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review 2016-11-03 22:29
Reconstructing Amelia - Kimberly McCreight

Wow, this was intense. It was hard to get into at first, but after the first couple chapters I was enthralled. I couldn't put it down.

 

All the terrible shit Amelia went through with the club and the hazing and the girls harassing her? It made me thank my lucky stars that I've never had to experience that for myself. I have good friends who actually give a damn about me, and this book made me remember that I'm so fucking lucky. Amelia was a complex, complicated young woman with her whole life ahead of her, and I really enjoyed her chapters. I really liked her and I'm really sad she died.

 

I did not see that ending coming! There were so many twists and turns and it was so exciting. This was also a sad read. I didn't cry, but it made my heart hurt.

 

My only complaint is that there's a few plot developments that seem irrelevant? But I guess every mystery needs some red herrings.

 

Tl;dr version- Overall I really recommend this one. It's a nice good mystery.

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review 2016-11-03 22:27
Dance With Me - Heidi Cullinan

Okay, actually I really don't have much to say about this one. I just have a few random thoughts:

•to be quite honest, Laurie was a total jackass in the beginning. But I grew to like him. He's not a favorite character of mine, but I don't dislike him so that's good
•as for Ed, I always liked him. He's cool
•I guess hate to love relationships aren't my thing? I've read a few and I've never loved them. I did like this one overall, but it's certainly not a favorite of mine
•there's a weird scene where Ed and Laurie have a foursome with another couple. And I try to be open minded about sex, since it's all about personal preference. But, I don't know, this scene just sat weird with me.

 

That's really it. Overall it's not something I would recommend and it's not Heidi Cullinan's best. But I did enjoy it somewhat.

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review 2016-11-03 22:25
Haunted - Meg Cabot

Well this series took a turn for the worst. I love The Mediator series. I adore Suze and her tough, kickass nature. And I've grown fond of the other characters: Suze's stepbrothers, Jesse, CeeCee, to name a few. I do like this series. But Haunted was probably the worst book in this series so far.

 

Paul is a pushy, invasive, patronizing piece of shit who does not understand the meaning of the word "no", and I hate him with the fire of a thousand suns. Someone kill him.

 

There's literally nothing happening in this one. There's just some love triangle-esque, romantic angsty bullshit. Can Suze and Jesse just admit they have feelings for each other so Suze can get back to ghost busting and kicking ass? Ugh.

 

I have two simple requests for the next book: Suze needs to resume her badassery, and Paul needs to fuck off. That's literally it.

 

Tl;dr version- So fucking disappointed with this one. Paul is the bane of my existence. He literally ruined the entire book.

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review 2016-11-03 22:23
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

To say I am disappointed is the fucking understatement of the year. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book! But I was expecting to love it with all my heart and soul, and I didn't. I only mildly liked it. *sigh*

 

Assorted thoughts:
1. I really like Pynch, I think Ronan and Adam are such a cute couple. But goddamnit, I wanted more. More kisses. More sweet moments. More Pynch! I feel cheated.
2. The thing about The Raven Cycle is that the plot is wandering and all over the place and so, so confusing. Originally I was able to forgive this because of how much I loved the characters, but now I'm just annoyed. Since this is the last book I had higher expectations for The Raven King.
3. There's so many loose ends. Noah? The Gray Man? Declan and Matthew? Maura and Calla? Henry's mom and all the other collectors? Ugh, what even happened to them?
4. Despite that, I liked how the four main characters got closure.
5. This series is the strangest thing. I did like it overall, but I'm disappointed with The Raven King. I don't even entirely know why, I just am.
6. Side note: that cover is gorgeous

 

It's been two months since I read this, so I guess no full review.

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review 2016-11-03 22:20
The Year of Ice - Brian Malloy

I don't even know what to say about this one.

 

Kevin, to be completely honest, is a jerk. I know he has his reasons and sometimes he's funny and relatable. But other times he's just a complete asshole and I didn't like him. Come to think of it, pretty much everyone is an asshole at some point in this book.

There's no romance at all, and although I appreciate that it was a much more complex coming of age story, I really wish there was a romance. Kevin could use some happiness. (For the record, I kind of ship him and Tommy).

 

Tl;dr version- I didn't particularly like this, and I wouldn't recommend it. It's not a bad book by any means, in fact at some parts I did enjoy it. But overall I wish I'd read something else.

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