Under the Empyrean Sky was a thrilling and exciting ride, full of memorable characters and memorable places. While most definitely not flawless, UnderUnder the Empyrean Sky was a thrilling and exciting ride, full of memorable characters and memorable places. While most definitely not flawless, Under the Empyrean Sky is extremely entertaining and enjoyable.
While the book wasn't especially unique, Wendig used some more commonly used tropes and elaborated on them. There were a few things that just didn't really add up in the book such as the Hunger Games-esque lottery where life couples are chosen. I've never really understood these, and in this book less so. What's the point in the government choosing your partner if it's totally random? Is it to break moral? Is it because they could? Was it the aliens? The world may never know.
(view spoiler)[Also, Cael's father running a secret rebel organization was a bit out there. I like how Cael and his father had a complex relationship, instead of him being absent in the story, but how did Cael's father even have time to run a secret organization? (hide spoiler)]
Cael is an incredibly memorable character with a very defined personality. Though the book is in third person, I mistook it for first on more than one occasion (the POV changes were very jarring). He's not a perfect nor always likable character, but I thought he was written extremely well. His views on women were very close-minded, however.
The secondary characters were, while not nearly as well developed as Cael, also enjoyable and interesting characters. Cael's two best friends were almost too similar to each other for my tastes but I liked them all the same. Pop, Cael's father, was a surprisingly well done character. It's not often that fathers - or parents in general - are given the time of day in YA and I'm always really happy when they are!
Talking about women, Under the Empyrean Sky had a very misogynistic feel to it. Women were portrayed as weak and never mentioned without talking about a man. Women were docile and it often seemed like their only merits were their attractiveness. Attractiveness is a deciding factor on whether a woman is good or bad. Gwennie = attractive = good. Wanda = ugly = bad. Under the Empyrean Sky definitely does not meet the Bechdel expectations.
Wendig's writing was the novel's strength. It was incredibly unique and defined. The colloquial way of writing that Wendig uses is rarely something I like but it fit very well with the themes and characters of Under the Empyrean Sky.
Overall, Under the Empyrean Sky is very enjoyable and fun. While it may annoy a lot of people, I still think it's worth giving a shot. Maybe it'll surprise you!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There isn't really much going for this book other than the premise. Dude, how awesome is the idea of a girl cursed by ghosts to hunt murderers? For soThere isn't really much going for this book other than the premise. Dude, how awesome is the idea of a girl cursed by ghosts to hunt murderers? For some reason though, Pearce thought it a better idea to make Taylor's social life the main point of the book instead of I don't know, her curse.
Brilliant, just brilliant. Yes, that's a perfect idea. Focus on high school, because obviously that's going to attract more YA readers who can't read books without a huge focus on high school.
While, sure we do get some time focusing on the curse, most of the book doesn't pay much attention to it. I really only read the book because of the awesome sounding plot and Pearce does a very poor job of keeping it the center of attention. Instead it gets piled under loads of unnecessary bits and pieces that detract from the overall book. I don't get it. Why would you bog down your murder mystery with an boring drama and angst?
It honestly seemed like, that even though there was a lot resting on this, Taylor really didn't care too much about finding Justin's murderer. She seemed more interested in his pretty body to be honest. It was more of something she had to do at some point but it didn't really matter when. If it took a while, she would basically shrug her shoulders and say "c'est la vie".
Taylor, gurl, you do realise you, the main character, don't even care about your own plot? At all? I don't think that's how it usually works but okaaay...
Like I said, Pearce focuses so much of her efforts into building drama and angst that the curse is largely underdeveloped. We are given the bare bones to work with and are basically left to speculate about the rest. There is some backstory but it's presented in such a way that it makes it a chore to read through and I, like many others, really just skimmed or skipped these parts.
The Weight of Souls isn't an entirely bad book. The main character, Taylor, is actually pretty cool. She's one of those fun narrators that aren't really amazing but just keep the book going and you reading. Taylor is pretty level headed and actually, fairly intelligent.
Before I end this review, I have to mention two things: Justin the asshole and the 'illusive super secret organisation' that is part of the mystery for a long time.
Justin the asshole is this guy who's died and now he's a ghost who refuses to acknowledge this. He's also, *gasp*, the love interest. You're so surprised, I know. Who would have guessed right? Well, he's also the guy who bullied Taylor for years. You know, the guy who sent his goons after her. The goons harassed her and called her horrible things all under the blessing of this Justin guy.
Yeah, really romantic backstory.
Somehow, when someone bullies you, it means that they have a crush on you. Yes, friends, every bully that will ever bully you is actually someone who has a huuuge crush on you and you'll end up living happily ever after.
What? No. That's not how it works. Bullying ≠ Crush nor will it ever. Romanticizing bullying is absolutely horrible and should not be accepted.
The second thing is much less atrocious, and more humourous.
I'm going to try and not spoil anything but basically this extremely powerful club is a bunch of kids doing dares and having sleep overs. But not just any dares, *whispers* bad boy dares. Oh yeah, they're doing big kid dares. So. Scary.
There is a lot of unexplored potential in this book that really just went to waste. The Weight of Souls could have been so much more if certain aspects were fleshed out a bit more and others given a more minor role. Overall, The Weight of Souls was a huge disappointment. While it wasn't completely unenjoyable, it wasn't very good either. I don't really recommend this book to anyone....more
I went into this book with such a low expectation I don't think it existed. How could I have not after reading reviews like this or this? In the end,I went into this book with such a low expectation I don't think it existed. How could I have not after reading reviews like this or this? In the end, I'm not quite sure whether I loved it or if I hated it. All I really know is that I enjoyed it and in the end, isn't that what matters?
Before I get into the review, I need to start by clarifying some things just to avoid any misunderstanding. Sorry for the inconvenience - it's standard procedure.
September Girls is a potentially very offensive book, there's no way of sugar coating it. It is a very crude and vulgar book that will not appeal to everyone. I completely understand why many people did not like it because, honestly, it's not an easy book to like.
September Girls can be read as either a very anti-feminist book or - actually scratch that, it can really only be read as an anti-feminist book. While it does not directly target them, it does not portray feminists in a very nice light. The mother leaves her family because, understandably, she felt imprisoned. However, the boys think it's actually because of Tumblr and Farmville. l'm honestly torn between speechlessness and um, laughing hysterically. I have no idea what Madison was trying to say here. Was it a metaphor or just for comedic value?? I'm not even sure.
With that said, September Girls is not a sexist book. It had sexist things, it has some extremely horribly misogynistic things but it's not a sexist book. Personally, it seemed like more of a commentary of how society pressures boys into being misogynistic. It was part of Sam's struggle to become this ideal, this perfect 'man', which he eventually figures out isn't attainable.
Now, without any further interruptions, my review.
September Girls focusses heavily on Sam's internal struggle to become this man that every one wants to be. It deals heavily with sexuality and the idea of finding yourself. I honestly didn't expect this deepness, this emotion, from the book.
The summary is extremely misleading as the book has very little to do with mermaids or anything supernatural and anything in supernatural in the books seems to be more of a metaphor for growing up. If you go into the book thinking it's a supernatural, mermaid book, you'll be very disappointed because there's actually very little mermaidness in the book. It's more of a jumble of hormones, dicks, breasts, and emotions.
That's not the most appealing summary but it's the most accurate.
I feel like the reason September Girls gets a lot of hate has something to do with the expectation that the book would read like a book written from a girl’s POV. There's a difference between how guys and girls act, and expecting that September Girls would sound any less 'hormonal boy' would be really stupid. Teenage boys are often cruder than the girls, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Madison created a very realistic representation of a young boy with September Girls. It was a very honest portrayal of how teenage boys can (but not necessarily) act. Many books leave out details that don't put the character in a savory light but Madison included every dirty detail and that's definitely something to be admired.
You definitely need to go into this book - or most books written from a teenage guy's perspective - with an open mind.
Sam's growth, not just as a character but as a person, was very well done. He doesn't morph from an immature teenage boy into an respectable adult man or anything equally impossible. His growth is very realistic, and definitely the most appealing part of the book.
September Girls certainly isn't a book for everyone and I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but I actually really liked it. It's a very different book that I don't think you should write off just because it doesn't read like an ordinary YA book....more
While going through the review for DOUBLE CLUTCH, I came upon a review that compares DOUBLE CLUTCH to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. Before I actuallyPRE-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....more
THE BLOOD KEEPER is a book that started off smoothly and had everything I loved: blood magic, action, and mystery; however it didn't continue like thaTHE BLOOD KEEPER is a book that started off smoothly and had everything I loved: blood magic, action, and mystery; however it didn't continue like that. A few days after reading the initial hundred pages or so, I picked it up again and to my great disappointment, it soon felt like a completely new book.
This book is actually a sequel, something I didn't find out till a few moments before writing this review. I didn't even suspect it since this book felt like a standalone. From what I see, the first book has nothing to do with this book - please correct me if I'm wrong however.
There are three POVs in THE BLOOD KEEPER - Mab's, Will's and Evie's. Mab's POV and Will's POV are very similar, the only difference being Mab knows what she's doing and Will is basically doing what ever Mab wants. He's so infuriatingly spineless. He needs to be saved every few minutes and he never seems to stop fainting (ok, I'm exaggerating - I think he only fainted once or twice).
Evie's POV is set a few decades in the past, I think 1920s. I think it is meant to be a surprise why it was linked to the story but it was all quite predictable. However, I still enjoyed the short story that the POV told, finding it darker than the rest of the book.
While I have no problem with YA romance - or romance in general - I do hate when the romance seems to govern the plot, like in this book. The romance seems to overtake anything, including the interesting blood keeper concept, which is why I loved the first 100 pages so much more than the rest of the book.
Characters Mab is the Blood Keeper, which basically means she maintains the land around her with her blood magic which is cool and all but she doesn't really do that in the book. She mostly dreams about Will and saves him and possesses people (actually that's pretty cool).
Will is the one of the weakest heroes ever. He doesn't do anything. I don't like heroes who can do anything but I sort of prefer them to do something other than ask Mab what to do. I think he's like that so the Gratton can say "wow look at me, my heroine is so strong. Flipping around gender stereotypes, yes sir." I'm sorry but it doesn't work like that.
Will's only strength is his amazing ability to whine and whine and never stop whining. Practically the whole book was spent whining about how is parents want him to join the military and how he doesn't want to and how they're like totally not understanding.
Dude, I get it, you don't want to join the military and I fully understand and appreciate that but in case you haven't noticed, something really bad is going on and I don't think whining about your evil parents is the right thing to do right now.
The romance between the two happens to be the worst part about it. Scenario:
Will and Mab are talking about how horrible what's going on is. Will then think about how much he wants to kiss her. Switch to Mab's point of view and she's pretty much thinking the same thing. After longing looks are exchanged, they go back to talking about how dire the circumstances are.
The saddest thing is that this scenario happens all the time in the book. I swear, it happens at least five times. Romance = good. Romance at the wrong time = very bad.
Plot and Writing Plot The concept of blood magic which is tied to the land instead of the as an antithesis to nature is an interesting take on the subject. Most authors go with the conventional blood magic is evil thought, which I have to admit I was part of. I never really thought of blood magic as tied to the land, the animals, and life, which makes complete sense if you think about it.
As you have seen, I loved the concept. Blood magic in YA fantasy is almost unheard of, or at least not all the common. Though I would hate it become the new dystopian (I highly doubt it will), I'm glad to see that blood magic is popping into YA lit.
My major qualm with THE BLOOD KEEPER is the lack of defined plot after a certain point. Though you can always tell what the main plot is, it seems like the characters are more focused on how beautiful the other one looks at the moment.
Once again, I will say that I have no problem with romance in my books, but when either the romance takes over the plot or interjects itself into the scene at the weirdest moments I don't want it in my books. At all. Ever.
Writing While it wasn't terrible, I was extremely annoyed at the lack of word building. Mab spent most of her time in a forest - or is it a valley? And where? It's obviously close to a biggish city where Will lives but if Will goes there to swim or something, does that mean anyone could go there? It seems like it's too open for a place with secret witches...
Likes and Dislikes Likes: - Blood Magic - The Beginning
Dislikes: - Everything Else
In conclusion THE BLOOD KEEPER had a very promising concept but sadly, the execution was lacking extensively. I am very sad to say that I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
STRANGELETS is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. The whole book is so out there. It's hard to really compare it to anything. The one thing I cSTRANGELETS is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. The whole book is so out there. It's hard to really compare it to anything. The one thing I can think of is SILENT HILL (the video game with these: (view spoiler)[
Since this book is easily spoiled, I cannot really say much about the story or the characters. Unless, of course, you are willing to read through mild to major spoilers for the book and no one likes that.
The lowest part of STRANGELETS is most definitely the beginning and by beginning I mean the first 25% of the book. The first 25% is confusing to the point where the reader might start to loose interest rapidly. The flipping of POVs was annoying and the book introduced to many characters at once.
These problems are solved after 25% but the problem is many readers won't want to read a fourth of a book just to reach the good parts. It's almost as crazy as watching a season of something you hate just because someone tells you the next season is awesome.
not that I've done that...
because I haven't....
Thankfully, most of the problems were solved and the book read much faster and was more enjoyable than before. The original problem of flipping POVs, while still present throughout the book, faded and became overlook-able.
A big downside to the story is the romance between two of the main characters. It was so... pointless. I don't even see the reason for it in the story. It was not only emotionless and lame, it was extremely insta. The whole book takes place in around five days and in that time the two characters manage to fall in love.
Characters My biggest problem with the characters was their ages. Sophie, Declan, and Anat are all seventeen though they don't read like a seventeen year old. They felt more fourteen/fifteen than seventeen really. The ways they talked and thought were more of a young teen than a seventeen year old.
Sophie was the Mary Sue of the bunch. She was “absolutely perfect in every way” (go get yourself a gold star if you know where this is from). I was really bored with her attitude and overall personality. She could have used a shot of uniqueness to her. I was very indifferent to her.
Declan was pretty much the male version Sophie, except he had more of a personality. He wasn't bad either as none of the characters are really bad ones, just a lot of touching up and fixing up.
Anat was the best of the seven or so characters. She could also have used some character development but I did like her character. She was pretty badass. That was really her main character trait but I still liked it in the way that you can like a badass - but otherwise personality-less - character in an action movie.
Yosh. Haha Yosh. She's a pretty bland character. She does get spiced up but I felt like the big twist about her character was a bit forced and random. It felt like one of those twists about a character that is only there because a) the author needed a twist and b) the author didn't know which character to use her/his amazing twist on.
The other minor characters weren't very developed either. They had names without a personality - or even a tiny hint of a personality. They were mainly used to progress the plot and that was that.
Plot and Writing Plot The plot has to be one of the best parts of the book. If there is one think I cannot ever say about STRANGELETS is that it isn't unique because it's definitely not lacking in imagination.
STRANGELETS's main story is very strange yet I say that in a most loving way. As a lover of all things crazy, it's practically a must that I like this - which I do. I don't know if everyone will love this crazy, messed up story but I certainly do.
I can't really say anything much about the story because practically anything I say will ruin it and no, I'm not overreacting. I really might ruin it for you. STRANGELETS is very much a book that needs a vague review.
All I can really do in the plot section is repeat unique (and other synonyms for it) over and over again which gets boring really fast so I'll just skip ahead to the next mini section.
Writing The word that first comes into my mind when I think about the writing for this book is vivid. The descriptions were pretty nice. I loved all the descriptions of these (minor spoiler ahead) (view spoiler)[monsters (hide spoiler)].
Another awesome thing about the writing is the tension. STRANGELETS is one of those books where you feel this almost ominous feeling about what will happen. While the book missed the scary part for me, it was very tense. The atmosphere was perfectly done to add this little feeling in your gut throughout the book.
Likes and Dislikes Likes - writing - plot - setting
Dislikes - characters
Conclusion STRANGELETS is a must read. It's not perfect but it's pretty good. I don't think everyone will love this book but it's hard to hate it.["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Where do I start? AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE is about a girl who has moved to Pakistan and has to adjust to living there which basically means it's a highWhere do I start? AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE is about a girl who has moved to Pakistan and has to adjust to living there which basically means it's a high school drama set in well, Pakistan. That's really at AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE was - a high school drama. The plot promises a YA political thriller. I mean, it actually says this in the plot summary:
an increasingly tense political situation that becomes dangerous with alarming speed
But then again it says this in the plot summary...
an enigmatic Muslim classmate
And everyone knows when a plot has the word "enigmatic" in it, it's usually about a romance not what it actually promises. In fact, I don't think I've read one books with the word "enigmatic" in the plot summary that didn't have romance as the main focus... (seriously guys, if you can find one non-romance focused book with the word "enigmatic" in the summary, I'll send you some chocolate).
My biggest overall complaint is the simple fact that AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE glorified cheating. I don't think this is the intent since (view spoiler)[the main character does not end up with the love interest (hide spoiler)] but even so, it was there.
The love interest, Mustapha, is engaged to Aisha. Emma comes in and starts flirting with Mustapha, trying to get him to leave Aisha (who he admitted to loving). That's what the main story is about. Aisha is portrayed as the jealous bitch even though she's just trying to get Emma to stop. Emma even acknowledges that she is flirting with Mustapha but she continues throughout the book.
Cheating is not okay. I don't give a damn if it's because you love her (you don't). Cheating will never be ok. Mustapha is also to blame since he seems to want the best of both worlds, both Aisha and Emma.
The main character in the novel is where many of my complaints center since she's so infuriating. I really wanted to strangle her around twenty times, which isn't really that much but I restrained myself - a lot. Emma hates every person with boobs really.
If the girl looks at her the wrong way, she giving her death glares. If a girl dresses a certain way, she has to be an idiot. There's one character where Emma takes one look at her and nicknames her Hip-Hop Barbie. The little adjectives here and there make it very obvious that she thinks that everyone is an idiot to her genius.
Emma seems to think that the world revolves around her. Everyone in her family is mad? Obviously, the only reason they could be annoyed is because of her. I mean, it couldn't be any other reason!
The other characters were stereotypes. There was the ice queen bitch who hates the main character, the amazing handsome wonderful love interest, the idiot friends who don't know as much as the amazing wonderful main character, the angsty little brother who hates the main character, the understanding teacher, the parent who is like totes annoying and doesn't understand our main character ... I could go on and on.
The only character I'll go over is Aisha, or better known as ice queen (she was seriously called Ice Queen). Aisha was that bitch who takes one look at Emma and WAAHH I HATES YOU AND I WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE MISERABLE 4EVER. Except, in this one, I totally agree with that sentiment. Sure, it was weird that she immediately hated Emma but the first time she met Emma, Emma flirted with her fiancé and disrespected Aisha's country. I would hate her too , oh wait I do.
Plot and Writing Plot As I said, the plot is very disappointing. The only "political tension" in the book is at say 75% and it's only mentioned a bit before forgotten in favour of the romance. The "political tension" comes back at the very end in an odd and sudden terrorist attack but that's it.
The summary says that ...her life and those of her sister and brother depend on her resourcefulness and the unexpected help of an enigmatic Muslim classmate. but honestly Emma's life is not in danger and Mustapha isn't really doing any helping.
The plot summary is a LIAR.
Writing The one positive thing in this book is the writing. Though, childish and mediocre at times (well most of the time but who's counting right?), some of the descriptions for the places were truly amazing. I felt like I was right there with Emma at times. That was awesome.
Likes and Dislikes Likes: - Writing
Dislikes: - Everything else
In conclusion I really hated AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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Being that first reviewer on Goodreads is a lot of pressure. Well, at least that's what I feel. It's just kind of scary knowing that you're the firstBeing that first reviewer on Goodreads is a lot of pressure. Well, at least that's what I feel. It's just kind of scary knowing that you're the first out of every person on Goodreads. I don't mean to sound full of myself but it's kind of like I have the opportunity to make or break an author's book.
While I enjoy writing rants about books I hate, there's always this little part of me that says: "This isn't who you are. These aren't the reviews you write". And it's true. When I write rants, I'm bitchy, crude, and honestly, not very good.
I'll admit it to everyone: I write rants for the views. My rant of FROM ASHES is one of my most liked and commented on reviews of all time and I like that. Who doesn't like the attention? I certainly cannot say I don't like being popular for a few meager moments.
However, I never feel that my purposely ranty-reviews are my favorite or my best. They're just not as good as my other reviews. My favorite review out of all that I've written is actually a favorable review (five stars and all that).
So, even though this book is definitely among the books I hate, I will not be ranting in this review - or at least I will not be purposely ranty. I will be expressing my honest opinions, which aren't really favorable.
Now, with that out of the way, let's get on to the actual review.
LAST CUT is a book that I normally would never pick up but it was on NetGalley and it's physically impossible for me not to request everything and anything from that site because well it's free and this is me on a day to day basis:
So, I requested it and got approved because everyone loves me there and promptly forgot about it because I do that - a lot. However, I soon remembered it and picked it up. LAST CUT is an extremely fast book to read since it's smaller than my 7-year-old brother's chapter books.
My main problem was with the MC, as I'll be covering in the next segment.
Characters Caitlin Myer isn't the worst heroine I've ever encountered but she definitely is pretty high on my I-really-hate-you list (and yes, I really have one). Caitlin is a pretty generic heroine - for the most part at least. I could go over her "generic qualities" but I'd rather go with the one worded explanation: Mary-Sue.
What I really hated about her was her tendency to slut shaming. If you don't know this about me, I really really hate slut shaming and her overall hate of girls. Caitlin just seems to hate every female that she meets - including her "friends". Some examples for you:
What does she have that I don't? Other than a tiny waist and gigantic breasts. And she acts so innocent, like she has no idea that her tank top is three sizes too small.
"Book?" "Ender's Game..." "Didn't you say that if there wasn't a love triangle in it, you weren't interested?" "That was two years ago," Hannah says defensively and I shrug. She's probably just trying to seem smart for some guy.
Seriously? This is what the whole book was like. I could go on but honestly? It's physically painful to go over these again. The other characters were lifeless and the only real character in this was Caitlin. The other characters really just were there to pamper Caitlin and tell her how amahzing she is.
Plot and Writing Plot The plot is basically a caution tale except it was done horribly. The plot to this is basically Caitlin applies for a job in a movie, gets the job but needed to lie about her age, has to take of her shirt for boob shot, people find out she's sixteen and is kicked from the movie, and the ending? Everyone leaves her. I'm serious. The last scene is her boyfriend walking away after Caitlin's friends had walked away.
I think Handman was trying to say something with this. Maybe it was "don't lie" or something to that key but in the end? It failed terribly. It didn't teach me anything. It didn't do anything except leave me thinking "Did I really waste half an hour reading this?".
Writing By the 5%, I was sure this was fan fiction or written by a twelve year old. I'm sorry but the writing was atrocious. I really don't think that Wren Handman had an editor because there were so many grammatical errors and poorly phrased sentences (and don't say that's because this is an ARC, it's not - LAST CUT is a republished book since it was originally published August 13th, 2012).
Likes and Dislikes Likes: N/A
Dislikes: - Characters - Plot - Writing
In conclusion LAST CUT is a really bad book and I do not recommend it to any one.
While looking through the numerous reviews for THE RULES, I came about a review calling this "THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE HOST". I found thOh... 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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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.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. 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.
QUICK SYNOPSIS WARM BODIES is a pretty nice read. It's definitely not a perfect book, nor worth the hype surrounding it. I exActual Rating: 2.75 stars!
QUICK SYNOPSIS WARM BODIES is a pretty nice read. It's definitely not a perfect book, nor worth the hype surrounding it. I expected way more from the book and I think that's the main reason that I didn't love it as much as I thought would. The hype made my expectations skyrocket and as usual, I was disappointed.
UPS - R - Writing
DOWNS - R - Julie - Preaching
REVIEW This book is full of itself. I swear that this book thinks that it’s the shit. The book is utterly insufferable in that regards. It had a very elitist attitude, if we're going to assign anthropomorphic qualities to this darling book (that sounds like something that would be said in this book TBH). It's the douche that thinks it's better than everyone because it reads Shakespeare and Tolstoy for fun.
WARM BODIES is a metaphor for the 21st century and how utterly horrible it is. WHY I HATE THE 21st CENTURY would also have worked as the title for the book. To be honest, I'm entirely okay with books that are metaphors but I'd like the metaphor to be subtle. When you pretty much shout it at the reader, it looses its impact. The whole book was filled with passages like this:
We were fearful in the best of times; how could we cope with the worst? So we found the tallest walls and poured ourselves behind them. We kept pouring until we were the biggest and strongest, elected the greatest generals and found the most weapons, thinking all this maximalism would somehow generate happiness. But nothing so obvious could ever work. (page 148)
We're corralled in the stadium with nothing to think about but surviving to the end of the day. No one writes, no one reads, no one really talks. We don't have flowers anymore. Just crops. (page 71)
Perhaps part of Marion hates about the 21st century is the fact that you cannot write a book like this anymore. You just can't. WARM BODIES was lucky to make it big time but for the most part, it is impossible to make a widely successful YA book that is a METAPHOR.
That aside, WARM BODIES is still a good book. It's not amazing like I thought it would be. I don't think it could've gotten more than a weak 3 star rating if the preaching had been taken out. It could have gotten a much higher rating if I got what I was promised: a gruesome and poetic book.
I can see where this "poetic" part is coming from but gruesome? Nuh-uh. This is light stuff. There's no ick factor or weird zombie gruesomeness. There's definitely some zombie violence but it's neither graphic nor scary.
But, you can't judge a book by its lack of gore. You can however judge a book by its characters. R the zombie is our main character. His thoughts were surprisingly really interesting. I didn’t expect that at all. For the most part, his thoughts were interesting and thought provoking. I admit he some times too philosophical. I don't think any 20-year-old contemplated life on a daily base. Not to mention this:
I wobble into the bathroom and lean my forehead against the wall in front of the urinal. I unzip, and I look down, and there it is. That mythical instrument of life and death and first-date backseat fucking.
Don't know about you guys, but I highly doubt that a penis could kill anyone. Or can it?
R's sort of a loner. He's also a possessive arse - yeah, let's not forget about that. He also saves kidnaps the love interest, Julie. (view spoiler)[He ate Julie's boyfriend. By that I mean, he literally ate Julie's boyfriend. (hide spoiler)] He also lets Julie go back, "freeing" her, and then he follows her all the way to her home. But he likes Sinatra and Lennon so we're all good.
I'm not saying that R is the worst protagonist ever. He's cute and funny at times. He's got some really amazing moments but I definitely do not see why he's in people's Top Ten Book Boy Friends.
What keeps people fairly interesting in the real world? It's really obvious. In real life, people don't have one personality feature. There's always more to them. People are multidimensional. They have feelings. That's one thing that some authors can't do. Characters are either entirely missing a personality or they have one feature that OVERWHELMS EVERYTHING. THIS ONE PERSONALITY FEATURE YELLS AT THE READER, "DON'T FORGET ABOUT ME. I AM [insert word]!!!1!!!".
This. Is. Not. Natural.
Julie was one of those characters. She's brave and that's it. She's got girl balls because she can live in zombitopia without being eaten. She's obviously intelligent but this isn't really a personality his is the end of her intended personality.
Julie is very idiotic at times. When (minor spoiler) (view spoiler)[R admits to eating her boyfriend, she's says something like: "It's ok my darling R, I'm sure he wanted to die."
Who says that? He was your boyfriend. (view spoiler)[I don't care if he was cheating on you. He was still one of your friends. If my neighbor was eaten by a zombie, even though I don't ever talk with her, I wouldn't be indifferent! (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
Julie has no real personality. She was just the girl that R loved (for some strange reason). I think she was meant to signify something but honestly, I have nothing. For someone to signify something, the person needs something more than a name.
It's sort of a must.
The writing is definitely the main selling point to WARM BODIES. To an extent, it lives up to what I thought it would be. WARM BODIES is beautifully written. It truly is. WARM BODIES is a type of book that you want to read every single line thoroughly.
However, this comes at a price. Too much of a good thing is never good. The amount of symbolism and philosophical thoughts was nauseating because there was just too much of it. I like symbolism and philosophical musing but I do have a cut off point. When interesting thoughts turn into preaching about how horrible the 21st century is, I loose interest in the book.
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This book is not suitable for those younger than 13. YA Fifty Shades of Grey here (minus 50 something sex scenes).
Last note, to the family member who I know is reading, I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS ADULT. D:
I've begun to say this a lot: this book is horrible. It's the worst book I've read this year. The sad thing is, I've said that at least 4 times this year. The phrase is sort of becoming overused and has no real meaning anymore. But, please allow me to say it one that time, just for the sake of it.
This. Book. Is. The. Worst. Book. I. Have. Ever. Read.
Fade tricked me into thinking that it would be filled with an interesting plot and great characters. I know, it's very rare for that to happen today in YA literature. I didn't actually read all the summary. I only read the second paragraph and the first sentence of the third. If I had only read all the plot, maybe my expectations wouldn't have been so high.
To quote Oceana:
10% into FADE and I knew I wasn't going to like this. 40% and I felt like burning my shitty Nook to melted plastic. 70% and I was begging for the end to come.
The review will contain spoilers, but then again, why would anyone want to read this?
Characters: Arionna, or Bella-bot, was the main character of this book. She seemed very similar to what I've read about Anastasia Steele. Spineless, horny, stupid, and whiny. She was extremely dependent on Dace, her rapist lover. She was college age, yet seemed at most 15. Bella-bot was incredibly stupid and vapid. Her friend was brutally murdered by a pack of wolves to which Bella-bot's brilliant reply was, "Oh, well that sure sucks."
Can't you feel her immense and soulcrushing pain?
One of the most annoying clichés in books is the might as well be you heroine. The one where the reader is supposed to go, that sounds just like me. Little old boring me who has no life (many authors seem to assume this about us). I don't read books to for the might as well be you heroine. I like reading about exciting, realistic but not stick in the mud characters. Bella-bot was the personification of this cliché.
Let's examine some quotes, shall we?
What's happening to me? [Arionna thought] Mine, he [Dace] said in my head as if in response to my question. You belong to me. The words were little more than a growl, but they shot through me like an arrow. ... I belonged to him, perhaps more fully than I belongs to myself. - 4% into the ARC
This was her first meeting with him. First meeting with Dace. Nuff said. Next is a collection of quotes all on the same Kindle page (10% in during their second meeting).
...an absolutely predatory gleam...
...desire brushed across my thoughts...
He wanted me, wanted to claim me.
I was a virgin, but I wanted him to claim me.
The animal strained hard to get to me, growling audibly.
I did belong to him.
Second meeting people. Second meeting. FKAJDHKADFKLHDKADHF
Dace. THIS GUY PEOPLE. He's Jace from City of Bones, Patch from Hush, Hush, Edward from Twilight, and Dexter from Dexter. So basically, a controlling, possessive asshole. He's said "You belong to me." (or something with belong referring to Arionna) six flipping in the book (which is nothing compared to the fourteen - yes one four - times Arionna says it referring to her belonging to him).
I don't think I have ever met a worse love interest. Ever. For once, my words escape me and I cannot find the right words to describe him without having an extremely excessively vulgar review which honestly is funny to read but give you no insight to the book.
The words in [brackets] are mine.
I'd never had a desire to be rid of my virginity [of course you haven't -_-], but thinking back over our encounter, the way Dace held me prisoner [how is this sexy?] and the way feeling my pleasure and his combined... well, had the wolf not been so eager, I wasn't sure I'd still be a virgin.
Please understand how this happened. He pushed her onto a picnic table and then pushed his leg between hers and then started humping her on the table. Another Oceana quote here (I love being the last one to write a review):
Arionna, honey-boo, INNOCENT PEOPLE EAT THERE, YOU KNOW. THEY DO NOT NEED TO KNOW WHAT THAT SUSPICIOUS LIQUID ON THE FUCKING TABLE IS. THEY'RE PUTTING THEIR FUCKING FOOD THERE.
Oh, god, EWWWWW.
And random Zulezza quote (just 'cause):
Me: .......Uh, right. And then he held you gaze, an absolutely predatory gleam in his eyes. Nothing human reflected in that look, but something complete male did. His desire brushed across your thoughts like a caress. He wanted you, wanted to claim you. You was a virgin, but you wanted him to claim you?
Arionna: *Nods sheepishly*
Me: Tell me, girl. Which part of the word 'rape' that you don't understand?
(The Lack of) Plot: Plot Outline: 0 - 20%: Make out scenes 20 - 40%: Make out scenes 40 - 60%: Make out scenes 60 - 80%: Lore and make out scenes 80 - 95%: LOOOOOOTS OF PLOT 95 - 100%: Last make out scenes
The part in between, the 80 - 95, was a huge infodump. After brain numbing nothingness, the sudden plot was a rush. I don't remember 70% of what happened there because there was just too much too fast. It's like Morgen tried to fit all the plot she missed in the rest of the book into that little time period. It's impossible to not be half asleep and miss a lot of the plot because all you're used to is kissing.
The real story in that little space is interesting. The lore was fun, granted it needs a bit of working on. The sad this is all that A. K. Morgen focused on was the unnecessary, abusive relationships which Arionna and Dace shared. It would have made this book a mediocre read instead of a trashy, terrible one.
Mystic City is a book that I have been waiting for since it appeared on Netgalley/Edelweiss. There were two reasons, as thereActual Rating: 1.75 stars
Mystic City is a book that I have been waiting for since it appeared on Netgalley/Edelweiss. There were two reasons, as there usually are in my stories. One is because I was under the impression that the main character was black and the cover model was too (they aren't sadly). The second reason is that the book simply sounds good!
Sadly however, it failed to live up to my expectations - by a lot.
Its downfalls are centered around one main cause. Characters. The characters weren't terrible, horrible characters that make you want to kill everyone around you and then yourself destroy a wall. In fact, I didn't really hate any of them.
I know! When do I not hate a character in a book?!?! However surprising it is, it's the truth. I didn't hate them. I just didn't give a damn about them. Not even our very own heroine Aria Mary Sue Rose. This gif basically sums up my whole reading experience:
That's right. None. Nada. Zero. Zéro. Cero. (view spoiler)[And no, I did not use Google Translator... how dare you accuse me of that. (hide spoiler)] It's the sad truth. I really wanted to love them but as time went on it turned out that the characters were simply blandly unlikable.
Characters Aria Rose. What can I say about her? I no like her. Aria really only cares about herself and her "boy". She doesn't care about those people who she says she loves. She's also really gullible and seems to believe/listen to everyone.
I know it sounds like I hate her but I don't. I don't like her but that's as far as my feelings go. I think I should hate her but I don't. She's so bland most of the time it's insane. I felt detached from the beginning. Detached = bland. GRRRR GET OVER HERE SO I CAN KILL YOU = hate.
Aria has two lovers but I don't consider this a love triangle. It's pretty simple why. The first guy is her lover that she doesn't remember. The other is guy she meets later on. And before you ask, no, I do not remember their names.
It's really obvious who she is going to end up with fairly soon in the book/summary. (view spoiler)[The first guy turns out to be planted there and she never really loved him or had a relationship with. This is fairly obvious from the beginning. The second guy is the reason she had her memory wiped because she had a secret relationship with him and was about to turn rebel or some shit. (hide spoiler)]
The love interest(s; I guess) was so bland and cliched. I really was surprised on how little personality he had that wasn't reused around 200 times. By little, I mean none. He was a walking jumble of every Gary Stu imaginable. I guess that's a pretty hard thing to do. I mean, imagine having to make sure not to let any bit of original material into your character? Here's a RDJ gif for your efforts:
Plot and Writing Plot The plot wasn't that bad really. In fact, it was interesting. Basically, the city where Aria lives is powered by mystic energy. How do they get the energy? Well, some people have energy in them that basically grants them power to do, you know, magic things.
This magic is drainable and that's how the energy gets into the city and keeps it going. As you can imagine, being drained isn't a pleasant experience and leaves the mystic sick. This never goes well and obviously there is a rebellion.
It's a silent one as it's not really put together. When Aria arrives, everyone decides "Hey, let's go kill the peeps who are doing this to us" and starts an active rebellion.
That's basically the plot of the entire book. Aria = rebellion. It's interesting as I said, but I've read this a million and two times before. It's getting old. There weren't any big differences in the plot except for the memory loss. I've only read one or two of those ones before. It wasn't anything amazing but I do think that under different hands, it could have been way better.
Writing The writing wasn't extremely descriptive but it wasn't that bad either. I do congratulate the author with having a fairly decent world building. It could be improved (like everything in the book) but it wasn't that bad at all.
What I liked and what I didn't Liked: * The Wordbuilding * Mystic Thing * Fun plot
Disliked: * Characters * CLICHED TO DEATH
In conclusion I didn't like this book. It wasn't horrible but obviously, it wasn't that good. Do I recommend it? No, not really unless this is the last thing you have. It isn't a bad read if you don't over think it and forget that it's a cliched mess.["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I don't know what happened with me and Monstrous Beauty. We just didn't click at all. I understand why people like the book but I just don't feel it.I don't know what happened with me and Monstrous Beauty. We just didn't click at all. I understand why people like the book but I just don't feel it. Yes, the book is beautifully written but it's also just kinda... boring. Nothing really happens in the book except for different people feeling bad for themselves and people getting torn up.
While I understand the allure of the book, of the writing, I can't help but notice all the flaws and faults. The beautiful words and imagery are masking some pretty big faults like the fact that the book for the most part isn't really well executed.
The flow of the book was very poor and clunky, and the book moved at such a slow pace that it had trouble holding my attention. It tried to do something special with two different POVs that seem different but come together but it failed mostly due to the fact that the transitions were shit.
Beautiful writing is great but it doesn't make up for having an otherwise pretty average novel. The writing sort of convinces you that Monstrous Beauty is a really amazing book, all around. But the truth is the only thing really spectacular about Monstrous Beauty is the writing.
There were two main characters, the first of which is Syrenka the killer mermaid. She's absolutely awesome, for the most part. I really loved her chapters because they were full of mermaid badassery. Who doesn't like dark mermaids anyway? While her romance was really weak, surprisingly it didn't detract too much from her POV.
What made Syrenka truly awesome was how she was a very real character. Under all her beauty and mystery is a truly flawed character with very human characteristics. Syrenka wasn't the all perfect character. I don't know how to describe her. She was magical and ethereal without being 'perfect'.
The second character is Hester. She's a human with a 'mysterious family curse', which to an extent was interesting. I guess. I mean, it wasn't all that absorbing but it wasn't completely a bore. What was boring about her chapters was instead how they were written.
While Hester wasn't a bad character, she was a very emotionless character that left it hard to really root for her.
Hester's chapters had none of the deep, dark beauty of Syrenka's. You go from a chapter written with the most beautiful language, something that can only be described as sensuous, to a chapter written like an average book. It makes sense that I didn't love her chapters. Maybe I would have appreciated them more if they weren't after Syrenka's but that's just not something you can change.
Monstrous Beauty was a very gritty and dark mermaid story with rape, murder, and gore. It's definitely not for the weak of heart. I really loved the brutality of the story. Fama definitely spent most of her efforts on plot execution instead of other things.
While personally I can't say I liked Monstrous Beauty, I can't say that I don't recommend it you read it because it's a very unique experience that should be experienced. ...more
Wow. I am really speechless. I didn't like the first two books so I was hesitant to pick this one up (read: I waActual Rating: 3.5 rounded up to four.
Wow. I am really speechless. I didn't like the first two books so I was hesitant to pick this one up (read: I waited till it was overdue to read it). But, holy shit, when I did? I am now a strong believer in insta-book-love.
All my earlier problems are still here (Elder, idiocy, Elder, more idiocy) but it got better! One of the reasons that this book is 100% awesome than the previous two books is probably because well, they finally landed on Centauri-Earth.
This may not excite everyone but personally, I couldn't tear myself away from SHADES OF EARTH. It was just too fascinating. I mean, they're on another planet!
Other than my character-centered problems, I have one huge problem that isn't that easily overlooked. Idiocy and inconsistencies. I'll be going through my notes here (yeah, got all fancy with notes and stuff).
If you remember, in SHADES OF EARTH, the people of Godspeed finally decided to land on Centauri-Earth which means melting the frozen people to get them out of cryosleep.
When they do, predictably, they are quite confused over why these people of the Godspeed have leaders and aren't the Sol-Earthians slaves. It's all quite amusing, the little power struggles but when they semi-figure things out, everything is really crazy.
After some terrible happenstances, Amy becomes "acting commander of the Godspeed mission".
AMY THE SIXTEEN YEAR OLD IS IN CHARGE.
Why? I'm pretty sure in military doesn't work like that. The whole bleeping concept of "military" is chain of command. A sixteen year old, no matter that (view spoiler)[she's the daughter of the commander who died (hide spoiler)], would become acting commander unless the strict militariness of the military has devolved into a primitive war group.
My next problem with idiocy is these supposed "intelligent scientists types". So, this one scientists is excitedly telling Amy:
"It should be impossible. I talked to Frank, the geologist. He says there are minerals in the soil he's never seen before. We're talking about whole new elements to the periodic table!" - page 190.
Um, no. Sorry but if you're on another planet, why would you add the elements of this planet to the periodic table of Earth, another planet. What? No, that's not how it works. I would think that you would make a new periodic table, not add onto a Earth periodic table, full with elements that may not even be on this planet.
But, hey, what do I know? I'm not a scientist.
Inconsistency one: Amy seems to love Centauri-Earth in one chapter and detest it in another. I don't think your emotions can zip around like that every few minutes/hours. Weeks? I suppose but minutes? Nope, sorry.
The rest of my notes are centered on character problems.
Characters- Let's start with Elder and why I want him to go jump off a space ship. If you've read the previous two books, which I'm going to assume you have for the rest of the review, you'll know that Elder unhooked Amy from the cryochamber or whatever they're called in this. The unhooking almost killed her and after she recovers, he pretends he doesn't know how she woke up early. His reasons for unhooking her? He was horny.
No, I'm not kidding. The reason Elder unhooked Amy from her cryochamber was because he was horny and wanted to make out with her but was thankfully nice enough not to rape her while she was sleeping. In this case, I'm using "nice" lightly.
He’d also possessive, jealous, and assuming. Amy goes out with a guy and immediately Elder thinks that Amy is cheating on him and that they’re going out to make out. He then sneaks up on them right when this guy forces himself onto Amy and Elder’s like “OMG she’s kissing him and cheating on meh!”
He only accepted the fact that she wouldn’t cheat on him after she pushes him off of her.
Elder somehow couldn’t see the fact that Amy was completely devoted to him, so much so that they (view spoiler)[had had sex the night before and everyone knows, in most of YA sex means that they love each other unconditionally and will end up together (hide spoiler)].
Amy is fairly mediocre as a character. Though she’s not extremely stupid, she’s not exactly bright. She’s not witty or loveable. She’s just sort of there, for better or worse.
In terms of intelligence, everything is weird. She’s not the stupidest heroine I’ve ever read about but then again, she’s pretty irresponsible and seems to have something against thinking situations out.
Though this example is stupid on both Elder’s and Amy’s part, it’s a fine example of how much Amy thinks. Elder brings her a bunch of flowers, native to this new and exotic planet. What does Amy do? She sticks her nose in it and passes out because of some neurotoxins.
I suppose this is a case of plot needed stupidity but I’m sure Revis could have found another way to introduce the plants, as they are important to the storyline. Instead of thinking about how to introduce them, she just slaps them in, making her intelligent character unbelievably dumb.
Another prominent character who I find that I need to go over specifically is Chris, the seemingly mild mannered friend of Amy. For the first ¾, it seems like his only purpose in life is to make Elder and Amy’s relationship strain. That’s seriously how he’s treated.
He obviously lusts over Amy and is very close to her. Somehow, she doesn’t see his blatant flirting (view spoiler)[till it’s too late and he forces himself on her (hide spoiler)]. Elder immediately sees his flirting and turns into Even-More-Possessive-and-Jealous-Elder.
I absolutely detest characters whose only reason for being in the story (well, that’s not exactly true for Chris but it’s very near that) is to cause trouble in the main character’s romance. It’s a cheap way out.
The many of the other characters were sadly what I predicted them to be. In ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, you can immediately tell that, by Amy’s extreme love, her father would be a complete asshole - which he was. By her lack of thought towards her mother, it was obvious she would be a minor character without any real definition - which she was.
Not many of the side characters were especially memorable but I don't think they were bad. It's just that the book was mostly focused on Elder, Amy, Amy's Dad, and Chris.
Plot and Writing Plot As I said, I love the concept. Other planets in one topic we are severely lacking in YA lit. Novels set on other planets are more common but the whole “humans traveling to another planet” idea is much more rare. Lately, a lot of aliens on Earth YA books have been popping up but I honestly prefer the we-are-the-aliens books.
I have laugh at SHADES OF EARTH for being entirely hilarious with the presentation of the aliens. Apparently, they're the bad guys, not the people who are taking over their goddamn planet. It's so stereotypical really. Practically every alien book and movie in existence follows this humans-are-always-the-good-ones storyline.
The story isn't bad, if extremely predictable. (view spoiler)[The moment signs of human technology appeared, I immediately knew that another human colony had landed on Centauri-Earth and had been somehow mutated into these "monsters" that Orion had talked about. I was right. (hide spoiler)] After they started finding the "things" I could tell the plot. I mean, ohmygod, was it predictable? Everything came true.
However, even though it doesn't sound like it at all, I loved the story. I didn't really care that I knew what was going to happen. I really ate SHADES OF EARTH up. I wish that the previous books were this amazing, but I guess you can't have it all.
Writing While it's not elegant, or anything near elegant, Beth Revis's writing is most certainly exciting and addicting. I decided to read the first chapter before returning it but in what seemed like a few minutes, I had read a quarter of the book and didn't want to stop.
Likes and Dislikes Liked: - The Setting - The Writing - The Plot
Disliked: - All the problems with stupid phrases and plot points - The Plot - Elder - Lame characters
In conclusion Though Revis needs to work out the inconsistencies with the plot and characters (not to mention, do her homework on how periodic tables work), I just adore this book. I don't think it's perfect, but it's pretty awesome still. I recommend SHADES OF EARTH, and the whole Across the Universe series, as a good no-brainer read.
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I really don't know how to tell you how much I love this book. I'm pretty much sitting here thinking "wHAT IS WORDS" even though I finished the book tI really don't know how to tell you how much I love this book. I'm pretty much sitting here thinking "wHAT IS WORDS" even though I finished the book two days ago and should, theoretically, know how to write this review by now.
But, I don't because I'm still in a state of
and while accurate, a review consisting of keyboard smashing does not make a proper review.
Splintered is an Alice in Wonderland retelling, a type of retelling I'm not exactly a novice about. I've read many retellings, watched many retellings, and for gods' sake, I've played American McGee's Alice (which, by the way, I wholeheartedly recommend). I'm definitely not new to the genre, yet Splintered still was an entirely new experience for me.
Instead of being a traditional retelling Splintered acts more like an addition or a sequel. It didn't really retell the story we all know, nor did it have any similarities when it came to storyline. In fact, the only similarities were characters. It functioned much like an AU fanfiction with the same characters but a completely different storyline.
While I could definitely see the similarities to American McGee's Alice in the world-building and overall feel to the book, Splintered was wholly original and beautiful. If you are not familiar with McGee's Alice, it's an very odd, yet thoroughly enjoyable, horror game in which Wonderland is turned upside down and about 217% wackier than the original. Likewise, Splintered was insane and unsettling at times, yet still lyrical. It managed to retain the Alice-ness of the original book, while still being a fairly original novel.
The best part of Splintered is most definitely the world-building. The world is as disturbing and unnerving, as it is beautiful and wonderful. The descriptions are vivid and bright, making the reader feel as if they are down the rabbit hole themselves, something often absent in average Alice retellings.
The first fifty pages of Wonderland are absolutely impossible to put down because of the vivid imagery and absolute magical-ness of the whole scene. It's incredibly surreal and just, a+ your parents should be proud of you Mrs. Howard. Honor on you and your cow.
However, Splinted wasn't entirely perfect as there was one problem, whether it is minor or major is up to you.
The majority of the characters of Splintered are very nicely done. Alyssa is a very nice heroine - appropriately kickass but also vulnerable. She is actually pretty likable, though admittedly not amazing. Morpheus, the star of the book, is extremely likable (which may be just me because he's not exactly the good guy nor a good guy). He is awesome and insane and brilliant.
And then, there's Jeb who's basically the one character who doesn't really fit in with the book. He's supposed to be Alyssa's human anchor to the mortal world but, to be honest, he was more of a pain than anything. Just because you're flipping gender standards and having a guy be a Mary Sue and have him be damsel distress doesn't mean it's any less annoying and stupid. Damsels in Distress are annoying no matter the sex.
Admittedly, this is only one character among four or five many. This may annoy you more or less than it annoyed me. It's a relatively minor complaint, I suppose but it still managed to annoy me and pull me from the story because all I could think was, "Are you kidding me Jeb? Dude, seriously, again?"
Overall, Splintered is an absolutely beautiful, magical read that I recommend to anyone who loves Alice in Wonderland and even to those who don't necessarily like it that much. Splintered is a fantastic book that should be read no matter what. ...more
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 explanatioI'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"]>...more
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If I rated DEAD RULES for the first 300 pages, the rating would be around 0.5 stars. TI received my copy of DEAD RULES fromARCycling. Thanks guys!
If I rated DEAD RULES for the first 300 pages, the rating would be around 0.5 stars. That's how bad it was. Yet, the last 70 pages were actually pretty good! If the rest of the book matched the ending, it would have gotten at least a 3 star rating, maybe four.
How could there be such a huge change in the last 70 pages?
Well, if you know me, you know how much I love weird, quirky Tim Burton-esque things. They're my favourite things. Ever. If it's advertised a "Burton-esque", I'll be there, no matter how low the ratings are or how unknown the book is.
One reviewer called it "Burton-esque" and boom, I'm here. I was disappointed, but then I wasn't. Weird, I know but let me explain before y'all go storming off.
pg 1 - pg 305: wtf is this? It's stupid and demeaning.
The beginning was filled with horrible characters, one of the worst main characters (ever), boring plot, terrible filler material, no world building, a sloppy romance, a even more sloppy mystery, and the stereotypical girl who hates our main character. It's like putting all the things I hate into one 376 paged book.
Next up, I discuss the worst aspect of this book: Jana.
Characters Jana, oh Jana. You fucking moron. I really hate you with all my heart.
Jana is probably the most infuriating character I've encountered. If I say this again (I will), please direct me to this review and then I'll see. I honestly do not think that another character can make me so angry as this one.
What does Jana do? The answer is simple. Nothing.
She doesn't do a goddamn thing at all. The book revolves around her relationship with Michael. There is no other plot then that. Jana's fixation upon Michael was disturbing. If you flip to a random page in the book, there will be the word Michael in it, maybe even more than once.
Jana is also the stupidest creature on the face of the earth. How can you possibly trip on a bowling ball? That's just crazy. Another thing, the book's subplot is a mystery one. It's so freaking OBVIOUS who did it, what the person did, and how the person did it. Yet, she acts like it's the biggest mystery in the world when it couldn't be less like that.
Mars Dreamcote is the love interest and his name is actually Mars Dreamcote. What awards has he won? Worst Name Ever and Least Interesting Character. He's supposed to be "mysterious", "charismatic", and "seexxxy". Instead he's weird, weird, and weird.
I mean, how can you not be a weirdass with a name like Mars Dreamcote. Who the fuck names a character Mars Dreamcote? That’s not even creative, it’s just freaking stupid.
Mars is not only a boring character but he’s also extremely sexist. What do women need the most? Make-up. Obviously, all we really want in the afterlife (if we can have just one thing) is make up. In fact, he says:
”I’m not stupid,” he continued. “I know the difference between what people want and what people need. You said I bring them things they want. It’s not like that. They want everything, Webster. I bring them things they need.”
“People need makeup?” [asked Jana]
“Yes. Most girls do, if you haven’t noticed. They need it to feel normal…”
When I wear makeup, I don't do it to feel normal. I wear it because I want to wear it. Definitely not to feel normal.
The other characters ranged from unimportant to that stereotypical bitch character. As you can guess, most were in the unimportant range. The only important characters to the story were Jana, Mars, and Michael, but Jana thinks it's all about her (bitch, Dead School does not center around you).
Now, I that I've covered the bad, let's move on to the good.
Jana went insane. The end. No seriously, her fixation on Michael makes her go insane. It's awesome.
Plot and Writing Plot The plot basically revolves around Jana's fixation upon Michael. That's really what the plot is. The Burton-esque part only comes at the end when Jana (view spoiler)[decides to kill Michael so he will be with her forever (hide spoiler)]. Until then, it's probably the most boring thing in the world.
Except, during the last part, Jana goes insane and that's entertaining. You can really see how her mind has deteriorated throughout the book and I loved this part. A+.
Writing The writing was the bland YA usual. No world building, bland conversations, lack of descriptions, and well, you know the rest. To summarize: not good.
Likes and Dislikes: Likes: - The Ending - Jana at the end
Dislikes: - Everything else
In Conclusion This book, in the right hands, could have been something fantastic. But it's not sadly. DEAD RULES is a definite do-not-recommend (unless you read the last few pages).
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This book was ok, I guess. I loved the first 10% of the book. It reminded me of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer which I thought was ok as welThis book was ok, I guess. I loved the first 10% of the book. It reminded me of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer which I thought was ok as well. There were a lot of redeeming qualities in the book which I’ll start with.
The Good: ■ The “Zombies” ■ The Bunker ■ The flashbacks?
The Bad: ■ The Characters ■ The Blandness ■ The Romance Not too bad. Now onto explaining it.
Characters: Sherry wasn’t a Mary Sue. Why? She had no personality. It’s not like she was bad, she just wasn’t there. It felt like a robot was narrating. I did this. He said that.
Joshua was the average troubled male love interest. He wasn’t anything new. He took care of his entire family (of course he did -_-) and cooked wonderfully. That’s all I can really say about him ’cause it’s all I know about him.
The romance between these two characters was abrupt and seemingly for no reason. One second they were fighting Weepers, the next they were kissing. What happened there?!?!?
Plot & Writing: Plot: thing. The zombies collect food, have bases, and lots strategy. They were much more interesting than normal zombies.
The plot didn’t really start till 40% in. The next 40% was going from place to place looking for Sherry’s father. The last 20% was them hanging around Safe-Haven. It wasn’t exactly bad as not exactly exciting.
The plot could ave been so much more. I saw a lot of potential but the author didn’t take all the opportunities as she could have taken.
Writing: The writing was very robotic. She did this. She felt like this. He said this. He did this. It was bland and made me feel detached. I didn’t care what happened because I didn’t know what anyone was feeling. For a first person story, it was bland and didn’t give me any insight on what Sherry thought/felt.
I really enjoyed the use of flashbacks. At first they were pretty bland, but I really liked to know a bit of Sherry before she was in Weeper Land.
What I liked and disliked: Liked: ■The New Zombies like things ■The Bunker Scenes ■The flashbacks
Disliked: ■ The Romance ■ The Characters ■ The Writing ■ The Slowish Pace
In conclusion: This book wasn’t really bad. It was ok. If you don’t have anything to read, try this one. If you’re like me and have way too many to read, skip this. You’ll be wasting your time.
This book is wrong on so many levels. The story is about kids who decide to et revenge on all the injustices in their highschool. The injustices include a mean physical education teacher, a homophobic bully, and a mean girl.
Ok, not all people may find that plot idea offensive. If the author wrote this better, it could actually have been a good book. May have been.
A cult needs a good leader. Someone who can easily persuade people into doing insane things. Kade was meant to be a great leader. He ended up being a crazy, stalker.
The beginning of the book starts like this. Three hormonal idiots girls are sent a letter, without a stamp or return address, telling them they are invited to join the League of Strays. It tells them to meet in the middle of a park at night.
So of course they do meet and after a few minutes two teens come in. Kade and Richie. Kade tells them that he’s been “profiling” them. These quotes are what he really says.
“Zoe Carpenter. Let’s see, mom divorced Zoe’s stepfather last year. Well, technically, he was number three. She lives in a home of revolving men, but only one her mom really loves in Jack… Daniel’s.”
He was profiling the girl. But not only her.
Nora Walker. Mom and dad work seventy-hour weeks at their high-tech jobs. Needless to say, they aren’t around much. When she was twelve, Nora’s fifteen-year-old sister committed suicide by downing all of her mother’s migraine medicine. Now an only child, Nora makes it her personal missing to erase her parent’s pain.
What do the girls do? Even though he’s been stalking them for who know’s how long, they stay. The only reason for it? He’s hot.
And we’re only 4% into the book.
I imagined Kade following me from class to class, taking notes. The idea of someone spying on me was definitely creepy.
This is what smart people do. Good Charlie. But then, in the next sentence she thinks:
.. I wanted to hear more. What else did Kade Harlin think of me?
Sure, he’s hot. Ok, I’ll forgive you (barely). You are desperate, loners (which the author loved to remind us of). But he ADMITS to being a psycho more or less (as if you couldn’t see it though maybe you were blinded by lust).
I wrote poems about her and left them in her art locker. Everyday, I checked to see if she’d written back, but she never did. I memorized her so I could learn everything there was to know about her. She liked egg salad sandwiches, and her favorite perfume was a five-dollar bottle of Forever Yours that she stole from Wal-Mart. She’d had six boyfriends in the past two years. I even knew the shortcut she used to get home.
Perhaps this was meant to be romantic, but do you see it that way? IT’S NOT! Ok, now that I’ve hit the big 600, I should get onto the review.
Characters: This book could have been so much more if Charlotte had more the five brain cells. She followed Kade around like a puppy dog and ruined people’s lives. By the end, she realized something was wrong with this guy, but only by the 80% mark.
I hated her even more after this:
Sidney Bishop told Nicole Haines that Mark Lawrence had beat up his girlfriend, who was recovering at Glenwood Community Hospital with a broken hand. I prayed it was true, because that would mean our plan for Dave had nothing to do with this latest development.
So she basically said, she wanted someone to be beaten up so her sorry hide will be ok. I can’t explain how ANGRY this made me feel.
Kade was by far the worst love interest I”ve eve had the displeasure of reading about. He was Patch from Hush, Hush, Daniel from Fallen, and Noah from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer all rolled into one. What has been read can not be unread.
The only reason Nora was in the book was as the mean girl trying to take Kade away from Charlotte. The. Only. Reason.
Richie was a walking, talking stereotype of a gay guy, but he was the only character that got anything remotely like a smile to appear while reading this book.
Plot: Could have been good, like I said. But it wasn’t.
The plot needed to be thought out more. One of the things the League did was burn the grade books because of a C. In gym. Fine, I’ll go with it. Except for the fact that most teachers now use ELECTRONIC GRADING. I’m homeschooled. Even my family uses ELECTRONIC GRADING. Burning the books does nothing.
The next “prank”, and I use that term very, very, loosely, was revenge against a guy who bullied Richie (the gay guy). TO get back at him, they place in his friend’s locker a fake note stating:
Hey Big D, I couldn’t stop thinking about you all day. What happened between us was incredible. It was my first time. I know I’m not experienced, but I hope it was still good for you. ‘ll see you at nine at the post office parking lot like we talked about. Wear black.
Until then, Michael.
First: why the post office? So the bully goes there thinking he’s going to “do it” with a popular girl in the highschool. Because his “friends” think he’s gay they beat him up and break his arm. The main character goes along with it and then they have a PARTY.
The idea was interesting as could well have been an amazing book. The author couldn’t pull it off though.
What I liked and disliked: Liked: ■ Charlie did realize what she was doing was wrong ■ Richie was a bit cute
Disliked: ■ Charlie was an idiot ■ Kade was abusive, stalking, and horrible ■ Poorly thought out
I really feel like going: This is bad. Why? BECAUSE IT IS! But I can't do that since it's bad and all. ... I think.
The idea was interesting. The heatI really feel like going: This is bad. Why? BECAUSE IT IS! But I can't do that since it's bad and all. ... I think.
The idea was interesting. The heat didn't seem to be such a big thing though. It was more about Eden and beast-man. Even the saving father seemed like a subplot.
This book was painful. I finished it because I wanted to see if there would be a she-cat. There was. But there was no description so it was a waste of time.
Characters: Eden was vain, selfish, and stupid (not to mention all the things I want to call her). From the moment she really looked at the mutated Bramford (who turned into Jaguar Man - yes they actually called him that) she kep calling him sexy and handsome, though she continued to comment on how much she hated his attitude.
Magically, they're in love by the end.
I'm still trying to figure that one out.
I did like how she knew all the animal's scientific names. I found that interesting and unique.
Bramford was a jerk, a power-hungry jerk. There wasn't anything I found good about him other than the obvious awesomeness of having some jaguar DNA. Other than that, he was less than great.
The father was an entertaining character, but nothing special. He seemed to not care about his daughter til around the last 20 pages.
Plot and Writing: Plot: The plot was interesting in the beginning, I wanted to see how Foyt managed the segregation idea and jaguar DNA thing was cool. Then the book turned out to be Eden finding someone to mate with. And I mean it. She kept commenting on how she needed to mate and she'd never do it and was bound to live a sad, lonely life.
The author didn't seem to know what she was writing at times. The FFP are "a militant organization of Coals [darker skinned people] that vowed to rid the planet of Pearls." Then, a few pages later:
"Most Pearls [light-skinned people] would give anything to be on my team." A FFP officer
That was the biggest problem with continuity I found.
Writing: The writing was simple. She said, he said, they did, blah. Pretty basic.
What I liked and disliked: Liked: ◘ Interesting plot idea ◘ Fun setting ◘ there's a jaguar dude in idiot
Dislike: ◘ Characters ◘ Failed plot ◘ the jaguar dude is an ◘ insta love
In conclusion: I didn't like this book (not by a long shot). I really don't recommend this book unless you like damsels in distress, jerk love interest, boring plot...
Favorite Character: N/A Favorite Quote:
In that moment, Eden understood that despite his dramatic physical, deep down Ronson Bramford hadn't changed one bit. He was still the same arrogant bastard. - Eden
I had to pick this book up. After all the hype, I couldn’t not read it. I even bought it! This book deserves all the hype it’s getting. Read the blurbI had to pick this book up. After all the hype, I couldn’t not read it. I even bought it! This book deserves all the hype it’s getting. Read the blurb if you haven’t. Doesn’t it seem a good place for insta love? I mean “have to stick close to Daemon”. But good news, there is no insta love here. When it says Katy hates Daemon’s guts, she means it. Daemon is the biggest jerk I’ve ever read about. He beats Jace, guys! He is just UGH!
Sure there is some drooling over Daemon because he’s hot, yet she immediately reminds herself how much a jerk he is. At one point, Daemon and another was embarrassing her in front of everyone, what does she do? Katy doesn’t run away, she DUMPS HER FOOD ON THEM! And just when you think she can’t get any better, she is a devoted book blogger. Why can’t Katy be real?!?!
I completely adored this book. I finished it in 5 hours, staying up till 12:30 am.
Characters: Katy has to be one of my favorite heroines ever. She was logical, witty, and did not accept Daemon’s attitude just ’cause he’s handsome. She didn’t like Daemon. You’re probably screaming “Why does she keep reminding me of that?!?”. It’s probably because Daemon was hot. And this is a YA book. And she hated him. Yeah, sorry about that. She’s… awesome.
Daemon, the biggest jerk that ever didn’t live. He was urgh for most of the book and when he finally stopped being a complete jerk, I really still couldn’t love him. Maybe he’ll be better in the next book, but I’ll never fangirl him. Not that I’ve ever fangirled any guy before. ::cough:: Naji ::cough::
Dee was cute, perky, and fun to read about. I really loved her character. She could kick butt and still look awesome while doing. Sort of reminds me of a Pinkie Pie/Isabelle from TMI mix. If that even makes any sense… it doesn’t… yeah… let’s just keep going…
Plot & Writing: Plot: Ok, truth be told I didn’t know what to expect. YA aliens? All I could think of was I Am Number Four, which isn’t exactly the best thing to say. But it turns out the idea of Lux was really interesting. I loved whole manipulating light thing. Am I the only one who thought the plot screamed: “X-MEN!”?
The plot went smoothly, I never felt bored or distanced. It was fast when it should have been and slower when the story called for it.
Writing: The prose was magnificent. I felt like I was inside Katy’s head, and boy was that an awesome thing. It was quirky and unique. I didn’t once feel like a robot or a plank of wood had replaced our (splendid) main character.
What I liked and disliked: Liked: • Katy • The aliens • Dee • Most of the characters (excluding Daemon from our happy party) • amazing prose
Disliked: • Daemon (cue evil eyes)
In conclusion: This book was amazing. My recommendation: go. buy. the. darn. book. already.
“No. Sorry. You have spent months being the biggest jerk to me. You don’t get to decide to like me one day and think I will forget that. I want someone to care for me like my dad cared for my mom. And you aren’t him.” - Katy to Daemon when he wanted to hook up with her
This book was really just a meh book. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. It was just meh. I really loved it in the beginning. The story was interestiThis book was really just a meh book. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. It was just meh. I really loved it in the beginning. The story was interesting and unique, sort of mystery with a touch of X-Men.
Then, I realized it was a high school romance.
The story was good when it was about the killer, when it was about a highschool romance, I zoned out. This book was supposed to be about a girl hunting for a killer. It wasn't.
Characters: Violet was bland. There was nothing new to her. She saw/heard/smelled dead bodies, but other than that there was nothing there. She wasn't a bad narrator, she just wasn't a good one.
Jay was typical YA heart-throb. Except he wasn't moody, broody, or otherwise trying to be emo and failing. So Derting deserves some credit for that.
There wasn't much to be said about any other characters. They were the only two who were fleshed out. As for the serial killer, you don't even know his name (unless I missed something crucial...). He doesn't have a personality other than "I'm pedophile o.o". Yeah.... boring.
Plot: As I said before, the idea is very intriguing, until it's a romance story (and warning: heavy romance). The plot is very predictable. It isn't much of a mystery, more of a how many dead bodies can we find in between making out story.
Which I found boring.
What I liked and disliked: Liked: ◘ Chapters with the POV of the serial killer ◘ interesting plot ◘ Tolerable love interest
Disliked: ◘ unnecessary romance ◘ Potential wasn't reached ◘ Waste of a MC ◘ Waste of a love interest
In conclusion: The romance focus might interest some, but it just wasn't for me. It never hurts to try it (unless it does of course). On Goodreads, 2 stars means "It was okay" and it was.
———————————————————————— Favorite Character: Jay Favorite Quote: N/A
I went into Lies Beneath with extremely low expectations and, honestly, in some ways, I was pleasantly surprised. Lies Beneath is not the worst book II went into Lies Beneath with extremely low expectations and, honestly, in some ways, I was pleasantly surprised. Lies Beneath is not the worst book I've ever read, nor the worst book published in 2013 like pretty much everyone was saying. It's not a good book at all, but it's definitely not a horrible one.
Lies Beneath opens with Calder, a young merman, contemplating abstinence. Except, here, he's talking about abstinence from killing instead of any other type. The first chapter is amazing, to be honest. I was immediately sucked in by the tone and by Calder himself.
The morally grey Calder definitely appealed to me and I was excited to see what would come next. He definitely didn't disappoint me for much of the book. Well, he didn't disappoint me until the book morphed from a revenge story into a romance.
Calder isn't a very good evil merman, for a lot of reasons. While he's got the drive, he fails to deliver. The book is supposedly about him and his sisters trying to get back at the man who killed their mother but he not only manages to fail spectacularly in getting revenge but also falls in love with the daughter of said man.
On the bright side, the romance between Calder and Lily was very well done at first. I liked how they didn't immediately fall together. Lily was actually a pretty intelligent character, and I really liked that. To be honest, I felt that she was way too intelligent to fall for a guy like Calder.
However, later on, it became kinda off when it went from a cute flirting to a very serious relationship (after a couple of days). I hated the insta-love and how the two characters became so dependent so quickly. It just didn't feel right. It wasn't bad but just kinda off.
The plot really started lacking once the romance started, which was incredibly sad because I was really interested in it. Calder's sisters role was heavily reduced as well. I wasn't too fond of that. I think the romance was just way too strong. The book wasn't supposed to be about romance but it turned into a romance book.
The characters were surprisingly good. Calder was an interesting, if stupid, character. Lily was a pretty likable character, even though we didn't get to see that much into her. I'm hoping the next book will fix that. The sisters were really great characters, and I'd really like to see more of them.
In the end, while Lies Beneath wasn't a good book, I don't think it was as bad as everyone says. While the romance wasn't great, it wasn't bad. The plot was pretty interesting when Calder and Lily weren't too busy with each other. However, I don't really recommend to it anyone because, in the end, it's just not worth it....more
I had absolutely no expectations when it came to Ten. I've passed by it numerous times over the past two years, but for some reason, I've just never pI had absolutely no expectations when it came to Ten. I've passed by it numerous times over the past two years, but for some reason, I've just never picked it up even though I always tell myself that 'today's the day'. Now though, I want to go back in time and forcibly make Past!Lisbeth read this book sooner because it is awesome.
Thrillers are fantastic. They're all actiony and exciting and fun to read. I've always enjoyed reading horror novels and watching movies about serial killers, but YA thrillers have never been my thing. In 9.5 books out of 10, the pacing is wrong and the story just isn't scary at all. I just never really cared about the story or what would happen - which is a sign of a really, really bad thriller. I've never been so invested in a thriller as I was with Ten.
Before you start Ten, you kind of have to accept that, yes, Ten is cliched but it's intentional. That might not make it any less annoying to you but for me, it worked.
It's based off of an older horror story. Yes, the twists aren't too surprising and the overall story reminds you a lot of old horror flicks but you know what, it works. I don't know how the author did it but the tropes that I'd find mind numbing and horrible weren't nearly as awful as they should have been.
McNeil somehow turned the old horror tropes on their heads and Ten is honestly scary at times. I really wanted to find out who the hell was the murderer. The red herrings were well placed and the atmosphere was beautifully crafted.
Talking about the atmosphere, the deserted island was a beautiful setting for this book. The constant sense of isolation and dread was all but palpable. Every murder added to the feeling of loneliness and complete foreboding. With each twist, I could honestly feel my heart drop for a second. It was so easy to get sucked into the world of Ten and completely forget about anything other than the book.
The characters weren't too complicated or developed but the novel didn't really call for it. There are just some novels where you have to let this slide. Ten was a plot driven novel, really relying on its good atmosphere to keep it going. It's not meant to have complex characters - it's meant to scare the shit out of you.
I really loved Ten. It's not a masterpiece but it's really good horror, especially for YA. YA is terrible at horror (I don't know why - maybe the publishers are scared that the parents will sue???) but McNeil obviously knew what they were doing. I would definitely recommend this book! Make sure to read it at night - preferably alone - for maximum effect....more
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 InteIf 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