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Unpopular Opinion: Series [4]

unpop opinion 4paperbacksOnce again it’s time for an unpopular opinion (or maybe I just think it’s an unpopular opinion) either way here it goes. I don’t much like series. I mean obviously I like some. But I’m getting sick of almost everything I pick up being a series. It’s so hard to find a good stand alone these days unless it’s a contemporary. I want an awesome sci-fi fantasy stand alone. Or a young adult fantasy stand alone.

I enjoy series. But sometimes you just don’t want that commitment and everything these days is being turned into more than one book even if it really shouldn’t be.

What’s your take on it? Do you like that everything has become a series? Or maybe my vision is warped. Feel free to tell me. I’m curious if I’m the only one who’s bothered by this.

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coming of age, new adult, romance

Book Review: Unlit Star by Lindy Zart

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Title: Unlit Star
Author: Lindy Zart
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Length: 299, Kindle Book
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Coming of Age
Rating: 1 folded page

Blurb:
We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.

Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.

He falls far and he falls hard.

Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.

Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.

Review:
I’m pretty sure Zart tried just a little too hard to make Delilah a special snowflake and not hard enough to give Rivers a real personality. I have a hard time sugar coating my dislike (or like when that happens) for things and especially for books. I have no qualms in saying I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I actually got about halfway through before deciding that I couldn’t read another word and that I wasn’t enjoying the book in the least.

The plot was interesting enough. Loner girl ends up babysitting cool jock after a horrid accident left him “deformed” and unable to walk well and stuff ensues. Normally I would love a book like this. It screams my name! If only the characters weren’t so annoying. Delilah is all about being herself and doing what she wants when she wants and blah blah blah. Honestly, I was so bored with her straight forward personality when I was only 25% of the way in.

At that point, Rivers’ was still kind of mysterious so I decided to try and stick it out to see if it would get better. But once Rivers wasn’t mysterious he simply didn’t have a personality outside of Delilah. It was frustrating. I kept reading to see if maybe the rest of the plot would work out interestingly because they were together and happy by the 50% mark.

Delilah kept hinting at not living past the summer and her relationship with her mother isn’t good. And for a fraction of a second I was slightly curious about these things. But the way Zart pushed them made me feel less and less curious and more and more annoyed that we didn’t have answers yet.
I think this novel could have made a good novella. I probably would have finished it if it were shorter and we were given answers sooner. But with characters like this and a plot I didn’t have any investment in I dropped it. This novel has pretty great reviews on Amazon so I’m disappointed.

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Day One: 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge

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Maker’s Breath! Thank you so much to Ashley at What’s She Reading for tagging me. This makes me feel like I’m officially part of the community. Being tagged. 😀 Sorry it took so long. I had a hard time deciding on what quotes to use. Moving past my excitement! Here is the challenge.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Of course the first quote is from my all time favorite book Beauty by Robin McKinley.

physical book of Beauty by Robin McKinley

“At least I was true. My intellectual abilities gave me a release, and an excuse. I shunned company because I preferred books; and the dreams I confided to my father were of becoming a scholar in good earnest, and going to University. It was unheard-of several shocked governesses were only too quick to tell me, when I spoke a little too boldly — but my father nodded and smiled and said, ‘We’ll see.’ Since I believed my father could do anything — except of course make me pretty — I worked and studied with passionate dedication, lived in hope, and avoided society and mirrors.”

I nominate:

Kimberly at Over the Bookshelf

Becca at Becca and Books

Aentee at Read at Midnight

Please feel free to ignore the nomination if I missed that you’ve already done it or if you just don’t want to. 🙂

Fantasy, graphic novel, paranormal

Graphic Novel Review: Cemetery Girl: The Pretenders by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden

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Title: Cemetery Girl: The Pretenders
Author: Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden
Publisher: InkLit
Length:128 Pages, Hardcover
Genre: Graphic Novel, Paranormal, Fantasy
Rating: 3 folded pages

Blurb:
She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead.

She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can’t hide from the dead—and because she can see spirits, they can’t hide from her.

Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave—and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim’s spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own.

Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help…

Review:
This was a good, quick read with some very heavy themes. I enjoyed this book and I might grab the sequel from the library when it comes out though I wouldn’t buy this series.

I really enjoyed the art style. It held a lot of color while still maintaining the dark themes in the story. I also enjoyed Calexa as a character. However, I would have liked more backstory. It took me a while to get invested into the characters and that’s not good with a graphic novel.

I want to see what comes next for Calexa but it doesn’t really have me on the edge of my seat like Saga did so I can wait a while. I think this might be a story that drops off into oblivion for me. It was good but not great. Not sure what else to say about it honestly. It’s one of those books that’s just kind of there.

Fantasy, mystery, paranormal, young adult

Book Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Name of the Star
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Speak
Length: 400 pages, Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, fantasy, mystery
Rating: 5 folded pages

Blurb:
New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller!

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

Review:
I’ve done it guys, this is only the third novel I’ve reviewed on this blog that I’ve given five folded pages. It’s finally happened! I wasn’t sure it was ever going to happen but I can honestly say I have nothing bad to say about The Name of the Star.

This was a reread for me. I read it wayyyy back when I first started college. I started it August of 2011 but I’m pretty sure I didn’t finish it until December during break. It feels like forever ago. And it took me ages to finish because I hadn’t realized how intense my classes would be compared to high school classes.

I’m so glad I enjoyed it so much the second time around. There isn’t much to say about the book without revealing spoilers. The characters were awesome, I loved all of them. Even the uptight Stephen. I’m super excited to read the sequel and I hope it lives up to how much I absolutely love this one.

new adult, romance

Book Review: In This Moment by Autumn Doughton

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Title: In This Moment
Author: Autumn Doughton
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Length: 292, Kindle Book
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Rating: 4.5 Folded Pages

Warning: This book is intended for mature audiences!!

Blurb:
Every moment possesses its own kind of magic…

Aimee Spencer learned the hard way that for some moments, there are no take-backs, no rewinds, no do-overs. A year ago her world imploded and Aimee has been running ever since. She doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t want to remember. To bury the ghosts that haunt her, she is living a life that has become unrecognizable.

Cole Everly is a golden boy with a cocky smile and an attitude to match. He’s grown accustomed to girls throwing themselves at his feet, but when Aimee trips and literally lands in his lap one afternoon, she’s not at all what he expects. Difficult, damaged, closed-off. If Cole needed to make a list of qualities to avoid in a girl, Aimee would probably match up with every single one of them. He knows that he should stay away but he’s drawn to her in a way that he can’t exactly explain.

In this honest and absorbing story, Aimee and Cole struggle to sort out the thin spaces between loss and love. Ultimately, they will need to learn how to navigate through the pieces of the past if they want to hold on to the future and each other.

Review:
My favorite thing about this book is that Aimee saves herself. Yes, obviously, there is a steamy romance that may or may not help. But Aimee isn’t helpless.

Recently, I’ve noticed that a lot of romance/contemporary novels have the broken girl fall in love with a guy who suddenly fixes all her issues and I honestly cannot stand it. I think the next one I read like that I will DNF the minute I feel it start. I can’t stand that because it’s not how life works. And woman/girls don’t need books to tell them to find a guy and all their problems will be over. They need books that show that they can do it themselves with or without the guy. (okay small rant over).

I have to say the only thing I didn’t enjoy from this book was Cole’s point of view. Doughton switches views throughout the novel and I enjoyed that but sometimes it felt like Doughton was writing what she thought a male should be thinking. I think it played heavily into stereotype here and there and it didn’t feel very authentic as certain points. Other times I really enjoyed it but I think Doughton had a hard time with the male voice not drifting into almost mockery of what she thought a male should sound like.

The steamy parts were definitely steamy. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s my first soiree into New Adult fiction. I’ve been meaning to try it out for ages. (I know technically Saga is New Adult but it’s also a graphic novel so I feel like it doesn’t really count). Anyway, now that I’ve tried the genre I can’t wait to get my hands on more!

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WWW Wednesday #3 (7/22/15)

Hello again. Guess what day it is????

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words but was originally hosted on Should Be Reading. To do the meme answer these three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

boxers and siantsAs of right now, I’m in the middle of Boxers from the Boxers & Saints Duology. They’re graphic novels one is about a village boy who fights against foreigners who are bullying native people and the other is a parallel of a village girl who is saved because foreigners come and spread Christianity giving her something to do. So far it’s kind of eh for me. I’m hoping it gets better.

I’m also reading Soulless by Gail Carriger. So far I LOVE this book. At first I was a little weary. I thought Alexia would kind of annoy me but so far I’ve really loved her and I’m excited to continue reading.

I’m still in the midst of 1984 as well. I have such a hard time pushing through classics. It’s good but I just can’t read it the way I normally do and I don’t like that. I’m still going to finish it but it’s slow goings.

I’ve also started reading The Pact by Karina Hale. I have a lot of spare time at work so I’ve been kind of cycling through ebooks. I’m find my current ebooks hard to read more than a few chapters at once so it’s nice a lot of options. So far I’m liking this one. I hope it stays that way.

I’ve also started rereading The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith. I’ve been meaning to reread this for a while.vamp diaries I read it way before the TV show came out but now I’m reading it as part of my 2015 challenge for a series adapted to movie or TV. So far I’m not impressed. I don’t like it nearly as much as I did when I was 15ish. And I think my age might have something to do with that.

I’ve also put Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken on hold. For some reason I just can’t get into it. I can’t tell if I’m just not in the mood for what it’s offering of if my disdain for how the characters have changed from book 1 to book 2 is legitimate. If that’s the case I’ll have to find a new series to put towards my trilogy on my 2015 reading challenge. I’m going to keep trying (kinda) but if by the end of August I haven’t finished it I think I’ll DNF.

What did you recently finish?

I recently finished:

Sadly I didn’t read nearly as much as I have been. I’ve been super busy and recently the books I’ve been picking up I haven’t been feeling or it’s slow for me to read through.

What do you plan on reading?

As for the past two WWW Wednesdays, I want to read Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen soon and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I also plan to start A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I’ve heard good things about it and it is relatively short even if the book is the size of a 3 subject star spiral notebook.

contemporary, romance, young adult

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss By Stephanie Perkins

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Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Length: 400, Paperback
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, romance
Rating: 3.5 Folded Pages

Blurb:
Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

Review:
Honestly, I’m still not sure of my feelings for this novel. On one hand I really enjoyed it. It had me smiling and laughing and tearing up. On the other hand, I HATE that guy saves all crap.

I have a hard time rating this one. Half of me just wants to enjoy it for what it is but the other half me of knows this is why girls tend to half unrealistic expectations. I think I’m going to go with the first half because by now, I hope, most girls know that this isn’t how dating and romance really works even if it is fun to read.

I really liked Anna. She could be a bit annoying and she was definitely obtuse but I could see bits of myself in her and that’s what I love in main characters. She was relatable. St. Clair was also super relatable and I enjoyed all the moment Perkins set up between them.

However, I wish we had more moments between Anna and Meridith, or Anna and Rashmi, or hell even St. Clair and Meredith. I feel like certain plot points dropped out of no where because we didn’t really see a lot of interaction between people other than Anna and St. Clair. We had a few scenes here or there but I would have liked a bit more time to know the other characters and without it the characters fall a little flat.

I wish I could say I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did because there are definitely some points where I was WTFing. I’m going to read the other books in this loose series and hope that the message held within them is better.

children's book, classic

Book Review: Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Length: 298, Kindle Book
Genre: Classic, Children’s book
Rating: 4 Folded Pages

Blurb:
When spoiled child Mary Lennox loses her family to a cholera outbreak, she moves to her uncle’s manor surrounded by a massive garden. Within, Mary discovers a whole new outlook on life thanks to a supportive household and the garden’s power of healing.

Review:
Funny how the first review after my Unpopular Opinion: Classics goes out is, well, a classic. And although it’s a classic, I did really enjoy it.

It was very hard to get through the first 50 pages or so. It was all exposition and passive voice. I hated that. But I pushed through and once Mary Lennox started doing things instead of having things done to her, it became much more interesting.

I remember, vaguely, being read this in third grade. I remember the wheelchair and the big reveal quite differently than it actually happens. My third grade mind made a much bigger deal of it all and I see why it’s labeled as a children’s book. I actually really enjoyed being able to remember bits and pieces of how I thought it as a child. It gave me a very interesting viewpoint to compare it against.

Still I just can’t give it 5 folded pages. It was too slow for my liking and overall not a lot happens. It’s interesting and still kept my attention but I could only read it in bouts of 20 minutes or so.

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Unpopular Opinion: Classics [3]

unpop opinion 3I’m just going to come out and say. I don’t like classics. There. It’s out in the opinion. Everyone breathe. It’s going to be okay. (I’m not sure if I’m saying it more to myself or to others).

I like a few classics. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Eyre. Fahrenheit 451. But for the most part I can’t stand them. They’re hard to read and there’s usually way to much exposition. This is a post inspired by my current attempt to tackle 1984 by George Orwell. I love the premise. It’s totally my kind of thing. But the way it’s written makes me hate it. I may have majored in English but classics will never be my thing. There’s a reason I went the Professional Writing route and not the Literature route.

I feel better having got this off my chest. I think the book community goes on and on about classics and it makes people like me feel a little left out and judged. (Though I’m speaking generally). I don’t quite get The Great Gatsby craze though I didn’t hate the book. And I’ll never be able to get through A Tale of Two Cities fully now that I’m not forced to. (Who am I kidding I didn’t even when I was forced to). Let’s not forget how much I hated To Kill a Mockingbird BOTH times I had to read it. And it’s okay!

Now I throw it to you. Do you like classics? Why do you love them? Why do you dislike them? I’m curious as to what others think of classics or if it’s really just me alone on this island of general dislike.