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review 2016-12-13 04:57
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Hot Milk - Deborah Levy

I'm going to start off by saying I did not like this book and that I did not finish reading it. If you are looking for a review for the whole book, this is not it. This is just me talking about why I decided to stop reading this book.

 

The writing didn't pull me in and I felt the characters were flat. And towards the beginning of the book, I just couldn't stomach how the main character was flat out racist, sexist, and judgmental. There's a part where she is commenting how the owner of a diving-school kept yelling at his Mexican workers that they were doing a horrible job and they couldn't say anything about it because they're "illegal." ...but of course they had to be Mexican and illegal. Mexicans in Spain are obviously there illegally... I'm just getting really sick and tired of seeing Mexicans being treated as filth because of that "illegal citizens" mentality.

 

Another thing that upset me was when Sofia, main character, showed how bloody sexist and judgmental she is. Shortly after the racist portion, she goes into a bathroom and notices the person in the next stall has men shoes. To which she overreacts to the highest degree! She runs to the owner of the pub, tells him there's a man in the next stall trying to see up her skirt, and that she thinks he has a knife. Mind you, all she saw was a person wearing men's shoes! She had no idea whether it really was a man in the women's bathroom nor did she know if he really had a knife or not. Turns out she was completely wrong! It was a woman and she did not have a knife. It just made me upset to see her react in such a manner. Trying to get someone in trouble without knowing the full details. And I know she might just be really stressed out with how her mother has been treating her, but I don't think that gives her the right to be so outright judgmental without knowing the full details.

 

After that, I had to put the book down. I just couldn't bring myself to read the rest of it. I am sick and tired of reading books that treat people like trash without reason. Just done with it. It's just not something I want to read. If you think that this book is something you want to try out then give it a shot. Just because I didn't like it doesn't mean you won't. Personally, I can't read things like this anymore. It makes me upset and I want to be able to enjoy what I read.

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review 2015-07-23 02:34
TIED BY: LANEY MCMANN
Tied (A Fire Born Novel) (Volume 1) by McMann, Laney (2013) Paperback - Laney McMann

 

 No. Just...no. You ever haul ass through a book in less than 24 hours just so you can be done with it and move on with your life and precious spare time? Yeah. That just happened. It's a real bummer to considering how excited I was to start this book. I'm sorry but if I had to sum this book up in one word it would be disjointed. Everything took WAY too long to come together and even attempt to start making sense, and quite honestly if you have to wait until the last pages to have things start coming together, something isn't right. I had exactly 5% interest in this story by then, sorry.

 

 

    The characters were just as muddled as the plot. I had no investment in Layla, the MC, whatsoever. She was so annoying throughout the entirety of this book, at least that held true through and through...I guess.

 

 

Seriously, she was rude to everyone that cared about her, she whined ALL THE TIME, and she was just so naïve! I'm not sure there was a character that I enjoyed, maybe the Grandmother, who was in the story for about 2 minutes. Yeah, she seemed okay.

 

 

I couldn't even consider Max as a character I might have liked for the simple fact that he found enough things about Layla to actually love. What the hell? Where were these redeemable qualities? Is there some kind of decoder ring and secret text I wasn't aware of?!

 

    Onwards to the plot.....or the severe lack of one in my opinion. I get that Layla was being kept ignorant of pretty much everything, for her safety or whatevs, but no way does that make it acceptable, or any way enjoyable, for the reader to be forced to be content with absolutely nothing cohesive until the very end. 70% of this book was Layla whining about not knowing anything, which I almost want to sympathize with since I felt kind of the same whilst reading this. Through in there some weird events happening, but them being so short and clipped that you, much like the MC herself, couldn't even be sure that they actually happened!!

 

    Ok so I did bump this up to 1.5 stars for the fact that at the very end, once things started actually happening, they really exploded. There were a lot of good ideas there, but the execution was severely lacking. It was as if, no not as if....you literally got bombarded with an entire universe and all of it's otherworldly inhabitants. I didn't see the world building here, I got knocked upside the head with a world explosion.

 

 

 Even though there were some potentially great concepts there, which there were, I was too far removed from everything to have it bring me back. And it was just too much information to take in all at once. The otherworldliness was the highlight of this story, there was some real creativity in there, I wish it would have been at the very least sprinkled throughout the story so I would have had a hope of getting invested and not have been so overwhelmed once it did happen.

 

 

 Unfortunately not series I would likely continue on with.

 

     I received a copy of this book from J. Taylor Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

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review 2015-06-07 07:15
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis

This book was not for me. I found it very difficult to get through the dry writing. The "story" was dull from beginning to end. And if I wasn't bored whilst reading, I was shaking my head in disagreement. It's a shame, too, because I thought the premise of this book was fascinating. I wanted to read from the "Devil's" perspective. But all I got was a bunch of rules that you should or shouldn't do in order to be a good or bad Christian. It just... was bland. The only thing I enjoyed was the jab at schools and teachers and how they have no interest in teaching people who want to be taught.

 

I can see why this is an important text and I can also admit that Lewis is a very intelligent man. However, I just couldn't connect with this book to actually get anything from it.

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review 2014-02-18 22:36
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK BY: PIPER KERMAN
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison - Piper Kerman

If I had to sum this book up with one word it would be disappointing. I decided to read this after watching the Netflix adaption, which I actually really enjoyed. This book was a whole different story. I was so underwhelmed by this entire thing.  

 

     This was all about a privileged woman, who even in prison, continues being privileged, all be it in a different way.  Everyone meet Piper, she's got blonde hair, blue eyes, and movie screen perfect tits (I'm only referencing things she herself does....numerous times, if that's any indication of how full of shit this book is). Basically she's a Barbie and we should all just be grateful to be in her presence. The book went on like this, look at Piper be bored with her fantastic life, look at Piper see a consequence for a poor decision she made, now look at how many people whether they be friends, family, lovers, or random prisoners all give Piper an outpouring of love and generosity.

    I get that this was her account of her life in prison for a year, and that's the main focus, but it just wasn't all that interesting!! You'd get a glimpse of someone else and maybe a tidbit about their circumstances and then it was right back to Piper and what she ate for dinner, yipee! Or how about, let's talk about how much smarter Piper is than everyone else, yay! Can't wait to go there, again!

    I started out feeling vaguely bad for Piper, having to wait all those years to finally serve her time. It would be a hard situation always waiting for the axe to fall. But it was impossible for me to feel anything else for her beyond that. I feel like she kept saying all the things you want to hear about learning a lesson from her mistake, but why couldn't I buy it?!! Everything she said was just that, what she thought someone would want to hear, at least that's how I was left feeling.

  I really believe that after her stint in the big house, she sat down and thought, how can I profit from this? And in comes Orange is the New Black. Oh and all those terrifically wonderful people she met in jail, I'm sure they're all still the best of friends. I'm confident she takes time away from her perfect existence to slum it with her homies from lockup. It was not shocking to me at all when this book ending the minute she stepped outside and back into freedom. Thanks a million book for making it impossible to watch this show again without cringing thinking about how much I disliked this book.

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