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Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virture by Mackenzi Lee -- A Not So Favorable Review






Summary: Monty is lechy lush with an abusive father and a crush on his childhood best friend. Percy is bi-racial in a time where that in unacceptable. Felicity is Monty's sister and just wants to study medicine. They go on the Grand Tour of Europe together. Shenanigans ensue, the trip derails and Alchemy happens?

I gave this book 3 stars...Ugh






I want to start out with a strong statement...What the ACTUAL fuck is this book?! Holy. Shit. I just can't.

  
I know that the opinions below are probably going to be very unpopular...I just want everyone to know that I'm not judging anyone who enjoyed this book. This book wasn't meant for me, and that's ok!  So, to start us off, I'm going to talk about the positives. It's a polite thing to do.

On a Positive Note:

The first 100 pages or so were AWESOME! I was super enjoying this book! It was hilarious! Monty is a lech and he loves to drink and gamble. Naturally it gets him into a lot of trouble and some really awkward predicaments. I loved it! If the whole book had just been about the Grand Tour and all the shit Monty got into, SOLD! Unfortunately, it wasn't...but we'll get to that later. I promise. It was funny and interesting to read. I understood 100% why people were losing their shit over this book. Again, I will touch on what happened later.

The characters are soooooooooooo good! I love Monty, Percy and Felicity. They are real people with real problems and they are treated in a way that I feel was historically accurate for the time period in which this book was meant to have taken place. Monty is terribly flawed and very stupid, but that is part of his charm. You watch him struggle with trying to please his father and trying to fight against his wild nature. He was charmingly frustrating and I loved that about him. 


Percy was super sweet and I was genuinely cheering for him throughout the novel, as I was Felicity as well. At first I found her to be annoying, but as her character and personality came out, I didn't mind her so much.

I did also like the romance between Monty and Percy. It was a bit like Carry On by Rainbow Rowell...but not done nearly as well. Still, I was rooting for them to get together...and for Monty to pull his head out of his ass. Haha

Things that DIDN'T work:

Honestly, if it wasn't for the characters I would have DNF'd the hell out of this book.

Let's start with that love story I was just praising. It was SOOOOOOOO hot and cold, but not in a sexy way. Monty is so frustrating...I am not sure how Percy put up with him. He must be a saint! He insults Percy multiple times, mostly because Monty is a privileged white boy and has no idea what is like to be in Percy's shoes (as I mentioned before, Percy is bi-racial and he doesn't have the same rights as Monty does in this time period). He also doesn't really try to understand either? I don't know. I wasn't super into the romance...but I still wanted them to succeed.

The plot was a hot mess. First we are the Grand Tour, then something happens and they end up going on a wild goose chase all over Europe because of alchemy.....What? And I didn't even think it was original! It was like Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. I can't say how because it might spoil both series, but trust me...there were some odd parallels...



There were scenes that reminded me of other things as well...like:



Or this:

And if all those things weren't enough, how about some of this:


...upon looking at all of this, it sounds really cool...but the thing is, it has all been done before...and better! All I could think of were these comparisons and how much better they were than what I was currently reading. Plus what I was reading was NOT what this book was advertised as. I was expecting something completely different. A best friends road trip novel...but in Europe and it's all old timey and there is an amazing M/M (male/male) romance...but it really wasn't what the book is about. It's about best friends who are SUPPOSED to go on a European tour but something happens and they end up getting severely sidetracked because Monty is an idiot.

I am having a really hard time expressing my feelings for this book. I was annoyed with most of it and everything is spoilers so I can't really say what else bothered me. UGH!







So anyway...I think I'm done thinking about this damn book. I was mislead, I was bored, I was upset and shocked that everything felt like a plagiarized bastardization of things that already exist...and are a million times better....I am emotionally spent.....I need some alcohol....and an angry nap.







I also want to apologize for the excessive use of GIFs in this post...I was trying something new and I may have gone overboard? Maybe not? Ehh...I'll probably keep doing it until someone stops me. Hahaha

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Again....I can't just leave it like that...I have more to say...and it's spoilery...so...you've been warned if you go past this point. 




















I still have no clue why this book is so bloody popular. It is literally the biggest rip off a ton of major anime/movie titles...I mean...yeah, it's not a complete bastardization, but there were so many parallels that it made me really dislike this story. Yeah, if you haven't seen One Piece or Fullmetal Alchemist, I could see that it might be an enjoyable read a little bit more....but even then...after looking past everything...this is NOT what was expected. At. All. After the incident with the robbers and escaping into town, I was already starting to get disappointed...then we find out Percy is sick and that he's going to be sent away...so yeah, that was sad, but they find out the trinket Monty had stolen from the important French guy....whose name I can't be arsed to remember...is actually a key for an alchemical heart that could possibly cure Percy...so this is no longer a story about a final horrah on a Grand Tour...which is what I was hoping. This is a trio of teenagers trying to get a key to a heart of a chimera...of a not dead but mostly dead woman...I didn't want this. They spent so much time in Spain faffing around trying to get answers from the son and daughter of the guy who did the alchemy...great...more shit I don't care about. Like, we went through some shitty character development of characters we didn't need to hang around. Yeah....we are supposed to feel bad about taking the heart of their mother...but we shouldn't have been in this position to begin with. Then the whole going to Venice and getting the key................Going into the catacombs....the fight scene......the escape.......like a scene right out of Indiana Jones...except they weren't looking for a religious item.

I know this is kind of incoherent and maybe it doesn't make sense...but I just feel like I can't fully explain why I didn't like this book...................................There were just too many things working against it. I had such a hard time talking about this book. I literally have a headache. I sorry if this ending bit is a bit...shit. XD

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon -- A Mildly Unpopular Review



Summary: Dimple doesn't want to find an Ideal Indian Husband (IIH) and just wants to code. Rishi is all about pleasing his family and is excited about his arranged marriage to Dimple. They meet at a coding camp. Rishi gets soaked in coffee because Dimple thinks he's creeping on her. Stuff happens, dancing ensues.

I gave this a 3.5 stars...reluctantly...please don't kill me everyone....

As you can see from the star rating...Momes wasn't really all that impressed with this book...I realize this is an unpopular opinion but I can't help the way I felt. So let's get this over with.

Things this book did well!:

I really liked that this book was about things that aren't really discussed in YA. Coding for one. Dimple is super into coding and really wants to make apps that help people which is something I can respect. She doesn't want to do what her parents tell her is right for a young Indian woman. She just wants to do what she wants to do. Sick. Good for you.

I loved Rishi. He is such a great character. He is kind, he stands up for himself and I really liked watching his struggle with trying to please his parents and also do what he wants to do (which I feel is a problem that a lot of young people can relate to). He tries everything he can to win over Dimple and it is really sweet.

MANGA REPRESENTATION! Holy. Shit. As you all may or may not know, I do read a decent amount of manga and even though it is becoming less and less taboo to say that you read manga, I feel there is still a bit of a stigma around it. But Rishi seems like a really cool, "popular" type guy and he's totally into comics. That's great and all, but then we get to see popular titles listed though out the story that most manga nerds would know and it's pretty cool! I know I was super shocked to see some popular titles pop up in this book.

There are also some interesting conversations about race and ethnicity. Just because your parents are from another country doesn't mean you identify with their culture and believe in their beliefs. Dimple obviously doesn't agree with her parents and she discusses with the reader how weird it is for her to live in America, where she is treated as the "weird Indian girl", to how she is treated in India where she is the "weird American girl." Having lived in both Japan and America, I can relate to this feeling of being neither one culture or another. Got me right in the feels.

I also really liked all of the Bollywood mentions. I haven't watched a lot of Bollywood films, but as a dancer I love different types of dance. So seeing names of actual dances from films and being about to YouTube them and watch them was really cool! I, naturally, had to watch all the dances Menon mentioned. It was so much fun and I really appreciated that she did that. It gave people who were not familiar with Bollywood a chance to learn and appreciate.

Google images Dil Na Diya from Krrish

The book was also really addicting and easy to read, so it had that going for it!

Now that seems like a pretty strong case for a 5 star rating....but as it only got a 3.5, let's get into some of my issues.

What didn't work:

I honestly had hoped that the romance would have been a bit more....slow burning. The thing that really bothered me was that Dimple was VERY adamant that she wasn't interested in wearing makeup, getting dressed up, finding her ideal husband and all that romantic stuff. She often got in fights with her mother, and did everything she could to avoid looking presentable. All she wants to do is be a coder. Yet after meeting Rishi once, she finds herself looking for him in the crowd. She is instantly woo'd by him (though, to be fair, I was too) and I felt she gave into him pretty quickly. I would have been much happier if she had been slightly stand-offish until the end, maybe start to feel something but then not really act upon it until the end where she confessed her love for him...or whatever. The whole thing felt insta-lovey to me and I wasn't really into it.

I also felt that Dimple was really abusive towards Rishi. She toys with his emotions so much in this novel...I think that's why I didn't like the romance the way it played out. If it had been the slow burning romance that I had wanted, maybe Dimple wouldn't have taken out her romantic frustrations on him. She was so hot and cold for him and she didn't really seem to care about his feelings. She does a lot of stupid things to him that made me question if this was a healthy relationship or not. Though I think Dimple grew a bit a the end of the novel, I can't help but wonder what their future is going to be like...

I also wished that with such a big premise as a girl who can only ever think about coding and wants to be the best coder ever, there isn't a lot of coding happening. Like, yeah, it would have went over some of our heads if she had put in a lot of technical coding stuff...but there is a lot of artistic things about coding she could have up in it besides the art...like concepts and other things...or at least talk about the project more. But I felt like it got brushed away for many other things...

The talent show....Though I loved all the Bollywood references and I realize that the money was to help with the coding (the coding we hardly ever got to hear about)...I HATED the talent show. It was just more reason to cause drama and f**k around. There was so much added and useless drama that happened and I just didn't want any of it. It also took up a large portion of the latter half of the book. Completely unnecessary.

I found a lot of the things that happened in this book to be completely unnecessary. Friendship drama and some of the boy crazy, sex stuff was really not needed.

So, all of that being said, though I did like a good deal about this book, I think the bad out weighed the good. I also don't think I am going to pick up Sandhya Menon's next book. Again, it just sounds like a book full of lies and abusive relationships. That is not something I'm interested in.

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In case you were curious, like I was, here are the links to the two dances Dimple and Rishi practiced and talked about during the talent show. I enjoyed watching these very much and hope that you check them out too!

Dance Pe Chance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nJivRs-FEs&index=17&list=WL
Dil Na Diya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrHFtoEHw08&index=18&list=WL 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh -- A Spoiler Free Review



(again....sorry for the shitty picture....the lazy is strong with me)


Summary: A girl volunteers as tribute to a Caliph who keeps murdering his wives every morning, one of whom was her best friend. Naturally they fall in love. Has some Arabian Nights story telling in it. Some shit happens. Eh?


3.5 stars (dropped from 5 stars)



3.5 stars is not a bad rating. It just hit me after a few weeks that I didn't love this book as much as I did whilst I was reading it. Haha

I'm not really sure how I want to organize this review, so I'm just going to talk about my feelings and we'll see where this goes from there. Hopefully there will be some organization involved...Hahahaha 😅 

For starters, I really wasn't too into the characters. I can't really think of one character that I was really excited for. Shahrzad was annoying for most of the book and I REALLY hated when it was in Tariq's perspective. He did NOTHING for me and I kind of wish he wasn't needed in the story. Shazi (Shahrzad) was just annoying and, to me, a typical YA female protagonist. Trust issues and a mission to complete but then forgets all about it when she falls in love. Instantly.

Yes, this has some insta-love in it. Barf. I mean it wasn't INSTANT..but it was too soon for my liking. I would have been perfectly ok if nothing happened until the end...or there was no romance in it at all. Why couldn't this have just been a fantasy/revenge story with some mystery? Why does everything have to have a romance in it?! SCHTAP IT YA AUTHORS!!!! NOT EVERY GIRL NEEDS A MAN!!! I liked that Shazi tried to uncover why Khalid (the Caliph) was killing all those girls and even though she did fall in love with Khalid, she never lost sight of the reason she was there. She would mention that she was upset that she liked him but how he had killed her best friend and many other innocent girls. That redeemed the book a bit....but not really by much.

I really liked the story telling element that Renee Ahdieh had in the beginning. Shazi would tell Khalid a story every night to keep her alive until the next day and it was really nice to hear the stories from Arabian Nights, a book I had a really hard time reading because of all the names. I wish that had carried through the book more. The author, at one point, decides that it's not necessary anymore and we stop getting stories. If I remember right...this is the premise of Arabian Nights? They are a bunch of short stories told to a Sultan who is murdery? Or was that just a Looney Toons short? Someone will correct me. Haha! I feel like that was lost and I wanted more! I don't think we'll be getting anymore of it in the second book...bummer.

I did really like the idea of the world. There was some interesting magic happening that I want to learn more about. And we got a VERY small taste of what the world outside the caliphate was like and I want to know more. Hopefully we will...because after the events of the first book...we kind of need to know more.

As much as I think I bitched during this review, I don't think this is a bad book at all. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who asked me. The atmosphere was great and the magic and world look really interesting. This is a good introduction to Middle Eastern story telling without all of the complicated names that can sometimes come along with it....and the family histories...Which are very important to Middle Eastern story telling but can be daunting to someone with isn't familiar with that part of the world. I'm really hoping the second book (this is a duology by the way) expands on the things that were really good about this book and that some of the things I didn't like get fixed. 

I think that's all I have to say? I have no idea if this is coherent or just a cluster fumble of nonesense...but I suppose someone will tell me if this is shit. Hahahaha!

If you've read this book, tell me what you thought about it? What did you like or not like? Let's start a conversation!

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~Momes (Momo)

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi -- A Review -- Unpopular Opinion Time


(Oooooo....Sorry for my crappy photo...too lazy to upload a good one....XP)

Oh boy...I don't want to review this...but I'm going to...I HAVE to...It needs to be done.

Summary: A girl who can't touch people without killing them. Crazy person wants to use her as a weapon. Hot guy saves her and they decide to fight back against the establishment...or the Reestablishment...ugh.

3.5 Stars

This book started off sooooooooooooooooooo well!!! So well! I am so disappointed. I literally cannot even believe it. I had heard nothing but AMAZING things about this book and this series. Whitney from WhittyNovels on Youtube absolutely loves this series. She had me so curious about these books. I couldn't fathom why someone would be so obsessed over it.  After all the hunting for this book and the LONG wait to get it started, I finally read it this past July...And BOY did I have some problems with it.  I'm going to break it down as to why I liked it and why I won't be continuing on with the series.

Why This Worked for Me:

I loved the writing style. Tahereh Mafi has amazing writing. It's so poetic and it makes you want to keep reading. Even if you aren't really enjoying the story. For me, it helped me keep turning the page and made me want to read more and more. The chapters were also really short, so I felt like I was reading faster and it made the book go by very quickly.

The world was interesting. I didn't expect this to be a dystopian...I don't know why...but it was actually ok! The ozone layer is gone and everything is dying. People are starving, animals are poison because the only plants they can get are deadly. The government has gone to shit and is being run by a group called the Reestablishment. I loved the descriptions of the outside world and the fringe communities.I felt that the world described was something that could actually exist and was something that could happen in our future. It was kind of scary.

But this was the extent of the things I enjoyed about this book...Now to the hard part...

Why it Didn't:

The characters all sucked. Hard. I hated every one of them. Juliette, for starters, was a drip. I liked her at first. Quiet yet observant. She had trust issues, which made sense for someone who was bullied and thrown away by people who were supposed to care for her. Then she was suddenly really trusting of people. Now, I haven't been though the things Juliette had been through, but I do have trust issues. I would NEVER have made any of the decisions that she made. No matter how deep the crush for Adam was, I never would have trusted him after he "randomly" reappears into my life. I also didn't like how her only assets were the fact that she had a deadly touch and that she was pretty. EVERY character that ran into her, whether it was a main character or a character that made a very small cameo, had to mention how gorgeous Juliette was. "Wow she's deadly...but DAYUM she is hot!" I was so sick of it....Like...is that it? Nothing else? Just deadly and pretty? LAAAAAAAAAME! I don't have time for characters like that. Adam was a drip and Warner was not an interesting "villain." Maybe because he was obsessed with Juliette and I really didn't like her? I don't know...the idea that she was possibly going to choose between Warner or Adam in the end made me very nauseous. I couldn't see any redeeming qualities in any of these characters. Meh.


THE ENDING! I.....I can't.....I was not expecting the first book to end the way it did...and that's not a good thing. I was really hoping that the plot and world would make up for the shitty characters.........nope. I could have found this ending or "plot twist" in ANY dystopian or a very famous Marvel franchise....I just couldn't believe that was the direction she took the story. I rage few through the rest of the story (which wasn't much....thank goodness for that) and was just left feeling frustrated. None of this was original and I had been hoping for something new and captivating. Wishful thinking.

I am so disappointed that I didn't like this book. I wanted to like it so much, but in the end I was left feeling angry and frustrated. I didn't like the choices the author made and I think she really could have done something amazing. *sigh* I don't understand why this was such a popular trilogy...If it was just based on writing, I totally get it....but everything else was so bad that I'm not even interested in the other two books and novella......I mean, maybe I'll google it for shits and giggles, but I definitely don't want to read it. Too much time spent on something I really didn't enjoy.

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I can't....I can't hold it in any more......................................... 
SPOILERS BELOW! IF YOU DIDN'T READ THE SERIES AND DON'T WANT TO KNOW ANY SORT OF SPOILER INFORMATION. DO. NOT. READ!! I JUST HAVE SOME THINGS I NEED TO GET OFF MY CHEST AND I CAN'T KEEP IT TO MYSELF ANYMORE!!!!!! KEEP READING IF YOU WANT TO KNOW SOME MORE OF MY THOUGHTS. IF NOT, SEE YOU IN MY NEXT POST!~

 


Are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?! This ending!!?? Seriously?!?!?!?!?! It was practically ripped off of X-Men!! And underground group of people with strange powers who are training to fight by a guy who wants to help people/kids accept their powers and use them for good?! I mean, yes, there are differences...but then it is almost like Mockingjay...again....more spoilers for the Hunger Games trilogy....and underground compound that houses people who want to fight against the leaders of their dystopian world...nah. No thanks. If I wanted any of that I would just watch an X-Men movie...it was done better in my opinion. And then let's give fucking Juliette, who EVERYONE is in love with and infatuated with a skin tight cat suit that will keep her from accidentally touching people. mmmmmhmmmmmmm yeah......It's like Mystique and Rogue had a baby with Cat Woman or something. 

No. Thank you. Rant done.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian -- A Review



Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Summary: Three not friends team up to take revenge on some people in their lives that screwed them over.  
2 Stars

This.....This book....Doesn't have anything going for it. Literally nothing...The like portion of this review is going to be super hella short.
  
What I liked about this book:

 The font was big and I could read it really quickly.

The chapters were really short.

Mary.

That's it. That is literally everything I liked about this book. 

What I didn't like about this book:

The Characters:  There was nothing good or interesting about any of these characters. They had no personalities, or they were just annoyingly bitchy. All the kinds of people I hated in high school. Maybe that's why I didn't like them. Because I'm too old for the BS of catty high school-ness. But even the main characters (minus Mary) were bad and uninteresting. Kat was the "oh I'm too cool for everything" character that was just kinda lame. She wasn't bad ass at all. She was just annoying. and Lillia? Wet. Blanket. Literally no personality. She was the, "hey guys...I don't think this is a good idea..." character.  I just wasn't a fan of her.

The setting was actually kind of interesting, but doesn't get to go into the "like" section because it was just a place full of rich people. As much as I was interested in Jar Island, the last thing I wanted to read about was people who are really rich and spoiled and massively entitled. I live in a tourist area where people move back to for the summer and I see this shit every day. Pass.

The Plot Twist/Ending: So....this is what did it for me. The pacing wasn't the speediest thing ever, but I was holding out for the twist. The thing that had kept me reading even though I had wanted to DNF it after 10%...I believe it was Regan from PeruseProject on Youtube that mentioned it, but there was a super interesting, super different, plot twist at the end of the novel. Something that made it go from a simple contemporary about revenge to...well something different. I'm really not sure if I want to say what kind of twist, but let's just say.....I struggled though this book to see this twist happen and find out that it was the shittiest thing EVER! Like it was already done...first in book form and then in movie form...and MUCH more successfully, if I may say. Like...Holy shit. I waited for that!?!?! That was the only reason I kept reading....For. That. Piece of shit. Ending? Nope. I literally cannot believe that was the ending they came up with and that they thought, "Yeah. That's alright." How did they think that ending was ok? I don't know what book two or three will be about...and quite frankly I don't care.

So needless to say, this book is being immediately unhauled.  You can't like them all...It wasn't for me at all. I wanted to like it, as I've like Jenny Han's other works...but maybe it was the co-writing. Who knows. Maybe it was the hope of an amazing twist...I was over hyped for it. Meh.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher --First DNF in 2017--




I am DNF'ing this book at 229 pages (just shy of halfway)

I had heard so many amazing things about this series. I am currently in Japan for the next three months and I needed a good decently sized fantasy book to get me though a chunk of it....I got about halfway in about a week and couldn't take anymore.

So, I know this series was started with two silly topics, but I think both of them weren't really done that well. I understood the Pokemon references (I mean, there is a mountain (?) called Garados....XD) and I could see the roman legion-ness...but honestly neither of these things made the story any better for me.

I really hate when the author names the characters similar names...I guess that's common in Roman times to have names that honor others and such...but he didn't make them interesting enough for me to remember who was who. And as I'm dyslexic, having indistinguishable characters with similar names name it IMPOSSIBLE for me to keep them straight. Gaius Sextus.....honestly tho. Besides the shitty naming the characters were super boring. I honestly couldn't care less about what happened to any of them. I felt like they had no personality and when bad things happened to them, I didn't really feel myself rooting for them to win. I also felt like things would happen to them just to try and give the story substance...or to move the not so good plot forward. Kinda. I think there was so much action that I didn't know what the plot was....and then once I figured out the plot I felt like it had just been thrown in there randomly so that the story would have a plot. Period.

If you are looking for a rich world, you won't get it here. You are just kind of thrown in. The world history is thrown at you as you go along, almost as if the author is making it up as he wrote the book. And the furies? LAME! I didn't really understand how they worked. I mean, I understood that they chose you based on your skills to furycraft an element (like water or fire), but I had a hard time picturing what they looked like or how they did some of the things they did.

At the point I DNF'ed, I decided I didn't care if I came across any spoilers, so I looked up the book's fan-wiki. I was bored just reading the summary...At no point was anything the wiki said a surprise nor was it something that I thought would be interesting to read. I then read the last few pages and decided it really wasn't worth it to read all the middle bits, so I put it down. Also, I did find the plot points in the other books to be interesting enough for me to continue reading so I decided to sell all the books once I got back to the states.

I do plan on reading his Dresden Files series (as I did enjoy the first few chapters I read as a sampler), so I'm not completely giving up on Jim Butcher. I am just giving up on this series.