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ARC Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress - Marissa Meyer

Before Cress, I was already listing The Lunar Chronicles as one of my favorite series at the moment. But Cress freaking cemented it as one of my all-time favorite series. This book. THIS BOOK. With its 560 pages. It was amazing and addictive, and by far the best of the series so far.

Cress has to be pretty much my favorite character. Right from the first chapter, I was in love with her. She reminded me a lot of Clara, as Oswin, in the Asylum of the Daleks, the first episode of series 7 of Doctor Who. Nope, I can't pass up a Doctor Who reference opportunity. Sorry not sorry.

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In this case, there's a good reason, okay?


So Cress is stuck in this satellite, can't do anything, but finds quirky ways to amuse herself and tries to make a difference and help others with her kickass computer hacking skills, despite her limitations. She was just adorable. Though she is seriously lonely, she tries to bury that. So while Cress wasn't the fierce, kickass female character, I absolutely love her - probably more than I love Cinder and Scarlet. She may not have been as quirky and outspoken as Clara, but she stole my heart anyway because she was way too adorbs.

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I also really love her and Thorne. I ship it. I ship it hard. It is my favorite ship of the series. From the first chapters, where she has her child-like idolizing crush on him, to where they meet and she tries to convince him of his goodness, to all the times he looks out for her, to that moment in that battle... Oh my gosh. It was absolutely freaking perfect. And, without a doubt, their chapters together were my favorites.

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*swoons*


However, I must confess, I ship all the ships in this series. Cinder and Kai, the struggles they go through, with the doubts they have about each other, it was absolutely endearing. I even found myself shipping Scarlet and Wolf this time around. While I was not a fan of them in Scarlet, the plot here definitely works in the ship's favor. I was surprised at how many Wolf feels I had, but I dare you to try to ignore his pain. I can even already tell that I'm going to fall hard for Winter's ship. It's unusual for me to actually be an active fan of so many canon ships, but this shows how great Marissa Meyer builds up different relationships (and they are, indeed, all very different). Each relationship really had this irresistible fairy tale romance quality. I couldn't fight it, even if I wanted to, which I definitely did not.

There's more to this story than the romance though. The plot packs a punch. At 560 pages, this is the longest book I read this year. Seriously. But it didn't feel that long at all. It was just addictive. I needed more, more, more. I wasn't too familiar with the Rapunzel fairy tale, so what happened with Thorne... So many feelings! I just loved the personal struggles, the world, the action, the politics - seriously, hooray for those chapters from Kai's POV. And Dr. Erland! asdfjkl; Even the secondary characters are done justice. I just loved everything about this book. I was so anxious when the group was separated and seriously pleased when they were united again and kicking butt like a team. It's a rich cast of characters who I just love to see in action together. I really loved the different characters, because I do feel like they're all very different, but also very likable. I think Cress really helped with that because each character goes through a different plot and struggle, and I had no difficulty telling the POVs apart. It was just plain wonderful.

 

Summing Up:

 

I don't know what else to tell you, guys. If this book is not on your "most anticipated in 2014" list, you need to fix that. If you're not reading this series... I don't really know what to say to you. This is absolutely fantastic: great characters, wonderful world building, engrossing writing, plenty of feels, and ships that are setting sail. I need Winter. I'm almost upset that I got to borrow an ARC of Cress because that means I need to wait more than a year for Winter. Except not really. Borrowing this ARC is one of the highlights of the year. And this book is definitely one of my favorites of the year.

 

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Everyone. Come on already. You did get that message, right?

 


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Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season  - Samantha Shannon

After I met Samantha Shannon back in September, I was stoked to read this book. I mean, she is so sweet. So sweet. And she's (just barely) younger than me, got a seven book deal, and is being called the new J.K. Rowling (which is completely unfair and incorrect, but I've covered that already). So then we decided to read this for book club, and man am I glad I did. The end result, for me?

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I will go ahead and agree with most reviews that the first quarter is slow. The world building is quite elaborate -- and I absolutely love it; I mean, the world is amazing -- but that means there are quite dense, near-info-dumping passages at the beginning that can, for some readers, be tedious to get through. There's a lot of terminology, and just the many different types of clairvoyants can be confusing. Then there's the structure of the new society, Scion London, the criminal underground, and the new laws. It's a lot to take in. I didn't have any issues with it, because I truly felt the potential. Something really cool was going to happen in this intriguing world. It was the kind of elaborate world building that I really, really like.

What also helped was that I absolutely loved Paige from the start. She's not in-your-face kick ass and awesome, but she's really human. She's flawed and she knows it, but that makes her even more endearing. She's really spunky too, quite fearless, and admirable. She makes mistakes, but she learns from them. I loved observing her thought process. I just started liking her more and more as the book went along, and then she did start kicking ass and I was just cheering for her. She's awesome. One of my favorite main characters in a long time.

And then... then we meet Warden. I'll take one of him to go, please.

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YES. YES I DO.


Warden is dark, mysterious, and, at first, a little frightening. But to be honest, I knew right away what was going to happen. Seriously, it's like the romance was written just for me. They start off hating each other. *runs around dancing* And then very, very, almost painfully slowly start growing to like each other. The build up is absolutely perfect, and when *it* finally happens... oh my god. *fans self* I just can't even. That scene was loaded with so much chemistry, I practically had to wipe the drool off the floor. But aside from the romance, because that's not at all what this book is really about (it was just a very nice, extremely nice bonus), I loved his character. He has this air of mystery, and though you may not get a clear picture of all his motives in this book, you can't help but want to know more and more about him.

The plot itself is dark and intricate. It builds slowly but it really is addictive, because it's kind of like a puzzle. You keep discovering new pieces and then those pieces start falling into place - though, of course, at the end of the book, the puzzle is not yet completed. But the intricacy of the world building combined with the various mysteries really sucked me in. The story is original and it takes chances. While the flashbacks in Paige's dreams were a bit confusing at first, I loved what they revealed, and I loved the twist as to why precisely we were seeing them.

I also want to give a special shout out and love to the secondary characters in this lovely book. Julian, Liss, Jaxon, Michael, and the handling of a certain LGBT character -- they all made me extremely happy. Each had a clear personality, voice, and purpose. It was just such a beautiful and complete picture.

The ending was seriously intense and action packed, as the rebellion finally happens. I was absorbed and couldn't put it down. But those last pages... Samantha, y u so cruel??? ;_______; I mean, it kind of made sense and all, but... I'm not happy. Especially not when the release date of the sequel is so unknown. I need it in my life. I need it. It's like I just got attached to this world, as if it were a new puppy, and then a short time later you just ripped it out of my arms. I'm not okay.

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Summing Up:

 

This book was just a great read. The length may be a bit frightening, and admittedly the beginning is a bit slow. But power through - it's so worth it. I just love the story, I loved the characters, and the romance that blossomed was perfect for me. At the end, when I finally felt like I truly understood the world, I quickly felt attached to it and loathed that it had to end.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

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Can I has more plz?

Recommended To:

 

Fans of intricate and elaborate worlds and great characters.

 


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Graphic Novel Review: V for Vendetta

V For Vendetta - Alan Moore, David Lloyd

I think most people are familiar with the story of V for Vendetta. I, like many others, have watched the movie, and I really really liked it. So when Gaby insisted on buying this for me as a late birthday gift, I was super excited. It's one of those books that I've been meaning to read for a while -- and I really wanted to start reading more graphic novels.

Sadly, it didn't go that well. The story is split up into three "books". I really liked Book 1. It established the society that I was familiar with through the movie, and the art was gritty and really enthralling. Book 2 was all right but... odd. It took a weird storytelling method, telling it as if it were a cabaret or something... I was a bit puzzled, but I still liked how society was beginning to crumble and seeing more of V's plotting and Evie's transition.

But Book 3 was an absolute struggle to get through. I am not a dialect person, and Ally's dialect almost made me throw the book across the room and give up. Because sentences like...

A wull, sleng the lettle goabshite en the waag'n wi' the rest. Can y'no see am on ma lunchbreak?
and...

 

A, et's a doddle, all a thus money fur damagin' some puir bastud an tachin ap thur messusez en the strep-serrch.
and...

 

Yuz coapers 'iz clever bastuds, keepen thess number tae yourseln.
and finally...

 

Nah, et's juss thess berrd. Lessen, a foond some mair o'they letters, y'better have 'em tae luke at.

They really get in the way of the overall experience of the book. Look, I get it, some people have dialects. But can't you simplify it so that we know they're speaking a dialect, but it doesn't take full minutes to understand one sentence? It was absolute painful torture.

For the rest... I don't know. The art was okay, but a bit too dark at points to know what was going on. The dialogue bubbles were sometimes very oddly placed that made it difficult to see who was talking. There were a lot of dense monologues on V's part that were tough to get through and understand, which made the overall message difficult to grasp. Book 3 in particular suddenly placed a bunch of characters in the foreground, but I hadn't been paying attention to them before so I had NO clue who they were or where they worked or anything - which apparently I should have. I dunno. It was all pretty anti-climactic, and toward the end I just wasn't that into it anymore.

 

Summing Up:

 

The overall reading experience just consisted of a lot of confusion. I was expecting more, to be honest. The story was confusing, the art was almost too dark, the dialogue had issues... But to be honest, I was reading this in the wrong mood. So I might reread it another time when I'm more open to this kind of style and story. I do think it's definitely worth a reread, and it's one of those books that if you read it every couple of years, you'll take away different things from it. For now, though, I'll stick with the movie.

 

Recommended To:

 

Classic dystopia fans.


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Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

World After  - Susan Ee

Ever since I finished Angelfall right at the end of 2012, World After had been on my "OH MY GOD I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW" list. Imagine my surprise when I found it almost a month before its official release date in a bookstore in Amsterdam. I may have jumped and squealed in the store. The bookseller may have been a little freaked out by me. (Pfft, whatever, I regret nothing.)

World After picks up right after Angelfall, and it took no time to completely suck me into the story again. This would primarily stem from my love for Penryn. She is such a kick-ass, awesome main character, and I loved reading from her perspective again. I mean, this is true strength. I just love her. And the plot is just insane. It's so dark, it's so mysterious... I love the world Susan Ee created - it's absolutely haunting.

Let it be said up front that World After is not for the faint of heart. It is DARK. It is downright CREEPY. I honestly had moments where I just shuddered and had to put the book down for a bit to get my heart rate to calm down. If you thought the ending of Angelfall was creepy, extrapolate that upward sloping line and... nope, World After is even creepier than that. Picture blood and gore everywhere, intestines being flung around, dark spooky creatures attacking, cannibalism... I didn't expect this. I would classify this as a horror-esque book, which is not typically my thing.

However, I guess since I already felt so invested in the story, I could handle it. I handled it really well, actually. No nightmares! It's made me think that maybe I am less susceptible to scary stuff in books (as opposed to movies) because I'm not too much of a visual reader. So, yeah, Christina, I think I can probably handle Feed. But above all, I loved how this creepiness made the story so unique. You honestly have no idea where Susan is going with it, but all you know is that you're enjoying the ride and can't wait till it ends. And Susan also easily inserts humor to get you giggling in between the darkness. Serious talent, that.

I must admit that what kind of let me down a tiny bit was that Raffe didn't appear in this book nearly as much as I would have liked. He shows up almost at the very end, but when he does... oh boy. That's what reaffirmed my love for this series for 100%. The banter, the chemistry between those two characters. It is an absolutely perfect relationship. Like I can't even. I just can't. Too many feelings. Give. Me. More.

But aside from the awesome characters, haunting world, need to find out more more more, I love the way that Susan Ee establishes her secondary characters. I'm still so affected by Penryn's mom and sister - and the new sort-of-sidekick Clara definitely got to me. Each character just manages to play off your emotions and... god, I just love this book.

 

Summing Up:

 

You need to read this series. You need to. You must. It is an unforgettable and extremely unique thrill ride. I simply adore these characters to pieces and am so invested in their lives. I know this just came out but... can I have the third book? Now? Please? Seriously. This is one of my favorite series. You need to jump on this bandwagon. 

 

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Clara, I dub thee the Penryn in my head.

 

Recommended To:

People looking for something unique and dark, but with tons of depth and great characters.

 


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Book Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo

Since around June I had been met on all sides with a chorus of "YOU HAVE TO READ SIEGE AND STORM!" and "READ IT! READ IT NOWWWWWWW!" and "OH MY GOD BUT STURMHOND LIKE SRSLY READ NOW" ... yeah. The Grisha fangirls are intense. Seriously. And I dislike hype. I mean, I get that you guys are excited about these books, but... you set the expectations way too high. It's happened too often that the book lets me down because of that.

But that was not the case with Siege and Storm. I made the wise decision to start reading this and not tell anyone about it. In fact, I kept it entirely to myself until about halfway through, when I finally clued Judith in that I was reading it. She deserved to know. I guess. But by that point I was convinced about the awesomeness by myself already, so I felt open to that.

Anyway, enough of my odd reading habits. Siege and Storm grabs you from the very first page. There's the beautiful combination of Leigh Bardugo's engrossing writing style, the fascinating world, and before all too long... Sturmhond. Yes. Sturmhond. You may have heard his name mentioned once twice ten thousand times. The fangirls are rabid for this man and... they are not wrong. He is absolutely charming from the very first moment. And while he first seems like just a charming, hilarious side character, he gets so much depth within one book. But he struck a particularly deep chord with me because...


He is that guy. Yes. Entirely. If you get that reference, 10,000 bonus points.

Like most middle books, the plot doesn't progress all too much in this installment, and there's a heavier focus on character development. Particularly, Alina's development. She goes through quite some transitions here. So although at the end I had some itching feelings like, "But not that much happened," I quickly shrugged them off because the story was just so engrossing, the characters had such great dynamics, and I love being in the Grisha world. I was in love. That's it. I said it.

My only real annoyance with this whole series at this point is Mal. Seriously. Stop shoving him in my face. Stop saying, "Everyone loves Mal," because I can't see it for a second. He's so. damn. boring. Honestly, he just sucks the life out of the party. I want more Darkling or more Sturmhond, but for the love of god, get Mal out of my face. If they end up together, I will have majorly violent feelings because, Leigh, what are you thinking? Can I start a petition for Mal to die in book 3? Who would sign it? Be honest, now.

But seriously, this was one crazy and exciting ride. Though there were hints of a bit of a slow down in the plot department, I didn't mind. The end came with a serious punch. I mean, whoa at the action there. And the ending, it was intense! For a minute there, I didn't know where it was going. It was just seriously ...woah. And when I thought it would end one way, it got me so excited. [spoiler]When it looked like Alina was actually going to turn evil and join the Darkling, I was shocked, of course, but then I thought, how awesome would that be? That would be such an unexpected twist. Book three would be nothing like any other series like it. I mean, imagine it: the main character is actually seduced by the dark side and is convinced of it, but then shenanigans happen and Sturmhond saves her. I am not biased, what are you talking about? But seriously. That would have been awesome.[/spoiler] And then it didn't go that way. ... *sigh* I'm almost a bit disappointed, if only because my own imagination is so much more awesome. But um. Authors. Consider a turn like that. Because yeah. Awesome.

 

Summing Up:

 

I'm not going to jump on the hype train and be one of the screaming fangirls that will pester you to no end until you read this book, because I know firsthand how intimidating that can be. But if you are a doubter, like I was, I can offer you some reassurance. This book... I can't imagine anyone really disliking it (provided they liked Shadow and Bone). It's just a crazy, exciting ride, and I want more more more of this world. Give me Ruin and Rising now and anything else that Leigh Bardugo is churning out.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

 

Recommended To:

Everyone. Honestly.

 


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Book Review: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Emerald Green (Precious Stone Trilogy, #3) - Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell

Let me start by saying that if you are at all interested in this series, in the concept of genetic time travel with a side of lovely feels and the hottie that is Gideon, please, for the love of god, binge read the series. This series should have been one book, not three. The plot in each of the three books is just too thin for each individual book to be brilliant. But together, the story they form is definitely enjoyable.

I had quite a bit of trouble remembering what happened in Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue, to be honest, as I read those back in June or July. The story doesn't give you many recaps to clue you in. But in all honesty, I have myself to blame for this, since I was asked to do recaps for the Recaptains of this series and claimed to be too busy. *sigh* Well done, Debby. Anyway, being lost kind of got in the way of the reading experience. So again: binge read.

That being said, Emerald Green was definitely satisfying as a lot of action happened and finally we got answers to those questions that have been lingering since book 1. I still love love love the time travel concept, and I dearly love the characters in this series. Gwen and Gideon are obvious loves for me, with Gwen still being as relatable and endearing as ever, and Gideon still being a hottie. But I just also love Gwen's grandfather, Lucas, her best friend, Lesley, and her friend, James, the school's resident ghost. Oh, and let's not forget the hilarious sidekick Ximerius, who still provides the necessary lols. Honestly, the characters definitely make up for a lot of the issues I had with the slow moving plot.

The plot was resolved, so props there. I read it rapidly, desperate to get to the end. There were some surprising twists, in a way. The villain that was revealed was surprising to me. However, other elements were truly cliché and rather irksome. Particularly with the way the romance ended up. I mean. Really? Did we really have to go there? Let's not forget that this series plays out over 2 weeks. *shifty eyes*

One plot hole bothered me all throughout the book:

Howwwwww did her grandfather give her the chronograph? Which chronograph? Because Paul and whatsherface took one into the past with them, right? And then the society itself has one. SO ARE THERE THREE OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING FROM THE PREVIOUS BOOKS BECAUSE MY MEMORY IS SUCH SHIT? I don't know.

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It might have been my fault for not remembering or missing something, but honestly this just kept bugging me, and it was a constant question in my mind. Not that it's that essential or something.

 

Summing Up:

 

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this series, but I'll be the first to admit it's far from flawless. There's much that could have been better - and yeah, once again, this should have been one book and not a series. But I still love these characters so so much, and I will probably reread it some day for more doses of Gideon. Or I'll just go back to that movie. Again. Yeah. I regret nothing.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 


Fun. Just plain fun.

 

Recommended To:

 

People looking for fun, feels, and awesome characters.


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Book Review: A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep  - Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep, I don't know how to feel about you. I feel like we maybe got off on the wrong foot, because I was expecting to be blown away by your awesomeness. With the promise of a sci-fi fairytale retelling, my mind screamed, "CINDER! MORE OF THAT OMG YES PLEASE!" But you're not like that at all. You're much more subtle and laid back.

Rose, our Sleeping Beauty, wasn't the easiest character to connect to. We didn't get off to a good start. She was rather bland and sheltered, and I just wished that she would get up and be awesome and kick ass. Well... that's not who she is. I set my standards a bit high for female characters nowadays, so that was a bit disappointing. Rose has massively low self-esteem, puts herself down constantly, and frequently runs away when things get too hard or complicated. At this point, I thought, "Why in the world did everyone like this so much? Ugh." But then, later on in the book, there was a rather big reveal and plot twist about her back story and... oh god guys. Though I didn't feel anything for her before that, I couldn't help but sympathize. But though I sympathized with her, I still didn't feel a big connection to her. While I understood why she was the way she was, I still wished for a bit... more. Maybe I needed to see more character growth from her.

While I definitely liked the sci-fi elements and how the world had developed while Rose was in stasis, I felt like the world building barely scratched the surface. It just wasn't fleshed out well enough for me to truly love it. There was so much potential there, and I really wanted to know more about devices, technologies, the government, everything... and it was briefly touched on, but not enough for me.

Also, with the label of fairytale retelling, I kind of expected more from the romance. With the flashbacks and dreams, I did love the story that formed around Rose and Xavier. However, that relationship already ended so... yeah. Bren was weird to me, but I kind of like the growth that Rose goes through in confronting her feelings for him. Otto was absolutely adorable. I need more Otto in my life. But I just expected a way different romance - in that I actually expected there to be a romance. But there wasn't... not really. This book has thrown me for a loop, and I just don't know what to feel about it.

 

Summing Up:

 

While I definitely liked this book and it was a great reading adventure, I can't help but feel a bit disappointed, if only because my expectations were sky high. It's not bad, I mean, 3.5 oranges - that's a good rating, come on, but it didn't wow me. That being said, I do feel like if I hadn't expected it to blow my mind and be like the Lunar Chronicles series, I would have liked it better. I entered this book with so many misconceptions and incorrect expectations, and my reading experience definitely suffered from it. So I may reread it sometime. I definitely think it's worth another shot. And for what it's worth, Anna Sheehan's writing is definitely great.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

 

Recommended To:

 

Fans of sci-fi and fairytale retellings.

 

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Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

If you've been around the reading community for the past 3-4 months, you'll have heard about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It was inescapable. The hype was everywhere. Everyone was buying it. Everyone was reading it. Everyone was rating it 4-5 stars. Despite me having pre-ordered it, thanks to the wonderful (read: awful) service of the Book Depository, it took a month and a half before this book was finally in my hands. But off we went on this reading adventure.

As a bookworm, and a fangirl, it wasn't hard at all to find a connection to Cath. I could see a lot of myself in her, including the introverted behavior and distancing oneself from others. Her love for the Simon Snow fandom reminded me of my younger years, obsessed with of course Harry Potter but also various anime and manga. Rainbow Rowell's writing shone through and made her personality even more endearing. Truly, I get the fuss over Rainbow Rowell's writing style now. I have given in to buying Attachments, and I have Eleanor & Park on my wishlist.

Anyway, the book is filled with cute, and if you don't giggle or squee at certain points, well, you're missing out. Levi is absolutely adorable. I loved that the romance part of this book wasn't all head on, in your face, and obvious. No, I loved Levi from the first mention, but it wasn't clear that he would be the love interest. His relationship with Cath develops at a snail's pace, but that made it so much more heartfelt and realistic. For Cath, an introvert who is not used to letting people in, this was the only way to believably get her into a relationship. But oh how adorable were those two together? Serious, serious love.

I also want to praise the realism of not only the college setting (this is how to do New Adult, folks), but also the family dynamics. While the sisterly bickering did at times get a bit bothersome, I could see the realism in it as I also don't have the best relationship with my sister. And analyzing the dynamic between twins? Definitely intriguing. But Cath's relationship with her father was super endearing. I really loved how that element turned out. Family is important, guys, and I feel like in almost all the books I read it's always about the mother needing help. Fatherly love ftw, okay? Okay.

I definitely enjoyed this book a whole, whole lot, but I felt a tiny bit let down at the end. Why? I didn't feel like there had been enough change on Cath's part. Like, I recognize the fact that at the end she has Levi, her sister, and Reagan (who is made of awesome, like seriously), but at the end she still kind of remains in her shell and her fandom world. I mean, I don't think she should suddenly have transitioned into the most outgoing person in the world, but I definitely feel like there could have been more development there. The kind of contemporary that I love the most is the kind where there's an overarching message that inspires me to make changes in my own life - or reflect on past decisions. I didn't really have that with Fangirl like I did with Adorkable, Golden, Just One Day, This Song Will Save Your Life, etc., and that is ultimately the reason why this won't be as high on my favorites list as those other ones.

And a final small complaint is that, after a while, the fanfiction excerpts or excerpts from the Simon Snow books between chapters became rather pointless. At first they were kind of fun, but the novelty wore off quickly. As they hardly added to the story, I considered skipping them. They weren't that enjoyable.

 

Summing Up:

 

Fangirl is a book I'll happily recommend to people looking for a light contemporary. The romance is so adorable, so even though the book was surprisingly long, I didn't have any trouble getting through it. And for a primarily romance-focused book, that says a lot for me. Anyway, I hardly think that you need my recommendation to go and pick this book up, because it's getting praise from all sides, but I'll toss my hat in the ring as well. It's a great read. Rainbow Rowell's writing is fantastic. While it's not an absolute favorite, it's a book I'll happily reread and call a Debby Book.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

 

Recommended To:

 

Introverted fangirls, which should mean all of you, right? ;)


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ARC Book Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

Waterfell - Amalie Howard

Dear publishers and authors,

Consider the following warning label:

WARNING: This book contains instalove. The protagonist falls head over heels for the love interest in less than 10% of the novel for some undeniable and yet inexplicable reason. And after that, 90% of the protagonist's thoughts and actions concern this undying love. It will be insufferable. You will hate it. Stay away.

For the love of god. Please start using this label. Because I'm getting sick of going into these books expecting an actual plot and having it center on nothing but the irritating ramblings of a love sick teenager. And that was just the beginning of the immense list of issues I have with this book.

Nerissa is a thoroughly unlikable character. So in a thoroughly original turn of events, Lo, short for Lotharius, is a new guy at Nerissa's school, and from the moment they lock eyes, Nerissa just can't stop thinking about him. But the way this instalove is set up becomes even more annoying when you factor in Nerissa's personality. She's so darn attracted to him, but the whole thing is set up as if she can't stand him. For the first half of the book, it pretty much goes like this:

Nerissa: *stares at new guy*
Lo: ... *stares back*
Nerissa: YOU'RE SO ARROGANT AND ANNOYING.
Lo: ...Hi.
Nerissa: STOP STALKING ME.
Lo: I like you.
Nerissa: UGH I HATE YOU. *storms off*
Nerissa: God I don't get that guy. Oh but he's so pretty. With his deep blue eyes and hair the color of wet sand (literal statement, I don't get how that's attractive). You can tell he's strong by how skinny he is and his long fingers (..yeah.). Could I possibly like him? Naaaaaaaaaaaah.
*process repeats*


So I already couldn't stand Nerissa for her stupid and inexplicable attraction to Lo, who showed absolutely no personality - and contrary to how she asserts that he is arrogant and douchey, he displays no such behavior aside from an odd snarky comment here and there. But then this ex-friendship with Cara is introduced. Nerissa and Cara used to be friends until a guy Cara was crushing on asked Nerissa out and she accepted. However, instead of Cara being a bitch to Nerissa, Nerissa makes Cara's life a living hell, pretty much. She completely shuts Cara out during a hockey game, refusing to pass to her when she was open, and in general just keeps narrating about how rude and bitchy Cara is. Cara barely does anything aside from glare at Nerissa. But of course then Lo becomes friends with Cara, so Nerissa doesn't like that. And then later Nerissa's best friend Speio starts dating Cara and Nerissa doesn't like that.


Are you *headdesk*ing with me yet?

Honestly I don't know why I didn't just drop this book. I knew within 50 pages that it wasn't the book for me. But it went quickly, and I guess I felt like that made it tolerable?

The plot is near nonexistent, as most of the novel focuses on this annoying romance that had me rolling my eyes and scoffing constantly. There's one infodump chapter around midway through the novel where Nerissa explains exactly what kind of creature she is and where she comes from, which is all rather vague, nonsensical, or confusing... then it goes back to the romantic melodrama, because *gasp* Nerissa realizes she actually is in love with Lo. I know. Shocker. Then the end has a few chapters of battles and plot but it's way too late in the game to save the show. Sadly, all the plot twists regarding the identities of several characters I had called practically at the very beginning of the book. Yeah. So no big shockers there either. What a waste of time.

About the only ray of light in this sad excuse of a novel was Nerissa's friendship with Jenna. It was actually a very healthy and nice female friendship, and it stood totally apart from any relationship/boy drama. Sadly, this was overshadowed by Nerissa's illogically intense hatred of Cara and the bitchy narrations associated with that element. And of course, all the rest of the book.

 

Summing Up:

 

I thoroughly disliked this book and sped read it to get it out of the way as soon as possible. It's just not worth it. Annoying instalove, hateful main character, bland love interest, minor plot, vague worldbuilding through infodumps... *sigh* I just want a good mermaid book. I know it's possible. Please. Someone. Prove me right.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

 

Recommended To:

No one.

 

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Source: http://www.snugglyoranges.com/2013/10/arc-book-review-waterfell-by-amalie

Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

*sigh* The hype machine strikes again. I don't know what it was this time, but... nope. Judging by all the four and five star ratings from my friends on Goodreads, I was kind of expecting my mind to be blown. I was told I would need tissues. Instead, I reached the last page and just had a blank stare, questioning, "Was that it? Really?"

To be fair, I'll never regret having purchased this book in hardcover because damn if the book itself isn't a work of art. The illustrations, done by Jim Kay, are absolutely amazing. So if you were thinking of buying this on an e-reader or Kindle, put that thought out of your head, and just pay the extra couple of dollars, because whoa. The haunting brushwork in the full page illustrations and the detail work on the sides of pages were just absolutely stunning and definitely my favorite part of the book.


The story, on the other hand, left more to be desired. In all honesty, when I finished, I questioned whether I was just too stupid for this book, because I think I must have missed something if that accounted for all those raving reviews. If I didn't miss something, then clearly I must be an insensitive bitch, because... it didn't really do much for me.

So Conor's mother has cancer, and Conor is coping with that in his own way. He has a persistent nightmare that haunts him almost every night. And then this monster suddenly comes to visit him and wants to tell him three stories, with the bargain that afterwards, Conor tells him his story. Conor is in denial about the fact that he even has a story to tell, but okay. Meanwhile, Conor goes to school, where he is pitied, ignored, and excluded by many because of his mother's condition. He even draws the attention of a bully. And to top it all off, his father remarried and is busy with his new family across the ocean.

Basically, A Monster Calls is a story about Conor's grief, coming to terms with death, and facing his fears. And while I know that that's a meaningful and deep story, it just didn't really touch me the way it did others. I don't get along well with books centered on death. Thinking back on If I Stay/Where She Went and The Lovely Bones, and now this? It's a definite thing. I know that they should make me feel something, but I just don't. I'm just reading with a blank expression and then I reach the end and am like, "Okay. So that's it." That's not to say that it's a bad book - it's not bad at all. The writing is definitely imaginative and good, the illustrations definitely immersed me in the story, but... I'm still lacking that feeling. And I wonder why? I mean, I have lost people close to me, but not at all recently, and it was while I was quite young. So I guess maybe that's it - it's just not personally relevant enough, and I didn't get so close to Conor to really feel what he felt.

 

Summing Up:

 

This book has left me feeling conflicted. I'm really disappointed that it didn't have the profound emotional effect on me that it has had on others, and it also kind of makes me feel a bit ashamed. But it is what it is. I think in a few years time, if I reread this, there is a high chance that I will feel differently about it. I think whether you really connect with this book is reliant on your own experiences. So it didn't resonate with me now, but it might well do that later.

Others I think will have better luck with this book than I did. And certainly, it is a work of art in itself, and I will go back to look at those beautiful illustrations more often. My final thought is that this book really should be read in one sitting (which isn't too hard, considering its length). I think that way you are really the most immersed in the story and the ending will have the best effect.

Note to self: At least check the synopsis once before you think that all four/five star ratings from friends means that you will automatically love it too. You know stories about grief don't work for you now. Just. Just. Okay.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 


Yeah. That's right. I feel like that sadistic little fucker. Just... don't mind me.

 

Recommended To:

 

For the artwork, everyone; for the story, people who relate to and are affected by stories of loss and grief.

Need a second opinion?

 

Wendy at The Midnight Garden: 5 out of 5 stars
Steph at Cuddlebuggery: 5 out of 5 stars

 

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Source: http://www.snugglyoranges.com/2013/10/book-review-monster-calls-by-patrick

Book Review: French Kiss by Sarra Manning

French Kiss (Diary of a Crush) - Sarra Manning

Oh, French Kiss. You adorable little book, you. *pets* I'll say upfront that I didn't like French Kiss nearly as much as my all-time favorite, Adorkable. But still there is so much enjoyment in this book, and I am sure by now that Sarra Manning is one of those authors of whom I want to read all their work.

I got off to a rocky start with this book. Edie, the main character, is a weird one. At first I totally couldn't place her personality (or rather, figure out if she had one or not). That, I think, was primarily kind of a disappointment to me because of how upfront and in-your-face Jeane's personality in Adorkable was.  I couldn't place her - was she the quiet, studious girl? Was she the inwardly sarcastic, loner girl? I didn't know. Likewise, Dylan, the love interest, also didn't have as greatly outspoken a personality as Michael did. So then, these two less likable, less memorable characters had an insta-attraction / instalove thing going on.

I was all ready to just cry my eyes out and *headdesk* because I was expecting more.

But it got better.

French Kiss, the first installment of the Diary of a Crush series, is the British counterpart to the Jessica Darling series, which is rather funny as I just read Sloppy Firsts recently. This is not an official comparison, but this is what I feel it is. French Kiss is the same kind of slice of life story. It's not outspoken in its plot. It's told in a diary form, like Sloppy Firsts. It's real and perhaps not always pretty, but rather true to life.

But I think I like French Kiss a little better (though they got the same rating) because it fills in the romance part that I was expecting in Sloppy Firsts but didn't get. Sarra Manning knows how to write chemistry. Like, "oh my god, give me more, I'm just going to sit in the metro past my stop because I can't stop reading" chemistry. And that I really loved. The scenes between Edie and Dylan past the halfway point of this super short novel were just electrifying. So good. I mean, if you want good kissing scenes, you need to read Sarra Manning, because that woman has some serious skills.

So the book was rather light and fluffy, centered around this romance. There were some nice scenes in Paris (including making out at the Louvre, because oh yes). There was a brilliant friendship, though it had its rough start as well, between Edie and Shona. And the friendship between Edie and her two gay friends was also wonderful to read.

I wish we could have kept the mean girl antics to a minimum, but I guess that was kind of an inevitability in this kind of slice of life story. However, my biggest problem is still that the romance was ultimately rather instalovey, and I wish that there was just more dialogue between the characters to prove it wasn't all a physical attraction thing and so that we could get to know the characters and their personalities, which I'm sure they have. But I'm rather positive about the fact that this will get better further on in the series, as this book also got better as it went along. And luckily I have the whole series on hand to just binge read.

 

Summing Up:

 

This story was so cute and such a fun, quick read. And I mean quick, the story itself is just over 200 pages. So if you're going to embark on this series, I recommend having all of them on hand so you can just continue. Because you will likely want to continue. I mean, that romance is just electrifying and addictive. I can't wait to see where it goes next.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

 

Recommended To...

 

Fans of chemistry, hot kissing scenes, and/or the Jessica Darling series.

 

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Source: http://www.snugglyoranges.com/2013/10/book-review-french-kiss-by-sarra-manning

Book Review: Kiss and Make Up by Sarra Manning

Kiss and Make Up  - Sarra Manning

Aww man. I genuinely liked French Kiss, though I had a few issues with it, primarily stemming from the lack of character and relationship development and the heavy reliance on the undeniably electrifying chemistry. And while I still enjoyed reading Kiss and Make Up, we have definitely hit guilty pleasure territory now, because this was a hot damn mess.

As the title and blurb indicate, while things ended rather rosily for Edie and Dylan at the end of book 1, all is not well in this book. Soon after they get together, they hit a major speed bump. But that undeniable chemistry is still there. So their relationship is a huge mess and needs a shit ton of work, and thus we are left with a considerable dose of romantic mellodrama in this installment.

The thing is Edie started grating on my nerves a lot in this book. We certainly got to see more of her personality here, but it was mostly just naivete and indecisiveness. Those are two extremely frustrating character traits. She pines after Dylan here, especially when he appears to have moved on. She practically throws herself at him while he has a new girlfriend, trying to break them up. She just makes all the wrong choices. Then he has his hot-and-cold attitude going on again which frustrates me to no end, and she's extremely bad about just telling him no. Then Carter, who is obviously bad news, shows up and puts the moves on her and she just tries to convince herself that that's a good idea, in spite of all the advice of her friends.

I spent a lot of my reading time just shaking my head at this book and at Edie, sighing, because she seems so lost and, to a certain extent, pathetic. It still did read as realistic and sort of relatable though, because I think many of us have gone through that kind of desperate all-consuming crushing romance thing in high school. First loves are devastating like that. So I did still somewhat understand where Edie's behavior was coming from, but I just wished that she would get a clue (sooner than I did in my own experience). That did keep me turning the pages, ultimately, because I wanted to see that growth in her and see that it would get better. And the ending definitely delivered on that note.

I was also upset at the loss of Shona and Trent, who both made the first book so much more enjoyable. I did enjoy getting to know some of the new characters, like Poppy, and seeing Edie's experiences of being in a band. I mean, that's pretty cool. I was frustrated though at the lack of family presence in this book (her parents seriously go on vacation leaving her on her own for two months). I do, however, want to give massive praise to how the virginity issue is dealt with in this book. Sarra Manning really knows how to bring up teenage sex in books, and I ultimately loved how that was done.

 

Summing Up:

 

It's a bit of a mixed bag. This book was a hot mess, because Edie was a hot mess. But at the end you could definitely tell that both Edie and Dylan had grown, and their relationship would probably be stronger for it. I just am not really a fan of that romantic mellodrama part of most relationships, so it wasn't totally enjoyable to me. However, I did blaze through it - it was a quick, light read, and I have plenty of hope that I'll enjoy the series finale more.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

 

Recommended To:

Fans of realistic, relatable romance and hot chemistry.

 

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Source: http://www.snugglyoranges.com/2013/10/book-review-kiss-and-make-up-by-sarra

Book Review: Sealed with a Kiss by Sarra Manning

Sealed with a Kiss - Sarra Manning

I have put off writing this review for almost a week. Frankly it's because it was just average, and it bored me. And I really didn't want to have to put that in words. While I really enjoyed French Kiss, it came with a sort of caveat that the series would show a lot of character growth and development. Kiss and Make Up was a hot damn mess and I rather disliked it, though I saw the realism in it and the potential for the series ender to impress me again. It... didn't happen. It just didn't.

By the third book you'll have gotten used to the obvious chemistry between Edie and Dylan. And it's just more of the same, to be honest. And more of the same in the sense that it became a little boring... It just didn't stand out in this book. What bothered me the most though about their relationship is that Dylan still went back to his hot-cold attitude. They go on a road trip through America together and at a certain point he just shuts her out again and they break up again and yada yada yada.

Character development was also sorely lacking, as Edie still reverts to catty fighting with her "BFF" Poppy. Arguably it was all Poppy's fault, but Edie frustrated me with her refusal to just sit down and talk it out with Poppy. That's what friendships are made of. It all gets fixed in the end, but seriously what an annoyance. However, I did like her friendship with Grace and how that developed. Sadly it wasn't that large a part of the story.

But I dunno, the plot rather bored me, though this isn't really the kind of book where you should actively be searching for a plot. What more we got to know about Dylan didn't really impress me. The road trip was confusing to me - especially the route they take. Since I am very aware of the geography of the US, I was wondering if the author even consulted a map during the writing of this book, because it went zigzagging, crisscrossing all over the place. It made no sense. It's not that big of a deal, no, but yeah, I was that bored with the story that I started nitpicking that far.

What ultimately bothers me the most is that the lack of clear character development could mean that, though this book ends on a rather rosy note, Dylan could have another hot-cold streak the next week, they could be breaking up in the next month, and it could all just keep going on and on in circles forever. While I get that that's real life, and this is a slice of life story... I had hoped for more.

 

Summing Up:

 

...I wasn't reading this to get the 5th season of Gossip Girl that clearly should have ended after season 2. That's how reading this book felt. The series just lost its charm. I don't know how it could have been better, but I'm thinking that this just shouldn't have been a series. It should have ended after the first book, because what did they do after that? It was a lot of running around, breaking up and making up, and all this kind of bullshit which, in the wrong mood (which I clearly am now at the time of writing this, though I wasn't really while reading it), really doesn't add anything. *sigh* Hopefully, as this series was Sarra Manning's first published works, it'll just get better from here. I do still have faith in her, in spite of this series ultimately letting me down.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

 

Recommended To:

 

Umm, just read the first one and stop?

 

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Source: http://www.snugglyoranges.com/2013/10/book-review-sealed-with-kiss-by-sarra

ARC Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half is probably my favorite non-bookish blog out there. Allie Brosh is just a genius in her posts, and many of the feelings she expresses in her stories are very relatable. So when I heard a while back that she was getting a book published, I was all kinds of excited. When I saw it was on NetGalley, my excitement increased tenfold. Then I got approved... oh man, you should have seen the look on my face.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened has a beautifully creative long title that immediately hints to the kind of whimsical humor you find in this book. Particularly the stories about the simple dog and the helper dog had me giggling madly on the train. That may have generated a few odd looks in my direction, but I was honestly enjoying the book far too much to care, or even notice. Stories of Allie's childhood (i.e. The God of Cake and The Hot Sauce Debacle) are also brilliant installments and just so enjoyable to read.

But while I love the whimsical, lighter tales that have me giggling, what I love most about Allie's stories is how honest and real they are. Adventures in Depression Part 1 and Depression Part 2 are two stories that I definitely connect with and think that many others who have ever felt depressed can connect with too. I love those because of the way that Allie can express feelings I've had which I thought were indescribable, plain and simple. Honestly, if I ever need to describe those feelings to people again, I'm just going to shove this book in their face and be like, "READ THIS. IT IS A THING. IT DESCRIBES MY LIFE." Similar praise goes to Identity Part 1 and Identity Part 2. Just brilliant.

If you don't know, this book is a collection of some of her most popular posts and some new stories. I'm not exactly sure which ones had been on the blog before, as I haven't read everything, but I was super excited to see my favorite of her posts, This is Why I'll Never Be an Adult, in the book. The only thing that's kind of sad is that the stories are not connected in any way, and there's no kind of timeline either to really be able to place them. But I mean, if you follow the blog, you know that's how she writes. I still enjoyed it immensely.

 

Summing Up:

 

With the awesome full color pages and illustrations we know and love, anyone that has been a fan of the blog must go and buy the book. It was just an absolute joy to read, and with the illustrations it was definitely a quick read as well. But this is just a great book to have on the shelves that you can pull out when you need a few giggles or when you just need to know you're not alone. And it's much more fun in book form, I think, than scrolling endlessly through the blog. I dearly hope that there will be more books, to make this a series, because I will definitely go out and buy all of them.

 

GIF it to me straight!


Read this book instead!

Recommended To:

Anyone in the mood for giggles!

 

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Source: http://www.snugglyoranges.com/2013/10/arc-book-review-hyperbole-and-half-by

ARC Book Review: Pawn by Aimée Carter

Pawn  - Aimee Carter

When you first hear of Pawn, I totally wouldn't blame you if your reaction is, "Oh boy, here we go, yet *another* dystopia..." It may have popped up in my head as well. But I love dystopias a whole whole lot, so I wasn't ready to give up on the genre just yet. And it turned out quite well - because while it's not a flawless book, it did have certain qualities that reaffirm my love for the genre.

 

First off, I really like the world Aimee Carter created here. As far as dystopias go, it was well thought out (though maybe not the most original). People in this society live in castes, I'm pretty sure you're used to that. But the caste system is based on a dramatized version of the American Dream: work hard and you'll be rewarded. You are in control of your own worth. When people turn 17 in this society, they take a test, and depending on how high they score, they get a rank from I - VII, VII being the highest (and consequently assigned solely to the Prime Minister and his family because nepotism ftw). Your rank determines your job, products you're allowed to buy, where you live, etc. Obviously there are flaws in that system - but that's why it's a dystopia. But I really felt like in essence, this is when dystopias work for me: you take a concept present in today's society and extrapolate it to a highly dramatized version. It worked for me. I was instantly drawn into the world.

 

So Kitty, a second child which is already outlawed and means she's been abandoned since birth, who also happens to have a learning disability and is unable to read, takes her test when she turns 17 and is classified as a III, meaning she would need to move to Denver (leaving her boyfriend) to work in the sewers. I know. Charming. Obviously, she isn't very happy with that. But then she is offered the chance to become a VII and winds up having to take the place of the Prime Minister's niece.

 

Anyway, as she learns to adapt to her new life, she is shown how awful the government that she mostly still believed in actually is. She sees dark sides - downright creepy sides, guys. I was shocked at some of the things... seriously. She strives to protect her (ex-)boyfriend, Benjy, and meanwhile has to pretend to be engaged to and in love with Knox. It kind of looks like a love triangle for a while, but it's not really, though it may turn into that later in the series. Which I would be totally okay with, because I have a shit ton of Knox feels. Like a lot. A lot a lot. I love him very much. *nod nod* So I won't comment too much on the actual romance in this book because, to me, it was quite boring. But I could deal with that because I was really enjoying the story.

 

I had big problems with the ending, which greatly contributs to this lower rating. [spoiler]So, Augusta, the Prime Minister's mother who in effect controls the whole society, is dead and it appears that Daxton, the Prime Minister, has lost his memories about Kitty being a replacement and having tried to kill him. Even so, Daxton is a HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING. Let's not forget that he hunts people for sport, grinning like a maniac while he does. The fact that he forgot about Kitty doesn't change that - he was just as awful before. Kitty has him at her mercy and... doesn't. freaking. kill. him. Honestly. Why? That would have put an end to it. Seriously. The whole corrupt head of the government would have been overthrown right there.[/spoiler] "BUT NO, DEBBY, WE CAN'T END HERE, WE NEED TO MAKE THIS A TRILOGY AND YOU'RE GOING TO BUY INTO IT, MUWAHAHAHAHA."

 

*headdesk*

 

And you know what? ...It's true, too. I'll probably keep reading. ...But that doesn't mean I approve of this ending. At all. No no. Whyyyyy?

 

Summing Up:

 

I won't be calling this the most original dystopia on the block, but it's far from the worst. I definitely enjoyed it and feel like it ultimately brought something new to the table. I liked the world building, and I loved the secondary characters and their relationships - particularly Knox. That ending though feels like such a cop out and makes me really mad. *sigh* We just can't have it all, I guess. So while this is not the best dystopia, if you're a fan of the genre, I'd still suggest you check this out, because, if anything, it is a very entertaining thrill ride.

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

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Generally, I liked it.

 

Recommended To:

Fans of dystopias.

 

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Source: http://www.snugglyoranges.com/2013/11/arc-book-review-pawn-by-aimee-carter

Book Review: Seven Deadlies by Gigi Levangie

Seven Deadlies: A Cautionary Tale - Gigi Levangie Grazer

When I was offered to review Seven Deadlies, I thought, "...Cool!" There weren't many reviews on Goodreads, despite the fact that it was already released, but at least from the summary it sounded like something I would like. With its unique premise of being written like a college admissions letter, combined with the seven deadly sins and some illustrations, this should have been a hit with me. It... wasn't. And I'm deeply sorry. But it just didn't work out.

Seven Deadlies is set up as seven short stories, each for one of the sins, an introduction and an epilogue. The introduction explains why Perry is writing to the university in spite of the fact that she's only 14. She has had strange experiences while working for various babysitting/tutoring jobs and aspires to be a journalist, so she wanted to practice writing about these stories.

So we get into them and.. what? Instantly it becomes clear that this is very much a middle grade novel, despite it claiming to be young adult, as we start with a Lust story that has nothing to do with sex or anything, but just people (including adults) drooling over a derivative of the Jonas brothers. I was confused. What was that supposed to be? In the next stories, we get into the other sins and... it was bizarre. With things like kids who started playing video games at 1 year old, whose parents are totally okay with that because they are too occupied with their own lives, to THAT GLUTTONY STORY OH MY GOD *shudders* It got creepier and creepier and further detached from reality.

Parts of the writing style didn't work for me. I disliked the way that in each story (bear in mind each one is like 20 pages), Perry repeats her mother's full name, paired with some praise like "the inestimable Yelena Maria Gonzales". She'll continually remind you her mother is a registered nurse. She also insists on using parentheses to explain certain things, most pointedly the pronounciation of the names of her clients. In one of the stories, she repeatedly puts the pronounciation in brackets and each time writes it differently - and none of them sound remotely correct. Apparently Willhelm = VIL-h-eye-m = VEEL-home = VUL-chum = VAL-ham... NO. Was that supposed to be funny? Because look at my face. I'm not laughing.

At first Perry sounded quirky and fun, but the further I got, the more exasperated I got with her writing style. It grated on my nerves. But I suppose there was a reason for that, because Perry was not a normal girl. Now, before the epilogue, I didn't now how to feel about this book. It was rather bland. Some of the attempts at humor succeeded, some didn't. I thought it was unrealistic, and I quickly got bored. Then the epilogue explains that [spoiler]Perry is, in fact, the crazy one. She invented all the stories, believes they are real, but in reality they never happened. She's extremely intelligent, with an impressively high IQ, and got an obsession with the seven deadly sins, which then drove her to make these things up.[/spoiler] It should have made me think differently about the whole story. But instead of that desired reaction, I just did another shrug and sigh of exasperation.

I think ultimately this book will be read in two ways: either you think from the beginning that it's a fun yet exaggerated and unrealistic read purely for the entertainment of middle grade readers, or as you read you feel more and more diconnected and bored until the ending happens. In case of the former, you reach the epilogue and you hate it and want to toss it out because it took all the fun out of it. In case of the latter, likely like me, you'll still feel unsatisfied because there weren't enough indications that the story would take that kind of turn - you were just still bored and skeptical all the way through, and though the ending should make you feel differently about all of it, it likely won't.

 

Summing Up:

 

The book just sadly didn't work for me. I liked that the story didn't get overly religious and that it featured a POC for the main character, but that's about all I can say that I liked. While the ending should have thrown me for a loop, the book had dwindled too long in the unrealistic and detached area of I-can't-bring-myself-to-care to have the desired effect. I'd say you're better off skipping this one. I do, however, wonder how it would fair in the hands of a middle grade reader. (But, honestly, this should not be marketed as being young adult.)

 

GIF it to me straight!

 

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