I am not entirely sure what I was expecting when I dove into Poison's Kiss. I was hoping to like it becauseThis review also appeared on Xpresso Reads
I am not entirely sure what I was expecting when I dove into Poison's Kiss. I was hoping to like it because I was intrigued by the premise but even when I was excited to read it, a small part of me was worried that it would not do justice to my culture. As a story, Poison's Kiss is fine. The romance is way too insta but it is engaging, there aren’t many plot holes and the characters are relatable. The world building is EXTREMELY lacking though. From the small things to the bigger, general things, the world building needs work and this book would have benefited from some Indian beta-readers who might have been able to help fine-tune some of those issues.
The rest of this review will be me breaking down everything that bugged me with the world building so if that’s not something that you want to hear about, please feel free to take your leave.
In the author’s note, Shields says that, “Sundari is not India, [but] is influenced by that culture and its mythology” (pg 290 in the ARC). Which is fair, Sundari is a fictional world but it IS inspired by a real, incredibly diverse one which is why I am so frustrated with the world building in Poison's Kiss.
India doesn’t just have one culture. Fun facts: There are 29 different states and 7 union territories in India. India does not have an official religion so not all Indians are Hindus (I say this because the book is advertized as Indian mythology but in actuality is Hindu mythology and that is IMPORTANT especially right now when there are so many religious struggles happening in the country.) There are also 22 ‘officially recognized’ languages spoken in India. All these things lend themselves to incredibly varied cultures wherever you go and varied beliefs. The land of Sundari is in no way reflective of that and instead mushes together various Indian cultures to create one generalized one. This isn’t offensive in of itself (at least to me, but I don’t speak for everyone) but the lumping of cultures is common whenever people talk about cultures of countries that are not part of the western world and that is more than a little problematic. I would go into more detail but this would turn into a rant about why colonialism is the actual worst. If you do want to know more about this though, please feel free to hit me up.
There are also the little things which I mentioned before, like the inaccurate use of Hindi words. Rajakumari isn’t a thing, its Rajkumari. Janu, which roughly translates to ‘love’ in English is not used as loosely as it is in English. Janu tends to be used for romantic partners, not for an adult addressing a child. Also, people need to stop assuming that the only thing Indians wear are saris. WE HAVE MORE ‘traditional’ clothing than that! Saris tend to be worn by married ladies, not by 17 year olds and there is a reason for that too. It takes like an HOUR to put on a sari (unless you’ve been doing it forever in which case you might be able to do it in 30 mins.)
This book feels a little like its appropriating my culture for the purposes of a story. There is no real homage to the diverse Indian cultures and makes me feel like there was no real research done about the country. The poorly built world only seems to exist as a location to set the story in. The reason I am so upset is because it is not a bad book by any means. There were moments when I really enjoyed the book and the ending makes me want to read the sequel. I just wish there was more research and that perhaps Indian cultures had been treated with more respect.
**Note that I received an ARC of this book for review...more
Now that some of my rage has cooled off, I can say with certainty that this is by far one of t***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato
Now that some of my rage has cooled off, I can say with certainty that this is by far one of the most disappointing books I’ve read this year. When I first saw it on Edelweiss, I was so excited! Greek Myth combined with Fantasy sounded like a dream and I was excited to dive in. I was let down on so many accounts, it’s not even funny. Although I imagine that if anyone had been watching me while I was reading the book, they might disagree.
For starters, this book has almost no elements of fantasy. It reads like historical fiction that’s set in a time when people still believed in the greek gods. That was slightly disappointing but I loved greek myth enough to let that one pass.
The POV this book was written in made it a lot harder for me to stick with the book. It’s written in 3rd person present tense which is just awkward. I kept on thinking it would change at some point but it didn’t and it just kept on throwing me off. At first, I felt like I wasn't being open enough to the idea of another POV and that it would become easier to read once I got used to it but I never did. I continued to look for things about this book that would make it stick out or would be even a shadow of what had been promised by the blurb.
The main character Alexos was actually pretty decent. I liked how he seemed to continue to push through in spite of all the misfortunes that befell him and while he was brave, smart, kind and giving, he also knew when he had to be a leader. Of course, sometimes I wish he would be a little bit more child-like considering he was just 13. Except when he wasn't. About half way through the book, there was a 7 year fast forward.
That really got me. What more was that the story wasn’t even being told from his POV anymore after that 7 year skip even though he was supposed to be the main character. A 20/21 year old main character for a middle grade book is a little awkward. What more was that this book some very predictable turns and there was a VERY AWKWARD romance thrown in that pissed me off so much. It’s not that the two characters weren’t compatible, it’s just that they don’t actually know each other. They meet and then BAM. Okay. I need to calm down a little because the romance still bothers me, as you can see quite clearly.
This book was lacking in the world building department as well. We are provided with the bare minimum which is basically some details on the gods that have any influence on the outcome of the story. We are thrown into a world with no other details which is why I said it read more like a historical book than fantasy. As someone who LOVES world building, I was heartbroken! Here we have such great potential yet it’s wasted. It’s barely brushed. I can only imagine the rich world that could have otherwise been created had the potential been utilized.
However, the worst thing about this book was the way in which the conflict was resolved. That broke my heart into pieces. It’s the kind of resolution you expect from picture books, not a novel. Not a novel where there is so much build up and the character goes through so much as a result of his ‘destiny’. We have a build up for nothing because when it comes down to the actual resolution, nothing happens. It’s like when you light a firecracker that you expect to explode but all you get is a tiny crackle.
Throughout the first 60%, I kept making excuses for the book because I expected to get better, I wanted it to get better. I wanted it to blow my mind. I wanted it to be everything it had promised. The last 40% opened my eyes and by the last couple of pages I was craughing and really just wanted the book to end. So much disappointment is not good for the soul.
One might attribute the simplicity of the book to the fact that it’s middle grade. I am obviously not the intended audience but if I had read this book in middle school, I would have been heartbroken because it would have made me realize that not all books are great (I never really read a bad book as a kid… yes I am boasting. A little bit. COME ON. My bubble has already been burst.). Plus, as a kid (and almost adult))who loved adventures , it would have bothered me that something that promised to be a fabulous adventure wasn’t one.
My childish aspirations aside, it's clear that I wasn't the intended audience but I don’t know who this book is aimed towards. I suggest that if you’re thinking about reading this one yourself, you may want to skip it unless childish is exactly what you’re looking for after being fed up of everything else....more
The biggest downfall of this book for me was what made it unique: the bees (pun kind of intend***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato
The biggest downfall of this book for me was what made it unique: the bees (pun kind of intended.. but is it a pun or is it not, that is the question).This book has a lot of things going for it, but the characterization of the bees made it almost impossible for me to enjoy it. It really sucks because the plot is interesting, the world building is marvelous, but the characterization of the bees really grated on me.
My favorite bit in the whole book was actually the prologue and the epilogue. That’s it.
I don't know where to begin because it's so hard to untangle my thoughts. I find myself confused because while I did NOT like the book, I can see that there are many aspects that are interesting
Flora 717 is a special snowflake bee. Flora bees are of the lowest order and tend to be sanitation workers, but somehow Flora 717 is different. For starters, she can talk which is most unusual for Flora bees. Morever, Flora 717 can produce royal jelly which is basically what they feed the new born baby bees. Basically, she can do everything and seems to be really smart (for a bee, that is).The problem is, I never could get behind her. She felt "too human" for a bee. All of the bees for that matter seemed human and this humanization of bees really got to me, seeing that BEES ARE NOT HUMANS.
Flora 717 feels love. She feels her heart swell with love, she has howled out her heartbreak and all of these words used to describe her actions and feelings make her seem too human for my comfort. That is the downfall of this book for me. Having bees as characters is great, but when they seem to read like humans instead of bees, there is a problem.
The bees actually say "amen". This is such an obvious humanization of the bees that it bothered the living daylights out of me. Why are the bees saying "amen"? WHY? Why do these bees have a religion that seems to be based on Christianity or Judaism (this is an assumption based on the fact that these bees say amen)?
What’s even weirder is that Flora 717 seems to have a love interest. It isn’t a romance but there does seem to be feelings involved in the way she acts around a certain Sir Linden and THAT is creepy. The first thing I did when I got a sense of this was laugh… really hard because in all honesty it is ridiculous in my opinion.
Characterization aside, I do think that the dynamics within the hive are interesting. Seeing all the roles the different breeds of bees play to keep the hive functioning is very interesting. I especially like that this book isn’t so much of a dystopia as it is about just being part of something bigger. At the same time though, I found myself wondering if it was fair that Flora 717 got more freedom than anyone else in the hive without ever having to deal with serious consequences. Although I have to say, it is appreciated that this book wasn’t about overthrowing the ‘queen’ and setting everyone free because you cannot do that. Bees need hives to survive and everyone will need to play a role to make the hive function. I also really liked the queen. I think she was a very interesting character and I really liked seeing the role she played.
There were so many elements to the world building worth mentioning, but I don’t even know how to begin to do so. There is devotion, the mother’s love and all these little tid bits about the inner workings of the hive which were so incredibly fascinating, but at the same time, there were TOO MUCH INFORMATION. I found my mind wandering and sometimes it was just so hard to focus because I was so tired of all the information being thrown at me.
The plot was just decent as well but the problem was the bees made it impossible for me to enjoy it. I wonder: if the same story had human characters, would it have been more enjoyable? The plot is incredibly slow paced and it picks up at times, but will will slow down again as Flora 717 returns to her routine. The weird pacing actually works in this case, but I didn't really care.
This book does have a lot going for it but sadly it didn’t work out for me. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for something different, but if you, like me, will be bothered by the humanization of the bees, I’d say skip it....more
It’s extremely hard to write a review for a book without being critical***This mini review has also been posted on The Social Potato
Actual Rating 1.5
It’s extremely hard to write a review for a book without being critical and I don’t think I can be particularly critical in terms of this book because I didn’t pay as much attention as I could have been paying. Half the time my mind was wandering and I was not invested in the least. I skimmed over even important bits because I was just so bored.
Admittedly I am kind of surprised by my reaction to this book. I read and reviewed Zenn Scarlett last year and enjoyed it but as I read the sequel, I wondered why I had liked it so much. Perhaps I’ve evolved as a reader since then or perhaps this book really just didn’t live up to its predecessor.
We are introduced to an array of new characters including a dolphin. A dolphin with a gambling problem. And really, it was amusing at first but then it got bothersome. The dolphin read like a very naïve creature and I get it, the dolphin has been sheltered for a large chunk of his life; however, dolphins happen to be a very intelligent species so it didn’t really work for me.
I like that the author put effort into describing all these various alien species with detail but then after a while it just seemed like this book was trying too hard to be like Animorphs (IMO) and the whole alien aspect stopped being interesting. I could no longer pull of a visual picture of the setting or these creatures. I was too bored to care.
The plot did not hold my attention and it kind of seemed to be all over the place. Liam came and went (half the time I was wondering whether Zenn had completely forgotten about his existence), other characters came and went and I did not care. One of the quirks that managed to stick with me was how easily Zenn stowed away on the ship. What? How did the captain not realize? All he would have had to do was ask someone to check Mr. Bodine’s room and ask if he had a daughter. I just cannot see how no one except the dolphin would have picked up on this fact.
Honestly, I felt like this might have been a case of it’s me not you which is why there isn’t much for me to say. Because really, how do you write a review for a book that was mind numbingly boring. I don't have anything to say about the main character, I don't have much to say about the plot and every time I try to think of anything more to say I keep on drawing a blank. Which pretty much sums up my reading experience. If you like pretty covers and aliens you might want to give this a shot although … the aliens might be a tad bit disappointing....more
Amulet of Elusion is more of a skeleton than an actual book. Reading it was.. not fun. This book had an interesting premise which was the only reason I could actually tolerate reading on. Had this been a first draft, I would have been impressed, as it is, it wasn’t.
The only thing working for this book is the concept. The characters are iffy, the romance is weird and the plot is rushed and the world building? Well I have no idea about the world building. It’s just the idea of amulets and how they work that really intrigues me, even now.
Caleb is basically the perfect guy. He is hot, modest, smart, kind of rich and oh he likes helping people. Except he is horrible. He is self-centered from what I see. When he helps a kid and realizes how bad the situation was, his first thought was, “This kid really does need my help”. I am sure that is supposed to be a good thing but no. Hell no. The kid needed help, not YOUR help. And any guy who chains a girl up so that she doesn’t get herself killed while he goes off to fight, especially when she is actually powerful and could help, is not a wonderful guy. He is a fucking nightmare. He is also the kind of guy who emphasizes someone’s beauty above everything else. When he is telling everyone about ‘his girl’ he emphasizes her beauty because that is what is most important. Yes, you’re DEFINITELY the kind of guy I want as a life partner (they get married). Let’s not forget his policy about not fighting with women. Even when it’s to train him so that he doesn’t fucking die. Nope, not going to take this shit seriously. He is way too cool for this. I wanted to bitch slap him right then. Your chivalry is going to get you fucking killed, sure respecting women is important, showing them courtesy is a good thing but have some limits dude.
Our wonderful female lead, what’s her face Alexa is no better than her lover. For starters
“Caleb is my husband. It’s his job to protect me now.”
That was what she said to her foster parent when she tried to be ‘overprotective’. She is incapable of making smart decisions and rushes into danger without thinking things through. She is TSTL. When she learns that she is a speshul snowflake, she barely questions anything after the initial shock. Let’s not forget someone always needs to save her pathetic ass.
Both these characters feel like checklists or just lists of characteristics. They don’t feel like real characters. Just a bundle of characteristics. Their backstories don’t feel like stories, they feel like facts. There is no emotion involved, or if it is, it’s more rational than emotional. Her parents died and she is supposed to be sad about that, she is, but I don’t feel it. I don’t feel anything. I have no real connection to her. I feel a mild annoyance towards her but that’s about it. The same goes for Caleb, I cannot even bring myself to hate him because I just don’t care. I am annoyed, pissed, but at his actions not his character. His character does NOTHING for me.
The secondary characters were just… there. Like her best friend tagged along but she has a beau back home and what about her father? What? They all seem to fade into the background when it comes to Alexa and Caleb for they are the center of this stories. The secondary characters serve no other purpose than plot devices.
The romance though. Oh dear. *shudders* I was so excited about the fact that a relationship already existed but that theory was shot to hell pretty soon. Sure they were in a relationship but they knew NOTHING about each other. Not their middle names, not where they came from, not about their families, NOTHING. Yet in spite of this, they claim to be in love. How do you love someone you know nothing about? Oh and then moving on to getting married. That took everything a step too far. That’s just moving way too fast. You can love each other and still be in a dangerous situation, marriage won’t change anything. Seriously. Now I have nothing against marriage, but really they should have waited before taking such a huge leap.. I mean they JUST declared their love for one another. I cannot even. *storms out*
The plot is just.. bland. Things happen, more things happen, one after another. Like some sort of to-do list. This happened? Check. Next thing. Check. Check Check Check Check. *cricket noises in the background* At one point, I felt like I was reading some sort of ultra-dramatic soap opera. Everyone has seen this story a gazillion times. Orphaned girl, secrets being kept, girl super special complete with a prophecy that declares her so. Let’s not forget she is supposed to save everyone. Did I mention she was speshul?
The world building made no sense to me. Ivy (the overprotective guardian) mentioned that she searched the whole kingdom for Alexa when Alexa decided to ‘screw it’. Is the kingdom small? Big? What? Everyone is confined inside for their own good until they become adults? Again … what? I have no idea what was going on with the world building and after a while I no longer cared to figure that tangled mess out.
I’d say something about the only good thing about this book, the concept of amulets but at this point I don’t care. The intriguing concept of amulets does not make up for everything else that didn’t work. I may have read this fairly quickly but I simply don’t care about this book. I was surprised when it ended.. and when I say surprised, I mean in the best way possible because I was miserable and really did not want to continue reading.
In the end this book is just not something I would recommend. It did not do anything for me and didn’t read like a story but instead like a fact book, a fictional fact book at that but still. There was no emotion rolling of the pages, I didn’t immerse myself within the world. A text book would have been more interesting....more
I feel like such a critique right now because this book on the whole wasn't actually bad.. it just didn't work for me. If I had read it a year ago I wI feel like such a critique right now because this book on the whole wasn't actually bad.. it just didn't work for me. If I had read it a year ago I would have enjoyed it but right now all these little things nag at me. The gold digger jokes don't sit well with me. The fact that these 30 year olds aren't all that mature kind of bothers me. I cannot over look these tiny details any more and while this book was funny, I wasn't laughing. I spend a lot of the time cringing in embarrassment. One of my biggest issues with this book was all the shamming. Joe is the only 'positive' female character. She is tom-boyish, funny, and gorgeous without realizing it. 'Other women' regard her with disdain for not dressing the same way 'they' do. Stereotypical much? Oh and the constant use of bitch against all the women. UGH. a NIGHTMARE. ...more
Are you religious? Do you think you’re better than everyone else because you***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato
Actual Rating 1.5
Are you religious? Do you think you’re better than everyone else because you have ‘faith’? Do you like preaching to other people? Do you like shoving your religious opinions down someone’s throat? Do you like forcing your religion on to other people?
If that sounds like you, you’ll probably enjoy this book. If those things get on your nerves like they get on mine. Run. Run for your lives.
This book is publicized all wrong. It’s misleading and someone really should mention the religious aspect because I know a lot of readers will feel the way I do. Pissed off.
What’s even worse is that this book had some real potential. It could have been great but it wasn’t. It had the basis of good relationships and no romance and a somewhat creepy aspect but it all went down the drain with a nightmare of a female lead.
If I didn’t know that Jane was the female lead, I seriously would think she was some sort of cult leader who would turn out to be an antagonist. I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING. She judges everyone around her using her religion as a basis, because the fact she goes to church, like a good little girl, makes her better than everyone else. I bet if it were up to her she’d convert everyone. She has no respect for other people’s opinions. When Tyler ‘rejects’ religion, she doesn’t believe him and in her mind goes on and on about the time he was saved. She also feels sad when she cannot feel God. No I am not kidding. Her inner monologue consists of how God loves everyone and that everyone can be saved. Now I don’t want to offend anyone who is religious, I wouldn’t have minded the book so much had the religious aspect been moderated but as it is, I felt like I was was being preached at the whole time I was reading this book. I respect other people’s opinions and expect mine to be respected as well.
One of my biggest issues was that no adult gives them due credit, so like all the other teens out there, they solve the mystery on their own. YAY *sarcasm* What is up with adults never understanding? The parents aren’t necessarily portrayed as the bad guys; which is appreciated, but why don’t they ever listen to the kids?
The teens don’t show an ounce of normality. You have goody two shoes Jane, sunshine Holly (well she IS dead), shy but wonderful musician Tyler, rebel chick Leigh Ann who is sad she was thrown out of church for having blue hair. The characters actually listen to gospel music. Am I really supposed to believe that teens are USUALLY like this? I actually thought the author might go somewhere with this and give Jane a taste of her own medicine but no. Everyone ends up happy happy at church. YAY.
The relationships are surprisingly decent. You have a main character who truly mourns her friend instead of latching on to her boyfriend now that he is available. The boyfriend actually loved his girlfriend, they shared a good relationship and he mourned her. He was heartbroken. There is no romance in this book, it does have a good focus on relationships and sadly that happens to be the only positive thing.
The writing takes a little getting used to. Jane is always talking to her best friend, Holly in her mind. That’s basically her inner monologue… it’s definitely different and it doesn’t always work but I can see why the author wrote it the way he did. It was to emphasize the friendship between the two.
The ‘horror’ part of this book is a complete and utter mess. It is all over the place. There are no explanations. Jane had a dream that told her where to find Holly’s grandpa but there was nothing mentioned about the dream after that. For a while I even thought that the way Jane could feel God would lead up to something paranormal but it didn’t. Even when it leads her to ‘prophesize’ so many things. I am surpised by how literally the main character takes the bible, like how she immediately jumped to conclusions when a fish coughed up Holly’s ring and matched it up to some sort of prophesy. I am not sure she would survive in the real world. This isn’t some book that follows in the steps of Stephen King, in fact for the most part I wasn’t scared. The horror was a fail. We know things but nothing really happens. Those incidents aren’t connected in a way to give us a scary atmosphere.
One of the biggest things that pushed me from mild annoyance to full-fledged anger was the jab taken at other culture/religions. Saying something like this (quote below) won’t make me laugh. It may not cause direct offense to me but what is wrong with you?
“….Banned in all those Islamic countries ‘cause women kept ripping off their Burkas and going wild and shit.”
Do I care that the person who said it was probably an immature little shit? NO I DO NOT CARE. Saying things like that will not win you any points.
So in conclusion, if you don’t like someone shoving religion down your throat, avoid this book....more
LOL Never again MY EYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS What a mess.
-people falling in love within a week -thinking about marriage in that same time span -stupid alpha malLOL Never again MY EYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS What a mess.
-people falling in love within a week -thinking about marriage in that same time span -stupid alpha males (they gotta be done right and this book failed) -the chick falling in love again with a guy.. who she had a crush on in high school who basically took her virginity and ran off -a grown man thinking the best sex of his life (before he went at it with the same chick as an adult) was when he was 18... that bothers me.. I am not sure how most people will feel about it. The same goes for the girl. Again she was a virgin. -A girl whose been emotionally abused finding love out of nowhere. Dude at least let her trust people again before making her magically fall in love with one of the dudes who in a round about way was one of her kidnappers. I DONT FUCKING CARE THAT HE NEVER INDULGED IN THE ACTUAL ABUSE. HE WITNESSED IT AND DID NOTHING and basically 'did not understand why she would do that to herself'. Fuck you man. -Bad mystery -Bad everything
Basically if you're even contemplating reading this, read it for the laughs, not because you're actually going to get something out of it. ...more
You know what sucks? When you know the author of a book is a really nice person but you end up***This review has also been posted onThe Social Potato
You know what sucks? When you know the author of a book is a really nice person but you end up absolutely hating the book. I was looking forward to this one, the premise was intriguing and well the cover was amazeballs, so yes, when I dove in, my expectations were high, but when I read the book, they hit rock bottom. This book was awful. It pains me to say that but less than 10% in and I was counting down how much longer it would take me to finish it.
I think one of the biggest drawbacks of this book is its length. The final copy has around 250 pages and well that doesn’t do the book any favors. Everything is crammed into those pages. Events occur one after the other with no real emphasis put on any of them. For example, her mother dies and she cries but thats about all we see in relationship to her mother's death. Also, I felt no connection with what was going on in the book and the characters did nothing for me.
Sia is one of the worst characters I’ve encountered. She is impulsive and never thinks things through. She never thinks about how her actions would affect people or if her plans would even work out. She is incredibly self-centered in that way and honestly, I think she had everything bad that happened to her coming. I really did not like her character. She was not brave, she was not smart. She was STUPID. She was IMPULSIVE and really, she was a clueless teenager given the situation she was in. She basically goes along with people she just met because she assumes they’ll be safe since they don’t look like they could do her much harm. Honey, did no one teach you that looks can be deceiving? Hell the cover of this pretty book was deceiving.
Mace is just as stupid. He ‘chooses’ Sia because he saw something special in her but is surprised when she doesn’t readily jump at the chance to join a revolution. Yeah, when you pick people of the street without actually getting to know them, you’re probably going to be in for a shit load of disappointment son.
Did I mention Mace’s stalkery habits that are waived off because ‘at least he was being honest’. Yeah no, if a guy is following you around and you aren’t even aware of it, something is absolutely wrong here.
None of the other characters are developed enough for me to even say anything about them. For the most part, they didn’t even register on my radar. I could say that I enjoyed the fact that Sia and her dad shared a good relationship but really I didn’t care. I was completely detached from the book and the characters and just everything.
There are 15 days to live. 15 days until she and everyone else in her sector will be dead and she has already embraced that. Now that isn’t a bad thing, what is a bad thing is how her will to live makes an entrance overnight and that to because of guy she JUST met. I get what the author is trying to do here but because of the length it becomes an issue and it almost seems like the character underwent a personality transplant, and honestly the end result wasn’t someone I could like. It didn't make Sia a more enjoyable character, if anything, it made her a bigger pain in the ass.
The romance in this book was a nightmare. My insta-love alarms were set off and they were ringing really loudly (ouch). I mean seriously. She started having feelings for him without even having a decent conversation. The two times the conversed before she becomes aware of her feelings, he was basically trying to get her to join a rebellion and she ran/hid away from him EACH TIME. How does she suddenly care for him? At the rate they are going, they’ll probably be married in a couple of days (after the end of the book).
Both the villains and the rebels have no sort of logic to them. The villains are evil for the sake of being evil. When you find out their reasons for doing what they were doing, it just feels so fake. Oh, I am going to only pick the cool humans to hang out with me. Nobody else is worth it. Ugh. I am such a special snowflake. Stop. No seriously. If there was a legit reason as to why they were doing what they were doing, their actions would have been easier to swallow. The rebels were just wannabes. I can see why they feel the need to rebel. Obviously. But there are only 20 rebels in total. And they’re going to have to fight against cyborgs. Pray tell me, how they’re even going to survive. Yeah they mentioned recruiting more people later but uh. No. If they were talking about saving themselves they would have thought things through and would have been more organized but as it is, they’re just a rag tag group of wannabes.
The world building sucks. These citizens were closed inside the walls for some reason and are now going to be killed for another. I have no idea why any of this happened/is happening (well we do know the reason for the latter but as I mentioned earlier, it all felt very fake). This book was a very odd sort of dystopia where I didn’t even understand the basic mechanics of how the government worked. The world building had a lot of potential from what I saw but it needed so much more development.
The plot. No let’s not go there. Everything is so rushed that I can hardly discern the plot from the tangles of everything else. It’s not paced well enough and really, I just didn’t care about what the hell was going on. Hell I was practically rooting for everyone to die instead of getting the happy ending they all desperately yearned for.
The ending is probably the best part about the book, I liked how the author ended the book with an open ending giving us the choice to imagine what would happen afterwards. Not that I actually cared. I was just happy the book was over.
I am sorely disappointed by this book and really it sucks that I didn’t enjoy this more. I really wouldn’t recommend it to anybody unless you’re looking for a quick read to help you catch up on your reading challenge....more
I was actually looking forward to this book after reading the synopsis. I may or may not have a little obsession with novels involving second chance rI was actually looking forward to this book after reading the synopsis. I may or may not have a little obsession with novels involving second chance romances which is why I jumped aboard this one, and I was let down.
There is WAY too much cheese in this one and so many stereotypes used. The characters were cliche-like and while this bothered me, it didn't bother me nearly as much as the amount of cheese in this book.
At first I thought the main character would genuinely try to get revenge and while she did seem all gungho about it at first, she... fell too easily again and I don' really understand why. From what I understand, they shouldn't have even fallen in 'love' the previous summer seeing that they were not being themselves (from what I understand). And so that would imply she barely knows the guy (after all, they only dated for that one summer and weren't even completely honest) and so after one heartfelt moment, she falls head over heels all over again? Whaaa?
These characters, while on the verge of going to college, could still be seen as teenagers and well, from what I've seen, teenagers are not usually like that in relationships. That isn't to say they cannot be, but these two barely dated and so it just doesn't add up.
With all that said, it wasn't a horrible read per se, the book is short so it flew by and was over pretty quickly and so in the end, I wasn't so much as enraged as I was... icky because gawd that much cheese cannot be good for anyone!...more
Fuck this book. The characters were horrible The romance was horrible and don't even get my started on the mystery. The real murderer was so random thatFuck this book. The characters were horrible The romance was horrible and don't even get my started on the mystery. The real murderer was so random that it pissed me off. I like it when mysteries are unpredictable but this was just pathetic. Ugh. Not to mention all the inconsistencies that were overlooked. Bah Humbug. I don't think I can pick Brenda again for a while.
I believe this is my second DNF review. I really tried to give this book a* This review has also been posted on The Social Potato
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I believe this is my second DNF review. I really tried to give this book a chance instead of just bailing out but by the time I got to 36% nothing seemed to be working for me. I did not like this book. In fact I made more notes in the 36% I had read than I usually do for an entire book.
Right off the bat the setting is one of my biggest issues. I don’t know much about Camelot and while I really like King Arthur’s legend, I don’t actually know anything about the city so I cannot comment on that but what I can say is that this setting reminds me of why dystopias stopped working for me ages ago (with a couple of exceptions of course). Everything is BLACK AND WHITE. There is good and there is bad and there seems to be no grey in between. What more is the backwardness of the whole situation. I’ve seen a couple of other books do this and I think it’s time to address this issue. Why does the future seem so backward? We’ve all come so far and personally, I find it hard to imagine that we would turn back to our ‘Victorian’ ways of treating women like crap and all the other things that come along with it. That just doesn’t happen. These are humans we are talking about; we are all obsessed with progression. To add to that, let’s not forget the whole ‘learn from past mistakes’. We all know how that worked out in the past don’t we? Which is to say it didn’t work at all. Don’t tell me they don’t expect a revolution when that is exactly what happened the last time around.
The main character was a mess. She has been given a so called privilege any girl in this kingdom would want. Let’s start with that. So somehow she is the only one who understands the true evil behind this so called honor while the other females are incredibly dim-witted. There could be an explanation later on in the book but there was nothing in the first 36%. Moving on, so again, she is a speshul snowflake and gets chosen by some sort of magic, of course, the prince does explain why he chose her and HOW he chose her; she seemed to walk in a certain way that made her stand out and because she was different. How do you deduce that by basically watching someone on your camera thingo? For reals man? I’ll get back to the prince later, but back to the girl, she is extremely RECKLESS. There is a thin line between smart and stupid and she is DEFINTIELY stupid. She basically asks the maid for help. Did she even think twice about the consequences? What if she had decided to report her, she’d have been as good as dead. Let’s not even talk about her insta-lust and her tendency to trust the Prince’s first knight. She thinks the prince is ‘evil’ but trusts his first knight. Please.
Going back to our lovely prince, he is your usual cliché. ‘I DON’T WANT TO BE A PRINCE, I WISH I WAS NORMAL’. Shut it. While you’re at it, please man up. Seriously, he is getting married so he can avoid his princely duties. Let’s not even talk about him, let’s talk about his loyal and faithful NOT first knight. I cannot even. Seriously. So somehow, this guy, who has sworn to protect his prince, is already attracted to his wife and is basically helping her escape. Well then, we know where his loyalties lie don’t we? Let’s hope that if I were ever a prince, he wouldn’t be my first knight because I am sure I wouldn’t be able to count on him.
The romance had just started to develop when I DNFed this book but there were already tons of problems with it. For starters the goddamn insta love. I hate insta-love from the very bottom of my very black heart, what I hate even more is the love triangle, but funnily enough the love triangle wasn’t really much of an issue since we all knew who she would choose even at that rather early point. Going back to the insta love; seriously man. They just met, like the first day, and all these cheesy things are being said. I am just going quote and let you guys decide, now remember it has only been a day.
“…and the heat of his body sends a current zipping along my skin.”
That quote was actually FROM the day they met, when she should have considered him her enemy.
“That’s the first I’ve seen of your true smile.”
There is so much more I can say but I am just going to sum up everything in a couple of words because I am too riled up at this point to go into more details.
Here is a brief overview of everything; you have our wonderful main character, Zara, who pretends to have a backbone but she is actually a mary sue who needs to be saved, probably from herself. You have Prince Sebastian who is a poor baby; he doesn’t want to be a king you know? You have First Knight, Sir Devlan Capra who is so loyal it hurts. Add in a bad romance and shaky world building and there you have it. ...more
The characters held a lot of potential but the bad romance and week mystery killed it. Also why do all characters end up in a relationship? I don't unThe characters held a lot of potential but the bad romance and week mystery killed it. Also why do all characters end up in a relationship? I don't understand? Why does a HEA for all characters include a romantic relationship? ...more
This book is a big fat joke and I really wish I hadn’t been drawn to it because of it's pretty c***This review has also been posted onTangled in Pages
This book is a big fat joke and I really wish I hadn’t been drawn to it because of it's pretty cover. I should have learned my lesson but I never do. Plus I decided to not read any of the reviews which could have prevented me from wasting the painfully long time it took me to read this book.
At first there was some potential. The first couple of pages made me think this book stood a chance and could either blow my mind or go down the drain. It took the latter path. The first time I knew this book was a goner was when the main character referred to her friend’s appearance as ‘the whore look’. Slut shamming right there and it happened so many more times. There wasn’t only slut shamming though, there were so many instances where female characters were mocked for various things.
Melissa falls under the teenagers that I’d like to slap category. She is self-centered and insensitive. She yells at her father and brother all the time and goes so far as to publicly humiliate her younger brother. Sure it was an accident but just because you’re fucking stressed doesn’t mean you have the right to take your anger on whoever the hell you want to. Melissa, like any other annoying ass teenager out there, swoons when she encounters a hot guy. Never mind the fact that the government thinks she is an insurgent and will most likely arrest her.
The insurgents are stupid. They are supposed to be rebels. They support the dragons and you know what? These shit heads aren’t rebels. They are kiss-assesses. They kiss up to dragons and try to win their favor. I am not kidding. The dragons are apparently self-sufficient so I don’t even understand why they need humans to help them. I don’t think the dragons even care. Like seriously. This is basically what the insurgents are like when it comes to dragons.
They fawn over them but aside from that, they don’t know shit.
The James dude, the love interest is equally as annoying.
“Probably. I don’t know. If you don’t face death every once in a while, how do you know how to live?”
It reminds me of a book I read a while ago, The Wicked We Have Done. The book referred to this ideal as Chaos Theory and because of the events of that book, his ideas don’t make me think, they just piss me off. No. Going out of your way to look for trouble is only going to end up with you being dead. There is something known as self-preservation and I am not sure James has it. Thankfully though, he doesn’t play a major role in this book so I didn’t have to put up with his stupidity for too long (this also means that there wasn't much of a romance so yay for that too).
A lot of the instances of slut/woman shamming aren’t exactly portrayed in a negative light. They are supposed to come across as jokes but they didn’t. For example, this
"Claire, whose hairy legs could be very well belong to a sasquatch..”
I didn’t laugh. I might have if I was the sort of human who thought that all women should shave their legs because otherwise, they’re just disgusting freaks, but as it is, I DON’T! Melissa also called her friend at the ‘camp’ a whore, and of course it was playful because she is one. She uses her body to get alcohol. If you cannot tell, I am being sarcastic here. Instead of mocking and making fun of her friend, she should try to help her. If she is so dependent on alcohol, then there is obviously something wrong here. But no. The world revolves around Melissa and no one else matters.
There are other completely insensitive instances in this book. Like this one.
"..sitting all retarded in the restroom”
This sentence was used to refer to a girl who just died and they were trying to think of things to comfort themselves so that they wouldn’t feel so bad about her death. I cannot even. I seriously cannot. SO MUCH RAGE. SO SO SO MUCH RAGE.
The book is way too fast for the first 1/3rd of the book with things happening one after the other and no time for readers to digest what is going on. The next 2/3rds slows down and kind of reminds me of some odd mix between The Program and The Hunger Games except with dragons. These kids are sent to Antarctica to be reconditioned so that they aren’t ‘dragon friendly’ anymore. The government is completely evil and for what reason I don’t understand. Of course humanity is going to freak out if a bunch of dragons came out of nowhere. Humans are not required to accommodate them. THEY SHOULD. They definitely should out of common courtesy but dragons are the strange species here and not humans (or the animals that inhabit the planet). Their presence could result in fractures in the ecosystem and a whole heap of other problems so I am not sure why the government is seen as evil (and also portrayed as evil in a very cartoonish way). Things are not so black and white and shouldn’t be portrayed as such.
Also there is a weird TV show in this book which is why I said Hunger Games. These people are made to dress up and kill dragons to entertain the dragon hating public. *rolls eyes*. I don’t even know what to say to that.
The world building is very weak in this novel. The dragons came out of nowhere 15 years ago (the dragons don’t remember where they came from either), they are digging a giant pit in the middle of Kansas. Why? Also the dragons themselves make no sense. Their reproduction techniques remind me of flowers which just makes me go huh? On top of that, the ‘baby’ dragons remind me of giant puppies. The dragon in one scene goes so far as to ‘lick’ Melissa’s face a bazillion times. What? WHY? The adult dragons just reminds me of stuck up humans. We’re talking about dragons here and as someone who loves dragons, I am annoyed. There was a LOT of potential here for developing interesting dragons but the potential just went down the drain.
I ended up skimming huge chunks and even then it took me ages to read. This book dragged on and on and made me rage and even writing this review kind of makes me angry. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless you’re sure you're be able to handle it. I am pretty sure I won’t read the sequel unless I am feeling masochistic and decide I want to know what happens from this point onwards.
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I ruined a perfectly good reading streak by picking this book up. I suppose I should have known that I couldn’t get lucky for so lon Actual Rating 1.5
I ruined a perfectly good reading streak by picking this book up. I suppose I should have known that I couldn’t get lucky for so long (since my luck is absolute shit) but I hoped that I would be wrong.
Let me start with the namesake of the book, Adam. HE IS SO SLOW. Forget everything else he did. He knows how Abbie got pregnant because their mutual friend Justin told him. Some dude came around for 3 weeks, got Abbie pregnant and went back to London. Which was exactly what he did. How many men does he think slept with her and went BACK to London like he did and around the same time he did! It was just baffling seeing that he was all nice to Henry never suspecting that the kid was his own. How stupid does someone have to be to not get that? And he didn’t find out using his own wit, oh no, Abbie had to tell him, even with the fact that they kind of hung out quite a bit before she told him. And when she told him, he lost it and got all high and mighty on her about keeping his son away from him. Never mind the fact that he actually left HER with the promise of coming back for her when he was ready. It’s not her fault he never contacted her, plus seeing that he was some rich ass dude, she was right to think that he didn’t want her meddling in his affairs and ruining their reputation. Despite everything at least Abbie FEELS guilty and apologizes, I don’t see him doing that at all, only using her guilt to manipulate her. With everything going on with Abbie, you’d think his ‘assholeness’ only extends so far but it turns out, he was pretty much an asshole when it came to his first wife as well. It’s not even because of what happened with Pete, I understand that, what I don’t understand is the fact that he married her when even she knew it would never work out b/w them. It’s not fair to her that she never got to spend her time with someone who would love her. In fact what’s worse is that only a couple weeks after she died, he fled, although I’ll give him credit for knowing that what he did was wrong.
We also had a doormat in this book; in fact it was the main character whose name was Abbie. It makes me want to cry to see a character like her, she is so WEAK. So so so weak. The book starts off at a charity event which she went to so that she could tell Adam that he had a son yet as soon as she sees him and sees how awkward things are between them she freaks and decides to tell him ‘later’. Wait so she didn’t expect any awkwardness at all? How dumb do you have to be to not see that coming? At least she doesn’t take a huge ass time to tell him after that one mistake. Even with all that, I was still ready to give her a chance to improve but things just got worse from there. Adam would just have to snap his fingers and she would be willing to do anything. He tells her that either they can go to court or she can move in with him. So she moves in with him, a guy she barely knows but shares a past with, boy isn’t THAT such a wise thing to do? When did people become so smart? There is also this scene where they are discussing character differences b/w men and women and how women complicate things and men keep it down to Earth and she agrees with him. I almost cried. How can someone hate their own gender so much? She even agrees to go to London with him to visit his family; I mean take HENRY to visit the family. Yeah sure. That’s just such a smart thing to do isn’t it? But then again, it is Abbie so I shouldn’t really expect much. Abbie also thinks that Adam has great self-control, so wait, when he was manipulating her and being all angry and blaming her, that counts as great self-control? Well I guess since he didn’t punch her in the face at all, he probably DOES have great self- control because I wouldn’t have been able to hold myself back.
I am not even going to mention Pete; Henry however, deserves a mention. I am a little confused about how a 3 year old can be so intelligent, when I was 3, I could barely talk never mind bake cookies. Maybe I am just jealous of a 3 year old I don’t know, but I cannot really imagine a 3 year old knowing where everything is in the kitchen and measuring everything out, never mind being able to reach the kitchen slab. The one thing that made me like Henry initially was the fact that he was actually vary of Adam, but that changed too.
As you can tell, there wasn’t much of a plot, only angst. Things did get better for a couple of pages, I was even considering giving the book a 2.5, but then the author dumped a whole lot of cheese on us. The only good thing I can come up with about this book is this quote
“And do you think you’ll get a guarantee from any man that life will always be dandy? No guy will give you that. He doesn’t exist. But even though I bring loads of uncertainties into your life that doesn’t mean I don’t have a whole swag of redeeming features to make me the perfect guy for you”
Okay never mind I take that back, I seemed to have missed the part where he says SWAG. Wow. Umm does that even make sense? A whole swag of redeeming qualities. Let me google that. Nope.. I didn’t see anything in the first 3 entries to help me out there.
The ending is bleh. SPOILER ALERT. She gives up everything for the guy so that they can have their happy ending. Woohoo and then when she finds out she is pregnant and he wants to put off the whole party thing so that he can help her out, she disagrees. And says something like
“Happy wife, Happy Life”
I cannot even. Someone please stop me from making decisions like this. I am only making my life worse. I am rather thankful though because I didn’t know there was a book before this when I started it and if I had I would have read it and I probably would have hated myself even more.
For the first time in a while, I was actually looking forward to a dystopia. I was eager to re***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato
For the first time in a while, I was actually looking forward to a dystopia. I was eager to read this book. The premise was intriguing. It drew me in and when I saw this book on Edelweiss, I knew I had to have it.
Boy, was I in for a MAJOR disappointment. There were HEAPS of problems in this novel and not many redeeming factors in sight. In fact, it turned out to be a very typical dystopia instead of a unique one as it had promised. The only really positive thing I can say about this book was that I was never bored. I never dozed or fazed off. Hell, I didn’t even really rage until after I had finished the book. I was irritated and extremely annoyed but I didn’t rage.
Zephyr and Meadow suffer from the pretty people syndrome. Neither think they are much to look at, but would agree that the ‘other person' is the most beautiful person they have ever laid eyes on. When describing the 'other person', they never seem to see the scars. I don’t mean to imply they make a person less beautiful when I say that, but it just seems that in each other’s eyes they are flawless and that doesn’t make it easier for me to like the two. You could consider someone the most beautiful person WHILE still accounting for their imperfections, too. Also, might I add that in a murder-infested world, I don’t really see why beauty is so important. You don’t need to make a big deal about it… especially since every day seems to be a struggle for survival in this world.
I tried to ignore how they felt for one another and tried to enjoy their characters aside from their interactions with each other, but that seemed impossible to do considering how much time they actually spent with one another or thinking about the other person. It almost seems as though without the presence of the ‘other person', these two would have been incredibly flat (that isn’t to say they were particularly round.. they weren’t, but the book would have been extremely boring if the book only focused on one of them). Zephyr, for example, thinks that his only purpose is to protect Meadow, who from what I’ve seen is capable of protecting herself, so I do not comprehend his obsession with wanting to protect her.
“I feel like I can protect you now…”
Seriously. That is his what he says after he learns how to consciously use his fighting skills.
I cannot really say much else about these two in terms of their characters because they failed to leave any sort of impressions on me. I simply didn’t care about them.
Their romance on the other hand was a whole other story. It had insta-love written all over it. Within a span of a week (approximately?) they have ‘fallen in love’, have ‘known each other forever’ etc. What? I do not comprehend. I really don’t see how they could have fallen in love seeing that Zephyr tried to kill Meadow in their first real interaction. I don’t even understand how Meadow could have so easily forgiven him for endangering her family (although I am not sure she even realized that his actions put her family in danger). Their romance just seems so oddly perfect. In a very bothersome way.
The secondary characters definitely had potential which went down the drain. For starters Talan annoyed the living daylights out of me. Her blatant disregard for prostitution in general was quite disturbing. It was a joke but the fact that she kept on threatening to turn to prostitution bothered me. I know she was going through a rough time but it didn’t, make it easier to swallow when our beloved Zephyr replied to her threats
“I’m seriously considering prostitution over this.”
“Talan,” I groan, “you can’t just pawn yourself off like you’re a worthless Leech. You’re better than that.”
Uh huh. Would you like me to escort you to the exit or are you going to show yourself out?
Koi was an interesting secondary character but then again, was also a huge hypocrite. In spite of that though, I would have definitely liked to have seen more of him, since he seemed to be the most interesting character amongst them all.
The world building itself was not original, but on top of that, I also felt like it was sending the wrong messages. I felt like the book was trying to tell me how science is not always good and shoved that idea down our throats with such an extreme case. That just didn't work for me because really that sort of situation wasn't necessarily the result of science, science may have helped make it worse, but to imply it was the cause doesn't sit right with me. Everything depends on the intent of humans. You could make eating seem evil if it came to that (ooh, there is an idea, a world where everyone if forced to eat tons of food in a bad way?). Plus, it just seemed harder for me as a reader to wrap my head around how something good could lead to something bad. Was the book trying to imply that had everyone died and suffered the characters would have been better off? They might not even have been alive had a cure not been found.
The swear words were bothersome, too. It’s not like this book is set 100 years into the future or anything. From what I gather, it seems to be set around 20-30 years from a time when things were good so how have the swear words evolved so much?
I mean Flux and Skitz? REALLY? It just makes it altogether harder to take this book seriously when the swear words are so SILLY.
The plot just is. I mean, there are twists that I saw coming and other stuff going on, but this book was more like an intro and a build up for the sequels. Nothing particularly important (in my opinion) happened in this book. It was paced well enough and I finished it rather quickly, but it’s just that there seemed to be a lot of running around and a lot of discoveries over the course of a week. It didn't give me enough time as the reader to actually keep up with what was happening and so there was this sort of detachment from the entire book for me.
If you’re reading this book in hopes of finding something unique in this genre, I suggest you look elsewhere (After the End perhaps?).
Note that all quotes have been taken from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change...more
This book was. Yeah see I don’t know what to say so instead of attempting to write a review for this I am going to go with the flow and write an interThis book was. Yeah see I don’t know what to say so instead of attempting to write a review for this I am going to go with the flow and write an interview instead.
Before I do so you’ll probably want a brief introduction so you don’t go blind faced into this.
So basically there is a dude and this dude’s father dies and then he feels guilty because he didn’t go fishing with his dad and so he lashes out at his wife and becomes so pissed that he tells her he wants a divorce. He then flies to Alaska and spends a month fishing. When he comes back he realizes he was a doofus except he really cannot do anything. When he gets to his office it turns out his mom is making that into a pie shop and has stolen his assistant. His ex comes back to return the ring and then his mom gets a heart attack. Now the two must take care of the pie shop.
*cue music* *stumbles onto the set*
Me: HELLO WORLD! My name is Rashika and welcome to my talk show where I interview people who don’t really exist.
Quint & Callee: Are you drunk?
Me: Nooooooooooooooo of course not
*whispers to the audience* pstttt I am, I had to get drunk so that I could talk to these two without losing my mind
Quint & Callee: We heard that
Me: Heard what?? Ohh never mind that guys. Tell me about yourselves, how did you meet?
*looks at the audience and gags* *turns around to see the two making googly eyes at each other*
Quint: You tell the story
Callee: No you tell the story
Me: OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. Quint shut up, Callee answer the question.
Callee: So like I was going to go to cooking school but then my evil grandma got sick and we had to sell the house to pay the bills and guess who was the realtor? Quint! So like he looked at me with that engaging heart-stopping grin of his and I was a total goner. It was love at first sight.
*both at the same time* Quint: So that’s what you were doing
Me: If the grin was heart-stopping then why were you not taken to a hospital?? OH QUINT STOP INTERRUPTING ME! You’ll get your turn.
Callee: Yeah honey that was what I was doing but I was too scared to tell you because what if you made fun of me you know? And to answer your question no, of course I wouldn’t need to go to the hospital, Quint could resuscitate me with his kisses.
Quint: Of course sweetheart, I wouldn’t let you die on me.
Me: I certainly would. So wait let me get this Callee, you think you two had a good relationship yet you were scared out of your mind to tell Quint that you wanted to be a chef?
Quint: It’s not like that. See even I was afraid to tell her that I loved baking pies and was actually good at that. It’s not really manly and if anyone found out they would make fun of me.
Me: But that’s so cool!
Callee: Yeah he didn’t tell me about the pies until like after we had separated but it totally turned me on to watch him make them. I mean his super strong hands rolling out the pie crust? *swoon*
Me: *blinks* You guys had serious communication issues. It’s a wonder your relationship lasted as long as it did.
Callee: Who cares about everything else, we had passion, the kind you cannot find anywhere else.
Me: So you’re saying sex is the best way to solve your problems?
Callee: Of course dummy!
Me: No wonder you acted like horny teens throughout the whole book.
Me: Says the girl who thinks kisses will bring her back to life
Callee: Well I live in a world where women in their 20’s wear crocs so anything can happen.
Quint: Oh sweetheart don’t talk like that about yourself, you look so sexy in them. They just turn me on.
Me: Quint shut up. Anywho you make a good point Calle. Now you can talk Quint since it’s your turn. Now care to explain why you acted the way you did when your father died?
Quint: It was the grief. I didn’t want my father to be gone I loved him so much. I know I was a jerk, I mean she has always felt unwanted and I made her feel that way again. I am just so stupid.
Me: I’ll agree with that but wait why does Callee feel unwanted?
Callee: My grandma was evil. My mom died when I was 7 and then I was sent to live with my evil grandma who was too conservative and drilled it into me that I was not to become a ho. Plus I didn’t really feel unwanted I was just sad that he didn’t realize I had lost a dad too, I mean his father always treated me like his real born daughter. I had never had a father figure in my life so he was like a father to me.
Me: So technically you married your brother?
Callee: *starts crying* Don’t mock me like that, Quint’s family accepted me and loved me. They were the first real family I had had. They saved me.
Me: hokay. So basically the two of you are a bunch of clichés?
Quint & Callee: Nooooo we’re not.
Callee: Just because I am broken and didn’t know true love until Quint doesn’t make me a cliché.
Quint: Just because I am super hot for no real reason doesn’t make me a cliché.
Me: Whatever you say guys. Hey Callee I do have to say that I was glad you came to your senses and realized you didn’t deserve to be treated like shit even though you cried too much.
Callee: Noooo that was a bad decision. I love him so much, I’ll die without him.
Me: *face palm* I cannot take this shit anymore. GET OUT OF HERE YOU DUMBASSES
Quint & Callee: But??? What about our pie shop?
Me: I SAID GET OUT. I cannot take your shit anymore even though I am drunk!
Quint & Callee: Fine! See if we give you any of our awesome pie.
*they walk away*
Me: Thanks guys for joining me bah bahhh and maybe next time I’ll be sober
Anyways this book does have some funny moments and isn’t as horrible as I make it sound but it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. The characters didn't really act their age and had serious issues. There wasn't much of a plot either....more
There is a reason why this book is getting such a low rating. It scarred me for life and here I thought I was going to get brain candy. I cannot even wrThere is a reason why this book is getting such a low rating. It scarred me for life and here I thought I was going to get brain candy. I cannot even write a rant because I am so distressed.
But because I don't want people to be scarred for life like I was, I will tell you why this book got a horrible rating(this is not a spoiler).
One of the 'couples' in this book are a pair of Father and Daughter but the daughter does die (and I cannot tell you if the father does) so there is that.
When I say couple, yes, I DO mean that the two are banging each other, and not just banging but doing all kinky things you can imagine.
Let me also say she does this because she is turned on by how forbidden their relationship is and yes I do believe she led him on (she talks about how she rubbed her boobs against him and said 'daddy'). She does this to spite her husband who doesn't know she is cheating on him, That he unknowingly sleeps with such a fucked up piece of shit (that's what I am going to call her) makes her incredibly happy.
I just cannot. I really cannot wrap my head around that.
Of course these two fucktards aren't the main couple but I don't care. I really don't. How can anyone expect me to enjoy the story with that going on?
Oh did I mention after the fucked up piece of shit dies, the dad mourns her (not in a fatherly way) and talks about how they killed his beautiful little... (I don't remember, my mind blocked it out, it's preventing me from the Trauma, good mind.).
I read this book on a hunch really (I am not even sure if that's the right way to put it) and honestly it just didn't Actual Rating 2.5
THIS IS A RANT
I read this book on a hunch really (I am not even sure if that's the right way to put it) and honestly it just didn't pan out. I just wanted a little light/fun romance to balance out the other 4 books I was reading at the moment.
So there are two parts to the book, the first part-the past and the second-the present. The past was perfect. I really thought I was on to something and that I had made a good choice when I decided to read the book. The portrayal of this young innocent child in love was beautiful. I wasn't skeptic at all (which is somewhat of a surprise). Deborah really pulled her character off. I mean even the part when she first finds out about sex (I had to mention it). Yes I really loved her reaction because it reminded me of mine so I connected with this young child. What amazes me even more is how the author portrayed Roanie's feelings for Claire. Because they had a 5 years age gap (this mattered because she was 9 and he 14... you get my point don't you?), had Roanie felt anything sexual towards Claire, that would have been completely wrong in my book. The author takes a different spin on his feelings, they aren't brotherly but they aren't sexual either they have a hint of romantic but really she was the one person who saw beyond everything else and to him instead of all the other B.S.. so she meant the world to him, he would have done anything for her.
After a while though the past just seemed too long to me, I wanted to get to the present and see their reunion and how things worked out. Well umm Ugh? Yeah that was my reaction to the present part of the book. It was extremely disappointing. After everything she had built up in the past, how she played the whole thing was just a big fat disappointment.
For starters I didn't even like Roanie until near the end. He gave me the willies. Now I don't care what anyone else says but what he was doing was stalking. He knew everything about her, he had his people and inside contacts find things out. He once even went as far as to be parked outside her dorm and watch her. If that isn't stalking I don't know what the hell is. It was just extremely disturbing. Don't try to justify what he did with his feelings. A lot of creepy stalkers will think they love the person they are stalking so you cannot really make it sound any better, at least not to me. It is just not romantic. Hell if he loved her so much he might have contacted her at least once in the past 20 years. Aside from his stalker tendencies (for which he really should get checked) I hated how immature Roanie was acting. He was flaunting his money around and went as far as to try to buy Claire (at least that's what it seemed like to me). He never even tried to understand why Claire was so vary of the whole thing and fighting him! Where did the Roanie I grew to love from the past go??
(spoilers start here)
Let is move on to the ungrateful bastard, Matthew. WOW. I cannot believe how easily he turned on the man who had raised him. I really cannot. So Josh tells him that he has been looking for him for the past 20 years and he just falls for that? What about the time when the same guy denied his existence and was ashamed of him? Huh? I just. I just. UGH!
And now the biggest bastard of all, Josh. I absolutely hated how Deborah played Josh. First the surprise that he was actually the father and then the fact that the author tried to tell us that he wasn't all that bad and had been looking for his lost son and was worried about him? Someone shoot him in the head for me pretty please? Never mind that he denied the existence of his child and let him stay in those horrible conditions for the first few years of his life. He also ignored his legitimate child because of this. The poor girl thought her father hated her for the first 10 years of her fucking life. Oh lets not forget he took advantage of an underage girl. Someone who treats a woman like that isn't worthy of any respect and don't you dare give me the Vietnam excuse. Look at Grandpa Joe if you need any reason as to why I won't accept that bullshit.
I am just disappointed. At least I have Castle and The Dream Thieves to cheer me up. ...more
It would have been a good four except that... (you may proceed to read my rant under the spoiler tags) (view spoiler)[ EXCEPT THBuddy read with Jasprit
It would have been a good four except that... (you may proceed to read my rant under the spoiler tags) (view spoiler)[ EXCEPT THAT CHEATING IS A FUCKING NO-NO IN MY BOOK. I don't care whether you're confused teenagers I don't care about anything else. If you're confused and not sure... TAKE A BREAK Don't lie to the person you're with Don't lie to your best friend who happens to be related to said person In fact wait to go woman. THANKS FOR RUINING AN AGE OLD FRIENDSHIP WITH YOUR SELFISHNESS I haven't been this angry in a while and it just disgusts me. I am sure there are ways to portray cheating that work but I haven't come across one yet. Honestly, an HEA in my opinion would be Vee no longer being friends with Gwen. Yes it may have been between Nic and Vee but yeah. I just don't think Vee deserved her own little HEA. And really? SPENCER OF ALL PEOPLE?
Also Cass? I don't like him anymore. I had a huge crush on him for most of the book until he thinks it's a good idea to hide that from Gwen. Gwen deserved to know. NIC deserved to know.
Ugh. Stupid teenagers.
The book did wrap up well enough but I just don't fucking care. You will never be able to erase what she did in my mind. I will not be able to overlook it. I will not forget it.
And I will certainly be a hella more vary about picking up YA Contemporary (okay that's a lie.. I probably will in the near future but I'll avoid picking up those silly summer reads).
I was so disappointed by this book. I love re-tellings of Fairy Tales or Fairy Tales in general and the fact that this had a histori Actual Rating 2.5
I was so disappointed by this book. I love re-tellings of Fairy Tales or Fairy Tales in general and the fact that this had a historical setting made me excited to dive into this book.
Kate really bothered me a the beginning of the book. Her reaction to Victoria's situation and then comparing it to her step-mother's situation really made me think slut shamming. It bothered me how she was just being so judgmental and so prissy. I did warm up to her after a while. Especially near the end. But I feel like she could have been a whole lot stronger.
Gabriel is such a difficult character to comment on. While I found him (somewhat) appealing, I was also bothered by how shallow he could seem. His whole infatuation with Kate really did seem to stem from the fact that he couldn't have her and that she didn't like him and not because he liked her and found her amusing. Then he seemed to go all macho man when someone talked to her when they had barely talked to her. Also what kind of person tries to steal the bride of their nephew? As someone who took in everyone his brother threw out, I would definitely not expect something like this.
Henry also somewhat bothered me. I really hated how it seemed as though she was still hung up on Kate's father. He was an asshole. Plus Leo seemed like such a good guy and was obviously in love with her. Other than that she was a fun character to read about even though there wasn't much else that defined her. I was also bothered by how MUCH Kate sympathised with her. I mean she was wishing that Henry and her father had had a real chance. Helloooo woman you wouldn't be alive if that had happened. And what about your mom?
The plot was alright but there wasn't much to it and well it didn't reflect the original Cinderella tale that well. Plus it was so hard to believe that this was a fairy tale, there was no 'magical' element to it. Even a bit of magical realism would have been better, it just read more like a bad romance to me than anything else.
Honestly if you're looking for a Cinderella re-telling skip this and read Cinder instead, its a billion times better.
You know what the sad thing is? If it weren't for that ending I am pretty sure I would have given this book a 4 ( This (non) review contains spoilers
You know what the sad thing is? If it weren't for that ending I am pretty sure I would have given this book a 4 (or 3).
Yes I realize that an ending shouldn't affect my rating by such a large amount but it does. It does because for starters I was looking for a feel-good book, not one that would crush my heart into little pieces (let me say that the ending isn't actually sad, more like bitter sweet). The author had me so (slight exaggeration) emotionally invested in Irene and it sucks that Irene doesn't get the happy ending she deserves. It sucks that the author ended the book that way when I thought it would be heading in a completely different direction. It doesn't make sense at all. I really wish I could go back and unread this book because it's causing me so much pain right now.
If Irene wasn't annoying enough (I still preferred her), I really didn't like Saddie. She was meant to come off as a wise soul I am guessing but that didn't work well because some of the things she did were completely selfish. John was just very flat and I really did not care about him.
My point is that had the ending been different I might have overlooked the character or had a different take on them but because the book ended the way it did, I don't.
I don't know what to say at this point. I am just so pissed at the ending and disappointed and somewhat heartbroken (but mostly angry). I just want a good book and forget that I ever read this.
Me: Everyone seems to be loving it, perhaps I should give it a* This review has also been posted on The Social Potato
Me: This book sounds interesting
Me: Everyone seems to be loving it, perhaps I should give it a shot.
*picks book up*
Me: This is funny ha ha ha
Me: Why is everyone so immature?
Me: What the hell is going on? I don’t understand anything. I am confused. I am lost.
*after finishing the book*
For people who don’t want to bother reading my rant review here is a short summary of the book. It’s about a bunch of supposed adults fooling around, never making good decisions and getting attacked all the time for some inexplicable reason.
From this point on, please read at your own risk.
Rage Mode: ACTIVATED
When I first heard about this book I thought I had found another potentially good New Adult. I was so off the mark it is not even funny. This may not be your typical New Adult but believe me when I say it was BAD.
After the first couple of chapters our female lead loses her mate, at first she has the right reaction and I felt like there was hope (I hate books that involve those kind of situations, they do NOT work for me), but after that, if you were to ask me who Dominic was, I would reply with DOMINIC WHO? And not in a good way because the main character has essentially forgotten about her mate who died like a couple months ago. Where is the GRIEF? Oh sure they bring it up a couple a times, but she is already getting laid and she says she is sad and yadda yadda yadda but there is a different between SAYING and FEELING and I did NOT feel any sadness coming off of her.
Most of the reviews I read mention how amazing and wonderful Erza was and here I was feeling nothing. I didn’t give a rat’s ass about him. I couldn’t care less.
Hell I didn’t give a rat’s ass about ANY of these characters. They were all flat and let’s not forget incredibly immature. What are they 12? When I say all characters I MEAN THE KINGS AS WELL. The whole situation seems to be a joke to them. None of the characters are capable of taking anything seriously. At first I thought the relationship between the kings and their prodigies was interesting, refreshing even, everyone likes an adult who has a good sense of humor, but as the story progressed and the Kings did nothing to prove that they were actually worthy of their positions, I started to see how incredibly immature they were as well.
Going back to the characters, why the fuck is everyone so beautiful? Everywhere you turn that’s what you hear. I cannot count the number of times someone told Lily she was beautiful or the number of times Lily described someone as beautiful. STOP. NO. BEAUTY IS NOT A CHARACTER TRAIT. NO. IT’S A PHYSICAL TRAIT AND IT DOES NOT MAKE ME LIKE A PERSON BETTER. Hell if you describe a character as beautiful, the first thing I think is that they are shallow. I wasn’t that far off the mark seeing as there was NO DEPTH to these characters. And of course, they think it’s a good idea to do dangerous things that could get them killed because well, they want to rebel. YOU’RE FUCKING ADULTS. ACT LIKE IT. They also didn't seem to have any respect for the kings.They'd talk about how they'd get revenge on the kings who were trying to teach them a lesson because they had made bad choices that could have gotten them killed.
Let’s talk about the world building, or the lack of it. There is a mother mentioned, who died, I don’t know anything else about her. A war is mentioned. What caused it? There is a rift between the coms and the mysticals. What the hell is that about? Something about an awakening, which I don’t understand at all. There was a mating process mentioned but then again I don’t get that either. There were even castles mentioned but they seem to appear out of nowhere. I have no idea where these people live, how they live or ANYTHING ELSE concerning the world they live in.
This book was marketed as a paranormal romance, where is the romance? This book basically focuses on the friendship of these characters and nothing else. There is no plot. Half of the time I don’t even know what’s going on except for these kids fooling around. There is no conflict therefore there is no resolution.
With everything I am babbling on about, you might wonder why I still gave the book 2 stars instead of 1. This is because I was not raging through out the book, it was enjoyable until the ending; the ending activated my rage mode and made me lose it. The ending stood for everything I hated and because I need to rant and cannot spoil, I shall use spoiler tags and a lot of swearing of course.
(view spoiler)[ The ending ruined the book for me, it would have been a solid 3 and perhaps a 3.5 had the ending been pulled off well enough but it was such a complete and utter mess that I basically lost it. Killing of Jack and Pearl’s mates? Smart move. SMART MOVE. How many fucking mates do you want to kill? What’s the point of even bringing them up when all you’re going to do is kill them? I liked the idea and how it was presented in this book but everywhere you turn, someone seems to have lost their mate. I figure this was actually done as a set up for the romance in the next book. The author will push Jack and Pearl together and Erza and Lily. Woopidy do. EVERYONE GETS THEIR FUCKING HAPPY ENDING. I love the friends to lovers trope but this just takes what I love and smashes it into pieces. Their friendship was probably the best thing about the book and now the author wants to take it and turn it into a romance. NO. Why would you do that? Why cannot they just fucking remain friends? Hell why do all of them need to be involved in a romance with each other? Erza and Lily would have been easy to swallow but the Jack and Pearl situation? Hell no. It’s too fucking easy and messed up. (hide spoiler)]
The book, obviously, because everything else that happened wasn’t enough, ends on a cliff hanger. A horrible one that is to say because there is no fucking conclusion, even with cliff hangers you got to give us some sort of resolution but there is none because there was no conflict in the first place. We have no idea what was happening and we have no idea what will happen.Nothing interesting was revealed, we don’t understand why people are attacking them; we basically have nothing. This book was like the second book syndrome except that this was the first book.
You ask if I am willing to read the sequel and I say no. No because the sequel is not worth wasting my time over, the only redeemable thing about this book will basically be destroyed in the sequel and I cannot bang my head over a book that obviously will NOT work for me and will end up pissing me off more than anything.
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(after talking it through with Giselle I decided to lower my rating.)
Actual Rating 1.5
Before I say anything else, I should start off by mentioning that the shelving of this book is a lie. If you’re looking for a gothic book to read, turn around and leave. This is not gothic. This is chick lit mixed with some paranormal.
I went into this book with high expectations. Yes there were tons of mixed reviews but the cover, the synopsis, and the OPENING of this book all hinted towards something that I would love. Let’s not forget the witches though. This book promised us a different spin on witches. Something scary. Something gothic. But NOPE. NOPE NOPE NOPE. We did not get crazy old witches that lived in houses covered in ivy, we got friendly old grandmas that were overly protective.
Fear not though, that’s not why I didn’t like this book. That was just the synopsis, shelving, and cover telling me lies. It was a major disappointment to be reading a chick lit-ty book but that was not why I didn’t like this book. There were multiple other reasons why I couldn’t enjoy it.
For the most part though, this book isn’t awful, it misleads you but if you know what to expect you might like it more than I did.
The witches are original (perhaps overly so with the amount of time they spend ripping their body parts off), there are curses, and the teenagers aren’t all that annoying (this completely depends on perspective because rationally, I can see that they aren’t as bad as some but goddamn they rubbed me the wrong way). The author puts a large amount of emphasis on healthy relationships between females and the love interest. Despite of its being a cliché, it's actually pretty sweet.
The old lady in this book is actually the grandma of our main character. She is an adorable old lady who puts curses on the guy - who our main character has had a crush on forever - any time he asks her out, smiles at her, or even tries to give her his number.
This book is jumpstarted when a guy, surrounded by darkness, arrives asking for her mother - the mother who died 10 years ago. Something is wrong here and she is right. The guy has been cursed in such a way that it allows the person on the other end to spy on them. The person who cursed the guy is super evil and could possibly be the same person who murdered her mother. It was intriguing enough and the book initially grasped my attention, but then it became the same ole thing where a good idea goes down the drain due to poor execution.
The premise for witches is original. I have to give the book that. Magic does not come from inside the witches but rather from earth/nature. Witches only have the ability to store the magic inside them which is what makes them different from everyone else. I actually enjoyed this spin on witches. I get the feeling I've seen this premise elsewhere but it's still rare enough that I deem it original.
This book reminds me of one I read back in middle school,Once Upon a Curse. The difference is that while both of them are very fluffy and full of curses, I had a lot more fun with Once Upon a Curse than I did with House of Ivy & Sorrow and if I were to re-read it, I’ll bet you, I’d still enjoy it. What House of Ivy & Sorrow fails to is provide us with a good plot. The solutions border on unrealistic and while I understand the conflict, I have no idea whether the characters do.
I think the first time I realized I wouldn’t have a good time was when I was introduced to the love interest, Winn. Now he isn’t a bad guy but then at this point I am too fed up of clichés to even care. He is the most popular guy in school, all girls have a crush on him, he was dating an older girl until they broke up. All that jazz. What makes him different however is the fact that he is a farmer boy. That’s right. Uh huh. Way to throw us off that cliché. Anyway, it’s GLARINGLY obvious that he is hiding something. Even if our female lead spends a huge chunk of time denying that.
The friendships went over the top. Can you believe that’s actually an issue? Aren’t strong/healthy relationships between females a good thing? YEAH BUT NOT IF THEY'RE SHOVED DOWN YOUR THROAT (keep in mind… IMO). I am not sure the fact that they have no sense of self-preservation is a good thing. Her friends readily agree to protect her in spite of the danger involved. They are almost adults, shouldn’t they think things through? Yes, they are best friends, but what they are being asked to do is no minor feat. What is wrong with them? And also, Kat. Kat, goddamn you, girl. Who do you think you are ordering Jo to let Gwen in on her secret? IT’S HER SECRET. YOU DON’T GET TO TELL HER TO SHARE IT. EVEN if the girl is her best friend. Nope nope nope.
With all that said, I realize I have said nothing about the star of our book, Jo. She is perhaps the most beautiful girl in her school and went from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. She is elated when the guy she has been crushing on forever shows some interest in her. I actually don’t have much to say about her. I just find her to be an annoying pain in the ass (some of the decisions she made later on in the book did not sit well with me), but at least she values her friends and family and that is a huge plus in my book.
The other relationships consist of the ones with her family and the one with Winn.
The relationship she shares with her grandma and then later with her dad are definitely the highlights of this book. Without a doubt, it’s absolutely adorable and I love how when she realizes her grandma is keeping a secret, her first response isn’t “OHMYGOD HOW DARE SHE”, she realizes her grandma is probably keeping a secret to protect her and so she doesn't poke and prod. She respects her grandmother's decision. The appearance of her dad was quite obvious.. right off the bat so I wasn’t the least bit surprised by that revelation but I did enjoy watching the two become more comfortable in each other’s presence.
Surprisingly, in spite of the high school atmosphere, this book does not focus on the romance.The relationship between Winn and Jo was already in the works before the book started and it progressed nicely from there. Winn was a sweet guy (sometimes overly sweet) and was always there for Jo even though he could tell she was hiding something. His jealousy wasn't infuriating and was instead kind of adorable even if it made no sense.
Levi was one of the most interesting characters in this book, he is clearly a good guy but because of what he is, he borders on the edge of bad. He cannot help it, it’s part of who he is and he cannot change that. No matter how much he wants to. He cannot stop that craving.
The idea behind what Levi is is not as solid as it should be, something that happened later on in the book kind of shakes the basis for what he is and it makes no sense to me how one could be bad and the latter turned out to be good (if you've read the book you'll understand, it's so hard to express myself without being spoilery so I am sorry for the vagueness).
The plot becomes the biggest weakness of the novel. Yes, they were trying to save her grandmother; yes, they were trying to kill the guy. However, I didn’t think our characters understood why they were doing so. Were they doing this for revenge? Or were they trying to protect the rest of the witches from the evil? I don’t think it was clear to the characters either and ultimately that affected how I felt about how the book was wrapped up. The pacing wasn’t that great either. For the first half of the book, nothing really happened. Things speeded up in the second half, but again, the plot was not strong. The conflict was weak and there wasn't much depth to anything.
The book itself was very fluffy and the atmosphere was very ‘high-schooly’. This book, for me, was another case of wonderful potential but bad execution and really I just wish I would learn not to trust covers because pretty covers lie.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read something about witches but wants something very light and fluffy....more
Note: there are probably some mistakes in here I'll correct once I am not so angry.
That's it I am not going to bang my head anymore over this series.Note: there are probably some mistakes in here I'll correct once I am not so angry.
That's it I am not going to bang my head anymore over this series. I was never a huge fan of this series in the first place. I picked it up because I wanted to read a crime novel with a female lead that wasn't the witness but instead the one taking things under her control.
The mysteries in these books don't have much substance to them, they are almost along the lines of brain candy then anything else. I had given up on the series already but decided to pick it up again anyway because of the presence of a 'new' love interest. The one in the first book wasn't particularly appealing and the one in this book was an FBI dude or something like that so I decided to give the series another shot.
The joke was totally on me. James has no idea how to write a romance. I kid you not. I'd rather not read one at all then read what he comes up with. Just to give you in idea, when she first encounters this interest (Joe), she has no reaction to him but that same day when she goes home and talks to her friend she is all blushing and talking about her attraction to him. Huh? And get this after going out on dinner once and not having gotten to know each other at all she has the tingling thing going on. Let me also quote one of the cheesy liness
"“No” - he stroked my hair - “you don't have to pretend with me. You can let it out"
ummmm the girl barely knows you and also I only like cheese in my food not my literature.
I also found out that there is a love triangle in the later books. The guy can barely write a romance what is he doing adding a love triangle??
Honestly the death of a certain character was the last straw for me. I will not be returning for more of this series (unless I go crazy) and I don't think I want to read any more of his books either. ...more
This just left a bad taste in my mouth. I think this is the reason why I don't read novellas, they are too short to capture the essence of a full lengtThis just left a bad taste in my mouth. I think this is the reason why I don't read novellas, they are too short to capture the essence of a full length novel. The whole idea of this book would have made for a great contemporary romance novel. Yet everything seemed rushed to me. Read it if you don't mind insta-love and overnight transformations.