Sunday, 30 March 2014
Saturday, 29 March 2014
This novel was not my favourite of the Immortals series by Alyson Noel, I thought it was just okay. I feel as if it was exactly the same as Dark Flame; same problems, same enemies, nothing was different! It was soooooooo slow-paced. And I've never noticed before how devastating annoying some of the characters are.
I was super excited to get my hands on this novel after reading Dark Flame because the ending was amazing and really just had me in desperate need of more Alyson Noel. I was eager to see the new turn the series was going to take now that Ever and Damen's only lead for the cure had been pacified. I was looking forward to some crazy new adventures, with badass characters, anything to add a bit of spark to the rest of the series...but that didn't happen. Imagine my surprise when I was reading this and it sounded exactly like the previous book, with no major changes and WAY less interesting. It was just pages upon useless pages of cure-searching and repeating the same things about energy that we already know from the past FOUR books.
Night Star is exactly 302 pages long and it took me almost three weeks to muster the will power to finish it. The pacing of it was just really slow and the plot and writing were dull and boring, rendering it unable to grasp my intrigue for a very long period of time. I have a problem with repetitiveness and that's basically what this book was, a continuation of a series that should have ended at the last book.
Throughout reading this series, I have gathered no real attachments to any of the characters and after finishing this book, whatever attachments I had with them have been severed. I'm kind of indifferent to all of them. This novel emphasized a few things that I might have been in denial of before. The main character, Ever, is beyond words annoying. How is she even the main character? She's quite stupid and throughout the book kind of maintained the higher-than-thou attitude and it pissed me off. Furthermore, the "relationship"/"love triangle" in this book was really unbelievable and not well done. I've seen some love triangles that make me want to cut someone *cough* Delena/Stelena *cough* but this takes the cake. It's not a problem of indecision but of...idk, her bond with Jude and Damen just doesn't seem real. As a matter of fact, the only character that I really enjoyed in this book was Miles and he's more a minor one, really.
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate this series, I actually love it but...I didn't love this book, in particular. I think it could've been done better. I am still going to read the final book, Everlasting, and I'm crossing my fingers in the hope that I will enjoy it
"For now let's just be grateful for this"
Love ~ Short Books ~ Almost-supernatural books
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Title:Don't Even Think About It
Publication Date:November 16th 2010
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We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same. So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening.
This could have been done sooooo much better, it could have been amazing. Instead, it was...okay.
I received this book for free as an e-galley from Netgalley for an honest review and honestly, this book was a sub-par read. I didn't HATE it but it wasn't a super-amazing-fantastic-read either. The premise of the book was outstanding but not outstandingly done. The characters were flat and had no depth. And the ending...what ending?
Mind Reading. I think mind reading is extremely cool and totally badass and if done well can make for a really exciting novel, jam-packed with intrigue and suspense around every corner. The mind-reading aspect of this novel was done poorly (to put it nicely). The characters who could read minds' (and there were about 23 of them) thoughts were a jumbled mess and half the time, you could not really tell who was saying what. It was confusing and made this book lose a lot of brownie points with me. The mind-reading aspect was what had drawn me to this book in the first place and I was thoroughly disappointed. This had more of a Gossip Girl-feel to it than anything else.
There were no main characters in this book, just a bunch of background characters with "mind-reading" powers with no actual feelings, uniqueness or...anything really. None of the characters stood out to me, they were all boring, really and I think it is due to (going back to my last point) the quality of the mind-reading premise. There were just too many characters for any one to be significant or lasting. They were all forgettable.
The ending of this book...GAH! I wanted to choke out someone while reading it. What ending? There was no ending! It was an abrupt last chapter that left millions of questions unanswered and guess what?! It's not a series!!! So...how are they getting answered? I felt as if Ms. Mlynowski just got tired of writing this book and was like "You know what, let's just finish the book, it doesn't matter if the ending is shoddy." Out of all the endings of books I have read, I must say that this was the most annoying.
Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski was not great, not horrible but...not great. It could have been great but it flopped under the pressure. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Gossip Girl fan and who is looking for a quick read but not necessarily expecting it to be flawless. My actual rating for this book is 1.5 cupcakes but in the spirit of wholeness, I'll give it two.
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Publisher:Simon and Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Finished Paperback Book
In magical Victorian London, orphan Tessa found safety with the Shadowhunters, until traitors betray her to the Magister. He wants to marry her, but so do self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem. Magnus Bane returns to help them. Secrets to her parentage lie with the mist-shrouded Yorkshire Institute's aged manager Aloysius Starkweather.
WHAT?! WOW!!! WHOA! I just don't know what to think!! I love what Jem did but...what about Will?!!! What's gonna happen to their parabatai relationship?!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for quite a few reasons. Firstly, WILL!!! Secondly, Will and Tessa vs Jem and Tessa (be prepared for heartbreak and confusion). And thirdly, Cassandra Clare's writing is just flawless, as always (I mean, it's Cassandra Clare, did I really expect anything less?).
So, I really didn't like Will all that much in the first book. I thought he was unnecessarily arrogant, sly and basically a pre-the-Mortal-Instruments copy of Jace Wayland,only meaner (did you even read that Tessa and Will scene at the end of Clockwork Angel? I wanted to kill him). In this book, however, we were able to see him in a whole new light. We saw the kind, loving side of him that I wasn't sure even existed. His back story was explained and he was no longer the grouchy seventeen year old whose face you wanted to break. He was a sad and hopelessly desperate child who wanted, needed the love that he denied himself for years and I wanted to just hug him and never let go. Throughout the novel, proof of his kindness(mostly towards Jem)kept being unraveled and revealed and EVERYTHING MADE SENSE! Every rude comment, brash action...it all made sense and before starting this book, I was completely on Team Jem. Now, I'm not so sure. Nice Will has begun to mess with my emotions and I think I like it
Honestly, the love triangle in the Infernal Devices trilogy is the most devastating and amazingly confusing one I'v ever read. Usually, I'm dead sure about whose Team I'm on but for this book, I was just so torn. I mean, can I be on both teams? I feel every time Jem or Will makes a move on Tessa, I'm happy but sad at the same time because I love both Jem and Will but I don't know if their relationship will survive if one of them ends up with Tessa and that really, really scares me because they're Parabatai, blood brothers and their relationship is sooooooooooo adorable and believable and lovely and I DON'T WANT IT TO END!!!