Pixie Lynn Whitfield

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Tumble & Fall

Tumble & Fall - Alexandra Coutts

Tumble & Fall wasn’t quite what I expected it be. Though good in some ways, I couldn’t really enjoy it as much as I’d hoped through the several points of views and the not-so-exciting impending disaster novel I thought it was going to be.

 

There’s an asteroid crashing to earth, and instead I end up reading about several characters that basically are living daily lives. It felt more like reading a Lifetime movie (not that I have anything against those because I’ve seen several that I really enjoy, too). And not much in the way of excitement. There’s not a lot of care as to what’s happening in the last few end days before the asteroid strikes. I don’t even get the sense of a world thrown into much chaos--which I’m sure we all know is exactly what would happen in reality.

 

But here’s my good points: My attention was held, and most particularly, I grew attached to one certain character and her story. Zan. I loved reading about Zan, along with her friend Nick. Her POV seemed to show more into what I’d really wanted from this by the end. The chaos as they traveled into the city and saw how people were acting the closer to last days (Hellooo…old woman swinging golf club at them as they tried to ask for car parts. Lol).

 

I liked the idea behind the story. I got it. Spending time doing what you love/with who you love and making some dreams come true because you just never know. There are secret messages in this book. You’ll find them easy through the characters. Or maybe I just really like to symbolize things and be all philosophical. I don’t know. *shrug*Overall, this was a compulsive read that I found charming and easily readable. I just wish it’d given me more oomph with the backdrop since it was supposed to be a disaster novel after all.

Monsters: The Ashes Trilogy

Monsters  - Ilsa J. Bick

(Technically 4.5 stars, but since I can't rate half stars at GR, I rounded up here! =D)

 

You can see this full review at my blog, The Bookaholic

 

Now I have come to the conclusion of the Ashes trilogy. I am saddened by this. I kept my pacing timed so that I could savor the finale. Obviously, you’re gathering from these sentences that this trilogy is a favorite. I don’t think I’ve loved a set of books so deeply in years. And maybe that’s saying something. It stacks against my love of Vampire Academy, Harry Potter, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Hunger Games, and Wicked Lovely. It’s on my shelf of life-long favorites and there to stay.

 

I have to admit, though, that this conclusion had bumps in the road and this was where I had no problem with my own pacing goals. These bumps caused me to get a little bored during some moments, to be honest, and some areas I felt like it may have been too much of an info-dump or too much unnecessary detail to just add more pages to the already long (821 pages to be exact) installment. A small issue, but something I thought to mention nonetheless. Readers who don’t like multiple characters and/or several character view points, might possibly be turned off yet again. To remind you of Shadows: it’d been written the same way, changing up from the way Ashes had been (Ashes having been generally in only or mostly Alex’s POV). However, once again, I adore this style. I love love love the multiple characters and getting to see what is going on with each one after I’ve come to know them. Particularly because Bick gives them life and personality. She makes me loathe some. She makes me love some.

 

One character, that I shouldn’t name because I’m trying to avoid spoilers in this review, is a character that made such a unique impact on me I’m likely to remember that one for the rest of my life. There’s really so much more I’d like to ramble on and on about but I’m afraid to give away even the tiniest spoiler that those who’ve read even Ashes and Shadows might not appreciate. Shadows had left off with lots of unanswered questions as to character situations, etc. and if I so much as to mention particular scenarios in Monsters, it could give something away unfortunately. Ack.

 

It’s always so hard to refrain from just gushing about books like a starry-eyed fanatic when you really want. The love. THE FEELS IT GIVES ME. The details are fantastic. It feels like I’m reading and watching a movie right in front of me. After I finished, I was even internally asking “Why can’t these be movies?!” Yes, it gets graphic and gory and like with the last two books I probably cried more for the animals when there was any mention of that (these are zombie-like creatures, so keep it in mind that there is a good deal of death--animal and human--at times) because I always have a soft spot when it comes down to loss of animals in a book or movie. Ack. But the gore in the long run, the “zombies”… it’s not the deep part of the story. There are messages throughout… about humanity and life… and they’re heavy, and make you really think.

 

At the beginning, it’s an immediate go into the action from the end of Shadows. So if it’s been some time since you’d read the books, you might want a quick little refresher if your memory isn’t quite up to speed with it. That’s another thing I did enjoy… I wasn’t bogged down by a lot of beginning repetitive info that can tend to be tossed in with some series installments. I feel like something like that shouldn’t usually be worried about, and just to go right into the action/story of that installment in most cases. Obviously if the reader is picking up that installment, they’d read the others, am I right? Ha! K, mini rant over. :P Where I felt the start had been strong and propelled me through well over half of the book (until I hit a few various ‘bumps’ as mentioned above), I found the ending on the weak side--a tad disappointing to be the ending to the trilogy--and left me yelling at the book for MORE. Even though I know I won’t get more. Sad. I still had to take half a star because of the ending though.

 

My biggest reasoning was that the buildup of the big ending didn’t have quite the KA-POW as I’d expected. Lot of tension. Lot of action to get the suspense and excitement built, but when it came to it at the end, it was over so fast. And then some other things felt open-ended, leaving me to thoughts. And I can’t sit here and voice them or ask questions because there would be spoilers! Ah! Otherwise it would’ve been a straight 5-star read. Which would’ve been my first full 5-star set. Ever. (Ashes and Shadows were both rated at 5) No big, of course! It’s still one of my most highest-rated, and I’m usually telling everyone I know to read the books, even when it’s not their thing. =D

 

Oh goodness. You see? You see what these books do to me?! I can’t stop talking once I start. I love them.  

 

This is one pre-apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic thrill of a ride I’ll never forget.

 

 

A Wounded Name

A Wounded Name - Dot Hutchison

If it hadn’t been for perhaps some of the most beautiful writing I’ve experienced this year, I may not have finished this book in the first place.

 

A Wounded Name was one of the titles I highly coveted just for the simple fact it was a Hamlet re-telling, which I’d already read a re-telling earlier this year (Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray and adored), and that cover is seriously gorgeous. Plus, how could it go wrong with a synopsis like that? Honestly, going into the title, I didn’t read any early reviews. I just read the synopsis, saw the pretty cover, and dove right into the read with my own pre-conceived ideas of how this Hamlet re-telling was going to go.

 

Sure, a boarding school was mentioned somewhere in there. I admit to rolling my eyes a bit at that before I even started because I found that typical to a re-telling in a YA category (taking the characters and placing them in a boarding school/high school setting). Nonetheless, Hutchison wrote this with elegance. The boarding school was barely in the background, hardly mentioned at times throughout the majority of the read and not a main focus of the story or the characters. This was good. Where I got confused the most was that despite the wonderful writing and well-crafted cast of recreated characters, the timing felt completely off to me. I didn’t know at the start that it was going to be a modern re-telling, and it still wasn’t until about thirty pages into it that I finally figured it out. The way it’s written is almost classically, as well as the use of description, names, and style--so when a car or cell phone suddenly pops into the picture, it really threw me off balance from the story at times. I felt like maybe it distracted me from it to be honest and could’ve done without the modern technology, working to be just set in the late 1800s-1900s, and would’ve worked out even better. But that’s just me.

 

I did like that it was quite accurate with the play, with a mixture of fantasy elements, and even included some of the quotes in passing dialogue between the characters. Enjoyed!

 

3.5 stars!

Sylo

SYLO - D.J. MacHale Can't even give this a proper rating, to be honest. I'm marking this as a DNF after 60 pages. Just couldn't get into it. The writing style was unusually annoying, as was the pacing, right from the start. It was distracting enough to where I didn't feel like picking it back up once I'd set it down. With that said, I'm sorry I couldn't get into this one. I wanted to because it does have an interesting premise and a promising start. I see a good audience for this book being with the younger crowd, more particularly younger boys around 12-15 perhaps? Unfortunately not for me.

Rogue Touch

Rogue Touch - Christine Woodward

There are some things you may not know about me.

I’m a dork.

A big one.

I want to go to comic conventions. I want to dress up. The full enchilada. Make-up. Hair. Costume.

My favorite character is NOT Superman. (I rather dislike Superman actually).

I collect comic books.

X-Men to be more exact. :)

 

Which led to my interest of this book. Rogue Touch. Rogue is one of my favorite female comic characters and I couldn’t help the fascination that bubbled beneath my surface when I heard Marvel was teaming up to put out a novel about her character. I had a lot of issues though.

 

Mainly, this book read like a giant fan-fiction love-story to me more than anything. Maybe I shouldn’t have went into it with so much enthusiasm, but I did. If you’re expecting to go into Rogue Touch and see the X-Men Universe and many of your favorite mutants, you will not get that. Is this to say that it was a bad read? No, not really. The action sequences were well done and I was kept on the edge of my seat the majority of the read. I did enjoy reading about an early life of Rogue before X-Men, but I didn’t enjoy how her character seemed to be portrayed most of the time as I was reading.

 

For her being one of my favorite comic characters, I almost disliked her A LOT in this book. But mostly, I just disliked the over-abundance of romance, when I just wanted the story… the action. The descriptions were thorough enough for me to easily visualize everything, making scenes come across as cinematic. I liked that very much. The author gave me enough oomph to power through, even in times of annoyance. So that’s a bonus.

 

This was an easy and entertaining read. Personally, I would love to see more comic-book characters have novels like this.

Red Rising

Red Rising - Pierce Brown Excited! Won through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. :) To be read and reviewed soon.

The Humans: A Novel

The Humans - Matt Haig

Some say The Humans is “just” about an alien.

 

Well, yes, this is true. But it’s more than this. It’s also about finding the humanity in ourselves.

 

This book. THIS BOOK, you guys. I can’t speak highly enough of it. There’s always that one book you pick up and you just know you’re going to like it before you even start reading. This is that book.

 

I’d been anticipating this book for months. Ever since I’d read Haig’s The Radleys last year and was put on to this author’s writing, I was excited for its release. And seeing the blurb just had me salivating for what was to come. I’m glad to say I wasn’t let down in the slightest and I’m screaming for more books now.

 

The Humans provides the reader with a lot of charm. It is funny, insightful, and inspiring. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading. The only annoyance I had to be honest was the math chatter at times (because I loathe math), but seeing as how our main character is a math-whiz, it was understandable and essential to the story. I adored “Andrew’s” growth and progression throughout as he stayed on Earth, especially his interaction with the family dog. And really, who can't love heart-warming moments with a dog? This book I will be recommending to everyone, just like The Radleys. It’s fantastic. Brilliant and beautiful.

 

4.5 stars.

Rush: Book One of The Game

Rush - Eve Silver

I had high expectations for Rush. I mean… aliens… a game… wow. The synopsis sucked me right in from the beginning. I craved it. Not to mention the cover is gorgeous. I wanted this book, and I wanted it bad.

 

But something was wrong as I read. Something wasn’t clicking for me with the characters and the story seemed OFF. The first thirty pages or so, I was glued right in. I liked how it began with the action right from the get-go, but once the “otherworld” and the romance started to come into the picture, everything seemed to go downhill for me as the reader.

 

Love triangles can be a make or break thing for me sometimes--and this one was a total break it. It was just awful and not well-done. The BFF-turned-Mean-Girl later on really irked me. I found it unrealistic to how an actual teen girl would react to a situation with her best friend. A bit melodramatic. Seriously? And in that case, I would’ve hoped more reaction from Miki. It was absolutely ridiculous. What I really wish was that the romance hadn’t been so heavily focused on in this book. I may have even liked it a bit more then. But I couldn’t because one of my largest problems was the romance. The awful love-triangle that is prevalent from the beginning. The so-called love-hate relationship you can clearly see isn’t. And Miki is a strong character. She’d have been much stronger and much more likable if her head hadn’t been in the clouds every page about which boy was thinking of her most.  

 

There was a lot of confusion going on too. Not just for Miki, but for me. I felt like there were just too many unanswered questions and it was annoying. She kept asking questions, only to get cryptic answers. And shit… Jackson. *facepalm* I got tired of this back-and-forth between them.

“Tell me.”

“No.”

“Tell me.”

“Okay.”

Proceeds to tell a few things, but not enough really.(Of course that’s out of context, but you get the idea?)

Actual quote: “Who’s on the Committee?”

“Committee Members.”

Oh, come on! Really? I couldn’t take that seriously at all. And whenever I did get more information finally, it was a big info-dump that I didn’t care about anymore. And I still didn’t feel satisfied. Like I said, a lot of unanswered questions.

 

There was an interesting premise here and it all just fell flat for me. I’d wanted to like this book so much. I also saw the “unexpected twist” coming long before it happened because of a lot of foreshadowing. I hate when that happens. I do guess the twists a lot though in many of my reads, so that could’ve just been me…but this had been an easy spot. Surprisingly enough, despite all of this, I read through Rush quickly. I can see the entertainment value. The idea is unique and fresh. I just wish it’d had a better execution.

 

I can see myself truly continuing onto the next installment in the future just to see where it goes out of sheer curiosity.

 

 

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work and Writings of Dr. Spencer Black

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - E.B. Hudspeth This is going to be one of the shorter reviews I've written because I don't have too much to say about the title. It's hard to rate. It's hard to review. One one hand, I liked it. The illustrations are fantastic and the interest is certainly there. And that's where I had most of my attention at. The second half. I'd expected a bit more from the first half--which is a bit of a short biography--and I didn't get it. It was so dry and boring...and at one point more graphic than I liked. I guess I expected more of a short story, rather than a dull biography. So much telling and not enough showing (but there was quite a deal of graphic details about animal experiments--creepy and icky). It really is like picking up two different books in one once you flip to the back half between the biography and the hand-drawn artwork. And the artwork in the second half is what makes the book worth picking up and having a look. It's amazing. I can see how fans of Frankenstein would be interested in checking out this title.I was provided a copy from Quirk Books in exchange for my honest review.

The Academy: Game on

The Academy: Game On - Monica Seles, James LaRosa

You can find reviews like this and more at my blog The Bookaholic

 

Let’s get this out of the way first before I start my review: I completely fan-girled when I saw who the author was. Most of you know by now that I’m a tennis junkie (if you didn’t know that, well now you do). Monica Seles is a well-known name among the sport and fans. She was THE superstar. Former world number one. In the International Hall of Fame. Won nine Grand Slam Titles. Youngest ever to win the French Open (at age 16).

 

Sadly, in 1993, a fan attacked her on court during a break at a match and stabbed her in her back. She took a leave from tennis for a few years, returned, but played her last pro match in 2003. Yes. I really know these facts in my head, people. I didn’t have to Google at all. O_O So, anyway, I fan-girled because it’s THE Monica Seles authoring this series. I made complete grabby hands for the book. I had to have it. Not only because it was hers, but because well it’s a book based around a sports academy and a character that plays tennis. This had to be my dream book in every way possible.

 

Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It wasn’t terrible. But it wasn’t what I expected either. I’m actually quite torn on writing this review because for me it was one of those reads where you’re just left feeling quite meh by the end. While I enjoyed it for the most part for an entertainment value due to it being a fast and mostly fun read, I also had several qualms with it at the same time that left me feeling dissatisfied.

 

Despite her tennis ambitions, Maya was not a character I could get attached to. In fact, the majority of the characters left me feeling under-whelmed. If you’re going into this book hoping for action when it comes to their sports lifestyle, their training, or details and drama surrounding their competition events, you won’t get it. There was little to no action. This was genuinely a teen drama romance with a sports academy setting and that was it.

 

Did that make it bad? Not really. It just gave me something I didn’t quite expect from the beginning and I was a bit let down by this. I was hoping for more. The dreaded love triangle is prevalent. Along with the eye-rolling insta-love romance. This was perhaps my biggest annoyance. And where I found myself face-palming and cringing the most. So, it’s easy to say I just couldn’t get into the romance at all. I wasn’t the least bit interested in either guy. I didn’t care what happened between the characters by the middle of the book because I found it incredibly cheesy. The only character I may have cared about at all was Cleo. Everyone else.... Well, I sure hope they get more oomph in the next installment. Even the "mean girl."

 

But here’s the kicker. I sound like I didn’t like it, I know. But I’m on the fence here. Or net. Let’s use net. ;) Because at the same time, I did. I really did find myself enjoying it because I sped right through the pages. There’s entertainment to it. An un-put-down-able sense to the book because of the drama, and it’s a fast read. It could be an easy guilty pleasure. I just wanted more action personally--especially since I was looking for the tennis aspect in this. In a way, it reminds me of something that could easily be on television right now. A bit Gossip Girl-esque (though I’ve never sat and watched a full episode of Gossip Girl, so don’t take comparison to heart).

 

I’m going to continue this series and see where it goes from here.

 

 

Seduction: A Novel of Suspense

Seduction: A Novel of Suspense - M. J. Rose

I was first introduced to M.J. Rose’s writing last year with Book of Lost Fragrances. At the time I didn’t know it was part of a series, as is Seduction, but I feel as a reader you won’t get technically lost if you do pick up one of these books out of order at any point.

 

They stand out easily on their own without much confusion and separate storylines to enjoy individually.

 

With that said, I liked Seduction a bit more than I did the previous work of the author’s I’d read. There were slow moments, and it did start slow, but the historical side of it with Victor Hugo was fascinating--along with the descriptions and emotions that I felt through the words. It’s worth the time to go through. A read that you sit and savor, rather than rush through. I was glad that I felt like I got to know Jac better in this book. She seemed like a relatable character. Strong-willed, yet not afraid to be vulnerable, and intelligent.

 

I honestly don't have a lot to say about this title. I just sat back and enjoyed the read without much to pick apart or talk about afterward. :) And I breezed through the pages quickly, devouring it because I found myself not wanting to put it down.

 

Seduction is haunting and atmospheric with an amazing setting that leaves you breathless--and leaves an impression on you long after you finish turning the last page.

 

I know I’ll always make sure to pick up a book by M.J. Rose from now on.

In the After

In the After - In the After had all the makings to potentially be one of my favorites for the year but fell a little flat. Maybe my expectations had been too high. I’m not sure. I had been really excited for this title for some time so I did have high hopes. I mean, come on, aliens… it seems this is becoming popular lately, but I’m elated with the idea of aliens just popping up more and more. It’s something fresh and has so many interesting and unique possibilities to be worked with that I don’t feel like it’s a theme that could be easily tired out. The action started out immediately for this one without any real buildup. As the reader, you’re taken right into the story with the narrator, Amy, and she tells it all in a quite simplistic manner that often I felt like she was just sitting there talking to me. Sometimes I liked that. Sometimes I didn’t. The pacing felt off though, and maybe that was just me. In the beginning she talks of finding this “toddler” but as time passes Baby grows into a 6-7 year old, and Amy grows into a 16-17 year old. When I think of the word toddler, I think of ages 2-3 years old. I was a bit confused to be honest, because I couldn’t recall the age of her in the beginning of the story. Had she been around 13 when the apocalyptic event began? I guess you could call me lazy for not wanting to go back and double check--or maybe I just didn’t care. I think it was 14. But it really felt off for some reason. And in the beginning the girl gave her parents barely an hour before she gave up all hope on her parents lives?? Maybe it was just me personally, but I know I would’ve had more hope than that. Instead it felt more, “Oh they’re not home… I guess they’re dead!” I felt so un-sympathetic toward her from the start with some of these characteristics and interactions.When they arrive at the compound, things change and I felt it became not as interesting. Sure, you see how much humanity can change during an apocalyptic event. The effects that come with such a tragedy… And it’s realistic. But I felt the first half had more of the impact and action and suspense, and I liked seeing the survival side of things with her better before she was dragged into the compound. At the same time though, I liked meeting Kay and the other guardians. It was nice seeing some more character interaction. It was also where I learned more about things that were going on, more of the backstory, and so it helped clear a bit of the confusion from the beginning. I didn’t get into the budding romance really. It happened a bit quickly and I just didn’t feel it. The twist at the end was extremely disappointing, I admit. I saw it coming in a way. And without putting in a spoiler, it just was sad that it didn’t work for me like I’d hoped. Not what I’d expected out of this read. But meh. What I really liked was the fresh take of being day walkers with a disability of night blindness. Normally, our monsters are night stalkers but in this case Lunetta makes the reader fear the day with hers--and sound--by providing a creature that thrives in the daylight and will chase after anything that’s making the tiniest noise. I found myself getting easily spooked right along with the characters. It was thrilling. I feel like there are still some unanswered questions. A possible sequel maybe? If so, I do look forward to seeing where it could go from here. This was an entertaining read that I enjoyed and read through quickly. Despite the minor nitpicks I had, In the After is an experience that I don’t think you want to miss out on. It’s gritty and suspenseful, and will have you checking over your shoulder if you’re too loud after you’ve read the book. 3.5 stars

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) - Laurie Boyle Crompton Blaze won me over from the very beginning with its front page quote taken from an X-Men comic. Being the X-Men geek (okay, comic geek--but X-Men are my fave) that I am, I admit to maybe squee-ing out loud a bit on that. Blaze is a relatable character to me, though I did have my questionable moments toward some of her actions. Most particularly, regarding her and her “friends”. I didn’t like her friends. To be honest, the only characters I did like were Blaze and the boys she drove around for soccer. One other character I semi-liked, and probably would’ve liked much more if I’d had more time to get to know him better. But the book ended. I think I’m going to have a lot to say on this title. I really enjoyed it and it’s going to be a memorable one. Not just the characters, but the storyline because I liked the style. And hell, by the end I found myself leafing through my own comics to read through again like Blaze would’ve done probably. This wasn’t perfect--and while it won’t be for everyone, I really adored it. I had some issues though mostly regarding some situations that left a sour taste in my mouth. I saw where the author was trying to make a point where it’s easy to be a quick judge/spread rumors(and believe them without learning), slut shame, etc.. But I would’ve liked a bit more touched on the topic. As well as a more developed look between Blaze and Catherine at the end. I felt that area was too open and wanted to know more. Way to go for a great teen voice, though. That was fantastically done for sure. I have to note that there is quite a bit of foul-talk, shaming, toward another character brought on by Blaze and her friends. It’s cruel. And Blaze gets the turn-around on her later through the story where she learns a lesson about it. Though like I said, I wish that’d been a bigger point for the friends as well--not just Blaze. And I would have liked to know more about Catherine.But the biggest issue of all I had was when she sleeps with Mark. There’s no condom available and that’s part of the plot. What happens? She has a pregnancy scare. Understandable. I get it. I think this has happened to a lot of young women who are sexually active--even when birth control is used. Ya get paranoid. So what’s my issue? The no condom bit. After the pregnancy scare (of course she isn’t), she goes about her daily biz, back to normal, and not once during all of this does she even worry about STDs or the possibility of. Authors. Please. They happen too! This is a big issue. Especially seeing as how Blaze and Mark didn’t use protection. And I'm sorry if that's considered a spoiler for those of you, but it's an important topic I had to discuss. I rarely ever put spoilers in my reviews, but this once I needed to put this in. You can tell from the blurb above that they sleep together--so it's not like I'm giving that away. I know. I know. Just fiction. But I do get sick of seeing it more and more in books recently and maybe I just snapped finally. I also wanted to see so much more development of the relationship built between Blaze and a certain someone (afraid to mention due to slight spoilers). I’m sure they could be adorable. But no feels when there’s hardly anything there. Her little brother, Josh, and his cast of friends added a lot of fun to the story. They are exactly what a group of boys that age would be like--trust me I know--and I found myself often laughing out loud at their antics, knowing that they could easily annoy me if it was real life too. The ending and what Josh did for his big sis though was adorable. It was a great way to show his appreciation and devotion to her, despite their differences. To anyone who’s worried about picking it up because they don’t like comics: it’s not like that. Imagine it like a geeky character girl who loves comic books and drawing. She sometimes narrates in the form of a comic book. POW! ZOOM! But it’s easily understandable. Cute. Funny. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work in the future!3.5 stars.

Dinner With a Vampire

Dinner With a Vampire - Abigail Gibbs 5/5/13: I. FINISHED. OMFG. I CAN'T BELIEVE I READ THE WHOLE BOOK.I deserve a medal because I thought I was going to throw it a long time ago.Full review coming whenever I can get coherent thoughts together..______I don’t even know where to start with The Dark Heroine (Dinner With a Vampire). I received this book after winning it through Early Reviewers at LibraryThing so I admit to feeling a bit obligated to at least reading it. After all, I requested it. I had some hope that it would be alright. The premise at least interested me to an extent, and I had avoided reviews so I had no idea what I was going into when I picked it up. Let’s just say before writing this, I had to take a few days to calm myself down so that my review wouldn’t be filled with anger and rant-fueled hate for the book. I’m surprised I made it through the entire book. I trudged my way through. It took me three weeks to finish this book because every single time I picked it up, I could barely read twenty pages without setting it back down from having the feeling of wanting to vomit. And this is putting it nicely, folks.The characters are absolutely disgraceful. I’m still angry at them. Gibbs presented a potentially good idea and poorly executed it with this cast of characters and their actions and manners that left me fuming before I even reached the halfway point. Abuse. Attempted rape on more than one occasion. Slut shaming constantly. Personality changes that didn’t make sense at all. And a confusing storyline that jumped all over the place with holes everywhere. My head spun so much. Not to mention the term GIRLY so overused that I lost count within the first thirty pages (15 times there alone, so you can just imagine how much in 540 pages) and left such a sour taste in my mouth. Girly? Really? That just makes it creepy. Not endearing. And how Violet, or any woman for that matter, could be “attracted” to a guy that is consistently threatening, belittling, abusing, and controlling them is beyond me. THAT IS NOT ROMANTIC. I don’t care if the character is a vampire. It’s. Not. Okay. The only thing I liked a bit was the dual PoV. Sometimes it helped ease the confusion of the plot--though, sometimes it made it worse. Often I felt like things were just made up as they went along and that’s why I’d sit there like, “huh?” I’d even find myself flipping back a few pages to re-read just to make sure I didn’t accidentally skim over something. That was an annoyance. Glad that’s over now.
Desert Tales - Melissa Marr No Seth? No Aislinn? Donia? NO NIALL??!We shall see about you Desert Tales. Either way.... I have grabby hands right now for this book. Edit 9/18/13: I have won this through GR Giveaway! So excited! =D

Othello (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Othello - William Shakespeare Re-read 4/25/13 as part of the Shakespeare Month Read-A-Long with Thoughts of an Endless DreamerOriginally, I'd had this rated as 3 stars. It'd been some years since I read Othello and after re-reading, I am gladly bumping up my rating because I enjoyed it much more this time around. I had a much different appreciation for the characters, as well as the story, though I would say it's still probably not one of my favorites of Shakespeare's works. It is one of his easier reads though in my opinion, or maybe it was just me. :)

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Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Laini Taylor