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text 2016-06-02 00:49
Series I Hate, pt 2
Chosen - Kristin Cast,P.C. Cast
Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse / Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Meyer
Evermore - Alyson Noel
Halo - Alexandra Adornetto
Taking Chances - Molly McAdams
The Infernal Devices, the Complete Collection: Clockwork Angel; Clockwork Prince; Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare

Women So Dumb That Surviving to Adulthood Seems Unlikely

 

 

My first installment was about the love of abusive asshole men, and how they are romanticized. This time, I'm going to look at the women that are so stupid you don't know how they make it in life.

 

Chosen (House of Night Series): I want to start out by saying I read the whole series. And for the first several books, I loved it all. I loved the world and I loved the characters. But then it got stupid. Zoey is supposed to be saving the world, but she really spends more time boning boys than doing anything productive. She went from hero to boy crazy, and nobody seemed to think she needed reigning in. She also couldn't see things that were right in front of her face and was way too soft and forgiving.

 

Twilight: It makes the list again, simply because Bella is as unappealing as a rock. She is devoid of personality. And she can't figure out obvious plot points. Not to mention she thinks only she can turn the tides in every single fight the Cullens have with outside forces. Which always ends up putting her in danger and making things worse rather than better.

 

Evermore: Ever was a bitch. There is no way to put it any better. After her parents die, she goes to live with her rich aunt. And she acts like a horrible brat. She drives drunk, drinks at school, and goes off to the beach with a boy she hardly knows. She's always rude, and she even keeps her sister's ghost hostage for most of the book. I don't know why so many people liked this terrible book. Ever was horrible.

 

Halo: Oh, Bethany, you empty-headed little twerp. She was the worst representation of an angel I have ever seen written. She lies, she makes out with a guy, she gets trashed at a party. And that little tidbit is where I really got frustrated. Because supposedly, the angels have all human knowledge...but she didn't know alcohol would get her drunk. All of the angels in this book were stupid, but Bethany took the cake.

 

Taking Chances: Harper. Harper was raised by a marine father. Harper had never been inside a mall in all her 18 years. Harper didn't know having unprotected sex for 2 days would end up with her popping out a child. Harper also took a guy bruising her as a term of endearment. She believes that no matter how fucked up she makes her life, a rich, muscle-bound man will swoop in and take care of everything. Buy her a tricked-out car, a townhouse, adopt her illegitimate baby. And there are never any true consequences to her stupid actions. In fact, everyone will swoon over you and coddle you. Because you're super special.

 

The Infernal Devices: Barf. Tessa is so dumb she has to live with a house full of people just to not die. Which she tries to do at every turn. And while not attempting death, she makes out with 2 guys. One that is adorable and sweet. One that is a complete dick. And as things go, she falls for the asshole that calls her a prostitute. Lofty goals, lady. Let's close with the fact she abandons her family when her husband dies. Poof. No more momma. Don't call us, we'll call you.

 

Have I given you a headache yet?

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review 2016-01-05 23:35
Ghost House
Ghost House (The Ghost House Saga Book 1) - Alexandra Adornetto

Despite all the negative reviews that liter the first page of each of the Halo trilogy books, I enjoyed the series very much. To some degree I even loved it. I saw all the valid points people made about Bethany’s character, but it was her vulnerability as an angel that won me over. I have wanted to read “Ghost House” for a while, ever since I heard it was coming out. The premise was much shakier this time, and honestly sounded like a book that was written for the sake of making money and buying into the YA ghost-loving romance fad. But still, I wanted to give it a go. While I could easily tune out all the negative reviews for Halo and say yes, they’re valid, but I know why I liked it and I’m content with feeling that, “Ghost House” made me echo a lot of the points people brought up, as well as have some thoughts and concerns of my own.

 

For starters, after a certain point I mentally rated this book as one star while reading, but it was the fast and relatively easy pace with which I got through it that bumped it up to a 1.5. With that ending, which I foresaw but still left me wondering how the hell it can possibly explained, I settled for a rather merciful 2. Mostly because I wasn’t ridiculously mad and frustrated with the book. It did, admittedly, provide a rather easy, leisurely read that didn’t require me to think. At all. About anything. Because it was a soap opera that I encountered dozens of times but still sometimes enjoyed immersing myself in, for some diversity in reading.

 

There really isn’t much to say about “Ghost House”, mostly because it doesn’t offer much. Not much originality, that is. There were numerous things that I disliked or was annoyed by, beginning with Chloe. It wasn’t her whinny and contradictory character, however, although I agree with the numerous reviewers on that point. Mainly it was that we have yet another rich, privileged female protagonist who, I paraphrase, at one point in the book states that she ‘dreamed of going to an Ivy League college and becoming a New York Times journalist afterwards’. Given America’s complex economic situation, I’m getting a little tired of books who portray only this small, niche dream which is actually very difficult to realize. It’s a very unhealthy mindset to push onto teenagers, and it’s even more terrifying how easily so many swallow this up and adopt a desire to live through a ‘Devil Wears Prada’ kind of life experience. Chloe’s friends are in the same boat, guilty of the same boat, but they add another layer of accusation onto Chloe: so do you like them or hate them? Make up your mind. It’s difficult when a character complains about how boring her friends are, with their ‘pencil skirt-minded world’, but please, if that’s how you feel about them, then leave. These two intertwining points are frustrations I have been having with authors and the publishing industry for a couple years, and I’m wondering why this niche lifestyle is so popular.

 

Other things, in no particular order:

Isobel’s character making it difficult to understand whether we’re supposed to sympathize for her because she’s afraid and lonely, or to hate her;

Alex’s character, which honestly I don’t feel sorry for, because as much as I get that you may love a person who’s already married, you still should respect the fact that they’re taken, both as a sign of respect to them and to yourself; the plot was predictable from start to finish, with aspects such as Joe’s character making me mentally put checkmarks in the stereotypical ghost-loving romance plot (I also ended up very mad at Chloe in the end, who seemed to have decided to work something out with Joe and then just goes back to California and is acting like none of that happened?);

the question of ‘where exactly is the plot going with this?’, where I felt like I was cheated out of any kind of suspense or intrigue or exciting explanation of why the heck Isobel is like that, but oh well, I guess I just have to swallow the fact that she’s there, and angry, and still loves Alex, and try to make up a fancy backstory on my own.

 

So it’s a very generous 2-star rating, given that I mostly had complaints for the book, with only the (predictable) but still surprising ending. If the last couple of chapters weren’t included, I actually would’ve wondered what the next couple of books could possibly be about. To be honest I still wonder what the next book could possibly be about…I might read the next one though, just to see how Adornetto will explain the (very predictable) bombshell she decided to finish the book off on. But for the most part, I’m closing my eyes on the Ghost House saga. I had a very light and joyous reading experience with the Halo series, which is one of my guilty pleasure series that I love despite all the things wrong with it. “Ghost House” doesn’t even come close. It was a quick read that didn’t make me form any emotional bonds with the story or the characters. Mainly I read it to satisfy my own curiosity and get it off my reading list, with a silent ‘thank goodness I took this from the library before buying it’.

 

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review 2015-08-29 19:53
Halo - Alexandra Adornetto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No review because to be honest I read this so long ago and it was so boring and unremarkable I can't remember the plot. Have you ever watched paint dry? Go do that. It's more entertaining. 

 

Just don't attempt to read this while painting a wall. You might feel tempted to drown into the paint bucket. 

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text 2015-05-08 21:58
Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 484 pages.(Audio + Book)
Halo - Alexandra Adornetto

Reading the book while listening to the audio. I think that's the only way I would get it done..if I get it done at all...The beginning was so daggone slow, I almost ditched it altogether but decided to hold on to it a little longer...Now, I'm finally able to listen to it on audio..It's picking up a bit but if it gets boring again, I may just ditch it..but, I hope I don't have to. This book has been on my shelf for at least 9 months to a year...It's time for me to get it read completely or just let it go (Not finish and give it away)

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review 2015-03-05 00:00
Halo
Halo - Alexandra Adornetto No-recomendado por Yvette

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Me propongo leer de principio a fin libros considerados "malos". Mi intención es encontrar al menos UNA cualidad buena en ellos y reseñarlos objetivamente siguiendo 20 puntos a desarrollar brevemente. (Los puntos varían según el género del que se trate.)


Si tienen ganas de No-recomendarme otros libros
pueden comentar acá o ACÁ. ¡Cualquier género es bienvenido! Cuanto más variado, mejor :)

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