Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

cover Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Length: 432 pages
Genre: YA, Thriller, Fantasy, Romance
Format: ePub
Rating: 2/4
Why I read it: Sequel to Hush Hush, On my list.

The book starts, as always with sequels, where the last book left off. Nora and Patch are together and happy, until Nora becomes angry at Patch’s secrecy and she breaks up with him. Soon after, she Meets Scott, newly moved back to Coldwater, and stirring up trouble. Nora learns that someone called The Black Hand killed her dad, and she goes on a hunt to find out who this person is.

The good: Okay, I honestly can’t think of a good point to the book. Yes. I finished it rather quickly, but I think that is due only to my nook, and the fact I have so much free time on my hands.

The bad: A comment on my last entry for Hush Hush asked if this series was a mini Twilight. I said I didn’t see the first book as such, but this book was definitely a trip down memory lane of “vampire town from hell”, just replace the vampires with fallen angels, and wolves with nephilim and there you go. And as another blogger pointed out ” Archangels have no problem with fallen angels having their way with humans and never interfere but an angel finding true pure love will result in a one way ticket to hell.” Yeah, did anyone else catch that? To top it off, Nora suspects Patch of Being the big baddie, then as soon as another option comes along, turns on that person faster than you can turn the page. Then there is the stop and go of her relationship. Yes, they are broken up, but one minute Nora is flirting with Patch and being nice, the next she’s using Scott to make him jealous. Then you have the supporting characters Rixon and Vee. In the case of Vee, Fitzpatrick seemed to forget about her. A lot. So much so in fact, that she has this wonderful disappearing act for most of the book. And then there is Nora’s job. She goes in for one night of work, then we never hear of it again, except in passing when she says she hasn’t been scheduled. So, in short, yes, it is a Twilight Knock-off.

Will I read it again? Hell no. Would I recommend it? Hell no. The first book was passable even somewhat entertaining, but this one was… a nightmare.

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Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

cover Title: Hush Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Length: 391 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: ePub
Rating:2/5
Why I read it: It’s On my list for this year

Nora is your average teen going to high school, hanging out with her friend Vee. Until one day her biology teacher makes a new seating chart fro the class and makes Patch her new biology partner. Upon meeting him she had an immediate dislike and an immediate attraction, and soon falls for him. But he is shrouded in mystery and danger. Nora soon discovers he is a fallen angel set out to become human.

The good: Patch’s secrets had me wanting to read on. I wanted to find out about his past just as much as Nora did. I found him fascinating. It was a quick read, and the chapters were short. It was also a nice break from the vampire romances that seem to be bombarding the book shelves.

The Bad: Nora and Vee’s characters were a little under developed. And the interaction between them didn’t seem real. In fact Nora’s interaction with everyone in the book seemed unreal. While she seemed to have trust issues, she seemed at the same time, to have no trouble trusting at all. One minute she was accusing Patch of hurting someone or planting thoughts in her head, the next, she’d believe him innocent and lay the blame on someone else.

Would I recommend this book? Probably not. At least, not to anyone over the age of 15. Will I reread it? I have no idea. May if I just want something that doesn’t need a lot of thought.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

cover Title : Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children
Author : Ransom Riggs
Length : 352 pages
Genre : YA
Format : ePub eBook
Rating : 5/5
Why I read it : Saw it in store, thought it looked good.

The book starts by introducing Jacob. Throughout his life, Jacob’s grandfather told him stories about his childhood and the peculiar kids he lived with and who were his friends. As Jacob gets older, he believes his grandfather’s stories are just that, stories. and the photographs that accompanied them were fake. One night, while at work, Jacob gets a call from his Grandfather, who is hysterical and distressed. After going to check up on his grandfather, he discovers his Grandfather is on the brink of death. But before he dies, he tells Jacob to “go to the island” and “find the bird in the loop.”

After he has seen his grandfather die, Jacob starts seeing the same monsters he was always told about, and as a result, his parents take him to a psychiatrist. He tells Jacob that he has Acute Stress Disorder and informs him that maybe it is a good idea to go to Wales and see the island to find out the truth about his Grandfather and his stories.

A few days after arriving in Wales, Jacob finds his way to The house that his Grandfather grew up in and finds that all his unfathomable, odd, stories were true, and that the kids are all still there and still young looking. They explain that they are in a time loop that has to be reset by Miss Peregrine every night, and that they relive the same day every day. So while on his side of the loop it is present day, on their side is it September 3rd 1940. Jacob also learns that the monsters his Grandfather always talked about are also real and they are called Hollows and Waits. And they are after Miss Peregrine and the other ymbrynes.

The Good: This book was Spectacularly written. I loved every minute of it. The characters were delightful and fanciful. I wanted to know more about them and it was largely because of them I couldn’t put the book down. The story itself was incredible. It enthralled me and kept me wondering what was going to happen. I loved that Ransom included the pictures he had Jacob describe. It made it easier to humanize the kids, and gave the reader a little something extra to look forward to.

The Bad: I can’t really think of any bad points, so I’ll just use this space to nitpick. Some chapters were too short, and some were too long. Chapter ten was the next to last chapter, and it was also the longest. I think the author could have split it up into at least two more chapters. The book ended very abruptly.

Would I recommend this book to anyone? Yes, but not to little children. It was intended to be a children’s book, I wouldn’t give it to a child under the age of 13 or 14 due to it’s complex themes. Would I reread it? In a heart beat. I can’t wait until the sequel comes out, and when the movie comes out, I will be dragging my husband there and be the first in line. I don’t usually give books a 5/5 rating. It has to be an extremely special and spectacular book to get the highest rating from me, but this book has earned it.

The lying Game by Sara Shepard

cover Title : The Lying Game
Author : Sara Shepard
Length : 208 pages
Genre : YA, Thriller, Mystery
Format : epub ebook
Rating:
Why I read it : I liked shepard’s previous series Pretty Little liars.

The novel is about twins sisters who are separated at birth. Their mother abandoned them, and Sutton got adopted by a wealthy family, while Emma spent her life going from one foster family to the next. Two weeks before their 18th birthday, Emma learns about her twin through her foster brother and goes to her house to meet her. Unfortunately, Sutton was murdered and its up to Emma to impersonate her and learn who the murderer is.

The Good: The story was riveting. Much more than I expected it to be. The whole time I was reading I was wondering if someone secretly knew she wasn’t Sutton. And I was wondering how she was going to find out who Sutton’s murderer is. I couldn’t put this book down. I can’t wait to read the next book. While you know that Sutton is dead, you get that when she is alive, she is a Bitch. In death she seems to really feel some sense of shame that she at the way she acted when she was alive. And it’s pretty entertaining to see Emma, who is the quintessential good girl, fumble at being bad.

The bad: Sutton is the narrator, and while this in itself isn’t bad, her constant switching between first and third person perspective got annoying. One minute she would be talking about how Emma saw her stuff, then a few sentences later use “I” instead of “Sutton”.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I think it is a good read, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Burned by P. C. and Kristin Cast

cover Title : Burned
Author : P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Length : 323 pages
Genre : Urban fantasy, paranormal romance, young adult
Format : eBook
Rating : 2/5
Why I read it : On my book list, in a series

After the events in Tempted, Stark, Darius, and Aphrodite take Zoey’s body to the Isle of Sgiach in order to retrieve her soul from the otherworld. Meanwhile in Tulsa Stevie Rea is still struggling with her bond to the raven mocker Rephaim and what that could mean if it is found out. and while all that is happening, Zoey is losing pieces of herself in the otherworld, and Stark must try to get her to pull her pieces back together so she can return to her body.

The Good: The story does suck you in and make you want to keep reading. I really liked the story line in general. And the descriptions of the settings are very good. I did feel like I was in the otherworld with Zoey and Heath.

The Bad: Again, I must remind you of my post a few months back where I said too many books in a series is not a good thing. Well, this was the 7th book, and there are 3 more after it. So I did end up putting the book down after a while and not touching it again until a few days ago. The writing was a little atrocious. I have never heard teenagers talk the way the kids in the book do. Ever. and I think it is because both P.C. and Kristin are too far out of touch with how teens talk and interact. Speaking of which, the dialogue is stiff, even when it’s supposed to be light and carefree. Then add the split story lines, and having to remember who is in what situation, and the events from the previous books, you get a choppy book, and it’s too much to keep up with.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the first few books. But it seems that the authors are also getting tired of writing the series, but know that as long as there is an interest, they need to keep it going.

Would I recommend this series? Maybe if you think you can keep reading and not get tired of it. I haven’t even finished buying the books. I stopped around book 5, then checked them out from the library or found ebook editions.
Am I going to finish the series? I am, if only to see how it ends.

Again with the slacking.

I fully blame my husband for my neglecting my blog. Well, him and Easter sunday and the dishwasher breaking, and my new Nook!

Yes, that is right, I have finally got my hands and eyes on a nook. I’ve been wanting one since they first hit the shelves, but I didn’t like the screen. I felt the black and white was a bit…..You know how you got into a cell phone store and they have the display phones that just have a picture of the back ground? Well I thought the first nooks looked a bit like that, but in black and white. So I waited until they made a color version. Then funds got a little low, so I had to continue to wait.

Mean while, I’ve been collecting eBooks like a mad man, and reading them on the computer or my phone. But now thanks to my step-father-in-law, I’ve got an actual eReader.

Also, like I said, Sunday was a holiday, and my husband took Monday off so that the dishwasher repair man could take a look at our aforementioned broken dishwasher.

I did finish a book in the midst of all the getting to know my nook, and broken appliance, and OMG CANDY, madness, and I will post a review, probably tomorrow night as I have a very large sugar headache and want to read a bit more before bed.

The Perks Of Being A Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky

cover Title : The Perks Of Being A Wall Flower
Author : Stephen Chbosky
Length : 118 Pages
Genre : YA, Fiction
Format : Ebook
Rating : 4/5
Why I read it : Book Club pick for this month.

The book is about “charlie” and his experiences with his friends and family from august 1991 till august 1992. He writes letters to some unknown person and uses aliases for himself and everyone he writes about to this person. He doesn’t get any letters back, as he hasn’t put a return address.

The good: I loved reading about charlies family the most. It reminded me a lot of my family. There wasn’t a lot of affection between the siblings, but when there was, it was genuine. All the characters were real and relateable. I loved how Charlie didn’t seem to care about embarrassing himself and was just happy to be in the moment most of the time. Charlie seemed to be able to do with ease, something I’ve always had to struggle to force myself to do, and that is to fight his shyness and just talk to someone new.

The bad: The conflicts within the book seemed to be resolved too easily. While I loved that Charlie was a person who thought differently and genuinely about others, he was very submissive when anything happened to him. He was there to help Patrick when Patrick got in a fight, but if anyone was mad at him, he’d just accept it as his fault and stay away for a while. I don’t know if it’s because I originally thought Charlie was child when he was writing this letter, or because I’m in my late 20s, but I thought Charlie didn’t write the way I think a high school student would write.

Over all I enjoyed this book. I was surprised to like it as much as I did. I’d started reading it in march, but never really gave it a chance, so when I started reading it yesterday, I was surprised to find I’d been reading for an hour and was halfway done with it. It exceeded my expectations for it, and I’m glad. I almost regret finishing it so soon before the book club meeting for it because I honestly thought it would take me longer to read it. While I hated that Charlie seemed to wright much younger than he actually was in the book, I loved the letter format of the writing. It may not be original, but it was a nice change, and I think that is what made the book so enjoyable. By making Charlie write the letters, it made it as though Charlie were writing to the reader. I think it made it easier to read. Or rather That’s what made it such a quick read.

Would I recommend this book to anyone? Yes? Would I reread it? Definitely. It is well worth it.