Pawn starts out similar to books like The Hunger Games and Divergent where you’re introduced to this completely different world order and social hiera...morePawn starts out similar to books like The Hunger Games and Divergent where you’re introduced to this completely different world order and social hierarchy. It was really fascinating to see how Aimee Carter designed her world. Each person when they turn 17 takes this test. The results of the test place you within a category from I to VII. All of the questions and criteria that the test looks at wasn’t spelled out in detail within Pawn, but it appears that intelligence and reading comprehension play a part. Similar to an IQ test maybe? At least that's the feel you get from it. Ranks I through III are really considered lower class. IV is considered average or middle class. And V or VI is considered higher class. VII is unattainable—only the ruling family of the nation has this rank and it’s given to them by birth, not earned. What rank you get determines what kind of job you have. What kind of job you have really determines how well fed and taken care of you are. It seems like a complicated but simple system all at the same time. The thought process behind this testing is to get the right people in the right jobs so that everyone is contributing as effectively as possible to society, to the economy, and to the government. Unlike Divergent or The Hunger Games where it takes until the end of the first book or even the second book entirely, Pawn turns political rather quickly. I mean the series is titled The Blackcoat Rebellion afterall--of course the focus is going to be on the uprising and overthrowing of a corrupt and flawed government system.
Kitty is our leading female, and well she didn’t score as well as she hoped on the test which starts off a whole mess of desperation and thoughtless acts. While I found it really hard to wrap my head around the course of action that Kitty chose to take as a result of her new ranking, I guess it was the catalyst needed for the actions to follow. I didn’t feel like Kitty’s situation was as desperate as her actions called for, but I wasn’t writing her off at that point either. Despite her initial flawed thought process and a couple of hiccups throughout the book, Kitty was a fairly likable main character for me. One characteristic that stuck out to me about her that I just loved was how Kitty refused to let assumptions get the better of her when it comes to other people and their motives toward her. I could just see a dozen other YA female leads throwing a variety of tantrums had they been faced with the same information that Kitty was faced with, yet she kept her cool. Applause to her and kudos to Aimee Carter for that.
Similar to Partials by Dan Wells, Pawn starts out with an existing romantic relationship between Kitty and her longtime boyfriend, Benjy. In Partials, I never really felt the connection between Kira and Marcus and it was therefore pretty easy for me to let go of the idea of them as a couple. However, Aimee Carter did a decent job establishing a connection between Kitty and Benjy in the very beginning and I was sure I would continue to root for them as a couple throughout the book. Unfortunately, I’ve found that while I appreciate the uniqueness of an already established relationship in a world of books surrounding the process of falling in love, I’m not always as set on the relationship surviving because I didn’t witness it’s establishment and am not as emotionally connected to the relationship myself as I would be if I had read about how the two came together. For Pawn, I thought I would be able to hold on to hope for Kitty and Benjy, but when a potential third party entered the picture I began to feel confused. It felt obvious who Aimee Carter was trying to point me, as the reader, towards, but I wasn’t sure I was buying it (which reminded me of Sophie Jordan’s Firelight series). And in the end, I really just wasn’t sure who I was rooting for.
Pawn had some aspects that stretched my imagination just a bit too far. The concept of being Masked is neat, but seems impossible, even with copious amounts of money and technology that we just don’t have today. I tried not to let this keep me from enjoying the book, but it was definitely noted, and I can see where other readers might have a hard time getting past such things.
Pawn was a good first installment to a new series, but I wasn’t blown away. There were some twists, but I found them mostly predictable. Sci-fi and Dystopian fans would probably be the ideal fan of Pawn, but I wouldn’t expect them to be sold completely based off the first book. I do plan to continue reading the series at this point, but whether I finish it or not will definitely depend on how well book 2 survives the typical book 2 curse. Pawn gets 3.5 Stars from me. Have you read Pawn? What did you think? Let me know!
I'm horrible about not reading the description of a book before I jump in and start reading it. I do this on purpose. I don't want to know too much in...moreI'm horrible about not reading the description of a book before I jump in and start reading it. I do this on purpose. I don't want to know too much information before I start reading because I want my experience of the book to be as authentic as possible. But that causes me to miss sometimes crucial information. In this case, I thought One Tiny Lie was following Kacey's story from Ten Tiny Breaths. So needless to say, I started out a bit confused, though it didn't take long to figure out that One Tiny Lie was about Livie instead of Kacey.
I always found myself relating to Livie while reading Ten Tiny Breaths. Though she doesn't have a huge role in that book, it was obvious that she's the sister who keeps it together while the other one falls apart. I just see myself being the same way. People can fall apart around me, but I have to keep it together. Obviously, that doesn't mean I'm better than them, it just means we respond differently. Livie's way of coping is only slightly more healthy than Kacey's, but it still needs tweaking.
Can I just say that I love Dr. Stayner! If he were a real psychiatrists, I think I'd sign up to do some therapy with him immediately. Great character. But let's get back to Livie.
Livie's made it to Princeton. Her father, who as we know from Ten Tiny Breaths died in a car accident, also went to Princeton. She's got a plan to make her Daddy proud and follow in his footsteps and this path that they dreamed up when she was younger. Straying from that path is not an option, but that's exactly what Dr. Stayner pushes her to do. Try new things. Meet new people. Find out what she really wants out of live. Find herself.
Livie meets Ashton early in the book, and he's everything that she needs to stay away from. Yet he brings out emotion and passion out of her like no one else can. There's one problem...Ashton isn't single. While the very idea of cheating has me running for the hills and most relationships are "complicated," KA Tucker explored this concept in a way that didn't leave me feeling like vomiting. That doesn't mean I approve of some of the behavior between Livie and Ashton. I wanted to smack them both at different points throughout the story.
While there were some aspects I didn't love, the cheating and some cliches with Ashton's character, KA Tucker handled these in such a way that didn't have my rolling my eyes every two seconds or wanting to throw the book across the room. As a matter of fact, I really couldn't put it down. I was supposed to be participating in a paranormal read-a-thon (Fraterfest) when I started and finished One Tiny Lie, but I just had to read this book.
One Tiny Lie easily gets 4 stars from me. Have you read One Tiny Lie? What did you think? Let me know!
Oh boy…here we go. *deep sigh* So I enjoyed The Bet, right? However, there were some flaws. There’s the clichés from the whole faked engagement betwee...moreOh boy…here we go. *deep sigh* So I enjoyed The Bet, right? However, there were some flaws. There’s the clichés from the whole faked engagement between Jake and Kacey, and there was the playboy character of Jake. However, I said in my review of it that the redeeming quality of The Bet was Travis. But here’s the thing…while Travis is present in The Wager, this book is mostly about Char and Jake—the playboy cliché from book 1. UGH! And well…”ugh” is right. You guys, I did so much eye rolling, frustrated sighing, angry highlighting and note taking with this book. It is seriously not even funny. Here’s why: (****Fair warning, I need to vent about this one so bad that there will be spoilers below. It can't be helped. Proceed with caution. You can always check out my bold bullet points to see what I’m frustrated with and skip the details if you don’t want this one spoiled for you.****)
NUMBER 1: CLICHES We’ve got the clichés I mentioned above. Rachel Van Dyken describes Jake as “walking sex” which is so overused as a description in the NA genre that it is simply ridiculous. Not to mention that this description is just ridiculous anyway. Jake using Kacey’s parents’ deaths as an excuse to behave like an imbecile “because people always leave.” (*Location 386) Self-Wallowing/self-pitying characters (Location 896)—again Jake. I know it's hard to come up with new topics, plot lines, characters, situations, descriptions, etc, but please...please can we do better than this?
NUMBER 2: KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS BETTER I briefly mentioned this is my review of The Bet, but I just don’t feel like Rachel Van Dyken really knows her characters or their backstories as completely as she should. From a general level it’s so unbelievably hard to stretch my imagination into believing that Jake the playboy DB from book 1 who basically plans on getting married to his longtime best friend but premeditatedly expects to have a mistress at the same time all of a sudden finds the one girl in the entire world worth settling down for. Despite how frequently he fixates on Kacey in book 1, all of a sudden in this book “it has always been Char”……………really?????? Not even.
On a more specific level, it’s confusing how Kacey tells Travis at the end of The Bet that she knows just the person to hook Jake up with. Considering Char is the only other person not related to Jake that Kacey could possibly be talking about, how does it make sense that Grandma is the one playing matchmaker with Jake and Char and Kacey and Travis are working against Grandma and trying to hook Char up with Jace? This doesn’t make any sense. It makes me want to bang my head against the wall. But wait…there’s more…
Jake conveniently all of a sudden remembers every detail about his night with Kacey discussed in much detail in book 1 despite never eluding to remembering more (Location 360). Location 1338 says that Jake was still bullying girls he liked which doesn’t make any sense because Travis was the one to bully the girl he liked and book 1 clearly shows that Jake is aware of Travis’s bullying game not being what attracts a girl. Jake asks Kacey if she remembers a turtle that he gave her once (Location 1485) and she’s all like “Yeah best gift ever,” despite telling Travis that the picture of her parents that was initially Travis’s gift to Kacey but Jake stole and gave her was the best gift ever and she cried into it after finding out that her parents died. So yeah…I’m going to go with emotional picture over dumb turtle any day.
I would often times get confused from one narrator to the next with who's narrating. I need the characters' voices to be distinct enough that they're easily differentiated.
NUMBER 3: REPETITIVE PLOT Jake denies having feelings for Char and surprise Char overhears (Location 1418). Bet you couldn't have guessed that would happen. Especially as this plot point was so similar to book 1, The Bet, when Kacey overhears Travis making a similar comment. Jake had a one night stand with Kacey in The Bet. Jake had a one night stand with Char in The Wager. Grandma plays matchmaker in both books, which is the best part of this one despite being repetitive. Then after being so against commitment of any kind for pretty much forever, Jake jumps onto the marriage bandwagon so fast it's not even laughable. Travis was always more serious, so the marriage idea wasn't as much of a stretch for him. The two stories are just too similar.
NUMBER 4 & 5: WEAK DESCRIPTIONS AND NAME DROPPING There are at least two references to The Hunger Games in this book and one reference in The Bet. Also, "He looked like Thor." (Location 2075) Really? That's your description? I'm pretty sure Thor is a mythological Norse god and therefore has not been seen even if there is a well known description of him. If the character is referring to Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor in the recent film adaptations, then well that's what she should have said. And then Jake proceeds to give the same character the same description, which goes back to point Number 2: Know Your Characters Better. I need the characters' voices to be different and distinct.
NUMBER 6: CONFUSING SEQUENCE OF EVENTS & CONTINUITY This happened more times than I highlighted , but here are a couple of examples. (Location 2269)
"Jace backed up and then threw a punch at Jake's face. "And stay"..."away from Char!" Jake landed another blow to Jace's cheek, but Jace moved out of the way just in time for Jake to crash into the table, causing wine to spill everywhere."
This whole section is confusing because it says Jace threw a punch at Jake but then follows up by saying that Jake lands another blow to Jace's cheek. Can you see how I might be confused here? I feel like Rachel Van Dyken might have edited out a couple of punches landed which left me feeling like I missed something or misread. That or she was getting confused between Jace and Jake. The character names are too similar and add to the confusion.
Location 3104 (this one also applies to point Number 2: Know Your Characters Better) "her aversion to pickles or anything green." So I guess salad doesn't count as green? I mean maybe she doesn't like the color green, but add to that the pickles mentioned and one could conclude that she's averse to all green foods, which doesn't fit with her having a salad earlier. Also Location 2333-2338.
NUMBER 7: RIDICULOUS ABSOLUTES Location 2313:
"Ah Travis, so rough around the edges and protective. That was why she was marrying him. He was the most attractive man she'd ever met, and he was going to be all hers. Maybe I'm being too nit-picky at this point. But that's the dumbest reason I've ever heard to marry someone (see what I did there?). And my previously mentioned gripe about a turtle being the best present ever. If something is the "best," the "worst," the "only,"...etc then it had better match the absolute it is being given.
All this venting is pretty much summed up in the fact that I think Rachel Van Dyken was writing for the moment and not actually relaying a story that might have actually happened. The Wager gets 2 Stars from me. Have you read The Wager? What did you think? Let me know!
*I used the location # given in the kindle version that I read because obviously kindle versions do not have page numbers.(less)
I’m not a parent yet, so I might have a skewed perception of this book. Husband and I do plan to try to expand our family in the near future, so that...moreI’m not a parent yet, so I might have a skewed perception of this book. Husband and I do plan to try to expand our family in the near future, so that combined with how much I enjoyed Love & Respect (about the husband and wife relationship) made Love & Respect in the Family a perfect choice for me. As with Love & Respect, some of these principles discussed in this book are obvious, but the way Dr. Eggerich spells it out makes so much sense and clarifies a lot.
Dr. Eggerich points out that when a parent and child get into it you never hear a child say, “you don’t respect me,” and you usually don’t hear a parent say, “you don’t love me.” No. The child says, “you don’t love me,” while the parent replies, “you’re being disrespectful.” This was such a revelation for me--and SO true! Dr. Eggerich even follows it up with another obvious point—it is the parent’s job to be the mature one in these "Family Crazy Cycle" situations. The parent is the one who has years of experience on the child. The parent is the one who should be mature enough not to lower themselves to the antics of children. This makes so much sense to me as to why parents and children have the strained relationships that they sometimes have—the parents never grew up. They never matured. They are still selfish and self-centered creatures who haven’t learned that they have to take the high road in order to avoid the "Family Crazy Cycle" that Dr. Eggerich discusses.
Truthfully I should have written this review the day I completely the book. I feel like I’ve forgotten so much of the wonderful text already, which indicates to me that this is a book that I will need to read more than once. Dr. Eggerich does a good job showing you how to exit the "Family Crazy Cycle" and some great parenting advice that is indeed extremely applicable. And he does it in a way that both shows his own parenting successes and failures. He’s the first to admit that he and his wife did not parent perfectly—as no one can. He’s not arrogant with his advice and forceful in saying “this is what you must do in order to be a good parent.” Yet his advice is both Biblically based and common sense.
Love & Respect in the Family is another book that I think every person ought to read. If you are a parent, if you had a parent, if you ever plan to be a parent. Love & Respect in the Family is broken down into easy to understand concepts that will make a big impact on your family if put into practice. Not being a parent myself, there were a couple of things that I wonder about, but time will tell for me. I’m giving Love & Respect in the Family an easy 4 stars. My only negative was that I thought the book felt complete at about the 75% mark. While the remaining portion still held valuable information, I felt it was time to wrap things up. Have you read Love & Respect in the Family? What did you think? Let me know!
Countdown was originally published under a pseudonym and as an adult novel in 2008. Apparently, it was suggested to Michelle Rowen that it would make...moreCountdown was originally published under a pseudonym and as an adult novel in 2008. Apparently, it was suggested to Michelle Rowen that it would make a great young adult novel. I couldn't agree more. Having not read the adult version of this story, I can't really give you a comparison, but I can tell you that I most definitely enjoyed this young adult version.
I love the concept of Countdown. These two characters are thrust into this deadly game against their will. In this case, these characters, Kira and Rogan, are playing as a team in the game. And with playing as a team includes these chips placed in their heads. They must stay within 90 feet of each other or risk both of their heads exploded and losing the game. Countdown has a very Hunger Games-ish feel to it, but since it was originally released in 2008, around the same time as The Hunger Games, this isn't a copycat book.
Kira lost her family when an intruder came into her home and shot her mother, father, and sister while Kira hid under her bed. The intruder was coming after Kira too but was scared off by the police. This has left Kira homeless, bitter, angry, and completely terrified of the dark.
Rogan's story is much more of a mystery that's essential to the plot and can't be revealed in too much depth here in order to prevent spoilers. What I can tell you is that Rogan was convicted of murdering 9 girls at a local dorm and sentenced to juvenile detention until he turned 18 when he would be turned over to the worst prison possible. Unlike Kira who had no knowledge of this deadly game, Rogan not only knows about Countdown, but he volunteered to play in an effort to escape his remaining jail sentence.
There were some parts that felt too "easy," but for me this really was a minor issue. I read Countdown in one day, only pausing long enough to let my kindle recharge. And while Countdown ended in a place where I felt at peace with no need for a sequel, I kept thinking throughout the book that "I want more of this." Or "I wish there was a sequel." Maybe that just means I need to grab the adult version.
Countdown gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Countdown? What did you think? Let me know!
Witchstruck had a slightly slow start for me. And by that I mean I wasn't pulled in immediately, but truthfully I wasn't long into the book before I f...moreWitchstruck had a slightly slow start for me. And by that I mean I wasn't pulled in immediately, but truthfully I wasn't long into the book before I felt compelled to keep reading.
I've always been fascinated by Tudor history and to include that with my Witches and Witchcraft challenge for this year, Witchstruck felt like the perfect read for me. Plus I just loved the pretty cover.
In reading Witchstruck, I found myself equal parts frustrated with and enjoying Meg. She's a strong character, willing to put herself at risk for the betterment of others--Lady Elizabeth, her aunt Jane, Alejandro, etc. But I found myself also annoyed with her. She makes some rash decisions that once thought through weren't at all wise and for which she has to put herself into danger in order to rectify. She's both aware of her power and not at the same time. Plus her determination to show no feelings toward Alejandro left me irritated.
Alejandro...I'm also torn by his character. Alejandro is essentially a catholic priest in training. He's sent to both minister to Lady Elizabeth and probably spy on her as well. Alejandro learns of Meg's secret, and while he doesn't agree with her path, he doesn't condemn her either. This would probably be the part where I discuss how he doesn't condemn Meg based off an experience he had as a boy in his past, but said experience felt forced to me--perhaps a little too convenient. Overall I liked Alejandro. He follows his heart from moment to moment, acting as his morals allow, yet bending to what each moment needs of him.
I felt that Meg's secrets were discovered too quickly and too publicly for the first book in the series, but having not read the other books, I can't really say that for sure.
Witchstruck was a fast read for me, and I kept coming back for more. While I did enjoy this first installment to the series, the potential conflicts that lie ahead for these characters indicate a bumpy and frustrating ride ahead. I do plan to check out the next book in the series, and I would recommend Witchstruck to others--especially fans of the witches and witchcraft area of the paranormal genre.
Witchstruck gets 3.5 Stars from me. Have you read Witchstruck? What did you think? Let me know!
This review is part of my "All Things Halloween" event.
I'm going to go ahead and put it out there that I have a massive headache at the time of writing this review. One of the ones that give you a semi-per...moreI'm going to go ahead and put it out there that I have a massive headache at the time of writing this review. One of the ones that give you a semi-permanent "stank face." Eyes and nose scrunched and lip curled. Yeah...one of those. That's a disclaimer for just in case I make absolutely no sense in this one.
Inhale, Exhale was a cute and quick read. There was nothing earth shattering about it. And truthfully I'm not sure I'll remember much about it in a few weeks or months. I hate to say that, but it's true.
The relationship between Grant and Jillian just progressed too quickly. There was insta-love. There was insta-lust. There was insta-everything. On top of that, minor spoiler alert, we've got cheating. I do not abide cheating under any circumstances. I definitely comprehend how relationships can progress despite someone being in another relationship with boyfriend/girlfriend, spouse, significant other...whatever. But I just don't understand not having the respect for yourself, your current partner, or the potential new partner to not end one before beginning another. I mean as I said, I comprehend how it happens, I just don't understand it. I definitely don't respect it. And truth be told, I don't want to read about it. End spoiler.
I did enjoy the concept of how one relationship fizzles out, and another, better one starts up. The other person just doesn't pan out to be who you think they are. Or they change. Or you change. Whatever the reason. And then the someone new gets you better. You feel more. You see a better future with new person. I liked the concept. BUT I didn't enjoy the execution and the path the characters of Inhale, Exhale took to break things off with the old and join up with the new. It doesn't send the best message. Especially because Jillian never really had to deal with the consequences of her indiscretion. She got off the hook because Christian turned out to be an even bigger loser.
Another frustration for me was the dialogue. It's hard to explain it, but I really felt like the dialogue was "too neat." For Jillian and Grant both. It's like there was too much information given in the dialogue making it feel awkward and unrealistic at times.
In the end, Inhale, Exhale gets 3 stars from me. Have you read Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M Ross? What did you think? Let me know!
I'm not sure there's much for me to say about Sia. I read it in less than 24 hours, which is a good thing for me. But that was partly because I had th...moreI'm not sure there's much for me to say about Sia. I read it in less than 24 hours, which is a good thing for me. But that was partly because I had the opportunity to keep reading rather than being forced to put it down. Josh Grayson's writing style was easy enough to follow, but I thought lacked some maturity in the dialogue in some places and in continuity. Sadly, Sia isn't going to be a book that I remember much about in a year or two.
I typically like stories involving amnesia, but the concept is not totally original. As I said before, I struggled with continuity in some parts. Sia supposedly doesn't really remember anything about her life before waking up on that park bench, but she makes comments like "I'm happier now" and I just kept thinking "how would you know?". No surprise but the new Sia doesn't really like the old Sia--I get that. I'm fine with that. But don't act like you're happier now than you were before when you shouldn't even remember if you were happy before or not. Does that make sense?
Also, I found it typical that old Sia was queen-b of the school. She's wealthy. She's beautiful. She's head cheerleader dating the handsome quarterback who also happens to be an idiot. We had people who were more popular than others, but I swear my school just wasn't like that. So this repetitive theme in YA literature just confuses me.
New Sia develops a relationship with Kyle who the description above calls a "geek." The relationship wasn't really believable to me. It developed too quickly. Especially *spoiler alert* for them to be saying "I love you" by the end. Way too much, way too fast. *End spoiler* I could have bought that they were developing a relationship, but no way can I buy that they've made it to the level they claim.
There were some good life lessons discussed. My favorite being the quote about two friends walking separate paths but still remaining by each other's sides. I'm totally butchering that with my paraphrase, but that's a lesson I've definitely had to learn and haven't experienced for the last time either.
Sia was an "okay" read. I liked it enough, but it definitely has faults that keep it around the 2.5 Star level for me. Have you read Sia by Josh Grayson? If so, what did you think? Let me know!
I think this is one of those situations where the title drew me in more than the book cover or the description. Descriptions can be misleading, and so...moreI think this is one of those situations where the title drew me in more than the book cover or the description. Descriptions can be misleading, and so I don't put as much stock into them as I used to. When looking at requesting a book for review from NetGalley, I've gotten to where I always check the Goodreads overall rating before I hit the button for "request." This is just one step to prevent me from requesting something that looks good to me but might end up being a dud. By the time I was actually approved for The Infinite Moment of Us the Goodreads rating had dropped to 3.4. AH!!!! That's a sure-fire sign to run for the hills. BUT, I try to complete the books I request from publishers if at all possible, and the release date for The Infinite Moment of Us was quickly approaching.
I picked it up with pretty low expectations considering the Goodreads rating, and I pretty much read it in one sitting. I had to put it down for a couple of hours, but I still completed the read in one day. This is always a plus in my book because I really hate when a book bogs me down and is slow going. However, being a fast read isn't enough to make this book good.
I will say that it was obvious to me from the beginning that this book had "issues." There's an almost insta-love aspect and a definitely cheesiness that is hard to overcome. And this is coming from ME, I'm normally a huge fan of cheesy. Well...apparently I have a cheesy line and The Infinite Moment of Us crossed it.
"Something had passed between them. Something he couldn't explain, and it had made him forget that he didn't believe in souls. Anyway, who was he kidding? He didn't believe in love, either, but this he knew: He loved Wren Gray. He'd loved her forever, it seemed." "I think our souls touched..."
I think enough said about cheesy and unrealistic.
Another struggle for me with The Infinite Moment of Us was the use of dialect. This book isn't inundated with it as some books are, but words and phrases like "muzzy," "supah slo-mo yo," "sumpin'," "you lookin' good," "gangstaspeak," etc are used enough to make me cringe.
Ok so let's talk characters.
Wren is described as a people pleaser, a do-gooder, a worrier, and watcher. She's followed the path that her overbearing parents have laid out for her to the point where her parents don't even know her true self. She decides to stand up for herself and take the path that she wants to take, but at times this felt more like an escape than something she actually felt driven and wanted to do. I did relate to Wren in a lot of ways, even her negative characteristics.
Charlie is currently living with foster parents, Chris and Pamela, who would love nothing more than to adopt him. He also has a disabled foster brother who he adores and would do just about anything for. Charlie's had a troubled past, and he's seeking a way to find significance. He does so by protecting his little brother, working in Chris's cabinet shop (who strangely seems to make more furniture than cabinets), and trying to reach out to his messed up, crazy ex-girlfriend Starrla.
In a lot of ways, I completely relate to this story and to Wren more than a lot of other characters I've read. I've dated the guy with the crazy ex-girlfriend. The guy who can't stop trying to help said crazy ex-girlfriend even to the detriment of our relationship. I've seen how much crazy ex-girlfriend truly needs help and have felt how selfish it is to want boyfriend to leave her in his past so that we could move forward together. I almost feel like I've lived this story--at least this part. I intimately know the guy who can't just walk away from someone who is hurting, even if that someone is hurting someone else that he loves. It's a really messed up situation and I have STRONG feelings about these types of situations. Because of that The Infinite Moment of Us brought those back out of me.
However, Wren and Charlie's relationship had an immature feeling to it to me. So much so that I literally cringe at their decision to move forward physically. These two kids are just not ready for the kinds of issues that come up when this level of physicality is involved in a relationship.
Also, The Infinite Moment of Us was another book that just ended. I won't say it was a cliffhanger, but I just felt like the ending was rushed and uncomfortable. And just over very abruptly.
While I could completely relate to a lot of aspects of The Infinite Moment of Us, the pet peeves, cheesiness, and missing pieces were enough to drag this one down in my mind. I completely understand why the ratings are so low. The best I feel I can do for The Infinite Moment of Us is to give it 3 stars. And that's quite possibly a stretch only given because of the crazy ex-girlfriend emotions that it raised for me.
Have you read The Infinite Moment of Us? What did you think? Let me know!
There's not much to why I decided to put this one down. The writing style wasn't necessarily one that hooked me early on, but it was going well enough...moreThere's not much to why I decided to put this one down. The writing style wasn't necessarily one that hooked me early on, but it was going well enough that I wasn't ready to put it down or sighing out of frustration immediately upon starting it. However, I also wasn't even 14% into the book before we get to two dudes having sex. Granted it wasn't graphic, but the insinuation was enough to have me put it down immediately. I did two posts recently about this, one was Top Ten Words that Make Me Put Down a Book, and the other was Deal Breakers. Love Among Pigeons falls into these categories for me. Although, this situation did make me realize that I need to update my Review Policy. Enough said. Moving on.
The Truth About You and Me sparked my radar because I love stories about couples with an age gap. My husband and I have 12 years in between us and so...moreThe Truth About You and Me sparked my radar because I love stories about couples with an age gap. My husband and I have 12 years in between us and so I guess I just really relate to these types of stories. Add to that the forbidden aspect of a teacher/student relationship and you've got yourself an equation for scandal and angst.
The Truth About You and Me is written in the style of Madelyn, our sixteen-year old MC, writing a couple of letters to Bennet, the professor. From very early on Madelyn lets us know that this story involves her relationship with Bennet being discovered, so the reader is alerted that this story may not have a happy ending. I thought that where the description says that "their forbidden romance is told through letters that Madelyn writes to Bennet," that these would be love letters passed back and forth between the two, and thus the reader experiences their relationship. While that's kind of the case, it's not actually the way the impression leads you to believe. The letters are written AFTER the relationship has been discovered, not before or during the building of the relationship.
Madelyn is very much sixteen years old. She thinks like a sixteen year old and she feels like a sixteen year old. It's almost difficult to understand how Bennet could possibly not know she was younger. Aside from that, I had a hard time understanding what Bennet saw in Madelyn. It was obvious why Madelyn was attracted to and grew to develop deeper feelings for Bennet over time, but I just never really got why Bennet was in this relationship. I guess maybe Madelyn didn't know the answer to this question herself and so the readers doesn't know either. Because Madelyn was sixteen I found it harder to connect to some of her issues and frustrations. And I think her parents would be more understanding than she gave them credit for.
More than anything, The Truth About You and Me was a coming of age story. I've only found myself using that phrase a handful of times, and each time that's because I find myself thinking "what in the world was the point of this book?" and even questioning whether I wasted my time reading it or not. So I solve that problem by saying "this is a coming of age story" because the main character learns about herself and about life despite how I felt about the way everything ended.
That last paragraph came off a little harsh I think. I did enjoy The Truth About You and Me, and I read it in almost one sitting, but less than 24 hours for sure. Fans of "coming of age" stories will enjoy this one. I'm giving The Truth About You and Me 3 Stars. Have you read The Truth About You and Me? What did you think? Let me know!
I really liked the concept for Deeper We Fall. I know of a situation similar to what happened with Lottie's friend, Lexie. There was a car accident, a...moreI really liked the concept for Deeper We Fall. I know of a situation similar to what happened with Lottie's friend, Lexie. There was a car accident, and the girl involved was left with a brain injury that completely changed her personality. For Lexie, this accident left her very childlike with her mental capacity including fits of rage and moments of spacing out. Lottie is torn up over this because she tried not to let Lexie get into the car that night. She tried so hard to talk her out of what Lexie was dead set on doing, but she just couldn't. Of course, Lottie carries around the guilt of feeling responsible as well as an almost survivors guilt because she has a life and can continue to live hers like normal, and Lexie won't ever be the same.
I enjoyed the dual POVs in Deeper We Fall. Lottie was a good character and I related to her, but there were moments when she would act or speak that I felt were out of character. I think the reason why I felt this way was because we aren't shown any internal dialogue that would have indicated that she felt the way that she did and thus acted or said whatever she said. I know that's somewhat vague, but I'm going to be completely surprised that "you" show up at a certain person's doorstep and say you want to be friends when you haven't even mentally thought about how maybe you guys could actually be friends.
Zan was fun to read. Like Lottie he carries so much guilt over that accident since he was the one driving that night and he had been drinking. But you can't help but feel sorry for him because that night changed his life, and unlike his brother, Zack, Zan was not a bad guy BEFORE the accident. Despite his past with girls, alcohol, and drugs, Zan has some majorly hot characteristics. He reads. He likes poetry. He runs. He plays the banjo. He's just a really good guy.
The secondary characters are strong and very present. I was actually a little surprised at the number of secondary characters. They each have just enough of a role not to wonder why they're even in the story. There's Lottie's twin bother Will, who I really liked. Lottie and Will's relationship is one of my favorite sibling relationships that I've read. Will's best friend and roommate, Simon, who fills the box of gay character needed to fulfill publishing requirements, but who I also just generally liked as a person. Katie is Lottie's roommate and possibly the character that I understood the least. Hopefully that will change with book 2, Faster We Burn, being about her. Trisha works with Lottie at the fabric store--a completely original place for a part time job. Trisha's brother and friend of Zan, Stryker--Mortal Kombat 3 anyone? :) And then Audrey who is in Lottie's English class. I look for one of the future books to be about her also. And the of course, Zack, Zan's brother. (This book was filled with sibling relationships.)
I really enjoyed this cast of characters and I'm looking forward to reading more about each one of them. While I read this book fairly quickly, I did feel like SOME of the emotional connection that I usually feel was lacking just a bit. It didn't have anything to do with whether I liked the characters or not. I'm not sure what the issue was there.
I will say that the potty mouth was RIDICULOUS! Specifically the f-bombs. Man, they were all over the place and completely unnecessary to be that inundated. You have been forewarned.
All in all, I enjoyed Deeper We Fall and I'm looking forward to book 2, Faster We Burn. Fans of the new adult genre will enjoy this read though it's less graphic than most of the other new adult books I've read (score as far as I'm concerned). Deeper We Fall gets 4 Stars from me. Have you read Deeper We Fall? What did you think? Let me know!
"'You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
I have to say that the concept for Parasite is one of my worst nightmares. As a child, I remember hearing about tapeworms and being utterly terrified....moreI have to say that the concept for Parasite is one of my worst nightmares. As a child, I remember hearing about tapeworms and being utterly terrified. The idea that humanity would begin purposefully ingesting tapeworms for medical reasons is literally a scene out of my nightmares. Although, it's not like tapeworms haven't been marketed to human beings before--for dieting reasons.
Because Parasite is so long, it felt like it took me forever to read it. I think this is where physical book copies come in handy. Knowing I've read 50 pages in a book is a lot more motivating than only seeing 10% move in my progress bar on my kindle.
The description above does a great job of giving an overview of the big picture without telling you anything about the characters involved in this story. Our main character is Sally who was involved in a car accident and was almost declared brain dead before she was implanted with her bio-engineered tapeworm. Her tapeworm saved her live and she has now become the poster child for the Intestinal Bodyguard and SymboGen, the company that created it.
However, all is not as it seems. That fact was easy to pick up on, but not so easy to nail down what was actually going on. About halfway through I felt like it became obvious to me what was going on with Sally, but the book doesn't spell it out until literally the last couple of pages. So the big revelation, or what should have been the cliffhanger, didn't feel like a big revelation or cliffhanger at all.
I've heard great things about Mira Grant's Newsflesh series and so I wanted to get hooked into this horrific world she's created where people purposefully ingest tapeworms, but something was just missing for me. The characters were okay. Minus Tansey. I think she was designed to be comedic relief maybe, but she just fell a little flat to me.
While the plot was intriguing enough, the execution was just missing something for me. The characters were missing something. I don't really know how to put my finger on just what it was. I wasn't dying to put it down, but I wasn't dying it pick it up either. I wasn't sure I could predict what was happening, yet I did predict what was happening.
Truthfully, if book 2's description doesn't blow me away, I probably won't continue this series. I'm giving Parasite 3 Stars. Have you read Parasite? What did you think? Let me know.
Also, we've got the cliche gay character box check marked in this one as well. SURPRISE!
This review is part of my "All Things Halloween" October review event.