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review 2014-08-19 11:59
The fuck???
Robopocalypse - Daniel H. Wilson

DNF

 

I think I've read thirty pages of this, put the book down, and said "never again". This is probably my personal record that I gave up on the book. I don't exactly know what it is. The premise sounds great, the title, the cover, everything is great, except from what's inside the book. In those thirty pages, there's just a lot of info-dumping and scientific facts and phrases I wasn't half assed to understand because it's written in such boring and uninteresting way I found myself falling asleep more times than not. It reads as if we need some knowledge about robots and robotics beforehand and that's not something I appreciate at all. Because I'm not a robotics fanatic who'll go research stuff about them before reading a book about robots. And I wasn't supposed to because a writer should be able to provide us the information the book needs.

 

I looked forward to reading this but, unfortunately, I ended up being disappointed. Eh, better luck for me next time.

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review 2014-06-26 10:33
Very meh...
Easy - Tammara Webber

Right after this I've read a book that handled rape in much better and realistic way than this one. My review will be short because I don't have much time, but what I don't understand is why that many people love this book. It's nothing special. It's not groundbreaking or heartbreaking, for that matter. It doesn't deal with emotions about rape and being almost-raped the way it should. To be honest, I didn't think about it much whilst reading the book, but when I've read "Faking Normal" right after this and in one fucking breath, I've come to realize that this book doesn't deal with the subject that way I think it should.

 

I found it utterly unbelievable that Jackie would be okay with sex right after the guy almost raping her. She shakes and she has traumas, sure, but she's still okay with Lucas touching her and everything. As far as I know, that would be almost impossible for her to even think about in the first few months.

 

Also, I hate the way this book is wrapped in a perfect little bow at the end when the rapist is arrested and suddenly, everything is fine and dandy. I'm sorry but that's not realistic. Jackie should've had traumas for much longer than she really did.

 

Every guy except Lucas and adults is presented as an uncaring dick when it comes to the subject of rape and getting Buck arrested. Why does the main hero always have to be the only sane one? Can somebody please explain it to me? Not all guys are jackasses and not all of them will agree to something as covering up the rape.

 

Moreover, Lucas was your perfect, tattooed, damaged NA hero with a dark past, and that's the part that annoyed me the most. Maybe it's my fault I went to read this soon after finishing "Beautiful Disaster" so I couldn't help but to compare. And while the writing is much better than in BD, there are still issues with this book I could not look away from.

 

This wasn't a bad book, but it also wasn't my kind of a book. I hope someone else enjoys it more than me.

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review 2014-05-26 22:18
Pure action and entertainment
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare

I've read this in two days. This book originally has 500+ pages (mine version has 380 but the book is just, well, bigger overall). What. the. hell. How in the name of Shadowhunters and Demons and Downworlders and Angels did that happen??

 

Look, this book has flaws... a lot, but I found it so damn entertaining and I don't even know why. I managed to ignore cringe-worthy lines, even some characters and everything that would usually bother me. I don't know. I just don't know. I don't think I'm ever going to be able to write a normal review for any of these book because I'm so so torn about it. A part of me liked it and enjoyed it more than it would like to admit it, but the other part of me just really hates most of the characters and can't look past the cheesiness and deus ex machina(s) so just. Yeah. The only thing I could probably go on and on about are Magnus and Alec. I'm in love. That should've probably been clear by now. They're epic. The end.

 

Fuck it, I'm leaving it at 4 stars because I enjoyed it. And fuck it, Clary got bearable. And fuck it, Magnus and Alec.

 

Okay I'm going on. I'm too tired to function today. My day was too tiring. Goodbye.

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review 2014-05-24 19:41
Getting better and better bit by bit
City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare

Well, that's what I call a cliffhanger.

 

Okay, let me explain something. I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Because some parts are bad, then some parts are good, but it's entertaining overall and, especially with this installment, I couldn't put this book down. Clare's writing definitely got much better in this book than in the first one. The narrative is flowing more naturally, ridiculous similes were cut to minimum, and there was some character development here. I liked it - I can't even deny that. And I can't even deny that I've read most of this book in one day.

 

Clary still annoyed me and most of the time, she was too stupid to live. But I can see that changing - I hope that will change. Jace was still a jerk but he started to grow onto me. Alec and Magnus were still the best thing ever and I'm absolutely in love with them - as an individuals and as a couple. And this is definitely getting more and more interesting.

 

So yeah, now I even look forward to reading the next - and the last (for me) - book in the series. Pleasssse, let it be good.

 

P. S. I'm still not sure about the rating. Idk if it's more a 3.5 or 4 star for me. I'll see after the third one.

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review 2014-05-12 19:59
Surprisingly good
Some Fine Day - Kat Ross

To be quite honest, this book came off as a surprise because I didn't expect it to be good. I didn't expect it to have a rich world-building that makes sense, well-researched facts and information, have a heroine that is so kick-ass that she could probably beat KatnissEverdeen, have mostly women leaders, writing that's decent and captivating in some ways and a romance left mostly on the side, while dealing with much heavier subjects. So to say that I had no idea what I was getting myself into would be an understatment of the year.

 

I have a problem now where I don't exactly know what to say. I'm having a hard time trying to actually structure this in some kind of way and write a review at least half decent.

 

This book could've gone wrong. After all, it's dystopia and there are so many of them today that I don't even bother to read them. And unfortunately, most of them aren't even worth mentioning because they have zero research, zero accuracy and stupid main characters that think they are smart. Well, let me tell you something, this book has none of it. It's also not a happy book - not even close. There are rare glimpses of humour but they are so rare that they're almost unnoticeable.

 

The main character, Jansin, isn't quirky, nor sarcastic, nor witty, but she's smart, she's serious, she doesn't complain, and cares more about the others than herself. She doesn't try to make herself pass as average. She doesn't go around complaining about the way she looks. Actually, she even likes herself. She's strong-minded and knows what she wants. She's not afraid to stand up for herself and do what she thinks it's right. She's not afraid to shot a man down or fight with a guy thrice her size only with her hands. She knows when she does something wrong. She knows when she does something stupid. And you know what? I liked her a lot. She may not be all of the things I said above (a little bit more above), but I wouldn't expect her to be like that when she's training to go to a fucking military and was learning her whole life to act a certain way. Still, her beliefs change throughout the book, she becomes more observant to the world she lives in and freer that she's been before. It's amazing, watching her change and take a hold of her life. The only problem that I may had with her is that sometimes she sounded almost too wise for her age. I definitely didn't sound like that when I was 16 (which really isn't that far away) but then again, I didn't grow up in her world so I can't exactly be the judge of her. I really liked that the main focus was on her and her only and even though there is romance, it's done smoothly and without over exaggeration. There's no instalove(lust), no 'I love you's shouted from the rooftops and horny teenagers thinking more about how they want to shag each other than possibly saving the world. Instead, we get two strong-minded people who will do everything to escape the horrible world they've been thrown in. It's simple, without them being all over each other (not counting the end. Like literally, *spoiler alert* they had their first kiss at the end of the book, when they were safe, which was like me going: Hell yeah!!!!")

 

Those two characters, Jansin and Will, aren't afraid to kill, to break into the buildings, to risk their lives, to threat the others and I liked it. I liked their self-dependence, I liked their determination and I liked their simple love, crush, whatever. They didn't get me all worked up and almost throwing my tablet across the room. Instead, I enjoyed them. Simple as that.

 

One more thing that make this book even better, is how women were handled. They are leaders here, bad or good, it doesn't matter. We have a female Captain, a female that is the head of the Academy in which Jansin is training in, a female that is one of the most important people in the research program/science lab/for the love of god I can't remember exactly what, and a female, in this case our heroine, that kicks butts of the men twice or thrice her size and stands up to them without a fear. Females. Females rule this book and the feminist in me loved it in every way possible. That doesn't mean that the men aren't involved, because they sure as hell are, but when we're talking about positions in society, females are mostly on the top. It was fucking great and I applaud the author for it.

 

Moreover, the thing that is, sadly, rarely found in dystopian novels, is the technology development. Fortunately, we have it here! I couldn't believe it, honestly! It doesn't matter that we went underground, and even though some stuff stayed the same, we have things that are different, better and upgraded, something that will definitely happen in future. Also, the way people live underground was believable. The author here actually thought about oxygen, water, food, fire, rain, weather altogether, to make us see that people there aren't living there by some freaky miracle, when we all know it wouldn't be so easy to live underground. Like I said, this book is well researched and that could've been seen from every angle. The global warming thing wasn't laughable and the way things turned out weren't unrealistic as such. A masochistic part in me wanted to give this book 3.5 stars only because the ending wasn't burtal (I'm merciless, I'd just kill everybody off, don't hate me), but I decided that that's me being unrealistic and dumb so I rounded it up to 4 because there wasn't much that I didn't like.

 

I don't know if there is a sequel prepared for this or not, but there is definitely space left for it. Even though things wrapped up nicely, I still think there would be some things to develop even more, even some of the characters. All in all, a great, dystopian read that I really enjoyed. I'll make sure to follow this author in the future.

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