Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

12700353Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Published March 1st 2012

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

I’d seen so many negative review for this book. My best friend warned me not to read this book and I didn’t listen. But I was curious and there was a couple positive reviews so I read it. A small part of me thought I might like this book. Okay, I hoped that I would like this book. But I didn’t and I ended up quitting around page 200. I’m not surprised that I didn’t like this book (my best friend told me over and over that it was an awful book) but I’m still really disappointed.
I could tell that this book was suppose to have a lot of humor in it but it just didn’t work for me. I smiled a little bit in the first few pages but it got old real fast.
Greg was one of the worst narrators ever. He’s right up there with Bella from Twilight and Anastasia Steele from
Fifty Shades of Grey. He was so annoying and he just wouldn’t get on with the story. It just kept dragging on and on. I don’t even know how I made it to page 200.
The characters were boring, underdeveloped and not well written at all.
I don’t understand how an editor could have read this book and thought it was ready to be published. I don’t like the concept of this book that much but great writing could have saved it. But I just can’t think of anything about this book that I liked other than the cover is kind of cool.
I feel like I’m starting to rant so I’m just going to stop here. But overall, I should have listened to my best friend and not read this book because I lost a few hours of my life for nothing and I also wasted $10 on buying this book.

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Review: Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

26874617Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

Published October 6th 2015

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

I’m going to start this off with my Twilight story so you can get an idea of my past with this series and then I will talk about Life and Death.
Back in 2009, when I first read this series, I loved it so much. I mean, I really loved it. I read the whole series back to back to back. I read this series 8 times in 4 years. It really kicked started my love of reading and YA. This was the first YA book that I read. I watched the movies over and over. I even watched the first movie 4 times in 24 hours. I’ve been the real Forks and La Push. I was a real Twi-Hard.
It wasn’t until 2012 that I started to question everything about Twilight. And once I started to question a few things, it all fell apart. And within a matter in months, I had grown to hate Twilight. Which on one hand is really sad because this series once meant so much to me. But on the other hand, it meant that I was finally seeing this series for what it really was.
I hate how whiny Bella is and how she let Edward and Jacob control her.
I hate how controlling and possessive Edward is. How he tried to force Bella to have an abortion in Breaking Dawn.
I hate how Jacob forced himself on Bella in Eclipse. I mean, he forced a kiss on her. Who does that?!
I hate so much about this series, I really do. Okay, I hate everything about this series except one thing. How much it changed my life. I know that sounds stupid but it did. And I’ll always be greatful to Twilight for everything it did for me. For giving me a love for YA and for turning me into a critical reader.

Okay, so now that you know my history with Twlight, let’s talk about Life and Death.
I decided to read this not just because 14 year old me would have wanted to and I owe her one last Twilight hurrah but because I’ve been feeling like I need some sort of closure with this series. And after reading Life and Death, I’m officially done with the Twilight Saga. I’m done with it for good (as if I had any doubts before).
First, I have a problem with the title. It doesn’t really fit with the other four books, in my opinion. Maybe that was the plan because of the gender bent thing. I don’t know but it’s annoying to me. I also have a problem with the price. It was $12 for an ebook. I know Meyer had no say in the price so I don’t blame her. I blame the greedy publishers for milking Twilight fans for every penny they can get. Twilight fans have always been taken advantage of and this book proves that it’s still true.

Pretty much everything about Life and Death is the same as Twilight. Most of the lines are the same and %99 of the scenes are the same. This is basically the exact same story. I still hated the characters. I still think the writing isn’t that good. I still loathe the relationship. It’s still the same. It was a waste of money. It was a waste of time. But now I know and I won’t have to wonder if I was missing out on something. So unless you’re dying of curiosity or you’re still a die hard Twilight fan, don’t do it. I got absolutely nothing good out of this book. If anything, my hate for this series has grown.

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Review: Oz by Joe Brusha

18690684Oz by Joe Brusha, Rolando Di Sessa,  Glauber Matos, Ulises Grostieta.

Published July 3rd 2013 by Zenescope Entertainment

The Witches of OZ are searching for a lost weapon of power known as the Veridian Scepter. Their quest leads them to the most unlikeliest of places…the farmlands of Kansas and the home of the unlikeliest of heroes…Dorothy Gale. At long last the last realm of power in the Grimm Fairy Tales universe is revealed…and there’s never been an Oz quite like this.

I seen Oz as a recommended comic book on Google Play and despite my better judgement, I bought it. Just by looking at the cover I was sure it was going to be sexist but I’ll still kinda wanted to read it. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover and all that. However, you should totally judge this crappy comic book on it’s misogynistic cover. There’s so much sexual objectification of women in just 27 pages. Dorothy spends most of the comic book in what she’s wearing on the cover and when she’s not wearing that, she’s wearing other awful clothes. And not just Dorothy. The wicked witch is objectified as well.
I’m extremely disappointed in everyone involved in comic book. The core concept of Oz is really cool (Toto is a wolf and I think that’s insanely awesome) but the complete and utter lack of respect for women is inexcusable.

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Review: Lost and Found by K.F. Breene

18528548Lost and Found by K.F. Breene

Published September 22nd 2013

On the tail-end of her ex-boyfriend crashing through a restraining order and putting her in the hospital, Krista realizes that the only way to effectively escape her past is to put distance between it. She gets her life back on track in San Francisco with a job that has limitless potential.

Unfortunately, to achieve her dreams, she must brave the star of the company; a charming and handsome salesman that isn’t used to the word no. Krista tries to run from him at every turn, but his pull continually sucks her back in; her hesitancy to trust the only thing saving her from being another notch on a bedpost.

Sean never has to try with women. He’s the type of guy to jump in with both feet, get bored, and sprint right back out. But when a geeky new hire stumbles through the company, befuddling him with a keen intellect he doesn’t expect, he starts to lose his way. Before he knows it, all his efforts are concentrated around trying to capture the interest of the only woman to run when he tries to deliver a line. As she opens up, so does he, landing him in a terrain as disconcerting as it is invigorating.

Right away, this book started off confused and the writing was so weird. I could tell everything was written to draw the reader in and get them confused so they would keep reading but it was so obvious. I wasn’t emotionally invested so I get have the feelings that the author wanted me to have.
The characters felt under developed and I just wasn’t into them. Everything just felt weird. I can’t quite explain it but it everything, mostly the first 20%, just felt weird and unnatural.
I didn’t like Sean at all. He was such a D-bag and I couldn’t understand why
Krista trusted him when he did nothing to warrant that trust. I couldn’t find any redeemable qualities in Sean to make him worth while. I would never put up with someone like him and Krista deserved better. But she was so blind and such a poorly written female character. It was so frustrating.
I really hated the ending. It stopped so suddenly and made no sense. I felt like it ended the way it did so the reader would have to get the next book. It was just stupid.

Overall, I just didn’t enjoy this book. I wish I could think of something I liked about this book other than the cover. But I can’t. I wasn’t expecting Lost and Found to be amazing but I didn’t like this book at all.

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Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Siobhan Curham

22510983Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Siobhan Curham

Published January 1st 2014

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

I’d seen a little bit about this book on Instagram but I heard a lot about it after it become known that it’s ghost written. I didn’t see a lot of good reviews for this book but I still thought I would give it a chance.

Right away, I noticed how poorly written Girl Online was. I can’t really pinpoint what it was but the whole book was just off for me. It just didn’t work for me. I think this would be a great book for young girls who are just getting into the Young Adult genre that don’t want a massive fantasy book to tackle. It’s fairly short and overall, it was nice but after the first 20 pages, I spent days doing everything I could to avoid reading this book.
For me personally, I didn’t like this book. But I can completely understand why some people do. I’m a very critical reader so this book just wasn’t for me.

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Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

22918050The Heir by Kiera Cass

Published May 5th 2015

“Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.”

I loved The Selection series. It was fun, different, and full of fluff. I was was very happy with how it ended and I really was fine not having any more of the books in my life. When I heard about The Heir, I was extremely
skeptical. But I bought it as soon as it was released and it only sat on my shelf for a day or two before I started it.

Right away, I was not a fan of Eadlyn. She came across was a bratty rich girl but I was willing to give her a chance. So I gave her another chance. And another. But by page 100, I was ranting about this book and Eadlyn to anyone and everyone. I would read a couple pages and I would have to put the book down because it was making me so angry. Why would America and Maxon let Eadlyn act like this? Why would Kiera Cass write Eadlyn this way? Why would anyone like Eadlyn?

Even before the Selection started, Eadlyn was horrible. I hated her. But once she started being around the boys, she got 1,000 times worse. The way she treated those boys! She was so mean and rude to them!
I think the worst part is she knew she was being unfair to them but she kept being mean.

I’ve seen a few people say that of Maxon was a teenage girl, he might have acted the same way. But, that’s really sexist and stupid. Being a teenage girl has nothing to do with the way Eadlyn acted. She’s that way because she’s not a nice person. Being a “hormonal teenage girl” is not an excuse. There is no excuse in the world for how Eadlyn acted.

She would complain about little things that didn’t matter and it was stupid the read about the dumb problems of a spoiled little rich girl. I couldn’t care less about her mundane problems.

To be totally honest, everything about this book is great except Eadlyn. If Eadlyn had just been a nice human being, I would have loved this book. But Eadlyn does not set a good example for girls, she does not represent YA female characters well, and she isn’t a good character. I’ve heard she gets better towards the end of the book but I’m not going to wait to around for a horrible character to get her head out of her butt and stop being a jerk to everyone around her.

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Review: After by Anna Todd

afterAfter by Anna Todd

Published October 21st 2014

“Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessashould hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?”

A couple of my friends had read this book and said they loved to hate it and that they couldn’t put it down.
I was insanely curious about this book and I got an e-copy of it and started it right away. First, I’m so glad I don’t have a print copy of this book because if I had to look at it on my shelf, I would poke my eyes out.

This book is extremely poorly written to the point that I couldn’t even take it seriously. I was laughing so hard at how amazingly crappy the writing. At some point, it stopped being funny and I wanted to throw my phone down a well so I wouldn’t have any evidence that I had ever read this book.

The characters are without a doubt, the worst fictional characters that I’ve read about in years. The only book that I can compare After to is Modelland by Tyra Banks.

The cover of this book is pretty awesome but what’s inside is incredibly horrible and I hope I never have to read anything like this again. When I was about %4 into this book, I learned that After is a fanfiction of
Harry Styles. I’m not really a fan of One Direction’s music so I don’t know a lot about Harry Styles but I once I knew After was fanfic, I could tell it was about Styles. I personally don’t think fanfic should ever be published because it’s not original material so that was a big deal breaker for me.

Overall, I hated this book and I hope I never have to read anything like this ever again. I’m sad that I wasted my time on this book but I’m also glad I read it because I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now.
I wish I had something positive to say about this book besides the cool cover but I can’t think of one good thing. It was so poorly written that I was almost in tears because it’s just so bad. I don’t want to say I’d burn this book but I also wouldn’t save it if it spontaneously combusted.

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Review: Treasure Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

treasure darkly coverTreasure Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

Published February 16th 2015

“Seventeen-year-old Clark Treasure assumes the drink he stole off the captain is absinthe…until the chemicals in the liquid give him the ability to awaken the dead. A great invention for creating perfect soldiers, yes, but Clark wants to live as a miner, not a slave to the army—or the deceased. On the run, Clark turns to his estranged tycoon father for help. The Treasures welcome Clark with open arms, so he jumps at the chance to help them protect their ranch against Senator Horan, a man who hates anyone more powerful than he.

And he is not alone. His new-found sister, Amethyst, thinks that’s rather dashing, until Horan kidnaps her, and all she gets is a bullet through her heart. When Clark brings her back to life, she realizes he’s more than just street-smart – and he’s not really a Treasure. Amethyst’s boring summer at home has turned into an adventure on the run, chock full of intrigue, danger, love, and a mysterious boy named Clark.”

Can we just talk about this cover for a second? Because I love it so much. I love how the cover reveals that this book is clearly a steampunk novel. I love the girl on the cover and the colors. It’s just an awesome cover. I’m a little sad that I had this an ebook format because I would love to have on my shelf.  Okay, now that that’s out of my  system.

The prologue starts with Clark stealing and drinking a vial of some sort from a strange man’s coat. I had a lot of inner dialogue while reading this book and it all started at this moment in the prologue. Who drinks whatever’s in a weird vial that they just stole? Clark had no idea what it was! It could have been poison! It was at that moment, I learned that Clark was stupid. But other than that, the prologue was pretty good. It had me wanting more and even though Clark was an idiot, I wanted to know what happened to him.

Chapter 1 starts two years after the prologue ends. I normally have a hard time with massive jumps in time like this but in this book, it really worked well. Clark’s been in the run from the  government because he drank the vial and now he can awaken the dead.

The female protagonist is Amethyst, who happen’s to be Clark’s half-sister. At first I was super excited about this. The idea of a brother and sister teaming up and kicking butt seemed perfect to me. I feel like author’s are always putting unnecessary romance in Young Adult books these days. A brother/sister team would eliminate all the unnecessary romance and stick with just butt kicking action, right? Wrong! That’s right, Jordan Elizabeth Mierek went there. Even though both Clark and Amethyst know right from the moment they meet that they are siblings, Amethyst is encouraging Clark to like her and flaunting herself around. It’s nasty.  And even besides that, Amethyst is really over the top snobby and bratty. Why the author would write a protagonist, a female one on top of it, that’s so unlikable, I’ll never know. Nothing about Amethyst is promoting well written female characters in YA. If anything, she’s a character that’s holding the genre back from being taken seriously.

The “romance” or “love” between Clark and Amethyst is forced and unnecessary. This book should have been purely about Clark and his new-found powers. Not a brother and sister having some sort of wacky romance.  Because in a month, that’s all I’m going to remember about this book. How horrible the “romance” was.  And reasons Clark found Amethyst  attractive were so stupid! How is “naivety” is good thing in a girl? In anyone? I just… Ugh.

I could go on and on about how much I hate Amethyst. She is so stupid and shallow, it’s unbelievable. When the story switches from Clark’s perspective to Amethyst’s, the whole plot is put on hold for all her stupid ramblings. A line from her perspective that really stood out to me was, “She wondered if he’d eaten watercress before. She could introduce him to a new plate of tastes and textures. How exciting!”.

Overall, this book doesn’t promote well written, strong female characters in YA. I spent almost the entire book shaking my head. One thing that I will say that this book as going for it, it really got a rise out of me. I hated it and I’ve rarely been so angry at a book and fictional character. But  Jordan Elizabeth Mierek wrote book that really got me emotionally invested. Even if it was in a negative way.

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Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Seseeker covereker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Published: February 10th 2015

The cover is so beautiful. The synopsis sounds amazing. This book had so much going for it. The second I seen the cover, I knew I would love this book forever and ever. Even the author’s name is amazing and beautiful. Sadly, this book fell so short of my expectations that my hopes and dreams of a beautiful, epic fantasy series is disintegrated.

Seeker is about a girl named Quin Kincaid who has spent year training to become a Seeker. She learns that she’s actually been training to become an assassin.

This whole book was pretty much one big “what?”. I was confused from page one and I never stopped being confused. Heck, I’m still confused.

From the synopsis, I thought this was set in modern day because it says “Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong”. But when I started reading, I thought maybe it was medieval times. But nope, it’s modern day. There was such poor world building and zero description. I had no idea what I was suppose to be envisioning while reading this book. I couldn’t get a clear vision of anything.

And because I couldn’t even get grasp on the world this book was set in, I couldn’t get into the characters.
I thought they seemed a little young and acted like it. I believe the characters are 15 but they seemed a lot younger. There’s a love triangle, which is cliche and way over used in YA, but one of the guys is a cousin to the female protagonist. I felt like he keep trying to justify his feelings for his cousin with all these excuses and it just got weirder and weirder. It was all pretty much young puppy love between all three of them anyway. “I love you” was just thrown around with no thought behind it. It became overused and I didn’t really believe the “love” between the characters.

I really focused on this book for the first 90 pages but because I just couldn’t get a clear vision of anything, I started to speed read and not really take anything in. There was a few points though out that would grab my attention but those moments didn’t last and I went back to being confused.

Overall, extremely poor world building and lack of description completely blew whatever potential this book had. I couldn’t get into it and I felt extremely disappointed. I really wanted to love this book. I still love the cover though.

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Review: Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green

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Published February 25th 2015

I knew from the second that I seen the cover of Soul Crossed that I would love this book. I love the colors and the font. It a really pretty cover! However, I didn’t love this book like I thought I would.

Soul Crossed is about a boy named Josh who lived his life  recklessly and wasn’t the nicest person and a girl named Grace who died violently when she was sixteen. When Josh dies he becomes a demon and when Grace dies, she becomes an angel. They both are sent on a mission to claim the soul of a kid named Camden who’s basically the Antichrist.

Soul Crossed started out really great. For the first 14% of the book, I loved it. Green painted a really cool picture of Hell and her writing style is so addicting! I couldn’t put this book down at first. This is such an easy read and I was so curious to see what would happen next.

Sadly, at about 16% into this book, things started to fall apart. The characters weren’t making any sense and the plot crumbled into a muddled mess. Josh was never a likable character but he became a really mean boy. He degraded every female he seen and he was so misogynistic towards Grace. One thing that bugged me a lot he how he would order food for Grace. Like, she would be sitting right there and he would just order without asking what she wanted. As if she couldn’t do it on her own. He would say things like she’s “such a blonde”. Granted, Grace isn’t the smartest character in the world but Josh made it seem like because she’s a girl, she dumb and not worthy.

Grace wasn’t all that great either. She wasn’t a strong female character at all. She was sometimes so dumb and she couldn’t see what was right in front of her face. She wasn’t an empowering female character at all.

The “connection” between Grace and Josh was so stupid.  One page they were just acquaintances and the next page, Grace was in love with him. I’m not even kidding. Green just put in a little “It’s been almost three weeks” and boom. Grace loves Josh.  And there is nothing that Grace talked about loving more than Josh’s looks. No qualities that he had, just his looks. It was pure physical attraction and nothing more.

So much was skipped over and not explained. The plot was perfectly fine for the first %14 and then it was so rushed. The writing started to become like a draft and not the finished book. Nothing was making any sense to me. And by 31%, I was so done with the characters and plot. I was trying to push though to find out how it ended because I was really curious but when Camden became a completely different character out of the blue, I just couldn’t carry on.

Overall, I was disappointed by how this turned out. I really wish the characters had more depth and were better written. I’m still reeling over how Josh ordered for Grace (it really made me angry).  I did love this book for the first 14%, I really did. But it went down hill so suddenly. I’m always looking for great female characters that showcase great qualities and male characters that are empowering to the female counterparts. Grace and Josh just didn’t do any of that.

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