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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-22 20:35
The Unwritten Rule (Review)
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott

(I would like to add that um, ANY book that has two people playing barefoot footsie on it repulses me immediately, and honestly, I couldn't expect anything more than two stars with that image in my head every time I picked it up.)


This is yet another book I read almost two years ago, and I don’t remember it incredibly well. However, I do remember that this was cliché and used a dreadful stream-of-consciousness style narration that made Sarah, the main character, seem immature and incompetent.  (Yet another reason I despise present tense writing.)


The vast majority of this book is actually painful. Sarah is obsessed with Ryan, and her inner mind theatre is just a compilation of everything she loves most about him. She’s constantly thinking about him, obsessing over him, and wondering what it would be like to be with him. She is absolutely convinced he feels the same way for her (and because it’s a good ole stereotypical YA novel, he does), but they tiptoe around for stupid reasons. Ryan is actually the one I dislike the most in all this because his confession to Sarah is that he’s always had feelings for her, but decided to date Brianna anyway. I absolutely don’t understand that logic, and I have no sympathy for his “dilemma.”


The above encompasses about 95% of the plot; however, I decided to give this a two-star rating because The Unwritten Rule focused quite a bit on the actual friendship between Brianna and Sarah, and how destructive it really was. I have been in hurtful friendships before, and while I never had friends quite as cruel as Brianna, I sympathized with Sarah’s situation (outside of her whole trying to steal Brianna’s boyfriend thing). At the end of the novel, I felt like the story’s ending, while happily-ever-after in that Sarah and Ryan end up together, still has the friendship at the forefront. Sarah gets Ryan, yes, but the bigger thing she gets is freedom from a toxic friendship, and the realization that just because you’ve been best friends with someone for a long time doesn’t mean you need to stay friends with them forever. This was a lesson I had to learn in high school, and I felt like Scott could have been really successful if this story was about Brianna and Sarah, with Ryan floating somewhere in the background.


Overall: This wasn’t really a good book, although it ended up with a pretty good lesson in the end. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it because Sarah’s narration will make you want to stab something, but it definitely wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I have all of Elizabeth Scott’s books on my to-read list, and this one doesn’t make me excited to get to another one anytime soon. However, I think there’s potential, and maybe I just need one with a less cliché plot in order for it to really click for me.



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text 2015-07-27 20:08
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott

I ordered this from Amazon from my "to read ASAP" list because a used copy was on sale for about $3. I'm waiting for my copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to get here, so I wanted to read something in the same genre I've been in lately, but also kind of short so I could finish it by the time my book got here.


So I read this yesterday and today, and I'm pretty disappointed. I mean, the narration, for what's supposed to be a seventeen-year-old girl was so...juvenile. It had that stream of consciousness "this is how I feel as I feel it" vibe, and I kind of hate that. So Sarah just came across as young, immature, and somewhat incompetent for most of the novel. I can relate to her having a gorgeous, "every guy wants her and never you" sort of thing (although my prettier best friends have never been as cruel as Brianna is to Sarah, and for that I'm grateful), and some of her descriptions of Ryan were realistic in the feeling they conveyed. I also gave it some points for the positive ending, where, yeah, she gets Ryan, but it's about her moving on from someone as destructive as Brianna. Knowing that sometimes you can't save everyone, and even the people you've loved for years aren't the best for you and you have to let go. That's a lesson I had to learn when I was seventeen, too, and I'm grateful for it.


So, eh, it was a two star read, but certainly not something I'd recommend. I appreciated that it focused on the friendship quite a bit, but the majority of the novel was "RYAN RYAN OMG RYAN HE MAKES ME FEEEEEL THINGS RYAN RYAN RYAN."

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review 2015-07-27 06:23
Expecto Derivatum
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice - Mike Carey,Peter Gross

Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice was the first volume of the Unwritten series I’d encountered. The illustrations were fantastic, but the main story—that of the comic Tommy’s history—was so derivative of the Harry Potter series that it was a distraction. The frame story—that of a twisted older man engineering a real life counterpart for his literary hero—was more original, but also less appealing. Unfortunately, the artwork didn’t save this one for me.

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review 2015-07-04 21:50
The Unwritten; Apocalypse
The Unwritten Vol. 11: Apocalypse - Mike Carey,Peter Gross

The Unwritten is a series I've been following for a long time.  It's a complicated and complex story about a man who discovers his life is linked inextricably to a character in a book his dad wrote.  And that he's also part of a plan to end stories altogether and by doing, destroy the world.


This is the final volume of Unwritten, so for those unfamiliar I don't give away any big spoilers, but I do talk about how the ending made me feel, so perhaps skip to the final thoughts.  Just know, I've really enjoyed following the characters of this story and it has gave me a lot of food for thought as well.  For fans of classic literature or just books in general, this is a must read series, or if you want to show some naysayer that comics can be smart, this is the one.


Volume 11 of the Unwritten brings a lot of closure to the characters.  As with all issues in the series, the characters face a host of challenges and obstacles, set backs and traps.  Readers are left to wonder just who is on whom's side and each moment fate hangs in the balance.


We turn to one of the most epic adventures this time, the Grail Quest.  The object of power is sought by all three, the homicidal/suicidal Pickman, the puppeteer Anna-Beth and Tom Taylor et al.  Who will prevail and what will it lead to for the rest of the world?


The end comes, the pages fade to white, but the great thing about books is...you can just turn the page.


Turns out there is something mightier than any life-giving chalice, trumpet or sword.  Wilson once again takes up the pen, will he craft a better story this time around?  The final volume wraps everything that happened in the series up nicely, but what happens to Tom?


Readers are left with an unanswered question - will there be more?


I hope so.


Want to start reading The Unwritten?  Start at the beginning and don't skip a panel.




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review 2015-06-09 00:00
The Unwritten, Vol. 11: Apocalypse
The Unwritten, Vol. 11: Apocalypse - Mik... The Unwritten, Vol. 11: Apocalypse - Mike Carey,Peter Gross When I first heard that The Unwritten was coming to an end, I was sad because I've come to enjoy this weird blend of Harry Potter and the Thursday Next series. After that, I started to wonder exactly how Carey was going to wrap up the series, considering that it's a metafictional exercise in storytelling and the power of reading. Plus, one of the subplots of the entire series involved a character who was the archetype of all villains, and that he wanted to die. How do you wrap up that storyline without destroying all of fiction?

The good news is that Carey managed to stick the landing here, without pulling any cheap tricks to make it happen. I'm not going to spoil it for you by telling you how he does it, but I will say that he pulls in many of the series' major characters in order to do it. In fact, he pulls in one character you may have forgotten about, and did it in such a way that it worked, and it never felt like cheating. We are talking about story here, and its power, so a lot of what happens makes perfect sense when you think about it in that respect.

I'm still going to be sad to see the series end, because I think it's the best thing that Vertigo has published since Sandman came to an end nearly twenty years ago. (Lordy, that was twenty years ago?) In fact, with Fables ending before the end of the year, I won't be reading any Vertigo titles. That just doesn't seem right. I guess I'll have to rely on The Walking Dead and Usagi Yojimbo to keep me going.
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