There are just some books that you know are going to piss you off just by the summary. I had a nagging feeling that this would be one of those and I wThere are just some books that you know are going to piss you off just by the summary. I had a nagging feeling that this would be one of those and I was right. I was most certainly right. The summary wasn't wasn't even my only warning flag, honestly. The moment I saw that this book was written by a guy I should have run as fast as I could - but I didn't and now, at least, I have the chance to warn you before you read the book.
Becca Williamson destroys relationships for a living. People honestly fire her to destroy relationships - and Becca being an extremely cynical individual just does it for $100. It doesn't even seem to matter to her that these relationships could be healthy and perfectly normal.
I'm not a romantic person at all, but damn, no one comes near Becca when it comes to being cynical.
It's not like I don't understand why she feels this way. I would feel similar if I was in that position but that is no excuse for how Becca treats the other girls she claims to be doing this for.
Becca not only treats every girl who even insinuates attraction to [gasp] a boy as if they had caught a plague and need to be put down or something. Siegel wrote every female character, aside from our perfect main character of course, as horny idiots that can't see beyond their overwhelming need for a male figure in their life.
Even Becca's own 'best friend' isn't exempt from Becca's raging passive aggressive slut shaming and girl hating. I still can't believe Becca's friend didn't get the hell out of that toxic relationship before it was too late. Becca is not a good person and definitely not someone you want to be around.
The book is centered around love (to the book's credit, all types of love - not just romantic). Becca does not believe in romantic love, which is okay. There's nothing wrong with that in theory.
However, as one could expect, the ending does involve some romance therefore making the overall meaning of the book less about the importance of love and more like 'your life is not complete without a guy'.
The plot was really iffy. I wasn't wholly comfortable with any of the events in the book. It wasn't even a book that wasn't obviously meant to make the reader uncomfortable. I do think that the author meant for the readers to sympathize with Becca which is completely incomprehensible to me.
Overall, The Break-Up Artist was just not for me. I couldn't stand the outrageous slut shaming and girl hating. Becca was just way too holier-than-thou for my liking and the plot was drab at best. I do not recommend this book....more
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.
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Before I start the review, I want to make it clear that my review will be biased and I will not attempt hide this in any shape or form. I am not the iBefore I start the review, I want to make it clear that my review will be biased and I will not attempt hide this in any shape or form. I am not the intended audience for this novel (deeply, devout Christian teens). Despite how naïve this may be, I do not believe that religious novels should only be read and appreciated by religious people. I have read novels written to and by people of many faiths and have enjoyed some of them. I've seen that the main issue of these sorts of books is not the presence of religion but the fact that the authors seem to make religion a singular focus in a book that does not call for it. Dystopias, such as Anomaly, should not have God as the main focus.
Despite the genre, books should always have strong characterization and an engaging plot, not to mention being well-written. Anomaly has none of these three things. The characters are pitiful cardboard cutouts that bear little to no resemblance to actual people. The main character, Thalli, is the one of the only characters that actually has emotions yet it would be impossible to tell had it not been for her constant reminder of how superior she was. One of the supporting characters', John, only purpose in life is to preach to Thalli. The plot was one dimensional and boring. At all times, I felt like someone was shouting into my ear 'religion over science'.
Anomaly had a strong beginning, as far as dystopias go. It's set in a futuristic world, destroyed by a nuclear war. Thalli's society lives underground and is ruled by ten scientists. These scientists have genetically designed human beings to have no emotions, since they believed emotions were the downfall of civilization and the reason for the war. Not much background is given for the book nor any concrete world building. It seems like everyone is white, cisgendered, and heterosexual, though. Not that sexuality matters because neither romance nor sex occurs in these Pods (is pod the current dystopia buzzword?).
It wasn't perfect, but it was engaging enough. If the book continued the way it started, it could have easily gotten a decent 2.5 - 3. But alas, it was not meant to be and around 100 pages in, the dreaded preaching came in.
Religion is totally okay in books, I am completely fine with it. However, I cannot tolerate preaching in novels. The main reason I couldn't enjoy Warm Bodies was because of the overwhelming feelings of being lectured to. I cannot stand that. I don't want a book where I feel physically uncomfortable reading it because there isn't a page where a character isn't preaching about God.
If only McGee had more skill in writing, this book may have been saved. But, sadly, her writing is as bland and lifeless as her plot and characters. It's emotionless and boring. She has little skill in the art of storytelling.
Anomaly was an extremely disappointing way to start the new year with. I can't say I'll be reading any of McGee's books again, nor any subsequent books in the Anomaly series. ...more
Forget about black – Stockholm Syndrome is the new sexy. Well, at least according to Tandem and a Ms. Sasha Lawson (though I’m sure a certain Gemma woForget about black – Stockholm Syndrome is the new sexy. Well, at least according to Tandem and a Ms. Sasha Lawson (though I’m sure a certain Gemma would agree).
Thomas, one of the love interests, not only kidnaps her but also lies to her about who he is and emotionally manipulates Sasha. Either he is so good at his job or Sasha is so stupid that she ends up being so conflicted about her feelings that she completely loses any sense of self preservation that she ever had.
"I rescued it," he said. "It was the only thing I had from... us, in your world. I guess I didn't want to let it go. I meant what I said to that night on the beach. It was the best night of my life, being with you; it was the one time I really felt like myself. Ironic, huh?" I nodded, pulling him in for a soft, lingering kiss.
"Thomas," I whispered. "That's very romantic, you know."
No, that's not romantic. He pretty much kept a memento of that night he tricked you into falling for him and following him to a beach where he then kidnapped you. There are no blurred lines here - just very, very defined ones.
While, the romance was certainly the worst part of the novel, the rest of the book was really good as far as most books dealing with parallel universes go. Hell, Tandem was a really good book period. The world building was incredibly in-depth and very well done.
The world building in Tandem was beautifully executed - from the science behind parallels to the United Commonwealth itself. Science is probably the most ignored part of world building in fantasies and dystopias. We're often given either no explanation and told to just accept it or we're given a flimsy explanation based in faulty science. Tandem however addressed all my questions with a sensible explanation.
This, however, came with a price. Jarzab spent all of her energy building her world and as a consequence, not enough time on their characters. While the United Commonwealth of Colombia was fully fleshed out, there was a lot to be desired in the characters.
At times the characters were likable but more often than not, I felt little to no connection with any of the characters. Sasha was wholly unlikeable and at times I couldn't stand her. She darted from incapable to overly and impossibly competent. She goes from crying over stupid things to making a televised interview within hours of arriving in the Commonwealth and assuming Juliana's title.
Thomas was irritating and clichéd - not to mention a huge dick. There was absolutely nothing new to his character. He was smart, incredibly handsome, and, of course, a jerk. He has the nerve to be surprised when Sasha doesn't like him at first after he kidnaps her. What did he expect - Sasha to thank him for saving here and taking her away from her world? Um, no.
Thomas works for the King's Secret Service, at the age of 18 mind you. The only reason he got this job was because Daddy Dearest is the great and powerful General. Favouritism, much? He then at one point tries to tell himself, feebly, that the General did not display favoiritism when it came to the 'Academy'. Thomas, dude, you getting in was a textbook example of nepotism and nothing else.
The other love interest, Callum, was the embodiment of the cute, cuddly love interest cliché but at least he was likable and quirky as opposed to Thomas who definitely wasn't.
Before I end the review, I have one more thing to cover quickly. The tagline.
Everything repeats. You. Your best friend. Every person you know. Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities. Welcome to the multiverse.
Wrong. It's explicitly stated that not everything repeats. Not every person Sasha knew was in the multiverse. For example, Juliana had totally different parents in the other universe and Sasha's parents didn't even exist.
Overall, Tandem has an enjoyable plot and world building. Was it a great read? No, but it was entertaining enough for me to finish it. I recommend it to people who can read through a book without paying too much attention to the weaknesses....more
I've put off reviewing this book for a while, but not for my usual reasons. I'm not scared that this will turn into a massive rant or a bunch of fangiI've put off reviewing this book for a while, but not for my usual reasons. I'm not scared that this will turn into a massive rant or a bunch of fangirling nonsense. No, I simply do not know how to express myself here. I know what I'm feeling but I have no clue on how to say it.
GOING VINTAGE is the kind of book that makes you happy while reading even though you know it's absolute fluff. I don't like reading fluff for some reason. My "chick lit" (and I use this term very loosely) needs something more to it. It needs well defined and formed characters. It needs wonderful character interaction. I don't really care if it comes in dystopian, contemporary, or science fiction.
This may or may not be the reason I love The Walking Dead.
Lindsey Leavitt attempted to add the "more" into the book but she simply did not achieve what I wanted. Now, when I say I want chick-lit, it's often very different from what other people would think of when others say the same thing.
GOING VINTAGE will please a lot of people - and has already. It's a cute book with really awesome family dynamics - something sorely lacking in YA literature. It has an adorable romance and with an adorable love interest. My problem is with Mallory, the protagonist and more importantly, her lack of logic.
In GOING VINTAGE, Mallory's boyfriend cheats on her with a girl he met in a Sim-like game. Mallory then assumes that her relationship issues would never have happened if it weren't for electronics and decides to swear them off. Forever.
What Mallory doesn't seem to grasp is that a cheater is a cheater no matter where or when or how he does it. It doesn't matter what time period it is. Whether it be the 60s or 90s, there will always be cheaters.
Now, of course, if Mallory had thought along these lines, the book wouldn't have happened and that would be sad.
Despite her often blatant logic fails, Mallory is a sweet character. She's not all that bright and she's in love with the spotlight a bit too much, but she's not a horrible person nor could ever be called one. She stands up for what believes in and she's really a good person. She's a pretty awesome example of a flawed, yet strangely lovable character.
She's definitely got her heart in the right place but I think she would have benefitted from some therapy and chocolate. I don't think she gets enough chocolate. *hands over chocolate to Mallory*
The best part of the book was definitely was Oliver who was adorable and cute and squee-worthy. He's not my favorite or even close to my favorite but I really did like him. He was a genuinely nice guy for a genuinely nice girl - something that I don't often say.
As I said, I loved the family dynamics to the story. They were surprisingly deep. For the most part, YA books the families are lackluster. You'd think that a story with teen protagonist, they'd have a realistic portrayal of families.
For the most part, none of the books have realistic families. They always have either perfect families or families that are so messed up that they become equally unrealistic. The family is GOING VINTAGE is perfectly flawed. There isn't a perfect family in real life and thankfully, this book shows that.
GOING VINTAGE is wonderfully fluffy and light. It's often hilarious. There was substance to the book but I just needed more than what I got. As I said, GOING VINTAGE will be perfect for a lot of readers, but for those who need something more than mindless fluff, this might not be the book for you....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
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
Why did I pick up this random book? It was part of the Kindle Lending Library thing. And I needed to use up this month’s library use. And I apparentlyWhy did I pick up this random book? It was part of the Kindle Lending Library thing. And I needed to use up this month’s library use. And I apparently I didn’t do much research. I really don’t get how the average rating is 4.10 stars.
The book is about a vampire Immortal who is married to Dracula Vladmir. So, somehow Roseline escapes and moves to a town. She instantly gets lots of friends and finds a boy. And then its Tru Lv 4ever and stuff (that’s by fifty percent mind you). They fight some and guys and then it’s over. The end.
This book was average in the sense that it was the average old bad vampire book.
Characters: Roseline was pretty, smart, kind, proper, and all around horrible. I hate Mary Sues, which meant I should have hated her. But most of the time I was indifferent. I didn’t care about her or anyone else. Then she decided she was in lust love with Gabe (I’m sorry, that name was ruined by Percy Jackson), then I finally hated her. With a passion.
Gabriel was the sensitive football player who loves art and strolls in the park. From the moment he saw Roseline, he loved her. Not like, love. Like, Twilight Love. He was like super-duper, amazingly awesome /sarcasm
The secondary characters were unremarkable and I didn’t really care much about them.
Plot: Plot: Is this a vampire book or a teen drama? I’m pretty sure it’s just a teen drama with the main character is a vampire Immortal. I picked this up because I was bored it was about VAMPIRES. It’s not. It’s about true lust love.
I didn’t find anything different, shocking, or wonderful. It was either a mindless, thoughtless read or an infuriating, horrible read.
Writing: Either it had horrible formatting or this author needs an editor. I’m hoping for the first.
A comma: A punctuation mark ( , ) used to indicate a separation of ideas, or of elements within a sentence.
Commas save lives.
What I liked and disliked: Liked: •…. nothing O.O
Disliked: •Plot •Writing •Characters •The Romance •The cliché mean girl In conclusion: This book was bad. Like kill me now bad.
I'm guessing that you chose c because that is the logical answer. PARANOWas your favorite part of PARANORMALCY
a) the romance b) the writing c) the humor
I'm guessing that you chose c because that is the logical answer. PARANORMALCY was a hilarious fluffy and immature read. The book's strength was most definitely not the writing or the romance. The writing, to be honest, was pretty mediocre. The only thing that really made the book shine was its humor.
Now, imagine PARANORMALCY except with mind reading assassins, a darker tone, and without all the humor. This book be potentially really awesome if White's writing style had improved and changed for the book. Her writing remained the same, which did not fit the book at all.
The book's first draft was written in nine days. Some people it work but others... can't. The biggest drawback to the book is its absolutely horrid writing. The two POVs were written in a way that makes it feel like you'rereadingallthewordsinonespurt. One of the narrators, Fia, is especially bad about this. She's also got the attention span of a my dog.
I wish we were at a deli, eating and laughing, and feeding Chloe. I miss Chloe. I wish she were my dog and I had an alcoholic father and I were the type of girl that Adam could date and rescue and fall in love with. I wish my left arm didn't hurt so much I wanted to die, because it also means I can't tap tap tap my leg, without that fidget I don't know how to stop the thoughts and feelings flooding through me.
There is so much going on in that one paragraph that it's hard to concentrate. I know why it was written in this fashion but I felt that instead of adding to the story, it only detracted from it. It was done so poorly that it was a complete immersion breaker instead of something to improve the book as a whole.
Fia's POV was pretty much a jumbled mix of CAPS LOCKS and run on thoughts. I spent a lot of her POVs trying to figure out what the fuck is happening. It was so confusing. There were random thoughts interrupting other thoughts and lots of uppercase for no apparent reason.
Another immersion breaker was the fact that there was absolutely no explaining done in the book. In books, you usually know a few things like where the world is set or how it functions. But in MIND GAMES, I had no clue.
The reader had no idea where or when this book was set. The whole concept of "powers" was confusing and I didn't quite understand it. Most of my confusion was do to the shoddy writing and fast pace of the novel.
This became a huge problem, as I couldn't understand anything at all. (view spoiler)[The ending was supposed to be very emotional but I just didn't know what was happening. I think Annie sacrificed herself but I really don't know. The bad guy's motives were about as clear as a muddy pond. (hide spoiler)] I think there was this society that was out to get the school for people with powers. Fia's boyfriend - or was he her boyfriend? - had this evil dad or something. To be honest, I spent most of the book like this:
The problem I had with the characters was that they were very underdeveloped and I felt no emotional connection to them. Fia and Annie were in constant danger, yet it didn't feel like it in the slightest. I was never actually concerned for the characters. Fia and her addictions were very contrived and lifeless and Annie was so bland that I couldn't really care about her at all.
The saddest part of all was the wasted potential. The book could have been something truly spectacular but instead, it ended up being a bar short of the mark. MIND GAMES is occasionally entertaining and it certainly kept me turning the pages. The negatives outweighed the positives however and left me with a disappointing read. I don't recommend reading and I really don't think I'll read the second book.["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 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. 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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I should have expected this book to be bad. It's not like I ever love sequels or the final book in a series as much as I love the first book. They'reI should have expected this book to be bad. It's not like I ever love sequels or the final book in a series as much as I love the first book. They're often not worth the wait in any shape or fashion. But for some crazy and illogical reason, I did expect THE PIRATE'S WISH to be as enjoyable as THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE, if not even better. Instead, it failed me in many aspects.
The story takes place only a few days after the events of THE PIRATE'S CURSE leaving our favorite heroes on the island, trying to find a way off so they can break the curse. If you remember, the curse can only be broken if Naji and Ananna complete three impossible tasks.
These first few pages were very enjoyable, though there were a few hints of what's to come. The book became even more entertaining for me when the manticore, Ongraygeeomryn (don't worry, she's never referred to with this name). Ananna and the manticore's relationship was quite similar to the arashitora and Yukiko's relationship yet the arashitora definitely surpassed the manticore is adorableness because it is simply not possible to not think that a griffin snuggling up to a girl is the most adorable thing ever.
The book deteriorates rapidly when Ananna decides to kiss Naji, everything takes a downward spiral as Ananna adopts a "oh my gosh, I hate myself and my life and my hair and my body and my face and my lips" attitude. Because Naji doesn't want to be kissed in his sleep, Ananna suddenly thinks that her lips and her kissing technique is flawed.
Bitch, I wouldn't want to be kissed in my sleep and neither would you. That's sexual harassment whichever way you look at it. That's why he pulled a sword on you. Not because your lips are bad and your kissing style is poor. It's because he thought he was being attacked.
This is definitely the point where it all went wrong. After this failed attempt at kissing him, Ananna started to sulk. Sulking is ok, we all do it. When your sulking lasts for most of the book, you know there's problem.
Ananna was utterly insufferable because all she seemed to ever care about was getting Naji to like her. In the first book, Ananna didn't give a shit if Naji loved her or not. No, she was kind of busy surviving. In this one, whether or not Naji loves her is her biggest problem and her main concern. I mean, who cares if you're going to die as long as a cute boy loves you?
She was definitely my biggest problem with the book, though not my only. My second biggest point of aggravation - no infuriation - was how the romance made it seem like Ananna's happiness depended on whether Naji was with her. Girl, you do not need a man to be happy. I would think that you of all people would know that.
Naji was pretty much the same but more subdued. By that I mean that all his badass witty comments are completely absent in this book and he spends his time fretting because he thinks these guys
will care about how ugly he is. I don't think that they're thinking, "Ew, he's like totes ugly." Dude, I'm pretty sure the only thing they're thinking is, "Oh look, yummy male-human! NUM NUM."
There were a few really awesome parts. It's impossible for a book that not only has diva manticores but lesbian queens and armored sharks. Oh and pirate battles and manticore royalty. And an octopus. UM YES. That's so fucking awesome that I had to raise the rating by a star.
In the first book, the world and story was full of adventure and this something that I can't describe. It was like a drug. The moment you read the book, everything feels so happy and it's like you're floating on air.
But this book didn't have that. It just wasn't there. There wasn't a single moment that I felt like it even began to touch the feeling that I felt in THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE. It was still imaginative and creative but that feeling that I felt in the first book just wasn't there.
I really wish I could have loved this book like I thought I would've. It failed me in so many ways. I can't properly describe how devastated I am without either turning this review into a rant or making it sound very weepy. I'm so unhappy to say this but I can't recommend this book to anyone and I am unsure if I will want to read the spin off books....more
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
YA Dystopians are not made for me - yet I still read them. They account for a very high percentage of what I read, actually. I don't hate most of themYA Dystopians are not made for me - yet I still read them. They account for a very high percentage of what I read, actually. I don't hate most of them, or the genre, but I can't help but see how I hardly ever truly like them.
While I did, to an extent, enjoy the mindless read that is Article 5, I didn't really like it. It was clunky, stupid, and just not a very polished book. The characters were all absolute idiots who obviously did not know one thing about survival. I'm fairly certain I could do a better job of surviving than the main characters. Ember at one point got mad at Chase for attacking some people who planned on doing some awful things to her. Apparently, she would rather die/get raped/get hurt than Chase killing a couple of thugs.
Article 5 is a romance-centred novel, and it definitely shows. Much of the book is spent talking about Chase and Ember's relationship. It was sweet at times but other times it was just really, really painful ('you are my home' is actually used).
I can't say I was disappointed with the book, as it was clear it was very much of an easy, no brainer read. Now, that's not a bad thing. There are a lot of really good book like this. Think the book version of Fast and Furious or something - fast, easy, and fun.
Article 5 was good for that.
My biggest problem with the book is something that I've encountered in numerous places. It's not a problem that is just in this book, but more of a genre related problem that I found especially bad in this book.
And that problem was the fact that no one knew 1 thing about survival - especially Ember. Like, you don't go trying to give your coat to some stranger because he looked cold. Bitch, if he looked cold, it's probably cold out. Keep your goddamn coat on.
So, overall, Article 5 is a decent book. It's not amazing, it's not horrible. It does its job well - entertaining the reader - and I really don't have anything else to say about it. I recommend it to someone looking for a really easy, good read....more
All except the last spoiler tag are spoilers for THE IMMORTAL RULES and not for this book.
THE ETERNITY CURE is sadly noActual Rating: Maybe a 2.75ish…
All except the last spoiler tag are spoilers for THE IMMORTAL RULES and not for this book.
THE ETERNITY CURE is sadly not as good as its predecessor, THE IMMORTAL RULES. It isn't a bad book but not nearly as great as the first book. THE ETERNITY CURE starts off around a month after the events of the first book, which basically means Allie is still trying to find Kanin, her mentor.
Though special in its own way, THE ETERNITY CURE didn't meet my sky-high expectations after reading the last one. Perhaps it's my own fault, for wanting a better book than THE IMMORTAL RULES but I honestly thought that was possible.
It obvious wasn't.
THE ETERNITY CURE's biggest downfall happens to be THE IMMORTAL CURE's biggest strength and that is Allie. Allie, our resident vampire chick was one of the best heroines I'd met back when I first read it in May of 2012. She was all around awesome and I don't think I could describe her properly if I tried.
Basically, I love her.
In THE ETERNITY CURE however, she is still funny and intelligent but she seems to loose something about her. I can't really place all the reasons I didn't love her in this book, but I can name enough to count. The first reason is that Allie turns into one of those gah-vampires-are-humans-too vamps. The second reason is she suddenly develops an I-can-never-love-him-because-I'm-not-good-enough-for-him personality which is one of the most ANNOYING THINGS EVER.
Another reason why THE ETERNITY CURE just didn't meet my expectations is with the ending, but I'll go into that deeper later. Basically: the ending sucked. A lot.
Characters In THE IMMORTAL RULES, Allie was a headstrong, street-smart girl who didn't give a shit about whether she was good enough for the guy she loves. I also really loved how she knew that she was a monster and there wasn't a damn thing she could do about it. She drank human blood and killed people. She was awesome.
In THE ETERNITY CURE, she was less awesome and more focussed on whether or not she was good enough for Zeke. She was convinced that she wasn't and spent half the time crying over how she could never be with him and how she wasn't good enough for Zeke.
NO NO NO NO. Allie what happened to you? I loved you and now? I'm debating on whether or not I should take you off my Girlfriend list. You're still funny and occasionally badass but over all? You... *sigh* are just not the same girl I loved.
Zeke. Zeke. He got more annoying. I never loved him but now he's insufferable. He must be unable to make up his mind because in one part he's telling Allie how they can't be together and that he sort of hates her now but in the next chapter? He tells her how they can be together and they'll be perfect and that he loves her.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND ALREADY BECAUSE THIS IS ANNOYING
The only redeeming character is Jackal, some may remember him from the ending of THE IMMORTAL RULES as the (view spoiler)[antagonist who kills Zeke's dad, Jeb. (hide spoiler)]. In a terrible way, he was awesome. Jackal has very little morality and has no problem with killing. He has a very morbid sense of humor that I adored. He's never redeemed himself and I was unable to forget that he is a terrible person, but Jackal is a very fun character.
Plot and Writing Plot The plot of THE ETERNITY CURE revolves around Allie trying to find Kanin who is currently (view spoiler)[dying at the hands of his torturer. (hide spoiler)]. Allie instead finds Jackal, her (view spoiler)[blood brother (hide spoiler)] and everything goes wacko. For a while, there are only two characters: Allie and Jackal but later Zeke, Allie's sort-of-not-really boyfriend who hates her. Yeah... awkward. Shortly after they find Kanin and something happens which lead Allie and Co. to having to find a cure because people are dying.
*attempts to turn off sarcasm*
The plot isn't bad necessarily; it just lacked that "thing" that made THE IMMORTAL RULES so lovable. Maybe it was the characters and the character interaction because that's definitely something that this book was lacking since there are really only three characters in the story that are almost always present.
The worst part of the story had to be the ending. The ending was basically this: (view spoiler)[Kanin and Zeke are dying from Red Lung or whatever that disease is. Kanin because of some poisoned blood and Zeke because he caught it somehow. Just when Kanin is about to die, Allie somehow comes to the conclusion that Zeke's blood is the cure and injects Kanin with the blood. He's magically cured. I have no clue how Zeke was cured - or how he got sick in the first place if his blood is the magical cure to the sickness. Somehow Zeke gets taken by the big bad guy and turned into a vampire (maybe). The end.
If you don't want to be spoiled, basically, the ending was sloppy, rushed and implausible. It was one of those "the more you think about it, the worse it gets" endings. Though not nearly the worst ending, it's really terrible.
Writing The writing was pretty standard Kagawa, which is a great thing for some and a terrible thing for others. The writing hadn't really evolved since THE IMMORTAL RULES, or her newer one THE LOST PRINCE. I know some people hate her writing, some love it, and some - like me - don't really care about it.
One positive thing I have to say about THE ETERNITY CURE is that the pacing was fast and felt appropriate to the book. The narrative tone (look at me, I sound like my English textbook) was very strong and was one of the only things that didn't change from the first book.
Likes and Dislikes Likes: - Jackal - Plot - Pacing and Narrative Tone - Allie to an extent
Dislikes: - Ending - Lack of characters - Allie to a larger extent - Zeke
In conclusion THE ETERNITY CURE just doesn't measure up to its predecessor. It doesn't even come close. I'm hoping it's just middle book syndrome but I'm still very sad because I'd been looking forward to this book ever since I first read THE IMMORTAL RULES. I don't know if I'd recommend it to anyone except for fans of the first one. It was an enjoyable read but nothing amazing.
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Slated is one of those books that sound great in theory but in actuality, it didn't end up that great. Reading the blurb made me extremely eDNF Review
Slated is one of those books that sound great in theory but in actuality, it didn't end up that great. Reading the blurb made me extremely excited but the book however is the exact opposite. While there were many flaws to the novel, the major one was the fact that the book was written in the first person.
To understand why this was a monumental fail on the author's part, you need to know something about the main character. Thankfully, this won't be a very long interruption because there isn't much to say about her.
Kyla is the main character who's traumatic backstory includes brain wash and stuff. Yeah, poor baby, .ect. Someone however forgot to tell Kyla that brainwash does not mean you become akin to say a robot or a door.
Actually no, there are robots and doors with more energy and vigour than her. She's worse.
Kyla is seriously the most colorless, commonplace, dead, drab, drudging, dull, flat, ho hum, humdrum, insipid, interminable, irksome, lifeless, monotonous, moth-eaten, mundane, nothing, nowhere, platitudinous, plebeian, prosaic, repetitious, routine, spiritless, stale, stereotyped, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, threadbare, tiresome, tiring, trite, unexciting, uninteresting, unvaried, vapid, wearisome (no I did not just copy the thesaurus entry for boring... heh) character out there.
Consequently, the writing is the driest monotone out there and there is pretty much absolutely nothing to keep you going. Like, how am I supposed to stay awake interested when much of the book sounds like this:
‘Interesting choice for breakfast,’ Amy says, then sits up and yawns. ‘Are you an early bird?’ I look at her blankly. ‘Do you always wake up early?’ I consider. ‘I think so,’ I say, finally. ‘Though that could be because at the hospital you have no choice.’ ‘Oh, I remember that. Horrible morning buzzer. Breakfast by six.’ She shudders. ‘Want one?’ I hold out the box. ‘Oooh, tempting. Maybe later, when I’m more awake. What is that?’ She points at the folder in my other hand. ‘My drawings.’ ‘Can I see?’ I hesitate. I rarely show them to anyone, though Dr Lysander insisted on checking through them now and then. ‘You don’t have to show me if you don’t want to.’ I sit next to her and open the folder, pull out the sheets of paper. Amy exclaims at the one on top. A self-portrait. Me, but different: half as I am in the mirror, the other half skin missing, eyeball hanging from an empty socket. ‘May I?’ she holds out a hand, and I pass the drawing to her. But that wasn’t on top before. I start flipping through the sheets. ‘You’re so good, this is amazing.’
This is an actual conversation from the book, by the way. This is actually how she sounds throughout the book.
Not even the plot could keep me going because honestly, it's extremely flat and boring. There isn't enough to really keep the story moving because all and any plot twists were easily guessed.
The author gives away all the clues in such a way that it becomes incredibly obvious. While sometimes hiding things in plain sight is great, it doesn't always work. Especially when you have little to no skill. World building is what readers look for and they remember it. If you put a crucial bit of information right in front of their eyes, they'll see it.
The whole cast of characters were bland, to put it lightly. They had little to no personality or distinguishing characteristics. Everyone talked in the same monotone as Kyla, except for one of the characters who had the bubbly manic pixie personality which is less of a personality and more of a stereotype, if you get what I mean.
So, the boring plot/characters and terrible writing joined forces to create one of the most dull stories I have ever read. I would not recommend this book to anyone and would advise you all to stay approximately 50 feet away at all times....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