I have been a fan of Ann Aguirre since I read the Razorland Trilogy a couple of years ago. That is why I couldn’t wait to read the first book in her new series. Instead of reading the physical copy I listened to the audio book and I think that was a mistake. The voice chosen for this book was a terrible one, it made the character sound like a 40+ year old woman trying to pose as a teenager. I almost DNF’d the book based on the narrator’s voice alone.
This is the story of Edie Kramer, a High School teenager that has been picked on and bullied to the point that she wants to kill herself. She makes the decision to end her life and has everything planned out. Moments before she goes through with it, a mysterious handsome stranger, Kian, approaches Edie and convinces her to simply talk to him. Kian tells Edie that if she chooses, he can give her the means to get back at the bullies at her High School that pushed her to the point of suicide. Edie cannot resist an offer like that so she makes the pact with Kian. She is given three favors, to be used within a specific time period. Her first mission: destroy the popular kids at her school and make them pay. Along the way, Edie finds herself falling for Kian and becoming more and more involved in the seedy and evil goingons that Kian has been involved with. Who knew Edie’s town was actually crawling with darkness and evil?
I had such high hopes for this book. As I mentioned, the narration was horrid. As I pressed on, I realized that the story actually had a ton of holes in it. Ones so big you could drive a truck through them. Throughout the entire story we are reminded that Edie is bright and intelligent but I rarely saw evidence of this. She usually jumped to the easiest conclusion (and it was usually wrong) and she rarely used any logic to figure things out. Almost everything she did was a knee-jerk reaction. I didn’t hate Kain’s character, but he also was not the best either. He had a mission to protect Edie but when she was in danger and weird creatures were all around her, he was nowhere to be found. Isn’t that the complete opposite of the mission?! It felt like there was zero character development. I do not feel that Edie’s character developed into anything more than the bullies that she was trying to teach a lesson to. Edie was still a giant idiot at the end of the story but she was a much bigger B.
The pacing sort of felt like it was all over the place. This story felt as if it went on forever. I was glad when it was over, and not because I enjoyed the story, but because I wouldn’t have to listen to it any longer. The author missed a great opportunity to take the story to a different level but missed so many opportunities. I didn’t like how Edie’s main focus was exacting revenge on the girls in HS that wronged her. WHO CARES. It’s high school. Get over it.
The make-shift romance that developed between Edie and Kian felt fake and forced. I had no warm squishy feelings for those two. It was so much more awkward than anything. *shudder*
I do not think I could openly recommend this book to anyone. My reasons above make me not want to recommend other than to see if I am alone in my observations. I feel a little let down by this book and am not sure if I want to pick up the next book in the series.
I was sent a copy of this ARC to read and give an honest review.
Where do I begin with this book… overall I enjoyed this story but I was expecting something different than what I read. There were some really nice feel good moments in the book, but there were also very serious heavy topics that overshadowed the fluffy parts. In the end, I sort of felt confused as to what story the author was trying to write.
This started out as a sweet contemporary read but halfway through it turned into a surrealistic story dealing with suicide and school bullying. The plot did not hook me so this book felt so much longer than it really was. I found myself reading small parts at a time because I was not connected to the characters or what was going on. The last 10% of the book did get better and I started to enjoy how everything (mostly) wrapped up.
I did enjoy the diversity within the book, and by diversity, I mean a range of diverse topics. This book talked about race, bullying, suicide, depression, and sexual orientation. The range of diversity and the ending were the parts of this book I enjoyed the most.
With all of that said, I did enjoy this story but I ultimately was disappointed by it. I really wanted more but that never happened. I felt like a lot of topics were forced into this short book. Even though it was short, it felt like it was a long story. I felt certain parts were drug out when there was no need for that to happen. Now please don’t let my review stop you from reading this story. I feel I am that one black sheep in a herd of white sheep with this book. Maybe you will love it beyond measure and if you do, please come back and tell me. I do think that everyone should read this book because I hope I am the only one with this opinion.
Books Left Unread
Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.
This week’s post is dedicated to Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.
I have been holding on to this book/series for a while now… I always had book one and book three, thinking that once I found book two I would start reading. Well, I’m sorry to say that hasn’t happened yet. I found book two back in December and I have yet to start this series. So tell me, have you read this? If so, what did you think? Should I start reading soon or skip altogether?
This is the story of Nixie and her thrilling adventures on a boat named Temptation as it travels through time. This is not your typical boat on the water story, Nixie and the crew actually travel through time by the use of dated maps. (Amazing idea, right?!) The captain, Slate, is actually Nix’s father and there is so much tension between them. Slate is on a mission to find the one map that will take him back to the happiest time in his life, his true love, Nix’s mom. The quest to find this map has come with a steep cost – his daughter. What would happen to Nix if this map is found? Does she simply disappear or will she leave on her own to start her own adventure?
Yes, this was an thrilling ride but there are some faults to the story:
1) Love triangle.
2) SLOW story.
There is a blasted love triangle in this book that involves Nix, Kashmir – the handsome, charming thief/pirate that is a very smooth talker, and Blake Hart – son of the map maker. I will firmly state my side now is with Kash. I was cheering for him the entire way. I could not ever see Nix with Blake for the long haul. I just didn’t like his character too much. And let the record show that the blurb claims there is romance in this book – I saw very little romance.
This story felt like a very long, slow story. The ARC was 464 pages and it felt every bit and then some. At one point I put the book down, read three other books, then picked this back up. I did enjoy the lush history within the story, so kudos to Heilig for doing amazing research! At the same time, there were (many) parts that dragged on forever. I will admit, I skimmed through those. I never felt there was a real sense of urgency until I got towards the end of the book. Otherwise, it felt like a casual story, if that makes sense.
No matter what I may say, I did enjoy most of the story. It certainly will not be on my Top 5 books of 2016, but it was good. I may even pick up the second book in the series just to continue reading more about this magical place Heilig has created.
You know me by now that I am a sucker for a gorgeous cover and this ranks high on the Gorgeous Cover List! Just look at it. Amazeballs.
This is the story of Lee Westfall, a young girl with an amazingly powerful and dangerous gift. She was living in Georgia with her parents doing the best she could to help take care of her sick dad and meek mom. Her gift? She can sense gold no matter where it is – her mama’s locket, buried deep in a long forgotten river bed, even under someone’s fingernails. It calls to her and she can sense it deep within her veins. Suddenly, Lee comes home one day to find her parents brutally murdered. She is then forced to run for her life, run from her horrid uncle who knows of her gift and wants to use it for his own benefit. Lee is forced to shed her female appearance for that of a male and slowly make her way across the US to California in hopes of a new life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked it far more than I really thought I would. The one complaint I have is that this book is categorized as a “fantasy” when there is not a lot of “fantasy” to it – other than Lee can sense gold. The majority of the story is historical and I was fascinated by it. It portrayed a very important time in US history, where families uprooted to head West in hopes of striking it rich. This story brought to light the hardships that were encountered along the way and just how much people sacrificed in the hopes of making it to California.
I cannot say enough good things about this book, it makes me very excited for the rest of the trilogy! I loved Lee as a MC, she was strong, brave, and knew what she stood for. She grew along the journey and came out a better person, which must not have been easy during that period. The world-building was amazing, I felt as if I was in that era trying to make my way through all of the hazards and dangers. It was so beautifully written.
I will highly recommend this book to everyone. If you have not already read this, please, add it to your TBR now. You do not want to miss out on this adventure.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Publication Date: July 2016
“What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?
From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.”
How can you not be excited about a new book by Kasie West?! She is beyond adorable and her books are the same way. My feels are already swooning…
Every month I receive subscription boxes from both Owl Crate and Uppercase, and I love to share the experience with you! Shall we see what both sent for February?
As always, Uppercase does not have a theme but they always seem to give you items that go together so well. The new release, Starflight, was included this month, along with a poster for it! The book is signed, by the way. I’m not talking about a signed name plate… OH NO! The author physically signed the books. That is always a bonus. 🙂 Also – THAT. SCARF. I adore scarves so I squealed when I saw the Anne of Green Gables scarf that was included! And to the left of my photo you can see nail wraps that MATCH Starflight! How exciting! (If you are ever interested in signing up for Uppercase, you can do so here: Join Uppercase. There are two plans available: $23 for the Expert box and $17 for the Book Exclusive Plan.)
OwlCrate always has a monthly theme, which makes things super fun. February’s theme was “Sci-Fi Love” – adorable, right?! The book sent was The Love That Split The World, I have been wanting to read that one so I was happy to see it in the box! ALSO! A copy of The Time Machine! How awesome is that?! For me, the best thing was the Lunar Chronicles Bag! That’s right! All of my lovelies from TLC on a bag for me to carry my precious books. *swoon*
March’s theme is “Writer’s Block” and I am so excited about that one. Interested in signing up? Their subscription is $29.99/month. You can do so here: OwlCrate
I did mention a give away, didn’t I? There is one item in the picture above that I have not mentioned yet – the Tardis hand created lapel pin! That’s right! Look at this beauty! I am giving this away on my blog! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter and you’re in the drawing. 🙂
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