Thursday, October 13, 2011

Eight Mini Reviews on Eight Novels

I've been reading, and reading, and reading, and reading...

And not reviewing, reviewing, reviewing.

So rather than to just sit there and let my to-be-reviewed stack grow any larger, I will kill them all with this one stone. Er, post.

Click on the book cover images for links to Goodreads. The website will provide you with more information!
Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth
I read this book in the beginning of August. Dear readers, I introduce to you my best friend, Mr. Procrastination. He's not all that bad of a friend. It's just that knowing him can lead to severe consequences. (I tell that to myself over and over. I never listen.) Because I read it such a long time ago, I honestly can no longer understand the notes I've written on it. These incomplete statements do not make any sense to me. What I do remember: This book didn't really meet my expectations. Maybe I read it too fast, but I finished it without really feeling anything. I also wrote in my notes "sadistic people." I assume that from that comment I thought there were sadistic people in this novel. I liked Tris enough. But she didn't listen to her Mom and Four. I really hate it when characters repeatedly don't listen to instructions from their friends/family. Sure, be a stubborn donkey and fight for what you believe in. We love people who believe in themselves. But please don't cover your ears and go LA LA LA! I ONLY LISTEN TO ME, MYSELF, AND I! I didn't really get into the futuristic world set in Chicago. I don't think the world was built up enough. It was kinda flat and boring. (I may be the only person that thinks this.) I mean, yes, there's the factions and they're all split up and it's cool. But that's Pretty Much It. Where are the layers? What's going on in the rest of the world? Also, Four is a nickname. I really don't like his real name. A number is so much sexier.

P.S. I think I belong in Erudite. I guess that just proved I'm a wimp.
Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls, #2)Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter
I didn't write notes on this one. Lovely, because I can't really remember what I read. Or what I thought about what I read. Because I obviously know what I read: Awake at Dawn. Right. So, this is the sequel to Born at Midnight which I thought was a bit clichey and not really all that original and exciting, but I still enjoyed it. This one was a little more interesting. I remember a punch-in-the-stomach kind of curveball near the end, but thinking back on it, I had predicted it even as I was starting the book. Not like it really softened the blow. There was also a lot of talk about boobs. Now, I usually don't talk about stuff like that, but this book just... talked about it waaaaaay too much, so I had to mention it. I'm sorry, but using the word a few times was enough. Two thousand times? Completely unnecessary. Other than that I liked the book enough (even more than the first) and gave it four out of stars, which is a pretty good grade. It was much more exciting, especially in the end. I love prison break scenes. You like romance, fantasy, mystery, or all of the above? This book is for you.

P.S. Lucas is hot.
Now starts my contemporary YA "chick lit" streak. I find it hard to digest hardcore, dark, fantasy, romance type books with all that homework and school (it fries by brain enough as is), so I've been reading light and fluffy books.
My Life UndecidedMy Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
When I first saw the blurb, I was like "Oh God. This girl is going to get into big trouble. Who puts her life into the hands of some anonymous people on the Internet? That's like opening yourself up to be cyber-bullied or something." Anyways. As I was reading, I just couldn't stop thinking/being frustrated over the fact that this girl is stupid. I'm sorry, but there's no other word for it. Unless she had a mental impairment (and I don't think she did), I honestly don't think it's possible for someone to have such little common sense. But I found this book funny enough and it was all fluffy and full of rainbows, kinda like what I was hoping for at the time. (If you're ever down, and need something to cheer you up, don't get high on drugs. Read a contemporary YA chick lit book. Instantaneous Happiness Mix right there. Just add water.) This book was predictable (It's pretty obvious who she's gonna end up with. Plus, who would like a guy who smokes cigarettes? Ew.), and nothing really new or fascinating, but I really enjoyed it for what it was. I wrote "bubbly" in my notes. What a fun word. There's a trailer on this book, and it's really good for a book trailer. (I don't enjoy those OMG-SUPER-SUSPENSEFUL-ONE-LINERS-PLUS-PICTURES-FROM-GOOGLE-IMAGES trailers. This one was a legit trailer.)

P.S. I like unicorns.
Shut OutShut Out by Kody Keplinger
Another note-less book. I need to stop slacking off on that, too. So, I kind of found the idea behind this book kind of stupid. Yes, we teenagers can get a little hormonal sometimes. But honestly, I don't we're this hormonal. Or is there a secret side of high school I don't know about? I'm not a football girlfriend or anything. Either way, I found the book a little ridiculous and over-sexed. At least Cash was sweet. (I will never name my kid that.) Beware: There is this one super hot scene that requires the AC cranked way up and a million ceiling fans on full power. I gave this book four out of five stars. A really good read, and one that I would recommend.

P.S. The girl on the cover has a pimple on her chin.
The Unwritten RuleThe Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
Are you getting sick of all these chick lit books? Yeah, sorry. I think I should accept the fact that most contemporary YA chick lit books are similar to each other, but I will love them anyways. So this book was predictable and cliche. But I liked it. That goes for all the other contemp books here. Ryan is super sweet in this book, but a little too weak in my opinion. If you don't like your girlfriend, and you like another (who likes you back), then break up with her, for crying out loud! That's just my opinion. I guess he was a "nice" guy, which is all fine and mighty, but... I root for the couple here. I always root for the couple. The girlfriend was kind of... enter-a-not-very-nice-word-here. There's a slightly darker side to this book related to family drama that brings you down a bit, and makes you feel really bad for Brianna, so it's not all cotton candy. The ending isn't a happily-forever-ever-after for everybody, but I guess that's expected. (There's a love triangle. What do you want?) Then there's this whole issue about the "Unwritten Rule." You like your BFFL's boyfriend. Now what happens? If this were real life, not fiction, then you would probably be called a enter-another-not-very-nice-word-here for stealing your friend's boyfriend. That said, it's only if you (the girl) take the boy. If only the boy manned up a bit and broke up with her himself, then I really don't see an issue. That's my opinion, so you can disagree with it all you want. I really liked this quick, fun read, and it's perfect for a rainy day. Or even a sunny day. Makes your day sunnier.

P.S. Root beer is gross. Sorry, Sarah.
So Not Happening (The Charmed Life, #1)So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones
I really, really, really enjoyed this book, much more than I expected. You'd think it was another typical girl's-world-flips-upside-down-but-she-meets-a-hot-new-guy-and-everything-is-all-better kind of book, but it was so much more, and so much better. Unfortunately, the blurb kind of ruined it for me about who Bella (Uh. I've never thought of that name the same way again after Twilight.) was gonna end up with, which was kind of a disappointment, because I honestly wasn't sure at first. SPOILER ALERT: (I knew for sure it was not gonna be the New York boyfriend when the New York "best friend" started looking all nervous and guilty when talking about the Boyfriend. *cough* cheaters *cough*) SPOILER ALERT OVER: This book was hilarious. I find most books funny, and smile a lot, but this book really made me LOL. Like, laugh out loud LOL. Not LOL LOL. You get the difference? And it's a lot darker than you'd also think. We have a crazy killer out there. (I'm not telling you who it is!) I immediately purchased the sequel after finishing, because I want more Luke. That first kiss gave me shivers, even if it was just for throwing off their pursuers after being caught spying on the bad guys. At least, that's what Luke said. I'm sure he secretly liked it a lot more. I hope Amazon hurries up!

P.S. I don't care how much you hate a person, but I would never wish it on my worst enemy to have to climb into a dumpster and inspect its contents. Poor Bella.
A Need So Beautiful (A Need So Beautiful, #1)A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
I found this book really depressing. I know. Great start to a review, huh? But honestly, if you learn that your life is going to end in a few weeks and everybody you've ever loved/known is going to completely forget about you except for one person who thinks your death is beautiful, then that's a little messed up. This book made me sad, guys. I wanted to cry. (But I was reading it in the dentist's waiting room. Awkward.) It gave me chills. There's some creepy stuff. Don't let the sunshiny, yellow cover fool you. I enjoyed this book, and the ending left me hanging, so I will definitely be looking out for the sequel. One thing I didn't like about this book (and it's something that I don't like about all the books it applies to) is when the girl already has a boyfriend. Unless she meets a new guy later who becomes her boyfriend. Either way, I like to see the romantic build up, not just I'M GONNA GO MEET UP WITH THE MAN I LOVE NOW! No, no, no. I want you guys to slowly fall in love with each other. Sighhhh. This book is all about love and sacrifice, and it really makes you want to hug someone after reading it. I found it a very good read (even if I was hoping for something fluffier at the time) and I recommend it for reading on lonely days. It really makes you appreciate your life.

P.S. How many times have I said fluffy in this post?
The Son of Neptune  (Heroes of Olympus, #2)The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
This book made me want to scream. A lot. Rick Riordan is AMAZING. EPICALLY AWESOME, I tell you! EPICALLY AWESOMESAUCE WITH EXTRA SAUCE! (Kudos to Jen Armentrout for that phrase right there.) That's part of what made it scream-worthy. The other part? The end. It ended with a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers with a deep and burning passion, but this one really takes the cake. (Great market strategies, by the way, Mr. Riordan. I will definitely be buying book 3.) I honestly don't think I can survive another twelve months. *breaks down* I can't talk anymore. Just go read the book. Go read Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Go read The Kane Chronicles. Go read The Lost Hero. Rick Riordan is a total MUST-READ. I'm done. Now I will go re-read all the series I just named and cry about the end of this book.

P.S. I'm out of snarky comments, so I leave you guys with a few musings of mine. I've always found myself protective over Percy. Sure, the other new heroes are great and all, but we've known Percy for a much longer time. We want him to be the number one hero forever and always (at least, I do). I don't care how great the other heroes are, because nobody is as powerful as him. NOBODY OUTSHINES PERCY. So all you upstart demigods, don't even try to compete. Especially you, Jason. Back off. Who fought Kronos? Hmmmm?

Also, there are two love triangles in the series now (one of them is hinted at near the end of this book, so I won't spoil it) but SQUEE. I love love triangles! Unless the guy I'm rooting for loses.

Rick Riordan worked really hard to make this story work and make sense. A Roman Chinese guy? Rofl.

Speaking of ROFL, that phrase is in the book, along with ROFLcopter. I was ROFL-ing.

I'm still mad at you, Mr. Riordan, for that cliffhanger. Absolutely ridiculous.



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