jody eve

constantly losing myself in a world of fiction

Just Wasn't Feeling It

Just One Day  - Gayle Forman Just One Year  - Gayle Forman

I think whether or not you enjoy Just One Day / Just One Year hinges on how magical you thought Lulu/Allyson and Willem's "epic one day in Paris" was. Half of Just One Day and all of it's companion, Just One Year, is the aftermath -- how much their lives and the people the become changes after spending that one day together.

 

I thought the concept was really intriguing, but unfortunately I just didn't find their day together that memorable. Both books were just kind of meh. And it didn't help that I could not relate to Allyson at all. Man, if I were 18 and touring Europe with a group of people my age, I definitely wouldn't be dragging myself from place to place, spending every night hanging back at the hotel with our middle-aged guide. If I had a one night stand with some Dutch hottie in Paris, I'd be congratulating myself on my spontaneity, not spiraling down into a state of depression. Allyson literally cannot deal and I'm just not the kind of person that sympathizes with her behavior. (You know who else falls into a drama coma when the most perfect of perfect men disappears? *cough* Bella Swan *cough*)

 

So, needless to say, it was reeeeally tough for me to make it through her book. I get that it's a story about person growth and coming of age and all that, but maybe those types of books just aren't for me. Apparently I just don't have the patience -- I like to read about heroines who are basically awesome and kick-ass from the start. And that's okay too.

 

Willem's journey in Just One Year was slightly less painful... but I didn't didn't really care about how his story turned out. I really don't think that Allyson and Willem are characters that will stay with me. This will probably be a series that, eventually, I'll forgot that I even read.

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend  - Marie Lu

Entertaining, but I can't really say that I particularly loved it. I flew though it in less than a day and there were times where I found myself on the edge of my seat, and times where I was giving myself a headache from too much eye-rolling. (The MCs being only 15 was nearly too much to take. June's promotion and ranking was preposterous. I know it's dystopia and who-knows-how-many years in the future and blah blah. But still.)

That said, I'm curious enough to check out book two and find out where this all goes.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater

Welp. 5 stars. Hard to believe I almost didn't finish The Raven Boys, huh?

But oh man. Ooooh man. There is something so magical about Stiefvater's storytelling ability that I'm actually really disappointed that I didn't appreciate it right off the bat. I was so caught up in digging around for the plot and trying to find something relatable about the main characters that I completely forgot to put some trust in the author and simply sit back and enjoy the ride. And I have to share something that I'm actually a little embarrassed to admit at this point: in the beginning, I didn't like the writing.

Yep. *Insert ashamed face here.* Much like your typical YA romance, I hated it with a passion when we were first introduced. I thought it was dry and pretentious. I thought it was broody and arrogant. I thought the plot was unrealistic and slow. (I actually stand by this. It was slow. Only now I realize it was more of a slow burn rather than just, well, slow.) And then, something magical happened.

I fell in love.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1) - Maggie Stiefvater

Well, I'm really glad I gave The Raven Boys a second chance. After putting it on hold for a few (er, five) months, I figured it was now or never if I ever wanted to finish it. DNFs don't really sit well with me, especially when I don't have a very good reason for giving up.

I found the print form difficult to get though. I don't know if it was the writing style or what, but it was taking me forrreverrr. So I snagged the audiobook from the library and ended up breezing though the second half. I never thought I'd be an advocate for audiobooks, but there you are. So now I can officially say that I get the hype. I get why people love this series. And I can't wait to get my hands on (audio)book two.

Why must the books always end?

World After  - Susan Ee

 

I tried, I tried to savor it, I tried to stretch it out, I tried to put it down and walk around but I couldn't. Some books are meant to be devoured. I only wish it could have lasted just a little bit longer.

If you need me, I'll just be over here pouting in the corner until book 3 comes out.

Bang

Allegiant  - Veronica Roth

While I enjoyed this more than Insurgent, for me this was still a solid 3-star read. However, I gotta give an extra half-star to Roth for ending the series with a bang.

 

Roth did something that, while not totally unpredictable, is something not many YA writers have the guts to do. So props to her.

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Le Sigh

The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon

I wanted to like this one.

I really, REALLY wanted to like it.

But.

Ugh.

I don't know. I suppose it's really not fair to brand a debut author "the next JK Rowling" before her first novel has been officially released. That's a lot of pressure. And after hearing that, like a lot of people, I went into this with very high expectations.

Yeah.

Big mistake.

I found myself extremely frustrated with this novel from the very beginning. It was so unnecessarily complicated. And I don't think I'm a particularly dense individual, but I just found the language and the concepts so hard to grasp. I still can't even picture what a Rephaite looks like. Did I miss the description? (Lamps for eyes? Giants? I just kept thinking of a cross between The Beast and Elijah Wood a la Sin City.) *shivers*

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The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon oh god this gibberish is giving me a headache. I get that language evolves... but... so many words seem unnecessary. So annoyed already
Unteachable - Leah Raeder
“How do you explain that everything is too beautiful for words? If Wesley had been here, he would've filmed the moment, captured it. Raising the camera was his first impulse; mine was to feel, to let the world crash against my skin. What if I was wrong about what I wanted to do with my life? What if I really just wanted to live, and hadn't truly come alive until I'd met Evan?"



After seeing all the glowing reviews for Unteachable, I figured it was time to (albeit hesitantly) re-test the waters of new adult fiction. The whole student-teacher relationship doesn't really do it for me (high school drama. Don't ask). I'd already read Colleen Hoover's Slammed and found myself incredibly disappointed, but still... I was intrigued. So I whipped out a gift card and got to downloading Unteachable. And despite my trepidation, I was utterly fascinated from the very start.

I knew right away that Maise O'Malley and I were going to have a wonderful relationship. She had a voice unlike any I've read before. She was badass without trying too hard, she was funny without, well, trying too hard. She was strong and focused, blunt and beautiful, and everything I wish I could have been at her age. She was a trip, and I adored her for it.

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Suddenly Royal - Nichole Chase Actual rating sits somewhere around 3.5 stars.

This book was cute! It kind of stuttered in spots and the writing and dialogue felt a little awkward at times but... it was cute. There was no over-the-top drama, the love interest wasn't a total d-bag, and the MC actually had a legit good head on her shoulders. It was a little steamy, a little sad, and a little funny. It was a fun read! And I so needed that! I see that it's actually a series, and I enjoyed it enough to check out the next book when it's released :)

If you're looking for something light and a little fluffy with a handsome, charming lead male you can ACTUALLY like, then this is the book for you!
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) - James Dashner This book.

Ughhhh this book.

Characters? Flat
Writing? Snooze. (Ya ever hear of show-don't-tell, Mister Dashner?)
Plot? O.o I don't even know.

It just wasn't an enjoyable read for me. I was bored and just completely removed from the characters and their situation. If the MC would have been one of the characters killed off, my reaction would have been: oh. Well. I didn't even particularly care for Chuck, and he was supposed to be the one everyone cried over. And the thing that drove me crazy? For kids who are supposed to be the "best and brightest" mankind has to offer, they were mostly all just incredibly dim. I didn't see any kind of glimpse of brilliance from a single character. Even the whole "lead the Grievers (<-GRIEVERS. WTF EVEN) off the cliff" was cartoonish and something my three-year-old nephew might find clever.


Let the Sky Fall - Shannon Messenger nahhhh can't do it. DNF. Just not for me.
Spirit - Brigid Kemmerer Though I didn't obsess over this book as much as I did the first two, it was still a super solid read. The characters are simply amazing and without a doubt this series strength. It was so refreshing to really see Michael from the perspective of a male who wasn't related to him. I loved seeing his empathy spilling outside of the family circle.

I do have to admit that for a while there in the middle of the book I was frustrated and a teensy bit bored, kind of felt like it was going around in circles and not getting anywhere new. (Hunter fights, wahimissmydad, doesn't trust anyone, pushes Michael away, storms off. Hunter fights, wahimissmydad, doesn't trust anyone, pushes Michael away, storms off. Lather, rinse, repeat.) His inner dialogue felt repetitive, and I swear that he and Kate had to have had the same conversation at least three times. I also found the "full circle" thing anti-climatic... but there is amazing opportunity to explore it further in the series. I'm sure something is a'brewin with that and I can't wait to see more awesomeness of their powers combined. Butttt I don't have it in my heart to give Spirit anything less than 4 stars, because the characters and the dialogue are just so damn REAL. Brigid certainty gets the voice of teenage boys, and that alone is worth sticking around for :)
Breathless - Brigid Kemmerer Ooooh Nicky... (It is okay that I swoon every time Gabriel calls him 'Nicky'? I don't know what it is but, ugh, I love it. Perfect characters are perfect.)

But, Nick.

Nick Nick Nick.

This was such a tease. I simply cannot wait for your book. It's gonna be craaaay :)
Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #1) - P.T. Michelle,  Patrice Michelle Maybe it's unfair that I only give this two stars -- it wasn't a bad book, but I think I'm just much older than the target audience. I found that the characters (mostly their dialogue) wasn't very realistic, but maybe if I had read this five or ten years ago I would have really enjoyed it.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan Mannnnn... I don't know.

I just don't know.

Though I did kind of enjoy the book... I hated Mary. Hate, hate, HATED her. What's so great about Mary? Why do these brothers (whom we BARELY know, even by the end of the novel) trip over themselves to win her heart? We don't know enough about her, or anybody, to figure it out.

And that was annoying.

*shakes head* I don't get it.

Admittedly, it was interesting to read a book while wanting to punch the MC in the throat at every twist and turn. That's the point through, right? I think? I mean, come on, I can't imagine all too many readers really standing on the sidelines cheering go Mary! You're so wise and not crazy or ridiculous at all!

I just... I don't know if I'll read the rest of the series. The ending just left me so incredibly unsatisfied and annoyed that I just. Don't. Know.

*sigh*

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