Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Flowers in the Attic- V.C Andrews

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You know this book has been on my I have to read this list for a long time, because it sounds so creepy but everyone is either squicked or it's their guilty pleasure. I heard V.C Andrews is one of those writers whom everyone loves but kinda hates at the same time. So, of course, I'm gonna be all over this. I think I will have a new guilty pleasure writer after I'm done with this.

Edit: Wow, where to start. This is my new guilty pleasure writer. Yes, it has problematic themes with sexual content, with the incest rape. Sorry, that was not consensual at all. What I loved the most was the gothic horror tone to it. The mood was fantastically set. It was definitely twisted, and Freud would have a field day. I am currently reading the sequel.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Falling in Between by Devon Ashley

Falling in Between (Falling, #1)Falling in Between by Devon Ashley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book needs more plot. It was pretty much plotless. You can still keep teens making out but it needs a storyline.

The characters were hardly developed. They were also too boy crazy for my liking.

About the sexual content it wasn't racy nor explicit. It showed a healthy amount of sexual contact for older teens. It wasn't a perfect example for it, but it wasn't bad.

I wish the alternate dream world was more fleshed out and had more plot. Wasted potential.

This book dragged at points tbqh.

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This review is for willowfaerie.

Rating: 2.5

This book was disappointing. I really enjoyed the plot. I seriously disliked Tobias/Four in this book because he was such a manipulative douchenozzle.

I tried to remain sympathetic to Tris, but she annoyed me severely at points, usually involving Tobias. I wanted her to tell him it was over a few times.

Christina and Tori were also unlikeable at points.

I'm hoping the last book will be better than this, and my standards weren't that high to begin with.

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Once by Anna Carey

Once (Eve, #2)Once by Anna Carey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: Gif!reactions

Over-all Thoughts:


First of all the twist: Why can't she have always been his daughter, instead of his future bride? That logic burns. It also makes me want to go all Freudian, analyzing this novel.

This is not okay.

The romance was stupid. It just felt so forced. Eve is not smart, she was so illogical. I felt absolutely nothing about the characters, except when the dog died.

Why do the animals always die first. :(

The best thing is that Caleb died, which is good, because now we have some potential plot/character development.

This gif has no relevancy, it just cracks me up.

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Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight, #1)Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the Goodread's First Read giveaways. It was sent from the publisher in exchange for a review. This will not affect my review, and I will give my honest opinion. This review also has reaction!gifs.

Back Cover: Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First Grave on the Right, brings us Death and the Girl Next Door, a thrilling Young Adult novel garnering high praise and early buzz from major authors

Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.

"Unique, witty, and touching—I LOVED THIS BOOK!" —P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author of The House of Night Series

General Thoughts: It just really sucked. I tried to give this book a chance, but it was like watching a train-wreck. Lorelei is slightly less annoying than Zoey from House of Night. I will also mention that I blame Twilight, even though it was not the first book of it's kind, that endorses unhealthy relationships and made it popular recently in the YA genre.

Super stalking skillz.

Rating: Two stars

What I liked: I liked the actual plot, and the idea behind the series. It had potential to be really awesome. The writing itself was decent, and I didn't notice any obvious grammatical errors. Grammar, though, is not my area of expertise. I have to admit the super secret religious order was actually interesting, but by then I already checked out mentally from the book, because it was revealed near the end.

What I Disliked: The characters. I found them two-dimensional and the ones that I didn't dislike I found boring and bland. The main character, Lorelei is a sue. I could buy her being a psychic. Plot twist: She's a descended of a line of powerful psychics/possibly witches. Okay, maybe, I can buy it. Apparently they were burning witches before Sappho's time, because Sappho is a decent of this powerful witch as well. And don't forget Joan of Arc. History fail that made me laugh. Then it turns out she is important enough to have two angels, one sent to kill her and the other to protect her. Plot twist: she also has been possessed by a demon since early childhood, but she is so powerful and has supah skillz that she restrained this demon that possessed her, and didn't even realize it until that twist was revealed. Mhm.

Quinn Fabray does not approve.

The main love interest: Jared. He was sent to stalk and kill her, but he couldn't so he saved her life. He is so tortured, and so sexxy so it's totes okay that the main character is in twu luv with him. Totally healthy message to send to teenagers. If someone is sexxah enough let them stalk and attempt to kill you. I could have been okay with this plot point if it was the writer showing how unhealthy this is, but it didn't seem like that to me. It felt like the writer was actually approving of this. Upon further thought, I realized that the writer could be voicing her opinions through Cameron, the other angel, but it's unlikely because he also stalked Lorelei to "protect her from Jared", luckily since Lorelei isn't actually attracted to him it was just creepy, until it was revealed he was an angel, so it was no longer creepy. Lorelei was actually surprised that he actually kills people, because he is the freaking angel of death. Kind of the point of his job title, sweetie.

Professor does not approve of your shenanigans.

I suspect that there will be a future love triangle between Cameron, Jared, and Lorelei. My spidey senses are tingling.

There is a lot more I could comment on, but I think I made my point.

How I think this could have been improved: Third person narration, and stop with idealizing stalking and attempted murder, please.

How this should be marketed: It's the next Twilight meets House of Night.

Do I recommend this? Only if you are a masochist, or Twilight and/or House of Night fans.

This is me, running away to find my palate cleanser.

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Another 365 Days by K.E. Payne

Another 365 DaysAnother 365 Days by K.E. Payne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Got a copy via netgalley.com


Disclaimer: I was given a free ebook copy of this book to give an honest review.

Over-all: I disliked this book big time. If I was 16 I probably would have loved it, but my taste has changed as I got older. There also isn't any nostalgia in this book.

Rating: 2 stars out of 5

What I Liked: I liked the fact that it was an glbt themed book. We need more of them.

What I Disliked: The characters were unlikeable stereotypes, and this book was predictable for me.

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Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)Bared to You by Sylvia Day
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Tw: rape and sexual abuse are strong themes in this book.

Where to begin?

Let me get one positive thing out of the way, the writing itself, was decent.

I had issues with the content.

First of all, though survivors deal with their abuse in different ways, the main characters way of dealing with her abuse with sex rubbed me the wrong way. I am a survivor, and it felt the writer was using the sexual abuse as a cheap plot device.

are you srs bro?

Now I get the fantasy aspects of this book, but it still irked me to read some glowing reviews on goodreads, since the relationship was an unhealthy one. It was abusive.

I'm not drunk enough for this shit.

Tristan was an alpha, and he was a huge asshole. I couldn't stand him.

There was a lot of healing cock in this book, and normally one of my kinks in books, but the author did it so wrong in one scene. Maybe because it was unrealistic to me.

Also this is NOT a BDSM book, kthx. It was brought up as a game in passing, but this is not one. I say this as someone in the BDSM scene for several years.

judging you.

I'm going to be adding all my snark reviews from goodreads, so some of these reviews will be old.

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