Top Ten: A Mini Review

My Rating: 2/5

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Review:

I didn’t enjoy this book very much, frankly not at all. I did love the anxiety representation, but I didn’t relate to many of her experiences. I had a terrible time getting into the story, leaving me on the outskirts of the novel for most of the time.

I didn’t enjoy the characters at all. Ryan and Gabby been best friends since the beginning of High School, but I didn’t feel the relationship at all. They were both so dramatic all the time, and half the time, they didn’t act like the best friends they said they were.

The writing was choppy, and it left me not connected to the plot at all. I spent a lot of the time skimming it just trying to get through it. I didn’t quite understand the plot, and I was confused about what was happening half the time. It was definitely not the light summer read I was expecting.

Alex Approximately: Mini Review

My Rating: 2.5/5

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I didn’t love this book, but I did love Bailey. I related hardcore to her. We have the exact same thought process, and we overthink everything. I liked her ability to be feisty and tell a guy bothering her off, and that was just a really strong trait for her to have. Her background added a lot more to her story, but it did seem like it was really glossed over. If it was such a big part of it, then why did we not get that much information on it. Porter Roth was obviously a cliche. He was hot, protective, and kind (basically a copy of every male character in a contemporary.)

The plot was not very engaging at all. I found my attention drifting throughout the book. The big conflict was way to over dramatic. I get that relationship drama gets attention, but it was a huge over reaction that made no sense. And the actual plot point that seemed important to me was rushed over. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. It was a nice beachy read.

Renegades Book Review

Book: Renegadesrenegades

Author: Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies-humans with extraordinary abilities- who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice-and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Rating: ⅘

NO SPOILERS AHEAD!

Review: I was never a fan of the Lunar Chronicles, but on a whim, I picked up Heartless (Shameless plug: I have a review here.) I loved Heartless, so that lead me to pick up Renegades. I absolutely adored Renegades. Its sheer size intimidated me, but once I was wrapped up in that world, I had to see it through. Every single one of the characters was morally gray, and that is a rarity among books.

Characters: ⅘

The characters set the book out from other books. I’ve done the whole special powers, take down the government thing before.

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This book we got to see it from a character who was trying to take down a good government. Nova wanted justice/revenge, but she also didn’t want people to get hurt. Even Adrian was morally gray. As he was trying to save people, he also hurt people. I just can’t wait for him and Nova to develop and develop together. The next book has a lot of potential to go far with them.

Plot: ⅗

I liked where the plot was going in the beginning. But along the way, I just felt like we got sidetracked to other things, and it never developed.

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This book was extremely long since it was only introducing us to the plot. There was a lot of plot factors that were being set up, making me hyped for the next books because those are going to be intense. I just found myself just not really engaging with the plot.

World Building: ⅘

I’m so immersed in this world. It shows the effects after a revolution. Not everyone is happy, and we are seeing the aftermaths. I would die for a novella of the world and the rebuilding phase. She does a lot of the setting up in this book, so we learn a lot about the characters and their place in this place, but I want to delve more into the past, and how they rebuilt the world.

Writing Style: ⅘

In Heartless, she had a magical writing, but obviously, that wouldn’t fit with this book. So her writing gave me major steampunk type vibes, and I wasn’t complaining. Her writing was so well put together in this book. It added so much more connection to the characters and the world.

Clearly, I really enjoyed this book. I’ve been recommending it to so many people. I can’t wait to see how the author goes from here. What did you think?

Second Chance Summer Book Review

Book: Second Chance Summersecond chance summer

Author: Morgan Matson

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Synopsis:

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone’s a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

Rating: ⅗

There are no spoilers ahead!

Review:

I didn’t expect to love it, and I didn’t love it. When I am in slumps, I read contemporaries because they’re addicting. I went into the library looking for a contemporary, and they were closing, so I ran to the nearest author who had contemporaries, grabbed a book, and checked out. I guess I did pretty well for blindly grabbing for a book.

Characters: ⅖

The characters had one trait. They had one trait, one personality, and they never once strayed. I wish there was more depth to them, so they seemed like actual humans. Through that, I didn’t connect her. She was a lot like literally every other character that goes through it. The main character literally justifies all her actions with I just need to run away sometimes.

Since the characters were flat, the relationships were also pretty flat and underdeveloped. Most of them just happened. They talked for the first time and years, and everything from their past was immediately forgotten. It didn’t happen. Which if someone hurt me and tried to be my friend without talking it through? Nothing would come for that. I was here for the family development because they got to spend their last few weeks bonding and having fun. I didn’t feel the siblings got closer, but Taylor and her father got to spend more time together.

Plot: ⅖

It wasn’t an original plot. I’ve seen it before, and I’ll probably see it again.

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I wish there was a more creative twist or anything. There was a lot of tropes that I personally don’t love. I wasn’t sure whether the “love” was supposed to be a big deal because for me, it wasn’t. It kind of just annoyed me because it just happened. The story just wasn’t put together. It was a collection of moments that were choppy. I didn’t love it.

Writing Style: ⅗

It was boring, and it didn’t bring anything good to the table. The dialogue was choppy, and it seemed awkward. I think back to the days when I only read contemporary, and thought it was the best writing. Now I wish it was a little more developed.

I didn’t love it. I can tolerate it. How’d you enjoy it?

Heartless Book Review

Book: Heartlessheartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland-the infamous Queen of Hearts- she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a women who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest into a secret courtship. Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Rating: 4.5/5

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Review:

Holy crap! I was blown away by this book, even though we had a bumpy start. Almost an entire summer ago, I read the first few pages, but it got put away for a while because I couldn’t get into it. I tried again and ended up reading it in less than 24 hours. I fell in love with Jest, then proceeded to get my heartbroken. It’s better than not having it, ouch.

Characters ⅘:

In short, I loved all of them. Jest had my heart from the second he made an entrance. I mean he entered like a pro. Even the side characters like the Turtle and Cheshire cat were the best. They added humor at the serious parts to lighten the story, and they were so sweet to Cath. Obviously, I hated the King. He was a dramatic brat who couldn’t see past his personal infatuation to recognize other people’s feelings, but he’s a King, so that’s the typical attitude we see from them. Cath’s parents were the worst. Everyone knows that Cath is such an amazing baker, and she should share that. Still, they denied her and called her a disappointment. At the end, when they were like, “We just wanted you to be happy.” I think y’all were a bit late to that realization train. Now you have a sociopath for a daughter, happy?

Cath was a bit of an annoyance. I never realized that the Queen of Hearts could have a backstory, so the whole idea was amazing. But dang, Cath was kinda stupid sometimes. Like her parents, she hit realizations a bit too late. All the time, she spent time in her room pitying herself. I get it, it’s not what you want to do, but you could use your position to help someone. Maybe fix the Jabberwock problem? My heart broke for her at the end. She hit a breaking point, and it caused her to become reckless with herself.sociopath

Jest and Cath totally had an insta love deal that I wasn’t fond of considering she didn’t know anything about him. Cueing the crisis about stealing her heart. Jest also played “you’re not like other girls” card because she didn’t want to be Queen. Not every girl dreams about being royalty. The entire time Cath kept showing Jest she wanted to be with him. Then after she was like, “I regret it now.” I couldn’t handle her. Your life isn’t hard, you have 2 boys after you! But it was a beautiful relationship that I was sad to see burn.

Plot: ⅗

For the life of me, I couldn’t tell you what the actual goal was. It was a complex story. Cath and Jest just wanted to be happy with each other. King just wanted to marry Cath.

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No one really got what they wanted. Except the King but that was to be expected. I didn’t really know what was up with Raven. He was just along for the ride I guess.

I didn’t like the speed of the plot. We would get some crucial information. Then nothing would happen for a while, but after a little while, we get a bunch of action jam packed. Then the cycle repeats. The plot came in waves basically. It was really hard to push through those pages of just waiting.

Ultimately, the best scene was the hat shop tea party. It was magical, funny, and entertaining. There was something about everyone having fun and showing off their skills that was so endearing to me. The end of the party was a bit rough. The Jabberwock seemed like it was a big problem, but was anybody focused it? The answer is no. Literally no one even cared about figuring out how to get rid of it. Too focused on their love life? Can’t relate.

The ending broke me. I didn’t shed a tear, but I was dead on the inside. The book was a rollercoaster, and at the end, I was numb and tired. I just couldn’t deal with it. They chose a perfect title.

World Building: ⅘

Although Marissa Meyers didn’t make the Wonderland, she expanded it. The characters explained the backgrounds, and it added depth to them. There is some sympathy for the Queen of Hearts now. She didn’t keep it as whimsical was it was in the original book, but the times are different and it’s different authors. There were a lot of modern elements added to the book which did annoy me the tiniest bit, but I’ll live.

Writing Style: ⅘

It’s pretty known I am not a fan of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder which was partly due to the immature writing style, but this story had the opposite effect. I loved the way she made this imaginary world sound. It sounded magical. Some of the character’s dialect didn’t quite match what it was originally was, but like i said, two different authors. She got in a little over her head when she tried to include Mr. Caterpillar. She just didn’t nail him. It can’t be perfect since Lewis Carroll is dead. She did try to make Jest sound poetic.

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It didn’t work because I had trouble fitting together a modern day bad boy but also an old court jester.

I loved the book, and I’m so happy I gave it another shot. How’d you guys like it?

Smallville Season 1

Recently, I started Season 1 of Smallville. I’m currently binging it because it’s amazing, and I’m obsessed. So I thought I could talk about my thoughts on it.

No spoilers ahead!

First of all, I love the cast. Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, and Annette O’Toole. I’m not going to put Allison Mack in there because she’s not a person deserving of my support. But they all play their characters so well. Tom Welling does an excellent way of portraying that debate of justice and self whenever he has to sacrifice something.

The actual characters are my favorite. Jonathan and Martha Kent are the best and most supportive parents. They would do so much for Clark, and I’m glad he has that support system as he’s going through all of season. There isn’t really a Superman in this season. This series is about Clark Kent and his life. It doesn’t focus on the major plots. It’s minor crimes and discovering his ability that is really important. I love that because it’s a side of Clark Kent we have had yet to see, and we see him very innocent and just getting into that world of evil. I’m going to be sad as he drifts into it, but having a young Clark is wonderful.

It is only minor crimes, so the plot can really bore me. The first episodes were good, but I got sick of the same thing, same ending, and nothing is ever revealed. It took well into the season for Lex to find something on Clark, but now because of Lex major problems have arisen. I can’t wait to see what season 2 holds with their friendship.

I’m not really for the whole relationships thing with any of the characters. I guess I’m waiting for Clark’s ultimate love, but I just don’t see him matching with anyone in the series currently.

Season 1 left us wondering a lot, so I can’t wait to see how it’s all going down in Season 2.

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I’m definitely going to keep watching and updating you guys.

The Darkest Minds Review

This is gonna be a collection of all my thoughts and opinions on The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken.

Beware MAJOR spoilers ahead…

The Darkest Minds (Book 1) Goodreads

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It was a wonderful start. Info dumping at the beginning, kinda non consistent characters, and there was often a drag in the plot. I still LOVVVEEEDDD my children. I just wanted them all to be protected.

Their cute innocent moments like just riding in Black Betty or the scene where Zu dresses up. Ah, makes me tear up a little bit. The road trip was so fun because the whole time I was in it. I wanted to know everything about their trip. What they ate, their conversations. I wished them to be real. I mean I kinda got my wish since there is going to be a movie.

Then Clancy got all up in it. He screwed everything up. There wasn’t a single time where that little devil headed child wasn’t directing things to fall apart. He had his moments. There were sometimes I wanted him to be saved. But when they people say Jesus can never be too far, it doesn’t apply to him. He’s believes that his ways can ultimately fix things, but I don’t think that world can be fixed.

My heart at the end of the book

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I immediately wanted everything to go back to normal. I wasn’t prepared for that sorrow. That leads us in to…

 

Never Fade (Book 2) Goodreads

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First of, kinda disappointed that Liam none of the gang got a point of view in the beginning because that would have been easier rather than them explaining where they had been, but i understand why not.

VIDA MY CHILD VIDA! I freaking loved her. She had that sass and a whole lot of fight. Throughout the entire book, in my head, I was like “YESSS GIRLLL!” She and Ruby really balanced each other out, and I definitely think they made a great pair during missions.

This was when I started to begin to feel slightly annoyed with Ruby. She started withholding information, thinking she could handle it, and becoming more ruthless. I understand that her life involves being a killer and handling everything. But she had people trusting her, and plenty of times she let them down because she didn’t know how to say it to their faces. She’s a smart, talented, kick butt girl just not when she doesn’t have support, and it really crashes down around her in the third book.

The plot took a while to pick up. When they were at the base in the beginning, I got so bored. There were a lot of basic moments that were there as spacer scenes till it was the right time for Ruby to do something.

The world building in this book was amazing. She showed us the outside world, finally. All of book one we focused on them, the camps, and getting away. We never got to see how society was working, and seeing that big shift showed us how big a deal the camps really were. I loved that aspect so much.

Once again, Alexandra kills us with the endings. She allowed us to become attached to Jude, and then she ripped him away from us. Tearing us apart again.

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In The Afterlight (Book 3) Goodreads

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The conclusion, the final book. It all finished with this book. Well not really because she’s giving us more, but at the time, this was the end. It left so many open questions, and it really didn’t satisfy me. I kept feeling that they got off easy. Reasonably, not all of them would have made it out. I mean I’m not wishing them death, but it didn’t seem to fairy-tale to be true.

We got so much of the side characters. It made up for Ruby being so annoying all the time. Everyone was so done with her.

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Her secret-keeping problem only escalated in this book. She had no remorse for any of the lives she had been taken and none for Nico. Her character really morphed into something different over this series. Ruby was also so dramatic with things. She legit was just looking for a way to release her stress, and it always was Liam. Talk about healthy relationship goals.

Liam did shine in this book though. When Cole died, we really got a taste of that change in him. Never in a million years would I have thought him capable of going behind someone’s back, yet he did it. He’s often portrayed as sweet which makes him seem weak, but he is not weak. He is probably the strongest because he has made it this far, and he still finds the ability to be kind. That is one of the ways Ruby and him differ.

The plot was so boring whilst they were waiting out in the base. So many useless hours they spent holed up in there. It was the hardest to push through, and I honestly ended up skimming some of the pages. The beginning and end had all the action, it was just the middle.

I love this series. I think it is perfect for newer readers and younger readers. It from the time of stereotypical dystopian era and from a new, young author. I’d say Alexandra did pretty well with her first book.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean Book Review

Book: Always and Forever, Lara Jeanimage

Author: Jenny Han

 

Synopsis: Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Mrs. Rothschild. Then she’ll be sent off to college with Peter, a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans-but when your heart and head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Rating:

Review: (Spoilery)

Wow! So after finishing this book, I cried for a solid 30 minutes. I cried for everything that has gone on this year, the whirlwind of school, but also, that I haven’t had time to be happy and make memories in a long time. I’ve been so caught up in grades and sports that I forgot to enjoy everything. I haven’t gone out with my friends. I haven’t spent time with my family. I just no longer had time for that stuff. When I look back, I don’t only want memories studying and pushing myself but also spending time with my friends. Time is limited, and thanks to Lara Jean, I realize that now. Thank you Lara Jean and Jenny Han.

Characters: ⅗ Just saying, I hate dramatic characters that can’t talk things through. It is a pet peeve of mine that I just can’t shake. There were times when I was annoyed with everyone, but it also felt so real because how often do I get annoyed with my family and friends. (All the freaking time) She made things dramatic, but I enjoyed it, oddly enough, this time. I guess I knew going in it was going to be drama filled.

Overall, you probably know how much I love Lara Jean and Peter. They balance so well, and they read each other so well. They don’t act like a “new” High School couple at any point in the series. It kinda makes me resent it because that isn’t how relationships at that age work, but it’s okay because I love them. They get a free pass this time I guess.

Their family aspect throughout the story is so good. It doesn’t ever feel like it’s on the back burner. Lara Jean’s family is so important to her, and it really played the part throughout the book. With the bonding moments, the fights, cruel words, and just getting through the new marriage showed the closeness they all obviously felt.

Plot: ⅘ It wasn’t an edge of the seat plot. It was a glide through life, and watch everyone’s life in snippets sort of story. It felt like we were in her life. The drama points obviously had me on the edge of my seat because like communication always is just open. I wanted everyone to be happy all the time, but no conflict in a book would be kind of boring.

The last semester feel was spot on. Lara Jean was just trying to grasp onto those last few weeks of senior year, but they were gliding through her fingers. She was just trying to find her way to the right college and dealing with it. A lot of kids go through that, especially because it’s that time of year, and this shed some light on the stress it puts on them. It gave me a nostalgic feel trying to finish out school and live out your moments.

Writing Style: ⅗ I love everything about this book except the writing style. Ughh! I hate that it gets on my nerves so much. She writes very choppy, and the sentences don’t flow together. Everything is said straight out with no poetic context. Just straight out. If she added more aesthetic writing to it, then it would be much more appealing. Not as much fluff as the secret history though. There has to be a balance, and sadly, she didn’t have that balance.

Overall, I love the book, and I would not recommend reading it late at night when you’re tired because you get way too emotional.

The Chaos of Standing Still Book Review

Book: The Chaos of Standing Stillchaos of standing still

Author: Jessica Brody

Synopsis: Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When two accidentally swap phone, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brilliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

Rating: ⅗

Review: (Spoiler Free) I actually got this at a signing, TeenBookCon where I met some of my favorite authors with my best friend. I read it as soon as I got home because I was craving a contemporary. It definitely fulfilled that role. I spent that whole time freaking out of the cute fluff.

Characters: 3.5/5 I didn’t love the characters a lot. I found that they were so dramatic, but they drew out the plot to where it seemed understandable. They just got a little too unbearable at parts. Of course, they were adorable too because they were just trying to navigate the waters of love.

Plot: ⅘ I spent majority enthralled by the plot trying to figure it out. I wanted to know what was such a big deal. Them being so dramatic just keened me in to know the information. I’m always here to hear the drama, and I had to keep reading until I knew it. I’ve also never read a book that takes place overnight in a airport. There has been books where they passed through the airport, but never, have I read about someone staying. I kinda stay in an airport now.

Writing Style: ⅘ She did a great job of giving fluff feels, but then again, that doesn’t take too much. She didn’t have an overly developed style. I expected this kind of base writing from her just by looking at her other types of books. She did a great job of clueing us in, but she never let the cat out of the bag.

Yeah, so it’s been a while. I didn’t feel like reading for the longest time, and I just couldn’t get myself to review. Then I planned to get caught up over Spring Break, but I ended up traveling to Chicago and have the time of my life. School became overwhelming, but I missed it a lot, so I’m back. Thanks for sticking around I guess.

Batman:Nightwalker Book Review

batmanBook: Batman:Nightwalker

Author:Marie Lu

Synopsis: Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer… and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring down Gotham City to its knees? Bruce must walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Rating: ⅘

Review: (Spoiler Free) I was supposed to meet Marie Lu with my friend to get this book, but we had a snowstorm and it was cancelled. A few weeks ago, we traveled down the bookstore to pick up our books with signed bookplates. We both starting reading it almost immediately. It was very easy, light, average read for us.

Characters ⅗ : I didn’t really care for any of them. Well, Alfred has my heart because he’s just so pure and protective. He always has been. Bruce, on the other hand, seemed very unlike himself. Understandably, we never know him as a teenager, but it didn’t seem that he would be that gullible or nice.

Madeleine annoyed the ever loving crap out of me. I didn’t feel like we knew her, or that Bruce knew her, to consider her a “villain.” She just seemed very predictable and unoriginal.

Plot:⅖ This is what really kept me from enjoying the book. I spent most of the book wondering why everything was so unrealistic. It seemed lazy. Also, the pacing killed me. The plot took a little too slow to unravel given the number of pages making the ending a little too fast and rushed. I think they could of added more to the story, but it just wasn’t long enough to get everything it but too short for what it had to say.

Writing Style: ⅗ Obviously, it’s aimed for a younger audience than I am, but I found her writing childish. She tried to make it seem edgy and dark, but it just didn’t work. I have to say some parts he did pull off that wonderful dark and sexy look just not all the time.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. Do you plan on picking it up? How did you like it?