I meant what I said to that night on the beach. It was the best night of my life, being with you; it was the one time I really felt like myself. Ironic, huh?" I nodded, pulling him in for a soft, lingering kiss.
"Thomas," I whispered. "That's very romantic, you know."
No, that's not romantic. He pretty much kept a memento of that night he tricked you into falling for him and following him to a beach where he then kidnapped you. There are no blurred lines here - just very, very defined ones.
While, the romance was certainly the worst part of the novel, the rest of the book was really good as far as most books dealing with parallel universes go. Hell, Tandem was a really good book period. The world building was incredibly in-depth and very well done.
The world building in Tandem was beautifully executed - from the science behind parallels to the United Commonwealth itself. Science is probably the most ignored part of world building in fantasies and dystopias. We're often given either no explanation and told to just accept it or we're given a flimsy explanation based in faulty science. Tandem however addressed all my questions with a sensible explanation.
This, however, came with a price. Jarzab spent all of her energy building her world and as a consequence, not enough time on their characters. While the United Commonwealth of Colombia was fully fleshed out, there was a lot to be desired in the characters.
At times the characters were likable but more often than not, I felt little to no connection with any of the characters. Sasha was wholly unlikeable and at times I couldn't stand her. She darted from incapable to overly and impossibly competent. She goes from crying over stupid things to making a televised interview within hours of arriving in the Commonwealth and assuming Juliana's title.
Thomas was irritating and clichéd - not to mention a huge dick. There was absolutely nothing new to his character. He was smart, incredibly handsome, and, of course, a jerk. He has the nerve to be surprised when Sasha doesn't like him at first after he kidnaps her. What did he expect - Sasha to thank him for saving here and taking her away from her world? Um, no.
Thomas works for the King's Secret Service, at the age of 18 mind you. The only reason he got this job was because Daddy Dearest is the great and powerful General. Favouritism, much? He then at one point tries to tell himself, feebly, that the General did not display favoiritism when it came to the 'Academy'. Thomas, dude, you getting in was a textbook example of nepotism and nothing else.
The other love interest, Callum, was the embodiment of the cute, cuddly love interest cliché but at least he was likable and quirky as opposed to Thomas who definitely wasn't.
Before I end the review, I have one more thing to cover quickly. The tagline.
Everything repeats. You. Your best friend. Every person you know. Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities. Welcome to the multiverse.
Wrong. It's explicitly stated that not everything repeats. Not every person Sasha knew was in the multiverse. For example, Juliana had totally different parents in the other universe and Sasha's parents didn't even exist.
Overall, Tandem has an enjoyable plot and world building. Was it a great read? No, but it was entertaining enough for me to finish it. I recommend it to people who can read through a book without paying too much attention to the weaknesses.(less)
I've put off reviewing this book for a while, but not for my usual reasons. I'm not scared that this will turn into a massive rant or a bunch of fangi...moreI've put off reviewing this book for a while, but not for my usual reasons. I'm not scared that this will turn into a massive rant or a bunch of fangirling nonsense. No, I simply do not know how to express myself here. I know what I'm feeling but I have no clue on how to say it.
GOING VINTAGE is the kind of book that makes you happy while reading even though you know it's absolute fluff. I don't like reading fluff for some reason. My "chick lit" (and I use this term very loosely) needs something more to it. It needs well defined and formed characters. It needs wonderful character interaction. I don't really care if it comes in dystopian, contemporary, or science fiction.
This may or may not be the reason I love The Walking Dead.
Lindsey Leavitt attempted to add the "more" into the book but she simply did not achieve what I wanted. Now, when I say I want chick-lit, it's often very different from what other people would think of when others say the same thing.
GOING VINTAGE will please a lot of people - and has already. It's a cute book with really awesome family dynamics - something sorely lacking in YA literature. It has an adorable romance and with an adorable love interest. My problem is with Mallory, the protagonist and more importantly, her lack of logic.
In GOING VINTAGE, Mallory's boyfriend cheats on her with a girl he met in a Sim-like game. Mallory then assumes that her relationship issues would never have happened if it weren't for electronics and decides to swear them off. Forever.
What Mallory doesn't seem to grasp is that a cheater is a cheater no matter where or when or how he does it. It doesn't matter what time period it is. Whether it be the 60s or 90s, there will always be cheaters.
Now, of course, if Mallory had thought along these lines, the book wouldn't have happened and that would be sad.
Despite her often blatant logic fails, Mallory is a sweet character. She's not all that bright and she's in love with the spotlight a bit too much, but she's not a horrible person nor could ever be called one. She stands up for what believes in and she's really a good person. She's a pretty awesome example of a flawed, yet strangely lovable character.
She's definitely got her heart in the right place but I think she would have benefitted from some therapy and chocolate. I don't think she gets enough chocolate. *hands over chocolate to Mallory*
The best part of the book was definitely was Oliver who was adorable and cute and squee-worthy. He's not my favorite or even close to my favorite but I really did like him. He was a genuinely nice guy for a genuinely nice girl - something that I don't often say.
As I said, I loved the family dynamics to the story. They were surprisingly deep. For the most part, YA books the families are lackluster. You'd think that a story with teen protagonist, they'd have a realistic portrayal of families.
For the most part, none of the books have realistic families. They always have either perfect families or families that are so messed up that they become equally unrealistic. The family is GOING VINTAGE is perfectly flawed. There isn't a perfect family in real life and thankfully, this book shows that.
GOING VINTAGE is wonderfully fluffy and light. It's often hilarious. There was substance to the book but I just needed more than what I got. As I said, GOING VINTAGE will be perfect for a lot of readers, but for those who need something more than mindless fluff, this might not be the book for you.(less)
THE REGISTRY is a very complicated book, which, while very good in some aspects, fell just sort of the mark in others. There's no disputing that the w...moreTHE REGISTRY is a very complicated book, which, while very good in some aspects, fell just sort of the mark in others. There's no disputing that the world presented by Stoker is a very interesting, and frightening, one. As many have done before her, Stoker took a very heated subject - sexism pertaining to women - and amplified the situation.
The world of THE REGISTRY is frightening with the blatant brainwashing that affects every character, no matter how strong and open-minded they are. Even our "strong" main characters fall victim to this brainwashing.
The US has become a complete patriarchy where the role of women is only child bearing, house work, and pleasure. The women of this dystopian world have been completely brain washed into thinking that this way of living is the perfect way, a life where they have no power over anything at all.
I can already see the people shouting: "This isn't that different than how some women live!" Yes, you're right to extent. But, not in the US. Uh no, the US of THE REGISTRY is not anything like what we live in since well, if you live in the US, can you write? Read? Do math? Count to ten? Have a job? Go to college? Refuse to get married? Speak your mind? Touch a member of the male sex - and not in that way?
The women of THE REGISTRY's US can't do any of the things mentioned. They can't even touch a man's hand because their husbands want them to be entirely pure. According to this book that all the women must live by (which is quoted in the beginning of Mia's chapters):
The greatest accomplishment a female can achieve is becoming a wife.
Women of this world are sold to the highest bidder, for thousands of dollars. They have appraisers, who quiz the girls on their cooking, cleaning, singing, baby-caring skills and then, once they've been appraised, they are sold. Sold.
The best part of the book has to be simply the US and the entirely male powered society. The book inside of the book (called The Registry' Guide for Girls) is very interesting, in a unsettling way. A few memorable quotes (note these quotes are from an ARC copy and are subject to change when the book is published).
When courting potential matches, no man wants a talkative lady. It is best for females to avoid speaking...
- 9% into the book
All fathers love their daughters. A daughter returns that love by obtaining a high marriage fee. Not only is a high appraisal price a point of pride, it is also a repayment for the money and time spent raising her.
- 13% into the book
A wife never inquired into her husband's background.
It is common for wives to take on some traits of their husbands - after all, it is the woman's responsibility to know what her husband likes, in a order to please him - but a good wife will ensure she retains her delicate feminine traits.
Yeah, and that's just four of the dozens of notes I have for this book. DOZENS OF NOTES.
Now you may be thinking why I gave this book such a low rating and it's because well, it's boring. It shouldn't be, but it is. One of the main reasons this book is so boring is because the main character has no personality at all. She's just a sack of meat, to put it crudely.
Characters The main character, Mia, is probably the most emotionless character ever. She had no personality to be annoyed at, or love for that matter. I didn't - couldn't - see how she had the willpower to up and decide that she no longer wanted this life. It felt at times like she was just as brainwashed as her - who was utterly unbearable - even though Mia was supposed to be the one who isn't brainwashed much.
What I couldn't see at all was that Mia somehow convinced Andrew to leave his sexist, dominating ways because of how strong she was. Sure, she was strong enough to leave but after that, she didn't really do anything particularly strong.
Her one quality is how unbelievably self absorbed she is. She thinks practically everything is about her. I guess that was her "character flaw" but if you have one flaw and practically no personality, that doesn't work ever.
Whitney is horrible. I spent the entire book like this:
She was whiny, annoying, and useless. The only reason she's in the book is because she was needed to show how super duper strong and brave Mia is. That's the only reason. Mia has to save her ass so many times because she's idiotic.
Andrew was pretty meh as a love interest and as a character. He spent half the book thinking "huh, I thought Mia would sit in a corner and cower pathetically but no! She can actually do stuff!". What? I know it's because how he was raised and how the society is but really? Does he have to stay misogynistic throughout the entire book?
Grant was fucking scary as a villain. He was probably the best character in the entire book. I don't have anything to say other than he made the book. He wasn't afraid to kill, lie, deceive, or plot which is different for YA since usually, the bad guys aren't this truly evil. They all have some sob story to go with but not this guy. No, he was just evil.
Plot and Writing Plot The story got tedious after a while. Basically, it was walk a bit, get caught/into tight situation, get out of it, and repeat. It was so boring after the first turnaround because the same plot aspects are not only repeated, they're not even changed up a little.
I really don't have much to say on the plot since it's obvious the author was more caught up in making the society than characters and plotting. While, she did a very good job in making a scary society but not that good of a job with characters, plot, or world building outside the US.
Writing My biggest problem with the writing is with world building. I don't even know what yearish this is set or what the world looks like at all. Is it in the future? How far? Ok, this war? What was it for? Who runs the US? Is it still a democracy? Why don't the other countries help the people in the US?
Likes and Dislikes Likes - society - Grant
Dislikes - world building - characters - plot
Conclusion This book started off so well. I was sure that this would be a 5 star, but it's most definitely not - no matter how much I wish it were. This is most definitely not a book I'd recommend.(less)
THE FALL is a short story narrated by a middle-aged man who received a call from an old friend saying how t...moreActual Rating: .5
MINI SPOILER FILLED REVIEW
THE FALL is a short story narrated by a middle-aged man who received a call from an old friend saying how their middle school/high school friend has passed. This accounts for around 10% of the story, the rest being a flashback.
My main problem with THE FALL is there isn't really a central plot, it's just a seemingly random and uneventful few weeks in this guy's life. These weeks supposedly changed his life forever but from what I can see, there are no life changing moments in THE FALL.
I've read some really amazing short stories in which the world building, plot, and characters were well defined and beautiful. As a consequence, I have started to expect only the best from my short stories. This one however broke that streak with its utterly terrible prose and story.
What really made THE FALL the worst short I've read is the lack of finesse to it. The writing felt like a really bad 6th grader's homework assignment. It was choppy, bland, and forced. I'm just glad that there were only around 100 - 150 pages otherwise I would have DNF'ed it.
The blurb promises a "dark and rebellious read" but in fact, there was nothing neither dark nor rebellious about this book. The plot was uneventful and basically revolved around how amazing this one guy, Chris is. There are around two chapters that are solely devoted to how everyone worships Chris.
After those few chapters, we get to see how the main character, who's name I am uncertain of (Mog I think), does everything for Chris and even though Chris is rude to him, they're besets buds forever. Erm, okay then. The other chapters are about how Chris really wants to pick up his big brother's crossbow and for a few chapters, they're just debating whether or not to pick it up. In the end, they decide to go out to the woods with the crossbow and Mog accidentally kills a fox. The end.
... oook then. In the epilogue, it is stated that killing the fox ruined Mog's life forever but how? How did any of the events in the story ruin his life? They're not life-ruining things! He killed a fox. That's sad and all but does killing a fox ruin your life? In any way? Nope, not really.
The characters were undefined blobs really. I couldn't tell the difference between them. There's the popular-not-popular kid and then a bunch on nobodies with no personality or defining qualities.
Yes, I understand that in 150 pages (or so), it's hard to define your characters but um, how do lower MG books do it? Or other short stories? It is possible to have a short story with well-rounded characters.
The writing was simplistic to an extent that it was basically "Bob walked down the stairs. Bob said hi. Bob walked away." That's really how it felt but it in the short, it was more like: "Bob walked down the stairs. Bob said "HI motherfucker!!” Bob walked away.
Cursing does not equal intelligent, mature writing. I'm sorry.
I wouldn't recommend this short story to anyone because it's physically painful to read. I can't really recommend any other shorts at this reading level but definitely not this one.
As someone who has wasted fruitfully spent countless hours and weekends gaming or doing things related to gaming (aka crying about how I don’t have pc...moreAs someone who has wasted fruitfully spent countless hours and weekends gaming or doing things related to gaming (aka crying about how I don’t have pc Skyrim or Guild Wars 2), this book was something that I obviously had to read. I was fairly nervous about it though because I had no idea how someone could write a good book about a video game. It's not really something that is easy to write since video games are a very visual and auditory experience that can't very well be replicated on paper.
Yet, somehow, even with Erebos' shitty translator, Erebos manages to convey the feeling of playing a fantastic video game while having an amazing plot at the same time. Many chapters are from the point of view of the video game character, which makes Erebos a wholly original experience in many ways.
Like I said, one of Erebos' biggest drawbacks is the absolute awful translator. Sentences are completely weird and often, whole paragraphs don't make any sense at all. The translator is German but obviously, they don't know how to translate at all. I can't really say anything about the writing because there is a high chance that Poznanski is an amazing writer with a really sucky translator. I'll have to get my mom to read it in German one of these days so she can tell me if the writing is decent or not.
Horrible translation aside, the story is amazing. I couldn't put the book down once I picked it up. The story was incredibly engaging and entertaining. Like a good thriller, Erebos kept you guessing for much of the book. It was a bit erratic at times and it wasn't very tight but I loved it anyway.
While you don't have to be a gamer to find the concept absolutely brilliant, but it definitely helps. A game that interacts very directly with the player and adapts itself to you? How awesome is that? It's both scary and amazing.
I am happy to say that the concept was executed brilliantly. I am still in awe of how Poznanski handled the incredibly hard subject. It had the perfect feeling to it, one that put you right into the character's shoes. I fell headfirst into the world of Erebos and I'm still not over it. I really wish I could wipe my memory of it and reread it and re-experience it.
Another flaw to the book are the characters. They lack life and energy for the most part. I never really connected with any of the characters.
The main character, Nick, was the worst. He felt more like a filler character that was created simply because Poznanski needed a main character. He didn't really have a personality and felt like a character that you should use as, I don't know, a body for you to put your personality into? I'm not sure how to describe it but Nick didn't feel like a normal character.
I know I've said words like perfect a lot in this review but that’s really all I can think of for the book. Overall, I’d recommend Erebos to people who either like thrillers or video games – or both. It was an awesome read that deserves lots of readers.(less)
While looking through the numerous reviews for THE RULES, I came about a review calling this "THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE HOST". I found th...moreOh... eurgh.
While looking through the numerous reviews for THE RULES, I came about a review calling this "THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE HOST". I found this hard to believe since pretty much every book is marketed as THE HUNGER GAMES nowadays. But, hey, she had to have come from somewhere right?
Yeah... no. Not at all. I don't think I'll ever get how this is close to THE HUNGER GAMES, or THE HOST for that matter, unless they suddenly morphed into a teen drama sitcom contemporary with alien elements. Ok, so I get THE HOST (well, not really). THE HOST has aliens and THE RULES has aliens. But what about THE HUNGER GAMES?
Did THE RULES turn into a book about an arena where teenagers kill each other for foodfun because they're forced to? Yeah, must've missed that memo and obviously I didn't read this book very well.
The real plot has absolutely nothing to do with THE HUNGER GAMES or THE HOST. It's about a girl, whose DNA had been mixed with some alien DNA in a genetics lab, where she was created. She grew up in a very sheltered world (pun intended) and apparently took all our slang/phrases literally.
What I really hated about this book is that the summary gives the impression that the story is sort of like the Maximum Ride series. The beginning of the book was. Ariane's guardian was sort of like the kids' guardian in the first book ((view spoiler)[Max's father (hide spoiler)]
Then, it stops being like that and starts to fall under the trap most of the books I read do. They turn into teen dramas, which is something I have very little interest in.
Maybe this teenage drama with a tiny hint of paranormal appeals to people, and at times it does to me. Yes, I know I'm contradicting myself but well done high school dramas with an awesome plot, characters and a hint of paranormal can be really good.
This book had neither a great plot nor an amazing cast of characters.
Characters If there is one aspect of THE RULES that really stands out to me, it is Ariane and her lack of personality. She's so infuriatingly bland, it's crazy.
Ariane was so... BELLA. She doesn't ever do anything, well other than fawn over the love interest, Zane Bradshaw who she can't have because y'know Romeo and Juliet. Much of the book is her swooning over Zane and acting like a freaking idiot in front of him because that's what girls do.
Why does every author think this? I don't have much any experience with this but I'm pretty sure you don't fall on people when you have a crush. Stuttering every damn word? Probably not every word. Blush like your face is on fire? Maybe but I just don't see every girl doing that especially the "strong, brave" ones.
I don't even know why I try anymore. It seems like I can't find a well-rounded, badass heroine or hero anymore. It's either a meh or an I'm going to kill you one.
Why does this happen to me? What did I do to deserve all these terrible heroines and heroes? I demand an answer!
This is not fair.
Alright, rant over...
Zane was pretty forgettable. It took me all day just to remember his name. He's that classic nice guy which basically means he's sweet but has no real personality. His POV was mostly him fawning over Ariane, who he can't have because apparently Ariane's dad (guardian) works for a place that Zane's dad hates.
No, I'm serious.
Plot* The plot is boring, very boring. I was not very attached to the story. It relied on the old plot ideas, some of which include evil mean girl who hates the main character, nice boy who everyone loves even though his BFF is evil girl, and loner girl with no friends.
Though the story wasn't really bad, it just wasn't either interesting or engaging. I didn't connect with the story except when (view spoiler)[there was a scene where Ariane was forced to kill her pet rat :( (hide spoiler)] which made me feel really bad for Ariane.
I wish that the whole "being half alien" thing was more prominent in the story. It was very much a side thing, something that wasn't too important other than being a reason for Ariane to be a loner. I just thought it would be a bigger thing in the book. FALSE ADVERTISING.
Likes and Dislikes Likes: - ALIENS
Dislikes: - Plot - Characters
In conclusion I was really disappointed in this book. I'm the black sheep with this book though, so maybe you'll like it but I can't recommend it to you.
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BURN FOR BURN is not a book everyone will love. It's one of those hit-or-miss books. Though I like the book a lot,...moreActual Rating: 2.5 rounded up to 3.
BURN FOR BURN is not a book everyone will love. It's one of those hit-or-miss books. Though I like the book a lot, I definitely couldn't say I loved it since, sadly, BURN FOR BURN narrowly missed the mark for me. While it had the makings to be one of my favorites, the three main characters ruined this chance.
Lillia, Kat, and Mary are the three main characters, each with their own POV. While they were the book's strength in the first 200 pages, they were also the greatest downfall in the last pages. While their reasons for payback are all very valid. Lillia wants revenge on Alex for deflowering her sister, Kat needs payback for being cast out by her best friend, and Mary craving revenge on the boy who almost killed her.
The problem I had with the characters is simple. I couldn't connect with any of them. These girls, they're not supposed to be loved. They're not supposed to be role models. They're not supposed to be anything then what they are - really angry, twisted girls.
My problem isn't with the fact that the girls are twisted. No, that's fine, it's even welcome as twisted characters are always entertaining. I mean, who doesn't love The Joker? Now, I'm not equating the girls with a criminally insane serial killer. They're definitely more of a Carrie.
No, my problem is the fact that even though each girl was very defined and well thought through, I could not relate to any one of them on a personal level. Lillia, the girl who just wants to protect her sister, is the closest I got but every time they "pranked" Alex, Rennie or Reeve, I just couldn't relate.
Some of these pranks, while they weren't hurtful to anything except for the recipient's pride, were something that I couldn't morally agree with. However at one point, one of these pranks ends up with someone almost dying. (view spoiler)[At one point, the girls decide to drug someone with ecstasy, a very addictive drug, causing him to act sporadically and he almost gets himself killed. I can't fathom how these girls even thought this was ok to do in the first place. Even if he didn't hurt himself, he might end up in a dangerous situation. The girls kind of lost me there. (hide spoiler)]
These characters aren't meant to loved but the reader is supposed to feel something other than utter disgust. That I'm 100% sure of. I mean, what's the point of a character that the reader can't even feel sorry for?
I have just two problem to cover before we can go on to the rest of the review. The first part is that Lillia's sexual abuse wasn't that big. She was raped by a few college guys at one point. It's only really brought up once and then forgotten about. I really wish it was a bigger part of the story.
The second part is the huge sexism in this book. It's very big and very hard to miss. It really bugged me and just grated on my nerves. Thankfully, it was mostly in one part of the book so I could ignore it a bit but why was it there in the first place?
Characters This is the time when I say some positive things about the characters because they were good, if entirely unrelatable.
Lillia is the eh one of the three. I wasn't very sure whether I liked her or if I couldn't stand her. There was the pretty badass Lillia who only wanted revenge and would do anything to get it but then there was the slut shaming, sexist vapid girl, which made me want to tear my hair out.
Kat is the druggie, indie punk lover. She's pretty different than most of the characters in YA books but I wasn't all too fond of her. While she had spirit, she was pretty much just that "bad girl" with little anything else.
Mary. MARY. God, she was an useless nuisance. I mean, she wasn't useless but I didn't like her at all. She is just plain. Compared to the other two, Mary had little to no personality. Though I eventually came to grudgingly not hate her but I never liked her (till (view spoiler)[she sort of became mildly insane (hide spoiler)]).
Rennie, one of the "bad guys" to both Kat and Lilla (to a lesser extent), was definitely cruel and I found her motives quite believable. I did really like her as the villains, and out of the three, she was definitely the best.
Alex is the bad guy to Lillia. Alex is having sex with Lillia's younger sister, something Lillia had thought of before Kat added to it by telling her how she had seen the two together. (view spoiler)[It turns out that Alex wasn't actually fucking Nadia, merely hugging her (or something to that extent). Honestly, that's one of the least satisfactory twists I've in while since it's very obvious since Alex is this really nice guy. (hide spoiler)] He was probably the worst of the three for various, spoilery reasons.
The third one, Reeve, was an all right villain - bad guy to Mary. He was fairly characterless and he wasn't important till the very end. I really don't have any feelings for him because he wasn't in the story long enough for me to develop any sort of emotions to.
Plot and Writing Plot The plot had to be one of the best parts, along with the interaction between Lillia, Kat, and Mary. The story is basically a revenge plot in which the three girls try to make fools of the three people who wronged them. The story is very entertaining, even though some parts are kind of hard to read for me. It's not scary, just hard.
Overall, I really liked the story. Was it very deep? No. Thought provoking? Not exactly. Fun? Yes, definitely. If you want a little spice to your lazy day, this book is pretty good for that. It's a pretty good revenge story. It's not anywhere near what I expected it to be, mainly because of the lackluster plot twists.
A big plot twist was concerning (view spoiler)[Alex, and how he's actually not that bad a guy. Lillia's whole problem with him could really be solved with a conversation and technically, it was. I mean, that's how she found out he's actually a super duper nice guy. That was a bit out there personally. (hide spoiler)].
The plot is really engrossing. I finished most the book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. It starts off pretty slowly but it definitely builds once the girls meet each other and the POVs aren't just floating around wildly.
Writing I don't really know what to say about this. I really was too caught up in the story to notice the writing. It was obviously good enough to keep me more focussed on reading than caring about the writing.
*sneaks out the back door*
Likes and Dislikes Likes - characters - story - writing(?)
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I am quite addicted to free prose novels, especially those by Ellen Hopkins. The only one, out of her published free prose novels, I haven't read is T...moreI am quite addicted to free prose novels, especially those by Ellen Hopkins. The only one, out of her published free prose novels, I haven't read is TRIANGLES which is an adult novel. I realized a long long time ago that they were all the same.
The plot, the characters - Hopkins keeps reusing them. There's always this one gay stereotype, a teenage pregnancy stereotype, a young innocent girl stereotype, and a druggie stereotype. At least three of them are always in her books.
Yet, I still read them.
And reread them.
And love them. At least, if I don't think about them too much.
But when I do, I start to realize that they aren't as good as I thought. The reason I have never written a review for any of her books is simple. I'm scared to. I'm extremely scared that if I think about these books, I'll start to hate them, which would ruin my whole reading memories of these books.
But, I'm going to brave my fears and attempt to review this book.
To understand why I love these books, you probably will have to read the book. The prose, at least personally, is addictive. I adore free prose and am thoroughly addicted to it. There is an almost 90% chance that I will give a free prose novel a four star rating. It can have horrible characters and a clichéd plot but I love the writing too much.
Characters Like almost every Ellen Hopkins books, there are more than one POV. Tilt has three (with a different POV at the end of each chapter). Mikayla is the teen pregnancy stereotype, Shane is the gay one, and Harley is the thirteen year old.
Mikayla isn't a bad character but her whole personality is a stereotype. Girl is in LURV with boy. Gets pregnant. Boyfriend dumps her. She decided to keep baby. The end. I really didn't like her POVs at all and tended to skim them.
Shane was actually my favorite character. His relationship with Alex was just so adorable. I couldn't help but love him. He's probably the least stereo-fyed of all the characters. Though the ending to his story was disappointing, the rest was great.
Harley's POV was just urgh. Disgusting. I really felt disgusted just reading it. (view spoiler)[Harley is coerced into providing, um, services to a 17 year old boy. She does everything imaginable except for actually having sex with him.
The stupidity of Harley is obvious, as "her boyfriend" really does nothing except try and get her to have sex. He sends porno videos of Harley to people, as a joke. He does this numerous times. (hide spoiler)]
I'm sure that you were supposed to feel sorry for Harley but honestly, and I'm going to sound like a bitch, I did not feel any sadness for her.
Sure, it's a bad situation but she got herself into it. Everyone was telling her "BITCH, BACK OFF" (even the person she said she really truly loved) but she kept going because she truly felt loved his body him.
Plot and Writing Plot The plot was basically the same as it always is. Three plots that eventually meet up and the endings of each character change another one's. I'll have to discuss each plot they differ drastically ((view spoiler)[they don't really (hide spoiler)]).
Mikayla: Her plot was so standard. I'm pretty sure her POV was only there as a plot device for Shane's plot. That's what it seems at least. (view spoiler)[Her baby is important to the ending of Shane's plot as they give Mikayla's son to Shane's mother and that pushes him off the deep end. (hide spoiler)]
Ending Comment: Plain and useless
Shane: As I said, I really liked his POV. It was mostly romance based, which I usually wouldn't like but this was just so fluffy and adorable (for the most part). Since it's a Hopkins' book, things went downhill and the story ended sadly.
Ending Comment: Adorable, but not the best work. Not sure what it was trying to tell, "Don’t get a cat"?
Harley: Blergh. No.
Ending Comment: See above.
Writing The writing was the same Hopkins as usual, though I found a distinct lack of double meanings and another ways to read it in the prose, which I found utterly disappointing. I love those. The writing was fine other wise. I know some don't like verse but I adore it so I have no complains there.
Likes and Dislikes Like: - Writing -Writing - Shane - Alex
Dislike: - Every character except for Shane and Alex - Plots for every character except for Shane and Alex
In Conclusion I still love these books even though it's obvious I shouldn't. I don't recommend this book unless you're like me and are addicted to the series/writing.
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This review rant will not be in normal format, instead it will be in freehand along with unmarked major spoilers.
I really shouldn't review this book....moreThis review rant will not be in normal format, instead it will be in freehand along with unmarked major spoilers.
I really shouldn't review this book. I really shouldn't. It's just going to make me angry, plus I have other books to review. But, books that make me so angry like FROM ASHES, I need to review, no matter how bad it is for my sanity.
FROM ASHES is pretty much the worst book I have ever read. I know I'm going to say it again and probably will till the end of time but at this time, I cannot imagine a worse book. The only reason I finished this piece of utter shit is because FROM ASHES is the most readable book ever.
Yes, I know, that makes no sense since I mentioned (once or twice) that I HATE this book but it's true. Molly McAdams has succeeded in making a book you hate to love to read (I'm pretty sure that's the first of its kind). I wanted to know what happened next even though I was literally screaming at the book. (view spoiler)[I'm serious about that. I was screaming expletives at my kindle. (hide spoiler)]
The characters in this book are just terrible. I could go on forever but here is a basic summary:
Cassidy: Cheating, bitchy, judgmental girl who thinks she's better than everyone. One of the main characters whose only problems in life are: trying to decide which guy (out of 5 guys) she loves, handling a real life job, and being unable to have sex 10 times a day.
Gage: Boring, possessive, and bland all describe Gage. Me no like.
Tyler: THIS GUY IS WORSE THAN TRAVIS MADDOX. He is one of the worst love interests - no characters - I've ever encountered. Ever.
The plot of FROM ASHES makes absolutely no sense, at all. It was just terrible. In fact, I will recap the book's plot for your enjoyment/torture. Get ready guys because this is one messed up book.
The books starts off with Cassidy recounting how she's so scared and has so many problems. These problems range from bad to not being bad at all. The worst being her parents abusing her as a kid not being able to decide if she loves Tyler or Gage this week and the least being that she's too pretty.
I know, I know, it's so horrible.
Somehow, these abusive parents allow Cassidy to leave her home and travel to Texas. Note, this is realistic fiction and everyone knows that this is all very plausible. Anyway, she moves to Texas with her hot best friend (but he doesn't have aaanny romantic feeling towards her). There, she meets his even hotter (I know, I know, how is this possible?) cousin Gage. Let's examine some quotes now.
What with Tyler's possessiveness and all no one even attempted to get close enough to me. Not that it bothered me...
Cassidy says this after stating how Tyler could never like her romantically. Also, how can you be okay with this amount of obsessiveness.
Gage was like a brother to him [Tyler] and Tyler hadn't seen him in a few years, so their sharing an apartment would be good for Ty.
HAHA you can guess how long Tyler thinks of Gage as a brother instead of a rival.
Tyler dropped my hand, only to put his on the small of my back as he led me over to Mr. New [Gage] and the leggy blonde.
You just met Gage and you're already calling his girlfriend a "leggy blonde".
"I'm Brynn [this is the leggy blonde], Gage's girlfriend." Her eyes narrowed.
Woah, already jealous huh? Now the next few quotes are from Gage's point of view.
All I could think about was closing the distance between us [Gage and Cassidy].
You just met this girl a few hours ago. Slooooww down cowboy.
I was frozen in place, taking in the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen.
DUUDE you met her a few minutes ago.
I couldn't even stop the growl that came from my throat when I saw it [Tyler holding Cassidy's hand].
WHY ARE YOU GROWLING MAN? Staph kthanks.
And yeah, I'm not gonna lie, I'd already pictures her beneath me.
"She's mine Gage, Let's get that clear right now." [said Tyler]
Dude, no. She's not.
"Damn, when you said your cousin was bringing a chick, I wasn't expecting her to be so hot," Jake said. "Jake, touch her again.... see what fucking happens." [said Gage]
Ok, so Gage is already threatening people to lay off "his woman". At 3%.
How was I already so into this girl that it physically hurt to think of her being with Ty?
Trying to figure that one out myself honestly.
"she's been cooking for herself since she was six" [Ty on Cassidy]
Why does the main female character always have to know how to cook and seem to be the only one who does?
Anyway, a bit more plot and then we'll go over quotes because I have the whole book highlighted (well pretty much all of it). The next 10% or so is Cassidy lusting over Gage's body while sincerely denying that Ty could ever love her all while Ty continually tells Gage that Cassidy is "his". At 10% in, Tyler forces himself onto Cassidy.
Before he does that, Tyler visits Gage.
I already hated thinking about what happened between Tyler and Cassidy, but having Tyler tell me he was about to go screw her made it that much worse. I'm sorry, not screw her, bang her. Like it was no big deal, just announced "I'm gonna go bang my girl." [from Gage's POV]
God, what is wrong with Tyler? How could anyone like this guy? This is disgusting especially since this is coming from a guy who supposedly loves Cassidy like a sister. Just disgusting.
After that, Cassidy smartly decides not to sleep in Ty's room like she always did before. So what does she do? She sleeps on the couch and then lets Gage pick her up and put her on his bed. She's not even scared when she wakes up on the bed of some guy she met a few weeks ago.
A bunch of random and un-noteworthy things happen (including Cassidy's eighteenth birthday). Let's examine some of these quotes shall we?
... there was no doubt in my mind I was in love with Cassidy. [Gage's POV]
First of all, what kind of sentence is that? I mean, does it make any sense to you? The second thing is that this is 12% into the book. Twelve percent and Gage is confessing his love.
I loved everything about him. I loved him.
Sometimes, Sassy Gay Friend is the only way to express my feelings... *sigh*
I cook for six ridiculously obnoxious college guys while they take turns playing Xbox.
Why? Why the fuck do you do is Cassidy? You say hate doing it yet you do.
Ok, back to boring plot summaries. Gage and Cassidy sort of, kind of get together then Cassidy does something and Gage gets all macho man angry and dumps her. Cassidy gets all depressed cause "O NOES HE DON'T LIKE MEH".
Then Cassidy meets Gage again and they make up. Somehow. I really have no idea how that happened. If anyone figured this out, I'd be happy to add it in. One chapter Gage is like "RAWR SHE HATE ME" and Cassidy is practically mirroring that feeling, and in the next?
"Cassidy," I breathed. She launched herself at me and wrapped her arms around my neck, whispering into y ear. "I missed you so much, Gage."
In a few pages, Cassidy has already attracted another guy who tries to force her into having sex. All I can say is, girl get yo rape whistle out. Doing his Travis Maddox thing, Gage goes and breaks Max's nose. Why do love interests need to break people's noses? Is that cool or something?
Gage's pants get tighter a few dozen times and then Tyler tells Gage that Cassidy preformed oral sex to him and Gage goes insane. I think Tyler and Cassidy get together in this time but I'm not sure because Tyler kisses Cassidy all the time.
Like, pretty much every page but DON'T WORRY GUYS HE HAS NO ROMANTIC FEELINGS TOWARDS CASSIDY.
Cassidy get's a job and everything is quiet for a bit before (yep there's always a before...) TYLER TRIES TO FUCKING RAPE HER. This part made me so angry. It wasn't the worst part in the book but, god, it was close. This time, he doesn't do anything that bad, but just wait ok?
Gage gets pissed and goes out whoring. He brings home a couple of girls and has sex with them (but there was this funny moment when he screamed out CASSIDY during sex and got slapped). What happens on the next page?
Tyler tries to, more forcefully this time, rape her. This is where I'm going to share a few of the GRRRR quotes.
"You'll enjoy it, Cassi. I promise."
Dear Tyler and other men out there, just because it's sex, doesn't mean people enjoy it. You are forcing yourself upon a girl and just because you think, "she'll like it", doesn't mean it's not RAPE. R. A. P. E. RAPE.
"You want this, Cassi, don't tell me you don't. Your little moans and sighs, and damn it, Cassi, you're met as fuck. So why are you telling me to stop?" Tyler searched my face and shook his head slightly. "I swear to God, if you say you don't want this...."
THIS IS A LOVE INTEREST PEOPLE. HE'S NOT THE ANTAGONIST, HE'S THE FREAKING LOVE INTEREST. This is just sick, ok? There is absolutely no excuse for rape, and out of all the ones people tell the victim, this is the worst.
No. Just no.
Now, what does our favorite love interest do after he stops humping her? He goes out, gets drunk, and brings home a girl to have sex with. WHAT WHAT WHAT. NO. This is NOT ok. Ever. NO. Why are these guys going all Travis on me?
Cassidy goes into a rage and Tyler kicks her out of the house without phone or proper clothes. Cassidy almost dies of hypothermia before being saved by the amazing, strong, wonderful Gage. Once she warms up, Gage yells at her telling her that he's mad at her for being kicked out and almost dying.
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!?
Nothing happens for a while (except for Cassidy's friend trying to get her to date someone even though she's stringing along two other guys). Gage tells Cassidy that he loves her and she goes too. They go through that "OMG I THOUGHT YOU WOULD NEVA WANT MEH?" conversation.
Gage and Cassidy have lots and lots of sex everywhere (bed, shower, couch, and the kitchen table) and he calls Cassidy his girl around 15 times. Jesse is introduced and he's in lurve with Cassidy as well. I'm still trying to figure out what they all see in her.
Cassidy cooks for some guys and this is what one of them say to her:
"I want a damn SMB too! Doesn't matter if she thinks it's 'nothing fancy' or not, thee isn't another SMB out there like Cassi. That's it, I'm kidnapping and keeping her." Jake sounded exasperated. "What the hell is a SMB?" Ethan asked, but we all looked confused. Jake looked at us like we should know this already. "SMB? Sandwich-Making Bitch."
What. The. Fuck.
But, wait, it gets better.
Cassidy was wiping tears from her eyes when her laughs turned into soft giggles ... "And I didn't take it as offensive. It's like that whole women-belong-in-the-kitchen-barefoot-and-pregnant thing; it's funny."
GRRRRRR NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO IT'S NOT FUNNY AT ALL. IT'S DEMEANING AND ENTIRELY UN-FUNNY.
After that, Cassidy basically turns into a sex addict and has sex everywhere. Gage hits some more people and accidentally hits Cassidy. She then finds out her old house had been burned down - yes, parent's house got burned down with them in it.
She leaves and meets Connor Green who she has an affair with. She then has the gall to confront Gage about his one night stand a few months ago. Whaaaa? Cassidy is also the one who says she doesn't trust guys.
Gage and Cassidy get together and Connor comes to ask Cassidy to go live with him. She declines and moves in with Gage. Turns out he made her a house and what do they do the moment they enter? Have sex. Then have more sex (ON THE KITCHEN ISLAND PEOPLE).
They get married; Cassidy almost dies (twice - scorpion bite and labor issues) and has three kids. The end. All I could get out by the end of the book was RAWR I HATE THIS. It was just terrible. Never, ever recommend. In fact run away.
Just so everyone knows, I'm trying to limit my cursing in this review because someone *glares accusingly at that someone who knows who she is* told me...moreJust so everyone knows, I'm trying to limit my cursing in this review because someone *glares accusingly at that someone who knows who she is* told me that I do that too much. I'll be substituting every expletive with the name of a fruit or vegetable.
THE DEAD AND BURIED is a book that I had really high hopes for since at that time, I seemed to think that I have pretty good luck with these sorts of books (I don't really have that good luck with mystery ghost books actually - I have no idea what I was thinking). However, THE DEAD AND BURIED really disappointed me.
The book actually started off really well, like many of the evil books do. The main character Jade was interesting and compelling. I really liked her gemstone hobby and the fact that she knew useless things about practically every gemstone was awesome. In case you don't know, I collect useless facts so this was right up my alley.
So, I had this crazy idea that maybe, just maybe, the rest of the book might be great too.
Crazy idea, I know. I have no idea what I was thinking at the time. Obviously, not much.
The main problem I had with the book has the romance plot. It was just URGH no. Horrible. I suppose the best thing I can say about the romance was that the two loves interests weren't total mushrooms but that wasn't because they were nice and cute.
It was because they were nothing.
No, what I hated about the romance was Jade. Jade turned into a complete orange when it came to the two guys. Minor spoilers ahead but nothing major really since the whole cheating scandal is treated like it wasn't cheating at all. I'll put the summary in spoilers for those who are really don't want to be spoiled.
(view spoiler)[Jade enters a non-relationship with Kane. Non-relationship because she tries to tell her dad that she's not dating him even though they go on numerous dates - I mean non-dates. Kane however thinks they're dating and so does everyone. I think Harrington was trying to excuse what Jade did by saying that the dates are "non-dates" even though she makes it clear that Kane thinks they are and so does every pickle-ing person in the whole town (even the dad).
She then cheats on Kane and with Donovan who insists that they not tell anyone. Donovan and Jade have numerous make out sessions all while Kane and Jade go on their "non-dates". On one of these non-dates, Jade goes to the bathroom to make out with Donovan before returning to Kane who calls her "his girl" and gives her hot chocolate. She accepts without feeling bad that she cheated on her boyfriend.
Next is a spoiler for the rest of the plot, not just romance so I'll put it in a separate spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[It turns out that the dead girl, Kayla, was cheating on her boyfriend with Kane and guess who is the boyfriend? That's right: Donovan.
DONOVAN. The guy that broke up with his girlfriend because she was cheating on him is making Jade cheat on her boyfriend for him.
... I'm speechless. I'm banana-ing speechless.
AND GUESS WHAT THE BEST THING IS?
Jade ends up with the apple Donovan. So guess what girls? It's ok to cheat as long as your cheating for a hot guy. (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
Ok, I've spent long enough detailing the romance. Onto the characters.
Characters Jade started off really awesome but that awesomeness tapered until it hit rock bottom and didn't work on climbing back up - at all. After about 40%, Jade as an awesome character slipped further and further until I could barely remember that Jade was an awesome character at one point.
I've already detailed why I hate her somewhat so this will be a fairly short part but there are some other parts which made me see red.
Number one, she was hypocritical. She was saying how horrible a person Kayla the dead person was even though she copied some of those qualities in her own actions. As everyone says, actions speak louder than words. Judging everyone? Check. Cheating? Check.
The next part I hated was the slut shaming. Jade was saying how horrible it was that she slept around. It was obvious that Kayla wasn't a virgin and personally, I found Jade's words to have a minor slut-shaming feel to it.
The rest are simple, everyday YA heroine occurrence which honestly, most of you know about already and there's no reason to talk about them. Pick pretty much any of my reviews and take the qualities from there.
The other characters were unoriginal and bland. I found no personality to them and didn't hate any of them really. Just disliking. No need to cover that really.
Plot and Writing Plot The plot mirrored the standard plot of basically every murder paranormal mystery there is - ever.
- Girl moves into haunted house. - Girl goes to school and everyone is like "OMG she moved into zeh haunted house". - Girl gets scared. - Someone (usually little sibling) gets possessed. - Girl needs to find out who killed ghosty. - Ouija board. - Kissing. - More kissing. - OMG THAT'S WHO KILLED GIRL?
Yup. That's it. Except sometimes, this can be done really well sometimes.
THE DEAD AND BURIED was not one of those cases however. It was done really really badly. And the murderer exposed scene? One of the worst I've ever read. Just terrible and I can't see the person's motive. Seriously people. It's like Harrington said "Umm... we gotta wrap this up quickly so... yeah, that person works. Let's make up some random backstory to it. And we're done." I’m not even overreacting.
Writing Not terrible, but not fantastic either. Horrible tension building and very little plot twisting. However I have to say that writing is engaging enough to keep me reading. I finished the book in one day because I just had to keep reading!
Likes and Dislikes Liked: - The beginning
Disliked: - Jade - Plot - Writing - Everything
In conclusion Definite not recommend. In fact, unless you're Ade and can't resist it, don't read it.
ps I made it through a review without any cursing. *party*
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I've been really wondering if I read the right book or if I somehow got sent a different book on accident. It's seems like the most logical explanatio...moreI've been really wondering if I read the right book or if I somehow got sent a different book on accident. It's seems like the most logical explanation for this failure I read. The real INK just can't be this bad, right?
The reason INK was so bad was because it was so average. There wasn't anything unique about it other than the premise of paper gods. It's a very standard YA paranormal romance that deviates very little from the set of "rules" that much of the genre follows. Y'know, this stuff:
- someone moves into new town This step is a must because how else are you going to find an awesome, mysterious guy that the heroine doesn't know? While the love interest can be the one to move to the town, it is much preferred to have the heroine move as to add to her outcasty, uniqueness. durh
- girl has trouble at school This is also a must. The girl must have enemies so add a popular girl and get some stupid and silly reason for her to utterly despise the main character. Sometimes there isn't even a reason really.
- "best friends" These "best friends" usually have zero personality and are used as filler material. There isn't any real reason for them other than nice and cheap plot and character development. Often they are used to push the heroine into the love interest.
- the heroine must bump into a hot paranormal dude The sad part about this is that when I say, "bumps into", I mean quite literally as the heroine usually falls into the love interest. I'm quite certain that every one of these guys have the power to somehow make the force of gravity stronger on these heroines.
Well, they don't call them "paranormal dudes" for nothing. (view spoiler)[Ok, I'm the only one who calls them this. BUT STILL. (hide spoiler)]
INK fits into every one of these categories and more. It's like Amanda Sun had a pile of clichés and very poorly stitched them together. The main character, Katie, not only moves into a new town, she moves into a new country and continent.
Wow, way to take that nice and far.
While you can't often escape clichés and tropes, I really hate when the entire book is such walking cliché like INK is. There isn't a single point that makes this book even sort of redeemable unless you count the fact that it's set in Japan. Katie is an extremely annoying character and the romance is so insta that you just need to add water.
Katie is, for the most part, a bland Mary Sue. She can't lie at all. This character point is actually really depressing if you count the fact that it's one of the first things that come to mind when I think of her. She loves to endanger her life - y'know because you obviously it's a perfect idea to stalk a guy who supposedly beat up his best friend. She often morphs into possessive stalker a la Lucinda Price. She's also got a habit of being incredibly overdramatic:
I stared at him, my hands shaking. I'd been standing until then, but my legs buckled under me and I sank down to my knees beside him. I opened and closed my mouth, but no sound. - 21% in ARC
What elicited this response? He told her that his mother is dead. She was having a completely normal conversation and then all of a sudden, she just falls to the ground. Guys, read the passage in a really dramatic voice and picture that. It's so hilarious.
Tomo is pretty bland as a character. He's supposed to be this awesome hunk with an equally awesome personality but tbh, he's more of a hot guy than anything else. He doesn't have any qualities that jump out at you, whether they are positive or negative. He's a nonentity that I really don't care about.
The one fairly redeeming quality that saved this book from a disgusted DNF was the setting and the lore. I am the biggest lore sucker there ever was. I live for it. The lore behind the paranormal aspect of INK was interesting enough to keep me reading. If Sun had focused on this aspect instead of the romance, the book would have been so much better and actually would have lived up to the hype.
The writing was fairly average for the most part but I really enjoyed the sequences that described Tomo's art. They really felt like what I thought the book would be like. The (view spoiler)[dragon sequence (hide spoiler)] was so magical and really, truly awesome. It was moments like this that kept me turning the pages quickly.
This book has so much wasted potential that it almost makes me sad to think about it. It could have been so amazing if it weren't for the averageness of the story, it could have gotten a much higher rating. I cannot recommend this to anyone and I won't be reading the sequel. (view spoiler)[lol we all know I will. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Libba Bray's Beauty Queens was an amazing and hilarious book that I absolutely devoured. It not only lived up to all my expect...moreActual Rating: 3.5 stars
Libba Bray's Beauty Queens was an amazing and hilarious book that I absolutely devoured. It not only lived up to all my expectations but, surprisingly, exceeded them. While I can't exactly say that its humor was my favorite aspect, it was definitely one of the best.
The sharp and witty satirical humor that satirized reality shows, commercials, and the modern consumeristic world kept the book alive and also helped the book stay on the right side of the hair-thin line between "awesome messages" and "cheesy & preachy".
Well, almost kept the book on the right side.
For the most part, Beauty Queens was able to convey a really damn awesome message about how it's cool to be you without sounding like forced or boring. And that's cool. I like messages that aren't shoved up your orifices like in this book.
Many of the messages were very cleverly woven into the story but others kind of popped out at you like
A few of them (and by few I really mean like one or two) were not only heavily laid on us but were actually said a loud like "Blehbleh McBlehBlergh finally realized that every1 was created equally and love and peace bros."
Without the wonderful characters, I'm sure that I would have dropped the book because the plot and world building aren't that interesting really. The plot revolves around the girls trying to survive and finding out that there's something more to the Corporation than it seems.
Pretty standard plot to be honest. There wasn't anything that screamed different to me when it came to the plot.
The world building was horrible. There wasn't any. I knew nothing about the world or the year or anything. The ending left a lot of questions unanswered. It was very obvious that the author paid the most attention to the characters and left lots of holes in the rest of the book.
The characters were the best part, hands down. I don't think anyone can argue with me about that. The characters are really the only thing other than the humor that was actually given much thought.
Beauty Queen's wide range of characters makes the book interesting. Each character is given a few chapters in their POV so you get to know them. There aren't any "empty" characters and everyone has their own, developed personality.
What I love the most about the characters has to be the diversity, not just in personality, but also in ethnicity and sexuality. This book has everything under the rainbow (omg get it i'm so smart).
The diverse and awesome characters truly make Beauty Queens special. It's not otherwise brilliant. Even with it's numerous faults, I would still recommend Beauty Queens simply for its characters and often really funny humor.(less)
YA Dystopians are not made for me - yet I still read them. They account for a very high percentage of what I read, actually. I don't hate most of them...moreYA Dystopians are not made for me - yet I still read them. They account for a very high percentage of what I read, actually. I don't hate most of them, or the genre, but I can't help but see how I hardly ever truly like them.
While I did, to an extent, enjoy the mindless read that is Article 5, I didn't really like it. It was clunky, stupid, and just not a very polished book. The characters were all absolute idiots who obviously did not know one thing about survival. I'm fairly certain I could do a better job of surviving than the main characters. Ember at one point got mad at Chase for attacking some people who planned on doing some awful things to her. Apparently, she would rather die/get raped/get hurt than Chase killing a couple of thugs.
Article 5 is a romance-centred novel, and it definitely shows. Much of the book is spent talking about Chase and Ember's relationship. It was sweet at times but other times it was just really, really painful ('you are my home' is actually used).
I can't say I was disappointed with the book, as it was clear it was very much of an easy, no brainer read. Now, that's not a bad thing. There are a lot of really good book like this. Think the book version of Fast and Furious or something - fast, easy, and fun.
Article 5 was good for that.
My biggest problem with the book is something that I've encountered in numerous places. It's not a problem that is just in this book, but more of a genre related problem that I found especially bad in this book.
And that problem was the fact that no one knew 1 thing about survival - especially Ember. Like, you don't go trying to give your coat to some stranger because he looked cold. Bitch, if he looked cold, it's probably cold out. Keep your goddamn coat on.
So, overall, Article 5 is a decent book. It's not amazing, it's not horrible. It does its job well - entertaining the reader - and I really don't have anything else to say about it. I recommend it to someone looking for a really easy, good read.(less)
Contrary to my rating, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is not a bad book. It's really not. How could a bad book have such a huge fan base (unless we're talki...moreContrary to my rating, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is not a bad book. It's really not. How could a bad book have such a huge fan base (unless we're talking about FSOG)? Reviewers and readers alike have given ANNA a high rating. ANNA has a 4.2 average rating on GR and my friends have given it an average of 4.45. And for the reviewers I follow? Almost all fours and fives.
So, why didn't I like it?
I really should like the book. ANNA is adorable. Well, it's by Stephanie Perkins who is universally known as one of the cutest people ever! ANNA is funny and sweet. However, even with all that's going for it, ANNA didn't meet my colossal expectations set by my coblogger and my other friends.
Personally, the biggest problem with ANNA is fairly simple. I know I'm going to have fangirls attack me for saying this but my biggest problem is that...
I hate St. Clair and Anna.
There, I said it. *pulls out shield* Almost everyone loves St. Clair. He's in almost everyone's book boyfriend list. I do get why people like him. He can be funny and sweet. My problem with him is that he's a huge asshole.
Before you start sharpening your weapons, hear me out. I'll admit, there are times where I can see where the ANNA lovers are coming from. Like I said, he's cute. My biggest problem with him lies with how he was leading on Anna - even though he's "taken".
How am I supposed to like a guy blatantly flirts with another girl even though he's supposedly madly in love with his girlfriend? Anna rather plainly shows interest in him and St. Clair does nothing to stop her or even tell her that he's not interested.
St. Clair even goes as far as to discourage guys who show any interest in Anna.
St. Clair doesn't make one move to break up with his current girlfriend, hoping to get the best of both worlds. This isn't a character I can find romantic, despite the fact that he's cute and funny. I wish I could love him as much as everyone else does but sadly, I don't.
Characters Anna. Anna freaking Oliphant. This girl guys...
To be nice, I'll start of with a positive thing. Anna, when not being an annoying bitch, is pretty funny. Her humor reminded me a lot of Katy from Obsidian except she wasn't nearly as awesome as Katy was.
Ok, I'm done with being nice for now.
Anna hated any girl who looked at St. Clair. I didn't know you could be a possessive imaginary girlfriend but good job Anna, you did the impossible. Go get a gold star.
Most girls were painted in a negative light. Every girl eventually morphed into a jealous bitch. Even Mer, Anna's bff, was reduced to an angry bitch by the end.
A major gripe with Anna was her tendency to slut shamed. To tell you the truth, I sometimes find it hard to find slut shaming - even when it's pretty easy to see. But this example wasn't exactly subtle:
"Arse. She's not going as a slutty nurse." "Just a regular one?" I ask innocently. "With alow cut dress and really big breasts?"
Could she have been any less subtle? I think not.
Anna was also incredibly stupid at times. Apparently she was not only bad at French, she couldn't tell what a French word sounds like. Guys, even if you never learned any French, couldn't you tell that something like tout pourvoir is French just by looking at the word? No, our smart Anna had no clue that tout pourvoir is French.
With all that said, Anna isn’t a terrible character all the time. She’s sarcastic and humorous. I did like her sometimes but for the most part, she annoyed me with all her whining and complaining.
As I said earlier, I really hate St. Clair. I also gave you my reason for saying that so I'll just cover the positive aspects (because there are some) and move on with the review.
St. Clair can be unbelievably cute at times. I don't see how he's the best guy in the world but I don't think I ever will. He's definitely not perfect, which necessarily isn't a bad thing. It is a bad thing when these imperfections involve being a insufferable asshole.
Another big problem with the MCs was the common trope where everyone thinks the MC is the most gorg gurl ever (and the MC doesn't realize it) and everyone in the world lusts over the love interest.
As for the side characters, my problem was that their only personality trait was funny. They were used to add humor into the book.
Now, I like funny just as much as the next guy but I do hate when characters are only used for comedic effect and for furthering the plot and nothing else. There weren't any minor characters I really loved. I don't know if this makes any sense but I didn't like them but their humor.
Plot and Writing Plot Plotwise, ANNA isn't so strong (because the characters are obviously amazing). It is quite obvious that ANNA is a very character driven book. It follows a very routine story outline in which the main character moves to a new city and joins a new school.
There is no definite plot to ANNA, more of a series of events leading up to the big kiss. I can’t really dock any points for the lack of plot because in many purely contemporary YA romances, there isn’t much of a plot unless it’s a “girl is in horrible accident, recovers, and finds love” story.
Writing No one can say that Perkins is a bad writer. She's got a lot of talent, if only she used that to tell the story of two better characters.
Her writing is adorable. It can make me smile even when I really didn't want to find the scenes adorable. Even despite how much I hate Anna as a character, her narrative voice was engaging and entertaining.
Likes and Dislikes Likes - writing - humor
Dislikes - characters
Conclusion There are a lot of fans for this book but I’m definitely not one of them. I can’t recommend this book and after this, I’m not sure if I’ll try another Perkins book. (less)
Slated is one of those books that sound great in theory but in actuality, it didn't end up that great. Reading the blurb made me extremely e...moreDNF Review
Slated is one of those books that sound great in theory but in actuality, it didn't end up that great. Reading the blurb made me extremely excited but the book however is the exact opposite. While there were many flaws to the novel, the major one was the fact that the book was written in the first person.
To understand why this was a monumental fail on the author's part, you need to know something about the main character. Thankfully, this won't be a very long interruption because there isn't much to say about her.
Kyla is the main character who's traumatic backstory includes brain wash and stuff. Yeah, poor baby, .ect. Someone however forgot to tell Kyla that brainwash does not mean you become akin to say a robot or a door.
Actually no, there are robots and doors with more energy and vigour than her. She's worse.
Kyla is seriously the most colorless, commonplace, dead, drab, drudging, dull, flat, ho hum, humdrum, insipid, interminable, irksome, lifeless, monotonous, moth-eaten, mundane, nothing, nowhere, platitudinous, plebeian, prosaic, repetitious, routine, spiritless, stale, stereotyped, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, threadbare, tiresome, tiring, trite, unexciting, uninteresting, unvaried, vapid, wearisome (no I did not just copy the thesaurus entry for boring... heh) character out there.
Consequently, the writing is the driest monotone out there and there is pretty much absolutely nothing to keep you going. Like, how am I supposed to stay awake interested when much of the book sounds like this:
‘Interesting choice for breakfast,’ Amy says, then sits up and yawns. ‘Are you an early bird?’ I look at her blankly. ‘Do you always wake up early?’ I consider. ‘I think so,’ I say, finally. ‘Though that could be because at the hospital you have no choice.’ ‘Oh, I remember that. Horrible morning buzzer. Breakfast by six.’ She shudders. ‘Want one?’ I hold out the box. ‘Oooh, tempting. Maybe later, when I’m more awake. What is that?’ She points at the folder in my other hand. ‘My drawings.’ ‘Can I see?’ I hesitate. I rarely show them to anyone, though Dr Lysander insisted on checking through them now and then. ‘You don’t have to show me if you don’t want to.’ I sit next to her and open the folder, pull out the sheets of paper. Amy exclaims at the one on top. A self-portrait. Me, but different: half as I am in the mirror, the other half skin missing, eyeball hanging from an empty socket. ‘May I?’ she holds out a hand, and I pass the drawing to her. But that wasn’t on top before. I start flipping through the sheets. ‘You’re so good, this is amazing.’
This is an actual conversation from the book, by the way. This is actually how she sounds throughout the book.
Not even the plot could keep me going because honestly, it's extremely flat and boring. There isn't enough to really keep the story moving because all and any plot twists were easily guessed.
The author gives away all the clues in such a way that it becomes incredibly obvious. While sometimes hiding things in plain sight is great, it doesn't always work. Especially when you have little to no skill. World building is what readers look for and they remember it. If you put a crucial bit of information right in front of their eyes, they'll see it.
The whole cast of characters were bland, to put it lightly. They had little to no personality or distinguishing characteristics. Everyone talked in the same monotone as Kyla, except for one of the characters who had the bubbly manic pixie personality which is less of a personality and more of a stereotype, if you get what I mean.
So, the boring plot/characters and terrible writing joined forces to create one of the most dull stories I have ever read. I would not recommend this book to anyone and would advise you all to stay approximately 50 feet away at all times.(less)
When I first found LEVEL 2 in my local library, I was very excited to see it, mostly because of the concept of a leveled afterlife....moreActual Rating: 2.5
When I first found LEVEL 2 in my local library, I was very excited to see it, mostly because of the concept of a leveled afterlife. However I was a bit hesitant to pick it up after reading this:
Three levels.Two loves. One choice. Debut novelist, Lenore Appelhans has written a thrilling otherworldly young adult novel about a place that exists between our world and what comes after life.
Two loves? One choice?
As you can imagine, such this did not make me all that enthusiastic to read the book. Thankfully, the rest of the blurb sounded awesome enough to convince me to actually pick it up.
LEVEL 2 is very different from what I thought it was going to be. For one, I didn’t expect that much of the book was spent as flashbacks to Felicia's life and that the romance would mostly be told through flashbacks as well.
I enjoyed seeing Felicia through her memories, though I would however have liked some development to happen in the present. Most of Felicia's personality is in her memories, leaving her emotionless in the present.
The one part about these memories that grated on my nerves will require some explaining.
Every soul in Level 2 has a video screen where they can watch their memories and, if they wish, other people's memories. To watch someone else's memories, the person must rent them. I'm not sure what the currency was but they used it to rent these memories.
Anyway, Felicia is extremely rich because she apparently has the best of the best memories and everyone wants to rent them. I find that kind of special snowflake-ish because I don't think that someone could have practically every one of his or her memories wonderful.
But, that's just me. Maybe, you guys have only awesome memories.
Characters Felicia started off as a nice character. She wasn't outstanding but I truly liked her during these hundred-fifty pages or so. This is where the majority of the character and world building took place actually.
However, everything that had been built up in the first hundred-fifty somehow was lost during the rest of the book. I would say that the book started to seriously head downhill once Julian stepped into the picture, which I'll talk about in second.
Felicia was never a strong character. I don’t think useless would be the right word to use but that’s really all that comes to mind. For a main character, she felt surprisingly out of the action.
Felicia can be very irritating at times. It's not really one thing. It’s just a bunch of little things that add up to be extremely annoying and make you want to stop reading the book because of how much you want to kill the main character (even if she's already dead).
Could she have used something more? Yes, yes she could've.
Julian is one of the love interests – sort of. The book is about Felicia trying to find Neil, who was her boyfriend when she was alive, but Julian is definitely in the picture.
Or at least fans want him to be because I've already seen Team Julian on people’s reviews. I cannot see anyone ever being Team Julian because he is a terrible person.
He's definitely not the worst love interest I've come across (Patch from HUSH HUSH, Travis from BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, and Daniel from FALLEN to name a few) but he's definitely not anywhere close to being on my favorites list or even my don't-care-about list.
If I had to describe this guy in one word, it would be scary. Or asshole - that'll work too. No really guys, he's a huge asshole. Just thinking about him makes me angry so I'm going to stop now and leave you with this:
The only two characters that actually had a personality were Felicia and Julian so there isn't much to go over when it comes to minor characters. The minor characters were really just names without any body. I wish that these characters were elaborated upon, but they weren't.
Plot and Writing Plot I had absolutely no idea what was going on.
From what I was to understand, I surmised that there is a rebellion, angels are mean, and Felicia finds it really hard to move on. That’s all I could take from the book by the end. To be honest, it could've used some clearing up. I'm certain the author knew what was going on but I think she sort of expected us to just know.
The rebellion felt very forced in my opinion. LEVEL 2 isn’t the sort of book that needs a rebellion. It's more of a paranormalish contemporary than a dystopian. In fact, I don't see how LEVEL 2 could be counted as a dystopian because there isn't a dystopian world.
It's about the afterlife!
Writing Well, it's not bad.
I don't really see how people are calling the writing amazing and beautiful. It's not. It's confusing and the pacing is weird. No matter how I love the memories, the interruptions they cause are really annoying because they'll come up in the middle of a chapter without much warning and disrupt the flow.
Likes and Dislikes Likes - memories - plot idea - afterlife thing
Dislikes - characters - plot - pacing
Conclusion LEVEL 2 is not a really bad book. It's an enjoyable, yet confusing, read with a lot of flaws. I don't know whether I can really recommend it and at this point, I am not sure if I will read the second book.(less)
If you hate any of the following, I suggest you don’t read this book.
Insta-love Weak Heroine A boring plot Weak Character Building A Stalker Love Inte...moreIf you hate any of the following, I suggest you don’t read this book.
Insta-love Weak Heroine A boring plot Weak Character Building A Stalker Love Interest This book has all the above. It’s like Twilight but substitute vampires for trolls. And yes. I said trolls.
I’m pretty sure the Hocking used trolls because ghosts, vampires, and werewolves have been so overused. Trolls are new. The problem I had with the so-called “trolls” was that there were no troll like characteristics.
Even Twilight Vampires were had some vampire qualities.
When I think trolls, I think big hairy, greenish brown thing with a club.
Switched’s trolls (or Trylle), they are apparently beautiful people with slightly untamable hair and have a tendency for not liking shoes.
I see a big difference. All the characteristics of Hocking’s trolls:
unmanageable hair picky eaters tendency to like being barefoot attitude
I’m really sorry but I don’t see any vaguely troll-y things. I would have liked them to be more troll-y. Really. I think they are more like Aprilynne Pike’s Wings’s fairies. If I remember correctly, they are picky eaters, like going barefoot, and are in touch with nature and all the jazz.
Hocking’s trolls also have changelings. I find myself replacing troll with fairy. Trylle = fairy pretending to be the big, bad trolls.
Characters: Wendy was a wreck. An absolute Mary Sue. The last half of the book was spent feeling sorry for herself and going on and on about Finn. It was nauseous. Wend had no charming qualities. I seriously wouldn’t care if she was about to jump off a bridge. Wendy was kicked out of many schools because of her “strong personality”. Er, what personality is it?
I haven’t read such a weak character since Bella Swan.
Finn. Your classic Edward. Seriously. Prone to stalker-ish behavior – check. Prone to leaving the main character (leaving her almost depressed) – check. unbelievable handsomeness – check. Some sort of paranormal creature – check and check.
I liked none of the characters, felt for none of the characters, and basically I didn’t care what happened to any of them.
Plot: If I had to describe it in one word, I’d probably use boring or uncreative.
The plot follows a simple path:
Girl isn’t happy with her life at school New boy arrives at school Boy exposes himself for a paranormal creature Goes off to magical world and something amazing happens Girl and boy get together Boy leaves Girl sulks Boy comes back Battle Girl runs off *yawns*
What l liked/disliked: Liked:
No Vampires/Werewolves Trolls are new Disliked:
Bad Characters Weak Plot Trolls? More like fairies
In conclusion: I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, unless you want a good laugh or two. Let this review be a cautionary tale: read the reviews before picking up a book.
Favorite Character: Rhys
“Finn: I look at you because I can’t look away. Wendy: That’s kinda creepy. Finn: I will work on being less creepy then? - Wendy (showing some intelligence) and Finn
The House of the Scorpion was just wow. Wow. If this is the norm of the books I’m going to read 2012, than I’m in luck (and just wow will be part of m...moreThe House of the Scorpion was just wow. Wow. If this is the norm of the books I’m going to read 2012, than I’m in luck (and just wow will be part of my vocab). It is a brilliant work of art. I had not ever read a Nancy Farmer book (though twice now I rented The Sea of Trolls – but never got to it). I was very happy with this book, begging everyone I know to read it. They didn’t – yet.
The “main villain” (I don’t really call any of them the main villain because without even one childhood it wouldn’t seem the same) is lovable, and by the time he does something bad (though you expected it), you are sad.
Characters: Matt is a kind, curious, human character. He is a child in this book, not an adult. He acts like one, and even more he makes child like mistakes. There is one beautiful scene (yet not really) were Matt makes someone do something (I won’t specify…) – that a thirteen year old kid would do (chapter 11 – The Giving and Taking of Gifts).
The “villains” were also human. Even the minor-est villains made you hate them and when something bad happens to them you are happy, yet sad for maybe, just maybe they didn’t deserve it. A certain Rosa is a good example.
Plot: It begins… slowly, but that really builds everything up. It isn’t a fast paced book. [Some of] the surprises are expected which slights takes away from the main story line. I guessed about 75% of them, but the author left many clues (probably wanting you to find some of them). The big surprise as a 50/50 surprise, for I guessed who the bad person was yet not what he was going to do – but then again there were lots of clues so if I tried harder, I could have guessed it.
What I enjoyed/didn’t: The was no cussing other than 1 or 2 c and 3 or 4 d, though this was a young adult book. Often, the author will add too much cussing just to make it a young adult book. This book was young adult for themes, not cussing/romance/ect.
The story was realistic because (view spoiler)[ El Patrón is the leader of the Opium fields, yet he isn’t a nice guy as Matt thinks. (hide spoiler)]
I didn’t like Matt’s reaction to Tom, even though to be fair, Matt was a child [chapter 10 - A Cat With Nine Lives]. I felt it was just wrong, though I do reward Farmer for a very well written chapter. True, it’s not a real criticism, mainly because I can’t find a bad thing about the book.
In conclusion: The writing was entertaining and easy to read at times, but hard to read at others. I was recently looking around and found Nancy’s blog (or some poser I guess). According to my source, she is writing a sequel. The ending left me hanging, but I don’t know if I really want “another book”. I will read her other books once I get them. Her books are well written. Another good change, from the Twilights and Hunger Games, is that this book has a good and clear moral. I recommend it to mature audiences, 12 (mature) up
Favorite Scene & Character: My favorite character is Tam Lin. My favorite scene is actually a part – the first.
Favorite Quote: “What Matt hated about the creature was everyone’s assumption that he and Furball were the same. It didn’t matter that Matt had excellent grades and good manners. They were both animals and thus unimportant.” -Narrator
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GRACELING isn’t a bad book. While at times excruciatingly unexceptional, GRACELING has redeeming qualities, namely Po, the silver-gold eyed boy, Leck,...moreGRACELING isn’t a bad book. While at times excruciatingly unexceptional, GRACELING has redeeming qualities, namely Po, the silver-gold eyed boy, Leck, the mysterious king of Monsea, and Bitterblue, the plucky princess of Monsea. However, these three characters were not nearly enough to redeem the massive problems I had with Katsa and the writing.
Katsa reminded me of Katniss. The similarities include name, lack of emotion, and overabundance of pride. I understand that her pride was supposed to be Katsa’s fatal flaw but with her Grace and supposed knowledge, wouldn’t she understand that in some cases, accepting help from another guy is the only way to survive. Surviving is, in case you didn’t know, kind of useful.
Before I go into the realm of ranting, I must say that there are a few positive points to her. She can most definitely protect herself and she’s not afraid to say what she feels. She’s not afraid of sex. She’s entirely herself even if I don’t always like her.
To an extent, I understand Katsa’s hatred and overall distrust of men. All her life, she’s lived with men who wanted to use her for their personal gain. They treat her like a weapon of sorts.
But with all that said, some of Katsa’s comments towards men (and other women) were downright offensive. The fact is that GRACELING was trying to come off as feminist lit by trying to tell the reader “OMG Katsa is like totes a feminist because she like doesn’t wear dresses and thinks all men are superficial!”
That’s not actual feminism, that’s radical feminism, which is not the same thing.
Radical feminist seem to think that their job is to tell other women what to do and how to act. Cashore seems to believe to believe that everything feminine is bad and should be eliminated which is complete bullshit.
If I want to wear a flowery shirt or a skirt, I do not suddenly become the anti-feminist. I become… Lisbeth in a skirt. I know, surprising. I don’t become a women-hating bitch. I become a girl who happens to be wearing a skirt.
But to Katsa, skirts are signs of weaknesses instead of an article of clothing.
Katsa makes any woman who a) has children, b) wears dresses, and c) doesn’t carry weapons with them everywhere automatically weak and despicable. I’m sorry but no.
The second point of trouble is the writing, which if I’m being honest, is pretty bad. The writing style is so detached that it makes you feel as if you are watching someone watching the events of GRACELING unfolding.
As you can imagine, this makes for an utterly exasperating and slow read. When you can’t even pay attention to the book for more than a few chapters (or less), it’s incredibly hard to read.
I can say that this problem gets less noticeable as you go on, mostly because the plot isn’t terrible. It’s still there but it gets much easier to ignore.
Since we’re on the topic of plot, I might as well do a little segment on it before ending the review. While interesting enough to keep me reading, it’s definitely not unique. The plot reads like a slightly longer fairy tale with the dozen or so clichés.
In conclusion There are a lot of problems with GRACELING. I am overall very disappointed in it. But the book is a fairly entertaining read and as I’m slowly learning, sometimes fun is good enough. (less)