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Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa


The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)

Summary on Goodreads.

I'd refused to read this book because every vampire book that I read is just trying to be another Twilight; and don't get me wrong, I totally love Twilight. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised that The Immortal Rules is not trying to be a spin-off of Twilight (like Another Shade of Vampire, for instance).



What I liked:

#1. No drop-dead-gorgeous vampires in the story.

#2. Allison is not "ugly" AKA beautiful but she thinks she's ugly. In fact, beauty is not mentioned in here.

#3. No insta-love!!! Thank you God, thank you!

#4. No love triangle (yet).

#5. Allison is not a defenseless damsel in distress.

#6. The plot doesn't revolve around Allison and other vampires "wanting" her (one way or another).

There is enough action to keep the interest but not too much to bore you either.

I didn't give it the full five stars because there is something that is not completely clicking with me here, plus Kagawa made it too easy for Allison to carry out her first kill.

*** Spoiler ***
The first time that Allison killed a human to feed, she killed some bad guys. For me, this was obviously too easy; Allison didn't have to think at all about what she was about to do because, the way I see it, killing two guys that are trying to rape you is always justifiable. I would had liked it more if Allison was given another choice, one where she really had to come to terms with the new person she was and what she needed to do to survive. But conveniently coming upon two thugs so she could feed wasn't much of a challenge.
*** End Of Spoiler ***

Monday, April 14, 2014

After Eden by Helen Douglas

Summary on Goodreads.

This book is a piece of crap that reminded me of another similar piece of the same element: Neptune's Tears.

Eden is the perfect pretty girl who thinks she is worthless. She thinks she is not pretty because her skin is too white, she blushes too easily, and the list goes on. All that, to have her save the world later on and have the cutest alien on earth fall for her.

When cute Ryan shows up at a school all girls are after him. Hmmm... Really? Girls have like, no decency in books. However, ugly Eden keeps her distance because, well, she is not pretty. But as predictable as predictability gets, Ryan isn't interested in any of tbe pretty girls but he falls for Eden. And this is because.... she is ugly? Must be.

So Eden falls deeply in love with Ryan after talking to him a couple of times and finding out he is from the future. And Ryan falls for Eden because..... Still have to figure that one out.

So here we have these two insipid people that do nothing but talk politely. Yet Eden says that her life was dull before Ryan. What exactly did Ryan do to spark up her life? Oh right, he called her beautiful once.

We also have best friend Eden and Connor who, seriously, are best friends because the author says so. Ah! Typically, Connor has been in love with Eden since, like forever, but has never told her, And Eden lives in a cloud where she is oblivious of Connor's feelings for her even after Ryan himself tells her so.

I could keep going on and on about this lame book, its lame romance, and its lame characters but that would be caring too much for a piece of garbage that I do not care for. However, I will remember the book forever as it is now in my list of "pointless romance" or "romance because the author didn't know what else to write about."

And are all those five star reviews even real? Because frankly, not even the cover of this book is worth looking at.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner

Summary on Goodreads.

Incredibly boring. It started okay but the insta love made it lose a star already. Then it became really boring for my taste. What teenager rather work than go shopping? What teenager thinks about work and the good she can do to others all the time? Right. This girl is very much Mother Theresa.

So a bunch of robots were sent to Neptune and they seemed to develop human feelings... Now, that would've been a more interesting story than the love I already knew was meant to be and Zee's incredible future.

I DNF it because the dialogue and characters didn't feel real. Also, the constant pieces of past information became boring. I didn't really want to know how the world was 200 hears ago because that is basically the world I'm living it right now, so I know already.

But that is not it, no. The tone is distant and I felt disconnected. Why do books set in the future keep referencing pop culture from the past? Is it in an attempt to make us feel more connected? I mean, I know my pop culture from the 90's and even some from the 70's (very few, okay? I am NOT that old), but 200 years ago? Come on!

Slow story. I read that the ending has a very good twist and this and that, but I didn't care finishing it to find out what it actually was.

If you managed to read the entire book, could you let me know what this great ending that almost redeemed the book was about?

God help us, this is a series!!!!!  Beautiful cover, though.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Summary on Goodreads.

Oh Lord! This is just X-Men done right. Very right. If you liked Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson you are going to like Vicious. Although Vicious is not as frivolous; it has... meaning, depth... well, a heart.

The book also reminded me of Deviants (Dust Chronicles #1) by Maureen McGowan but they are completely different setting. They are similar because of the X-Men theme.

Another book that Vicious reminded me of is The Twelve-Fingered Boy (The Incarcerado Trilogy #1) by John Hornor Jacobs and that I loved as much as Vicious.

Okay, enough of comparisons. As always, I have very little to say about good books. I don't remember in which one of the blogs I follow this book was reviewed but, thank you! I was slowly reading Vicious trying to make it last forever while at the same time needing to know what was coming next.

The book doesn't seem to be a series but, who knows? Sydney said she was determine to find the truth about Serena and Eli, so maybe there's room for more villains to develop right there.

I found the pace of the book to be just perfect. At the beginning the story would alternate between past and present, and although in the past this technique has bored me to death, in this book was done perfectly.

I love everything about the book. It kept me wondering to the very last minute who the "good" guy was, Victor or Eli?

Some bloggers found the main concept of the story boring, why? did we read two different books? Is not about a chase of EOs but how they go about it.

The end was just perfect.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham

Summary on Goodreads.

I found the story unnecessary long. I was engaged until she found the girl, but then she also goes to find this other new girl... it was the same chase all over.

Something that annoyed me was the reference to one character as " 'new boy' Dave" over and over. I mean, I got that Dave was the new guy in the force, no need to call him that every time. The technique reminded me of the book The Keeper of Lost Causes but while I enjoyed in that one, in The Night Ferry it just annoyed me.

I liked Alisha's character throughout. My dislike of the book had to do with with length which I found kind of repetitive, thus not needed.

A shorter story would had worked best.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Haven (Apocalypse Chronicles, 1) by Laury Falter

Summary on Goodreads.

Summary
On an ordinary day in early September, Kennedy Shaw leaves for school unaware that within a few minutes the world she knows will be gone - succumbed to an outbreak of epidemic proportions. After finding a safe haven inside the security of her enclosed high school, she learns that four others have survived, one being a bold, mysterious transfer student from Texas whose unruffled demeanor harbors more than a cool interest in her. As they struggle to survive the dead fighting their way inside, will Kennedy discover there is more to life than survival? And will she and the others find a way to live in this terrifying new world?

Review
Let me see.... zombie attack... trapped in a school... Hmm... Where have I read this before? (Brain literally bleeding from thinking overly hard)

Kennedy: secretly trained by her father to be a G. I. Jane. I guess this amazon training comes very handy when facing a zombie attack. She knows how to use guns and all. The whole six yards.

Harrison: an odd Adonis walking on Earth. Has never opened up to any girl before because they weren't interesting enough for him...As you can guess, he is interested in Kennedy but she thinks so little of herself that she doesn't notice. I mean, why would anyone look at her when Beverly is there, right?

So we have this constant "is he flirting with me;" or when after an attack he asked her "are you okay" and she goes "is he concerned about me?" Although he is probably just asking because is the decent thing to say in those circumstances.

Beverly: the name says it all, but just in case you wonder... beautiful, immaculate, wears designer's clothes and real jewelry. Used to be Kennedy's friend.

Other kids: involved so the story is not so obviously about romance in the middle of a meat eating and blood splitting apocalypse.

ZZZZZZZZZ skip it. Go read This is not a test by Courtney Summers instead. Yeah, that's what this wants to be. Well, wanted to be.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Life after life by Kate Atkinson

Summary on Goodreads.

This is supposed to be one of the best books of 2013 BUT!... I couldn't finish it. The idea of repetitive lives was interesting: you die, you are born again (or was it being born many times at the same time?). But the repetition of the scenes bored me to death.

In one scene/life, Ursula is born dead. In another one she almost died but didn't. So the scenes of the birth repeat themselves with some changing here and there.

What is going on really? Were these parallel universes? I don't know, I got too bored to find out. For instance, as a child, Ursula drowned on the beach, in another life she almost drowned... Sounds like parallel lives to me... although the book is cataloged under time travel.

It reminded me of the movie Sliding doors but in the book, the constant cuts in the scenes (back to when Ursula was born) really exasperated me. Just when I thought I was passed it, the book went back to Ursula being born. There was no transition between the back and forth, so when I thought I was going to continue with Ursula's story, bam! back to the beginning.

I don't know, it just annoyed me.

Sylvia (Ursula's mother), however, was a much more interesting character.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts

Summary on Goodreads.

Ah! I need to think what to say about this one. It was my kind of British humor.

I liked the character of Anne because she wasn't weak.

What can I say without giving the plot away? Well, that not everything is as it seems.

Although I enjoyed crazy Anne, I became a little bored at the beginning. Okay, you are crazy, I got it. But when the true Anne revealed herself... I was hooked.

I liked the way the plot was built. I don't know what the point of the dates at the beginning of each chapter and POV were, though. I felt it was confusing me since I couldn't see a pattern, so I just stopped paying attention to that.

I can't say anything about the historical aspect of the story. I am not familiar with it, and I wasn't wondering if x and x references were right. I read a review that said that the question "are you on drugs?" was not from the Victorian era so the reader DNF the book.

So I was wondering, how did people during that period asked if someone was on drugs? "Are you on hallucinogens?" "Are you on Opium?" It is interesting how little things make us DNF a book (like too much mentioning of red hair, in my case :-))

But I completely get if someone with a Ph. D. on the topic would find discrepancies in any historical fiction.

Anyway, I liked the period the story was set, the language, the dialogue, everything! I wasn't examining if it was Victorian or not, but I was enjoying the story as a whole.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Do you want to read a negative review?

The piece "Do we really need negative book reviews?" appeared on the New York Times.

I loved Francine Pose's list of what enrages her about a book!

Well, there is a reason why so many colors exist, and so do books.

I am deeply thankful to my fellow bloggers when they call a book by what it is: "crap," "a waste of time," and so on. Why, it saves me time to spend on a really good book! if you ask me.

Anyway, many many bloggers are not as... vocal as to use the epithets above, but I like knowing why you think a book is bad even if we don't have the same taste in books.

What I absolutely can't stand are bloggers who NEVER have anything bad to say about a book! I mean, not even Angelfall was that perfect! :-) Well, maybe it was...

And I must admit, bad reviews are way more fun to read! Oh! And sometimes I do read a book just to see how bad it really is.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Summary on Goodreads.

I was annoyed and bored of Lou. She doesn't understand why Will doesn't want to live anymore. Hello! What about spending the rest of your life waiting for other people to chew so you can swallow?

Lou is the typical shy case with convenient moments of personality outbursts that justify her paycheck.

At one point, she quit her job because she learned that in six months Will wants to commit euthanasia but she doesn't want to be part of it. And what does it have to do with you, exactly?

Lou takes Will outside, to see the world so he can regain his love to live.... Wasn't he used to "see the world" before? With his own two legs? How will seeing the world from a wheelchair make him feel better?

What's up with the other POVs popping in? Do I really need to read what Will's mother is thinking? Especially when it is told in the same voice as the rest of the book.

Lou has horrible taste in clothes; Will tells her she should become a designer and, viola!

Do people become hairstylists because they don't know to style their hair? Does one become a makeup artist because you apply your own makeup like a clown's?

So Lou falls in love with the quadriplegic and wants to build a future with him.... How exactly? Will she now be her maid for free? Oh! Right, Will's family has money so Lou won't have to actually work other than making sure Will is content.

And how is she planning to have children? Does Will's... thing work at all? I might have missed that miraculous development in the bunch of pages I skipped.

But guess what? Despite Lou's effort, Will still wants to get euthanasia so Lou breaks down and calls him selfish and blah blah blah. Wow! Who is really the selfish one here?

***SPOILER***
At the end, Will goes through with his initial plans, thank God!
***END SPOILER***

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Summary on Goodreads.

Wren is perfect but she doesn't know it. She doesn't like grapefruit juice but her mother says "of course you do, it's your favorite." And Wren goes in her mind "really? oh! okay."

Come on! You DON'T know if you like something or not?

At school, Wren is some girl's role model because, as the girl tells her, "you know yourself." Thus the purpose of the story is to show that people are mistaken because Wren has never been herself but what her parents want her to be.

Charlie, in love with perfect Wren since the moment he first saw her but, you know?, he will never have a chance because Wren is everything he is not.

Yet, destiny will make Wren to notice Charlie NOW - when she decides to find herself (talk about perfect timing), and as usual, they fall in love and blah blah blah.

If you want to read a romantic cliche you'd be better off with Pushing The Limits; not great but less cheesy.

Oh! and if you want to read the first time Wren has sex, just skip to page 239. Can the girl produce one full sentence?

Friday, February 7, 2014

The trans-fer student by Elise Himes

Summary on Goodreads.

A really insipid story about a trans boy. Well, Bryan feels more like a she, so when their parents switch town because, oh! get this: One day Bryan goes to school dressed like a girl. Can you think of anything more stupid? All of the sudden, Bryan shows up in school with makeup and high heels... of course everybody is going to make fun of him. That is NOT the way to change gender.

Anyways, because of this, the family moves to another city where Bryan gets to start over as a girl, Rachael. The only problem? That she now attends an all-girls private school. Way to fit!

The most stupid and unbelievable thing is that the first day school the principal has a welcome speech in which she says that they welcome all girls.... including trans.

Say what? In what world does an announcement like that happens? "yes girls, welcome, but, oh! by the way, there is a boy amongst you passing as a.girl." Way to take fiction the ridiculous way Himes.

Obviously, after this announcement the entire school is out to discover who the she-him is. As a result, Rachael turns into a wallflower. She won't even open her mouth scared that they'd find out what or who she really is.

Rachael is really an annoying character that won't produce one complete sentence.

The story is a bunch of blah blah blah including another student crying because she was labeled Japanese because of her features, but she is not really Japanese because she was born and raised in USA and she hasn't even been in Japan... Hello! Heritage pride, anyone?

Whatever. This book is so silly that is not even worth it the $2.00 something I paid on Kindle.

If you decide to read it, don't even think for a little that it will go into some meaningful inside about being transgender means, or the life of a trans. This is just another high school crap that doesn't amount to anything.

I abandoned the book at 60% because one day Rachael goes to visit her cousin, but she goes as Bryan. At some point during her visit she tells her cousin the truth: that she is now a she. And her cousin screams in ecstasy and hugs her so happy for her. Uhummmm, that is how we react. Right. It reminded me of the book Obsidian that, when the main character finds out her neighbors are aliens, she screamed excitedly "really? So cool!"

Pathetic. Really.

I could go on and on about how superficial and empty this story is but I have better books to get to.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Summary on Goodreads.

The story opens with masturbation, so if you have issues with sex and the thought of masturbation, don't read this book.

Nutting is a pervert, artistically speaking, and this book will either infuriate you or make you acknowledge a great creative writer when you read it.

The thought of seducing a 14 year old is disgusting, and having sex with a pubescent boy is just... wrong. But this book is a work of fiction and as such, it is incredibly good.

I found Tampa to be a totally refreshing and humorous account of pedophilia that might not be too far from reality.

I warn you again, if you have some type if sex taboo, DO NOT read this book... Otherwise, enjoy it as the wonderful piece of the creative writing that Nutting has produced.

Monday, January 27, 2014

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Summary on Goodreads.

I almost feel evil for not liking this book :-(

But what the heck?

The time traveling didn't work for me at all; although I did like what was going on in the present with future Marina.

So Em goes back in time for the 15th time to change the future. That is, she needs to stop something from happening so the future is not the horrible place that it is. And this is horrible as in having to get permission to travel, being scanned from head to toe,and probably DNA tested before going from one state to another, and other things like that. That kind of bad. Hmmm.

Anyways, the previous 14 times Em went back in time she tried everything she could to stop what was going to happen from happening but nothing worked. So the only thing left to do is to kill James, the cause of all damnation.

Simple enough, Em got three chances to kill James. Not one, not two, but three! And did she kill him? Of course not. Had that happened the book would had been half the length it is.

And why didn't she kill James when she got the chance? Well, because Terrill thought that it would be suspenseful having Em and James talk bs.

But, when Terrill decides that it is time for Em to finally pull the trigger,
a) she misses because, you know, is the first time she's trying so all couldn't possible go down that easily;

b) a knock at the door won't let her do so. Why, I wonder, you can perfectly pull a trigger while somebody knocks on a door;

and c) James and Em engage in a deep revealing conversation. "why do you want to kill me" - James asks Em the last time.

Well, if the fate of the world, the universe, and all the galaxies depended on you killing the source of their destruction, would you really take your time to explain to said evil why he must die?

Right.

Soooo annoying! This is not my interpretation of suspense, mind you.

Did I mention how Marina obsessed all over James? All. The. Time. And then you wonder why the guy won't ask you out. What would happen if you were actually dating, Marina?

Ah! But Marina grows to be a whole different person, so there's character development in the story as well. Yes sir. I guess we you will see that development in future books, though.

All in all, the beginning was extremely good, but then I got bored when I realized the rest of the story would be a case of catch me if you can and "I'm going to kill you" but then you don't.

I need to go watch Back to the Future and the Time Machine to restore my faith in time traveling.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Identity (Eyes Wide Open, #1) by Ted Dekker

Summary on Goodreads.

How am I to believe this if it makes no sense at all?

Christy goes looking for her locket and falls through a trap door down a hole. Thank heavens she's got her cell with her. But instead of using it to call for help, Christy uses the light on her cell to look around and get lost even further (because, you know, that is what we do when we fall into a hole). When the author finally decides that it is time for Christy to act normal and call for help, the battery dies.

And who does she try to call? Not 911, the marines, the navy, or people who could actually help her but a friend. Right. He must be Robin or something.

As luck would have it, her friend Austin figures out what has happened and goes to find her (yes, instead of calling the police, the Coast Guards, or someone) and they both get lost down there ending up in a psychiatric hospital.

The problem? In the hospital they are "mistaken" by mental patients, thus having to prove otherwise.

How in the name of Zeus can patients be assigned wrong identities today? If the story was set in the 1800s, yes, believable, but today? Come on! That was totally stupid.

I don't care if they get to clear up the misunderstanding or, or if in fact, they really are patients with big imaginations (as the doctors put it). I didn't care for Christy at all; she felt empty and her character was all tell and very little show.

I didn't feel any type of connection with the story and won't be reading the other books in the series. Despite its title, this is a story that has a big problem of identity... or should I say the lack of it?

I abandoned the book a few pages short of finishing it because I really didn't care about the outcome.