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
For some reason, I'm really big on books about teens seriously screwing up. I don't know why but I really like to read about teens making dMINI REVIEW
For some reason, I'm really big on books about teens seriously screwing up. I don't know why but I really like to read about teens making dumbass decisions. So when I saw SCREWED on NetGalley, I was pretty happy. Sadly, it didn't work out for me.
SCREWED was about Grace, the daughter of two religious extremists, who screws up (no pun intended) and gets pregnant. She makes some really dumb choices (like thinking the guy she had sex with would actually care) and gets kicked out by her parents.
Well, this is all good and well until what happens after she gets kicked out. This book was supposed be harsh and real but instead, it ended up laughable. Grace gets kicked out and her neighbor, who turns out to be a freaking millionaire, takes her in.
There is an incredibly small chance that a nice millionaire lives on your street and would take you in. If I got kicked out, an extremely rich person who happens to have a really hot nephew certainly wouldn’t take me in. I would have much rather had Grace living on her own, adjusting to the real world.
I can hear the people crying, "but that would make for a boring story!" Yeah, my only answer to that is, I don't think it can get any more boring than what it was.
SCREWED isn't a bad book, it's a really stupid and boring book. I want to emphasis this fact. I don't think that SCREWED is a horrible book. It's a bad book, yes, but it's not a horrible book. It was just really boring because absolutely nothing happened. There wasn't any drama or action that made me really connect with the plot or the characters.
The main character was so lifeless. Her only personality trait was how utterly annoying she was sometimes. The love interest kept calling her "brave" but really, she didn't do anything brave. She had sex, she got pregnant, she got kicked out, and a millionaire took her in. Like Grace's friend said, she was living better now then she did when she lived with her parents.
The parents of the girl were complete stereotypes of that religious evil parents. That's all they are. It would have felt sort of anti-religion if it weren't for the fact that I know there are people like that. People who'd kick their kids out to protect the parent's image.
Plotwise, this book didn't bring anything new to the table. It was a very bland rehash of numerous other books. CRANK was another fairly standard book but it had soul to it. The characters had personality and the prose conveyed FEELINGS, something that Plissner just couldn't do.
SCREWED definitely screwed me over (oh my god, these jokes are never going to get old). I thought it could be something really new but it wasn't. I cannot recommend this book to anyone....more
While going through the review for DOUBLE CLUTCH, I came upon a review that compares DOUBLE CLUTCH to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. Before I actuallyPRE-REVIEW:
While going through the review for DOUBLE CLUTCH, I came upon a review that compares DOUBLE CLUTCH to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. Before I actually go into my review, I'd like to say that there is absolutely no comparison.
Travis is an awful volatile person who manipulates Abby. He's emotionally unstable, clingy, controlling, self absorbed, and he likes to beat up guys who look at his girlfriend the wrong way. Neither of the love interests in DOUBLE CLUTCH could be called that, unless you count Jake who started acting like that by the end of the book.
It seems as if I have been confined to play the part of the black sheep. While conformity is always worse, it does get lonely being the only one who doesn’t love a book.
To all the 1,651 five and four star ratings, there are a few people who don’t like this book but we are few and far between.
I do see where the fans of DOUBLE CLUTCH come from. This is a pretty well done New Adult book with a (mostly) likable main character and a cute romance, which is more than I can say for most NA books.
DOUBLE CLUTCH was meant to be a book that tells people not to be afraid to show sexuality. It’s very pro-intimacy. However I, like others, found this to extremely hypocritical because of the blatant double standards. It seems as though the rampant slut shaming undid all the positive messages.
One scene towards the end was especially bad. As I can’t share every horrible quote from this scene, I will show two of the worst:
I was being taunted by a corset-wearing, gum-cracking hoe with straw for hair.
I was practically deafened by the combined hissing of a dozen rejected hussies.
There are so many things wrong with this. I can’t.
These “hussies” and “hoes” were previously described as “scantily-clad” and “backstabbing hooker-want-to-bes”. Brenna had no background information about them but from looking at what they were wearing, she concluded that they had to be backstabbing hookers.
They were also described as “hissing and clawing” (yes, hissing was used twice) and “hoochie-looking”.
I should stop talking about slut shaming (even though I haven’t even covered how Brenna is the good one because she doesn’t want to have sex) so I will.
Characters Despite everything I talked about already, Brenna is actually a fairly good character. For once, I can actually see why the love interest likes the main character, even if his level of absolute adoration is a bit out there.
Brenna is bubbly and cute. One of my biggest peeves with heroines is when they adore classic literature because it’s often only added to make them seem smart. Even though Brenna loved classic lit, I found her genuinely intelligent.
Brenna was definitely the reason I kept reading the book.
Jake was very annoying because he was the “good one”. His personality entirely revolved around how the other love interest was the “bad one”. For most of the book, he was sweet and cute to a nauseating extent.
But towards the end, he turned into one of those guys who pick a fight with everyone. Jake got into at least three fights with Saxon, the other love interest. The fights often started because Saxon was talking to Brenna.
He was just talking to Brenna and then without warning Jake punches in the face.
Dude, why? He was talking to Brenna. He didn’t do anything!
Saxon, in my opinion, was the better man. Granted, he was obsessed with Brenna, but honestly both of them were. At least Saxon didn’t beat guys up! While I didn’t like him for the longest time (because he was controlling and a stalker), I sort of warmed up to him.
I’m not really sure whether a controlling stalker is better than a controlling fighter but at least Saxon wasn’t bland and lifeless.
Plot and Writing Plot As for plot, DOUBLE CLUTCH was about Brenna trying to make it through high school. This was another purely character driven romance book. There was no central plot, but that was to be expected.
Writing The writing had its flaws and its strengths.
Reinhardt is very good with dialogue. The conversations between the characters felt very realistic. They weren’t stilted or fragmented. I really enjoyed the character interaction in the book.
Conversely, there were many typos and grammatical mistakes which made me really annoyed. I do not think it is because this is an ARC copy as this is a republish.
Likes and Dislikes Likes - character interaction - dialogue - Brenna
Dislikes - characters - Jake - sexism and slut shaming
Conclusion DOUBLE CLUTCH is actually a pretty good NA book compared to the rest of the mini genre but compared to a normal YA book, it falls short in a lot of categories. I can’t really recommend this book but I probably will read the second one....more
Oh my god, THE DARKLING CURSE is made out of adorableness. I don't usually pick up children's books but my 7 year old brother was reading it and he abOh my god, THE DARKLING CURSE is made out of adorableness. I don't usually pick up children's books but my 7 year old brother was reading it and he absolutely loved it - which is a lot coming from a kid who hates fiction books (he prefers to read history books - no I'm not kidding).
Though, admittedly THE DARKLING CURSE has a lot of flaws, I adored it. It's like Mould put all the things I love in children's lit in THE DARKLING CURSE - creepiness, morbid descriptions, and very very weird pictures yet lovable pictures.
Though it lacked in solid pacing, it made up with creepy, very child-lit-like descriptions. For some reason, if there is one thing that MG/children's lit has that YA doesn't, it's world building. World building is a very essential part of children's lit, which such authors seem to adore doing.
Descriptions in children's lit always make me really giddy for some reason. I just adore reading the adorably slightly dark descriptions of THE DARKLING CURSE. That's really the best part of the book.
Characters Stanley, the main character, was the standard MG/children's lit character. I don't think that's really a problem since the standard character of MG and children's lit is very different from the standard character of YA. In YA lit, the standard main character is super pretty, reliant on the other characters (both male and female - contrary to common belief), and very... undefined I suppose.
The standard main character of MG and children's lit is brave, intelligent (but not too intelligent), nosy, and obviously loves a good mystery. This is very much the kind of character I enjoy, and obviously many other kids adore it since things don't get called "standards" for no reason.
Stanley and Daisy, his sister(?) were just GAH
They're just adorable. This book is adorable. It's all adorable! I I bet ya'll are getting really tired of me saying "adorable" to describe just about everything but that's how it is. The whole book is pretty much an amalgam of different types of adorableness, which sounds weird but it's entirely possible.
Plot and Writing Plot The lowest part of the book had to be the actual story - or maybe it was just the pacing but I'll discuss why in the next mini segment.
The story was just adorable. Stanley, 11-year-old heir to a mansion Candlestick Hall, receives some unwelcome house guests. The Darkling family says that they own the mansion - that someone stole it from them. Stanley has to try and make sure that they don't get hold of the Hall since he can tell that something is obviously up with them.
It's a very very MG plot but when I read it, it was exactly what I needed. A cute little story where good defeats bad and everything ends one a happy note. Sometimes, MG is extremely effective when you don't want to read something that has a chance to be depressing.
The story, while unique and entertaining, felt very disjointed. It sort of felt like there were odd breaks in between all the plot important aspects, while in actuality the plot had no unimportant, unnecessary moments. I don't exactly know the reason for this but I have a suspect - pacing.
Writing Let me repeat what I stated above, the writing was mostly perfect except for this one thing - pacing. The pacing was all weird. It didn't alternate from slow to fast and back again, like most books do with pacing problems.
THE DARKLING CURSE has a big problem with pacing. I can't really explain it but something is off with how the book is paced. It's not... right. It isn't a huge problem and maybe it was just how I was reading it, but I feel that the pacing was off and
Likes and Dislikes Likes - characters - plot - writing
Dislikes - pacing
Conclusion I love love love this book. It's just so adorable. I have really one reaction to this book and it can be summed up with a handy gif:
THE FALL is a short story narrated by a middle-aged man who received a call from an old friend saying how tActual Rating: .5
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THE FALL is a short story narrated by a middle-aged man who received a call from an old friend saying how their middle school/high school friend has passed. This accounts for around 10% of the story, the rest being a flashback.
My main problem with THE FALL is there isn't really a central plot, it's just a seemingly random and uneventful few weeks in this guy's life. These weeks supposedly changed his life forever but from what I can see, there are no life changing moments in THE FALL.
I've read some really amazing short stories in which the world building, plot, and characters were well defined and beautiful. As a consequence, I have started to expect only the best from my short stories. This one however broke that streak with its utterly terrible prose and story.
What really made THE FALL the worst short I've read is the lack of finesse to it. The writing felt like a really bad 6th grader's homework assignment. It was choppy, bland, and forced. I'm just glad that there were only around 100 - 150 pages otherwise I would have DNF'ed it.
The blurb promises a "dark and rebellious read" but in fact, there was nothing neither dark nor rebellious about this book. The plot was uneventful and basically revolved around how amazing this one guy, Chris is. There are around two chapters that are solely devoted to how everyone worships Chris.
After those few chapters, we get to see how the main character, who's name I am uncertain of (Mog I think), does everything for Chris and even though Chris is rude to him, they're besets buds forever. Erm, okay then. The other chapters are about how Chris really wants to pick up his big brother's crossbow and for a few chapters, they're just debating whether or not to pick it up. In the end, they decide to go out to the woods with the crossbow and Mog accidentally kills a fox. The end.
... oook then. In the epilogue, it is stated that killing the fox ruined Mog's life forever but how? How did any of the events in the story ruin his life? They're not life-ruining things! He killed a fox. That's sad and all but does killing a fox ruin your life? In any way? Nope, not really.
The characters were undefined blobs really. I couldn't tell the difference between them. There's the popular-not-popular kid and then a bunch on nobodies with no personality or defining qualities.
Yes, I understand that in 150 pages (or so), it's hard to define your characters but um, how do lower MG books do it? Or other short stories? It is possible to have a short story with well-rounded characters.
The writing was simplistic to an extent that it was basically "Bob walked down the stairs. Bob said hi. Bob walked away." That's really how it felt but it in the short, it was more like: "Bob walked down the stairs. Bob said "HI motherfucker!!” Bob walked away.
Cursing does not equal intelligent, mature writing. I'm sorry.
I wouldn't recommend this short story to anyone because it's physically painful to read. I can't really recommend any other shorts at this reading level but definitely not this one.
The Internment Chronicles is Lauren DeStefano's first venture outside the world of The Chemical Gardens series, which brought her to fame. While I expThe Internment Chronicles is Lauren DeStefano's first venture outside the world of The Chemical Gardens series, which brought her to fame. While I expected Perfect Ruin to be less enjoyable than the Chemical Gardens (simply because it's hard to top), I'm still very disappointed by it. Perfect Ruin had an interesting premise but the execution was simply subpar.
Perfect Ruin takes place on a postage stamp sized utopia called the 'Internment'. The name itself does not exactly sound very promising, but don't let it fool you. From first glance, Internment's society is perfect. There's virtually no crime, living arrangements are made for everyone, and everything is balanced to make sure there is neither over nor under population. Everything is perfect.
Or at least - it was. A brutal, gory murder of a young girl rocks the island off balance and now, no one feels safe.
Despite my general dislike for the book, I have to admit that Lauren DeStefano's world building is exquisite and thorough. By the end of the novel I have a concrete idea of Internment without it being overwhelming. She introduces aspects of Internment slowly and on an as-needed basis.
However, DeStefano's world building tended to focus more on the physical and cultural features of Internment (which isn't a bad thing), and I found myself still having major unresolved questions. For example, what is this island doing there? Has it always been there - or did something happen? What's with the royal family - how did they come into power? What time period is it? In some ways it was modern but in others it felt distinctly like a steampunk novel set sometime in the mid twentieth century.
As much as I enjoyed the world building, the writing and somewhat confusing and idiotic plot completely ruined the book for me. The writing was heavily flawed in ways that I would expect from, say, a debut author. However, DeStefano is most definitely not a debut author.
The pace and tension were completely off. To accompany the slow as hell pace, there was literally no tension despite the fact that Perfect Ruin is a murder mystery. I had little (at times no) interest in actually getting to the end of the book.
Oh and don't even get me started on the plot. In the beginning it was very interesting but the moment the twist comes up, the plot suffered immensely. The last half of the book was rushed and incredibly boring. It just wasn't what I have come to expect from DeStefano.
The characters were nice for the most part and I genuinely liked a few of them like Morgan's brother, Lex and his wife. They were sweet and interestingly flawed characters. I couldn't like Morgan's friend much. I hated how she treated her fiancé especially. She was awful and verbally abusive towards him, even though it was stated that she had 'true' feelings towards him.
Morgan herself was a very boring character, honestly. She wasn't special in any way, nor remarkable. While I didn't hate her, all I felt was indifference towards her.
Overall, Perfect Ruin was a perfect mess for me with a few good qualities that just couldn't quite redeem the book. I definitely do not recommend this book, especially not to fans of the Chemical Garden series. ...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.
The story of Yanek Gruener is not an outstandingly unique one. His story, or at least something akin to his, has been told numerousActual Rating: 1.75
The story of Yanek Gruener is not an outstandingly unique one. His story, or at least something akin to his, has been told numerous times in the past, under different names of course. Nevertheless, I seem to be attracted to reading these sorts of stories even though I know how everyone of them ends.
I picked this one up mostly because of the title and the cover. It's sort of beautiful in a very plain and morbid way. It looks similar to a graphic novel's cover I read a while ago - which I would name except it's sort of embarrassing. It's a beautiful cover, with a beautifully haunting story and artwork. It was depressing and wonderful.
This was neither.
PRISONER B-3087 was a very bland story with very poor writing. I do think that if the writing was better this could be a great book. The writing was so... detached and emotionless. I felt absolutely nothing while reading, unless you can count extreme crippingly boredom as a feeling. It was just nothing. I've never felt less while reading a book especially a book about something depressing like these Nazi concentration camps.
I mean, even though characters were dying and everyone was starving:
It was so pathetically boring. I didn't feel anything towards any of the characters. They were just names for me, not really characters and in the same way, the book was just words without any meaning. I spent the entire book trying to connect with the main character but I was just so detached.
Characters The main character Yanek was the only character that stayed with us for more than a few meager pages. He doesn't really have a personality other than that guy who’s in a concentration camp. He also thinks like a twelve year old even though he's 14+ for the majority of the book. It keeps saying the years pass even though there is little sign of that except for everyone is hungrier.
Yanek is also a bit stupid and has little survival skills, which is peculiar since he survived six years in a concentration camp. So he has the perfect opportunity to get some food. A piece of bread is right in front of him. And what does he do?
HE DOESN'T PICK IT UP BECAUSE SOMEONE COULD USE IT.
You idiot. He even said that he needed the bread to survive yet he doesn't pick it up. WHAT.
TL;DR version: Yanek doesn't mature - at all. All he does is get hungrier and stupider.
Plot and Writing Plot The plot is basically Yanek moving around. He goes through 10 camps (even though a few of them were just holding cells) and survives. I find this sort of impossible even though it says that it's an true story. How could a kid survive through 10 camps with this little trouble? He barely ever goes through any problems.
Writing The writing was just messed up. It doesn't only have some of the most detached writing I've ever encountered, but terrible pacing as well. It’s just blergh. I don't want to go and rant because I'm trying to be nice but basically:
It was bad. Very bad.
Likes and Dislikes Like: - I guess it's got an... interestingish plot
Dislike: - Writing - Yanek
In conclusion PRISONER B-3087 was a pretty bad book. I don't recommend it to anyone. If you want a good MG book about this subject, read The Boy Who Dared which is a great book on the subject. I read it a few years ago but I'm pretty sure I'd still like it as much as I did back when I read it.
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.
Another 365 Days was a book that for some mysterious reason I had very high expectations. I honestly don't know why but the moment I saw it, I knew thAnother 365 Days was a book that for some mysterious reason I had very high expectations. I honestly don't know why but the moment I saw it, I knew that I had to read it. My expectations disappeared the moment I opened the Kindle book and I knew that I would detest this book instead of adore it.
Another 365 Days is a book that personally, I find it hard to imagine anyone would adore. Filled with grammatical errors, terribly unlikeable characters, idiotic situations, and slut shaming - Another 365 Days is atrocious.
Another aspect of the book that I truly hated was how K.E. Payne seems to think that all teens are freaking idiots. Constantly Clemmie, the main character, would say something that just made me think, "how did this girl pass 5th grade?"
She thinks that metrosexual means that an individual likes to have sex in (and or with) metros. When someone mentioned a picture of Madonna hanging in the hallway of a very religious family's home, Clemmie thought she meant this Madonna:
Characters: Clemmie was a freaking moron, in addition to many other words that I will be calling here. In addition to her obvious idiocy, Clemmie is judgmental, bitchy, whiny, angsty, shallow, and finally vapid. As you can tell, I really like her.
Clemmie wouldn't be as horrible if the book was not about romance. In the course of the book, there are three love interests. Usually, she was more than one at a time. Now, I don't have anything against polygamous relationships, but in those sorts of relationships, the various partners are aware of the other partner(s), unlike with Clemmie and love interest of the month.
The spoiler tag is the romance plot which makes me want to go hit my head on a hard surface. (view spoiler)[Clemmie starts off with one girl, who she always describes as "sexy, adorable, beautiful, and EMO (with all caps)". Then around 30% in, something happens and they break up. Within two or three days, Clemmie hooks up with another girl. She then decides around 50% that she wants the other girl back. So they have sex together a few times. Eventually Clemmie breaks up with the second girl (after a week or two of sex with Girl 1). Around 80% Girl 3 comes in. Apparently she decides to go bisexual for Clemmie and starts flirting/molesting her. Eventually they hook up at a party. Then Clemmie decided to go back to Girl 1 and the end. Does that even make any sense? (hide spoiler)]
Clemmie is probably up there with Zoey Redbird from Marked in terms of how much I hate her - which is saying a lot because even back when I thought Twilight was the awesomest book ever (yes I went through that phase), I hated that book.
Her EMO girlfriend (whose name I forgot and I'm too lazy to go and get my kindle) number one was very stereotypically emo. In fact, she wore chains and dog tags up to her armpits and only had black clothes. She started off as sort of emo, erm, EMO but then around 50% in the book, she goes off the deep end. Nauseating.
Girlfriend 2 was just as bad. Nothing else to say. She wasn't EMO, but she wasn't anything special.
Girlfriend 3 (J) was another stereotypical evil girl trying to ruin relationships. More of a side plot then an actual plot, like the summary makes it sound. In the end, she looses and there's another happy ending. Yay.
Plot and Writing: Plot: Plot? Whut's dat?
This book has no real plot, it's just some jumbled relationship drama coupled with a lacklustre coming out story - which doesn't really happen. The moral of the story seems to be that it's perfectly fine to cheat on all your girlfriends at some point because "you're confused".
No seriously guys, this is basically what the book is about. As you can imagine, it was an angst filled ride that made me want to go scream into my pillow. What was K. E. Payne thinking when she wrote this book? It's not a good message, contrary to what she might think her book is saying. Just no. No no no no no no no. NO.
Writing: Out of everything I have covered, the writing has to be one of the most atrocious things about this book. Hashtags are used in the book.
The thing is this book is a journal written by the MC. No, it's not a blog journal. It's a written journal (and Clemmie makes sure everyone knows it). If you write a journal, or ever have written one, did you ever write stuff like "#fuckmylife" and "#urrrrrrggggghh"?
No. No you didn't.
The book is terribly written, even if we forget about the text abbreviations and hashtags. Run on sentences, sentence fragments, badly formatted sentences - this book has everything. It just makes me so grrr. I'm going to stop now, to prevent this review from turning into an angry mess filled with gifs and cap lock abuse.
What I liked and what I didn't: Liked:
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Just so everyone knows, I'm trying to limit my cursing in this review because someone *glares accusingly at that someone who knows who she is* told meJust so everyone knows, I'm trying to limit my cursing in this review because someone *glares accusingly at that someone who knows who she is* told me that I do that too much. I'll be substituting every expletive with the name of a fruit or vegetable.
THE DEAD AND BURIED is a book that I had really high hopes for since at that time, I seemed to think that I have pretty good luck with these sorts of books (I don't really have that good luck with mystery ghost books actually - I have no idea what I was thinking). However, THE DEAD AND BURIED really disappointed me.
The book actually started off really well, like many of the evil books do. The main character Jade was interesting and compelling. I really liked her gemstone hobby and the fact that she knew useless things about practically every gemstone was awesome. In case you don't know, I collect useless facts so this was right up my alley.
So, I had this crazy idea that maybe, just maybe, the rest of the book might be great too.
Crazy idea, I know. I have no idea what I was thinking at the time. Obviously, not much.
The main problem I had with the book has the romance plot. It was just URGH no. Horrible. I suppose the best thing I can say about the romance was that the two loves interests weren't total mushrooms but that wasn't because they were nice and cute.
It was because they were nothing.
No, what I hated about the romance was Jade. Jade turned into a complete orange when it came to the two guys. Minor spoilers ahead but nothing major really since the whole cheating scandal is treated like it wasn't cheating at all. I'll put the summary in spoilers for those who are really don't want to be spoiled.
(view spoiler)[Jade enters a non-relationship with Kane. Non-relationship because she tries to tell her dad that she's not dating him even though they go on numerous dates - I mean non-dates. Kane however thinks they're dating and so does everyone. I think Harrington was trying to excuse what Jade did by saying that the dates are "non-dates" even though she makes it clear that Kane thinks they are and so does every pickle-ing person in the whole town (even the dad).
She then cheats on Kane and with Donovan who insists that they not tell anyone. Donovan and Jade have numerous make out sessions all while Kane and Jade go on their "non-dates". On one of these non-dates, Jade goes to the bathroom to make out with Donovan before returning to Kane who calls her "his girl" and gives her hot chocolate. She accepts without feeling bad that she cheated on her boyfriend.
Next is a spoiler for the rest of the plot, not just romance so I'll put it in a separate spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[It turns out that the dead girl, Kayla, was cheating on her boyfriend with Kane and guess who is the boyfriend? That's right: Donovan.
DONOVAN. The guy that broke up with his girlfriend because she was cheating on him is making Jade cheat on her boyfriend for him.
... I'm speechless. I'm banana-ing speechless.
AND GUESS WHAT THE BEST THING IS?
Jade ends up with the apple Donovan. So guess what girls? It's ok to cheat as long as your cheating for a hot guy. (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
Ok, I've spent long enough detailing the romance. Onto the characters.
Characters Jade started off really awesome but that awesomeness tapered until it hit rock bottom and didn't work on climbing back up - at all. After about 40%, Jade as an awesome character slipped further and further until I could barely remember that Jade was an awesome character at one point.
I've already detailed why I hate her somewhat so this will be a fairly short part but there are some other parts which made me see red.
Number one, she was hypocritical. She was saying how horrible a person Kayla the dead person was even though she copied some of those qualities in her own actions. As everyone says, actions speak louder than words. Judging everyone? Check. Cheating? Check.
The next part I hated was the slut shaming. Jade was saying how horrible it was that she slept around. It was obvious that Kayla wasn't a virgin and personally, I found Jade's words to have a minor slut-shaming feel to it.
The rest are simple, everyday YA heroine occurrence which honestly, most of you know about already and there's no reason to talk about them. Pick pretty much any of my reviews and take the qualities from there.
The other characters were unoriginal and bland. I found no personality to them and didn't hate any of them really. Just disliking. No need to cover that really.
Plot and Writing Plot The plot mirrored the standard plot of basically every murder paranormal mystery there is - ever.
- Girl moves into haunted house. - Girl goes to school and everyone is like "OMG she moved into zeh haunted house". - Girl gets scared. - Someone (usually little sibling) gets possessed. - Girl needs to find out who killed ghosty. - Ouija board. - Kissing. - More kissing. - OMG THAT'S WHO KILLED GIRL?
Yup. That's it. Except sometimes, this can be done really well sometimes.
THE DEAD AND BURIED was not one of those cases however. It was done really really badly. And the murderer exposed scene? One of the worst I've ever read. Just terrible and I can't see the person's motive. Seriously people. It's like Harrington said "Umm... we gotta wrap this up quickly so... yeah, that person works. Let's make up some random backstory to it. And we're done." I’m not even overreacting.
Writing Not terrible, but not fantastic either. Horrible tension building and very little plot twisting. However I have to say that writing is engaging enough to keep me reading. I finished the book in one day because I just had to keep reading!
Likes and Dislikes Liked: - The beginning
Disliked: - Jade - Plot - Writing - Everything
In conclusion Definite not recommend. In fact, unless you're Ade and can't resist it, don't read it.
ps I made it through a review without any cursing. *party*
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Enticed from the very first moment I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew that I would have to read this book. A novel about a girl who murdered hEnticed from the very first moment I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew that I would have to read this book. A novel about a girl who murdered her boyfriend interested me a lot. Would the author be able to pull it off or will the book be one giant fail?
The answer is no, she wasn’t able to pull it off. While not a bad book per-say, Hysteria is an incredibly boring one. Neither the plot nor the characters interested me in the slightest. Hysteria was a horrible let down for me, especially since the concept was so promising.
Half the book is Mallory, the heroine, obsessing about her murdered boyfriend. I don’t mean to sound rude or inconsiderate. It's understandable that Mallory would feel horrible and lost and would think about it often. It's a natural human reaction, I suppose.
But, the way the author wrote these pages feels so off and unnatural. It’s fine to write about a character obsessing over something. It happens all the time and there’s no problem with it.
However, when you make every page for a long time about the same topic, it gets old. I have no problem with obsessed characters but I do have problems when the writing mirrors the characters thoughts because then, the obsession takes over everything like plot and character development.
So, for the majority of the book, nothing happens at all except for boy troubles and friend troubles. Once again, there's nothing wrong with friend/boy troubles except when you're reading a book about a girl who killed her boyfriend and thinks she's going insane. Then, it's not so cool because you don't actually get to read any of the insanity. Instead we get boys, boys, mean girls, and more boys.
The author exaggerated everything about Mallory. If she was obsessing over it, the writing reflected it and there was nothing going on except for those thoughts. If Mallory was having boy problems, that little side plot was exaggerated so heavily that nothing happened except for that.
On the flip side, the beginning and end are almost worth the middle; hence my two star rating. The beginning and end is tense and awesome and full of rainbows and sparkles and brilliance. And then there's the middle of the part of the book where it all becomes boring and lacking in excitement and pretty much anything interesting.
There were two other points of annoyance and frustration, namely the characters and the dreaded romance. These two aspects ruined any hope Hysteria had of getting a three star rating.
Mallory wasn’t a bad main character, more like an annoying one. I never really hated her but she did make me want to scream. To Mallory, nothing existed other than her and her self-loathing and her thoughts reflected that. If she only thought about anything other than how horrible she is and how much of a monster she is, she would have figured out a lot.
Aside from that though, Mallory was really empty. She had no personality outside of her issues and for much of the book; she was roughly as interesting as a bricks. The other characters were equally interesting. They had no real personality. Even important ones like the love interest or Mallory’s best friend were lifeless and forgettable.
As far as romances go, Hysteria’s wasn’t terrible. It was all but nonexistent. I can only really tell there was one because of the ending but other than that, it seemed like it mostly popped up out of nowhere.
The only thing I hate more than bad romances are needless romances. Bad romances are really annoying and frustrating because the two characters aren’t compatible. That’s bad enough, right? Well, let me you a thing.
Needless romances are ones that are out of place. Like romances that don’t actually add anything to the story but are thrown into the mix, mostly as a fan service. The fact that Mallory got a boyfriend did not add anything to the story. It did not help plot progression. It wasn’t even in there for squealy fangirly purposes because if it was, that would be fine.
But no, it was just there and that really pissed me off.
As you can see, Hysteria wasn't really my thing. If people can handle 100+ pages of nothing, this might be your book because Hysteria would actually be really good if it weren't for those middle pages. I definitely don't recommend this book to people like me who can't sit through filler to save their lives....more
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.
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
This review will not be in normal format, instead it will be in freehand. The spoilers will not be spoilers to someone who has read many 1 star reviewsThis review will not be in normal format, instead it will be in freehand. The spoilers will not be spoilers to someone who has read many 1 star reviews of BD. This will not be an amazing review as my better 1st draft got lost in a terrible accident/murder.
I have been putting reviewing Beautiful Disaster off for a very long time. I finished this book on August 3rd, 2012 and today is November 26th, 2012. It's not because my thoughts are very conflicted. In fact, my thoughts are very simple. I truly hated the book, without a doubt.
It was one of the worst books I have read this year and quite possibly of all time. The book is absolutely horrible. Beautiful Disaster promotes abuse, possessiveness, degradation, and other horrible ideas that completely disgust me thinking about them.
The reason I haven't reviewed it is because I was sure that I would not be able to review it to the fullest extent. My hatred for this book is too deep to fully convey through my words, but I will attempt to cover everything. It will be a very long, through review.
Beautiful Disaster is about a girl and a boy who enter a relationship together. I do realise how archaic that sounds but I do not consider their relationship to be centred around love. The relationship of Abby and Travis is centred around lust. It is a purely physical relationship with some "I love yous" exchanged. Saying "I love you" and meaning it are two very different things.
Travis and Abby also have a very unsteady and abusive relationship. There are many examples of this but one of the most popular ones is this one: (view spoiler)[Abby is at a bar and a man offers her a drink and talks to her. Travis sees them and decided to beat the guy up because he was "looking at her the wrong way". He then yells at Abby for talking to him, telling her he could have beens trying to drug her and rape her. From the way this conversation was written it is clear he was yelling and it sounded very much like he would have hit her. (hide spoiler)]
Abby does not see the abuse till very far into the book and when she did she came right back to Travis and even (view spoiler)[ went as far as marrying him. (hide spoiler)]. What really gets me is the fact that Abby ignores the abuse past that even though he did enough to make her leave him.
I have a small question to ask you women who enjoy these sorts of characters. How does Travis as a character, ignoring any physical traits, appeal to you as a reader? It's a very simple question and I mean it quite earnestly.
You see, I don't get it. I do not find any appeal in a man who would beat a man up because of his possessiveness over "his girl". I do not find a man who would lock me in my room until I changed my clothes because he doesn't like it on me sexy, at all. I don't like a main character who would change into a "more suitable outfit" just because her lover doesn't like it on her.
Yet, obviously a lot of women do like these sorts of characters, otherwise there wouldn't be many of them around. Why do so many women like this? Maybe it's in our culture nowadays to support these notions that women are superficial and that it is okay for men to order around us and use us.
I won't get too deep into this because after all I've spent 580 words without even doing any of my normal book review topics. Without further ado, I will begin the character analysis, beginning with the most interesting character, in a completely horrible way, Travis Maddox.
Travis is somehow considered to be the perfect boyfriend for Abby and possibly the reader as well. The readers are supposed to swoon over him. In this book, I honestly think that Jamie McGuire wanted you to adore Travis not only because of his physical attributes but also for his personality.
This is obvious because he is not described as often as some of the love interests I have come across. McGuire focuses on his personality, which would be good thing would it not be for the fact that Travis has a horrible personality.
He doesn't care about privacy, (view spoiler)[in fact when Abby was having a shower, Travis came in and decided to make himself at home. Not to mention he also handed her some shampoo from her bag, which he admits to searching through (hide spoiler)]. He is controlling and possessive. Needy and clingy. Self-absorbed. These adjectives have all been used numerous times to describe Travis. He likes to beat the crap out of random guys who look at his girlfriend and has a creepy penchant for nicknaming random girls he just met. I mean, you name your girlfriend after an annoying bird that shits on everything (her nickname is Pigeon).
Travis appears to be very emotionally unstable. He can't handle loss or not getting what he wants. (view spoiler)[When Abby leaves him for a day (or something like that - someone please correct me) he destroys his room. Completely. Basically, he's no better than a little child. (hide spoiler)] He seems to be unable to express himself verbally as well, resorting to violence, screaming, and temper tantrum. Another thing to add to the "Unappealing, Thou Name is Travis" list.
Abby. Abby is a very plain character. She had no real personality and I found her entirely idiotic. She had no brain as well. (view spoiler)[The odd subplot to the book was centred around her odd family which makes absolutely no sense and is not related to the rest of the story at all. Apparently, her dad's a huge, famous gambler and Abby is a gambler prodigy. She always wins and can make thousands of dollars in a few hours. Umm... it doesn't make sense with the plot (isn't it sad that the subplot is more of a plot then the actual plot?). Even as the plot and not the subplot, the book would be horrible as it makes zero sense and is centred around Abby being a speshul snowflake. (hide spoiler)] I found her extremely boring.
This is where my words run out honestly.There is nothing else to say about her. Next up is the other guy in the story.
Poor Parker, what he do to deserve this? He's part of the "love triangle" but it's no more of a love triangle then in Twilight. Did you honestly think Bella would not choose Edward? Did Jacob even have a standing chance against him? No.
Parker is a Med school graduate who is pretty nice. He is a Gary Stu but anything beats Travis really. He's rich and smart. And, guess what, he really does like Abby. He treats Abby like a gentleman, even when he was sidelined by her.
What McGuire did with Parker was put him in the story for no real reason other then some cliche tension. He's almost always sweet except when McGuire decided "Ok folks, let's kick him out." Then, Parker says some horrible things to Abby, completely out of character, just to make Travis look like the good guy.
Seriously? That's just... wow. I'm speechless. Even though this happens all the time when an author wishes to get rid of the other guy.
The writing is fast but very under-edited. It was cliched and choppy for the most part. Awkward dialogue tags which messed with the flow. This all could have been avoided if the author got a decent freaking editor.
Frequent slut shaming and the casual usage of words like (view spoiler)[slut (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[ho (hide spoiler)] made this experience worse. I don't care about coarse language for the most part, but those two words (which I have put in parentheses for the sensitive people) make me really mad.
The thematic of this book bothered me considering the misogynistic language that's prevalent in this. If not just for the events themselves (i.e. Travis dropping a woman from his lap after she insults Abby or Travis saying that he wouldn't want his future daughter to open her legs for a man so easily)...
In conclusion, and to be quite blunt, this book is very bad. It was a complete, and utter disaster which I immensely regret reading and wasting my time on this. I do no, and will not, ever recommend this piece of shit.
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher S&S/Atria Books. Note: This is a Goodreads exclusive review....more