Meh. This book wasn't terrible, but the more I read, the less I liked it. The whole plot is really unbelievable. Not just the whole "Girl meets popularMeh. This book wasn't terrible, but the more I read, the less I liked it. The whole plot is really unbelievable. Not just the whole "Girl meets popular rockstar" thing, but it seemed like almost anything bad that could happen to a character was piled onto Libby. Yeah, I know that people have been through as much as her, but it was a lot to take in within so few of pages and with the romance going on at the same time. It also was incredibly cheesy, lots of insta-love, and some of the characterization made zero sense to me. It wasn't all bad, it was an interesting read at times, but it's easier to read if you suspend belief.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the other books. It's nice seeing things through Avalon's perspective, but the romance seemed to be the focus of thI didn't enjoy this one as much as the other books. It's nice seeing things through Avalon's perspective, but the romance seemed to be the focus of the book. The romance also a too cheesy and went a little too quickly for me. (view spoiler)[They literally marry each other by the end of the book (hide spoiler)]. Still, I liked seeing the characters again and the rebellion was interesting (though I wish there was more focus on this). I will be continuing the series....more
MY THOUGHTS I've read many books by Susane Colasanti before, and enjoyed them. So, when I sThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I've read many books by Susane Colasanti before, and enjoyed them. So, when I saw this book at a used book sale, I picked it up without seeing what it was about. While I enjoyed her other books, this book was most definitely not for me. If I read the synopsis beforehand, I would've known that. This book was just way too cheesy.
This book is told in dual POV between Seth and Skye. The two meet over the summer for one night, but before they meet again, Seth unexpectedly leaves early. They both wonder if they will see each other again or if the other felt the same way about that night. When they do see each other, they'll try to make it work, but it is much harder than either of them expected.
This book wasn't bad, but it's just not my kind of book. It's hard to get me to like a romance, and this book had almost everything that I don't like in romance. First of all, I don't believe in the idea of soulmates. Since that seems to be what a majority of this book is about, it was hard for me to get into it. And as the two go hand and hand, there was insta-love. Not a fan of that.
To be honest, this book was just not Susane Colasanti's best. As I mentioned, I've read many of her books and this one is by far my least favorite. Again, this was mostly because of the romance, but the characters and story also just fell flat.
IN CONCLUSION I know I'm making this book sound horrible, but this really is just not my kind of book. If you believe in soulmates, this might be more of your cup of tea. It's a really quick contemporary read, it did have it's moments, but I couldn't look past the romance. This is definitely not my favorite book from Susane Colasanti....more
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I liked so many things about this book, but I did have a huge problem with the romance. And as the story went on my feeling towards the book spiraled downward.
Basically, Ember teleports at night for ten minutes, each time a seemingly random location. It turns out that she, along with others, were some kind of generic experiment done by the government. Now, the government wants their experiments back. Ember has to work with her 'pair', Caden, on missions to help stop threats. But when her 'new home' is more like a prison, she can't trust the government. Especially when they are hiding so much from her.
When I started this book, I was loving it! I love the idea behind this book, still do! But then the romance starting trickingling in and I just wasn't enjoying it anymore. I avoid New Adult like the plague, for good reason, and I had no idea this book was a New Adult book (the Goodreads synopsis gives no hint of it). My dislike towards New Adult is mainly because I am a prude and most New Adult books get very sexual. There's nothing wrong with sex in books, I know people do it, I just don't like it when the scences get descriptive. It makes me very uncomfortable and, frankly, I find it very gross. Anyway, Coden, our love interest was very unlikeable. He's an arrogant pervert. He would pull off Ember's sheets to wake her up, knowing very well that she was naked (this was before they were together) and he tricked her into going skinny dipping with him. The romance was also very insta-love, which I also hate.
I did like the whole idea behind the story. I thought the whole idea of teleporting at night was very interesting. I really want to know more about the whole idea! Though, now I think back and see so many holes in the world-building...
Last thing I have to rant about: Desiree. She was Caden's friend and the entire time Desiree basically wanted to kill Ember. This was so stupid and just plain irritating! I couldn't understand why Desiree was so hateful towards Ember. Yeah, she with your old best friend, but really? And I, frankly, am just tired of the mean girl trope. (Of course, Caden just ignores his "best friend").
IN CONCLUSION This is just making me sad. At the beginning of this review, I was giving this book 3 stars, now it's down to 2 and I'm having a hard time finding things I like. Really, this just wasn't my kind of book. I thought it would be, but the sexual stuff ruined it for me and before you know it, I started finding tons of flaws. Honestly, I don't think I'll be reading the sequel....more
MY THOUGHTS I'm ashamed to say this, but I almost gave up on this book. The first 70 pages oThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I'm ashamed to say this, but I almost gave up on this book. The first 70 pages or so just wouldn't click with me. The book alternated time periods, some chapters took place in the present while other took place in the 1870's. What bothered me about this was that, well, nothing was really happening. Add the fact that the two time periods seemed to have no connection with each other, I just wasn't really into the book. Then I got my Chaos in the mail and just pushed Monstrous Beauty to the side. And it sat there for more than a week. I didn't want to pick it up again, but I checked Goodreads and I noticed very positive reviews, so I decided to give the book another chance. And I am glad that I gave it another chance. The book was completely different the second time I picked it up. It was so much more interesting and I actually began to like the alternating time periods. Most surprisingly, this book was not only about mermaids. In fact, I would hardly call it a mermaid book. This book is more like a very intriguing paranormal mystery with both the past and the present. I was so into the last half of the book that it was enormously difficult for me to put it down. My only issue with the last half was that there was the addition of insta-love, one of my biggest pet peeves. And it wasn't easy to ignore.
IN CONCLUSION The first 70 pages are pretty dull, but it picks up speed fast after that! I enjoying reading this book and I would've given it a 4 if it weren't for the slow beginning and the insta-love. If you want a very surprising mystery with paranormal elements this is your book! This author is a great writer and I can't wait to read more from her!...more
MY THOUGHTS This wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't click with meThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 2.5 stars
MY THOUGHTS This wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't click with me and ultimately, it's forgettable.
Amelia is staying in Baltimore with family for the spring. She's supposed to be finding marriage opportunities and courting, as well as be in society. But a discovery of a new talent changes things. Amelia has the ability to tell the future and soon others flock to hear their future told, but things get worse when her abilities foretell horrible events. Also, Amelia is falling in love, but with someone who is forbidden to her.
This book begins in the fall of 1889, with Amelia "ruined" and it references events and people vaguely, which is confusing. Then it jumps back to the spring, telling the events leading up to the fall. From the beginning, you know that something bad will happen to cause Amelia to be in a dark place. It was very interesting knowing this and it made me read the book with dread. Some parts were very well-done, but I felt like the lead-up was sometimes slow. It was very vague and Amelia's abilities were passed over too quickly. The ending was well-done and connected nicely to the beginning, but the rest was a bit slow.
I do think the setting and characters were well-done. The historical setting was very well researched! The setting felt completely real, even with the magical elements. The characters were also nice. I liked Amelia and Zora's friendship (even though they're related, they acted like great friends). I also liked their other friendships, though those weren't as strong. Zora and Thomas's relationship was also a great one.
My main problem with this book was the romance. It's insta-love. Amelia falls for Nathaniel when she firsts sees him, they don't even really talk! Also, the romance didn't feel like it was very well-developed, the same for Nathaniel's character. Really, if it weren't for the romance, I would have given this book a higher rating.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I'm pretty 'meh' on this book. The setting and characters are well-done, but while the premise is interesting, I felt like I didn't really get to see and understand Amelia's abilities very well. The main downfall, though, was the romance, which is the dreaded insta-love. I actually do plan on reading the sequel. It's from the perspective of a different character, so there may not be insta-love in that one!...more
MY THOUGHTS I am inbetween about my feelings on this book. On one haThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS I am inbetween about my feelings on this book. On one hand, I am very disappointed. On the other, I actually sort of liked this book.
Starting this book, I was worried. This book immediately starting following what I can YA Book Syndrome. Two side effects of YA Book Syndrome is that our main character (usually a girl) faces a tragedy and/or moves to a new school (usually a private or boarding school). This book follows both of these "side effects" and it made me worry that this book was going to be just like every other YA book. I honestly didn't have to worry about this. Sure, this book isn't completely original, but none of this is what disappointed me.
I could not stand the romance. I was actually fine with everything else, but whenever the romance took center stage, my opinion on the book went down. This book featured my least favorite type of romance: insta-love. Michele and Philip have an immediate attraction towards each other. It was cheesy and unbelievable. Maybe I could understand Michele, since she's had dreams about Philip her whole life, but Philip? I honestly couldn't believe it. This guy has never talked to her before (he did see her for a very brief moment), he's even engaged to someone, but he's willing to be with this girl for his life. I just honestly couldn't understand this instant attraction to one another. Whenever the romance was in the book, which was maybe the middle portion of the book, I was very annoyed at the book, but the romance wasn't always the focus of the book. Obviously, there is time travel and time travel happens to be one of my favorite things that I can find in books. There are times when Michele goes back in time without going to see Philip and I loved those moments! I loved seeing the lives of the past! That's one of the reasons that I love time travel so much! And while I don't quite understand how it works, I do like the concept in the book.
IN CONCLUSION The romance was annoying and cliche, but the time travel was amazing! If it wasn't for the romance, this book would have such a higher rating, but I just can't ignore the stupid romance. As far as reading the sequel, I'm not sure. I am interested in continuing, as I want some more answers.(view spoiler)[ Why can Philip see her? What do her dreams mean? And what about her father? (hide spoiler)] And this book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger (Although, I don't care because it's a cliffhanger used way too often and it also involves Philip). But the next book isn't at my library and I don't really feel inclined to buy it. I'll guess I'll have to see....more
THE RUN-DOWN When Chloe was a little girl, she was able to see ghosts. But her mother told hThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
THE RUN-DOWN When Chloe was a little girl, she was able to see ghosts. But her mother told her that if she told the ghosts to leave Chloe alone, then they would. And for the past ten years, Chloe didn't see a single spirit. That is, until her mother's death. Suddenly, Chloe is seeing ghosts all over the place.
Chloe's grandmother then decides that Chloe and her brother need to take a trip to England with her to Grange Hall, an old house that she fixed up. And, of course, the house has ghosts. One of them is Alex, who is the very first ghost that Chloe can actually talk to and she has an undeniable attraction to. But not all ghosts are nice and Alex's past girlfriend does not like Chloe...
MY THOUGHTS I just want to come out and say that I have never read a book by Alexandra Adornetto before, and I haven't exactly heard good things about her Halo series. But I decided, kind of on a whim, to read this book. To be honest, I was hoping for a good ghost book. I love ghost stories and I love books with ghosts; I find them scary but interesting at the same time. I don't think I looked close enough at the synopsis. "Alexander Reade is 157 years dead." Gosh, you mean that our main character falls in love with a guy who happens to be in the triple digits (and dead)? Hmmmm, I've never read a book like that before!
Yeah, this book wasn't going to be a nice creepy ghost story, just a stereotypical paranormal teen book. It also doesn't help that the more I got into this book, the more it sounded almost exactly like another book I've read, The Deepest Cut (seriously, it's scary how similar these two books are).
I could probably deal with an unoriginal storyline, as long as it's entertaining, but I did have a major issue with this book. The romance was enormously cliché and full of, you guessed it, INSTA-LOVE. The romance was what I call the "Bella and Edward Romance" because, just like those in Twilight, our main couple would continuously profess love to one another and that's it. There were no thoughts that would let us believe it, no build-up, just a "BUT I LOVE HIM!" I didn't even know that Chloe was attracted to Alex until he talked about a previous girlfriend and then Chloe just gets all sad thinking that she could "never compete with her". Excuse me? When did you all of a sudden want to date this guy? You do know that he is dead, right?
I really wish that I could ignore the stupid romance, but it’s very hard to ignore. The focus of the book is on the psychotic ghost (which I'll say more about later), but Alex would always be popping up and suddenly BAM! cliché-ness!
I was actually okay with the book for a while in the beginning, but the romance in it just made me dislike more and more things about the book. I began to look at the characters in a lesser light for example. Chloe especially. I began to see her as an idiot, mostly because she thought that she could be in a relationship with a dead dude. But she also began to always call for Alex's help and just do idiotic things. I also noticed holes in the story. Like the fact that we are never told how Chloe's mom dies! This is an important fact, but all we get to know is that she died!
Now, there is one thing that I did actually like about this book. I liked the psychotic ghost. I wanted a creepy ghost and I got some of that with this ghost. Granted, she was not exactly what I wanted for a ghost story, but she was definitely scary and that is what I want in a ghost book.
IN CONCLUSION Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of this book. It's just like every other YA paranormal book, with added cliché romance. If that's what you like, then you can give this a try. But if you're like me and want your ghost stories to be a little less romance and a lot more horror, then you should skip this one. I'm probably not going to continue this saga (It's a trilogy, but it's called a 'saga'? Really?), but I am curious to see if this book is going to go the same direction as The Deepest Cut (Guys, I'm not joking at how similar these books are) since it looks like it might be......more
MY THOUGHTS I felt as if I was on a teeter-totter the whole time I was reading this book. WhThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I felt as if I was on a teeter-totter the whole time I was reading this book. Whenever I began to enjoy reading this book, I would be high up on the teeter-totter until something would happen in the book and bring me back to the ground. This would happen over and over again throughout the book, which makes me so sad! I wanted to enjoy this book! In fact, there were occasions that I was really close to enjoying it! But there was always something that would prevent that.
The Writing The writing was one of those somethings and it's what really makes me so sad about not liking this book. Lanie Bross is obviously a great writer! I could clearly picture what was happening and she has such a great imagination! But, oddly enough, I am not a fan of her writing style. The book is written in 3rd person which is not my favorite point-of-view. I can deal with it if it follows only one person or it alternates every chapter (with the character's name before the chapter). But this book did not follow one character and while it did alternate every chapter, there would occasionally be chapters where more than one character was followed. This just made it very hard for me to connect with the characters or even care about them. What made it worse, though, was the fact that the antagonist was a character that was followed and we would hear the thoughts of. This erased a lot of mystery in the book.
No Explanation This isn't a big one, but there were words used that were never explained. Same thing with people. Names were brought up but it was never told who they were. It got very confusing at times.
The Romance The romance was what really drove me mad! I can deal with the writing, I can deal with no explanations, but the romance was constantly dragging me back down to the ground. I could be enjoying a scene and BOOM, here comes insta-love. Yes, there was insta-love. "Corinthe shook her head. She must have hit her head in the accident: he was human, and she could hardly even tell the difference between humans. But something about this boy seemed different." -Page 8 "He stared hard at her month and fought the intense desire to hear her whisper his name instead." -Page 65 Both of these quotes are from when they don't even know each other! But it gets worse: "But he wanted to kiss her more than anything right that second. Press his lips against the soft curve of her neck." -Page 100 To set the scene: Corinthe is trying to kill him. This chick has a knife at this guy's throat and instead of think "Woah, this chick is trying to kill me! I need to fight back!" He's thinking about kissing her. And these ridiculous emotions cross the character's minds all throughout the book. Even more ridiculous, there wasn't even really a romance until the very very end.
But, as I said, there were parts that I actually enjoyed.
The Ideas I loved the premise to the story and all the imagination involved in the creation of it. The idea of fate in this book was enormously fascinating!
Fantasy Elements I can't go into full detail about this, because of spoilers, but there are other worlds in this story and made me super happy! This kind of thing in books is one of my favorite plot-like aspects to be found in books! The middle portion of this book, where this was, was my absolute favorite and I was really enjoying myself throughout it! Sucks that the romance ruined it.
The Ending I HATED the romance aspect to the ending, but other than that, I really liked the way things ended. It sounds really bad, though, if you know what happens. (view spoiler)[Corinthe basically sacrifices herself. She dies instead of Luc. It's really odd that I like this, but it shows how much Corinthe changes as a character. In the beginning, all she cared about was getting back home, enough so that she planned on killing the guy that she kind of liked. She was also very emotionless and inhuman in the beginning. But she ended up giving her home to let Luc's sister live and to save Luc. It also says a lot about fate in the fact that Luc killing Corinthe actually ended up happening in the end. (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION I have a weird relationship with this book. I enjoyed some parts--like the premise, the fantasy elements, and the ending--but was not a fan of the writing style or lack of explanations. But the romance was particularly irritating. I would like to think that the middle portion of the book would redeem it, but I can't get myself to give this book a higher rating. To be honest, the book isn't really that memorable. Maybe it's because of the fact that I never could connect with the characters, but I don't think I'll remember this story in the long-run. As for the next book, I won't read it. 1. I liked the ending of this book. 2. I have a feeling that book 2 might have more romance. But Lanie Bross is talented and if she ever writes anything else, I'll probably look into it....more
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest review
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS I've been waiting to read this book for almost two years, since the book was titled "Library Jumpers". That was all I needed to know in order to need this book! This book wasn't as much as I hoped for, mostly due to the romance, but the fantasy elements were amazing and I did enjoy this book!
After being sucked into a book and ending up in a library in Paris, Gia's life is changed forever. They discover Sentinels, magical knights that travel across libraries to protect the human race from various creatures. Now, Gia and her friends are in danger from these creatures and whether they like it or not, they're now in this new world. Gia may be involved more than she realized.
The main idea behind this book sounds absolutely fantastic! A fantasy that is based around libraries? A booknerd's dream! I loved the idea behind this book! This book also has a very complex magic system. I thought that all the magical and fantasy elements were very interesting. They were a bit hard for me to wrap my head around at first, but in the end, I was very impressed by the world Brenda Drake created.
A lot did definitely happen in this book, which may also factor why my head was spinning so much. Gia also founds out a whole lot of stuff in a short period of time, some about the world, some about her, some about other things. There is a lot of information in this book and I still feel like I don't know anything, that there are answers that I still need. I hope my questions will be answered in the other books in the series!
Gia is a lover of libraries and a bit of a tomboy. I liked Gia. She annoyed me at points, due to the romance (which I will get to), but she was a great MC most of the time. We're thrown into this world with Gia and both of us are still trying to understand it. She cares deeply for her friends and family, and on that thought, they too are really great characters. I can't say that I love her as an MC though. She's great, but I've read many books with similar MCs.
The romance is the main reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I don't have much luck with romance in books and it's very hard for me to like a romance in books because it's just so easy for an annoying trope to sneak in. This book was no different. First of all, once a guy was described as hot and with a snazzy accent, I knew that we've found the love interest. The romance just felt too much like insta-love. Arik is not a bad guy, but sometimes all I ever really felt the attraction was based on was the fact that he was really hot, because Gia thought about that a lot. I know there was more to it, but it happened so fast! Add in the fact that of course it was forbidden and of course there's some really hot French girl, with big boobs, hanging around Arik. I'm sorry, but I'm getting sick of these tropes in YA. Maybe eventually, as the series continues, I'll be less annoyed. Also, another guy was introduced and is it wrong that I actually want a love triangle? I kind of want to know more about the other guy.
IN CONCLUSION Okay, despite my annoyance with the romance, this was a great book. It introduced a very new and unique fantasy world with a very complex magic system! I enjoyed reading this book and I'm very curious what will happen next as the series continues....more
MY THOUGHTS I really enjoy the books in Woodcutter Sisters series, thoThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS I really enjoy the books in Woodcutter Sisters series, though this one is probably my least favorite. I still enjoyed it, though!
This book is focused on Friday, one of the Woodcutter sisters. After an ocean grows across the land, refugees stumble into the castle. Friday tries to help with the growing population, but ends up stumbling into a room full of naked men. Turns out that the men have been cursed to be swans during the day. Friday has to help the men stop their curse as well as a tyrant that has taken over their kingdom.
While this is the third book in a series, you can read this book in any order, since they each focus on a different character and story. Like the others, this book is a fairy-tale mash-up and while I couldn't recognize all the references, I love the fairy-tale quality and overall fantasy aspect to these books! Sure, they can be ridiculous and unbelievable, but that's what's fun about them!
As for characters, I loved them. I liked all of the brothers, they were a very interesting bunch, as well as their sister. Friday was a really great MC. She's very sweet, caring, and selfless. Even before she discovers the brothers, she was helping out all of the children at the castle. She's also very strong, in a sense that she is more than willing to help others. She's the type of character that I love to see, but never seen to get a major role in YA books.
My issues wit this book mainly lie on the romance. "She takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future". *gags* Sorry, but I can't stand romances like this. It's all basically just one look and they knew their meant to be together. I know most fairy-tales have very cliche romances, but it doesn't mean I have to like them.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed this book! I love the fairy-tale aspects in these books and the characters were great! It's not my favorite in the Woodcutter series, mostly because of the romance, but it's still a great book. Supposedly, the author is writing books for the other sisters, so I'm looking forward to that!...more
MY THOUGHTS This book wasn't quite as I expected. I was expecting aThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS This book wasn't quite as I expected. I was expecting a bloody dystopian full of non-stop action, which I got, but I was also expecting a book that would knock my socks off and gain a spot on my favorites list, which I did not get. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but my socks stayed firmly on my feet.
For the first 100 pages, maybe even 200, I was really enjoying this book! I could easily imagine what was going on in the book, the characters were brave and badass (which makes sense for this world), and I was in awe at how much creativity and imagination it took to create this unique world. I was also very curious and intrigued by the world! I wanted, no, I needed to know more! And I speed through those pages!
And then I begun to get confused as to what was going on. And I began to realize that while the author is an amazing writer (really amazing!), but I noticed that she doesn't really elaborate. For example: There's one scene where Meadow is forced to face the Dark Time (which is basically where all the murders occur) outside by her Dad on her own. But we never see her do this. In fact, it is never mentioned, but it seemed important. There are other cases where characters may so something that seems important or needs further explanation but the comment never receives any acknowledgment. And there are other scenes that I honestly felt as if they needed more explaining, to ease the confusion. It wasn't that bad though. Sure, I was a bit confused, but I could understand a basis of what was going on. I just kind of wish things for further explained.
That is my only major issue with this book. Although, I did have a minor issue with the romance. There's inst-love and I really hate insta-love. There, I said it. So, yeah, the romance annoyed the stars out of me (You see what I did there? I used Zephyr's swear word!) , but it wasn't too bad because there was 1. a period of no romance whatsoever and 2. the focus of the book was heavily placed on the plot! So it was very easy to ignore.
IN CONCLUSION This wasn't as awesome as I expected it to be, but I did enjoy it overall! Sure, things were not elaborated very well and there was a bit of insta-love, but the book was unique, original, and exciting! And while this was a very bloody book, I was not bothered by it at all (I was expecting that after all). Let's not forget the fact that the intriguing plot took the front seat, unlike so many YA books! So, this was a very interesting and bloody dystopian that just needs a bit more work. I do recommend this book if you wish to give it a try. Unless, of course, you have a problem with lots of blood and death in books because, this should come as no surprise, there's a lot!...more
THE RUN-DOWN After a strange incident ending with her in the hospital, completely fine, VictThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
THE RUN-DOWN After a strange incident ending with her in the hospital, completely fine, Victoria is more aware of her different-ness. On her seventeenth birthday, with the gift of a music box, an amulet, and a strange journal, Victoria founds out that she is actually a witch. But not just any witch, one with immense power and dark, uncontrollable blood.
MY THOUGHTS In the beginning, the only major problem that I had was the fact that this book was basically a generic YA paranormal plot.
Is the main character actually a *insert paranormal being here*? Yes Did they find this out on their birthday? Yes Is the main character an orphan/has a single parent? Yes Does the main character ever move to a new school/town? Yes Does she met an irresistible hot guy? Yes Is he a *insert paranormal being here*? Yes
All of the above are plot pieces that I see all the frexing time in YA books, especially paranormal ones. In fact, the only plot piece that is not in this book but is so popular in YA is the love triangle, and even that is questionable.
I actually didn't hate that it was such a generic plot, I didn't like it, but for awhile I might have given this book 2 stars or even 3 stars at most. But there had to be other aspects that irritated me.
Where can I start? One thing that bothered me was the fact that this book was all tell not show for the first half of the book. Examples: We are told that Victoria is being trained on how to be a witch, but we only see this happen once. We are told that Victoria and Christian are having a relationship with each other in secret, but we never actually see them having any secret dates. We are actually shown more things closer to the end, but by then, I had completely lost interest. The points of view were also hard to follow. The book has a third person point of view and, at the beginning, the thoughts of characters switched every so often in an organized manner. But as more characters were introduced, the thoughts of characters was completely random. In one paragraph we would get Victoria's thoughts, the next paragraph would have Christian's thoughts, then the evil guy, etc. And it was confusing! Lastly, was Victoria and Christian's relationship. This one really made me lose interest in the book and it also made me extremely annoyed. Here's a summary of their relationship: You're amazing, I really want to be with you! But the rules! We cannot be together! But I cannot deny the attraction! But I am dangerous and may possibly kill you because I'm a vampire! But we belong together! But I am also dangerous and may possibly kill you with my super witch powers! But I cannot live without you!
So, yeah, I couldn't stand their stupid angsty relationship. It also wasn't helpful that a majority of the plot was basically them not making up their stupid minds!
IN CONCLUSION As it might be obvious, I was not a fan of this book. It might actually be my fault since I usually try my best to avoid these kind of books. I could also blame myself for not giving up on this book and DNF it. But no, I failed at both. I probably won't read anything else from this author. I read Waterfell and while I liked it more than this book, I still wasn't a big fan of it. I might read The Almost Girl, since it is sci-fi which is more of my thing, but I make no promises.
While I wouldn't recommend this book, I wouldn't completely discourage it. If you're a fan of generic YA paranormal books, then you might like this. But if you're like me and would like more original and different books, then pass this book by....more
THE RUN-DOWN Deirdre Monaghan is a talented singer and harpist. During a school music competition, she meets a strange boy named Luke Dillon. Crazy tTHE RUN-DOWN Deirdre Monaghan is a talented singer and harpist. During a school music competition, she meets a strange boy named Luke Dillon. Crazy things begin to happen. She finds four-leaf clovers everywhere and starts seeing things. Somehow, Luke is tied into this...
MY THOUGHTS Let me get this straight: I like Maggie's work. I liked The Wolves of Mercy Wolves. I really liked The Raven Boys. And I LOVED The Scorpio Races. But this book has to be my least favorite. My major annoyance with this book is the insta-love. Deirdre and Luke barely know each other and they're soul-mates? I would believe it better if they knew each other longer and if their feelings are shown (intense kissing scenes don't count).
Other than that, some things weren't quite explained well enough (view spoiler)[It was mentioned that Deirdre saw Luke in her dreams before meeting him but this was never fully explained. (hide spoiler)].
But that didn't bother me as much as the insta-love. In fact, if the romance was not insta-love or played such a major role, I would've liked this book....more
I've been hearing so so many good things about this book! But when I finally got my hands on a copy... I was disappointed. I'm not saying it was terribleI've been hearing so so many good things about this book! But when I finally got my hands on a copy... I was disappointed. I'm not saying it was terrible (because it wasn't!) it just disappointed me...
There was only one thing in the book that bothered me. Everything else I liked! But I didn't like THE ROMANCE!! This became a problem because... That romance? Yeah, it plays a major part in the book!!! I found the romance fake and absolutely could not understand what they saw in each other!
When the books started out, I loved it! I thought I was walking into a new favorite! But then... the romance came in. It started out slowly... I disliked the romance but I could look around it, I was fine with it. But that romance blurred everything else. It practically forced me to look into it's face! "Look at me! You despise me! I shall torture you and make you dislike this book!"
Okay, okay... I'm making less and less sense as i'm going along. My point: I didn't like the romance.
Although I must say this... I will be reading BOOK 2! But i'm trying not to get my hopes up about it......more
Actual Rating: 1.5 I've seem so many good reviews of this book on Goodreads and on blogs, but when I picked up the book... I was disappointed. I don't hActual Rating: 1.5 I've seem so many good reviews of this book on Goodreads and on blogs, but when I picked up the book... I was disappointed. I don't hate this book, but I do not like this book either. Why do I not like this book? Insta-love Insta-love Insta-love This book has an abundance of Insta-love. Usually, I'm able to ignore the fact that the characters hardly know each other but in this book, I am reminded of the fact that they meet less than a week ago very very often. This book was also insanely sappy. Insta-love + sappiness = Me having difficulty getting through the book.
While I can understand why people may like this book--even though I don't--I prefer my books to be less sappy and more action-packed! Probably not going to read the next book, I don't think I can take anymore sappiness....more
Okays! I'm going to list ONE thing I LIKED and ONE thing I DIDN'T LIKE...
One Thing I Liked: The fact the there are no secrets kept from the friends andOkays! I'm going to list ONE thing I LIKED and ONE thing I DIDN'T LIKE...
One Thing I Liked: The fact the there are no secrets kept from the friends and family. (Secrets seem to be popular in most YA books...)
One Thing I Didn't Like: INSTA-LOVE!!!!! Cheese, I hate these things!!! Jaque and Fane know each other for only FIVE DAYS and yet they are just soooooo in love with each other. I kind of understand why there is insta-love (due to the whole werewolf bonding stuff) but it's still very cliche and annoying.
Due to the fact that the insta-love was a major part of the book, I was not a huge fan of the book. But I'm still going to continue the series! What can I say? I'm curious to see how things will continue on. And who knows, maybe it will get better! (I can be optimistic...sometimes)
MY THOUGHTS Sigh. Lately, I've been feeling burned out by the ebooks on my 2012 shelf. I waThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Sigh. Lately, I've been feeling burned out by the ebooks on my 2012 shelf. I was hoping this one would break that, and for a bit it seemed like it would, but it just fell into so many different tropes.
Evie wants nothing more than to escape her small town and move to New York. She's been working multiple jobs trying to make enough money to leave, but one day after work she is attacked by strange creatures. They look sort of human, but it turns out they are the Unhuman, demons, and Evie is a Hunter. A Hunter is meant to hunt the demons, but Evie did not sign up for this life. She doesn't want to kill, but the Unhuman want her dead and she has to learn to protect herself. Lucas is half human, half Unhuman and is meant to kill Evie. He grows close to her, with the intention to learn Hunter secrets and betray her, but why is he protecting her?
There were interesting parts to this book and for a little while it felt like the book was giving a new spin on the demon hunter trope. There were new creatures and lore, but then there was no world-building really behind that. What started out feeling new turned into tired YA tropes. Both Evie and Lucas are orphans. Evie has one adopted parent still living, but she might as well not be in the book. Evie is the chosen one. There's a prophecy. It's just, I've read books like this before.
There just really wasn't any real development to the characters. It's almost like the book begins and the characters hadn't existed before. Sure, they both have tragic backstories, but a person is more than that. Evie is supposed to be seventeen (I think?) but there's barely any mention of school. I know that this is supposedly during the summer, but she also did not act like a seventeen-year-old. And why does she really want to go to New York? She's escaping her small town, but why New York? What does she expect to do there? There were other characters in the book that I really wanted to know more about. I already mentioned the mom, but I also really didn't get enough background information on the dynamic between those in the Brotherhood. And Risper, a Hunter a few years older than Evie with a strange hatred for her, was a super interesting character. She hardly got any time but I really wanted to know her backstory! Why couldn't she be the main character?
The romance was what really made me lose enjoyment in this book. 2012 wasn't that long ago but back then every YA book seemed to need romance. I'm not usually a big fan of romance in books because it's so easy to screw up and because, as someone who never wants to be in a romantic relationship, I sometimes want to see books where there is none. Lately, there are so many YA books without romance or if there is, there are less that rely on tropes. So, reading this book was disappointing. There was no build whatsoever for the romance. Yes, they start out kind of hating each other, but it was clear from the get-go that they were going to fall for each other. There is no given reason for why they fall in love! They just do! Lucas could've been a really interesting character, but he turns out to be a stereotypical love interest. He's superhot, so hot that all of the girls immediately get crushes on him and stare at him. The girls will glare at any other girls who talk to him because how dare they talk to the hot guy! UGH! Why do I see this sexist crap in books still? GIRLS DON'T ACT LIKE THIS! Lucas also stalks Evie, even spying on her when she is in her undies. Just what you want in a boyfriend.
MY THOUGHTS I sound really angry, but I'm really just tired. I'm tired of seeing these cliches and this book honestly started out decently, but by the end I really didn't care what happened. I'm not going to continue the series, but I won't let this deter me from reading other books by Sarah Alderson....more
I dnfed this book pretty early on. It's sometimes handy for me to understand why a book didn't work so here I go.
1. I read this book for a "CleanDNF
I dnfed this book pretty early on. It's sometimes handy for me to understand why a book didn't work so here I go.
1. I read this book for a "Clean you TBR" challenge and I decided to read books I added to Goodreads in 2012. Just to give you a little more info, I was fifteen when I added this book. My reading tastes have changed a lot since then, and that was clear from this book.
2. The book starts with Eden meeting Az right away. A chapter later they are "in love" and the book started to throw around terms like "Sliders", "Bound", "Suiciders", etc. It made me feel like I was reading a sequel, not the first book in the series. As I read on, I noticed that I did not care about the characters because there was zero exposition to the characters and I definitely didn't care about the romance because I never got to see how they fell in love.
In the end, I decided that this book was not for me and that I would spend my time reading other books. Tastes change....more
What I Liked: -The originality of the story and how the magic was incorporated. -The journal entries thrown in throughout the book. I loved how it gav What I Liked: -The originality of the story and how the magic was incorporated. -The journal entries thrown in throughout the book. I loved how it gave me a little bit more detail and they made me wonder how they fit in with the story.
What I Didn't Liked: -The insta-love. This was the major problem for me in the story. It was completely unrealistic (I know that this is complete fiction but still) and seemed to show up at random moments (meaning: random kissing). I honestly think that the story would have been much better if there was a lot less romance. -The Plot. While the magic interested me some things didn't seem to be explained enough and there were moments that seemed random. I honestly don't know how to explain this better but it's kind of like a TV with a little bit of static. Not very much static, but enough to make you wonder what is going on.
In Conclusion: I did find this book interesting! In fact, if it weren't for the insta-love I would have liked it more. But alas, there was insta-love...