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text 2018-05-24 22:51
Ridiculous Insta Love I Just Couldn't Go On
State Secrets - Linda Lael Miller

No Stars I did not finish it
I usually love this author but this book is not working for me. First the narration is just sounding too read from a page, not enough emotion and the voice is unpleasant to my ears. Second I'm barely into the book and these two supposed to be wary strangers are already kissing ?!? It makes no sense at all, they haven't even been flirting and she doesn't trust him ?!?! No I'm done. I am not going to finish it.

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review 2018-04-30 14:33
DNF: I Have Never Cared So Little About a BBQ Before in My Life
Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty

I DNF at 35 percent. I could not go on anymore. Nothing was happening and the characters were some of the most aggravating people I have read about in some time. I still don't know what happened at this BBQ that most of the story was supposed to revolve around. I initially thought I would just read until this mythical event happened, but I just ceased to care and decided to be done with this tiresome book.


"Truly Madly Guilty" bounces back and forth between characters that used to be friends (or something like friends) who have been avoiding each other since an event happened at a BBQ. The two characters who the book seems to be mostly following around are Erika and Clementine. I can't say I was a fan of either of these women. 


The book is so slow moving. I just could not take reading about anyone anymore. Everyone in this book seemed to be low-key awful in different ways. 


I also didn't like how this was set up. We keep following people before the BBQ, after the BBQ. At this point I hope it was something epic like aliens beamed on down or something. I hate books that do this thing where everyone avoids actually mentioning a momentous event that all of them would have at least brought up once. 


I only picked this up since everyone has been screaming at me to read "Big Little Lies". But if it is set up like this, I will just pass. 

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review 2018-04-25 20:15
Blah Romance
More Than Neighbors - Isabel Keats
I started this book last Friday while flying and quickly put it aside at the 25 percent mark. This was not good. If you want to read about some guy being weirdly and also grossly attracted to his new next door neighbor, than this book is for you. I just could not get into it. The whole thing made me squeamish. I found out later this was translated, so maybe that is why I got a totally blah feeling while reading this book. It just reads as predictable and I just wasn't in the mood for this. 

"More Than Neighbors" is told in alternating POVs by Leopold (that name is terrible) and Catalina (Cat). Leopold finds himself annoyed, but attracted to Catalina. He initially thinks she is his next door neighbor's girlfriend. So he's disapproving on her gold digger ways, but is drawn to her. Blech.

Of course she lets him know she's house sitting for her uncle, but he is still uptight. I left them panting in sexual tension with each other.


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review 2018-04-06 07:21
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now - Erica Henderson,Ryan North

DNF: Page 49


I checked out this book while I was doing my Comixology free trial and the work did not click with me.


The artwork was a bit offputting for me. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't like the art style because of how the facial expression was drawn. Most of the characters share the same goofy looking faces in the panels I read. I don't mind silly facial expressions for a few scenes, but frequently seeing them becomes old.


The main thing that I couldn't stand in this book was the writing. I'm willing to deal with art styles I don't like if the story or writing is intriguing and entertaining (Higurashi and Umineko visual novels for example). Unfortunately, the comic's writing was the weakest point. It tries too hard to be funny and quirky. The worst part would have to be when the writer points out stuff to the reader like this example: "From Wikipedia. You can tell because this looks a lot like a Wikipedia entry." Lines like that example happen a lot in this comic from the panels to the margins at the bottom of the pages. I don't find those funny, and it breaks me away from the plot. 


This comic was not for me. 

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review 2018-04-05 14:04
DNF-Sorry Ripoff Hunger Games, Justice League, and Watchmen
Renegades - Marissa Meyer

This one pains me a lot. I have adored The Lunar Chronicles and even though some people didn't like Meyer's standalone Queen of Hearts book, I loved "Heartless" as well. This one....that's a no from me. I just DNFed this at 27 percent or page 152. When I saw that the book went up to page 566 I just lost any urge to continue on. There are too many characters in this book with multiple names. The lack of development besides the "heroes" and "villains" characterization was sad. After the 100th information dump I threw in the white flag of surrender and decided to move onto another book.


"The Renegades" is Meyer's newest offering to the Young Adult genre. This seems to be a mash up of Justice League, Watchmen, and the Hunger Games. That's a lot of mash-up.


Apparently in this world we have the so-called Renegades (vigilantes) with super powers who ended up ruling Gatlon City. However, the villains (the Anarchists) don't want The Renegades ruling things cause free will or something. I don't get it myself. Things seemed pretty bleak there based on what little of the information dumps I could let sink into my brain.


So what I read so far is there's a secret group of heroes that don't want the Renegades to know about them, The Renegades (now considered the Renegade Council) and the Anarchists. The Anarchists are trying to take out the council. And now there is something called the Trials that they are getting involved in and I tapped the hell out at that point.


There are too many characters with multiple names. I once had a conversation with a friend who was dating a dude with three names. Our conservation went like this:


Me: What do you mean he has three names?

Friend: Well he has his government name, the name he uses at his job, and his undercover name.

Me: What the hell? First, why wouldn't he use his 'government name' at work?

Friend: Well he doesn't care for it.

Me: How is he cashing checks if he's not using the name that is on his social security card?

Friend: Oh you can use a nickname and still get checks cashed it doesn't matter it the names don't match.

Me: Since when???

Friend: Well even with that I don't like the whole undercover name thing, it sounds sketchy.

Me: What do you mean it sounds sketchy? It freaking is! Unless he's Batman he doesn't need an undercover name!


Then this whole conversation turned into us discussing Batman and who is the best Batman, but long story short she dumped the dude because he was going by three names. And when I got to the part of the story when one character was going by three separate names within a single paragraph I was done. 


Nova, or Nightmare, or Insomnia (I can't with this mess) was the one who wants to kill The Renegades since she blames them for not saving her family. Yeah, let's not blame the people who sent them to murder her family. It is such a weak motivation I rolled my eyes at her. 


Adrian, or Sentinel, or Sketch (shaking head in disgust) is the son of two of the Renegades. The only interesting thing about him is he has two dads. So good for Meyers for showing a family like this. Other than that I don't care. 


I can't tell you anything about anyone else, the book so far has mostly focused on Nova and Adrian. Since this is a Young Adult book I am sure they are going to fall in love since Nova is going undercover to compete at the Trials. I just don't have the energy for this book right now.


The writing is not good. I don't know what possessed Meyers to have so much stuff in this first book. Based on what I found, she has the second book (this is a duology) coming out in November. Good luck to her since that is a hard pass from me. I saw a lot of DNFs for this one on Goodreads. Most people just couldn't take the constant information dumps and characters with multiple names. 


The flow is not good at all. It felt like I got nowhere yesterday and I read this to the 27 percent mark. I don't know why some people think length equals quality, but it does not. 


The setting of this world doesn't even make any sense. Meyer tries to set things up in the beginning with a prologue I laughed my way through, but I still had so many questions. I don't know if finishing the book would clear that up or not, but I refuse to continue reading to find out.

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