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text 2015-12-21 16:55
Reading progress update: I've read 45 out of 165 pages.
Existence - Abbi Glines

The life I walk binds my hands

it makes me take things that I don't understand

I walk this dark world unknowing of what they hold true,

forgetting the me I once knew,

until you.

The life I walk eternally was all I knew

nothing more held me here to this earth

until you.

I feel the pain of every heart I take

I feel the desire to replace all that I have grown to hate

Darkness holds me close but the light still draws my empty soul

The emptiness where I used pain to fill the hole

no longer controls me, no longer calls me

because of you.

 

Ugh. Cheesy, much? But fine, whatever, I guess that's just her taste. My problem is that take and hate do not rhyme.

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text 2015-12-21 16:47
Reading progress update: I've read 44 out of 165 pages.
Existence - Abbi Glines

He sat back down in the chair beside me and gazed at me with baby blue eyes that were framed in such thick lashes it made it hard not to sigh.

 

Um, what? Why would the bristly hairs sticking out the end of his eyelids make you want to sigh? What is that even . . . ?

 

I'll tell you what makes me want to sigh - this author's writing. And it's not a good sigh, either.

 

Sigh.

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text 2015-12-21 16:37
Hi hi~

 

I'm back! Hello, friends new and old!! (I don't mean "old" like you're aging, just that I don't know you yet :D) 

 

So, bad news: in the past year since I've logged in, my ereader and my computer have crashed individually, so I've lost a lot of my notes and stuff and not done much reading recently. I lost over 30 pages of notes on Hero of Ages, so although I'd love to review it (finally), I'll actually have to reread the darned thing to do it justice. Sigh.

 

Maybe later :)


Anyway, I missed Booklikes and you guys a lot, but I sure hope they've updated and expanded their manga section or else - that's one of the reasons I haven't been around. I've read mostly manga in the past couple of months and can't wait to update.

 

My first order of business is actually to finish Existence, though - fun, fun, right? My sister's reading Sweet Evil with me at the same time, so at least we can complain together. So let's do this!

 

Maybe it's not as bad as I remember.

 

 

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text 2014-11-28 13:34
Reading A YA PNR Book With My Sister :)

Hello again! Yes, I'm behind on reviews and yes, I should spend some time snooping around on here to see what's been going on.....but no, since I'm being lazy today but I'm actually on my computer anyway, I'm going to read a new book instead.

 

You all probably know how I feel about YA PNR books, right? Um. Well, if you don't, I have basically no respect for them at all. I think they have no imagination, they're cheesy and repetitive and predictable, they're all rip-offs of one another, and they rant a lot about insta-love that's actually just insta-lust.

 

In general. I might've read one or two of them that I actually thought were pretty good, but mostly I can't stand them.

 

.....So of course, I'm going to read one now. My sister and I haven't read any YA PNR books in a long time, so we're both going to try out a different one and see if things are any different at all in the genre. Also, we're bored, feeling critical, and we love to laugh at how ridiculous things can get in YA PNR.

 

So if you love the genre, don't read any of my upcoming posts! They'll most likely be resoundingly negative, and I don't want to upset anybody. :)

 

My sister'll be posting stuff about her book, too - I'm reading one called Existence, by Abbi Glines, and she's reading one called Sweet Evil, by Wendy Higgins. You guys probably don't know my sister 'cause she's pretty quiet here on BL, but if you're curious about her opinion of Sweet Evil, her BL blog is here: Curufinwë Spirit of Fire.

 

So, here we go! :) Let's hope this one's not as bad as I'm expecting.

 

 

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text 2013-09-25 21:42
The Complete Book - You Never Need to Read It Again

WARNING ABOUT THE BOOK

Okay, so, this is not just going to be a review for any one book. It's going to be a rant about what I call "The Book", okay?

The Book is, essentially, a (YA, mostly) book about two people (teenagers) meeting (usually in school). One of them has superpowers (is immortal, undead, angelic, werewolf, etc.). The MC is surrounded by (useless and undeveloped props called) friends. Adults in general are killed off beforehand or just extremely absent from The Book (because otherwise, they would...). The MC, usually female, is probably an outcast (or has a misunderstood mental illness, or a self-loathing complex, or is new in town, or has a terrible responsibility on her shoulders and thus has no time for romance). She is often (a snotty witch, and/or brainless leech who is satisfied with life if it just gives her a boyfriend) single, but not always (because sometimes she needs to *swoon* choose between them, or banish her established boyfriend so that he can die/become the villain/join the villain/whine about her new relationship). Oh, yes, and everyone, everyone, if they're a MC or the MC's love interest, must be Stunningly Beautiful. Okay, are you with me so far? Let's go.

Often the boy is new in town. He is Stunningly Beautiful. He is mysterious. He keeps secrets (doesn't believe the MC has any brains at all to comprehend the situation with). (This is if he's the one with superpowers. If not, reverse description to heroine). He will often watch the MC while she sleeps, or give her sage advice without telling her why, or wake her up in the middle of the night for some exciting (*gags*) escapade. (And his main, and usually sole, personality trait is a creepy obsession over the MC.) He is often very concerned for the MC's safety (possessive, domineering and stalkerish). There is often something strange (and this was probably original once) going on with his eyes - strange coloration, glowing, changing from scene to scene or with his moods.

MC usually blames herself for something. She is usually Stunningly Beautiful, but doesn't recognize (won't acknowledge) it. Either she or he has a tragic (feel sorry for me) past. She is surrounded by (requisite) loving friends (whom she must ignore to be with her boyfriend more often).

She and he (inevitably) fall in love. There is The Scene, which involves The Revelation about his/her past and/or superpowers. Neither will be thrown by The Revelation that their love interest is not (human) normal, because they (have no brains) are probably destined to be together/soul mates. (Alternate version involves love triangle, in which MC is faced with the heartrending choice of choosing Stunningly Beautiful #1 or Stunningly Beautiful #2. Unfortunately, their personality traits are rarely much different from one another, so her choice comes down to whether she likes blue eyes or green.)

They continue to meet often (run into each other over and over again in such unlikely manners and places that they would crash the Coincidence Train by looking at it). They overcome some terrible obstacle or villain (furious ex, evil adults, conspiracy centered solely on him or her). And they Live Happily Ever After.

An example list of The Book, from what I've read, follows.

Fallen, by Lauren Kate.
The Twilight Saga, by Stephenie Meyer.
Lament, by Maggie Stiefvater.
Nightshade, by Andrea Cremer.
The Dark Guardians books, by Rachel Hawthorne.
Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick.
Evermore, by Alyson Noel.
13 to Life, by Shannon Delany.
Tiger's Curse, by Colleen Houck.
Firelight, by Sophie Jordan.
The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum.
Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto.
Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr.
Angelfire, by Courtney Allison Moulton.
Demon in My View, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
Soul Screamers, by Rachel Vincent.
Wings, by Aprilynne Pike.
I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore

The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare

I will probably add to this list as I think of (unfortunately, read) more of them. Thank you again. Have a wonderful day.

Edit on 4/29/'13: It has been suggested that my list is not long enough. I believe it. I have not personally read them, but I have it on good authority that the books listed below are also The Book. And so:

The Hollow, by Jessica Verday.
Dead Beautiful, by Yvonne Woone.
Sweet Evil, by Wendy Higgins.
Tithe, by Holly Black.
Dark Heart Forever, by Lee Monroe.
Red Riding Hood, by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright.
Creatura, by Nely Cab.

Again, I am not claiming that every one of these books is horrible, or even that you shouldn't read them. They are simply The Book.

Have a wonderful day.

Source: breakraven.booklikes.com/post/221494/the-complete-book-you-never-need-to-read-it-again
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