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review 2018-03-05 00:07
Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones

 

DNF at 68%

I can't keep reading this; Liesl has gotten on my nerves almost since first page with her contempt for her younger sister. More accurately for her younger sister's... developed body. I hate crap like this.
Then there's the fact that Liesl suffers from "I'm different from everyone else"plot , which could result, if the character wasn't so obnoxious.
As for the romance, ye gods, that's what finally killed it for me: Liesl has gotten into her thick head of hers that she will only be validated as a person, if she can get the Goblin King to desire her.
See? I just can't keep reading this; it is really getting on my nerves.
Too bad, because the writing _ the beautiful writing _ is right up my alley.

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review 2018-01-16 23:12
Grave Witch - Kalayna Price

 

DNF at 82%

And it starts...
I really didn't want to start so soon DNFinishing books, but I'm really not into anything in this story, and if I keep this up, it will be 2017 all over again; with me wasting time on books I'm not enjoying.
The worst part about this, is that when I started reading it... I thought I had found another series to follow. The first paragraph is really good:

The first time I encountered Death, I hurled my mother’s medical chart at him.As far as impressions
went, I blew it, but I was five at the time, so he eventually forgave me. Some days I wished he hadn’t— particularly when we crossed paths on the job.


Thing is, when I'm reading an urban fantasy series I need to... you know, understand the world I'm reading, and why things are the way they are... and basically what makes the magic work for the characters?
For instance, Alex Craft taps some reservoir of power in a ring she uses; a ring that needs to be recharged and did I miss that? Did she connect an usb cable to the thing and to a power outlet?
o_O
Because I was left wondering how the hell the thing was charged!
Sorry peeps, but I need to know these things; otherwise my brain just disconnects.
Then the world building...
Eh... so magical beings came out of hiding seventy years ago because humans were start to forgetting about them, and their power was diminishing as a result of that...
Honestly when I read 'that', my first thought was, "what, no blaming tomatoes?" *see Rachel Morgan for answer to that*
Look, I still haven't read all my Rachel Morgan books mainly because some vampire gets on my fucking nerves with her stalking, but Kim Harrison's books are way better than this; they give the reader answers, and everything is perfectly detailed. This, as I have been saying over and over, is not.
Then there's this douche-bag character with long blond hair and Fae origins and I was like, two Trentons? -_- No
Fallon, unlike Trenton, reads as this one dimensional douche-bag, with the respective sports car and a tendency to boss Alex around.
As for Alex, it's like she doesn't know the world she's living in, so she's always making mistakes.
It was frustrating to read about.
As for another character, Death, he reads as a fluffy kitten.
I give up.

 

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text 2015-07-07 03:04
I'm just not that into you
The Darkest Night - Gena Showalter

I'm not sure where this book was recommended. Maybe it was because it was Gena Showalter and I liked one book from her Atlantis series. But I couldn't get past halfway through. "You Jane, me Tarzan" was about the writing level of the interactions of the two people who were supposed to be falling for each other. The rest of the story had potential, but I just couldn't make myself listen to any more.

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text 2014-11-06 05:20
Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 319 pages.
Masque of the Red Death - Bethany Griffin

And yet another book is added to my DNF pile..

 

I loved the cover of Masque of the Red Death and picked it up at the library. It starts out with an interesting premise: After a disease/virus kills off a good part of the population, Araby finds herself in a penthouse suite due to the fact that her father is the inventor of masks that filter the poisoned air. Unfortunately, only the rich can easily afford the masks so plenty of people are still dying, even as they have hope to save up for a mask.

 

How does Araby spend her time in this book? Her daytime hours are spent drowning in survivor's guilt and her evenings are spent in a misnamed nightclub getting high in a quest to yet again forget her survivor's guilt. And why is she guilty? Because she used the first mask that her father created and then her twin brother dies of the contagion. Of course, if he had used the first mask instead of Araby, who knows if she would have died... from my understanding of the book, the mask only helps keep you from getting sick in the first place but if you've already caught the plague you're going to die no matter what, so Araby's brother couldn't have been infected already and she would have had no way of knowing.

 

But you know, bringing sense into this book would destroy it apparently.

 

Speaking of senseless things... they have masks, and yet the people in the book seem to have no issue taking the masks off - even outside - to kiss each other.

 

The other main issue that I have with this story is the useless love triangle. You have Will, the nice-seeming club bouncer who takes care of his younger siblings, and then you have Elliott, the spoiled & selfish nephew of the prince who treats Araby like crap. Araby seems drawn to the bad boy even though she was drooling over Will's tattoos and pretty face earlier in the book, but yet she doesn't even want to hold anyone's hand due to the promise she made on her brother's grave to have absolutely no fun and no life since he died. Because I'm sure that's what he would have wanted.

 

And there you have my uncensored opinion of this book... read if you wish, but beware the feeling of your brain cells slowly dying as you attempt to figure out why you're supposed to care about anyone or anything in this book!

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review 2014-06-29 01:00
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein

I tried to read "Code Name Verity" right after it was published. There were tons of glowing reviews on Goodreads, everyone was talking about it. I prepared myself to be unbelievably impressed. I was not. I read about 20 pages and set the book aside. This year, AudioBookSync.com was offering the audiobook version of the story for free, so I decided to give it another shot. While I was not totally blown away, I am glad I picked it back up.  The narrators really do a fantastic job of making the story feel real, and by the end of it I was rather invested in both of them.  The way the story is written, when listening you feel like these two girls are talking right to you, making the overall audiobook experience much more enjoyable than reading the print version.

My problem with this book is the format of the first 75%. Julie, a spy, has been captured by the Nazis and has made the choice to cooperate with her captors. She is divulging information to them in the form of a type of journal. This is perfectly fine, and normally I would totally eat this kind of thing up. The issue comes from the fact that Julie alternates between telling stories in the past about herself in the third person (yes, I know, it is confusing even to read that explanation), and info-dumping huge amounts of historical information about planes and such. While the stories themselves are mostly interesting, many of them drag due to over-description. The best parts of this section of the book were the details we are given about Julie's captivity--her interactions with fellow prisoners and the Nazis, speculation about the fate of her friend, etc. Unfortunately, these tidbits are few and far between. I did, however, really like Julie as a character. Her spunk and cunning are absolutely magnificent. I just wish her written confession had been delivered in a different way.

The second part of the book is told from the point of view of Julie's friend Maddie, and I enjoyed it immensely. While Julie's situation might have been more exciting, the way Maddie's experiences are delivered was much more suited to my tastes. I particularly liked the cross-over of characters which had been introduced in the first half of the book in Julie's written notes. Having two separate characters examine and react to the same people was really interesting and showcased the similarities and differences between Maddie and Julie rather well. The ultimate fates of both Julie and Maddie were totally unpredictable, but once I read them I can honestly say there seemed to be no other way it could end that would have been more fitting for either of them.

The really impressive part of this book for me was its historical accuracy. It is incredibly immersive, particularly with the audiobook version, and the author has clearly done a fantastic job researching the time period. I could easily believe this was based on a true story, although the author reveals at the end of the book that it is not.

"Code Name Verity" is probably one of the best YA World War II novels I have ever read. The characters are well developed and introduced to the reader in a way that makes you feel immediately close to them, constantly rooting for their well-being. The setting is very well researched, to the point where it all feels like an actual historical account. My issue was with the way the first part of the book (Julie's) is written in a way that makes the reader feel a little disconnected from the story while still feeling connected to the narrator. This book is much better in audiobook form, as the narrators' voices add an extra layer of authenticity to the whole story. I'd recommend this to fans of historical fiction, particularly war novels, with strong female leads.

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