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review 2017-07-01 21:54
[REVIEW] Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh

Read this in a day while rebelling against my mountain of schoolwork.

I must be the exception to the rule because I did not find this funny at all. Half the time I was jarred by the lack of connection between the chapters and then I remembered this was a blog so it's not supposed to have a thread, maddening as it was. The other half of the time I was bored.

Nonetheless, I found myself relating to certain things she described particularly concerning depression. The artwork is very amusing and the parts with the dogs were my favorite.
 

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review 2016-05-02 02:31
[REVIEW] The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

I don’t know what to think of this honestly. This book held so much promise but failed in delivering those promises. I wanted to like it but I didn’t. However, I didn’t hate it either.

What I did like: the worldbuilding. The rich Indian mythology. The prose*. The talking horse.

What I didn't like: The plot meandered too much. It jumped between worlds and didn't clearly establish the scene.

As for the love story, I just didn’t buy into it. Insta-love does not do it for me. I didn’t feel anything for either of them. And trust me, there were so many moments that could’ve been juiced for maximum angst and they weren’t. Their love does not grow throughout the book

because she is the reincarnation of the love of his life so that's that.

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It made me feel cheated.

Maya makes decisions based on other people. She doesn’t try to confront anyone or figure things out for herself. Because of this, she is constantly manipulated throughout the book. It’s not as if you can blame her too much considering she is a sheltered 17-year-old princess. However, that doesn’t stop you from wanting to smack the crap out of her.

Amar is a stock character. Nothing about his personality stood out to me.

The villain was cookie cutter af.

*The prose walked a delicate balance between very lovely or way too purple. Sadly, it jumped into 'too purple' more often than not. There were times where I wasn’t even sure what the author was talking about.

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text 2016-03-21 03:40
[DNF] The Curse of the Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Curse of Chalion - Lois McMaster Bujold

First DNF of 2016. Le bummer.

I gave it the old college try but, no. I can't continue to read this. I'm bored out of my mind. The pace is way too slow. Nothing is really happening. I don't care enough about the characters to want to find out what happens.

Off to greener pastures aka a hopefully more engaging book.

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review 2015-12-28 23:46
[REVIEW] Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

FINALLY FINISHED! I can't believe it took a month for me to get through it but between finals and traveling back and forth, I can see why it took so long.

So yes, one of the most recommended books of this waning year and I... did not like it that much. It was incredibly underwhelming.

For one, it is horribly meandering. I think this book could've been way more entertaining and less excruciating in its pace if they had cut 150 pages. There was just so many needless descriptions that I got bored more than once. I found myself dropping the book for some other activity way too often.

In the end, was the story worth it? I don't think so. The pacing was absolute shit. Many things weren't explained. I kept saying "what the fuck?" to the book, half-expecting it would listen and explain itself. It didn't. It just kept dragging on and making little sense. I did enjoy the spell casting, though.

The Wood was a formidable villain. The Dragon was an asshole. The heroine with a name I cannot spell was insufferable more often than not. I kept wishing Kasia, her BFF, was the heroine. There were a lot of deaths in this book but I didn't mourn a single one. In fact, I didn't really connect to any of the characters. Characterization was just that hollow.

The romance was appalling and completely unnecessary. There was no chemistry. Every single time the narration hinted at them being a couple, I cringed. Same goes for the sex scene. I would've preferred that they had become friends, anything but lovers. Sarkan aka the Dragon needs to learn how to be a human.

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review 2015-06-04 23:54
[REVIEW] Legend by Marie Lu
Legend - Marie Lu

Buddy read with Francis and Lisa.

 

I haven’t read many dystopian novels. They just aren’t my thing. I ended up reading this one because Francis insisted that I accompany her plus it was on sale at Amazon.

 

This book is incredibly fast-paced, action-packed and easy to read. It’s also predictable even to someone who hasn’t read the genre as much. Saw those twists coming from a mile away. The writing is wooden and emotionless. Some scenes that were sure to strangle my heart and submit my tear ducts to a hurricane of emotion fell flat like egg whites that had been folded one too many times.

 

June is a perfect little Mary Sue soldier. She got perfect scores in her trial, she can climb buildings like Spiderman and she is also perfectly observant. When I was discussing this with Francis and Lisa, I said that she reminded me of a robot. Then I thought of Wall-E. Wall-E has more personality and larger range of emotion than June.

 

Wall-E

 

Day is lovable, trustworthy idiot who is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. Why? Because he’s a prankster and the Republic really likes overreacting like the regime that it is.

 

Sad thing is you can’t really tell Day and June apart in narration. They lack a unique voice. Since the book is narrated in a dual first person POV, whenever I got lost while reading I needed to head back and see who was supposed to be talking. Makes me wonder if the characterization took a hit because of all the attention the action was getting.

 

My favorite character was Metias, June’s brother. He dies 10% into the book. Such is my luck.

 

What’s worse for me, the romance feels out of place and a tad forced. Never been a big fan of theinstalove.

Like why are you guys making out after you found out your brother took your place and died for you?

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Personally, I’m not emotionally involved so I’m not in the least beat interested in continuing with this trilogy.

 

What upsets me the most is not knowing what happens to Ollie, June’s dog. They better not hurt him or I will never forgive the person who did it.

I’m looking at you, Thomas. You look quite capable of doing despicable things to innocent animals. Jerk.

(spoiler show)

I will have to google this so I am at peace.

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