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review 2017-05-17 00:23
Incoming Rant
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

You know, I'd read in some posh literary review that Jake and Brett were two of Hemingway's most lovable characters, but I really can't see how that could be. I get he was painting an era, but I had the same difficulties I had with Fitzgerald's "Great Gatsby": I was bored by the characters misery (first world high class problems, people, that's what you have!); and I was enraged by the chaos and destruction they sowed all around themselves with their callow carelessness. Stupid egotistical brats.

And that's the other thing: they ARE reacting like brats. "Our parent's culture and ideology crumbled down and betrayed us! Let's rage and get drunk, and screw everyone around!" Except, you know, they are in their middle thirties. I don't say you have to have your shit together by that time or any other, God knows you never really do, and life has a marvelous way of sucker punch you when you think you have it balanced, but the over the top woe-is-me shit you are supposed to learn to manage after the hormones of puberty stabilize.

Every generation has challenges, and I reckon those that were born around the turn of the 20th century had a suck-fest of a raw deal, but what I saw inside this book was not just depression and insecurity over lost direction and of self, but a total lack of care for other people. I saw the phrase "moral bankruptcy" around, and I think that's and exact description, but it was treated as an excuse for how these particular characters act, because apparently it was a pervasive thing all around. News-flash: if everyone is a terrible person, and you act like everyone, you are still a terrible person.


So no, I have no love for these characters. Now, do I have any use for this book? *sigh* Thorny issue. If it was an accurate representation of the generation, I have to loose any surprise at seeing them fall right back into war; they all felt suicidal to me, and self-centered enough to blow up the world along with themselves.


So here's what I think: maybe it's useful, but I did not like it.

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review 2016-02-18 11:30
Now what?
Feverborn: A Fever Novel - Karen Marie Moning

What. The. Fuck.


After two mostly passive, build up books, and we get hanged up there?

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review 2015-05-21 00:00
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free - Charles P. Pierce This was a quick and interesting read. It was well written and well argued. It would have been better if it were more thoroughly evidenced, and hopefully the next edition will include the anti-GMO and the anti-vaccine movement on the left to demonstrate that the issues he brings up are not strictly partisan.
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text 2015-04-17 23:52
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Cold Burn of Magic - Jennifer Estep

"All I had to do was stare into someone's eyes, and I knew exactly what they were feeling at that moment, whether It was love, hate, anger or something else. Not only that, but I could actually feel the emotion in my own heart, just like the person who was experiencing it."


Oh, please -_-


What she says about some guy she just saw:


"..radiated cold sorrow.."

"(..)there was a rock hard strength mixed in with his sorrow, along with a flicker of something else buried deep, deep down... a hot spark that I couldn't quite identify."


Kill me....


And then she proceeds to describe what makes him such a great guy. Because in that moment she knows everything about him!


Ye, Gods, this is stupid.

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review 2015-03-10 22:24
No, thank you.
Red - Alyxandra Harvey

           Arc provided by Entangled Publishing through Netgalley


            Release Date: March 10 th


I am afraid this turned out to be an average paranormal YA romance, of the type that features a mysterious gorgeous boy with secrets, and a girl who promises not to fall under his spell and pretty much fails at that agenda, _especially when the boy in question behaves like an idiot through most of the book _ "five" minutes after they're introduced.


Also there is quite a number of cheesy lines in this book that may induce the reader in some painful sugar inducted comma:


"Air was unnecessary, dust and ash.
His mouth was every kind of sweet drink and every bite of dessert I’d ever had. It was chili peppers and chocolate, cinnamon candies, cherry cupcakes."


-_- *runs away screaming*


 But this story's biggest problem _ yes, besides the previous ones _ is that it lacks development. 

Practically in everything.

Things happen in the blink of an eye and that's it. The reader just has to go with the flow..while it gets bombarded with YA clichés from all sides.


The worst thing, is that it had potential. The author comes out with some good twists in the end, _what happens to the villain for instance_ but the story doesn't have solid grounds.

This needed to be developed. It feels as if half the story is missing. Yes, it may be the boring one. But it was needed.

To compensate what is missing, _yes, I am being sarcastic _ there is one too many Ya clichés this book relies on.



YA tropes this book relies on:


Absent parents:

Girl gets into trouble, dad sends her off to live with grandmother and that's it. One daughter dispatched and we never hear from the guy again. He could at least have called once in awhile, right?


And does the grandmother take the time to have a serious talk with the girl? You know, regarding her problems?

Of course not. Waste of time. Let's get the ball  romance rolling.

This ends up being even more idiotic and irresponsible when some facts are revealed.



Special snowflake alert:


"You're not like the other girls at Havencrest," he said.


Says the love interest who only pretends to be an ass through most of the book to deviate attentions from...something.

In reality he's a bloody prince knight charming. Of course.


Bad Boy romantic interest:


" There were already so many versions of Ethan, but this one was clearly the most dangerous.

I could actually like this Ethan."


Of course, because nothing is hotter than a wacko.


Mr Prince Charming Perfect:


" I could recite all of Hercules's trials before I could recite the alphabet."


Yes, yes...but can you make bread?


Hot and You're Cold

One moment they're having a polite conversation as friends, next second the guy's telling her to use the servants entrance to the castle.

 That's right. People refer to the mansion as castle...and I am not talking about the insane one who writes books and has a big crush on Beckett -_-.


Of course the guy is acting this way out of concern for the girl. In reality he's every girl's dream come true.

Result: Boring.


Girl on Girl Hate


Haven't we had enough of this already? Also what's with the logic of kicking Kia _ am I the only one who immediately "sees" a jeep in her mind? _ out of school for her own protection?

What's with this logic? 

At least when she was in school she wasn't sticking her nose where it didn't belong.


In the end, a story that comes out severely lacking, whose only redeeming qualities rely on some undeveloped plot twists that appear near the end.



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