Monday, October 15, 2012

Review for Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Valkyrie Rising is a stand alone fantasy young adult novel written by Ingrid Paulson.

advance copy of this novel was provided by HarperTeen through Goodreads

when i saw that this book was about valkyries, i was excited. i don't think i have ever read a young adult valkyrie book and it seemed like a breath of fresh air. unfortunately i didn't like this too much. the actual rating i'm giving is 1.5 STARS.

Ellie is not a likable character to me. she annoyed me to no end. i could tell the author wanted her to be a true heroine. someone that didn't really have confidence but grows into the person she was always meant to be. she was a whiny brat that just let things happen to her until...VIOLA she's a kickass valkyrie who has never-ending powers? no, i don't accept that transition. she just pops up with these random ass superpowers when she conveniently needs them. no training, no clues throughout her whole life that she was a valkyrie. it just starts to happen. that totally turned me off from the story.

the only thing good about this book is Tucker. he was such a good guy. you could tell that he was the misunderstood one, not Ellie. Ellie's story only got interesting to me when Tucker was thrown into the mix. i hope that this remains to be a stand alone novel and that a sequel doesn't spring up in the future. but even if it did, i won't be reading it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review for Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

 Beautiful Disaster is an adult romance novel written by Jamie McGuire. There is a companion novel titled Walking Disaster that's to be released next year.

i saw that there were some mixed reviews about this book before i even started. i thought that it was gonna be like Fifty Shades, a book that you know is no good but you're gonna love it anyway. this book is NOT like that at all. i still read through it pretty quickly. but instead of it being so bad it's good, it's so bad it's horrible.

Abby and Travis are the worst people to ever get together in a romance novel. Abby seems to be a confidant person who knows what's good for her. but once she sees Travis, all common sense goes out the window. i get it, bad boys are hot. Travis is way beyond that. he's insecure, controlling, violent, and downright cheesy.

"I didn't know I was lost until you found me." pg 252

REALLY? i expect some cheese with my wine and romance but that's a little too much from a guy that was just dipping his dick into anyone that moved up until recently. no one can change that dramatically without some serious consequences. it's only a matter of time before Travis punches Abby in her face for coughing too loud or something equally ridiculous.

and then... Abby's father comes into the story when things are going good for the two lovebirds. and he's brought the mob with him. PAUSE. what the fuck is the point of this? Travis is enough of a mess to ruin the relationship. we didn't need an emotionally abusive father from the past to fuck this love story up any more than it already is. as expected, this gives Travis another way to show Abby they're no good for each other and they break up. for reals this time. like Abby's not even joking this time. THEY ARE OVER.

just kidding, they get back together because they're both idiots who love to inflict pain on each other. then there's a fire where innocent people die so Travis can prove how much he loves Abby by saving her life. and the icing on this cake is that SPOILER ALERT they get married.

i was gonna give this book 1 star but then i figured that since it made me so pissed off, it deserved 2. Abby and Travis aren't the only ones who apparently like pain, because i'm planning on reading the second book from Travis' point of view. i just have to get inside this guy's head. he's obviously insane.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review for Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club (1996) is a novel written by Chuck Palahniuk. It was adapted as a film (1999) starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

with such high ratings and an awesome film adaptation, i was hoping for a mind blowing read. unfortunately i was bored outta my skull.

reading through the first chapter, i was excited. i thought that i was gonna be pulled into the story like i was with the movie. the first 15 pages succeeded. after that, it was all downhill. page after page i found myself saying, "What the hell is going on?". not in the sense that i couldn't follow the story. i just couldn't get INTO it. i skimmed the hell outta this book before i gave up.

i've seen the movie.

i know how it ends.

shocker :)