Saturday, January 17, 2015

Super short reviews: Unremembered, Conversion, The Islands at the End of the World, Wild, and The prisoner of night and fog

Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Summary on Goodreads
Rating: DNF

Interesting up to page 115. But then Zen, the boy, explains to her who she is is... and I'm really not in the mood for another story about a person created in a lab thanks to Origin by Jessica Khoury.

Conversion by Katherine Howe
Summary on Goodreads.
Rating: DNF
I don't have time for Colleen's blah blah blah. It just annoyed the hell out of me.

The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
Summary on Goodreads.
Rating: DNF
Totally ZZZZZZ inducing. Not even worth saying why.

Wild by Alex Mallory
Summary on Goodreads.
Rating: DNF

A horrible attempt to civilizing Tarzan. Some classics are better left alone. Not even the TV series back in 2003 with gorgeous Travis Fimmel could make it past 8 episodes.

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Summary on Goodreads.
Rating: DNF

Something must be wrong with me because this book should be like... I don't know, a master piece, maybe? Yet I got bored and DNF it. I'm really tired of beautiful brainwashed girls who can't think by themselves, must keep appearances, and find forbidden love un order to see clear.

For me, this lame love story between a Jew and Hitler's niece (nonetheless) didn't hold my interest. Nicely written though.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rape Girl by Alina Klein

Summary on Goodreads.

This is another typical "rape" story: girl likes boy, boy ignores girl until they hook up at a party. Obviously, girl gets drunk because in her right mind she wouldn't have sex. Sooo boy and girl make out, girl doesn't want to make out anymore and asks boy to stop. Boy (because he is not a robot) can't stop thus he rapes girl. Girl is not sure if it was really rape because she liked the guy and she was blown out her mind he was paying attention to her, BUT, she did ask him to stop, right? So, if he didn't stop is his fault he is not superman, so it was rape.

Predictably, girl's best friend stops talking to her and takes the boy's side because "everybody saw you going with him." But no worries, girl will find a new best friend who was previously her nemesis but believes her and now they will become new best friends.

At least in this story the guy got to say it how it is: hey, yes, you said stop but I though you didn't mean it. I mean, you didn't slap me or anything. You just said don't (and we know that lots of times we say no just because but internally we mean yes). Anyway, not the point here. They guy thought she did want him. Which she did, just not right then and there.

How did Adam get her pants off without a fight? Oh wait, Valerie was feeling sick and when she woke up her pants were conveniently rolled down. Her panties too?

A word of advice: when making out and you want the guy to stop, say NO like you mean it. A slap would get the point across, I think. Unless, of course, you don't want people to hear he is about to rape you...

All in all this book is just crap but I'm giving it two stars because I read it in an hour. I think that some innocent sixteen year old would dig it.

Friday, January 9, 2015

This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Summary on Goodreads.

I might be the only one who didn't like this book (after loving the first one).

I knew Tarver and Lilac wouldn't be here; and I was really digging Chase and Flynn but, you see, from the very beginning I had a problem with Chase being the ultimate soldier... at 17.

Really, Lee Chase was like... God walking on earth, and she being so young and all... I just didn't buy it.

I was completely invested in the story until I got bored somewhere around the middle of the book. Why? Well, because our characters here were completely black and white/good and bad.

For instance, McBride. He was a bad seed from the beginning and I saw his foul play coming, but come on! Give me something to wonder here.

I don't know how, where, or when Lee learned to be better than The Rock, but whatever.

I like than instead of being about people (and eexploitingTarver and Lilac until the end) this series is more about a planet, or these beings of light. We get different stories around the same topic. Very clever indeed.

At some point, Lilac and Tarver made it back into the story but I felt I wasn't reading my Lilac and Tarver at all. They sounded more like grandparents that the two awesome teens from the first book.

In short, I found the first half of the book to be pretty strong but something happened in the second half that made me roll my eyes, look for a gun to shoot the book, and stop caring about it all.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Above by Isla Morley

Summary on Goodreads.

Another insipid story. I guess it wanted to be a cross between that book Room (or is it The Room?) and Gated by Christine Parker. Anyway, the second half of the book is really, really horrible. So the kidnapper did her a favor after all?

It was never explained why this man thought the end of the world was coming? Was it religious fanaticism? Were there others like him?

The first part of the book is spent below. It wasn't all that bad but it was tedious and I just wanted it to end. The way things were written didn't make me connect with Blythe or her situation. To make time pass and move on to the 17 years after the abduction, Dobbs, the kidnapper, would disappear on trips. I guess the author didn't have anything to fill the pages with if Dobbs were actually there.

The second half of the book is the part after the escape and it is spent above. The author made this part slowly confusing and never-ending. I think that after 17 years of imprisonment, I want my victim to receive justice and be validated. Instead, I got like a different story line. It was as if the author didn't know how to finish the book.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Piccolo: An Intern's Tale by Piccolo Fortunato

Summary on Goodreads.

I don't know why I picked this. So far from what I read! But I was nicely surprised with Piccolo. I liked Piccolo's proneness and... innocence. I enjoyed the writing style, so simple and at the same time funny.

The book is very short which reminded me of Alessandra Torre The Dumont Diaries (published as short novellas and then as a whole book). Piccolo seems to go the same way??? At the end it says that there is another part coming.

Is this a children book? It could be if it wasn't for the art references (which I didn't get). But I'm sure that someone who appreciates art will greatly enjoy Piccolo.

Ah! For those starting artist that come to New York to get discovered and get fame, read Piccolo's adventure and learn of possible scams.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Summary on Goodreads.

Originally posted on Elfswood.

Let me see… so simple, really, that I cannot bring myself to finish it. I like Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series but this is totally pathetic. Is this Twilight wanna-be with dragons? Because perfect, beautiful, gorgeous humans are monumental here.

Why should I care about MC Ember? Ah! Right, because she is a dragon that must pass by a gorgeous human. But she is also so tired of following the rules and the training that the order of Talon forces her to undergo. And then there is Dante, her just p.e.r.f.e.c.t. brother.
We also have Garret, the perfect epitome of beauty, as Ember puts it, BUT he hunts dragons.

Do you see where the simplicity of this is going here?

This world with dragons hiding among humans felt plain and just uninteresting to me. I can’t help to wonder if Kagawa rushed to write about dragons before the boom of Daenerys and Game of Thrones faded because this is so ridiculous that I cannot finish. I’m half way through, though.

I can’t connect with none of the characters because they all lack depth… development.

So our perfect human Garret saves dragon girl Ember of being sexually assaulted (as if there could have been any chance of that happening to a dragon!) and Ember is instantly wondering is she would ever see Garret again and “somehow break through that dignified shell to the person beneath.” But, of course she must put those thought out of her mind because Garret is human and dragons and humans simply don’t mate.

Oh! But Garret can’t get Ember out of his head either. You know, she being so beautiful and all…

Then we have a rebel dragon that left the protection of Talon and is stalking Ember because he wants her to know the truth about Talon. (….)

And so the story will become a love triangle that I have no interest in knowing how is going to end :-)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Complicit and Charm & Strange by Stephnie Kuehn

Summary on Goodreads.

"Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl... [more]

After reading Charm & Strange I had to read another book by Kuehn. Complicit didn't disappoint and it was as good as the other one.

At times I would get really mad because, why was Jamie such a wimp? I didn't expect the end to be sooo dark and good. I did get an idea of what was going with Jamie somewhere towards the middle. But I definitely didn't expect Kuehn to Complicit this way :-)

Looove this writer. I hope she doesn't change.

Charm & Strange
Summary on Goodreads.

"Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy.The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost..." [more]

Perfect. Just perfect. I didn't want it to end. So few books are this real. So emotional. God! I finally read something good.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The girl from the well by Rin Chupeco

Summary on Goodreads.

"A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark..." [more]

I didn't find it all that. It was interesting, though. When I started reading the story gave a The Ring (the movie) and Anna Dressed in Blood (the book) vibe. For me, it felt like a combination of both. BUT, the book is nothing like those, okay? It is just a personal feeling that I had.

I enjoyed the writing style and I would probably read the next book if it ever becomes a series because the maybe-romance-maybe-not between Tark and Okiku would be interesting.

Somethings were too convenient, like Callie's trip to Japan and the Miko in this obscure and remote village speaking perfect English but, how else were we going to read it? :-)

I totally am not a fan of ghost stories; maybe that is why this book didn't quite click with me. I read it because it was highly recommended on a blog a follow.

It book wasn't a disappointment neither a waste of time; it just wasn't all that for me.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Summary on Goodreads.

Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)

"Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleven..."

There are too many books to read to waste my time in something that almost is but it is not.

I found this book interesting at the beginning and then slowly enervating. I didn't feel any of the eerie feelings the story is supposed to give you.

I found the lack of names 'fresh,' but what is a name, really? At the end "the psychologist" became the name for which to identify characters. I preferred this much better than giving character weird, unpronounceable names (like Semiranista or Echo).

The book is short but I felt it was never going to end. I didn't feel attach to any of the characters and stopped caring about this tower/tunnel. For all I care, it can be the insides of a giant whale! Bored me enough to skip pages like crazy so I could reach the last page and put it out of my mind.

I'm still waiting for someone to point out where the "horror" is in this book.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Summary on Goodreads.

"On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon..."

By page 150 I had figured out what happened with/to Annaliese. I struggled with the rest (250+ pages); it escapes me why it needed to be so long.

The story is told in pieces (hence the title?) now reality, now past, now vision, now dream that didn't work out for me.

Karyus has a strong writing and superb imagination and her second book, Don't you forget about me is a proof of that. It's just that she seems to favor telling a story in a very complicated way that some readers find fascinating and I find irritating: a little bit now and a little bit later.

Oh! The poem at the beginning of each chapter are just lame and a waste of paper. Why do authors need to include their "beautiful" poetry within a story? Ohhh! I know, because otherwise nobody would read/buy them.

Dex: I'm already so bored with this book dragging so much that I can't appreciate him so I skipped most of the pages of him and Annaliese together.

I wasn't at all interested in reading Annaliese's past lives. I already knew what was coming, plus I didn't have the energy to become emotionally invested in new characters. Nonchalant Annaliese was enough.

The ending: A total happy ending unrealistic of the whole situation. How can things come together so perfectly? Well, I guess is called fiction.

I must say that before page 150 I was liking this book so very much. I just found it unnecessary long and deliberately confusing to hold your interest, two combinations that didn't work for me.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cemetery Girl by David J. Bell

Summary on Goodreads.

"Four years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover..."

Fave reviews for this book and I found it empty. The parents of Caitlin (the girl who disappeared) seemed two robots following a script. I never felt their conversation as... real.

The book started so good and intriguing, but then Caitlin appears and everything goes to shit. I understand that so mention Stockholm Syndrome, but not wanting to see or be with your parents at all? Why? Her parents were good so this Caitlin dislike of her parents came out of the blue.

I understand why Tom was obsessed with wanting to know what happened to Caitlin. I don't think he wanted to know the specifics (how she was reaped and the sorts) but mostly why she wanted to go back to her abductor. I think that is what he was really trying to figure out but it came out wrong.

I feel that the author should've done more research on this phenomenon because after Caitlin came back, the narrative was poorly developed.

All I got is that Caitlin didn't want to be with her parents anymore because she was made to believe that they didn't want her anymore. But, isn't that what they always tell abducted girls? "your parents don't want you; they stopped looking for you." It just felt empty that Caitlin came to that position without knowing what she went through.

Was she really raped, was she tutored, starved, and so on? How did she come to fall in love with her captor? Did he play brilliant yet sadistic mind tricks on her? I don't know.

The end was very absurd. Tom faced Caitlin captor twice, and not once he felt like killing him. Actually, Tom had no reaction at all. He went over to talk about his daughter. Really? Pretty inane.

Some counselor/psychologist was thrown in the story to fill the requirement that the victim needs counseling, but nothing came out if it. It was just to fill some pages.

The brother of Caitlin's father may or may not have been involved in Caitlin's disappearance. Ha, never fully explored but left in there hanging.

Tom also had some internal conflicts. Apparently, he was abused by his step father as a child (abused as in beatings). Okay, the author chose to make this book about two things instead of one: Tom and Caitlin. I think that was a bad choice because I couldn't really care for Tom's childhood; in fact, I skipped that garbage.

All in all, this was a very unsatisfying book where nothing was explained and even less was accomplished.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Cracked up to be
by Courtney Summers
Rating: 1-Star
Summary on Goodreads.

What a piece of shiiittt!! I loved Summmers' This is not a test but this book... This book...

Parker is a very unlikable character, and if that is what Summers was going for, then mission accomplished.

I don't get why a guy keeps trying with a girl after the girls tells him in all possible ways "I'm not interested." Well, I guess that only happens in YA books. Seriously. Jake likes Parker because... She is a major asshole and somewhere out there must exist guys so self confident that they like being rejected (repeatedly) by moodie bitches who want to destroy their lives but don't have the courage to jump off a bridge.

I did not like this book because it is inconceivable that a guy in high school would try so hard with a girl.

Parker... I'm sure there are fucked up teenagers out there who just want to drink and sleep. And I'm sure there must be parents who don't see shit. But the school administration too?

The ending, oh fucking ending. So, people are never going to know what happened to Jessie because Parker is too coward to tell...??? Oh, she is finally going to get the real therapy she needs which will "help" her realise that what happened to Jessie is not her fault (somebody else killed her). But it really is her fault because she didn't say what she saw that night and just let everybody think that Jessie ran away. What person sees a girl being raped and doesn't say anything. Summers, your character was not drunk, she was hung over.

This book is completely infuriating. I consider it a total waste of time and money because I didn't get anything from it but just this sense that I want my money back, and why did I waste my time reading this?

Some Girls Are
by Courtney Summers
Rating: 1-Star
Summary on Goodreads.

Okay, I think Summers is the queen of unfinished books. Just like her other book Cracked up to be, Some girls are is unfinished; it doesn't have any closure.

Regina is bullied and sometimes she fights back, but her victories are so tiny... And short. But they are there. However, Regina loses big time and at the end gets saved by someone else. So she truly is a coward who didn't have enough guts to stand up for herself despite being a master bully once.

I just felt bored and angry with Regina and her constant need of forgiveness. Ah! She also seemed to be incapable of moving or talking quite a lot.

Frankly, I kept reading hoping to see the big moment Regina was going to have, but she was pretty much useless the entire book. I liked everyone better, even Anna than Regina.

Still, Summers has a wonderful writing style that keeps me hooked to the book, it's just that her endings are a big let down.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Summary on Goodreads.

"Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following..." more

This book must be the nemesis of insomnia. So damn silly that I didn't bother to read the middle and just skipped to the pathetic end.

Why do aliens have to ALWAYS be gorgeous (hello, Obsidian!). I guess that simple high school girls wouldn't fall for anything less, ha!

From the very beginning the alien is annoyed he has to come to earth. Why, his race is so superior! However, our bland Cara will make him change his mind and make him feel things he's never felt before... like mating the way humans do thus exchanging delicious body fluids that might otherwise be lethal. Apparently, there wasn't a girl on Aelyx's planet to make him feel like copulating and exchanging saliva before.

Random words in Aelyx's mother tongue where thrown here and there, yet Aelyx and his friends preferred to speak English when they were alone discussing their real intentions to come to earth (so Hollywood).

The book is so simplistic that I would say a 10 year old would find it fascinating. The cliched high school drama is "fascinating," really; with a little bit of After Eden by Helen Douglas here and there (or maybe is the other way around? Hmmm, don't know which one was published first) the story is extremely simple.

I have completely failed to see the purpose of this book. As I read, I kept wondering "hmmm why do this alien sound familiar?" And then, before writing this review, I read Spock in some other review and I was like, "damn right girl. High five!"

The book is supposed to be funny... sigh. Well, I guess that it is quite "funny" not being used to public displays of affection or physical contact, a room decorated in bright colors, eating heavily seasoned food... Why, if you ask me, Landers could have had her exchange student from any African tribe and get the same effect. No need to go out of the galaxy for that.

Monday, September 8, 2014

After the End by Amy Plum

Summary on Goodreads.

"World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there..."

Things in this book are absolutely too convenient. I never got the sense of danger Juneau was in. And I never got the sense of... like, primitiveness in which the tribe lived. Maybe we needed more about this before jumping to civilization so quickly.

And is it me or Juneau's skills with the bow and whistle was a little to Katniss like?

So Juneau lives with her secluded tribe who claim to be the only people left on earth. They have school system, library system and such. Those element gave a touch of modernism to the story that I never felt as if, indeed, they were leaving in the wild.

One day Juneau comes back from hunting to find her tribe gone. She decides to go to the other side of the land where she's not supposed to to look for her people and WOW! lands on pavement, buildings and cars.

Is she shocked to see that the world didn't end as she was told? Not really. She asks about the supposed WWIII to confirm what she suspected: the end of the world was a lie. All too quickly she knows the elders were lying when they said they were the only inhabitants of the world. I never got a sense of shock from, or amazement at seeing more people, tall buildings, and yes, cars, from Juneau.

Even more, she goes shopping at Gap, gets a hair curt from a beauty parlor.... I mean, for someone who's bee living in the wilderness all her live and doesn't know anything about civilization, Juneau got used to civilization too fast.

And let's not forget that she finds an animal shelter and pays for them to take care of the dogs until she is back. How on hell? How do you even know what an animal shelter is? Of course, the people there were all just too happy to take care of her dogs because Juneau didn't seem one bit odd.

She even knew that she was being tricked into selling some piece of jewelry at a price too low. Okay, she kind of sensed the guy wasn't to be trusted but, where did you get the sense of the worth of money from?

Maybe the author should watch the first episodes of the T.V. series Sleepy Hollow to learn a little about how "uncivilized" people react when faced with civilization.

All in all, the convenience of events bored me to death. Milles (the love interest) was there to fill out pages. The the predictable romance didn't help the book; although there is a twist with Milles at the end to shock readers.

I must say that end was... rather different. Ah! and Juneau's ability was cool too.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Girl in 6e by A. R. Torre

Summary on Goodreads.

"I haven't touched another person in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet. My anonymous clients spend thousands of dollars to watch me take my clothes off for the camera. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them is a lie. Open the door to this year's most shocking thriller."

This author is just amazing. And this book is sooo good! No happy ending but a good realistic ending.

I'm gonna have to read more books by this author! Maybe it is because it is the first time I read about wecamming and such, but I just found the Girl in 6e fascinating.

The perfect character: not too good, not to evil, not too innocent... It just kept me glue to the story.

This book has it all: romance, crime, thriller, murder, sex... wow!