After reading this I remembered why I stopped reading the Shopaholic series. Becky never ever learns anything from any of her mistakes. Never. She conAfter reading this I remembered why I stopped reading the Shopaholic series. Becky never ever learns anything from any of her mistakes. Never. She continues to do the same thing over and over and over again.
It's the same story every book. This book she just happens to find out she has a sister. As the story progressed I got more and more annoyed. Like maddeningly annoyed. And then she cries and everyone feels bad for her, including me and that is what made me realize that this is the point of the story. Becky messes up, people get mad at her, she cries and everyone feels bad and helps her.
We're all enabling Sophie Kinsella to keep writing. Just as she's written all the enablers to Becky and her shopping habits and never really having to grow up or accept that she's really shallow, we're enabling Kinsella to keep writing about Becky.
Like everybody else, stop writing, Kinsella. Please. Just stop....more
The thing I love most about this book is that it is from the perspective of a teenage guy who is a pretty normal dude and not a douche bag like *coughThe thing I love most about this book is that it is from the perspective of a teenage guy who is a pretty normal dude and not a douche bag like *cough cough Edward Cullen cough cough* other male characters we've seen in YA lit.
The story is good. I think it's pretty original - minus the love story of course - the Casters, what happens to a teenage girl when she is forced to follow her family's "career". It's very interesting.
I also like the rhythm and flow of the writing. It was comfortable and not choppy. Ethan's voice was very well defined.
I also think that the authors did a really great job of writing about a small Southern town. Being an outside growing up (junior and high school years) in a Southern small town a lot of what they write rings very, very true. I was really impressed by how they captured Southern small town community without it being a horrid stereotype....more
I have been trying to think of the best way to write this review without dissing the book but being true to myself.
There is a lot of hype about the boI have been trying to think of the best way to write this review without dissing the book but being true to myself.
There is a lot of hype about the book as the movie came out. People in my office talked about it and politely left out any spoilers so I wouldn't have the book ruined when I finally got my copy from the library.
Was the book good? Yes and no. The writing was terrific. I thought Flynn did a great job with the voices of the two main characters. I got exactly what she was trying to convey.
Nick is a total douche. He reminds me of the frat boys I see around campus who are, as Amy points out, always looking for the non-existent Cool Girl. He's cute and has a little personality that the girls acting like Cool Girls pick up because he's pretending to be The Guy. But as we read on we realize that he's a total douche. He even says that he's a sleazeball. He talks about how his face makes weird grins when he's not necessarily trying to grin, kind of like RBF (Resting Bitch Face). It's not that he means to look sappy at that particular moment it's just how he sets his face subconsciously.
It's hard to like Nick at all when paired with Amy's Diary Amy (AsDA). AsDA has this journal and she talks about this man she loves. He's hurting her. She tries, maybe didn't try hard enough but now she is trying and she wants him so much.
We're being fed things about Nick - he's cheating on AsDA, he admits it - that make him seem straight up like the guy who is doing away with his wife.
But the thing is...as much as a douche Nick is, he's just not smart enough to pull it off.
At the halfway point we find out who Amy really is and it's not AsDA. The Real Amy is a psychopath.
And that's where I stopped reading the book. Realizing that no one in the book, except maybe Rhonda Boney, the cop working the case, is remotely good or not as bad as everybody else, turned my stomach.
In which case this probably makes the book really great. That Flynn can make me sick to my stomach, to need to stop reading the book because her characters are so unconscionable. Nick is a douche and Amy is a psycho and her parents are leeches and Go is okay but we don't get enough of her to really make an opinion.
I gave it three stars because I just didn't like the story. Maybe it was over-hyped by the time I read it and I expected too much. Maybe I should give it four stars because, like I said, the writing is really, really good. I did finish the book but only after I read the wiki because I needed something to soften the blow of seeing the change between AsDA and Psycho Amy. ...more
This is a beautiful book. Not just the beauty that Paris holds but color! This is a book for color lovers, for graphic designers to get inspbeautiful!
This is a beautiful book. Not just the beauty that Paris holds but color! This is a book for color lovers, for graphic designers to get inspired, for people to look at their own cities and find its multihued palette. Absolutely divine!...more
The run down: Jodi, a middle aged white woman joins an acquaintance from her church, a middle aged black woman, for a women's church conference. TheyThe run down: Jodi, a middle aged white woman joins an acquaintance from her church, a middle aged black woman, for a women's church conference. They get matched up with several other women (a couple of white ladies, a Japanese woman, a Chinese woman, a Latina and the rest black women) as part of a prayer group. It evolves into an actual thing and Jodi questions how she worships and when she does it.
The good: I like how Jodi questioned her faith and how she expresses it.
The bad: pretty much the rest of the book. The biggest problem I had with this book, besides Jodi being soooo annoying (the beer vs wine thing), were Neta Jackson's stereotypical descriptions of the other women. The women were not original. And I found it pretty offensive that she tried to write the dialects of the women. "Oh, Guuuurrrrlll!" "Oh no you didn't" "head waggling". Okay, the head waggling was less of dialect than a gesture. I just, wow, I could not get passed that. I actually checked to see if Neta Jackson was black or white (you know, black black - that's how Jackson described one of the women in the group, not African black but black black).
I just have this feeling that Jackson has little to no experience with people other than other white women. And what experience she does have isn't genuine to her. She sees the facade or the Hollywood stereotype of women of color.
I can't finish this book. I just struggle too much with Jodi and her relationships with her family and her church people. Too annoying....more
Um...wow this took a completely different path than I ever thought.
In books 1 and 2 we were on this path of the Factions and even when the Factions bUm...wow this took a completely different path than I ever thought.
In books 1 and 2 we were on this path of the Factions and even when the Factions broke up we were still on the path.
With Allegiant it feels like Veronica Roth had an idea for another book and ditched the Factions/No Factions thing and took up genetics. What? Seriously. What?
The storytelling felt rushed. It didn't feel true to the first two books. And then the end was kind of like this happened, and this happened and peace ever after the end. What?
I won't lie. I knew the big thing that happens at the end before I finished it. Maybe that's why it felt very anti-climactic.
Also, the whole genetic thing seems like it should have shown up or been alluded to in earlier books. As it is it feels like it was just tacked on.
And then there's just no end to the world saving that Tris must do. It just goes on and on and on and on and enough already. I'm tired. I don't want to read anymore but I want to finish the series because I want to find out what happens. It lacked.
I wasn't as connected to this book as I was to the others. This one I could put down and pick up whenever without missing any of the characters. That's a shame....more
Insurgent...Insurgent reminds me of Mockingjay. Not the story but the tone and the feeling of Mockingjay. By the time I got to Mockingjay I was exhausInsurgent...Insurgent reminds me of Mockingjay. Not the story but the tone and the feeling of Mockingjay. By the time I got to Mockingjay I was exhausted emotionally from The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
That's how Insurgent felt. Tris is exhausted. She's terrified. And yet she plugs on, like Katnis (although Katnis's PTSD is written so well in Mockingjay). I just didn't connect with it as much as I did Divergent. But again, I think maybe that that was planned. I didn't like the Factions before. Now there are no Factions and the world is in chaos and I still don't like it. I don't think we're supposed to feel comfortable.
Here's the thing: I'm reading the Partials series right now. With Partials I'm being entertained. I can relax while I read the book. With Insurgent I didn't relax. I knew something bad might happened and I worried about having to read that and having feelings about it.
This is one of those books where I have expectations going in (Hunger Games trilogy) but the expectations were just wI'm late to the game on this one.
This is one of those books where I have expectations going in (Hunger Games trilogy) but the expectations were just wrong. Tris is not written like I thought. I like that she has rebellious thoughts and feelings while still struggling to be a good Abnegation teenager. She reminds of me of kids I knew growing up.
I also like that she was just a little bit violent or had violent thoughts. That seems strange but in most books women, girls, are not allowed to be violent. Or the feelings they have are always followed up with feeling bad about wanting revenge on the guy who killed their friend. Tris almost has no filter. She is not violent but it doesn't bother her (at least for most of this book) to be aggressive.
I also thought it was interesting that I didn't like the Dauntless as a faction. They seemed crude - like mean stereotypical biker gang that goes around beating up and making fun of everybody else.
But at the same time I was okay with not liking Dauntless. I wasn't totally convinced that any of the factions were good. I almost wasn't sure about Tris as the protagonist until the end.
I got engrossed with this book. The training, the lives, the experiences. I wasn't all that keen on the love drama but it didn't detract anything from the story.
Not bad, better than the Krewe of Hunters series but again very formulaic. I'm on the third book now - trying to find anything to read that's free froNot bad, better than the Krewe of Hunters series but again very formulaic. I'm on the third book now - trying to find anything to read that's free from my library - and all three books are exactly the same story. Single guy with a sad past finds some mystery and a woman that he doesn't want to fall in love with but does while solving said mystery.
I'm not saying I hated this book, but I'm not saying I liked it either. It was entertaining mostly. But it also had some drag.
Is this paranormal or isI'm not saying I hated this book, but I'm not saying I liked it either. It was entertaining mostly. But it also had some drag.
Is this paranormal or is it not? Even the characters seems to struggle with this concept throughout the book. Which is kind of cool. They don't immediately jump to GHOSTS! every time something happens. They all have struggles and pasts that they bring. Only two were really explored though. I would hope that the characters would get more fleshed out as Graham keeps writing them. Right now they are all a little flat and bland.
The book has makings of being really interesting. But it's like Graham just took whatever she knew about certain subjects and did no further research into them. For instance, the book has a creepy cult church. We get a slice of what that life is like. Just a slice when so much more could have been done with it.
This really is just a cover for romance. Which is fine, it's just not really a paranormal story as I had hoped....more
I read "The Demon of..." *falls asleep.............snore............* Oh sorry there! I was bored of my own review of this extremely boring book thatI read "The Demon of..." *falls asleep.............snore............* Oh sorry there! I was bored of my own review of this extremely boring book that I actually finished reading because I hoped, I HOPED, that it would get better.
The reason I take issue with this book is not because it's written very poorly, or that the first half of the book is all about how amazing Bob Cranmer is (he starts to come off as pretty narcissistic), but because Bob Cranmer is not a nice man to his family.
Yep - this book is boring. The first half of the book is all about Bob. Bob's "historic" political career. How Bob's background in military intelligence (which to most military is an oxymoron) helped him research things...on Google. Bob loves Bob.
Bob may also love his family - he tells us many times how he would fight to the end for them - but he talks about his daughter and his wife with a sense of disappointment. There are no spoilers for this book because if you've read or seen any "true life" ghost book or tv show you know the outcome already. In the epilogue Bob talks about how his family fares. Only the young men in his family have come out on top. His daughter - well she didn't live up to his expectations. His wife - she lost the 80 pounds she gained during their years of torment.
What? Why do we need to know these things? They are totally not relevant to the story.
Heck, the book is not relevant to the story.
This might have been a better book if Mr. Cranmer and his co-author (who's not listed above...) had written the book as a based on true life experience. They could have added some punch and interest. But instead this book reads like a really bad blog About Me post. With a bit of religious stuff and some paranormal activity thrown in.
It's not scary. It's not at all suspenseful. It's sad more than anything. But not sad enough to elicit tears. It's just an all around not worth the price book. Wish I hadn't bought it - guess I was just in the Halloween mood.