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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-07-02 18:59
Magonia
Magonia - Maria Dahvana Headley

I read Magonia in one day… and that is not because I couldn’t put it down. It was because I wanted to put it down but I also wanted to see how it ended so I skimmed a few pages here and there to get to the ending faster. I just could not get into this book- I thought the main character was whiny, self-entitled, and unrelatable. Maybe because I’m not a teenager anymore or maybe because I’m not typically into fantasy but either way- I just didn’t like this book.

 

The premise sounded really interesting (though who decided to compare it to The Fault in Our Stars needs to be fired):

Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman's Stardust meets John Green's The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies.

 

Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

 

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who's always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

 

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza's hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

But the execution of the story/plot was done horribly. Like I said, the main character was relatable and whiny which made the book hard to get through. The fact that she felt the need to tell the reader that she was dying or was supposed to die soon on every other page got so frustrating that I started to wish she would die just to get some relief. I did tear up when she died but not because SHE died but because of the way the author portrayed her family during the process. Having lost someone close to me, I felt every emotion Aza’s parents were feeling and it made it that much more real. Though when Aza woke up alive on a floating ship in the sky, I thought she would’ve matured or at least death would’ve made her less whiny- but nope. All she wanted to do was “go back home, go back to her boyfriend, see her family.” I get it- you got ripped away from everything you ever knew but you need to learn to ADAPT- YOU’RE ON A FLYING SHIP IN THE SKY! THERE ARE WHALES MADE OF CLOUDS FOLLOWING YOU AROUND! THIS SHOULD BE AWESOME but instead Aza makes it sound like it is the worst thing that could ever happen to her ever.

 

Overall: 2/5

 

SRP Goal: 7/20

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review 2015-06-03 16:27
Crimson Bound
Crimson Bound - Rosamund Hodge

I've been reading Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge and I'm about 150 pages (out of roughly 450) in and I just can't seem to get through it. Its a retelling/mash-up of Little Red Riding Hood and Girl with No Hands- its an interesting mashup and concept so in theory it would be an interesting book. Not so much. I find the main character to be very whiny and self-sacrificing to the point of being annoying- especially since every other paragraph is about how shes going to sacrifice her life to kill (or try to kill) the Devourer and prevent the Endless Night. 

Boring. Oh so boring... 

EDIT:

I finished this book... finally (it took a week- which is long for me) and boy am I glad I did. I finished it and was actually excited about finishing it. That is sad- you should never be excited about finishing a book- as a reader, you should want to stay engrossed and in love with the written words. I know not every book will capture your imagination but I always enjoy reading- this book made me wish I could give up on books easier than I do. 

I had such high expectations for this book- I loved Cruel Beauty- but Crimson Bound fell short. I'll give Rosamund Hodge another chance (mainly because I loved Cruel Beauty so much) 

Overall: 2/5

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review 2015-02-05 16:03
The Dark Divine Review
The Dark Divine - Bree Despain

I never hate books. Hate is such a strong word- it implies intense dislike, frustration, anger, and rage- all directed toward words on a page. No I don't hate specific books, I just don't enjoy them. 

Perhaps I was not the intended audience- maybe the  book was published for young adults and I just didn't understand the teenage angst. 
Perhaps the intended audience was middle-aged men and I just don't understand the mid-life-crisis. 
Perhaps the intended audience were science buffs and, unfortunately, science is not my forte. 

No matter what or who the intended audience is for a book, I never hate any  book I read. I know how hard it is to write, edit, write, edit and eventually publish a  book. It's a looooong process that takes months, years to complete. I understand all the hard work and emotions that are put into writing and publishing a book. Published works are the writers babies. They created them and watched them grow and change- writers are very protective when it comes to their work. I always feel bad when I give a book a low rating or a bad review....


 

But with that being said... Here is my review of Bree Despain's The Dark Divine. 
I read her newest book, Into the Dark #1: The Shadow Prince, and loved it. So I decided to read her other series. 

Boy am I glad I read The Shadow Prince first. Had I read The Dark Divine first- I wouldn't have bothered to read her newest series. The concept for The Dark Divine is a good- Grace, a strong Christian, falls in love with her brother's ex-best friend, the bad boy with a dark secret.

FYI: I am notoriously known for ruining the endings of TV shows and books for my family and friends- I will try to not give anything away. 

Before I started this book, I thought the good/bad concept was going to be angels vs demons- Christian girl and "dark secret" crush seemed like the perfect set up. But nope. It was another werewolf/vampire/forbidden love/teenage angst book. I am a big fan of YA but I also know that I am not the "intended audience" so perhaps I'm just too old (gasp) to get the appeal of vampires/werewolves. The main character, Grace, is whiny and bland- there is no development or change what-so-ever. She spends most of the novel trying to figure out why her brothers ex-best friend is his ex-best friend. All she knows is that James showed up covered in blood one night and Daniel disappeared the next day. I thought when this secret was revealed there would be a big "ah-ha" moment or something that would shock or surprise me. But nope. I guessed the big "secret" about 1/4th of the way into the book. The entire book felt like Twilight but with a religious Bella and no love triangle (yet), 

Overall Rating: 2/5

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review 2011-09-09 00:00
Out of the Frying Pan (Turner, #2.5) - C... Out of the Frying Pan (Turner, #2.5) - Courtney Milan I don't think this one will be out. There's no updated information about this free book in CM's website. :/
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