Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review for True by Erin McCarthy

True is a new adult romance written by Erin McCarthy.

a copy of the book was provided through NetGalley

i am so sick of these "New Adult" romances. they all claim to be original and entertaining but they just turn my stomach. this is not the genre for me and this book is the last i'll read of them. i wanted to read True because i am a huge fan of Erin McCarthy. her books always put me in a good mood, so that's what i was expecting with this one. i was sadly mistaken. this story seemed...simple and not in a good way. i didn't connect to any of the characters. i could have cared less if they all had hopped into a van and drove themselves off a cliff.

Rory is a shy girl in college. she's thinking of hooking up with a guy when shockingly SPOILER that same guy almost rapes her SPOILER. this seems to be a theme for the "New Adult" books. they all start off with sexual harassment or abuse, which i don't understand. is every girl going into college going to be raped? is that a proven statistic? anyway, she then transfers her feeling to bad boy Tyler, who is the most annoying person ever. reading the "love" grow between these two characters almost made me scratch my eyes out. i couldn't stand them not one bit. back to the plot, they fall in love and then some stuff happens to keep them apart and then they're back together in the end. honestly that's all i got from this book. nothing really mattered to me. i was just rushing through the story so that it would end.

i do plan on reading more McCarthy books, just not the NA ones. those are dead to me. never again. NEVER AGAIN.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Review for Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess is the final installment of the Infernal Devices series written by Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince are the first and second novels, respectively. There is a sequel series titled The Mortal Instruments.

Cassandra Clare seems to be stuck in the Shadowhunter world. one series spawns a prequel which births a sequel which regurgitates a spin-off. it's a never ending recycled clusterfuck. but this series, The Infernal Devices, is one of the most interesting and entertaining. Will, Jem, and Tessa are all great characters who reel you into their lives. with this final installment to the prequel series, you are immediately sucked in and then spit back out, forced to deal with all your intense emotions are each and every conflict (and resolution) that you just read about.

Clare is at her best (so far) with her writing in this book. i wasn't bothered by any narration or dialogue from any character. if there were mistakes or annoying quips, i completely missed them because i was so invested in the story. each character owned their voice and made me care about them as individuals, not just as a whole group. as always Will, Tessa, and Jem shine above all the rest. i don't think i've ever rooted for both men in a love triangle, but i was doing exactly that. i kept going back and forth between Jem and Will before i realized that i can't choose like Tessa can't choose. i loved them both equally. i'm satisfied with the way that particular conflict was resolved. i won't put any spoilers. you have to go read it for yourself. it's dealt with in a way that seems fair and realistic and romantic and heartbreaking all at the same time.

i laughed a lot during this book surprisingly. despite the heaviness of the story, Clare managed to get those sarcastic moments in there that i love so much. all of the scenes with Mortmain, the villain in case you don't know, were he wasn't written as a campy bad guy. not to say that the other baddies in her books are childish. Mortmain just feels like the baddest of the bad to me. the action scenes were kick ass. the final showdown between Mortmain and the scooby gang will go down as one of my favorite fight scenes. i rushed through this book because it's so fast paced, then found myself trying to draw it out so that it wouldn't be over. this is an amazing read and an amazing finish to a great series. hopefully the last book in The Mortal Instruments series will be even better than this (though i seriously doubt it).


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review for Family Pictures by Jane Green

Family Pictures is a contemporary novel written by Jane Green.

an advance copy of this book was provided through Goodreads

this is the first of many ARCs that i have neglected over the past few months. i was supposed to have reviewed this before March. two months later, i'm using the tired cliche "Better late than never" as my official excuse.

Maggie and Sylvia are both married with children. they are married to a man who travels too much for work and with children who are about the leave home for college. with these common adjustments they're making, they have no idea that one dark secret is about to change their lives forever.

Sylvia is my favorite character. she has the most chapters told in her POV and they're superior to all the other narrators. i liked her back story and tone of voice. she was the only character that i felt sympathy for. she doesn't whine and act like a victim. she just deals with life that best she can, and i admired her for it. Maggie was another story. she pops up into the story in Part Two and i didn't like her one bit. she's a spoiled woman who i felt nothing for except disdain. i rushed through her chapters. Eve, Sylvia's daughter, was another character who got no sympathy from me. i felt like the author didn't do a good job in portraying her eating disorder. it only scratched the surface when it should have dug deep into her character and given her more chapters to tell the audience her struggle.

this is the first book i have read by Jane Green and i think it will be the last. it liked this book just enough to finish it but not enough to read anything else by Green. the "dark secret" was a great conflict for the characters but i feel like the author dropped the ball with making me care.