Hello my Midnightian Minions! If you missed my fangirling on Twitter over the past few weeks, then you wouldn’t know about the fact that I’m going to America!! By the time you’re reading this, I will probably be on the plane already. AHHHHH! Isn’t that exciting? Along with this piece of awesomeness, Larissa will also be on vacation. She’s gonna be having the time of her life on this island in Hawaii called Kauai. We’re actually leaving and coming back from our holidays around the time time, which is pretty damn awesome. SO yes, Celine will have the blog alllll to herself for the time being. So, before I leave, I decided to do a quick catch up on some mini reviews (or just brief thoughts) as I haven’t had much time to blog lately due to school and slumps.
I ended up being very very VERY disappointed with this one. I loved Maybe One Day, which was Kantor’s début novel, but I couldn’t even finish this latest one of her’s. I got up to about 23% when I finally put it down. The main reasons why I stopped was 1) I couldn’t find any emotional link between me and the MC – this more was a personal thing because I just couldn’t click with the girl’s personality. 2) The pacing was slow and I felt like not much was happening… like I couldn’t even work out where the story was heading if it weren’t for the synopsis and 3) the girl cheated on her boyfriend with a guy she just met. WTF. And that was pretty much where I put it down. Cheating? Especially when you have a perfectly healthy and sweet relationship with another guy? No, I do not condone it and I cannot see any logic behind why the MC would just act like that.
After loving books like Pivot Point by Kasie West, I was really hoping that I’d love this one just as much, as they both are about “what ifs” and alternate universes. Unfortunately, Everything that Makes You just didn’t manage to keep me engaged. I really liked the idea, but the execution was absolutely lacking. There wasn’t really a plot line, either – it was just us following the lives of a girl who could have lived two totally different lives because of her accident that left jarring scars on her face. So yeah, this book honestly didn’t feel like it had a purpose. It’s still rather enjoyable, that being said, but I soon lost interest because I didn’t have anything that I could invest in.
This had one creeeeeepy idea and it was the main reason why I wanted to read this one so much. The basic idea is that Cate’s sister dies but then a few hours after her sister’s funeral, they go to pick up her sister’s replacement. The replacement basically is the exact same replica of Cate’s sister, and many people are suspicious that these ‘replacement’ people are evil, and are not as benign as they seem. Again, there was not a great effort in terms of execution, in my opinion. Also, I couldn’t connect with Cate, she was too bland and didn’t offer anything new to the table for me. I ended up just skimming the last 1/2 of this book, due to my lack of interest.
Honestly, I can’t recommend this.
Love Bomb is a companion novel to Flirty Dancing. Now, I did receive a copy of that a while back but I’ve somehow lost it so I didn’t get the chance to read that. (I know, HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU JUST LOSE A BOOK?! ._.) However, Love Bomb is still very much readable even if you haven’t read the companion. I absolutely adored this book; it was cute, light and still had a nice moral in between the lines, here. I definitely recommend these to anyone books by Jenny McLachlan who wants a light and quick contemporary, with a little more substance. I do think the book might’ve moved a little too fast, but I guess that’s inevitable when the book is only about 300 pages in length.
I’m definitely looking forward to whatever this author has in store next!
If you don’t mind being lied to constantly, this book is something you must look into. I didn’t really take that title seriously until a while in but yes, THERE ARE LIES, AND DECEPTION, BUT ALSO, TRUTH. I found it a little hard to get into but I had so many questions surrounding Shelby and her insanely conservative mother, so that’s what kept me going. As for the twists, I never saw them going. NOT A SINGLE ONE, DAMMIT. It was mildly frustrating but insanely witty on the author’s part. If you want a good thriller with lots of unexpected twists…
*shoves book down your throat*
Was there any doubt that I wouldn’t love this?
Though, I still think The Winner’s Curse was better. Only because first books are normally my favourites, and well, THE EXPECTATIONS WERE HIGH FOR THIS ONE, PEOPLE, SKY HIGH. And yet, Marie Rutkoski still delivered on all fronts. Especially the romance. Oh yes, the romance was truly delightful. AND LET’S NOT FORGET HER WRITING. I luff it all, basically.
OH. And if you haven’t heard of this series before, I REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR EXISTENCE RIGHT NOW.
Winterspell totally crushed me, and not in a good way. After falling heads over heels for The Year of Shadows, I was expecting something truly amazing from Legrand. However, the characters and plot line just didn’t sit well with me. Clare is basically attracted to a statue. A FREAKING STATUE. I just no. NO NO NO NOPE. That didn’t sit well with me on so many levels.
Other than that, I did love Legrand’s writing. It’s something that never seems to fail, for it was certainly a highlight in The Year of Shadows, too. I know that Legrand’s books aren’t for everyone, but if you’re unsure, I still recommend you check out The Year of Shadows, because it’s truly magnificent and moving.
So that’s all from me for now, folks! I know our posting isn’t all that regular at the moment, but when our new design goes live, we’ll be right back on track. As for these books… have you read them? What are your thoughts?
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